Mama’s Nappy Bag Essentials

We all know the usual stuff found in nappy bags for bub:

Nappies – wipes – spare cloths – change mat – sunscreen – toys – food – etc.

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What do you put in your bag for you? What are your day to day needs?

So I emptied my bag out. These are the contents of my nappy bag, that are for this mama.

Let’s start with the BAG itself. I choose a bag that suits our lifestyle. There are so many bags out there to choose from. I think when it comes to choosing a nappy bag you need to think about where are you going, does it match your style, can it fit everything? The questions go on. This bag is the ‘Wild‘ print from Bondi Beach Baby. It is huge. It doesn’t have many pockets (5 in total) but I personally hate rummaging through pockets trying Facetune_22-08-2018-20-21-54to find stuff. We have clear little zippy purses that I sort all our stuff out in. As we breastfed I didn’t have a need for an insulated bottle pouch. We live near the beach so I needed something that would keep the water and the sand out. The leather is vegan and the print is just stunning. This was an easy purchase for us.

I also always carry a WRAP. This can be used for Millie but I use it to sit on, or even that little bit of extra sun protection, when draped over my shoulders. This one is also a Bondi Beach Baby in the ‘Lemonade‘ print. It’s 100% organic cotton and is perfect for our many beach trips.

Wildeblend ESSENTIAL OILS. These two I have on hand at all times. For those stressful days and any bumps bruises or bites. ‘Calm Mama‘ has been a lifesaver for me during the last few weeks of teething. I roll a simple figure 8 on my wrist and inhale. ‘Skin Relief‘ is great for so many things, Eczema, Nappy rash. But for me personally, I use it for those little bug bits. They have a great range of oils but these are my must have ready to go at all times.

My next big one is my Ever Eco Cotton Net Tot BAG. We are a household that is always trying to be more sustainable and eco-friendly. With the plastic bag ban in Queensland, this bad has saved me on those many impromptu shopping trips to grab one or two things. They have a great range of sustainable living products.

For my SKINCARE, I always have my Garnier ‘Tinted BB Cream’ (with sunscreen) and a lip balm. They are great for those days you have to rush out of the house (because you’re running late again) and you just need to feel a little bit human. I also have a deodorant in my bag cos I have forgotten to put it on sometimes during that mad morning dash.

I also ALWAYS have a SNACK for myself. The amount of times I forget to eat is unbelievable.

For my own sanity, I have added Millie’s  Logan & Alice ‘TeePee Teether‘. This teething baby will probably be the death of me.

Then there are the usuals, Sunglasses, wallet, camera, phone and, keys.

This suits our lifestyle. I would love to hear what you put in your bag for you. So leave me a comment. If you think I could use something else pop it in the comments.

We love hearing your feedback.

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Recommendations from one Mama to another.

Since Millie was born we have been using so many new products. I have even added a few new ones to my beauty routine. Many of these products are small Australian businesses. I have started writing some reviews for the products I can not live without (this will be an ongoing thing).

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The two that this Mama would not be able to live without are as followed:

Wilde Blends

We have been using these oils for a little over a week now and the change in our little teething angel is unbelievable. They have been added to our nightly routine and have made a huge difference. Steph was so easy to talk to about any concerns and has a Main_Logo_360xwealth of information on her oils.

Little Miss has always been an amazing sleeper but the moment these teeth started coming through she went from sleeping all night to waking every 2-3 hours. With the help of the ‘sleep’ and ‘teething’ oils, she is only waking up once maybe twice a night at most. We just reapply the teething oil to her jawline and normally she goes back to sleep within 5-10 minutes.

I have never been a big ‘oil’ user and have always been very hesitant to believe in them. I can tell you now. I’m converted. If you are having trouble with a teething baby or need something the calm yourself on those hectic days, I can not recommend these oils enough.

 

MIKASH Skincare

After having my first child I found my skin looked so dull and lifeless. I tried so many products with no luck until I found Mikash on Instagram. So I bought their ‘I am radiant’ 8FC59D2F-7E62-4B65-A206-BCE008896ED4_360xface oil. Not even a month later my skin was back to looking as good as it did in my first and second trimester.

