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Tired of reading parenting magazines and articles featuring ‘perfect’ parents, warnings against having babies too young, too old, too…middlely(!)…. and that if you don’t plan to breast feed for the first ten years of your child’s life, you’re already a terrible parent?

Well you won’t get any of that judgmental rubbish here. Read our honest and enlightening blog from Sharyn Hayden and a host of other highly entertaining contributors. It’ll all put a smile on your face, promise…

Mara and Me – A Mother’s Story

On Halloween morning 2015, my childhood friend Melissa woke up to what would be a living nightmare. Her daughter Mara, then 4, blonde haired and blue eyed and delicate in that most beautiful of little girl ways, had developed a huge lump on her neck, literally overnight. “She wasn’t sick”, Melissa told me over a […]

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We’re Not Feelin Ya, Ophelia

“Well..did you survive the night?!!” That’s all we are hearing this week in the wake of Mz Ex-Hurricane Ophelia who hit the south west coast of Ireland with the MAJOR rages on Monday morning. Us Irish, as usual, had been fairly chillaxed about it’s arrival. Except me. I’d been flinging garden furniture and toys into […]

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The 12 Stages Of Going C(gl)amping With the Kids

If you think I was built to camp, you can think again. But since the summer hols are no longer anything to do with me (thank you, parenting), I conceded to 4 nights glamping in a lodge at Hidden Valley in Wicklow. I didn’t regret it. Well, I did. But not for the reasons I […]

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Burning Down The House: Part Deux

It’s safe to say this summer is a load of balls. Yes, perhaps this does counter my attempt at positivity in another recent post BUT things have changed since then. It was one thing when Jacob fractured his elbow and put paid to all our plans for summer holiday adventures and especially anything water-related. It […]

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3 Female-driven Shows To Watch On Netflix Right Now

So.. we don’t have telly. I mean, we have a telly, but we just don’t have the telly stations. It’s not a hipster choice – or a choice at all, to be honest – we’ve just broken the remote and haven’t gotten back around to getting a new one, or fixing the old one. That’s […]

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Ballet, Baths and Booze: Tips For Surviving The Summer Hols

I wouldn’t normally be a complainer about the kids being off for summer. Sure, in comparison to my nephew in the UK (5 weeks off, total), the Irish school’s time off seems rather.. long drawn out. Sure, the notion of trying to figure out how to keep their little minds engaged whilst running the hind legs […]

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Entertaining 5-Year-Olds With Broken Arms On Summer Hols

Don’t be disappointed but this isn’t actually a helpful, informative piece about what you should do if your 5-year-old should fracture his elbow on summer hols. No. This is an appeal for HELP. There are 5-ish weeks left to go before school decides to get over their (very tanned by now) selves and start back […]

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All That Happened The Day We Opened A Deli By Mistake

On May 12th, 2017, Ass Monkey and I accidentally opened up a delicatessen. I mean, we had planned to do it, we’d talked and dreamed about it for years. But were we really prepared to open a deli for the first time? Were we fuck. At 7am on that Friday morning, we opened the doors […]

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40 Things To Do Before You Turn 40

It had to go and happen. I had to go and leave my thirties. Fuck’s sake. I haven’t had what you could call a birthday party since my 30th although I do like taking a moment on the day itself to pat myself on the back for any nice nice achievements or moments during the previous […]

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Easter Holidays: The Good And The Sugar-Fuelled Rages

We’re on the last Friday of the (WHY SO LONG?) Easter Holidays and I must admit – I’ve finally gotten used to that holiday feeling. Jacob and I woke this morning (Eva is still up having her beauty sleep at 8.30am), came down stairs and cleaned away the pizza box from our second-takeaway-in-a-row party last […]

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