I'm always on the look out for new recipes to try for my DIY cosmetics and my most recent potion is so amazing I have to share it. I actually made this recipe in a bit of a rush without too much thought but it has turned out to be so great that I am really excited to write about it.
So, what is it?!!? Well, this body butter is thick and moisturising but with the magical quality of turning into smooth powdery finish. It's like liquid talc. It sinks into your skin, nourishes, moisturises and leaves a silky soft layer that keeps your skin dry. It can be used for keeping you moisturised but dry after a shower, keep moisture away on a hot day, a base for DIY deodorant, and of course for the purpose by which I discovered it in the first place....
My husband is a runner and he's training for an ultra marathon at the moment (crazy hobbies anyone?!?) The other day he came to me asking for help with a delicate but as I understand it fairly common problem...the dreaded chafing!!! He'd seen a cream...
As you know, last year I became a mum for the first time and wow, it has been a whirlwind. I have learned so much in such a small space of time and every day there is a new challenge. It is so rewarding but at times definitely hard work.
One of the things I'm continually trying to build and learn is better self-care. Before having a baby I always had time for stretching, drinking water, breathing exercises and journalling. Now, I'm lucky if I can catch 5 minutes between feeding, nappy changes, endless washing, cleaning and tidying. And when I do, usually the only thing I manage is a piece of chocolate and a semi-warm half finished cup of tea from breakfast time!
I never realised how much I took my self-care time for granted in the past! Finding time as a (not quite so) new mum is hard. There often isn't time to contemplate, plan and schedule self-care and so I've been trying to come up with ways to fit things into my higgeldy-piggeldy, unpredictable and busy days. You don't need to be a...
As you may know, I'm always looking for new ways to live a more waste free and eco-friendly lifestyle and today I'm going to share my thoughts on soapnuts!!
I heard about soapnuts a couple of years ago but for some reason it's taken me a while to get around to trying them out. I think I thought that they were an expensive option compared with other available options in the supermarkets. However, due to their amazing multi-tasking ability and the fact that you can re-use them several times, I've totally changed my mind on this. Plus, they are plastic packaging free!
So, what are soapnuts? Soapnuts are the shells of the soapfruit which grows on a variety of shrubs called Sapindus. The shrubs grow naturally in a number of countries including India, China, USA and Fiji and the fruits of the trees have been used for washing for many years by people living where they grow.
Why are soapnuts so great? These little shells are a completely natural and often organic method of cleaning. They have mu...
Popular all over the world and in many different cultures, massage is an important tool in the relief of aches and pain, injury recovery and prevention and stress and well-being management. There are however, some misconceptions, misunderstandings and myths out there about massage and today I’m going to delve into a few of them…
1) No pain, no gain!
Many people believe that in order for massage to be effective, it also needs to be painful and that more pressure means better results. It’s true that there is a certain level of discomfort in some types of massage, especially where there are injured or tight tissues. Trigger point therapy and some of the techniques used in sports and remedial massage can feel a little uncomfortable. However these, techniques are best used where the tension you’re experiencing is already causing you pain.
Any manipulation of tissues will have an effect on the muscles – increasing circulation, reducing tension and increasing flexibility don’t require brute forc...
We're always looking for ways to care for ourselves. Sometimes it feels like life gets in the way, we're too busy, have others to care for or don't have the energy. Self-care is all about little steps. Here are my favourite ways to practice self-care:
1) Start the day right...
With 5 minutes for yourself. Take 10 deep breaths, stretch your body to wake up your muscles and get your circulation moving. Write down any dreams you remember, make a plan for the day ahead or set an intention for how you want to feel that day. Take this time for yourself before everyday tasks, work, social media or looking after others begins. Mornings can be hectic and it’s not always easy to find time especially if you have young children or work long or irregular hours. But setting your alarm just 5 minutes earlier and taking these steps can have a massively positive effect on your mood for the rest of the day. Try it!
Our bodies need water. Being hydrated keeps your mind alive, energy up...
