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      Playgrounds around Coffs Harbour

      Whether you are visiting on holidays or live here, taking the kids to the playground is one of the best free things to do and it is fun.  It’s a great place for kids to interact with other kids and also for mums to meet mums. We have some brilliant parks around Coffs...

    • Bonville Headland Sawtell

      Bonville Headland Sawtell

      Some of the best views on the coast can be found at Bonville Headland - which is great because it's also a fun place to take children. To keep toddlers entertained, bring some old bread to feed the seagulls. They will swarm and provide endless entertainment for kids...

    • Coffs Harbour Markets

      Coffs Harbour Markets

      Shopping is a lot more fun when it involves street food, live music and bargains from local producers, designers and creatives. Coffs Harbour is blessed with multiple amazing markets, including fresh produce markets that can make for a wonderful morning out. Occurring...

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    • Day Spas Coffs Harbour

      Day Spas Coffs Harbour

      As mums we don’t take time out for ourselves and pampering is usually sacrificed. As much as we love our little ones ‘me time’ could be just what the doctor ordered. So why don’t you spoil yourself and indulge in some pampering, enjoy the peace and quiet, even better...

    • You Know You’re a Mum When…

      You Know You’re a Mum When…

      From the time you find out you are pregnant, you start to realise that there is a lot in your life that is going to change. You also become aware that your priorities will become very different than what they were pre-kids. But sometimes it is the little signs that...

    • Local Mum Feature – Celeste Lord

      Local Mum Feature – Celeste Lord

      This week’s lovely local mum is Celeste Lord. Having only recently moved to the area she fills us in on what she loves best about raising a family on the Coffs Coast. Where and how long have you lived in the area and what do you love about it? I have lived in Coffs...

    • It’s Time For You Chookado

      It’s Time For You Chookado

      So you’re a mum now. And the second that baby was born this deep seeded emotion you can’t control suddenly entered your life. Guilt. It hits you like a cold day in numerous ways. It haunts you on a range of topics – feeding, sleep, play, education… It hits you when...

    • Parenting

      All things parenting on the Coffs Coast. From recipes and time hacks to the day to day ups and downs of motherhood.
    • Fathers Day 2019

      Fathers Day 2019

      The 1st of September is Father’s Day in Australia, the perfect time for honoring fathers or the important male figure in your life.  We often forget the sacrifices and contributions they have made in our lives. This Father’s Day, show him how much you appreciate all...

      Creative Easter Recipe Lunchbox Ideas

      Creative Easter Recipe Lunchbox Ideas

      Kids love finding surprises in their lunchbox and with the Easter countdown, it is an especially fun time to add a little bit of seasonable love into the lunchboxes.  With so many fun Easter cutters, food picks and moulds its easy to get creative in the kitchen.  We...

      Bulk Billed Doctors GP’s Coffs Harbour

      Bulk Billed Doctors GP’s Coffs Harbour

      Finding a new GP and or bulk billed surgery can be time-consuming.  Taken from recommendations of our local mums we have collated a list of some of the bulk-billed GP’s and surgeries around Coffs Harbour. We have also included a couple of private practices which have...

      Active Kids and Creative Kids Rebate

      Active Kids and Creative Kids Rebate

      Have you heard of the Active Kids Rebate and Creative Kids Rebate?  From January 2018, the NSW Government initiated the rebates to assist parents, guardians and caregivers to contribute towards the cost of their child’s fees and assisting with getting them more...

    • Holidays and Travel

      Holidaying with kids? Check out our top tips to make travelling with kids a breeze. We are blessed to be based here in Coffs Harbour with an awesome holiday vibe all year round. Find out the best the region has to offer for school holidays.
    • October School Holiday Guide

      October School Holiday Guide

      Wow…another term has gone by and the spring school holidays are upon us. The burden of finding things to fill the itinerary and keep the kids entertained is looming, so we have found some of the activities scheduled to take that burden away. Coffs has some great...

      July 2019 School Holidays in and around Coffs Harbour

      July 2019 School Holidays in and around Coffs Harbour

      And that’s a wrap, Term two is just about done and dusted.  Now what the kids are longing for is School Holiday fun. To help keep the kids entertained and active these holidays, we have pulled together a guide to some events and activities for the kids around Coffs...

      School Holiday Activities

      School Holiday Activities

      School is out! Which means you will need to find ways to keep your kids entertained throughout the holidays. Here are some affordable and free options to help you survive the next two weeks. Keep them Active with Sports and Workshops Kids DIY Easter Craft Workshop...

      Christmas Day Lunch in Coffs Harbour 2018

      Christmas Day Lunch in Coffs Harbour 2018

      Do you want to take the hassle out of Christmas Day Lunch? Why not enjoy your day at one of the many Restaurants around Coffs Harbour that are organising a great lunch. Many have Santa visiting which is great for the kids. Make sure you book soon as I’m sure places...

      Christmas Family Traditions

      Christmas Family Traditions

      Looking for new Christmas traditions for your family?  Start the season of merry and bright with one of these festive, fun ideas.  We have compiled a list of 25 traditions that you can start with your kids this year.  I'm sure you will cherish them as much as we do!...

