Top 5 things my toddler says to make me curse under my breath

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So I’ve observed a pattern in my own behaviour as an MOT (mam to toddler – just made that up, do you like it?). He uses a number of phrases that instantly make me mutter under my breath. Nothing to do with him of course, he’s having a great old time and just telling me what he thinks. But I hear them all before and I’ve seen what happens next, so I suppose that’s the bit that’s making me swear. And yet I find myself going along with them anyway. I put this down to being a total sucker, but that’s a blogpost for another day. “What could they be?” you wonder. In no particular order, we have… Continue reading Top 5 things my toddler says to make me curse under my breath

Loving the body I actually have, not the one I *think* I have

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WTF – front view

What in the name of all that is good and holy, is THAT???, I hear you ask.

That, dear reader, is a pair of briefs that I purchased while on holiday in New York circa 2003 and approximately 16 pounds heavier than the recommended weight for the size. They were all the rage in Victoria’s Secret at the time and, my, didn’t they look good on the mannequins sprinkled around the shop. These are a size small. Ambitious, you might think, but you didn’t see the size M or L that they also came in – we were in America after all. Even the overenthusiastic sales associate, as they call themselves, deemed me an S after sweeping me up and down. Or an S to aim for maybe. Continue reading Loving the body I actually have, not the one I *think* I have

Knocking around Dublin next weekend? Come to the Babytalk Festival!

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If you are knocking around Dublin next weekend – 22nd & 23rd February – think about popping along to a new parenting festival taking place in O’Reilly Hall in UCD. BabyTalk has a really interesting line up of speakers and exhibitors and I’m delighted to be taking part in a panel discussion on Sunday afternoon on one of my favourite topics Good Information versus Bad Advice – online parenting support and information. Continue reading Knocking around Dublin next weekend? Come to the Babytalk Festival!

A kinda sorta maybe clarification on how maternity benefit taxation works

So, way back in November of 2013 I promised you guys that I’d try to get some clarification on what exactly is going on with maternity benefit taxation because, in all honesty, it’s a clear as mud. Continue reading A kinda sorta maybe clarification on how maternity benefit taxation works