{Locally Found} Succulent Love

Recently I was invited to my very first succulent workshop with the beautiful Renelle at Pop-Up Succulent Shop to say I had a brilliant afternoon would be such an understatement.


Upon arriving you are met with a glass of bubbles and a delicious cheese & fruit platter (she won me over right there!). Before long I forgot I was in a class and it felt much more like I was in my friend’s lounge room having a few drinks and learning some new things about gardening.


Renelle was patient and explained perfectly what we had to do. She answered ALL my probably ridiculous questions and even helped me when I realised things for my kokedama were not quite going according to plan!

My mum came with me and quickly we made friends with the other people at the workshop, that’s the thing you see it was relaxed and friendly. There were no strangers just friends we were yet to meet.  4

Renelle supplies everything you need to make two kokedamas and she even gives some good hints on how to wrap other plants you buy to make great gifts or house plants.

I am far from a good gardener but bloody hell I was proud when I came home and showed the hubs and kids what I had made. I now very proudly have two kokedamas in my kitchen and each and every time I look at them I get all warm and fuzzy and remember the great afternoon I had.


Make sure you grab a pal and check out one of the workshops offered by Renelle at  Pop-Up Succulent Shop. She holds a range of workshops including kokedamas, wreath and general potting classes.

You can also have a chat to Renelle at many markets and events she attends around our area.



| Phone: 0410 476 445 |

|Facebook: @popupsucculentshop |

*This is a sponsored post and I was gifted the workshop fee. All opinions are based on my own personal experience*


{This is life} Why I run to save my mind

This is an article contributed by one of our fabulous nesters. She chooses to remain anonymous, and we are super okay with that! So, let’s keep it positive and supportive and let her know she is not alone x

watercolourPreface: I wrote this not because I’m pro running or I wanted to encourage people to exercise. Not because I wanted to shame people who sleep train or those who don’t. I wrote this for the all mums who are at their wits end. To the ones who don’t get regular breaks from their children. To the ones whose kids don’t sleep. The ones who feel their control slipping, their world crumbling. The ones who are dying inside.

You, you reading right now, you’ve got this.

You can.

So find what works and do it! Do it every damn day until everything finds its place. I promise that this too shall pass xxx

Let’s talk exercise. It’s always been proudly a word that wasn’t in my vocabulary. Although I consider myself an fairly active person, I mow the lawns, walk my boys to school and I’ve always been the mum that chases her kids at the park. But I’m talking formal exercise. The kind the makes me sweat. A lot. To be honest, it’s not really my cup of tea.

Last year in August I found my mental health slipping, my youngest was nine months and had never really slept, he was, and still is really hard work. My gorgeous little bundle of joy has been a right handful since the day I met him. My baby, he doesn’t like to be carried or cuddled but at the same time doesn’t want you out of sight! Before he could move on his own that would make for a stupidly hard situation. Pick him up to carry him he would thrash and squirm and squeal. Walk to put the washing on and not take him with you?

Stage 10 meltdown.

What am I supposed to do with that?

Getting him to sleep was hard. He never wanted to be cuddled to sleep. He wouldn’t lay in our bed. I couldn’t bare to leave him to cry. How was I supposed to get this kid to sleep? Everyday,  for every sleep I would put him in the cot. He would cry. I would pick him up and try to cuddle him and he would squirm until I put him back down.

Over and over and over.

Sometimes I could power walk him around the house in the carrier, but he was getting heavy and once he was asleep apin drop would wake him. I could never transfer him to the cot, so I would have to sit slumped over with him asleep on my back crying, balling.

The struggle was real.

I was convinced I had post natal depression. I went to the doctor. I begged for help. I asked anyone that would listen for more than five minutes. No one had any advice. Usually as a parent you are surrounded by people who love to dish out unsolicited parenting advice but when you actually ask for it you get nothing.

Tresillan was all I was offered over and over. I read their parent information book so many times. Their sleep School techniques just weren’t for me.

I yelled at my husband. I blamed him because I couldn’t make it work. I was being pushed into a corner, being forced to do something I didn’t want to do because the alternative was dire, really dire. I was on the edge.

It effected my whole life. I couldn’t remember taking my older boy to school. I would constantly lose things.

My patience was gone.

When the baby did finally sleep, I would lay there so consumed by my exhaustion it was take hours for me to drift off. I was the kind of tired that “here I’ll take you baby for an hour just couldn’t fix” I would laugh at the suggestion, not that it was offered often. Unless you’re taking him for a week, there’s no need to bother. That hour would only be used laying in bed thinking, trying to fall asleep only to have the knock on the door and reality to be staring me back in the face.

I went to a therapist, I told her I was depressed. She assured me that is was indeed just suffering from extreme exhaustion.

It takes a village to raise a baby and my village is small, really small. I passed the baton and that was it. It was my husband’s turn.

My husband,  my hero.

He took the night shift from that day, very day. Every shift. For the next month I slept, every night. I woke up every time the baby made a sound but I slowly drifted back off.

After two weeks, I decided I was going to make a change. I couldn’t just hope forever that sleep was coming. I was now convinced that the baby would never sleep through the night and this was my forever.

