Review Bad Moms

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At the time of writing, Bad Moms has apparently already made almost $56 million big ones at the box office and it’s my bet it will double, triple and even inspire a TV series. Yes, sisters, it’s. that. good.

Think the Hangover meets Sex and the City – Bad Moms is crass, irreverent and confronting, yet oh so relatable it will make you squirm in your seat on more than a few occasions. And just like SATC, if you’re a Mum, you’ll see yourself in at least one (if not all) of the main characters which can uncomfortable, comforting and hilarious all at the same time.

Continuing on with our SATC comparison, the main characters could be Carrie, Samantha and Charlotte (ditching Miranda, I mean, who ever liked her anyway?) but are now Mums living in the burbs. Amy, Carla and Kiki but ‘living the dream’ of the white picket fence variety, swapping their Manolo’s for Kumfs and their Cosmopolitans for long blacks, their days as Moms are tedious, long and unfulfilled.

The main character of Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) is as genuinely sweet and likeable as Carrie, albeit less the expansive wardrobe and cigarettes. Married to husband Mike, Amy has two children after shacking up early with her first baby arriving at aged 20. But life is far from rosy – Mike is useless, lazy and narcissistic. More like a flatmate than a husband, he offers next to nix when it comes to responsibility in providing, housework or child-rearing let alone noticing his wife’s undeniable attractiveness or needs. After catching him cheating on her over the internet, Amy has no option but to confront her feelings of rage and complacently towards him. Kicking him to the curb and out of the house, she realises his only purpose may well have been to be the glue that held her, and in turn the family unit together simply by sitting on the couch.

In between this, Amy (like most Mums nowadays) is juggling more than her fair share of burdens in running the entire household; think school projects, soccer practice, working a part-time (aka full time) job in a coffee company for a clueless hipster boss and throw in a sick dog with vertigo “Who knew this was even a thing?”, she’s almost at breaking point. The final blow is Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) who, as the head of the PTA strives for perfection in not only herself but demands it of others, pushes Amy that little bit too far regarding delivery of bakery goods in the upcoming all American bake-sale. Think Michael Douglas in Falling Down, you just know Amy’s about to blow but, depending on the wind direction, we just don’t know which way.

It’s here she meets fellow unfulfilled and equally unhinged Moms Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell) who, for their own miserable reasons have all converged at the local dive bar for sweet relief. It’s over a few shots, wines and basically anything to get them drunk that they bond over their shared loathing of the perfect Mom (whatever the hell that is), of Gwendolyn and her ilk and compare stories of their perceived shitty mother skills. They bond even further after a drunken romp around the fluorescent-lit local supermarket culminating in an all-night bender. Deciding to quit striving for unobtainable perfectness at her own expense, Amy throws down the gauntlet to her newfound besties to just, well, fuck it. “Let’s be bad Moms”, she declares. What ensues is a battle against the excellence Gwendolyn represents and what we behold as good parenting, all to side-splitting results. Nothing is sacred or off limits in this film and it’s here you can tell comedy genius Judd Apatow (think Train Wreck, This is 40 etc) had a heavy hand in its production.

Reuniting Kunis and Bell since Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the cast truly deliver a stellar performance with Kathryn Hahn the lubricant that completes the triangle of deranged friendship as the hilarious, sexually- empowered single Mom. Bell is subtle and on-cue with Applegate simply picking up her role of Veronica Corningston from Anchorman and placing it down with a side-dish of bitchy to perfection. Jada Pinkett-Smith (cue Miranda?) is in there somewhere too.

Bad Moms is of course a comedy (and a great one at that) but at it’s core, its an insight into the struggles of all Mums who said they wanted it all, yet didn’t realise this meant they had to do it all. Dad’s don’t feature much in this film and that’s the point – it makes us question the reality of the enormous pressures we are all under as Mums and the additional expectations we put on ourselves and those around us. The answer of course is a life-hack from John Farnham in ‘taking the pressure down’ by drinking more, supporting other Mums and to quit being all Rebecca Judd-gey about whose life is better. Because at the end of the day, we all suck at it. Some of us just look better on Instagram. Ya dig?

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Bob Jane T-Mart Tread Safely Week

Tread Safely week launches 5th to the 11th of September each year and just like a breast check for Pink Ribbon Day, it was created in order to remind you to check your tyres.

