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Update: Printables, Books Available, Call for stories

Can’t believe we’re well into October, so much has been happening!!!

I thought I would have put another book out by now but life has been keeping me busy – I have lots of ideas and several books are in progress!
I am now looking for stories, photos, artwork and the like for the next issue of Mammazine!
In particular, I would love your birth stories; artwork from you or your children; changes in diet stories and recipes (gluten, egg, dairy intolerances etc); stories on baby loss; any fiction, poems or recipes!


I have a collection of printables/downloads and I am adding them to
I have just uploaded the sticker chart from the first edition of Mammazine.

WWW.THEMOTHERHOODPROJECT.CO.NZ also has all the details on our books, which are still listed on

They make great gifts – Motherhood: From My Kitchen is a beautiful gift for a friend, new mum, birthday, Xmas, grandmothers….
Countdown to a Kiwi Christmas would make a wonderful chocolate-free alternative to an advent calendar!!
Mammazine: call me mum! is a gorgeous gift for a new mother or one who deserves to be told she is doing a fantastic job!

Ok, thats my update for tonight…. we’ll be doing a bit on Spring Cleaning this week and then we’re moving onto food next week!!!!!

Popping Popcorn (lunchbox snacks)

Microwave popcorn bags are lined with chemicals! I tried to pop the popcorn in a brown paper bag, and it worked, but it was quite easy to burn. I have found that going to the stove is not only quick and easy, its trouble-free!

Simply heat a little oil in a small saucepan on high heat. Make sure the oil coats the bottom of the pan (I use rice bran as it has a high smoke point).

Sprinkle over popcorn so there is one single layer on the pan. Put on the lid.

Shake the pot every 20-30 seconds so that the popcorn will not burn. It will slowly build up and then pop furiously for a few minutes – as soon as it begins to slow, turn of the heat! It is easy to burn if you leave it too long!

Pour over melted butter or sprinkle salt or icing sugar, try shaking over a little paprika or cinnamon, or leave it plain (which is what I do!).

It stores well in a sealed plastic container, so make it up to last the week of lunchboxes!


Lunchboxes are pretty full-on! I think I had in my head that i wouldnt need to make them until the kids went to school, but of course thats not the case!
Preschool, kindy, playcentre, play dates – even just a day out – you have to get good at this task because you do it so often!

Much like dinner, it is very frustrating when lunchboxes come back uneaten! Keep your lunchbox appetizing by changing things around – marmite sandwiches will only serve you for so long!


A good lunchbox should contain some protein to keep the kids full all day, some carbs for energy, and lots of fruit.

*Hard boiled eggs,
*Cheese cubes
*leftovers, such as macaroni and cheese, mini meatballs or mini meatloaves, ham quiche, homemade pizza
*Cheese and crackers
*A cake or muffin, filled with fruit/vege
*Biscuit, slice or other sweet treat
*Tinned tuna with crackers
*Pikelets, scones, sandwiches, wraps, pita’s etc
*lots of fruit – mandarins, apples, banana’s, kiwifruit, tinned fruit, pears, oranges – whatever is in easy – add lots of colour and variety!

Pop an ice block into the lunchbox or freeze the water. Remember to be food-safe with meats and dairy!

Need recipes to jazz up your lunchboxes?

Quesadilla’s chocolate chip cookies, sausage rolls, apricot weetbix slice, mini-pizza’s, pikelets, cheese muffins, jelly cups and pear cake are all fabulous recipes in the new Mammazine: call me mum! book from The Motherhood Project! You can buy it from felt –

What’s In Mammazine: call me mum! ????????

What is tucked between the pages of our new book?

Mammazine: call me mum! is a collection of articles, poems, and stories…. all designed to challenge your thoughts and help you be the best mum you can be!!!

Mammazine Issue 1

The contents include:

Tips for taking family photos

Easing the symptoms of winter colds and flus in young babes naturally

Organising tips

Motherhood and child quotes

how to take photos of baby bumps

word finds and crosswords


behavior strategies for under 5’s

sticker chart template

How to write your birth story

Placenta encapsulation

What I wish I knew About having a Baby

baby tips including car seats, baby sleeping, and starting solids/baby led weaning

Great ideas for entertaining toddlers

Tips for peaceful mealtimes

A love feature on autism/ASD

Planning a Baby Shower

A thought-invoking article on Parenting Styles

Meal Planning – winter

More than a dozen recipes!

A profile on a mumpreneur

Step parenting

artwork and stories by youngsters

Milk sharing/milk donor relationships

Top 10 indoor activities for kids (for rainy days!)

The basics of elimination communication

Part 1 of a fiction romance story

How to create a capsule wardrobe

An article on immunisation

Prem Babies

Way to snatch 5 minutes of ME time into your day!

Top Lunchbox Recipes




It’s over 120 pages of stories, articles and poems…. all written BY mothers, FOR mothers, ABOUT mothers!

