{My Story} The crippling effect of post-natal anxiety

Today is World Mental Health Day and talking about my experience with post-natal depression and anxiety is difficult but if I don’t and someone else is feeling this way and thinks it is normal that is not okay. After my third daughter was born I lost myself for a while and it was genuinely the most scary time of my life.   group

The alarm sounds and I wake from a broken sleep. I don’t even know what time I eventually got to sleep, plus the baby woke four times.

An ache controls my entire body. Continue reading

{The Nest Writes} They should have known better: victim blaming.

“WARNING: Don’t leave your “For Sale” vehicles parked on Hereford Street overnight. Around 1am last night a Ford Festiva was set alight and totally destroyed.”

That innocuous Facebook status update from my local Police was the final straw for me.

We, as a community need to stop making excuses for criminal behaviour and for those who commit it.

Why are we now a society that dictates to victims how to behave rather than regulating those who break the law? How about instead of a warning not to park your cars on a public street overnight, we put out a warning advising criminals that the penalties will be stricter when the Police catch you.

Last week social media tycoon Kim Kardashian-West was robbed, while asleep, in her hotel room. It was the middle of the night and she was in her luxury apartment while her friends stayed out partying. Kim was bound, threatened and genuinely feared for her life. These men wielded guns and there are reports that one held a pistol against her temple while the others ransacked her room and stole her personal belongings. What an incredible invasion of personal space and safety. Every single details about the incident is disturbing, this is a woman who was ambushed in her bed. I understand that there is a certain level of mockery that exists whenever the Kardashian name is mentioned but at what point did we take away the basic right to feel safe in your apartment? Continue reading

{Girl Crush Tuesday} Queen Constance

We have some pretty hard girl crushes. These are the types of ladies that stamp their style on the world. They are the type of people that will always be remembered and little girls grow up wanting to be. They are women of substance. Women that make the world a better place. Happy Girl Crush Tuesday everybody.line4Today we salute the powerhouse that is Constance Hall.

A blogger, writer and delightful over-sharer Constance breaks down the boundaries like no other. Her insights into parenting, marriage and life in general are remarkable and well, honest. She lets women everywhere know that they are not alone.

Not only does she write brilliant (and often hilarious) posts, but she uses her overwhelming social media pedestal for good. She raised over $150,000.00 in just one day to help the charity, Rafiki Mwema that helps abused women in Kenya. There aren’t many people with the cult following that Constance enjoys who would use their social media power for such a good and selfless cause.

Constance wants every single women to know they are Queens and together we can support each other.

She fights the good fight.

She has written a book so read that.

She has a website, so visit that.

She is a downright legend who reminds us all to live your best life, regardless of what cards you have been dealt.

Thanks Con for letting my little girls know it is okay to be brave in the everyday.


{The Nest Loves} 12 things I couldn’t live without – Spring 16 Edit

These are a few of my favourite things as we head into Spring 2016.

  1. Ronda Rousey – My Fight Your Fightrousey-book

This book has been a great companion of mine as we pop through into Spring. An easy reading, yet surprisingly inspirational read about one of the fiercest woman in the world. You can grab a copy from Booktopia.

2. Celine Shadow Sunglasses celine

Love is these sunglasses. They are fantastic this time of the year as they are not too dark unlike a few of my other pairs. Definitely an investment worth having.

3. Thermomix thermo

Once the spring fruit starts sprouting I love using the thermo to make jams and marmalades. Waste not want not and all that.

4. CR Mug cr-mug

Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Spring, summer, winter, autumn I need it for them all. Get yours from Country Road.

5. Samsung S7 Edge s7

I am never far from my phone it is my camera, my watch, my distraction, my calendar and above all it’s just mine.

