meet a mama – sue from style my child

As a busy mama and small business owner myself, I am a huge fan of anyone who can gather all the most fabulous stuff for kids and pop it all in one spot for me.  Sue does just that, all with fabulous flair, on Style My Child.  Oh, and she has four (count ’em) kids!  Meet Sue …

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Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
I’m Sue. I was born in North Yorkshire, England and came to Sydney with my Mum, Dad and younger brother when I was 5 years old. My parents went on to have three more little Australians making me the eldest of five kids. I wasn’t overly pleased with being part of such a large family at the time but now that I’m older, I absolutely love it!

After travelling and becoming a Horticulturist, I met my husband who I have now been married to for 13 years. Obviously the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as I now have my own large family consisting of me, my husband Scott, Blake (13), Sarah (10), Lachlan (7), Lucas (1), Leo the cat and Bonnie the Pug dog.

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I love new technology and have always had a keen interest in web design and development. When I discovered I was pregnant with Lucas, a few of my girlfriends convinced me it was time to combine the geek in me with my love of all things kids! This was how Style My Child came about. Eighteen months on, I’m a busy, generally disorganised stay-at-home Mum with a brood, a blog and no idea what will happen next! Life is pretty awesome.

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Who inspires you?
Creative people and anyone with an ‘I can do this’ attitude always inspires me. My kids are also a constant source of inspiration (and laughter) too.

What can’t you live without?
My family, friends, pets, sushi, books, Ribena, cheese, my favourite sunnies and most of all, those toddler safety devices you stick on your cupboards!

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Do you have a favourite blog/s?
I’m an avid blog reader when I have time. A few of my favourites are Fat Mum Slim, Colour Me There, The Organised Housewife (I do try) and Woogsworld.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
Hanging with friends and family, gardening, reading, shopping and rearranging the furniture.

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
Ummm… nope, I’ve got nothing.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Blake will probably be driving (yikes!) and Lucas will have started school so I’m hoping I’ll have more time to do the things I love. Style My Child will still excite me and I’m looking forward to watching it continue to grow. I also hope to have started saving towards a fabulous trip to Paris. Being mortgage free and 10 kilos lighter would also be pretty cool (although unlikely!).

What is your favourite quote?
I don’t really have a favourite quote but I do love the poem Desiderata by Max Ehrmann.

Where can we find you?
The local second hand book shop or…

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

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meet a mama – martha from crave good food

Every month I meet with an amazing group of women at the Table of Fabulousness.  We are all women with our own businesses, most small, some not so small.  I’ve met some inspiring women along the way, women with get up and go and fabulous creative spirits.

One of them is Martha.  Martha is about to launch her new business so what better time and place to share her story (be sure to read right to the bottom and you just might win one of two fabulous prizes valued at $99 each – you can thank me later).

Before you meet Martha, here’s a bit about her biz …

Crave Good Food is an online destination for discovering delectable food produced by passionate independent food makers & producers from our local & regional communities.

Are you dreaming about that sweet vanilla fudge you tasted in Mudgee or the hand-made granola you had for breakfast in Bowral or craving for more of the artisan choc truffles you received from your Aunt in Tassie? 😉

Each month, Crave Good Food delivers to your door, a surprise Tasting Box of delicious full-sized products that reflect the passion & dedication of their food makers.  Guaranteed to satisfy!

Treat yourself to their tasty December box or better still, gift a Tasting Box experience to your foodie friends or employees for Christmas.

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Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
Hello – I’m Martha.  Seven years ago, I made a conscious decision to put the corporate career on hold to raise my two children – my cheeky Dean (71/2) & my little lady Stephanie (41/2).  I moved from Melbourne to Sydney to be with my hubby, Bill of 13 years.  We met on a Contiki tour, would you believe?  I’m a lapsed PR & Corporate Relations Pro who recently took a daring leap to start my online business.  The whole idea was to do something I’m super passionate about, that will add value to those I serve & keep me sane.  I also share my house with Ricky the English Staffie, Occy the blue Indian-ring neck & a tank full of pretty, fresh water fish.

