Monthly Archives: October 2014

Mums on Blogs.. Lisa McInerney

October 31, 2014

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1. Who are you and what is the name of your blog?….  My name is Lisa McInerney and I’m the  crazy baker behind Mummy Made.It 

2. Tell us a bit about your blog………..My website was created for guilt ridden home cooks to help make healthy changes to their lives; one guilt-less dessert at a time. Being healthy doesn’t mean you have to miss out; in fact you gain so much more. Simple changes can make a world of difference. That’s where my recipes can help. My aim is to help people make healthier choices by providing recipes that turn family favourites into healthy, often vegetable fuelled, desserts and treats. Most people want to make healthier choices but don’t know where to start. Mummy Made.It helps by showing that you can make easy, small changes to your cooking to create desserts that not only taste amazing but are good for you too.

3. Why did you decide to start?……….I started my blog during the most difficult period of my life. I had been forced to resign from a role that I loved due to work place bullying and stress. I had been suffering from stress, depression and anxiety as I result. By the time I resigned I had lost 15kgs, my confidence and my purpose. Whilst I was still caught up in the whirlwind of the public saga (my life, and the situation I was involved with were front page news) but needed a new direction to focus on to channel my pain and help with my healing.

4. What do you love most about blogging?……..I love that I get to share my passion each and every day. Baking and creating innovative recipes has become an obsession that I thrive on. Blogging gives me an excuse to have an unhealthy relationship with my mixer! I hope that my blog can have a healthy impact on the lives of many. Blogging is something I can do from home (often in my pajamas!) and fits into my busy family life. Baking has always been a love of mine and I am passionate about health. I work as a Chiropractor and aim to improve the quality of health of my patients through making positive lifestyle choices. Combining the 2 was an easy task, and resulted in my wacky use of sweet potato and chickpeas.

5. What is the one thing you could not go one day without?…….. Cooking. Even when we come home from a holiday the first thing I do (even before unpacking) is make or bake something. I don’t feel ‘me’ unless I’ve channeled Martha Stewart. Also, exercise…. I am addicted to exercise. I run, do weights, Pilates and ride my bike with the kids. I’m so grumpy if I don’t get my morning sweat.

6. Do you have any favourite online shops?……… I like to browse Brands Exclusive (daily!). They have great specials and feature brands that I can’t get in the country.

7. What was your last big purchase? ………..I’m such a tight wad with money! I love buying but hate spending. My last big personal spend (my last HUGE electricity bill doesn’t count) was a pair of beautiful blue leather sandals from an amazing shoe shop in Townsville. The shop had all their shoes colour coded, it was amazing! I was lucky to come out with only 1 pair.

8. What is your ideal Saturday night?……For as long as I can remember Saturday night has been roast night at Mums. It started when my Grandparents were alive and has continued now with my children. Each Saturday night Mum cooks a roast, I make desert and we all sit down together as a family. As dorky as it sounds this is now my ideal Saturday night. Once upon a time it would have involved high heels, podium dancing and cheap vodka..but now I get too tired if I try and stay out past 11pm!

9. Do you get time to watch TV? If so what do you watch?……… I get to watch  TV after the kids go to bed. I’m a sucker for girly romances and comedies. My favourites at the moment are ‘The Goldbergs’ and ‘Revenge’. Barry is my favourite Goldberg and I can completely empathise with Bev…I think my children are the best ever too!

10. Any advice for mums who are stuck in a rut?………Do something new….or maybe it’s something old that you need! When you become a mum your life changes so dramatically. Everything you do is centred around and effected by the little people in your life; it’s easy to forget who you are as a person, besides our role as a mother. Take some time to remember what you used to do for fun and try it again. Dancing, gossiping, shopping, long phone chats, fashion parades; whatever made you smile then will make you feel more like yourself now.

 

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Peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies

October 25, 2014

Long before it was trendy to have peanut butter and chocolate together or salted caramel this or sea salt dark chocolate that… I have always loved the sweet and savoury taste combined. When feeling particularly glutenous I will have a square of chocolate in between 2 salt and vinegar chips. And quite a lot of them. Don’t judge me… Its delish.

Here is something to tempt the peanut butter lovers out there….

Perfect combination.

With electric beaters cream together 2 tbs butter, 2/3 cup brown sugar and 4 tbs peanut butter. Add 1 egg and a tsp vanilla extract and mix again. Add 1 1/4 cups plain flour and 1 tsp baking powder and then add 120gr choc chips. Mix together and roll into tablespoon sized balls. Slightly flatten with a fork dipped in flour and put into a pre-heated 180c oven for around 10-15 mins. Let sit on the tray for a few minutes before moving them to a wire rack. If they last long enough, store in an airtight container.

