Recently I have found myself holding onto the boys in a hug that little bit longer, smelling their hair and holding their hand as I sit next to them. I'm basically holding onto them more than I used to and I think it's because mentally I'm trying to hold onto their tiny selves as they are almost 4 and really turning into BIG boys. My babies, in short, are most definitely not babies and not toddlers anymore and it breaks my heart. Why? Because I spent the first year and a little bit of time after that wishing away the time. We went through so many rough patches with the boys in terms of their health (non stop crying with reflux and collic), my mental health and then just the general relentless tiredness that comes from looking after two rambunctious babies/toddlers that are the same age and collude to get into mischief. It was hard and I remember hearing all the older twin mums saying it got easier and I literally couldn't wait....Read More
When we moved from Auckland to Mount Maunganui we had a few days where our new house wasn't quite ready. So we figured we would go exploring Rotorua (practically in our new backyard). It was amazing even with drizzly weather and so different to how I remembered it from visiting as a kid...speakig of kids the boys LOVED it too and it's a great family-friendly destination.Read More
The video of our most perfect day.Read More
I’m getting into the Christmas spirit nice and early this year because we haven’t had any decorations in our house for the last 3 years and the boys are now old enough to fully appreciate Christmas! They are having so much fun helping me decorate the house and we have even made our own super cute little DIY advent calendars filled with treats!Read More
I have had a long-standing thing where I research things that have caught my interest after reading or watching about them, now that I'm a big time Netflix watcher, as are the kids, this is happening almost daily! Is it just me?Read More
I have been making this Chicken Marbella for over 10 years and it is still one of my favourites and a crowd pleaser. It's so easy to make, which means it's perfect for when you have a lot of people to feed but still has that wow factor. I know some of these flavours sound like a weird mix but it gives the perfect sweet and sour flavour. A few people said they hated olives, if that's the case then they can be left out and it won't ruin the dish. I find this best served over cous cous with the extra juices spooned over the top.Read More
If you have kids then you know that it feels like you blink and they seem to magically grow up, I can't believe they are three and a half!? Where did that time go? That's why it has been so important for us as a family to freeze time by having professional photos of us and the boys.Read More
Almost three and half years into this parenting gig and I’m still learning things every day. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is to not get caught up in what you “think motherhood should be like”. Those daydreams set me up to fail, hard. It’s the nitty gritty and often taboo topics around motherhood that people shy away from talking about, which is exactly what I did at the beginning of my motherhood journey. Looking back I wish I had the guts to talk to people about what was really going on, so here is a letter to myself full of truths that I would have loved to hear if I magically could turn back the clock.Read More
Whilst stuck in my bed for over two weeks recovering from my Hernia and Tummy Tuck operation I watched A LOT of TV. I mean hours upon hours as that’s all I could bring myself to do. So here was my go to list of Netflix binge options, some are girly, some are easy watches and others are gripping!Read More
Grab a cuppa, take a seat as this is a long one. I have put off writing this blog for a few months now as I was healing and didn’t know how to tackle it, there is just so much to say. When I first wrote about my hernia, Diastasis Recti and tummy tuck operation I was so nervous to how people would react, but I only had an out pouring of positivity, which was so nice to receive prior to major surgery.Read More
Hydrating mists have been big in the beauty world for the last few years and I totally understand why. They are one of my favourite beauty items for a number of reasons; they’re portable so it’s easy to give the skin a blast of moisture or freshen up when needed, use before applying makeup to add to application or set your powders with it, they invigorate tired skin as well and give you that dewy look everyone is after. What’s not to love girlfriends, get amongst if you haven’t already!
