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
SOUTH AUSTRALIA‘S YOUNG POETS TAKE OVER
– History Festival Poetry Takeover Challenge open for entries
Throughout May 2020, the History Trust of South Australia is inviting budding poets in years 4 to 11 to participate in the History Trust’s first ever online poetry challenge.
Asking young South Australian poets to answer questions such as:
What does local history mean to you?
Why are objects important and why should we care?
Why would a museum have that particular object on display?
What’s the story?
Originally part of South Australia’s History Festival 2020, which was this year postponed, the Poetry Takeover Challenge aims to engage young people with history and museum collections in a new and creative way – even if they can’t visit in person.
Poetry Takeover Challenge participants will create a poem taking inspiration from the collections of the History Trust and other museums and galleries across South Australia.
South Australia’s History Festival Manager Karen Blackwood said the theme of the Poetry Takeover Challenge is change which is now more relevant than ever.
“In times of change and uncertainty, poetry offers a unique outlet to express complex emotions, to connect, to sooth the soul or simply have fun playing with words.”
“The Poetry Takeover challenge provides a platform for young people to take some of the fascinating items held in the collections of South Australia’s cultural institutions and to interpret them through fresh eyes. We’re excited to see how our state’s young poets respond to the challenge,” Karen continued.
The History Trust will publish Poetry Takeover Challenge poems in an online gallery and share across the History Trust’s social media. Every young poet who submits an original poem will be in the running to win one of six $50 Dymocks vouchers, chosen by a panel of peers. Community Choice prizes will also be decided online by popular vote. Entries close on Sunday 31 May at 5pm.
The Poetry Takeover Challenge was originally planned as part of the South Australia’s History Festival education program. The History Festival, which usually takes place from 1-31 May each year, is one of the state’s largest community festivals. The 2020 festival program included almost 700 events, presented by over 400 organising groups.
Entry is FREE, to access forms, resources, links to online collections and further details https://poetrytakeover.com.au/
History Festival Poetry Takeover Challenge
When: 1 – 31 May, 2020
For: SA students in years 4 – 11.
MINI MAD THINGS ISO CRAFT KITS!
MINI MAD craft kits are brimming with crafty fun ready for you to get creative at home! The kits are designed inspire open-ended creativity. With their range of beautiful, engaging materials, you can either follow the Mini Mad Things craft tutorials or create your own fun projects.
There are lots of options. Check out the Collage Creative Craft Kit below:
COLLAGE CREATIVE CRAFT KIT
With the COLLAGE CREATIVE craft box you have the option of making the following MINI MAD CRAFT projects:
Paper Bag Monster masks
PLUS extra materials to make your own creations
The box includes the following materials:
Cardboard rainbow template x1
Cardboard robot body parts x1
Large paper bag to make a mask x1
Cardboard printing block bases x1
Textured materials to make printing blocks
Ready cut collage materials in rainbow colours
A sheet of monster and robot eyes to cut out
A4 white and coloured paper x8 sheets
To complete these projects you will also need the following tools/materials that are NOT supplied in this box:
PVA glue or glue sticks
Paint and brushes
Coloured marker pens
MINI MAD CRAFT kits are all beautifully presented and packed with care, no plastic packaging materials are used AND you can use the cardboard packing box to start building your own CARDBOARD BOX TOWN!
Suitable for ages 3+
Check out more boxes at MINI MAD THINGS
WIN A GOODSTART FAMILY BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT KIT!
Families are spending more time together than ever before, and sometimes that can mean emotions (and behaviours) can go a little off track. Goodstart are really excited to share with you a new resource that they have developed for families to help them guide and support their children’s behaviours and emotions. The Goodstart Family Behaviour Support Kit has information and resources to help support your child to understand and manage their emotions and help them learn how to communicate their needs in an appropriate way. It’s a physical kit delivered straight to your door and includes a multitude of helpful tools and tips!
You can purchase this kit direct from the Goodstart website!