Before I had kids I did what people tell you not to do and when asked about myself started with information on my job.
‘So tell me about yourself…’
Well I’m a Marketing Manager…. I work for an advertising agency managing client services….
Then I became a mum…
So what do you do Ami? ‘Im a stay at home mum’. ‘Oh great. Are you returning to work?’
‘Well I quit my job when I was 3 months pregnant with our first so we could go overseas then just did a bit of freelance work blah blah blah’… Cue verbal diahorrea about why I’m not going back to work.
You see the point to all this rambling is that I don’t know how to define myself anymore, a part from a mum.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am extremely extremely grateful that I am able to stay at home with our kids, and I really do enjoy it (most of the time!).
But for some reason I feel like I’m letting someone down by losing my career aspirations, I’m just not sure who that someone is.
Is it myself? Or my kids? Am I supposed to want more for myself? Should I be contributing to the family financially? Should I be showing my kids that I should be my own person as well as their mum?
Somedays I miss the whole work thing. The adult conversation, using your brain for other things besides the rainbow song & ABCs, getting to have a shower before lunchtime & actually doing my hair & make up & wearing nice clothes!
Maybe one day I’ll feel the drive to rejoin the workforce. Doing exactly what, I’m not sure. That’s the million dollar question.
For now, deep down, I know I’m happy being ‘mum’.
Miss Sophie, who will be 3 in October, is quite obsessed at the moment with letters and spelling. Ask her to spell her name and she’ll happily rattle off S.O.P.H.I.E like nobody’s business. But beware… you’ll then get her started… MUM, how do you spell mum? MUM, how do you spell dad? MUM, how do you spell… you get my drift.
Recently Bright Star Kids asked if I’d like to do a review on their wall art. Um, let me think about that… yes please! We have other Bright Star Kids wall stickers in the kids playroom and they just brighten up the walls and look great.
I showed Sophie the range on their website, and thought I’d let her choose. Unfortunately for little Ben (9 months) he was just going to have to be happy with whatever his big sister chose (within reason of course!)
I wasn’t surprised when the ABC range of Wall Art caught Sophie’s eye. “Look Mum, it’s B for Ben”! And so it was decided, our blank wall in the kids new playroom was going to be filled with the Learn the Alphabet Wall Stickers!
Unfortunately for Sophie I made sure I applied them after the kids had gone to bed, so I could concentrate and avoid little fingers wanting to help!
The stickers are a great quality fabric. Most of them peeled off easily but a few had a couple of little problem areas where it was like the sticker hadn’t been cut completely. A helping hand from hubby was required when peeling these ones off the backing sheet as I didn’t want to stretch or ruin the sticker.
Overall though the stickers were really easy to apply to the wall. After I’d applied them all I wasn’t happy with how I’d set them out. They seemed a bit too bunched up. So I started moving them around and playing with the layout. Thankfully each sticker came off with no troubles and went back on perfectly.
With a husband who has an aversion to every paint colour except white, wall stickers for us are the perfect thing for decorating any room in the house! They are also extremely cost effective. I love that the kids playroom is fun and bright and the Learn the Alphabet Wall Stickers are also educational and interactive.
Sophie has already mastered Xylophone, and ‘R’ is for rainbow is the current favourite!
Bright Star Kids have such a great range of wall stickers, the only problem you’ll have is deciding which one’s!
Head to their website www.brightstarkids.com.au to check out their great range of products.
Disclosure: I received the wall stickers at no charge from Bright Star Kids, in return for a review of the product. No financial payment was offered nor accepted for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.
Some days all I can do is shake my head in total disbelief. Disbelief at decisions that are being made by our so called justice system.
It is now well publicised the previous convictions of the man that raped and killed Melbourne woman Jill Meagher. 22 rape convictions, the bashing of a man while out on parole. Parole that he should never have been granted.
Why he was even on our streets in the first place is the million dollar question.
Then his sentence is handed down… Life for murder, with a non parole period of 35 years. 15 years for rape. Sentences to be served concurrently.
His legal team asking the judge to consider allowing the chance of parole for this animal to give him hope in prison because he had led police to Jill’s body and shown genuine remorse.
Seriously? Cry me a river. This man deserves nothing. Absolutely nothing but a miserable existence in a cold and dark cell.
As Tom Meagher, Jill’s husband asked, why didn’t this man get the maximum for rape of 25 years? If the maximum isn’t for this man than who is it for?
As if 22 prior rape convictions isn’t enough.
Then a horrible attack on a woman at Hunters Hill by a man who was on parole after being released from jail after serving 23 years of a 25 year sentence for murder. MURDER. Thank god for a passer by coming to that woman’s aid, otherwise we could have had another innocent woman lose her life at the hands of an evil man who should never have been allowed back on our streets.
The people making these decisions, the parole board, judges, they’re all (supposedly) intelligent people who no doubt get paid an awful lot of money.
But they are letting every one of us down.
Jill Meagher’s family can never get their beloved wife, daughter, sister, friend back. She is gone. Forever. Yet this monster deserves hope? Hope of one day being released back into OUR society? A society that he is not welcome in and has absolutely no place in.
So as we all share in this disbelief and watch the Meagher’s family heartache, we can only hope and pray that all these ‘reviews’ we hear about happen and changes to our justice system are made for the good. For the good of us. Our children, our family, our friends.
Because the only people that deserve hope are the innocent people going about their every day lives. Hope that one day we can live in a society where these animals are locked away and that key is thrown far far away.