Lisa Hanlin AKA @indi.girl #showtherealyou

This weeks #showtherealyou feature is the beautiful Lisa Hanlin AKA @indi.girl. I was blessed to cross paths with gorgeous soul earlier this year at a @babesandpicnics event here in Brisbane. Since then we have exchanged numbers and remained in contact. Lisa is so refreshing to chat to, she is oh so pure and natural, and has a calm ora that surrounds her that totally rubs off on you (even if she texts me I feel it).

I know you will enjoy reading Lisa’s interview, she shares her love for her new business, her #mumlife moments with the beautiful little Indi and opens up about her new passion for pilates. Ladies put your feet up and enjoy your 10minutes with Mrs Lisa Hanlin…

Favourite hot drink? 

Black Coffee. No sugar, no milk just pure coffee bean goodness.

Can you tell me who the REAL Lisa Hanlin is?

I’m the girl who sees things with a different perspective. I always find the positive in any given situation. I see beauty in the rain, tears and dried out flowers. I feel for those who regret decisions. I don’t judge, I’m never jealous. I live a balanced life, sharing my time, giving my heart and prioritising my health. I’m at peace that life isn’t forever and that everyday we are given a new opportunity. Some might say I’m also a wife, a mother, daughter, sister, friend.. they are all roles. The REAL me is me!

Lisa with her gorgeous little tribe. Image by @salty_see
Tell me about a day in the life of Lisa as a mumma?

Since settling into motherhood I have found how important it is to have a morning routine or ‘me time’ before the day actually starts. I’m up at 5am and give myself a good hour to set up for the day ahead. Meditation, exercise, lemon water and some quiet time.. When India wakes I’m ready to put on my mama shoes and devote quality time to her. Boobie, books, playing and more books. Followed by breaky outside, listening to the birds and some morning vitamin D for me! 9/10 times we get out in the mornings – whether it’s swimming lessons, a bush walk to the local park, wondering the shops (especially the pet shop), mama met ups or just lots of exploring around the house and playing. India usually has her daytime sleep from 11:30-2:30 (key word usually – as a mum you learn to be flexible). This gives me a window to explore the world of business, get creative, educate myself, send emails and tend to anything that needs my attention. Afternoons are spent hanging out as a family. Lots of chatting with Pete and playing with India. If Mumlife has been a tough day, Pete will encourage me to go and have some time to myself while he starts India’s bedtime routine. Dinner, bath, book, boobie & bed. Then it’s our time. Usually consists of us having dinner, talking for sometimes hours, prep for the next day, teeth and bed.

Lisa & Indi
What drove you to create your Instagram account/business @indi.girl?

Creating my @indi.girl Insta account has been fuelled by my love for my daughter and my drive to share, help and inspire others. It’s been quite the journey and I’m learning more each day about who I am, where I want to be and my strong passion to help others. The product side of Indi Girl is my unique, handmade Baby Comforters to give other mamas a tool to comfort their little ones. They are practical, safe, universal and super stylish. Since creating Indi Girl I have a profound desire to share my personal experience through motherhood and life. I may not have the most perfect pictures, and beautifully worded stories but I have a big heart and a love for video and that’s where I come to life. For now I’m enjoying the journey, documenting my experiences, thoughts and feelings. I can feel big things ahead.

@indi.girl newest product, made with love “the comforter”

What do you think attracts women to your site?

I think it’s because I care, I genuinely care about people – all people not just mums.. and if I have an experience that I can share, good or bad and it helps someone else out, I feel happy. I have this energy of wanting to always better the people around me in a natural way. An old friend only messaged me a few days ago and she said ‘I want to say thank you from all the mummas out there that struggle to have a voice, I watch your page and read your posts and it gives me sense of belonging, knowing that a real person that actually exists has some real thoughts and feelings on motherhood. It’s probably the hardest thing we will ever do in life raising children, I’m just thankful I have somebody like you who is making things like motivation a little more easier to take on. People like your posts and pictures, but I just honestly wanted to say thank you. Your making a difference your making my time as a mother easier. Thank you for your beautiful look on life xxxxx’.

