Powerscourt

A night in Wicklow

Where we stayed

With some birthday and new job celebrations to be had, we decided to treat ourselves to a night away in the stunning Powerscourt Hotel. They very kindly upgraded us to a mountain-view suite, which was phenomenal. It had two queen-sized beds, a separate lounge, a large hallway, a bathroom with double sinks and a walk in shower and a dressing room full of wardrobes! We were sorry to only be staying one night. Claire has stayed here a good few times in the past and she assures me every room she stayed in is as fabulous. As well as stunning views and a stone’s throw from Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, it also has a gorgeous spa, which was the other part of our trip. A night of pampering and gorgeous cocktails!

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marie kondo

How to KonMari your clothes

I’m a hoarder. Plain and simple. And I don’t discriminate, so I hoard everything, from clothes and books, to magazines and household items. For those of you who haven’t heard of the force that is Marie Kondo, she is a Japanese organising consultant. Her ‘KonMari’ method of de-cluttering has gone viral for the simple reason that it works and it’s really important to de-clutter your life every now and again. I’ve only barely dipped my toe into the Marie Kondo method, starting with clothes, but you have to start somewhere. Here’s how I got on.

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A weekend in Athlone

Where we stayed

We had a voucher for two nights’ B&B at the Prince of Wales Hotel given to Claire and it suited her to go when we did as she was just finished a large charity event she works on. It’s a small hotel with 46 rooms so it can book out quite fast, especially as one of the few hotels that openly welcomes hens and stags. It’s incredibly central and with The Prince Bar and Karma Nightclub, it’s definitely a party hotel. Our room was quite spacious and very quiet, as it was at the back of the hotel, away from the nightclub. The food is very reasonably priced and the menu is quite extensive; there’s everything from fajitas and pizza to Cajun chicken burgers and steak, basically typical bar-food. The staff in the bar, restaurant and at reception were lovely, funny, friendly and at times flirty throughout our stay.

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Jenny & Claire

Our trip to London

Where we stayed

We got a great deal with The Bloomsbury Hotel,  which we booked through Low Cost Holidays. The hotel was also kind enough to give us a fabulous upgrade, so we were thrilled with our massive room and the heated floors in our gorgeous bathroom! We didn’t have any food in the hotel apart from breakfast, but that was really lovely; an extensive menu including lots of healthy options (which we didn’t opt for) and a lovely range of smoothies and juices. We did have a few cocktails there, and the manager in the residents’ bar was very nice, really good craic, and made fantastic cocktails. The staff were amazing throughout the hotel and during our entire stay; the whole atmosphere was brilliant. We will definitely come back and stay again soon.

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Bringing Darkness into Light

I registered for the Darkness into Light walk last Monday, along with Jen. We have both taken part in the walk for the last two years and we will continue to do it as long as we can. It is a hugely special event and raises money and awareness for the most amazing charity organisation; Pieta House.

Pieta House takes care of people; it provides a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm. They have locations across the country and you can check here for your nearest venue. They work with the person, their doctor and their family to improve their well-being. Continue reading

Baking

Baking for #GE16

As part of my full-time grown-up job as a radio producer for East Coast FM, I am working all weekend at the election count in Wicklow. These are always a long slog but super craic.
This is my third General Election working with the station and while I vote in Dublin West,  Wicklow’s constituency has a massive place in my heart.

bakers gonna bake

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