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Who inspires you?
I get inspired by self-starters, motivational leaders & generally people that show compassion towards others.  But my true inspiration comes from the stories & experiences of my real friendships & great family.  It’s amazing what you learn when you connect & spend quality time with those that are dear to you – particularly those who are older & much wiser.  I have also benefited from the unconditional support & guidance of a mentor for over 20 years.  This priceless relationship has aided my career & self-development in so many ways that I feel it’s my duty to reach out & inspire others in return.

What can’t you live without?
I can’t live without my children’s hugs & ‘I love you’s’, family gatherings, deep sleep, Melbourne trips, tasty good food, my female friendships, lip gloss, my hubby’s sense of humour, faith & hope.  Oh, did I say mention good food 😉

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Do you have a favourite blog/s?
I love blogs that are both visually beautiful & provide good content.  Some include Mastin Kipp’s The Daily Love, Marie Forleo, Absolutely Beautiful Things, The Business Bakery, Gourmet Traveller, Interiors Addict, Spoonflower, A Beautiful Mess, to name a few.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
Spare time?  Admittedly, I’m not great at ‘switching off’ & life is pretty full right now.  I’m content with little pleasures such as playing Scrabble on the iphone with friends, making time to actually listen & enjoy my kids’ company, girly dinner nights, quick cafe breaks between school runs, talking ‘foodie talk’ with my interstate sister-in-law, making my popular cheese triangles & web surfing blogs & articles. And sometimes, there’s no time for any of above too!

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
Don’t stress the small stuff.
Remember, you are not alone.
Let your kids take more responsibility around the house; their future partners will thank you for it.
Note to myself: stop worrying about what the kids will or won’t eat at the dinner table.  If they get hungry enough, they’ll eat anything!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully, healthy & happy, settled in Melbourne, with a thriving small business that allows me to make a little difference to someone’s day through my love of good food.

What is your favourite quote?
I have far too many favourites!  However, being a perfectionist, I often have to remind myself, that to make progress in work & in life, ‘good enough IS good enough’ or similarly ‘done is better than perfect.’  Only this week, did my fab web designer Melanie, hint to me the same advice via an on line article titled: “F**k it, ship it.”  I love people who say it as it is.

Where can we find you?
Website (officially launching later this week but you can order now through facebook)
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter: @cravegoodfood

Martha is generously giving away 2 of her fabulous tasting boxes – one for you and one for a foodie buddy!  That’s over $99 worth of foodie loveliness.  Thanks Martha!

Just tell us what ‘surprise’ gourmet delight you’d love to find in your tasting box, and why you’d like your foodie friend to receive one.  Add comments below and we’ll draw a lucky winner this Sunday night (16th December) at 8pm EST.  Open to Australian residents only.

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meet a mama – patricia from ‘hope for ollie’

If you love handmade stuff for your kids and are looking for a fab little outfit for Christmas, check Hope for Ollie.  You’ll get some gorgeous quality clothing and the extra feel good factor of knowing you are supporting a very worthy cause and a fellow hard working mama.  I just got a fab pair of shorts for one of my boys and I am desperately trying to think of an excuse to buy one of those cuuuu-uuute little girly skirts!

Meet Patricia … we think she’s a bit of a star.

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Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
My name is Patricia and I live in Sydney. I’m married to my soul mate Tim, and have two children, Emily aged 5 and Ollie aged 2. We also have a dog named Humphrey who spends most of his time sleeping in the sun (half his luck)!

Who inspires you?
My children are my inspiration. I want to be a good role model for them and teach them to the look at the positives in every situation or challenge they face.

What can’t you live without?
Coffee and chocolate.

