Spring is here and the days are growing longer and slowly warmer. As some of you may be aware, I've struggled with depression, anxiety and panic attacks the last two and a half years. I've tried a variety of antidepressants, seen counsellors, tried yoga, meditation, journalling...you name it, I've tried it. They all seem to … Continue reading Healing Depression Through The Transformative Power of Spring
Its that time of year again! What time do you ask? Time to plan your garden, whether it be a small balcony, a massive dozen acres or some potted herbs on your windowsill. The earth is warming up, between the showers, the sun shines, the last bad frost seems finally behind us and the hope … Continue reading Up-Cycled Containers For Spring Planting, in a word…Glorious! 🙂
I started this journey towards zero waste about 3 years ago and have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go. I thought it might be helpful if I documented some of the milestones, so I could have a better sense of where I am and where I want to … Continue reading My Zero Waste Journey So Far
Storm Emma is finally over here in Ireland and most people are recovering from serious cabin fever, freezing pipes, electricity lines down and food shortages. Its been a long few days of artic winds, snow and ice but the thing everyone has been talking about is that most vital of necessities, Bread! Supermarkets were mobbed … Continue reading The Terrible Shortage of Bread During Storm Emma, & How To Make Wild Yeast SourDough Starter at Home and Never Need Buy Bread Again! 🙂
Ingredients ¼ cup aquafaba (liquid from chickpeas) 3 cups full fat coconut milk (2 cans) 2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or 2 Tbsp vanilla extract) 1 Icing sugar ½ tsp sea salt Instructions Place coconut milk in refrigerator at least 24 hours before making ice cream. In a bowl, or in the bowl of a … Continue reading How To Make Creamy Vegan Vanilla & Chickpea Ice Cream
Aquafaba almost sounds like something you'd say to cast a spell. Fitting, because this is indeed a magical ingredient. But what is it? Simply Chickpea juice! In my last post, I talked about my discovery of the astonishing countless uses of chickpeas. I continue to explore its many possibilities including gorgeous cream... Aquafaba has some … Continue reading How To Make Delicious Vegan Cream & Tasty Carrot and Black Pepper Hummus
I recently discovered the many amazing benefits and uses of Chickpeas and the more I find out, the more I'm amazed. Chickpeas really are a wonder food. Chickpeas help to increase satiety(feeling full), boost digestion, keep blood sugar levels stable, increase protection against disease and more. Called Besan or gram flour, chickpea flour is naturally … Continue reading How to Make Tasty Chickpea Tofu, Zero Waste Chickpea Hair Mask and Fabulous Flax Milk
1) Go Plastic Free https://youtu.be/2Z0XSUVOp7s 2) Switch off gadgets and lights when you leave a room 3) Take the train, a bike or walk 4) Use less https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLi_2J6kDnB9jEi1RvVF82MRSBKatgptxD 5) Reuse what you already have 6) Recycle when something isn't reusable 7) Don't be afraid to speak up for the planet 8) Make Your Own 9) … Continue reading Ten Ways To Love Planet Earth On Valentine’s Day
After a long winter, I felt inspired to start writing again, today, on the first day of spring, the Celtic festival of Imbolc. I look out at the Daffodils, Hyacinths and other spring flowers on my balcony, the catkins or 'lambs tails' on the Hazel trees and the first green shoots in the garden below … Continue reading Celebrating Imbolc, The Start of Spring, The Day of The Goddess Brigit in All Her Forms
Recently I have been thinking more and more about how I need to do more as regards recycling. Its not just enough anymore to wash my cartons out and sort them for the trash, I want to find ways to reduce the amount of waste I produce and one way of doing that is to … Continue reading Upcycling Juice Boxes, Milk Cartons, Tissue Boxes & Other Common HouseHold Items
So Autumn is most definitely here and in a ideal world, it should be something like this: Instead its usually more like this: So if your autumn is more like mine with long damp days and dark chilly nights, we could all do with a little warmth and cheer. Solution, make your own fabulous heat … Continue reading How To DIY Heat Neck Pillows, Hand Warmers & Other Heat Packs To Keep You Warm & Cosy!
