Thursday I had a visitor coming over from Germany. My one and only bestie Karo.
We decided to have a ladies day on Friday. Just pure pampering. My lovely fiance bought us a voucher back in May to go to a seaweed bath in Strandhill. So we took this opportunity and made an appointment for that morning. It’s something different and its always great to try out new stuff.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone. It’s very relaxing. If you do it though, bring a friend along as it can be boring doing it on your own. They have 2 baths in one room too. The bath can go on as long as 50 minutes and you use the steam beforehand.
Afterwards we enjoyed a half body massage. It was nice but I wouldn’t want to do it again. I would definitely do the seaweed bath again though.
If you look at it on the picture, you’d think its disgusting but all it is the stuff is oily. It’s supposed to very good for your skin.
After all that we needed to treat ourselves to some nice lunch. Where else would you go…? Only Shells cafe.
Everything is homemade. Their bread has to be the best. One of the reasons I always go for the chicken sandwich. Worth a visit if anyone of you is near Strandhill some day. They have their own cook book and in fact it’s their second edition.
Karo had a French manicure in the afternoon in town.
We really enjoyed ourselves and the weather was just brilliant.
Ours was amazing! Last minute we decided to book a night away in Galway for a family trip. It’s only 2 hours away from Sligo after all. It’s nice to get away sometimes. Parents with their own children probably can’t agree more.
It was the perfect weekend to go somewhere. The weather was fantastic. So warm! And it’s nearly the end of September. Crazy weather this year.
So after arriving in Galway at lunch time we had some lunch of course first and then went off for a walk along the promenade, through a park and past a playground. Matthew loved it. He had so much fun. The day in pictures:
So then we found the playground and the green Matthew can go wild on.
He definitely can’t deny that he didn’t have a great time. He was such a great boy all day.
Today then we didn’t do much to be honest because shops only started opening at 12pm as its Sunday.
First shop we went to though we got the best toy ever. A Mickey mouse helium balloon. Hours of fun.
Mummy had to treat herself too. So I got myself a dust charm. Its so cute. You put it into the part where your headphones normally go into to cover it from any dirt or dust.
Some may or may not know that I am big into writing letters (#snailmail) so I found a few cute sheep postcards and a bunch of stickers. I’m looking forward to start using these on my next letters.
I really hate the way the weekends always go way too fast! On the other hand though I am off on Friday which means I have a short week. My friend is coming over from Germany for the weekend. It’s going to be a busy one again.
– Scoop out the peppers
– Season the mince and mix it with 2 Eggs
– Fill the peppers with the mince to the top
– In a big pan brown the peppers a bit and fill it up with water afterward. The peppers should not swim in it.
– Cook these for about 40 minutes turning them twice in between
– Take the peppers out, add the ketchup and tomato puree to produce the sauce. You have to see for yourself how much so make sure you taste it.
– Turn the peppers in it.
– Cook the rice according to pack instructions. Enjoy!
Middle of September but I’d like to talk about Christmas already. I’ve been completely organised this year.
Last year all we did was go to the local shopping centre in town to see Santa. But that’s mainly because Matthew was only 1 year old and was kind of freaked out by the man with the long beard. I mean who wouldn’t be at that age.
A tall man, with a deep voice, funny clothes on him and long white beard. I wasn’t quite the fan of him as a kid either.
So this year we have decided to go all out. I’m a member of this August 2012 Mum Group on Facebook and we talk a lot about all sorts of stuff. One thing we came across with is what to do this year to see Santa…
If you live in Ireland and have children then you should seriously consider this place.
It’s in a place called Rathwood not too far from Dublin. As for us we have to travel a bit but its worth it.
There’s a Santa train you go onto, the elves are reading Christmas stories to the children, you get to have you photo taken in Santa’s sleigh and best of all your child will meet Santa and receive a little gift.
I am really looking forward to this experience.
This is their website anyway…
Now, I haven’t checked it in a while but the places fill up so quickly. The closest one we got to Christmas was December 15th. But it is available the whole month of December up until before Christmas.
Lately I have noticed that a lot of people are reading so many books. Must be a trend going.
I have to admit that I haven’t touched a book in over 2 years. I know I know, terrible!
This got me thinking I need to start getting into reading books again. The last book I’ve touched was “Fifty Shades of Grey” … I’d say all of you probably have read that. I have actually never finished it though.
What are you reading at the moment? I need suggestions. What book is worth it buying and is catchy?
At the age of 2 Matthew has a lot of toys already and it brought me back to my days as a child when I was playing with toys of my own. That gave me the idea to write a post about it on how different or not different the toys are these days compared to 20-30 years ago. By the way, I had great toys.
#1 One of my all time favorite toys when I was a kid was this truck. I spent so much time with it. As a girl you wouldn’t think I would play with such toys, but in the olden days anything was good fun, whether it is more a boys toy or not. What I liked most about it was that there was just enough space for me to sit on it, drive around on it and go down the hills.
Nowadays it would be more something like this. My son actually has this. He likes it but is yet too young to get the most fun out of it. It is brilliant for hours of fun in the sandpit.
#2 This was the bike I had:
Smart trikes are very popular these days. You can use them from 9 months up and convert them up to the age of about 5 years. This is the one we have now. We are getting so much use out of it. He just loves going for walks on it.
#3 I had 2 scooters as a kid. I loved both. The one below was made out of wood but yet it was still so sturdy and stable.
I liked the one below because it had a seat as well. It was the closes image I could find but mine was more blue/red.
Matthew is yet too young to go on a scooter but he likes pushing around the neighbors one. So I am looking forward when he is at the age of going onto this own scooter and ride around the estate.
#4 This was my humming centrifugal:
I don’t think this toy is known in Ireland but I am glad my son’s godmother got him one too. He likes turning it himself now but as a baby he found it hilarious.
#5 Building your own village… trees, houses etc made out of wood.
I am not even aware of any wooden pretend play toys today. I think most of it now is plastic. If you do know of some though let me know.
#6 Puppet shows was huge in my days.
#7 You are waiting for the toys that make a lot of noise don’t you? Don’t worry I had those, too. This one is like a keyboard but you blow into it.
There are 2 toys in our house right now that make a lot of noise… A drum and a xylophone…
#9 Cube Jigsaws… How I loved these…
Matthew is a big fan of jigsaws I have to say. Unfortunately Smyths doesn’t seem to have many at the moment so all we have right now is farm and number jigsaws. If you know of any good websites where you can get toddler jigsaws it would be much appreciated.
#9 The Playmobil Farm is probably the one I got the most out of as a child. So much that my mum kept it for me and wanted Matthew to have it. So when he is maybe about 3 or 4 years of age I will be able to hand it over to him and hopefully he will get as much fun out of it as I did.
#10 One a lot of people might remember… The good old Game boy. I had the grey one and the transparent one.
Right now Matthew is enjoying a more educational device. It’s a laptop from Leapfrog that teaches you about the alphabet, animals and much more. He loves it.
This post should give new mums an idea of what toys are out there to buy for your little ones. Again I would love to see/hear what toys you got for your little ones and how much fun they got out of it.