5 Date Nights to Have at HOME!


My husband and I don’t get too many date nights where we get dressed up, leave the kids at home, and have a nice dinner.   There are many reasons why a month {or embarrassingly multiple months} will go by and we don’t get the opportunity to get out of the house alone-babysitters, time, not wanting to leave kids after working all day.  The list {or excuses} goes on and on, but those traditional dates don’t happen often in our relationship.  Nevertheless that doesn’t mean we don’t have a good marriage or don’t dedicate time to maintain our loving relationship.   My husband and I do several things throughout the day-even if we’re not together to show our love and affection for one another-but you can’t replace those important moments alone together.  Once our children go to bed at 8pm we often are so exhausted we want to fall asleep too, but this part of the evening is quality time just for the two of us which is why often we will do a date night AT HOME! Here are five ways we do date nights at home:


  1. Post bedtime dinner date: Family dinners are SO important in our family and it is a tradition we are instilling in our family.  However, every now and then its okay to do dinners apart and feed your kids some grilled cheeses and eat a light snack.  Then after the kids go to bed I send my husband out for some takeout from a nicer-but not too nice restaurant.  Our go to in the Las Vegas area is I Love Sushi or Table Thai.  While my hubby is out picking up the order I set the table and light some candles-or we will pig out right on the couch.  It is a simple perfect at home date night.
  1. Sit outside: After putting the kids to bed sit outside under the stars open a bottle of wine a relax. Sometimes these moments are the best to even not talk.  Just soak up quite time with your man-after all whether you’re a SAHM or a working mom you’ve been hustling and hearing talking all day long, it’s time to wind down and relax.
  1. Movie night: After putting the kids to bed pick out a movie pop some popcorn and cuddle. Put down the phones like you would in a real theater!!! Warning- don’t pull the exhausted parent move and fall asleep during the movie like my husband does. Lol
  1. Unplug completely: I know, I know you’re behind on Real Housewives or How to Get Away with Murder and you want to see what everyone has been up to on Instagram {are you following me @redlocksandshamrocks?} but unplug-turn off the TV, put the iPhone on the charger in the next room, and talk or play an old fashion board game. Better yet make it into a drinking game.
  1. The comPARENTion– Who doesn’t love a good competition? Whoever gets their kid to do something the child hates wins a 10-minute foot, back, or neck massage! For example, our toddler hates broccoli, whoever can successfully get our child to eat the veggie (without tears or forcing it down) wins!  This can be used for food, chores, bath time whatever your kid fights you to the death not to do!



Time away from your kids and quality time with your husband is crucial in maintaining a happy relationship.  It’s so easy to fall asleep on the couch, zone out on TV or social media, do chores, or even do work from home after the kids go to bed, but remember to take time to focus on the heart of your family-the husband and wife relationship.

What at home date nights do you and your spouse love?  Comment below and tell me!


Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

The photography in this blog post was by J. Anne Photography


It May Not Be Your First RODEO, but It Was His!


It may not be your first rodeo, but it was Kohen’s!   Our little man recently celebrated his first birthday so we partied cowboy style throwing him his first rodeo!  For first birthday parties I love to do themes, easy food, and festive decor!   Did you see Logie Bears’ first birthday?  Check out that blog post here. I was lucky enough to meet the wonderful event planner of Starry Eyed Events who helped decorate part of his party.   If you are in the Las Vegas area definitely hit her up for your next celebration!  The other decor was either thrown together from what I already had or from Oriental Trading.

Our little birthday boy was too excited about the balloons that Starry Eyed Events brought that you couldn’t quite see his “My First Rodeo” t-shirt.

Cowboy gear was the dress code for the event, but if a guest came unprepared I got these cute cowboy hats and bandannas to keep everyone festive.

Starry Eyed Events did a pristine job decorating the dessert table to display tempting cupcakes and the first birthday staple, the SMASH cake!  I always say the BEST place to get a small smash cake is Albertsons!  They always do a great job for a low cost and often will throw in the smash cake for FREE if you order enough cupcakes.





Starry Eyed Events even brought an ipod and speaker filled with country jams and rodeo tunes to set the mood and ambiance of the party.  This allowed every person to grab their partner and Do Si Do!  I put up the other decorations for the party about a week in advance.   This always helps get the kids excited and give you one less thing to do as the party day comes closer!


Other decor I threw together was a clothesline banner displaying Kohen’s monthly photographs-he grew so much in one year!

