07/07/2013 06:23:00 AM
We have been up at our cottage (near the Giants Causeway) since Tuesday, and from Wednesday it has been warm and dry!
For some of my readers who live in warmer sunnier climates, you might not appreciate the wonder of that last sentence, but for loca
06/26/2013 16:05:00 PM
I always thought that December was the most hectic term (and it is just 6 months to Christmas by the way!) but this June has been jam-packed.
We have survived the exams, the results and the reports!
06/16/2013 16:55:00 PM
Haven't been blogging for about 10 days, so getting caught up.
It has now been a week since we had THE MOST GLORIOUS WEEK of warm sunny weather - it will probably be remembered for many years to come as "THAT week in June of 2013"!
It illustrates h
06/05/2013 16:20:00 PM
We have a Church Family Picnic each June,
06/05/2013 03:33:00 AM
Every home needs an office spacethe space in which you pay
bills, take care of household finances and correspondence, where your kids can
do homework, etc (it might even be the place from which you run your own business
if you are self employed).
05/31/2013 14:57:00 PM
If you missed the first post on the Women in Business NI
05/28/2013 17:09:00 PM
As part of promoting my jewellery business and my blog, I am part of several business networks.
For about 18 months I have been part of the Women In Business NI network, and regularily attend their monthly workshops and networking lunches.
05/27/2013 09:14:00 AM
I love John Lewis, and even though there isn't one near us (yet!) I do love to browse their site. Fortunately they offer free delivery on UK orders over £50 so even if I don't get to wander around the store, I can do some "virtual" window shopping,
05/20/2013 03:51:00 AM
A while back I was asked by a friend to speak about my jewellery business and how I got started, having previously working in banking, to a group of ladies.
05/17/2013 12:36:00 PM
05/14/2013 05:27:00 AM
I was glad I took the photo of the sunny warm day with the blue sky last week, as there has been very little blue sky since, and even less sun! Mostly rain and even hail this week.
However the weather didn't spoil our weekend, when my parents, my br
05/13/2013 15:35:00 PM
As a parent blogger I am sometimes given the opportunity to review some products for my family.
When was asked to pick a character lunch bag from the online shop Internet Gift Store, there was really only one to be selected.
My son is a HUGE Sk
05/12/2013 14:47:00 PM
Hello lovely readers
I need your help. As well as my janmary designs business cards, sometimes I just want to give my contact details on occasions where it is not my jewellery business we are discussing.
05/07/2013 15:38:00 PM
Quick post tonight, while I am watching the first episode of The Apprentice - here are this week's lessons
I love The Apprentice - and this year's candidates look as eccentric as ever. Are you watching?
Blue skies and warm sunshine - it has been
05/04/2013 13:20:00 PM
I met Jennifer (Jennfer Kelly, Image Consultant) last year, after she got in touch to order some pieces of my jewellery for her new shop in Grays Hill, Bangor.
She has been encouraging me to have a colour consultation for some time, but I have al
05/03/2013 07:08:00 AM
This is a guest post by Jane Blackmore
I have always adored holidays and travelling; before the children
arrived I enjoyed staring at sunsets in Costa Rica, being overwhelmed by
sensational scenery in Kenya and living the high life in New York Cit
04/23/2013 14:51:00 PM
A few lessons to share this week
1. Getting my photo taken for some PR pics for my business is not as painless as I thought it would be - the lovely Trazanne Norwood really put me at my ease, did some wonders with her makeup brushes, and when I went
04/17/2013 14:47:00 PM
When we come up to stay at the north coast, near the Giants Causeway, it is always interesting to look out for new things happening in the village of Bushmills. New shops and restaurants are always eagerly anticipated, and where possible we like to s
04/16/2013 11:15:00 AM
04/13/2013 14:18:00 PM
I used to do a LOT of digital scrapbooking, but not so much recently. However, recently Debbie Cleek, President of Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking approached me and asked me to create a digital layout to promote their Simpler Times bi-annual charity
04/09/2013 10:32:00 AM
I'll get straight down to my lessons learned
....we have had probably our coldest but driest beginning of April ever - sun shone every day (which doesn't usually happen!), no April showers. LOTS of blue skies!
04/05/2013 10:05:00 AM
Welcome to another iPhone Friday
This week I want to share my favourite panoramic app = Photosynth - not sure why it sounds nothing like a panoramic app!
