Mum’s Spicy Apple Cake

Yum! This is the tastiest, delicately spicy, melt in your mouth apple cake ever, made with Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice it won’t last long. I have such fond memories of Mum baking this cake with the fragrant smell wafting around the kitchen, nothing tastes better for afternoon tea with a nice hot cuppa, especially during the colder …

 

 

The Dangers Of Air Fresheners

We’ve had a few questions regarding keeping the air clean in babies room, using a commercial air freshener is not recommended, airing out the room on a daily basis is the best option. I wouldn’t use an air freshener is any room of the house, let alone the nursery. This is an exert out of Wendyl’s book Mother’s Little Helper, …

 

 

Natalie’s Paleo Protein Bars

Do you need a pick me up that’s healthy, has plenty of protein and tastes great? The Paleo approach to eating is based on the idea that for optimal health we should go back to eating real, unprocessed, whole foods that are more helpful than harmful to our bodies. If you haven’t tried a Paleo recipe before this one from Natalie …

 

 

5 Simple Ways To Feel Better After A Hard Week

This week we have a new guest blogger; Johanna Cider is a New Zealand-based writer who practices simple daily habits like journaling to keep a positive outlook on life. On weekends, she enjoys doing volunteer work and surrounding herself with beautiful nature to escape the noisy chaos of city living.  Find more of Johanna’s work here. With work, study, relationships, …

 

 

Soften And Remove Callouses With Aspirin

Did you know that a good way to soften callouses on your feet is as easy as crushing some aspirin? All you need to do is to crush six aspirin* tablets into a powder, then mix them into a paste with 1/2 teaspoon each of water and lemon juice. Apply this paste to all the hard-skin spots on your foot, …

 

 

DIY Deck And Path Cleaner

It’s the time of year when it’s very easy to slip over on our decks and driveways. Ours have started go have a slimy film that makes it quite dangerous, especially when in a hurry. I took a slide on the deck in front of one of the sheds and immediately thought of a previous post that explained how to …

 

 

Ingredients You Don’t Want Near Your Face

As you make the transition from chemical beauty products to natural ones it can be a very confusing process. My advice is always throughly check ingredients and certification if applicable. If it’s certified in Europe, such as Weleda and Dr Hauschka, then you know that you can believe it, that process is long, expensive and involved and only those who …

 

 

How To Remove Ink Stains

I’ve had a few emails lately asking for tips on how to remove ink stains. There are several things you can do to remove accidental ink staining. If none of these options work for you, and the fabric with the stain is white you can make Javelle Water which is a super spot and stain remover, I’ve shared the recipe before, …

 

 

Creamy Thai Buttercup Soup

This is my absolute favourite soup this winter. It’s incredibly nourishing, filling and creamy, yet dairy-free! Packed full of flavour with plenty of spice and protein from the addition of lentils, it’s a well rounded meal in a bowl. The coconut milk, Thai spices, turmeric, and ginger go so well with creamy, nutty, buttercup. To keep it easy on Grant’s digestive system I left …

 

 

8 Beauty Uses for Baking Soda

  We all know that baking soda is great for cleaning up around the house but what about using it for our face and body?  Here are eight recipes for using baking soda in your beauty routine: Give your feet a good soak. Mix 3 tablespoons of Green Goddess Premium Baking Soda in a wide bucket of warm water for …