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Lottie’s Nursery Room Makeover

After 6 months of having our little #squishy AKA Lottie, in our room. We thought it was time to decorate and give our little miss her own room. The space was a just a blank canvas of dark carpets and white walls. The baby furniture is all hand me downs from her older brother’s baby furniture.

When it comes to home styling, I can put my hand up and state that it’s not in my creative eye. I am very luck to know someone that is though. I first reached out to Elisa from @blond.noir to ask if she wanted create a vision board for our Lottie’s Nursery. I was over the moon when she said YES! We had both worked together before and brought my little girls, Winnie’s Nursery to life just a few years ago. She did such a great job. Again, Elisa went above and beyond to create a vision board for Lottie’s space and within a few days we were planing how it would all come together. All I had to do was send her some 360 images and videos of the room and share anything I had in mind too. I left most of it up to the expert, Elisa as she has such a great creative eye for styling.

Over a few weeks Elisa brought the mood board to life. I love how she, like myself loves to support small business owners.

It actually makes me smile so much seeing it all come together like it has now.

Please note some of the pieces in Lottie’s Nursery were Winnie’s old belongings. So they may not still be available from the stores I brought them from or they were mine when I was little.

Here are the finer details of the stunning pieces that make up her room…

The floral cot sheet by the Dusty Belle by Princess Panda Pants Co.

Run Forrest: Blush Large Playmat by Grace and Maggie

Fairy Print by Narin Barnett, a contemporary artist in Melbourne from My Hidden Forest.

The Luxe Velvet Storage Case Set in Soft Grey is from, Vanessa’s dreamy online luxe baby gift store, Petit Luxe Bebe.

Wall Butterfly Decals by  Little Custom Creations.

Dreamy Canopy  by Spinkie Baby, they have so many amazing colour options for you to choose from.

The most stunning Mini Tulle Chandelier Mobile is by the clever Little Cloud Lane.

Bow Holder by the ever so talented Kiah from Cleo Blooms.

Lottie Small Scrabble Frame by Taylor’d Scrabble Frames

Change Mat in Cloud Grey by Bubsfirst 

Lottie Meaning Wall Art and Floral Wall Decor by Elisa herself from blond.noir.

Wooden Toys – @willownoak and @noc_noc_wooden_toys.

More about the stylist, Elisa –

Blond + Noir  is an Australian owned small business created in 2015 by Elisa Strbac, a life long interior addict and art lover.

With a background in all things creative as well as business Elisa decided it was time to put all those skill to use and do what she truly loves – to create.

Blond + Noir wall art is designed in house and is Australian hand made. We also sometimes get the amazing opportunity to work along side other talented Aussie artists! How lucky are we! Blond + Noir have pieces to suit kids interiors, grown up spaces and a just about any other space in your interior design!

If you’re looking for interior wall art, Blond + Noir is sure to have something you’ll love!

 

Review of the ROVER 2019 Babybee Pram

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Written by Alice Bingham (Mum of 3) – @aliceinhealthyland

Photography by Emma O’ Neil AKA @two.darlings

Winter Rose (2yrs) + Lottie (4months) wearing @two.darlings

Alice wearing @spell

A few months ago I had the opportunity of trialing the Baby Bee Pram, ROVER at a Two Darling’s collaborative mini shoot. I pulled it apart, seen Emma collapse it and put it back up, we changed from bassinet to single pram and pushed it around with a toddler (single seat) and then with a newborn (bassinet). So, I thought I would take the time to write a review style blog as I have been asked numerous times by my mummy followers what I thought of it. I don’t personally own one as I already had a pram from my first born but I had a great go of it. Loved it, here is why!

 

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What I love…

THE PRICE – I was so blown away that day after using the Rover, on how great the quality was for the price. I actually messaged the company, Babybee letting them know how amazing the quality was and that I was very impressed. For just $749 you get a #luxe 3 in 1 bassinet and  stroller that is suitable for newborn to the age of 4 years. Babybee also have different payment options like afterpay too.

 

FIT FOR A NEWBORN – You can swap the bassinet over to a majority of Maxi Cosi Capsules (a very popular capsule here in Australia) so you can take bub straight from the car and attach to the pram and you don’t have to disturb your little one. You just have to buy the car capsule and adapters separately of course. Check out their website for compatibility with car capsules HERE. The bassinet has plenty of room for your growing newborn. My little Lottie was just shy of 14 weeks when she was in the bassinet and was very comfortable in there with plenty of room for her to move around.

 

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FUN FOR TODDLERS – The Rover comes with a toddler seat, which my nearly two year old at the time sat very comfortably in. Can face mumma or face away, it is very easy to swap and change too. You can also get a skateboard stand attachment for older toddlers if you are expecting your second bub.