    • Lifestyle

      From beauty, career, fashion, health and fitness, money, home, real estate and relationships. You will find it all the relevant info for Coffs Coast Mums.
    • Mother’s Day Events and Gift Ideas Coffs Harbour

      Mother’s Day Events and Gift Ideas Coffs Harbour

      Did you know that Mother's Day is celebrated in Australia thanks to Mrs Janet Heyden, who helped pioneer it after she started a campaign in Sydney to raise money to buy gifts for lonely or forgotten mothers?  The original meaning of Mother's Day was to acknowledge and...

      Easter Gifts – That Are Not Chocolate

      Easter Gifts – That Are Not Chocolate

      Regardless of how you celebrate Easter, one thing is certain it doesn't have to be all about chocolate. If you are looking for something a little different this year or just wanting to cut down on the sugar intake there are plenty of alternatives to ensure that your...

      Creative Easter Recipe Lunchbox Ideas

      Creative Easter Recipe Lunchbox Ideas

      Kids love finding surprises in their lunchbox and with the Easter countdown, it is an especially fun time to add a little bit of seasonable love into the lunchboxes.  With so many fun Easter cutters, food picks and moulds its easy to get creative in the kitchen.  We...

      Great Teacher Gifts That They Will Love

      Great Teacher Gifts That They Will Love

      With the end of the year approaching, it’s natural to want to say thank you for all the teachers' amazing efforts with our kids throughout the year. Here are our ideas for group gifts or individual presents to say thank you for making the difference in our child’s...

      Earn Cash with these Cashback and Survey Sites

      Earn Cash with these Cashback and Survey Sites

      Back in my university days and when I was saving for an overseas holiday I was always looking for ways to save a bit more. One thing I stumbled across from recommendations from a savings forum I was a part of, was to complete online surveys and to be members of...

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This week’s lovely local mum is Nicki Jeffery. She has lived in the area for more than seven years and is passionate about offering support for mums battling perinatal mental health issues.

Where and how long have you lived in the area and what do you love about it?

We have lived in Coffs Harbour for seven and a half years. I love walking around the headland and beaches, the beautiful climate, and my neighbourhood.

Tell us about yourself and your family

We are a family of five – Nathan (my husband), Matthew (seven year old son), Ethan (five year old son) and Gracie (cat). Nathan grew up in the city and I grew up in the country. We like where we live now.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day starts with Bible reading and devotions, a morning prayer walk when I can, helping my boys with their morning routine, ironing a work shirt for my husband, and enjoying a smoothie on the way to school drop off.

My youngest son has just started school, so it is the first time I have been available full time as a primary school teacher. I am currently a casual teacher. If I don’t get called to work I play ladies tennis; spend time writing, blogging and building my author platform; do housework; cook or catch up with neighbours and friends.

Favourite park and why

Beachstone Café Sapphire playground. My boys love riding their bikes or scooters around the paths, climbing the pyramid, swinging on the swings or kicking a soccer ball. It’s a great place for a milkshake too!

Favourite thing to do with your bubs/kiddies and why

We like going on family bike rides. It’s great getting fresh air, sunshine and exercise. Busy boys burning energy! We also like ending up at McDonalds for a soft serve and a play.

Favourite restaurant or favourite night-spot and why

Greenhouse Tavern and Moonee Beach Tavern. These are large and spacious, the food is affordable, the venues are family friendly. My boys love the jumping castles, mini cinemas, fort (Greenhouse), climbing wall (Moonee Beach) and video games.

Favourite Mothers Group location

Burnside Play Group – Anglicare.

Work or Stay at Home Mum

A bit of both. I am a primary school teacher and a writer. My website is: www.nickijeffery.com

Motherly advice on how to stay sane

Self-care and connection with others.

Funny mum moment

As a toddler, my son took off his nappy and did a poo in his bedroom. Not only did he get poo on the carpet, but I found him playing cars, smearing poo up the walls!

What is your guilty pleasure?

Ice cream

What’s something not many people know about you?

I did a stint in the Army Reserve when I was at university.

Favourite local shop/online store or Instagram business

Eternal Waters Christian Bookshop and Gifts in Boulevard Arcade off Harbour Drive.

What’s the best product/service you can recommend since becoming a mum? (for baby/kids or you)

I recommend Burnside Play Group – Anglicare. It is such a healthy group to be involved in for mothers and their young children. Great support from an early childhood educator and her team. There is free play, craft, songs, educational talks, morning tea and excursions.

How have you changed since becoming a mum?

I think I have become more real, more empathetic and less perfectionistic.

What is the greatest challenge you have faced since becoming a mum?

Maternal mental illness – post natal depression.

Anything else you would like to share with us?

Being a mum can be lonely, and stepping back from your career can affect your confidence and self esteem. If you find yourself not coping, you are not alone. Up to one in ten women experience antenatal depression. More than one in seven new mums experience post natal depression.

“Encouraging Mums With Hope” is a community of Christian mums who are battling or have battled with their perinatal mental health. Whether or not you have a Christian faith, we welcome you into this caring group.

The goals of the “Encouraging Mums With Hope” Facebook group are:

1) To encourage and build each other up as we journey through motherhood together.

2) To lift up those who feel overwhelmed (as we all do at times).

3) To help mothers of the Christian faith who are battling maternal mental illness.

4) To inspire mothers with parenting tips, sharing experiences, practical articles and pick-me-ups.

** I am rewriting my manuscript to encourage mothers battling maternal mental illness. The goal is to have my book available at the end of 2018. Those interested can follow me on social media or visit my website and join my mailing list for updates. **

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