Sunday, 15 January 2017

3 Parties, Awards and a Decision

Three birthday parties, one awards ceremony, countless trips up and down the same stretch of road, one big decision and a tried Mammy and tomorrow is Monday, sob!

It feels like it's Friday but no


I've spend my weekend in the car honestly I'm thinking of just throwing a sleeping bag in the car and buying a car plug-in kettle thing to make my tea and I'll be set up. I spent more time in the car this weekend then I did anywhere else.
My main outings this weekend were jungle gym places filled with screams, tears, cake, songs, referring etc. I've done lots of chit chat and had some good laughs, because lets be honest we go to our kids parties with a heavy heart thrown in with people who if given the choice we may not necessarily choose to spend time with.  I'm one of these annoying Mammies who wait at the party yup love or loath me I'm there I'll help where I can, but I'm there. I sit have a cuppa and chat with the other Mammy's also waiting around "swapping stories and advice". Who am I kidding we are there for the same reason . . .
Little Red Head had his first football awards ceremony this weekend I was really impressed we had three Mayo footballers and while what they said went totally over my sons head I was impress and encouraged that we are part of a club with such an invested interested in our youth.  It's that feeling of there's something out there for my kids in my community the three lads spoke so well and LRH was so excited about his cert.  I'm told I must purchase a frame ASAP.
Among all the car trips, parties and cake we as a family had to make a difficult decision this weekend.  Last November we entered into something that we thought would go very different and it hasn't.  When you start something and feel like you've failed and have to stop its difficult but when it's effecting those you love you haven't a choice.  We know as a family we've done the right thing but it wasn't easy, people will be disappointed and feel let done.
There you have it, I still feel like it's only Friday night, but my children had a brilliant weekend, I'm thankfully for the lovely parties they got invited to.  The fab friends they have, the mammies aren't half bad either.  The community spirit we got to be involved in on Saturday was special and I may be tired but it's better than being board. 

Friday, 13 January 2017

Hello from 2016

Ok it's 2017 and it's being soooooooooooooooo long since I blogged for one reason or another I just haven't had it in me to want to sit down and write/type.  Its a strange feeling I'd often be driving along in the car or lying in bed and write an entire post in my head but when it would come to sitting at the screen I'd just blank.
Now maybe it's the slight whisper of, it's a new year and all the jazz lets start a fresh, but I wouldn't be a big believer in that.   I feel your setting your self up to fail putting so much pressure on yourself, Ten goals to achieve by day ten with the outcome, ten stars etc.  AH it's stressing me just thinking of it.  I do think that there has being a shift as such in peoples attitudes,

Are We Getting Board of the Constant Go Go Go?

I thought it was just me who recently has felt that I'm always running and racing for others and that I just don't have enough time for me, my children, my husband, my life overall.  So I'm stopping myself and asking what I want to do for the day and where and what I want to get out of the day.  So many times I've found myself rushing round the house in a panic trying to dress two children and myself, get a bag ready for going out, get dinner on, only to realize I'm going by someones else schedule.  A lot of the times all it would take is a phone call to say look its going to take this amount of time to get ready I'll meet you somewhere or can you wait for me.  I've fallen into the trap of just saying yes possibly down to having children, yes is always easier!
Over the past week I've being chatting to friends and even just random chitter chatter out and about and I was surprised when people said

'sure if i'm late what about, 
I'm stopping the running and racing, 
I'm turning my mobile phone off'
I'm working to my own time'

We've turned into a world of constant on the go, mobile phones in our hands always checking the times, tipping the speeds limits in our cars and our bodies.  As I said I've being gone from blogging for a while so this piece is just me back and saying take a minuet, a breath and think of you.
I'm looking forward to 2017 and more blogging and 
Mammy Red Adventures x x x



Monday, 27 June 2016

Stare - Shame

Have you ever noticed someone looking at you or even staring at you?

I'm an adult so at least if I feel uncomfortable, I can move away, give a look back or say something, but what if you can't speak or don't realize that the stares are aimed at you . . .

I've worked in an area where staring is all people do but if you catch their eyes while they stare they'll quickly look away in shame.  When I worked with amazing individual children and adults and I'd catch a look I'd just hope it was only me that caught the look and not the special kind-hearted child or adult in my care. I'm also a Mammy currently of a typical three year old and I've thread these boards before.  So I've seen the side glances, heard the hushed remarks, but honestly I take them all with a pinch of salt. Frankly if the noise of my three year old screaming over a toy she cant have is annoying you; move away.  
I understand we're all guilty of staring at the unusual, hands up I've done it but I've tacked, I look at the beautiful the strange.  If my children ask a question about someone or something that may to them look different, I'll explain it to them or if I need to I'll ask the person themselves how they would like me to explain.
OK so why am I talking about this?

