Tuesday, 14 February 2017

A shout out to a special guy

❤️ With all the love going around this Valentines day; Today I want to shoutout to my guy @drumichelin … You see, we've been married for 7 years (yesterday), we've moved 4 times, we've had 3 babies and we only had dated for about a year and half before we got married! He had military duties multiple times, course after course, had countless trainings with his units and weeks away doing special exercises, he’s spent more nights away from us than he has with us, all while supporting all my crazy ideas and ventures. Then last year he made the big decision to pack up our family and retire from his true calling... This is huge!

Has it been easy?! Nope. 

Has it been an amazing ride? Yes. 

He is so loyal, supportive and committed to us. This last season has been crazy as we moved away from the "big smoke", transitioned out of the secure life as we knew it and tried to establish our new normal; building our life and business together. 

The more time we spend together, the more appreciation I have for this man who's given so much to us and who loves and serves this family every day. We are far from perfect, but I do think our love is pretty special and I cannot wait to see this journey continue to unfold…Thank you for all you do for the kids and I! WE LOVE YOU!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

An important message from a friend...no season lasts forever.

Mabel 9 months old

Last week I was at the end of my tether on the whole lack of sleep thing. We have had such an amazing holiday break and really having so much fun together...but the baby...she wants to feed all night long!

I also was over being a milk bar, it's hit 9 months of lending my body out for feeding every few hours and I felt done. For the first time in motherhood I wanted to pack up my boobs and say;
Well thats all folks. The shop is officially shut!
With my other two, I never had this, I really enjoyed breastfeeding. Well, I didn't love it but I didn't ever want to stop as I knew how good it was for my babies. I wanted to nourish them with the best. They self weaned, pretty early, around 12-15 months old but they just didn't want it anymore, I wanted them to feed longer, I tried to make them feed longer but they were done. This time, I want my baby to have the best but I also want to stop putting on weight and everything else that breastfeeding seems to bless me with. Yes, I am one of those mum that actually puts on weight while breastfeeding, there's only a few of us it happens to and I'm one of them. My hormones just go weird and hold onto every bit of fat in case of a famine and the fact I need to provide for my baby. Typical right?

Problem is that I'm just not the type of person to quit, I know that every time I made a bottle the guilt would eat me up inside for my selfishness. I mean, I should be appreciating the fact that I actually can breastfeed my baby as so many others can't. I really have tried to find every excuse to stop feeding but after baby check ups and doctors appointments; there really is none. I have great milk and lots of it! Guess what??? Breast milk is best for my baby! Can you believe it? ;) haha ohhhh the yearning to stop continued as I spoked to fellow mums, weaning... sharing with me their boost in energy, their sense of freedom as they claimed their boobs back!


It seemed that everyone I spoke to had started weaning, weaned or was about to start. I felt surrounded by Mothers of freedom!
That was until I caught up with a really good friend and I voiced my urge to stop. She's pro breast feeding and self weaning but she's also pro-awesome friend and inspiring being and she knew what to say to hit that nail on the head in very simple words that I just needed to hear...

"You're doing an amazing job & glowing. Remember no stage lasts forever, before you know it breast feeding will be over; so enjoying staring into those beautiful eyes, know that your her world & this is such special bonding time for you two."

Bottom line is that I want what is best for baby and I just can't put my needs before their's just yet...I mean she's only 9 months old, the least I can do is give her the same as what I offered her older Brother and Sister, the full 12 months! It's true; no season lasts forever, things change and we change. My baby WILL grow up and when she does, I'm sure I'll want her back in my arms. It's my time to chill and enjoy these special moments that will pass.

So to my bubba; I love you! I won't cut off your supply just yet, I'll stop complaining about the trivial things and enjoy our time together...

And to my friend; thank you! That is all. xx

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Farewell 2016... Hello 2017!

Hello so patient people ... I'm writing to say hello...remember me???

I'm still here. I've just been busy, you know? Busy with life, as a mum with 3 small children and a husband that spends at least 4 nights away from us a week for work...busy with a school aged child, a preschooler and a baby... How did life become so busy??

Yes, I've turned into that mum friend that is full of excuses for not keeping in touch enough. But I AM here and I feel like this year I'm back. I'm ready to get back onto the laptop and chatting about life, our food, our finds, fun times and our family.

