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A very Specific Christmas Gift Guide

It’s beginning to look a lot like (a very different) Christmas – especially for retailers and small businesses whose doors are still closed. But there is nothing like a crisis to bring people together, and it’s heartening to see the effort people have been making to buy Irish, support local businesses,

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Andrea Mara

Skincare for Late Starters

“Have you near heard of Clearasil?” I was fourteen, walking across a green near my house, when a group of guys around my own age shouted this sage skincare advice at me. I had heard of Clearasil. I had tried Clearasil. But while it was a perfectly fine facial wash, it

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50 Book Recommendations from my Kids to Yours

Last year I put together a list of 28 books or series my kids love. This year, I’m adding their favourite books of 2019, along with the original 28, so if you’re buying books for kids, this list of 50 may be of use. For reference, at time of posting, my

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The best of… no, wait, all the books I read this year

Last week I wrote about the books my kids loved this year – 28 recommendations from my kids to yours – so this week I thought I’d post about the books I loved in 2018. There are lots of “best books” newspaper articles and blog posts at the moment, and

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The Photo Not Taken

Two summers ago, we spent a glorious fortnight in Marina di Venezia, a campsite near Venice that’s situated right on the beach. About five days into our holiday, I was lying awake in bed, cranky after a bad night’s sleep, and irrationally irritated that everyone else was still snoring (including the

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Worry Not: No More Worries Kit – Review and Giveaway

“What’s up pet?” I asked my middle child on Friday evening, when she looked a bit sad. She shrugged. “I’m not sure what it is. I think I’m just worrying about lots of things but I don’t even know what they are.” This isn’t uncommon – she’s my little worrier.

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Hayfever – Practical Tips and Literal Solutions

Until my mid-twenties, I thought hayfever was something limited to children, limited to summer, and limited to people who sat around in fields of hay, rubbing sheaves of dry grass in their eyes. That last one is a slight exaggeration, but really I didn’t think of it as debilitating, and

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Five Go Out On The Ice – Christmas World Review

“Mum, help me skate!” said my smallest, during our first few minutes out on the ice at Christmas World last week. “Eh, I don’t know how to skate,” I told him, reaching a hand helplessly towards him, but unable to make my way across the ice. If you’ve been ice skating

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Women’s Executive Health Screening – Review and Giveaway!

Apart from an unfortunate incident with a laundry basket which resulted in a broken finger (I knew laundry was dangerous) I haven’t needed medical attention very often over the years, and happily for me, I’m rarely at the GP. However the downside of this is that there’s no regular general

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A Place You Have To Go Twice – Kenmare Bay Hotel

Back when I had two-under-two, I found that going anywhere further than the local shop was a challenge. Actually, even going to the local shop was a challenge. So when the smallest was nine weeks old, and the biggest was a whopping 23 months old, we were understandably nervous setting

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Got hay fever? Don’t suffer in silence

When I was in my mid-twenties, I figured I had finally become a grown-up. I had a proper job with a proper swivel-y chair, a new boyfriend (now husband) and very grown-up things like health insurance and more than one handbag. So when my eyes started to itch one spring, I

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Santa Science at Imaginosity with Three Very Different Kids

I have three kids. Sometimes they’re all very similar – like when all of them cry at once because I turn off the TV or when they all beg for a second advent calendar sweet. And sometimes they’re all quite different. On Sunday, at a Santa Science Lab in Imaginosity, I had

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Santa Visit Review – Airfield Estate Christmas Experience

Dusk. A mild November evening, with a huge purple sky above, and twinkly lights visible in the distance. They ran, one following the other, through the falling darkness. They’d just seen real reindeer, and now they wanted to take a peek into Santa’s bedroom. Rushing, single-minded, single-file. We had arrived

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Oh My Welly – Review and Giveaway!

The poor third child. Two weeks ago, we were asked by his teacher to bring wellies in to preschool, so at home that afternoon, I picked them up to pack them in his bag. They looked a little small so I got him to try them on. He couldn’t get his

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Snap Happy – Foto Store Review and Giveaway

I’m addicted to taking photos. I have been, ever since I got my first camera, back in the late 80s. It was a dark-blue-coloured Kodak, long and flat, and I loved it. I took it on every trip and on every night out, and captured a few very carefully chosen

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An Orla Kiely bin no less!

I have a child who is not great with change. When our old car shuddered to a halt and died last year, and we replaced it with a shiny new one, she wrote a note that said “I hate the new car” and left it on the kitchen table. When

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Bright Star Kids – Personalised Labels and Backpack Review

I’m in super-organisational-mode. It’s day three of summer holidays, and I’ve already washed the school uniforms. This is far better than Easter, when I found them at the bottom of the laundry basket the night before the kids were due back to school. I’ve washed lunch boxes, and I fully intend

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I love povey – interview and review

A very nice thing about blogging is being offered products to review. The hard part is deciding whether to say yes or not, but when Claire Povey asked if I’d like to try one of her hand-made beach bags, one click through to her website was enough to convince me to

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