Monday, 27 June 2016

Monday's Moments ~ 27/06/16

Can you believe it's the end of June already? Summer Solstice has been & gone but aren't these bright nights literally mood altering? Long may they continue. 

As ever for Monday's Moments I'm giving thanks for the little and not so little things that mean there's no Monday Blues for me. It's incredibly cathartic, especially in an uncertain world so I'd urge each of us to pick even one positive of the past week to focus our energy on - it genuinely helps. For me, it's these: 

1. Asking for a recommendation for sports bras on Snapchat and being immediately inundated with hugely helpful responses. From brands, to prices, to pros and cons to unsolicited but very welcome bra pics. 

I'm putting together a list of the Top Ten so that we all might benefit but the willingness of almost 40 people to help immediately is honestly amazing. Bloody legends. 

2. Complaining about my PC being slow in the new office & having it replaced with a brand spanky desktop & new 24" monitor by lunchtime! 

Vive la Day Job!

3. Aaron calling down the stairs at 7.30 this morning to say he'd sidled a spare portion of his signature Balti into Tuppaware for my lunch today. 

I've never been more grateful not to look forward to salad in my life!

4. Signing up a new business for a three part consultancy course. They found me through word of mouth and I couldn't be more grateful. 

Have already mailed the gal that recommended me to thank her. Support like that can be quite literally life changing & I'm beyond grateful to see Irish women in business do just that.

5. Finding out that Heidi's brother is a neighbour!! 

What are the chances? Our neighbour's daughter was visiting and stopped Aaron when she thought he had taken her Dad's dog. Seems there both from the same litter but both had very different fates. 

Heidi is definitely bigger and broader but the pupper family resemblance is uncanny - I'll have to grab a shot of their reunion!

So tell us, what Monday Moment means you're not chasing blues away today? 


Friday, 24 June 2016

Now You See Me 2 - Movie Review!

Who's In It?

Jesse EisenbergMark RuffaloWoody Harrelson and Daniel Radcliffe

What's It About?

When the Horsemen 'escape' from a failed heist in America and find themselves in China, they are forced to do a tech genius' bidding to regain their lives.

Any Good?

The first Now You See Me was a clever film with great tricks that was let down by a stupid ending, but the sequel cleared that up from the beginning and sets up the rest nicely.
I thought the story in this was clever, especially with the tricks and explanations, but it was totally predictable from the start - but, that's not exactly a bad thing. It handled the break-ins and tricks so well by giving away details of them in the scenes, but saving the key parts for their big reveals (almost like real magicians!). The bigger break-ins were smart and really were exciting, while the down scenes between Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman were great.

Speaking of Ruffalo and Freeman, when those two were alone it was like a different film. They played the characters really well and the chemistry was there between them, which was jarring from the rest of the actors.
I didn't mind the cheesy acting from most of the characters and even liked the OTT Woody Harrelson characters, but I feel bad for Lizzy Caplan as Lula. She was written horribly - I guess she was to be the comic relief/relateable one? - but she went from great prospective illusionist into an annoyance who only asked stupid questions and batted her eyelids at Dave Franco.

Honestly, I believe this film is the definition of fine. It's not meant to be a masterpiece and it has some really interesting parts, but nothing stuck out to make it memorable. The break-in and escape scenes were really good, but there wasn't much motive or reason to do these things other than 'he said do it' or 'it's what the Horsemen do' which left a feeling of 'oh, they're doing that now'.

While I did enjoy it enough, I'd say wait till it's Netflix or other streaming services.


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

How to Save a Packet on Dublin Airport Parking!

The major key in our ability to travel so much is that I actively root out bargains, all the time. Airport parking is one of those things that you really don’t need to spend a fortune on as they’re all secured and monitored. We’ll show you how to save a packet on airport parking and there’s even some promo codes too that’ll rack up those discounts.

No matter what airport you’re using I highly recommend booking online before you go to achieve maximum savings. Today I’m using Dublin Airport as an example and the screenshots below are quotes for two weeks parking.

For Belfast, Knock, Shannon & Cork Airports you can use or to compare rates however as you can see in the screenshots below seems to be the cheaper option as they quote €84 while quote €90 for the same car park. But which is my favourite & why? Read on to find out!

DAA Airport Parking

I understand you’re paying for convenience by parking in the short term car park at Dublin Airport but to me these astronomical prices just aren’t worth it. Considering the last flight I booked for our family of 7 cost just €90 paying €135.95 for parking seems ludicrous. However if you really must be close to the airport I have a great option for you below, saving you over €40 on DAA rates.

This is a great comparison website that can be used for all airports in Ireland. Here you can get quotes for eXpress park meet & greet at Dublin Airport, as I mentioned above if you really need your car near this is an ideal option as it’s  valet car parking. They’ll meet you kerbside at Dublin Airport so you can transfer your luggage from your boot directly onto a trolley and take the hassle out of travelling with children as no shuttle bus is required. 

Upon your return they aim to have your car back at the Airport within 10 minutes of your call, this service costs €94 for two weeks a saving of over €40 on DAA short term parking. They are fully insured to drive your car and they’ll make sure you don’t have a flat tyre or flat battery on your return.

This is also a comparison site for all airports in Ireland but just take note of the price discrepancies as they seem to charge more for some car parks.

Quickpark is my favourite car park and we’ve been using them for years with no issues. It’s the most hassle free parking I’ve found in Dublin Airport. Book online before you go, scan the QR code from your phone at the barrier to enter and exit. No printing required, no remembering tickets, no queuing at a pay machine and the icing on the cake is that they have promotional codes.

In the screenshot below I’ve used promo code WOOF for €10 off parking over 7 days duration. If you’re parking for a shorter period use codes NOVA or CINEMA for a 10% discount.

As ever, our main aim is to get you on that plane with as many sheckles in your pocket as possible, hopefully this helps!

Tell us, do you have any hints or tips for saving spends on airport stays? 

Monday, 20 June 2016

Monday's Moments ~ 20/06/16

Let's be honest, I could write every single Moment about the arrival of Heidi to Casa Cherry this week but I'll try not to... OK, there's a couple...

1. Finally getting to bring her nibs home! If you haven't been following along, Heidi is our new pupper, she's an American Bulldog we rescued from Dog's Trust last week. To be fair we could rename her Rhonda Rousey because she be SWOLE but Heidi is her name & we're smitten. 

2. Secondly, both the Gorgebags and I agreed to take part in the filming of a TV3 series for Dog's Trust to follow our adoption story & the importance of adoption over 'shopping' for dogs. 

The lads did brilliantly, though there were a few tears when we spoke about poor old Diesel. It'll air in September and we'll be sure to tell you when to watch out. 

3. Only bemoaning having to go back to the office after a glam morning of meetings & events, when I was presented with a Cornetto by a new colleague. We were having office ice creams just because. That's a thing now. 

4. Adam sailing through his college first year exams. CHUFFED!

5. Making a habit now of Snapchatting Corrina's little ones when there's new filters available. We were in creases sending ever wilder ones back & forward. Forget Skype, lads!

Tell me, what's been making your Monday so far? What one Moment has mean there's no Monday Blues for you? 

Friday, 17 June 2016

Gods of Egypt - Movie Review!

Who's In It?

Brenton ThwaitsNikolaj Coster-WaldauElodie Yung, and Gerard Butler

What's It About?

After Set crashed Horus' coronation and killed his father Osiris to take his kingdom, human Bek teams up with Horus to defeat Set and save his dead girlfriend.