It’s International Women’s Day today and there couldn’t be a better time to say how proud I am to be raising two amazing little girls. Being a mum to Sophia and Grace is without a doubt the toughest, most rewarding and amazing job I’ll ever have and it comes first and foremost over everything else. Watching them at the age they are now, where they’re developing their own distinct personalities and becoming a little more independent each day, I’m looking forward to seeing how they are as grown women. My greatest hope is that they’re happy, strong, confident and ambitious and that they’re able to go after their dreams and achieve all they want.
I’m ever so hopeful of everything the future brings but I also know that being a woman can be tough at times whether it’s dealing with career, societal expectations or the pressures that come with being female. My hope is that Luke and I can instil in them the resilience and confidence to weather anything that life throws at them and that they’ll always know that we’re there no matter what.
I’m also thankful for the wonderful women who are there for my girls and for me. My family, especially my incredible mum and all my smart, successful, kind and loving friends form the support network that allows me to not only achieve in my own life, but to be the best role model and mother I can be to my daughters.
So to all the wonderful women out there Happy International Women’s Day. Here’s to strong women: may we know them, may we be them and may we raise them.
It’s always really lovely having the opportunity to do photo shoots with my family, especially when Mum the girls are involved. We recently did a shoot with The Australian Women’s Weekly which took place at our family farm in regional NSW. It was still winter during the shoot but we were lucky enough to have gorgeous weather for it and the country backdrop worked perfectly with the beautiful earthy colours which were the theme throughout the story. It’s also great to be based at home when doing something like this as the girls were able to run around and play, however they were still plenty curious about what was going on, with Sophia even helping out the crew! Check out a few behind the scenes snaps from the day below and if you want to check out the finished product the issue is on newsstands now.
Three generations in one photo
One of the great shots with Sophia and Grace
Mum getting her hair and makeup done
Grace was happy to get involved with everything
On set with The Weekly’s fashion editor, Mattie Cronin
Had to get a snap of this incredible dress
Sophia and I in our winter florals
Rugged up and getting ready to shoot
Sophia became the youngest member of the crew
In between takes
Loving this complementary mother/daughter colour palette
Celebrating Father’s Day every year is always special for the girls and I as we get to spoil Luke and honour the wonderful father that he is.
I always knew that Luke would be a natural at parenting but he never ceases to amaze me with just how made for fatherhood he is. He’s always extremely hands-on with the girls and is always the one to play silly games with them, read to them and do everything he can to put a smile on their face. Also, I am constantly thankful for how easy it is to parent with Luke—we’re constantly on the same wavelength with how to raise the girls so we never really ever have issues with how to approach it. I know this isn’t always the case with everyone so I’m always thankful that I get to go on this crazy journey of parenthood alongside Luke.
As the girls get older it’s nice to see that their relationship with their dad just gets stronger. They’re always wanting to chat to Luke or show them their latest toy or invite him to play with them and I hope that this bond is something that continues to grow. I can already see that Sophia and Grace will be as close to their dad as I am to mine which makes me so happy.
I would celebrate Luke every day of the week if I could but it’s nice to have one day which is dedicated to acknowledging all that he does for our little family. We’re certainly going to spoil him today! And for all the other dads out there I hope you also have the most wonderful day.
I’m so looking forward to the Easter long weekend next week. I love being able to hang out with my family, especially Luke and the girls and just enjoy spending time together relaxing. And hey, it’s also a good excuse to enjoy an Easter egg or two!
It’s always nice to dress the girls up a bit during this time, especially when they’re off on an Easter egg hunt as it makes for such cute photos to look back on. I wanted to go all pink this year with the girls’ outfits and it was Seed Heritage to the rescue. They had so much pink to choose from that it was actually hard to narrow it down to just two looks. In the end I settled on the below ensembles as I love the cute bunny motif on Grace‘s dress and the pom poms on Sophia‘s jumper. Also it was pretty much mandatory that we incorporate a tutu in the mix.
As for my look, I thought red would make a great contrasting shade to the girls’ pink outfits. I’ve found grey is always such a good colour to pair with red so finding these jeans at Seed was a good find. Plus the outfit is so comfortable so it’s ideal for running after two excited and active little girls who have been enjoying a few chocolate eggs!