Motherhood

The magic of Dyson

18.03.18

We’ve been testing out the sleek new @dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link™ at home recently. The air purifier fan heater is pretty fancy as I can track our air quality on the Dyson Link App, which I’ve found fascinating – especially with two kids in the house who are prone to a persistent asthma cough. I just love the thought of all that clean air going in to those little lungs.


I’ve positioned it close to our kitchen because what I’ve found really fascinating is that when we start to cook or even light a candle, the Pure Hot + Cold Link really ramps up in power (when you get closer to it you can hear and feel a light hum of it getting to work). It’s doing it’s thing purifying what we breathe in after it’s picked up the fumes and smoke from the kitchen in the air. 

Then it really starts to get clever  – I can pick up my phone and check air quality on the App (nothing like watching your air quality go from ‘Poor’ (after cooking) to ‘Good’ in a few minutes. The screenshots below show you the imagery I can track: 


I’ll be moving it in to the kids rooms in Winter too, which will become a perfect heater for those chilly nights. But as I sit here writing this blog post, it’s on a cool fan setting because Summer has decided to make an encore appearance in Sydney this weekend – and I’m pretty pleased about that!

Briar x

Healthier

01.03.18

Apologies, it’s been too long between posts on here. It’s been a busy start to the year in our household. We officially now have a schoolgirl, and with that has brought a whole new set of routines to follow in the house (wow, that afternoon bell rocks around quickly doesn’t it)!  Our girl was so ready to start her school journey and it’s been smooth sailing so far (touch wood), she is just so keen to learn!! I’ve never seen such daily excitement from her, “Mum!! It’s library day today, can you believe it?!” The enthusiasm for school is very sweet, I’m really hoping it lasts. If she’s anything like me, she’ll love school right up to her last day of Year 12. I was definitely a girl who focused on the things I loved though (Art, Drama, English), grab the bull by the horns type of student. Although, let’s just say I wouldn’t be too keen on bumping in to my Maths and Science teachers from the past, I now cringe at my lack of interest and chatterbox tendencies in their classes.

In other news, Baby Raff recently turned 2! Our little butter ball is having a party this weekend, so I’ll be sure to share some photos. The digger cake Sunday and I have planned is going to be epic (I hope so, anyway).

I also recently turned 37. Bit of a nothing birthday really, but what has come about is a healthier take on life. It’s been on a slow burn since I started a new fitness regime at my local F45 last August, but these past 5 weeks I’ve really ramped it up. With a healthier diet and exercise daily, I’m certainly feeling better for it (I actually don’t think I’ve actually felt this fit/strong in my life). I’ve also become a devoted smoothie maker. The trick is to have a stocked pantry and fridge. Armed with a powerful Nutri Bullet, here is my favourite breakfast lately:


Nutty Protein Smoothie

Ingredients
1 frozen banana
2 tbsp vanilla protein powder (I’ve been using this one)
2 tsp. peanut butter
4 almonds
1 tsp. macca powder
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup ice

Directions
Add all the ingredients in a blender, and blend until a smooth consistency is formed.
I like to drink mine through a straw, milkshake style. Delicious and nutritious – this will seriously keep you feeling full until lunchtime!

Enjoy,

Briar x

A SUMMER BREAK

08.01.18

We holidayed at home this year over the Christmas and New Year break. With some of the hottest days in Sydney I can remember, the beach and the pool were on high rotation. I thought I’d share my collection of photos and let you know what we got up to.

We relaxed at home a lot of the time, pictured above is Sunny on our vintage Butterfly chairs – new covers made by my clever Mum!


We have a very keen water baby in the making in Raff, and here we are enjoying our new pool float I picked up from Big W before Christmas.


Like most of us at Christmas, I ate my bodyweight in good food over the holidays. We hosted Christmas Eve dinner at our place and above is the spread before dinner was served. As you can see, we didn’t go hungry.


Christmas Day was spent in the lovely backyard at my cousin’s place, which is close by. A little too much champagne was consumed, which brought about much laughter with my big (mad)  family.

A few days after Christmas we enjoyed a day at The Newport and Raff sported his new sailors hat, a gift from my sister.


We were lucky enough to get a visit from my sweet new baby niece Marigold. My sister Bonnie and her husband Olle gave the family a Christmas present we will never forget…we love you little Goldie!


