A Mum I Admire: Anna aka Bubs 2 Bikinis

I started following Anna on Instagram after she commented on one of my posts, her handle is @bubs2bikinis and she was posting at home workout videos while her newborn babies chilled out watching her. She had a much smaller following then, a few thousand and now it’s over 71 thousand! I obviously wasn’t the only person to admire her tenacity and strength. Now she is pregnant with number 3 and still gets up and does her thing daily to help keep her body and MIND strong. Which is something she talks about often, this isn’t just about being fit and toned but the exercise helps keep her mind fit and healthy, which is needed when you have twins to run around after!

I have never featured another mum on the blog and I’m not sure if this will be a regular thing, but I just have so much admiration for Anna that I wanted to ask her some questions about health, family and pregnancy. Enjoy.

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Fly-Tot Review

If I were to tell you there was an easy way to get your kids to sleep COMFORTABLY in economy on a commercial flight would you believe me?

Well I found it, Fly-Tot, and it is genius. So much so every flight attendant on both our fights to and from LA were amazed with it and couldn’t believe they hadn’t seen more people using them.  Continue reading “Fly-Tot Review”

The article that left me in tears

I came across this article today and everything in it rung so true to my first year with my boys, except I felt it times two.  As I was nearing the end of the article I had tears streaming down my face.

I had kind of forgotten/locked away in the depths of my memory the images of babies constantly screaming, as those memories are so painful to think about.  They were my darkest days, long never-ending days of sorrow, pain, confusion and guilt. Guilt that our experiences with the boys, the IVF, constantly vomiting with Hyperemesis, pre term labour, NICU and then the collic & reflux that made my bonding experience with the boys a really long and tough road.  Continue reading “The article that left me in tears”

Kids Calcium Booster Smoothie Recipes

Calcium, one of those things I have always thought about since becoming a mother. We aren’t cereal eaters so the boys would have two daily bottles of milk as toddlers – sometimes three when it was a bad day and a ‘bot bot would chill them out – was something I was glad they drank to help them get enough calcium for their growing bones. I was surprised though when I was recently introduced by Fonterra to the concept of calcium banking. I didn’t even realise – stupidly as it is so simple. In childhood and adolescence we need to deposit more calcium into our bones each day because this is when our bones are getting bigger and stronger. It is the biggest window of opportunity to build those bones up, so it’s something to concentrate on. Read on for some of the Nuggets favourite smoothie recipes.  Continue reading “Kids Calcium Booster Smoothie Recipes”

My Summer Beach Essentials

We moved to a new house over winter and now live a block from the beach! Which is heaven for Jay and the Nuggets who are all total beach bums – Jay grew up at the Mount and is a surfer so no wonder right?! Sand and salty water makes those three happy like no other. I on the other hand am a pool over beach kind of girl! It’s not that I don’t like the ocean or the beach for that matter, I just hate sand, and it goes hand in hand with the ocean unfortunately! It gets to me, especially if it’s under my nails. Ugh! Sand castle building is a nightmare for me. Now I know I come off as sounding prissy here, I hate it, but I plaster a smile on my face and do it anyway because I love my kids and my kids love the beach.

Our beach days are epic, once I get over the sand scenario. They are full of fun, laughs, food, and we make so many amazing memories. But with twins, and all my necessary beach items (more on that in a second), a quick trip to the beach or a full day comes with a LOT of stuff. Now we are walking distance from the beach I had to get my thinking cap on with what was going to be my beach essentials this year, and how I would be able to transport them from the house to the beach without needing a car. So here is my list of beach essentials: Continue reading “My Summer Beach Essentials”

Weaning two boob loving boys

Weaning was something I was worried about but looking forward too all at the same time. After a few initial bumps in the road I found the process of breast-feeding reasonably easy, but didn’t really enjoy like a lot of mums do. The boys were two hourly feeders for a long time and I felt like I constantly had them attached to me, for them then to go and puke all that milk back up – thanks reflux! I basically felt like I was on a roundabout of feeding that I couldn’t get off. So after 6 months I was done with it, I wanted to get to a year but it just wasn’t something that made me happy anymore.  Continue reading “Weaning two boob loving boys”