“Seeing” dead people.

September 28, 2016

I spoke to my husband about how I *really* wanted to use this title even though it has perfect associations with the weird horror film ‘The sixth sense’ where a wee lad actually sees dead people.

It goes something like this…

“How often do you see them?
Cole Sear: “All the time. They’re everywhere. ”

What a skill set, eh?

Or like Mel Gibson in the movie ‘What women want’ where he hears what women think ALL THE TIME.  Sure you’d make a fortune.

I digress.

My point being that with a title like “Seeing dead people” you’d be forgiven for thinking I had paranormal abilities.

But I do not.

If you’re looking for ouija boards (a guy I fancied at the holiday camp site when I was 10 said he tried ouija board. Said he and his sister lifted off the floor. He also told me that he owned his own motorbike and had snogged twenty girls that Summer, so it’s fair to say he might be a liar), karma instincts and/or a deep rooted sense of ghosts you will, sadly, not find that here.

I am a complete scaredy cat if truth be told.

I grew up in the countryside and when I locked my pony’s “stable” (which was the old cattle pen within a big shed) I would sprint the one hundred metres across the yard to make sure I was clear of the dark, the leprechaun my uncle told me resided behind the big shed, or any kind of “bad men”.

This post is more about “seeing” my deceased Dad in the bodies and brains of my three children, my brother, and I guess, myself. Continue Reading…


Weekend winners 25.09.16

September 25, 2016

This week has been a blur of wonder and chaos.

I had wholesale orders, met with friends visiting from London, sold originals like hot cakes, and finally set up times for my assistant to come work. Progress guys, progress!

Sometimes I can’t see the wood for the trees with all the cool things that are happening yetI  would be the first to tell someone that “the first year of a baby’s life is the trickiest”, so I’m remembering that. The wee man needs me and in many ways all I want is to be with him so opportunities for walks are taken and cuddles stop me in my tracks.

I am really excited about this weekend’s wellbeing links for you just because I had time to read the cool and/ or funny links and enjoyed them so much. Continue Reading…

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Weekend wellbeing 18.09.2016

September 18, 2016
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My special edition Golden gate bridge is now LIVE on the shop, click here.

I am pretty behind on making this post for you as it is 5pm on Sunday evening but I had an AMAZING week and fun weekend that it is worth being a little off track for.

I hope you have had a good one.

Last week somehow I managed to be organised which for me (our family) is by no means the norm. Work and play were on high demand for every one of us (my kids have a better social life than me sometimes!) so I had no choice but to knuckle down and apply myself! Continue Reading…


A photo walk how to |Insta meet Belfast

September 13, 2016
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When we think of a photo walk there can be an association with senior citizens in hiking shoes, binoculars, an old tripod and maybe some walking sticks. 

Or, at times I imagine my husband with his geography classes on a field trip in Newcastle county down and maybe a wee stick that has a rotating circle on the end that detects every metre you walk!

But that is not what a photo walk is.

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A photo walk is unique to the group who attend, it is an opportunity to meet like minded people, spot some cool areas or objects, point your camera at them, edit in camera or at home, then talk about and share what you have after the event.

Mel and I are doing just that in Belfast on Saturday as part of World insta meet day. Details in the image above. Continue Reading…


Weekend wellbeing 11.09.2016

September 11, 2016
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The champagne special edition print is now LIVE on my shop! Buy here

I know I  say it a whole lot but a weekly post with a dates means that I have flash backs of sitting pregnant in March making them and then almost fall off my sofa when I see it’s five months later. Time flies doesn’t it!? Continue Reading…


24 hours in Soho NYC- a guide

September 7, 2016
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If you’ve been around my blog for more than 48 hours you will know that I love NYC (I even have art prints here and here you can buy of NYC). I talk about it a whole lot- sorry.

It so happens that I have around 30 great friends who live there so my connection to the city itself is not based on tourism but more on community and a love for some of it’s people.

As a result of visiting there two or three times each year I get asked quite a bit about places to visit.

I am not always sure how to respond as we do many of the same routes and eating when we visit various parts of the city- mainly downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Soho and Midtown.

Often I visit NYC and spend so little money or I don’t even darken the door of a clothes store.

This is mainly because I really just love the vibe of the city and to see our crew of friends, all of whom I met because of Camp Treetops. This was a camp I worked at when I was 18 and re visited to work at last Summer with my boys (read here).

So maybe don’t view my rough guide as your first and foremost but all of the places I recommend here I have tried and loved and can make your visit so so fun! Continue Reading…


Weekend wellbeing 04.09.2016

September 4, 2016
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The set of three city break A6 prints can be bought here for just twenty pounds.

Well hey there September!

Happy Sunday to you and thanks as always for checking in on this weekly post of links and recipes from around the globe.

Another one of our friends from Camp is visiting with us after a stint he had in Greece. From seeing his photos I am DYING to go some day. Have you been and if so did you love there? Continue Reading…


The privilege of motherhood | A celebration.

September 2, 2016

I read blogposts about motherhood these days and it is often about the struggles and strife of trying to parent young children.

I am as guilty as anyone.  You can see my gripes here and here. Sometimes venting helps with the support network we feel as Mums finding our way in this.

But what about if we celebrate motherhood, the laughs, the raves, the fun and the joy that these mini Mum and Dads bring us?

What about looking at the best parts instead of the worst or even still, what is yet to come in our lives once we get through the sleepless nights or the teenage years. Continue Reading…


Peanut butter brownie protein bites

August 30, 2016
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I am SO excited to finally have figured out a snack recipe using the chocolate protein powder that I just can’t deal with in my smoothies.It is too fake tasting for me.

I make a protein shake using a shot of espresso, scoop chocolate protein powder, almond milk and dates which is nice but not great. It’s like an iced mocha, I guess.

Peanut butter has managed to feature in my last two recipes but after years of finding it all too sweet, I am a complete convert. It is packed with sugar though so I have just bought this which is the same taste in smoothies but a third of the sugar content.

If you would prefer you could use almond butter instead of peanut butter to cut out additives but in terms of protein I think it’s the difference of about 0.5 of a gram. However, I am new to the numbers game with regards to protein so don’t take my word for this.

The balls themselves have approximately 4.5 grams of protein so double them up if you want a whopping 10 grams (!) of protein post workout. Continue Reading…


Weekend wellbeing 28.08.2016

August 28, 2016
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Back to School this week! My Belfast Royal academy print + other School prints can be found here 

Happy (UK) bank holiday weekend!

I start painting again tomorrow when my husband is off School and thankfully don’t have any Sunday night blues because of the lovely four and a bit months with our “wee chicken“.

The boys and I enjoyed our time at the North coast of Ireland with my Mum and came home on Thursday to start thinking about School, uniforms, routine etc!

I hope you’re having a good one.

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