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Pawpaw & avocado deliciousness for Winnie

Written by Sarah Nicholls

@sarah_and_sonny

Papaya, also known as papaw, is a rich source of antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and special digestive enzymes. The powerhouse of these enzymes is the proteolytic enzyme papain.

The papaya enzyme papain plays a key role in digestive processes involving breaking down tough protein fibers.

Introducing pawpaw into your babies diet as one of their first foods is a great idea, as the digestive system is so immature in babies, pawpaw will help support the developing system, rather than inflame or disrupt it. It is so important to be gentle & supportive to our babies stomachs at this young age, as we are setting up their digestive & immune systems for life!

Avocados are also a terrific first food for our bubs, And is also easily digested, however the biggest benefit which comes from this is the healthy omega 3 fatty acids which are crucial for healthy brain development. It is so important that our babies start consuming healthy fats right from when they start eating!

Mix these two together, and you will have one delicious new meal! And as a mama you can be satisfied that you are serving your baby healthy & nutritious food that will nourish their little bellies.

Purée

1/2 avocado

1 large piece pawpaw

1 serve probiotic

(You can also freeze these into icy poles for your baby or turn into a baby smoothie)

Baby led weaning

Cut the pawpaw & avocado into finger food sized servings & let them play 🙂

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@c_ba_hair – more than just a hair salon

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.

For me the hair salon is not only a place you go to get your hair done (of course) but a place you go to feel empowered and listened to. You want to feel confident and alive when you leave the salon and C’ba makes me feel exactly that. I feel like the girls at C’ba Hair do a wonderful job to build a professional friendship with you just so that they can get to know personally and then be inspired to do your hair.

C’ba Hair is a Redkin trained salon. C’ba Hair is owned and ran by Emma Hayes. Emma has been hairdressing for over a decade now and has distinguished a talent to enhance her clients natural beauty with a fashionable approach to cutting and styling hair. I can see just by watching her while I get my hair done that she lives for the good vibes in her salon. She takes pride in her employees talent and let’s the girls embrace their true personality.

Photo by @wyldefolkstudio_

When you first walk into the salon you are instantly greeted with a smile and hello from one of Emma’s friendly staff members. The this is followed by a hello or a nod from the other girls. You are then sat down and asked instantly if you would like a refreshment? Hell yes cofffeeee. The girls make a fabulous cup of coffee so I always get that. Then your stylist will sit down with you to get to know you and what you want to achieve with your hair. The stylists give their opinions but truly listen to their client. They aren’t pushy at all and you can tell they love what they do so they are passionate about making you feel good.

I love that they teach you what they know to. To be honest I have never cared for my hair much in the past, but Emma and the girls have truly shared their knowledge with me about how to look after it. How to maintain that shine and look after you walk out the doors. My hair has felt good throughout all the seasons that have passed in the past year. Using the products from the salon has really helped. In the consultation they ask how your hair is feeling each time so you can trust they will help you to achieve and maintain your hair goals.

I make regular visits to the girls to for some special me time, I have blow drys when I can so I don’t have to think about my hair. The girls have styled my hair for photo shoots and the have cut and coloured it continuously over the past year. Here are some cuts, colours and styles the girls have created.

Photo by @wyldefolkstudio_

Emma has recently revamped her salon. She was involved in ever bit of styling, creative make over. She is very hands on and loves her salon like her baby. Speaking of babies she is great with my Winter Rose at my weekly appointments. I am confident taking her in there as she just loves all the smiles and cuddles from the girls. Anyway back on topic. Below are some images of her stunning hair salon. Dream big girls 🙌🏼.

Thank you again for reading my review and loving story about a hair salon that I feel right at home in. The girls make me feel like a friend not just a client. Love you to you girls from C’ba HAIR.

My next blog for C’ba HAIR will be on how I maintain my blonde hair so stayed tuned.

