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Let’s Make Paper Snowflakes

Thu, 01/07/2021 - 09:31

It’s a beautiful snow day here in Cork, so I wanted to share a classic tutorial for making paper snowflakes. This is one of my favorite quick crafts and a good way for younger children to practice scissor skills. Quick crafts...

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Cassiopeia Mini Skein Shawl KAL

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 15:00

Knitting has helped us get through a lot of stress over the last 12 months, especially for me over the last month. Knowing that not just the craft of knitting, but also the community of fellow knitters gives us strength...

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A Brief Intermission for Bereavement

Sat, 12/26/2020 - 23:34

As many of you know who follow me on Instagram or Facebook, my father died earlier this month. He was my best friend. I was his mini-me. His heart was full of his love for his friends and family. Our...

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Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 15:15

I previously wrote about the beautiful and fun gifts sent to me by In The Book, so today I want to go over what I’ve been sharing on my Instagram about creative gift wrapping. How I Do It I love...

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Back and neck pain stop you doing what you want to

Sat, 12/12/2020 - 14:49

As some of you know, I was diagnosed with Freiberg disease in 2018 and since then my back and neck have been more vulnerable to aches and pains. The body is linked closely and when one area has a problem, it...

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How to find green gifts for friends and family

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 13:35

Today, I’m sharing a guest post by Liesbeth Deddens of Climeworks.   Concern for the environment has led to changing purchasing habits; whether it’s using biodegradable, chemical-free cleaning products, buying plastic-free goods such as bamboo toothbrushes and shampoo bars, changing energy...

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In The Book Personalised Books Under the Tree

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 14:24

You know I love books! And I have a unique name, so I’ve always loved personalised things because it feels special and bespoke. So when In The Book offered me a choice of gifted books to show off my creative...

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Shopping and Planning for Christmas 2020

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 14:39

With lockdown restrictions returning to Ireland taking place up until the two weeks before Christmas, it is important to remain calm about anything that isn’t life or death. This year has been so hard for so many, I remain grateful...

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Interview with Stuart Simmonds, author of the Hannah the Spanner series of books and Harry the Karate Monkey

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 14:41

Q&A with Stuart Simmonds, author of the Hannah the Spanner series of books and Harry the Karate Monkey   How long have you been writing? Other than the odd article or report, I started writing my cricket book “Watching With...

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Your Guide to American Thanksgiving History, Recipes, and Crafts

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 19:29

As an American living in Ireland, I have had to adapt to Thanksgiving Thursday being just another day. I shared my thoughts on this several years ago in an article in The Irish Examiner. Today, I’m not reflecting on my...

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Redressing the balance of climate change – how can we can all help in our own way

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 14:15

Today, I’m sharing guest post today by Louise Palmer-Masterton, founder of multiple award-winning restaurants Stem & Glory. Though I am not 100% on a plant-based diet, I eat several aligned meals each week and gravitate toward meat-free foods in general. I...

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My Mom’s Recipe Repertoire

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 15:05

Most of these recipes were ones she learned from friends who were born or have strong family ties to a certain country or region. I think, for my mom, cooking her friends’ recipes was a way of keeping them close...

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Top tips for new cyclists – Guest post by Catherine Bedford, Dashel

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 14:04

I’m thrilled to be able to share this guest post today by Catherine Bedford of Dashel. She has some valuable expertise and insight into getting a bicycle, cycling safety, and all the relevant matters to consider. As a family who...

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Planetary Sisters Countdown Calendar and My Thoughts on Sunrise & Sunset

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 16:54

One of the unexpected silver linings of a semi-lockdown existence this year has been collaborating with creators virtually. Sometimes, even when you’re local it offers the chance to focus with clarity on your own value. I think 2020 gave me a...

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Should I become an expat? 5 Unexpected benefits of expat life

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 13:59

Although you may have dreamed of living and working abroad for many years, there is still a lot to consider before you make the decision to become an expat. I’ve teamed up with Allianz Care to discuss some of the...

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French Toast with Raspberry-Maple Syrup

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 15:51

French toast is easy and forgiving. This is my go-to recipes since I was a kid, but I play with the syrup any chance I get. This raspberry-maple combination is popular with my family, but sometimes I use a blend...

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Breastfeeding: Latching On and Letting Go

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 14:46

This is a different post than my usual because it is very personal. Heck, it includes a photo of me breastfeeding so this is clearly not a post about how I made blackberry waffles with Siracha-maple syrup. Here, today, I...

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How to get the best from the last 3 months of a challenging 2020

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 12:04

Today, I’m sharing an insightful guest post by Sid Madge, author of the ‘Meee in a minute’ series of books    2020 is a year that everyone is going to remember.   Since late March you’ve probably been worried about...

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