The night time routine that changed it all

The night time routine that changed it all

Whilst we were away on holiday, without the children, we had time to do a lot of things, including of course… talk about our children!  We spoke about how much we love them and how much we miss them.  What we also spoke about was how disappointed we were in our current night-time routine and the changes we could implement for the better.  From the day Ari and Chloe were born I had always prided in a stellar routine.  Yes, I was a routine mum, and I honoured that routine like my life depended on it.  As a result, I had babies and toddlers who slept well, fed well, and I generally knew what we were going to do at each moment of each day.  You guess it, spontaneity is not my strong point!  Though in recent months I had let our routine slip… And now I was paying the price. Poor is at the dinner table, late nights and battling with getting children to bed.  All because I had been too busy to stay on top of the routine that we had previously put in place.  Having time away from the children made me realise how much I appreciated my routine of the past, and the way that it had fit seamlessly into our lives.  So, it was time to make a change… Since getting back from holiday and implementing our routine we have had such success with getting the children to sleep on time, and reclaiming moments as a couple and as a singular people in those night time hours. So, I wanted to share our bedtime routine with you in the hopes that it might help someone in the same situation that we were in.

Daytime – First of all a good night time routine begins with the day time.  Our children wake at about 6.30 to 7 am which means that Chloe’s naptime must happen from 12 until two, or at worst from one until three.  She still needs two hours sleep a day or she gets cranky in the afternoon.  So, for her nap she must be awake by 3 pm in order to go to bed nicely in the evening.  I organise to have lunch ready and her eating by 11 o’clock so she’s got time to enjoy the meal and digest her food before going to bed.

TV Time – We had found that our children had started to watch too much TV, they were asking for it all of the time especially in the evening and this was dragging out at bedtime.  We decided that we would no longer have the TV on during our mornings or days, and it could only be watched at night time for 20 minutes.  For us this is more than enough TV and has created a happy balance where the children look forward to watching a TV show of an evening.  This is except for Ari watching a Disney movie once a week when Chloe is asleep and he’s home.

Night time – 5.30pm – At this time we all sit down to have dinner together. Prior to implementing the routine, we were having the children eat their meals in front of their TV on their own table, whilst I walked around the house doing chores.  As much as I valued this time for getting things done it just wasn’t working.  They were spilling food, things were going all over the floor, they were very distracted and not eating properly, and I often look over and they would be jumping on the couch!  It wasn’t until I started implementing eating dinner at the table as a family that I realise how important it is. Now we have conversations, we talk about our day, the good and the bad parts of it.  They eat their food, they use their manners. They must ask to leave the table when they’re finished and then go straight to wash their hands.  We also get them to be involved in setting the table for dinner.

6pm – At this time they chose a TV show to watch together while I tidy up the table. 

6.30pm – We start bath or shower time, which is quick as we don’t want to waste water and they would drag it out if they could.

6.35pm – We dress them, and they get to choose a book each to read for the evening.  We have a huge library of books to pick from, and I try to mix it up, but there are favourites.

6.45pm – At this time we get them to go to the toilet and we brush their teeth and comb their hair.  Then we start to wind down with either a massage or a back tickle.  We make sure that we aren’t in the room when either of them falls asleep as we want to have them independently falling asleep completely by themselves.  Otherwise we find this creates a bad habit, and they continue to want us into their room as they drift off.  My favourite part of the night time routine is when I jump into Chloe’s cot to give her kisses and cuddles and we talk about our day.

7pm – By this time both children should be asleep.  Of course, sometimes this does drag out, but I find it as long as we stay on top of it then we don’t have any issues.  Now we get to enjoy our evening together, perhaps do a little bit of work or do something for ourselves.

I find the most important thing with a night timer routine is to stay consistent.  Do the same thing every night and don’t stray from it.  Especially with Chloe, if you give her an inch, she will take a mile, so to speak.  So, we have them sleep with the same teddies every night, sing the same songs etc.  Of course, we do all sorts of new things in the day, but at night we keep it simple. 

I hope that this blog post has helped you in some way if you are struggling with your own routine. If you have any questions, please reach out to me on Instagram.

Enjoy!

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Everything you need to know about the Bubs IMPROVED Australian Goat Milk Formulation

Everything you need to know about the Bubs IMPROVED Australian Goat Milk Formulation

Bubs Australia has a NEW and IMPROVED Goat Milk Formulation and couldn’t wait to tell you all about it.  We’ve been apart of the Bubs Australia ‘family’ for over two years now, and I have always been extremely honest in my reviews for this incredible Australian company.  In fact you may have seen my recent blog post Everything we love about Bubs Australia Toddler Goat Milk.

