One + Only Beauty Space- Pure Luxe Facial.

One + Only Beauty Space- Pure Luxe Facial.

A Review written by A. A. Bingham.

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

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

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Tears and Tears by Brooke Meyer AKA @bouncingbackfrombirth

Tears and Tears

Written by Brooke Meyer from Bouncing Back From Birth.


 
I’m not going to sugar coat anything. The first night we brought our son home from the hospital there were tears – and tears. It is no coincidence to me that tear (as in cry) and tear (as in rip) share the same four letters.
 
There I was in the dead of winter sitting in excruciating pain breastfeeding at 3am for what seemed an eternity. It hurt to walk, it hurt to sit, my perineum throbbed and stung from post-partum bleeding. I was not O.K. with my second degree perineum tear. I begged the midwives during home visits, when will it get better? How can I make it better?
 
Give it time
It’s normal
Just push through
 
It is that last offering ‘just push through’ that inspired me to begin my journey into business – this business: Bouncing Back From Birth. In short, beautiful Mama’s and Mama’s-to-be, I don’t believe – even for a second – that anyone should ask you to ‘just push through’ your challenges. Over the past 2 years I’ve dedicated my time to finding solutions to support your bodies natural healing process and find comfort in those early weeks.
 
And, so that none of you ever have to push through or make do, here it is:
 
My Top 5 Products to Care for your Perineum Postpartum. #SaveMyVajayjay

 
The BodyICE Perineum Pad.

This lil’ slice of heaven get bonus points for versatility – it’s ability to be used as a warm AND cold compress means you get more bang for your buck and relief from discomfort. When heated you can fold into a V shape during pregnancy to relieve aches and pains from Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction/Pelvic Girdle Pain. Keep the heat going in labour and place directly onto the perineum. The warmth encourages the perineum to soften and stretch. It is an excellent solution for labouring Mama’s without access to a birthing pool or those who require foetal monitoring. Once your babe arrives refrigerate or freeze and apply to the perineum at 20 minute intervals to soothe your tender perineum. I guarantee the cool soft beads inside the Perineum Pad are infinitely more comfortable than a frozen condom.
 
A Peri Bottle.

The Peri Bottle is relatively unheard of here in Australia but our Sisters in North America have been embracing Peri Bottles for some time. It’s now accessible to you via Bouncing Back From Birth *high five*. One of the key recommendations from your care provider in managing your Perineum will be to keep the area clean and dry – this is to allow the area to heal and prevent infection. It’s not an easy feat with post partum bleeding! Fill your Peri Bottle with warm water and direct the flow over the perineal area as you wee, not only will the water take the sting out of urinating it will gently clean the area. Always very gently pat dry.
 
Postpartum Sitz Soak by The Hermosa Co.

Packed with magnesium rich bath salts, lavender, marshmallow root and calendula this highly concentrated Sitz Soak takes keeping the Perineal area clean and dry to a whole new level. Purposefully blended for the postpartum period, a Sitz Soak shouldn’t be confused with a Bath Soak (I’ve got those too!) Fill the bath to hip height and gently sit on your knees, allowing this divine handmade blend to soothe and heal. For Mama’s without a bath pair this Sitz Soak with the Peri Bottle above. Additional benefits include relaxation of tired muscles and improved circulation.
 
100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil by ECO.Aroma

So we all know about Lavender’s relaxation and stress reduction properties, but what about anti-microbial? This is a simple and effective way to keep the area clean and reduce your risk of infection while promoting healing. Essential Lavender Oil should never be taken internally, unless under the guidance of a professional and should always be diluted. Add up to 5 drops to a Sitz Bath or 5 drops per 500mls into a Peri Bottle.
 
Compression Wear.

At Bouncing Back From Birth we stock Solidea and SRC Health postpartum recovery compression wear. Both brands are TGA approved and offer medical grade even compression – your private heath provider may even provide a rebate, rock on! It’s absolutely imperative that if it’s compression wear that you are after that your chosen brand can provide a medical grade compression listing and is TGA approved as a medical device. If it’s not, you are simply not receiving the many benefits compression wear can bring such as increased muscle stimulation, reduced swelling and pain. Your compression wear can also support you in your c-section recovery or if you are experiencing Diastasis Recti.
 
 
And there you have it! Your light at the end of the tunnel. A big thank you to Alice for inviting me to share these products with you, if you have any questions about my full range or are after some personal recommendations please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email hello@bouncingbackfrombirth.com, Facebook, Instagram or carrier pigeon – what ever works for you!
 