Given the health of your tyres is super important to ensure the safety of yourself and your precious cargo (not to mention other road users and pedestrians), the wonderful people at Bob Jane T-Mart (aka BYTM) have created a pretty nifty was to check your tyres, DIY style.

Like most women, we can safely assume you know next to nix about tyres. Thing is, you can use some handy-dandy items easily found in the bottom of your bag to check them out all by yourself.

Whether it’s your nail file, hair comb or even a good old Lady Jayne bobby pin, just look for the groove on your tyre and gently wedge it in; if the depth of your tyre is less than 2mm, it’s time to high tail it to your nearest BJTM.

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Sneak peak of 2017 Pirelli Calendar

When you’re talking about the ultimate in celebrity endorsement, you can’t go past the famous Pirelli Calendar.

Tyres have never looked so good with the soon to be released 2017 calendar snapped by world renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh on location in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Le Touquet (North of Paris) and in New York.

Dating back to 1963, the Pirelli calendar is well known for not only showcasing the world’s most beautiful models photographed within - but for the photographers who shoot it.

This year, however, the line up is more movie star than model with snaps of A-list actresses featuring such names as our very own Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman, Robin Wright and Penelope Cruz Sanchez gracing the month by month pages.

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It's Time for a Tyre Check

There is only one thing more boring on the face of this planet than cricket, and that’s tyres. You can shine, style and soup them up all you like, but at the end of the day (and that day is looooong for most women), all roads lead back to Snoozeville. Women simply are not that interested in tyres. Yet we should be. And here’s why:

Sorry to be the Richie Benaud of the automotive world. However, we need to have a serious conversation. Sure we all know the tyres on our car keep us safe – yeah, yeah, we get it already. But do you?

Driving on bad tyres can result in you losing control of your vehicle, and can cause a serious accident – and we are meant to check them every fortnight! The reality of buying and maintaining the right tyres on your car can truly be the difference between life and death, and at some point, all tyres will start to lose performance in terms of their traction and braking ability. It’s time to tread carefully, sisters.

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Review Bad Moms

At the time of writing, Bad Moms has apparently already made almost $56 million big ones at the box office and it’s my bet it will double, triple and even inspire a TV series. Yes, sisters, it’s. that. good.

Think the Hangover meets Sex and the City – Bad Moms is crass, irreverent and confronting, yet oh so relatable it will make you squirm in your seat on more than a few occasions. And just like SATC, if you’re a Mum, you’ll see yourself in at least one (if not all) of the main characters which can uncomfortable, comforting and hilarious all at the same time.

Continuing on with our SATC comparison, the main characters could be Carrie, Samantha and Charlotte (ditching Miranda, I mean, who ever liked her anyway?) but are now Mums living in the burbs. Amy, Carla and Kiki but ‘living the dream’ of the white picket fence variety, swapping their Manolo’s for Kumfs and their Cosmopolitans for long blacks, their days as Moms are tedious, long and unfulfilled.

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Eco Baby 101 Part 2

Written by Olivia Richardson: 02-September-2009

New summer range from Purebaby

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We’ve trolled through the latest eco baby options around and have come up with the cutest, most sustainable, must-have items for eco-chic-yummy-mummies.

The criteria? Eco friendly and cute or chic! No hessian-bag-style looks and potato colours here.

Think cutie-patootie organics, biodegradable and sustainable materials and packaging, eco-charity initiatives and carbon offsets, plus we've considered where they've come from ('carbon dioxide miles').

Best eco yummy mummy mobile

1. Lexus RX 450h

This is Australia's number-one, eco-friendly SUV ('sport utility vehicle') as rated by the government's Green Vehicle Guide. It ranks in at #8 in their Top Perfomers list – of all cars (including hatchbacks!) with a 5-star eco rating.

This luxurious, 5-seater eco-mobile releases just 150g of carbon dioxide per kilometre (which is similar to a MINI), and uses a tiny 6.4 lites of fuel per 100km (e.g. more efficient than a Hyundai Getz). How you ask? It's a hybrid, so has a regular petrol engine plus an electric one which recharges while driving and kicks in at certain intervals to save petrol and fuel emissions.

Other fab features include reversing camera, side-parking camera, mirror position memory, satellite navigation system, illumintated and lockable glovebox, lots of airbags, 4 cup holders, 4 bottle holders; 6-CD, 12-speaker sound system; alarm, immobiliser and more; plus it comes in 8 spunky colours. From $89,900. www.lexus.com.au

Best eco baby clothes brands

1. Purebaby

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Purebaby clothes are made from 100% organic cotton (organic cotton farming uses 50% less water than conventional cotton farming) and are the softest and 'creamiest' we've felt.

