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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Taking a break

Hey Dolls,

I'm making official, I'm taking a blog break! My blog has been abandoned a lot since I became a mom two years ago. My work life is about to take up more of my life and I'm generally just trying to organise my life and get on the track I want to follow. 

For now I'm taking a break, who knows, I may be back with "follow my weight loss journey" if that ever happens or more home decor inspiration (as we plan to extend and renovate next year).

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and happy new year to all my readers.

You can keep up to date over on my twitter and instagram :) 

Lots of Love

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Christmas Wish List!

Hi Dolls,

Yes it's that time again! My favourite time of year...

Pretty Little Liars Season 1-6 (available on hmv.ie)
Instyler MAX Black 32mm -
2 Way Rotating Iron (available on boots.ie)
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera (White)
with accessories
Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming Eau de Parfam
SoSu lashes in Gigi, Sophia or Katie
Victoria Secret Body Mist (available on Meaghers Pharmacy)
I don't really want a lot this christmas. I am thinking more of vouchers for shops I frequent like Tesco, Penneys (Primark), New Look, Asos (online).

Lots of Love

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Girls Holiday

Hi Dolls,

Finally after knowing these girls for 14+ years we got to go away on our long over due girls holiday! We went to Alvor in Portugal. One of the girls parents owns an apartment their so to save on some cost we decided to stay here.

With conflicting lives we all staggered our stays. I went from the 14th to 21st August. I arrived in Portugal and got the shuttle (which I won't talk about because it was a disaster!). I got to the drop off point right around 12. Back tracking, my phone wouldn't connect to a signal while I was there and so I ended up stuck with no way to contact my friends! I set up a back up plan that if they didn't hear from me meet me at the drop off place at 12 (which worked out perfectly)! I luckily got wifi at the shuttle waiting area (where I spent an hour panicking) and sent one of the girls a message to say I had no service and couldn't call or text them and I was leaving the airport!

There was no wifi in the apartment so they visit a nearby cafe and luckily noticed all my messages. Salome rushed to meet me at the drop off place and made it just in time with an ice cold can of coke (YUM). I had never been more happy to see her in my life! lol

The week consisted of me chilling out, lounging by the pool, going out for dinner, visiting the wifi cafe, visiting the nearby town for lunch one or two days and enjoying time with my nearest and dearest. 

Being the only mom on the holiday it was hard being away from my son in another country for a week. I did love every minute of my time with my friends but it was hard. Also I was catching up on a lot of lost sleep so didn't party much while there!

We visited a water park near the end of the holiday, it was so much fun but way over crowded and the queuing in the heat wasn't great - especially when you wash off your sun protection when you land in the pool!

The blonde to my brunette <3 td="">

Pool pose
First night out for dinner (Niamh's face! hahaha)

Another pool pose

We walked almost everywhere!
I will forever cherish the memories I made on this holiday and hope to do it again some day!

Lots of Love

Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Beautiful Wedding

Hi Dolls,

So I previously blogged about a hen party I went to for a dear friend of mine so I'm going to share the wedding day itself.

On July 28th, in a breezy but sunny Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, our dear friends Caroline and John walked down the isle and were married. The church was beautifully decorated and the little touches really made the difference.

On arrival to the church this was
on a little table inside the door

Theo, the couple's son, carried the sign down the aisle
The groom and groomsmen stood waiting nervously and excited at the top of the alter for the bridal party to arrive. Fashionably late, the bride walked down the isle after her lovely bridesmaids (wearing fuchsia pink dresses from Love Cherish), ring bearer, paige boy and flower girl, had in hand with her dad. I won't lie I got emotional seeing my friend in her stunning white dress finally walking down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams!

The ceremony was beautiful and went very smoothly. After the I Do's and signing the registry all the guests went outside to meet the happy couple and throw confetti as they exited the church.

After a few photo graphs we all headed for the Reception venue, the Bunratty Castle Hotel. The Bride, Groom, Groomsmen and Bridesmaids all went to the castle itself for photo's with the photographer

We were greeted with a lovely drinks reception and finger food on arrival to the hotel as well as a mirror reflecting the seating plan. We all grabbed a drink and got mingling!

Dress from Boohoo Plus, Kimono from New Look,
Hair by Peter Marks and Makeup by Inglot Limerick

The bell rang and all the guests made there way to the reception room which was beautifully decorated. They had a frame on the way in where you write your name on a little wooden heart and drop it inside the frame. Caroline and her sisters decorated jars with glitter and used them as candle holding centre pieces which looked lovely - a nice touch of DIY. Each table was named after a section of the Old Trafford Stadium (as John's a big Man. Utd. fan). It was definitely the little touches that added massively throughout the day.

