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A charm bracelet, a boy, and my beliefs questioned

I have a thing for charm bracelets lately – and by ‘thing’ I mean I obsess over them. It is impossible to live in our house and not be caught up in a conversation about these charm bracelets. So when my nine-year-old son asked me for a charm bracelet of his own I wasn’t surprised…

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To blur or not to blur? The latest social media dilemma for parents

Okay, I’ll kick open this debate, draw a white line down the middle of the room and ask you to pick a side: social media photos of kids – to blur faces or not? The reason I ask is because the latest trend from gushing parents on my social media feed is beautiful babies with…

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Why is it so hard to RSVP to a child’s party?

Ten invitations, 10 kids and no RSVP’s! With one week to go until my son’s party I started to panic – what if no-one really was coming? How would my nine-year-old cope? How would I cope? I went into mummy-stealth mode and my mission was to hunt down the RSVP’s one by one. For the parents…

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When your cake smash doesn’t go according to plan

When my godson turned one, his mum asked me if I would like to photograph him in a cake smash photo shoot. Of course I said yes – I was so excited and thought it would be the best thing ever. We set up the bunting, foil balloon, gorgeous cake, bow tie for the birthday…

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How not to be a victim of the ‘birthday burnout’

I was that mum, the one who poured over every meticulous detail of the birthday party extravagances I once hosted for my children. But not anymore. When I was in Sydney earlier this year, helping with the preparations for my godson’s christening and then eight weeks later the preparations for his first birthday. Cutting out…

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Baby showers the second time around: okay or not?

Love or loathe them, it seems throwing a baby shower for your second pregnancy is right on trend, with Kim Kardashian throwing the most awesome of baby showers for her second pregnancy. Images of the Troop Beverly Hills-themed baby shower flooded the internet with Kim and her friends all glammed up in their matching troop…

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When all your child wants for Christmas is a puppy

There is a constant pleading at our house at the moment, coming from my six-year-old son begging us for a puppy for Christmas. And for once, the mummy who generally says yes to everything is putting on her Scrooge hat and saying no. Quite simply while I know my son will love and adore his…

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When are girls old enough to wear makeup?

I have a seven-year-old niece who lives interstate, she is my only niece and someone I absolutely spoil. On my last visit, she wandered into the bathroom while I was putting on my makeup and was intrigued. We talked, chatted and bonded over our little makeup session. For me, an Aunt who hardly sees her,…

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Kids and work don’t mix – or do they?

A few weeks ago, with no babysitters and a crazy work schedule, I thought it would be okay to take my son to work with me for a few hours. He was getting over a cold and I needed to tick off some things before day’s end. Armed with snacks and his iPad I thought…

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‘I am home, but mother-of-two Andrea Lehane will never come home.’

Milk, bread and blueberries are what we often run out of on a daily basis. These are the things I usually duck out to the local shops to buy almost every day. Actually, my two boys and I just came back from the shops, we bought our milk, bread and blueberries, picked up some fish…

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