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The Baby Blues

When I got home from the hospital with Maxwell, it was one of the happiest times of my life. You are in a state of euphoria and bliss, no other feeling in the world can quite compare, I felt high on life. You spend hours just staring at your perfect baby. You are in a baby bubble that you never want to leave. After being at home for just over a week I remember always crying and feeling weepy. This was the last thing I expected and came as quite a shock. I felt completely overwhelmed and scared, suddenly the life of this tiny baby was all my responsibility.
Becoming a Mother is a HUGE life adjustment, it is a demanding 24/7 job. For the first month I felt like a milk machine, I was feeding Max every 2 hours, running on little or no sleep, some days not having time to shower, not being able to eat a proper meal or leave the house.

Before having a baby, I had never heard of the baby blues, I didn’t know anyone that had been sad after having their baby. Having a baby is meant to be the happiest time of your life, you wait 9 long months for this moment and you feel guilty that you are even experiencing those feelings of sadness. For many women it can be a very lonely and sad time. No amount of motherhood books, antenatal classes and online reading can prepare you for the explosion of emotions that come once your baby arrives.

It is estimated that up to 60-80% of new Mums experience the “baby blues” for a short time after giving birth. Symptoms of the baby blues include sadness, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, unstable emotions and feelings of being overwhelmed. After birth, there are huge hormonal adjustments in the body which may include coming down from the adrenaline high that you felt when your baby was born. When you add into the mix sleep deprivation and going through a major life change, it makes sense to have these feelings of sadness.  The good news is that the baby blues will go away within 2-3 weeks as your body adjusts. A big percentage of women experience the baby blues and just as you need time to recover physically after child birth, your hormones need time to return to normal.

Around 1 in 7 new Mums don’t feel better after a few weeks of giving birth and their symptoms can progress into postpartum depression which can be diagnosed anytime in the first two years after the baby’s birth. Postpartum depression is more than the baby blues and can become a serious matter for Mums who don’t get the help they desperately need. If your blues are persisting, and you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember to reach out to your family and know when to seek professional help to feel better. Chances are, other Mothers have gone through or are going through exactly what you are. I think it’s so important for mothers to know how common it is and that you are not alone when experiencing these feelings.

I hope this post helps other Mothers who are going through similar emotions and to know that you are not alone!

Lx

Foods that help increase milk supply

Breastfeeding can sometimes be hard enough without having to worry about your milk supply drying up or not producing enough to satisfy your baby. It can take real work to boost milk supply up to where it needs to be, but it can be done. There are certain foods that can help boost supply, here is a list of foods that worked for me.

Water:
While not a food, staying hydrated is one of the best ways to ensure you are producing enough milk. Aim to keep a bottle of water on you at all times so you can sip on it throughout the day. When Max was a newborn I would get so thirsty feeding her during the night and sometimes drink up to 1.5 litres during her night feeds alone. I found on the days when I would forget to drink water, I wouldn’t produce as much milk. Breastmilk is 88% water so staying hydrated is key!

Fenugreek:
Fenugreek is a herb that is commonly used by nursing mothers to increase milk supply. When my Mum came to visit me a few weeks after having Max she told me to start taking Fenugreek to increase my milk supply and it worked so well. Fenugreek comes as a tea, powder, tincture or pill. I use fenugreek tea and will make cups of it during the day. It can take between 24-72 hours to boost your supply. If you have asthma or certain allergies, use caution when using fenugreek.
Side note, it can make you smell like maple syrup.

Brown rice:
Brown rice is a complex carbohydrate that helps keep you full and regulates blood sugar levels. It is high in fibre and packed with nutrients that help to boost milk supply. It is easy to cook with and can be added to many dishes.

Oats:
Starting your day off with a bowl of oats is a great idea when you are trying to increase breast milk supply. Oats contains iron which could be one of the reasons why it is works so well. Other ways to enjoy oats are making oatmeal cookies, adding oats to a smoothie or making a granola that contains oats.

