When I was 36 weeks pregnant, I was single, a tad bit lonely and dad’s dog had just passed away, so we decided to go get a puppy so I had something to look after before my first born arrived. Now, I was warned by EVERYONE that it was a bad idea, because puppies and babies are so much work, however I didn’t listen, dad got a puppy and here I was taking care of it …and 3 weeks later, a baby girl too.Read More
I lost my shit today. Actually, I do most Mondays. It's not that I don't like Mondays, because I don't have to go to your traditional job, but for anyone sitting at Campos Coffee this morning, I'm sure that they appreciated the fact that they had to go to work. My sincerest apologies for my screaming child who's currently getting his molars, normally a babycino accompanied by a marshmallow keeps him pretty happy, just not today.Read More
If someone had told me 10 years ago that I'd be a single mum now, my reaction would have been "No way, get fucked", simply because to me back then, I would have thought that I couldn't handle it. From the outside in, depending on your situation and where' you're at in life, we probably all look at the people around us and think "Fuck, I don't know how they do it". I personally have people say it to me all the time, but for me, it's just life. I've taken what has been thrown at me, embraced it and go on with it because that's the only choice that I had.Read More
As mothers, I think we’ve all felt that little bit of “mum-guilt” when it comes to taking time for ourselves. I myself felt it for years before I realised that yes, I was a mother however how am I meant to perform at top speed if there’s no fuel in the tank? There’s no trick answer, I just plain old couldn’t.Read More
Mental illness. It affects so many of us and if you aren't suffering from it, I can guarantee that someone you know is. It's hard for those who have never been through it to understand what it is, or how it affects us on a daily basis, and that's OK, but what is it like to be with someone who simply cannot understand it? It's fucking hard, that's what it is.Read More
I think one of the best parts of being a parent is getting to relive your childhood all over again when you take your kids to do things that you remember at their age. I love all of the old kids TV shows, books, crawling around with just your pants on and of course, the zoo. For so long I had waited for the kids to be at an age where I wasn’t spending a ridiculous amount of money just for them to not remember a thing (they can save that for their 18th).Read More
Do you remember those movies we watched as kids and never thought anything of the storyline, only to realise when we watch those same movies again when we’re old older that there’s such a deeper meaning to the story? More often than not we can really learn a thing or two from the story which will hit home for most of us.Read More
Back when I was pregnant with my first, people would say to me "boys are so much easier than girls" - I call BULLSHIT. Those people must have been living in a fairyland filled with rainbows, unicorns and magical children that have wings.
PLUS my tips on how to cope with 2 dominant personalities.
The holidays are over (wait, what holidays?) and it's that time of year when all of us scramble to have our shit together and make sure that everything for the kids is taken care of being they head back to school, daycare and kindy. As the daughter of a stationery store owner, I have seen first hand how absolutely cray mothers get around this time of year and it's comparable to magpie season - stationery stores turn into war zones and it's on for young and old to make sure you get the last glue stick before they sell out.Read More
Separating from your kids father is never easy. It's a huge decision and it's also the harder decision as you find yourself having to start from scratch with 2 kids in tow. That was me at the beginning of 2016 and guess what, co-parenting hasn't really gotten any easier.Read More
On a daily basis I am asked
“What do you eat?”
“What do your kids eat?”
“What products do you use” …and the list goes on. The answer? The kids and I eat the same food and products because we love eating whole foods, natural foods and natural products that are safe and healthy for everyone!
When I became a mother I knew that eventually I would have a fair amount of karma coming back to bit me on the rear because of the sassy (when I say sassy I mean flat out shithead) teenager that I had been in the past, however little did I know that the sass begins at an early age such as 4, which happens to be the same age as Madi who happens to also be quite the sasspot.Read More
Once upon a time I had fantastic boobs. They were so fantastic that many of my male friends had me in their phone as Lauren BT (big tits), however those days are gone. After 2 kids, the skin formerly known as boobs is now a distant memory and now instead of being compared to varieties of melon, they are now similar shape, texture and unpredictable movement of fried eggs.Read More
When I fell pregnant about five odd years ago, parenting advice generally came from family or friends, however with social media being such a huge platform for others to voice their opinion about breast versus bottle, there’s one thing to remember: fed is best.Read More
As parents, how often do we stop to give ourselves a big pat on the back for the incredible work that we do? Hardly ever, because ain’t nobody got time for that, we’re parents! Time aside, really have a good think about the last time that you said to yourself “I am a bloody awesome parent”, because if you haven’t lately and you’ve just taken the time to read this, do it now.Read More
Today I read an email from a follower of mine that bought a tear to my eye. She is a new mum to a beautiful baby boy and a beautiful person, inside and out. However this girl told me that she feels depressed and that she has lost herself after becoming a mum. It broke my heart, because I can remember those feelings, they even still linger around today.Read More
Like most of you, my life is non-stop. I’m never in one place for too long and most of the time I need to have access to some sort of computing device. As a busy working mum, blogger and trainer, lugging a laptop around everywhere I go can become a pain in the A especially if it’s the size of a house.Read More
As parents we sometimes lack confidence and feel as though we are aren’t competent enough to raise a child, but that’s only because we have that inner voice that is telling us that we can’t. But did you ever stop to think that our children may have those same voices running through their head too? Well it’s a reality, however as parents we have the ability to instill specific qualities and traits in our children that will help them grow as confident and competent children. The power is in our hands.Read More