These are a Few of my Favourite Things!!

I feel like a wee song “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens”.  I have decided to write a wee blog about my favourite things in the shop this season.  To be fair this has been blooming hard I have far too many favourite things………………….

Right!!  So baby wear, girls first, my firm favourite is the Emile et Rose floral jumpsuit.  This is the most gorgeous print -such a comfortable and show stopping outfit.

Lilly and Sid is always a great seller for baby boys.  I think, this season for me, it has to be the three piece set – shirt, body and trousers.  This set is so versatile as you can wear it so many ways.  Perfect for Sunny days or those a little bit more overcast.

For the toddlers (age 12 months – 4 years), there is so many adorable brands for this age group.  I love when kids are at that stage of babbling and starting to walk etc.

My favourite toddler girls outfit this season has to be something from Agatha Ruiz, as it is bright and colourful and FUN!!  I have chosen this wee dress as I love the cerise pink colour and how it is “set off” with the flower print skirt and frontage.  Match it with cerise leggings for those little tots still crawling.  (Dress and leggings available to age 8)

I actually find the boys wear harder to pick a favourite as I have favs in most of the brands, Timberland, Levi’s, Converse, Lyle and Scott, Animal, Farah, Lighthouse, Billybandit, I Do and Babybol.  These brands are all so different but each one has amazing pieces this season……….

My favourite toddler boys outfit (aged 12m-4 years)  would probably one of the shorts and top sets.  I especially love the one below, as it is super cute and very versatile, it is only £27-29 for both pieces.  The shorts are a bit dressier so can be matched with a shirt or the polo top could be worn with a pair of jeans so plenty of wear out of the two pieces.

For my girls I love many of our brands such as Mim-Pi, Billieblush, Lilly and Sid, A*dee etc.  For this age group 4-10, I am gonna go for one of the dresses from Rosalita Senorita.

This dress makes me smile! It has a sunny, fun, town print on the front but it is the little details such as the rainbow buttons at the back that make it my favourite.  I can just imagine a little girl with a wee tan wearing this out on a sunny day.

I am loving our Timberland collection so I am choosing some of it as my older boys look.  The colours in this collection are amazing and so different for all the fellas.  The combinations are orange and cobalt blue and lime green and a dusky blue colour-ways.

I have chosen the denim shorts , the lime green boot tee and the navy and green rain jacket.  I love how this outfit is so fresh and trendy but also that you can get great wear out off the denim shorts as they will match lots of pieces.  The tee is the most fab colour and it has a funky Timberland boot print on the front. And to be fair in Ireland we always need a rain jacket handy…………………

 

I also decided to do my favourite item of clothing for the older girls (up to age 14) for those that like the trendy, comfortable look.  This age group have loved our brands such as Converse, Levis, Animal, and Yumi for a more casual wardrobe.

For this I actually asked my eldest and her friend and they agreed that the Animal hoodies, the Converse tees and the Levi’s denim shorts  would be the ideal look.  BTW they both have the Animal hoodies and wear them to death!!!  These items are all available to age 14.

 

 

Most of our boys ranges go up to age 14 and my favourite pieces for these older lads would have to be a Lyle & Scott striped Polo shirt matched with a pair of soft Levis jeans.

 

Hope you like my choices and honestly there are soooo many beautiful pieces in this season.

 

Have a Rosie Day!!!!

 

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Mum’s The Word Northern Ireland Style

Many of you have joined on to my new group on the Ring O’Rosies page, called Mum’s The Word Northern Ireland Style.   So why make a group on your page?

To be 100% honest with you I started the group as I recently attended a course on Facebook.  Facebook has changed how business pages are viewed so the more of “certain content” that you have on your page the higher that it will raise your profile on people pages.    That sounds a whole technical way to describe it but this is why I and many other businesses are placing groups on their page.

So now all I had to do was come up with an idea.  This was the hard part!! I wanted something that was topical, fun and something that my customers could relate too.  And something that I would enjoy.  So I thought why not a Mums Support group.   A bit of assistance if you have any problems or worries, or maybe support during pregnancy, teething, weaning, puberty, teenage years or help with days out etc.  Now none of us are experts (well maybe some) but it is good to get advice from other mums/ grannies/ aunties etc who are stumbling through too.

 

Lots of people when they get married move away from home to a new area and might feel a bit “out of their depth” especially if they are a new parent.  The group can offer support and help, you can add a post through the administrator if you want it to be anonymous or just add directly on to the page.

I couldn’t think of a name and my dear friend Eimear came up with Mum’s The Word.  We added the Northern Ireland style as I want the page to be a bit of banter that everyone can enjoy.  I love my logo which the lovely Cliona Malone designed – so all mums helping mums!!

I am absolutely blown away by how popular the group has gotten – within less than a week the members numbers have now grown to 578 – Which is phenomenal!! Thank you to everyone who has joined xx

I have been stopped numerous times out and about with people making reference to the group which I am pleased as punch about.