The company says it was the first Australian business to join the global, ethical initiative MADE-BY, which guarantees that every stage of production is environmentally-friendly and ethical (i.e. no sweat shops). We love their ethics! www.purebaby.com.au

2. Gaia Organic Cotton

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Funky, chic and ridiculously cute fashionwear for babies and children up to age 8. Made from 100% certified organic cotton; and available at David Jones, selected children's wear boutiques and www.gaiaorganiccotton.com.au

3. Nature's Purest

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More neutral-coloured clothes made from 100% organically grown, naturally coloured cotton jersey. The hand-picked cotton buds are grown in natural shades of cream, brown and green (!), so they don't even need to be dyed. The downside is that there isn't much variety with colours and styles (pretty much what's pictured is it for clothes), unlike the two brands listed above. www.naturespurest.com.au

Best eco nursery décor

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1. BabyBaby Seed Organic Cradle / BabyBaby Seed Organic ‘the Pod’

Both are made from breathable, 100% organic cotton; recycled birch pywood; and feature a natural latex breather hole mattress which is naturally hypoallergenic, anti-microbial and contours to the shape of baby's body.

The Pod features all of the above, plus the removable Moses-style basket is made from natural, woven maize. Cradle: $299; Pod: $349, www.babybaby.com.au

2 & 4. Cocoon Couture Enchanted Forest Trees & Enchanted Woodland Mobiles are handcrafted from environmentally friendly plywood from Forest-Stewardship-Council-managed forests; feature silk-screened, wooden leaves with prints inspired by vintage wallpaper; and are finished with non-toxic varnish and inks safe for children and the environment. Shelf Stand Tree: 35cm wide, 45cm high, $89; Forest Tree: 110cm tall, 100cm wide, $350; and mobile: 70cm long, $49.95, www.cocooncouture.com

3. Cocoon Couture Book Ends are made from environmentally friendly plywood from Forest-Stewardship-Council-managed forests, and are finished with non-toxic varnish safe for children and the environment. Designs include Early Bird, Cheeky Squirrel, and Sleepy Owl. 19cm wide, 17cm tall, $89, www.cocooncouture.com

5. Hug Me Bear Decorative Junior Cushion by Natures Purest is made from 100% organic, naturally coloured cotton, but has a polyester filling. 29cm x 29cm, $29.95, www.naturespurest.com.au

Best eco toys

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1. Sophie the Giraffe is touted as "the only 100% natural teething toy in the world" and has been spotted with Nicole Richie's daughter Harlow, Isla Fisher's daughter Olive, and Naomi Watts' son Alexander.

Sophie is 18cm tall, squeaks when squeezed, is handmade from 100% natural rubber from the Malaysian Hevea tree (i.e. latex), and painted with food-grade paint. $34, www.sophiethegiraffe.com.au

2. Hug Me Bear by Natures Purest is so adorable! The outer material is made from 76% organic cotton velour (the rest is 24% polyester); has a heavy, bean-bag-like filling (fair trade polyester beads) so it sits up on its own. All Nature's Purest products are made from cotton that amazingly grows naturally in shades of cream, brown or green; and come in a cute, recycled, brown gift box. Comes in 20cm- and 50cm-tall sizes ($29.95 and $79.95), www.naturespurest.com.au

3. Maud N Lil soft toys are made from 100% certified organic cotton velour; and stuffed with natural, sustainable, bio-degradable cellulose filling – great for the environment and children with allergies or asthma. They're soft, plush, a nice size, totally huggable for little arms, made in fair-trade factories; and inspected and certified by SKAL International, guaranteeing that they're ethically, environmentally and economically viable. More info on their ethics here.

On the downside, we think the eye and mouth stitching positions make them look sad and not as inviting as they could be with a slight stitching postition change. $39.99 or $18.99 for mini versions, www.maudnlil.com.au

4. Sleepy Safari Activity Blocks by Natures Purest (set of 6 blocks). The blocks are made from velour-like, naturally dyed organic cotton (stuffed with foam) and each side features either an elephant, giraffe, lion, animal tail with one of the animal names written above it, 'a', 'b', 'c', or cute hearts. 3 blocks rattle and the other 3 jingle when shaken. On the downside, they're quite pricey for what they are. $69.95, www.naturespurest.com.au

5. Anamalz wooden toys are handmade from maple wood that comes from Forest-Stewardship-Council-approved plantation forests, and any waste wood is used on a farm to grow mushrooms. They're painted with water-based paint, the company uses recylced paper where possible for info tags and packaging, and all Anamalz accessories are made from recycled plastic.

