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My baby “latches” to the bottle.

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I made a little promise to myself  when I was pregnant with my second child. I would do my best to try give my second baby a bottle from 6 weeks if I could breastfeed. The reason behind this is because Cruz (my first child), still to this day has never taken a bottle. I tried so many brands but he was just never interested. All he wanted was the boobies! That wasn’t to much of an issue to me back then as I had him home with me for the 10months of his life. However when he went to day care he would refuse my EDM or formula. I could never really pop out for to longer periods either as he would want to be fed. Cruz was not great on solids either. So he needed my breastmilk to nourish him.

When I had Winter Rose (my second child) I started her on the Munckin Latch Bottle with EBM and she took it. To my surprise she would quite happily go from boob to teat and back to boob again. I couldn’t pump in my first 4 weeks of feeding due to over engorgement but when my boobs had settled down and I could start pumping, I offered her the bottle every second day. I am now pumping daily and able to give her a bottle of expressed milk daily.

From the bottle to the breast.

I found out about the Munckin Latch Bottle from other mumma bloggers on Instagram raving about it. I am currently using the 120mls Bottle with the Stage 1 Nipple Teat. The teat is able to move with the baby, which is just like the breast does. So when Winter Rose sucks the nipple of the teat she is putting pressure against the nipple teat and it then releases milk as baby sucks, hence why I think Winter Rose happily goes between the breast and the bottle. The anti colic valve in the bottle  prevents air bubbles from getting through so the baby is less likely to get gas or colic like symptoms. To be honest I don’t think Winnie has had any wind pain post bottle feeds which is great.

We go to Thailand as a family in a month, I am a bridesmaid. I feel confident that Winter Rose will be able to take some EBM from my husband or close family with this bottle so I can commit to bridesmaid duties. When we go to Thailand Munckin have these fantastic Sterilizer bags that you use to wash the bottle and teats in the microwave. I emailed the hotel and they have kindly given us a microwave for our room. With the steriliser wash bags you simply Rinse before use, add water, place in bag, zip closed, microwave for suggested time then empty water. So easy to use and perfect for us travelling as we already have to take so much stuff.

I really wish I knew about these Latch Bottles when Cruz was little but I guess its all part of motherhood and we learn from our past experiences. I am forever leraning as a mumma. I think it’s super special for David to have some bonding time with Winter Rose when feeding her and he feels more confident that he can settle her when I’m not close by.

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#showtherealyou Chloe Wilson AKA @sparkleondarling

I have been so excited to share this weeks #showtherealyou segment with you. This week I am featuring a dear friend of mine… Chloe Wilson. Chloe and I have created a beautiful friendship all thanks to social media. We met at a Lorna Jane event and have since stayed in touch. We both preached the Move Nourish Believe philosophy. Chloe always keeps it real and has the biggest heart of gold. She seriously spreads kindness around like glitter, leaving a smile on your face after chatting with her or being in her precense. Chloe has recently started a new journey with her amazing all things self love blog @sparkleondarling. I hope you all love getting to know the gorgeous Chloe a little more. I know you will as she is just beautiful.

Chloe Wilson AKA @sparkleondarling

Favourite hot drink? 

In the morning most definitely a coffee! Specifically an almond milk Piccolo. At night though I love winding down with a beautiful organic herbal tea.
 
Can you tell me who the REAL Chloe Wilson is?

I like to believe I'm the girl next door. My journey hasn't been easy, I've worked hard to get to where I am, I'm very much my own person, I laugh a lot (often at myself), I'm can be loud and I’m not afraid to share my struggles throughout my journey towards my best self and life. Being that girl next door, a friendly face, raw and real.. to me is everything. I'm not perfect, I will always be a work in progress, and I'm ok with that.