“awww thanks Lisa that is so kind of you to say…blushing”

Lisa & Indi

What is your favourite quote or mantra?

‘The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return’. – Eden Ahbez. 

Can I do 2 pretty please? ‘If you are not in a state of either acceptance, enjoyment or enthusiasm, look closely and you will find your creating suffering on yourself and others.’ – Eckhart Tolle.

How often do you find the time to move your body?

Daily. Even if it’s squats while brushing my teeth before bed… everyone does that right? Haha.

“Yes girl I do it too haha”

You recently started Pilates (and killing it babe) please tell me what gave you the courage to start something new?

Yes I completed a 6 Week Reformer Pilates Challenge at @pilates.place the end of last year. Pairing it with morning walks, Intermittent Fasting and eating for my Ayurveda doshas, I received great results. The courage to try something new stemmed from that voice ‘I’ve had enough’. I didn’t want to use ‘the baby’ excuse anymore. I literally whole heatedly just wanted my body to be healthy. The time will pass you by anyway – we all have the power and the choice to make healthy decisions and it’s through consistency.

Completion of her 8 week Pilates challenge! You Babe!

Favourite activewear?

Favourite active wear would be Lululemon, Lorna Jane and Pure Dash. I live in active wear so the investment to feel sexy & comfortable at once is worth it!

Go to healthy recipe?

My bestie in the kitchen is my Vitamix. My go-to recipe is my fav green smoothie.  Spinach, cucumber, celery, green apple, ginger, lemon, water, ice. I often add Chlorophyll or matcha green tea powder as well.

Lisa has a love for green smoothies, check out her page for inspiration.

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

Hmmm if I’m super honest – don’t put pressure on yourself to post the perfect picture, at the perfect time with the perfect hashtags. It can be time consuming – just let it all come naturally.. In saying that I can’t help but admire the prettiness, well worded and structured pages I follow. Haha. Just do what makes your heart happy, some people are more visually creative then others, some write really well and some of us well.. we just have a go, keep it real and hope for the best. 

What is something you practice every single day?

Everyday I meditate. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, on my walk, or going to bed.

What does self love mean to you?

Self love to me means to be present and conscious in your body and to love all of you. Love your thoughts, love your actions and love your body and they will love you back.

Perfect date night with your man?

Aww the perfect date night with Pete – straight up I have to say we’re not massive ‘date night’ people. However the perfect time shared together would be a ‘day date’ haha. We would get up early, jump in the car and head to the coast. Brekky + coffee first and then hit the beach with our surf boards, grip ball and beach umbrella. There would be lots of tan time, reading, chatting, listening to music and swims. If we’re talking a real day date (before babies) it would include a cheeky beach beer, a late lunch and a quick skate board.. actually it would probably turn into a random night away!🙌 Oh Lordy I would loveeee this right now… 

Lisa and Hubby at their baby shower.

Can you share with us a perfect #mumlife moment you have had with your gorgeous Indi?

Perfect #mumlifemoment.. I’ve got tears in my eyes thinking about this. When India Rose came into the world it was the ultimate #mumlifemoment. Time had completely froze, I remember her scream and then pure contentment when she hit my chest. Her wide eyes locked on us, staring intently from mummy to daddy and back again. It still gives me goose bumps! Becoming a mother has been the ultimate gift and has opened my heart more than I thought was possible. 

Indi 2 weeks old.



One struggle you would like to share as a mumma?

