Glitz up trainers with Stickcons

Yes I know I’m back with another glittery post haha! But you know how I love to support Irish Businesses and Stickcons is just that. I was sent these to try out and I just love them!  I glitzed up mine and my daughters trainers.

stickcons trainers before afterI was worried these would be a bit fiddly tricky to put on but nope, they were really easy and took me like 5 minutes to do. They are also really sticky! :)

kids stickonsWhat do you think? I live these and think they are a really fun activity for kids to customise their shoes (I found it quite fun too) and I like how happy my shoes look when I catch a glimpse of them :p

Stickcons cost €12 and come in a range of colours, you can buy them online or in Heatons stores. Also find them on Facebook & Twitter to keep up to date with them

Yaz x


World Meningitis Day 2013: Keep Watching Ireland

I didn’t know until I heard from a friend in Irish Parenting Blogs Group on Facebook that there was a world meningitis day, 2013 will be it’s 5th year running.

what-is- meningitis

To be honest I didn’t think Meningitis was still a big thing/risk because we have vaccines. Well I was very wrong so I’m writing this post we can all learn more about this disease.

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Dealz Easter Haul and Crafting – D.I.Y Bonnet

So as a Dealz Ambassador the Easter challenge was to get some stuff for some Easter crafting & fun.  I got lots for just €30, 2 baskets for the kids on Easter morning and some mini eggs for a little egg hunt :) I also got a cute girls Bonnet and some decorations. Take a look

Dealz Easter Crafts Haul
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Boys H&M Haul & how you can get a €5 off voucher and 20% off your next purchase!

I went shopping to buy little man some clothes in my favourite kids shop H&M. The quality of their stuff is great much better than Pennys and their prices are the same as them too pretty much!!

I got all this…..

H&M boys fashion haul summer '13
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Salcura Dermaspray Intensive for eczema – Review

As some of you may know my daughter (6) suffers from eczema, it tends to flare up really bad more so in the cold winter months., mainly on her arms, and sometimes a bit on her forehead and mouth area.

Over winter just gone, she got a bad dose of it after it had been gone for a few moths. It was so red on her arms and started getting blood spots too from her scratching :(

I’ve tried everything in the past like silcocks base, E45 etc but nothing really worked and she would complain that the creams would sting her and she didn’t like the sticky/oily  film the would leave on her skin 

Salcura spray review

I got a sample pack to try you can get one here you just have to pay £2 for the postage. A big bottle is €18.95

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Stocking Fillers for kids from Irish businesses

Well as you know by now I love to buy Irish and support big and small Irish businesses. I was looking for some unusual stocking fillers for the kids and I found these 2 small Irish businesses. Their service was brilliant, so quick with exceptional quality and prices.

Crayon Roll and purses from Ashgate Crafts

Crayon Roll and purses from Ashgate Crafts

The crayon roll is a lovely stocking filler for kids who love colouring, also very handy for long car drives. Brilliant value for only €3.50 I think!! Rachel from Ashgate Crafts based in Arklow, Co.Wicklow also makes babies bandana bibs and booties, baby changing mats and bags and make up bags, best part is you choose what material/pattern you want from a huge selection!

Bandana Bib, Kids Bag, Baby CHanging Bag, Make up Bag from Ashgate Crafts

Bandana Bib, Kids Bag, Baby Changing Bag, Make-up Bag all from Ashgate Crafts

You can find all Ashgate Crafts details and more lovely items on her Facebook Page or Etsy Shop

Next I bought personalised Chocolate bars from Marias Little Wrappers because what child doesn’t love waking up to chocolate in their Christmas Stocking rather than an Orange like me and my friend were only laughing about the other day haha! ;)

Personalised Chocolate Bars-Maria's Little Wrappers

Personalised Chocolate Bars-Maria’s Little Wrappers

These are so cute and I can’t wait to give them to the kids and as little presents to people. Maria also does wrappers for all occasions and has recently added tins with personalised wrappers which can then be filled with goodies

Self seal tins from marias Little Wrappers

Personalised Self seal tins – Maria’s Little Wrappers

You can see more  personalised goodies from Maria’s Website or Facebook page. Unfortunately Maria is not taking any more orders for Christmas but will still take orders which will be processed the 7th Jan 2012!

