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Stuff Ya Face: It’s Pancake Tuesday

It’s Stuff Ya Face with Pancakes Day! Or as some would say, “Shrove Tuesday”…. But what the nutella does that even mean?… Well, it was originally a day to head to the nearest confessional and clear out all those little {or big…. – you badass you!} lies that might have hurt others (or ourselves). For some, this is still the case as they enter 40 Days of Lent (the period up until Easter). But for lots of people, it’s simply a time to start thinking about how we can be more compassionate and selfless human beings. Perhaps also what areas of our lives we want to do better in. For me: I want to do better at eating less pancakes.   But how can I…

My life mission: To rid the world of man’s ugly, pilly, baggy track pants and thigh-high polyester shorts

Fathers Day Gift - owens short in evening sky

It’s fathers day in little over 8 days in Australia. Time to celebrate the men in our life. And if your dad is anything like mine (sensitive, grumpy, a little needy, a lot argumentative, and always right…. But also generous, kind-hearted, supportive, totally lovable, and worth enduring the annoying first listed traits) – then might I suggest you avoid risking the ordinary this fathers day? The ordinary being, an ordinary blah blah father’s day gift. My dad always says he doesn’t want anything. But I’ve never seen him turn down a box of Darrell Lea Chocolates come the big day (He has to rely getting those from one of my sisters’ these days though as there are questions whether they ethically source their cacao…. Poor dad). So this year…

If you can’t cope with my unhelpful-help, perhaps buy a headscarf?

You’ve read them too right? Those blog posts/articles/rants that do the rounds from someone on their high horse with their List of Things You Should Not Say To Them When They are in X Situation? I hate those lists.  25 things not to say to a woman who is struggling to fall pregnant 174 things not to say to a woman over 30 going through a break up 4062798 things not to say to someone with depression I really really hate those lists. If we all get around stifled with fear for saying the wrong thing, that means nothing will be said at all. And if nothing is said it all, surely we’d end up wondering why the bloody-hell no one cares? I get it. Sometimes when you are…

Hello: Honey You Baked!

We are trhilled to have Mel from Honey You Baked! guest blog for the sorella-hood today! {side note: isn’t that THE cutest blog name going around?} Honey, You Baked! ~ are Danni & Mel, two Friends and Mamas who used to work together in Sydney and now blog together – states apart. Two Mamas, Makin’ & Bakin’ in Sydney & Tassie. Mel lives in Hobart on a hectare of rural land where she is raising two kids and a husband (Miss E, Master O and A1). She is a Social Media Whiz, has a great love of Tasmanian Cheese & Wine and does everything at the last minute (I think Mel might be my soul-sister, she sounds an awful lot like me – minus the social media…

3 things no.4! || nina, sisters & puppies

Time for another edition of 3 things! (I can just FEEL your utter excitement. Yes. Read on my friend). 3 things I learnt/realised/randomly thought about this week || no.4  #1 That Offspring is over. For good. (Apparently) Nina makes me feel “normal”. If this is the end, who is going to make me feel normal now? Are you sad too? Group hug?   #2 I found the best birthday card

The Mary Poppins Drawer of Possibility (+ a little giveaway)

Does this look familiar?… Yes. It’s that one drawer in your house that is the family’s dumping ground. Need a hair elastic? A Panadol? An allen key to put together your new Ikea furniture? This is where you’ll find one. I like to call it: The Mary Poppins Drawer of Fun. I think I am a reasonably organised person, but for some reason The Mary Poppins Drawer of Fun is completely UNorganised – mostly with take away menus that have been tried (or the intention to try). And as we have moved house 3 times in the last 4 years, we have quite the impressive collection of Melbourne’s finest (and not so fine) take-away menus.

