Category: Reviews

Glenroe Open Farm

I may be almost ready to pop with only a couple of weeks left before little miss arrives but I’m taking advantage of my summer off so I loaded the kids into the car with a mini picnic and headed down the m50/N11 to Glenroe Farm Co Wicklow, to continue our Adventure’s of Eire. It’s been over three years since our last visit and it was great to see it’s still as fun as ever.

Glenroe Farm is a family run business, established in 1994. Glenroe was a well-known series that aired on RTE during 1983-2001. The famous 350-year-old thatched farm cottage, home to Dinny, Biddy and Miley Byrne still stands just within the main entrance that now hosts a mini museum of exhibitions.

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Obeo – Food Waste Box : Review & Giveaway

A couple of months I was approached to review Obeo – food waste boxes, and before you think the parenting blogger has lost her marbles, there’s a good reason behind it why I agreed. You know Frankie my man-child, the one who destroys my house on a daily basis? Yes him! Well when he found his knees, he found our bin and when he found our bin, he found the rubbish and well we all know babies and bins don’t go well together, so soon my bin was on my counter top. After a few weeks of it bugging the absolute shit out of me it ended up out the back garden by the patio door. Then we no longer had a bin but a plastic bag sitting on the draining board. (more…)

Wexford Lavender Farm Review

Our family adventures continue as we explore the little treasures Ireland has to offer. This week we landed upon Wexford Lavender Farm. This farm is Ireland’s first lavender farm and it’s hidden amongst the scenic countryside just outside Gorey. There is ample parking charged at €2 per car and a number of activities to keep the babogs entertained. (more…)

Boots Parenting Club Launch

This morning I attended the launch of Boots Parenting Club in the InterContinential, Simmonscourt Road. Tv3’s Xpose presenter Aisling O’Loughlin told us of her experiences as a mother while Irelands Super-nanny Niamh O Reilly from The Nursery gave us some practical sleep advice and one of Boots Pharmacists was also on hand to answer all queries us mammies threw at her. It was a fantastic morning full of chats with some familiar faces, nibbles and I got an awesome goodie box of products upon departure that I’ll actually use. (more…)

Irish Baby Special Offer App Every Parent Should Download

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I love nothing more than finding a bargain but it’s even better when an app finds it for you and takes all the hassle of searching instore or online for all the latest deals. The BabyDoc App helps us mammies and daddies save money and time by showing us what savings you can make on baby product purchases, according to your location and product preferences. BabyDoc provides information on special offers that is updated every 24 hours to ensure all offers are up-to-date. It basically it gives you the special offers you want and where to get them.

There’s some great features on the App too. You can favourite particular brands and receive alerts when that product is on special offer. For example if I’m looking for WaterWipes I can opt to get notifications direct to my phone when they are on special in any of the featured shops like Dunnes Stores, Tesco, SuperValu, Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy.

The best bit is this app is available to download for FREE on Android and iPhone. Check it out, it won’t cost you a thing and could save you a couple of eurahs!

Creeper Crawler Review

Creeper Crawlers is an Irish company dedicated to supporting the natural development stages of babies through fun and functional developmental products. Crawling is a vital stage of development but babies’ can slip, bump and bruise themselves on wood, tiles and laminate floors and Creeper Crawler suits provide additional traction to enhance the natural developmental stages of infants. (more…)

Summer Bucket List : 10 Things to do with the kids this summer in Ireland

I’m really looking forward to the summer off with the babogs however money will be tight and my energy levels will be limited with our pending arrival due in late August. There’ll be no summer holidays for us this year, or the foreseeable so we’ll be exploring Ireland and some of it’s hidden treasures. There are so many beautiful places to visit and most of them won’t break the budget if you plan wisely and bring a packed lunch with you. Here are ten nine places you must visit this summer.

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A Day in Family Life with Berit Alits Photography

I was recently invited to take part in a ‘Day in Family Life’ shoot with Berit Alits, a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

A Day in Family Life shoot is when a photographer joins you and your family in your home half as a guest, and half as a photographer shadowing your daily routines, capturing a visual diary of images as they happen with no posing or direction.

At first I was very anxious about inviting a complete stranger into my home but nowadays with technology I was able to research everything before finally agreeing.

Berit arrived last Sunday and highly recommended continuing our normal daily routine to keep the captured moments more real and honest. As advised we didn’t dress up nor had our hairs done. I wore my everyday BB cream, leggings and had my hair the way it would be any other day because that is how my kids will remember me. As for the kids and the other half, they wore their everyday clothes too.

Kayla took to Berit immediately and began requesting pictures, posing in true fashion within moments of her arrival, while Frankie wasn’t fazed by her presence at all. Daddy on the other hand is camera shy so he found it a little awkward adjusting to been followed everywhere. Although within an hour he was fine.

Berit was so professional at all times. She was fantastic with the kids; she blended in and interacted as she snapped some precious moments that the kids can revisit and put an actual picture to their memories when they are older.

Berit took close to one-thousand photo’s on the day and we received just around three-hundred beautiful images. Here are some of my favourites…

He got a boo-boo…

And yes that’s a five year old wrestling a pregnant woman…

Off to Taekwon-Do…

All that excess energy landed her five minutes on the naughty step…

Bathtime…

We went to our usual fairy hunting spot on the outskirts of Blessington in Co. Wicklow…

While the day itself was long it was an unforgettable experience. The photos will be cherished and something very precious to look back on in years to come. Berit has an amazing eye for capturing the beauty in everything in front of her lens, and as an added bonus she is such a lovely person I would highly recommend Berit for all your photography needs.

If you would like to read more on a ‘Day in Family Life’ shoot, or to view Berits amazing wedding and portrait portofolio check out www.beritalitsphotography.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Sophie La Girafe Review & Giveaway

Teething toy, Sophie La Girafe was born in France over fifty years ago. She measures 17cm and is a flexible, slender and soft toy that babies’ can squeeze and chew safely. Sophie is a 100% natural toy, free from phthalates and BPA free. She is also painted with non-toxic food-grade paint.

When Frankie began teething about six months ago I struggled to find a teething toy that would fit in his little hands. My neighbour rescued us one evening when he gifted us with a Sophie La Girafe, a little squeaky giraffe shaped teether designed for little hands no matter what position it was held it in. Being Frankie, he put it straight to his mouth and found immediate comfort as he chewed and drooled over her.

Frankie has mauled and gnawed on every inch of her body, from her ears, horns and legs. It’s definitely a favourite here. She is very light and her long legs and neck were easy for him to grip especially when he was younger. He also got very excited when he heard her squeak. Her flexible & soft body means that he can manipulate her into different positions too.

I found Sophie very effective, so when we lost her on our travels one day I picked up another and she was loved as much as the first. I’d recommend a Sophie La Girafe for babies’ aged 3-12 months old; she is a classic teether that stimulates senses whilst soothing them too.

I have managed to get my hands on a standard Sophie La Girafe to GIVEAWAY to one lucky My Little Babog reader.

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Competition closes Sunday 26th of April and is open worldwide. Part of this competition is hosted on Facebook but is not endorsed by Facebook. All opinions are as always, my own.