Winter Mood board

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Winter is fast approaching. Our Alice Springs winters tend to be mild, with freezing (below zero!) nights but warmish (above 20!) days. While winter brings on images of wet, grey days, our days are sunny so yellow came to mind when I thought of our days. I love wearing all the cozy clothes - ugg boots and chunky cardigans are my thing, with warm scarfs for the outdoors. Cuddling in bed, hot coffee and fires. Do you love winter? I love it in Alice, because it only lasts for the blink of an eye and then it's back to summer! Bring it on.

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Link love - Mixed Bag

Saturday, May 13, 2017

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The weekend is here, the weekend is here! Since Lulu started her after school activities, the weeks have become very short & tiring. Add in BMX on Friday night & Nick working Saturdays and you are staring at Monday morning very quickly. This weekend we are hoping to head out to dinner as a family but our wild child does make that a little difficult. Sunday I promised Lulu that we would climb ANZAC Hill together. What are your plans?

Catching my eye on the internet:
My firstborn did not prepare me for my wild child
How to waterproof your metal outdoor furniture - a weekend project for you
Adore Magazine Mothers Day Gift Guide 1, 2 and 3
The new FBI Director job application
This post about finding your way through loss

You may have missed
The Nappy Collective is on now, donate & help a mum in need
Sleep: Something that I used to know
Premie Baby Tips

Happy weekend!

Flowers by Wildfire Blooms

The Nappy Collective

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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We all know that parenting can be super hard; the never-ending laundry, picky eaters, no sleep! But for families in crisis, or mothers in shelters who are escaping domestic violence, their challenges are much more serious. One of the most significant challenges for these mothers can be the ability to provide basic healthcare items for their babies and children such as nappies. At an average of 45 cents each and with newborns using up to 3000 nappies in their first year, nappies are one of the largest ongoing costs of raising a young family. 

From May 5-19 inclusive, The Nappy Collective is calling on families across Australia to address this rising and significant need through the donation of their leftover nappies, which will provide vital material aid to mums in need, and help share the joy and love of Mother’s Day. The May collective spans 50 cities and towns across Australia, where over 340 workplaces will collect hundreds of thousands of left-over, unused, disposable nappies (largely destined for landfill). 

In Alice Springs there will be 3 drop points, Exotiq Homewares, Olivia’s Closet and Star of Alice Cafe

The Nappy Collective will then sort and redistribute the collected nappies to over 180 organisations around Australia that support mothers fleeing family violence, asylum seekers, refugees and families struggling with homelessness, mental illness, drug abuse, and extreme financial hardship. In Alice Springs, these include Ampe Akweke Place and the Alice Springs Women’s Shelter.

“The stories from our beneficiaries of the sheer relief and gratitude of the mums when they receive their nappies is what drives the ongoing commitment of The Nappy Collective. A handful of nappies may not mean much to you or me but they make a huge impact on a mum in crisis and, importantly, show her the community truly cares.Sandra Jacobs, Founder

Clean out those cupboards, your nappy bag, the car and pop the nappies in the collection box at any one of the numerous drop points in Alice Springs or around Australia. If you don't use disposable nappies, then please consider adding a pack to your shopping cart this week and donating them. Every little bit helps. 

Sleep: Something that I used to Know

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Remember Easter weekend when I said that we were going to have a cruisy weekend, take it easy, watch lots of telly and chillax? Well, our little lady had other ideas. Much like Christmas time, she decided that sleep was something optional, well, not entirely optional, just that she'd prefer if sleep happened while she was in my arms. Not in our bed, oh no, in the chair in her room - ugh. Every time I thought she was asleep and put her down inner cot, she woke up again. Until 3:19am when I did take her to our bed and she stayed asleep - yay! Until 5:54am when she did successfully transfer to her cot after waking. Nick managed to clock a big 2 hours sleep before his Easter Sunday mountain bike race. How's that for race prep? Needless to say we were both a wreck Easter Sunday and Easter Monday when she did the same thing.

Things went back to normal during the week following Easter. We are super lucky in that Zelda does sleep through some nights from about 10:30pm. So there is never really a sleep problem we can fix. We can be assured that there is something genuinely upsetting her if she is refusing to sleep. But oh it does get frustrating when you want to be asleep or at least lying in a bed!

Last Saturday night it all went south again with 4 wake ups before midnight. She did manage to sleep from about 1am until 6:30am in her own bed. But Sunday night, my goodness. She refused to let Nick settle her. He has been our saviour the past few weeks with her letting him put her into the cot but not letting me. This has all been upturned and now she won't even stop crying when he picks her up, which is heartbreaking. After a night of almost no sleep, I knew I was staying home from work to look after her. I went to pick her up so that we could take Lulu to school and when I got her up out of our bed (where she had slept happily from 6:30am but refused to sleep during the night!) she had conjunctivitis. Double whammy. A public holiday Tuesday is just what we need to catch up on everything. We have stoked up on eye drops, Little Eyes, and Nurofen/Panadol and we have her 1 year old needles this afternoon too. It can only get better hey?!

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