The case of the mysteriously appearing Nappies

Regulars to the sorella-hood will know that I recently moved house (- and survived, although this mid-move pic may lead you to believe otherwise): Moving house provides the opportunity for discovery: That earring you lost 2 years ago The spare car key (you blamed your husband for losing) in the pocket of the shorts you wore all summer The receipts you desperately needed for last years tax return And then there are the discoveries of other things. Things that you had no idea were residing in your house in the first place. Here’s an example: Three quarters of a pack of boys nappies There’s nothing extraordinary about these nappies. They are just your regular run of the mill disposable nappies. The extraordinary part is that I don’t know…

3 things no.3! || nanas, love & mandarins

Time for another edition of everyone’s favourite game – 3 things! 3 things I learnt/realised/randomly thought about this week || no.3 #1 Nana’s can be cruel You know it’s time to book an emergency hair appointment when your 90 something glasses-wearing-nana says: “Oh look at those roots Anna. Are you growing your hair out to go back to your natural colour?” Touché Nana. Touché. #2 That I quite possibly have had too many failed relationships ‘Nuff said really. Or if you now find yourself more intrigued read this for a laugh: The Tragically Failed Relationships Mix Tape. <iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/LoX8_xeybEI” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> #3 Mandarins are a sometimes food It’s mandarin season in Australia. I would like to warn everyone though that a mandarin is no substitute for chocolate during a craving. No matter what…

The thing we all have to do in life now and then (that makes me want to hide in a cardboard box with a bottle of wine, rock back and forth and pretend it isn’t happening)

So I’m facing something this fortnight that is in my top 5 of life’s most painful must-dos.  Others seem to manage it quite well. Some even live to tell the tale while facing it in a foreign country while 9 months pregnant and a toddler in tow. But no, not me. I’m a weakling. This thing takes so much thought, effort, and quite often – pain. It can rattle me to my core of vulnerability. I lie awake at night with questions: “How am I going to make this work? How the bloody hell am I going to get though this?” In the past when a friend informs me that they are facing this life change, I cringe. My stomach drops. I want to back away…

A lifetime supply of pjs? Who would say no to that!

Anna & Alisha

You may have noticed I’ve been MIA from the sorella-hood since Christmas. Sorry. And thank you to those people who lovingly asked “Where have you been?! When’s your next post?!” Delightful to know you enjoy catching up with us each week in our random silliness! My hiatus from writing probably stemmed from the start of summer (sun, beach, cocktails). I think I must have embraced the week off at Chrissy a little more than I realised. Time to take a little breath. Some stillness. A few stunning sunrises… Resting was fabulous. {If you are a regular in the ‘hood you’ll know I managed to get a little burnt out last year… a follow up post on how I managed getting myself out of that mess is to…

sneaky-peek behind the scenes! 2013 sorella & me photoshoot

It’s so exciting for us to be so close to launching a few new pieces to our much-loved sorella & me collection. After the success of the new men’s collection, we are sure you will love these new women’s and maternity pieces just as much! To keep you salivating until they launch later this month, we’ve put together a little behind the scenes video of the shoot which we held on the Sunshine Coast. You might spot a few of these new pieces! A big thanks to the very talented Harry Mark for putting the video together for us!

sneaky-peek behind the scenes! 2013 sorella & me photoshoot

It’s so exciting for us to be so close to launching a few new pieces to our much-loved sorella & me collection. After the success of the new men’s collection, we are sure you will love these new women’s and maternity pieces just as much! To keep you salivating until they launch later this month, we’ve put together a little behind the scenes video of the shoot which we held on the Sunshine Coast. You might spot a few of these new pieces! A big thanks to the very talented Harry Mark for putting the video together for us!

Happy Father’s Day 2013

We have had a wonderful response to sorella & me’s recently launched mens collection and we have been very busy bees getting the orders out to you all! Men have certainly been very excited to get their hands on our sleepwear – but it seems that our beautiful female customers who love the organic sleepwear themselves, have also got quite excited about pampering their man and dad with a luxurious short or pant for Father’s Day. And why not? Don’t they deserve the best too?!!!

