Bernadette Hennequin is a local mum of two who has only recently settled into the Sutherland Shire.
She tells us all about her family, new favourite places and tips for journeying through motherhood.
Where and how long have you lived in the Sutherland Shire and what do you love about it?
I have lived in Sutherland for 1 year now. My favourite place is Burraneer, absolutely beautiful. It is such a relaxed place to be in comparison to other places I have lived.
Sutherland is very peaceful and such a beautiful atmosphere, close to everything.
Tell us about yourself and your family:
I am a singing teacher and a few weeks ago KI started my own Business called Bvocal. I offer one-to-one singing lessons face-to-face and online. I absolutely adore children. I also teach adults. I have also just begun teaching beginners piano.
I have two girls (7 and 9) whom I absolutely adore. We love the beach and getting out in nature- even though my elder daughter has a lot of allergies!
We love to get creative and draw too. My girls draw every day and they are quite good at it.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Morning rush to school, home to do things for my business, visit family when I have time during the week. When I can fit it in I like to go for nature walks and shopping.
Favourite park and why:
Camellia Gardens is absolutely gorgeous and peaceful to sit, relax, read and observe nature- the perfect place to unwind from daily stress.
Favourite thing to do with your bubs/kiddies and why:
Get drawing, hit the beach or markets we love and walk through nature.
Favourite kid-friendly cafe and why:
Cooperfield at South Village in Kirrawee is really friendly and has yummy food!.
7TH Heaven in Sutherland also has nice food and the people are lovely.
Favourite restaurant or favourite night-spot and why:
Italian Stallion in Gymea. Beautiful, yummy food and very peaceful.
Kelly’s Bar and Grill in Miranda is also amazing. If you want a good piece of steak or ribs it’s your best bet!
Favourite Mothers Group location:
I have not attended Mothers Group as we moved into the Shire only a year ago and my girls have grown up.
Favourite wet weather location:
Miranda Westfield or home.
What do you like to do when you have time to yourself:
Sit in the sun at the beach on a rug and read a book. Listen to music. I also love meditation!
Work or SAHM (Stay at Home Mum):
Started my business, Bvocal, recently.
Motherly advice on how to stay sane:
Listen to music and get out walking with bub whenever you can. Write down what you look forward to into a little diary or set a goal board for each day for the smallest thing each week.
Funny mum moment:
Having worn my own food by my little one.
What is your guilty pleasure?
What makes you lose your shit?
When repeating the same thing more than 20 times to someone like my dad!
What’s something not many people know about you?
I have had a fair struggle with my health. I am blessed to be where I am today with a loving family.
Favourite local shop/online store or Instagram business:
Inspired lifestyle: Love the candles, soaps and pretty crystals.
What’s the best product/service you can recommend since becoming a mum? (for baby/kids or you)
Kmart: Cheap and convenient as kids grow so fast.
What’s your “can’t live without” beauty product?
My lip gloss! My lips dry out so fast! Even though I drink a lot of water!
How have you changed since becoming a mum?
Well, I can say our bodies definitely change and for the best with our little blessings.
Being a proud mamma learning so much about my children over the years.
What is the greatest challenge you have faced since becoming a mum?
My older one having a few health problems.
Anything else you would like to share with us?
Yes, we have such a caring and loving community. Since we have moved here, everyone is so helpful and friendly. We are thankful every day.
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