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Well it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions in this house with a lot of changes happening. James recently moved up to the preschool room to prepare for September. When I asked what the difference was he said in preschool there’s no biting, no hitting, no slapping and you have to listen. My immediate reaction was to go in and hug the teachers he has had for the past couple of years as it seems they were working in what can only be described as an out of control zoo!

When my laughter subsided, as he is incredibly dramatic, not too unlike his mother we moved onto more serious issues. James broke up with Holly! There I said it, his first heartache. He told me since they moved to preschool she hasn’t been playing with him and she’s now going out with a preschooler and they’re not speaking anymore. They’ve been together for about a year and a half now so as you can imagine this has been tough for everyone. Just as I was about to put my hat away James came home the very next day and announced he had a new girlfriend called Lauren. “I’m going to marry her,” he said.

“Now hold on a second my here James,” I said. I think you should take things slow as you’ve just broken up with Holly and you could be moving into marriage a bit too quickly. “Ok” he said as bright and breezy as ever. You just let me know when then. I hope the exact same things happens if I don’t like a girlfriend when he grows up but something tells me that’s wishful thinking.

I seem to be spending quite a lot of time holding in my laughter these days because let me tell you if you laugh he gets very upset and wants to know why I’m not taking him seriously as he’s a big boy now (eh nearly 4!!!)

I will admit I did shed a few tears the day I dropped him up to preschool at The Toddler Inn. I’m such an emotional being and he’s growing up so fast. To make myself feel better, I asked him will he leave me when he gets older and as I moved in for the right answer, which would of course have been No, he told me “yes mum, but don’t worry because I’ll come and visit.” Now where’s that receipt??


We are dinosaur crazy here at Canavan towers and I was delighted to find a great selection of dinosaur books at Hamleys. Here’s three of our favourites:

Yikes StinkysaurusYikes Stinkysaurus – €9, This is our current favourite book as kids seem to think everything to do with saying stinky is hilarious. James even rolls around laughing when he takes his socks off!!





Tyrannosaurus DripTyrannosaurus Drip – €9 One of my favourite childrens authors and author of the Gruffalo Julia never disappoints. When a little compsognathus robs a duckbill egg it ends up in the T Rex’s nest! Of course he doesn’t fit in and most certainly doesn’t eat meat. A great book to help kids understand meat and plant eaters!




Noisy DinosaursNoisy Dinosaurs – €14






SnoozeShade for travel cotsI think the SnoozeShades are a must for every parent for the buggy and car seat and now I’m delighted that they have unveiled the new and improved SnoozeShade for Travel Cots. This simple, portable sleep solution will provide a darkened, distraction-free sleep environment making any time naptime. An essential accessory for families going on holiday. €68.50





Hi Alison

I’m looking for a good night serum. Do you use one yourself and do you think its necessary?

Thanks, Jenni

Hi Jenni

I do think serums are important for lots of reasons. Our lives are so hectic and the pollutants we are exposed to nowadays means we have to try and rectify with a good skincare routine. Up till now I have used the same one for both day and night but I have recently started to use SkinCeuticals brand new Resveratrol B E night concentrate. It’s an innovative formulation designed to target the visible signs of skin ageing and accumulated skin damage. As soon as I saw this I said sign me up! It helps to optimize the skin’s natural night-time processes which include: Promoting the skin’s natural defense systems, reinforcing the skin’s natural protection against free radical damage, strengthening the skin’s functionality against visible skin ageing and diminishing the appearance of visible skin ageing. Your skin will be looking Radiant, the elasticity will feel better and the appearance of density will be restored.


Resveratrol B E strip outThe SkinCeuticals launch Resveratrol B E Night Concentrate €140, expensive but will last and get results.






AMy star buy: The world first lifting blanket and ingenious parenting solution is endorsed by breastfeeding specialists, midwives, sleep experts, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and many more! €50





 get shit doneREADING Niall Harbison’s new book “Get Shit Done!” He’s an inspiration and I’m certainly motivated to get shit done since I’ve started reading it.






