Recipe: Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojitos

Hey everyone. 🙂

Today was such a beautiful day. The clear blue skies and sunshine got me thinking about refreshing cocktail recipes for summer soirées with friends and family.

I came across this one on Justine Celina’s blog and absolutely fell in love with these late summer sippers. The Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojitos combine sweet blueberries with refreshing lemon, cucumber and mint. A splash of soda water adds just the right amount of sparkle. Best of all, the mojitos are free of refined sugars and made with all natural ingredients – so the next time you’re craving a cooling summer cocktail, indulge yourself with a fresh twist on the classic mojito!


For the Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup4 cups fresh blueberries

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Juice from half a lemon

For the Blueberry, Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojito1.5oz Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup

  • 2 oz of gin
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 5 leaves fresh mint
  • 5 slices of cucumber
  • Soda water
  • Ice

Optional GarnishEdible flowers (I used pansies)

  • Cocktail skewers
  • slice A of lemon
  • Fresh blueberries
  • A sprig of mint


  • If you’re making floral ice cubes, begin by sourcing your flowers, washing them and dropping them into the ice cube trays to freeze. You really can’t mess this up — so experiment with different flower place- ments within each cube and have fun with it!
  • Start on your Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup. Add blueberries and water to a medium sauce pan over low heat. The blueberries will begin to break down quickly — help them along by pressing them with a potato masher to aid in extracting the juices. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Strain the blueberry juice into a heatproof bowl, using the potato masher press the juice through the strainer. Reserve the juice for the Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup and discard the skins.
  • Add the blueberry juice and honey back to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow to thicken for 10 minutes.
  • Turn off the burner. Add the juice from half a lemon to your saucepan, stirring until incorporated. Allow your Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup to cool before using it in the Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojitos.
  • Begin assembling your cocktail by adding lemon juice, mint and cucumber to a cocktail shaker and muddling them together with a pestle. Add Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup and a few ice cubes. Shake vigorously until the cocktail shaker becomes cold.
  • Add the contents of the cocktail shaker to your glass along with your gin. Pour soda water overtop to fill your glass to the desired level.
  • Garnish your Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojito with a slice of lemon and a few blueberries on a cocktail skewer.
  • Add a sprig of mint, or a few more edible flowers and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Laura x

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Interiors Styling: Coffee Table Books

When it comes to interiors and interiors styling, coffee table books are a must. They can make the simplest of dressers, coffee tables, or side tables look so chic and well styled. 

A mix of fashion books (my favourites), lifestyle, cooking, interiors, history and photography books all look really great styled into your interiors. I never truly understood the importance of this nor how much I liked this look until it came to doing the interiors in our own home just recently.

I have collected a few fashion books over the years, and I have bit by bit been growing my collection. It’s fair to ay I am obsessed. In. a world of technology where we no longer own books and all we consume seems to be on laptops and phones, it is nice to have a touch of elegance with real, hard back, beautiful books.

 I have lots of them dotted around the house; namely the sitting room (on the coffee table, on some side tables and in our main TV unit on the shelves.  My husband, as it happens, also had a number of beautiful books built up over the years and these mixed with my fashion ones look really well (He has some books on photography, national geographic, The Kennedys and various others) 

I often get asked for advice on interiors styling and my advice is to always invest in some really good quality coffee table books, that not only look good, but are filled with up beauty too. They add character, colour, personality and detail to any space. 

Here is some inspiration on how to style them:

The Inspiration

My Top Buys 

Click on the image below for more detail and to list the link of the book in question

Hope you enjoyed

I have lots more interiors styled posts planned over the coming weeks but, as always, if there is anything you want us to cover in the area of interiors, please leave a comment below.

‘Til next time

Naomi xx

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Interiors Inspo: Kids Bedroom

Looking for some cute accessories to do up your kids room or playroom? Simple accessories like printed cushions and playful rugs can add so much to a simple room.  

Here are a few beautiful finds;

Simply click on the image and it will bring your directly to the item 🙂 

Please note: The above included links are affiliate links, meaning Naomi may earn a small percentage commission based on sales via these links. This does not impact the amount the consumer pays. 


