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happy :)

28 Jun

happy 2



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autumn – time for change

1 Sep

autumn leaves



noun: autumn; plural noun: autumns
  1. the season after summer and before winter, in the northern hemisphere from September to November and in the southern hemisphere from March to May.
    “the countryside is ablaze with colour in autumn”
    • Astronomy
      the period from the autumn equinox to the winter solstice.

big chinky scarf






conker fight


autumn berries


3 Nov
noun: waiting
  1. 1.
    the action of staying where one is or delaying action until a particular time or event.
    “years of waiting”

keep your head up

14 Oct


“Keep your head up, keep your heart strong”
– Ben Howard


10 Oct



laugh when you can
Make the spontaneous sounds and movements of the face and body that are the instinctive expressions of lively amusement and sometimes…
An act of laughing.
 little girl laughing
verb. mock – deride

we'll look back and laugh


noun. laughter – laughing

little boy laughing

Great Ireland Run April 2013- ah go on!

27 Jan

guys, i don’t like reading post about people who run a mini-marathon every two weeks and harrass their friends into sponsoring them etc etc…

BUT. just a tiny,  i think worth-reading but.

i have just signed up to do the great ireland run, which takes place on sunday the 14th april at 1pm in phoenix park in aid of st. francis hospice in raheny. this charity is very close to my heart as they helped my family and i through my mother’s terminal illness, lung cancer for ten long months. she was diagnosed in 2010 with aggressive small cell lung cancer and passed away 10 months later in our home.

the illness caused her discomfort, pain and an emotional rollercoaster every day. this is where the hospice team came in. as her primary carer i needed a break, i needed advice and i needed a friendly ear. they treated mum with respect, made her feel as comfortable as possible and joked, laughed and made light of any serious issues so as to keep her as positive as possible for as long as possible.

this is not me trying to make anyone feel guilty, not at all. i am simply explaining why these people deserve any help they can get- as they really are a light at the end of an otherwise dark, sad and very long tunnel. i hope you just take my word for it and that you never need to meet the team, for obvious reasons. but do know that someone you care about unfortunately  will, at some stage, need their help.

you can donate here, no matter how teeny tiny. i’ll keep you posted as to my training progress with michael bodycoach and will of course post some embarrassing red faced sweaty photographs or both pre and post race :

this is for you mum xx

great ireland run

wish me luck x


Winter Angel

5 Dec

Winter Angel

It’s been a while since I posted but something is coming soon 🙂
Click on the angel and she will take you to my pinterest x

homemade orange sugar scrub

3 Oct

an orange sugar scrub is easy to make at home and provides your skin with that much needed moisture it craves during the winter months. the scrub is hydrating and can be used to exfoliate, soften smooth and hydrate your skin.




1 cup raw sugar

Juice of ½ orange

1bTbls. Honey

1 Tbls. Oil (coconut or sweet almond)

10 drops essential oil (orange, grapefruit, lavender or a blend



Combine ingredients stirring lightly.

motivate – look forward not back…

19 Feb

so it’s the middle of february and I reckon everyone is feeling that spring is in the air and it’s time to get out walking, eating habits improving and couch time  moreso for sunday evening.

here are a few thoughts to help you along the way.. they definitely give me something to think about over the past few months…out with the old and in with the new i suppose…

new year’s resolutions are already getting ticked off as i started a new job last week that I LOVE, the work, the people and the place so YUHU!

2 trips away with the girls are ALMOST fully booked and I’m planning to either do the ‘camino’ and a trip to the south of spain and morocco or a few weeks in nz or thailand for the rest of my ‘school’ hols. not quite 3 months but hey at least i don’t need to remortgage myself to go away anymore. meh to student loans. meh.

berlin awaits myself and denise near the end of march to wander the markets and see the lovely florence and the machine and manchester and blackpool will be offering myself and ciara fish n’ chips in newspaper and candyfloss along blackpool pleasure beach 🙂

between then and now, i reckon myself and the girls will get away for a treat and i’d love to make it over to the girls in britland too 🙂 wupeeeeee!

anywho, I’m writing this for those lovely words of wisdom so here they are below – let me know what you think or if you have any to add below xx

make mistakes

if not now, then when?

she turned her can’ts into cans and her dreams into plans…

imagine what you could achieve if you only tried

i may not be there yet, but i’m closer than i was yesterday

don’t promise when you’re happy, do not reply when you’re angry and do not decide when you are sad

dream BIG little one

YOU are somebody’s reason to SMILE.

life is short. there is no time to leave important words unsaid.

be KIND because everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle – plato

don’t be so hard on yourself

forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace

don’t let go too soon but don’t hold on too long…

and my personal fave:

what defines us is how we rise after falling…

if you like these quotes, you can follow my inspirational pinboard on pinterest here


Smile – this is just so beautiful

24 Jan

Smile though your heart is aching

Smile even though its breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, whats the use of crying
Youll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile