• Guest Post,  Parenting

    GUEST POST: Lessons Learned from an Ambitious First Family Holiday

    By Gemma McIlroy A week before we left I saw a foreboding meme on Facebook: “There’s no such thing as a holiday when you’re a parent – it’s just looking after your children in a different place.” Fiddlesticks*. We had booked a week long road trip around the lower North Island visiting family and friends, stopping at a few action packed attractions on the way. I had spent the month prior full of a cold that had outstayed its welcome and my daughter had finally, at 10 months, started to pop some teeth. I was in need of some much needed R and R, but it was looking more and…

  • Guest Post,  Parenting,  Personal Growth

    Remembering Hazel

    This story is kindly and lovingly shared by Hazel’s wonderful mum, Laura Rowney. 6 years ago today I said hello and good bye to my precious daughter Hazel. I went into labour at 37 weeks thinking I would be bringing our baby home and that we would be starting a new chapter of our lives. I will never forget the moment we were told our baby had no heartbeat, I will never forget holding her lifeless body in my arms and having every ounce of my body aching for her to just open her eyes or to cry out to us.  Every year I spend this day reflecting and remembering…