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Everything you need to know about the new and improved Dublin Indoor Football

Kyle turned nine last month! And, like most nine-year olds he wanted a football party with all his friends. A couple of years ago, Kyle had his party in Dublin Indoor Football. He loved it, but I didn’t think much of it. It was a bit dark, a bit dreary and the place was just a bit all over the place. Fine for an adult 8 a side once a week but for a children’s birthday party I thought it could do with some improvement.

So, when I saw Dublin Indoor Football had changed premises I thought it was a great time to try it again. And I am so glad we did.


The Premises
Dublin Indoor Football have a brand-new Soccer Dome in Santry. It is the very first purpose-built Football Dome in Ireland. It is beautiful. Its so big and bright and full of life.


Everything is now on the one floor making it accessible for everyone, buggies and wheelchairs included. The pitches are all on the one level, with open plan party rooms in the middle of all the pitches. I love this change, it means from where ever you are in the dome you can see the children.


The whole place itself is spotless. Patricia kindly showed me around their brand-new changing rooms and toilets which are also spotless. The women’s toilet has a baby changing facility and is completely separate to everything else.

The Party

All parties are 2 hours long and include a referee for the duration, a party hostess to assist with set up, serve up and clean up.  Pitch side water, 4 large pizzas with your choice of
toppings, juices and a souvenir medal, plus party invitations.

They also offer various party packages to include medals and trophies. For me, the party host and the referee really made the party. From the second we walked in the referee had a big smile on his face and really encouraged the boys and got them excited. He kept them all engaged and involved for the entire party and he was really fantastic. Our party hostess was also great-she set up the party room, the pizzas, the cake etc. It really made the whole experience such a pleasurable experience for not only the birthday boy and his pals but also
his parents!!

Dublin Indoor football looked after EVERYTHING, you can’t ask for better than that!

The Food
The pizzas were delicious!! The were from Firehouse pizza and I would highly recommend them. There wasn’t one slice left!!

The Prices
Children:
Parties for 12 children are from €195,
15 to 20 children from €240,
Big Pitch parties for up to 30 children from €330

What else they offer

Pitch rates range from €40 per hour
5 a-side, 6 a-side and 9 a-side pitches for adult play
Suitable for adult and kids training, friendly weekly play, corporate events etc.

This is such a fantastic idea that I think all parents should know, Dublin Indoor Football have just recently launched

“Friday Football Fun”
Between 3pm & 6pm every Friday evening, for €5 per child they offer 90 mins play. Kids can come along on their own or with a group of friends and play on the pitch.  Join a game or practice your penalty shots, also cross bar challenge etc. Ideal for after school play dates!! Also a great idea if you wanted to do a little one on one time with your little one, as we often like to take turns with ours and do something special and fun every now and again with them. Don’t worry if they don’t bring a pal, they can join in with a game that’s being played when you arrive. Trust me, the staff are unbelievable and will make sure your little one fits right in.

**Disclaimer- we were gifted Kyle’s party in exchange for a review. But all words and opinions are my own. I only work with brands I truly love and I thank you for supporting me and the brands I chose to work with**

Gemma Collins-Sentenced to one day at Litchfield Penitentiary

Better known for her regular appearances on ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ but Gemma Collins is a long way from leafy Brentwood in a promotional trailer for the forthcoming sixth season of ‘Orange Is The New Black’.

The hilarious queen of memes, Gemma Collins dropped into Orange is the New Black’s Litchfield prison for a chat with Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba), Taystee (Danielle Brooks), Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore) & Ruiz (Jessica Pimentel) ahead of the launch of season 6 of the hit Netflix series.   From fashion to beauty, “The GC” shared a few top tips with the girls for navigating life on the inside with sass and style.

