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    Have you ever stayed somewhere where they give you free cakes and port? Without telling you. So you just turn up and in your room are home. made. cakes. and. port. Sounds like a wee dream, right? I’m currently working on the rebrand and website for a farm/B&B that do just that. Businesses who have their(…)

  • remember that time i was sexist

    A funny/infuriating thing happened to me last week. I was at our local supermarket checkout with a trolley full o’food, unpacking it all (my least favourite part of the shopping experience) onto the conveyor belt. I had Ethan in the carrier in front of me sleeping and as any mama knows, trying to pick anything below waist(…)

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    portrait of my son, once a week, every week for one year You’re 24 weeks old Ethan and you’re currently out walking the streets with your poor Dad, screaming blue murder because you won’t go to sleep. Morning naps have been fantastic, afternoon? Not so much. In this photo you had just finished obliterating a strawberry,(…)

  • chilli cherry chocolate

    I’m part of a local Mum’s Group. We’re all first time Mum’s with babies aged within 7 weeks of each other. Apparently, in our area alone there are 60 babies born every month! That to me, is mind boggling. Where are all these pregnant women at? I never seem to see many waddlers around these(…)

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    portrait of my son, once a week, every week for one year Ethan you are 23 weeks old and you are an absolute joy lately. You’re becoming very cuddly, you’re getting the concept of kisses and smiling more often than crying. It’s amazing. Daddy’s playing you ‘Norweigan Wood’ by the Beatles in this picture. It’s(…)

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  • my worst habit

    Leaving wet towels lying around, hanging things on door handles and running the car until it’s practically on fumes and breaking down becomes an actual possibility. … I’ve got some pretty bad habits. But my worst habit, by far. Mindless scrolling. You know what I’m talking about. Find yourself with two seconds of time where(…)

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Have you ever stayed somewhere where they give you free cakes and port?
Without telling you.

So you just turn up and in your room are home. made. cakes. and. port.

Sounds like a wee dream, right? I’m currently working on the rebrand and website for a farm/B&B that do just that. Businesses who have their sh*t together and know how to treat people rock my world.

I don’t often share my design work here, but as I’m taking on more projects, you’ll be seeing a bit more of it around these parts along with the usual posts of course.

Love and a good ole mood board.

Naomi

xoxo

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remember that time i was sexist

A funny/infuriating thing happened to me last week.

I was at our local supermarket checkout with a trolley full o’food, unpacking it all (my least favourite part of the shopping experience) onto the conveyor belt. I had Ethan in the carrier in front of me sleeping and as any mama knows, trying to pick anything below waist height up with a baby strapped to you requires some serious squat and reach skills. I was struggling to say the least.

In front of me stood a man probably in his late 30′s who stared at me struggling. Actual stared. Then when my increasingly awkward squat and reach routine stopped entertaining him, he took out his phone dissolved into the screen while the rest of his shopping was processed by the checkout lady. A little old (really old) lady behind me started to help me. I was flustered, embarrassed and furious. From my car, I then tweeted this…

 

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And what ensued? A Twitter smack down by my male Twitter friends of how I was making a grossly unfair broad generalisation of men. And as the penny of these responses dropped, it dawned on me that had a man tweeted something similar addressing “#women of the world” he would likely have been mauled online and burned at the stake. So why, did I think it was cool to publicly ‘educate’ men on their collective downfalls?

I don’t know.

All I know is this, I was angry at the person in front of me. I believed that person should have shown me, as a person, some kindness and helped. In all fairness, I could also have asked for the help instead of just expecting it. And really, it had nothing to do with his gender.

What resulted was a very sexist spew on Twitter. And for that, I apologise.
I consider myself an open, fair person who wants nothing more that complete gender equality. So looking at this response kind of surprises me and opens my eyes to the fact that no matter how open I think I am, there’s clearly still a bit of societal conditioning in there that’s skewing my moral compass and giving me a misplaced sense of entitlement as a woman to belittle men.
Something we ladies should maybe look out for. Sexism goes both ways… Who knew?

