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FEATURE ARTICLE: The Power Of Collaboration

Posted on April 17, 2016 by Amy Goller | 0 comments

THE POWER OF COLLABORATION


Instagram Marketing and How To Collaborate

The alarm goes off of a morning and I'm sure I am not the only one who roles over to swipe their phone to check their Instagram account. Double tap this, double tap that, comment here, comment there. It’s an addictive world. Nonetheless, it’s the new boom, particularly for small business owners like ourselves. Less than 12 months ago, I didn't even really know what Instagram was, let alone how to use it and why it could be of benefit to me.

There are so many words and terms floating around in the land of social media. As business owners, our heads are filled with the should's and the shouldn'ts, the what if's, the can I, the fear and all the rest so here is the story of two solo mumpreneurs who have totally rocked it with their Instagram collaboration this Summer. Social media is just one tool you have in your tool box which helps you with marketing for your business and here is the proof the power a collaboration can have.

COLLABORATION INTO FRIENDSHIP


Some of you may know that Brianna was a guest on the Mums With Hustle podcast, and from this, Brianna had the privilege of working and developing an amazing friendship with Amy from My Tiny Wardrobe.

Brianna

“When Amy first approached me, "collaboration" wasn't really a concept I was familiar with but something I was certainly open too and boy did I strike it lucky with her” Brianna says.

Being the kind of person who is willing to try things once, after a few emails, a lengthy phone call once all the kids were in bed and settled (which is easier to plan than achieve!), we not only nutted out the ins and outs of the collaboration excitedly, but chatted about all things business. It’s so great to hear someone else’s experiences and struggles that you can relate too. So the wheels were put into motion. Essentially, our collaboration involved swapping products, including a few other businesses and taking photos to share which were then used throughout social media with hashtags and business tags doing their thing.
Amy

When compared to other collaborations I’ve seen around, I think what we do differently is that we actually write the name of the company we are shouting out eg @embylove in both the content and through tagging pictures. We shout out if each other is having a sale, just a quick post that we put up and take down, we comment on each other's feed if we really love each other's products and we explain to people why they should follow you ie. another handmaiden etc. and that sets us up for people to see us collaborate.

Followers know when you really care about something— they can sense your real passion and authenticity which shines through every picture and even through the words in your Instagram captions. Another important piece of advice on authenticity is don’t jump on a trend because it made it to the “popular” feed throughout social media. Stay focused on what truly represents you and you will reap the benefits.

Furthermore, if you don't collaborate, your ideas will be limited to your own abilities. As a result, you will not be able to serve your followers to see others products and we will never be able to call ourselves true #mumssupportingmums, which is what we in particular stand for. Empowered women, empower women. Throughout this journey, we have met many other business women in our collaborations. We have included mum photographers, homewares stores, mums with businesses supplying children's wear, mums with businesses selling teepees, hair accessories, stylists etc. It really is a collective of people who are all involved. We are a bunch of collectives bought together to help everyone's products or services shine. Our mission is to “complete each other, not compete", shares Amy.

Since meeting (thanks to Tracy) we have always believed in the power of collaboration. Early on in business life, we realised that you can't develop all the competencies you need fast enough on your own. That's one pretty big reason to follow Tracy. 

Her intention to create a community of like-minded strong women who want to motivate and champion each other shines through her work on Mums with Hustle.

She wants to help us gain all those business skills you learn through the process of running your own business from the people who have been there and done that which brought us together.

There is so much to be said about learning from each other’s experiences. We have shared experiences about overseas producers and importing, weekend markets and supported each other through the not so glamorous days of being a mum to two, a wife, a housekeeper AND a small home based business owner. It’s actually more of a friendship between one business owner to another rather than a business deal where the agenda was to just swap items to get into each other's feeds.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU?


If you had someone in mind who you have sat back and admired from afar for a while, our advice is to connect with them and ask those prickly questions. Who knows what kind of opportunities might arise? What friendships could flourish? What benefits there may be for your business…..You just need to ask.


You can also read this article at:

http://mumswithhustle.com/blog/when-mums-with-hustle-collaborate/

Instagram: @mumswithhustle

 

Posted in How to Collaborate on Instagram, Mums With Hustle, My Tiny Wardrobe Press

2 Dads & 1 Gorgeous Boy

Posted on April 14, 2016 by Amy Goller | 0 comments

I have been following @the_real_dads_of_melbourne on Instagram for a while. And when I do see them pop up, they always make me smile. These dads are honest, funny, unique, real and loving. They are a beautiful family. I think thats what I love about them, and the fact that their little boy Reid could give men across Australia a run for their money in terms of fashion!!!

Michael and Jarrad met inTasmania and have been together for 15 years. They moved to Melbourne in 2001 when  Michael took advantage of a work opportunity. Jarrad is a fulltime stay at home Dad, and their delicious son Reid has just started primary school. 

The Real Dads of Melbourne

1. Since meeting how has society, in 2015 and their ‘attitude/opinion’ of homosexuality changed? If at all? And in what ways?

It’s certainly more in the media today in 2016, which we feel has helped educate people a lot.

2. Did you both know you wanted to be parents?

Absolutely. We always knew it was something we wanted. We had dreamed of it happening one day, although we were not sure at that point if all dreams could come true.

3. Can you describe briefly legislation in Australia around adoption/surrogacy and what channels were available to you?

Sadly at the time (2010) international surrogacy was the only realistic way we felt we would be able to be parents.

