Why Sleep Deprivation is Torture
Oct16

Why Sleep Deprivation is Torture

Deprived of sleep, walking around the house, holding a 2-month-old baby, who was pretending it wasn’t time to sleep, the lights couldn’t be switched off, I couldn’t even think of crossing the dark hallway… That was me and my husband, for an entire hour, until our daughter couldn’t hold her eyes open anymore and started giving away to the tiredness and finally falling asleep. It lasted for almost 2 months, it was unbelievable how...

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This is Alzheimer’s
Oct12

This is Alzheimer’s

The doctor announced nonchalantly that Dad had Alzheimer’s. And as if it wasn’t enough, it was already at an advanced stage. How could I not have known? A couple of years ago, he said he didn’t know where Malaysia was when I told him I was flying to Paris via Kuala Lumpur. I remember being surprised, considering Dad was well read and familiar with geography yet, when we don’t want to see something, we find all kinds of excuses. I sat...

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Guns are not toys
Oct04

Guns are not toys

This post on gun control is one I wrote in relation to a different mass shooting not the latest tragedy in Las Vegas. The message, however, is still the same: when are we going to take guns out of the hands of our children? Yesterday morning we woke to read of ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING in the US. At midday, we read President Obama’s praise of Australia’s gun laws. By evening, two people were shot and killed in a Sydney street by a...

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This is how to read food labels
Sep28

This is how to read food labels

Reading food labels can be tricky, especially yoghurts!  I hope this rundown will help you to choose a good quality yoghurt Today some yoghurts are more like dairy-based deserts than yoghurt due to all the extra ingredients such as sugar, cream, thickeners, gums, starches, and flavours. So my advice is to always read the ingredients which are listed in descending order of weight (from most to least). My top tips for reading the label...

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Want to try yoga? Start here
Sep25

Want to try yoga? Start here

Want to learn yoga in a small group, inclusive and non-competitive environment? Here’s your chance start.  Sydneymum’s Caroline will introduce you to the holistic practice of yoga including the physical postures (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), meditation techniques and yoga philosophy. This is limited to 8 students only so that you receive a personalised, safe and effective yoga experience. All ages (15+), body...

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Meet Gloria Hawke of Hawke Segal Mediation…and SydneyMum
Sep24

Meet Gloria Hawke of Hawke Segal Mediation…and SydneyMum

Dear Sydney Mums, My name is Gloria Hawke and I am one-half of Hawke Segal Mediation, which I established and run with my partner Saranne Segal in Edgecliff. I am a mother of two young and loud young boys and live in Maroubra with my family. I am passionate about mediation and helping empower and support people resolve their differences and reach negotiated agreements through mediation. Saranne and I are both nationally accredited...

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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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Glamping at Q Station with no Ghost in Sight
Sep14

Glamping at Q Station with no Ghost in Sight

I love our city and exploring it with my family is one of my favourite things to do. I’m also big of the mini break, as in taking my team out of our usual context to calibrate and just being together. So naturally, when Sydneymum was invited to check out their new mini break package at Q Station I jumped at the chance.  Before this adventure, I didn’t know anything about the former Quarantine Station in Manly, except that it had...

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Snakes, Ladders & Parenting
Sep11

Snakes, Ladders & Parenting

Snakes & Ladders and keys… I am sure, as mums, we all can feel like we are playing a game of snakes and ladders with our children: roll the dice, move forward, up to a ladder or fall down a snake’s back. I am talking about the morning routine…we all know the one, that one when every single thing that could go wrong has gone wrong… The morning alarm didn’t go off (notice how I’m not taking responsibility for this, I forgot to...

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