What’s your favourite Ice Cream?

This October I am taking part in the Blogtober challenge. I am so proud of myself that I have made it to day nine so far. Must be a record in my blogging career. I have thought about today’s prompt in many different ways, but as I want my readers to engage with the blog, the best I could think of was the ice creams I have been loving over the last thirty years of my life.

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Play-Doh Swirl And Scoop Ice Cream Review

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I was never a fan of mess. I am trying to keep mess at a minimum in our house. Arts and crafts doesn’t really exist in our house, only up until recently. Not just from the mess side but also because I am not a big fan of arts and crafts. I do like to look up certain stuff for Halloween or Christmas and make it myself but generally it’s a “no no”. Thankfully though the kids get to do lots of arts and crafts in creche. I have a box full of stuff that I need to sort out.

Play Doh is one of those things that you will definitely clean up off the floor after the kids are finished it. The most annoying part is when it’s stuck the clothes or shoes. Despite all that, for Matthew’s fourth birthday, which was at the end of August, I decided to buy him Play Doh. A bit late to the party but I thought he will be old enough now to play with it properly. Plus, there are ads on the TV and he actually has been asking to get Play Doh.

As he loves playing with Play Doh in creche and he loves ice cream, I bought him the Play Doh Swirl and Scoop Ice Cream machine. It comes with 5 cans of Play Doh where 3 of them are Play Doh Plus compound. You have the option between dish or cone. The easy-squeeze handle makes it simple for little hands to use.

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I actually really enjoy playing with it. Matthew wants to pretty much make ice cream everyday. But the coolest thing of all, is all the different mould options you get around the ice cream machine. You can mould a strawberry, a gingerbread man, a banana, a heart, a present, etc.It’s great fun. You can then put them onto the ice cream as decoration. Make a Banana Split or a Strawberry Sundae.

On each sides there are two shelves. Use them to show off your masterpieces. You can make some serious looking creations with it. The set comes with two scoops as well. So you don’t have to just swirl.

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Honestly I am well impressed with this and I am sure we will have continuous fun with it.
Right now this ice cream maker is on sale for only €17.99 in Smyths if you fancy it for your little one or maybe an early buy as a Christmas present. It’s ok to mention the “C” word at the end of September, right?

8 Things to Do in Strandhill

I am spending a lot of time in Strandhill lately. Mainly because the weather is so nice and also it’s only a 10 minute drive down the road from us.

To anyone who doesn’t know Strandhill but would love to come and visit one day, or people who live nearby and want to go on a road trip and have Strandhill as one destination I have compiled a list of things you can do in Strandhill.

Book a Seaweed Bath 

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VOYA’s seaweed bath is located right beside the beach. You will have to book in advanced because placed book up quote quickly. I’ve done this experience with my bestie in 2014 when I was pregnant. You get to choose different rooms. We had 2 baths and one steam shower. Due to being pregnant I wasn’t allowed to use the steam shower though but the seaweed bath was a nice experience. After that you could go for a massage in the next room.

Go Surfing

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Why not dive into the Atlantic Ocean and learn how to surf. I know you want to. Up until this point I still haven’t managed to take a surf lesson. Maybe next time Karo is over we will take the plunge and try it out. There are many different surf schools you can try.

Have Lunch 

2014-05-24 21.40.32One of my favourite cafe’s to eat in is Shells. The breakfast as well as the lunch is absolutely delicious. I can guarantee, you will find a meal that you will love. My favourite one is the chicken sandwich. You have to try the bread. It’s homemade and so fresh. Very different to any other bread that is used to create a sandwich.

Go For a Walk On The Beach 

20160530_132130Only today I actually realised how long it will take you to walk along the beach. I turned around at some stage so you can go a lot further than I went but I spent about 30 mins  walking just to give you an idea. Just one advice to parents with buggies… the beach can only be accessed now by walking on the stones.years ago you used to be able to go down a hill but due to the tides changing this is how it ended up for now.

Have Ice Cream

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Mammy Johnston’s has the bed ice cream and crepes. Very usual but yet tasty flavours. Matthew and I went for ice cream a few weeks ago and I had blue surf with marshmallows in it. They also do Oreo, Kinder Bueno etc. Over the last few days they’ve done up the place so it’s definitely worth a visit.

