Inside the ADHD mind with Nell Harris

Neurodivergent is an umbrella term (meaning a lot of different conditions sit under the category) defined as differing in mental or neurological function from what is considered typical or normal (Oxford, 2023).

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Feast with Larissa

Feast with Larissa from MasterChef

If you’re a fan of to-die-for dishes and sumptuous spreads so full of tasty goodies you’re not even sure where to start, you’re in for a treat! Larissa, one of Adelaide’s talented MasterChef contestants and mum of twins, is a true culinary superstar.

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In The Roundhouse Brooke Bickmore Alyce tran

Dinner has never looked so good with In The Roundhouse

There’s something very grown up about a beautifully set table. For many of us, after years relying on plastic IKEA plates in an array primary colours (a necessity when your home doubles as a playground for a rambunctious crew of little wrecking-balls), scrolling through In The Roundhouse’s social media feels like getting a glimpse of an ultra-stylish dinner party in the heart of Capri, meticulously curated by the most fashionable people you know.

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Phoebe from The Memo with Remy

Did you the The Memo?

Phoebe Simmonds is very much like her business, The Memo. Authentic, smart, caring and completely in-the-know about everything baby, she’s the friend everyone needs when you’re about to become a mum.

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mumamoo baby formula

The mumamoovement: feed fearlessly with mumamoo

They say that if you want something done, ask a busy person. We know that rings true for mums and there’s no better case in point than the mums behind mumamoo – South Australia’s very own 100% Australian Made & Owned infant formula company.

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Mary Coustas

This is personal with Mary Coustas

The road to motherhood was paved with heartbreak for much loved Australian actress and comedian Mary Coustas. The decade before her daughter Jamie arrived was her most challenging, consisting of 23 IVFs and multiple losses, the most harrowing being the loss of her still-born daughter Stevie. So profound was this loss, Mary questioned whether she’d ever recover.

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Rebecca Morse

Rebecca Morse: “As this is our baby issue, you may be pregnant or have just had a baby…”

WORDS: Rebecca Morse If so, congratulations! You are most likely then, to be familiar with Baby Brain, that doughy, hazy confusion that sees you walk into a room and forget why you’re in there, put your car keys in the fridge and reply “good thanks” when someone simply says “hello”. Scientists have apparently conducted studies that have found no evidence to back up such a condition. But mothers know it deep in all of our many fluids to be true. A lot of facts may fall out of our brain to be replaced with Wiggles lyrics, but this one remains. And I’m here to break it to you that Baby Brain transitions into Mother Brain and that, I’m sorry to say, appears to be a permanent, incurable condition. Wil Anderson recently came into the SAFM studio for an interview during the Fringe and I confessed to my co-host Soda that I was feeling intimidated by Wil’s well-known intelligence and wit. “Why?” he replied. “You’re smart.” (He’s being overly kind as it’s a new working relationship). “I used to be smart” was my sighed response. And it’s true. I was quite smart. I mean, I wasn’t on the debating team or in the orchestra but I did all the hard subjects at school. Maths, Physics and Chem. Now I use the calculator on my phone to work out simple discounts on sale items. I got High Distinctions at university and then joined the ABC where I watched Four Corners and Q&A so I could smugly keep across politics. Now I watch Wednesday and White Lotus so I can smugly keep across pop culture references and trending memes. I used to read books before bed and the newspaper when I woke up. Now I pick up my phone and aimlessly scroll Instagram. Maybe I’ll get sucked in by a sneaky pop-up ad and do some online shopping for a plug-in car vacuum and under-eye masks. (Sadly these are actual purchases). If I do pick up a newspaper I find my attention drifting midway through an article. I have always prided myself on spelling and grammar and now sometimes I find myself looking at a word and wondering if I’ve spelled it correctly. Next minute I’m self-diagnosing early onset Alzheimer’s and wondering whether Wordle is enough to keep my mind active or whether I need to take up Sudoku and adult colouring books as well. I have mental blanks with people’s names daily. Every Dad at school is either Mark, Paul or Nick and sometimes I’ll just take a reckless stab at it. What has happened to me? And how can I reverse the decline? Did a small part of my brain pass out through the placenta during the birth of my three children? I suspect it’s a combination of factors. The primary culprit… fatigue. Four years of breakfast radio has me wandering the streets in a constant brain fog. Then there’s social media. The short attention span I accuse my children of having after being constantly glued to Tik Tok, I am also guilty of. As I write this, I find myself mindlessly picking up my phone every five minutes for no good reason. And then, I must confess, there’s just plain laziness, which can be a by-product of the relentless parenting/career slog. It’s just so much easier to pick up a phone than a book, to watch a mindless series on a streaming service than an ABC doco. But I don’t want to be this person. I want to be good at the Brainwaves quiz in the paper and be well-informed at dinner parties about subjects other than Olivia Wilde’s secret salad dressing and how Kendall can’t cut a cucumber. I’m going to put myself through a Brain Boot Camp. I’ve already started reading more books this year and I’m trying to get my screen time down. I’m also going to prioritise sleep, at the risk of losing my current charming state of disorientation during conversations. And I’m going to start live-tweeting #QandA. Or at least watching it. Now what did I come into this room for again? Bec   @rebeccamorse107   Follow KIDDO on Instagram and Facebook, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter  

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Steph Claire Smith & Laura Henshaw

KICkstart your best life with Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw

If you’re not already on the Keep it Cleaner (KIC) bandwagon, we’ll give you a moment to do a quick google search to get up to speed. Just type up Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw and the search results are likely to be a list of impressive accomplishments from the fabulous founders of the fitness and wellness community who are inspiring women to conquer life’s hurdles.

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Emma Bunton Kit & Kin

Spicing up the baby business with Emma Bunton

As a member of the most iconic girl group of all time, Emma Bunton, aka Baby Spice, has dominated the airwaves, graced our screens, and cemented her status as a true pop culture legend since the mid-90s. She’s also a mum of two beautiful kiddos, a wife and a published author.

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