Bubs sell three stages of milk product.  Stage One is suitable from birth to six months, stage two is perfect for up to 12 months of age, and stage three from 12 months up to 36 months.  All of the stages of milk products are fantastic at naturally supporting gentle digestion, particularly for littles one with sensitive tummies.   Bubs Premium Australian Goat Milk formulation contains DHA (so important!) and ARA from plants for improved tastes.

So what’s makes the new formulation of Bubs even better? 

Bubs are known to continually strive to improve their products by always staying up to date with the latest industry best practices.  All three of their Goat Milk Stages now include MORE Omega 3 (DHA), Omega 6 (ARA), and Prebiotics (GOS).

They have also adopted a single step process, whereby the farm-fresh goat milk and other enriching ingredients are combined in an efficient and time-saving way.  This provides a better taste and enables the Formula to be delivered to their customers faster.

On top of these new improvements there are so many other reasons why I choose to give Chloe Bubs Australia Toddler Goat Milk.

  • Bubs is the only Goat Formula that’s made in Australia using Australian goat milk!
  • It is made with fresh goat’s milk.
  • They use only the best ingredients.
  • It is naturally easy for the body to break down.
  • It’s certified organic.

Bubs Australia don’t just provide exceptional quality Goat milk products, they have a whole range of organic products available, from baby formula to cereals, food pouches and rusks.  Ari and Chloe have tried them all and as a Mum I highly recommend them.

You can read more about my ‘love affair’ with Bubs Australia here…
BUBS AUSTRALIA SNACK RANGE
EVERYTHING WE LOVE ABOUT BUBS AUSTRALIA TODDLER GOAT MILK
TRAVELLING WITH KIDS FEATURING BUBS AUSTRALIA
THE FINAL FEED FEATURING BUBS AUSTRALIA

Bubs Australia products can be purchased from Coles, Chemist Warehouse, Woolworths and online here.  For more information on the Bubs Australia range visit their website or Instagram.

As always please remember that I am not a midwife, lactation consult, nutritionist, doctor or any other medical expert.  I am just a Mother expressing her journey and opinions.  Thank you to Bubs Australia for sponsoring this blog post so that I can share one of my very favourite products with you.  My opinion is of course and always is my own.  #BUBSPARTNER

EVERYTHING WE LOVE ABOUT BUBS AUSTRALIA TODDLER GOAT MILK

EVERYTHING WE LOVE ABOUT BUBS AUSTRALIA TODDLER GOAT MILK

It is no secret that I am a huge, long term fan of Bubs Toddler Goat Milk.  I weaned Ari onto it when he was 12 months old, and Chloe also started to drink it from the same age.  I took a very gentle weaning approach for both of my little loves, having mix fed Ari with breastmilk from 12 to 15 months, then exclusively onto Bubs Australia.  For Chloe I mix fed from 12 months to two years old.  Each child is different but for us I found it to be the perfect way. A journey that created a balance between not pushing them to wean and giving me the flexibility of not solely relying on my breastmilk.  (Bubs Toddler Goat Milk is suitable from 12 moths plus.)

With the decision to wean, came the decision of what to wean them onto.  This is not something that I considered lightly.  With so many options of products available it didn’t take long for me to feel completely overwhelmed.  To honest there was so much out there that I would never put through their precious digestive systems.

Bubs Toddler Goat Milk was and still is the clear winner for us.  It was founded in Australia by a Mother of three who wanted exactly what I want for my children… what is best for her bubs.  What Mum doesn’t want the very best for her child?  Made from whole goat milk and goat whey protein, within Bubs Toddler Goat Milk you can find a balanced daily intake of essential fatty acids, vitamins, prebiotics and other beneficial nutrients needed to support a healthy growing body. Bubs Toddler Goat Milk is produced in the beautiful Victorian countryside, and is the only Australian made Toddler Goat Milk sold in Australian Supermarkets.  Perfectly made for growing children to help to support their immune system, growth and development.

I have been blessed by the fact the neither Ari nor Chloe have any dietary intolerances, however Bubs can be the perfect solution to issues related to digestion.  Some of the symptoms of digestive issues that can be repaired by simple switching to goat’s milk include, cow milk protein intolerances/sensitivity, wind, bloating, constipation, colic, diarrhoea and regurgitation.  In fact, because it is so gentle and nourishing, Bubs can even help even help with mucus congestion and skin conditions like inflammation, rashes and eczema.

