A New Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis

Have you been searching for ways to ease the pain of Plantar Fasciitis?

Up until 9 weeks ago, I had never heard of Plantar Fasciitis, then one day at work I sort of bent, twisted and lifted all at the same time and within a few minutes I could hardly walk!

Imagine a screwdriver being pushed up into your heel and twisted a few times and you are on the right track.

The first few steps out of bed in the morning or getting up from the lounge after resting for a while are the worst. I feel like a 100 year old, even though I am not quite half way there. Fortunately as the tendons warm up and loosen the pain levels reduce so you are not in agony all day long.

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Plantar Fasciitis is common amoung athletes and as I am not one of those, after discovering that Plantar Fasciitis was the cause of my pain, I researched extensively as I wanted a solution, fast! I was amazed to discover that a lot of Australians  suffer from this condition, which is often brought on from considerably long periods of weight bearing and not wear supportive shoes.

I had been following the standard protocol’s advised by my doctor such as regularly placing my foot on an ice pack, taking anti-inflammatory medication and wearing 2 pairs of thick socks at work to provide extra cushioning.

Torn ligaments simply do not heal overnight! Bugger!

I was very excited to be invited to try a new product that has been released on to the market, specifically for those suffering from this very condition. When the parcel arrived in the mail I was really hoping for a magic cure.

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The Futuro Night Plantar Fasciitis Sleep Support had arrived!

My initial reaction was one of disappointment, as I was hoping for a gadget or support that I could wear all day that would take all the pain away. Upon reading the supporting literature, I was quickly discovered that this clever brace, is specifically designed to hold your foot in the perfect position to eliminate stress on the tendons whilst you sleep. Hope returns.

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Looks pretty space age, doesn’t it?

The Futuro Night Plantar Fasciitis Sleep Support is very light weight and the inside is lined with breathable fabric to make it comfortable during sleep. With the aid of two heavy duty velcro straps, you custom fit it to your leg. Compared to big and bulky foot braces of the past this one is very slim-line.

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Strapped on and ready to go!

Already from night one, I noticed how my foot was comfortably kept at a 90 degree angle, whereas my other foot dropped right down. When your foot is not supported in any way the tendons contract to the shortest possible length which causes the extreme pain you feel when you first put pressure on it.

Getting up in the morning was definately easier, but for the first two weeks that was all I really noticed.

By the end of the third week, it dawned on me that I had got through an unexpected 10 hour day at work with only minor discomfort, OMG, healing was actually happening. It was the best it had felt in weeks.

It can take 6 – 12 months of continual care to heal Plantar Fasciitis, but I think nightly wear of this brace is going to speed things up considerably.

The Futuro Night Plantar Fasciitis Sleep Support is available from leading pharmacies across Australia and retails for $54.95. As it is has only just been released your pharmacy may not yet have it in stock, so ask them to get it in for you.

3M Futuro have also released another new product to provide night support for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome and if you would like to know more about that please visit their website. When you are able to sleep well at night, your body is able to do it’s best work facilitating healing.

In addition to wearing the brace, I have recently invested in a shoe insert with arch support and this has made walking all day more comfortable. There are also some exercies that my doctor recommended I do each day to gently stretch and strengthen the tendons and I am doing these faithfully, watch this video to learn how to do them at home.

Thank you to 3M Futuro and Digital Parents Collective for allowing me to receive this product for trial and consideration.

Is Your Teenager Suffering From Depression?

Is Your Teenager Suffering From Depression?

Depression is a serious illness that is often unrecognised and misunderstood by many. In recent years, however, efforts have been made by organisations and governments to increase awareness of the disorder and the treatments available. As a parent, it can be hard to distinguish between normal teen angst and real depression. We all remember the highs and lows of being a teenager, but if your child is displaying the following symptoms, it may be time to seek professional help.

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It’s not all ‘happy day’s’ being a teen!

