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 ...

The only thing worse than looking, was looking away

WelcomeRefugees

This morning I dropped my three-year-old to preschool, and when I got home, I clicked onto Twitter. The first thing I saw was the picture of Syrian child Aylan Kurdi's body on a beach. Instinctively I clicked back out - it felt completely wrong to look at it at all. But a moment later, the only thing ...

Things I said this week that didn’t make sense when I met my husband

In the cloud

"They'll all be in the cloud thing anyway," I said to my husband last night, talking about backing up my photos. "Maybe we should put them on the lap top anyway," he said. "Just in case the cloud runs out of space." It's a conversation that wouldn't have made much sense when we first met fifteen years ago. Any ...

Emotions You Can’t Explain – The Domestic Edition

23 emotions

Did you see this list of emotions people experience but can't explain? I loved it. I thought of some others that I'd put on my own personal list - less philosophical, more prosaic: Ijustcant: The annoyance you feel when you pass a pair of shoes on the stairs, knowing they've been there for two days and nobody has bothered picking ...

12 Signs There’s a Thing We’re Calling a Heatwave

Offie Mum - wine - Dun Laoghaire

In most countries, temperatures of 18 degrees don't qualify as a heatwave but in Ireland, we'll take what we can get. It might be still chilly in exposed areas (in either sense) but we know how fleeting this is, and we're making the most of it. Some signs there's a thing we're calling a heatwave in ...

Beauty Blogger for a Day: Barefaced Beauty

Office Mum - make-up

While beauty bloggers are sent highlighters and eye-shadows and lipsticks to review, parent bloggers are asked if they'd like to take a look at cleaning products. OK, not always, I'm exaggerating, but still. Wouldn't it be great to be sent free beauty products? And to try them, and to write about them? Well lovely Sinead at ...

A Minority Viewpoint on Sports Day

Kid

I'm going to sound like a killjoy now. I'm going to sound like the girl who always came last and never caught the ball (I was indeed the girl who always came last and never caught the ball.) But is it time to look at refreshing sports day? Could we come up with something that's more ...

The A to Z of Me

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I've been tagged, blogger-speak for being tapped on the shoulder by another blogger, and the topic is "The A to Z of Me". Which sounds slightly self-indulgent, but I'm curious to see where I end up. So thanks Bumbles of Rice for the tag, and here goes: A is for Artist, which is what I wanted ...