{Love Birds} 23 questions to ask your wedding venue

There is so much to do. So much to think about. So many questions to ask.

You need your wedding day to be the way YOU want it.

We came across this fabulous list from the team at The Wedding Party of questions to ask your reception venue.

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Tick, tick, tick.

Makes your job just a little bit easier.

Happy wedding planning Nesters!

{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!

{This is life} Friends really would do anthing for love..

This is spectacular. It’s moving. This is a real story about friendship and how strong bonds can be between people.

Have you thought what would happen if someone really close to you was diagnosed with cancer?

How would you react? Would you be holding fear and tears? or would there be wine and bonding?

I know which one I would prefer.

This video is beyond words.

In case your at work and unable to watch the video here is a picture ->

Image: Albert Bredenhann

Image: Albert Bredenhann

{The Nest Design Files} Willow & Wood we would kiss you if we could

Stop what you are doing this instant.

I am about to introduce you to something very special. Not only is this my new latest little crush, but I also just happen to have one piece hanging spectacularly in my own home.

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Willow & Wood is a family owned business that was created by the talented design savvy Rebecca Tyndall with the help of her timber craftsman father. She found herself frustrated when unable to locate well-designed, functional wall-hung furniture for her home and realised there was a real gap in the market for some quality pieces.

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Willow & Wood create masterpieces that are built by hand, with love and made to last.

Their philosophy is pretty simple they ‘make only QUALITY, HANDCRAFTED and BEAUTIFUL products that we LOVE and that our FRIENDS, FAMILY and hopefully our customers will LOVE too’.

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Plus, they are proudly Australian made.

SNAP. Just simply perfect.

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You can contact Rebecca and her team at: http://willowandwood.com.au or find them on Facebook – Willow & Wood

We have the gorgeous white maxi organiser hanging in our kitchen and could not be happier with it. We have had so many people comment on their love for it and how practical it is.

We really are glad that we found Willow & Wood and think you will be too..

{The Nest words} You are enough.

Sometimes I feel like I am not enough.

Being a parent, a wife, a sister, a friend, a student, a writer, a clerk, a cook, a bookkeeper, a cleaner, a …….. some days it all just feels overwhelming. Trying to be perfect at everything. To find time for it all.

Then I found this.

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

Somehow it just resinated with me.

You too are enough. I promise.

{‘Beautiful You’} Aimee’s new project celebrating special children

Local photographer Aimee Cook is making a difference. She is making a stand against the norm and celebrating the smiles of some very special little children.

Her latest project ‘Beautiful You’ is moving, strong and remarkably generous.

You can check it out on her blog -> Aimee Cook ‘Beautiful You’.

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The first life she captured as part of the project just happens to be one of our favourite little Nesters, Darius. You can find his story here -> ‘Special Needs a mother’s story’

The Nest salutes Aimee for taking the time to create such a beautiful project.

{Health} With absolutely no guarentee of success I present to you: Foot Reflexology

With absolutely no medical research, with completely no guarantee this will even work – I present you to Foot Reflexology.

I found this on Pinterest – and Pinterest (much like TV) doesn’t lie.

I would love to know if this actually works?!?

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Happy foot tickling massaging 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

 
 

{Raising little people} Are you and your friends part of this ridiculous competition?

Everyone has an opinion. Everyone knows someone that has done this, they have been a participant in a competition that doesn’t really exist or can’t possibility have a winner.

This article is by the talented Holly Wainwright and I could not agree more with her. post-baby-selfie-Silvana-Lovin-184x290There is enough pressure on new mums without this additional burden and challenge.

You can find the link here -> Mamamia ‘Post baby body’

Let us know what you think Nesters..

{Love birds} Michelle and Justin say together forever

This day I will marry my friend;
the one I laugh with,
live for, dream with, love.
    ~ author unknown

Not so long ago, a long story happened. Shell met Justin and they fell madly into each other. They are best friends, lovers, kindred spirits. Together forever.

This is a beautiful wedding and I love scrolling through their photos seeing their love for each other. We know these two will be the happily ever after.