Orange Is The New Black Season Six

Picking up one week after the emergency response team stormed Litchfield Penitentiary, the ladies of Litch have been torn apart, literally and figuratively, as they enter a new facility in the sixth season of Orange Is The New Black. Now ​newbies, ​they ​must navigate new rules and power dynamics – starting at the bottom and getting hazed by inmates and tortured by guards. Friendships will be tested and new allegiances formed — some by choice and others by circumstance — as the women face a slew of charges from the riot. Will they take plea deals and turn on each other or band together and keep their bonds intact?

Orange is the New Black Season 6 will launch on Netflix on Friday, 27 July.

Gemma said: “I’ve always loved Orange is the New Black and getting to visit the set and hang out with the girls was an absolute blast. Those ladies know how to have a good time and are my sort of people.

“I was a bit nervous thinking I was going into a real-life prison, but it was all good. The sets were so realistic and once you see everyone in their costumes you forget you’re in a giant studio.”

“From the jungle to Big Brother,I’ve experienced my fair share of incarceration – to be honest, this was the most fun! I’ve told the ladies, the next time they’re in the UK, they’re coming to Gemma’s Boutique then off to Sugar Hut for a night on the tiles.”

I don’t know about you but this is a special guest appearance I would love to see!!

For more Orange is the New Black, visit the Netflix Media Centre or the show’s official social pages:
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Everything Irish on Netflix

Are you staying in this St Patrick’s Weekend? I know I am! With snow showers and freezing cold temperatures forecast , many will stay cosy indoors! If you’re one of them, what better way to spend it than with Netflix and its extensive library of Irish content while some brave souls may venture out to celebrate or attend a parade.

St Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate everything Irish and the great time to catch up on an Irish movies or spend time with your favourite Irish actors – whether it’s Sinead Cusack, Victoria Smurfit, Ruth Kearney, Dominique McElligott, Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Chris O’Dowd, Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Colin Farrell, Pierce Brosnan or Liam Neeson.

Beannacht  Fhéile Pádraig!

For the Kids
The Smurfs 2

Hoping to harness the magical Smurf-essence, evil wizard Gargamel creates a pair of Smurflike creatures, called Naughties. However, only a real Smurf can give Gargamelwhat he wants, so he kidnaps Smurfette to force her to cast a spell that will transform the Naughties into Smurfs. Papa, Clumsy and the rest of the Smurfs reunite with their human friends Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris), Grace (JaymaMays) and Victor (Brendan Gleeson) to rescue Smurfettefrom the wizard’s clutches. 



For the Adults

Irish Films & Documentaries on Netflix

The Hardy Bucks Movie

Party-loving Irelanders plan a road trip to Poland to take in some soccer and sights. But their journey veers way off course when they hit Amsterdam.


Cardboard Gangsters

Cardboard Gangsters follows the story of a group of young lads in Darndale, led by Jay Connolly (John Connors), who sell drugs to make a living. They set out in a bid to gain more money and power and enter the big leagues of the drug trade.

Sing Street

In 1980s Dublin, a teen whose family is falling apart transfers to a tough school, where he forms a rock band to fit in and win a girl’s attention.  Stars Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton and Jack Reynor 




The Young Offenders

Hugely popular at the moment
Never ones to think things through, two Irish teens steal bicycles and set off to the coast to find a bale of cocaine from a smugglers capsized ship.





Handsome Devil

Self described outsider is sent to a rugby-obsessed boarding school, where is forms an unexpected bond with the star player.   Stars Fionn O’Shea, Nicolas Galitzine, Andrew Scott and Moe Dunford.

The Siege of Jadotville

Winner of four IFTAs, The Siege of Jadotville tells the true story of Irish Soldiers who were besieged by overwhelming enemy forces while on a UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo.  The heroes led by Commandant Pat Quinlan fought for five days and heroically defended their outpost.   A Netflix Original film, based on the book Siege at Jadotville : The Irish Army’s Forgotten Battle by Declan Power.  Stars Jamie Dornan, Jason O’Mara, Mark Strong, Sam Keeley and Fionn O’Shea.