Irritability

Think back to your teen years. It’s fair to say that your parents considered you quite moody, even if you didn’t actively rebel by drinking, doing drugs or smoking. The pressures of school, problems with friends, negative body image and feeling restricted can certainly lead to grumpiness and sulkiness. If, however, your teenager also shows other symptoms, they may be suffering from depression.

Despondency

There are times in our lives when we question the point of it all. Why do we do the things we do? What are we working for? Depression can lead to a prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness. For sufferers, every silver lining has a dark cloud of despair. Physical manifestations of these feelings include listlessness, restlessness and sudden bursts of crying.

Social Isolation

As sufferers of depression feel more and more despondent, they usually pull away from their social circles in an act of withdrawal. When you ask your teenager about their friends, do they turn away and give non-committal, short answers? Are they spending more time in their bedroom or on the computer? Do they no longer participate in hobbies outside of school?

Problems at School

Depression has been linked to an inability to concentrate and poor decision-making skills, so whether your child is a straight-A student or an average performer, if you are suddenly receiving negative reports from teachers regarding their behaviour and academic results, this is also cause for concern.

Unusual Sleeping Patterns or Appetite

Does your child suddenly struggle to wake up in the mornings? Have they complained of insomnia or waking up early and being unable to return to sleep? Or maybe they have lost their appetite in recent weeks? Depression has both mental and physical effects, including insomnia, oversleeping, an increased appetite, a loss of appetite and a fluctuation in weight. These are the more easily identifiable indicators, so keep a close eye on your teenager.

Low Self-Esteem

Our teenage years are when we are most vulnerable to low self-esteem and a distorted body image. Advertisements bombard teenagers with images of impossibly beautiful singers, actors, models and celebrities, just when they are first becoming acquainted with acne, stretch marks, lankiness, a lack of muscles or breasts, and body odour. It’s tough. Does your teenager seem unusually hyper-critical of their appearance? Are they fixated on their shortcomings in life to the point where the negativity is endless?

What do you think? Was this article helpful? If you fear that your teenager suffers from depression or just want to get some further information, reach out today. From 24 hour helplines offered by non-profit organisations such as beyondblue, to specialised counselling from psychologist practices such as Talking Minds, help is available. To share your story or advice, please comment in the box below.

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Will You Take The Pepsi Next Challenge?

I love a challenge, and this one was really easy, Pepsi Next ticked all the right boxes, BUT would it taste good??

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What little bit of water was there is crystal clear, but only deep enought to wet your toes!

Getting two teens off the lounge, away from their modern technological contraptions and out into nature -now that can be a real challenge!

Actually my girls are pretty good, they enjoy the outdoors, they love water, and when I tempted them with a picnic by the creek, they were happy to come along.

We live in suburbia, but only 5 minutes from home is a natural creek. When it has been raining it is a really fun place to visit and you can paddle around in the water. As Brisbane is suffering from a severe lack of the wet stuff, the creek was home to tadpoles, but not swimmable.

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Getting comfy!

When it comes to soft drink, my girls are pretty fussy and know their stuff. Normal soft drink is loaded with a ton of sugar and the diet varieties are loaded with aspartame. Neither are good options so only occassionally do we have them in the house. Both girls are heavily into ‘Physie’ which requires them to dance in nothing more than a leotard, tights, fake tan and big hair. Nothing else to hide behind. Bonus for me, they are very concious of what they eat and drink. There are no diets in our house, but they know that what they eat will go with them on to the physie floor, so they make their own informed choices.

Pepsi Next is the next generation of Cola.  It has the great taste of regular cola but with NATURALLY LESS SUGAR.  Actually it has 30% less sugar but the really important message is that we have been able to do this naturally, thanks to using Stevia.   Pepsi Next is the first Cola in Australia to use Stevia.”  This is a huge step in the right direction. Less sugar and no artificial sweetner. Winning!

So does it taste good?