The Real Dads of Melbourne Interview

Above: Little Reid as a Newborn

The Real Dads of Melbourne's Son Reid

Above: Gorgeous Reid today.... So Stylish!

4. What channels did you go down in terms of having beautiful baby? Was it hard? Expensive? Difficult? etc

We engaged India’s best agency (See Link Below) to source a surrogate and separate egg donor. It was expensive. Hard. Tiring encountering a lot of road blocks along the way. But every part of it was worth it looking back now.

The Real Dads of Melbourne talk about Surrogacy

5. Were your family/friends and society accepting and have you had a lot of negative energy directed towards you? Or do you find that it is more normalised in society in 2015 to be gay dads?

To be honest, we never encounter anything negative. We are grateful to those who may not understand the way our family came about being, yet are so respectful in keeping there opinions to themselves.

The Real Dads of Melbourne Interview with My Tiny Wardrobe Founder

6. How does Reid differentiate you? By calling you different names? 

He calls Michael ‘ DADUM’(The M for Michael) and Jarrad 'DADDY’.

7. Would you love to have more than one child? Are you considering another?

We always say ‘Never say never’!

8. Have you told your family and friends who the biological father is? Will you tell your son if he would like to know?

No, we haven’t told anyone this information. We feel this is his information and when he is ready to ask us we are more than happy to tell him.

9. Why did you want to contribute to My Tiny Wardrobe as a Guest Blogger?

Amy, you were just to nice to say no too. (Amy: Blushing:)…   

We also feel if we can help others understand family diversity through us being open and honest about our family it may help in some small way.

10: Plans for family Christmas 2016?

We have both always wanted a ‘white christmas’ so NYC is on the cards! Amy: Take me with you? Wink Wink 

Instagram: @the_real_dads_of_melbourne 

(Our username is a play on words  from the ‘Real Housewives’ Reality show) Amy: I LOVE THIS….

 The surrogacy agency we used was www.surrogacyindia.com

 Useful website www.gaydadsaustralia.com.au

 

Posted in Gay Dads, Surrogacy

A Brave Mum's Fight to Raise Awareness of her Little Boys Rare Disease: Hirschsprungs Disease (HD)

Posted on March 20, 2016 by Amy Goller | 0 comments

My son, Atlantis Garcia, was born with Hirschsprungs Disease (HD). We didn't know he would be born with this disease when I was pregnant as it's not something you can see with an ultra sound or 3D scan.

HD is a lack of cells in the intestine and some cases are worse than others.  One of the best things I can do as a mother is learn as much as possible as I can about HD. I have done this by speaking with other mums who have raised HD children, speaking with other people who have HD themselves and knowing the struggles they went through and the solutions to their pains. The more I know, the more I can help my son throughout his life.

It was early January 2015 when I found out I was pregnant with Atlantis, I was 8 weeks along, it was almost midnight and I was in the ER thinking I had appendicitis as I was in so much pain! It was as much a shock finding out we were having him as it was pure joy. Atlantis was a very happy baby in the womb, always kicking away and my love for him was already so strong. When I was 33 weeks pregnant in July 2015, I was diagnosed with pre eclampsia, of course nothing ever goes the way you think it will!

My doctor told me if I didn't give birth immediately I would start entering the 'eclampsia' stage which is when the seizures start to kick in. I was induced that afternoon but nothing happened for 12 hours and my heart rate was increasing so I was sent for an emergency cesarean section. I was shaking uncontrollably all the way from my hospital room into the surgery room, I couldn't stop myself from vomiting. I closed my eyes and thought about my baby while my partner, Andy, held my hand tight.

When I opened my eyes, my son was being held above the curtain, I teared up, he was beautiful. He was tiny and he wasn't making a sound. He got whisked away and before I knew it, I was falling asleep. I woke up the next morning in immense pain, no one had told me about the after pain of a caesarean! Andy lifted me into a wheelchair and took me straight to see Atlantis. He was sun baking under a UV light with little goggles on, he skin was bright red, he had c-pap tubes in his nose and a little beanie on. I held his hand and he squeezed my finger, my heart had never been so full of love.

Hirschsprungs Disease in a Newborn

The doctors were telling me so many things at once; infection; breathing problems; that I couldn't  breastfeed him yet or cuddle him and that he needed to be taken to a special children's hospital. For the next few weeks I had travelled to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) which was in the city, an hour from where I lived. I would go up every morning into 6B, the ward Atlantis was in, and come home past midnight. I would talk to Atlantis and hold his little hands, stroke his head, pat his little bum, I couldn't hold him for a few weeks as he had gone from c-pap to a high frequency breathing machine which was essentially a long tube that went down his throat and into his lungs, pumping oxygen into him. His stomach was constantly moving up and down quickly, the nurses likened it to a car engine quietly idling. 

Atlantis's little 1.8kg body was losing weight, every time he was tube fed milk he would have to have it aspirated out as his little tummy would get distended;  his body wasn't digesting it. He wasn't passing poo yet either and we knew something was wrong, the doctors told us Atlantis would be staying in hospital for longer than expected.

