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Places to visit in Donegal!

This year we went to Donegal for the second year in a row and I am pretty positive that we will be going again next year. It is just such a lovely place, relaxed, quiet and beautiful.
We stayed in Portsalon which is right on the seafront and the beach in Portsalon was also voted number two most beautiful beach in the world by the observer magazine. As you can imagine it is simply wonderful.
I thought I would do a little list of the places that we really enjoyed so that if you are ever in Donegal then you will have some ideas of where to visit!

In Portsalon there were two beach’s.
My girl loved the little one down the hill and it seemed to be very popular with the children staying in and around Portsalon. It was a lovely beach with some sand, rocks to climb on and you could also go pier diving here, they also had pedalos to rent, banana boat rides, a little shop with snacks and water sport gear, a restaurant, a bar and one thing that I would recommend you avoid- a take away chip shop.
This beach was very busy because of all that it had to offer. With Dylan not being a lover of crowds and I am very similar myself and would rather some space too we decided the other beach was better for us.
The bigger beach is a 5 minute walk from the little one, so it’s very handy. It is also beside the golf course in-case you want to play a spot of golf while away. I loved this beach because it has a lot of open space to walk, rocks with many rockpools to explore and it was so quiet! Perfect!

Another place we visited was Tropical world, it is a simply wonderful place. It has many animals that you wouldn’t generally get to see and all seem very well cared for and happy. It also has a butterfly house which is lovely and filled with many different butterflies. My little girl loved this part especially when one landed on her! They also have times for handling some of the animals, when we were there we got the chance to hold a snake and a bearded dragon! They also have a dinosaur part with moving dinosaurs, and a soft play bit too! You can come and go from here for the day too, and I would highly recommend the café beside here we went and all thoroughly enjoyed our paninis and the cake afterwards! It was delicious and very relaxed for the children too.
This would be a great day out for in the rain as the majority of it is inside and you could easily spend all day here.

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Somewhere else that we found that was good for in the rain, or just to do something a little different was a place called Arena 7. It has a wide range of things, we really enjoyed the arcade machines where you won tickets for those most amazing prizes we all loved as kids, bowling, pool tables, and the wonderful soft play. They also had a restaurant there that apparently is very good, but we didn’t try it as Amellia got a kid’s meal in the soft play and she thoroughly enjoyed it and it was all very reasonably price! We went here on a rainy day and were very surprised with how quiet it was, we had lots of fun here and what really made it a great experience was that on the door they had an autism awareness sticker.

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If you are looking for a spot of shopping Letterkenny has got a range of recognisable high street shops all next to each other. You could also head down to Donegal town for a spot of shopping in different little shops and to the craft village there which has some local craft in it and a beautiful little restaurant that was again very relaxed but particularly tasty! They were very accommodating for the children and said they could have anything they fancied on the menu and they would do a smaller portion! Perfect for my food loving little girl!

Another little spot to eat that is simply wonderful is The Curlew Café, If you love seafood you must visit here if you are close by! It is all locally sourced and in a really cosy and friendly little place. All of the food is homemade and the lady there is very welcoming and happy to chat with the kids. Along with being a lovely little restaurant it also has some beautiful unique crafts inside to. We went here last year and we visited this year and we will again next time we are in Donegal.
img_9131Rathmullen is also a lovely little village with a long beach to walk along, several restaurant, take aways, bars, play park and a boat that you can take across to the other side to do some more exploring! On this beach we found rather a lot of starfish and Amellia loved rescuing them and putting them back into the sea. Surprisingly we also found lots of starfish here last year too! Maybe you will be lucky to spot some too! =]
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There we go, a few ideas of where to visit if you are in and around Portsalon in Donegal =]
-WeeOhana

 

 

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My Sunday Photo – 09.07

On Saturday we went for a lovely walk in the sun! Well, it had lovely views, but it was extremely steep on both the way up and way down! Not ideal for with a pram or a small child that loves to run as she made us run up the hills and I was running after her down them to make sure she didn’t trip and fall! She loved climbing the trees too!
Hope you have had a lovely weekend and next week goes well for you! =]img_7972img_7951img_7957img_7964img_7966

-WeeOhana

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Early Christmas Present <3

My absolutely wonderful husband treated me to the most amazing early Christmas present!

