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April 2016

Features, Mamma Musings

Preparing for a return to the corporate world!



This one is a little light hearted, a little tongue in cheek, its my last post while on maternity leave!

The corporate world beckons from Monday morning. Its bitter sweet, I am looking forward to going back – child free toilet breaks, hot coffee, adult conversation but I will undoubtedly miss my wee men. I have been home with the pair of them for best part of a year and I will really miss them. In an ideal world id love to combine my love of writing with working at home however at this point in time im not sure id manage to make a sustainable income from it (say she while frantically googling blog/ social media success stories such as this inspiring post  london seo expert success story you’ll never believe)

On the bright side they are in very safe hands with the legend that is The Nanna Fairy.

I was sent this info graphic and did laugh at how spot on it actually is! The info graphic (see opposite) was produced by and depicts the  50 “most annoying” or most used corporate phrases used. Having a look through it a lot of these are creeping into everyday parlance also.

There are a couple from that list that drive me to the brink!!

My personal pet hates –

  • “ducks in a row” aaarrrggghhhhh – ducks where are the ducks??! Seriously no ducks, no more mentions of ducks, whats wrong with – “get organised”??


  • “bite the bullet – ok, nobody here is biting bullets! You are perhaps making a tough decision, your in business, its an important decision, its expected. Lets talk “tough decisions” instead.


  • “Going forward” – no just no, I have never and I will never use this phrase.


There are a couple from the list I haven’t heard of. Perhaps I should go back to the office to start “opening the kimono” or “looking across the piece”!

Anybody else have pet hates from this list??

Would love to hear them.

For now im about to take this off line while I get my ducks in row, to ensure I hit the ground running while thinking outside the box!!!

Take care

~Mamma F


Note: This is a collaborative post, thanks to for the graphic
Mamma Reviews, Reviews for Mama & Babas

Netflix – What we have been watching, April

April saw the much anticipated arrival of the film Frozen, im sure there aren’t many of us with kids that don’t know at least some of the words to “Let it go”!


I am not joking when I say I have watched the chronicles of Anna, Elsa and co at least 20 times since the start of the month.  frozenMy 3 year old really enjoys this film and thats regardless of how many times he has seen it! For those who dont know the plot yet, in summary its typical Disney from the catchy music to the heart warming princess tale. Anna one of the main characters is on a mission to save her kingdom from perpetual winter! Along the way we meet her buddies and her sister Elsa.  The kids love it and I think it will remain a Netlix favourite for some time to come.


Other popular picks on Netflix this month for the 3 year old are:

  • Team Umizoomi (see here)
  • Paw Patrol – no explanation needed – the pups led by the ever capable Ryder, save the town from all sorts of dramas!

The grown up this month have been watching:

The True Cost

I urge you to give this documentary a watch.  It really opened my eyes. This documentary focuses on what has become known as “fast fashion“, as in those goods sold by the high street shops. It looks at where these goods are made, delving into the socia-economic impacts on the communities, the pollution, the working conditions, oppression, monopolies and farmer suicides.  truecostIt contains a mix of interviews from factory workers to factory owners.  It touches on the tragic case of the building collapse in Bangladesh killing thousands of factory workers. It looks of price monopolies for cotton and the rise in GMO cotton.  Its fascinating and appalling in equal measure.  Do watch it, its compelling viewing.


Have you watched any of the above? Would love to know you thoughts.

Take care

~Mamma F


Note:  I have received a Netflix subscription and an Apple TV in return for writing blog posts on what we have been watching.  All programme choices, comments, opinions and views are my own (or my sons where appropriate!!) 

Reviews for Mama & Babas

COGNIKIDS – Grip, baby bottle gripper review

The lovely team at COGNIKIDS sent the wee man one of their new baby bottle grippers to try out.  We were already fans of their gripper crawl suits so was looking forward to seeing the latest product in their range.

The Product

The product itself is very soft and flexible fits over any bottle.  The unique soft texture, helps with developing fine motor kills and hand eye coordination.  cognikidss

In addition it helps to promote self feeding.  They come in a range of colours and retails at a reasonable €14.99 direct from COGNIKIDS

Make sure to check out the new series of Dragons Den starting on April 17th where the product will be featured.


What we thought

The wee man was instantly curious and picked up the bottle no problem at all, it fit over his regular Avent bottle easily and securely. cognikids2We were at breakfast at a hotel in Lettekenny over Easter and the Grip got a lot  of attention when they saw him drinking away at his bottle by himself. Price wise it is definitely reasonable for the quality and fit. I have recommended to others without hesitation.

For further information check out COGNIKIDS


Note: We were sent the Grip to review – however as always all opinions are my own.