Improving Australian children’s health – 1 step at a time!

If you’ve been a follower of sorella & me for a while, you will already know we value the work of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute works towards “finding preventions and treatments for hundreds of common and rare childhood illnesses, so that kids everywhere can have a healthy future”.

Such critical work requires community support and donations. So we want to make sure you know all about their latest fundraiser: Step-a-thon!

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Capturing the love of a mother with her newborn child

My husband bought LittleOne baby magazine for me when I was pregnant years ago.  I hadn’t seen the magazine before and knew straight away there was going to be something special inside the glossy pages! It has remained as one of my favorites.  I especially love the features they do on children’s bedrooms titled “Baby’s Space’.

Ella Rose's room we loved from Issue 9. Our friend Ella's mum Jade (http://www.weddingbling.com.au/) has great style!

Ella Rose’s room we loved from Issue 9. Our friend Ella’s mum Jade has great style – you will find her & many beautiful things at Wedding Bling

The current issue of LittleOne baby is no exception and has a beautiful feature on new mums- real mums in the hospital just days after giving birth. Amy Doak mentions in her Publisher’s letter that there is nothing quite like “the look of love on a new mother’s face” (LittleOne baby Issue 10 p8). Photographer Kate Monotti has certainly captured this in the recent shoot. And we were thrilled to be able to supply and gift our sorella & me sleepwear to a gorgeous mum in the feature.

LittleOnebaby Magazine Issue 10 2013

LittleOnebaby Magazine Issue 10 2013

I remember a local photographer from the paper coming to my room after the birth of my babies with his camera wanting a picture, boy was I apprehensive! That experience for a little local paper was nothing on these brave and beautiful mums that have said yes to a magazine shoot so soon after birth.

Chloe with baby Cooper - just four days old!  Chloe wears sorella & me organic singlet, drawstring pant and lounge wrap. She looks beautiful!!!

Chloe with baby Cooper – just four days old! (image by Kate Monotti, LittleOne baby Issue 10)
Chloe wears sorella & me organic singlet, drawstring pant and lounge wrap. She looks beautiful!!!

Lounge wear shouldn't mean your partners old trackie!! sorella & me organic nursing nightie p.144

“Lounge wear shouldn’t mean your partners old trackie!!”
sorella & me organic nursing nightie in evening sky $84.95 (right) LittleOne baby Issue 10 p144

Congratulations to LittleOne baby magazine on such a beautiful concept and we admire the beautiful women in the shoot that, regardless of the toll the previous days may have had on their bodies, are glowing with beauty and love!!

How did you feel after the birth of your baby? Would you have been brave enough to pose for a magazine?!!!

~ alisha x

Giving to our Mothers on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is approaching and my daughter who is 5 is going to make sure it is a BIG event!  She has been talking about it for weeks – and is so excited!

She keeps hinting at what she has been doing at school for me and today I sent her to school with an envelope with a few coins for the mother’s day stall.

The carnation is of course the traditional gift/symbol for mother’s day.

Anna Jarvis sent 500 of these beautiful flowers to a church service in the U.S in 1908 to be handed out to mothers. The carnation represents all things sweet, innocent, pure and essentially, love.  And so the tradition of gift giving for mothers began.

Anna Jarvis. (Image via tumblr)

Anna Jarvis.
(Image via tumblr)

pink carnation (image via flowers89.com)

pink carnation
(image via flowers89.com)

My mum always said no gifts for her on Mother’s Day.  The biggest gift to her would be that we spend a day being good – meaning no fighting with each other (which took a lot of effort considering there were 4 girls in the house!!).  She also encouraged acts of ‘service’ from us, such as making cups of tea!

I will be looking forward to my gift from my daughter though.  My wrapped slice, face washer or whatever it may be that my daughter chooses from the stall.  And for me it won’t be about the gift itself, but that for the first time she was able to choose something all by herself with me in mind, that she thinks I will love.  And I am intrigued to see what she chooses and why.  And so begins the act of ‘giving’ and how giving to others can more often than not, be more rewarding than receiving.  As I have grown older I have relished in being able to buy gifts for my parents, being able to make them happy with things I can give, in a small way showing appreciation for all that they have given me.  And on Mother’s Day when I hand my gift to mum this year she will say, as she does every year, “oh, no presents”.

White carnation (image via flowers89.com)

White carnation (image via flowers89.com)

Anna & I wish our mum a happy Mother’s Day and we look forward to taking the day and time just to ‘hang-out’ with her.  Our thoughts are with those who are remembering the life of a mum or grandmother lost.   And we wish all mums in the sorella-hood (and our mum’s-to-be who I’m sure already feel like mum’s to their unborn babes!) a warm and wonderful day.