Movies

In Bruges

After a particularly difficult job, hit men Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) head to Belgium to hide out until things cool down. Ray hates the medieval city they land in, but Ken finds its beauty and peacefulness enchanting. Their experiences become increasingly surreal and possibly life-changing as they encounter tourists, locals, an American dwarf and a potential romance for Ray.



The Irish Mob

This documentary crime series charts the rise of the Irish Mob in America, from urban immigrant poverty to political power and wealth.


Bad Day For The Cut

A mild-mannered , middle-aged Irish farmer embarks on a bloody quest to avenge his mother’s murder. He soon discovers her dark past while wading through the criminal underworld of Belfast.


The Secret Scripture

An Irish film directed by Jim Sheridan, from a screenplay by Sheridan and Johnny Ferguson, which is based on the 2008 novel of the same name. A psychiatrist examines Roseanne McNulty, an elderly Irish woman living in a mental institution, and learns more about her past in the process. Rooney Mara plays McNulty as a young woman, in flashbacks that detail her love triangle with a fighter pilot and a priest.


The Boys and Girls From County Clare

John Joe and his traditional Celtic folk band are ready to defend their championship at County Clare’s annual All-Ireland Traditional Music Competition when his prodigal brother, Jimmy, returns home from Liverpool with his new band. The sibling rivalry is further complicated by embittered piano player Maisie, the mother of Jimmy’s abandoned child, and the burgeoning romance between rival band members, Anne  and Teddy.


Hunger

Focusing on the 1981 hunger strikes by Republican prisoners in Northern Ireland. Bobby Sands is one of a group of prisoners who first “took to the blanket” with a “dirty protest” in pursuit of their claims for recognition as political prisoners. Sands then became the first one of the group to embark on a hunger strike that was to end in his death.


Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope

A darkly comic drama about two young women, as one of them starts to spiral out of control. Aisling is used to getting her own way, while Danielle is never one to hog the spotlight. Reality is about to hit them, and hit them hard.


The Magdalene Sisters

In 1964, three teenage Irish girls are sent to a Magdalene asylum, an archaic home for “fallen women,” though their crimes aren’t criminal. Rose is pregnant out of wedlock, Bernadette has been caught flirting with a boy at school, and Margaret is sentenced for having been raped by a family member. There, the girls perform hard laboursupervised by cruel nuns, led by the sneering Sister Bridget – and dream of escape.


Calvary

An honest and good-hearted priest (Brendan Gleeson) wrestles with a cynical, spiteful community after he receives a death threat from an unknown parishioner.


Evelyn

When the mother of young Evelyn Doyle (Sophie Vavasseur) abandons her family, her devastated father Desmond (Pierce Brosnan), is left to care for Evelyn and her brothers on his own. Because Irish laws forbid children to be raised in a home without two parents, Evelyn and her brothers are removed from Desmond’s care and sent to separate orphanages. Desmond, who is out of work and abusing alcohol, will have to challenge the Irish courts to bring his children home.


Standby

A luckless tourist aid at Dublin airport reconnects with this love of eight years earlier, who is on standby for a flight back to the US.   Stars Jessica Pare, Brian Gleeson and Stanley Townsend.


Gold

A man returns home after a 10 year absence to reconnect with his ex-wife and daughter, but finds them living with his domineering former PE teacher.

Stars James Nesbitt, Kerry Condon, Patrick Gibson and Maisie Williams

Ondine

A fisherman’s (Colin Farrell) life is transformed when he catches a mysterious woman in his nets.  His daughter come to believe that the woman is magical creature.


Hostage to the Devil

Follow the eerie story of Father Malachi Martin, a disenchanted priest whose belief in demonic possession would lead him to conduct several exorcisms


Films & TV Shows Featuring Irish Actors

Cillian Murphy

Peaky Blinders  – Cillian Murphy stars as ambitious gang leader Thomas Shelby who recognises an opportunity to move up in the world thanks to a missing crate of guns. (Seasons 1 – 3 are Available now).    Cillian also stars in Anthropoid which is now available on Netflix .



