Friday, 30 December 2016

Recap: Christmas 2016

This Christmas was such a special Christmas for us as it was our first year married.
I always embrace the Christmas spirit anyway, it's one of my favourite times of the year, but I just felt that this year felt even more special as we were celebrating it as husband and wife.

This is a very photo heavy post, but we just got so much done over the month of December I thought it would be the best way to show it.

Just maybe grab a cup of tea while you're looking through!

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Recipe: Baked Oats

Over the Autumn and Winter months, I started looking for breakfasts ideas that were warm, filling and wouldn't take too much effort to make (ie, would allow for longer time in bed)!

Enter baked oats.

I first saw the idea behind these on Instagram, and my blueberry version of them is probably as close to a blueberry muffin as I'll be able to get.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Makeover: Kitchen Table Upcyle

When we originally moved into our house, we found ourselves faced with our next problems - furnishings. As a couple who had spent the majority of their savings on the purchasing of the house, and with an upcoming wedding to plan and finance we had to really look outside the box when it came to acquiring and buying furniture for the house.

We turned to some of the buy and sell groups online, Ebay, etc but eventually found a table and chairs which we knew would suit our needs best on DoneDeal. I always knew I would want to have a table big enough to have friends over, to host dinner without everyone being too cramped, and not only did this table comfortably fit the six chairs that came with it around it, but it also came at the bargain price of $60 - we just couldn't go wrong.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Recipe: Tanya's Triple Chocolate Cookies

I recently bought a copy of Tanya Burr's cookbook Tanya Bakes after stumbling accidentally across one of her cooking videos on Youtube. You'll have to forgive me for not knowing who she was before, but I've been really behind on going on and watching Youtube videos for the past while.

I managed to find her book in a shop in Dublin, as it was completely sold out in all my local book shops and I left it up to Shane to decide what should be the first thing we should make from it (seeing as I was hoping he'd be the one eating all of whatever it was that we made)!

He picked two recipes that stood out to him - the triple chocolate cookies and the salted nutella cookies.

For me, it was a no-brainer - triple chocolate, you can't really go too wrong!

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Recipe: Oat Pancakes

When I first started Slimming World, one of the meals which I really missed were pancakes. 

We were big fans of them in our house, so when I found a healthier, low calorie way of enjoying them I was thrilled. 

I originally sourced a recipe which called for the use of bananas in the recipe, but as cooked fruit holds a value in Slimming World, my consultant introduced me to the magic of oat pancakes.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Recap: Halloween 2016

Happy Halloween!

We've had quite an exciting past few days celebrating Halloween. Normally, I'm not the biggest fan of this time of year - I don't tend to get dressed up, we never really decorate and I detest horror movies (to be frank, I'm terrified of them, give me a good old rom-com or marvel movie anyday)! But, it is Shane's favourite time of year, he loves Halloween so much and since he always accommodates me and my love for Christmas I figured I'd return the favour, and try and embrace the Halloween spirit as much as a could.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Exploring: Emma Bridgewater Factory Shop

Last weekend, myself and Shane headed over with two friends to Derby in England as part of Slimming World Woman of the Year Semi Finals.

Our friends who came with us had lived in the area for a number of years and they said they'd come with us to give me some moral support, to check back in on their friends in the area and to show us around.

I knew there was only one place I really wanted to visit, and that was the Emma Bridgewater Factory Shop in Stock-On-Trent. We rented a car at the airport, and we made that our first stop of the day.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Recap: My 30th Birthday

I had a milestone birthday there recently - the big 3-0, and it's safe to say it was one of my favourites yet.

I've never really been a fan of celebrating my birthday - there's a bit of an age gap between myself and Shane and I hate that with every birthday it means the gap widens between us for six months until it's his birthday.
Silly, I know, but it's a little thing that annoys me (and that he loves)!

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Makeover: Bathroom Dresser

We picked up this dresser from a cousin of Shane's who was throwing it out, with the hope that we'd be able to upcycle it in some way. Otherwise, it was on its way to the dump, and I just couldn't bear to part with it without seeing if we could inject some form of life back into it.

For me, I think it was the colour that was throwing everyone off the piece. It was in great condition, but just looked quite outdated, and just lacked any charm.

I think we've managed to fix that!

Friday, 26 August 2016

Exploring: Greystones To Bray Cliff Walk

Fresh off the trail of making our way around Glendalough, and trying to make the most out of the warm weather while Shane was on holidays from work, and I had only the few days left before I was back to school after the Summer holidays, we decided to take a drive up early on the Thursday to Greystones and do the Greystones to Bray Cliff Walk.

Having drove up from Kildare, we parked our car in a carpark around five minutes walk from the train station in Bray, and took the train all along the coast as far as Greystones so we'd be able to do the walk back to the car.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Exploring: Wicklow Gap and Glendalough

Apologies in advance for the picture heavy post, but there was too many gorgeous pictures to choose from - this is very much whittled down!

Yesterday was the most gorgeous and sunny day, and as Shane was on holidays from work we decided to take a break from painting and renovating and head out for the day. 

When we initially set out, we had just planned on going for a drive to see where we might end up, but then I remembered that I'd being dying to go to Glendalough after hearing how lovely it was up there from one of the parents in work.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Recipe: Cinnamon and Vanilla French Toast

I spotted this recipe in the July / August edition of the Slimming World Magazine, and decided to give it a go. The instructions didn't seem too hard, and I had all the ingredients already at home, so said I'd try my hand at it!

It's well worth trying out, if only because it's so easy and yet tastes so decadent!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Makeover: Large Spare Bedroom

We purchased our house in August 2014, knowing that we would have a lot of work to do on it to bring it up to our standards, and to our tastes. Unfortunately, saving for our wedding took over, and we managed to just do the bare amount of work on the house to make it livable knowing that when the wedding was over we'd be able to turn our full attention to it. We got the whole house re-plumbed, put down wooden flooring in all bedrooms, hallway and sitting room, tiled bathroom and kitchen, and painted all walls. It was enough to allow us to move in from Shane's Mum and Dad's house where we had been staying while saving for the house, but not enough that we were happy with it.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Wedding: Cinema Engagement Shoot

As mentioned previously, I'll be sharing some pictures and ideas from our wedding over the next while. Although I don't have pictures from our engagement, I do have some from our engagement shoot, and it might help to at least give you an idea of what we wanted our wedding to be like.

Myself and Shane met just over five and a half years ago in a pub called Lils in Kildare. Shane and his friend were out for Shane’s birthday, and we began talking about a notoriously strong drink that the pub served. Fast forward to three and a half years later, and Shane proposed while away on our anniversary in Co. Cork. We always go to Cork on our anniversary - it's just become tradition, and Shane booked the nicest hotel for us to stay in, with the most stunning views over the city - The Ambassador Hotel on Military Hill. The hotel is a red-bricked Victorian building, and has the nicest views from the balcony if you're lucky enough to get a front facing room.

Friday, 1 April 2016

My First Post

Hello there,
My name is Fiona, and welcome to my first post on Life Of An Irish Wife.

I've been discussing for the past few months now whether or not to set up somewhere for me to document the ins and outs of my life, but it's come to a head now where there's really nothing stopping me - I've recently got married to Shane, my new husband, who I'm sure you'll see featured, we can finally start working on our house, and I hit my weightloss goal. There's really nothing left now to distract me.