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Trips to the doctor, antibiotics and a lot less money in my pocket now. As a parent in Ireland sometimes you literally can’t breathe without spending money. To top it off my friend in London who’s a working Mum of two proudly declared that her childcare is free and oh yeah so is the doctor. My mind wandered off to sandy beaches and cocktails when I dreamt of what I could do with all the extra money I would have each month if I lived anywhere else at all.

However I did decide to live here so my aim is to do everything to keep myself healthy and happy of course. James now sleeps in my bed all the time and if I were being honest I wouldn’t have it any other way. He wakes in the middle of the night and asks for a tug (hug) or a tuddle (cuddle) and my heart melts. I know this age won’t last forever so I’m trying to enjoy every minute. However life is not all plain sailing as James’ acting has improved dramatically. I asked my sister Laura who’s an actress had she been giving him secret lessons but she said no! He stands there pre fake tantrum trying with all his might to squeeze a tear out and then just as the tear breaks through he drops to the ground for the grand finale. I have learnt/chosen to ignore this at home but in the doctors I was shocked when this was coupled with “dut up!!” Excuse me I said trying to hold in the laughter from pure shock. When I asked him where he heard it he said Spongebob. I explained it was bold and made me feel sad. Now every few minutes James asks me am I sad and declares that he’s happy and wants me to be happy. I have reassured him I’m probably the happiest Mum in the world and have decided heck if I don’t feel it I’ll fake it. Anything for my little man and hey as the saying goes fake it till you feel it!!!

 

As mothers day approaches I love this Bia Beauty Mother & Baby gift set contains eye gel for a sleep-deprived new mum, a luxurious body butter that will diminish stretch marks and is perfect for a relaxing massage, and baby cream which can be used all over the body to soothe and comfort the little one and encourage sleep. €45 from www.biabeauty.com and pharmacies nationwide.

 

Finally a vest that’s actually discreet for breastfeeding! Marianne Valiente, creator of Feed Me Mummy said “after the confidence issues I had with breastfeeding in public, when I came up with this vest I just had to share it with other Mums” I wish it had been 2 years ago!! www.feedmemummy.co.uk

 

ASK ALISON:

Hi Alison,

I was wondering if you ever used a sling with James. There’s so many to choose from and are they really worth it?

Thanks,

Angela, Cork

 

Hi Angela,

I tried so many slings and actually found them great. You need to find one that suits you. Its fantastic to keep them close and you also have your hands free.. Imagine! Check out www.babywearingireland.ie They will lend you slings from all over the world till you figure out which one you like. Cherish me have also just introduced the Award-winning ERGObaby carrier. It’s really comfortable to wear and most importantly holds the baby in the correct position to support baby’s hip, pelvis, and spine growth. ERGOBABY keeps baby safe, close, and comfortable and allows you to enjoy your bonding experience with your baby and you can even be breast feed while babies in the carrier. Unlike many carriers on the market this one can be worn 3 ways on your front, hip or on your back and holds a child up to 20kg!

 

FOR MUM:

ERGOBABY CARRIER €134.90 www.cherishme.ie 

 

FOR MUM:

Get your body set for Summer with Total Body Lift, €46 by Clarins

 

THIS FORTNIGHT WE ARE:

SUPPORTING ARC Cancer Support Centre for their inaugural “Green Nose Day” on the 9th of March 2013. Green noses will be sold both inside and outside the Aviva Stadium for 2 EURO before the Ireland v France rugby match. ARC Cancer Support Centre provides support to people affected by cancer and their loved ones and they helped my family enormously when my own Dad was sick. WEARING Alex and Ani eco-friendly, positive energy stacking bracelets made with positive intentions. A perfect gift for new Mums. Choose Mom for generosity, heroism and love.

So much happening all at once and that goes for the weather too. The fleeting glance of white powder that initially makes everything look beautiful, fresh and clean was the highlight of James life (so far). Snow, I announced and ‘doe’ as he calls it has never been given such a welcome. First he tread carefully eyeing up his prey and then with more confidence poked, prodded and eventually pounced and yes then he ate it!

