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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

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

Living an organic life

Wellness for a lot of us is viewed as the ultimate goal. We all want to live authentic, happy, healthy lives, but at times it is seen as unattainable for a multitude of reasons. One of the main reasons is being time poor or an over commitment to certain things in our lives. Unfortunately our health is looked at, as something that will we start next week or Monday (because Mondays are always great for starting ‘new’ things). However, this is something that we really need to look at, as your health should be viewed as the number one priority in your life. If you don’t have your health, it’s hard to give everything else the attention it needs and live your best life. This may seem challenging, overwhelming or you might even be saying “but where do I start?” The best place to start is with a detoxification. Just like you ‘spring clean’ your home, you are going to spring clean your cupboard, fridge and maybe even have a look at what’s in your bathroom cupboard.

The reality is that your body is a temple and ultimately reflects the way you treat it. So my first tip would be, to be conscious of what you put inside it. The first thing you need to ditch is processed food. All that packaged food is full of preservatives, hidden chemicals, sugar, bad fats and salt. It’s toxic. This is just weighing your body down. Once you have got rid of all those nasties, then you can start to nourish your body with wholesome foods, fresh and organic (if you can). I buy all my organic fruit and veg from Woolworths (make sure you look for the certified organic symbol). I also buy a majority of my organic cupboard and pantry essentials from Woolworths too. This isn’t to say that everything I buy is organic. If it isn’t, I make sure I read the labels and the first thing I look at is, can I pronounce that word? Would my nana know what that is? If the answer is no, I generally pop it back on the shelf or go to good old google to check exactly what it is. This doesn’t mean that every item you buy something , I want you to stop and read all the labels at once. Just start small. Look at three items you currently buy and check out what is in them and if they are full of nasties, look for a healthier alternative. In saying this, I don’t tend to buy a lot of pantry items. Another rule I have is to stick to the outskirts of the grocery store. Most of the wholesome foods are found on the outskirts like fruit/veg, fish, meat etc. I also make a lot of things myself, like sauces for pasta, pesto, stock, cookies, muffins, taco seasoning etc. If you think this is hard or takes too much time, it really doesn’t. Most of the sauces only require a few ingredients and a food processor/blender and then you don’t have all the nasty preservatives, chemicals and sugar that are in a majority of the sauces you buy on the shelf. If you’re after easy recipes or lunchbox ideas, I generally pop a few on my stories or just ask.

A big one for me is mindfulness. When was the last time you just sat with your thoughts or actually tuned in to your body? You might be thinking, I am a mum, I can’t even pee in peace, how can I sit with my thoughts? True. But you can make time. I try and get up 30 mins to an hour before the kids and sit with my hot cup of tea in the sun and just enjoy the silence and listen as thoughts go in and out of my mind. Or maybe you could do it before going to bed or once the kids are asleep. It only takes 20 mins and it does wonders, such as reduces stress and improves mental clarity (let’s face it, I need all the mental clarity I can get). If just sitting silently isn’t for you, try listen to relaxing music or a meditation track (I sometimes use the app Headspace, it’s free). It can be daunting and you can feel as though you are wasting time just sitting there, but believe me, you are not.

Last but not least skin care. This was one of the things I implemented first, but gradually. I trialed new products over months, to see what would work for me and my family. I was absolutely alarmed at the amount of chemicals found in everyday products we place on our skin and our children’s and the amount that our skin actually absorbs (64% of what we put on it). I also realised that I didn’t need numerous products. So I went back to basics. For the kids I use three products. Organic coconut oil (from Woolworths), Little Bairn Organic Massage Oil and Chamonix Rain Organics body wash and shampoo. (I pop the coconut oil in the bath water, so they don’t get dry skin and also use it on cradle cap or the first sign of nappy rash).

For me I use a charcoal sponge to clean my face morning and night, dry body brush before having a shower, Kora Organics face exfoliate (twice a week) and moisturizer morning and night and Edible Beauty oil every night. For make-up, I use Inka mascara and I am yet to find a foundation that I feel works the best for my skin. I use Mukti shampoo and conditioner for my hair and coconut oil as a treatment once a week. (Since I’ve started dying my hair again, I also use salon products on my hair once a month). The first change I made was a natural deodorant that didn’t contain aluminum. I use Black Chicken deodorant paste and I haven’t looked back. For a skin moisturizer I use coconut oil, Eco Tan gradual tan or Welda skin food. I have quite sensitive skin and all of these products have been amazing. Last but not least I use WOT NOT sunscreen. It’s quite thick but I have found that it works the best and doesn’t have a funny smell. I purchase all my skin care products from Nourished Life, as its one place that stocks a majority of the products I use and they have free shipping, winning!

My biggest piece of advice would be small steps. I’m still learning and implementing new things every week. For me, I couldn’t afford to throw away all my beauty products straight away and buy all new and the thought of reading every label and finding new products that were natural, seemed rather daunting and time consuming. It was also a bit of trial and error. Some things that were recommended by so many, didn’t work for me or fit our lifestyle. Take it easy and implement small steps or if you feel comfortable, take a big leap. Remember living organic is not just an ‘all’ or ‘nothing’ approach. Even the slightest changes can make a big difference!

New habits take time. Be kind to yourself xx

 

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Frankie and Co my fav clothing store {not sponsored, just love}

When it comes to shopping, I’m an addict. I’ve always loved wandering the shopping centre aimlessly, admiring all the clothes and accessories and finding the perfect outfit or that bargain buy.

Since having my kids my love of shopping hasn’t changed but the way I’d prefer to shop has. Shopping now takes place in my pjs or comfiest tracksuit, with a tea or wine in hand, as I scroll through the endless amounts of clothing and accessories available right at my fingertip. But now there is the added excitement of trying to find free shipping {the best feeling}

So since my online shopping addiction emerged, I’ve stubbled across some gorgeous brands that are my go to when ever I’m looking for a new outfit or just something to make me feel like I’m back in trend. My absolutely fav would have to be Frankie and Co for so many reasons! They stock fashionable maternity/breastfeeding clothes, divine everyday pieces, comfy basics, constantly updating and adding and there so stylish!

Here are some of my favourite pieces from Frankie and Co and over the next few months I’m sure there will be more #obsessed

http://www.frankieandco.com.au

Much love xx

Izabel top in white.

So comfortable and light. Perfect for spring!

Karli cardigan. Matches anything!

Blush Cami. Gorgeous Color and a spring staple.