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!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

How to be a single mum


No.. seriously... how?!

Is there a club I join now? Can someone please induct me because I have no idea what I am doing here and I am literally going in blind.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Five tips on surviving a long distance relationship

For those of you who don't know, Ben and I started our relationship in different states. He was in Albury, I was in Brisbane and it was a REALLY hard yet REALLY beautiful way to start our relationship. It actually started this day exactly three years ago (12 July)!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Why I Don't Want My Baby to "Self Settle"



My son is 15 months old and still needs me to put him to sleep and I LOVE THAT.

I have never understood the idea behind self settling and teaching babies to fall asleep on their own, especially when they're so young and don't have the ability to understand why.

Friday, 16 June 2017

One in Three...


I have thought for days on end about whether I should post this or not and with the encouragement of those I love and those that were there for me through this, I have decided to because if I can help just one person feel okay, I will be happy.

February 14, 2013. Its Valentine's Day and I'm on my way to do the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my entire life.

I'm on my way to terminate an accidental pregnancy.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

8 Mums you MUST be following on Instagram


I'm pretty picky with my mummy bloggers mainly because some of them can come across like they're sharing their lives for all of the wrong reasons or they're just not relatable but these 10 lovely women are the most genuine you'll find on insta! They're all amazing, helpful, inspiring and have Instagram feeds full of real life mum moments mixed with those perfect instaworthy photos we all lust for!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

June to do list ...


As usual, I have updated my May list with how I went which you can read here! I actually did really well in May and I already feel the difference just from making small changes and being more motivated.


Here's the plan for JUNE!

Monday, 5 June 2017

Why I joined F45


If you have been following my "postpartum" fitness journey for a while now, you will know I have struggled quite a bit to get my gym groove back. I say "postpartum" because I'm not sure if you can call it that after a certain point haha.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

REBLOGGED: My Birth Story



When I first posted this piece, I actually wasn't a mummy blogger, the majority of my followers were beauty based. I've been on the mumma blogger scene for a while now and I'm sure most of my mumma followers actually missed this! Birth stories are one of my favourite things to read so I hope you enjoy reading all about mine!!

Friday, 12 May 2017

May to do list


This is super late but too be honest I still feel like I'm back in April...which was a super fail month goals wise by the way. I have updated my to do list from April with updates which you can read here.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

** Honest review - Bib and Spoon Baby Meals Delivered


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When I first heard about the existence of Bib and Spoon via @aliceinhealthyland on Instagram, I couldn't have been more excited. Since returning to work full time pretty much the second Achilles started on solids, I dreamed of a baby food delivery service here in Brisbane and now it's here!!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

SEPHORA CHERMSIDE OPENING & HAUL


It has been a really long while since I have done a beauty post! I try to keep up with my @tahanalee Instagram with photos of pretty make up and skin care but I often don't find the time to sit down and write about it all lately.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Monday, 17 April 2017

The Australian Activewear line you NEED in your life


Morning read...SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS! ♡ . Fifteen Small Steps to Happiness: . 1. Push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise. . 2. Push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable. . 3. Erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it. . 4. Get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else. . 5. Stretch. Start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything. . 6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice. . (Continued in comment section below)
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I started following Lisa Trujillo on instagram when my good mumma blogger friend Steph from @justanothermummyblog started modelling her activewear. I was immeditaely drawn to her page after seeing how great her activewear looked on Steph!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Achilles' Cake Smash Photos - One Moment One Time Photography

 When Achilles was born, Ben and I still weren't in an amazing place financially. After leaving the Army through medical discharge when I was just 8 weeks pregnant, Ben found it really hard to find a job he could perform with his medical conditions (the worse knees ever!). So we couldn't afford a newborn photo shoot even though it was something I dreamed of having, we just couldn't afford it.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Thursday, 23 March 2017

LUSH EASTER COLLECTION

Available from TODAY March 23 until April 27 (although I am sure they will sell out before then) the 2017 LUSH Cosmetics Easter Collection.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

HOW TO Read Nutrition Labels


Nutrition labels are THE most important thing to you when you are either in the grocery store or when you are planning your meals for the week.

You would be surprised the amount of  people who have no idea what they mean or how to read them or think they know how to read them but have their information wrong.

I'm here to help!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

8 week challenge - 4 weeks down



I feel like I haven't actually put enough effort in to the last two weeks. I am still not making enough time for myself to be able to work out in order to get the results I want. I MUST get better at this. I must start being okay with taking time for me!

Friday, 10 March 2017

MARCH To do List:


I've decided to make another monthly post and see what you guys think.

We all have daily to do lists but I wanted to start a monthly one. A list of goals I want to achieve during the month. Just a list to keep me accountable and ensure my mind is in the right space for achieving what I want.

Monday, 6 March 2017

**Honest review - YouFoodz

Their website is full of beautifully photographed food that will make your mouth water! I had extremely high hopes when I placed my first YouFoodz order. I hadn't ever tried one of their meals but I had only heard good things from influencers online. They even have Tanya Hennessy on board now.

