Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Everything is so LOUD

Ever since becoming a parent everything seems to have become so much louder and I mean everything, from the TV to the keys jangling. I've noticed it even more now as the boy child is getting older but here's a few examples from the beginning of his life:

  • The TV managed to get louder all of a sudden without me even having to touch the remote, most noticeably the theme tune to Friends, that would start much louder than the previous epsiode (yes I watch re runs and then some more re runs of Friends) startling a sleeping baby on my chest who had only just fallen asleep
  • The keys in the ignition just after the toddler has dropped off to sleep in the back of the car...
  • ....Same goes for my rattling heat shield, way louder as soon as he's asleep!
  • The creak in the middle of the landing between his room and ours, if I end up stepping on that after putting him down to bed you can bet I'll hear "Muuuuuuuum".
  • The rattling of any kind of food packaging - no matter where he is in the house, he will be by my side in the blink of an eye if he even suspects that I may be opening something nice to eat without him. It is funny though when he realises it's something boring.
  • The emptying of the Mega Blocks. It happens in slow motion, he picks up the box, struggles to lift it but manages to turn it upside down and I am about to tell him to stop what he's doing when they all crash to the ground! Jeeeeez it's sooo friggin' loud when they hit the wooden floor...I need to hide those bloody blocks.
  • When he screams in public, it always seem to be a lot louder than any other child I've heard screaming ever before....ever.
  • The monitor during the night, sometimes the scream is so loud the monitor crackles!
  • The next door neighbours going in their front door - this seemed excruciatingly loud when he was tiny and his bedroom was on the same side of the house as their front door, a couple of bangs and he could be disturbed from his slumber. I'd never noticed as much before then but I am still noticing it now....every single night. 
  • Breathing, yes that's right even breathing became too loud for a while. When we had him in the room with us as a small baby, we could sigh or breathe a little bit louder than usual and bang! he would be disturbed and wide awake.
  • The dog barking, 3 millions streets away, that you would never pay attention to ever until we are lifting in a sleeping toddler from the car or trying to get him to nap. 
  • That bloody ice cream van who drives by our house in the Summer just as we are putting him to bed, it's so loud it drowns out his relaxing lullaby music and he sits bolt upright and says "ice ceam Mum ice ceaaaam".
I could actually list a few more examples but I'm sure you get it. As you can see a lot of them involve things that disturb him from his sleep....ah sleep, 2 years and 4 months in, I vaguely remember what that is.


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Let's Start Again Shall We?!

Well my whole Weigh In Wednesday, let's make it public on the blog so that I'll stick to it didn't exactly work out too well for me did it?!
My main and only excuse really is work. I didn't have set days during the Summer months, I was working all over the place, different days and times and honestly I felt some weeks I didn't know whether I was coming or going let alone have time to meal plan and eat properly, it was a shambles really.
Saying that, I hadn't made any great loss or gain, I'd been fluctuating between 1 and 2 pounds...not this morning when I stepped on the scales though, it was a different story and there's 5 pounds of an increase!

So as of last week I am now back to regular days and set hours with an extra day off and I feel much more ready to give myself the time and attention needed to ensure we are all eating better and getting some exercise too. It's the exercise bit that I fall down on though. Sometimes it's so hard of an evening to motivate myself after being at work all day and then getting Luke sorted for bed and doing a quick clean up. Saying that I very rarely sit down in the evenings at home, I'm always pottering around the house so I just need to focus on less pottering and more jumping jacks perhaps?!!

Seriously though, I am turning 30 in January and I want to begin my next decade feeling good about myself and comfortable in my own skin. I want to feel confident in whatever I chose to wear for whatever way I decide to celebrate the big 30. I have gone back to the beginning and have my Slimming World book in my handbag to keep me on track.

So anyway I am only going to check in here monthly because even though I am now more organised and that I still can't commit to posting this update every Wednesday so I shall do so on the first Wednesday of every month. I'll hopefully be able to include some recipes and tips I may have learned during the month.

Who's with me?! C'mon I need to encouragement :)

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Autumn Strands

I love the feeling of Autumn especially when living by the sea. There's something refreshing about heading off to the beach or strand when there's a bit of a nip in the air and a gust of wind. I wasn't feeling great over the weekend due to a bug but an hour or so out in the fresh sea air cleared some cobwebs and I felt so much better.
While the clocks haven't gone back just yet, the evenings are starting to get shorter and the darkness is creeping in that bit earlier and there's just something earthly about being out by the sea as the day begins to leave and the evening starts rolling in.

This weekend we made 2 trips to a strand near to my parents house where we strolled along the rocks and Luke was frantic looking for crabs, he didn't find any, but he did find lots of rocks and shells that he had planned on keeping in his bucket but ended up throwing them in the water. He was, as always, accompanied by his big cousin Katie for the weekend.

Thanks to my new camera bag too I was able to bring my "big" camera out and about and know that it was safe along with my other lens that usually get's left at home because it's too big and I'm afraid I'll drop it or something.

While I am surrounded by the sea living on an island and can see Cork harbour from the upstairs of my house, it's different experiencing the sea from the countryside and it's something I really miss since moving out of my parents and into "town". Not to worry too much though as we go there every weekend...and any other day off that I have.


Sunday, 4 October 2015

Semolina Biscuits

I love these biscuits, I remember making them as a child with my mother. They are so super easy and quick to make and serve as a nice treat for Luke.


2oz Butter
3oz Caster Sugar
4oz Plain Flour
2oz Semolina
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
5 tblsp Milk (more or less as required)


  • Start off by creaming the sugar and butter together
  • I then added my flour, baking powder and semolina and mixed them altogether until then looked like fine bread crumbs
  • Next up add the milk bit by bit until it forms a stiff paste
  • If mixture is too wet to roll out, wrap in cling film and po in the fridge for 20mins or so which I had to do
  • Preheat your oven at 180degrees (fan oven here)
  • Flour a surface so that you can roll out the mixture, I think I got about 18 biscuits out of mine
  • Bake for 15 mins, I turned my oven down slightly when I put them in 
I left mine to cool and then iced with some yellow icing. They are quite yummy and not as sweet as you'd think and they made for a nice accompaniment to my mid morning cuppa. 

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