I have been going to C’ba HAIR for just shy of 18 months now. Recently Emma (the owner) decided to re vamp the salon so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to give you a sneak peak of their new look and to share my review on such an amazing salon.
I am so pleased and super lucky to be featuring the gorgeous Kirsty McKenzie AKA @themummysomniac for the second time on my blog. Kirsty is a dear Instafriend that I have been lucky enough to meet, and she has helped to guide and support me through my #mumlife journey and with my lifestyle in general. This woman has a heart of gold and is not afraid to share her trimaphs and failures (argh girl thats what I love about you). In my first interview with Kirsty, she shared answers with you all in depth about herself in my #showtherealyou segment (you can read here). This time she has returned to share with you all this raw piece of writing about how she found a new love for her body during her current pregnancy with baby number three. Wow mummas this is a must read for you all as I know you will be able to totally relate with Kirsty no matter what stage you are at with your self love journey. Enough from me, time to hand it over the beautiful Kirsty McKenzie. Arghhh I know you will love this piece as much as me.
As my very first (ever) stretch marks began to emerge, somewhere throughout my first pregnancy, I’m afraid to say, I cried…
I don’t think for me, that it was vanity. I struggle with change, or at least I have at times in the past (even chopping my mum bun off recently took some serious commitment). I think for me, simply, it’s hard to see something you’ve become so used to seeing, your own body, change so rapidly. After all, I had become accustomed to my pre-pregnancy body slowly changing over the previous 27 years. Yet the changes that we experience during pregnancy are over but a fraction of the time that we had with our bodies before. After a while, I accepted the changes (stretch marks and new outie belly button to be precise)… even grew to be fond of them. After all, they represent one of my greatest accomplishments in life, my eldest daughter. And believe me when I say ‘accomplishment’, the kid didn’t sleep until she was 3.5, it’s amazing that I’m even half as sane as I am.
When the time came for baby number two, I thought I was prepared for the changes. Yet like each child, each pregnancy can bring with it a whole different set of challenges. My first pregnancy, like my first child, was set out to take me to places that I’d never been before (awake all night… and not voluntarily like in my youth). To push me to let go of the things that I need to, and focus on what’s really important. My second child, like my second pregnancy, came forth to show me just how much I was really capable of pushing things (mind, body and spirit). Just when I thought I had it all sorted out, thought I’d adjusted my headspace accordingly, and knew what to expect, the second child came along to throw all of it on it’s head. To push me to my limits, and to show me just how far my mind and body could stretch, and just how much love I was capable of. There were elements of my second pregnancy, that felt easy, in the sense that I had been there before, I knew the morning sickness would end, that eventually all babies sleep through the night, and that labour is in fact the easy part… and that the hard part is what happens when you bring the baby home. But there are no two pregnancies that are exactly the same, not even for the same person… now I know.
I bounced back physically from my first pregnancy without any real issues, but my second pregnancy had pushed my body to the extreme, literally (10cm abdominal separation). It saddens me to say, that again, when I dared look in the mirror at my body, a mere 6 weeks later, still looking six month pregnant, I felt complete and utter despair (again I cried). I thought I knew what to expect, but this took me completely by surprise. I threw myself into the chaos that was my life as a mum of two, 19 months apart, and tried to forget. Yet, eventually, bit-by-bit, everything returned to normal, or what would become my new ‘normal’. Some time, patience and a lot of hard work, I recovered, not back to the old me, but to a new and improved me. I realised how amazing, and strong my body was.
I think I had taken so much for granted in the past, but seeing how I’d brought it back (after a very long uphill climb), gave me an incredible appreciation for it.
