Essential Oils for: Sleep

Essential Oils for Sleep

I thought the best way to share some of the essential oils knowledge I’m gaining with you was to discuss the different oils that may help when you’re facing certain problems. Since starting my own doTERRA business, people most commonly ask about oils that can help support them with sleep and stress. It’s amazing how many of us are suffering from issues in one or both areas, so I thought sleep was a good place to start.

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Book Review: The Life Plan by Shannah Kennedy

The Life Plan

It’s not very often you can genuinely claim that a book changed your life, but this one actually has for me. This book is behind my decision to move to Brisbane next year (for those not in Australia, that’s an entirely different city and state to where I live now).

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Why use essential oils

doterraworkwithmealicenichollsAs I mentioned in a previous blog post, I’ve started using doTERRA essential oils this year. Introduced to them by a friend, I was looking for natural healthcare solutions for my daughter, rather than automatically turning to over the counter medication every time she got a cold (which was a lot, thanks to daycare!). This is still the main reason I use essential oils – I’ve seen first-hand that they work. However there are a lot of reasons and ways to use essential oils. If you’re on the fence about trying them for yourself, or just want to know more about what they can be used for, the below information is a good starting point.

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Review: Aaptiv cardio fitness app

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I was recently asked to trial cardio fitness app Aaptiv for 2 weeks. Aaptiv aims to replicate the experience of doing a group exercise class or having a personal trainer without the expense. You can choose from a range of workouts, including treadmill or outdoor running, HIIT, abs workouts, and prenatal and pram workouts.

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Where I’ve been

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Sorry for going quiet! It’s been a while since I’ve posted (my last post was in January!). There’s been a few reasons why, but the simple explanation is that other things in my life have taken priority. Frankly, I’m still at a bit of a loss as to how other working mums manage to keep active blogs – if you’re one, I take my hat off to you!

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Finding balance between work and motherhood

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In a true indication of how I’m struggling to find a balance between work and motherhood (and anything else), I started reading When Business Meets Baby, a relatively short book, about 8 weeks ago. I struggle to find the time to read these days! Continue reading

Seven things I’ve learnt in my first year of being a parent

seven-parenting-lessons-first-yearMy daughter turned one a week and a half ago. I can’t quite decide if it’s gone fast or slow – you know that quote “the days are long, but the years are short”? I think that pretty much sums it up! parenting lessons

A lot of the year has been a bit of a blur (I blame the lack of sleep) but I have learnt a few things along the way:

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The Lulla Doll: magical sleep aid or expensive toy?

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My daughter holding her Lulla Doll’s hand while she sleeps!

When my daughter was eight months old and still not sleeping through the night, I caved and bought a Lulla Doll. I’d heard of them before, but wasn’t desperate/sleep deprived enough the first time to get on the pre-order list for one. The next time there was a release in Australia, I attempted to jump on board. Problem was, they sold out in 24 hours and I didn’t get one in time. These dolls are popular! I wasn’t prepared to wait for the next release though, so I bought one from a store in Canada and got it shipped to Australia.

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Review: Plum Collections

plum-collectionsI was so, so excited when I was offered the opportunity to review Plum Collections clothing and sleeping bags – it came with a bunch of free items for my daughter! Please note however, that while I received some free items, I was not paid for this review and Plum did not have any control over what I published in this review.

Plum is an Australian-owned family business, based in Sydney. The first thing that struck me when I opened the package from them was the quality – the fabrics were just lovely! My daughter, who never seems to show much of an interest in what I dress her in, kept playing with her clothes (especially the dresses), so I’m guessing she was a fan too!

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Book Review: American Dream: Interviews with Industry Leading Professionals

American Dream Book Review

I was asked to review an advanced copy of American Dream: Interviews with Industry-Leading Professionals by its author, Jason Navallo. Don’t let the title throw you – it’s not just a book for Americans. It contains the transcripts of six interviews with business leaders, delving into their career history, business growth and daily habits, as well as their thoughts on success, goal setting and creating opportunities. American Dream Book Review

The six leaders came from different industries, however there were three interviews I found particularly interesting: Peter Mallouk, President and CIO of Creative Planning (a wealth management company); Scott Gerber, Principal and CEO of Gerber Group (a hospitality group) and Liz Elting, Co-Founder of TransPerfect (which offers language translation services for businesses). Although I’m sure they’re very large companies in America, I don’t actually know any of them, but their stories and advice were still interesting none the less.

Here are some of the lessons I learnt while reading this book:

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