Finding my glow again

Last year I spoke at an event that was to inspire others to take ‘the plunge’ and go into business for themselves. The speech itself went extremely well and I was very excited to be able to inspire so many driven go-getters to start in the business world. Unfortunately, my high was quickly dampened when I saw footage and photos from the day, I saw them and I shrunk. I knew the voice, I knew the words, but I did not know the face; for the first time in years I didn’t recognise the person talking.

My face was bloated and I had lost my usual glow, and although I was smiling, I looked sad.

I’m sure many people met me on the day and thought ‘she’s a happy bubbly girl’ who were not privy to my lack of glow or my cheeks looking a bit on the chubby side. I was indulging in too much red wine and chocolate, and had completely thrown out my usually strict exercise regime. I have developed a fabulous habit (insert sarcasm here) of self-sabotaging myself as soon as I hit higher than normal stress levels. Then comes the anxiety and instead of breathing deeply through it (which doesn’t work for me) I self-sabotage. My smile still shines bright but I slowly start eliminating all the things that make me “glow”. I stop eating well, I stop going to bed at a normal hour, I stop all forms of exercise and hibernate, and I stop replying to messages and avoid all forms of contact from friends. So in the words of Dr Phil, I go out of my way to completely deplete myself of all things good, and in effect the stress and anxiety snowball… quickly. So while many people would assume I’m a happy go lucky chicken, in reality I’m a mixed bag of emotions ready to spill over. Now while all of this may sound doom and gloom, the one very positive attribute I have is that when I see the warning signs I act. After seeing this photo I knew it was time to get my butt into gear and make a change, the pity party was getting old.

For me, the best way to get back on track is getting active, which is quite literally the last thing anyone wants to do when they feel rubbish about themselves. Once I’m active the healthy eating and drinking part follows.  So like a smack in the face from the universe, the opportunity to join EzyFit gym quite literally fell into my lap. Before I knew it I was standing in reception in my very stretched active wear struggling to breathe as it cut in to me and signing up to start at the gym.  The last time I joined the gym I was a teenager, now as a thirty-something I felt not quite as cool or fit, and it quickly dawned on me ‘what on earth do I know about the gym?’

Feeling my vibe, Kate the gym manager suggested some classes I may enjoy and find easy, I mentally took note of Kate’s lovely face knowing I would need to sneak through the gym and away from Kate while these said classes were on and head for the treadmills. Realising I was going to need some additional support and help, Joey Mogg the owner also highly sought after PT put her hand up to take me on as her client (YAY!) and show me the ropes in the gym, promising I would be feeling amazing again in no time. (DOUBLE YAY!)

I drove home already feeling like I was moving in the right direction, I had a towel, a keyring for EzyFit, and a membership; I was halfway there.

The next morning at 4.50am my clock went off like a fire alarm screaming at me that it was time to get moving to the gym for my first PT with Joey.

When I entered EzyFit I was met by Joey who is one of the most beautiful people you will ever meet. She’s kind, she’s funny and her personality is infectious. Within seconds I knew I was in the right place, Joey took me though my paces so she could see where my fitness level was at (non-existent). She then started explaining to me the power of your heart rate and how working on this would not only give me a great result but would also accelerate the pace on getting a result… Music to my ears!

After a sweaty hour I was completely and totally exhausted, but I felt great and was already eager to come back the next day. Sweat – it’s an amazing thing, it makes you feel alive and reminds you you’re working.

The next morning I arrived early and saw a rush of people running into one of the studios, like a little lamb I gingerly followed and found myself smack bang in the middle of a Sprint class. Given that they did it with the lights off I thought, why not? I jumped on the bike and decided to break my RPM cherry, within seconds there was screaming, shouting and very fast music. People were jumping up and down on bikes like they were on a merry-go-round. I felt out of my element and yet also excited. 30 minutes later we were a pile of sweat and I was in awe of what I had just taken part in. How on earth had I never done an RPM class before? And more importantly when was the next one?

I instantly felt the need to find Kate, the gym manager, and tell her she was right, the classes rocked! Ten feet tall and bullet proof, I then took it upon myself to educate all that would listen to me on RPM and how it works. I mean now that I had attended one class I was clearly a professional.

On day two of PTs, Joey took my measurements and I was reminded why this change had to happen. My body was screaming out for some loving, and upon seeing the results I jolted my new diet plan into place. From that day on I was moving to meal prepping, green smoothies and lots of protein. I was going to become a meal prepping champion.

Fast forward three weeks into my fitness regime and I had started to feel brighter and perkier, plus my anxiety levels were slowly coming down. Green smoothies every day with at least 30 minutes of exercise and I was slowly finding my happy again.

