Post Natal Journey With Studio Pilates

Written by Alice Bingham

@studio_pilates

I received an email from Studio Pilates on Thursday stating that I had completed my 50th class. I was quite proud of myself that I had achieved this as looking back on the last 10 months, it has been quite the journey. I had an Emergency C Section with our third daughter in January and have transitioned to be a mumma to three young children. Getting to class was sometimes a challenge as the old silly “mum guilt” can creep in, however it is just what I need. The classes are not only supporting my body and helping me to regain strength, they are helping my mental health too. 45 minutes of pure concentration, deep breathing and connecting with my body and seeing what it can achieve in that time. I have really enjoyed the community at my local Studio Pilates – Wellington Point, every client is so encouraging and I always leave with a smile on my face. The instructors are fun but are so professional too. I look forward to my next 50 classes and seeing what I will achieve.

My Post Natal Journey 

I started my Studio Pilates journey at 4 months postpartum, I wasn’ quite ready to return to heavy weights or high intensity cardio just yet, however I wanted to do something that would not only support my body, but help me to rebuild my strength slowly and carefully in my abdomen. I was guided by my Women’s Health Physio to wait to 12 weeks before doing anything to crazy. So when she stated I was ready, she suggest Pilates to me. I was so glad to see I had a local one near my house. Once I started I became in love with reformer. I cannot imagine not having it in my life now. You can read about the first part of my post natal journey (the first 25 classes) with Studio Pilates here, in my first blog I wrote.

Since I last wrote the blog for Studio Pilates, I have now seen some amazing transformations in not only my training at the studio but my body as well. My core is getting stronger and so is the rest of my body. I am able to push deeper in the leg workouts in class and have taken away the head pillow in the abdominal section at the beginning of class, this is a huge win for me. I can now wear ankle weights and feel my Tzone is more engaged during certain moves like”circles” or “bicycles” and I can also hold a plank position for 1 minute 11 seconds on my feet.

I have also seen drastic changes in my posture. My shoulders are back more, when I am performing simple tasks like picking my my kids, I hold in my tummy and switch on my T-Zone. I also do some gentle pelvic exercises with my abdominal workouts (from the Studio Pilates FREE newsletter) too. I am really noticing a huge change within that area.

These are the goals I have for my postpartum body and it is not about weight loss for me. Sure I fit in my old jeans now but I haven’t weighed myself since I was pregnant and I do not plan to either. This is of course my personal journey with Studio Pilates. I would highly recommend giving it a go, try one of their starter packs ( 2 weeks, 6 class passes) to really see how you find it. It took me a few weeks but like I said I cannot picture my life without it now. I have loved the new strength it has given me.

At my local studio (Wellington Point) they have Pregnancy and Post Natal Classes twice a week. You can check the app or call your local studio to see when they have these on. They would be amazing to check out if you are pregnant or recently had a bub as they are suited to support the women’s body during this time.

To read more information about Studio Pilates and Pregnancy you can read this blog. For post natal information call your local studio to help meet your individual needs.

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“Awaken” LED Treatment with Kindred Toxin Free Face and Body

On a sunny, Saturday afternoon, David took our 3 little babes on a city cat ride from Bulimba to New farm , so this Mumma could have some me time.

I had the “Awaken” LED Treatment with the gorgeous Lilly from Kindred Toxin Free Face and Body. It was absolutely divine so I just had share my experience in a little more detail. Hopefully it inspires you to treat yourself, especially if you are a local! Nat (the founder) has given my friends and family a generous discount code – ALICE25 which will give you $25 off the $50 booking fee which applies once per order.

See link – https://www.kindredtoxinfreefacials.com.au/products/50-deposit-new-clients to book today.

When I first arrived, I was greeted with the biggest smile by Lilly. She gave me a drink of water and I was sat down in their, oh so inviting waiting room and filled out my paperwork. There was zen music in the back ground and I felt like I had left the “hustle of mumlife” at the door the moment I stepped in side those doors.

The room was equaling inviting as well. The lights were dim in the room and were just lit by the salt lamp, there was a beautiful inviting space in the corner for the client which was set up for post treatment. The bed was so lush to lay on.

Once I was comfortable on the bed, Lilly just quickly checked again the products I was using just for safety reasons, then it was ultimate relaxation time. Lilly preformed a mini deep breathing exercise which really helped me to be present in the moment. She then did a mini facial with the most divine cleansing oil and down bamboo towels.

