Celebrating International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is a day for us to join voices with people around the world and celebrate all women, in all their diversities. We embrace their facets and intersections of faith, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual identity, or disability. We celebrate those who came before us, those who stand beside us now, and those who will come after.
It’s a time to celebrate the achievements of women. We want to share some of the incredible women who have been involved with KIDDO over the last four years to say HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY and as a proud display of what confident, powerful, successful, incredible women we are so lucky to be surrounded by.
Here’s to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.
Here are just a few of the wonderful women who’ve been a part of KIDDO along the way.
Journalist, award-winning news and radio presenter (plus KIDDO Mag columnist!), wife and mum of three, Rebecca Morse is one of SA’s most loved media personalities. 2020 saw Bec handed an ominous black suitcase full of radio equipment and told to broadcast from home for SAFM because of COVID19, and was also the year she said goodbye to her job as news anchor after 14 years at Network 10. Rebecca has started 2021 embracing a more hands-on parenting period, as well as continuing her role as breakfast host at SAFM and regaling us with her hilarious tales from the Morse household in her regular KIDDO mag column.
If you ask us, there’s not a lot that Jules Sebastian can’t do. She’s a TV presenter, stylist, public speaker and philanthropist, a mum to 2 gorgeous boys, adored wife of Aussie music legend Guy Sebastian, and, just quietly, probably one of the best people you’ll ever follow on Instagram. But beyond all that, Jules is also down to earth, relatable and warm, intelligent and well versed in so many topics; from female empowerment to teamwork, from health and lifestyle, to fashion and beauty. We were lucky enough to chat with Jules on our podcast KIDDO Chats, and it was like sitting down with an old friend. She regaled us with stories about growing up in Adelaide, and shared her insights about parenting and motherhood, as well as what’s coming up for Jules and her family this year!
Turia Pitt inspired the nation with her story of survival and extraordinary resilience after she was caught in an out of control grass fire while competing in an ultra marathon in 2011. She suffered burns to 65% of her body, and then went on to, as her website says, ’defy every expectation placed on her.’
Turia shows life who is boss. She’s a best-selling author, athlete and mindset coach. A two-time Ironman and has raised over a million dollars in donations in her role as an ambassador for Interplast. She has motivated us with her business savvy and entrepreneurship, moved us with her public speaking and made us LOL with her hilarious wit. She’s also had two beautiful babies with her husband Michael and she keeps her motherhood journey real on social media, regaling followers with the ups, downs and in betweens of being a modern parent. You can catch up with our chat with Turia about her book ‘Happy’.
Colour lover, artist, designer and mother, Tiff Manuell creates wearable art that brings a bright, happy pop into the life it lands in. Tiff’s designs are hand-crafted and incorporate all of her passions – painting, making, sewing and, more than anything, working freely with colour with no boundaries. She’s graced the cover of KIDDO and been a part of important campaigns we’ve launched. Catch up on our chat with Tiff to find out more about where her journey began and how Tiff Manuell unfolded with the help of her family.
Madhavi Nawana Parker
Regular KIDDO columnist on all things kids, families, and teen psychology, Madhavi is a total guru when it comes to developing resilience, confidence, wellbeing and social-emotional intelligence. Madhavi provides young people, families and schools with lifelong tools through her counselling, professional development, parent workshops, online training and her extensive range of published works. We learn so much from every column Madhavi writes for KIDDO as she has such a wealth of knowledge and insight, and her KIDDO chats podcast remains our highest downloaded episode across the whole series!
In 2014, Adelaide mother, Claire Foord, experienced the heartbreak of losing her first child, Alfie to stillbirth. Determined to help prevent other families suffering the same tragedy, Claire is now the founder and CEO of stillbirth awareness charity, Still Aware. Her tireless efforts seeking to change how we talk about stillbirth, educating for awareness and raising awareness for prevention. saw her awarded South Australia’s Local Hero in the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards. She shared her story with us in KIDDO.
Adelaide mum, Nicola Cross, dreamt up the idea of her exquisite online store, illunah, in what she calls a “moment of everyday mum mayhem”. Wanting to find a tangible way to capture the messy, wonderful season of motherhood in all its sticky, magical, crazy, wonder, she was inspired to create homely pieces that evoked emotion. Pieces that would help teach her children how much beauty could be found in the little things. Check out our chat with Nicola about launching illunah and what’s on the cards for her in 2021.
Adelaide mum, Renèe Barendregt, has always loved fashion, but when her boys, Harry (3) and Sonny (19 months) were born, her love of fashion grew just as they did! And while her gorgeous boys mean Renèe is kept a very, very busy bee, she’s certainly managed to make honey… HONEY. Label, that is. HONEY. offers stylish pieces for little ones to grow into, made with love, made to fade and most importantly, made with children in mind. Think practical, eco friendly, soft, beautiful and fun designs, that feel good on and look great too! We love supporting women in business and you can check out our chat with Renee about launching HONEY.