Enjoy the day with your families full of love, a sleep, a cooked breakfast, maybe some new sorella & me PJ’s (we have been very busy and know there will be some very surprised, happy and comfy mummas on the weekend!).

My daughter, mum and I at 'Annie' the musical. A special girls night out for us!

My daughter, mum and I at ‘Annie’ the musical. A special girls night out for us!

By the way have you checked out Sustainababy lately?  There are a fantastic range of ecofriendly, organic and sustainable baby products on offer at the online store.

Sustainababy have a fabulous Mother’s Day Promotion running that we are thrilled to be a part of.  Head to the blog and enter the comp to win a gorgeous sorella & me organic lounge wrap….If you win, you could give it to your mum….or treat yourself!! Good luck!!

http://www.sustainababy.com.au/blog/May-2013/sorella—me-Mother-s-Day-Giveaway

How will you spend Mother’s Day on Sunday?

alisha x

Get out of my way and let me run

There has been an increase in incidents around Melbourne recently of attacks on children and women. This, added to some truly horrific random incidences of violence against women in the past 12 months – which in some cases resulted in death – have really stirred up some anxiety in me this week.

I have only just recovered from an incident I was involved in while visiting my parents on the Sunshine Coast (Queensland).  A male approached me while I was running along the beach, exposed himself and chased after me. After working with the police I was informed he had done the same thing to a 12-year-old girl just days earlier.

12 years old.

As a result of this incident, and an attack on a female runner on my usual running path at home just a few weeks later, it has taken me over a year to begin to feel comfortable running or walking on my own again. Up until now I either ran on a treadmill at the gym, ran with my partner on weekends, or went for walks with friends.

Woman Running

Photo Credit: Myles Dumas

But in the past month I had finally decided I wasn’t going to be dictated to in terms of when or where I would run (with some common sense exceptions I have always practiced being I never run nighttime and I avoid patches in my neighbourhood that are isolated).  I love running and I have run my whole life and it really drives me crazy that I am denied this right when and where I want just because I am female.

So with more news reports in the last 24 hours of an attack on a woman and a child in North Melbourne – I am having trouble figuring out how to feel about it.

I think mostly I am really angry.

I am really pissed off that women continue to be at risk of violence from men. For me, apart from running, it’s not being able to feel comfortable walking from a tram at night, going for a run at sunrise, or being able to stand on my own as so many of my male friends do in a taxi rank late at night.  I have the absolute right to do those things and it makes me really angry that it’s something I am consciously concerned about.

And it makes me so angry, that if I have children (if I am lucky enough) – that they simply won’t be enjoy the freedom that we did as kids.  That they can’t go riding around the neighbourhood on their bikes for hours on end.  They can’t go exploring.  They can’t enjoy the beach freely for risk of voyeurism (the Police told me the Sunshine Coast where I grew up is one of the highest areas for pedophilia in Australia).

This isn’t a new gripe at all I know, but it’s truly such a shame.  And even more so because there is perhaps nothing we can do about it.

Well, I’m going to stick to my running plan for now. And I hope that with each step brings new determination to keep on running, and keep on doing the things I want to.

Girl power and all that!

~ anna

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this, or your own expereinces. Please share below!

UPDATE: Fast forward 12 months and a violent incident in the US sparks the hashtag #YesAllWomen. Read my take on this here.

Getting back to basics

I did start planning a holiday in a resort.  The weather was forecast pretty terrible and although I enjoyed the idea of a resort pool, day spa and room service, I did secretly like the idea of a holiday that was ‘about the kids’.  In a tent, behind sand dunes allowing them to run and play and be freeeeeeeeee.

always an early start when camping with children- surf's  up!

It is always an early start when camping with children – surf’s up!

So the recent school holidays we packed up ALOT of ‘stuff’ and went camping.  I grew up doing a lot of camping with my family.  I thought camping was what all families did on holidays!  We hadn’t been on a camping trip for a while though.  Things have been pretty busy and getting away was a luxury we just couldn’t seem to fit in.

let's go fly a kite...la..la...la...

let’s go fly a kite…la..la…la…

It’s amazing how much children learn when they are taken into a new environment. Not just bike riding and scootering, but how to tie knots, heading to night markets because there is no agenda to worry about tiredness the next day, dancing in the pub at the Sunday session (oops that was me but my daughter did learn how to create a beat with a black sock and a box!), how to cook toast without a toaster, how to play board games (remember those?!!) and the list goes on and on.