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Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump – An honest review for @milkmaidmumma

Milkmaidmumma is a beautiful online retailer + wholesaler who create pretty handmade bamboo reusable nursing pads and they also stock Eco accessories from around the world to help make mumma and their Babes lives a little easier and safer.

I was recently asked by Milkmaidmumma to write a honest review on one of their newest products the Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump.

The milk I expressed over 3-4 pumps throughout the day. I don’t express much at one time though.

The Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump is a one piece Breast Pump that has been on the market for a while now. The pump recently had a makeover, its capacity has been increased to 100mls and now has suction bottom to keep it up right safely.

I am one of those people that get the item straight out of the box and instantly try it out. I don’t read instructions I just try figure it out on my own. Haha this time it did not work in my favour. I had no clue how to make this pump work. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS PEOPLE. In fact I not only read the instructions but I had to you tube it too.

It took a few attempts to get the pump to actually milk my breast but once I got the hang of it my milked dripped put almost immediately.

You have to squeeze the bottom of the pump first (that was why I couldn’t get it working to start with as I didn’t do this) make sure your nipple perfectly in the centre of the pump, then you release your hand. The pump is then meant to be hands free, I did have to readjust my nipple two to three times during the pump though. I think this is only because I was still getting used to it. I didn’t get a lot out to start with but I hadn’t planned to pump that day I used it. So I took some lactation goodies and re tried the next day and I was able to pump a lot more as I had more supply. I was able to do it hands free to thanks to YouTube. I don’t get a lot out with an electric pump in one go anyway. So I used it to pump throughout the day.

To be completely honest it doesn’t compare to my electric pump if I need a lot of milk supply to store fast but it certainly does a great job. I am able to get more milk out faster from my electric pump, but for its price and it’s convenient compact size to fit in my nappy bag it’s a fantastic buy. I will definitely continue to use it.

Here are some perks of the Haakaa

– You don’t need any wires or connections to take with you either so it’s great for travel.

– You don’t need to prepare anything either before use so that is an absolute bonus.

– With Haakaa you don’t have to be continuously squeezing your manual pump base (once you get the hang of it of course).

– It’s so easy to clean to as there are minimal parts. Just the pump and the stopper.

– I love that Haakaa have created a cute flower stopper to seal the pump to in between uses. I even turned it up side down to prove it. I would of cried if it spilt though ekk.

Haakaa breast pump

Holding the pump upside down with the stopper.

– I love that the product can be used to catch your let down when you are breastfeeding your baby on the other side as you don’t need to hold the pump. Therefore no leakage or wastage of the let down.

– It’s made from 100% food grade Silicone.

Would I buy it?

Yes I would. I think it’s such a handy little manual pump to keep for when I am on the go.

Where do I buy the Haakaa?

Well this review is for the Milkmaidmumma so I will link the product straight to their page here.

https://www.milkmaidmumma.com/products/haakaa-silicone-breast-pump-100ml

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One + Only Beauty Space- Pure Luxe Facial.

One + Only Beauty Space- Pure Luxe Facial.

A Review written by A. A. Bingham.

I recently had a luxe facial with the gorgeous Jamie from One and Only Beauty. I had such a wonderful, relaxing experience I decided to blog about it.

One and Only Beauty salon is owned by the gorgeous Jamie. Jamie is an experienced & knowledgeable therapist that has been a beautician for over 10 years. Jamie decided to recently create her own beautiful space and to use her experience and technique to create something magical. She is a mumma to two gorgeous babes and knows how important it is to have that me time as a mumma. She made me feel like an absolute queen.