Chris O’Dowd

The Cloverfield Paradox

In the near future, a group of international astronauts on a space station are working to solve a massive energy crisis on Earth. The experimental technology aboard the station has an unexpected result, leaving the team isolated and fighting for their survival.

Chris O’Dowd also stars in The Incredible Jessica James, The IT Crowd, Bridesmaids, Mascots, Puffin Rock and Calvary on Netflix


Domhnall Gleeson

A Futile and Stupid Gesture

Domhnall Gleeson stars in this exploration of the troubled life and ground-breaking career of “National Lampoon” co-founder Doug Kenney.

Based on the book A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever by Josh Karp, the movie was adapted by Michael Colton and John Aboud and focuses on the troubled life and career of Kenney and how National Lampoon influenced the comedy scene in America in the ’70s and ’80s.

Domhnall Gleeson stars in The Revenant, Star Wars – The Force Awakens, Calvary, Black Mirror and Unbroken.


Brendan Gleeson

In Bruges

After a particularly difficult job, hit men Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) head to Belgium to hide out until things cool down. Ray hates the medieval city they land in, but Ken finds its beauty and peacefulness enchanting. Their experiences become increasingly surreal and possibly life-changing as they encounter tourists, locals, an American dwarf and a potential romance for Ray.

Brendan also stars in Trespass Against Us, Alone InBerlin, Green Zone and Calvary which are available to watch on Netflix.
Colin Farrell also stars in The Way Back and Ondinewhich are available on Netflix

Patrick Gibson

The OA – Young Dubliner Patrick Gibson plays the part of Steve Winchell, a conflicted, antisocial and at times violent teen bully, who strikes up a friendship with Prairie (Brit Marling) in this Netflix Original.    Patrick also stars in Gold.




Dominique McElligott

House of Cards –  Dubliner Dominique McElligott  joinedHouse of cards in Season 4 as Hannah Conway wife of William “Will” Conway, the current Governor of New York and the Republican nominee.  Will is Frank’s chief opponent in the race for the Presidency in 2016.   Hannah and Will have two kids Charlie and Lilly. Their youth and strong values pose a huge threat to Frank who is middle age, having marital problems, and has no kids.  Seasons 1-5 are available to stream on Netflix.



Kerry Condon

Better Call Saul – Tipperary Actress Kerry Condon plays the part of Stacey Ehrmantraut in Better Call Saul.  Stacey was married to Matt, Mike Ehrmantraut’s son and has one Daugther Kayla. Matt was eventually killed after working for two years as a police officer in the State of Philadelphia, Stacey then moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Season 1 – 3 are available on Netflix.



Victoria Smurfit

Victoria Smurfit stars as the woman you love to hate in Once Upon A Time – Cruella De Vil.   Cruella originates from the Disney animated movie “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” and is one of the most evil women on Earth!  New episodes of Once Upon A Time launch every week on Netflix.



Liam Neeson

Love Actually

Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon). Harry (Alan Rickman) who is comfortably married to his wife, Karen (Emma Thompson), but is tempted by his attractive new secretary. Daniel (Liam Neeson), who mourns the recent death of his wife Joanna, as he tries to raise his stepson Sam (Thomas Sangster) alone. Sam has fallen for an American classmate, also named Joanna, and, after discussion with his stepfather, decides to learn the drums so that he can accompany her in the big finale for their school’s Christmas pageant (the same one that David’s nephew and Karen and Harry’s children are in).

Liam Neeson stars in Schindler’s List, Run All Night, Rob Roy and A Prayer For The Dying which are all on Netflix.


Steve Jobs

With public anticipation running high, Apple Inc. co-founders Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) and Steve “Woz” Wozniak get ready to unveil the first Macintosh in 1984. Jobs must also deal with personal issues related to ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan and their young daughter Lisa. Eventually fired, Jobs launches NeXT Inc. and prepares to release a new computer model in 1988. Ten years later, Jobs is back at Apple Inc. and about to revolutionize the industry once again with the iMac.

