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Behind the Brand // Coco Botanicals

There’s nothing quite like a good candle – Natasha Nelson knows this better than anyone. As the founder of Coco Botanicals, which specialises in handmade coconut and soy wax candles, Natasha spoke to haven about the ups and downs of starting your own business as a mum. What was your inspiration to start your own business? It started when I was on maternity leave with my second child – I wanted something cre ...

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Mamas That Rock // Hana-Lia Krawchuk

Meet Hana-Lia Krawchuk. She’s using her experiences to help make future generations dealing with newborns (a lot) easier. Hana-Lia is the founder of Love To Dream and inventor of all the products in their newborn to toddler sleep system. She’s also wife to Gavin and mama to Elijah (10) and Isla (6). BUSINESS Tell us about your business/current role? I am the very proud founder of Love To Dream and inventor ...

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Mums’ Advice // Liz Cantor

We’re all unique and so every mother experiences motherhood differently. We asked a collection of mums what they thought motherhood would look/feel like and what has it actually turned out to be like… Liz Cantor “I expected it to be challenging and busy, but mostly a learning experience, which it’s been. Motherhood is living with your heart walking (or crawling) around outside your body! And appreciating yo ...

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Mums’ Advice // Laura Churchill

We’re all unique and so every mother experiences motherhood differently. We asked a collection of mums what they thought motherhood would look/feel like and what has it actually turned out to be like… Laura Churchill Stylist and Brisbane Fashion Month director “I remember thinking a lot about what kind of baby I would have but I didn’t think too much about what kind of mum I would be. It’s been interesting ...

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Mums’ Advice // Those Two Girls

We’re all unique and so every mother experiences motherhood differently. We asked a collection of mums what they thought motherhood would look/feel like and what has it actually turned out to be like… Lise Carlaw HIT105’s Those Two Girls “I thought motherhood would make me a glorious hybrid of Mother Teresa and Justine Clarke from Playschool. But motherhood also amplified my not-so-saintly character traits ...

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Mums’ Advice // Kat Springer

We’re all unique and so every mother experiences motherhood differently. We asked a collection of mums what they thought motherhood would look/feel like and what has it actually turned out to be like… Kat Springer The Organised Housewife “I remember when I was pregnant with my twins I had visions at night times laying in bed reading books and snuggling up before bedtime.  Thankfully my kids loved our evenin ...

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Motherhood Through the Ages

All mums are different – that’s nothing new. But there are some mums who, purely based on the age at which they had their children, tend to be seen as ‘particularly’ different. Meet two such mums – Tanya, 43, is mum to Brielle (19), Lani (16) and Brock (14) while Amanda, 49, is mum to Alex (5). We asked them both some of the big questions that come with being a ‘young mum’ vs an ‘older mum’. Meet Amanda Col ...

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Mamas That Rock // Sara Carrigan

Cycling superstar Sara Carrigan OAM is quite the Gold Coast ‘royal’ this month as she takes on the title of mayor of the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ village. She’ll wear her Comm Games ‘crown’ while juggling her career and the role of wife to Stevo and dedicated mama of Bobbi (2) and Jarley (11 months). Is there anything this local champ can’t do?! BUSINESS Tell us about your business/current role? My busi ...

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Mamas That Rock // Bernadette Clegg

Meet Bernadette Clegg. She’s living her self-employment dream making rainbows. Yep, for real (well, kinda!). When this Brisbane-based teacher-turned-rainbow-maker isn’t filling delighted children’s heads with a musical education, she’s also wife to Gearrod and mama to Alex (20), Sophie (18) and Emma (14). BUSINESS Tell us about your business/current role? I’m the director/teacher at Making Rainbows. Our foc ...

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Mamas That Rock // Leanne McMahon

Meet Leanne McMahon, mum to Troy (25) and Jake (23). She’s also got to be one of the coolest mums around as she’s the sole director of Epic Skate Rink. BUSINESS Tell us about your business/current role? Epic Skate Rink is the only roller skating rink on the Tweed/Gold Coast. We love that we can entertain the whole family for such an affordable price. Where did the concept for this come from? My kids played ...

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