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Posted on 15 Dec 2016

Sunburn is so last decade.  There is never a good excuse for getting as red as a lobster, not now we’re surrounded with education about harmful UV rays and the dangers of melanoma (http://www.sunsmart.com.au/).  Plus advances in ‘realistic’ looking tanning creams and sprays mean lying around in the sun isn’t just uncool and unhealthy, it’s unnecessary.  

That being said, the most diligent of us have been caught out from time to time, a little pink here or there despite our best efforts – in those cases it’s great to have a cooling, soothing solution on hand.

Posted on 15 Dec 2016

Unlike cats, who are meticulous self-groomers, our canine friends don’t have high standards of hygiene – most dogs don’t naturally enjoy baths, and would be happy as a pig in mud to stay dirty all the time.  However this isn’t ideal both for their skin health, and for their owner’s noses.

Luckily, we’ve found some clever ways you can turn bath time into fun time, making it as stress-free as possible for both you and your dog.

Associate bath time with good things

Teach your dog that bathing is always followed by the things he loves.  If your dog learns that bath time reliably leads to wonderful stuff – like special treats, brand-new chew toys, a walk in the park or dinner time – he’ll soon learn to feel much better about it.

Posted on 15 Dec 2016

Let’s face it: mosquitoes are a major buzz kill.

But walking around a party like a stinky chemical factory, or guests choking on clouds of pesticide-laden insect repellent isn’t a whole lot more desirable.

Ditch the toxins and declare your gathering a bug-free zone with these natural repellent candles. They do take a little bit of effort but they look beautiful (especially at dusk) and if you put them in pretty jars they make excellent gifts, too.

Note:  You don’t have to stop at jars – once you get confident making these you can put the candle mixture in anything from clean tin cans to little ceramic flower pots or small colourful metal buckets.  Check out the local $2 shop or Vinnies, and use your creative flair!

Posted on 15 Dec 2016

One of summer’s less than sensational aspects is … bugs.  Hot weather plus rain equals lots of creepy crawlies coming out of the woodwork – or the garden, or the bathroom for that matter (why do daddy long legs hang out in the bath?). 

But if you’re not keen on exposing your children, pets (or yourself) to a bunch of chemicals how can you get bugs to bug off?  Luckily nature  - and your kitchen cupboard – hold plenty of non-toxic solutions.

Posted on 14 Dec 2016

Your fridge is the hub of your kitchen, and one of the hardest working appliances in the house.  Taking the time to clean it out regularly is important.  For one, it's much easier to see and use things on a daily basis, you'll reduce the risk of nasty food poisoning bacteria - and opening fresh-smelling fridge is simply much nicer than the alternative!

Here's our tips to clean your fridge.

1. Take everything out

It's a must.  You probably don't have a clue half the things you have in there.  Clear a space on a large bench and put everything out.  You can do the fridge and the freezer seperately.

Posted on 14 Dec 2016

Even if your house is immaculate, just one off-putting smell can ruin everything.  In the lead up to party season (and the guests it brings) make sure your home is an aroma-paradise with these simple deodorising tricks.  Best news?  They're all completely natural, with not a synthetic fragrance in sight.

1. Freshen furniture with baking soda

Posted on 16 Nov 2016

Oh no, what's this?   A white t-shirt, streaked in dirty brown greasy stains that definitely weren't there when it went in the wash.  Or mysterious chunks of white powder on a dark jumper.  Why are clothes coming out of your machine dirtier than they went in?   If this scenario is familiar to you, you can bet your washing machine is crying out for a good clean.

When you think about it, it makes sense - washing machines deal with not only the dirt and grime from our clothes, but the residue of all the powders and liquid softeners we put in there daily.  Eventually it's going to build up and bits of gunk are going to bust loose.

Luckily there uis a cheap and simple way to clean your machine which is environmentally friendly, too.

Posted on 15 Nov 2016

Think DIY is daggy?  Think again - thanks to sites like Pinterest and Etsy, homemade gifts are cool again.  With a few basics - and the essential oils you have at home - you can create gifts made with love, your friends and family will love.

Try these great ideas.

1. Lavender Bath salts


These top the list of favourite DIY projects due to their ease, beautiful presentation and ability to suit almost anyone on your Christmas list.

Posted on 10 Nov 2016

Eating well and moving more are the twin pillars of weight loss success.  But it's important not to underestimate the psychological and physiological factors involved.  In what can be an epic daily battle of body versus mind, any advantage - particularly when it comes to brain chemistry and emotions - is valuable in the effort towards a healthier lifestyle.

How essential oils can help

Used for medicinal purposes for over 6,000 years, essential oils are highly concentrated natural compounds derived from the roots, seeds, flowers, fruits and leaves of plants.

Posted on 17 Oct 2016

 

Craft and DIY is officially cool again - and not just for 6 year olds.  It seems anyone worth their Etsy account is now scrapbooking, glueing and bedazzling their little hearts out.

But what's left after the flurry of creativity is finished?  A big old mess, that's what.  Luckily another of nanna's favourites - now being rediscovered by a new generation - can help out.  Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil

t's naturally the best cleaner, stain buster and sticky-substance remover you'll find anywhere, and for those who spend their time making beautiful things, it can be a suprisingly handy helper.

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