Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment as cosy, charming or special. It’s become something of a buzzword lately but there’s a few misconceptions surrounding it. Hygge isn’t about a shopping spree to grab 40 new candles and a throw, it’s not about picture perfect evenings in that are totally #goals. It’s a word for a feeling of happiness and contentment found in the most ordinary moments. The way I see it, hygge is about making the mundane special, treating your days with respect and care. Normal life doesn’t have to be dull because it is repetitive, it can still be special. When you’re making a cup of coffee, use the good beans and your favourite cup. There’s no time for old stained mugs and bland instant in hygge land! Kind of a Kon Mari vibe coming in too actually, now…

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Your first set of wheels is a massive right of passage, especially in Northern Ireland where even those of us who live in the city are only ever 15 minutes away from the countryside. When I was 17 learning to drive was not a priority, I lived within a 15 minute bus ride of the city centre, I could walk to school and most of my friends houses were less than 20 minutes away. Our social lives centred around heading into town and taking it from there. Learning to drive was expensive, I couldn’t have afforded it without giving up far too many of the other things that were important to me – like makeup and cinema trips! When I moved away from home properly it was to Edinburgh, a well connected city where, again, I had no need or funds for a car. Plus Matt had one so I…

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As I said recently we’ve about to overhaul Luisa’s bedroom with the intention of creating a fun and practical toddler space. The real agenda is to make it somewhere she loves so much she starts sleeping there full time but that’s for another post! Over the last few days, I’ve been purging baby toys and worn out clothes as well as measuring up and looking for ideas online. I can’t seem to stop flitting between the two main trends – chic monochrome and rainbow bright. Part of me says have really clean light decor and let the toys, art and books do the talking but then I see stunning murals and colour explosions and wonder if I’m heading in the wrong direction. I did spend some time looking for ideas on Pinterest but I got a bit frustrated with finding so many links going to the wrong places and products…

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*We received complimentary entry to Tayto Park in exchange for this blog post. Recently we made the trip down south to Ashbourne, Co. Meath so we could visit Tayto Park a glorious fusion between zoo and theme park. There are over 100 different attractions and it really has something for the whole family. You can get to Tayto Park in just 90 minutes from Belfast so it’s definitely something to put on the summer bucket-list if you’re local to me!     For those of you who aren’t lucky enough to be from the island of Ireland Tayto is actually a really popular brand of crisps, far superior to Walkers if you ask me! The story of its founder is amazing so if you fancy some extra reading here’s a piece on Mr Ray Cole. Anyway, back to Tayto Park before I make myself hungry talking about crisps. This is the second…

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Last Tuesday I went in for a minor procedure to remove a mole on the sole of my foot. It was a relatively new mole, I first noticed it shortly before I found out I was pregnant in August 2015. From day 1 it was small and darkest black. To the point that I actually thought it was a verruca or something stuck under my skin. Very slowly, it got bigger, the pigment almost bleeding out along the strata in my skin. Needless to say, I ignored it until very recently. At first, my GP was stumped as it was such an unusual place for a caucasian in their 20s to develop a mole. She wondered if there was any chance it was ink from standing on a pen or tattoo needle! That gives you an indication of just how black it was. My referral to the hospital came through very…

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The theme for Julys Bostik Blogger challenge was nature, I decided to kill two birds with one stone (pun intended) and recreate one of my favourite childhood memories with Luisa. When I was small my parents used to make us play-dough all the time. We loved playing with it and I can remember thinking my Mum was just magic the day she produced a bright pink batch. In keeping with the nature theme, and because I had no food colouring, I decided to try and colour my play-dough with spices from the kitchen cupboard. The basic ‘recipe’ couldn’t be simpler, I didn’t want to make a huge amount so I combined 8TBSP of flour with 1 of salt, 1 of oil and 1 of paprika. I then slowly added 2.5 TBSP of warm water and mixed until combined. If it’s a little sticky add some more flour. Simple! I repeated…

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I feel like I grew up in a really special time, where more and more women were getting a seat at the table. Taking on big roles in movies and being seen in the media as more than a mother/wife/girlfriend. Of course, there is still a LONG way to go until we have an equal society, particularly for women of colour. In spite of this, I do feel thankful for the amazing role models I can identify with in the media and think it’s okay to celebrate that, whilst acknowledging that there’s still work to do.     Flowers Direct have commissioned a range of gorgeous illustrations to celebrate some of the most inspirational women of our time. They conducted a survey which revealed that almost half of people say that their mum is the most inspirational woman in their life. Most responses talk about how their mums are unfailing…

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Matt isn’t even 30 yet and to be honest his present recieving days are already numbered, not because I don’t want to get him nice things, but because he’s ruddy hard to buy for! His interests aren’t just causal hobbies, they’re passions. He doesn’t do half measures, if he likes something he’s all in – totally immersed in the subject or activity. So for me that means if I want to buy him something for his car, as an example, i’ll need to do hours of research and sneaking around to get it right. It’s blooming tiresome. The other ‘problem’ is that his birthday is on the 17th of June, within a day of Father’s Day every sodding year. So the already difficult task is amplified, doubled even, as I need to get him a Father’s Day present from Luisa too.   This year I’ve teamed up with Amara, a…

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Hello, it’s me, the scatty mum. The one who forgets nappies on a day out, replies to your text a week late and nearly always buy your birthday present from Amazon (Thank the lord for next day delivery) I am sorry, I do try but I’ve just had to accept that I am never going to have it all together. I am trying to be better though, to be more organised and on top of life admin. I’ve tried various techniques; buying pretty diaries, sticking notes on the fridge, making lists on my phone but I’m never consistent and all those methods rely on me remembering to check for important info in that ‘safe place’.     Lately I’ve gone fully digital, I’d love to be one of those people with pretty notebooks and cute lists but considering I don’t even use a purse religiously I have to come to terms…

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