Women vs Men; Illness

I am compelled to begin this one with a disclaimer specifically for my wonderful super-human husband who NEVER gets sick and so he can’t give out to me for bitching about him in this blog🤣 not that I would EVER commit such a heinous crime… Illness… malaise… sick… laid up, whatever you want to call…

Women vs Men: Event Planning

Ohhhh yes. Whether it’s birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, weekends away, night out, weddings, the Women Vs Men argument is strong here. Let’s take a basic one; birthdays. Kids birthdays for example. Anyone who has ever organised or hosted a kids birthday party, no matter how small or simple, knows the weeks and maybe even months of…

Women vs Men; TV choices

*Disclaimer* I am acutely aware that everybody is different and all that stuff, and yes I am 100% making sweeping generalisations here, but my Women vs Men series is based on a lifetime of hard evidence gleaned from living with a typical man for some years now and having grown up with a typical man…

Body Thoughts

I want to talk bodies. Bigger bodies. Weight. Fat. Image. Confidence. Whatever. Bodies. I have avoided this topic quite consciously up to now but my thoughts are just screaming to get out at this point so here goes… Weight is a struggle for me and has been my entire adult life. I don’t remember even…

Love Island; Pros and Cons

My newsfeeds are flooded since the weekend with Love Island publicity. On the one hand there are many excited viewers clearing their schedules to get stuck in for another series. On the other hand there are many people making very valid declarations of refusal to engage…and I’m in two minds about which side of the…

Reunited

Eeeeeekkkk!! The shrill but infectious sound of over-excited thirty somethings reunited after an 18 month hiatus. “Are we hugging!? Oh go on, shur aren’t we sharing a room we might as well hug!“ They needed this more than they realised. “Right, we have three rooms, who’s with who?“ They pair off, bound for the lift,…

Mam Down

What a fortnight it’s been… illness, injury, more days off sick than the past 10 years combined, and more hours spent on the couch than I ever imagined possible! I’m almost back to myself after an unfortunate run of bad luck. This Mammy has been up on blocks for the first time in… possibly ever?…

Does Your Childs’ Choice of TV Affect their Behaviour?

Mine does. We have had a crazy month with our eldest and his completely erratic behaviour. There were endless issues at home with hyperactivity, aggression, just general mayhem. And then it spilled into school, and that’s where I draw the line. I realised one day recently that his taste in TV had changed lately, and…

Home

The places they describe are not Home. Those places were never Home to anyone. Home is happy. Home is love. Home is comfort. Home is hugs and food and warmth and laughs and rows and play. Hundreds, thousands of women and children were kept there, but they were never Home. Babies were born and taken…

Beach Trip Tips

The good weather this weekend and the easing of restrictions meant that the boys and I could hop in the car and hit the road to get some beach time in lovely old Miltown Malbay; Spanish Point beach is our fave. My parents live 10 minutes away from there so we have become pro’s at…

Will the Real Me Please Stand Up…

Hi, my name is… Huh? My name is… who? My name is… Tikka tikka… I’m Mommy… I really hope you read that while rapping Eminem in your head!! I tuned in to an Insta Live with @themammyblog.ie and @lisa_nolan.ie this evening in which they were discussing Maternal Mental Health… and how it is about so…

Being “Good” to Yourself vs Being “Kind” to Yourself

What’s the difference I hear you ask? Are they not the same thing? I have come to realise lately that no, they are not the same thing. I love a good excuse to be “good” to myself. What that means to me is usually over-eating foods that I FECKIN LOVE but that are no good…

Big Kids Small Handbag

I have graduated at last! Nope, not a new piece of paper, or new letters after my name… Much more exciting than that! A new handbag! A nice small handbag. For almost 6 years now I have been a mother, and by default I have also been a glorified sherpa. For a mother of small…

The Day That Changed My Life

Hey guess what! I finished a book! Actually I finished two books but the amazing thing is that I managed to finish one at all! One busy week of reading back in March got me to the end of Caitlin McBride’s truly great book “The Day That Changed My Life”. It’s a really warm, inspiring…

I am SO Not Ready

It’s the start of a new chapter in the Book of Parenting for this house. GAA training starts this week, and I am SO not ready… I’m not ready to give up my evenings. I’m not ready to give up my Sunday mornings. I’m not ready for the freezing sidelines & the filthy gear. I’m…

Enhance This

Enhance this, reduce that, smooth this out, plump that up… Ladies, what are doing to ourselves? Lips, lashes, skin, nails, hair, brows, boobs, bums, bellies; we are all born with these things, but most of us are unhappy with what we have been given. Have we made ourselves unhappy or is the world around us…