All my very best for each and every one of you and your unique journey into motherhood and beyond.
 
Stay confident – You’ve got this!
 
Brooke x

The lovely Brooke has offered a discount code for my followers it is 15% off the full range from Monday 31st July until Thursday 16 August (one use per customer). Use LOVEALICE at the checkout.

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Making pregnancy that little bit easier with @fertilemind

Being pregnant is an exciting time in your life. You get to welcome a new little bubba into the world. However sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge throughout those 9 months to stay comfortable and still do the things you love while carrying that bundle of joy. 

I have recently teamed up with @fertilemind as an brand ambassador. I was super excited for this collaboration as I got to trial some goodies that made my #bumplife easier. I thought I would share with you all the products I have trialled and grown to love and why?

Firstly a little about Fertile Mind

Christine is the founder of the Australian company, Fertile Mind. This gorgeous lady knows first hand what a growing mumma, new mumma and her baby needs to blossom as she is a mum of four herself. With her business partner Pete, they disign, manufactures and distribute, maternity accessories such as belly belt (Christine’s invention), maternity clothes, maternity tops, maternity jeans, baby carriers and breastfeeding pillows. Christine stocks some big brands you will already know and love as well as distributing her own designs. 

A little under a month ago I received a very helpful maternity bundle from Fertile Mind, filled with amazing products to make my pregnancy that little bit more easier and comfortable. 

I received some maternity knickers, maternity activewear tights, the belly belt (argh-MAZING), nursing every day bra (do I have to take it off) and a cute little comfort toy for Cruzie as a special thank you gift. 


Enji Activewear Maternity Tights and SuperBra Nursing & Maternity Bra

These Enji Fertile Mind Activewear Tights are so supportive, I have worn these maternity tights so much. Literally in the wash and back on my legs and over my bump haha. I wish I knew about buying a good pair of maternity tights like these sooner! They have a good amount of stretch in them but not to much either. They are still supportive enough to stay up during the different stages of your bump growth. I love the high waisted band as it helps to hold the bump up when exercising, perfect for low to high intensity workouts. They are the perfect style to team with your favourite active wear tops and do not scream “daggy maternity” at all. I think they will be great post birth to as they have the supportive high waist band around the stomach 10/10 from me! LOVE!

Fertile Mind SuperBra for Maternity and Nurisng.

This is the Fertile Mind SuperBra, I wish I had one for every day of the week. Feels so nice on the top of my bump and is so comfortable you can sleep in it. I am still a B nearly a C cup and I love it. This is another item of clothing that ends up on me or in the wash. Different sizes available. You can also breastfeed in this bra to, so it will take you through your maternity to postpartum journey. I will probably still be wearing this baby a few years later to haha. Probably should invest in more of them . So so comfy! Highly recommend! I have read so many positive reviews on this little number! Definitely a winner in my books. 

Fertile Mind Belly Belt

Now these little pieces of material are a blessing to all women! They extend the life of your pre pregnancy wardrobe in the pant department. So you don’t have to say goodbye to your favourite jeans just yet (unless your arse grows to big for them like mine hahaha) but I have been able to wear my favourite work pants without slipping on the horrible maternity style ones from my work (thank god). So the Fertile Mind Belly Belt is definitely something I believe would be a great investment to add to your wardrobe. Plus the Belly Belt is such a great price, it is only 24.99, which is so much cheaper than buying lots of expensive maternity pants. 

Without the belt trying to wear my favourite pants hahaha
2 Perfect Fit Maternity Knickers

The 2 Perfect Fit Maternity Knickers are super comfortable, they fit just under the bump. They have soft, broad elastic bands so they don’t leave those nasty lines behind on your tummy. I love how they don’t restrict your tummy and are perfect teamed with a belly band around your tummy for extra support.  

Cruzie with his little comforter doggies from @fertilemind
Loves it so much. Has snuggles it every sleep since he got it

Cruzies favourite of all from the bundle is the little comfort doggie. Perfect to help him settle for his naps. Especially when mumma is busy with the newborn. So thanks for this extra special gift for Cruz, Fertile Mind he adores it. 

Thank you so much for reading. I hope you gained some useful knowledge about these amazing products to help make pregnancy a little bit easier for you all as it did for me. 

Want more from Fertile Mind?

Website – www.fertilemind.com.au

Instagram – @fertilemind

Big Love

Alice xoxo

Fertile Mind has kindly offered my followers  an exclusive discount for any of the products available online @fertilemind online (including sale items) use ALICE10 at the checkout to receive 10% off. 

