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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…)

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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How To Make & Recycle Old Crayons

Anybody who knows me personally would know I’m a hoarder, I cannot throw anything out. Last year I started collecting old and broken crayons with the hope of doing something fun with them and today we did. Kayla and I spent the afternoon upcycling our crayons. This project is the perfect rainy day activity and it kept her entertained. These upcycled crayons would make the cutest homemade gift too.

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You will need:

Broken crayons

Baking tin or silicon moulds in shape of your choice

How to make you own up cycled rainbow crayons:

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees

2. Peel and break the crayons to fit your moulds

3. Fill your silicon moulds

4. Pop into the oven until all wax has melted (approx. 10-15 minutes)

5. Allow your melted wax to set before removing

6. Leave your smallies to create, draw and explore with their new rainbow crayons.

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You Know You’re a Mammy When…

You Know You’re a Mammy When…

1.       You buy an extra pack of baby wipes to clean up random spills, finger prints and your entire bathroom.

2.       A twenty minute shower with a locked door feels like a day at the spa.

3.       You have an audience whilst showering, shouting the most awkward of questions.

4.       You often finish up showering with only one leg shaved and have you have a frequent presence of unwashed conditioner in your hair.

5.       You can’t see the floor of your car.

6.       You re-define “sleeping-in” to any time past 6.30am.

7.       An early night is going to bed the same time as your children.

8.       You have reheated your tea/coffee in the microwave for the 100th time.

9.       Your kids see you naked more than your other-half.

10.   Going to do the weekly shopping is like taking a vacation.

11.   You forgot to put the wheelie bin out AGAIN.

12.   You will never be able to sort, process or print all the photo’s you have taken.

13.   You’ve been washing the same load of laundry for the third day in a row because you keep forgetting to dry them.

14.   You can do almost anything with one hand.

15.   You consider time on Facebook as spending time with your friends.

16.   You mop the floor, you know the kids are guaranteed to spill something.

17.   Your home is covered in valuable pieces of artwork that didn’t cost you a thing.

18.   You get poop on your hands and you don’t even flinch.

19.   Everything you do is an adventure.

20.   Your kids use your smartphone more than you do.

21.   There is nothing more excruciating than standing on Lego or a kinder surprise toy.

22.   You no longer laugh at the parents of hurricane hell raising children on Channel 4.

23.   You will spend most of your days with a howling resident on the bottom step of your stairs.

24.   Counting to three will be your most commonly used phrase.

25.   There is a finger in your ears, nose or mouth and it’s not yours.

26.   You prefer cuddling and kids movies to hitting pubs and clubs.

27.   You have discovered the miracle of YouTube Kinder Surprise videos.

28.   Picking up a baby and sniffing their butt is not only normal, it’s necessary.

29.   You don’t speak with adults but S-P-E-L-L.

30.   You have convinced your kids that hovering is a game.

31.   Receiving hand-me-downs is like winning the lottery.

32.   You save lives on a daily basis.

and finally – Becoming a parent is a life-changing experience that never ceases to amaze and you wouldn’t change it for the world. But you might trade in a few hours for some me-time!

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El and Baby A | Guest Blog | Get Ready With Me Mommy Edition

Introducing another guest blog and Irish Parenting Blogger, Ellen who writes El and Baby A. Ellen shares her ramblings as a first time mom and the occasional delicious recipes.

Today Ellen shares the reality of getting ready with her baby. It’s like a timeline of events in my own home.

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5am: Tell eight month old it is not time to get up yet and get him back to sleep. Spend twenty minutes planning your outfit for today’s lunch date in your head before falling back to sleep.

7am: Be re-woken by baby who has decided it is in fact time for the day to begin.

7:30am: Trip over the last step of the stairs – it never moves yet you always manage to misjudge it.

7:45am: Feed the beast baby.

8:10am: Make morning tea; be distracted until it reaches four degrees.

8:30am: Get in the shower and wash hair – this is done in three ten minutes segments with regular trips to tend to the little bundles screams, demands and needs.

9:30am: Realise planned outfit is amongst the 27kg of laundry – panic- find a pre baby outfit and tuck all lumps and bumps into waistband. Perfect I was planning on only having water for lunch anyway!

10am: Accessories your outfit with some baby spit up draped over your left shoulder in the form of an abstract print. Pause.

10:10am: Change baby’s nappy. Oh and again because he only poops in clean nappies – expensive taste.

10:30: Feed baby breakfast. Use baby wipes to remove porridge from your hands/arms/ear.

10:55am: Continue. Realise matching socks are a novelty from a former life and be happy you have two clean socks at all.

11am: ‘Find’ baby’s missing toy – which may or may not have been underneath him/ in his other hand!

11:05am: Tie your fresh, clean hair into a perfected messy bun to avoid teasing your baby with your dangling locks. Said baby has the eyes of a sniper – spots your clean hair and tries to surgically remove it from your head using his drooled on, sticky claws hands.

11:20am: Put on one shoe and begin to search house for it’s match. After twenty-five minutes find the lost shoe in the gob of your teething offspring – where most things are found these days!

11:50am: Pick up toy thrown from highchair. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

12pm: Tweet about the stress of your morning #wheresmyshoe #mommyproblems

12:10pm: Nappy change – wee fountain disaster!

12:20pm: Dress baby in adorable outfit.

12:22pm: Poonami in adorable outfit. Re-dress baby in nearest available alternative – matching not necessary.

12:30pm: Keys… Keys… Keys…

1pm: Find keys in the seat of baby’s push along car.

1:15pm: Get everything and everyone in the car. En route.

1:25pm: Realise you’ve forgotten formula/wipes/nappies. Redirect route back home.

2pm: Finally reach lunch destination an hour late. Pat yourself on the back for making it there at all. Use all remaining energy not to nap at the restaurant while you wait for your water.

2:03pm: Make a mental note to never accept a lunch date again until baby reaches 16!

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