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My Top 5 Podcasts for Motivation, Creativity & Kicking Ass

 

Be it the fact that the radio in my van is on the fritz and I keep forgetting to call the dealer about it or that I have a tendency to listen to the same music on repeat all the time – I have found myself lately delving into the world of the podcast.

I was pretty late to the game to be honest, mostly because I found the app confusing – I’m a bit of a luddite. BUT having cracked it, I’m no addicted a recent trip to Lahinch (which is an 8 hour round trip for me) basically meant I had attended a business seminar because I listen to exactly 7 hours of podcasts. One hour for daydreaming. Anyhow. Read on dear reader to find out my top 5 podcasts (and youtube channels that I treat like podcasts) below! Read More

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Tis the Season to be Foraging – Blackberry & Ginger Jam & Gin Cocktails

Good afternoon folks! It is an insane blustery day here in the wild wests of Donegal. But it certainly does wonders for blowing the cobwebs out. I’ve really been enjoying the autumn foraging with some of the girls and even doing cooking demos with some of the wonders that the hedgerows have to offer.

I’ve been dying to share some of the delicious stuff that we’ve been making and have finally had the time to sit down and type out some of the recipes. Read on for tasty preserves, healthy jams and a sneaky sweet treat to put in your gin cocktail. Read More

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How I Didn’t Mean to Fall for Autumn

Did you like the pun? Yes I feel so basic, every fibre of my being called against doing a fall/autumn related blog because I was still a bit miffed that summer had never really materilised (I cant moan that much I managed to squeeze in a fair bit of holidaying). But then I got that cold whiff of sea air, packed away the “summer clothes” and found myself holding two cinnamon candles in Cara pharmacy. Damn. I’m such a sucker for autumn scented candles.

And so without further ado, read on dear reader for my top tips on looking after yourself as the days get shorter, the sea gets colder and the Netflix binging becomes socially acceptable once more. Read More

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The Ketogenic Kitchen – Edibles & Energy Levels

I was feeling a bit meh last week and it occurred to me that as well as going like the absolute clappers (as my mom would say) for the last few months, I’ve also let me diet slip a lot lately. While my activity level is still pretty high, things like regular pizzas, crisps and generally just crap have been slipping in on a more and more regular basis. It’s left me feeling, meh, bloated and tired.
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Waking up with 20/20 – My Laser Eye Surgery Experience

 

It’s funny even though I had chatted so much to the Wellington Eye Clinic staff before going in for my consultation I was still a little nervous, I was afraid that years of surfing and swimming in the sea coupled with a stint last year of wearing very cheap contact lenses (please people NEVER NEVER do that to your eyes, I was very lucky not to suffer serious damage) that my eyes would be fit for laser eye surgery. This is something that I think it is important to be aware of, but if you let the clinic know in advance that you suffer from dry eyes or anything like that they can let you know what to do in advance to have healthier eyes by the time you come in. Since I had been following this advice then nerves were mostly drowned out with excitement. This was actually happening! Read More

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Seeing is Believing – My Laser Eye Surgery with the Wellington Eye Clinic

I was one of those lucky little ducks who for all my young life (till age 16) had perfect eyesight. Want to know what that bird is out to sea? Ask Finn. Need to know what number bus is at the end of the road in the dark? I got you!

And just towards the end of secondary school (’m looking at you leaving cert) everything started to get a little fuzzy. Damn genetics. Like my mother, grandmother and basically everyone else in my family, I needed glasses.

Now don’t shoot me here. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with glasses. Some people wear them and they look just effortlessly cool, more intelligent, maybe even a little French. I just look uncomfortable. Read on to find out about my laser eye surgery journey here.

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The Trudeau – Sweet & Salty Banana Pancakes with Bacon

The Trudeau

Sweet and hot, like Canada’s prime minister.

The first time I had banana pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, I was eight years old, having breakfast with my mom in downtown Toronto. They were so amazing and created such a strong memory that I still know what my mom had – eggs Benedict – and what the mural on the wall was – a big tree and flowering garden. Read on to get the recipe… Read More

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Dubray Books, Finn’s World & Turf n’ Surf Competition

 

Afternoon folks, hope you’re all gearing up for a lovely weekend! I’m really excited to share the details of a competition I’m running at the moment with the wonderful Dubray Book and Turf n’ Surf here in Bundoran.

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#GIRLBOSS – Inspiration for the creatives, the wannabe self employed and those who have yet to figure out what the f*** to do

 

I’ve always found those kids who are like “I’m going to be a doctor!” (at age 4) fascinating. But in the way that you find another species, like, interesting, but certainly not you. In my formative years I wanted to be a cowboy (this one hasn’t entirely gone away, you should see my boot collection), a lawyer (so I could win arguments and wear a powersuit), an artist, a fashion designer, an oil rig geologist, a seismologist, a dolphin trainer (later I realised how horrible this would be) and I used to torment my mom saying I just wanted to be a trophy wife with really big hair. How was I ever going to know what to do? Read More

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Healthy Skin & Hair via Your Kitchen

I wasn’t sure before if I wanted to post this blog but after finding the amazing blog that is The Poor Girls Pantry it reminded me again the divide between “healthy and natural” (read expensive and unattainable) and “normal” (read processed, packaged and full of crap). It took me a long while to realise that as the skin is actually the largest organ in the body, what we put on our skin is important just like the food we nourish ourselves with. Now while I like to treat myself once (every few years..) to some Dr Hauska goodies, this is so not my usual skincare budget. And with sensitive skin that likes to go a pretty shade of violet with the application of a store bought facemask, it was time to figure out a natural but affordable way to look after my skin. Read on for my top tips and recipes for healthy skin and hair and a bit of pampering!  Read More