{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2017} It’s an Anytime Fitness Christmas

Recently I have developed a real love of the gym, I may not be particularly good at it and may threaten to pee myself more often than not, but it really is a great place to find a better version of yourself.

Our gorgeous mates at Anytime Fitness Bathurst are friendly, approachable and fun. Owned by Brook Bowyer and managed by Karly McDonald, these girls will have you reaching your goals before you know it! 23782421_10155789843606760_2063068784_n

Anytime Fitness Bathurst will be celebreating their 8th birthday in February. Owner, Brook is from Bathurst and has been in the fitness industry for 12 years. She has opened many Anytime Fitness clubs before opening her own in 2009. She has also worked in the Anytime Fitness Corporate team in America in 2012 after winning a National award with Anytime Fitness Australia. Karly has been in the fitness industry for 8 years teaching classes, Personal Training and now club operations. She also has a Diploma in Fitness.

The best part of Anytime Fitness Bathurst is that they are a 24 hour gym offering access 24/7, 365 days a year. They are locally owned and operated in Bathurst and provide personal training and small group classes in a community club. Members of Anytime Fitness Bathurst also have access to the Anytime Workouts App that has over 1,100 workouts! 23845252_10155789843626760_1295397909_n

With Anytime Fitness Bathurst  you’re not just getting a gym but much more. You are joining a community. They like to have fun and make actual personal connections with their members. They have Christmas parties, awards nights as well as other opportunities to meet those around you. They offer bootcamps and classes and are always looking for new ways to give back to the community. They even make healthy snacks to be enjoyed by their members (YUM!). 23782415_10155789843581760_2057674354_n.jpg

Anytime Fitness Bathurst sponsor their members’ local sporting teams and fundraising events including Men’s Mental Health and on a national scale, Suicide Prevention Australia. In January many Anytime Fitness clubs across Australia including Anytime Fitness Bathurst are partnering with The Heart Foundation to help raise funds against the number one killer in Australia as they believe together, we all have a responsibility to help challenge the biggest health issue in Australia.

They really strive to make a difference in their members lives everyday by getting them to a healthier and happier place.

In case you want to try before you buy Anytime Fitness Bathurst  offers free 7 day trials to all local residents and because they love me if you mention The Central Nest they will up that to a 14 day mini membership! WOO HOO!

If you want to find a better version of you then get in contact with Anytime Fitness Bathurst today:

| Visit: 241 George Street, Bathurst |

| Phone: 6332 2505 or 0418 988 044 |

| Email: bathurst @anytimefitness.com.au |

| Website: http://www.anytimefitness.com.au |

| Instagram: @afbathurst |

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Anytime Fitness Bathurst is going to help one VERY LUCKY nester kickstart their 2018 by offering a 3 month full membership!

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Anytime Fitness Bathurst as well as The Central Nest’s facebook pages and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Wednesday 20 December 2017.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2017 Rules

 

 

PRIZE Donated: 3 months full access gym membership.

{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016} Tinkered By and loved

A little while ago on the blog I showed my love for a beautiful little business called TinkeredBy and I am still as much in love. This business is absolutely wonderful, not only offering sensational and fabulous pieces but also helping people.

Run by creative sister duo, Kate Boston and Rachael Steadman TinkeredBy is more than just a shop, it is a movement.

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TinkeredBy  is all about the truly hand made. They support sustainable products that are sourced with a sense of conscience. This business has a beautiful spot in my heart because not only are chasing their own dreams, but helping to build brighter futures for those around them.

TinkeredBy are your go-to for quality handmade homewares and jewellery. There is nothing matchy-matchy and you know that wearing one of the TinkeredBy creations you are one of a kind.

My very favourite part about Tinkerked By is that I can read the actual real life story of the artist who created my purchase. That is incredibly special to know the story behind the art or jewellery that is going to come into my home. 2collageblog

 

Tinkerked By really is creating products that better the world and using business to inspire change.

You can purchased directly from their website, or alternatively you could host your very own Trunk Show.

| Facebook: facebook.com/tinkeredby |

| Email: info@tinkeredby.com |

| Web: www.tinkeredby.com |

| Phone: 0417 425 801 |
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line4The fantastic girls at TinkeredBy are offering a fantastic bundle for one very lucky winner this year. You could be standing out from the crowd with a jewellery bundle including this GORGEOUS white bone necklace! Oh my! whitebone_on_leather_necklace-1

To be in the running all you to do is be a ‘liker’ of TinkeredBy on facebook as well as The Central Nest’s facebook page and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Thursday 22 December 2016.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016 Rules

{This is life} 9 ways to find support as a carer

Since starting this little blog a while ago I have been lucky enough to meet some incredibly brave and wonderful people. These are the people that put their loved one’s needs first and care for them day and night. Being a carer is an extremely demanding and tiring job and I think it is so important that they don’t forget to care for themselves as well.

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Here is a list of Ways To Find Support As A Carer, because remember you need care as well.

