82 Story Lane – Festival of Childhood


82 Story Lane is a new and exciting exhibition and festival for families with primary school aged children. It’s run by the EXPO company and we imagined a new and revamped experience for attendees. Here’s flavour of what is planned.

On the morning of February 7th 2015, families from around the country will arrive to the front door of 82 Story Lane. They’ll be met by our affable MC in Neverending Junction, who’ll guide them through the adventure that awaits them. They’ll get to amble up Adventure Boulevard, meander around Curious Drive, through the Enchanted Forest, along the Giant’s Highway into the Jolly Kingdom before entering Legend’s Meadow. And lest they lose their way, our Walking Talking Streetlights will be there at hand to shed some light on the situation and help our Treasure Seekers along their way.

HALL OF FAME – Kids of all ages will get to join in drum sessions; it’ll be loud, it’ll be interactive, it’ll be a barrel of laughs. There’ll be illustrators hosting workshops and teaching new skills and tricks to kids and families alike in our STUDIO 1 & 2, while the little ones can rest a while and satisfy their curiosity for play in the GINGERBREAD HOUSE and FAIRYLAND. Keep an eye out on for updates, as we’ll post the schedule soon on the website, via Twitter @82storylane and on our Facebook page. /82storylane

THE MURAL – A group of well-known Irish illustrators will create a mural beside the stage. By the time 82 Story Lane is over the mural will be complete and as part of our CSR philosophy, we will donate this to a selection of children’s hospitals and charities.

SALON DU CHAT – A chat without the chit. Interesting topics will be served up on a menu for children to choose a topic and get their conversational juices flowing. Parents will be amazed and intrigued about how much their kids have to contribute.

THE DREAMTREE is a place for all the family to write their dreams and aspirations. Derbhile will write to herself 30 years from now about her dreams for the future and Ailish will get the opportunity to write to her six year old self.

THE TREEHOUSE is our seminar room where parenting experts share tips on how to create a happy and harmonious family life.

82 Story Lane is made up of many exciting, adventurous and inspirational lands. There will be surprises around every corner…

TREASURE ISLAND – inspiration for family holidays, fun days out, trips further afield and must-see places 100 ACRE WOOD – a giant den packed with toys, games, musical instruments and indoor and outdoor play equipment

LILLIPUT – includes a range of children’s clothes, accessories and furniture

NEVER NEVER LAND – Lots of exciting sports and outdoor activities that families can take part in together

GREAT EXPECTATIONS – information about education, family planning and insurance delivered with a light touch so it’s easy to absorb THE GIANT PEACH – Full of delicious food, ingredients for healthy family meals and cooking tips

WANDERLAND – a selection of stalls selling handcrafted and artisan goods will be available for our treasure seekers

RDS, Dublin

Exhibition suitable for businesses looking to promote and sell into the family marketplace, particularly for families with primary school aged children.

www . 82storylane . ie

http ://twitter . com/82storylane

http ://www . facebook . com/82storylane

New Member The Working Mother


Martina Perry and Elaine Lawless set up The Working Mother to provide support and advice to working mothers all over Ireland, struggling to achieve that elusive work-life harmony. Whether you are a full time career mother, have a part-time job, work freelance, or run your own business, we’re here to help you figure out how to take control of your life while earning an income and enjoying more time for yourself and your family.

Martina Perry

Martina PerryPartner & Founder

Martina is married to rugby obsessed New Zealander Grant and is mother to two small girls, Caitlin and Elise. She recently quit her 14 year career with a major international publishing group to pursue her dreams of starting her own business and creating a support network for all working mothers. When she’s not writing from her kitchen table for theworkingmother.ie she can be found with her head in the books studying for her CIMA exams or with kindle and coffee (or wine) in hand.

Elaine Lawless

Elaine LawlessPartner & Founder

Elaine has two young children, and is married to a professional chef, which means she rarely, if ever, cooks the dinner. She works part-time for a US publishing company and in 2006 she started her own CV writing business on the side, igniting a passion for entrepreneurship and a determination to help others achieve their career goals. She spends her time juggling two kids, a husband and a dog with a part-time job, a business and the remnants of what used to be a social life.




New Member Multyfarnham Cookery School


I have been working as a chef and also own my own business in mullingar co Westmeath.The reason I gave up my pastry shop and started focusing on a cookery school was that I could spend maximum time with my son.

Kamalika’s training began in her own mum’s bakery and restaurant back in Sri Lanka. Then, at the age of 16, Kamalika went on to do cake making and wedding cake diploma in the capital city  Colombo.

After finishing Hotel School she joined the Le Meridian chain of hotels. She met Dayantha – a pastry chef in Sri Lanka. Together they travelled as chefs to many countries and settled in Ireland eleven years ago.