2016 was a huge year, I was working a little as a casual teacher late in pregnancy, settling my big kid into big school, settling into our new town, having a new baby, running an online business, saying hello and good bye to my baby daddy as he went to work FIFO, appreciating our sleep when we got it, travelling up and back to Sydney for baby appointments, hip appointments, etc, and just living life happily full of energy, I really have had a great year! If you follow me on Instagram, I've shared a lot over there.

You see, after our Sunny boy was born in 2013, I absolutely ran myself into the ground staying up late blogging and trawling the internet; I was quietly an emotional and physical mess. This time, I didn't want that, haha. I wanted to enjoy my new baby, give time to my bigger kids and enjoy some sleep, so the blog has had to give a bit which I accepted. Although the last month or so I have really missed it and wanted to sit down to write, the busy had got in the way and every excuse has allowed me to keep the laptop closed. My moto for the past couple of months has been; "When January comes we can all take a deep breathe'
Well, it's now January, how silly I was...with 3 kids, we have to just make time for that deep breathe and keep going.

I'm excited now though, excited for the year to come and excited for new adventures. I'm excited for share more of life with you guys and more of our love of the South Coast. Our children are growing and they are so beautiful, their personalties are shining through like bright lights and they send my heart into explosions every day. Yes, there are hard days, just ask my mum when she pops in for a coffee in the morning as we're getting ready for school, the chaos runs high. But how amazing it's been to have my mum just down the road and not 7-9 hours away. I couldn't do life without her now, she even reminds me when I need to blog, when this space is looking unloved. ;)

Life has changed so much since we've moved down to our home town. To be completely honest, I was scared, I was really scared. I felt like I had life sorted up on the Northern Beaches; beautiful friends, great area, I was a very happy city/beaches mum. I just didn't know if I would enjoy the slow pace of life that country living brings and the fact that I wouldn't be able to go to the supermarket without seeing someone I knew...but I've now realised that's what I love the most! I love that there is no competition for things that have no meaning. I love that everyone knows one another. I love that everyone is connected in some sort of funny way. I love that everything seems so easy with small children. I love that we can drive to the beach and park almost on the sand WITHOUT having to pay!! I love that there are no crowds! I love that we can do things in nature without having to pay for simple things. I love that you can turn up to the beach and bump into people you know and have an amazing day/afternoon/night and not even have to plan it. I love the lack of plans!!! Haha and most of all I love that my husband is so happy here.

Living on the Far South Coast this past year has really brought to life that our lives are worth living ...EVERY DAY! And that's what this space has really always been about. Life is full of so many good vibes right now, we are chugging along as a family so nicely and agree daily that this could just be the happiest we've been in our lives. It's great. I feel like I've grown up a little, I've learned to stress less and enjoy small moments more. I am really looking forward to sharing 2017 with you all and I will write honestly and without pressure. This excited me too!

Bring on 2017 and more fun and crazy adventures!

Sunday, 11 December 2016


Fun gift ideas for our little people this christmas!!!! 

Villeroy & Boch Animal Friends Collection
Kids will love meal time with the Villeroy & Boch Animal Friends Collection. Four designs with animal faces and cup showing an animal snout to transform kids mouths to match their favourite animal. Choose from tiger, panda, monkey and bear. They are premium porcelain and microwave safe.

Dreambaby® Ladybug night light
The Dreambaby® Ladybug night light is a fun, safe way to add a sense of comfort and security to bedtime. Brimming with features, the ‘One Touch’ on/off operation is really easy for parents or children to use at bedtime and throughout the night if or when needed. Once turned on, watch as your child’s bedroom is gently lit in a warm glow, providing enough light to see and feel the space around the room, yet not bright enough to disturb sleeping children. Not only is the Dreambaby® Ladybug Battery Operated Night Light a cute, decorative item for the bedroom, but it’s also highly energy efficient and long lasting – LED bulbs last for thousands of hours, plus this light automatically turns itself off after 30 minutes to conserve battery power. The Dreambaby® Ladybug Battery Operated Night Light is sure to be loved and adored by your children each night, making bedtime a little less stressful for parents and carers! Product code F689. RRP $32.95. http://www.dreambaby.com.au

