Fun in the forest at New Park Manor

As soon as we stepped through the door of New Park Manor I felt my shoulders relax.They have such a laid back, nothing is too much trouble, attitude that it makes you feel great immediately. After petting the beagle puppy in reception, which my daughter is convinced was brought in specially, we were taken to our room, Susan. Yes, all the […]

The Cosy Club

We were very lucky to be invited along to the launch of The Cosy Club in Gunwharf Quays last week and I would thoroughly recommend it. The restaurant has a kind of 1920’s feel to it with all the staff dressed in frilly puffy skirts and red lipstick and the paintings on the walls make […]

The big 6 is nothing to do with energy companies

What an absolute quagmire is trying to sort out a sixth birthday party! With a month ago I asked my daughter which six friends she would like to have to the party, she came up with the six so quickly that we put the numbers up to 8, then after delivering the invitations to her […]

Fussy eating, no problem

My 5 year old daughter is a fussy eater some days. Those days are when she’s with me! I’m by no means the worlds best cook, but she turns her nose up at my culinary delights on a daily basis. But if she has a dinner put in front of her by nanny, she wolfs […]

Oh I’m such an earth mother!

I have to admit I did get a little nervous when my 5 year old announced she’d learnt a new word at school. Which expletive would it be? So my relief was palpable when she came out with “Namaste”! It really made me feel like I’d made it as a parent! I had visions of […]

Good or bad parenting?

I’m yet to determine if the story im about to tell you makes me a good or a bad parent. Me and a friend of mine took our kids to a nice big play park to have a run around, let off some steam and have fun at the weekend. Good? We perched ourselves on […]

Do I have the weirdest child in the world?

My five-year-old daughter has just wolfed down a full roast chicken dinner, minus the potatoes, she doesn’t like them not even chips, strange kid huh. Nothing really out of the ordinary there, until you hear what she asked for next. With a clean plate in front of her she asked “Can I have some more […]

Illness, snow and guilt

Speaking to a pregnant friend, I described motherhood as one long guilt trip. And man oh man have I felt guilty in this last week. I’ve been hit by an awful flu bug and haven’t left the house for a week. Of course that also means my daughter hasn’t been out either which just makes […]

Cadbury’s, stop making my eyes water

Oh my goodness, I’ve just lost it, at an advert for chocolate! Dairy milk have nailed it with this one! A little girl goes to the shop to buy a bar and pays with coat buttons, a plastic medal and a tiny unicorn toy. The shopkeeper gives her the chocolate and takes payment, giving her […]

Lazy option or easy option?

Laziness gets the better of me sometimes, or maybe it’s just wanting to get off the hamster wheel for a second, I try a look for a few short cuts each day, today I reached a new low. My 4 year old daughter came home from school with what looked like half her dinner down […]