As women we are taught we should always put other people’s needs first.
You take care of your loved ones and help them with the details of their lives they’d otherwise miss.You’re a teacher, helper, taxi driver, advisor, and caregiver all wrapped up in one package.
But who takes care of … you?
We slip down our priority list quite quickly when there are other people for us to take care of. Generally speaking, self-care is engaging in activities and behaviours that have a positive effect on your mental and physical health. With the end goal being reduced stress, preserving and nourishing relationships, and maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Self-care involves a lot of introspection, as it requires us to identity our needs and taking the necessary steps to meet them. At BMGG we are all about empowering women to be the very best version of themselves and believe strongly that we all should take time for ourselves and what better way to do that then have a girls weekend away!
Self-care is necessary for a number of reasons.
Ultimately, meeting your own needs makes you a more valuable partner, parent, friend, employee or caregiver. When you’re healthy and well rested, you’re better equipped to support others. BMGG have listed our top 3 reasons why women should pamper and look after themselves.
1. You teach people how to treat you by how you treat yourself.
When we prioritise ourselves this naturally commands the same respect from others. We need to remind ourselves that it is not our job to make everyone happy and to do everything for everyone. However, it is our job to decide who and what you want in your life. Showing people how to treat us is a very important role in our lives.
2. Healthy habits become a lifestyle
Once you take the time for yourself to exercise, meditate, eat well or even take a mental health day or give yourself permission to take a few days off, it becomes a lifestyle habit that we enjoy and look forward to. It is vital to create and maintain healthy habits in our daily lives.
3. You get more done when you take care of yourself
When you are feeling powerful, energised and focused, you are determined to get more done in your day. You are working on yourself and taking care of yourself, therefore you feel more empowered to get things done.
It is absolutely crucial that as women we pamper and look after ourselves and each other. BMGG has the ultimate girls weekend away for you and your girlfriends: http://www.bmgg.com.au/packages.html
What are you waiting for, jump online and book today for the ultimate girls weekend away.
Detoxifying is vitally important especially in today’s world, however, detoxifying simply isn’t enough. Avoiding and minimizing any chemicals exposure will assist in helping to avoid the illnesses that have become almost commonplace.
There is a greater awareness of the need to return to as natural as possible in all things including food, personal, skin and cleaning household products.
The challenge is big corporations are jumping on the increased demand by consumers for healthier products and are, as such “green-washing”. Green-washing means that they (the companies) are using the word “organic” to deceive and confuse consumers and that is why education is the key. Education in understanding what “organic” really is, is paramount, hence why we have taken the time to explain this in the first few paragraphs of this document.
It is only when we are educated can we make informed choices. The simple truth is that companies will only stop making products that are detrimental to our health, the health of our children and of our planet when we stop buying them.
Removing the chemical burden you place on your body every day is vitally important in minimizing the detrimental effects that are now scientifically proven to harm our body and that of our children.
The simplest way you can minimize this burden is by switching to certified organic and committing to, as much as humanly possible, a chemical free home and life. I have received so many testimonials from people who have followed my guidance in relation to removing toxins and chemicals from their lives, and who have as a result, benefited greatly. One none more powerful than that of Ali Facer who had been suffering from Hashimoto’s, depression and general ill health for 13 years.
In 2004 I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis aftermany years of symptoms since having my first child in 1996. By the time I was diagnosed I was losing my hair, had piled on 30 kg, was going back to bed within 3 hours of getting up, freezing cold most of the time, brain fog is an understatement and I had various autoimmune issues that were unresolved. My doctor and endocrinologist prescribed Thyroxin and Tetroxin and I remained on medication to relieve the symptoms from that date on, being told I would never recover and that I would gradually require more medication as my body destroyed my thyroid over time. I didn’t know any better so continued on that path until this year.
When I met Therese Kerr in February 2017 I had been eating mostly organic for approximately 3 months after being educated through friends and my new InnerOrigin business community. I was blown away when I heard Therese speak of the endocrine disrupting chemicals in many of our every day products and the impact of those on our endocrine system and hormones all supported by evidence based science and third party validation. Though I had addressed my food I was unaware of the impact to my health of the things I used on my skin and in my home.
After hearing her message loud and clear I went home and removed all of the products that I had in my house and had assumed were safe. Since removing fragrance and products containing the word fragrance as well as removing foods that contain glyphosate my routine blood tests have spoken for themselves. We have had to reduce my medication 3 times and my levels aren’t even registering! My doctor and endocrinologist can offer no explanation simply recognizing that I am overmedicated and need to reduce meds again and again.
