She wants you to text ahead and arrange a visit on her terms at a time that suits her. Child birth and becoming a mum first time, second time, eight time is overwhelming and comes with an enormous feeling of total lack of control. So naturally being in control of when and who she spends her time with is hugely important. For me this time I’m also considering Ned and how much disruption there will be to his little life all of a sudden so that too will play a part in when and who I want calling.
So you’re in Dingle Co. Kerry what more do you need, one of the best places in the country and many would say the world! There’s activities, eateries and sight seeing opportunities as far as the eye can see in Dingle but I’m putting together my very specific Toddler recommendations. You know the babies who now need entertaining yet aren’t old enough to be left at structured activities like water sports, Pony trekking and pottery!
⚠⚠ GIVEAWAY CLOSED ⚠⚠
All my lovely mamas deserve something totally fabulous for themselves! More than once a year may I add!!
We do the best and the toughest job of them all. Continue reading
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.
Nature or nurture hmmmm…
Watching the relationship between a three-year old sausage dog , raised and trained by humans, and a new born baby is pure theatre. Also, factor in that the new born is developing in to less new-born and more man baby with each day! Overall this scenario would overwhelm your mind set on the discussion of Nature and Nurture!
The strangest thing said to me when I announced I was pregnant was not “congratulations, when are you due? “………no , it was “ohh what about the dog?”
Hmmm… This, still to this day, baffles me……WelI,….I Guess ..now we’ve the hope of a “real” baby it’s to the pound with Mulligan! It was nice while it lasted Mulli,thanks for the good times.! Continue reading
Ned was so fortunate to receive some great dog related gifts this year. We’re one of those families that when you see something dachshund related you alert us immediately or purchase for the next birthday or Christmas. We’re dog mad and we don’t care who knows it! Links to all the following products can be found on my Instagram @deehollhan and video footage in my insta-stories. Continue reading
New Year, New you….hmm? Bah humbug to that! What’s wrong with the old me!
What did I do so wrong in 2016 that I’ve to change? We all survived didn’t we? Maybe a little greyer and little rounder perhaps. We’re in Ireland… a little hibernation fat is essential! Continue reading