5 (HEALTHIER) NIGHTS OFF WITH DELIVEROO!

When you think takeaway, you generally think of naughty food but that’s just not the case anymore. Having a meal that is prepared by someone else is a treat for the kids and I, mainly because I like to know what’s going into the food and that it’s going to good for us but when I was offered the chance to see how healthy the options on Deliveroo can really be, I was up for the challenge. Now before you cringe and say to yourself “Lauren, 5 dinners from takeaway – really?” it was actually quite interesting. It just proves if you know what to look for, you can make some great choices when it comes to a night on Deliveroo.

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Lauren Patterson
SMASHING IT WITH ANZ HOT SHOTS!

Like most kids growing up, I tried and played many sports, one of them being tennis. I loved it and ended up playing all through primary and high school, captaining the tennis team at one stage and I even remember winning the girls singles final in year 10! To be honest, I think it’s one of my only sporting highlights I’ve had in my life, so it makes sense that it has stuck in my mind to this day. 

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Lauren Patterson
BECAUSE WHY: OUR WATCH

Happiness and safety is meant to be felt by everyone in life, which is why Our Watch and their #BecauseWhy campaign draws attention and raises awareness of limiting gender stereotypes that are often shrugged off. We are allowed to question things that make us feel uncomfortable and unsafe, and challenge them to create conversations around the issues. 

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Lauren Patterson
5 DAILY REMINDERS WHEN YOU'RE CO-PARENTING

Yesterday I cried because I missed my babies, and I did the same again today. I just wanted to cuddle them, kiss them, or even just hear their voices and although I've been doing this for a while now, I still have my days where the pain of not seeing them every day like I was used to, takes over.
At the time, we feel broken, thinking that we'll never get through it and yet some how we do get through it, we thrive through them and essentially become stronger than ever before - and our babies see that, they thrive from it and as they grow older, will see how fucking epic you are.

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Lauren Patterson
MADDI WRIGHT: THIS TOO SHALL PASS

I thought after one baby I knew everything. I knew how I would feel, I knew the challenges, I knew what to expect. I knew it all…BUT when baby number 2 arrived….I remembered NOTHING. 

While I sat there looking at the 2 faint lines on the pregnancy test with my 6 month old baby crawling at my feet, I thought, ‘I’ve got this right? I mean how hard could it be…

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Lauren Patterson
BIG LOVE: THE BOOK FOR MOTHERS, BY MOTHERS

BIG LOVE: little book unites 37 women through paper, bringing them together to tell their stories, share their experiences and offer their wisdom. Accompanied by beautiful artwork, imagery and design, this book was created to support women and show mothers everywhere that they are not alone.

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Lauren Patterson