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ALL SLEEP IS NOT 'BEAUTY SLEEP'

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You heard right, all sleep routines weren’t created equally. 

We’ve all been there, waking up after a solid 8 hours but still feeling exhausted. Having regular early nights but still having a 3pm crash.  

But even more annoying - the puffy eyes, dull skin and constant exhaustion. 

Which is why I wanted to share today a little about what I’ve learnt about sleep so that you can lay your head on the pillow and wake up feeling refreshed and revitalised in a few simple steps!  

There are things that I know to be true when it comes to getting AMAZING sleep… and it starts the day before.

 

STEP ONE

Slow down your mind

Sleep prep doesn’t happen in the moments before jumping between the sheets.  It happens a few hours before.  

How often do you scroll social media before drifting off?  Or watch reality TV to ‘wind down’ after a big day?  

This may seem like a great way to get ready for sleep BUT it’s actually hindering your sleep quality.  

Why?

Because you’re stimulating your mind when you should be allowing it to wind down. 

I know that personally, when I scroll Instagram before bed and check out photos of people on exotic holidays or in their gorgeous homes with their perfectly dressed children - I start to get caught up in a little bit of comparion-itis (learn more about how I combat this here) and my mind can start over thinking things.  How I can serve more people through my business, how I can raise my girls with the values I hold close, how I can be thinner, smarter, prettier and richer!  All the things!  So instead of drifting off into a restful sleep, my mind is racing with thoughts of development and growth.  

On top of that, you’re allowing the blue light that is particular of TV and mobile phones to stop your brain from triggering the release of melatonin.  You may still fall asleep fast, but you won’t fall as easily into the restorative sleep pattern that you need to wake up with energy!  

I personally wear these Blue Blockers at night once the sun goes down to help me get better quality sleep.  Sometimes I have online trainings for the Gratitude Gang at night so I can’t avoid the blue light.  I’ve found since using these glasses for the last year I’ve been able to wind down much fast after a night of connecting with my girl gang! 

 

STEP TWO

Create a wind down ritual

It definitely seems easier to just get into bed when you’ve had a big day and when exhaustion gets the better of you, it’s inevitable that you’ll pass out immediately.  

But having a ritual that prepares you for QUALITY sleep can change the game, allowing you to wake up fresh and refreshed for the day ahead.  

 

My own ritual is as follows ... 

:: Turn down the lights, leaving on one in my bathroom and a very dull lamp in our room.  

:: Jump in the shower and read over my end of day questions that I have laminated on the shower wall.  Personally I have borrowed Brendon Burchards - Did I live? Did I love? Did I matter?

:: Put on my face creams and do a little Face Yoga which is a new thing for me that I’m kind of really loving! 

I’ve been using MooGoo Night Time Face Cream and I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin when I wake up.  It was recommended to me by a friend and I’m so glad I’ve been using it religiously lately!  

And then I moisturise my body and pay extra attention to massaging my feet, they held me up all day and they totally deserve extra love! 

:: Last up I read, not something educational but something that calms my mind and prepares me for beautiful dreams.  Inspiring books.  I’m currently re-reading the Tao Te Ching.

 

STEP THREE

Mini Medi

This is the part where we fall asleep.  I highly recommend having your phone in a different room when you sleep and also keeping it on night mode so you don’t hear or feel any vibrations or notifications.  But I know that some people will thrive on a guided meditation to get them started with this ritual.  I would recommend doing one weeks worth of guided meditations (I love the Omvana app) and then start to leave your phone in a different room and take yourself through the meditations.  

Usually you’ll get a few minutes in and drift off. 

 

So those are three splendidly simple steps to a better and more beautifying sleep.  I’d love to know what you have tried and what has made a difference in your sleep routine below! 

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MY AUTUMN BEAUTY MUST HAVES

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Autumn has hit in Australia and I’m all about seasonal everything right now.  It’s my obsession.  