#showtherealyou Rebecca Carr AKA @becbodymindsoul

So excited to introduce to you all Rebecca Carr. 

I first met Bec at White Bohemian when I was working in store. She used to come in store as a customer and one day we really got chatting about her passion and that is naturopathy, yoga and meditation. This naturally beautiful woman glowed health to me, and I was always so interested to know more about her lifestyle. 

When Bec decided to start her Instagram I was so pleased as she shares so many useful holistic health and wellbeing tips, her knowledge about yoga and meditation and some delicious nourishing recipes with her followers. 

I was so over the moon when she said yes to being apart of my #showtherealyou feature as I know you will love knowing more about this holistic goddess too. 

Sit down and put your feet up. Enjoy the interview with Rebecca Carr AKA @becbodymindspirit

Favorite hot drink?

My fave hot drink at the moment is a Turmeric late. I make my own just before I go to bed & I find it really soothing & nourishing. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory & antioxidant properties. I love to think of my food & drinks as medicine & this is one that I like to include in my day.

Can you tell me who the real Bec is?

Hi my name is Bec, I live on the Southern end of the beautiful Gold Coast with my husband Colin and our three children Sienna -Rose (7), Xander (5) and Hunter(3). I am passionate about holistic health & healing, Yoga & meditation & living a positive lifestyle. I have always been interested in health since I was a teenager & that naturally lead me to study Naturopathy. I have been working as a Naturopath for most of my adult life & I love helping people improve their health & wellbeing.

I am currently consulting from the Golden Door Health Club Main Beach. Where I work 2-3 days a week. I find this is a good balance for me with family life.

I am also a Yoga Teacher & enjoy teaching private lessons from home or the beach. Yoga keeps me calm, centered & grounded. Instead of reaching for a glass of wine to chill out I grab my mat & bliss out. Often with Hunter jumping all over me or trying his best at down ward dog.

I have also been fortunate to learn Qigong meditation and this has really helped me to cope with the pressures & busyness of being a mum, juggling daily life and work.

We live near the beach, & being outdoors is a big part of our lifestyle The beaches are amazing & you will often find me there. It might be for an early morning run & swim ( total bliss ) or on an afternoon walk with the children & the dog.

To keep a good balance with family, home life & work I try to keep the rest of our life pretty simple. We go to the beach, to the creek, we love going to Byron Bay to a great place called the farm, we have yearly passes to crystal castle & the wildlife sanctuary & we go for road trips to waterfalls & the hinterlands. Balance is super important in living a healthy, happy life. Something that I am working towards daily. When I realized that everything doesn’t have to be perfect…that its perfect just the way it is…I started to let go & enjoy my life more.

Tell me about a day in the life of Bec?

Ok, so again with trying to create a balanced life, my hubby Colin & I have alternate training mornings or ‘me time’ mornings & this works out great for us. On a training day I will wake up at 5.45am & go for a soft sand run along the beach for about 5 kms. I may have a dip in the ocean or sit for 10 minutes & meditate. So by this time I’m feeling super proud of myself for getting out of bed & really pumped for a great day. It really sets the energy of the day for me. I will then come home and be tackled by 3 little ones and then make breaky. At the moment I’m enjoying apple cidar vinegar in a glass of warm water followed by my Green Goddess Smoothie. This is loaded with green veges so my body is getting a lot of nutrients & nourishment to start the day.

If it’s a work day I will take the kids to school & kindy and then will go to work. I will always take a nutritious lunch to give me the energy to get through the day. I like to take left overs as its easy to make extra the night before. I also drink plenty of water and herbal tea throughout the day to ensure I stay well hydrated. After I have seen all my lovely clients its time to go and pick the kiddies up from school & kindy.

If it’s not a work day Hunter & I will hang out. This is our special time together while Sienna Rose & Xander are at school. We will keep it simple & go to the beach or park and take a picnic with nourishing healthy food.

I try to keep after school activities to a minimum as this keep the stress down. There is a lot to do with 3 kids as they all have their different needs & they all want my attention. Dinner, bath, bed this is such a busy time of the day for me. AHHH im feeling stressed just writing about it haha.

Then there is me time…Yay! I will practice Yoga, eat a light nutritious dinner, chat with my hubby, meditate ( Colin also did the Qigong course so we meditate together ), one of my biggest luxuries since having kids is to have a long hot shower in peace. I will often light a candle in the bathroom and have some nice organic products to use, this time is a real pamper time for me. Before I go to sleep I like to read, usually only a few pages. And then in comes Hunter…and there is three in the bed!

