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Improving my gut health 

I have been feeling sluggish and not just the normal mum sluggish, so I’ve decided to focus on my health and first up is gut health. Signs of an imbalance of gut flora can include acne, low energy (meeee), digestive problems and low immunity.

So here are a few ways I am going to try and improve my healthy gut flora.

Cutting down on refined sugar and upping anti-inflammatory fats such as flaxseed oil, coconut oil and avocados. This will help eliminate bad bacteria. Probiotic rich food and vegetables will help to move the bad bacteria out of my system and leave an alkalising effect, which will hopefully end in promoting a healthy gut flora.

I am going to rest my tummy twice a week. I will start with once a week first as an adjustment period and then move to twice a week. This doesn’t mean that I am going to fast. I will still consume an array of vegetables, fruits and oils but in liquid form. Soups, juices and smoothies. I will be consuming the same amount of food but it will all be blended or juiced in order to give my digestive system a break.

Stress can be a big one when it comes to overall health and the gut is no different. Stress can override even the healthiest of diets. So I will ensure that I sit with my thoughts for at least 15 minutes each day. Either when I am walking, in the car alone or once the kids have gone to bed at night. We are in an age where everything moves so fast, we do so much and often so much for others, so its more vital than ever, to make sure you schedule in time to just be. Just be present, just sit or just listen. Also remember to breathe. As silly as that sounds we often have short shallow breaths. Take time each morning before you wake up and before you go to sleep to take at least five big, deep, long breaths. I also do this when I am stressed {insert stress head} so I do it a lot!

Hopefully within a few weeks I notice a difference. I shall keep you updated on Insta.

Big love

xx

Layla’s First Birthday Party

Styling kids birthday parties is one of my favourite things to do! I love it. When coming up with the theme for Layla’s I wanted it to be elegant, dreamy and floral. White and blush being the main tones with a splash of black, for something different.

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This gorgeous cart from Enchanted Party Hire was definitely the main attraction. Perfect place for the cake to sit as well as all the yummy goodies. For 20% off at Enchanted Party Hire just enter – ONEMUMSSTYLE20 at the checkout.

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I loved this little space that I created especially for the birthday girl. A special seat just for her!  I bought the cake topper and name script from Shartruese simply elegant and the balloon from The Pop Up Party Co  which just made this space pop.

 

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I wanted the kids to have a little space where they could sit and enjoy their cake, as well as feel important and special with their own little personalised bag from Cotton Gift Co as well as mask, lollies and play dough.

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Mirror swan cake topper from TLeaf Collections 10% off using code ONEMUMSSTYLE

Chocolates, drink stickers and straw flags from Print and Party 20% off using code ONEMUMSSTYLE20

Cake stands from Enchanted Party Hire 20% off using code ONEMUMSSTYLE2

Cart from Enchanted Party Hire 20% off using code ONEMUMSSTYLE20

Swan Soriee art work from Pink Pom Pom Kids 

Balloon Garland from Oh My Party  25% off all DIY balloon garlands using code HBDLAYLA

Swan biscuits from Little Bisckut 

Layla is one mirror plaque from TLeaf Collections 10% off using code ONEMUMSSTYLE

Cotton Gift Bags from Cotton Gift Co 

Foil number one balloon from The Pop Up Party Co   20% off all balloon orders using code LAYLAISONE

Laylas Top Knot from Mae and Rae    20% off using code ONEMUMSSTYLE20

Laylas romper from Tea Princess Aust

Wooden Cake topper and script name from Shartuese  20% off using code

Floral placemats from Kmart 

Lolly jar from Kmart

Glass milk bottles from Kmart

Glass flower jars from Target

Green vine used on balloon from Kmart

Roses from Aldi

Cakes created by me. If your making cakes yourself, pre made icing is your best friend!

Swan masks created by me. I used glitter paper from Spotlight and white paper straw. I found a template for a swan on Google.

Palettes found on a building site and painted but you can get them for free from Bunnings

Wooden highchair found on GumTree and painted white

 

Byron Bay Must See

Byron Bay would have to be one of the most beautiful and relaxed places I have ever been. There is just something in the air when you visit that allows you to destress, relax and reset.

I have been visiting this town for eleven years now and I still find new gorgeous cafes or divine little shops. So, I have decided to create a list of the things you must see and do when visiting Byron. Each place is hyperlinked, so just click on the name to go directly to their website.

 

  1.  The Farm
    This place was amazing. Not only is the food to die for but there is so much to see and the view is stunning! There are numerous animals, a playground, small shop and did I mention the scrumptious food!

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2. Combi & Bay Leaf were my absolute favourite cafes this trip. Not only are they exquisitely decorated but the coffee, service and food is an experience in itself.

3. Wategos Beach is breathtaking. The water was so clear and it is nestled in between two rock cliffs. Stunning! Just a heads up that parking is limited, so I would suggest heading down early.

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4. The lighthouse. Of course the iconic Byron lighthouse is a must see! There is a beautiful walk you can do right up to the lighthouse and then right down to the most easterly point. However, with the kids in tow and feeling extremely inactive, we just drove to the carpark and opted for the shorter walk. Sunrise and sunset at the lighthouse is definitely my recommendation.

5. Snorkelling at Julian Rocks! Breathtaking. I did this a few years ago and boy was it an experience. I saw numerous turtles, fish and a mantra ray. Safe to say as everyone was trying to catch a glimpse or follow the mantra ray, I was swimming my little heart out to get as far away from that thing as I could! It was huge. There was just something about stillness of snorkelling and it definitely put things in perceptive for me – little fish in a big ocean kinda thing! It’s definitely a must.

