Thursday, 23 April 2015

Online Marketing In Galway Finalist #OMiGAwards - What I wore and why I love to blog

Being a finalist at the Online Marketing in Galway Awards for Best Blog and The People's Choice Category has to be the highlight of my blogging career so far this year.  The OMiG Awards are about showcasing and rewarding companies and individuals in Galway who are doing amazing work in their Online Marketing efforts. I was over the moon to be included amongst some of Galway's finest Online Marketers and being recognised for my efforts feels amazing.

I started blogging in June 2013... why... because I'd been working in Banking for well over a decade and things were getting stale!!!  I needed an outlet to express my creative side and the recession got me thinking...I longed for some positivity and it was time to start networking again. 

I always had a love for fashion and beauty!!! Yummy Mummy Fashion & Lifestyle Blog has been the perfect platform for allowing me to share my passion for fashion and beauty.  I cannot even explain how my blog has impacted my life....its been a source of joy and happiness and it has lead me to some of the most amazing and talented individuals I've ever met.

I love the fact that I can share my experiences and views with others and enjoy ever second of it.  Even though it can be difficult to find the time to fit in family, work, housekeeping, and blogging I some how seem to do it.  I think if you find something you love you will always make time for it in your schedule.

Shopping for the OMiG Awards really was a last minute thing.  I really wanted something new.  By now I know what style suits me and I know the shops that will cater for my taste.  I always like to dress age appropriate and I like simple and classy.  This is why I feel in love with this Darcy dress.  It ticked all my boxes... scope neck, sleeves, knee length and I loved the colour combo and detail. 

Conveniently located in the village of Moycullen I paid a visit to one my favourite boutiques Fusion Fashion.  The lovely Fiona has a fabulous range of brands at affordable prices and thankfully my luck was in, the Darcy dress fitted perfectly at a price of €145.

The dress is simple and versatile, with detail on the neck, waistband and sleeves.  This dress is perfect for a wedding with a headpiece or turn it into a suit for work by adding a black blazer.  The gold heels are from Penney's, I picked them up last Christmas and the gold clutch is from New Look.


The talented and creative  Andrea Tighe Milliner kindly offered me her fabulous pearl headpiece for the evening.  I was delighted to wear it! 

There is nothing I love more than a good blow-dry and the guys at Hair Republic, Westside, Galway did a fantastic job.  I was even more delighted when I got 3 days out of it. Thanks Mark and Angela for the top class service.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Online Marketing In Galway #OMiGAwards

This year marked the 2nd Online Marketing in Galway Awards.  The OMiG Awards are about showcasing and rewarding companies and individuals in Galway who are doing amazing work in their Online Marketing efforts. 
With over 200 applicants I was over the moon to be nominated for two categories this year and I was ecstatic that I made the top 5 for Best Blog Award and the top 10 in the People's Choice Category. Thanks so much to everyone that took the time to vote for Yummy Mummy.

It was very tough competition with Bec Boop,, Results Ireland and Total Fitness Solutions also nominated in the Best Blog Award.  And the winner on the night was fellow blogger Bec Boop, an Irish fashion and beauty blog.
The top 10 in The People's Choice Category was An Púcán, Beechmount Art Studio, Cotton Face, Galway Daily News, NUI Galway Student Union, Quickest Fox Marketing, Results Ireland, Standún Spiddal and The Dough Bros.  And taking away the award on the night was An Púcán, another well deserved winner.

The OMiG Awards were held in the Town Hall Theatre and hosted by Mr Robin Chedgey.  The panel of speaker included Catriona O'Kennedy, IDA Ireland, Pauric Lenehan, Digital Marketing and Channel Manager for Aviva and Joan Mulvhill, CEO of the Irish Internet Association, with a lively discussion on the topic ~Digital Marketing what can SME's learn from multinationals~.



There was also some light entertainment for our enjoyment....

Musical comedian Steve Bennett had the audience in stitched with his witty and charming comedy, I laughed so much. 

