Not an Earth Mother
Aug28

Not an Earth Mother

One of the joys of writing fiction is that I can pretend to be good at things which, in real life, I will never excel at. I can write a character who sews beautiful clothes, or has a green thumb, or does sums in record time. I can bask, for a little while, in the reflected glow of their talent. Of course it takes research and some careful writing to make it believable, but some things you need only to hint at. Gaps give readers space...

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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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Meet Nurse Noosha of Noosha’s Beautiful People…and Sydney Mum
Apr13

Meet Nurse Noosha of Noosha’s Beautiful People…and Sydney Mum

Hello beautiful people, Well it was bound to happen this week…. The eyes welled up for valid reason of course! Not only is it Autism Awareness during the month of April, a cause close to my heart, I also gave birth, a year ago, to my sixth child, our ‘warrior princess’, and 13 years ago (one day apart), to my third child – my second son, my biggest baby, my second easiest birth resulting in my calmest, most relaxed...

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Meet Amanda Jane of Bone & Willow…
Mar02

Meet Amanda Jane of Bone & Willow…

Sydney Mum had a chat to this awesome mum… How many children do you have? What age / sex are they? ‘I have a son, Alfie, who is 2 years old and a 12-year-old stepson. For female support in my house of men I have two fur babies: Moppie and Boots (kittens). What has surprised you the most about becoming a mother? ‘How much I have changed. How much more I feel things, my compassion and empathy has increased since having Alfie, like...

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Meet Caroline of Better Me Yoga …and Sydney Mum
Feb16

Meet Caroline of Better Me Yoga …and Sydney Mum

“When the gardener plants an apple seed, does he expect the apples to appear at once? Of course not. The gardener waters the seed, watches it each day, and feels happy seeing the growth. Treat the body in the same way. We water our asana and pranayama with love and joy seeing the small progress. While we know what our goal is, we do not focus on enlightenment. We know that when our practice is ripe, illumination comes.”  ~...

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Meet Marie of Nutrition That Fits…and Sydney Mum
Feb09

Meet Marie of Nutrition That Fits…and Sydney Mum

Hello, my name is Marie, an accredited clinical nutritionist specialising in nutrition for families, pregnancy, pre-conception and children. Being a mum of three I have seen first hand what effects small changes to our diet can make to our children’s behaviour and health and dealing with atopic conditions such as eczema and asthma. Today we live in a world where there are too many fast food options and people are overfed and...

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Meet Alysia of Hamblins …and Sydney Mum
Feb02

Meet Alysia of Hamblins …and Sydney Mum

Hey guys. Alysia here. I’m a Sydney mum. I have two beautiful girls aged 11 and 13. I am the co-founder of Hamblins – a super spesh little florist and lifestyle shop at Maroubra Beach. My business partner (co-founder and all round top chick) Victoria Hamblin, is the amazing florist and namesake for the shop. I however have never really had a career but rather a colourful and varied bunch of jobs all of which have led me to what...

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Sydney Mum says ‘Hello 2017’
Jan23

Sydney Mum says ‘Hello 2017’

I would like to welcome in 2017 with an extract from a poem written by Chinaka Hodge, an American poet, educator, playwright and screen writer: ‘In the same year, we were ready. The year we lost our inhibition and moved with courageous abandon was also the year we stared down barrels, sang of cranes in skies, ducked and parried, caught gold in hijab, collected death threats, knew ourselves as patriots, said, “We’re...

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Meet Emma of Sydney Mum…and a Sydney Mum
Oct23

Meet Emma of Sydney Mum…and a Sydney Mum

Here I go about to jump in the deep end and see if I sink or swim… Hello, my name is Emma, I am a Sydney mum of three gorgeous kids, and through my son I met the delightful Sharon Quill, Editor of Sydney Mum. It was over the course of the 2016 soccer season, as we chatted while trying to keep warm and watching the boys play, I discovered the labor of love that is Sydney Mum. As we got to know each other, Sharon shared her...

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Heather Drew talks suicide
Apr06

Heather Drew talks suicide

Heather Drew talks about suicide almost every day, in an effort to prevent it. Why? Because statistics show that every second day an Australian construction worker ends their life. She is a Field Officer for Mates in Construction, the industry’s charity encouraging workers to talk to each other and be a mate.  I interviewed her for Small Builders blog last month on World Day for Safety and Health at Work.  “A good indicator is a...

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