‘It’s turns to water’ I said as we drove to school singing ‘rumble in the jungle’. ‘No Mummy don’t be silly’, James said. I explained the science behind this amazing stuff quite chuffed with myself in my ability to communicate so clearly. No better way to feel smart than talking to a 2 year old I thought. However my explanation obviously fell on deaf ears as he proudly tells me every day that the non stop rain we are having is actually water. He also tells me this when he’s brushing his teeth or having a bath. I’ve tried to convince him and had to stop myself from weeping and hanging on to his ankles begging him to believe me. Finally he’s come round but I love the innocence of questioning what simply doesn’t seem to make instant sense. We could maybe do with questioning a few things going on as adults sometimes??

I did a detox and came down with a terrible chest infection! Thanks god for my Mother who looked after James and on Sunday bathed him and Monday morning took him to school. I am deeply appreciative also for the Manuka honey and trips to the chemist. Sometimes I honestly don’t know where I would be without you.

I have been receiving more emails about both depression and PND. I found a diary I wrote during my pregnancy and my decline into depression.  It was incredibly hard to read back but it reminded me of a very difficult and lonely time. I’m the new ambassador for the ‘walk in my shoes’ campaign along with Adam Clayton, Brent Pope and Ken Doherty. I’ll be keeping you posted on twitter and through my website and we would love you to be involved. Thanks, Ali xxx

 

 The Hen House Restaurant, Dun Laoghaire have launched their brand new children’s book with proceeds going to the Jack & Jill foundation. The book is suitable for tots to teens with its fun colouring in pages, crosswords, short stories, dot to dots, egg hunts, writing activities, and a whole lot more! The book also features the restaurant’s popular characters, Fonsie the fox and Minty the hen. James didn’t budge the entire meal- a miracle!
It’s €4.95 with €1 going towards the Jack & Jill foundation.

 

These fab T’s from Mothercare are only €6.50 and they will be included in the ‘2 for’ €10 promotion which will commence on the February 12th.  There’s a huge range of T-shirt from toddler up to age 8.

 

ASK ALISON:

Hi Alison,

As a busy Mum I’m looking for a serum that ticks all the boxes. Is this impossible to fight the signs of both aging and tiredness?

Thanks,

Emma, Meath

Hi Emma,

Clarins have launched their brand new double serum. I started using it just before Christmas and have found it very hydrating especially with the heating going constantly and the awful weather we’re having. It targets the 5 vital functions- hydration, nutrition, oxygenation, protection and regeneration. It also has powerful anti aging ingredients and is rich in 20 plant extracts: an exceptional vital reserve from nature where each skin type, regardless of age, uses what it needs depending on its state.

 

FOR MUM

Clarins Double Serum €69.50

 

FOR BABY:

Cosatto Oh So Pretty Moon Unit is great for sleep overs. It also has a high level basinette feature for tiny babies. It’s easy on your back and this especially benefits post-caesarean mums €169.99 www.eurobaby.ie

 

THIS FORTNIGHT WE ARE:

READING Love and the Goddess. I had the pleasure of launching this book for the wonderful Mary Coen who is a true spiritual goddess. It has been referred to as An Irish Eat, Pray, Love meets Sex & the City!

EATING bananas to help us sleep. They contain tryptophan which is the amino acid in protein the body uses to make serotonin and then melatonin. Both calming hormones that slow down your brain and make you sleepy. Eat it on wholegrain toast as carbohydrates help tryptophan access the brain.

 

So much happening all at once and that goes for the weather too. The fleeting glance of white powder that initially makes everything look beautiful, fresh and clean was the highlight of James life (so far). Snow, I announced and ‘doe’ as he calls it has never been given such a welcome. First he tread carefully eyeing up his prey and then with more confidence poked, prodded and eventually pounced and yes then he ate it!

‘It’s turns to water’ I said as we drove to school singing ‘rumble in the jungle’. ‘No Mummy don’t be silly’, James said. I explained the science behind this amazing stuff quite chuffed with myself in my ability to communicate so clearly. No better way to feel smart than talking to a 2 year old I thought. However my explanation obviously fell on deaf ears as he proudly tells me every day that the non stop rain we are having is actually water. He also tells me this when he’s brushing his teeth or having a bath. I’ve tried to convince him and had to stop myself from weeping and hanging on to his ankles begging him to believe me. Finally he’s come round but I love the innocence of questioning what simply doesn’t seem to make instant sense. We could maybe do with questioning a few things going on as adults sometimes??

I did a detox and came down with a terrible chest infection! Thanks god for my Mother who looked after James and on Sunday bathed him and Monday morning took him to school. I am deeply appreciative also for the Manuka honey and trips to the chemist. Sometimes I honestly don’t know where I would be without you.

