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Things to Do in Dublin and the Surrounding area’s in September!

Things to do in September in Dublin and surrounding areas!

I have put together a list of things to do with your family in September in Dublin and surrounding areas. I find sometimes when you are looking for things to do you totally forget what is on so this is a handy guide that you can keep coming back to. Some events are a little drive outside Dublin but I have linked all events so you can see where they are and what suits you best. Hope it gives you some ideas of things to do!

 

Lucan Firework Display

8th September – 20.00 – 20.30

Lucan

@lucanfestivalire

The Lucan festival team in association with the South Dublin county council are proud to bring a new addition to the Lucan Festival this year. Friday evening overlooking the weir a fireworks display will bring you a host of colours as we open the 9th annual festival and will kick off the weekend entertainment look out for more special events over the Lucan festival.

@lucanfestivalire

fireworks

 

Sensational Kids Fairy Event For Charity

9th and 10th of September – 9.00 – 18.00

Rathwood – Tullow – Co.Carlow

https://sensationalkids.ie/events/fairy-elf-festival-2017/
Fairies & Elves of all ages will begin the festival with a themed craft activity which is yours to take home with you. There ‘s one for all fairy & elf folks from the age of 1 to 101!
Continue the journey with a train ride accompanied by some very special guests into The Enchanted Fairy & Elf Forest where we will stop off for some fun and games along the way.
To add to the atmosphere, you are invited to dress up in fairy & elf costumes, wear some fairy wings or come along dressed in your favourite fancy dress costume!

Visit the Maze of Ireland to find the secret password which will give you entry into the festivities in The Enchanted Fairy & Elf Festival Area where you can meet and greet some fairies and elves, including The Tooth Fairy
Roam free and take a walk around the Rathwood Forest Walks complete with Fairy Door Trail, Dodie Tree, Wishing Seat, Worry Tree. The Rathwood Forest Walks are very easy trails, suitable for walkers of all ages and abilities.The walk trail to the lake is wheelchair accessible
Have fun in the onsite playground.
Enjoy the onsite 300 seater Rathwood Restaurant and cash in your free hot chocolate voucher
Craft Activity for every ticket holder to take home
Train Ride Trail with lots of surprises and characters along the way
Admission into The Maze of Ireland
Free hot chocolate voucher for the onsite restaurant with each ticket
Free onsite car parking

This is a ticketed only event and tickets must be purchased online
Babies under 12 months are free of charge
A limited number of Wheelchair accessible tickets are available during ALL time slots
Dedicated Special Needs Times are available at 9am and 9.30am each day with reduced numbers and quieter music in the festival area.
We advise early booking to avoid disappointment

All proceeds from this event will be donated to Sensational Kids. We would like to thank you for your kind support and thank all the team at Rathwood for partnering with us to provide this very special event which will make a difference to the lives of thousands of children with additional needs.

info@rathwood.com

0599156285

0599156285

rathwood fairy event

 

 

Airfield Festival of Food

9th and 10th of September – 9.30 – 17.00

Airfield Estate

www.airfield.ie

The annual Festival of Food is back at Airfield Estate on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September.

With free admission for everyone over the 2 day festival, you’ll get to engage with over 40 local food producers and enjoy the very best of Irish food and drink.

We’ll have lots of fun activities for all the family based around the theme – Food Literacy: Unearthing the Knowledge Gap including:

• Face painting
• Kids craft hubs
• Family games
• Foraging walks

Free Admission

airfield festival of foods

 

 

Grandparents Weekend at Dublin Zoo

9th and 10th of September

Dublin Zoo

https://dublinzoo.digitickets.co.uk/tickets

 

Calling all grandparents and grandchildren! Dublin Zoo is delighted to announce it will host a fun-filled family event on Saturday September 9th and Sunday September 10th especially for you!

To mark Grandparents’ Weekend, there will be activities for visitors to look forward to including music on the Great Lawn, educational games, arts and crafts, and historic Zoo photos. Children can also enjoy getting their faces painted to look like their favourite zoo animals with the help of Dublin Zoo’s talented face painters!

This is the perfect opportunity for grandparents and their little ones to spend quality time together by exploring the sights and sounds of Dublin Zoo.

Phone – 01 4748900

info@dublinzoo.ie

dublin zoo

 

 

Family Fun Enclosure

10th of September – 12.00 – 18.00

The Curragh Racecourse

Family Fun Enclosure

Day 2 of Longines Irish Champions Weekend on Sunday 10th September is set to be an exciting finale to the 2017 season at The Curragh

The County Kildare venue is delighted to announce that they will create an exciting Family Fun Enclosure on the 10th September, which will be located in the In Field of the racecourse with fantastic views of all the racing action and accessible to anyone with a race day admission ticket.

The Enclosure will feature a great mix of family friendly fun entertainment including Alice in Wonderland themed shows with special guests Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat, Giant Games Zone, Horse Racing Zone with simulator, Reptile Zoo, face painting and lots more, together with a high quality food and beverage area.

Family tickets are just €50 and all children’s entertainment is free once inside the racecourse.

Tel: + 353 (0) 45 441 205
Email: info@curragh.ie

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The Doggie Do with Dogs Trust

10th of September – 12.30 – 17.30

Herbert Park

http://www.thedoggiedo.com/tickets-2017/

The Doggie Do is a family-friendly festival for and about dogs on September 10th 2017 at Herbert Park. We’ll have cultural chats and artistic workshops at The Cultured Canine, a chill out area called Doggie & Soul, great ReTail Therapy shopping and of course the crowning of ‘The Dog Of Dublin 2017’ at our Canine Costume Competition. Our friends from Dogs Trust will be onsite with lots of fun & games too.

A Mardi Gras for Mutt & Man indeed! We can’t wait for September 10th!
www.thedoggiedo.com

the doggie trust

 

Dr. Osity’s After-School Science Class

13th of September – 15.00 – 17.00

Imaginosity – Sandyford Dublin 18

http://www.imaginosity.ie

Join crazy Dr.Osity for a 13 week term of FUN packed, interactive hands-on scientific learning! EVERY week will include hands-on experimentation; from ‘Scientific Slime’& ‘Moving Galaxies’ to chemically ‘Growing Snakes’…!

Classes run after-school at Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum (Sandyford) every Wednesday from 13th September – 13th December (exluding mid-term break) from 3-5pm, and are suitable for children aged 5-9 years. Classes will feature an hour of fun class based learning and experimenting, and an hour of supervised play on the museum floor.

Price for the term = €120…13 weeks for the price of 12! Remember, Imaginosity members get an additional 10% off!

http://www.imaginosity.ie

Tel – 01 2176130

info@imaginosity.ie

science class

 

 

 

Terenure Family Fun Day

16th of September – 13.00 – 16.00

Bushy Park

https://www.facebook.com/bushyparkmarket/

The Annual Terenrue Family Fun Day takes place on Saturday 16th September 2017 from 1pm-4pm.