Michael Fassbender also stars in Trespass Against Us and Hunger.

James Nesbitt

Babylon – The Met’s new director of communications, Liz Garvey, faces a baptism by fire when a sniper goes on a shooting spree during her first day on the job.    James Nesbit also appears in Gold and Match Point which are available on Netflix.


Happy Watching!

Laura x 

Netflix has you covered for Pancake Tuesday!

ARE YOU READY… FOR PANCAKES!?

Netflix has plenty of new kids content coming out this month, from

Luna Petunia

to

The Peanuts Movie… with some titles arriving just in time for Pancake Tuesday (13th February)!  

After you are full to the brim with pancakes this evening settle down for some quality family viewing as you bond over your delicious creations.

Dream works dragons-race to the edge and

fantastic four- the rise of the silver surfer! Pancakes and a family movie… Is there anything better?! 

These new releases are sure to have something for every member of the family! 
Enjoy!!
Laura x

Celebrate your little ones birthday with Netflix

With September being the most popular month for Birthdays around the world, Netflix has introduced a great Birthday hack to help parents throw a special birthday party for their little ones. 


Today, for the first time ever, Netflix released 15 Birthdays On-Demand
http://www.netflix.com/birthdays 
where characters from LEGO Ninjago, Luna Petunia, Beat Bugs and more help make birthday celebrations a piece of cake.

With this new hack, parents can simply press play and kids’ favourite characters will sing them a special birthday greeting – made just for them (or so they’ll think). Netflix is taking the celebrations to the next level – no cake baking all-nighter required – by letting kids celebrate with Trollhunters or Pokėmon, anytime, anywhere. Launching in the world’s most common birth month of September, Netflix Birthdays On-Demand gives parents an easier way to make their kids birthdays special.

If you’ve been sweating about party planning, you’re not alone. Two-thirds of parents (67%) globally agree that birthday planning is stressful. But I think this is a lovely touch to make your little ones birthday just that little bit more special!


By just searching “birthday songs” on Netflix it will unlock a special performance from kids’ favourite characters, including DreamWorks All Hail King Julien, Barbie, Beat Bugs, DreamWorks Dinotrux, Las Leyendas, LEGO Friends, LEGO Ninjago, Luna Petunia, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug* and Cat Noir, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Pokemon, Project Mc2, Skylanders Academy, DreamWorks Trollhunters and Word Party.

Have a look at the link below… I’m sure my little ones will LOVE it!!
https://youtu.be/KMkf6Jjg7e4

Fathers Day Sorted with Lidl

Fathers Day is Sunday 18th of June. But don’t panic, Lidl have you covered. If it is a gift you’re searching for or a meal you can spoil any man in your life with look no further this year than Lidl!

With the beard trend still in full swing for our men, I am delighted to see lidl stocking this Silver Crest beard trimmer for just €11.99 perfect for Neil! It is also a hair trimmer so perfect for any man in your life! 

My fav item this year is Lidls luxury item a C secure card holder. For just €24.99 it is a perfect little accessory this Father’s Day.

Neil will absolutely love this- a secure place to keep all his cards together and safe. 

I always love to add a small fun present from the kids and this year I have emoji gold balls- which he prob won’t use for another 3 years!! But for €4.99 it’s a fun present. And something the kids will like to give as they are colourful and they love the faces on them! 

Lastly I have a little fragrance for Neil also from Lidl. These impressive fragrances are just €4.99 and if the man in your life goes through aftershave as fast as my husband this is a no brainer!! They come in three different fragrances- one for every taste! 

If gifts are not your thing and your prefer to get to your mans heart through his stomach. Or you have a man in your life that is impossible to buy for why not cook him something amazing this Fathers Day?

Give your dad the gift of a satisfied tummy this Father’s Day by preparing a delicious meal for you and your family to enjoy.  

