Change of Season, Change of Mood

 
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Lot801 baby and toddler monochrome leggings and joggers
Lot801 baby and toddler monochrome leggings and joggers
Lot801 baby and toddler monochrome leggings and joggers
Lot801 baby and toddler monochrome leggings and joggers
Lot801 monochrome baby and toddler joggers

Change of Season, Change of Mood

It’s funny how the change in season can spark a change in your mindset and mood too. Autumn is upon us and with the cooler weather comes a whole new set of challenges for mamas like me whose little humans HAVE to be outside for the majority of the day.

The end of summer had me feeling low on energy, out of ideas and even a little lonely but with the smell of fresh rain coupled with the warm afternoons I’m feeling like positive change is in the air.

I’m not a ‘mothers group’ mama, never was with Charlie and now with Grayson I still haven’t been able to find the enthusiasm for weekly catch ups to compare bubbas and complain about husbands (I know, mass generalisation and probably grossly inaccurate) so I’ve made a promise to myself and my bambinos to make the Autumn months the ones where we embrace the days we have together and adventure in the rain, the hail, the wind and with any luck some more warm afternoon sun.

Little man styled in our Monochrome Joggers HERE.

-Tania (make sure to follow Tania on Instagram HERE)

 

Remedies for Curing a Sick Toddler

 
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Lot801 baby and toddler cactus joggers and pants
Lot801 baby and toddler cactus joggers and pants
Lot801 baby and toddler cactus joggers and pants
Lot801 baby and toddler cactus joggers and pants
Lot801 baby and toddler cactus joggers and pants
Lot801 baby and toddler cactus joggers and pants
Lot801 baby and toddler cactus joggers and pants

Getting sick is the fucking worst. It's even harder when your kids get sick. I am constantly trying new methods and tried and true remedies that will get her feeling well without using synthetic drugs and chemicals.

My decision for Annabelle's health has always been based around the motto: Try holistic first, then go from there. This motto is true even with the common cold.

Treating any ailment in a kid, for me, is always determined by two things: 1. Is she happy (i.e. eating + drinking, playing normally, and has an overall happy demeanor) and 2. Is there the potential for this sickness to worsen. These will be my guidelines on how aggressive to treat the illness.

As an example, after 2 stressful days of taking care of my mom after spinal fusion surgery, I came back to a sick toddler. It started with a runny nose and now has turned into congestion and a violent cough. Since Annabelle is prone to ear infections, my first go to is garlic ear oil.

You can pick it up at any organic market or co-op. I put that in her ear about twice a day to stave off any possible ear infections. Garlic is a superfood as well as a natural anti-fungal and anti-
bacterial agent. It kills EVERYTHING... in a good way. If you are a real supermom like my friend Whitney (read her blog here), you can make your own garlic oil, which is more potent and effective than the stuff on the shelf.

Surprisingly, it's easier to make than you would think to make. For the common cold with congestion, I will take a saline nose sprays that is specifically for kids and use it every couple of hours. This keeps her sinus clear and her being able to breath a little clearer, The saline also rinses and moisturizes the nostrils keeping them healthy and happy.

Along with saline nose spray, a humidifier does wonders while sleeping. A humidifier breaks up congestion and allows baby to breathe a little easier while lying down. Similarly, a diffuser is great for immunity and breathing. Adding 10 or so drops of essential oil blends from Do-Terra, such as On-Guard for immunity and Breathe for congestion, work wonders too.

Lastly, I'm always looking for ways to ramp up her immunity, especially when she's sick. The supplements that are my go to are Elderberry, a good probiotic, and a quality bone broth. I give these to her everyday, but when's she's ill, I will double up to really get her system going. All of these products you can find at Whole Foods or on Amazon.

I've linked the ones I use above. All in all, when the babies get sick, mom loses lots of sleep and become run down too. It's super important to stay hydrated and rested when your babes gets sick. Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your children.

*I am in no way a doctor or licensed to give any kind of health information. I am just a mom sharing what works for me. Before starting any treatments, you should always consult a health professional first.

Little miss Annabelle styled in our *** Joggers HERE.

-Chelsea (make sure to follow Chelsea on Instagram HERE)

 

Tips to Spring Clean Your Health

 
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Lot801 quick mommy workout
Lot801 quick mommy workout
Lot801 quick mommy workout
Lot801 quick mommy workout

Tips to Spring Clean Your Health

Spring is in the air and with the new season it makes for a good time to do a little spring cleaning … and I’m not just talking about inside your household!

This post is dedicated entirely to quick and simple tips to help you clean up your habits to support a healthier and happier lifestyle! By answering these three common questions, you will have a better idea of how to get your ‘spring cleaning’ well on its way.

 

1.     What is the best nutrition plan to follow?

There’s paleo, vegan, low-carb, high-fat and the list goes on. So what’s the best one? In my opinion, there is not one best diet because every person is different and each dietary protocol has its pros and cons.

Plus, something that worked great for one mother might not work as well for you. Ultimately it’s finding a nutrition routine that suits your individuality and of course, one that includes foods you will actually eat and enjoy. I would also recommend seeking advice from a nutritionist or accredited dietician to help you determine a plan that would work best for you.

 

2.     What do I do to lose my tummy?

First and foremost, before starting any activity book an appointment with a pelvic floor physiotherapist who can give you a full detailed assessment of your pelvic floor and the strength of your core. Often diastasis recti, which is a separation in your abdominal wall during pregnancy, can cause the appearance of a “belly bulge” or “pooch”.

Seeing a physiotherapist is your first step. I personally don’t believe in spot reduction and don’t encourage doing a million ab exercises a day.

I believe that the best thing to do is to follow a consistent full-body workout routine that is supported with a good eating plan. Drinking water (lots of it) helps a lot too!

 

3.     What is the fastest way to get fit?

Sadly mamas, there is no magic pill or miracle workout, but just good ol’ fashion hard work and commitment. However, I will say that there are five moves that I swear by that you can do at home and can give you the best bang for your buck:

a.     The Kettlebell Swing – invest in a kettlebell and you can get an incredible workout in the comfort of your own home. The swing is a great cardiovascular move and hits all of your body parts at the same time. Ain’t no thing, but a kettlebell swing!

b.     The Burpee – I know they aren’t fun, but they work. You’re guaranteed a killer sweat and your whole body will benefit.

c.      The Squat – This is not only the best booty-building move in the business, but it’s a compound exercise that recruits all your muscle groups. If you want to challenge yourself, make it a jump squat and feel the burn!

d.     Step Ups – This move is also great for working your lower body and you can use your couch or sturdy chair as a prop to step up onto. It looks a lot easier than it is, but after 15 reps for each leg you will definitely feel it.

e.     The Push Up – Target all of your upper body with the push up, as well as your core. If you find it too hard you can modify by doing the push up with your knees on the ground. The more you do this move, the better you’ll get at it and you will see a difference in your body as a result.

I hope that these questions helped steer you in the right direction to cleaning up your health and getting you back on track to achieving your fitness goals this spring season! Feel free to check out No Tummy Mommy’s 4-Week Kick-Start Challenge available here.

This little babe styled in our Ocean Blue Joggers HERE

-Trisha (make sure to follow Trisha on Instagram HERE)