{Locally Found} Dressed For School can outfit your kid

Dressed for School is a locally run website helping mums and dads find school uniforms for their little birdies.

Stocking basics for the Catholic Primary Schools of the local Diocese, Dressed for School should be your first port of call.

Their goal is to help local familes access competitively priced, quality schoolwear from the comfort of your very own home.

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You can contact Dressed for School on: 1300 89 35 37

or send them an email to admin@dressedforschool.com.au,

or alternatively their website is: http://dressedforschool.com.au

Happy shoppping Nesters!

{Do this} I want to wear it again (and raise some coin for RSPCA!)

Talk about one of the most fun ways to raise some much needed moolah.

The I want to wear it again ball is on 24 May 2014 in Bathurst and raises some much needed money for the RSPCA.wearitagain

What makes this ball so much fun (except you know, a night dressed up away from the kids with your mates) is that you get to wear your wedding dress again! If you haven’t been married you are able to wear whatever dress makes you feel special (or suit if you are a fella!)

You can get tickets for $88.00 and there are discounts for early birds and group tables!

You can find more information here -> http://iwanttowearitagain.com/

 

{Love birds] Who says romance in the Central West is dead?

Who says romance is dead in the Central West?

Check out what one very lovely fella did for his lady.marry

You can find the full story here -> Western Advocate ‘Farmer sows the seeds of marriage’

Congratulations to the happy couple.

 

{Locally Found} Get in fast for some school holiday fun

Bathurst PCYC offers some great school holiday activities for the little birdies in your life.

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Get in quick I am sure they will book up fast!

{Locally found} Church Bar Tap Takeover

Has it been a while since you had a girl’s night out? or maybe the last time you and your hubby-bird were alone was at the accountant’s office going over last year’s tax?

Right now is the time to book your table and have a grown-up night out!

Check it – The Chruch Bar is holding the Tap Takeover.

Pizzas + beers = amazing!

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You can find more details at: Church Bar Facebook Page or give them a holla on 02 6334 2300.

Happy eating and drinking Nesters!

{Twins are twice as nice} but.. how about a little support – did you know that Multiple Birth Awareness Week is from 9-16 March?

So you fall pregnant and think how wonderful life will be with your new little mini-me.. then you go for a scan and discover not one but two heartbeats.. or even three!

Having multiples is not only a lesson in patience but tough, rewarding, difficult, funny and sometimes isolating – especially if you live in the country.

Enter the Bathurst Multiple Birth Association (BXMBA). They are a lifeline. They are new friends. They are support.

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The BXMBA is a not for profit organisation which was originally set up to help multiple birth families to network, find support and friendship while parenting twins, triplets or more!

It is a volunteer run club that is part of a greater support network of 65+ clubs nationally.

When you join the BXMBA you get: fun, support, connection with other parents/carers of multiples, playgroup, outings, information nights, parent nights out, morning teas, Christmas party, monthly meetings, newsletters and magazines.

The Facebook access (to members only) is where you can get support, ideas or just have a chat without leaving your home. Other bonuses are the fact that you have access to resources such as information on multiples from pregnancy to beyond the start of school including but not limited to books and DVD’s.

The group also runs the Bathurst Multiple Birth Association Playgroup. This playgroup is held at Bathurst Baptist Church, 188 Eglinton Road, Bathurst. They are there for a friendly chat (and to tire the kids out!) every 2nd Monday of the month during the school terms. All you need to bring is yourself, your babies and a gold coin donation ($2.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members). They will even feed you morning tea!MiniTrains Poster

If you or someone you know would like to join the BXMBA you can find them at bxmultiples@gmail.com

To celebrate Multiple Birth Awareness Week which runs from 9th – 16th March the BXBMA is hosting a free event for all families of multiples. There will be some laughs at the mini-train day which includes face painting as well! It really is a great chance to get out and meet other families of multiples around your area. Microsoft Word - multiple birth awareness week poster 3.docx

 
 

{This is life} Can you help this little boy find his independence?

A little while ago we shared a story about a brave, determined, independent little man who suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy. His name is Darius (‘DJ’ to his friends!) and he is a strong little guy – you can find his original story here -> ‘Special needs – a mother’s story’

It has been a while since that story so we thought we would provide an update on our favourite little fighter. Here, his mother, Mel shares DJ’s progress:

Melinda and her beautiful son Darius

Melinda and her beautiful son Darius

DJ is doing great, he is now nearly 4 and is quite a cheeky little boy. He lights up our days and while some days are tough he is a very loved little man.