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
There are so many to choose from. If I had to narrow it down I think bubcentral, kidspot and practical parenting would be my favourite blogs as they always have useful tips and information for us busy mums. I also enjoy blogs from sewjournal and mummycrafts as they are full of creative ideas.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
In my spare time I run HopeforOllie – I sew children’s clothing and accessories to raise money for The Institute of Neuroscience and Muscle Research at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

My little man Ollie was diagnosed with DMD at 10 weeks. It is a genetic condition which causes muscles to become weak and breakdown. It means Ollie’s life expectancy will be cut short as his heart function and breathing will deteriorate over time. He will need full time care and a wheel chair to get around unless a cure is found.

patricia ollie

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
Load the washing machine the night before and then hit the start button as soon as you wake up (or better yet put it on a timer). Hopefully you’ll get a load on the line before school drop off!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Currently HopeforOllie has donated approximately $10,000 in 2 years. I think in 5 years time there will be more volunteers on board to help with fundraising as I spend more time caring and looking after Ollie’s needs.

What is your favourite quote?
If you snooze you lose.

Where can we find you?
At a fabric store or chained to the sewing machine!

Or …

Website
Facebook
Twitter: @HopeforOllie

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meet a mama – karen from glottogon

Karen is the founder of fab Sydney company Glottogon (Glo-tog-uh-nn (noun) from Greek meaning “tongue, language” and “generation”) who design and produce the most delightful range of puzzles books and activity cards you ever did see. (You can find them in our little store now!).  In the meantime, here’s Karen …

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
I am Karen; Scottish by birth – although I sound as if I have never left and I am certain the accent will be with me forever!

I have lived in Sydney since 2004, I’m married to Sam and we have a little girl and baby boy – Ollie 3 & Dims 9 months.

Life is hectic, fun and very (VERY!) noisy – which we think is wonderful and thankfully our neighbors are generally supportive.

Who inspires you?
On a day to day basis, the team of illustrators and designers who work on our Glottogon products.  They take all my garbled ideas, sketches and madness then turn it all into beautiful, unique collections – amazing!

For always and forever, my parents.  They taught me to dream and I hope I can pass that passion on to my children. Dreams are without boundaries, they grow as we do and we should all be helped to reach for them.

What can’t you live without?
Apart from Sam and the kids I think I would need to say my laptop.  I miss it when it’s not beside me.  When it’s in another room I start to get anxious in case I miss something!

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
Lots …however to list just 3

Bellamumma
Life In A Pink Fibro
Woogsworld

How do you like to spend your spare time?
Trying to find some!  When I can, I flip/read/scan through every magazine I can lay my hands on.  I LOVE glossy magazines, always have, ever since I was a teenager – I have been known to intently pore over junk mail pullouts if the pictures look good.  There is something quite addictive about hearing the pages turn, reading the featured stories, and then there are the fashion shoots.

Magazines are even better than my laptop, I think, which means I am showing my age. I can sound very last century sometimes!

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
Online shopping – why push the supermarket trolley when it can be delivered to you?!?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
My life has changed so much in the last 5 years I truly cannot imagine the next 5. Simply, I wish that our home is still full of happy, mayhem and that business is good enough that I can indulge in every magazine on this planet!

What is your favourite quote?
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them – Walt Disney

Where can we find you?
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

meet a mama – kristin from greg & audrey’s garage

I have known Kristin all my life.  She is clever, inspired, innovative and truly (crazy) obsessed with all things French.  She has travelled literally (and virtually) to bring a touch of European sophistication to the heart of Newcastle and is ‘hell bent’ on starting a scooter revolution there through her scooter boutique Greg & Audrey’s Garage.  Not only does she sell stylish scooters but also a gorgeous array of clothing and accessories, many with a French or Italian flavour.

Oh, and did I mention she is my big sister?  You can meet her here …

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
I created and now run ‘Greg and Audrey’s Garage’ a scooter boutique in Newcastle’s CBD. I share my life with the gorgeous Felipe, 12 year old Saskia, and 14 year old (deaf and blind) blue heeler Flip and we live amongst the trees in New Lambton Heights. I adore riding my scooter and am sure I wear a stupid grin on my face whilst doing so.

