Kimberley Smith AKA @kimmysmithfit #showtherealyou



This weeks #showtherealyou feature is the gorgeous founder of  “The Fit Mummy Project”, Mrs Kimberley Smith, AKA @kimmyfitsmith. Kimberley provides other mummas with complete wellness and fitness guide, which preaches beauty, fitness, happiness, health and self love. Kimmy is a mumma of two gorgeous girls, her girls also share the same big smile as their mum (it totally infectious).
Kimberley is an absolute goddess, I know you are going to love this interview with her. She certainly inspires me to live a life of simplicity, promote self love and to be at peace with my body. She just radiates positive energy.
Please put your feet up, sip on a cup tea and enjoy this weeks #showtherealyou…

MRS KIMBERLEY SMITH
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Favourite hot drink?

I’m obsessed with Pukka Teas at the moment. I have so many favourites. I am loving the Liquorice and Cinnamon blend for a sweet treat after a meal and the Relax Blend to help me unwind at night time.

Actually – what am I saying – I LOVE coffee!  I’m trying to cut down at the moment to give my adrenals some much needed rest, but coffee just makes everything more fun!


Can you tell me who the REAL Kimmy Smith is?
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Kimberley Smith – Image by Julia Wheeler Photography

Oh gosh! Big question. I am still trying to figure this one out myself. I think that I am pretty authentic – what you see is what you get with me. But in saying that, I have had so many labels over my lifetime, I was a corporate lawyer, I was a professional Netballer (I played netball for the NSW Swifts and was a member of the Australian Diamonds Netball Squad),I was a business owner and most recently I am a Mum. A large part of the last two years for me is trying to strip back those labels and re-discover who I am without having to pigeon hole myself.

I think that the real ‘me’ is the person I am being when I feel happiest. At that is when Ryan and I are together and playing with our girls.  I have never felt more myself than when I am with my girls. Being a mother is the most beautiful and challenging thing I have ever done. I have two daughters. Allegra is 4 years old. She is a beautiful little girl who is just so kind and caring. And so mature! She is such a Mum already! She has 10 dolls who are all her ‘children’ and she takes care of them every day.  Samara is my youngest who is almost 2. She is just pure cheekiness. I love the spark in her – it’s a real challenge to let her have the freedom she needs to cultivate that spark and at the same time stop her from causing some serious damage – both to herself and to everything we own!
My husband is Ryan (we started dating in high school!! I wanted to go out for 3 months so we would be considered a “serious couple”! 17 years later – I think we are pretty serious!). We were married in 2008 and I just feel so lucky to have him.
So family is super important to me, but there is also this huge part of me that is always asking for more. To me, that ‘more’ is my health and my work.
I need to take care of myself. I am getting better and better at really listening to my body and giving it what it needs. I spent a huge part of my life (I am 34, so I would say I spent close to 32 years) just pushing my body. Demanding that it perform day in and day out. Always asking it to work harder. Now I am at a point where I don’t want to push myself so much anymore.  I want to be able to honour my body and live in a more cyclic way. Taking rest when I need it and working hard when I am feeling energised and vibrant. So being healthy and taking care of my health on all levels (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) is a huge part of the ‘real me’.
My work is also a huge part of the ‘real me’. I am so passionate about what I do. Becoming a Mum was the most inspiring and emotional moment of my life. They say that when a baby is born, so too is the mother. And that is what I felt like. The moment Allegra was born, so too was the mother in me. And I have been growing into this role for the last 4 years. I think when Allegra was little, I really tried to pretend that nothing in my life had changed, except for the fact that now I had a baby. So I pushed myself to get my fitness back. I pushed and deprived myself to get my ‘body back’ and I worked myself into the ground trying to prove a point. I wanted to prove to myself more than anyone else that I could still do it all, even with no sleep and even less energy.
When I was pregnant with Samara, I just knew that I didn’t want to treat my body that way again. I didn’t want to feel so depleted. I wanted to stop valuing myself by how much I could ‘do’. I wanted to realise that my own wellbeing was worth prioritising.
So I began to really stop and think about how I really wanted to feel. About the type of life I wanted to create. And about how I could begin to accept the fact that everything about my life had in fact changed.
Initially how I wanted to feel was beautiful, fit and strong. Those three words became the start of the Fit Mummy Project which is my complete online guide to post natal fitness and wellbeing. I wanted to help to show other Mummas that we can create the exact type of life we want for ourselves and for our families. That we shouldn’t try to get our ‘bodies back’, but instead, we should be creating beautiful, fit and strong new bodies.
I wanted to create this community of fit, strong, healthy and happy Mummas that are really taking control of their health and happiness.
Tell me about a day in the life of Kimmy?


No day is really the same for me! So this was my Monday last week which is probably more like a typical day for me.

6:30AM Wake and do my morning routine which I call my 3 M’s.
  • Meditation. I do a 10-15 minute guided meditation. I love the app Insight Timer as it has so many free guided meditations. So I will chose a morning meditation and listen to that in bed with my headphones in.
  • Movement. I do around 10-15 minutes of movement. Normally this is a short yoga flow to wake my body up and stretch out and tightness that has accumulated over night.
  • Motivation.  I read a little bit and do a little writing. My morning journalling always includes:
    • Setting my intention for the day.
    • Listing my Core Desired Feelings.
    • Listing 3 things I am grateful for today.
    • Setting 3 mini-goals for the day.
7:15AM The girls normally wake around this time. So I make them breaky and quickly sneak out and grab a coffee before my husband leaves for work!
7:30 – 9AM Normally the girls play and I just eat my breaky and just try to get the house organised for the day.
9AM Drop Allegra to Kindy. She goes to Kindy two days a week.
9:30AM Mums and Bubs. I train around 6 beautiful Mummies at my house. It’s a bit chaotic, but I think that they really enjoy it. We have around 6 Mummies and sometimes up to 8 babies. I have a baby sitter who comes and minds the babies. I focus on a mix of toning Barre style exercises, strength work and a little hit of fitness at the end of each session.
10:45AM I’ll take Samara to the shops and park and get our groceries for the week and she can have a little play.  Maybe a sneaky second coffee.
1PM I have lunch with Samara at home and put her to bed.
1-4PM As soon as I put Samara to bed I do 20 minutes of guided meditation. And then I try and get as much work done as possible during this time! I am pretty disciplined when it comes to my work. I don’t get distracted easily. I listen to brain.fm which is binaural beats that help your brain to be uber efficient. They help me to get into that flow state.  If I can achieve the 3 things I set out for myself that day, I will also try to do around 15 minutes of Barre style toning workout.
4PM We walk to pick Leggy up from kindy.
4:30PM The girls and I play. Or sometimes they are happy playing together without me and I do a little reading or have a cup of tea for as long as they are happy playing without me. Which is normally around 4 minutes max!
6:00PM Start getting dinner ready. Do the whole dinner + bath routine.
7:30PM Start getting my and Ryan’s dinner ready. Ryan generally gets home around this time.
8:30PM Samara goes to bed! Exhale! We watch a bit of TV. I am loving Big Little Lies at the moment!
9:30PM  Leggy generally falls asleep around this time. I have a cup of tea and do a little night time routine of yin style yoga stretches and rubbing essential oils on my temples and wrists to start to wind down.
10PM Bed. I try to read a bit of my book. I normally get one page done and then I’m fast asleep!

What drove you to create your Instagram account/business @kimmysmithfit?

I guess for all the reasons I mentioned above. But also because, to me, Motherhood is a time of huge change. Our bodies change, our work arrangements change, our relationship with our partners change and often our values change. Many women take the view that amongst all of this change, they should try to feel and pretend like nothing has changed. They should get their body back straight away. They should exercise the same way that they used to, they should have the same values and push themselves to work as hard as they used to and achieve as much as they used to.
I want to help women to understand that this is an incredible time for growth. I want to empower women to begin to step into their strength and femininity. To step into their roles of mothers and begin to create an amazing life. Not try to get their old life back, or their old body back, but to create a beautiful, fit and strong new body and a happy and healthy new life as a family and mother.

What do you think attracts women to your site?

Motherhood is an incredibly demanding time. It is easy to lose our sense of self amongst all the obligation. In some ways those early days of motherhood are like the perfect storm.

We are sleep deprived, our bodies are exhausted from the process of giving birth and growing a whole human. Our bodies also still look around 6 months pregnant which doesn’t do wonder for our self esteem. We have all this change going on around us, we have huge expectations of what motherhood should be like and we have zero time to really reflect on all the changes that have occurred. We also have all this mother guilt seeping into everything we do.
I try to speak really openly and honestly about the difficulties of motherhood but also about the joys of motherhood. It is an amazing time and I feel so special and privileged to be able to raise my girls. Sometimes we feel guilty saying how awesome it is to be a Mum. We feel like we are showing off. But I think it’s great!
When I am writing about a challenge I have faced during my journey as a Mum, I always try to include a takeaway. Something practical that each woman can take away and incorporate into her own life.
At the most basic level, this is often a workout that they can do in their living room or at the local park. A simple series of exercises designed specifically for the post natal body that will help her to feel better about her body, shift some energy and hopefully get into a better mental state.
But I also want to help to open women up to a whole new level of self enquiry. Finding exactly what it is that makes her happy and then having the self-worth to go out and make that happen.

