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Barbara O’Reilly

Digital Editor

What do you enjoy about your job?
I have always been someone with lots of different interests, picking a major at uni was basically impossible for me. So I love that this job lets me talk about eSafety one day and kids fashion the next. I get to research and create so much varied content, which is awesome because I get bored really easily. And celebrating motherhood on the daily is the actual best.

Who is on your fantasy dinner party guest list?
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Tank Girl, Anthony Kiedis, Babette (from Gilmore Girls), Gretchen Rubin (except she doesn’t drink, eat carbs or sugar so she may not have fun), Jenna, my hubby and my bestie.

What are 5 things you need every day?
Sleep, my kids and hubby, my phone, sunshine and deodorant.

What’s the best advice you were ever given from your parents.
Fix something that makes people money, not costs them money.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?
I think all my stuff is already crossed off. I have travelled, partied and studied to excess. I have a little family and a house near the beach. I get paid to write stories and take pictures, so I think I’m done. Everything from here onwards is really just bonus points.

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Natalie Ritchie

Features Editor

What do you enjoy about your job?
Swimming in stories, interviews and lovely info to share with readers to make their lives bigger, richer, better.

Who is on your fantasy dinner party guest list?
Ordinary people are more interesting than famous people. A scientist, an explorer, a geologist, an historian, Jane Austen or George Eliot (ok, so they’re famous), and someone from Australia’s early settlement past to show them how far we’ve come. Maybe Governor Lachlan Macquarie because, well, his name is Lachlan and so is my 13-year-old’s. And Robert Louis Stevenson for my 14-year-old, Robbie.

What are 5 things you need every day?
Fresh air. A cup of tea. To read a good book. To look up at the moon. And flowers! So many flowers, so little time.

What’s the best advice you were ever given from your parents.
Beauty all around us is what matters, not money.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?
Going on another dig in Egypt! In real life, I’m an Indiana Jane.

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Jenna Templeton

Digital Content

What do you enjoy about your job?
I’m thankful that I’m able to interview and speak to lots of amazing Australian mothers on a daily basis and share their personal stories regularly with the CHILD Magazines’ community. I also love how my job allows me to be creative use all my different creative skills from writing and design to storytelling and photography.

Who is on your fantasy dinner party guest list?
A bit of a mixed bag of interesting and unique characters such as; My hubby (my true love), Peter Falk (Columbo), Anaïs Nin (diariest/writer), a quokka, Ken Done (Aussie artist), Kirstie Allsopp (UK crafter/ lifestyle presenter), Amy Tangerine and Kelly Purkey (modern life documenters), Hanson (90s band), Mary Portas (expert in all business things), Hilary Duff (fan girling).

What are 5 things you need every day?
A good book or magazine, cup of tea with a quality tea dipping biscuit, supplies to get creative on a whim with as well as a notebook to jot down or illustrate ideas, planner and bullet journal to record my day, cuddles from my husband, pictures of happy quokkas. #lovinglife

What’s the best advice you were ever given from your parents.
The best advice or thing that they did was always support me and my creative endeavours. As a child, they let me know that it was ok to be me, and that being different is a good thing. They taught me the importance of extending kindness whenever I could.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?
Have a book published and on bookshop shelves, the luxury of being able to be creative everyday and be paid for it, visit Japan again, be a mother one day and teach my child/kids to not be scared of the world – but feel empowered and use all their unique qualities for good.

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Lana Al Habl

Sub-Editor + Features Writer

What do you enjoy about your job?
I adore language and words, so getting to fix them, write them, read them, invent them and make them look good on a daily basis is me living out my fantasy.

Who is on your fantasy dinner party guest list?
Some famous chefs like Rene Redzepi or Massimo Bottura in hopes at least one of them will subliminally get the message to get into that kitchen, I’d need an author there so Hanya Yanagihara because she is an incredible speaker, Radiohead or Beach House for some after dinner jam sessions, and David Lynch because he’s crazy (cool).

What are 5 things you need every day?
Dinner time chats with my husband, a cup of tea with cinnamon first thing in the morning, a book in my bag (even if I don’t read that day, it’s comforting knowing it’s there), music, and my red artline pen.

What’s the best advice you were ever given from your parents?
That kindness and altruism are not signs of weakness but rather signs of strength.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?
Writing and publishing a fiction book and visiting Antarctica are in equal place.

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Daisy Chein

Group Calendar Coordinator + Editorial Assistant

What do you enjoy about your job?
I love learning about parenting and children (I have so many fun facts up my sleeve). I also love that I am able to write for a living and as the resident reviewer, I love that one of my problems is “I have too many books”.

Who is on your fantasy dinner party guest list?
My grandparents, Beyoncé and her family, Angelina Jolie, Dumbledore and a translator so that my grandparents can speak to them too.

What are 5 things you need every day?
A good book, at least a few minutes with my loved ones, my phone, a spritz of perfume and a slick of lipstick or gloss.

What’s the best advice you were ever given from your parents?
Be kind to people even if they’re not kind to you; don’t raise your voice, just walk away or improve your argument and try to smile more (I have resting sad or angry face, depending on who you ask).

What’s at the top of your bucket list?
It’s not at the top but I would love to own (and read) all the orange Penguin books.