Hawaii and the Caribbean island of Bonaire recently passed a law banning the use of sunscreen containing chemicals that are harmful to coral reefs. So why the fuss over something that people are using on their skin to protect it from the damaging effects of the sun?
It has actually … Read the rest
Yesterday marked the start of this year’s Plastic Free July. But if you have not signed up for this yet, fear not, as it is not too late! You will find the link to do so a little further down.
But first, if you do not know what Plastic Free … Read the rest
When I was little and my mum asked me to do something, perhaps my homework! I would often reply, “yeah, I’ll do it tomorrow”
“But tomorrow never comes!” She would say. “Of course it does!” I would think “It will be here as soon as today finishes… obviously. God, … Read the rest
Single use wipes are the next product that has been brought to the general publics attention for its impact on the environment. Most of the attention seems to have been focused on baby wipes, but the single use wipe market is actually huge, according to Smithers Pira, the global … Read the rest
This week we are talking periods. Now, even if you are not someone that has them, chances are pretty high you know someone that does. A wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, after all, there are about 1.9 billion of us in the menstruating phase of our lives – … Read the rest
I recently created this natural garbage disposal cleaner and deodorizer recipe to freshen my stinky garbage disposal. It is all-natural and it works really well. Enjoy!
I have never lived in a home with a garbage disposal until recently.
For the first few months of living in our new … Read the rest
“Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening.” ~Lisa M. Hayes
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a laser-sharp focus on achieving “success.” From the outside, it looks like I’m pretty close to it, too. But on the inside, I wasn’t … Read the rest
“Silence isn’t empty. It’s full of answers.” ~Unknown
Last week I was visiting the Scandinave, a Scandinavian-style bath spa, with my mom, when it struck me how rare true silence has become. By true silence, I mean silence in the form of not speaking, but also silence in the … Read the rest
Here’s a crazy idea: What if your love of steak wasn’t a massive environmental problem but part of a solution instead? What if we could suck carbon out of the air and save the world simply by eating beef?
A new study suggests that all this is possible, but … Read the rest
Picnic season is finally upon us and we are kicking it off with two new favorite things. The first one is a bike and the other is a bread.
We have been dreaming of a Danish cargo bike for years and years, and last month we finally splurged on … Read the rest
Our blog posts seem to have taken on a bit of theme of late, so I have decided to call them the simple changes series, because that is what they seem to be, a series of simple changes you can make to make your home a greener and hopefully healthier … Read the rest
Growing fennel is easy! Whether you’re growing it for bulb, leaf, or both, it can be direct seeded into your garden after your last frost. You can even grow it in a pot if you are short on space.
We’re planting a lot of fennel this year. I’ve been … Read the rest
Is it any wonder that nuclear power scares people? The word nuclear alone conjures up a parade of terrors: the sinister radiation, the whiff of apocalypse, and the tendency to go boom.
Those are the obvious sci-fi horrors. But nuclear power comes with plenty of other risks that aren’t … Read the rest
Would you look at those blueberry-studded beauties? These blueberry muffins are golden on top, moist and fluffy on the inside.
Best of all, they’re bursting with jammy blueberry flavor. These are my favorite homemade blueberry muffins, and it’s about time you met them.
These healthy blueberry muffins are easy … Read the rest
If you are searching for a natural treatment for tinnitus, you’re in the right place. Several causes for tinnitus mean several approaches to natural treatment.
Does the spring mean an increase in ringing in your ears? For many, the time of year that others enjoy the arrival of green … Read the rest
Following on from our last post about switching up your eco cleaning products we have had some requests for recipes. So I have listed some below for you. These are not of my own devising, although we do use some of them at home, but they have all been sourced … Read the rest
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done and he did it.
I’ve always believed in the adage “actions speak louder than words.” I’ve never … Read the rest
In Spring I use cedarwood essential oil for my scalp and breathing problems. Lavender, geranium, and these other essential oils are also great this time of year.
Spring is just around the corner!
At least that’s what I tell myself when I see another week of snow in the … Read the rest
In previous posts we have looked at how changing the products you use to do your laundry can have a dramatic effect on; you, the environment and your purse/wallet. So to continue our theme, we are going to look at another easy place to make simple changes that have … Read the rest
Katina, a captive orca living at SeaWorld Orlando, was recently photographed with a horrific-looking injury — the backside of her dorsal fin has been cut open and bears a long, deep gash.
On Saturday, photographer Heather Murphy entered SeaWorld Orlando after hearing rumors about Katina’s injury. Katina is not currently … Read the rest
After a long day, there is nothing I love more than a relaxing detox bath. I enjoy taking plain baths but I really love the luxury of taking an aromatic detox bath!