You’re welcome…. You won’t be able to stop at one.. sorrynotsorry.

Smoke and Mirrrors

October 22, 2014

Raising three girls is not easy, nor will it get any easier. Recently I heard one of mine commenting on how pretty one of the models in a magazine was. Now… before I get started I am not going to hang too much shit on the magazine industry. I buy at least 2 of these every month and will continue to do so, as I love to sit quietly with a coffee and have a flick through.(When I get time.. It quite often sits there untouched for weeks) It is the nature of the beast to produce amazing images that are free of anything remotely unsightly, and lead us all to believe that this is what “beautiful” women in the fashion and beauty industry look like. Yes, some of them are without doubt freakishly beautiful, think Christy Turlington back in her day… But nowadays we have the added bonus of Photoshop, airbrushing and God knows whatever else is available.

Back to my daughter… When I started to tell her that the model probably looks quite different in the real world, I was met with confusion and rightly so. Why should she understand that some people need to change what other people look like. After years of telling her that it doesn’t matter what people look like, and it’s whats on the inside and how they treat you that matters… Here I am telling her that this is not really what this girl looks like but what someone has manufactured her to look like.

I, like every other woman on the planet have my hangups with things I don’t care for in regard to my body. After 3 children and years and years of weight loss/gain, my stomach has an artwork of stretch marks that I hate, but it’s life. I have a scar above my eye from a cat scratch when I was little, I have a dodgy tooth that I despise (although not for much longer!), I have 4 wrinkles on my forehead getting deeper and deeper by the second. I constantly have red patches around my nose because I have the worlds shittest sinuses.  Also, my hands look like they belong to an 80 year old, and my toes have dry calloused skin because I sit with my toes curled under. But….that’s me…warts and all. It’s who I am and I’m not about to change now.

So when I was explaining to my daughter all about photo editing I decided to show her myself and use me as the example. So at 9.00 at night just before going for a shower I took a photo… most certainly not my finest photo but you understand what it’s like by that time of night… tired, had enough shit for one day, no make up and in desperate need for a cup of tea and a scotch finger. Still, it had to be bad for it to become noticeably better. Once the photo was uploaded I went for gold and airbrushed myself into a frenzy. More than was probably necessary but I’m out to make a point damn it! Here’s what we got.

 

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Bit of a difference right..  One, a real, albeit pretty shitty photo and one an image that is so fake it’s laughable. And I did laugh whilst doing it believe me, I had a million looks all resembling a very classy drag queen. My point to my daughter has now been made. You just simply can not believe what you see. Sad but true. Not even the very genetically blessed escape the tweaking process. My point still remains…. You go by what sort of person they are, not by what they look like.  Even the most beautiful can be an arseholes.

Pork and fennel pasta bake.

October 20, 2014

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This post is from the gorgeous Aleesha from Me and the Young. I’m very grateful for her time and effort and I can’t wait to make this! Go check her out.

5 months ago I had a baby. My amazing mum came to stay and cooked all my meals for the week while I zombied around the house eating anything I could find and falling asleep standing up breastfeeding.

It wasn’t a pretty sight.

It was my second baby and it had only been nineteen months since the first time, so most of it I remembered, what I didn’t remember was the how ravenous breastfeeding made me. Needless to say second breakfast and second lunch (and sometimes second dinner) were regular mealtimes for the first few weeks.

Mum was busy in the kitchen! Of everything she cooked this was by far my favourite and I’ve cooked it loads of times since. It’s so easy and delicious (especially with the right sausages), save time rolling your own meatballs and squeeze sausages out of their casing. The Butcher near my house makes these amazing Pork and Fennel wonders and they’re often sold out of them. So find yourself a good butcher and you’ve got yourself an easy dinner.

30 Minute Pork and Fennel Pasta Bake

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes

Ingredients:
375g dried rigatoni pasta
2 teaspoons olive oil
500g pork and fennel sausages
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 x 410g crushed tomatoes
100g baby spinach
1/2 cup basil leaves
2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary
Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 180 degrees
Cook pasta until tender
Meanwhile, heat oil in a large deep frypan over medium-high heat. Squeeze sausage meet from casings into pan. Cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon for 5 to 6 minutes or until just cooked through. Drain excess oil
Add tomato paste, stir to combine. Stir in tomatoes, bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Add 1/2 spinach, basil and rosemary. Stir to combine .
Add pasta to sausage mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Toss well. Spoon mixture into a 10 cup capacity oven proof dish stir. Sprinkle with cheese and remaining spinach.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is golden. Sprinkle with extra basil.