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Nutmeg. My new beautiful baby! We call her Meg, but I choose Nutmeg as she is the same kind of colour as Nutmeg and it reminds me of chirstmas and she was a christmas present! As soon as I went to see her, I knew that she would be part of my ohana! Infact.. as soon as I saw the advert for her I fell in love! My sister had recently bought Megs foal and I had went up to see her with my sister and she is such a lovely a horse, my sister has called her Cub! When I saw her I thought she was lovely, super friendly and just beautiful! So as soon as the advert for Meg was up my sister tagged me in it, and I just knew straight away I had to go and see her!

This is my sisters horse Cub;
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Aren’t they both just simply beautiful?

Meg is stabled in a beautiful livery yard just a five minuite drive from my house which is just super! All the people there seem super lovely and I have already started to make friends there which is super, as I am sure that other mums reading this know that it is pretty hard to try and “find” friends whenever you are with them, you always end up being “whoevers mum” and just chat in the playground really! At least thats how I find it!

Getting Meg has already started to really help me, I have had a pretty tough year this year and discovered a few things about myself which are always going to affect me, so having an outlet and somewhere for me to relax and get some “me time” is just fantastic! Not only that but she is so calm and loving! She hasn’t been in my life that long but we have got an obvious bond already! She chases me about the sand-school whenever I run about with her and is always so happy to see me, she is just wonderful! She has only recently been broken, but is very quiet and willing to please! Meg is coming on leaps and bonds and I myself can’t even believe how quickly she is progressing! I think as she is building my confidence I am building hers which is perfect really! The next thing to tackle is jumping.. may wait until my sister is with me to do that though 😛

Meg is a 14.3hh Welsh x Haflinger and is just simply beautiful! Has a wonderful nature and no badness, Well maybe likes to shove you a little, but she will soon learn =D

Here are some more pictures of my beautiful girl!
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Do any of you have a horse/pony? I would love to see a picture and hear some advice!
Seems my Wee Ohana, is getting a bit bigger pretty quickly!
WeeOhana xx

 

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A Miracle! – The Rabbit who wants to fall asleep!

Recently there has been a lot of people ranting and raving about how fantastic the book “The rabbit who wants to fall asleep” is! Being the person I am I thought that it would never work.. but seeing more and more reviews and people going crazy for it, I thought I had to give it a shot!

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If you haven’t heard of this book, it is written by the Swedish psychologist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin. She promises to have a child nodding off in no time, with a perfect combination of sentence structure and hypnotic words. Now my child is a very energetic one, and she did use to sleep really well, but as of recent it has taken a long time to get her to go to sleep, especially in her own bed! We tried the usual of star charts, getting to go places if she went to sleep first time and slept in her own bed.. everything! Nothing seemed to be working.. Until now!

The way the book works is that is gives suggestions to your child without your child really realizing that it is time to sleep, and to relax. It is important that you look at this book yourself first before you read it to your child as at the front it explains to you what all the different text styles mean in book. for example, if it is italics you read the words slowly and in a calm voice. It really helps to familiarize yourself with the book first before trying to read it right off the bat! There is also an audiobook of it which you can listen to with your child, or as I did, I listened to it first to see how it was intended to be read!

Here is the link to the audio of it on youtube! You could also play this to your child!