If only I had known this earlier, my health and my life would have been so different and I share in the hope that even one person can make the changes NOW to save the pain and suffering – not to mention expense! – of going through this diagnosis and treatment with no hope or end in sight. Thank you Therese and The Divine Company for not onlyopening my eyes up to this, for providing incredible products that make the process enjoyable – I can see and feel a difference using them everyday – but also for changing my health completely. Simple everyday changes have massive impacts when we simply know stuff we didn’t know we didn’t know.
I look forward to being able to report back that I am no longer on medication at all very soon ϑ
How blessed am I to have gone through tumours in my spleen to have come out the other end inspiring, educating, connecting and helping people on their wellness journey.
Therese Kerr xxx
This recipe is from on of my favourite Chefs – Rick Stein in his “Mediterranean Escapes” recipe Book
A simple Greek salad gets a new edge with a little bit of cheeky alcohol !
Ingredients (please use organic whenever possible)
Close your eyes, smile (think of someone you love smiling at you to make your smile real)
Breathe deeply inwards through the nose then deeply outwards through the mouth 5 times
You feel better now don’t you and that took so little time !
Going away on a Girls Weekend is a Treat, there is no denying that.
So we’ve come up with some activities you can enjoy on your escape that won’t cost you a cent. Feel free to share them with friends looking to go away – to help them get the best out of their break.
So there you have it – who would have thought you could do so much for nothing.
Wishing you a wonderful break with the girls everyone, enjoy every moment.
With love from Nicky and the team at
Ever walked into a room and a scent has taken you straight back to a childhood memory?
The sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. Those with full olfactory function may be able to think of smells that evoke particular memories; the scent of an orchard in blossom conjuring up recollections of a childhood picnic, for example. This can often happen spontaneously, with a smell acting as a trigger in recalling a long-forgotten event or experience. All this because the olfactory bulb is part of the brain’s limbic system, an area so closely associated with memory and feeling it’s sometimes called the “emotional brain”. When you first smell a new scent, you link it to an event, a person, a thing or even a moment. Your brain forges a link between the smell and a memory — associating the smell of chlorine with summers at the pool or lilies with a garden. When you encounter the smell again, the link is already there, ready to elicit a memory or a mood. Every person may not have same experience with particular scent. This is part of the reason why not everyone likes the same smells.
At Beaches and Mountains Girls Getaways we know just how important scent is. That’s why we take extra measures to make your memories from your stay with us even greater. Here’s what we do and what you can do at home too to make your own space more peaceful and a place of happy scent memory to return to:
You can do all of this at home too and add a little scent to your life.
This moment of thoughts is brought to you by Beaches and Mountains Girls Getaways.
This product I am about to tell you about has changed my bathrooms forever. Remember that scent you walked in to Lavender Majestic and enjoyed ? That was the “Destress” version – it truly does make you feel relaxed as soon as you enter the room. Be warned : these diffusers are somewhat addictive…..but they do last a long time too!
A Calming Blend of Pure Essential Oils to De-Stress & Relax
iKOU De-Stress blend includes the essential oil benefits of Lemon, Lavender, Geranium, Clementine & Patchouli.
– This blend is designed to leave you feeling relaxed and calm, quietening the mind and promoting peace and quality sleep.
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So much has been written about being “present” and yet in this digital age we live in it becomes harder and harder to achieve. Sometimes life throws us a curveball that makes us consider this concept more carefully and sometimes we are just getting older and suddenly start to realize what really matters.
Thankfully I am one of the latter. Sure getting older has it’s challenges (aching knees anyone?) but it also brings delight and sadly too regret, but that forces us to think and act a little differently. When my kids were little I thought it would go on forever – the lack of sleep the endless making of food and the constant buying of supplies in-between my working week. Yet now as they are young adults suddenly it’s all a blur. Thank goodness for video and photos that show me I was actually there, I did do some good stuff for my kids and even better they tell me this too (although they also tell me when I yelled there was nothing they found more frightening – yes I was real, I reached breaking points, I yelled !)
