Food

20 Healthy breakfast recipes

January 17, 2017
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Healthy breakfasts.

I have always been an advocate for breakfast, it may be my favourite meal in the day. Although saying that, I love a cold meats platter lunch, or a steak dinner or a pizza.

Nonetheless, a good start to my day includes a decent breakfast.

The further I get into eating whole foods and nourishing foods for my body, the more intrigued I am about the variety of good stuff out there which can be sourced locally and/or easily in our larger supermarkets.

I asked my instagram followers to share their favourite healthy breakfasts and I have included their recipes amongst the other links. Continue Reading…

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What I’ve learned in 10 years of marriage – GIVEAWAY

January 9, 2017
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I have teamed up with The Wedding Journal Show to give away FIVE pairs of TICKETS to the Belfast show in the Titanic Exhibition Centre on 4th and 5th February. I would have LOVED to have gone to a wedding show with over 300 traders when planning my wedding. As a creative, I know and work alongside so many incredible photographers and stationery folk who will be showcasing their amazing talent for you.

**SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST TO ANSWER THE QUESTION AND ENTER TO WIN TICKETS**

Where do I start as I think about the relationship that my mother in law once called “loves young dream” ? The one that started with monthly gifts (yes, every month a different gift) bought from him to me. Not just flower gifts – a stereo, tickets to the theatre, fun dinners. For seven months he swooned me and hit the nail in the coffin (for want of a better term) by proposing on one knee while we painted the bathroom of his new house.

Deal.Done. Continue Reading…

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Pavlova recipe. Supervalu, Bring home Christmas.

December 23, 2016
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Holy heavens I can finally breathe!

What a whirlwind year with so many adjustments and stages and fun.

Career wise I made the shift and invited another member onto my little team in the studio.

Stephanie is an interior design and architecture student who helps me to process orders and has added so much flare to the design side of my business.

All the info you receive inside your prints has been made by Stephanie. I give her a project and she flies with it.

We added another babe to the family, little Abraham.

With having all these lads and no girls in our brood I was determined when I found out he was due in April, to at least share a birthday month with one of them so I was thrilled when he arrived four days after my birthday on the 30th. A small but a significant thing, for me.

My Grandmother, who this blog is named after passed away in February which really shifted life.

My mum’s side of the family are a close bunch but Granny was the glue that held us altogether. I can’t help but cry when I see amazing carol singers giving up their time to go to old people’s homes, something that Granny, even in her years of dementia adored and sang along to.

Christmas can be a tough time, right? Continue Reading…

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A Norn irish gift guide

December 3, 2016
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Put simply, here is my super special Northern Irish gift guide.

It is quite literally full to the brim with makers, locations, drinks, interiors and more to help you decide what gifts to buy this Christmas.

I have not been endorsed to do any of this by anyone, I am just an artist who is passionate about and happy to share the love and to support local. Continue Reading…

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A sustainable business – my strive for better

November 23, 2016
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Image credit Gather and Tides

I’m all for clearing out junk in the home. So much so I even made a post about minimalism here.

My husband views my ‘tendency’ for “gutting out” as a bit of an illness. This urge to clear out normally raises it’s ugly head on a weekend.

You know the kind- all is well and quiet in the world of family time, there are no work emails to distract the mind, a general state of untidiness has already descended the minute the lads come in from school and dump their School bags on the Friday.

So, with all of this in front of my very eyes, I take a head staggers and start to trail everything out. Literally.

“You have to crack an egg to make an omelette” my good friend once said.

Nothing will do except a good clear out from top to bottom of a drawer, a medicine cabinet,  the baby’s room, my shoe boxes, even the pots and pans can take a bashing.

Feeling overwhelmed by “stuff” is something I struggle with. It sits better with me knowing that someone somewhere else can use what I no longer will.

Looking around my house and feeling overwhelmed often is perhaps not the best trait for someone who is in the business of selling prints which in themselves can be viewed as “stuff”.

Perhaps it is to the detriment of my yearly income that I don’t like to harp on about sales over and over again, but if you meet me for more than five minutes you will learn that my driving force behind these long hours, juggling three kids (one aged six months) and keeping a large number of people happy on social media, e mail and face to face, is not to line my pockets. Continue Reading…

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Guest post- Dietician Mary Jane McCluggage

October 25, 2016
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Having professionals on the blog is so special. I love hearing about new products, learning techniques and gleaning information from those I am fortunate enough to meet through this little space in the blogosphere.

I had the pleasure of bumping into Mary Jane at the North coast over the Summer.  She talked with such passion and knowledge that she didn’t stand a chance of escaping my offer for her to feature on Darling Edna! (Sorry Mary Jane)

Before I hand it over to Mary Jane, I want you to know that I am SO excited for what she is going to bring to your table. Advice, gentle guidance and clear cut facts that you can take away today and live by.

Enjoy.

Mary Jane Continue Reading…

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Why the scales don’t count. {My postpartum conclusion}

October 16, 2016
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I can see the eye rolls as this post airs.

Finding itself disappearing into the plethora of “postpartum blogposts ” and “weight doesn’t matter” memoirs.

Nonetheless, I have my own audience and ultimately I am speaking to you my dear friend.

Women who have stuck with me through this journey of self discovery, who have engaged with me and sent e mails or texts about their own struggles.

Those of you who stop me in the shops to say you started a kettle bell class after seeing my video, or made the decision to commit to two instead of three nights a week pilates classes when you realised it’s just not possible to do it”all”.

I love being surrounded and inspired by women like you, in my repertoire, who consistently let go of the need for the “perfect body” as defined by our air brushed society.

Seeing self worth as a better guide than any scales or numbers on a machine – you my darling are who this is for. Continue Reading…

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Weekly wellbeing 12.10.2016

October 12, 2016
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Aly’s elephant print from the new abstract collection can be found and bought here. It is special edition and comes in two sizes.

Well this is a turn of events.

My weekend wellbeing turned into weekend winners to now not even airing on a Sunday, and is now called weekly wellbeing!

But that’s just how life is over here right now.

I have been thinking a bit about this blog and it’s purpose over the past while. Often reminding myself that business, as with most things in life is seasonal. So, my busy period with art will pass no doubt when I establish working with my assistant/ helper Stephanie in the studio. Non hurried Time in my kitchen will once again reappear and rest won’t take as much of a priority when the baby grows a little bigger (ok, it probably will never take less of a priority, but you know what I mean.). Continue Reading…

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Weekend Winners 02.10.2016

October 2, 2016
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We’re knee deep in golf viewing with the Ryder cup tonight. ‘Third Green’ Irish Open special edition print above is available here.

How was your weekend?

We had a great one spending time as a family achieving very little. Myself and the three boys watched the movie ‘Brave’ yesterday after we walked and scooted to the local park. Four of the five of us then ventured to the local TK Maxx (!) and my eldest who knew it was a rarity for his Mum to clothes shop was quite vocal about the experience saying “This is pretty boring, who does this Mummy?”.

Shopping has always been viewed as more of a chore than a pleasure in my mind, and we were only in for trainers. So despite my rummaging through the rails ( that’s what TK Maxx is there for, right?) I got a pair of Reeboks and a pair of yoga leggings (what a surprise!) then scampered out of there. Oh yeh and the baby got a coat for the colder mornings on the School run.

A large food shop excites me more!

In case you don’t follow my various social media sites; twitter, Facebook and Instagram which is shown below and in your sidebar, you may have missed the excitement that my artwork features in this Season of The Fall. A BBC thriller which stars Jamie Dornan. Continue Reading…

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“Seeing” dead people.

September 28, 2016
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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…