30 May 2014


I've seen some of my favourite bloggers join up in a link up of 'weekly stills' which is headed by The Beetle Shack.

I wanted to join in, because sometimes I am too lazy to compile a blog post and its easier to describe the week that has been using photos!

  •  A spontanious Sunday afternoon trip to the dog park proved to be a very effective way to not only wear out Tilly (our labrador) but also Hank

  • We got a look at little baby Mummerina today. He has already stayed inutreo for longer, and already weighs more than when bigger brother Hank was born

  • Hank has finally discovered (and has a fleeting interest in) TV. I know its not a bad thing that he loves the outdoors and physical activity, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't starting to get worried about the kids lack of interest in anything digital

  • It may not have been the best foot massage I've ever had... but it was by far the sweetest

  • Wearing his NSW Blue's Jersey to school on State of Origin Wednesday. His teachers thought he looked "sooo cute"

  • Bump. Blimp!

  • A 5:30am wake up meant we were ready for school and work waayyy too early. What else to do but kill some time in the car with a selfie and a few songs

29 May 2014


Let me introduce you to two different versions of Mummerina...

Moonface Mummerina // Pointy Chin Mummerina
This is me, circa mid 2011 and the thinner version of myself in early 2012.
As much as I would love to blame the less-than-flattering-grainy licence photo on the RTA's staff members lack of photography skills, it really is a pretty good indication of how I looked in 2011.
In 2011, I got engaged and, like most brides, began what I like to call the "Wedding Dress Diet". I won't bore you with the ins & outs, nor will I explain how many times in my chubby life I have dieted before, but if you click on the 'healthy' or 'weightloss' tags in this blog, you will see a small part of my journey that I had previously blogged about (I deleted ALOT of it as it was affliated with a company that I did not want to be associated with anymore)
By May 2012 I had lost almost 15kg and feeling fantastic. And then, a roadblock of all roadblocks - when it comes to weightloss - hit and I found out I was (very unexpectedly) pregnant.
I would like to say that I continued my healthy way of living whilst I was pregnant - but that would be a complete and utter lie.
So in the past 2 years, I've been pregnant and suffered from severe preeclampsia (read; GAIN WEIGHT), breastfed (read: LOST WEIGHT), induldged whilst being a stay at home mum (read: GAIN WEIGHT), returned to work and a fitness routine (read: LOST WEIGHT) and now, fell pregnant again (read: GAIN WEIGHT).
I am pleased to say that I have not gained as much weight this pregnancy as I did in my first, but I was heavier to start with - so I am ultimately in the same position.
Transformation pictures like this motivate me to focus on my health and fitness once Baby Mummerina is born.
I have learnt the importance of progress pictures, so here is hoping that I have plenty more to share with you in the next 6 - 12 months.
Do you have any tips for post partum weight loss?


27 May 2014


Generally speaking… Baby Shower’s are not my idea of fun. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to go to shower my female friends and family when they are expecting… but it was never something I wanted for myself.

When I was 30 weeks pregnant with Hank, a close friend organised a nice day at the races for me and 8 other friends, in my (and Hank’s honour). We had some rattle adorned cupcakes… but that was about as maternal as it got. It was a lovely day (despite the fact that it was outdoors on a 40+ degree day and I was, unbeknownst to me, suffering from severe pre eclmapsia). We finished the day by spending the afternoon/evening in one of the girls pools. 4 days later, Hank was prematurely born.


Fast forward to my current pregnancy, and I didn’t have to think twice about saying “yes” when my best friend asked if she could throw me a Baby Sprinkle (well, after I had asked WTF is a Baby Spinkle? – it’s the new name being given to a baby shower that is thrown for someone who already had kid/s, in case you have been living under a rock, like I obviously had)

Since Hank’s birth, I had always felt like I missed out on a lot of the ‘normal’ things one would normally experience in the third trimester… heck, some professionals would even say I was ‘mourning the loss of my third trimester’… a proper baby shower was one of those.

I gave my friend strict orders that there were to be no pegs involved, or sniffing of chocolate smeared nappies. I also expressed my concern that some ladies might not have heard of a baby sprinkle before, therefore may think it is odd to ask people to attend a baby shower for your second child. But we decided that if people had that much of a problem with it, they could decline the RSVP.

The invitation had a cute little saying explaining that ‘this sprinkle was just to show that we care’



It was low key, relaxed, but still plenty of ‘little man’ references – the perfect way to celebrate a baby sprinkle if you ask me. Bubba got very spoilt, and even has a collection of hand decorated bibs that my guests made for him.

To see where most of the inspiration came from, check out our board on Pinterest
Follow Corinne Anderson's board Baby sprinkle on Pinterest.

Have you, or would you, have a baby sprinkle?