Globber My FREE Fold Up with LED Flashing Wheels.
Light up your child’s smile this Christmas with the all-new Globber My FREE Fold Up with LED Flashing Wheels. The first on market to offer an easy-to-use ellipse folding mechanism, ensuring transportation is a breeze when the scooter is not being used. When folded, the compact scooter can be pulled along by the handlebars and stored away effortlessly. Perfect for the youngest of riders, the clever My FREE Fold Up has three height positions, assisted steering for safe learning and is an extremely well-balanced, comfortable ride for beginners. Suitable for ages 3+. This stylish scooter comes in three bright colours; green, blue and pink, and costs $200 from globber.com.au.

Dinkleboo make gorgeous personalised products for children, notably personalised story books that make children the hero of the story. They are the perfect, unique Christmas gift. I have attached the media release with more info along with an image of one of the books.

Laser Rugged Bluetooth Speaker 
Designed for the outdoors, the Rugged Bluetooth Portable Speaker is splash, dust and shockproof, withstanding any treatment the kids can throw at it. This 10-watt speaker has built-in Bluetooth technology so the kids can listen to audio whilst on holidays this Chrissy and its 8-hour battery life makes it the ideal addition when hitting up the beach, BBQs, the poolside or camping trips!
RRP $79.95 | Stockist: www.laserco.com.au 

Kambrook Pancake Perfection Maker
Two large (130mm) pancake wells create golden fluffy pancakes in minutes. This pancake maker features non-stick cooking surface for easy cleaning,1300 watt element for faster cooking.
Product Features:
  • Non- stick cooking surface for easy cleaning
  • 1300 watt element for faster cleaning
  • Two large (130mm) pancake wells create golden fluffy pancakes in minutes
  • Stainless Steel Design

Dreambaby® Peli’s Bathtub Play Pouch
Dreambaby® Peli’s Bathtub Play Pouch is a delightful accessory to your bathroom. Surprise your children - next bath time - by attaching Peli to your bath tub. Watch the excitement on their faces as they start to play and interact with Peli – whose engaging eyes and happy disposition lovingly watches over your bathing bambinos!  When their bath toys are packed away and stored, the mesh designed pelican “bill” will allow them to nicely air dry, and will prevent the build-up of mould and water inside your little one’s favourite bath time toys, keeping them well preserved and ready for their next bath.  The Dreambaby® Peli’s Bathtub Play Pouch makes a perfect gift for any family with bath-bound little ones! Dreambaby® Peli’s Bathtub Play Pouch is perfect for all small children, who can sit up independently in the bath tub, and is ideally recommended for children from six months of age. CAUTION – Never leave children unattended in the bathroom. There is no substitute for proper adult supervision. Product code F684 RRP $39.95 http://www.dreambaby.com.au

Clobber helmets
Gorgeous bright helmets for our little people. 
– Australian Bike Standards Approved
– DFS (Dial Fit System) for a Perfect Fit
– Magnetic Catch Lock
– Small (48-54cm), Medium (55-58cm), Large (59-61cm) Sizes Available

Thursday, 8 December 2016


Struggling to find a gift for Dad??? Take a look at our top picks ...

Including a fresh 1kg side of Huon Salmon alongside our gourmet entertaining range of smoked and cured salmon.
Great as a gift or the perfect way to kick start your Christmas lunch menu!
Included in the hamper:
  • 1kg Fresh Salmon fillet 
  • 150g Salmon Pate
  • 150g Trout Pate
  • 250g Whisky Cured Cold Smoked Salmon
  • 250g Honey Cured Hot Smoked Salmon
All for a total cost of only $99 including delivery!