Next up, Lilly explained in more detail the procedure of the LED Treatment. To read these benefits of the Dermalux LED treatment then click here. She did state that I would feel light and almost like I was in a twilight rest on the beach! She was exactly right too. She covered up my eyes and at first I could see the bright light (like laying in the beach with your eyes closed and the sun is out), my eyes soon adjusted and I started to relax. I had the best experience with the hot towels on my feet. Then the massage just topped it off. I remember laying there a little longer and when Lilly told me we were done, I wondered if I snored haha!

To finish the treatment, Lilly used almost like a balm on my face to hydrate it and put on some sunscreen as it was still early afternoon.

To finish off I had some herbal tea and a delicious vegan choccie. I walked out of the space feeling like I was on a cloud.

It has been two weeks since I had the treatment and my skin is feeling to clear. I had a mini breakout a few days after but it cleaned up within 24hr and I am always open to my body adjusting to change in my routine. My freckles and hyperpigmentation is looking lighter on my face. I will continue to have my DermaPen4 and I might just have to add this LED treatment to skin therapy.

Behind the biz is a gorgeous person running it. Here are some words about her WHY for creating this inviting space…

“…with 13 years in traditional beauty, there came a point where I could no longer go on. I needed to take full responsibility for the message I was sending about beauty and for what I was putting on client’s skin. I start work each day excited to educate my clients that the’s another way and that a bathroom full of products does equal beautiful skin!” – Natalie Sellers, Founder

Want to know more about Kindred? To stay up to date on their specials, skin eduction, blogs and beauty treatments make sure you follow (if you feel aligned) and have a read of their website.

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Derma Pen 4 with Beau Bliss Redlands

From a younger age I have always battled with pigmentation on my forehead and on the top of my lip. Over the years I have tried lots of different treatments to, which have helped to fade it slightly but nothing hugely noticeable, until now. Derma Pen 4 has been a blessing for it. I even noticed a huge change within days are my first treatment with Sandra. I have also loved the improvement on my scar I have in between my eyes. It’s honestly amazing how good this treatment is and how quickly you see results.

I first had Derma Pen 4 just over 4months a go. I have since been having it every 4-6 weeks. Sandra is a qualified beauty therapist with nearly 10 years experience. Earlier this year Sandra completed her Derma Pen 4 training and has since been performing the treatment on a large majority of her clientele.

About the procedure…

Firstly you have a consultation with Sandra, to talk about your skin in depth, she asks you what you would like to achieve and then she will share her recommendations. She also takes a good look at your skin as well after a cleanse.

The procedure in total takes about 45minutes. You have your face cleansed, Sandra then dons sterile gloves and commences the treatment. I had the treatment with no numbing cream. The Derma Pen 4 is uncomfortable but not painful for me, then only place I really felt a bit of pain was on my nose. Sandra clearly explains the treatment she is doing as she is going. Keeping you in the loop of all the benefits.

You get a cooling mask post treatment. Then you are sent home with a good sunscreen and recovery cream.

Dermapen Treatments are highly effective for treating hyperpigmentation. The treatment creates upto 1,920 fractional microchannels per second into the skin to promote a more balances and normalized cellular function. As melanocytes (pigment producing cells) are directly targeted, a repair and corrective process encourages an even skin tone creating a radiant appearance.

Our skin’s renewal process slows down as we age, so Dermapen Treatments are the safe, natural alternative to fight the aging process. 

What’s more, Dermapen treatments naturally work from within. The natural wound-healing responses created by microneedling treatments will kick start the production of collagen and elastin production (Dermapenworld).

Pollution and lifestyle habits also take their toll on our skin.

Here are the results of my progress so far.

Results 4 months in, my pigmentation is fading, my lines under my eyes are less dominant and my skin isn’t as dry around my nose. Plus my skin tone is more even all over.

Review of the ROVER 2019 Babybee Pram

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Written by Alice Bingham (Mum of 3) – @aliceinhealthyland

Photography by Emma O’ Neil AKA @two.darlings

Winter Rose (2yrs) + Lottie (4months) wearing @two.darlings

Alice wearing @spell

A few months ago I had the opportunity of trialing the Baby Bee Pram, ROVER at a Two Darling’s collaborative mini shoot. I pulled it apart, seen Emma collapse it and put it back up, we changed from bassinet to single pram and pushed it around with a toddler (single seat) and then with a newborn (bassinet). So, I thought I would take the time to write a review style blog as I have been asked numerous times by my mummy followers what I thought of it. I don’t personally own one as I already had a pram from my first born but I had a great go of it. Loved it, here is why!