In week four I decided to tackle Body Pump and also Tower, two classes I normally would have cringed at trying, however the other members were all so lovely I felt up for anything and ready to dance in the unknown.

By week six my game was strong people, I was attending 4-5 classes a week and two PTs with my trainer Joey – I felt alive! Joey has an incredible way about her with the way she trains; she pushes you to reach limits you never thought possible and has a way of making you feel like you can. With each session I could feel my body changing and my mind beginning to lighten, to think I was feeling this positive just six weeks later was truly mind blowing.

Making one single change to my world by joining the gym had started a domino effect of changes, each one positive and each one lowering my anxiety and stress levels. This change was never about loosing weight or getting skinny it was about feeling like me again. Eight weeks on and I am hooked, I’m still very much a work in progress but I’ve learnt so much about myself and my patterns. It’s okay to fall down the rabbit hole but it’s how you get back out that counts.

TY Mini Boos Collectables – Giveaway

I can remember as a kid collecting everything and anything I could get my hands on – trolls, teddies, miniature dolls, stamps you name it I collected it. This year TY released Mini Boos Collectibles and the second I saw the range I thought of me… I mean my children! 12 super adorable collectables each one cuter than the next. Featuring coconut the monkey, pinky the owl, duke the dog and Kiki the kitten just to name a few these Mini collectables are cute as a button not to mention exciting to collect and swap with friends.

Each TY Mini Boo is a mystery so you never know which Mini Boo is hiding inside ready to come out and play. As a child there is nothing more exciting than opening up a special surprise waiting to see who is inside.

For years TY has known how to capture children’s hearts and the Mini Boos are no exception. Giving a child a toy like this they can treasure always is a beautiful gift.

Released just in time for Christmas the TY Mini Boo collectables are a lovely and also affordable gift to give at just $5.99

Available now from Myer, NewsXpress, Mr Toys, Toy World and available at Kidstuff recommended for ages 3+.

To celebrate Christmas we have a special TY Mini Boo to giveaway to one lucky reader. Simply comment below on what you collected as a child ? I will choose my favourite answer and announce a winner on Friday at 9pm

Good Luck x

Fill up the Stockings with Smiggle this Christmas – Giveaway

It’s not a well kept secret I love Smiggle, I could potentially have an addiction or obsession. You see friends Smiggle is not only for the kids it’s for anyone that loves their stationary with a side of fun! This Christmas Smiggle have really rolled out the red carpet with their range of stocking fillers.

This year they have everything from Gingerbread Men & Santa Wall climbers to Eraser Baubles all at super affordable prices to suit all budgets.

One of my favourite reasons for giving Smiggle to my kids is because I know it will inspire them to be creative. Master 8 loves to write stories and Miss 3 loves her colouring in. More time being creative rather than being in front of the TV or a computer screen makes for happier kids and a very happy Mummy.

This Christmas my kids Santa sacks will be filled with lots of colourful goodies from Smiggle. Would you like to add a little Smiggle to your Christmas ? I have one Smiggle pack to giveaway. Comment below and share with me your favourite Christmas carol. I will choose my favourite answer and announce a winner tomorrow at 9pm.

Good Luck x

Dreambaby® Jumbo Toy Storage Corner Hammock Giveaway

Since both my kids were born we have been big Dreambaby® fans. When they were babies I fell in love with their fab pram gadgets, as they grew into toddlers we were avid users of their incredible baby gates and through the years two things has remained consistent with Dreambaby® – the quality and the affordable price point.

Now Miss Three is growing into a little girl it’s time for a ‘big girl room’ for Christmas. Bye bye cot and all the nursery gear and hello big bed and no doubt and endless supply of dolls and toys. As Christmas approaches I was thrilled to find that Dreambaby® has thought of the ultimate pressie for those embarking on a ‘big girl’ or ‘big boy’ room. Mummies allow me to introduce you to the Dreambaby® Jumbo Toy Storage Corner Hammock.

The Dreambaby® Jumbo Toy Storage Corner Hammock is not only really cute it’s a dream for keeping your little ones room tidy and toys off the floor. Easy to fit to a corner of the wall with attachments that come included. Even a rookie like me had no issues getting it in place and ready for toys.

This clever hammock from Dreambaby® keeps things tidy but also keeps your little ones room looking like a kids room with all their fave toys on display and not shoved away in a cupboard. Although it’s important for me to have a clean house I also want my kids to be kids and have access to all their toys.

