Alice In Pregnancyland #32weeks-38weeks

Pregnancy Emotions. Pregnancy Eating. Pregnancy Exercise. Pregnancy Style.

I actually cannot believe I am typing the last blog of the Alice In Pregnancyland series. (for now haha) I remember chatting To Tahlia about collaborating with me for the #bumpstyle shoots and now here we are at 37 nearly 38 weeks finishing off the bump series. I have really loved building a friendship with Tahlia from @wyldefolkstudio_ while we did the photoshoots she is such a kind hearted person. I now have a friendship for life with her. Not to mention how blessed I was to collaborate with so many gorgeous labels and maternity brands. throughout the 9 months. A huge thank you to everyone that followed the series and continued to send through such beautiful feedback. Big Love to you all.


Pregnancy Emotions

The last few weeks I have been on a emotional roller coaster. I have been so excited to meet the little one, I have had mum guilt with my one on one time with Cruzie, I have cried happy tears and I have cried god knows what tears. To me having a good cry really does help me just let it all out, breathe and then let it go. All these new emotions feel like it’s my heart is expanding and I am ready to meet our new little one now.

I finished up work at 36 weeks. Best decision as I was going to work to 37 weeks, the heaviness of nursing and being on my feet got to me a little. So I am so glad to be on maternity leave. It feels so different not having to go to work again. 

I have been making the most of my time with Cruzie too. I have been taking him to singing and reading at the library, reading and extra snuggles at night time, park hangs and babycino dates. I am loving being off work with him again. 

Everyone has been asking how Cruzie has been? Does he know? I think he knows a change is coming. He won’t let anyone rub my belly but David, he pushes their hand away or pulls my top down. We brought him a little dolly and he has been kissing it, changing its nappy, pushing it around in a pram. It’s so cute to watch. I think he will be a great big brother. 

I keep telling myself that I need to slow down as my body is tired, but its true “nesting” is a real thing. I keep thinking of new things to do and clean. I forget to rest and I am on the go all day. Then I have the worse braxton hicks and back ache in the evening. So I should listen to all the advice and just put my feet up. Haha easier said than done though. Plus entertaining my little man. He sleeps well in the afternoon so I should just lay down then and watch some Offspring on tv. Maybe tomorrow? haha.

I went and seen my midwife for a 36 week scan and check up. The cheeky bubbas legs are sitting frog legged but the head is right down there. I keep thinking in my head that the baby will be here early because Cruz came early but I shouldn’t get my hopes up. I discussed my birth plan and what I wanted. My birth plan is to have a natural birth, hopefully not be on the monitor like last time, have a bath or hot shower, use essential oils and just have David in there. David is my rock and he really did help me through the breathing techniques last time. I do still feel anxious about the birth experience and labour but I am just trying not to think about it, what will be will be.

Pregnancy Eating.

With eating I have been a bit all over the place.

I wake up so hungry and have to eat before I go for a walk. For breakfast I normally have smoothies or protein pancakes. Thats its the I just swap it up between the two.

Then for snacks I have almonds, nuts, apple or a bliss ball. Sipping on so much raspberry leaf tea to ha.

Lunch is lots of greens and a source of protein or a chia sourdough with cheese, figs and cucumber sandwich or the same combo on rice cakes.

I am obsessed with Bolognese at the moment with zoodles (zucchini pasta), I am addicted love it. I also love white fish or salmon with greens for dinner, I have gone off all brown rice and sweet potato probably because my belly already fills so fall at night.

Cravings – organic milk chocolate from Flannerys Health Shop … YUM!!!!

Pregnancy Exercise

Walking 30-45minutes around the block (filled with hills) but very slowly as I get pelvic pressure. I put my podcast on and enjoy the metime I love it. Makes me feel better. I love doing about 20-40 push ups daily on the kitchen bench and 20 squats on the shower too. About 3 times a week I use my little 2kg weights and do a little arm workout too. If I have having an exhausting day I just don’t exercise at all. Maybe just do a stretch. The last week I have really slowed down, but thats okay, my body needs the rest.

Pregnancy Style

So besides loose boho styles and a few tight comfortable maternity dresses I have been living in maternity leggings and a jumper. Argh so comfy. I do love dressing up the bump, but I feel my wardrobe has become very limited and don’t really want to add to it till the baby is here. 

For this #bumpstye shoot I wore a dress I purchased for a hens day a few months back. Its called the FAWN WRAP DRESS and I brought it from the @theselfstyler online. Guess what they just restocked it too. You can buy it HERE. Its perfect to take you through your pregnancy journey and will be great for breastfeeding too. Its not actually a maternity dress but it should be its so comfortable.

Tahlia and I decided for the last bump photoshoot we would find a beautiful spot with long grass (secret location) and invite David and Cruz to come along for some family photos. We had a lovely afternoon watching the sunset and Tahlia came with her family too, so nice. I hope you all enjoy the photos.