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Love birds: Michelle Morton, 29 Childcare worker & Justin Slattery, 26 Electrician.

Married: September 12, 2012

Ceremony: ‘Little Cove’ Rex Smeal Park, Port Douglas, Queensland

Reception:  Salsa Bar & Grill Port Douglas

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Theme: Simple but Elegant. Reception was all white with a touch of Salmon to match bridesmaid dresses

The Dress: From Sweethearts Bridal. It was the first dress I tried on, tried on a few others but just couldn’t go past this one. Thought it was just perfect for me and where our wedding was held!!

My nan’s brooch was attached to my bouquet as something old, and as a special touch as she couldn’t make it.

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Groom & wedding party attire: Boys wore 5 piece black suit with white shirts. Groom had off white tie and groomsmen wore black ties. Hired from Jack Holman’s Menswear in Bathurst.

Bridesmaids wore long ‘Watermelon’ dresses which were from Brides of Sydney.

Hair/makeup: Hair done by my sister, Belinda. I had soft curls, all out with a ribbon headband.

Makeup done by my sister-in-law Robyn, Napoleon makeup was used.

Decorations: Reception was mostly white. Table cloths, chair covers and bows were white. Table centre pieces were a small square vase with salmon Gerberas. A small white candle in a clear vase on either side. Tables sprinkled with clear diamantes.

Flame torches were out the front of Salsa. Inside poles were covered in white organza and fairy lights.

We also had a lolly buffet! Lollies from Westco which we took up to Port Douglas.

 Food: The food was absolutely amazing!!

Canapés on arrival.

Guests had a choice of 3 entrees which were:

  • Salsa’s ½ Dozen Oysters Three ways – natural, nam pla prik, wasabi emulsion
  • Slow Braised Lamb Pithiviers, w/ eggplant whip, chermoula vinaigrette
  • Char Siu BBQ Pork tenderloin, w/ soba salad, mandarin hollandaise, scallop salsa

Mains was also a choice of 3:

  • Piri Piri Chicken Breast, w/ kipfler potato salad burned lime crème fraîche
  • Char Griled Sirlion, w/ corn & coriander galette, jalapeno hollandaise
  • Chimichurri Barramundi, w/ parsnip flan, piquillo pepper & chorizo salsa fresco

Cake and fresh strawberries for dessert

Cake: 2 Tier Square chocolate mud on bottom and caramel mud top. Finished on an iced board and arranged on an angle with rose flower arrangements. Cake was served on platters with fresh strawberries.

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Drinks: Red, White and Sparkling Wines. There were a variety of beers and cocktails.

Photographer: Rob, from Port Douglas Weddings.

Cars: Limousine

Rings: Rings were from WJ Coote & Sons. Grooms is Sterling Silver Gents Wedder and Brides is Platinum Princess Baguette Channel Set Wedder

Stationary: Invitations were made by Stacey at Polka Dot Poppy Invitations. We couldn’t have been happier with how they turned out.

We designed table numbers and name cards, they were printed from Brian Burke’s Printing.

Music: I walked down the isle to ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri.

‘You & Me’ by Lifehouse was our first dance song.

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Special moments: The first glance of each other at the ceremony was a special feeling, a few tears of joy.

The moment we were presented as Mr & Mrs Slattery was such a great feeling.

A number of messages had been compiled from loved ones back at home which were read out at the reception. In particular the messages from the kids in my preschool class were very cute and funny.

We feel the whole day was so special,  a day that we will never forget!!

Guests: We had 60 people share in our day

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Stockists:

Ceremony: ‘Little Cove’ Rex Smeal Park, Port Douglas, Queensland

Reception?:  Salsa Bar and Grill, Port Douglas, Queensland

The Dress: Sweethearts Bridal

Groom & wedding party attire: Jack Holman Menswear

Bridesmaids:  Brides of Sydney

Hair/makeup: Napoleon Perdis

Lolly bar: Westco Distributors

Photographer: Rob, from Port Douglas Wedding Photography

Rings: WJ Coote & Sons

Stationary:  Polka Dot Poppy Invitations & Brian Burke Printing