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Maria is a local blogger who writes about her own adventures & misadventures as a Thoroughly Modern Mammy.

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Creating a Perfect Family Christmas 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Creating a Perfect Family Christmas

By  •  Mammy

“Surviving Christmas,” “Christmas Survival Tips for the Working Mum”, “How to Survive Christmas”…

I googled these last night.

Some of the “advice” online is nothing short of HILARIOUS. …
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Dunfanaghy mother becomes Donegal’s Carer of the Year 1 year ago

Dunfanaghy mother becomes Donegal’s Carer of the Year

Kathleen McBride from Dunfanaghy was yesterday named as the Donegal Careplus Carer of the Year.

Kathleen cares for her son Martin, aged 20, who lives with Down Syndrome. She has …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – A letter to a Mammy who stopped me in my tracks 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – A letter to a Mammy who stopped me in my tracks

By  •  Mammy

A letter to the Mammy I watched last week.

Last week, I found myself staring at you.

I couldn’t take my eyes off you.

You were dealing with your little …
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Empowered Donegal mammies begin a new life chapter 1 year ago

Empowered Donegal mammies begin a new life chapter

Every Donegal mammy has a personal CV of incredible skills she often doesn’t realise – she is a multi-tasker, a chef, a dietitian, an accountant, a doctor, a counsellor, a …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – a substitute for the Bacon! 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – a substitute for the Bacon!

By  •  Mammy

Mammies.

I have had a genius idea.

My Princess LOVES Peppa Pork.  She loves that fat little pink Piggy to the point that it is becoming quite the obsession.  Peppa, …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Virtual Real Friendships 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Virtual Real Friendships

By  •  Mammy

After the initial business of arriving home with a new Baby, comes a quiet and calm, that can be lovely and much needed.

However, a few weeks or months, or …
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Bookings begin for ‘Little Rascals’ to see Santa 1 year ago

Bookings begin for ‘Little Rascals’ to see Santa

A special Santa experience is returning to Rossnakill this December and bookings have just begun today (Thursday).

On December 9th and 10th, children will get a chance to meet Santa …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Halloween 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Halloween

By  •  Mammy

You know the BEST thing about Halloween?

Once, it’s over, it is FINALLY Christmas. I’m not a fan. For this little Mammy, Halloween is simply a pot hole which we …
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Tough challenges ahead, but ‘tough cookie’ Mikaela stays positive 1 year ago

Tough challenges ahead, but ‘tough cookie’ Mikaela stays positive

Mikaela was selected to have her story told to highlight the day.

Mikaela, who attends Scoil Bhríde in Convoy will be eight in January and her parents, Sinéad and Chris, …
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Find your Mama Squad 1 year ago

Find your Mama Squad

By  •  Health, Mammy

How are you?

“I’m grand, yeah fine, I’m good”.

How many times a day do we tell ourselves this, do we tell other people this?

Have you perfected your mask?


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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Is Different Wrong? 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Is Different Wrong?

By  •  Mammy

On Wednesday, I wrote a blog post on how an imaginary spider and a pair of knickers caused a post apocalyptic meltdown in my house before 7am. Read it here.


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Why these Donegal kids are 2×2 of a kind! 1 year ago

Why these Donegal kids are 2×2 of a kind!

It was double baby joy for Moville couple Seamus and Elizabeth Doherty as they had their second set of twins. Little Sienna and Travis were born at Letterkenny University Hospital …
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Parents warned after boy is injured by exploding Paw Patrol product 1 year ago

Parents warned after boy is injured by exploding Paw Patrol product

By  •  Mammy

The little boy from Derry suffered external and internal burns after the incident with a Paw Patrol Foam Soap, Belfast Live reports.

The boy is currently in intensive care at the Royal …
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Meet the Donegal mum bringing positivity to expectant mammies 1 year ago

Meet the Donegal mum bringing positivity to expectant mammies

By  •  Mammy

Donegal mum Maria Coleman has become an advocate for the positive birth movement in the north-west, and is now working towards spreading her positive message to mums-to-be across the county.


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Here’s how to get the new Lottie Treehouse at almost half price 1 year ago

Here’s how to get the new Lottie Treehouse at almost half price

By  •  Mammy

Choosing the perfect Christmas present can prove challenging, if not downright stressful. This year – with lots of new additions to their range – the team at Lottie Dolls might …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Saying things wrong 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Saying things wrong

By  •  Mammy

Mini-Me’s mispronunciation of words provides endless inspiration for my daily smumbles. I was reminded of this post yesterday as she sang “and so say all of us” to her Doll …
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Meet Mia – the doll changing children’s attitudes to disability 1 year ago

Meet Mia – the doll changing children’s attitudes to disability

Meet Mia, the outdoor-loving wildlife photographer. She wears a cochlear implant, but that is just one of the features of Mia that make her unique.