Go For a Drink

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The Strand Bar is your place to have a drink or two. It might look small from the outside but it’s very spacious in the inside. A little tip… their lunch and specials are amazing too. Hubby and I are generally there once a week during our lunch hour. I also love spending time there when the Euro Cup is on.  It has a great atmosphere and their pizzas are very tasty in the evening time. It passes the time during the 90 mins football match.

Buy Local

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Every Sunday the Strandhill People’s Market takes place between 11am and 4pm. It’s located in the old Sligo airport. You can buy local crafts, textiles, foods or just simply browse and have a tea or coffee on the go.

Climb a Mountain

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2 minutes outside Strandhill across from Strandhill’s petrol station lies the mountain Knocknarea  overlooking the village. A new path was created to walk up to the very top. I would advice to bring either running or hiking shoes. We’ve done the walk half way at the beginning of this year but the weather wasn’t the best unfortunately.

That’s your upcoming bank holiday weekend sorted so, as the weather is promised to be nice all the way through the June bank holiday.

Quality Time with my Boy

Mums with a full-time job will understand how hard it can be sometimes to find the quality time you want to spend with your children other than each weekend. When you have a 9-5 job there is not much time left in the evening time. Dinner has to be made, kids have to be bathed and get them ready for bed so they are fresh for the next day.

The last 2 weeks I have been lucky to spend some great quality time with my first born son. When I say lucky, it’s not exactly a way I would like him to spend it with me. The reason why I have been off work for the past 2 weeks is because he’s sick. He caught some sort of viral infection that is contagious. It’s called Impetigo. And I thought chicken pox was bad. Last week I brought him to the doctor. Since having child two I don’t bring them to the doctor anymore about every little thing, even though we not have free GP care for children under 6 years of age, but his temperature has been going up and down for 4 days at that stage and I wanted to know what caused it. That was the time I got confirmed he caught some virus that is floating around. The next day his daddy brought him again because he developed some spots in the face. I just wanted to rule out Chickenpox.

On Wednesday then I decided to bring him to the doctor again. The spots developed into something very aggressive and it was really itchy. Something you shouldn’t be doing, but us mothers do on a daily basis, I googled his symptoms. After a while I found something called Impetigo which I have never heard of before. It’s some sort of virus that can be transfered by touching the person who has it or whatever the person, who was already infected with the virus, touched. It can even be breathed in. I am surprised nobody else got it in creche.

To make the best out of our days off work and creche we had some mum and son time together. This developed a closer bond. I am now his best friend and noone else can be, not even daddy. But we are trying to get him out of that. Anyway, to make sure he didn’t get cabin fever while being stuck at home, we went to a few places every other day.

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Last Tuesday was finally the beginning of the summer. The sun was shining and what better way can you celebrate that other than having an ice cream. Bare in mind we are in the middle of potty training so our trips can generally be not longer than 2 hours in case he has to go to the potty. He is not confident enough to be using the big toilet, then again we are only 2 weeks into potty training. We decided to pick up a Sunday ice cream from Mc Donald’s which we munched at home.

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Matthew has developed a passion for the beach. If the weather wasn’t good enough some days or it was raining we went for a drive. We can call ourselves lucky that the Atlantic is basically on our doorstep.

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Matthew is terrified of the doctor and because he was still such a great boy (he received stickers off the doctor which made the visit more “fun” to him) I decided to bring him to a local pub in Strandhill for some lunch. The Strandbar is definitely one of my favourite place to go for lunch.

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Yesterday was an absolute stunning day. Instead of going to Strandhill beach again, we decided to go for a walk on Rosses Point beach. More like a run. So much freedom for Matthew to run around. Fresh air was definitely good for him.

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To roll off the week we went to Mammy Johnston’s in Strandhill today. The place was packed. No wonder with the weather being so nice, who knows how long it will last. The kid that I am, I had smurf ice cream which is called “Blue Surf” in there. It’s got marshmallows in it. It was delicious. One scoop is actually massive so I only had one. Matthew went for the Smart Vanilla which had a few smarties in it.

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His rash seems to be clearing up quite a good bit. Hopefully it’s all gone by some time next week. It also affects his eczema and I have never seen patches on his body in 2 years nearly I’d say so this is something nasty and I hope the antibiotics this is the end of it.