Ashling Keane O'Sullivan

October 1, 2017

Open Call: Come And Share Your Story With The M Word

We recently asked if you would like to see more content on The M Word. Resoundingly, you replied yes! Food writing and videos that make you laugh were top of your wish list. As you know, The M Word is written by it’s readers, a smart and witty group of […]
September 13, 2017

The Six Word Mum: Ashling Keane O’Sullivan

This week we meet Ashling Keane O’Sullivan. Ashling likes to think there is not much remarkable about her, but we beg to differ. Ashling is a wonderful writer who writes from the heart about life, whether it be funny stories or the nostalgic. A self confessed cake enthusiast. See we […]
July 16, 2017

Someone PLEASE Get Rid Of ‘Verified By Visa’

Passwords and PIN numbers, they’re everywhere. There is no getting away from them. Your computer, your social media accounts, your email, your banking PIN number, your house alarm, your membership to anything in the electronic and virtual worlds. ‘Never use the same password twice’, the experts advise us. ‘Use a […]
June 10, 2017

My NEW Favourite Things

Raindrops on roses And whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favourite things These are the opening lyrics to the well loved Rodgers & Hammerstein song from one of my favourite childhood musicals, The […]
May 26, 2017

Growing Up Is Hard…On ME

Almost five years ago, our family was delighted with the arrival of a baby boy. This little man completed our family and as the youngest member, was instantly doted upon by everyone else. The past few years have flown as we have journeyed through first teeth and first steps to […]
May 3, 2017

Ladies, Be Kind To Each Other (And To Yourselves)

Having a baby is one of the most natural things in the world. Parenthood is incredibly rewarding, yet it can also be very difficult. Every day I question myself as a parent. Am I too strict with my children or am I strict enough? Do I spoil them? Do I […]
April 27, 2017

Calling Bullshit On….Winter Bugs In April

Every year, winter rolls around and without fail, the winter bugs, coughs and colds arrive. Taking temperatures, administering pain meds and lots of fluids, we’ve all been there and these bugs are part and parcel of family life. For some unknown reason, our house seems to have been hit particularly […]
April 26, 2017

Who’s Afraid Of The Dark? Me, Actually…

OK, confession time. I’m afraid of the dark. Well, not the dark itself but things that go bump in the night. Noises in the dark, the natural creaking of the house winding down after the day, alarms going off. They all freak me out. I can’t watch horror movies either. […]
April 13, 2017

Calling Bullshit On…. Teaching Manners In A Rude World

Learning manners is part of growing up. Not as important as learning to walk and feeding yourself but part of growing up nonetheless. I remember being little and my Mother dutifully instructing me ‘Say thank you to the nice lady’, ‘Ashling, say excuse me as you go by’ etc. Like […]
April 8, 2017

We’re All Going On A Summer Holiday

There’s a stretch in the evenings, temperatures are edging higher and summer is bearing down on us faster than Ruby Walsh on a Cheltenham winner. At this time of the year my thoughts turn towards holidays and the annual family break. Like most people, I love holidays. Scratch that. I […]
March 20, 2017

My Daughter’s Doll Is WAAAY Cooler Than Me

Last night, when the children had gone to bed, I was about to put away my daughter’s doll, Holly, when it struck me that she looked quite cool and sophisticated. So much so that I had a little longing in me for when I had the time, energy and money […]
March 14, 2017

A Little Piece Of My Heart Belongs To Peppa Pig

In the past, I didn’t understand why Peppa Pig was such a big deal. Why would a little talking pig in a red dress amuse children so much? Before having children, I had never seen the Peppa TV show. (Why would I? Someone had to binge watch the soaps whilst […]
March 7, 2017

When Sleep Doesn’t Come

When my eldest child was born seven years ago, I was blessed with a right little sleeper. After 10–12 weeks, she was sleeping through the night and we never looked back. She went to bed smiling and got up smiling again every morning. During the day, she also napped well. […]
March 3, 2017

The Witching Hour Cometh

In our house, those hours between 4pm — 6pm have become known as ‘The Witching Hour’. For some unknown reason, that time of the day is when the children completely lose their cool, constantly fight with other and wreck the house and my head along with it. It is not every day, […]
February 27, 2017

The Perils Of Screen Time

When I was pregnant first time round, I was a bit sniffy about the idea of any child of mine watching a lot of television. Having grown up in two channel Ireland in the 1980’s, when children’s TV started at 3pm and ended at 6pm, I had no idea how […]
February 20, 2017

When A Pet Dies

Pets are a wonderful addition to any home. They enhance our lives through unconditional love and companionship. They teach responsibility to children when they help with feeding and exercising them. In short they make family life that little bit richer, busier and more memorable. Before we had children, we had […]
February 6, 2017

Oh, Grandma, How Modern You Are!

My last surviving grandparent or ‘Nana’ as we used to call her, died two years ago. I often think of her and especially of the great times that were had when I used to visit her whilst young. It got me thinking about how different those visits are to the […]
February 2, 2017

And Then Mummy Went Back To School

Just over seven years ago, my first baba was born. Time has gone by in an instant. Big Girl is now in first class and Small Boy has started attending pre-school five mornings a week. Since Big Girl was born, I have not worked outside the home. I thought long […]
January 31, 2017

The Importance Of Being Earnest…About Birthday Cake

Cake. Four little letters that fill my heart with joy. Four little sugar filled letters that make their way from my mouth directly to my hips, where they linger indefinitely. Guilt aside, is there a better way to celebrate a family occasion than the presentation of a cake? In our […]
August 28, 2016

The Continuing Joys Of Toilet Training

Once upon a time when I had no children, I thought toilet training finished when the nappy came off the little person. OK, OK, wishful thinking but who knew that the intricacies of toilet training can go on for months or years? Two children in and I still find that […]