Martinhal Luxury Family Brand Event, Portugal.

 I was lucky enough to be invited to the recent ‘Martinhal Luxury Family Brand Event’ in Cascais, Portugal.  Yes. Portugal.  Me = complete and utter jammy wagon!  Martinhal is an exclusive collection of luxury family – friendly hotels in Portugal. I can now attest to those two things. Luxurious? Hell Yes! Family – Friendly? Totally!  So here’s the Irish crew who went along to the event –  So from the front there’s Tracey rocking the glam pink cardigan. Tracey is the owner of Love Of Living . Tracey’s a regular write for Easy Parenting Magazine & Family Friendly HQ, as well as a Channel Mum vlogger & Youtuber.  Left of Tracey is […]

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The Coffee Machine…

I was never a big fan of coffee. Always a tea drinker.  Then I discovered Cappuccino. I LOVE Cappuccino.  I’ve been buying the boxes of sachets like Maxwell House and Nescafé and I drink about 2 a day.  I decided about a week ago that I should invest in a Coffee Machine.  My Husband was sceptical. I tend to go through phases of things (I really needed that Soda Stream at the time….and the Air Fryer…..) “Why don’t you just stick with the sachets you like?” He said.  I said “Because…. I NEED a proper machine. I can’t be ripping sachets into a cup my whole life. Plus they’re pretty.” […]

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When You Realise You’re An Old Lady Now…

Yesterday we got a new washing machine after the 7 year old one was losing the will to wash properly anymore. The delivery truck pulled up at 9am and it was like Christmas morning. I was so excited.  I commented – many times – on the size of the drum and how great it was that it takes an 8kg load. I rubbed my hand gently across the top of it and marvelled at how pretty it was. I watched the first wash spin around in awe, full of anticipation. I couldn’t wait to see the results. When the wash finished I took out the clothes and smelled them. I […]

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Easy Chocolate Biscuit Cake Recipe…

I’ve said many times, I’m not a great baker. I can only do easy stuff, and this Chocolate Biscuit Cake is simple! Ingredients: 250g butter 100ml golden syrup 225g chocolate -I used dairyfine milk chocolate from Aldi Approx 1/4 pack x 400g digestive biscuits – use as many or as few as you like Approx 1/4 pack x 300g rich tea biscuits – same! Maltesers – I used about half of a 120g box I left it at that but you can add marshmallow / fruit if you’re into that.. Method: ~ Line a cake tin (6″) or a loaf tin (2lb) with greaseproof paper ~ Mix the butter, syrup […]

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Meatballs In Marinara Sauce

My next guest post is Jolene who blogs over at One Yummy Mummy. Jolene is a Food & Parenting blogger who describes herself as a “Mummy cook”. Believe me when I say she has some absolutely fab recipes over on her blog! She’s sharing her post with a recipe for meatballs that has me drooling.. Enjoy!  Speedy Meatballs in Marinara Sauce Meatballs are a huge hit in “Yummy” HQ. So much so that I’ve been trying to make them less time consuming than my original recipe but still taste pretty damn good! Usually meatballs need a good bit of prep, from grating all the veg, trying to prevent the meatballs from sticking to the […]

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The Trolley Incident…

So I went to Lidl yesterday to do the shopping, making sure I had the Euro coin for the trolley.  I’m walking over and there’s a guy walking back with his trolley so I do what – I assume – every person does and decide to save him the walk all the way back.  I sauntered up to him with my hand outstretched brandishing my shiny Euro coin. “Hi” I said chirpily, assuming he would fully understand the scenario that was about to take place. “Here, will I take your trolley?” I waved the Euro in his face. He looked at me a bit funny. Then he looked at the […]

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The Surgical Tooth Removal

So this morning I had a wonky extremely crooked tooth removed. I got it removed on the Dentist’s recommendation because it was sort of in behind another tooth and sideways, and would probably end up decayed because it was a bastard to clean. That and I’m getting braces in a few weeks and this tooth needed to be sorted out first. So the Surgeon told me I had a choice of just numbing the area or sedation. My tooth was to be surgically removed in two pieces and there would be drilling. Yeh, sedation please!  I remember lying on the chair and the needle being put in my arm. A few […]

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How To Put Away The Washing In Ten Easy Steps…

Step One: Look at the clothes horse and sigh.  Step Two: *Phone beeps* Check Phone. *20 minutes later* Step Three: Remove tops / trousers / pillow cases, “fold” them, and put them on a chair. Step Four: Remove all the underwear and drop 5 or 6 socks on the floor.  Step Five: Curse the fucking socks.  Step Six: Pick up the socks and pile all the underwear on top of the “folded” clothes.  Step Seven: Check phone. Browse on Facebook. *half an hour later*  Step Eight: Bring pile of clothes upstairs and put them on the end of your bed.  Step Nine: Leave the room and forget about them until […]

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