When I first got the book I was a bit thrown back by how long it was, 10 pages with small writing on them! My initial reaction was that.. she is never going to stay still long enough for me to finish this and i going to be up there for ages trying to get her to stay still and to listen to the whole book.. but I didn’t let this out me off! I went on with and thought that I would give it a chance!
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Night 1 – She didn’t want to lay down, I got quizzed about every character, she didn’t like the wizard and she didn’t like the name of the snail. Though as I continued to read the story to her I could see that it was making her tired, and she didn’t like this! She was shaking her head, holding her eyes open and the such, fighting lovely sleep! Why would you do that! I left her room after reading it to her and she was asleep very quickly and didn’t come down stairs at all.. normally it would be at least three times! I was then convinced that she was on to what this book was wanting and would not be letting me read it to her again!

Night 2 – When she was doing her night time routine of going to the toilet and brushing her teeth she asked me would I read her the sleepy book again and would I call the rabbit something different and not do the wizard bit with the magic dust as it got in her eyes, so I did this. She didn’t ask as many questions about the book and lay down the whole time! She asked me to sit on the floor so that she could put her ffeet of the duvet and rolled over and was actually listening to the story without 1001 questions and was so close to sleeping! Though again she didn’t come down once and I’m assuming she was asleep very quickly! This gave me a bit more hope about the book, as it was obviously helping her get to sleep!

Night 3(tonight) – She wasn’t as convinced that she wanted the same story again (I don’t blame her!) but I told her that I would change the names to whatever she wanted again and then she was excited for it again! She lay in her bed and I sat on the floor from the start so that she would be able to get comfy! At the start she was asking me questions and could I change the story etc.. So I tried to a bit!(oops sorry!) Though it was just missing out certain bits that I knew got her asking questions etc .. she curled up to how she normally falls asleep before the first page had finished and then stopped asking questions, was shuffling about so I carried on reading.. by some miracle she was asleep by page four! I was amazed.. I came skipping downstairs to my husband to let him know how quickly she had fallen asleep, without any questions or being told to lay day several times! She just did it all by herself! This book really works!

Now for my review and honest thoughts on it all;
It is absolutely fantastic that this book made her go to sleep while I was reading it, even if it wasn’t the first night, it clearly helped her relax greatly! I am still amazed that a book could help her fall asleep and that she didn’t get bored by it, or tell me that she wanted something else! I can see how it works because the amount of times that the word sleep/relax is incorporated into the story! I’m hoping to read it to her one more night and then be able to read her other stories and she will fall asleep to any one as she knows that she can then relax and listen to the story rather than asking 101 questions about why someone is saying what, or doing what etc! I wouldn’t want to be reading her this book every night mainly because at the moment there is only one and she will quickly bore of it, though they do plan to make more!  Also because I rather enjoy letting her chose a book at bed time! I do think I will incorporate this book into our life though! If she has had a long day, is going to have a long day the next day, or has something stressful (first day of preschool) etc coming up I will read it to her then!
So; if you have a child who is difficult at bed time, i really urge that you try out this book! You will not know what has happened! Give it a few days though and don’t expect it to work straight away! You must try it though!  :]

If you do end up trying it let me know how you get on with it!
I hope you are as amazed as me!
WeeOhana

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Sewing class!

I really must apologize for how long it has been since I lasted blogged. Something very tragic happened and we have been coping with that along with other news too! Moving on from that though…

I went on a sewing course with my sister which her lovely friend Jools teaches! This made it a lot easier seeing as I had never used a sewing machine in my life, and I was pretty convinced that I was going to fail at using one! I thought I was going to be heading to A&E after it with a needle stuck through my hand or something! Though I didn’t!

I first of all started my day with a very sweaty little girl roasting me awake! I looked at the clock and sprang out of bed, all excited for my new experience! So, I got a shower and got myself ready for a child free day.. they do exist! :O and started on my journey! My sister lives about a forty minute drive from my house, so as I was driving along I was just enjoying the sunshine and some head space for myself! Where my sister lives is just beautiful, every time I am there, even if it is just sitting in the car picking her up I get a sense of jealousy! Its such a lovely and peaceful place! Me & my sister had discussed what to wear before I had left my house.. and it being such a sunny day we deiced on sunshine clothes! Little summer dress & shorts… we should have guessed really.. but it ended up raining! It was then onwards to pick up Jools and head to our class! Though not before picking up a lovely caramel Latte!

