• Spring Time in Melbourne Tulip Festival
    Family,  Just For Fun

    Spring time in Melbourne

    Spring Time in Melbourne Tulip Festival

    Lovely time of year, hey?  Sunshine, green, getting out of the house.  I think I appreciate the arrival of spring more than I ever did before, now that I have two toddlers.  Who have boundless energy, that never ceases, whether they have slept or not.  Whether they have eaten, or not.  

    Spring has bought some much needed vitamin D, lots more outside play and a long awaited back yard overhaul.  The Mister has spent the last few weekends pulling down sheds, ripping up poorly located garden beds and pulling out rocks.  Loads and loads of volcanic/honeycomb rocks.  That have been used as borders, and have been concreted in.  Why?  WHY?!!  Anyway, we now have loads more space for the kids to run, and for veggie patches to be laid.  The kids are loving it.  

    Tulip Festival Melbourne

     We also got to attend the annual Tulip Festival, thanks to me winning a pass from Jody at Six Little Hearts!  Have you seen her blog?  You should check it out, she is always having amazing giveaways over there!   

    Ms 3Little MrWe went on Sunday, the windiest day for a long time.  But despite the wind whipping red dust everywhere, it was beautiful and the kids had a great time.  My recommendation if you are going – get there as early as you can.  I think the gates open at 10.  We got there at around 10.30, and got a park.  When we left about two hours later, the parks were full and cars were parked up to a kilometre away, at least.  There are no footpaths along that road, which makes pushing prams tricky.  And the traffic was full on.  It’s normally a fairly quiet country road.  I know, I grew up there!! Also, hats and sunscreen – there is no shade when you are walking through the tulips. But there is lovely shade and chairs up where the food/cafe area is.  And don’t forget to check out the Fairy Hollow if you go.  Ms 3 LOVED it! 

    tulip festival sculpture

     Spring has also bought the engagement of two lovely friends of ours – so exciting!!  So we’re loving Spring time in Melbourne at the moment.  Sunshine, outdoors stuff and love.  What more could we want?  🙂  Tell me, what has the Spring bought to your life this year?  

    Spring time in Melbourne Tulip Festival

     

  • Eastland Dinosaur Adventures
    Family,  Kid Friendly

    Dinosaurs at Eastland Shopping Centre

    * This is a sponsored post.  I received an pass for my family to attend the preview of this event.  All opinions, words etc are my own. * 

    It’s school holidays here in Victoria, and that means there are activities everywhere, some free, some paid.  At Eastland Shopping Centre in Ringwood, the Dinosaurs have returned for some more adventures.  

    Eastland Dinosaur AdventuresWe were lucky enough to be able to attend the opening event last weekend, and the kids had a ball.  Ms 3 enthusiastically dressed up for a photo, dug seriously for fossils and has not stopped looking through her binoculars.  Mr 20 months enthusiastically dug into the morning tea, had a go at bashing fossils and has not stopped roaring at everyone since.  

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      There was even a guided tour around the centre, and the chance to have photos taken in a giant eggshell.  This event runs across the school holidays until October 12.  Check their website for specific times.  It’s free entry , $5 for the dino dig and from $12 for photo ops.  There are also various competitions running including a colouring comp and an instagram one, where you can upload your photos with the dinos and tag @eastlandshoppingcentre #dinosaursreturn – you could win a $200 eastland voucher!  How awesome would that be?  No, wait, don’t do that, it’ll reduce our chance!!!  Ha!  

    dinosaur adventures

    I’ll be checking out a few other school holiday/kid friendly activities over the next week, so keep in the loop – like us on Facebook or follow on Instagram for updates.  

    How about you?  Doing anything exciting or is it same old same old?  I’d love to hear your ideas or activities!

  • Family,  Parenting,  Self Care,  Womanhood

    The Good, The Bad and The Shouty.

    Yep, that’s me this week.  Especially the shouty.  And not much of the Good.  Urgh.  I suppose I could blame it on the ‘threenager’ (yup, totally a word, and very accurate) but that would be completely unfair and not very adult of me.  The shouty, I need to own it, and maybe that will help me breathe through it.  

    Breathing through the temper tantrum.  Mine that is.

    I’ve found myself incredibly short-tempered this week.  My poor little Ms 3 is not getting very good parenting from me.  I’ve been quick to yell, shouting out orders, and angry that she won’t listen.  She is three.  Mainly, I’ve been furious with myself.  And falling into bad self talk.  “I’m such a bad mum”.  “My kids are going to be so damaged from me”.  “How can I be like this.”  Mmmmmmmmm.  Breath out.  Shut my eyes for a few moments.  Check that spiraling, dark thought process and put it aside.  Let’s face it, it’s not particularly helpful.  Nor is the fact that I had forgotten to fill the antidepressant script, and therefore had not taken any for a week.  Riiiiiight.  It’s a pretty low dose, but clearly it’s still needed at this point.  What do you know, my (excellent) GP was right. 

