homemade dry shampoo; crazy cheap AND free of nasty chemicals!

Dry shampoo is one of my favourite products but after deciding to try to use fewer chemicals and utilise a bit more of nature’s helping hand with my skin, hair and beauty routines (you can read that post here) I thought this would be as good an item to start with!  The brand I use also has a pretty high hazard rating (if you don’t know what I’m on about and want to find out check out the link above) so all the more reason to try something new!  I got this little recipe from Alex Raye’s blog – definitely worth a peek if you’re interested in looking to do beauty naturally as she has great tips, sound advice and is happy to answer questions!

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homemade dry shampoo

  • 1 part bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 part cornflour
  • cocoa powder optional depending on hair colour (being blonde I didn’t use any)

Mix together and rub a small amount into hair where wanted.

Just as good as the stuff I was using before – if not better 🙂  Brilliant!

big love

gollygoshgirl xx

 

yummy, filling and crazy-healthy stir fry recipe

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To be honest, this is pretty adaptable so just add in whatever tickles your fancy! It can be vegan, fat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut free (you get the picture)….pretty darn good ey?!?

I am very much on a budget so it’s often cheaper to choose certain ingredients over others (for example beans rather than turkey and whatever veg is on offer or in season). Buying frozen vegetables is also cheaper than fresh and they tend to retain more nutrients; win! I buy Fairtrade where possible if I’m not buying local – sometimes a teensy bit pricier but SO worth it to ensure fair working conditions for those who produce it. Add in as much variety as possible of veg – the more colours you use the more nutrients you’re adding (it’s ALL about ‘eating the rainbow’)!

This truly does fill me up and I regularly eat it for lunch. I usually make enough for at least 8 meals and freeze them ready for the week. That way I can alternate them with other meals I’ve pre-prepared and frozen so I don’t feel like I’ve eaten exactly the same thing every day (which, let’s face it; no one wants to do!)

Simply use lemon juice to fry off the onions and garlic then add your ingredients in whatever order you prefer, adding in lots of soy sauce and some coconut milk or passata to taste. I usually use 1 can of coconut milk or passata between 8 servings, but it depends on your preference and portion size really!

Ingredients;

  • Soy sauce (gluten free if needed)
  • Lemon juice
  • Coconut milk OR passata (sieved tomatoes) – make sure you buy 100% tomatoes – no added salt, sugar or other cheeky extras
  • Turkey breast (diced) OR a can of mixed beans (red kidney, black eye, borlotti, baby green lima and pea navy are my choice!)
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Green beans
  • Curly kale
  • Spinach
  • Courgette
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Red and/or green bell pepper
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Peas (I love petit pois)
  • Pak choi
  • Cashew Nuts (raw and unsalted)
  • Desiccated coconut
  • Mixed seeds (I use pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, flax and whatever else comes in the mixed seed pots I buy)

big love

gollygoshgirl

xx

oooh and if you wanna see more tasty healthy recipes just click here 🙂

leg scrub; smooth, silky and waaaaay better than a spa!

I have to say I’m pretty pleased to announce that my first foray into homemade natural beauty products has actually paid off (thankfully) – I’m not quite sure how well I would have coped with discouragement at the first hurdle!  Say HELLO to gorgeous feeling legs!

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natural homemade leg scrub

  • 1/2 cup oil (I used coconut as it smells amazing and is ridiculously good for your skin; but you can use any!)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons citrus juice (I used lemon)

Mix everything together in a pot or bowl.

Soak in the bath or have a shower and shave your legs as normal.

Use some of the mixture to rub over one leg, massaging the mixture in.  The sugar will help rub off dirt and dead skin.

Rinse the mixture off then shave again.

Rub some mixture onto the same leg and rinse off again.

Repeat the steps for the other leg.

Dry your legs and moisturise as normal (I use coconut oil)

SO GOOD! 🙂

big love

gollygoshgirl xx

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beauty; naturally! (a little challenge)

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So after deciding that it was time for a little health overhaul I realised that I had started paying pretty close attention to making sure I’m filling my body with goodness.  Obviously a big step forward on the journey, right?

But then I had a little think and came to the conclusion that healthy goodness does not simply involve what I eat (or don’t) and how much I exercise – oh no; it’s not just what I put into my body that counts – I put a lot of stuff onto it too!

If consuming fewer unprocessed foods, chemicals and additives has had a positive impact on my body from the inside; then I’m willing to bet that if I treat the outside in the same way I might well get similar results! With the added bonus that it will not only benefit me (hopefully) but the environment too (definitely)!  PLUS it will work out way cheaper than the products I currently buy! Win!

