Happy 4th Birthday Scarlett. After causing her much confusion as she had her party a few weeks ago, she can finally say she is 4 😂
We love you bigger than the universe little one. Your determined, driven and know exacly what you want in life. I admire this (even though you push the limits) and hope you never let anyone dull your sparkle. Dream big baby girl - Mummy, Daddy and Hudson are behind you every step of the way 💕💕💕 .
Thanks Huddy for the pic 👏👏
We escaped the heat this morning and headed to the opening of 'The Loft' @foresthillchase. .
The Loft is a brand new dining and entertainment area on level three of the shopping centre. There are a heap of amazing new restaurant's, an interactive kids area, pop up arcade. Plus, your old favourites @timezoneaustralia, @lollipopsforesthill, @tgifridaysau and @hoytsaustralia are still there.
I'm a working mother and I have been since my babies were 7 months old. I know the juggle and understand when you drop your babies off each day, you feel like you are dropping off a piece of yourself. .
In the early days I had anxiety about missing the firsts, I was worried that Hudson or Scarlett would crawl, walk or say their first words when I wasn't there. I have clenched the steering wheel and cried as I have been stuck in traffic, unable to get to my children quickly after receiving the call that one of them is sick or had hurt themselves at daycare. I have had many sick days looking after them and felt the glares from other staff when I have turned up late or had to leave early AGAIN!
So why do I put myself through it? I earn next to nothing because I pay for someone else to look after my children and don't even get me started on the pay gap and superannuation.
The sad reality is everything is damn expensive so many of us have no choice, we have to work. Plus, I want to set an example for my children. I am more than a mother and I have worked since a teenager. I like working and if given the right opportunity I will work hard. There is just not enough felixible, job share and part time options available. .
Almost every mother (sometimes fathers..... but let's face it, mens careers don't really suffer after children) I speak to is looking for an alternative to the normal 9 to 5. They want flexibility and they want it now. There are new businesses run by mothers popping up on here everyday, why? Because people have to make their own flexibility, we can't find it in offices. This is a massive loss, women are willing, able and want to to work but organisations don't see the value in being flexible. As you know I have recently resigned from my normal job and I will finish up in a couple of weeks. I am determined to find something that fits with my family life. I have a side hussle, will work with my husband on his business and one day hope to employ people and provide true flexibilty. .
Did you feel anxious about returning to work after mat leave? Have you had trouble with requesting flexibility in the workplace? Share, we're in this together 👊
Christmas has come early, I am so excited to get my hands on the amazing @Dyson Cyclone V10 vacuum and share the magic with you. .
We got a new car last year and I vowed to not let the kids eat in it and that it would never get dirty but hey, life happens and sometimes it’s easier to let the kids eat on the run and deal with the crumbs later.
After spending years using mini portable vacuums that don’t work, paying to have my car professionally cleaned or dragging my huge corded vacuum outside. I can finally clean the sand, food crumbs, dog hair and dirt from the car with ease,with ease using my V10. It’s like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and cleaning my car is no longer a task that I dread. Do you have a @dyson? Do you love it? .
Head to my stories to see the V10 in use #workingwithdyson#DysonV10
Hallelujah 🙌 After the great gingerbread house catastrophes of 2016 and 2017 we finally made a gingerbread house that didn't collapse and end in tears (from both me and the kids 😂) all thanks to @phillippasbakery 👏 .
The kids loved decorating the house all by themselves. While I was happy to distract myself from lining up the lollies perfectly with this amazing 'essentials hamper' of goodies which includes mince pies, cookies and a Christmas cake 🎅 .
@phillippasbakery has all your Christmas treats ready to go and you can get 15% off by using the code phillippasxmas15 at checkout. . (15% discount applies to all product bought online until Dec 13 which is the last day that hampers can be ordered online for delivery before Christmas) .
Today we left home at 7.30am and just got home 😳. Before I share what we got up to, I want to explain, even though my pics/stories always look like we are are happy and smiling the whole time at events and when we're out and about. The reality is, we deal with the tanties, toilet stops, runny noses, sibling fights and unreasonable requests just like everyone else. Plus, it's not just the kids, at one point today I thought my husband and I were going to have a barney in the middle of South Yarra 🤦♀️🤣🤣 We do have a lot of fun and are extremely grateful to have these opportunities but it's not all sunshine and lollypops, let's keep it real here people we are a normal family with normal problems. .
Anyway, our day started at the @christmasappeal for @targetaus. We had 90 seconds to put as many toys in our trolley so they could be donated to the @christmasappeal. Naturally we went for Lego and anything with a big price tag as Target were kindly matching the amount raised. Over $15k of toys were collected from the group wich was an amazing effort from everyone and a great lesson for the kids at Christmas. .