Thank you again for reading. 

Big Love,

Alice (in healthyland) xoxo

A few of my favourite maternity activewear pieces …

  When I was pregnant with Cruz I struggled to find activewear for my growing bump and breasts haha. I shopped at a few of my favourite activewear stores and was sad that they didn’t provide for the pregnant mumma. They just offered the “bigger sizes” in the “looser styles” to me. Which was fine in some cases, but not always as sometimes the sizes wouldn’t fit my body shape. For example, to big in the the arms and but, or to tight round the belly, or to tight on the boobs. I felt that feeling comfortable and supported while being active, weaher it be HIIT, yoga or just walking it was an absolute must for me. I felt more motivated to move when I was putting on the activewear that fit correctly.

  This time round I decided I was going to treat myself and just go out and get some proper maternity activewear to exercise in. Being a blogger I purchased some pieces for my maternity active wardrobe but I also collaborated with  some amazing labels too. 

I thought I would put together a list of some of the amazing maternity/breastfeeding active labels and pieces I have worn throughout this pregnancy.

 

Krew Active – @krewactive

My favourites from their collection are;

Cleo Express Feeder in Purple Obsession

Cleo Express Feeder in Pink Fever

Active 3/4 Harem Pant in Light Grey

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Hello Monday Active – @hellomonday_active

My favourites from their collection are;

essentials T – stripes

essentials crop – animal abstract

essentials crop – black


The Ten Active@the.ten.active

My favourites from their collection are;

The Ally 3/4 length tights

The Kim full length tights 

XOthree – @xothreeactive

My favourites from their collection are;

Aria Bra – low impact

Tilly Jane Bra – medium impact

Foxy Bra – high impact


@cadenshae

My favourites from their collection are;

Smoothie Crop

Classic 3/4 legging

Causal hoodie fresh

Pop Maternity – @popmaternity 

My favourites from their collection are;

Blue POP singlet

Galaxy Capri Tights

 

MummActiv – @mummactiv

My favourites from their collection are;

Classic Nursing Singlet

3/4 Pregnancy and postpartum leggings

Fertile Mind – @fertilemind

My favourites from their collection are;

Enji Activewear 3/4 tights 

  These brands and pieces I have shared are just a few of my favourites. I think it’s fantastic that there is a market out there for staying active during pregnancy. It doesn’t matter what you are doing to move your body, it can be as simple as stretching or walking or as high impact as you like. All our bodies are different. We want the best for our growing bump, so do what you feel is right for your baby and your body. 

  I have walked every day of my pregnancy, trained at HIIT AUSTRALIA till 21 weeks, did yoga at home on you tube and tried a few pregnancy workout booklets, so I feel I have truly tested the Activewear to its limits. I am currently just walking, light weights and doing yoga at home at 36 weeks and I feel that is more than enough for my body now. 

 Thank you for reading. I hope you find the list helpful. Let me know your thoughts. 

Lots of love,

Alice In Healthyland xo

www.instagram.com/aliceinhealthyland

#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

#showtherealyou @_nadinemuller

 NADINE MULLER AKA @_nadinemuller is you follow this gal on Insta. Remember her name beauties, because this gorgeous woman is a #gamechanger. She is a true inspiration and I LOVE watching this lady chase her dreams and smash some of her biggest life goals (and she is not finished yet). I started following Nadine when I gave birth to Cruz, her little boy Madden is the same age as Cruz. We both shared similar passions, we both preaching our love for nourishing foods, fitness and our boys. We are both also Registered Nurses. I have always found Nadine so easy to relate and connect with to as this she totally  keeps it real! 


I got to meet this beauty earlier  this year, we did a workout together at F45 and then had a cute brunch date with our babes. Such a fun day chatting about motherhood, training and life in general. 

I know you will love Nadine as much as I do. Sit down, pop your feet up, have a cuppa tea and enjoy this weeks #showtherealyou feature @_nadinemuller. 

Thanks for sharing Nadine.. big love always girl!  

Favourite hot drink?

Ohhhh as I type away on this I’m currently sipping on a lemon infused green tea, but there is also nothing better than a warm hot choccie to unwind before calling it a night… In daylight hours I’m a Cappuccino girl on almond milk! 

Can you tell me who the REAL Nadine Muller is?

I was born in Melbourne, but grew up on the gorgeous Sunshine Coast in Queensland. I come from very humble beginnings; my family didn’t have copious amounts of money growing up, but in saying that there were no shortages of LOVE in my household. My parents did their very best and worked extremely hard to provide for my older brother and I and whilst I didn’t think it at the time, looking back now we had everything we needed and more, much more. I wouldn’t change a thing.

In true family tradition, I joined the military (Air Force) soon after graduating high school. I’ve been enlisted in the military now for almost ten years and my experiences and exposures have truly been second to none. I’ve made some everlasting friendships and have had a number of career highlights and memories that I hold so very dear.