My biggest struggle since becoming a mama is the early days of breast feeding. I read Tahlia’s #showtherealyou and could really sympathise with her experience. Breast feeding is soooo much harder then I ever imagined as a first time mum. My milk was flowing nicely, we had ‘great attachment’ and India was putting on weight… but that did not stop the excruciating pain every single time she fed- and wowza does a newborn feed a lot! My pain thresh hold must be through the roof because I sucked it up for way too long thinking it was ‘normal’. It is not normal to be in incrediable amounts of pain and for your baby to be vomiting blood… I am so passionate about spreading the word to seek help, get a second or third opinion if you need too. Use a pump, bottle or formula if you need to, whatever it takes. I remember feeding India in tears cringing in pain… missing out on that mother/baby feeding bond that I so longed for. After 6weeks we seen a specialist and India had a tongue tie. Problem solved with a very tramatised mama. Anyway, how does that saying go – acceptance, enjoyment or enthusiasm.. I accepted it, healed and let it go. I’m proud to say India is 13months old and is still brest fed. However to all the mamas out there FED is BEST!

Lisa breastfeeding Indi.
Thank you Lisa for sharing a fragment of your beautiful life story with us. If you wish to get to know Lisa a little more check out her Instagram here. @indi.girl 💗🙏🏼

30 minutes of #metime thanks to trefiel

Me time – hmmm sometimes I wonder what those two words mean. Life is so crazy busy now with balancing #mumlife, part time nursing work life, blog life and everyday housework. Not to mention  being a wifey, a friend, a sister and a dog walker. I understand that me time is something that is important for our sanity and well being so I am truly going to try my best to commit to some time out for my self.
I do pencil in 3 workouts a week at the gym which is important to me for my overall health but sometimes I feel like I need to put my feet up, give myself a pamper and lye down horizontal without any interruptions.

I had recently read about trefiel’s self care movement on their instagram. It’s a pledge to take 30minutes of me time while pampering yourself with their stunning lace masks. SOLD I can commit to that!

So last week that’s exactly what I did. Once I had put Cruz to bed, I put on my mediation music, lit a candle, opened my mask from trefiel and after taking a selfie (of course) I laid down horizontal and feel fast asleep with my alarm clock waking me 30minutes later.

Not only was the 30minutes of doing nothing absolutely heaven, I was treating my much needed skin with extra love and care it desperately needed. The masks are plant based sheets that super easy to apply. As soon as you put one on you feel a sense of coolness on your face anchor know it’s doing its thing to make you preeerttty!

So ladies and gentlemen too, you should totally join the trefiel self care movement too. Honestly is 30minutes of pure bliss. There are four formulas to choose from depending on your skin type, brightening, firming, moisturising and repairing. Get on to it.


Sponsored by trefiel. 

BAKED CHICKEN FINGERS – @mylittleoneeats

BAKED CHICKEN FINGERS

INGREDIENTS
500G skinless chicken breasts
1 cup almond meal
1 tsp smoked paprika (can omit for younger babies)
1 Tbsp Nutritional yeast flakes
1 tsp herbamare or sea salt
2 eggs
olive oil
** For the adult version you can also add 1 teaspoon of cumin, garlic and paprika.
METHOD
Preheat your oven to 180degrees Celcius
Cut the chicken breasts into fingers about one inch wide
Mix together almond meal, smoked paprika, yeast flakes and salt in a bowl
Mix two eggs together in a separate bowl
Place each piece of chicken in the egg mixture and then coat in the almond meal mixture
Place onto your line baking tray, drizzled with olive oil
Bake for 25 minutes until the coating is a nice golden brown colour
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@mylittleoneeats – 2 ingredient pancakes

Michelle is a lover of all things simple and healthy and is the founder of the MyLittleOneEats community. After studying at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition she knew that she wanted to make a difference to the coming generations. Falling pregnant and raising her LittleOne has made her understand the importance of simple and healthy recipes for parents who may be time poor or overwhelmed by the world of weaning.

I am very grateful to have crossed paths with Michelle being a first time mum, it can be very overwhelming knowing what to feed your little one. I love creating recipes for Cruz, however I think it is great to source out other mammas that are doing so as well to give you heralthy ideas and inspiration.  I just know you will love Michelle’s page it is filled with beautiful food photos and delicious recipes.

