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?

 

 

 

 

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
xox

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

Pierced Wonderings

Love Want Need 8

Another week gone by. Can you feel the change in season? As much as I love summer, I’m loving the cooler sleeping temps lately.

And with a change in season comes the wardrobe re-shuffle. Time to dig out the warmer knits, closed toe shoes and depending which part of the country you live in, maybe even the uggies!

And of course, Autumn means its officially boot season. I’m loving all things grey at the moment so you’ll notice a bit of a grey theme in this week’s ‘Love Want Need’ list and one of the items below may have even made it off the ‘Love Want Need’ list and into the shopping cart. Can you guess which one? Gosh I hope the huz isn’t reading this!

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1. Witchery Sleevless Longline Vest $149.95
I’m yet to master the art of layering but this would be perfect Autumn/Winter layering.

2. Mimco Savanna Bucket Bag $299 On Sale (was $550)
Love the textural weave and bohemian feel of this baby. And it’s on sale!

3. Slip Pillowcase $79.95
Sleep on silk and you’ll never go back to anything else. Anti aging, anti sleep crease, anti bed head and pure silk! Makes a great gift!

4. Country Road Sabine Ankle boot $199
A bff for your skinny jeans! And grey… its definitely love!

5. Anthropologie Losin Elephant Tea Pot $48 (USD)
Be still my beating heart. The only reason I have not added this to cart is that my husband would divorce me if I brought another tea pot home. Loving this hard though!

6. Swathi Long Punjammies $52.50
I love a beautiful product with a social cause. Buying a pair of these punjammies helps to create pathways to freedom for women escaping sex slavery to achieve lives of hope and dignity.

What are you loving, wanting, needing lately?

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The Link List 3

The Link List

What a week. I’m so grateful for Saturday to stop and just breathe!

The week started with an inspiring Bloggers session at General Assembely where we heard from Christina Butcher Editor – Hair Romance, Blog Society’s Founder, Jacklyn Carlson, Felicity Grey – Managing Director at Nuffnang, Jean Carmela Lim from travel blog Holy Smithereens, and Anna Hickey from Etsy. It was a really valuable session and I left feeling super inspired. I love how successful bloggers are only too happy to share their wisdom with us newby’s. It’s just that kinda community! A few cheeky beverages at a funky rooftop bar in the city with my Clever Cookie friends topped the night.

On Thursday, tickets went on sale for the Pro Blogger Training Event with 400 tickets snapped up in the first 20 minutes and yay… I got one! Super excited… bring on August!

Fast forward to Friday and I received news that my crashed hard drive is beyond repair and my precious data is not able to be retrieved! Cue tears. Lots of tears! That damn hard drive had our whole life on it. Baby photos, holiday photos, finances, etc. The upside… being the sharer that I am… life’s big moments are pretty much all on facebook so not all is lost. But still… devastated! And a tough lesson learnt… back up EVERYTHING! Then back up your backup!

Highlights from the week included a splurge at the Witchery sale, conquering an arm balance posture at Yoga finally and getting a babysitter for our Wedding Anniversary celebration dinner next week! Yay!

Still with me?? Here’s some bits that have caught my eye this week around the webs…

  • Our trip to Ikea during the Christmas holidays was rather brutal and I swore I wouldn’t go back anytime soon. But reading Lauren’s post on 21 awesome uses for the raskog cart has almost changed my mind
  • I loved looking at this hipster couple’s wedding anniversary shoot
  • Have you analysed your friendships lately? A lengthy read from Elephant Journal but I’m sure we can all relate
  • I loved Who What Wear’s five style rules for those who are no longer part of the 20-something club
  • Is there room for more cat content on the web? Apparently so! Quick cat owners, secure that insta account asap!

Enjoy your precious weekend and remember… back-up your back-up!!

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How do you store your photos?

Are you a cat person and will you be securing your cats own instagtam account?

Do you have any style rules you stick to?

Love Want Need 7: Krissy from Pretty Wee Things

Its been a while since my last ‘Love Want Need’ post, so I thought we would mix things up a little and share the love, so the gorgeous Krissy from Pretty Wee Things blog joins us today sharing her latest finds. And I think you’ll agree… this gal has exquisite taste!

Welcome Krissy!

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It’s no secret that I am a little obsessed with Shannon’s Love Want Need posts, so thank you for letting me share my love want need list today!

I have absolutely fallen in love with dusty pink, and with Autumn now here, there are some incredible pieces I have my eye on.
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1. Ted Baker Zip Front Cape Coat (in Taupe)

This coat is incredible!  I love the idea of a cape for Winter and Ted Baker has the most incredible collection.  Surprisingly, this coat won’t break the bank too much either, coming in at around $380.  An investment piece for sure.

2. Nars Blush in Orgasim ($38)

If you are yet to hear of the infamous Nars Orgasim then here you go.  Such a classic blush for Autumn, and it suits nearly every skin tone.

3. M.N.G Cross strap sandals ($90)

I recently purchased similar sandals for work.  I love that they have a sturdy heal and enough straps to keep you secure, but still look elegant.  These would look perfect with cropped work pants or a knee length a-line skirt.

4. Oroton Silhouette clutch wallet ($225)

Credit where credit is due, Oroton have beautiful wallets!  After losing mine to the road last week I am in the market for a new one, and I love this little wallet clutch.

5. Paper and Stitch Blog

I know we all love a good blog.  Every time I look at Paper and Stitch I just feel happy. Beautiful photos, fresh and beautiful food, and just pure happiness.

6. Forever New Lara Slim Crop Pants ($80)

I was pointing these pants out to my friend this week, discussing whether I would be able to pull them off.  I love love love them, but I have a feeling they will need the perfect nude heel and fresh while top to keep it looking modern and not grandma.

I hope that you enjoyed this Love Want Need post. Until next time. Krissy xxx

Thanks Krissy! Always a pleasure to have you pop in!

You can catch Krissy at Pretty Wee Things or on facebook and instagram.

Shannon_White

10 on 10 March 2015

photography circle

One of my goals this year is to get better at taking photos. I’m a pretty lazy photographer. Actually, I can’t even call myself that… I’m more of a photo taker. The point and shoot kind. The ‘simple mode’ kind. That’s if I can even be bothered getting the real camera out at all. Most of the time, I just use my phone. Because… convenience.

But goals are set to be achieved, or at least attempted, so with that in mind, I’ve joined a group of my delightful Clever Cookie School of Blog friends in a photography project called 10 on 10.

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 very first 10 on 10. My favourite 10 photos from the last month…

Sydney @Twilight

Twilight at Taronga.

A few of my favourite things...

A few of my favourite things…

Walking to School

I’ve been loving the walk to school with this cherub

Port Macquarie

Our quick week end in Port Macquarie

Rock God Dave

If everything could ever feel this real forever… My Rock God Dave Grohl. Such an amazing gig!

Garden

My little garden friend. He’s been with me since my Bachelorette days.

Buddah

My other zen friend

A girl and her doggie

A girl and her doggie. Bff’s!

Nate Frog

So cheeky, so perfect!

The 4 Morrow's

The 4 of us!

Now be sure to check out the next 10 on 10 in the circle… The lovely Di from Lime & Soda and don’t forget to follow the circle until the end, leaving some comment love as you go.

Enjoy!

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