I know this is meant to be funny buuuuuuut it’s actually not.
Cooper will play all day with Daddy, follow Daddy around, constantly talk about Daddy when he’s at work etc etc etc then come bed time or bath time or nappy change time or every. single. bloody. wakeup “Mummy do it”, “I want my Mummy”, “No Daddy do it” 😠😡🤬🤯
Daddy works long hours so when he’s home it would be so so so lovely to have a minute off, just one bedtime off, one poo I don’t have to deal with, one bath I don’t have to endure. Not to mention how horrible it is for Daddy to be constantly rejected for no logical reason 🙅🏻♂️🚫👎🏻
I know some of my friends are experiencing the same with their toddlers. Anyone with older kids want to reassure me it’s just a phase and it will pass and one day I’ll have a night off Cooper bedtime 🙏🏻 #lovemealittleless #pleasebeaphase #lifewithatoddler
We are excited to have the lovely Lara from @matakana.skincare
joining us at the Spring market.
Do you have young children? Then I would love your input. And because I know your all busy. I'm giving away one $50.00 Countdown voucher to one lucky person, So if you have young children and have a few spare minutes. Click the link in bio and give me your input. Thank you in advance, Mel XX
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🌻 my happy little wildflower. she’s been a daddy’s girl all weekend while mama worked & had a night out. bax at this age would have been so sad with me gone even a few hours but ava is such a different kid in that aspect. makes things much easier. i’ve been so tired today — too old to go to bed after 12 😂
Another epic Sunday for the memory bank ✌🏻
They love each other really 🤷🏻♀️💗
Checking out this kids art work this afternoon at the Kaiapoi Library. 🎨 📚 💕
DAY OF REST. (especially when you’re a little hungover) 🥂
This is such a cool way to document your pregnancy!😍
I wish I had taken more photos of both my bumps. There certainly isn’t many of bump number two.🙁
Did you record your pregnancy?
Or are you like me and wish you had more photos?
Gorgeous photo from 📸@morganasitton
Tasty, wholesome, cookies. Want to try some? Perfect for your supply and to get you through those growth spurts! Available online now
SIX WEEKS!!!! Six weeks of no kindy! And we have made it! I love this girl so much but ohhh I am sooo grateful that she goes so such an amazing kindy!
I just wanna eat you up 👐🏻💗👐🏻💗
Win a Fitbit Charge 2 watch!
I know how hard it is to start that run journey. It's tough. There's a lot of sweat, hard work & sometimes tears. Or was that just me?
Anyhoooo, I want to help someone get their fitness journey started - & uplift their health - by giving away this epic Fitbit watch that tracks steps, calories, heart rate, sleep & even displays call & text notifications.
To go in the draw to win:
Tell us who inspires you to be the best you?Make sure you follow @inspiredhealthandfitness
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Ps for an extra chance to win enter on our InspiredHealthNZ Facebook page #linkinbio
-Rach x x
Winner announced Sept 6, 2018. NZ peeps can enter only.
4 Top Tips to Lose Weight is the topic of my column published in Indulge magazine today.
You can read the piece on the Herald on-line now. Or find it on the InspiredHealthNZ Facebook page. It's the top post via #linkinbio
- Rach x
Saturday sport is happening for us today so not much else is getting done.
It is always a nice to slow down and take things a bit easier on a Saturday.💕
What are you up to today?
Thanks to our faves over at @georgehenryclothing
for creating some of the cutest threads for our minis & sending a coffee cup to this sleep deprived mama (ALWAYS NEEDED). I think mama needs to order a #girlgang
tee now for our mini girl gang 🙌🏻 I also think Annabelle&Ava need a mini SASS tee though 🤣
She still can’t understand the early starts on Saturday for her big brother’s rugbytots 🏉 she is not an early 🐦 like her him 😂 Down to our last faux fur vest in both blush and tan now, these wont be restocked..... www.indiealice.com 💕 #indiealice
kindness IS golden. 🌿 a kind word goes a really long way. spread it around.
Meet the gorgeous Laura from @ohreallyoriley
and her beautiful bump.🤰🏼
Laura has a Baby Shower happening over on her page - his cool is that 😍 and is giving away prizes to a range of games.
