Nothing But Bibs

Nothing But Bibs | Girl in the Pjs
Nothing But Bibs is a cool Alice Springs business creating, you guessed it, Bibs! Kirstin, the awesome lady behind Nothing But Bibs, has sourced great fabrics with modern prints. Her bibs are extra big to fit the chubby necked babies. She also makes full length bibs for feeding, as well as drool bibs with attached teething toys. Is there anything she doesn't do? Today I'm asking her a few questions about what makes her business tick.
Nothing But Bibs | Girl in the Pjs

The idea for Nothing But Bibs was mainly due to having a baby and not liking any of the bibs I'd find. Plus I love sewing and needed something to keep me sane! So I thought...why not give it a whirl! 

The most challenging part is juggling Xavier and trying to get sewing done hahaha! Since he now more active and sleeps less I get much less time now during the week. But I still manage to sneak some sewing or cutting in while he is playing.

Time management secret...well it's not so much a secret...time management is hard! At the moment I have small orders which I like as this helps to ensure I can get things made in a timely fashion. The weekends are taken up by a lot of sewing though especially if Xavier if in one of his no sleep patterns during the day. 

Style essentials? A shirt without spew or food on it hahaha! /react-text 

I relax by watching movies...spending time with my beautiful family and just chilling out at home. I'm a bit of a home body so enjoy my time at home. Oh and reading...I'm a huge reader

A huge thanks to Kirstin for sharing a little insight into the lady behind the brand. You can shop all the awesome Nothing But Bibs here.
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Learn to rest, not to quit

Learn to Rest | Girl in the Pjs

I've seen this quote pop up a few times over the last few months on Pinterest and I think that it totally rings true. If you feel like quitting, take a break, have a rest. After a break, you'll discover whether or not you want to continue. This has been so true for me this year. Not that I've felt like quitting my job but I have had a huge break from my job and found that I really miss it. I tried something new and that made me miss my job too. I wanted to quit the something new, but it turns out I just needed a rest. Go all in or take things slowly. You won't regret trying. 

Pregnancy 2nd Trimester

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After reading about the first trimester horror show, you may be glad to know that everything settled down in the second trimester.

The sickness ended. I had more energy. I could eat normally again. I could eat healthy again - no more cravings for chips and gravy!

I could fly with work as it was certain that I wouldn't suddenly spend an entire day throwing up and miss work while away.

The gym became part of my life again. Not as big a part as my pre-pregnancy days but at least twice a week. No running but hill walks on the treadmill, weights, core strength exercises and stretching.
I was able to ski during our Fernie trip, despite numerous non-skiers telling me I wouldn't be able to. The same rules apply as most things while pregnant, take it slow, work within your skill set, don't try anything new.

I still need to go to bed early most nights but can last until at least 9:30-10pm rather than the 8pms of the first trimester. The some weekends do require a nap but I have been ok if I get a sleep in instead.

If there is one word for the second trimester, then that word is swelling. My legs are so swollen and achy. I think a lot of the swelling is linked to the heat and won't be as bad once it cools down but my goodness - the swelling sucks.

All in all, the second trimester is a much better place to be than the first trimester. Here's hoping the third trimester will be just as kind.
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3 Ways to Fit Exercise Into Your Daily Routine

3 Ways to fit exercise into your daily routine
If you follow me on instagram you might notice that I go to the gym quite regularly and you might be wondering how I manage to fit it in to my daily routine along with full-time work and a child? For me it’s all about planning and mind set along with the knowledge that I am going to feel 110% better if I go than if I don’t. Not going tends to lead to depression like symptoms but even if your feelings are not that drastic, here are 3 ways to fit exercise into your daily routine:

1. Trade Off With Your Partner
I have a husband who is totally capable of looking after Lulu and Nick loves to mountain bike so we trade off on who gets to exercise in the morning and who gets to exercise afterwork. In summer the prime time is the morning (by night it can be 40C!) and in winter the prime time is after work (the mornings can be -1C or lower - no one wants to be mountain bike riding or running in that!). The person not exercising looks after the child. If your partner doesn’t like to exercise then use something else to trade off. 

2. Decide the night before 
Make the decision to go to the gym the night before. Of course if you are organising childcare then yes that will happen the night before but what deciding the night before also does is take away that ‘will I/ wont I’ discussion you have in your head in the wee hours of the morning when your alarm goes off and it’s too cold to get out of bed. The night before I put my gym clothes into the bathroom so I can get out of bed without disturbing Nick, get dressed and go. 

3. Use your mornings
Personally I prefer to go in the morning. How often have you had a crappy day and by the end of it all you want to do is flop on the couch and cuddle your kid while you watch ABC 4 Kids? No that’s never happened to you? Agh, of course it has. By going in the morning your daily exercise is done and you can cuddle on the couch with your kid to your hearts content after work. 

How do you fit exercise into your daily routine? Do you go in the morning or at night or not at all? Have you used one (or all) of these methods before? I’d love to hear how you fit exercise into your daily routine. 