I arrived at Jamie’s salon and was instantly greeted with a big smile. Jamie made me feel comfortable the moment I walked through the door. Upon entry to the O + O salon, the spaciousness, tranquility, soft music & elegant decor instantly sets the mood up for a relaxing luxe facial treat. Jamie asked me a little bit about my skin and briefly explained that she would be using all organic skin care product (good enough to eat, trust me they smell amazing) by Eminence . She stated that she wouldn’t explain the products in to much detail during the facial as she just wanted me to relax. Any questions I could ask at the end (I had loads as my face felt amazing). The music was was at a perfect volume, I lied on the bed and she asked me to take three deep breathes. It was just what I needed to let everything go and just be present in the room. She started a massage and I think I lasted 5 minutes and fell back asleep. I only woke up to the slight tingle of the peel and then straight back to sleep. While Jamie had the peel on my face she did the most amazing foot and leg rub (my hubby needs to learn her technique).

At the end of the facial Jamie woke me to let me know it was finished. I couldn’t believe how I had slept the whole time. I think I needed it. When I finally woke up properly from dream land I my touched my face. It felt so good and smooth. It had that after facial glow.

I love that she uses all organic products as we all know that we are what we eat, but we forget that we are what we apply to. Eminence Organic Skincare ingredients is so great you could pretty much eat the product and it wouldn’t harm you. I love that they aren’t full of nasty chemicals. Our skin is our largest organ in the body. It absorbs all those nasties so quickly so I love finding more natural products to fill up my beauty cupboard with. Jamie’s facials are tailored to suit each persons skin type

During a facial with O + O all of the products are diluted with not water, but herbal teas. Because the products Jamie uses contain absolutely “no water” she uses warm natural tea blends to compliment the fact that every single ingredient used on your skin was grown both under organic and bio-dynamic conditions. The room smells absolutely divine.

I have been trailing the Eminence Acai Firming Skin care products from Jamie at O + O for almost a month now and I have had 3 people ask what I had done to my ski as it looks so clear and plump? Someone even asked if I had botox as the light wrinkle lines on my face have smoothed out (thanks Jamie). The products smell divine and I actually get excited to do my skincare routine as I am loving the results of using the products.

Something very special about One + Only Beauty is that for every single facial performed by One & Only, $5 will be donated to the @thepyjamafoundation helping to support little ones in their life in foster care. How beautiful is that?

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Feeding your baby for the first time. By Gina Rose AKA @nutritionbyginarose

Boston & Winnie are just about to venture into the wonder world of food, where did the last 5 months go! Lucky for them they have Mother’s that are serious foodies.

Infant nutrition is crucial for supporting optimal growth and development. Think about this for one minute.. choosing foods for your infant can either prevent a disease or feed one. Now, that sounds serious, but we actually have the power to influence our children with fuel to set them up for a healthy life.

The philosophy of Naturopathic medicine is “First Do No Harm”. As a mother I want to know that what I’m offering to my child is not going to hurt them in any way. This means providing a diet that their tiny immature digestive system can assimilate and absorb. I can’t emphasise this enough – The gut of a 6 month old baby is very different to an older child’s and must be treated with care.

A baby begins to acquire his gut bacteria in utero from the mother’s digestive system. This bacteria is affected by the maternal diet and lifestyle. The health of the mothers gut at time of birth directly relates to her baby. Interesting right! All the more motivation to make sure Mum is healthy during pregnancy.

It is during the first 6 weeks of embryo development that the formation of the digestive system begins, and it is not until well after birth when a fully functioning digestive system is complete. The delicate digestive system of an infant requires a bit of TLC & respect before honing in on food glorious food.

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOUR LITTLE ONE IS READY FOR THE GOOD STUFF?

First of all every baby is different so there is really no magic number that says start feeding your baby on this date. Observe your baby’s signs.

When babies are ready for solids they start leaning forward at the sight of food and opening their mouths in a preparatory way. I know Boston is almost jumping out of my arms at the sight of my food.

At around the age of four – six months your mini humans should be able to sit up and coordinate breathing with swallowing.

A good test is to see if they push their tongue out when a spoon or bit of food is placed in their mouth– this is another good indication as the tongue reflex disappears at around four – six months of age.

Don’t forget that we are all different and some babies wont like certain textures and flavours. If they do screw their face up or spit it out in disgust don’t be scared to offer it again another day, they may like it the second or third time when they become more familiar with tastes & textures.

