{The Weekly Nest} This week we endured tantrums, bunnies and the evolution of Mondee Night Trackie Night

This week has been a beautiful one in our little nest. We have received many new ‘likers’ on Facebook and we send out a massive high-five to all of you for sharing the love!CentralNestBlogNew

In our personal nest we are eagerly counting down the days until our new little birdy comes to say hello. I swear the last month of pregnancy has about 474,096 days..

It has been a testing week with the toddler-bird this week, the hubby-bird and I have started a daily announcement of ‘and today’s tantrum proudly bought to you by…’ tantrum

Here are some of the fabulous discussions we have entered this week:

                And today’s tantrum is proudly bought to you by:

  1. Because mummy refused to ring the firetruck people and tell them to come to our house so we can sign ‘hi’ to a fireman.
  2. Because mummy wouldn’t stop the rain
  3. Because the toy phone rang and Gracie wouldn’t take the call. Gracie is the dog.
  4. Because mummy wouldn’t ‘re-wrap’ the banana
  5. Because we wouldn’t paint our 4wd red instead of black
  6. Because we weren’t allowed to play with the garden edger
  7. Because we used the green cup, not the blue one.
  8. Because we used the blue cup, not the green one.
  9. Because they baby didn’t ‘hatch’ yet.
  10. Because we ran out of grapes.
  11. Because the cat didn’t want a hug.
  12. Because the mailman went past too quick.
  13. Because daddy went to work.
  14. Because the dog licked the door.

In other news, next weekend is a LOOOONG weekend (thank goodness!) and while you are sha-lumping around in a sugar coma from all the chocolate you will inevitably devour we have found some Black and White Bathroom inspo for you! Make sure you wrangle your own hubby-bird and head to Bunnings and get some shit sorted! ASAP.

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Gorgeous Bathroom Inspo for you!

We found a really interesting article that proved to be quite popular on the blog this week. The 6 Signs You’re Done Having Babies really hit home with some of our beautiful  Nesters. Some said they had that ‘gut’ feeling that they were done and some said they were still waiting on that feeling to hit. We love hearing from you and appreciate when you take the time to share your feelings and experiences with the little nest community.

 We discovered some brilliant Non-Chocolate Easter Gift Ideas this week for you, everyone gives chocolate but how about thinking outside the chocolate box this year? There is something in there for everyone! Something to keep, something to remember, something to keep the blood-sugars level!

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If you are looking for a tear-jerker read while sipping your warm cuppa then our story on The Most Powerful Thing You Can Say To Another Mother really tugged at the heartstrings. It shows that underneath it all we are bound by this invisible ribbon that ties all mama-birds together.

Another great style-go-to we learnt about this week was Chi Khi. To say we LOVE this new brand is the world’s biggest understatement! Kick-started by the beautifully talented Natalie Bassingthwaighte they offer funky, unisex designs for the most precious cargo of all, our little birdies. Add this site to your favourites like yesterday!

Whilst perusing our calendar (because you know, we are cool like that!) we realised that school holidays are only a sniff and fart away! If you are looking for something fun to keep your little birdie entertained these holidays then check out the awesome timetable from Bathurst PCYC. Offering everything from Circus Skills to Rock Climbing they surely have something to keep your mini-me occupied!

Another article that really resonated with you this week was our story about sisters.  Sometimes Sisters are like Blisters, Irritating and Annoying, But The There Are Other Times. Whilst bloody frustrating sometimes they are your ‘people’ and will always be there for you. Share this with your people.

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This week led to our life-changing discovery of Spylight. Now, let me break this down to you, you can actually purchase the look of your favourite TV star and have it sent directly to your home whilst in your trackie daks on a Mondee Night! How bloody sensational is that. Basically as soon as the episode airs the site uploads the look for you to buy!

Early in the week we found an article that while it discusses a less-than-fun topic it is really something you should consider. The reason why you should read 7 Signs You’re In An Unhappy Marriage is because it may just save your own relationship.

If you are looking to get out and about this weekend why not check some of these out?

