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.

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).

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 …

A surrogacy story: Part 2

Pregnancy & Birth

Guest post: Anonymous

Did you read ‘A surrogacy story: Part 1?’ 

“Hi, total stranger!  I feel like I’ve asked you a million questions since we’ve been Internet ‘dating’ for the past few weeks. I feel so lucky that you chose us, the agency did so well in the matching process! So, would you babysit my baby for 9 months? I also need you to drive (8 hours return) for obstetrician visits, it’s probably best you get your children babysat, you’ll get poked and prodded with needles for blood tests and then you’ll need to inject lots of hormones into yourself! I may even start sending you supplements and all sorts of green smoothie, bone broth and fertility diet recipes…”

5 things I never knew about toilet training

Life

by Emmy

1. Number one is a doozy. When all of my mum friends were sharing how they were toilet training or how their children were ‘toilet trained’ I thought that meant they were toilet trained. As in every wee and every poo successfully landed in the toilet. Upon experience it actually just means they are not wearing nappies and they probably still do have accidents. Ok there are a few children who, once commenced toilet training, never had any accidents (pretty sure this was me; did I mention I was a genius albeit tantrum throwing baby?) but for the vast majority when they say toilet trained/training, it means yes there are accidents, it is a process. It is just that talking about scraping poo from your kids undies isn’t really a latte sipping mama conversation starter. Go figure.

Self care what?

Life

by Emmy

Everything in the room was styled to perfection. Hanging foliage from the ceiling. Candles and flowers on the low table; which was surrounded by the softest sheep-skin mats and crisp white walls (I’m a sucker for white walls). It was literally like I had walked into a pinterest board. I was in love.