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.

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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

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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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    Purling Brook Falls Photo: Adam Maund

 

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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