When Atlantis was 3 weeks old I was sitting in the expressing room, watching daytime TV, Andy burst in the room, 'HE'S DONE A POO!' I quickly ripped the pumps off and ran to his bedside with my camera ready! We'd never been that excited over poo in our entire lives. As the days went by, Atlantis came off the breathing machine and then onto c-pap again which was a huge moment for us as we could finally hold him. Finally when he came off c-pap, we could hold him without having a nurse looking over my shoulder and I would spend hours and hours cuddling him, rocking back and forth on a big comfy chair, forgetting anyone was around, blocking out the noise of the rowdy machines. He wasn't very tolerant of milk still so he would have tiny amounts and he refused the boob so he was bottle/tube fed and he would only poo once every few days.

The doctors were constantly running tests. When Atlantis was 7 weeks old the doctors invited us into a conference room and informed us that Atlantis had Hirschsprungs Disease. They drew us diagrams and explained that a portion of his small intestine lacked 'Ganglion cells' which help the muscle to relax and contract to push waste out of the body. It all made sense! We were so happy the doctors had finally figured out what was going on with his body, surgery was booked and we were one step closer to being out the door!

A few more weeks went by and it was finally surgery day, we thought everything had gone smoothly during the surgery, so the waiting game had started. Every nappy change, I checked for poop and would get so excited when there was a few drops! Then his stomach started to become distended, X-rays showed gas had leaked into his stomach and the doctors suspected a perforation where they had stitched up his intestine, so they re-operated and stitched up the intestine again and got rid of the gas.

During the time that Atlantis was in hospital he had a constant IV and antibiotics and small amounts of morphine - to keep him relaxed and sleepy - going into his body via cannulas. Cannulas didn't last very long so they had PIC lines in him but during the second surgery all of his cannulas and PICs had clotted so he went an hour without morphine after his second surgery. I could see the pain on his little face, he couldn't cry as he had a breathing tube down his throat to assist him as babies on anaesthetics/morphine have trouble breathing on their own.

They tried and tried to get a cannula in several times by pricking him with a needle over and over and failing so eventually they had to go through a vein on his gorgeous head. My heart was breaking, all I wanted to do was hold him but I couldn't do anything but watch in agony. Once the morphine had kicked in, he relaxed and drifted off to sleep...

Hirschsprungs Disease in Children

This was taken post second surgery, the doctors had to put a cannula on Atlantis’s head to give him morphine ASAP as the anaesthetics were wearing off and he was starting to wake up and feel the pain. His face is swollen from the IV fluids and he has a breathing tube down his throat to assist him breathing. 

Two weeks had passed and Atlantis was off the breathing machine and  was drinking good amounts of milk and was pooing normally so we were able to take him home! The next month we settled Atlantis in at home, setting a routine and spent lots of time giving him so much love and cuddles and attention, he had started responsive smiling, not just fart smiling! LIFE WAS GREAT!

When Atlantis was 4 months in November 2015,  he stopped drinking significant amounts of milk, he was looking a lot paler and suddenly stopped pooing. We rushed him into the ER, he got a bed in a different ward this time, 8A. The nurses were all different, they had different regulations funnily enough even though it was the same hospital so it was hard adjusting once again to a new environment. They had beds in this ward, next to the children's cots where one parent could sleep along side their child which made me absolutely over the moon. This is where we stayed for the next two Months!

The days were long and the nights were interrupted. Atlantis had enterocolitis, which is inflammation of the bowels, he had to have two washouts a day to rinse all the poo out of his intestines as they weren't working properly themselves, he had two cannulas at a time and was on constant antibiotics and he was refusing to drink milk, so he had to be tube fed. Every time he would get better, enterocolitis would come straight back again.

The doctors did a few biopsies and informed us he would need another pull through surgery, they found sections where 'ganglion' cells weren't present in his intestine again... They decided Atlantis would need to have an ileostomy, a stoma, so he could poo in peace while his bowels calmed down. As long as there was no poo in his bowel, he was highly unlikely to get enterocolitis. So Atlantis had his third surgery, a temporary ileostomy a week before Christmas. It was a very different feeling seeing part of his intestine on his stomach, learning how to change the bag and care for it.

Hirschsprungs Disease

This was taken after Atlantis’s third surgery. I am feeding him his milk through his tube while he's having a snooze. We discovered a hack – his syringes slid perfectly into the selfie stick! 

We were able to go home on the 23rd of December 2015. We were incredibly happy because Atlantis was incredibly happy. He was no longer in pain, and we could finally go home and be with our families for Christmas and it was just three weeks shy of his six month mini birthday! Atlantis has been so much happier since the surgery he has started laughing for the first time and smiling at everything, he is drinking milk on his own again so his tube has come out, we've had our ups and downs, figuring out the best way to bath him and how to position his Stoma bag, which products suit him and which don't, we've had a few poo bag explosions at the shopping centre and in the pools, oops!  I've joined a Facebook group with other people who have Stomas which has been super helpful! I'll have the link down below. 

Hirschsprungs Disease

This was taken right before Atlantis’s third surgery when he was back in hospital with enterocolitis.

His next surgery for another pull through will be in March 2016, he will be given time to heal and then around August 2016, his ileostomy will be reversed which will be a two part surgery and hopefully he will start pooing again normally. There is no guessing what will happen, if he will get enterocolitis again, or if there will be more unexpected complications, or if there will be none for a while! This is the beauty of having children, they're so unpredictable and keep you on your toes! I will continue to share his journey and raise awareness of his rare disease on my Instagram account which is dedicated to him. Thank you for reading his story. 