Fast-forward almost exactly 4 years from the appearance of those very first stretch marks, and I’m sitting fat and happy at 26 weeks into my third pregnancy. I’m not sure what it is, whether it’s having been through some tough times, a little bit of age and maturity, or simply having finally worked out what’s worth worrying about in life, but I’m excited about it… about everything (Ok, still incredibly nervous about pushing a baby out of my hoo-ha, that part doesn’t change). I’ve never felt more comfortable (not so much physically, because we all know that pregnancy has the uncomfortable factor, but in the mental sense) in my own skin. To me there’s something about my pregnancy body that fills me full of life again (literally). There’s a confidence there that I don’t normally possess, a sense of pride and self love that I wish I could feel all the time. Not only have the old marks reappeared, the ones placed on my body by this baby’s two older sisters, but some new ones too. It might sound strange, but in some ways these marks are truly welcomed. Each of my children has left their mark on me, in so many ways. I’ve changed the way I approach life, I’ve learned to stop fighting unworthy battles, to accept what I cannot change, to work with the new me, instead of trying to go back to the old me. I don’t need the old me back, she’s not relevant anymore… her way of thinking, her body, her outlook (I would welcome her sleep habits back though)… because the new me, is so much better.
I’m definitely interested to see what my new body will look like after baby number three. I don’t know what to expect, I have to let it all go, and leave my expectations in the same drawer as the pregnancy tests I took (Is it just me, or does anyone else struggle to throw those things away?). I have no idea where this pregnancy will go, but for some reason, at this point (ask me again in another 10 weeks), I’m pretty cool about that.
Wow, thank you so much for sharing this piece of your thoughts with us. I love that you have found this new love and respect for your body and you are helping others do the same without even realising. Want more from this babe? Follow her journey on her Instagam – @themummysomniac and check our her blog http://www.themummysomniac.com/
On the 9th September 2016 I married my soul mate, David. David and I have been together since December 2011. We met at a festival in Brisbane City and shortly started dating not long after. We got engaged in April 2015 and had our darling little boy in October 2015.
The wedding ceremony was held at Macarthur Park Chapel and Gardens and the cocktail style reception was held at Pacific Resort Cleveland function room. The chapel is 96 years old and was the perfect location with the surrounding lake and bushlands to hold our dream wedding. Karen the owner of the gardens was an absolute delight to work with, making our day extra special. Pacific Resort function room was decorated by the gorgeous Carol from Creatively Bespoke Wedding & Events and she did such a beautiful job. I loved the set up of the bridal table, round tables and bar stools for guests. A huge thank you to Sarah from Pacific Resort Functions you were an absolute pleasure to work with. I LOVED staying in the penthouse above the Raby Bay marina, it just added that special touch to the whole experience.
My lashes and brows for the day were done by the gorgeous Emma from @emjsskinandbeauty. Emma has seven years experience with lashes and brow shaping and I had the “deluxe” set for my wedding day.
The hair and make up were done by the talented girls from @stepnouthairandbody. I had Bec do our hair and @alannahpritchardmakeup do my make up for myself and my bridesmaids. They do great wedding hair and make up packages. I felt very relaxed with the girls and we all shared lots of laughs.
Our flowers were all created by the beautiful Amy from @daisyandcoflowers. Amy was very prompt and so easy to liaise with. She did a wonderful job. She made me a gorgeous flower crown and I loved the bouquets she created! So talented.
Our wedding cake was created by my lovely friend Kate. It taste as delicious as it looked. I wish it was a never ending cake. Love her work. Very talented! That cake was certainly made with love. So sad we ate all the spare cake from the freezer!
My photographer was a close friend Catherine Stonebridge who has taken all my family and maternity photos. I am so pleased with what she has shown me so far. I cannot wait to see them all! I felt so comfortable with Catherine and she made David and I feel completely at ease in front of the camera.
Our wedding videographer was created by wedding photographer Danielle D’Arcy. I love watching the highlights from our big day.
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Lastly here are some happy snaps from the big day with with our friends and family!
I hope you enjoy.
So Saturday was wild. Myself and 38 ladies jumped on a bus to celebrate my Hen’s do. I had no idea what the girls had in store. But seriously they threw a party I will never forget. I am so grateful that I got to celebrate with close family and friends. I loved it. I am pleased that I lasted the whole day and was the last one standing, yes still in my high heals too.