Take care of you nesters x

 

{The Nest Charity} How one bottle can change a woman’s life

There are over 7 billion people on earth and the scariest thing is that 1 in 3 women worldwide don’t have access to a toilet (that is 2.4 billion people!) and are forced to go out in the open, which exposes them to shame, risk of attack, the spread of disease and rape.

This means there are more than 800 million women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 years old are menstruating who don’t have a toilet to use. This affects so many other areas of their lives……It forces women and girls to miss six days a month from school and work which makes them fall behind and prevents them from supporting their families.

These women benefit in so many ways by having a clean, safe toilet to use – it improves their confidence, nutrition, productivity, gender equality and tackles poverty. To help end this sanitation crisis UNICEF and Domestos have partnered and are committed to help 25 million people have a access to a toilet by 2020. 3186-1020096-buybottle-bkg_v4

All you have to do to help is buy a specially marked bottle of Domestos from July to December 2016 where each bottle contributes directly to the sanitation crisis. Easy done. You need to clean your house so why not help our sisterhood in the process?

You can find more information about this great cause at More information here Domestos – our mission

To  help bring this issue to life Domestos and UNICEF recently put a ‘see through loo’ at Bondi Beach to see how people would feel about having to go to the toilet in the open. I don’t know about you, but that is something I CERTAINLY wouldn’t want everyone to see. You can see the video on the loo here ->

So just on board and help our sistas out.

{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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{The Weekly Nest} March Week One is Done

A week that was.

I want to start by making an announcement. A pretty damn exciting, announcement!

On Facebook we broke 1,000 followers this week! We could not be more thrilled! The support is overwhelming and gives us motivation to keep blogging!

Thank you to every single one of you that has ‘liked’ us on Facebook and shared the love of The Central Nest.

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Next announcement: I do not waddle. I just have found my pregnant swag.

So I have hit the 34 week pregnant mark and my feet are so swollen that is it like walking (READ: waddling) on water cannons. On the positive they do look strikingly similar to marshmallows, and EVERYONE loves marshmallows.. right?!! Still working, so quite gracefully using archive boxes to sit as lady-like as conceivable while having feet raised as close to the ceiling as possible.

My main drama is that I had to roll into Big W last week to buy new flats. I shit you not, I had to leave work at 11.16am to buy new shoes because my current ones no longer fit. I saw some nice ones. They didn’t fit either. So, I begrudgingly had to move to the size 11 aisle. #WhatHappensToWomenWhoNoLongerFitInSize11Shoes?

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Experiencing insomnia to the extreme. I spend the day dreaming about sleep only to lie in bed at night dreaming about sleep, but you know, without the actual act of dreaming. Which to be honest, turns into a tantrum at 3.06am every morning. Then when I am finally nearly to the lush land of sleep I realise that I have to pee for the 467,346,549th time that night. LOVING. PREGGO. LIFE.

Plus, then I saw a picture of my preggy mate, Princess Kate looking all non-swollen and glamorous and that just made me feel all non-wonderful. I mean, solidarity to the sisterhood.  Duchess of Cambridge at The Goring Hotel

I watched a video that made me have some feelings. The Skeletons Kissing video is just so lovely and nice and warm and fuzzy. I love this type of video when it goes viral. It makes you realise the world isn’t so shit after all. You should watch it and share it, and well pretty much tell the whole world about it.

This week in the news there has been little talk of much else except the death penalty and the Bali Nine ringleaders’ execution. I am torn, I work in law so totally understand the mentality of ‘you break the law, you have consequences’. But on the flip side I struggle to believe in a judicial system that does not allow or encourage redemption and rehabilitation. I am left just feeling sad with the whole situation. I struggle to accept that those responsible for the Bali Bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 of my fellow Australians are allowed to be released from prison, yet two men are to be shot dead for smuggling drugs into a country. It just seems unequal and imbalanced.

In lighter news we did stumble across the cutest little business this week. The Bump Box puts together gorgeous little gift boxes for my fellow preggy peeps and those with new little birdies. You can see ALL about them here -> The Bump Box. I tots have my eye on the monochrome boxes (oo la la!). bump

Another video that hit us straight in the feelings was Famous Women Reading Tweets About Themselves. To say I was pissed off afterwards is such an understatement. Keyboard warriors are just weak pieces of shit. You would NEVER say anything like this to someone like Lisa Wilkinson if you were face-to-face with her, so who do you think you are sending horrifically horrible tweets insulting her while you sit behind the protection of your computer screen? I passionately hate that social media has the ability to bring people closer together but at the exact same time has the capacity to bring so much hate.