Despite health and fitness being a cornerstone to my personal and professional life, in my early twenties saw me diagnosed with advanced Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia and Severe Dysplasia to Carcinoma Insitu; in simple terms Cervical Cancer came knocking on my door. When the word ‘potential hysterectomy’ was brought up during one of my many specialist appointments my entire world had come crashing down. When I look back on this testing time I see that I truly am one of the lucky ones who get to share my story, and whose dream of becoming a Mum came true, despite theodds that were stacked up against me. This health scare was a very testing time and it allowed me to re-evaluate my outlook on life and was a real game-changer. Like anything battles are there to be fought and in my case won, and getting the all-clear and becoming a Mum was the utmost silver lining to my journey. (Which reminds me to REMIND YOU who is reading this – If you are due for a papsmear please book in an appointment to get it done).

Anyhow a lot has happened since then, most significantly was meeting the love of my life, my best mate, (also the one who grinds my gears like no one else can) but truly my life’s accomplice – My king -Dane.

We met and hit the ground running….Why wait? We couldn’t have been more sure! After 6 months we were engaged, married a year later (we were 9 weeks pregnant at our wedding) and then just like that the littlest love of our life Madden James entered our world and boy did he expand our hearts and continues to do so everyday J

SO here I am sharing my journey particularly surrounding my chaotic little juggle of mum life, work life as an RN and a PT, my health and fitness, and spreading self-love, confidence and positivity through my social media platforms. Why – because empowered women, empower women (One of my fav quotes!). I genuinely want to prove that absolutely anybody can achieve their fitness, personal and professional dreams, goals, hopes and aspirations despite any challenges that they may encounter along the way. Likewise that what we see everyday in social media isn’t always how it truly is, that raw and honest will always prevail! 


Tell me about a day in the life of Nadine Muller?

Well whether I like it or not my little one is much like his Mumma and likes to seize the day and be up at the crack of dawn. To make for a smooth morning, the night before I’ve packed the car, breakfasts and lunches (thanks to weekend meal prep), have everything laid out to a T so our morning rush is ‘less-rushed’ for the lack of a better word. I usually jump in for a morning session at my PT workplace (F45) at 4.45am or at my local 24hr gym and am back home no later than 6am, I quickly trade parenting with hubby so he can then head to work the second I’m back in the door. I breastfeed Madden, I then sneak in as many kisses and cuddles in whilst feeding Madden breakfast and getting us both ready before dropping him into daycare by 6.30am in order for me to get to my nursing shift in the Emergency Department by 7am through to 1530hrs. After that, depending on what day of the week it is, 2 nights a week I put my PT hat on and start at 4pm and work til about 8pm, the other arvo’s/night’s I head straight home from my nursing shift, pick up Madden from day care and have family time until lights are out and we do it all over again for the working week!! Weekends are very much about my boys and I and we try to keep relatively active but with the main focus on quality time together and catching up on housework, grocery shopping and food prepping so we can go in prepared for the week ahead! Days are hectic and nights are short, and I guess I’m very much still finding my ‘balance’, if there is ever such a thing, I’ve sought advice and support from my other working mumma friends on IG and its so nice to not feel alone on the days that I’m JUST keeping my head above water!

Congratulations on becoming a personal trainer! Go girl! What drove you to do the course?


I’ve grown up keeping fit and healthy from a young age and being in the military means fitness is at the forefront of what I do, but particularly since becoming a mum my true passion for health and fitness reached new heights, I saw the strength and tenacity of the human body through pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum which allowed me to wholeheartedly appreciate just how remarkable the human body is and how thankful we should be each day for it. Now as a PT, nothing excites me more knowing that I get to meet, interact with and connect with so many people everyday. I get to apply my ability, knowledge, experience and my sheer love of fitness to help enrich somebody else’s life and that is something I am immensely proud it. I’ve always believed that amazing things happen when your passion, purpose and professions come together and its for that reason that I find it so incredibly uplifting to be a part of someone’s journey in creating positive changes in living a stronger, healthier, happier life.

Since becoming a mumma to that handsome little Madden what have you learnt most about life?

I knew that having a child was going to be life changing, but wow is that an understatement, it’s the most positively life-altering experience one will ever go through – is it not? I cannot agree more on the saying that when a child is born, a mother is too; I’ve loved watching myself evolve as a person and finding myself lifted to new heights and achieving personal goals I didn’t see possible. Over the past year, through my son I have experienced more adventure than I ever thought imaginable. It truly is love beyond measure and with it my priorities have completely changed, my outlook on life and what truly makes me happy, and what matters most has been such an eye-opener for me. Motherhood is not only my life; it’s wholeheartedly my happiness, my passion, and my greatest achievement.


(This photo truly connected me to Nadine! Arghhh I love it). 

A favourite #mumlife memory so far?

