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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…

Me and My Middle-Aged Chocolate Spread

If 20s are the new teens and 30s are the new 20s, 40s the new 30s and so on.. when does middle age officially begin now? I recently turned 42 and let me tell you.. all hell is breaking loose. If I compare photos from last year to this, there are outrageous differences – I […]

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Lovely, Just As Your Lips Are

I wanted to write something about all these lip fillers you see everywhere. You know, on the 19/20/21 year olds about the place; the ones serving your coffee, taking the train to college, teaching your kids dance class. The ones whose lips look too big for their little faces & you know they don’t truly […]

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Detective Pikachu The Movie: Definitely, Definitely Go Catch It.

Last year it was Minecraft. My then 6-year-old spoke only in Blocks and Villagers, Obsidian and EnderDragons. By the time I got around to Googling ‘WTF Is The Actual Point of Minecraft?!’ he had developed a whole new language altogether. This one consisted of Energies and EX’s, Evolutions and Legendaries. Prone as I am to […]

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The Good, The Blog & The Ugly

Eva starts school this September. We got the letter at the beginning of the year, asking us to nominate our school preference for her, and I thought, ‘They have this wrong. She doesn’t go until next year, right?!’ WRONG. Our baby girl turns 5 this July and off she pops then to school after the […]

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Valium and the Summer Holidays..

I like the summer holidays. I do. I like living by the beach – especially when we have summers like this one – because the age-old question in Ireland of ‘WTF am I going to do with them all summer?!’ is easily answered by packing everyone off to the seaside for a long, lazy day. […]

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What To Do When Your Kid Gets Lego Stuck Up Their Nose

Yes, this is a real post and yes, this 100% happened yesterday. As if getting our little darlings back to school wasn’t excitement enough, Eva approached me as I sat on the couch yesterday evening after dinner, with just a tiny bit of trepidation. “Mam, I just wanna tell you something. I just sort of […]

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Confession: 20 Things I Completely F*cked Up in 2017

I am generally a pretty positive person, but with a healthy dose of self-awareness. It’s great to have platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter et al to filter messages about our lives and the way we would like for it to be portrayed. But what’s really going on? Are our kids always smiling, standing by the […]

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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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