What These Real Women Want for Christmas 2019

When I first blogged about what real women want for Christmas back in 2014 I never thought that 5 years later I’d be saying welcome to the  SIXTH annual essential gift guide for real women. The guide, quite possibly inadvertently, has had a name change, it started out being called…

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21 Experiences to Gift Families this Christmas

I am a firm believer in reducing clutter and not just giving people “stuff” for Christmas. I’m also a big fan of a good day out, so with that dual purpose I’ve put together this list of Christmas gift ideas for families that are vouchers for doing things as opposed…

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What These Real Women Want for Christmas 2018

Welcome to the FIFTH annual essential gift guide for real women. I’ve been publishing this list of what to buy women, as written by real women, not by people who are trying to sell you something or who have been sent something to try out. Every wish is real and…

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Wild Lights Dublin Zoo 2018 – What to Expect (Guest)

We were invited guests at the preview night of Dublin Zoo Wild Lights last week (That means we didn’t pay in). We’d never been before so the whole concept was new to us and we didn’t really know what to expect. So what exactly is it? It’s light displays (silk lanterns)…

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What These REAL Women Want for Christmas 2017

Welcome back to the 4th annual Bumbles of Rice What These Real Women Want for Christmas, the antidote to the Christmas Gift Guides in glossy magazines which recommend cashmere scrunchies  for £350 and other frivolous luxuries that nobody either wants nor can afford. This gift guide is brought to you…

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Christmas Gift Ideas for GAA Mad Kids and Teens

Gaelic Games are popular as ever, and if you’ve a kid who’s into it, living and breathing GAA like I do you’ll know that there’s not much room for other interests!  With that in mind, and for my own personal research too, I’ve put together this list of Christmas gift…

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When Christmas Doesn't Quite Go According to Plan.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” Fingers crossed. “‘Tis the season to be jolly” What if I’m not? Or the teething toddler isn’t? The whole perfectly happy Christmas thing is what we’re all striving for. Everyone together. Perfect food. All delighted.  Photos of smiling families in matching outfits…

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What's on TV this Christmas ? (2016)

I admit it, this year’s Christmas TV schedule doesn’t dazzle, there’s the usual formula of films, documentaries and Christmas Specials. I shared some of my choices for Christmas 2016 on the Marian Finucane Show radio programme last Saturday, but here are all my selections in detail.  For the Kids  We’re…

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Carols and Coincidence

As I walked through the carpark on the way to collect my small girl from playschool on Tuesday festive tunes hung on the air. I continued on my way and the music got louder. Voices, singing, piano accompaniment, coming from the church. I checked the time on my phone, I…

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Mincemeat and Custard Parcels 

I love pastry. I’ve loved custard even longer. Mince pies took a while to grow on me, but I’m a fan for about a decade. Add the three together in the easiest Christmas dessert ever and you’ve got a winner. I made these last year as part of the Craft…

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