I have been friends with Tahlia for a little over three years. Prior to that we may have passed each other by as we both grew up around Brisbane and went to the same gym. Our real connection started when we caught up with our little babes, Cruz and Summer. It’s been beautiful having our friendship blossom over time as well as watching our growing family create the same friendships and bonds too. You know when the universe just guides you and you just know that we were destained to be best friends (just like the movie Step Brothers when they go DID WE JUST BECOME BESTFRIENDS? moment).
Tahlia loves natural, organic and light inspired work. She does not distort her work with large amounts of editing. She believes that gentle touch ups and colour adjustments is all you need. Tahlia sets a beautiful environment for her clients and always makes sure they feel at ease with her presence. She knows how to make them laugh and sings while she photographs your children. You can see it’s her passion and she loves what she is doing.
Tahlia has photographed so many memories for our family and for my business and blog @aliceinhealthyland. So I was so grateful to have her shoot this special moment in my pregnancy and capture the bump with our two little babes. Cruz was scared of the flowers in the bath haha #mumlife but we managed to capture some cute snaps with him and the bump.
Tahlia is offering my following a special discount. State my name ALICE and you will get $50off your booking of a Maternity, Newborn or Family Photoshoot. Thanks so much beautiful! Such a lovely gesture.
A special thank you to the girls CBA Hair for styling my hair, Bohemian Blossom Crowns for making Winter Rose and I’s flower crowns and to Lust Minerals for supplying the make up. Necklace is by Eden Zoe and has my little ones initials on.
Okay so we all watched the news a while back, when the Australian supermarkets decided it was time for customers to start bringing their own bags or paying a small fee for a reusable bag. It got me thinking though, the “war on waste” is so much more to me than just bringing my own bags to the weekly shop. I sat down and thought, “what else can I do personally to tread a little lighter on this earth I live on?”
I have to be completely honest, this journey has been a transition in our household, rather that a sudden big overnight change. Baby steps, but each small change has allowed me to feel like I really am starting to give the planet a little hug and a big fat I’m sorry. The last 18 months a lot has changed in our house hold. I make a lot of my cleaning products with homemade remedies and essential oils. Our baby and beauty toiletries are also all made by me or I buy a good quality organic product that I trust. Our medicine cabinet has had a clean up and major makeover and I could not be happier. I am happy with the small changes we are making and am proud to say that my self conscious is too. Plus it’s really important to me, to teach my little ones about the war on waste.
Recently on my instagram @aliceinhealthyland, I shared my fridge with my following on my insta story. There was one reply that really stood out to me. Someone telling me that they were a little disappointed to see how much food we brought that was wrapped in plastic. At first I was a little thrown back and told them, I had not done our usual shop at the spray free market as it was raining. Then even at my organic store they wrapped half watermelons in plastic, blah, blah. Cut myself some slack right? Well yes, but also it did make me open my eyes a little more and look a little deeper into how I personally can change these habits that are so cemented in us.
Here are some of the small changes we have been doing. Some for ages and some are some new new habits I have learnt from the guidance of team at The Clean Collective.
I have been using a Keep Cup for my daily takeaway hot drink for ages now. In fact most coffee places will give you a bonus for bringing your own. So far I have had, a small discount, a free hot drink, a bliss ball, or an extra shot of coffee, all for bringing a my cup along. #winning. I also am loving my new Frank Green one, it has a great option for tea leafs as well as coffee. DID YOU KNOW? (Well I didn’t until yesterday) that a majority of our tea bags have plastic in them to make the bag…. WHAT THE? I am now a tea leaf girl for life. Thanks for sharing that on your insta @thecleancollective. If I am going to make a hot drink at work, I keep my own mug in my locker. Instead of using the hospitals lunch room, dreaded polystyrene cup…
Taking my own water bottle every where I go, including for the kiddies too. To the gym, to the shops, to the park, to coffee etc. This means its less tempting to buy a plastic bottle of water. Or I will buy a VOSS glass if I must. I love my Swell one. Its light and carries enough water to survive me to my next pit stop haha.
