INTERVIEW WITH SARAH FROM SQUIRREL HOUSE

Interview

 

by Emmy

Oh I love me some cute wooden beaded necklaces, bracelets and anklets with tassels. I also love seeing those adorable photos of mama and babes (always with a cup of tea) laying in bed with matching tie-dye socks! It’s one of my IG bucket list photos to get with Isla; (though I have to be honest I’ve always wondered how do mamas take that photo and how do they not spill the tea?)

INTERVIEW WITH DOMINIQUE FROM BABY DINO

Interview

The Merge Journal

by Emmy

It is no secret that us TMJ mamas absolutely adore companies that are socially responsible and aim to make a positive impact in our world. There is so much sadness on every news network at the moment and even more sadness that does not actually make the nightly news. A lot of times I find myself asking questions, can I really make a difference? What could I possibly do to help people? How can tiny me, Emmy, actually make a positive change? But then I read about companies who actually give back to communities and individuals in need and I feel positive. I feel like perhaps I can positively contribute to making the world a better place. I can consciously choose to support companies, which give back. One of these companies that is striving to make a difference in the world is Baby Dino. Today I’m chatting with Co-Founder and #mumboss Dominique Perri.

Interview with Robyn from Mama Maya

Interview

by Emmy

Here at The Merge Journal we love companies that make a positive impact in our world. We absolutely adore Mama Maya; their wraps are organic cotton, fair trade AND for every wrap purchased at least one woman is providing a safe birthing kit through Birthing Kits Foundation Australia. Today we are chatting with rocking Robyn, mother mama boss and founder of Mama Maya.

Interview with Kimberley from Eco Child

Interview

by Emmy

Brown paper packages tied up with string; these are a few of my favourite things. Long before wrapping presents in brown kraft paper and twine was on trend, my love affair with the simple things probably did start as a child; singing along with Maria and the Von Trapp Family singers. A few of my other favourite things are all things eco and although slightly biased … my children. Put the two of them together and voila – Eco Child.

Mastering your Mean Girl: Book Review & Interview

Interview, Reviews

Melissa Ambrosini The Merge Journal Mastering Your Mean Girl Book Review Interview

by Liz

You know that voice in your head? You might think it’s your logical side or your voice of reason. It says things like “Oh no, that won’t work” and “Nope, you’ll never be able to do that!” or “You’re not quite pretty / smart / fit enough to do that!” It talks you out of taking risks, applying for jobs, asking someone on a date. It never shuts up and constantly holds you back! That’s your ego, or as Melissa Ambrosini has named it, your Mean Girl. Everyone has one and everyone can benefit from learning how to (gently) close the door on it.

Interview with Tiny Tonics: A Natural Crush

Interview

Tiny Tonics Natural Skincare for baby The Merge Journal

by Emmy

Here at The Merge Journal we love products which heal and support us and our babes AND the earth. So naturally we fell head over heals in love with Tiny Tonics. It was a natural crush – love at first sight!

Tiny Tonics is 100% Natural, Organic & Australian. Run by the fabulous Cassie out of Sydney.  Imagine stunning wooden carved rattles, natural products & beautiful brown jars all from the one store.  One scroll over their Instagram feed will make you want to throw out everything in your bathroom cupboard, start from scratch and stock up on all the el natural goodness. With a background in neonatal intensive care nursing; Cassie already knew all the benefits of baby massage and how healing the art of touch can be on your newborn baby.

We desperately wanted to share a pot of tea with Cassie, however, for now we will settle with an interview.

Interview with Katie from House of Humble

Interview

House of Humble

by Emmy

Katie makes me want to move to the country, make my own preserves and live a more simple life. She runs a successful blog, House of Humble, that is filled with many fascinating stories of thrifting adventures (seriously, she has the best collection of vintage plates), gardening tips, recipes and ideas on how to live a happy, simple life. Oh and her photos (IG @houseofhumble) are simply darling. Last year she became a mother to Jude – a delightful little strawberry babe. Katie is also busy curating @wattleseedcollective – an Instagram account aimed at nurturing the community towards a simple, conscious way of life. We have virtually met through IG and I would love nothing more than to sit down and share a pot of tea (naturally drunken from a divine vintage tea set) whilst our two strawberry babes played together in the morning sun. Alas we live in two different states; so this is me, virtually sitting down with Katie. She helps me keep it real and reminds me to slow down.  To top it off she totally makes me want to own chickens.

Interview with Emma Jean Photography

Interview

Umbilical Cord Love Placenta Emma Jean Photography

by Liz

Emma Nolan is a midwife, photographer and mama from Brisbane who, in her own words “loves advocating for women and supporting them to make informed choices about their care so that they are empowered and confident mothers.” Emma’s stunning photography recently hit the headlines when her image of baby Harper, attached to his placenta with the word ‘love’ written with the umbilical cord went viral on social media. Because of that powerful image, Emma was contacted by Carry the Future, a not-for-profit organisation providing Syrian refugees with baby carriers – and asked to travel with them to Greece to document their work in April.  I was thrilled to have the chance to chat with the beautiful Emma about birth, photography, her role with Carry the Future and how she’s raising the funds to get to Greece!

Interview with Organic Sisters

Interview

Organic Sisters

by Liz

Organic Sisters‘ Brooke and Sal are sisters from the Sunshine Coast of Australia, with a passion for real, wholefoods and cooking. Between them, they have four beautiful daughters to keep them on their toes and inspire them to create beautiful, nourishing recipes for families and children. They are the creators of three ebooks, their latest being ‘Kids Party Food’ (which is an absolute gem!) and they inspire their online community daily with recipes and ideas via their Instagram @organicsisters and Facebook page. I have been a fan of these two for a while now and wanted to pick their brains about all things Organic Sisters!