I have been receiving more emails about both depression and PND. I found a diary I wrote during my pregnancy and my decline into depression.  It was incredibly hard to read back but it reminded me of a very difficult and lonely time. I’m the new ambassador for the ‘walk in my shoes’ campaign along with Adam Clayton, Brent Pope and Ken Doherty. I’ll be keeping you posted on twitter and through my website and we would love you to be involved. Thanks, Ali xxx

 

 The Hen House Restaurant, Dun Laoghaire have launched their brand new children’s book with proceeds going to the Jack & Jill foundation. The book is suitable for tots to teens with its fun colouring in pages, crosswords, short stories, dot to dots, egg hunts, writing activities, and a whole lot more! The book also features the restaurant’s popular characters, Fonsie the fox and Minty the hen. James didn’t budge the entire meal- a miracle!
It’s €4.95 with €1 going towards the Jack & Jill foundation.

 

These fab T’s from Mothercare are only €6.50 and they will be included in the ‘2 for’ €10 promotion which will commence on the February 12th.  There’s a huge range of T-shirt from toddler up to age 8.

 

ASK ALISON:

Hi Alison,

As a busy Mum I’m looking for a serum that ticks all the boxes. Is this impossible to fight the signs of both aging and tiredness?

Thanks,

Emma, Meath

Hi Emma,

Clarins have launched their brand new double serum. I started using it just before Christmas and have found it very hydrating especially with the heating going constantly and the awful weather we’re having. It targets the 5 vital functions- hydration, nutrition, oxygenation, protection and regeneration. It also has powerful anti aging ingredients and is rich in 20 plant extracts: an exceptional vital reserve from nature where each skin type, regardless of age, uses what it needs depending on its state.

 

FOR MUM

Clarins Double Serum €69.50

 

FOR BABY:

Cosatto Oh So Pretty Moon Unit is great for sleep overs. It also has a high level basinette feature for tiny babies. It’s easy on your back and this especially benefits post-caesarean mums €169.99 www.eurobaby.ie

 

THIS FORTNIGHT WE ARE:

READING Love and the Goddess. I had the pleasure of launching this book for the wonderful Mary Coen who is a true spiritual goddess. It has been referred to as An Irish Eat, Pray, Love meets Sex & the City!

EATING bananas to help us sleep. They contain tryptophan which is the amino acid in protein the body uses to make serotonin and then melatonin. Both calming hormones that slow down your brain and make you sleepy. Eat it on wholegrain toast as carbohydrates help tryptophan access the brain.

 

Temporary reward schemes (jellies, I’m desperate), bribary, late nights working, eating crap food, no exercise, washing not done, lost all my accounts on my computer…. You might have guessed it my healthy and organized start to the year has not just gone wrong but completely bonkers off the wall kind of wrong.

James tugs (hugs) and tisses (kisses) are pulling me through right now and as I hold him tight I beg him not to grow up- silently in my head of course or he’ll find out that I’m crazy and its too early for that. He’s obsessed with Elmo’s potty training DVD and no we are not even close to that stage yet. He keeps saying potty, poo poo and pee pee in public and I react like this “James don’t be silly saying rude things” and turn to the person and explain how funny it is as I’ve never heard him saying that before. This usually happens in a bank, post office or anywhere else there is an uncomfortable and deathly silence. Does he know this is a perfect time to embarrass me? On a more serious note I am hoping that Elmo makes potty training easier. James is fascinated and claps ferociously and calls me in to tell me Elmo’s friend went to potty for the first time and they are all so proud of her. He then turns to me and says Mummy are you proud of me? It’s at this very point that my heart melts and I’m reminded of what’s really important in life. Who cares about not doing everything perfectly and I’m never making another resolution, as I was very happy in December!

What I have realized though is to be in your children’s memories tomorrow you have to be in their lives today and in my opinion that means being present and spending quality time with them. We might not have a lot of it but when we do make it count. I’m starting a new healing course tomorrow; yes I’ll try anything. So my next column will be full of chakras, auras and insightful spiritual knowledge. I think. Watch this space.