My lunchbox has have a major makeover. I use a reusable lunch box filled with either glass containers or stainless steel ones to store my food in. Plus I do think the stainless steel ones look very luxe. Plus they don’t allow any nasties to leach into our food. Loving my container by U-Konserve. I need to get more in different sizes. All my fruit and snacks like rice cakes are now wrapped in beeswax wraps. Yes they are so easy to clean and super easy to use.
Bringing my own shopping bags to the markets or food shop. I have been doing this for ages now, long before the big news break here in Aussie supermarkets. There are some really great options for shopping bags. In fact they have become quite a trend. Plus I think the checkout person packs them neater than a plastic bag. Yay!! We now not only take grocery bags, we also bring our own organic cotton mesh produce bags to the markets or supermarket. If we don’t have enough we just loosely put them in the bag or share once they have been weight. We have been loving the Ever Eco draw string ones., they are big enough to fit plenty of the same veggies in them.
These are all of course small changes I have made. I know I can do more, we all can. I am learning and with learning I am changing.
For more tips on how you can reduce waste in your household or tread a little lighter on the earth, check out The Clean Collective at www.cleancollective.com, I will also be sharing tips on my platforms as well and continuing to share my journey with you all. As to me, I believe it is an important one.
For a a extra special thank you to my following for reading this blog. The Clean Collective have offered my following a discount that you can use at the checkout. Use ALICE5 of your future purchase.
So, a little history about how I came across Soak Society. I was at a Wellness event held by Kindred Toxin Free, there was a panel of inspiring #gamechangers and #girlbosses chatting to us that day. Natalie, the founder of Soak Society was on the panel. I loved listening to all those speakers that day, but something that Natalie said about self love and worth really stuck with me that day. I am a huge advocate for self love myself across my platforms so I loved listening to her share her journey. Natalie believes that every person that has a bath, should do their best to take the time to utilise it. At the time I was like…” hmm I am a working mumma, with a blog and a wifey. Do I actually have time to use my bath?…” I know I have a love for soaking and benefits of water alone on my body feels divine, but seriously time for a bath? Then I thought about it, I make time my daily walks, I make time to nourish my body, I make time for my workouts… Why if the feeling of a bath nourishes me, should I not make time or make it a priority, even just once a week for a bath?
So fast forward 6 months and I AM having that bath weekly. Sometimes its alone with candles, sometimes its with some homemade choccies and flowers, but sometimes its with my two toddlers and their little toys making their way into uncomfortable places on my body. But… I am having that weekly bath and I feel great for it. So thank you Natalie for that gentle kick up my backside.
So anyway over that 6 months I tried a couple of soak society soaks, some were gifts from friends, some I purchased. As you know I also make my own soaks to with my essential oils. I to like Natalie, am deeply passionate about avoiding chemicals in skincare products. So I am so happy knowing that the Soak Society products are all about being as natural and as earthy as possible. You feel the difference on your skin and when you inhale the senses of the Soak Society products they don’t give you a headache, because it happened in the past when I was a little ignorant to the beauty industry and used to buy soaks from the store that I now know are just packed with chemicals and nasty fragrance.
I recently got an email from Natalie enquiring if I would be a brand ambassador for Soak Society. I was so excited as 1. It would support and motivate me in my love for having a weekly bath, 2. I was a huge fan of hers, 3. I already used her soaks from time to time and was confident in the ingredients list. So you know I wrote back with a big HELL YES, right? I look forward in the next few months sharing their products and giving you my why over on my platform @aliceinhealthyland. A favourite so far has to be the Bath Dew – it gives you a bubble bath without all the nasties, its free from parabens, SLS or SLES, synthetic colours fragrances or preservatives, EDTA, silicones or mineral oils. It makes your skin few divine and its smells so good you could eat it. Haha! Plus is my toddlers jump in with me now and then I don’t feel bad about it harming their delicate skin.