From getting way too into Hygge (I’m going to do a live about this soon… watch this space), to not just eating seasonally but exercising and even adjusting my self care ritual to suit the fresh season.  I’m even getting more and more excited about the spiritual meaning of Autumn.    

Like I said, obsession.  

And because I love you, I want to share what I’m loving, learning and living.  

But let's start with my revitalised beauty cabinet?  

 

First up, the face!  

When the weather changes, my skin reacts!  I can get redness on my chin, dry skin around my nose and the seasonal adjustments can sometimes result in a flare up of dermatitis that I used to get as a teen and sometimes even blemishes!  

I’ve said this before, exfoliate, exfoliate, EXFOLIATE!  I used to think that scrubbing would make my skin more dry but it actually does the opposite.  

I’ve been using this Eco by Sonya Driver Skin Compost Exfoliant and I’m loving it!  My skin feels so soft after using it! 

And of course you can’t forget the body.  I love to dry body brush in the mornings but I know that as it gets colder, I get lazier and want to jump straight into a warm shower.  So I’ve got this Divine Company Exfoliating Body Scrub sitting in my shower, ready to rock!

And I’m from the Gold Coast so it’s clear and obvious that I love a tan.  And I also love keeping my skin young so it’s mostly a fake bake.  My fave one, right here!

And to keep that freshly scrubbed skin feeling nice and hydrated, I’m 100% sure you will fall in love with this moisturiser like I did.  There are only 5 or 6 ingredients and it’s so luscious!  Plus, all the celebrities use it so it must work, right?

Then in order to keep moving towards naturally ageless (while ageing gracefully at the same time, such a juggle!) we know we need to keep our insides doing the things, right?  I drink this Beauty Chef Inner Beauty Boost daily.  It’s yummy and it’s collagen boosting, you can’t lose! 

 

And look, this isn’t really a beauty must have, but it’s a wellbeing must have and while I’m at it - TONGUE SCRAPING!  If you’re not doing it, you must start.  Not only does it give your mouth a whole new level of clean but I believe it also removes small particles of food from the pores of your tongue, so your no longer having your body ‘taste’ these foods and cravings can decrease dramatically. Just try it for 30 days!

Another beauty must have is one I was gifted in an event goodie bag. This is my sole saviour.  Literally, if cracked heels aren’t something you’re digging, lather this stuffon, cover in socks and wake up in the morning with the most divine, baby smooth soles.  I’m sure it’s got other uses but it’s usually seen on the base of my big feet!

And I’m going to finish off by spilling the secret.  Sometimes I get asked how I get my hair the way I do… This is exactly what I use and I promise that if you want it, I’ll do a mini tutorial on how I use it.  So go ahead and get yourself one and in a few weeks, we’ll get you some beach waves for days.  Sound good?  

Also - this brush is amazing! 

 

I hope this is a helpful step towards your Autumn beauty rituals.  I would LOVE to know what you use and love that keeps you feeling nurtured when the temperature drops?  Tell me in the comments below!

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HOW TO CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE JUST FOR YOU

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Having a morning routine is the key to a productive, positive and calm day.  

BUT

There are millions of online articles telling you how to have a good morning, what you should be doing, the time you should wake up and exactly the order things need to be done.  

That’s all well and good, but what if you could create a routine that fit in perfectly with what feels good to you, comes naturally to you and helps you to feel like you’re living in flow?  

 

You can, I’m going to tell you how.

 

WHAT TIME SHOULD I WAKE UP?

There are literally 84 million google search results to this question.  Some experts will tell you 7am is the ideal time to rise, others that you should shift your time with when the sun rises, others say 4:30am is the sweet spot.  But there is one question I find these experts fail to ask is 

“What time do you naturally wake up?”

This is key to getting to know your sleep cycle and getting further into your quality of sleep!    If you do feel like you’re not having a good slumber and restless nights, I highly recommend you read The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington.  This book will change your sleep, energy and relationships.  

So, if you’re having good quality sleep, going to bed at a reasonable hour and sleeping in a calm environment, you should naturally wake up at a time when your body has rested.  