Since I last shared my story with The Nest family the reality of our struggles with DJ’S cerebral palsy have grown. The cerebral palsy is getting harder and harder to deal with every day. The main reason for this is because as he gets older he is getting more difficult to carry, and worse still he is harder to understand. He gets so frustrated if we can’t help or don’t understand what he wants.

We are starting to prepare him for  kindergarten in 2 years time and in the last few months DJ has trialled a talking device. This device is designed to assist both him in sharing his needs with us and in return assists us to interpret what he wants. We are trialling these devices to see if they will help his communication skills and assist him to be able to make decisions for himself. Finding the right one for DJ is as ongoing trial and error process. dj2bw

At the end of 2013 we made the decision for DJ to trial a powered wheelchair. While this was an exciting moment for us all it was never a decision I thought I would have to make as a parent – the conscious thought the my child will need a wheelchair probably for the rest of his life is scary and upsetting. Knowing that your child may never walk is something you never want to think about – but this is where we find ourselves now.

So, we trialled the wheelchair knowing it will give him the independent life that he needs and to help him to keep up with his friends.

We knew we had to try and give DJ the best opportunities we could but we were surprised and alarmed once we realised the costs associated with providing our little man with this kind of independent freedom.

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While we will be able to receive some funding from the government to assist little DJ in getting his chair we need to upgrade our family car so the chair will fit! This is because his wheelchair will become his seat in the car. Once we were told this, we started researching cars and discovered that the basic modifications needed to a car would mean a new car would cost us anywhere between $50,000.00 to $80,000.00. The funding only goes towards $10,000.00 for the modifications and the conversion alone costs up to $40,000.00.

This is a expense we never thought we would have to budget for, but we have to find the money to help him.

We recently recieved a phone call from a very generous local organisation who were selling their already converted car and they had heard our story and wanted to offer it to us first. It meet all our needs as it had enough room to transport DJ’s sister Yazmin as well. Plus it had an electric lift and ramp to get the wheelchair in and out which would save me from trying to lift it all the time.

So, like any normal family we went to the bank assuming we could get a loan. Then heartbreak struck. Due to our family’s financial expenses and relying on only my husband’s income they wouldn’t give us a loan. We were so upset – our perfect car and we couldn’t afford to get it. I was so distraught. Here was the perfect opportunity to give my little man a chance at freedom and it was slowly slipping away from us.

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One of my friends suggested that we should try and fundraise the money to get the car. It was not something I had really thought about before and was a hard decision, to actually ask people for help. What is sad it that we also received quite a few negative comments about trying to fundraise this money. I don’t understand why people can’t just see that we are trying to help give our little boy some independence for his future. We need to be able to take him to all his weekly appointments between Orange, Bathurst and Sydney.

I opened a page on Go-Fund-Me which you can find here -> Go-Fund-Me-Darius and we would really love some more support. Most of the community has been overwhelming in their support for our boy and while we are getting closer everyday to our target we really need some more support.

line4Nesters if you can help this gorgeous little man, even just a little, then please get to the Go-Fund-Me-Darius site and make a donation. Please help this mum and dad find their son’s independence.

{My Story} 12 weeks body challenge – let’s go!

To be honest it hasn’t really been a problem to me. It isn’t something that has necessary effected my everyday life. Comfortable. Confident. Healthy. Happy.

I know it got worse when I was at uni. Drinking too many nights a week. Eating pizza because it was cheap. Sleeping all day, then working or partying til early hours of the next morning. The cycle continued. Over and over and over.

I think what made it harder to realise was there was never really a time when I wasn’t.  There is no photos after about the age of 12 where I was something else.

Pretty much my whole family fights the same battle. Ingrained in us since birth. Family culture. Not really knowing any different.

We play sport. A lot of sport. Netball, basketball, soccer. No one really believes us though.

It has taken a long time to get to this point. To this realisation that a change should be made. Under no circumstances do I want my girls to morph into overweight versions of themselves.

I see the way my daughter’s look at me. They don’t know any different. They think mummy is perfect. They don’t yet know how you should look or what you should weigh.

My history with healthy eating is varied. I lost 15 kilograms about four years ago. Then the plateau hit. Stronger than any wall of brick. Tougher than any promises of tomorrow. I got stuck. Stuck in a satisfaction rut.

Had a couple of babies. Fluctuated up and down before firmly landing back on plateau land: population me.

It is hard when you are caring for everyone else. Your husband and your babies. Forgetting about yourself.

In reality my history of dieting was committed for day one, then like a little weighty balloon went a little like this:

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Never really enjoying it. Never even really committing to it.