Laurah Hevron xx

Instagram: @atlantisgarcia

Facebook group: Ileostomy/Stoma Care & Info:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/425752644140208/

Facebook group: Ileostomy/Colostomy reversal discussion & support:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/319210318267068/

Posted in A Brave Mum, Brave Mum Fighting To Raise Awareness of her Little Boys Rare Disease, Hirschsprungs Disease

Busy Mums with Coeliac Disease

Posted on March 14, 2016 by Amy Goller | 0 comments

I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in my early-20s and have a lived a gluten free life ever since. My childhood was riddled with intolerance symptoms, such as eczema, stomach aches, headaches, black circles under my eyes, extreme fatigue, brain fog and weight gain. My diagnosis came before ‘coeliac’ was very well known and before “gluten free” became a catch phrase. As such, the options of what to eat felt fairly limited. When you live a ‘convenience’ lifestyle, gluten free options are pretty few and far between. But over time, I realised that gluten free opened up a whole new fresh food world to me. My symptoms gradually began to heal, my energy increased, my weight normalised and my skin cleared. 

Coeliac Disease Blog

I often hear my clients or my friends comment that being gluten free is “hard” or “frustrating” and very often that it’s “not fair”. To me, this is craziness talking! If I can avoid a migraine that lasts for 3 days, a stomach ache that can have me in tears or dark black circles under my eyes, I’m going to do it!  Everyone seems to have different symptoms – maybe their hair falls, others get muscle aches, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, awful gas (blame it on the kids), reflux, burping, itchy skin... the list is endless and you might even get all of these! How much better is life without all of these awful symptoms?

Yes, a gluten free life can be limiting for me and it means I need to be a little more prepared. I often look ahead to restaurant or café menus to make sure there will be an option I can have, or I keep snacks in my bag – I am an awful crazy-lady hungry!! I am always tearing out recipes from magazines and subscribe to lots of healthy eating blogs that send out a range of recipes to keep my meals varied and interesting. Just remember that just because something says ‘gluten-free’ doesn’t mean it is healthy! As with any packaged foods, they can often be filled with sugars, fillers and other nasties that you don’t want in your body.

So far my kids aren’t showing signs of coeliac disease, but with both my sisters being coeliac and a family history of gluten sensitivity, I remain on the lookout! Due to my own lifestyle, my kids often eat gluten free meals anyway, though I do not restrict gluten from their diets. To keep meals consistent (and not having to prepare a bunch of different meals at once!) this means serving rice instead of pasta, quinoa instead of oats and making gluten-free pancakes on the weekends. Being a coeliac can also be great in avoiding extra sweets when I make them a cake or some cookies – those glutenous grains make it easier to resist! 

If you are only recently diagnosed as a Coeliac and finding it tough to adjust, do some experimenting. Research some recipes and purchase plenty of gluten-free products such as almond meal, coconut flour, gluten free muesli, fruits and veggies so you are sure you have plenty of alternatives available to you for all meals and snacks. One you find your favourites, you will find you can pretty much eat the same thing as before, just without the gluten.

Gluten free bread has improved greatly over the past 10 years and you can enjoy your gluten-free pizza, pasta, yoghurt, snack food, dips, sauces and marinades easily with an amazing range of products available. Being gluten-free is also a great opportunity to shift your diet back to fresh produce – fruits, veggies, herbs, spices, lean protein and grains such as quinoa, buckwheat and rice.

Don’t be scared – being gluten free does involve some extra preparation, just as it does for any busy mum – we all needs plenty of options on hand for these endless appetites.

Recipe – Mediterranean Beef & Vegetable Bake

I often bake a big batch of this as well as a batch of rice and stir it all through together with a couple of extra eggs for a delicious baked rice. The whole family love it and it’s so awesome to have dinner pre-cooked and ready to go in the fridge. 

Ingredients:

1 spray Canola Oil spray

2 medium tomato, thinly sliced

2 whole zucchini, thinly sliced

400g lean beef mince

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 cup canned tomato puree

400g low fat ricotta cheese

1 egg yolk

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

Fresh rosemary, chopped

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 250C. Spray a baking tray with oil. Spread tomatoes and zucchini on tray and roast in oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large non stick fry pan over high heat. Add mince, onion and garlic. Cook, stirring to break up any lumps until meat is browned. Stir in tomato puree, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Spread mince mixture into a large, shallow baking dish. Top with tomatoes and zucchini. Reduce oven temperature to 180C.
  4. Combine ricotta, egg yolk, parmesan cheese and herbs in a medium bowl. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Spoon over vegetables and smooth.
  5. Bake in oven for 35-40 minutes. Cut into six portions and serve with green salad.

Recipe – Muesli

A great alternative to expensive store-bought varieties which are often packed with sugar.

Ingredients:

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

1 cup raw pecans

1 cup raw walnuts

1 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1 cup raw sliced almonds

1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1 cup chopped medjool dates

1 cup raisins

Method:

  1. Soak nuts and seeds in warm water and a tablespoon of salt for 10-12hours
  2. Drain and spread onto a baking sheet
  3. Set oven temperature at 50C and dehydrate for 10-12hours
  4. Coarsely chop dehydrated nuts and place in a large bowl.
  5. Mix in shredded coconut, chopped nuts and raisins and combine well.
  6. Serve with almond milk, coconut milk or soy yoghurt.
  7. Store excess in an airtight container.