This is Not News

As I scrolled through the headlines during the week, trying to find something that wouldn’t just enrage me, I came across an article in the Irish Examiner with the headline “Half of New Mothers don’t take time for themselves after Birth” My immediate reaction was to think THIS IS NOT NEWS. Every mother in the…

Disco Drive Meditation

Right ladies, time for some meditation. Some very loud, lively meditation. Meditation is supposed to calm the mind, slow down your thoughts, clear your head of clutter. Meditation in the traditional cross-legged, eyes closed sense is not for everyone. It’s not for me anyways, try as I might! So I have identified my own kind…

Why Bother

I spotted a field of cows & calves right beside the road yesterday while driving back from town. I thought “Great! That’s tomorrow’s activity sorted!” The morning after a boozy zoom is never really a great time to have plans as we all know, but nonetheless I was all gung ho about this amazing adventure…

Go for It

I was going to title this “Just Do It” but then I would probably have ended up being sued by a sportswear brand so here we are… Go for it! Go for what? Whatever it is you want to do, that’s what. I started my blog exactly one year ago today & it’s been a…

Recipe for a Happy Easter

At 12pm today both sides of my brain made noises… The teacher side went… WOOHOOOOOOOOOO a mental break for 2 weeks at last! The Mammy side went… Oh Jesus how are we going to manage a fortnight off???! So as I tipped around cleaning my classroom ready to say Slán until Term 3, my brain…

Frenemies

“Ah two boys! And so close in age! They must be great friends…!” Well let me tell ya folks, it’s 50:50 around here when it comes to how these boys get along… “Frenemies” is probably the best description! Since Small Bro turned 3 last Summer, the dynamics between the duo has changed radically. Up to…

What Women Want

WHAT DO YOU WANT??!! A withered Ryan Gosling screams at his crazy-in-love other half… (probably the most relatable Ryan Gosling has ever been to most men…!) Mel Gibson also tried his hand at figuring this out on the big screen with amusing results… The million dollar question… what do women want? Well here’s what I…

The Hardest Part

Motherhood. Everyone has a different idea of when it starts, but for me it starts when you see that positive test. You fly into the future in the blink of an eye. You imagine and dream about the minute details of what your life will be with this baby that has been created inside you….

Treading Water

I haven’t put together a blog post in 3 weeks. That’s the longest gap between my efforts in blogging since I started this properly 12 months ago. I just haven’t had those “ping!” moments where an idea comes to me & I start putting words down. My brain has just felt so empty. And at…

Firefly Lane… a Feminist Feast

Netflix has yet again come up with the goods. Firefly Lane aired last week for the first time, a show that I saw previews for before Christmas & thought “Ooh! That looks like a nice show!” Well I was wrong. It was so much more than a nice show. It was amazing. So much more…

Oh to Be a Cress Seed

Wouldn’t you just love to be as simple as cress. Bitta water, some damp tissue & you’re ready to grow at lightening speed! That right there is low maintenance. I unfortunately am not cress. I need a hell of a lot more than damp tissue to be my best self. I need lots of food……

Walking Out the Door

Go on admit it, we have all had the split second of thinking it… Contemplating… Tempted… Considering… Fantasizing… Wanting to walk out the door and just keep on walking. Insert obligatory statement here that I love my family & I’m so grateful yadda yadda yadda but really… What would actually happen? If we did just…

An Ode to Heels

Shoes are memories. Particularly heels. Flashbacks. Throwbacks. Highlight Reels of a woman’s life. Pandemic life has rendered my heels redundant and it makes me sad. I’m not someone who wears heels on a daily basis, or even a regular basis. I am 5’1″ and perfectly happy to stay at that height until there is an…

The Waiting Game

Just a sec. In a minute. I heard you and answered you the first time. Yes you can, once I’ve finished this. You can see that I am in the middle of something right now. You can have it later on, after lunch. It’s not time to eat again yet, you’ve just had two breakfasts….

Thrown Off

I have been thrown off balance. I am falling off the tight-rope that I was barely clinging onto this time last week. Whatever shred of post-Christmas balance I managed to regain last week is well and truly gone. I had reeled in the sugar binges. I had reduced the evening snacking. I had returned to…

Any Craic?