  • Gold Crown is galloping forward this weekend! For more information check out www.goldcrown.com.au
  • Check out the Pop Up Cellar Door at Crago Mill Emporium in Piper Street, Bathurst on Saturday 28 March 2015 at 11am. You can sample local produce and wine. Plus loads of cheese and antipasto share platters!
  • On Friday 27 March 2015 the finals for the Elephant and Castle DJ of the Year are being held. Check out some fantastic talent.
  • The pioneer picnic is on Sunday 29 March 2015 from midday in Stanley Street opposite Old Government Cottage.
  • The PCYC has a safe drivers Course for Learner Drivers running this Sunday 29 March 2015 at 10am. Contact 6331 2191 for more information.weekend

With love,

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{Raising Little People} The most powerful thing you can say to another mother

This article is powerful, it hits you straight in the feelings.

Denise Stirk has written an amazing piece that will sit with me for a long time.

The Most Powerful Thing You Can Say to Another Mother is strong and honest.

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It shows that while you never really know what someone else is going through, as a mum, in a way you know. It’s a network. It’s a club. It’s an exclusive network that we are all a part of.

Here is one of my favourite parts:

“I know, I’m a mom.

See, it’s a thread that unites us all. Helicopter moms. Free-range moms. Breastfeeding moms. Formula-feeding moms. Rich moms. Poor moms. Moms of sick kids. Moms of healthy kids. Moms. The crazy, heart-stopping love that we feel for our children runs deep through each and every one of us as moms.

And this knowledge is painful at times. It’s why every sappy commercial brings us to tears. It’s why we can’t watch the news. It’s why we get in the car and cry after we drop our kids off to their first day of school. It’s why food allergies are terrifying. It’s why our hearts ache when we hear about miscarriage or fertility problems. It’s why we are up at night worrying about our teens. It’s why the thought of our children eventually leaving the nest makes us weep into our coffee. It’s why the death of another mother’s child is so utterly heartbreaking . . .”

Take this time to read this, it is truly worth it.

Enjoy today Nesters x

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{Raising Little People} I am grateful. Now F?!k off..

I stumbled across this wonderfully written article. It manages to articulate a whole lot of things that parents experience, yet are often afraid to say.

You may love it. You may hate it. You really should read it though.

I warn you in advance it does contain rubbish bin words though.

Follow this link -> I am grateful now fuck off.baby

I really recommend grabbing a cuppa and hiding in the laundry if that’s what you need to do, (not that I am talking from personal experience :/) and have a read.

Here is one of my favourite parts:

“I know the first thing I’m going to be told is “people are just trying to be nice! They’re trying to comfort you”. Yeah, yeah, it’s hard to be charitable when you’ve had two hours sleep. Here’s the deal – trying to be helpful or not – it isn’t. It isn’t helpful. It’s condescending, patronising, and it’s actually (without being melodramatic but maybe a bit melodramatic) it’s dangerous. Constantly telling parents – Be grateful! Be grateful! One day they won’t be shitting on you! And you’ll be like “omg, I long for the days when I was covered in sour milk and diarrhoea!” So – be grateful! You might be so exhausted that you’re crying on the toilet but these are the best days of your life SO BE GRATEFUL – leads to those parents shutting down and never sharing how they truly feel. It leads to parents not having support networks. It leads to parents walking into parenthood without any idea of how hard some moments, some days, can be. It leads to such unfair expectations on parents – enjoy every minute or you’re a fucking monster. It leads to feeling like you’re doing it all wrong. I am so grateful for my kids. I can’t even put into words how grateful I am. So I don’t need you to tell me to be grateful. I am.” – MAMA SAID

Happy reading Nesters x

{Girl Crush Tuesday} The fantastically powerful Lisa

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.

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Lisa Wilkinson epitomises girl power at its absolute best. She is powerful, intelligent, beautiful and opinionated.

She is a girl next door who everyone can imagine inviting over for a barbecue but on the same token she is a fiercely smart business woman who led the rise of a new magazine empire when she first edited Dolly, then headed Cleo. In fact, Lisa guided Cleo to such heights that it became the number one selling women’s lifestyle magazine per capita in the world. Simply extraordinary.