Capturing the love of a mother with her newborn child

My husband bought LittleOne baby magazine for me when I was pregnant years ago.  I hadn’t seen the magazine before and knew straight away there was going to be something special inside the glossy pages! It has remained as one of my favorites.  I especially love the features they do on children’s bedrooms titled “Baby’s Space’. The current issue of LittleOne baby is no exception and has a beautiful feature on new mums- real mums in the hospital just days after giving birth. Amy Doak mentions in her Publisher’s letter that there is nothing quite like “the look of love on a new mother’s face” (LittleOne baby Issue 10 p8). Photographer Kate Monotti has certainly captured this in the recent shoot. And we were thrilled…

Giving to our Mothers on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is approaching and my daughter who is 5 is going to make sure it is a BIG event!  She has been talking about it for weeks – and is so excited! She keeps hinting at what she has been doing at school for me and today I sent her to school with an envelope with a few coins for the mother’s day stall. The carnation is of course the traditional gift/symbol for mother’s day. Anna Jarvis sent 500 of these beautiful flowers to a church service in the U.S in 1908 to be handed out to mothers. The carnation represents all things sweet, innocent, pure and essentially, love.  And so the tradition of gift giving for mothers began. My mum always said no…

Getting back to basics

I did start planning a holiday in a resort.  The weather was forecast pretty terrible and although I enjoyed the idea of a resort pool, day spa and room service, I did secretly like the idea of a holiday that was ‘about the kids’.  In a tent, behind sand dunes allowing them to run and play and be freeeeeeeeee. So the recent school holidays we packed up ALOT of ‘stuff’ and went camping.  I grew up doing a lot of camping with my family.  I thought camping was what all families did on holidays!  We hadn’t been on a camping trip for a while though.  Things have been pretty busy and getting away was a luxury we just couldn’t seem to fit in. It’s amazing…

Just Do It! Top 10 Questions asked when planning a family adventure!

Packing the kids up for an overnighter, or even a day out always seems like such a big task.  Do I really need to take all this stuff??!!! The logistics of car seats, strollers, bedding, food and all the rest can be daunting, let alone organising a simple bag so I can easily locate hats, sunscreen and wipes! Getting to the destination is one thing – then there is the actual heading out and exploring. What can we do that they kids will enjoy? How do we know a certain activity will suit our family’s needs? Our friends at Do It Tour (Australia’s best online tour and experience booking company) have agreed to guest blog this week and have provided some tips and advice for…

To dummy or not to dummy? When do WE say good-bye to the comforter?!

Early when I was in the ‘newborn haze’ I posted on Facebook “to dummy or not to dummy?”, to get advice from friends about whether I should give my baby one.  The response was mixed.  I decided to give him one. Would I give him a dummy again? Yes. My daughter didn’t have one (which is why I went searching for opinion), but the dummy was the only thing that gave me a break from breastfeeding my very thirsty son and allowing my body the time it needed to produce more milk.  It was a lifesaver in the car and he was a great sleeper with our strict rule that dummy was only for sleep time, so in the cot and in the car etc.  …

How to be a Good Wife: Anna goes to Marriage School

J1 (who opts out of a formal choice of religion) has generously agreed to my request for us to be married in a Catholic Church. While I’m not a practicing supporter of the church itself, I do believe in God and I am a bit of a fan of spirituality more generally and what it can bring to your life. Like most “non-practicing-but-ok-with-God” people who have had an upbringing in a Catholic school, a few god-fearing grandparents to keep you on the straight and narrow, as well as perhaps a couple of failed attempts to ‘find something else’, here I am, still believing but slightly jaded by those at the top who run it. It’s like wanting to drink 7 cocktails without the hangover. You…

40 ways out of trouble with Fashionista’s Australia

We got lots of great feedback (and sighs of relief) when we posted last weeks round up of the best Christmas gift guides. But there has been one more guide pop up this week we just have to share because a) we know you will love it, b) these girls know what they are talking about when it comes to beautiful things, and c) we are certain it will save you those likely headaches over the next 5 days trying to figure out what your sister really needs as opposed to what she is telling you she wants…. Emily Power and Antonia Acott are Fashionista’s Australia (a must read site to subscribe to by the way!) and they have put together an (aptly named) Last Minute…

No one likes a dud Christmas present.