Have you bought any nice stocking fillers from any Irish businesses this year? Let me know in the comments?! :)

Glitter Mama x

Dealz Christmas Haul and a Competition for a €20 voucher!

Well I’m sure most of you know by now that I love Dealz, they have everything from beauty to homeware all at unbeatable prices (most things are all €1.49)  So I applied to be a Dealz ambassador to show you their great selection and now I am yippeeee :)
I will be doing more Hauls over the next year and show you all the fabulous deals you can get.

I went in for some Christmas bits and bobs last week. I got 21 items (and some had 2-3 items in each if you know what I mean) all for under €31!! As always I’m amazed at the amount of things I got and the quality too, it may be cheap but not cheap on quality. Also the staff are always very friendly and helpful in Dealz Blanchardstown. The store is always well stocked up and nice spacious isles so it’s easy to get around and find what you’re looking for

Take a look

Deals Christmas 2012 Haul

Beautiful 3 pack of wrapping paper for just €1.49 such good value isn’t it? I’m planning on using the 3-d decorations on some handmade cards :)


Glitter whooo! I’m like a magpie with Christmas decorations lol! My daughter actually came up with the idea to double the tree clip as a hair clip, I think it’s really cute!

Tree decorations also used as hair clip

Me and glitter are best friends so you can imagine my happiness when I seen this cute red glitter christmas tree (yes I am a glitter-a-holic) perfect little decorations for the table as are the candle holders.

Table Decorations

Glitter mini Christmas tree! Oh yeh!!

I actually bought the Allura beauty set for myself haha! Handy set to have in the handbag during the Christmas season. The tweezers is AMAZING girls!!!! As good as the ones I pay €10 for, no joke! It’s slanted and gives a great grip on the hairs your plucking.

I will deffo be buying a few more for my handbag, car etc! The nail files with it are also very handy and super cute. And I just love the jewellry stand..again these were all just €1.49 each!
You could get a ton of stocking fillers for just €10

cheap and cheerful Stocking fillers

With Christmas being sometimes quite stressfull Radox Unwind bath soak is a must have for me, €1.49 for this big bottle is amazing!. Also the good old Nair for people who hate waxing llike myself.

The highlighter does a pretty good job for the cheekbones too. Brush isn’t great with it but you just use your fingers or a concealer/foundation brush anyway

beauty buys nair radox

Not only are the cookies in these cartoon characters tins yummy,  but the tins will do for storage of other sweets or toys when empty or hang the lids on the wall and you have budget friendly kids room decor!! :P

cookie tins mickey mouse disney

Cute lil fella isn’t he? They also have a hanging snowman and Santa :)

hanging reindeer

I needed a serving tray for the cookies and biscuits eaten over christmas. The embossing on the tray is a really nice touch. You can’t have enough non stick roasting pans when making Christmas dinner either.

embossed serving tray non stick roasting tin


Now for your chance to win a €20 voucher, simply….

1) Follow my blog through wordpress or sign up by email>>>>over there! Also if you want to stop by the Dealz Ireland Facebook page and say hi! 

2) Leave a comment that you’ve subscribed and maybe tell me a nice bargain you’ve got from Dealz recently :)


Winner Choosen… DENISE SKELLY

Good luck!

Glitter Mama x

**Competion closes Wednesday 19th December midnight,open to ROI ans UK only, winner chooses from the comments via, winners voucher may take a while if from Ireland as it will be posted from the UK

The gorgeous new Lottie Doll

The gorgeous Lottie Doll by Arklu wanted a doll that was realistic to young girls instead of the normal big boobed, long legs, teeny waist Barbie type doll making girls and Mommies, yes me haha, compare themselves to a bloody doll and they’ve done a great job making this a reality in my opinion.