6. Shopping! The amount of beautiful little shops that Byron have continues to blow me away with every visit. Here are a few of my favourites but I am sure I’ve probably missed a few – Hope and May, Arnhem, Folk Byron Bay, The Beach People, Auguste The Label, Tigerlily, Spell, Nikau and Paper Aeroplane.

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7. Talking about shopping, the markets are on the first Sunday of every month. I love the uniqueness of the markets and of course the food! Foodie.

8. Stand up paddling boarding is also a lot of fun. Paddling around the rocks is just gorgeous and of course the view!

9. Hire a bike and cruise around. There is so much to see and do just outside of Byron too! Minyon Falls, Crystal Castle, rainforest walks, more shopping and horse riding.

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Big love

xx

My top tips on increasing healthy eating habits

– Ensure your fridge and pantry are full of organic and natural healthy foods
– Pop nutrious snack everywhere. Desk, car, bag. This will help you avoid the temptation of stopping in to your local cafe or fast food store to grab something when your feeling peckish, say at 3 or 4pm.
– Steer clear of packaged foods. Try to do meal prep one morning or afternoon a week. I make little bags for juicing, granola, pesto and veggie bowls every Monday morning when Layla naps. This way I know its done for the week and it keeps me on track for those days when I can’t be bothered preparing anything or have to have something on the run.
– Last tip is to look after your gut! One way to do this is by eating fermented foods daily. This is as simple as having a probiotic, adding apple cider vinegar to your meals or popping some in a glass of water. This makes sure the your guy is strong and helps extract maximum nutrition from your foods. Bonus!

 

Organisation is the key. Once its becomes a habit it so much easier to stick to!

xx

Foods to cleanse

Some of the best foods to cleanse your body

Ginger. It is perfect for the digestive system. It removes gas and helps with bloating! Perfect to add to your smoothies or juices. 

Vinegar. I have apple cider vinegar every morning in a warm glass of water before I drink or eat anything else (yes even coffee!!) You can also had it to salad. It’s perfect for gut health and is anti inflammatory. 

Cinnamon. I love cinnamon. I put it on my roasted veggies, in smoothies and on my oats. It lowers cholesterol, sugar levels and helps fight viruses and not to mention its yummy!

Probiotics. I love probiotics and have been having them regularly in many forms for over a year now. They have so many benefits. Help energy levels, healthier skin, support immunity, destroy bad bacteria and balance our digestive system. I get my probiotics from kombucha, kefir, a supplement and yoghurt drink.

Berries. I have berries daily and why not. They are delicious, easy to source and have so many health benefits. They are full of antioxidants which help with mood as well as reduce inflammation. They are full of fibre which helps remove toxins. I add berries to my smoothies and on my oats. 

Just a few foods you can have daily to help cleanse your body.

Happy cleansing!

xx

Parkers Room

Parkers Room

Ah! Finally all the pieces have come together in Parkers room and I have had a chance to photograph it. My brother also complied a video, head to my Insta to check it out! AMAZING.

So when putting this room together I wanted a space that was functional, organised, roomy, inviting, neutral and of course something that Parker loved.

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I’m all about those neutral tones but thought I would add a splash of teal, you know to mix it up! Parker is all about animals and trucks, so I used a few around this room as decor pieces.

I love that the desk and toy box sit flush together! Parker enjoys having somewhere to draw or pretend to do business (god love him) so we create this look nook on one side of this room.

The other side is all about books and toys. This tub system from IKEA is amazing and a could label the tubs (organisational bliss) It makes packing his toys away so much easier and neatly too!

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We read books to Parker often but I like to rotate them, so we aren’t reading the same ones all the time and the decision isn’t overwhelming (as we have A LOT of books) So these bookshelves were perfect.

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We popped a canopy over his bed to make it like a cave and a rug on the floor to break up the carpet.

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I love how it has turned out. Its both functional and kid friendly!

I hope this inspires you if your thinking about redecorating your little ones room. Happy perusing!

xx

New Year, New Me

New Year, New Me

So clique but I hope it is so true. Before Christmas every year I get organised and I reflect. It makes me feel happy, grateful, less stressed and organised going into the new year.

This year I’ve decided to focus on me and my passions. Crazy right! Self love, health and a hint of interiors.

Don’t worry I promise not to bore you with food bowl shots, progress updates or photos of me hitting up the gym. But if there is ever anything you want to know or see feel free to hit me up!

But what I will show you is snippets of my home, affordable interior finds, sassy fashion, mwah and a touch of my cute kiddies. My feed will be going in another direction, a direction that best represents me and if that’s for you, I totally get that. Only follow people who inspire you. Believe me, you will be so much better for it. Hence the reason for my change. It took a lot of reflection but I decided that I wanted to put energy and time into an account that was full of things that inspire – healthy eating, self love, lifting one another and decorating pockets of my home. Fitness is something I’ve always wanted to be whole hardly into but never have fully committed. Who knows maybe 2019 is my year for fitness but I’m trying not to over commit.

So if your into positive thinking, scandi white neutral interiors , self love, a touch of me and really cute kiddies, then you’ve come to the right place!

And if you haven’t written down goals, aspirations, what you want to achieve, where you would like to go and see yourself in 2019, now is the time. Next time you going for a walk, have a shower or are driving in the car, reflect on what you want, where or what you want to do. Then write them down on a post it note (love those things) stick them to your mirror and read them daily. If throughout the year they change pull them off and re write new ones.

Heres to kicking goals and whole hardly being yourself in 2019!

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xx