Popsnap LogoDOWNLOADING the recently released new Photo app Popsnap (FREE App) that allows you to print your photos directly from your phone. Available on iPhone & Android. You can now order beautiful high quality photo prints direct from your phone for delivery anywhere in the world.


Why can’t I ever do things by halves?? I was complaining to Sarah Mac Lachlann from Pilates Performance that I didn’t feel I was getting results quick enough and she informed me I actually needed to make my classes. Hmm I thought, now that makes sense!! I decided to do three classes in a row and the morning after the first class James jumped on me to say good morning. I screamed and frightened the life out of the poor child. Ouch get off Mummy please. My muscles were sore to even touch. “What’s wrong?” James said. “Mummy did Pilates” I said, to which James replied “Oh Mummy a lattes is very bad” At that very moment I really felt my two year old was speaking the truth. However I did go back and I feel great. Sometimes I really find it a huge effort to be good. By that I mean eat well, exercise and go to bed early but when you do it you unleash those hidden happy hormones and they tingle through your body and you feel a rush of happiness and a sense of achievement.

You see we’re all kids really and we need to feed our inner child and make ourselves proud. I hear a lot of Mums beat themselves up about what they’re not doing. This week try this instead… Every time you catch yourself saying something negative about how you parent or live replace it with a positive thought or phrase. This can be incredibly hard to begin with but watch the difference it makes to both you and the kids. Potty training is also around the corner for me and I haven’t a clue so please mail me with any tips and tricks you have?? I need other mummies to help right now!! Everything I read seems to give conflicting advice as usual. I think he’s ready but it’s only my first so what do I know? I’m having dreams (nightmares) of a urine soaked house, car and more washing than one human can cope with. Dramatic? Me?… Never!!

TotsBots are undoubtedly the King of Cool when it comes to designing cloth nappies, so it comes with great excitement that the brand is now launching their new and improved Swimtots –Swimtots are a trendy, practical, comfortable and affordable solution for water babies everywhere! Bring on the summer!

RRP: €11.70 (+p&p) Stockist:


Puppy Pursuit contains ten active games to encourage the development of memory, patterning, sequencing, colour recognition and matching skills. Canine activities children will be begging to play!  €21.95



Hi Alison,

Do you use SPF on your face every day or just when you are abroad or in the sun?

Kelli Dublin

Hi Kelli,

The Number One cause of premature skin ageing is sun exposure. Clinical signs of photoaged skin include the appearance of dark spots, uneven skin tone and overall loss of radiance. 40% of the people never use sun protection because they dislike the heavy feel of certain sun protection on their faces or like me they experience irritation or allergic reactions to certain chemical sun filters. However, SkinCeuticals has a brand new product called Mineral Radiance UV Defense spf 50 which will be on shelves in June and even better its tinted so for busy Mums it has everything in one. I use it first thing to drop James to creche so I don’t scare people with the white just out of bed look and if the sun ever did come out I’d be protected. It’s also lightweight and suitable for sensitive skin.

PREVENT. CORRECT. PROTECT With Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50 – RRP €43.00


Kangaroos don’t come cuter than this. Joey is €10.50 and available from


WE’RE GETTING EXCITED ABOUT The Just 4 Kids Show Coming to the RDS 25/26th May. The Show will feature a huge free fun zone led by Let’s Go Camps, a workshop zone, a technology and science zone, a library zone, a seminar zone and a host of exhibition stands to browse through. Be inspired, be informed and be involved with so much to do you’ll want to stay all day!  A fun and educational day out for all the family awaits visit

KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE with an IDME wristband. Great for any outing where your child might get separated from you. Whether it’s a trip to the beach, on holiday, a birthday party, school tour or just a visit to the shops, your child will have potentially life saving information at hand. €12.99