{Locally Found} Local Photographer is focusing on special families

Recently, we spoke about the wonderful project that one local photographer has undertaken that is designed to give back to families that have children with special needs.

Aimee Cook of Aimee Cook Photography has created the ‘Wonderful You’ project. This project provides free photography sessions to children with special needs in a safe and non-judgemental environment.

This weekend, gracing the front page of the local paper, Aimee discusses the importance of this project and why she feels the need to provide this service to the community. You can read about about it here: -> Western Advocate - Special You Project.

Source: Phill Murray

Source: Phill Murray

If you want more information you can contact Aimee directly at aimee@aimeecook.com.au

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RELATED: -> ‘The Central Nest – Beautiful You’

{Locally Found} Orange FOOD Week is here, must-find-elastic-waisted-pants..

Orange FOOD Week is nearly here! Kicking off on 4 April it continues through to Sunday 13 April 2014.

This is your opportunity to experience ‘The Food Basket” of NSW in Australia’s longest running food festival.

It is an opportunity for local producers to showcase their fine products, for chefs to show off their skills and for everyday food loving Australians to experience all that is delicious around Orange, NSW.

You should get some elastic waisted pants and head over to -> Orange FOOD Week‘s website for more information!

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Happy eating 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

 
 

{Do this} Paddy’s market Day is a must

Not only will you be able to shop up a storm at the Paddy’s Market Day you will also be supporting Bathurst’s Assumption School.

This Sunday 9 March 2014 from 8.30am to 3.30pm at Paddy’s Hotel Gilmour Street, Kelso

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The Market Day will contain a unique mix of handmade, boutique, gourmet, arts and crafts as well as a fun children’s area with activities or just some time out for mum and dad to sit and watch the kids have fun.

Entry to the market is by gold coin donation with the proceeds going to The Assumption School P&F.

See you there Nesters!

{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:

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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.

{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.

{Firefly Soy Candles} Let the Firefly spark your senses

‘The sense of smell can be extraordinarily evocative, bringing back pictures as sharp as photographs of scenes that had left the conscious mind’ – Thalassa Cruso

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Firefly Soy Candles are Australian made, in our little nest of Bathurst in fact.

They are delicious, aromatic soy candles that can liven up your home. Firefly create triple-scented earth friendly candles that will light up your space.

Bondi is my personal favourite, it takes me to beaches past and holidays to come.

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Please support local (especially in cases like this when their products are more superior!)

You can purchase Firefly Soy Candles online or if you prefer touchy-feely-in-person-before-buying they are stocked at Studio HM – 9b Pym Street in Millthorpe.

Also, Firefly are often at Milthorpe Markets and the Bathurst Artisan Markets! Well worth scouting out for that gorgeous gift (to yourself-from yourself)!

Happy senses Nesters!

{Prizeapolooza} Lambert & Lord might just have you floored

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Pretty. Perfect. Gorgeous. Amazing. Trustworthy. Designer. Bliss. Sublime. Delicious. There are just not enough words to describe how wonderful the world of Lambert & Lord is (and I know A LOT of words!!)

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Lambert & Lord is an online store owned and operated by the gorgeous Karen Pearce (based in our little neck of the woods, specifically Bathurst).

Due to the fact that they are an online store (www.lambertandlord.com.au) it gives YOU, the shopper, the benefit of all the convenience of shopping online while still being able to support local business! (And it is very important to support local businesses – how boring would shopping in the central west be without them?!)

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Lambert & Lord offer a beautiful range of paper goods and partyware, for entertaining and every day.

Lambert & Lord has been operating at www.lambertandlord.com.au since the beginning of October 2013 but you might remember them from their small shop in Keppel Street, Bathurst called The Party Table.

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The thing that separates Lambert & Lord is the fact that they stock a beautiful range of premium products that are often unavailable outside of metropolitan areas.

Being a local business, they offer the convenience of shopping online with competitive prices and an extensive range. Bathurst customers can add to this free delivery on orders over $30.00 or free pick-up at Gorgeousness in William Street.

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Their main product range is all about simple, stylish colour and fun. They stock polkadot, candy stripe and solid colour paper tableware, coordinating balloons and bunting, gorgeous honeycomb balls and paper fans, and versatile treat boxes and tags. They also stock a range of eco-friendly wooden cutlery. How brilliant to be able to access such diversity locally!

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What I think gives Lambert & Lord the edge is the fact that they complement the range with special pieces from well-known Australian and overseas brands. At the moment, Meri Meri is their personal favourite, with their gorgeous Jingle All The Way range for Christmas, their gold and silver Confetti range for New Year, and their Toot Sweet partyware range.

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You can contact Lambert & Lord as follows:

Telephone: 02 6332 5988

Email: hello@lambertandlord.com.au

Website: www.lambertandlord.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lambertandlord

Pinterest – pinterest.com/lambertandlord

Instagram – instagram.com/lambertandlord

Twitter – twitter.com/lambertandlord

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The fabulous Karen at Lambert & Lord is offering a very special prize to one lucky Nester – a $25.00 voucher! Now, because she doesn’t like seeing sad faces this close to Christmas she is generously offering our Central Nest readers a sensational 10% off any orders made using the code ‘centralnest’. To be in the running for this fabulous competition just be a liker of Lambert & Lord on Facebook and The Central Nest Facebook page and let us know!

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{do this} Learn a new trick at the Fox & Willow workshops

The fabulous peeps over at Fox & Willow will be hosting two workshops next weekend – Saturday 30th November and Sunday 31st November if you are looking for a little pre-Christmas inspiration.

The first workshop will feature Natural Pampering Recipes for you and your home. Fox & Willow will teach you how to make scrubs, bath teas and room sprays; using simple ingredients in your pantry & garden.

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The second will include ‘The Art of Gift Wrapping’ (just in time for Christmas!). The team will teach you how to wrap like a goddess using items found at home & in the garden.

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Plus, because everyone loves a little show and tell you can take home with you a sample of each product you create on the day & a recipe collection of ideas.

Cost: $60.00 each or $100.00 for both days.

If you want some more information regarding the workshops you can email the team at: foxandwillowstudio@gmail.com

Happy learning Nesters!