The food was nice and in between courses came the speeches which were entertaining and heart warming.

The night went very smoothly from food into dancing. We had a great time. We stayed in the hotel that night to avoid driving home too late and too tired. We had such a lovely night dancing and chatting to other guests.

Us with the happy couple
I couldn't be happier for them. They are finally married ;)

Lots of Love

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Cluck cluck... It's Hen Time!

Hi Dolls,

So mid June I had my very first Hen Party! The excitement leading up to this event was ridiculous! Lots of drama for me beforehand but it wouldn't be an event it didn't!

So the Hen was on 11th June in Cork City. The morning started off pretty lazy to be honest! I had to unpack from my holiday the prior week (by unpack I mean find the essentials - GHD, makeup) and repack for the hen. Of course in the last 30 mins before I was due to leave I packed my bag, straightened my hair and off I went (makeup free eek!). I got a snap from the bride/hen who had her hair and makeup done to the theme of the hen and with my hair like a frizz ball and no makeup on I was freaking lol! I quickly straightened my hair so I'd look some bit human and put in my red bandana (I also had Penneys red "converse" on).
Sabrina and I (and the wine!)
Some of us hen's got the train to Cork from Charleville. The Hen, Caroline, her sisters Elaine and Sabrina and myself got the train together. Elaine is the Maid of Honor and Sabrina a Bridesmaid. When on the train, annoyingly others had sat in our pre-booked seats, so we had to ask them to move! Once all seated Sabrina broke out the cutest hen party bags for us! We of course had to have an immediate nose inside! I'm raging I didn't get a pic of the contents. The bags each had a personalised tag, inside there was a small bottle of wine (yummy), a dare card, a willy stray, polo mints, tayto crisps, plaster, paracetamol, a "Hen Party"/"Bridesmaid" sash and a photo prop. These were such a thoughtful and cute idea and so easy to DIY!
Once we arrived in Cork's Kent Station we got a taxi to the hotel. We stayed in the Clarion Hotel. Once we arrived we checked in and went straight to our rooms. I had room 406 with Sarah and Danielle (the Hen's cousins), the Bride had room 405 with her sisters, and 404 was also occupied by us! We had our rooms next to each other which was super handy! And the bride's room had amazing views and big open windows). Each room was stocked with the usual teas, coffees, biscuits, shower stuff and an added bonus was bottles of water for the hangovers the next morning ;)

As the girls had their hair and makeup done, I jumped straight in to fixing my hair and makeup. Sarah and Danielle arrived and we got chatting to get to know each other better while they got ready. We all got dressed and were ready to go! While some finishing touches were added I popped out the Prosecco! I bought some plastic champagne flutes from Tesco which were super handy!
(L-R) Elaine, Danielle, Caroline and Sabrina
We had a 3 course meal in the hotel's restaurant Kudos (we were sat in the lobby of the hotel which was a bit weird lol). The food was delicious and very filling. We had a few drinks with dinner. Once that was finished we got a taxi to the Mardyke Entertainment Complex. We began with a cocktail making glass in The Porterhouse (one of four bars in the complex). Our bartender was Michelle (I think). We had some champagne to start, then Mojito's, then Cosmo's (my fave!) and then we had a shot like a baby Guinness but with different ingredients. Yum yum and yum. That was a lot of fun!
Once the shots were had it was time for Karaoke. We headed upstairs, grabbed a drink and headed up to our private karaoke pod. We set up a few songs to play and after about 15 minutes in burst a stripper! The hen was not impressed (at the beginning) because she specifically said no, but she had to have some surprise through the night ;) hehe.
Very patriotic with his Irish flag!
After the Karaoke, we headed towards to Bowery. At this point I snuck back to the hotel in a taxi to change into my flats! I couldn't enjoy the night anymore in my heels :( I met the girls back in the Bowery. The hotel arranged for a reserved area with a bottle of Champers (if we got there before 11pm). We had a dance, drinks and some dare's were carried out! I won't disclose more ;)

We then moved on Reardan's, we passed through and went straight for the que to the night club. After a bit of a dance, and making our way to the overcrowded Secret Garden, some of us headed back to the hotel! It was such a brilliant night! The next morning we all headed for breakfast in the hotel and caught up on the night before! I had an absolute brill time and I'm sure the other ladies did too!

