Thursday, 5 October 2017

Halloween Activities in East Cork 2017

Looking for something to do with the kids this coming midterm?
Well there's lots going on in East Cork this year. I now it's only the beginning of the month but I've compiled a list below because if you're anything like me you may like to plan well in advance!

  • Ghoulsley's Manor, Cuskinny, Cobh - This is actually located a few minutes drive from where I live and it's a relatviely new set up. Suitable from age 5 and it offers a 60minute "theatrical experience where you are invited on a journey through the mysterious rooms of our spooky manor house. It offers 2 different shows for different age groups and tickets cost €15.00 pp. Click on the link above to visit their website. 
Photo Credit: Ghousley's Manor

  • Lou Lou's World, Cobh  - An art, craft and holisitc shop, Lou Lou's world in Cobh is incrediably popular with the kids. They hold parties and events and regular workshops for kids and teens. This Halloween they are holding 2 Halloween & Autumn themed workshops for 5 - 9yrs on Thursday November 2nd and for 10 - 13yrs on Friday November 3rd. Both run from 1pm - 4pm and cost €25 per child. Click on the link above to visit their Facebook page for further informaiton. 
    Photo Credit: Lou Lou's World

  • BOO! @ Leahy's Open Farm , Dungourney - Offers Haunted Hay Rides, Witches Forest, Scary Stories and Halloween games. We love Leahy's Farm and have done the Christmas experience so we are hoping to make it to this one too. €9 entry per person and this also includes access to all normal farm activites and play areas. 
Photo Credit: Leahy's Open Farm 

  • Youghaloween Spooktacular, Youghal - A Halloween festival running from October 27th - 29th "blending old Celtic ways of celebrating Samhain with the new". Youghal is a medieval town "steeped in legends and stories banshees, witches, ghosts and more" so it makes for the ideal location for this time of year. If you're looking for something different this year then I reckon this won't disappoint, we're really looking forward to going. 
    Photo Credit: Shane Broderick on Youghaloween FB Page

  • The Happy Halloween Experience , Patricks St, Cork City - Suitbale for the younger kids where they get to meet the nice witch Hattie O'Goodspell. €5 entry per child including sweets. Photographs with Hattie optional. 
Photo Credit: The Happy Halloween FB page

  • Halloween Art & Carve Event, Leamlara Hall - A charity event with Art & Pumpkin Decoration, fundraiser in aid of Hope with €5 entry per child.
Photo Credit: Event Page

  • Halloween Camp @ Tir na Si, Watergrasshill - Halloween camp on the farm including baking classes, pumpkin collecting, farm walks etc. €20 a day or €70 for a week

There's loads there to keep the kids entertained this coming midterm! If you have an event you'd like included please feel free to contact me and I can add it to the list.


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Office Area Accessories

You might have seen on my Instagram a couple of months back that I finally got around to changing the spare room into a work area, like an office for me to have my computer and things and for the OH to have an area to get his study and projects done, it's his final year in college so it's a busy one.

I've got all the main things done, painting, furniture etc but it's still missing those little bits of extra detail to complete it and I've been looking around recently to see what I could find. I want it to be finished fully before I do a post on the room transformation. 

Here's a selection of items I will pick up and some slightly more luxurious items that I would love:


Black & White is the colour scheme of the room along with some bold patterns so this monochrome picture frame from Heatons wold match perfectly sitting on my desk. A bargain too at €2.09.

I was actually struggling to find the right rug to match my curtains, each one I saw just wasn't quite right but this one I found on Ebay looks like it will suit the room just perfect in both colour and size. 

Anyone who knows me will know how much I love skulls so what's more apt for me than a skull desk tidy huh?! I found this on the Paperchase site. They deliver to Ireland but I'm hoping to be in the UK in the next few months so may just pay the store a visit instead.

A skylight is an office accessory that I have always wanted and it's something on the list for when we own our own house but for now I can just look. There's something so cosy about having a skylight window, I think it's being able to look out at the the night sky, I can imagine I would find a lot of blog inspiration gazing out of one. Roof Windows have a great selection of skylights and blinds.

