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Travel anxiety with toddlers and how to overcome it

I have been avoiding air travel with my kids since this minor incident. At six months old, Tate and Levi had travelled on six flights in 10 days across Eastern Australia. They were little enough that they could only just sit upright and still slept every three hours.

Christmas, social anxiety and a ruined wedding – 2024, where you at?!

Written December 21st, 2023 Christmas is a joyous time for love, sharing, giving and the magic of Santa. I love Christmas as much as the next person. While this time of year may bring happiness to many, it is also difficult for many.

Vlog: Christmas tree hack for toddlers

While I love Christmas, I was hesitant about putting up a Christmas tree this year with active toddlers running around the house. I was even more concerned about the baubles (which I could’ve left off the tree) and the twins breaking or stepping on them.

Looking for child-friendly restaurants in Melbourne? Here are five you must visit.

When choosing a place for lunch, the first thing I do as a parent of active toddlers is to suss out the child-friendly restaurants near me. I’m not just talking about if they have high chairs or a kids menu (Buy-one-get-one-free kids meals are an added bonus for those of us with multiple children).

My birth story (part 2)

The first time I saw my sons after their birth was just before midnight on October 16th. They were whisked away while I was cleaned up and showered. Do you remember the first time you saw your body in the mirror after giving birth? I thought my tummy would just snap back.

My birth story (part one)

In honour of World Prematurity Day (November 17) and the Miracle Babies Foundation, to which I am a proud ambassador. Trigger warning: discussion of premature birth, baby loss and graphic content. Here is my story. Premature labour I was 29 weeks (+1 day) pregnant and I’d been experiencing crippling back and groin pain for…

The voicemail that made AFL and Reality TV collide into a bullying storm

I know I sound like a crazy person when I say that my go-to beauty tip is that I use only mascara on my brows, but just hear me out. Better yet, watch my first vlog; trust me, you’ll save time, money and be a convert too!

The night we saved our neighbour’s life… and we’d never met before

Warning: listener discretion is advised (offensive language) Alright, you’ve listened to the voicemail. If you haven’t, give the play button a click above. Again, warning to little ears around or if you’re offended by swearing. Now, let me provide you with the context behind this expletive voicemail.

When I say “childcare”, what comes to mind? For me, it’s “sickness” and “money”

Levi and Tate commenced childcare in May 2023. We had many trial days and they would cry hysterically when I left their studio. This would then make me cry hysterically and often had me rethinking my life choices. We powered through the first couple of months of childcare, with nothing more than a runny nose or cough.

My top 10 must-have baby products I couldn’t live without as a new Mum

As a first-time parent, it can be overwhelming to navigate through all the baby products on the market. I had trouble deciding what would likely be a necessity versus what I would consider a luxury. Of course, we all want what’s best for our baby, while trying to keep our bank balance in check.

Why going back to work after a baby isn’t easy

I returned to full-time work after 14 months of being a stay-at-home mum (SAHM). During those newborn days (when sleep and regular showers didn’t exist), it was six weeks after bringing the twins home from NICU that I was ready to hang up the mum towel and return to work immediately.

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