Both have worked in many award winning restaurants in the midlands.  They opened their coffee shop in Mullingar , but both yearned to share their knowledge and enjoyment of their vast learning.


Dayantha has tutored part-time in the Athlone Institute of Technology (A.I.T.) and Kamalika has undertaken many classes and demonstrations  in LARCC Cancer Centre in Multyfarnham where she has worked for the last eleven years catering for the residential weeks and pamper days.
Together they have won many awards and medals both in Ireland and abroad. All courses are conducted by Kamalika and Dayantha. After every class the participants get to taste the dishes and get many tips.


Kamalika wants every participant in each course  to go home with a passion to cook !

Courses on offer range from Sugar Flowers, Dinner Parties Made Easy, Thai Cookery, Gluten Free Cookery, Off to College Cookery School, Italian Cooking and lots more. You can find more details on the website linked below:


Cookery School

Address: Coole Road, Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath

Location: Entrance on Coole Road, drive in to the Laarc Car Park and follow signs to the Multyfarnham Cookery School.

Phone:  044 93 71808   087 627 1164

New Member Rachel Dalton


Founded in 2005, Rachel Dalton Communications is an award-winning agency that helps brands to leverage the power of marketing to women and gain competitive advantage. Today women lead increasingly complex lives, juggling careers, family and ‘me time’.


Women are highly discerning about brands and more thorough in their research when it comes to shopping. More active brand advocates than their male counterparts, we are fuelled by the belief that brands and businesses need to have a better understanding of today’s female psyche, her behaviors and her expectations.

Led by founder Rachel Dalton, an expert in marketing to women with over 20 years of working with female-focused brands, we are passionate about translating marketing to women insights and expertise into successful communication strategies, driving increased sales, market shares and brand loyalty.

30 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2

Beauty, health, food and lifestyle PR & marketing

www . rdcommunications . ie

http ://twitter . com/RDC_Dublin

http ://www . facebook . com/RachelDaltonCommunications?ref=hl

New Member Yvonne Gerhards – My Cherished Kids Clothes


Yvonne is the owner of the online store for high quality preloved children’s clothes. You can find high quality brands like Jacadi, Gant, Ralph Lauren and many more.

Having lived in Germany, Spain, France and Switzerland before moving to Ireland Yvonne Isabel has a multilingual background. Staying in Switzerland she came across several boutiques selling high quality second hand designer kids clothes. She liked this approach and the excitement when finding a pretty dress at a bargain price. And raising three children herself keeping expenses within reason is an important factor.

Why not introducing this concept as an online experience to Ireland? This is the idea behind MyCherishedKidsClothes which is based in Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Ireland.

Recently I am started to represent the company Yuunic from Germany who are known for beautiful wooden highchairs.

To find in my online store www . mycherishedkidsclothes . com


I am always looking for great brands to sell via my store. If you would like to earn some money you are more than welcome to sell them in my online shop.

If you have more questions about my business please contact me. Always happy to hear from you.

Clonskeagh Dublin 14

www . mycherishedkidsclothes . com

http ://twitter . com/yvonne_gerhards

http ://www . facebook . com/mycherishedkidsclothes

New Member Christina Toth


New Member Christina Toth


My passion is to be able to look after my family’s health using an easy, convenient and efficient natural approach- for over 2 years now, I feel empowered that I have access to some amazing products with fast results-certified pure essential oils.


My aim is to offer this opportunity to every mum out there who wants to help her family healthcare naturally, working with the body’s immune system and not against it through easy application, inhalation and internal use of these Essential Oils.

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Welcome to AromaMist


Our aim is to provide you with the best tools in using and promoting the CPTG essential oils.

We are a team of highly motivated individuals eager to help and support all of you who choose to benefit from the power of essential oils wether you take them internally in a veggie capsule or diffuse them in your aromamist ultrasonic diffuser.

We are supplying In the Republic of Ireland and Internationally.

Contact Details



New Member Lynne founder of new biz Buttons and Bows Boutique



Buttons & Bows Boutique is my “new baby”


Here at Buttons & Bows Boutique you will find beautiful baby and toddler clothing & accessories at affordable prices. Our ranges are in sizes from New Born to School Starting ages. We also offer a wide range of beautiful Baby Gifts, Disney & Character wear and something a bit different – something special. We want you to have an enjoyable online shopping experience with us and for you to love our store and its beautiful ranges.

I set up my online store for 2 simple reasons, the first to be able to work flexible hours allowing me to be close by to my little toddler Emily and the second because I felt Ireland needs a baby and toddler online clothing store offering variety, quality and affordability through a friendly easy to use set up.