My sister and her family rented a great house through Stayz at Avalon Beach after NYE, and we crashed their pool quite a few times during their visit (how cute is the kitchen too)! Sunny wears a dress from Coco + Ginger.

In between all this fun, we had quite a few visits to various beaches. Shelly Beach in Manly has always been a favourite, where Sunny got the hang of snorkelling this year. I also get the bonus of  buying a good coffee from The Boathouse.


A highlight over the holidays for Raff was spotting a helicopter at Manly Beach. The boy is OBSESSED with planes, trains and automobiles.


We also pottered around in the garden, which thanks to a lot of watering, is looking better and better by the week. If you can imagine the sound of cicadas when you look at the image above, multiply that sound times 10 and you’ll get the idea of the volume we have been experiencing this year. Those little critters are out in full force!

The crickets and I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

Briar x

Water Safety

15.12.17

You just have to look through my photo reel from the past few months to realise how much a water baby Raff is becoming. Big sister Sunday was the same – whether it be the bath, a pool, a sprinkler in the backyard, the beach…my kids are happiest when surrounded by some water. This makes me happy and a little bit anxious at the same time. We have been living with a backyard pool for nearly a year now, and as much as we love the luxury of being able to cool off whenever we want, we are making sure to be super vigilant with water safety. The first thing we did when we purchased the house was have the council visit and inspect the fence and gate. We soon discovered everything needed to be replaced, including the timber boundary fences around our property. It was an expensive exercise but totally worth it for a little more peace of mind.

This Summer, Royal Lifesaving is urging parents not to be complacent about their child’s safety around water. In conjunction with the Keep Watch program, Royal Lifesaving Australia has launched new research to help ensure parents and carers remain more vigilant around water.

Over the last ten years, over 330 Australian children under the age of five drowned. That’s an alarming number…while all of these drowning deaths are preventable, it is the 50% that occur in home swimming pools where our actions can make a difference. Home pool fencing and effective supervision can reduce these tragic drowning deaths to zero. I came across some handy information on the Royal Lifesaving Society website:

A safe swimming pool fence:

– is at least 1.2 m high

– is strong and secure and in good working order

– has vertical bars no more than 100 mm apart

– has horizontal bars at least 900 mm apart

A safe swimming pool gate:

– must open outwards from the pool

– must be self-closing and self-latching, and must latch shut on the first swing

– the latch must be more than 1.5 m high from the ground

As parents, Mark and I also make sure we never prop the gate open (ever), and keep the area clear by removing any items like pot plants and chairs, which the kids could use to climb the pool fence. We also watch the kids constantly, and never leave the pool area without taking them both with us. Sunday is old enough to understand the safety rules, and I’m pleased to say she’s really good with following them, that’s not to say we don’t remind her of them constantly.

I think this is a really thought provoking clip worth watching:

I think the tagline WATER. IT’S ONLY SAFE WHILE YOU’RE WATCHING sums it up perfectly. In summary, let’s all stay vigilant around water for the kids these holidays, and get those drowning numbers down to ZERO.

To find out more please visit www.keepwatch.com.au

Briar x

 

A new beach bag

15.12.17

Long gone are the days where I can head to the beach with just a towel.  A trip to the beach with kids can be seen as a mission for some but I’ve been doing it long and often enough now to get it down to a pretty fine art. I know exactly what to pack, and quickly  – snacks, water, changes of clothes, beach toys, flotation devices, towels, sunscreen, hats etc. Something I hadn’t mastered was a good bag to carry all that heavy stuff in. I’ve tried it all, even resorting to an IKEA bag once for the sheer size.

Yesterday, I took our new Basil Bangs Daily Tote for a spin and LOVED it. Designed with their waterproof stain resistant outdoor fabric,  it’s big, but the wide reinforced carry handles are so well proportioned it’s a really comfortable bag to carry. It features a generous sealed wet pocket ideal for stashing wet cossies & toiletries, two internal mesh pockets and a really cool mesh bottom for releasing all that sand easily at the end of your beach visit (my favourite feature for sure). I chose the Navy Botanica design as it was my favourite, and Mark met us for an evening swim last night and also commented on what a comfortable bag it was to carry – it’s really one the whole family can use. I’ll be taking it out again today for the kids swimming lessons!

Don’t you just love Summer?! Happy beach days! Briar x

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