What is your favourite quote or mantra?

I have so many. I am constantly saying little quotes mantras to myself.

I constantly say to myself “I am love” We always have a choice, to act out of love or to act out of fear. Fear sounds really dramatic, but it can be as simple as gossiping about someone because it makes us feel included. It can be as simple as keeping an argument going because we are too ashamed to admit we are wrong. It can be something like not ever taking a break because you are scared of what will happen if you aren’t always ‘doing’. So this helps me to come back to myself and chose to act in a more kind and loving way.

Not that I get it perfect, I often am acting from a  place of fear. The work one is a huge one for me!

How important is it to you that you find the time to move your body?


You know what I’m going to say here right!! Super important!  Movement is one of the most simple things you can do to feel good. Moving your body, even if just for ten minutes a day can have such a significant impact on your mental health and your emotional health. And if you are after physical results, it really does just take 10 minutes a day of consistent exercise.
Consistency is the key.
I think we have been duped into believing that movement needs to be really complicated or hard core. It doesn’t. The best movement for you is what you enjoy. The Fit Mummy Project and my website seek to take away all the excuses that normally come up for Mums. Lack of time, lack of motivation, not sure what to do, not sure where to start, no equipment, no energy.
Whilst we are recovering from birth (which for most women is generally a 6 month period although we normally only give our bodies 6 weeks!) there are definitely some forms of exercise that aren’t good for our bodies. The postnatal period isn’t a time to prove a point or push our bodies to the extreme. It is a time to honour the incredible job our bodies did to bring a child into this world. That is why I always recommend to see a Women’s Health Physio who can assess your beautifully unique body and help you to learn what exercise will be best for you during that postnatal period.
Can you tell us a little more about The Fit Mummy Project?

The Fit Mummy Project is the complete online guide to post natal fitness and wellbeing. It is broken down into two guides, the Exercise Guide and the Nourish Guide.

The Exercise Guide helps Mums to return to exercise in a safe and positive way. It contains over 50 post natal exercises with step by step instructions as well as over 20 safe and really effective post natal workouts. You can start the workouts from as early as 48 hours after a natural birth and then progress all the way to around 18 months post partum. There is heaps of great info from Women’s Health Physio Lyz Evans on pelvic floor and core repair as well as a lot of great tips on how to return to exercise in a way that is going to energise you rather than exhaust you.
The Nourish Guide is a recipe and wellbeing book rolled into one. It is all about taking really good care of your health in a very simple way. It has over 40 simple healthy recipes that Mums can make really quickly and with pretty basic ingredients. It also has tips for surviving and thriving as a Modern Mum. Little life hacks such as meditation for the modern Mum, dealing with sleep deprivation, how to stop competition with your partner over who is more tired!
The Fit Mummy Project is the Guide that I wanted after I had my girls, and I couldn’t find exactly what I was after.
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Favourite active wear label?

Dharma Bums for Yoga Tights.

The Upside for Yoga and just general amazing active wear.
Lululemon for really functional clothing.

Hello Monday Active  for post-natal activewear that makes you feel effortlessly chic.


What advice would you give to other people out there wanting to start a blog/Instagram page?

If you are setting it up to grow into something more than a hobby then I would really recommend being crystal clear on your “why, how and who”.

Why is it important to you to share this message? Why are you so passionate about this topic?  How do you want to feel when you are writing and sharing? How do you want others to feel when they are reading your words. Who do you want to read your stuff? Who do you want to touch or inspire with your words?

This will help you to become very clear on the type of messages your share and it will also help you to be authentic and consistent.
I think that starting a blog / instagram page is a really empowering process. It is like starting a micro-business. You can test things out, see what resonates and what doesn’t. You can find your voice and really start to develop your message. The more I write, the clearer I get on exactly what my message is.
Also, I think that it is important to remember that online relationships are just like real relationships. You need to give them time and you need to be respectful.
Oh and one other thing – don’t compare yourself! You can definitely get a lot of inspiration from the people and accounts you admire, you can respect the work that they have done, but if you start constantly comparing yourself you are going to lose all the joy you get out of creating and sharing your work.

What is something you practice every single day?

Yoga and meditation. I do some form of yoga and meditation every single day. I can feel myself becoming more and more the person I have always wanted to be and it because of my yoga and meditation practice. Some days are amazing and I feel such a shift in my happiness and my stress levels. Other days aren’t so good. I spend my whole meditation thinking of things I have to do. But I think it all counts – it all adds up.


What does self love mean to you?

I think it means a lot of things. I think that the precursor to self love is self acceptance. Being able to accept our whole self. The good and the bad. Our light and our shadow. Once we can accept all of ourself, then we can being to really show ourselves the love and respect that we deserve.

To me a few of the things that self loves means include slowing down enough so that I can hear the messages my body is sending me. As women, I believe we have a deep intuition. We know deep down exactly what it is we need, but often, we are so busy achieving and getting things done, that we don’t ever stop and listen. When I slow down, I realise what it is that I truly need right in that moment. Self love is also then hearing those messages and then valuing yourself enough to follow through. So self-love might mean realising that you need rest, and then valuing yourself enough to cancel a night out, or say no to an opportunity so that you can give yourself exactly what you are craving.

Perfect date night with your man?

We don’t get too many date nights! We had a night away by ourselves earlier in the year. It was our first night by ourselves in 3 years, so that was pretty special. I’d do that again for sure! But not too soon, I miss the girls too much! Such a shocker.

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Can you share with us a perfect #mumlife moment you have had with your gorgeous girls?

The other day they both refused to have a nap. I was exhausted, so I took them both upstairs and we lay in my bed together and watched Beauty and the Beast. Allegra loves gentle tickles and Samara was tickling her leg. I would have bottled that moment if I could have. Seeing them be kind and loving toward each other just makes me feel like we must be doing something right.

 

One struggle you would like to share as a mumma with others?

Oh gosh, so many. My biggest struggle was probably finding my sense of self as a Mum. I felt really lost after I had Samara. I think I finally realised that I was a full on Mum. I spent a lot of time really discovering what it was that I needed to feel happy and fulfilled as a woman and as a mother. And then I spent a lot more time trying to find the balance between taking care of myself and taking really good care of my girls.

Day to day the biggest thing I struggle with is being present for them. I am working on putting in place better boundaries so I’m not constantly ‘mashing’.
P.S. Mashing is a term created by Jacqui Lewis in the book Mothers’ Mind Cleanse. It’s an amazing read and when she refers to mashing she means when you try to multi-task but actually you just lack presence and awareness in everything you do.
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What did you have for dinner last night?

Chickpea fritters and a super simple salad of rocket, feta, walnuts and avocado. Plus a few little treats!  A glass of Rosé and some raw chocolate brownie! Amazing!

Thank you so much for sharing Kimmy! I look forward to what you have in store in the near future. Want to get to know the gorgeous Kimmy a little more?

Website www.kimmysmithfit.com

Instagram @kimmysmithfit

Lisa Hanlin AKA @indi.girl #showtherealyou

This weeks #showtherealyou feature is the beautiful Lisa Hanlin AKA @indi.girl. I was blessed to cross paths with gorgeous soul earlier this year at a @babesandpicnics event here in Brisbane. Since then we have exchanged numbers and remained in contact. Lisa is so refreshing to chat to, she is oh so pure and natural, and has a calm ora that surrounds her that totally rubs off on you (even if she texts me I feel it).

I know you will enjoy reading Lisa’s interview, she shares her love for her new business, her #mumlife moments with the beautiful little Indi and opens up about her new passion for pilates. Ladies put your feet up and enjoy your 10minutes with Mrs Lisa Hanlin…

Favourite hot drink? 

Black Coffee. No sugar, no milk just pure coffee bean goodness.

Can you tell me who the REAL Lisa Hanlin is?

I’m the girl who sees things with a different perspective. I always find the positive in any given situation. I see beauty in the rain, tears and dried out flowers. I feel for those who regret decisions. I don’t judge, I’m never jealous. I live a balanced life, sharing my time, giving my heart and prioritising my health. I’m at peace that life isn’t forever and that everyday we are given a new opportunity. Some might say I’m also a wife, a mother, daughter, sister, friend.. they are all roles. The REAL me is me!

Lisa with her gorgeous little tribe. Image by @salty_see
Tell me about a day in the life of Lisa as a mumma?

