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Why lavender is an essential oil superpower

January 19, 2020
lavender essential oil

Lavender essential oil I must admit, I was never a huge fan of lavender. I associated it with overly perfumed soaps and a fragrance only an elderly woman could love. But, I’m happy to report, I was wrong. Completely wrong in fact. Lavender is one of the most essential of essential oils. It’s highly versatile and can be used for everything from boosting your mental wellbeing to cleaning…

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Slow living for city dwellers

January 13, 2020
slow living for city dwellers

What is slow living? I first found out about slow living on Instagram after seeing beautifully whimsical images of open fires, berry picking and crafting from natural sources. There are different terminologies: slow food; slow fashion; slow travel and slow living. Terms that imply to me slow cooked stews and hand-knitted jumpers. Two things I love just in case it looks like I’m throwing shade… Slow living looks…

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Best essential oils to lift your mood

January 5, 2020

Winter time can be tough. It’s cold in the UK. We’re stuck inside and the lack of sunshine (and let’s face it, sometimes life) can cause us to feel down. So other than a trip to a sunny destination; are there any natural remedies that can help lift our spirits? What can we do to give ourselves a boost when we’re feeling low? Some essential oils have been scientifically…

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Create calm amongst the chaos

December 28, 2019
create calm amongst chaos

How to create calm amongst chaos We all have to navigate through stressful situations in life. Sometimes by choice: we take on new jobs knowing it might be challenging at first but hope it’ll get easier once we learn the ropes. We move houses and cities, packing up our belongings and living with temporary uncertainty whilst searching out new adventures. We also open our hearts; knowing there’s a…

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Kalme Chameleon Concealer

November 29, 2019
kalme chameleon concealer

Trying a natural concealer I was recently asked to try the Kalme Chameleon Concealer, which promises to take the red out of your face and even out your skin tone. I must admit I had visions initially of a product I tried in the 90s which made my face look so white everyone thought I’d fainted. However, I’m always keen to look for new natural products so decided…

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Stop someone else’s behaviour affecting you

November 10, 2019
it's not me, it's you. How to stop someone else's behaviour affecting you.

It’s not me; it’s you. How to stop someone else’s behaviour from affecting you I’m sad to say I’ve spent far too much of my life analysing why someone spoke to me in a certain way. What was it about me that made them feel that behaviour was ok? Was it because I lacked confidence, was too young or came across as stupid? Why was I being singled…

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My eco-friendly lunch kit

October 6, 2019
eco-friendly lunch kit

Bringing my lunch to work I recently started a new job and along with understanding my role and the organisation; I’ve been getting to grips with a new working environment too. We have kitchen facilities but no cutlery or crockery. I want to get better at bringing my lunches in. This is partly due to financial and health reasons: it’s expensive and I struggle to find healthier options…

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Sage smudging for releasing negative energy

September 29, 2019

Sage smudging has its roots in Native American tradition where a wand of dried sage is set alight and the smoke used to clear negative energy. People believed energy tended to linger – both positively and negatively – and so sage smudging was used as a cleansing ritual. It was also used to cleanse people from illness and release them from other difficulties in their lives. These days…

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What is arrival fallacy?

September 18, 2019
arrival fallacy

You achieved what you wanted. So why aren’t you happy? Suffering with arrival fallacy A few years ago, I ran my own business as a sideline selling vintage jewellery. It started to take off; celebrity stylists got in touch for their a list clients in both UK and Hollywood, I got featured in glossy magazines and made a bit of cash. And yet despite all that, I just…

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My eco-friendly bathroom products

September 15, 2019
eco-friendly bathroom products

I’ve been working towards a chemical-free home for a while now. I’ve become more conscious of what I buy, what I put on my skin and more importantly the products I use on my child. I’ve always been aware of the amount of plastic I use – possibly because I grew up in the 80s when there was less packaging around. However, I’m ashamed to say I never…

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Why you need a self-care tool belt

September 9, 2019
why you need a self-care tool belt

I’ve been pretty stressed recently. I started a new job and have been trying to absorb lots of information in a short space of time. I feel completely out of my comfort zone – and whilst I definitely wanted to shake everything up a bit – it’s been challenging too. I’m also adjusting to a new working pattern and reinforcing how I can no longer be chief cook, grocery…

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21 best things to do in Peckham

August 23, 2019
Best things to do in Peckham: Bussy Building and Copeland park

Peckham is in the London Borough of Southwark in Southeast London. It’s surrounded by East Dulwich, Nunhead, Camberwell and Bermondsey. It’s been described as the new Shoreditch but actually I think it’s better than that. The chains haven’t quite moved in yet and Peckham Vision have campaigned for redevelopments to be meaningful rather than multiple new build flats. This is why Peckham has become home to an eclectic…

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How to find your purpose (and make your soul sing)

August 20, 2019
How to find your purpose (and make your soul sing)

Feeling lost and drifting  Three years ago (not quite to the day) I went on maternity leave for a year. This was the longest time I’d ever been away from work and I felt it would be a good time to think about what I really wanted from life. I gave myself two objectives: one (and obviously the most critical) to nurture my son; and secondly to use…

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How to silence your inner critic

August 17, 2019
How to silence your inner critic

Do you have an inner critic? I’m far too busy judging myself to worry about judging you. Quite often (and generally in a work context), I will be talking out loud and a voice will start in my head saying, ‘stop, you sound ridiculous, Just stop before you embarrass yourself any further’. This voice tells me I look too fat in my clothes, that I’m ageing and wrinkled.…

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What is resilience (and why do you need it)?

July 28, 2019
What is resilience (and why do you need it)?

What is resilience? Resilience is the ability to be able to cope with or navigate your way through difficulties and crisis. It essentially means you’re able to either bounce after a crisis or adapt to new circumstances. Resilient people are able to understand what their body and mental state need and put in processes or modify their behaviour accordingly. Why is resilience so important? It’s a fact of…

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Tavira with kids: a family travel guide

July 24, 2019
Tavira with kids

Tavira is a sleepy town on the Eastern side of the Algarve (the less busy side). It was recommended to me as a nice place in Portugal to visit with kids by my friend and ex-work colleague who lived there a few years ago. I wanted to go somewhere not too touristy where we could spend time relaxing as well as having things to do (without worrying about…

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San Francisco with a toddler

July 9, 2019
San Francisco with a toddler leaning against a mural in the Mission District

Are we mad taking our toddler on a long haul holiday? I had lots of ideas about parenting until I became an actual parent and realised its not always as easy as you think. Which is why I questioned if we were mad to take our toddler son on a long haul flight to San Francisco? However, we wanted to go before our son turned two (and avoid…

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Get started with essential oils

July 6, 2019

The power of smell can have a real effect on our wellbeing; helping to reduce stress and lift our mood. It’s linked to our limbic system, which is part of the brain that controls mood and emotion. One of the easiest ways of doing this is through essential oils, which are a concentrated scent of the plant they come from. However, there are over 90 commonly used essential…

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Why we need to practice self-compassion

June 26, 2019
self-compassion and why you need to practice it

Ever ruminate over something you said, which you could have said better? Or beat yourself up over how you could have dealt with a situation differently?  Do you tell yourself you should be further ahead than you are? Be more confident/quick-witted/have the body of a 20 year-old when in reality you’re 44?*  *I appreciate the last one might just be me…  Well, it sounds like you need to…