I don’t totally, totally hate the playground

Cabinteely Park - Office Mum

The sun was shining, they'd finished lunch, and they needed some fresh air. I had no more excuses. Time to hit the playground. They wanted to go to the one nearest our house - the one where there's cool stuff but it's always freezing cold and there's no decent coffee nearby. "What about Cabinteely Park instead?" ...

Into The West – Review of The Connacht Hotel & What to do With One Day in Galway

Arrival at the Connacht

Eight years ago, I went along to the Saturday Night Show in RTÉ, and came away with a one-for-everybody-in-the-audience night in a hotel. So we duly booked our night, and headed off to Clane with our then seven-month-old. We weren't quite sure how staying in hotels with babies worked, but everyone else seemed to do ...

A Very Short Post on Mother’s Day

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I read an article this week about how commercialised Mother's Day is, how contrived, how Hallmark-y. And another asking why we can't have Mother's Day 365 days a year - why does it have to be just one day. And one saying "Please, whatever you do, don't buy me flowers". And I totally get it - it ...

Parenting By Manipulation – the Frank Underwood Method

Red velvet cake - office mum

This post was originally published on Scary Mommy (which is why it has "grocery store" instead of "supermarket" and why my kids are a year younger than they are now) Watching Frank Underwood doing his thing in House of Cards last night — pulling himself out of yet another impossible situation with words and subterfuge and subtlety — I ...

Office Mum stories – Leisha McGrath

Leisha McGrath - office mum

“In my view the world is seriously missing out because employers are failing to be more creative in the types of working arrangements they offer to women.” Leisha McGrath is an Occupational Psychologist and mum of two. Here she talks about how redundancy prompted her to start working for herself, why she still likes a mix ...