Oh my gosh, there are so many. I have no idea where to start. I really don’t think I could narrow it down to one favourite… I’d be lying if I said one of the funniest was when Madden decided to rip his nappy off and took a number two in his cot with this most evil laugh to follow – whilst I was trying to teach him to self-settle as I was talking to him via the monitor from another room…. Thank goodness it was the consistency and shape of a soggy chicken nugget (I kid you not!) But no really!! In all seriousness though, one to mention out of many would be Madden’s kisses! How good are kisses from our babies??? When I was pregnant I used to dream of kissing his lips, and during scans I would say over and over ‘I cant wait to smooch those tiny lips’. I remember so vividly the day he was born when I kissed him for the first time – F*** it was a zillion times better than I had ever dreamed of…Now we have this thing where I say give mummy a kissy-wissy, and he does the biggest ‘mwwwwwwahhhh’ as he leans in then it is followed with an open mouthed, super slobbery, super slimey lip-smacker…Nawww!! I treasure every single one, and I literally hang out for one of his kisses after a long day at work especially!!



What do you think attracts women to your social media platforms?

I’m simply sharing my health and fitness journey in relation to my life as a first-time mum, a full-time working mum as a Nurse and Personal Trainer, a devoted wife, how I juggle a career in the Armed Forces, all whilst trying to have somewhat of a social life and attempt to keep SANE as best as I can haha. I pride my social media on being a positive and supportive network and a communication hub to uplift, encourage and motivate other likeminded women – and not just those who are mothers.

I genuinely enjoy sharing my honest experiences and as I said whilst I aim for my page to be mostly motivating, positive and a fun hub, I likewise haven’t hesitated to share it all; the good, the bad and the indifferent. Honesty truly does lead to authenticity and I believe there is something to be said for those who demonstrate courage and strength in telling things how they really are.

It is important for us women to remind ourselves that not all images we see on social media are ‘real’. With the technology we have now so readily available, digital alterations and manipulating images can be done at the drop of a hat. We all have to remember that our reflection in the mirror DOES NOT define our worth and continually comparing ourselves to potentially unrealistic ‘perfect’ bodies, ‘perfect’ mums, ‘perfect’ lives can be toxic to our mental health. I want us women to band together and to feel confident and secure within ourselves, and to know that there is more than enough room for us all to make it in this world!!

I want us all to say goodbye to our inner critics, to be kinder to ourselves and our bodies. To gain a heightened sense of self-worth and self-respect regardless of what ‘ideal bodies’ are thrown in our faces everyday. It’s not about comparing ourselves to one another or about being better than anyone else but being proud of our own journey, owning our own unique story and improving ourselves (in whatever capacity) each and every day.

I’ve made some incredibly meaningful connections from social media and have been fortunate to meet up with a handful of instamums. I’ve been incredibly uplifted and inspired by so many of them (you know who you are!). Like me, they are simply everyday mumma’s, grounded with humble and realistic attitudes to match. I admire women who similar to me get a kick out of seeing other women do well and live by that quote I mentioned ‘Empowered women, Empower women’. Can I get an Ahhhh-men!

What is your favourite quote or mantra?

One of my favourites is ‘Exercise is as much as a gift to the mind as it is to the body’. As a first time mum, especially in those early days, training had been my coping mechanism whilst I adjusted to motherhood and got our routine down pat and my post-partum hormones had leveled out – mine were all over the shop, poor Dane!! It was then that I had also recognised that not only was exercise re-conditioning and re-strengthening my body but it was a total game changer (and free therapy!) when it came to my mental health.

I ensure that at least one session a week I leave my phone/ipod in my gym bag and leave my mind and body to train with no interruptions, in a world where we are so attached to our phones, dare to strip it back and be truly present with your training – just YOU and your mind! Do it – I highly recommend!!

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

Anyone who knows me would know that training is an essential part of my day and has been for many years! I’ve found it to be crucial for my physical (and mental) health and overall wellbeing. My passion for keeping active and staying fit is something I do for ‘me’ but ultimately for my family too. I know I am a far better person, mum, wife, (PT and Nurse) when I have invested time in making my health and wellbeing a priority too. It honestly provides an outlet from the ongoing pressures of motherhood and any general life stressors that we all encounter along our journey. For me, it brings about a heightened sense of accomplishment and pride. It allows me to sweat out any of my days worries, makes me feel more energized, and overall has a positive effect on various facets of my life including my relationship with hubby, my family, my career, my goals and aspirations. It’s not about how you look (that is just a bonus side effect); it is about how it makes you feel – stronger, confident and well centred J Plus working in the busiest Emergency Department in Australia means that I witness some fairly ‘heavy’ medical emergencies so to shake off a tough or confronting day with my physical training is a must for me. You could say more than ever, my physical fitness and mental health and wellbeing is a necessity as I juggle motherhood and my professional working life.


