It’s 3am. A tiny voice whispers in your ear, ‘Mummy, I’m going to throw up.’ You pry yourself from slumber and sit up. ‘What happened?’, you ask your wide-eyed toddler. But it’s too late- intestinal armageddon has already struck, and your bed is covered in vomit. Two hours later, you’re awake in bed feverishly Googling the symptoms of every vomit-inducing infant disease ever.
We live in an age where every piece of parenting information is literally at our fingertips. Sure, it’s empowering to know you’re always a click away from solving any problem. But do have the skills to filter out the garbage? Is the epidemic of cyber-parenting causing us more anxiety than it’s worth?
The madness doesn’t end with Dr Google. We’re also contending with the temptation to buy into Instagram happiness and Pinterest perfection. From humble-bragging to brazen oversharing, there are a million ways for parents to boast about their glamorous and exciting lives when social media is involved.
The effect is that parents reading these posts are left feeling inadequate, hopeless and depressed. Sure, it’s easy to fall into the habit of seeking inspiration from ‘perfect parents’ via social media- after all we all want the best for our kids. But the real problems arise when we begin to compare our own lives to a flawless ideal that resides only online.
So why do we buy into the hype? Surely we know better than to model our lives on contrived Instagram captions and carefully-composed happy snaps?
The truth of the matter is that we don’t need these things to become a better parent. Reading endless parenting forums and scrolling through celebrity Instagram posts may feel good for the short-term, but in the long-run, you’re feeding the anxiety monster with validation-seeking activities and unfair comparisons.
If it’s not doing you any good, it’s doing you bad. And it’s time to stop.
Where have the days gone when your daughter wanted your hand-me-down eye shadow, lipstick or blush?
Following in the footsteps of beauty bloggers and influencers, teenagers are now mastering the art of makeup all on their very own and wearing makeup proudly, yet with sophistication.
Makeup is all part of being a girl, but it’s hard to know where to draw the line with experimentation.
As a teen, Rachael Finch vividly remembers looking through the contents of her Mum’s beauty collection, and the shock horror when she looked in the mirror for the first time with red chunky lipstick all over her front teeth.
She laughs, “I don’t think I wore red lipstick again until my 21st birthday.”
Nowadays of course, Rachael has makeup artists on hand to ensure she looks a vision for a variety of events and appearances, but thanks to her beauty ambassador role with Amcal Pharmacy, she has some great recommendations for teenagers wanting to start experimenting with make-up.
Rachael knows what’s essential, what’s reasonably priced and what the best beauty products are for teenagers and recommends Colour Theory, a versatile collection of makeup tools and applicators perfect for anyone’s handbag.
Blush A Little
Colour Theory Flawless Angle Blush Brush, RRP $12.00
“The perfect beginners’ tool for those just starting out,” she said.
“A little blush on the cheeks accentuates a natural feature, while at the same time allowing them to start playing with makeup in pretty pink and purple tones.”
Keep It Colourful
Colour Theory Nail Polish, Flamingo, RRP $4.00
“Go for a subtle pink on the nails on special occasions, it’s a great opportunity to spend some quality time together without being over the top in the makeup department.”
As they develop into the later years as teenagers, Rachael suggests some other products:
“Now that they have their basics down pat, bolder colours can come into play,” she said.
Refresh Your Complexion
Colour Theory Bronzer, Sun Kissed RRP $10.00
“The biggest trend at the moment is the natural look – a bronzer adds glow to their skin in summer and creates the sun-kissed look during winter.”
Make A Statement!
Colour Theory Lip Gloss, Hot Shot, RRP $10.00
“Makeup can make people feel confident in their own skin and accentuates stunning face features. This easy application lip gloss is the perfect starting point when trying a bold lip for the first time.”
Fan those flames and go smoky
Colour Theory Eye Shadow Duo, Berrylicious, RRP $8.00
“Eye shadow can take the most practice and this little duo is an ideal starter kit. The lighter colour goes all over the lid to make the eye seem bigger while the darker colour goes in the crease to add definition, and always remember to blend!”
Celeste Barber is indisputably the queens of keeping it real.
From her realistic AF selfies to her video challenges of duplicating such gems as Miranda Kerr’s $4 million-dollar smoothie, Celeste hands down touches a nerve with Mums who totes get that life is not as glamorous as some would like to have us to believe.
Yet there’s a new voice emerging – in Fisher-Price, who in conjunction with some of Australia’s most influential mums, is celebrating and empowering parents across the country to stand proud and show the beauty and realness of how sucky parenting can be via their social channels.
Enter the Fisher-Price Challenge, a social media campaign spearheaded by the hugely admired and followed; Clementine McVeigh and Marcia Leone, broadcasting the toughness and not-so glamorous sides of parenting.
Since sharing their stories, the #FisherPriceChallenge is receiving interest from other mum’s across the globe, and together they’re calling for more parents to get on board and empower each other by simply sharing an honest, authentic social media post about the realities of being a parent.
Whether the living room looks like it’s been turned upside down or an outfit change is required five times a day – the world of mum’s want to hear about it using #FisherPriceChallenge.
So, what are you waiting for. Go take a pic of the washing pile and get amongst it!
Clowns are out, fairies are passé and don’t even think about hiring a magician.
When it comes to children’s birthday parties, a unicorn theme is the celebrity trend du jour.
If you’re partial to the occasional Instagram stalk, you’ll have noticed a surge in unicorn-inspired festivities among famous mothers over recent weeks.