We will have a date night or date afternoon every couple of weeks where we will go to the beach without the kids and then go for an early dinner. This is our special time together to connect.

I have 1 day to myself each week & I use this time to do something that will nourish my mind, body & soul. I usually have an acupuncture appointment & then go to a Yoga class and finish with a nourishing lunch. I look forward do this day so much & I feel refreshed, recharged & ready for another great week.


What drove you to create your Instagram account?

I started my Instagram account the same time I started working at the Golden Door Health club. It was a way I could connect with like- minded people. My mission is to inspire, empower & motivate others towards optimum health & wellbeing.

You have a big following of amazing women,  what do you think attracts women to your social media platforms?

I think that the fact that I’m showing the real me in day to day life with my children is something that women can relate to. I am a positive person, I enjoy life, I am obsessed with feeling great so my hope is that I can inspire other women towards greater health & vitality. The meals that I post are simple, tasty & nutritious and easy to make. Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. I love chocolate as do most women & I think it’s something we can all enjoy. If its raw & made with natural ingredients & love our body is getting a lot of health benefits. I buy all organic food and use only wholefood natural ingredients. It’s very important to me that my children are growing up eating super healthy food as they are growing little bodies & they need it the most. I like to teach them from an early age what is healthy food, about vitamins & why their body needs it. So it becomes part of the norm for them.


You are a mumma and you have your own business? How do you manage the balance between the two.

Finding the balance for me means being organized, prioritizing what is really important, letting go of all the stuff that isn’t, having quality time with myself, my husband and each of my kids.


What is your favourite quote or daily mantra?

I have lots but the one that resonates with me at the moment is

‘I am a warrior not a worrier’


How often do you find time to move your body?

I love to move my body every day. Even when the children where babies I would have all them 3 of them on the stroller going for a walk or run. Now it’s a luxury to

go on the beach by myself in the morning. If I don’t run I will do yoga at home or go to a class once or twice a week.

Something you practice daily for self love?

Is Yoga & meditation. It’s a self love practice for my body mind & soul. It may be a dynamic practice if I have the energy or a soothing yin practice if im tired. Ive learned over the years to listen to what my body needs, to nourish rather than push and that sometimes…less is more.


What is your favourite piece of active wear in your current wardrobe?

Are my dharma bums yoga pants. They are bright & colourful & make me feel happy. They are also lightweight & super comfy.

Go to healthy recipe?

I am just loving my Green Goddess smoothie for breaky at the moment ( recipe on my Insta page ). Its packed with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, fibre. Its also hydrating, alkalizing and a wonderful gut healer.

You can find Bec’s recipe for the smoothie HERE

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

Find your passion, follow your heart & be yourself! Your vibe will attract your tribe x

Runners or Heels?

Runners, heels are a lifetime ago haha! 

Thank you so much for reading.
Want more from Bec?

Instagram @becbodymindsoul

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Naturopath & Yoga Website www.rebeccacarr.com.au

Email info@rebeccacarr.com.au

#showtherealyou – Ellen Robins AKA @thestylistmama

I am super excited (as I am a huggge fan girl and I have major style envy… eekkkk), to introduce you all the stunning and ever so stylish, Ellen Robins AKA @thestylistmama


Ellen is the founder and voice behind her fashion + lifestyle blog and social space – The Stylist Mama. In this space she explores her fashion trends and obsessions, motherhood, favourite products and the unique places of Brisbane she loves to visit. In addition, this babe she is the partner of Australia’s leading hair stylist Dmitri Papas, and the mother to their gorgeous mini babe Sophie (she is an absolute cheek squeezer, so cute). I absolutely love how she leaves her own personal signature and touch on all she writes and shares with her followers. In my eyes Ellen follows her own rules and really interacts with her audience, giving them what they love while remaining true to her style.

I have only met Ellen once before at a Babes and Picnics event in Brisbane, hopefully we can have a play date with our little babes again soon.

So ladies, put your tootsies up, sip on your tea and take 5 to read this weeks #showtherealyou babe …

Ellen Robins AKA @thestylistmama

Favourite hot drink? 
My fave hot drink is defiantly a peppermint tea! I hate hot coffee, so not my thing haha- so a tea is perfect for me!
Can you tell me who the REAL Ellen Robins is? 
For sure! So I am Ellen Robbins, and the #realme is pretty cruisey, actually very cruisey. I am a hairdresser and makeup artist by trade, so I suppose I am pretty creative as well, but to be honest I think I am just a mad perfectionist who is obsessed with hair and beauty haha!