The event itself takes place on the roadside pitch next to the market and consists of 6 bouncy castles (including Ireland’s biggest Zip Line experience), 4 face painters and live music all day long, a bumper market consisting of 40 stalls shocasing Hot Food, Artisan Produce and Craft with compliment the event.

Please walk, cycle or ride where possible, free parking is availlable @ Our Lady’s Senior School on the Rathfarnham Road.

Free Event

https://www.facebook.com/bushyparkmarket/

terenure family day

 

 

 

Blue Fire Street Fest

16th of September – 14.00 – 20.00

Smithfield Square

BLUEFIRE STREET FEST is back and bigger than ever.
Join us on September 16th in Smithfield Square for a FREE and family-friendly celebration of Dublin’s diversity and our 5th anniversary!

Get ready for a fun-filled day featuring some of Ireland’s best musicians, artists and street performers. A diverse range of activities – everything from youth talks, poetry and live street art to dance, drumming and dj workshops will be taking place throughout the day with loads of opportunity for the audience to get involved!

A kids area, teen zone and food & craft market are just some of the other areas of the festival that promises to keep the whole family entertained.

Lots of laughs are also guaranteed as we are delighted to welcome Nathan O’ Reilly (the tall one from #FullyCharged on SPIN 1038) to the stage as this year’s MC!

Free Admission
info@bluefiredublin.ie

Blue Street Festival

Marine Life Scavenger Hunt

17th of September – 15.30 – 17.30

Sandycove Avenue West, Sandycove, County Dublin

http://familiesgoglobal.com/event/marine-life-scavenger-hunt/

We will join Marine Zoologist and Environmental Scientist, Mona McCrea on Sandycove beach at low tide to learn about the rich marine life found on our doorstep. Mona will explain to everyone what we are going to do, safety and a bit about workings of the tides. Then, with the help of a scavenger hunt we all go down to the waters edge and work together to find the plants and animals on the sea shore.

This activity is for children aged 5+. Younger siblings are welcome but are to supervised by their parents/carers at the top of the shore or down on the lower shore with the group. Although siblings will not be part of the group, Mona will try and include them as much as possible and show them all the interesting animals that are found.

More details can be found on our website: http://familiesgoglobal.com/event/marine-life-scavenger-hunt/

 

 

seashore kids

Smithfield Square Spectacular on Culture Night

22th of September – 17.00 – 23.00

Smithfield Square

The interactive playground returns to Smithfeld this year with an even bigger family-friendly programme for Culture Night 2017.
The square will come alive with an array of performances, workshops and demos. Come enjoy grafitti walls, circus shows and drumming workshops. Try out taster classed in dance and fencing, and take part in some make-and-do.

Full programme information will be released closer to the time.

Square Spectacular

Young Chef: Harvest Feast

23rd of September – 10.00 – 12.00

Airfield Estate

www.airfield.ie

Our cookery classes for 8-12 year olds run once a month and during mid terms and holidays with seasonal menus such as “All you knead is love (Bread and cake making)” at Easter and Traditional Irish classics during St. Patricks weekend.

Children will explore our food gardens and harvest their own ingredients for the different dishes they produce. Classes will be led by our education and bakery team in a relaxed and fun environment where children will be encouraged to ask questions.

Children will see the process of food from farm to fork and get hands on, learning kitchen safety with correct utensil care. They will soon getting creative in the kitchen preparing delicious healthy meals that they can recreate at home.

Classes run from February to October. For a full list of classes, please visit www.airfield.ie

info@airfield.ie

01 969666

airfield young harvest

 

 

 

Messy Play Class – Giddy Studios

29th of September – 10.30 – 11.30

Giddy Studios, Dundrum Town Centre

www.giddystudios.com

Come along to Giddy Studios for lots of messy sensory play in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
We will spend an hour doing lots of painting and handprints on a canvas – leaving everyone with a beautiful masterpiece to take home!
Admission is €12 which includes all materials, with pre-booking required. Call 01-2960303 for more details and to book.
We can’t wait to see lots of little beanies and their mums and dads soon for some messy fun!

Call 012960303 to book & prepay.
Email helena@giddystudios.com with any questions.

giddy studios

 

 

 

Fairy & Elf Garden Workshop

30th of September – 14.00 – 15.15

The Baby Room – Carlow

http://www.thebabyroom.ie

Invite Fairies & Elves into your home by making them a beautiful little house and garden to live in. Use your creativity to decorate small wooden bird houses, choose paints, leaves, stones, glitter, jewelled stickers and decorative plants to create a magical home for your little friends. You can even make a tiny clothes line or garden fence. If you believe in magic, our workshop is for you.

Finish with a hot chocolate and cookies while listening to a short story.

Suitable for boys & girls, aged 5 -10.
Time 2- 3.15pm
Cost €15
Spaces are limited. Booking essential.
0860569137

thebabyroomcarlow@gmail.com

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Hope you like the suggestions!

Have a great September

Eimear x

 

Things to Do in Dublin and the Surrounding area’s in August!

Things to do in August

I have put together a list of things to do with your family in August in Dublin and surrounding areas. I find sometimes when you are looking for things to do you totally forget what is on so this is a handy guide that you can keep coming back to. Some events are a little drive outside Dublin but I have linked all events so you can see where they are and what suits you best. Hope it gives you some ideas of things to do!

 

Dublin Horse Show

9th – 13th of August – 10.00 – 12.00

RDS – Ballsbridge

http://dublinhorseshow.com/tickets

The Dublin Horse Show is considered to be one of the top three equestrian shows in the world and the only one of these to be held in a major city. Held on the grounds of the RDS, the Royal Dublin Society, the Show has been running since 1864 and is the oldest show jumping competition in the world. While specialising in show jumping and other equestrian competitions, the Show is as much renowned for the social occasion it provides, which is saying something in Dublin! It is a staple of the summer calendar and one that people from all over Ireland and beyond come for year after year, as it provides social, shopping, fashion and equestrian all in one venue in early August each year.

info@rds.ie

Tel: 00353 1 668 0866

dublin horse show 9th -13th of August

 

Family Storytime at Origami Wonderland

11th of August – 11.00 – 12.00

Birr Castle

Home

Join the whimsical charactors, Swimsy the Goldfish and Flopsy Hop the Rabbit, on their magical adventures through Origami Wonderland. An enchanting book reading with author George Dempsey Flanagan. Suitable for all ages. Free of charge. Event takes place in Birr Castle Galleries.

Free Admission

reception@birrcastle.com

+353(0)57 912 0336

birr castle 11 august

 

Family Fun Day

11th of August – 13.00 – 16.00

Barbican Centre

William Street, Drogheda, Co Louth

Family fun day for all the family

Free admission
✔Face painting
✔Movie on big screen
✔Raffle on the day
✔Much much more

family fun day 11th of August

 

Young Farmers

11th of August – 10.00 – 12.00

Airfield Estate

Young Farmers 2017

Our Young Farmers series is a range of farming workshops for children aged between 8-12 years which are run from 10am to 12pm on Saturdays throughout the year.

