Turning 2,New Job & Finally Maternity Leave ~ Little Loves

Morning all! Welcome to the weekend, and my contribution to this weeks #LittleLoves, Morgana’s linky over at Butwhymummywhy on what we have been loving this week.

It really has been a big week for me and my little family.That interview I did a few weeks ago – well I got the job and found out yesterday (on my last ever shift before baby arrives), that it’s a permanent post in the Emergency Department. I really could have cried. Nursing jobs in Ireland especially permanent positions are few and far between, so I feel very lucky and proud to have this opportunity to return to after my maternity leave ends. So now I can relax, as of today I’m on maternity leave….let the “resting” and “nesting” begin. (more…)

Spaghetti Chicken with Red Onion,Sundried Tomatoes and Balsamic Vinegar


I recently saw a picture of this dinner on Instagram. There wasn’t a recipe, but just the ingredients used – it’s really a cook the spaghetti and chicken and toss everything in a bowl kind of dish. We all loved it and Amelia had seconds. (more…)


Tassel garlands are a huge party trend. It’s easy to make your own with some tissue paper,scissors and string.I made a rainbow/primary coloured tassel garland for Amelia’s party last weekend.

This tutorial shows you how to make a larger version big enough to dress the front of a buffet table or stretch across a wall, but you can easily scale down the project. For a version small enough to add flair to your dining chairs, use 1/8 sheet of tissue paper per tassel.

Materials Needed:
•1/2 sheet of 20″ x 20″ or 20″ x 24″ tissue paper per tassel
•ribbon or cord

1.Cut Fringe

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Amelia’s 2nd Birthday

Yesterday Amelia turned 2. A whole two years of our lives being turned upside down (all for the better) and two years of me being a mummy. We had a lovely party for her on Saturday with family and friends (having a birthday party the Final Day of the Six Nations was not my cleverest moment,especially when both families want to watch the rugby!)and yesterday I watched the clock hitting 8:30am and thought back to two years ago, in a snowy cold London being handed a very quiet baby into my arms. She didn’t stay quiet for very long. We have had two brilliant years, that have involved a lot of change, one move back to Ireland and two house moves and she is very soon going to be a big sister. The day we took her home I begged my husband to turn the car around and take us back to the hospital – I had a fear that we would kill her, but we have got to two with just a few scrapes and bruises…..we have survived!

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To My Child


I don’t usually post on a Sunday, and though I’m knackered after Amelia’s party yesterday I wanted to share this poem with you all. My mum gave it to me yesterday with Amelia’s gifts and I’ve only just had a chance to read it. I cried. Have a read and let your child just be!


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Saying Goodbye,Birthday Prep & Maternity Leave~ #Littleloves

Goodmorning & Happy Friday! We missed out on last weeks “Little Loves”, as sadly my lovely Grandad passed away and we were at home for his funeral.He was my last grandparent alive, and though we are all very upset, I’m so happy he got to know Amelia and we have plenty of pictures of them together.

Moving on…..this week has been all about getting the last few bits ready for Amelia’s 2nd birthday party this Saturday, and deciding whether I’ll work any more shifts! I’m thinking I’m done, but may work one last shift next week. (more…)

*Giveaway* Leahys Open Farm Family Passes


Last year we visited Leahys Open Farm in Co.Cork, which you can read all about here!  This farm is so well worth a visit. Situated in East Cork, this family run farm is open to visitors of all ages for the Summer and Christmas seasons. They have a large selection of animals on display – Camel, Monkeys, Rheas, Llama, Alpacas, Snakes, Sheep, Goats, Horses and lots more….We had such a great day and looking forward to going back again this year, hopefully we will meet young Farmer Jack again, who was our personal tour guide on the day. (more…)

Ice Ice Baby ~ 34 Weeks of Pregnancy

I have not really documented my pregnancy on the blog, as I’m a bit wary of sharing something that has yet to arrive, but FYI, it’s been a pretty straightforward, non eventful pregnancy. No real nausea or sickness,maybe a bit more tired than usual in the first trimester and no food cravings/aversions …..until recently. I can’t get enough ICE.

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Children’s Easter Books


We love to read in our house and Amelia is no exception. She has now gone from picking two books to three every night before bedtime – thank god I’m not the one who does the bedtime routine, that’s my husbands job, and he has the patience of a saint! (more…)

Tiger Bread


Making my own bread is something I never really bothered with! The kitchen gets messy, it’s time-consuming, especially if using yeast and it probably costs more than buying loaf of bread in my weekly shop. But oh is it satisfying when you do go to the bother of making it yourself, the smell of baking bread and taking a loaf out of the oven gives me a huge sense of achievement, especially when it gets a big thumbs up from the husband! (more…)

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