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      Clocks back used to mean an extra hours sleep after a great night in a club. I’d treasure the extra hour and justify my hangover, as I would be getting extra rest! How times have changed. An extra hour has caused chaos. I’ve tried to explain to James about waking up later. Yes I tried to reason with a two year old and then I resorted to bribery. Things like “you can have a bar for breakfast” or “You can play cars in Mummies bed while she rests”. None of the above worked so I have spent a few days now in foul humour feeling sorry for myself. Sounds childish and stupid I know but sometimes pity parties are needed.
      The pity party ended today not because James woke any later but because I went to bed at 9PM and felt better. Now, I’m back again at the same place with the same issues which are work/life balance. Staying up late working makes life even more difficult when you’re already tired and your child wakes early. Throw in the fact that there is no one else here to get up with him other than me and I decided it was time to have a stern talk to myself. I’m now trying to value my time, prioritise and be smarter. I’ll keep you posted!!!
      On the topic of sleep I have been doing research recently as it came to my attention that sleeping with all our animal friends is not as safe as we think. I used to have James surrounded but now I realize its better to be safe than sorry. I have a solution though Hoppy and Patch are two new sleeping buddies made from safe breathable fabric invented by the same lady Louise that invented the cot wrap.

      FOR MUM

      MEDCOLL Boost your collagen in a natural way!! €39.95

      FOR BABY

      The soother tree from Clevamama. Only 60 seconds and you’re done!! €9.99

      HOPPY AND PATCH – Safe Dreams have designed Hoppy and Patch to minimise the risk of suffocation from tots sleeping with a soft toy and enable the unique bond between baby and cuddly toy to flourish.The 100% soft cotton toys are made from Airmesh with a 3D structure and stuffed with Hollowfibre; a hypoallergenic filling, which has been air, pumped into each fibre during the spinning process. The toys also contain absolutely no loose parts, are fully machine washable and are suitable for tumble drying. €18.70 , Jojo Maman bebe, Wicklow st.

      ADEN and ANAIS serenity star – A multi-tasking must for every nursery, the serenity star is an electronic feeding and sleep system designed for both baby and parents. It’s the first system to combine an electronic feeding diary, room temperature indicator, sound machine, nightlight and clock—all in one. Might help with changeover!! €75.00



      Hi Alison,
      I’m expecting my first child and have had a tough first trimester. Its also coming into winter and I wanted to give myself a glow. What fake tan would you recommend that’s safe during pregnancy?
      Eilish, Dublin

      Hi Elaine,
      Nutrition and nourishment from the inside out will always be the best way for long-term health. I recently started taking Medcoll which is the latest innovation in nutritional skincare and anti ageing. It’s a supplement with a 95% absorption rate and has been hailed as an excellent preventative as well as corrective treatment for those wanting smoother more youthful skin. It helps rebuild the body’s network of collagen and connective tissue as well as promoting cell renewal at every cellular level throughout the body. It can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and also has reputed health benefits for relieving rheumatoid and arthritic joint pain, which can get worse during the winter months. For more info €39.95 from pharmacies and health food stores


      LISTENING to Andrea Hayes on Sunshine 106.8FM on Friday evening where I do a weekly parenting slot from 6-8PM STARTING as outdoor play is key and essential for social skills, health and wellbeing USING TRILOGYS ultra hydrating hand cream for all those Mums with hard working hands (product shot €14.95 WATCHING MY 4 PART parenting series with Joanna Fortune on my website in the ACTV section.. Enjoy..

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