Living Arrows 11 & 12/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”
Kahlil Gibran

Nate  //



Nate got his first pedal bike this week!  He had a balance bike before that he’d got quite good on but it was getting so small for him that as his Easter present it was time for a new one.  He was so excited when he saw it and even though he hasn’t had pedals before, he knows exactly what to do and got the hang of it really fast… next step is taking the stabilisers off!

Ollie  //



Ollie’s old bike was broken and also too small so he got a new bike too.  His new one is a gorgeous red colour and he was so excited when he got it that he didn’t believe me that it was for him.  It’s bigger than his last one so it took a bit of getting used to but he’s zooming about now.

Nate  //



Ollie  //



Happy Easter bonnet time!!!  Ollie needed to make one for school’s last day so Nate really wanted to make one too.  They turned out identical except for Ollie’s having chicks on and Nate’s having bunnies!  Both boys were so pleased with how they turned out and wore them to school excitedly!

Linking up with What The Redhead Said, The Ordinary Moments and Practising Simplicity.

Living Arrows 10/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”
Kahlil Gibran

Nate  //



Ollie  //



We had a lovely Mother’s Day on Sunday!  Complete with cards, gifts, delicious breakfast and lots of lovely quality time.  We rambled and we geocached and the dogs ran crazy… I napped for 2 hours and we played a new boardgame!  The boys had as much fun trying to make it special as I had enjoying the day.  Also, do you know how hard it is taking a selfie with a DSLR?  Ha!

Linking up with The Ordinary Moments and Practising Simplicity.

I’ve Been Smiling Recently Because…

♥  I discovered that the movie adaptation of The Girl On The Train, is going to be out towards the end of the year… and not only that but it has Emily Blunt playing the lead! Excited plus plus!!


♥  I became owner of a brand new electric blanket.  It seems I missed the boat on them a lot of years back but this week I took the plunge.  I’m glad I did too… aside from it being the best thing ever, I have a rotten bad cold at the moment and the blanket is helping immeasurably.  Also, getting to snug my boys in a toastie bed… doesn’t get much better than that.

♥  I have a rediscovered obsession with Cadbury’s Picnic bars.  SO much happiness in one little bar.


♥  I’m almost finished watching season 3 of Wentworth!  What an awesome show, I can’t wait until the new season comes out!

♥  I got to dress my two little men up for World Book Day this morning.  Ollie wanted to go as Greg from Diary Of A Wimpy Kid and Nate wanted to go as Spiderman.  They looked fab!


♥  It’s Friday tomorrow and I have a lovely couple of days planned including cooking a Mother’s Day dinner for my Mum on Saturday night.  This is our tradition every single year and we have dinner and watch a movie together.

♥  I have a stack of new magazines just waiting to be read.  My favourites are Flow, Oh Comely, Frankie and The Simple Things.


♥  I’ve got my salad cravings back, I suppose because we are heading into spring soon.  Nobody craves a salad so much when it’s freezing outside.  Goats cheese is my absolute favourite.

♥  Being unwell and in bed meant I had time to spend filling out my planner and making it look pretty.


♥  I recently invested in a bath tray.  Best purchase of 2016 so far (except for the electric blanket).  How decadent it is to lie in the bath with somewhere to set your wine glass full of Coke, your chocolate and your book.

Living Arrows 8 & 9/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”
Kahlil Gibran

Nate //



We spent a lovely part of a Saturday morning exploring the forest beside where we live.  Finally it seems like the weather is brightening up some and we are excited to adventure without freezing!  Both boys wore their wellies and Nate picked up a lot of sticks along the way!

Ollie //



Ollie is an adventurer at heart.  He loves being outdoors.  When we are out walking, I’ll often hear him telling a story out loud, even if he is the only one who hears it.  His brain is so full of imagination.

Nate //



Ollie //



I got both boys rooms decorated a couple of months ago and they love them.  In each of their rooms they have banners that come as a ton of letters and you can have them say anything you like.  Nate’s room is now superhero themed and Ollie’s doesn’t have a theme, but is full of weird and wonderful things.

Linking up with The Ordinary Moments, Living Arrows and Practising Simplicity.



  1. This book!  It’s hilarious and so honest!  I’ve been trying so hard to read more and I’m really enjoying myself.  I finished a book in January called ‘The Girl On The Train‘ by Paula Hawkins and it was so hard to put down.  This book is very very different but I’ve enjoyed it.  I have my next few books lined up already.


2.  BLTs!  I can’t remember when I last had a BLT but I had one with a friend recently and now I can’t get enough of them.  I like to put red onion and avocado in mine too though… and the bread definitely needs to be toasted first!


3.  Decorating!  Finally got all the bedrooms decorated.  They are all painted shades of grey or white and I’m loving how bright and airy our upstairs now feels.  Both the boys chose elements for their own room and while Nate’s is finished with a superhero theme… we are still figuring out what sort of spin to put on Ollie’s.  We need to by a few bits to adorn his walls but he loves it so far.  I’m so glad my room is no longer the baby blue that used to make it the boys bedroom!


4.  Gigs!!  February is/ has been so gig/ show heavy!  I saw The Bodyguard the first week of the month, Frank Turner the second week, this week I am seeing Gabrielle Aplin and next week we see Foxes!  Gigs are my happy place and I’ve been lucky enough to see Frank Turner twice this month.  He hasn’t played in Ireland for a good 3 years so I took the opportunity to see him the two dates he was playing and I’m so so glad that I did.  He blew me away.  Two solid hours of amazing music and performance.  My dad came with me the second night in Dublin.


5.  Pretty night skies.

So…. Roller Derby!

Roller derby came into my life in April of last year and since then a day hasn’t passed where I haven’t thought about my roller derby dreams!  I’ve never been into a sport (EVER) and to be honest, I find exercise boring… so I’ve surprised myself with just how hooked I’ve become on this.


Since April, once a weekend for an hour and a half, we’ve been training really hard.  The first few weekends were spent getting to grips with having wheels on our feet but after week 4 it ramped up and got hard and amazing.  Mondays brought derby legs… a pain I hadn’t felt before but I knew it was good because it meant I’d really tried hard!  I learnt so many skills… crossovers, skating backwards, transitions, jumps and then when summer came we got into full contact and how to give/ take hits etc.

In order to go into the next level of training, everyone needs to pass what is known as a minimum skills assessment.  Minimum skills assessment was in the 3rd week of September and I couldn’t believe it when I found out I had passed (albeit by the skin of my teeth)!!  Pleased doesn’t even come close.  I even got to choose my derby name, Emmageddon with my birthday as my derby number.


Then level 2 started and I learned SO much, SO fast… so fast that some of it escaped me and I’ve found myself in level 2 for a second time.  This is no bad thing, I’m not mentally ready for the intensity that comes with being in advanced, which is what comes next…

It’s intense but I love it and I’ve made AMAZING friends.  There have been ups and downs and two of my closest friends got broken bones in the summer just weeks apart.  One of those friends has launched herself into the league off skates doing Line up (Meryl Screech)… and the other, my derby wife, has been back on skates for a few weeks now (Slammity Jane).  My other friend just made advanced and she is doing AMAZING (Tinkerblaze).


I want to play on a team someday… but I’m taking babysteps right now.  I’m not good under pressure so I’m telling myself that I go each week because I love to skate and someday I’ll hopefully be good enough to make a team and play roller derby like a badass!  I need to grow my confidence first.  I can’t imagine life without roller derby now and I’d encourage everyone to give it a try!