Friday, 24 April 2015

I am the Mum who..

  • Had my nails done for the first time
  • Had my eyebrows waxed for the first time
  • Has never had anything else waxed
  • Loves coffee
  • Gets cross when I'm hungry
  • Can't live without chocolate
  • Loves pink
  • Hasn't much patience
  • Loves seeing my girls learn new things
  • Gets excited and sad about milestones
  • Eats pizza at least once a week
  • Let's them eat in front of the TV for peace
  • Hates doing homework
  • Can't cope with washing 3 heads of hair
  • Is grateful for himself taking charge of the girls hair washing
  • Loves nothing more than movie time and cuddles with my family
  • Hates cooking dinner
  • Isn't great at cleaning
  • Doesn't know what the bottom of the washing basket looks like
  • Tries hard to get it all right
  • Fears that I'm getting it all wrong
  • Can't always sleep at night
  • Struggles to get up in the morning
  • Is never on time but always late or early
  • Loves seeing my girls smile
  • Thinks their laughter is the sweetest until they get hyper and then it's annoying lol
  • Can't understand where they get their energy from
  • Firmly believes they are stealing all my energy resources
  • Doesn't mind as long as they put the energy to good use
  • Likes to ramble..
  • Loves stationary
  • Has a collection of notebooks
  • Would love more time to read
  • Is finally realising I'm more than "just a mum"
  • Knows that being a mum is amazing
  • Wouldn't change my life for anything

Thank you to Eimear from The Two Darlings for the tag, I enjoyed writing this.

I nominate :

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

#NOTD Rimmel 60 Seconds Instyle Coral

I haven't been painting my nails the last few months as I had a split down the side of one and it took ages to heal up. It's my own fault for cleaning with bleach and not wearing gloves, silly mistake. Finally the skin has healed and my nails are at a nice length so I picked up a new polish to brighten them up.

I am loving all the bright fresh spring colours about, they really cheer me up. I haven't been able to get my hands on the new Rita Ora ColourFest line but this Rimmel 60 seconds in Instyle Coral caught my eye.

It's a nice bright fun colour, I like pink and red nails so it's somewhere in between and makes for a nice change. I love the shiney finish on it.

It only took two coats and it dryed super fast so it is perfect if you are on the go, or like me, between school runs.

I'm looking forward to trying out more bright colours. What are your favourites at the moment?

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Catching up on myself..

I just realised I haven't posted in a while. I have a lot of drafts sitting there but between one thing and another I never got around to posting them and they don't seem relevant at this stage. The girls being off on the Easter holidays threw me a bit, I should have learnt really from the last break that when I know the girls are going to be home I can't get much writing done so I really need to prepare myself in advance and learn the art of scheduling. Then there was the week settling back into school and hay fever took over so I was in a bit of a sneezy daze.

We had a great time over the holidays though, well the second week anyway when the sun came out. We had a trip to the zoo and I met the lovely LillieWhiteRose and her little Lillibug for the first time. We had such a blast and the girls all had a great time.

I dyed my hair over the holidays too, I said goodbye to red and went for a medium brown this time. I just felt like a change to be honest and the red was really hard upkeep. It kept fading fast so I thought having a colour closer to my natural one would be a bit easier to maintain. I'm really happy with how it turned out and of course with some makeup on and some good light I had to take a few selfies. What do you think?

Once I get out of the flow of writing I find it hard to get back into it. I have been trying to write everything down in my journal as much as I can to help free up my mind. The never ending flow of thoughts in my head is what drives me to write and create but when it gets all backed up I find it hard to quieten the buzz in my brain and let the words flow out..

I'm not even really sure where I'm going with this post I just know I need to clear my head and start fresh. I don't feel like there is much point in looking back and writing down each day as I don't know where to begin. I will say we have been enjoying the sunshine immensely. It really lifts my spirits and fills me with energy so even though I have not been writing here I have been keeping busy.

I love this time of year and I can see plenty of wanders and little adventures in the sunshine, taking lots of pictures and just enjoying the moment. I have a lot of things to look forward to over the next two months, the Irish Parenting Blogger Awards are on next week. Unfortunately I didn't make it through to the finalists but I'm still looking forward to the night out. Then in May I will be heading over to Galway by myself to attend the Into The West Bloggers Network Event. We have Ella's 5th birthday at the end of May followed by another trip to Galway for my Mams birthday. Just myself and Owen are going so it will be nice to have a little mini break even if it is just for one night.

Today we brought Ella to the primary school open day. She will be starting in September and she can't wait. Everyone already knows her as Abigail is in the school so it will be no bother to her. She had great fun nosing about the classrooms.