If you’re expecting or you need a gift for a mum with a new baby, Mammazine: call me mum!  will be a lifesaver!

If you have toddlers or preschoolers, and like most other parents, you’re battling issues with behaviour, toileting, and getting kids to eat healthy, all while keeping sane, cooking meals and hanging out washing, you will love Mammazine: call me mum!

Not to mention that we’re donating proceeds to our Child Cancer Foundation appeal!!!!!!!!!

So what are you waiting for?!?!? Head to and order it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Introducing ‘Mammazine: call me mum!’

Mammazine Issue 1

If you liked Motherhood: In My Kitchen, you’re going to love this! And if you’re new to The Motherhood Project’s books, then I hope you will take a leap and try this one!!

Mammazine: call me mum! – is just what you need this winter! Chuck it beside the bed on on the coffee table – read snippets, grab a pen and add to it, and read some food for thought!

Meet some prem babies, and learn more about milk sharing. Plan your winter meals and make some fabulous hearty breakfasts for your family! Learn about what the world of autism means for mothers, and find some old-fashioned tips for battling colds. There are also articles on parenting styles, placenta’s, baby showers, peaceful mealtimes and behaviour in young kids, plus poems, recipes, birth stories, puzzles and more!

There is a focus on gentle attachment parenting – meeting your needs and those of your children to create happy families! The theme of the book is becoming a mother – capturing that amazing transition!!!!

Preorders are now open – secure your copy at !

The book looks gorgeous – it is filled with lovely photos donated by the photographers who participated in National Family Photo Day. There will be a limited number of copies printed, so dont delay – grab your copy!

PLUS you’ll be contributing towards our Child Cancer Foundation fundraiser – $5 from the sale of every book is donated!!!!

Yay!!!!!!! Its been awhile coming but its worth it!!!!!
(it was late getting to the printers because I kept adding to it!!! Estimated dispatch date is 15 June)

National Family Photo Day – Photo Comp!

Did you have a lovely National Family Photo Day?

I know some were bathed in cloud with rain, while others in the country basked in sunshine! Perfect for taking photos LOL.

If you have some gorgeous family photos – its time to do something with them!

The first thing is to pick your best one or two, and email them to, because I have a great handful of prizes here that I would LOVE to give away!

YUP – I’m giving away treats and prizes to thank you for supporting National Family Photo Day!!!!

IF YOU HAVENT YET TAKEN YOUR PHOTO – its not too late!!!

All of the photographers supporting The Motherhood Project and National Family Photo Day can take your photos this week – give them a buzz and make the most of this opportunity!!


Email me your shots, and make sure you state where you live in our beautiful country!

If you didnt take the photo, you need to make sure you have permission from the photographer.

It’s not a competition or a popularity contest – I just want to send prizes to those whose photos make me gasp with wonder, laugh with silliness or cry with sheer overwhelming beauty! In other words, every photo is eligable! It just needs to have been taken in the month between 3 May and 3 June 2012 – thats it!!

I would LOVE to see all those gorgeous family photos – intergenerational, mums, dads and babies….

But I know family photos are also about the indivudals, so be sure to send them in too!!!!!!!!!!

And if you are a photographer – send in your work! I’d love to showcase it (and promote your business!) so send in those family snaps!

The small print reads like thus: by sending me your photo, you are acknowledging that you hold the copyright for the photograph or that you have the full permission of the photographer. you understand that I may post the photos on our The Motherhood Project facebook page or here on our blog. (I may ask to use photos in my books but I will ask you first!). The photo has been taken between 3 May and 3 June. Hmmm… thats about it? Oh yeah, it’s not really a competition, it has nothing to do with facebook or wordpress…. its just an awesome sharing the love giveaway by The Motherhood Project!

We have to mention where our prizes have come from, so I will be shouting out to these fantastic generous businesses this week – today we start with the very generous (love that shop – totally addictive for all crafts!)….. Briar Elisabeth Photography (beautiful photos!)….. thanks so much for your support xxxxxx

And a very big thank you to all the photographers who have lended their support as well – thank you for taking a leap of faith – lets make this an annual and make it even bigger next year!!!!!!!!!!!

List of Photographers

National Family Photo Day –



These photographers are supporting The Motherhood Project and


We appreciate their time – please support them in return!


Zandy J Photography

AUCKLAND     or     0210 711 143

SPECIAL: Family photo shoot (up to 1.5 hours), HALF PRICE – now $60! Includes up to 5 people (additional $15 per person) and a disc with a minimum of 10 of your best shots! This is valid for the week of National Family Photo Day.

20% discount between now and the 28th May, simply by mentioning The Motherhood Project!



Kimberly-Joy Photography    or   027 872 1647

SPECIAL: Family shots, and single shots of all the kids for $180 – That includes time, place, editing and all photos edited on a disc with black and white copies as well! Or Maternity and newborn photos done for $160!!