Who inspires you?
Every single mother on the planet.

What can’t you live without?
Wine. Scarves. Any books about France. Family. Not necessarily in that order.

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
Pink Patent Mary Janes by friend and fellow Francophile, Linda Drummond. ‘Frog between the Flags’ by my ‘real’ French friend and Carole Mandicourt. ‘The Blue Coast’ by my friend’s friend Su who is living my life in the south of France. Can you see the obsession here?

How do you like to spend your spare time?
My what?

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals, even if they take 30, you’re on a winner. Use Aussie Farmers Direct to reduce the number of visits to the supermarket – you’ll save time and feel virtuous.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Waiting for my daughter to finish her HSC then taking a plane to, you guessed it, France (with her of course, and Felipe).

What is your favourite quote?
When you’re going through hell, keep going – Winston Churchill.

Where can we find you?
website
(online shopping now available)
facebook 
in person – shop 1, 38 bolton street, newcastle

meet a mama – sherene from dinosnores

If you’ve ever struggled to calm your kids at bedtime then you are going to love this mama and her creations as much as I do.  You can read more about Sherene’s Dinosnore Sleepy Time CD range in our little shop and can learn all about Sherene right here …

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you! 
I live in Manly and love it.  It is a wonderful place to raise children with a healthy, active lifestyle.  Just this week while walking home we saw a water dragon laying her eggs!  We also have seen dolphins, fairy penguins, whales, and a seal.

I am mum to my busy preschool boy Ben and 8 year old tomboy Emma, as well as the woman behind Dinosnores sleepy stores – guided relaxation for kids.

Creating Dinosnores has been an amazing adventure.  I scripted each sleepy story drawing on my experience as a pediatric speech pathologist, my children’s interests and play.  My husband took six months off work to produce our CD artwork and our website.  All our CDs are mastered professionally through Studios 301 using the vocal talent of many of our friends.  And today, we have 9 Sleep titles sold in Australia, NZ and USA and we are about to sign up a UK sales agent.  With 4 awards including CD of the Year 2011 and 2012, and so much positive feedback from parents, I am proud to have created Dinosnores sleepy stories.

Who inspires you?
My close friend Sam.  Mother of 4 – toddler, preschooler Year 2 and Year 5, and homeschooling the primary kids – she is an inspiration in mindful parenting.  She thoughtfully takes time to intellectually, emotionally and physically nurture each of her children AND herself.  She has always read something interesting about parenting, teaching science and society and every conversation I have with her is interesting and energizing (even with the distraction of our combined six children playing).

What can’t you live without?
Family, friends and coffee.

Do you have a favorite blog/s?
I have just found This Is Not What I Signed Up For.  It is Australian, authentic, honest and inspiring blog about parenting – specifically children with autism.  A sensitive, real and powerful read on the parenting journey.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
Reading.  I really miss having hours for recreational reading.  With kids and a business I don’t read as much as I’d like to but I still love to make time to read!

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
Get out of your house for a walk, some yoga, a ride or run before you get breakfast for the kids – then you can enjoy being with your kids because you have allowed yourself some ‘you’ time.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would love to introduce some new guided relaxation CDs for teens, see Dinosnores sleepy stories sold worldwide, and employ my hubby.  Then we could both work from home and be active mindful parents.  Like so many primary bread-winners he misses out on our children’s life Monday to Friday and he would love to be more involved.

What is your favorite quote?
Good mums have sticky floors, dirty ovens and happy kids.  I have no idea who said that, but I used to give myself a hard time about housekeeping.  It reminds me that quality time with my kids is so much more important!

Where can we find you?
website
facebook
Or walking the kids to school in Manly!

meet a mama – simone from hip little one

Gorgeous mama of 3, soon to be 4, Simone started Hip Little One in 2009 as a gateway for businesses to share their fabulous stores or products and for parents to find out all about these great companies. Readers and businesses from all over the world can now get together in one spot: Hip Little One is where businesses and parents meet!

