Last Minute Gifts, Holiday Listening, & 3 Things I’ve Been Obsessed With In 2023







  1. The #1 gift I’m giving all my mama friends.
  2. The holiday playlist to end all playlists!
  3. 3 things I’ve been utterly obsessed with in 2023.


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‘Tis the season, sweet friend!

No matter what you need right now — whether it’s a last minute gift idea for your sweetheart, or an epic podcast to listen to while you whip up a batch of gluten-free gingerbread — I’ve got you covered!

Here’s a round-up of some of my FAVORITE things from 2023, shared with love from my heart to yours.

3 Last Minute Gift Ideas

Need a special something for that special someone? Here are 3 epic options:

1. Wholy Mama Journal

I’m gifting all my mama friends a copy of this for Christmas. This gorgeous guided journal is full of inspiring prompts and opportunities for reflection. It’s become a mainstay of my daily routine this past year, and I’m completely obsessed with it.

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2. Time Magic

Did you know that Time Magic just won TWO awards at the Australian Business Book Awards — Book of the Year and Best Personal Development Book?!

This book is the PERFECT gift for that special someone in your life who loves productivity hacks, who’s got big goals, who feels time poor, who struggles with overwhelm, or who simply wants to get more done with less stress. (And honestly, who doesn’t?!)

It would make a truly excellent  gift for: aunts, uncles, mums, dads, husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, besties, and pretty much ANYONE!

3. Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Want to give someone the gift of better sleep? 

Grab them a pair of blue-blocking glasses. These babies are a GAME CHANGER when it comes to blocking out the harmful blue spectrum light that interferes with sleep and hormones. I use them every single day, no exceptions.

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A Holiday Playlist Just For You

For your holiday listening pleasure, I’ve put together my top five most popular podcast episodes from this year.

Let’s count them down:

#5. Astrology 101: What The Cosmos Is Trying To Tell You | The AstroTwins

#4. How To Stop Craving Sugar & Junk | Dr Amy Shah

#3. Celebrating #500, Part One: How To Have A Wildly Satisfying Sex Life, Dealing With Conflict, Our COVID Experience, Epic Morning Routines & More | Melissa & Nick

#2. How To Make Money Online Doing What You Love, Scale Your Profits, & Thrive As An Entrepreneur | James Wedmore

#1. Using Human Design To Unlock Your Potential, Improve Your Relationships & Parent With Purpose | Shayna Cornelius & Dana Stiles

If you’re on Spotify, I’ve popped these 5 episodes — plus 5 more of my personal favorites from 2023 — onto a playlist just for you. 

It’s locked and loaded and ready for you to start listening now!

>> Click here to add the playlist to your library and start listening!

3 Things I’ve Been Obsessed With In 2023

// Dance

Finding my way back to dance this year fed my soul in a way that I hadn’t even realized I’d been craving. Hanging out with epic women and exploring this new style of dance was one of my most liberating moments of 2023. It felt like a return home to ME.

// Sewing

Years before we conceived our daughter, I dreamed of making handmade toys for her. This year, I made that dream come true. Thanks to my sewing teacher, my latent crafting skills have been awakened, and the couple of hours I spend every two weeks immersed in felts and fabrics are truly some of my favorites.

// Gardening

Having a veggie patch is another long-held dream that we brought to life in 2023. 

We didn’t know much about gardening when we started out, but after doing an epic online course from The Healthy Patch (not an ad, just a fan!), and picking the brains of a number of experienced gardeners, Nick and I are on our way to becoming green thumbs. 

And I gotta tell you, sitting down to a gorgeous meal made from home-grown produce is truly one of the most satisfying things ever!

3 Things I’m Grateful for in 2023

// My family

Sinking deeper into the rhythms of family life this year has been wildly, heart-burstingly fulfilling. Witnessing my little girl grow, with Nick by my side, is the honor of a lifetime. My gratitude knows no bounds.

// My friends

Time spent with our soul fam has been another highlight of the year. I love the local community we’ve all co-created together, and I am so blessed to have so many wonderful friends — in particular, my soul sisters and mama friends. I could weep with gratitude just thinking about them!

// And finally, I’m grateful for… YOU!

As we prepare to bid farewell to 2023, I want to take a moment to reflect on the journey we’ve shared together this year. 

It’s been a year full of growth and countless memorable moments. And I couldn’t have done it without your incredible support and engagement.

Thank you for allowing me into your inbox and your life. I’ve got so many plans for us for next year, and so many epic, exciting, inspiring, empowering things that I’m dreaming up for us, (hint: SheLaunch Retreats, live events and so much more).

I’m so grateful to have you here, Beautiful.

Here’s to YOU and the magic you bring to this world. 

Have the best holiday season ever, Angel. ✨

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