Here are a few recent panoramic photos taken with the app.
Runkerry Strand (d
04/02/2013 04:05:00 AM
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We headed east from the cottage for a drive round the coast this morning. We drove from Ballycastle to Cushendun along the scenic road (narrow, twisty and steep in places!) which passes Fair Head, Murlough Bay and Torr
03/31/2013 05:33:00 AM
I seem to have been neglecting this blog with "ordinary" posts - without my routine of Lessons Learned and iPhone Friday, I doubt if I would ever get around to posting.
So, here is an update for you all.
The snow is still lying here in quite a few
03/29/2013 16:56:00 PM
Hello and welcome to another iPhone Friday post.
This week, as well as sharing some of my iphone photography images captured this week, I want to encourage you to use Pinterest to find great iPhone photography tutorials and inspiration.
03/27/2013 05:39:00 AM
Anyone who has
been on a long haul journey with children will know how difficult keeping them
entertained can be. When just ten minutes into the journey, cries of "Are
we there yet?" and "I'm bored!" can have you tearing your hair
out before you've e
03/26/2013 09:26:00 AM
Never underestimate the amount of SNOW we can have in March
03/25/2013 16:46:00 PM
WAY back when, back in 2007, when I first started reading other blogs, and eventually took the plunge to write my own blog, I used to love "meme"s - a serious of questions we would answer on our blog, tag others so they could join in too, and link ba
03/24/2013 11:31:00 AM
When prompted to write a blog post about coffee, it was definitely a challenge..... as I haven't touched the stuff in over 20 years!
I did drink coffee as a teen, but as I gradually took it weaker and weaker, sweeter and sweeter, I
03/22/2013 08:12:00 AM
Today, on this very snowy MARCH day (when will winter ever be over? - my wee daffodils are buried under the snow!) I plan to share my favourite way to add text to an iphone photo - Phonto, but first a pic of our walk to school this morning
03/17/2013 08:45:00 AM
Just spending one night up at the cottage for St Patrick`s , and this morning we wrapped up warmly for a walk on the beach. There are quite a few beaches nearby to choose from, but we opted for Runkerry Strand wish is near Portballintrae.
03/15/2013 02:40:00 AM
I will start this week with an app I am using more and more....
03/12/2013 17:27:00 PM
This is what I learned this week, courtesy of taking my daughters and their friend to a 1D (One Direction) concert last night.
1. If you are under 14 you must have an adult with you to attend a concert at the odyssey, Belfast.....so I just HAD t
03/10/2013 11:41:00 AM
My son is a huge fan of all things Skylanders, so when a parcel including a yellow folder, a new Skylanders figure and a "homework" book he was delighted.
03/08/2013 04:04:00 AM
This week, for iPhone Friday I want to share about the first Mobile Phone Photography workshop which I taught last Saturday at the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn.
03/07/2013 06:02:00 AM
As Mother's Day approaches, I welcomed the opportunity to receive a delivery of lovely bouquet of flowers from Asda to review on my blog. (It is Mother's Day here in UK this Sunday)
The ordering process was very straightforward - I actually did
03/05/2013 15:23:00 PM
Another week has passed - and it has been a busy one.
On Friday a bloggy friend Kimberly Geswein (a font celebrity!) arrived for 6 days (en route to assist with bringing 2 adopted kids to US from Ukraine), and it has been lovely having her stay.
03/01/2013 10:31:00 AM
HDR photography stands for High Dynamic Range photography - it is a method of composing a photograph using a number of photographs taken with different exposures. It is a great way to capture an image that has some particularily dark and bright areas
02/26/2013 16:32:00 PM
Here are this weeks lessons:
Not expecting any sympathy here (after 2 brilliant weeks in Florida) but jet lag is yuck!
Getting up this morning was even worse!
When suffering from jetlag it's best NOT to leave your car unlocked
02/23/2013 15:21:00 PM
It is good to be home!
Arrived home around 10am this morning, following (thankfully) uneventful flights from Orlando via Atlanta to Dublin. If you missed it, we had a rather diverted journey to Orlando two weeks ago .... lets just say there is a lot
02/19/2013 16:40:00 PM
We have just pasted the half-way point of our holiday - and loving it!
On Saturday morning we headed to the Florida Mall for those who wanted to spend some more dollars! (I didn't spend anything!)