Audi Q3

Hey ladies

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I am working with Audi Ireland and last week I got to drive the brand new Audi Q3. Talk about a complete ‘pinch me’ moment, move over Jeremy Clarkson… The Style Fairy girls are here 😉 

This is a review with a difference; I am not an expert when it comes to cars; far from it in fact! I am just a normal mammy; with two young kids (and a dog!) who needs her car for the usuals like daily school runs, shopping, pottering around at weekends. Audi wanted to hear from someone like me and my take on their brand new Q3. A real voice, minus all the tech talk, because let’s be honest, too much of that tends to go over my head anyway! 

So, where to start? There is so much I want to say, and after a poll on Instagram inviting questions, there is so much you want to know too! If I leave anything out at all, please feel free to leave a comment below and myself or a representative from Audi Ireland will be sure to answer your query. 

The specs of the model I test drove

Just some of the basic info on the Q3 model I got to test drive, plus some of the brilliant added extras this model has:

  • 1.5 TFSI 150BHP
  • Trim Level – S Line
  • Automatic 
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Turbo Blue ( a new colour for Audi)
  • Front Wheel Drive
  • 12.3 inch digital display in place of conventional dials (This is absolutely amazing!)
  • The digital display allows the owner to control the media system, telephone, navigation system, whilst also showing all traditional driving data like speed etc (Controlled with buttons on the steering wheel)
  • LED Interior Lighting – customisable to ANY colour you want 
  • Heated Seats (always a good idea!!)
  • Audi Comfort Key – I love this, it means the owner can access the car without having the key in your hand, as long as they key is on your person (or in your handbag) and you put your hand to the door, it opens! Same with starting the car, even if the key is still in your handbag, on the ground, the car will start! 
  • Hands free tailgate – Electric Boot (tailgate) is standard on the Q3’s but with the addition of the comfort key the Q3’s boot can be opened by waving your foot underneath the right hand side of the rear bumper – V handy if your hands are full with shopping! 
  • Optional: Audi Phone Box – This charges your phones wirelessly 
  • The Q3 price range starts at €38,600 (excluding delivery) 

First Impressions

To begin, a typical perhaps female response from me was; “WOW it looks good” And in fact ‘good’ doesn’t suffice, it’s absolutely gorgeous, stop in your tracks and take a good gawk, gorgeous! It’s sleek, it’s sporty and very stylish looking.

This is like the ‘Goldilocks’ of SUV’s in terms of size, it is not a huge, big cumbersome SUV, not by any means; nor would I call it very small either, yes it is compact, but it is still roomy. (See, Goldilocks.. Its ‘Juuuust right‘. )

The colour was probably the first thing I noticed when Audi Ireland delivered the Q3 SUV to my home, the colour is ‘Turbo Blue’ and it is a brand new colour for Audi. It is divine, I actually don’t think I have ever seen a colour quite like this. It isn’t for the faint hearted, it’s loud, but it’s different and that’s what I love. The one I was lucky enough to test drive for the week was the S line model and it’s a beaut! 

My Favourite Features?

  1. The Digital touch screen display (and I particularly loved the aerial sat nav view it gives you)
  2. The customisable LED ambient lighting (a small touch, but it is seriously impressive)
  3. The heated seats
  4. The comfort key – I just think this is super smart. 
  5. The Turbo Blue colour 
  6. My final point is hard to put into words, the only way I can describe it as is to say it is a dream to drive, it glides with elegance, it’s smooth and quiet (yet powerful). Hard to believe I would ‘enjoy’ this element of it so much, but it truly is a really nice SUV to drive.

Interiors and Space 

From the second you sit into the new Audi Q3 you know your in a different league; from the sleek interiors, to the wrap around heated seats to the  touch screen digital display. You know you are dealing with style and luxury on another level.

It is incredibly stylish and luxurious on the inside; the LED ambient lighting which you can make any colour is really a stylish touch for night time driving (My fav was purple) The seats are are very comfortable too, curved slightly on the sides and option to heat them on a cold majoring which always helps 😉 

From the outside you might think the Q3 looks small, and in ways it is, it is neat (making it very easy to park) but inside I was very surprised by how spacious and roomy it felt, even when I had both carseats fitted. 

