Friday, 2 September 2016

What I wore - a mini break in Galway!

A rare occurance befell my husband and I, a child free 24hrs! We decided to spend a night in Galway, it's a couple of hours drive from our farm and I always love the artsy bohemian vibe of Galway, a refreshing change for us.
We arrived in the afternoon and spent an hour or so wandering around Eyre Square and shop Street, enjoying the warmth of the atmosphere and sunshine.

I got this flattering black off the shoulder   ruffle style top and the crescent moon          choker necklace from My       kahki jeans with gold zip detail are from      river Island. The brown sueddette lace up   my pumps and tan brown leather style        bag are both from Penneys.                                          

After our afternoon city stroll, we checked into our hotel. We stayed at the Clayton hotel, a very chic and modern hotel in the Ballybrit area of Galway city, a familiar haunt to those who have attended the famous Galway races. The room was spacious and bright with a gorgeous ensuite bathroom.

For our night out I wore a very flattering red shirt dress from river island, I cannot rave about this dress enough! It has sleeves, a v-neck shirt style top with little pockets and gold detail. It comes with a black belt which nips in the waist. The dress is knee length with a flattering wrap style that skims over problems areas for most of us that have had kids; lower tummy, hips, upper thighs. I went a size up when I bought it as it was the only size left in the store when I bought it, but it fit perfectly! The same day in river Island I also bought the kahki jeans in my regular size 12, so I reckon it's a small fitting dress! As the dress is such a statement piece, I paired it with simple point toe black heels with an ankle strap and a black leather clutch style bag (pictured on table) with triangle studded detail.

The Latin quarter was our first stop of the evening, where we dined in a Spanish/Mexican style restaurant called Cactus Jack's. The evening was so balmy and mild, that it allowed us to dine outside, with the bustle of the city buskers as our background music. The food and wine was delicious and the service from our waiters was quick and very friendly.

We then hit the pubs, first the Kings Head,  then onto the Quays, where both had live music and a great mix of tourists and locals to create an lively atmosphere.

We finished up our night by going to see the John Connelly band at the Roisin Dubh. Quite a few people we had encountered earlier in the evening had recommended going to see this 9 piece big band and I'm pretty glad we listened to their advice! The venue was packed with an eclectic mix of people which added to Connelly's raw vocals and artistry of the musicians who joined him on stage.

We had a really great night, we had to get back to the farm and our kids early the next day. It was a pretty long Monday, but C'est la vie!

Katie 😉🍻

Monday, 22 August 2016

Pretty baby hair

It was my daughters 1st birthday recently and included in all of the lovely gifts she received, was a cash gift. Normally I would have taken this to our closest shopping centre to buy her a new outfit, but I have stumbled upon some really lovely small Irish shops on Instagram and decided to get her something a bit more unique and handmade.
Her hair is growing down and it's kind of crazy looking at the moment, I mean not even my skills as a hair stylist can do much for her unruly locks! I thought some lovely hairbands and clips would be a lovely, yet practical present.
After a bit of online window shopping, I came upon , which is run by a lovely lady named Leona from Donegal. I found the website easy to navigate, it accepted debit/credit card or PayPal payments and free delivery for purchases totally over €25. When you order, because the clips and hairbands are handmade, it is a week before your items are dispatched, but you get email notification on the day they are shipped.
I ordered 3 hairbands and several little handstitched clips. I was really happy with the quality of them, they material on the hairbands were soft and stretchy and the clips were strong and sturdy. I also liked the unique designs and colours that the products were available in. The clips are specially made for finer baby/toddler hair. My favourite item was the blush pink leather bow hairband, my daughter wore it in her hair all day, she never noticed the band on her head and it looked great!
So I would recommend this online shop if you have a little lady in your life who would look adorable in some cute, unique hair accessories!


Disclaimer- this is not any kind of a sponsored post or I did not receive any discounts. I was just really impressed by the products/ service!

