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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.
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.
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.
Dress, Skirt, Jumper & Necklaces | Whitefawn Boutique
Images by Brid O’Donovan Photography
Pregnancy for me was a dark time – Mabel arrived late one Spring evening and although she was ten days early, she was just perfect. I remember looking up at my husband upon hearing her cries and saying – it’s over – meaning the pregnancy. But it was really just beginning. The girl of my dreams was finally here. One of the lines from my favourite song Galileo by Declan O’Rourke always makes me think of Mabel – “Who dreamt up someone so divine, someone like you and made them mine?”
Throughout my pregnancy I was just so convinced that I was having a boy. I had it so built up in my head that I was having a boy that when I woke up from my general anaesthetic and I was told that I had a beautiful little girl, I didn’t actually believe the midwives or my husband and I started shouting at him as to why my little boy was wearing a pink hat. I just started to cry so hard. Emie-Rose is everything to me. She has changed me. She has created a new kind of fire in me. I often just look at her, this perfect tiny human, and say thank you out loud.
I was yours before I knew, and you have always been mine too,
Bonnets | Guadalupe Creations
Images by Sarah Blake Photography
Some days we surprise ourselves and we feel like we can handle anything that is thrown at us and we are on top of the world and then there are weeks like this week when both of us feel that everything is just hard-going and we wanted to constantly run away and hide in our sanctuary – the toilet. We feel stressed. The never-ending daily demands. The constant and over-whelming mama guilt about every little thing imaginable. The explosive teething poos at the supermarket. The pureé-ing of sweet potato that gets spat back at you. The mountains of washing. The empty fridge despite feeling like you are at the supermarket all the time. Small every day things that most days wouldn’t bother us but at times can make us so bothered and cranky. The simplest of things can make life feel over-whelming whether you’re working or not, a mama or not, a business owner or not but simply a human-being.
Images by Magda Lukas Photography
Every summer, like the roses, childhood returns. Wasn’t it beautiful when you believed in everything? When life was so full of innocence, so full of adventure & so full of dreams. When summers were spent outdoors and marked by bumps and bruises from climbing trees and running wild. A time before iPads and iPhones ever existed. Before technology took over.
We gathered some amazing women – real-life and insta-friends – together to chat over mini scones and coffees last weekend in one of our favourite cafes – The Old Blarney Post Office. Bonus: There’s a little garden out the back for the kids to run around. It turned out to be a scorcher of a day so the sun cream was continuously slathered on and the wasps were being whacked away all morning. It was so heart-warming to see our little ones playing together as if they knew each other all of their lives. The beauty of childhood. Our pal Cathy so kindly took some photos of the gang.
It’s important to us to connect people especially other mothers out there doing their thang with this platform so we were delighted to hear everyone talking about the different projects they are working on and exchanging phone numbers and Snapchat usernames.
These mama meet-ups will be a huge part of what we do with Dreaming Always. If you would like to be a part of them, please do send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have been so humbled with all the positive vibes sent our way since we launched our website so thank you all so much.
Images by Cathy O’Donoghue
A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for everything. Unfortunately, we are mamas. We don’t get to sleep. So we just laugh a lot.
We have very similar taste in just about everything – clothes, interiors, food, gin, people… We often buy the same thing without knowing it but end up styling it so differently. One sleep-deprived day we got a notion to include a style section on this website. We are not fashion bloggers (Nessa might have been one in a previous life) nor are we trying to keep up with the latest trends. Our goal for these style posts is to create similar looks from two different perspectives.
We didn’t stop laughing during this shoot with Magda Lukas. We felt totally ridiculous and wondered how we thought it might be a good idea to shoot discretely next to the entrance to Blarney Castle in the middle of tourist season. We hang out at this little cafe a lot though – the old blarney post office – and thought it would be a good idea to bring our favourite places into our shoots. We are working on our nonchalance for the next one.
Dresses | Zara
Images by Magda Lukas Photography