Surviving self-isolation: 34 things to do with your (young) kids

Hey, friend. Chances are, if you’ve landed here, you’re a parent facing the news that our lives are going to change for the next few weeks/months in light of Coronavirus. You might be feeling anxious, thankful, resolute…or probably a mix of emotions. Whether we stay at home with our kids every day or have justContinue reading “Surviving self-isolation: 34 things to do with your (young) kids”

5 things motherhood has taught me (so far)

This is the last month that, when asked how old my little one is, I can respond in months – without making everyone around me cringe, that is. He feeds himself his own breakfast and is an expert in washing his hands. He remembers little stories from his life and could spend hours throwing stonesContinue reading “5 things motherhood has taught me (so far)”


“I’ll look after the whales once all the humans have been looked after.” This used to be my (imaginary) answer to anyone who stopped me in the street wearing vaguely environment-related branding. I’m not proud of it – and thankfully I never said it out loud! Perhaps because my privileged life has not yet negativelyContinue reading “5 WAYS TO LOOK AFTER THE PLANET TODAY”

The invisible mother

It’s not every morning that something you come across during a mindless Facebook scroll challenges and changes you in such a significant way, but that morning, I did. Allow me to backtrack a little. Jennifer* is the mother of one of my childhood best friends. Her house, which smelled of fresh chocolate chip cookies, wasContinue reading “The invisible mother”

Cutting corners at Christmas

“Just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you SHOULD do it.” I’ve just realised how true this is! The week between Christmas and New Year brings a natural lull with it, a chance to breathe a little between the festivities and before a new leaf is turned. I’ve taken the opportunity to ‘cut corners’Continue reading “Cutting corners at Christmas”

An afternoon at Loaf Pottery

What better combination is there than pottery and pizza, set in a 17th century building? None is the answer, and the newly-opened Loaf Pottery in Crawfordsburn styles the winning combination excellently. What’s more, the Pottery is in fact the latest project of award-winning social enterprise NOW Group, which supports people with learning difficulties and disabilitiesContinue reading “An afternoon at Loaf Pottery”

The Fourth Trimester

Ah, friends, this is such a bittersweet post to write! We have well and truly emerged from the ‘fourth trimester’; those sweet first hazy months of out-of-womb but not-quite-fully-in-the-world sweetness…and I can’t believe what a marked difference there already is in our wee 6 month-old chap who is more independent, curious and hilarious by theContinue reading “The Fourth Trimester”

My foray into natural skincare

My first crush on natural skincare came when adult acne hit me after a fairly unscathed stretch as a teenager (oh the irony!) I found the only thing that really helped to clear my skin was 100% natural mud soap, which I’ve used religiously for 7 years now. Then, when I got pregnant last year,Continue reading “My foray into natural skincare”

My 5 Newborn Essentials

When I was pregnant, I trawled through countless articles and videos claiming to be the “only newborn essentials list you’ll ever need”…but found it all a bit overwhelming and confusing. I really wanted to be well-prepared, but also wanted to avoid gathering lots of stuff and cluttering the house/hurting my bank balance! If you areContinue reading “My 5 Newborn Essentials”