4 years ago my friend woke up on Christmas morning to a glistening diamond and a proposal for marriage.  By wake up to – I literally mean poked and prodded at the crack of dawn to a handy-cam in her face and before she had time to wipe the sleep from her eyes, her besotted boyfriend was on one knee asking for her hand. (Asking if she wanted time to wake up first prior to asking her to be his wife probably would have been helpful, but he was excited, and bless him he just couldn’t wait). She said yes, of course. What a happy Christmas…. But this poor guy is going to find it hard to top that gift for sure! There are just…

There’s no place like home…

Many parts of Australia are experiencing a heat wave over the coming days. But 40+ temperatures are the summer-norm for some and is just one of the many challenges living in outback Australia… Being a new first-time mother with limited support and resources is another, and today on the blog my good friend Peta shares her story (which never ceases to blow me away everytime I think about it!)… I live in a small town.  No, not small like Toowoomba, Dubbo, or Bendigo, small like a place you’ve never heard of, on a road not many travel. Eighty-ish people live in my town, and I know them all; by name, occupation and preferred drink.  When I had my first child they knew all about it…

Daddy’s got the blues

This week is Post Natal Depression Awareness Week. With 1800 Australians being diagnosed every week, it’s no surprise that Australian organisation’s such as PANDA (Post and Ante Natal Depression Association) have dedicated a week-long campaign to raise awareness in the community of this debilitating condition. But what I am taking from this week is something unexpected. PANDA suggests that 1 in 7 women and 1 in 14 men are diagnosed with post-natal depression (PND) annually. Yes I said 1 in 14 men. In fact, it is suggested that this figure could be actually be a lot higher because while men have a similar predisposition for developing PND as women, they are less likely to come forward for diagnosis and support. In basic terms, this means…

This isn’t another Melbourne Cup fashion report

Melbourne Cup Fever. I have it. But not in the way you’d expect. Fashion I love. But a talent for race day appropriate frocks and fascinators – I do not. Race day to me is (shockingly) about the horses. The track report, the barrier draw, the recent form. Like a nerd who lines up at the Apple store to get the latest iphone the night before it’s released, I love the lead up to the final field sections, the pre-cup predictions, the race day form guide, and of course the actions that follow – taking a punt.

A happy marriage. What’s the magic formula?

Our parents are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this week. When you stop to think about it, it’s a big achievement. Massive. Just think, 40 years with that one person. My mum married my father as a sweet 21 year old – so she has spent two-thirds of her life with him. She wouldn’t know a day without him, and he without her. And let’s face it. It’s especially awe-inspiring with a current divorce rate of 2.3 divorces per 1,000 population (2010 figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics). That’s 50,200 divorces. That’s 100,400 unhappy people (or happy people, depending on how you look at it). That’s 1 in 217 Australians getting divorced every year!

Elise shares her story for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s October! And it’s certainly very hard to ignore the amount of wonderful pink pink pink splattered everywhere at the moment meaning it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a very important time for alisha & I because, like so many people, we have had some friends and family close to us lose their battle with breast cancer. However thankfully survival rates have improved more recently and this has a lot to do with the tireless efforts of many to raise funds for research which in turn leads to improved detection and treatment options. Back in February of this year, we shared our dear friend Elise’s story with you. Elise was faced with a very difficult choice when she found out she had the BRACA1…

As Dory says, “Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming!”