Alcatel Go Play | RRP $299 
The perfect gift for the rough-and-tumble fun Dad, the Alcatel Go Play can withstand the even the worst treatment. Water, dust and shock proof, the Go Play features a rubber exterior that’s easy to grip and boasts 500 hours of standby time. The 8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras ensure the perfect photos in and above water.
Stockist: Big W 

Milkman Grooming Co’s Clear Shave Gel
Milkman Grooming Co. have redefined what it means to have a clean, close shave with their cool, NEW “Clear Shave Gel”. Many men claim to have sensitive skin, but perhaps it’s not that their skin is sensitive, it’s just they’re using the wrong products. The product is water-based not soap based, so it doesn’t dry your skin, making it perfect for teens and/or those with sensitive skin. It allows for the blade to glide across your face with minimal resistance, reducing the amount of strokes needed to complete a shave and therefore increasing the life of your razor blades. It’s peppermint and menthol fragrance serves to invigorate your sense of smell and touch with a soothing freshness on the skin, that keeps your face feeling cool before, during and after you shave. RRP $25.00

Teamm8 gear
Teamm8 is a great men’s activewear, swimwear and underwear brand who have just launched an awesome new swimwear line featuring flamingos! website: https://www.teamm8.com

IsoWhey Wholefoods Superfood Snacks - Cacao + Sea Salt
IsoWhey Wholefoods Superfood Snacks are made from nutritious whole nuts, seeds and grains which you can see and taste. Combined with superfoods and natural dried fruit, these healthy snacks are not only convenient but delicious to enjoy as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Murphy and Daughters Shave Duo 
For those dapper gents wanting a much closer, smoother shave or just to tame those unruly bristles, Murphy and Daughters have the ultimate selection of classic shaving essentials for your grooming ritual. Murphy and Daughters Shave Duo essentials for $62 includes; an Old School Cream scented with the charm of an old barber’s shop, this modern emulsion has top notes of Eucalyptus, Menthol and Lavender and is suitable for sensitive skin types, combined with Murphy and Daughters soft bristle, beech Shave Brush to produce a rich lather that even a well-seasoned barber would be proud of. www.murphyanddaughters.com.au

The fifth Watches
Simple and beautiful watches. Love these so much! 

Tuesday, 6 December 2016


It's that time of year again when the shops are busy and very very loud and colourful. We have listed our favourite gift ideas for the active mum and you can purchase everything online so you don't have to even venture out into the christmas shopping chaos. Make your Mumma or beloved wife happy this year...

1. The beautiful Ivadore skincare range.
They has a whole section of gorgeous gift packs that any lady would love! You can have a look here and take your pick - https://www.ivadore.com.au/product-category/skin-care/value-gift-packs/. They’ve also got a charity alignment going for Christmas where 10% of the sales using their special Christmas discount code go to the One Heart Foundation - https://www.ivadore.com.au/christmas-with-ivadore/

2. Kambrook Blitz2Go $49.95
This beauty will help mum prepare healthy smoothies, revitalising juices or protein shakes in minutes. You simply add your favourite ingredients, BLITZ, then switch the blade holder for a drinking lid to sip on-the-go. It includes BPA-free bottles with closable drinking lids. 

3. Paleo Pure Muesli
With the raw food movement in full force, the team at Paleo Pure has recently extended the RAW unbaked range to include; Raw with Fig & Currant and Raw Fruit Free muesli. The Paleo Pure Raw Muesli range is 100% organic, paleo, grain free, gluten free, vegan and of course raw. The entire Paleo Pure Muesli range is nutritionally dense and loaded with healthy fats, ensuring longer satiety. It’s handmade in Melbourne every single week by a passionate team which ensures consistency in flavour and quality. Both the bars and the muesli can be purchased from paleopure.com.au and from many health food and specialty stores nationally.

4. Murphy & Daughters Travel Candles are the perfect companion on your next adventure or impromptu weekend away. Encased in a tin caddy for easy stowing, these hand-poured candles are made in Australia with pure vegetable soy wax and a cotton wick. Burning up to 20 hours, each scent inspires warmth and relaxation in any environment. There are five delightful fragrances to choose from, each named after popular book titles, including; Cloud Street, Tender Night, Secret Garden, Midnight and Wild Things. Murphy and Daughters Travel Candles cost $19 each. To find your nearest stockist or to purchase, visit murphyanddaughters.com.au.

