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6 things you should never say to a pregnant woman

Since I’ve had my baby, I can now laugh about some of the comments that people make to pregnant woman. Getting asked if you’re pregnant with twins is bad enough, but when you’re hormonal and not sleeping, the crazy does come out hearing such comments. Here are a list of things you should never say to a pregnant woman. Your baby is going to be huge. One thing that is always going through the minds of every pregnant woman is how the baby is going to evacuate the building. When someone tells you that your baby is going to be huge, your anxiety levels climb! No one wants to imagine giving birth to a three year old with a head the size of a large watermelon. Sleep now because you won’t get any when the baby gets here. This one really grinded my gears. Throughout my entire pregnancy I don’t…

Our favourite Auckland Spas

From facials and waxing to pregnancy massages, we’ve selected seven of our top spas in Auckland for the ultimate pampering session as we are often asked where our favourite places are to get beauty treatments To read our full list of Auckland Spa’s, visit Expedia. L x

Should parents post photos of their kids online?

As I approach the end of my pregnancy, something I’ve been asked a lot is whether I will include my baby in my social media posts. Often, when a baby arrives, we post pictures for the whole world to see. In fact, this generation of kids are the first in history to have their lives shared on social media before they’re old enough to even have a say. Would love to hear your opinion on why or why not you chose to share photos of your kids online. Read the full article here. L x

NZfulvic – The Best You

Trialing health products are what I could describe as being a hobby. Studying Nutrition and Naturopathy has opened me up to a world of information that I feel privileged to know, and also a responsibility to educate others on – I am lucky to do so through Julia & Libby. Libby and I get the chance to try lots of products and when NZfulvic turned up on my doorstep and I read it could help with the gut, I knew I had to try. Having battled with leaky gut a few times it is always in the back of my mind to consume nutrients that help with gut health. So what is fulvic?   Fulvic is extracted from nutrient rich soil in the South Island of New Zealand. Our soils used to be rich in fulvic acid but over time it has been stripped due to over farming and pollution.…

Travelling on a budget

For the last three months I have been using Westpac’s new app CashNav to help me keep an eye on my spending habits. CashNav is linked to your Westpac bank account and every time you make a purchase, it automatically categorises your spending into things like health, eating out, groceries and shopping so you can really see what you’re spending your money on! During these three months, I’ve had all my purchases broken down for me, which has given an insight into what my money is being spent on and what I perhaps should not be spending so much money on.  It turns out that my money is mainly being spent on food, fitness and travel, so I know that I need to make more of an effort to save in these areas. Summer is just around the corner, and that means a lot more people are going to be travelling…

Why Im not finding out the gender of my baby

Surprise! Why I decided to not find out the gender of my baby. These days with social media, smart phones and the internet, surprises in life are rare and most of the time we know a surprise before it happens. Not finding out your baby’s gender is one of the rare moments in life where you get to be surprised. Would love to hear whether you found out or waited for the surprise, and why. Lx Link to the full article> http://bit.ly/2gs5xMC

Baby Start

Baby Start is an amazing New Zealand charity that started in 2015. It was inspired by a Finnish tradition in which new born babies are given a cardboard box full of useful items to make their first few months easier. Every baby deserves an equal start in life, regardless of their home situation and times are tough for many families. The box contains clothes, toys, books, baby care products and a mattress, sheets and blanket which allows a safe sleeping space. Baby Start provides boxes to New Zealand babies that are in difficult circumstances at no cost. Anyone can purchase a box, and with each purchase buys two identical boxes, one to keep and one to give to a baby in need. This charity is working with Lead Maternity Carers to provide free boxes to give to clients that need them the most. This is at their discretion and provides…

Keeping Fit On A Budget

Over the last 2 months, I’ve been using Westpac’s new app CashNav to help me keep an eye on my spending habits. CashNav is linked to your Westpac bank accounts and every time you make a purchase, it automatically categorises your spending into things like health, eating out, groceries and shopping so you can really see what you’re spending your money on! Over this period, I’ve been able to see exactly where my money’s spent, a lot of which goes towards food, shopping and fitness. Gym memberships, trainers and fitness gear all add up and are often the first to go when spending gets tight. Some gym memberships can cost up to $150 a month and any extra fitness classes such as yoga or pilates can cost even more on top of that. With a baby on the way, I have been making a big effort to save money by…

Simple ways to spend less on food and still eat well

Over the last month, I’ve been using Westpac’s new app CashNav to keep an eye on my spending habits. CashNav is linked to your Westpac bank accounts and every time you make a purchase, it automatically categorises your spend into things like eating out, groceries and shopping so you can really see what you’re spending your money on! When it was broken down for me, I was shocked at the amount of money that was leaving my bank account each week on food. Money was being spent on going out for breakfast, coffee, smoothies, splurges at the organic supermarket and even bottles of water. So with that in mind, here are some helpful tips I am now using to make healthy eating on a tight budget easy. 1. Buy fresh produce when it’s in season and freeze it. Fresh produce is always great, but the cost can add up fast.…

Belly Oils I’m using for Pregnancy

During pregnancy your body goes through some huge changes such as a growing belly, weight gain and fluctuating hormones that can often leave the skin feeling dry and itchy. When this happens, it is common for stretch marks to appear. Although there is often no way of avoiding them no matter how much oil you rub on your belly, it is important to keep your skin nourished and hydrated. Did you know that 80% of what we apply to our skin is absorbed directly into our blood stream? When you are pregnant the chemicals that are absorbed into the bloodstream are crossed over to the placenta. This is why it is so important to be using products that do not contain chemicals such as petroleum (yes, some actually contain this horrible ingredient). When I looked at some of the pregnancy oils on the market I was shocked at the amount of…

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