Each session will vary and focus on a different animal, perfect for animal lovers and outdoor explorers. Highly trained experienced educators will encourage children to investigate our farm animals and explore their hidden talents. Kids will learn about and create toys and activities that will delight animal and Young Farmers alike. Farming is all about working together, working hard but having fun and satisfaction in a job well done.

We want every child who attends a workshop to leave with a greater understanding of farm life and the animals that live there.
For more workshops visit www.airfield.ie/whats-on/

Phone – 01 969 6666

info@airfield.ie

Young Farners 12 August

 

Milos Bears Picnic

12th and 13th of August – 12.00 – 17.00

Malahide Castle

https://www.malahidecastleandgardens.ie

Milo Bear has made his decision!

Bring your teddy bears out to play for Milo Bear’s picnic on the West Lawn. Pack a picnic and enjoy some memorable family fun time with face painting and a teddy hunt.

Join us on Saturday 12th or Sunday 13th August from 12 Noon to 5pm

Family garden tickets are only €18.50 (2 adults & 2 children) and can be purchased at the Admissions Desk.

+353 (01) 8169538

Milos Bear Picnic 12th August

 

Inflatable Colour Run- Kildare

13th of August – 12.00 – 17.00

Kildare – Naas Punchestown Racecourse

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/inflatable-colour-run-kildare-2017-tickets-34659360079
The Inflatable Colour Run is coming to Punchestown Racecourse this Sunday.
This one of a kind event combines all the best parts of an inflatable event, with an amazing Colour run, and the result is an EPIC, unmissable summer FUN event!
Suitable for all ages and abilities, so whether you want to run, walk, dance or bounce your way along the route- its totally up to you- its all about fun!!! Tickets on sale at this link>https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/inflatable-colour-run-kildare-2017-tickets-34659360079

https://www.facebook.com/InflatableColourRun

inflatable colour run 13th August

Children’s Summer Art Camp

14th of August – 11.00 – 16.00

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

http://botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#art

Join artist Niamh Synnott for Children’s art week! Children will be encouraged through fun art activities to observe, engage in and be inspired by their surroundings. Kids can try their hand using a variety of mediums and materials such as mono and block prints, batik, plein-air painting, and construction using art straws.

Ages 4-7 years: 11.00am – 12.30pm
Ages 8-12 years: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Cost: €60. Booking essential.

Telephone No: + 353 1 804 0300

Email address botanicgardens@opw.ie

Summer camp 14th August

 

Magic Show at Ardgillan Castle

16th of August – 12.00 – 13.00

Ardgillan Castle – Magician Jamie Skelton

Magic Show

Ardgillan Magic Show with Magician Jamie Skelton

Wednesday 16th August at 12pm
Duration approximately 1 hour.

”Jamie Skelton is a full time professional kids magician in Dublin. He performs all over the country, mainly in Dublin and it’s surrounding areas. Jamie has held a residency at Tayto Park, performing over 1000 shows there, so you know that you are booking a bonafide magician!
With over 10 years experience, Jamie is one of the most sought after kids magicians in Dublin, with over 90% of his shows booked through word of mouth…he’s that good!”

Check out his website for clips and more information

€10 per person
Booking required/Limited Numbers
Please read the terms & conditions before purchasing.

Terms & Conditions:
Please retain your receipt as proof of purchase.
Tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and have no cash value.
Please be prepared for all weather conditions.
Suitable for children ages 4 – 12 years.
Parents are welcome to attend the show, but would need to purchase a ticket.
For more information contact the team at the castle.

E-mail: eventardgillan@fingal.ie

Phone: 01 8492212

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The Big Grill 2017

17th  – 20th  of August – 12.00 – 21.00

Herbert Park – Ballsbridge Dublin 4

http://biggrillfestival.com

The Big Grill BBQ,Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
50plus Food Stalls & Producers

25plus Pitmasters & Restaurants

Eating Competitions

Demos & Talks

Djs & Live Music

Live Fire Cooking

Kids Area

And much more

info@biggrillfestival.com

the big grill 17th August

 

Sunnydaze Children’s Festival

19th –  20th  of August – 12.00 – 17.30

Rathbeggan Lakes – Dunshaughlin

http://sunnydazechildrensfestival.ie/tickets/

Sunnydaze Children’s Festival at Rathbeggan Lakes
• Saturday 19th August to Sunday 20th August 2017
• Boutique Weekend Family Festival with free Overnight Camping on Saturday for weekend ticket holders
• Live Entertainment, Interactive Cool Games for Kids of All Ages and Abilities, Crannóg Nature Crafts, Artisan Food
• Access to Rathbeggan Lakes Family Activities

An incredible fully programmed 2 day weekend children’s festival with overnight camping on Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th August at the superb child centred venue of Rathbeggan Lakes, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath- just 10mins from the M50.

For full details please visit our website:
http://sunnydazechildrensfestival.ie/

With 3 covered Stages:
– Mainstage with live music and entertainment, Kidisco, comedy and theatre.
– Big Bubbles with giant wooden games, puppet shows, magicians, giant angry birds, hammocks for parents and children alike, and a kids cinema.
– Crannóg Crafts with workshops arts and crafts, talks, Phoenix earthcare, reduce, reuse and upcycle.

Boutique food stalls, fun, family and much, much, more….

Festival Times:
Saturday: All day, 10am – 21.30PM *
Sunday: All day, 10AM to 5.30PM*
Overnight camping on Saturday night for weekend ticket holders only. Camping grounds will be open from Saturday morning t Sunday evening.
* exact times to be confirmed

Prices:
Tickets are on sale now, access the ticket sales page from our Facebook Page and also our Website, there will be a limited number of tickets available and will be on a first come first serve basis, hope to see you there!.*Sunnydaze Team*
http://sunnydazechildrensfestival.ie/tickets/

Tickets prices also inlcude a number of tokens that you can use for extra activites available at wonderful facility of Rathbeggan Lakes:
for more details:
http://sunnydazechildrensfestival.ie/tickets/
Swan Paddle Boats (5 tokens per boat)
Bungee Bounce (4 tokens)
Water Rollers (4 tokens)
Mini Jeeps (4 tokens)
Bouncy Fun Zone (5 tokens)
High Kings Tower
Climbing (5 tokens)
Abseilling (7 tokens)
Zip-Line (7 tokens)

One Token = €1 and they can be purchased individually or in bags of twenty.
Extra tokens available at Rathbeggan Lakes 1token = €1
All day wristband t include a variety of activities also available at Rathbeggan Lakes- please visit their site for more details- www.rathbegganlakes.com

This fully programmed 2 day weekend event promises immense fun for all families with children of all abilities and ages! It will sell out so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Hope to see you all there!!

(01) 824 0197

info@rathbegganlakes.com
sunnydaze

 

Introduction to Bee Keeping

11th of August – 10.00 – 12.00

Airfield Estate

http://www.airfield.ie/news/introductory-bee-keeping-workshop/

Are you interested in keeping bees and having your own honey, but don’t know where to start?

