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Any one who knows me, knows I like my coffee.

But boy, am I all over the place… My routine has been screwed up a bit lately. And my body can tell.

My usual routine is get up, eat breakfast with the kids – hopefully just after 6.00am (although this morning it was 5.38am), get the kids dressed, shower (if I have time), pack bags and send them out the door by 7.00am to before school care and kindy with their dad, as he heads to work.

Once I am showered and decent (although just getting showered some mornings is enough), I will pop out to my local corner shop and buy a coffee. I then return home to start the day in front of my computer. Although sometimes, if I know I have a lot on, I go straight to my computer and settle for a Nespresso, or a cup of tea at home.

This morning, I got up (that’s right at 5.38am), ate breakfast with the kids, went though all the usual early morning rituals, even managing to have a shower & wash my hair. The kids and my hubby went off into the world, and I sat down and got stuck into work. The next thing I know it is 9.30am and I’ve been working like it is already lunchtime.

Wow, so much had been done, I was feeling very productive. I knew I had moved my gym session to just after lunch, and so was working furiously to make up for the time later in the day that I wouldn’t be at my desk.

But as the hours went on, I started to feel ‘off’. I could feel a slight headache behind both eyes. I was tired, lethargic, and just wanted to lay down on the lounge and sleep.

My first thought was I felt this way because of my flu shot the day before. My arm was certainly reeling in pain from the needle. And so I was convinced that the change in my body was from my injection the day before.

I went to the gym, and went through my session with my personal trainer. It wasn’t until I left, that I realised I hadn’t had a coffee all day. It was now 2.30pm and as I walked into the coffee shop, I almost started salivating. Thankfully there was no line and within minutes I held my fresh cup of coffee in my hands.

As soon as I took a sip, I felt tension in my body slip away.

I didn’t feel quite as ‘sick’ from my injection any more. And boy, oh, boy did it taste good.

oh dear…. I’m not sick at all.

Next time, I think I’ll just look at feeding my addiction, before claiming I’m getting the flu. If coffee doesn’t fix it – I must be sick.

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Happy Mothers day gift ideasWe all know how hard being a mum is. The everyday battles to get the kids dressed, fed and out the door for anything. Whether it be school, day care, or grocery shopping, as mums there is always something that needs to be done.

Yet we don’t get the chance to appreciate our mums when we a young. We take everything they do for granted. I keep hearing my mum’s voice come out of me when I’m talking to my kids all the time. And it is now that I realise that, just how hard it was for my mum.

My mother was the main caretaker of the three of us from when I was 11. She worked full time, had two kids in primary school and my older sister in high school. My grandparents would pick the three of us up, and feed us when my mum had to work late. This was how we lived. I never gave it a second thought.

As I got older and headed into high school, I started to notice all the things I was missing out on. In primary school, I never had play dates after school, as I went to after school care. Then when I started going to high school, I would have to pick up my brother from primary school and bring him home.

I didn’t realise it at the time, but my mum was working so hard, just to be able to buy groceries. I remember being a shit of a teenager and yelling at mum because I was so hard done by. We would have screaming matches about the stupidest of things.

It wasn’t until I had my daughter I realised the heartache, pain and grief I had caused my mum for so many years.

Though it has still taken me a few more to understand what she was saying to me all those years.

‘You don’t know how much I do for you kids.’

And this is the same thing I find myself repeating to my own kids.
They don’t know. They won’t know. Until they get there themselves.

And so I talk to my friends about it. I talk to complete strangers, mother’s I meet standing in line at a coffee shop.
See as mother’s we share a bond. We know how tough it is. We can look at another mother, across a shopping centre, fighting with their toddler, or teenager, and smile knowingly in support.

So why not make a Mums day? Why not show her YOU know everything she is doing for her kids. Reward her as you know she would reward you, just for being a mum. Send her a gift for Mother’s Day. Because isn’t that what Mother’s Day is all about?

Recognising what Mums do, every other day of the year.

Last night, my husband and I took our 6 yr old & our 3 yr old to see The Lego Movie. After our first attempt failed – I had looked at the wrong day, crushing my kids… not to mention me (I think I was more devastated), we sat down to watch the movie of my dreams.

I am a Lego nerd, no doubt about it. I love anything to do with Lego. As a kid I would sit for hours building, creating, and breaking everything up just to start again. My fascination has now grown with my children. I love sitting on the floor of their rooms, surrounded by Lego (and still some Duplo) building what ever my little ones request of me.

