I discovered a bad mom inside me - she's real // Part 1

Everyone always talks about 'terrible twos' but my daughter has 'PMS 18 months'. It doesn't sound as good but it's true. And it seems like the meltdowns always come when I'm battling an inner meltdown myself. And it's like meltdown + meltdown = monster.And the monster is not the toddler. It's me....more

7 things to teach my daughter before she turns 10

The city has for a while been full of reminders that Irish Mother's Day is coming up next week. So happy early Mother's Day Ireland!  1// Remember who you areThis is what my own mom would say every day when we left for school. Remember who you are is still a phrase that I give a lot of thought to as an adult. Remember that you are loved. Remember that you are valued. Remember your principles. Remember your talents. Remember where you come from. Remember your dreams. It meant a lot to me that my mother thought it important that I keep all those things in mind throughout even the most regular boring days. I think that it is during the uneventful unchallenging times of our life that our true selves are revealed.2// You can do anything you wantThis is a lesson that really took me a long time to learn myself. I think there is a big difference in learning that you can do SOME hard things, and learning that you can do ANY hard things. And the latter is the correct one. I want to teach you that although you may have discovered that you're good at dancing you may have yet to discover that you're also good at swimming. Talents shouldn't define who you are, they should be used as stepping stones to achieve who you want to become. ...more

My Husband and I Got Married With Only 3 Things in Common

I remember friends staring at me in awe when I told them I was getting married at 21 to a guy none of them had even had the time to meet yet. Most of them didn't even know I had a boyfriend. And then the sigh, or scoff. They didn't think they'd ever find someone they'd want to tie that tight of a knot with. How could I have found my special someone so fast? A best friend whom I loved more than anyone else and with whom I was positive I wanted to spend the rest of my existence....more
Those 3 things in common clearly outweighed all the other possible commonalities combined.more

My true breastfeeding story

Being a survivor of getting pregnant, morning sickness, evolving into a whale, contractions, labor ...more

My Husband is Not My Knight in Shining Armor

To My Future Daughter:...more
This is absolutely a beautiful story of journey to compassionate lovemore

25 weeks pregnant

Baby Girl is jumping around inside. Wonder if she knows I'm talking about her....more

Wasn't ready to simply be a wife

Boy! Is being a wife a different role than being a daughter! Cleaning, cooking, mending, paying bills....more