Mums in Business… Lisa Hallett

October 17, 2014

Photo1. Who are you and what is it that you do?                                                                                            My name is Lisa Hallett. I created, own and hand pour Heaven Scent Healing Candles. Heaven Scent was created by my inspiration to help others on their healing journey. With a Diploma of Beauty Therapy behind me, my Reiki 1 and 2 attunements and anything spiritual, I arrived at the concept of creating candles, melts and reed diffusers that will aid the healing and alignment of our chakra’s through the healing properties of Essential oils and Aromatherapy, which coincide with each Chakra Centre. Later I introduced speciality candles that can be given as gifts to loved ones for Birthday, Thank You, Weddings, Anniversaries, New Home, Christmas, etc.

2. How long have you been in business?                                                                                                    My vision started back about 12 months ago, coinciding with my own health concerns. I could not find a natural candle for a specific chakra. They all consisted of dyes to colour the candle or no scent at all. I wanted a 100% natural candle that helped to aid the healing of the chakras. After extensive research, trials of soy wax, essential oils, wicks, glass jars, packaging, and mixing oils until I got the right balance of scent, I formally have had my range on the market for 5 months now.

3. Tell us about your product.                                                                                                                         All my candles & melts are triple scented, made with 100% high grade Soy Wax – an all-natural plant product. My chakra range, Purifying and Hope Candles are all fragranced with 100% essential oils and my other speciality candles are fragranced with chemical free cold pressed aromas. My candle wicks are made from 100% natural lead free cotton wicks, glass jars that you can recycle into your home after the candle is finished. None of my candles contain dyes to colour, as dyes contain chemicals which of course you are inhaling. Inhaling paraffin, lead wick smoke and dye chemicals are all carcogenic, cancer forming ingredients. My range primarily focuses on ones well-being and healing, yet it will create a wonderful aroma that will fill your home and space as well.

4. What do you like most about your business?                                                                                             I love that fact that having my business my house always smells amazing. Making and hand pouring the candles is very therapeutic for me, as I chill out with my tunes pumping and zone out to creating my candles, melts, etc. I also love the fact that I have met some beautiful people along my journey and that I have found a niche in the market to actually help those in their healing processes.

5. Do you have any favourite online shops?                                                                                                    I love anything spiritual. I love browsing www.chakrahealing.com. I’m not so much an online buyer but I am an avid book reader, so I’m always browsing www.booktopia.com.au for my latest book. I am a massive fan of Pinterest and of course Facebook, not to mention reading Mother of an Attitudes blog! Awesome work!! This is where I usually go when I find myself with a few minutes to spare during the day.

6. The kids are in bed, washing is done….What do you do?                                                                      I sigh a huge sigh of relief and let the weariness take over. LOL! Don’t we all?? Though I love nothing more when I do find this blissful time out to soak in a hot bubble bath with one of my candles burning and close my eyes and relax. Snuggles with the hubby of the lounge are another luxury that I love to steal as well.

7. Ideal Saturday night?                                                                                                                                 Ideal Saturday – Hubby cooks a BBQ and a movie with the family, dinner out at our favourite haunt – Morpeth Commercial Hotel, or a backyard bbq with friends.

8. Whats the one thing you can’t live without?                                                                                            Gee this is a hard one! I could not live without my children or hubby! They are the loves of my life! I couldn’t live without animals! Taking time out with my pets is very relaxing and rewarding. Now if I had to go the technology end of things, I could never be able to live without my iPhone. Where would we all be if we couldn’t Facebook, ring each other, sms each other, check our emails, google, etc???

9. What was your last big purchase?                                                                                                            I’m in the process of organising a new car! OMG I cannot wait to get my hands on my new Mazda 3 SP25 Hatch! Zoom Zoom!

10. Words of advice for mums who might be stuck in a rut?                                                                  Mix it up! Take 5 out, go out for coffee with a friend, invite someone over. Find a hobby or something you are passionate about! Surf the net, this is a wonderful place full of awesome blogs to read, healthy creative recipes, advice, etc. And always, always, practise gratitude everyday! There is always something or someone to be grateful for!