Love and an honest heart,

Naomi

xoxo

P.S. If this interested you, you should read this excellent post by Anastasia on ‘Re-Branding Chivalry” and this beautiful piece from Danielle LaPorte on “Females trash-talking males (and why it’s holding us back)”.

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portrait of my son, once a week, every week for one year

You’re 24 weeks old Ethan and you’re currently out walking the streets with your poor Dad, screaming blue murder because you won’t go to sleep. Morning naps have been fantastic, afternoon? Not so much. In this photo you had just finished obliterating a strawberry, hence the super stained bib and slobbery face. Strawberries are totally your fave right now. I think this is my favourite photo of you yet.

THINGS ROCKING YOUR WORLD

1. Shaking your head from side to side like a dog with a chew toy for no reason other than your own entertainment.
2. Tags on clothes, toys, car seat. You’re starting to pinch your little fingers together to touch them. Super cute and apparently a massive developmental leap.
3. Bashing things off other things. Wooden spoon and any hard surface seem to be the best fun.
4. Standing up and watching your feet. I swear you’re trying to take steps sometimes.
5. Holding your own sippy cup. You haven’t mastered tilting it yet, but the rest you’ve got down.

THINGS NOT CUTTING THE MUSTARD

1. Having myself or Daddy walk across the room. You’re high pitched squealing now. Really high pitched squealing.
2. Having your nose cleaned.

You’re more smiley than ever and we’re all loving it.

And we all love you.

Naomi (aka Mum)

xoxo

Joining in Jodi’s 52 Project at our own pace.

chilli cherry chocolate

chilli cherry chocolate recipe

I’m part of a local Mum’s Group.

We’re all first time Mum’s with babies aged within 7 weeks of each other. Apparently, in our area alone there are 60 babies born every month! That to me, is mind boggling. Where are all these pregnant women at? I never seem to see many waddlers around these parts.

But I’m totally glad it’s true because the group I’m in is full of the most beautiful, thoughtful, kind women. Luckily we all have very similar parenting styles and a pretty relaxed attitude. There’s no ‘baby-racing’ to be seen.
However, there are lots of sweets and baked goods to be seen. Always. Because that’s what being a Mum’s all about, right? Right.

And this very recipe came from our groups queen of baking. She’s the one who makes and shares the tastiest treats. She’s also beyond lovely as a person.

Chilli cherry Chocolate is now my go to recipe for last minute get togethers or for those times when I just want to eat 500g of chocolate all by myself.

You should make this, but don’t blame me when it’s all gone by the end of the day and your husband comes home to find you looking sheepish with chocolate on your face and absolute denial in your bones that you ever approached a chocolate bar that day. (A sad but true anecdote of my life).

Love and I-totally-didn’t-eat-any-chocolate,

Naomi

xoxo

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portrait of my son, once a week, every week for one year

Ethan you are 23 weeks old and you are an absolute joy lately. You’re becoming very cuddly, you’re getting the concept of kisses and smiling more often than crying. It’s amazing. Daddy’s playing you ‘Norweigan Wood’ by the Beatles in this picture. It’s your favourite and often the easiest way to get to you to chill out sometimes.

THINGS ROCKING YOUR WORLD

1. Thai green curry.
2. Yelling at the vacuum cleaner. It’s the angriest I’ve ever heard you. It’s hilarious to see you tell this inanimate object ‘what-for’.
3. Once again this week, standing up is just the best sport ever.
4. Crawling in circles, a bit like the hands of a clock. It’s hilarious because you don’t actually go anywhere, but you sure look damn proud at your turning techniques.
5. Sucking your big toe. The minute your foot is free’d from any item of clothing, it goes straight into your mouth.
6. The sponge and flannel in the bath. Basically anything you can suck the bathwater out of.
7. Everyone. You are so happy to be passed around now. It’s amazing to see you exploring other peoples faces.

THINGS NOT CUTTING THE MUSTARD

1. Not feeding you fast enough.

And that’s about it for this week. You’ve been a pretty happy little guy. And long may it last my love.

Naomi (aka Mum)

xoxo

Joining in Jodi’s 52 Project at our own pace.