Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is one of our favourite days of the year, a special day to give back to the mammas who do so much for us and we are forever grateful for! Although we try to show them how grateful we are every day, Mother’s Day is a day to make her feel extra special! Seeing as it’s just around the corner now, we thought we would put together a few ideas and inspirations for you.

Something to read and treats to nibble on

Something to help her feel more relaxed

Something to pamper her

Something she’s wanted for a while

You can refer to our sustainable wrapping guide for some inspiration on wrapping here.

Don’t forget some other special things you can do for her like:

 

. Bring brunch to her

. Order flowers to be delivered from your local florist

. Make a handmade card

 

We are also running a big Mother’s Day giveaway in collaboration with @livelovenourishaus so head over to her Instagram page to enter!

Beauty focus: Rosehip Oil

Beauty focus: Rosehip Oil

What is rosehip?

 

Rosehip Oil is a nourishing plant oil extracted from the fruit or seeds of Rosehips – the fruit of special types of rose bushes. Rosehip is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are great for your skin.

What are the benefits?

 

Moisturising: The fatty acids found in Rosehip oil can be known for their nourishing and hydrating properties.

 

Targeting wrinkles: Rosehip is rich in vitamins A and C, which can be helpful for treating signs of aging. The rosehip does this by hydrating and repairing damaged skin cells all whilst providing an antioxidant boost!

 

Anti-aging & brightening: Rosehip is known for having almost 60 times the levels of Vitamin C than other citrus fruit! Vitamin C is used widely in skincare and remedies for its ability to target free radical damage and help with premature ageing, promoting healthy skin cell production for a bright and even skin tone!

Rosehip is also rich is vitamin A!  This vitamin is another form of beta-carotene, which is a common ingredient promoted for those who have sensitive skin. Vitamin A is also powerful anti-ageing ingredient, helping to form and maintain healthy skin cells.

How to use Rosehip oil?

 

Here are 10 ways you can use your Rosehip oil:

 

Face oil – Apply 2-3 drops of rosehip oil onto damp skin morning and night as a natural serum!

Scars – Apply a small amount to scar and massage the oil in. This helps minimising the appearance.

Hair serum – For dry and split ends that need a little nourishing, apply a small amount to the ends of your hair and massage through.

Mix with foundation – Add a few drops of rosehip oil to your foundation for a dewy finish.

Dry elbows – Apply to specifically dry areas of the body such as your elbows and feet, your skin will love you for this!

Lip oil – For extremely dry lips, rosehip can be applied directly to sooth and hydrate.

Balance acne prone skin – By bringing natural oils back into balance and also help with scarring.

Eye makeup remover – Rosehip oil is non-irritating and gentle enough to use around the eyes.

Sunburn – The vitamin A in rosehip oil is great for repairing damaged skin cells

Grazes and cuts – Perfect for applying on wounds on small children as it will not sting or irritate their skin.

 

Rosehip oil is also a great safe skin care option during pregnancy as it has a naturally occurring Vitamin A (trentinoin or all-trans retinoic acid). The natural Vitamin A found in Rosehip oil is a safe alternative to the stronger synthetic formulas during pregnancy and breastfeeding. This applies only to using the oil on your skin. Most doctors will advise against ingesting rosehip during pregnancy.

Shop a range of Rosehip oil at WholeLife.

D.I.Y Eco Easter Bunny Ears

D.I.Y Eco Easter Bunny Ears

This hands-on D.I.Y is for little and big bunnies alike, and sure to keep the little ones entertained whilst you’re self-isolating at home this long weekend.

 

Thing you’ll need:

 

. Head bands

. Scissors

. Foliage

. Paint & paint brush

. String

. Hot glue gun

. Ribbon

 

Step one is see if you can find any leaves in your backyard that resemble bunny ears, if not get some fresh air by going for a walk (be sure to keep your social distance if you are leaving your house) and forage for some foliage to use, frangipani leaves work well for the ears and feel free to unleash your creativity for the decorations!

Once you’ve collected your foliage it’s time to get your hands messy, set up some paint in an egg carton and let the kids paint their bunny ears.