Phil Yeo Photography
0211 420264
A photoshoot and makeover for Free during that week when you quote The Motherhood Project. Phil will then donate 10% of any takings from these appointments/photos  to our fundraising!!



Verdict Photos
Photography by mother of two, Bex Lipp in Auckland. Capturing moments for you to treasure of your children and your family. Special Offer for your photo week – $40 off any package listed through the website. A date must be booked and paid for within that week.


Seed of This Land Photography

Palmerston North
Call Robin on 0211328161
SPECIAL: Half price mini sessions from 27th May to 3rd June, $25


Kylie Day Photography

ROTORUA    or    0212602993

SPECIAL: Details to come!



Jessica Marie Photography

AUCKLAND      or     021 101 7326



TammyLou Photography

KAITAIA     or    021417047



Nicola Fearn Photography





LuvBug Photography

TE AROHA/MORRINSVILLE   or    027 4244514




Maree Turner Photography


09 271 5406

Mention ‘The Motherhood Project’ and get an extra set of your purchased images for free to share with family and friends! Valid for within 2 months of the 28th May.



Captured By Eden




Teresa Denton Photography



Teresa will donate 25% of any photoshoots from 26th May to 2nd June to our fundraising!



Briar Elisabeth Baby Photography
HAMILTON            ph 0278680780
Portraits, newborn, maternity and family
Kindly donated several prizes to our fundraising including an hour session!!


Nennee Photography

SPECIAL: Half price mini sessions for the week of National Family Photo Day!!!



Caitlin Louise Photography



Mobile: 0277-277-355

Kindly donated a 2 hour photo shoot as a prize!

Windowbell Photography

027 857 9327
A big photo day in a local hall – plus donating proceeds to our fundraising!

Let the FUNDRAISING begin!!

Tomorrow marks the start of The Motherhood Projects massive week of fundraising activities!!!!!!!!!!!

First of, grab your camera and participate in National Family Photo Day – officially on Sunday!!!!

We have 16 photographers across the country involved – many have special packages and discounts available this week – please take advantage of them!!! Many of these lovely photographers are also donating part of their proceeds this week to our fundraising tally – THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ll also announce some competitions and giveaways next week – thank you to the businesses who have so generously given prizes, including the wonderful Artfullcrafts, some of our photographers, Travel Brokers, Cinnamon Nappies, EggiPeggi and a few more to be announced!

While you’re all busy taking photos of your cherubs 🙂 …….. I will be putting myself under the scissors of the beautiful Leigh from Inspired by You, who will be cutting all my hair off!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please sponsor me…… every SINGLE dollar counts – so please, I’m asking you to skip ONE coffee this week, and donate the $$ to The Motherhood Project, so we can support the Child Cancer Foundation!!!!!!!!!

And then, when the week seems like it cant get any bigger, we’ll be releasing our THIRD book……….. details to come!!!!!!!!

So its going to be HUGE!!! And I want YOU to be a part of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*Take photos – get a professional (check out the directory) or do it yourself

*Sponsor me to cut of all my hair!!!!

*Stay tuned:


The preferred method is by direct credit/internet banking to

THE MOTHERHOOD PROJECT – 06 0489 0222214 05

(we dont have to pay any fees if you use this method. However if you need to deposit in-branch, email me for a different account number, or else we will get charged $3 for the transaction).

You can also donate online by credit card at

THANK YOU in advance, for supporting THE MOTHERHOOD PROJECT – I really really appreciate your help, kind words, monetary donations, donation of prizes and vouchers, and everything else that you all do to help me help others xxx

I’m shedding my HAIR!

Goodness, I cant believe I’ve committed!!

I AM GOING TO BE CUTTING ALL MY HAIR!!! For next weeks’ fundraiser for the Child Cancer Foundation!!!

Its something I have thought about doing for many years, but never had the courage to do. Last year I followed a blog of a women who went through cancer, and even with hardly any hair she looked absolutely beautiful. She inspired me to do it.

I really admire those who shave their hair, several of my friends did it early this year in the ‘Shave for a Cure’. That make me take the leap! I watched many other women comment on this, with words such as ‘oh you are so brave!’ and ‘i couldnt do it!’.

I think what is standing in the way is a bit of pride – and that’s not a bad thing! For many women, shaving their head is a big deal!!! So I thought cutting it is the next best thing – this is still huge!!! And it still raises money for cancer!

So next week, a school friend of mine has so very kindly offered to cut it all off for me!!

I asked her to help me because I thought if I could show other women that you can still look cool, yet help make a difference, I might be able to inspire others to do it!

PLEASE consider donating to my fundraiser! I am cutting of all my hair, ready for WINTER!!! – so please, skip the coffee tomorrow, and donate $3, or dig deep and pledge $1.

The bank account details are:

The Motherhood Project
06 0489 022221405

I will be buying/sponsoring beads for the ‘beads of courage’ programme that the foundation runs (unless we can make $500, then I’ll be buying a star!!)

Go on! Head over to your internet banking now and help me make a difference xxxxx