• Family

    Back-to-Back Kid Birthdays

    What’s it like for all you people out there whose kids’ birthdays are nice and evenly spaced out? Is it amazing and stress-free? It is, isn’t it? I KNEW IT!! I have to say, it was really smart of you to plan the births of your children that way. And if it wasn’t exactly planned, I don’t want to know the details take that luck and enjoy the heck out of it! My children’s birthdays are ONE. DAY. APART. Let that sink in… Whatever you are thinking about this life-long situation, yes, it’s probably like that. My inner efficiency expert would prefer one small joint birthday celebration. She’s a party…

  • happy list

    Happy List: #71

    May is FLYING by, isn’t it? This week I shared my tips on visiting one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures, the Book of Kells. I also wrote about a recipe that changed my life. Okay, fine. I exaggerate, but only slightly. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, I’ve posted some gems recently! It’s ever-changing, but always present – here’s this week’s Happy List! GREY PENNY TILE I’m sure the pictures are out there, but I haven’t seen grey penny tile taking over the universe. Maybe it should? This tile and that door aren’t even the best part of this house by Bria Hammel Interiors! Be sure and check out…

  • Food

    Would I Make It Again: Cilantro Vinaigrette

    If you are a faithful reader of this blog (thank you!), you might remember me rambling on at least once about trying a recipe for Cilantro Vinaigrette from What’s Gaby Cooking. I decided this blog needed less talk and more action, so the other night I made the Cilantro Vinaigrette. Then I decided to tell you ALL about it. The recipe is not hard at all, but it does take a few minutes to pick the amount of cilantro leaves needed off the stems. Spoiler alert! Do you want a spoiler? Okay fine. I’m feeling generous. It was a few minutes well spent. The Cilantro Vinaigrette recipe description says: “It…

  • Ireland,  travel

    Visiting Ireland: The Book of Kells

    It’s hard to prioritize what to do and see in Dublin if you are visiting for a short period of time. You’d think this process would be easier if you are living in Dublin, but NOPE! It took us two years before we got around to seeing the Book of Kells. I’m not sure why we waited so long. No one else does! Close to a million visitors a year view the Book of Kells making it the 5th most popular tourist attraction in Ireland. If you’re a history buff, a book lover, a believer in the gospels and/or a Star Wars fan, this is the tour for you! WHAT IS…

  • happy list

    Happy List: #70

    Fancy seeing you here again on arguably the best day of the week – FriYAY! This week I shared a story about a recent trip to the hair salon. It wasn’t an experience I was expecting, but it was one I needed. My kids have been reading a lot of books lately, so I rounded up another list (the 8th!) of ‘what my kids are reading’ if any of you are interested. Of course you are! Here’s the List o’ Happy! BRITISH HATS I grew up in a family where hats were worn by ladies to weddings and funerals. I love the tradition. I love the formality the practice of wearing…

  • education

    Books My Kids Are Reading Part 8

    “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”  ― C.S. Lewis I mainly agree with that C.S. Lewis quote. If I’m going to read a book aloud to my kids over and over and over, I want to enjoy it too. However, as my kids have become independent readers, there are some books that my kids love (aka Captain Underpants) that I love less. However, I’m glad these books make my kids want to hide under the covers with a flashlight to read after light’s out. Here are the books my kids and I have read recently that are…

  • Family

    When Life Gives You a Dose of Perspective

    I had a million things on my mind and a hot latte in my hand when I recently plopped down into the chair at my hair salon to discuss the all-important topic of my unruly hair. My stylist, John, only asks me how my hair has behaved since my last haircut as a matter of politeness. We both know he’s going to take my feedback with a grain of salt and cut my hair the way he see fit. We both also know that no matter what he does, at some point in-between haircuts I’m going to get the scissors out and trim any hairs that are misbehaving. It’s our…

  • happy list

    Happy List: #69

    Welcome back and happy Friday! This week I took a design quiz to help me through my style ‘crisis.’ It was very therapeutic. Did you take it? I also shared how to wear your kids out what to do if you only have one day in London with kids. Now, let’s get on to the main event! The Happy List! MARGARITA LIME SHERBET Why do I always think sherbet is sherBERT? That’s embarrassing. I thought this recipe for Margarita Lime Sherbet from Around My Family Table looked good for Cinco de Mayo. You need an ice cream maker though, so if that’s not an option just go out for a…

  • travel

    Travel: One Day in London with Kids

    One of the best things about living in Ireland is being able to get relatively cheap flights from Dublin to other cities in Europe via Ryan Air. Awhile back we took advantage of one of those airfare deals to make a quick weekend trip to London. I do mean quick. While we were there for 2 nights, we really only had one full day to see the London sights. Here’s how to make the most of one day in London with kids. Getting Around There’s no other way to get around London than with public transportation. If you want to know which travel pass is the best one to buy…

  • decorating

    My Design Style Is a Little Bit Funky

    I NEVER take those ‘just for fun’ online surveys. Especially not the ones on Facebook that ‘just for fun’ take all your data and your friends’ data and sell it. Thanks Facebook! Real swell of you. Anyway. I digress. I’m a loyal reader of The Lettered Cottage blog. I love Layla’s cottage style. Last week she took a HomeGoods ‘define your style’ quiz and shared her results. I got sucked into the hype folks. I was ripe for the quiz taking because I’m having a style “crisis.” OH NO! The horror! Say it isn’t so! Yep. Furniture I bought pre-kids and 6 homes ago is finally not working for me…