Written By Alice Bingham AKA @aliceinhealthyland
Feat. The Goodnight Co
I have recently become obsessed with trying to set myself up for a good nights kip because let’s face it… who likes to feel disorganised and disheveled throughout the day. I think a night time ritual is a must when setting myself up for success for the next day. When I am not getting the necessary amount every night it can absolutely cripple my body physically, mentally and emotionally. It affects my social life and how present I am in my workplace.
Okay so getting the 7-9hrs like the professionals say would be totes easy for me if I didn’t have a 1000 things going through my mind every night, not to mention a cheeky toddler that decides waking up after midnight multiple times throughout the night and wanting “mummmmmmmmy” only doesn’t help achieve that either. But I think the winding down of a evening helps me to settle into a better quality nights sleep. Even if it is a broken one.
Here are some of the rituals I have added to my bed time routine. Mind you I don’t do all of these every single night, because let’s face it I’ll probably be exhausted if I did try to fit it all in. But I like to try incorporate most of them into my evening the best I can.
Epsom salt bath or lavender steam hit in the shower.
I try aim to have a bath once or twice a week with epsom salts + lavender essential oils. I am also trying out the GOODNIGHT co lavender sleep ritual bath soak tea bags. They are a great treat to spoil your body and ease yourself into your sleepy vibes with ultimate relaxation. It does take me a lot mentally to commit to a bath, but once I am in, the relaxation is divine. When in the bath, switch off your phone, put on some music or a podcast and just chill out. Your body will get into relaxation mode a lot quicker.
If you don’t have a bath you can do a lavender steam shower. Spray the sides of your walls and floor in the shower with with cold water + 10 drops lavender in a spray bottle (stick to the tiles or shower doors only as less messy) and then turn shower on hot for 20 seconds before hoping in, allow the shower to steam up. Take in some big deep breathes in the shower.
Use Essential Oils
I love to use my oils to help me wind down and get a better sleep at night. Keep in mind though, that every bodies biochemistry is so different and what I think works for me may not be the right oils for you. It is critical for you to follow your intuition, and listen to your body, its all about trial and error.
Create a sleepy and calm blend with Essential Oils and diffuse it in the lead up to your bedtime and while you sleep. I am currently loving Cedarwood, Vetiver, Lavender and Roman Chamomile diffusing throughout the night. Find out more about the essential oils here.
I have been rolling the GOODNIGHT co Goodnight essential oil blend down my spine after my bath or shower to for extra sleepy vibrations.
Meditate or taking some deep breathes
So I am not great at this meditation gig, so if I am going to do it I use a bed time guided meditation off youtube or off my Fit Mummy Project app. This is not something I do daily but when I do, I feel great. It truly sets me up to feel lighter mentally before nodding off to sleep. I must do this more. Even just simply taking some nice slow deep breaths helps to calm my mind.
Hop into bed about half an hour before your set bedtime.
Switch your phone off, chat to your partner if you have one, write in a journal or read a book. When I go into my bed a little earlier than my bed time, I feel my body relaxes a little more about the whole aspect of going to sleep. I am not climbing in and laying down straight away with my mind saying…”go to sleep, now go to sleep now, you have to get up in so many hours, you must fall asleep asap”… Enjoy your rest an sleep space for what it is. Your body will enjoy the extra wind down time too.
Read a book
Every night before I put my baby and toddler to bed, I read them a book. Its something that I have always done with my children. We hop into bed or find a comfy spot to just read stories. It really sets them up for a good nights sleep as they know that bed comes next in the routine.
I love switching off my phone and TV, opening up a paperback book and just letting it take me on a journey where I don’t really have to think about much else other than the story its telling me. I usually take my sleepy herbal tea and cosy up in bed. I love a bit of romance (I tend to read this for a longer period), but I do love a good self love or motivational one book to. I feel like I have learnt something that day.
