Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Pretty Hair IV

Haul # 4

Mini miss's hair is getting so long and over the last few months we've being growing out the fringe.  We've also experimented with conditioners lip gloss, cream, hand cream, juice, jam; oh excuse me did I say "WE" I meant Mini miss herself was trying out things in her hair.  I still stand by shampoo and conditioner, Mini miss is on the fence!  One thing we do agree on is we both enjoy seeking out nice hair accessories, here's our haul from the last few months.


I'm always on the look out for hair accessories but Tesco is great and they always have some stuff reduced.  As I mentioned in my previous Hair posts the elastics you see in the picture, ( the packet that look like loom bands), are great for little hair.  Your child wouldn't be able to pull these out nor will they slip out of the hair. I love shopping local and Regan's Discount Store in Ballina  has an amazing selection of hair accessories, my favorite this month in the red flower hair clips.


More bows, I love these two from Penny's going to look so cute in Mini miss hair leading up to Christmas.  Hairbands is one thing that Mini miss hasn't worn alot of to date but I picked up the fabulous purple headband in Regan's Discount Store, hope i get herself to wear it.




 


I hope you enjoyed my latest toddler hair post if 
you have hair accessories products you would like us to test out 
give me a shout. Mini miss is always on the look out for the weird wacky and pretty!





Sunday, 4 October 2015

A Month of First's

It was a big month in our house in September and truly an emotional roller coaster

First day of school; you bounced of looking so happy and excited
First schoolbag; there was many to choose from, but you went for a superhero, light up bag with your name stitched on the strap
First scratched knee; I wasn't there to wipe your tears, but you said you were ok and you had fun playing with your buddy
First phone call; oh I cringed after this one, when your teacher rang me
First play date; after school your buddy came in the car with you and the two of you played, laughed and scattered toys 
First time tidying your room; this was a result of your buddy coming to your house, you took such pride in tidying your bedroom
First drop off and pick up; watching you run out with your big bag on your back and the happiness in your face, ready to tell me all your news
First school birthday party ; I've a feeling I may as well move into the soft play centre, with many more parties to come
First branding; the night I ironed on your little name tags to your clothes, I had to take a moment
First homework; I was surprised by your enthusiasm to do a great job, let’s hope it continues for many years 
First school lunch; you get your little jam sandwich every day but you eagerly await your special treat of chocolate sandwich on a Friday

My baby boy you’re getting so grown up, I look forward to many many more first in your life.  I will always be here for you through the ups, downs and first x x x










Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Santa is Robbed

This just puzzles me, how can there be such a range of prices for;
the same item
in the same country
it's not in conjunction with any offer
none of them are one sale
all pictures where taken on 29/09/2015
all picture where taken within minuets of one another


    
Businesses are leading us into a false pretense, we think we are getting a bargain.  In my opinion they lower some items in the shop and get you in that way.  Some places are cashing in on the "S" word surely the buying quantities for this time of year is enough that the sales and offers should be true to their word.   Smaller business will try price matching but this is quiet difficult when they are up against the multinationals.  

5 Tips for Toy buying
  • Don't buy into hype
  • Buy for longevity
  • Price around
  • When shopping online remember postage can bring up cost
  • Shop local, alot of local business will let you pay off, just be sure they are an established company, you don't want to be paying items off and next thing the shop is closed
*disclaimer - I haven't been paid by any of the companies in this articel

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

One into Two, What Changed?

