You are some kind of wonderful.
So many of us are driving ourselves crazy each and every day and we don’t even really know it. Striving for perfection. The perfect job. The perfect home. The perfect figure. The perfect child. The perfect family. The perfect life. Those perfect people that we follow every day on social media. Yes, you know them – the ones that just seem to constantly have their sh** together. The ones that never have a bad day. The ones who make life look so easy… so effortless… so candid… so happy… and there you are wondering if you can even get out of bed to face the day. It is 7am. Your toddler is jumping up and down on the bed and keeps hitting you accidentally in the head. Your thumb is obsessively scrolling, scrolling, scrolling… watching these people who have feeds filled with perfection. There is always perfectly fresh, perfectly crumpled bed linen and morning walks to the organic farmer’s markets completed before you have even managed to dish out the cold lumpy porridge. There is always new shoes and clean kids in beautiful organic brands featured. There is always healthy snacks for the kids that eat everything. There is always glowing skin, big bright smiles and perfectly manicured nails and lots of perky bottoms. There is always “perfection.” Some days you just love seeing these beautiful images and inspirational captions. There are days when our own minds can drive us mad wondering how other people just seem to have it all. Nobody is as perfect as their Instagram feed makes them look. Nobody.
Not everyone is posting the perfect images to make us feel crap. Sometimes the perfectly thought-out, curated and styled images are posted to make people feel better… to allow them to escape. Capturing these moments takes us away from the everyday norm to a place where we can hide from floors covered in spaghetti bolognese and bed sheets encrusted with dried baby formula. More often that not there is a very frazzled, very un-glamorous woman standing behind that iPhone lens.
Be who you are unapologetically. You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.
Images by Anna Groniecka
One day you came into my life and everything changed. On that day you made me a different person. Some days I feel like I can not cope and other days I feel like I was put on this Earth just to be your Mama.
Someday I will tell you how much you changed my life. Someday you will understand just how much you mean to me. Some days I feel so out of my depth and other days I feel like I am doing perfectly ok. Some days I feel insanely lonely and other days I feel like all I need in the world is you.
Someday I will tell you stories about your life. The kind of childhood that you had. The summer days spent outside with great people. The days spent jumping in big puddles and you with your head back laughing. I will also tell you about the winter days spent curled up inside with those that love you so much. The days filled with laughter and hugs and me not wanting to ever let you go.
Someday you will grow up. One day you will not need me the way you need me now anymore and on that day I know I will shed a tear. Some days I wish for you to be more grown up and other days I want you to be my baby forever. Some days I worry because you do certain things and other days I just want you to be you. Wild & wonderful you.
Someday you might have children of your own and on that day you too will learn that us Mamas would do anything for our babies. Just about anything. I love you today and every day and I will love you even a bit more tomorrow.
Someday I hope that you will look back and remember the days spent playing in muddy puddles, wild and free, with me.
Images by Gillian Horgan
We haven’t done a Mama Meet-Up together in ages, not since this one in London & so we really wanted to do one before Nessa heads back to the desert. We were beyond excited to team up with the gorgeous Sarah and her husband Wayne for a dreamy Sunday afternoon at their store, Salingers Bespoke, in Cork City. They are seriously the most amazing couple to plan an event with… even at such short notice! Salingers Little have just launched their AW17 kids clothing collections and we were so happy to have been a part of the celebrations.
We met some familiar faces and also some new gorgeous mamas that we connected with on our Instagram. Our love for Instagram grows stronger after each Mama Meet-Up for introducing us to some of the best people.
Sarah launched her online childhood store, Salingers Little in April of this year and we are huge fans of her and her dreamy brand. Sarah is a mama to two incredibly adorable girls, Lulu & Heidi. She is the kind of woman that we just want to be around and who makes us want to just do more… plus she is absolutely gorgeous – inside and out.
These events are just something that we do for fun or as we say always… to escape. We don’t charge for tickets and we usually just keep them small and intimate so our guests can have proper chats and get to know each other. This time around we made it an open invite as we wanted to make sure lots of people got a glimpse of the gorgeous stock that Salingers Little have to offer. We wanted so much of the stock for our own kids! Leona bought this dress, these socks and this bib & Nessa bought this print and this dotey gift set. We were also introduced to a gorgeous skin-care brand called Rain who gave us goody bags filled with 100% natural, organically-certified Mama & Baby skin-care samples.
Thank you so much to those of you that came and to those of you that sent us the sweetest messages about the event. We are so appreciative of people taking time to support what we do.
The end of our Summer is here. Yesterday was our last day together… for a while… we were totally heartbroken saying our goodbyes but we have had THE most incredible summer filled with the best memories and collected some crazy beautiful moments. We have so many plans for Dreaming Always, both together and apart so please stick around for lots more to come.