Drink a herbal sleep tea blend or take sleep supplement to help you get a more restful sleep
Now I am not a doctor so always speak to your health professional before starting anything new with your wellness journey. I like to also do my own research too before taking something new as I am putting it into my body. I love using the Goodnight co, sleep supplements. I am currently using the Goodnight Tea blend, Deep Sleep Activated Charcoal Powder and the Oral Magnesium Spray with Peppermint. I having been trialling these for about a month now and have noticed that I am certainly falling into a deeper sleep much quickly that usual, I feel that my sleep is much more restful, even if I am getting woken by a cheeky toddler a few times a night for a drink of water. I do fall asleep much quicker after being woken too.
Well I don’t know about you but I certainly am ready for a goodnights rest after sex.
Use a silk pillowcase and sleep mask.
The Goodnight Co state that the benefits of sleeping with silk are many and they include, its comfortable, sleep allergen free, no bedhead hair, great for your skin (I don’t wake up with lines in my face anymore).
A sleep mask will help your eyes rest more quickly. You won’t be distracted by phone charger lights or street lights. I love the sleep mask as my eyes are so sensitive to light. My hubby says I have paper thin eyelids.
I recently had the pleasure of hosting a Insta Live with the gorgeous, Monique Peters. Monique is a all natural organic make up artist and has a passion is health and wellness. As promised here are some notes of our insta live put into a blog for you all…
Alice – Why she switched over to natural/organic beauty?
Monique –After spending over 8 years in the mainstream beauty industry, I have worked with hundreds of different cosmetic brands. Although I wasn’t oblivious to the health concerns linked to conventional cosmetics, it took my own health issues to be encouraged to dive deeper into the natural beauty realm.
As someone who has been diagnosed with hypothalamic amenorrhea (a condition in which menstruation stops), lots of gut/digestive issues, thyroid and high cortisol levels. I was and still am, on a mission to feel at my optimum.
My biggest belief is “we aren’t just what we eat, we are what we put on our skin too!” I mean, we work out and we eat healthy, right? Why are we are so concerned with how our bodies are looking, why shouldn’t we also be concerned about what we are putting on them?
After doing countless hours of research and learning all about the world of natural, organic beauty. I decided to completely make the switch. Not only just my own personal products, but my entire freelance makeup kit! Even though in the back of my mind I knew that I could lose clients, or bookings, I knew that the natural products I was now using performed just as well! I decided I had to stay true to my intuition and alignment and using products that contained harmful chemicals didn’t serve me anymore.
I am on a misson to educate as many women as possible on making better makeup and skincare choices. It’s not about doing it perfectly, its not about throwing out your whole makeup bag. It just about taking baby steps and making more conscious decisions because what we do today, creates our tomorrow.
Alice – Why do you believe we should be using chemical free products?
Monique – Our skin is our largest organ and 60-80% of what we put on it is absorbed into our blood steam.
Many mainstream cosmetics are filled with cheap and nasty preservatives and toxins that extend the shelf life of the product to keep it stable. For e.g Parabens. A known preservative still found in many products, have been found in breast cancer tissue.
We have over 20 blood vessels, 650 sweat glands, and 1,000 nerve endings on your scalp to soak in the toxins so using natural haircare free of synthetics Is so important.
I also believe that finding beautiful, high performing beauty items has never been this easy! I also would like to add, I am not sharing this knowledge to panic or alarm people.I believe everyone is doing the best they can with the knowledge they have and its never to late to start. I am also simply just sharing my journey and what I have learnt along the way. My passion is to empower other women to take a bit of a closer look at the products they are currently using and see where there is room for change? It’s all about conscious decision making.
Alice – What are the top 5 products do you recommend making a priority to switch out?
Body lotion – it covers the largest surface area on the body and is usually packed with synthetic fragrance. By opting for more nourishing plant based oils or organic butter based moisturisers, you will largely reduce the synthetic ingredients used on your skin.
Toothpaste – Your mouth is the most absorbent place on your body and you use this product twice per day (well lets hope). Conventional toothpaste is jam packed with nasty foaming agents that you don’t want to be using anywhere near your mouth. Opt for a natural alternative.
Shampoo and Conditioner – we have over 20 blood vessels, 650 sweat glands, and 1,000 nerve endings on your scalp to soak in the toxins so it doesn’t make sense to be using chemical filled haircare.