So how do we know what foods are best for our tiny humans?

My number one rule is to ensure your baby is a “whole foods baby”. Avoid processed and refined foods, this also includes supermarket baby food. A puree that has been sitting on a shelf for god knows how long cannot possibly offer the same nutritional profile as homemade. Make a batch of food and freeze into portions or take a little aside from your meal and make it the right consistency for baby.

Go slowly and be observant; every baby will have an individual response to different foods. Introduce new foods one at a time and continue to feed that same food for at least four days to rule out the possibility of a negative reaction. Signs of intolerance include redness around the mouth; abdominal bloating, gas and distention; irritability, fussiness, over-activity and awaking throughout the night; constipation and diarrhea; frequent regurgitation of foods; nasal and/or chest congestion; and red, chapped or inflamed eczema-like skin rash.

Babies produce only very small amount of the pancreatic enzyme amylase, and therefore are unable to properly digest grains. When I hear mainstream advice recommend baby rice cereal that is fortified with iron I am screaming inside my head. White rice is a refined carbohydrate that is a highly processed, nutritionally devoid food and is worthless nutritionally for infants. It is inflammatory and one of the hardest food groups for them to digest.

One European study found that infants tended to have pancreatic amylase levels close to those of adults by ten months. In fact, it can take up to 2 years, just around the time when molar teeth are fully developed, for the pancreatic enzymes to fully work. Foods like cereals, grains and breads are very challenging for little ones to digest. Thus, these foods should be some of the last to be introduced.

Infants do however produce proteolytic enzymes to digest proteins as well as digestive juices: hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which breaks down protein & fats. Mother nature always gets it right and it makes perfect sense looking at the nutritional profile of breast milk which provides up to 60% of its energy as fat, which is critical for growth, energy and development.

All babies are born with a leaking or permeable gut lining so that they can fully benefit from the nourishment of their mother’s colostrum. This “first milk” from the mother delivers powerful nutrients and immune boosting substances like lactoferrin, immunoglobulins, sugars and antibodies to the fragile newborn infant. The permeable lining in the intestines of each newborn baby allows them to absorb nutrients quickly and boosts immunity. How clever are we!

SO, WHAT FOODS SHULD BE OFFERED FIRST?

Bone broth is an excellent first food because it works as a digestive elixir that helps the lining of a baby’s digestive tract to mature and strengthen, preparing baby’s tummy to digest more complicated foods down the road. It also provides an abundance of minerals and nutrients for development and health of teeth, bones, hair, nails, and joints. Bone broth also contains amino acids which are the building blocks of protein.

Egg yolk is rich in B vitamins, choline, cholesterol and many other nourishing substances. Cholesterol is vital in everyone’s diet, it functions by insulating the nerves in the brain and the entire central nervous system. It helps with fat digestion by increasing the formation of bile acids and is necessary for the production of many hormones. Since the brain is so dependent on cholesterol, it is especially vital during this time when brain growth is in super-speed. The egg white is the portion that most often causes allergic reactions so mum this is a little bit of extra protein for you to eat.

Meat. I know parents often wonder why and how you give tiny babies meat. Meats will help ensure adequate intake of iron, zinc, and protein with the decrease in breast milk and formula. Iron stores start to deplete around this age and fortified rice cereal just doesn’t cut it. The type of iron in rice cereal is poorly absorbed and harsh on a tiny tummy.

Liver is a powerhouse of nutrients. It is a great source of cholesterol. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals, including choline, iron, B-vitamins, D3 & K2. K2 is a very important nutrient that we don’t find in many foods. It contributes to the development of strong bones and teeth and even the facial structure. It is also important for energy production in the body. Organic & Grass-fed varieties are best! People often ask me how to serve liver. You can grate organic, raw liver into egg yolks. If using this method, make sure to freeze the liver for 14 days, in order to kill any pathogens. A second option is to brown it lightly with some ghee and then blend it with some bone broth to thin it to your desired consistency. We sprinkle it with a little sea salt too for additional minerals and flavour.

