Summer 2016 is ambling along, with its lacklustre weather, long-gone soccer, Rio Olympics and Pokémon Go. Right now, I would normally think of schoolbooks and uniform shopping, but this year it’s different. Daughter did the Leaving Cert, so no back to school for her. I’m trying not to stress about exam results, CAO offers and the nightmare of finding student accommodation if she goes to Dublin. A welcome diversion is the debs dance. Continue reading
Exam Survival – Illustrator
The Leaving Cert is looming! With the state exams due to start on June 8th, there are households across the country trying to cope with this stressful time. It’s hard on the students, revising or trying to cram in last-minute coursework. But tough on parents, too, who have brought them this far. As a mother of both a Leaving Cert and a Junior Cert student, I’m well aware of the tensions and traumas that accompany this ordeal. Like other frazzled mammies, I’m try to keep it together. The following survival hints might help ….
The #HeelAppeal took place on Friday May 27th 2016, 3pm @UCC for the #96fmradiothon in aid of @BreakthroCancer @marymountcork @mercyfoundcork @CUHCharity. Being an Illustrator, I couldn’t resist doing a caricature of @pjcoogan @OpinionLine96 in high heels. Did he and his fellow walkers feel the pain or comfortably strut their stuff? Well done, guys – so many families have been hit by cancer. The #96fmradiothon fundraiser is for a really great cause.
Christmas Countdown – Illustrator
It’s the countdown to Christmas. Since the Toy Show, children have been double-checking their wish lists, posting or burning letters in the fireplace. They can now relax, excitedly waiting for Santa’s imminent arrival. But what about us adults? What of all the jobs we have to do? If only we could write a letter and have Santa’s elves clean the house, do the shopping and magic a cooked turkey onto the table? Christmas is a wondrous time but is it worth all the stress we put ourselves through? Continue reading
I’m delighted to see the poster I worked on for Glounthaune (Cork) Community Association and Glounthaune tidy towns to ‘Keep Glounthaune Green & Clean’ is placed on the roadway entering the village. I did this using Adobe Illustrator and it’s based on a winning original artwork for Glounhthaune Tidy Towns by Tom Dwyer and Ben Smith who were in 6th class in Glounthaune National School. Well done boys!
Back to School – Cartoon Illustrator
It’s good to be back. We’ve had a frazzled few months building a house extension but life is now returning to normal. And it’s back to school time, buying uniforms and queuing outside bookshops. Continue reading
Competition – Caricature Artist
ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO #WIN in the FRAZZLED MAMMY CARICATURE COMPETITION!
The caricature competition I’m running with Fitzpatrick’s Shop has got such a great reaction that we’ve decided to extend the deadline until 5.00pm this Friday April 25th.
To win this unique prize of a personalised caricature done by me and a cake from Fitzpatrick’s Shop, Glounthaune, Cork for your next special occassion, simply;
1) LIKE Frazzled Mammy Facebook page, and
2) LIKE & SHARE the competition picture on Fitzpatrick’s Shop Facebook page
Any comments? Post to my blog or email email@example.com
Maeve O’Keeffe, the Frazzled Mammy! ©Maeve O’Keeffe 2015
Maeve O’Keeffe is a Cartoonist, Illustrator and Journalist in Cork, Ireland
Kids in Cars – Cartoon Illustrator
Have you ever left your child alone in the car to quickly dash into a shop? Apparently a parent was prosecuted in the UK for neglect for doing just that. If this is the case, lock me in prison and throw away the key because I’m guilty. But surely I’m not alone? Hasn’t every parent at some stage done this?
Mothers Day – Cartoon Illustrator
In the supermarket we were met by a wall of rosebud patterns and “I love you” text. Leftover Valentines? ‘Mother’ read the ornately scripted greetings.
“Oh, I’d forgotten,” confessed daughter, quickly scooting past the celebratory cards. Was she guiltily going to get me something? Continue reading
Pocket Money – Cartoon Illustrator
Do today’s kids get too much pocket money? In a recent survey carried out by the Irish League of Credit Unions @creditunionie , teenagers are apparently receiving an average of €13 a week, while research commissioned by Danske Bank shows that most parents are giving an average of €27 a month to children aged between 12 and 15 years.
Is this overkill or the expected stipend for teens to survive in today’s economic climate? And if mums & dads don’t cough up, are we bad, cheapskate parents? Continue reading