Simple number one balloons, flowers, and mason jars were great center pieces.   And Pin the Tale on the Cow was a fun game for the toddlers at the party!

I also set out a craft for the kiddos to make their own farm out of animal stickers and construction paper.   Don’t you just love this custom farm table? We get TONS of use out of it.


Now for the food!

I have to admit I love throwing parties but I HATE making food.   Its so much work-the planning, cooking, and clean up alone! Ugh!  I always try to buy most of the food and only make a few things.   It seems to saves energy and sometimes money.


Pulled pork, chicken, and “KoKo Beans” (baked beans) were served in my triple crock-pot, a must for parties.

Fruit, cups of popcorn, and chips made for great rodeo side dishes.

The smash cake is always my favorite party of any first birthday!   The little one’s first taste of sweetness, will they be scared?  Like it?  Be disgusted? Devour it?


We of course shared with our older sister!


Happy birthday to our little Bean!  I can’t wait to see the adventures you will encounter this coming year!  


Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle


*This blog post was partnered with Starry Eyed Events.   This was an amazing party planning company to work with and I highly recommend it.   The thoughts and opinions of this blog are my own.

My Mommy Body is Failing Me.


I used to be a dancer. An athlete.  A runner.  Now I’m a mom.  My body is bruised up, it aches, my hips lock up, and bladder feels like it will fall out every time I workout.   Now don’t get me confused when I am writing this post.  I do love the skin I’m in.  When I actually have the time to get dressed up I often feel beautiful.   Yes, I don’t have my skinny Rebel Girl dance team hot college bod.  I’m not that person anymore, and I am okay with that.  I do love my body, but hate it at the same time.  


I want to be able to RUN, but my post pregnancy hips won’t allow me.  I want to hit the gym and do sit ups, but gaining and loosing 50lbs in under 15 months took one hell of a toll on my ab muscles.  Will I ever get them back?   It depresses me that my body physically can’t do what it used to do.   I used to run 5ks in under 30 minutes, cheer for hours during a UNLV basketball game, or perform a difficult hip hop competition routine.  Now my mom bod barely allows me to run a mile.

With my mom bod, I am strong in other ways I guess. Now I can lift a total of 50lbs of children in my arms carrying my kids from car to the store then back to the car all while having a heavy diaper bag slung over my shoulder.  I can also push their 50lb cute butts in a 15lb double stroller but my body doesn’t allow me to run as fast as I used to or as long as I could.  When I finally start to run, my hip will lock up to the point where I can’t even take one step or I will collapse.  I have pushed myself to the limit during one of my tragic-hip-lock-ups and fallen over, using my running stroller to brace me from hitting the black pavement that once used to be my get away.   I may sound crazy but if you’re an athlete of any sport you get it because as a competitor-we push ourselves to the max.   This black pavement that used to be my friend, my cathartic outlet, has now turned into my enemy.


I feel so offended that my body, at the moment, can’t be pushed the way my athletic mind wants to.  I am still suffering the battles of birthing a 9.5 oz child almost a year later.  Every time I put on workout clothes (which is often) I ask myself: will I ever get my endurance and ability back?  I can no longer kick my leg past my head or even do the splits- things might fall out.    I know, I know I’m being hard on myself.  And maybe I can get my pre-baby hot Rebel Girl, I can do anything body, back but I need help or a support system.   I try to stretch, run, or dance but beat myself up when I can’t do something and then sadly give up.

I remember one time I was at the gym attempting to do my first few sit ups post pregnancy.  It was an utter joke.  I couldn’t even lift my shoulders off the dirty gym floor.   I instantly felt defeated.  I could sense the gazing eyes of all the fit people at the gym staring and laughing at me-I had to fight back tears.   After collecting my thoughts and looking around-no one was really looking at me, they were all into their own workouts, it was just me judging myself- my harshest critic.


As I write this blog on my iPhone, I am pedaling on a stationary bike holding back tears of failure because as much as I want to put down my phone and pedal like the speed of lightening, my hips won’t allow me, my knees ache, and even though I just went to the bathroom I feel like I have to pee again.  After every workout instead of feeling high as a kite or happy that I broke a sweat- I feel defeated like I lost a championship.  I am almost a year post pregnancy and I still don’t feel “normal” again.   This is something that as an onlooker probably seems strange-for me I luckily lose my pregnancy weight rather quickly.  People may see me as ‘skinny’ but what they don’t see is my lack of ability and inner confidence.