The likes of WAG queens Kyly Clarke and Terri Biviano have wasted no expense in throwing unicorn birthday parties for their cherished tots, all the while making sure to flaunt the merrymaking on social media.
Bakers-to-the-stars have also cashed in on the celebrity craze, with Rebecca Judd recruiting a couture desert chef to craft a unicorn cake for her precious three-year-old daughter Billie last year.
And while the price tags attached to these A-list affairs are undoubtedly exorbitant, mere mortals need not take out a home-loan to indulge in the trend.
C’mon, we reckon spending big bucks on unicorn-themed birthday parties is comparable to believing in unicorns in the first place: dumb.
One savvy mother who works in our office demonstrated the ridiculousness with her daughter’s recent unicorn birthday party, which set her back just $25. Yes, that’s a grand total of $25 bucks.
Instead of purchasing an expensive cake (and let’s be honest, most of it’s going to end up smeared on the kids’ faces anyway), our smartie Mum friend nabbed a stock-standard Woolies cake and decorated it with M&Ms – all for the tidy price of $5.00
As for gifts, she simply strolled down to Kmart to pick up three chalk bombs, a Creeper Keeper bug catcher, a make-your-own crystal set, a sausage dog night-light and a box of Kinetic Magic Sand – all for just $20.
In Mum’s words: ‘Kid as happy as a pig in poop and family love = priceless’.
Drinking coffee is overrated when you’re a Mum. Let’s face it, when you really need to sleep, you can’t quite get there, and a cup of joe has the tendency to produce an anxiety attack that’s bigger than Donald Trump’s ego. Lord knows that’s the last thing an exhausted Mums adrenals require.
The alternative, of course, is tea. And one that is especially made for women is hitting our sweet (and sleep) spot.
Tea co Pukka has released a range of Womankind tea, with a few unique blends of balancing, regulating herbs to help women feel rejuvenated and find balance throughout the month.
An everyday blend to help women balance and bloom, Womankind helps to regulate hormonal balance for women at all life stages. Offering a delicate organic blend of delicious cranberry, shatavari to balance hormones and regulate the menstrual cycle, as well as delicate rose and sweet vanilla, this cup helps to find your perfect balance.
There’s a blend for pregnant Mums called Motherkind Pregnancy, a nurturing blend that’s been designed to support a healthy pregnancy, while Pukka Motherkind Baby has been expertly blended to support mother and baby and promote a healthy milk supply.
A natural support to a healthy pregnancy, the Motherkind Pregnancy tea has been delicately blended with key herbal ingredients to support women during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Raspberry leaf strengthens uterine muscles and prepares for birth, shatavari supports a healthy uterine environment, while nettle and mint work in conjunction to help ease morning sickness.
Motherkind Baby is a nourishing blend of functional herbs that support mother and baby during breastfeeding. This caffeine-free tea uses only the purest, 100% organic and sustainably sourced ingredients that nourish and protect the body from inflammation and pain, increase the flow of milk during breastfeeding and ease colic in babies. Sweet fennel seed, a natural galactagogue, encourages the production of breast milk. The hero herb, shatavari root, stimulates the production of prolactin in breastfeeding, therefore increasing the flow of milk. Bitter fennel seed adds delicious flavor alongside an ability to stimulate digestion, and turmeric is soothing and calming due to its natural anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, as well as containing antioxidants to protect mother and baby from any nasty free radicals.
All retail for RRP $7.95 and are perfect for pregnant women wanting to avoid caffeine and still seek solace in a comforting cup of bliss.
We have 3 x packs of each of the x 3 teas each in a Pukka canvas bag RRP $48.90 per pack.
To win, tag us on INSTAGRAM @motherdriven #PukkaTeaParty with a photo of you and your favorite tea cup. Winners will be announced on our Facebook page on 28/2/18.
Wah wah wah. Here we are whining about the back to school shopping without a single thought of how blessed we are to be able to buy our kids stationery.
Fact is, more than 1.1 Australian children and young people live in poverty and may struggle to afford the school supplies they need when they head back to school this week.
Keenly aware of these statistics is stationery brand Yoobi, who are calling on all social media users who love Aussie kids to #sharefive during this back to school period.
Running for the second year in a row and open to all Australians, the Yoobi #sharefive challenge simply asks that you share a photo of your open hand – signalling five – on your social media account, using the tags #sharefive and @yoobiaustralia.
In return, Yoobi will donate five essential school items to a child in need, during the 2018 back to school period. Yes, count em, FIVE!
This means Aussie kids in need can stock their backpacks with classroom essentials for the new school year. This year, the campaign aims to provide 10,000 stationery items to children across the country who need them most.
“It’s one thing to fall behind in school because you haven’t done your homework,” said Yoobi Ambassador, Osher Günsberg. “It’s another thing to fall behind because you don’t have a pencil to do your homework with. Yoobi’s mission is to make sure that every Australian child, regardless of their financial circumstance, has access to the school supplies they need to participate in school. At this very busy back to school time, we are urging as many people as possible to lend a helping hand to these kids, by either choosing Yoobi for their back to school supplies, or by simply posting a quick pic on Instagram. There are no catches – you buy or post, and Yoobi gives. It’s that simple!” he said.
Yoobi’s #sharefive challenge will run until February 5th, 2018. Posts must tag @yoobiaustralia and #sharefive to be counted. Yoobi products are available at Woolworths stores around the country.
For more information, visit yoobi.com.au