Rùna Baby is based n Kildare an Irish family run business specialising in bibs. Ned is pretty much coming to the end of his bib journey now I just use them to save clothes from certain foods or activities. Unfortunately though bibs and muslins were the most needed items in the house from day one with Ned he was so windy and gripey it was endless! Yes windy and gripey are the technical terms 🙈😊
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It’s as simple as falling out of bed all you have to do is guess whether I’m having a boy or a girl! You can guess twice to hench your bets if you like, it’s only a bit of fun. Nothing too serious. There are some great prizes to be won from some of my favourite brands including Elave Skincare, Nom Nom Kids, Zippy bibs and Busy B. These are all products I’ve used, enjoyed and recommend to other parents.
Baby number two is on the way! Post Fertility treatment bliss and relief was replaced with extreme nausea and aversions to most food other than toast and general white carbohydrates! So really healthy! It’s weird this time you do everything on your own because someone needs to mind Ned where as last time we were like loves young dream going to every appointment hand in hand.
I was never one for wanting a whole brood of Babies! in fact, I didn’t really pay that much attention to babies before my own! Let’s just say I was not a Baby sniffer! I’ve always worked with children and teenagers and enjoyed that so much …. I guess, I thought that’s where all the action was, so to speak. Diagnosed with severe polycystic ovaries at an early age, it was probably self-preservation to repeatedly insist that “the yearn” wasn’t really there, because who knew what life had in store for me. Continue reading
Mini Bella Boutique will turn a year old this June and what a year it has been. This lovely Irish owned online store is the brain child of the fabulous Niamh Byrne. This lady I now call a friend started her own business during her maternity leave and runs the online store whilst also working full-time and doing a stellar job at raising little Sophia!
Why? Oh why,do we compare our babies? As a new mum,I’ve become so aware of the milestones and the box ticking that goes on with a new baby,especially in the first year. A lot of this is fuelled,and rightly so in the right context,by our health system. In the beginning it puts amazing pressure on you, weights, ounces, solids, hand eye coordination, clapping hands, smiling, sitting, farting…Lord you name it they’ve an “appropriate”age for it! This pressure wore off me in the later six months when Ned was well weaned, a big boy to say the least and content in my eyes. But I know many of my friends continued to feel the pressure for so many things and so many aspects of raising their little baby. Often,purely fuelled by comparison!
This recipe is exactly what it says on the tin, a good old fashioned pancake recipe. It’s not dairy free or gluten free or low fat or made with wholewheat or spelt or bananas! It’s just a simple pancake recipe like the ones we grew up with.
How is it possible that little Mulligan has turned four. She was once just a thought and then a reality and then hard work!! Now she’s family!
After a lifetime of being an animal lover and four years a dog owner in Ireland, I’m always searching for a dog friendly day out or venue. Unfortunately our country seems to fall short in obliging facilities. Whilst many don’t boast to be dog friendly yet are perfectly fine and welcoming, if you do chance your arm, others are comically and dramatically against any four legged friend near their premises. This attitude amuses me no end and disappoints,as I can safely say Mulligan is cleaner and better behaved than Ned! There is even a Manor House Cafe, on the grounds of one of the most popular dog walking areas locally,that won’t allow dogs in the cafe courtyard not to mention inside the door. Continue reading
Feeling very lucky to be working with The Great Annabel Karmel. Annabel has released a 25th anniversary edition of her number one bestselling book Baby and Toddler Meal Planner.
I will be recreating a selection of recipes from the anniversary edition and giving you all the gorey details and taste tests with Ned over on my Instagram and insta stories @deehollhan. Here on the Thoughts, Tots and Tea website I’ll be posting the details of every recipe we cook and Ned approves of. Continue reading
Mulligan and I have chosen some of our favourite doggy brands with a particular emphasis on some of our own home grown heroes right here in Ireland producing fantastic products for our much loved pooches. I’ve given an honest review of all, so rest assured your pup will not be disappointed! Click on their highlighted names to go directly to their websites and find out more.