Now there’s a website I stumbled across by a pretty cool organisation called the Environmental Working Group (you can find it right here).  They rate products based on their toxity and give them a rating out of ten as to how hazardous they are.  It’s really easy to use and simple to understand (phew)!  I may have got a little bit carried away and put almost every product I’ve ever used in there….be warned that some results are a bit of a reality check – lets just say it has encouraged me that trying natural beauty is the way to go!

And by natural beauty I in no way mean that I am planning on turning into a tree-hugging hippy with dreadlocks and a wardrobe full of tie-dye and rainbow coloured woven jackets.  Not yet anyway!

I’m simply going to seek out some ways of tweaking and adapting my skin, hair and beauty regimes so that I only use natural ingredients and products.  I’ll be posting the results so you can see how it all goes down – it’s gotta be worth a try for the sake of my pocket, my health and the planet!

Wish me luck………!

gollygoshgirl xx

A little footnote (added 20.05.2013) ;  if you fancy seeing how I’m getting on take a peek at these – I’ll update below as I go along! 🙂

natural, organic skincare,  the no ‘poo methodhomemade dry shampoo,  natural leg scrubno-heat curls and plenty more to come!

Walk Off The Earth

Walk Off The Earth

Live music  rejuvenates my soul.  People gathering together to celebrate someone else’s talent; how awesome is that!?!

Earlier this month my brother and went to a gig in north west London. Walk Off The Earth are a Canadian band that we discovered through YouTube one Sunday lunchtime and it turns out they are a pretty darn talented bunch!  If you haven’t heard of them I fully recommend checking them out – their own stuff is great but if you want to hear some great covers take a peek at ‘Somebody that I used to know’, ‘Grenade’ and ‘I knew you were trouble’.

Walk Off The Earth

Why I don’t like quiche

I really don’t like quiche. It just doesn’t do it for me. Now don’t get me wrong; I have no desire to advocate a mass boycott – that would be pretty extreme – but I do feel the need to climb up on my proverbial soapbox and explain my reaction to this rather unassuming dish.

The way I see it is this; quiche tries to appeal to everyone by being a bit of everything. Think temperature (lukewarm), texture (is it meant to be solid or liquid in the middle? the jury is still out) and taste (not exactly short-listed as anyone’s favourite food yet not offensive enough to be disliked either ).

And this represents to me a much bigger problem. This problem concerns you (possibly), me (definitely) and anyone else who in certain situations ends up trying to please everyone. The problem being that quite often the result is precisely the opposite – especially in relation to what we really want from life. Not everyone is going to see the world from your point of view – in fact; you’re the only one who can! And – just like quiche – we are in danger of becoming a bit ‘lukewarm’ and undefinable if we attempt to conform to what we perceive society want us be rather than exploring and creating our own path through life.

We shouldn’t put our passions and heart’s desires on the back burner because of what other people may think – it stops us reaching for the stars and realising what we are truly capable of. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be sensible (we all need to be able to eat and have access to somewhere to sleep, as well as honour those people we may have committed our lives to such as our children or partners) but I am saying that if we want to truly experience something, quite often the only way to do that is to go all out.

Obviously that often requires confidence, risk taking and perseverance. We can be hindered in all kinds of ways – finance, setbacks, opinions of others, lack of time, logistics, past failures to name but a few. However, to borrow a rather good quote from an unknown original source (so please don’t sue me if it was you) “If it matters you’ll find a way; if not, you’ll find an excuse”. Two examples that inspire me are the film Pursuit of Happyness (well; the true story behind it) and the lives of team Hoyt (check the video below for a little bit of love to make your heart smile).  Not everything can happen the minute you decide you want it, but you can try to do something everyday that will help you in achieving that goal; and each little step (however tiny) could well build not only towards your goal but your sense of purpose and self belief. Slow progress is better than no progress at all and to coin yet another phrase; you only fail when you stop trying.

Sometimes I need to simply remind myself of this; to really get the most out of life it’s quite often better to jump right in rather than dip a metaphorical toe in the water. So many people only experience half of their potential because they spend too much time holding back or half-heartedly giving it a go. Worse than that, if you’re only giving a bit then the likelihood is that you’ll only achieve a small proportion of the result you wanted or attain a smaller percentage of the goal you were aiming for.

I’m not saying its easy or that you wont suffer setbacks but my challenge to you is this; surely you’d rather know what could happen if you really tried than spend the rest of your life wondering?

i love cake

Recently I’ve re-discovered my love of all things creative; kick-started by the fact that due to our lovely landlady giving us a new kitchen we now have an oven.  For the first time in 9 years I can bake at home and the best thing about it is that its such a great excuse to bless others – either for birthdays and celebrations or just as little something to make someone smile.  Below are a few of my attempts…

   

      

     

     

     

     

     

     

Feel free to check out my instagram or other homebaking posts for more 🙂

big love,

gollygoshgirl xx