 

I love this multi award winning and rather wonderful Sungglebundl, the world’s first baby lifting blanket. This innovative product was designed to help parents move baby from A to B easily without disturbing the little one’s slumber and without incurring backache. It is now available in a new super soft and breathable fabric.
www.snugglebundl.co.uk €47.80

Orla Fallon, an award winning harpist, singer and former member of Celtic Women has just released a must have CD for any new parent. Recorded in Kansas City and produced by Dan Shea, ‘Lullaby Time’ is a project very close to her heart as she was expecting her little boy Freddie when she recorded it. Stunning, a must for anyone whether you’ve children or not! €18.39 www.orlafallon.com

 

Hi Alison,

My baby is 6 months and I recently read I should be giving her Vitamin D still. Is this really necessary and why?  Nessa, Wicklow

Hi Nessa,

This is actually a very common question. Vitamin D is important during pregnancy, for new mums, babies and toddlers. Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of calcium. Therefore if your baby doesn’t have enough it won’t absorb the calcium from the milk its being fed. It is mandatory to give your baby Vitamin D for the first twelve months and I would say beyond. Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin so no prizes for guessing why we don’t have enough. Shield Health has recently brought out a pump version making it easy to give the correct dosage every day. Vitamin D is important for the Maintenance of Healthy Bones & Teeth, Immune System and Muscle Function.

 

FOR BABY:

BabyVit D3 Pump €10.95 www.shieldhealth.ie and all good pharmacies

FOR MUM:

This La Bougie candle by perfumer Lucy Hagerty using essential oils and aromatics. ‘Dark Rose & Myrtle’ is a deeply seductive fragrance that has taken eighteen months to perfect. €19.95-€29.95 www.labougie.com

 

THIS FORTNIGHT WE ARE:

STOPPING THE SPREAD of all these nasty bugs by using Cuticura Anti Bacterial Hand Serum for Kids. This school bag/ creche must-have is unlike any other hand hygiene product. Advanced Anti Bacterial Technology gets rid of 99.99% bacteria and creates an invisible, soft-skin glove to prevent re-infection for an incredible 8 hours! €2.99  50ml good pharmacies (pic for this) WATCHING Les Miserables for the 5th time in the cinema as I genuinely think I missed my calling as a musical actress… LISTENING to Omharmonics to meditate for 10 mins every day  www.omharmonics.com

Temporary reward schemes (jellies, I’m desperate), bribary, late nights working, eating crap food, no exercise, washing not done, lost all my accounts on my computer…. You might have guessed it my healthy and organized start to the year has not just gone wrong but completely bonkers off the wall kind of wrong.

James tugs (hugs) and tisses (kisses) are pulling me through right now and as I hold him tight I beg him not to grow up- silently in my head of course or he’ll find out that I’m crazy and its too early for that. He’s obsessed with Elmo’s potty training DVD and no we are not even close to that stage yet. He keeps saying potty, poo poo and pee pee in public and I react like this “James don’t be silly saying rude things” and turn to the person and explain how funny it is as I’ve never heard him saying that before. This usually happens in a bank, post office or anywhere else there is an uncomfortable and deathly silence. Does he know this is a perfect time to embarrass me? On a more serious note I am hoping that Elmo makes potty training easier. James is fascinated and claps ferociously and calls me in to tell me Elmo’s friend went to potty for the first time and they are all so proud of her. He then turns to me and says Mummy are you proud of me? It’s at this very point that my heart melts and I’m reminded of what’s really important in life. Who cares about not doing everything perfectly and I’m never making another resolution, as I was very happy in December!

What I have realized though is to be in your children’s memories tomorrow you have to be in their lives today and in my opinion that means being present and spending quality time with them. We might not have a lot of it but when we do make it count. I’m starting a new healing course tomorrow; yes I’ll try anything. So my next column will be full of chakras, auras and insightful spiritual knowledge. I think. Watch this space.