Miss WW (Jnr) was already a big fan, Miss WW (Snr) was hesitant but took the plunge and was very surprised. It does not leave that nasty after taste that accompanies ‘diet’ soft drink, but is not rediculously sweet. Another vote in favour. Our guest does soft drink in a big way and certainly had no complaints. Doing very well so far.

The toughest nut to crack though is me! A coke addict from WAY back, who only very occassionally allows herself a glass of the real thing and will not have diet soft drink as the body won’t do artificialy sweetner without kicking and screaming……..another vote from me. It tastes great, icy cold it was lovely and refreshing on a hot afternoon.

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Normally a lovely flowing stream, but not at the moment!

Pepsi Next is a good choice for a cool refreshing drink with a lot less sugar, certainly a better choice for my family.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like an 8 pack of Pepsi Next delivered to your front door and take the taste challenge?

Simply leave a comment about why you would like to take the Pepsi Next challenge and I will have Miss WW (jnr) select a winner, the old fashioned way!  🙂   (Open to Australian residents only) – Competition closes on Friday 8 March at 8.00pm.

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(I was sent a product pack from Pepsi for my editorial consideration) Thanks 🙂

** Update – Congratulations Emily, your pack of Pepsi Next will be delivered to you shortly!

How To Keep Cool Outside In The Aussie Summer

How To Keep Cool Outside In The Aussie Summer.

It’s fair to say that even the most sun-loving people get frustrated with the unrelenting heat that the Australian summer can sometimes bring. If this is you, you’re certainly not alone. Stepping outside may be the furthest thing on your mind when the temperature rises above 35 degrees, but unless you’re content with staying inside the whole day, chances are you’ll eventually need to venture outside. But don’t worry. There are a number of ways you can still stay cool, even on a scorching hot day. Apart from having a good old fashioned water fight with your friends and family, here are 3 ways you can stay cool when outside during the hot Australian summer.

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Adding chopped fruit to water makes it taste delicious!

1. Drinks lots of water.

During even the mildest of summer days, it’s important that you stay well hydrated and drink lots of water (2 litres minimum, per day). Not only will drinking enough water help keep all the body’s vital organs and systems running optimally, but a nice cold drink can help to bring your overall body temperature down (water holds heat). It helps to stock a few litres of water in the freezer to pull out on those hot days. You can take them with you on your way to work or school, and sip them throughout the day. You may also want to limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol on particularly hot days. Sure, a nice cold alcoholic beverage may seem alluring (especially when at a BBQ – visit Barbeques Galore Australia for a nice selection of great BBQs), but it will only dehydrate you, and this will increase your body temperature.

2. Wear breathable clothing.

There’s nothing worse than being stuck outside, under the scorching sun, wearing clothing that doesn’t breathe well. It’s just plain uncomfortable, and you won’t enjoy your time outside this way. That’s why it’s important to only wear breathable fabric when outside. Breathable clothing (natural fibres such as cotton are best) allows proper ventilation between your body and the outside world, and as such, can help to keep your body temperature down. Also, choose looser fitting and lighter coloured clothing to further help your body stay cool on one of those hot iconic Australian summer days.

3. Wear a hat.

Not only is wearing a hat effective in preventing certain forms of skin cancer, but the inherent shade it brings can help bring your body temperature down. Note that you’ll need to make sure your hat is made from natural fibres (such as cotton) that breathe well and allow the heat from your body to pass through to the outside. If your hat isn’t breathable, then it will act as an insulator, serving to increase your body temperature. If you can, choose a wide-brimmed hat instead of a cap to give you maximum shade.

Staying cool during an Australian summer is challenging at times, but certainly not impossible. Make sure you drink lots of water, wear breathable clothing, and wear a nice, wide-brimmed hat before you venture outside. Doing this will help keep your body temperature down, which will allow you to feel comfortable on even the hottest of days.

#365grateful – A Year Of Gratitude In Pictures!