Where can I see more? 

If you visit my Instagram page HERE you will see there is a highlights bubble entitle ‘AUDI Q3’; have a look through there to get a better feel for the interiors. And my overall experience of test driving the SUV. 

Size and Carseats 

The new Audi Q3 can comfortably accomodate two car seats in the back. I personally had a car seat and a booster seat in the back and there is plenty of space then for Oscar (our dog) in the middle of the two girls carseats. Plus all the excess ‘stuff’ that comes with kids and babies, changing bags, coats, there’s a few barbies back there, a blanket or two and no doubt the remnants of a snack AB had during the week when she was too hungry to make the long 5 MINUTE drive from play school to our home!!

The Q3 is not a huge SUV, it is not a 7 seater. If you’re looking for a larger jeep, with the ability to fit 3 carseats then perhaps look up the Q5 or Q7 Audi SUV’s. 

The main questions that kept popping up on Instagram were about size; “How many car seats can you fit?”, 2) “Is it spacious?” and 3) “How is the boot space?”

Boot size? 

I’ve answered 1 and 2, so on to the boot. What about 90% of Irish women want to know!! The boot is a decent size, in fact, to be quite honest, I was surprised, I was expecting much smaller (based on my very limited knowledge and experience of the older Q3 models)  A clever trick to know about the Q3 is that the parcel shelf in the boots fits in underneath the boot floor when not in use. The sheer size of buggies when folded up is the bane of most Irish mummies existence eh?! You will fit your buggy in the boot, with some room for a small amount of shopping. I own a very, very large buggy; probably one of the largest on the market. It’s the Stokke Trailz and if I can fit this buggy into the boot, and still have space then you will be grand too!

Boot with just the buggy inside 

I myself own a jeep, (a different brand, an older model and it is much bigger jeep than the Q3 and the boot size is not much bigger in mine to be honest; buggies take up!!!).

Wellies, changing bag, costs, hats and scarves 

What about a double buggy? It depends on your double buggy and which brand you have – I can’t say for sure if it would fit (I don’t own a double!) I know a side by side one would possibly not fit in the Q3 but the up and down double buggy might just fit in! For us, because Anabelle is now 3 and a half, she never uses a buggy anymore, but we could easily fit in her little stroller as well as our (somewhat giant) buggy! Anabelle’s stroller is the Babylon YOYO.

My thoughts

I expected this SUV to feel small, I’ll be honest. I certainly didn’t expect it to still feel spacious when I had both car seats in, so I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. You’ll notice that as soon as you sit inside. 

I think it strikes a nice balance in that it is not a massive, unwieldy size (which I would have found difficult to park), nor is it a micro SUV; it’s a solid, decent sized SUV whilst still remaining feminine and seriously stylish.

What I did expect was ‘fancy’ , impressive and seriously stylish interiors with a high end tech spec and it over delivered on that front. Audi know how to impress 

Last but certainly not least, it is a like a dream to drive, it’s so smooth, very comfortable and glides effortlessly with little more than a feminine purr 😉  It gets a big thumbs up from me! 

‘Til next time

Naomi xx

*The new Audi Q3 starts at €38,600, for more information visit the Audi Ireland website

*Please note this is a paid collaboration between The Style Fairy (Naomi Clarke) and Audi Ireland. The blog post was written by Naomi and is a genuine and honest review of  the Audi Q3 

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8 Cute Ways to Ask ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid?’

Credit: Etsy

It’s not every day you get to pop the all-important question “Will you be my Bridesmaid?”. Not everyone likes making a fuss but if you want to add a personal touch to the occasion, here are some of our favourite Be My Bridesmaid ideas

Stylishly yours,

Laura x

*Please note, Laura may receive a commission on sales via the links used in this post.

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Join The Style Fairy Team

Hey all,

I am on the hunt for someone to join The Style Fairy team as we expand 🙂

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a creative mind, someone who thinks outside the box, has a dynamic mind and passion for fashion!

The role will be varied but really fun, for the right person 😉 The Style Fairy is busy, really busy. And right now, with two young kids it is expanding at a rate I am not able to keep up with – I need someone to join me to help keep the show on the road and to help keep things fresh and new.

