Motherhood

Behind the scenes with Phil + Ted’s

24.05.17

In partnership with one of my favourite parenting websites, Babyology, Rafferty and I were lucky enough to road test the all new mod from phil&teds recently.


My ‘Baby Hollywood’ was followed around by a camera while I pushed him in his new zippy little buggy. Proving to be quite the showman, I think the videos of Raff and I going about our day to day adventures are really cute. You can view them all here.


This cool stroller has been designed to suit your child from newborn to 4 years old. It’s light and super easy to get around.  The mod’s slim and compact design and easy folding mechanism makes it really handy when space is tight. As you can see in the videos, we are able to zip around shops and go for long walks. Raff has hit the 13kg mark these days and is still not interested in walking, so a handy stroller is a non-negotiable for me! I also like how I’m able to change from parent-facing to flipping Raff seated in the other direction, where he can see the world (definitely the favourite position for my little busy body). The adjustable handle bar is also perfect for (taller) Mark, and the safety harness for Rafferty is a really secure design.


I’m not going to lie, Raff is a very content and chilled out baby – but he honestly didn’t complain once in his new ride, which tells me it must be comfortable for the little guy.


You can purchase the mod in a range of different fabric designs (the one pictured here is ‘Abstract’) now from Babies R Us for $699.99.

Briar x

PS. Rafferty and I both wear Country Road in the shot above. The dress I am wearing in the first shot is from Chowchilla Vintage.

Bathroom Cabinet Vibes

10.05.17

Since weaning Raff last week, I realise now we are well and truly out of the baby stage (cry). I’ve decided it’s time to claim back some time for me. God knows I need it –  I feel like I’ve aged about 15 years since having kids, so my new regime has had me pick up more regular gym classes (LOVING the variety of classes my local gym Luxe offers), drinking a daily WelleCo Super Elixir while upping my water intake, and actually spending longer than 2 minutes on my hair and make up. It’s fun, you should try it!

Some things I’ve been loving lately:

1. A new addition to the bathroom cabinet is the Hairstyla pictured above (which you can buy from places like Myer, David Jones and Harvey Norman). The handy little appliance allows me to BRUSH my hair straight…which is perfect for my strong lack of hairstyling skills, I’ve never been able to master something like the classic hair iron. This little guy makes it so easy. For a woman with curly hair, I really like to use it to smooth out the frizz even when I’m rocking the simple Mum bun when out and about.

2. My sister introduced me to the Napolean Perdis Pre-Foundation primer recently, and I’m never going to look back. This gel-like lotion in the fancy gold tube glides on my skin creating a perfect surface for foundation. Something so simple, and I love it!

3. I haven’t purchased anything Clinique since 1996 when I was a devotee to their 3 step skin regime (remember that obsession in high school or was it just me)? However, I recently bought a Crayola Chubby stick in Melon and I’m a big fan of the lipstick/lipgloss hybrid. The perfect colour if you ask me!

3. Since becoming a Pre-Foundation primer user, I’ve decided to up my game in the powder stakes too, so I purchased a lovely brush from Napoleon Perdis. To be honest though, I feel like my make up application skills could really be improved –  I’m super keen to complete this short course, I hear it’s a fantastic one.

4. After pregnancy, my hair went all types of dry and unruly, so my hairdresser recommend the BC Fibre Force Fortifying Sealer from Schwarzkopf. The leave in milk seals the cuticles and creates a protective shield around the fibre, and also leaves a really nice ‘polished’ feel to my hair. I’m addicted to it!

5. I’ve sung the praises of Dermalogica on here before, I really find it works for my skin. I recently swapped from the Daily Microfoliant which I’ve been using for years, to the Daily Superfoliant – which is for older skin (cry again). I use it every day in the shower as the resurfacing/ smooth feeling it leaves on my face is really lovely.

6. A gift from my little sister on my birthday, this fancy pants shampoo is like none other that I’ve used. Oribe not only have the most beautiful packaging I’ve ever seen, it is so luxurious on your hair – washing it is no longer a chore. I only need a small amount too, so the bottle is really lasting the distance.

Briar x

Sunday Collector Renovation: Sunday’s Room

26.02.17

Sunday/Sunny/Sunny-Sue/Baby-Boo/Bubba. She’s sweet, she’s feisty, she’s passionate, and she loves her new room. We recently added some pieces from the whimsical new collection from Margherita Missoni and Pottery Barn Kids. A magical mix of gorgeous colours, the pom pom quilted bedding is really lovely quality, and the Designer Doll ‘Clara’ is Sunday’s new favourite. Floor play with baby Rafferty has been made that much sweeter with the beautiful floral rug and the luxe Daisy Pouf. As you can see these pieces have complimented the new room beautifully. Sunday’s one request was for a pink room (!!) when we moved – we settled on Taubmans Pink Sangria with the crisp Cotton Sheets white on the top half of the walls.

As you can see, she’s pretty happy with the new set up (and I really struggled to pick my favourite photo, so I’ve gone all ‘stage mum’ and shared them all). Plantation shutters were installed by Signature Shutters and Blinds and Sunday’s wearing a leotard and tutu from Cotton On.

It’s definitely a little girls room! Also pictured from Pottery Barn kids is the Kendall Dresser, the sweet Farmington Dollshouse she got from Santa a year ago and the adorable Sherpa Anywhere Doll Chair (which matches her living room chair).  The cool denim jacket was a gift from my sister, Hannah made it up herself with all the cute badges.

I love the colours in the new Margherita Missoni collection – it really pops on the ‘Greystone’ grey wool Stonefields carpet I chose from Feltex. I can honestly say that Sunday loves spending time in her new little room, it’s an eclectic mix with pops of her favourite things – flowers and the colour pink.

