Kids Decor that you MUST see!

Is it just me, or is there nothing quite as fun after having a baby as decorating their bedroom? (Just me? Okay I thought so!).
Before Starfish was born, I spent way more time than I should have daydreaming about what his room would look like – what theme would we choose, what colours would go inside, etc.

I’ll admit that initially I wanted a car/truck or nautical theme for Starfish’s bedroom – not a dinosaur theme! But when you have a daddy who is in love with Jurassic Park, it’s a bit hard to go any other way!

So off I went in search of dinosaur-themed things to populate our baby’s bedroom. Did you know it’s surprisingly difficult to find dinosaur cot sheets? We instead settled on dinosaur decals along the walls, and a gorgeous crochet dinosaur rug, but I always felt like something was missing. Until we got the best kids decor item for Starfish’s bedroom!      

Kids Deco

I have a gorgeous friend named Natalie who is a professional artist by trade. I first had the privilege of seeing her tremendous talent when she and her husband created a stunning toy box for their daughter. Natalie covered the toy box in Disney characters that looked like printed decals – that’s how realistic her paintings were!

Natalie offered to paint something for Starfish for his bedroom – and to say I was excited is an understatement! She asked what I was looking for, so we decided to choose a picture of Arlo from the Good Dinosaur to match Starfish’s dinosaur theme. Natalie sent through a few images for me to choose from and then went away to work her magic.

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

Natalie works in a range of mediums and offers anything from paper artworks to canvases, and even directly onto furniture or walls. We decided to go with a canvas as I love the ‘art’ feel of a canvas, and it allowed for movement if Starfish ever needed to change bedrooms.

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!
Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!
As you can see, the result is nothing short of a masterpiece! My husband and I can’t get over the amazing detail and remarkable likeness to the original picture. We have been going around showing all our friends and family how great an artist Natalie is!

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

And the best thing is Natalie offers her services to everyone! If you’re looking for that extra piece to brighten up your child’s bedroom, why not contact Natalie through her Facebook page and see if she can bring it to life!

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

(I received this artwork in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own).

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

Improving Health in 2018 with a Naturopath!

I know I’ve been quiet over the last couple of months – but with the lead up to Christmas, and end of year school things to sort out, life has been pretty hectic! Add to that some health issues I’ve been having and it feels like I’ve had no time for anything.

I’ve had health issues for quite a while now, and so I decided it was time to get it sorted. I’ve seen doctors over the years to help me with my digestive concerns, but I thought it was time to look elsewhere. That’s when I came across Victoria and her business, Victoria Heath (Naturopath).   If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!     

I decided to enlist Victoria’s services to find out the root cause of my health concerns and then work on a solution for them. I went with the Premium Starter Pack, which included the following things:

  • Initial Consultation
  • Follow Up Consultation
  • Testing Day
  • Two phone follow-up consultations
  • Naturopathic physical exam
  • Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis and Report
  • Comprehensive Dietary Analysis & Report
  • A report of findings and recommendations to correct deficiencies

If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!

Starting with a Naturopath

I must admit I didn’t entirely know what to expect with a naturopath (my uneducated mind first thinks ‘hippy’ – how wrong I was!!!), but was pleasantly surprised by the process of the initial consultation.

Victoria was kind, empathetic and passionate about working with me to improve my health. I responded immediately to her disposition – she was very knowledgeable and knew what she was talking about, but was able to describe it to me in a way that showed she cared and understood what I was going through (not condescendingly like some doctors, if you know what I mean?!).

She was also very in-depth in the questions she asked to ascertain my main health concerns – which included stress, sleep-deprivation and anxiety on top of physical symptoms. The initial consultation included the completion of several surveys to help her with her data collection, and referrals for blood tests. Victoria completed a naturopathic physical exam, which included iris, hair, tongue, nails and urinalysis, to further enhance her final results of my overall health.

Despite waiting for a range of results and time to read through my responses, Victoria was very knowledgeable and insightful, giving me some easy, actionable, and realistic steps straight away.

About a week after the initial consultation, Victoria booked a follow-up phone call (approximately 10 minutes) to see how I was going with the steps she gave me at the consultation. I loved this accountability (something I desperately need) and her passion to help me with my health – it is definitely infectious and motivated me to look after myself following my appointments with her!

If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!

