Cara McFarlane

Local Mum – Cara McFarlane

Meet this week’s local mum Cara who grew up in the Southern Highlands but now calls The Shire home (and totally gets why no one ever ventures over any bridges!)

Where and how long have you lived in the Sutherland Shire?

I live in Kirrawee and moved here 5 and a half years ago.

How many children:

Two little girls – Sofia will be 4 in June and Audrey 2 in May.

Favourite park:

Depends on the day and how urgently I need a good coffee! But I love Shelly and Castelnau for sand cooking fun!

Favourite beach:

With kids – Silver Beach at Kurnell. So easy! We also love Wattamolla in the national park but a bit more of a mission. I love discovering new beaches and am still exploring all the areas of the Shire.

Favourite kid friendly cafe:

I am yet to try many of these as usually opt for a takeaway coffee but Blackfish at Como is great! Playground nearby and lots of boats to count. Plus it’s a fun walk over the railway bridge as something extra.

Favourite night place: 

My couch??? I have been either trying to get pregnant, pregnant or had someone attached to my boob for the past 5 or so years so, haha.

Favourite Mothers Group location: 

Usually just one of our houses – lots of toys, cups of tea and good conversation. I couldn’t survive motherhood without my mummy friends!

Favourite wet weather location:

Inflatable World! Love that place. It’s a good work out for mums at the same time. 

Favourite local shop: 

Toys to Treasure in Gymea. I always go in for something small like a hat and end up leaving with more than can fit in my pram basket. 

Work or SAHM:

A little of both. I’m usually dabbling in something that generates a bit of income to fund my previously mentioned impulse shopping habit. I took a redundancy from my corporate job when pregnant with number one but have recently returned to the workforce as a part-time (2 days a week) communications officer at Sydney University. Amazing how work seems like a break after looking after monkeys full time! I am thoroughly enjoying my train ride reading and uninterrupted coffee and tea. I have also been a Tupperware consultant for the last few of years. Join Cara’s Tupperware facebook group page here.

Motherly advice:

Trust your motherly instincts and do what feels right for you and your little ones. After all, babies can’t read the rules books!


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