She is a journalist, motivational speaker, Today Show host, and media personality. More than that though, she is a wife, mother and friend.

Lisa is the type of lady who little girls everywhere can idolise, she shows that power, intellect and strength really are the most important things to becoming a beautiful person.

Thank you Lisa for being a fantastic role model to my daughters.

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{Raising Little People} This mum is saying what all of us think about our last baby

If you are a parent, you should read this. It perfectly puts into words the magic that is the last year of firsts.

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While every parent at some point wishes that they could slow down time, you can’t. You can however, savour each, tiny last ‘first’.

Breathe it in. Memorise it.

You can find this wonderfully written piece here – IVillage – ‘The Last Year of Firsts’

Happy reading Nesters x

{This Is Life} I wasn’t a very good mother today..

My darling child,

I wasn’t a very good mum today.

I sit here listening to you sleep, realising that I have failed you today.

I failed the most important person in my life.

I had too many errands to run, too many other jobs.

The day started abruptly as you didn’t sleep very well. I rolled exhausted and reluctantly from bed.

All day I provided for you. You were fed and bathed. You were clean and full. You were kept from danger.

But, I still let you down.

Today, I hurried away our time together. I rushed through it all.

I hassled you past the friendly old lady with the fluffy, white puppy.

I insisted you rush your lunch.

I thundered at you to stop playing in puddles.

I was terribly impatient and collected the mail myself, even though I know you do it every other day.

I was short tempted and cranky.

I wasted today.

I am sorry I didn’t smile at you enough.

I wish I could have today again. I really, truly do.

I promise I would not rush our routine of applying talcum powder on your freshly cleaned body. I would instead absorb your giggle as I dried between your tiny toes.

I would let you pat the beautiful puppy without hurrying you along.

I would sing twinkle, twinkle just one more time.

I would start today over, and do it all again.

I will never have this day again and I am sorry. Sorry I rushed you. Sorry I hurried you. Sorry I wasted this one special day of your life.

My darling, I can only offer lousy excuses, and the promise that tomorrow will be better, as it is a whole new day.

With eternal love and affection,

Your mummy x

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{Mother’s Day} Our must have mother’s day list

Early mornings. Never ending. Always there. A mum’s job is never done.

At the Nest we think everyday should be Mother’s Day but instead we are happy to take Sunday May 11 as official mumma appreciation day.

Here is a collection of our favourite mother’s day gifts.

Take the time to say “thanks mum”.

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    1. Country Road Slice T-Shirt $69.95
    2. Witchery Smokey Indigo Jean $129.95
    3. Cotton On Pink Love Mug $6.95
    4. BONDS home thongs $12.95
    5. Seed Essential Scarf $19.95
    6. Seed Military Beaded Sweater $79.95
    7. Ray Bans 4147 (from Sunglasses Hut) $199.00
    8. Siren Heidi Boots (from Myer) $189.95
    9. The Button Jar Bluebird of Happiness card $4.50
    10. Firefly Soy Candles $30.00
    11. Samantha Willis  Bohemian Bardot Ring $69.00
    12. Mimco Hemingway Large Cocoon $450.00

Happy mother’s day to all the Nesters x

 

 

{Raising Little Girls} Your words matter to those who matter most.

Daily Life recently published an article written by Kasey Edwards.

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This was a powerful piece written to her mother. It is worth reading – Especially if you have daughters.

I cannot actually stress how important this is to read if you have little girls in your life.

Do you realise the impact every single little word has upon their tiny, impressionable ears? Do you see what they see? What will they learn about themselves from you?

Please read this and share it.

Your words matter to those who matter most.

Oi, mumma – a new perspective

Sometimes everybody needs to be reminded that your best is good enough. You are doing so much better than you realise. While parenthood is hard and testing, it can also be the most rewarding experience of your life.

Do you think you aren’t patient enough? Are you not understanding enough? Are you not doing a good enough job?

You are enough.

This very clever video posted on Vimeo shows mothers sharing their worries, their concerns and reflecting on their parenting abilities. Then their children explain what they actually see in their mothers.

Take the time to watch this. Grab the tissues. Then forward it to all your friends who might need a little reminding that they to are enough.