Spinach:
Studies have found that most dark, leafy green vegetable will help to boost milk supply. My favourites are spinach and broccoli. I try to add spinach to my morning smoothie and have broccoli cooked in coconut oil at dinner time. Dark leafy green vegetables are packed full of nutrients such an iron, calcium and vitamin C.

 Brewer’s yeast:
Brewer’s yeast is rich in B vitamins, iron, selenium, chromium and protein and is one of the most commonly used foods to boost milk supply. You can get brewer’s yeast in tablet or powder form. It is a common ingredient in lactation cookies which I love to make as, I find brewer’s yeast is hard to eat by itself.

Tip: If you think your milk supply is low, please speak to a lactation consultant as there might be other factors as to why you aren’t producing enough milk such as a poor latch.

If you have any questions or any other tips on how to increase milk supply, I would love to hear!

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation, something you cannot prepare yourself for when becoming a new parent. Babies can wake up every 1-2 hours throughout the night, leaving both parents feeling extremely exhausted. When you complain about it people will tell you how you need to sleep train your baby, stimulate your baby more throughout the day so they sleep better at night, co-sleep, don’t co-sleep, let your baby self soothe. If only it was that easy.

I’m 4 months into motherhood now and as amazing and rewarding it has been, sleep is now something of the past. Waking up multiple times throughout the night, having an unsettled baby that will only sleep in your arms, trying to squeeze in a nap during the day when the baby is asleep, only to be woken up 5 minutes later by the sound of your crying baby.

After weeks and/or months of sleepless nights, you begin to feel like a zombie. You feel run down, forgetful, anxious, emotional and bad tempered just to name a few things. Sleep deprivation can even cause you to feel resentment and detachment from your baby which inhibits in the bonding process. It can bring out the ugly in both parents, we have shorter fuses and mothers can often feel resentful if our partner pretends to fall asleep when the baby is crying. Sleep deprivation impacts your life and takes its toll on our overall wellbeing.

Im no sleep expert but here are a few tips that have helped me get through those exhausting days:

Ask for help
Too often as parents we don’t want to ask for help. We want to try and do it all and sometimes parents are ashamed to reach out. Mothers can underestimate how much help they need after having a baby, when you’re running on little sleep and recovering from child birth it is crucial to speak up. It’s hard work to raise a child and it may or may not take a village, but it certainly takes some help.
If someone offers to help and look after your baby for even an hour, take the opportunity, or better yet, give them a task to do. There is always a list of chores that need to be done such as the washing, laundry to fold, grocery shopping. You will feel so much better when these tasks are ticked off and your friend or relative will feel good about helping out.

Get out of the house
There are days when it gets to 3pm and I’m still in my pajamas, I haven’t showered yet and I’ve only managed to eat a piece of toast. The one thing I’ve tried to make a priority each day is to get out of the house. A 15-minute stroll with the baby in the fresh air and sunshine can do wonders for our mental health. Getting out and moving will help you relax, lower stress levels, and give you a dose of vitamin D which helps with our mood. Our bodies internal clock is regulated by our exposure to sunlight, this means it can trick our body into believing it should be awake even when it feels tired. I find that when my baby isn’t sleeping, a lap around the block with her in the pram will put her straight to sleep. It’s a win win!

Cut out or cut down on coffee
Drinking coffee elevates your levels of cortisol and when cortisol levels are too high you can suffer from headaches, waking up feeling exhausted, lowered immunity, low sex drive, having more energy in the evenings than the morning and feeling wired during the day. Coffee is going to give you a quick energy spike, but it is using energy stores you don’t have. Over time, you are actually causing your body to become even more exhausted.

