The Link List 4

The Link List

Hello Hello,

Its Fri-yay! I hope you have had a great week! How are those of you with kids on school holidays coping? Ready to send them back yet?!

I’ve had a pretty good week. Very excited as behind the scenes, Brooke from The Lover Lab has been giving my little blog a bit of a make over and it’s close to being complete. I can’t wait to share it with you.

Carly & Christina

I’m also super excited to be off to the Little Blog Big workshop tomorrow, run by the uber talented Carly from Smaggle and Christina from Hair Romance. (pictured left) Cant wait to meet them both, learn as much as I can and see some of my awesome Bloggy friends. (photo source)

In the meantime, here’s some gold I’ve stumbled upon this week…

If you love reading blogs as much as I do, Fleur from Our Urban Box wrote a cracker of a post on how to support your favourite bloggers. We really do love a bit of comment love!

Speaking of bloggers, two of the my faves, Emma Kate Co and Jacklyn from Blog Society have teamed up in a collective celebration of self care during April, offering a free printable each week. Come and join the celebration… frame them, pop them on your vision board and share on social media tagging #bloglovefest and don’t forget to take some time out for just YOU!

I shared these Shedquarters the other day on the facebook page, then I saw these She-Sheds  and she-sheds-12OMG!! I now want to turn the kids cubby house into a She-Shed. Surely they wouldn’t mind?! #3 is my fave (pictured). Which do you like?

You know how much I love an Ikea hack, check out these ones for nursery’s. I adore #8!

The lovely Arlene from Starrtrekking joined me on my2morrows with this guest post during Autism Awareness Week, sharing some honest tips on how best to support families affected by Autism. With 1 in 100 of our kids having Autism, chances are you know someone who would greatly appreciate a casserole and some wine!

And on the work/career front, this article about The Motherhood Penalty raises the question… how are we meant to ‘lean in’ anyway?

Enjoy the links and have a wonderful week end!

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As you head into the week end, how are you taking some time for you?

Has the Motherhood Penalty affected you?

How would you theme your She-Shed?

 

 

 

 

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Guest Post: Arlene from Starrtrekking

I’m so excited to welcome a very special guest blogger today, the lovely Arlene from Starrtrekking!

hello Arlene

I went to school with this gorgeous soul. She’s a mum, aspiring writer (damn can this gal write!), glitter technician, and middle aged emo with an impulsive streak that manifests in terrible home ‘improvements’ and crazy haircuts. Her blog, Starrtrekking is her life and adventures with her beautiful family in coastal country South Australia, where she writes with beautiful honestly about being a mum to a child on the spectrum, among other topics. Always with a dose of her signature humour.

I’m so happy she agreed to be my guest during Autism Awareness Month to share some very important tips for us all.

Over to you Arlene…

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April is autism awareness month and as I am the mother of a child on the spectrum, apparently it has become my duty to inform and educate the world on an annual basis. It’s part of some invisible contract us ASD families are bound to; in the fine print that none of us read but are required to fulfil nonetheless.

Arlene's son Nate with his beloved Lucy

Arlene’s son Nate with his beloved Lucy

With the numbers climbing and now an estimated 1 in 100 of our kids having autism the chances are that you know someone who has it. When my son was diagnosed it was kind of obvious that nobody knew what to say or do so they’d ask what I needed. Articulating the help I desperately needed at that point in time was impossible. What I needed was for someone to show up and do what had to be done without asking. This year to fulfil my annual duty I’ve decided to compile a list for the friends and family out there and hopefully make someone else’s transition to this new way of life just a little bit easier.

  • When we tell you that our child has autism don’t go denying it. We’ve been through months, sometimes years of seeing doctors, speech therapists and paediatricians. The diagnosis is real. Similarly don’t say, ‘I knew there was something wrong with him.’ The only right thing to say is, ‘Are you okay?’ Followed closely by, ‘I’ll get the wine.’
  • Don’t stop visiting and calling. The chances are pretty good that you’re going to walk in on a meltdown and the house is a mess. You may not even hear them on the other end of the phone or they’ll cut you short to tend to an emergency. But don’t stop calling or visiting. Autism isolates the entire family and not just in the early years after diagnosis. Lost friendships are felt for years to come.
  • Offer to take the kids to give them a break. If you think you can’t deal with their little one screaming or rocking and flapping for a couple of hours while they rest/socialise/repair their house (or dare I say it, have sexy time) then imagine how they feel living with autism 24 hours a day. Suck it up and give them a little break. Nothing will be more appreciated.
  • Make a casserole. Not just a sympathy casserole directly after diagnosis. Every now and then if you’ve made too much pop something in a container and bring it around. Some nights we were so busy dealing with behaviour that tea time was a nightmare.
  • If all your friend or relative can talk about is autism it’s likely they’re working some shit out. A good friend will listen to that and not judge you even when you break down into ugly cry. Get the kettle on and settle in for a therapy session. Even better, drag out the wine.
  • Talk to their child. Just because they aren’t talking to you doesn’t mean they don’t know you’re there. Bend down, say hello and ask them how they are. Talk directly about what they’re currently doing. ‘Flicking the light switch on and off hey? Looks like unsafe fun! Let me have a go.’ They may or may not respond. It doesn’t matter. You’ve interacted and all those interactions add up so that one day when that child reacts, says hello, passes you a toy, it’ll be like all the fireworks in all the lands have been lit and your world will never be so fucking joyous. For both you and the parents. Promise.
  • If you really want your friends or family to attend your function then think about the location. If it’s not fenced the chances are they aren’t going to be able to go. Even if it is “family friendly” keep in mind that this means that neurotypical kids are safe in the surrounds. Not necessarily our little adventurers. So if they say they can’t come because it’s unsafe it isn’t an excuse. Don’t take it personally. The chances are they are gutted they are missing out.
  • Please don’t feel that the friendship is one sided. One day everyone gets into a rhythm and life becomes a new kind of normal. Now I have more time for friendships and a little more freedom for social outings but the invites have stopped. Don’t ever stop, even if it takes years, which it really did for us.