We then went to the shop where Jools teaches some lovely folk how to use a sewing machine! When we first sat down she started to explain the machines, what everything did and how to do everything.. I got extremely lost and confused! Though she then showed us our fabric and told us she would explain things step by step as we went along.. phew what a relief! Here was my wonderful set-up. I was very excited and intrigued to get started!
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As things progressed, and my sister and I discovered we need to use an iron… seriously, we were very shocked.. the only thing that gets ironed in this house is my hubbies work shirts, and he generally does that! So this was a whole new experience too! (I jest..kind of!)

After lots of chatting & guidance on what I was doing I was getting very excited by how my bag was starting to take shape! It wasn’t as stressful as I was expecting thankfully!
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Here is an action shot of my sister, who was deep in concentration!
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As you can see we both went for the same material, but its so awesome! It also matches the changing bag that I have for my little boy and has now found a lovely home staying safe in there for any shop visits I have! I used to always end up going and having to buy a bag as I always forgot to carry one with me! Now I have my very own handmade bag, I will always have a bag handy.. and with how my sewing went, it has very sturdy handles!

Jools had to help me to re thread the machine several times, as I just couldn’t get the hang of that! Then as we were nearing finishing our bags, I was starting to get the hang of it! I was super chuffed that my sister and I both ended up with near perfect bags and in such a beautiful pattern! I wouldn’t have been able to do it at all if I hadn’t had the guidance from Jools! It was such a fun experience and I would highly recommended it! We chatted, laughed and just had lots of fun while being productive! Thank you Jools and I am pretty sure my sister and I will be back to do the cushion course shortly!

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How excited does my sister and myself look about our complete bags! We just couldn’t wait to use them that we had to stop on the way home to go to a shop and test them out! We then went to Jools house for a lovely lunch before heading out for a nosey at a few other shops!

I enjoyed myself so much that I am now looking at getting myself a sewing machine and making lots or other crafty makes! My daughter already has a request in for some clothes for her babies! eek! Any advice on what sewing machine you guys would go for? I’m so confused .. there is like 1000000 different ones!

I will be blogging again soon my lovelies!
WeeOhana xx

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Baby Wearing!

Who baby wears? I have recently discovered how amazing it is! For starters its like having a constant cuddle from you baby, Who doesn’t love that!? A few people on my birth board baby wear, so this is where I first really got the idea from seeing there pictures and thinking it looked great and babys all seemed so happy! Also with having a hyperactive three year old and a baby who has started to want to interat too.. its pretty tiring and hard trying to keep on top of it all! Having him in the baby carrier enables me to be able to do arts and crafts with her with both my hands, rather than having to help my little man sit up and try and help her.. which just doesn’t work! Now he is happy talking away to me in his carrier and feeling feathers etc, while I aid her in doing the task at hand!

Do any of you baby wear? Does it make your life easier and whih one do you us? Mine is a Connecta! I looked through all the designs that they had and instantly fell in love with one that was out of stock, I was rather disapointed and was sure no where else would have it.. but took to google and found it here! I was so excited that I Imediatly ordered it, I couldn’t have been more ipressed with how fast it was recieved!  I ordered it late on Tuesday night, so it was posted Wednesday and I recieved it today! (Thursday) and look at just how awesome it is! 

   

How could I resist that awesome design right! I’m so in love with it and he is so happy in it! I know my love for it will just grow.. though im sure the hubby s hpoing it doesn’t grow too much so that I want another one ;] Another Connecta that is! Not another baby! 

This is his cheeky little face ❤ he adores it! Well does so far ;]

 

I’ll keep you guys up to date with how we get on with it! I’m rather excited for the summer time and to be able to go out for walks and exploring with them both! Colleting leaves and the such for some art and the such! 

Other baby weares, does he look like he is in it right? What type of expiditions have you done with your little ones in them? =]

WeeOhana .. excited for some adventures!