I recently came across a video on youtube about making your own plant milk and was astonished at how easy and how cheap it is to do and wanted to share it here with you. There are many reasons why more and more people have stopped drinking dairy and are turning to alternatives. A considerable … Continue reading How to Make Plant Milks, Super Easy, Super Nutritious & Super Delicious! Also How to make Death Wish Irish Coffee!!
I have recently discovered the wonders of Flaxseed, otherwise known as Linseed and cannot praise it enough. Flaxseed is high in minerals and vitamins, good for your immune system, good for your digestive system and for losing weight. They’re an super easy way to give your body an omega-3 boost without going through the trouble … Continue reading Flaxseed: Benefits, Uses & Recipes
Autumn is officially here, it rains everyday, the air is becoming bitter cold in the mornings and its dark by dinner time. Our winters are marked by ever increasingly fierce storms, such as we have never seen before. These storms uproot, flood and destroy all before them and such storm defences as was in place … Continue reading Stormy Weather Over Galway: Global Warming, Rising Water Levels & How to Up-cycle All Those Broken Umbrellas
Dogs love treats and when your dog is part of the family, healthy tasty food and treats are essential. I will talk more about making dog food in another post but today I thought I would focus on treats today. Treats are an important training tool, a motivational booster, a way to bond and provide … Continue reading How to Make Tasty Healthy Treats For Your Dog
There are so many reasons why its a good idea to use Wool Dryer balls rather then commercial dryer sheets, which are full of toxins. You can easily buy them online but if you are feeling a little bit crafty, then its super easy to make your own! Wool Dryer Balls: How to Make Eco … Continue reading How to Make Eco Friendly Wool Dryer Balls & Horse Chestnut Detergent
You might be familiar with the story of 'The Princess and The Pea' by Hans Christian Anderson? It was one of my favourite fairytales growing up, the story of how a prince searched the world over for a real princess and then one stormy night, a girl half drowned, turned up at the castle door … Continue reading Insomina:Why I Totally Identify with The Princess and The Pea & Other Tales of No Sleep
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It's been a strange start to September, hot and humid and now cold and wet, all in the space of four days but thats the west of Ireland for you. I had some raw ginger root in the house and thought some natural fermented Ginger Ale is just what I need, something that will hit … Continue reading How to Make Fermented Probiotic Ginger Ale at Home & Thoughts on ‘The Girl Who Waited’
Another month, another period. Yet again, not pregnant. Nothing. Not even a flicker of hope. Sometimes it feels like I must have been Genghis Khan in a past life, life has been such a struggle, every small victory paid for dearly, in blood, tears and heartbreak. After the miscarriage in 2016 and a million … Continue reading Aiming for The Moon, Otherwise known as TTC, ‘Trying To Conceive’ Over 35
It was a gorgeous day today, so after doing some errands in town, I decided to come home the long way along Lough Atalia [Galway city] and through the wild meadow beside it. The sun was shining, there was a brisk breeze and the air seemed alive with sound. I recommend always being prepared, if … Continue reading Blackberry Delights & Unexpected Encounters or Becoming Addicted To Foraging!
Todays Full Solar Eclipse was a remarkable event, which wont be repeated until 2090 based on the latest estimates from NASA. The States were extremely luck to have perfect viewing conditions and I watched the live footage from Oregon absolutely fascinated. Unfortunately here in the West of Ireland, it had been raining all day and … Continue reading Thoughts on The Total Solar Eclipse 2017 & The Illumination of Ancient Ireland, Land of The Rising Sun
So I don't know about you but in the last four years, I've being having a lot of bad hair days, not just every other day or once in a while but like everyday, all the time. Unfortunately, I'm not Rapunzel, no matter how hard I wish, quite the opposite alas. Four years ago this … Continue reading 13 Ways to Grow Your Hair Long Faster Naturally
Why because the world would be a poorer place without magic, without Fairytales, without wonder, mystery and the power of the Imagination. Because we live in an age, where it seems everything can be explained by science, by facts that are taken as ultimate truths and yet many of these facts only become facts, if … Continue reading Why We Need to Believe in Dragons, Once Upon a Time and Fairies living at the Bottom of the Garden
So having a shower is just about getting clean as fast as possible? Nope! These days, its a way to wake up, soothe the senses, nourish your skin and more recently to awaken your childhood sense of wonder and play!!:) One awesome way to bring more joy and fun into your shower routine is to … Continue reading How to make Lush Inspired Shower Jellies & The Many Remarkable Uses of Egg Shells!
