Saturday, 27 January 2018

My Baby Moon in a Private Hospital


This post is supported by APHA

I never thought I would have a 4th baby. I just didn’t see myself to be cut out for such a task of raising 4 children! I have always been a believer that that universe gives you what you can cope with and as I move towards the end of my fourth pregnancy I wonder what the heck the universe was thinking when they decided I was going to have 4. I mean, 2 kids was more than enough for me to give love to. I was really done at 2…then 2 years later life got that little bit easier, we fell in love all over again and we just had to add one more. But 4? Really? I really worry that I just don’t have the energy inside me to give all four little humans everything their beautiful little minds need. I guess that’s where all the personal growth comes from though right? When the universe sends you something you’re not ready for to make you leap out of your comfort zone!

As the end of this pregnancy is drawing near, I’m exhausted and spending a lot of time at home, I’m not in the nesting phase yet but I’m definitely in the phase where I can’t be bothered going out much and just enjoying my own time in my own home. Life is going fast but the pregnancy feels like it’s going slow and I haven’t had time to think too much about having the actual baby or adding another child into our home as I was finding it a bit too overwhelming.

In the last few days though, the reality of it all has finally started to hit and the logistics of having the baby are things we need to face and plan for. The excitement of actually having a new baby is slowing trickling in and the happy hormones are flowing. I’m preparing for birth with yoga and supplements and I’m excited to be supported by my amazing obstetrician and have the baby at the private hospital where I’ve had my previous babies. I know what I’m in for and I know how caring and supportive all the midwives are and what great resources they have on hand in such a great facility.

What I’m most really looking forward to though, are those first few days after giving birth and that love bubble that us Mums fall into; I call this the “baby moon”. It’s that week you have your baby, the first time you have with your newborn, the time when mum and baby get to bond and spend every moment together just staring into each other and feeding on demand. It’s the special time for learning the ropes and the first start of motherhood with baby on the outside.


This time together is so very precious and that’s why I believe it’s so important to be in a supportive environment in your own private room and this is why I’m such an advocate of private hospitals. I have had such amazing experiences post birth, being in a private hospital, having my own room and loving on my newborn. It’s so blissful to have the peace of knowing no one is interrupting you unless necessary and having the support of the same doctor see you the following days for check ups.

It’s lovely knowing that you have the room for your visitors to comfortably meet your new baby and that you’re not disturbing anyone else by chatting to friends or ringing the bell to ask for help. At private hospitals, there’s also great resources like lactation consultants on hand, breast feeding classes that you can wander down the hall to attend, physiotherapy classes where they teach you the exercises that you need to do after birth to gain the muscles back in all those areas that it gets lost. I remember after having both Sunny and Mabel how beneficial attending those in-hospital classes were and how happy I was to be in a private hospital where I got to experience this. The physiotherapist checked our stomach separation and gave us tools to take home with us to recover after pregnancy and childbirth.

The food is also great, they offer an upgrade to a larger room with a queen bed that your partner can stay in overnight and they even give you a “date night” in hospital with your partner. This is so special after having a baby as you know you don’t get to go out with your partner much when you have a newborn attached so the hospital puts on a special dinner for you, very close to the maternity ward and they mind your baby in the nursery while you enjoy a meal together. Isn’t that incredible? The list is endless really and it’s such a wonderful experience after such a big event; child-birth.

Having a baby isn’t the most comfortable thing, so if we can treat ourselves with a loving and supportive environment full of fantastic resources, I’m all for it and I can’t wait for my baby moon in a private hospital in less than 7 weeks!


For more information on private hospitals, visit http://privatehospitals.org.au 

Thursday, 25 January 2018

RECIPE: AVOCADO CRAB ROLLS


It’s well known that after the silly season, trying to get back in to the swing of things and keeping on top of your 2018 health goals is not for the faint-hearted.

The good news? KitchenAid have a range of attachments for their iconic Stand Mixer, and have shared some quick and healthy recipe ideas that will help you prep your lunch for the busy work week ahead and keep your taste buds delightfully satisfied.

These delish recipes are made with KitchenAid’s Stand Mixer Attachment range, each unique Attachment giving the iconic KitchenAid Stand Mixer versatility way beyond baking. They have shared this fun recipe with us all below, which uses one of the attachments, the vegetable sheet cutter.

The KitchenAid Vegetable Sheet Cutter slices your veggies and fruit into thin, flat sheets and can also be used for peeling. This Attachment features a thick and thin blade depending on your recipe and preference, simply attach it to your Stand Mixer, skewer the fruit or veggie on to it and voila! You’re ready to go. Better yet, this Attachment allows you to replace your usual ingredients with a healthier AND more delicious option, such as swapping out lasagna sheets for zucchini sheets, or replacing a wrap with cucumber sheets.

