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Real Live Mum: Jaquie Brown

Real Live Mum - Jaquie BrownWhat makes you a Mum? The fact that it’s taken me 11 days to read this email and have time to myself to sit down and reply. Oh and also that I grew two humans in my belly and now they live in my house.

Describe where you are right now.  Right now I’m on the couch with the laptop on my….lap and the E! channel playing in the background – it’s where I get all my current affairs and breaking news stories. I have just put both kids to bed. Read it, BOTH (Leo 3 and Ivy Belle 10 weeks)  on my own because my man lover (aka husband) is working late. First time this has happened, was terrified I’d not be able to manage it, managed it, feel invincible. 

Describe the last dream you remember having.  Honestly they have been nightmares. Nothing funny to report just pure awful nightmares about things happening to my kids. Not sure why my subconscious is churning out such gut wrenching horror when I’m trying to get my beauty sleep but there you have it. 

Use five words to describe your family.  Messy, amazing, loud, precious, adorable.

What is one thing nobody knows about you?  Nobody knows how much I love High School Musical 3. Except you. And anyone reading this. Damnit.

What is your most treasured item?  We have a chair and table set from the 70’s and of course any family photos or photos of me where I don’t have a double chin. (Quite rare).

When was the last time you broke a rule?  I often eat things past their best before date, I’m quite rebellious.

What is your best piece of advice? Everything is better with butter. It’s so profound and true, it really speaks to me on so many levels.

When was the last time you forgot something important?  Went to Waiheke Island for a day trip with Ivy and forgot nappies. Ug.

What’s your #1 go-to “I’m shattered and I have to feed people” meal solution? Chuck an entire chicken in the croc pot and ignore it all day. Steam cauliflower and puree with butter and salt and add veges. Boom. 

Five minutes ago I wasBecause this has taken me days to complete, I’m no longer on the couch, I was having a much needed nap.  Five minutes from now I will be…collecting Leo from daycare.

 

 

Real Live Mum: Jacinda

Real Live Mum: Jacinda

Together with the The Child Cancer Foundation we are honoured to present today’s Real Live Mum.  

Meet Jacinda from Wainuiomata, Wellington.  Jacinda is Mum of Zariah, age 6, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia on Feb 13, 2012.

What makes you a mum? Having someone that relies on me to lead and guide them.. Making choices that involve my kids and it not just been about me.

Describe where you are right now?  I’m in my house haha.. No really I’m enjoying being a stay at home mum to my 3 beautiful full on girls as well as working.

Describe the last dream you remember having? Finding out that someone had put 2billon in my account going to the bank to see the manager to find out that it was all mine.. Sadly when I woke and checked my account this was not the case… Very sad hahahaha 

Use five words to describe your family? Beautiful, kind, loving, courageous, full of life.

What is one thing nobody knows about you? I very much don’t like people touching or coming near my neck/throat.. “Shivers”

When was the last time you broke a rule?  Probably giving my daughter Zariah KFC when told not too… She was on steroids there’s no arguing with a child on steroids lol.. It worked out fine tho hahaha.

What is your most treasured item? Oh totally my iPhone for sure haha, no really I would definitely say my wedding ring.

What is the best piece of advice?  Life live to the fullest have no regrets.

When was the last time you forgot something important? Me forgot something important? Never! hahaha.

What’s your number 1 go-to I’m shattered and I have to feed people meal? For my family would totally be noodles and eggs on toast. For other people would be let’s do takeaways.

Five minutes ago I was cooking saveloys for the girls. Five minutes from now I will be going back over these questions.

Real Live Mum: Leilanie

Real Live Mum - LeilanieTogether with the The Child Cancer Foundation we are honoured to present today’s Real Live Mum.  

Meet Leilanie from Wellington.  Leilanie is Mum of Angel who is three and was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in May last year.

What makes you a Mum?  I have a child and her name is Angel!