 

I love this multi award winning and rather wonderful Sungglebundl, the world’s first baby lifting blanket. This innovative product was designed to help parents move baby from A to B easily without disturbing the little one’s slumber and without incurring backache. It is now available in a new super soft and breathable fabric.
www.snugglebundl.co.uk €47.80

Orla Fallon, an award winning harpist, singer and former member of Celtic Women has just released a must have CD for any new parent. Recorded in Kansas City and produced by Dan Shea, ‘Lullaby Time’ is a project very close to her heart as she was expecting her little boy Freddie when she recorded it. Stunning, a must for anyone whether you’ve children or not! €18.39 www.orlafallon.com

 

Hi Alison,

My baby is 6 months and I recently read I should be giving her Vitamin D still. Is this really necessary and why?  Nessa, Wicklow

Hi Nessa,

This is actually a very common question. Vitamin D is important during pregnancy, for new mums, babies and toddlers. Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of calcium. Therefore if your baby doesn’t have enough it won’t absorb the calcium from the milk its being fed. It is mandatory to give your baby Vitamin D for the first twelve months and I would say beyond. Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin so no prizes for guessing why we don’t have enough. Shield Health has recently brought out a pump version making it easy to give the correct dosage every day. Vitamin D is important for the Maintenance of Healthy Bones & Teeth, Immune System and Muscle Function.

 

FOR BABY:

BabyVit D3 Pump €10.95 www.shieldhealth.ie and all good pharmacies

FOR MUM:

This La Bougie candle by perfumer Lucy Hagerty using essential oils and aromatics. ‘Dark Rose & Myrtle’ is a deeply seductive fragrance that has taken eighteen months to perfect. €19.95-€29.95 www.labougie.com

 

THIS FORTNIGHT WE ARE:

STOPPING THE SPREAD of all these nasty bugs by using Cuticura Anti Bacterial Hand Serum for Kids. This school bag/ creche must-have is unlike any other hand hygiene product. Advanced Anti Bacterial Technology gets rid of 99.99% bacteria and creates an invisible, soft-skin glove to prevent re-infection for an incredible 8 hours! €2.99  50ml good pharmacies (pic for this) WATCHING Les Miserables for the 5th time in the cinema as I genuinely think I missed my calling as a musical actress… LISTENING to Omharmonics to meditate for 10 mins every day  www.omharmonics.com

“I” love Christmas. I love the magic and bribery Santa brings.  As I don’t like doing things by halves, I have a giant Santa on our wall who watches everything especially dinners and bedtime or clean up time or whinging.. Well you get the picture. I took James to see Santa at Hamley’s and it was a very special day. We did lunch with Santa and the kids got to colour, have lunch and spend quality time with the man himself. My cool as a cucumber son just said Hiya as if he was someone he saw every day. He asked him for nion ting DVD (The Lion King), Books and a digsaw (jigsaw) Luckily I was on hand to translate. Also out in Hamleys Claphandies are doing 30 minute sessions. Here the kids can sing carols, create little Christmas trees and have some fun! It’s a great idea if you’re standing in the queue and the little ones are getting impatient. Let one adult go to claphandies and the other stays in line. This year at Hamleys they’ve really thought of everything.

Christmas for me is a time to be grateful for the year we’ve had and look forward to a new year with new beginnings. I have so many plans for the New Year. One of them is getting fit. I’m also going to enroll James back into Rugby Tots as he just loves it and spends all week talking about it and then cries when we leave. It’s great exercise for him. He spends most of the time running in circles announcing to me that he’s the winner! (There is no one else competing against in these particular races but hey who am I to burst his winner bubble)

I would like to thank everyone who has supported me this year. To all of you, who read this column and take the time to get in touch. Your kind words and support mean a lot. Finally thanks to my family without whose support and help with James I would not be able to work and build my life again. I had amazing team on my shows this year so thanks to all of you. Hard work and perseverance pays off. Stay healthy, happy and positive and believe in miracles. Miracles are the ordinary things that extraordinary people do for you every day. 2013 here we come!!!

FOR MUM

I love this Juicy Couture Beau watch €249.00 www.arnotts.ie

FOR BABY
Babies love these soft Alphabet Cubes from Mothercare €16.20

This Trike is amazing for kids with special needs. It can be adjusted to grow with your child by raising the seat post and handlebar to suit. The Musketeer comes with a freewheel as standard allowing your child to be able to coast without the pedals going around if you wish to use a parent handle. It is possible too change to a fixed wheel so that when the Trike goes forward or backward the pedals will go around with the Trike. Can be useful for children with lack of power in their legs as the forward motion helps keep their feet going around. Prices depend on adaptations required but start from €295 Age 2-6 yr Available from Adam and Friends

I love this fluffy blue instaria jumper €34 Cath Kidston have a great range of scarves, hats and jumpers that are warm, fun and very festive but also can be worn well into the new year!