As for designs, think 10 unique types of wild animals, 10 Farm animals, 7 Australian animals and 6 Prehistoric creatures (e.g. llama, giraffe, cow, camel, zebra, horse, goat, kangaroo, koala, echidna, T-rex and more). They would rate higher on our list if they were larger (they're only about 9cm tall and 10cm wide). For ages 3+. Order online from www.todae.com.au. See the entire range at www.anamalz.com.au

Best eco nappies & wipes

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1. Wotnot Biodegradable Baby Wipes

Moisturising, unscented, 100% biodegradable and compostable wipes made from cotton and sustainable forest wood pulp. They're about 2.5cm larger than usual and the ones below, are the moistest and softest, and have a mild and pleasant Cetaphil-like scent. They contain purified water, certified organic aloe vera, vegetable glycerin, vitamin E, potassium sorbate, polysorbate 20 (derived from fruit and berries) and citric acid. Pack of 80 for $8.95, www.wotnot.com.au

WotNot is Australian-owned and uses 100% renewable energy in their office and warehouse, re-uses everything before then recycling, uses recycled paper for all printed materials, supports The Wilderness Society and also donates a percentage of all sales to the Bear Cottage for children with terminal illnesses. 

2. Moltex Nappies

These eco nappies have a 100% biodegradable outer lining (and packaging) and a 40% biodegradable inner lining. They're chlorine-free and we think they're more absorbent than Seventh Generation's Chlorine Free Nappies and Coles' conventional Baby Love nappies, for example.

They're imported by www.ecodirect.com.au but the shipping is carbon-offset through Greening Australia's 'Breathe Easy' program, and a percentage of sales is donated to Trees for Life to help regenerate Australia's native bushland. Moltex Mini Nappies (3-6kg), pack of 144, $86.85. See complete range and prices here.

3. WotNot Biodegradable Nappy Bags

These are 100% biodegradable and compostable and are made from GM-free cornstarch (they feel 'silky'). They're unscented, double as doggy-poo or sanitary disposal bags and come in a box of 50, $8.95. www.wotnot.com.au

4. Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Baby Wipes

These smell pleasant (like sweet aloe vera mixed with Cetaphil) and are very thin and light (semi-see-through). They're slightly smaller than Clearly Herbal Bamboo Wipes and a lot smaller than WotNot's. They're from the USA so generate some greenhouse gasses to get here, but all-in-all we like the smell, the ingredients and how they have a great health safety and eco rating on The Environmental Working Group's www.cosmeticsdatabase.com. More info at www.seventhgeneration.com Order from www.natureschild.com.au from $9.95 for a pack of 80.

5. Clearly Herbal Bamboo Wipes

These are made from 100% biodegradable bamboo cloth and mostly natural ingredients. Bamboo is great because it's naturally anti-microbial, and doesn't need chemicals and much water to grow.

The wipes' scent is quite strong (from lavender, tea tree and lemon oils), which is quite pongy for those who like more 'natural' scents.

The wipes are thick, have a silky sheen and are wetter than the Seventh Generation ones, but the fourth ingredient is phenoxyethanol, which we're not too keen on as it scores a 'medium hazard' rating on www.cosmeticsdatabase.com. Of course, conventional wipes usually score 'high hazard' scores, so these are still good in comparison. They're imported from the UK and are available at www.clearlyherbal.com.au. Pack of 60 for $8.95.

If you're in to cloth nappies, visit www.nurturenappies.com.au for a huge range of cute patterns from various brands.

Best online eco baby stores

1. www.ecobabe.com.au – the most stylish, chic and comprehensive range of everything eco
2. www.natureschild.com.au – more 'hardcore', organic and natural products, clothes, etc.
3. www.muddkids.com.au – funky and fashionista-style clothes
4. www.naturebaby.co.nz – eco everything
5. www.ecochild.com.au – eco everything.

More eco baby websites

www.nurturenappies.com.au
www.neco.com.au
www.saharabloom.com
www.issybearnappies.com.au
www.lotuslinens.com.au
www.todae.com.au
www.bamboobaby.com.au
www.appleandbee.com.

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