Favourite active wear piece in your wardrobe?

Oh I wouldn’t be able to choose just one piece, what I can tell you though is that there are absolutely no shortages of Lorna Jane, Lululemon, Nike and Rockwear in my wardrobe… As a breastfeeding active mumma and one who supports home grown small business I’m also digging activewear by the incredible @mummactiv! Jo is another awesomely fit, humble, hard working charismatic Mumma who inspires me beyond words – Check @mummactiv out!!!

Do you and your man get time to go on a date? If so where do you both love to go?

To be completely honest, if we get to squeeze in a gym session together, I feel like that’s a smoking hot date for us! Haha…. Training together everyday is one of the things that I miss the most, he goes hard and I’m pretty competitive so training together is extreme! So when it does happen, I’m on cloud 9! On the flip side of the coin, it is somewhat embarrassing to even say this, but it was only a few weeks ago that hubby and I had our first ‘proper’ date since Madden was born. Surprisingly it wasn’t until we did this that we realised just how much we had become disconnected for the lack of a better word, not at all in a bad way, we have simply been so love struck with our baby Madden that we just didn’t take the time out just for each other and we realised the importance of bringing ‘us’ back. I’ll be completely honest in saying that since becoming parents, our relationship has taken the back seat. Although having a baby has meant a lot of changes for US as a couple, I’ve learnt that incredible things can happen when you learn to change and grow ‘together’. We might not get the time alone as often anymore, but I know that 9/10 times we’d choose family time altogether first, because that is when our hearts are truly at their fullest. Despite that, since that date at the races and a night to ourselves while Madden slept over at his grandparents for the first time, we’ve made a pact to one another that we will take time once a month for ‘date night’… We genuinely love family time with the 3 of us, so once a month seems very reasonable for us both for now J We are next planning a dinner at our favourite restaurant followed by a movie at the cinemas, we may even step it up a notch and go gold class! Go us! Mind you, bedtime is quite early for me usually, so I’ll probably be a DUD! (…..Dud date, Is definitely what you were thinking right?!) Haha…


Thanks so much for having me Alice, and if you are still with me thank you to those that have taken the time to read my #showtherealyou feature!

Spread Love, Nadine xo

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#showtherealyou        @the_thriving_elephant



Lucia de Mello – arghhhh what a name! It sounds so exotic, you instantly want to  get to know this woman a little more, just by reading her name!
Lucia and I got to know each other over an Acai Bowl, you know that moment when you are sitting across from someone and you think “heck yes, did we just became good friends” ?  Well I had that exact moment with Lucia! We had so much in common, our values and outlook on life are so similar. Plus that girl can cook a delicious meal for you, I will put my hand up any day to be a guest in Lucia’s kitchen. I have so many positive things to say about this beautiful lady, but I’ll ket you get to know her in the interview so you can make up your mind how much you love her too!
I love your words in this interview Lucia, and I am so sure all of you will love them too. So sit back ladies, put your feet up for 10 and enjoy this weeks #showtherealyou feature…
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Favourite hot drink? 
mmm this is tricky because I don’t really drink many hot drinks, but in Winter every now and again I sip on tea! Last winter my fave was a Green Tea & Pomegranate tea J
 
Can you tell me who the REAL Lucia is? 
The real Lucia is a true lover of life. I consider myself to have great inner strength, I’m truly happy, I can be super stubbourn, totally sarcastic and a perfectionist (which are both for strength and weakness). I can be super impatient in some situations and I can also be short tempered at certain people that i actually love to pieces *coughs* (Thiago). I surround myself with those that support, uplift, encourage and love me. I don’t have space for negative and toxic people in my life. If I come across any, I remove them or I remove myself. I am immensely grateful for my place here on earth, for my family, friends, for the freedom I have, the opportunities available to me and for the beauty that each day presents. I am spiritual, intuitive and I am very sensitive to other people’s energies. I consider myself very in tune ~ i see through bullshit and fake personas. I crave genuine. I do love learning about crystals, giving oracle card readings, optimistic people and all things nature. I love being creative and being by the ocean I am in my element. I get so happy and calm when I’m at the beach that it makes me emotional simply thinking about it. I love people. Especially helping people. (This doesn’t mean I want to be friends with everyone or love everyone). I find a lot of people confide in me and come to me for advice. Perhaps it’s because I have an open heart and an open mind, so I don’t judge them or their story/situation? 

