Thursday, 7 June 2018

Exploring: Bloom In The Park 2018

Last Thursday, with Rose bundled up in the back of the car I made my way up to the annual Bloom in the Park Festival that's held in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. Last year was my first year at it, and I thought it was just so pretty and lovely that I'd have to go back this year. Technically Rose was with me last year as well as I would have been about two weeks pregnant at the time. It's a little bit more of a challenge getting around the place with a three month old though, especially in the heat.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Exploring: Bluebells and Buskers

What a bank holiday weekend! Such glorious weather. We decided to dedicate some of the time to making a start on cleaning up our garden a little bit, but couldn't justify spending all our time slaving away at it so on the Sunday we headed over to the annual Bluebells and Buskers in Killinthomas Woods in Rathangan.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Recipe: Mini Egg Brownies

I always find at this time of the year I stock up on mini eggs. The only problem is I find myself constantly snacking on them, even though they're only meant to be for decoration.

Last year I decided to try some recipes where I could throw some in, and then send them off with Shane to work so I wouldn't keep overindulging in them. This was one of the treats that went down well so I've decided to share it, especially since the batch I made yesterday were probably the nicest brownies I've ever made (and I've made quite a lot)!

Monday, 12 February 2018

Exploring: Altamount Gardens

Due date is fast approaching (three days and counting) and in order to keep me occupied and my mind off of what's coming up Shane decided to surprise me by bringing me on a mystery drive.

(There wasn't any need to worry if I had gone early - he had figured out the fastest route to the hospital before we headed off, and my bags were in the boot)!

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Exploring: Brunch at Burtown House and Gardens

We're really after spoiling ourselves this weekend, but we decided to make the most of not needing to cart around a buggy yet and took ourselves to brunch in The Green Barn at Burtown House and Gardens. I've eaten here before. but Shane hadn't so I decided to find out if it was still as good this time round as it had been last year.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Makeover: Crib Upcycle

It's four weeks to go to due date and it's fair to say the pressure is getting on us a bit to try and get everything in the house done as much as we can. Obviously, the kitchen renovation is not going to happen this month, but we've decided to use the time to go back over the rooms we've already done and just fix any niggly, outstanding bits that need to be remedied. We've had to look into which of the spaces we're going to use as a nursery / the baby's bedroom and modify it as we had just being using them as guest rooms up until now. 

Shane's sister had a crib that she had used with her children, and we decided to make a start on the room by upcycling it.The crib itself was originally from mothercare, (probably about 15 years ago now) but I knew with a lick of paint we'd be able to spruch it right up. 

Monday, 15 January 2018

Exploring: Babymoon in Bunratty

We're getting closer and closer to our due date and one of the things that people keep telling us is to make sure and really enjoy the time that we have, just the two of us, before baby arrives.

Obviously, we'll still be able to do the things that we like to do, but it just won't be as easy to drop everything and just do what we want when they come.

For this reason, we decided to treat ourselves to a little night away before it all kicks off and we headed back down to where we had our wedding reception, Bunratty Castle Hotel in Bunratty, Co. Clare.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Gender Reveal Cake Pops

So far, I've noticed that people love nothing more than to have a good guess at what gender your baby is going to be, and they always have a reason for their guess - ranging from how you are carrying, to your cravings, to the heartbeat of the child.

We decided that we didn't actually want to keep it as a surprise - we wanted to find out what we were having so we could be a little bit more prepared. I have been a little bit nervous going through the pregnancy and so we decided to have both the anomaly scan at 20 weeks and the 3D scan around the 30 week mark. The anomaly scan told us, as well as the good news that everything was looking great with the baby, what the gender of the baby was. However, we have heard stories where sometimes the results aren't fully accurate and so we wanted to wait until the 3D scan to make sure it provided the same result before we shared it with our family and friends.
(In saying that, I was fully convinced I knew what we were carrying, and I did turn out to be correct)!
Yes, we do know it's a little bit kitsch to do a gender reveal nowadays, but it is our first baby and we are extremely excited about it.