Since settling into motherhood I have found how important it is to have a morning routine or ‘me time’ before the day actually starts. I’m up at 5am and give myself a good hour to set up for the day ahead. Meditation, exercise, lemon water and some quiet time.. When India wakes I’m ready to put on my mama shoes and devote quality time to her. Boobie, books, playing and more books. Followed by breaky outside, listening to the birds and some morning vitamin D for me! 9/10 times we get out in the mornings – whether it’s swimming lessons, a bush walk to the local park, wondering the shops (especially the pet shop), mama met ups or just lots of exploring around the house and playing. India usually has her daytime sleep from 11:30-2:30 (key word usually – as a mum you learn to be flexible). This gives me a window to explore the world of business, get creative, educate myself, send emails and tend to anything that needs my attention. Afternoons are spent hanging out as a family. Lots of chatting with Pete and playing with India. If Mumlife has been a tough day, Pete will encourage me to go and have some time to myself while he starts India’s bedtime routine. Dinner, bath, book, boobie & bed. Then it’s our time. Usually consists of us having dinner, talking for sometimes hours, prep for the next day, teeth and bed.

Lisa & Indi
What drove you to create your Instagram account/business @indi.girl?

Creating my @indi.girl Insta account has been fuelled by my love for my daughter and my drive to share, help and inspire others. It’s been quite the journey and I’m learning more each day about who I am, where I want to be and my strong passion to help others. The product side of Indi Girl is my unique, handmade Baby Comforters to give other mamas a tool to comfort their little ones. They are practical, safe, universal and super stylish. Since creating Indi Girl I have a profound desire to share my personal experience through motherhood and life. I may not have the most perfect pictures, and beautifully worded stories but I have a big heart and a love for video and that’s where I come to life. For now I’m enjoying the journey, documenting my experiences, thoughts and feelings. I can feel big things ahead.

@indi.girl newest product, made with love “the comforter”

What do you think attracts women to your site?

I think it’s because I care, I genuinely care about people – all people not just mums.. and if I have an experience that I can share, good or bad and it helps someone else out, I feel happy. I have this energy of wanting to always better the people around me in a natural way. An old friend only messaged me a few days ago and she said ‘I want to say thank you from all the mummas out there that struggle to have a voice, I watch your page and read your posts and it gives me sense of belonging, knowing that a real person that actually exists has some real thoughts and feelings on motherhood. It’s probably the hardest thing we will ever do in life raising children, I’m just thankful I have somebody like you who is making things like motivation a little more easier to take on. People like your posts and pictures, but I just honestly wanted to say thank you. Your making a difference your making my time as a mother easier. Thank you for your beautiful look on life xxxxx’.

“awww thanks Lisa that is so kind of you to say…blushing”

Lisa & Indi

What is your favourite quote or mantra?

‘The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return’. – Eden Ahbez. 

Can I do 2 pretty please? ‘If you are not in a state of either acceptance, enjoyment or enthusiasm, look closely and you will find your creating suffering on yourself and others.’ – Eckhart Tolle.

How often do you find the time to move your body?

Daily. Even if it’s squats while brushing my teeth before bed… everyone does that right? Haha.

“Yes girl I do it too haha”

You recently started Pilates (and killing it babe) please tell me what gave you the courage to start something new?

Yes I completed a 6 Week Reformer Pilates Challenge at @pilates.place the end of last year. Pairing it with morning walks, Intermittent Fasting and eating for my Ayurveda doshas, I received great results. The courage to try something new stemmed from that voice ‘I’ve had enough’. I didn’t want to use ‘the baby’ excuse anymore. I literally whole heatedly just wanted my body to be healthy. The time will pass you by anyway – we all have the power and the choice to make healthy decisions and it’s through consistency.

Completion of her 8 week Pilates challenge! You Babe!

Favourite activewear?

Favourite active wear would be Lululemon, Lorna Jane and Pure Dash. I live in active wear so the investment to feel sexy & comfortable at once is worth it!

Go to healthy recipe?

My bestie in the kitchen is my Vitamix. My go-to recipe is my fav green smoothie.  Spinach, cucumber, celery, green apple, ginger, lemon, water, ice. I often add Chlorophyll or matcha green tea powder as well.

Lisa has a love for green smoothies, check out her page for inspiration.

What advice would you give to other people out there wanting to start a blog/Instagram page?

Hmmm if I’m super honest – don’t put pressure on yourself to post the perfect picture, at the perfect time with the perfect hashtags. It can be time consuming – just let it all come naturally.. In saying that I can’t help but admire the prettiness, well worded and structured pages I follow. Haha. Just do what makes your heart happy, some people are more visually creative then others, some write really well and some of us well.. we just have a go, keep it real and hope for the best. 

What is something you practice every single day?

Everyday I meditate. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, on my walk, or going to bed.

What does self love mean to you?

Self love to me means to be present and conscious in your body and to love all of you. Love your thoughts, love your actions and love your body and they will love you back.

Perfect date night with your man?

Aww the perfect date night with Pete – straight up I have to say we’re not massive ‘date night’ people. However the perfect time shared together would be a ‘day date’ haha. We would get up early, jump in the car and head to the coast. Brekky + coffee first and then hit the beach with our surf boards, grip ball and beach umbrella. There would be lots of tan time, reading, chatting, listening to music and swims. If we’re talking a real day date (before babies) it would include a cheeky beach beer, a late lunch and a quick skate board.. actually it would probably turn into a random night away!🙌 Oh Lordy I would loveeee this right now… 

Lisa and Hubby at their baby shower.

Can you share with us a perfect #mumlife moment you have had with your gorgeous Indi?

Perfect #mumlifemoment.. I’ve got tears in my eyes thinking about this. When India Rose came into the world it was the ultimate #mumlifemoment. Time had completely froze, I remember her scream and then pure contentment when she hit my chest. Her wide eyes locked on us, staring intently from mummy to daddy and back again. It still gives me goose bumps! Becoming a mother has been the ultimate gift and has opened my heart more than I thought was possible. 

Indi 2 weeks old.



One struggle you would like to share as a mumma?

My biggest struggle since becoming a mama is the early days of breast feeding. I read Tahlia’s #showtherealyou and could really sympathise with her experience. Breast feeding is soooo much harder then I ever imagined as a first time mum. My milk was flowing nicely, we had ‘great attachment’ and India was putting on weight… but that did not stop the excruciating pain every single time she fed- and wowza does a newborn feed a lot! My pain thresh hold must be through the roof because I sucked it up for way too long thinking it was ‘normal’. It is not normal to be in incrediable amounts of pain and for your baby to be vomiting blood… I am so passionate about spreading the word to seek help, get a second or third opinion if you need too. Use a pump, bottle or formula if you need to, whatever it takes. I remember feeding India in tears cringing in pain… missing out on that mother/baby feeding bond that I so longed for. After 6weeks we seen a specialist and India had a tongue tie. Problem solved with a very tramatised mama. Anyway, how does that saying go – acceptance, enjoyment or enthusiasm.. I accepted it, healed and let it go. I’m proud to say India is 13months old and is still brest fed. However to all the mamas out there FED is BEST!

Lisa breastfeeding Indi.
Thank you Lisa for sharing a fragment of your beautiful life story with us. If you wish to get to know Lisa a little more check out her Instagram here. @indi.girl 💗🙏🏼

Tahlia Fiedler #showtherealyou

I am so grateful to have Mrs Tahlia Fiedler as my first #showtherealyou feature for 2017. Tahlia and I crossed pathes a few years ago as we went to the same gym, but we never bonded closely to we had our little babes. I always love being surrounded by Tahlia’s positive energy and creatitivity. You can see it rubs of on her beautiful little girl Sunny too. Tahlia is a woman that preaches living a grateful happy life. I feel she sees the light in most things. 

Besides being a busy mumma to Summer, a wife to Jesse, Tahlia is Wedding Coordinator three days a week and she runs not just one but three beautiful Instagram pages filled with stunning images you will love looking at in your daily feed. 

So I introduce if you aren’t already following her on one of her accounts … “Tahlia Fiedler”


Favourite cold drink?

This is a hard choice its definitely a tie between Kombucha and iced latte. I generally drink about 3 Kombuchas a week. When I first started drinking Kombucha I found it tasted very vinegary but I think I have definitely got used to the unusual taste. My favourite flavour is hibiscus or blueberry. However when I am working I can’t go past an ice latte ( 2 shots of coffee, vanilla almond milk – when possible and lots of ice ).

Can you tell me who the REAL Tahlia Fiedler is? 

Behind all the beautiful Instagram photos is just a every day regular mum. I grew up on Brisbane bayside with my beautiful mamma who raised me all by herself along with help from my wonderful grandparents.