I dragged the hubby-bird to Ikea last Sunday, you know because we needed one set of drawers for the little ladies’ bedroom. Somehow the place ate us up. We were there 5 hours and left with two sets of lockers, two tall boys and a bathroom vanity cupboard. Plus, some wall hung storage racks and some kitchen supplies. The hubby-bird was thrilled. So much so that he now refers to the place as ‘I-killya’. He is beyond ecstatic also that every single item we purchased is flat-packed. In unrelated news, I recommend avoiding our house this weekend in preparation of the inevitable flat-pack-tantrum-fight that will commence once the two of us attempt to build said furniture. P.S I am ALWAYS right and the hubby-bird simply does not listen when I read instructions correctly to him.  ikea

So in review this week we are angry at keyboard warriors. Pissed at unbalanced judicial systems and desperately wanting sleep.

We have developed our pregnant swag (READ: waddling) and despite the additional 158 pounds of water held non-discretely in our ankles and feet we are feeling fairly happy. Having said that, if you know of any solutions for water retention in feet during pregnancy PLEASE feel free to share them with me! Tips. Old wives tales. Anything!

We are staring down the barrel of a LONG weekend filled with flat-pack arguments but are optimistic that perhaps this time will be different.

Thanks for all your support this week Nesters!

Loads and lots and buckets of love,

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{Thank you} The Central Nest thanks YOU

Hello!

I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to all the beautiful Nesters who have been so very supportive and kind as both myself and the blog continue to grow.

While I don’t want to get all teary and sentimental, you will never understand how much every email, comment and message that each of you sends to me, means. It is so special each time I see that someone has taken the time to let me know they are enjoying being a part of the Central Nest.

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The Central Nest started as a simple idea and thanks to all your support has grown larger than I ever imagined.

I sincerely thank each person who has taken the time to share their story, wedding or life with The Central Nest.

I look forward to continuing this journey with you.

Thank you sincerely for all the support.

Cheers,

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{Twins are twice as nice} but.. how about a little support – did you know that Multiple Birth Awareness Week is from 9-16 March?

So you fall pregnant and think how wonderful life will be with your new little mini-me.. then you go for a scan and discover not one but two heartbeats.. or even three!

Having multiples is not only a lesson in patience but tough, rewarding, difficult, funny and sometimes isolating – especially if you live in the country.

Enter the Bathurst Multiple Birth Association (BXMBA). They are a lifeline. They are new friends. They are support.

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The BXMBA is a not for profit organisation which was originally set up to help multiple birth families to network, find support and friendship while parenting twins, triplets or more!

It is a volunteer run club that is part of a greater support network of 65+ clubs nationally.

When you join the BXMBA you get: fun, support, connection with other parents/carers of multiples, playgroup, outings, information nights, parent nights out, morning teas, Christmas party, monthly meetings, newsletters and magazines.

The Facebook access (to members only) is where you can get support, ideas or just have a chat without leaving your home. Other bonuses are the fact that you have access to resources such as information on multiples from pregnancy to beyond the start of school including but not limited to books and DVD’s.

The group also runs the Bathurst Multiple Birth Association Playgroup. This playgroup is held at Bathurst Baptist Church, 188 Eglinton Road, Bathurst. They are there for a friendly chat (and to tire the kids out!) every 2nd Monday of the month during the school terms. All you need to bring is yourself, your babies and a gold coin donation ($2.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members). They will even feed you morning tea!MiniTrains Poster

If you or someone you know would like to join the BXMBA you can find them at bxmultiples@gmail.com

To celebrate Multiple Birth Awareness Week which runs from 9th – 16th March the BXBMA is hosting a free event for all families of multiples. There will be some laughs at the mini-train day which includes face painting as well! It really is a great chance to get out and meet other families of multiples around your area. Microsoft Word - multiple birth awareness week poster 3.docx

 
 

{Do this} Paddy’s market Day is a must

Not only will you be able to shop up a storm at the Paddy’s Market Day you will also be supporting Bathurst’s Assumption School.

This Sunday 9 March 2014 from 8.30am to 3.30pm at Paddy’s Hotel Gilmour Street, Kelso

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The Market Day will contain a unique mix of handmade, boutique, gourmet, arts and crafts as well as a fun children’s area with activities or just some time out for mum and dad to sit and watch the kids have fun.

Entry to the market is by gold coin donation with the proceeds going to The Assumption School P&F.

See you there Nesters!

{Do this} Raise your tea cup (and some funds)

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system, interfering with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal chord and optic nerves. It is characterised by sclerosis a Greek word meaning scars. These scars occur within the central nervous system and depending on where they develop, manifest into various symptoms.tea

MS is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system with over 23,000 people living with the disease in Australia and more than two million diagnosed worldwide. There is currently no known cure for MS. NO CURE.

The High Tea for MS is being held on Sunday 9 March 2014 at 2pm at the beautiful Athol Gardens in Blayney.

Tickets are limited to the first 100 and are $60.00 per person for high afternoon tea. You can contact Edana for tickets on 0439483695 or send her an email to edana.lawler@sca.com.au.This is not only a great day to spend with your closest girlfriends but also a day to raise funds, support and most importantly awareness of this life changing condition.