Yet another fabulous idea from Dreambaby® and one that you could win for your little person! Simply comment below and share with me why you would like to WIN ? I will choose my favourite answer and announce a winner on Thursday at 9pm x

Dreambaby® Jumbo Toy Storage Corner Hammock. RRP: $19.95

This hammock keeps toys off the floor and fits in most corners – wall attachment is included. Dimensions are: 1.85 x1.31m x 1.31

Dreambaby® or call (02) 9386 4000 @dreambabysafety #dreambabysafety

The Original Stretch Armstrong. The perfect gift for little kids….and big kids too!

Any 70’s babies will remember ‘Stretch Armstrong’ and his amazing ability to twist and stretch in positions like no other. This year the team at Big Balloon are bringing the 70’s icon back! This years ultimate pressie on many little kids and especially big kids Wishlist is the The Original Stretch Armstrong.

The original Stretch Armstrong action figure from the 70s is back to delight a new generation of kids. More than 40 years on, Stretch hasn’t aged a bit – featuring the original head sculpt, you can still stretch him and tie him in knots, before he slides back into his original muscle-bound shape.

I myself have always loved seeing my kids play with the same things as I did as a kid, but this one in particular had Mr Tink as excited as a kid at Christmas! So much so I have my doubts Master 8 will even get a turn, which is why I was excited to find out that Big Balloon also have brought out a range of Stretch Justice League.

Batman, Superman and Flash have had a mini Stretch makeover too!  Stretch them, pull them, tie them in knots.  When you release your figure, he uses his amazing strength to slowly return to his normal shape.

Three Justice League Superheros each ready to be twisted and stretched for hours on end. So if you are looking for a present that is going to keep your kids active and away from screens you can’t go past these stretches likewise if you have a husband who you would also like to get off the couch! Big snaps to Big Balloon for bringing a little retro back this Christmas.

Would you like to WIN your own Stretch for your little person.. or big person ? Simply comment below and share with me your favourite toy when you were growing up ? I will choose my favourite answer and announce a winner a on Wednesday at 9pm

Good luck x

Available from Big W, Toys R Us and all good toy retailers

LeapFrog’s Sweet Treats Learning Café Giveaway

I’m a huge fan of LeapFrog Toys… huge! Educational, well priced, built to last and most importantly kids love them!

Nothing makes me happier than to see my kids using their imagination and playing the way kids should. Miss Three is currently obsessed with doing everything Mummy does, I wear heels – she wears heels, I wear accessories – she’s now a walking Colette Stand. You see what’s happening here ? She’s watching everything I do and she’s following my lead. Her latest obsession is wanting a cappuccino with me, and no not a babycino. No my red head is too smart for a babycino she wants the goods, the hard stuff … coffee. Now if you’ve read my previous blogs you’ll appreciate my red head does not need coffee she’s crazy enough we don’t need to be adding to the energy levels however LeapFrog may of just saved the day with their latest toy the LeapFrog’s Sweet Treats Learning Café.

Cleverly designed by the educational gurus at LeapFrog this super cute toy does it all. 10 touch points that each perform a song or talk to your child. Numbers, colours, shapes the LeapFrog’s Sweet Treats Learning Café really covers it all. Not only fun to play with but educational and terrific for growing all your little ones motor skills.

From the second I opened the box I knew Miss Three would be in her ‘big girl’ element. You see there is coffee, coffee cups and a machine that essentially is making the coffee so in Miss Three’s eyes she’s rocking a ‘fab o cino’ with her mama bear.

Do you have a little person in mind who would love to share a coffee with you ? The team at LeapFrog and I have got one to giveaway to one lucky reader. Simply comment below and share with me why you would like to win ? I will pick my favourite answer and announce a winner Wednesday x

LeapFrog’s Sweet Treats Learning Café,

RRP $59.95ea

Serve up learning with a double shot of fun!  Fill cups, complete customer orders and serve tasty-looking pastries while learning numbers, shapes, colours and sizes; and running your own café. With four original songs, 10 touch points and 12 pieces including magic tilting cups, your little baristas will have hours of fun and pretend play. Pick the right drink, choose the correct sized cup and set the right temperature. They’ll love learning about numbers, shapes, and colours, while developing listening and memory skills as they froth the milk, grind the beans and brew the coffee. Whether they’re hosting a tea party for their toys or role playing with friends, its espressos, hot chocolates and babycinos all round!

Blink! The Eyelash Expert Giveaway

This year I was introduced to an incredible company that is really shaking up the way we think about our lashes – Blink! The Eyelash Expert. Blink! not only creates eyelashes that will make your heart flutter and your face smile like crazy but they actually care about the condition of your lashes. Janice Mastin owner of Blink! has worked globally with ladies to educate and open their eyes ( pardon the pun) to the power of an amazing set of lashes. Stunning eyelashes that can change your whole look and frame your face.