I think these dolls give a much better perception for impressionable little girls, they take everything in after all, and the more I hear about girls wanting to look like Barbie when they are older the more it scares me. So it’s a very nice and welcome change  to see a brand that makes normal proportioned child like dolls, making girls feel they are perfect the way they are :)

Lottie doll

Snow Queen Lottie Doll packaging

Lottie Doll

My daughter loves her new doll, she said she’s really ”cute”  It’s also that little bit smaller than a Barbie which is nice.

Lottie is supposed to be a 9-year-old girl by the way and likes to play dress up and play outdoors :)

Here are some of the other cute Lottie Dolls


Autumn Leaves Lottie, Pony Flag Race Lottie, Spring Celebration Ballet Lottie

You can see the full range of Lottie Dolls and accessories here. Also on their website they have loads of fun stuff for kids colouring pages etc and competitions. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter also. Lottie Dolls are available here in Ireland from Smyths for €19.99

What do you guys think? Has your little girl got one? I think I’ll be buying these instead of Barbie’s from now on they really are adorable.

Glitter Mama x

Pennys/Primark Haul November/December

Been doing a lot of shopping the last while, as I said before, when I’m stressed I shop, it’s theraputic……….yeh you understand ;-)

So here’s what I’ve bought….. :)

Skull Oil wash Jumper €12Wine Skinnies €11

Skull Oil wash Jumper €12
Wine Skinnies €11

The jeans look like a Barney purple haha, but they are like a deep wine/burgundy. Love skulls so had to get the jumper, I wear it under a  long top for extra warmth and then with leggings and boots

Stud Chiffon Blouse €13

Stud Chiffon Blouse €13

Havn’t had a chance to try this on yet but it looks nice and I love the studs!

Burgundy Zip Hoodie €10Long sleeve top €5

Burgundy Zip Hoodie €10
Long sleeve top €5

Badly needed a hoodie, it’s gone so cold!

Scarft was €6 reduced to €3Bow Hat €3

Scarft was €6 reduced to €3
Bow Hat €3

Again, its freeking cold here! The scarf is real chunky so it’s very warm and a bargain at €3!

Leopard print & glitter mirror €1.50Love charm necklace €2

Leopard print & glitter mirror €1.50
Love charm necklace €2

Just love my new mirror haha!

Girls pink and glitter trackie €12Boys 5 pack long sleeved vests €5

Girls pink and glitter trackie €12
Boys 5 pack long sleeved vests €5

How cute is the lil girls tracksuit! My daughter loves it. My lil fella needed some long-sleeved vests for under tops to keep him extra toastie so these are grand, €5 for  set of 3, the girls version were much cuter though haha! :)

Have to say, Penny’s have really stepped it up this winter, tons of gorgeous jumpers and a huge range of shoes and boots, but I can never find my size!!

Seen or bought anything nice in Penny’s/Primark lately???

Glitter Mama x

Rant and Poll on Child Benefit Cut

It’s being said by The Sun newspaper that Yes, Child Benefit will be cut by €10 for the 1st two children. Meaning a family with 2 kids will be down €20 a month. It may be nothing to some but that’s €20 off the gas bill, money for the coal to keep the house warm, money for a pack of nappies and baby formula. All these things add up when you have one child or more.Add on top of that school books, raffle tickets outings etc etc

I think it’s so unfair when they said just last month in the children’s referendum that they have the children’s best interest in mind and children should have a voice. What about the children who will be saying ”mammy I’m cold” well sorry kid but we have to make more cutbacks so no more heating on, half an hour a day max from now on!! Or sorry you can’t have more chicken, this will have to do for tomorrows dinner too.
Are these children’s voices going to be heard…no the government wont listen. Hey once their kids have food and warmth and money to bring them to the cinema every week sure it’s all grand!

I think the child benefit should be means tested, and I don’t mean taking it from parents who are both working but still struggling (childcare cost a bomb!!) I mean the likes of say Bono or Micheal O’Leary just for they really NEED it? Will they struggle to pay the rent and gas bill without it…no I don’t think so.

And for people saying well don’t have children if you can’t afford them. Nobody knew how badly our government would handle this recession and bail banks out with our money. Nobody knew they would lose their jobs or not be able to get dole if they were once self-employed but the business failed.

