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Quick Pamper Hand Soak

30 Jun

Following on from the Brown Sugar Pamper Hand Scrub, I made a hand soak tonight. It’s not just about looking after my hands. It’s also about taking the time to make something purely for myself, and spend 10 minutes sitting down doing nothing much. You can make it in an ad break, or soak while reading a page of the newspaper (would have to be the same page though so that it doesn’t get all soggy when you turn the it).

In a bowl, mix:

  • Lots of warm water
  • Some drops of lavender oil
  • Gel from a leaf of aloe vera
  • Half a cup or so of rolled oats (good to whizz lots up finely in a food processor and keep them in a jar for this purpose)
  • A few tablespoons of oil. I used canola oil, but I think it would be better (and more therapeutic) with a more cosmetic-used oil such as olive, almond, or rosehip.

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Soak hands or feet for 10 minutes. Think about nothing much during this time. Follow up with a favourite hand cream.

Sustainability Wenchy-Updates

9 May

I’ve had some great feedback and ideas since starting this blog, and also have updates on some of my experiments, so I thought I’d share them with you.

Porridge Saves the Day

Porridge and Peaches

I had some tasty and simple (in style of Sustainability Wench) ideas via my Facebook page on the topic of porridge.

My friend Joanna recommended this to me:

“Before serving porridge mash banana into the bottom of each bowl then pour porridge over the top. Continue to serve as per usual. As you eat the top of the porridge the banana underneath cooks, until eventually you eat down far enough to strike the caramelised treasure- yummo!!!”

Cindy suggested this:

“I have porridge every morning made with milk (made just for me, kids have cereal at the mo) and add ground linseed and when cook pour over frozen blueberries – yummmmmo. Sometimes I get it ready at night and let the oats soften and soak in the milk”.

And my favourite comes from Belinda who recommends:

“Sometimes I make chocolate porridge (although not for breakfast) by adding chunks of rich, dark chocolate…finished off with cream of course”.

Selling The Goods

Plant Sale

We’ve had the plant stall out by the street for five days. Yesterday an Aloe and coriander seeds got nicked. Boo to them. Will now only put it out when I’m home. One woman I met who bought some hellebores, is keen to exchange bottled pears for native seedlings. Warm Fuzzies all round.

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Aloe Face

Am still LOVING this pampering once a week, with no freaky reactions. It’s not for everyone, but it suits my skin type and is super-easy.

Crazy Chemical Free Shampoo

Baking soda

This was perhaps the weirdest experiment I’ve ever undertaken, but I’m very much still enjoying the results. Last week I had to use the dregs of the shampoo as we’d run out of baking soda. After the first wash, my hair felt all nice and shiny, but all subsequent washes resulted in limp static icky hair. Back to the baking soda.

Aphids Suck

Aphid juice

Much to my delight, this actually worked. I used the treatment three times (every few days). I kept the mixture in easy reach in the kitchen so I could Grab and Spray. Once I forgot to rinse the plants. The plants survived. No sign of aphids for the past couple of weeks at all.

Compost Love

Compost

Now the rain has been falling, my compost is a thriving hub of worms. They have used no contraceptives at all, based on the huge increase in numbers. I’ve been able to dig right to the bottom (access from the side), and use the delicious compost at the bottom to feed my broad beans. Winning with the compost.

A Day of Hippiness

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My home-brewed rosehip and almond oil has been lovely to use. Still a bit weird-smelling, but it feels great on my skin. I think it’s lifespan is fairly short though, so I’ll need to stop using it in a week or so. Next year I’ll make less, and give more away so that it doesn’t go to waste.

 

 

 

Selling the Goods

4 May

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Yesterday I helped my good friend, future bridesmaid, and business partner, clear out a big part of her garden. This involved digging out masses of hellebores (winter roses).  Kàren transplanted a few of these to a new garden bed, but this still left us with a large pile of the plants. I was going to biff them, but apparently people spend quite a bit on these in the shops.

This morning I set up a wee stall outside my house with the help of my six year-old. I made sure we only used materials we found in our garage (ie, free). The stall has directions for payment (through the old-fashioned letter slot in our front door), so we’re relying on people’s honesty + karma. I also added some of my extra Aloe Vera plants to the stall. It’ll be great to cover some of the cost of the native plants we’ve bought for Kàren’s new native garden, but we have no expectations.

We didn’t sell any today, but we’ll keep it out during the week (bringing it in at night) to see how it goes. If they don’t sell, I’ll find a spot in my garden for them. The big bonus is that the six year-old gets very excited by a shop on our lawn, and it’s also a lovely way to meet people in our community, all of whom seem really normal.