Mia is passionate about her photography …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – You are enough Mammy 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – You are enough Mammy

By  •  Mammy

Mammies.

No matter what kind of day you are having right now, remember that You ARE enough.

You have bad days.  You have bad mornings. You have a short temper. …
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Here’s how much it costs to raise a newborn today 1 year ago

Here’s how much it costs to raise a newborn today

By  •  Mammy

The average costs of having a baby in Ireland and raising it to its first birthday have been revealed by Life insurance provider AA Insurance.

The costs of a baby’s first 12 …
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Government to introduce IVF funding and extended maternity leave for premature births 1 year ago

Government to introduce IVF funding and extended maternity leave for premature births

By  •  Mammy

The Cabinet is due to consider the introduction of laws for the regulation of Assisted Human Reproduction, which includes IVF.

The Irish Times reports that Health Minister Simon Harris will …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Invisible Mammy 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Invisible Mammy

By  •  Mammy

“Get away from me with that camera”.

How many of you have said this? How many times have you said it?

If you’re like me, you’ll have a smartphone …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Part Two – Shame on body shamers 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Part Two – Shame on body shamers

By  •  Mammy

It seems that last week’s column struck a chord with many of you Glammy Mammies, so the second piece of this might also resonate. If you think that the public …
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Anam Cara extends support services to new Donegal location 1 year ago

Anam Cara extends support services to new Donegal location

Anam Cara, the national organisation that supports bereaved parents, will host an Information Evening on Tuesday 3rd of October in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town at 7pm.

The free event …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Bump-shaming 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Bump-shaming

By  •  Mammy

Yes.  I’m saying it.

Stop body-shaming bumps. Body Shaming happens to all women, of all ages, of all shapes and sizes, all the time…EVEN, believe it or not, during Pregnancy. …
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Empty Nest? It’s time to spread YOUR wings 1 year ago

Empty Nest? It’s time to spread YOUR wings

By  •  Health, Mammy

In last week’s article I focused on students moving to university and dealing with homesickness.

This week my focus is on the parents/guardians who are left behind. As a mother …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – A Royal No No 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – A Royal No No

By  •  Mammy

So the royal family is expecting another Baby.

Good for them.  

I’m as happy for Kate as I would be to hear of ANY pregnancy, but Holy Gemima, …
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Helen has the secret to stress-free parenting… and is happy to share it! 1 year ago

Helen has the secret to stress-free parenting… and is happy to share it!

Helen Swierszcz is a parenting coach who has created a class for parents and toddlers to tune into connection, communication and mindfulness.

Ahead of the first class on 12th September, …
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Donegal restaurant comforts parents with free tea and scones 1 year ago

Donegal restaurant comforts parents with free tea and scones

The first day back to school is full of emotions – stress, excitement, and heartache for many parents to see their wee ones running through the gates.

One Donegal restaurant …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Parenting life-hacks 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Parenting life-hacks

By  •  Mammy

So we have survived the first week of normality and reality with everyone back to School, Childcare and work.  

I don’t know how you other Mammies are feeling this …
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Parents warned to check one thing before sharing back to school photos 1 year ago

Parents warned to check one thing before sharing back to school photos

By  •  Mammy

Those cute photos of kids lined up in their brand new uniforms could be giving away dangerous amounts of personal information, according to CyberSafe Ireland.

The online safety organisation warns …
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A lesson in preparing for the school routine 1 year ago

A lesson in preparing for the school routine

By  •  Health, Mammy

It’s that time of year again.

Time seems to go faster. Darkness arrives earlier and earlier, as families get back into the school routine.

With the relaxed nature of the …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Drying your Hair 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Drying your Hair

By  •  Mammy

I wanted to write to all the Mammies and Daddies whose little people are starting school this week.

I waited for the words to come, and then realised I had …
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Good progress made for children with special needs in Donegal 2 years ago

Good progress made for children with special needs in Donegal

By  •  Mammy

The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) was launched last year by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone and has delivered real benefits across County Donegal.


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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Flying with wobblers 2 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Flying with wobblers

By  •  Mammy

Flying solo with Wobblers.

