Plant stylist and Adelaide’s go-to garden guru Emma Sadie Thomson has a very special super power; everything she touches turns to green! Whether it’s lending her green thumb to the interiors of the city’s best venues or selling her indoor plants, pots and hangings in her collaborative workshop studio, Ensemble, it comes naturally to Emma.
We chat with her about life with her 18 month old daughter Frankie, and how having a toddler running around has changed her perspective, as well as getting some top tips about encouraging our kids to enjoy growing in the garden!
Tell us how your life and career has changed post becoming a mother?
Priorities change, I’ve changed and different issues seem to take precedence over those that once did prior to becoming a mother. It’s a juggle balancing work life and being a mum and at times very challenging. I have found that by being self-employed and able to work part from home, it has given me the option of being very flexible which has certainly helped me find balance. Fitting in work while she naps, deciding whether you work / rest / do that mountain of washing or take some time out for yourself while you have this short window of time to yourself. Frances is now 18 months and is very BUSY! I have found that trying to create routine makes life much easier and not so overwhelming. I try and have set days where I work and then allow myself to have days off where I am home with Frances. Life has certainly changed in every way, but a change for the better and in a way I couldn’t imagine.
What types of things do you do with Frankie to teach her about nature?
We head outside and spend time in the garden as much as we can, anything from picking and smelling flowers to jumping in puddles. Kids love being outdoors and in nature. If you don’t have a big back yard head out to the park.
Gardening with children provides them with skills to help with development. One aspect of physical development is sensory stimulation that they can experience in the garden, from feeling the texture of the leaves, rubbing their hands in the soil, as well as smelling the flowers and leaves.
Frankie Button, Nola Owen & Eva Ockenden
What are your top 5 indoor plant varieties?
Devils Ivy: an easy care plant that cascades and trails. Easy for beginners
Ficus Burgundy: the deep burgundy foliage is a great alternative
Monstera delicosa: an all-time favourite, a popular one amongst plant fanatics and this fast growing plant can make a great feature plant.
Hoya carnosa: These have the most amazing flowers.
Oxalis Triangularis: these look like the most amazing purple butterflies, the leaves also close up when it gets dark.
We know that you have a VERY GREEN thumb, what are your top tips for keeping plants inside alive?
Water, Water Water – be mindful of watering and over watering is a more common killer than under watering. You can even get yourself a water meter to use. Generally we water plants every fortnight and give them a really good drink.
EMMA’S TIPS FOR GETTING YOUR KIDS IN TO GARDENING
Kids love growing things, especially things that they can pick and eat. Try growing some fruit and vegetables. Some great ones are things like: strawberries, snow peas, carrots. Things they can pick and eat straight away.
Get your children some of their own garden tools / basket to pick things
Give them room to grow. Designate a portion of the garden, a container, or other space for children to create their very own garden.
As a qualified Pilates and yoga teacher, PT and counsellor-to-be, Bridie Walker knows all the “things”, but like all of us other regular beings she often found the motivation to workout quite tough.
Being a Mum of 2 kiddos herself, Bridie also knows that fitting around a gym schedule isn’t always appealing. This sparked the idea to create something a little more convenient.
Perfect for isolation ‘She Moves’ is an online platform where Bridie shares her workouts with Mums and busy women, bringing the workout from her home to yours. For just $15 a month you can be part of the She Moves community and even spot Bridie’s pets and children who make cute cameos in the videos.
To find out more info on how to sweat, stretch (and swear!) from the convenience of your own lounge room:
I’m Hayley Berlingeri, Adelaide born and bred, mamma of three, and here I am just finding my way (AKA fumbling!!) through my days with my little ones, trying to be the best version of me that I possibly can be (which more often than not, results in me flopped out on the sofa at 10:34pm eating an entire packet of Mint Slice bickies, and thanking God that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it!)
Before the babes came in to being, I poured my heart into my career as a Junior Primary teacher and JP Coordinating Principal, I travelled the world, near and far, and I solidly slept. But since then have given every waking minute to motherhood and all its mess, mayhem and marvel. Oh, and I love to share our stories in squares on our intsapage!
