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Feature mum Q&A – Rachel @insta.beauty.mummy 

Rachel is a beautiful, stylish working mum of two little boys (Max and Leo). She has an amazing Instagram account where she gives us some wonderful tips and tricks with make-up and beauty products. I had the opportunity to ask her some questions.  

Hey Rachel welcome to The Mummy Code, tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.

  • What do you enjoy most about being a mum? Watching your children grow and adapt their own little personalities. I find it fascinating how much they learn and just how individual they actually are. I also can’t go past their cuddles and smooches! THE BEST! 
  • What do you find the hardest? I can be quite impatient at times, so trying to keep calm when they are pressing my buttons is probably what I find the hardest.  
  • How do you balance work and mum life? I don’t know to be honest! I think it probably helps that I am super organised and like order. I actually love the balance of my career and being a mum. I get great satisfaction from the both and I wouldn’t change it. I also hope it sets a great example for my children that women can be mums, but can also have a successful career, and on the same token, dads can also have their careers but parenting and housework is a shared responsibility. 
  • What are you three makeup or beauty products that you can’t live without? Haha! Just 3? OK here they: 1. Fake tan. 2. Lash extensions. 3. Concealer. 
  • Tanning hints or tips? Exfoliate really well the day before tanning, and use cetaphil lotion every day to stop it from cracking or fading. 
  • Who is your style icon? Hard one but probably Jessica Alba. She is effortless chic, down to earth, gorgeous on the inside also and a career woman as well as being a mum. 
  • What is your favourite way to spend time as a family? We have absolutely been loving the pool lately. The boys are at a really good age to enjoy it and they have an absolute ball. Watching them laugh and play all day long is priceless. 

Thank you for answering my questions. 

Rachelle xx 

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Quick makeup tips from a busy mum and makeup artist – @megseecole

 

Oh our hectic lives.

I am a wife, a mother of three and a makeup artist working in TV.

The loves of my life are my family and makeup – combining these together is a constant juggle. The mornings are particularly crazy and sometimes just getting out the door is the hardest thing of all.

Amidst the morning chaos, if any of those juggling balls drop, more often than not it will be my makeup. So, my makeup must be quick, if it’s going to get done. Here is my little bag of tricks that I would like to share with you. It hasn’t failed me yet and I hope it serves you just as well.

Hey, it won’t make you look like a Kardashian, but it gives a glow, covers those bags and most of all makes you start the day a slightly more fabulous version of yourself.

NARS PURE RADIENT TINTED MOISTURISER – it’s simple with a light-medium coverage. Pop it on and tap with a beauty blender. Draw on those under eyes with ELLIS FAAS CONCEALER  PEN, add a streak of BENEFIT HIGH BEAM to the upper cheek bones, keep tapping it all in with a makeup sponge, and presto………an even skin tone with no bags and radiant cheek bones is what you have.

Brush some MAC BRONZER over your cheeks, right up to your hairline. Keep applying this under your chin and around the edges of your face – it’s a great framer. I always want a bit more glow, so I hit my cheeks with MAC GOLD DEPOSIT.

We can’t forget to make those eyes pop. BETTER THAN SEX mascara is what you need on those lashes. Wiggle the stick as you go.

Oh and how I love a lip gloss that is bright or neutral. I just can’t go without HOURGLASS. It gives great shine, lasts well and is not too sticky.

This will only take 5 minutes – give it a go.

Meg XX

@megseecole

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Guest Blog Q& A – Jarrad (@therealdadsofmelbourne)

Guest Blog Q & A – Jarrad  @therealdadsofmelbourne

We have been following them on Instagram for a while now. Jarrad and Michael are certainly the real dads of Melbourne.  Their little boy Reid (5) would give even the most stylish adults a run for their money.  Reid owns more clothes than a lot of men; he is always styled to perfection and has a rocking haircut. We had the opportunity to ask Jarrad some questions about their life and experiences.

Hi Jarrad, it’s so lovely to be able to ask you some questions. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your family?  

Michael and I have been together for 14 years,  we met in Tasmania.  We moved to Melbourne in 2001 when  Michael took advantage of a work opportunity.  I’m a fulltime stay home Dad, have a passion for interior styling and renovating. Michael has recently left the  airline industry after 18  years with Qantas to embark on a new career.   Reid  is currently in 4 year old Kindergarten and is excited about starting primary school next year.

Marriage equality is very important to us. We certainly hope Australia makes some important changes in the near future. What are your thoughts on this issue and how can our readers support marriage equality?     

We try to respect the fact that everyone has their own opinions on Marriage, however in our country  the current Government should put the vote to the people rather than force their own personal beliefs on others.   This is  very important to our family. Not because we want a wedding or need the title of  being ‘Married’ but we feel every human deserves the right to be treated as an equal and marry whom they love.

