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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Give our children options. Say no to NAPLAN
Aug31

Give our children options. Say no to NAPLAN

I was a Government schooled child who attended a quite a few (four primary and three high schools), in mostly poorer areas. Despite the less than ideal experience, I always felt I had options, and more importantly the space to learn, fail, change, grow and try again. It’s a luxury our kids can not afford in the current schooling system, especially when it comes to NAPLAN. NAPLAN, from my understanding, was introduced by the Gillard...

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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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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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What’s a Money Therapist?
Aug21

What’s a Money Therapist?

A money therapist? Does that sound like a relationship therapist or a counsellor of some description? I often think we can spend far too much time obessing over money, yet I am finding more and more people are exploring the idea of seeking money therapists, as they might seek couples relationship counselling. A few reasons come to mind: We worry about losing what we have (even if we have multiple millions) We constantly agonise about...

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Are Baby Showers different for Millennial Mums?
Aug17

Are Baby Showers different for Millennial Mums?

Are baby showers different for millennial mums? Sydneymum was delighted to be invited to the BabyLove Baby Shower event this week at the QT Lounge in Sydney centre. The event combined a preview of BabyLove’s new Baby Shower App, that ‘will put planning a baby shower in the palm of your hand’ (due for release at the end of the month) with 2 experts: midwife Cath Curtin (Rebecca Judd’s midwife) and Jodie Turner 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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