I have recommended Bubs to countless people who has subsequently asked me, “What is the difference between cow’s milk and goats’ milk.”  To put it short, goats’ milk is just easier for the body to digest.  The harder a child’s body must work to breakdown milk sources and food the more stress is put on bodily systems, and nutrients are absorbed much slower.  The Bubs Australia website is full of information on why goats milk is such a great choice, so I highly recommend having a look here.

I have previously written two blog posts about the Bubs Australia products, The Final Feed which talks about our weaning journey, and Traveling with Kids featuring Bubs Australia, which gives a really great run through of all the benefits to travelling with Bubs Australia products.

There is a huge range of products under Bubs Australia from baby formula to cereals, food pouches and rusks.  Ari and Chloe have both tried them all throughout various stages and they love them!

Bubs Australia products can be purchased from Coles, Chemist Warehouse, Woolworths and online here.  For more information on the Bubs Australia range visit their website or Instagram.

As always please remember that I am not a midwife, lactation consult, nutritionist, doctor or any other medical expert.  I am just a Mother expressing her journey and opinions.  Thank you to Bubs Australia for sponsoring this blog post so that I can share one of my very favourite products with you.  My opinion is of course and always is my own.  #BUBSPARTNER

Note – Chloe’s gorgeous outfit in these images is from My Riser.

Lots of love!

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As always please remember that I am not a midwife, lactation consult, nutritionist, doctor or any other medical expert.  I am just a Mother expressing her journey and opinions.  Thank you to Bubs Australia for sponsoring this blog post so that I can share one of my very favourite products with you.  My opinion is of course and always is my own.  #BUBSPARTNER

 

Bubs Australia – NEW Snack Range

Bubs Australia – NEW Snack Range

The news is out… Bubs Australia has a brand new range of wholesome, ACO certified organic and totally tasty snacks, and I know two little loves who are ecstatic about this delicious news!!

Bubs have long been known for their incredible organic products.  Their Goat Milk Formulae alone is available in it’s various stages for children aged  0-36 months.  Both Ari and Chloe have enjoyed Bubs Australia Toddler Goat Milk from the age of 12 months old, I mix fed them both at first as we were still bring breastfeed, and then eventually moved to exclusive Goat Milk.  When they were 4 months old I began to introduce solids into their diets, with the first food they both ate being Bubs Rice Cereal.  At closer to 6 months old I started to introduce Bubs ranges of porridge, oats and baby food pouches.   Another Bubs product that I have found fantastic is the Toothy Rusks, which is especially great for busy hands and teething.

Everything that Bubs stands for  resonates with me as a Mother.  The company was founded in 2006 by a Mother of 3 children, who wanted the best premium organic baby food to be available for children and their mothers to enjoy.  The Bubs product line has grown over the years but their beautiful family values remain the same.

I am so excited about this new snack range and the fact that it is so readily available at Coles, Chemist Warehouse and on the Bubs website.

Here is a look at the beautiful new products which your little ones can enjoy…

Little Fingers (Broccoli & Pumpkin)
A delicious duo of organic vegetables baked into breadsticks, the little fingers are a great snack for babies starting on solid food.  They are baked not fried and use organic wheat flour and extra virgin olive oil.
They have no added sugar, no artificial colours or flavours, and are GMO free. 
Recommended for babies 12 months plus.

Little Fingers (Tomato)
Hearty ruby-red organic tomatoes baked into breadsticks. The Little Fingers are a great meal addition or snack for babies starting on solids, they’re a little crunch of savoury goodness.
They have no added sugar, no artificial colours or flavours, and are GMO free. Recommended for babies 12 months plus.

Little Rollies (Coconut)
This sweet snack is certified organic goodness.  Ancient grain millet rolls, that are filled with temptingly tropical filling of soft coconut.  For hungry bubs that have graduate to solid food they’re irresistible.
ACO Certified Organic.
Recommended for babies 12 months plus.

Little Rollies (Hazelnut)
Deliciously sweet snacks bursting with certified organic goodness.  Vanilla-flavoured organic rice flour rolls with a mouth-watering soft filling of organic hazelnut.
Recommended for babies 12 months plus.

Smiley Squares (Pear & Beetroot)
Premium snacks bursting with certified organic goodness.  Bite-sized squares baked from four organic flours – buckwheat, rice, and the ‘ancient grains’ of millet and amaranth, with organic pear and beetroot.  Sweet and savoury, and deliciously nutritious.
Recommended for babies 7 months plus.