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
I am Simone, I am 29 years old and live in Adelaide with my little (big?) family. Six years ago I left my home country, The Netherlands, to marry my Australian hubby. I have no regrets about the move although I do get very homesick at times. Luckily I have a wonderful hubby who knows how to cheer me up – usually some traditional Dutch food will do the trick.

I am proud mama to twins Tommie and Olivia (4 years old) and Juliet (2 years old) and next year another little munchkin will be joining our family. As you can imagine we have a very busy household but, above all, it is lots of fun! We live in a lovely house that needs plenty of work done to it.  We just need to find the time for all that work but one can always dream.

Who inspires you?
My husband and children.  I love seeing them happy and my heart melts when the kids say ‘You’re my friend mummy’. I often try to be a supermum and want to do extraordinary things, but I have learnt that you can make them happy with the smallest things. They inspire me every day to make the most of it and enjoy the little things in life.

What can’t you live without?
I hate to say it but definitely my computer.   Not to check up on Facebook or blog but because it helps me to stay in touch with my family back home. Every Saturday we talk to my parents on Skype and every call, email and message is very welcome. It means so much to me that they can still ‘see’ the children grow up and get to know their personalities even though we are so far away.

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
The blog I spent most time on is (obviously) my own blog Hip Little One so that is my blog baby. But my favourite blog to read is by far Retro Mummy. Corrie is an amazing mum of five including twins that are the same age as my twins, so I love reading what her family is up to and looking at her pictures. Don’t read her blog if you are on a diet because Corrie is a real talent in the kitchen, she is always sharing delicious recipes that make you want to run into the kitchen and try them yourself.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
If I have any spare time!  I really wish I had more of it as I love sitting down with a good book. In my ideal world it would also involve hours of soaking in the bath but sadly we don’t have one so instead I go for the couch with warm blanket in front of the fireplace. I also loving going out for the day with my family to visit the beach, watch the kids play and eat yummy food.

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
As a mum of (soon to be) 4 kids under 4.5 years old, I am all for time saving and could do with some sanity saving tips myself.  I find I can save precious time on cooking by using the slow cooker, this allows me to keep the afternoon free to play with the kids. They are usually most challenging at the end of the day so I try to get out of the house and wear them out, that will make them sleep extra well and is healthy too. I am also very grateful for our gigantic shower as I can easily shower all three kids in there with plenty of room to spare.  One of us does the washing and the other the drying.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This is a very tricky one, I really don’t know! Life has a habit of taking funny twists and turns so it is hard to predict. I would LOVE to make the move to the country but I don’t think we are brave enough. I could see ourselves living in an old country house that needs doing up, and our beautiful kids enjoying the outdoors with animals and a massive garden to play in. Either way, all that matters is that my family is happy and healthy.

Where can we find you?
You can always find me on my blog www.hiplittleone.com or follow me on Facebook or Twitter

meet a mama – cindy from luk beautifood

If ever there was a great example of a woman living what she loves, Cindy is it!

Cindy has been my big sister’s bestie since childhood so I have always looked up to her.  As a ‘grown up’ I continue to admire her as one of my business mentors and an absolute inspiration in many aspects of life beyond business.

Cindy gives back to “the sisterhood” by hosting monthly lunches to help motivate, guide and share with women in small business at The Table of Fabulousness.

She’s a dynamo, a doer and a fab mama.  You’ll love her too.  Here she is …

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
I am a ‘mature mama’! Meaning I left having kids til just about the last moment possible – I had Karl (now nearly 6) at 39 & Ciara (now 4) at 41.  We won’t mention my gorgeous hubStar of 19 years is now in his 50’s.