We then popped into @paris2provencefestival and finally went to see @spidermanintothesspiderverse which was so so good! I'm not a huge Spiderman fan and I loved it, Hudson thought it was the best and Scarlett wants to be Spidergirl instead of Elsa which is a refreshing change 🕷🕸 .
See my stories for all the fun and details. Have a wonderful weekend, I'm off to put my feet up ❤
'Oui, oui' today we were transported to Paris at the @paris2provencefestival. Such a beautiful day for all ages. Delicious food, kids activities and stalls to pick up some Christmas gifts (and of course Champagne) 🥂 .
Both Hudson and Scarlett loved the world of Claris the Chicest mouse in Paris based on the book by @meganhess_official. It's on all weekend so be sure to check it out.
You'd think after 3 years I'd know what to do with my hands 👐🤦♀️
I spent a wonderful afternoon with great group of ladies, celebrating the launch of @mamawineco by @real_mumma Adele.
. P.S how cute is this bag from @willowbayaustralia 😍 #mamawineco#whoskevin
Congratulations to my big boy Hudson 💚💚 so proud. I can't believe the little chubby baby that I dropped off at childcare at just 7 months old is going to school next year *insert ugly cry* 😭 .
Swipe to see just how happy his sister was for him, she clearly adores not being the centre of attention🤣🤣 #paininthebutt
Giveaway!!!! @sarahandduckofficial are coming to Melbourne in January 🦆 I am giving you to opportunity to win a family pass (valued at approx. $140) to attend either:
3.30pm show on Tuesday 22 January - Clocktower Centre (Moonee Ponds)
or 3.30pm show on Friday 25 Jan - Karralyka Centre (Ringwood). I will draw a random winner on the 2nd of December. A perfect little treat for Christmas 🎅 .
All you need to is tag a friend below and follow @themummycode enter as many times as you like. . . In no way is this competition endorsed or sponsored by Instagram or Facebook. It is running om @themummycode Instagram and Facebook. I will draw a random winner from all entries. Tickets are not transferable.
Confession - I don't enjoy craft! I actually would rather pluck my nose hairs out. .
However, my kids absolutely adore it 🤦♀️. Therefore I give in and do it at every opportunity. Firstly, to see their smiles and how happy it makes them (of course) and maybe because they won't fight for at least 15 minutes 🤞 .
These little @colorifictoys sand/card sets are super cute and really easy to handle. Perfect as a Christmas stocking stuffer. Oh and head to my stories now for some Christmas gift tips from @colorifictoys and details of their sale this weekend 🌈
This one is desperate to start dancing, she spends her days watching The Greatest Showman or Ballerina, she stretches and tries to stand on her tippy toes. .
We tried it last year but the place we went was super strict, especially for a two year old and she didn't love it .
I am looking for somewhere to enroll her for 2019, nothing too strict or serious (swipe to see the 2nd pic for the reason why 🤣) but something fun to get her started. Please send me any suggestions in Melbourne and I'll check them out. .
Dress - @fairymagic___
Shoes - @bestandless .
Its almost cruel that we have Christmas in Summer here in Australia. There is no hiding under winter woolies after we over indulge during the festive season 😳 and with so many events and parties on at this time of year it's easy to forget to eat healthy. .
Life is all about balance so I have been eating @odysseylean before we head out to ensure I don't find myself hoovering a grazing table, elbow deep in a tray full of spring rolls or at a Maccas drive through on the way home. However, I will still enjoy a champagne or two because.....Christmas 🎅 .
@odysseylean meals are fresh ready to go heat and eat meals. They are low carb, low sugar, high protien and only made from natural ingredients. They have a huge range and they are all delicious. .
The best part is @odysseylean have given me a code so you can try them and get 20% off, just use 'mummycode20' at checkout #oddyseylean#gifted
As always, we had a super fun time @santasmagicalkingdom. Each year the kids are more and more excited. Scarlett even made me get changed into something dressier as we were meeting 'the real Santa' 😂 (she was so nervous) 🎅 We got the photo ticked off too, saves us waiting in massive queues in a busy shopping centre. .
@santasmagicalkingdom has something fun for all ages and is a wonderful Christmas tradition. Swipe to see all the fun; including when the kids made the beautiful snow area into a foam pit then Scarlett got upset because she was wet 🤦♀️ #lordhelpme#santasmagicalkingdom#christmasfun
Thank you @cadburyaust for the fantastic free concert with @samanthajade and @guysebastian at Federation Square tonight. .
We had an absolute ball. PS - I actually believe Scarlett thought the crowd of people was there just to see her dance moves 🙈😂 #cadburyaustralia#fedsquare
Me - pre kids : 'My kids will eat what we eat or go to bed hungry. I won't be making multiple meals or cutting food into shapes'. .
Me - as a mother of two: **makes different food for kids almost every night and then makes bikkies and vegemite toast in shapes in the hope someone will at least lick them** 🤣 #prekidmewasadick#theyownmenow#imintoodeep#sendwine#FML