We also managed to meet up with another bloggy frie
02/19/2013 06:29:00 AM
It had finally arrived - our day at Discovery Cove.
I "encouraged" the kids to get up early so we could arrive just after 7.30am - we were able to walk straight in to Reception and be registered - (TIP - photo id needed for adults but we had
02/17/2013 07:47:00 AM
The forecast for today was not great, so we chose to "finish" Sea World, with a few rides and shows, then
02/16/2013 07:04:00 AM
The following review has been written by my 15 year old daughter:
Having a mum who is a blogger can be quite embarrasing at times, but it also has its perks - like when you get to review
02/15/2013 18:59:00 PM
We chose Wednesday to be our first visit to Sea World. As we are doing Discovery Cove later in the week we have unlimited visits to Sea World included, so don't have to pack it in to one day.
We chose the shows we wanted to see, and then just wa
02/14/2013 18:26:00 PM
There is nothing quite like the thrill of first seeking the Cinderella Castle from a distance and know you have arrived at the Magic Kingdom but just driving through here is even quite exciting!
The kids chose the Monorail as the means to get fro
02/13/2013 16:04:00 PM
Day 2 - the kids coping better with jetlag, and managed to sleep much longer than us, but by 7am we were all awake, and I even managed a swim before breakfast.
We left about 8.15 am for Epcot, with a plan just to stay as long as we can manage before
02/11/2013 13:39:00 PM
After our adventurous journey to collect our keys and villa directions (a 6 bedroom villa in Windsor Hills - separate blog post on thevilla to follow) we stopped of for brunch at the Cracker Barrell. The pancakes,
02/10/2013 20:36:00 PM
There is a quote
02/10/2013 04:50:00 AM
EDITED TO ADD - THIS POST WAS SUPPOSEDLY PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY - JUST REALISED IT HADN'T - SORRY FOR THE DELAY!!!
Another week of images taken on my iphone - recording everyday life.
I am writing this post in Dublin airport. We are on our way to Orla
02/05/2013 14:48:00 PM
I seem to have got into a sort of a pattern here of posting on Tuesdays and Fridays., but I think if I didn't not sure how much blogging I would actually achieve!
So it's Tuesday, so I am back with a few lessons learned:
1. Just when we thought the
02/01/2013 01:00:00 AM
One month complete - only another 11 to go!
Anyone else taking a photo a day in 2013? Do let me know.
I must tell you it is SO much easier doing it with my iphone this year. When I have tried before with my Canon DSLR it was such a faff remembering
01/29/2013 03:35:00 AM
Here are this weeks lessons :
1. When there is less than 2 weeks to your holiday in Florida, everyone in the family might get a bit excited (unless you are my husband, who doesn't look forward to a holiday until he is practically on the plane!)
01/25/2013 14:46:00 PM
It's Friday again! Time for another round up in iphone pics, and a recommended app
I realised there was a bit of a snowy-weather theme to this weeks iphone pics
On Friday we had some light snow - and I recorded it's arrival using the
01/22/2013 11:25:00 AM
It's that time again, for some more lessons learned.
Since last week, here is what has been happening, and what lessons I have learned
01/18/2013 10:47:00 AM
Welcome back to another iphone friday - where I share some of my iphone photos from the last week, and recommend an app or two to get the most from the amazing camera lurking inside your smart phone.
Saturday (day 12 of 365)
cleaning the bathroom w
01/15/2013 04:41:00 AM
I have been preparing a talk/presentation for a local women's church group about my jewellery/digital scrapbooking/blog/faith and I have realised the following:
I miss digital scrapbooking and I intend to do more this year
01/11/2013 07:58:00 AM
Welcome to another iphone Friday feature
iphone photos of the week
Here are some of my daily images from the past week
On Friday I created some crocheted janmary designs necklaces
On Saturday I played with organised my new shelves for my
01/07/2013 11:28:00 AM
Everyone finally back to school today ..... the cat and I have the house back to ourselves!
It is only a month until our trip to Florida - can't wait, especially on dark, wet and gloomy mornings like today!
This was at 8.45 am this morning. I am
01/04/2013 14:48:00 PM
For 2013, as well as taking a daily photo on my iphone, I plan to have a weekly series on using your iphone - hence iphone Friday!