Even though I was not a winner I was privileged to be a finalist amongst some of Galway's finest Online Marketers. 
Congrats to the winners:
Best Website Category: Vespa Ireland
Best Social Media Campaign:
The People's Choice Award: An Púcán
Best Blog Award:  Bec Boop
Overall Winner: Pat Divilly Fitness

And finally a huge congratulations and well done to the OMiG Team.  It was a wonderful evening and I'm looking forward to next years OMiG Awards already.

All professional photos are courtesy of Julia Dunin Photographer.  Thank you Julia x

Celebrating Valair Hairdressing 2nd Birthday

Celebrating Valair Hairdressing 2nd Birthday in style!!!
On Monday the 20th April 2015 the stunning salon at 18 Market Street, Galway will be transformed into a runway.  Val would like you to join her and her team for the latest Hair & Beauty trends and fashion styles for summer 2015.
The evening will commerce with a wine and canapé reception at 6.30 pm and I look forward to compering the fashion show at 7.00 pm with fashion trends from Harper, Regis Boutique, Mexx and Geraghty's Menswear.
The bright, modern and spacious salon has all your hair and beauty needs covered under one roof.  From hair to make-up to beauty, owner Valerie Cooke has 20 years experience in the industry and with a team of qualified staff, Valair Hairdressing offers a competitive and professional service.

Turn your Monday into a Fun Day and join in on Valair Hairdressing birthday celebrations. There will be lots of prizes up for grabs too.  Hope to see you there and make sure to say hello. 

Thursday, 9 April 2015

An Púcán & Teelings Whiskey - Food and Whiskey Pairing

Galway Food Festival took place Easter Bank Holiday Weekend from the 2nd to 6th April 2015. It was the 4th annual Galway Food Festival, celebrating Galway's Culinary Landscape!

I had been busy all weekend entertaining the kids so as a treat on Monday evening I headed along with a few friends to An Púcán for their food and whiskey pairing evening! 

If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook you may think I have shares in the place as I'm always posting photos of Chef Tom's delicious food!

Since An Púcán has been renovated and the introduction of new menu, I'm a regular there. I also work around the corner and at the end of the month when the funds are low you can't beat the soup and sambo for €5!

When the tickets went on sale for only €25 it was a no brainer for me! I knew how good the food was going to be and I was also introduced to Teelings Whiskey the month before at The Galway Hour Live and discovered I really loved it!

The menu did not disappoint and I have to say it was the best €25 I've spent! Not only were we served a 6 course meal ... we also got to drink as much Teelings whiskey as we liked!!! There seemed to be no end to the barrel!!

Reception Drink ...Teelings Whiskey small batch
Teelings Flagship blended Whiskey, with a distinct rum cast finish.

For starters ... Organic Irish Salmon
Teelings Poitin, dill and beetroot cured organic Irish salmon with pickled mushrooms, pea shoots and honey cream.  (But because I don't eat fish I was presented with my favourite, the best chicken wings in town)!!! Thanks Tom (bonus point)!!! 
Paired with: The Holy Grain - Teeling single grain with sugar, bitter and Connemara rinse.

For main ... Rabbit with Loughnane's black pudding 
Cameralised baby pear, wilted greens, cauliflower beignets and sweet meat jus.
Paired with: The Easter Rising - Teeling Poitin, apple and rhubarb juice and fennel syrup.  
Something Sweet...Spices Carrot, Chocolate and Goji Berry Cake
Pistachio ice-cream, whiskey truffle lollypop and raspberry sauce.
Paired with: Teeling Whiskey Single Grain

Irish Farmhouse Cheese to Share...
Cashel Blue, Durrus, Smoked Gubeen, Tipperary Brie, Ballymaloe Relish, stout and treacle toast and Sheridan's crackers.
Paired with: Teeling Whiskey Single Malt 
Teeling Whiskey After Dinner Cocktail ...
Teeling Whiskey small batch, lime juice, sugar syrup, pasteurised egg whites, caramel and floated with a vanilla ice-cream.  This was just so yummy!! 

And the big reveal on the night was ....
Teeling Whiskey Single Cast Bottling exclusive to An Púcán

Overall it was a super night at An Púcan... delicious food, the best whiskey and great company.