You will be responsible for creating content for The Style Fairy website. You will also assist on creating content for Facebook posts, assisting with Instagram content planning and creation and the overall content direction and plan for the website for 2019 (along side me – Naomi).

You can do this job from anywhere – as long as you have great wifi and a laptop then you are good to go.

**Anywhere WITHIN Ireland I mean

You will be invited to attend occasional brand events (usually in Dublin), which are always a lot of fun and a great way to build on your contacts within the fashion and blogging industry in Ireland. Events would be optional, so you are under no obligation to attend if unable to.

Experience / Skills Needed

  • Our new Fairy member needs to absolutely LOVE everything fashion – Are you the ‘go to‘ gal (or guy) in your gang who everyone always goes to for style advice?
  • Do you take serious enjoyment from styling outfits? Do you love putting looks together? Do you know all the latest trends? (styling experience preferable but not necessary; you might have fashion retail experience (or still be working in a retail environment) which can be so beneficial for this role too.
  • Are you up to speed with whats in stores and online?
  • Are you on top of the blogging world and love following beauty, fashion and lifestyle bloggers? Maybe you blog yourself – even better!
  • Do you love everything beauty related? Enjoy interiors?
  • Do you have a love of writing and creating engaging content?
  • Do you have experience with social media? (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube – experience with WordPress blog is preferable)
  • Good computer skills and ability to use Photoshop or similar programmes (for creating outfit layouts for blog posts)
  • Photography skills are a plus
  • Are you familiar with The Style Fairy content and have an understanding how are reader is?

**The above criteria are necessities, please do not apply if you do not have the above skills and experience

This is a part time, paid role and could work for someone who perhaps already has a part time job, is in college or perhaps even a stay at home mum who is eager to get stuck into something else in your spare time. There are no “set hours’, the work can be done in your own time, and to suit you, your lifestyle and time constraints.

Having said that, you will need to have a certain amount of time you can dedicate to this role each week (It is difficult to state exact hours, as creative work is hard to quantify – You may get a blog post researched, written, styled and done within an hour or you may spend 5 hours across the week)

This role can offer you incredible experience with one of Ireland’s leading fashion blogs.

Sound like you?

If this sounds like you and you want to know more, please send me an email on telling me all about you, your experience and why this role would suit you. Please also attach a short CV.

I hope to get the new Fairy member up and running by January. All further information can be discussed at interview.

Really looking forward to chatting with you

Stylishly yours

Naomi xxx

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Baby Luna May

Hi ladies,

I have been meaning to sit down and share photos from Luna May’s newborn shoot for so long, but life as a mom of two is non stop, life feels so busy!

And to think I thought I was busy before now!!! 🙂  I was feeling very overwhelmed in the early weeks, to be honest I thought I wasn’t going to be able to cope, but day by day, week by week, we found our way and slowly started getting our own little routine going. Almost 5 months in now and we are flying. Luna May has slotted into our little family like she was always meant to be. And she is the most magical, endearing, happy, content, pleasant and beautiful baby girl you can imagine. Her sweet, happy personality is already starting to show.

To say her big sis is in love is an understatement, she ADORES Luna May, and is so gentle and kind with her, I’ll be honest, she has surprised me! I expected Anabelle to be more “challenging’ lets call it, but never once has she acted out or shown any anger or jealousy towards Luna, to me yes, she gets frustrated with me at times (and struggled especially in early weeks with how I now had to divide my time)

All in all, its been a busy few months (we also moved into our new house just 5 weeks before Luna May arrived (and she was 4 weeks early), it’s been chaotic, but life is starting to come back to normal, or should I say our ‘new’ normal now, and we are as happy as can be.

New Born Photography 

When our beautiful baby Luna May was 17 days old, Edel O’Malley came to our home to do a newborn photoshoot with her and to get some family shots of us as a new family of 4! I am forever grateful to Edel for these photos; memories to last a lifetime. I can’t believe how much little Luna May has changed even already!