Bone marrow: Is another great source of quality fat, that is loaded with nutrients and has a scrumptious taste. I often make a big slow-cooked stew and add a couple of osso bocco cuts, the marrow literally falls out and Wa La dinner is served for everyone!

Mashed tropical fruits like banana, papaya, mango, rockmelon naturally contain amylase, making it easier for babies to digest.

Sweet potato, squash, carrots, parsnips and beetroot are vegetables that are easy to digest, but should always be served cooked to young babies. It is important to serve these with healthy fats, to help the baby absorb the fat soluble vitamins available. We usually cook ours in homemade bone broth, so the vegetables can soak up minerals from the broth and become more digestible.

Mashed Avocado is a rich source of quality fat as well as vitamins A & E. They are very rich dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals and packed with numerous health benefits.

Grass-fed organic butter and ghee contain vitamin A, E & K2.

Coconut oil: Is a great source of healthy fat and it is an excellent source of lauric acid, only second to breast milk!

What is a serving size?

At the very beginning a serving size is simply a taste. Start with a teaspoon at a time and slowly increase until your baby eats 1-2 tablespoons. Again, listen to your baby, if she turns her head away or shuts her mouth she has had enough.

First foods can be mashed, smoothed, pureed or offered in soft pieces – it’s up to you.

Although you don’t need to puree your baby’s first foods, some foods – for example, meats – are easier for baby to eat if they’re pureed to start with. If you do start with smooth or pureed food, increase the texture to mashed and soft pieces over a couple of weeks.

One important part of going from baby food purées to finger foods is the ability for baby to be able to self-feed and pick up food with his fingers. A good pincher grasp is needed. Along with a good pincher grasp, your baby needs to be adept at mashing and gumming foods.

As a mother I can tell you a lot of my attention goes to what I’m feeding my children. I am a nutritionist and at times, I too get overwhelmed with the abundance of information on what to feed a baby / toddler/ child and what not to feed them.

The basic rule is to stick to whole foods and ensure to have macro-nutrient balanced foods. That is a serve of protein, carbs & fats with each meal.

Remember you are doing a great job! It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too.

Gina Rose xx

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#selflovesunday – Mel Manning

Self Love Sunday

Self love to me starts with the act of being kind to yourself I believe the way you talk to someone you love is the way you should talk to yourself. It is so important to nourish your mind with the good stuff fill your self love tank with the things that make you happy, that make you feel passion and purpose that give you a WHY…

Your own well being and happiness is 100% number one priority so by practising the things you love and the things that ease your mind than this will help you see and believe the love you have for yourself. In order to reciprocate self love you need to first start with yourself.

Here are some of my tips on practising self love:

I make a list of ten blessings in my life that I am grateful for i place it on my mirror and read them every time I wake up.

Move your body, I Exercise daily even if its 20-30mins

I always say good morning and goodnight and I Love You, I Miss You to my partner as he works FIFO.

I always keep a book on myself as i believe nourishing your mind with positive words and affirmations is a MUST.

I listen to motivational podcasts or my favourite music in the car, on my walks.

Ive made an inspiration board and placed it in my office as I am in their daily and it reminds me of all my goals.

“YOU time” doesn’t matter what it is make sure it’s something you love doing or that relaxes you… i like to get my hair washed and blowdried.

I allocate 5-10mins to Meditate daily.

Making time for my family and friends.

Surrounding myself with likeminded people.

I Fuel my body with healthy nutritious foods.

Before I go to sleep i like to listen to some relaxing sleep tunes to relax my mind. I also have a cup of sleep tea and use magnesium spray.

By practising these tips daily it helps me stay focused and positive for the day and week ahead. Which in turn makes me feel happier in myself. So that I can reciprocate the happiness and love I feel for myself to others around me.