I posted a little haul on my insta story when they arrived (which I stupidly didn't save) and went through everything I got. I've decided to review each meal we got individually because there were some good points and some not so good points.

Between Ben and I and having an extremely busy weekend, we managed to finish all six meals and four snacks by Sunday night.

Being fans of honesty over fake praise, we decided to share our UNFILTERED, IMMEDIATE thoughts on the YouFoodz meals. Keep in mind, Ben was not overly impressed, and I've written down what he was yelling about as he tried them. You have been warned haha.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Life in... February



I feel like nothing even happened in February it went so fast!

I have been so incredibly busy with work, Achilles, organising our new house and TRYING to keep up with this blogging thing.

Monday, 27 February 2017

8 Week Challenge Update (the first two weeks)


Firstly I just wanted to say thank you so much to all of you for the support and encouragement I have received after my last post (if you missed it, you can read it here)! It means so much to me and has definitely motivated me to try even harder.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Dear Me... Dear depressed, unmotivated, unhealthy me... It's time to change!


This body is not the result of pregnancy or child birth. I was quite happy with my post pregnancy and birth body. I looked great, I felt great and I was proud that I was able to stay active during my pregnancy and keep up a healthy diet.

This body is the result of neglect, laziness, poor time management and organisation, a lack of motivation to look after myself and broken promise to myself of never doing this to my body again.

I could not be more disappointed in myself. I have been at this point in my life before and I swore... I SWORE to myself I would never be there again.. yet here I am. Lazy, unhealthy, unmotivated and depressed because I let myself get to a point where I knew I would be unhappy.

Please do not tell me I am being too hard on myself because I am a mother.

I have been a mother for ten months now and the fact that I have put everything else above my own health is just unacceptable. I can be just as amazing a mother to my son (probably even more so) whilst looking after myself as well. It is possible, there are lots of mothers who do it. I just have to get myself out of this rut and back to the person I am. Back to the person I want to be again. The happy, healthy, active, positive and motivating woman I am! I used to inspire people but I can't imagine inspiring anyone in my current state.

On Monday, February 13, I go back to me.I have my schedule all planned out. Sure, I have a baby, it isn't always going to work out exactly how I want it to but if I want to be healthy and happy, I will do my damn best to get everything I need done.

Instead of sitting on my phone scrolling through Facebook and Instagram because I'm "too tired" once I get Achilles to sleep, I will cook myself dinner (I have been skipping dinner most nights for 3-4 months now), I will prepare my food for the next day so I do not buy a bacon and egg bagel and jumbo coffee from the cafe near work ... followed by a blueberry or raspberry muffin and then a chicken and salad sandwich or Chicken and Chips from woolworths for lunch.

Yep.. that is how I am living right now.. and sometimes I sit and wonder how I got to this point. It is actually quite obvious and I need to start being real with myself. I need to STOP using being tired as an excuse. I chose to have a child and I will probably be tired for the next ten years at least (maybe more if we decide to have more children!). Being tired is not an excuse to not look after yourself, to put yourself and your health first.

I've seen this going around a lot lately and it could not be more true of me right now.


My cup is so damn empty, I couldn't feed an ant. And I did it to myself.

I know what it takes to nourish your body properly and give it what it needs, I am studying to be a personal trainer and I have studied for hundreds and hundreds of hours about nutrition. It is not that I don't know what to do..I have just chosen to be lazy and give in to feeling tired when in fact if I got off my ass and looked after myself properly, I probably wouldn't be tired because my body would have what it needed to survive the day.

Today, I start running an 8 week challenge for my team as work for practice for when I am a PT. I am joining in because not only is it important to me as a personal trainer to practice what I preach, but it is also important to me that I feel good about myself so that I am able to help other people to feel good about themselves too because I know how horrible it is to not feel good about yourself for a very long time.
Please encourage, support and check up on me (although I will be posting updates on my @talkhealthytome instgram, my snap chat at: tahanalee and our Facebook group here).

Are you like me and guilty of not looking after yourself?!

Keep smiling

Tahana xo


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Life In... January

What a messy crazy month!

It started with flying back to Brisbane from Townsville on the very first day of January which now seems like at least three months ago even though it was a mere 30 days! I think I mentioned last month that Achilles was such a good flyer! He slept the whole way home!


Monday, 16 January 2017

How to Conquer your fear of the gym


Recently, I put a survey on my Talk Healthy To Me group on Facebook asking what everyone would like to read about on my blog.  One of the options I put was "How to Conquer your fear of the gym" and over 90% of respondents said they wanted to read about this topic. So here goes!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Life in... December

Ah... my favourite month of the year and as always it lived up to expectations. Everytime it's December, I just feel happier knowing its almost time for holidays and family time!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

10 Healthy habits for 2017



Every year we all set new years resolutions and more often than not, we don't stick to the plans we make because we make unrealistic, huge goals that aren't obtainable in a short period of time. Like I always say, healthy is a lifestyle, its not a diet you go on for six weeks expecting to have your goal body. I've come up with 10 simple healthy habits for us to incorporate in 2017 to not only help with physical health but mental health too.

 
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