Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Story Time

Help, my son has forgotten how to read.  It's true.  Books have always been a huge part of our life.  We have that many books we could almost open our own bookshop, and I've realised I honestly can't remember when my 12 year old last picked up a book.

As a toddler he loved being read to.  When he started school he was so excited to be able to read by himself.  He would come home from school every Monday and excitedly show me his readers for the week.

The excitement started to fade a little through the later years of primary school until by the end of Year 6 I don't think he'd picked up a book in months.  If it didn't have Diary of a Wimpy something in the title then he didn't want to know about it.

Fast forward to his first year of high school where he was expected to read a book called Trash and I honestly believe it would have been easier to get him to spring clean his bedroom from top to bottom rather than read even one page of that book,

In his defence, I did try to read Trash myself.  How bad could it be.  I'm a reader, I love to read, I read every day but I must admit, even I struggled with that one.

The kids all seemed to be going through a Hunger Games phase recently so I bought him that....nope.  He's got Beast Quest books, Skullduggery books, nope, not interested.

If they could just write some more Specky Magee books and Max the cricketer books I might then be in with a chance.

So what do I do?  In this age of gaming, TVs, iPods, iPads and laptops; when at school his entire day is spent working on a laptop, how do I get my son interested in reading again?   How do I show him there's an entire world full of fun and excitement in every page?  Do I just do nothing and wait for him to hopefully find his way back to reading again one day?

What do you do?  Do your kids still read or is it a battle?


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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Happy Mothers Day Mum

I'm feeling pretty excited about Mothers Day this year.  I'm flying my parents over from interstate for a couple of days so they can spend Mothers Day here with us.

It's especially hard for my mum now.  As many of you would know from following this blog, and just from your own personal experiences, when you lose someone close to you, special days are generally overshadowed by the milestone of "wow, another year since so and so" passed.  It adds a layer of sadness to the day which never really leaves, no matter how many years have passed.

So for us, it's been 3 years since we lost my brother, which means it's been 3 years since mum and dad lost their son.  There was another recent memorial/dedication in his honour this weekend in the Flinders Ranges which my parents travelled to.  It therefore felt extra important to do something more for Mothers Day this year so mum didn't come home from what was surely a difficult trip for them to make to a mothers day spent alone.

And so, I will get to spend Mothers Day with my mum for the first time in many years which will be nice.  The day will be spent travelling around to the boy's footy matches, but that's okay, at least we will all be together.  I figure we can even do a Mothers Day dinner the night before, surely that's not against the rules.

What do you have planned for Mothers Day this year?


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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Sienna and Sidney

With a distinct chill in the air now upon us and the summer dresses and shorts slowly being packed away for another season I thought it was the perfect time to introduce you to the beautiful Lucy from Sienna and Sidney.

Her story when I first read it brought tears to my eyes, thinking about what they went through with their gorgeous little girl.  To then find the strength to do something positive from their tragedy I think is truly inspirational.

Below is a little blurb from Sienna & Sidney's "About Us" page and we are proud to be able to support Sienna & Sidney in some small way. I know I can personally vouch for her gorgeous sleeping bags having used them for my own children to keep them snug and warm at night.

Sienna & Sidney was founded in 2009 when I came over from the UK to Australia with my partner and my daughter Sienna. I decided to set up my own company to design and make baby sleepbags having had a lot of experience in the nursery market. I spent 14 years working as a retailer and buyer for the leading department store group in the UK and in 2010 I then also worked part time as Head of Buying for an Australian Nursery chain. I love beautiful fabrics and this is the main point of difference to other sleepbag manufacturers - I source on-trend fabrics from leading designers from around the world. These fabrics are often limited in quantity so the number of sleepbags made in each fabric is always limited and there is constant change..

Very sadly we lost our beautiful little daughter, Sienna in February 2010 to neuroblastoma cancer after she relapsed towards the end of 2009. There is currently no cure for relapsed neuroblastoma but there can be one and with the support of many good friends and businesses we have raised approx. $370,000 for the Children's Cancer Institute of Australia for research into neuroblastoma. This disease needs more research to ensure a cure is found for relapsed neuroblastoma - we know it does not need a miracle just more research.

With every sleepbag sold $10 will be given to Children's Cancer Institute of Australia for their research into neuroblastoma.

We dedicate all our work to our little girl Sienna.


If you are interested in helping us fundraise please visit our website www.neuroblastoma.org.au

If you have a moment to visit the Neuroblastoma page please do so, and for those of you in Sydney you may be interested in the Fun Run coming up on May 26.

And most importantly, when you tuck your little one into bed tonight, take that extra moment to pause and remember to be grateful for all that they bring us.