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This is the beginning of a high-pressure period for students, as they consider subject choices and prepare for exams and it is easy to become overwhelmed. Many people find that it’s useful to have some Rescue Remedy to hand at this time of year. This combination of five Bach Original Flower Essences is blended to provide a little support in times of emotional demand to help you stay calm and focused. Rescue comes in a variety of formats including drops, pastilles, and chewing gum. New Rescue Plus lozenges also contain B vitamins to support mental performance and have an orange and elderflower liquid centre, €5.49;


A recent poll of 1,000 households, 51% did not have a carbon monoxide alarm. And though 95% have at least one smoke alarm, 88% of those polled admitted to not testing them weekly in line with government recommendations, according to the research commissioned by Nest Labs. The Nest Protect Smoke + Carbon Monoxide detector, which tests itself automatically and can be silenced from your phone, costs €119;


Children’s clothing company Rockin’ Baby recently made its first charity drop to Uganda, donating 2,000 items of new clothing to children. This American company originally made baby slings and began its Mother-to- Mother initiative — where for every sling purchased, one is donated to mothers in Haiti and Kenya — in 2011. Child to Child began with sales of Rockin’ Baby’s first childrenswear collection, launched for Autumn 2015. Rockin’ Baby’s Spring/Summer collection for newborns to age 10 goes on sale tomorrow February 1, prices from €7;

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Not Too Precious, an exhibition of contemporary jewellery in non-precious materials, opened at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, last Friday, and runs until March 30. Admission is free and other events organised around the exhibition include two free jewellery making workshops for children and teenagers. Dutch jewellery and object artist Felieke van der Leest’s workshop on Saturday February 13 is suitable for ages 5+, with an afternoon workshop for teenagers. For more details see


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