I use the term “aromatic” to refer to any bath that imparts an aroma. Whether relaxing, … Read the rest
No doubt you will have come across something made from Bamboo. It is perhaps the most versatile plant that I have come across, so versatile, it can be used to make anything from a house to a pair of socks! Whilst that fact on its own is pretty mind blowing, … Read the rest
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ~Unknown
I’ve always believed in the benefits of having a healthy, strong body.
I admit, as a young adult my healthiness was driven predominantly by fear. Fear of being … Read the rest
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ~Dalai Lama.
It wasn’t until my mother died that I was able to feel her love and have that mother-daughter relationship that I’d been craving all my life. It was not until she died that I was … Read the rest
I love cold-pressed coffee essential oil. It smells warm and energizing, just like a fresh brewed cup of coffee. So I made this mocha latte aromatherapy blend. Enjoy!
Anyone feel like you just can’t get enough caffeine these days?
With a one year old and a four year old, … Read the rest
Stains are big business in the laundry world, especially if you ever wear white, own a carpet or live within 5 miles of a child. Most washing detergents advertising is based around how good they are at removing stains, but there are also a plethora of stain removers on … Read the rest
“We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
From an early age, most of us get the message that we should be happy—from well-meaning … Read the rest
I love pulling fresh and clean smelling clothes out of the drawer. So I came up with this DIY Eucalyptus drawer freshener recipe that delivers fresh smelling clothes without any synthetic, chemical fragrances.
I know I’m not the only person who loves freshly … Read the rest
Originally I was going to include fabric conditioners in with the detergents in part 1, but it was getting very long! And really fabric conditioners need a space to themselves because, well, you’ll see!
Considering how long people have been washing clothes, fabric conditioners as we know them today … Read the rest
I’m pretty particular about my waffles. I want light, whole grain, crisp-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside, Belgian-with-deep-pockets, quintessential WAFFLES. No soggy waffles allowed! Bonus points if they freeze well so I can pop them in the toaster like Eggo’s.
These waffles meet all of the aforementioned qualifications. After tweaking five batches of … Read the rest
Each year, the Earth’s trees suck more than a hundred billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. That’s an impossibly huge number to consider, about 60 times the weight of all the humans currently on the planet.
Many people believe that eco practices need to be big bold statements, a complete 180 on the things they currently do, which scares people off the idea. This is a shame, I am a big believer in taking small steps, making small changes and it adding up to a … Read the rest
“When you no longer believe that eating will save your life when you feel exhausted or overwhelmed or lonely, you will stop. When you believe in yourself more than you believe in food, you will stop using food as if it were your only chance at not falling apart.” … Read the rest
“Get out of your head and get into your body. Think less and feel more.” ~Osho
Do you want to meditate but the idea of sitting with your thoughts for twenty minutes gives you anxiety? Or maybe meditation seems like one more task you have to add to your … Read the rest
I’ve been growing microgreens here for a few weeks to keep myself sane. The songbirds have returned to Ohio and the fishing worms are popping up on the driveway. It won’t be long now before I’m back outside, but until then I’ll have something fresh and green to eat.
Over the past couple of months we have had the pleasure of trialing the range of skincare from Planted. Being able to try out new products is definitely one of the perks of what we do, but not just because we get to use the products, but we also get … Read the rest
“Self-love, self-respect, self-worth: There’s a reason they all start with ‘self.’ You can’t find them in anyone else.” ~Unknown
It was one of those nights.
I was in a busy New York bar, having fun and enjoying myself. That was, until someone asked me: “So, what do you … Read the rest
“Calm your mind. Life becomes much easier when you keep your mind at peace.” ~Unknown
Let me start with a confession.
If I’m honest with you, even just writing these words actually makes me feel kind of uncomfortable.
But I’m going to say it because it’s true, and some … Read the rest
Crystal Carson never thought she’d be rescuing dogs in Turkey. She was busy enough rescuing dogs in her hometown of Goldsmith, Texas, and her house was always filled with at least a dozen foster dogs.
But when her friend and fellow dog rescuer, Ayse Hellig, told Carson about a woman … Read the rest
Theres no doubt in my mind that the woods or forest is my spiritual home. I love the countryside, I love the beach, I even enjoy a walk up a mountain from time to time, but it is in the forest that I really feel my soul relax and my … Read the rest
“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” ~Paulo Coelho
We’re bombarded by images of people living apparently perfect lives. They suffer no bereavements or breakups or losses or failures. They look perfect, make perfect choices, and act perfect.
Everyone seems … Read the rest