 

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What I love…

THE PRICE – I was so blown away that day after using the Rover, on how great the quality was for the price. I actually messaged the company, Babybee letting them know how amazing the quality was and that I was very impressed. For just $749 you get a #luxe 3 in 1 bassinet and  stroller that is suitable for newborn to the age of 4 years. Babybee also have different payment options like afterpay too.

 

FIT FOR A NEWBORN – You can swap the bassinet over to a majority of Maxi Cosi Capsules (a very popular capsule here in Australia) so you can take bub straight from the car and attach to the pram and you don’t have to disturb your little one. You just have to buy the car capsule and adapters separately of course. Check out their website for compatibility with car capsules HERE. The bassinet has plenty of room for your growing newborn. My little Lottie was just shy of 14 weeks when she was in the bassinet and was very comfortable in there with plenty of room for her to move around.

 

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FUN FOR TODDLERS – The Rover comes with a toddler seat, which my nearly two year old at the time sat very comfortably in. Can face mumma or face away, it is very easy to swap and change too. You can also get a skateboard stand attachment for older toddlers if you are expecting your second bub.

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LOVE THE HEIGHT OF THE HANDLES – It was so easy to push, manuver and turn corners. The handles are a great height and are adjustable to suit your height. So smooth to push the pram as well, I walk a lot and thought it was be great for long walks.

 

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LOTS OF SPACE IN THE BOTTOM BASKET – Because we all want lots of space for alllll the things right? I know with a little one I always have a nappy bag, snacks, water, maybe a carrier and my wallet on me. Plus I like to have a little space leftover for when I hit the shops (especially when trying to get your baby to go to sleep) haha.

 

COMPACT – I have a small car so this pram would be great for that. It folds up so easy and quickly so you don’t have to stand there at the car for ages fiddling, especially when someone else is waiting for your car park haha. It also can fold with the seat on too.

 

VEGAN LEATHER TRIM – Yes you read that right! #winning and a huge plus from me.

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Yes the Babybee ROVER is exclusive to online, however that is the reason behind why the company is able to offer these top quality prams at such a fantastic price. To see a virtual demo of the pram CLICK HERE. I would definitely recommend this pram to new mummas or mums that are on the market for a new pram.

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Family Getaway to Wyndham Surfers Paradise

Written by Alice Bingham – @aliceinhealthyland

 

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A few months a go we packed up the car for the weekend and headed to the Gold Coast. We live not too far away from the GC, in the sunny city of Brisbane. The drive was only  50 minute away from our destination,  Wyndham Surfers Paradise but we wanted somewhere close to home and its nice exploring where you live. We stayed in the double premium two bedroom apartment. There was 5 of us, hubby, myself and 3 little ones aged 6 months to 3 years. We all fit in the room perfectly. Cruz and Winter Rose has a single bed each in one from and Lottie had a portacot in our room. David and I had a nice king bed (which was a nice upgrade from our queen at home). The children were so excited to pack their swimmers and the Queensland weather really turned it on for us with a lovely 28 degrees. The second night, unfortunately Cruz became unwell with high temps and an ear infection so we didn’t get to tick everything off the holiday bucket list that we had hoped for, but that is parent life right? Plus we still had a ball.

We made great use of the room, having a young family meant really taking it easy in Surfers Paradise (not like when hubby and I were younger haha). So we walked to the local Woolies (in Surfers Paradise) and stocked up the fridge. We cooked dinners both nights in the fully equiped kitchen. They have all the utensils, pots and pans you need to cook most standard meals. There are so many great local restaurants and cafes nearby too if you aren’t much of a chef. I loved that they had two bathrooms and they even accommodated us with a baby bath for little Lottie. Our children thought it was great to have their own shower. I did two loads of laundry while we was staying there too, (haha you know mumlife eh) they had a washing machine, a dryer, a clothes horse, a soak sink and you can shut the door to the laundry as well.

I used the gym both days. It was a good size, had weights, a bench, treadmill, bike, fit ball and a yoga mat. Enough to smash out a good training session if it is what your goals are when you are on holiday.

We headed down to the pool both days. The sunshine was out and Wyndham Surfers Paradise has a great area with lots of sun beds, both single and double. They have a huge shaded area by the pool and lots of seating. I loved that they had a section of the pool shallow enough for the little ones to run around and splash, but the pool was still a good death for swimming laps.