You can find a range of simple, quick and healthy recipes for your LittleOnes & You on her website www.mylittleoneeats.com.au or follow her on Instagram @MyLittleOnEats

Michelle loves baby & toddler recipes that are easy and require minimal thought and effort. She has an abundance of eggs from our generous hens and she usually will have one over-ripe banana hanging around in the fruit bowl.

These mini pancakes are a perfect snack for your LittleOne or you could add some avocado on top to make it a finger licking (messy) meal.

 

Makes 10 small pancakes

INGREDIENTS

1 large Banana or 2 smaller Lady Fingers (100g)

2 Eggs

Half a Teaspoon of Baking Powder *This is optional but I find it makes them slightly fluffier and not as dense.

METHOD

Mash Banana in a bowl and whisk in eggs OR

Add all ingredients into a food processor and mix until you have no lumps and a nice batter

Pour small disks of batter (5cm diameter) into a frypan over medium heat

Flip over once underside is brown

 

Serve immediately or store for up to two days in the fridge.

Feeling Like a Yummy Mummy in my Lingerie.

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When Cruz was 6 months I decided I would do a little #selflovephotoshoot when I was 10months postpartum. 
So now Cruz is 10 months, here they are. During the last 4 months I have been working on a little self love project with myself. To teach myself to be proud of my body and its achievements. I no longer want to waste my breath on self hate chat in the mirror. Instead I will preach love. The rules of the photoshoot was to no make up, just a little lipstick, just a home camera  job (nothing fancy), no photoshop or filters. I have nourished my body with good foods, moved my body in some way everyday since the birth and rest when I need too. So hey why not be super proud of my body and my son.

I contacted Robyn from @yummy_mummy_lingerie to be apart of the shoot as I absolutely love her underwear she sells. It’s comfortable, its fits my new mum shape and I feel good in it. She has been wonderful and so supportive of my mum journey. I think its only fair that I share some love in return and tell you all about the woman behind  Yummy Mummy Lingerie?

Why did you decide to start Yummy Mummy Lingerie?

Hubby and I decided to become foster carers in 2013 so I gave up my career in health to become a full time mum, but knew I’d need to find a family friendly business to work in as well. We had tried for many years to have a family and had only been blessed with one son, who is the light of our lives. We decided that we would like to grow our family and we knew that there were so many little ones needing a loving home so we decided to embark on the fostering journey.

It was a serious commitment to make, as caring for a baby would mean that one of us would need to give up our current career and be home to care for bub and allow for the vital bonding to occur. However, once bub settled in with our family and I had time to think about work again, I starting looking for opportunities. The first day I looked for an online businesses to buy I found what I was looking for in Yummy Mummy Lingerie.

It was meant to be! I just loved the idea of offering beautiful and practical maternity lingerie to new mums and mums-to-be in a super convenient way and helping make their pregnancy and breastfeeding experience as comfortable as possible. We were lucky enough to be able to purchase the business and now I happily work from home doing something I love, whilst being able to be there for my boys.

Best selling product on the website?

My best selling range at the moment would definitely be the Cadenshae Maternity Activewear range. The best selling style in this range for Yummy Mummy Lingerie is the Ultimate Nursing Bra which is designed for larger busted mamas. They have literally been running out the door J

The other range that sells really well is Cantaloop. They are really great quality and super comfortable as they are seamless. They are also well priced which makes them in reach for the many mums who hesitate or are unable to spend too much money on themselves.

What is the most common question you get asked  by women when buying underwear?

It’s more of a statement than a question but the most common thing I hear from my customers is– “I am not sure what size I am”. This is not surprising is it as our bodies are undergoing the most amazing transformation J  So don’t be worried if you don’t know – you are not alone J My response is to ask a few simple questions so that we can work out together what size would be best for them now and some styles that would suit that particular mums needs.



