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Makeitwithwords – Perfect ‘Instagram’ Gifts | Review

I am one of those people who loves to buy someone ‘the perfect gift’. At times like Christmas, I prefer giving presents than receiving them (I still love getting presents too – don’t get me wrong!) and can spend lots of time and money on each one. Last week the lovely people from Make It With Words emailed me to ask if I would be interested in some of their products. A quick look at their site and I could immediately tell it was right up my street! Their range is right on trend with monochrome, brush prints, baby name frames and so much more.

They also have a Father’s Day range – because I know I definitely find men the hardest to buy for! It has personalised coasters, prints, luggage tags – all useful but thoughtful gifts!

If you’ve been around a while you will know that we have just moved house so instead of picking one of those gifts for Clayton I decided on the ‘home sweet home’ Handbrush Print. It was something that I think he will really like and it fits perfectly with the decor of our living room (something I’m sure he is totally oblivious to). ‘Home’ is such a massive thing to him and I thought that this was the perfect gift when I saw it! It arrived in a beautiful white box frame with the fittings already on (nothing worse than a frame you have to add bits to before you can even hang it). It is a high-quality frame and fitting which you would expect for an extra €30. The print alone costs €29.99

 

Another thing that is obviously massively important to him are the boys so I went with the Children’s Personalised Photo Print (which you can get a caption underneath but I honestly didn’t know what words were ‘perfect’ enough. I chose the only photo of the two boys together smiling. It is such a huge step in our family and a moment we don’t ever want to forget so it is something we will both cherish. This print costs €34.99 with the option again to add a frame for an extra €30.

Overall, I think the quality and range of products is fantastic. There is a gift for everyone on the site and they are personalised and unique. The turnaround time was only a few days so it could be ideal if you’re running out of time too. (And if anyone is wondering what to get me – I have my eye on the Baby ABC block frames *hint hint*)

*DISCOUNT CODE! If you are planning to order something for Father’s Day you can bag yourself 20% off with the code ‘MAKEITFORDAD17’. All orders or Father’s Day must be in by Tuesday 13th of June to guarantee delivery by Sunday.

St. Patrick’s Day Netflix Picks

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Our day will be spent hopefully going into the parade (or watching the Dublin one on TV – weather determining), a little stroll around town, grab some dinner and home to chill. Since having the boys our nights out are a thing of the past. We much rather relaxing on the sofa and getting sleep while we can. Crazy, I know! Anyway, I thought I would share some of the Irish gems on Netflix at the moment in case your night is as exciting as ours!

The Young Offenders

(We will 100% be watching this tonight! We went to see it in the cinema when it was out and honestly it was hilarious. Seriously – watch it!)
Never ones to think things through, two Irish teens steal bicycles and set off to the coast to find a bale of cocaine from a smugglers capsized ship.  

The Siege of Jadotville

Nominated for seven IFTAs, The Siege of Jadotville tells the true story of Irish Soldiers who were besieged by overwhelming enemy forces while on a UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo.  The heroes led by Commandant Pat Quinlan fought for five days and heroically defended their outpost.   A Netflix Original film, based on the book Siege at Jadotville: The Irish Army’s Forgotten Battle by Declan Power.  Stars Jamie Dornan, Jason O’Mara, Mark Strong and Sam Keeley.  https://youtu.be/9_JHsiQTTmg

Sing Street

In 1980s Dublin, a teen whose family is falling apart transfers to a tough school, where he forms a rock band to fit in and win a girl’s attention.

Standby

A luckless tourist at Dublin airport reconnects with this love of eight years earlier, who is on standby for a flight back to the US

Brooklyn

The life of young Irish immigrant forever changes when she visits 1950s New York.  But when summoned home, she finds herself torn between two worlds.

The Guarantee

On 29 September 2008, the Irish government decides to bail out Ireland’s six largest banks, plunging the nation into financial crisis.

Haywire

A last minute mission in Dublin turns deadly for stunning secret operative Mallory Kane when she realises she has been betrayed.

 

*Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and received a Netflix subscription in return for posting updates and reviews. However, all opinions are my own. I also already had a personal subscription before joining the Stream Team.

Moving to our ‘Dream House’*





In the not too distant future, we will be packing up and moving house. This is not something we had planned or really want to do but our landlord wants to sell and we aren’t in the position to buy. We have spent weeks talking about things we would like and dislike in our new house. Obviously, a house that matches the list in its entirety is pretty unlikely but we have noted a few pros and cons.

PROS:

Medium sized garden: Aidan loves to be outside and in his 2.5 years has gathered quite the selection of garden toys. We would ideally love a garden half the size of the one we have now to fit all his toys and garden furniture.

Playroom: The bliss of being able to shove all the toys behind one door every night is honestly priceless. I am really struggling to find a house with an extra room to be used as a playroom. It is pretty high up on our list of pros!

Modern kitchen: This one is more a bonus than a ‘requirement’. I love all things white, sharp and clean – the more modern the better. Clayton is less fussed but then again who spends more time in there?

Good lighting: As a blogger (and ‘on leave’ vlogger) lighting is a big thing for me. Our current house falls majorly at that hurdle. I think skylight windows would be ideal for this with VELUX blackout blinds so you can get the best of both worlds!

Not too far from the city: I am a massive home bird. I see my parents like every second day – so staying close by would be a huge bonus. At the moment, I am less than 10 minutes walk away so moving further would be a big adjustment.

Utility room: Every mother’s dream! Like the playroom, the utility means I can gather up the laundry and chuck it in there until I get 5 minutes to sort it. Again, this would be a huge bonus.





