Motherhood

A few things

27.07.16

It’s been way too long between posts on here. Life’s been good. Baby Raff (aka the cheeriest person I’ve ever met) is already 5 months old and having his first tastes of yummy things like carrot and pear. I’ve got a cute highchair that I’ll get a few snaps of him in once he’s got that big cute head of his under control. Sunday is growing up right before our eyes and making us laugh more and more each day, I love the kind and outgoing person she is becoming – someone I’d really like to be friends with, and that’s something Mark and I are really proud of.

I’m working on a few exciting decorating projects that I need to get better at sharing on here (watch this space), all made possible because I’ve found an amazing ‘grandma type’ nanny (and true baby whisperer) who watches Raff for a few hours at a time so I can punch some work out. Sleepless nights are a whole other story, but it feels different second time around, you realise that it eventually changes and there truly is light at the end of that sleepless tunnel. It also helps that Rafferty beams the most heart melting smile every time my head appears over his cot – no matter what hour.

Below is a game of catch up and a round up of a few things I’ve been loving lately.

Newport
We had the most amazing lunch with my sister and family at the The Newport recently. It’s been recently renovated, or I should say ‘Merivaled’ and it is oh-so-cool. Built around gorgeous gardens with incorporated outdoor dining spaces and bars, we indulged in a delicious spread of roast chicken, seafood, salads and pizzas. Th kids ended the day with donuts and ice creams. A really beautiful family day out – a good tip is to get there at around 11.00am to score a great lunch table.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMy parents came back from a month long holiday in France last week and Sunny scored a gorgeous paint set from Monet’s garden. I love how much time she’s spending on her art, I’m so impressed with her focus and pride in the work she does. The relative silence in the house also doesn’t hurt.

Processed with VSCOcam with a4 presetMy 10kg butter ball sure loves to nurse, so this lovely Mama Body Tea arrived in my post box at a great time. It’s an organic and caffeine free herbal tea range to assist women and their babies. I’m completely guilty of a morning coffee to get me functioning for the day (oh sweet jesus, never take that cup of gold away from me), so I’ve been loving this as an afternoon pick me up alternative.

I hope you are all having a great week.

Briar x

Winter Walk

02.06.16

Briar064Winter may have come on late recently, but it has come on thick and fast. For our walks, puffer vests and scarves are suddenly out of the cupboard in our house, and our strong Bugaboo Buffalo is working beautifully for chilly outings as a family.

BugabooWinterPictured above is a mood board I’ve put together with items inspired by some lovely Winter accessories that have ‘warmed up’ our Bugaboo Buffalo, ensuring Baby Raff isn’t too cold when we head out for our family adventures.

  1. Soft Wool Blanket from Bugaboo, which is in the nicest grey tone and truly soft for baby.
  2. Nikes from Style Runner are on my lust list – the cutest tennis inspired numbers.
  3. Fedora from Lack of Color, my cousin introduced me to this cool hat label, and I’m keen for one this Winter.
  4. Bag from Bugaboo, so handy as a nappy/carry anything bag, latches on to the pram easily too!
  5. Diary from kikki.K, I’m still old school for some reason – I handwrite all my appointments in a paper diary, avoiding the phone.
  6. Bugaboo Buffalo with grey malange tailored fabric set (with extendable sun canopy), which is perfect for keeping sun off the faces of those beautiful babies.
  7. Bugaboo Cup holder, which is vital for a drink bottle while walking.
  8. Scarf from Country Road, which had me at the polka dots.
  9. Reusable Coffee Mug from KeepCup, handy and I love the colour combinations the cups come in.
  10. Knit Gloves from Seed, keeping those hands warm for all that pram pushing.
  11. Seat Liner in Dark Khaki from Bugaboo, super comfortable and a practical protector form baby spills.
  12. Duffel Coat from Trenery, I just love this cosy jacket!
  13. Puff Bag Charm from Shopbop, serving as a cute addition to the nappy bag (Sunday would love this).
  14. Pinky-Nudy Lipgloss from Go-To SkincareBriar112
    I rarely leave the house without the Bugaboo, as it’s also my trusty carry cart – I manage to fit so much in the under carriage it’s not funny! Sunday has taken to the wheelie board like a pro, I’m really impressed by the weight the pram can manage, my babies aren’t what you’d call petite.A shot of the most precious cargo in his chariot – little Rafferty. Nothing says Winter more than a wool blanket and a cardigan knitted by your Nan.  Cosy, cosy, cosy.

