About Me


Fáilte! Welcome to my little space on the internet. I'm Gemma, a 35 year old Irish girl living in Munich, Germany with my amazing composer/musician/electronic artist husband Ian (lunacybot) and our much anticipated baby girl, Zoe.

This is where I escape to, in order to justify my crippling shopping addiction. Although I'm not entirely sure what the focus of Love on a shoestring is, please join me as I find out.




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  1. Hey Gemma, I <3 the new page - keep up the happy vibes and good work xx Nat xx

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  2. Hi Gemma I just listened to your blog on infertility and it was very moving and good to hear someone speak out about it. Too many people hide away from talking about it! Thank you

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  3. Hi Gemma, sitting here crying listening to your blog on infertility. Everything you are feeling is exactly how I and thousands of other women in the same situation feel. You expressed it so perfectly, so eloquently. I am lucky to have gotten pregnant through fertility treatment and have a wonderful 4 year old who I just adore, unfortunately 3 years of treatment later, 2 very traumatic miscarriages and failed ivf it's not looking like we will have any more. I just wanted to tell you how brave you are in telling your story, it's not something people talk about, which only makes it more difficult for those of us going through it. It can feel like such a lonely journey and I want to thank you so much for making me feel less alone by telling us what you are going through. All I can say is don't give up hope, despite everything I still haven't, and I wish you and your husband all the luck in the world. You will have a wonderful life together no matter what happens.��

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  4. Hi Gemma, Im overwhelmed by your honesty in your blog on infertility. I can truely relate to your situation. Im in my early 40s and as you say on my last hope of having a child with my loving husband. Ive gone through ever single emotion you have felt and still do. I try to be happy for my friends and family who have pregnancy announcements. Last year alone I counted 10...a year in which I had surgery and a year later we are still not pregnant. One more try with one round of IVF by the end of the year. So heres to still hoping that the year will end on a high and I will become a member of the mothers club! Anyhow I just want to say you are so young yet and feel you still have lots of time left to have your dream family. Dont give up, and try every available option just in case. You never know whats around the corner.

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  5. Hi Gemma,

    I commend you for being so brave and speaking about your infertility.

    I'm 35 and suffering infertility so everything you said rang true. I've felt every emotion you mentioned. The rollercoaster that is each month while Doctors poke and prod, and you wait and wait. And each month that glimmer of hope sneaks in until the world crashes down around you again with your period.

    I wish you and your husband all the luck in the world. Don't give up and don't lose hope! Someday we might all be Mammies.

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  6. Omg gemma, I just listened to your blog on her.ie. I commend your bravery to speak about your thoughts and feelings on this. And I really hope you will become a mammy because you sound like you would be such a wonderful one. Please do not give up hope and I know it's easier said than done but just relax. Sometimes it's the stress of trying can actually be stop it working. I hope that getting it all of your chest helped you! And especially knowing that there is so many people that are behind you and understanding where you are now. Much love and best wishes and I'm a person of Faith and I will keep you and himself in my prayers. I hope this helps. Xx

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  7. Gemma......Louise Dooley here. Such a surprise to see your face on my news feed. Am delighted to have found you but wish it wasn't under such a sad topic and heartache for u. I've just listened and cried through your piece. I'm sure you've had lots of people tell you that you are young but you are, so never give up hope. You were always so good with Darragh that I hope you will get the chance to be a mammy some day.....s/he would be the luckiest child in the world. I'm glad to have made contact with u as I searched on fb before and what's app ed u but couldn't find u. I'd love to meet up when u are hone sometime. I've the same number or u could get it through the Sacred heart if u lost it. Thinking of u and Ian and fingers crossed for ye. Lots of love from the Dooleys

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  8. Look into Napro Fertility treatment. It's worked for me....from having almost no periods to my beautiful 15wk old boy today! Don't give up hope xx

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  9. Hi Gemma. I just listened to your story on her.ie, and although I never usually comment on blogs or anything, I felt compelled to do it now. I am struggling to conceive too, and your words resonated deeply with me. I have never read or heard anything which so accurately reflected my own feelings, and I was in tears by the end of the post. It could've been written about me! It is such a frustrating, desperate, heartbreaking and incredibly lonely situation to be in, and I cannot express to you how much it means to know I am alone. It's not something I can openly or easily talk about with my family or friends, and every new pregnancy announcement brings more heartache and jealousy. It's easy to feel bitter and broken, and I would not wish this on anybody, but there is a sliver of comfort in the fact that there are others who understand what I'm going through; who will share their story without judgement or doling out patronising advice, and be willing to express how they feel, honestly and unapologetically. Thank you.

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  10. Listening to your words is like someone is taking the words right from my head & saying it out loud. Its funny to think people can be so different but similiar in ways of the heart. I'm mid journey at the minute caught in a limbo of waiting & not knowing. It really hurts but no one understands. Thank you for very inspiring, heart-felt words. A dark place has a little ray of spring sunshine ⛅

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    1. Thank you so much for writing to me. It is such a difficult and challenging time. It's so hard to express to anyone how exactly you feel. I tried to confide in a couple of people in my life but they just didn’t understand and that in itself was frustrating. I wish you and your partner a wonderful life together and I hope you enjoy the journey, no matter where it leads

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  11. Hi Gemma I am just after listening to your blog about infertility(after hearing your good news first!!) And I'm roaring my eyes out, I just feel like you took all those words right out of my mouth,everything even the part about when you were a little girl and been drawn to babies and plan of what age to start family, we got married at 29 too,after been ttc for 2yrs. The fears of never belonging to the mammies club and feelin my body is failing to do the one thing that it was born to do. But then also not wanting our ttc journey to define us and our marriage. It's just all such a rollercoaster. I know so many of us ladies are probably all feelin the same, in the same boat and afraid to share our feelings with the world but your story just really pulled at my heart strings and I want to say thanks for sharing. I'm so thrilled for ye now expecting yer first baby and also delighted to say that we are due our first baby in less than 2weeks!! I just felt compelled to write to you,I still can't believe how much I could relate to you and everything you said. Anyway best of luck with the rest of your pregnancy, and to everyone else out there struggling please don't give up xxx

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    1. Aww! Congratulations!! I am so happy for you. I got that sad pang as I started reading your comment but then I got to the end and saw the fantastic news. I must have looked like the Cheshire cat sitting at the computer. Best of luck with the birth and enjoy every minute of motherhood and parenthood with that man of yours : )

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