It is the coolest idea so make sure you check it out!💕
You may even win a Peek-a-Baby wrap.😆
How selfies of us roll 99.9% of the time. Because A) we are a couple of silly billies, and B) its the best way to get a photo with home girl.
Ps. Matching outfits were coincidental I swear! #mummydaughtermoments #pukanableh
These little moments are the ones that make impressions in you heart.
Thank you so much @lavara_photography
for letting me share this special photo xx
✖️I get so many compliments on my hair 🖤 So *hairs* (see what I did there?) the big, not so secret, secret 💁🏼♀️ This plus an amazing hairdresser... I’ve been using this stuff ever since I went blonde & I LOVE it! Seriously do you even blonde if you don’t use (or overuse) some sort of purple shampoo? See ya next week @jordichch
for some more hair magic 💜 #tone #ash
You forget how much fun a pair of crazy glasses and a mirror can be! Have an awesome weekend everybody 😃
Mums going to the toilet VS Dads 😅
Somehow hubby gets away with locking himself in there for at least a good 30 minutes (feels like a lifetime!) whilst I’m all like guys can I please just 💩 in peace 🤦🏻♀️ #mumlifeproblems
Plus let’s throw in a dog for good measure
Happy Friday mama’s 😂
This dress is our top pick! It's absolutely gorgeous! It's a maternity dress with breastfeeding access. I'm not pregnant and not feeding but I feel so confident and comfortable in it and it looks great! I should keep one for myself :)
Both the kids are sick. Harper with a double ear infection and Cooper with, well I’m not sure yet (slight temp, no appetite, clingy, coughing, WHINEY). He put himself to sleep on the change table this morning 😍🤣 I’ve had one or both on me all day. I drank a smoothie for lunch because it was the easiest thing to have while a kid is cuddling into me. I’ve only managed the dishwasher, a load of washing that’s now in the dryer, to get the washing off line that I hung out on Wednesday (🤦🏻♀️) and tea is prepped (aka it didn’t get cooked last night as we were at after hours). It’s frustrating staring at the mess but it’s also nice being made to stop and just snuggle my babes all day. Showers are overrated anyway right 🤷🏻♀️ #mumlife #sickbabes #allthecuddles
C o l d s - r o u n d 2 ( o r 5! ) // We're having a bout of nasty colds in our families at the moment. Just when we optimistically hoped we'd made it through winter with only a few sneezes and sniffles we've all been knocked down. Here's what's been getting us through this time round... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1) Mentholated rubs - Rawleighs, Vix or similar rubs are so soothing massaged into sore noses or congested chests - whilst it's not going to rid the cold it will certainly make life a little bit more comfortable for the wee ones. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2) Essential oils in the bath - oilbas oil in the bath is great, so good for unblocking noses and clearing congestion - it's also anti-bacterial too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3) Good old fashioned hot water bottles - there's something so comforting about snuggling up in bed with a hotty, especially when you have the aches. Take care to ensure its not too hot! A hotty cover is a must! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Wishing you all a happy and healthy weekend. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Essie & Lou xoxo
Image credit: @ameliahannah
The face you make when it’s Friday AND the dirt tastes good! 😆 What more could you want in life?
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K e e p i n g b u s y // We're kicking off the week with the latest things keeping our littlies busy as we see out the last of the winter months! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1) Our little ones love to help out during dinner prep time. After weeks of them of destroying our pot cupboard and flooding the sink we decided to pop down to the local sallies and buy a basket full of pots and pans, combine this with some dried pasta and a few mixing spoons and they're "happy as larry" for at least 15 minutes! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2) Indoor forts - we've been converting the dining room table into a fort on the long rainy days by just covering it with a big sheet and popping some cushions, teddies and toys inside. The novelty of just putting things in and out alone will keep our little ones happy for 30 minutes or so. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3) Winter picnics - although eating al fresco may not seem that appealing in the winter months, we're finding it's a great way to fend off witching hour. As long as it's not raining, we rug up and take out our 4pm snack to the garden and sit on a couple of wooden logs and talk about the birds and what we can see in the garden. By 4.15 tummies are filled, tempers abated and we're on track for a more harmonious final leg of the day and build up to dinner and bath time.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Love ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Essie & Lou xoxo