Find your MUMMA tribe!

💕 Let’s get raw and let me introduce you to this amazing mumma tribe that I am apart of and who have supported and believed in me especially over this weekend..So grateful for all the new connections and stories that we have shared…
So now I am back from 2017 doTERRA convention, and I am on mission to make sure that I share what I learnt this weekend (not on how to use essential oils) but to make sure you find your MUMMA tribe! And why I am so passionate about sharing this with other mums, especially expat mums out there and the importance of being in a supportive and encouraging group of women.
If you have met me in person you will often hear me talk about my life in Dubai and how much I miss it and my friends.. Well this weekend was a real turning point for me, I felt connected and really part of a bunch of mums who are full of life, passionate, living their dreams and dedicated to not only supporting their group of friends but open to meeting new friends along their journey and this is why I loved the expat life.. I realised that what I was missing in my life in Australia was continually meeting and connecting with new people and sharing our stories.. nothing interests me more than hearing about where people have travelled and what they have accomplished in their lives.
During this weekend I was really emotional — well I think a lot of us were as we listened to the journeys of others heartbreak but so inspiring to see where they are now — but for me it was because I finally have found my WHY in life. As a mum and most of you can relate to this once you have kids life gets really busy and sometimes you feel lost in life and you really are not sure what to do as we all want some kind of life/work balance and of course to be around our kids..but for me my no. 1 was having a loving and supportive husband, kids and friends and family  and I very grateful for this and all my beautiful friends that I have in my life.. most of them since I was in primary school and some of them who I have met through my travels around the world – life wouldn’t be the same without all these beautiful people  – my no.2 was  I wanted to be successful in whatever I did, I wanted to do something that I was passionate about and willing to work my butt off for to get to where I want in life. I was continually searching high and low for this, questioned myself but what I didn’t realise was I was living my WHY and I didn’t even realise!
MY WHY is being a health & wellness coach to busy mums who need support and encouragement as they search for their why and want to live the high vibe/healthy lifestyle… my why is continually to educate others on essential oil and how they can be part of your daily lives. Through this WHY  I get to meet and continually be around amazing people all the time as I support and encourage them to kick-start their goals or health & wellness plans… It is not all about the food, exercise, sleeping right it’s about being part of a TRIBE of other woman who you can connect with, share stories but mostly be their for each other and having some #mummymetime ❤ ❤ ❤
I have never been so determined to helps others to find their why and I want to share my knowledge and love to attitude, especially other mums that feel the same. I want to make sure that expat mums have the same support network like they do in their own country and feel like they are part of a tribe.
So my mission this year is not only to support and encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle and put yourself first and to give yourself the time for personal growth and time for you ❤ ❤ ❤ but mostly to find your tribe.. If you have an amazing tribe now continue to love and support them but to remember to keep eyes and heart open as there are plenty of us out there looking for a tribe to be part of…
Shouting out to all the mums near and far, I want to extend the offer to you. If you would like to be part of our fun, passionate, international and high vibe tribe make sure to connect with me and let’s get you living your dreams 💕  Feel free to connect with me on facebook, join our Wholesome Mums Tribe or email me at wholesomevee@gmail.com I would love to hear from you and see how we can support each other!
Vanessa xx

Being organised in the kitchen is so important when our kids head back to school! I find if my kitchen, meal plans and supplies are not stocked for the week ahead than there is way to fail when getting meal on the table and lunch boxes out the door.

To help you get started with back to school lunch boxes here are my top tips:

    • Meal planning – every Sunday make a meal plan for the week that way you can add in your nights out, kids activities – if you want to be super organised try making a separate one for the kids lunchboxes if that helps – Click here for my meal plan I use
    • Smart cooking – when planning your meals try and make something that you could re-use in another meal – I also try and make 4 meals a week that I can either use to make another meal or simply have leftovers!
    • Shopping list – YOU NEED A shopping list – that way you know what you need to buy and avoid the snacks that you think you need (plus save money) – if you have a really busy schedule you can also try ordering online from your favourite local grocer or supermarket. I am a list kind of girl so I don’t like using my phone but if your phone is your daily checklist there are so many great app’s that you can download – Woolworths and Coles both have one as well.
    • Cook in bulk – this will save you time during the week, especially if you have a lot of activities on after school or working full time. Sunday is usually my food prep day where I bake a healthy cake/slice – cook some meatballs or bake a chicken for their sandwiches!
    • Food Prep – On Sundays you can cut up vegetable sticks for the first 3 days of the week and make a yummy fruit salad! Try and get as much done as possible. A friend of mine has all her lunches sorted for the week and stores them in her fridge so this might work for you as well.

Let’s get organised and make our life easier – Mums we are on a mission #mummymetime to have more time for mum so if this is something that you struggle with or need help improving on, I hope these tips are helpful. If you have helpful tips that you would like to share please comment below as I would love to hear how organised your kitchen and prep is.