Smiley Squares (Mango & Purple Carrot)
Bite-sized, organic, wafer squares baked from four organic flours – buckwheat, rice, and the ‘ancient grains’ of millet and amaranth, with tropical mango and purple carrot, that’s a sweet and savoury delight.
Recommended for babies 7 months plus.

Tiddly Bar (Plum & Goji)
A premium fruit and cereal snack bursting with certified organic wholesomeness.  A harvest of organic plum, apple, and goji berries, mixed with a crunch of rice and quinoa, and organic agave fibre.  They may be small in size, but Bubs’ Tiddly Bar is big in essential nutrition.
Recommended for babies 12 months plus.

Remember you can find all of these delicious snacks at Coles, Chemist Warehouse and on the Bubs website.  

For more information on the Bubs Australia range visit their website or Instagram.

As always please remember that I am not a midwife, lactation consult, nutritionist, doctor or any other medical expert.  I am just a Mother expressing her journey and opinions.  Thank you to Bubs Australia for sponsoring this blog post so that I can share one of my very favourite products with you.  My opinion is of course and always is my own.  #bubsbaby #bubsaustralia #bubssnacks #bubspartner

 

CAPTURING & SHARING MOMENTS FEATURING MOMATU

CAPTURING & SHARING MOMENTS FEATURING MOMATU

Are you like me?  You have 30,000 photos stored on your phone just sitting there doing nothing.  Nobody views, admires, shares or prints them.  Precious moments and memories just wasting away, and then you drop your phone, misplace it or it is stolen.

The other day my Mother asked me to send her some photos of the children over the last few years, and I just knew that this was going to take me forever to organise.  I had no systems or files on my phone, no organisation at all.   The process of scrolling through 30,000 photos on my phone, looking at other devices and even photo albums, gave me a headache.  Not to mention it chewed up a huge chunk of my time when I am already such a time poor Mother.   I thought, surely in this day and age sharing our special moments should be less complex and more time efficient.

Momatu is an app that you can download onto your phone enabling you to easily capture, sort and share life’s precious moments in a way like never before.  Through using this service, you can co create and share a digital timeline with others, by providing them with an enjoyable way to ‘organise the past, capture the now and create tomorrow’s history together.’

‘The best moments happen in the blink of an eye but leave a lasting impression on our lives. Capture, share and enjoy each and every moment that matters to you, with Momatu.’  This resonates with me so much, and I’m sure that it does with you!

There are several different elements to the Momatu app.  These include:
Photos and videos – You can take them within the app of add them from your phone’s library,  after they can be assigned to a timeline.  I have personally made one for Chloe’s first two years of year life.
Journal – Entries can be added allowing more layers to your timeline, like notes on special parties or important days.
Milestones – Words can be added to images and videos allowing you to record important moments like your baby’s first tooth or the moment they walked.
Quotes – Records things like first words, moments of expressed joy or loving times by adding quotes to your images and videos.

Once you have created your beautiful timeline full of photos, videos, journal entries, milestones and quotes, you are able to share it with your family and friends.  Only the people you have selected are able to see your timeline and it can be added to, keeping everyone you love up to date with the important moments in your children’s lives.  No one will ever need to ask you to send that important photo again!

Not only is Momatu a ground-breaking private sharing platform, but you can also bring your images and timeline to life by ordering products like prints, photo books, calendars and mugs.

As I mentioned before, prior to Momatu I was dreadful at organising the 30,000 photos stored on my phone.  Hardly any of these gorgeous moments and images had been printed.   I mean I’ve have been married for seven years and still don’t even have a wedding album!  The fact that I can regularly add my favourite photos and most important memories into each of our children’s timelines on the Momatu app is a total game changer for the way I store, mange, share and view them.

Recently for Chloe’s second birthday I gifted her a photobook version of the timeline that I had created for her in Momatu.  The process was simple, easy and efficient because I have been building on her timeline over time.  Now at night before bed we look at the photos in her book and discuss those special moments, like her first outing, our favourite holiday and her first food.  As much as we love to read story books, Chloe gets so much joy from seeing photos of herself and her own family.

Nailing your family photos

It’s no secret that I love family photos.  To me they are a memory that lasts a lifetime, and I just love capturing as many moments as possible on camera and film.  I am often asked how I manage to pull off stunning family images with busy children in them.  So here are my top ten tips for nailing your family photos whether with a photographer or ones you take yourself.