Practicing gratitude is a powerful way to uplift your energy to bring better things.

Quite simply, if you spend your life only wanting more, and not appreciating what you already have, you will constantly live a life of ‘wanting’ and not ‘having’.

When things are not going to plan it is easy to spend lot’s of time focused on the negative. But the quicker you can stop that focus and shift to gratitude, even if it is simply to give thanks for a lesson you might need to learn to move forward, you energy is more relaxed and positive, this attracts more to be grateful for.

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#365grateful is a fun way to make sure that every day you find something in your life to be grateful for. You simply find one thing and photograph it.

This project was started a few years ago and is alive and well on social media. Join in and share what you are grateful for everyday and at the end of the year you will have pictorial evidence of the good things in your life.

I have decided to share mine on Instagram, follow along with me @wonderfullywomen and add the hashtage #365grateful and share with the world the goodness in your day.

Share your Instagram tag and I will follow along with you.

I love fun ways to stay motivated to focus on good things, this is sure is one of those! 🙂

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Why You Should Check Your Junk Mail Folder!

Junk mail folders are a great invention. They are designed to keep spam out of your email feed, and I really do not need to see 1000’s of Canadian pharmacy ads that hit my inbox every day!

It is so easy to hit ’empty’ and watch all those spam emails disappear into cyber space heaven.

Occassionally though your email provider will get it wrong, and a gem of an email will be missed. Just like it almost did this morning. With over 300 email in my junk folder I was just about to permanently delete them, but decided to have a quick glance, just in case.

Thankfully I did, or I would have missed an email from Toddlers On Tour to let me know I had won a online magazine subscription competition she had running on her blog. Thank you Sally-Ann, I am looking forward to receiving O – The Oprah Magazine.

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Being a magazine addict, this was an awesome prize to win. I often pick up O magazine from the library and have really enjoyed reading it, but the copies are quite old, so now I get the brand new ones to enjoy. I have never subscribed to a magazine online, so this is a great way to discover if I can cope without having the glossy pages in my hands. 🙂

Everyday before you clear your junk mail folder, have a quick glance to make sure that you are not missing out on some wonderful or imporant news.

Do you ever check your junk mail folder?

5 Top Tips For Writing A Winning Resume!

Whether you are applying for your very first job or have decided to go after that dream job, job hunting can be a very stressful experience. You will possibly be one of 100’s of applicants. A winning resume is the most important step to securing you an interview. Yours must stand out from all the others. A sub-standard resume simply sends the message to a prospective employer that you are nothing special and another rejection letter or email will be heading your way.

Resume’s become outdated very quickly. As you gather more experience or undertake additional training, you must update it regularly so that important information is not accidently left out. If you are writing your first resume, you may feel you have nothing to put on it, but you will have some life experiences that are worthy of inclusion.

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5 Top Tips For Writing A Winning Resume!

1. STYLE AND DESIGN – Your resume is not the place to go to town with fancy fonts and a rainbow of colours! Stick to common professional fonts like Times New Romal and Arial. Not the most exciting fonts, but certainly the most practical and easy on the eye to read. No need for huge font or incredibly small font either. Use size 11 or 12. Using bold for headings is fine, but don’t add underscore as well, total overkill. A hint of colour can make your resume stand out from the crowd, just don’t over do it.

2. KEEP IT CLEAR – Standard plain English is the only acceptable language to use. No abbreviations, slang, SMS codes or profanties must creep on to your pages. Under no circumstances must there be ANY spelling errors on this very important document. Use spell check and get someone to proof read for you.

3. ONLY 1 IMAGE ALLOWED – The only acceptable image suitable for inclusion on your resume is a nice clear headshot of yourself. Your resume is not the place to include any other image, even if you are applying for positions in creative fields.