Will I ever dance again? Will I ever run a 5k again? Is that all over for me now that I’m a mom?  It’s something I am okay with giving up because being a mom is everything.  But my athletic dancer mindset hasn’t changed and doesn’t want to let go.


If you’ve suffered through this ‘mom bod failure’ before, what are some tips and suggestions you have for me?


Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

A Family Night Out at Peter Piper Pizza


Tonight, was a momentous event in the Doyle family!  Our two-year-old is now potty trained!  Logan has worked very hard to master using the big girl potty, so as a reward she chose to eat her favorite all time food-PIZZA! We wanted to do something fun with her as a celebration so we took her to a restaurant that just came back to Las Vegas, Peter Piper Pizza! When I was a kid growing up in Las Vegas for any celebration we always begging my parents to go to pizza and play games!  The joys of being a kid having a pocket full of tokens, collecting and adding up tickets, to then select a small toy was the highlight to any kid’s month!  We are stoked that the restaurant, Peter Piper Pizza, came back in town and its better than ever!

Peter Piper Pizza is a great restaurant for a family fun night out!  It has great food, games, prizes, TVs displaying cartoons and football, and BEER!  I mean it is a restaurant for the WHOLE family!   We liked eating at this restaurant for Logie’s potty training celebration because Peter Piper Pizza’s environment geared toward kids and the games fully entertained her as we waited for our meal. 


We had a great time playing the games at Peter Piper Pizza.   As you enter, you can buy tokens for .25 cents each, most games are 1 to 2 tokens so we bought 20 tokens for $5.00.   Logan at first was a little overwhelmed with all the lights, games, and noises, but after she tried her first game she was hooked!   Logan and I really enjoyed the easy ball drop games which guaranteed tickets-great for those toddlers unable to actually ‘beat’ a game.  


My husband’s favorite game was of course Pop-a-Shot where he relived his basketball glory days.  There were plenty of games geared toward older kids that we didn’t try out but sure looked like a blast!

Logan surprisingly ended up winning 55 tickets!  She had a wonderful time looking though the prizes at the ticket counter and the nice worker there let her pick specific colors she liked.   Our girly girl went with mostly jewelry and one small toy.

After we played the games we worked up quite an appetite!   We ordered a serving of bread sticks, a large pizza, two sodas, and a kids drink all for around 20 bucks.

The breadsticks with a side of marinara sauce came out first.   They were the perfect combination of crispy and soft with just the right amount of garlic and parmesan sprinkled on them.   Both of my kids and husband devoured them!  If you are a carbaholic these breadsticks were wayyy better than any other pizza place!

The pizza came out piping hot and oozing with cheese!  My family is very picky on their pizza-we take it very seriously!  And this pizza is really delectable!  It was not too greasy and had just the right amount of sauce on it.   The crust almost had a sweet after taste and was nice and crispy on the bottom, but still soft on the end.   The whole family loved it-the 11 month old, 2 year old, and the parents.   Daddy even had to cut himself off-it was hard for him to turn away that last slice.


The restaurant itself was very clean-there were constantly workers bussing tables and picking up.   Since we celebrated a newly potty trained princess we did check out the bathrooms several times which were very clean! Lol

Overall we had a great time at Peter Piper Pizza!   The kids {and parents} had a great time playing all the games, collecting tickets, and picking out prizes.   The food was delicious and both of my kids actually devoured their meal!  Which if you have toddlers, says a lot!!


This place is fun for the whole family and is Redlocks and Shamrocks approved!  Check out both Peter Piper Pizza‘s new locations now that they are BACK in Las Vegas!


Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle


*This post was sponsored by Peter Piper Pizza-the thoughts and opinions are my own.

Teething Necklaces 101: A Redlocks Review



I am not gonna to lie, before trying out teething necklaces I was never really a fan.  Whenever I would see moms out and about holding their cute innocent child then to catch a glimpse of  realness- that cute innocent child was actually a drooling baby who was gnawing on their mom’s necklace.  The sight kind of creeped me out at first…until I became a mother to a teething baby and tired one!  Its true what they say about parenting-never judge others.   That was the pre-teething-momma’s views, now I will do anything to help sooth my little ones gums and keep me from getting my shoulder, hair, or outfit gnawd on, soaked, and tangled! Redlocks and Shamrocks is bringing you Redlocks Review on the Nuby Teething Jewelry!*


Nuby carries three styles of teething jewelry seen in this photo in various colors such as grey, blue, navy, and pink.   They are all made of soft silicone to provide stimulation to gums and emerging teeth. 