RECIPE : AVOCADO CRAB ROLLS

Spend a fortune on sushi during your lunch break? Make them at home AND more nutritious than ever with this Avocado Crab Rolls which aren’t as difficult as you think thanks to the KitchenAid Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment!

Makes 24 pieces

INGREDIENTS
1 large zucchini, ends trimmed and
cut into 4-inch sections
8 ounces lump crab meat, broken into
smaller pieces
1 small cucumber, julienned
4 sheets nori (seaweed)
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
1 teaspoon lemon juice

OPTIONAL
Soy sauce
Wasabi


METHOD
PREHEAT OVEN TO 350° F
Attach Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment to KitchenAid® Stand Mixer. Insert the food holder and zucchini/cucumber adapter in the center of both ends of zucchini section, aligning the red marks. Secure zucchini and food holder onto attachment. Insert food skewer through zucchini/cucumber adapter and all the way through zucchini. Attach Thin Blade to attachment. Position bowl under blade to catch zucchini. Turn Stand Mixer to Speed 2 and position blade against zucchini to process. Repeat with remaining zucchini. Cut zucchini sheets into 6-inch pieces, yields about six sheets. Spread sheets out evenly on work surface and absorb liquid with paper towel, if needed. Place nori in oven and heat about 10 minutes to soften. Cut nori to fit zucchini and place on top of each sheet. Drizzle lemon juice over avocado. Working from one end, divide avocado and cucumber slices horizontally across each sheet, about 1 inch from opposite end. Top with crab meat and roll tightly. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate 10 minutes.
Cut each roll into four pieces and serve immediately with soy sauce and wasabi, if desired.

ENJOY!

Nutrition Information - 1 Serving (0.9OZ)
23 calories
1.3g fat
1g carbs
2g protein
7mg cholesterol
29mg sodium

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

8 things to look for when choosing the perfect school shoes for your School kids


This post is in collaboration with Colorado Shoes 

Schools back in 2 weeks and it’s that time of the School holidays that we need to start organising what we need for School to survive that daily rush that we have so delightfully enjoyed to live without. School terms are hectic right? Personally, I just made it through the end of last year with all the drop off’s, pick up’s, concerts, after school activities, the list is endless. This year I’d like to feel a bit more on top of everything before we start, especially with a new baby coming soon. I need to make sure we have everything for school ready to go for the first day and beyond so every day runs as smooth as possible; School shoes, lunch boxes, drink bottles, hat, school bag, pencil case, school books and necessary accessories and lots of pairs of socks! Getting new school shoes that fit well and are super comfortable for our children have been the priority this past week.

Fitting this in before the School rush starts for the year again is so important and we’re really happy finding Colorado shoes for our kids as they’re really built to last unlike other shoes on the market that we have tried. What is great about Colorado Shoes is that they work with a team of leading Aussie podiatrists and experts to develop and design their range that focus on 8 critical points of school shoe construction to create a range that delivers everything that kids feet and school shoes require. I want to share these 8 points with all Mums as I think they’re such important factors to look for when choosing the perfect shoe for your child, to last the big year at school. I really think there is nothing worse that replacing school shoes before they are outgrown or children wearing shoes that don’t support them in the right way. Children grow and I really believe their little bodies need to be supported in the correct way from the ground up and that means wearing good quality shoes.


Here’s what to look for when choosing a school shoe for your child and the 8 point podiatry check list from Colorado Shoes:
  1. Removable insole : This customises the amount of room in the shoe to ensure a personalised width fit. 
  2. Heel Support : Secures the ankle and orthotics for controlled motion and movement and reduced irritation.
  3. Contoured arch : Supports various shaped feet for added comfort and less ankle, knee, hip and lower back pain.
  4. Torsional Stability : Allows for normal motion while restricting excessive twisting that leads to tired feet and legs.
  5. Secure fastening : Keeps the foot in place, eliminating irritation from feet sliding within the shoe.
  6. Forefoot Flex : Enables the shoe to flex, following the natural movement of your step.
  7. Shaped Toe Box : Ample width, depth and height to give toes room to flex and move irritation-free.
  8. Impact Cushioning : Reduces impact that causes stress to the ankles, knees, hips and lower back.

With all these points in mind, our Princess Pia chose the GLORY school shoe  and Sunny will be wearing the REFLECT Jnr E school shoe. We love both of these shoes also as there’s no struggle with laces, super easy to  put on and off with the Velcro strap, which makes life much easier for me too.

So are you ready to get back into the school term? What do you have left on the list of things to do before School goes back?


Shop the Colorado range and make the most of their current back to school SALE – 20% off PLUS Get the second pair of shoes half price {use code 2NDPAIRHALF at check out}. It includes sports shoes too which is handy. Click here http://bit.ly/coloradoschoolshoes18 for more info.

Disclaimer: This Post is in partnership with Colorado, but all words and thoughts are my own.
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