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Thank you to Jacqui for asking me to be apart of the Mums in Business Friday special! I love Jacqui and her sense of humour and down to earth attitude! I love reading her blog, I always get a giggle. If you want to know more about my candles, learn more about chakra’s, etc, you can find me on Facebook at Heaven Scent Healing Candles, you can email me at hshealingcandles@yahoo.com or you can find me at Maitland Markets every fortnight now until Christmas under the Grandstand.

Have a glorious day!
Love Lisa
xxoo

Summer hair.

October 15, 2014

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So with summer fast approaching  perhaps you’ve thought about a change for that glorious mop you’ve developed over the cooler weather. As a former hair stylist I know very well once the weather warms up we all have grand ideas of cutting it all off or going blond(er). If you have given it some thought or you if think you should give it some thought, maybe head over to the Happy Hair board on the Pinterest page and have a look through some of the gorgeous hairstyles on there. You should obviously discuss any significant changes with your stylist. You need to be sure that the  cut/colour is right for your facial structure, skin tone, budget and lifestyle.  Also, be open to suggestions from your stylist… they might have an idea you hadn’t thought of.  Be prepared to watch and learn, take notice of what they are doing and which products they are using to achieve the desired effect. Go onnnnn… do it!

When it IS about you.

October 8, 2014

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This post is written by one of my beautiful readers Natasha. She has been very kind to share with us her experiences of early motherhood and discovering exactly what was wrong when she wasn’t feeling right. Thanks for your time and effort Tarsh, you’re a champion!

I’m a 33 year old mother of 2 gorgeous (and sometimes very naughty) girls, 4 and 2 years old. After I had my first, I thought things were going as smoothly as they could, not knowing any different. My husband was a good provider and I was lucky enough to be able to stay at home with her. When she was only 10 months I realised I was pregnant again, and my husband thought I was joking, haha I will never forget the look on his face! This wasn’t something we had really planned. Yes I was very foolish and thought “breast feeding mums can’t fall pregnant…. oh how wrong was I!”

By the time my daughter had turned 1, I just physically couldn’t keep up with the breastfeeding demands of her. My body was telling me that it was tired, and my milk production had dropped significantly. Having to stop feeding her was heartbreaking, but I didn’t have a choice, I just couldn’t go on anymore.

Not having to return to work when she was 1 as I had planned, given my change in circumstances was a blessing really. It was a totally different pregnancy than the first and I was always tired, feeling sick, having trouble eating certain foods, and then the same medical issues with the pregnancy as the last, plus some extra ones made it not as enjoyable as the first. I was so busy looking after my 1 year old that I never really had time to really take it all in and enjoy it. I really did enjoy being pregnant, and going through labour. It’s a very uplifting experience as a woman and makes you stand up and say to yourself “my body is amazing, look what it can do…. I am so much stronger than I ever thought!” After my first labour and nearly breaking my husband’s thumb, he never knew how strong I really was either!

After bub number 2 arrived I was a little wiser with this whole motherhood thing, and knew what to expect, how to feel with the late night feeds etc. But I found myself always being tired, even when she slept for 7 hours over night. I just felt like I never caught up. I was always very fatigued in the middle of the afternoon and felt I needed a coffee to get me through till dinner time, then another to get me through the bedtime. I told myself  “it’s just much harder looking after 2 kids than 1”. That excuse was something I told myself for the next 2 years. But by the time number 2 turned 2, she was sleeping through the night.. they both were. So why wasn’t I? Oh I just made up another excuse…. “my body is so out of whack it’s going to take a while before I get back into a proper routine”. I guess I knew something wasn’t really right, but I’m a mum of 2 young kids, when do I have time to go see someone about myself? I wasn’t on my death bed, so it wasn’t a priority.

As well as my husband working fulltime, he is also a Taekwondo instructor, as am I.  When I was ready to leave my little one with my mum for a couple of hours once a week and get back into my training again, I found it really hard. Here come those excuses again… “I haven’t done anything for just over a year, I’m out of shape… my body has done so much these past few years child bearing and all, it’s going to take time… etc etc”

I had a lot of trouble recovering from exercise, and this is something that only got worse as the next year went by. I had a pinched L1 nerve when I was pregnant which caused a degree of permanent nerve damage in my left thigh. It flared up when I was pregnant again and left me physically struggling to do things I could easily do before. I had a physiotherapist tell me there is nothing I can do about it, the damage is done. But I also had a chiropractor and remedial massage therapist tell me I’m still young enough and with the right exercise I can help my nerve regenerate to some degree, but it’ll never be perfect. After months of continuing to struggle with it, and feeling guilty of leaving my children for the short period of time I was, I didn’t feel that I could devote any more time on myself, that would just be selfish, right?

