ARCHIVE: August 2015

The Ultimate Indulgence

August 28, 2015 | 0 Comment

I LOVE being pampered. I know, you’re probably thinking “who doesn’t?” Though aside from the hair appointments I book every 8-10 weeks, it’s not usually something I treat myself to often. That has to change.

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As a pregnant blogger, I was invited to attend the second Pregnancy Pamper Retreat held in Prahran, Melbourne. The Pregnancy Pamper Retreat was created and hosted by Katrina Zaslavsky, Author of “A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth” and Founder of Birth Goddess, and Emily Jones, Founder and Practitioner of Acacia Wellness. These two women, both mothers themselves, are passionate about and committed to supporting women though their journey into motherhood. From conception, through the entire pregnancy, to birth and new life. They both dedicate their time to empowering women in their birth experience, transforming fear to peace, power and calmness.

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This retreat, hosted over 4 hours at the incredible Morocco Lounge in Greville Street, was purely a day for their expectant guests to relax, be pampered and try new therapies. As we arrived prepared for a day of luxury we were greeted by a special guest belly dance performance to kick things off – the perfect start!

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Then it was time to well and truly relax. The choice of treatments on the day included massage, make up, facials, hand scrubs, reiki, manicures, hand or body henna, belly art and my personal favourite, reflexology.

Not only that, in between our pamper sessions there was plenty of time to mingle with the other pregnant women and friends while we were treated to gourmet sweet and savoury food and delicious pregnancy specific teas.

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The cost of your ticket includes all of the above, though the amount of treatments you indulge in depends on the type of ticket you purchase, and no one leaves empty handed! You will take home with you the most extravagant gift box I have ever seen (not to mention additional and VERY generous door prizes). The sponsors and hosts of this incredible event, went above and beyond to spoil us all with the most amazing products, vouchers and gifts, both for mum and for baby. It’s also important to mention that your ticket also helps to raise much needed funds for the Miracle Babies Foundation, who work tirelessly to support sick and premature babies and their families. A cause that’s beyond worthy.

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If you are planning a pregnancy, are already pregnant or know someone who is (this makes the best gift!), please keep an eye on the website and head over to “like” the Facebook page to be the first to know about upcoming retreats as these events have sold out fast! My baby will be here before the next event, but if we plan a third child, I’ll be signing up to indulge again. What better excuse?

www.pregnancypamper.com.au

www.facebook.com/pregnancypamper

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All photographs (aside from the gift box) by Renee Lee Photography

I feel relaxed just reliving the day in this blog. I hope everyone has had a great week!

Belinda x

Jack is 2!!

August 18, 2015 | 0 Comment

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My Jack,

So, today you turned two. I’m going to avoid all the ‘how time flies’ and ‘didn’t I just give birth to you yesterday’ clichés and just say “wow”.

You are the most divine little boy I’ve ever known. Aside from your new skill for pushing boundaries, throwing a brief tantrum and wanting to do things your way, all of which just reinforces how normal a toddler you are, you are very well mannered and well behaved and we are so proud of you. You’re sweet, kind, funny, and affectionate and just love the company of your Mummy & Daddy. It might drive us nuts that you want to take our hand and lead us over to where you are playing in the corner of the same room we are already in, but we also find it endearing that you want us close to you all the time.

You are still obsessed with books and anything Thomas the Tank Engine, you squeal with laughter during your bath time with Dad, you love big walks with Spot and I’d go on to list your favourite foods but you’re not a picky eater. You’ll have anything, though preferably made by Mum. You have always loved the water, so I enrolled you in swimming lessons this term and you love it! You’re the happiest child in the entire pool. I joke it’s the best place for me to take a look at your teeth because you swim with a Luna Park smile. Your confidence in the pool has improved so much after only 5 classes. I promise to keep you enrolled even when your little brother arrives.

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You are in love with your Grandparents and they feel very much the same about you. You have brought so much joy to our families and we love watching the bonds that have developed as you’ve grown to recognise them, show off for them and to bask in their company and affection.

We think your two-year-old molars are beginning to make a move but with you, it’s always hard to tell as you never exhibit physical symptoms such as red cheeks and nappy rash. You’ve been clingier than usual and wanting to hold my hand for entire walks, not sleeping as well, sporadically tugging your ears and biting holes in your dummies – which we will now think about scrapping altogether rather than replacing. Aside from the teeth though, you still continue to sleep well. You are usually down for the night between 7-7.30 and you most often always wake at 7.30am. A time we are always very happy to greet you at. You nap once a day, from 11.30am-1.30/2pm and you wake up chatty and sometimes laughing to yourself.

When you go to bed at night, your Dad and I often sit and talk about how much we love you and how happy you make us. Your face is sunshine and your little voice (with new words coming all the time) is the best sound in the world. We’re so incredibly lucky to have you.

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Your brother is due in 6 weeks and we can’t wait to watch you interact with him. You’re already such a gentle little boy that we think you’re going to be very loving and helpful and we hope you both grow to have a close bond.

You’re the gift that keeps on giving, Mr Jack, and we can’t wait to see what the next year brings. You are a joy to our lives and we still pinch ourselves that we were chosen to parent you and be the recipients of all your innocent, pure love and cuddles. We relish being the two people who can, at this time, make everything better for you.

Our firstborn.

Our beautiful soul.

Happy 2nd Birthday!

We love you more than you’ll ever know.

Mummy & Daddy xx