I connected with the beautiful Hannah AKA The Sleep Nurse via the Australian Birth Stories podcast. I was sharing my birth story of Lottie and Hannah was the Introduction Special Offer. I am guessing it was meant to be.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
So, a little history about how I came across Soak Society. I was at a Wellness event held by Kindred Toxin Free, there was a panel of inspiring #gamechangers and #girlbosses chatting to us that day. Natalie, the founder of Soak Society was on the panel. I loved listening to all those speakers that day, but something that Natalie said about self love and worth really stuck with me that day. I am a huge advocate for self love myself across my platforms so I loved listening to her share her journey. Natalie believes that every person that has a bath, should do their best to take the time to utilise it. At the time I was like…” hmm I am a working mumma, with a blog and a wifey. Do I actually have time to use my bath?…” I know I have a love for soaking and benefits of water alone on my body feels divine, but seriously time for a bath? Then I thought about it, I make time my daily walks, I make time to nourish my body, I make time for my workouts… Why if the feeling of a bath nourishes me, should I not make time or make it a priority, even just once a week for a bath?
So fast forward 6 months and I AM having that bath weekly. Sometimes its alone with candles, sometimes its with some homemade choccies and flowers, but sometimes its with my two toddlers and their little toys making their way into uncomfortable places on my body. But… I am having that weekly bath and I feel great for it. So thank you Natalie for that gentle kick up my backside.
So anyway over that 6 months I tried a couple of soak society soaks, some were gifts from friends, some I purchased. As you know I also make my own soaks to with my essential oils. I to like Natalie, am deeply passionate about avoiding chemicals in skincare products. So I am so happy knowing that the Soak Society products are all about being as natural and as earthy as possible. You feel the difference on your skin and when you inhale the senses of the Soak Society products they don’t give you a headache, because it happened in the past when I was a little ignorant to the beauty industry and used to buy soaks from the store that I now know are just packed with chemicals and nasty fragrance.
I recently got an email from Natalie enquiring if I would be a brand ambassador for Soak Society. I was so excited as 1. It would support and motivate me in my love for having a weekly bath, 2. I was a huge fan of hers, 3. I already used her soaks from time to time and was confident in the ingredients list. So you know I wrote back with a big HELL YES, right? I look forward in the next few months sharing their products and giving you my why over on my platform @aliceinhealthyland. A favourite so far has to be the Bath Dew – it gives you a bubble bath without all the nasties, its free from parabens, SLS or SLES, synthetic colours fragrances or preservatives, EDTA, silicones or mineral oils. It makes your skin few divine and its smells so good you could eat it. Haha! Plus is my toddlers jump in with me now and then I don’t feel bad about it harming their delicate skin.
I know now more than ever I am appreciating these baths. I am carrying our third child, running a business, working as a nurse, being a mumma and a wifey and running a blog. So these downtime’s are everything to me. Thank you Natalie from the bottom of my heart for reminding me to soak!
If you would like to Hustle, Soak, Repeat, too Natalie has created a special 15% off discount for you all. Use ALICE15 at the checkout. 🙏🏼
A little about Soak Society from their “about me” page on their website…
Soak Society was born in 2014 in a small apartment in New Farm, Brisbane. Founder Natalie wanted to share her love of soaking with the world, and begin to make baths cool again. Out with brightly coloured bath salt crystals and bombs, and in with beautiful wellness soaks made from the highest quality natural and organic ingredients.
Now based on the Sunshine Coast, Soak Society is still all about natural beauty and wellness (because putting chemicals on your body is the WORST), but is also wanting to be the catalyst for modern ‘me-time’.
Down-time to reflect, unwind and relax is SO important for everyone. Soaking is about reconnecting with yourself, and this is often when those ‘lightbulb’ moments appear.
It’s time to reclaim that bathroom, fill the tub, lock the door, grab your favourite read, light a candle and soak. We love to soak, and you will too.
We’re accredited by Choose Cruelty Free – an independent Australian non-profit organisation campaigning for a ban on animal-tested cosmetics.
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So when Winnie was about 4 months we choose to give her some formula. She was a tiny thing and not gaining weight from birth with my breastmilk alone. At the time emotionally it upset me but we were heading over to Thailand with the family and my breastmilk alone was not helping her to put on the grams.We choose a formula we were extremely happy with and we continued on our breastfeeding + bottle fed merry way. From 4 months she held her own bottle and started to gain weight. She was just such a happy bubba. I was still able to feed her via the breast too, which was so nice to have that connection with her, because when she had her “bot bot” she was miss independent. I was not allowed to hold it for her haha.