As some of you may know, Alisha and I live in opposite ends of the country. Alisha on the Sunshine Coast, and me in Melbourne. So it’s been great to have her visit this week with her two little ones – mostly for work on sorella & me’s current production, but also to have some fun! First stop was the Melbourne Aquarium. Situated right in the middle of the CBD opposite Southbank, the Aquarium is a great 2 hour escape from the hustle of the city and a fantastic place for your children to explore and learn about the underwater world. The King & Gentoo Penguin enclosure was pretty amazing. I’ve always been a little unsure about keeping animals in areas distinctly more artificial than…

When destiny takes hold of your child and shouts “Enjoy the Ride!!”

I grew up around a lot of pushy stage Mums. Luckily I didn’t have one, and I’m determined not to be one! So much so I have held my daughter who is now 5, back from classes or specialist lessons, making a rule with myself that I would wait till she starts school. I grew up in the ‘theatre’. I danced, sang and acted my way through my childhood and teenage years, with a little bit of piano on the side.  I have wonderful memories of my weekends treading the boards (while poor dad sat out in the car waiting).  Like many young girls, this very early became my thing. I knew my whole life what I liked and what I wanted to be. I…

What are the best things about being a Dad?

It’s Day 4 of our Dad-Fest in the sorella-hood with Father’s Day coming up on Sunday! It’s a special time for all families – especially those with Dad’s who are celebrating their FIRST FATHER’S DAY! Yay for you! For today’s post, we wanted to know what it is that’s so special about being a Dad. So we asked 5 sorella dads just that: “What are the best things about being a Dad?”

Happy Father’s Day! Our top 5 list of Cool Celebrity Dads

Since it’s Father’s Day this Sunday, we are having a “Dad-Fest” all week in the sorella-hood! Today’s post is our Top 5 list of Cool Celebrity Dads who love to shout to the world “I’m a Dad and I’m Proud!”….. They also seem to be able to do this while looking mighty handsome at the same time. Could this be because they don’t actually do a lot of ‘dad stuff’ and that leaves them more time to get to the gym? If such is the case, perhaps this list should be renamed “Cool Celebrity Men who also just happen to be Dads”? We won’t judge, we will just look. 1. Hugh Jackman Definitely no.1 on our list as there is actually no question (as suggested…

A feeling in my loins…

As many of you know, I am currently at the very start of planning my wedding. I am completely overwhelmed, terrified, nauseated, and literally sleepless with all the options, costs and ways it could all go very very wrong. To make matters worse, while I am shortlisting venues and finalising budgets, I have had every bride there has even been tell me “Oh it’s all so fabulous! I wish I was planning my wedding day again! It’s the BEST!” Which does nothing except make me feel like I am missing something. Didn’t anyone else feel the pain of wedding-planning-crazy-land? Interestingly, as I grapple with the “is it all really worth it – why can’t I just elope” question, it seems one mother in the sorella-hood…

The sorella-hood’s top 10 essential items to pack in your hospital bag – for MUMS!

It’s fair to say an expectant Mary Poppins would be well prepared for her pending hospital visit, but what about the rest of us that aren’t lucky enough to have bottomless luggage? There are many ‘What to pack for your hospital bag’ lists out there, so the difference with the sorella & me list? Well, it is compiled by our sorella-hood readers – AND their suggestions focus on Mum’s needs only! (A big thank you to all those who contributed!) So here we go – the Top 10 essential items to pack in your hospital bag – for MUMS! 1. Comfy Sleepwear (that doubles as day-wear!)  You have to be comfortable, but you don’t want to be in clothes that will have you diving under…

What would you do? Would you help a crying newborn baby left alone, or respect a parents choice?

I got out of the car at Kindy and while standing door open to let my daughter out, I heard a screaming baby. My daughter ran to the footpath to wait for me and as I turned to see where the shrill cry was coming from, I realised it was from inside the car next to me. There was a sun protector screen on the window so I couldn’t see through, but as I made my way to the footpath to join my daughter I realised there wasn’t an adult in the front seat.  Putting the pieces together it dawned on me that this baby had been left, while mum or dad took another child in for the Kindy drop off. It was then that…

I have always had culture envy. Does that make me racist?