So, I started running.shoes

I mostly started because listening to him wake up and cry, killed me. It was a reminder that although the nights are over, the days are here, I was on my own and they were even harder.

Every morning at 5am he would wake up screaming.

So. I set my alarm for 4:30am and run.

I ran from my problems, I ran from the baby and his cries, I ran from my life.

The problem is as I mentioned earlier, I had never actually exercised before. So, really, technically, I didn’t run. I walked, ran, stopped for a stitch and hobbled.

Then came home.  Every day.

Now I can run.

Now the baby sleeps through the night and he doesn’t wake up crying (probably because he sleeps through the night) and now when strangers say “what a happy baby” I don’t feel the urge to kick them in the shin.

Monday to Saturday  6 days a week I run. Not far. Only about 2.5kms to the end of my street and back.

Some days it’s easy, some days it’s hard.

I haven’t lost any weight and let me assure you, I’m not very good at it. You know those coordinated women on the Nike ad? Yeah, no, nothing like that. But everyday I get up and give it a go because I want my kids to know that even though they are hard work, it’s all about attitude. It’s all about trying, giving it a solid go. Not giving up when shits really fucking hard and to never ever be afraid to ask for help!

I found Instagram a place of inspiration and in particular @mrs_paulie. She is a powerhouse and has been my girl crush for so long it’s boardline stalkerish, check her out!

So on that note, Peace lovers This rad bitch is going for a run xxx



{The Nest Can Cook} Steam up your Thermomix

If you are one of the VERY lucky owners of a Thermomix (or intend to be part of the exclusive club shortly!) then this is for you..

Cooking with Varoma – Orange (NSW) Saturday 18 October 1:00 PM (120 mins)

Price: $20.00 per person (plus 30c booking fee)

Where: Parkview Hotel Function Room – 281 Summer Street, Orange NSW 2800

Reason: Discover the full potential of your Thermomix by mastering the art of cooking with steam. Learn new recipes that demonstrate the versatility of using your Varoma and impressive multi-layer cooking. You will learn to make:

  • Green Smoothie
  • Capsicum and sundried tomato dip
  • Gluten free bread (tasting only)
  • Chickpea soup
  • Warm chicken, pumpkin and couscous salad
  • Meatloaf with red sauce
  • Fruity dream
  • Torta caprese
  • Lemon cupcakes with citrus syrup
  • Sticky date puddings

The class is suitable for new owners and those who just want to have a look. Includes a lucky door prize! Bookings and prepayment essential. Cookbooks available to purchase at the class. Cash only. BOOK NOW 

Sarah Jeffery
0431 156 992
sarah@hodgkins.com.au or your local Consultant 


Happy Cooking Nesters!

{Raising Little People} 20 brilliant books for little birdies

There is nothing more perfect than little minds listening intently to a grown-up voice reading stories of adventure, fun and fantasy.

book to read

It is a memory that I hold close to my heart. I remember my parents reading to me and I know my little birdies will have the same memory when they are grown.

Essential Baby have put together a brilliant list of the top 20 children’s books that all little birdies should read.

Happy reading Nesters!

{Locally Found} Little Italy is cooking up a storm in Bathurst

We have stumbled across the finest taste of Italy this side of the mountains. Little Italy in Bathurst was created by Pina Verzino last March for fun. She offers cooking lessons that are given in a very friendly and fun way.

tavola italy

Pina, a wife and mother to two growing boys moved to Australia with her family and saw the opportunity to start her very own business offering her Italian to the people.

What’s not to love about traditional Italian food in little ol’ Bathurst New South Wales?


Little Italy in Bathurst offers cooking lessons of one hour, once a week. Each class includes one recipe, instructions and all the ingredients needed. Plus, at the end you get to taste the finished product!

What an excellent reason to grab a girlfriend, book in to learn some new skills, meet a lovely lady and to fill up your tummy.

For more information you can contact Pina on her facebook page -> Little Italy Bathurst NSW

{Learning} We can teach you something, well, actually, maybe its just not cricket..

Sometimes in life you find something that just makes sense. Well, actually kind-of-sense.

Like, the sense that when you are at a dinner party and someone starts talking about a particular subject you can finally join in without having to:

a) make an exit to the bathroom;


b) pretend to be interested when in fact you would prefer to stab yourself in the eye with a fork for fun;


c) nodding like a yoyo while actually having no understanding of the garble they are speaking of. cricket

The abovementioned reactions are me.. and cricket.

Look, I know it’s the Australian sport. I am meant to like it. I just don’t want to get it. howzat

Anyway the clever folk at Buzzfeed have thrown together an explanation of cricket that even I get. It kinda makes sense now. Plus, it is funny and makes me see men with bats as superheroes.

Here is the link -> ‘Cricket explained by an american who has never seen cricket’ (Catchy title right!?).

Well, what’s the worse that is going to happen – you might actually surprise the hubby with your new found awesome cricket knowledge?

Happy cricket watching Nesters!

{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.

natural scrubs workshop

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.

gift wrapping

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!