OILY SPOTLIGHT #2 – ROSE

OILY SPOTLIGHT #2 – ROSE

This past month I have dealt with many challenges, especially regarding the health of my youngest son. We’ve had to endure a midnight hospital trip, several blood tests and a few medical professionals. All of which have left both of us feeling drained, overwhelmed and traumatised. While all of this was happening, I just felt my love, my heart and all my energy pouring into my son to help him get better,

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The Dark Side of Pregnancy: A Personal Story

The Dark Side of Pregnancy: A Personal Story

Two years ago, almost to the day, I discovered that I was pregnant with my second child. It was early days, as I was only 4-5 weeks along. My husband and I were so excited and filled with joy at welcoming a new little being into our family. However, only a couple of weeks later, things dramatically changed. I became so ill that I could no longer get out of bed. I lost almost 10kg by the time I reached my second trimester.

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OILY SPOTLIGHT #2 - ROMAN CHAMOMILE

OILY SPOTLIGHT #2 - ROMAN CHAMOMILE

I struggled with choosing the focus oil for this month because there are so many oils that have positively impacted my family’s life. In the end I decided to choose an essential oil that has helped my family with numerous issues. It also happens to be the first oil I purchased that wasn’t Lavender or Tea Tree. Without further ado I would like to introduce you to this soft, calming and gentle little oily friend: Roman Chamomile.

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PLAY Is My Choice of Discipline

PLAY Is My Choice of Discipline

My eldest son who is almost 5 years old tends to get overwhelmed and overstimulated easily. These feelings are then externalised as screaming, hitting and throwing. I’ve had various people tell me to threaten him, bribe him, send him to his room and deprive him of things he loves. All of these are techniques I told myself before I became a parent that I would not do. Why? Well, for two reasons. One, it didn’t sit well with me, and two, because I have read the scientific research which demonstrates these ways are not effective and in the long run can even be harmful to the parent-child relationship.

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OILY SPOTLIGHT #1 - VETIVER

OILY SPOTLIGHT #1 - VETIVER

I originally purchased Vetiver for my kids because I had heard all about the amazing stories from others on how it improved sleep. My eldest is 4.5 years old and he has only recently moved into his own bedroom. From about the time he was 6 months he was quite a good sleeper. He would fall asleep quickly and wouldn’t stir much during the night. However, my husband changed jobs this year, which required him to be away from home for several months.

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Being a Mum IS My Spiritual Practice

Being a Mum IS My Spiritual Practice

I have always considered myself a spiritual person. I would say that a lot of this has to do with my Mum also being a spiritual person. I remember growing up, there were occasions she would talk to clairvoyants, and she always spoke of her “feelings” and “gut” when it came to houses. So naturally, when I moved out of home I consulted her “gut” if the place I was moving into had good energy. It was this influence that allowed me to explore my own spirituality and trust my own intuition.

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Expectations - The Destroyer Of Relationships

Expectations - The Destroyer Of Relationships

Expectations – those darn things that we seem to allow to run amuck in all areas of our lives. The problem is that expectations have a nasty habit of ruining our goals, our dreams and our desires. This is especially true when it comes to our expectations of ourselves and our relationship with others. Including the sacred relationships we have with our children. When we hold expectations about how others (and ourselves) “should” act, behave and live we are essentially projecting our own issues, insecurities and values onto another person.

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How I Discovered A Philosophy That Helped Me Parent Better

How I Discovered A Philosophy That Helped Me Parent Better

Before I even planned on having kids, I always had this vision of how I would parent. There is a little known fact that every new generation of parents evolve from the way they were raised. Why? Simply because there were parts from all of our childhoods that we knew we didn’t like and therefore we resolved to do things differently when it was our turn to have children. For me, I knew that I wouldn’t use punishments, spanking or timeouts with my children.

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