Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The Myth, or is it?

Is "Me time" a myth?

I've debated this question and turned it over and over in my mind,  for me I think its the Mammy guilt that stops many of us enjoying any time we get to ourselves.  The rare lie in, the trip up to the shops child free, a girly night to the cinema, the grocery shopping, heading to the gym or for a walk and so on.   All these activities are tainted due to Mammy guilt; oh I should be cleaning the house, I should be with the children, I shouldn't be at the cinema I should wait till tomorrow and bring the kids instead, I should be at home full stop!  Why though "Me Time" is so important the constant demands of motherhood takes its toll and getting a break to recharge the batteries, means that you can be a better happier person.  The guilt is all down to ourselves its unnecessary and its time to stop!

Two weeks ago myself and hubby on a very rare occasion got out for lunch, we booked, well ok not we, Me,  of course booked a sitter and we headed out for food.  It was lovely to eat without sharing my food, to have adult conversation and not have to get up from my meal numerous times.  We finished our meals in record time, it's a habit that is difficult to break,  but on the plus side we had lots of time left before we had to get home so, we went for a wander round the shops.   I was convinced I'd left a child in the car or lost one of them in a shop, I didn't know what to do with my hands 'wheres the buggy, changing bag, drinks bottles, spiderman toy, tinie tiny toy cat, Oh hang on I'm child free for a few hours'.  I tried to relax and to my own surprise I relaxed and wandered aimlessly round the shops looking at everything and nothing, it was lovely.  Once I sat back into the car to head home I no sooner had the seat belt on and I was thinking about what I needed to sort when I got home.  It was nice when it lasted!

We all handle our lives in our own ways and how we choose to spent it is entirely up to ourselves,  I know I only have myself to blame for the Mammy guilt, I should take more me time!  I don't think "Me time" is a myth it's down to how attainable we make it.  Whether you work outside of the home or in the home you are continuously putting you children before your needs, our children get their time so why can't Mammy and Daddy get their time.

Your the adult take your time, if it's just heading to the late night shops on a Thursday evening go you'll be all the more relaxed for it.  Accept the generous help from a friend, go book that sitter you've been thinking about calling, book a cinema night with hubby or your girl friends, Bridget Jones is about to hit cinemas, go for it.  Start small if that's easier while the kids watch their film leave the dishes, don't worry they'll still be there when you get back to them and take out that book you've been meaning to read and sit up with the children.

I'll leave you with this; I work in the home and a friend of mine works out of the home, one day we were chatting about our lack of time for ourselves.  I said I just feel so guilty leaving the children and my friend said but I'm gone out of the house and I feel so guilty if i do something for myself also.  My friend said she wished she had more time at home with her children I said I wished I was out of the home more earning for my family.  Where's the balance, both my children and my friends, want for nothing, it's us Mammies who need a break.

Me Time an attainable Myth . . .

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Bird Feeder

At this time of year the birds find it difficult to find food, why not help them out and at them same time have fun making these easy bird feeders with the kids.

What you’ll need

Pipe cleaner

  1. String the cherrios to the center of the pipe, leaving a gap either side
  2. String two pipe cleaners
  3. Kris-cross the two pipe cleaners and twist together in the center
  4. Hang in the garden
  5. Watch the birdies arrive for dinner

Mini miss and Little red head loved making these and they had great fun watching all the different birds come to eat.  Only thing is they eat them so quick you need to make more than one.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Dressing to Impress

Dressing my little girl is for sure one of my fav things and with out a doubt I could go mad and spent this week and next weeks grocery money on outfits for her but alas we must eat.

Christmas is always a time where we like to dress to impress and Mini miss didn't disappoint and a plus; Mammy's purse is still got a few coppers in it!

I guess I'm putting this post together just to say here's some places you might not think of looking for outfits for you little cherubs

I bought this skirt, top and tights reduced to €7 from Pennys last year.  The pink denim jacket is from Next and was passed onto me from a  friend

   * Tip:  think ahead, buy a size bigger
   * Tip:  exchanging baby clothes is an excellent idea

# Bargain alert €3 in a charity shop amazing condition, I'd safely say it was worn once.  And nope i didn't spend more on the shoes than the dress Mini miss is wearing her brothers Converse.    
   * Tip:  shop in charity shops
   * Tip:  If you have an older child keep stuff they don't wear out

This is the second year Mini miss has got to wear this fabulous coat.  I picked it up on a Facebook selling page, its from Next and including postage I paid €10.  
Mini miss will get Christmas 2016 out of it to.  Her hat is from Heatons got last year on sale for €2

*  Tip: Join Facebook selling/buying pages, there is local and national ones


Both the jumper and T-shirt that Mini miss is wearing belonged to her brother.  I've kept alot of Little red head clothes for Mini miss even jeans.  The shorts Mini miss is wearing were reduced to €3 Pennys,  the red pumps reduced €3 from Dunnes and runners from Pennys reduced to €5.

   * Tip:  Shop for bargains
   * Tip:  Dunnes always reduce their pumps throughout the year, (I got pink ones for €1)
   * Tip:  Recycle clothes from your older children no matter the gender

Friday, 8 January 2016

Jam Tarts

Inspired by the Tesco magazine that came with my club card points myself and the children made some Jam Tarts.  These bring back memories for me as a child I loved to lick the jam out then eat the pastry.

Little red head and Mini miss had a ball making these and they where nearly all made by them which was great.
  • All you need is ready made shortcrust pastry, jam and small bit of butter for greasing
  • Cut out the pastry and pop into greased cupcake case tin, pressing in gently
  • Spoon in the jam leaving a rim around the side
  • Put in oven 190c for 10-15 minuets 
  • Leave to cool then serve with whipped cream, yum yum yum !

Hope you enjoy this quick post i've had it up before but I put it straight onto a page instead of my main feed so enjoy a Jam Tart and a cuppa 

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Yankee candle Hack

Before you throw out all those Yankee candles you've burned over the Christmas, take a look at this brilliant hack I came across, so so simple and quick.

Simply collect up all the "empty"  Yankee candle jars pop them in a saucepan of water that is beginning to boil the wax that remains in the jar will melt.  

Using an oven glove pour the melted wax into bun cases and leave to set.

Ta Da you've got your Yankee tarts created and no waste

Don't you just love it?

Out of these 5 large jars and one tiny jar I got all these Tarts 17 in total, keeping in mind I used Muffin cases which are deeper than bun/cup cake cases.