You mentioned to us that Reid was born via a surrogate. I’m sure that was quite a journey can you tell us a little about that?

He certainly was,  Reid was born in Mumbai India with the help of an agency called Surrogacy India (SI).  We investigated surrogacy for approx 5 years prior to choosing SI. It was important to us that we understood the process and that we chose an agency that was transparent and honest, after all we were bringing  a child into the world, we wanted to make sure that it was based on respect, integrity and of course love. One of us is the biological Father of Reid, however we have decided to let Reid be the first to have that information should he want to know. We had our surname legally changed (combined) so that when Reid was born he had our Family name. Like many IVF couples we experienced the heartache of a miscarriage on our first attempt however we were blessed to be successful on the second transfer. The agency organised an anonymous egg donor (we choose from a catalogue  based on medical, physical and academic backgrounds) and then we choose the Surrogate whom we will be forever grateful. We maintain a distant relationship with our surrogate and plan to travel to India one day soon to see her again.  We are so proud of his Indian heritage, and grateful to everyone who made it possible to create our Family.

Since you and Michael are both male. Does Reid call you both Dad? Or does he have a different name for each of you?

Ha, we didn’t have any preconceived ideas of what we wanted to be called, so we let him decided when he started to talk.  He calls me Daddy and Michael – DadduM (The M is for Michael) It’s stuck now.

Reid seems like a very mature five year old. Has he ever asked why he has two dads and other children have a mum and dad?

Absolutely, we have always been very open and honest with him about how he came about.  We are so grateful to his Kindergarten Teachers who have embraced our family and helped explain to his classmates that all families are different and made up of different combinations of parents and guardians. In fact one of his mates is thinks it’s so cool that Reid has two dads and wishes he had the same!

What do you love most about being a dad?

This is really hard to answer, there is nothing I don’t love about being a parent.  I think if I had to say one thing, it is when a parent approaches me at a children’s party or playground and says “Your son is so sweet, kind or has good manners”.  It’s the feeling of being proud that cannot be described and something we didn’t think of when we set out on the fatherhood journey

We just adore Reid’s style. How would you describe it?

I don’t think I could really label his style to anything specific. We often get asked if he wears anything twice and the answer to that is yes.  Although he has a lot of clothes, sometimes my most favorite pieces are surprisingly his most inexpensive. I have never purchased anything for him that’s novelty style clothes with transfers on them, and wouldn’t force him to wear anything that he is uncomfortable in.   Thankfully he loves fashion.

Reid always looks immaculate.  For anyone reading looking for styling tips for little boys. Do you have any go to stores for cute clothes and accessories?  

That’s very kind of you to say, sometimes it’s hard to find that unique piece of clothing as boy’s seem to have limited choice compared to girls clothing. We are lucky to have the following stores to help us spend our hard earned cash!

Neckwear and Accessories

www.watfordties.esty.com

www.foxyfellow.com.au

www.milknsoda.com.au

Fashion

www.Zara.com

www.microfashion.com.au

www.bardot.com.au

What are some of your favourite things to do as a family?

We love to meet up for play dates (coffee / wine for the grown up’s) with the friends Reid has made at Kindergarten. We have met some great Families as a result and really enjoy the social activities as much as the kids.
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Thanks again for answering our questions. We love following you on Instagram, keep up the good work!

We believe that a loving family and happy children are what is important. The sex or preference of parents does not and should not matter at all.  Hopefully someday very soon Australia changes and all marriages are recognised and legal.

You can follow Jarrad (plus Michael and Reid) on Instagram too – @therealdadsofmelbourne  

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Fathers Day – Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is this Sunday. It’s not too late to get dad something amazing. Socks and jocks are always handy. However, we have scoured the internet and found some really cute (ahem)…… ooops we mean manly, blokish  presents for the dad’s in your life. 

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Orbit Key  $44. 95
Politix belt $89.00
Mr Elk– toiletry bag $125
The Horse watch $189
Armani Mania aftershave $79

Also, Country Road has 25% off all mens shirts and pants until Sunday.  Check it out and grab a bargain for dad.

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY (for Sunday) to all the amazing dads. Have a wonderful day.

The Mummies xx

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Fairies, sparkles and frills…Oh my!!!

Late last year I had my little lady Scarlett. When I found out I was having a girl I was so excited to start shopping and buy little girl clothes. 