I may not have been getting much sleep but thanks to this oil the bags under my eyes were minimal.

I have since then recommended Mikash to anyone who will listen. Don’t waste another day not using these amazing products, grab some today.

Definitely pop over to their websites and check out their range of products. I have ordered a few others so I can guarantee that more of these products will appear in some upcoming review posts. So keep your eyes open.

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Planning our Wedding

How do I put this…

IT SUCKS.

I’m over it. At the moment I would be happy for a courthouse. I have since I was a little girl imagined what my wedding would be like, but never a big one. So when Andrew proposed we both knew elopement was for us.

For the last few months, I have been pricing elopements up and down the coastline with each being more expensive than the last. Last night I reached my limit. I turned to Andrew and said ‘Let’s just go to a registry office’. He turned off the TV looked at me and said, ‘Ok let’s have a look. You know if we do it that way you’ll regret it’. So off he went on his computer searching for something that would suit us.

Needless to say in under 20mins he found something that I would never have even considered but the moment he showed me a picture of the area I knew that was where we would be joined together, forever.

I will do a post a bit later when we have confirmed this location. Needless to say, we are now both excited for our Wedding. And since starting to plan, this is a first time for us.

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Touched my soul

I have recently read some of the amazing work of Rupi Kaur, ‘Milk and Honey’. I had 2f00d44d8f4c654a817383586044a6b4read so many different reviews on it and I was in a bookshop the other day and it was screaming at me. I had seen it before but had so many other things to read. But the other day I saw it and I had to have it. I don’t know why.

This book broke me. I cried more times than I would like to admit and I can’t blame it all on the hormones. It is such a beautiful book. One poem, in particular,  made me think of my childhood. Reminded me of my dad and how he loved not only all his children but how much he dotes on my mother.

Being pregnant myself I feel it resonated even deeper than a simple memory. I read this poem over and over again, and still, it brings a tear to my eye. I recommend every woman should read this book. It is astounding on so many levels.

 

When my mother was pregnant

with her second child, I was four

I pointed at her swollen belly confused at how

my mother had gotten so big in such little time

my father scooped me up in his tree trunk arms and

said the closest thing to god on earth

is a woman’s body, it’s where life comes from

and to have a grown man tell me something

so powerful at such a young age

changed me to see the entire universe

rested at my mother’s feet

– Rupi Kaur-

 

Before conception.

 

Talk to you significant other

This is always the number one step. Start a dialog. Now. TODAY. When you want to start trying? Any family medical history? How you want to raise your children? There are so many things that need to be discussed before bringing a child into the world. And to be honest there are so many ways to do it. Andrew and I had been discussing this for several months prior to trying. We discussed everything. When to have it, who will stay at home, how we want to raise our child, finances, even throwing out a few names out there.

I can not express how important it is to talk to your other half about everything. Put it all out on the table and let it simmer. Most importantly know that having a child with someone is all about compromise. Well, Compromise and love.

Track your cycles

There are hundreds of apps out there that help with this. The average woman has a 28-da
cycle, beginning at day one of their menstruation, and finish on the day before their next period. In saying this I have a 30-day cycle. This is the first thing you should start doing as soon as you and your partner have started having the talk.

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Just a few of the highest rated trackers.

As most women know menstruation is the shedding of the uterine lining. But did you know that during the Follicular stage (fertile) your uterine lining is thickened? During this stage, it is important to support your hormone production. This means filling your diet with things like; salmon, avocado, organic coconut oils, broccoli, nuts, and seeds.Estrogen levels are high so you should have lots of energy.the time after menstruation before you are at your most

The next stage is ovulation, where your ovaries are producing eggs.Right now your estrogen will be plummeting, and so will your energy. So at the moment, you will be needing foods high in estrogen such as; beans, alfalfa sprouts, sesame seeds, and dried fruits. You will be feeling sleepy but stay up and have as much sex as possible. This is your window so have fun.

