Turning 40 gracefully

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If I'm honest I'm not sure how graceful it was but on Friday 28th October I turned 40.  One of my goals for 2016 was to turn 40 gracefully so whether or not it was graceful I'm going to tick that off the list. Turning 40 on a Friday, of a bank holiday weekend that includes ...

New Beginnings

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At the start of the summer we reached the end of an era.  Our baby (she's actually almost 5) finished in Montessori which was based in the creche I had used since I went back to work almost 9 years prior to that. Of course every era that ends results in a new beginning.  After having enjoyed ...

Getting away from it all at Lusty Beg Island (Review)

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These past few months have been some of the toughest of my life.  Losing my Mum was horrendous in every way you could imagine.  With reserves used up even getting up to do school runs, keep on top of laundry and keep everyone fed was a challenge.  I have been in survival mode. When one of ...

End of an era

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Almost 9 years ago I walked to a local crèche and pressed the buzzer.  I had an appointment with the manager to start the settling in period of my then almost 7 month old.  I had booked her place while about 4 months pregnant and after my period of maternity leave it was time to ...

RIP Mum

My mum passed away on the 1st of this month. While I type those words I can hardly believe them. Mum is gone. I feel as though I will wake up any minute now and realise these past few weeks have all been a horrible dream. Sadly that will not happen. Losing your mum is ...

Life is a rollercoaster

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It's been very quiet around these parts of late.  The short answer is real life has taken over and rightly so. An Irish singer from my era, Ronan Keating (of Boyzone fame, am I showing my age??!) had a hit song with the words; Life is a rollercoaster   Just gotta ride it This past month has certainly been a ...

5 (simple) playroom ideas

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After we converted our attic space we still had one issue.  Our stock of toys were everywhere.  I really wanted a dedicated space not only to attempt to try to contain our stock of toys in one area but for the kids to go and play, particularly for as they get older and want to ...

Preparing for hitting the slopes

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We are heading off for our first family ski holiday shortly.  The excitement is certainly building.  Old ski gear is being dusted off, new ski gear bought for the new additions we have had since myself and my husband last skied together over a decade ago. My husband has kept his ski legs strong with an ...

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