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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

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

Ikea kids kitchen hack

Ikea kids kitchen hack

Almost twelve months after purchasing Parker’s IKEA kitchen, I finally decided to hack it.

First I chose the colours. I wanted them to be neutral so they would fit in with Parker’s room and our house. So I went with white, timber and a hint of grey. Painters tip – use undercoat and then spray paint. Spray paint is easy and leaves a nice finish. Make sure you allow the paint to dry over night before applying the next coat.

I sprayed the top white and because I’m lazy and didn’t unassmeble the whole thing, I used painters tape to cover any parts I didn’t want white paint. I also painted the sink and around the cook top white.

I then sprayed the door grey. I put a strip of painters tape around the outside of the oven window, so that when I sprayed the door it left a faint grey square on the front. I completely covered the back of the oven door as I didn’t want any paint on that side. I was unsure how it was going to turn out but I was pretty happy with the outcome.

I sprayed the kitchen tap silver and am thinking of painting the microwave door handle silver or using another leather straps. I’m undecided.

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I removed the door handles and bought leather handles from IKEA. They were $14.95 for a two pack and very easy to screw in.

I purchased wooden door knobs from Bunnings for $2.20 each to use as oven knobs and they simply screwed in. Screws were supplied.

I purchased white herringbone wallpaper from Milton & King. I asked for a custom piece which cost $24 with free shipping. I purchased wallpaper adhesive from Bunnings and applied it to a piece of ply, which I nailed on the back of the kitchen. Since completing the hack I have seen that Minnie Me Interiors has adhesive herringbone wallpaper which would be a lot easier and probably work out cheaper.

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I then purchased a few accessories. Cups and plates were from our local op shop $2 for all of them. I bought the wooden eggs, bread, cheese and milk set which came in a crate from Kmart $8. I used an old pump soap from home and a $4 plant from Kmart to add some greenery.

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The total price of the hack was – $99.20 including all the materials and accessories.

If you decide to hack a kids kitchen IKEA or not, I would love for you to tag me!

Happy hacking!

xx

Magical Party

I had so much fun putting together this little party, that I’ve decided I would like to style a party every month {someone send me a money tree}

The theme was white and magical. I wanted to keep it relatively gender neutral and of course a lot of fun {insert jumping into a ball pit}

The ball pit and slide kept the little ones entertained for hours, so us adults actually got to have a conversation with limited interruptions. #winning

All the children got to take home a personalised bag with their own little jar of play dough. Love party bags that don’t contain all the sugar!!

My husband dismantled two pallets to create a mini table and I painted the top white. The kids loved that it was mini and I loved that it was cheap. Winners all round.

The Pom Pom garland and fairy lights made an easy and simple centre piece and the blush broke up the white and grey, just slightly.

I created the balloon garland myself using 110 white balloons. I pumped them up using a hand pump, left a long noodle at the end of each balloon, then tied the balloons in pairs. I then used fishing line to tie them all together. At the end I tied in single balloons where there were gaps or where I wanted to make it look fuller. If you want to make one, just hit up YouTube. It was a lot easier than I thought.

Hope this inspires you!

xx

Slide & Ball Pit – @littleluxekidspartyhire

Plates, straws and cups – @cmc.gold

Custom biscuits – @littlebiskut

Personalised chocolate bars & stickers – @printandparty

Mirror sign – @tleafcollections

Parker bow tie – @hugoswardrobe

Play Dough – @doughlicious_playdough

Personalised canvas bags – @cottongiftco

Pom Pom Garland – @faithlane

Milk Glasses – Kmart