The first time trying out teething necklaces I was trying to get ready for a friend’s bridal shower.   Of course, I was running late, trying to put on mascara, and my baby wanted to be held-the second I set him down he would cry.   As a mom of two I have mastered the-do anything with one hand skill-but my little boy kept grabbing at my mascara!  I threw on the teething jewelry on a whim and it kept him entertained while I finished getting ready. 

The soft textured surface was safe for him to tug, touch, and teethe verses everything else in arms reach on my bathroom counter or on me!


My weekend mom warrior look consists of workout clothes-even though I rarely get the chance to hit the gym these days.  Isn’t it a workout chasing your toddler around the park and lifting two kids in and out of car seats to go grocery shopping right? 

This design of Nuby Teething Jewelry has a more casual look to it with the black ribbon tying in with my ‘workout’ mom style.  Plus my baby can easily grasp the round disk shape.

This little guy had a blast walking around our neighborhood and going to the grocery store with this compact ‘toy’ strapped around my neck.


All of the teething jewelry features a plastic clasp for fastening and added security making wearing and taking off a snap! The flat disk style of Nuby Teething Jewelry also comes in a dark navy.  My personal style tends to be more minimalist jewelry not statement pieces so I went with the neutral gray again. 

I keep this one in my diaper bag to throw on anywhere-in this case the park-when my baby getting the terrible teething tingles!   One thing I like about Nuby teething necklaces verses other brands is the price is right!  Teething necklaces should be functional and cute but not break the bank-this isn’t Tiffany’s jewelry!  All styles of the Nuby Teeth Jewelry are of course 100% Silicone, BPA free, and available now on  Amazon!


Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

*This post was sponsored by Nuby

Working Mom Problems


              Tired. Exhausted. Busy. Happy. The life of a working mother is no joke. Literally every minute, no wait second of my day is used up.   From the moment I wake up in the early hours tending to my children getting them dressed for the day to the moment I finally get to sit down and relax and finally check emails, write a blog, or {maybe} watch Netflix, every second in between is used, valued, and pushed to the maximum capacity.   When you are a working mom, you will always feel guilty kissing your little one and leaving them to head out to your job. You’re most likely running late, not a dressed up as you’d like to be, and have an extra large cup of coffee in your hand.   I don’t sacrifice a second extra away from my family so once I step foot at work I am moving a mile a minute to get everything done.  


                 Once I pull into work I park my car, grab my coffee to go, and the moment my foot hits the pavement I am darting around trying to get the millions of tasks accomplished.   When I am at work I never. stop. moving.  I am constantly multi-tasking trying to keep from the feeling of drowning in work.  The moments where I do get a break I am sitting at my desk, alone in the dark, listening to the endless wonk wonk wonk of my breastpump.  I don’t have time to hang with coworkers or have long chats about daily life, because every second I am doing something for work trying to get my ‘to-do’ list crossed off.   Then like a flash, I have to lock myself in a cold, dark room and start pumping then storing milk. The challenges of a breastfeeding, working mom are endless.  There is no “hanging out with other adults” during my day.  Its work, grade, teach, eat lunch alone while pumping, try to tune out the negatively and absorb the positivity-if you’re going to be away from your family it better be worth it.

            I used to go back in forth with the argument of what’s more difficult: the working mom or the stay at home mom.   I am lucky in my career since I am a teacher that I get to experience both sides of motherhood.   I am the August-May working mom who tries to get the laundry all washed, folded, and put away on a Sunday. The working mom who misses her kids terribly, loves her job at the same time, and still tries to get dinner on the table at a decent hour. The mom who is so dang tired from working all day, but then suddenly those little arm wrap around you and you get a second burst of energy.   It is so hard to be a working mom. How do people keep their house together???? I find it impossible as there are always dirty dishes or bottles in my sink. {Veteran working moms please share your secrets with me.} The positive note of being a working mom is every second and moment you have with your children it is cherished.   Its amazing! I try to do as many fun activities with my children as possible.  We never have “just another Saturday,” its always spent spoiling my little ones with activities because the mom guilt of being away from them during the week is unreal.


