Best. Day. Ever. (or so we’ll say)

fireworks - office mum

We took the kids for tapas last weekend - not because they're really into Spanish-style eating and not because we're trying to broaden their cultural horizons - it was more of an accident really. We went to see fireworks in Dun Laoghaire, and once they were over, we tried a few of the nearby restaurants, but ...

Office Mum stories – Maureen O’Rourke

Maureen O

“I always wanted to work in Xtra Vision and watch movies all day. I still hanker after that some days!” This week I meet Maureen O’Rourke, a mammy of two, living in Shankill and working in Digital Banking.  Maureen, thank you for taking part in the series! So, could you tell me how many children you have ...

November walls are closing in

November rain - office mum

I don't know if it's the change in weather, or the in-betweenness, or just the relentlessness of the school runs, but the inevitable low has hit and hit hard. A month ago, I celebrated six months as a freelancer - happy with my CV of published articles and thrilled with a blog award. Of course, I tempted fate ...

Santa Visit Review – Airfield Estate Christmas Experience

Airfield Christmas at dusk - Office Mum

Dusk. A mild November evening, with a huge purple sky above, and twinkly lights visible in the distance. They ran, one following the other, through the falling darkness. They'd just seen real reindeer, and now they wanted to take a peek into Santa's bedroom. Rushing, single-minded, single-file. We had arrived at the Airfield Estate Christmas Experience ...

Keeping Your Older Child Safe: Booster Seats – Myths and Facts

RSA Booster Seats office mum

One of the most confusing (and nerve-racking) areas of parenting for me has always been car seats. There's a huge choice, there's lots of information, but unlike picking a playmat or a highchair, the top consideration is of course safety, and there's no room for error. As a parent, I desperately want to get it ...

Saturday Night Evolution

cocktails

The roar of football from one room, a kids' movie in the other. The smell of steak and onions. An as yet unopened bottle of red on the counter. It's on a promise. The doors are closed, the blinds are down, the pressure's off. There's a blanket of calm with a weave of excitement running through. There's an ...