Mumma Bear Nursing Wear #behindthebusiness

Hayley is the woman behind the online store @mummabearnursingwear. I recently had the privilege to interview her and find out a little more about her and why she started her business. Hayley has set up a special discount code for my tribe. Use ALICE15 to receive 15% off storewide. 
Mumma Bear Nursing Wear showcases a range of clothing that’s breastfeeding friendly! Hayley wants to make it easy for mums to feed with confidence, without comprising style. She believes we all deserve to feel good and dress nice, especially after having a baby. Mumma Bear Nursing Wear stock a range of sports bras, activewear and clothing specifically designed for nursing, making it easy for you to feed no matter what you’re doing. Hayley also hand-pick tops and dresses from the latest fashion trends that feature easy feeding access, making Mumma Bear Nursing Wear a one-stop-shop for breastfeeding friendly fashion.
 
Favourite Hot Drink?
Ok I have a confession, I’m a Mum and I don’t drink coffee! I know what you’re thinking, how is that even possible? I’m just simply not a huge fan of hot drinks and don’t like the taste……I know #weirdo! But don’t worry, I do like to indulge in a good hot chocolate in winter!
 
Can you tell us a little more about Hayley? The women #behindthebusiness Mumma Bear Nursing Wear? 
I’m a Mum to an almost two year old, and I’m also pregnant with my second bub, half way now in fact……can’t believe how fast time is flying second time round. I swear I kept track of every week with my first, but this time the weeks seem to fly by with a toddler! It’s just me #behindthebusiness. I source all of the feeding friendly styles, pack your orders and I’m always happy to help by providing advice on fit and style. I really love being able to help other mums!
 
What drove you to create your online maternity and breastfeeding boutique Mumma Bear Nursing Wear?
It really was my experience with breastfeeding after I had my daughter Evelyn, that prompted me to start Mumma Bear Nursing Wear. Like a lot of us do, I had a really tough time in the beginning with breastfeeding. Tongue ties, mastitis, bleeding nipples and oh my gosh the pain! But with support from family and friends and an awesome lactation consultant, I continued breastfeeding and it got easier and easier, and before I knew it I was really enjoying it! I’m also a mum that loves to be active and get out and about and socialise with other mums, but I really struggled to find feeding friendly clothes that provided quick and easy breastfeeding access…..hence the beginning of Mumma Bear Nursing Wear. Now the store has a range of options including activewear, sports bras, clothes specifically designed for breastfeeding, and everyday feeding friendly fashion that allows you to feed anywhere, anytime!
 
You must connect with a lot of amazing women seeking advice on what to wear while pregnancy or breastfeeding? Is this part of the reason why you love what you do?
Yes!!! I love connecting with other mums and providing advice! I think it really helps that I’ve been in their position, so I know exactly what new mums are going through, and the journey of breastfeeding. For me, finding feeding friendly clothes really gave me the confidence to feed anywhere, and also helped me regain my sense of style after having a baby, and I hope I can help other mums feel the same to! 
 
What is your favourite Nursing activewear piece currently in store and why? 
Oh my gosh that’s a tough one, because I absolutely love the entire Cadenshae nursing activewear range that we stock. If I had to choose, I absolutely live in my smoothie crop, because it’s just so damn comfy and easy to feed in! Coming close in second would be the 3/4 classic leggings, because I can continue to wear them while my bump grows.
 
What are the key things a women should look for when buying maternity and breastfeeding clothing?
I guess I look for a few things when I’m purchasing breastfeeding clothing, and I make sure everything I stock is something I would happily wear and recommend to others. Firstly, I’m a sucker for comfort and quality, and something that will stand the test through breastfeeding several babies. Secondly, I love being able to wear clothing specifically designer for breastfeeding, or everyday feeding friendly fashion that doesn’t scream ‘I’m a breastfeeding mum’ and can continue to be worn long after you’ve finished feeding.
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