            Being a working mother I find it extremely hard to take care of myself.   I don’t want to spend any more time away from my children so getting my nails done, hair cut, going to the doctor, or even grabbing lunch with an old friend makes my heart sink.   I am sadly watching myself ‘go’ as I have no time for the gym, get my nails done, or even curl my hair.   At this point in my life, I am so busy {and exhausted} I am lucky if both legs get shaved in the shower.   Taking a day off of work to go to the doctor doesn’t happen-if I am taking a day off from my job it is to spend with my children.   Usually nap time is ‘rest time’ for moms-you count down the hours until the beloved nap time.   But for me on my cherished weekends, nap time for a working mom means running around like a manic. You have two hours {if you’re lucky} to get about 10 hours worth of children free errands in.


            The times I am on summer vacation I am the stay at home mom. The pressure of getting the laundry done goes out the window, I have all day Monday or maybe even Tuesday to fold and put those clothes away right? Making dinner is no longer a chore, it’s a time to be away from your children in a much needed adult break.  You can get more done with your day during nap time than the whole day.   Going on walks in the middle of the day is for entertainment rather than exercise. Trips to the grocery store and Target are much easier on a random Thursday afternoon than on a busy weekend.   But HOW do you keep your little ones entertained 24/7? That’s lots of activities, crafts, and imaginary dinosaurs to pretend to be.   Good luck putting on make up too, why get ready if you’re not leaving the house and going to get apple sauce chucked at you anyways? Then finally, the second your husband walks in the door from work you’re lucky if you can actually pee alone.   When you are a stay at home mother you never get a day off or a break.


            The working mom is harder, no the stay at home mom is harder…lets just face it they are BOTH hard! Motherhood is such a difficult and challenging journey. You no longer have just yourself to think about. Looking back at who I used to be in college and my early twenties, I had no one else to worry about but myself and I thought I was “tired” or “busy.”  Girlllll what were you thinking? As a mom, you maybe tired. exhausted. busy. but most of all you are HAPPY.  I wouldn’t change being a mom for anything-whether your working or staying at home we all share the same common goal to raise good people and we all have the same love for these little people.

Until Next Time…..


Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

***All of the photos for this blog post were taken at Symphony Park next to the Discovery Children’s Museum.   Get your Pogo Pass using code “REDLOCKS” for 60% off admission to this venture and several others around the Las Vegas area! For my original post of this pass, Read here

Four Friends You NEED As a Mom…

Four Friends You NEED As a Mom….


  1. The lifelongers– These are friends who have seen you grow up and think “damn I can’t believe she is a mom now!”
  2. The young kid-less friends– I like to call them “single” although they maybe in a committed relationship.   This is your friend who you were a few years ago, running free like a wild horse. You get them, but they sure as heck don’t get you.  
  3. The “with you in the trenches” mom friends– These are ladies with kids the same age as your children. They are living your life on the reg, and they get the daily struggle.
  4. The experienced mom friends- These gals you can call at anytime to get real-talk advice. These chicks are like pediatricians, child psychologists, and mommy therapists.

Since I have become a mother my friendship “squad,” as the young people call it, has drastically changed.   I can’t say it’s for the better or worse, but it has made a definite shift over the last couple years.   Its like moving from middle school to high school overnight, realizing you just don’t fit in with that certain “crowd” anymore.   You look at your old middle school aka pre-mommy friends with a blissful eye; missing them, those memories, laughs, and no cares in the world realizing its hard to go back-actually in your case impossible.   You look at your new high school aka post-mommy friends and realize you NEED them.   To complain to, to inspire you to become a better mother, to guide you and give you advice through this new journey where everyday you wake up and pretend you know what the heck you’re doing. This change in “squads” has been very emotional for me. I am SO happy to have made new friends and grown closer to certain friends, I don’t know what I would do without them.   But I also cry over those best friends who I feel are slipping through my fingers. The ones who I used to talk to on a daily basis drifted to me talking to once a week-then once a month- then who knows when…… Life gets so busy: kids, work, boyfriends, husbands, but I get sad at night when I check social media and that’s the only true way I know what’s going on in their life, that’s so depressing.