Lipstick, lipbalm and gloss – Where do you think your gloss goes when it wears off? You guessed it. You eat it! Natural lippies are usually jam packed with nourishing plant based oils as appose to mineral oil and polymers.
Perfume – Fragrance is a big business and sadly brands don’t have to disclose any of the ingredients they use! The formulation is deemed intellectual property and is protected from being copied. So you never actually know what harmful things are lingering on your skin for hours upon hours. Using essential oils and other natural fragrances is a beautiful way to switch out.
Alice – What are your TOP 3 multipurpose SKINCARE products you can recommend for anyone on the go?
· Easy cleanser that will remove all makeup but not strip your skin – BE FRAICHE
· A good serum that targets everything – BIOLOGI Serums – pigmentation, aeging,fine lines, breakouts.
· Moisturiser that contains SPF – Hynt beauty
Alice – What are your top 3 quick and easy natural makeup products?
Ere perez Lip and Cheek tint with a mirror!
Brow gel – Ere Perez
Monique and her gorgeous friend Natalie (Kindred Toxin Free Facials) are hosting a Master Class workshop on the 8th April 2018. From morning and evening skincare routines, how to interactive demonstrations, colour matching foundations for your unique skin tone and more, Natalie and Monique will guide you through all you’ve ever wanted to learn about creating a natural skincare and makeup routine that works into your day.
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Instagram – @thebeautyjournal__
Want to start your natural/organic beauty collection now?
Monique’s friends at conscious.kin are offering a generous discount code to all Monique and my following. Use BEAUTY15 at the check out.
So you may have seen from my insta that I am continuing to see Mel from The Colonic Clinic Capalaba. In fact I feel I am her “stage 5 clinger” and I always have so many questions and topics I chat with her about. I laughed with David (hubby) and said I think I am chatting more with Mel than you hahaha. I have been going to the poo fairy AKA Mel, for a little over a month now and I am really enjoying this new health journey I am on. I will be forever grateful to my darling friend who referred me to the Poo Palace.
So, since I last chatted with you all I had, had 4 Colonics. Well now I am on a more extensive treatment plan with guidance from Mel. I have now had 8 in total. Of course everybody will be different if they choose the Colonic journey. It will be according to your lifestyle, time schedule and budget as to how much a new comer would like to invest their energy (in) with Colonics. I would imagine that even just the 3 would do your body wonders!
So what are the changes I have been seeing with my mind and body so far?
- My eye sight is clearer – this was one of the first huge changes I noticed. Everything sees clearer? Maybe I can see clearly now that I am letting shit go, haha who knows.
- Forearm length poo – hmmmm too much info? Well you wanted to know it all so I am happy to share haha. My bowels have never been so regular. I will go sometimes right before my colonic and I think to myself surely I won’t dump much today in my treatment? Then I blow myself away with how much I do. Like I said earlier, I have has 8 treatments now and each time I am letting go of more and more poo. How can that be….
- Emotionally more in tune with who I am – This journey for me is not just about letting go of a bit of poo. Well to be honest that’s what I thought it would be in the beginning. I feel I am really starting to see the type of person I want to be more of and I feel I am able to listen to what my body wants. I think Mel really helps to guide me with this. Sometimes when I am passing a bowel motion that is a little harder in texture, I really feel emotional letting it go while it’s happening in the treatment but feel a sigh of relief when its gone.
- My skin feels amazing – The Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment uses UV purified, filtered water only. So I feel my whole body is getting hydrated not just my gut. I had a few extra pimples when I first started, but I feel that my body was letting out the toxins.
- My period was less painful and more tolerable. I have only had one cycle since starting the Colonics but the difference was huge in comparison to the last period. Maybe emotionally I handled it better. I kept up my hydration during my cycle too.
Above are just some of the changes I have noticed so far in my Colonic journey with, Mel. It is not something everyone agrees with but personally for me I love what I am doing and have never felt so healthy in my life.
I look forward to sharing Mel’ s journey with you all shortly too. If want to know more just contact Mel the poo fairy – 0466 155 354 and text her your email to send through more information. She has a great package she sends out with all your questions answered.