From tasty loaded nachos to pork burgers, each of these recipes is quick and easy to make and uses fresh and delicious produce, guaranteed to invigorate taste buds!

Ingredients available in Lidl’s 150 stores across Ireland. 

 

Tasty Loaded Nachos with Homemade Guacamole

Serves 4

Ideal for serving while your dad’s favourite team are playing or as a yummy starter, these tasty loaded nachos with homemade guacamole are sure to go down a treat in your household this Father’s Day!

Ingredients:

• 1 tin of Freshona Kidney Beans, drained
• 1 clove of Garlic, peeled & crushed
• ½ tbsp Primadonna Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 1 bag of Simply Salted Tortilla Chips
• tbsp Kania Cumin Seeds
• 200g Rathdaragh Medium Mature White Cheddar 
• 2 Avocados, peeled & destoned
• Juice of half a Lime
• Half a Red Onion, peeled & thinly sliced
• Large handful of fresh Coriander
• 1 small Red Chilli, sliced
• tbsps Coolree Creamery Sour Cream
• tbsps Snaktastic Hot Salsa
• Pinch of Kania Salt & Black Pepper

 

Method:

1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the kidney beans. Add one clove of garlic, season, and cook for 5 minutes over a low heat. 

 

2. Tip the tortilla chips into a large casserole dish. Grate the cheese over the tortilla chips and melt under the grill. 

 

3. To make the guacamole, mash the avocados & add the lime juice, onion, chilli & most of the coriander and stir to combine. 

 

4. Top the tortillas with the guacamole, warm kidney beans, sour cream, salsa and more coriander before serving.

 

 

Turkey Burgers with Feta & Rocket Salad

Serves: 4

These fantastic pork burgers would be a deliciously unique choice for your Father’s Day meal – simply serve with either regular or sweet potato fries & tuck in!

Ingredients: 

• pkt of Bally Manor Turkey Breast Mince
• 4 slices of Glensallagh Smoked Back Bacon
• pkt of Eridanous Greek Feta, crumbled
• 1 tsp of chopped Parsley
• 1 tsp of chopped Thyme
• 1 Connell Farm Egg, beaten
• 50g of Connell Bakery Breadcrumbs
• 4 Connell Bakery Burger Buns 
• Juice of half a Lemon
• ½ tbsp. Deluxe Irish Rapeseed Oil
• pkt of Meadow Fresh Rocket
• tbsp Deluxe Irish Country Tomato Relish
• Pinch of Kania Salt & Pepper

 

Method:

1. Preheat your grill or barbecue to its hottest setting. To make the burgers, mix the pork mince with the parsley, thyme, egg and breadcrumbs and season. Using clean hands, mould the mixture into 4 burgers, cover with cling film and place in your fridge for 15 minutes to set.

 

2. Grill the bacon slices until golden and crisp then set aside.

 

3. Grill the burgers for 10 minutes on each side, or until completely cooked through. When cooked add the feta and bacon and grill for one minute.

 

4. Mix the rocket with the lemon juice. Toast the buns and transfer the burgers onto them, adding the salad before serving.

 

Father’s Day Meal Deal:

If cooking isn’t your forte, Lidl are also offering a Father’s Day Meal Deal for just €10 so you can treat your dad to a delicious feast. The Meal Deal includes;

Main:

Sirloin Steak 400g

 

Sides: Take 2 Sides

Butter Roast Potatoes

Stuffed Mushrooms

 

Desserts: Choose 1 item 

Banoffee Pie or Irish Cream Liqueur Cheesecake

 

Organix “No junk promise” Goodies | Ad

I have three children. 1, 2 and 7. So as you can imagine snack time is a huge part of our day. My 7 year old is constantly hungry and the little ones love a snack. And I love to give them a snack especially when I have to get something done!! #smallwins

As with the rest of their meals, I am very conscious of the snacks I give my children and strive to give them the healthiest options I can. Fresh fruit and veg is something I always go for but that’s not always possible every day and also if we are out and about, which most days we are. This is where organix come in. I have long been a fan of organix and my love for the brand just continues to grow. It’s the only brand I have found with healthy snacks for my kids that they actually enjoy! When I got the opportunity to work with organix on their “no junk promise” I jumped at the chance. 

