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Personalized Cart – Monogram Necklace Review.

I was fortunate recently to be sent this beautiful Personalized Monogram Necklace from PersonalizedCart.com to review.

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Upon them reaching out to me and before accepting, I made sure I did my research! I looked up their website, their social media and any customer comments. I must say first impressions were really good and I started to get excited. I love personalized gifts, so this was right up my alley. They have a very large range of products, personalized puzzles, robes, wedding gifts, gifts for him and her and for the littlies of the family! If you are looking to spoil that someone special, or just to treat yourself, then this is the place too look. It was really hard to choose what I wanted. In the end I decided to treat myself, I honestly don’t remember the last time I brought myself anything as a treat or that was not necessary. It took me 2 days to choose what I wanted, I honestly couldn’t decide!

I was pleased to find out they shipped to Australia amongst other overseas destinations. And I was very impressed with the shipping time, from the moment I chose my product, to the moment I received it, it was just over a week! Were talking a beautifully engraved piece of jewellery being shipping overseas. I was expecting it to take a couple of weeks at least. The packaging was a delightful velvet soft box, just gorgeous! The prices are very reasonable also. Any enquiries I had were met with almost immediate response and were very friendly, reassuring and professional.

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I have never had anything engraved with my name on it, so I was really happy and delighted when it arrived and it was the perfect chance to treat myself! I chose silver, but they also come in gold or rose gold. The necklace has worked perfectly with anything I have chosen to wear and I have even had a couple of comments on my new accessory.

Please check out their website personalizedcart.com  feel free to leave any comments, if you are going to use this company or have used this company and have a favourite product. I know I found it hard choosing!

Candice x

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  • Please note, although this was a gifted product, all views and opinions expressed are all my own. 

 

 

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My 2 Day Fat Blaster Detox

So it is now a new year. I figured it was time to start getting myself back on track. After I had Elijah in march 2017, I have never had such strong cravings for chocolate in all my life. It was all I could live off to be honest, and basically all I did live off! My partner would come home from work we would sit down to watch one of our favorite series once the kiddies were in bed with our usual bag of lollies and blocks of chocolate. Needless to say 9 months after giving birth ive put on waaaaay too much weight. I have never been this heavy in my life. So much so, on new years I weighed myself and I was a shocking 63.3 kg. I am used to being between 50-55kg at the most! Also, even at 55kg that is heavy for me, i’m only just 5ft tall. So any weight I gain shows very easily. So I decided new year, new me! No excuses, I am the absolute queen of excuses.

So, to kick of my new years new me resolution I started my diet on a detox. This sort of happened by mistake, I had not originally intended on this but my dad had found a Lemon and Coconut detox syrup from Fat Blaster in his cupboard. Clearly not his, left over from someone else, he was clearing out and said, do you want this? So I read it, was not entirely sure how it works or if it even would. It did not mention any side effects that you would get with a normal detox, so I thought, why not. Lets give it a go and it is only for 2 days! Basically you mix this liquid with water, It tastes just like lemon syrup. You are supposed to basically drink this throughout the day with limited or no other meals. So here is how I got on with my Fat Blaster 2 day lemon & coconut detox.

Day 1:

Breakfast: Woke and mixed the syrup and followed the instructions, mix the syrup – 1/2 cup, with 1/2 cup water and drink slowly over 2-3 hours. Sounds easy, and it was. I did not feel very hungry through the morning. But was very tired, I was not sure if this was because I was up till Midnight waiting for new years fireworks on the Tv. Or if this was an unwanted side effect.

Lunch: I decided as I was feeling so tired I would make a Smoothie for lunch. I had got a Nutribullet for christmas and wanted to give it a try. So I made a smoothie made from a handfull of green spinach, handfull of kale,  1/2 cup frozen mixed berries and water. I was hoping this would help give me the extra boost I needed. Then made the syrup again and continued to slowly drink through the afternoon. However, I was severely tired and ended up falling asleep just after lunch time. When I did wake after an hour we went out to my dads for Timmy to have a swim. Saying no to a paddle pop and a cold drink besides water was hard! But I managed 🙂

Dinner: So we got home, I made Timmy’s dinner fish fingers and veg, so I decided I would cook some extra veg for myself, that’s what I had for dinner. A small bowl of broccoli, carrots and cauliflower. I also had some more of the lemon mixture but did not finish it, I was so tired I went to bed shortly after 7. I put the kids to bed and that was me done for the day. I hit the pillow and crashed!

Exercise Day 1: 10 minutes on the exercise bike. I found a thousand excuses to stop or not even get started! That 10 minutes with being so tired was hard though. Terrible really. So unfit.

Day 2:

Breakfast: I was woken up at 4.45am by the baby who refused to go back to sleep. I held out doing the syrup until 7am. By 9am I was hungry. But we had been for a hour long walk, so perhaps this is why i was a little more hungry. So when we got home at 9am I made myself a green smoothie in my Nutribullet. The following juice recipe I got from the nutribullet website.