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LOVE THE HEIGHT OF THE HANDLES – It was so easy to push, manuver and turn corners. The handles are a great height and are adjustable to suit your height. So smooth to push the pram as well, I walk a lot and thought it was be great for long walks.

 

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LOTS OF SPACE IN THE BOTTOM BASKET – Because we all want lots of space for alllll the things right? I know with a little one I always have a nappy bag, snacks, water, maybe a carrier and my wallet on me. Plus I like to have a little space leftover for when I hit the shops (especially when trying to get your baby to go to sleep) haha.

 

COMPACT – I have a small car so this pram would be great for that. It folds up so easy and quickly so you don’t have to stand there at the car for ages fiddling, especially when someone else is waiting for your car park haha. It also can fold with the seat on too.

 

VEGAN LEATHER TRIM – Yes you read that right! #winning and a huge plus from me.

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Yes the Babybee ROVER is exclusive to online, however that is the reason behind why the company is able to offer these top quality prams at such a fantastic price. To see a virtual demo of the pram CLICK HERE. I would definitely recommend this pram to new mummas or mums that are on the market for a new pram.

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Family Getaway to Wyndham Surfers Paradise

Written by Alice Bingham – @aliceinhealthyland

 

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A few months a go we packed up the car for the weekend and headed to the Gold Coast. We live not too far away from the GC, in the sunny city of Brisbane. The drive was only  50 minute away from our destination,  Wyndham Surfers Paradise but we wanted somewhere close to home and its nice exploring where you live. We stayed in the double premium two bedroom apartment. There was 5 of us, hubby, myself and 3 little ones aged 6 months to 3 years. We all fit in the room perfectly. Cruz and Winter Rose has a single bed each in one from and Lottie had a portacot in our room. David and I had a nice king bed (which was a nice upgrade from our queen at home). The children were so excited to pack their swimmers and the Queensland weather really turned it on for us with a lovely 28 degrees. The second night, unfortunately Cruz became unwell with high temps and an ear infection so we didn’t get to tick everything off the holiday bucket list that we had hoped for, but that is parent life right? Plus we still had a ball.

We made great use of the room, having a young family meant really taking it easy in Surfers Paradise (not like when hubby and I were younger haha). So we walked to the local Woolies (in Surfers Paradise) and stocked up the fridge. We cooked dinners both nights in the fully equiped kitchen. They have all the utensils, pots and pans you need to cook most standard meals. There are so many great local restaurants and cafes nearby too if you aren’t much of a chef. I loved that they had two bathrooms and they even accommodated us with a baby bath for little Lottie. Our children thought it was great to have their own shower. I did two loads of laundry while we was staying there too, (haha you know mumlife eh) they had a washing machine, a dryer, a clothes horse, a soak sink and you can shut the door to the laundry as well.

I used the gym both days. It was a good size, had weights, a bench, treadmill, bike, fit ball and a yoga mat. Enough to smash out a good training session if it is what your goals are when you are on holiday.

We headed down to the pool both days. The sunshine was out and Wyndham Surfers Paradise has a great area with lots of sun beds, both single and double. They have a huge shaded area by the pool and lots of seating. I loved that they had a section of the pool shallow enough for the little ones to run around and splash, but the pool was still a good death for swimming laps.

We made a fun itinerary for the weekend prior to going and we are so pleased we ticked every box off our checklist – pool dates, time zone, tram rides, beach, good coffee, early nights (because kids haha) and find a great park for the kids.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise…

  • Pop on your walking shoes, put the children in the pram (if young) and head to the beach front. There is a nice long walk along the famous Surfers Paradise Beach and you can grab a coffee on the way from one of the cute cafes. The beach has life guard protected swimming spots if you decide to stop for a dip. We went for a few big morning walks and was so nice to have those amazing beach views.
  • Time Zone, this was currently getting refurnished when we were there however they had a temporary pop up one. The children had a ball and loved seeing us be big kids too.
  • You can see the G Link Tram line from up in the room. This was the highlight of Cruzie’s trip. As soon as we arrived he asked if he could go on one. We caught it into Cavill (one stop away haha) just so that he could have a ride on the first night. We got some food from Woolies and had a return ride home. Cruz was made up with the Tram ride and waiting at the station. The station was literally across the road from Wyndham Surfers Paradise which is so convenient if you want a quick trip without the traffic to other suburbs on the coast.
  • On the Sunday we went to Kurrawa All Abilities Park in Broadbeach. We jumped on the Tram and the kids had a ball. We got a coffee from the surf club and had a look around at the market. The park was unreal for little ones. It is a fenced off area and has something for little ones all ages. It is on the foreshore and plenty of parking if you choose to drive.