I have two children a boy and girl both raised by me and hubby in the same way?
Well ok maybe not, for the sake of this article I will refer to my boy as #1 and my girl as #2
Bedtime 
#1 – first time Mammy I was living by the rules if he woke up he cried it out or I sat in the nursing chair with him in my arms till he fell back to sleep,  one thing was for sure he wasnt getting into my bed.
#2 – the nursing chair didn’t even make it up to the room and if she cried I’d wait a few minutes, panic she would wake #1 and then cuddle in with her in my bed.
Clothes
#1 – obviously them being different genders I bought different clothes,  for bedtime #1 went to bed in a white babygrow and white vest, every night.
#2 – bedtime clothes whatever fits oh and it’s clean
Naps
#1 – was a dream he’d go for a nap two hours and i’d sit have a cuppa tidy round the house and watch a tv program.
#2 – naps are for the weak
Eating
#1 – sometimes this is down to the child but #1 was like clock work and feed at the same times each day.  When he got older he wasn’t allowed leave the table till he had “last spoon” this still works with him.
#2 – she is a nightmare, she had reflux so bottle feeding was always carried with a scene from the exorcist, but now she is eating at the table, “last spoon” is answered with “no”.  One day she eats another she eats like a sparrow and when she starts to kick off I just say oh leave her.
The Changing Bag
#1 – nappies, wipes, change of clothes, bottles, kitchen sink!
#2 – one nappy and wipes if we’re lucky
Dummy
#1 – dummy is only for bedtime
#2- oh yes she came out of the womb with that in her mouth
The Stats
#1 – I feel bad for this one but I’m blaming it on Mammy brain, I can rhyme of #1 weight, time of delivery, length at birth.
#2 –  Just give a minute to think . . .
The Photos
#1 – piece together every second of his life for the first and well into the second year and pictures developed within a week of being taken
#2 – pictures taken, now where is that camera and i get them developed?
Leaving the House
#1 – we need to be at the coffee shop for 10 am, baby feed, clean and Mammy feed and looking pretty ok in car and on way to coffee shop 9.45 am
#2 – It’s 10.15 am we need to get in the car where is Mammy’s keys?
Mammy
#1 – You look good today your outfit is lovely
#2 – it that puke or pooh pooh on your top, nope im still in my Pjs, it amazing how pretty Pjs are nowadays
Love
#1 – I love him unconditionally and i would do anything for him
#2 – I love her unconditionally and i would do anything for her

 

(you see the dummy is part of her, lol) 

Monday, 21 September 2015

The Ultimate Dupe List - guest blog

This week's guest blogger is the lovely Rachel of Rachsbeautique.  This is a must read such and extensive list and what a money saver, enjoy . . . 


I am going to talk to you today about beloved Mac Lipsticks. Everyone wants them but sometimes it isn't feasible, so I have compiled a list of cheaper alternatives which are the exact same.This is the ultimate Mac Lipstick Dupe list. I realised  that making a post for each lipstick with the dupes plus the images will take a LONG time so I decided to make a list! Enjoy! (I will be updating this list when ever I find more dupes) Also some of these are discontinued so if you liked a product which is discontinued here is the dupe. I CANNOT take all the credit for these, I have simply read or seen them randomly online and others were found in blog comments or forums. All of the dupes I have listed below are available widely in Ireland. They range from Rimmel, Wet N Wild, Essence, Nyc, Nyx, Catrice, Sleek, Neutrogena, Maybelline, L'Oreal, Clarin's, No 7, Physician's Formula and The Body Shop.  Please contribute with the list by posting a comment with any dupe you know! Thanks in advance. 