Maternity and Nursing Bra – Cake Blue Cotton Candy Bra and Underwear – Cake Blue Cotton Candy Maternity Brief

Maternity and Nursing Bra – Cake Blush Cotton Candy Underwear – Cake Blue Cotton Candy Maternity Brief

Maternity and Nursing Bra – Cake Blue Cotton Candy Bra and Underwear – Cake Blue Cotton Candy Maternity Brief

Roshini McCartin AKA @rosh_tulaliving #showtherealyou

img_5098-1Roshini AKA @rosh_tulaliving is a new mumma to the handsome little man Louis, but its not the only thing that defines this amazing woman. She is a yoga mentor and a teacher, a wife, an ocean lover, a writer and so so much more. This superwoman is constantly sharing ( I am learning so much from her) about how she honestly deals with balance in her every day busy lifestyle. I came across Rosh, when I accidentally stubbled on a blog article she wrote on Choosing to see the beauty within. It was like she was writing this post to me. It was exactly what I needed to read on a day I was feeling like shit. I urge you all to check it out its an amazing self loving article. Her writing is so powerful that she draws you in to want to read more. Since having our bubbas, we have both connected online and built a virtual friendship. Hopefully that changes to an in to  face to face catch up soon. 
So ladies its that time of the night again to put you feet up with your wine or your cuppa and enjoy 5 minutes with Roshini…

Tell us a little more about your Instagram? Why did you start it?
My Instagram is @rosh_tulalliving. Tula Living is my blog, website and brand name (eventually). Tula means balance in Sanskrit. The reason I started my Instagram was initially to be honest because everyone else was, I used to try and mimic and copy others because I actually had no idea what I was doing or what I wanted this account for. Now it’s a whole different ball game, I keep my Instagram as fun, light-hearted, real and inspiring as possible. There are so many FAKE highlight reels on any social media platforms that I think it’s really important to stay real. I love to share openly about life, yoga and motherhood. I want to inspire others but also not sugar coat anything especially to do with motherhood stuff, because as you know Alice it’s a constant roller coaster ride navigating highs, lows, good days and some friggin incredibly challenging days and nights.
You are a new mum. Your little man is just so adorable. Can you please tell us a little about your current #mumlife status?
So my little boy is 7.5 months (can’t believe I am actually writing that). Wow, where has the time gone? I actually LOVE being a mum I had no idea how much more love and joy enters your life once becoming a parent. It is seriously such a gift (as challenging as it can be). I feel I have been offered an opportunity to dive deeper into knowing myself, I feel I have been offered an opportunity to rebirth and see the world with fresh eyes. Things that used to drive me crazy or I’d worry about are much less relevant now.
I”m a working mum, I teach yoga about 7-8 classes a week and am very fortunate that Tim my fiancé has flexible hours through his massage clinic so he can mind Louis whilst I get to go and do what I love.
This, of course, has its hurdles and battles, but so far it’s working pretty good and I LOVE that Tim gets to see our side of it and I love that he gets precious bonding time with Louis and I also get filled up and get to offer and share in a whole other realm. I also get to interact with adults which are not mums as well which is so refreshing and nice. (ha ha).
My little Cruz is struggling to sleep through the night.  Does your little one sleep well? Do you have a sleep routine?
I have to say sleep is something I have focused on since day 1, and really trying to set familiar patterns each day, so Louis can start to learn what is coming next. He is in a semi-routine which of course as all you mums reading know changes with whatever they might offer you and be going through on the day (little dictators ha ha). He is pretty good, he still stirs once a night for a resettle then again for a feed, so this magic sleeping through the night you hear of has not happened YET. I’ll be shouting out to the world when it does and how I got 7-8 hours solid sleep, ( I can’t even remember that feeling)
Do you ever have time for a date night? If so what do you get up too? 
Date nights are a bit hard for us for 2 reasons, we have no family support in Sydney and secondly the one night we did go out I was soooooo tired I asked for the bill at 8.30pm (oh dear).
So now a friend of mine hopefully monthly take Louis for his morning walk and we go our for breakfast and get to chat awake and alert and suits us both much better. I’m sure the night dates will come back again one day, but for now, this suits us perfectly.
Tell us more about your passion for yoga? How long have you been practising? 
Oh, my passion for yoga has been an on-off love affair for well over 10 years now. I fell madly in love with it in Ireland when I was living there as it was so bloody cold I needed to move my body in some way to get some heat into it and so I got addicted to Bikram. The more I practised the better I start to feel on so many levels and now seriously it’s like my drug my medicine. My days of long practices at home or studios are not quite as frequent since becoming a Mum, but the opportunity to practice it and integrate it off the mat is. Which is truly such a gift and huge passion and drive of mine. I’m really learning so much more about myself and the beautiful benefits of this gorgeous practice this way. Which brings me to answer your question below..
Favourite quote? 
Ohhh this is hard as I have quite a few favourite quotes. But in relation to yoga, I LOVE these 2 quotes
“don’t practice yoga to get better at yoga, practice yoga to get better at living”
and
“Yoga is an internal practice the rest is just circus”
What inspires you? 
LIFE itself. How precious and short it is and the opportunity each that we have a clean slate to learn to grow, to have fun, to laugh, to share, to make mistakes, to love and to right now be the best version of myself and the best fiancé and mum I can be.
 Favourite active wear?
lululemon hands down. The quality of the product is amazing and you can seriously wear their products for years, its defiantly worth the investment. My other 2 brands I LOVE for yoga tights are liquido and dharma bums 
What’s your favourite go-to healthy recipe?
Hmm one of my faves is sweet potato chips cooked in coconut oil and dusted with coconut flour and a new one more sweet wise is chocolate/banana muffins from Jessica Sepel’s blog.