Gluten Free Muesli Recipe

 Lucinda Zammit – Brief Bio

Lucinda has been involved in the health and wellness arena for over 10 years. With a background in fitness and now as an accredited Nutritionist, she works with Nutrition clients from all backgrounds, is involved in course content writing, menu design, training and assessing and is also a regular contributor to women’s magazines.  

www.lucindazammit.com.au 

Instagram: @lucindazammitnutritionist 

 

Posted in Coeliac Disease, Gluten Free Recipes, Nutritionist

To SNIP or not to SNIP?!

Posted on March 02, 2016 by Amy Goller | 0 comments

When I was pregnant I had a few people ask me if I had a boy would I be getting him circumcised? I was so shocked, and am still shocked that people think that’s appropriate to ask such a question!!! If it was someone I knew well, I would have the conversation but if it was a client of mine at work I would just shrug it off and move the topic of convo along. Until one day at work I had a very nosey client who thought she could ask and tell me her opinion on everything…. massively pregnant, been on my feet working for about 7hours and getting frustrated with everything- as you do when you’re a pregnant me said “Yes, we are if it’s a boy”! and she was actually shocked….. don’t ask me a question if you don’t want MY answer to it!!!!

Circumcision in Baby Boys

She told me it was cruel and I changed the conversation to something else before I lost my cool- and probably my job as I knew if I started I would probably have crossed the line for client/beauty therapist etiquette!!! LOL How could someone be so rude on MY decision for MY child…. if it is a boy, his pecker has only just been developed so I’m not too stressed about making decisions on whether to chop it or not! Brett and I both knew from day 1 if it was a boy that he would be circumcised- just like his dad (sorry if that’s too much info but that’s how it is- if you don’t like it- stop reading LOL) That was not our only reason… I guess there are many pros and cons to the snip.

Circumcision in baby boy newborns

PLEASE NOTE; the pros an cons below are just MY pros and cons, they are solemnly MY concerns, beliefs and how we decided on our choice. There is NO judgement on any parent or child if they choose to snip or not to snip!! These are just how we justify it to ourselves that we have weighed up each side and how we make a decision. PLEASE take no offence and feel no judgement- and PLEASE do NOT judge me for my decision.

CONS

•It’s a procedure with many risks and possible complications

•It’s friggen scary for mum and dad worrying if poor Jax was scared, I guess that’s just a parent thing, you know they’re in safe hands but being a new mum I just wanted to hold him and comfort him and protect him against the world.

•Some children have no problems at all without getting it done- so putting your newborn through the procedure when there is no crystal ball for telling us if we should or not for the future when they are perfect just the way they are.

•What people might think- as much as you say you don’t care, deep down it does affect you in some way. Your trying to adjust to the new world you’ve been thrown into and your trying to make the best decisions for this tiny human you’re now responsible for and the last thing you need is all the “know it all’s” judging you!

PROS

•We have heard of so many stories about young boys having to get the snip much older than being a newborn for some complications of infection and growth issues with the foreskin so doing it to him as a newborn would be less cruel and eliminate that worry

•I know you teach  children to clean themselves and proper hygiene but I also know kids are kids, and boys will be boys… they’ll play with it until it nearly falls off with their grubby mitts and we wanted to eliminate the possible risk of infection.

•He’s a newborn, he can’t touch it during the healing process and he is unaware of what is happening as appose to a 10yr old.

Newborn Baby Boy Circumcision

{Once again PLEASE NO JUDGING… I DO NOT judge other parents who decide against circumcision, each parent needs to make a choice and there is no wrong or right choice… only the best choice for you and your child as you see fit. I know many people- circumcised and not circumcised and they both have had no problems either way with development and hygiene.}

YES - WE DECIDED TO DO THE SNIP! 

We used a highly recommended doctor with many years experience, Dr Adam Jackel in Newcastle, Australia. He, along with Dr Milton Sales run their practice in Newcastle  come highly recommended. We had our procedure done in Newcastle Private Hospital where Jax was also born when he was approx. 5 weeks old. We had an initial consultation with him at the beginning of the week before the snip. He was very professional, caring, understanding of Jax’s crazy worried mother, and explained EVERYTHING. He answered all our questions and was very re-assuring- if anyone is in need of a Dr in this field- we highly recommend him or his co-worker Dr Sales.

Newborn Circumcision

We walked into the hospital nice and early ready for our little mans big day. I don’t think I had let go of him all morning and I began to second guess our decision- last minute nerves and I wasn’t even the one getting my bits out! The 1st thought that came to mind when we walked into the room was “holy shit, it’s a chop shop!!!” there was about 20baby boys all waiting for their appointment. It’s not as barbaric as that sounds, lol you need to be there early so you can fill out your paper work, pay- of course- and they don’t miss you with the price!!! and so the nurses can examine your child that morning, apply the numbing cream and have plenty of time for it to work before it’s their turn.

Jax being the cheeky devil from day 1 of course had to do not 1 BUT 2 big dirty shits AFTER he had been examined and of course AFTER his numbing cream had been applied!!!! The nurses come to take Jax for his turn. I cried!!!! He had never left my side yet and I had this huge rush of guilt about hurting my baby (yes it’s numbed with numbing cream prior to the local antisethetic ) but I was scarred, and worried! Luckily Brett was all cool and calm and calmed me down… of course quickly so he could go back to reading the morning paper… I know deep down he was worried, it’s his son, but he is much more level headed than me- and I’m totally going to blame the hormones here… I’ve just had a baby, I’m sill healing from shitting out the 10lb watermelon, I’m struggling to breastfeed this starving child and now I’ve decided to snip his baby willy!!! All these crazy thoughts running through my head- then 20mins later the nurse brings back this huge burrito… my son, swaddled tightly, sleeping peacefully… like nothing had happened! Either he really was completely fine and didn’t feel a thing, OR that nurse has some awesome experience with calming down hysterical babies.

