Jessica, 34; Paul, 37; Harper, 4; Lila 2
We are a family of four from Sydney. We spend most of our time at the beach, in nature, or making (and eating) delicious food. We embrace a healthy and holistic lifestyle and always try to find the joy amidst the chaos of having young children!
Clinical nutritionist and herbalist for women and children.
5 favourite things/items?
– the ocean
– sleeping in (a very rare occurrence!)
What are you most passionate about?
Hands down my biggest passion (after my family) is the importance of nutrition for health. My mission is to empower as many parents as possible with the knowledge and tools to set themselves and their families up for lifetime of good health. I’ve just completed my first online workshop and guide titled ‘The Nourished Toddler’. It has been such a labour of love and includes so much valuable information for nourishing young children at what can often be a challenging time- I am so excited to share it!
Do you have any hobbies/things you do in your downtime?
If I have downtime, I’m usually just lazing around in the sunshine, and if I’m really lucky, I’ll even read something (admittedly it is usually either cook books or science studies!).
How would you describe your family?
A whirlwind of joy!
How did becoming a mother change you?Without trying to be cliché… Motherhood has changed me in every way possible; physically, emotionally and professionally too. On a personal level, it has taught me that the present moment is the most precious one. On a professional level it has changed the way I look at the miraculous human body and has ignited a passion for women’s and children’s health.
What’s the best part about being a mother?
For me that changes all the time! Right now I’m watching my two children play together- I get all the feels watching their special bond grow.
Naming your children is always so difficult (or maybe it was just me!) Was it easy to pick your child’s name and why did choose it?
We know Harper would be our first for son’s name years before he was born. Paul and I both have a love for music and Ben Harper was always on our playlist, we just loved it as a boy’s name. Lila was probably the only girls name we could agree on! It wasn’t the top of my list at the time of her birth; but now I could never imagine her with another name. Both of our children have family middle names.
Has your personal style changed since becoming mother? If so how? It has changed in the sense of I am much more conscious about the choices I make. When Harper was a newborn, I only ever wanted his skin to touch pure cotton or other natural fibres, and so this determined most of my clothing choices as well as his. In addition to this, I have definitely shifted my clothing choices towards ethically made and environmentally friendly items.
Is there anything about motherhood that has surprised you?
For sure! Everyday has a surprise in store- especially when they are toddlers!
Favourite thing to do as a family?
We are a beach loving family and spend almost everyday on the sand and in the water during warmer months. Everyone always seems more relaxed, happier. When the weather is cool, we take daily walks through our local park and beaches
What has been the most memorable moment for you in motherhood so far?
I couldn’t really pinpoint the most memorable. It is usually moments like when they laugh uncontrollably or even when they just play beautifully together that really stay with me.
What are some baby essentials every new mother needs?
The only baby essential is a happy and healthy Mother. New Mothers need nourishing food for their body, rest (where possible) and a support network of strong and loving women. I always encourage my clients to connect with other new Mums where possible- there are so many ways to connect now, that even those in remote areas can be part of a supportive parenting community.
Other items that are valuable:
Weleda Calendula Nappy cream: I love Weleda products in general as they use natural organic and ethical ingredients. But this nappy cream takes the cake for relieving red bottoms and actually, any kind of rash, scratch or irritation.
A natural fibre baby-wrap: My babies lived in our hug-a-bub for their first months of life. When I had Lila, It was the easiest way to wrangle a toddler and keep her close at the same time. It is always packed in my bag when we are out and about.
Lifefactory glass bottles: These are glass baby bottles, with silicone sleeves. Not only are they better for baby, but they are better for the earth and the top changed to use as a drink bottle well after they are no longer needed for baby. We are still using the only 2 baby bottles be have purchased.
What are some of your favourite shops/websites for baby wear? We have quite a few pieces from Printe Bebe. I adore that most of their styles are a relaxed fit and so can be worn for several years as the child grows.
Over the years I have also bought a few pieces from Little bird by Jools- I love a bit of 70’s style.
And of course, my kids are always wearing Little Winnie pyjamas (my sister’s sleepwear label)- her pjs are always so comfortable and durable.
What is the one thing you want to teach your children?
To be kind to themselves, others and the earth.
Have any advice for newly mothers/mothers to be?
There are a million ‘right’ ways to raise a child- your instinct is the most valuable resource you have
The Nourished Toddler is an online workshop and guide, and has been put together with the busy parent in mind. You can do it all in your own time and at a pace that suits you. The workshop has been created to empower you with the knowledege and tools to meet your toddler’s nutritional needs for energy, brain growth and immune health, setting them up for a lifetime of good eating practices. It includes: An 80+ page e-book, 70 minutes of workshop videos, 27 toddler friendly recipes and ongoing support!
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