When I was 14 years old I met Jesse and instantly fell head of heels for him ( I totally adored him and he wasn’t even interested in me – haha) . After a couple of months of teenage flirting he eventually decided to ask me out over msn. We have been inseparable ever since. I remember my grandpa used to pick me up from school and ask who’s that wooly haired boy ( Jesse had a big fluffy blonde hair ) and I would reply ” just a friend”. The rest is history, Jesse asked me to marry him at “Schoolies” when we travelled to Fiji together and we got married a couple years later.

As a teenager I worked in cafes and restaurants before receiving a scholarship to a hospitality and event management school. Once I finished my scholarship I went into working in hotels around Brisbane. After a few years of working in hotels I landed my current job of wedding coordinator which is what I am doing still to this day! Its so amazing being  apart of someones special day. I was I was to sum myself up in 3 words It would be – determined, hard working and a little bit shy.

Tell me about a day in the life of Tahlia Fiedler?


Every day is just so different but heres a little overview of what my days look like when I am off work… because work days a pretty well just filled with work haha.

4am – Alarm goes off

5am- HIIT 1 Hr Muay Thai Class

6.30am- Get home and shower

7am- Sunny wakes up for cuddles and generally we start our day with music and a little boogie –

7.30am- We make breakfast together, sometimes we have smoothies, oats or eggs.

8am- Shower or bath and get ready for the day ahead.

9am-10am- I normally use the beautiful morning light on my days off to shoot some pics of Summer while she plays for my Instagram content. Summer used to rep for a lot of gorgeous handmade/ Aussie brands. Since I have gone back to work part time I have really cut back on the amount of companies I take on because….. photographing a toddler is hard work.

10am-12pm- I normally head out to my local fruit barn every Monday to do our grocery shopping. We save so much money by shopping at our local fruit barn. I used to go to the produce market every Saturday but now I am working I can’t make it there. The fruit barn we go to even has a sweet little juice bar attached that makes the yummiest smoothies ( snack time summer and I love banana and cocoa smoothies ). We also grab our meat for the week from the butcher next door. Its a great way to avoid buying pre packaged food as we only need to go to the main shops to buy things like paper towel and cleaning products.

12pm- Summer goes down for a little nap, which allows me plenty of time to put the groceries away. I will also prep her lunch and plan our meals for the week. We have a thermomix which we invested in before I had Summer and its really amazing it has helped so much with giving us variety to our meals.

1pm- Summer wakes for lunch

2pm- We might go visit my mamma or grandparents. We may go for a swim or play some games in Summers room.

3-4pm- Jesse gets home and we normally take our puppy Luna for a walk.

4pm-5pm- I might have photo session booked in and I normally photograph between 4-5pm at the moment.

6pm- We all have dinner together before the bath and bed routine starts.

7.30pm- Summers goes to bed and I usually will unwind by watching some Kardashians,  Creative Live ( photography tutorials ), editing photos or weaving some wall hangings before heading to sleep by 9/10pm.

What drove you to create your Instagram account/business? I know you have three now, superwoman staying on top of them all girl!

Each of my accounts was inspired and came about differently. My personal account @thefiedlerfolk_ has become a place where I can share the beauty of motherhood. Its a place where I can share my style and fashion inspiration for mostly Sunny but sometimes I will post a sneaky pic of myself. I share sneak peeks into our adventures, our home and sometime our meals. I take pride in creating beautiful photos and capturing the beautiful parts of our days together.


@willowandthewoolves is a project I started a couple of months after having Summer. I get a lot of creative inspiration off Pinterest and found woven wall hangings kept popping up so I started making a couple for our home. They received such a great response from family and friends that I decided to open up a shop. I now spend my evenings weaving up a storm while watching TV I find it very calming. It has also given me so much joy creating unique pieces for peoples homes.


@wyldefolkstudio_ has been a long time coming. Photography is something I have been passionate about for a very long time.  I had my first photoshoot with Studio 4 Photography back when I was 17 years old and I have had about 6 sessions with them since. it is so special to be able to look back at photos and love what you see, having professional photos taken is such a treat. Its my goal to have a professional photo shoot each year as a family. I hope that I can shoot families and make them feel as special as I do when Studio 4 captures my family There is something so special about about capturing peoples memories. I am so happy I have come out of my shell and opened up to photographing people other than my own family. I can’t thank everyone enough for the amount of support and love people have shown towards my work so far. A big thank you to you Alice for collaborating with me each month and allowing me to photography you.

Oh honey stop it, I love our catch ups!! You are too kind Tahlia!  Xx


What do you think attracts women to your site?

I think the majority of my followers are generally mums who share similar values and interests. I share a lot of baby/ toddler fashion inspiration, healthy natural living and snippets of our home life.

What is your favourite quote or mantra?  

“A Sunday well spent brings a week of content” Jesse and I get one day off together with our crazy work schedules so we are big believers of spending that day together doing something fun, adventurous, or productive. We love going on road trips to beaches, flower fields, or Byron Bay. If we are not out adventuring we are at home working on our little home.

How often do you find the time to move your body? 

I work out 3x a week at HIIT. I love doing Muay Thai kickboxing and I am so happy I have found an exercise I really enjoy. I also love walking along the waterfront near our house.

Favourite activewear? 

Lululemon definitely has the most comfy active wear. I own one pair of their tights and they are my absolute favourite luxe buy, every time I put them on a feel so confident and happy. I Also love love love Cotton On Body at the moment. Cotton on have such a cute range of active wear that’s great quality and really affordable.

Favourite clothing brand for your little babe Summer? 

There’s just so many gorgeous handmade clothing out there for children now its hard to just choose a few. We love @two.darlings@little.a.handmade and @yoli_and_otis.

Go to healthy recipe? 

I love cocao and banana smoothies I just toss in the below ingredients (different amounts of each every time because I am a bad recipe follower:

– 1 x banana

– approx 1/2 cup of almond milk

– 1 tablespoon of peanut butter

– 1 spoonful of cocao powder

– 1 spoonful of LSA

– 1 spoonful of pumpkin seeds

– Ice

– Blend

Your ultimate date night with Jesse your husband?

We are super grateful when my mum watches summer and we go on a date night. Its normally something really casual like a movie or dinner. Coming from a Restaurant background I love trying new cafes and restaurants. I have even written a few cafe blog posts on my blog recently.



What advice would you give to other people out there wanting to start a blog/Instagram business? 

I would say just be yourself, write about things you are passionate about and that make you happy. Having an Instagram business can be super time consuming definitely schedule in time to work on your business and time manage. You don’t want to miss quality time with your family, its super easy to get stuck on your phone for longer than you planned.



You are a mumma to the gorgeous little Summer who is beautiful by the way. Just like her mumma. Can you please tell us about one of your favourite #mumlifemoments? I’m sure there are so many!

hehe I am not sure which one to share. I can say Summer rolled off the bed one time when she was about 6months months old. We have a low bed but I still completely panicked and called the ambulance ( crazy over protective first time mum over here ) They paramedics were so lovely and took her for hospital for monitoring. The mum guilt still haunts me to this day.



Could you share one of your struggles as a mumma? 

I really struggled like a lot of other mums to breastfeed. ‘I had bleeding, cracked nipples and a very bad case of mastitis but came through in the end as I was very determined to breastfeed. I was lucky enough to be able to feed Summer for nearly 18 months I have only just weaned her off the last couple of weeks.

Favourite meal to cook for Summer?

Summer eats the same meals as Jesse and I each night but at the moment she is loving my Thai Basil Chilli Chicken with rice. She also loves corn on the cob.

You recently started sharing your photography hobby with the world! Might I add you are so talented girl! You have your own style and I admire your work as you make it your own? How long have you loved photography or is it something completely new for you?

Its something I have loved for a really long time however since having

Summer it has definitely encouraged me to pursue it more from a professional side. Last year I was lucky enough to save for a professional camera and a couple of lenses. I have been working really hard the last few months to put together a portfolio of work. My style is very light and bright. I love clear, soft natural light.

I am overwhelmed with the response to my work so far and my heart just bursts with happiness when I people love the photos I have captured of them. It’s a really rewarding job.



Want more from Tahlia? 

http://www.instagram.com/thefiedlerfolk_

http://www.instagram.com/wyldefolkstudio_

http://www.instgram.com/willowandthewoolves

Thank you for tuning into this weeks #showtherealyou feature. If you would love to share who the real you is with myself and others I would love to hear from you. aliceinhealthyland@hotmail.com xx 

#showtherealyou @_nadinemuller

 NADINE MULLER AKA @_nadinemuller is you follow this gal on Insta. Remember her name beauties, because this gorgeous woman is a #gamechanger. She is a true inspiration and I LOVE watching this lady chase her dreams and smash some of her biggest life goals (and she is not finished yet). I started following Nadine when I gave birth to Cruz, her little boy Madden is the same age as Cruz. We both shared similar passions, we both preaching our love for nourishing foods, fitness and our boys. We are both also Registered Nurses. I have always found Nadine so easy to relate and connect with to as this she totally  keeps it real! 


