ADIÓS. IT’S BEEN REAL.

Life

The Merge Journal was the creation of four Australian mamas who found each other through Instagram. A collection of interviews, birth stories, musings on health, interiors, lifestyle and fashion, and reflections on the journey of parenthood.

Over the past 18 months we have absolutely loved getting to know all of the wonderful parent folk who make up the TMJ community. We’ve loved hearing your birth stories, sharing our #tmjmamacrushes, our motherhood musings and brands that we genuinely love. But like all the great sitcoms before us … all good things must come to an end. We know, nobody ever likes the series finale.

We hope The Merge Journal, as it remains here, will continue to inspire, help and encourage you – sometimes make you laugh, and perhaps make you cry (in a good way). So, pour yourself a cuppa and settle in for a read.

Us mamas couldn’t be more proud of what we have achieved with The Merge Journal, but it is time to love you and leave you. It’s time to say goodbye. As our lives get busier with the daily school runs, new businesses, returning to work, new ventures and new babies, we’ve decided to take a step back from TMJ.

As our tribe has grown, so too has our village and we have made soul sisters for life.

Much Love from all of us TMJ Mamas,

Deanna, Emmy, LizCandice xx

Seven Tips To Toilet Train Your Toddler

Life

by Deanna

So we officially started toilet training our recently-turned two year old on the weekend. Being our second child we thought we would remember everything. We didn’t.

We’re on day six and things are going well! Here’s what we did (and some tips for those prepping and wondering where to start).

Mama Crush: Ina Odak

TMJ Loves

by Emmy 

Whenever I have a take-away coffee in my hand and cute lil boots on I think of Ina from @sneakersandsoul. I mean she makes getting a takeaway coffee seem like the coolest thang ever! Carefree, empowering and inspiring would be how I describe Ina. I love the way she is a total boss of her life, oozes grace, sass & effortless style, but at the same time is so freaking down-to-earth I kind of just want to run away with her! Major #mumcrush over here.

You put what in ya coffee?

Health

by Liz

Every morning for the past few months I’ve started my day with a cup of coffee loaded with butter and coconut oil. It’s delicious, doesn’t make me cray cray like regular coffee does and it keeps me feeling full right up until lunch time. I’ve shared my morning coffee ritual on my Instagram stories a few times and have had lots of people wondering what the heck it’s all about, so I thought I’d explain.

Mama Crush: Jo Lorenz

TMJ Loves

by Emmy

There are a few daily necessities in my life… drinking coffee & checking in with  @jo_lorenz‘s Instagram feed. I mean talk about priorities! Oh-so-stunning mama Jo, sure knows how to make a swoon worthy IG feed.  She is the digital content creator queen, she oozes style & she is fabulously hilarious! For all things fashion, family, lifestyle and travel be sure to check out her website. Full disclosure if you are not already following Jo, I suggest making a cup of tea/coffee or having a wine, and then putting a few hours aside so you can scroll (ahem stalk) her STUNNING feed and website! (You can thank me later).

Tour: Omri’s Room

Interiors

by Emmy

I’ve had a massive insta-crush on @mowgliandthebear_ (formally @mikzuzu)  since we both got out first brand rep gig with Christy from @littlemaggiemoo back in August 2015. I have watched @mowgliandthebear_ (whose real world name is Mikaela) create pure magic on her Instagram feed. She has two beautiful boys; Kemba (2 years old) and her newest addition, the just-darling Omri (7 months old). Mikaela is the flatlay and scandi-styling queen and if you are not already major crushing on her feed after this post you sure will be!

Failed detox: Part One

Health

by Emmy

I am going to do a month long detox. I am going to do yoga. Go swimming. Walk at least one hour every day. Stop drinking coffee. Do a juice cleanse. No gluten. No sugar. No dairy. No meat. No caffeine (like NONE). Seriously I think I was in a we-sold-our-house-and-have-no-where-to-live-false-sense-of-security-frame-of-mind. When I look at that I think Emmy … what on earth were you thinking? Not only did I say I was going to do all that … I went and freaking published it on Instagram for the whole world (ahem 3K+) people to see. Like seriously? Only one word for this type of thinking. CRAY. (Yes I am aware that isn’t actually a word).

Mama Crush: Amy Osmanhodzic

TMJ Loves

by Deanna

Ok. We’re just going to put this out there. All four of us mamas have had a HUGE crush on the beautiful Amy, for what feels like forever. And when she jumped onto our screens with that birth video, well, we soon amped up our ‘crush’ to full on ‘love affair’. Amy is mama to three divine little beings, and a hypnobirthing teacher and birth doula, founding Earthbound Babies. She has recently moved her family from Perth over to the Byron Bay hinterland, and we couldn’t be happier. Now living that little bit closer, we hope to meet in person one day soon, so we can goo and gaa over her beautiful children, and her gorgeous smile. Did we mention her husband plays guitar and can sing? Yes, you can officially start crushing now too. Read on to find out more about this amazing mama …

Birth Story: Emma & Lila

Pregnancy & Birth

Emma has bravely shared with us here, the birth story of her daughter Lila:

Sunday 12th June, it had been a pretty normal day except for a niggling tooth pain, was an odd one and not your typical tooth pain, so of course, Maya’s nap time I spent some quality time with Google ‘tooth pain and labour’…’can tooth pain be a labour sign?’ Yes I was clutching at straws wanting this baby to come and funnily enough many other fellow crazy mums had tooth pain before labour!