{The Weekly Nest} This week we wept, pulled sickies and celebrated the female body

This week saw the death of a beautiful little boy for the saddest of reasons. What makes it even more incredibly heartbreaking is that his death could have been avoided if people just got vaccinated.

Whooping cough is preventable, or at least containable. The story relates to little Riley John Hughes and you can read more about it here -> Someone killed this baby. It is such a horrible, heart-wrenching story of loss. Make sure you hug your little birdies a little tighter tonight.

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The beautiful little Riley Hughes who was simply taken too soon

In completely different news, we discovered some wonderful Gardening Hacks this week for our Life Hack Friday segment. Some of these ideas are just so ‘der-how-did-I-not-just-think-of-that’!


We kicked off the week with some health inspo for you. Our resident health expert laid down some advice on Staying Healthy This Easter. It is a great article that will help you stay on game when the dread chocolate overload monster comes knocking on your door!


In other news,  I am convinced my toddler-bird pulled her first real-life sickie this week.

I shit you not.

I got the call from Kindy to come and collect her about 2pm (note: good to see she managed to hold out for lunch – no shocks there) and I arrived to collect the little playa and took her home.

Obviously the girls at Kindy totes did the right thing to call me, they are brilliant! but once I got the little bambino home she turned it on. I went to the toilet when we walked in the door (hello, once you reach the 36 week preggo you may as well get your mail re-directed there) and came out to the kitchen and found the little minion delving into a large packet of chicken chips. I didn’t even know we had chicken chips! Must of be left over from camping or a party or something.

Then Miss Toddler-Bird demanded we call daddy to tell him we were home. As directed by the little dictator I dutifully dialled daddy’s work number and she proceeded to inform him ‘Hi daddy, me home, sissie still at kindy and me and mummy are eating chips. Na-na-na-ner-na. You at work’. So is that the type of thing I am meant to write in her baby book? Sat up, 5 months old, first step 11 months old, first sickie aged 2?


In case your belly is looking for a feed then you should look at Hunters & Gatherers Paleo kitchen in Orange. They offer rotating meal plans each week and delivery to your door! Yummo!


A really interesting article that grabbed our attention this week was When Dads Believe Their Baby Doesn’t Love Them, it is a fascinating read and something that you should keep because you don’t know when you might need it. dad and baby

Parenting is tough, especially at the start, so this little article might help out someone you love one day.

We learnt this week just how much the expectations on the female body have changed throughout history. This fantastic video shows the changes of societies’ expectations. You can see it here -> The Evolution of The Female Body Throughout History

So what’s happening this weekend?

  • You should get your beautiful selves to the Millthorpe Markets this Sunday. They are always a brilliant day out!
  • You can participate in Zorb soccer at the Bathurst City Community Club on Friday night for only $10 per head. Find out more information here -> BCCC Facebook
  • Check out the Pop Up Cellar Door at Crago Mill Emporium in Piper Street, Bathurst on Saturday 21 March 2015 at 11am. You can sample local produce and wine. Plus loads of cheese and antipasto share platters!
  • Saturday night is the Bathurst Panorama Chorus Gala Dinner & Fundraiser. It is held at Mount Panorama Pit Complex and kicks off at 6pm. You can find more information on their website here -> www.bathurstpanorama.com
  • On Sunday the Scots School is holding their Highland Gathering and Country Fair from 9am.


{This is Life} Someone killed this baby. He is gone now and we could have saved him

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I am so angry. Upset. Frustrated.

Riley John Hughes was just four weeks old. One month.

He got to live for one month only.

This tiny, little baby is gone now.

His mother and father held him in their arms while he passed away. He finally let go after having such a strong battle.

He fought hard in a war he just couldn’t win.

His mother held him safety inside her for nine months. Yet in one little month she couldn’t protect him from the world. A world filled with selfish, ill-informed, self-centred morons.

If you haven’t been vaccinated make an appointment now. Riley was too young to be vaccinated. He didn’t even have the chance to live long enough to be protected.

Whooping cough initially presents with cold-like symptoms that rapidly becomes a violent cough. It is horrendous. You cough so much you vomit. Your lungs shut down. Your body gives up.

What makes this worse it that little Riley’s death was preventable. He could still be here staring into his mother’s eyes. He could wrap his tiny hand around his daddy’s finger. Someone out there has selfishly stolen these moments from his parents.

Riley’s death was the fifth from whooping cough in Western Australia in the past decade. There have been 252 notifications of whooping cough THIS YEAR ALONE.

I am naturally a researcher and I have examined so much material related to why people do not vaccinate themselves and their children. I guarantee that I have considered your argument and the reason why you choose not to. There is no definitive reason not to be vaccinated. This is not some kind of scheme. This is not unnecessary. This is protecting our most precious asset. It is saving our children.

Someone out there is a murderer. You have taken a child from his mother. You have stolen this little boy’s future. Without you and your choice not to be vaccinated he would still be here.

If you are not vaccinated you need to.

It is not just parents or grandparents, aunts or uncles that need vaccination. It is EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US. If you have ever passed an infant in the street, if you shop in a supermarket, if you breathe you need to be vaccinated.

Please save those that are too little to save themselves.

You can find more information about little Riley on a Facebook page that was set up by his extraordinarily brave parents. You can find it here -> Light for Riley


{This is Life} 25 million people could be saved if we just did this..

Look Bill Gates is WAY smarter than me and he tweeted this from UNICEF.


Just in case you are more of a word-person-than-a-picture-person, basically it suggests that if all children were immunised we could save 25 million lives by 2020.

I repeat 25 MILLION LIVES.

Just immunise your kids people.