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Airey Yoga Mumma #showtherealyou

Sophie Airey is mother of two gorgeous girls and is passionate about health and fitness. This is what drew me to Sophie’s page. We shared similar interests, plus she has made a few of my recipes. I love following Sophie, seeing her updates and photos of her yoga progress, healthy food, workouts and her family. Sophie’s  Instagram @aireyogamumma also shares her journey as she heals from postnatal abdominal separation, a medical condition many can relate too post baby.

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Here is 5 minutes of Questions and Answers with Sophie Airey.

 

1.Can you tell me a little more about your Instagram name “aireyogamumma” how did it come about?
To be honest, I’m not really sure how it came about haha I was scrolling through different yogi’s IG names and every one that I thought of had been taken, so I decided to go with my married name, Airey 🙂 I wanted people who saw it to know it was a yoga account because that’s really what it started as. I used to be aireyyogagirl, but then realised I wasn’t a girl anymore. I’m a woman, a mother, and I wanted to reflect that in the name. Who knows, it may change again lol but for now I’m really liking it!

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You can find Sophie’s Instagram name here – @airyogamumma

2. I love the way you connect with your followers? Is that why you started your page?

I started my page almost like my own personal yoga diary. I had always wanted to start a blog but I am really computer illiterate and find it really hard to get what I’m thinking into words, so IG was perfect for me. My followers inspire me everyday! When I’m having a bad day I find their support really does lift me up. I have even been blessed enough to meet some of my beautiful followers, and have become quite close friends with a few 🙂

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3. Who inspires you to keep going? 

My girls really do inspire me everyday to be a better person. I want to be a role model to them and show them that having a healthy body, mind and spirit is so important. Life shouldn’t be a struggle, it should be filled with laughter, love and fun! Yes, there are going to be hard times but its how you handle those hard times that really make you become a more self aware person. I truly don’t know where I would be without those two little munchkins, and all I want to do is make them proud to call me their mum!
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 4. Your little girls are just gorgeous! What’s one of your most proudest #mumlife moments? 

Omg! That is a really hard question! There have been so many proud #mumlife moments. I think just watching my oldest interact with her sister makes my feel very proud. She is so kind, gentle and loving towards her. I love hearing her call her “sweetie” because that is what I call her, so I know my actions and words really do have an impact on her.Their bond is so strong already, it melts my heart.