MAC Amorous - Rimmel Stare at me
MAC Angel - Maybelline Born With It, Revlon Pink Pout, Rimmel Airy Fairy, Wet N Wild 901B Think Pink  
MAC Absolute Power - NYC Chic Red  
MAC BeachHound - Nyx Iris  
MAC Blooming Lovely - Nyx Power  
MAC Blankety – Neutrogena Just Whisper, Essence Creamy Nude  
MAC Blonde on Blonde - Wet n Wild 770A Gold Rush
Mac Bombshell - Nyx Georgia
MAC Brave - NYX Thalia, Maybelline Pink Brown
MAC Brave New Bronze - Wet N Wild Bare It All
MAC Brick - Nyx Deep Red
MAC Bubbles - Wet n Wild 516A  
MAC Candy Yum Yum - NYC Shocking Pink, Barry M 52, Maybeline Fuschia Flash
MAC Carnal - L’Oreal Wine and Dine  
MAC Captive - Nyc Sugar Plum  
MAC Chatterbox - Nyx Fig  
MAC Cherish - Wet N Wild Bare it All 902C  
MAC Chestnut - Nyx Very Berry  
MAC Chilli - Maybelline superstay Red Passion, Maybelline Fatal Red, Revlon Colorburst Crimson or Raspberry,MAC Cockney - Clarins Red Prodige
MAC Costa Chic - Revlon Coralberry, Maybelline Hola, Nyx Margarita
MAC Craving - Maybelline Shine Sensational Party Pink
MAC Creme Cup - Maybelline Shine Sensational Born With It, Maybelline Pink Please, Wet N Wild Think Pink (901B), Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick 240 Hey Nude
MAC Creme d’nude -  Revlon Nude Attitude, Gosh Darling, Revlon Soft Nude, NYX Circle
MAC Creme de la femme - Revlon Satin Plum, Rimmel Asia,
MAC Creme in your coffee- Maybelline Blushing Brunette, Maybelline Rose Velvet
MAC Crosswires  NYX Berry  
MAC Cyber - Revlon Va Va Violet, NYX Almond Black, Wet N Wild Vamp It Up 919B  
MAC Dare You - Sleek Vamp
MAC Dark Side - Revlon Black Cherry
MAC Dainty Cake - NYC Firefly  
MAC Dame - Boots no 7 Candy Pink
MAC Delish - Wet n Wild Ice Cream
MAC Del Rio - Wet n Wild Spiked with Rum
MAC Diva - Wet n Wild Cherry Bomb
MAC Dubonnet - NYX Snow White
MAC Ever Hip - Physican’s Formula I <3 Nude  
MAC Fabby - Revlon Satin Plum
MAC Faux - Maybelline Pinky Beige
MAC Fixed on Drama - Revlon Wine Not   
MAC Film Noir - L’Oreal Colour Endure Hot Fudge  
MAC Flavour - Maybelline Nude Pink  
MAC Freckletone - Revlon Creme Brulee  
MAC Frenzy - Revlon Bamboo Bronze
MAC Gel - Revlon Sparkling Cider  
MAC Girl About Town - Revlon Fuchsia
MAC Girl Next Door - Revlon Cupcake
MAC Haku -Wet n Wild 546
MAC Heroine - Wet N Wild Raivin Raisin
MAC High Tea - Rimmel Airy Fairy
MAC Hot Gossip - L’Oreal Pucker Up Pink  
MAC Honeylove - L’Oreal  Fairest Nude  
MAC Hug Me - Revlon Super Lustrous Pearl Blush Chrome 110
MAC Hyper - Revlon Granite  
MAC Impassioned - Revlon Love That Pink, Rimmel Kate for Lasting Finish in 06  
MAC Innocence Beware - Maybelline Nude Nuances  
MAC Kinda Sexy - Wet n Wild Bare it All
MAC Lady Danger - Wet n Wild Purty Persimmon
MAC Lust - Maybelline Great Wear Silver Lilac,  Revlon Virtual Violet lipstick  
MAC MidiMauve - Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Smokey Rose
MAC Myth - Revlon Nude Attitude  
MAC O - Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Copperglow Berry, Wet ‘n Wild #769, Revlon Mulled Cider  
MAC Oak - Rimmel Femme Fatale 
MAC Party Parrott - Sleek Heartbreaker 
MAC Peachstock - Revlon Nude Attitude  
MAC Pink Nouveau - Wet N Wild Dollhouse
MAC Plastique - L’Oreal Sandstone  
MAC Quick Sizzle - NYX Sweet Pink  
MAC Ravishing - Revlon Smoked Peach
MAC Rebel - Wet N Wild Sugar Plum Fairy, Catrice Material Girl 270
MAC Ruby Woo Revlon Really Red
MAC Russain Red - Rimmel Red Fever, Wet N Wild Stoplight Red 911D
MAC Saint Germaine - Maybeline Vivid Pink Pop
MAC Shy Girl - Revlon Just Enough Buff, Rimmel Nude Delight, NYX Pumpkin Pie
MAC Snob - Revlon Pink Pout, NYX Pale Pink
MAC So Chaud - Wet N Wild Purty Persimmon 970, 
MAC Speed dial - Revlon Colorburst Carnation
MAC Touch - The Body Shop: Vanilla
MAC Underworld - Neutrogena in South Beach
MAC Up the amp - Revlon Berry Haute, Rimmel Heavenly
MAC Vegas Volt -  Revlon Coralberry
MAC Velvet Teddy - Revlon Mauve it Over, Rimmel Spotlight Beige
MAC Viva Glam II - L’oreal Colour Riche Fairest Nude, NYC Cafe, Maybelline Great Wear Lipstick in Flesh
MAC Viva Glam V - Rimmel Moisture Renew Sunset, Neutrogena Moisture Shine Gloss in Dreamy
MAC Viva Glam Gaga - Rimmel Pink Blush
MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 - NYX Circe
MAC Viva Glam Nicki - Wet n Wild Pinkerbell
MAC Wuss - Wet N Wild 547A
MAC XS - Wet N Wild 506 A
Mac Cinderella Royal Ball - Maybelline Kiss Pearl
Mac Free as a Butterfly - Catrice 060 Dresscode Nude

To catch up with more of Rachels amazing beatuy posts check out www.rachsbeautique.com




Sunday, 13 September 2015

Foundation - Beauty guest It's all G


 As my followers may know I don't blog about beauty I just couldn't do it justice. So I thought why not have some guest bloggers share with us their hints and tips.  I hope you enjoy this and if there is anything you'd like covered drop me an email and i'll do my best.  

