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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Informed Papa was given a couple of bottles of alcohol as corporate gifts for Christmas last year. We aren’t big drinkers so I repurposed the grog into something more useful for us. I made vanilla extract. Here is how to … Continue reading

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Mama Bake and Mama Make

An old adage suggests it takes a village to raise a child. I have discovered it also takes a village to keep a mother sane. In fact, I believe while the villagers are busy raising the child, they are also … Continue reading

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Homemade Sun Cream

I dislike using sun cream. It blocks absorption of UV radiation, which produces Vitamin D in the skin. Vitamin D is a cancer-preventer and has innumerous benefits to human health. Many people are Vitamin D deficient because we’ve been raised on a … Continue reading

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Homemade lemon enzyme cleaner

One day last year I had been making something in the kitchen that required lots of lemons. I had a bunch of lemon peels laying on the bench and I didn’t know what to do with them. I would love … Continue reading

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Five reasons I make my own toothpaste

Up until two or three years ago I was using regular toothpaste from the supermarket. The big brand. The popular one. I never thought too much about the ingredients list or that fact that it contains sodium fluoride (a by-product … Continue reading

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Some juicy info

I’m sitting here drinking a freshly squeezed juice – kale from our garden, beetroot, lemon, celery and carrot. Many people are aware of the health benefits of juicing; there are thousands of books and articles on the topic.  What many … Continue reading

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Soy candles seem to be popping up everywhere. Ever wonder why? Regular candles are made from paraffin, a petroleum by-product. Yep, they’re derived from crude oil. Lighting a candle in your house is akin to sitting in a car full … Continue reading

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A Wake-Up Story

A Wake-Up Story from Healthy Child Healthy World on Vimeo. I love the message that this short video has – that ‘a friend’ (ie. YOU) can make a difference. One by one, friend by friend, household by household… we can … Continue reading

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The 5% Loop Hole

We tend to think that we are advanced and civilised in Australia, that we are protected by regulations and laws… specifically, that food manufacturers must list the ingredients on their product packaging in order of quantity. Unfortunately, there is a tricky … Continue reading

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Paper towel alternative

I can’t believe I didn’t think of this myself. Healthy Child asked people what the least expensive thing they have done to reduce their family’s exposure to toxic chemicals. One respondent mentioned no longer using paper towels and using old … Continue reading

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