5. Weight Watchers Scales by ConairTM app
You can say goodbye to your boring old scales and hello to a new and innovative in-depth health analysis! All you need to do is download the free Weight Watchers Scales by ConairTM app to begin your journey towards an improved wellbeing! Yes, it’s that easy!
Delivers a fun and interactive platform to keep track of your measurements and health accomplishments, keeping you motivated towards your health and fitness goals.
·       Provides in-depth and easy-to-understand graphs and charts to further your understanding of your body.
·       Allows you to wirelessly sync the data from the Scales via Bluetooth to your smartphone/tablet to record your progression.
·       Syncs your weight to the Weight Watchers® app if you’re a member; no more need for manual entries
·       Sync your measurements to Apple® Health or Google Fit® and allow all your favourite apps like MapMyFitness, Runkeeper and MyFitnessPal access your data. 

  RRP: $129.95 For more information: www.conairaustralia.com.au or www.btscalesbyconair.com.au

6. MODEL CHOCOLATE by Abigail O’Neill
Model Chocolate is available through abigailoneill.net, it’s a great gift for mum as it’s healthy chocolate with serious nutritional and beauty benefits but also jam packed full of gorgeous beauty and eco-fashion editorial images which makes it a beautiful coffee table book as well so we’d love to have that considered as well. 

7. Belkin Clip-Fit Sport Armband for iPhone 6/6s | RRP $49.95 | Stockist: www.belkin.com.au 
Fitting comfortably and securely on your arm, Belkin’s Clip-Fit Armband is the perfect gift for the fitness buff. With a tough AirProtect case and elasticised Velcro armband, you’ll never have to fumble to take your phone out of its case whilst exercising. Easily detaching, access to the screen, volume and lock buttons and headphone jack are too easy, allowing you to focus on your workout yet still play your favourite music.

Featuring ...
A Hot Paddle Brush with heated ceramic straightening fins
and heat activated silicone bristles (silicone is super gentle on
your hair) that straighten and smooth the hair.
Ionic Conditioning for frizz free results.
Multiple Heat settings up to 200C to ensure you have the right temperature for your hair. Ceramic Heater for even consistent results with every pass.
Digital LED display
Auto shut-off after 72 mins
2-year warranty.
RRP: $79.95 Model Number: VSP2440A
Stockists: 1800 650 263. www.vssassoon.com.au

9. RUMI X. 
RUMI X are a sustainable apparel brand whose range includes tops, sports bras, leggings, capris and shorts. The leggings/capris/shorts are all make using recycled plastic bottles and the tops are made using coffee grinds.  

10. Passion: Organic vegan recipes to live for
Anthea Amore is one of Australia’s premier vegan chefs with nearly two decades of experience in the industry. She runs her own catering company with her husband and other than special events they also cater for some of Australia most prominent health retreats. Anthea released her first recipe book PASSION: organic vegan recipes to live for last year and it is the culmination of all her most exquisite vegan recipes to date so again perfect for vegan mums or even mums who are just looking to get a bit more diversity and fresh vegetables and legumes in their diet. Anthea also has a Healthy Life 2017 Calendar which features an in season vegan recipe for every month of the year which is a nice gift for vegan/health conscious friends etc. 

11. Dreambaby® Strollerbuddy® Drink Holder
The new Dreambaby® Strollerbuddy® drink holder is perfect to carry water bottles, sports drinks, sippy cups or other cool beverages within reach while you push your bub in the stroller this season. Enjoy the warmer weather and get out and about, whilst staying refreshed and thirst-free. Be sure your baby keeps hydrated too, as fresh air can make for thirsty work! The Dreambaby® Strollerbuddy® drink holder can be fitted easily to (and removed from) the top or side of most stroller handles. Available in both grey with white trim and black with white trim, this portable stroller accessory looks great too! RRP $14.95

12. Three Wise Mums Beauty Hamper 
This range of Gift baskets cover you from head to toe and Naturally are full of good things for you skin. The baskets are all presented beautifully and range from practical winter goodies to summer delight to scented florals to seductive nights.
this hamper includes:
• Ultimate Serum
• Hydrating Body Oil
• Rice bran Raspberry 
Rosehip Face balm • Herbal Cleanser
• Summer fruits Lip 

13. Honey Pot Gift Pack 
Honey Lip Balm, Naturally Nourishing, Milk & Honey Body Lotion  and Thoroughly Therapeutic Honey & Grapeseed Hand Crème
RRP: $29.95
Stockist Number: 1800 813 661 & www.burtsbees.com.au 

14.  Circa Home Soy Wax Candles
We invite you to discover our simply beautiful fragrances designed for every room in your home. Circa Home Soy Wax Candles are handmade in Australia using natural soy wax, high quality fragrant oils and lead-free cotton wicks. 
When lit they provide a decorative statement with their soft, warm glow. The lid can be used to sit the jar on when you are burning your candle for a beautiful decorative effect and to protect delicate surfaces. The glass jar and packaging are 100% recyclable, although many of our customers enjoy reusing the jars as a vase, planting succulents or storing knick-knacks.