I'm very excited to have my first guests beauty blogger , the lovely Grace from It's all G

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation

Hi my loveys, hope you are enjoying your weekend so far.
Today's review is all about my beloved Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR foundation. There are two different types of this foundation; the red topped bottle which is full coverage and the white topped bottle (the one I'm reviewing) which is medium coverage.

I'm just going to dive straight in there and say I absolutely love love love this foundation! I'm the palest shade, ivory which I wear daily now if I was going out I tend to lean towards my Mac Prolong wear. I am making it my mission however to try a darker shade to match up with my tan because it is just that good.

What I love about this foundation is that it just stays put on the face all day, it doesn't go patchy and it leaves the skin looking fresh and flawless. I always apply my boots botanics radiance blam prior to this foundation, together they are the dream team. This foundation is quite dewy on the skin. Now I will say if your skin is on the dry side this might not be the right product for you. My forehead tends to get dry and it did stick to the dry areas. That being said a good exfoliate and moisturiser and this foundation was flawless thereafter.

I have tried Rimmel foundations before and I'm going to be honest and say I didn't like them at all I do think this was my own fault because my skin care routine was next to non-existent! This is now my second bottle of this foundation and it's definitely a favourite of mine. While it is medium coverage it is definitely buildable. I often use a light BB cream with this to give full coverage and it works amazing.

When I first purchased this foundation it could be got in most pharmacies and shops, however I found it a little tricky to source this time around. A few of you lovely readers mentioned you saw it in superdrug and on boots online. I found this in a pharmacy in Wicklow which I will be sure to stock up on.

For €10.29 this foundation is amazing quality and a firm favourite of mine!



For more great posts check out It's all G at www.itsallgblog.com

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Find Me A Corner

I'm currently held up by my family, so ok I'm just out of hospital after an operation and my family are doing an amazing job at looking after me.
 I can't drive at the moment so my Mammy is my chauffeur she's also the cook, childminder and general maid.  On Friday to get me out of the house we decided to take a trip, one of our ports of call was Tesco.
We entered the shop and of course the kids wanted to go see the toys so off we went ten minutes later an empty trolley and a long list for Santa.  Oh yes the Santa lists have started already in our house!  Myself and my Mam told Little red head and Mini miss it was time to say bye bye to the toys LRH said his tearful goodbyes but Mini miss had other ideas.  I thought fine then this little miss needs to learn a lesson, now some of ye may point fingers and say I'm cruel but at no stage was Mini miss in any danger I could see her the entire time.  I hid down an aisle LRH stayed with me and my Mam went to check the price of something.  As far as Mini miss was concerned we had all left, she continued to play with the toys looking around a few time but in general happy out after five minutes oh yes five minuets Mini miss started to look for us, we were still hidden but Mini miss clearly has eyes in the back of her head as she came running round the corner and goes "hi Mammy".  I've no idea how she knew where we were, but my heist was bust and Mini miss was practically laughing at us.
With the promise of a kinder egg we got Mini miss into the trolley and we finally got into the shopping, oh hang on scratch that LRH decided to do his best schumacher impression and shot of with Mini miss in the trolley down the end of the shop to see the fish!  My Mam goes running after them I'm creeping behind trying to catch up, and on my way I get stopped by a lady holding white socks.  This lady wants to know the size of my "girls" shoes, I politely through gritted teeth say is it my girl or my boys shoe size you're wondering about, because she's pointing at LRH but he is a boy so I'm confused.  I ask at least three more time is it my boy or girl your looking at and I clearly direct her to each child,yes the girl there with the red shoes on the lady say.  Oh yes the red runners not red Dorothy shoes, so ok I don't say that to her but she just doesn't seem to be listening to the genders of my children so I give up, well kinda of give up and I tell her that My Boy is size 11 foot, I help her sort out the right size socks for her girl grandchild and I walk away shaking my head wondering am I ever getting out of this shop with the shopping.
Once the four of us are together we start down the food aisle and all is going good we pick up the kinder eggs and spend the next few aisle trying to stop Mini miss opening her before it's paid for.  I'm led into a false hope that we're on the winning side when Mini miss starts to shout LRH name over and over and over again she then moves on the general screaming at the top of her lungs.  As we are searching for fly spray which is very near the wine aisle and I'm tempted to just go there and crack open a bottle, a lady rounds the corner and screams back at Mini miss.  Yes a fully grown lady total stranger starts screaming at us, I and my Mam laugh Mini miss stops for a nano second and continues her best impression of operatic screaming.  That wine aisle is looking ever more tempting but alas we are at the tills.  I feel like i've done some kind of endurance test and as I'm paying for the groceries and say to My Mam, "I think we need a coffee"!

