Wednesday, 22 November 2017

How to: Stay Positive


Stay positive... everything will be ok... SO many people have said this to me.

You know what... its not just as easy as that.

Monday, 25 September 2017

DUMPING my child at daycare



Recently, I saw a post that outlined how easy it was for Mums who just "dump their toddlers at day care and go off to work for eight hours and have a break" and how hard it is to be a stay at home or work from home mum, having to look after your child whilst getting one million other things done.

HEY

No...

1. None of us have it harder than anyone else. We are all just trying to do our best and make what we believe to be the right decisions for our children. There is no wrong or right or easier or harder.

2. Let me just tell you what is involved with "dumping my toddler at day care and going off to work"

  • I work 40 hours a week, outside of those 40 hours, I also have to do all of my house work, raise, teach, tame, bath, feed and nurture a toddler and attempt to look after myself. I also study in the hopes of starting my own business so I can spend more time with my son. 
  • I went back to work when Achilles was four months old. Not because I wanted to or because I chose to... because I literally had to, to be able to feed and provide my family with shelter. 
  • Most days, I fight back tears because I don't WANT to leave him... but I HAVE to. If I want us to have any sort of successful future, I have to do this, for us. 
  • Everyday I wonder: Are they looking after him properly? Is he eating? Is he drinking? Is he happy? Is he learning?
  • I have had 23 days off with Achilles this year already. Guess how many sick days I get? SIX... Every day I cannot "dump" my son at daycare, I now don't get $200 of my pay. On top of that, I feel judged at work for taking so much time off and worry about losing my job.
It's not easy so please don't be so quick to judge someone in a situation you have never experienced.

Mums are mums... No matter if you're a working Mum, a shift worker Mum, a Defence Mum, a work from home Mum, a stay at home Mum, a single Mum or any kind of Mum. We are all, in the end Mums... we have the same title, the same job: to do the best we possibly can for our children.

Can we agree to at least tone it down on the judgement a little and maybe start empowering one another so we all feel good about our decisions instead of constantly being in fear of being judged or shamed.

STOP. LOVE.

The End! <3



Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Naked Beauty with BIOME

Biome (pronounced Bi-ome, not Bi-o-me like I originally thought)  has been one of my favourite stores for such a long time. Every time I step inside, I just get such a natural and pure feeling and there is a very good reason for that. EVERY thing in any Biome store is ethically sourced, natural and CRUELTY FREE and also from companies who make their products without exploitation to people or animals.

Recently, I was invited to attend the Biome store in Balmoral, Brisbane who had just opened their very own Naked Beauty Bar. A place to purchase natural ingredients to make your own skin care at home.



I couldn't have been more excited about this idea. I've recently transitioned to using cruelty free products only and whilst the range is big, the idea of making my own skin care excited me!

Photo from the Biome website

Photo from the Biome website

Whilst they had so many recipes to choose from, I wanted to be real with myself and I chose the most simple recipes that appealed to me and my skin. Recipes that didn't involve too many ingredients and were easy to make!

Here's what ingredients I chose:
Once they're empty, I can go back and re-fill the jars!

PINK CLAY (Click for more info)

I got pink clay because it really is an allrounder AND I can just mix it with water and it becomes a brilliant face mask. I can also mix it with the avocado oil to make it more of a hydrating mask. Pink clay is perfect for sensitive skin and will gently exfoliate and leave your skin feeling amazingly fresh and clean.

SEAWEED POWDER (Click for more info)

Seaweed powder can be used for skin, hair or even in your bath for a nice detox for your whole body. it feels so cold and fresh on the skin!

YELLOW CLAY (Click for more info)

Yellow clay has so many uses as you will read about in the link above. I found it really hard to use as a mask so I will now use this as a natural exfoliant for all over my body and face!

AVOCADO OIL 

Avocado oil is not on the website because, it could get messy with shipping but avocado oil is incredible. It can calm the skin, hydrate, prevent further skin damage and even has a slight UV protection. This can be added to a number of DIY skin care recipes.

I also picked up some raw sugar and coffee grounds so I can make my own scrubs!

Playing around with all of the masks!

I cannot wait to get creating! Have you ever made your own skin care?!

Lots of jars filled with Naked Beauty goodness!!

You can actually purchase a selection of their Naked Beauty Bar ingredients here! AND for all your DIY Skin Care recipes, Biome have a WHOLE blog dedicated to everything you can make yourself around the home HERE!

Keep smiling!

Tahana

Monday, 4 September 2017

SEPTEMBER TO DO LIST

Holy SH*T.. It is SEPTEMBER... It is SPRING! Here comes my favourite time of the year! I could not be more excited for this month!

Now, I have updated last month's post with how I did so you can click here to read the updates.

So here is my to do list for SEPTEMBER.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Baby Skin care - MUSTELA

Baby skin care - It's another thing we stress over.

Is it natural?
Is it safe?
Will it work?

Baby skin care is such an important part of the first few years. We experience everything from nappy rash, eczema, dry skin, cradle cap just to name a few.

Knowing exactly what products you need to have on hand can be difficult but Mustela have such a wide range of products that have such amazing, natural ingredients, there is something for everyone!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

My NEW morning routine



Okay so realistically, how much longer can I use the "I'm tired" excuse for not getting up early and making the most of my day? Until I became a Mum, I NEVER snoozed, not one day in my whole life! My alarm went off and I was out of bed getting shit done. Now... I'll snooze ten times before I drag my lazy ass out of bed.

Monday, 31 July 2017

August to do list...


As most of you know, July wasn't the best month of my life. So I have decided to grab August by the balls and turn everything that's happened in to a positive.


At this stage, Ben will be having Achilles each Sunday. Whilst this breaks my heart I have to spend a whole day away from Achilles, I have to see it as a positive and I now have one whole day a week to do things for me. A whole day. So.. here is what I plan to do for August to get myself back in to thinking a bit more positively!

Gym

  

Ok first things first. Whilst I kind of have less support, this whole thing has made me realise how little I have actually done for myself over the past 16 months. And whilst it was all for my son, I need to start doing things I love again. I have still been paying for (and not using) my Goodlife gym membership. I have just discovered they have a creche on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons until 7pm. PERFECT. I will be there. I will also go Saturday mornings when the creche is open and now I have Sundays to go as well. I also recently purchased some Booty Bands from The Bod so I can do lots of home workouts as well.

Update: As per usual, I didn't go as often as I wanted to, mainly because of work. However, I did do a lot more home workouts and I'm currently setting up a whole space dedicated to working out at home! STAY TUNED!

 
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