{Girl Crush Tuesday} Local Hero Veronica

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 a local one. We think she is brave and tough and a true survivor. Plus she is pretty damn awesome.

Veronica Manock was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma when she was only 20. You know that time in your life when most people are realing with hangovers from the night before and your biggest decision for the day was whether you would watch re-runs of Friends or Seinfield. Well, Veronica was fighting to keep her life.

After routinely having a mole removed she was given the grim news that the cancer had spread into her lymph nodes. She handled it like a boss.

The best thing we love about Veronica is that not only did she kick cancer’s arse she is now spreading the word to everyone that will listen (and pushing hard for those that don’t listen!) to pay attention to the sun.

She organises the Melanoma March walk in Bathurst, Ray Day and she was a driving force involved in the Pretty Shady Campain. She spreads the importance of the sun safe message every day. Veronica is a teacher and uses her position to spread the word to the youth that they will hopefully be the first generation to alleviate skin cancer.

You can read more about her experience here -> Catalogue Magazine ‘I never actively tanned but I still got skin cancer’.

Here’s to you V for using your horrible experience for the betterment of others. We salute you x


{Locally Found} Get your minions and head to Metro 5

The Minion movie is going to be a fantastic family affair and here is a great opporunity to take your own little minions and help a great local cause.

On 18 June 2015 at 6.30pm Metro 5 is running a special screening of the movie for $12 you can watch the movie and help local girl Rachel Staines attend the Paralympic Games in Rio next year! Woo!minion

So go local and help one of our own!


{School Days} How to settle in, make nice and not piss off your school

So it has been a few weeks in most places since the little birdies started big school.

From what I have heard, some settled in well, like they have been doing it all their lives and others are taking a little longer to adjust.

Just remember, however long it takes IT. WILL. GET. BETTER.

It might not seem that way now, but I promise you, one day soon, you will realise that it has been a day without tears, a week without fears, a term of growth and your little person has found their way into the world.

So, with that in mind we recently sat down with an actual real-life kindergarten teacher (who we shall call Miss Mac) and discussed a bunch of stuff including ways to help settle your little one in, how to make nice with the other parents and how not to piss off your school.Inside of a classroom with back to school on the chalkboard

1. Make life easier for your teacher

Your teacher will appreciate if you can bring in your own tissues and hand sanitiser.  Some people may not realise, but teachers are often required to provide this from their own personal pocket. Just a box here and there will really be appreciated (and it takes VERY little effort to add another box to the trolley on grocery day!)

2. Size does matter

No big pencil cases! They simply take up too much space on the little birdy’s desk! Miss Mac says last year she had one student bring in three different pencil cases. One for pencils. One for crayons. One for textas! While she admires the anally retentive organisational side of that parent it is simply not practical for a 5 year old to manage!

 3. Home/School balance

One big thing that people often don’t think about is to mention to your teacher is there is any changes in your homelife. These changes can affect your little ones more than you realise and having your teacher aware means that can help your little bambino adjust to any changes while at school.

Also if your little one is struggling to complete homework then make a time to discuss this with your teacher. If you don’t let them know they won’t know there is a problem! There is no point waiting until the end of term and then bitching about it!classroom

 4. Make a decent time to have a chat

If you have a concern/issue or just want to chat, have a talk to your teacher ASAP. Having said that, at 9.06am while the teacher is trying to wrangle 18 energy balls into a class room is not an ideal time to bring up your problems. Miss Mac says teachers are always happy to have a discussion with you, it is just important to schedule a time so both of you can participate fully without interruptions.

 5. Competition is for wankers

There is no point comparing your kid’s abilities to that of Jack’s or Jill’s. Just be patient. Not all children are good at the same things at the same times. What Jack is good at Jill might not be. At the end of the day all children need support and competition is unnecessary. On the flip-side Yes, be proud of your little one but don’t be a douche bag show-off if your minion happens to be better at one area than someone else. Keep it real.

6. Have realistic expectations

Don’t expect your kindergartener will learn algebra and have formed an opinion on the current situation in North Chechnya by the end of term one. Your teacher is more than happy to let you know what curriculum they will use and what expectations you can have for your little birdy throughout the year. In extension of that, if your little one has a deep interest in something such as the human body, mention this to your teacher and they might use that as an inspiration for a lesson.

Image: shutterstock

Image: shutterstock

7. Home help

The more time you put in, the easier you make a teacher’s job. If you read to your child often before school then they are more likely to have already formed a good attention span and have a legitimate interest in reading. Every moment of time you give your child will be rewarded tenfold.

8. Be involved

Schools recognise that some parents work a shitload and probably unable to be involved in everything. If you are unable to run the canteen weekly or participate heavily in the P&F you can still be involved. Fundraising is always necessary and so are an extra couple of hands at fete time. The fete is likely to happen only once a year, so be organised and donate some supplies. Or volunteer at one school disco. Any sort of contribution makes a difference. Plus this is a great way to build a friendship with other parents in the school. You never know when it may come in handy to have a friend near by!

9. Buy some love

At the end of the year, you have survived. Your kid has survived. The teacher has survived. Here is a great list of gifts to say thanks to your kid’s teacher:

  • Personalised stamps
  • Personalised pens
  • Stickers
  • Personalised mugs
  • Movie vouchers
  • Chocolates (but keep in mind they get A tonne of chocolates!)
  • Stationary
  • Stuff to use in classroom.

Image: volunteerspot.com

Miss Mac says, meaningful gifts don’t have to be expensive, just a card that shows the parent’s appreciation for all you have done is lovely. It is always nice to know you are valued!

Happy school days Nesters x



{Locally Found} Support Bathurst Rural Fire Brigade

Grab your diary and put this is on 8 October 2014 right NOW!


The Bathurst Rural Fire Brigade is fundraising and offering you an exciting opportunity to help out!

A special screening of the brilliant new family movie Planes with be offered at Metro 5 Bathurst!

WHEN: 8 October 2014 at 6.30pm

WHERE: Metro 5 Cinemas, Piper Street, Bathurst

PRICE: Adults $30.00, kids $20.00 and little tots under 3 are free!

WHY: The Bathurst Brigade is made up solely of volunteers, they receive no payment for the time they give to the community in providing emergency response to a range of incidents, last year they attended numerous bush and grass fires, motor vehicle accidents and other emergencies supporting our community.

The Bathurst Brigade consists of approximately fifty active volunteers who work tirelessly to provide an emergency service to our community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week come rain hail or shine.

You can purchase tickets from: Ticketbo.com

 Come on Nesters, help those who help you!

Get your trivia on..

The Australian Breastfeeding Association is a not for profit organisation dedication to helping mothers breastfeed and care for their children. The Bathurst group provides trained breastfeeding counsellors, breast pump hire, 24hour telephone helpline and weekly meetings as support for mothers and babies. The group is holding their annual fundraising trivia night on Saturday 17 August 2013 and could use your support.

Tickets are available from the link below. Get out and help support this wonderful group!


Australian Breastfeeding Association Bathurst <- link here for more information