My first ever trip to…..

  
CORK! 

That’s right! Cork. Before the start of this month, I had never been to Cork. I’m really ashamed to say that. 

So…..I took a trip down to visit a friend who has a house down there and had such an amazing time with a house full of locals who showed me the best of what West Cork had to offer! 

We visited Crookhaven, Barley Cove Beach, Mizen Head and Three Castles Head.

Mizen Head had been on my Bucket List for quite some time. Of course, I’m always happy to tick something off the list and it did not disappoint. €6 entry for an adult and the scenery is breathtaking. 

Barley Cove Beach is stunning and any trip to West Cork should involve a stop at this magnificent beach. 

Crookhaven is where we stopped to eat and I can highly recommend The Crookhaven Inn for a superb dinner. I wouldn’t complain about the wine either. 

For lunch, drop into O’Sullivans for a toastie or an open crab/salmon sandwich and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. 

I absolutely LOVE visiting new places. 

I’m already planning another trip down to West Cork to see plenty of other places I didn’t get to visit!

I’m posting some photos below – feel free to comment or if you have any questions on any of the locations, just ask! 

Toor Pier:  

   
 Mizen Head:  
   
    
    
    
Three Castles Head: 

 
Crookhaven:   

    

   
Barley Cove Beach:

  
    
   
P.S. There was no filter applied to the scenery pictures. What you see is EXACTLY how it was. The colours are amazing, aren’t they!?

P.P.S. The pictures with me in them are 100% filtered! 

Get yourselves to West Cork! You won’t be disappointed! 

Ais x

I have a confession to make…..

 
So, I did it. I completed my ’21-day no chocolate challenge’. But, of course, I told you that already.

Actually, I went an entire 30 days without chocolate. I was very impressed with myself to be honest. 

Then……work broke me and I gave into temptation and had some chocolate. I ended up with a blinding headache afterwards though so I won’t be craving chocolate again any time soon….. 

But…….That’s not my confession. 

It seems that my brain and willpower failed me when it came to eating any other crappy food throughout the 30 days…. 

I was off chocolate and I was doing SOOOOOO well on that front, so I started telling myself that I could add a few calories here and there…….sure the weight will still fall off me because I’m off chocolate! 

WRONG AISLING. 

Sure have a pizza Aisling – it’s not chocolate, it’s grand. 

And sure I’ll order a takeaway tonight – it’ll save me having to cook when I get home. 

A little ice-cream?? …. As long as there’s no chocolate on it…..Yep, I can have it.

We’ll have another glass of prosecco – make it a bottle, it’s less expensive. 

And that slice of cheesecake.… There’s no chocolate on it and it’s Saturday….. so go on. It’s ‘cheat’ night! 

Ah yea. Eejit

It is AMAZING the things you can justify when you feel the need!! 

So….. I’m back on it. A 30 day challenge

No chocolate – only dark chocolate on a Sunday if I want something.

14,000 steps a day (tracked on a jawbone).

5 different 30 day challenges on an app I bought for €2.99 from the App Store:

  • The 30 day jumping jack challenge
  • The 30 day butt challenge 
  • The 30 day hips challenge 
  • The 30 day little black dress challenge
  • The 30 day wall sit challenge

2-3 litres of water a day.

Protein with every meal.

And…. Try to sleep better. ALWAYS A TOUGH TASK.

……. That’s pretty much it. 

Day 1 was Sunday, 7 June and so far so good. 

The good weather Ireland is currently experiencing is helping and tonight on the way home from work, (instead of thinking about what I was going to have for my dinner), I planned a little outing for myself. 

I came home, got changed into my gear and headed for Killiney Hill. A place I’ve never been to before and a stunning place to visit when the sun is shining! 

And of course…..it satisfies my New Year’s resolution for June and it’s another tick off my Bucket List! 

         
By the way, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to anyone reading this who doesn’t give a flying continental about what I’m doing fitness wise or how much weight I lose or what I’m eating. I won’t be blogging about it every day. I promise. I probably won’t blog about it again after this post but….. If I don’t put it up here, I won’t do it. It’s that simple. I’ll feel guilty if I don’t do this now. So THANK YOU if you have taken the time to read this post without disregarding it.

Right now, I’m off to bed before I eat something I don’t need! 

Night!

Ais x 

Live. Laugh. Love.

I managed to fit in an extra little item to tick off the Bucket List for May this morning by driving to Brittas Bay for a walk along the beach. 

       I also found the time to get a little bit creative  with my favourite quote! 

