The secret behind the #Mombie meme that resonated with SO many mothers around the world

The secret behind the #Mombie meme that resonated with SO many mothers around the world

By Lauren – Gold Coast Mum

When Morgan Crane posted her #Mombie selfie on Facebook she certainly didn’t expect such a huge reaction.

In a matter of hours, the selfie, which showcases a wide-eyed Mrs Crane  - and features the words “Mombie: A mom who is beyond exhausted but stays up late anyhow since it’s her only opportunity for kid free time” - went VIRAL.

The mother from Illinois in the United States, told Gold Coast Mum: “I make stuff like this all the time and actually this is the first time it has ever taken off!”



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A great move by the entrepreneur as it has proved to be a fabulous opportunity to promote the range of mascara she sells as an independent consultant for a multi-level marketing company.

Such international exposure is what many brands dream of (and spend big bucks hiring experts to try and pave the way for this to occur).

“I talk about mom stuff all the time on my page so I don’t always brand with the mascara but when I saw other pages sharing my image, I asked them to credit me”, Mrs Crane told Gold Coast Mum.

Great move!
And a fine lesson to all the MLM and network marketing fans out there.

When this post was first shared, the image was at 27,861 shares and more than 9000 likes. It has now been shared hundreds of thousands of times!

“My little ‪#‎Mombie‬ meme has gone viral on Facebook! Click the hashtag to see. It's all over instagram too. So glad I at least had some makeup on haha. If you see it you can say you knew me before I hit the big time. Back to being a ‪#‎momboss‬!
Thanks for all the shares!” she posted Thursday night (Australian time).


Great stuff Morgan

(And a good reminder to bloggers/ business owners to brand your images for social media as once they're posted, they're shared far and wide without any credit, as Mrs Crane has discovered.)

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Hair trend alert; Forget the average 'Mum Bun', now it's all about the artistic undercut

Hair trend alert; Forget the average 'Mum Bun', now it's all about the artistic undercut

By Lauren - Gold Coast Mum
Step aside 'Mum bun' fanatics. 
For now, it seems, a new hair trend is gaining momentum in Australia.
(Well, let's face it, us Mums aren't exactly Mum bun 'fanatics' now are we... it's more of a 'Hey let's whip this mass of hair away from my face/sweat/baby vomit/poo/peanut butter/Sudcocream/grubby fingers' type deal, isn't it?!)

Mums from around the country are taking to social media to show off their hotted-up Mum buns complete with undercuts - featuring 'tracks' or patterns such as zig zags and stars.

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The artistic undercut (where one's hair is pulled up into a bun or pony tail, exposing the hair at the back of your head that is then shaved) is proving quite a hit in the Mum community as it provides an opportunity to still showcase one's youth or style without being permanent like a piercing or tattoo.

(Adulting is hard work some times, so whatever floats your boat I say! I even considered red/purple/blue coloured foils at my recent hair appointment).



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One word of advice for those lopping their locks in the name of fashion/comfort, the word is that you may need to wear your hair down for a while if you decide to let the artistic undercut grow out, as you'd hate to sport a mullet now, wouldn't you?


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Are you a 'Mum Bun' devotee?
Would you consider/ have you got an artistic undercut?
What are your thoughts?


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It's official.

It's official.

By Lauren - Gold Coast Mum
We’re now Queenslanders!


I’ve been super busy lately, as most people are – juggling kids, work and a bunch of other exciting projects (oh and I had a night out drinking wine and dancing to some fab 90s and 00s tunes with my middle sis, and hubby and I took our brood on a 2500km+ road trip to Sydney, Wollongong, South Coast and back)!


Got to love the good ol' self-timer pic. Lol. Stopped in at the Big Banana, Coffs Harbour on our way home. Road trippin back to the Gold Coast after a whirlwind week, and more than 2500km in the car!

In the excitement of it all, I think I forgot to tell you that I’m officially now a Queenslanderrrrr!
I know, I know. I feels like I’m part of the furniture here on the Gold Coast. We absolutely adore it here.

Hubby and I recently sold the apartment in Sydney that we bought together in our early 20s , and spent many great years (that included hosting a celebration for an entire indoor cricket team who were all holding overflowing glasses of creaming soda and vodka on our brand spankin’ new carpet after winning the State Titles one year. Picture me following them around spot cleaning any spillages).

It was the end of an era that also provided a wonderful trip down memory lane. Especially when we emptied the storage area and stumbled across love letters we had written to each other as loved-up 18-year-olds, and my beloved folders (and folders and folders and folders) full of magazine cut outs and autographs from 90s’ girl group Girlfriend, trophies from sports, singing, talent shows, eisteddfods and more (FYI, my hubby was a champion ballroom dancer as a child! Hello Strictly Ballroom! Before he turned into a rugby, golf, cricket, and everything else overachiever).
The kids have been having a great time playing with our keepsakes.



We’ve now bought and settled into our family home on the Gold Coast – complete with pool and dishwasher (this was our MAIN must-have). 
We’re super excited and now I’m stalking all things landscaping/ renovations/ home design/d├ęcor so we can give it our personal touch.

Being from NSW, my hubby is a proud Blues support when it comes State of Origin time. 
But it’s kind of amusing considering that 3 of our 4 children were actually born here in Qld, we’ve lived here for 5 years and are now officially home owners here (well, home-payer-offerers ;-)so really hubby might have to tone it down come State of Origin time.
Though, I’m proud to say, we’re fully behind the Gold Coast Titans and the Gold Coast SUNS!

We were all set to attend the Titans Vs Broncos game last weekend but unfortunately, at around 5pm, Miss 5 decided to have a little bit of a boogie ON TOP OF the brick letterbox, and then promptly lose her footing, fall to the ground and fracture her arm.


We shelved the footy plan and instead, hubby stayed home with our 3 youngest while I spent a few hours at the hospital with Miss 5 as we did x-rays and had a plaster cast applied.

Joy!


She’s fine and on the mend. 

Proudly rocking her plastered arm and looking forward to showing her schoolmates next week.





These school holidays we've also enjoyed play dates with friends old and new (be sure to checkout the Gold Coast Mum Facebook group and Meet Up group Gold Coast Parents).

Enjoying a play date with my 4 cherubs at the Rosser Gardens - Botanical Gardens in Benowa.

It has been a pleasure helping mums on the Gold Coast connect with other mothers.

A lovely friend also gave me tickets to take Miss 5 to the Children's Ballet performance at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. It was very special and lovely to have one on one time with my eldest (this was before the arm injury)!


Gold Coast Mum Lauren at the ballet with eldest daughter

So, how does the QLD V NSW issue or sporting rivalry go in your household/with family/friends?

Have you experienced any broken bones these school holidays?

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