Thursday, February 26, 2015

Grandpa's Garden - Book Review

Grandpa's Garden was the first ever Barefoot Book that we read. It was given to BB as a gift and we immediately knew it was different to any other books we had read before. The book had a beautiful quality to it, both physically and literally. It tells the story of a boy and his Grandpa working together in the garden. They have a lovely relationship in which the Grandpa is passing down his knowledge of the garden and the relationship between the plants the earth and the animals. It follows the pair through a whole year and so gives an informative picture of what happens in the garden as the seasons roll on by.

Grandpa's Garden - Barefoot Books Review

As with many Barefoot Books this one has some fantastic and informative end notes including how to plan a vegetable garden and what jobs you need to do each season. They are so informative and inspiring that we even created our own garden based on the plan at the back.

Grandpa's Garden - Barefoot Books Review

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Am I completely bonkers to even consider this?

The update on our house move is that there is no update. It's five weeks since we made an offer on a house and the vendors still haven't found a place to move to. From what I can gather they are not even looking that hard. From what their agent tells me, they are are only looking at about one a week. I understand their problem, they want to stay in the area they are in and there is very little on the market in that area at the moment.

Meanwhile, my buyer is starting to wonder what's happening. I waiver between not being concerned at all, thinking that I like my house anyway and its fine, to thinking maybe I should just sell and move out. I have also considered trying to get a mortgage in it and keeping it as a rental, but realistically I don't think I can afford that. Although it is a great house with all that we want and need, its not where we want to be, so, sad as I will be to say goodbye to the house that gave me a family, it has to go.

So I am thinking that we should just go. Agree to the sale and move out. We can put our stuff in storage for a while and go to Australia to visit our friends during our homeless period, and then hope the people that we are buying from have found somewhere, or look for somewhere else. The more I think about it the more it makes sense. My nan's bungalow may have sold by then too, and as a small portion of that has been left to me that will make a difference to how much we have to spend, so I will have a better idea of my own financial position once thats done. It's a great time to go overseas as we won't have any costs back home while we are away. Ideally I would choose to go to Australia in our winter rather than our summer - just to maximise the amount of sunlight we receive, but actually for two out of the three places we want to go within Australia, it's a better time of year to visit.

But - is that a completely irresponsible thing to do when you have a 3 1/2 year old. If it was just me I would have already made the calls to make it happen, but what if we get home and have nowhere to live! Again if it was just me I could make it work, no doubt I can make it work with two of us, we could rent for a while if it came to it. But is that fair on BB?

Hmmm!

Your thoughts please...

Pura D'or Organic Argan Oil Shampoo - Review

A couple of months ago I was sent a bottle of Pura d'or Hair Loss Prevention Premium Organic Shampoo to review. This is a premium product containing Argan Oil which has recently risen in popularity in hair care, and as I am in the process of discovering different hair products for a grey haired old lady I was more than happy to give it a try.




I was disappointed when it first arrived that I had been sent the shampoo only. I usually use a shampoo and conditioner pair. I was uncertain at first  as to whether I should use it alone or with another conditioner, but I decided to try it out by itself and see how I went. It's not like I have really long hair that's gong to get tangled now is it! Also, I have been reading stories of people using coconut oil as a conditioner and had been saying I would give it a try, so I finally got around to that too. I used the shampoo every day and the coconut oil conditioner just once a week. This turned out to be a perfect combination. My hair didn't seem overly dry after just the shampoo, but with the coconut oil conditioner it felt amazing. It makes you wonder why we even use conditioner in the first place.

The main claim of this particular shampoo is that it reduces hair loss. Now I lose a lot of hair. It's not quite so noticeable since it has been shorter, but my shed hair has always been everywhere, blocking plug holes and vacuum cleaners, and this has definitely been worse following my pregnancies. I did think that perhaps it was better when using this shampoo, so to put it to the test I have been using a different one this week to see if it made any difference, and it definitely has. In fact I was reminded that I needed to write this review by the hairs that have fallen onto my keyboard during the last couple of days when I haven't been using it! So, it seems it does what is says on the tin.

It is quite a pricey product, but it says on the bottle that the 16floz is approximately 3 months supply and I would say that this is a good estimate. I have used it every day for a month and I have not quite used a third of the bottle yet. That said I have short hair and so only need one squirt from the dispenser, but many people don't wash their hair every day either. So, if you take how long it lasts into account when you consider the price it is probably no more expensive than your average supermarket brands, and I'd definitely choose this paraben and sodium laureth sulphate free organic shampoo over most of those!




Monday, February 23, 2015

Essential Oils for Pregnancy Birth and Babies

Recently I decided to continue my self study on the use of essential oils. This is something that I started almost thirty years ago, but have not had so  much time for in recent years. I have always really enjoyed aromatherapy, and, as I have mentioned before, have a very keen interest in studying natural medicine. Although I am happy to accept that there are some things since hasn't found an explanation for, at the end of the day, I am a scientist, and evidence reassures me. In the future I plan to write some posts about the use of the essential oils and any research that may have been carried out on their properties which can validate claims. Meanwhile, I thought to get us started, that many of you might be interested in my notes from a webinar I attended recently on the use of doTERRA Essential Oils for pregnancy birth and babies. 


The session was hosted by Heidi and Allen Lafferty who provided the above information and I felt it was very much worth sharing. Please remember that this does not replace the advice from your doctor. 


General oils for taking care of mum in Pregnancy and motherhood 

Citrus
Elevation
Peppermint

Citrus oils lift mood - also great for cranky kids

Wild Orange lifts mood and calms any anxiety a child may have as well helping them focus

Lemon is for stamina

Elevation - helps for depression and low mood

Peppermint - inhale to energise, esp if haven’t had enough sleep


Nausea

Ginger
Pepperpint
Digestzen

Rub on bottoms of feet

Peppermint use with caution if breastfeeding as can decrease breastmilk - however if needed you can use it and can use fennel to increase BM production

All oils can be used topically, Internally, Aromatically

Some need to be diluted with carrier oil - recommends fractionated coconut oil

can also use olive oil, almond oil, grapeseed, sunflower - but must be pure organic etc

1 drop essential  1/4 tsp oil when using on babies

Blood Pressure - Pregnancy Induced Hypertension

Ylang Ylang
Geranium
Lemon Grass
Lavender

Can use all topically

Lemon grass should not be taken internally unless in capsule

Sleep

Lavender
Serenity blend
Roman Camomile
Vetiver


Stretch Marks

Immortelle
Frankincense


Swelling

Elevation blend
Lemon / grapefruit
Aroma touch blend
Cypress
Lavender
Ginger

lemon can be taken in water as a regular drink

lemon, lavender and ginger can be ingested - not the others

Delivery

Contractions -
Preterm labour - lavender
Hemoraging - Helichrysm


Post Pregnancy

Breast soreness  - lavender
Ceasraean Scars - Immortel, lavender, frankincense
Increase milk production - Fennel
Mastitis - Melaleuca
Perineum support - helichrysum, lavender
Tone uterus


Baby

baby eczema -frankinsense and melaleuca


Lavender - Image from hypnofacials.com
You can find out more about joining doTERRA here and feel free to connect me if you require further information

Recommended book - Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies by Stephanie Fritz


All doTERRA essential oils are good to use with babies, but use with caution, dilute with carrier oil. The feet are a great place to apply oils as they have large pores so good absorption and (in adults) the callus can handle even the harsh oils as not so sensitive




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