 

Once painted, allow your bunny ears to dry in the sunshine. While you’re waiting, pick and choose the foliage to compliment your ears and use scissors to trim where necessary.

We have used some cute cotton ribbon to cover the headband.

 

Using the string and hot glue gun, secure the foliage to your headband and you’ll have your eco bunny ears ready to hop into Easter!

Your Ultimate Guide To Essential Oils

Your Ultimate Guide To Essential Oils

Essential oils have certainly made a name for themselves in recent years, with many people opting to use them for a broad range of reasons. Essential oils are obtained through a range of methods, using different parts of plants. For example, Rose oil, comes from the petals of the rose, whilst citrus oils come from the rind.

 

Essential oils are used widely across aromatherapy, home cleaning products, treating skin conditions and soothing muscle inflammation.

 

Before you begin experimenting with essential oils there are few basics that you need to remember. When applying the oils to your skin, you must use a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba as to avoid skin irritation.

 

On this note, it is also essential to do a patch test on yourself before applying to larger areas to check that your chosen oil is suitable for your body (and will not cause irritation/allergic reaction). Essential oils should not be digested unless under the specific directions by a healthcare professional.

Here is your ultimate guide to essential oils and their uses

Essential oils that can help induce sleep:

Lavender, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, chamomile, neroli, ylang-ylang, cedar, rose, clary sage, marjoram, bergamot, frankincense. There are oil blends that are specifically blended together to help aid with sleep like this Sleep Assist Essential Oil Blend from Oil Garden.

 

Tip: Diffuse a couple of drops of lavender oil with some water in a spritzer bottle. Spray your pillow with a spritz before you go to sleep!

Essential oils that may improve concentration:

basil, rosemary, peppermint, cedar, grapefruit, pine, juniper, vetiver, helichrysum.

 

Tip: Add a couple of drops of one of the essential oils mixed with water in an aromatherapy diffuser by your study area. Try this 10ml certified organic rosemary oil by Vrindavan.

Essential oils to aid in de-stressing:

lemon, orange, rose, lavender, frankincense, clary sage, bergamot, sandalwood, geranium, ylang-ylang, marjoram, chamomile.

 

A great way to alleviate stress is to massage a relaxing oil blend of your choice into your temples for 1-2 minutes. We love the Stress Release blend from Lively Living.

Essential oils for improving energy:

black pepper, lemon, grapefruit, orange, peppermint, ginger, jasmine, rosemary, eucalyptus.

 

Most Citrus oils have great energy boosting properties. The Doterra Citrus Bliss is the perfect invigorating blend, combining Wild Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Grapefruit Peel, Mandarin Peel, Bergamot Peel, Tangerine Peel, Clementine Peel essential oils and Vanilla Bean Absolute.

Essential oils that can ease muscle tension:

nutmeg, wintergreen, rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, black pepper, ginger, cayenne, chamomile.

 

Tip: All of these essential oils can aid in inflammation. For muscle aches, mix a few drops of essential oil into your carrier oil and massage into the muscles that need relief.

Essential oils for that can treat Acne and skin irritations:

tea tree, lavender, rosemary, oregano, bergamot, helichrysum.

 

Tip: Try it yourself by making a face wash by mixing five drops of tea tree oil with aloe vera gel and coconut oil.

A bonus all-purpose household cleaning spray recipe:

Combine ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 ¾ cups water, 15 drops eucalyptus oil and 15 drops orange oil. Pour into your spray bottle and you’re ready to go!

Positive affirmations & Changing your life

Positive affirmations & Changing your life

The word affirm means “to make firm”. An affirmation is announcing that a future goal is becoming a reality.

 

Have you ever wanted to know more about affirmations and how they can impact your life?

 

Before you start creating your affirmations, it’s important to know what your goals are, whether that be mental health, relationships, study, career or fitness related. Then pick out the affirmations that resonate with you or create your own. 