What’s the point of all this? Well the point is we need to start making life less of a “blur” we need to take in each moment, enjoy each day and learn from each bad time. When we catch up with a friend for a coffee we need to switch our phone to airplane mode so we cannot be distracted by even a vibration, we need to arrange special time away with friends to get into a true and deep conversation (again turn off the phone please) and we need to suck up every moment – check out the colours of the trees in detail, take a spot on a rock at a lookout and breathe deeply. When someone spoils our day we need to think what we learned from that – what was that person or event meant to teach us ? When we yell at our kids we need to hug them later with equal vigour.
This product I am about to tell you about always brings me into the present when I use it, simply because it is just so beautiful to smell, feel and enjoy the effects of on the skin. Be warned : It’s rich nutrient content and delicious scent are somewhat addictive…..
Blending a potent dose of anti-ageing vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids and mineral rich ingredients, the Miracle Oil Serum helps to accelerate skin repair and prevent premature ageing. Featuring a combination of delicate essential oils to penetrate and nourish the skin while heavier molecular oils provide a barrier over the skin to lock in nutrients.
Made from 86% Certified Organic Ingredients and 100% Naturally Derived and Plant Based Ingredients.
This product is also Cruelty Free, Vegan, Gluten Free and Australian Made.
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Buy a Miracle Oil Serum this week and receive a Divine Clutch Bag containing 3 other product samples to try. Valued at $29.95.
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Women are versatile and capable, but these days we are often overstretched and stressed. There is so much to juggle – from the list of projects to be done at work, to the shopping we need for the fridge, from the registration we need to do online for the kids local team to the bills we need to pay, from the reminder we have to give to the kids about wearing sunscreen to the alarm we have to set to catch the early plane to a meeting, for which we’ve had to arrange all manner of friends and family to take over the school runs that day ! The point is our brains are full of so many things we have to remember and it’s wearing us out ! So, how can we reduce the mental load ? Here’s 10 really useful tricks to relieve your brain of some of that mental load and improve your efficiency at the same time !
We hope this helps you all with the joys of being the modern woman, wishing you luck girls but remember you deserve a “reset, refresh, rejuvenate” every now and then !
With love from Nicky and the team at
So is it a book ? A pair of socks ? Or a box of chocolates ?
Or is it actually none of the above and you actually just want some TIME……
You see being a Mum is busy. These days it’s ridiculously busy ! Most have to work as well as be a Mum, and if not, their list of co-curriculur activities to get their kids to or amount of negotiating with toddlers, or adhering to perfect advice in breastfeeding books to meet modern expectations of parenting are endless.
Don’t get me wrong being a Mum is absolutely THE best “job” in the world and those of us lucky enough to be one are blessed, but it’s also a career that can cause elation followed by exhaustion, doubt followed by jubilation, guilt followed by pride, smiles followed by tears. The amount of emotions alone are tiring !
So sometimes I think us Mum’s need a break. Now I’m not talking two weeks in the Maldives (yes I heard you all sigh then) – you actually know how much denial of the kids treats and how many checklists and pre-work and post work effort that would take ! No, I’m talking just a simple little break – perhaps an afternoon tea in the city to feel like a Princess (see my very own beautiful Mum doing just that below) or a night or even two (oh the joy of two full nights sleep !) away with your besties. But the trouble is we rarely give ourselves that luxury. Well Mothers Day actually gives you permission to do so – you can even use your own Mum as an excuse ! You see your Mum (if you are lucky enough to still have her) wants some time too….your time. My kids are already teenagers (where did that go) and I am already dreading the day when they move out (yes I know I’ve been lucky so far – I haven’t felt like throwing them out yet !) so I can’t imagine what it must be like not to see your son or daughter for weeks, months even years because they are so busy with work/overseas/dealing with their own kids.
So here’s a challenge for you. This year for Mother’s Day ask the one you need the support from to take care of the kids to give you some time as a gift. Ask them to give you a moment with your friends or that afternoon tea with your mum or better yet get a bunch of your girlfriends together and get them all to do the same – to achieve that ubiquitous “leave pass” we all seem to need to achieve for a weekend away together.
I mean, imagine escaping to the beach to walk in the sand, drink coffee overlooking a cute harbour, enjoy a wine tasting at a winery or even better delectable seafood at Rick Stein’s fabulous restaurant. (Yes there is more after the photos I haven’t finished yet)
We know you what you need, and to make to easy for you we’ve put together a “Take Mum to Mollymook” Package together for Mothers Day. Whether it’s just you and your Mum that go or you and a bunch of Mums, we know we need to remind you that you DO deserve it, you ARE able to do it and Mothers Day gives you the EXCUSE to do it ! I know it might seem bizarre to ask to be away from your kids for a Mothers Day Gift but believe me they will appreciate the more calm, collected, and in fact appreciative woman that returns after her break and they will also appreciate HER a little more too !