We left the run late as I was previously known as the Bikkie Queen (not bikie) having created the gourmet biscuit brand Luken & May in the 90’s. After reaching over $5m in turnover within 5 years I unexpectedly sold (all good!) the business and took time off to recover, explore, be creative and get into babyland mindset. And we did the latter with with gusto!  We planned that after #2 popped out we would pack up house in Sydney, rent it out and live in France and barge the canals for 18 months!  We were totally immersed in babyland …our barge looked like a floating pre-school except there were no teachers….and lots of red wine, cheese and croissants!

Part of the planning process also involved me wanting to have another business as I knew I would need something to keep my mind active, provide independent income and be flexible enough to do from home so I was ‘always’ there.

My background is food science & nutrition and commercial cooking . So now, after years in development, I have just (last week!) launched ‘luk beautifood – be delicious inside and out.

luk beautifood is a modern, online boutique beauty business mixing FOOD + BEAUTY. We (me) harnesses the natural, delicious and nutritious actives in healthy food to create a menu of delicious Lip Nourish creme-soft demi lip colours to nourish, hydrate and protect your lips.  Much of what goes on your lips is absorbed or ingested when you eat or lick your lips. Luk sees sense in using natural, good for you foods fused with beauty and nutrition to get the best results. To support the luk philosophy of “beauty-from-food” I created the beauty kitchen to provide a ‘simple recipe for beauty wellbeing’. Here, inspiring information is diced up on beauty-full ingredients and how they affect your skin (wrinkles, dryness, inflammation). There are fabulous recipes, cooking demo’s (coming) and a ‘Table of Deliciousness’ where I dish up a plate full of passion to show you how you really can ‘eat yourself beautiful’.

Who inspires you?
All the mums that work their butt off being mother, lover, business woman, friend, nurse, you name it. But one woman in particular who inspired me to go from babyland back into businessland was Julia Bickerstaff of The Business Bakery. The world had moved on rapidly in the 5 years I had ‘disappeared’ and it was her I stumbled across whilst I started to blog about my experience of getting back in the saddle by sharing my WIP business plan for Luk beautifood. I set out to meet her…and the rest is history (we now meet monthly on the Table of Fabulousness!

What can’t you live without?
Health & Happiness –  my family, good food and doing what I love.

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
Where do I start? Top 3 over the last year are:
Lee at Supercharged Food
Julia at The Business Bakery
Pia Jane Bijkerk

How do you like to spend your spare time (if you have any)?
Doing things I love with those I love (or by myself) – mostly outdoorsy things, fresh air, natural inspiration, creative. Simple stuff, bush walks, bike rides, pottering in my kitchen garden, doing craft things with the kids + COOKING.

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
Have an organised laundry: 3 tubs on wheels for whites, colours and darks. Train the family to use them. Throw a load in the washer most afternoons  whilst cooking dinner – set for 11pm (cheaper power) so it is ready to hang out before breakfast the next day. Always fold it as soon as you get it in. Takes away the pain.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In a (luxury) campervan with the family travelling around Australia for a year…..whilst my business runs itself!

What is your favourite quote?
I have three …
“live the life you love”
“what you eat today walks and talks tomorrow”
“never look back on life and wish you had done…..’

Where can we find you?
Website (includes beauty kitchen blog)
Facebook
Pinterest
Linked In
Twitter

To celebrate the launch of this delicious new range (available at rudy and the dodo), 3 of you lucky ducks will each win a Lip Nourish valued at $24.95 each.  All you have to do is comment below to tell us your favourite colour/ flavour (pictured).  If you also register to follow our blog, you’ll double your chances!

(Competition open to Australian residents only.  One winner will be drawn per week over the next 3 weeks via random.org)

meet a mama – beth from babymac

If, like me, you live in the city you may have wished at one time or another that you could just chuck it all in for a better life in the country.  Where the kids breath fresh air (all the time), have space to roam (all the time) and finding a parking spot doesnt take half an hour. Well, this week’s mama did just that.  Yep.  She just chucked in the city life and ‘got a life’ in greener pastures.  Now she writes about it on her fabulous blog.  Meet Beth (just Beth).