Since having Max I actually started drinking coffee twice a week as a treat, this increased to once a day and then some days I would be having two coffees. I felt permanently wired, had trouble sleeping when I actually had the chance to get some sleep and I struggled to function in the morning until I had a coffee. I’ve started to cut right back on coffee and I’m now down to 2 a week. There are days when I feel like I could have 5 a day due to lack of sleep but I’m feeling a lot less wired, anxious and exhausted. If you don’t want to cut out coffee, aim to drink it first thing in the morning. It takes your body around 8 hours to break down the caffeine in your system which is why drinking it around lunch time or in the afternoon will affect your sleep.

Stay hydrated
Many mothers might be so tired that often eating right and staying hydrated gets forgotten. It is critical that new mothers stay well hydrated, especially if you are breast feeding. Dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches, dizziness, water retention and a poor milk supply. We should be aiming to drink around 2-2.5 litres of water each day. If you do struggle to drink enough water, drink 2 big glasses as soon as you wake up in the morning and carry a drink bottle around with you so you can sip on it throughout the day.

Eat right
When you’re feeling exhausted, cooking a nutritious meal or a meal of any kind can feel like the biggest chore. Too often when we are feeling exhausted we will reach for something sugary to give us an energy lift, only to leave us feeling more exhausted soon after. However, making the extra effort to have a healthy meal can work wonders for your energy levels. If you’re fueling your body right, it can really help you cope during the day from lack of sleep. Encourage your partner to cook more (if you’re reading this and your partner just had a baby, cook some meals!), stock up on healthy snacks such as nuts, fresh fruit, crackers and hummus or peanut butter, popcorn and hard boiled eggs. If you’re breastfeeding it is so important to be eating every couple of hours to keep up your milk supply. If you’re making dinner, cook a bigger portion so you can eat the leftovers the following day and keep snacks on you when you are out during the day, this will stop you from going to a café or bakery and picking up something that is high in sugar for a quick energy fix.

Me time
Being a mother is one of the hardest jobs and too often Mums forget to take care of themselves. For some mothers, ‘me time’ seems like a foreign concept and often we feel guilty spending time away from our children. According to a 2014 study, on average mothers gets only 17 minutes of ‘me time’ each day as she spends majority of her time looking after children.

I believe that spending at least 15 minutes per day, by yourself is vital. ‘Me time’ is not a luxury, it is necessary. Going for a walk, going to the gym, taking a hot bath or reading a book by yourself helps you feel like a person again.  It helps you stay in touch with who you are and it gives you time to breathe and reflect. When a Mum gets a break from her daily stresses she is happier, emotionally more balanced and gives her some time to re fuel her tank. Taking care of yourself is imperative and we shouldn’t feel guilty to take some ‘me time’.

Nap
Don’t underestimate the benefits of taking a 20-minute nap. As soon as you put the baby down, try and get some rest. If you can’t fall asleep, do something that will help you unwind even if it’s just lying in bed or sitting in front of the TV. One of the reasons I have started to cut down on coffee is so I’m not wired up on caffeine all day and I can actually have a 20-minute nap when I put the baby down. We need to encourage our partners to take the baby for even half an hour so we can sleep. This also includes telling visitors to go away because Mum is sleeping. It’s so beneficial for everyone if the Mum is able to have a short nap.

If you have any other tips to help with sleep deprivation, I would love to hear them.

L x

 

Baby Skincare

Trying to decide what baby skincare products to use for your baby can be overwhelming. When you go to the supermarket or pharmacy you will see countless brands and products.

When I shop for baby products I avoid products that contain chemicals, dyes and fragrances, and choose products with natural ingredients as they tend to be more gentle on a baby’s sensitive skin. I also try to buy most of my baby products from New Zealand companies so I can be sure the product is produced according to our health and safety laws, and also to support NZ made.

Babies have super soft skin, it is an average 30% thinner than adults skin which means it absorbs more of what is applied to it. It has a greater tendency to dryness, is more prone to irritation and allergies and absorbs more water. The blood brain barrier that blocks chemicals from penetrating through brain tissues is not fully developed until a baby is 6 months old. This is why I make an effort to buy baby skincare products that are as natural as possible.