Here are a few of my personal favourites I’ve used from $10 – so something to suit everyone’s budgets.Read More
Ok guys, this is bloody huge news for us. No there isn’t another nugget on the way, we are moving! MOVING! To the Mount, Jays home town. I’m nervous but excited all at the same time. At the end of August, the beach will be our new home for the foreseeable future.Read More
I have nevr really been a dumpling soup kinda gal, pan fried was more my jam. But when I was sent this recipe along with the ingredients this week I was keen to give it a whirl. I wasn’t expecting it to blow my mind like it did, it was the most amazing thing I have cooked in a while. It seriously was delicious and the amount of requests I had to share the recipe were insane. So here it is, perfect for these cold winter nights!Read More
I have been taking part of a Skin journey with Caci Clinic for the last few months and today was my second appointment with what looks like a tiny little torture device, the Dermal Roller. While it looks like a tiny torture device covered in painful needles it’s more like a one-stop shop skin savor device for the skin. Why? It has a tonne of benefits, reduction in deeply pitted acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, skin discoloration, collagen induction, pore shrinkage and enhanced product absorption. Sounds good right?Read More
In a matter of seconds, I kind of lost it today. Not in the crazy throw shit around kind of way, but went from feeling ok to feeling exhausted, frustrated, mad, anxious, sad and teary all at the same time. I had a little bit of a rant on my Instagram story as I am a firm believer in venting, but I still held back.Read More
In the nesting period prior to the boys arriving Anna had created a well-oiled infant care factory, everything was within arms reach from the change table, creams, wipes, and nappies muelled back from the States by Anna’s father, we had in-exhaustible stock piles of everything imaginable. Anna would park up like a breeding sow while I passed her our sons, burped, changed, swaddled and settled them on a two hourly schedule. Feed, burp, sleep, shit, change, repeat. We were getting maybe 30-40 mins sleep in-between the grueling schedule. Anna’s mother moved in full time during the day with us, cooking, cleaning, forward momentum. Linear never lateral remember. This wasn’t exactly what I had planned for parenthood, I had anticipated spending time at cafes with my wife in active wear, myself in loafers, khakis and polo shirts, fuck I don’t know, whatever I thought it wasn’t this! A relentless punishing schedule of screaming infants and sleepless nights was the hand we were dealt and it started to take its toll. The boys had both colic and reflux, this meant all the time Anna would spend feeding them would be instantly wasted as the only meal option to them would turn and burn its way back up and out of their mouths. We were forever covered in the sweet sickly smell of breast milk vomit. We tried everything, and by everything, I mean, EVERY FUCKEN THING. Gripe water, losec, kumara mash and breast milk, dietary changes for Anna who at this stage was still suffering from hyperemesis, you can imagine how much fun it would be spewing while breast feeding twins at the same time and tearing your c section stitches. There was nothing in her tank other than love and it was beginning to look like that wasn’t enough.Read More
I can still remember the drive to the hospital, last nights drinks had me stragely relaxed. I was taking photos of the sunrise along the motorway as we drove, more photos out the hospital window where we waited for the plan of attack. I guess at this stage it still felt like we were just going to be sent home, we were 34 weeks and I still had a couple of big nights up my sleeve and our OB wasn’t around, neither was his back up so here we are with option number 3 in his casual morning attire. This isn’t the plan. Turns out it is.Read More
I get asked random questions all the time on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook so I thought I would do a call out and pull some together into a blog post. I’m an open book, so am happy to share anything people are curious about. Topics covering Alopecia, Oscar & Hunter, Tummy Tuck (as of recently) and what I used to do prior to motherhood are the most popular topic of questions it seems. If I have missed anything ask away and I can add to this or do a round 2.
Anyway here goes…..
I have been asked so many times since we got the Springfree my thoughts on it…so here goes.
The Nuggets are full of energy, what better way to be able to burn that energy off at home than with a trampoline? So the hunt was on for the best tramp to suit our needs. It seemed every tramp these days came with a net system to stop falls, but only one stood out in terms of the functionality and safety standards and that is Springfree. Not only does it not have springs and pads for chidren to fall into or have little fingers stuck between (those springs/pads cause 90% of product related trampoline injuries), but because the springs were underneath all that space that is usually taken up by pads was now functional jump space, we have the medium oval. Which is awesome when you have a tiny backyard like us!Read More