The Luteal phase is the rest of the month pretty much. This is where the uterine lining continues to thicken before shedding again. This is normally the part where you have to wait before the pee sticks come out. Normally it’s the 10-day weight after ovulation that is the hardest part when you are trying for a baby. So do anything you can to keep your mind off it. Even keep having sex. What’s the worst that can happen? You get more practice.

Know your monthsbirth-month

Know what time of year you want to have your baby. But please remember that just because you have it all planned out doesn’t mean you will fall pregnant straight off the bat. For the lucky few it can work that way. But for the rest of us living on the planet earth just hold out. Keep trying. When it’s meant to happen it will happen.

Prenatal Vitamins

There are so many different types prenatal Vitamins on the market nowadays it can be hard to choose the right one. What do you look for? How much of what vitamins do you need? Why do you need them? Well I,  as a student nurse and woman trying to conceive, have taken it upon myself to find out. I did my research and got onto my
Vitamins as soon as I knew I wanted to have the baby talk with Andrew. The earlier you start taking your Vitamins the better for both you and the baby.9f80cc4a5a5e1fde1a866181df2eb03e-proc
Calcium
is important for helping your baby build strong bone,  nerves, and muscles. It is also vital for a healthy heart, by assisting rhythm and building clotting capabilities. It also assists preventing hypertension and preeclampsia in the mummy. 

Copper is an essential element for forming red blood cells. This is vital during pregnancy, especially when the blood supply begins to double. Copper also assists in mending broken tissues unknownfaand helping in breaking down sugars. As a bonus, it will help mama’s hair looking radiant. 

Folic Acid is one of the most IMPORTANT vitamins you will need to take as it helps prevent Neural Tube Defects (NTD). It will also assist in the
prevention of spinal cord and brain defects in your unborn child. I can not stress the importance of starting this Vitamin ASAP. Studies found the women who start taking Folic Acid prior to conception are
70% less likely to have a baby that suffers from NTD. If you are reading this now, start taking this today. 

Iron is a vital element in blood (hemoglobins) production. Iron also helps
transport oxygen from your lungs to other areas of the body, including your unborn baby. Many women are diagnosed with 
Anemia due to and iron deficiency. Anemia can cause your baby to be born prematurely or with a low birth weight. unknownvb


Vit B-6
 also known as pyridoxine, is vital for helping babies brain develop. Vit B-6 has also been proven to assist your unborn child in
metabolizing proteins and carbohydrates. As a bonus, Vit B-6 is also believed to assist in relieving nausea in Mummy. 

Vit C is one that we all know and hopefully, take to keep those little nasty bugs at bay. But when unknownvitctrying to conceive or after pregnancy, they are important in building many things for your baby; collagen, cartilage, tendons, bones and skin. it is also believed but not proven that Vit C may also assist in reducing the chances of your child being born with an impaired mental state. 

Vit D is a key element for healthy bone development. Studies have found that those who suffer from a Vit D deficiency are more likely to suffer from preeclampsia. There are also links between Vit D deficiency and gestationalimages diabetes, premature births, and infections.  So get out in the sunshine and soak up so Vit D, but not too much. 

Zinc is important for you babies cell growth and the production of DNA.
This is important due to the rapid cell growth that both you and the baby are going through. Zinc will also support the mother’s immune system and maintain your taste and smell senses. 

Health Care Cover

Being an Australian, private health care is not overly necessary, however, it does help. Our medicare system provides us with low cost prescriptions and free public patient care in a public hospital. But if you have private health care in Australia or no matter the country you are living in, it would be a good time now to have a look and see what your plan covers. It may need updating if so do it now. Just get a better Idea of what you have, then add from there if required. If you’re not an Australian citizen or living elsewhere in the world. Find out what this next stage may cost you financially or what areas of care your private health care will cover.

