Author: Mel - The Well-Planned Wife (page 1 of 17)

Whole30 – the first 15 days


I’m currently completing my first Whole30. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s a 30 day cleanse/reset that’s pretty strict – there’s no alcohol, soy, sugar, grains, dairy or legumes. So basically, a lot of meat, eggs, vegetables and fruit – a hardcore version of paleo.

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A new direction for this blog

A new direction for this blog

As you may already know, I discovered doTERRA essential oils mid-last year. They are something I’m very passionate about, however I feel like I haven’t done the best job of merging my love of oils with my personal blog – The Well Planned Wife. With the beginning of the new year, I thought this was an opportune time to get clear on my vision for both my blog and my doTERRA business, and to share this with you.

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What now? Self care (and 2018 goals)

Self care

I have this elderly lady who lives in my building, and whenever I run into her in the elevator she always gives me a random bit of life advice. Now that might sound a bit annoying, but she actually has the best advice every time. Once, years ago, she told me her motto in life was to “be a warrior, not a worrier,” which I love.

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The confidence of a toddler

toddler confidenceAah to have the confidence of a toddler. I have an almost 2 year old and after getting dressed in the morning (clothes are usually her choice) she regularly runs to the mirror and says ‘beautiful’ to her reflection.

It makes me laugh, but it’s also had me thinking recently – are kids overconfident, or are we too insecure? Is there anything wrong with telling yourself you’re beautiful every day? At what point do we go from that to judging our body, listening to the ‘mean girl’ in our head and pointing out our flaws rather than our strengths? toddler confidence

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Essential oils for: supporting your workout

Essential oils for pre- and post-workout

One of my favourite ways to use essential oils is as part of my work out routine. I might be a bit of an oil nerd, but I find it super exciting that there are natural ways to improve your performance and help recovery. While there are a bunch of oils you can use (and people respond differently to oils, which is both amazing and a little frustrating :)) these are the ones that work for me:

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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


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


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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