Review: Family holiday in Holland

Family holiday in Holland: Efteling Theme Park

Family holiday in Holland: Efteling Theme Park

When I told friends I was going to Holland on holidays this summer a lot of them just assumed I was sneaking off on a mini-break with Daddy Chambers and leaving the kids at home. Au contraire my friends! The four of us took off and spent a week exploring the North Brabant region of the Netherlands. So I thought I’d share our experience, where we went, where we stayed and how much the beer is (us parent’s have to have some fun, right?!)  Continue reading

Review: Rathwood Teddy Bear Picnic

Rathwood Teddy Bear Picnic

Aidan and Daddy Bear enjoying the Rathwood Teddy Bear Picnic

I’m currently on holidays from the day job and when we returned from abroad last week it was safe to say I had the post holiday blues. When the kind folk at Rathwood asked us if we would like to experience their Teddy Bear Picnic event, we jumped at the chance. I figured it would be a nice way to round off the holliers.  Continue reading

An absolutely brilliant family weekend in Birr

Birr Castle Treehouse

Aidan and Sarah leg it towards to treehouse in the grounds of Birr Castle

Birr is not the first town that comes to mind when trying to organise a family weekend away. We’re just back from the Offaly town and I’m here to tell you that it’s the business. Indeed it’s perfect for a family weekend away and we’ll be back again.  Continue reading

Ninja Professional Stackable Chopper – My new favourite kitchen gadget

Ninja Professional Stackable Chopper

The Ninja Professional Stackable Chopper

I have two kids who hate vegetables but I refuse to not let them eat veg. I try my best to conceal them in dishes, which often means chopping veg up into teeny tiny pieces. I hate chopping though, so I decided to invest in a Ninja Professional Stackable Chopper and I genuinely don’t know how I lived without it up until now!

I’ve owned various choppers in the past, some electric but mostly those ones you have to manual press down on, that basically aren’t worth a damn. However, the Ninja Professional Stackable Chopper, is the dogs b*llix of choppers and I’ve used it every single day since I bought it from Amazon.

So obviously the Ninja Professional Stackable Chopper does exactly what it says on the tin. It chops things. But it makes everything so much quicker. I’m a slow manual chopper but the new gadget has me flying through meal prep. I don’t just chop vegetables, I have chopped anything and everything in it since buying it about a month ago.

Today I used it to prep our dinner, a spaghetti bolognese and it was on the hob and cooking away in record time. I usually work at home on a Wednesday and make dinner at lunch time. Normally my whole lunch break is taken up with prepping and cleaning up after making the dinner. Today though, thanks to the Ninja Professional Stackable Chopper, I was done and dusted in half and hour and had time to sit down with a cuppa before I had to go back to work.

Anyway, today I chopped a big onion, four carrots and four stalks of celery for the spag bol. They were sufficiently chopped small enough for Aidan and Sarah after a couple of seconds. I always put rashers in my spag bol and my new gadget even chopped them up perfectly. After that I washed it out and lobbed in the Parmesan and basil and blasted that in it.

At the weekend I made homemade chicken fried rice and wanted the chicken chopped smaller than usual and my new machine came up trumps again. Daddy Chambers uses it every day to make his overnight oats and I’m only dying to make things such as salsa and coleslaw in it.

So there you have it, the Ninja Professional Stackable Chopper has revolutionised how I work in the kitchen. It speeds me up no end, which is always a big plus for a busy parent.

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Look Fantastic Beauty Box; because I’m worth it!

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I will never turn my hand to beauty blogging, well, because I wouldn’t be very good at it. I own lots of make up but I’m no expert, I like a good shampoo and I like to keep gel nails on all the time but that’s as far as it goes for me. Continue reading

Our favourite kids books and where we get them

favourite kids books

Charlie Byrne’s in Galway; the best book shop I’ve ever been to and where we get our favourite kids books

I’m a bit late in the day with this but I said I’d do a small post on Aidan and Sarah’s favourite books considering it’s World Book Day. Continue reading