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO FIRST THING AFTER WAKING UP?

This is the fun part, choose your own adventure style morning rituals!  Below is a list of some beneficial things you could do, you get to structure it however you want, listening to what your body and mind need each day.  

 

:: Have a glass of warm water and lemon 

:: Roll out of bed onto your yoga matt and stretch for 5-10 minutes

:: Meditate

:: Journal

:: Watch the sunrise (if you’re early enough) 

:: Head out for a walk

 

So again, you get to construct a conscious ritual that is tailor made for YOU.  

 

OK, BUT WHAT SHOULD I EAT FOR BREAKFAST? 

This one is easy.  

Real food.  

Yup, just eat real food.  That real food can be scrambled eggs with some turmeric coated veggies, overnight oats with berries, a green smoothie or whatever makes your body feel good and isn’t coming out of a packet with more than two ingredients!  

In the Health Hub, we have SO MANY amazing breakfast ideas!  Loads of juice ideas, smoothies and light options to the heavier Sunday breakfast indulgences (including our Complete Pancakes that have superfoods like spirulina, mushroom powders and pumpkin powder that taste better than the naughty gluten laden version!) so if you’re struggling with ideas, you know where to look!

 

These are my three steps to a simply successful morning routine.  Wake up with purpose, do something grounding and nourish your temple.  

It’s really THAT SIMPLE! 

 

Love,

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MOOGOO : A REVIEW

Two weeks ago I was speaking to my Intentional Living Group Coaching girls about how to remove toxins from your home and why it's so important. 

So many beauty products, household cleaning products and food storage containers hold chemicals that our body doesn't respond well to and it's really important that as much as possible we're using products that don't contain things like SLS, parabens, propylene glycol and synthetic fragrances because this can be absorbed by our skin and effect our liver and mess with our hormones!

The girls were asking what I use and I mentioned a few MooGoo items that I've used for years. After a good 15 minute discussion on just this brand I wanted to share with ALL of you why I love these product and what I personally use and what my family loves. 


Backtrack to 2013 when I was pregnant with Bo, I found MooGoo because I was suffering from dermatitis on my hands a little and needed to find a body wash that wouldn't irritate and would hopefully help to heal!

I stumbled onto their website and ended up ordering a whole bunch of bits for when baby Bo was due to arrive.  Knowing that I didn't want to start my little girls life by washing her with nasty fragranced soaps, my first purchase was Milk Wash, which I used for myself and for her. Eventually I switched this up for Mini Moo Bubbly Wash because what child doesn't like a bubble bath! 

The reason I love MooGoo Wash is because it's free of SLS (sodium laureth sulphate) which is a very irritating detergent that can dry your skin and is found in most cleansing products.  SLS is what would irritate my dermatitis and dry out my hands even more.  

Speaking of my dermatitis, during this time of my first pregnancy and being super careful about what I put in my body and ON my body, I needed to find something to give my hands relief so I tried their Eczema & Psoriasis Cream and I can say, hand on heart, since using that I have not had a single reoccurrence of this skin irritation (you can see why I'm such a raving fan, right?) and my cracked skin over my knuckles and fingers is a distant memory!


Over the past 4 years of being a MooGoo customer, my love has only grown.  This Australian owned company  not only creates amazing Australian made products, but they care about their impact on the environment, making sure they keep nasty ingredients out of their range and are fully transparent on what they do put in and they still keep everything affordable so that everyone can have healthy products to use for their family.  

Products I love and use regularly 

For me

:: Milk Wash 

:: Skin Milk Udder Cream 

:: Natural Sunscreen 

:: Organic Rosehip Oil

For the girls

:: Mini Moo Bubbly Wash

:: Milk Shampoo 

:: Cream Conditioner 

:: Nappy Balm (when necessary) 

 

So my advice to you?  Read packaging, when you run out of something you already own that isn't made from skin loving ingredients, replace it with something that is and BE EDUCATED. You're 100% in charge of your body and what goes on and in it.

 

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