I believe self love encompasses many aspects of YOU. It’s not just about the physical body. It is SOOOO much more than that. SO much more! I truly do love who I am. I never question myself as a person, I’m very confident in who I am. I am however insecure in my physical appearance and it’s an aspect of self love I have been working on for a very very long time. 
As a friend I am loyal, honest and reliable. I am “the” friend that you can make a 2:00 am drunken call to and I’ll be there! haha. I actually do not mind! (although haven’t done this with a baby yet, so perhaps times have changed!) I love being there for my family and friends. I would do anything for them. 
Rambling….sorry! #stoppingrighthere
You recently became a mumma to that handsome little man Luca, how are you coping with it all? 
Ah man…he’s so darn cute right!? To be honest, life has definitely changed. I am extremely blessed. I absolutely love being a mama. So far he has been the happiest and most chilled little guy and doesn’t make too much of a fuss. (He has just started teething though! His two top teeth), so he has been a little grizzly here and there, but overall he’s a little champ. I am also extremely appreciative of my supportive and easily accessible network and my husband and my mum are my angels. My husband is very hands on! I think he was made to be a dad.  Offers to do the overnight feeds when he can and when he arrives home from work he is all hands on deck. He really enjoys being a dad, nothing is ever too much of an ask. Oh and my mum, ah bless her! She is anxious with excitement every day just to see her little Luca bear. She will usually stop by after work a few times a week and look after Luca for a few hours. When she arrives Luca is beside himself! It’s beautiful. We have been contemplating a sea change for years, but as you can see, having my family support so close, it’s hard to move right now.
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Tell me about a day in the life of Lucia and Luca?
 Well! Not any one day is the same, but let’s imagine we’re at home all day … sometimes I like not knowing every detail of my day ahead. I call myself a “free range” parent haha! ALTHOUGH in saying that, lately I have realised that being a mum perhaps I do need a routine in some areas of my life, because being a mum is also extremely unpredictable some days.

OK, so, Luca will usually wake up with the sunrise, so it’s around 5:30am at the moment. He greets me the widest grin and his limbs have a dance party and I quickly pick him up so that they’re don’t fly off his body! Luca will have his bottle, I will have my lemon water and then we go for a walk (now that I am back into my postpartum fitness!). Luca will usually sleep for most of the walk.
 
When we arrive home I will eat my breakfast and Luca will usually wake up just as I’m finishing up. Then we play on the mat/play gym. Have chats and giggles. Luca will have another bottle as he drinks every 3 hours. Then he will have his morning sleep 1-2 hours. During this time I tidy up, or edit videos or whatever I need to get done.
When he wakes up we play around a bit more, I continue doing what I need to do, sometimes I carry him in my baby carrier so that we can hang out together but I can still do my thing. Then he will have his lunch time nap.  When he wakes up it’s feed/play time and often we will sit by the pool or go for another walk. Then by 4pm my mum arrives (on some days) and takes care of him or goes for a walk with him and I do whatever I need to do, which sometimes is just chill or have a nap. Then she comes back around 5:30pm.
 
At about 6:00pm Luca will have a bath and then his bottle and he is usually in bed by 6:30pm. Then he wakes every 3-4 hours for a bottle, but he usually just drink in his cot, we burp him and he continues sleeping.

That’s an average staying at home kinda day! Usually our days are much busier than this!
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What drove you to create your Instagram account @the_thriving_elephant? 

@the_thriving_elephant was a name change I made in June 2015. It was initially @livinglovinginspiring because I couldn’t think of name that I had a connection with and those three words were what I was all about.  In June 2015 I founded my business name and now IG name The Thriving Elephant.
 
My health journey is what led me to social media. First and foremost I wanted to share my story on the taboo subject of ‘stillbirth’. My first pregnancy almost took my life and sadly took the life of my son, Leo. After this I began to research and I educated myself. I wanted TTP to be known and understood. This then led me to researching more about Hashimoto’s and my high ANA inflammation markers. I experimented with all forms of food, fitness and holistic healing. Two and a half years post, April 2014 I had decided to eliminate gluten, dairy and refined sugars from my lifestyle cold turkey ( I was already vegetarian). I became so interested in eating healthy and creating recipes that I wanted to share it on a creative platform with others to access. I wanted to show everyone that eating healthy could be easy, that it could be enjoyable and most of all if was still delicious!

Another very important aspect of my blog was to inspire people to keep strong. I wanted to encourage and support others that had been through tough times or were going through a hard time to never give up. Not everyone has a support network like I had and I wanted to show them that there was still a fulfilling and happy life to be lived after the sadness and the pain. Ultimately, “Life is what YOU make of it”. I want people to know that it does get better and life is beautiful.
 
What do you think attracts women to your site besides your adorable little man updates? 
From what the people tell me, definitely the food + positive vibes! I was exclusively a food + inspo blog before I had Luca. I would share daily recipes and have people all over the world recreate them. Since shifting my blog and my focus to include aspects of motherhood as well, I have lost thousands of my foodie followers, but I am now gaining those who enjoy my blog for what it is. It will take a while to find the balance and direction, but I think as we grow personally, our blogs change with us, and so do our followers, but the true supporters and friends we make along the way will be there no matter what our content may be.
 
What is something you love to practice daily? 
 I practice gratitude every single day. I have for a few years now. It isn’t at a certain time of day, although it used to be when I woke up and before I went to bed. Whereas now, I find myself doing it at any time of day.
 
