{Girl Crush Tuesday} The fabulous Mia Freedman

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.line4

Today we salute Mia Freedman. Mia is a fabulously strong woman who uses her voice through many avenues. She is an editor, writer, author and blogger. She was even the youngest ever editor of Australian Cosmopolitan at the age of 24!

What we love about Mia is that she isn’t afraid to go against the norm and give her opinion regardless of the consequences. She stands by her strong opinions and isn’t naïve enough to believe that everyone will agree with her but instead supports the right of free speech.

If you are a parent with internet access you will have no doubt come across Mia’s websites, Ivillage and Mamamia. These sites are read by thousands and thousands of people every single day. She gives a voice and advice to many who don’t know where to go.

Mia isn’t afraid of standing out from the crowd and uses this power to push many causes close to her heart. These include encouraging women to embrace their bodies and giving support to those who have experienced stillborn births and miscarriages.

Mia has been very open about her own experiences with mental illness and in particular living everyday with anxiety. Brave women like Mia who use their positions to talk more openly about these issues increase awareness and acceptance for even more members of the community.

Mia might not be everyone’s cup of tea but to others she is certainly their glass of champagne.

Thanks Mia for showing our little girls not to be afraid of using their voices loudly and proudly and for teaching them that through hard work and a little perseverance anything is possible.

 

 

{Girl Crush Tuesday} Local superhero Robyn

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 lady named Robyn Rayner who has made a really big difference to her local community of Hill End. So much so that Robyn was actually nominated by another nester because she is that wonderful!

I am told that Robyn is a modern day superhero who saved Hill End from a nuclear dump legacy that would have been passed onto all of our children. She took on the Federal Government and won! Robyn was a fierce and knowledgeable spokesperson who was able to save our local area from eternal nuclear poison.

Not only is Robyn a superhero in the political arena but also manages to run a multi-award winning merino stud with her husband Geoff. On top of that, this beautiful woman also has taken part in making sure farmers out Dunedoo way have enough hay to feed their livestock after the recent fires and has even driven out there to drop it off.

How brilliant is it to see a local woman doing fantastic things for her area and those around her.

So, we salute you Robyn for being a modern day superhero.

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{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.

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{The Nest Writes} Why I’m on team Barbie

My little girl had her birthday recently, it was the big six and we invited all the girls from school to her birthday party. It was a marvelous fairy garden extravaganza at the local bowling club, fairy bread was had, lemonade sipped and party goods with numerous amounts of added non-nutrient dense foods were consumed.

When the party was over something funny happened.

One of the mothers, (whom I shall name Daphne) arrived to pick up her daughter, pulled me aside and said “Oh, I hope the girls had a lovely time, you won’t have to worry about our present, unlike some of the others *insert solid eye roll* we chose not to waste our money on barbie dolls”. I was a little taken back and said “Oh, no barbies? why not?”barbie

It was honestly like I had stolen her first born, (that or added non-organic almond meal to her muffin). A fury spread across her face, her brow dropped and I knew immediately I was about to receive a lecture.

The next five minutes of my life was consumed by a rambling, yet well-rehearsed, compilation of all things wrong with Barbie.

I tried my best care-factor zero face…Image result for barbie gifbut, she continued….

  • They do nothing for our girl’s self esteem
  • Barbies portray girls as weak and stupid
  • They are tramps
  • They don’t offer realistic body standards for our children

Now I am not stupid, I know that rarely is a human being able to match up to barbie’s body image, but I do also know that no human is going to match up to Batman’s physique or ability to fly. Should I remove him from our home as well?

My girls create scenarios whereby the Barbies are superheros or surgeons, vet nurses or checkout chicks. Heck, last week, one of the Barbies was the guy that landed the aeroplane in the Hudson River. Imagination in children is free forming and in our home Barbie dolls are just a tool to utilise that imagination.

Plus, if you know ANYTHING about Barbie you will know this lady is accomplished as fuck. She has had over 150 careers and comes in over 40 nationalities. She has had every job from being an eye-surgeon to being a paratrooper in the military.  I honestly believe that my little girls’ self-esteem grows each time they use one of their Barbies to tackle a crisis, they know that their Barbies can come in and save the day. We have about 30 Barbies and only one Ken Doll. What does that tell you? That’s right, in this house we don’t go looking to be saved by a boy, we save ourselves.

My three little girls spend hours playing together with their imaginations running wild. Yesterday’s Barbie experience involved an invasion by the Orange Ninja Turtle which was settled by Wonder Woman. You can’t tell me that any sort of play that encourages imagination, and coordination can be bad for my little girls. My one year old can put on Barbie shoes and clothes, her chubby little fingers concentrating on placing a tiny shoe on the highly arched foot of Barbie without a doubt increases her fine motor skills, plus it is a way for her to be involved with the older girls.

In addition, let’s not all lose sight of the fact she is a doll. That’s right the same doll that it likely to be played with by my nephew, the same one that the dog will eat when she is left outside under the trampoline, the exact same doll that will probably go for a swim in the toilet at some point due to the one year old’s fascination whether things float.

Not everyone will agree with me, but just remember our little family will happily be known as a Barbie Rehoming Station should you feel the need to rehome your vicious soul-destroying Barbies.

So thanks Daphne for your pep-talk but I am just going to kick it over here with my girls saving the world, one Barbie at a time.

{This if Life} The United State of Women

I feel so passionately about encouraging equal treatment for women, for fighting for a safer, healthier world for our daughters to exist in. The United State of Women focuses on making our world a better place. While is it based in the USA the idea, the concept and the power of something like this is remarkable.

You can see more on the video here ->

The United State of Women is focused on six main topics:

  1. Economic Empowerment
  2. Health & Wellness
  3. Educational Opportunity
  4. Violence Against Women
  5. Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  6. Leadership & Civic Engagement

So today I make a pledge.

The United State of Women Profile Pledge

 

You too can pledge to help make our world a little bit more equal, a little bit more fair. Day by day. Today we can change tomorrow.

Head over to TheUnitedStateofWomen.org for more information.

#unitedstateofwomen

 

{Girl Crush Tuesday} The remarkable Jacqueline

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 one very special lady, Jacqueline Freney.

Jacqueline is a paralympic champion who was born with cerebral palsy but did not let that stop her from reaching some amazing feats. Jacqueline won eight gold medals at the 2012 London games and in turn became Australia’s most successful paralympican at any single games. Plus, she smashed two world records in the process!

Jacqueline gives her time to speak to people with disabilities to let them know they too can have amazing futures. She is inspirational and motivating and definitely worthy of girl crush Tuesday. Jacqueline is a wonderful role model for every single Australian.

Jacqueline was awarded Young Australian of the Year in 2014 and we cannot think of a more deserving candidate.

Thanks Jacqueline for showing little girls throughout Australia that with determination and sheer hard work that anything is possible.

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{Raising Little People} If you even know one little girl you need to watch this

This TED TALK is the most important thing you will watch today. Hell, it is possibly the most important thing you will watch all year.

If you know one single little girl then you need to talk to the time to watch this talk by Reshma Saujani. In such a brilliant way, she shows just how we are shaping our little girls to expect themselves be perfect, rather than brave.

Share this. Bookmark it.

We need to teach our girls bravery, not perfection.