Having children is a blessing, however, at times being the only one in my circles with kids really-sucked. It wasn’t my friends faults either, they just didn’t know how intensely physical and at times lonely motherhood can get. Two of my best-friends apologised to me after becoming mothers themselves. One who lived with me when my eldest son RL was born expressed she felt she should have offered to help more. The other, wished she could turn back the hands of time and have spent more quality time with me doing something child-friendly rather than another meaningless night out on-the-town. There was no apologies needed of course, I knew someday they would understand and I have nothing but love and now sound experience to offer to my sisterhood of new-mums. I also knew a change would come, and that change is now.





All of a sudden, I am having 8 hours sleep, I have time to fold my washing, my kids can use cutlery and feed themselves. My family and I can watch Netflix together, with no interruptions. I can shower alone, use the toilet alone. I can take the kids to cafes without struggling to carry a baby bag that weighs 5kgs nor worry they will scream their heads off and/or throw food. While I cherish every memory of my children’s infant stages of life, things are so, so, SO much easier now. I’m getting my groove back, so where too from here? As I have strengthened as a person through the trials and tribulations that come with motherhood, suddenly my creative bones are firing off. I know you’ve all sensed a change on on my social platforms and if you were paying attention I dropped several hints. Many thought my big news was another baby, and if you’ve read this far I am sorry to disappoint. I am however, going back to study!



I literally cant find the words to sum-up how excited I am to become a student at the new Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity. I am doing level 4 in Creativity where I will study art and design, illustration, digital media and photography while also gaining skills in digital modelling and 3D printing. Going back to study was a huge deal, much to consider and the discussions with hubby were REAL! Funnily enough, it was hubby encouraging me to go, he’s always been my biggest believer especially in my art. You know whats cute? When hubby gets asked what his wife does, he says my profession is an ‘artist’. Knowing that I am pursuing a life long dream of studying and gaining qualifications in creative arts will really help me feel inside I am worthy of such title. I am going back to study to find inspiration and I am going to use that inspiration to benefit my family. I cant wait to share more study-life updates on the blog with you all!



My gal-pal Jenny, creative photographer from Jenny Pochtarenko Photography captured these beautiful images at the Wellington Chocolate Factory. You’ll see Jenny’s work quite a bit on the blog, I am using any excuse to be shot by her, isn’t her work dreamy! PS. the Wellington Chocolate Factory is such a hip-spot to grab yourself the tastiest hot-choc in Wellington, I am taking the kids there for a chocolate tour soon, and yup I will vlog it!


Until next!

See you, love you, BYE!





  1. August 16, 2018 / 11:38 pm

    Good luck with your new adventure! From The VASH – Forever MOOI Team x

    • Larissa
      September 23, 2018 / 2:46 am

      Cant wait to work with you all once again! I must share that you have had a name change! I love it xx

      • itstheleostyle
        October 25, 2018 / 11:19 pm

        Its been an honour working with you xoxox

  2. August 29, 2018 / 5:10 am

    Looking great! Surely there are more moments on motherhood that excites us as well and can be considered as one of a kind experience!

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