 

Positive affirmations can be found to:

 

-Raise your confidence 

-Improve productivity

-Improve self-esteem

-Overcome a bad habit

-Control negative emotions such as anger, frustration and anxiety

You have probably heard of the term “fake it til’ you make it” – When we tell ourselves something over and over again, we start to believe it to be true! Equally, if we consistently think negative thoughts or tell ourselves that I’ll never achieve said goal, you most likely won’t! By manifesting positive thoughts, from a law of attraction view you start to become a match for achieving that goal and your subconscious mind also works on making your goal a reality.

 

Affirmations can be a powerful tool to help you change your mood, state of mind, and manifest the change you desire in your life. But they work best if you can first identify the negative belief that is opposing them. You must first accept what is, then transform towards what is possible, for example if you are feeling weak, first you must accept that within yourself then use affirmations such as “I am strong”, “I am powerful” and “I am capable”. Repeat these to yourself in the mirror or whilst meditating. These positive mental repetitions can reprogram your thinking patterns so that, over time, we begin to think and act differently.

Some of our favourite positive affirmations to inspire you;

 

1. I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.

2. I am capable of anything that I put my mind to.

3. I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.

4. I am courageous and I stand up for myself.

5. I am a powerhouse.

6. I have the power to create change.

7. I am loved, I am enough, I am strong.

8. I choose to be happy

9. I trust that I am on the right path.

10. I give myself the care and attention that I deserve.

 

 

 

Affirmations are such a simple way to acknowledge our goals into reality. Do you use positive affirmations? Let us know in the comments!

Valentines Day Cherry Galettes

Valentines Day Cherry Galettes

Gluten free Valentines day treats to bake with or for the people you love in your life.

Ingredients:

 gluten free tart crust:

. 1 cup cold water

. 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

. 2 1/2 cups (300 g) plain gluten free flour blend 

. 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp (60 g) coconut flour

. 1 1/4 tsp xanthan gum (exclude if your gluten free flour blend contains added xanthan)

. pinch of salt

. 2 tbsp (25 g) caster/superfine sugar

. 240 g cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

For filling:

. 3 cups de-stoned and halved cherries

. 1 cup halved strawberries

. 100g caster sugar 

. 4 tbsp cornflour

. 4 tbsp lemon juice

. 1 tsp vanilla paste (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)

. 15 g cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

You will also need:

. 1 medium egg, lightly whisked for egg wash

. 1 tbsp granulated sugar for sprinkling before baking

. Your favourite ice-cream to serve

 

Prep time: 40 minutes

Chilling & freezing time: 1 hr 20 minutes

Cooking time: 50 minutes

Servings: 12

Lets Begin…

 Gluten free tart crust:

  1. In a cup, mix together cold water and apple cider vinegar, and place them into the freezer until needed.
  2. Sift together the gluten free flour, coconut flour, xanthan gum, salt and sugar.
  3. Add the butter and toss it in the flour until all butter pieces are covered with it.
  4. Using your hands, pinch and rub together the butter pieces and flour until you get a mix of fine pea-sized pieces and larger thumb-sized pieces.
  5. Add the ice-cold water & vinegar mixture, 2 tbsp at a time, and mix the pie dough with a fork until it only just comes together. You will need about 14 – 16 tbsp of water.
  6. Shape the dough into you’re a disc, cling wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Filling:

  1. Mix all cherry filling ingredients together until evenly distributed.
  2. Set aside until needed.

Assembling:

  1. Remove the pie dough from the fridge and roll it out (between two pieces of baking paper) to a thickness of about 2-3 mm. Shape the dough into your preferred shapes. We used a muffin tin pan and tart shell cases (make sure to thoroughly spray with coconut oil)
  2. Arrange the filling in the middle of each tart leaving some pastry exposed
  3. Freeze the prepared galettes for 15 to 30 minutes. This sets the butter and ensures that the galettes keep their shape in the oven.
  4. While the galettes are freezing, pre-heat the oven to 200 ºC.
  5. Just before baking, brush any exposed pie crust with the egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake the galettes in the pre-heated oven at 200 ºC for 20 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 180 ºC and bake for a further 30 minutes, or until the pie crust is a golden brown colour.
  7. Allow to cool and enjoy! (Or eat warm, with a scoop of ice cream.)