Friday, March 28, 2014

Introducing Treasures nappies to Australia

I've mentioned before that when I had bub I was already obsessed with Winnie the Pooh, so naturally we've been using Huggies nappies from day one. I know I shouldn't buy nappies based on what's printed on them, but who can resist Pooh? To be honest it never crossed my mind to look into other brands. They've also been great for us. No nappy rash or adverse reactions since day one. Given her allergies and other skin reactions to date I haven't been game to rock the boat on the nappy front. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" always comes to my mind any time cheaper nappy brands are brought up in conversations with other mums.

However, when I was asked to product test a new brand of nappies that hasn't been available in Australia before, I couldn't resist. The young university student obsessed with product testing was re-awoken. In my uni days my flatmate and I would always jump at the chance to try out new products as soon as they were launched. We justified it as "research" because we were both marketing majors. So, for the last week bub has been road testing Treasures nappies under the guise of market research for mum.


Treasures have been a trusted nappy brand in New Zealand for over 30 years. They are committed to providing the most absorbent, comfortable and quality disposable nappy. Treasures are now being launched in Australia (through IGA supermarkets) and we've been lucky enough to be among the first to try them.

I'm not going to lie, I was a tiny bit apprehensive. The fact that bub very easily breaks out in hives had me concerned her skin might react to a change in nappies. The first day I kept peaking into the side of her nappy every fifteen minutes or so to make sure her skin was ok. I'm happy to report though that after five days she hasn't had one single reaction to the nappies.

When she was younger we would often have problems with leakage and the dreaded poo explosions overnight, meaning lots of nappy changes and disruption throughout the night. Now that she doesn't have any night time feeds we've been blessed with a good little night sleeper. She only really wakes if she has a soaking nappy or when shes teething. I was very interested to see how the Treasures nappies would fare overnight as bubs sleeps anywhere from 8-10 hours a night now so an absorbent nappy is a must in this house. I actually found them to be more absorbent than Huggies which was a nice surprise.

She also fit into the size 10-15kgs in these nappies when we need to go up to the 13-18kg size in Huggies. She should be in 10-15 based on her weight, but we've found we always need to go to the next size up because of her chubby little legs. The side tab part on Treasures is a lot thinner and softer so it fits around her chubby legs a lot better and doesn't leave red marks or creases on her legs meaning she can stick to her recommended size. I thought at first it might lead to leakage or broken tabs as the material is thinner, but we haven't had any problems with either.

Overall I can't fault these nappies and I'd definitely recommend them to other mums.




TREASURES GIVEAWAY

To celebrate Treasures coming to Australia I have a prize for one lucky Finding Myself Young reader. You could win 8 packs of 24 Treasures nappies (to the value of $74). If you want to be one of the first to try these new nappies simply head to my facebook page and comment on the pinned post.

I'd love to know your best tip for getting kids to sleep through the night and don't forget to include the hashtag #SleepingTreasures in your comment so everyone can benefit from your awesome tip!

Toni xx


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Competition closes at 11:59pm (AEST) on Thursday April 10, 2014.
Winner will be contacted by Finding Myself Young on Monday 14th April, 2014.
Entry is open to Australian residents aged 18years or over with a valid Facebook account.
There is one prize consisting of 8 packs of  24 Treasures nappies with a maximum retail value of $74.
Entrants must leave a comment on the pinned post on the Finding Myself Young Facebook page.
All comments must include the hashtag #SleepingTreasures to constitute a valid entry.
Entrants may comment more than once, however will only be eligible for one prize.
This competition is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.
By entering the competition, entrants give Treasures permission to share/publish the comments on the Treasures website and social media channels.
The promoter is SCA Hygiene Australasia Pty Limited, ABN 62 004 191 324 of Alisa Street, PO Box 117, Box Hill 3128. Tel: 03 9258 0555.

