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Today’s guest post is right from the heart of Karlie Cunningham-Lloyd – the brains behind Coco Motion Mumma. Karlie is a trained Personal Development, Health and Physical Education teacher, Personal Trainer, and soon to be fully qualified Wellness Coach, but most importantly, a mum to my two children aged 6 and 4 years.


Her alarm goes off at 4.45am; she rolls over and swipes her iPhone to stop it from waking the children. Without thinking she walks to the bathroom where she has her gym clothes placed out from the night before.

She gets dressed, cleans her teeth, brushes her hair and tiptoes out the front door hoping not to have made any noise. She drives to the gym to get in a workout, sweat a little and head home all before her children wake and she is on breakfast, school lunch, and “Mummy, help me get dressed” duty. Some how she manages to do all of this and get out the door to get her kids to day care, school and herself to work all by 7.30am.

This early morning routine is one that I can relate to.

Because it is mine.

There are a few things in life that I know.

I know that making exercise part of my day makes me a happy mumma. If that means getting up at a ridiculous hour (yes, I acknowledge its insane) then that is what I will do to fit it in.

I realise the importance of fitness and exercise to my overall well-being and more importantly my mindset. The sense of accomplishment when I complete a workout, the feel good hormone that pulsates through my body when I get my body moving, the sensation of hanging in a handstand and the ability to grab an hour to myself each morning is an integral part of my day.

All these side effects don’t have to be felt so early in the day. They can be felt after you have dropped the kids at school, during that peaceful midday nap time, at the park while the kids are at soccer training or chasing the kids around a bike track while they ride.

You see exercise doesn’t have to be something that you dread. But it does have to be something that we do daily.

I completely understand that as mums we live highly productive and full lives. Some days it feels like there just aren’t enough hours. Spending time on ourselves can sometimes appear to be selfish. But I also acknowledge that a healthy and happy mumma makes for healthy and happy kids.

Think about what you love to do, do you love to dance? Do you love to go for long walks? Do you like feeling the sand between your toes?  Do you love to swim, stand up paddleboard or socialise with friends? Who said your exercise program had to be structured and at a gym? Who said that it needed to last for a certain amount of time?

To ensure we are participating in activities we enjoy and keep with the theme of mums being the best multi-taskers in the world, why can’t our daily exercise look like the following?

Walking to grab a coffee with a friend at the beach, followed by a swim afterward to cool off. Easy!

Some day’s, exercise can be a side effect of our schedules. But to make it a priority, write it in the diary just like you do doctors appointments and swimming lessons.

What are you going to do today as your exercise?

With most things in life, there are two sides to the coin and with exercise comes nutrition. How are we choosing to nourish our bodies? What are we putting in to fuel them so that we can get though long days without experiencing sugar crashes and hunger pains?

I am a strong believer in finding what works for you. I have been experimenting over the years to find a way of eating that allows me to feel:

Fuller for longer

Maintain energy levels through the day and skip that 3pm slump

Maintain sugar levels to reduce the afternoon cravings

Have a happy gut without the pain and bloat.

What does that look like? Well it looks like a lot of vegetables, fruits, meat, nuts, seeds and occasional dairy. The combinations I make of these foods may look a little unconventional but it allows me to have more energy throughout my day, maintain my weight, feel satiated, and have clearer skin and healthy hair. As opposed to the lethargic, carrying 5kg of extra bloat, always hungry and prepubescent skin of the former me of 5 years ago!

I thought I was eating the right way. Cereal with skim milk for breakfast, skim milk cappuccino mid morning, a loaded salad roll and fruit for lunch, low fat rice crackers for afternoon tea. A large bowl of pasta with Napoletana sauce mixed with some vegetable for dinner. Tinned fruit and low fat yoghurt for desert.

With all of this food I never seemed to feel full, and an hour after each meal I was counting down the hours until I could eat again. I thought I was following the low fat lifestyle to a tea, but just not getting any results. It appears I was on the blood sugar roll-a-coaster to hunger and frumpiness.