4. LIST IT ALL – In reverse chronological order (from most current) include Education, Employment History, Professional Development and Training. Don’t forget to include achievements (professional or personal), awards, voluntary or community involvement and interests/hobbies. Always include 2 or 3 referees and let them know to expect a call or two.

5. BE CONTACTABLE – Include every possible way that your future employer could get in contact with you. Address, postal address, email, land line and mobile contacts are a must. Make sure that your voicemail message is clear and professional.  This also applies to your email address, nothing tacky or inappropriate will do. Set up a new one that uses your name is the best choice.

You can go online and get resume templates, so that you just have to fill in the blanks. Use a little more creativity and make yours truly stand out.

Your resume is the only thing between you and your dream job. Investing time in creating your ‘story’ is time well spent. When your resume is complete it it time too put it to work for you. Registering with a reputable recruitment agency such as Randstad can help you find your perfect job as they are experts in matching vacancies with prospective employee’s. Keep your resume clear, honest and concise and before you know it your perfect job will be yours. If you really can’t manage to create your own resume, a quick internet search will reveal a bounty of professional resume creators that will do the work for you for a fee. This could be money well spent.

Thyme Tea – An Effective Treatment For Coughs!

I love my little pots of herbs growing in the garden. Using fresh herbs in cooking tastes so much yummy than the dried version. Thyme is a popular herb to use in chicken dishes, but these little leaves are VERY helpful when trying to calm an annoying cough.

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What ever is causing your cough whether it be a simple cold or flu, or to the other extreme with whooping cough, bronchitis or pneumonia, this simple tea is extremely soothing and effective.

Most over the counter cough medications are quite ineffective, and in Australia they have been banned for use with children. With natural anti-bacterial properties, Thyme tea is also beneficial for indigestion, sore throats and gingivitis.

Thyme tea is easy to make…..

Place 1 tablespoon fresh Thyme leaves in a teapot or tea strainer. Add a mug full of boiling water. Allow to steep for at least 5 minutes, but not more than 10.

Thyme is quite a pungent herb, and the addition of a little honey and squeeze of lemon will add more healthy benefits whilst making a flavoursome drink.

Thyme tea can also be used as a gargle if preferred, but sipping the tea will provide the most health benefits.

Have you ever tried Thyme tea?

What is your favourite herbal tea?

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Sharing Some Christmas Cheer

Even though the shops are filled with Christmas goodies, I tend to bury my head in the sand and pretend it is not happening!

Then my annual reminder arrives on the newstand, and I cannot resist!

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For some strange reason, this is my trigger!

All the gorgeous recipies, fabulous crafts and tantalising pictures flips the Christmas switch and the planning starts in earnest.

My family will be sharing another wonderful Christmas together with awesome food, pressies, decorations and a glass of wine or two. Blessed to still have both of my parents alive and well, we really enjoy our time together.

When my teens were little, Christmas only meant one thing to them, presents!

They would devour the toy catalogues and make lists of everything they desired. They never got everything on their list, as that was beyond the family budget, and I also didn’t want my kids thinking they would get anything they desired as no doubt their lists would have been long enough to wrap around the house.

From an early age, I have tried to instill in them that there is lot’s of people that will not be able to share all the
Christmas goodness as they simply cannot afford it. There will be people that will be lucky if they get a meal, let alone a pressie from ‘Santa’.

I have made it a habit to teach them about sharing. Whilst we are not a family of magnificent wealth, we can find some to share with others.

Both girls would help me select a present to put under the Kmart wishing tree, so that there would be two less children who would not be missing out on a present. In November, every year the girls have to have a decluttering session and every item that is in good condition would be donated to a local charity. We have a charity collection tin in our kitchen for all our loose change. It is collected every 3 months and new one is dropped off. It is sealed so the cash inside is safe from joining the tuck shop que.

And whilst I am busy making lists, and figuring out what to cook, what to buy and how to get it all done, this appears on my facebook wall……..

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This feels a little like a stab in the heart, a wave of guilt joins the party, and my planning gets put on hold temporarily.