Briar x

Photos by Jacqui Turk.

The March Charge

25.02.17

I’d always thought my gene pool happened to be one of those ‘lucky ones’ that seemed to avoid cancer. Not anymore – aggressive brain cancer crept up on my Dad out of nowhere, and the family have racked their brains on what caused the tumour but the truth is we will never truly know. These days, cancer makes me sad, it makes me angry, and it makes me really scared.

Approximately 46, 880 people died from cancer in Australia in 2016, so chances are everyone who reads this blog post has been affected by cancer in some way.

With a recent birthday that has brought me one step closer to my 40’s and a young family to raise, ensuring I live a healthy long life is at the front of my mind more than ever. Improving my exercise habits is also something I’m focusing on for 2017, as I know how much better it makes me feel – I really am a better person (and mother) after breaking a bit of a sweat at the gym.

I’m taking it one step further and trying to do my bit for charity at the same time – I’ve decided to sign up to ‘The March Charge’, which is a fun personal fitness challenge that raises money for the Cancer Council. I figure every little dollar helps, and the initiative is a really nice idea. Just by walking or running for Cancer Council this March, counting every kilometer as you go and by raising funds – you can help with cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support services.

If you’re keen to take on the challenge, simply follow the easy prompts and register here, where you can set your goal, then promote and get those donations from your nearest and dearest online.

Alternatively, if you are feeling more inclined to donate a tax deductible contribution, here is the link to my personal fundraising page:

SUNDAY COLLECTOR

Remember, any funds raised are going to make a powerful difference.

Just think:

  • $53 can help fund a call to a cancer nurse on our free, confidential telephone service
    (13 11 20) to offer support on all aspects of cancer.
  • $106 allows us to support childcare centres and primary schools taking part in the National SunSmart Schools Program.
  • $512 helps fund telephone and web-based support groups facilitated by trained peer volunteers and health professionals.

Please join me in either walking/running/donating and let’s show cancer who’s the boss!

Briar x

You can be anything

16.10.16

barbie1With a baby brother now on the scene, Sunday has grown up so much in the past six months. As Rafferty is gaining personality and a bigger voice in the house, I have to keep on reminding myself that this is when Sunday might be feeling a little out of sorts. She was an only child for close to 4 years, so I’m sure sharing the limelight with her baby brother has been quite an adjustment in her little world. Luckily, she’s been nothing but adoring towards baby Rafferty (honestly, really amazing), however I have noticed her purposely shifting attention to herself lately if baby Raff is doing something cute, which is completely expected!

barbie4We are making sure she gets some quality one on one time and Sunday was lucky enough to be sent a Barbie pack recently that she of course couldn’t wait to open and set up. Personally, I was pleased to see Barbie was an inspirational farm vet, wearing work gear and not sky high heels ready for a night on the town. The gift was to promote a new campaign You Can Be Anything, which is doing great things. From Mermaid to Movie Star, Pet Vet to Police Officer, Barbie has had countless career choices over the years and the brand has (180 and growing) certainly always encouraged children to dream big.

The latest campaign aims to bring to life this philosophy through three incredible Aussie kids who challenge stereotypes and push the boundaries, redefining what it means to be a young person in the world. The campaign sets out to prove that you don’t need to be a ‘grown up’ to achieve your dreams with all three ambassadors featuring in short films about their extraordinary lives. The three inspiring videos starring Quincy the surfing champion, Cael – who single-handedly raised over $10,000 for charity by the time he was eight, and Grace the YouTube star can be viewed here.

To celebrate the campaign, Barbie is running a competition for one lucky kid to win a personalised $10,000 experience to help them with their dream.  Click here for more information about the competition. Such an amazing opportunity!

barbie3 barbie2It got me thinking about what Sunday would like to be when she’s older, and how it might change over the years (I originally wanted to be a newsreader just like Geraldine Doogue, which later changed to a high school art teacher). I’ve decided to document a series of questions every year to see how much her answers change. I’ll start the same tradition with Raff when he’s old enough. Funnily enough, her answer regarding what she wants to be when she’s older was the cutest.

Here are is Sunday’s questionnaire for 2016:

1. What is your favourite colour: Pink and Rainbow

2. What is your favourite toy? A Beanie Boo and Mermaid Barbie that we got in Fiji (Seriously, this is her strongest memory of our Fiji holiday from a year ago).

3. What is your favourite fruit? Rockmelon

4. What is your favourite TV show? I like Peppa Pig

5. What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch? A ham, avocado and cheese wrap

6. What is your favourite outfit? A fairy dress Lexi gave me (from Pottery Barn Kids)

7. What is your favourite game? Pass the Parcel

8. What is your favourite snack? Baby tomatoes and popcorn 

9. What is your favourite animal? Flamingo and Piglet

10. What is your favourite song? Advance Australia Fair and Let it Go

11. What is your favourite book? Sunday Chutney

12. What is your favourite thing to do at preschool? Being kind to someone

13. What is your favourite sport? Swimming

14. What is your favourite thing to have for breakfast? Cheese on toast with Jam that Nanny makes

16. What is your favourite drink? Plain Water and Apple Juice

17. What has been your favourite holiday? Going to London* 

18. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Sophie the Dalmation, Lilly Bobtail and Fifi

19. What is your favourite thing to have for dinner? Sausages and tomato sauce with egg and avocado on toast

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Police Officer and a Fairy, and Mary at the Preschool Christmas Concert next year.

*Sunday has never been to London (ha!)

Briar x

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