 

Tell me about a day in the life of Chloe? (can be a work day or a weekend day)

A typical day for me starts with some 'me time' or self care. I like to begin with a homemade breakfast and a coffee and sit by myself and really enjoy it, no distractions (meaning NO tech). I then like to follow this up with some inspiration and motivation from a Podcast, loving The Slow Home Podcast at the moment. If it's a work day (Monday to Friday for me), I then work from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm, with hopefully a nice lunch time walk on my break. Once home I like to relax for a few minutes with a cup of tea before I cook dinner. My nights are also pretty relaxed, I will either do some writing or just chill and watch some Netflix. On the weekends during the day after my little self care routine and inspo sesh I like to get my washing done and then head out to a wholesome breakfast or some farmers markets. My afternoons and nights on the weekends usually consist of meal prepping for the week ahead, writing and some more relaxing. I use to be very go, go, go and constantly put a lot of pressure on myself to get everything done, but now I’ve let go of that guilt, what gets done gets done, and that's enough.
 
Congratulations on the launch of your new blog @sparkleondarling. What drove you to just chase your dream?

There has always been a fire burning in my heart to write, it’s like meditation for me when I do. Since starting my account on Instagram I’ve realised that people actually enjoy reading what I write (which still blows me away sometimes!), so blogging for me was a given progression as part of my journey. I’m certain that this is part of my true path, and it’s only just the beginning.


 

What do you think will attract women to your site?

I hope the fact that I'm your everyday woman chasing her dreams and making her passions a reality. I've worked hard to get to where I am and I've had many falls along the way. I want to inspire others to live their best lives from a place that is relatable, raw and real.
 
What is your favourite quote or mantra?

'Follow your heart' – Unknown. I love it so much that it was actually my first tattoo, right over my heart (a little something pretty personal about me that I've not shared with my online community before!).
 
How often do you find the time to move your body?

When it comes to exercise these days I focus on doing what I love and what makes me feel good, I never do anything that feels like a chore. Walking is my main exercise at the moment as it's the easiest for me to incorporate into my day. I like to walk around the city on my lunch breaks and wind down with an afternoon walk on the weekends. I'm am though planning to join a yoga studio again soon which I'm really looking forward to.
 
Favourite activewear?

I will always be a Lorna Jane girl at heart. Move Nourish Believe is what started my journey, and I will be forever grateful for the philosophy and the opportunities Lorna Jane has given me. Plus LJ tights make me feel amazing.


 

Go to healthy recipe?

Oh my gosh I have so many! I love Alice's 'Breakfast Loaf', I'm also a big fan of all of Jessica Sepel's (@JSHealth) recipes and create religiously from her beautiful book Living the Healthy Life. I also have in the works some of my own recipes which is really exciting, I will be sharing these on my blog in the future.


 

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

Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can. I put off starting work on my blog for a long time. I think a part of me was constantly pushing it back waiting for a better time, a better me, a better everything to begin. I eventually gave into my perfectionist personality and self doubt earlier this year and just began, I chose LOVE over fear, and a few months later SPARKLE on darling was launched. There's nothing to be scared of, not really in the big scheme of things, I say just go for it. The world needs your SPARKLE.

Want more from the gorgeous Chloe Wilson?

Instagram – http://instagram.com/sparkleondarling

Website – https://sparkleondarling.com/

Newborn Photoshoot – Celebrating our Winter Rose.

Photoshoot Captured by Jennifer Horner Photography

Hair by SarsHair Studio

Make up done by a sleep deprived mumma haha.

Gown by Eden Elizabeth Creative

Jennifer Horner is a stunning photographer from Brisbane, Queensland. She shoots maternity, newborn, family & children and motherhood sessions. I feel very lucky to have crossed paths with her. I met her during my maternity photoshoot, she was so down to earth and so easy to work with. Jennifer is an incredibly gifted woman and I am so blessed that she was able to capture some newborn photos of our darling Winter Rose.

 

Jennifer is extremely professional but so easy to get along with. To organise the newborn photoshoot she sends out an email with a questionnaire for the parents to fill out. Asking questions about what style/colours you would love for your newborns first photos. I think this is great because when I arrived at her studio it was filled with all the delightful props and colouring schemes we had spoke about previously. She was very happy to answer any of my queries I had in the lead up to the shoot and is extremely prompt at replying despite her busy schedule.