If like me, you might wonder what am I to do with all those old Jam Jars, Sauce Bottles, Wine Bottles, Vinegar bottles and other Glass containers that pile up in your kitchen after using up the contents?? Whatever, you do, don't just toss them in the nearest bottle bank!! Empty glass containers are literally … Continue reading Sustainable Storage: What to do with Glass Jars of all Shapes & Sizes
Does anyone else feel like the world is spinning too fast, that the day is gone in an instant and you don't remember what happened yesterday, much less today? Do you feel as if you are on a constant rollercoaster and you just want to get off? Do you feel snowed under, overwhelmed, lost or … Continue reading On The Importance of Good Friends & Six Other Ways I Stay Grounded in a World that Won’t Stop Spinning
Last Sunday, I went foraging in the lush wild meadow that runs along the side of Lough Atalia, the small lake that runs to the sea in Galway harbour. It was a stunning day, I felt almost light headed with the scent of wild flowers, fresh running water and the earth warmed by the heat … Continue reading Foraging on the Banks of Lough Atalia in Galway, How to make Honeysuckle Ice Cream and other Nectar of the Gods
When I was little, I wanted to be a Knight, a Healer, a Explorer...and when I grew up, I realised I could be all those things and more for it is only recently, I have discovered that my heart is that of a Wild Woman. What is a Wild Woman you ask? She loves all … Continue reading What it means to Be A Wild Woman
Last March in 2016, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia after four long years of constant pain, constant chest infections, constant exhaustion...The relief to finally know what was wrong with me was overwhelming. The relief to finally be believed, that the pain was real and not in my head. The relief to know that for the … Continue reading What it means to be a Fibromyalgia Warrior and How it Feels to Live with Constant Pain Everyday and Still Smile
Nourishing Calendula Night Cream Ingredients: Calendula Oil [Recipe at end of post for this] 1 Cup Shea Butter - Half a Cup Coconut Oil - One Cup Avocado Oil - Half a Cup Coconut Cream - Half a Cup Beeswax - One chopped standard bar Vitamin E Oil - 1 -2 Capsules Lavender Essential Oil … Continue reading How to make Nourishing Calendula Night Cream for tired, dry, sensitive skin. Also How to make Eastern Spices & White Willow Cream to take Pain Away
Cleopatra, the last Queen of Ancient Egypt will be forever remembered, not just for being one of the most powerful women on earth, not just for her daring and adventurous spirit, not just for her talent at languages and negotiating skills but also for her astounding beauty. I grew up hearing about ancient Egypt and … Continue reading Cleopatra’s Coconut Cream Body Wash and Other Recipes fit for a Queen
It is so important to take care of your feet, they support you all day long, everyday and yet are often forced into tight uncomfortable shoes, high heels, flip flops...It is really only when there is something wrong with our feet that we pay attention to them but a few simple measures to look after your … Continue reading How to make Fabulous Foot Cream
Dear Reader, I would like to invite you on a journey of the senses, to a world where you can feel beautiful inside and out, to a world where you can easily make your own sensational body butters, creams and lotions for a fraction of the price of similar products in retail stores and you … Continue reading How to Whip up a Luscious Body Butter and other Decadent Delights
My trials and tribulations removing hair 🙂
Some Homemade beauty products to Sugar Scrubs, Dry Shampoo and Toothpaste
Dear Reader, I hope you are well since my last post? Things continue to disintegrate on a world wide scale, our world has never been in as much danger as it is now. With many major countries building up their stock of nuclear arms and conducting tests of these weapons of mass destruction, we are … Continue reading The Heart of a Child
Dear Reader, I have been spending a lot of time lately on Youtube watching fellow bloggers like Lauren Singer on Trash is for Tossers or Joyous Health and MillieFreakles. It is absolutely fascinating how many women [men too also of course but a significantly high proportion of women in my experience] around the globe are waking up to the … Continue reading The Great Wild Sisterhood