Category: Health & Wellness (page 1 of 9)

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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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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How to make good on your goals


The toughest thing (at least for me) about being a mum is trying to achieve my own goals. I still want to do as many things as before, but I suddenly find myself with a lot less time to achieve them. When you have a child, it’s easy to put yourself last.

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Invest in the now

Invest in the now

I have been facing a pleasant conundrum in recent weeks – for the first time ever I have got a fairly decent tax return (probably the result of not working for half the year!). There are many practical things I could put it towards – the mortgage, things for our daughter, our rainy day fund (which was seriously depleted by said maternity leave). But what I really want to do is take a family holiday to Fiji! For the three years prior to having a baby we travelled regularly, but obviously we’re not quite as free as we once were. But I love travel and have been hanging out for a holiday – it’s hard to go from two overseas trips a year to none! invest in the now

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My post-baby body journey: Check in #2

This may be how my fitness journey has been going lately... it's cold out!

This may be how my fitness journey has been going lately… it’s cold out!

Way back in February, I wrote a post on how I felt about my body since the birth of my daughter. In that post I listed 12 things I was going to do to improve both my body and my mindset about it. I even did a follow up post in April sharing my progress and promising to check in monthly. Since then? Silence. Crickets. Sorry about that.

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My post-baby body journey: Check in #1

post-baby body #1
About six weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about how I felt about my body post-birth. In it, I made a list of the 12 things I’d spend the next 30 days doing. I also promised to check in with you after those 30 days and update you on how I was doing.

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