This list is inexhaustible and of course each family needs different things. I need more wine and song, others coffee and a nap. Remember that your friend is still there, they’re just going through something and all that stuff they liked to do with you before they’d love to do again. Try to make it happen. They’ll adore you forever.

Flappy World Autism Awareness Month to everyone.

Arlene
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Thank you lovely lady for sharing your tips, I’ve certainly learned something and I’m sure many others will too.

I only wish I lived closer so I could pop over with a casserole and bottle of wine. xx

You can find Arlene at Starrtrekking. Pop on over and say hi!

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10 on 10 April 2015

10 on 10 Logo

It’s 10 on 10 time again!

If you missed last months 10 on 10 post… in my quest to improve my photography skills, I’ve joined a group of my delightful Clever Cookie School of Blog friends in a photography project called 10 on 10.

Its a lot of fun and a great way to document family life as my2morrows continue to grow like weeds!

Here’s how it works:

  1. We pick a day and take 10 photos. Luckily this group are pretty flexible and the photos don’t have to be all from one day. They can be 10 favourite photos from the last month or 10 photos in 10 minutes. You get the drift.
  2. We then all share them in a blog post on the 10th of the month with a link to the next person in the circle who links to the next person and so on and so on.
  3. You then pop the kettle on, brew a pot of tea {T2 ‘Autumn’ is my absolute fave} and follow the links, winding around the whole circle until you get to the end.
  4. You’ll be inspired and may even discover some new blogs to add to your regular reading list.

So, here’s my favourite 10 photos from the last month…

Early autumn in Sydney means taking full advantage of those last sunny beach days. These pics were from an impromptu beach visit after Master 5’s Little Kickers class on Sunday morning. So much joy to be had jumping in puddles!

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Nate puddle edited

Domino fun {thanks Woolies}

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We kicked of Easter celebrations with Miss 5’s first school Easter Hat Parade. So much cuteness and some of those hats deserve a medal!

We kicked of Easter celebrations with Miss 5's first school Easter Hat Parade. So much cuteness!

And we continued the Festival of Chocolate with the Annual Easter bake off at work. I knocked up this Easter Bunny Bark {Recipe by Bake Play Smile} #icantquitsugar

I knocked up this Easter Bunny Bark for the Annual Easter bake off at work {Recipe by Bake Play Smile} #icantquitsugar

We had the best Easter Sunday with the friends we call family. Team brekkie, Easter egg hunt for the kiddies, an 8.5km family bike ride {to work off all those Easter eggs} and fish and chips for dinner by the lake with the ducks and this view.

We had the best Easter Sunday with our fave friends we call family. Team Brekkie, Easter Egg hunt for the kiddies, an 8.5km family bike ride and fish & chips  for dinner by the lake with this view.

After 14 years of living in Sydney, it was time to bite the bullet and finally get along to the Royal Easter Show. We had the best family day. Rides, Ninja Turtles show, animals, every kind of food you could want… on a STICK, fairy floss and of course showbags, showbags and more showbags!

My2Morrows were amazingly well behaved {could have had something to do with the showbag bribery} and we’ve now started an annual family tradition!

Ferris Wheel

Royal Easter Show

Now be sure to check out the next 10 on 10 in the circle… The lovely Jo from You Had Us At Hello, and don’t forget to follow the circle until the end, leaving some comment love as you go.

Enjoy!

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Pierced Wonderings

Show and Tell 1

Show and tell

It’s no secret that I love beautiful ‘things’ {just check out my ‘Love Want Need’ posts}. I mean who doesn’t right!

And like many of us, I do have lots of ‘things’. Clothing things, shoe things, jewellery things, trinket things and a truck load of tea cup things. But something I love more than just things… are when these ‘things’ have a story behind them. A personal story, an historic story, a happy story, or even a sad story. I just love a damn good story!

Miss 5 has show and tell once a week at school and as we’ve been helping her plan what she shares every week, it’s taken me right back to my school days and it’s got me thinking… Why don’t grown ups do show and tell? We all live diverse, interesting lives and I’m sure we all have fascinating ‘things’ and stories to share, so why not start a Show and Tell series, for adults, right here on the blog! {Not to be confused with the blog Show and Tell. Those ladies are all kinds of awesome and you should totally check them out.}

According to wiki, the definition of Show and Tell is:

a common expression about showing an audience something and telling them about it. It is a common classroom activity at early elementary school. For example, a child will bring an item from home and will explain to the class why they chose that particular item, where they got it, and other relevant information.