*Disclosure - I was gifted a 20 pack of 10-15kg Treasures nappies for the purpose of review, but was not obligated to post. All opinions are my own based on our experience with the product.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

My favourite blogs

Everyone knows there are probably millions of bloggers out there in the big old interweb, so where do you start looking? I've found heaps of my favourite blogs via other bloggers and groups on Facebook. Some are BIG bloggers and some are relatively new. If you're looking for an awesome read, this list is a good place to start :)

In no particular order, these are the blogs I stalk read each week.

Jess | Essentially Jess
Bec | Mumma Tells
Renee | Mummy Wife Me
Chantelle | Fat Mum Slim
Sam | Little Pink Lines
Tegan | Musings of the Misguided
Kylie | A Study in Contradictions
Eva | The Multitasking Mummy
Grace | With Some Grace
Emily | Have a laugh on me
Kirsty | My Home Truths
Bree | Twinkle in the Eye
Cate | {Life Behind the Purple Door}
Lori | Random Ramblings of a Stay at Home Mum {RRSAHM}
Emma | Five Degrees of Chaos
Serene | Living Serenley


Which blogs do you frequently read?


Toni xx

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

52 WEEKS OF MEMORIES | 12 - DOING

Another out of the box prompt this week. I found out its actually quite hard to catch her doing something. Well actually no thats not quite right, it was hard to capture a photo that I could include the word doing in the caption where it would make sense. I.e. "doing playing" doesn't make any sense. She is certainly doing a lot of things now. In fact about two hours ago she finally got the knack of crawling. Proper crawling on all fours that actually involves moving forwards not just spinning around in circles. Shes also got very good at being cheeky and doing things she knows shes not meant to (this kid is going to have an attitude, and a great sense of humour).



12 | DOING

- Shes doing something shes not supposed to -
{destroying and eating the abc mat}



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Toni xx


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Raychael from  Ms Mystery Case



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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mummy Must Have | Name My Stuff (includes giveaway)

Before my daughter was born I didn't really want to use a dummy. I wasn't necessarily against them, I just wanted to have faith that I would be able to comfort her myself. At first I was able to do that, but at around two weeks it became overwhelmingly obvious that I had a colic baby. She would scream for hours and hours. The more she cried the more air she sucked in and the more her tummy hurt so the cycle would continue. If you've ever had a colic baby you'll understand how exhausting it can be and also how desperate you are to make your child feel better. Its heartbreaking to see your baby crying hysterically for hours on end. I researched colic and found out a dummy can actually be very beneficial. So, with that in mind we introduced a dummy and have never looked back.

I have no qualms using a dummy for my daughter as I know it comforts her. Shes really good at only using it when she goes to sleep and she spits it out as soon as shes asleep. I never realised just how many different brands and types of dummies there were on the market. We ended up settling with Avent dummies as she liked those teats the best (of course she would pick the most expensive brand).

In my search for dummies I discovered that in addition to the numerous brands available in the supermarkets, chemists and department stores, there are also personalised dummies available online. For those who are looking for something different and unique, this is a great way to spruce up an item your baby uses everyday. They'd also make a great personalised gift.



Name My Stuff specialise in personalising a range of babies and kids products. They permanently mark all items with either names or your own personal message so there's no need to use stickers or labels which can fall off or deteriorate over time. The business originally started selling only personalised dummies (and has since expanded to include other items including drinkware, lunchboxes and goggles). Owner Tea adapted an idea that was available in Denmark, creating a version to suit the Australian market using high quality dummies similar to the leading brands available here. She offers an extensive range of dummy styles and colours, covering all teat shapes. The teats are available in silicone or latex. We tried out a couple of different styles to see which ones bubs liked.



The MAM dummy is the closest teat shape to the Avent ones so we tried one of those and also some of the Baby Nova dummies as they come in a similar shape orthodontic teat. The MAM only comes in blue and green so I got a pink and red in the baby nova ones.

MAM Dummy - Daddy's girl

At first I think she was a bit perplexed by the size and shape of the dummy. She kept flipping it over in her hands studying it.



She did take it and wasn't too fazed by how large the outside is compared to the Avent dummies, however curiosity got the better of her in the end and she kept pulling it out to chew on the outside. Over time I'm sure she'd get more used to it and leave it in properly. At the moment the novelty of it looking different combined with teething mean chewing on it is apparently far more interesting.