Do not cry because it’s over, smile because it happened,
Images by Brid O’Donovan
Despite what people may think, us “bloggers’ do not all shop all of the time or get sent lots of free stuff but when the opportunity comes, we embrace it and spend all of our money on matching accessories and coordinating outfits… as all normal thirty-something-year-olds do, right? Our recent trip to Lisbon was our opportunity to shop guilt-free for ourselves and not for the tiny people that dominate our shopping sprees 99% of the time. Our bank accounts basically do not allow us to do designer shopping so most of what we wore is from our usual stores – ASOS, H&M, Topshop, Zara, Parfois, New Look and Penneys.
Our Lisbon trip now feels like a distant memory but we are already planning our next trip… in our heads for now… but we always say that it is so important to dream… & dreams do become reality… New York, here we come!
It seems that lots of you are heading to Lisbon in the next few months. You can see where we visited in our last blog post here and make sure to mail us if you want any recommendations or suggestions. We always love to hear from you.
Images by Joao Nogueira
What now seems like a very long time ago, two very sleep-deprived mamas decided that they needed to plan an escape. Something to keep them going through the endless nights and long days of working and motherhood. They had once said that they would love to go to Lisbon together and so they decided to make this dream a reality.
Planning a trip away for two adults isn’t as easy as one might think. We had a lot going on at the time and so we decided to hand over the responsibility to Travel Counsellors – a travel company that we think are exceptional at what they do… incredibly personal customer service. What we loved was the attention to detail from our Travel Counsellor, as she arranged absolutely everything for us – we didn’t even have to check in for our flight ourselves. She also text us to see if we were happy with everything during the trip and sent us a sweet “Welcome Home” card in the post on Monday evening. Seriously, they were a dream to book with and if you fancy your own Travel Counsellor, you can find them here.
We both want the same thing from our travels – a sense of escape & freedom. We wanted to get lost exploring gorgeous architecture and trying local food, to be immersed in the culture and to just completely unwind. We spent most of our weekend between two gorgeous areas of Lisbon – Chiado & Alfama. We had planned to take the train to Sintra which is the most dreamy village ever but we got so caught up in exploring that we didn’t make it out there. The perfect excuse to go back to visit this gorgeous city.
We got up super early… like 7am early… and jumped on the number 28 tram which luckily for us stopped right outside our hotel in the city centre – Hotel Mundial. You have to do this tram ride if you visit Lisbon but do attempt to get up early to avoid crazy queues – it is worth it!
We headed up to Lisbon’s oldest but most colourful and charming neighbourhood. Alfama is the historic soul of Lisbon and we are absolutely in love with the area. It was a tiled walls, cobbled streets and beautiful doorways kind of heaven for us. There was just so much character to the place with lots of gorgeous little cafes to stop off in along the way for our favourite local custard tarts called Pasteis de Nata. We headed back to our hotel for a little break in a tuk tuk, which are perfect for navigating the narrow streets and such a fun way to experience the city.
We headed back up to Alfama again in the afternoon by tuk tuk to have some food and sample some local wine… lots of local wine. We ate dinner at a gorgeous little spot – Esperanca da Se – right by the Se Cathedral. We also loved the interiors here and our pizza and prawn linguini nero were delish. The two of us were delighted with ourselves sitting outside watching the world go by with some chilled rose wine.
We also loved the area of Chiado, which was more modern and stylish than Alfama. There was lots of beautiful architecture, theatres, charming old bookshops and big international shopping brands and just so much people-watching to be done. The women were beautifully dressed and we sat in a square in the sunshine just taking it all in.
We drank pink gins and ate french fries in a really cool burger place – Honorato. For once, we just could not fit in the most delicious looking burgers after just eating lunch somewhere else but the interiors here were absolutely amazing and we had a great window seat.
We spent Sunday evening in a totally gorgeous bar overlooking the Luís de Camões Square called Le Consulat talking about just how lucky we both felt right at that very moment. The drinks were reasonably priced for somewhere that looked so high-end and the staff were so friendly.
As mamas, we are both guilty of forgetting about ourselves in all of this motherhood malarkey. We decided that this weekend was all about us. We would do exactly what we wanted to do and not feel guilty for one moment of the trip. It takes a village to try and go away for a weekend. There was so much organising to be done at home. The trip to Lisbon made us realise that you do need to escape every so often from the normal every day chores and routine. It is not about escaping your children. You do not have to be a mama to need to escape.
We all need to escape every now and then… so as to not forget about you.
Already dreaming of our next trip,
Images by Joao Nogueira