I also meditate. I used to struggle with meditation but now I really enjoy it. I am currently restarting a 40 day meditation challenge which has got me all excited! Meditation is life changing.
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I know first hand how busy it can be being a mumma, how do you find the time to move your body?
 I’m not currently working, so my sole responsibility is Luca. I have only just gotten back into the swing of things in the past 3 weeks. This week is my fourth week. I have been enjoying morning walks and if I can’t make the morning walk I make it up during the day at another time. I also try and use the gym twice a week. I hope to amp up the gym sessions soon to 3 times a week. I am also trying out new classes in the coming weeks. Barre classes and my absolute favourite exercise ever, reformer pilates. They’re not very cheap so I take advantage of free passes when I can. Slowly but surely I am getting back into it!
 
Favourite activewear? 
I have always been a Lorna Jane fan! She’s a Brisbane local entrepreneur SO INSPIRING! Everything always fits me (I’ve got a Kim K booty and small waist haha), I always feel motivated and good in her clothing! I haven’t really got much else in my “Activewear Wardrobe”.
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Where do you find inspiration for your recipes? 
When I first started my healthy eating journey I was already educated on foods that I should be fuelling and nourishing my body with, but I really wanted to try new things and get inspired by other ways of creating food (especially sweets hehe) so I decided to join instagram. I was inspired by some beautiful instagram accounts and their delicious feeds, but it didn’t take long before I started developing my own recipes and style. I have always loved a challenge. I have never owned a recipe book because I feel it blocks my creativity. Although… I really want to start collecting some because as I write my own book at the moment, I know how much love, time, heart and soul goes into writing a book. It’s not just any book, it’s a piece of each persons journey. There is something really special about that. Perhaps I should start a recipe book collection and begin by purchasing recipe books my friends have puiblished!
 
 
 What advice would you give to other people out there wanting to start a blog/business? 
Just do it. Take the leap of faith. Take small steps each day to get closer to your dream. What could you do today, to get one step closer to the dream? Perhaps it’s getting a pen and putting your thoughts on paper! Perhaps it’s creating a business/blog name? Maybe it’s organising your ABN (make sure its not taken), or organising your blog name (make sure its not taken). Always check if your name is available before you start anything! Try not to tell too many people your ideas if it’s a business (I have had a friend use my idea and run with it! I was shattered). Rely only on those you trust. Network and make connections with likeminded and genuine people. Most of all…. enjoy the process!
 
Be patient (something I have had to learn), amazing things don’t happen overnight. They usually happen with time, hard work, commitment and the recipe for success “consistency”.  Keep at it! The universe always has a plan for you in its own devine timing.
 
Chocolate or Sweets? 
 Chocolate! It’s so versatile, delicious and raw chocolate is pretty good too! Oh and it’s basically like eating your greens! Just check out this quote … (I’m sure you’ve all seen it before, but it’s gold!).
“Chocolate comes from cacao, which is a tree. That makes it a plant! Chocolate is salad! LOVE haha
What more from Lucia?

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Steph Pase AKA justanothermummyblog #showtherealyou


I would love to indroduce  you all to the beautiful Steph Pase  from @justanothermummyblog. Steph shares daily Instagram posts of delicious healthy recipes, her gorgeous little daughter Harper, her #mumlife moments and also shares some fantastic make up tips. She has recently created a blog for her followers to share in more detail the topics mentioned above. 

Steph is a mumma that is open and honest about what she really feels. This is a quality I love and the reason I enjoy watching her jouney. 

Sit back and enjoy a cuppa or a class of wine (just like Steph hahaha) and check out this lovely ladies #showtherealyou interview. 


1. Can you tell us a little about who the Steph Pase is? 

I am a 25 year old wife/ makeup artist and new mummy to my baby girl Harper Rose. I am your everyday Aussie chick who loves health and fitness. Years ago I was quite unhealthy and gained over 20kgs in a year from not moving enough and eating junk. I decided to turn my life around and lost 25kgs and went to compete in Fitness model competitions and even managed to be featured in a couple of magazines and calendars. Since then I have continued a healthy lifestyle but now I have found a balance and still manage to let my hair down and enjoy life. My baby girl is everything to me and I’m just like every other mum surviving on coffee and learning day-to-day.

 

2. What’s the story behind your Instagram and blog? Why did you get started?

 

I started up my mummy blog for a few different reasons. Firstly, because I love being able to connect with other women who have the same interests as me. Also as a new mum I felt I really needed to share my experiences with other mums so we can all feel reassured that we aren’t the only ones going through different struggles and so we could relate to each other. Knowing there are other women out there who understand you really makes the tough times a little easier.