I got to meet this beauty earlier  this year, we did a workout together at F45 and then had a cute brunch date with our babes. Such a fun day chatting about motherhood, training and life in general. 

I know you will love Nadine as much as I do. Sit down, pop your feet up, have a cuppa tea and enjoy this weeks #showtherealyou feature @_nadinemuller. 

Thanks for sharing Nadine.. big love always girl!  

Favourite hot drink?

Ohhhh as I type away on this I’m currently sipping on a lemon infused green tea, but there is also nothing better than a warm hot choccie to unwind before calling it a night… In daylight hours I’m a Cappuccino girl on almond milk! 

Can you tell me who the REAL Nadine Muller is?

I was born in Melbourne, but grew up on the gorgeous Sunshine Coast in Queensland. I come from very humble beginnings; my family didn’t have copious amounts of money growing up, but in saying that there were no shortages of LOVE in my household. My parents did their very best and worked extremely hard to provide for my older brother and I and whilst I didn’t think it at the time, looking back now we had everything we needed and more, much more. I wouldn’t change a thing.

In true family tradition, I joined the military (Air Force) soon after graduating high school. I’ve been enlisted in the military now for almost ten years and my experiences and exposures have truly been second to none. I’ve made some everlasting friendships and have had a number of career highlights and memories that I hold so very dear.

Despite health and fitness being a cornerstone to my personal and professional life, in my early twenties saw me diagnosed with advanced Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia and Severe Dysplasia to Carcinoma Insitu; in simple terms Cervical Cancer came knocking on my door. When the word ‘potential hysterectomy’ was brought up during one of my many specialist appointments my entire world had come crashing down. When I look back on this testing time I see that I truly am one of the lucky ones who get to share my story, and whose dream of becoming a Mum came true, despite theodds that were stacked up against me. This health scare was a very testing time and it allowed me to re-evaluate my outlook on life and was a real game-changer. Like anything battles are there to be fought and in my case won, and getting the all-clear and becoming a Mum was the utmost silver lining to my journey. (Which reminds me to REMIND YOU who is reading this – If you are due for a papsmear please book in an appointment to get it done).

Anyhow a lot has happened since then, most significantly was meeting the love of my life, my best mate, (also the one who grinds my gears like no one else can) but truly my life’s accomplice – My king -Dane.

We met and hit the ground running….Why wait? We couldn’t have been more sure! After 6 months we were engaged, married a year later (we were 9 weeks pregnant at our wedding) and then just like that the littlest love of our life Madden James entered our world and boy did he expand our hearts and continues to do so everyday J

SO here I am sharing my journey particularly surrounding my chaotic little juggle of mum life, work life as an RN and a PT, my health and fitness, and spreading self-love, confidence and positivity through my social media platforms. Why – because empowered women, empower women (One of my fav quotes!). I genuinely want to prove that absolutely anybody can achieve their fitness, personal and professional dreams, goals, hopes and aspirations despite any challenges that they may encounter along the way. Likewise that what we see everyday in social media isn’t always how it truly is, that raw and honest will always prevail! 


Tell me about a day in the life of Nadine Muller?

Well whether I like it or not my little one is much like his Mumma and likes to seize the day and be up at the crack of dawn. To make for a smooth morning, the night before I’ve packed the car, breakfasts and lunches (thanks to weekend meal prep), have everything laid out to a T so our morning rush is ‘less-rushed’ for the lack of a better word. I usually jump in for a morning session at my PT workplace (F45) at 4.45am or at my local 24hr gym and am back home no later than 6am, I quickly trade parenting with hubby so he can then head to work the second I’m back in the door. I breastfeed Madden, I then sneak in as many kisses and cuddles in whilst feeding Madden breakfast and getting us both ready before dropping him into daycare by 6.30am in order for me to get to my nursing shift in the Emergency Department by 7am through to 1530hrs. After that, depending on what day of the week it is, 2 nights a week I put my PT hat on and start at 4pm and work til about 8pm, the other arvo’s/night’s I head straight home from my nursing shift, pick up Madden from day care and have family time until lights are out and we do it all over again for the working week!! Weekends are very much about my boys and I and we try to keep relatively active but with the main focus on quality time together and catching up on housework, grocery shopping and food prepping so we can go in prepared for the week ahead! Days are hectic and nights are short, and I guess I’m very much still finding my ‘balance’, if there is ever such a thing, I’ve sought advice and support from my other working mumma friends on IG and its so nice to not feel alone on the days that I’m JUST keeping my head above water!

Congratulations on becoming a personal trainer! Go girl! What drove you to do the course?


I’ve grown up keeping fit and healthy from a young age and being in the military means fitness is at the forefront of what I do, but particularly since becoming a mum my true passion for health and fitness reached new heights, I saw the strength and tenacity of the human body through pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum which allowed me to wholeheartedly appreciate just how remarkable the human body is and how thankful we should be each day for it. Now as a PT, nothing excites me more knowing that I get to meet, interact with and connect with so many people everyday. I get to apply my ability, knowledge, experience and my sheer love of fitness to help enrich somebody else’s life and that is something I am immensely proud it. I’ve always believed that amazing things happen when your passion, purpose and professions come together and its for that reason that I find it so incredibly uplifting to be a part of someone’s journey in creating positive changes in living a stronger, healthier, happier life.

Since becoming a mumma to that handsome little Madden what have you learnt most about life?

I knew that having a child was going to be life changing, but wow is that an understatement, it’s the most positively life-altering experience one will ever go through – is it not? I cannot agree more on the saying that when a child is born, a mother is too; I’ve loved watching myself evolve as a person and finding myself lifted to new heights and achieving personal goals I didn’t see possible. Over the past year, through my son I have experienced more adventure than I ever thought imaginable. It truly is love beyond measure and with it my priorities have completely changed, my outlook on life and what truly makes me happy, and what matters most has been such an eye-opener for me. Motherhood is not only my life; it’s wholeheartedly my happiness, my passion, and my greatest achievement.


(This photo truly connected me to Nadine! Arghhh I love it). 

A favourite #mumlife memory so far?

Oh my gosh, there are so many. I have no idea where to start. I really don’t think I could narrow it down to one favourite… I’d be lying if I said one of the funniest was when Madden decided to rip his nappy off and took a number two in his cot with this most evil laugh to follow – whilst I was trying to teach him to self-settle as I was talking to him via the monitor from another room…. Thank goodness it was the consistency and shape of a soggy chicken nugget (I kid you not!) But no really!! In all seriousness though, one to mention out of many would be Madden’s kisses! How good are kisses from our babies??? When I was pregnant I used to dream of kissing his lips, and during scans I would say over and over ‘I cant wait to smooch those tiny lips’. I remember so vividly the day he was born when I kissed him for the first time – F*** it was a zillion times better than I had ever dreamed of…Now we have this thing where I say give mummy a kissy-wissy, and he does the biggest ‘mwwwwwwahhhh’ as he leans in then it is followed with an open mouthed, super slobbery, super slimey lip-smacker…Nawww!! I treasure every single one, and I literally hang out for one of his kisses after a long day at work especially!!



What do you think attracts women to your social media platforms?

I’m simply sharing my health and fitness journey in relation to my life as a first-time mum, a full-time working mum as a Nurse and Personal Trainer, a devoted wife, how I juggle a career in the Armed Forces, all whilst trying to have somewhat of a social life and attempt to keep SANE as best as I can haha. I pride my social media on being a positive and supportive network and a communication hub to uplift, encourage and motivate other likeminded women – and not just those who are mothers.

I genuinely enjoy sharing my honest experiences and as I said whilst I aim for my page to be mostly motivating, positive and a fun hub, I likewise haven’t hesitated to share it all; the good, the bad and the indifferent. Honesty truly does lead to authenticity and I believe there is something to be said for those who demonstrate courage and strength in telling things how they really are.

It is important for us women to remind ourselves that not all images we see on social media are ‘real’. With the technology we have now so readily available, digital alterations and manipulating images can be done at the drop of a hat. We all have to remember that our reflection in the mirror DOES NOT define our worth and continually comparing ourselves to potentially unrealistic ‘perfect’ bodies, ‘perfect’ mums, ‘perfect’ lives can be toxic to our mental health. I want us women to band together and to feel confident and secure within ourselves, and to know that there is more than enough room for us all to make it in this world!!

I want us all to say goodbye to our inner critics, to be kinder to ourselves and our bodies. To gain a heightened sense of self-worth and self-respect regardless of what ‘ideal bodies’ are thrown in our faces everyday. It’s not about comparing ourselves to one another or about being better than anyone else but being proud of our own journey, owning our own unique story and improving ourselves (in whatever capacity) each and every day.

