I have been friends with Tahlia for a little over three years. Prior to that we may have passed each other by as we both grew up around Brisbane and went to the same gym. Our real connection started when we caught up with our little babes, Cruz and Summer. It’s been beautiful having our friendship blossom over time as well as watching our growing family create the same friendships and bonds too. You know when the universe just guides you and you just know that we were destained to be best friends (just like the movie Step Brothers when they go DID WE JUST BECOME BESTFRIENDS? moment).
Tahlia loves natural, organic and light inspired work. She does not distort her work with large amounts of editing. She believes that gentle touch ups and colour adjustments is all you need. Tahlia sets a beautiful environment for her clients and always makes sure they feel at ease with her presence. She knows how to make them laugh and sings while she photographs your children. You can see it’s her passion and she loves what she is doing.
Tahlia has photographed so many memories for our family and for my business and blog @aliceinhealthyland. So I was so grateful to have her shoot this special moment in my pregnancy and capture the bump with our two little babes. Cruz was scared of the flowers in the bath haha #mumlife but we managed to capture some cute snaps with him and the bump.
Tahlia is offering my following a special discount. State my name ALICE and you will get $50off your booking of a Maternity, Newborn or Family Photoshoot. Thanks so much beautiful! Such a lovely gesture.
A special thank you to the girls CBA Hair for styling my hair, Bohemian Blossom Crowns for making Winter Rose and I’s flower crowns and to Lust Minerals for supplying the make up. Necklace is by Eden Zoe and has my little ones initials on.
Packing my hospital bag for my first pregnancy was very exciting. I Pinterested all these hospital bag lists and I was so excited with what I packed into my suitcase, ready for my babies arrival. When the time came, my husband grabbed the bags and brought them to hospital with us. I thought I was so organised, but boy was I wrong. I had really over packed! I had so much stuff that I actually couldn’t find what I needed, when I needed it. I had to much of the stuff I didn’t need and not enough of what I actually really needed. I was so overwhelmed. So I made a promise to myself that next time I would pack a little lighter and bring more of the essentials rather than all the extras.
I have put together a list of what I need and wished I had put in the first time, for both my hospital bag and my babies nappy bag.
Being pregnant is an exciting time in your life. You get to welcome a new little bubba into the world. However sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge throughout those 9 months to stay comfortable and still do the things you love while carrying that bundle of joy.
I have recently teamed up with @fertilemind as an brand ambassador. I was super excited for this collaboration as I got to trial some goodies that made my #bumplife easier. I thought I would share with you all the products I have trialled and grown to love and why?
Christine is the founder of the Australian company, Fertile Mind. This gorgeous lady knows first hand what a growing mumma, new mumma and her baby needs to blossom as she is a mum of four herself. With her business partner Pete, they disign, manufactures and distribute, maternity accessories such as belly belt (Christine’s invention), maternity clothes, maternity tops, maternity jeans, baby carriers and breastfeeding pillows. Christine stocks some big brands you will already know and love as well as distributing her own designs.
A little under a month ago I received a very helpful maternity bundle from Fertile Mind, filled with amazing products to make my pregnancy that little bit more easier and comfortable.
I received some maternity knickers, maternity activewear tights, the belly belt (argh-MAZING), nursing every day bra (do I have to take it off) and a cute little comfort toy for Cruzie as a special thank you gift.
These Enji Fertile Mind Activewear Tights are so supportive, I have worn these maternity tights so much. Literally in the wash and back on my legs and over my bump haha. I wish I knew about buying a good pair of maternity tights like these sooner! They have a good amount of stretch in them but not to much either. They are still supportive enough to stay up during the different stages of your bump growth. I love the high waisted band as it helps to hold the bump up when exercising, perfect for low to high intensity workouts. They are the perfect style to team with your favourite active wear tops and do not scream “daggy maternity” at all. I think they will be great post birth to as they have the supportive high waist band around the stomach 10/10 from me! LOVE!
This is the Fertile Mind SuperBra, I wish I had one for every day of the week. Feels so nice on the top of my bump and is so comfortable you can sleep in it. I am still a B nearly a C cup and I love it. This is another item of clothing that ends up on me or in the wash. Different sizes available. You can also breastfeed in this bra to, so it will take you through your maternity to postpartum journey. I will probably still be wearing this baby a few years later to haha. Probably should invest in more of them . So so comfy! Highly recommend! I have read so many positive reviews on this little number! Definitely a winner in my books.
Now these little pieces of material are a blessing to all women! They extend the life of your pre pregnancy wardrobe in the pant department. So you don’t have to say goodbye to your favourite jeans just yet (unless your arse grows to big for them like mine hahaha) but I have been able to wear my favourite work pants without slipping on the horrible maternity style ones from my work (thank god). So the Fertile Mind Belly Belt is definitely something I believe would be a great investment to add to your wardrobe. Plus the Belly Belt is such a great price, it is only 24.99, which is so much cheaper than buying lots of expensive maternity pants.
The 2 Perfect Fit Maternity Knickers are super comfortable, they fit just under the bump. They have soft, broad elastic bands so they don’t leave those nasty lines behind on your tummy. I love how they don’t restrict your tummy and are perfect teamed with a belly band around your tummy for extra support.
Cruzies favourite of all from the bundle is the little comfort doggie. Perfect to help him settle for his naps. Especially when mumma is busy with the newborn. So thanks for this extra special gift for Cruz, Fertile Mind he adores it.
Thank you so much for reading. I hope you gained some useful knowledge about these amazing products to help make pregnancy a little bit easier for you all as it did for me.
Every Wednesday morning, I will be sharing a new segment on the blog and Instagram @aliceinhealthyland with you all called, #aliceloves. These blogs and Insta posts will feature some of my favourite products. Every week the flatlay will be prettied by a Brisbane Florist, @bloembee posy of fresh blooms 💐..
Jewels has been a friend of mine since the birth of Cruz. She makes delicious lactation Cookies, Bliss Balls and Granola to assist breastfeeding mummas with milk production. Trust me they are delicious and they work a treat. I munched on them throughout my entire breasfeeding journey with Cruzie. My favourite of her goodies are the lactation Bliss Balls + Granola.
Jewels has recently started creating extra breastfeeding merchandise to help the mummas breastfeeding journey, that little bit more glamorous. She has done this by sprinkling a little gold and silver glam to the the breastfeeding products. I LOVE IT! Well done Jewels!
Gold Luxe Burp Cloth
A special thank you to @bloembee for collaborating with me on this little project of mine. Bloembee provide a posy of blooms, delivered to the Brisbane area for just $30.