“I’m about to become a mum! What was it like for you the first time round?” Estelle, Golden Grove
Hard! So very and so shockingly hard.
You know that hour between night and day, where it’s not one thing or the other? Yep, we all know it, us mums. And, I knew it SO well, and I was SO sick of knowing it. I just wanted to GO. TO. SLEEP. For longer than two seconds. I was desperate to remember what it felt like to wake up after the sun had risen. Even when other mothers who’ve gone before you tell you about the overbearing heaviness of that tiredness, you can never grasp it. You can’t ever understand the monstrosity of it until you’re living it. And I struggled with living it. I remember the day that Paolo went back to work after a month at home with us. It was especially daunting for me. And I secretly wanted to gouge his eyes out because I was so jealous that he was escaping the new nut house and leaving me, ALONE, to try and keep this kid alive! How dare he!!! But I got myself together, new mum bun and all, and I took our teeny 4 week old Valentina for a stroll around the neighbourhood. And screaming so loudly in my head was the thought that I DON’T WANT TO DO THIS AGAIN TONIGHT!! And the next night. And the one after that. For all eternity!!! And I was hoping (well, to be honest, desperately willing) for some really kind, pretty, motherly kidnapper to come along (you know, an early thirties gal with a jazzy haircut, a good heart, and a longing for a child!) and run away with my baby. I was even going to let her keep my brand spanking new $1500 pram. And all I was going to do was wave them off happily, and with a sigh of ‘good riddance’, turn around, walk back home and drag my sloth-like self into bed and SLEEP!!!! FOREVERRR!!!! All day and all night. I wasn’t even going to call the police. I was just going to go the f*#k to sleep and never speak of the whole ordeal again. And that’s when I knew I wasn’t right. And so I called for an appointment with my GP…but that’s a tale for another time!! So, there’s just a snippet of the sheer overwhelming enormity that becoming a Mum was to me. But, thank God all of that fear, that unknowing, that newness is combated by the instant, indescribable, unfathomable love that the teeny, screaming, not-sleeping bundle brings!
Love Hayley xox
Got a question about life, motherhood or eating chocolate biscuits… I’ll give you an answer! @sweetlittlestory
Adelaide local, Emmah Money, is a mum, an author and motivational speaker, a charity ambassador, and in January this year was named South Australia’s Local Hero during the Australian of the Year Awards. She also lives with the life-threatening lung condition Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that affects her daily life, but one she is not willing to let limit how completely she lives it.
We chat with Emmah about life with CF, defying the odds and becoming a mum, and how she has channelled her passion for life to prove that you can do anything you set your mind to.
Can you tell us how CF has shaped your life?
Having a life-threatening illness can sound scary and trust me, at times, CF has definitely influenced how I live my life, but I have been brought up to not let it define who I am. When I was a teenager, I won a competition run by Girlfriend magazine, for raising awareness and funds for CF. This national recognition for what I worked hard on, changed my life. It allowed me to become the national youth ambassador for Cystic Fibrosis Australia, I became a published author and the biggest realisation for me was that I could choose to let CF define me and my life or I could turn this around. My life has constantly been filled with optimistic, almost unrealistic ideas – but the mission I set for myself was to never take no for an answer. I am passionate in all that I do, with the primary goal to succeed. CF is not easy to live with, but I also feel like I have a job to show that whilst I have a life-threatening illness, it won’t stop me from what I want to achieve and do in life. Now as a mother, I have even more reason to succeed.
Tell us about defying the odds and becoming a mum to two beautiful children.
Motherhood was something I never imagined I would get the opportunity to experience. As I began my research about having CF and becoming a mother, I found nothing encouraging about being a woman with CF and having children, but I wanted so badly to experience pregnancy and to become a mum.
After lengthy discussions with my doctor about how pregnancy would impact my health, I was told it wouldn’t be easy, but it was possible. After a year, I found myself pregnant. The emotions overwhelmed me; what did this mean for my baby long term? What did this mean for me? Motherhood brings a fear of the unknown, but I knew I was ready for whatever lay ahead.