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
My name is Beth, just Beth and I live down in a beautiful, but teeny tiny village in the Southern Highlands of NSW. I’m married to a dirty big spunk called Rob, and have two girls Daisy aged 5 and Harper 2. We have a Guinea Pig who is pretty neglected called Rosie and two goldfish – Princess and Bruce who are even more so and yet still alive after almost 4(!) years.

Who inspires you?
I’m inspired by all sorts of creative amazing people out there in the interwebs writing and sharing on blogs and websites, hard working people and friends running businesses online and in the real world and of course my fabulous friends and family. Each and every day I will see something online, or in my real life that inspires me. It could be as simple as a great article, or well made coffee, or conversation.

What can’t you live without?
Pork. Champagne. Butter. Not necessarily in that order.

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
Where shall I begin? I love the style of Faux Fuschia, One Claire Day, Down that Little Lane, Little Green Shed, A Beach Cottage,  Absolutely Beautiful Things, Heather Nette King and The Beetle Shack. The writing of All Consuming, Raising Master Max and Edenland. The comedy of Woogsworld, BigwordsBlog. The tips from Styling You. The food from Gourmet Girlfriend and Green Been Food, the craftiness of Meet me at Mikes and RetroMummy. I could go on…but I better stop.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
Entertaining friends and family with long meals and plenty of wine.

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
Don’t give your kids the lolly bags at the end of the party – keep them for yourself. It’s like payment.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would love to be doing what I do now, making a living from it full time and perhaps even working on a book or homewares range? A girl can dream right!

What is your favourite quote?
To thine ownself be true.

Where can we find you?
Usually at my kitchen table on the internet!
My website
My facebook page
My twitter
Instagram – BabyMacBeth

meet a mama – penny from alphabet street

For many of us, the school holidays are just around the corner, so this is the perfect time to shine the light on Penny and her fabulous website Alphabet Street.   Alphabet Street lists what’s on and available for kids in your city.  You can use it all year round and it also has great ideas for littler (pre-school age) kids.  Meet Penny here (that’s her pretty picture below), then go and check out the site.  You can thank me later.

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
Hmmmnn… A mum to three fabulous children (Thomas, Isobel and Matilda) who created Alphabet Street to keep the cogs churning in the brain while raising little ones. Prior to motherhood I was a Media Strategist in the advertising industry in Sydney. We now live in sunny Newcastle enjoying the beach lifestyle and loving being an hour from the Hunter Valley vineyards and Port Stephens crystal clear waters. 

Who inspires you?
Any woman that works and has a balanced lifestyle. I think sometimes us working mums forget to have equal portions of family, work, sleep and me time. Something that I struggle with.

What cant you live without?
For me it would have to be my Ked Wedges. The most comfortable shoes giving a shortie a little bit more in the height area. For my children it would have to be our Steam Vaporizers …we have three running all winter to help the little ones breath each night and help us all get a little bit of sleep.

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
I have to say I don’t read too many but am loving the Rudy and The Dodo Blog. 😉
I also like Babyccino Kids and for a touch of creativity I love the Townmouse Blog.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
Spare time? As I am guilty of a non-balanced life I seem to have misplaced my spare time!  If I did I would like to finish a magazine from front to back in the sun on the deck with a cuppa in hand.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
We have some great plans for Alphabet Street, I would like to see them come to fruition in the next five years. I would have also like to have a bit more me time.

What is your favourite quote?
I can really connect with ‘There is no stronger love than a mother’s love’. My mum used to say to me when I was younger.  I wouldn’t understand it until I was a mother and boy oh boy…I would give all my organs for my children if they asked. I also remember my mum saying being a mother is a thankless task and sometimes this rings true too. 😉

Where can we find you?
On our website or facebook pages.

Giddy Up! Just one of many activities available for little ones!