Abigail is due back to the dental hospital this week for another checkup. She has to go every three months at the moment to keep an eye on it. Hopefully it goes alright and they won't need to do any work anytime soon. She is still quite nervous about the checkups but not as bad, she knows what to expect now and they are very friendly and quick which makes it easier for her.

Already my head feels a bit clearer.. I might actually post this one and try this week to keep on top of myself and manage my train of thought a bit more. I don't know if it's possible to organise my thoughts though.. Organised chaos seems the best description for my mind, I know what goes on in there but I doubt anyone else could figure it out. I'm rambling again.. I shall leave you with a picture of coffee I took last week, I know you all love my coffee shots, to share a coffee and a chat with you all would be lovely some day..

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Claudi & Fin Greek Style Frozen Yoghurt Lollies

Have you heard of Claudi & Fin Lollies?

They are Greek style frozen yoghurt lollies that come in two delicious flavours - Mango and Strawberry, and contain a range of healthy and wholesome ingredients including:
  • Real fruit
  • Whole milk
  • Greek style yoghurt containing calcium, potassium and zinc 
  • 30% of your child's recommended daily intake of Vitamin D
  • Zero nasties!

Claudi & Fin was created by London-based "Mumpreneurs" Lucy Woodhouse and Meriel Kehoe after they struggled to find healthy treats for their toddlers. Named after their little ones, Claudi and Fin, now both 3, the lollies are made with no artificial ingredients and come bursting with Vitamin D, which we all need a boost of after after all the dull weather we have endured.

Having just launched in Ireland we were very lucky to receive some to tuck into over the Easter holidays, and when I say some I mean a very generous amount which we were very grateful for.

When they arrived myself and Ella were actually at a play date so straight away I brought a few boxes up to the house and we all tucked in, well they were gone in a flash, the Mammies loved them just as much as the children. They are very creamy and full of flavour and don't leave any after taste in your mouth that you can sometimes get with frozen yoghurt. Ella loved hers so much she had two and I had another one myself when we arrived home because of course I had to try both flavours. While they are both delicious the Mango one is definitely the favourite in this house it really is so yummy and very light.

We decided to call into our neighbours to share some more as we thought everyone should get to try them, and ended up in one of the neighbours house for a few hours having a chat and the girls made new friends, it was a great way to get talking to people who previously we would only have said hello to.

The lollies launched in the UK in 2014 and have since become one of the UK's best-loved Frozen Yoghurt Lolly brand for kids. Going on the feedback I have received so far I am sure they will be just as popular here. With less sugar then 75% of lollies on the market and jam-packed with fruit they are far more appealing then other sugary treats, especially for hot days. Available in Centra and SuperValu you can get a box of them for €3.50 each, you will be sure to enjoy them, just luck at this happy face..

For more information visit and you can also find them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

If you come across them in your local Centra or SuperValu snap a picture and send it to me I want to know where in the country they have landed.

(Disclosure : I received this product for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.)

Thursday, 2 April 2015

15 Things I Now Despise

was cleaning the girls room today after I finally sorted all of their crap around and moved the beds yet again.. Here is list of things I now f**king hate!!!

  • Beads : They seem to be everywhere and I keep standing on them, when I go to pick them up I can't find them!
  • Looms : Wrapped around everything and anything and doubled over for good effect!
  • Stickers : I curse the day I ever let them have stickers upstairs, I spent a good half an hour scraping them off the walls and floor..
  • Markers : These are now banned upstairs, no more colouring on the walls, wardrobe, bed, radiator, dolls, teddy's and clothes for you little miss!!
  • Glitter : I can't even figure out where this came from but like everything else it appears to be everywhere and you can't clean it up it just spreads around!
  • Fluff/feathers : You know those little bits that come off their costumes and headbands and it sticks to your clothes and gets under your nose? Yes that..
  • Lego : Not all Lego now but you know those tiny useless bits of it? Yes that is now jammed under the skirting board!
  • Dolls shoes : Stuffed into the keyhole.. I kid you not!
  • Soft toys : They simply have too many, I don't know what to do with them, they cry when I try to get rid of some!
  • Dolls hair : Everywhere!!
  • Mini Stampers : All over the wall like they were trying to play connect the dots or something!
  • Ice lolly sticks : Lovingly made into some form of art in school then brought home and discarded around the room in pieces!
  • Actual lolly sticks : Jammed into a drawer, how they got there is beyond me!
  • Socks : Mismatched socks, hundreds of them EVERYWHERE!!!
  • And finally those shitty happy meal, magazine, lucky dip and kinder toys that just seem to accumulate all over the bleeding place!!