To my friends over the years who I have lost or may be losing:

            Please come back.   I miss you and I think of you everyday.   Our lives are not on the same path right now and I am hoping one day they will meet up again.   Just know that when you call and you hear a screaming child in the background of the phone, I AM LISTENING.   I hear you, I am there for you.   Although you are telling me an important story and I have to pause to scold my two year old I AM LISTENING.   If something happens in your life: good, bad, ugly.   I am here.   Stranded on the side of the road? No one else to help? I will wake my kids up from their nap and come rescue you.   I’ll be honest, I know it doesn’t seem like that because I give responses like, “Oh, I can’t meet up for lunch at 1:00, because my kids nap from 12-2…sorry.”   But I am here, I always will be.   My door is always open-although warning there is some scary shit on the other side.   Shit literally: blow outs, the smells yuck- moms get “used” to it.   And shit figuratively-screaming toddlers, dirty dishes, me with no bra on, no make up, and sweats on with God knows what bodily fluid on them.   But please come over, (bring coffee though lol) witness the craziness, be involved, and I will be involved in your life.   Friendship is a two way street.   I love the friends who I don’t talk to on a daily basis, you see each other and nothing skips a beat.   But sometimes that window of not talking grows further and further apart and then one day there is no phone call, meet up, or lunch date and I don’t want that day to come.

To my friends I have grown closer with or made:

            Freaking amen to you ladies!!! I don’t know how I could survive motherhood with out those late night texts, early calls, or playdates. Those phone calls where we talk about how much we LOVE our children.   The calls where you and I are seeking advice on what to do or sadly (and embarrassingly) the calls where we complain-your tired and on your wits end and you’re going nuts.   Thank you for listening and not judging!   This journey is so hard and knowing I have you experiencing the same challenges everyday makes me feel not alone.   Thank you for listening to me cry because I don’t know how to get my kid to nap. Thank you for sharing with me your horrific mom fails, because it makes me feel human. Thank you for listening to me tell some long winded story about how my newborn coo’d for the first time-only you know how exciting it because other people would think ‘big deal.’   Thank you for encouraging me and reminding me ‘its just a phase.’ Thank you for that the easy dinner idea btw. Thank you for knowing that at a split second our phone call can end-right in the middle of a conversation- because a child needs us. Thank you for being my support system: my rock, my shoulder to cry on, my cheerleader, my mentor, my idol, and most importantly my friend.


To both of these types of friends:

I NEED you in my life. To my fun kid-less friend, I need to hear you randomly getting your nails done-damn I’ll be jealous (yes its really like that Sex and the City episode where Miranda and Samantha have that hair appointment/screaming baby situation.)   I need you to tell me your wild night where you stayed out until 3am, lost a shoe, ate Del Taco, and met with a handsome hunk.   Actually text me-I’m up at 3am for completely different reasons.   I need you, we’ve been friends forever and I can’t lose you.   I know you look at me and think “dang she has changed” “she never has time for me” “I don’t want to interrupt her” or whatever else you’re thinking, I’m not in your head, but I hope you are missing our tight friendship as I am missing yours.   My new squad- thanks for being my new ride-or-dies.   We’re in this new prison gang where we have these people that rely on us and we will do anything to protect-can you tell I finally finished Orange is the New Black? My mom friends are really the most amazing women and they are supermoms, I don’t know how they do it all!


To all my types of friends: Thank you. I love you.



Your Redlocks and Shamrocks girl,

Lisa Doyle


Kohen’s Shark Nursery!


Nursery decorating might be my favorite!  I LOVED decorating Logan’s mermaid themed room and I was so excited to have a boy to do a more masculine bedroom.   I always like to go with a “non-baby” themed room so that the room can grow with the child into their elementary years.  For Kohen, we decided to go with a shark theme since he and Logan share a bathroom it would somewhat go with mermaids.


A common nursery paint design is stripes and with doing a shark themed stripes were really an easy choice for a nautical component.   But I wanted to do something different so I went with a modified pallet wall!   This was SO easy and simple to put together (well for my husband and friend to put together.)   The hardest part was transporting the wood from Home Depot to our house.  lol.   I also went with a light gray as a base color, making the distressed wood “pop.”   See original tutorial here, although I did not use her same wood staining process.

Light fixture is from World Market sold here


Crib:  Babies R Us-Sold out

Sheet:  Sold at Babies R us and Bed Bath and Beyond See here (Best way to save money is NOT buy the whole bedding set- you don’t need that quilt, or bumper bc of SIDs.)

Blanket: Etsy See seller here



Gallery Wall from various bought and made by me decor.



Distressed wood shark is from Etsy sold here


Shark storage bins sold here

The dresser and armoire is a vintage future set passed down in the O’Rourke family.   Originally yellow and purchased by the mob, yes THE LAS VEGAS MOB, was given to my mom as a baby shower gift.   This set was refinished in the 90’s by my grandmother to go in my room and now it is in Logan’s and Kohen’s room.