I will share a few of my images from each week and also include a review of some of my favourite iphone photography
01/04/2013 08:42:59 AM
janmary posted a photo:
01/03/2013 10:39:00 AM
So I am trying again ..... to take a photo every day for the year.
This year it will be all on my iphone/instagram but I plan to share the images here on my blog too.
I might post each day, but I will probably post a few at a time, as I am doing in
01/01/2013 14:00:00 PM
12/31/2012 13:04:00 PM
Happy New Year!
As has now become a tradition on my blog, at the end of the year I share a post with
12/31/2012 11:04:00 AM
These are links to my most popular posts on my blog this year.
There were a few unexpected surprises included!
1. Bookcase makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
2. Easy Mint Cheesecake
(still need to remembered to take a photo when I next mad
12/30/2012 14:29:00 PM
I only ventured out (of the cottage) once today, to capture some spectacular breaking waves in Portballintrae. LOTS of pics ........
12/30/2012 07:08:35 AM
janmary posted a photo:
12/29/2012 08:07:34 AM
janmary posted a photo:
12/28/2012 10:12:53 AM
janmary posted a photo:
12/25/2012 14:22:00 PM
Following on from our Christmas Eve traditions .... here is a traditional Christmas in our house.
The alloted time for our 8 year old to come in and wake us up was 7am, but as he was sick in the night with a high temperature and we saw him at 4am, 5
12/24/2012 16:17:00 PM
Since we were married (20 years ago - eeek!) we have accumulated number of Christmas traditions, with quite a few specifically for Christmas Eve.
My favourite thing about Christmas Eve is NOT GOING OUT to the shops! If it ain't bought by now, it isn
12/19/2012 16:23:00 PM
I made Peppermint Bark for the first time today, and can't believe
how easy it is to make
how delicious it is
how pretty and Christmas-y it looks
how come I haven't made it before now!
dark chocolate - 2 large bars (preferably "good
12/17/2012 13:54:00 PM
Clever bedroom storage furniture can make a little space go
a lot further, and life that bit easier with everything allocated a place that
isnt the floor! Here a John Lewis guest bloggers presents top picks for
getting the most out of precious spa
12/17/2012 08:00:00 AM
My son (we will call him Junior) is mad about Skylanders, and loves playing with the characters, both on the Wii, and just with the figures too. Many a deep discussion is to be had about the merits of each character and their powers. The plot, graphi
12/16/2012 16:38:00 PM
It's that time again ..... my favourite bloggy time of the year, when we all visit eachother's blogs and share our Christmas decor.
So welcome to my world, and home, here in Northern Ireland.
Come on, on in and make yourself at home.
12/12/2012 14:59:00 PM
I came across this Christmas Meme / Questionnaire and thought I would share a wee bit of my Christmas here in N Ireland.
12/12/2012 10:04:00 AM
Just occasionally my kids think that having a blogging mum is more of a bonus than an embarrassment - and when I am sent a "cool awesome" Nintendo 3DS and games to review is one of those times.
Anyone with an iphone or facebook will probably be fami
12/11/2012 14:28:00 PM
I was sent a beautiful signature scented Orange Grove Candle from The White Company as a wee Christmas blogging gift.
12/10/2012 10:29:00 AM
Over the weekend our middle kid turned 13 - eeeeek!
12/08/2012 14:17:00 PM
Ta da! ...... after 14 years of living with a green carpet we detested, we finally have replaced it, and all the planned work of the last few weeks of work is finished.
This is it just after the carpet was laid - so still a bit bare
12/03/2012 15:45:00 PM
Each year I purchase an Advent Calender, but I also enjoy re-using the ones from previous years.
As our house is still in semi-chaos so our Christmas decorations are not yet down from the attic. I am waiting impatiently patiently, and making do with
12/02/2012 17:35:00 PM
Last week I managed to escape the building work at home and attend the Invest NI Conference Design for Business.
I arrived in plenty of time, and went for a short walk around outside and took a few photos to share with my bloggy friends.
12/01/2012 15:48:00 PM
The work continues ......
This week we have
new lights in hall and landing (more pics to follow of those (when we get all the lightbulbs we need)
a light in the new cupboard under the stairs
painted walls, and first coat on the skirting boards and
12/01/2012 01:22:00 AM
Recently I was offered the chance to choose my ideal party outfit from the online fashion retailer Kaleidoscope and share with my readers what for me would be the perfect outfit.