Compared to a huge amount of the worlds population, we live like Kings.

We have a roof over our heads, comfy beds, fresh water, dinner is on the table every night, an abundance of clothes to pick from, the internet, mobile phones and sooooo much more.

Whilst I would love to be able to stop world poverty now, that is impossible for one Brissie mum to manage on her own.

BUT if every Aussie mum, could give up just a little of their Christmas cheer and visit Unicef we have the ability to be Santa this year and make a huge difference to children overseas who have nothing. One person cannot change the world, but lot’s of Aussie mums that make a conribuion, no matter what the size, creates a huge positive ripple effect!

Your family won’t even notice a difference, they will still have an awesome day, but you will know that somewhere on other side of this world, for at least one family, their life gets a little better.

“Lot’s of tiny whispers, make a loud noise” 🙂

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Tricks to a perfect sleep

We’ve all experienced that moment of lying in bed without even the slightest hope of going to sleep soon. You turn your head to your clock to discover its 3AM. It’s at this point that you find it difficult to believe that we spend a third of our lives sleeping. ‘Trying to get to get sleep,’ well you’d believe that. There are medications available but they don’t get to the root of the problem and are not designed for long-term treatment. The following article lists some simple tips to consider that will help you get that perfect night of sleep.

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The bed

Is your bed comfortable? If not get a mattress foundation ideal for memory foam, this will make your bed more comfortable. You want the right pillow depending on your sleeping position. You may be overdue for a new bed. Don’t be afraid to look at what else is available Bunkers Sydney Finally, the bed should be for sleep and sleep only. Keep your phone, laptop and television out of it. You want to train your mind to switch off when you get into bed. Keeping technology outside of the bed will insure you aren’t sending your brain mixed messages.

Food

You are what you eat. If you eat well then you feel good, this is not news to anyone. It shouldn’t be surprising that what you eat can greatly affect how you sleep. Try to not eat too close to bed time. You want to give your body the chance to digest. Therefore, you let your body focus on relaxing whilst you’re trying to get to sleep.

Exercise

Workouts should ideally be done in the morning. It takes your body five hours to return to normal temperature after exercise. This can help deepen your sleep and also help you fall asleep quicker. What’s not to like? This is not an excuse to stop exercising, it’s a suggestion to rearrange your schedule to avoid exercising at night.

Naps

Naps are the devil. They tempt you during the day and can be disastrous for your nights rest. They can really interrupt your sleeping schedule. However, you can learn to master the nap. Calculate when is going to be the best time for you to nap and treat yourself. Early afternoon is generally the best time.

Routine

It’s as simple as starting a schedule and sticking to it. Your body responds well to routine. You want to have an evening routine that encourages your body to start winding down. You don’t want to be in bed unless you are feeling tired. Your perfect routine may include some light reading, television or a bath. If television is your choice try to find something else thirty minutes before bed.

3 Ways to Help Yourself Feel Sexy Again After Having a Baby

I hated being pregnant. My feet were the size of Kleenex boxes, my butt had its own subdivision and my stomach looked like I had preyed on an unsuspecting beach ball, dislocating my jaw and swallowing it whole to lodge in my abdominal area. Some women love it, some women hate it, some women seem to be addicted to the maternal glow, but me? I couldn’t wait to snap back to my original shape and have a cute baby to carry around. In case you can’t tell, I was a bit delusional; nothing bounced back. If my skin were a rubber band, it lost its youthful elasticity and been replaced with this deflated squidge of flesh – I was now a DEFLATED beach ball. Sexy, right? Those size 10 jeans were going to have to wait until my newborn transformed into a predictable, routine friendly child. Like I said, delusional.

Something I did discover? Mum’s are pretty hot. Yeah, you might be feeling a little too stripey and saggy to get your sexuality into gear, but it IS possible to feel absolutely smoking post-baby.