My FAVORITE nursery tradition, as we did this in Logan’s room too, is to have every family member paint a small canvas print to add to the nursery.  I love that this adds a little personalization to the room and you can guess what each family member painted–and if you can’t guess they write notes to the baby on the back.  Once the baby is born, we add in their footprint design.   You can see Kohen’s foot on the bottom right.   Note: Logie’s artwork on the bottom left.  


Black out nautical curtains sold by by amazon here.  Curtains that block out light will really help you for nap tme!

I hope you liked taking a look in Kohen’s nursery!


Your Redlocks and Shamrocks girl,

Lisa Doyle


Liebster Award!

Starting a blog is a fun journey and you definitely learn something new everyday! One thing that I have loved about starting a blog is connecting with other moms and bloggers all over the world! It has been so cool meeting women in the same life journey as me going through the same or similar challenges and joys.   One mom and blogger who I have connected with has nominated me for the Liebster Award! Check out Justine at http://www.sunnyinjune.com! Its crazy that we met through Instagram, but she worked with several of my friends out in Las Vegas!   Now she is doing amazing things on the other side of the country because her hubby is in the military.   Thanks so much for nominating me Justine!


The Liebster Award is a chain of awards that help people to discover new blogs. In this chain, the award is given to a number of nominees, who then pass the award on to other new bloggers, and the chain goes on. The rules for receiving the award are simple:


 Here are Justine’s questions for me:

  1. As women, it’s only natural to nit pick at yourself. So, what is your best personality characteristic and what is your best physical feature?

I would say my best personality characteristic is that I am hardworking. I really work hard for the things that I have and I consider myself an overachiever. I think my best physical feature is my hair- hence the redlocks in my shamrocks!

  1. What is a white lie you told your kids? If you don’t have kids yet, what are some white lies that your parents told you that you believed for the longest time?

I have told my two year old that the TV is broken when I didn’t want her to watch a show or that we were all out of a certain food. Sorry Logie!

  1. What is your favorite holiday and why?

I am Halloween and Thanksgiving obsessed!!! I am so STOKED they are coming up! I love these two holidays because they are about getting dressed up and eating-two of my favorite things lol.   I also love these holidays because there is no pressure to give or get gifts, its about being thankful and celebrating.

  1. What made you start blogging?

I started blogging for a creative outlet for my desire to write and to work on my hobby of photography.   So far after only having my blog for a little over a month I have gained more knowledge of photography and it has felt so good writing again! I am so happy I started Redlocks and Shamrocks!

  1. How long have you been blogging for?

I started by blog in July 2016! Newbie!!

  1. What do you love to do when you have free time?

What is free time??? Lol Do moms get free time? But in my free time I blog or watch Netflix with my husband or workout.

  1. What is your dream job?

Right now I am a mom, teacher, blogger, and hobbyist photographer.   I would love to be a blogger or photographer fulltime. Or just hit the lottery so I never have to work!

  1. If you won $500 million, what would you do with it?

Retire!!!! I would just love to be with my family 24/7!

  1. Describe your personal style.

I would say classic, chic, and girly…..or workout clothes and dirty hair there really isn’t an in between with me.  Totally dressed up or totally a mess!

  1. What morals do you hope to instill in your kids?

There are so many! But to give a general answer to be good people who treat all others with kindness, respect, and manners.

  1. What are your pet peeves?

Chewing loudly.   Yuck.

Here are 11 Random Facts About Me!

  1. My husband first said “I love you” to me under the Eiffel Tower on New Years Eve. Awww.
  2. I have two fur-babies: Max a boston terrier and Piccadilly a dachshund.
  3. My parents met and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and have been together since high school.   They moved out to Las Vegas because my mom was a dancer and my dad was a musician.   They kicked it with the mob a lot during old Las Vegas!   My furniture, that’s now in my kid’s room, was given as a gift from the Las Vegas Mob. Siegfried and Roy also came to my mom’s baby shower!  So my parents are Las Vegas OGs.
  4. I have danced my entire life!! When I was younger I did competitive dance and then in college was the captain of the UNLV Rebel Girls. It was such a great experience!
  5. I turn everything into a song and dance routine. From doing laundry to breastfeeding to grocery shopping-I either I have parody song made up or a dance to it.
  6. I have super sensitive sense of smell and hearing.   I can hear a pin drop and can always tell when my husband has eaten some chocolate without me.
  7. I am a NEAT freak!!!! My house can never be clean enough! My two year old has even learned how to use a coaster for her sippy cup-you go Logie!
  8. I love iced tea and coffee!!! Yum!
  9. I have always loved to write.   I kept a journal/diary since I was in middle school all through college.   Recently found by my husband, I trashed them all due to embarrassment, maybe I will regret that, but right now I couldn’t risk him knowing all my embarrassing tales.
  10. My family is all talented.   My mom was a professional dancer-she even partnered and toured with Patrick Swayze.   My dad has self taught himself how to play several instruments- guitar, trumpet, and piano just to name a few.   My brother Michael can play the drums like nobody’s business. And my brother Matt, the most talented of all, is one of the most amazing guitarists around!! He can play anything by ear and has traveled the whole world because of his skills. My husband and I think Logan has gotten the O’Rourke gene for music (or we are at least hoping!)
  11. My family is home movie obsessed.   Back in the late 80s a “documentary” was made titled “The O’Rourkes.” This tape has been quoted at almost every family gathering and any person close enough to any of my family members has been lucky enough-or tortured- to watch it.