I innocently bought these dummies for Mini Miss recently in Dealz for €1.49 I thought the were funny and herself thought they were so cute.  Little did I realize the stares my little girl would get.  We walked around Galway city for the day and when Mini Miss was in her buggy she had the dummy with the moustache in her mouth most of the time, it had being a late night the previous night.  As we meandered around the shops more and more we noticed people staring sometimes some would say ah that's so funny or love it; both fine.  But when they stared in at Mini Miss she'd grunt and hide into her buggy, granted she was a bit cranky but the fact she had to turn her face away indicated the person had being starring to long.  One man in a shop, a charity shop came out form behind the counter to see what was on her face he said to me what's that?  What if my child had some kind of permanent mark on her face, I was stunned to think he came out from behind the counter to look into my child's buggy.



People please have some sense we are all different and beautiful in our own unique way, so yes it was only a fun dummy this time but next time you stare it may be what makes that person, it may just be part of them like your freckles, your hair, your eyes, your thin lips, your big lips, curve no curves, YOU, beautiful individual flawed you!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Keel Beautiful Keel

Cars packed we've narrowed down a laundry basket full of toys and a box full of toys to two neat backs packs.
 Tent  - check
Sleeping bags - check
sun cream  - check
midgie spray - check

And we're off, but where to?  It being the June bank holiday and you not being able to book camp sites in advance the frantic phone calls start, but alas if we can make it to Achill before 1 o'clock we are guaranteed a spot,     GO GO GO . . .

We arrive and the wrestle with the tent begins it only takes us half an hour to put it up, hubby is next to useless, note for next time just put it up alone I'd have it done in half the time.  No pegs don't go in that way there suppose to hold the guide wires; quay lots of sighing!  The "help" also from the 3 and 5 year old was truly invaluable ; quay more sighing and added heavy breathing.  Once all is up and our home for the next two days is sorted I take a step back and take in Keel Sandybanks Caravan and Camping Park ; stunning truly stunning. I'm Irish and I take for granted how beautiful Ireland is there's beach, mountains, green, lakes, sand dunes oh and a circus tent around me breath taking!
       

I was quickly taken out of my tranquil state with request to head to the beach so swim suits on and off we went.  I kid you not but the water was warm, I'm still investing in a wet suit but I was refreshed from my dip in the ocean. Mini Miss and Little Red Head loved it jumping over waves and chancing them to the shore.  Tired out for the whole of five minuets we headed back for food, which featured alot on our camping trip.
We headed on this trip on a very tight budget we spent €42 for camping for two nights then for the food I raided the cupboards at home and filled my many many little containers with food.  I brought our camping stove and on the first night we had spag bol which I cooked at home the previous day and the second evening we had burgers and sausages.  For lunch we had sambos and yogurts and through out the day we had the usual snacks and lots of fruit.  As a treat on one of the days the kids got chicken nuggets, outside the camp side there was a chip van and myself and hubby got soup and of course there was the ice cream van.  In total we spent €30 on food/snacks while in Achill.

Sandybanks Caravan and Camping Park itself is an excellent facility clean welcoming great access to the beach and lots to do there.  On the Saturday night I went over to the toilet blocks and one of the soap dispensers was empty and I thought to myself 'ah that wouldn't be filled now for the rest of the weekend' well I ate my words the following morning, soap dispenser was full again and at no stage were the toilets dirty but they were always busy.  The kitchen facilities were very good fridge filled to the brim but you'll always have that bins were always clean and the kitchen itself clean and tidy.  We didn't use the showers as there was an outdoor one just at the gate when you came in from the beach, but I sneaked a peak a few times and they were always clean.  There was a great entertainment room for the kids catering for baby to teen.  My two had great fun playing the air hockey at only €1 a game and chilling out watching the movie on the tv and of course no trip away would be complete without a playground my two had hours of fun here.


There favorite place was still the beach . . . 




Fresh air is great for the soul and great for putting the kids to sleep, one of my favorite things on camp was chilling at night with hubby playing card and having a drink you just cant beat sitting in the outdoors being eaten by the midgets and having a laugh over my lack of my ability to play 21.  On a serious note we found the citronella sticks great for keeping the midgies away.
Nothing but Class all the way - Rosa in a plastic cup
#classybird
On our last night I introduced the kids and hubby to smores, they had more fun making them than eating them . . .
I love camping and as many of you know I'm a Girl Guide and I'm camping since I was a tot with my Mam when she was a Guide.  Sharing these experiences with my hubby and kids is something money can't buy, I can't wait for more camping adventures and we'll definitely be back to Keel, Achill as there is so much we didn't do kayaking on the lake, visit the new aquarium go on the many walk and so much more.
All packed up and time for home

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Pillows or Bullets?

