Monday, 29 August 2016

GIFT GUIDE: The Ultimate gifts for Dad this Father's day!

These are the gifts that Dad will be absolutely stoked with! 

1. Under Armour Charged Compression Gear

Under Armour have just launched Charged Compression, the first compression garment that is scientifically proven to aid in recovery. UA conducted 2 independent studies in the last 2 years and found that the gear offers 34% less fatigue, 33% less soreness and 10% faster muscle repair. The active Dad will be super stoked with his new Under Armour.

2. Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 3 $349. 95
Onyx Studio 3 Harman Kardon pairs exquisite design and unparalleled sound to launch the Onyx Studio 3, a wireless Bluetooth speaker that unites audio and ergonomics in perfect harmony. Fusing form and function, the Onyx Studio 3 delivers powerful audio with the quintessential Harman Kardon design audiophiles have come to love. The Bluetooth Wireless Speaker from Harman Kardon Onyx Studio is an ideal companion to all your Bluetooth devices. Onyx Studio’s Wireless Speaker delivers high-quality audio performance with deep bass and authentic sound. 
Dad will love the following features:
* Reliable Bluetooth connectivity allows a stable connection and music streaming with any smart Bluetooth-enabled device.
* With a battery time of up to 5 hours, the speaker gives you the convenience of taking your music with you from room-to-room or even out-and-about.
* The included rechargeable battery provides up to 5 hours of play time.
* The Onxy Studio Speaker follows the award-winning Harman/Kardon elegant design principles

3. Hugo Boss – Boss Bottled Unlimited $122.20
Inspired by the BOSS man’s determination and drive for success, BOSS BOTTLED. UNLIMITED. is the energizing new scent from HUGO BOSS Fragrances. Available from 12th June 2016 this limited edition fragrance is inspired by the endurance required to succeed combined with the rush of adrenalin when a goal has been reached. Celebrating that exhilarating sense of energy that comes with achievement, BOSS BOTTLED. UNLIMITED. is an instant invigorating boost. Available for a limited time only, it’s the must-have scent during this exciting summer of sports.
Stockist: Myer & David Jones

4. VS for Men V Double $89.95
VS for men’s new V Double is a dual blade self-cut clipper that delivers bang up-to-date styling from short and even to the lastest in faded cuts. So easy to use – simply move the V Double backwards and forwards in a sweeping motion for a faster, more effortless self-cut. It’s the prefect Father’s Day gift! Yes, this extraordinary new clipper from VS for Men means Dad can style and cut his hair with confidence, expertise and ease. He can go short all over or allow for progressive length on top. The choice is his and so is the skill – with the V DOUBLE in hand.
 3-year warranty. Stockists: 1800 650 263

How to create an UNDERCUT with the V Double:

5. 3D Shiatsu & Vibration Massage Pillow with heat by HoMedics $99
The #1 brand in massage products relaxes and comforts tight muscles around the neck, back and shoulders. It features 3D Technology to deliver circular kneading plus in & out motion for a vibration massage that invigorates and melts away tension. Soothing heat for added comfort and convenient integrated controls for ease of use. Designed so you can relax and pamper yourself on demand, treat sore muscles, sports injuries and ease the stress of daily life. 

6. Lightweight Hug-a-Bub wrap $89.00
With the warmer months starting now, the Hug-a-Bub organic Lightweight wrap will make a perfect gift for new dads or dads-to-be!
Hug-a-Bub wrap carrier provides orthopedically correct positioning, supportively cradling baby from head to toe, and is recognised by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute as a Hip Healthy product.
Hug-a-Bub is easy and simple to tie with Hug-a-Bub’s step-by-step instructions. 