Check up

When preparing to have a baby, we all want our baby to have the best, healthiest start to 8765.1335495065.237.235.2New-Imagelife. If you need to make any adjustments to your health now is the time to do it. Most GPs offer a ‘pre-conceptual‘ check up. This may also include DROPPING/GAINING any excess weight. If you have diabetes the GP can provide any information you may need to keep your BSLs in check during this time. This will be the case for any medications you are taking pre-baby making.

It is also important to make sure you are up to date with all your immunizations. When it comes to immunizations for rubella (where they inject you with the live virus) it will be safe to do this at least a month prior to conceiving. So the sooner the better. Unsure if you are up to date with your immunization? It can be as simple as a blood test. But again the sooner the better.

The dentist is also another must as many of the drugs they use when fixing you teeth may be dangerous to the baby. If you find out you are pregnant prior to a dentist check up PLEASE alert your dentist. Getting your teeth checked prior is also important as pregnancy can have a tendency to drain your calcium from your teeth.

Start saving Unknown

I think this is a given, but kids are really expensive. And that’s just the healthy ones. Be prepared for everything. The more money you can put away now the better off you will be in the long run. I think is is fairly common sense knowledge but starting a new budget now by putting the money you will be needing for the baby will give you a better idea of just how expensive they can be. Plus when you do have kids that money can be your rainy day fund, setting up the nursery fund, family holiday fund, college fund, etc. There are 100 ways that money will come in handy in the future. So seriously just START NOW.

Spend some quality time with your significant other

When the baby gets here it will be here for at least 18 years. That’s 18 years that your thumb_img_0404_1024-1husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend will come second. While it is just the two of you take some time out and just enjoy each other. Some people go on a babymoon either before they start trying or before the baby gets here. That’s what our USA-radventure was for us. This is a time for you and your significant other to really bond and truly show your love and appreciation before the chaos starts. This may also be the last time you are both truly alone for a very, very long time.

Start Practicing

This is the best part. I’m not going to lie. Don’t get too caught up in the goal focus on the here and now. Enjoy the quality time while you can.

I hope this article has helped a few of you get some plans into motion before starting to conceive. Watch this space for more my beloved readers.

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Progressive dinner at Eat Street Markets

Est. Nov 2013, foods from around the world. Each vendor was set up in converted shipping containers along the Hamilton Wharf. Walking into a wonderland with fairy lights to light up the night and the most wonderful smells dancing in the air.

I have wanted to go to the Eat Street Markets for a while now. Last night was my first experience. We attended the markets with my dear friend Ellyce and her boyfriend Anthony. It was magical.

We agreed upon arrival that we were going to have what we called a ‘Progressive Dinner’ as we wanted to try as much as possible. For those who are unaware, a progressive dinner where each person takes turns of choosing an item from various vendors and sharing with the group. We found this was a great way to try several different types of food rather than just having our own dinner. We also were able to try foods that we otherwise never would have.

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Chicken & Lamb Sliders.

Koma Sliders

Chicken sliders – 3/5

Lamb sliders – 4.5/5

Honey Puff King

Nutella Honey Puff – 4.5/5

 

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Chocolate & Vanilla Cannolis

Jake & Elle’s Kitchen

Chocolate Cannoli – 2/5

Vanilla cannoli – 2/5

Dumpling Envy

Chicken Dumplings – 3/5

 

The Doughnut Bar

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Doughnut-cone & Ferrero Ice Cream

Doughnut-Cone – 2.5/5 (the cone had just a bit too much sugar on them)

Ferrero Ice Cream – 5/5

Japanese teppanyaki

Teriyaki chicken skewers – 3/5

16809092_10154661365966622_1368409304_nGinger Beer

Ginger beer – 5/5

 Mobile Mocktails

Passionfruit and Coconut – 3/5

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Moreton Bay Bugs & Chips.

 

Catch & Kiss

BBQ Moreton Bay Bug – 4/5

Chips – 3/5

American BBQ

Sothern Style Chicken Wings – 3/5

The food was amazing and the company was even better. This may become a monthly outing for Andrew and myself. Such a great atmosphere (even with so many people) and the food, AMAZING.

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