I never thought at the age of 33 I would be standing in a chemist totally baffled not knowing what size, soakage, brand etc to buy . . . 
Having previously spoken to a close friend, because believe me this isn't a conversation you can have with just anyone, 'what ones do use, I'm not sure what size I need, I've No idea how to use them?'  I felt confident enough to brave buying a packed and more importantly the right packet. Mini miss looked at me puzzled from the buggy and for a nano second I thought I'd let her choose sure in ten odd years it would be her turn, she may as well be informed.  Nah OK to soon, to soon.  Back to the task in hand I grabbed two boxes non applicator and applicator and maximum soakage, I was taking no changes.  I headed to the till like a pro and placed the items on the counter as if I purchased these every month.
Once I was home the offending items; because believe me the reason I've never attempted to use these things is they scare the bejesus out of me.  I threw them upstairs to be tackled later, much later but not to much later as Auntie Flow was here to say Hi, Oh Goodie!
It's in, no its not in, ah yes it is, it is OK OK, right success I'm going to try and walk now, OK I can feel it, yes I can feel, this is kinda weird I'm not liking this.  For goodness sack women you pushed two babies out this surely should be a breeze 
Clearly not, after an hour I was back to my comfy pillows ahhhh!! Day two; right you little thing your not getting the better of me I'm getting swimming if it's the last things I do.  Oh yes this "experiment" was all so I could go swimming.  After I few messages to previously mentioned friend where we discussed width and insertion methods.  I headed back to the chemist yet again I stood in the same aisle as the day before for a good fifteen minuets weighing up the different products, finally settling on the ones I felt better suited my needs. 
No time for road test; it's in, yup in, feels good still not great but manageable just clinch all will be OK, half way through swim consensuses between myself and friend after quick discussion, I'm not inserting far enough, OK good to know, I'm learning it'll all work out out, goodness the pillows are dame easier to use, but no use for swimming!
Got to say I just love being a women but glad I can laugh about it to  . . .




Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Ikea Haul

I say Haul it was a mini haul as who new when you can enter Ikea with a mission a list and the major need for a rest before a late night crafting session, (don't ask).  Fast forward an hour a full basket and Im a happy bunny who cant wait to organise her cupboards.


    
I can't tell you how happy these pictures make me.  Yup I know I lead a sad life but organised tidy cupboards keep me smiling.

These cloth boxes came in three different sizes and it like a game of tetris putting them into the cupboard.

The range you can see in the picture cost €7 for six boxes ranging in size but there is a huge range of different boxes to suit and organising task.


These jars were my other fav purchase of the day, from what I could see they come in four different sizes, tiny up to the big spaghetti jar.  At a starting price of €1 you can have you kitchen cupboards looking tidy and your food fresh for a bargain price.  I started with 5 jars but I'm itching to get back to Ikea to buy more and going to kit out my fridge with them also.  When the food is in them it just looks so neat and clean.


I've being to Ikea now a few times and every time I learn something new here's my five top tips:

  • Plan ahead, go onto the site there is great function where you can make your shopping list
  • Measure your spaces that you are looking to fill
  • Have a budget, and STICK to it
  • Try to go without the children, but if you do have to bring them there is a creche facility
  • Try the food its, nice, cheap and believe me you'll spend hours in the place you'll have worked up an appetite 

Happy shopping
Ikea

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Pretty Hair V

Ok so if you've read my blog you'll know how his post works at this stage.  I go out shopping; any excuse and I pick up hair accessories for Mini miss.  I love doing these features and Mini miss loves the bag of goodies she gets for her hair.

So this time round here's what we have:
1  Clips from H&M butterfly and stars.  The butterfly ones are lovely and soft the star one your little one would need a decent amount of hair to hold this clip in.

2  This matching slides and bobbins x 2, where bought for valentines, I'm impressed with strength of the bobbins.

3  I can't wait to use the bunny slides for Easter which are from Pennys and the lovely clips and hairband are from my local Wispy's, (discount store).


4  I've yet to use any of these, I'm interested to see what the spring like ones from Penny's are going to be like.  I'll keep you posted.

5  These hairband are lovely and soft and while I do need to hold them in place with hair slides they stay in Mini miss hair all day.

6  I picked up this Tiara in Tiger for €1.50, #bargain

7  And of course some bows, from Pennys, keep an eye out for these packs they always get reduced to €0.50 total #bargain

Hairstyles 
from the past few months