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Blogger Garage Sale

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Hey Folks

Just a little post to say I’ll be participating in a huge blogger garage sale and if you are in Perth c’mon down (even if you don’t plan on buying anything) and be sure to say ‘hello’! Stay tuned to my Facebook page with updates on what I’m selling but nothing will be over $100. Brands include Missoni and Sass and Bide and baby clothes from Sooki baby and Oobi.

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16/52

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Nyla: As your sister recovers from tonsillitis, you catch a nasty virus and we’ve had the toughest two nights because you are refusing to sleep anywhere else besides being rocked in our arms.

Lily: These ears are still going strong even though one of the bows have come out. It’s miraculous that you found all the easter eggs despite always complaining that you can’t find any of your toys!

Hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing Easter!

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 16/52.

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Dear Nyla: 8 months

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My monthly letters to Nyla during her first year

Dear Baby

Gosh, I feel like every month I say “you are growing up way too quickly” – but this month it is particularly true as you are officially on the move! You started crawling and pulling yourself up to stand. You are even bouncing up and down as you dance to your favourite music and you have a rather odd habit of rubbing your feet together when you sit up – either because you are very excited or really annoyed.

Since you have a habit of putting everything in your mouth we have to constantly keep our eyes on you and be so vigilant with picking things up. A task which is almost impossible when your 3 year old sister has a habit of turning her room upside down and leaving everything on the floor except for the one thing she was looking for…

You have started eating meat but you aren’t a fan (first time you actually vomited) so we have cut back for now. You also had your first bottle of formula and it’s part of your daily routine now along with three breastfeeds.

You have started communicating with high piercing shrieks and grumbles – especially during meal times when you are demanding that I feed you quicker or you want more. You have started to mumble your first words…and unfortunately it seems to be ‘Dadda’ and ‘Daddy’…*sigh*

There were a few sleepless nights with your first fever and then BANG – your first two teeth appeared – finally!

Seeing that you have become more independent and on the move has made it easier for me going back to work. Toddlerhood is just around the corner so I’m trying to savour as many of these baby moments as much as I can…

Love you to the moon and back,

Your Mummy x

Read my 7 month letter to Nyla here

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Autism Awareness: What is Autism?

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Brother and Uncle R* (notice the toys lined up?)

Besides being packed with public holidays, April is also the month that various activities/functions are planned to raise autism awareness. Having two brothers with autism doesn’t make me an expert but I do want to write a couple posts coming from my own personal experience.

For the first time last week, Lily went up to my mother and asked “Nanna, why doesn’t Uncle R* talk to me?” Mum was caught on the spot and didn’t know what to say except that he couldn’t and never will. Then Lily put on her best performance of ‘The most annoying trait of 3 year old’ which is of course continuously asking “Why?” a hundred million times. Poor mum! But a day later, Lily came up to me and told me Uncle R had “lost his voice…” and carried on playing. She didn’t seem sad or scared but accepted that Uncle R was simply different and unusual to the typical people she interacts with.

There isn’t a definition that explains the cause – as in most cases no one knows the cause. There are also varying degrees of the condition and that is why ‘ASD’ (Autism Spectrum Disorders) is a term which is commonly used.

Autism is basically a complex neurobiological disorder and in most cases, a lifelong developmental disability. People with the disorder struggle with social interaction and have difficulties with communication and learning. Their behaviour is often unusual and they may have an intellectual impairment which will require continuous specialist support.

Today, 1 in 110 individuals are diagnosed with autism. Autism also affects four times as many boys than girls.

My brothers are intellectually impaired and will never be able to communicate and learn in the ‘usual’ way as adults. However, they have learnt over time how to adapt and cope in the world and whilst still exhibiting their odd behaviour and being intellectually disabled they are living their lives and interacting with others in their own way. On most days, they are happy and content.

And I guess Lily being too young to grasp the complexities of the disorder has somehow understood that her uncles are different to the norm but are just living their lives like the rest of us.

Find more about autism on the Australian Autism Awareness site.

This is part of a series of posts I’m writing about my personal experiences with autism as part of Autism Awareness month. Read my first post here.

*Note – I have protected my brothers’ identities because they are unable to communicate whether they want their names to be public or effectively object to the matter.

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Voices of 2014 nominee?!

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So this kinda happened a few weeks ago – what a freakin’ surprise!! But we all had to keep a huge secret…until now. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to fly into Sydney for the launch party and I’m kinda kicking myself as I would have loved to have met the other bloggers.

But in all honesty I don’t know how I got nominated and I doubt I’ll win (as the other amazing blogs deserve it more than me), but I’m proud nonetheless and incredibly honoured to have been chosen for the top 30 for the Personal and Parenting category. I’m in really good company as some of my favourite blogs that I actually nominated made the top 30 too.

Blogging is just a hobby for me but lately I’ve been neglecting it as I’ve just been knackered with starting work again. I’d rather just crash in my spare time rather than sit in front of a computer or take outfit shots but then I remember I can’t anyway as I usually have a never ending pile of clothes to fold or I need to sweep the floor for the 100th time again. I really applaud and take my hat off to the people who manage to fit the time to blog and still churn out thought provoking, inspiring and beautifully shot posts. Hopefully I’ll get back into the rhythm of it again.