    Medication

    There have been terrible events highlighted recently in the news.  Terrible incidents and wars where children have been killed.  Where parents have lost all of their children in one incident.  I cannot even read the articles.  My brain cannot comprehend the grief and trauma those parents must feel.   I look at my children and am overwhelmed with emotions and fears and hopes.  These terrible events remind me to breathe in, and step back.  Who cares if we are late somewhere?  Who cares if I have to change Mr 1.5 for the third time before we get out the door?  It doesn’t matter.  They are here, they are healthy, they are happy.  I’m not ruining them, I just need to not shout so much.  And I need to hug and kiss them multiple times a day.  Every day.  

    Hugs are Healing

    It’s Friday, which for us means the end of the Mister’s working week, and two whole days with all of us home together.  Swim classes, watching some footy, maybe even breaking out Star Wars for Ms 3 (for the first time ever!!) So I’m throwing the Bad and the Shouty off and heading into the weekend with just the Good.

    How about you?  Who has had a good, bad or shouty week?  Let me know I’m not the only one yelling at her 3-year-old!  Let it all out here, a virtual shaking off if you will!   

     

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  • Parenting Is So Worth It
    Family,  Parenting,  Uncategorized

    The Little Things

    Parenting Is So Worth ItThey melt my heart.  We’ve had a bit of a rough fortnight here.  Colds, conjunctivitis, teething, upset tummies and lots of little kids parties.  It all amounts to tired toddlers and ratty parents.  Perhaps even the other way around.  

    Blocked noses and bubba’s who suck their thumbs, do not equal good sleep.  Mr 15 months had just worked out the sleeping through the night thing, when wham! Blocked nose, cold, conjunctivitis and a back tooth trying to come through all happened at once.  Urgh.  So one night, when I had settled him back to sleep for the fourth time, all before 3am, Ms 3 woke up and wanted me to come into her room.  Usually she comes into our bed and goes to sleep.  But the Mister was also sick, and this just wasn’t working.  

    So in I trudge, thinking I was never going to see sleep again.  She lay there, looking up at me as I sat down, then she patted the pillow and said “you want to lie down with me?”.  Heart melted.  Thoughts of sleep no longer matter.  God I love her.  She is so adorable.  Then she says “can you sing me a beautiful song to help me sleep?”  Good lord.  Cuteness overload.  I don’t really sing, it’s not that soothing really, but she requested twinkle twinkle, so I sang that and she nearly fell asleep.  Wow, this might be a winner I thought.  Her eyes popped open and she smiled at me again.  “Lie down a little bit mummy.”  Ok.  Why not.  An hour later she finally fell asleep and I went back to my bed.  Not caring one jot that it was only an hour and half before I was likely to be woken again.  

    It’s the little things sometimes, that make parenting so worth it.  

  • Dinosaur Adventures Giveaway
    Family,  Kid Friendly,  Parenting

    The Dinosaurs Are Coming! Dinosaur Adventures Giveaway

    Dinosaur Adventures Giveaway

    Oh my god! I’m so excited about this giveaway!  Do your kids like dinosaurs?  Do you like animatronics? Do you just love free stuff to entertain the kids??!!  Then this is for you.  

    Dinosaur Adventures is an exhibition coming to the Caulfield Racecourse in June and July.  You can explore a prehistoric world full of life-size moving dinosaurs! Woo! I don’t know about you, but I have two small people who love dinosaurs, all thanks to Peppa Pig.  They may be surprised when they see how big these dinosaurs are!!

    Dinosaur Adventures Melbourne

    As part of the experience,  kids will be get their own expert digger outfit and be a paleontologist for the day!  Also, there will be a whole lot of other dinosaur activities including dinosaur sand art, dinosaur library, fossil displays, dinosaur
    inflatable activity lands and rides, dinosaur sand pit, photographic souvenirs inside a
    life sized dinosaur egg and so much more!

    Dinosaur Adventures Giveaway Melbourne

    So to the prize itself!  I have one Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children) to the Exclusive VIP Opening Night of Dinosaur Adventures for Friday 20 June, 6:30pm.  You have to be able to make it to the Caulfield Racecourse (Victoria) to participate.  Please fill in the widget below to enter and feel free to share the comp around!  Good luck!