Close up of hair and makeup
Dress: New Look (link)

Lots of Love

Birthday Wish List

Hey dolls,

I'm baaaaack! It's been a while since I blogged I just find it so hard to find time to blog and find inspiration and the energy to sit in front of a computer - I sit in front of a computer all day at work!

Another year, another birthday. So I'm 27 on Sunday, that's a scary thought! Only 3 years from 30, the mid life crisis, the panic for the future and all that! Yikes lol.

I'm mainly writing this post to show you guys and girls what my birthday wish list is, but sadly I probably won't get anything close to what's on my list!

This is my 3rd attempt at doing this post and my birthday was yesterday so a bit of a fail but I'm going to go with it anyway! :P

Avya Foundation Brush

Waxperts Ingrown Hair Pads and Beautiful Body Oil

HairBurst Gummies

Mini V Nutrition Supplements

Hairfinity Hair Vitamins

Kylie Cosmetics Lip Products

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit
 (All pics from Instagram with account names in each pic)

I've been lusting after some of these products for a long time and they always pop up on my social media news feeds. Another one I really want is the Aurora Hair Night Curler, this would be so handy as a busy mom to have luscious hair so easily!

Lots of Love

Saturday, May 28, 2016

My "baby" is 18 months old!

Where as the time gone? Am I right mom's?

The time flies and you have no idea how fast until you have or know of babies! And by know of I mean your friend or family member has a child you see regularly growing up!

My baby is well and truly gone :( time for another! Lol just kidding (for now). Alex is such an independent toddler there is no baby left in him except for the dummy ;)

Alex has changed so much even in the past six months, some ways more difficult than others, which you will be able to read about as you read more...

Milestones: Alex now has 10 teeth now, 6 on top and 4 on the bottom. He is currently teething with another two on the right side and maybe another on the right! Alex is happily running around like a loon and refuses to hold hands most of the time. He'll only hold your hand if you "trick him" by holding his hand when you put him down or take him out of the car or if he's in an unknown place!

Sleep: He's still waking during the night, it's very rare he'll sleep through the night :( Some nights are worse than others. Reasons for this being hunger, unable to settle himself, feeling of abandonment, teething, and old reasons being a cough! I'm hoping that moving forward this will improve but I don't know...
"I am One"
Best Moment: I have to admit the best moment for me is seeing him progress every day and be happy! His speech isn't where I think it should be for his age but you forget how young he is when he began walking and grew so quickly in other ways! Seeing Alex have passion in different things (cars, tractors, Curious George) makes me so proud!

Worst Moment: The nighttime waking! I'm to the point where I don't know what to do! He gets his daily naps, is fed well and goes to bed not too early not too late, but I don't know what to do! He wakes up crying very upset when he's on his own at the moment and when he wakes he looks for a bottle to settle him because he's hungry! We're trying to let him settle himself but when he is very upset it's hard :(
Cool Dude
Health: Alex had a very bad cough which I mentioned in previous update posts. We bought him a salt therapy machine for his bedroom. It is AMAZING! The noise it makes it's very light and soothing, there is almost no noise at all. The salt filter needs to be changed every 4-5 months. In the beginning, we had the machine on for a full week, then from there we do every 2nd or 3rd night just to keep it going. The machine has been amazing and he hasn't had one cough or stuffy nose since!

Eating: He would eat us out of house and home! lol. He eats almost everything, and I say almost because there is some things he used to eat but won't anymore or some foods that he wouldn't have often so wouldn't be the biggest fan! He loves cheese, pasta and bananas! He also loves his chocolate treats!!
Loves his tractors!
Things I Want to Remember: I want to remember how small he was and still is, I want to remember his smile, and what makes him smile. I want to look back in years to come at the small things and remember what it was like for him for the first time, like putting on shoes or brushing his teeth. I want to remember how happy he is swimming with his Dad, or playing in a car, or watching the tractors!
You can catch up on all of Alex's baby updates here.

Lots of Love

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Home Decor Series: Wardrobe Goals ♥

Hi Dolls,

I haven't posted in a while for many reasons I won't ramble into (motherhood, working full time job, lack of inspiration, disorganised mess...).

At the moment, we are in talks of extending the house we live in but there is so much to go along with the planning process so it's going very slow. Because this is majorly on my brain at the moment I've been pinning like a mad person on my Pinterest whenever I have an epiphany of what I'm imagining at the time e.g. bathroom storage, games room, kitchen storage, laundry room and so on!