I know now more than ever I am appreciating these baths. I am carrying our third child, running a business, working as a nurse, being a mumma and a wifey and running a blog. So these downtime’s are everything to me. Thank you Natalie from the bottom of my heart for reminding me to soak!
If you would like to Hustle, Soak, Repeat, too Natalie has created a special 15% off discount for you all. Use ALICE15 at the checkout. 🙏🏼
A little about Soak Society from their “about me” page on their website…
Soak Society was born in 2014 in a small apartment in New Farm, Brisbane. Founder Natalie wanted to share her love of soaking with the world, and begin to make baths cool again. Out with brightly coloured bath salt crystals and bombs, and in with beautiful wellness soaks made from the highest quality natural and organic ingredients.
Now based on the Sunshine Coast, Soak Society is still all about natural beauty and wellness (because putting chemicals on your body is the WORST), but is also wanting to be the catalyst for modern ‘me-time’.
Down-time to reflect, unwind and relax is SO important for everyone. Soaking is about reconnecting with yourself, and this is often when those ‘lightbulb’ moments appear.
It’s time to reclaim that bathroom, fill the tub, lock the door, grab your favourite read, light a candle and soak. We love to soak, and you will too.
We’re accredited by Choose Cruelty Free – an independent Australian non-profit organisation campaigning for a ban on animal-tested cosmetics.
Want to connect or find out more about Soak Society?
I recently purchased some Nut Mylk Base from Ulu Hye to try for my family. As non dairy milk drinkers in our household, we were going through so many cartons of organic Almond or Coconut Milk. I not only wanted to be more eco friendly with using less wastage, but I wanted to be more cost efficient too. The Ulu Hye range is great value for money as well as one jar makes 10litres. Plus you can use the jar again as it’s the great size to take your breakie to work in. The almond milk we were buying from the health store cost us a fortune, even with organic ingredients the ingredients list was still not great. So I was excited to find Ulu Hye after trying it in my Secret Organics Box.
As you know I love to create recipes with different products, if I love them I love to showcase them with you all. So here are 5 ways I have loved using the Nut or Hemp Mylk…
But first a little bit about the the peeps behind this amazing biz….
Heidi Peuten and Vasia Vogias are the founders of Ulu Hye and their signature product Nut Mylk Base. Nut Mylk Base is a concentrated nut milk, allowing people to make fresh nut milk in the comfort of their home and in only 1 minute. 1 jar makes 10 litres of milk, reducing landfill of 10 cartons, minimising the damaging effect on landfill that long life cartons are currently contributing. Nut Mylk Base and Hemp Mylk Base use Australian Certified Organic ingredients, where possible, and has been holistically created bringing a dairy alternative that is not only better for you but better for the environment.
Founded in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Heidi and Vasia created this concept with a strong focus on health and sustainability.
Both Vasia and Heidi would go through cartons of non-dairy milks per week and were disturbed by the amount of waste they were contributing together. As a result, they created a Mylk Base that they could then add to water, blend and enjoy as a delicious non-dairy milk whenever they wanted. With backgrounds in business and naturopathy, the duo decided to share their passion for health and the environment, through launching products that can contribute to reducing our overall carbon footprint on a global level.
Five ways I have loved to use their Nut or Hemp Mylk…
1. To make bliss balls. I just added a few tablespoons to my favourite cacao blissball mixture. YUM 😋.
2. In smoothies. I just mix in a teaspoon of the hemp or nut Mylk base and just add my favourite smoothie ingredients with some filtered water.
3. In my daily coffee. I make up a few litres of Nut Mylk in the fridge so it’s good to go. Today I made an iced latte with it. Delish!
4. To add to my overnight oats base mixture.
5. In our favourite meals. Here I added it to our daily pancakes and also made healthy Mac and Cashew Cheese.
I have been seeing Mel at The Colonic Clinic Capalaba, for a little over 8 months now. So I thought it was time for a Colonic update. I have had 20 colonics now and feeling amazing about the whole journey. Every time I have a colonic I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders and my brain has had a mental clear out.