KerPlunk! My 3 year old wanted the marbles my 5 year old understood the game and didn't, so in this game "everyone's a winner"!!!

KerPlunk! My 3-year-old wanted the marbles my 5-year-old understood the game and didn’t, so in this game “everyone’s a winner”!!!

bike riding - yes I am on my bike! ;)

bike riding – yes I am on my bike! 😉

I will admit I found it a bit difficult to completely disconnect from the online world.  Our neighbour campers with teenage children had their i-devices all charging at the bbq area and there were 8 getting re-booted!  But my 5-year-old didn’t miss TV or movies on the iPad.  She was happy teaching her little brother how to play snap in the tent – or at least telling him when to snap to give him a win (love her to bits!)

Enjoying the outdoors and playing with no reason to have to stop!

Enjoying the outdoors and playing with no reason to have to stop!

BUT – next holiday perhaps I will consider a comfy bed in a resort! My sleep was disrupted because I was up checking the kids were covered NUMEROUS times throughout the night, so this was pretty tiresome.

The perfect picnic spot.  Tweed Coast.

The perfect picnic spot watching the surfers. Tweed Coast.

On the upside, I got to sleep with the sound of rain on the tent with my little family close by, and that was pretty damn cosy and fun!!

our tent in the morning sunshine

our tent in the morning sunshine

Have you got a great family holiday idea you could share with the sorella-hood? We would love for you to leave a comment here below or post on our Facebook page. alisha x

Just Do It! Top 10 Questions asked when planning a family adventure!

Packing the kids up for an overnighter, or even a day out always seems like such a big task.  Do I really need to take all this stuff??!!! The logistics of car seats, strollers, bedding, food and all the rest can be daunting, let alone organising a simple bag so I can easily locate hats, sunscreen and wipes!

Getting to the destination is one thing – then there is the actual heading out and exploring. What can we do that they kids will enjoy? How do we know a certain activity will suit our family’s needs?

Our friends at Do It Tour (Australia’s best online tour and experience booking company) have agreed to guest blog this week and have provided some tips and advice for booking a family tour – which may help alleviate the unknown and encourage families to get out and explore with their little ones. 

So over to Renai from Do It Tour, and their Top 10 questions asked by families wishing to take their children on an adventure!

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As an online tour booking agent, and a mother, I know how exciting it can be booking and planning your next family getaway. With limited opportunity for holiday extravagances most of us want to make sure that we have the best opportunity to really enjoy ourselves… including the children!

So how do you make sure that your children’s needs are catered for?

I have put together a list of the Top 10 questions I am commonly asked by families wishing to take their children on a day tour, day cruise or adventure experience.  I hope they are helpful for assisting you plan your next family adventure!

A side note – I’ve tried my best to keep them general because we have 1300 tours Australia wide that we offer on Do It Tour! If you have any specific questions about any of our tours, please don’t hesitate to contact me – Ph0404 404 357; www.doittour.com.

1. Can you accommodate strollers on a tour?

Many tours accommodate compact strollers however many smaller transfer vehicles do not have luggage compartments and you will be required to store your collapsed stroller in your allocated seating area (eg. under your feet).

image source: Do It Tour

image source: Do It Tour

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dogy do-do or dogy don’t?

I am an animal lover. Usually when people say that out loud, others automatically assume they are NOT animal lovers and are trying to convince you otherwise. I must admit though I was frightened of dogs as a child.  Might have something to do with holding a tyre hubcap full of dog food and my grandfather letting two greyhounds off the leash, expecting me to put the food down.  Of course, in seeing them galloping towards me the food went in the air I screamed and ran away.  Not traumatized by this at all.

Anyway, I digress.  I am an animal lover.  On a recent attempt to get fit I began back at my local gym.  Just a little free trial because if my 3-year-old doesn’t like the crèche there is no point joining up.

My little boy sitting on the footpath in under the A-frame gym sign out the front of the gym wasn’t a good start.  Trying to coerce him out to come inside (this was day two by the way so he knew what was up and quite cheekily enjoyed crawling in to hide from me) wasn’t fun.  Thank-fully it only took a few minutes to get him out so I was pretty relieved – I was anticipating I could have been there acting all calm and ‘together’ on the street for a good while!

On older photo of my son hiding in an A-frame signs.  This has been something he has loved to do for a while!

On older photo of my son hiding in an A-frame sign. This has been something he has loved to do for a while!

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