Join local beekeeper Brian O’Toole from Leinster Honey for an introduction to the fascinating world of bees.

As part of the workshop we will have a live bee colonly on display so you will be able to see upclose inside the colony!

Phone – 01 969 6666

info@airfield.ie

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Groove Festival 2017

19th –  20th  of August – 11.00 – 18.00

Killruddery House and Gardens

http://groovefestival.tickets.ie/?_ga=2.47489959.1242503788.1496737818-596676280.1495021168

Groove loves families!

Groove Festival 2017 will offer even more for little kids and big kids alike. From our new family zone, bigger and better outdoor activities, extended opening hours, to our range of family friendly dining options, Groove Festival is the perfect hassle free summer’s day out for the whole family.

Don’t forget, kids 12 and under now go FREE to Groove Festival! Book your tickets online today and be sure to add your little ones, they won’t want to miss this (max two free child tickets per adult, see full terms & conditions here).

Get ready for some serious festival fun!

Tickets available via: http://bit.ly/GrooveFestivalTickets

Under 12s go free*

Groove Festival 19th August

 

Summer Art Camp

21th –  25th  of August

Giddy Studios, Dundrum Town Centre

www.giddystudios.com

Giddy Studios Creative Summer Art Camp takes place in our Studio in Dundrum Town Centre for 8 weeks of Summer. It’s the most flexible camp around where you can sign up for single days at €30 per day. Regular rate for a 5 day week is €129 however sign up to our database to get emails about Early Bird Offers www.giddystudios.com
Things to Know //
Age: 5 to 11
Suited to Boys & Girls
Wear pre loved clothes due to the fabulous amount of glue & glitter used.
Crafts include: Pottery Painting (glazed on 1st day of camp week) + Pottery painted with acrylic paint on all other days; along with a multitude of lots of other paper & foam clay based crafts 💗

Call 012960303 to book & prepay.
Email helena@giddystudios.com with any questions.

giddy studios

 

IFI Family Festival 2017

25th –  27th  of August

Irish Film Institute (IFI) – 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2,

http://ifi.ie/familyfest

Round off your family summer with some of our great festival films! In our animal-packed programme, we have talking cats, teaching frogs, racing buffaloes and loyal dogs. There are fierce wolves and very big elephants too. Our film adventures come from around the world, so we’ve some special guests to help with subtitles if you need them, and a chance for you to read and swap stories too!

Individual tickets for all films cost €5, including the opening night event. A family ticket (feature films and shorts programmes) is €15.00 for 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children. Workshops cost €15 – €20 each. Films can be booked via the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477 or via the IFI website. Workshops can only be booked via the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477.

(01) 679 3477

info@irishfilm.ie

Irish Film Festival

 

Super Milk Wild Air Run – Inflatable 5k

26th  of August  – 10.00 – 16.00

Malahide Castle and Gardens

Dublin – Malahide Castle

Super Milk Wild Air Run returns to MALAHIDE CASTLE, DUBLIN.
26th August
30% off full price tickets for the first 300 tickets!
New 4 lane, 60m long slide! 3 new inflatables!
Tickets are ON SALE now @ wildairrun.com
The Super Milk Wild Air Run is an experience with a difference. All ages (7+) and fitness levels can enjoy Ireland’s first inflatable obstacle course.

Join the 20,000+ people that got involved and had EXTREME FUN in Summer 2016. The Wild Air Run craze is sweeping the nation!

Guarenteed to sell out so get your tickets today to make sure you don’t miss OUT!

info@wildairrun.com

www.wildairrun.com

supermilk run

 

 Under The Sea Event

26th  of August  – 13.00 – 14.00

The Square Tallaght

UNDER THE SEA EVENT

How would you like to learn more about our sea creature friends? Well on Saturday 26th of August on our Centre Mall (Level 2) we will have waves and waves of fun with so many fun and fishy activities! Fun for all the family!

We will have arts and crafts, free face painting and even an educational talk with the expert Kealan from Seahorse Aquariums!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Free Admission

(01) 452 5944

info@thesquare.ie

underthesea 26th August

Hope you like the suggestions!

Have a great August

Eimear x

Questions and Answers on Fussy Eater’s – Featuring Roisin Gowan Paediatric Dietitian


Roisin’s Background and Work History

I qualified in 2009 with a 2.1 Honours Degree in Dietetics. Since then, I have worked in NHS Teaching Hospitals in Newcastle and Leeds, and in GP clinics in their community. I moved to Ireland in 2012, and have worked in Cavan General Hospital, Vincent’s Private University Hospital before joining Crumlin in 2014. I have worked in both hospitals at Temple Street and Crumlin since then and accrued specialist experience and skills in paediatrics over the years. I currently am responsible for training UCD dietetic students at our hospital. I am a registered dietitian with CORU (regulatory body for allied health care professionals) and a member of INDI (Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute).

I provide a Paediatric Dietetic Service to Dublin and surrounding areas. I continue to work as a Senior Paediatric Dietitian at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin where I specialise in infants and toddlers, general paediatrics, eating disorders and oncology. I also do private consultations and home visits and Corporate wellbeing.

 

Questions and Answers

My child has suddenly become a very fussy eater, how do I ensure they are getting enough variety?

Many parents report that one of the hardest and most frustrating aspects of caring for their little ones is ‘feeding their child’. Young children are developing their own personalities and temperaments and in some cases food refusal is their way of exerting their independence or commanding attention. Most problems stem from parents worrying and giving their child too much attention for not eating. This is a temporary phase and parents should be reassured that most children will go through a phase like this. Distractions at mealtimes, inappropriate weaning, excessive drinks, limited variety with food, manipulative behaviour and parental anxiety all contribute to fussy eating. The key to dealing with this, is to identify if this is a one off day (in which case not to worry about it) or if the child has been eating poorly for days/weeks. It can be helpful to write down what the child is eating as often they will eat little and often during the day and this is adequate for their nutritional needs. A few strategies to deal with this behaviour and make mealtimes less frustrating is- no distractions at family mealtimes….established regular family mealtimes…..watch that not too much  fluid is consumed (avoiding fizzy drinks, and offering milk or water only) suitable chair for child at mealtimes…not to react if child refuses meal,…encourage messy play…vary food served at mealtimes….

 

What are your suggestions for a healthy lunchbox, so they aren’t getting the same thing every day? The key is to make it healthy and balanced ! A starch (wholegrain bread, crackers, wrap, pasta, couscous) protein (meat, fish, eggs, hummus, cheese like babel, beans or lentils) and fibre (fruit or vegetables) For a sweet you could add a low sugar yogurt. Making it attractive is key! Lots of colours (grapes, kiwi, mandarin, bananas) 

 

My kids won’t eat leafy greens, what should I do?