Rant over….let me know your thoughts in the comments please

Gift Ideas from Irish Businesses

I love to buy Irish and support Irish businesses, it’s all we can do in this economy, help each other out! :) So here is part one, please take a look and consider them when you are buying for any occasion, help support your country

Tiny Treasures

A new little Irish business based in Leitrim. They make beautiful handmade keepsakes all of which can be personalised.
My fave has to be the frames where you can choose your own design and colour combos (even glitter!!) and she can even add photos for you.
Like Tiny Treasure on Facebook or follow on Twitter to see more of Gaynor’s lovely creations.

Funky Goddess

You may have seen Samantha with her brilliant idea on Dragons Den. Launched in October 2011 Funky Goddess has gone from strength to strength. The name represents a strong and powerful woman, I love that! They make gift boxes their main one being ”The Welcome to Womanhood gift box” It’s a lovely way to prepare your daughter/niece etc for that big milestone and give her a gift and make her feel special.

The box comes with:

Teen Pads
Pretty journal
Eye mask
Bubble Bath
Discreet case
Information Booklet
Hot Water Bottle
Lip balm

Funky Goddess also do other lovely gift boxes as you can see in the picture below. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter also                                                              

Jessie’s Headbands

For anyone with a little girl or even big girl, you’ll love Jessie’s headbands based in Wexford. I’ve bought some for my daughter and they are great quality and so adorable. Jessie’s is very creative and can make anything you want for any occasion. She also makes clips, alicebands and hats. From shabby chic to cartoon characters, glitter and bows, Jessie’s has a wide range of hair accessories. Gift boxes are available too. Follow Jessie’s headbands on Facebook for special offers she does from time to time

Curragh Cuties

Known for their quirky little salt dough sheep (I have a little piggy of theirs in my Kitchen hehe) Curragh Cuties are based in Kildare and as they say they are the epitome of handmade and unique gifts, founded in 2011 by two lovely women Lynda and Celine I can vouch for them personally that they are both very crafty women ;) Again I love that they will personalise your gift making them a great present for a new baby or house-warming gift. I think their gift baskets are great value too, they each come with something handmade and a few other goodies (see below). You can see more of their work and products on their website or you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Wooden Gifts Ireland

Located in Westmeath, Wooden Ireland Gifts are all for supporting local, local jobs and nothing is imported from abroad! Great pieces of work as you can see that can all be customised and personalised. These guys could make you anything you want out of wood, just ask!
My fave is the little coat stands, they do them for creches etc, but I think they would be very cute in a little boy or girls bedroom. I know my little girl have more coats and cardigans than the queen at this stage haha! Check out Wooden Gifts Ireland on Facebook

Ruth’s Nappy Cakes

Based in Limerick, Ruth makes such cute nappy cakes suitable for any budget. She can make one for any occasion with almost anything you want in it, from teddy’s and cutlery to scrapbooks and picture frames with of course the all important nappies :) Check out her Facebook page where you’ll see 100’s of different nappy cakes!!

I really hope you all go and check out these great Irish businesses and keep them in mind when you have gift to buy. There are some little gems out there and I’ve discovered we are a very crafty country ;) Tell them i sent you if you decide to visit them :)

I will be doing more posts on Irish Businesses, my next one will have more on beauty and skincare stuff :)) So if you know or are an Irish business that would like to be considered drop me an email at with some details of the business and products.

Thanks for reading, Glitter Mama x

Children’s Letter from Santa and Reindeer Food

I remember getting a letter from Santa all the way from the North Pole as a kid and I was soooo amazed like WOW Mam and Dad weren’t lying, Santa DOES know everything” 

So now that my little girl is 5 I decided to get one, despite her fear of Santa!? Don’t ask!

Well her little face when she got her letter from Santa and Magic Reindeer food, she was amazed, excited and thrilled that Santa wrote to her and knew everything what she wanted, where she lived and how well she was doing in school etc!  Got me so excited for Christmas too just seeing her excitement!

