The best of the kids sales!

summer blanket white

I was reading an article in the Herald Sun on the weekend about the online shopping boom of “kiddie couture.” Thanks to a strong Australian dollar, expanding ranges, more “mini me” offerings and perhaps most importantly the “Harper effect,” more Australian women are donning their kids in designer digs. I’ll admit, if I was a celeb with money to burn, … Read More

Bubble and Squeak Pies

bubble and squeak pies

These yummy pies will make getting the vegies into your little one a lot easier! Original recipe published for Taste. INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon olive oil1 medium brown onion, finely chopped2 garlic cloves, crushed2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves2 medium carrots, peeled, finely chopped2 celery stalks, finely chopped400g lamb mince2 tablespoons no-added-salt tomato paste1 1/3 cups salt-reduced beef stock3 teaspoons … Read More

My toddler said shut up

gus running

The other day Gus, my 2.5 year old, took great delight in running around the house yelling “SHUT….UP” and it was my fault. I didn’t tell him to shut up, but I did say it to his father. It was one of those moments where I literally had to swallow my own words. For months I’ve been nagging my husband … Read More

Encounters in the E.D

sick child

Typically I avoid hospital emergency departments like the plague, and it’s not just because you could actually catch the plague while you’re waiting. However, today after 12 hours of vomiting  and on advice of a very concerned GP I had to take my little one to the emergency department at the Royal Children’s. First of all they were excellent in … Read More

The baby bubble

baby bubble

I caught up with one of my best friends over the weekend who is in the very early days of bliss with a new baby. She is glowing with love for her little boy, and despite being sleep deprived, she couldn’t look happier. We got talking about what I have come to describe as the ‘baby bubble’. It’s the first … Read More

How do I deal with separation anxiety?

ask a mum

  Help mums! My 8 month old has just hit the separation anxiety stage and it is awful! I literally can’t leave his line of sight without him crying and he won’t even go to his dad (I have finger marks in my skin to prove just how tightly he’s holding on!) Has anyone got any tips on how to … Read More

Surviving a plane trip with kids

boy computer

I’ve had a few requests on tips for travelling with children, in particular toddlers, so I thought it would be worthwhile putting it all down in writing for you! Here’s what worked for us…let’s hope it works for you too! If you don’t have an Ipad, invest in one, now! It is invaluable on flights of any length. Once you … Read More

Sleepless in Seminyak

tired erin

Holidaying with children should be renamed “parenting at another location.” Nothing really changes does it? You’re just doing the same thing, but somewhere different. If anything it’s harder. You don’t have your creature comforts with you. Your kids never act the same way. You have the added dramas of time differences, different food, no transport. Well, that’s pretty much what … Read More

6 things your fitness instructor wants you to know…

pregnancy exercise

1 Its great that you want to keep moving and you are not planning to wrap yourself in cotton wool for the duration of your pregnancy. Exercise helps with symptoms of morning sickness and the overwhelming tiredness all pregnant women experience. It can help you maintain healthy weight gain during your pregnancy and recover quicker after the birth. 2 You … Read More

The first weeks of breastfeeding

breastfeeding

Breastfeeding may be the most natural thing you can do for your new baby, but I promise you some days you may feel it is the most unnatural. It can be hard, it can be painful, it can suck, big time (and no I’m not just talking about the sucking your little one will be doing)! My first experience at … Read More