50 Book Recommendations from my Kids to Yours

Last year I put together a list of 28 books or series my kids love. This year, I'm adding their favourite books of 2019, along with the original 28, so if you're buying books for kids, this list of 50 may be of use. For reference, at time of posting, my kids are 12, 10 and almost 8. ...

Five Go Off To Eat Crisps : The Clayton Hotel Liffey Valley and Tayto Park

Five years ago when we first went to Tayto Park, I admit, I was confused. Was it a playground with a zoo attached? Or a zoo with a playground attached? Our kids were too small for any of the rides, and I don't remember seeing any rollercoasters - I was too busy trying not to lose sight of ...

The best of… no, wait, all the books I read this year

Last week I wrote about the books my kids loved this year - 28 recommendations from my kids to yours - so this week I thought I'd post about the books I loved in 2018. There are lots of "best books" newspaper articles and blog posts at the moment, and at first I thought about trying ...

The Photo Not Taken

Marina di Venezia Andrea Mara Office Mum

Two summers ago, we spent a glorious fortnight in Marina di Venezia, a campsite near Venice that's situated right on the beach. About five days into our holiday, I was lying awake in bed, cranky after a bad night's sleep, and irrationally irritated that everyone else was still snoring (including the four-year old source of my ...

Worry Not: No More Worries Kit – Review and Giveaway

No More Worries Kit - Andrea Mara Office Mum

"What's up pet?" I asked my middle child on Friday evening, when she looked a bit sad. She shrugged. "I'm not sure what it is. I think I'm just worrying about lots of things but I don't even know what they are." This isn't uncommon - she's my little worrier. She worries when her glasses are missing, ...

Hayfever – Practical Tips and Literal Solutions

Boots hayfever bundles - office mum

Until my mid-twenties, I thought hayfever was something limited to children, limited to summer, and limited to people who sat around in fields of hay, rubbing sheaves of dry grass in their eyes. That last one is a slight exaggeration, but really I didn’t think of it as debilitating, and I didn’t think it would ...

Women’s Executive Health Screening – Review and Giveaway!

Smithfield, Charter Medical - Office Mum

Apart from an unfortunate incident with a laundry basket which resulted in a broken finger (I knew laundry was dangerous) I haven't needed medical attention very often over the years, and happily for me, I'm rarely at the GP. However the downside of this is that there's no regular general check-up, not to mind anything more ...

A Place You Have To Go Twice – Kenmare Bay Hotel

Out for dinner in Kenmare 7 years ago

Back when I had two-under-two, I found that going anywhere further than the local shop was a challenge. Actually, even going to the local shop was a challenge. So when the smallest was nine weeks old, and the biggest was a whopping 23 months old, we were understandably nervous setting off on our very first ...