Describe where you are right now.  I’m enjoying life with my family, friends, and my spiritual life…

Describe the last dream you remember having.  I’m still in school, checking the subjects that I need to take to finish my course.. 

Use five words to describe your family.  We love to have fun!

What is one thing nobody knows about you?  I’m afraid of cats!

What is your most treasured item? Cellphone and wallet!

When was the last time you broke a rule?  Every day!

What is your best piece of advice?  Trust in The Lord, for he will not forsake us!

When was the last time you forgot something important?  Last 14 Feb..

What’s your #1 go-to “I’m shattered and I have to feed people” meal solution? It’s google to the rescue!

Five minutes ago I was I was wondering how I can cope up with Angel’s condition. Five minutes from now I will be celebrating life because Angel survived! 

Real Live Mum: Faith

Real Live Mum: Faith

Together with the The Child Cancer Foundation we are honoured to present today’s Real Live Mum.  

Meet Faith from Levin.  Faith is Mum of Noah who is ten and was diagnosed with a pilocytic astrocytoma posterior fossa tumour at age five.

What makes you a Mum? Pregnancy, childbirth, sleepless nights, sticky fingers, midnight cuddles with butterfly kisses. These are some of the things that makes me a mum but most of all I became a mum that moment I held each of my children and looked at them and thought “hello there, I know you. …you have always been here haven’t you waiting for your time to join us.”

Describe where you are right now. Well physically I’m at work haha but where in life I am? Ok well I am a full time midwifery student with 3 children and I work 8 hours a week at a midwifery resource centre.  My husband and I finally own our own home! Which by the way comes with a load of responsibility sigh so I guess you could say I’m a busy mummy/student/wife/grown up ;D Gosh I hope that’s what you meant with the question.

Describe the last dream you remember having. Hmmm I had a very vivid dream of attending a friends birth the other day. Right from the hectic drive to get there in time to the supporting during the labor to the birth to the magical moments after. It was a very exciting and touching dream. Hopefully it will be a reality soon eekkk!

Use five words to describe your family. Strong.  Close.  Giving. Faithful. Humor.

What is one thing nobody knows about you? Wow Ummm…….. I would like to be a surrogate mother to give someone else the gift of motherhood. Oh and I am a feminist :)

What is your most treasured item?  That one is hard my wedding ring it was my Nanas and my birth great grandmother’s engagement ring (I’m adopted) these things can not be replaced.

When was the last time you broke a rule? I think I drove over the speed limit yesterday opps naughty right!

What is your best piece of advice? Always remember that every decision you make you always make to the best of your abilities and knowledge. No one wants to make a mistake, no one does it on purpose so don’t kick yourself. Don’t even allow guilt to enter into the picture.  As mothers we always question ourselves about what we are doing, stop! Remember every decision you make you have made with the best of your abilities and knowledge at that time. Don’t regret it learn from it.

When was the last time you forgot something important?  Gosh I do that all the time but last night I forgot a event at my son’s school I felt horrible but then again so did my son and husband and everyone haha. It’s been a long week.

What’s your #1 go-to “I’m shattered and I have to feed people” meal solution?  Wraps!  Mince with taco sauce and even thrown in baked beans.  Grated cheese and carrots.  Microwave wraps for 30 secs and put together with sauces and mayo mmmmm. Voila! Fast easy and semi healthy hehe love it!!!

Five minutes ago I was chatting with a lovely stranger at work :) . Five minutes from now I will be studying about Women in Aotearoa while eating a chocolate biscuit dunking it in my coffee shhh don’t tell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Live Mum: Miss Whiskey

Real Live Mum: Sarikha

We met and were intrigued with Miss Whiskey when she introduced herself to us on Facebook. Miss Whiskey writes an honest, beautiful and often humorous blog which we have spent (we wouldn’t want to say wasted!) a LOT of time reading (all in the name of research).  Now it’s your turn…

What makes you a Mum? The fact that my whole world has been turned upside down within the past five months and now revolves around a tiny human, whom I have never met, but love more than anything I have ever loved in this world.

