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Part 3 of our Everyday Mindfulness Series is all about looking after yourself.

It’s about looking after your body, your mind, your home, your looks, your own self-confidence, and your own karma. It’s about finding little ways in your life that you can concentrate on YOU, and make yourself feel good on any random day of the week – no special occasion required!

Get so involved with your cleaning and housework that it makes you sweat –

I know in the heat of summer this is not hard at all to get a sweat on, but in the winter – well, not so much. But aside from this, I am a firm believer in getting a two for one deal; so if I am going to get sweaty and dirty, then I might as well get some physical benefit from it also! So invest in a cheap pair of wrist weights and ankle weights (I know that target have some very tidy priced versions right now), and strap these to you while you do the hoovering, hanging the washing, dusting etc.

And while you are at it, try to walk EVERYWHERE, as often as you can. If your life is busy, and exercise isn’t always that easy for you to schedule in, then this tip could do you the world of good.

Remember, incidental exercise can be your friend!

Find that little bit of fabulousness, and flaunt it –

Rock your own self-confidence, and own it. Put some extra effort into your hairstyle or make-up some days. You know how good it feels to step out of the salon with your new do – well then why don’t you try to make yourself feel like that as often as you can. Take a little extra time in the morning before you leave the house with your hair. Perhaps try a new lipstick colour – or even a different fragrance. A little bit of extra fabulousness is bound to boost your confidence and put a little spring in your step for the day. Especially when other people start to notice!

Create your own karma –

Do good things for others – for no reason at all, and for nothing expected in return. I believe that Karma is not a bitch, but instead she is a princess. So be good to others, and the universe will be good to you. The law of attraction really does work – as you attract what you give out (believe me on this one!)

Treat yourself –

Treat yourself once in a while. For some reason, we ladies (especially when we become mothers) always end up putting ourselves last. Well once in a while – buy that gorgeous top you saw recently in the store window. Or get a facial, a massage, or a little treat with your coffee. Have a bath, and then sip on a nice glass of wine while you do it!

Enjoy some little treats for yourself, and you will soon begin appreciate yourself (and what you do for everyone else) so much more. You are so worth it!

Acknowledge your anxieties –

It is ok to feel anxious at times. It is normal to feel moody, or get the blues – but try not to beat yourself up over them, as this might send you further into a downward spiral. Instead, acknowledge that this is not a permanent state of being for you, and aim to get on with feeling normal again soon.

Life is not meant to be a continuous roll of perfect happiness… we need to have those ups and downs to realise what really matters to us.

I remember an old plaque that used to hang on our toilet door in my childhood home which read:

“To appreciate the heights, one has to have been to the depths”.

And it’s so true. If you have never experienced any sadness or heartaches, then how on earth would you learn to treasure those good times?

But at the end of the day, try not to let your worries or sadness consume you. Recognize them, acknowledge them, rise above them, and carry on.

And finally….

Take some time to smell the flowers –

And I mean this in both the literal, and the figurative sense. To me it means – keep your senses open to everything that comes your way, and appreciate even the littlest of things. It is the tagline of my blog Once Upon A Violet, after all!

When I walk my four year old to pre-school each day, we talk about the seasons, and what differences we take note of at certain times of the year. We notice the colour of the leaves, and what flowers are blooming at each particular time. At four years old, she has a better knowledge of horticulture than even most adults I know….

But it’s not the names of the flowers that I want her to know per se… – it’s her ability to recognise these different flowers in and around different parts of our general community (and at different times of the year) that I find the more important skill.

It shows me that she is walking around with her head high, and her eyes wide open.

It shows me that she takes notice of her world, and of what is going on in it.

It shows me that she can understand that changes will occur in life, and she is ok with that. And it shows me that she doesn’t judge what she sees, straight off – Instead she can see it for what it is, but also accept the hidden beauty that often lies within.

Wow! If only she knew the meaningfulness (and the mindfulness) of her actions!


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Dani is a thirty (something) wife and mother of one. She is a jewellery designer, small business owner, writer, and also an Intensive Care Nurse – so a bit of a mixed bag of skills really.

She tries to navigate life balancing work, creativity, and family by focusing on the powers of mindfulness and positivity. She documents her journey and what she has learned through her blog – onceuponaviolet.com

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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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

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

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Homewares

Coastal Home Love | @coastalhomelove | Coastal Homewares & Styling | www.coastalhomelove.com.au

Home Thyme@homethyme | Homewares & Furniture | facebook.com/homethyme

Willow & Wood@willowandwood | Wall Mounted Furniture & Storage Solutions | www.willowandwood.com.au

Kids Clothing & Decor

Dove and Dovelet@doveanddovelet | Awesome Mummy Jewellery for nursing, teething and play | www.doveanddovelet.com.au

My Little Lovebird | @mylittlelovebird | Interiors & Play for Kids | www.mylittlelovebird.co.nz

Mrs. Oliver |  @mrsoliver_  | Handmade personalised pennants, wall flags & banners | www.mrsoliver.com.au

My Mary Bell@mymarybell | Funky, Fun & Beautiful clothing & decor for your little ones | www.mymarybell.com.au

The Little Ark@thelittleark | Designer Kids Clothing & Decor | www.thelittleark.co.nz

 

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