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A day out in county Armagh

We really enjoyed the last weekend. So much so that we couldn’t wait for this one to come around! This time, we decided to head towards Armagh, it has been ages since I was that way and Alex came up with a very well-documented plan of action which we followed loosely ;-) Our first stop was Portadown, I hadn’t been before but I was really keen to go as that is where BittyButton has its shop. I had known of BittyButton since it was a one woman operation with a small Facebook page. Emma had a personalised hat made when she was two by the very kind grandma of the owner. I haven’t taken a photo of what I bought as they were mainly gifts but I would highly recommend a visit, especially if you are into stationery, easy crafts and Christian artsy things. Oh, and buttons, of course :-): We continued on to Armagh after our delightful stop and we took the scenery route as we wanted to show Emma the apple orchards. She …

A day out in county Down

We love travelling as a family. And we love good food. I have meant to do this sort of post forever. But it is only now that I found the time and the energy to do my first travel and food review. Exciting! We live in county Antrim but a couple of years back we lived for a year in Bangor, county Down. It is a beautiful part of the world and we lived in a stunning location but we didn’t find the people very friendly nor genuine nor kind. So in the end, we moved back where we felt we belonged. But now and again, we return for a visit. And a compulsory bite to eat. This is the seafront in Bangor, in all its sunny splendour. Always chilly and windy, due to the open sea and the currents but always beautiful to look at! We decided to go for lunch at The Salty Dog. Emma and I (and Georgie, as a seven month bump) had stayed there in November 2013, when we moved …

Princess Emma’s T-shirt Review

This week, the lovely people at buytshirtsonline sent Emma a Disney princess kit to review. Emma is 5 and still very much into her princesses and fairy tale endings so as soon as the parcel arrived, she started pestering me relentlessly to assist her in making her own personalised t-shirt. We were out yesterday but this morning we decided it was time to give our creativity a go! The instructions were clear and easy to follow: we cut out the princess shape, leaving a 5 mm edge around the picture. We used the kitchen table as a hard surface to work on and a folded pillowcase to place our t-shirt on. Alex got the iron out and got the t-shirt all wrinkle free. The next step was simply applying our cut out princess, face down, of course, on the t-shirt and passing the hot iron over it for about two minutes. Emma was very pleased with the result but wanted to add her own touch to it, once it cooled off. We were a bit …

50 Shades of Grey (Movie Review by Hubby)

Last weekend, the debate was on, shall we go and see it as a couple or not. I resisted the invitation, hubby was very keen on watching it but the reviews were appalling. So we stayed in and watched “The Vow”, much more appropriate a story for Valentine’s weekend. We had watched it before, when it came out but Alex couldn’t remember much of it and it made for a very rare night in as a couple and led to very interesting conversations in the morning. If you haven’t watched it, I would encourage you to. It is based on a true story and it leaves one feeling hopeful for the future, in spite of trauma and apparently insurmountable obstacles. Love wins, even when it needs to take a new shape and form and start afresh. On the other hand, I am so glad we didn’t go to watch 50 Shades of Grey together that evening. I am so glad I didn’t cave in to the pressure to “act cool” as a couple and go …

Supporting Northern Ireland small businesses: the BubbleBum

I have been living in Northern Ireland since 2007 and I have come to consider this little welcoming and green country my own. I feel privileged to have been approached and asked to write blog reviews for two small businesses in Northern Ireland recently. I will introduce the first to you tonight. When the brilliant mind behind the BubbleBum (I know, genius name, right?) asked us if we loved to road test one, we nearly jumped for joy! The concept is simple yet innovative: this is one light weight car booster seat, suitable for children aged between 4-11 years (15-36kgs) and to be used in conjunction with a 3 point adult seat belt. You can easily inflate and use the BubbleBum almost everywhere: in a taxi, in a childminder’s car, on holidays or at the back of a small car like mine. The inflatable booster seat folds up neatly when not in use and comes complete with a carry bag. A shoulder positioning strap is also provided so that your child can sit safely in …

Emma’s January Reviews

Emma enjoys being a mummy blogger’s offspring and this January was rich in beautiful products she got to try and enjoy. Our most special item was actually sent out at the end of December by Zapf Creation and brought comfort to her, as a bereaved sibling. Baby George came in the post a few days before Christmas and I decided to give it to her straight away, instead of saving him as from Santa. Emma misses her brother more than she wants to admit. She tries to be brave for me, especially on my sad days but I know that the reality of what she is missing will forever stay with her and will grow with time. I cannot replace her brother. I cannot be the playmate he was meant to be. I cannot take the ache away. But I can at least give her the comfort of a toy named like her baby brother and fill her arms with it. She loves her baby George toy. She still plays with it daily, even after …

Healthy January

I haven’t had a very healthy January. Between recovering from the big blow that the first Christmas without our baby was and surviving Georgie’s first birthday, I needed a lot of comfort food and  chocolate. I don’t even like chocolate but grief would do that to you. Change you into someone unrecognizable at times. But I have tried, on my “good days” to choose right. So when British Lion Eggs asked me to take their health challenge and…eat eggs in the process, I enthusiastically agreed! I have never been one to worry excessively about my weight, my fat or my sugar intake were never monitored closely so I didn’t know a lot about cholesterol in eggs. A couple of years ago, after studying about the Paleo diet and the theory behind it, I decided that as a way of living, it was more coherent than most fad diets that would encourage you to eat a restricted group of foods and nutrients, creating havoc in your body. Now, I was too happy to read that indeed, …