First a wedding dress, then a maternity dress, now I'm just trying to fit into ANY dress.

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Blogger, writer, wife and new Mam. Started out beating myself into a wedding dress, then a maternity dress, now I’m just beating myself into whatever dress I can find that fits.

Married to Yer Man, Mam to The Beast, I live in Kildare, though am originally from Dublin, Ireland. I am a former journalist and contributor to and and am also a qualified Adult Literacy Tutor, certified by the City of Dublin VEC. I was one of the Judges for the 2015 National Student Media Awards.

Beating Myself Into a Dress made the shortlist of the 2017 V by Very Blog Awards Ireland, in the Parenting Category. The blog was a Finalist in the 2016 Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards, in the Parenting Category. Beating Myself Into a Dress was the 2014 winner of the Best Blog Post award at the Blog Awards Ireland. BMIAD was also nominated in six categories of the inaugural Irish Parenting Bloggers Awards in April 2015 and was subsequently voted a finalist in the Most Entertaining Blog category. The blog was one of the NetMums Blogs of the Week in 2014. In 2008 I, along with a group of diverse and wonderful bloggers, won the Best Group Blog award at the (now discontinued) Irish Blog Awards for the Dublin Community Blog.

Beating Myself Into A Dress was selected to be included in a web archive curated by the National Library of Ireland to preserve Irish websites of scholarly, cultural and political importance.

13 Comment(s)

  1. Emma

    April 8, 2010 at 09:30

    Looking forward to hearing all the rants!

  2. Jo Taylor

    April 9, 2010 at 08:41

    G’wan Karen!
    (PS i feel you about the FatCoke – sweet jesus it’s good)

  3. Ciara Crossan

    April 13, 2010 at 09:45

    Hi Karen,
    Will follow the blog with great enjoyment and interest….great to hear how things are from the brides point of view. Will also be great for you to look back when it is all over to see all of your different stages of planning (and stress!)
    Good luck with everything!

  4. Mary

    April 14, 2010 at 22:58

    Loving the blog!

  5. keevs

    April 14, 2010 at 23:58

    You’re deadly darlin xxxxxxxxxxxx

  6. Fiona

    April 17, 2010 at 22:12

    Ah i know your column it was in The echo wasn’t it ?? I loved reading that, sorry to hear about the job and very best of luck with the blog

  7. Valerie

    April 22, 2010 at 01:30

    Hi Karen,you have me laughing away at my desk at work, loving your blog and looking forward to reading more.
    Best of luck with the wedding planning.

  8. Karen

    May 3, 2010 at 18:14

    Hi Karen

    The blog is fantastic, a really nice light hearted read. Looking forward to reading the entries as the wedding planning progresses!

  9. Paula

    January 25, 2012 at 01:38

    Love the blog Karen… Time to update the “about me” though!

  10. martinamullen27

    January 4, 2014 at 13:47

    Heya Karen, i love it you shud be published missy x

  11. Linda Curtis Kelly

    June 19, 2014 at 15:06

    Love the blog I am a new mom and wife…so I totally relate

  12. Julie Holmes

    June 28, 2016 at 23:29

    That’s funny Karen!

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