7. FITBIT SURGE: The ultimate fitness super watch. $399.95
The absolutely perfect gift for any Dad. With the following amazing features; every Dad will be totally wrapped:
- GPS Tracking
See distance, pace, split times and elevation climbed & review routes
- Long Battery Life
Lasts longer than competing trackers with a battery life up to 7 days and GPS battery life up to 10 hours*
- PurePulse™ Heart Rate
Get continuous, automatic, wrist-based heart rate & simplified heart rate zones
- Notifications + Music
See call & text notifications on display and control songs from your mobile playlist
- All-Day Activity
Track steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, hourly activity & stationary time
- Auto Sleep + Alarms
Monitor your sleep automatically & set a silent alarm
- SmartTrack™ + Multi-Sport
Track runs, rides & other workouts with multi-sport modes or automatically record them with SmartTrack
- Wireless Syncing
Sync stats wirelessly & automatically to leading smartphones and computers


1. Mister Minit Klean Kanteen Insulated Coffee Tumbler, 8oz.  $29.95
The 8oz Insulated Tumbler will be the mug Dad sip's his morning doppio or flat white from, and the cup you use when he's ready for an old fashioned or barrel-aged brew. The 18/8 stainless steel ensures that your beer or other tasty treat retains its own flavor and doesn't come away with any sort of metallic taste. The double-wall vacuum insulation keeps things hot or cold to the last drop. Comes with press-fit Simple Lid (NOT leak-proof).

2. JOCKEY Men’s Briefs (International Collection) $26.95 each
Jockey's International collection is a sophisticated range which is contemporary, premium and attractive. Designed from trends around the world our international collection will make you feel just that little bit more confident.
Jockey’s new spring summer range includes stylish and comfortable underwear that Dad will love.
Dad will love these styles because they are inspired by current international trends, made from soft, comfortable, flexible fabrics and they come in trunk and Loose fitting boxer shapes.

3. Chapter One 
Price: Pay what you want
100% of the profits funds the future of Thankyou. So far the book has sold over 64,000 copies and raised over $1.5 million.
Chapter One tells the raw and real start-up story of Thankyou. It's a story of three kids with zero business experience who had an idea to help end global poverty and a belief that we have the power to change stuff. This is the story of epic proportions by Thankyou co-founder Daniel Flynn about their gut wrenching decisions, wild mistakes and daring moves in business and marketing.
This book is anything and everything that the Thankyou team have learned. It's for the reader to inspire them on their journey.
Available online at

4. EVO – cassius styling clay $32.95
Help dad with his hair this Father’s Day with the cassius styling clay from EVO. The strong-holding clay that provides raw texture, malleable hold and a natural finish which is recommended for all hair types!

5. Dr Roebuck’s - Pure $44.95
Dr Roebuck’s PURE is the original formulation created in 1978 by Dr Roebuck’s for precious and sensitive skin. Its unique dual action instantly replenishes hydration levels by sealing in moisture. Through a hygroscopic effect, Dr Roebuck’s not only hydrates, but increases the elasticity of your skin – perfect for men after shaving!


6. Tontine I’m High & Mighty Pillow $29.95
Perfect for those with a larger frame, or simply who prefer a fuller pillow, this pillow has a firm and high profile and a natural cotton cover for breathability and freshness.

Tontine I Like Extra Support Pillow $30.00
Firm and high polyester pillow that bounces back and provides extra support for the head and neck.


7. Mister Minit Insulated Coffee/Beer Tumbler, 16oz. Available in Shale Black and Stainless Steel. $39.95

So there you have it... Get Shopping!!!

Monday, 1 August 2016

World breast feeding awareness week - Our Breastfeeding Journey

This post is supported by Medela

Breastfeeding is one of those things that you start out thinking it should be really easy as it is a natural thing but once you do try, it can be so different for everyone. When I had my first baby, 5 years ago, I set out to breastfeed. I had absolutely no fear that it would be anything but super simple and natural as that’s what our bodies are supposed to do as new mums, provide food for our babies.

I had huge boobs and a baby with a tiny mouth and from the first night as a mum, my nipples became very damaged and I was in a lot of pain. It was like my baby was attacking me on a 3 hour basis, I was in pain, nipples bleeding and miserable. It wasn’t easy but I was determined.

I used my Medela breast pump around the clock, giving my nipples time to heal, only offering the breast every second feed and serving up expressed breast milk in a bottle otherwise. The Medela pump was truly my saving grace, I spent endless hours on that pump, keeping my milk supply going and knowing I was giving my baby the best stuff even if it was from a bottle.