Green smoothie/juice

  • 1 Cup Kale
  • 1/2 celery stalk
  • 2 slices of cucumber
  • 1/2 Apple
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 cup coconut water

Lunch: After going out again with Timmy to the library, I came home absolutely starving, not having finished my lemon syrup from this morning. Its fair to say i’m struggling at this point. So I relented and made Parsley Omelette with a side green salad. It did the job. Back on the syrup through the afternoon.

Snacks: 1 green apple, 1/2 Orange

Dinner: Side salad with the parsley omelette. I was so hungry, it did not feel like waking up at 3am starving!

Exercise Day 2: Walked with the kiddies to the shops, took roughly an hour round trip. Then after lunch I jumped on the exercise bike and managed to get 40 minutes done. could have gone more, however I wanted a little nap on the sofa while the baby slept!

Starting Weight: 63.3kg

Finishing weight: 61.8kg

Conclusion: I woke up on day 3 and was a lot less bloated then when I started, and I did feel a little less sluggish. I was not able to go through the 2 days without eating. And I felt awfully tired especially day 1. I am glad this was only a 2 day detox, as I don’t think I could have lasted much longer! I just love my food too much. Plus when you have 2 kiddies too look after, being that tired its just not a good thing really!

So since the detox, I have been eating fairly well. I drink my smoothies for breakfast, which I am really enjoying. Plus I was given a Nutribullet for Christmas, and these things are amazing! Then I eat fruit for a snack, for lunch ive been having either spinach, kale and parsley omelettes or scrambled eggs, or a salad instead. Then for dinner either soup, a salad or smoothie. I have been doing a little exercise on the exercise bike, but nothing much, I weighed myself today and am 61kg, it is slowly going down. So ive been eating well now for 2 weeks. I have allowed myself a day or 2 where I let myself have a naughty snack, or i’m more relaxed with my eating. I just take every day as it comes. I know if I up my exercise this will make my loss even more, we will see. I don’t want to go too hard too soon as this is when I get defeated and give up….slow and steady wins the race right? I will get motivated to hit the gym again, but i’m just not that motivated yet! Ill keep you updated on my progress including my wins and fails as i’m sure there will be plenty!

Candice x

* I have not been paid, endorsed or otherwise to post this. It is my honest opinion and experience of a product I have used.

 

 

 

 

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Baby food…DIY or buy?

With my first son I did make his baby food for a while, but it did not last. All that effort! boiling, blending, sterilising, freezing, heating back up ect. With my second son, I have made baby food once, that’s when I remembered how much effort it required. So I decided store brought was what was best for us. And you can get some great variety’s that have no added anything in them, they are just what they say they are!! We started weening our first son Timmy at 4 months, milk just would not do anymore. Back then pouches were the new thing, and they were just great! We would use what ever would be on special, or what was cheapest. It was the same this time around, with our second son Elijah we started with whatever was on special. Now I find we keep going back to the same brand,  Rafferty’s Garden They have great variety and are always reasonably priced! Elijah is a bit funny with other brand fruit pouches, I think they may be too sweet for him, however he gobbles up the Rafferty’s Garden brand. He is almost 8 months and now one pouch does not fill him up, I need to give him 2! I heat them up by standing them in hot water for a few minutes, give them a good shake then pour them into a sterilised container or bowl and he just loves it!! I love how convenient they are when we are out and about, if i can not heat them up, he loves them as is and sucks the contents straight from the pouch! So whenever we go out I put a couple in my bag and I know we are fine for food!

We went away for a week recently, and the breakfast pouches were perfect for the duration of our stay! I did not need to take his boxed dry cereal with us that I need to mix with milk, I could take this pouch and he eats it as is from the pouch, no mess and no fuss! For a little variety we will tend to buy the store brand, Coles or Woolies as they are also cheap and have a different range of flavors to choose from. But over the course of 3 1/2 years and 2 children later, Raffertys Garden is still our go to brand for baby food and breakfast cereal.

Do you have a favorite brand you always tend to go with or do you prefer to make your own?

xx Candice xx

*Please note this post has not been endorsed, paid or otherwise. This is my honest review of a product we use and love. 

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The Parental Stress Centre

So those of you that follow me on my Social media accounts such as my Facebook Page will know that 2 weeks ago I had a Mummy Meltdown. Let me give you the back story so you will understand how I  got to that point.