Facebooking one day I saw that a massage therapist I knew through a friend was taking a leap of faith and opened her own business doing personal training, group training, massage therapy and yoga dedicated to women. For a few months I fantasied about being able to see her and get the help I needed. Then one day, I just said to myself “stuff this, I’m doing it!” and I did. I had the biggest weight lifted off my shoulders, I felt proud that I had made the decision to better myself. I just said to my husband, I’ve sacrificed my body and my career for 3 years and I need to do this for myself. But then I felt guilty as it didn’t work, and I was expecting my husband’s income to cover this additional weekly expense. But I knew deep down that I needed it.

Initially I was really enjoying my training, and I could start to see results. Nothing to physically look at, but the strength I had building back up in my leg. I was slowly making progress and heading in the right direction. As I got better, my trainer started pushing me harder, and I was struggling to recover after our sessions. I thought this isn’t right, I’m exercising, I’m doing the right thing, why am I suffering more? Things just kept on the downward spiral, but I wasn’t going to let it stop me, and I continued with my training every week. Eventually I built up the courage and went to my GP for help and answers. My mother thought I had chronic fatigue, my GP thought I had Fibromyalgia. After a ridiculous wait of 4 months to see an immunologist, then a further month of having tests done and a another appointment I was shocked to find out I had Lupus. Everything I was going through, everything I was feeling, all added up. It was a relief to know that I wasn’t making all the stuff up in my head, because there were times I felt like I was just being lazy.

When the doctor told me that I was only in the early stages, and that I had several more symptoms that will eventually come out in time, I didn’t know what to do. The thought of feeling worse than I already did, was scary. I already felt like the world’s worst mum when I had to tell my girls that mummy wasn’t feeling well today so I don’t think we can go to the park, you’ll just have to play in the backyard. I wanted an answer to problems, but western medicine wasn’t an option for me. Popping pills for 6 months “to see” how I went until I got re-checked to see my progress/decline. I don’t think so!

So there I began to embark on a new chapter in my life. One where putting my health on the top of my list was a must. After much debating in my head, I knew that I had to be my best for my kids. I need to set a good example for them as I am their role model.

I made drastic changes to my eating habits, I do nutritional cleansing, I’ve ramped up my taekwondo training, my fitness has improved, I’ve starting running again, I’ve lost 8kg, and what’s best…. I have more good days then bad.

But all this is only the start. I have a new found love of all things fresh, I’m enjoying being back in the kitchen creating new healthy foods. I’m excited to be learning more about the body, nutrition and how everything works. My husband has seen the awesome results I’m having, has jumped on board with me and is supporting me. The girls are both talking to me every day asking about my training, and tell people my mum is getting strong and healthy again. I’m trying to encourage them to try some new foods with me, but that is going to be a whole other journey in itself.

Everyone has their own story, their own excuses, and will do things in their own time. My only regret is waiting… The sooner you start to make a change, the more of the rest of your life you will enjoy. Thanks for sharing my story with me, and I hope I have inspired and encouraged at least one awesome mum out there to go and better herself, not just for herself, but for her kids and family too!

Butterfly Cakes

October 6, 2014

I decided it had been too long since I had eaten a butterfly cake, so… being that I don’t mind a bit of overkill,  I went crazy and made a million of them. Here is what you’ll need to do if you  just want to make 12 of them! It is very easily doubled (or tripled) if you are like me! PhotoCream together 100gr unsalted butter and 1/2 cup caster sugar with an electric mixer. Once light and fluffy add 2 eggs and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Sift in 1 1/4 cup SR flour, fold in gently to the butter mixture and then add 2 tbs milk and stir to combine. Spoon into your cupcake liners and put into a preheated 180c oven for around 20 mins. Cakes are cooked when they spring back in the centres once touched lightly. Cool cupcakes completely and then cut out the middles in a circle shape with a sharp knife. Cut the circles in half to make the “wings”. Whip together 3/4 cup cream, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tbs icing sugar. Scoop the cream into the centres of the cakes and add sliced strawberries or any berries really would work beautifully. Add the little wings on top of the berries and cream and there you have it!

Easiest cake ever.