I had a lot of you ask if I could do a mini blog post of photos, so you can all have a sneak peak. I have also tagged what I wore for you as I had lots of questions on the personalised sash and the shoes.
Dress – REVIEW
Sash – HENS NITES N MORE
Make up – @jdolls
Shoes – PAYLESS SHOES (yes I know right)
Make up by the amazing @jdolls
My gorgeous mumma.
So this is my $50 haul for my food from Monday to Friday. So $10 a day. I actually could not believe how quick my money went. But I do love a challenge.
The rules are over on my previous blog post LIVING CLEAN FOR $10 A DAY.
Food was purchased from Woolworths and a Fruit and Veg Barn.
I spent 39.40 in Woolworths and 10.10 at the Barn.
Total- $49.50 for all this.
I can use whatever veg or herbs I have growing in the garden (I will tell you what I get from the garden as per recipe) as this challenge is about minimising wastage of food and saving $$.
I first looked at organic food but f#%k my bill was over $120 easy.
Goodbye eating at healthy cafes and hopefully hello $. Im not allowed free handouts either.
Wish me luck.
Staring Monday 4th July 2016
Sunday 3rd July 2016
So I’m meal planning, and pre prepping some of foods to make life a bit easier time wise for my #livingclean410aday or #50in5days challenge.
I have decided to include Cruz and my meals in this cost price too. I didn’t include Dave as he is on a challenge.
All my shopping I completed yesterday.
The prep I have completed so far is
🌟 I pre spirilised a large zucchini.
🌟 pre cooked 300g brown rice in the cooker for the next 3 days.
🌟 I cooked the 500g of heart smart mince with 1 tin of basil and oregano tin tomatoes and separated into a meal for tomorrow for Cruz and I.
🌟 I picked the kale and spinach leaves from the garden.
This is plated up for lunch for Cruz and I for tomorrow.
Recipe for the Bolognese
150g heart smart brown mince
1/4 of the tin of basil and oregano organic tin tomatos
1/2 large zucchini shredded or spirilised.
1 tbsp cottage cheese.
1. Brown mince in the pan until cooked (about 10mim)
2. Mix in garlic and tin tomatoes. Allow to simmer for another 10minutes.
3. Spirilise or grate the zucchini.
4. Serve mince on top of Zoodles (cooked or raw), top with cottage cheese.
Note – this serves Cruz (my baby) and myself.
You can double, or triple the recipe depending on how many servings you wish to make.
I sprinkled a little sea salt on mine.
I look forward to sharing this challenge with you.
Thank you for reading.
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I feel like I have been doing a few big food shops of late, then at the end of the week I am chucking food out. I have been thinking of ways I can cut down on wastage in my everyday life (thank you to my good friend Rachelle, the editor of Maximizer Magazine for inspiring me).
I LOVE coffee to, but I only ever buy one as a treat when I go out, nothing wrong with that but I am trying to save money. So I probably wont be able to afford a coffee, since I am only budgeting $10 a day on food and drink. So goodbye soy lattes and hello to homemade coffee (only for a week ekkkk haha).
$10 a day sounds easy right? I actually think this is going to be a big challenge. I added up my weekly costs for 5 days, this includes, food at home and at cafes, protein powders, superfoods, coffees, teas etc. it was a whoping $146 one week and $138 the next I was spending. This was calculated on a Monday and Friday basis over the past 2 weeks.
So the rules…
- Maximum of $10 to spend of food and drinks on a daily basis.
- $50 over 5 days budget.
- I will have to include food or drink supplements in the total cost.
- Can buy from farmers markets or the super market.
- Can use foods from the veggie/fruit patch and the herb garden at home, not included in the daily cost.
- Can use any spices in the pantry, however not allowed to buy any more.
- This is just for myself, no other family member.
- Will update at least 4 times on the blog and daily on my Instagram & Facebook, my food posts and proof.
- Will snapchat evidence every meal and state the total cost.
Wish me luck everyone.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
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