I am the mother to our darling Sophie (18m) who was a happy accident, and my lover/ partner Dmitri is also a hairdresser! We live a pretty relaxed lifestyle but we are both workaholics (which is why I started blogging, because I became SO bored being a stay at home mum!!)

I live in Brisbane but am originally a beach bunny from Noosa!! I simply adore the beach and living that summery life, secretly I would go back tomorrow but we just can’t with the business we have here (which is totally cool, holidays for life!)

Tell me about a day in the life of Ellen?
Gosh, so many different things happen in one day for us, but generally…

We wake up at about 6am, get Sophie sorted and fed, I am a morning person so I tend to do all our day to day chores pretty early!

I try to escape to barre in the mornings most days which is AMMMMMAZING, so good for you and your mind.

Once I am home, generally speaking these days we have some kind of child friendly activity on in the morning (play group/ swimming lessons/ kiddy gym/ play dates ect)

Then after lunch I am home for the rest of the day, such a nanna (!!) but it SO works for us! In the afternoons, I meal prep, return emails, blog, check all my social media, play with Sophie, get ready for tomorrows activities etc…. BUSY BUSY!! Then in the evenings I am so relaxed and tend to do nothing haha!

What drove you to create your Instagram account/business @thestylistmama?  
To be honest, like a lot of other mummies, I was bored! I also didn’t have many girlfriends who were in the same boat as me, so I felt like I wanted a friendship group who I could rely on without having to physically meet up every week (like a mothers group) I started it as a bit of a mummy blog, but it wasn’t really my jam. I didn’t have that much to talk about on the child front because Sophie was so easy, so I restructured my whole blog and mindspace and directed the blog more towards MOTHERS which has increased traffic incredibly and changed my whole outlook which has been really positive!
What do you think attracts women to your site?

I think I am a no bullshit person in real life, so the blog is really honest but its fun and professional. I don’t blog for anyone else except myself and find it a great outlet to offer advice and info. I am SUCH a chatty person, so being able to create lots of content on the things I am so passionate about seems to work with my audience of fashion loving women!

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

I heard this quote the other day: “So many people give up right before the finish line” and its so true! I have thought to myself so many times, why the hell am I doing this?! I used to feel like I was wasting precious time and energy, but slowly (verrrrrrry slowly) and surely it came to fruition, and I am so proud of where I am today. It’s a slow burn, so be read for disappointment but don’t let it dull your shine.

What is your favourite quote or mantra? 
Ooooooh tough one!! “Quit hiding your magic, the world is ready for you.”
How often do you find the time to move your body? 

I try to move everyday! I used to be such a gym bunny, but over the last year I couldn’t be bothered to be honest, and so I got into barre and pilates which I am absolutely hooked on!! It’s my one luxury that I do for myself. I think I go about 4 times a week!

My partner and I also go to boxing on Sunday mornings, so romantic haha, and of course, Sophie comes too!
Favourite piece of active wear in your current wardrobe?

New tights! I had a bit of a meltdown a while back because all my pants were so stretched! Good old Cotton On had lots of sales so I have a much brighter draw of tights now!
What is something you practice every day?
Patience! I am such a quick, impatient person- ask anyone! So these days, I am much more patient and resilient- especially when dealing with a little human who is just learning the ropes 😉
You are a mumma to the gorgeous Sophie (so beautiful) how has being a mumma changed your outlook on life?
Thank you, she’s cute, but definitely has a cheeky side! Motherhood has changed me completely! You have no idea until you actually become a mother, how deeply you change. Maybe not on the outside so much, but I have so much more love for women in general- who balance work, family, friends, husbands, home life- everything!





What does self love mean to you?

Being real. Not getting caught up in all the material stuff, having real friends who support you and can chat with any place any time and it feels like forever. Having a loving partner who is there with you through thick and thin, and just loving who you are. Like actually loving yourself. Being confident in your own skin, knowing your flaws but fucking those off- because you’ve got better things to worry about. Not being worried about other people, and just being optimistic about YOU! (to feminist?? haha)
Favourite pair of shoes in your wardrobe?

Eeeeeeep, I would have to say my sneakers at the moment! (Seriously, who am I?) But I have been wearing them so differently at the moment! Out for dinner with a pretty dress, and to events with leather pants and a oversized shirt. Love the versatility!

Want more from the gorgeous Ellen?

Instagram www.instagram.com/thestylistmama

Facebook www.facebook.com/thestylistmama

Website www.thestylistmama.com