Below, I’ve listed the brands of baby skincare that I’m currently using on Maxwell.

Little Skin food
You are probably familiar with the New Zealand beauty brand Skinfood, this is its first ever range for babies and young children. The products are 100% natural and certified organic. The products are affordable and are available at all good supermarkets across NZ. The range has 6 products which include Little Body Wash, Little Head Shampoo, Little Body Oil, Little Body Lotion, Little Body Powder, and Little Bottom Balm. My 2 favourites are the body wash and the bottom balm.

Dimples
Dimples Organic baby skin care products are all NZ made and are dermatologically tested on humans. The products are 100% natural, certified organic and made with organic ingredients including beeswax, cocoa butter, rosemary leaf extract, chamomile, shea butter, olive oil and Manuka honey. The range includes baby bath soak, shampoo, lotion, nappy cream and soothing balm. The products are gentle and nourishing to baby’s skin and all the products smell delicious.

Weleda
When I first had Max I began using the Weleda Nipple Cream after I had mastitis and it worked a treat. Now that Max has started teething I’m using the Weleda Baby Teething Powder on her which has been amazing, I highly recommend both of these products. I am also using some of the Weleda Calendula skincare products designed for babies, I love them because of how gentle they are on the skin and also the wide range of products. Some of my favourite products from this range include the rash relief cream, baby oil, white mallow face cream and the body lotion. 

Oamaru Apothecary
Oamaru Apothecary have created a range of skincare products called Hoheria Botanicals. This beautiful skin care range is produced by hand in small batches in Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand. The range uses plant oils, plant extracts and the highest grade essential oils which are blended to maximise the products healing benefits. The products in the baby skincare range include a baby balm, massage oil and pregnancy massage oil for mothers to be.

 Lx 

Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Melbourne

 

Melbourne is a food lover’s paradise, it has the most cafes and restaurants per capita in the world. There are no shortages of places to eat and there are enough options to last a lifetime. It is easy to see why in 2015 Melbourne was voted the most live-able city in the world. I have created my list of my favourite Vegetarian restaurants in Melbourne. To view the full list, visit Expedia.
L x

Vegie Bar
Vegie Bar
Vegie Bar
Sister of Soul
Trippy Taco
Trippy Taco

 

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 could do for 6 weeks was walk and walking every morning with the baby in this stroller was a lifesaver. Going out for a walk was a great way to get in some exercise but also helped to de stress and get some vitamin D. The Bugaboo Cameleon offers a smooth ride, has so many useful adjustments, the suspension adjusts as baby grows, you can flip the handlebar to use back wheels for terrain, the handlebar height can also be adjusted. The toddler seat can face you or the world after the first 6 months. A car seat adapter can be purchased separately to make trips to and from the car a breeze. Bugaboo provides a 3 year warranty from the original date of purchase. It is one of the pricier strollers on the market, but in my opinion it is worth the investment.

Maternity Bras
Maternity bras or nursing bras make life a whole lot easier, they are comfortable, easy to unfasten and make feeding less stressful for you and baby. I’ve made the rookie mistake a couple of times and worn a lace bra out and had both my boobs leak, only to realise once I got home. Not the best look walking around the mall with milk dripping down your top. Two brands of maternity bras I’ve loved are Hot Milk and Caden Shae. Hot Milk bras are super comfortable and they have great designs.
I live in active wear because it’s so comfortable but since having my baby I barely fit into any of my sports bras. I’ve started wearing the Caden Shae sports bras which are designed so you can nurse wearing it.  These bras allow you to still be active but also give you the freedom to feed your baby when you need to.

Haakaa Breast pump
Breastfeeding is hard work and it took me a while to get the hang of it. Something so “natural” can be so damn hard. For the first 6 weeks I was feeding every 90-120 minutes and when I wasn’t feeding, I was pumping. This breast pump cost $29 which is a huge saving compared to some of the electric ones. This pump works on suction and some days I can get up to 150 mls of milk from one let down. I had mastitis for 2 days and this breast pump saved my life. I had extremely sore engorged breasts that needed to be pumped before they exploded and the Haakaa pump got rid of the milk painlessly. Its easy to clean and simple to use.