 5. What is your biggest #mumlife “oh no” moments? 

Hahaha there have been many of these moments also! I’m the mum that will jump in the backseat and breast feed why my husband drives (baby still in their carseat, don’t worry!), or will send my kid to daycare with dreads in the back of her hair because I couldn’t find the hair brush 😛 I think though, my biggest #mumlife “oh no” moments would be when I let toddler tantrums get the best of me and end up saying things to my Tyla (my oldest) that make me look back and think “how could you ever say that to her” When you’re tired, stressed and just over being a parent all patience just goes out the window. Thats when the best thing to do is just get someone else to take over and walk away!
 6. You can see by your photographs you have a huge passion for Yoga? Can you tell me more about your yoga practice?
Yoga has always been a part of my life! My mum put me in my first class when I was 10 and I fell in love. Over the years it has always been a constant. I may not have practiced everyday, but it was always something I would fall back on when I was down or stressed. I’ve had a long history of depression and drug/alcohol abuse and sometimes I feel like there were times that yoga saved me. It is my moving meditation, my time to go within and just keep myself in check. There are days where my practice just flows, and other days where I do 5 minutes and realise I’m just not in the right headspace. Its ever changing, like ourselves. Thats what I truly love about it. There are no rules! You create the flow you need. I have just started teaching classes and should be finishing up my teacher training by the end of the year so I am really excited to start sharing my passion with others!
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7. I love seeing you workout in front of your children. Do they love to join in on the odd occasion? 
Kayla, my youngest (8 months) absolutely loves watching me workout! She thinks burpees are the funniest thing in the world haha her laugh is definitely motivation to keep going. And she definitely loves being on my yoga mat with me, so once she starts moving I can see her being a little yoga bub! Tyla (she’s 4) loves teaching me yoga haha! She is a little control freak so she always has to be the teacher. And whenever Im outside doing a workout she loves to jump in and give it a go, but like most 4 year olds, she has a very short attention span haha I just love the fact that they are growing up being surrounded my movement. Whether it be yoga, workouts, surfing, walking, they see their parents keeping fit and active and I believe this is just so important!

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8. Favourite active wear? 

I have a few fav brands, but I have to admit Lululemon would be my all time favourite! Their leggings are amazing. I hate it when I’m constantly having to adjust my tops/[pants while I workout and I find their gear always stays put. Teeki is another brand I love. Their yoga leggings feel amazing on! And also Cadenshae maternity sports bras are the best!! I practically live in them they are so comfy. And perfect for when you’re breastfeeding.

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9. Do you still get a chance to go on a date night with your man now you have a little girl? If so where is your favourite place?

Its definitely been a bit challenging to have date nights since Kayla was born, especially because me and my husband both work a lot in the evenings, but we have managed to get out a few times! We have a few favourite restaurants in Auckland that we love going to. Moo Chow Chow and Tasting Shed would definitely be our top 2. Sometimes we just head down the road and have a quiet drink. I think its so important to make time for each other. Life can get so busy with work and kids, and unless you really priorities it you can end up feeling a little disconnected. So we try and do it as often as we can 🙂
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10. If you had a hour of “you time” what would you get up too? 
I love catching up with my girls. Going out for a wine or lunch and having a good chat is one of my favourite things to do! It really makes my heart sing. I have got such an amazing group of woman in my life, and I feel really blessed to have that support network there! If no one was available for that then it would be a really good HIIT session followed by yoga 🙂 Bliss!
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 11. Favourite go to recipe? 
Do smoothie recipes count haha I am truly a smoothie addict! My favourite at the moment, and one that I love making for Tyla because she thinks its a treat is my Black Forest Smoothie. Its just frozen banana, frozen berries, spinach, cacao powder, chocolate protein powder, chia seeds, almond milk, coconut cream, dates and water! Blitz up and you have one decadent smoothie. I love making them nice and think so you almost have to eat it with a spoon. Good way to hide veggies for the kids too 😛