Can I still  say Happy New Year? 

I realise we are at the beginning of February but Happy New Year! I’m slightly late to the party but better late than never. I feel like I’ve actually been in hiding all of December. I was preparing for my surprise visit home to Australia and it was best for me to avoid being on social media as much as possible as no doubt I would be the one to let it slip. I’ve always wanted to do a surprise like that and it was everything I imagined. And I imagined that moment a lot! It really was a special Christmas; Lucille’s first surrounded by her entire family both from Australia and Ireland. She won’t remember any of it of course but it was very special for me to be able to share a hot, noisy Christmas with her just as I did growing up. The flight from Dublin to Melbourne was a whole other story and one that caused me a lot of stress both in the lead up and in the sky but she did surprisingly well and a dear friend reminded me before I left; the flight is temporary and I reminded myself of that every minute she was awake. Continue reading


Holiday Fun

Holiday Fun


You have  probably all heard or seen by now that I am on holidays at home in Melbourne. With such a jam packed trip there isn’t a minute to spare in between all the coffees, celebrations, sitting in the sun and of course babysitting the real lovetomtom. Not that I would have it any other way of course!

While I get my dose of family and Melbourne life, here are a few things to keep you along the ride with me. If you haven’t seen it already, check out part one of my Long Haul Flight Essentials video. Part two is coming but if I’m honest it was rather an unpleasant flight to Melbourne and  there are only so many ways to say ‘and then I vomited’ but seeing as I have to take the horrendous journey home to Dublin there will be a part two.

I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to celebrate my wedding with my Aussie family so out came my wedding outfit and we had a lovely celebration at Trunk Restaurant and Bar followed by coffee and cake at Bruntetti, an old favourite Melbourne spot. To top the night off we had a lovely catch-up with our extended family and friends and I had such a great night I had no time to take any photographs!

A trip home is very different to any other holiday. It is jam-packed, emotional and there is never enough time to fit it all in. I’m trying to take full advantage of every moment spent with my family and friends and a little less time with technology which I’m sure you will all understand. Don’t worry though you can stay in touch on Instagram which is where I’m posting a few holiday snaps in between all the hugs and kisses with the real lovetomtom.




What’s on my fridge

What’s on my Fridge


What's on my fridge

The very first time I left home and packed my life into a suitcase to start a new adventure,  a dear friend of mine gave me a gift, a fridge magnet. An ideal gift of home and friendship that didn’t take up too much space. Since then, it doesn’t matter where I live or how long for, I always decorate the fridge!

My current kitchen is tiny and anyone who has a tiny kitchen knows you have to be well organised and use what little space you have wisely. Of course every item has its place and there is great hysteria (from me) if they are not in their well thought out place, but you can only work with what you’ve got. Despite all the downfalls of my little kitchen, I have been able to style it in a way that has made it one of my favourite rooms of the house.

However, when it comes to what’s on my fridge, no styling is necessary. More is more! I figure I’m bound to go to the fridge about a hundred times a day so I want it (along with the food I’m grabbing) to spark all sorts of lovely images and memories, and what better way to do that than with bits of life stuck all over it.

It’ simple, if it makes it to the fridge, it is super special!

A dear friend always reminds me

Love letters

Travel, love letters, pictures, places, that’s what’s on my fridge.

What’s on yours?