Time Out

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Something I have recently realised is how important it is to have “me time.” I don’t mean everyday or in every week but as a mum you can get so caught up in the life of your child that we start to neglect ourself.

There has been plenty of times where my son has had a full stomach but mines empty, he’s had a bath but I’m going to bed smelly, he’s well rested and I’m sleep deprived. So I was long overdue for some “me time.”

Brock is still breastfed but up until recently he was having at least 4 feeds a day and before that he was feeding nearly every 3-4 hours. I could never express and he wouldn’t take to a bottle. Now I’m not complaining I LOVED breastfeeding it came very easy to us and the only issue we had was some biting when he teethes so I feel very fortunate. But because I chose to breastfeed so often for so long, I’ve never had much time to myself. I never strayed to far from Brock because I didn’t want him to miss a feed.

So since Brock is now down to two feeds a day, one in the morning and one before bed, my husband and I decided to take advantage of this and actually spend some quality time together and go out, just the two of us for our 3 Year Wedding Anniversary. We chose day time so that we weren’t exhausted for the next day and we could also spend some extra time relaxing together once Brock had gone to bed.

Before our date day I wanted to feel good. Im not talking “Oh I brushed my hair today, good” I mean, “I am wearing clean clothes and makeup good”. We went shopping and managed to scrounge up some money to spend on ourselves that came under the guilt free category of anniversary gifts. I also went out of my way to buy some new makeup. I have been rocking the same foundation since Yr12 and I have no clue what I’m doing. So I went and got some professional help. Thats a very long story because I literally had no clue and I learnt a lot! There is this stuff called primer?! You can also make it look like your cheek bones are bigger and apparently my skin isn’t too bad for someone who doesn’t “cleanse” …what ever that is?

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Our date took place in beautiful Melbourne and when we hit the pavement I felt gooood, I was channeling my inner Kim K and rocking my pigeon toed strut. It was such a good feeling to get out, have an adult conversation, hold hands, wear makeup and clean clothes. Of course we missed Brock terribly but we knew he was fine, the constant phone call check ins reassured us.

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This break gave me a chance to feel human again. Reboot my system and give me some mental stability to tackle motherhood until my next “me time.” I may of not been alone but being with my husband was also a great way to reconnect and spend some quality time together. I hope all parents out there schedule in some time to yourself or even with your partner. Don’t take the opportunity to do the washing, cleaning or other jobs (unless you love doing that stuff). Take time to read a book, get a massage, see a movie or have a date day. Recharge, because at the end of the day you are better to your child functioning then as a walking zombie.

I also know this is easier said then done ūüôā

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Pikanini

The next brand on our recommend list is Pikanini

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So we discovered this brand through a competition that they regularly have where they post a pic of a new bib that is about to be released and you get to suggest name ideas. Which ever name she picks wins the new bib. We thought we would give it a shot and our name “Darcy” was chosen for a very stylish grey/grey with white crosses number.

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Now I hadn’t been putting bandana bibs on Brock for a while as he had outgrown his other ones so I wasn’t sure whether I would keep the bib we won or gift it to a friend. We received it in the mail very quickly and when I opened it there was no way I was giving it away! It felt so beautiful. It’s made from 100% cotton and the quality is incredible.

The bibs are not only reversible but also adjustable, a win win in my eyes! You get double the fun for the cost of one!¬†Since receiving that bib we have already ordered and received another two! (really I now have 6 haha.) They wash well as I’m not one to gently wash anything, they’re super absorbent and we got so many compliments. Oh and did I mention ¬†they are just $14.95!! That won’t hurt the wallet!

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I contacted the owner of Pikanini with no time to spare and wanted to know a little about the brand and herself. ¬†Lauren is the mum behind Pikanini, she began making bibs for her first born when she couldn’t quite find what she was after. He wore these everywhere and now her bibs are worn by babies & children across Australia and Worldwide. Her eldest is now two but still wears them to add style and her new addition is currently still in the dribbly phase so rocking them daily.

