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Engineers Week

It may be Valentine’s Day tomorrow but romantic or not,  let us not forget that February 14th also marks the start of Engineers Week this year. “Engineers’ Week is a week long programme of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. The aim of the week is to create [...]

A couple of interesting taster days

Happy New Year to all! Lately real life has gotten in the way of blogging. I hope everyone had a lovely festive season. Our children are still off school but we’ve returned to Bandon after visiting Kilkenny and Cavan, both of which were without running water at times due to the icy weather and its [...]

Ribena on the go

Last week, much to the joy of my children, I received a few cartons of Ribena’s new Juiced Up! to try. I love blackcurrants and my kids are big fans of fruit juice. They really enjoyed both flavours of this juice. They thought it tasted great and was thirst quenching and refreshing. I was happy [...]

Superb SuperSea Summer Camp

Oscar has just completed this summer camp and is raving about how good it was and how much he enjoyed it. It took place on Garrettstown beach. We were fortunate that the weather was relatively good this week and there were some waves. All equipment was supplied by the surf school. The children were kitted [...]

But how can they teach me to run faster? *

The beginning of the school summer holidays saw my middle three children eager to do something energetic. Some of their pals were doing the Bandon Athletic Club Summer Camp so that’s the activity they selected. It was held in the Bandon Grammar school grounds which was great as in addition to outdoor running track and [...]

Drowning doesn’t look like drowning

Via Magicmum. photo credit: Tomorrow Never Knows I came across this blogpost. A must read for all parents and anyone who loves the beach, lake or pool. A few points that really struck home with me: Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. Drowning people cannot wave for [...]

What you reading for? *

Saw these books on offer in the local newsagents, 2 for the price of 1 and decided to pick up a couple for Sibéal who is in Senior Infants. She enjoyed them so much, I returned the very next day to buy loads more. The series starts off very basically, adult reads left hand side [...]

Brilliant Boostapak

I love great design that solves a problem. This Boostapak, made by the same people who brought us Trunki, seems to tick both these boxes. As a parent of 5 kids that has travelled by air abroad on holidays, I have had to deal with the expense and hassle on arrival of hiring extra booster [...]

Wanna be Hannah Montana?

Sibéal who is 6 years old is a huge Hannah Montana fan so she was over the moon when Santy brought her Hannah’s Stage show guitar, mic and amplifier for Christmas. This 31in guitar has 6 real steel guitar strings and comes complete with a powerful stage amplifier, a sing along microphone, a hands free [...]

Mountain seeks science teams

Via David Maybury: Looks like RTE are recruiting teams of three kids aged 10 to 12 years old to compete in a new science show, The Mountain, which involves team work, strategy, science and action. Do you have the brains, brawn, stamina and strength to reach the summit and conquer The Mountain? Are you into [...]

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