 

We are only a couple of weeks away from school starting back in Australia, so I thought I would share with you some of the information that I have been researching about a getting my 3 little vikings back into a good sleep routine. As well as what I am currently doing to ensure that they are well rested to start the new school year! If you are like me during the school holidays I am a little bit more relaxed around their bedtime as we love sitting outside at night eating our dinner, the kids are having fun jumping on the trampoline while the parents sit back and enjoy catching up with a glass of wine!  Now that we are reaching the end of the school holidays I am slowly getting my kids back into a good routine so that they are ready to take on the new school year! Here is what I am implementing in my household this week:

> The National Sleep Foundation state that around 2 weeks before school starts, we should slowly start working with our children to implement a school/age appropriate sleep schedule… Having 3 kids at different ages I had to refresh my memory on how much sleep each child needs so I have found this sleep guide helpful.  This is what I will be aiming for 2 yr > 7pm to 6am >>>>>>>>> 4yr> 7.30pm to 6am >>>>>>>>>8yr> 8pm to 6.30am … I am hoping that this routine will give both my husband and I some time to spend with each child on reading them a book and give them some 1:1 time with each child.

>  Sticking to the schedule – Once my kids are in this routine I try and stick to this from Sunday to Thursday as Friday and Saturday nights we are usually out or having a family movie night! Plus when my kids are in a routine I find our house runs a lot smoother.

> Sleep time routine – Having a great bedtime routine is a great way for the kids to get them ready for bedtime so I actually start the sleep time routine from their dinner time. We usually have dinner between 5.30pm and 6pm depending on sport/work commitments. Once dinner is finished say at around 6.30pm – the kids will have their bath, brush their teeth, get their pj’s on and they are allowed to either play or watch some tv whilst I clean up the kitchen. From 7pm we start the bedtime routine and depending on who is taking the kids to bed the other parent will sit with the other 2. I think having a good routine leading up to bedtime it allow the kids to know exactly what to expect and their won’t be any surprises.

> Natural Sleep Support – If you have followed me for any length of time you know that I am an essential oil believer and user. I have used them consistently for about one year now, and sleep time is no exception. Here is how I use essential oils to support a healthy night sleep for my kids:

FOR THE GIRLS – Serenity blend – Serenity is a beautiful blend for girls that is both calming and relaxing. Depending on what kind of day my daughter has had I either add a cup of epsom salt and a few drop of serenity to the bath or I put a few drops on her pillow before bed and her cuddly toy – sometimes she won’t go to sleep without it.12983200_1712962302323137_7182133036545565583_o

FOR THE BOYS – Lavender + Balance blend (creates a sense of calm and grounding) – I have made up a roller bottle topped with coconut and the a few drops of each oil. I then rub it on the soles of their feet and and on their pillow before they bedtime. They have also become a little obsessed with the oil.. but i definitely think it helps with grounding my boys.. I did try having a diffuser in their room but they always seem to find it and tip the water all over the floor so maybe in a few years. Sometimes if I have had a full on day I add a few drops of Balance to the bath or diffuse it while they eat their dinner #2boys20monthsapart

> Nutrition – Well like you going to bed on a full stomach is uncomfortable and makes it hard to go to sleep, so it is definitely the same for kids. I try and allow at least 1.5hrs before bedtime for their food to digest. And it is best to avoid any sugary drinks at dinner time or before bed as they don’t need the extra energy trust me. Water is what  you will see on my families dinner table 🙂

Not sure about you but sometimes my kids complain that they are “still hungry” before bed so they can choose between some yoghurt, a glass of milk, a piece of bread with avocado or peanut butter or a banana.

I would love to hear about what you do to encourage a good night sleep in your household.

If you have any questions or would like to get your hands on the bedtime essential oils feel free to reach out as I am more than happy to help!

 

DIY Dry Shampoo by this amazing hippy Aroha! I think i will be whipping this up this weekend

raw by aroha

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Dry Shampoo is a girl best friend.. along with the fake tan, mascara, push up bra and the trusty chicken fillets… It’s another consumable we have formed a loving bond, a serious relationship with, especially during Winter and after the gym, for years it’s always been in my car or gym bag or bathroom cabinet…..

But it contains that dirty F word which I’ve been talking about on my FaceBook page, and previously in this blog. Fragrance.  Fragrance is a HIGHLY TOXICchemical, it’s synthetically made (chemicals) and causes a host of problems for us humans, and our environment!

Information from my friends at the http://www.EWG.org/skindeep website;
The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl…

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Filtered water + lemon + ginger = new fav detox drink!

So this week I decided to go on a detox – I found that I was drinking 4 cups of coffee thinking it would help me keep up with my active kids and sleepless nights – instead my face was breaking out and I was irritable and anxious at times, strangely though I didn’t have trouble going to sleep I think I was simply exhausted. So I have been following parts of the Food Matters – 3 day detox! LOVE THIS WEBSITE + COMMUNITY

The first day I completed I cut out coffee/sugar and only ate greens… By the night time I felt sick and had the shakes SCARY ………READ MORE

 

 

 

 

DIY: Furniture Polish

Bring back the shine to your favourite tables, countertops, floors, high chairs and more with this simple recipe for homemade wood polish with essential oils.  Read moreBASIC BENCH SPRAY (1)

My take on a Orange Vinaigrette!

photo (1)I thought I would share this yummy homemade Wild Orange Vinaigrette that I made today. I was out in the garden today picking my homegrown lettuce leaves and parsley and I was inspired to make a yummy vinaigrette using Wild Orange essential oil.

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Chicken & Vegetables with Risoni pasta

Perfect dish for the kids when they are not feeling the best! Plus it is quick and easy for those busy nights. Its so tasty I actually enjoyed eating this. Read more

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