Baby P was thriving, but my nipples didn’t heal easily. It wasn’t a nice time as I was in so much pain when she fed, I couldn’t feed in public, I just couldn’t relax but everyone kept telling me her attachment was fine. People would empathise with me and tell me it was ok not to breastfeed anymore but I was too determined, I had to get this right.

It went on for quite a while, I was searching for an answer as to why breastfeeding wasn’t getting any better until after a couple of months, a nurse just put it down to a logical issue; big boobs/small mouth. That is when things started to turn and everything started getting better, it was like a huge weight had lifted off my shoulders and I could relax and stop looking for an answer on how we could fix this issue, I could know that NOTHING I was doing was wrong. As her mouth grew a little bigger, it all started working better and we finally got it and went on to feed until Princess P was 15 months old. I was proud.

Second time around, it was all so much easier and it all worked from the get go and now, third time around, my milk came in on the second day, it was like a super power. Haha. I have had no sign of damage and we have rocked it with ease. It truly is amazing how different of an experience breast feeding can be for so many people, even different from child to child and how easy it could of been for me to quit that first time around if I hadn’t had the right support. Believe me when I tell you I had a lot of mixed messages from a lot of different people and I had to be super strong in my own beliefs to keep going. I know I would have definitely benefitted from the MyMedela App back then and I’m very grateful I’ve had it by my side this time. The MyMedela really is a personal digital companion, providing practical advice, tips and tricks from experts on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. I've loved the advice and tips, it is such an incredible resource for new mums. 

As we move into World Breastfeeding Awareness Week – here’s some insight for you from the team atMedela that conducted a survey with 4000 Australian Mums to discover attitudes towards experience with breastfeeding and where mums go for advice.  Results reveal many women put pressure on themselves to breastfeed because of health benefits breastfeeding provides, yet most go on to experience associated challenges. The survey also showed that to assist in their parenting journey, mums bypass their own mums’ wisdom in place of advice from Midwife/Doctors and online support tools and apps.

Reassuringly, 9 in 10 mums do experience breastfeeding challenges – which is great to know that you’re not alone. From the respondents, 90 per cent cited issues with milk levels (22 per cent) and sore nipples (20 per cent) as most popular problems. Plus common issues like mastitis/engorgement, health, latching, sore nipples, tongue tie.

Like myself, despite challenges, most mums persevere to continue breastfeeding. In fact, according to Medela’s survey, a high proportion (52 per cent) feel pressure to continue breastfeeding. Of these women, the overwhelming majority actually put pressure on themselves to breastfeed, as opposed to feeling the pressure to breastfeed from factors such as partners, society, media, celebrities. The survey further reveals that while most respondents (61 per cent) agree there is a lot of online information and advice available, mums still feel satisfied with the access to information and advice required. The majority of mums do not turn to their own mum for advice first anymore, with the 24/7 convenience of sourcing information online or via Apps it can be easier to “google it”. I know I spent endless hours online myself, trying to find a solution to my breastfeeding issues with Miss P.

Most importantly, I think we have to make new mums more aware that breastfeeding isn’t always easy and it's ok if it doesn’t come naturally. We need to give ourselves time, both baby and mum need to learn and it takes time and sometimes pain. But it’s ok to ask for help and utilise the information and support around us. Becoming a mum is hard enough and feeding our babies can be one of the biggest, most worrying stresses in the world as we just want to nourish them and for them to thrive. That's why I think Breastfeeding awareness week is so important;

Medela have said - “Breastfeeding Awareness Week is an opportunity to educate the wider community about the challenges mums face and the pressure they put on themselves to give their child the best start in life and to remind mums that they are not alone in their journey.” 

For mums who do feel like they are alone and want to reach out to some instant support and advice The MyMedela app is awesome, it’s by Medela Australia and it’s a personal digital companion providing practical advice, tips and tricks from experts on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, whilst post birth, acts as an efficient tracking tool to monitor babies progress in key areas such as breastfeeding to suit mums’ needs today. I highly recommend checking it out and utilising it on an everyday basis.

If you need a burst of breastfeeding inspo – please check out this clip to remind you that everyone’s breastfeeding experience is different and some great tips to keep in mind:

Keep your heads up Mumma’s! Your doing a brilliant job. x

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