Baby Nova Dummies - I love Mummy & Made in 2013

We tried the Baby Nova dummies with the orthodontic teat so they're still quite similar to an Avent teat, just cut on a slight angle at the bottom. The shape of the Baby Nova dummy on the outside is also as close as you can get to an Avent dummy out of all the options. I have to admit, before we even tried them these were my favourite, just because of the colours and the messages on them.




Even though the teats are slightly different to what shes used to, she took to these ones straight away. She fell asleep within a couple of minutes. I don't think she even realised they're different to her normal dummies. The only time she took spat these ones out was when she fell asleep, which is what she normally does.





Baby Nova Dentistar Dummy - I am eggstra cute

We were also lucky enough to try out a new style of dummy that will be available by the end of the week. The Dentistar dummy has a slightly different teat shape. It has the same diagonal teat as the other baby nova ones, but its a lot thinner and on more of an angle. The outside also has a more butterfly shape to it with a curve at the top and bottom. The Dentistar will be available in size 1 and 2 with a silicone or latex teat.



She didn't mind this one. She did fiddle with it a bit, but I think that was more to do with the curve at the bottom on the outside as shes not used to that shape.

It's great to find a site that offers such a huge range of options. There really is a style, teat and colour to suit every baby. Overall for us the best dummy was definitely the Baby Nova with the orthodontic teat. Each baby will favour a certain style and teat based on the brand they are used to (Tea is readily available via Facebook to offer advice on which dummies are closest to each of the leading brands). The only downside with these dummies compared to the Avent ones is that these don't come with a cap for when they're not in use. It's not a huge deal though as I just store them in a zip lock bag after sterilising them, or they could also be stored in the resealable bag they come in. For those who are concerned, there is a dummy sterilising box available that can double as a storage container.



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Name My Stuff have provided a 3 pack of personalised dummies and a sterilising box for one lucky Finding Myself Young reader to win. You can choose either Happy Baby, Baby Nova or Nip dummies.

For your chance to win simply follow the rafflecopter prompts below to enter.

Toni xx


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Friday, March 21, 2014

I'm glad I got postnatal depression

You were given this life because you were strong enough to live it.


It may sound like a weird statement to make, but I am actually glad I got postnatal depression. Don't get me wrong the experience at the time was horrible and confusing, but with hindsight I can see the many benefits it brought into my life. Most of which may never have happened if I didn't have PND.

The fact that I was depressed motivated me to contact the government child health nurses. I most likely never would've called them if I hadn't felt like I wasn't coping. They have been amazing, one nurse in particular. The first nurse who came to visit me has been an invaluable and ongoing source of support for me. She organised home visits which helped with my anxiety and was also much more convenient given I was recovering from an emergency c-section. She was also the one who recommended I seek help at the hospital which was scary at the time, but lead to some pretty welcome changes in my life.

At the hospital I was diagnosed with PND and set up with the help I needed to feel better again. I wasn't the only one that received help though. It was at the hospital that doctors finally started to listen to me about bubs not being right. My mothers instinct told me that the constant screaming, reflux, rashes and unsettledness wasn't normal. Before the hospital gp's had dismissed my concerns saying it was normal for babies to get rashes, vomit and cry. The hospital stay meant that paediatricians could witness her symptoms over a period of consecutive days and finally they agreed with me that it wasn't normal. Thanks to that hospital stay my daughter was finally diagnosed with her cows milk protein allergy and we were able to make changes that put us on the road to a much healthier, happier and content baby. For that I will be forever grateful. I shudder to think where we would be if we never received their help.

Another benefit is that my diagnosis in a way forced mum and I to be a lot closer than before. When bub first came along I didn't have much day to day support except T. When he went back to work I crumbled. After I came out of hospital mum came to stay with us to help out for a week. It was nice to have her around and spend so much time together. She got to forge a really strong bond with bub and we also got to grow our connection. She now makes it a priority to see us each week or fortnight. We go shopping together, go to lunches and catch up with other family. Its nice to feel like I'm involved in her life, and moreso that she wants to involve me. I feel like I've finally got the mum I always longed for.

