Sunday, 6 April 2014

Feeling quite unwell / Starting a Veg Plot / Doing the garden....

A delightful snap of me in the garage, taken by my ever growing Small-Fish (daughter)
We are on the garage floor, potting seeds, and its uncomfortable... but the new shed has not yet arrived and it was the least windy spot we could find.
I'm not feeling well and haven't been for quite some time. This has probably been apparent in my lack of blogging and general non commitment to 'alllll the fun and colour'.
I am hoping this will soon change and i am making small steps towards getting better.
These steps include FINALLY getting my garden cleared up and the veg beds in.
 THIS is my lovely swing - that is getting jet washed next week so i can cover it in delicious Teak Oil! i then have intention to make some yummy seat cushions for it and maybe enjoy a cuppa sat there this Summer!? - Also, check out that shed.... tired (like me) and very weathered. It hasn't survived our tumultuous Winter and is on the road to becoming replaced. My helping hand is coming to pull it down and then lay down a new base READY for its replacement. so excited about that!
 Some of the seeds we started with today... a huge array of different size and shape and varieties of sunflowers! GIANT Americans can get up to 16ft it seems. So these, and their varying cousins, will hopefully fill an entire bed next to the shed. I need these sunflowers in my life. I need to soak in their energy :) i neeeeeed to stop the slugs decimating them and feasting on them before they get a chance to bloom!
 THIS young lady has just been an Angel of late. Helping me with shopping, planting, dog walking, whatever. I have been blessed with this ever-growing sunflower for the past 10years and she makes my awesome life even sunnier.
 This year i am lining my window boxes (and surrounding them with moss for extra prettiness) and in my boxes i shall be growing herbs and salad items. A novel idea for these, usually bloom filled mini beds. I can't wait for their fragrance. 
I am just embarking on a new study course, in Nutrition. So this will compliment my part-time job as a gym instructor. It will also feed my desire to keep learning. I think our latest garden adventures will go hand-in-hand with this nutrition qualification. I just got my Certificate in VIRIDIAN supplement / health advise. SO i need to keep on track and be as healthy as i can be.
I am still here. PaperFish enterprises are still here. The world keeps turning and i am very happy to be a part of it all.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Kirsty's amazing face Creme...

This is a small Kilner Jar - i find it easier to store the creme in here. It shuts tight to keep it fresh. It has a wide enough top to allow me to scoop out. You could save an old small plastic pot to keep your creme in? But with this you can make enough to use as a body creme if you'd like.
1. Melt a large scoop of Coconut Oil very gently in the microwave. 
It does not take long to melt!! Melt enough to almost fill whatever pot you have decided to use. I melted approx 3 generous tablespoons of the Coconut Oil.
2. Hand whisk a glug of Olive Oil into the melted Coconut Oil- maybe 1Tablespoon ( i used a mini whisk that looks like a spoon)
2. Then add 1 or 2 drops of your chosen *Essential Oils* and whisk gently.
3. Pour into your jar and leave to set.
Easy - ish..... keep reading....
**Essential Oils**
They each have specific healing properties so please choose one that is GOOD for your skin!
Go and research the Oils in detail ^^ investing in 2 or 3 good quality oils is a great idea as you can use them in any body products you make. make your own room fresheners. Make your own cleaning products!....
I used Jasmine - pricey but i LOVE that smell.
I also added Lavender.
Look up ROSE and CHAMOMILE and SWEET ORANGE - all of these can be used for different skin types: oily, dry, scaly, dull..... choose your bespoke Oils :) Good huh!?
BE AWARE: This is not a sunscreen... i think i am going to have to investigate the best natural sunscreen for my delicate skin. Know of any? leave me a comment, i beg you.
My Skin is very soft and wrinkle reduced for my years (i think)
i still get outbreaks (usually hormonal) on my skin. I suffer with awful digestion (i am working on this!) so my skin reflects this quite often. BUT this creme is my saviour and helps my sore dry patches and i have NO worries about smothering it all over any acne. It has anti-bacterial properties too. 
I just think this is a WIN all over xxx

A brief introduction to Coconut Oil (it is brief)...

 I have been asked HOW i make my amazing face (and body) Creme... so i am going to write it up here on the blog but then had a panic and thought maybe some people would like a brief introduction to Coconut Oil...!? I mostly buy this brand. A big tub like this costs around £15. It is the only fat i use in baking and cooking other than occasionally Quality Butter.It is worth researching Coconut Oil a bit on the old Google machine because i believe its Health Benefits are far reaching.
 I used to HATE Coconut. But that was before i did 2 things:
1. Become a grown-up and stop 'haaaaating things'
2. Start doing things that are really good for my health and make positive changes - forever.
I bought the Biona products from the above link (no, i am no affiliate, i just did buy this stuff here)
 Coconut is not a nut.
I know, weird huh? but it isn't. Still, we human folk can have allergies to all sorts of things. Soooo i may recommend this 'for me' but only you guys can know what IS and is NOT ok for you. 
Despite it being called an OIL - the product is solid, like a butter, but a bit more crumbly. But it melts very quickly and easily (that is part of its health benefits... but we risk complicating things there if i carry on)
Aside from cooking with Coconut Oil and eating direct from the pot on a spoon or on toast....
I also rub it all over my body as a moisturizer. I have not used oils or body cremes or soap even, for many many many months. My skin has never been so soft and blemish free and lacking in eczema and psoriasis. 
Yes, at first i smell a bit coconutty and feel like a greasy chip but then it sinks in super quick.
I have got over feeling silly about all this. It is cheap, effective, healthy and better for me. It's a no brainer as far as i am concerned.
 (Oh yeah, i have used this brand below also)
Viridian also sell superb quality Coconut Oil.
Ideally we want Raw, Virgin Coconut Oil. Quality is always best when we are wanting optimal health for ourselves. I am just finishing my Certification in Viridian Supplements. It has been awesome learning so much more about how micro-nutrients can help heal us. I am in a position in my life, right now, in which healing is needed and is a priority.

So, i hope that is a useful albeit whizzy introduction to this super product!!!
Then, i can post my easy 'How To' Face Creme :)