Budget Body Beauty Supplies

budget beauty supplies

Amongst the busyness of parenting, I think it's important to enjoy luxuries when you can and weave them into life. I liken them to having little holidays every day.  I enjoy using beauty products -- it's one of those little luxury -- however, I don't like to spend a lot of money on them. I've tired many different products over the years and there are three staples I use for my body that have proven to work and they are really … [Read more...]

Easy Upstyle Hair Tutorial

Easy upstyle tutorial

This is my go-to hairstyle when my hair is dirty, when I'm going out or when I don't have time to style it (but I need to go somewhere and look presentable). When I wear my hair like this, people often comment how glamorous it looks but honestly, it's just so easy to do and suitable for most med-long length hair.  It looks good with a clip or simple without any embellishment too.   Materials Hairspray Bobby … [Read more...]

Jeans I Found for the Season

Jeans and green jacket

I picked up these jeans at Target when I was there looking for swim shirts for the kids. It was an impulsive purchase and didn't even try them on beforehand.  I had little time and needed a new pair of jeans so took a gamble on them fitting/suiting.  Well, I wanted to say I'm very happy with the jeans (and they were only $10!). I had to check my receipt because I thought they must have been at least $20. I like where the waist line … [Read more...]

2014 Health & Fitness Challenge: Week 11-12 – Finish & Results

getting fit

At the beginning of this year, I started a fitness/health challenge to refine some of the goals I had already achieved.  Over the last couple of years, I've been making small sustainable changes and changing the way I think about food and exercise and by doing this challenge, it both cemented what I knew and challenged me further. First picture is before I started to make small changes to my health Second is after I started moving … [Read more...]

Win: Sacha Drake Grecian Convertible Maxi Dress

Sacha Drake Grecian Convertible Dress Review

Sponsored (S2 post) Sacha Drake Convertible Grecian Maxi Dress & Deco Knot Belt This dress is like a dream!  I absolutely adore wearing it. Rave-rave-rave.   I was introduced to Australian designer Sacha Drake back in 2011 by fellow bloggers Louisa Claire (she looks smashing in this striped dress) and Nikki from Styling You (who is looks gorgeous in the same dress).  The Sacha Drake brand was established in my … [Read more...]

2014 Health & Fitness Challenge: Week 10 – Set Backs

running on a cruise ship

It happened during the September school holidays last year.  My body felt good and I had reached a good level of fitness during the previous 8 months. I could feel the strength in my body, and so I ignored the niggles in my back, wanting to keep pushing through. Ever since I was pregnant with my son (over 6 years ago now), I've had issues with my back...and there's a fine line between minimising the chronic pain through maintaining core … [Read more...]

Hair Cut & Colour: Brown & Caramel Highlights

hair cut & colour -- dark brown with carmel highlights

I was as tired as I look in the picture below (bad lighting doesn't help). I felt a bit sick actually. This was the week before I was going away to speak at the Digital Parents Conference and trying to pull that together was huge. There is so much to organise with the children before I can go away, and I often wonder if it's worth it...until I'm there.  I always miss the kids but it's also great to immerse myself in a little project … [Read more...]

2014 Health & Fitness Challenge: Week 8-9 – Fitness

fitness

Learning to love (and do) exercise I've always enjoyed exercise to a degree. That doesn't mean I always feel like doing it though!  At different times in my life, I've found doing exercising more challenging for many different reasons, including raising young children and anxiety. It can be easy to focus on simply just doing more of it, however for sustainability and longevity in this area, I found there were mental hurdles involved for me … [Read more...]

2014 Health & Fitness Challenge: Week 7 – A Dress

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I haven't worn this dress in years! Year! So it felt awesome to wear it the other day. Whoo hoo!  In the recent years, I've made small sustainable changes to the way I think, eat and move.  Following on from that, at the start of this year, I started a challenge with my group PT instructor (Lauren from Phyzique if anyone is interested) to help me take it to another level, especially with my fresh food intake and moving past a plateau … [Read more...]

Fitness: 15 Minute Circuit (you can do at home)

I'm not sure I can do this, I thought as my legs burned beneath me and my heart threatened to explode outside my chest.  500 metres! 500 measly metres: that's all I could manage when I began training for my first 5k fun run (over a year ago now). I remember feeling depressed after walking-jogging-walking most of the route mapped out around the streets close to our home.  In that moment, there was temptation to give up. … [Read more...]

2014 Health Challenge: Week 5-6 – Keep asking Why

Clean eating - week 6

I'm doing a health challenge with my group PT instructor Lauren from Phyzique to start 2014 off.  This challenge follows five years of slow sustainable progress and you can read more about this period of my life here:  Health & Fitness - Week 1 and a follow up in my food diary in Week 2 - 4. I've just finished week 5 & 6 of this 10 week challenge and am feeling great about the increase in raw & whole foods in … [Read more...]

2014 Health Challenge (week 2 – 4)

Clean Eating - Week 3

My daughter came up to me the other day, and told me how proud she was of me: of my determination & commitment to health and fitness.  Sometimes I forget how being an example, living it out, is the best way to teach our kids, and I felt so encouraged by my daughter's words. I recently shared how my health has improved slowly over the last five years.   To kick the year off well, I'm doing a 10 week challenge with my PT, Lauren … [Read more...]

Keep on Keeping on: Health and Fitness (week 1)

before and after weight loss

Keep on Keeping on: Health and Fitness It isn't a great heading for this post and I know it.  There's a lot of noise about weight loss around these days, and much of it is sensationalised.  If I really wanted to get good click throughs to what I've written here, I probably should have titled it something like: How I Turned from a Frumpy Mummy into a Yummy Mummy or The Secret to My Weight Loss or 5 Tips to Lose … [Read more...]

Summer & Festive Fashion & Giveaway

cat eye make up

Sponsored by BIG W “It was the highlight of my day,” my husband said later that evening.  I was surprised at this comment. “Really?” I thought he was joking. “I’m serious,” he responded.  “I loved seeing you in all those outfits. “ Ha! Sweet! My gracious husband was the photographer for this post. I’m talking about festive fashion.  For me, this summer season is all about variety and I need my clothes to keep up.   There are long lazy … [Read more...]