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  • Muppets Most Wanted Giveaway
    Blogging,  Family,  Kid Friendly

    Movie Review & Giveaway – Muppets: Most Wanted

    Muppets Most Wanted GiveawayOn the weekend, I was lucky enough to receive family tickets to an advance screening of Muppets Most Wanted, thanks to Nuffnang.  This is the first free thing I’ve received blogging, so it was with much excitement that the Mister, Ms 2 and myself headed off to Village Cinemas at the Jam Factory.  Mr 1 stayed with nanny and poppy – he’s not quite ready for the movies.  Or rather, I’m not quite ready for a one year old at the movies!

    This was Ms 2’s first cinema trip.  She spied the poster on the way into the car park and exclaimed “look Daddy, it’s your favourite Weezer!”  The Mister’s fave band is Weezer and both he and Ms 2 love watching this clip.  Now, these weren’t just tickets – they were GOLD CLASS tickets.  Oh yeah.  Somehow I am going to have to explain to Ms 2 that the cinemas aren’t going to be like that again for a long time!  However, we all had a great time.  The movie was funny, if a little predictable, but Ms 2 was enthralled the whole time.  We loved Ty Burrell.  He’s very funny.  And Tina Fey is always great. 

    Now we aren’t the only ones to benefit from this – thanks to Nuffnang, I have a four ticket pass to giveaway to one lucky reader!  Just in time for the school holidays!  Sweet.  If you would like to win, leave a comment on this post answering the following question:

     What kid’s show from your childhood would you like to see turned into a movie?

    The answer I like the best will win! This giveaway will be open until Friday 11th April 2014 at 8pm.  I’ll announce a winner on the blog on Saturday.  Make sure your email is attached to your blog post so I can contact you if you win!  *See below for participating cinemas. 

    Terms and conditions:  Open to Australian Residents Only.
    One entry per person
    The above question must be answered, by leaving a comment on this post. 
    The answer I like the most will receive the prize.
    Entries close Friday 11th April 2014 at 8:00pm Melbourne time
    The winner will be emailed on Saturday 12th April 2014 and announced on this blog.
    The prize is one pass to admit four people to the movie “Muppets Most Wanted”.  Participating cinemas – Ace Cinema, Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinema, EVENT cinema, Grand Cinema, Greater Union Cinema, HOYTS cinema, Independent Cinema, Palace Cinema, Reading Cinemas, Wallis Cinema, Village Cinema.
    Prize is not redeemable for cash.
    Prizes are not transferable.
    The Promoter is not responsible for prizes once they have been dispatched to the winner.
     
  • postnatal depression, perinatal depression
    Family,  Parenting,  Post Natal Depression,  Self Care,  Womanhood

    Postnatal Depression

    postnatal depression, perinatal depressionPost Natal Depression. Ah crap. That can’t be right. Not me. My husband is super supportive, I have fantastic support from my mum, family and close friends.
    Mothering was ‘supposed’ to be my thing! I’m ‘supposed’ to be ‘good’ at this! I should be feeling seven shades of bliss and happiness right now. Not feeling so overwhelmed that I can’t make a decision about how to finish the shopping, or to even get out of the house.
    I’m well educated and aware when it comes to PND – I’ve worked with vulnerable women and their families for over 10 years, including new mums and community agencies. I know that it’s a lot more common than people think, that it has nothing to do with your ability or education.

    I was diagnosed with PND when my first bub was four months old.  And this came about because I knew how I felt wasn’t the way it had to be.  I talked to my husband and to my mum – a current Maternal and Child Health nurse.  A then I went to my GP.  She was brilliant.  Listened to me, reassured me, and basically acknowledged how I was feeling and just how hard and UNEXPECTED mothering can be.  

    For me, a combination of counselling and medication helped.  But there again was another thing to ‘feel guilt’ about – medication whilst breastfeeding!  However, I was reassured by my GP, and to be honest, I needed something to help me out of the fog I was in.  Medication helped me with that.  I’ve always thought and advocated that if the mum isn’t at her best, how can the rest of the family be?  

    In the time since this all came about, I’ve done a lot of thinking and reflection.  How have we developed such expectations of ourselves?  Why should I as a woman, automatically ‘be good’ at mothering?  Why do I think I should be?  Why do I think that I’m not?  Mothering, parenting, is such an amazing, tiring, funny, exhausting, wonderful and shattering experience all at once.  It’s not something that you can fully prepare for, despite the reading, the classes, the internet trawling you might do.  It is different for EVERYONE.  The pregnancy, the birth process, the feeding, the sleeping, the change to your partnership.  The change to yourself.  

    The most important thing I think I can say to anyone about to become parents, or even those already in it, is to be kind to yourself.  Be gentle.  Love your baby and family.  But love yourself as well.  Chances are, you’re doing a fabulous job.  

    If you think you could be feeling better, or your partner could be feeling better, check PANDA out.  They’re a good place to start.