Breakie Time at the Beach

Yesterday morning we decided to go to Strandhill for an Irish Breakfast in the lovely cafe Shell’s right beside the beach. They have amazing food! Not just the breakfast but everything else, too. Everything is homemade. I cannot recommend it enough. They actually have their own cook book now since a few years.

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2014-05-25 10.45.45 The yummy breakfast

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Not to mention that they actually now have a shop called The Little Shop. Take a look. They have some great stuff.

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Last night we went out to Strandhill to see the sunset because it was the perfect weather for it. Thank god we went. Look at these amazing shots…

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Lunch & Landscape

Yesterday we went for food in Strandhill with Dermot and Matthew, too. Of course our favourite restaurant Bella Vista.
We went to have some yummy ice cream after. There is this new place at the beach called “Mamma Johnston’s”. They have mad flavours of ice cream. Just to mention a few of them Snickers, Bueno, Oreo, Bubble Gum. I had a scoop of Blue Smurf and Snickers. Matthew enjoyed some Blue Smurf too. Up to he didn’t like ice cream at all. He didn’t know what to make of the shape and how cold it is.

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Later in the afternoon Karo and me went off again for a bit of sightseeing around the area to see if we can find anything new we haven’t seen yet. And we found some lovely beaches.
There is the main one called Streedagh just 10 mins outside of Sligo.

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We discovered another beach beside the other one and decided to have a stroll around. Amazing views!

2014-05-24 16.57.25 As you can see in that picture, it is rock all over. Karo decided to do a bit of climbing around to see what’s behind it. You would think there is nothing there like on the picture but there is such a beautiful view on the ocean behind this.

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2014-05-24 17.19.36 You might have figured out that Karo likes climbing 🙂

Great spot to get some lovely landscape photos though. I didn’t regret that we went.

Wedding time

My friend and godmother Karo to Matthew came over on Thursday for a visit. Well, mainly for a wedding of a friend of hers. 🙂
Friday was the big day her friend and ex work colleague Jule got married.
The ceremony was in Boyle 30 mins down the road.

DSC04427The ceremony setup

DSC04435 The wedding bus

After the ceremony we drove to Kilronan Castle where the reception was held. With a bit of difficulty at the start we got there eventually. 🙂

DSC04438 The wedding cake

The setup was very well done I have to say. I loved the idea of using Chalkboards around the area. Definitely a different touch to a wedding.


  Cutting the cake

The wedding favours they had were Gingerbread “Lebkuchen” as the bride is originally from Germany.
The food itself was delicious. I never complain about food ever anyway. 🙂 The starter was Goats Cheese with a bit of salad. I never really liked Goats Cheese but I gave it a try this time and it was really nice with the salad. The sub starter was yummy too. It was a sorbet.
For main course we had a choice of Beef or Sea Bass. We went for the beef. Loved it of course! The vegetables with it were amazing. So tasty! I am actually getting hungry now writing this.
For dessert we had panacotta. Tasty too of course. Thumbs up!

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Karo and I didn’t stay overnight and we also didn’t know anyone at the party anyways, so we drove back to Sligo at midnight. Had a great time though.

It’ always great to go to all sorts of weddings, that way I can take note for my own one. 🙂

Healthy Lifestyle

Yesterday I finally got a chance to cut the grass and trim it along the sides. It looked like a jungle. I should have uploaded a “before and after” picture but this is the outcome of what it looks like now. Just missing one or 2 plants and that’s my wonderful garden back for the summer. 🙂

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Today I started off the weekend healthy once again. A colleague in work and her friend I done another 5k walk this morning at 11am. Again it was for a good cause, this time the MS Therapy Centre. They even run the software I am working for.

So after being so healthy over the last couple of weeks, I thought it might be a nice idea to buy a blender and start making some smoothies. Now I know my colleague/friend Sandra will disagree with some of the smoothie and the amount of them but I am delighted even to have a proper blender/ smoothie maker now. First one I tried today was just to mix anything I could find. The smoothie I had was natural yoghurt, blackberries, strawberries and banana. The banana was actually the one that I gave the taste. I made one before that for Dermot and didn’t have that much taste. There is so many different recipes out there.