I’ve known Edel now for years now; I first met her when I was pregnant with Anabelle Ivy; she did a pregnancy shoot with me then for a fashion brand I was working with at the time, since then she did a newborn shoot with Anabelle and a few more of Anabelle over the years (you can see more here  , here and here). She is absolutely brilliant at what she does and has such an incredible, calming and natural way with babies and young kids. (and nervous adults too!!)

The thoughts of doing a photoshoot so soon after giving birth might give you the shivers but TRUST ME you will not regret it. They are treasured memories that last a lifetime, and as you mammies know, that newborn bubble doesn’t last long so it’s so special to have photos to look back on of when they were so so little. Plus I promise you, the moment you meet Edel, you will feel at ease.

She is great at what she dose; not only is she trained to the highest standard of newborn safety (which really calmed me down), but she really knows how to capture a moment and has great empathy with how new mammies and indeed new daddies are feeling.

How and When to Book 

The best way to arrange a newborn shoot is to get in touch with Edel while you are pregnant so she can put you in her diary for when you are due, off course, details like this are subject to change (for example, both my girls arrived at only 36 weeks) but you need to get your name and due date into her diary, this lady books up fast and it’s no surprise.

How early you have your new born shoot done?

Edel advises babies to be photographed anytime between 5 and 14 days but anytime up to 21 days is perfect too. Anabelle was only 8 days old when we had her photoshoot done, Luna’s was a little later because she unfortunately spent some time in ICU so we didn’t get her home until she was nearly 10 days old.


You can check out Edel’s website here . She also does lifestyle photography, family shoots and weddings.

Trust me when I say, if you do end up booking Edel, you won’t regret it!

‘Til next time

Naomi xx

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Creating my dream nursery

Hi ladies

First blog post since becoming a mammy to two… and wow how life has changed! It’s hectic and absolutely exhausting but also SO incredible and I wonder what life even was like before our gorgeous Luna May arrived.

Luna May had a really tough start in this world and sadly spent some time in NICU which was heart breaking, truly heart breaking; something which will take us a while to deal with emotionally as it was such a stressful and worrying time. Thankfully she is home now and doing well. And this little lady got to come home to one of the most beautiful nurseries I have ever seen.

I am SO EXCITED to finally be able to reveal Luna May’s beautiful nursery, this is a project I have been working on over the past few months with Baby Ventura.

As lots of you may know if you follow me on social media; I teamed up with Baby Ventura for the design of Luna May’s nursery.

Baby Ventura is a brand new division of the renowned Ventura Interior Design .  I have been a long time fan of the work of Ventura Interior Design and the owner Arlene McIntyre, so when the opportunity presented itself to work with them on a collaboration for The Style Fairy I jumped at it.

Nursery Reveal 

You can watch the full video transformation here, from start to finish how the whole process worked, and the complete revamp of her room from start to finish..

Getting Started 

It was early January when we first spoke, I was about 4 months pregnant and was due in June, my husband Cormac and I were  in the middle of working on our new home (a complete renovation of an old house) and the pressure was on to complete the house before the baby would arrive. Step in Baby Ventura, what perfect timing. We discussed plans on how it could all work as a collaborative project and decided together to film the process of the complete transformation of what would become the nursery.

The whole process was such an emotional journey, as each day we filmed my bump was getting bigger, I feel quite emotional writing this now as Luna May lies sleeping beside me in her cot, what a journey it has been. I am excited that some day she can look back on this video.

How the process worked

Doing our home while pregnant was one of the most stressful things we have ever done, particularly because we were working to a deadline, and all along I knew there was a big chance Luna May would have to be delivered early due to health concerns  (she ended up arriving at 36 weeks).

But from start to finish having Arlene and the team of Baby Ventura design and transform our nursery was seamless; so so easy and totally stress free. It was a dream to have all the worry of doing that room taken out of my hands, I didn’t have to think about it. And I knew the end product would be the nursery of my dreams. And it is, and more.

When you meet with Baby Ventura to discuss your plans, they take a look at the room they have to work with, they discuss your vision; what you like, what you don’t like, what colours you want, do you want it gender neutral etc, your lifestyle, your demands and your needs for the room. They then take all this information away and come back to you with plans and ideas.