Describe where you are right now. In the most far away place possible from the stripclubs I dwelled in only last year, which now seem like memories from years ago. I’m on an island where the sun always shines and nobody knows my name.

Describe the last dream you remember having. I had a dream last night of an ex girlfriend telling me to rub colostrum under my eyes.

Use five words to describe your family. Dysfunctional. Alternative. Abnormal. Hysterical. Irreplaceable.

What is one thing nobody knows about you? One of my favorite childhood songs was Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat Song, (Day-O,) and even now my butt has a mind of its own and starts wiggling whenever I hear that funky tune.

What is your most treasured item? I try not to get too attached to material things, but I can’t go too many nights without my beloved Fox, the stuffed toy I sleep with.

When was the last time you broke a rule? I had salmon on a bagel for breakfast the other day. I’m going straight to hell for being a naughty pregnant lady.

What is your best piece of advice? Keep your head, heels and standards high.

When was the last time you forgot something important? I forgot to mention to my mother, (whose birthday I have forgotten for the past five years,) that in three days I’ve invited thirty people over to her house for a barbecue… I should probably give her a call…

What’s your #1 go-to “I’m shattered and I have to feed people” meal solution? Can’t beat a good ol’ spag bol with the cute dino- shaped pieces of pasta.

Five minutes ago I was coming home from a mission to the local store to buy feathers and facepaint. Instead I returned with a new cot, baby clothes and cute stripey paper straws. Don’t ask me how I managed that.  Five minutes from now I will be preparing myself to leave the house again to go get what I came for. In the famous words of the late legend, Michael Jackson; “Don’t blame it on the sunshine. Don’t blame it on the moonlight. Don’t blame it on the good times. Blame it on the [baby].”

 

Real Live Mum: Tarryn

Real Live Mum - TarrynWhat makes you a Mum? I think it is the fact that I put my children above everything else. I firmly believe that I’d be nothing without them and can’t imagine how I lived before they were all born. Doing things non-parents wouldn’t even think of for the sake of being a Mum is another thing that defines me… would you willingly let a child vomit all over you just to save them from being scared? A mother would!

Describe where you are right now. Right now I’m sitting in my dining room, which has been converted to a computer room. We have a printer, a couple of desks, a rug, photo frames galore and a china cabinet in here. It’s actually a perfect central location to the house… I can check on kids whether they are in the front or the back of the property and I’m in between the kitchen and the living room!
 
Describe the last dream you remember having. The last dream I remember having was my Dad divorcing my Mum (Mum didn’t feature in the dream at all), we were all in the old farm we owned when I was in my early teens and he ended up marrying a foul mouthed pig of a woman and I was swearing my head off and was shaking I was SO angry with the mistreated of my father. Crazy times lol
Use five words to describe your family. Strong. Loving. Close. Blended. Perfect.
What is one thing nobody knows about you? I secretly microwave ice-cream in a cup for a few sections for a ‘thick shake’ effect!
What is your most treasured item? My aqua marine necklace my grandfather designed for my grandmother before he died. This is now my mothers but I’m keeping it safe around my neck for her till she visits us from Canada (they moved their a year ago).
When was the last time you broke a rule? About 20 minutes ago. I just ate cereal when it wasn’t breakfast time! lol Bad Mommy ;)
What is your best piece of advice? Don’t sweat the small stuff! It will just tie you up in knots and you’ll forget how to enjoy the good things.
When was the last time you forgot something important? A couple of weeks ago when my daughter nearly missed her Kip McGrath assessment and the lady had to ring me and ask where I was! Luckily they still squeezed us in!
What’s your #1 go-to “I’m shattered and I have to feed people” meal solution? ooo… umm!! 2 minute noodles! (or spaghetti on toast)
Five minutes ago I was giving my daughter cuddles and a boob feed. Five minutes from now I will be taking kids for a walk to wear them out, it’s not too hot and not too cold right now. Then dinner, bath n bed!

