Handmade with love & @willownoak

The last few days have been a little wet and rainy here in Brisbane so we have been hanging out in doors. It’s actually been nice to be stuck indoors (well sort of, I do have bit of cabin fever) as last week was Cruzie’s 2nd birthday so we have been playing with all his toys and it’s been nice watching him play with Winter Rose.

Last week I connected with the beautiful Melanie from Willow N Oak. She is one of the business owners of the beautiful store. That’s what I love about social media… the connection you have with people that you follow is so sweet and the confidence you have to start a conversation that’s can continue onto a virtual friendship. Willow N Oak is a small business ran by Melanie, Trent and Linda (the nana of the business). The clothing and majority of the wooden toys are handcrafted by the team. That’s what makes it extra special. I just ordered the most precious horse and carriage for Winter Rose for Christmas.

Melanie sent Cruzie a cute little wooden ring stacker. This ring stacker is hand made by Willow N Oak. Cruzie spent the afternoon stacking and counting. Winter Rose laid next to him smiling and cuing. It’s fascinating watching Cruz play with just one toy and it entertaining him for ages. We sat in the spare room while I packed. I set up the play mat for him and the ring stacker. He loves to count them and the stack them. He thought it was so funny when I put it upside down for him. He even had a go at throwing the rings to try and get on the stick. Bless him. Winter Rose even laid on her belly doing tummy time and was loving watching Cruzie stack the rings.

Ring Stacker – Handmade by Willow n Oak just $30. Click here to buy

Melanie kindly sent Winter Rose the most darling little playsuit too. She wore it to Cruzies birthday on Friday night on its on as it was so warm, but today was cooler so we layered it with tights and a bonnet. My Nanny Pat thought the outfit was delightful and I have to agree. It’s so well made and has the most stunning details. The lady bug floral romper featured a touch of lace around the shoulders and the middle of the romper. The quality of the romper is just divine. So well made. It has little studs at the crotch to make for a easy change of the nappy. I think I may need to keep this romper and put in Winter Rose’s keepsake box to have when she is older, I don’t think I will be able to part with it.

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Website – https://www.willownoak.com.au

What is in my toddlers lunchbox? Feat. Australian Certified Organic.

What is in my toddlers lunchbox?

 

Feat. Australian Certified Organic.

 

Packing my toddlers lunch box daily can be a bit of a challenge as Cruz (nearly 2) can like something one day and then change his mind the next and say his famous “no” to what I have on offer. So I like to mix up his lunchbox with a few different yummy goodies and options but also like to offer him some of the same foods daily even if he doesn’t eat them because tomorrow he may haha.

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Newborn Photoshoot – Celebrating our Winter Rose.

Photoshoot Captured by Jennifer Horner Photography

Hair by SarsHair Studio

Make up done by a sleep deprived mumma haha.

Gown by Eden Elizabeth Creative

Jennifer Horner is a stunning photographer from Brisbane, Queensland. She shoots maternity, newborn, family & children and motherhood sessions. I feel very lucky to have crossed paths with her. I met her during my maternity photoshoot, she was so down to earth and so easy to work with. Jennifer is an incredibly gifted woman and I am so blessed that she was able to capture some newborn photos of our darling Winter Rose.

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Tears and Tears by Brooke Meyer AKA @bouncingbackfrombirth

Tears and Tears

Written by Brooke Meyer from Bouncing Back From Birth.


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

 
The BodyICE Perineum Pad.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Ava Lola Organics – The Pregnancy Box. 

I recently received a wonderful gift box from Ava Lola Orgnaics. To my surprise it wasn’t filled with gifts for the new baby, but gifts for me? I felt oh so special and I thought to myself it is just what a tired pregnant mumma needs – some mumma metime and pampering. 

A box filled with pampering goodies for a pregnant mumma.

Inside this box of goodies was some great organic skin care products that were safe to use during pregnancy.

 It is filled some brands and products I had heard of, however some new ones that I have now became a huge fan of. It’s was great to trial all the new brands, but I loved that you received the actual size samples of the products #winning. 


I think it is such a great gift idea for any expecting mumma for her baby shower or a congratulations president, as the bubba seems to be the one that gets spoilt. You could simply just #treatyourself too haha. You totally deserve the luxe relaxing time fir yourself, especially because you are the one growing the bubba and that can take its toll on your mind and body. 

Inside The Pregnancy Box is 

Mama Body Tea Pregnancy OR Morning Wellness Tea 28 serves 

Harvest Bliss Mama & Baby Milk Bath 100g

Tiny Tonics Stretch Mark Oil 125ml

Harvest Bliss Peppermint Foot Soak 30g


Harvest Bliss Milk Bath for Mumma and Baby and Peppermint Foot Soak
Mama Body Tea Pregnancy Tea and Tiny Tonics Stretch Mark Oil

Below are some images of me using the products as I genuinely love trailing everything I am sent. I did use some of the products with Cruzie included in the relax/metime as sometimes it’s just how it is. While he played with his toys in the bath I would be relaxing my sore legs and bump. I loved  sitting back relaxing and just enjoyed watching him learn new things. Multitasking right? 

Enjoying a Milk Bath with Cruzie Poozie.

Massaging the bump 🤰

Enjoying the foot soak. It’s pure bliss 🙏🏼💕
Sipping on pregnancy tea and having a read.
 

I highly recommend The Pregnancy Box to other expecting mummas, as I used every single one of the products provided in the box, I made sure of it. Haha. Can I get another? 🙋🏼

Thank you again for taking the time to read my review on such a gorgeous  gift box. I look forward to purchasing these for my expecting mumma friends, as they all deserve a bit of pampering.


You can purchase the The Pregnancy Box or other beautiful gift boxes, for either yourself or an expecting mumma online at www.avalolaorganics.com.au.

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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

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