For anyone who knew my baby- he could scream the house down, rocking him to sleep or feeing him every 2seconds was the only way to calm him down. So to be handed this peaceful- unharmed baby who is sleeping like nothing happened made me feel so much better- and to be honest, EVERY baby come back that way, unharmed, healthy and peaceful.

I have heard horrific stories of people being made to hold down their babies while it’s being done, about babies screaming in pain etc, but was not our experience. Jax was completely numbed, we were well looked after right down to medical knowledge, care and emotional support of this crazy worried new mum and he was peaceful and healthy. We were instructed of his healing care which only involved keeping an eye on it and applying cream and vaso for the duration of his healing and he was back to normal, no tears, not even at bath time which I was so paranoid about burning his willy lol.

We were lucky, our experience was safe and standard. I look back at how worried I was and realise I had nothing to worry about… and when the time comes to us having another baby, if we have a boy he too will be done- and I’m sure my mumma instincts will kick in full speed and I’ll be just as worried, but don’t get excited… this is NOT anytime soon haha!

I guess it’s similar to the whole ear piercing dilemma. To get it done when they’re babies, to wait until they’re are old enough to ask or to not get it done at all because it’s “cruel”- you make the BEST decision or you and your child, for YOUR beliefs and YOUR life, NOT because of the judgement of others!

There are many decisions to make for your baby, ear piercing, circumcision, immunisations, tongue tie procedure… the list is endless BUT if you make your decision based on the health and safety and what’s best for you and the child then you know you’ve made the right decision.

Jax is just like his Dad and I’m sure like every other boy… can’t stop playing with his “dude”, he is so clever I can even ask “where’s your dude?” and he grabs it with the biggest smile on his cute little face… he doesn’t know where his eyes are yet so we’re working on that… HAHA!!!

Circumcising My Baby Boy

Thanks for reading and again this is just our journey and our decision- it may not be best for everyone, nor may everyone agree but I am in no means judging anyone for their decision to snip or not to snip… I’m just sharing.

Circumcision in Newborns

Jax. Happy. Healthy. My Little Boy.

Naomi xx 

Instagram: @amummasvoice

Blog: amummasvoice.wordpress.com

Posted in Circumcised or Not, Circumcisition, The Decision to Circumcise Your Baby Boy Or Not

A Mum's Pregnancy and Postnatal Health Journey

Posted on February 24, 2016 by Amy Goller | 0 comments

Hi everyone, 

I'm Alice from @aliceinhealthyland. When I was asked by Amy to share a post on her blog, I jumped at the chance, as I was already a huge fan of Amy and her unique children's online boutique. I love her story too, such an inspiring woman. Thank you Amy for your continuous support and kind words. 

I've decided to write a blog post about how I managed to stay healthy pre and post pregnancy and thought I would share a yummy recipe that will kick that chocolate craving to the kerb. 

 Nutrition in Pregnancy Blog

Okay so here goes...

A little about me.... 

I am 28, I am a registered nurse that works in Day Surgery and Medical Infusions, I am engaged to the man of my dreams, I am head over hills in love with our new baby boy, Cruz (currently on maternity leave) and love living a healthy lifestyle. I want at least 4 children but who knows what this life has planned out for me. I am the eldest of 8 children and family is everything to me.

What is Alice in Healthyland about?  

I started my @aliceinhealthyland Instagram as a diary, to document my new healthy lifestyle. I had recently lost 20kg when I created the account. I figured if no one followed me, I would just use it as a journal of my lifestyle, use it as motivation and be honest about what I was eating and doing it to keep fit. I loved recreating naughty recipes and making them healthy. I instantly became very inspired by so many other people doing the same thing. I have met so many beautiful friends over the years. 

When I fell pregnant I decided that I would still document my healthy lifestyle but also my fears and triumphs of pregnancy and motherhood. I continued to post recipes and documented my workouts. But my account was also becoming more about my journey and letting my followers get to know me more as a person.

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy Blog

Then I had Cruz! @aliceinhealthyland for me has helped me gain so many great networking relationships and friendships with many other mothers. I do spam Cruz a lot, but also love to post about what products have worked for Cruz and I. I enjoy sharing what I have purchased off other local mummy businesses. I also share the food I eat and the training that I continue to do postpartum. 

Honestly at first I was concerned I might lose followers as they would be over my Cruz spam, but then I realised, my Instagram is about my life, what I am inspired and motivated about. I don't care how many likes I get. If people don't like my story then just un follow. No problem. Life is to short to live your life trying to impress others. I am ever so grateful for the support, love and kind words I get from my followers and I always try to reply to everyone.

Staying Fit during and after pregnancy blog

MY PREGNANCY

I decided pre-pregnancy that I wanted to maintain a healthy mind and body during my pregnancy. I wanted to continue on this path I had chosen to good health. I wanted the best for my Bub growing inside me. It took me about 6months to get pregnant and when I found out that I was, I was completely over the moon. 

I kept the sex a surprise and was just blessed to be carrying a healthy baby.