No make up for this mama

Janice’s technique is softly softly catch a monkey, she is passionate about keeping your lashes in a healthy condition while wearing lash extensions. It is of upmost importance to her that your lashes are not damaged while wearing extensions. Her passion for perfection is without a doubt her signature, and the importance of the clients experience is consistently always first class.

For an energiser bunny like myself I find it hard to sit still. The idea of zipping off my eyes and just dropping them in for an appointment while I run errands is very appealing to me. Since meeting Janice though I’ve found my off switch, she plays a playlist of your choice and creates a place of calm. For someone like myself who talks non stop I found it tricky to stop and just relax but now after 6 months of seeing Janice I’m putty in her hands…. I even found myself snoring last week!

Fancy finding your off switch too ? With Christmas just around the corner I would like to gift one of you incredible women your own set of incredible Blink! Lash extensions.

For a chance to win simply comment below and share with me why you would like to win ? I will choose my favourite answer and announce a winner Wednesday x

*winner must be Sunshine Coast based

The Good Sheet Giveaway

Who doesn’t love a good sheet ? I know I do! And I’m not the only one, even Mr Tink in all his manliness loves nothing more than brand new sheets. This Christmas I stumbled across a fabulous company who love sheets as much as I do, a company called non other than – ‘The Good Sheet’.

The Good Sheet specialises in good quality sheets and bedding that offer simple, beautiful 100% long staple cotton bedding. One of the things I loved most about their website is that it’s not filled with over the top patterns and frills, their approach to bedding is perfect for men that love a great Sheet without feeling they are sleeping in Barbies Dream House.

Given the amount of time we spend in bed a fab new set of sheets are without a doubt a gift that will get used night after night. So with that thought in mind I know what Mr Tink will unwrapping this year and I also know where to find it! Check out The Good Sheet online you won’t be disappointed and nor will the hubby!

Do you fancy or new set of sheets ? This Christmas I’ve teamed up with The Good Sheet to gift one set to one lucky reader! Comment below and share with me the last time you bought new sheets ? I will choose my favourite answer and announce a winner on Wednesday.

Good Luck x

Mrs Tink gets funky with Funkita

A few years ago I stumbled across Funkita. Funkita is a brand that is putting the fun back into getting outside, enjoying the pool, the beach or just being active.

Although many athletes wear Funkita you don’t have to be Ian Thorpe to rock a swimsuit from Funkita. The colourful label has something for everyone, with a collection boasting a range unlike anything you will see elsewhere. Good quality fabrics, funky patterns, beautiful cuts and garments that are designed to last.

Now not only do Funkita create fabulous swimwear they also have a great range of accessories that will be on many a Wishlist this Christmas. Beautiful Luxe Towels, Goggles even really cute Swimming Caps… yes even their swimming caps are cool!

With Christmas just around the corner I’ve Team up with the Funkita team to gift one lucky reader their own Funkita Still Purple Towel. Soft and Light weight, the new Funkita towel comes in a wide range of bright colours and is made with 100% cotton. This Luxe towel is a decent size at 80 x 160cm

And retailing at $34.95 it’s a must have for Christmas.

For a chance to win simply comment below and share with me how you will be using your Funkita Towel ? I will choose my favourite answer and announce a winner on Wednesday at 9pm


Bop Along Buddies Giveaway

When I was a kid I loved to bounce, I had a great big ball that I used to do laps around the backyard on. For hours I’d be entertained bouncing around like a bunny, challenging myself on how long I could last without falling off. Toys have come along a long way since the 80’s but kids still love the same things and I’m now I’m the mother of two kids who love to bounce too! So you imagine my excitement when I was introduced to a super cool company called Bop Along Buddies.

Bop Along Buddies specialise in children’s soft, inflatable animal shaped bouncers. A modern day device to help teach children balance, co-ordination and core strength ability at each stage of development. Bop along Buddies have been heralded as a therapeutic and sensory toy for special needs children with autism, cerebral palsy and clinical obesity, the Bop Along Buddy is a developmental aid to help children explore movement, improve coordination, muscle tone core stability, imaginative play, balance and posture.

So not only do these Buddies love to bop and bounce they are terrific for childhood development not to mention lots of fun to play with. These colourful little Buddies will keep your kids entertained for hours, and best of all encourage them to get out and be active.

Do you think your child would love their own Bop Along Buddy for Christmas ? The good news is I have 1 to giveaway to one lucky reader. Simply comment below and share with me why you would love to win ? I will choose my favourite answer and announce a winner on Wednesday at 9pm