 

ASK ALISON

HI Alison,

I was at one of your shows and you were talking about the importance of communicating. I’m quite bad at talking. Have you any tips for helping me express myself better?
Thanks, Lisa. Galway

Hi Lisa,

I’m always saying that words are not the only way to communicate. You can express yourself in so many different creative ways. Arts and crafts are always good. I recently just did a four part parenting series for my website with Joanna Fortune and she discusses some of the techniques she uses. My favourite is “The balloon Technique” which shows you how to express emotion and this could be a great one for you. You write your feelings/problems down. Then you roll the piece of paper up and put it into the balloon. You then release the balloon and let your problems fly off with it. The video on my website will explain this better. I hope it helps!

THIS FORTNIGHT WE ARE:

Doing things to make us feel good READING Caroline Grace Cassidy’s new novel ‘When Love Takes Over’ this Christmas €9.99 This is a feel good, funny, laugh out loud book from all good bookstores LISTENING to Christmas FM we love singing along to all the songs in the car and the best part is the proceeds go to the ISPCC. EXERCISING to balance the guilt of eating and drinking REMEMBERING those loved ones not with us and thinking of all the happy memories we have with them.

“I” love Christmas. I love the magic and bribery Santa brings.  As I don’t like doing things by halves, I have a giant Santa on our wall who watches everything especially dinners and bedtime or clean up time or whinging.. Well you get the picture. I took James to see Santa at Hamley’s and it was a very special day. We did lunch with Santa and the kids got to colour, have lunch and spend quality time with the man himself. My cool as a cucumber son just said Hiya as if he was someone he saw every day. He asked him for nion ting DVD (The Lion King), Books and a digsaw (jigsaw) Luckily I was on hand to translate. Also out in Hamleys Claphandies are doing 30 minute sessions. Here the kids can sing carols, create little Christmas trees and have some fun! It’s a great idea if you’re standing in the queue and the little ones are getting impatient. Let one adult go to claphandies and the other stays in line. This year at Hamleys they’ve really thought of everything.

Christmas for me is a time to be grateful for the year we’ve had and look forward to a new year with new beginnings. I have so many plans for the New Year. One of them is getting fit. I’m also going to enroll James back into Rugby Tots as he just loves it and spends all week talking about it and then cries when we leave. It’s great exercise for him. He spends most of the time running in circles announcing to me that he’s the winner! (There is no one else competing against in these particular races but hey who am I to burst his winner bubble)

I would like to thank everyone who has supported me this year. To all of you, who read this column and take the time to get in touch. Your kind words and support mean a lot. Finally thanks to my family without whose support and help with James I would not be able to work and build my life again. I had amazing team on my shows this year so thanks to all of you. Hard work and perseverance pays off. Stay healthy, happy and positive and believe in miracles. Miracles are the ordinary things that extraordinary people do for you every day. 2013 here we come!!!

FOR MUM

I love this Juicy Couture Beau watch €249.00 www.arnotts.ie

FOR BABY
Babies love these soft Alphabet Cubes from Mothercare €16.20

This Trike is amazing for kids with special needs. It can be adjusted to grow with your child by raising the seat post and handlebar to suit. The Musketeer comes with a freewheel as standard allowing your child to be able to coast without the pedals going around if you wish to use a parent handle. It is possible too change to a fixed wheel so that when the Trike goes forward or backward the pedals will go around with the Trike. Can be useful for children with lack of power in their legs as the forward motion helps keep their feet going around. Prices depend on adaptations required but start from €295 Age 2-6 yr Available from Adam and Friends

I love this fluffy blue instaria jumper €34 Cath Kidston have a great range of scarves, hats and jumpers that are warm, fun and very festive but also can be worn well into the new year!

 

ASK ALISON

HI Alison,

I was at one of your shows and you were talking about the importance of communicating. I’m quite bad at talking. Have you any tips for helping me express myself better?
Thanks, Lisa. Galway

Hi Lisa,

I’m always saying that words are not the only way to communicate. You can express yourself in so many different creative ways. Arts and crafts are always good. I recently just did a four part parenting series for my website with Joanna Fortune and she discusses some of the techniques she uses. My favourite is “The balloon Technique” which shows you how to express emotion and this could be a great one for you. You write your feelings/problems down. Then you roll the piece of paper up and put it into the balloon. You then release the balloon and let your problems fly off with it. The video on my website will explain this better. I hope it helps!