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Now the name comes from the pidgin English word for “little child” and it was during a visit to Vanuatu that she decided on the name for her business.¬†Lauren has ties to Vanuatu and being the Supermum she is, travels with her family a few times a year to provide much needed medical supplies to the hospital.

So if you are after a bib for your dribbly child or a style piece to finish off an outfit go and check out¬†www.pikanini.com.au not only am I happy with the overall quality and appearance of these bibs, I’m helping a mum with two kids keep her small business going.

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Skittle & Mouse

So as I have mentioned I am on the hunt for brands that we would recommend to other parents and sorting through Instagram we have found Skittle and Mouse.

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They have managed to mix the right amount of practical with a whole lot of style. Knee pads are a brilliant idea. I first ordered a pair a few months back and its definitely my go to outfit. Especially when he was between crawling and learning to walk. I was sick of him wearing holes in his clothes or coming crashing to the ground with zero padding between his little knees. The Crawlsuits are also nappy change friendly with press studs around the legs. Big tick there!

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Brock is far from gentle on his clothes and his Crawlsuit is holding up fine! So if you are after a great outfit not only do they offer the Crawlsuit they have the cutest Crawl pants and Dribble bibs as well. Not just for boys they cater for your little princess too!

We highly recommend Skittle and Mouse and not only did we find a brand, we found a lovely Mum behind it all. Kat you are doing a brilliant job and your little ones are very lucky to have such easy access to great clothing pieces hehe.

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No Kids: No Idea

Guilty,¬†yes I am guilty of judging parents before I had a child of my own, but who isn’t? ¬†As I watched on with judgmental eyes at the crazy looking mum, hair in a mess, food on her shirt whist she wrangled her child into a headlock as he bit her arm. I thought to myself… “that will never be me, my child will be a perfect angel” I envisioned myself sitting with my perfect little man eating carrot sticks on a park bench as we threw our heads back and laughed at the other mums with their misbehaving children “hahaHa.”

Boy was I wrong!

My perfect little Pinterest bubble popped pretty quickly. I’m currently siting here writing this as I think back to the last few months. My son has just turned one and we have already implemented time out. My hair is rarely ever done, makeup? who has time for that? Oh and carrot sticks!! Thats a laugh I can hardly manage to get him to eat anything that isn’t a chip.

Brock is as feisty as they come, a tornado, my little fire cracker but don’t get me wrong he can also be the sweetest, most beautiful boy! But today I ducked from him because I thought he was going to bite me but instead he gave me a kiss. To all those parents out there that may have caught my judgmental eyes I AM SORRY! Here I was thinking that you must of done something wrong, that you raised them to hit and bite, that they must of been living off McDonalds and Coca-Cola.

The reality of it all is, children can get frustrated. Brock is a fine example. He is incredibly independent. ¬†He won’t stay still for very long and we have been quite strict with him from the start.

So if you see me wrestling my child as he repeatedly hits me in the face for taking him out of the shopping trolley and your thinking “my child will never be like that”…you never know they just might.

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Hello

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Life with Brock¬†is a place for me to share my personal experiences, adventures and brands that we just can’t get enough of.

I’m a first time mum, long-term shopaholic and lover of photography. My son Brock is a beautiful boy but far from the quiet, placid child I had envisioned whilst pregnant. He is a fire cracker, a tornado and my world would be a lot cleaner¬†without him BUT I wouldn’t change a thing.

As a family we do a lot together and I’ve had a lot of questions about some of the places we have gone from other parents regarding how “parent friendly” a place might be, which has inspired me to write about the places and include details that we think would be useful.

I will also be talking about Clothing Brands. As a mum it’s a little hard to resist a good find or a bargain at times. So I’m here to share my finds and experiences. I’m new to the Instagram world for kids and there are a whole lot of brands out there, so follow us as we sort through and discover some amazing small business’s and also share some great finds.

Please email me with any questions you might have or if you would like to work with us

Thank you

Life with Brock xx