One week into 2021… it’s been eventful! Have we learned anything? Here’s a roundup of the week that’s been… Similar (but yet opposite!) to the Millennium Bug, Covid didn’t care about 2020 being over at midnight on December 31st and has decided to stick around Rona is a spiteful b*tch and has chosen to start…

Toilet Training Diary; 6 Months On

Last May I took on what I thought would be the challenge of the year… Toilet Training Small Bro. Little did I know it would probably be the least stressful thing I have endured since then! I documented our early days & put them into some brief blog posts if you fancy having a read…

Through Their Eyes

What a weekend it has been. If I didn’t have a “smart” phone I might not have known any different, but I insist on keeping myself in touch with the world despite the absolute apocolyptic sh*tshow it has become. Things haven’t gotten any worse for me personally but this weekend has meant even more bad…

The 2020 Gaps

In so many ways I feel like this year never even happened. There are so many gaps in 2020, gaps that would usually be filled by other people in our lives. The “holidays” at the grandparents’. The Easter/Summer/Halloween gatherings with my girls. The Mid-Term meetups with fellow mammies & their smallies. The newborn snuggles. The…

Back in Your Box Buddy

Straight up, this one is a rant. An Anti-Elf rant. And no I’m not a Grinch!! I happen to think that elves are actually quite lovely for the most part, but when it comes to the very ironically named “Buddy”… I just can’t deal. Whoever introduced him to the Pre-Christmas mayhem is definitely not on…

On Your Journey Towards Motherhood

Rosanna Davidson’s announcement of the birth of her twins has just filled me to the brim with happiness and utter elation for her & her family. What a journey they have been on. A long, difficult, painful journey. And now here they are, with two little bundles of joy to add their gorgeous family. Reading…

Heavy is the Head

The Queen. Her Majesty. Ma’am. A leader of people. A Head of Nations. And a mother. A guilty one. Never was Queen Elizabeth II more relatable than as she was portrayed in a new episode of The Crown. (No spoilers coming I promise!) The episode in question puts the spotlight on the Queen’s relationship with…

Nap-Free Zone

This weekend marked the first weekend in 5 years that we haven’t had a napping child! Small Bro is 3 since July, and he may still be resistant to sleeping through the night but by god did he love his naps. Right through lockdown he napped like clockwork, and the structure it gave to all…

Death by a Thousand Whys

Why. Why. WHY!!! Why do 3 year olds feel the need to use this tiny but massively annoying word a thousand times a day? There is just no sense nor reason to the amount of “why” I hear every day. Just as one boy grew out of it, the other started! Regardless of the answer…

Self-Care… Do you Dare?

Ah yes, self-care… quite the buzzword lately. Sometimes it annoys me ‘cos it seems to be everywhere, other times I’m all for reading about it, nevertheless I have no doubt about its importance in our overall wellbeing. I see people online from time to time snapping their way around an amazing spa with #selfcare slapped…

Come Flounder with Me!

I was bored today. Yes I said it! I was bored. I reached a point early in my day where everything I NEEDED to do was done. Dishwasher was on, laundry was washed & hanging, the house was an acceptable level of tidy. I had nothing urgent or niggling on my mind. I had nothing…

Shur Look, We Have to Get on With It

“Shur look, we have to get on with it.” I feel like I spend my time saying these words lately. At home, in school, on the phone, in the shop, at the chemist, I don’t go anywhere else so that’s the end of that list! Level 3, level 4, level feckin 90, it’s all the…

Mammy-Versaries

Big Bro turned 5 this week. It was my 5th Mammy-Versary! It’s a big milestone in his life & it’s a big milestone in our lives too! Some might say the “hardest” years are behind us… parents of teenagers would probably say the hardest is yet to come! Either way it’s crazy to think that…

Evolution of a Weekend

If you ask a parent how their lives have changed since having children, they will most likely mention the word “weekends” in the first or second sentence. Before we had children, we were the ultimate lazy couple. We may or may not be out of bed by 11am, there would be at least one meal…

Emotional Constipation

Anyone following my Insta stories over the weekend will know it was a weird one. I had had a few days of just feeling “meh” “yuck” whatever you want to call it, I daren’t say I was sick, because I wasn’t, I just felt like the life had been sucked out of me & couldn’t…

Tantrum Thursday

Thursday. Day 4. Over the hump, but not the weekend yet. A month in now & I definitely see a pattern emerging. A cranky, overtired, insatiable, irrational, energy draining pattern. This evening has been yet another Thursday evening of boys having meltdowns & me trying NOT to have a meltdown. Home from the childminders at…

More Picks of the ‘Flix!

It’s been a while since I put my last list of Netflix recommendations together, and needless to say there has been a lot of watching done since! I stuck at Seinfeld on All4 for ages since, but at Series 8 it’s getting a bit dull so I’m putting that one to bed for a while!…

Blogging in a “Bloggers” World

In March I took the plunge & joined the vast & complicated world of Blogging. A couple of friends had suggested that I do it a while back, but I just had no interest, and full disclosure, I was also terrified of trying & falling flat on my arse! Once I had a few ideas…

Mammy’s Got Talent

A recent post I came across on Insta (@irishmamabuys) was asking Mammies to share their talents; this got me thinking about my own talents; Pre and Post-Mammyhood; cos let’s face it, they are two different lives! Pre-Mammy Talents; Sleeping In Ignoring laundry in the machine for days Cooking as little as possible Window Shopping Browsing…