Weekly Date With My Husband At Home

Written by Alice Bingham

Photographs taken of us by Wylde Folk Studio

So David and I started a “thing” a month ago, we made a decision to make a conscious effort to have a weekly date night. We have three children under four, so heading out to restaurants, bars, movies etc just isn’t quite fitting for us personally at this time. Giving everything that is happening in the world right now with COVID 19, I know so many more of you will be adapting to doing this too.

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I had this vision in my mind about setting it up, I didn’t want it to be us sitting on the couch watching Netflix or having a meal at home. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing this with the hubby but I wanted to make it more about connecting David. We have three young children, I have two small businesses I run from home, David works long hours on the ferries and  he is studying Finance at university online, our lives are crazy chaos. I did not want this to hold us back, it is important to be to work on my relationship with David. This is my WHY behind making it work, I could see us losing touch of each other and becoming robots in survival mode each day (that does sound a little hard but it is some what true).

We have made Monday night out “date night” however we will have a conversation on a Sunday night and both just map out our diaries to make sure this will work and if not change the night that week. Communicating about it is what builds up the excitement around it. When we both have this put in our schedule like a meeting or a workout or an appointment we can both get excited about it and know it is something we can look forward too. The past few weeks I have enjoyed choosing what we have done however I am going to allow David to plan some to as its always a special surprise for the other.

When I spoke to David about having a date night I was completely honest with him, I want it to not just be about the sex! Of course we are both hoping the end of the night will end this way, but I explained to him I really wanted to get creative try new things together and make it fun. Be silly, have a laugh together, bring some element of surprise into our relationships. He agreed with me that we both need this.

Our first date night I planned and I was super nervous David would be like “WTF are we doing” hahaha, but he surprised me and really enjoyed himself. I put on a guided stretching video on you tube and we did that together, we watched a relationship TED talk and did the ol adult thing (because hey thats connection right?) and to top the night off, I put on a guided meditation to fall asleep to. ALL FREE and all done at home. We had a laugh and a good chat too as we stretched.

The second week, I made raw chocolate because choccie always brings those loving vibes for us. It gets those endorphins going and we both enjoy it. We did another guided stretch, after we sat on the bed talking and just hung out no phones. It was nice. We then watched an episode of Arrow to finish the night off and we actually cuddled on the couch while watching it (haha say what).

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I think we are going to have to make damn sure we make this apart of our routine as a non negotiable, it’s all fun and games now, but I am sure we could easily slip and just go arghhh nah lets just do our work when the kids go to sleep or find something else to fill our time with and go back into the way we were. This is so important to us.

So on the day/night this is happening, we have to set the scene as we aren’t leaving the house, it has to be exciting. I make sure I have my “loving” mood essential oils in the diffuser like Ylang Ylang, Ginger, Cassia and Lavender. I always have a nice shower and make myself feel good, just as I would going out (no make up though). To set the mood of date night I always dim the lights, set up a cosy place on the floor for us and already have it planned out so we can both just enjoy it. Again, I think it is so important to pop it in the calendar so we both know it is happening and WILL be happening.

DATE NIGHT IDEAS

I have created a list of things we have done and I want us to do together in the near future and I thought I would share them with you all for inspiration. The obvious is have a meal at home together and watch a flick, this is still a beautiful thing to do but mix it up it will be fun I promise.