A lot of you ask me regularly why I get them? Well firstly they are a great way to rid the toxins from my body. I also have them to support my own gut health, I love getting them for my emotional well being as well.
In my previous blog, My journey with Mel from The Colonic Clinic Capalaba (part 2) I had told you I was getting Colonics once a month on my period. Well a little has changed since then. I fell pregnant with our third child. So as soon as I found out this wonderful surprise I instantly told Mel. She told me it was time for a little break during the first trimester and for me to allow my bubba to grow. Mel told me the reason behind my colonic break during the first trimester, was due to the baby forming and growing its organs, plus you don’t want toxins stirring around in the mother’s blood. Mel said she was happy to continue treating me again once my second trimester commenced as she had been treating me previously to this pregnancy. I had also had two births and 6 months of colonics prior. I personally was happy as well to continue my colonic journey, as I knew I would be able to determine the difference between labour pain/contractions and poo cramps. Mel and I have a strong professional/client based relationship which plays a significant role in my treatment. For my last trimester I will chat to my OB about getting a slightly different treatment from a colonic, but I will explain that closer to that time.
I really missed my colonics during the first 3 months of my pregnancy, but I knew it was best for my growing bubba. I had my first one back a few weeks ago and let‘s just say it was the most relaxing procedure yet. Gosh it felt good to get back into them.
So what have I noticed since our last Colonic update…
Improvements to my skin – I made the switch to organic skin care products and facials earlier in the year. I have found that having colonics alongside this, is a great combination for my skin. I get extremely dry skin and I feel the Colonics hydrate me from the inside out. After a Colonic I feel like my organs have had a much needed drink! Mel uses ONLY purified water for the duration of the Colonic Hydrotherapy session.
I nourish my body with even more fruit and veggies - Yes that’s right. I feel that having these procedures, allows me to listen to my body and be more in tune with it. I know I feel great when I consume lots of colourful earthy plant based foods. I fill my plate with nourishing goodies and have eaten a lot less meat products. I do not eat dairy anyway but feel even better cutting out the meat too.
I say bye bye to parasites and tape worms everytime – Yes even the healthiest of us have them. I have only seen lots of little ones clinging to my waste, but sometimes I forget to look in the clear poo flushing pipe as I am so relaxed in there so I could be missing loads.
My Pelvic Floor is well trained – I think its from holding in the water, you switch on your pelvic floor and abdo muscles each time. #winning
My poops are wrist to elbow length everyday - haha TMI? hehehe NEVER we are talking about Colonics after all. My bowel motions are right on clock twice a day. I have never in my life had clockwork bowel motions. I also have a step in my toilet so I can have a correct technique during my daily poop experience haha.
My shifts during my colonics get more and more every time – It still amazes me that every colonic I have, my shift gets bigger and bigger! I let go of more crap from my body. Mel has a poo chart in her consultation area and we go through what number my poo was (see poo chart below). We discuss what my shift was like over coconut water and green smoothie, post treatment shots. Sometimes during my shift I get quite emotional. When I have a big shift I usually am extremely patient mentally and feel so light afterwards like I literally let that shit go.
My eye sight is clearer – this was one of the first huge changes I noticed. I still feel this is the case. “I can see clearly now the rain as gone” seriously though it’s mind blowing.
I sleep amazing after Colonics – Sometimes that night post treatment I have quite vivid dreams too.
My concentration levels are always at an all time high post treatment – Yes even with baby brain hehe.
So when Winnie was about 4 months we choose to give her some formula. She was a tiny thing and not gaining weight from birth with my breastmilk alone. At the time emotionally it upset me but we were heading over to Thailand with the family and my breastmilk alone was not helping her to put on the grams.We choose a formula we were extremely happy with and we continued on our breastfeeding + bottle fed merry way. From 4 months she held her own bottle and started to gain weight. She was just such a happy bubba. I was still able to feed her via the breast too, which was so nice to have that connection with her, because when she had her “bot bot” she was miss independent. I was not allowed to hold it for her haha.