For Luna May’s nursery the truth was I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted, my mind was full and busy with doing the rest of the house so my brief to Baby Ventura was to surprise me, we had really good chat and Arlene got a feel for me, my vision, my personality and my style and then she worked her magic.

We met again then to review her ideas, the moment I saw what she and the team had planned I LOVED IT. I was blown away, working with an interior design team like this gives you the confidence to do things you might not necessarily do on your own.

I speak about this in the video, for example, I adore the wallpaper in Luna’s nursery, I mean totally ADORE IT, but I know for sure I would never have been brave enough to pick it myself, nor would I have had the confidence to do the entire room with it (even the window seat), that takes vision, the kind of vision I don’t have. I put my trust in their professional advice and I love the outcome.

The Finer Details

They present you ideas and talk you through how the room will come together, it was so exciting seeing the plans. The Baby Ventura team knew I was expecting a girl and took this into account, I wanted it ‘pretty’ but at the same time not over top girly. Arlene describes the end result of Luna May’s nursery as  ‘whimsical’ and that sums it up perfectly in my opinion.

At this second meeting when I saw the plans all decisions were made, from the carpet and it’s colour, the blinds, the window seat, the radiator cover, to the specific colour of the cot and changing unit. You can choose any colour you want, I took the advise of the interior design team on this.

We also discussed the rocking chair, what colours would work on it etc. Baby Ventura have a range of furniture to choose from but I felt the rocking chair best suited us and our needs, it’s the perfect feeding chair, so comfortable, I love lying back on it to feed Luna. View the rocking chair here (It can be made in any colour of your choice)

All the featured products in the nursery can be viewed on the Baby Ventura website here.

The room we chose for the nursery is a small room; but with some very clever space planning and the use of a really large mirror, the design team made the absolute best use of the space. No detail was left to chance and for me it is the finishing touches, the styling and the accessories that make this nursery as beautiful as it is; from the beautiful pom pom trim detail on the roman blinds, to the animal heads on the wall, to the luxurious patterned cushions and the stunning window seat, I am so thrilled with the outcome.

Once the decisions were made on the nursery, the actual transformation part was incredibly fast, the team from Ventura came to our house and completed all the work within a few hours, assembling all the furniture and finalising all the styling details.

Keeping The Secret

It’s been so hard to keep this special room as a secret from you all this time, I am so delighted to finally share it and to now get to enjoy it with my precious little girl Luna May, it’s been such an emotional journey,

For more information 

To make an enquiry or to book a consultation with Baby Ventura or for more information on any of the products featured you can check out the Baby Ventura website HERE, email them HERE or visit their Instagram or Facebook.


This is a collaboration with Baby Ventura; the interior design service and transformation of this nursery was done by Ventura Interior Design in collaboration with The Style Fairy.


All nursery photography taken by Photography by Vanessa

Photo of me with my two girls taken by Edel O Malley

Video by Killian O’Sullivan 

Please note: Luna May currently still sleeps over night in our room and will until at least 6 months but we use the nursery for the rocking chair (she loves it) and also the upstairs changing table, and I also have all her clothes, nappies etc in here.


Mammy Diaries: Keeping your baby cool in the heat

Hey ladies

I am not even going to dare complain about this heat wave…. we have had far too much cold, snow and rain to even attempt to give out about this sunshine. But at the same time, heat and sun, whether at home here in Ireland or if you are travelling abroad on holidays brings extra concerns and worry as parents about protecting our babies delicate skin. We want to keep our babies cool and as comfortable as possible in the heat. When Water Wipes approached me about collaborating on this campaign I jumped at it, as it think it is such an important and helpful message for all us parents.


In a recent survey conducted among Irish parents, almost 80% say their newborns have experienced skin irritations in the warmer weather, with heat rash (48%), nappy rash (29%) and ‘general’ irritation (22%) the main complaints and I can totally agree with this. I have been so concerned with not only Luna May (my 5 week old baby) but also Anabelle (2.5 years), I’ve noticed prickly heat rash on both of them, and off course your instinct is to worry. This intense heat is new for us all, and we need to know how to mind ourselves, but especially our little ones.

Anabelle keeping cool in the shade with her hat!

