Natural Cold Remedies That Work

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We hardly catch things over here, which is probably down to our fresh and healthy real food diet.
For the first time (Faye is now 18months) she caught a cold and she kindly passed it on to all of us. While she got over it incredibly fast, probably due to her still breastfeeding and getting my antibodies it really hit us parents hard this virus.
It doesn’t help that we didn’t get a chance to rest and recover while having to work and chase after the wild child. BUT: There were some things that made a difference!

Black Chicken Remedies:
Essential Oil Inhaler: It works instantly and feels SOOOOO good. It cleared up my nose and helped me breath. It also helped with my sinus induced headache.
It’s called Respire Nasalette and its a small miracle.
They also have a De-Stress Nasalette, which helped me deal with the overwhelm of work to catch up on after and during sickness. Highly recommended.

Ethical Nutrients Immune Defense: A herbal supplement with vitamins and minerals, my Naturopath friend told us to up the dose and take lots of it.

Garlic: Put fresh garlic in every meal or swallow whole pieces. Another Naturopath tip.

Lots of Water: Obviously! Staying hydrated is important!

Edible Beauty Goddess On The Go Beauty Balm, kept my nose from flaking and healed my dry, red skin.
Also their Vitamin C rich superfood powder helped me a lot! Native Collagen is a vegan supplement that plumps your skin and keeps it young with the help of Vitamin C and antioxidants sourced from native Australian plants.
(get 20% all Edible Beauty use code LIV20 at checkout)

Essential Oils in Bath/ Diffuser/ Roll-On:
We got a mixture made for Faye, a very diluted one that we used on her back and feet.
She loved it and kept wanting to roll it on herself. We like to use DoTerra oils and got some gifted from Essentiallyfrolicking

Dave always drinks litres of fresh lemon and ginger tea and we also eat spicy soups.

We are all back to our happy healthy selves as I type this.

What are your favourite remedies?


A little Grooming...goes a long way

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For his birthday Dave visited the barber and we followed up with a selection of great grooming products that he can use at home. He is a sucker for well designed packaging and while he loves his Hunter range these few new items hit the spot.
Vegan, cruelty-free and also free of most nasty ingredients the Hudson Made products are a great natural option for the hairy man your life. It also adds a little bit of NYC to our home.
My fave city in the whole wide world… I used to live there and still have many precious memories.
The products also smell rather amazing. Husband has enjoyed them a lot.

Happy birthday, hubby! And happy grooming.

RAW Vegan Snickers Slice

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I have been really enjoying raw slices lately, which they start to sell at more and more cafes.

Inspired and with a few minutes on my hands

I experimented with my vitamix and created these super delicious peanut & choclate slices! 

They are kind of good for you and very nutritious.  

What you need: 

4 Tbsp organic unsweetened Peanut butter, chunky or smooth

1 cup Almond Meal

1 cup Oats

12 Dates (soaked) 

Few tablespoons Water

2 Tbsp raw cacao powder

How to: 

Soak the dates in a little warm water for 30min (you can skip this step it will just be harder to blend) 

Blend the dates with a few tablespoons of water into a thick sticky paste. 

Add all other ingredients, keep blending. 

Use a Tupperware or baking tray (it helps to line with baking paper) and scoop the mixture in. Freeze for a minimum of 1hour to set. Cut in squares and enjoy! You can store them in the freezer. Yummmmmm!!!! 

Eco Sparkle Nail Polish

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Glitter looks like harmless fun and who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle?

Sadly most glitter is made up from tiny pieces of plastic, which end up in the oceans endangering marine life and birds. 

Glitter is just part of a bigger problem of so called micro plastics, which can be found in exfolianting beads of face and body washes, for example. 

We all love the beach and the beautiful sea creatures, so it’s time to ditch the polluting cosmetics, girls! 

Sienna Byron Bay, one of my fave non-toxic nail polish brands has just stopped producing all regular glitter polishes and has replaced them with new sparkly colours using crushed crystals instead. So much more luxe, don’t you think? 

They are the first company worldwide to commit to this and I thought this deserves a little shout out.  

Their metallic colours are beyond beautiful and I feel many of the shades are also very suitable for brides! (Think soft rose gold shades, sparkly nudes, golds and more...)

I might have stocked up on a few :) 

Pictured above are Embrace, Honour, Liberty & Trailblazer. 

keep sparkling! Xo

My favourite Vegan Lipsticks

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Happy international lipstick day!!!

Out of all my personal makeup, lipstick is possibly my favorite. It's just such a fun product to me. It's less about "faking" or changing the way you look but more about self-expression, color and fun.
A natural lipstick can also be a nice way to hydrate lips and look more polished.
And while I found it fairly easy to find an abundance of cruelty-free & toxin-free lipsticks finding vegan ones is a whole new challenge, as most natural brands add beeswax.
Not that there is anything toxic in beeswax, but as a vegan, I try to avoid all animal ingredients when possible. So while I do allow some sustainable cruelty-free products with beeswax in my kit I like to give an extra shout out to the brands that manage without!

Here are my fave vegan lipsticks which are also non-toxic!
They are all my fave for different reasons, the list in no particular order.
 

Ere Perez just relaunched their line of Olive Oil Lipsticks and the colours, textures and pigments are spot-on! Highly recommended!
(In fact ALL their lip products are amazing so don't hesitate to try the Carrot Colour Pots or tints! All of which are vegan)

Ere Perez also has a wonderful selection of sheer lip colours, perfect for every day.
The Cacao Lip Colour! I always carry "Dash" in my handbag for a quick pop of colour.
For a sheer colour they still deliver lots of pigment and some lasting power.

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The Beauty Archive! A selection of fabulous Scandinavian boutique lipsticks.
Read all about them here.

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Jane Iredale Lipgloss if you are looking for a classic luxury lipgloss that is vegan and toxin free look no further than Jane Iredale.

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Fra Lippo Lippie  this is the hippest, brightest, funnest (I know this doesn't exist, but it fits the product!) lipstick. Super indie and SO pigmented. Read all about it here.

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