I’ve been blogging a few years now to know I’ll never be big but I’ve never wanted to take it further than just getting my voice out there and recording moments of my family’s life. I’m so grateful to have met friends though this community and the constant learnings I take from reading all the personal heart-felt stories, keeping on top of the latest trends, trying a new recipe or grasping CSS to redesign a WordPress site. It all helps me grow and to be nurtured. To feed my mind with wisdom and my heart with positive vibes. Thank you for the nomination as it means my lil ‘ol voice is being heard. And for all the time, love, and support from the organisers, sponsors, judges and of course my readers.

Be sure to check out all the top 100 nominees here: http://www.kidspot.com.au/voices-of-2014/bloggers/nominees-2014/

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Lily: Tonsillitis has reared its ugly head again. Hopefully you will you get better soon.

Nyla: This week you are looking less like a baby and acting more like a toddler with the whole arching your back and high pitched shrieks when you get frustrated.

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 15/52.

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Winston Wolfe AW 2014

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(Left to right): Raccoon structured Jacket (AU$1140), Leather Cream Biker Jacket (AU$400), Blue Raccoon Vest (AU$850), Leather singlet top (AU$290), Boyfriends for Girlfriends Leather pants (AU$380)

Winston Wolfe only launched a year ago, but has already created much hype – and deservedly so as Kristie Kahler has created an edgy line inspired by stylish girls from around the world: the laid back style from Australia, the chic and sophisticated ladies from Paris and the cool cats from New York City.

Pieces are fashion forward and ultra cool with a certain rawness. Whereas Sass and Bide started with denim, Kristie has chosen leather has the brand’s shining star. And even though other luxurious materials (such as fur) are heavily used,  prices are kept relatively affordable.

Her savvy business model relies on social media to promote her collections online (a strategy which creates intense hype and excitement) before they are manufactured so pre-orders ensure upfront and early payment. The savings are then invested into being able to use the quality materials such as New Zealand lamb leather. Clever right?

And it’s also refreshing to hear innovation working for a new fashion designer when it’s so common to hear of all the struggles of the fashion and retail sector.

Be sure to check out the website at winstonwolfe.com.au and add Winston Wolfe on Instagram (@winston_wolfe)

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14/52

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Nyla: Your bottom two teeth finally came out this week! Unfortunately we had a few sleepless nights as it was quite painful for you. (BTW, anyone recognise the onesie?)

Lily: Excited to be on a boat for the first time!

Last week I was so envious of this little girl’s coat.

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 14/52.

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Why you need to watch Game of Thrones

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I’m getting heart palpitations just thinking about Season 4 of Game of Thrones coming out tomorrow. I have to confess when it first came out I thought it was only something that die hard fantasy fans would watch. You know the dungeon and dragons type that speaks Elven fluently and hosts medieval birthday parties.

And when I watched Season 1, I really thought there was way too much sex and violence (gosh I’m a prude) but maybe I just got used to it as I loved each subsequent season since then and super excited about Season 4.

So are you a fan? If not, here are my five reasons to watch Game of Thrones now!

The characters are complex

There are so many characters that it took me a while to work out who was who and how they were all connected (thank goodness for re-runs).  But even with all the special effects and beautiful locations, it really are the characters – their dialogue, tortured lives and power struggles – which really makes this show a standout.

Who hasn’t falled in love with Peter Dinklage’s portrayal of the strong willed and witty Tyrion Lannister (who also happens to be a ‘little person’).  But I think it is the female characters which really makes the series shine as whether they are queens, warriors, ladies, prostitutes they exude their own authority with their razor sharp lines. And refreshing to all the one dimensional characters on TV at the moment…

Made for TV

I haven’t read the book series (yet) but I can’t imagine the TV depiction being disappointing with all the special effects, dramatic fight scenes and dazzling sets and costumes. With spectacular scenery in locations such as Croatia, Morocco, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Iceland combined with the drama it’s hard to not admit this story wasn’t made for the screen.

There really is nothing on TV at the moment (in my opinion) which matches this series based on it’s sheer scale and huge budget.

It’s unpredictable and controversial

There are several story lines running parallel and an abundance of intricate plotting, back stabbing and twists so you never know how things will turn out. Several times there have been favourite characters who have been killed unexpectedly which does make you pissed off but it keeps you on the edge of your seat I suppose!

The stories are loosely based on actual history

I’ve picked up that some of the storylines (minus the sorcery and dragons) have been inspired on actual history. War of the Roses, The Hundred Year War, and  the geography and politics of Westeros doesn’t sound too different to the United Kingdom with the ‘North’ and ‘South’ divide and there is even a wall (Hadrian’s) which separates England and Scotland.

So it’s not all fantasy as you get a loosely based history lesson. And the drama is a lot more credible than reality TV right?

But it still is Fantasy

White Walkers (Zombie like creatures), sorcery, and did I mention dragons?? Enough fantasy and CGI to intrigue the geek in all of us and provide the needed escapism from our real lives.

So who else is excited about Season 4?

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Nyla: Crawling has officially started. And it’s surprising that my house isn’t baby proof anymore so I’ll need to go through all of Lily’s toys and chuck out move anything which is a choking hazard.

Lily: If it wasn’t for your tutus, you would be a total tomboy.

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 13/52.

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