MAMA MUSE: KIRSTY GOW-GATES

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Inspiring us this week is Kirsty Gow-Gates, mother of two and founder of natural skincare company Lullaby. When and how was the idea for Lullaby born? During my first pregnancy three and half years ago, I found it difficult to find a baby range which was extremely gentle, safe, effective and looked and smelled beautiful. I ...

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RESILIENCE TO REBUILD & THE MOTHER IT MADE ME

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When I am spending time with my one-year-old daughter, Elena, my mind regularly wanders to my hopes and dreams for her.  A reoccurring theme that comes through in these thoughts is resilience and how I can provide her with the tools to cope with the twists and turns that life will inevitably throw her way. The ...

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THE CORRECT WAY TO CHECK YOUR LADY LUMPS

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They may have relocated further south since you had children, but it’s time to form a close loving relationship with your boobs again. October was global breast cancer awareness month and a big surprise was revealed that many women have no idea how to check their lady lumps correctly and are also unsure about what exactly ...

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10 THINGS MOTHER NATURE TAUGHT ME ABOUT MOTHERHOOD

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"So it is possible then! To be a mother, and to have your dreams?!" "YES!" I smiled to my young Finnish backpacker friend. I came across Sami upriver in the bush in the middle of nowhere, when I had gone looking for a treasured knife I had left behind on a recent solo kayaking expedition. Sami ...

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I IGNORED MY BIOLOGICAL CLOCK THEN THIS HAPPENED…

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My journey into motherhood Is nothing extraordinary but not entirely ordinary. A serial long term dater (of dickheads), a failed marriage and fertility issues such as endometriosis and polycystic ovaries found me fast nearing middle age with no bundle of joy. There were the friends that said "freeze your eggs, life isn’t complete without a child" and ...

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MY JOURNEY WITH RIE PARENTING

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Before becoming a Mum, I had no concept of it. I looked at my Mum as someone that just nurtured me. I didn’t idolise her. Or think that she had done an incredible job raising me, I just never looked at my parents like that. I guess you don’t really remember the early days. You ...

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LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR PELVIC FLOOR

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It seems as soon as we find out about our impending bundle of joy this anatomical area also pops up in conversation. At every pre and post natal check up our commitment to pelvic floor exercises is investigated. However beyond questioning if we have been doing these exercises, to which many of us unconvincingly reply ...

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SIMPLE WAYS TO GET MORE ENERGY TODAY

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When someone asks a mother the simple question of "how are you?",  the most common response these days has become "exhausted!". We mothers juggle so many balls and our health and wellbeing is the first to be put on the back-burner. But we can't afford to feel rundown.  The good news is, despite popular belief, ...

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WARDROBE ESSENTIALS FOR THE MODERN MAMA

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The fashion landscape has seen a dramatic change over the past few years, with the rise of athleisure, modern twists on wardrobe classics and the return of a little play. It's now an eclectic mix of trends, bold feminine statements, a flashback to youth and effortless minimalism. And there is one clear winner when it ...

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TALKS TO HELP YOU GROW THIS WEEK

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There was probably a time when you could run a high powered business meeting with ease and now it feels like you can barely finish a basic sentence without losing your train of thought. Mum brain ... it happens to the best of us.   We mothers willingly sacrifice a hell of a lot for our families ...

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