Baby Essentials

One of the most over whelming tasks when you’re expecting, is figuring out what you really need once the baby arrives. There are countless baby products and brands on the market and everyone has a different opinion on what works best for them and their baby.  I thought I’d share a list of products that I couldn’t live without during the first 2 months of having Max. Although the list can get a lot more extensive than this, I wanted to keep it simple and stick with the basics. Every baby is different and comes with their own set of needs, even though I found these items useful, it’s possible that other mothers had success using other brands. Please share your must-have items for newborns if you have them! Bugaboo Cameleon The Bugaboo Cameleon is definitely at the top of my list. After having a c-section, the only exercise I…

Top 5 Big Little Lies told about food

Too often we get carried away believing everything we are told. Inspired by NEON and SoHo’s upcoming show, Big Little Lies – starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley I’ve picked out five Big Little Lies in health and nutrition to expose for you guys! With all the diet and nutrition information out there, it’s not always clear how to distinguish fact from fiction. It’s healthier to eat egg whites rather than whole eggs. For years, experts believed eggs were unhealthy due to their high cholesterol levels, which is found in the yolk.  Dietary cholesterol was once thought to be the cause of unhealthy cholesterol levels so many people stuck to eating egg whites. Research has found that cholesterol in food is not the enemy, and that trans fats have a much greater effect on blood cholesterol. Eggs are a rich source of protein and nutrients including iron, zinc…

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>

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…

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