I unfortunately have never met Danni, but I feel like I know her. We have been following each other for a few years now.
We both share a passion for healthy eating and we just happened to both have our babies close together. Both boys too.
Danni has been a great support to me and I would love for you to get to know her like I do.
So for my second #showtherealyou blog feature, I was honoured to have Danni share with you all a little more about her self.
Firstly, I love your Instagram name! Can you tell me how you came up with it? It truly does suit your lifestyle.
Aww thanks! It came about when I first moved to London and was trying to keep in touch with everyone back home. I decided to start a blog so family and friends could read what we were up to. We were travelling so often and planning our wedding so that’s where the ‘love’ and ‘travel’ bits came into it and anyone who knows me knows I looooove food so I just added ‘life’ and it was the perfect fit!
Can you tell myself and my followers a little about yourself and what lifelovetravelfood is all about?
My name is Danni (but most people call me Dan) and my big passions are cooking, writing, family, yoga and living a healthy life. I’m married to my best friend, Ben, and we’ve been together since we were 18. We recently became first time parents to a delicious little boy, Hamish and are absolutely LOVING parenthood.
lifelovetravelfood – my blog and instagram – are all about my life, a whole lotta love, my passion for travel (which I must admit is a little quieter than it was five years ago!) and lots and LOTS of food! Even though I’ve had the name for years, I still love it!
As a busy mumma what is your go to workout? How often do you find the time to move your body?
Oh I wish I could say I had your motivation Alice! I try to move every day but realistically it’s probably four to five days a week.
Little workouts I can do from the comfort of my own home are ideal because I don’t have much family in Perth so I have to take Hamish with me when I work out. High intensity mini workouts like the LJfitchallenge are great or I try to fit in squats or sit-ups during my day where I can. There’s always an opportunity to move, like doing squats in the shower!
Once a week Ben gets home from work early so I can go to a yoga class, which I absolutely love – yoga is hands down my favourite form of exercise. I also love going for walks around my suburb with my chubby monkey in the pram. He’s a bit of a whopper so pushing him in the pram is a workout in itself!!
When I can afford it, Lorna Jane! I also recently got a pair of tights from Dharma Bums – oh my goodness, they’re soooo comfy! But for every day pieces with a more affordable price tag, I love Bonds and Cotton On Body.
When you are having a rough day, what do you believe helps you to pull through?
I need to talk!! I can’t bottle up my emotions and the way I get over things is by talking or writing about them. I keep a diary so I often find just writing it down helps. My sisters and Mum cop most of my venting!! I ALWAYS feel better after I’ve put it out there. I also use social media, especially instagram, because there is nothing better than knowing you’re not alone in having a crappy day or a difficult time with your baby. The support I’ve received from girls I’ve never even met is simply incredible. Stepping back from the situation and remembering to breath is so important, especially when Hamish is giving me a hard time! And if all else fails, there’s always wine
Favourite quote or mantra?
Great question! I have a few actually!
I love this one – Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out, take another shot.
This is my daily mantra – Positive mind, positive vibes, positive life.
Move, nourish, believe. This was one of the first mantras that really stuck with me when I started on my healthy journey (thanks Lorna Jane – yes, I am self-confessed LJ addict!)
And this one has really resonated with me when it comes to parenting and when things aren’t going to plan – don’t hate the player, hate the game (I stole that from one of my #instacrushes, @newmumstheword)
Do you ever get a chance to share date night with your man? If so where do you go?
We don’t get a chance to go out just the two of us very often as most of our family lives on the east coast (we live in Perth but both call Brisbane home even though we’ve not lived there for over ten years). When we DO get to go out, we like to go to a good restaurant and check out a few cool bars. I make sure we choose places that aren’t pram friendly cause I know we wouldn’t be able to go there with Hamish! Because just the two of us date nights are quite rare, we still try to do stuff with Hamish in tow like dinners out (pram friendly, obviously!) or I love to cook for us at home and we share a bottle of good wine. Even though we’ve been together for 13 years, I’m more in love with Ben than I ever have been. He’s the most wonderful Dad and seeing him with Hamish makes my heart happy.
Proud mumma moment?
Hamish is five months old and is learning everyday and so it’s the little things that delight me. He’s currently learning to sit up, grabbing on to things, getting close to rolling over (we’re not quite there yet!) and learning to pick things up. But I think my proudest mumma moment has been seeing how healthy and chubby my baby is and that it’s all down to my breastmilk. I’m really proud of that.
Something you do for yourself?
I love doing yoga, cooking and writing. I don’t often find the time or motivation to exercise but when I do I immediately feel SO much better for it and wonder why I don’t do it more often! I also adore cooking and find it so relaxing. One of my favourite things to do is to take a classic or naughty food and create a healthier version. I love writing too, as it’s a real outlet for me.
And I’m not gonna lie, one of my favourite times of the day is when Hamish has gone down for his morning sleep so I get a bit of time to myself to chill out with a coffee in front of the tv.
Who inspires you?
In mummyhood, my best friend Val and my two sisters. Val is incredible at balancing full time work and being an amazing Mummy to two adorable little boys. My sisters are both wonderful Mum’s too, and I’d be lost without their help and advice.
I also find women on instagram incredibly inspiring. @newmumstheword, @ashybines @ljclarkson, @the_healthy_me, @kaotic_mumma and you, Alice – just to name a few! Honestly, I find it quite amazing how social media accounts can provide me with daily inspiration, motivation and support.
I’d love to be able to blog and instagram for a living! Isn’t that the dream?! But something to do with health and food would be wonderful because I’m really passionate about both. Working for Lorna Jane would be pretty incredible too.
Thank you so much for sharing a bit more about you. I loved getting to know you. I hope now more fitspos and mummas can be inspired by you just like I am.
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Have a great week.
Alice In Healthyland