Upon receiving each new addition to their Lego stock piles, the initial build is what they are given in the instructions. Then within weeks it is reduced to remnants of what the master piece once was. That’s when the real creation begins. We build houses, and gardens for the animals. There are bridges and planes, archways and tree houses.

So as I sat in anticipation of The Lego Movie to start, I looked over at my kids and they were just as excited as I was. Maybe even my husband was as well.

And I have to say, I was blown away with the graphics from the outset. The details from the opening credits, to the inclusion of smoke puffs from a steam train built from Lego, was just amazing. Sometimes I couldn’t keep up with the action as I was looking at the design. All the more reason to see the movie again!

The storyline was hilarious for adults, but just as beautiful in building the confidence of kids to be anything they wanted to be, and to build anything they wanted to build. We are only limited by our imaginations. And even then – how do we know those limits?

When others tell us.

I found the movie reinforced the fact that you don’t need to listen to what others say about you. That you have no limits, and if you believe you can do anything, then that is all you need.

Not to mention – ‘Everything Is Awesome!’

I just can’t get the theme song out of my head. It is another ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams. A catchy, kid loving song that is sure to be ringing out through homes across the Australia.

Speaking of Australia, one of the action sequences at the beginning of the movie looks like it takes place on the harbour bridge, minus the iconic overhead structure. All the city buildings in the background seem identical to the Sydney skyline, and the road seems to follow the same line as the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Which is very cool seeing as the film was made here.

By the way, I think I might have a crush on Batman…

This is definitely a film I will enjoy watching over and over and over again, as though I have a choice in this, when the kids get their hands on a copy for home.

So with that I give this movie –

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Lately there have been a lot of commercials getting on my nerves, but none more so that the recent Nissan X-Trail ad. If you are unsure of which one I’m talking about I’ve inserted it below.

Nissan Xtrail Commercial

I have viewed this commercial over and over each night, and the more I see it the more I get annoyed. My OCD kicks in and I think to myself, who thought this was a good advertisement for a family car?

The first thing that comes to mind whilst watching it is – A) the daughter looks to be holding a milkshake in a large cup WITHOUT A LID! and B) the son has a container of green slime, once again, WITHOUT A LID!

I mean, come on.

I don’t know any mother who would –

1. Give their child a milkshake that big, or at least
2. Allow their child into the car with it, and
3. Allow the milkshake in the car WITHOUT A LID! or
4. Give their son green slime, then
5. Let them play with it in the car,
6. WITHOUT A LID!

Not only do I have a problem with what the kids are doing, but the mother has a full bucket of popcorn. My kids would have taken it from me by the time I got it to the car, spilled it as they got into the car, and then thrown a tantrum that they’d spilled the popcorn.

Not to mention the husband’s driving ability. He takes the car off road, through a corn field, then through what looks like a highly toxic factory.

Really?

There are so many problems with this commercial, that it send s me crazy! What is their marketing tactic? If it is for a family car, It certainly isn’t winning me over. Is it to show me that it can go off road? Because if my interior will look like that after taking it off road, I’m not sure I even want to take it off road!

I pity the people who have to clean it.

But then, that might just be my OCD showing.

Hello Crazy Mummies,

You are not alone.

My name is Llew Dowley and I have depression.

I’m here to smash the barrier and get you all to speak out about how crazy you can feel as a mum. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but for so long I have witnessed people smiling and saying everything is fine. But what happens when everything is not fine?

With the release of my book, I’m going to be talking about post natal depression a lot. Since I was diagnosed with depression after my second child, I have been actively trying to get more people to speak openly about this hidden disease.

Why not jump on board for the ride. I’m offering the first two chapters of my book for FREE. How awesome is that. Just a teaser to get you hooked and wanting to buy the whole book.

My book is due to be released to the public, via the Crazy Mummy website, on Monday 7th April, 2014. Want to get your hands on one of the first copies of the book? Well what is a book without a book launch?

Join us for some celebratory champagne & canapés:

The Old Library Restaurant & Bar

Sunday 6th April 2014

2.00pm – 4.00pm

RSVP online today to go in the draw to win a Crazy Mummy Gift Pack, to be given away at the launch.

Not sure if you can make the launch? Well, you can still fill out the form, register for the latest news, and find out all the cool things we are doing in the Crazy Mummy Community.

Hope to see you at the launch!

Llew xoxo

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