6. ViraproX Lip Care viraprox

I tried this recently as a sample and since then have become a solid convert. It moisturises without being sticky and helps keep away bloody pesky cold sores. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

7. Fresh Flowersflowers

These really are the simplest way to make your days happier. I love nothing more than spying a bunch of brightly coloured petals standing tall in the middle of the dining table. If you can’t be outside, bring the outside in! We loves these gorgeous posies from Vanessa Pringle Floral Designs

8. Bad sheets give me the shits cool-gret

Waking up in good sheets makes for better days. Trust me on that. Good sheets are worth their weight (x a bazillion) in gold. I am currently lusting after the cool grey linen sheets from the team at  InBed

9. Australian House & Garden house

My not so secret indulgence is losing myself in the beautifully curated pages of this magazine with a cup of tea and a strict do not disturb mummy policy for an hour at a time. I always come away afterwards feeling inspired and happy.

10. Clinique Moisture Surge Intense cream clinique

Makes your face prettier and stuff. Especially after all the artificial heating in winter.

11. Tiffany & Co Coin Purse coin-purse

I was given this beautiful little gift a few years ago by some gorgeous girlfriends of mine. I love pulling it out about this time every year because it fits so perfectly in my little handbag that can just be swung over my shoulder in a summer dress. Easy Breezy.

12. My Kikki-K Plannerkikki-k

This is literally the only thing that keeps my days ticking over and me not crumbling into a sad sack of shakiness in the corner. All my information in one stop. Job Done. Get yours from Kikki-k today.

What are your faves?

{The Nest Health} Shake yo booty with the Fitness Marshall

Some people find solace in burpees, others like lifting weights. I however LOVE this guy and try to drop my booty to his tracks daily.

Not only is it a bit of cardio but it is hella fun. I find I just shake it out whenever I watch his videos.

The fitness marshall is enthusiastic, vibrant and funny and I totally believe we are spirit-animal-BFFS-on-otherside-of-the-world-kinda-pals. ornah_large

His backup dancers are the bomb and kill it every single time. Plus, he doesn’t use typical dancers, they just look like the rest of us!

So if you want a little more pep in your step check this guy out, I guarantee you WILL NOT regret it.

This is my fave – Meghan Trainor – Me Too ->

Happy booty shaking nesters x

{The Nest Cooks} Tomato, haloumi and olive tart

This is a cracker tart when your pantry is near empty but the tiny people are starving.

I found it also an excellent way to introduce haloumi to the kids and they love helping to make it.  tart

Stuff you need:

8 sheets filo pastry

Cooking Spray

1 tbs Almond Meal or breadcrumbs

Cherry tomatoes and roma tomato medley


1 egg, beaten

grated lemon rind

400g Ricotta

100g Haloumi grated



Do this:

  1. Mix ricotta, haloumi, the lemon rind, egg and oregano in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Lay out one layer of filo pastry, spray with cooking oil, place another layer on top. Continue to use 8 pieces to make a stack.
  3. Sprinkle almond meal (or breadcrumbs to be nutfree) over top of stack (this will help stop it going soggy)
  4. Pour cheese mixture onto stack leaving about 4cm on each side
  5. Turn over sides of stack to tuck in the cheese mixture
  6. Spread tomatoes and Olives on top as desired
  7. Sprinkle a little more oregano.
  8. Brush turned up sides with egg wash or spray with cooking spray
  9. Season well
  10. Wack it in the oven for about 25 minutes on about 210
  11. Serve with salad.


{Girl Crush Tuesday} The hilarious Celeste

We have some pretty hard girl crushes. These are the types of ladies that stamp their style on the world. They are the type of people that will always be remembered and little girls grow up wanting to be. They are women of substance. Women that make the world a better place. Happy Girl Crush Tuesday everybody.line4Today’s girl crush is on the hilariously brilliant Celeste Barber.

Author. Comedian. Artist. Actor. Deadset Legend.

You will probably know Celeste best from her photographs that have spread across all newsfeeds recently. She is that brilliant lady who copies those completely ridiculous images of the rich people doing wanky rich people things and puts a normal person in the same context. The result are hilarious!

More than her brilliant snaps she has also made numerous appearances on Home & Away, Have You Been Paying Attention and Studio 10.

She is witty and doesn’t take herself too seriousness and we like that in a girl crush.

The ability to be brave in your own body is a powerful message and we salute you today Mrs Barber.