To check out what we’re talking about simply click HERE
And, naturally as a Mum, we’ll ensure you receive a Mothers Day Gift on arrival too, and we’ve even made it an easy deposit/payment process so you can save up for it.
Don’t forget if you need a further excuse, you can buy it as a Gift Voucher on behalf someone else (that way he doesn’t even have to think !) or for you (great conspiracy tactic girls – all buy one for each other! ) – we are happy to date these for use over the next year some time.
Just click HERE Go on #youdeserveit
So, sometimes you have to listen to others. My friend from FuelBox Australia – a brilliant box of questions that encourages real conversations – posted this on her Facebook Page today, I took a read and it was well worth it. Especially Point 7…..it’s produced by inc.com.
Read this and enjoy girls
There is something intangible about the mountains that is good for the soul. There is an energy, an inner feeling they create which literally feels like a breath of fresh air. Given they are virtually on the doorstep of the bussling hub of Sydney it’s staggering just how different they are to that environment. From the glorious and expansive views, to the stunning starry skyscape at night, to the variety of artistic creations available this really is an escape from the rat race, from the traffic and best of all from the stress.
The beauty of it though, is a combination of all the above together with the elements of sophistication we have come to enjoy in Sydney. Elements such as good coffee, excellent restaurants, beautifully merchandised stores and delis abundant with local produce, that have become almost a requirement for most to enjoy the area are now entirely catered for, in fact in someways more so than in the city.
Joys for me include the retail therapy in Leura Village, the delis delights at “This Little Piggy Wiggy” in Blackheath and the quirkiness of the decor at The Avalon Restaurant in Katoomba. When you stay at Lavender Majestic in Katoomba you can walk to Avalon Restaurant which means enjoying a number of their delightful cocktails becomes an attainable pleasure.
If you stay at Lavender Manor in Blackheath This Little Piggy Wiggy is but a 5 minute drive away so you can gather goodies to create a delectable platter to enjoy with a glass of red in front of the fire.
Each of our properties in the Blue Mountains enjoy a warm fire for cooler weather which often occurs here in the mountains and can be a refreshing change from the closeness of Sydney. Again the mountains are so close to Sydney and yet the dramatic change in weather that can occur can make you feel as if you’ve escaped to a far off land within 2 hours of driving there.
So don’t be one of those people that lives on the precipice of this amazing part of the world yet never gets there. Plan your next escape to this glorious piece of World Heritage and explore its beauty. Check out our different packages and see which one would suit you best and retreat to another world….
Go on, you deserve it
There is something magical about snow. When it snows in the Blue Mountains its even more magical.
Snow brings out the child in all of us, what happens when you see snow out the window ? You smile….right ? Then you contemplate going out to feel, enjoy and hear the crunch of the snow on your feet, and finally, many of us cannot resist the temptation to have a snowball fight or build a snowman – it brings a natural innocent joy to all of us. Sure its cold, yet it’s warming to the heart.
When you wake up in the morning and it’s snowed overnight it brings a natural feeling of glee. Everything is so quiet, so white, so pretty. Perhaps it’s the rarity of seeing it, perhaps it’s an association with Santa – even though our Santa has to fight the heat to get here ! Whatever it is, it’s special and we love it.
We posted a couple of photos on Facebook of the snow at Lavender Majestic last night and it brought much happiness to those that saw it, we got so many likes and comments – snow makes people excited, it gets them to engage with each other, it’s “happy thoughts” provoking and it’s something we all seem to love. The girls staying at the houses this weekend were super happy – after all, their weekend in the Blue Mountains became even more special. The lovely girls staying at Lavender Manor sent us this photo of the garden at Lavender Manor.
So come on up and stay with us, possibly enjoy the magic of snow but we guarantee you’ll enjoy the magic of the Blue Mountains whatever the weather. Life is about experiencing joy – make sure you don’t deny yourself of it.
For details click here or you can always call Nicky on 0412884061 – I love discussing making a break away for you and your girlfriends a special one.
Go on you deserve a little joy 🙂