I have always been a keen online shopper, I love nothing more than the postman/courier arriving at my front door with something new that I have recently ordered, that was until I had my first baby! As a first time mum all I wanted to buy was beautiful things for my beautiful baby but I found the options for online shopping for baby clothes limited and in most cases very expensive. So the idea for Buttons & Bows Boutique slowly started from there.

Now that my baby has turned into my toddler I found the same issue buying toddler clothing online so Buttons & Bows Boutique is offering a range from New Born to School Starting ages.

Based in the Sunny South East, we are 100% Irish owned and Independent. We are brand new and offering a range of items that bit different. We want to give customers that same love of their parcel arriving at their front door.

Phone +353 53 9102477

Email: info@buttonsandbows.ie




New Member Sheila Carrasco founder of Taweret Mum and Baby Shop


My name is Sheila Carrasco, I was born in Reus (Spain).I am happily married and recently became mother of my sweet baby girl, Emma.

 Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed. And that’s the reason why I got the courage to quit my job and decide to spend most of my time with my baby, while trying to help mums to breastfeed comfortably everywhere they go (in & out),feeling pretty, happy and loved.

Here I am introducing you to an original and funky selection of nursing (and maternity) wear which I hope you like and find useful, as much as I do! and my business name is Taweret.

I am also bringing beautifully handcrafted light ring slings, together with the coolest footmuffs, covers and canopies you may had ever seen.

Most of the products offered are designed and manufactured in Barcelona, vibrant city synonym of innovation and designtogether with tradition and quality – values that I would like to represent in everything we do.

 Our brand name refers to the ancient Egyptian goddess of maternity and childbirth, protector of women and children, who used to be represented by a female hippo (like our logo one)


www . taweret . net

http ://twitter . com/TaweretNet

http ://www . facebook . com/taweret . net

New Member Kaizen Improvements – Interior Design


My name is Aneta and following my passion and desire to have a job that I will love I made the decision to start my own business in home staging & styling. I describe it as the art of presenting a property in its best possible light in order to sell or rent it at the highest price and with as little hassle and delay as possible.
As an innovative Home Staging & Styling business in Ulster / Leinster region, we do our best to be the one stop shop for our clients with all the services they require. We provide professional home staging, interior styling, colour consultation service and cost-effective improvements to highlight the property’s best features and make it appealing to the potential buyers.

Kaizen Improvements – “You only get one chance to make a good first impression of your property – We can help you make sure it is the lasting one.”

Blackrock, County Louth

in progress

http ://www . facebook . com/kaizenimprovements . sa

New Member Virtue Naa Ayeley Shine – founder of Emerald and Wax


My name is Virtue Naa Ayeley Shine, I live Galway.

I am originally from Ghana in West Africa. I was born in the capital Accra and lived there until my early teens at which time I moved to New York with my mother and brother.
About 3 years ago I moved to Galway with my husband and what was then, my small(er) family. We now have four boys.

I am a self-taught ‘crafter’ and designer and a fierce fashionista. It all started when I took up knitting, a very hip New York pastime and perfect for those long subway commutes. I then decided I’d like to move on to sewing. I bought my very first sewing machine in a little craft store in Brooklyn called Daisy’s without having any real knowledge of what sewing entailed. All I had was the drive to learn and a love for the craft.

My influences are wide ranging and start with visiting the fabric stalls in Ma kola market in Accra when I was a very young girl. I am particularly influenced by African fabrics, the stories that the many hundreds of different prints tell, the positive influence it has on women in particular and the many different styles of attire that these fabrics embrace. For example, wrap skirts, which have a simplicity that almost requires no effort on the part of the wearer because the fabrics themselves combine beautiful and vibrant colours and designs that lend a simple elegance. I also take some fashion inspiration from New York in terms of a sense that ‘anything is possible’ and the notion of mixing things up while maintaining a high sense of style.

Indeed style is very important to me and ultimately I want to apply a high degree of craftsmanship to produce very stylish wares and accessories. My ideas are many and are constantly in flux which makes my work that bit more interesting for me and hopefully this is also something that comes through in what I make.

I produce a range of crafts all of my own designs and including skirts, bags, clutches, and cushion covers.

In the last year or so I have put a lot of time in to learning my craft and fine tuning my ideas.
Then last May I started Emerald and Wax, in my kitchen taking over our dinning table and then later as my online store. Emerald and Wax is in its infancy and I’m learning all about what it means to have an online ‘presence’. It has given me a great opportunity to showcase my wares and helped to get in touch both with many other ‘crafters’ and also people who love handmade crafts.

http ://www . facebook . com/emeraldandwax . 4tinyshines?ref=tn_tnmn