October 3, 2014

So think cross between a cake, scone and a doughnut….. Got your attention yet? This seriously is the easiest cake ever and I did in fact let my 4 year old help me (regular readers will understand this is not my forte.) I made this yesterday afternoon around 3 and by 5 it was gone… Given, its not a big cake but it is soooo delicious.Photo In a stand mixer or with electric beaters cream together 60gr unsalted butter and 145gr caster sugar until pale and creamy. Add 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and stir. Sift in 155gr plain flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder, add 1/3 cup milk and stir together until combined. Pour into a greased and lined 20cm cake tin and bake in a preheated 180c oven for 20 mins. Leave in tin for around 10 mins before removing. To make the topping, mix together 3 teaspoons caster sugar and 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Dot the warm cake with 10gr of softened unsalted butter. Once melted sprinkle over the cinnamon sugar mix. Thats it!

Mums in Business.. Karina Purcell

Our last interview for Mums in Business was for gorgeous clothes for our little ladies.. This week we’re all about casual surf clothes for the little grommets.

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1. Who are you and what is it that you do?                                                                                    My name is Karina Purcell and I am the owner and designer of SHRED Groms, which provides stylish, trendy, surf inspired t-shirts, tank tops and snapbacks for the little people in our lives.

2. How long have you been in business?
SHRED Groms is only in its infancy.. 2014 is our year! I have been researching and planning to launch a clothing label for years, however, the timing didn’t seem to fit. That was until this year.. Circumstances changed and new opportunities presented themselves, so I am grabbing it with both hands and giving it everything I’ve got!

3. How did you get your start?
A little whirlwind named Reef (my 1 year old son) came into my life and turned it upside down! I went from full-time shift work as a Network Control Officer (Train Controller), with a lot of structure and routine, to a full time mum, learning day by day and realising that every child has their OWN manual and are ruled completely by their own body clock! As Reef grew over his first year I realised that baby/toddler surfwear was quite hard to find. I live for the beach and feel more at home in the ocean than I do on land. I love designing, painting and anything crafty.. and I love bright, happy colours and a bit of attitude. So really.. my start just happened. I made the decision that I needed more…I needed to get back into design and start creating again, plus on the upside why look for surfwear for Reef when I could have him wearing my designs instead! That’s how SHRED began..

4. What was your last big purchase?
To be honest, being a single mum, and trying to get SHRED up and running.. there hasn’t been any big purchases of late. I’m turning 30 next year.. so a trip to a Surf and Yoga Retreat is the goal for now!

5. So, the kids are in bed, the washing is done… What do you do ?
Call me a Nanna.. but usually I end my night with a cup of tea and 2 Scotch Fingers haha. What a rebel.

6. What’s the one thing you can not live without?
The beach! It is my sanity.. I can have the most hectic day and a trip to the beach washes everything away. It really is the one place that clears my head and it is where I get my inspiration.

7. What’s your ideal Saturday night?
I have to say these days I am a fan of the old backyard BBQ. Whether it is with family or with a group of friends, it is always a fun time. Although a night out with my girlfriends never goes astray.. I just don’t recover quite as well as I used to!

8. What’s the best thing about having your own business?
Well I am hoping that as SHRED gets out there a bit more and has a bit of time to mature, that the best things will include; seeing kids out and about with my designs on their shirts, being able to organise my family time and work time so they go hand in hand and having the freedom to use my creativity to make a life for my son and I.

9. Any favourite online shops you love?
Lately if I make any online purchases it is normally through an Instagram or Facebook Page. I try to support the little businesses run by other Mums out there that are trying to get off the ground.. us mums need to stick together!

10. Words of advice to mums who might be stuck in a rut?
Until I was a mum myself, I never knew just how much a mother sacrifices for her child/children. It seems like we all spend so much time on being the absolute best possible mums that we can be, that we have no energy or love left for ourselves. It has taken me a year to realise that to be the best mum I can be, I need to love me. I need to take care of myself and I need to accept that sometimes days are amazing and full of bliss, and others are just down right crap. So now if I am having a not so great day.. that’s ok, I let myself have that day, but that’s where it ends. I wake up the next day and its game on.. time to tackle whatever it is head on and get on with it! I’m not sure if it’s as I get older, or if it is the fact that once we are blessed with little people in our lives, then everything just seems to be put into perspective. I think the best advice I can give is that regardless of what circumstances you find yourself in, talk to someone. You are not alone and a lot of the time, there will be someone in an almost identical situation. Keeping the lines of communication open is the most important component.. don’t keep everything bottled up. Surround yourself with happy, positive people who bring out the best in you! Don’t be afraid to take the path less travelled.. it may be more challenging at times.. but definitely the most worthwhile!

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