I’ve made some incredibly meaningful connections from social media and have been fortunate to meet up with a handful of instamums. I’ve been incredibly uplifted and inspired by so many of them (you know who you are!). Like me, they are simply everyday mumma’s, grounded with humble and realistic attitudes to match. I admire women who similar to me get a kick out of seeing other women do well and live by that quote I mentioned ‘Empowered women, Empower women’. Can I get an Ahhhh-men!

What is your favourite quote or mantra?

One of my favourites is ‘Exercise is as much as a gift to the mind as it is to the body’. As a first time mum, especially in those early days, training had been my coping mechanism whilst I adjusted to motherhood and got our routine down pat and my post-partum hormones had leveled out – mine were all over the shop, poor Dane!! It was then that I had also recognised that not only was exercise re-conditioning and re-strengthening my body but it was a total game changer (and free therapy!) when it came to my mental health.

I ensure that at least one session a week I leave my phone/ipod in my gym bag and leave my mind and body to train with no interruptions, in a world where we are so attached to our phones, dare to strip it back and be truly present with your training – just YOU and your mind! Do it – I highly recommend!!

How often do you find the time to move your body?

Anyone who knows me would know that training is an essential part of my day and has been for many years! I’ve found it to be crucial for my physical (and mental) health and overall wellbeing. My passion for keeping active and staying fit is something I do for ‘me’ but ultimately for my family too. I know I am a far better person, mum, wife, (PT and Nurse) when I have invested time in making my health and wellbeing a priority too. It honestly provides an outlet from the ongoing pressures of motherhood and any general life stressors that we all encounter along our journey. For me, it brings about a heightened sense of accomplishment and pride. It allows me to sweat out any of my days worries, makes me feel more energized, and overall has a positive effect on various facets of my life including my relationship with hubby, my family, my career, my goals and aspirations. It’s not about how you look (that is just a bonus side effect); it is about how it makes you feel – stronger, confident and well centred J Plus working in the busiest Emergency Department in Australia means that I witness some fairly ‘heavy’ medical emergencies so to shake off a tough or confronting day with my physical training is a must for me. You could say more than ever, my physical fitness and mental health and wellbeing is a necessity as I juggle motherhood and my professional working life.


Favourite active wear piece in your wardrobe?

Oh I wouldn’t be able to choose just one piece, what I can tell you though is that there are absolutely no shortages of Lorna Jane, Lululemon, Nike and Rockwear in my wardrobe… As a breastfeeding active mumma and one who supports home grown small business I’m also digging activewear by the incredible @mummactiv! Jo is another awesomely fit, humble, hard working charismatic Mumma who inspires me beyond words – Check @mummactiv out!!!

Do you and your man get time to go on a date? If so where do you both love to go?

To be completely honest, if we get to squeeze in a gym session together, I feel like that’s a smoking hot date for us! Haha…. Training together everyday is one of the things that I miss the most, he goes hard and I’m pretty competitive so training together is extreme! So when it does happen, I’m on cloud 9! On the flip side of the coin, it is somewhat embarrassing to even say this, but it was only a few weeks ago that hubby and I had our first ‘proper’ date since Madden was born. Surprisingly it wasn’t until we did this that we realised just how much we had become disconnected for the lack of a better word, not at all in a bad way, we have simply been so love struck with our baby Madden that we just didn’t take the time out just for each other and we realised the importance of bringing ‘us’ back. I’ll be completely honest in saying that since becoming parents, our relationship has taken the back seat. Although having a baby has meant a lot of changes for US as a couple, I’ve learnt that incredible things can happen when you learn to change and grow ‘together’. We might not get the time alone as often anymore, but I know that 9/10 times we’d choose family time altogether first, because that is when our hearts are truly at their fullest. Despite that, since that date at the races and a night to ourselves while Madden slept over at his grandparents for the first time, we’ve made a pact to one another that we will take time once a month for ‘date night’… We genuinely love family time with the 3 of us, so once a month seems very reasonable for us both for now J We are next planning a dinner at our favourite restaurant followed by a movie at the cinemas, we may even step it up a notch and go gold class! Go us! Mind you, bedtime is quite early for me usually, so I’ll probably be a DUD! (…..Dud date, Is definitely what you were thinking right?!) Haha…


Thanks so much for having me Alice, and if you are still with me thank you to those that have taken the time to read my #showtherealyou feature!

Spread Love, Nadine xo

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#showtherealyou – Tahana Lee AKA @talkhealthytome

I am super excited to share with you this weeks #showtherealyou feature, Tahana Lee AKA @talkhealthytome AKA @tahanalee AKA mummy to @achillies.lkc! Seriously people this mumma is a superwoman! Finding time juggle looking after her little man, be a loving partner to her man, train her but off and run 3 Instagram pages and a blog! You go girl! Plus she is seriously the sweetest thing ever! This girl hides nothing… what you see if what you get and that’s what I love about her and I know you will too! 

Grab your phone or laptop and put your feet up and enjoy 10minutes with the lovely TAHANA LEE! 

Favourite hot drink? 

I LOVE myself a JUMBO hazelnut latte. It is my guilty pleasure which I probably have more often than I should.

Can you tell me who the REAL Tahana Lee is? 

I’m not sure I even know at the moment.

I know I am passionate, driven and motivated and I thrive off helping other people. I always do more than required and always makes the moments count. I am a hopeless romantic and I’m not afraid to express how I feel. I am strong, mentally and physically and I finally know what I deserve in this life. I’m madly in love with the most incredible man. I LOVE being outdoors and doing things and trying new experiences and visiting different places. I want to be extremely successful and work for myself. I love nothing more than being a mother and my family is my home.

At the moment I am kind of struggling to find who I am outside of being a mum. I love it so much that its all I want to do but at the same time I crave some aspects of me back in my life. I’m so caught up in being a mum I’ve probably lost a few of the qualities I listed above and I need them back, I don’t want to feel vulnerable anymore and worry about doing everything right, I want to feel strong and like I can take on the world again. All that I can do is find balance in this beautiful chaos.

Tell me about a day in the life of Tahana Lee?

As you would know with a little one, no two days are the same! I have been back at work full time for almost four months now so those five days a week are a massive struggle for me leaving the little man. So I will go ahead and tell you our typical weekend as those are the days I love the most.

We wake between 4-5am for the first feed (I say first but more than likely hes up at 2am as well for some night time milk) . After that one we fall back asleep in our bed for a few hours and then wake to Ben’s alarm and then have family cuddles until the last minute when we have to get out of bed to start the day!

We cook breakfast and eat it as a family.

On Saturdays we head for our weekly coffee in Paddington where we more often than not get a little cake or macaron (French bakeries make it hard to resist). Ben then works for most of the day and Achilles and I typically enjoy the day playing, reading and venturing about and there’s usually a visit from the grandparents.

On Sundays we do our weekly grocery shop and occasionally we will get lunch out as a little treat as we rarely eat out as Ben is training to be a body builder so his diet is pretty strict so I like to support him and eat super healthy as well haha.

Before the tedious task of meal prepping, we go to our local park for a nice stroll together and play with Achilles on the slides and swings.

I treasure weekends so much more now I am at work. As much as I wish I could spend all day, every day with our little man.

You are a gorgeous mumma to your son Achilles (who is extremely cute) can you please share a favourite #mumlife moment?


How do I choose but one! Last weekend, we were sitting on the couch together and he just blurts out “book” and then said it another four times whilst looking at his favourite book! I cried with pride. Just seven months old and he loves his books enough for it to be his third word (hey and dad are the other two). You know I took him to the shops that day and got him many more books! Have all of the books! It’s amazing because Ben and his family are such book people (his parents have over 30,000 in their own library at home) so it was extra special to us!

What drove you to create your Instagram account @talkhealthytome I love it? 

Thank you!

It’s kind of a long story but I will try to keep it short. My teen/ early adult life I struggled with being healthy, it was just never at the top of my priority list, at all and I never bothered to educate myself about what healthy actually meant. In 2012 I changed that and became the real me. The healthy, happy, energized, extroverted, real version of Tahana. Shortly after, I entered an unhealthy relationship which reversed everything I had done.

After a year I realised how unhappy I was and that I was back to the version of Tahana I didn’t like or want to be. I’m always a RIGHT NOW person so I created the account that day! I was originally anonymous on the account as I was still in the relationship and didn’t want them to know. It was my way of getting ME back. It gave me the strength to end that relationship and gave me a platform to share my journey back to healthy, back to me and hold myself accountable! I am SO SO glad I started this account because it is actually how I met Ben, the love of my life!


What do you think attracts women to your site?

You’ll see from my account I’m not shy about sharing quite a lot of my life on social media. I’m pretty raw and don’t bother posing for photos with pretty backgrounds or looking my best, I’m just posting photos of me in the gym, workout videos of me working my ass off, motivational quotes and now of course, photos of my gorgeous son! I also think there are so many women who can relate to struggling to find healthy and I think the fact I shared my struggle with that and the journey to how I found it resonated with some people. Now I’m a new Mum and going through a different struggle all together and I know that seeing other people fighting through the same thing helps me, so I’m hoping I’m helping them too!

