B and I have finally started to get our heads around Little Bean’s bedroom. When we first moved to the countryside, the smallest bedroom instantly became a playroom for A. Ah yes, the ever popular playroom also known as, The Store Room, Junk Room, Throw-it-in-there Room. A place to toss unloved toys into mangled boxes from Ikea, with hard Play Doh and bits of random toys. I’m not sad to see this room disappear and funnily enough either is A. She helped me gut the room, clear out the junk, the unwanted toys and retrieve once loved but forgotten toys back into a more suitable place in her bedroom. Of course, this meant rearranging A’s bedroom furniture around (more times than once because I’m quite indecisive) to fit more storage in for toys she simply can’t part with yet. The baby’s room is still a shell (a shell full of junk), but at least we’ve started.
Who doesn’t use Milton? I think a bottle of Milton was one of the first things I bought when I was pregnant on A and started to pick up the necessary bits and bobs for little fingers and toes. I trust the Milton brand as so many others do. Milton has been a leading name in sterilising baby feeding equipment in the home for over 70 years, during which the ‘Milton Method’ of cold water sterilising has been used by millions of parents, and in homes and hospitals throughout the UK and Ireland. Fancy winning a Milton Starter Sterilising Travel Kit? Well then, isn’t it lucky that the lovely people at Milton have offered one such kit to one of my readers 🙂
When we lived in my parents house for the four months in between houses I was given an education by my folks on how easy it is to recycle. They are avid recyclers and have a significantly lower waste output than we do. We were never terrible when it came to recycling but clearly we could have been better. Especially when it came to food waste. I’ll be honest, we gave up on our brown bin a long time ago for the usual icky, gross and smelly reasons. When we moved into our house we brought my parents’ recycling gene with us and improved quite a lot. Except when it came to the brown bin.
You may remember me complaining (Who me? Complaining? Never!) about my sincere hatred of maternity clothes because I can’t find anything comfortable or nice to wear. Well, it gets worse. Of course it does. Not only do clothes look awful on me, but hey my undergarments are less than flattering and well, let’s be honest, they’re down right painful. For me, the worst part is that god awful restricting bra. I swear, if I didn’t have to wear one, I wouldn’t. Investing in a decent and comfortable is the only way to go. Take a peek, ladies, at Hotmilk’s massive collection of stylish and oh yes, uber comfortable maternity and nursing bras. Did I mention I have one to giveaway!
And here it is, the final installment of my Christmas Gift Guide featuring the wonders and delights of beautiful handmade and handcrafted Irish Etsy Stores. I have really enjoyed pulling together these three lists for you and I hope you have found something new, something unique and something beautiful that you haven’t been able to find elsewhere. The best thing about Etsy stores is that you know the items have been made with thought, with care and with love. It’s like going to a Christmas Craft Fair without having to drudge around with the crowds 🙂 Take a peek inside and see what delights I have found for you.
We are on to week two of my Christmas Gift Guide, meaning its just one month to Christmas. November really does disappear and the holiday season has a habit of creeping up on us. I have been prepping the house for the day when the Christmas tree (trees – we have two!) comes down from the attic. Of course, when I say prepping, I mean ordering B around since I can’t do any of the heavy lifting that I usually too due to still being on bed rest. The lugging around of the furniture and cleaning under every surface and in every nook and cranny has been left to my amazing husband who this year has cribbed about my obsessiveness with Christmas. I like to have our decorations up for The Late Late Toy Show at the end of November, which I know is ridiculously early for most people but it’s a tradition I love. Besides, I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love Christmas 🙂 And just because I’m pregnant and on bed rest doesn’t mean the decorations will appear any later. So on to the Gift Guide!
Anyone who knows me will know how much I love candles. I always have, ever since I started meditating as a teenager and my parents trusted me with matches and a few tealights in my bedroom! When B and I bought our first apartment together in 2005, the obsession really took over and I gathered candle after candle. In fact, last week, I panicked when I realised I only had five tealights left for my Himalayan Salt Oil Burner. I use all of my candles. They are made to be burnt and provide that beautiful, warm, comforting atmosphere that I love in my home. On my search to introduce you to dedicated and talented handmade crafters, I came across Bantry Candles. Bantry Candles are, in my opinion, one of the most well made and alluring handmade candle makers in Ireland. I had the pleasure of sampling one of their creations from the Christmas range which I wholeheartedly recommend to you.
Finally! I have been waiting and waiting and waiting to publish my Christmas Gift Guide Series. I am a huge lover of Christmas. As soon as November 1st hits, I’m bursting with the Christmas Spirit. Before A, I would have my entire Christmas shopping finished by the end of August. These days, with A’s birthday in October, I’m still Christmas shopping coming into November and December but I love it. I like to go all out (as much as finances allow!) with presents, food and yummy nibbles. For us, Christmas is all about family and celebration. It’s the one time of year when we’re all wrapped up together in the Christmas Spirit of warmth and love for two full weeks. With a little bundle on the way now, this is our last Christmas as a family of three, and we are going to make it extra special for that reason.
Delve into my special Christmas Gift Guide Series, which happily hosts online Irish based Etsy stores that make beautiful, unique and handrafted items, ideal for Christmas.
If you are still pondering a Halloween day out with the kids this year then I highly recommend you get your tickets for this weekends Halloween Experience in Wooly Ward’s Farm, Oldtown, Co. Dublin. We are very lucky to act as Brand Ambassdor for Wooly Ward’s Farm in Oldtown, Co. Dublin who invited us to join them for their incredible Halloween Experience. To say we had a great day was an understatement! Myself, my Mum, my daughter A, her two cousins C and F were exhausted and happy by home time, after spending the afternoon running around the farm exploring every nook and cranny yet again. Saturday was the opening day of the Wooly Ward’s Halloween Experience, and I was delighted to be there on day one of this special five day event. Don’t forget to get your tickets for either Saturday, Sunday or Monday this weekend. Read more to see our pics and hear what we got up to!
I was really excited when Renee ‘Head of Explosions’ Watson contacted me to tell me all about The Curiosity Box. The name alone had me intrigued and what an awesome job title Renee has! The Curiosity Box was sucessfully funded on kickstarter and I can see why. It has developed into something so interesting, unique and brilliant that I wish Renee and her team every success in exploring and exploding the world of science in young minds. The Curiosity Box is a monthly subscription service where a box of intriquing and fascinating experiments are sent straight to your door to investigate. Each activity box is created for 7 to 11 year old “Curiosity Cadets”. Designed with the school curriculum in mind the wonderful scientists and educators at the Curiosity headquarters have expertly gathered, prepared and supplied all the ingredients and tools for amazing experiments right at your kitchen table. I gathered up my two little scientists – my inquisitive 11 year old nephew, C and enquiring 8 year old niece, A. “What’s in the box?” they asked me as they saw it sitting on the kitchen table with a Curiosity Box white lab coat and goggles. Well then, lets find out!