How to ease your nagging backache

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Apr 292015
 

Ever since I fell pregnant with the twins in 2008 I have been struggling with a sore back. Many broken nights, busy days with lots of cleaning and lifting, a huge baby bump, heavy babies to carry on my hip, a lack of core muscles and a big tummy muscle separation, another two pregnancies… all added up it is no surprise that these days my back is not what it used to be and it has been causing me a lot of grief.

Over the years I have tried many things to help relieve my backache and I would love to share my three (very Aussie) top tips with you:

OZ MattressTake a closer look at your mattress
Gently bounce on your mattress, inspect it closely and feel around with your hands. It is likely the springs are no longer as bouncy as they were in the beginning and you are probably sleeping in a sunken spot leaving your back in an unnatural position night after night. After a long, long, long time of waking up exhausted with a sore back and hips hubby and I recently swapped our old, used up mattress for a strong, sturdy, supportive new mattress and the difference is ah-ma-zing.

When we tried out some of the mattresses in stores I could immediately feel the welcome support in much needed places, I realised that I no longer wanted to wake up feeling like a bruised and battered old lady. Yes a new mattress doesn’t come cheap but it is a long-term investment and when you divide the total cost over every night, week and year you will be sleeping on it it is absolutely worth every cent. When mattress shopping make sure to shop local and support an Australian made and owned product like Oz Mattress.

MyOki Wheat Bag ScarfeUse a wheat bag
A good, decent size heat bag is probably one of the fastest ways to ease your nagging backache. It’s easy to use, effective and you can use it on other sore body parts too. I have been using a Lavender MyOki Wheat Bag Scarfe to provide much needed relief for my shoulders and back and it works a treat, it is soft and comfortable against the skin and it smells absolutely delicious.

The unique shape of the MyOki allows you to wear it as a scarfe around your neck or wrap it across your back or waist, wherever you could use the warm, soothing relief of 1.2kgs of certified Australian Bio-Dynamic Wheat. Want to swap your heat pack for a cool pack? You can cool the MyOki in the freezer too, now that’s what I call a real versatile design!

Bosisto's Eucalyptus RubTry a soothing muscular rub
Just like the wheat bag Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Rub is only a temporary solution but is affordable, easy to use and widely available. This warm and soothing muscular rub smells divine and it rubs in easily (plus it’s the perfect excuse to ask hubby for a back massage). Within a minute or two your back will start to warm up and your muscles will start to feel better very quickly.

I love how something simple and natural as Australian Eucalyptus oil has so many great uses! Both hubby and I use the Bosisto’s rub regularly and are big fans.

Do you have another great tip for beating a nagging backache? Let me know, I’d love to try it out.

Make mum feel extra special this Mother’s Day

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Apr 292015
 

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner I always have mixed feelings. On the one hand I am very blessed to be a mum myself to 4 beautiful children and I love how they make me feel extra special and appreciated on Mother’s Day. On the other hand it makes me miss my own mother, who lives all the way across the oceans in The Netherlands, terribly. Since moving to Australia in 2006 I have not been able to spend a single Mother’s Day with her and all we can give her is a phone call and a card in the mail.

My beautiful family

My beautiful family

If you are lucky enough to live close to your parents please take some time out of your busy schedule to visit them on Mother’s Day, how wonderful that you can just show up on her doorstep with a little present and make her day! And don’t forget to take a snap of the two of you together, you never know when you get that chance again every time I say goodbye to my mum I wish we took more photos.

One of the few photos of Mum and I since moving to Australia

One of the few photos of Mum and I since moving to Australia

If you, like me, live too away to drop by personally you can still make mum feel really loved from a distance by sending her some handmade goodness made by the kids, recording her a cute video or having a sweet gift delivered to her door.

Fresh Flowers bouquetThanks to Fresh Flowers it is super duper easy to organise flower delivery online in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. Unfortunately Sunday delivery is not available, but for many areas same day delivery is possible so get that Saturday order in as soon as you can. Make sure you sign up as a Fresh Flower member because you will be rewarded with a welcome 10% discount on your first order, that’s some extra change in your pocket for a lovely card to go with the gift.

If you will be spoiling your mother, grandmother or mother-in-law with a pretty bunch of flowers this Mother’s Day I would love to know what you’ll be getting her. What are your mum’s favourite flowers? If anyone wants to treat me to a little bouquet my vote goes to… Dutch tulips of course!

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Sales & Savings – Week 18

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Apr 292015
 

Mikki and MeMikki and Me
What? Spend $50 or more to receive $10 off your order
How? Enter the code ‘CELEBRATE’ at checkout
When? Until April 30, 2015
Where? www.mikkiandme.com.au

Mother's LoveMother’s Love
What? Up to 40% off Back to School Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Until April 30, 2015
Where? www.motherslove.com.au

WhimsyWhimsy
What? 15% off all orders over $100
How? Enter the code ‘FBAPRIL’ at checkout
When? Until April 30, 2015
Where? www.whimsykids.com.au

Paper EskimoSustainababy
What? 20% off Love to Dream swaddles and sleeping bags
How? Enter the code ‘WEEKLYSPECIAL11’ at checkout
When? Until May 3, 2015
Where? www.sustainababy.com.au

EarlybirdsEarlybirds
What? 20% off Earlybirds Organics
How? Prices as marked
When? Until April 30, 2015
Where? www.earlybirds.com.au

Baby Bedding
What? 40% off storewide
How? Prices as marked
When? Until April 30, 2015
Where? www.baby-bedding.com.au