The Merge Journal is 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. We hope The Merge Journal will inspire, help and encourage you – sometimes make you laugh, perhaps make you cry (in a good way). Pour yourself a cuppa and settle in for a read.
We believe in gentle parenting, and kindness. As mothers we choose eco-friendly, sustainable and natural or organic products for our homes and our families. Where possible, we always make an effort to support small Australian businesses. Except for IKEA. We love IKEA.
Emmy is a mama of two strawberry babes, Oliver and Isla, and lives in Brisbane. For as long as she can remember she has wanted to be a mama bear and regularly has to pinch herself that she is literally living the dream! Emmy loves photographing her babes @the.oneills and their beautiful moments amidst the chaos of daily life. She is a free spirit who loves dips in the ocean, flowers in her hair and strong espresso. Emmy spends her childfree days creating digital content and writing for The Merge Journal, Brisbane Threads, Mums of Brisbane and her personal blog emmyoneill.com.
Deanna is a happy mama to two little boys, Charlie and Louie and recently welcomed her beautiful daughter Savannah Edith. After travelling the world nannying, Deanna came home to the Sunshine Coast to settle down and create the family she hoped for. Prior to having her boys, she spent her working life as a Personal Assistant. She is also a qualified beauty therapist, has dabbled in photography and is a natural organiser – liking everything to be neat/tidy/straight (read:OCD). A ‘jill’ of all trades, her passion is interior design, and writing. Her future is currently based around writing a Children’s book, building her dream home, and spending time adventuring with her husband and children. Deanna has recently launched an online store Leaf & Leather Co; a curated collection of pieces, inspired by nature, made with natural materials.
Liz is the proud mama of two daughters, Isla and Clover, living life on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. She is a self-confessed health nerd and hippy at heart who is happiest spending time in nature with her little family. Liz studied holistic nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is also a qualified massage therapist. Her loves include alternative health and wellness, natural parenting, yoga, interiors, Instagram stalking and watching Keeping up with the Kardashians. She considers herself a well-rounded gal.
Candice is a mama of two darling girls, Haidee and Peyton, raising them by the sea on the Sunshine Coast. She is a self-confessed ‘wannabe’ hippy, and has a strong passion for alternative health. She became interested in this way of living after suffering her own health issues with CFS. Now she’s back on top and ready to conquer! Candice aspires to one day own a business that will reflect her passion for a healthy lifestyle, but for now, she’s happy playing mum and paving the way for her girls to have a bright, healthy future.