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Explore the GOLD COAST…

If you are planning on exploring the Gold Coast for a few days then Wyndham Surfers Paradise is a great place for your stay. If you ask at reception they have a great range of deals to visit the #mustsee local attractions. You can also pre book some of the attractions prior to leaving on The Wyndham Surfers Paradise’s webpage under ATTRACTIONS.

  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is fun for the whole family. We were hoping to go here but Cruzie got unwell. You can get up close with Aussies native animals and wonder through the wide open enclosures and rainforests walks.
  • Theme parks, Dreamworld, Movieworld, Seaworld and Wet n’ Wild are all a short drive away from Surfers Paradise. So many things to see a do at each park.
  • You can pack up a picnic and hop in your car and go to explore the Gold Coast’s , Springbrook National Park. If you are a confident hiker or just love a casual walk there is something for everyone. The waterfalls are stunning and there is lots of nice water holes to swim in.

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    Purling Brook Falls Photo: Adam Maund

 

For you next holiday, check out Wyndham Surfers Paradise, it is great value and the whole team of staff are just so friendly and helpful. It is in the perfect location to lay low by the pool or at the beach, or be tourists around the gold coast with the Tram or Buses right on your doorstep. We had a blast and cannot wait to plan our next holiday.

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Studio Pilates – My Personal Journey

 

I celebrated a win on Sunday! I did my 20th Studio Pilates class at the Wellington Point Studio. CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES COME ON!! Studio Pilates is a total body exercise, developed almost one hundred years ago by Joseph Pilates, to rehabilitate injured WW1 soldiers and later, for strength and conditioning of dancers, pretty cool right?

Studio Pilates is a total-body workout, with powerful cross-training benefits, focusing on strength, mobility, endurance, body alignment and breath control. 

I decided after having my third child via a C Section, that I wanted to give reformer  pilates a try. I had heard from one of my girl friends how much it had helped her with her postpartum recovery, plus I  wanted to re build my body, make it strong and allow it to recover safely before returning to my usual high-intensity workouts that I love and have done for years now. During this process though I feel in love with pilates. I have a Studio Pilates down the road from me, with 3 young children , this was so convenient as I could sneak off early morning when David (my husband) was not working and do a class.

The classes go for a total of 45 minutes, you only have to arrive 5 minutes early and you just need light workout clothes and some grippy socks. Because I’m used to high-intensity workouts or home work outs using weights, I found it took a while to get out of the mindset that you really have to be dripping with sweat to get a workout. NOT TRUE BY THE WAY! Although I do still love to sweat a few days a week at home, these Studio Pilates classes were really something my body was loving. I found it helped to sculpt my body in places I have always struggled with. I mentally felt strong too, as I feel I was also practicing mindfulness in the class. I would concentrate so hard on the movements that my mind would only focus on one thing and that was PILATES!! I would also be so proud of my body and what it could achieve each class.

The class starts with a stretch, while you do that, the instructor comes and personally greats each individual. They also check in on how you are feeling and if you have any injuries. I loved this as I could explain about my scar and how I was feeling that morning after a night of breastfeeding haha. They were really supportive of each client and their individual journey. They also are there to modify the exercise if need be for you if you do have injuries or if you are more experienced. I find it very personalised.

I feel my body is starting to feel stronger, look more sculpted and my T Zone area and Pelvic floor muscles are improving with each class. I love what it is doing for my posture too, I have a natural arch in my back, so I have found that these classes are helping me to switch my abdominal muscles, pull them in and support my body when I am holding my babies or doing simple daily tasks. I look forward to working hard in future classes to continue to improve my strength too. I will be adding in some more cardio and weighted classes in the next month along side my Studio Pilates classes. So I look forward to seeing more progress and how Studio Pilates can compliment that too. I have made some new friends, found a new passion and I love that I am seeing improvement every class. From the moment I finished the orientation class I have been hooked, I will defiantly be continuing. Will keep you updated!

To find your local Studio Pilates Studio visit here – HERE

Want to know more about Studio Pilates?

Website –www.studiopilates.com

Instagram – @studio_pilates

Hair @c_ba_hair

Photographer @wyldefolkstudio_

Our Lottie girl’s newborn shoot with Jennifer Horner Photography

Feat. Jennifer Horner Photography

It is with great honour, that I am able to blog yet another stunning, photoshoot by our now friend, Jennifer Horner. She has captured so many beautiful memories of our family over the past two years. Memories that have become photographs in our lounge room on the wall or on display in the hallway or in our children’s  photo books. Ones we will treasure forever. This time round Jennifer photographed our newest addition Lottie Jean, at just 14 days.

She has such a natural way with babies and children. My children are always so drawn to her. She is professional, friendly and a whole lot of fun. She uses sensory play and safe practice to capture your little ones. When photographing newborn’s Jen always has someone working with her, someone that has trained with Jen over the years and is experienced.  Jen was constantly explaining to David and I with rationale the safe practice of supporting a little one when photographing them. As Lottie’s parents, David and I felt perfectly safe with Jennifer handling our little darling.