Yes I know that the school holidays are nearly over, but with schools reopening and prices dropping drastically, lots of families with Wobblers are still looking …
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Here are the most popular baby names so far in 2017 2 years ago

Here are the most popular baby names so far in 2017

By  •  Mammy

For little girls, Emma, Olivia, and Ava have claimed the top spots.

For boys, Liam, Noah, and Lucas are the most popular.

According to BabyCentre, Emma has jumped from number …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Things people say to Pregnant Mammies 2 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Things people say to Pregnant Mammies

By  •  Mammy

Rational thinking goes out the window the second a pregnancy test indicates a positive result.  

Logic goes with it.

They are replaced by panic and worry and fear.


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Little adventurers will love this new Lottie doll from Donegal 2 years ago

Little adventurers will love this new Lottie doll from Donegal

By  •  Mammy

A new lifelike Brownie doll was launched last week at the Irish Girl Guides’ international camp. The Brownie figure, like all Lottie Dolls, is modelled on the proportions of an average nine-year-old child.


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Thoroughly Modern Mammy  –  You will you know? 2 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – You will you know?

By  •  Mammy

You will , you know!

 

“Everyone is the perfect parent…until they have children.”

 

Who said this first? I have no idea.

Who says it now? …
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New course to empower ’empty nest’ Donegal mammies 2 years ago

New course to empower ’empty nest’ Donegal mammies

“Women in the Home…..New Beginnings,” has been created to offer women the emotional and practical support needed to bridge the gap between years spent in the home caring for others to …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Captain of my Ship 2 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Captain of my Ship

By  •  Mammy

As parents, we are often afraid to say or type what we are really thinking or feeling, incase it comes across as silly or unreasonable.  We are afraid of being …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Mind yer language! 2 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Mind yer language!

By  •  Mammy

​I say “we” to include ALL of the members of my family who sometimes swear; you know? Me, The Him… Mini-Me…

In the past few weeks, little Miss Moral Knickers …
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Now you can send your children to a pub for childcare! 2 years ago

Now you can send your children to a pub for childcare!

By  •  Mammy

The infamous Argony Pipe Bar on the Derry to Newtown road is to get a new lease of life as a childcare facility aimed at families with children aged 6 …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – It’s time to take the compliment Mammy 2 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – It’s time to take the compliment Mammy

By  •  Mammy

“Your daughter is beautiful.”   Aw she is, isn’t she? Thank you.

“I love her coat.”  I know, isn’t it gorgeous?

“Your son is so funny.”   Yeah, he cracks me up.


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New programme to focus on wellbeing of Donegal mammies 2 years ago

New programme to focus on wellbeing of Donegal mammies

A three week wellness programme for local mothers has been created by mothers to provide them with essential skills to look after their mental health.

The Minding Mammy programme will be …
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The toolkit you need to mind yourself as a mammy 2 years ago

The toolkit you need to mind yourself as a mammy

By  •  Mammy

Being a mum is one of the most important jobs in any community. We provide food, safety, warmth, clothing, connection, love, and a sense of personal importance to our children. …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Some things never change 2 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Some things never change

By  •  Mammy

Mini-Me is going through a phase of bad-eating. She’d happily live on pancakes and yoghurt at the minute. I’m blaming the summer holidays and the general lack of routine, but …
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Donegal mammies honoured at gala awards luncheon 2 years ago

Donegal mammies honoured at gala awards luncheon

A special lunch was held at the Thomas Prior Hall in Dublin to celebrate some of the most remarkable women in Ireland, with two local mothers in attendance.

Rosemary Doherty …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – My top 7 things to do with my Minions 2 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – My top 7 things to do with my Minions

By  •  Mammy

Summer.

It’s here.  And with summer, comes school holidays: when routine goes out the window, the fridge seems to have permanent bums waggling out of it, and we find ourselves …
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Kids go free: Donegal attractions for the family this summer 2 years ago

Kids go free: Donegal attractions for the family this summer

Donegal Castle, Glebe House and Gallery and Newmills Corn and Flax Mills are all opening their doors to young visitors for free.

UPDATE: Glenveagh National Park has been removed from …
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Donegal mammies establish ‘Minding Mammy’ wellbeing workshop 2 years ago

Donegal mammies establish ‘Minding Mammy’ wellbeing workshop

By  •  Mammy

Minding Mammy will be a 5 week programme aimed at helping Donegal mums cope with the mental health pressures that arise in the transition to motherhood.

It all began when Maria …
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