Little Treasures - - NEWS -

As I write this, I have one more week to go be­fore I drop off the face of the Earth to be­gin my nest­ing phase. That’s right, baby num­ber two will soon be here! Things have been a lit­tle dif­fer­ent this time around. When I was ea­gerly await­ing my first child, Poppy, we had a name, a nurs­ery and a birth plan – ev­ery­thing felt or­gan­ised and un­der con­trol. This time... not so much! Be­tween work­ing, liv­ing and rais­ing Poppy, it’s a lot harder to find the time to plan and ob­sess over the details. It’s given me a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion for how large fam­i­lies and sin­gle par­ents cope. Man­ag­ing the time and at­ten­tion re­quired to bring up their wee ones while work­ing full-time jobs is a chal­lenge. But ul­ti­mately one that we wouldn’t swap for the world. And so this is­sue is all about mod­ern fam­i­lies – blended fam­i­lies, sin­gle-par­ent fam­i­lies and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. There are so many in­spir­ing broods out there and in this is­sue they share their se­crets around how they make things work. It’s easy to get caught up and for­get about fun so this is­sue is also all about fash­ion. We re­cently held our very first New Zealand Fash­ion Week show and it was a roar­ing suc­cess! We had some amaz­ing fam­i­lies take part as our mod­els – our Mum and Kids’ Show in­cluded a whole host of fun Kiwi mummy blog­gers, celebri­ties and their gor­geous fam­ily mem­bers. Blog­ger Zoe Fuimaono from Blessed in Dou­bles sashayed down the run­way along­side her two (yes, two!) sets of twins and her lovely hus­band; My Kitchen Rules judge Ben Bayly and son Bowie strut­ted their stuff; and Kara Rickard from Ge­orge FM was joined by her beau­ti­ful daugh­ter, Iver, show­ing the latest de­signs by Rock Your Bump and Dim­ples. The won­der­ful (and funny) Anika Moa belted out some tunes from her kids’ al­bums, Songs for Bub­bas 1 and 2. And most im­por­tant of all, I man­aged to make it from one end of the run­way to the other with­out trip­ping once! Look­ing over the next year’s events, I al­ready feel like I’ll miss be­ing a part of the ac­tion, but I know I’ll love be­ing part of the SAHM com­mu­nity again. If you’re look­ing for any­thing to do your­self, head to trea­ to dis­cover what’s com­ing up. Un­til next time, en­joy the ride ma­mas. You’ve got this!

Hayley Bar­nett ED­I­TOR

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