The first 13weeks were a little hard, I was so tired, I experienced 24hrs a day nausea and vomiting. I had to drop my hours at work. Driving a car was the worst part of my day as I got motion sickness every time.

I still walked everyday for exercise, as the fresh air was the only thing that helped with the nausea. I also did pregnancy yoga from home. Some days was hard to get up and walk but I truly felt better after going.

I continued at HIIT AUSTRALIA on and off until 18 weeks. But I kept on getting a real bad stitch in my abdominals so I stopped. I continued walking 1 hour everyday up until the day I gave birth to my baby boy Cruz. I also used 3kg dumbbells to do mini home workouts. 

Nutrition was good most of the time, there was definitely some days where all I felt I could stomach was a bag of chips that were extra salty, Nutella and scrambled eggs with tomato sauce. I did buy organic chips though (makes it sound healthy right haha). 

But most meals were all healthy, meals I prepared for myself. I also went sugar free. I ate vegetables with every meal and drank lots of cold pressed juices.

Healthy Snacks during Pregnancy Blog

I did enjoy my having bump and actually became quite confident with my body at about 24 weeks. 

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy with Yoga

Giving birth was hard but I felt like I could do anything after experiencing it. I would stare at woman in the shops with children and think you are AMAZING, you gave birth.

POSTPARTUM 

EXERCISE

After a week, I decided I would start walking again as I had the okay from my doctor and midwife. I started with just 20min a day and am now back to walking 1hr a day. There were a few days where even walking was to much stress on my body. I really had to listen to my body and rest on those days. Plus my pelvic floor was terrible.

Staying fit and Exercise after giving birth blog and strengthening the pelvic floor

I couldn't go back to HIIT AUSTRALIA until Cruz was 11 weeks as I tore my upper abdominals. So a lot of stretching and mini yoga sessions at home helped to repair them. I used @activewithD ebook to assist in what exercises to follow at home.  

I am now back training 3-6 classes per week at HIIT but it all depends on how Cruz is. I'm limited to what times I can leave Cruz with my partner as he works shift work. I normally work it out that I breastfeed right before I leave him with Dave. I also always have expressed milk in the fridge if he needs it.

I walk everyday as it clears my head, it's low impact and I enjoy taking Cruz out in the fresh air. Plus I have my beautiful dog Evie to look after too.

If I can't get to the gym, I just set my self little goals at home, like every time I go to the fridge I will do 10 push ups on the kitchen bench or 10 squats. Just to help move my body. 

DIET 

I find that meal prepping works for me and having lots of ready to go healthy snacks in the fridge. 

I eat 1-2 of @milkandcookiesbyjewels lactation bliss balls a day, as they are a healthy snack to eat on the go.

Having fruit and vegetables cut up and ready to snack on helps a lot too. 

I try to keep it simple, because who has the time for fancy food when you are a new mum, I make vegetable stir fry, basic fish/proteins and steamed vegetables and bake lots of sweet potato to add to salads. 

Healthy Recipes during and after Pregnancy Raw Cooking

I am breastfeeding so the meals I prep and the amount of training I do is all trial and error as my little man comes first. I need to make sure I have enough milk supply for him and I am not burning myself out. 

Lots and lots of water too. I drink about 4litres a day. 

A GO TO RECIPE OF MINE

Cacao Raw Chocolate Recipe Healthy Snacks

My cacao clean chocolate. Let's face it, we all need to feel like we can treat our self once a day, it is full of good fats and who doesn't love chocolate. 

3 tbsp organic cold pressed coconut oil.

2 tbsp organic pure peanut butter.

1 tsp organic honey. 

Melt.

Mix in 2 tbsp organic cacao. For something different I also added 1 tbsp of chocolate protein but this is optional and still tastes amazing without it. 

Allow to freeze for at least 15minutes. Note - you can add mix ins if you like, nuts, fruit, frozen berries, cinnamon, maca powder, granola. Perfect for that after dinner craving. 

I have lots of other recipes on my Instagram/Facebook page. I truly love to share my healthy creations with my followers. I also love when others have recreated my recipes too. 

Mummy Advice.

Say yes to help from friends and family. 

Join a mums group you feel comfortable to be open and honest in. 

YOU know what is best for YOUR child. 

Thank you so much for reading. I am forever grateful for the friendships I have gained and the experiences I have had since starting Alice In Healthyland.

Alice xx

Instagram @aliceinhealthyland

Blog https://aliceinhealthyland87.wordpress.com

Facebook https://facebook.com/aliceinhealthyland/ 

 

 

 

    

Posted in Fitness During Pregnancy, Nutrition During Pregnancy, Nutrition For Mums, Postnatal Fitness for Mums, Recipe: Cacao Clean Chocolate

FEATURE - Monday's Local Mum - Amy Goller

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Amy Goller | 0 comments

Monday's Local Mum - Amy Goller 

 21-Feb-2016 | Eastern Suburbs Mums 

Each Monday we meet a local eastern suburb mum, this week meet Amy Goller!

 My Tiny Wardrobe Clothing Founder Amy Goller an Eastern Suburb Mum

Where and how long have you lived in Sydney's east:  

I have been lucky enough to have lived in the Eastern Suburbs since I was born in 1980. I grew up in Coogee and spent my younger years as a local visiting every eastern suburb beach and went to School at St. Catherine's in Waverley. I feel so privileged that I get to call the Eastern Suburbs my home, to this day. So grateful.   