 

CONS:

No garden: This is pretty much a  no-no. We could maybe settle for a small garden but none at all is definitely a deal breaker.

On the main road: With two little ones there are enough things to be stressing about without having the addition of being right on the main road when you step outside your door. Like the garden. this one is a pretty big no on our list.

No storage space: In our current house storage is an issue but we have a ‘junk room’. You know that room (or drawer if you’re super organised) in everyone’s house where they hide store things from the Christmas tree to sellotape.

Far from schools: This one is mainly me being procrastinative. Being far from the boy’s schools means that I would actually need to bite the bullet and start driving. So, the closer to the schools the better!

 

So something like this in Waterford City centre would be great!

dream-house

 

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Playroom Pinspiration

I think everyone turns to Pinterest when looking for decor ideas (or new hairstyles/baking/makeup/crafts/everything else). Many lost hours have been spent in the never-ending hole of house goals. I do put a lot of effort into one room though – the boy’s playroom. I tend to lean towards the fun and colourful designs. Here are some of the photos in my Playroom Pinspiration board(more…)

Kidloland | Review & Giveaway

I spoke before about Aidan’s love for his iPad and how he could put on his own cartoons from 18 months – one of my proudest achievements to date! A few weeks ago the people from Kidloland got in touch and thought Aidan might enjoy their app.

Kidloland is a free app, available on Apple store, Google play store and Amazon store, which comes with a selection of free songs and games. However, for a subscription fee you gain access to over 490 nursery rhymes, songs and games. Aimed at preschool kids, Kidloland has games which help with their motor skills, sorting, memory and much more. Using bright colours, interactive animals and songs it is bound to keep your child entertained for hours. (more…)

Chocolate chip flapjacks | Recipe

There are more flapjacks consumed in my house than hot dinners I think. Anytime I make these they are lucky to last 24 hours before being devoured. I thought I would share my super easy, but slightly messy recipe for chewy chocolate chip flapjacks.

Chocolate chip flapjacks

Ingredients:
200g of butter
200g of sugar
6oz of golden syrup
400g of porridge oats

Method:
*Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius*
1. Melt the butter in a pot over a medium heat.
2. When fully melted add the sugar and syrup and mix well – until all sugar is dissolved.
3. Add the porridge oats and stir until completely mixed.
4. *optional* Add chocolate chips, dried fruit, etc and again mix well.
5. In a greased 6×6 baking tin, pour your mixture and ensure it is evenly spread.
6. Place in the oven for 40-45 minutes, until golden brown.
7. Allow to cool completely before cutting. (It will be soft to touch when removed from oven).
8. Cut and enjoy!

Our favourite Irish baby brands

With a new baby comes the unwritten rule to spend ridiculous amounts of money on anything remotely small or cute. With Aidan I bought him so many tiny clothes that he only got to wear some things once and others never even got the tags removed. This time I said I wouldn’t buy too many clothes until Finn was born so that I could judge sizes a little better. That being said I couldn’t sit through 41 weeks and 3 days of pregnancy and buy nothing, right? Here are some of my favourite Irish baby brands and stores that I simply couldn’t resist.

JellyBean Group
I first discovered the JellyBean Group when I purchased Aidan’s Tripp Trapp. Not only did they offer the best deal at the time but their customer service was second to none. After ordering they phoned me to tell me when my delivery could be expected and were an absolute pleasure to deal with. As you can guess they were my first port of call this time around on my search for a new changing bag. Again offering the best deal, speedy delivery and fantastic personal service. I got the Storksak Noa in grey for €99 with a free gift of 3 aden + anais muslin clothes.

Hogsett Designs
Again a previous favourite. You may have seen Aidan’s personalised blanket we had made last year on my Instagram. It is the softest and most complimented product I got him. In the spirit of fairness I of course had to get one for Finn too. As you can see from the picture the blankets are minky fabric with tags on one corner and personalised with the childs name. Like with Aidan’s, Finn’s blanket attracts almost as many compliments as his hair. The blankets measure 75cm x 110cm, which is almost cot bed size and are made with the softest material I have ever come across. Including shipping the personalised blanket cost €49.50.

Irish baby brands

BabyBoo.ie
When Aidan was born he was a chubby 8lb 11oz and went straight into 0-3 months clothes. Finn weighed 7lb 9oz, but he is long and skinny – meaning at 2 weeks he is still a little lost in newborn sized babygros. He has a tiny little neck meaning that any ‘one size fits all’ bibs I had bought were utterly useless! I happened to have some that Kellie from My Little Babog had sent me from BabyBoo.ie and they were the perfect fit on their smallest setting so I immediately went and bought a collection of them. Because they have 4 different size settings and they wash so well they will do Finn right up until he is finished with dribblers. Each dribbler costs €5, but they are currently running offers of 3 for €12, 6 for €21 and 10 for €32.50!

Irish baby brands

Irish baby brands

Baba Me
Technically I haven’t ordered from them yet but I have my eye on the Lillebaby All Seasons Elephant Parade. I think a sling is a must have with two under two – it will allow me to hold the baby and still have my hands free to play with the toddler. Anyway, even though I haven’t dealt with them directly yet I have been a member of their Facebook group for a while now – their offers, helpfulness and advice cannot be faulted! They also offer 10% off your first order using the code ‘firstorder’.

*I purchased all products mentioned and was not asked or influenced to include any of the above brands – I simply love to spend money and influence others to do so 😉