You Simply Can’t Spoil a Newborn
I’ve mentioned this book before but I’m going to mention it again because it has truly been a lifesaver. ‘You Simply Can’t Spoil a Newborn’ by Dorothy Waide is an essential guide to nurturing your baby in the first three months. She is one of the world’s most sought after sleep consultants. This book has helped me so much! It has information about feeding, sleeping, bathing, burping, childcare, advice on managing time, relationships and emotional demands. If I ever have a “what the hell do I do” moment, I always find the answers in this book. As a first time Mum, there are days when I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing so it’s reassuring to open this book and find helpful info.

Manuka Health Breast Pads
These were recommended to me by several people when I posted about having sore nipples. I have to agree with everyone as they are amazing. These Manuka Health breast pads contain Manuka honey dressing specially made to relieve the discomfort of cracked or irritated nipples. They are reusable and can be kept in the fridge between use for extra cooling. When I had mastitis these made a world of difference. I wear these most days in my maternity bra to also stop milk leaking.

Dimples night gown
These nightgowns have made my life so much easier. When Max started sleeping for longer periods through the night, I started dressing her in these for bedtime. They made the middle of the night nappy changes quick and easy which is a bonus at 3 in the morning.The gown has a drawstring around the bottom that you pull to create a bag like closing which keeps babies feet snug and warm and it can be worm as nightwear or during the day. These night gowns are made in New Zealand from 100% merino wool. Merino has the ability to respond to changes in baby’s body temperature, keeping baby warm when the weather is cold and cool and comfortable when weather is hot. Dimples also make beautiful snuggle-sacs which mimic the snug feeling in the womb. They also allow the baby to be able to move naturally, just like they did in the womb.

Swaddles
I had no idea how many swaddles blankets you needed with a newborn, I thought I was stocked up but within the first 3 weeks I ordered more. My favourite swaddles I purchased were from Early Riser and Bondi Baby, they have a big selection of gorgeous, bright prints and are made using 100% organic cotton. These are used to help your baby feel safe and secure by wrapping them up in them. Swaddles can also be used as a feeding cover, pram cover, burp cloth, tummy time blanket, car seat cover, blanket and changing table cover. Some days I can go through four swaddles so I make sure I have some in my hand bag, baby bag and in the car.

Weleda Nipple Cream
Feeding a baby every 2 hours can leave your nipples feeling sore. The Weleda Nipple Cream helps to heal and soothe nipples. It contains Calendula and Chamomile to support the healthy renewal of tender, cracked skin. It can also be left on before breastfeeding and can be applied during the last 8 weeks of pregnancy to help prepare the nipples for breastfeeding.

Haaka Glass Bottles
Whether you are breastfeeding or forumla-feeding, you need some bottles. Even nursing mums who exclusively breastfeed need bottles. What I love about the Haaka bottles is that it is BPA, PVC, Phthalate and Lead free. They are made of borosilicate glass which is a material that is resistant to shock temperatures. It can also be easily converted to a sip cup, by applying the Haakaa range of interchangeable accessories. It is so easy to clean and it comes with an anti colic nipple which allows baby to drink continuously without gasping for air or drinking bubbles.

L x

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 and vitamin D, which are all found in the yolk.

Margarine is better for you than butter.

There has been so much debate about which is better for us, margarine or butter. During the low fat era, experts believed butter was bad for our health and recommended margarine as the healthier alternative.  Since then, it’s been suggested that margarine is less healthier than butter due to it being processed and having a base of vegetable oil, compared to butter which is a dairy based product. Butter and margarine contain almost the same amount of calories and grams of fat per tablespoon. The main difference between the two is the type of fat, which is found in them. Margarine contains trans fats, which has adverse effects on cholesterol and heart health compared to butter, which contains saturated fat. If you do use margarine, look for trans-fat free brands.