Amanda McPherson, is the creative director and chief magic maker behind Santa’s Wonderland, Adelaide’s biggest Christmas event that welcomes families each year into a spectacular world of Christmas wonder, a jolly (and GIANT) extravaganza. Check out our chat with Amanda about what the 2020 event looked like and how she manages the jolly juggle of managing large scale events with her young family!
Emma Sadie Thomson
Emma Sadie Thomson is a plant stylist who has firmly imprinted her very talented green thumb around Adelaide, she has created some of the very enviable installations you would have seen around the city.
Her beautiful Instagram account highlights her talents and way with plants and provides you with all the green inspiration you could possibly need – and will make you want to do a bathroom renovation when you lay your eyes on her oh-so-dreamy bath, just saying. Catch up on our chat with Emma where we discussed all things plants and babies, and the synergy between the two.
KIDDO columnist Hayley Berlingeri is an Adelaide born and bred, mamma of three, just finding her way through her days with her little ones, trying to be the best version of herself that she possibly can be (which, she says, “more often than not results in me flopped out on the sofa at 10:34pm eating an entire packet of Mint Slice bickies, and thanking God that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it!”) Before the babes came in to being, Hayley poured her heart into her career as a Junior Primary teacher and JP Coordinating Principal, travelled the world, near and far, and solidly slept. But since then has given every waking minute to motherhood and all its mess, mayhem and marvel. Oh, and she loves to share her family stories in squares on their intsapage! Catch up with the Hayley’s ‘Hey Hayley’ column in each issue of KIDDO!
Adelaide local, Emmah Money, is a mum, an author and motivational speaker, a charity ambassador, and was also named South Australia’s Local Hero during the Australian of the Year Awards 2020. She also lives with the life-threatening lung condition Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that affects her daily life, but one she is not willing to let limit how completely she lives it. Check out our chat with Emmah about life with CF, defying the odds and becoming a mum, and how she has channelled her passion for life to prove that you can do anything you set your mind to.
Annabel Bower graduated from the world renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School and went on to cook for Dukes, Lords and Ladies as a private chef in Gloucestershire England before returning to Australia to start her own catering company. She amassed vast event catering experience in both corporate and private sectors and has been highly sought after for her creative flair and incredibly hands on approach. Her present focus is on recipe development, food styling and content creation for all corners of the food industry, and of course Annabel regularly contributes her mouth watering recipes for KIDDO readers. As a mum and a passionate foodie Annabel spends most of her time in the kitchen. Her favourite people to cook for are friends and family and though, like all children, her kids won’t eat everything she cooks… she is determined to keep trying and is always happy share her fail safe, crowd pleasing recipes! Annabel is also the author of Miles Apart, a book of hope and support for parents navigating grief and heartache after the loss of a baby at any stage of pregnancy or in infancy, written after her 4th child, Miles, was stillborn.
Teresa Palmer + Christiane Duigan
Christiane Duigan and Teresa Palmer are goals in every sense of the word; mama goals, friendship goals, entrepreneur goals, wellness goals. These two beautiful ladies are earth mamas, friends and business partners, launching L O V E W E L L in 2019; their wellness brand that they poured so much love and hard work into. Their synergy is evident and their passion infectious. What we love most, is that with both of them, what you see is what you get. They are two of the sweetest, softest, kindest, nurturing humans on the face of the earth and watching them as mamas is watching poetry in motion. And they practice what they preach, truly living healthy, whole, plentiful lives reflecting their ethos that health and wellness begins from within. Catch up on our chat with Teresa and Christiane when they were launching LOVEWELL.
Cue the glitter cannons, friends, it’s time to celebrate good time party vibes; all things joyful, jubilant and thoroughly day brightening! Things that make us smile and whistle as we walk, things that give us the best kind of feels, through colour, glitter and all-round frolicsome fun!
This is the kind of infectious energy Alexis Teasdale; founder of The Festive Co. brings to everyone she meets, and every event she has a hand in. It might be a rainbow ribbon wall or a big-time balloon installation, or even a cheeky DIY photo-booth prop; if there’s a unique, show stopping, conversation starting party idea, Alexis is probably behind it. She is creative, vivacious and just an all-round bright spark of a human being, and also happens to have years of impressive media experience within glossy magazines in Sydney under her belt. Having recently returned to Adelaide, Alexis has launched The Festive Co, an event design business with a focus on making life’s milestones more awesome, one glitter drop at a time. Alexis is also one of the fabulous co-hosts of KIDDO chats, the KIDDO podcast, which launched in 2020.
Catch up on our chat with Alexis about returning to Adelaide and launching The Festive Co, and how having children has sparked a whole new level of creativity in her world.