  1. Plan your shoot in advance and go into it with a clear vision.  Think about how you would like the photos to look and feel.
  2. Bring props for the children e.g. sweet treats and toys.  Things that they are naturally interested in but are also in theme with your shoot style (colours, location, vibe etc.)  It all needs to make sense.
  3. Be prepared by packing a backpack full of snacks, water, sun cream and mozzie spray.
  4. You may need to relax your daily routine for the day of the shoot.  For example, if I have a photoshoot that I know will keep my littles up until later that night, I always push their lunch nap back a bit so that they don’t get over tired later.
  5. Feed hungry bellies before you start unless food is a part of your prop plan.  The last thing you need is someone wanting a full dinner 5 minutes in.
  6. For babies it’s helpful to bring along a squeaky toy that can dangled from the front of the camera, then pressed to get his/her focus.
  7. Don’t give up if someone isn’t happy.   If the baby is having a few tears don’t just call it a day, try moving position or using a distraction.  We all know that tiny whinges normally turn into goofy smiles.
  • Consider child placement.  For busy toddlers try safely using things like stools and chairs to place them in position that they are less likely to run from.
  1. Bring multiple changes of clothes for the whole family.  Not just so that you have options for the shoot but in case there are any accidents.
  2. Let yourself relax into it.  Often for the first few photos everyone is feeling very uptight, but by the end of the shoot they are having a hoot.  I find the images achieved get progressively better as the shoot goes on, so don’t rush off too quickly too!

A special offer for my followers

Momatu is a product they I highly recommend, and I would love to gift you with an exclusive code offering you 15% off of your first order.  Code – off15

To download the Momatu app click here and to visit their webite click here.

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GET READY FOR SCHOOL AUSTRALIA

GET READY FOR SCHOOL AUSTRALIA

When it comes to decision making as a parent, I have found one area harder then any other….  How do I educate my child?  This questions goes over and over in my head in various forms, it is constant.  I feel the weight of their lives on my shoulders, as I ponder the decisions that I will have to make for THEIR futures.  Imagine that, the gravity of it.  Questions like, should I put them in day care?  Shouldn’t I?  Which school?  Public or private?  What do I need to do to get them ready for school?  Will they cope emotionally?  Have I prepared them enough?  More recently I have been thinking about Ari starting school as 2020 is creeping up on us. Whilst giving my babies an early life full of love, laughter and play it has become very clear that it is also important to me that I prepare them for when they are received by another educator, their school teacher.  I know for certain that I will cry because that is the weight and concern that parents hold.  I also know for certain that I will have the confidence knowing that I have done everything I can to make sure that Ari feels prepared and ready for school.

Get Ready For School Australia is an incredible resource kit perfect for parents, like me, who want to give their children a foot in the door when heading into formal education   It was designed and worded for Australian families and is perfect for ages 3-5 years old.  (Though Chloe even joins in on some of the activities at age one!)  It isn’t a ‘heavy’ material at all, but rather promotes engagement, play, family time and learning activities in a very natural way.  The thing that I like best about the GRFSA pack is that it takes the guesswork out of school-readiness.  Before we received ours, I found that I didn’t know where to start or what to do with teaching Ari school based learning at home.  I’m not a teacher so it wasn’t natural for me to know how to teach things like spelling his own name, or recognising the way that sentences are formed.  I used to be totally freaked out about how I was going to teach him all of these things and prepare him for school so that he could walk in confidently.   The program in this pack is aligned with the Australian Curriculum, even down to the Australian School Fonts that are used.  As it has been written by Australia families I find it extremely easy to use and honestly enjoy it.  I feel proud of him for learning, and proud of myself for teaching him.  Best of all it gives us both direction.  Ari loves his Get Ready For School Australia Kit, and I found that literally the day we started using it he was more observant in his everyday life.  Noticing letters on street signs, the way that I would say things to him, and of course he’s now asking even more questions!

The pack contains everything needed to prepare –
Here it is!
– Parent activity guide book: How To Get Your Child Ready For English
– Parent activity guide book: How To Get Your Child Ready For Maths
– Parent activity guide book: How To Get Your Child Ready For Science
– Forming Numerals workbook (for children)  in your State’s writing font
– Exploring Letters and Sounds workbook (for children) in your State’s writing font
– Early Learning Sticker Chart
– Personalised name writing set (first name only) in your State’s writing font
– 90 stickers to use with your Early Learning Chart
– 1 Micador Early Start Markers

You can find more information regarding Get Ready For School Australia on their website and through Instagram.