  • Guided Meditation – whether you want to use an app or just a you tube one, pop it on, set up a comfy space and go for it. Sit next or opposite to each other so its more special. Here is a FREE couple one I love on youtube.
  • Guided Stretching – we all hold stress and tension in our body, after a long day its nice to let go of what your body is holding on to from work, being a parent or worries in our lives. We love to do a 10minute one. My hamstrings are always tight so this guide was amazing. 10 Minute Free Stretch.
  • Make A Fort – so basically a cubby house for us adults, you can trend it up with cute pillows, throws and some treats on a platter. You can get creative and add some fairy lights. Pre write down 3 convo starters each so get the chit chatter going.
  • Watch A Relationship TED Talk together – Learn about your love language together, You never know you both might learn something new to incorporate in your daily lives. HERE you can find all the relationship TED talks to choose from together.
  • Pick 2-3 Karma Sutra Positions – Spice up your sex life and pick one of the hundreds of sex positions you have always wanted to try with your partner. It is actually a good laugh trying to get into some haha.
  • Learn To Dance – Yes you can get online couple dance tutorials or try some for free on youtube. You could even learn a Tik Tok Dance and have a good laugh while doing so.
  • Read The Same Book or Listen To A Podcast Together. You will both have something to discuss together.
  • Massage – make up a nice massage oil and give each other a massage. I love using a blend of Coconut Oil and Bergamot, Ylang Ylang and Peppermint Essential Oils.
  • Make A Dessert – get creative in the kitchen together making something yummy for you both to enjoy. Put on some music and enjoy each others company.
  • Play A Board Game – so I am so not a board game person but I love twister haha.
  • Couple Yoga or Breath Work – again there are so many FREE yoga workouts on You Tube.
  • Comedy Night – watch a stand up comedy together. Nothing beats a good laugh.
  • Write Each Other A Love Letter – sounds simple by we can not always say what we want out loud.
  • Take A Shower – Something most couples do when they start a relationship, chat about each others day and unwind.

 

 

My Colonic Journey Continues

I have been seeing Mel at The Colonic Clinic for a little over two years now. During October and November this year I had some extra treatments with Mel, I had previously was having them on my cycle.

I was starting to experience some unknown anxious feelings in the evening before I would go to sleep. I told Mel about it and she suggested that I should come into the clinic for some extra treatments to see if it would ease, she also explained a gentle gut cleanse she had started herself and that she had a new product in the clinic. The product was Qenda Ultimate Fibre. Ultimate Fibre contains all certified organic ingredients from nature, it is a fully balanced spectrum of powerful herbs abundant in plant fibre, nutritive vitamins, minerals, demulcents, anti-oxidants, essential compounds, enzymes and adaptogenic herbs.

I was aiming at doing 2-3 colonics per week in the beginning to really try and shake these emotional feelings I was having at night. When I have colonics I generally walk out the room feeling so chilled out. Like walking on a cloud, I feel light, my shoulders hold less tension and I have less brain fog almost instantly. Mel always has a giggle at me because I am soooo relaxed! After a week of taking Qenda and having 2 Colonics I was having no anxiety at all and easing to rest a little faster at night.

I continued to do Qenda for the next few months. It blew me away at what my body was letting go off. I would feel a little anxious in my upper tummy and then 20 minutes later I would poop out a big bit of old black hard poo. It was like my mind was allowing my body to cleanse of all the shit (literally) I was holding on to.

Over the past year I have been loving vegan/veggie meals but since starting Qenda, I made a conscious decision to eat purely plant based foods. I feel really great and I am loving the creativity my husband and I are having with creating new meals in our family home. I do not label ourselves with a “type” of way we eat. However eating plantbased would be the best way to describe it. Dave and I feel it compliments our lifestyle and our conscious heart that is learning so much about looking our for our world we live in.

I often get asked if I will continue to have colonics for the rest of my life! I have to admit that I actually cannot live without them anymore. The feeling I get post treatment is like nothing I have experienced before. I genuinely trust Mel with her guidance. She is a dear friend to myself and my family now, I will be forever grateful to my friend Emma for introducing me to Mel. She is a true blessing to have in my life.

Mel firmly believes, (I agree with her too) that because I have been so consistent with my colonics (like getting my hair done when I am on my cycle). That this is the reason as to why I am seeing so many benefits within my body. My skin is clearer, I get less anxious when I have them, my poops are great and I now go daily. Plus I hardly ever get sick anymore.

Those post colonic feels!

I am so open to chatting all things colonics and as you know I see so many benefits when I have them. I am always open to answering your questions or chatting to Mel for you. My skin is amazing, I feel happier in my mind, sleep is better, the insomnia is less and I poo 4 poos the size of my elbow to wrist every single day (yes you read that right). I do work in the medical world as a Registered Nurse but I have a true belief that the natural medical profession can also help our world of sick humans too. Maybe even help to prevent having to use some of the these services as often as we do now.

