1st July 2014 Helen 14Comment

The ‘joy’ of being baby no. 3 is that your parents are highly unlikely to ever buy you anything new. Marketing, gender differentiation and the overall appearance of things is meaningless to third timers. We’ve been there, seen that, bought the t-shirt and are now in recycle mode. And so amidst a lot of well worn, stained, half pink-half blue stuff there is a gleaming new piece of kit in Woodie’s collection.  Simple explanation: I’ve been given a very smart Stokke Steps Chair to review. It was free but now I have to earn my supper and tell you what I think…

22nd April 2014 Helen 1Comment

Like every parent I’m a fire fighter.  I mean that in the most boring, not-at-all-exciting kind of way. I do things as and when they are most urgent. Things left undone stay on the back burner ’til they become the screamers that demand attention. So it is that I eventually do most of the things I mean to, or at least the ones that matter. Eventually. I had thought about doing a first aid course when Spiderman was a baby.  I looked into a few options but found they were too expensive during an unpaid year off work and also…

29th January 2013 Helen

I realise that most of the things I learn in the little world of knitting and crochet, I learn by myself often times with help from You Tube tutorials.  My last knitting classes were in Transition Year when I was about 15, and before that in national school aged about 7! Politely we’ll just put those down to being a few years ago.  I learnt crochet a few years back in four structured classes.  As I say, in the meantime, I’ve just trundled along getting better at my stitches and fabric making but pretty sure there was room for improvement….

22nd January 2013 Helen 2Comment

Let’s be honest – no more than anyone else, I’ve a tendency to rant and give out when things are pants but am maybe a little less likely to take a second to talk about nice things. That said I do love the idea of a good recommendation.  So, with that in mind, here’s a nice Irish business that I think deserves a mention. Made in Cork, Bia Beauty is a small Irish company specialising in natural beauty products that you can order via a lovely website. These came my way thanks to my lovely godson and his sister – perhaps with some…