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Most of all having PND has made me realise just how strong I am and how much I love my daughter. Looking back now to how low I was at the time, I can really see how far I've come. I'm proud of the fact that I was strong enough to ask for help and work through my fears. I'm proud that I loved my daughter so much that I wanted to get better, even though at the time it would've felt easier to give up. In a way I'm proud of the fact that I got PND and was able to come out the other side and have the happy, healthy and incredibly loving relationship I have with my daughter today.


Toni x



If you feel you need help these numbers may be useful:

Community Child Health (QLD) 1300 366 039
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

52 WEEKS OF MEMORIES | 11 - PRECIOUS

There are so many precious things in my life. I originally came up with this prompt to challenge myself. I've included a lot of abstract terms in the photo challenge instead of basic "things" to take photos of. I like it when I have to think outside the box. Turns out it wasn't quite as hard as I thought it would be, because this happened...





11 - PRECIOUS

~ Moments like these are precious
Spending time with her each day is precious
Being her mum is precious 
She is precious ~



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Toni xx


Also sharing with 
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Bree from Twinkle in the eye 
Raychael from  Ms Mystery Case



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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mummy Must Have | Sweet Elephants

I have an addiction. I can't stop buying toys, and I totally justify it because they're for my baby and not me. Well they're a little bit for me too, but mainly for her. I can't help myself there are just so many cool toys these days! I swear I could turn my lounge room into a toy shop.

Given my penchant for all things baby, and the fact I have a partner who doesn't reign me in, I've had to impose my own limits. I now only buy educational toys and ones that will teach her skills that she doesn't already have. I'm particularly loving sensory play as she's intrigued with new textures, colours and patterns at the moment. It's so rewarding watching her learn new skills.




Our favourite toys at the moment are the new sensory bags we recently got from Sweet Elephants. They're simple little square beanbags with two different fabric sides. One side is dedicated to different black and white patterns to teach different shapes. The other side is a bright primary colour. The coloured sides are all different fabrics to teach textures as well as colours.


Loving the washi tape!

Love the colours and patterns

She absolutely loves these bags! She spends ages sitting on her playmat studying the different patterns and then flipping them over and looking at the colours. She feels the different textures and then scratches them with her nails to see if it'll make noise. She rubs them back and forth through her fingers (I think the feel of the beanbag beads is just as interesting to her as the textures of the fabrics). She also loves chewing on them (and everything else in the house). When left to play on her own she always picks up the bags over playing with her other toys and shes taken to pushing them back and forth across her mat. Not exactly sure why she does that, I think shes trying to see if they make a noise when she does it?



\Studying the patterns intently


Dragging the bags across the mat

Sweet Elephants is an online baby store that is run by a fellow mum. It was created so she could share her local and worldwide finds with other time poor mums who find it hard to source items themselves. She stocks a number of educational toys and baby items. I know you're all thinking why the name Sweet Elephants? The answer is pretty awesome.

"The phrase Sweet Elephants has always been dear to my heart. My grandfather would gently whisper it to me as a child as he wished me goodnight. My parents then did the same and the tradition has been carried on to my son and twin daughters"




We also got a Gummee Glove in an effort to fight the evil teething battle faced each day in our household. I wasn't sure if she'd like the glove because she absolutely hated mittens as a newborn and used to pull them off as soon as I put them on. Luckily the gummee glove comes with a velcro strap. To my surprise she didn't even try to take it off. She was too busy trying to shove it in her mouth as far as possible.




The glove also allows for sensory play with the patterned section on the front. Its also got crinkle fabric underneath so it makes noises when she touches it. It amuses her for ages. I went to have a shower when she was grumpy the other night and sat her in the rocker with the glove on expecting her to scream her head off like usual. She didn't. She sat there for almost fifteen minutes chewing on the glove so I actually managed to have a decent shower for once. Winning.

The glove came into our lives at the perfect time as she just got her first tooth two days ago... finally. It's still just peeking through but boy is that little sucker sharp! I'm glad shes got the glove to chew on because she bit me today and holy wow it hurts! We've so far only used the glove without the ring insert, but I'll be adding that on quick smart.