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.

 Want more from Studio Pilates?

To find your local Studio Pilates Studio visit here – HERE

Want to know more about Studio Pilates?

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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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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!

To find your local Studio Pilates Studio visit here – HERE

Want to know more about Studio Pilates?

Website –www.studiopilates.com

Instagram – @studio_pilates

Hair @c_ba_hair

Photographer @wyldefolkstudio_

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

#aliceinhealthylandcolonicjourney – with Mel from The Colonic Clinic Capalaba – Part 3

I have been seeing Mel at The Colonic Clinic Capalaba, for a little over 8 months now. So I thought it was time for a Colonic update. I have had 20 colonics now and feeling amazing about the whole journey. Every time I have a colonic I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders and my brain has had a mental clear out.

A lot of you ask me regularly why I get them? Well firstly they are a great way to rid the toxins from my body. I also have them to support my own gut health, I love getting them for my emotional well being as well.  

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In my previous blog,  My journey with Mel from The Colonic Clinic Capalaba (part 2) I had told you I was getting Colonics once a month on my period. Well a little has changed since then. I fell pregnant with our third child. So as soon as I found out this wonderful surprise I instantly told Mel. She told me it was time for a little break during the first trimester and for me to allow my bubba to grow. Mel told me the reason behind my colonic break during the first trimester, was due to the baby forming and growing its organs, plus you don’t want toxins stirring around in the mother’s blood. Mel said she was happy to continue treating me again once my second  trimester commenced as she had been treating me previously to this pregnancy. I had also had two births and 6 months of colonics prior. I personally was happy as well to continue my colonic journey, as I knew I would be able to determine the difference between labour pain/contractions and poo cramps. Mel and I have a strong professional/client based relationship which plays a significant role in my treatment. For my last trimester I will chat to my OB about getting a slightly different treatment from a colonic, but I will explain that closer to that time.

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I really missed my colonics during the first  3 months of my pregnancy, but I knew it was best for my growing bubba. I had my first one back a few weeks ago and lets just say it was the most relaxing procedure yet. Gosh it felt good to get back into them. 

So what have I noticed since our last Colonic update…

Improvements to my skin – I made the switch to organic skin care products and facials earlier in the year. I have found that having colonics alongside this, is a great combination for my skin. I get extremely dry skin and I feel the Colonics hydrate me from the inside out. After a Colonic I feel like my organs have had a much needed drink! Mel uses ONLY purified water for the duration of the Colonic Hydrotherapy session.

I nourish my body with even more fruit and veggies - Yes that’s right. I feel that having these procedures, allows me to listen to my body and be more in tune with it. I know I feel great when I consume lots of colourful earthy plant based foods. I fill my plate with nourishing goodies and have eaten a lot less meat products. I do not eat dairy anyway but feel even better cutting out the meat too.

I say bye bye to parasites and tape worms everytime – Yes even the healthiest of us have them. I have only seen lots of little ones clinging to my waste, but sometimes I forget to look in the clear poo flushing pipe as I am so relaxed in there so I could be missing loads.

My Pelvic Floor is well trained – I think its from holding in the water, you switch on your pelvic floor and abdo muscles each time. #winning

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My poops are wrist to elbow length everyday - haha TMI? hehehe NEVER we are talking about Colonics after all. My bowel motions are right on clock twice a day. I have never in my life had clockwork bowel motions. I also have a step in my toilet so I can have a correct technique during my daily poop experience haha.

My shifts during my colonics get more and more every time – It still amazes me that every colonic I have, my shift gets bigger and bigger! I let go of more crap from my body. Mel has a poo chart in her consultation area and we go through what number my poo was (see poo chart below). We discuss what my shift was like over coconut water and green smoothie, post treatment shots. Sometimes during my shift I get quite emotional. When I have a big shift I usually am extremely patient mentally and feel so light afterwards like I literally let that shit go.

My eye sight is clearer – this was one of the first huge changes I noticed. I still feel this is the case. “I can see clearly now the rain as gone” seriously though it’s mind blowing.