When arriving at Jennifer’s studio, greeting us with a big smile she was quick to offer us refreshments and make sure we were comfortable as possible. Jennifer had everything laid out ready to go. She is fantastic at connecting with her clients and makes you feel right at home instantly.

 

David and I choose to take a few quick images at the beginning of the shoot with Winter Rose and Cruz. Then just let Jennifer shoot Winter for the remaining of the time since it was all about celebrating her coming into the world. It was fascinating to watch Jennifer in her element. She was smiling throughout the whole photoshoot and was so calming and patient with our baby girl. You could just see it in her eyes that she was passionate about her job and absolutely loved what she did. Jennifer spoke to David and I throughout the session, telling us exactly what she was doing and how she would do it. She had a lovely assistant working with her that helped to capture and get Winter Rose in those adorable newborn positions for the photos. Jen was so patient when Winnie needed a rest and a top up feed too. I trusted her completely with my baby girl.

 I am so over the moon with how the images turned out and will be forever grateful that Jen has captured this special memory of our family and darling Winter Rose. We just brought our first family home to so I cannot wait to shower the walls in some of these treasured photos of our family.

 

 

Want more from Jennifer Horner?

Website – http://www.jenniferhornerphotography.com.au/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JenniferHornerPhotography

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jenniferhornerphotography/

 

Our first family portraits.

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Winter Rose’s newborn photos.

Thank you for reading,

Alice xoxo

#showtherealyou Dan Cross AKA @entrepreneur_dad

This week I am super excited to introduce to you all Mr Daniel Cross from @entrepreneur_dad. I came across Dan's account while following his gorgeous wife's Megan's account @among.my.wild. I was really impressed by his bio stating that he was a dad first and then everything else. It made me smile. Dan is a hard working, successful business man and entrepreneur. He shares with his followers his lifestyle of a successful businessman and how he tackles family life and proves that you CAN have both. I know you are going to love this weeks #showtherealyou because weather you are a stay at home parent or juggling work and family I know you will learn something from Dan.

Favourite hot drink?

Im writing this at night which makes me think of Tea but I know my whole day just doesn’t work without my morning coffee so lets go with that, I’ll have a Picolo with honey thanks. 

Can you tell me who the REAL Dan Cross is?

I’m 27, living in Brisbane with my family Megan, Nala and Fox. I have always wanted to win; at everything. My background was in rugby league before a series of major operations cut my career short. With an overactive mind and a competitive spirit I found solace in starting my first business at 21 in the marketing space. Finding success over my first few years I had caught the business bug and have since become involved in many other business’s that span across property, sports merchandise and memorabilia, promotions and cafe’s as well consulting for individuals and business’s. I have no sense of contentment when it comes to creating business’s, I genuinely love the thrill from succeeding; and the bonds that you create by overcoming challenges with great teams. I think the real Dan is equal parts soft and hard, scattered and relaxed. I was raised by a single Mum that instilled a huge amount of strength in me and was constantly making me feel bigger than I was. I think all parents tell their kid’s they can do anything but for some reason even to this day when she says it, I believe her. Growing up with with all girls for most of my life gave me a level of empathy and respect I often don’t see from other men and whilst I hated it as a young boy, I remember clearly my Mum telling me I’d thank her one day. At my core I want to help others and always feel at my best when I am focused on lifting someone else; that doesn’t mean I’m always in that lane and I’m sure I could be better. People close to me would say I’m in my own world most of the time, I don’t get caught up in the day to day conversations of most people. I find myself wander as soon as I here people drift into negativity and I mentally start escaping the conversation. I think complaining about a problem without actively seeking a solution would be my number one frustration and that is probably what portrays me as hard sometimes. If you spend time with me you will here a million ideas in a short space of time, sometimes it would be nice to turn it off but its also that imagination that makes me Dan. I once read that to be successful in business all you need to learn to do is think like a producer not a consumer, I’m the definition of this. I can’t buy a Coffee without wondering about where the beans came from, how they were imported, roasted, extracted and now being served in a trendy Cafe and sold for $4. I guess that thinking is how I have ended up in so many different industries. My ideal day would be spent in open spaces – either the land or the sea with my family, some acoustic music, a good book and a beer. 

