Fermented Food Guide: the basics + 19 beginner recipes

How I Taught My Child That Love is Love

Yesterday, I was taking a video to send to my brother. I thought I was capturing the beauty of the sudden snowfall, but instead, I captured something much more beautiful. (Video at bottom of page). I turned around to ask my 5-year-old daughter, Scarlett, if she could believe how much snow was coming down, and that’s when I noticed what she was drawing. I didn’t really think anything of it at the time, until I analysed the event later on – a child drawing a picture of two men holding hands probably doesn’t occur too often in most households.

How I Taught My Child That Love Is Love

Activated Charcoal Face Mask Recipe with Matcha and Clay

Face masks are gaining popularity, in particular, charcoal face masks which are favoured for their ability to remove blackheads and excess oil and reduce pore size. But, don’t be fooled by the gimmicky, peel-off, charcoal face masks that claim to instantly remove blackheads – they are made primarily of glue and could actually be doing more harm than good!

DIY Activated Charcoal Face Mask Recipe

5 Foods Every Pregnant Woman Should Eat

Becoming a mom is one of the most important moments in a woman’s life. The pregnancy period is complicated and it has its rules. Of course, there is a lot of information about what pregnant women should avoid eating such as sushi, deli meat, and unpasteurized dairy foods, however, there is less emphasis placed on the foods that pregnant women should eat. Here are 5 foods every pregnant woman should eat.

5 Ingredients That Should Be in a Pregnant Woman's Diet

9 Safe Ways to Freshen the Air in Your Home

As seen in the June, 2017 issue of Sunshine Coast Living Magazine! It was soon after my daughter was born that my journey to a cleaner, greener life began. I remember the day when I first became aware of the toxic slew of chemicals that I harbored in my home, and the day I made my very first DIY cleaner with just two simple ingredients – vinegar and water. That day started it all for me, actually – as soon as I made that first cleaner, I was hooked – hooked on DIY, hooked on detoxifying my home and living…
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Four Fabulous Uses for Dandelions (That Don’t Involve Pesticides)

As seen in the May 2017 issue of Sunshine Coast Living Magazine! When you see dandelions, what is the first thing that comes to mind? “Nice! Bee food!” or “Those leaves will be great in a salad!” or “I’m running low on coffee.. I wonder how long the root is ?” If you’re the majority of the population, probably none of the above because we’re a society that’s demonized the dandelion and probably even cursed at it and sprayed it with poison at least a few times in our lives.

Four Fabulous Uses for Dandelions

How to Use Plantain for Bug Bites, Stings and Burns

We were at a child’s birthday party two years ago when I realized that I’m not your “average” parent. I remember the day clearly… It was a warm summer evening in July, and I was sitting around chatting with the moms, watching our children run around in the clover, when suddenly – screams. Blood curdling screams that could only mean one thing – bee sting. All the children huddled around the victim, hoping to sneak a peak of the wound.

How to Use Plantain for Bug Bites, Stings and Burns

Why I Don’t Play With My Children

I’ve had a confession in my head for quite a while now, and even this article half-written in my “drafts” box for over a year. But, I have yet to come out and express the way I feel about this topic, even though I know for a fact that I’m not alone. Probably because of the ever-looming guilt that comes along with being a mom and the inevitable judgement from others. But, I’ve decided to just come out and say it… I don’t play with my children because… I don’t enjoy it. *GASPS* (that’s what I think I can hear in my head from…
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Dandelion Gardening Salve

Most of us are brought up to believe that dandelions are the enemy. Whether you pull them out or spray them with pesticides, they’re likely not a welcome addition to your well-manicured lawn. But contrary to popular belief, the dandelion is actually pretty remarkable. According to a recent article by CBC News, a biochemist at the University of Windsor has just been given a $217,000 grant to continue studying how effective dandelion root extract is in fighting cancer. Researchers have already shown how “repeated treatment with low dose dandelion root extract was effective in killing most of the cancerous cells.”

Dandelion Gardening Salve

Dandelion and Swiss Cheese Spelt Scones

Today’s post is written by my friend, Sophie, of Accidental Artisan. I recently served these scones at an event that I hosted and they were a huge hit! People didn’t believe me when I told them the secret ingredients 😉 – Carly Last year when the dandelions started poking their heads through my nice, neat gravel path in the garden all I saw was weeds. I drowned them in vinegar, let them wither, dug them out and hoped they wouldn’t come back. Ya right. Dandelions are tough! Sure enough this year they all came back and there were even more!…
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Lemon Balm Iced Tea

Lemon balm iced tea is the perfect, thirst-quenching beverage to break out on a hot day (when it’s too early for Sangria) and doubles as a great pick-me-up. I often make a strong batch on hot days, for primarily tactical reasons – to keep husband hydrated and highly caffeinated as he does yard work.

Lemon Balm Iced Tea