    Briar x

    Image 1 + 3 taken by the talented Tealily. This post was written in collaboration with Bugaboo.

TEALILY PHOTOGRAPHY

29.05.16

I’m about to publish a load of family photos on here because I feel completely compelled to sing the praises of Trish from Tealily Photography. It was so hard to cull the numbers down to my favourites, so there’s a few! Trish visited our home early one morning last week and spent a few hours with the four of us, she photographed our movements in and around our local hood in the golden Autumn light. It sounds cliché, but the memories she captured will be something we will cherish forever, we couldn’t be happier with the story that the photos unfold. Pictured below is just a handful of the photographs – I love how Trish has managed to communicate the innocence of baby Rafferty, the sweet bond between Sunday and Mark, and the unwavering love I have for my little family. I am so in awe of her talent, Trish uses the camera like she could do it with her eyes closed, and with a completely laid back and friendly approach – all while managing to capture the finest details and the sweetest moments.  Ahhhhh…I just have so much love for these photos!

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Briar116 Briar122 Briar128 Briar129I love the final photo is of Mark kissing Sunday goodbye before he heads off to work.

If you’re feeling compelled to do the same with your loved one/s, Tealily Photography has kindly offered 10% off all family sessions for my readers, you’ll just have to book before the end of June.

Briar x

Clothing: Rafferty is wearing Seed Heritage, Sunday is wearing Printbebe.

Peter Rabbit Party

22.05.16

PeterRabbit1 PeterRabbit4PeterRabbit2Sunday turned 4 this week and we held a little party with extended family for her yesterday in the garden area in our apartment building. The birthday girl asked for a Peter Rabbit theme (her favourite cartoon), I obliged – but I’ve got to admit it was a pretty loose tie in. My Aunt happened to have a newly acquired giant stuffed Peter Rabbit (she recently won it from her local bookstore), which became the centrepiece on the table. Gorgeous party ware from the Limoncello Yellow range at Paper Eskimo  completed the look with cute paper plates, cups, straws, treat bags and balloons. A simple carrot cake with cream cheese icing and ‘grass’ made from coloured coconut as well as baby cupcakes for her cousins was the treat at the end after all the party food (fairy bread, popcorn, fruit, jelly and delicious sausage rolls made by my sister) were demolished. Adults indulged in Logan Bubbly, lemon slice and a big cheese board. Busy life with a newborn saw me outsourcing  the entertainment and I hired a ‘Dorothy’ character who kept the kids busy with dancing, face painting and balloon making. Worth every cent.

PeterRabbit7PeterRabbit10Sunday and her little cousin Clementine dressed up as Sunday’s favourite character Lilly Bobtail, and big cousin Sage had a modern hat and dress combo.

PeterRabbit5PeterRabbit12PeterRabbit3PeterRabbit6I mentioned on Instagram on Wednesday, my readers can get 20% discount from Paper Eskimo on all purchases at the checkout with the code SUNDAY20 until Wednesday 25th May. Pictured below is the lovely selection from Sunday’s party, but you’ll find a lot more to suit all themes on the website. Happy Party Shopping!

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The South Coast Project

18.04.16

IMG_2338We had a lovely week at my parents house on the South Coast recently, and Sunday was in heaven. There is something to be said for the outdoors where kids can get dirty and roam free. My little city slicker didn’t ask for the TV to be turned on once, and we discovered just how deep her obsession with gardening and bugs is. Butterfly catching took up a large percentage of the week (I’m not kidding, I think she has a slightly obsessive personality), as did fishing expeditions with Daddy and flower picking in my Mum’s abundant garden.

P2 P3We worked on a very simple project across the week, documenting Sunday’s travels and finds with photos and drawings – and she was thrilled to be able to take it in to Preschool for Show + Share when she returned to Sydney. I highly recommend this little activity, she was so proud of her little purple folder!

Briar x

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