What is your favourite quote or mantra?

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right!”

I’ve lived by this for so long now and I just love it. I even used it during labour! haha. You HAVE to believe in yourself if you want to achieve your goals. Switch on that posivite thinking way of life and you’ll achieve so much more!

I see you are an active mumma. How often do you find the time to move your body?

These days it is whenever and wherever I can. Pre baby and during pregnancy, there wasn’t a day you wouldn’t find me in the gym lifting heavy weights and breaking a sweat. Post baby and I think I’ve been inside a gym max ten times (not including my PT sessions). I’ve started PT and go two times per week and on the other days I vow to leave the house as soon as I get home from work after feeding Achilles and we go for a walk in the local park where I’ve started recording my little workout sessions I do there! Getting a PT was a big deal for me as I am studying to be one myself as I had vowed to never go to one again after going through so many and never finding one with as much passion as I do for health. Luckily I found an amazing one who even lets me bring Achilles along which is just so incredibly helpful.

Favourite activewear? 

I don’t discriminate against any active wear. If it’s active wear, I dig it and I wear it… A LOT. Some of my fave brands are Lorna (of course), Running Bare and good old Nike and Adidas!

Go to healthy recipe? 

At the moment, Ben and I are really in to omelettes. 3 eggs, 50g spinach, 50g red capsicum, 50g, onion, 50g tomato et voila, deliciousness! I cannot get enough, I’ve been having them for breakfast every morning and sometimes I’ll double up and have it for dinner as well!

What advice would you give to other people out there wanting to start a blog/Instagram?

Just like I did, just do it! Especially with a health account, it is such an amazing way to hold yourself accountable. You never know where it will take you or who you will meet!

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Blog: www.tahanalee.com

#showtherealyou        @the_thriving_elephant



Lucia de Mello – arghhhh what a name! It sounds so exotic, you instantly want to  get to know this woman a little more, just by reading her name!
Lucia and I got to know each other over an Acai Bowl, you know that moment when you are sitting across from someone and you think “heck yes, did we just became good friends” ?  Well I had that exact moment with Lucia! We had so much in common, our values and outlook on life are so similar. Plus that girl can cook a delicious meal for you, I will put my hand up any day to be a guest in Lucia’s kitchen. I have so many positive things to say about this beautiful lady, but I’ll ket you get to know her in the interview so you can make up your mind how much you love her too!
I love your words in this interview Lucia, and I am so sure all of you will love them too. So sit back ladies, put your feet up for 10 and enjoy this weeks #showtherealyou feature…
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Favourite hot drink? 
mmm this is tricky because I don’t really drink many hot drinks, but in Winter every now and again I sip on tea! Last winter my fave was a Green Tea & Pomegranate tea J
 
Can you tell me who the REAL Lucia is? 
The real Lucia is a true lover of life. I consider myself to have great inner strength, I’m truly happy, I can be super stubbourn, totally sarcastic and a perfectionist (which are both for strength and weakness). I can be super impatient in some situations and I can also be short tempered at certain people that i actually love to pieces *coughs* (Thiago). I surround myself with those that support, uplift, encourage and love me. I don’t have space for negative and toxic people in my life. If I come across any, I remove them or I remove myself. I am immensely grateful for my place here on earth, for my family, friends, for the freedom I have, the opportunities available to me and for the beauty that each day presents. I am spiritual, intuitive and I am very sensitive to other people’s energies. I consider myself very in tune ~ i see through bullshit and fake personas. I crave genuine. I do love learning about crystals, giving oracle card readings, optimistic people and all things nature. I love being creative and being by the ocean I am in my element. I get so happy and calm when I’m at the beach that it makes me emotional simply thinking about it. I love people. Especially helping people. (This doesn’t mean I want to be friends with everyone or love everyone). I find a lot of people confide in me and come to me for advice. Perhaps it’s because I have an open heart and an open mind, so I don’t judge them or their story/situation? 

I believe self love encompasses many aspects of YOU. It’s not just about the physical body. It is SOOOO much more than that. SO much more! I truly do love who I am. I never question myself as a person, I’m very confident in who I am. I am however insecure in my physical appearance and it’s an aspect of self love I have been working on for a very very long time. 
As a friend I am loyal, honest and reliable. I am “the” friend that you can make a 2:00 am drunken call to and I’ll be there! haha. I actually do not mind! (although haven’t done this with a baby yet, so perhaps times have changed!) I love being there for my family and friends. I would do anything for them. 
Rambling….sorry! #stoppingrighthere
You recently became a mumma to that handsome little man Luca, how are you coping with it all? 
Ah man…he’s so darn cute right!? To be honest, life has definitely changed. I am extremely blessed. I absolutely love being a mama. So far he has been the happiest and most chilled little guy and doesn’t make too much of a fuss. (He has just started teething though! His two top teeth), so he has been a little grizzly here and there, but overall he’s a little champ. I am also extremely appreciative of my supportive and easily accessible network and my husband and my mum are my angels. My husband is very hands on! I think he was made to be a dad.  Offers to do the overnight feeds when he can and when he arrives home from work he is all hands on deck. He really enjoys being a dad, nothing is ever too much of an ask. Oh and my mum, ah bless her! She is anxious with excitement every day just to see her little Luca bear. She will usually stop by after work a few times a week and look after Luca for a few hours. When she arrives Luca is beside himself! It’s beautiful. We have been contemplating a sea change for years, but as you can see, having my family support so close, it’s hard to move right now.
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Tell me about a day in the life of Lucia and Luca?
 Well! Not any one day is the same, but let’s imagine we’re at home all day … sometimes I like not knowing every detail of my day ahead. I call myself a “free range” parent haha! ALTHOUGH in saying that, lately I have realised that being a mum perhaps I do need a routine in some areas of my life, because being a mum is also extremely unpredictable some days.

OK, so, Luca will usually wake up with the sunrise, so it’s around 5:30am at the moment. He greets me the widest grin and his limbs have a dance party and I quickly pick him up so that they’re don’t fly off his body! Luca will have his bottle, I will have my lemon water and then we go for a walk (now that I am back into my postpartum fitness!). Luca will usually sleep for most of the walk.
 
When we arrive home I will eat my breakfast and Luca will usually wake up just as I’m finishing up. Then we play on the mat/play gym. Have chats and giggles. Luca will have another bottle as he drinks every 3 hours. Then he will have his morning sleep 1-2 hours. During this time I tidy up, or edit videos or whatever I need to get done.
When he wakes up we play around a bit more, I continue doing what I need to do, sometimes I carry him in my baby carrier so that we can hang out together but I can still do my thing. Then he will have his lunch time nap.  When he wakes up it’s feed/play time and often we will sit by the pool or go for another walk. Then by 4pm my mum arrives (on some days) and takes care of him or goes for a walk with him and I do whatever I need to do, which sometimes is just chill or have a nap. Then she comes back around 5:30pm.
 
At about 6:00pm Luca will have a bath and then his bottle and he is usually in bed by 6:30pm. Then he wakes every 3-4 hours for a bottle, but he usually just drink in his cot, we burp him and he continues sleeping.

That’s an average staying at home kinda day! Usually our days are much busier than this!
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What drove you to create your Instagram account @the_thriving_elephant? 

@the_thriving_elephant was a name change I made in June 2015. It was initially @livinglovinginspiring because I couldn’t think of name that I had a connection with and those three words were what I was all about.  In June 2015 I founded my business name and now IG name The Thriving Elephant.
 
My health journey is what led me to social media. First and foremost I wanted to share my story on the taboo subject of ‘stillbirth’. My first pregnancy almost took my life and sadly took the life of my son, Leo. After this I began to research and I educated myself. I wanted TTP to be known and understood. This then led me to researching more about Hashimoto’s and my high ANA inflammation markers. I experimented with all forms of food, fitness and holistic healing. Two and a half years post, April 2014 I had decided to eliminate gluten, dairy and refined sugars from my lifestyle cold turkey ( I was already vegetarian). I became so interested in eating healthy and creating recipes that I wanted to share it on a creative platform with others to access. I wanted to show everyone that eating healthy could be easy, that it could be enjoyable and most of all if was still delicious!

Another very important aspect of my blog was to inspire people to keep strong. I wanted to encourage and support others that had been through tough times or were going through a hard time to never give up. Not everyone has a support network like I had and I wanted to show them that there was still a fulfilling and happy life to be lived after the sadness and the pain. Ultimately, “Life is what YOU make of it”. I want people to know that it does get better and life is beautiful.
 