 

 

 

Real Live Mum: Lee Ann

 Lee-AnnWhat makes you a Mum? Putting my kids needs before myself whole heartedly.
Describe where you are right now. I am really enjoying my children, they so busy playing imaginary games – so interested how daily things become games, I also care for another baby during the week. I battled with postnatal depression although I think it was pure exhaustion combined with still dealing with immigrating to a new place….long transition that is finally completed, so really enjoying my happy place.
Describe the last dream you remember having. Me being pregnant with a third – we’ve been contemplating whether now or later or whether a 3rd at all and if the dynamics is right for our children and lifestyle.
Use five words to describe your familyLOUD, close, affectionate, expressive, fit.
What is your most treasured item? my children and husband
When was the last time you broke a rule? whose rules? mine, everyday, the law within the past year, nothing major…
What is your best piece of advice? if you love and feed your child in a safe enviroment – honestly to let them cry in their room/cot /somewhere safe till they fall asleep will not damage them. (my second didnt sleep well, he very much needed mommy – I gave in – I wish I had been stronger lead to 2 years of exhaustion but in the end even that passed.
When was the last time you forgot something important? to give an antibiotic on time about a week ago…is that important? – cant think of something else important- I know I forgot to say happy birthday to my husband 2 years ago felt terrible remembered when he received a birthday call…, was during that sleepless period.
What’s your #1 go-to “I’m shattered and I have to feed people” meal solution? oven fish and oven chips with peas – nandos if I didnt cook
Five minutes ago I was making afternoon tea five minutes from now I will be bathing children.

Real Live Mum: Alma

Real Live Mum - AlmaWhat makes you a Mum?

  1. It’s in my twitter bio (@_MsMoneypenny_) so it’s gotta be true!  It’s says so on the internet J
  2. I’m missing Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age because I’ll be 38 weeks pregnant. 
  3. In all seriousness though, when I look into my daughter’s eyes, smell her stinky toes or get that giant hug I just know I’m not just a mum.  I am her mum and that is the most amazing feeling ever.

Describe where you are right now. Nestled on the couch in my pj’s at dusk, Miss 3 has gone to bed, Miss bump has finally stopped kicking (update that was a lie she was taunting me) listening to the Tui’s sing their little hearts out.

Describe the last dream you remember having. Sleepytime one?  I went into labour at the above concert mentioned in the first question, and caused so much of a fuss there that Josh Homme and Trent Reznor came and visited me in hospital.

Use five words to describe your family. Expanding, Non-Nuclear, Love, Acceptance, Weird Continue reading →

Real Live Mum: Courtney

Real Live Mum CourtneyWhat makes you a Mum?  The love I have for my children and the fact that they trump everything I ever thought was real and worth it.

Describe where you are right now.  I have two children, Ava 8 and Xavier almost 3. I work as an Account Manager at Radio Network and juggle work and homelife mostly by myself Monday to Friday as my partner works away during the week. Things have changed a lot in the last 6 months as I was only working part time then, so the whole family has had to adjust to mum working fulltime and the impact that that has on how the house is run and what our new routine is. My current mindset is I wish my partner didn’t work away because it is soooo hard to juggle everything but that’s because im tired and the kids were playing up this morning so I was late for work!! Feel grateful however that I have a great family and job!

Describe the last dream you remember having.  I have been having anxious dreams lately as we were recently burgled and I’m jumpy when my man isn’t home. Its been a feeling that has stayed with me because I cant stand the fact that people violated our home and everything we work hard for and they haven’t been caught. I do feel like seen as Hamilton has been described by police as the number one place in NZ for burglaries that there should be more of a focus on that by the police.

Use five words to describe your family.  Loud, loving, close, musical and busy!