Don’t forget to use my discount code SWEETIFE for $20 off the complete kit and free shipping!

Lastly I would like to  note that this is in no way a paid collaboration.  I was kindly gifted our kit to try and I have found it to be beneficial that I wanted to recommend it to you!

FROM THE MOMENT YOU BECOME PREGNANT EVERYTHING CHANGES, FEATURING CANDLE GIFTS

FROM THE MOMENT YOU BECOME PREGNANT EVERYTHING CHANGES, FEATURING CANDLE GIFTS

From the moment you become pregnant, everything changes.  You start to care so deeply for that little bundle growing inside of you, the little bundle you haven’t even met yet.  New feelings are evoked and by the time your little one is born you begin to care more about it then you do about yourself.  As the years roll by this sentiment doesn’t change,  you live for yourself of course, but you live for your children so much more.  You are living to see them smile, to ensure that they aren’t in pain, to make sure that they are always happy.  A Mother’s job is limitless and never ending.  Even when you are apart from your children  your thoughts are always with them.

While it seems to me that the destiny of a Mother is to always put her families’ needs above her own, I believe that it is important to make sure that we don’t loose sight of our own self care.  The saying ‘You cannot take care of someone else if you are not caring for yourself’ rings true for all Mums.

Self care doesn’t have to be caring for yourself in the physical sense like waxing your legs or going to  get your hair done.  Above anything else it simply means to allow yourself time to do whatever it is that YOU enjoy.  If you have been waiting for someone to give you permission to take that free time then this is it!  I want to encourage you to take the time for yourself, to go for that walk, sit quietly alone, or if getting your legs waxed or doing your hair is your thing then do that!  Banish the Mum guilt that is often associated with taking time for yourself.  Putting your best self forward requires intentional choices for busy Mothers, even if that means stepping outside of your comfort zone and putting yourself first from time to time.  It is possible to feel healthy, feelgreat, and live a joyful life, all while juggling a family and possibly a career.  The key is to intentionally make that time for yourself through purposeful choices.  The simple truth is that you cannot neglect self care!

But how do you do it?  How to you manage self care and fit it back into your life?  For me I like to give myself a mini spa.  By doing this at home I find there is a greater likelihood that it will actually happen!  I am able to squeeze it in during lunch nap or when the children are in bed.  I run a nice warm bath with bath salts, light a candle and put some music on… bliss!  You might be thinking “I don’t have time for that,” but you do, you have to prioritise it. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself and enjoy a moment of peace alone.  Put yourself back on your to do list.

Recently I was lucky enough to choose some products from Candle Gifts and wanted to share my top picks with you.  I’ll be using these for my next ‘Self Care Mini Spa.’
(All products are linked below.)
Peppermint Grove Bath Salts
Cloud 9 Jar Candle
Peppermint Grove Soy Candle
Ecoya Hand and Body Lotion
Napli Beach Soap
Peppermint Grove Hand and Body Wash

A note on Candle Gifts –
Candle Gifts are an Australia company located in Victoria.  Their website is full of self care options and gifts that can be delivered direct to your door.  They have the  largest and most diverse range of candles in Australia with the majority of their candles, melts, hand creams and essential oils being made here.  When you’re on their site buying something to  implement into your self care routine, why not get your Christmas shopping done too, click here and use the code SWEETLIFE5 for 5% off and free shipping!

10 OTHER IDEAS FOR ACHEIVING SELF CARE –
1. Squeeze in lunch with your friends.
2. Go for a walk before your partner goes to work in the morning.
3. If you work in an office take your lunch outside and sit on the grass.
4. Go to bed half an hour earlier and read.
5. Stay connected with yourself by pursuing a hobby.
6. Wake up half an hour before your kids and enjoy some me time.
7. Schedule me time in your calendar, this will hold you accountable.
8. Take it in turns with a friend to look after each others baby for a couple of hours each week so that each of you gets some free time.
9. Make yourself a healthy meal that you love.
10. Look in the mirror and tell yourself how awesome you are.

Details –
Images taken on the beach – Laine Tribes
My make up – Jenna Turner
My dress – Piper and Me
My Hat – Seed Heritage
Chloe’s Dress – Piper and Me
Chloe’s Hat – Fini the Label
Ari’s Suit – Millk
Beach Bag – Adorne

A big thank you to Candle Gifts for sponsoring this post and supporting Mamas like me in their self care journey.

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