Monday, November 24, 2014

chilli dark hot chocolate.

 The minute the temperature drops I'm drinking hot chocolate. Whether it's a trip to O' Conaill's on French Church Street or a homemade concoction, I probably drink a few litres of the chocolatey goodness every winter. My favourite hot chocolate has got to be a bit spicy. 
So here's my favourite homemade recipe for a chilli dark hot chocolate:

Heat one cup of milk in a saucepan along with one cinnamon stick and half of a chilli and bring to the boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes. 
In a cup, add two heaped teaspoons of cocoa powder and a pinch of salt. Add a small drop of the heated milk to the cup and mix it until it's a chocolatey paste. 
Then, pour in the rest of the milk and add a small handful of dark chocolate chips. 
Lastly, serve with a handful of marshmallows and enjoy this hot and spicy treat.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

casual & fancy.

 This week has been a great one all thanks to my lovely family. Getting spoilt left, right and centre with manicures, small surprises and big presents. Yesterday I spent the morning with my sister being pampered and fed, then a little bit of shopping and finished off the day with a new tattoo all paid for courtesy of Little Nancy and Louis. My outfit today is a bit of old and new, casual and fancy.

Vintage coat - my store (there's just one left now!)
Vintage black knitted top - my store
Jeans - Topshop
Pumps - New Look

Thursday, November 20, 2014

life lately.

 Lots of birthday celebrations in my family at this time of the year so there's been too much cake and a trip to Dingle. Life is good right now.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

my christmas wish list.

As usual, once the online store gets a little busier in the lead up to Christmas, I start browsing online and locally for my presents for family and friends and inevitably end up making a list of things I'd like! This colourful hand painted maxi dress from Alice Halliday is first on my list. If there was one item in my store that I could keep at the moment it would be this cashmere polo neck, but I have reached my "this one's for me" limit unfortunately. I adore this vintage teapot from Thrifty Amos! And lastly, the festive brooch from Shivery Wicks would look super cute on my winter coat.
Try your best to shop local this Christmas.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nancy and Santa's Irish Adventure.

Nancy received an early Christmas present this week, Nancy and Santa's Irish Adventure. This personalised book tells the tale of Nancy flying all over Ireland passing famous and historical landmarks and helps save Christmas by finding Santa Claus. 
With guest appearances from Mama and Dada, along with a little picture of Nancy on the cover, my little bookworm was listening attentively while I read to her. I'm quite an animated storyteller so Nancy really enjoys reading and let's hope it lasts. As a child, there was a pile of books that were always read hundreds of times in the lead up to Christmas and that's my plan for Nancy starting with this book. 

A great Irish children's book to pull out in December and suitable for all believers.
To purchase a copy, click here and find them on Facebook here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

cork folk.

Most of my online store orders are international but I always like to treat my loyal customers in Cork. Until Christmas, I'm offering free shipping to all orders to Cork city and suburbs, all you gotta do is enter the code IMFROMCORKLIKE at the checkout and the shipping won't cost you a penny as I'll be zipping around for the next few weeks in my little red car delivering lots of parcels.

Monday, November 10, 2014

where we're at.

Little Nancy is now at the age where I keep saying "Where's my little baby gone?!" It's dawning on me everyday how much she has grown and how much her little personality is such a big personality. She knows what she wants to eat, decides what she wants to wear and gets pretty stroppy when we're not doing what she wants us to do. This little girl is the boss. My sister works in childcare and I'm lucky enough to always get great tips and advice about how to raise Nancy so that she is a happy and thoughtful child. But it can test me quite a lot! The best advice I've gotten is to treat her like any other grown person and that makes a whole lot of sense when you think about it. You would never just take an adult by the hand and put them into a car without telling them where they are going. You'd never tell an adult to do something without giving them a reason why. You'd never correct an adult when they make a mistake without explaining why it was wrong or what the consequences are. Everyday I try to treat this strong minded two year old like any other person even though it can be hard sometimes. I may not be doing everything the right way but I'm pretty sure it's good enough. Parents can be tough on themselves sometimes but if you're a parent reading this, know that if you're doing your best, you're doing a fantastic job.

Friday, November 7, 2014

life lately.

I'm coming a little closer to finding that balance between work and family life (and I just have one little person to look after!) that's right for me. One of the big things I'm focusing on is trying to relax a bit more when responding to emails and tasks. Being a little more realistic about what I can achieve in a week too is helping. My to-do lists are longer but I'm happier and isn't that the most important thing?!

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