Motherhood

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

Joolz

20.11.17

I was treated to a decadent morning of ‘me time’ in my active wear last week with a group of lovely Mum’s at the gorgeous La Porte Deux space in Rosebery.

Hosted by Emile Kuenen, who is the the founder of the sleek Dutch pram brand Joolz, we were taken through a pram pilates class with fabulous instructor Kirsten King to celebrate the impressive pram company turning 10 years old.

Following the Pram Pilates class (which was actually a good little workout), we enjoyed some good coffee and a light brunch while we listened to a really interesting panel discussion, hosted by the gorgeous Phoebe Burgess, Dr Preeya Alexander and nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullin.

I enjoyed hearing about the story of the Joolz brand, Emile is passionate about design and the environment. For every Joolz pram sold, there is a tree planted in the Joolz Birth Forest, which helps to fight deforestation and climate change.

Made in the Netherlands, the ergonomic and comfortable Joolz-Day2 pram was gifted to me to take home to one lucky baby boy, Raff. We’ve been testing it out the past few days and I absolutely love it for the super smooth folding, the easy access storage basket, not to mention it’s ultra light. I can tell Raff is really comfortable in his little seat, he’s up high and I can wheel him straight in to a cafe to be at table height instead of transferring him to a highchair. Overall, it’s got a solid and safe vibe and the magnetic buckle is also really impressive. Don’t get me started on the actual look of this pram. In a classic grey with stitched tan leather details, Raff and I are getting around town in style!

Briar x

Waiting for toast

24.07.17

The prettiest time of day at our place is when the morning light streams in through the back doors, which always coincides with breakfast time. Rafferty’s golden curls are hit with this gorgeous light and my heart often swells, and then reality hits and I remember I need coffee. Coffee consumed, the morning can properly commence and I make breakfast for the kids.


The long wait for his vegemite on toast. Crusts off, cut in to bite size squares. Often followed by a banana…but don’t cut that up, just peel the skin. It won’t be touched if the banana is in pieces. Yes, for a little person that can’t talk, he sure let’s you know what he wants!

 
Our happy little guy has been lucky enough to test out a ‘Poppy’ high chair from Phil + Ted’s the past couple of weeks. As Raff can’t talk too much yet, I’m going to give you a little review of my own. The chair only weighs 4kg, making it easy to move around the house when eating, which we do often – going from the kitchen, to the dining area to the outdoor deck. Both Mark and I are honestly really impressed with the chair, Raff is a big boy for his age, the proportions are good and the material of the seat is soft and spongy for maximum comfort. I’m also impressed with how easy the dishwasher safe tray is to remove from the seat for really fast cleaning, and the extra large size of the tray has been ergonomically designed to fit Raff and his big meals until he is around 3 years old. By the time he has outgrown it, the legs of the chair can be made shorter and the chair transforms in to a small kids chair – talk about handy!

I also like the simple design, the slim lines make it an easy edition to our interiors when not in use. In a nutshell, this is a safe and sturdy high chair that Raff is genuinely happy to sit in for his mealtimes. The good news is I have another Poppy high chair to give away, in the colour of your choice. Check out my instagram account @sunday_collector to enter. Not on Instagram? Feel free to leave a comment below to go in to the draw. The random giveaway is open to Australian residents only.

Briar x

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