Another one for the dream office is one of those fancy, ergonomic chairs. So much better for my weak back and the splash of colour on this one would brighten up the room. Hunt Office have a great selection of chairs for various budgets but for us and for now we will have to settle for what we have but these have been added to the wish list. 

Do you have a home office or a designated working area in your home? Please feel free to share and we may just inspire each other! 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Life Lately...With A Fearless Four Year Old

I haven't done life lately post in while so thought I would give you all an update on what life is like with our now 4 year old.

Living with a 4 year old is a lot different to the tantruming threenager stage but it's also the same if you get me? It's still full on, it's still challenging but it's different challenges.

Where we had tantrums, we now have defiance ,where we had screeching, we now have back chat and where we had crying, we now have whinging, a lot of it!

This kid know's what he wants and won't stop until he get's it. When he get's in trouble now he can regularly be heard telling me "Stop annoying me", or "When you annoy me you make me angry". I generally deal wiht this by asking him to explain why I annoy him or make him angry and if this doesn't work I just leave him to come out of his funk and find me when he's ready to either talk about it or apologise. 
The apologising after being bold or getting trouble is getting better, he know's now when he's gone too far and I tend to ignore him until he can say sorry but these day's it's not taking long and he's approaching me to say sorry for what he's done. We have a little chat about it, hug it out and move on. 
I get a lot of "But I'm the strongest so that means I can do what I want" - I try my best to deal with this while not letting out a giggle becuase he's damn sure that this is the way things go. I usually tend to agree with him on the strong part but that doesn't mean he can do what he wants. 

The bargaining at bedtime is still in full swing but only with me, not his Dad or his Nan who he stays with every Tuesday night. I can be guaranteed to be met with a barage of excuses as we snuggle down to sleep - I'm hungry, I don't like my bed, I'm really not ried, I'm get the picture. 

Do they ever stop whinging though? It's the whining and half arsed cries that get on my nerves, everything else I can deal with but that is my bug bear!

Everything is poo too - poohead, pooface, poobum....

But it's not all bad, there's lots of pro's to having a 4 year old. 

Where we had daily battles, we now compromise on a lot of things, where we had tears when I left for work, he now understands that he'll see me that evening and is much more reassured.

He now likes to read the books to me at bedtime, sure it takes a bit longer but it's the sweetest thing to watch him improvise the story by looking at the pictures and remembering it the way I have it read it before. 
Four means we can have some chill time together at the weekend, where we can sit together and watch a full movie or we curl up in my bed and he watches his tablet while I read or something. 

Hes the most considerate little guy too, just last weekend I was wiped out with a migraine and I had said to him that I wasn't feeling well and he'll have to be a good boy for me and he was the best. He told me he'll mind me and occupied himself with his toys and some Netflix until I was feeling better. 

Four means we can have little chats about things in more depth, how his day has been, what he'd like to do that day, how he's feeling etc..

He's great company and cracks me up on a daily basis. I love his enthusiasm for the little things. "Thanks so much for my new shoes that got for me" he told me the other day, "I really do like them". The sheer excitement when I pull a Kinder egg out of my bag, well if I could bottle that and sell it! 

It's funny to see him picking up other people's mannerisms too particularly his Nan's. " Call me if you need me" is my favourite thing to hear him repeat. Or when we got the dog a new bed the other day, I said I hope he likes it, "Oh I hope so too Mum", it just sounds so funny coming out of him. Or hearing him chatting away to the dog. "Give me your paw Murph", "Murph paaaaaaaaaaaw" and then he gets the paw and all you can hear is "Good booooooooooy" it really is so funny!

At four he is developing into himself and his personality is shining through more and more each day - 
he doesn't like when I pull his pants up too high, they have to be on his hips, I must make sure his socks are pulled up properly, he has to have red sauce with everything and he'll always eat the meat first off his dinner plate. 
He likes certain songs that he'll ask for the radio to be turned up for, mostly The Dubliners these days, he doesn't like the mince but he'll devour bolognese. 
He loves to spend time with his cousins and it quite protective over his baby cousin, that's his favourite baby! The rougher you are with him the more he loves it, cue plenty of wrestling moves being tried out. 

While four is tough on some levels, I'm thoroughly enjoying it many other levels. Each age is just another phase that we have to muddle through.

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