Please add any of your friends who may benefit from the group and can help the rest of us stumble through parenthood together and with fun!!

http://Mum’s The Word Northern Ireland Style

 

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Stress Awareness Month

It has taken me a long time to decide whether to write this blog or not.  I asked a few close friends and they felt go for it! and I remembered what a dear friend Pauline Haughey, from Haughey recruitment, told me about my blogs that she loved the personal nature of them and so many people can resonate with them.   So what the heck!! I’m laying it all bare- warts and all!!

I am a very out going, talkative (NEVER!!) person but two years ago an event changed many things for me.  I was in a car accident with all the four kids in the back.  I could see the car coming at us but unfortunately he never saw us until the last minute – he collided into the back of the car.  Thankfully we were all ok but it was the start of a journey of anxiety for me.

The weeks following I couldn’t sleep at all I was constantly thinking of the WHAT IFS?  This then escalated into every day situations becoming dangerous even simple things like going for a walk in Dungannon park I turned it into a situation of the kids falling in and drowning – this was ALL IN MY HEAD!!.  It was a truly horrendous time for me.  I lost a lot of confidence I stopped my exercise classes, stopped the running and then the weight crept on which didn’t help.

A few weeks after the accident we were away on a family holiday with my hub-a-dubs family and I suffered a number of panic attacks.  These are an terrible affliction on any ones body and I really feel for people who suffer from these all the time.  They really shook me up and it took me a few weeks to recover from them.  I couldn’t control my breathing, which then made me panic even more,  my heart went mental and I was sweating and crying.  I honestly couldn’t understand what was happening to me.

The reason I am telling you all this is that it is Stress Awareness Month and recently I was asked to go to a Stress Course to see what I thought.  I hear all the time, in the shop or in different groups etc that I am involved in, about peoples anxiety, or stresses.  It is soooooooo common and I want people to know that they definitely are not alone.  Also that most people at some stage within their lives will experience extra stress and anxiety what the trigger is could be anything.

But what is Stress?  Stress happens to everyone and to be honest we all need a degree of stress to make our bodies and minds work.  It is how you deal with the stress is where the problems arise.   Stress is commonly a mix of anxiety and depression (Dr John White).  Some people can handle stress better than others and what causes someone to stress may not cause another person to do so.  For instance someone might get stressed in a crowded room, others might get stressed at the Doctor, others could be a work deadline.

Stress affects our bodies and the rational thoughts in our head.  Our body can have panicky feelings (panic attacks like I mentioned happened to me), rise in blood pressure, dizziness, eating too much (ME!) or too little (wish it was me!) and there are many other body signs of stress.

Our thought process is also so affected so that one little stress ends up being gigantic. Especially at night!!.   So for instance even though we were all ok after the car accident it grew in my mind into something from War of the Worlds with robots and everything chasing the kids and I was unable to help them.

We need to start to control these thoughts so that they don’t burden us.  A few hints that we were given on the course to deal with these are to stand back,  pull back the blinkers – look at the whole picture and wait a minute.  Then you are more in control of your thoughts to move forward and deal with it more rationally.  Try to think – will this matter in 5 years time? And is it worth the energy you are wasting worrying about it?  If the answer to these is no then deal with it, push it behind you and move on.

I have well gotten over my anxiety, thankfully, but this was down to having a good network of people around me, gaining my self esteem back to join the gym again, practicing gratitude and thinking how important these stresses are and what us the worst that can happen.

I would honestly advise anyone suffering at the minute from stress is to take 10 minutes out on your own a day – go for a walk, even just sit down with your eyes closed for some “me Time”.  I would also say get into exercise, whether it is walking, swimming, or a team sport or joining gym it definitely helps.  I joined Bell’s Fitness at one of my lowest points but it has worked wonders for me as the classes I attend are so much fun and craic which boosts your mood all day.

Sleep is the most important factor – if you get your sleep you can take on anything.  Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and mental health issues – and it shortens your life expectancy.  There is so much advice out there for improving your sleep – check out google but I think the main one is no phone, Ipad, Ipod etc in the bedroom as these are stimulants and can affect form greatly especially if it is Social media that you are looking at.  I also used to work to all hours and go straight to bed but now I try a cut off point and a bit of chill time so that the mind is not frantic with work.

I am no expert on this and it is all my opinion.  For a long time only a few people knew I was suffering anxiety but I feel it should be something talked about more and to show you that anyone, at anytime can suffer from Stress.  I hope this helps someone and please talk to people as a trouble shared is a trouble halved.

I also try to practice gratitude and by that I think how lucky I am.  I am lucky to have my kids, a home and comfortable life.  There are so many people so much worse off than me.  One image always springs to my mind in this, is the kids in Third World Countries. Those kids have very very little yet they are always smiling.  Practice gratitude with your kids to make them aware how lucky they are also – it is a fantastic learning curve for them.

I was gonna throw a pile of saying at you but if you repeat these every day you will soon live by them;  the first one is “Don’t sweat the small stuff” and the best one is “We are here for a fun time not a long time”.  So folks get out and bounce on the at trampoline – if the pelvic floor allows it (anyone who follows me on snapchat will get this),  dance, arse around and have fun.  Leave your mark with who you are, not what you have!!!!

For more help check out the Public Health Agency- Stress control.

HAVE A ROSIE DAY and reach out and help anyone you might see stressed…………………………………………..