What is one thing nobody knows about you?  Nothing springs to mind, people who are close to me know most things about me and my partner knows everything. Continue reading →

Real Live Mum: Michelle

Real Live Mum - MichelleWhat makes you a Mum?  I’ve heard the saying, ‘anyone can be a mother, it takes someone special to be a mum’ and I try to remember that and live by it. What makes me a mum though? It’s certainly not only the fact that I have a mini human that is totally reliant on me (or the stretch marks to prove it!), or the fact that my needs, wants and desires are my second priority now. It’s that every decision, every thought, requires me to double check that it’s going to work for both of us. Ollie is my number one priority. Always. Also, the warmth inside me when I hear my name, the name I’ve never been prouder to wear – ‘Mummy’.

Describe where you are right now. Sitting on the couch, at home, laptop open, answering these questions, while bribing Ollie with anything I can think of to give me ‘just 5 more minutes’ to finish these.

Describe the last dream you remember having. A slim body and lots of money! It’s a recurring dream that never seems to eventuate! But I don’t think that was the ‘dream’ you were referring to…On Sunday evening, I dreamt that my 9 year old was a child soldier in Germany, it was rather terrifying. He was ordered to capture me, which he did. I was held captive in the (very clean and probably nicer than my most homes) dungeon of this remarkable castle. I can’t complain, I was very well looked after, decent meals, a servant, queen sized bed…(maybe I was in a NZ jail?) A couple of nights later, in the dead of the night, he snuck me out and I escaped to the mountains. He told me he loved me and I told him to wash the vegemite off his face. Continue reading →

Real Live Mum: Deb

Real Live Mum - DebWhat makes you a Mum? The priviledge of being a nurturer and a teacher for life…and the fact that I turn around in public when any kid calls out “mum!!!!”

Describe where you are right now. At my piece of rural paradise, with a view of old oak trees from my dining table…

Describe the last dream you remember having. Last night I dreamed I had a meeting with my boss who was furious at me because I refused to go back to work yet..and she lost the plot with her clients and tried to throw them out and fight with them! (Obviously I had a guilty conscience because she really did ask me if I wanted some work!).

Use five words to describe your family. Loopy, Funny, Fiery, Energetic, Affectionate.

What is one thing nobody knows about you? I always wanted to be a private investigator and go on “stake-outs!”

What is your most treasured item? All my beautiful photo’s on the walls of our home – so many memories, stories, good times, celebrations.

When was the last time you broke a rule? This week! It’s more like a fib. There was a queue at a Police check point on my way back from town.  My baby was getting tried and grumpy and I was in a hurry to get home and put him to bed.  When I was stoppped and asked for my license, I really couldn’t be bothered…so as I reached for my bag, I told them I had already been through and got checked on the other side of the road 1/2 an hour ago. They politely apologised and waved me through! Continue reading →

Real Live Mum: Leda

Real Live Mum - LedaWhat makes you a mum? To me I always knew from age of five my dream was to be a mum, I really thought it was a job role that you took, but now at 33 I really see what it is to be a mum, it’s not a job it’s a barrage of different roles, the loving mum, the sensible mum, the fun mum, the cook, cleaner, the fixer, the peace maker the list goes on. But really to me I am a mum of 3 beautiful souls, I was gifted these three boys to protect nature love and hold close to my heart that I was so lucky to be given such a precious gift to show me the true values of life itself.

Describe where you are right now.  I am sitting in my lounge, I should be sorting my washing piles the size of MT Eden, around me, youngest at kindy older two at school, I have a list of things to be doing but a few minute quiet time doesn’t happen to often in my house hold, so I am taking it ….(would love to be on a desert island sipping pinna collates getting a full body massage… yeah right….) .

Describe the last dream you remember having.  I have amazing dreams, the last dream I remember was last night, I was out at a beach, I had a list of decisions that needed to be made, but I couldn’t figure out which was the right choice, did I take the job did I stay at home for a little longer with the kids, it was turmoil in my own head, I remember digging a hole putting my list in it and thinking it will come to me, I woke up to the words… “shine bright like a diamond” Rihanna”….. Still haven’t made any decisions but have had the song words in my head all day, I guess I should listen to the words and see if my answers are there.