Offering your child new tastes can be daunting for a little one, especially if they have not eaten it before! Adapting the strategies such as regular mealtimes, not reacting in face of provocation… can be a start. When introducing a new  taste such as vegetables, getting your child involved in preparing meals, and allowing messy play offers sensory opportunities that allows the child to become accustomed to this new food. If vegetables are a food item that was previously accepted and now blankly refused, stay calm! Offer vegetable with favourite meals at least 30 times ( can takes this long for a child to accept it) and encourage and praise when child accepts food…putting the vegetable on a favourite plate, making shapes using a biscuit cutter, or incorporating the vegetable into cooking (spiralised noodles, smoothies, healthy muffins or brownies etc) can be ways to get your child to accept vegetables. Involving your child in the cooking proces will help too

 

I’m worried about my child’s weight, how do I help without making them self-conscious?

I’m not sure if you mean your child is overweight or underweight, both of which can cause alarm. I would suggest that if you have any concerns regarding your child’s weight, to bring them to a registered dietitian. Dietitians are clinically trained to nutritionally assess and manage weight related disorders and can give trusted and evidence based advice that can be tailor made to your child’s condition. 

 

What are your tips for helping children to make healthy food choices?

Out of sight, out of mind! Not having foods with a high sugar content (sweets, fizzy drinks, chocolate, biscuits) in the household. Let me illustrate this with an example. If you walk past a bakery and smell freshly baked pastries and treats, it triggers your motivation to eat pastries. Yet if you don’t walk past the bakery, you wont have to fight yourself to avoid eating a sugary fatty food. By reducing your exposure to food cues (sugary foods in the cupboard or freezer) this can help prevent children from eating too much sugar. Get educated! Reading the back of nutritional labels- cereal for example can have a high sugar content.

 Keep foods simple- buy wholesome fresh foods with few ingredients. Drinks should be water or milk. Keep food balanced: include a starch, protein and fruit or vegetable at mealtimes. For treats- The Baby Led Feeding Cookbook has lots of natural and healthy snacks that won’t break the sugar bank. Enlisting help from grandparents too- instead of rewarding grandchildren with sweets, get them to offer a non-food treat like a kids magazine or an activity.

I’m also a big believer in getting kids from a young age involved growing food. It teaches them lessons about sustainability, where food comes from, seasonal produce and a sense of achievement when they see something grow from scratch. Vegetables that can be easily grown from seeds (salad leaves, radishes, spring onions etc) are a good start. I remember this was something we partook in school and it worked! Also growing up on a farm, we had to help out picking strawberries or potatoes for one Irish pound a day (deprived childhood)

For older children, good behaviour food charts, can also be helpful!

 

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Things to do in July in the Dublin area!

Things to do in July in the Dublin area!

Are you constantly looking for things to do at the weekends with your little ones? I am always on the lookout for something new and fun to do with Sofia. Below I have added an event for each weekend in July for anyone living in the Dublin area. From small to big events whatever takes your fancy!

Family Comedy Weekend is back at Farmleigh

1 July – 2 July at 11:45 to 2 July at 17:00
Show Map

Farmleigh

Castleknock, Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland D15 TD50

We’ve a great programme of family friendly comedy at the lovely Farmleigh for a whole weekend! including stand-up comedy, comedy workshops, street performers, top joke competition, silly story telling and big board games.

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Open-Air Garden Theatre; Peter Pan at Castletown

1 July – at 16:00–17:30

Castletown House

Exit 6, M4, Celbridge West, Celbridge

Open-Air Theatre; Chapterhouse Theatre Company present, ‘Peter Pan’Saturday 1st July, 2017 on the back lawns at Castletown. Performance starts at 4pm, with access to the lawn from 3pm.

After the hugely successful event in 2016, the OPW team at Castletown is delighted to welcome Chapterhouse Theatre Company with a production of ‘Peter Pan’ directed by Philip Stevens.

Join Wendy, Michael and John Darling on their adventrues with Peter, far away on the magical island of Neverland. There they encounter the enchanting mermaids, magical fairies and the cruelest pirate of them all, Captain Hook!

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, and in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, J.M. Barrie’s timeless classic is brough to life in a brand new adaptation by award winning writer Laura Turner, with beautifully designed costumes, music and songs.

For your comfort, please bring along your own rug, cushions or low back seating. Picnics are welcome and please dress for our Irish summer, this performance will take place rain/shine and tickets are non-refundable. Please note, no dogs allowed onto the back lawns.

open air theatre Peter Pan Casteltown

 

RADFest Family Fun Day

1st July – 12:00–15:00

 

RAD FEST- Rathfarnham and District Festival

Rathfarnham, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 14

An amazing family fun day out at Rathfarnham Castle with music, art & entertainment for the kids.

rad fest

 

Irish Classic & Vintage Motor Show

2 July – 11:00–18:00

Terenure College

Templeogue Road, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 6

  The Irish Classic and Vintage Motor Show in Terenure College, Dublin, the biggest Classic and Vintage Car Show in Ireland for over 20 years.

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Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular in Dublin 2017

7 July – 9 July 12.00 – 20.00

Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular

Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 2

For full festival line-up, see www.cityspectacular.com
Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular will return to Dublin’s Merrion Square this July 7th – 9th and to Cork’s Fitzgerald Park on July 15th and 16th.
Entry to this family friendly festival is entirely FREE of charge.
This year’s free festival will be brought to life through our spectacular line-up which includes world record breaking street performers, healthy heroes The Happy Pear, spandex sporting comedy duo Lords of Strut and this year’s festival ambassador – Ireland’s favourite turkey Dustin The Turkey.

Areas to explore at this summer’s biggest festival include Laya Healthcare’s Greatest Place on Earth; a spellbinding land with family health and happiness at its heart, a world street food village from Just Eat Ireland with a live music stage and waiter service, and pet wellness area with the Dublin SPCA where festival-goers can get pet health advice or be the star of the Scruffs Dog Show. We would love everyone – families, friends, couples and pet pooches – to come join in the celebrations and enjoy our FREE festival this July.

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Super Milk Wild Air Run

8 July at 10:00–18:00

St. Catherines Park – Lucan Demesne

Lucan, Dublin, Ireland

Super Milk Wild Air Run is coming to DUBLIN, ST.CATHERINE’S PARK for the very first time!

NEW 60 Metre Long Inflatable Water Slide!!
We are bringing you BIGGER & BETTER in 2017! New obstacles, new elements and a whole lot more fun!

Early Bird Tickets are ON SALE now for a limited time only @ wildairrun.com

The Super Milk Wild Air Run is an experience with a difference. All ages (7+) and fitness levels can enjoy Ireland’s first inflatable obstacle course.

Join the 20,000+ people that got involved and had EXTREME FUN in Summer 2016. The Wild Air Run craze is sweeping the nation!

Make sure you don’t miss OUT!

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The Inflatable Colour Run

14 July at 19:30–21:30

Newbridge Park and House

Donabate, Donabate Co Dublin

The Inflatable Colour Run is Bouncing into DUBLIN for a fantastic EVENING of fun!!!!!