My pregnancy shocked me; I was the healthiest I had been since I was a child. I went into labour naturally and had my beautiful baby girl, Ayvah, my miracle baby. Two years later, I fell pregnant again, naturally, with my little man Logan. And here we are. I am 32 years old; I have a 6 and 4-year-old.
How do you talk to your children about having CF?
Thankfully over the past few years my children haven’t seen CF, and the treatment involved, as scary. They know that my lungs don’t work very well, so I have medicine to make my lungs stronger.
CF is not a focus for them, and it shouldn’t be. CF doesn’t run our lives, it obviously affects me on a daily basis, but I can manage it around the kids most of the time.
I have realised that I don’t want my children to be afraid of CF. I could bring them up in a world where the medication, the needles, and constant doctor appointments are a negative, but I haven’t. I’ve tried to normalise my CF and show them it is not a big deal.
Tell us about your upcoming children’s book and what messages you are sharing in your writing for kids.
Today’s generation of children are very different; disability doesn’t seem to have such a negative stigma around it. One thing my kids have taught me is that children are curious, they are open to anything, they question everything, and they are accepting, if we help them to be. I wanted to create a fun story where we talk about disability and know it’s safe to do so. The story has a focus on primary aged kids who have a range of disabilities, through acknowledging each disability and learning that we are all different.
Kate Bailey is a producer for Sonya Feldhoff on ABC Radio Adelaide. Music has always been a part of her life whether playing it, singing it or banging on about it, and she keeps the dream alive by introducing new music to the world every week. And all of it local! Hear the review live at 1.45pm each Tuesday on ABC Radio Adelaide, 891 AM. And tune in 1.45pm each Friday for her local (streaming) gig guide. You can also listen live via the ABC Listen APP, online or via Channel 25 on your TV. Kate is also Mum to three beautiful boys Liam, Louis and Jay who have been showered in music since birth and reminded often that it’s a universal language that binds us, revives us and inspires us. A city without a music scene is a city without a soul. Which is why now, more than ever, we need to stay connected with our local musicians and keep the creativity alive!
I’m not only impressed but also quite relieved to see so many of our local musicians and venues getting tech savvy in order to bring us live performances in the virtual realm. Music is like medicine in so many ways! And let’s hope this also means many of our creatives can keep on keeping on despite the impact of Covid-19.
So, whether you fancy streaming a gig or just some good old-fashioned listening here are a few local tracks to help you put the Iso-blues away.
I’ll start with something from the heart. Albeit an angry one.
A bloke named Benjamin messed with Kelly Brouhaha’s heart. Big time.
So, the soulful songstress put her powerhouse vocals and mean guitar skills into action and wrote that man out of her heart. Using his real name, I do believe.
And for a break-up song it’s pretty darn catchy. Up-beat even.
Much like her new life, perhaps? Leaving behind her marriage and a mortgage Kelly jumped in her van (the most wonderfully named, Pamela Vanderson) and began pursuing her dream of travelling Australia full-time.
And she continues to carve out quite the lifestyle as a multi-instrumentalist and jack of all trades gathering fans all along the way – including Beccy Cole and Libby O’Donovan with whom she joins forces from time to time.
So, perhaps Benjamin did her a favour in the end, providing both material and motivation.
The single is out now on all platforms.
Okay, genre shift. Time to think cacti, cowboys and tumbleweeds – quite apt at a time when things have slowed down so much our city streets are almost bare on a Saturday night.
5-piece Los Palms draw their inspiration from that classic California surf rock and 60’s sound and describe their music as Desert Jangle. Expect reverb aplenty and a rather conspicuous nod to the Shadows in this track Lost Phantom. And I don’t mean that in a bad way.
It’s been a solid few years for Los Palms, including playing The Americana stage at this year’s Superloop.
They too are making the most of a more isolated lifestyle recording demos (several of which you can check out on Facebook) and are hoping to leap into the studio the moment it’s allowed.
And finally, for a laugh (don’t we all need those right now?) do yourself a favour and look up rocker Ben Marwe from Bad//Dreems singing “I Wanna Self Isolate With You”. Maybe without the kids in the room for this one.