So what does feeling fuller longer look like?

There are a few key things.

Add protein (meat, eggs, protein powder) to every meal.

Eat when you hungry – honour what your body is telling you.

Now my meals look very different but are a lot more exciting and flavoursome.

Breakfast includes eggs in salsa on a cauliflower mash, or an eggwhite banana pancake. An almond milk cappuccino and some nuts mid morning. A big salad with turkey or ham, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and a piece of fruit for lunch. Chopped vegetables with almond butter for afternoon tea. Steak, roasted sweet potato, homemade coleslaw and avocado for dinner. Desert is typically some coconut yoghurt or ice cream made from frozen bananas, cacao and shredded coconut.

If you would have told me to eat that way a few years ago it would have given me anxiety and stress. The lack of low fat products and the amount of protein would have completely freaked me out. Now that I know that fat is not my enemy and that it is a key ingredient to making me feel full, I am not shy in adding it in.

Can you relate to how I was eating to fuel my body and not getting any results?  Are you willing to invest in your self to feel fantastic?

I would love to help you experience better health. All of my recipes are healthy, gluten free, mostly grain free and dairy free (some times I use gluten free oats and the occasional cheese). I have created healthy alternatives to all of my family favourites – Banana bread, hot cross bun loaf, donuts, Coco crunch, smoothies, paleo bread, cocoflower balls and much more.

There are also some great workout ideas and video attachments when you subscribe to my newsletter. Feel free to check it all out.


coco motion mummaMy name is Karlie and I am the Coco Motion Mumma. A fitness foodie mum who enables women to raise children that are heart-fully healthy.

I aim to inspire and motivate you to EAT real food, MOVE your body daily and DREAM big. Come and join me in my pursuit to be a positive role model for my children and those that I have the pleasure of meeting.

Read about some of my adventures on the blog, check out some recipes or grab some of my workout ideas.

You can read more about my journey and family life here –

Website: www.cocomotionmumma.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/cocomotionmumma

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cocomotionmumma

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cocomotionmumma

Coco Motion Mumma is the business behind Karlie Cunningham-Lloyd, a fitness foodie mum who enables women to raise children that are heart-fully healthy.  

Karlie aims to inspire and motivate you to eat real food, move your body daily and dream big.  Offering wellness coaching, personal training – and even virtual PT sessions – Karlie passion is to motive others into a healthier life lived to the full.

Here we ask Karlie a few of the big questions.

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Tell us about your business?

At Coco Motion Mumma, our motto is Eat, Move, Dream. We are all about cooking, and eating, real food by providing recipes with meal options, whilst providing ways to keep active with the delivery of workout ideas and videos.

We aim to inspire women to invest in themselves, so they can reach the level of health they deserve, and as a result, be a fantastic role model to their children. This is delivered through content on our website, as well as via one-on-one and online coaching.

I am a trained Personal Development, Health and Physical Education teacher, Personal Trainer, and fully qualified Wellness Coach, but most importantly, a mum to my two children aged 6 and 4 years.

Why did you start your business? 

To inspire women and mothers to eat real food, move their bodies daily and dream big. I want them to feel fabulous and be great role models for the little people in their lives.

What do you love about your work?

I love helping others reach their health potential; watching the light bulbs go on when they can see changes in the way they see themselves; the way they look and how they change their outlook on life.

I love creating recipes and meals that are delicious, nutritious and healthy. Foods that ensure my clients never feel deprived or like their missing out.

I love training clients on how to learn and perform new movements, and transition from basic skills to more advanced. But it is amazing to hear my clients tell me they are feeling stronger and have a greater level of fitness.

What do you want to be known for? 

Being a great role model to my children. Showing them how to prepare real food, and move their bodies daily. I want to teach them how to lead healthy lives, dream big and have the confidence to go after whatever they put their minds to.

