• How To's,  Parenting

    Christmas Present Ideas

    Hey homies! Ok, so I know probably most of you are WAY more organised than me and have your Christmas shopping already sorted (because no one likes a cray cray pre-Christmas mall… No thank you!) but just in case you haven’t and are having a panic moment, I’ve collated a list of potential present ideas for your kiddies.  I’ve split them into “preschool” “school aged” and “teen”, but haven’t bothered specifying genders because, you know, kids are kids. These vary greatly from stocking stuffer ideas to major presents; partly because everyone has different budgets, but mostly because I do not have the brain power right now to section into even…

  • How To's,  Parenting,  Personal Growth

    Why Doing Chores Is Actually Self Care

    I’ve always hated chores. I’ll do them eventually (and verrry begrudgingly), but honestly, they have always been something that just makes me go… Ugh. With the exception of folding washing (because I can do that while watching Say Yes to the Dress!), chores are the bane of my life. Especially bloody dishes. I hate doing the dishes – which is really bad, considering I have a dish washer. But even though I have a strong dislike for housework and chores, I’ve realised recently how much more I dislike having a cluttered, messy house. I know everyone has different levels of liveable mess – and mine is quite relaxed – but…

  • Parenting

    Sleep & The City

    Ah, sleep. Where for bloody art thou?! I knew that when I posted recently that Littlest Man had started to fall asleep with a cuddle instead of a boob that I’d jinxed it; the few nights following felt like he was attached more than not.   It’s easy to stress about sleep.  Too little, too much, at what time, for how long, in what position, with what help… There’s just so much to worry about and lose sleep over (Pun alert!! Sorry… I must be overtired 😉).  It doesn’t help that sleep seems to be one of the first things you’re questioned (or warned) about as a parent.  “Does he sleep?”…

  • 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…

  • Parenting,  Personal Growth,  Relationships,  Uncategorized

    25 ways to ask someone if they’re OK

    As most of you will know, I struggle with PND and anxiety.  Since roughly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men experience PND to some degree, I’m far from alone. While we often know something isn’t quite right, it’s very common to do what I did for a long time and try to ignore or deny the issue; and it’s also very normal when we’re in the middle of it to not realise it at all. The early signs can be quite broad: being overly tired or lethargic, losing appetite, insomnia, not finding joy in things you normally do, being overly emotional, being numb to emotion, crying lots,…

  • Parenting

    50+ Fun Indoor Play Ideas (so you can keep your sanity)

    I love school holidays – I love having my big boy at home with me, I love the relaxed mornings, and I love not having to fit the day around school pick up and drop off. But school holidays can sometimes become a bit stressful, especially when the weather is a bit average, and cabin fever can set in at lightning speeds. It is totally OK to tell your kids to “just go and play” (and actually, it’s very beneficial to do regularly because it encourages initiative, creativity & imagination), but it can also be really helpful to have some activity or game ideas on hand. I’m sure we’re all…

  • Parenting,  Personal Growth

    How to survive when sleep is a vague and distant memory

    You know those days where you’re so tired your eyelids feel like they’ve been lined with lead paint? The days where you’ve been up all night with your little darling and so functioning like a grown and valuable member of society seems to become a bit of a pipe dream? The days where you pour the milk straight into the sink instead of your coffee cup and try to open doors without turning the handles first? Those days? We all have them, even those mamas with amazing babies who sleep all night (I know you’re out there!!). Those days can be real struggles, and getting through the day can seem…

  • GlowMama Reviews

    Review: Little White Book

    Hey gorgeous mamas! You may have seen on my Instagram a while back that I was lucky enough recently to get a Little White Book from the wonderful people at She Said Yes to review.  I was so excited when it showed up on my doorstep, I couldn’t wait to start filling it out!  I wanted to save the review for a few weeks so I could actually use it first, and therefore write a better post.   First impressions One of the cool things about weddings and wedding planning is that you get to totally indulge in all things pretty – so the fact that my book arrived tied with a beautiful ribbon and wrapped…

  • Parenting,  Personal Growth

    Reflections & Lessons

    Littlest Man just turned one, and while I love birthdays and was so excited to celebrate, there’s definitely a tinge of sadness that my baby is officially leaving infancy and entering toddlerhood. Although parenting isn’t new to me as I’ve been doing it almost 10 years now, this time around I’m still kind of just winging it.  I actually found motherhood much harder this time round.  For me, it wasn’t as much the jump to having two kids because Eldest Little Man is pretty self sufficient a lot of the time and super helpful.  It was more the fact that I kept comparing myself to this imaginary me that I…

  • GlowMama Discovers,  Parenting

    Discover: Wellington Museum & Frank Kitts Playground

    Hey mamas! In our weekends we love to get out as a family and head to different places for a change of scenery and to hopefully create some awesome experiences and memories for the kids – as I’m sure you guys do too! I love discovering new places, and am constantly amazed at all the hidden gems around our city (and country) – sometimes they’re places everyone else seems to know about except me, other times they really are well hidden!  Anyway, I thought it’d be cool to do little write ups of the places we go to hopefully promote them a bit and share our finds with you –…