I'm obsessed with having the perfect, romantic, clutter free, neutral, calm and clean master bedroom I can imagine. This involves me having no wardrobes in the room. And because I have so much junk (I saw junk but I mean stuff) like products, clothes, shoes, accessories, childhood memorabilia I will never part with (you know that 21 teddy or flute glass, and the special gifts you received and can't part with).

I've decided to do a wardrobe goals post because I've found some really nice inspiration on Pinterest with how to layout a wardrobe and how it can look. So here goes...

As you can see I'm very into my white finish and I need a lot of hanging space (for what who knows!). I have jumpers, dresses, shirts... and weirdly I don't wear a lot of dresses or things that require hanging but maybe it's from lack of wardrobe space?!

I need the following bad storage in my life! My bags are currently thrown into the back of my wardrobe and all messy and just gathering dust!

This shoe display is goals! If I had really nice shoes I totally would love to do this in my wardrobe!

Lots of Love

Friday, April 8, 2016

Planning Ahead

Hey Dolls,

So recently my boyfriend went away on an overnight trip to Manchester (as part of his 30th Birthday present). He brought me back a bottle of Jimmy Choo by Jimmy Choo perfume or Eau De Parfam ;) It's not very often he gets the gift department right, even if I put together a wish list somehow the gifting seems to go wrong! (my fault obviously!)

So I've decided to compile a wish list on my blog that family / friends / boyfriend can go and view my current "wants" and if I put a makeup item I will specify all the shades from this item I want in order of preference.

This will either be a blog post or I'm thinking of a tab across the top of my blog. The blog needs freshening up, but I'm stuck on the banner! I won't get into that now.

My current wish list consists of hair curlers / wavers (I'm kind of over the dead straight hair look at the mo!), products from Lime Crime, Mac, Benefit, Nars, along with clothes from New Look, Asos, Misguided and Boohoo, and some house hold goodies from Next ;)

I will notify my Social Media accounts when this has been actioned (hopefully over the weekend or for sure by next Wednesday) so keep an eye out. You can find my Social Media usernames on the tab here.

Lots of Love

Sunday, April 3, 2016

About Me - 25 Questions Answered

Hi Dolls,

I love getting to know other bloggers so decided to share some bits of info about myself! Have a read, feel free to copy the questions and post on your blog to share more about you! (tag your post in my comments so I can have a read ;))

1. What is your middle name? Ann Marie (my real name is Katherine, Kathy for short ;))
2. What was your favourite subject in School? Biology! I was obsessed with Biology and I wanted it to be a career at one point, until I realised I'd have to move away for college! lol
3. What is your favourite drink? Diet Coke for sure!
4. What is your favourite song at the moment? Zara Larrson - Lush Life is my holiday song! Every time I hear it I think of my holiday in August!
5. What is your favourite food? Gravy Chips and Cheesy Doritos! I also do love a good chinese ;)
6. What is the last thing you bought? I bought my son a hoody zip up jumper and shorts for summer. I'm going shopping today, might do a haul alter ;)
7. Favourite Book of all time? I'm not a big reader!
8. Favourite Colour? Grey (atm) I'm normally a pink fan! lol
9. Do you have any pets? Nope, I'm contemplating getting a dog but I don't think it will work at the moment with our work schedules and having a toddler, but we'll see!
10. Favourite Perfume? I'm loving Juicy Coutures I Am Juicy Couture at the moment, I got it from my parents as a gift from a recent trip :)
11. Favourite Holiday? Christmas for sure! I find it to be a romantic holiday, along with a great excuse to see family and friends (not that you need an excuse)!
12. Are you married? No but would love to be (that's no secret).
13. Have you ever been out of the country? Yes, the last time was last year when we went to the UK.
14. Do you speak any other language? I learned Irish and French in school, my French was shocking and I've pretty much forgotten my Irish but I'm sure it will come back!
 15. How many siblings do you have? I have one older sister and one younger brother
16. What is your favourite shop? New Look and Asos are my two faves (atm)
17. Favourite restaurant? Wagamamas (chicken katsu curry YUM)
18. When was the last time you cried? Yesterday, over something stupid!
19. Favourite Blog? I have a few, you can check out the list here.
20. Favourite Movie? I don't currently have one :( Need to start watching movies again!
21. Favourite TV Shows? Hawaii 5-0, Code Black, Chicago Fire, Elementary, Pretty Little Liars (Shows I watch with the man in my life are Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash (do you see a trend here? lol))
22. PC or MAC? Can I say both? I use PC at home and MAC at work!
23. What phone do you have? I have an iphone 5C, but I'm dying to get my hands on a rose gold iPhone SE.
25. Can you cook? Yes, if I tried! I wouldn't be the best though.

