Deluded Doublespeak

November 1, 2015

It never cease to amaze me just how well some human delude themselves and the world.  From the woman who spouts feminist ideals while taking on the bulk of the child rearing and household duties, to the manager that talks of empowerment but repeatedly undermines the work of his/her employees.

Of course some people are duplicitous on purpose but i think most people have no awareness of the gap between the person they think they are and the person that they actually are in reality. My warning to you is to be careful of words; people say all manner of things and they might believe 100% percent of it. Judge others by their actions and not their words and then you’ll really know what their values are.



Easy Homemade Moisturiser

October 18, 2015

Homemade moisturiser

I used the recipe below to make some lovely homemade moisturiser. It cost approximately 5 to make a cup of moisturiser (half of recipe below), which is absolutely delicious on the skin.

  • Use a double boiler to melt half a cup of almond oil or grape seed oil and ¾ ounce of grated beeswax.
  • Once melted take it off the heat to cool, stirring intermittently to avoid separation.
  • Mix 1 cup of aloe vera gel, a teaspoon of almond of Vitamin E oil and essential oils (optional) in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Once oil and wax is cool, whisk or blend the aloe vera gel mixture into it bit by bit.

This recipe is an edited version of one that i found on Remedies and Herbs


Avoiding Palm Oil

August 5, 2015

For those who don’t know the growing of Palm Oil is threatening our rainforests, it’s inhabitants and having a devastating effect on climate change, which of course threatens our children’s future too. Vast swaths of rainforest have been felled to feed our insatiable appetite for this cheap bulking agent.

There have been calls for companies to source sustainably grown palm oil and it’s starting to have some effect but it’s a slow process and until they get their act together i am boycotting palm oil that isn’t certified as having being grown sustainably.

Of course some manufacturers don’t make it easy for us to avoid products with unsustainable palm oil in them. It’s in everything and to make the challenge even harder, it’s not always labelled as ‘palm oil’. Here is a handy printable pocket-sized Palm oil in Disguise guide to  that you can use to find all of the names that palm oil might be labelled under. The Rainforest Foundation has also produced a Palm Oil Guide

To be honest I’ve just had to stop buying some processed food, like non-Irish crisps, full-stop because 9 times out of 10 it has palm oil in it. Thankfully a lot of Irish made products don’t use palm oil so it’s not impossible to avoid completely in this country. Also because it’s mostly used in processed food, avoiding them completely can make your diet healthier so it’s a win, win.


Spiral Tree Staircase

August 4, 2015

I love the novelty of this Canopy Stair and the designers say they’ve worked with arboretists to make sure it doesn’t harm trees. I wonder how secure it feels to walk on and if you need to adjust it every year?

Spiral Tree Staircase

Very handy infographic from American based Safer, who sells organic gardening products.


yellowing plants

Veg Growing Infographic

August 4, 2015

Handy infographic re Veg growing. Found on a clever website called IgHive , which has infographics on all manner of wonderful things.

Simple Vegetable Garden Tips #infographic

Rooftop Gardening Guide

July 19, 2015

Raise the Roof: How to Plant a Rooftop Garden

This clever infographic was created by the people at CustomMade, an American website the matchmakes bespoke makers with buyers. You can read more on Raise the Roof: How to Plant a Rooftop Garden.

DIY Paper Vase Cover

July 19, 2015

DIY Paper Vase

I think this is pure genius. So simple and yet so stylish. Can’t remember where i got this image from so if it’s yours please let me know and i’ll link it to your blog / website.


June 28, 2015

This is a very useful post for anyone who wants to do fancy icing but doesn’t have a set of piping nozzles by Ann Reardon from


Veg growing guideThis clever guide will help you decide how much to grow to sustain yourself or your family with veg.



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