We made a fun itinerary for the weekend prior to going and we are so pleased we ticked every box off our checklist – pool dates, time zone, tram rides, beach, good coffee, early nights (because kids haha) and find a great park for the kids.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise…

  • Pop on your walking shoes, put the children in the pram (if young) and head to the beach front. There is a nice long walk along the famous Surfers Paradise Beach and you can grab a coffee on the way from one of the cute cafes. The beach has life guard protected swimming spots if you decide to stop for a dip. We went for a few big morning walks and was so nice to have those amazing beach views.
  • Time Zone, this was currently getting refurnished when we were there however they had a temporary pop up one. The children had a ball and loved seeing us be big kids too.
  • You can see the G Link Tram line from up in the room. This was the highlight of Cruzie’s trip. As soon as we arrived he asked if he could go on one. We caught it into Cavill (one stop away haha) just so that he could have a ride on the first night. We got some food from Woolies and had a return ride home. Cruz was made up with the Tram ride and waiting at the station. The station was literally across the road from Wyndham Surfers Paradise which is so convenient if you want a quick trip without the traffic to other suburbs on the coast.
  • On the Sunday we went to Kurrawa All Abilities Park in Broadbeach. We jumped on the Tram and the kids had a ball. We got a coffee from the surf club and had a look around at the market. The park was unreal for little ones. It is a fenced off area and has something for little ones all ages. It is on the foreshore and plenty of parking if you choose to drive.

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Explore the GOLD COAST…

If you are planning on exploring the Gold Coast for a few days then Wyndham Surfers Paradise is a great place for your stay. If you ask at reception they have a great range of deals to visit the #mustsee local attractions. You can also pre book some of the attractions prior to leaving on The Wyndham Surfers Paradise’s webpage under ATTRACTIONS.

  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is fun for the whole family. We were hoping to go here but Cruzie got unwell. You can get up close with Aussies native animals and wonder through the wide open enclosures and rainforests walks.
  • Theme parks, Dreamworld, Movieworld, Seaworld and Wet n’ Wild are all a short drive away from Surfers Paradise. So many things to see a do at each park.
  • You can pack up a picnic and hop in your car and go to explore the Gold Coast’s , Springbrook National Park. If you are a confident hiker or just love a casual walk there is something for everyone. The waterfalls are stunning and there is lots of nice water holes to swim in.

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For you next holiday, check out Wyndham Surfers Paradise, it is great value and the whole team of staff are just so friendly and helpful. It is in the perfect location to lay low by the pool or at the beach, or be tourists around the gold coast with the Tram or Buses right on your doorstep. We had a blast and cannot wait to plan our next holiday.

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Studio Pilates – My Personal Journey

 

I celebrated a win on Sunday! I did my 20th Studio Pilates class at the Wellington Point Studio. CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES COME ON!! Studio Pilates is a total body exercise, developed almost one hundred years ago by Joseph Pilates, to rehabilitate injured WW1 soldiers and later, for strength and conditioning of dancers, pretty cool right?

Studio Pilates is a total-body workout, with powerful cross-training benefits, focusing on strength, mobility, endurance, body alignment and breath control. 

I decided after having my third child via a C Section, that I wanted to give reformer  pilates a try. I had heard from one of my girl friends how much it had helped her with her postpartum recovery, plus I  wanted to re build my body, make it strong and allow it to recover safely before returning to my usual high-intensity workouts that I love and have done for years now. During this process though I feel in love with pilates. I have a Studio Pilates down the road from me, with 3 young children , this was so convenient as I could sneak off early morning when David (my husband) was not working and do a class.

The classes go for a total of 45 minutes, you only have to arrive 5 minutes early and you just need light workout clothes and some grippy socks. Because I’m used to high-intensity workouts or home work outs using weights, I found it took a while to get out of the mindset that you really have to be dripping with sweat to get a workout. NOT TRUE BY THE WAY! Although I do still love to sweat a few days a week at home, these Studio Pilates classes were really something my body was loving. I found it helped to sculpt my body in places I have always struggled with. I mentally felt strong too, as I feel I was also practicing mindfulness in the class. I would concentrate so hard on the movements that my mind would only focus on one thing and that was PILATES!! I would also be so proud of my body and what it could achieve each class.

The class starts with a stretch, while you do that, the instructor comes and personally greats each individual. They also check in on how you are feeling and if you have any injuries. I loved this as I could explain about my scar and how I was feeling that morning after a night of breastfeeding haha. They were really supportive of each client and their individual journey. They also are there to modify the exercise if need be for you if you do have injuries or if you are more experienced. I find it very personalised.