Organix is a brand I buy weekly for my kids! It’s a brand I am confident in and a brand I trust. It makes things so easy when I am flying around the supermarket to grab and not have to worry about reading labels and comparing ingredients. 

Last week Organix sent us out their Banana puffer corn, gingerbread men, carrot stix, raisins and cocoa and orange crispy bars. 
The banana puffer corn was the only one we have never tried. Unfortunately it didn’t go down well with the 7 year old or my 2 1/2 year old. I think they may have been expecting a popcorn taste/feel which is just isn’t. Briar, my 1 year old LOVED them. And I felt safe giving them to her as they are soft and squishy. So when the older two are having popcorn I feel at ease giving B Organix puffer corn and not being worried at all that she may not be able to eat them!
The Carrot Stix and Raisins are a staple in this house and in my weekly shopping. My 7 year old and 2 1/2 year old love the raisins in their porridge in the morning. And Briar loves them as a snack during the day.


I also love to put the raisins into a bowl for her and help her to practise her pincer grasp! 

Daddy uses them also on his porridge and me on my granola!! I also find with Organix compared to other brands of raisins I’ve bought, Organix raisins don’t stick to the inside of the box making them so easy to tip out!

The carrot stix all three absolutely adore!! Noa and Briar fight over sharing a bag so the bag has to be split into two bowls or a bag each is a nessasity!! They do make a big mess on Briars face but she adores them and it’s nothing a baby wipe can’t handle!! 
The Gingerbread Men I tend to give as more of a “treat” which go down so well.. And also work very effectively as bribery!! Briar has gotten 6 teeth in two weeks so I thought the gingerbread men may be a little hard on her gums but actually she sucked them till they were soft and then devoured one!! 
My 7year old and one year old love the crispy bars! Unfortunately Noa my 2 1/2 year old didn’t but can’t will them all!! For her it was more about the orange flavour she didn’t like. I find these perfect for lunch boxes too!
What I love most about Organix is their “no junk promise”. Organix pride themselves on no junk in their snacks. No added salt or sugar- something us mums are getting more and more aware of. They have a huge range of snacks for all our fussy little eaters and although they may be a little bit on the higher scale of snacks on the market, I genuinely feel you are paying for quality and for a healthy alternative to all other options on the market at the moment. Organix is a brand that is always on offer which is something I buy in bulk when I spot. Makes it extremely affordable for a brand you can trust. 
This is a paid collaboration with Organix, but as always all opinions are my own. Love, life and little ones supports brands I truely believe in and trust. 

My New Years Resolutions….

I’m not one for making New Years resolutions usually but this year Neil and I decided to make some together…. 

I do usually stick to mine in fairness- I gave up smoking on a New Year’s Eve and haven’t touched one since!! 
1. Tv Free Night
One night a week we have decided to keep the tv off and just talk.. As silly as it sounds its something we do anyway every now and again and with two small kids it’s rare to actually get time to sit and talk! 
2. Date Night
As most couples do we have vowed to make date night a specific day and time and stick to it!! 
3. Bake more 
This was more me (although my husband was all for the eating end) I want to try a new dish once a week! 
4. Have more patience
We have two kids and in 2016 it will be three.. I don’t think I have to say anymore… 
5. Detox
Our plan is to drink lemon water every morning. We should be doing it anyway! But now is as good a time to start as any!!
Now as much as people may laugh… As people did with mine! Yes it’s hurtful and discouraging but.. The main thing is you are setting goals, setting challenges and trying to improve your health and mental health. So if you have New Years resolutions I applaud you….. 
Now just stick to them!! 
Lots of love 
Laura x

What do you deserve?

