Natural Cleaning Products

Handy chart for some of the most popular natural cleaning products from Wise Mind Health and Body

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upcycled furniture by Zoe Murphy

Your local recycling centre will take a lot of items for recycling but for those tricky items here are a list of other places to try. Remember though, it’s always better to repair or reuse your own goods than to recycle it if possible.

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Four Ingredient Peasant Bread

I love the idea of making my own bread. That is until I realise that my day is already at 150% capacity, which I was very excited to read about a quick and easy bread recipe that only uses 4 ingredients and requires no kneading. Above is a photo of the finished loaf, which in my opinion had the texture of ciabatta. I got the original recipe from the blog Alexandra’s Kitchen.

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Ps – The recipe asks for a glass Pyrex bowl, which I happen to have but I tested the recipe in a buttered loaf tin and it worked just as well.

Hats for Homeless

January 31, 2016

Stack of Hats

Hat Handover

One of the lovely knitters in my Churchtown Yarn Group, Dublin 14  mentioned that a knitting group in America meet to knit hats for the homeless from their wool stash once a year, so we decided to give it a go this year. In two weeks we knitted 18 hats which i handed over to the Peter McVerry Trust last week. We’re planning on making it an annual event and hoping to encourage other knitters and knitting groups to participate, so if you wan to get involved just let me know.

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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.

Recipe
  • Use a double boiler to melt half a cup of almond oil or grape seed oil and 20g of beeswax that has been either grated or cut into small pieces.
  • Mix 1 cup of aloe vera gel, a teaspoon of almond of Vitamin E oil and essential oils (optional).
  • Once the beeswax is melted in the almond oil, take the mixture off the heat and place on a tea-towel on a counter or table.
  • Whisk or blend the aloe vera gel mixture into the oil / beeswax mixture bit by bit.

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

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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.

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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

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.

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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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