From time to time, I’ll share some of my ‘things’ for Show and Tell, but let’s face it, that could get boring pretty quickly, so I’ll also regularly invite others to share their stories too. It’s all a bit of fun and hey, you might even learn something new!

So, whether it’s an object, a piece of jewellery, a letter, a song, a book, a tattoo, something hand made, a special gift, a person or even a pet… there are personal stories just waiting to be uncovered and I look forward to sharing them right here!

So with that in mind, let’s start telling stories… I’ll go first!

Show and Tell #1

Name:

Shannon

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Happy wife | Proud mum | Animal lover | Blogger | Marketer | Yogi | Loves the simple and beautiful things in life.

I’m a country girl in a city world! Born and raised in coastal South Australia, I moved to the big smoke {Adelaide} to study Marketing. After graduating, I spent a year in the USA, travelling and working at a summer camp teaching sailing and kayaking. On my return to Australia, I moved to Sydney, got a job, met my now hubby and have called Sydney home for 14 years, working in marketing, sponsorship and media roles in the Corporate world. These days I work part time, spending as much time as I can with my2morrows {my 2 kiddies}, drinking tea and blogging about Kid stuff, life stuff, my ‘Love Want Need’ lists, music and travel.

Show & Tell Item:

Brazillian wooden carved hand, purchased at the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio, Brazil.

Good Luck Hand

What’s the story?:

The show and Tell item is related to our engagement story, which I blogged about a couple of weeks ago. You can read about that here.

Not long after C proposed, we popped into the little souvenir shop at the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio. I tend to pick up a little something from most places we visit, to help capture the memories. I had seen these wooden carved hands everywhere around the city of Rio and was quite intrigued, so that day I’d asked a local at the markets what they were and what they symbolised, and was told that it’s a Brazillian symbol for good luck, similar to what crossing fingers means to us. It’s also linked to passion and fertility.

A fitting souvenir to bring home that perfectly symbolised everything that an engagement promises for the future.

It now sits on my dressing table and I look at it regularly and smile, remembering that special moment in our lives, on top of ‘our’ mountain.

Engaged!

Engaged!

Want to get involved in Show and tell and share your story? Or do you know someone that may have a great ‘Show and Tell’ story to share? Head over to the ‘contact me’ tab above and send me an email.

And don’t forget to follow my2morrows on facebook, I’d love to see you there!

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I Heart Music: The Wedding Edition

Ultimate wedding songs

Last week we celebrated 8 years of marriage. In case you missed the post, you can read it here.

So all week I’ve been listening to our wedding playlist… reminiscing and all that.

Music is such an important part of a wedding, for us it was right up there at the top of the list. I wasn’t too bridezilla precious about the cake or the table decorations, but the music HAD to be perfect! We had so much fun picking out the songs for all our special ‘moments’. It was hard to choose because we wanted them all, but in the end we went with these:

  • Walking down the isle song: ‘Happy Ever After In Your Eyes’ by Ben Harper
  • Signing the registry song: ‘God Only Knows’ by The Beach Boys
  • After ceremony songs: ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ by Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole and ‘all you need is love’ by The Beatles
  • Entrance to reception: ‘Hey Ya’ by Outcast
  • Cutting of the cake: ‘What a wonderful world’ by Louis Armstrong
  • First dance: ‘Blowers Daughter’ by Damien Rice
  • Exit song: ‘Float On’ by Modest Mouse
Lyrics from one of our fave songs 'The Luckiest' by Ben Folds

Lyrics from one of our all time fave songs ‘The Luckiest’ by Ben Folds

We gave all our Wedding guests a CD with our special songs and a heap of our other faves {It seems funny talking about CD’s these days, but its so what you did 8 years ago}. Its amazing how often friends say to us things like ‘god we love your wedding album, we still listen to it all the time’. Gosh it makes me happy when I hear that! So I thought I’d share it with you too. {embedded playlist below}

And because you can never have too much wedding music, I also put together the Ultimate Wedding Songs playlist, with input from you wonderful people via social media this week. I loved listening to all your special songs, it really made me want to tie the knot all over again {to the same guy of course}.

So here they are! Follow the playlists on Spotify and pop them on if you’re feeling romantic over the long week end, or if you just want to feel happy and fall in love all over again! So much happiness here! Old classics, modern picks and everything in between {just no Celine Dion, sorry, I just can’t deal!}.

S&C’s Wedding Album Playlist

The Ultimate Wedding Songs Playlist

Married? I’d love to hear what your special songs were so I can add them to the Ultimate Wedding Songs playlist. Not married, what are your fave happy love songs? Tell me in the comments below.

  • Walking down the isle song:
  • Signing the registery song:
  • After ceremony song:
  • Entrance to reception:
  • Cutting of the cake:
  • First dance:
  • Exit song:

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