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

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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Finding balance between work and motherhood

work and motherhood

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?


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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