How to say ‘no’ gracefully

Posted on Jul 7, 2014


As we quickly approach the second half of the year, it can feel like life has run away on us.   The ease, grace and control that we felt at the beginning of January, with resolutions to manage our time more efficiently, exercise more often and take better care of ourselves can be long gone by now.

One of the biggest struggles that pops up for me every now and then is saying that little, one-syllable word, ‘no.’  When I was recovering from cancer I vowed to never let my people-pleasing tendencies rule my life again but it can be so easy to slip back in to ‘yes mode.’

It may seem intimidating but what I’m learning is that saying those two little letters can actually be wildly liberating.

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Natural Make Up Tutorial

Posted on Jul 3, 2014

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From discussions with friends, students, family and online musings, I’ve gathered that quite a few people are a little bit scared of mineral make up.  Or perhaps feel as though it might not work as well as the ‘proper stuff.’  I get it.  It can be a different consistency and it can feel like you aren’t wearing any make up at all, which can be very odd if you are used to a heavy application.  But after doing so much research and learning about the link between toxins that we absorb through the skin and all sorts of diseases, natural make up is a non-negotiable for me.

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Eco Home Inspo ~ Living Space

Posted on Jun 30, 2014


Davey, our Staffy girl Trudi and I have moved around over the last few years.  From a house, to a caravan, to a recycled shipping container home to renting a house in the hinterland to renting a duplex by the beach.  Phew!  But now we are building.  It’s been an interesting adventure trying to find the balance in creating something that is sustainable.  That will stand the test of time.  That causes the least amount of impact on the landscape and ecosystem.

What we’ve ended up with, considering our past adventures in simple living, might surprise you.  It’s not a hay bale house and we haven’t added to the shipping container concept.  It’s kinda just a regular house.  But at the moment it feels a bit too personal to share every detail here – it’s our baby and there are still a few more months to go before it’s even close to being finished.   In the meantime, I’m a bit obsessed with pinning all sorts of eco-friendly, boho-themed, simple, affordable decor ideas.   

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Nature’s best moisturiser

Posted on Jun 23, 2014

Heddy Butler, National Manager from The College of Natural Beauty, has generously shared her wealth of knowledge on one of my favourite fruits and it’s beauty benefits!  Take it away Heddy…

Did you know one of nature’s most effective moisturisers can be found in your very own kitchen? Yes beauty addicts – the organic avocado is an ideal chemical-free moisturiser for the face, hair and eye area and is a staple part of my own beauty routine.  This humble fruit contains a nourishing and extremely deep penetrating oil, is rich in vitamins A, D and E, lecithin and potassium, commonly known as the youth mineral. Sound good?

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Posted on Jun 14, 2014


With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to protect your peepers in sustainable style.

When searching for a pair of new frames there is a lot to think about; style and design being at the top of the list. Durability, flexibility and cost are all factored in too and, of course, functionality. Depending on whether you are buying sunnies or prescription frames for everyday, there is a lot to consider.

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