The Closet Clearout

Every August I undertake the monumental task of organising my wardrobe, in preparation for the incoming autumn/winter season. During this annual purge, I have to put all sentimental attachments and aspirations of lifestyle choices that I have burdened on to the clothing in my closet aside, and just get real about who I am!
I read a very clever quote by Caitlin Moran about women's clothing which goes;
When a woman sayes 'I have nothing to wear today', what she really means is 'there's nothing here for who I'm supposed to be today'
The sentiment of this quote ring's true for  me as I sift through the debry of the various persona I have adopted from the past year.
The drawer full of maternity jeans and oversized t-shirts that carried me through the last few months of pregnancy. The battered tracksuit pants that were my uniform during the first few weeks of being a mother to two under two. The optimistic dresses that caressed me as I started to partially regain my figure and re-enter  the realm of socialising with friends and date nights with my husband. The box full of tangled accessories that when worn stated " look, I'm a confident, put together woman, honest!" , trying to detract from the erratic look in my eyes as my toddler and baby unleashed a tsunami of toys, food and bodily fluids across the scenes of my life. The jeans drawer, my personal favourite, which come in a variety of body confident sizes, ranging from the " I'm basically an apple with legs" pair to the " I feel great, I'm gonna slay today!" pair.
As I catalogue and keep, donate or bin each item, I think about what clothing will fit into my future wants, my new season lifestyle. Will I take up a new hobby, social activities as the kids enter early childhood, future life occasions and celebrations with family and friends, new work opportunities?  To some, it may seem shallow, but I feel like my closet documents all aspects of my life, who I was, who I am and who I hope to be.

Katie. ☺

We are back in action!

This very neglected blog is now back in action! We hope you enjoy reading our new blog posts!

Katie and Sinead. ☺

Monday, 1 September 2014

What I Wore!

I was away for the weekend in Dublin acting like a tourist. We went to the Guiness Store House which was fun and definitely worth a visit. We also went to an American Football game, which was a new experience. I had no idea what was going on really but the cheerleaders were great..ha!

This is what I wore..

During the day.

Pants: Dunnes Stores €30 (The material of these pants is super flattering) 

Top: Dunnes Stores €15

Blazer: Savida Range from a few years back. 

Chain: Dunnes (from last year) 

That night

Dress: iclothing
Blazer: Penny's 


Saturday, 23 August 2014

My Top 3 Child and Pocket Friendly Places To Visit In Tipperary!

With only a few weeks left in the summer holidays and back to school fast approaching you may be looking for something to do with the little ones. I personally love going on day trips and I know the kids love it too. Tipperary is a County full of great facilities and beautiful places to visit. I think if we are honest a lot of us are guilty of not making the most of whats close to us. Some of us might not have even been to a landmark in the town where we live or a beautiful park that's only a ten minute drive away. I've made up a list of a few places that I regularly visit and why I love them. 

Templemore Park
Price: Free
I can not rave enough about this place. Set on approximately 72 acres, this magical park is home to a beautiful lake, historic ruins, a fantastic playground and a woodland filled with fairies. The park woodland which was planted by the Carden family over two centuries ago located in my home town has always been a favourite place of mine to go.
 As a child I used to go there with my parents and spend the day running through the woods trying to find hidden trails and hideaways. As it went from season to season there was so many different things to watch and see, from the leaves falling off the trees, the bed of snow on the ground to the tiny buds appearing on the trees and the little ducklings and cygnets hatching.
Now that I'm a parent myself I definitely try to make as much use of this beautiful park as possible, going on daily walks during the summer and getting out at least twice a week in the winter. The one big change here since I was a child is the recent addition of the magical fairies who have now taken up residence in the park. The fairy trail is such good fun and children absolutely adore running from tree to tree trying to find the next magical door. There are a lot of children leaving letters and gifts for the fairies which I'm sure they are delighted with. So why not pack a picnic and follow the winding paths which lead through the oak and beach filled wood's.
Follow the links below for more info!
Templemore Park website
Fairy Trail Facebook page