Get the weekend started and enjoy a summers evening of colour at the Inflatable Colour Run – Dublin!
This one of a kind event combines all the best parts of an inflatable event, with an amazing Colour run, and the result is an EPIC, unmissable summer FUN event!
Suitable for all ages and ailities, so whether you want to run, walk, dance or bounce your way along the route- its totally up to you- its all about FUN!!!
inflatable colour run

 

Dublin Maker 2017

22 July at 10:00–18:00

Merrion Square

A day-long free festival of hackers, crafters, coders, DIYers and curious inventors

Attention all makers, tinkerers, inventors, hackers and do-it-yourselfers: A creative carnival of show and tell, Dublin Maker, is set to take over Merrion Square this Summer. Transforming it into a spectacular family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and we want you join us.

The open call for this year’s Dublin Maker is now open to all inventors, makers, hackers and creators. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast or a creative crafter, we’d love for you to apply for a place at our biggest Dublin Maker yet.

Each year, we welcome, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors of all ages and backgrounds. Dublin Maker’s mission is to entertain, inform and connect the makers of Ireland, while inspiring the next generation of Ireland’s makers and inventors and we want you to be part of it.

Take the opportunity to glimpse into the future, get hands-on and join the Maker Revolution. There’s nothing else like it. Remember, your project doesn’t need to be finished, and it definitely doesn’t need to be for sale. We want you to share how you make, so in-progress, hobbyist projects are A-OK!

You can get more information http://www.dublinmaker.ie/ or why not submit an idea http://www.dublinmaker.ie/open-call/

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 Bray Air Display

22 July at 12:00–22:00

Bray Seafront, Bray, Ireland

Join us for Day 1 of the #BrayAirDisplay ground events kick off at 12 noon. See http://www.brayairdisplay.com/ for more details.

The twelfth annual Bray Air Display will take place this year on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 2017. The festival is managed by Bray Summerfest with thanks to main supporter the Irish Aviation Authority, as well as Wicklow County Council and Bray.ie.

Awe-inspiring aerobatic acts from across Europe will take to the skies during this summer’s #BrayAirDisplay, which is supported by the Irish Aviation Authority. The award winning event will take place over two days again this year, on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 2017 and includes a Fun Fair, Hospitality Packages, Food & Craft Village, Live Music plus lots more. Great weekend of fun for all the family. See

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Malahide Has It 2017

28 July at 19:30 to 30 July at 23:00

Malahide Has It Festival​​

Malahide Festival is a feature of the Summer. It takes place in late July and details for next year’s Festival will be posted when available.

Bands, family activities, fairground … there will be something for everybody

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Teddy Bears Picnic

29 July at 14:00 to 30 July at 17:00

Wooly Ward’s Farm

Whitestown, Oldtown, Dublin

http://www.woolywardsfarm.com/teddy-bears-picnic/

Teddy Bears Picnic

Don’t miss our annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic on July 29th & 30th at Wooly Ward’s Farm. A fun filled day for all of the family with activities such as make your own Teddy Magnet, bring your Teddy to the Teddy Hospital for a check up,having a picnic with Goldilocks, decorating a Shortbread Teddy Bear, Magic Show, Animal Petting, Bouncy Castles and so much more!!

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Hope it gives you some ideas for what to do with your little ones over the summer! If there is anything you want to add just let me know :)

Enjoy!

Eimear xx

My Feeding Pal Review – Featuring Fiadh & Saoirse Blog!

Friday favourites: My Feeding Pal

Hey everyone!!
So last week we started a new thing called “Friday Favourites” where we write a post about something that we liked or found useful in the previous week.
My Friday favourite this week has to be the my feeding pal from accessories for babies. Eimear kindly sent out a feeding pal for me to try out with Saoirse and since Tuesday we’ve been using it non stop. The first time Saoirse used it she cried when there was no food left inside and I took it off her to refill 😂 that’s a good sign!!
So a bit about the feeding pal…

My Feeding Pal is a tool that helps introduce solids to your baby. It’s just the perfect size for baby to hold and comes with two different size teats to grow with your baby on their weaning journey. There’s also a removable cap that keeps the teat clean! The cap is handy for on the go too so you can fill the feeding pal with poor and don’t have to worry about it spilling.
One thing I love about the My Feeding Pal is the twistable handle!! There’s a plunger inside that pushes the food to the top. It’s a clever feature that ensures little food wastage.
Another feature I like is that the feeding pal can be put in the fridge when filled to cool down the food which helps with teething.
The Feeding Pal retails at €7.50 and is available from Accessories for babies online and Bella Baby are also stockists.
Would highly recommend this product for any mammies out there about to start their weaning journey or to help with teething. It would also make a great present for friends with new babies 😍
Any questions please leave a comment in the comments section below and we will get back to you 💜
Ciara x

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How to Promote Language at Home – Featuring The Speech Teacher

How to Promote Language at Home

First and foremost, I know that you, as parents of little ones, are the busiest humans on the planet. So my goal is to incorporate speech and language activities into your everyday routine and make things quick, simple, and natural. These suggested activities are simply a starting point and are meant to be interchangeable. If an activity feels good, try it. If it feels awkward or tricky, skip it!

Getting Dressed Activities:

You name it: When you’re getting your little one dressed, you can turn it into a multisensory learning experience. As you are putting on a clothing item (diaper, shirt, pants), name that item (and ONLY that item) out loud. When you do that, your child sees, touches, smells and hears that item – all at the same time.

Use simple language: For example, “put on” and “take off” may be 2 phrases that you work on during dressing time. These 2 phrases expose your child to a 2-word phrase: action words (put & take), and spatial words (on & off). Your child experiences these words within the context of dressing, which enhances the learning.

Be descriptive: Clothing items come in a variety of colors, textures, sizes, lengths, and shapes. That gives you so many things to talk about! Depending on your child’s level, you could do one of the following: label & teach the descriptor (“blue”); increase their phrase length (they say “blue” and you say, “blue shirt”); ask a question (“what color is your shirt?”); or have them follow a direction (“give me blue shirt”).

“Tubby Time” Activities:

Body parts: As you wash your child’s body parts, label them as you go. Focus on 2-4 at each bath and don’t move on until your little one is able to label (say) it or identify (touch) it. Maybe you sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes” and you take your child’s hands to touch each body part as you sing.  I always do a “slow review” after the song. That is, we go back and touch our head, our shoulders, knees, and toes slowly and simply.

Feel it out: The bath is a sensory experience and I like to focus on sensory words for this reason. Practice “wet” vs. “dry” as you go in and out of the bath. Try “fast” vs. “slow” as you slosh the water. Use “big” vs. “small” as you compare your body to theirs (e.g. “big hand” and “small hand”)

Bubbles, bubbles everywhere! The bath can be a time of great imagination and play. Whether you have a million bath toys or none, get creative! At the very least your baby can be popping soap bubbles. Bubbles are amazing because the words “bubble” and “pop” are easy first words.  You can also practice “more,” which is a great first word that can be used for a variety of purposes.  Bubbles also go “up” and “down,” which are easy concepts for your child to see, experience, and learn in the bath.

