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Maybe it’s because we are getting older, maybe it’s because we have kids but going on holidays has become a little less about where we are and more about who we are with.

We both love to travel and this summer we were both lucky enough to enjoy holidays abroad with our parents… and both came home vowing to do it again next year.

There is just something so special about watching the relationship between your children and their grandparents grow. We feel so grateful that we have the opportunity to experience this endless love. Splashing in the pool, sunrise beach walks, dinners at sunset, bike rides, taking endless pictures and eating plates of pasta – memories that will always stay with us and ones that we can pass on to our children. Spending time with loved-ones. It’s just what life is all about.

The extra help when there’s someone to take the baby for an hour whilst you enjoy a midday tipple reading a book by the pool is also a serious treat. We really didn’t appreciate the eight hours we used to spend baking on the sun-loungers enough in our pre-kids life. Holidaying with small babies can be quite stressful from the packing to trying to source milk formula aboard once you unexpectedly run out but we figure if you are going to be stressed anyway, why not be stressed in a beautiful sunny country?

Leona spent a week with her husband, Archie and Mabel and the rest of her family recently in Riccione on the Adriatic Coast of Italy for her father’s birthday.

Riccione is a beautiful historic town in Northern Italy. It’s incredibly family-friendly – you can even wheel your buggy on the handiest purpose-built wooden paths right to the edge of the sea. No getting stuck in the sand. It also has the cutest playgrounds and bicycle tracks at every turn. I adored the seaside promenade which stretches for miles dotted with the cutest coloured beach huts, cafes and bars where cheap but delicious prosecco and Aperol Spritz flows freely and the pink skies at sunset are just perfect.

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How cute is little Mabel on her holidays? We love the quote “Happiness is only real when shared” and that’s really been proved to us this summer,

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Coffee Date

Brid O'Donovan

Some souls just understand each other upon meeting.

Sometimes you meet a person and you just click – you’re immediately as comfortable with them as if they were family. You don’t have to pretend to be anyone or anything. We have both learned a lot this year. We have learned that things don’t always turn out the way you planned. We have learned that there are things that go wrong and don’t always get put back together the way they were before. We have learned about the value of friendship and the importance of having people around you that just get you. We have learned that you can get through hard times as long as you have people that love you.  The people that love the imperfect you. The forgetful you. The busy you. The cranky you. The stressed you. The crazy you. We all go a little crazy at times.

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We found the most perfect place for coffee last week in our own city. A place that has been in our city for years and years and we have only just discovered it as a coffee destination – Greenes Restaurant. We probably stumbled across it a few months too late as it’s the outdoor seating area that appealed to us. It’s right next to a gorgeous waterfall feature (where there’s water obviously) so it’s definitely not the place for babies on the move but it would have been the perfect spot in the city centre for coffee with Emie-Rose & Mabel this summer. We also had a little road-trip to Clonakilty the same week to visit a gorgeous store called Whitefawn Boutique.

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We have set up our Places section of the website to share some of our favourite places with you – whether it’s where we like to shop, go to have coffee, where we like to go on holidays or our favourite place to drink gin.

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Images by Brid O’Donovan Photography