We all know in certain circumstances when it is time to walk away. Whether it is a group of work colleagues that drain the life out of you or mammys at the school you just don’t click with. You stay away, you don’t interact and for all intensive purposes you stay away from situations that are negative and will do nothing but negatively effect you’re mental self, your mood and your aura. Fairly easily, you don’t really know these people and cutting them out doesn’t directly effect your life.
Now what happens when these people are friends, family members, partners and walking away just isn’t as easy as it sounds. 
At what point do you say enough is enough, being around this person or people is affecting your life in a negative way. When do you think about yourself and put you first and say as much as there are many good times and good qualities in this person they just don’t out way the bad any more. 
It is very common to not put yourself first. To grin and bare almost anything for the sake of others. But when should you be selfish, put yourself first and say I deserve better. When do you walk away from a relationship that is draining, stressful and having an effect on every aspect of your life. When do you ignore the fact that you have been friends for 25 years or in a relationship for 10years and had 2 great years or you are blood related and that is paramount. 
When do you say I am a good person, this is not normal, this is not a happy life. And I deserve a happy life. I want to laugh and have fun and be truely happy and that is not something that you make me. 
When the negativity effects every other aspect of your life, how you treat others, how you treat your children, how you treat yourself then for me it is time to walk away. When you have been put down so much that you start to truly believe it yourself then it is time to walk away. 
When a persons negative words become your inner voice it is time to walk away. 
And when u open your mouth and the negativity of that person comes out, it is time to walk away. 
When you are afraid to do something, anything because you know it will cause a problem or you walk on egg shells just to try keep that person in a happy place to make your life easier, when anything you do is never good enough or you walk through the door not knowing which mood or person you are going to meet today it is time to remove yourself from that situation. 
When a factor in a decision you are making is based solely on how another person will react, it is time to walk away.
Life it way too short to be anything but truely happy. It is such a cliche but true.
Life has its ups and downs and people have bad days but when it is more than that and it is effecting every part your life something needs to change. 
I want to spend my life laughing, having fun and spending time with people that love me and lift me higher. 
I want to look back on my life when my time comes and smile. 
Do you?

Get to know me… Q&A

Hi everyone, 

Thanks for all your private mails and emails with your questions! I like to keep alot of my life quite private so not answering the very personal questions for now but as I do more get to know me blog posts I’m sure I will dive a little deeper!! 
How old are you? 
I am 27! 28 in December! I have always looked much younger than I am so nobody ever believes me when I tell them! Both of my parents look amazing for their ages so I put it down to great genes! 
What do you work as? 
I am a fully qualified beauty therapist. Since having Noa belle I work only from home now. We have a log cabin out our back garden and I work soley from there! 
What advice would you give a first time breast feeder? 
On my blog I do have a few breastfeeding related blogs and blogs I have written that would be great for first time breastfeeders. 
But, to sum it up… Drink loads and loads of water, don’t put yourself under any pressure or any routine and listen to your baby and your maternal instincts! 
Breastfeeding Noa was the best thing I have ever done in my life. 

What do you everyday? 
Kyle is in school, senior infants! So everyday is school runs and most afternoons Kyle has an activity or if he doesn’t he will have a play date. And looking after Noa of course! I work 3 evenings a week too! 

Where did you go to secondary school? 
I went to Holy Faith in Clontarf!

What beauty product is your must have? 
My must have at the moment is moisturiser. I suffer bad from dry skin and psoriasis during pregnancy and it’s at it’s worst at the mo! 
I also above all must have bio oil or coconut oil at the mo too! I used it on both pregnancies and now on #3 and still have no stretch marks! (Fingers crossed!!!)

What is your natural hair colour?
I’m actually really close to my natural hair colour at the mo! I spent all my teenage years dying my hair every colour under the sun so I am enjoying how healthy my hair is now being it’s natural colour! 

There was some more personal questions people asked but for now while my blog is still growing I will keep some things private! 

Thanks for reading, 
Thanks for following
And thanks for the support! 

Lots of love 
Laura