It was only a few weeks ago I wrote a piece on tips for shopping with children I think I need to refresh myself on my own advice or failing that I'm signing up for the next Fear Factor, because nothing prepares you for battle like shopping with kids. . .









Pavarotti herself and that's "my girl" on the righthand side!  

Saturday, 8 August 2015

And She Said, "let them drink milk"

I may as well have my say for all it's worth, especially as many may disagree with my opinion . . . 

Last week the 1st to the 7th of August was World Breastfeeding Week.  Does it really need a week should it not be personal choice and leave it at that?  I googled both and its frustrating that when I typed in national formula feeding week all that came up was breast feeding sites and the like.  I have many friends some breastfed, some formula fed, some combined fed, put our children in a line and you wouldn't be able to pick out which was fed which way.  Equally, there is no real difference of the children's list of colds and flu's, some of the breastfed children have had just as or more antibiotics as the formula fed children.














I do believe "breast is best", sure the milk is there and it must be produced for a reason by women while and after pregnancy.  What I don't agree with is the bully tactics surrounding breastfeeding, most women are intelligent enough to make the choice that suits them best, breast or formula.  To breastfeed is a big decision to make, many things must be taken into account home situation, back to work, ease of feeding, confidence, type of birth, mental state etc...

At every appointment on all of my pregnancies, I was asked how I was going to feed even at my booking in clinic at 12wks, surely this shouldn't be an issue yet why do they have to tick a box. There is no box asking what buggy are you going to use for your baby!  And the hospital I went to doesn't have a separate ward for feeding and one for formula feed babies.  Dont even get me started on this issue, quick hide the bottle feed babies!  Nurses can be very pushy I know of women who have said outright that they are formula feeding and the nurse has said to them 'ah sure we'll wait and see', the lady has said no I'm not breastfeeding  and the nurse just brushes over what the mother has said.

Now before you breastfeeding ladies get your knickers in a twist I breastfed both my babies, and yes my opinion is still that it's a woman's choice.  Breastfeeding for me was horrific from beginning to end, yes the feeding itself was very special and the close bound you have with your baby is lovely.  But I felt the same closeness with the bottle in my hand, and on a plus my boobs weren't throbbing, bleeding, cracked, not producing milk in the evenings thus resulting in me crying and baby crying.  The nurses I dealt with were on a whole awful, I had one great nurse in hospital on my last pregnancy she had such patience and determination with me and baby.  I'm not going to get into my full breastfeeding story but it was my choice to breastfeed although I felt very pressured at times.  I still made my own educated choice and I think no less or more if you, my friends, family etc choose to breastfeed or not.

As most of us know there is a Facebook page for everything and I did join a breastfeeding group which I ended up leaving as it was far from supportive, they would even put pictures up of formula in supermarkets daming them and right hateful, insensitive comments.  I left the page as it was just ridiculous what went on on it.  I personally feel that wherever there is a breastfeeding group, facebook page, website, there is always the few involved within these platforms that are so negative towards formula feeding and it doesn't help the breastfeeding cause.  If a women wants to breastfeed support and advice don't always follow "helpful" comments with 'oh keep at the breastfeeding, leave the formula'.

We are all allowed our own opinions but frankly when it comes to breast or formula each to their own and keep your comments to yourself and having a full week dedicated to breastfeeding awareness is unnecessary believe me if you've a bump breastfeeding wouldnt go unmentioned!  

If you don't like Breastfeeding, you don't have to watch, look, point, stare, comment . . . 
If you don't like Formula feeding you don't have to watch, look, point, stare, comment . . . 

Let's all just give each other a break and 

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Pretty Hair III

I love buying so much pretty hair accessories for Mini miss it's a great excuse to buy so much for the good of my blog!  Although I feel I probably don't really need an excuse even if I wasn't blogging I'd probably still buy as much . . .








I'm always on the look out for hair accessories, the last few months this is what I've picked up.