Just like with Winter Rose’s shot, we again had a discussion of what David and I wanted to capture  with Lottie on the day. She allows plenty of time for the session to shoot, in case you need to breastfeed and have a break. She also sends through an email prior to the day, so you know what to expect, what to bring and some useful tips on when to feed bub prior.

I am so in love with the neural tones, soft pinks and creams, lush greenery, palm prints (so me) and all the extra little details Jennifer had prepared for us on the day. I feel she really captured those special memories of our darling girl we will hold on to forever. A favourite flower of mine is babies breath, I had my cousin create a flower crown of babies breath for our Lottie and Jennifer continued with this theme in a series of shots with a stunning flat lay of babies breath she got from a local flower farm that day. She truly does go above and beyond.

Flower crown by Rachel  – @bohemianblossomcrowns

Jennifer has offered my friends, family and Alice In Healthyland  tribe members, a special one time offer to use on any booking you make with her. $100OFF. This is not something Jennifer does often, so honestly if you feel this is something you have been wanting to do for a while, just do it. You will not regret it at all, I promise.

BOOK HERE and make sure you state ALICE IN HEALTHYLAND when you book.

Okay so drum roll please…

Here are the stunning images from our Lottie girls Newborn shoot.

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The whole world in her hands.
Palms + Ferns

Her little facials.

Naw I could just kiss her!

So in love with our daughter.

Daddy + his newest daughter.

Sibling love.

Our first family photo.

 

Want to connect with Jennifer?

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

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

 

What is in my nappy bag the third time round…

So we recently welcomed a new addition to the Bingham tribe, our darling Lottie Jean. So upgrading our nappy bag size was a must for us. I have a 3 year old boy, Cruz, a 18month girl, Winter Rose and a newborn baby girl, Lottie. 2 days a week its just Lottie and myself but the other 5 days we will head out on adventures as a mini tribe. I have had a few messages from you mumma’s asking what we pack in our nappy bag. So here it is lovelies…

Firstly the nappy bag I choose was the Storksak Stevie Luxe in black scuba.  I choose this bag because it was a decent size (being a mum of 3), however it is super lightweight to carry.  It has lots of compartments to keep your bag organised, which we all know “sparks joy” thank you Marie Kondo for reminding us of those oh so good feels. It also keeps your essentials stored safely. There is even a cheeky cooler at the back of the bag with a hidden zip for easy access to the baby bottle. This has come in handy for me as I have had to pump EBM every three hours so I didn’t have to hunt through the bag when she got hungry. The bag comes with a cooler bag, I have used this to not only store milk but snacks too. You can even use it as a cooler bag for your lunch, once you no longer need a nappy bag. There is also a luxurious size changing mat with pocket storage, so it is easy to take out of the bag and it covers the surface area of most changing tables in the parents rooms.

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So what is in the nappy bag this time round you ask…

  • Nappies of course, I have a mixture of both cloth and disposable.
  • Wipes, I make my own and store in a travel sealed container (see recipe here) or love Water Wipes.
  • Change Mat, I love to use a reusable one to look after the environment. My nappy bag came with one ,but you can buy one from Storksak if you don’t already have one. The parents rooms can be a little gross or there might not be somewhere to change your bub, so you can just do it in the pram or on the floor with the mat.
  • Hand Sanitiser, just a small one is fine. I make my own non toxic one with essential oils and aloe vera gel.
  • Outfits for the baby, just one spare in case of emergency poop. For my toddler I have spare undies (because toilet training).
  • Snacks for all of us and bottles for the girls (still breastfeeding to but expressing). I like to stick to easy snacks like fruit, popcorn, bliss balls, mini muffins.
  • Not always, but depending on where we go I like to put a small activity or toys in the bag like colouring pencils and a pad or cars for my son.
  •  A muslin wrap, this can be doubled as a cover for bub or tie the two corners around the neck and its a breastfeeding cover. Great if bub falls asleep and you can cover the pram with it. I always like to keep a pram peg in the bag to, just to secure if need be.
  • I currently need an organic or natural baby/nipple balm. I buy one that can do both.
  • A disposable bag to store a dirty nappy. Just in case there is not a bin around.

 

CADDY STROLLER ORGANISER LUXE is handy if you are just heading out for a few hours. Fits a packet of wipes, 2 nappies, baby bottle, my wallet and phone.

Milk Bath Maternity Shoot with Brisbane Photographer – Tahlia – Wylde Folk Studio

Photographer – @wyldefolkstudio_

Hair – @c_ba_hair

Model – @aliceinhealthyland

Crown – @bohemiamblossomcrowns

Make Up @lust__minerals

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.

The lace garments are just from Kmart or EBay.