Mother's Day 2021 with Helena Vestergaard

When we think of Helena Vestergaard, we are immediately drawn to her effortless nature and natural beauty. She’s someone who appreciates the finer things in life and understands the importance of making every moment, big or small, count. Helena is a model, creative, yogi, mother of two – and our first Mother’s Day muse. Captured in her beachside home in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, we spoke candidly to Helena about her favourite books, music, motherhood, and the best advice she’s received when it comes to parenting her two beautiful children River & Sway. 

How will you be spending Mother’s Day this year?
This year I will be at my yoga teacher course all day! But I will take it as a little day off the hustle of caring for the little ones and focus on just showing up for myself. I will call my own mother on my lunch break then hopefully have some wonderful time as a little family in the evening when I get home for dinner, which better be already made when I get home.

What is the best advice on motherhood that you have received?

Whenever I’m feeling like I just can’t cope and it’s all too much – which has been quite a lot lately, we are renovating, my husband started a new 9-5 job and I’m doing a yoga teacher training course –  I remember what my mother always says to me “this too shall pass" it’s not much but it helps me remember that no matter how hard the moment may feel while you are in it, it will always pass.

As a mum of 2, how do you make time for yourself?
I send them off to day-care 2 days a week (laughs) I also try to get up an hour earlier so I can get a yoga or meditation in before they wake up and maybe take a cheeky extra-long shower when my husband is home.

 What are the key basics that we can always find in your wardrobe?
A comfy cool tracksuit, a good plain t shirt and jeans and an easy flowy dress.

What is your favourite mum-proof/off-duty outfit?
If it is cold, I will just wear a tracksuit or black pants and a t-shirt. If it’s warmer, I will wear a loose long dress – which is perfect for having kids around, they love having something to grab onto or be wrapped in or just some extra fabric for wiping a runny nose.

What music can we find playing your household?
My partner and I love reggae, blues, and easy listening but sometimes we throw in some major lazer and dance tracks if we feel like having a dance party which is quite often in our home.

What books would we find on your bedside table?
At the moment I am really into quantum physics and ayurveda so a lot of Joe Dispenza and my yoga studying books. I also love a good crime novel; Karin Slaughter is my favourite for crime fiction.

Favourite time of the day?
After dinner and bathing the kids, we do family time from 6.30pm to 7.30pm every single night. We all snuggle on our bed and just hang out, tell stories, giggle and then most of the time fall asleep together. No phones no distractions just us in a bed, the kids are their happiest when we are all being present together and something special seems to happen every night when we do this, so it’s become a strong part of our routine.

Family favourite meal?
Nathans organic grass-fed beef casserole with rice. I'm pretty sure it’s a Jamie Oliver recipe!

How has becoming a mother changed you?
Motherhood has made me far more responsible, caring, and respectful of life. Everything has so much more purpose for me now, which does make things more stressful for sure, but it also brings so much more meaning to anything I do. Most days I feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day, but I think that’s much better than feeling as though there is too much time. life is much shorter than we think and being a mother quickens it, so I really try to embrace every moment I have.

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