Meal Time Activities:

Let’s talk about food: Food is a motivating tool for a lot of kids and you can really build vocabulary here. If your child is watching you, verbally label all food items as you prepare the meal and throughout the meal experience. You can even use some gentle withholding. For example, if your child points to the cookie, you hold the cookie and label it simply, “cookie” and try not to give the cookie until your child attempts to label it back to you…but remember to give in once an attempt has been made!

It’s your choice: Meals are a good time to present choices. You can pick 2-3 items that are appropriate for the meal and have your child pick the one he/she wants to eat. If your child is not yet verbal, simply have them point to the wanted item when you present the choices.  Just remember to also provide a simple label for more complex labels – for example, your baby may not say “spaghetti” but you could work for “noodle” or “pasta” or “o’s” if it’s spaghetti o’s. 

Play Time Activities:

Read with me: Picture books are a great way to connect visuals with language. Start with simple books that have 1 picture per page. Point with your finger to the picture and say a 1-word label (“train”).  To test your child’s comprehension, say, “show me train” and have him/her point to the picture. Practice labeling items in the book by pointing to the item, saying the label and then pausing to look at the child to see if they are ready to attempt the imitation.

You’re an animal: It’s easier for your child to make animal sounds than words. For example, they may pick up a cow and say, “moo” before they label “cow.” So, provide your child with both the label and sound when showing he/she an animal (e.g. “cow” “moo”). You can also practice questions by asking, “what does the cow say?” and having your child make the sound. Once they have both the label and the sound, ask, “Who says moo?”

I SPY: This is a classic game because it is fun, and more importantly, it works! Start the game by identifying something that you spy, “I spy a truck,” and have your child identify that item by pointing or reaching toward the item. Remember: your child has to first identify an item before he/she can label You can then move on to simply giving hints: “I spy something yellow” or “I spy something big” to start introducing some descriptive concepts like color and size. Your child is ready to be the spy when he/she is at the 1-word level. You can start by saying the carrier phrase, “I spy…” and then let them fill in what they spy using their own 1-word label (e.g. “baby” “cheese” “cat” etc.) *A carrier phrase is usually 3ish words that stay the same and only the last word changes. They help children become exposed to common sentences. For example: “I want…” “I see a…” etc.

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Tips on Travelling with Toddlers

Tips on Travelling with Toddlers

Travelling with a toddler can be a daunting experience. Below I have outlined my top 5 tips on what to bring travelling with you.

No. 1 – Airplane Bag – With all the essentials – A new colouring book with crayons, Stickers,  a bib depending on their age, little toys, snacks, IPad – download videos / Cartoons or you can use Sky kids app which can be used offline, headphones, change of clothes, their toy /teddy  that brings them comfort. Jvc have great headphones that limit the volume so it protects their little ears.

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No. 2 – Buggy – This can go on as carry-on luggage and you can bring it right up to the plane. This time when travelling I decided to rent a buggy because I had too much to carry on my own. This was really handy. I had a bugaboo buggy when my little girl was a baby. I wouldn’t advise travelling with a bugaboo or any expensive buggy in an airplane as they are thrown around and can get damaged. We have a Maclaren Techno XT Stroller for this purpose. It is easy to use and doesn’t take up much space in the car. It has a lie down option so your little one can have a nap easily and feel comfortable in it.

maclaren techno tx

No.3 – Handbag essentials for yourself – Moisturiser, hand cream, water spray for your face, lip balm – I find Paw-Paw great. Power bank for charging your phone, ipad. head phones, ipod/music and I always bring a book, not that I ever get to read one lol! Dry hair shampoo. Portable speakers.

power bank

No. 4 – Handy push along case for toddlers we use the Trunki.  They can sit on them and you can pull them along or they can pull them along themselves.  When they get older they can use a Zinc Flyte Case Kids Scooter which has an integrated scooter for whizzing around the airport.

trunki

No. 5 – Sun screen – I always use factor UVB 50+  I find La Roche Posay the best. It has UVA and UVB protection. Always bring sunhats and sunglasses with UV protection for your kids and yourself.

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I have added links below if there is anything you are interested in purchasing.

https://www.trunki.co.uk

https://myshiningarmour.com/ie/tech/bando-power-bank/

http://www.boots.ie/la-roche-posay-anthelios-dermo-pediatrics-smooth-lotion-spf-50-100ml-10083899

http://www.mothercare.ie/maclaren-techno-xt-stroller-2013-model-black.html#tabs

http://www.bellababy.ie/bugaboocameleon3classicplustravelsystem-p-10341.html

Comparison is the Thief of Joy!

Why? Oh why,do we compare our babies? As a new mum,I’ve become so aware of the milestones and the box ticking that goes on with a new baby,especially in the first year. A lot of this is fuelled,and rightly so in the right context,by our health system. In the beginning it puts amazing pressure on you, weights, ounces, solids, hand eye coordination, clapping hands, smiling, sitting, farting…Lord you name it they’ve an “appropriate”age for it! This pressure wore off me in the later six months when Ned was well weaned, a big boy to say the least and content in my eyes. But I know many of my friends continued to feel the pressure for so many things and so many aspects of raising their little baby. Often,purely fuelled by comparison!

As Mum’s,hopefully,we have at this point in our own lives accepted ourselves as individuals and as different to our nearest and dearest in many ways. We’ve accepted that we are different to many of our friends, peers and work colleagues. And most of the time we have accepted we’re different in many ways to most of our family! So with that logic we should know that each baby is already different to its friends, peers, cousins, Instagram friend and so on.

Yet, us mothers torture ourselves weekly comparing our babies.

The worst comparison of all is the one made through social media. I post the good and the positive, rarely the bad and the negative. I refuse to post a picture of Ned mid tantrum or upset. I’m not going to press record on my insta story vlog whilst my husband and I are fighting! I’m not going to post a video of myself crying over spilt milk. I’m not going to publish my bank balance! Therefore Yes all will always look “perfect” or worse “normal” unless I choose to share. Don’t get me wrong all of us give insight and inferences to life’s daily struggle, of motherhood, marriage, career you name it but by choice with timing and often after the fact, the reality is still very different.

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Comparison really is the thief of joy because you are rarely making an accurate comparison. The old saying you don’t know what goes on behind closed doors is the truest of them all! So when browsing through an Instagram feed, insta story, Facebook, blog, whatever…. take a second to remember they are human, their baby is human, their husband is human and they choose what they share and how they share it!

We are all just getting through life one day at a time, nothing’s perfect because perfect doesn’t exist, it’s yet to be found, it’s yet to defined, perfect is as individual as us. Perfect is perfect to you and my perfect is definitely not yours and yours I’m sure is not mine! So don’t let your joy be stolen.

Love what you have, however it comes.