What are you aiming to achieve in the next 12 months? 

I would love to have touched more lives and shared my message. To be creating more recipe e-books, establishing an online real food movement program, running seminars and webinars for women to reach the goal of living a super smashing life. Have my Coco Crunch recipe in health food stores. As well as, coaching people in food, nutrition and wellness.

What is the best piece of advice you have for someone starting their own business? 

Be authentic and follow your passion.

COCO MOTION MUMMA

Phone: 0438 115 579

Email: karlie.cunningham@gmail.com

Website: www.cocomotionmumma.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/cocomotionmumma

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cocomotionmumma

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cocomotionmumma

The conversation edition.

Welcome back to The Crazy Mummy Blog, and our Everyday Mindfulness series, written by guest blogger Danielle Tinkler from Once Upon A Violet 

In this edition, we bring you some everyday ideas to get a little bit of that old thing called “conversation” back into your life. Interesting adult conversation is something that all of us mummies admit to missing out on – but it doesn’t have to be that way. A little bit of conscious, and mindful effort can get you away from the nappy talk – and back into your old frame of mind for a while.


Get (a little bit) on top of current affairs and events.

Sometimes with all of the stresses involved in everyday life, you tend to not notice what is going on outside your own little bubble. Now I’m not saying that you have to read every paper, and catch every news feed throughout the day – but just listen to some of the top stories every now and then. Learn a little more about what is going on in the world, both the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, local and overseas. It will broaden your conversation with others, and make for much more interesting chit-chat with your partner and friends too – not just the usual, mundane natter about what the kids are doing.

Learn a new skill – at least one new thing every 12 months.

I have incorporated this into my life since I was a crazy teen… But it keeps things fresh. Some of my antics have been a little weird such as learning to fire twirl, a course on crystal healing, becoming a DJ, and doing a face-painting course for kids birthday parties (this is actually quite a handy skill to have to be honest, as what child doesn’t love a face painter?.?) – to the little more subdued including jewellery making, yoga, learning how to have a baby, a small business course, learning how to build a website, writing, blogging etc….

Yes I admit – I do like to be creative, so I have no troubles coming up with ideas for this one, but all you have to do is simply go through your local community college brochure for ideas that you could try. You Tube is also a great source for the online learning and self-teaching of the weird and wonderful – Just ask my brother. I would love to try photography, and hula hooping in the future.

Date night.

Try for at least one night a month to get out and about (one-on-one) with your partner – or if not your partner, then a good mate. Here is where the suggestions above can come into play, as it gives you some positive feelings and plenty of conversation and new topics to chat about.

Practice passiveness.

Not all of the time – just some of the time. Tone yourself (and your opinions) down a bit, and let others take the lead. Let other people in your life take control and make some decisions for a change.

I have a terrible habit of always “putting my two cents in”. Be it where I think my husband should park the car, the best way to cook something, or even how to hang the washing out to “my specifications”. But do you know what? In the end it doesn’t really matter.

By putting my two cents in and simply telling others what they should do, I can be perceived as a complete nag – so sometimes it is just better to keep my mouth shut. Now I am not saying that I have turned myself into a Stepford Wife or anything, but I have definitely been making an effort to let others find their own way…. Life doesn’t always have to be the way I would do it.

If my husband struggles and seems to take the longer way around – so be it. He will get there in the end, and will probably be happier for it.

Although this technique might sound like the opposite of conversation, by giving someone else the opportunity to take the lead it might actually open up the conversation floodgates.

If you are experiencing a stressful situation, then try to free yourself from your own unnecessary judgements. Take a look at your thoughts and try to see what is really happening here. Break each thought down to the actual reality, and you will soon see that the situation really isn’t such a big problem at all. It is what it is… And it doesn’t have to be as bad as you think. When you take your judgements out of it, you also take away the drama and emotion out of the situation – so it should be much easier to get yourself back on track.

It is reality, but it is only a moment, and it will pass.