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4 Reasons to like The Mysteries of Laura

GIRL IN THE PJS: 4 Reasons to like The Mysteries of Laura
I cannot express how much I LOVE the Mysteries of Laura. It has all my favourite elements:

1. Crime Drama
I love a good crime drama. This show is set in a New York City police department & New York always makes a great setting for a show. With so many different people in the city, the cases are endless.

2. Strong female lead & other strong female characters
The show is set around Laura, a detective and mother of twin boys. She solves cases, manages daycare & preschool situations & navigates a messy ex-situation. The character is a little cliched in that she doesn't care about fashion & is pretty messy (essential for a female detective these days) but there is another detective on Laura's team who goes against the cliche and loves shoes and fashion AND can run faster and tackle harder than the blokes.

3. Each case solved within the hour
I know that all the critically acclaimed shows have cases that stretch on for seasons, mirroring the real world a little closer, but as a working mum, I don't really have time to watch episode after episode and keep track of all that. I need the case to be solved within the hour and this show has that.

4. Funny
Yep it mixes seriousness with a little humour. Can't go wrong with that.

The Mysteries on Laura is finally showing on Channel 9.

Link Love

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Ankerre Ankerre - The Coolibah Swamp on my evening run Tuesday night
Monday is Picnic Day, I'm not sure exactly what it is all about but I am not going to complain about a public holiday! It will be savoured as this weekend is the last of the long weekends, until Christmas. However will we cope with fully working weeks each month?

Lulu and I are solo this weekend, well as solo as two people can be, while Nick is mountain bike riding in Melrose, SA. We will be going to swimming lessons, dining with friends, visiting parks and possibly watching a little tv. What will you be doing this fine Picnic Day weekend? Hope you have a good one!

Catching my eye on the internets this week:
We all love a good separated at birth story, well these twins met each other online at age 25! Story via  Twisted Sifter

The Human Rights Commission has started a Supporting Working Parents Website and Lisa Lintern on the Guardian is asking parents not to lie when they need to leave work early to pick up their kids.

Love this pendant light over on Copy Cat Chic

What we were up to Picnic Day weekend last year...

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Coffee before the chaos of the Show
This past week has been a little crazy post show with Lulu sick and then myself. Nick had two days off with Lulu this week and I had one day off with Lulu, during which I felt awful too. Gosh it's hard to look after a kid when you feel sick too! We're all a bit better now that it is the weekend (thank goodness) and we are looking forward to taking it easy. What are your plans for the weekend? 

A few things catching my eye on the internet this week:

Loving these wallpaper photos by Max Wagner for Design Love Fest

Dads are learning how to do hair via the Cut

20 minimalist tattoos for the design lover on Brit & Co - I love number 10 and number 19.

The best feminist books for young readers via Book Riot

Jason Schwartzman and Adam Scott discuss childhood sleepovers & movie spoilers in a playground via the New York Times

An interview with a member of Greece's negotiating team via Analyze Greece

I previously wrote about juggling sick days here

An Office Nursery

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The Nursery
It isn't unusual for women who own their own companies and are also new mothers to have a nursery close to their office, but what is unusual & awesome is for a business owner to open a nursery within their office for their employees.

Rachel Zoe recently did just that. In 2014 five of her employees became new mums. Rachel herself has been able to build a business with her family by her side. She didn't want her staff to have to choose between family and work, she wanted them to have the same work life balance that she has.

Zoe says "I feel good sending the message to my team that they work for a company that supports and celebrates who they are in their personal lives and that we aren’t afraid to let those truths influence the culture in the office in order to make us more productive and happy on the whole." 

This attitude sounds amazing & Zoe encourages us all to "never apologise for being dedicated to your kids and challenge those around you to not only acknowledge, but celebrate your ability to be a mother and an asset in the workplace". 

Is your workplace supportive of you being a mum or is it something that you have to or feel that you need to hide? While my workplace doesn't have a nursery, it is supportive of it's employee's family lives, offering part-time work and flexible time. If the day-care drop off runs late, you can make the time up at the end of the day and things like that. But I know of workplaces that aren't so family friendly. Hopefully all workplaces can more more to the Rachel Zoe way of thinking.

Read more about Zoe's philosophy here

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This weekend is shaping up to be pretty social, almost reminiscent of pre-children days. Last night we went to the Comedy Festival Roadshow at Araluen. It was fantastic and is on again tonight, so if you like to laugh, go! Today Lulu and I have gym & then swimming. This afternoon is the Nappy Collective sorting day. Tonight is The Beards at the Gap View and Sunday, well we have no plans for Sunday. I think by then we will need a well deserved rest / housework. By golly housework just piles up!

What are you up to this weekend?

Catching my eye on the internets this week:

My friend's gorgeous wedding in Hawaii - just check out these photos, simply stunning!

The sauce that goes with these Fish Tacos on Crumbumbs sounds delicious!

Beautiful apartment on A Cup of Jo

Help the Albury Apex Club raise funds to support schools and vital eye clinics in Cambodia - This is a project organised by one of the guys from my favourite podcast, Something Wonky, to help people in one of the poorest nations in the world.

A little encouragement for working mums