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Essential Oil Blend for Emotional Support

Before I discovered doTERRA oils, I had used essential oils to make my own cleaning products and natural perfumes, but I hadn’t realised the support that they could provide emotionally. Because essential oils are carbon based (like the human body) the body allows essential oils to penetrate cell walls, meaning that the oils can work on a deeper level than other synthetic products, which just go into the bloodstream.

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Essential Oil Healing Spray for Cuts and Scrapes

Since becoming a bonafide yoga teacher and professional hippie, I’m always on the lookout for ways to make my home more natural and less toxic. One of the best solutions I’ve discovered is the use of essential oils, and I’ve been using them for a long time now – to replace chemical-laden items in my beauty cupboard and my medicine cabinet. Essential oils are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. They protect plants against environmental factors and can provide beneficial properties. They are highly concentrated when distilled for purity, potency and efficacy. Historically, they have been used for food preparation, beauty treatment and health care practices.

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Meet Jess from Mama Disrupt

What is the story behind Mama Disrupt?

Mama Disrupt™ is a modern mama movement that is changing lives. Every mother wants nothing but happiness for her child, but who is looking after mama? Say hello to Mama Disrupt™.

Mama Disrupt™ is on a mission to change the face of motherhood, to flip it on its head to help mamas enjoy a kick-ass life alongside the little people in their world. Mama Disrupt™ is place to go that ENCOURAGES and INSPIRES, so that we can become the BEST version of ourselves—without apology, without hesitation. We are the most INCREDIBLE WOMEN on the most INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE of RAISING HUMANS, and deserve the world.

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A letter to mamas concerned about happiness…

It is not alluding you. It just doesn't look the same to everyone. It isn't grand, and it isn't constant. 

It is a culmination of small moments that come together to settle gently in your heart, and your soul.

It is definitely not found while standing in a field or laughing as you drink a green smoothie.

Happiness is remembering to take care of you; remembering to get your eyebrows waxed, taking a long walk alone, reading, or spending 5 minutes every morning in meditation. 

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Yoga in Motherhood

I have a confession… I have never really felt ‘grown up’. As in a ‘real’ adult.

Always moving, travelling, making life decisions fluidly, changing careers, very little commitment, and very few possessions. I’m not afraid of staying put, I just love exploring, experiencing and expressing.

But this motherhood gig has me feeling my 33 years. Maybe it is just the constant lack of sleep, but maybe it is the sobering realisation every time I look at Narayan that he is 100% dependent on me.

Never before have I spent so much of the day being present, and aware. I think it is all the time I have been spending in the present which has made me feel like the adult I am.

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Lessons from my Island Life

Sometimes you have to be removed from a situation to be able to see it clearly.

After almost a year in Seychelles, the distance has helped me realise how overwhelmed I was in Australia being told what I should feel was important on a daily basis. My time here has also made me appreciate how comfortable and easy life there is, and much of the struggle I ever experienced was internal.

In so many ways our time here has been like a life cleanse. We are not exposed to the constant flow of marketing on tv or in magazines. And in its absence I have come to realise how much noise it was creating in my mind. Here there is no pressure to be a certain way, wear particular clothes, style my hair, wear make up, or maintain a mask. I have the space to just be me, and do all those things when and how I feel like it because it is joyful, not a chore.

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We are Never Free of Fear

A blog from 2 years ago and another lifetime… but a lessons that is relevant to anyone, anytime. 

In the early hours of this morning I had a moment that shifted a heavy weight I didn’t realise I was carrying. I also had the realisation that we are never free of fear.

This realisation all started as Narayan had his first fever this week and with it brought the normal emotional pangs of seeing your baby unwell. I slept less as I watched him sleep beside me, checking his temperature and sending him healing love.

But underneath that normal concern in me was a deeper fear, and at first I didn’t want to face it or think about it. I just wanted to care for Narayan and help him to feel better.

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More Musing on Motherhood

Every three months I share some of my learnings as a new mother. These are my musings on Narayan’s and my journey from 4 to 6 months…

It is a loveless task at first.

Those first three months are spent feeding, holding, caring for, and (even more) feeding a tiny human that isn’t aware of the greater world. It can feel loveless, even though you love them like crazy.

And then they learn to smile. And in time they smile at you or something you have done. And then one day they smile because it is you. That is when things shift.

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CHOCOLATE AND SWEET POTATO TRUFFLES

This guest post is from my amazing mama friend Tara from The Nutrition Guru & The Chef, as well as Baby Guru Nutrition. It is such a delicious recipe and little ones love helping make it, as long as you are cool with a little mess and lots of eaten mix! 

I created these truffles after a friend of mine was having trouble with her toddler suddenly refusing to eat vegetables. Now, I’m not a fan of hiding all veggies in all meals as this doesn’t teach children in any way how to accept vegetables and teaches them that it’s ok to eat dishes with no vegetables (because mum has hidden them all through the pasta sauce). But sneaking a few serves of veggies in disguise here in there, while still continuing to offer them as per normal is a helpful strategy that serves the best of both worlds.

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