Lots of Love

Blogger Issues!

Hi Dolls,

I normally start my blog posts with a title, which gives me direction as to where I'm going with this, but this is a bit of a random one full of bits (lol). So here goes...

I've been MIA from my blog for quite some time for various reasons, including:
  • being a mom!
  • being a working mom
  • my eyelashes are curling inward :(
To explain these better, being a mom is hard and takes up most of your time, and working on top of that makes any personal time very difficult! I can't use my laptop when my son is awake at the moment because he always tries to pull the screen back or press the keys, which you can imagine isn't ideal if your trying to write a post or do anything!

It's hard to do beauty posts, when I'm not a makeup artist, and I've had problems with my eyes for the last few years since college, resulting in my eyelids to swell and my eyes to be covered stuff that makes my eye sight blurry (probably conjunctivitis). It stopped for a long time but since then my eye lashes began to straighten out, and more recently I noticed my left eye my lashes are curling downward!

It's hard to find motivation to blog when most of my time is consumed with my son, and keeping the house a home (normally every day chores). When I get home in the evening I have just about 2 hours with Alex before it's bed time and from there I make dinner and have an hour to myself before bed (shower, eat dinner, watch a show).

Once I get chores and that on track I will definitely try to keep up regular blogging and from here will try to do a post a week. It would be great to know what you want to see?

My social media accounts are normally always updated each day so don't forget to follow me there!

I will be back to my regular self again and will blog, and snap, and share more about me!

Lots of Love

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

I'm Still Alive!

Hi Dolls,

I'm still alive! I've slightly abandoned my blog for a short time! I hope to have some posts up soon - just need to find some me time to do it. Alex is always trying to pull and tug at the laptop and when trying to show him how it works he just slams and pulls at the keys... the joys of a frustrated 14 months old!

I will be back soon with some updates and reviews!

Lots of Love

Monday, January 18, 2016

Visiting Santa

Hi Dolls,

Alex visit Santa yesterday at my mom's work children's party. So we rocked up to Santa's Grotto (which you had to walk through a dark room lit with Christmas lights) and there was good ole Santa sitting in the corner!

Alex was very unsure of who this strange man was! As it was my mom and dad's Santa pic tried to hand Alex to my mom and he was holding on tight and slightly whined but he was ok once he knew I was handing him to his Nana.

A photographer took a picture and I took these - 

As you can see Alex curled into my mom (he does this when he's shy) so I couldn't get one of his face! But I hope the one the photographer got was nice! lol

We took Alex to see Santa too in the Crescent Shopping Centre on Sunday 20th. We dressed him up in his Elf costume (from Mothercare) and went off into the shops. It was SO busy! We realised after not too long that this was the one day all the Travelers go into the shopping centre, visit Santa, do there shopping and dress up! We went straight for Santa's Grotto but it was such a waste because the que was 2 hours long! No chance were we standing there - and no way Alex would have been patient enough! We walked around did some last minute Christmas shopping and went home!

 So we went to see Santa AGAIN Tuesday morning, we went first thing in the morning to que before the grotto opened. There was just us and another lady with her son. They were actually just collecting pictures so we were first in! Due to the 10 minute delay of them opening late they let us in for free considering we didn't want any gift from Santa. We choose not to give Alex a gift because his birthday was at the end of November and we knew he'd get a lot more for Christmas so said we'd leave it behind!

When we got around the corner and spoke with the photographer while he set up his camera he told us we were lucky we didn't go on Sunday because it was so crowded and some kid tied the rope onto his dad, without the dad noticing he walked on and pulled the whole place down! The place was trashed!  And they broke the Christmas Tree in the centre... anyway back to it! So when we went to take the pic with Santa Alex started pulled my jumper, my hair and wouldn't go near him! The picture turned out a lot nicer than I expected :) I really wanted to get Alex and Santa alone too but NO CHANCE! Alex would have gotten way too upset for my liking so we didn't even try! When we were getting the docket to collect our pics, I took Alex to look at some of the Grotto decorations and then we turned around almost ready to leave and then he waves at Santa... seriously kid!! He's so funny :P
Lots of Love