23 May 2014


Last night I had a mini Mummy breakdown. The combination of being 32 weeks pregnant, working full time, and Mr Hank suddenly not sleeping properly all finally got to me.

To make matters worse, this week Mr Mummerina works afternoon shift, which means a) we don’t see each other and b) I have to do the evening parent shift solo.

This is how our evenings have been this week…

I finish work at 4pm, and usually take advantage of the fact that Hank is still in day care and stop off to buy some groceries, or run a quick errand or two.

I get to day care around 5pm and am greeted by a cheeky, but tired looking boy.

Hank’s carers tell me he hasn’t slept for more than an hour all day, but that he has had a great day. Awesome.

Leaving day care usually results in a minimum or 3 tired toddler tantrums (otherwise known as TTT’s). One when we put away whatever toy he was playing when I arrive, one when we say good bye to his carers and friends and try to leave, and one when I insist he sit, not stand, in his car seat. Mean Mummy, I know!!

We get home and attempt to avoid another TTT whilst we unload the car, check the mail and walk inside.

I try to find the quickest (yet still remotely healthy) thing I can for Hank to eat, and put him in his walker or high chair to eat his dinner. I use this time to run his bath, unpack our things, or begin to prepare my dinner… until we are hit with another TTT

A combination of Hank screaming and trying to eat results in a guaranteed choke ‘n’ spew. A mess which I, somewhat shamefully, let the dog in to clean up while we retreat to the bathroom.

We have a rare window of happiness in the bath, providing I don’t try to even contemplate doing anything other than playing peek-a-boo with the face washer.

I get Hank out of the bath and attempt to dry and dress him ready for bed. This, obviously, results in another TTT. It soon becomes a race of how quickly I can put him in his sleeping bag, make his bottle and put him in bed.
How could this sweet little face cause a Mummy-Meltdown?

The rest of the night does not consist of much more than me sitting on the couch, eating cup of soup and toast for dinner, and telling myself I really should be nicer to my husband considering he did a general tidy up before he left for work that day.

The last thought obviously didn’t sink in well, because as soon as Mr Mummerina called me whilst he was on a break at work, I was in tears asking him ‘what we are doing wrong?’, ‘why is Hank so sooky with me?’ and ‘surely other kids his age don’t act like this’. Poor guy probably wished he never went on his dinner break!

I sent a long winded message to a friend on Facebook who has 4 boys (all of whom are very active boys) and she assured me that, although Hank is a true “boys boy”, he is not unlike her boys were at his age. She told me her house is always a mess, her boys are always loud, and at least one of them will always be covered in a bruise, cut or graze from rough play 
I felt a thousand times better; having been reassured from an experienced Mum that there isn’t anything wrong with Hank, or how we are parenting him… he is just a typical toddler. A very active, little boy toddler at that.

I had a nice, hot and peaceful shower before retiring to bed for the night (well, until 11.30pm when hubby got home and Hank woke up and my heartburn kicked in!!!)

15 May 2014


Some women are just made to be pregnant. They have a cute, yet distinguished baby bump. They feel amazing throughout their pregnancy. Their hair becomes thick and luscious. Their skin glows. They sh!t rainbows, basically!

I am not one of those women. I am the furthest from it. I do not, will not and can not enjoy being pregnant. I am eternally grateful that I am able to bear a child, and I am mindful that others would kill to experience what I am… but I won’t apologise for saying that pregnancy and I just do not get on well together.

I am at that stage of my pregnancy (and weight) where I want to be able to re focus on my well being goals. I want to get back on the health & fitness wagon (don’t use pregnancy as an excuse to get off said wagon… trust me, you will regret it!). However, at 30 weeks pregnant with sciatic nerve pain and Braxton hicks contractions... it would be medically unsafe for me to start pounding the pavement in order to lose the excess, non baby weight that I am carrying.

Which is why I am loving the Mumafit IPhone App.



The app is the brain child of Fiona Trewhitt (who is a mum to 3 kiddies), and has been designed by exercise physiologists for pregnant & post natal women. Mumafit helps you safely exercise at home during and after pregnancy. No gym membership or expensive equipment or work out gear required (literally… I do my third trimester stretches in my underwear some days!)

Both the stretch and toning chapters have done wonders to help my back pain and general tightness that has come with months of using my pregnancy as an excuse to be a sloth. The app also has a GPS prameter which maps your cardio workouts and daily tips which relate to your pregnancy.
Mumafit app is available from the App Store for $3.79, which is the equivalent to my daily weekly chocolate fix, and is worth every cent.
Does you have any favourite pregnancy related Apps?
Disclosure:  I was not compensated or remunerated for this review, I'm just a fan! This review is my own and honest opinion. For more information see my disclosure policy