Be thankful.

You are reading this right now – so on that fact alone you have good eyesight. You are educated and are able to read the words. You have access to the internet, and you must be using some sort of device to use the internet – so you must have a comfortable enough bank account to pay the bills. Chances are you have a child or two, three, four… (Well you are reading Crazy Mummy right now, so that’s obvious)…. And so on and so on…..

No matter how down you feel, you can always look around you and break it down to its upmost reality. Just as described in the previous point, and be thankful that you have the insight to see it for what it really is.

Dani xo


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About Dani

Dani is a thirty (something) wife, and mother of one. She is a jewellery designer, a small business owner, a freelance writer, and also a paediatric ICU nurse – so a bit of a mixed bag of skills really.

She tries to navigate life balancing her creative spirit vs her stubborn streak, by being mindful of her own thoughts & behaviours – having learned long ago that this is probably the only thing in life that she actually can control. And has since spent the rest of her time simply trying to roll with it…. A task that is much easier said than done!

A self-confessed Instagram junkie, based in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Her favourite things include power walking, window shopping, coffee & red wine – depending on the time of day that is!

Read more from Dani at Onceuponaviolet.com 

Check out her jewellery at honeydewandviolet.com.au 

It is so important to get a bit of a reality check at times, and that is exactly what ‘mindfulness’ is – It is a reality check, with a positive vibe.

So join us here on The Crazy Mummy Blog for our 3-part Everyday Mindfullness series written by our delightful guest blogger, Danielle Tinkler  – the voice behind of the up-and-coming blog, Once Upon A Violet.


You don’t have to practice all of these, every day. But by occasionally adding some of these in, some of the time– you can create yourself a heightened sense of happy, with even the most mundane of tasks…

Here are a few thought provoking tips on how you can get the most out of the little things in life.

1. Get up early. 

Earlier than usual that is (and earlier than the rest of your household) and make yourself a cuppa, and sit down to do something you really enjoy – in total peace and quiet.

2. Take a long walk. 

Get out and about , and around your neighbourhood at least once a week. Marvel at the gorgeous parks and gardens. See what others are doing to their houses. Make a note of local personalities in your area – and start saying hello to them.

Incorporate this into part your exercise routine, and you are winning on 3 levels – Mindfulness, community awareness, and exercise.

3. Think small.

Challenge yourself to NOT shop at the big chain supermarkets for a while. Be it one week, two weeks, or the whole month. Shop only from the small businesses including the fruiterer, fishmonger, butcher, deli, baker, and corner store.

You will be amazed in the difference in quality, you may even save money (by buying only the things you actually need), and your body will thank you for it due to the fewer amount of processed foods and “handy packs”. And the fact that you are shopping local, helps the small businesses within your community. Its feel good all round!

4. Let someone win an argument. 

I know this one sounds odd, but the feeling you get from diffusing tension in your world can be truly amazing. The prime example – a fight with your partner or loved one. Come on, I know we all can do it!

When someone you love starts to “kick-off” and you feel an argument brewing, take a deep breath, nod your head, and simply validate what they are saying. Most people when they “kick-off” about something really only want their issues to be heard, and have their feelings acknowledged. Imagine their surprise when they start to rant, and suddenly you agree with them, and let them run with it… They won’t know where to go with it from there, and the tension will start to diffuse. World War III might be avoided, and a happy household will be restored. Try it. I dare you.

5. Learn people’s names.

Especially in and around your community. Like Bob – the old fellow from down the road from me who has created the most beautiful peace park you will ever see, on just a little bit of council land. Or Lucy and Jamie who run the tiny corner store. Doris who runs the best café I know, Lester in the post office, and Vince – my FedEx guy.

People are what make a community. People give it spirit. Learning each other’s names is just the start of bringing our neighbours together. Team this point with number 2& 3.

