Beach Holiday – What to Bring?

This post is for myself as a reminder more than anything else. It’s been a while since I was on a beach holiday so I wasn’t quite sure what I would need and indeed there was something extra and something missing this time around. So this post will serve as a list for the next time.

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Shorts, comfy t-shirt and sandals – you can’t go wrong!

My everyday uniform was a t-shirt/top and denim shorts. I only had one pair of denim shorts and could have done with another one. I had also brought a short denim skirt but I found it slightly awkward with the kids so I would definitely swap that for a second pair of shorts… I had plenty of comfy tops and t-shirts, make sure to bring your favourite ones as those are the ones you will want to wear. I had also brought a pair of a bit fancier shorts that served well for going out in the evening.


These cuties from Primark (Penneys) were a star buy for €8 – they are so comfy, I walked tens and tens of kilometers in them!

For overcast or a bit cooler days I was missing a pair of comfy trousers. Sure I had packed my white jeans, but travelling with kids I don’t know what I was thinking… I suppose I was also being overly optimistic hoping that it would be sunny and 25+ degrees everyday!


Look, I did wear something other than shorts and t-shirts!

So with the above in mind, here’s my list for next time:

5-6 comfy t-shirts / tops
2 pairs of denim shorts
Long sleeve cardigan
3/4 sleeve cardigan (this was great for during the day as well if I needed cover from the sun!)
1-2 dresses
Comfy trousers
Flip flops
Flat sandals (comfy enough for walking longer distances too!)
Some underwear and bikini

Pick stuff that you can dress down for during the day and dress up for going out. We had the luxury of a washing machine so we didn’t have to bring too many clothes, but I also noticed that I tend to go for the same clothes as much as possible so there wasn’t really a need for too many different options!

4-5 t-shirts / vests
4 pairs of shorts (one fancier)
2 long sleeve tops
Pants and swimsuit

4-5 t-shirts
2 pairs of shorts
3 dresses
3 leggings (one full length)
Long sleeve top
Pants and swimsuit


Skincare Heaven – La Roche-Posay

As a teenager, I never had any problems with my skin. I got the odd spot or blackhead but never anything serious. Then a couple of years ago, every spring I would get my forehead filled with white spots that would vanish once the winter started knocking on the door. Last year, they started appearing on my cheeks as well and I also noticed an invasion of blackheads. I started to get a bit desperate… I had tried all sorts of products. Cheap ones, expensive ones, very expensive ones, and even homemade ones, but nothing seemed to be working. Around Christmas time, most of the white spots had disappeared as well as the blackheads (thanks to a couple of deep cleansing facials at a local beauty salon!) but I thought I really need to do something about it. Continue reading

Tangle Teezer – What’s the Fuss?

I’ve read about this new, funny looking hairbrush in several blogs and they’ve all been praising how fabulous it is. It’s been on my to do list for ages to get one of these and see what the fuss is all about, but hadn’t quite managed to get one until I found out they sell them in Boots! My local Boots only had it in one colour, a deliciously bright pink. “Well, that will look nice in my dressing room!” I thought to myself. Having just done a quick look at the Tangle Teezer website, I’ve realised they come in a huge selection of colours and patterns! Continue reading

Ramblings of a SAHM & Kiddies Clothes Sale Tip

I’ve been home with my darlings for nearly six weeks now and I think the honeymoon is wearing off… By the way, I’m kind of joking! I’ve had one of those days (well, a couple of days) at home with the two Messers that I’ve needed all the breathing, relaxation, and meditation tricks I know! The thing is, they haven’t been cranky or behaving extremely bold. They have actually been in really good form, full of messing, so much so that they aren’t listening to me! Something, I’m sure every single parent has experienced at some point. For some reason, my patience has been much shorter the last couple of days and it has felt like a much bigger “problem” than it really is. I mean you can’t really even call it a problem, that’s what they’re supposed to do! They’re having fun together and they completely forget that they should be listening to mummy… And then I lose my patience and give out to them, and five minutes later I feel really bad. Continue reading