Places of interest nearby:  The Devils Bit Mountain Range. 
Price: Free
So as the legend goes the devil took a bite out of the mountain. It is believed he broke his teeth  taking this bite and the Rock of Cashel fell from his mouth to where it now stands. This climb is not for the fainthearted. It is a super fun day out if you enjoy hiking and walking. Those of you with babies, leave the buggies at home you wont get too far with them. Instead opt for a baby carrier. Bring plenty of drinks too, you'll need them.
Click here for Devil's Bit info

Monaincha Abbey, Roscrea
Price: Free
This little treasure is hidden in the idyllic countryside just outside Roscrea. This is somewhere that we frequently visit as it is just a stones throw away from my husbands family home. This Abbey seems to have been completely left behind in this modern world in which we live and how lucky we are that this is the case. The Abbey dates back to 1140. It used to be surrounded by water, so you'll find the Abbey sitting on its own little raised island. In the 10th Century this abbey was described as the 31st wonder of the world and is still believed to be one of the most intact early Christian monastic sites in the world. To get to the abbey it is best to park at the end of the walk way, because if you drive up there is not a lot of room to turn at the end. Also it has a nice wooded walk leading up to the Abbey, which the kids will enjoy. The Abbey is located in a large field which may sometimes have cows in it, so just watch out for them. Children will love learning about the history of the Abbey which is on a sign as you enter the field. They will also love looking at the decorated entrance to the nave and going into the well preserved priest quarters which boasts a barrel vault ceiling.  If you have kids who love to run and jump like mine, they'll probably love climbing up the stairwell to the roof and using it as there own watch out in a game where their protecting the Abbey from enemies. Which in our case is usually "Orcs" because they are Lord of the Rings mad..! If the weather is nice its a lovely place to sit and have a picnic. It also makes for some amazing pictures for anybody that is into photography.

Click here for more info on Monaincha Abbey

Places of interest nearby: Roscrea Castle and Damer House
Price:Adult: €4,Child: €2,Family: €10
Nestled in the heart of Roscrea town, stands this beautiful castle and house. The Castle was built in 1281 and it is unknown exactly when or who built Damer house.They are beautiful pieces of history and well worth a visit. If you go on the first Wednesday of the month entrance is free as its run by the office of public works.
Click here for more information on Roscrea Castle

Parsons Green
Price: Adult:€4, Child:€3.50, Family: €15
This is a family run pet farm, which is set in the scenic valley between the Knockmealdown and the Galtee mountains. We have visited here many times and each time we had more fun than the last. There is a lovely little pet farm here with garden and river walks, farm museum, 18-hole mini golf, and tennis. You can also avail of boat rides and pony and trap rides, which the children absolutely love. There is both an indoor and outdoor play area and a small gift/coffee shop and a take away. I think what makes this pet farm stand out for me is the lovely people and atmosphere here, the owners and staff are so welcoming and friendly and will always try their best to accommodate any request you may have. We usually go for just a day trip but you can stay there as they have mobile homes and camping facilities. My parents brought the kids for a weekend and they found the mobiles clean and warm and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Click here for more info on Parsons Green.

Places of interest nearby: Cahir Castle
Price: Adult:€3, Child:€1, Family: €8
Cahir Castle is one of the largest, best preserved castles in Ireland and is situated on a rocky island in the middle of the River Suir. This is actually on our must see list as we have not yet visited it. I have heard lots of good things about it and am looking forward to bringing the boys soon. This is another OPW building, so again it is free the first Wednesday of every month.
Click here for more info on Cahir Castle.


Monday, 18 August 2014

Style File

This week for style file, we found you these three beauties:

This chevron print cushion is bang on trend at the moment, it's €4 from Penny's.

Cream Bronzer is a must have for easy Kardashian style contouring. Team it with a light concealer for a natural take on the look. Seventeen make up is available from Boots nationwide.

Want a good pair of jeans? Look no further, we found these super stylish ripped jeans on Asos online. They'll be a part of your wardrobe season after season. The best part is, there on sale at the moment for €27.14 Check them out here --> ASOS Low Rise jeans