Well I hope these few little tips can bring a smile to your face when you go about your everyday business. It’s not hard to be mindful – because at the end of the day, it’s only about being aware of your surroundings, and appreciating the environment that you have.

Enjoy!  Dani  xo


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Dani is a thirty (something) wife, and mother of one. She is a jewellery designer, a small business owner, a freelance writer, and also a paediatric ICU nurse – so a bit of a mixed bag of skills really. She tries to navigate life balancing her creative spirit vs her stubborn streak, by being mindful of her own thoughts & behaviours – having learned long ago that this is probably the only thing in life that she actually can control. And has since spent the rest of her time simply trying to roll with it…. A task that is much easier said than done!

A self-confessed Instagram junkie, based in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Her favourite things include power walking, window shopping, coffee & red wine – depending on the time of day that is!

Read more from Dani at Onceuponaviolet.com

Check out her jewellery at honeydewandviolet.com.au

Have you heard about Gumtree? In case you don’t know what Gumtree is, it is a website designed for the community where people can list all kinds of services, products and even a rentals.

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Gumtree is a set up like a classifieds website where you can list any items that you’re trying to get rid of, and people all over Australia, can search to find something that there looking for. I know you say it is just like eBay – but I assure you it is not.

Firstly there are no fees to list your items, and you don’t have to worry about putting items up for auction. You can set your price, select a negotiable option (if you are) and then post your ad.

Recently I was contacted by the marketing department at Gumtree asking if I might be able to write an article promoting Gumtree’s services to my Crazy Mummy Community. So I had a think about it over a weekend, and I was a little confused as to what I would actually write about.

So the following week I wrote back to the marketing department and actually asked them – ‘How would I even go about promoting Gumtree I don’t understand how it is in anyway beneficial for mums.’

The response I received was that I could go with the angle of the opportunities to upcycle used furniture. There is no doubt that there is a big trend at the moment with upcycling from home. Though I had no experience in this area, and didn’t want to pretend that I might.

The second option was to promote the freebies page is popular – and that many people don’t know about it. This was where people list items that there trying to get rid of, for FREE.

Apparently, this has worked well for parents, or grandparents, looking to ‘upcycle’ furniture either for nurseries, for interior design or for their own creative projects.

Not really sure how it all worked, I clicked on the link and was surprised at just how many items there were listed. And the variety. Funnily enough, my husband and I had been talking about getting a new dining room table, so I thought I would try my luck. It wouldn’t hurt anyone.We don’t have a very big area to fit a dining table and wanted something to fit the four of us. Yet if we had people around for dinner we could extend it, add a few more chairs and it wasn’t a bother for the night. I typed in timber dining room table, located in Sydney. And wouldn’t you know it, the fourth advert down was exactly what we were looking for. Timber, round, and extendable.

I showed my hubby the ad, next thing I know he is calling the number of the owner, asking if he could look at the table, and wouldn’t you know it later that afternoon we had a new dining table. Gumtree was working for us already.With a quick sanding and lime wash, our ‘new’ table had come up just amazing! I mean it looks brand new, when it is actually from the 1930’s – sturdy and stable – just perfect.

The following week we decided that we would then list all of the items that have been sitting underneath the house that we just couldn’t be bothered putting on eBay. First we listed our old dining table for free. It had definitely seen better days, and we weren’t even sure it would go. yet within 2 hours it had been picked up by another happy camper. We then went and listed a whole lot of other things – an indoor heater that we were no longer using, a baby bike seat, our mountain buggy pram, an old school vintage trike, and all of a sudden within a week we had gotten rid of every single piece of furniture that we had uploaded.

We didn’t ask outragous amounts for our olf items and were being unrealistic with our prices. I main aim was to clear out the things we no longer needed – instead of allowing them to collect more dust. Amazingly our sales allowed us to produce a little bit of cash on the side, which paid for our groceries and coffees for the next two weeks. And I have to say it has been the most seamless and easiest task that we have come across recently.