 

3. What do you think attracts women to your page?

 

I think some women enjoy my page as I don’t sugar-coat my experience I am very honest with how I describe my life as a new mum. I think it is so important for mummy bloggers to share not only the good times but also the hard. It isn’t all sunshine being a mother but it is truly an incredible gift that sometimes we need to remember what a blessing it is. But it is also important to know it’s OK to have hard days where all you want to do in stay in bed and eat chocolate. I also think women enjoy my page because I show them it is possible to lead a healthy lifestyle with a baby.

 

4. You openly share your first time mum stories with your Instagram, do you think this also helps to support you too?

 

I think social media is such a blessing for us mothers as I know somedays it can be so hard to even leave the house with a baby attached to you, so being able to reach out to other women and talk really helps us get through the tough days. Sharing my life with other women definitely helps me feel supported and not alone. We can see other women on the same journey and connect in this big mummy community.

 

5. Being a mum, we know it’s hard to make time to stay active. How important is it to you to continue to move your bod?

 

I suffer from anxiety so exercise is so important for me to keep a calm and clear mind especially now that I’m a mother. I find when I managed to even go for a 30-minute walk in the morning I’m so much more productive. Exercise really is the most underused anti-depressant. Since having bub I am unable to get to the gym as much as I used to so now I do most of my workouts at home whilst bub is napping or she just watches me (which I’m sure she thinks is hilarious). There are many ways to get your body moving with a baby. I feel like the lack of sleep feels even worse the days I am not active. It is also just as important to know your limits too. Even acknowledging that every small health/fitness goal you achieve is just as important as fitting into your pre-baby clothes. Don’t push yourself too hard and expect to back to the same fitness level right away. I’m nowhere near as fit as I used to be but I try to look at it as a new journey. I haven’t gone backwards but rather I’ve gone forward with my life and this is just a new chapter for me and my body. You have a new life now and you need to factor that in but also not use it as an excuse to not be active.

 

6. Favourite activewear?

 

I love Lorna Jane but I prefer just black leggings none of that fluro to highlight my cellulite (haha) I also love Cotton On Body and Kmart (yes I am a huge Kmart Lover).

 

7. It’s hard to keep out S%#t together sometimes, can you share with us one meltdown moment, that you thought how the hell am I going to get through this?

 

I’ve had a few of those especially in the first couple of weeks where your sore, exhausted and somehow misplaced your phone in the fridge (yes I did that more than once). The hardest moment for me was when I was 3 weeks postpartum and had milk supply issues and I couldn’t satisfy Harper. At the time I had retained product and that was why my supply had significantly decreased, It felt like the end of the world and that I had failed (even though obviously I hadn’t). My husband really had to take the reins and reassure me that as long as Bub was fed that is all that matters. I ended up getting an operation to get it removed and Bub had to have a bit of formula. Which I then realized wasn’t bad at all and I learnt to relax a little. This taught me a valuable lesson about being a mother. That sometimes things don’t pan out as you’d like but that’s just part of being a parent. As long as your baby is loved and fed that is all that matters. Unfortunately, we all put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be perfect but in reality no matter how you raise your child YOU are the BEST mum for YOUR child. Don’t ever doubt yourself and always follow your gut.

 

8. Share a positive #mumlife moment?

 

There are so many positive mumlife moments! But my favourite is when bub was first born and I was in hospital. I was so surprised how confident and what a natural mother I was soon as she was born. The midwives kept asking if she was my 2nd baby as they said I seemed to know exactly what I was doing. This totally surprised me as I was always the awkward lady who would make babies cry when I held them. SO if your currently pregnant with your first don’t doubt those amazing natural mumma instincts! Another one of my favourite mumlife moments was when I was sooo utterly exhausted from being up most the night with bub and then the next morning I brought her into my bed and I was thinking to myself “how the hell can I keep doing this I’m so tired” and then Harper looked at me and smiled at me properly for the first time. My whole heart jumped out of my chest and it totally changed my entire day it was so beautiful and it reminds you that it is all worth it.

 

9. Mantra or favourite quote you live by?

 

My favourite quote to help me with my anxiety and life is “A year from now you won’t stress about what you are right now”. My favourite mantra for health and fitness is “The day will pass anyway whether you eat healthy and exercise or not. Use your time wisely

 

10. What is your favourite go to healthy recipe at the moment?

 

I’ve always loved a good protein ball recipe to help keep my sweet tooth at bay. But I am loving zuchinni lasagna lately it’s such a good meal to have in winter and honestly tastes so good! I slice it up and it lasts me for lunches for the week.

 

11. Where and who do you look for inspiration?

 

Instagram! I find other beautiful mumma’s and inspirational healthy women everyday and they truly help me pull my finger out on the days I couldn’t be bothered to move my body or eat well. Social media really can be used for so many positive things. Some of my favourite women I look up to is of course Alice, Ashy Bines, Sophie Guidolin and Chontel Duncan. All amazing real women who manage to live a healthy life with a baby!

 

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