Santa Letter and Magic Reindeer Food (Click to see bigger)
€3.50 incl p&p  (Pic from Byrne-ing Inspiration)

Isn’t it fab and all for only €3.50 that’s including P&P I think that’s fantastic value to see that excitement on kids faces :)) And look at the Santa stamp!!!  This is from the lovely Lisa at Byrne-ing Inspiration click HERE for the Facebook page too. You can contact her through Facebook or her website and she will tell you the details that she needs.

She also has beautiful cards and candles etc for all occasions, well worth a  look. Tell her I sent you too if you pop by and let me know if you get your child one of these letters, I’m telling you for €3.50 it’s so worth it ad you’ll be supporting an Irish business :) Can’t wait to sprinkle the magic reindeer food on the lawn either…….. it’s glittery haha!

Glitter Mama x

Top 6 Value for Money Toys and a Smyths Money Off Voucher

Thought I’d share with you my kids most loved and played with toys over the years. I love getting value for money and these certainly have done just that. So if your stuck for ideas for some Christmas presents, have a look. My kids are 5 and 1 and a half by the way :)

1. Leapfrog My Pal Scout/Violet These are under €25 (on special now for €17.99) and just so so cute, you can plug it into your computer and customize the name of your child, their favourite colour, food and animal. There are lots of songs to choose from, they even have christmas ones and the dog sings your child’s name and all hehe!! My little fella loves this and it saved me having to buy him a lullaby player as it does this too, it plays 2, 5 or 10 minutes of bedtime music and says goodnight to your child, again you can change these songs too. My 5 year old wants one too lol!

2. Wooden Pull Along Blocks –  Kids love any blocks, my to love stacking them up and knocking them down. Such a classic and cheap too, these ones come with a little pull along to put all their block in and is only €12.99 and part of the 2 for €20 (click for all the toys in that range) at Smyths Toys.

3. My Happy Family Doll House –  We’ve had this years and it’s been thrown and flung around the place so it’s incredible sturdy! Doorbell still works and all. The little guy now loves playing with it lol, he sits there for ages putting his toy cars through the windows and door! This year for her Christmas we got the 5 year old the Amelia Doll House, again I’d say they will both love it, great for imaginative play!

4. Rollmatz Play Mat – Great for boys and girls to have pretend little roads for their cars, at only €11.99 too you can’t go wrong :)

5. Groovy Stars Keyboard –  Very sturdy piano for kids, my 5 year old loves to make up songs with this and do performances, always out when her friends are around. Lil fella also has fun making not very tuneful tunes haha!

6. Ride ons –Disney  Princess/Jake and the Neverland Pirates – A ride on is definitely on the MUST HAVE list for toddlers. My god they love these! We bought a princess one for my daughter when she was about 1 and she still played with it up till last year (she’s all into the flickers and bikes now) She loved going on this in the house as well as outside and the seats lift up so she put some toys and stuff in there. So we got the lil guy the Jake & the Neverland Pirates ride on for Christmas, I hope he loves it as much as the 1st loved hers.

Well there you have it, my top 6 get-your-moneys-worth toys haha!  Would love to know what you guys think? Any of these you kids favourites? Or what else would you recommend? Comment below.

Oh and click here for the Smyths Money Off Voucher valid till 31st October

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Growing up in Ireland

Seen this going around facebook, it brought back so many memories, oh to be a kid again ♥

I’m talking about Hide and Seek in the park, The shop down the road,
Hopscotch, Donkey, skipping, handstands, stuck in the mud, football with
an old can, Dandy, Beano, Twinkle and Roly Poly, Hula Hoops, Jumping the
stream, building a swing from a tyre and a piece of rope tied to a tree,
(If you live in Dublin the lampost), building tree-houses, climbing up
onto roofs. Tennis on the street, the smell of the sun and fresh cut

Hubba Bubba bubble gum and 2p Flogs, macaroon bars and woppas, 3p
Refreshers and wham bars, superhero chewing gum, golf ball chewing gums
and liquorice whips, desperate dan and roy of the rovers, sherbit dips
and Mr.
freezes, marathon bars and everlasting gobstoppers. An ice cream cone on
a warm summer night from the van that plays a tune chocolate or vanilla
or strawberry or maybe neopolitan

Wait … Watching Saturday Morning cartoons … short commercials,
Battle of the Planets, Road Runner, He-Man, Swapshop, and Why Don’t
You?, Transformers, How do you do?, Bosco, Forty-coats, the
Littlest Hobo and Lassie, Chucklevision, The Muppet Show, MacGyver,
Scarecrow and Mrs King, Little House on the Prairie and Highway to
Heaven, or staying up for Knight Rider and Magnum PI.

