A Frightening Feast

Looking for a truly hideous Halloween? Here are some horror-show hand-outs that are cheap, fun, easy to make, and … prepare to be shocked ... hauntingly healthy! I know, frightening!!!

Sneaky Superfood School Snacks

A QUICK'N'EASY SUPERCHARGED RECIPE FOR the school lunchbox

About those boats

I've never visited a refugee camp, donated heavily to a refugee charity or volunteered to work with refugees in any capacity. The only times I've come close to the reality of being a refugee on foreign shores were a couple of holiday drives...

Too Cool For School

The time has come to get the school gear together, and I’ve browsed around for some cool items your little ones and older kids should not go without this September.

Kids’ Parties – What To Do and Not To Do

Remember children’s parties? They used to be easy. You knew what to expect. Everybody seemed to have fun. No one ended up broke after those three to four hours of silly fun. Kids were generally happy with their presents. There were no special dietary requests, no gift suggestions sent weeks in advance, no fancy stationery … Continue reading Kids’ Parties – What To Do and Not To Do

Agony & Ecstasy: A Realist’s Guide to First-Time Motherhood

You can’t really prepare to be a mum and nothing can really prepare you for what motherhood throws at you. Best advice I ever got: “Expect the unexpected!” This is a realist’s guide to expectant motherhood, which might – or might not – help you keep your sanity after birth and beyond. Your newborn will … Continue reading Agony & Ecstasy: A Realist’s Guide to First-Time Motherhood

Daddy Cool

Of course you've remembered it's Father's Day this coming Sunday, right? If you haven't, don't stress – we've done the leg work for you and selected some stylish gifts to please all kinds: sports heads, barbecue experts, gadget lovers and the well-groomed gent. You're welcome! 1. Blue retro radio with iPhone dock, €140, Debenhams 2. … Continue reading Daddy Cool

Fairytale Fashion

I am perennially in love with fairy tales and a great fan of the fairies. Most recently, I went scouting for the best fairy fashion in shops and on the www, and these are little treasures I found ...  Fairytale femininine frocks have been a noticeable trend in the SS15 collections, and they translated wonderfully into … Continue reading Fairytale Fashion

#instacuteness: Sweet Things & Little Nothings

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The Library: An Office For Me, A Playground for My Child

Working from home, hotdesking outside the home and typing away studiously in a an elegant café are all the rage right now in the era of digital nomadism and Dublin's start-up frenzy. But what if you can't afford to pay for the office space and the gourmet coffee? Then you go to the library! Yep … Continue reading The Library: An Office For Me, A Playground for My Child

Play Time

Published on: http://www.image.ie/Living/Hot-Spots/Play-time/ Eight awesome grown-up games with a retro vibe… There’s lots of outdoor fun to be had this upcoming summer. Here’s my pick of giant retro garden games to take you back to the good old days of your childhood. Kids also welcome! 1. Giant dominoes, €39.90, Uber Games on notonthehighstreet.com 2. Sports Day … Continue reading Play Time

Cute Cuddle Rooms

Don't want your children's room to look exactly like page X of brand catalogue Y? Me neither! Here are some adorable, mostly DIY, marvelously ingenious kids' projects from creative mums and dads from around the world. Some of these come with tutorials and they are super-easy - and reassuringly cheap - to make (so, no excuses!) using items from the … Continue reading Cute Cuddle Rooms

Outdoor Living**

Time to get your backyard in shape for summer: outdoor dome, kids' cabin, picnicware, towels and blankets, boho Oriental wares for that decadent summer feeling ... Here are a few items that could make the outside of your abode more appealing and infinitely cuter:

Little Miss Sunshine

Sunshine and lemons make a great summer! And a wonderful-looking kids’ room too. Yellow is an invigorating, optimistic colour seen often in children’s rooms, both boys’ and girls’. And as a parent, who doesn’t love a gender-neutral, pretty, illuminating colour that all the little ones seem to take to? Here is some of the sublime sunshiny stuff … Continue reading Little Miss Sunshine

Wooden Wonders

Keep it simple, keep it wooden and you can't go wrong when it comes to kids' accessories, interiors and toys! Wooden toys are safe, come in exquisite shapes, and will match any children's rooms (and living rooms, where they tend to overflow from said children's rooms), can be painted and re-painted, they age well and … Continue reading Wooden Wonders

Fairy Fiends

I've always wanted to have a fairy door tree and, when I came across from this lovely post from Grammarly here (Every year on February 26th, Tell a Fairy Tale Day celebrates the art of storytelling), it made me think of all the fairy stories of my childhood. So, Fairy Day was some time ago, and it took … Continue reading Fairy Fiends

Part-Time Power

Published on image.ie Whether you work part-time or full-time, you spend the bulk of your weekdays at work… Can the job be done in fewer hours though? Can less really be more? We’re still recovering from a long and debilitating recession, and most of us are congratulating ourselves on having survived the downturn with our employment … Continue reading Part-Time Power

School Style

It’s late August, almost back to school, and pretty notebooks and shiny pens have begun to catch our eyes… Published on: www.image.ie/People/Family/School-Style/ The time has come to get the school gear together, and we’ve browsed around for some cool items your little ones and older kids should not go without this September. First thing’s first. The schoolbag. … Continue reading School Style

Enchanted Gardens

Published on image.ie Calling all fairies and goblins! We’re enjoying incredible weather this summer, which means lots and lots of kids’ outdoor events in magical gardens all over Ireland. Here’s our round-up of the best outdoor entertainment events for children over the next month… The Dublin Shakespeare Outdoor Theatre Festival organises a series of free … Continue reading Enchanted Gardens

Nimble Fingers

Published on: image.ie Spring/summer weekends? School holidays? Wondering what to do with the kids? Well, don’t let the grass grow under your feet!  Weekends and holidays are the perfect chance to introduce your children to gardening. You’ll probably find that getting them into the garden for more than kicking a ball around won’t be that hard (you … Continue reading Nimble Fingers

Glamp It Up!

Whether you’re feeling nostalgic about childhood camping hols, are headed to a festival or simply want to set up something fun in the garden for the kids, this is some great gear for a memorable sleep under the stars.  1. Cocoon canvas hanging tent, from around €310, The Forest & Co 2. Yellowstone Snowdonia cook set, … Continue reading Glamp It Up!