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      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...

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      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...

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    • Local Mothers Day Gift Guide 2020

      Local Mothers Day Gift Guide 2020

      Mother’s Day this year will fall on Sunday, 10 May.  While it may be one of the more unusual Mothers days to date and with everyone still adhering to the social distancing rules, you can still pamper from afar. The most common motherly saying is “oh, you didn’t need...

      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...

    • 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.
    • Where To Go for Santa Photos in Coffs Harbour

      Where To Go for Santa Photos in Coffs Harbour

      Capture that special moment in your child's life sitting on Santa's knee before he or she is all grown up. Here is your guide on where to find Santa in Coffs Harbour this season.   Coffs Central Santa Photos Santa is back for the annual Christmas photo but with Covid...

      School Holiday Guide

      School Holiday Guide

      Summer is here, it’s getting hot and the kids are gearing up for school holidays. While the Coast has so much to offer with its stunning beaches, reserves, coastal walks, waterfalls and parks the kids do like a bit of variety. If you are wondering how to keep the kids...

      Christmas Day Lunch around Coffs Harbour

      Christmas Day Lunch around Coffs Harbour

      If you plan on hanging up the apron this year and want to get in to the holiday spirit what better way than starting with a perfect meal. Sharing the Christmas meal with family, friends and loved ones is the best way to celebrate the festive season, which is all about...

      Shop Local Christmas Gift Guide 2019

      Shop Local Christmas Gift Guide 2019

      Keep on giving this Christmas by supporting Coffs small businesses and “shop it local” these holidays. Finding the perfect Christmas gift is easy with our Christmas ideas guide. We have pulled together a list of some of our favourites, buy local this Christmas! Gifts...

      Christmas Carols around Coffs Harbour 2019

      Christmas Carols around Coffs Harbour 2019

      Nothing says Christmas like the joyous sounds of carols sung together with family and friends by candlelight. If you love singing your heart out to Christmas Carols, there are some great free community events to attend throughout December. Here is the Coffs Coast...

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    • Easter Crafts to do with your Kids

      Easter Crafts to do with your Kids

      Easter is great fun and we're doing it a bit differently at home this year. It’s a lovely time to spend with your immediate family and a great excuse to indulge in some guilt-free sweet treats. The smell of chocolate is in the air! We have gathered up some fun and...

      Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

      Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

      We are nearing the start of the school year and back to thinking about the dreaded school lunches. For those that have children starting Kindy or returning back to school it can be overwhelming coming up with new ideas to ensure that the kids get some variety. Did you...

      Is Coffs Harbour a Good Place to Live?

      Is Coffs Harbour a Good Place to Live?

      Deciding on an area to live and building a life with your family can be a tough choice to make.  Many factors come into that process, and deciding on what your family's priorities are, will not be the same for everyone. So, let's think about Coffs Harbour as a...

      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...

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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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