With this in mind, Water Wipes have created some top tips and advice in collaboration with Fidelma O’Dowd, Dermatology Advanced Nurse at Beaumont Hospital, on keeping your little ones, and yourself, healthy and happy in the hot weather:

Keeping cool – it is easy to check if you baby is too warm by feeling the back of their neck. If it’s at all hot or damp it is time to remove a layer or move to somewhere cooler.

Hydration – as a rule of thumb, 50% additional liquids are recommended in hotter weather for babies. They may not be visibly sweating or look hot, in order to lose fluids. As babies under six months can’t drink water, replace lost liquids with extra formula or more regular nursing.

Avoiding heat rash – bumpy and red or pink in colour, heat rash tends to appear where airflow is poor. Think skin creases or the bands of clothing, but it can also appear on babies faces. The best way of treating it is by removing the tight clothing or nappy and dabbing with lukewarm water on a sponge. Keep skin clean and dry and use a barrier cream if required – moist skin can cause irritation and further inflammation so keeping the skin dry really is key. Ideally clothing should be loose and cotton, when it is required. The rash should go down within 12 hours but if not, have a chat with your pharmacist or GP.

Comfy bedtime – a cool (18 – 20 degrees) bedroom with circulating air is ideal. In terms of clothing and bedding, babies often require one additional layer than an adult may sleep in, so if you’re sleeping naked with no sheets, a t-shirt and nappy should do the trick for baby.

Treating sunburn – should the worst happen and your baby gets sunburn, we recommend speaking with your GP if they’re under 12 months or with your pharmacist for those a little older. They will likely advise applying lukewarm water followed by a moisturiser or recommended topical treatment to the affected area. Also, leave the blisters be!

Sooth the skin – you may well venture to the beach or local swimming pool when the temperature rises, and chlorine and salt water can play havoc with skin. It is advisable to rinse it off as soon as possible in lukewarm water.

In a nutshell, I think it boils down to staying hydrated (I find making homemade ice lollies work a treat for Anabelle, my toddler), and seeking shade at peak hours.

Enjoy the sun and mind yourself

Naomi & girls xx


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** This is a sponsored blog post in collaboration with Water Wipes **



Christmas Gift Ideas with F&F at Tesco

Hey ladies

Ahhhh can you believe Christmas is now only around the corner!! How did that happen? I don’t know about you but I am already starting to panic about gifts, I always do this….. I panic and yet still leave everything to the last minute! This year I am vowing not to leave everything last minute!

To make life easier and lend a helping hand when it comes to Christmas Gifts I have teamed up with F&F at Tesco to bring you some fabulous, budget friendly gift ideas. Christmas is such an expensive time of year, we are all on a budget, but we all still want to treat our nearest and dearest.

I have Gift Ideas for Her, Gift Ideas for Him and lastly, Gift Ideas under €10 (which includes some ideas for the kids). I had a lot of fun working on this collaboration; I started by asking you, (on Snapchat and Insta Stories) who you found the most difficult to buy for and your response was overwhelming, so from there, I selected lots of gifts from my local F&F at Tesco.

Because sometimes pictures don’t do enough justice, we filmed some really fun videos to showcase all my Christmas Gift Guide Ideas; I hope you enjoy them. Something really different for me, but just a new, fun, interactive way to bring you content 🙂 Check them out below…


Gift Ideas for Her

Gift details

Handbag, €28
Ankle Boots, €32
Watch, €20.50


Gift Ideas for Him

Gift Details

Hip Flask, €15
Slippers, €12.50
Boots, €32



Gift Details

Baby Santa Costume, €10
Ear muffs, €6
Bobble hat, €10
Birth stone necklace, €6.50



As well as the Gifts, all the looks I am wearing here and in the videos are head to toe from F&F at Tesco; they have some stunning, and super cosy knitwear in right now. Perfect Christmas Day outfit ideas.


Jumper, €28
Contour jeans, €28


Jumper, €20
Necklace, €9
Jeans (contour jeans), €28


Jumper, €25
Skirt, €23


Hope you enjoyed the post and good luck with all your Christmas shopping

Naomi xxx



** This is a sponsored blog post in association with F&F at Tesco **

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