THIS FORTNIGHT WE ARE:

Doing things to make us feel good READING Caroline Grace Cassidy’s new novel ‘When Love Takes Over’ this Christmas €9.99 This is a feel good, funny, laugh out loud book from all good bookstores LISTENING to Christmas FM we love singing along to all the songs in the car and the best part is the proceeds go to the ISPCC. EXERCISING to balance the guilt of eating and drinking REMEMBERING those loved ones not with us and thinking of all the happy memories we have with them.

Come Dine with Me – Festive Special!
“Greet and Eat” with Father Christmas at Hamleys

Look behind you!!

Look behind you!

Well visiting Santa sure has changed since I was a kid. Being a big kid myself i’m pretty happy about this as I also get to indulge, giggle, have fun and most of all watch James smiling from ear to ear. My cool as a cucumber son was colouring for Santa when he approached him in Hamleys and James very casually (as you do when you’re 2) said Hiya!

I like this guy… Does he have to hold my hand though??

For an extra special visit to Father Christmas this year, Hamleys in Dundrum has rolled out an exclusive 5 star experience, with an hour-long visit with Father Christmas that includes entertainment and games, a Christmas goodie bag, and a tasty meal specially prepared in Santa’s kitchen.  Numbers are limited to just 20 children per visit, and each child is guaranteed special time with Father Christmas.

Don’t look mum in the eye and she’ll never notice yum!!

James thought all his birthdays had come at once when he had a plate full of goodies. This never happens at home so another bonus point for Santa in our house. From Saturday 10th November until Christmas Eve visitors can enjoy an exciting breakfast, lunch, or tea-time meeting with Father Christmas and his elves, costing €25 per child.  Breakfast is scheduled from 7.30am until 8.30am, making a fantastic start to the day, and something to tell everyone in school or crèche.  Tea time with Father Christmas is from 5.00pm to 6.00pm daily, and on Saturdays and Sundays there is also a lunchtime visit starting at 12.00 noon.

Meals include nutritious children’s favourites such as Christmas tree toast, scrambled eggs, beans, hot pancakes and pastries, served with juice and hot chocolate, and a sweet treat for afters.  Tea and coffee is provided for adults.

Children aged from two to eleven years are catered for in this magical experience.. Why not plan a special occasion around it, be it a Birthday or Christmas party. Bookings to meet Father Christmas in Hamleys can be made online at www.hamleys.com in-store at the customer service point on the first floor or call 012924900.

Come Dine with Me – Festive Special!
“Greet and Eat” with Father Christmas at Hamleys

Look behind you!!

Look behind you!

Well visiting Santa sure has changed since I was a kid. Being a big kid myself i’m pretty happy about this as I also get to indulge, giggle, have fun and most of all watch James smiling from ear to ear. My cool as a cucumber son was colouring for Santa when he approached him in Hamleys and James very casually (as you do when you’re 2) said Hiya!

I like this guy… Does he have to hold my hand though??

For an extra special visit to Father Christmas this year, Hamleys in Dundrum has rolled out an exclusive 5 star experience, with an hour-long visit with Father Christmas that includes entertainment and games, a Christmas goodie bag, and a tasty meal specially prepared in Santa’s kitchen.  Numbers are limited to just 20 children per visit, and each child is guaranteed special time with Father Christmas.

Don’t look mum in the eye and she’ll never notice yum!!

James thought all his birthdays had come at once when he had a plate full of goodies. This never happens at home so another bonus point for Santa in our house. From Saturday 10th November until Christmas Eve visitors can enjoy an exciting breakfast, lunch, or tea-time meeting with Father Christmas and his elves, costing €25 per child.  Breakfast is scheduled from 7.30am until 8.30am, making a fantastic start to the day, and something to tell everyone in school or crèche.  Tea time with Father Christmas is from 5.00pm to 6.00pm daily, and on Saturdays and Sundays there is also a lunchtime visit starting at 12.00 noon.

Meals include nutritious children’s favourites such as Christmas tree toast, scrambled eggs, beans, hot pancakes and pastries, served with juice and hot chocolate, and a sweet treat for afters.  Tea and coffee is provided for adults.

Children aged from two to eleven years are catered for in this magical experience.. Why not plan a special occasion around it, be it a Birthday or Christmas party. Bookings to meet Father Christmas in Hamleys can be made online at www.hamleys.com in-store at the customer service point on the first floor or call 012924900.