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The Web this Week #1

As is beyond evident I have lost my blogging mojo as of late. It seems like just as I find my rhythm life throws me a curve ball. At the moment I seem to have found a routine which includes time awake without a small human pulling at me – success! Aidan has started in his playgroup two afternoons a week which gives me a few hours to tackle housework with only one destructor in my way and both boys are currently embracing their bedtime routine which is worth my weight in gold!

I decided to try getting back into my online swing because spending most of my time talking to two little people with limited language does get a little bit lonely. (Clayton is here too but unless I learn about sports he is less than enthusiastic about our conversations.) So, my idea was born. I spend a little some most of my spare time online and I usually find some things that I think other people might enjoy. Sometimes I just share things directly to my facebook but others just don’t fit so this is somewhere I can compose all those little internet gems including bargains and hacks. (Family, lifestyle, parenting, kids type stuff)

 

Bargain

Starting off by influencing others who are hopefully not as easily influenced as me. It is safe to say that one of the most popular sales among parents every year (or several times a year) is the Next sale. Well, there is one coming up! It starts this Saturday at 7 am with all sale items half price or less! If I can manage to scrape a few pennies together that is exactly where I will be heading! I got a fab romper for Finn in one of their sales that was still selling for full price online so it is definitely worth popping in.

Smyths toy sale is another one that is favoured around this time of year. If you are lucky enough to have an idea of what is going to be on the big list then check out their current toy sale! I have to say it is not as good as past years with very few toys on sale but there is a rumour going around that a ‘spend €50 save €10/spend €100 save €20’ could also make an appearance before the big day.

Another rumour is that the Argos 3 for 2 sale is not too far away so might be worth keeping an eye out there too.

 

Hack

Admittedly, this is a hack I have seen in some forms for a while. In fact, my Mom does a version of this herself and swears by it! It is the Microwave cleaning hack. My Mom puts a half cup of water into the microwave for 1 minute and then uses a damp clothes to clean it out. The steam from the water lifts all the hard, dried food making it so easy to wipe. However, this week I saw someone say to put a wet (wet enough so that it doesn’t dry out and start a fire!) cloth or sponge into the microwave for 30 seconds and then use that to clean the microwave. So I did just that – now I will say that the sponge got very hot so rubber gloves are advisable (or obviously the cup version works the same if you don’t have any gloves around) but it cleaned the microwave like a dream!

Now had I known that this blog post would be happening I could have taken a before and after pictures to demonstrate but alas here we are. Here is a random photo of a microwave from google just for effect.

You’d never know that I didn’t take that this week!

Youtube

I spend most nights watching Youtube rather than TV these days (which I think is fairly common now, right?). There is just never anything on TV so I would much rather watch people’s daily lives or my true weakness cleaning videos! Speed cleaning videos have become massive on youtube and I even made some myself a few months back which have gotten over 1,000 views (which is pretty massive to little old me) but I still watch them religiously (not my personal ones other peoples) so here are some of the ones I have been watching and loving lately. Although I feel like if I cleaned as much as I watched others clean we would live in a sparkling home – nobody tell Clayton!

Nighttime cleaning routines

Anything from the ‘Clean My Space’ channel

How to create a cleaning routine

Hey, that’s me!

Social Media Showstopper

Instagram is probably my social media of choice lately. I love scrolling through and seeing so many beautiful pictures. This past week (or two) I have been loving Hannah Maggs account! Now I am sure you’re all following her already – she is a youtuber and mom of two but her newest little man is only a few weeks old and I have totally been drooling over all the teeny tiny newborn pics. Especially the ones with his big brother – oh my heart!

And if I’m not on Instagram you will find me stalking lots of people I have never met over on Snapchat! Sounds creepy when I put it like that doesn’t it? I think snapchat is bigger than instastories in Ireland at the moment but they’re the same idea – short videos. There is a really nice community on there and I have met some lovely people through it. One of those lovely people is Grace (@frillyflossy) who is also a blogger. She too just had a newborn squish – who was probably the most anticipated Irish baby of September 2017! And he did not disappoint. Such a little dote! Grace is also a mom of two but she shares her daily life, recipes, talks about grief after losing her own mom and very importantly spreads awareness about cervical cancer. If you’re on snapchat check Grace out and if not then her blog Frilly Flossy is also great!

Hey, it’s me again just somewhere else online!

Ok I think that is enough of what I have been up to online this week. Be sure to share anything of interest you have found this week because as is very evident apart from conversations about paw patrol my time is spent online!

What to watch on TV (and Netflix)

Lately, I have found myself spending more time away from my laptop and watching TV. I think my mind is so drained by the end of the day that I need to just vegetate and watch TV rather than try to do any blog work. With the recent end of winter programmes/ start of summer programme period I have found myself trying to find some new things to watch and so I thought I would share with you some of the programmes I have been watching…

LOVE ISLAND

If you haven’t heard of Love Island you must have been under a rock for the past few weeks! It seems to be taking over the majority of the reality TV loving population – even passing out Big Brother this year by the looks of it. It is pretty much exactly what you think… an island full of people looking for love (just so they can win £50k!). It’s on every night on ITV2 at 9pm.



PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

This programme has taken 7 years of my life. If the final episode this week doesn’t make my jaw hit the floor I will be disgusted! PLL is on it’s seventh and final season at the moment (all seasons are on Netflix). It begins with 4 girls whose best friend has died. They begin to recieve weird text messages with information only she could know…….

Another one loved by the masses. OITNB is based in Litchfield women’s prison and follows the goings on inside. I have just started to watch season 5, the newest one and I am hoping it lives up to the last one.

RUPAULS DRAG RACE

YAAAAASSSSSS Queen! I only began to watch drag race when Finn was born! Fast forward couple of months and I was totally up to date. There are 9 seasons in total now (and 2 all star seasons which are possibly even better!) – some of which are available on Netflix. It is a competition where drag queens compete to become America’s next drag superstar. And win $100,000! It is so funny and some of the make up skills are jaw dropping!

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

An oldie but a goodie – I remember watching this when it was on television years ago and loving it! To me it’s like FRIENDS, one of those programmes that stays with you probably for the rest of your life (does that sound kinda sad? haha). I decided to rewatch it and already there are so many parts I had forgotten about!

THE CLIENT LIST

Ok, so this is kind of a love-hate currently. I really enjoyed the client list. It is an easy to watch, light programme. It had enough drama and suspense to keep you hooked but wasn’t too hard to follow or anything. HOWEVER, there are only 2 bloody seasons and it ends on a massive cliffhanger!!!!!!! Can you tell I’m still upset about it?




Let me know what you’ve been watching in the comments below because as you can see a lot of my shows are coming to an end soon.

 

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

 

*This is a sponsored post

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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…)