Fresh always beats frozen.

Many people believe frozen fruit and vegetables aren’t as nutritious as fresh fruit and vegetables. The truth is that frozen produce has just as many nutrients as fresh produce. Frozen produce is flash frozen shortly after being picked, this means that is retains more nutrients than if it has to travel. Fresh vegetables have often had a long journey from the moment they were picked to the time they arrive in the stores. This means they have lost some of their nutrients.

Buying frozen fruit and vegetables means that you can enjoy these foods all year round and if you’re struggling to get your daily intake of fruit and vegetables, don’t be scared to purchase frozen fruit and vegetables to add to your meals.

Low fat versions are better than the originals.

This is a very common myth and labelling foods “low fat” has found to be a very successful marketing tool. People who want to lose weight often opt for the “low fat” foods, unaware of the damage they are doing to themselves. Fat is flavour and when that is taken out of the food, it needs to be replaced by something else, manufacturers often replace this with extra sugars and sweeteners to make the food tasty. Some low fat products aren’t all bad for you but you should always read the labels when you are buying low fat products. Make sure they aren’t heavily processed or full of additives.

Eating fat will make you fat.

From a caloric standpoint, it makes sense that eating fat will make you fat, however this is not true. Fat contains 9 calories per gram, and carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram.  Many people avoid fat to try and lose weight but recent studies have found that high fat (and low carbohydrate) diets lead to more weight loss than low-fat diets.

Some fats are better for you than others, choose mono-saturated fats and polyunsaturated fats found in olive oil, nuts and fish. The fats to avoid are trans-fat which is found in processed food, fried fast food and packaged goods, these increase the risk of heart disease. if you eat a meal rich in healthy fats such as salmon, eggs and avocado, you will feel fuller faster and longer and won’t overeat. These healthy fats will help absorb vitamins A, D, E and K.

The New Zealand premiere of Big Little Lies is on SoHo on SKY 8.30pm Sunday 26 February, and it’s also available express on NEON from 27 February – if you don’t have NEON already, get started with a 30 day free trial here. 

J&L x

6 things you should never say to a pregnant woman

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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 think I had one solid nights sleep. During the first and second trimester I was up during the night with morning sickness and in the last trimester I was up going bathroom, finding something to eat, battling heartburn or finding a comfortable position to sleep in. If we could bank sleep we would, unfortunately we can’t.

Should you be eating that?
Pregnancy cravings are a mysterious thing, no woman is ever really sure why they crave certain things, but when do, you better not get in her way.

I hate that name.
One thing I learned the hard way was to never tell anyone what baby names you like. Chances are, that person will say something to you to put you off the name such as “Ohhh I used to date a guy with that name and he ended up cheating on me, you can’t name your baby that”.  UGH!

Are you sure you’re not having twins?
This is one of the most common questions pregnant women are asked. I remember I went to get my eyebrows done when I was 5 months pregnant, my bump wasn’t even that big (from what I thought). The eyebrow lady asked me if I was pregnant with twins, when I replied “no”, she asked me if I was sure. If a woman were carrying twins, she would obviously know that information.

Haven’t you had that baby yet?
The last few weeks of pregnancy feel like a lifetime. She probably can’t sleep, her back hurts, her feet are swollen and she wants the baby here more than anything. Do you really think she wants sarcastic comments from others asking if she’s still pregnant? No! If you haven’t received word that her baby’s been born, then chances are that she is not holding out any information.

Is there anything I have missed? Have you ever been on the receiving end of a pregnancy faux-pas, or made one?

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Lx

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

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Spring Spa
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East Day Spa
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Caci Clinic
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Dry & Tea
Loft Beauty Boutique
Loft Beauty Boutique
Haven
Haven

Should parents post photos of their kids online?

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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

 

 

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