Feb 28, 2018 - Blog    No Comments

Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Collection from Penneys

I hope you are all wrapped up on this very cold and snowy Wedding Wednesday.  Last week I was very lucky to be invited to a showcase for the wedding collection from Penneys.  The showcase was so pretty and took place in a gorgeous venue complete with beautiful decor.  There were lots of lovely items on show to cover all aspects of a wedding. Some of the items are in shops now and some will be arriving in March and more in May.

My favourite items from the showcase have to be the travel bag and flip flops.  The flip flops are for both brides and bridesmaids so will be great for getting ready on the morning of the wedding or for the evening to relieve sore feet.  I can’t wait to get my hands on them.

The bag is perfect for packing if you are staying away the night before the wedding or even for a hen.  This is definitely something I will be purchasing.

Another item which really caught my eye is the large sun hat.  It doesn’t really serve much purpose for me as I’m not going to a beach but I want it anyway.

A firm favourite for many people seems to be the pyjamas.  These once again are for both a bride and bridesmaid and they also come in a nightdress.  These are currently in shops and are priced at €5 for the pyjamas and €8 for the nightdress.  I’m not normally one for “popular” … Read the rest

Feb 26, 2018 - Blog    No Comments

Week 9: Show some Heart

It is week 9 of 52 weeks of kindness and this week’s challenge is all about participating in a nationwide appeal.    This week’s act of kindness is to

Show some Heart and buy a temporary tattoo

Heart disease is the number one killer in Ireland.  The Irish Heart Foundation need to raise €250k to fight against heart disease and stroke. By purchasing a  tattoo, you are donating directly to the Irish Heart Foundation.  10,000 people in Ireland die from heart disease and stroke every year.  Having spent time being treated in a  stroke clinic, I can assure you, it really isn’t a place you want to be.  The Irish Heart Foundation states that 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable.

Purchasing a tattoo will assist with stroke support groups, blood pressure checks, CPR training and free nurse advise.  This work is life-saving.

Show some heart and donate today.  You can donate by purchasing a tattoo from Insomnia, buying one online from the Irish Heart Foundation or donating a larger sum of money directly to the Irish Heart Foundation. https://irishheart.ie/… Read the rest

Feb 24, 2018 - Blog    No Comments

Week 8: Support Dogs for the Disabled

Dogs are one of life’s greatest joys.  Not only are they adorable and loyal companions, they are also incredible helpers.  This week’s act of kindness is to:

Support Dogs for the Disabled

Last week, I was fortunate enough to meet two service users and a beautiful dog named Derry.  Derry helped his owner open and close doors, get dressed, retrieve items, switch lights on and off and assist with day to day activities.

These dogs are fantastic and they need your help.  Dogs for the Disabled receive no government funding.   There are a number of ways to help but perhaps the easiest is to test PUPS to 50300 to donate €4.

Instagram users should follow the_life_of_ivy where you will be able to keep up-to-date with the training of an assistance puppy.  The gorgeous Ivy will show you just how special a dog for the disabled really is.… Read the rest

Feb 24, 2018 - Blog    No Comments

Week 7: Tell Someone you Love them

This week’s act of kindness is very much influenced by Valentine’s Day.  It is all about letting people know how great they are.

Tell someone you love them

Let someone special in your life know how much they mean to you.  This could be a partner, friend, family member or pet.  Tell someone how much you appreciate them and how grateful you are for them.  It is a very simple idea, but it will make a difference to someone in your life.  Share some love, happiness and appreciation this week.… Read the rest

Feb 8, 2018 - Blog    Comments Off on Week Six: Celebrate Galentine’s Day

Week Six: Celebrate Galentine’s Day

Fans of Parks and Recreation will be familiar with the idea of Galentine’s Day.  On the day before Valentine’s Day, the legendary Lesley Knope honoured the most important women in her life.  This week’s challenge (well technically it is sort of focused on next week) is to do the same thing:

Celebrate your girls

This February the 13th, plan something nice for the fantastic women in your life.  If possible, organise a breakfast or lunch, have a nice dinner, host a movie night, have a cup of tea and a chat or just make a phone call and tell your friend / family member how much they mean to you.  There are plenty of ways to celebrate your girls and have a special and meaningful Galentine’s Day.  It can become your new annual tradition.… Read the rest