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Renovation Addicts and DIY lovers with a passion for Home Design. 

Meet Belinda & Belinda, the masterminds behind Oohm.

Renovating For Profit is their specialty with over 30 personal projects between them and a love of creating a beautiful home for less. As life long friends the two Belinda’s have become accidental bloggers, as they strive to share inspirational tips and know how with their Oohm Community of Home Lovers. Find out how you too can create a beautiful home on a budget, plus learn how to renovate to increase income and equity.

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Tell us about your business 

On our blog – www.oohm.com.au – the 2 Belinda’s share tips and information about renovating for profit and decorating, creating beautiful homes on a budget.  We offer a Renovation Consultancy and an E-decor service.

Why did you start your business?

For a long time, we have both helped family and friends with property research, finding the right property at the right price, organising finance, purchasing properties, renovation advice and styling tips.  Between us (and our husbands) we have wide reaching experience in property so began by starting a Facebook page sharing tips and hints on all things related to property. Our aim was to gather home loving followers and open an online home wares store, which we will do soon.

What do you love about your work?

As lovers of interior design, home wares, beautiful architecture and all things related to property, we spend our days immersed in lovely images and interacting with our inspired tribe of home-lovers on Social Media and our blog.  We continue to run our independent property companies and renovate our own homes.  We are busy, but privileged to spend our days doing what we love.

What do you want to be known for? 

Helping others to profit from property renovations, sharing our renovation strategies, budget and design tips – designer looks at affordable prices. I have my own personal little favourites and they make me smile each morning when I see them in my kitchen. I hope to share that around. It’s all about life’s simple pleasures.

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

We have built some wonderful partnerships, in particular with the charity Heartfelt Homes, who we wish to support more as our business grows; also with the On The House Group, producing quality content for their readership via the “Renovation Ideas” blog.

Within 6 months – Videos on How to DIY and renovation tips plus hopefully some blog sponsorship will come our way.  As well as the launch our online shop.

Within 12 months – our goal is to be running renovation workshops and write books.   

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

Just get started sharing information about something that you love, and learn along the way.

Pay people for the things that you aren’t good at and which will take too much of your time to figure out when you could be doing more important things. Ensure everyone in your business is working to his or her strengths and surround yourself with people who share your vision and passionate commitment.  We knew a lot about renovation and property, but very little about business on the Internet and blogging. It’s been a steep learning curve, but worth every minute and it’s been fun.


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OOHM

Phone: Belinda Smith 0419 496 625   |   Belinda Westblade 0407 443 958

Email: info@oohm.com.au

Website: http://oohm.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oohmhomewares?ref=hl

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/oohmHomewares

Instagram:  https://instagram.com/oohmhomewares/

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/oohmhomewares

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

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PotLove by Pete is an innovative and unique home décor business run by Peta Sully.

As the creator of unusual yet on-trend handmade concrete pot plant designs, Peta focuses on the uniqueness of each piece as she is creating it. She loves discovering what happens when she gets experimental – in fact, the gorgeous concrete tie-dyed pots in her range are a result of a late night experiment, which just adds to the funky charm of these wonderful products.

Peta is growing her range daily trying different things with her designs and loves the chance to get her creative on. Concrete coffee cups moonlighting as candles and gorgeous Christmas wreaths are just some of the additions to the concrete PotLove by Pete family this Christmas.

Here, Peta shares a little more around how and why she runs PotLove by Pete.

 

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I create hand-made and hand-painted rustic concrete pots. The artisanal nature of these pots means that each one is different. Each one has its own personality and no two pots are the same.

For me, it’s a relaxing hobby that has turned into a business. I can work on my craft, and I find that it allows me to unwind my brain whilst just being creative.

 

Why did you start your business?

I received a gift earlier in the year which was a concrete pot plant, and figured I could make a go of creating my own style of concrete pots. So I Googled DIY tutorials and taught myself what to do. It evolved from making them as gifts for friends to selling them on social media and at markets.

 

What do you love about your work?

This is not my full time job. This is my hobby. However, the whole process takes me back to my creative roots and I am truly at peace when I am making, painting and planting…I just love to switch off and ‘Potter’. No pun intended!

 

What do you want to be known for?

I’d love to be known for someone who shares the ‘PotLove’. I’d love to be responsible for brightening someone’s day, bringing a smile to their face or bringing joy to people. Each pot is personal to me as I put my full attention, love and care into each one I make. I hope that radiates when people buy them.

I have my own personal little favourites and they make me smile each morning when I see them in my kitchen. I hope to share that around. It’s all about life’s simple pleasures.

 

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

I want to continue what I’m doing and go to a few more markets. I’m also thinking about starting up workshops for kiddies to get them involved and discovering their creative side. It’s too much fun not to share!

 

What is the best piece of advice for someone who is thinking of starting their own business?

My best advice would be have a plan, have a dream, stay true to yourself, enjoy what you do and the world is your oyster!!

 

Contact Peta today

Phone:                  0414 606 616

Email:                   potlovebypete@bigpond.com

Facebook:            facebook.com/PotLove-by-Pete

Instagram:           @potlovebypete

 

As mums, don’t we all just want to feel beautiful sometimes?glow105

Sure do.

Though as a mum, we don’t always have the time to pamper ourselves. Especially when it comes to tanning.

Yes we could sit out in the sun for hours on end, though what kind of message is that sending to our kids. It is a massive mission just trying to get them to wear sunscreen – and don’t get me started about a hat!

Enter Olivia.

Having worked for Virgin Airlines, Olivia knows first hand how tough it can be to look your best at all times.

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When I was working at Virgin, I was always paying to have spray tans so that I looked fresh and ready for work. It was whilst working there that I thought – “Why not invest in my own?” 

That is how Bella Glow was born.

At Bella Glow, Olivia offers a personalised spray tanning service and understands what it is like trying to juggle me-time with young children. Olivia is the proud mum of two gorgeous cherubs, and started up her business as a side project to her full time job some years ago.

This year, Olivia’s aim is to turn her little business into a something more, to allow her the flexibility to be able to be there for her kids, but also gives her artistic nature a purpose again.

Running Bella Glow from her home in the Sutherland Shire, Olivia uses two types of spray – Naked Tan and Divine Tan – depending on your preference. Both tanning products are 2 hour tans, meaning that you can wash off faster and head out looking fresh and natural in no time.

And her piece of advice for anyone thinking about starting their own business?

Find something your passionate about and make it work around you and your family.

Contact Olivia today on 0410 451 279

Bella Glow on Facebook

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