I feel my body is starting to feel stronger, look more sculpted and my T Zone area and Pelvic floor muscles are improving with each class. I love what it is doing for my posture too, I have a natural arch in my back, so I have found that these classes are helping me to switch my abdominal muscles, pull them in and support my body when I am holding my babies or doing simple daily tasks. I look forward to working hard in future classes to continue to improve my strength too. I will be adding in some more cardio and weighted classes in the next month along side my Studio Pilates classes. So I look forward to seeing more progress and how Studio Pilates can compliment that too. I have made some new friends, found a new passion and I love that I am seeing improvement every class. From the moment I finished the orientation class I have been hooked, I will defiantly be continuing. Will keep you updated!

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My journey to tread a little lighter on this earth.

By Alice Bingham

In collaboration with The Clean Collective

Okay so we all watched the news a while back, when the Australian supermarkets decided it was time for customers to start bringing their own bags or paying a small fee for a reusable bag. It got me thinking though, the “war on waste” is so much more to me than just bringing my own bags to the weekly shop. I sat down and thought, “what else can I do personally to tread a little lighter on this earth I live on?”

I have to be completely honest, this journey has been a transition in our household, rather that a sudden big overnight change. Baby steps, but each small change has allowed me to feel like I really am starting to give the planet a little hug and a big fat I’m sorry. The last 18 months a lot has changed in our house hold. I make a lot of my cleaning products with homemade remedies and essential oils. Our baby and beauty toiletries are also all made by me or I buy a good quality organic product that I trust. Our medicine cabinet has had a clean up and major makeover and I could not be happier. I am happy with the small changes we are making and am proud to say that my self conscious is too. Plus it’s really important to me, to teach my little ones about the war on waste.

Recently on my instagram @aliceinhealthyland, I shared my fridge with my following on my insta story. There was one reply that really stood out to me. Someone telling me that they were a little disappointed to see how much food we brought that was wrapped in plastic. At first I was a little thrown back and told them, I had not done our usual shop at the spray free market as it was raining. Then even at my organic store they wrapped half watermelons in plastic, blah, blah. Cut myself some slack right? Well yes, but also it did make me open my eyes a little more and look a little deeper into how I personally can change these habits that are so cemented in us.

Here are some of the small changes we have been doing. Some for ages and some are some new new habits I have learnt from the guidance of team at The Clean Collective.

I have been using a Keep Cup for my daily takeaway hot drink for ages now. In fact most coffee places will give you a bonus for bringing your own. So far I have had, a small discount, a free hot drink, a bliss ball,  or an extra shot of coffee, all for bringing a my cup along. #winning. I also am loving my new Frank Green one, it has a great option for tea leafs as well as coffee. DID YOU KNOW? (Well I didn’t until yesterday) that a majority of our tea bags have plastic in them to make the bag…. WHAT THE? I am now a tea leaf girl for life. Thanks for sharing that on your insta @thecleancollective. If I am going to make a hot drink at work, I keep my own mug in my locker. Instead of using the hospitals lunch room, dreaded polystyrene cup…

Taking my own water bottle every where I go, including for the kiddies too. To the gym, to the shops, to the park, to coffee etc. This means its less tempting to buy a plastic bottle of water. Or I will buy a VOSS glass if I must. I love my Swell one. Its light and carries enough water to survive me to my next pit stop haha.

My lunchbox has have a major makeover. I use a reusable lunch box filled with either glass containers or stainless steel ones to store my food in. Plus I do think the stainless steel ones look very luxe. Plus they don’t allow any nasties to leach into our food. Loving my container by U-Konserve. I need to get more in different sizes. All my fruit and snacks like rice cakes are now wrapped in beeswax wraps. Yes they are so easy to clean and super easy to use.

Bringing my own shopping bags to the markets or food shop. I have been doing this for ages now, long before the big news break here in Aussie supermarkets. There are some really great options for shopping bags. In fact they have become quite a trend. Plus I think the checkout person packs them neater than a plastic bag. Yay!! We now not only take grocery bags, we also bring our own organic cotton mesh produce bags to the markets or supermarket. If we don’t have enough we just loosely put them in the bag or share once they have been weight. We have been loving the Ever Eco  draw string ones., they are big enough to fit plenty of the same veggies in them.

These are all of course small changes I have made. I know I can do more, we all can. I am learning and with learning I am changing.

For more tips on how you can reduce waste in your household or tread a little lighter on the earth, check out The Clean Collective at www.cleancollective.com, I will also be sharing tips on my platforms as well and continuing to share my journey with you all. As to me, I believe it is an important one.

For a a extra special thank you to my following for reading this blog. The Clean Collective have offered my following a discount that you can use at the checkout. Use ALICE5 of your future purchase.

Thank you for reading!

Big love,

Alice x