So now I have hollered at the team from Michelle Bridges 12WBT for a little help.This is the first step. Here is my chance to get some changes happening.

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As I have learnt you are not allowed to reward yourself with food (thank you Pinterest gods for setting me straight on that – see above) I shall instead reward myself with my second favourite vice – Fashion.

Here is my declaration to all my Nest family. If I manage to lose 10 kilograms while on the 12WBT I will reward myself with Ray Bans baby..ray ban2If by some absolute miracle I manage to lose more than that (say about 20) then I envisage this bad boy might be entering my wardrobe of love:

micahel korsI would love to hear from you if you have done the 12WBT program previously or if you are giving it a whirl this round. I would love some support from fellow Nesters who are claiming time for themselves.

If this is something you have even been thinking about why not jump on board and we can give it a go together -> 12WBT invite

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{Love birds} Love is.. Rachael & Mitchell

‘What is a soulmate? Well, it’s like a best friend, but more. It’s the one person in the world that knows you better than anyone else. It’s someone who makes you a better person, well, actually they don’t make you a better person… you do that yourself– because they inspire you. A soulmate is someone who you carry with you forever. It’s the one person who knew you, and accepted you, and believed in you before anyone else did or when no one else would. And no matter what happens.. you’ll always love them’. – Dawson’s Creek

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It is with the most heartfelt truth that I say I have never seen two people more in love than the beautiful Mr & Mrs Thurn. They are young, beautiful and genuinely the most beautiful of souls intertwined together forever. It was an absolute privilege to be invited to share this beautiful day with this fantastic couple.

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Love birds: Rachael Burgess, Conveyancer & Mitchell Thurn, Fitter/Welder

Ceremony: St Stanislaus College, Bathurst

Reception: Athol Gardens, Blayney

Theme: Elegant and timeless

The Dress: Strapless ivory Maggie Sottero A-line dress with corset back and Swarovksi crystals at the bust and throughout the dress and train

Groom & wedding party: Our bridesmaids wore floor length strapless dresses in navy chiffon and the groomsmen wore black three piece suits and a navy skinny ties. The groom had an ivory vest and tie.

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Hair: Cleanthi from Studio Renaissance

Makeup: Cindy Cook of Coukla’s Orange

Decorations: Each table had a fishbowl vase filled with pale pink and ivory roses sitting on a mirror disc and surrounded by tea-lights. Chandeliers from the ceiling and candelabra on the bridal table. Dry ice gave a cloud effect on the dance floor for the bridal waltz. We also used navy table runners and sashes on the chairs.

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Food:

Canapés- Nutty pistachio biscuits with slow roasted lamb and craisins & Duck in crisp wonton cups & Tomato and goats cheese and poppy seed bruschetta & Seared scallops with mango salsa on Chinese spoons

Entree – Beetroot and goats cheese stacks or rare beef salad with smoky tomato chilli relish

Mains – Duck breast marinated in red wine and orange jus or rack of lamb with tomato onion jam served on a bed of creamy potato mash and roast vegetable salad

Cake: Cakes by Nikki Burden. It was a delicious two double height tiers of caramel mud with white chocolate ganache.

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Drinks: Our guests enjoyed a selection of champagne, beer and wine

Photographer: Heidi Rookyard

Cars: Black Caprice stretch Limousine from Abbey Limousines

Rings: We made each others wedding rings with Larsen Jewellery. Mitchell designed the bride’s engagement ring with the assistance of Regency jewellers in Orange

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Stationary: Dreamday invitations

Music: Victoria Roth played classical tunes on the piano during the ceremony and Muzz Music Orange played at reception

Special moments: Rachael gave the photographer a love note to give to Mitchell just before the ceremony because when we dated in year 7 that’s basically all our relationship consisted of – love letters

Another incredibly special moment was when Mitchell organised dry ice on the dance floor which made it feel and look like we were on a cloud. This was nice because they wanted an outdoor dance floor but the weather didn’t permit. It was a moment no one will forget.

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Guests: 55

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Stockists:

Reception: Athol Gardens – 84 Newbridge Rd, Blayney – 02 6368 2639

DressMaggie Sottero

Hair: Studio Renaissance 223 George Street, Bathurst – 02 6331 5288

Make-upCouklas 166 March Street, Orange – 02 6362 1514

CakeCakes by Nikki

Stationary: Dreamday Invitations

Music: Muzz Music Orange – 0418 167 733

Photographer: Heidi Rookyard

Cars: Abbey Limousines

Rings: Larsen Jewellery.