I will definitely be using Gumtree again in the future, with the next thing we need to find is some ‘new’ dining room chairs…

With the long weekend coming up, what a perfect time to clean out old items taking up your storage spaces, and who knows you may just get that piece of furniture you’ve been thinking of for months – for free!

Last night, my husband and I took our 6 yr old & our 3 yr old to see The Lego Movie. After our first attempt failed – I had looked at the wrong day, crushing my kids… not to mention me (I think I was more devastated), we sat down to watch the movie of my dreams.

I am a Lego nerd, no doubt about it. I love anything to do with Lego. As a kid I would sit for hours building, creating, and breaking everything up just to start again. My fascination has now grown with my children. I love sitting on the floor of their rooms, surrounded by Lego (and still some Duplo) building what ever my little ones request of me.

Upon receiving each new addition to their Lego stock piles, the initial build is what they are given in the instructions. Then within weeks it is reduced to remnants of what the master piece once was. That’s when the real creation begins. We build houses, and gardens for the animals. There are bridges and planes, archways and tree houses.

So as I sat in anticipation of The Lego Movie to start, I looked over at my kids and they were just as excited as I was. Maybe even my husband was as well.

And I have to say, I was blown away with the graphics from the outset. The details from the opening credits, to the inclusion of smoke puffs from a steam train built from Lego, was just amazing. Sometimes I couldn’t keep up with the action as I was looking at the design. All the more reason to see the movie again!

The storyline was hilarious for adults, but just as beautiful in building the confidence of kids to be anything they wanted to be, and to build anything they wanted to build. We are only limited by our imaginations. And even then – how do we know those limits?

When others tell us.

I found the movie reinforced the fact that you don’t need to listen to what others say about you. That you have no limits, and if you believe you can do anything, then that is all you need.

Not to mention – ‘Everything Is Awesome!’

I just can’t get the theme song out of my head. It is another ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams. A catchy, kid loving song that is sure to be ringing out through homes across the Australia.

Speaking of Australia, one of the action sequences at the beginning of the movie looks like it takes place on the harbour bridge, minus the iconic overhead structure. All the city buildings in the background seem identical to the Sydney skyline, and the road seems to follow the same line as the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Which is very cool seeing as the film was made here.

By the way, I think I might have a crush on Batman…

This is definitely a film I will enjoy watching over and over and over again, as though I have a choice in this, when the kids get their hands on a copy for home.

So with that I give this movie –

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Lately there have been a lot of commercials getting on my nerves, but none more so that the recent Nissan X-Trail ad. If you are unsure of which one I’m talking about I’ve inserted it below.

Nissan Xtrail Commercial

I have viewed this commercial over and over each night, and the more I see it the more I get annoyed. My OCD kicks in and I think to myself, who thought this was a good advertisement for a family car?

The first thing that comes to mind whilst watching it is – A) the daughter looks to be holding a milkshake in a large cup WITHOUT A LID! and B) the son has a container of green slime, once again, WITHOUT A LID!

I mean, come on.

I don’t know any mother who would –

1. Give their child a milkshake that big, or at least
2. Allow their child into the car with it, and
3. Allow the milkshake in the car WITHOUT A LID! or
4. Give their son green slime, then
5. Let them play with it in the car,
6. WITHOUT A LID!

Not only do I have a problem with what the kids are doing, but the mother has a full bucket of popcorn. My kids would have taken it from me by the time I got it to the car, spilled it as they got into the car, and then thrown a tantrum that they’d spilled the popcorn.

Not to mention the husband’s driving ability. He takes the car off road, through a corn field, then through what looks like a highly toxic factory.

Really?

There are so many problems with this commercial, that it send s me crazy! What is their marketing tactic? If it is for a family car, It certainly isn’t winning me over. Is it to show me that it can go off road? Because if my interior will look like that after taking it off road, I’m not sure I even want to take it off road!

I pity the people who have to clean it.

But then, that might just be my OCD showing.