The great thing about the gummee glove is that the teething ring can be removed and the rest of the glove can be washed. Which is awesome considering how much drool she gets on it. The glove is made from 100% cotton and is BPA, Phthalate and Latex free and meets all Australian standards.

If you're in the midst of teething hell fun at your house and need a new weapon for your arsenal, Sweet Elephants have a special offer for all Finding Myself Young readers. You can purchase the Gummee Glove for the special price of $19.99 {normal price $25.99}, simply use the code GUMMEE at the checkout. You can choose between a pink or blue teething ring. Your welcome x


Do you have any other fun sensory play toys?


Toni xx

* Disclosure - I was not paid for this review. All opinions are my own based on our experience with the products.


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Friday, March 14, 2014

The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice

The campaign to ban the word "bossy" being said to young girls seems to have been going viral in the media in the past few days. I don't really have a stance one way or the other about the word bossy in particular, but I do like the intention behind the campaign. I'm very conscious of the way I speak to my daughter even though shes only 7 months old. I know how much the words you hear from your parents and immediate family can affect your inner voice. Unfortunately I can only really remember the negative things I was told. They've been on repeat in my head since a young age and they affected my sense of self worth greatly.
Being told I was the most selfish bitch they'd ever met by a family member wasn't the greatest self esteem builder. It doesn't help that I also had my grandmother always apologising to other people for my behaviour (when I wasn't even doing anything wrong). When we went to NZ on a holiday tour my grandmother was always apologising to the rest of the tour group for me and my brother because we were the only kids on the tour. We were 14 and 11 and nobody had a problem with us as we weren't doing anything wrong. All I can put it down to is she thought we'd ruined everyone else's holiday by being there because she assumed they wouldn't want children on their holiday. That, or she was just plain embarrassed to be on holidays with us. She still to this day apologises to people for me even being present at certain places. Even as an adult I can't help but get disheartened when she does that, like I'm not good enough.

I'm determined to try my best to ensure my daughter doesn't have a negative inner monologue or low self worth like I did growing up. I try to encourage her and give her positive reinforcement as often as possible. I want her to remember the positive things I've said. That's not to say I don't ever get frustrated with her, but when I do I try to stop and remember shes just a baby before I say anything. She knows what the word no means, but I don't want her to know what the word bitch means. Shes the one thing I've wanted most in my life and I never want her to look back and feel like she was a burden to me or unloved.

Similar to the "bossy" campaign, there's been a lot of talk for the past few years about not using the words pretty or beautiful to little girls, so they don't associate their self worth with their physical appearance. I somewhat agree with this, but I still tell her she's cute all the time. I think cute is a broader term so its not completely related to her appearance. Even though she is beautiful, of course (totally bias).

I also say things like you're so smart or you're so clever when she learns new skills. I think its important to acknowledge all the good things no matter how tiny they may seem. I want to celebrate all her little wins so most of all she realises that I notice her. I don't want her to ever feel invisible like I sometimes did.

I want to make sure she feels seen, heard and loved throughout her childhood.

I always remember the line from The Help - You is kind, you is smart, you is important.


Toni x

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

52 WEEKS OF MEMORIES | 10 - LEARNING

Babies learn at a rapid pace so there is no shortage of learning going on around here at the moment. Right now she is very interested in discovering new textures and making noises. She loves banging her hands or scratching her fingers across different materials and surfaces to see what noises she can make. Shes also started rubbing her fingers together over and over when she feels things. We've just got some new sensory bags that have different coloured and textured fabrics on them and shes been loving feeling new fabrics like corduroy and satin.




10 - LEARNING

- Shes learning new textures and patterns -



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Toni xx


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mummy Must Have | Woogi Woo

Before I had a baby I imagined that when she went to sleep I would put her in her cot or portacot for naps and be able to get on with housework while she slept. That's what I'd always been able to do when babysitting my niece. Alas, it appears my baby never got the memo that day sleeps are to occur in a cot (actually she somewhat missed the memo on day sleep altogether). She prefers to cat nap. Some days I can be lucky and get her to sleep for 15 minutes in the portacot (after spending half an hour or so settling her enough to get to sleep in it). The only way to get around her stubborn rebellion towards day sleeping is to let her sleep on me.

