• Father’s Day Review: Bright Star Kids!

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    Bright Star Kids t-shirts!

    Bright Star Kids t-shirts!

    If your household is anything like mine, you’ll feel my pain… 3 kids… 2 boys. 2 very active boys. Do your walls get a constant work out? Fingers run along them. Dirty hand prints all over them. CARS ‘driven’ with great gusto across them like they’re tearing down the freeway?

    Stuck for a Father’s Day gift idea this year?

    And what does that have to do with dirty walls?

    Well thanks to Bright Star Kids the kids can give the walls a rest and ‘drive’ all over dads back (or play the drums if that’s more their style!) with their fantastic Father’s Day t-shirts!

    What I love about this gift is that it involves the kids too!! John enjoyed chilling out and having a car massage! Despite the usual carry on between the kids!!

    Crazy kids!

    Crazy kids!

    My daughters style is more quiet craft, than crazy wall car driving, so she loved chilling out with her dad in her very own personalised t-shirt too!

    The great thing about the clothing is all the different options. From bibs, to onsies to t-shirts. Not to mention all the different designs and colours.

    Plus they’re not just for dad! There are Grandpa options too! And because you personalise it, if your kids don’t have ‘Grandpa’ but maybe ‘Oupa’ or ‘Poppy’ that’s no problems at all. The hardest part is choosing!

    I’ve been fortunate enough to do a few product reviews now with Bright Star Kids. And I’m very happy to report that they’re website is always easy to navigate and should you have any questions their staff are fabulous and friendly.

    So stop trying to think of the perfect Father’s Day gift and run don’t walk to www.brightstarkids.com.au

    Never work with children...!

    Never work with children…!

    The boys enjoying the race track t-shirt!

    The boys enjoying the race track t-shirt!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sizing information: I followed the guidelines on the website. John is wearing an XL and to be honest, it’s a little snug which is a shame.

    I would have also liked to see the print slightly further down the t-shirt.

    Sophie is wearing a 6 and it was perfect. She’s currently a size 6/7 in most kids stuff so this was a great fit!

    Links to the products:

    Father’s Day Clothing

    Road Massage t-shirt

    Sophie’s t-shirt

    (This is a sponsored post, thanks to the lovely people at Bright Star Kids who provided us with the 2 t-shirts. All opinions expressed are my own.)

  • Dear Sophie…

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    To my dearest Sophie Grace,

    Welcome to the world Sophie Grace!

    Welcome to the world Sophie Grace!

    It seems like only yesterday that I met your chubby little face for the first time, and we went from being a couple to a little family.

    And now here we are, in just a matter of weeks, you’ll be starting big school.

    BIG SCHOOL! I still can’t quite believe it.

    Each night as I tip toe down the hall and check on everyone before I go to bed, I kiss your gorgeous little face, still so young and innocent and realise we’re another day closer to your big first day.

    I know that you are more than ready to embark on this next exciting chapter of your little life.

    So many new things to learn, so many new people to meet, and so many new friends to make.

    You really are going to LOVE school! I can just feel it in my bones.

    First day of preschool!

    First day of preschool!

    And so here we are, with just one more week of preschool left.

    I’ll never forget your first day. This wide eyed gorgeous kid, with curly locks and beautiful little round face.

    You started to cry, and Nadine scooped you up for a hug. I held it together, held it together, held it together, reached the gate, and burst into tears.

    I cried the whole way home, and spent the day counting down the hours, minutes, until it was time to collect you!

    It’s hard to believe that was nearly 3 years ago.

    I am so proud of the sweet, kind, funny and all round spectacular little human being that you are growing into.

    So grown up!

    So grown up!

     

    And I’m so proud to be your mum.

    So go get ‘em Soph. What an exciting new chapter we’re all about to begin.

    I love you.

    Love,
    Mum xx

  • Birth Photography

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    When I had my first baby the last thing that was on my mind was photos. Which is a bit strange, because I LOVE photos! But when you’re in labour for the first time and unsure of what is happening, there’s kind of a few other things on your mind.

    Right after Sophie was born, the midwife who helped deliver Sophie asked John for our camera and took some happy snaps. Something I am eternally grateful for. Those first precious moments captured forever.

    In my crazy giving birth fog the second time around I once again wasn’t thinking about photos. Unfortunately we didn’t have a quick thinking photographer, I mean midwife, to capture the cutting of the cord etc. Hubby did get some nice ones of Ben and I after all the commotion had settled down!

    So when I was pregnant with baby #3 and a friend mentioned that a photographer friend of hers was looking to expand into *birth photography and after some willing participants, I jumped at the chance!

    John took a little convincing…

    John’s memory of the birth of our first 2 babies was that for the majority of the time in the birthing suite, we were alone. Except when I was being checked on or yelling for pethidine, it was just the 2 of us, one contraction at a time.

    I convinced him to at least meet the photographer and we’d go from there. He knew that I’d pretty much made up my mind and after meeting the lovely Viv, he said yes!

    I ended up being induced for baby #3 which was completely unfamiliar territory me. I didn’t like knowing that I knew exactly what was about to happen!

    Viv arrived somewhere around 5cm I think! By that time my best friend was the gas and I was telling John to go and get a vasectomy! The next 30 minutes are somewhat of a blur… 6cm and begging for an epidural, willing them to hurry up with the pethidine and 20 minutes later I had a beautiful baby boy in my arms.

    And there he was... just a few seconds old.

    And there he was… just a few seconds old.

    Suddenly our baby boy wasn’t breathing and started turning blue. He was whisked away and was only a couple of metres behind me but I couldn’t see him. Then that sound, the sound of that newborn cry. The greatest relief anyone who has just given birth will experience.

    Viv beautifully captured all of this for us. The joy, the heart wrenching anticipation. And while I don’t really think about those few awful minutes anymore, looking at the photos reminds me of how precious every little life is. And for me having these photos done weren’t about pictures of what was going on ‘down there’, but rather the joy of what all that hard work produces, and those first precious minutes with our beautiful baby.

    My favourite photo!

    My favourite photo!

    I asked Viv to share her thoughts on birth photography:

    Birth. words that come to my mind include wrinkly, red, squishy, squawking, hard work, helpless, loved, precious, joy, relief, love, family, emotional… there is something real and raw and unfeigned about the opportunity to be involved with parents as they bring a new life into the world, a world of possibilities, of love, of laughter. The privilege of being involved in that process is just so amazing the through gives me goose bumps. I just love being able to capture this all for families in a lasting way.

    To me, birth photography is not so much about the mechanics of the process; rather I aim to capture the emotions, the interactions with partners and birthing teams and the joy a parents greet and get to know their new family member, marvel over their snub nose, count the toes and the fingers, the total story around his/her arrival.

    The birth process will be one of the most emotional but also one of the most fleeting times in someone’s life, but without tangible reminders, our memories invariably fade and crumble. I love that the images I capture will allow families to keep those memories vital and intact.

    I will always be forever grateful for the beautiful photos of Harry’s birth. If you’re considering birth photography I can honestly say that you won’t regret it. Make sure you get on well with your photographer and I guarantee you’ll be so thankful that you did it. We were so fortunate that Viv was amazing. I forgot she was there (in a good way!) and she was very respectful.

    If you live in Newcastle and considering birth photography, Viv from Light Magic Images was truly amazing.

    *Please note this is not a sponsored post.