I like to buy clothes for my children in styles that I would wear, or in the case of my son something my husband would wear. There are so many stylish little boys clothes that are funky and really cute. However, little girls clothes are more of a struggle.  There are some beautiful pieces but you really need to sift through a sea of pink tule, sparkles and over the top prints. I am a girly girl but I don’t believe just because you are a girl you need to live in pastel pink. What is wrong with blue, red, green, navy and bold prints that are not fairies or butterflies?

I found some amazing stores on Instagram that stock some great children’s clothes. Two of my favourites are:

Little Lion Threads:
Recently I purchased some great bright pink cheetah leggings from Little Lion Threads (@littlelionthreads) they are bright, beautifully made and wash well. Little Lion Threads was started last August all because a mama was frustrated with the lack of stylish clothing for her son ‘Wade the Lion’. Wade is a big help with the business and he is included in fabric selection and is one of the cutest little models you will find.   All items are hand sewn and made with lots of love.  Inspiration for the girls clothing line comes from Wade’s beautiful cousins. The style has a hippy, fun vibe. There is not a sparkle or frill in sight. The Little Lion Threads range is about to be expaded to include singlets so that is super exciting. I can’t wait to check them out.

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B E H R  & C O:
Little girls shoes are also quite over the top. I was searching for something a little different for Scarlett and came across B E H R & C O (@behrandco). They have amazing baby moccs with some really unique designs. I purchased some studded look ones and I adore them. They are so well made and beautifully designed. B E H R & C O was started by another talented mama. This mama began selling her amazing goods after being encouraged by her friends whom she had made things for.  She quickly realised how many people were all doing the same thing and using generic Spotlight fabric.  B E H R & C O  stands out from the crowd as they have created a fabulous exclusive fabric range. All 100% organic cotton, printed here in melbourne. The leather moccs are Australian leather and also have stunning designs printed on them too.  They stand for ethically handmade products, made locally in Melbourne Australia.

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I’m extremely happy I have found stores like Little Lion Threads and B E H R & C O. My baby girl can look stylish, without looking like something that fell off a Christmas tree.

Please let me know of any funky brands that you love for your little girls.

Rachelle xx

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Funky fashion for less

When I was pregnant with my first baby and found out it was a little boy.  I purchased so many cute little outfits from Ralph Lauren, Country Road and Pure baby, my shopping addiction was out of control. He also had a shoe collection to rival Imelda Marcos before he was even born.

One of the guys at work told me not to go crazy because they grow out of things so quick and a newborn rarely wears shoes. I didn’t pay attention and continued to buy like a maniac for my little man. Only to discover at 9 months old he had worn shoes on about three occasions and he had outgrown most of his Ralph Lauren onsies after a couple of wears. Most of the time he didn’t even make it out of the house in his fancy pants clothes as he required a change due to a vomit or poop explosion. 

Now don’t get me wrong I would never be one to ignore fashion, I like my kids to look neat and I’m not going to stop shopping anytime soon. However, I can now admit that the wise man that I work with was correct. I should have paid more attention to what I was buying and how much wear my baby would get out of it.

When I discovered my second child was a girl, it was extremely hard but controlled myself.  Holding onto Hudson’s unisex items for my little girl and purchasing a few nice, more expensive original pieces of clothing in larger sizes that she won’t grow out of as quick. I didn’t buy any newborn shoes as I decided to save my money to purchase a couple of quality pairs for when she needs them (plus I have a lot of her brothers small shoes that are still brand new)

As my son now attends childcare, the most important aspect of his clothing is that it must be durable. This doesn’t mean is has to be boring.

There are so many cheaper options for children’s clothes that are great quality and look fantastic for a quarter of the price of designer brands. Click the links below to check out some of my favourites:

* Charlie and Me – under same brand banner as Pumpkin Patch. Good quality and great prices.  Also a great range of kids shoes.
Next – amazing quality and they sell 3 and 4 packs of track pants and tshirts which are so handy for child care.  Be quick with this one as some styles/sizes sell out very quick.
* Mix Apparel (also available at selected Coles stores)
* Target
* Best & Less – great for simple onesies and often have Bonds on sale
* Big W – have Peter Morrisey, Mambo and often great discounts on Bonds.
* Cotton On Kids

Keep an eye out on sale sites that offer designer brands on discount.  These sites allow me to get some of the more expensive brands at a much cheaper price. My favourites are:

* Mumgo (also has great baby products, shoes and linen etc)
* Kidzwear Online  – hit and miss but often has Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. 
* Oz Sale
* Brands Exclusive

I also discovered some wonderful kids clothes retailers on Etsy and Instagram. You can find some beautiful original pieces on these sights and they don’t cost the earth. The best part is you are  supporting smaller local businesses. 

Feel free to share any sites with us as I we are always on the lookout for some great deals on clothes and accessories for our little ones.

Rachelle xx 

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