Had I of known this would be the case beforehand, I would've made sure to research baby carriers and be well equipt. Mind you truth be told as a first time mum I probably would've bought the wrong one because I had no idea what to look for having never used one before. We did actually buy a really cheap one to use just in case I wanted to carry her at the shops. I did try to use it once. It didn't go so well, 3 of us tried to put her in it and get it on me (both seperately and then simultaneously) to no avail. All it resulted in was a tangled mess of mismatched straps and buckles (not to mention a hysterically crying baby). So we ditched that idea altogether.

What I should have done was properly research the carriers on the market after she was born once I knew what I wanted. I guess that's the benefit of hindsight. I did start searching for one eventually and luckily I did come across the perfect carrier for us. I didn't find it in a baby shop though, I actually found it searching through business pages on Facebook. I'd never even heard of Woogi Woo before finding them on Facebook. I'm so glad I stumbled across them as their carrier has been a god send - so I'm spreading the word to others.




The Woogi Woo is a fabric wrap style baby carrier that is super simple to use. It allows me to keep her nice and snug with me whenever I want to, while still allowing me to be hands free. It means I'm no longer chained to the couch everytime she wants to nap. It's also been great for outings when I don't want to lug the pram in and out of the car. There are so many added benefits on top of traditional carriers:

Its bamboo and organic cotton - this is great for bubs sensitive skin and allergies. Bamboo is fast becoming my favourite fabric because its also anti-bacterial, durable and breathable in addition to being hypo-allergenic. Its also super soft and the stretch makes it comfortable for me and her.

One size fits all - It can be used from newborn up to approximately a year old (10kg) simply by changing from the newborn carry to the infant carry (see photo).

Its easy to use - being one single piece of fabric makes it so much simpler to use than other baby carriers. There are no annoying buckles or need to try and figure out which bits connect where.

Its convenient - Because its a fabric wrap it can easily be folded down and stored in the nappy bag when its not being used. It can also be tied on and worn while driving when out so it saves time when you reach your destination.


The carrier comes with detailed wrap instructions for both the newborn carry and the infant carry (see below). They may seem complicated to some people at first glance, but its actually really easy when you do it yourself.



To give you a more 3d understanding of how it works (plus some added benefits) I've put together this video demonstration.





The only downside I have with the wrap is that she is at the tail end of the weight scale so I won't be able to use it for as long as I would like to. I wish I had discovered it earlier so we could've tried the newborn carry and enjoy baby wearing for longer.


Image Source: Woogi Woo

Woogi Woo have put together a free postage offer for all Finding Myself Young readers (including international readers). Simply email sales@woogiwoo.com with your colour choice and an invoice will be emailed to you (payment is required via paypal).

Toni xx


Linking up with Jess for #IBOT

* Disclosure - I was not paid for this review. All opinions are based on my own experience using the product.




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Monday, March 10, 2014

7 months old

There was a time not so long ago when I thought I would never be a mum. I tried hard not to think about all the things I would do with my babies when they came. I didn't want to tempt fate and get excited about something that may never happen, but inevitably my mind would wonder. I would dream about playing with blocks and playdough. Tea parties and dress ups. It all seemed so far away at the time. They were nothing but dreams, yet they were so vivd. Nowadays they are an everyday reality. We may not be up to tea parties, but we do have lots of fun playing.



7 months is such an adorable age. She is mobile enough to get the toys she wants (most of the time), but not zooming around worrying me out of my mind. She sits up by herself. She giggles, blows raspberries, makes kissing noises and squeals. Her babbling is turning into audible words at a rapid pace. She says mum on purpose instead of randomly. She holds her arms out to be picked up and when she wants to come back to me when someone else is holding her. She gives wonderful snuggly cuddles and leans in for kisses.


Yes she already has way too many toys.