Comparison the Thief of all Joy – Theodore Roosevelt

Love Dee X

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Toddler Sleep Tips

Toddler Sleep tips

Here are Niamh’s 5 top tips to encourage stress free toddler bedtimes

  1. Consistent Bedtime Routine

We all learn through repetition and this is why consistency is key when helping your toddler to sleep independently.  Mixed messages make things unclear as they don’t know what to expect. Create a bedtime routine that suits your family and stick to it.  Don’t make it a convoluted process. Simple routines like Pyjamas – Drink/bedtime snack – Stories – Bed, work best.

  1. Darkness

These days it can be harder to encourage bedtime when it is still bright outside. Plan ahead. Shortly before bedtime, darken the room so that you are not trying to wind the kids down in full daylight. Use blackout blinds if you need to. Darkness encourages the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone! Encourage plenty of fresh air during the day too

  1. The Bedroom

Make sure that the bedroom is a peaceful place. There is one job to do here and that is to sleep. Too many distractions can overstimulate your little one at bedtime. Try to keep toys in the bedroom to a minimum.

  1. Nightmares

If your little one has night time fears, use a night light. But only if you have to. Remember that the darker the room, the better. We can also help them deal with nightmares by getting creative and talking about them. Children will be able to recall their nightmares the following day. Don’t ignore them. Talk about them. Get them to draw pictures and be open about their fears.

  1. Bed hoppers

If little ones are jumping in and out of bed at bedtime (and indeed overnight), get on the same page with your partner. You should both be responding to your toddler in the same manner. So, no good cop/bad cop. One message: It’s bedtime. Time for sleep.

Niamh’s bestselling book “No Fuss Baby and Toddler Sleep” will be in all bookstores from mid-May 2015.

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How to deal with fussy eaters – Mom Fitness Diary

HOW TO DEAL WITH CHILDREN THAT ARE FUSSY EATERS

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I constantly receive many emails from desperate mother asking me for advice as they go through so much with children that are fussy eaters.

It can be really frustrating as a mother, as you want the best for your kids, and to see them eat unhealthy stuff or not eating at all could be a challenge for some parents.

So here are a few tips that might help you hide healthy ingredients in their diet. Or even try to change their taste palettes to like fruit and vegetables.

If you are pregnant of have a small baby my straight away advice is:

Don’t give solids to your baby before 6 months.

Don’t start giving them fruits. Start always with vegetables and use mashed fruits just as a little dessert after their veggie soup. Carrot is always a good start for a first meal. Then you can start to add some potato to the carrot mash, then some greens. This way you will guarantee the love for vegetables for your little ones.

Now, If you have toddlers DO NOT give them sugary cereals. I don’t think many mothers realise the danger of giving them such high sugars for breakfast to our kids.

When they eat these sugary cereals their sugars level rise straight up, and as they are fast digested, the sugar levels come down straight away, causing more hunger within a few minutes of eating.

When sugar levels are down our bodies crave more carbs (more sugar), so if at this point (in the middle of the morning) you give them some fruit they might refuse it, as their brain is craving something high in sugar, so they will refuse the healthy option and this becomes a cycle.

This works the same way for adults so the more sugar we eat the more sugar our bodies ask us for.

The 2 things that are a big no in my house are: sugary cereals and fizzy drinks.

For breakfast I, always  give my boys oats with fruit and seeds. It is the best option, is healthy, full of fiber, it digest slowly and its delicious.

If your kids love nuggets and hate veggies I would advise you to make the nuggets yourself and blend the chicken breast with some veggies. Particularly peas, as it not only will give them a sweet flavour, it will add a lot of nutritional value to them.

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Blend a few slices of whole meal bread and use them as breadcrumbs for extra fiber. You can make a batch and freeze them and you can cook from frozen.

Smoothies

As you might have heard before, they are a good option to get them to eat some fruit. If you prepare smoothies, always add some spinach to them. They won’t be able to taste the spinach and you are also adding some essential greens into their diet.

Also, smoothies can be frozen in the shape of lollipops, and it’s another great way to make them eat them.

My boys love this smoothie: 250ml of milk, 1 green apple, 1 banana and a handful of spinach.

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Soups

Are an amazing option to hide as many vegetables as you can. Also presentation goes a long way. My kids never resist a ‘soup rabbit’ like the one pictured above.

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Meat balls are another great option. I always make them with some grated carrot and celery and sometimes I even add chopped spinach. It’s a great way to sneak veggies into your kids diet.

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Pasta sauce is an incredible way to hide a lot of vegetables. Here is an amazing recipe: 1 carrot, 1/4 onion, 3 tomatoes, 1/4 red pepper, 1 courgette, 1 celery stick. Sauté all ingredients with oil and then just blend! no need to add water unless the sauce is too thick. Add some stock cube and basil to season them up.

pasta

Using the same veggie sauce from the pasta dish you can create pitta pizzas! Most kids love them and they are much more healthier than frozen processed pizzas. Top them with veggies and more likely they will eat those veggies that they usually don’t like.

pitta pizza

My banana pancakes are an amazing option to swap high sugary breakfast for a healthier nutritional breakfast: Simply blend 1 banana, 1/2 cup of oats, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon and cook as regular pancakes.

pancakes

TREATS

Banana ice-cream is great to hide different types of fruits. You can make this by blending frozen bananas and frozen berries. Add some unfrozen bananas to get the blender going.

frozen ice cream

General Tips:

  • Print food related colouring pages for them to colour and get familiar with different foods. Especially vegetables as you colour with them tell them: “what is this?” “it’s called broccoli! it’s yummy” and then go to the fridge and show them the broccoli and say: ” Look the broccoli like the one you are colouring! Oh mammy loves it yummy” etc, etc and this way it might help them to get familiar with certain foods
  • Make them follow your example. Make them see you constantly eating healthy food and offer them a bite of different foods so they get the taste of it.
  • Give them a middle morning snack and an afternoon snack but don’t let them binge too much or else they won’t be hungry by the time their main meal comes.
  • Print a rainbow and make a platter full of veggies with all the colours in the rainbow and do an activity about eating the colours on the rainbow.
  • Be patient and be happy with every small success. If you can squeeze 2 vegetables a day in some way or another it should make you very happy
  • Allow them to participate in the cooking process. This will get them interested in eating what they cooked.
  • Have a positive attitude when they are eating and hide your frustrations on the matter as they will be more likely to refuse foods if they see you stressed as it would stress them as well.
  • Make a reward chart. And every time they eat something healthy they can be rewarded with something that is not food and it is inexpensive. You can make them fill up a jar with beans or dry pasta every time they eat healthy and once is filled they can get a little toy or take them to the park or somewhere fun.
  • Don’t give up. No matter what you go through don’t give up. Teaching kids about good nutrition is the best thing you could ever do for your kids.
  • Keep offering diversity of foods. Some kids can refuse certain foods 10 times, until they actual taste them, and then they will start to love them afterwards.

Hope this tips help you all mammas, and to get more tips and recipes be sure to check my website: www.ursulawalsh.com and my social media channels:

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