Throwback to Queensland

The weather has been dreadful here in Melbourne these past few weeks. It's just been unrelentingly chilly and dark. Truth be told, it's rather depressing. And so I find myself reminiscing about the sunnier days from a few months ago, particularly the few weeks we spend visiting my in-laws in Queensland!

It was so special to be at their beautiful house again after so many years away (click HERE to see some shots from our last time there!). The last time we visited, we got engaged nearby, so Queensland has a very special place in my heart.

More than anything, though, I think it was a much-needed change of scenery for us as a family. We are in the chapter of our lives right now where we are constantly on the go, and with 5 people's needs and wants and schedules all being juggled, it can get a bit overwhelming. So having this short holiday in Queensland was a good break from all that. It was very special to spend that time together as a family.

Plus, the kids got ice cream and beach walks pretty much every day, so they loved that! Not to mention spending a minimum of three hours in the pool every single day. Is it any wonder none of us wanted to leave???

How I Am Overcoming "Mama FOMO"

"The grass is always greener on the other side."

It's a thought that crosses many a mother's mind when thinking about other mothers who get to stay home with their kids all day, or other mothers who get to work all day. "How fortunate for them," says the stay-at-home mum, "because they get to have a peaceful, leisurely lunch without anyone whining or needing attention". "How fortunate for them," says the working mum, "because they get to enjoy so much quality time with their children."

Even those who are confident in their decision to stay at home or remain at work will have these moments of...well, how can I define it? Envy? Resentment? Self-doubt? It's a mix of different emotions, but the one common theme is: they want what it is they feel they're missing out on.

It's a case of FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out.

Babywearing Review: Chardan Slings Flyaway

Wrap: Chardan Slings Flyaway
Size: Base -2 (size 4)
Carries tried: Ruck CCCB, DH CCCB and other varations, Ruck with a ring finish for this shoot!

I'd been eyeing Chardan Slings' Flyaway for a while before I tried it, because I obviously love me a good monochrome wrap! This Australian company also managed to imbue this wrap with a common sight during spring months here in Melbourne: dandelions.

5 Unexpected Items That You Need For Stress-free Babywearing!

I generally don't stress about my own wraps and carriers. Most of my collection are easy-care fibers that I don't mind getting a little dirty, and a few of them are destined to stay in my home in one form or another, so minor pulls and imperfections from wear just isn't a major concern.

But I do have one or two wraps that have cost me more than I care to admit, and I do want to take good care of them in case I ever choose to sell them. Plus, I host several other people's and brand's wraps and carriers at any given time, and I need to be very very careful with those!

Apart from caring for wraps and carriers, I've also come to realize that I need to take care of myself while babywearing. There are some items that just make it more practical, ergonomic, and stress-free to wear my babies.

So here are some unexpected items that I utilize to ensure that I don't need to stress out when wearing my wraps and carriers. It's lovely to be able to fully enjoy these beautiful textiles and savour the closeness with my children without any worry!

An update!

Well, it's been a hot minute since I've updated the blog, hey?? I apologize for that. There were multiple reasons for it, but the main things were that I was feeling thoroughly uninspired, and quite frankly, life with my three boys is a constant state of busyness and chaos! So when I do have some free time, I indulge in things other than producing content for this blog of mine. But it just so happens that my older boys are currently on holiday, and are keeping the toddler I figured it's time for a quick update!

Product Review: Nursing jewelry and teething rattle from Sootyfoot (and a DISCOUNT CODE!)

Now I don't know about you, but nursing my toddler involves a great amount of pinching, scratching, and all sorts of gymnastics. Although I've become adept at pretty much wrestling my child to make him stay put, the pinching and scratching (and reaching for my mouth, and poking his fingers in my nose, etc etc) is almost impossible for me to stop!

I'm big on nursing discipline, and I've tried almost everything with this child but OMG it's still happening! Fortunately, Sootyfoot heard of my dilemma and very thoughtfully sent over a few of their products to save my life help.

Babywearing Review: Wrapture Artisan Sunshine

Wrapture Artisan Sunshine
Size: 6 (Base +1) for me
Blend: 60 % Super Mercerized Cotton and 40% Bamboo
Carries Tried: FWCC, DH, and Genevieve's Back Cross Carry