15. The new Spa & Wellness Gift Card is the perfect gift this Christmas for anyone looking to give friends or family something for body, mind and soul; with a huge choice of experiences from day spa and beauty treatments to yoga classes and personal training to pilates sessions and hair styling and nail treatments. It's the perfect present for those who don’t normally spend time on themselves,  think of it as enforced me-time!  With card values of $50 or $100 in-store or $50, $100, $150 or $200 online, it’s a great way to give friends and family something they truly deserve and that they’ll actually use and enjoy. Physical gift cards of $50 or $100 are available to buy at Big W, Target, Coles and Woolies. Instant digital cards in $50, $100, $150 or $200 are available via spa.com.au

Monday, 21 November 2016

REAL MUM REVIEW: Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline with Driver Assistance Package


Recently, we were lucky enough to take the Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline with Driver Assistance Package for a road test. We picked up this futuristic car, locked in the baby and child seats, loaded in the kids and took it for the weekend for a spin around the city. I wanted to really put it to the test from a  family’s point of view, I wanted to see how this car really works as everyone raves about it and now I can see why. Volkswagen has recently launched this model and I can tell you that with the technology it holds, it feels like you’re in a car from the future. Most of the time I spent in the car, I was laughing in shock with all of it’s amazing features. I was shocked again and again and it excited me so much to see how far cars have come and you can really see that in the video below.

The Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline with Driver Assistance Package truly is a car made for a family, it has so much space and it’s safety features are high class.

Not only does it have features like Front Assist with City Emergency Brake, Lane Assist, Park Assist and a Rear View Camera but it has incredible technology that connects your phone and apps giving you complete hands free phone driving as well as a super simple navigation system.

Key Standard Safety Features:

Lane Assist.  A camera monitors lane markings to prevent you from leaving the road and crossing into an oncoming lane.

Park Assist.  Actively helps you in and out of parallel and bay parking spaces through sensors on the sides of the front and rear bumpers working with parking distance sensors front and rear.

Front Assist. The radar sensor detects when a car in front is critically close and helps mitigate a potential impact.

In regards to the optional driver assistance package you have; Adaptive Cruise Control, Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert, Active Info Display, Area Viewing and power folding windows. These features all make driving so unbelievably easy and stress free as a mum as it’s like it thinks ahead for us.

Driver Assistance Package Features:

Area View.  A 360 degree birds eye view of the area around your vehicle is provided by four cameras, which are discreetly integrated into the vehicle.

Active Info Display.  Displays vehicle data such as your navigation map directly into the instrument display, and allows different views to be tailored ideally to your personal needs.

Rear Traffic Alert.  When reversing, rear traffic alert monitors side traffic and alerts you if a car is coming either sides with a warning and stops if required.

The spaciousness of this car is really unbelievable; all the fantastic storage compartments, you can easily fit 3 baby and child seats across the back seat and it also boasts a 615L class leading luggage space means there’s more than enough room for your cricket bat, pram and school bags in the boot.

Another one of my favourite parts, is the navigation system and how it sits digitally right in front of you, behind the steering wheel, meaning you don't need to glance anywhere from the road to know where you need to go to next, to get to your set destination. This is a real winner!

As I was driving this car over that weekend, I kept thinking how perfect this car is for a mum, a busy mum like all of us, always doing 100 things at once, this car makes us feel safe as we drive getting from place to place in our daily kid and work chaos as it thinks ahead for us in a way, making it an amazingly easy and safe car to drive. I absolutely LOVED trialling the new Volkswagen Tiguan and can confidently recommend it to families wanting something big, super stylish and whizz bang full of features!

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