Tell me about a day in the life of Dan?

Well I stopped setting my alarm because my trusty friend Nala arrives pretty close to the 5am mark each morning. She brings her pillow, bunny rabbit and lion with her each day and announces herself by yelling at the top of her voice “its morning time!”
We all have a cuddle for a few minutes before the day kicks off. After our morning yoghurt and ABC kids session I head into my office with a goal of getting in before anybody else. We’ll have over 100 contractors in and out of our building between 7- 10am so I try and make it for 6.30 to have my coffee, re-go over my days to-do list, get myself in the right headspace and I’d normally scan over my longer term goals to give myself some energy. Between 7-10 is what I would call my prime time, 90% of my companies production will be determined by what happens in those hours. Its a high intensity period so I follow it by normally taking 30 minutes to myself. Then I have a team huddle with my backend office staff to go over the day and address any issues before I'm normally booked up with conference calls, client meetings or recruitment workshops. If its a day care day I will normally go and grab Nala, she always looks forward to what surprise Dad brings so I normally have something up my sleeve. Then its about an hour of play time before dinner, which is always together and at the dinner table. Its worth mentioning because I feel like its an old tradition which is lost in some households. Then its a bath and book before bed, which is hopefully all achieved by 7.00pm and fingers crossed Megan has nailed a similar routine with Fox. Then we get to spend some time together before Megs hit the hay early, knowing she will probably be up to feed Fox in a few hours. When the house is sleeping I normally start again. Jim Rohn said “don’t start tomorrow until you finish it today” so I like to get my day mapped out the night before so I don’t have any anxiety when I wake up and lose my productivity time to planning. After that I normally take a walk and make some calls before coming home to read or podcast. At the moment I finish each day using the app ‘Headspace' to get a quick meditation in before going to sleep.

Congratulations on the launch of your new Instagram page @entrepreneur_dad

What drove you to create the account? I guess I got frustrated hearing the same questions… How do you manage? Where do you find the time? So I started searching for ways to help answer them. I figured why not start by documenting not only how I manage my family and business, but how I find Joy in the challenge and that if you look harder enough you will find they both compliment each other. I have watched lots of people throw away their own personal ambitions due to a limiting belief that says if I want to have a partner or a family I can’t have this. My goal was simple, I wanted to let people know that you can have both! 

You say your a daddy first and everything else second? How do you juggle this as I know run quite a few businesses?

Big goals take big energy and that energy in life or business can often be defined as purpose. In my experience I have found that the strongest purpose you can have is not associated with self serving activities. We all know there is more joy in giving then their is in receiving and it is harder to give up on someone else than it is ourselves. Unfortunately, although we know this to be true we tend to have self gain at the forefront of our mind in our day to day activities. Its as if self interest is the default setting until either life happens or you set an intention to think outside of yourself. For me, Life happened. When I found out I was going to be a Dad for the first time it was the clearest I have ever been on what I needed to achieve and more importantly who I needed to become. Being a Dad is a constant reminder that its not about me anymore.Its about my family and the best thing I can do for them is to be a great example and that’s blurrier than it sounds. I think most people are mistaken by thinking that being an example is about how you act, where as I have found that it is in how you react that you normally let yourself and those around you down. When times are tough, when the house has had no sleep, when someone cuts you off at the intersection or your staff make a costly error, its in these moments that you need to be an example through your reactions. A great thing to ask yourself is, how would I react in this moment if I knew my kids are going to react the same way? Thinking this way means I’ve always got my Dad hat on, no matter what the deal is or the meetings are, I’m thinking about making sure I’m a role model through all of my decisions. That one question has also been the catalyst that has made me not quit at things when they get tough. I guess by saying first I’m Dad then there is everything else is my way of acknowledging that if I didn’t have the responsibility of being a Dad then perhaps I wouldn’t have everything else because I wouldn’t have developed the same thought patterns or drive to be successful. 