Bluey’s Mum Chilli
With season 3 of Bluey due to commence production in late 2020, we caught up with Melanie Zanetti, voice of Chilli, to chat about all things Bluey, what it’s like to be caught up in what has become a global sensation, and just how Chilli manages it all!
Growing up on a self sufficient Canadian wheat farm, Evelyn has always been aware of nature and has used her early skills in the crafts of knitting, crocheting and sewing to create objects for a living. Being educated in a prairie one room schoolhouse gave her a fine base in community artworks and lead to her immigration to Australia in 1996 under the special talent category as a community artist. Catch up on our Evelyn Roth feature where she tells us about her project Nylon Zoo.
Amelia is the host of Behind the News and has called BTN home for four years. Not literally, as she only sleeps under her desk sometimes. She’s proud step-mum to a Boxer called Lulu, but is also a crazy cat lady, despite not owning a cat. Amelia loves writing stories about history, space exploration and leafy sea dragons. Amelia also regularly gives KIDDO readers a sneak peek behind the scenes of BTN – make sure you catch up on some of her BTS at BTN.
Steph is CEO and founder of The Village Co – a not-for-profit organisation passionate about seeing all South Australian new mothers, regardless of their background or disadvantage, embraced and supported as they begin the life-changing journey of motherhood. Check out the KIDDO We Are The Village campaign, or catch up on our chat with Steph on KIDDO chats about why she started The Village Co, how they help new mums find their village and just how she does it all!
Film Director, Author, Speaker, Mumma of 3, 2019 Australian of the Year, SA Finalist 2019 SA Winner Excellence in Women’s Leadership 2018 The Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Finalist and friend of KIDDO mag, Taryn Brumfitt, really needs no introduction. Taryn started a body image conversation years ago that has become a global revolution! Catch up on our chat with Taryn about how it all began; we talked about her body confidence journey, learning to embrace yourself, and what was in store for The Body Image Movement in years to come (spoiler alert; so many things!).
Canna Campbell knows a few things about money. With over a decade of experience in financial planning, including a successful career in banking and running her own boutique finance agency, she is passionate about educating and empowering women and families to create and sustain financial freedom.
Canna’s book Mindful Money guides readers through the practical realities of managing finances; catch up on our chat with Canna about how we can all be more mindful with money.
Adelaide mum and photographer Danielle Symes is happiest at home with her kids, husband and rescue dog, amongst the chaos and simplicity of life. Second to them, is her love for photography. Danielle has contributed to KIDDO since its inception, with her absolutely exquisite photography and her hit-the-nail-on-the-head opinion pieces. Catch up on one of Danielle’s KIDDO pieces or check out Danielle’s beautiful photography, it will take your breath away!
Mama of 4 girls, Pippa Wanganeen and friend of KIDDO mag has spent much of her life in the public eye, as a model, brand ambassador, TV presenter and actress, as well as being the Creative Director of Gavin Wanganeen Art. Pippa has been involved in some very special campaigns launched by KIDDO mag and is always so generous with her time to help those in need!
Mariana Mezic is one busy mama. Her instagram bio reads: ‘mama, artist, she-wolf and part time unicorn’. She divides her time between a farm and a beach house with her super squad – husband Matt and their four kids. If that isn’t busy enough, she’s also responsible for three dogs, three cats and four horses. Oh, and she’s the talented artist behind the Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s 2018 artwork and paints incredible children’s portraits to boot. Catch up on our chat with Mariana about her colourful life!
When you think about it, breakfast radio and motherhood have a few similarities. No two days are the same. Occasionally dealing with a tough crowd. The early starts. Adelaide radio personality and mum, Ali Clarke agrees. “Sure there are the early mornings, but also you start out with a plan every day knowing full well it can, and probably will, be derailed and you just have to go with it. It’s that old adage of being the duck – everything looks serene and under control on top, but underneath you’re pedalling like crazy”. Check out our chat with Ali Clarke about all things breakfast radio and motherhood.
Publisher of KIDDO mag, mother of 2 and all round boss woman, Charlotte Chambers, worked for Rip It Up Publishing for nearly 14 years and then its successor Opinion Media. She started out in advertising sales for the music and culture street press Rip It Up before sweet talking the then publisher into allowing her to move across to working on CLIQUE’s predecessor Attitude Magazine. The idea for KIDDO was conceived while Charlotte was on maternity leave with her second child, the first issue was released in 2017, and the print mag for parents and families is now nearing 20 issues! Charlotte is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned in South Australia’s print media landscape, she could sell ice to the eskimos and is the heart and soul behind everything we do at KIDDO! It’s impossible to suggest print’s dead when someone as committed, passionate and powerful as Charlotte Chambers has nurtured and grown, what was a newborn publication into a thriving and brilliant Adelaide stand out piece of print media for families.