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I have been loving learning how to use my essential oils in my everyday life. Providing a healthier + brighter future for my family. I know you will love learning about them to. Everyday I am finding new ways to utilise these beautiful oils, wether it be to clean my house, creating blends for emotional support, killing off the bugs, flavouring my smoothies or in my beauty routine.
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As an online blogger, I get this statement said to me by friends, followers and even some loved ones. Which is fine but you know what I just feel the need to tell you that I don’t just get shit for free. There is so much more that goes into this blogging business than just receiving free shit! I work hard for the things that talk about.
I can honestly say that 90% of my posts or product reviews I do for @aliceinhealthyland are not paid posts. But if people want to do paid posts Im totally fine with it to if you aren’t then don’t follow. Most bloggers work hard to keep their blog or platform alive.
In fact I hardly ever get paid at all. I do receive some beautiful gifts but I work hard to share something for that company if I genuinely love it. I also buy personally a lot of the things I chat about. I love supporting other local businesses.
What happens in this collaboration situation is someone will contact me asking if I would love to be gifted a product or service to review it or share if I love it. I am always honest with the person that I choose to collaborate with, telling them if I don’t love it I won’t share it. I say no to things I don’t feel fit for who I am as a person. I am not going share something I’m not going to use even if they will pay me or if everyone else loves it because this is my journey no one else’s. In this crazy social media world you have to remain true to yourself. Especially be honest to the ones that have stuck around to follow your journey and take the time out to engage with you or support you.
When I work with a brand which is mostly a gifted a post (if it’s a paid post I will say #ad or #sponsered on the post or blog) I will always spend my my time using it in my everyday life first. Wearing it, eating it but really trialling it because people want a honest review if it is really something that suits my lifestyle. The people that take time to follow me don’t want me talking bullshit about something you don’t really love it’s not organic. So if that does not suit a brand then I will just say thank you but I am not interested. Your following want to know why you love it but they also want what you weren’t sure about too. So if you love something about a product/brand but not everything then share that. I recently wrote two blogs reviewing a hand held breastpump + a car. In those blogs I shared what I loved but I also shared but I didn’t too. Because this is my journey and my dislikes + likes in my Healthyland. I don’t want to sugar coat things.
When collaborating with a brand after the trial period and I decide to go ahead but it certainly takes a lot of time out of my day to write the post up as I want it to be authentic, I photograph it in a way I enjoy it or actually use it. I try not to stand their modelling a product on my page to much because I am not a model I’m Alice. And totally no judgement to someone that does to because we are all human and do things differently.
Writing a blog can take me sometimes 8hrs sometimes as I have other things going on to. I want you to truly see what I love or don’t love while sharing the brand or business that I love too. I love doing it but it definitely takes hard work and time for me to write it up. Even if it does come naturally to me.
I also love engaging with my followers to. Weather it be through private chats or in the comments. It takes time to wb to everyone but I do love the social side of it. Sometimes it may take me weeks to get back to people as I don’t have the time in the day. So when people ask me about the brands/businesses I work with and if I really like it I am always open and honest. If it’s on my page I love it. If it’s not you can question me I don’t care but I know I am genuine in my heart about what I share with you all. I’m still happy to answer these questions to as I love when you engage with me.
I just wanted to share this and be open with you all. This post has sat in this draft box for a little over a month now but this blog is my voice and I feel I am allowed to share this part of my journey with you all to. Collaborating with businesses is a full time job, but remember we may get some nice gifts or even a little money for a post but a lot of work goes into the posts to. Especially if you want your content to be real and different.
Sharing content + doing product reviews is something I really enjoy doing. I genuinely want every small business to succeed but why I am remaining true to myself and to you all (I know I cannot help everyone though). I love supporting a local business or a new business that is finding their place in the world but I want to do it with you all knowing that I work hard in the background too. I do like to honestly tell you to that I to like most people just buy stuff from Kmart or woolies. But that’s okay and I’m happy for you all to know that.
My blog is not about getting free shit, it’s not even close. Thank you for reading. Thank you for always loving and supporting my journey. Xx