When it comes to juggling I could right for days about this one question and by no means do I think i’m an expert and I’m sure Megan would tell you I’ve still got some improvements to make; but if I could give everyone one tip it would be to use “flight mode” on your phone. I’ve been doing this for about 9 months and its been a game changer for me as a parent. Set yourself time zones when your phone is no longer an option, by using flight mode it means no social, emails, calls, texts – anything! In the past I found myself constantly being dragged to my phone like my time was at the mercy of notifications. After reminding myself the difference between whats urgent and whats important I took the leap and now my phone doesn’t come off flight mode in the morning until I’ve left the house. This means bedtime’s and breakfast can be phone free! 

Can you share a favourite #dadlifemoment?

Nala was recently asked “where’s Dad today?” She quickly responded "his hitting his goals.” I loved this moment when Megan told me about it because ever since Nala was born I've never told her I was going to work. Every day I leave the house and Nala asks where I’m going I have 4 varied responses. Hititng some goals, following my passion, building the business or helping some people. I figure if my kids grow up thinking that when you leave the house you go in pursuit of one of those 4 things they will be in for an amazing life. 

You are a successful entrepreneur, can you tell us a little more about this lifestyle?

Well it’s a roller coaster and as a family we ride the highs and lows together but the benefits are always there. At the end of the day we can create my schedule together and I can always be there for Megs in those s#@t hit the fan moments you have as a parent. We have been able to combine business with pleasure and often turn a 1 day meeting into a 5 day holiday across the country or overseas. The best thing is we have choice and we have control. I recently posted that I’m not an entrepreneur because I love money but because I don’t want to ask someone else for permission to spend time with my family. That is the greatest lifestyle benefit I can imagine. 

What is your favourite quote or mantra?

"If you sleep with Dogs you get Flee’s” I’m a huge believer in the law of association and that you are the sum of the 5 people you spend the majority of your time with. I think its important that people look at the categories of life they are trying to achieve in and then intentionally seek out the best five people they have access too in those areas. 

Something you practice everyday?

Alone time. It’s never long but I make sure I get it, normally though a late night walk. 

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

Whether it be a business, blog or social media I think you need to understand that you will be rewarded based on the value that you add to the community you’re engaged with. The value that you add is limited by the value within; so focus on your own growth as often as you can. You will find that as you get better the game gets bigger. Secondly, be a good boss to yourself, imagine the greatest work environment in the world where you are given recognition, support, encouragement, resources, forgiveness, autonomy, competition etc and than be sure to provide all those things to yourself. I have found over the years that the most common form of self harm in business is self talk. Be kind to yourself.  

Lastly, what would be your ultimate date night look like with your gorgeous wife Megan?

"Ultimate" is a big claim…Megs has made a lot of sacrifices for our family and no doubt I wouldn’t have been able to achieve a lot of what I have without her in my corner. So the perfect date night for me would be to somehow give it all back to her and I reckon rather than dinner and a movie it would be something like this. We'd start out in a hot air balloon and after an amazing flight we start the decent onto a beautiful wide open space. We can see horse's grazing on the rolling hills and a beautiful old white timber house with wrap around veranda’s. We see the smoke coming from the Chimney and Meg’s spots an Easel set up on the back deck as if someone is about to start painting the picturesque views. Just as she’s thinking how perfect this place is and how it has everything she has always wanted she spots our kids running around in the paddocks. As they see the giant Balloon they look up to wave and by this time Megan has spotted our animals are all in the yard too. As she turns inquisitively towards me all I say is “welcome home”.

Thank you so much for reading. If you wish to connect with Dan you can check him out on social media or his website listed below.

@entrepreneur_dad – Instagram

www.entredad.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/dan.cross.3110

The Comfort Mama – Carissa Heath #behindthelabel

One of my favourite things about being a mum/health blogger is that I get to collaborate and network with the most amazing people. I not only love the brands/businesses/products that I collaborate with but I also am lucky enough to gain friendships with many of the business owners.

I recently started chatting with the gorgeous Carissa Heath from @the_comfortmama and have I loved getting to know her a little more. I know you will love her to and gain inspiration from this amazing #girlboss so I asked her if she would be featured in my #behindthelabel feature.

 

I have lived in my Comfort Mama dresses from the moment I received them in the mail. I alternate between the stripes and the dusty pink look. You can wear these dresses to bed, around the house, to the shops and to school drop of and still look like your nailing the luxe comfortable mamma style. #winning

I style mine with Connies and a nappy bag for outings or slippers and a cup of tea for lounging. They have the press stud buttons for easy access breastfeeding and the material just moves with your bod.

Anyway enough from me raving about this label, here is #behindthelabel with Carrisa Heath from The Comfort Mama

Congratulations on your new business, The Comfort Mama – a modern lounge dress that provides mummas with the ultimate comfort and style. Could you please tell us a little more about what drove you to create the label? 

 

 Well there was a few different reasons but the main reason being…. My sister, who has two little humans of her own (one is 5 and the other 2 and a half) suffered terribly for a few years with post-natal depression and all the ugly bits that come alongside this. It was so terrible to watch her go through this and have absolutely no idea how to help her, I felt extremely helpless. So seeing this firsthand has made me extremely passionate about helping other Mums on their journey into motherhood. Don’t get me wrong, I love the tiny humans… but let’s be real, they don’t need much! A little food, unconditional love and a place to sleep. The Mamas are the ones that need the love and support to raise these babes!

 

Whilst I was pregnant last year (2016) with my first little one I searched high and low for comfortable clothing to wear after the birth (or even in hospital), during what I envisioned would be one of the most uncomfortable times I would ever go through. I figured that if I felt comfortable in what I was wearing that it might just help me feel a bit better about… well, everything!

 

When I couldn’t find anything available in Australia I knew this was my opportunity to create something for Mums. So I set out to design a comfortable nursing-friendly lounge/house dress that could be worn everyday at home, when visitors unexpectedly pop around… or even to the shops for that quick nappy run! To some it might just look like a simple dress but it has been designed with so much more meaning and purpose. I wanted to provide ladies something to wear, from pregnancy, labour, nursing and beyond (instead of the regular pj’s or oversized daggy house clothes) that would make them feel a little bit better about themselves and how they look.

 

Can you tell us a little more about the woman behind the label The Comfort Mama? 

 

My name is Carissa Heath and I guess you could call me The Comfort Mama! I became a Mum to my lovely little man in December 2016 and what a ride it has been so far!

 

My husband and I have been married for 4 years and together for 10. We are self-employed and have operated our own businesses for the past 6 years together (never work with your husband….trust me!!!!). We absolutely love running our businesses and working for ourselves and were lucky enough to sell one of our businesses in February last year up in Mackay, North Queensland. To say we were exhausted, tired and completely done was an understatement so the business sale could not have happened at a better time. We had worked ourselves silly and really lost each other in the process. About six weeks later, a trip to Bali plus a little reconnecting time and we had ourselves a lovely little surprise in the form of our son, Hendrix! So we packed up our life in Mackay and moved to the gorgeous Sunshine Coast (paradise on earth!). For the next few months we pretty much did a whole lot of nothing… and it was AMAZING! Just what the doctor ordered!

 

And along came our son 6 days before Christmas. Let me tell you, we got a whole lot more than we bargained for! We were never really completely into the whole ‘having kids’ thing. That might sound horrible but it was the truth. We loved working for ourselves and having the freedom to do what we wanted, when we wanted. Well…. weren’t we wrong. The day Hendrix was born our whole life changed. I changed. My husband completely changed into a person I never thought he would ever be – the most supportive, caring and considerate human when I really needed him the most. I remember sitting in my hospital bed two days after giving birth, crying on the phone to my sister about all the Mums out there that don’t have the support from their partner/family like I do ☹ it breaks my heart and makes me extremely grateful for my situation.

 

So it was at that point that I definitely knew I wanted to help Mums in some way. I wasn’t 100% sure how I would do it, but I knew that’s where my passion truly lies.

 

I read on your website that you donate $2 from every garment to cope.com, that is such a lovely idea to support mummas. Such a great corporation to support. Can you tell us a little more about The Centre For Perinatal Excellence and why you choose to support this charity? 

 

This makes my heart smile a lot! It may only be a small contribution at this stage, but I’m so happy that I can donate something to this amazing charity. I actually came across their page on Instagram and had been following them for a few months. I really resonated with their content and loved the information they were putting out there so thought no better fit when deciding on a charity to support.

 

The Centre For Perinatal Excellence (cope.org.au) provides a great resource for reducing the impacts of emotional and mental health problems in the pre and post natal periods.  They work tirelessly to raise awareness and understanding, breaking the stigma that prevents women from identifying and seeking help during pregnancy and that first year following birth.

 

4. Your garments are currently on pre order when is the release date? 

 

I have released stock of the Elle Rose Dusty Pink and the Sonny Grey/White Stripe which is extremely exciting!

 

I am using a small run manufacturer in Melbourne who handmakes each dress as to the delay on colours being released ☹ but she is working her butt off, trust me! The remainder of  colours will begin to arrive for purchase within the later half of August.

 

5. What is your favourite way to style your Comfort Mama dress? 

 

Give me my pair of white converse shoes, a dry-shampoo filled top knot in my hair + my chosen TCM dress (side knot is a must) and I am sorted!

Want to know more about The Comfort Mama?

Instagram – http://instagram.com/the_comfortmama

Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/thecomfortmama/

Website – https://thecomfortmama.com.au/

 

 

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My top 5 must haves for new mummas Feat. Organic Mums & Bubs.

I have been lucky enough to write a blog for one of my favourite Australian organic maternity and baby shops – Organic Mums and Bubs. The store is filled with absolutely divine 100% certified organic, eco friendly and ethical products which are suitable for pregnant and nursing mummas and their new bundle of joys.

Expecting a new baby can be lots of fun. Preparing and buying things for yourself and your little ones arrival is all part of the excitement of this new journey. There are so many great products to choose from on the market but at times can be quite overwhelming when deciding what you and bub require. Organic Mums and Bubs is one of my favourite online stores that caters for a wide range of all your mumma and bubba requirements, which is why I am putting together a blog post sharing with you the 5 products I love most from this amazing company.

I know we get super excited about spoiling Bub, but my first few must haves are just for mumma.

Comfortable Nursing Lounge Wear

The first few days depending on how you birth you could be in hospital. Followed by spending a lot of time at home getting to know your newborn. During this time just wanted to live in comfortable clothing. Little Winter Rose is now five weeks old and I still like to be comfortable to lounge around at home. If you choose to breastfeed to you will want comfortable clothes that you can nurse your newborn in. I really think that wearing comfy, soft clothing helped me to feel relaxed and comfortable in my own home and when heading to the shops.

I wear my Grace Bamboo Maternity Top and Essential Bamboo Maternity Pants together all the time around the house. The clothes are so comfy I even sleep in them and I can do my post natal yoga practice in this outfit too. Because it doesn’t look to pj like I can also wear out to the shops too and still feel good. The material of both the top and the pants feels great on my skin too, made from a mixture of organic cotton, bamboo viscose and a little spandex for stretch. I highly recommend this duo and packing it in your hospital bag if you are planning to have a overnight stay in hospital.

 

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So comfy around the waistline and I love that the pants have a string to pull in as your postpartum stomach goes down.

Reusable Bamboo Nursing Pads and Wipes

Not only are the Milk Maid Mumma Nursing Pads kinder to the environment, I found they are so much more kinder to my breasts too than the disposable ones. They are made from bamboo and feel luxe against the nipples especially when my little Winter Rose is cluster feeding and my nipples feel grazed. The sit well in the bra and don’t scrunch up like the disposable ones do as the day goes on. I love seeing all the pretty prints on my washing line too. All nursing pad bundles come with a wet bag too, to keep the breast pads safe in the washing machine. Great for storing them in your nappy bag too.

The Milk Maid Mumma Reusable Wipes are also a great alternative to your everyday baby wipes we carry in our nappy bags. I have also found these wipe cloths great as a burping cloth alternative too. The wipes also come with a cute wet bag to store the wipes in.

Both of these Milk Maid Mumma products are kind to your wallet and are really reasonably priced, making them a perfect baby shower gift for any expecting mumma.

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100% Organic Cotton/Bamboo clothing for your Newborn

Of course baby clothing is part of my list for new mummas as it’s so fun buying outfits for your new bundle of joy. I personally find it more fun than buying for myself these days. When your newborn arrives into the world their skin can be very sensitive. It’s great to purchase some clothing that is gentle and kind to their babies skin.

Organic Mums and Bubs provides a wide range of adorable organic baby clothes that are suitable for your newborn no matter what the occasion. Weather you just want to dress your bundle of joy up for visitors, a special occasion or just for them to relax at home in this boutique has you covered. Some of my personal favourites from the site is the Bubbazimbi range and My Lilly Ann hand painted clothing.

 

A comfort toy or blanket for your baby

It is up to you as a parent if you choose to use this method. I believe that giving my babies a comfort toy or blanket has really helped them to settle them to sleep no matter where they are put down to rest. A little tip though is to have a few comforters on the go. I always have one in the cot, one in the pram and one in the car. That way if one is misplaced there is always back up available.

I love Natures Purest – Striped Knitted Bunny Soft Toy and Natures Purest – Striped Knitted Baby Blanket.

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Organic Skincare for Mother and Baby

As a mum I really want the best for my babies. I am amazed that so many baby skin care products are filled with nasty harmful chemicals and an ingredients list that goes on forever with words I cannot even say. I am a registered nurse and when studying anatomy and physiology I learnt that the skin is the largest organ in the body. It absorbs want we put on it so quickly into our bodies. Our new babies skin is so precious so especially in the little ones early days I think its important to be aware of what I use on their skin. So I keep my babies and my own skin products to a minimal or organic.

I love Aromababy Barrier Nappy Rash Cream Balm I have used this since Cruz was a newborn its such a great product. It also doubles as a great lip balm haha.

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Thank you for reading the blog. Thank you to Organic Mums and Bubs for the collaboration.

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Alice x

Ava Lola Organics – Breastfeeding Essentials Gift Box 

I received the breastfeeding gift box from @avalolaorganics when I was 37 pregnant. I was so keen to meet my little baby and start my breastfeeding journey. Now my little Winter Rose is here and we are 4 weeks in on this breastfeeding journey together. Our breastfeeding journey has been pretty good so far but we have honestly had our days when it has been a challenge too. I have experienced over engorged boobies, cracked nipples and then other days I feel like my boobs are running on empty. So I can go from one extreme to the next.

The @avalolaorganics breastfeeding box is the perfect gift to buy for yourself or for an expecting mumma or new mumma that has chosen to breastfeed her baby. It is filled with some fantastic essentials to help spoil mumma to relax, unwind, help her milk flow and look after her boobs.

From the start of my forth trimester I have been using the Milk Maid Mumma breast pads. They not only have gorgeous prints on them but they are made from organic fabric and are kind to your nipples when wearing them. So easy to wash too. The tiny tonics nipple balm is great too as it helps to prevent my nipples from getting cracked. When Winter Rose has been cluster feeding I find that's when I need to use the balm. I use it after a feed it when I get out of the shower.

The Mama Body Tea is great too. I have been using it to boost my supply so I can stock up some spare expressed milk in the freezer. Honestly as few cups of that a day really gets my milk flowing 😂.

The box has some great essentials to help with milk supply, however it also has some great products in there to remind mumma to look after herself as well. It comes with some delicious Alter Eco organic chocolate and some mama + baby milk bath soak too. Which mind you I used all at the same time. I put on a mask, sipped my tea and nibbled on the choc while reading a good book in the bath. Thanks to my hubby for minding the tribe while I did this too.

The gift box arrives in the mail beautifully wrapped in tissue, placed in a box and tied with brown string. So it made me feel special and kind of like opening a christmas pressie just for me. Ava Lola Organics provide a wide range of beautifully designed gift boxes to suit any expecting mumma to be or new mumma depending where they are at in their motherhood journey.

Thank you for reading.

Alice x

If you use the code ALICE at the checkout you receive a free gift with purchase.

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