She has learnt how to put her feet in her mouth and is obsessed with holding them up in the air any chance she gets. She is fascinated by her hands and often sits and stares at her fingers moving about. She passes toys from one hand to the other all the time while playing. She can turn almost any activity into a game and in turn has an uncanny ability to make everyday tasks fun. She will start a game of peek-a-boo by herself if there is a wrap or blankie within arms reach. She blows raspberries when she feels she should be the center of attention. She laughs at completely inappropriate times, making lots of situations uncharacteristically funny. She is a very happy, bubbly baby.


Love that smile!


She makes me feel like the luckiest mum in the world. I so love being called mum. I love that she wants to be with me. I love that a mummy cuddle can fix anything. I love that I will always be her mum and she will always be my baby, no matter how old she gets.


Toni xx


Linking up with Eva for Mummy Mondays
Tegan for I Must Confess and
Alicia for Open Slather 


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Saturday, March 8, 2014

International Women's Day - Inspiring Change


Today is International Women's Day and this years theme is inspiring change. Firstly, I think its awesome that there is a day dedicated to recognising women all over the world. Considering the huge inequality that existed not so long ago (and unfortunately still does in some countries) it is wonderful to see women being celebrated and not subdued. The theme inspiring change has really made me stop and think about the incredible changes that have taken place in my life and I must admit (at the risk of sounding up myself), I am extremely proud of myself for having the strength to make these changes.



I am incredibly grateful that I didn't have to live back in the early 1900's when women had far less rights than they do today. Unfortunately that didn't stop me from ending up in a relationship with a man who treated me like a possession. I know what its like to be treated like a second class citizen. To be belittled each day. To have to ask for (and almost always be denied) permission to do things which I should have had freewill to do. On some level I can relate to those women who still live this way these days. Thankfully I no longer have to live like this.

I was able to gain the strength I needed to in order to fight back and stand up for myself. These days there are so many resources to help women become independent and break free of these situations. Thankfully I was able to go to court and represent myself to get divorced. I am so glad that I don't live in a time where I had to stay in an unhappy, controlling marriage forever. Hallelujah!

Women are a lot stronger than we give ourselves credit for. However, I think its still a little frowned on by society when women celebrate their successes or blow their own trumpet and I'm not sure why. Well, today is the day where there are no excuses to not do it! Today is all about celebrating women, celebrating change and celebrating success. The tiny little feminist inside me is getting up on her soap box and saying, go on pat yourselves on the back. You're all important, special and worth it!




Have you made any inspiring changes lately?

Do you have any successes you want to share?


Toni xx
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

52 WEEKS OF MEMORIES | 9 - HAPPY

If you follow me on Facebook you will already know that this week sickness has plagued our house. First I got sick and I mean sicker than I have been in over a year. The doctor told me it was probably a virus and then I got a secondary sinus infection and a bruised rib bone. He assured me that she shouldn't catch it as "babies don't have much sinus so it doesn't usually get infected" (aka she has a tiny nose). Well, he was totally wrong! I've had a sooky, clingy, snotty sneezing baby the last two days so there hasn't been much happy going on around here. Fortunately I managed to snap the below pic of her happy face before she got sick. I hope her happy face comes back soon.





9 - HAPPY

- She was so happy to be having cauliflower for lunch -



I'm so excited to see some new faces joining in with the photo challenge on instagram and the linky. If you would like to get involved or have a friend who loves taking photos you can find out how to play here. These were some of my favourite photos shared last week for the prompt fun.




Instagram: @Igaskinp



Facebook: Jodie Dobson







You can follow me on Instagram @tones84 and join in on Facebook. When sharing via Instagram or Facebook don't forget to use the hashtag #fmy52weeksofmemories so I can see your lovely photos.  If you have a blog feel free to link up your photos via the linky below (please read the rules before linking) and come back each week to link up each new prompt. I will feature some of my favourite ones the following week.

Reminder - next weeks prompt is learning.


Toni xx


Also sharing with 
Trish from My Little Drummer Boys 
Bree from Twinkle in the eye 
Raychael from  Ms Mystery Case



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