   
 Enjoy your Saturday wherever you may be! 
Ais x

Something New!

  
Today, I did the Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk with some of the girls. 

The Cliff Walk was a relatively new addition to my bucket list but I’m very happy that it made its way onto my list…. And equally as happy to have done it today in the sunshine and get it ticked off the list! 

Doing this walk today also satisfies my New Year’s resolution for May! If you’ve forgotten about my resolution, you can read about it here! 

We set off from Bray shortly after 10am. Destination: Greystones. 

The walk itself is somewhere between 6km and 7km depending on where you start from in Bray and where you finish in Greystones of course! Anyway, it took us about 90 minutes to complete and that included stopping to take a few pictures of the stunning scenery……we think we did it at a good pace. The route is very manageable for a cliff walk, with only a few areas testing your choice of footwear and your head for heights. That said, footwear with a good grip is pretty much essential….. You have been warned! 

We wandered around Greystones in the sunshine for a while and then went for a bite to eat and also a little glass of prosecco to celebrate the incoming results of the Marriage Referendum! I am SO proud of my country today.

We then jumped on the Dart back to Bray for a celebratory “we’ve completed the Cliff Walk” ice-cream! 

Luckily, the Irish Summer decided to make an appearance today so we were able to enjoy the Cliff Walk in fabulous weather. This country is an absolute gem when the sun shines! I definitely recommend that you do this walk at some stage if you have a few hours to spare. 

Here are some pictures from today! 

Setting off from Bray:  Making our way around Bray Head:      Coming into Greystones: Greystones:



   

And then we jumped on the Dart back to Bray….. I haven’t been on the Dart in about 20 years! I was like a child…… That’s why there’s a photo! Super views from the Dart also though:     

  

I hope you are all having a fabulous Saturday! 

Ais x

In Awe of Ardmore

I’m just back from a few days away with the girls in beautiful Ardmore, County Waterford. We stayed in the Cliff House Hotel. 

If you have never been to the Cliff House Hotel, GO! Just DO! Put it on your Bucket List. I promise you won’t be disappointed. 

It is possibly the best hotel I have ever stayed in.

The service is EXCELLENT. It really is. 

The views from the hotel rooms are sensational (the Irish sunshine over the past few days just made the scenery even more beautiful). 

This hotel is just fantastic. You won’t want to leave. I’m not sure I have enough words to describe how superb it is to be honest. Of course, eating too much wonderful food and having the odd cocktail or two with the girls only helped matters!! 

Ardmore itself is a pretty little village and well worth a walk around – starting with the Ardmore Cliff Walk just outside the entrance to the hotel and then finishing up at Ardmore Beach (make sure you reward your efforts with a 99!). 

The views from the Cliff Walk are simply breathtaking. There are shops full of local art and pottery that are a must visit also. 

Here are a few photos to tempt you if you don’t believe me:  

            

            


  

  

   

 

 

I’m planning my next trip to Ardmore and the Cliff House Hotel already! 

Website: Cliff House Hotel 

Ais x

And just like that…. I’m 32! 

I remember my 21st like it was yesterday. And today, I turn 32. Life moves pretty fast…….

Ever since I was a child, I have absolutely LOVED celebrating my birthday and I usually make a big deal of it EVERY year. I don’t know why….. I just do. 

Today, I am waking up in The Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co. Waterford with some of the girls. This hotel has been on my Bucket List for quite some time and my trip here also satisfies my New Year’s resolution for April. 

At the beginning of 2015, I made a New Year’s resolution to try and visit at least one new place in Ireland every month. This doesn’t necessarily mean having to spend money on hotels or having to travel very far from home. 

For example, January’s new place was Ardgillan Castle. Ardgillan Castle is situated in North County Dublin on an elevated coastline between Balbriggan and Skerries, 20 miles north of Dublin City. It is a fabulous place to visit. 

Ardgillan Castle  

 

In February, I had dinner in Marco Pierre White on Dawson St. Somewhere I had passed by hundreds of times saying ‘I should really have steak in there’.

 The MPW Steak!

 

March included walking the Great South Wall in Dublin and wandering around Howth Head. Again, both places that were listed on my Bucket List. 

The Great South Wall 

 

Howth Summit

These places (well, those listed for January, February and March) are only a 30 minute drive from where I live and I had never been to any of them before until January……I was a little disappointed in myself to be honest!

We have a fantastic country and I intend on seeing so much more of it this year so if you have any recommendations for me, feel free to comment! 

For now, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my birthday…. 

  

Ais x