I’m nominating 11 other bloggers for the Liebster Award!

These are some blogs that I love to read!

  1. Katy @ Raising Krazy
  2. The Bow Mommy (You have to translate her blog, but you won’t be disappointed with her Instagram feed!)
  3. Jamie @ Surviving The Bubble
  4. Mace, Emily, and Haley @ blondesense702 (I watched these girls grow up, they are all so fashionable, super cute, and doing big things!)
  5. Emily @ Just Playing House
  6. Julianna @ This Mom Life Lowe Down
  7. Ashleigh @ Sunday Comfy (Check out her photography too, its amazing!)
  8. Abby @ Up North and Personal (I love her workouts with her baby!)
  9. Tiller Trio(I love her story and that she shares her daughter’s struggle with cCMV)
  10. Sarah @ Seeing all Sides
  11. Kristyn @ Everyones Sleeping But Mom

**So I broke some of the qualifying rules for this award, sue me!  These are great blogs and great women!

Here are my 11 questions for you to answer:

  1. What has been the best lesson you have learned while blogging?
  2. What is the biggest challenge you have overcame?
  3. What is one fashion accessory you could not live without?
  4. What is your biggest fear?
  5. How do you find time in your busy day to blog?
  6. What is your all time favorite book?
  7. If you could only shop at one store for the rest of your life where would it be?
  8. What was the topic of the blogpost that has gotten the most views on your site?
  9. Where is your favorite place to go out to eat?
  10. Who is the first person you call when you are upset?
  11. If money were not object, where would you go on vacation?

Thank so much Justine for nominating me on this blogger award, which is given by other bloggers! This was a very scary journey for me to start and it so great to have a positive supportive blogging community.  


Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle


Redlocks & Shamrocks Fashion Post: Flirty Floral!

My husband and I rarely get date nights, except for our nightly ‘kids in bed dessert date’ on the couch.   Because of life, work, and the dreaded flu taking out the whole Doyle fam one by one we even celebrated our anniversary OVER a month late!   We FINALLY got a date night to celebrate year three which gave me a reason to finally put makeup on!  When Logan saw me all dressed she even sad, “Wow mommy pretty-like a princess” which made me feel like a million bucks!  For this look I shopped at one of my favorite online stores, Lulus!   As a busy mom of two under two I do 95% of my shopping ONLINE!   What takes more effort-opening a site during nap time or loading up two kids in Las Vegas 100 degree weather to speed shop through a store???  Needless to day I consider myself an expert online shopper.  I have a few sites I love that offer free shipping both ways, Lulus is one of them!    Check out my anniversary date night look-a fun and flirty floral print dress, tied with shoes with a pop of color, and my favorite dirty hair do-a dutch braid!


I mean how cute is the back of this dress!  I am bow obsessed!


Paired with my Tori Burch necklace and vintage ring passed down from my grandmother.



Dutch Braid


Logan playing with rocks.  lol



Love these ROYAL BLUE shoes!  They offer the perfect POP of color!


Finally a date night!


Excuse hubby’s flipflops, we wasn’t completely dressed yet lol

We had such a great time celebrating our third wedding anniversary which happened on a record breaking Las Vegas heat wave of 118 degrees out! I love fashion and getting dressed up, I am a true girly girl, however you won’t see too many fashion posts on the blog because my daily look is top knot, workout clothes, accessorized with spit up…ekkk

Shop my look:

Until Next Time,


Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle