Bump diary #11 – 4 Ways to Stay Stylish and Comfy with your Baby Bump

 As you know if you’ve been following my Bump Diary updates (see here and here if you missed the recent ones!), I’ve been looking for tips on how to style my bump! Whether it be where to shop for stylish maternity clothes or ideas on how to style my existing pieces, I have a special treat for you with 3 lovely ladies sharing their tips on how to feel stylish but comfy with your bump with! Plus some bonus fitness tips at the end! 🙂

Chelsea from I Heart Bargains

1) What is a must-have clothing item for pregnant mamas? For me, it was all about a good pair of maternity jeans that I could wear again and again. Click here for the whole range. I also was known to wear mine after the birth because they still allowed comfort during breastfeeding days. If we’re looking purely at corporate then these are brilliant and wear with a blazer (Zara have some great ones).
2) What are some of your favourite online stores for stylish bump wear? Asos is brilliant and has lots of options for growing tummies. I would also check out Cotton On / Supre for stretched tights/leggings/singlets and kimonos. Also see Rock Your Bump for really cute pieces (great skirts & stretch pieces). Check out Country Road / Witchery / French Connection for elasticated waisted patterned pants you can wear to work with a plain white maternity shirt.
You can find Chelsea on her website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.Chelsea IHB Instagram Pregnancy Style The Urban Ma blog
Julie from Toddlers Plus Teens

Thank you to Jacqui  From The urban Ma blog for inviting me to share my style tips for pregnant mamas .Thank goodness maternity wear has progressed over time and there are some beautiful choices out there.Some Important information to remember is , Your body temperature will fluctuate throughout your pregnancy , comfort is important and special occasion maternity wear such as evening wear and wedding outfits are often best to be borrowed unless you will be wearing them more than twice.

1) What is a must-have item of clothing for pregnant mamas?
One great must have piece to add to your wardrobe is a tshirt dress , which can be layered for both casual and work. Add a pair of maternity leggings and a cardigan, jacket or shirt with some accessories and you will have a variety of different outfits that will suit all weather. I wore the dress pictured above throughout my last pregnancy . Available from Target Australia for $30 

2) What are some of your favourite stores for stylish bump wear?
Some great online maternity stores that stock beautiful maternity wear are ASOS, Jeanswest, Mamaway and Crossroads.
You can find Julie on her website, Instagram and Twitter.Julie TPT Pregnancy Style The Urban Ma blog
1) What is a must-have clothing item for pregnant mamas? A great pair of maternity jeans that are modern and flatter your body. Choose a style that you typically wear that will work with the existing pieces in your wardrobe. My picks for maternity jeans are Mavi, Just Jeans and Jeans West.
2) What are some of your favourite online stores for stylish bump wear? – You don’t want to spend a heap of money on maternity clothes, but you still want to maintain your sense of style. For jeans the above sites all offer online. Also Birdsnest have a great range and also offer styling ideas for your maternity wardrobe. Ripe Maternity has an excellent range and is my go-to ‘one stop shop’ when shopping with clients. Asos also have a great range of modern, contemporary maternity wear.
You can find Sally on her website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
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1) What’s one tip you have for mamas on how to stay fit during pregnancy?
Stay Active! It doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym everyday and take a Body Pump class, just get out and do something active at least 3 times a week, a nice walk around the local parks or purchase a pregnancy fitness DVD and enjoy some time learning something that maybe new, who knows all those back pains may ease up through exercise.

2) Who are some of your favorite fitness bloggers?
My favourite fitness bloggers.. There are so many. I love Alix from @fabufitmum, Sophie Guidolin from @sophie_guidolin, Natalie from @simplynatalielaura and Tahana Lee from @talkhealthytome. I follow so many passionate fitness influences on social media that I would love to name but although they don’t have blogs like the above which you will see me reading on a regular basis.

You can find Nikita on her website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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I hope these tips help you as much as they’ve helped me! I’ll make sure to share with you some of my pregnancy ootd’s in future posts and in the meantime for daily style, food and quote inspo you can find me on Instagram.

This time last year! – Problogger 2014


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A collection of photos from last year’s Problogger conference at the QT Hotel, Gold Coast.

It was our first time attending. The hubby and I bought tickets to it as soon as we found out Pat Flynn and Chris Ducker were presenting – we love listening to their podcasts! It was great to see that not only were their keynote speeches amazing, there were so many other talented and inspiring presenters that graced the stage over the 2 days.

We met some lovely people and learnt so many things that I was exhausted by the end of it. I can’t wait to see what new learnings and new connections we will take away from this year’s event! See you there 🙂

-xx-

Travel Thursdays – Your guide to making the most of a road trip from Brisbane to Noosa

 Destination Queensland – 8 sights to see from Brisbane to Noosa

It’s raining, it’s pouring…but not in Brisbane and Noosa! As you can tell from my Facebook and Instagram posts, we recently enjoyed an amazing time away from the cold up in the Sunshine state. When I was younger mum and dad would always make sure we went on a long drive somewhere during the school holidays. There are so many great places to visit right in our backyard so I knew when I started a family that road trips were something I wanted to do together.

Attending a conference at the start of the week for work, I had my family then joined me in the second half of the week for a quick getaway and boy did we have a great time!

We saw so much in just four days and still had time to relax so for those of you on a tight schedule but still wanting to make the most of say, a long weekend, or a few days off, here are 8 sights that you can hit up driving from Brisbane to Noosa.

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DAY 1
1) Brisbane City

Thursday was spent shopping, sightseeing, eating and exploring. Queen Street Mall was our first stop as we stayed right in the heart of the mall at Next Hotel (let me know if you’d like me to do a blog post on it – I’ve got loads of cool pics from our stay there!). A vibrant shopping precinct with over 700 retailers and loads of entertainment. We shopped some great bargains at Forever 21! The Treasury Casino and the Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower are also nearby. A lovely stroll across the Brisbane River over the Victoria Bridge (one of fifteen major bridges over the river) gave us sweeping views of Brisbane and the Southbank precinct, and we were lucky to be there for the Night Noodle Markets as the bright lights were so pretty at night, our little one loved the sight of them backed by the 60 metre high Wheel of Brisbane. There were dinosaurs inside the Queensland Museum and many different exhibits that kept the family interested for hours.

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DAY 2
2) 
Australia Zoo
3) 
Aussie World/Ettamogah Pub
4) 
The Big Pineapple

Driving from Brisbane, we passed the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains and made our way to Australia Zoo – Steve and Terri Urwin’s wildlife conservation facility. It was Bindi’s birthday so we were lucky enough not only to see all the animals but also got a slice of Bindi’s birthday cake! After hours of fun at the zoo (blog post on that coming up soon!) we continued to make our way to Noosa with two quick stopovers. We took some selfies in front of the Big Pineapple which I hadn’t been to in decades (I remember being so excited going there when I was little), so I really wanted our little one to see it! We also used  to take long drives to Ettamogah Pub in Albury years ago so we stopped by the version in Palmview on the Sunshine Coast for another photo opp. Aussie World was closed by the time we got there so we had dinner when we arrived in Noosa. We stayed at the Noosa Crest Resort which had the best views overlooking Noosa Heads (let me know if you want me to do a blog post on our accommodation here!).

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Day 3
5) Eumundi Markets
6) Noosa Beach & Hastings street

There is something for everyone at the Eumundi Markets only a short drive from the main area of Noosa Heads. We ate hot, fresh mini donuts, I shopped some pretty silver bracelets from a stall called Frankie Lea Jewellery. We also stopped by the Berkelouw bookstore and ended up leaving with some goodies (I love bookstores!). Then after the morning of walking around the markets we spent the rest of the day relaxing in the sun, sand and sea on the Noosa Heads Main beach. A night time stroll along Hastings street saw the trees lit up with thousands of fairy lights and we topped of the day with some yummy ice cream!

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Day 4
7. Noosa Marina
8. Noosaville

Before driving back to Brisbane to catch our flight home to Melbourne, we drove along the Noosa River and enjoyed more sun and sightseeing at the Sundays markets at Noosa Marina. We had a big seafood platter for lunch at Noosaville at Maisie’s Seafood and Steakhouse and took a leisurely walk along the street passing cute little boutiques.

There you have it – a fun way to spend an extended weekend with something for everyone in the family!

Do you have any more tips to add on what to see around Brisbane and Noosa? I can’t wait to go back and explore some more 🙂

  Here is how I planned out the drive from Brisbane to Noosa on Google Maps

P.S This post has been entered into the Problogger Virgin Australia competition!

Wellbeing Wednesday – Body love

  Just a few quotes I’m feeling today for #wellbeingwednesday 🙂

It’s always so hard for us what with all the media images of “perfect” “ideal” bodies to feel comfortable in our own skin and embrace what we have.

I’ve had eczema since I was a baby and it was always so conscious about it and it wasn’t until I started dancing with Rewind Dance Crew that I started feeling more comfortable in my own skin.

Now pregnant the second time around I keep thinking how is my body (particularly my tummy and thighs) going to look after Baby arrives? Will it be soft and squishy again? How will I get back to feeling ok with it? But I’m not going to let those thoughts take over. I won’t have the time or the energy for that! I will just enjoy the time I have watching these little ones grow up whilst enjoying some of the things I’ve missed the past few months like dance classes!! Can’t wait to get back into it!! I will also try to eat a lot more veggies!

How do you work on your wellbeing when the body love is not happening!? Why are we so hard on ourselves!?

5 Basic Travel Hacks for Flying with Toddlers – Tips from a 2 year old

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5 Basic Travel Hacks When Flying with a Toddler

Hello everyone! I thought it would be a good idea to take over mummy’s blog today while she’s watching Friends since I haven’t spoken to you all for such a long time (see blog post here and here when I was just under a year old!). I am still so excited about our recent trip to Queensland and so grateful that Mummy and Daddy took me along that I wanted to share with you some travel tips for when you’re travelling with little people like me.

I have noticed that Mummy and Daddy have worried in the past that I might cry lots and annoy people in the plane on our previous trips,  but on those flights where they took me to Malaysia when I was 5 months old, and to the Gold Coast and Sydney last year, I was totally fine! So this time I thought I’d take note of what they did, and how I felt so that I could share it with you so that you too can have a fun and comfortable plane ride with the precious little people in your lives.

Travel tips for flying with toddlers #1

1) Let us know what’s going on – We are small but we can take a lot in, and we like to know what is happening just as much as you do. So one thing Mummy and Daddy did that I liked very much was they prepared me for our plane ride by explaining what was going to happen and that we would be flying high in the clouds! I was so happy to know that I was going to be on a plane because I always see them in the skies above and seeing them makes me want to go zooming through the air! Daddy also bought me a book about pilots from his last work trip to Sydney and he read it to me at bedtimes before our trip. By the time we got to the airport I could recognise all the things around me like the flight attendants, the check in counter and even the scanning stations – such a great book!

 

2) Let us pack and carry something too! – We want to help you out and getting us involved in the packing is a way for us to be part of the action. Mummy, Daddy and I packed my little backpack with goodies, spare clothes (scarves and hats so that you can layer on and off in case it is cold on the plane) and wipes, and I felt all grown up carrying it on my own!

3) Get to the airport early and let us run off some steam – Us toddlers are quite a handful if you do not know that all we want to do is explore and play and, explore some more. There are too many new and wondrous things in this world that we are constantly wanting to experience and be a part of, so one thing that mummy and daddy did on this trip that I loved was this – they bought me bubbles (I think it was only $1 from Target – I’m guessing $1 is cheap? From Mummy’s tone of voice I think it is!) and all kids love bubbles right? They played with me until we had to board the plane. It was great! – it kept me occupied whilst waiting to board and let me run off all my energy 🙂 #itsthesimplethings

4) Food and entertain is what we need – When taking off and landing Mummy and Daddy made sure I was either sipping some water or juice or gobbling up some yummy strawberries and snacks to help avoid ear pressure and discomfort.

Also to keep me occupied throughout the 2 hour plane ride, I played with cars, (I LOVE cars! And monster trucks! And airplanes! And diggers!), did some painting in this cool coloring book (don’t worry, it was a mess-free coloring/painting book! When I find out from Mummy where she got it from I’ll share it with you) and watched the clouds outside the window with Daddy!

Another great idea is to wrap up some toys that we already have from home prior to the trip and then your toddler can have fun opening them up like presents. Don’t worry, even though we know they are our old toys, we will still get excited for you! If all else fails you can also bring out the iPad – just remember to also bring some earphones – no one else on the plane will want to hear repeats of Peppa Pig and The Wiggles!

5) Enjoy the ride – It will all be ok! Do not stress too much mummies and daddies out there! As long as you look like you’re making an effort keeping us occupied throughout the plane ride, I’m sure the other passengers will see that and appreciate it. Have fun with us and watch out for signals when we are feeling tired or bored and adjust activities accordingly. This will make for a pleasant plane ride for everyone!

I hope some of my observations will be of help to you next time you are flying with your toddler. I cannot wait for our next trip next week to the Gold Coast! I heard Mummy saying something about getting some stamps?! – I LOVE stamps! I used to get them all the time after my Mini Maestro music lessons. I heard Mummy and Daddy talking about something called a High Flyers Passport for little people like me? – I will have to check that out 🙂

Anyway I had best sign off now so I can have a bath before bedtime – hopefully Daddy reads me the pilots storybook again 🙂

If you have any other tips for flying with toddlers let me know 🙂 I hope to hijack Mummy’s blog again soon with some travel tips on travelling with kids to Noosa!

Bye and good night!

– Toddler D –

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P.S This post is Mummy’s entry into the #pbevent Problogger Virgin Australia competition. Good luck Mummy!

Bump Diary #10 – 29 week update

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How far along are you? 29 weeks and 5 days

How big is baby? This week Baby is as big as a butternut pumpkin! On average around 38.6cms long and weighing just under 1.2kg. Baby’s muscles and lungs are continuing to mature and Baby’s bones are hardening – that might explaining the stronger movement I’ve been feeling and I can know actually see bumps in my tummy when Baby pushes out! Looks so freaky!

Body and changes:

Weight gain Haven’t weighed myself this week but feeling good despite the fact that I’m getting more and more uncomfortable bending down to put my shoes on and pick things up off the ground.

Stretch marks Continuing my daily routine of belly butter in the mornings and oil in the evenings

Sleep I’ve been a little uncomfortable this week and needing more pillows around me to get into a position where I can fall asleep. Ugghhh

Maternity clothes? Been loving these black work maternity pants I got from my mum! So comfy but still corporate-looking 🙂

The Other Stuff: 
Reflux is back and this past week I’ve been chewing on one Quick-Eze nearly every night to make the acidic feeling in my throat go away! This week too my body has reminded me yet another way that it is a baby making and baby delivering machine – leaking a little colostrum now and then. Lucky I’ve been wearing thick layers of tops and scarves due to the cold weather! I’ve been so forgetful this week! – left my mobile phone at the self serve checkouts at Coles an misplace my purse twice in 2 days! – luckily for me there are still honest peeps in this hood an when the hubby went back to Coles to check if my phone was there, they had kept it behind the counter for me!

   Eating lots more veggies this week after having a dietitian come into work on Wednesday to educate us about general nutrition and healthy habits tips. After having to fill in a quick food diary of what we ate the day before, it highlighted to me that I’m not getting enough veggies.

Feeling like I want to go on another holiday already! I need me some more of that good old Queensland sunshine.

Needing to more organised in the bedrooms and sort through Mr D’s clothes to declutter his wardrobe.

Wanting fresher produce down here like those juicy, sweet, sweet strawberries we had in Brisbane and Noosa.

Missing being able to carry Mr D 🙁

Watching those hilarious videos by Mikey Bustos (a Filipino/Canadian Youtuber comedian who does really funny parodies and tutorials about the Pinoy culture – check out some of his videos here and here! LOL!)

Bookmarking where to go for our next holiday (still!) and loads of cute mummy and son pics on Instagram! The one below is from @shalicenoel – I absolutely love her style and all the shoes in her posts!

Noticing how much more tired I am these days. It’s like it’s hit me all of a sudden that I am now in the third trimester with only several more weeks to go!

Enjoying hearing Mr D talk so much and loving how he’s always surprising me! Last night after his bath he found his baby cologne (a gift from my relatives from the Philippines) and he handed it to me and said “Mummy can you put this on me so I smell so good?” LOL! And then when Daddy came to see what was happening, Mr D leaned over and made Daddy smell his neck. So cute! Kids! – where do they get this from?!

   Just a few things we did last clockwise from top left: One of @shalicenoel’s posts from Instagram, my healthy brekkie on Saturday morning was avocado, boiled egg, tomato and asparagus with a squeeze of lemon and salt and pepper – it was so goo and creamy!, a morning walk in the park before starting work as we had been told told to do something for our wellbeing and not start work until 11am! It was so lovely…cold but lovely, looks like a bomb hit our room with all the unpacking needing to be put away from our holiday…ugghh I hate this part!

  Playing Masterchef at home with Daddy. Seasoning the pork belly for our rolls before putting the lid on the pressure cooker! Turned out sooooo soft and yummy.  Mr D enjoying the tea from the newly opened food precinct at Highpoint Shopping Centre after his cool new haircut at Just Cuts.

gratefuldaniel #9

Daddy: Daniel do you want to say thanks for anything today?

Daniel: Thanks to God for the the light, the door, my bed, the moon. Thanks to God for Daddy. Thanks to God for Mummy. Thanks to God for Tita (Aunty) Arielle. Thanks to God for Baby. – Just like last week he kept reeling off a list of things he wanted to say thank you for like he just wanted to cover everything!

What were you grateful for last week? Have you been practicing gratitude lately?