I sleep amazing after Colonics – Sometimes that night post treatment I have quite vivid dreams too.

My concentration levels are always at an all time high post treatment – Yes even with baby brain hehe.

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Driving the Skoda Koroq – #alicedrivesaway for Mt Gravatt Skoda

By Alice Bingham

Written in collaboration for @mtgravatt_skoda

So I have been lucky enough to be able to collaborate again for the third time with Mt Gravatt Skoda. This time round I am test driving the all new 2018 Skoda Koraq, this time its for a few months so I can really get a feel for the car and share what I love about it with you all. So I have practically taken over the Skoda again. Hung up my essential oil diffuser, bluetoothed my iphone to the speakers, packed my double pram in the boot, put a picnic blanket in side door and placed the kiddies car seats in the back seats. So I have turned this sexy little number into a practical family get up haha!! I have been driving the Skoda (in a sexy grey might I add), for 2 months now. I am starting to really get a feel for it as if it was my own (I wish right?).

Apart from it being the most sexiest car I have ever driven around town, here is what I am loving so far…

The car door lights on the ground – This is not only clever marketing for SKODA as the lights on the floor say Skoda, but its an oh so practical feature that I LOVE. I have a dark garage and when you open the front doors up the lights instantly come on so you know where you are putting your feet down before hopping out the car. Also great if you are a little unsure where you have parked to.

Plenty of room for the car seats – You have the option to put in car seats or boosters in the back. They have super easy adapters to fit the car seats in securely and the kiddies have plenty of leg room. Skoda have even installed an iPad or smart phone adapters so your kiddies can watch them at a safe distance from their eyes while you drive if you wish.

Rain Sensor – Okay, okay so I haven’t used this feature that much as I live in QLD and we are currently in the middle of a drought. We did however have some rain earlier this week and the window wipers instantly came on when I was driving. The wipers were running at right speed for the amount of rain. The car also have a rain breaking feature to as a safety bonus. I am yet to try this as of yet.

The Boot is HUGE – Yes multiple times I put the double pram in, my weeks worth of shopping from the market and stuff for the kiddies. We have also been know to picnic in the boot to hehe.

Apple Car Play – Bonus for me as I have an iPhone and I just plugged my USB cord into the car and my phone was easy to navigate via the 8 inch touch screen. The speakers are unreal too, besides listening to the wiggles a fair bit, I have definitely given them a run for their money with my RNB Beats haha. Gotta enjoy those flashbacks to my party days as a mumma haha. I also love that I can listen to my podcasts as I drive which stream straight from my iPhone through the Apple Car Play system.

I also love that you can change song/volume on the steering wheel, which allows you have to more focus on the road.

City Emergency Braking – I love this feature a lot, the kiddies talk to me in the car. So if I accidentally look through the review mirror a little to long to chat to them, the car literally has your back.

Dual Zone Climate Control Air Conditioning and Heated Seats – I loved this feature. The hubby doesn’t like it that cool in the car and I do. So we can both choose our temp we like. There is also a vent for the back seat of the car to so the whole car can stay at the temperature you would like it. I love the heated sets to, again each front passenger has a choice if they would like this feature on. You can choose up to three different parts of the chair to be heated, so you can warm your back as well. It was pure luxe using it through those cooler mornings.

The Cooler in the Glove Box – I love this feature as I am able to keep my smoothie or juice cool on a long drive.

Parking Assistance – If you want to reverse parallel park or just get into a tight car park. The Skoda Koroq can help you with that. It’s pretty epic! A must try if you go for a test drive. I love the safety cameras/sensors around the car to, they alert you if you are close to something. I love this safety feature, especially having young children and pets.

Okay okay so I can rave about this car, but want are some things that I wish they could improve.

A holder for Coffee Cups or Water Bottles hehe. This is something that is a struggle for me as I would love some more space for my long drives.

I actually can’t really fault the car anymore as I absolutely love it. So beautiful to drive.

Hope you enjoyed my review. For more info on the Skoda Koroq, please contact Mt Gravatt Skoda.

Thanks for reading, Big Love

Alice xo