The newest thing at the moment seem to be green smoothies which contain vegetable like spinach. Tell me your favourite smoothie recipe. It would be great to try it out as a smoothie maker newbie. 🙂

Bonding Time

Today was a mixed day. A bit of rain and a bit of sunshine but in the end it turned out ok and it was actually warm enough to go out with just a light jumper and no jacket.

The morning we spent in the house playing. Couldn’t really do much more but thank got the weather picked up in the afternoon then.

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While Matthew was sleeping in the back of the car Dermot and I enjoyed a cone of ice cream in Strandhill in the lovely sunshine. It was the perfect weather for taking photos along the sea.

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Afternoon was spent outside picking daisies. Matthew is obsessed with flowers but he loves the daisies best. Picks up any he can find and hands them to me. Very cute. 🙂

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He then had some bonding time with Bailey. There is times he actually slaps him so much I don’t know how the cat is allowing it. Feel sorry for him sometimes but he knows well if he hurts Matthew in any way he is dead. One little scratch would teach him a lesson though not to slap him all the time. 🙂

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Enjoy the last hours of the weekend everyone before Monday Madness starts again.

A Quick Run

Today we had a busy day. Started very early. And when I say early, I mean early.  I had to get up at 3.15am as a few colleagues in work and me decided to walk/run 5k. It was all for a good cause of course. Its called “Darkness into Light”. Great fun it was. I’d say ill be doing that again next year.


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So after the run I thought I might be all hyper and cook some breakfast… Complete opposite. As soon as I got into the house, everything is quiet, I decided to go for a 2 hour nap and I’m glad I did.

Matthew and I done the grocery shopping before lunch time and then we all went into town to meet a friend and her 5 months old baby girl. She’s so cute. Wouldn’t mind babysitting her any day. 🙂 Very quiet and well behaved little girl.

After Matthews nap and dinner we went outside to get some fresh air. This time I took out his Mickey Mouse ride on. He loves it. Will be doing that more often.


Original plan was to get Matthew’s feet measured again but it was too much excitement for him meeting Moya that we had to skip this. He’s still in pre walkers after wearing them for 2 months now. He should be really wearing normal shoes. So will be doing that Monday evening.

Good night everyone for now.

Please keep sharing my blog. Thanks so much. 🙂


Productive Week

Wednesday already… This week seems to be flying.

At the weekend we decided to buy a potty for Matthew. So now our house is a proud owner of one. 🙂 I might try and start him on it at the weekend because during the week it’s just too hectic after work.  This will make life easier with changing. He is a bit of a nightmare when it comes to changing his nappy the last few weeks. Boys. 🙂

Today has been quite a productive day. The travel agency finally got back to me which means our holiday at the end of the month is still on the list.  Woop!! The flights can be booked this week. Very exciting. I haven’t been on a proper summer holidays in 3 years so this will be a treat.

Matthew loves the new car. Very spacious. No excuse now to go on long journeys around Ireland. 🙂 I think our first stop will be Cork. I am thinking of going to Fota Island. Everyone has been talking about it and it is a very family friendly place with lots of things to do for kids. Matthew will enjoy it I think. He always likes new places.

Oh yeah check out my little man in his jersey.

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Today I need your opinions.

I am going to a wedding at the end of May. I haven’t picked my dress yet. (I’d like to be one of the “short notice people”) Because is the summer I was thinking of something bright and colourful. Whether it is going to a short dress or a maxi dress I am not sure. Leave me your opinions below in a comment or you can send me an email too…

Oh yeah, I haven’t told you about my run I am doing next weekend. It is called “Darkness into Light”. The reason why it is called that is because the run starts at 4.15am!!! in the morning. Check out the website if you are someone living in Ireland. It’s all for a good cause.

On the other note, we got a new car. 🙂 It’s an Audi Q3. Family car. So much more space and it fits a lot more in the boot than my old car.

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This weekend is a bank holiday again which means Monday off.  I would have had plans tomorrow to bring Matthew swimming again but I am still not happy about his cough and his runny nose. I don’t want to make it worse so we probably have to plan something else.

I am finally making progress on the holiday I won to Tenerife. We decided now that it is going to be a girly week away rather than a family holiday. Matthew is yet still too young to fly 4 hours straight and then go through the heat there.
My friend Karo and I will be going at the end of May if everything goes well. I am just waiting on the confirmation of the travel agency to see if there is anything available. Fingers crossed. It will be nice to get away to warm place. I admire all people that live in Florida or Australia. 🙂