DIY Nail Strengthening Serum

Like all other aspects of skincare, the key to maintaining healthy nails is a good diet and to drink lots of water, but beyond this, there are some things we can do to improve the health and appearance of our skin from the outside. Our hands can become quite dry over...

4 Reasons We Grow Food

It is a goal of mine to grow as much as food as possible for my family and I’m often asked why I bother when carrots and potatoes are “so cheap”. There are four reasons for my food-growing obsession: Self-sufficiency Being less reliant on the supermarket is an...

Make Your Own Rose Water

In Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, rose water is a common ingredient in sweets and it has been used for centuries in cosmetics and perfumes. It is a gentle astringent, making it an ideal skin toner. But good rose water is hard to find. Most commercially available...

DIY Essential Oil Facial Moisturiser

A couple of months ago, I decided I wanted to ditch my commercial face moisturiser and switch to something plant-based and pure and preferably DIY. I’d already been making my facial scrub and loving it so switching my moisturiser was the next logical step. Over the...

A Garden Experiment: Preserving

Recently, I came across a challenge on Instagram that encouraged folks to find something in their garden each day of August that could be preserved. The challenge was best suited to Northern Hemisphere climates and end-of-summer produce but I loved the idea so thought...

5 Boredom-busters for Creative Kids

Like most parents, I’ve spent a substantial amount of time telling bored kids to find something to do. I’m a firm believer that children need to be bored in order to learn to overcome boredom, so I hesitate to fill their hours with activities and ideas of my own...

Breastfeeding: Lessons and Musings

I went into motherhood without much thought about breastfeeding. Insofar as I did think about it, I expected it to be something I would do without much hassle or emotion. I had literally no idea about the amazing physical and emotional benefits of breastfeeding for...

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