Use five words to describe your family.  Lively, bubbly, happy, glorious souls Continue reading →

Real Live Mum: Susie

Real Live Mum- SusieTogether with the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation we are honoured to present today’s Real Live Mum.

What makes you a Mum?  Having a love so strong for your children you want to protect them from anything and do everything in your power to help them live a balanced life- good morals, good manners, help them with their homework, play and laugh with them and comfort them when they are hurt, and cuddle them in the middle of the night when they have nightmares about earthquakes or storms.

Describe where you are right now.  Sitting on my comfy armchair in the study looking out over the wetlands in North Canterbury.

Describe the last dream you remember having.  My grown up children and husband saying good bye to me as I was terminally ill in a hospital.

Use five words to describe your family.  Sporty Fun Playful Crazy Sensitive.

What is one thing nobody knows about you?  That unlike my outgoing personality I actually am sensitive to what people think of me, my family and my house!

What is your most treasured item? My wedding rings.

When was the last time you broke a rule? When I yelled and swore at my 6 year old yesterday!

What is your best piece of advice?  Yesterday is a HIstory, Tomorrow a Mystery, Today is a Gift which is why it’s called ‘The Present’.

When was the last time you forgot something important?  My girlfriend who lives in Okinawa’s 40th birthday.

What’s your #1 go-to “I’m shattered and I have to feed people” meal solution?  If it’s kids- Toasted Sandwitches, adults- a BBQ so I don’t have to do anything except throw a salad together and boil some potatoes.

Five minutes ago I was working out with my husband some flights to Wellington (he commutes for work). Five minutes from now I will be going for a walk with my 4 year old after I hang out the second load of washing :)

 

Real Live Mum: Kelly

Real Live Mum: KellyWhat makes you a Mum? Two little monkeys- Lockstar (Lachlan) and Logibear (Logan), what makes me a mum is the lack of ‘me’ time, the snot marks on the back of my work shirts and the fact that I would rather spend my weekends knee deep in sand mud or water than out shopping dancing and dining.

Describe where you are right now. I’m at work sitting at my desk with an avalanche of paperwork to get through.

Describe the last dream you remember having. The dream I last had was of me literally sleeping! Weird Huh – gosh it felt good though.

Use five words to describe your family. On the go every day.

What is one thing nobody knows about you? It’s probably something no one has actually realised – I am the youngest Dealer principal in the country – and female something I am pretty proud of being in a male dominated industry.

What is your most treasured item I have no emotional connection to things just memories and my family if you came into my home you would understand what I mean. Ha I get people come around and ask if I’ve just moved in? – maybe it also steams from having two boys under four, if I had a treasured item it would probably be buried in the sandpit by now.

When was the last time you broke a rule? A few weeks ago, I got a speeding ticket …running late for the Champions Charity luncheon shhh don’t tell my hubby. Continue reading →

Real Live Mum: Hailey

Real Live Mum: Hailey

Together with the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation we are honoured to present today’s Real Live Mum.

Meet Hailey, a survivor.

What makes you a Mum? My four gorgeous children.

Describe where you are right now.  Lying on my couch watching apple T.V.

Describe the last dream you remember having.  I was winging my way to Europe.

Use five words to describe your family. Kind caring interesting fun and welcoming.

What is one thing nobody knows about you?  I’m an open book.  Not too , any secrets here. Lol

What is your most treasured item?  A necklace hubby brought me when we lived in Brussels.

When was the last time you broke a rule? Not sure.  However sometimes its easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

What is your best piece of advice?  To get the butt you want, you need to get off the butt you have.

When was the last time you forgot something important? Today….when I last took medication…oops

What’s your #1 go-to “I’m shattered and I have to feed people” meal solution?  Chinese yummy.

Five minutes ago I was resting.(Apparantly I have low immunity and have an acute infection). Five minutes from now I will be still resting.