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Summer Bucket List

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The end of the year is fast approaching and just like that 2018 is coming to an end. So what better way to kick of the end of the year than with a summer bucket list. Once again, a lot of these are experiences I had in my childhood. My dad used to set up the tent, and we would spend a few nights camping in the backyard. Last year I discovered some local fruit farms where you can pick your own fruit. It's so much fun and its now something we try to do a few times a year. [...]

Seven Ways To Ditch Overindulgence

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The silly season is upon us and everywhere I look the tables are full of temptations. Between all of the end of year birthdays, work breakups and family Christmas parties it can become a little overwhelming. Then there is New Years to contend with. So here are seven ways to ditch overindulgence. Eat a good breakfast Having a full stomach means you will be less likely to snack on some not so healthy options. My breakfast protein mug is the perfect breakfast to keep you fuller for longer. Drink plenty of water Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water. It [...]

My Birth Story

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After childbirth, everyone wants to hear your birth story. What you expected, what you experienced and of course what pain medication you had. My number one goal for the birth of my daughter was to avoid a cesarean. The next goal was to avoid an induced labour. But I was given an induction date at my 40-week appointment. Which was 12 days after my due date. I honestly didn’t try to interfere too much but I felt confident that I could avoid being induced. I had two ‘stretch and sweeps’, the second being a bit more vigorous than the first. [...]

Toddler Friendly Zucchini Recipes

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Finding appropriate toddler foods can be difficult so I'm sharing my favourite toddler friendly zucchini recipes. I’ve been so lucky that my daughter seems to like everything we have given her. There have been a few things that she doesn’t appear to like, but I’ve noticed it comes down to the texture. There have also been a few cases of things not agreeing with her little tummy. But she seems to have grown out of most of those. It doesn’t take long before your toddler wants to feed them self so having bite-size food is a must. Zucchini slice was one of [...]

6 Lessons I Learned From IVF

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Going through IVF isn't easy. Three is so much new information about the reproductive system that you never learned at school. The added physical and mental strain of something so invasive. Not to mention all of the money involved. So here are the 6 lessons I learned from IVF. How the menstrual cycle actually works Sure I learned about the menstrual cycle at school, but that really only covers the basics. Now I know that your body often gives you signs of what’s happening on the inside. From hormonal acne to cravings to cervical mucus, I know my body better [...]

So Blessed: A Modern-Day Cliche

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I hate to use a modern-day cliche but sometimes I really do feel so blessed. Yesterday was certainly one of those days. Last night I had a chance to reflect a little. Thirteen years ago I had the chance to reconnect with some old family friends. Normally I would not have taken up that opportunity but I thought why the heck not? This group of family friends has grown, as other friends have been added, partners have been added and now kids have also been added into the mix. Some of these people I have known since I was born [...]

How to get the most out of the Lush sales

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Every year, Lush hold Boxing Day Sales. The last few years have seen 50% off Christmas stock, and often some leftover Halloween stock. With 2017 offering in-store only discounts, I expect 2018 to be the same. I got really lucky to visit a store in 2017. I was interstate on holidays and certainly not expecting to come across a Lush store. How to get the most out of the Lush sales Scope it out Jump online and see what is on offer in the Christmas range. Don’t forget to look at the gift packs, because you should certainly treat yourself! [...]

But I’m Not An Old Mum

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I recently read an article about why Sarah from Sarah’s Sage Advice waited to have children. It got me thinking about what my plan was for when I wanted to have children. I never wanted to be an old mum. When I was a kid I always considered my mother to be old. But in comparison to my friend's parents, she wasn’t old. She is around the same age as most of them. She is the same age as my mother in law. In fact, they are only 5 days apart. Mind you I never saw my dad as old, [...]

Spring Bucket List

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I look forward to spring because it means there is more colour in my life, the sun comes out of hiding and it also means that Christmas is just that little bit closer. It's a great time to get back outside after being stuck inside during the cold winter months. This spring bucket list is the perfect way to ease yourself into the great outdoors. A lot of this spring bucket list is made up of outside activities. What better way to celebrate the new season than basking in the bright sunshine? I know I will be doing lots of these [...]

When Pregnancy Announcements Are Too Much

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Every new pregnancy announcement still sends my brain into a whirl. I thought after getting pregnant with my daughter those feelings would go away. My daughter is now 21 months, and my initial feelings are still the same. My heart jumps into my throat, and my knees go weak. I can’t look away from the screen. I hope that it's all just a silly prank. If I'm honest, I also think they are an idiot, but that's a story for another day. I can’t help but take it personally. It’s like the universe is constantly reminding me. I know they [...]

Pregnancy Surprises

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I was one of the lucky ones. I had it really easy, with no pregnancy surprises. I didn't have experience high blood pressure, gestational diabetes or Hyperemesis Gravidarum. You could even say that I enjoyed it. That's not to say there weren't a few things that surprised me about being pregnant. Morning Sickness For me, morning sickness was not what I was expecting it to be. I only actually threw up about 10 times, and only once did I throw up twice in one day. But I constantly felt sick, like I was going to throw up. This made it [...]

Things I Didn’t Experience During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is different for everyone. It's even different with each child. Here are some of the common things women experience during pregnancy that I didn't encounter. Cravings Sure I had cravings. But it wasn’t a case of "I must not stop until I get this". It was more like a regular craving that would pass without having to give in. And while I don’t think it’s considered a craving, I found milk was often the only thing that would satiate my thirst. I would get up in the middle of the night and chug some milk. Being warm I did [...]

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