What do you think attracts women to your site besides your adorable little man updates? 
From what the people tell me, definitely the food + positive vibes! I was exclusively a food + inspo blog before I had Luca. I would share daily recipes and have people all over the world recreate them. Since shifting my blog and my focus to include aspects of motherhood as well, I have lost thousands of my foodie followers, but I am now gaining those who enjoy my blog for what it is. It will take a while to find the balance and direction, but I think as we grow personally, our blogs change with us, and so do our followers, but the true supporters and friends we make along the way will be there no matter what our content may be.
 
What is something you love to practice daily? 
 I practice gratitude every single day. I have for a few years now. It isn’t at a certain time of day, although it used to be when I woke up and before I went to bed. Whereas now, I find myself doing it at any time of day.
 
I also meditate. I used to struggle with meditation but now I really enjoy it. I am currently restarting a 40 day meditation challenge which has got me all excited! Meditation is life changing.
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I know first hand how busy it can be being a mumma, how do you find the time to move your body?
 I’m not currently working, so my sole responsibility is Luca. I have only just gotten back into the swing of things in the past 3 weeks. This week is my fourth week. I have been enjoying morning walks and if I can’t make the morning walk I make it up during the day at another time. I also try and use the gym twice a week. I hope to amp up the gym sessions soon to 3 times a week. I am also trying out new classes in the coming weeks. Barre classes and my absolute favourite exercise ever, reformer pilates. They’re not very cheap so I take advantage of free passes when I can. Slowly but surely I am getting back into it!
 
Favourite activewear? 
I have always been a Lorna Jane fan! She’s a Brisbane local entrepreneur SO INSPIRING! Everything always fits me (I’ve got a Kim K booty and small waist haha), I always feel motivated and good in her clothing! I haven’t really got much else in my “Activewear Wardrobe”.
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Where do you find inspiration for your recipes? 
When I first started my healthy eating journey I was already educated on foods that I should be fuelling and nourishing my body with, but I really wanted to try new things and get inspired by other ways of creating food (especially sweets hehe) so I decided to join instagram. I was inspired by some beautiful instagram accounts and their delicious feeds, but it didn’t take long before I started developing my own recipes and style. I have always loved a challenge. I have never owned a recipe book because I feel it blocks my creativity. Although… I really want to start collecting some because as I write my own book at the moment, I know how much love, time, heart and soul goes into writing a book. It’s not just any book, it’s a piece of each persons journey. There is something really special about that. Perhaps I should start a recipe book collection and begin by purchasing recipe books my friends have puiblished!
 
 
 What advice would you give to other people out there wanting to start a blog/business? 
Just do it. Take the leap of faith. Take small steps each day to get closer to your dream. What could you do today, to get one step closer to the dream? Perhaps it’s getting a pen and putting your thoughts on paper! Perhaps it’s creating a business/blog name? Maybe it’s organising your ABN (make sure its not taken), or organising your blog name (make sure its not taken). Always check if your name is available before you start anything! Try not to tell too many people your ideas if it’s a business (I have had a friend use my idea and run with it! I was shattered). Rely only on those you trust. Network and make connections with likeminded and genuine people. Most of all…. enjoy the process!
 
Be patient (something I have had to learn), amazing things don’t happen overnight. They usually happen with time, hard work, commitment and the recipe for success “consistency”.  Keep at it! The universe always has a plan for you in its own devine timing.
 
Chocolate or Sweets? 
 Chocolate! It’s so versatile, delicious and raw chocolate is pretty good too! Oh and it’s basically like eating your greens! Just check out this quote … (I’m sure you’ve all seen it before, but it’s gold!).
“Chocolate comes from cacao, which is a tree. That makes it a plant! Chocolate is salad! LOVE haha
What more from Lucia?

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My Little One Eats #showtherealyou

This weeks #showtherealyou feature is Michelle Tess from https://www.instagram.com/mylittleoneeats/ I have featured this beautiful women on my blog a few times already but thought it would be great if we could all get to know the women behind the blog that little bit more. Michelle is shares her honest motherhood stories, photography skills and delicious recipes with her followers and has a gorgeous daughter that could make anyone smile with her adorable piccies.

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Favourite hot drink?

Oohh that’s a toughy. That would have to be a toss up between roasted dandelion tea or warm homemade bone broth. I love the flavour in a roasted dandelion tea, it is just so earthy. When I was pregnant I heated up homemade bone broth every morning and drank it on my drive to work (1.5hour drive… don’t miss that). Bone broth has so many healing properties and the collagen I believe helped with my stretching belly!

 

Can you tell me who the REAL Michelle Tess is?

If I was to describe myself in three words it would be sensitive, driven & happy.

 

Honestly the real ‘Michelle Tess’ is an unsure Mum trying to do the best for her family and herself. Plain and simple. There are many more layers to me but that is the crux of it and I like people to know that behind what you see on my IG page, there is a Mum who doesn’t necessarily have her sh*t together.

 

I have always had a love for fitness and my dream was to represent my country as an adult. I reached my goal as a junior but quickly realised as I went into adulthood that there is so much more to life than training twice a day, 5 times a week. Whilst that dream faded, my love for fitness and health always stuck around. In 2012, I completed my studies at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and while Health Coaching was not for me (listen to your gut & don’t just do things because you feel you have to), the principles and lesson learnt were so valuable to me.

 

My husband and I turned our nutritional lives around. We started to rely on our garden, local and organic produce to sustain our diets.

We now live on 10 acres in the Gold Coast hinterland. We have a happy 1 year old daughter, 2 cows, 20 chickens and a very large veggie patch.

 

Tell me about a day in the life of Michelle?

 

I usually wake to the murmurs of my LittleOne at around 5.30am. I bring her into bed the me where she plays with her toys, usually wacking me in the face repeatedly with her plastic phone.

 

I breastfeed her and then we get changed to walk up and down my street, I am sure my followers are over me capturing my morning walk but we usually say hi to the horses, geese and wallabies as we walk past them.

 

We come inside, eat breakfast and then play until she goes down for her first nap at 9am.

 

When she wakes, she has her bottle and then we usually head out for a few hours to meet up with her bubba friends, catch up with Grandparents or do really boring mum stuff.

 

She goes down for her second nap at 2pm. When she wakes she has a breastfeed and then we eagerly await at the mailbox for her father to arrive home….. Usually my arms are stretched out saying ‘Take her’ if it has been a rough day.

 

We play, cook/eat dinner & have a bath before putting her to bed around 7pm. I then eat, watch some trashy TV, plan my food shoots/recipes and get to bed by 9.30pm.

 

What drove you to create your My Little One Eats?

Being a new mum can leave you without a sense of purpose (for yourself). As mentioned above I have always been very driven and whilst I do enjoy the Mum gig, I felt I had lost myself in all of it.

 

I spoke with my mummy friend Mel and we were talking about how difficult it can be getting ideas for recipes with a baby who is just starting solids. That day I went home and started ‘MyLittleOneEats’ where I was documenting recipes that were of help to me.

For my 29th Birthday I got a new DSLR camera and fell in love with the art of shooting food. BAM…. purpose had arrived. I love the whole process of food photography and am learning all I can by reading books, watching tutorials and experimenting as often as I can.

 

What do you think attracts mumma’s to your site?

I think beautiful images may bring many people to my page. I hope they then quickly think ‘WOW, the recipe for that beautiful image is so simple, delicious and healthy”. I hope people enjoy the simplicity of my recipes and the realness of my stories.

 

Favourite quote or mantra?

 

You gotta stop watering dead plants.

 

Don’t be afraid to let go of what doesn’t serve you in order to give love to the things and people that do!

 

How often do you find the time to move your body?

Not as often as I used to pre-baby. I try to go for a walk up and down my hilly street six times a week. It is about a 25 minute walk which is great for exercise but absolutely clears my mind too!

 

Go to healthy recipe for the family?

Cold Rice Paper Rolls.

I can’t claim this recipe but you can include so many veggies in one roll. I love it!

Wet rice paper roll, add vermicelli noodles, mince, sliced egg, kale, sprouts, cucumber, capsicum, mint, coriander and crushed nuts. Add a little sauce of your choice, I used tamari.

 

As a mumma how do you find time to juggle your blog, Instagram and #mumlife?

 

Planning my week is key. I try to have my Dad/Mum come and hang out with my daughter on one day of the week, which is normally when I cook/shoot 2-3 recipes. I then edit the photos and create my website content in the evening once my daughter is in bed.

 

If I didn’t love what I was doing it would be a struggle. But the fact is, I love connecting with other mums and love creating images and content that inspire others.

 

What advice would you give to other people out there wanting to start a blog/business?

 

Do it because you love it, not because you want to make money or be famous. Being fake bleeds through every word and people will pick up on it instantly. Find what makes you excited and makes you want to go to the library and read about it. If you’re not sure what that is, keep looking and just follow your bliss.

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Want more from Michelle ?

Instagram – @mylittleoneeats