When around the corner seemed far away and going into town seemed like
going somewhere.

A million midget bites, sticky fingers and mud all over you, knee-pads
on your jeans, Cops and Robbers, Rounders, tip the Can, Queenie-I-O,
climbing trees, spin the bottle, building igloos out of snow banks,
walking to school, no matter what the weather, running till you were out
of breath.
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt, Jumping on the bed.
Pillow fights,
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles,
Being tired from playing… Remember that?

The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon

Football cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.

And don’t forget the Marietta sandwiches we’d make by buttering a cupla
Marietta biscuits and stickin’ them together. And that quare oul mixture
made in a tall glass with HB ice cream and Taylor Keith (TK) Red Lemonade.

I’m not finished just yet…

Eating raw jelly, orange squash ice pops

Remember when … There were two types of sneakers – girls and boys and
Dunlop Green Flash and the only time you wore them at school, was for ‘
P.E.’, Gola football boots.

It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘best’ friends, when nobody owned a
pure bred dog, when 25p was decent pocket money, when you’d reach i nto
a muddy gutter for a penny, when nearly everyone’s mum was at home when
the kids got there, when it was considered a great privilege to be taken
out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents

When any parent could discipline any kid or use him to carry groceries
and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.

When being sent to the head’s office was nothing compared to the fate
that awaited a misbehaving student at home. Basically, we were in fear
for our lives but it wasn’t because of muggings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our
parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! and some of us are
still afraid of them!!!

Remember when….

Decisions were made by going ‘eeny-meeny-miney-mo.’ Mistakes were
corrected by simply exclaiming, ‘do over!’

‘Race issue’ meant arguing about who ran the fastest. Money issues were
handled by whoever was the banker in ‘Monopoly’, the game of life and
connect four, atari 2600’s and commadore 64’s. The worst thing you could
catch from the opposite sex was germs. It was unbelievable that Red
rover wasn’t an Olympic event…

Having a weapon in school, meant being caught with a biro barrel pea
shooter or an elastic band. Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made
better, Taking drugs meant orange-flavoured chewable vitamins, Ice cream
was considered a basic food group.

Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.. Abilities were discovered
because of a ‘double dare’ Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but
also the fiercest protectors

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!! Pass
this on to anyone who may need a break from their ‘grown up’ life…

I DOUBLE DARE YA!!! Bagsy it, no returns

Disney Princess Hair Tools

My little girl is 5 and not the easiest to get her to sit still and do her hair, lately though she’s been getting better and asks me to do her hair ”pretty” like a princess, curled, crimped, french plaited and other confusing hair styles I can barely manage lol!

These look great for quick and pretty hairstyles especially for back to school. The Rapunzel Straightener and Crimper is already on my princesses Christmas List!

These all come with a safety plug, so your little one can’t use it without you and comes with a princess style guide. And remember these aren’t for kids to use alone.
All available from Argos, click on the titles and they’ll open in a new window.

Rapunzel’s Straighten and Crimp

interchangeable plates, straighten and crimp hair
Variable temperature setting
Swivel Cord

Cinderella’s Straightener and Curler

Digital controls
Variable temperature
60 second heat-up time
Ionic conditioning locks in moisture to keep hair healthy

Belle’s Dream 1400W Hair Dryer
2 speeds and 3 heat settings
Lightweight and compact design
2 speed and 3 temperature settings
Cool shot
Ionic conditioning locks in moisture to keep hair healthy and smooth

Rapunzel’s Multi Hair Styler
Ionic plates
5 attachments for any look imaginable
Ceramic coated
1 temperature setting
Maximum temperature 160 °C

What do you think of these? I think they are really cute, who doesn’t love Disney princesses :)  Oh and whats your little princesses favourite hairstyle?!