I love big bows the ones in the above picture are from Dealz, Shaws, and Regans of Ballina.  I must give a shout out here to Regan's they have a huge and I mean huge selection of Hair accessories everything from babies first hair clips to wedding facinators.  What is even better about the shop the owners and girls who work there are so helpful and will good above and beyond to help you find what your looking for.

The elastics from Tesco in the picture to the right.  They look like loom bands but they are little elastics perfect for little hair they don't slip, I love them.



 







Sunday, 2 August 2015

Seriously, Who has the Time?

Like come on who has time to do this. . .

It can definatley be a battle at times to get your children to eat and believe me I know, it's beyond me sometimes how one of little monkeys survives on such little food.  But I draw the line at making faces and characters out of the food.  The fact I've cooked a good tasty meal, mashed it, chopped, separated it out should be enough.
http://www.goodshomedesign.com/creative-fun-breakfast/I will hold my hands up and say I've tried to make their meals look fun, but on the first placement of "cheesy" hair, I said hang on misses what are you doing you are wasting precious time where you could be having a cuppa while the children eat.

http://www.lushome.com/creative-food-art-decoration-ideas-tell-stories-make-kids-eat-vegetables/123143http://www.babydigezt.com/fun-and-creative-food-ideas-for-kids/

The creations are amazing and its not that I'm not creative with my hand, I cant draw for peanuts but crafts I'm pretty ok at, it's just the time is would take to do one of the above.  I honestly don't think it would help my children eat any more than do.  
In our house meal times is all about encouragement if you eat something you get a big clap.
I dont know maybe my children are missing out but I think not. . . 

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Eye Dropper Art

This activity was great fun my two year old especially enjoyed it, it is brilliant to develop their pincer grip.


1  Mix food coloring and water together in little pots.  I use the food colouring from Homestore and More as they don't dye your hands like many food colourings.

2  I used kitchen roll for the activity but you can also use coffee filters or none pores paper.  I cellotaped the sheet to paper, if I'd just left the kitchen paper by itself the children would have ripped the kitchen roll


The two children got well into things it was as simple as once you had water solution you made you fill the Eye dropper and then they squeeze it out.


And TaDa the results!

What you'll need

Eye dropper - your local chemist will have these I picked up these for €1.99
Kitchen roll
Paper to back the kitchen rool
Water to add to food colouring 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Shopping with Voices

Thursday afternoon and not a sip of milk or scrapping of butter in the house cupboards where bare, it was time to go shopping and I had to bring the two monkeys.  Whoop Whoop . . . 

Don't get me wrong I've had many a shopping trips with my two and yes I'm usually the mother rocking in the corner of the bread aisle, I vowed this time was going to be different, and it was.

Mammy Red Head's Tips for 
Shopping with Children

v Try doing an activity before going ie. soft play are, playground, walk etc, so their not totally full of energy.
v Make sure the kids and You have had something to eat.
v Pack loads of snacks and drinks; i find keeping my two feed is one of the only ways to keep them occupied.
v When you arrive at the shop if you have an older child explain what you expect of them.   So I for example explained to my four yer old that he could look at the toys but that we also had to get some food.
v I headed to Tesco first and when we entered i went straight for the books and let each child choose a book.  I have in the past bought magazines for my two but they are extremely expensive, the two books I got where €7 total that is the price of one magazine.
v If your child wants to look at the toys let them you’re as well to get "their important" stuff out of the way.
v Once you've started the shopping give the children tasks to find different items and if you've a child in the trolley let them place the items in.
v A reward is always good so on aisle two when the are we nearly finished starts I come out with, "how about if your very good and help Mammy, at the end of the shopping you can get a kinder egg".  This is always a winner.  If they step out of line remind them of the reward/treat.
v Throughout the shopping remember to keep saying how good they are.
v Remember the treats you brought with you?  Well make sure to give them out throughout the trip.
v When you’re finished and at the check-out let them unload and pack, now I know if your anything like me I ate my shopping been mixed but if your shopping with children your gonna have to let that one go, and just let the veg and yogurts go together.
v If you have a chatty cashier encourage your child to have a chat with them and you thus helping this stage of the shopping to move quick.
v Keep calm remind yourself that it's going good and you’re just shopping with the children. 
v The most important thing I find is have loads of time, if you’re rushing to do the shopping and have the kids with you it's not going to end well.



I couldn't believe that I came home last Thursday still relaxed, calm and with a full boot of groceries from Tesco and Aldi.  I was shocked I was able to go the two places and there was no rows, shouting and I didn't loose a child. 

I hope these tips help you on your next shopping trip.