I decided to write about these hard-working but often under-appreciated muscles as they can be sneakily responsible for many aches and pains within the body. So many people come for massage because of problems which they don’t realise are related to their glutes. I’ve had many issues with my own glutes over the course of many years. I’ve found that understanding these muscles, how they work, the way they can affect the body when they’re dysfunctional and how to solve the problems has been one of the most worthwhile things I’ve learned.
It’s one of my favourite groups of muscles to massage because often it has a significant effect in decreasing pain, increasing range of movement and flexibility and solving niggly lower back or leg pain that people never realised was caused by the glutes.
So, where are they?
When I say glutes, I’m referring to the Gluteal muscles, specifically Gluteus Medius, Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Minimus and Piriformis. These muscles surround the hip and buttocks and th...
I’ve been interested in “Saving the planet” since forever, though I have to admit that I didn’t really know what I needed to do.
Whether you are a climate change activist or not, it’s clear that our planet is changing.
In 2012, I was travelling around Southeast Asia and I visited Cambodia. I really enjoyed my time there, met some lovely people, saw some amazing sights and learned a little about the history and culture. Overall, it was a great trip. However, one of the things that surprised me there that I hadn’t seen in other countries was the amount of waste discarded by the side of roads.
As I travelled on rickety minibuses through villages, countryside and towns, everywhere was littered with plastic bottles and packaging. I imagine the reason this was more prevalent in Cambodia has to do with their not having recycling, waste collection and landfill sites. It made me think. Seeing all of that rubbish was shocking. But back here in the UK I know that we consume just as much, if not more...
I haven't ever been a massive fan of up-cycling where furniture is concerned. Maybe it's because I haven't invested in a power sander yet! Or because it takes time and I like to see immediate results. But ever since my friend, Nat, offered me her old toy chest, I dreamed up this beautiful craft box where all of my making and creating supplies could find their home!
I've had the box for months and it was sitting in a garage getting more and more dusty for several of them, and even when I did fill it with my supplies, I just threw a throw over the top and left it at that!
But last weekend, I finally got my energy focused on the box and I have to say I'm really chuffed with the results! So, if you're interested in doing something similar, here's my how to guide....
An old box or chest
Sandpaper (or a power sander if you have one!)
Wood primer paint
Top coat paint (I used satinwood)
2" firm foam cut to the size of the top of your box
This year I bought my first house. I cannot count the number of people who, when I told them, bit nervously bit their lip and said “Ooooh, they say buying a house is one of the most stressful experiences you can have in life”.
I’m a natural optimist so I brushed the comments aside. How stressful could it be?
OK, so I must admit, they were completely right! We decided to move out of our rental flat back to my husband’s parents’ house for a month whilst the sale went through. Then, disaster struck and the sale fell apart. Oh no. Not to worry though…. we soon found a second house and things were back on track. Until they weren't. The second sale fell through too and we had to start the search again. We found house number 3 which was great. However, the process started to drag and soon one month at home turned into 2, then 3….and eventually 8 months on we were still not moved out!
We were lucky. We have a loving family who were happy to take us in and let us stay as long as we needed. But the...
Cooking is not normally my thing. I prefer baking (or should I say my sweet tooth does!) But I love Thai food - amazing aromas of basil and chilli, tofu, fresh veggies, jasmine rice and tasty noodles. It’s all delicious, if a touch spicy. Having just returned from a 2 week holiday in Thailand I feel inspired to share one of my favourite meals – Pad Thai.
This dish is served all over Thailand usually cooked up in a big wok by street vendors at the side of the road, aromas filling the roads and tempting you in to buy some! Full of protein and veggies with flavours of roasted peanuts, chilli and lime. It tastes delicious!
I’ve been perfecting my very own Pad Thai recipe for a while now. My version is vegetarian and toned down in spiciness! But the recipe could easily be adapted to include chicken or prawns, which they often use in Thailand and of course if you like your food “Thai spicy” feel free to go wild with the chillies!