So I have been lucky enough to be able to collaborate again for the third time with Mt Gravatt Skoda. This time round I am test driving the all new 2018 Skoda Koraq, this time its for a few months so I can really get a feel for the car and share what I love about it with you all. So I have practically taken over the Skoda again. Hung up my essential oil diffuser, bluetoothed my iphone to the speakers, packed my double pram in the boot, put a picnic blanket in side door and placed the kiddies car seats in the back seats. So I have turned this sexy little number into a practical family get up haha!! I have been driving the Skoda (in a sexy grey might I add), for 2 months now. I am starting to really get a feel for it as if it was my own (I wish right?).
Apart from it being the most sexiest car I have ever driven around town, here is what I am loving so far…
The car door lights on the ground – This is not only clever marketing for SKODA as the lights on the floor say Skoda, but its an oh so practical feature that I LOVE. I have a dark garage and when you open the front doors up the lights instantly come on so you know where you are putting your feet down before hopping out the car. Also great if you are a little unsure where you have parked to.
Plenty of room for the car seats – You have the option to put in car seats or boosters in the back. They have super easy adapters to fit the car seats in securely and the kiddies have plenty of leg room. Skoda have even installed an iPad or smart phone adapters so your kiddies can watch them at a safe distance from their eyes while you drive if you wish.
Rain Sensor – Okay, okay so I haven’t used this feature that much as I live in QLD and we are currently in the middle of a drought. We did however have some rain earlier this week and the window wipers instantly came on when I was driving. The wipers were running at right speed for the amount of rain. The car also have a rain breaking feature to as a safety bonus. I am yet to try this as of yet.
The Boot is HUGE – Yes multiple times I put the double pram in, my weeks worth of shopping from the market and stuff for the kiddies. We have also been know to picnic in the boot to hehe.
Apple Car Play – Bonus for me as I have an iPhone and I just plugged my USB cord into the car and my phone was easy to navigate via the 8 inch touch screen. The speakers are unreal too, besides listening to the wiggles a fair bit, I have definitely given them a run for their money with my RNB Beats haha. Gotta enjoy those flashbacks to my party days as a mumma haha. I also love that I can listen to my podcasts as I drive which stream straight from my iPhone through the Apple Car Play system.
I also love that you can change song/volume on the steering wheel, which allows you have to more focus on the road.
City Emergency Braking – I love this feature a lot, the kiddies talk to me in the car. So if I accidentally look through the review mirror a little to long to chat to them, the car literally has your back.
Dual Zone Climate Control Air Conditioning and Heated Seats – I loved this feature. The hubby doesn’t like it that cool in the car and I do. So we can both choose our temp we like. There is also a vent for the back seat of the car to so the whole car can stay at the temperature you would like it. I love the heated sets to, again each front passenger has a choice if they would like this feature on. You can choose up to three different parts of the chair to be heated, so you can warm your back as well. It was pure luxe using it through those cooler mornings.
The Cooler in the Glove Box – I love this feature as I am able to keep my smoothie or juice cool on a long drive.
Parking Assistance – If you want to reverse parallel park or just get into a tight car park. The Skoda Koroq can help you with that. It’s pretty epic! A must try if you go for a test drive. I love the safety cameras/sensors around the car to, they alert you if you are close to something. I love this safety feature, especially having young children and pets.
Okay okay so I can rave about this car, but want are some things that I wish they could improve.
A holder for Coffee Cups or Water Bottles hehe. This is something that is a struggle for me as I would love some more space for my long drives.
I actually can’t really fault the car anymore as I absolutely love it. So beautiful to drive.
Hope you enjoyed my review. For more info on the Skoda Koroq, please contact Mt Gravatt Skoda.