Testing Day

On testing day, Victoria completed a few tests at her office to help round out her report of my overall health and future steps. These tests included a blood pressure check, physical examination and Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA). The BIA checks things such as:

  • Muscle vs fat mass
  • Bone mass
  • Hydration
  • Daily calorie expenditure and BMR
  • Metabolic age

These results were also important for my testing as weight loss was something else I wanted to work on with Victoria.

Overall, the range of consultations and tests took about a month and a half to complete, and also included going to my doctor to get the referrals for blood tests. Despite being a bit of a process to complete the different tests, I found the end reporting and information far outweighed any difficulty in chasing all these things up.

If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!

What Victoria Heath’s sessions had to offer

What impressed me most about Victoria’s services was how detailed everything was. She was rigorous in every aspect of testing to ensure she got accurate results about my health, and provided these results in a report for me to take home in my follow-up consultation. She recommended supplements that would help with my deficiencies (damn iron and Vitamin D!), and future steps to work on improving my health, including my sleep, anxiety and stress.

If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!

I am looking forward to continuing my appointments with Victoria to improve my health, as I know she has a full picture of where I currently am and where I need to be because she took the time to invest in me. I already feel like I am going the right direction to meeting my short term and long term goals, and can’t wait to see what my health will look like in 2018 thanks to Victoria!

If you’re experiencing health concerns or want to improve your health in 2018, I highly recommend seeing Victoria Heath. You can visit her website here, or her Facebook and Instagram.

If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!

I received the Premium Starter Pack and a voucher for supplements in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

Little Toggs UV Combie/Wetsuit Review 2017

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

About the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit – Best Winter Swimsuit

Disclosure: I was provided with the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Cost: $54.95

UPF Rating: 50+

Available Sizes: 1-2 years, 2-4 years, 4-6 years

Note: Some designs only offer certain sizes

Zippers and buttons: Zipper along the back of the wetsuit

Material: 1mm neoprene body combined with smooth nylon/elastane

Washability: Hand rinse

Available Designs: Navy, Garden Birds, Gecko, Pink Blossom, Surfs Up

Other Features:

  • Regulates core temperature
  • Mix of high quality neoprene and nylon lycra panels for high quality protection and flexibility to get on and off
  • Short sleeves

Where you can get it from: Little Toggs Online Store and limited stockists

Websites and Socials: WEBSITE // FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

Our Review of the Little Toggs UV Combie/Wetsuit:

Size: 1-2 Years (Small, chest 52cm and body 40cm)

Design: Gecko

Design:

The Gecko UV Combie/Wetsuit from Little Toggs has a vibrant blue torso and child-like Gecko panelling. It is designed from a neoprene material to protect the core of the child, while the nylon and elastane panels allow for flexibility in getting the wetsuit off and on. This swimsuit also has a high neckline/collar to protect bub’s neck from the sun. This UV Combie/Wetsuit has a UPF rating of 50+, and apparently the neoprene is a complete sun block (I didn’t know that beforehand!)

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

Practicality:

We loved that the Little Toggs UV Combie/Wetsuit gave Starfish thorough sun protection, particularly with the sun-blocking neoprene material. We also found that the slightly thicker fabric (1mm) would be perfect for the cooler days and months, as it would keep his core warm in the water. For us, this is the perfect winter swimsuit!

The hardest thing about the UV Combie/Wetsuit we found was that due to its thickness, it was a bit harder to put on Starfish. As he’s only just started learning to walk, he isn’t steady enough on his feet to help us with the dressing process by standing while we change him (we are still lying him down) – and it was a bit of an effort to wiggle it up his body! We are looking forward to using it more in a couple of months time when he can be (slightly??) more helpful in the dressing up process.

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

Value:

If you’re a family that loves getting into the water most months of the year (particularly if you have a backyard pool), or you’re wanting to get your kids really familiar with the water, this wetsuit is definitely for you. Designed for older babies and toddlers, it is great for keeping them warm as they explore the water. For a similar price that many regular baby swimsuits are priced at, I think this is great value for money.

Stand out Features:

  • UPF50+ Protection
  • Neoprene (1mm thick) to keep the core warm and as a sun block
  • Nylon/Elastane panels for flexibility in getting the wetsuit on (plus a cute gecko design on the panels!)
  • Great value for money, especially for families constantly around water

Considerations:

  • Can be a bit tricky dressing younger toddlers and babies, as the thick fabric is hard to get on their bodies.

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

Plus, check out the other swimwear in the Baby Swimsuit Review 2017 below!

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

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