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Stop Waiting to Reach THAT Number

You know what number I’m talking about. The pre-pregnancy number on the scales or your clothing tags. Your body has changed, it has grown and nourished a whole person, completed by a unique DNA stream and a quirky personality – why would it look the same? Pack up your favourite pre-baby skinny jeans (for now, you’ll get there in the end) and go shopping! Buy whole outfits that make you feel like an absolute goddess. Not for your husband’s sake (though he will appreciate your renewed self-esteem) but for your sanity. Are nursing? Break the budget and invest in a good maternity bra and skip the cheap fixes – comfort is important. Not nursing? Your boobs have probably grown significantly anyway, enjoy them while they’re there and splash out on a couple of lacy numbers and show off your new cleavage.

Stop Your Subscriptions

Seriously, holding celebrity bodies up as an example of realism and perfection is ill-founded at the best of times, let alone when you’re in a peaking state of vulnerability. I would have loved to have a personal chef, personal trainer, a team of nannies and oodles of spare time to dedicate to regaining my before pregnancy figure; unfortunately I didn’t have the money or the A-lister status to command such a formidable staff. Chances are, neither do you. Instead, give yourself a break and don’t compare yourself to women who have absolutely everything at the click of their fingers. Do the best with what you have, get outside and go for walks, start a few squat rounds while the baby sleeps and squeeze in what you can. It will happen when it happens, until then, marvel at the amazing feat your body just accomplished.

Appreciate Your Curves

If you gave birth recently (or will be soon enough), you’re probably sporting a nice set of twins – boobs, that is. Truthfully, guys don’t see you as this bloated, Shamu beast, marked and silvery, tired and veiny, that imagery is all in your head. While most new Mum’s aren’t ready for sex straight away, or even six months down the track when things are starting to ah, heal, there’s nothing wrong with exploring bedroom sensuality without the sex factor. Do you need inspiration? Jump onto a site like naughtybutnice.com.au and pick up some body heating massage oil, and have his hands worship you in the way your powerful body deserves.

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Have you recently given birth? What’s standing in your way when it comes to feeling sexy again?

How To Wear Fake Earrings Without Getting Sore Ears.

A beautiful pair of earrings can be the difference between your outfit looking bland or brilliant!

No matter what statement you are trying to make, a great pair of ‘fake’ earrings is an affordable way to express your individuality, until you have had them in for a couple of hours and the pain starts. You don’t want to take them out so you persevere and for the next few days you pay the price for a few hours of glam.

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With lot’s of girls in our house, there are lot’s of pairs of earrings!

Most of the time I wear real gold or silver for everyday wear and I have never got sore ears, as long as I keep it real.

But I like bling, and dangle and colourful and shiny and I don’t like sore ears.

Determined not to let the fake’s win, I did a little research, and a few experiements.
The end result is being able to wear fake earrings as often as I want, with no pain or inflamation, winning!

The first suggestion that I found was to coat the earring hook or post with a little vaseline. This creates a barrier and helps to stop inflamation and pain.

As I am not a big fan of vaseline because it is petroleum based, I wanted a healthier alternative. Hit the jackpot with none other than the product of the moment that everyone can’t seem to get enough of…..coconut oil!

Simply dip a cotton tip into coconut oil and apply to your earrings. I have even gone one step further by adding one drop of Lavender pure essential oil to the cotton tip, as it has incredible anti-inflammatory properties, is soothing for anything skin related and helps stop the development of scare tissue.

I have not had sore ears in months now, and one of my favourite pairs of earrings, large square crystals that are on fake posts and I can now wear them for days on end with no irritation.

Try it and see, works a treat!

Note – adding vaseline or coconut oil to your earrings does make them slippery and increases your chances of them falling out. I now save those little plastic backs that come on hook earrings to keep them safely on the display cards instore. Keeps your earrings safely in place perfectly.

Do you get sore ears from wearing fake earrings?

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