Tag Archives: living_simply

Story stones: how to make and use

I was tidying the desk in the study this morning when I found a small toy catalogue that had slipped beneath the printer.  I looked at the pictures and thought they would be great for making story stones, a project … Continue reading

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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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We got bees!

An apiarist is a beekeeper. Who knew! I didn’t, until I started looking into beekeeping early last year. I read a few different articles mentioning how bees were dying and that this ultimately could affect the world’s food supply. Being … 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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Radical homemaking

I’ve discovered a phrase (and a concept, a momentum, a lifestyle) that describes perfectly the journey I am on. I recently read the book Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes and it hit me like a punch to the stomach.  I … Continue reading

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YOLO (The Sheeples’ Catch-Cry)

Do you ever have people look at your lifestyle or dietary choices and then rationalise their opposition to it with something along the lines of, ‘Meh! We’re all gonna die some day anyway, I’d rather die happy and fat than have to … Continue reading

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Elimination Communication

I can’t remember the last time I changed a dirty nappy. Oh, hang on. Yes, I can. It was about three weeks ago and we were at a cafe for a Living Chemical Free meet-up.  We were going around the … Continue reading

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