Bad//Dreems were forced to cut a major overseas tour short, come home and isolate. Scattered all over the countryside for now they’re beavering away on new material while they wait for the lockdowns to lift. Ben also does a short performance from his abode each weekend (the Sunday Morning Songbook) – so check out their social media pages. And I’ve been told we can expect something new very, very soon!
Until next time, support our musos however you can, and stay healthy!
Is this where we are going wrong in modern parenting? And by we, I mean me.
Rebecca Morse presents Adelaide’s Ten News First bulletin and is co-host of hit107’s breakfast show, Bec & Cosi. She has a degree in Journalism and started her media career at the ABC, where she was named SA Journalist of the Year in 2005. Rebecca is actively involved in community and charity work, as a proud Ambassador for Kickstart for Kids, the Animal Welfare League, the Premier’s Reading Challenge, Uniting Care Pancake Day and the Port Adelaide Football Club, She is married with three daughters, Grace, Milla and Frankie and an adopted dalmatian named Henley.
What type of Parent Am I?
Have you ever stopped to consider what style of parent you are?
When I was a little girl I desperately wanted a Cabbage Patch Kid. I begged my mother for one. They were very expensive. I waited months in hope in the lead up to my birthday. I looked at them in toy stores and fantasised about taking one home. Would I get a boy or a girl? What colour hair would he/she have? And what would the name say on the one-of-a-kind birth certificate?
It seemed like all my friends had one. I would play with theirs, dreaming of the day that I might, if I was lucky enough, have my own.
On my birthday she came to me.
Her name was Katrine Barbara and she had brown hair and blue eyes. I decided that since I was her adoptive mother, I had the right to change her name, despite the official looking birth certificate signed by Xavier Roberts. She would henceforth be known as Natalie Jane. Natalie, after my favourite Young Talent Time member (second favourite actually, but I wasn’t sold on the double-i in Dannii) and Jane because that’s my middle name and I wanted to pass it down the line to my cherished newborn with the hard plastic face and soft squishy limbs.
I now understand this to be the concept of delayed gratification. I wanted that doll so much for so long that when I got her I appreciated her so much more than if Mum had just let me grab her off the shelf the first time I’d asked for one.
Is this where we are going wrong in modern parenting? And by we, I mean me.
Of course we all want to provide the best for our children, but perhaps going without on occasion is one of the most valuable lessons we can teach them. I’m hyper-vigilant about raising spoilt, entitled children.
My Year 11 has been testing my patience since she was invited to the Year 12 formal with a friend. Technically not her formal, so technically I’m not prepared to do all the things for her.
Because delayed gratification.
She found an outfit she wanted. Nope, I said. Based on both the exorbitant price tag and the exorbitant amount of skin that would be on display. She cried. Hysterically.
I told her for MY Year 12 formal I wore a $99 plain black dress from Cue, got spiral curls at the Blackwood hairdresser, tanned in the sun and did my own makeup. She cried harder.
Her lack of perspective was infuriating. So I decided to set her a budget. The sum total of my contribution to her entire formal ensemble would be $100. She went through all of the stages of grief until she reached acceptance. She called in favours from friends for hair and makeup, borrowed half of my wardrobe and used some of her savings from her part-time job. It made her think about the value of money, how to save for something, and how to be grateful for it once she got it.
Delayed gratification. I gave myself a parenting pat on the back. A premature pat because it turns out this lesson is harder to teach her younger siblings.
At Womad the youngest was given a choice. Snow cone now or donut later. When you’re eight of course it’s all about instant gratification. So, snow cone it was. An organic one I assume, given the nature of the world music festival. She was SO happy with her decision. Until the middle child who had chosen donut later, got her donut later.
Then there were tears. A good half hour of tears. Lucky the bongo drums were loud.
I think the take-out parenting lesson from the monumental scale of the tanty in this case was not to give the choice of instant gratification. Or, to get a babysitter next year.
No matter what our financial means, we do our children a disservice by giving them what they want, when they want it, Veruca Salt style. The latest technology, the latest labels, or even just a lunch order from the canteen because the food at home is BORING. If we just say yes, how will they ever know the feeling of gratitude and elation experienced by a child of the 80s in her velour tracksuit holding Katrine/Natalie so tightly that she may or may not still have that doll to this very day.