There was so much choice, but as my favourite colour is teal and I kne
11/27/2012 15:02:00 PM
I was recently given the opportunity to review some of the Ikea toys which are part of their annual charity campaign.
11/23/2012 13:07:00 PM
the 5 minute Friday prompt is THANK YOU -
11/22/2012 15:48:00 PM
Last week this was the list of what was ahead of us - updated with the progress to date:
new understair storage cupboard being built
11/20/2012 14:47:00 PM
My kids would love a dog, and while we have (yet) to weaken, we went sort of (!) a step closer when we were sent the Wappy Nintendo Game and Interactive Toy to review! Apparently a virtual dog was not what they had in mind!
My 8 year old son has
11/13/2012 15:57:00 PM
It is a bit chaotic around here right now - we are a bit upside down, as we are starting to get some work done in the house
new understair storage cupboard being built
new hall / stairs / landing / dinning room carpet
painting hall / stairs / landi
11/09/2012 00:44:00 AM
I'm joining in with Five Minute Friday (5 minutes of writing on a given topic .... writing from the heart without editing, then joining in with other bloggers by sharing it over at Lisa jo's The Gypsy Mama blog)
This week the topic is QUIET
10/30/2012 16:14:00 PM
I usually don't like to blog without the photos to accompany it, but I plan to blog tonight and add the photos tomorrow. So if there aren't any images yet - come back to see them later!
Unusually for us we aren't up at the cottage when the kids are off school for half term.
10/24/2012 15:47:00 PM
I made this receipe last week, to celebrate having everyone home again (my husband had been in America for 5 days)
10/20/2012 15:03:00 PM
For the last few weeks I have taken my camera with me to some of the local parks and captured some images - here are a selection.....
10/18/2012 15:26:00 PM
My son will quickly tell anyone who is interested (or not) that his mum blogs and it is awesome as he gets to review toys!
When I was asked to review the Mattel Apptivity Hot Wheels car using the app for the iPad, I knew he would love it - combining his obsession love of hot wheels cars, and meaning he would get access to his sister's iPad, it was bound to be a winner.
The Hot Wheels toy arrived (we received the Drift King car), and as soon as the free iPad app was downloaded from the [..]
10/16/2012 15:00:00 PM
Last week our youngest member of our family turned 8!
For his birthday he got a new "big" bike with gears and brakes, with which he was well pleased.
He had a party with SIXTEEN kids, in our house (!) last Saturday, but thanks to the magic tricks and humour of Magic George the magician we all survived to tell the tale.
We had a Skylander cake and Skylander cupcakes (thanks to ebay who provided the edible skylanders)
I had a go at layering jelly - the kids were impressed!
10/08/2012 15:39:00 PM
Continuing my Janmary Does Autumn (this is Part 3), as part of The Inspired Room's Fall Nesting series, tonight I am sharing Fall (autumn) around the house.
To be honest, here in Ireland there is now a whole lot of seasonal decorating beyond Christmas. I am probably the exception to the rule, as I have embraced Valentines Decor, Spring/Easter Decor, Beach/summer decor and of course Fall/Autumn decor.
Consequently, available and affordable seasonal products (beyond Christmas) are not readily av [..]
10/05/2012 14:37:00 PM
10/01/2012 15:50:00 PM
09/26/2012 09:06:00 AM
A few months back I reviewed Bananagrams - a fun word game I bought at BritMums Live blogging conference. Now I have the opportunity to review another game from the same creators.
Zip-it is portable, quick, and suitable for our whole family.
Each round only takes about 1 minute, so although it is only a 2 player game, everyone can quickly have a turn without too much waiting.
If you want to you can play until one player reaches the 10 points, scoring 1 point for each round won, a [..]
09/23/2012 13:24:00 PM
I was given the opportunity to try out on of the local Groupon Belfast offers, and as soon as I saw the Shutter Sheep Night-time Photography Workshop I knew that was the one I wanted to do.
Booking online was straightforward, and although the workshop had to be rescheduled due to heavy rain, there was lots of communication and a new time slot was booked.
So last night, my eldest daughter and I headed to Starbucks at Victoria Square, Belfast, wrapped up warm with cameras and tripods at the read [..]