3 Time Travel Trips for the School Holidays
Sep21

3 Time Travel Trips for the School Holidays

School holidays are the perfect time to seek out new things and explore old worlds. Here are our favourite time-traveling Sydney adventures to keep everyone engaged these school holidays. St Ives Medieval Faire This event has been on the Sydneymum calendar for many years now. We love going to the Medieval Faire. This year it is on 23rd and 24th of September (yep, that’s this weekend) and is again at the St Ives Showground.   This is...

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A Day in the Life of a Florist
Sep18

A Day in the Life of a Florist

Our local florist, Victoria… Before I started Hamblins, I always thought how nice it would be to have a little local shop. One where I could foster my passion for design and style and bring this love to my local community. Enter Victoria Hamblin, an old neighbour, a good friend and a super fab superstar florist, who was keen to start up a local flower shop. Why not, I thought? Let’s give this a red hot go!! So that’s what we did...

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Meet Rossana Ruschel of Helping Mum and…SydneyMum
Sep07

Meet Rossana Ruschel of Helping Mum and…SydneyMum

Parenting, can raising a child be easier? Hi, my name is Rossana, I am a mother of a 2 yr old and the founder of Helping Mum. I believe that community support is fundamental for the development of both mother and child and I would like to share my story. Our journey started six years ago, the decision was easy, even though leaving our families behind the promise of a better life was too attractive to be ignored. Why not? We were still...

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Toby the Turtle? Meet Michelle Morgan of Snoop Creative…and Maroubra local
Sep04

Toby the Turtle? Meet Michelle Morgan of Snoop Creative…and Maroubra local

Toby The Turtle? Michelle Morgan met with Sydneymum last week over coffee to talk about her journey from an IT Project manager to a children’s book writer and illustrator. Michelle, a native Queenslander, is now a Maroubra local who has taken her love of the water, beachside living and diving and transformed it into a children’s tale about sea life and the underwater world they inhabit. She has always had a passion for...

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4 Advantages of ‘Working for Free’ to boost your career
Aug24

4 Advantages of ‘Working for Free’ to boost your career

‘Work for free?’ Hmm, is that the right title? Volunteering?, Work Experience?, Internship?, All these terms can be synonymous with finding a job after uni. But what about this thing I am doing? How do I qualify it at my point in life? I am not sure, but it’s one of these things I have pondered of late as I go through the job hunting process. This is a first article in a series, where I will explore some of the...

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This Danish buzzword hygge will make you feel warm and fuzzy
Aug14

This Danish buzzword hygge will make you feel warm and fuzzy

  Ever heard of the Danish buzzword ‘Hygge’ (pronounced ‘hoo gah’)? Well it’s a feeling not a look, and there’s even an oath! The buzzword that is a huge part of Danish cultural identity. In fact, the Collins English Dictionary claimed that Hygge was runner-up (after Brexit) as word of the year in the UK 2016. I’m currently researching a bit more about it for an upcoming magazine article and I...

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12 Renovation Tips you won’t find on the Block
Jul06

12 Renovation Tips you won’t find on the Block

Spend or Splurge? (Warning: A Comprehensive Heavy Read) Having just finished our very first renovation I thought it might be nice to pass on some tips. Tips about where to spend money and where to save it when renovating, building or refurbishing. Being a colour designer I’ve always helped clients with choosing colours and finishes for their home but when it came to the renovation process for our place, it has been a huge...

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Home Living and Lifestyle Trends from Europe
Jun13

Home Living and Lifestyle Trends from Europe

For those of you who know me well, I love keeping informed of emerging home trends that are here to stay for a little while… One of the fun parts of having always been immersed in colour and design is checking out what’s happening in Milan and having the opportunity to forecast future trends. I love learning about the contextual relationships surrounding home trends. Why are they happening? Why the change? Right now one of the biggest...

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Wall Hangings – A beautiful art
May08

Wall Hangings – A beautiful art

Wall Hangings – an Art Movement. I’m really in love with wall hangings at the moment. And what I love the most about them is that they gently move with you as you walk past. Like the hips of the girl from Ipanema, it’s the gentle sway that makes them so very, very cool. I’m also in love with the idea of being a maker. How wonderful to be creating designs that gain a following and allows you to earn a living from the comfort of your...

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Meet Marisa of Marisa Hoffenberg Wealth Management…and Sydney Mum
Apr24

Meet Marisa of Marisa Hoffenberg Wealth Management…and Sydney Mum

Hello, my name is Marisa. I am a financial advisor and a mum of two, with a passion for educating and empowering women to take care of themselves financially. Let’s face it, Cinderella is an F**##ing fairy tale and in the real-world money is critically important to our freedom and security. Let me explain, what is it about Cinderella? I remember as a child (and when I read it to my daughter) I (and she) was completely enamoured. I...

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