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Kathryn Thomas is one busy woman, that's for sure.

The TV presenter might have only given birth to her adorable daughter Ellie six months ago but she is already back in work-mode – as well as mum-mode, of course.

The 39-year-old welcomed her first born in March this year with her fiance Padraig McLaughlin and was back to work filling in for Ray D'Arcy on his RTE Radio 1 show in August.

Kathryn has opened up about how things are going and the fact that Ellie is a fantastic baby. 


Ellie lashin’ into mashed banana like a boss….. well not really….Most of it on the floor and the face. #bankholidayhappiness

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"I know how lucky we are because I have a couple of friends who's had really tough times with babies with colic or they don't sleep.  But so far she's really chilled out and doing everything she should be," she said.

Kathryn explained that because Ellie is sleeping 12 hours an night and because of this, she has been able to get back to work "a lot sooner than I thought I would". 

"I know that there are probably mothers out there who won't want to hear that, and I get that, but it's the truth.  I just know how lucky we are because I just know without sleep that things would change completely, but so far so good," she said.


Dreaming of blue skies……and maybe unicorns but most likely mashed banana #travelswithellie

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As well as enjoying time with her little one, Kathryn has landed a new role as the presenter of Ireland's Fittest Family, as previous presenter Mairead Ronan has recently given birth to her second baby. 

As well as keeping busy with her wellness bootcamp business, Pure Results Bootcamp, Kathryn is hosting a one day event, KT Fit Fix, about food and fitness on September 30 at The Pavillion, Leopardstown Racecourse.

It is each woman's decision regrading when she wants to go back to work after having a baby, and we wish Kathryn all the best with her jam-packed schedule and, of course, gorgeous baby Ellie. 


It's very likely that for the first time in over a week, you will need to set your alarm clock tonight.

And that, we know, is utterly traumatising.

After approximately 10 days of lie-ins, boxset-binges, late lunches, mammoth dinners and countless glasses of vino, you have to go back to the real world.

Love or loathe your current job, the adjustment will take some getting used to, so why not make it easier on yourself by considering the following points in order to ensure a stress-free week ahead. (And praise Jesus it's only a four-day'er.)

1. Prep your outfit

Stop whatever it is you're doing right now, and prepare your clothes for the morning.

It'll take the guts of 20 minutes to iron an outfit and prep some accessories, but it'll be the most productive 20 minutes you can spend today, frankly.

Just picture how much easier tomorrow morning will be if you put a little time and consideration into the task without the pressure of a looming rush-hour commute.

2. Check your emails

OK, so some might argue that this action will eat into your holiday-time, but if you can face a quick inbox blitz, it will make the first hour back in the office a whole lot simpler.

Deleting and starring over the course of just 10 minutes will make trawling your correspondence tomorrow a little less stressful.

We're not going to lie, it will require a deep breath, but just remind yourself you're simply doing a digital spring clean and anything pressing can wait until the morning.

3. Set some goals

No one expects you to move mountains in your first week back to work after Christmas, but setting a few simple goals will help to alleviate The Fear.

Whether it's as simple as replying to that email you ignored during Christmas week, de-cluttering your desk by the end of your first day back or scheduling a chat with your boss about upcoming projects, giving yourself some milestones will really help you to focus.

And remember; don't overwhelm yourself by making goals that are simply unattainable by the end of week; small, but achievable goals are the name of the game here.

4. Go for a brisk walk

The night before you return to work often causes anxiety which means you may not be able to properly shut off and enjoy a solid eight-hour sleep.

With this in mind, it's important you get some fresh air by taking a brisk walk before winding down for the night.

We know you're very likely hungover, exhausted or a combination of both. but grab a friend, a family member or download the latest episode of your favourite podcast, and hit the pavement for 30 minutes.

It'll only help, we promise.

5. Pamper yourself

Look, it's not easy returning to work after a fortnight of excess, and Lord knows you're probably not feeling in tip-top condition, so make sure you treat yourself during your final hours of the Christmas holiday.

Root out any pampering products you found in your stocking, pull on your cosiest pyjamas and settle down with the book you found beneath the tree because finding the time to relax is absolutely paramount.

You've prepped for the morning, you've gotten a head-start on your emails and you've even fitted in a little exercise, so now it's time to indulge yourself before smashing your weekly goals.

Ladies, you've got this.




Today, January 4, was a truly grim day for adults all over the country.

After almost two weeks of pretending the outside world just didn't exist, we were thrust back into the reality of early morning traffic, awkward chit-chat with colleagues and staring the clock down as 5.30pm approached.

Of course, if you're anything like us, you probably promised yourself that this year, things would be oh-so different. You'd jump out of bed with a spring in your step, before sitting down to a delicious breakfast of kale and water.

Or something like that. Here are a few of the lies we all most definitely told ourselves over the last 24 hours…

The night before
'I'll set my alarm for 6.30am, but I'll probably wake up naturally.'


'Who really NEEDS to get up early, though? There's no point. None.'


'I can totally survive on porridge and soup until payday comes around.'


'But spending all my remaining money on this juicer is an investment, really.'


'I'm meant to be off caffeine, but the Starbucks Red Cups will be all gone soon. Must avail.'


'Ah no, I have to have a slice of cake. Just to be polite like.'


'Gym time! I'll probably go, what, six more times this week?'


'Okay, that was hellish. I've earned this glass bottle of wine.'

wine drinking gif cougar town


'Again, I'll set my alarm for 6.30am, but I'll probably wake up naturally.'

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