I gave birth to Elijah back in March and since bringing him home I have been feeling very anxious, stressed, overwhelmed and feeling I am not coping on a day to day basis. Elijah is now 3 1/2 months old. Before I had Elijah I was a lot more in control, and I felt like I could handle Timmy most of the time. There were rare occasions where I would have a bad day, but these were far and few between! I guess the timing of Timmy turning 3 just after giving birth to Elijah hasn’t helped. He has turned into a little Threenanger. This is a serious thing, forget terrible two’s they were a breeze, but once they hit 3, WOW! So trying to cope with his outbursts and tantrums while managing a new born baby has not been easy to say the least. Every day I suffer from major mummy guilt over trying to give Timmy the attention he needs and trying to breast feed Elijah and change a thousand nappies a day. I forgot how much stuff comes out of such a little human being! Every day for the past 3 1/2 months I have been feeling guilt ridden, felt like I am not coping, feel like I should be able to do all the washing, keep a clean house, give enough attention to both children, cook dinner, and make them healthy and something every one would like. I would be lucky if I got through a load or two of washing, and that doesn’t include putting it away! No one else was putting this pressure on me, but me! I feel like every day I should be an octopus with 8 arms. My expectations are way too high, on myself and on Timmy. He is 3. Yes, he is naughty, cheeky and testing. I feel I should be able to handle this, and honestly I have not been able to. Every night when I put him to bed, I promise tomorrow will be better and I will be a better mum who doesn’t loose her temper and who is more patient and understanding, but then the next day is just as it was the day before. The stress had just got too much and I am fearful it is turning into depression, if it has not already. I feel like I have no control and it does not help when well meaning family tell me i’m not doing things right, or I should be doing more of this or that. I don’t think social media has helped much either, with people only posting the most amazing pictures and stories of clean houses, kids playing incredibly well, outings where kids behave, home cooked meals from scratch. That is why for me, posting as honestly as I can about my struggles and my reality is important. Whether it be on my blog, instagram, fb or twitter. You will always see pictures of a messy house, my imperfect arts and crafts or cooking attempts and basically the reality which is life. Of course there are days which do go wonderful, and I go to bed feeling like the best mum in the world, however of late these are less and less. which seems to be my problem

Enter the Parental Stress Centre. In the midst of my mummy meltdown, telling my 3 year old son I couldn’t take anymore, I didn’t want to be a mummy anymore and I was going to go to work instead, an ad popped up on my facebook feed. The weirdest thing is, I never looked them up, I was not seeking outside help, it just randomly popped up on my face book computer screen at what could only be described as the exact moment I needed it to. I am the biggest skeptic out there, and I never click on these facebook ADS, but curiosity got me and I was at my wits ends so I clicked on the AD, what did I have to loose?. It was the best decision I made! Reading about there programs, how they can help, what they offer….I thought perhaps this might just be what I need. So I registered! I signed up for their 28 day program, find my calm challenge. We are currently on day 11, and I can honestly say this is EXACTLY what I needed! I love the live Q&A once a week with Jackie Hall. She explains everything so well, clearly and everything makes sense and i’m always left wondering why I did not know this before, or how did I not see this or understand this earlier?

Every day they send you an email in the morning, which comes with an audio version also. I prefer to listen to the Audio version then reading, I find I absorb what is being said better and each day it will cover a new topic such as ‘Understanding your Toddler’. I love waking up to these, especially after a bad night with Elijah being up and attached all night and i wake up feeling tired and irritated before the day has even began. Then at the end of the lesson they give you home work, these are tasks they ask you to do, which you do not send in, there just extra to help in your understanding and to help put the lesson into practice. You can choose to do them or not, they are up to you. I do them when I can. The past few days I have not had a chance. Things have been a little hectic, so ill open the email and listen to the audio version if I’m busy and don’t have time to sit and read, ill put the audio on while washing up or cooking or breast feeding and listen to it that way! Honestly, everything they say makes so much sense, and the hardest part is getting myself to rethink and rearrange my old habits and stop myself conflicting against the reality of what is happening as apposed to my expectations of what should happen. It is so easy to get myself stressed and worked up. But then I just need to stop, think about what I have been told, how to handle it and try the best I can in the current situation. This is easier said then done, some days I can handle, others get the better of me, and I just give up! I am working on it.

They have a closed face book group which I LOVE because every single other person on there you can relate to! They are all strangers, and you can post your problems and they all post with advice or there personal story. It is such a relief and just feels really nice knowing your not the only one who struggles as a parent. Obviously you already know you are not the only person which struggles as a parent, however some days can feel isolating, even if you have close friends, family and your partner/husband/wife ect around you, you can still manage to feel very alone with your problems.

I have had friends and family message me offering me advice and reassuring me I am doing a great job and I am not alone in how I am feeling, they assure me “we have all been there”. I truly appreciate these messages of support. Carl has been great, booking me a night away so I could take some time off. Much needed. I think Carl puts up with a lot, most night he comes home after working all day to a messy house, no dinner cooked and Timmy still awake as he refuses to go to bed for me! But when he walks through those doors, it is like a wave of relief, I have help, I have a team member who can step in so I can breathe. I feel happy, relieved and guilty all at the same time. I think I have let the stress and pressure every day get to me for too long and it is now weighing too heavy so this is why I decided to sign up to this program. Honestly, if there are any parents out there struggling and you feel you need help, you must look them up! They offer other programs besides the one I am doing. Its only day 11, and I have a long way to go, the program I am on is 28 days, but what I have learnt so far has been eye opening. I am really happy I chose to click on that AD when I did. I have a lot of self work to do, but I am looking forward to it and hopefully I will improve my every day outlook on life! I will be sure to keep you updated on my progress and let you know my final thoughts at the end of the program.

If you feel you need extra help or are feeling stressed or struggling to cope, please look them up!or click this link to be directed straight to their website  parentalstress.com.au I highly recommend them!

XX Candice XX

PLEASE NOTE: I have not been asked to write this post or in no way has this  post been endorsed, paid or otherwise. This is purely my experience using this service. I love sharing useful and helpful tips when ever I come across them!