I remember when I was little (maybe 5 or 6) I would pretend to speak in a foreign language with my sister when we were out and about with Mum. We thought it was funny that people around us wouldn’t be able to understand us – but mostly, we thought it would make us interesting if they assumed we were foreign (note, I am now pretty sure no one was taking ANY notice of a couple of kids performing in the supermarket like this….) I have always found my heritage to be a bit of a bore. At school when we did those assignments on “My Family Tree” I was acutely aware that I didn’t have an exotic bloodline from a European country (whose name…

A reminder of our obligation to Women & Girls who are not yet in a position to be heard

I come from a family of four girls, and in my family it was imparted on us that girls could do anything. That girl’s voices should be heard.  That we were equal to the boys who lived next door, equal to the boys at our school, and equal to the man that we may one day marry (should we choose to marry and should that person be a male). This was not done through any sort of formal teaching. My parents did not sit us down and hold tutoring sessions on “women’s rights” (that would have been weird). An understanding of these rights were simply transferred through everyday actions of my parents during our development: Supporting our goals. Nurturing our self-worth. Celebrating our successes. Helping…

A reminder of our obligation to Women & Girls who are not yet in a position to be heard

I come from a family of four girls, and in my family it was imparted on us that girls could do anything. That girl’s voices should be heard.  That we were equal to the boys who lived next door, equal to the boys at our school, and equal to the man that we may one day marry (should we choose to marry and should that person be a male). This was not done through any sort of formal teaching. My parents did not sit us down and hold tutoring sessions on “women’s rights” (that would have been weird). An understanding of these rights were simply transferred through everyday actions of my parents during our development: Supporting our goals. Nurturing our self-worth. Celebrating our successes. Helping…

What does it take to build a business with your sibling?

sorella & me maternity sleepwear

Oh my lordy!  Seeing yourself on the cover of a magazine without expecting it is enough to give anyone a heart attack! And while it’s no cover of Vogue (and cover girls we definitely are not) we were chuffed for sorella & me to be included in Business Review Australia’s feature on siblings in business.

Family Road Trips – The sweetest of all childhood memories

Mum & Dad

One of our friends has departed on a big road-trip adventure with her hubbie and two little ones this morning. They have packed up their camper and making their way from Queensland over to Western Australia. Taking around 5 weeks, they are sure to have so many special memories to share with us when they get home – and no doubt their two children, although still quite young, will have happy memories of this special time with their mum and dad (all 4,685 kilometers of it!). It certainly brings back some happy for memories for me thinking about similar traveling we did as a family when my sisters and I were young – back in the 80s! My parents were really good like that –…

Celebrating World Environment Day – 10 easy everyday tips to get green and help our environment!

Sometimes it sounds all a bit too hard. Sometimes it feels like I can’t really have that much of an impact as one lowly individual. Sometimes I feel like such a big problem can only be fixed by big solutions. But the truth is – all the little things count. It really can be so simple to do a few small things in your everyday life to have a lasting impact on our environment.  And since today is World Environment Day, it’s the perfect day to acknowledge we can make a difference – so it’s a great day to get started!! We thought we would join in the celebrations of World Environment Day today by putting together a list of things that do make a…

Too old for a festival? Not a food & wine festival!

I love the vibe of a festival.  The feeling of having nothing better to do but be in the moment, with a beverage, talking, watching, listening, enjoying – and that’s it, your only care is to soak in the atmosphere! The full-day full-on all-out music festival is pretty much over for me – it could have something to do with not wanting to go to festivals that my students now go to!  However I have still been going to the Byron Bay Bluesfest at Easter for the last few years….even dragging my kiddies along as it’s really got a great family friendly vibe. I also love going to the Woodford Folk Festival over New Year for the same reason – especially in the early days…

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