But I have travelled and lived abroad and interstate. Two years out of university I moved to Cairns and worked with the PCYC in Cape York working with at risk indigenous youth. It was one of the most rewarding and eye-opening experiences that I will treasure. After that, I met my gorgeous hubbie in Sydney and within a year of meeting we were moving to Perth together for his work. We spent two years there. Gorgeous beaches, a sleepy CBD (when I arrived there was NO trading on a Sunday in Perth's CBD: I was more than a little shocked), gorgeous cafes, and a not too distant drive to Margaret River and the wineries (we learnt a lot about wine but probably consumed more than we learned: wink wink). 

I learnt to slow down and appreciate a slower pace of life, something that I find hard to do in Sydney. But at the end of the day, we wanted to be close to family and so we moved back to the Eastern Suburbs, ENGAGED!

How Many Children: 

Two gorgeous girls. 18months apart. Both Premies. Both of them a blessing. 

Favourite Park: 

Centennial Park. Running with a pram. Picnics under the old trees. Birthday parties. Sport. Horse riding. Pony rides. Catching tadpoles. Falling in catching tadpoles. Feeding the ducks. Grabbing a coffee. Taking my eldest to the playground. Bike Tracks and Roller Blades (Do roller blades still exist? Hahaha). FAMILY. MEMORIES. LOVE. 

Favourite Beach: 

Clovelly! Hands down. Its gorgeous on the beach for the little ones to wade in the shallow waters and not so crowded like Bondi. Its the perfect beach to snorkel with your little ones or do laps of, while your partner watched the little ones. There is a cafe, a playground and a carpark so close by. With kids, this ticks all my boxes. My hubbie and I spent a lot of time to wards the end of my pregnancy (when I felt like a beached whale) in the sun towards the end of my pregnancy at 'cloey' beach, and its no surprise my eldest daughters name is Chloe.  

Favourite kid friendly cafe: 

I would have to say the Coogee Pavillion. With a massive play area out the back on the ground floor, lounges and entertainment for all ages (Plus comfy lounges for mums and dads to have an early morning coffee or two or a glass of wine, its perfect! Everyone adult that is there, knows its a section for kids and thus, there are no stares or stress when your little one cries too loud or you need to breastfeed etc. I love it there and am a local.

Favourite Coffee Spot: 

I would have to say the Shuk Cafe at North Bondi. Another great cafe, with great food, green tea and coffee (Hallelujah). If you are a mum, you will understand the importance of some caffeine every now and then (wink wink). Plus, they also have an outdoor area for the little ones to play. It's a small space but it provides some entertainment for toddlers and gives you a little rest & an outlet for active toddlers. Lets face it, how long can we really expect a toddler to sit in a high chair? HaHaHa 

Favourite Date Night Place: 

Date night? What's a date night? Just joking. Since we have #2under2, Sebastian and I are more than happy to head to Coogee for dinner & a wine (Farinha is amazing for Italian food) and then head to the cinema at Bondi Junction. Choosing the film is always the trickiest part….. I'm not into Star Wars & Sebastian is not into chick flicks…. HAHAHA

Favourite Mother's Group Location: 

Des Renford Aquatic Centre. Great location for a coffee and to splash around with your little ones, inside or out. So its great, rain, hail or shine!

Work or SAHM: 

I'm a SAHM who works. I am the creative director and owner of My Tiny Wardrobe. I use the business to encourage other mums to work from home if they can, and provide them with a platform to sell their designs. I am currently collaborating with women designers who are raising children across Australia. It is a collection of working mummy designers, photographers, and suppliers, all woven together to empower women through small business.

Life is too short to not chase your dreams! Yes, I am speaking to you, the one who is reading this article. I feel that @mytinywardrobesydney with the support of other women might lead to some mums setting aside their stilettos if they choose and continue to pursue their dreams of working from home. I want YOU to email me, Facebook me, Instagram me, tweet me (joking, I don't do twitter). Seriously before I launched this business I thought Facebook was “trending”. I had no idea. What a learning curve I have loved riding the wave of. 

If you LOVE Photography or Love Marketing or you LOVE TO DESIGN, SEW, PRINT, STITCH and would love to do that while your little ones play under your desk at home, it's possible. 

In creating this brand, I stepped out of the corporate world to design a future for myself and my family, and other mums who would join this collection of creatives, all working from home! I design clothes for “All the places they'll go and adventures they'll have”.

Motherly Advice:

There’s so much to be said and most of it will sound cliche. Slow down. Soak it up. so and so on. All those things are true. The dishes can wait. Snuggle instead. Sleep instead. Shower instead:)

But if I was going to try and say something that maybe hasn’t been said yet, I guess it would be, don’t be afraid to ask for help. 

I think as mums, we try to do it all. Juggle it all. Act tough. Be strong. Serve everyone except ourselves. And that’s kind of what motherhood is. But don’t say no when someone offers to mop your kitchen floor. Or bring you a meal. If the only reason you’re saying no is because you believe you should be able to do it all yourself. Don’t be too proud to reach out on the bad days. Whether it’s just to cry and vent, or to ask that friend or sibling or parent to come carry some of the weight with you. We CAN do it alone. But I think we do it BETTER together.

This was published at: www.easternsuburbsmums.com.au

Instagram: @easternsuburbsmums_syd

Posted in Living in the Eastern Suburbs, Meet Amy Goller, My Tiny Wardrobe Press

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