Simplify your exercise routine [simple is better, after all]

Your journey to fitness can be a simple stroll, it doesn’t have to be a sprint unless you want it to be. That is the whole point – to not lose sight of yourself. To not get caught up in this process to such an extent that it takes over your life. The point of exercising, other than working on your idea of the perfect physique, is to clear your head and enjoy the rush of dopamine and endorphins. Anti-depressants at their best. If you focus and fixate on the bells and whistles you forget that you are doing this for your own best will. Not to make the brands piles of cash.

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30 Day challenge: Going vegan for a month

Veganism is all the rage, and I thought I will get in on the action. It started so well, but then... Watch the video to find out!

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Give Dad his own custom-made essential oils perfume - zero waste, minimal, natural and simple

Father’s day is coming up fast, and of course I want to spoil Husband on this special day. Although I don’t really love these types of days (you know, Mother’s, Valentine’s, etc.) I do love the fact that we have kids who get so enthusiastic about these “celebrations” and so now I just roll with it. If you think about it, Father’s day gives you another very good reason to expose the people you love to more natural ways of living and giving. And on that note – here is a great idea for a Father’s day gift:

Homemade natural perfume for Dad, using manly essential oils.

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Zero waste shopping: How to keep your plastic-usage low, even without access to a bulk store. Simple and small changes matter

One of the biggest challenges you will ever face on your zero waste journey is shopping. Unfortunately, the world has not yet caught on to this “trend” and most stores still package EVERYTHING in layers and layers of plastic. Or, if you are lucky enough to find a bulk store the chances are very good that they will stock some, if not almost all, of the usual basics but the moment you are in need of something more specific or “special”, back to square one – plastic.

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Self-care series: 11 things a man should do to improve his life

Self-Care has become a very trendy term and men need to evaluate what it means and start to practise it. However, they (we) are reluctant to do it because it sounds a bit too touchy-feely or our egos hold us back because we feel nothing is wrong with us.

But we all want to improve ourselves and grow as a human being. So instead of calling it self-care this video will give you 11 things a man should do to improve his daily life. See what on the list best suits you and implement that. You do not need to do all 11 immediately see what you can do now and experiment with a few to see what works.

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Minimise anxiety: Exercise is self-care with an increased heart rate. Take care of your body, take care of yourself.

Studies have found that exercise can combat depression more effectively than either antidepressants, taken alone or combined with exercise. Getting our bodies moving is not only good for your body, but for your mind as well.

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Self-acceptance is to simplify your idea of yourself

Self-acceptance is much more than self-confidence or self-esteem. It stretches further than body positivity, so far that it touches on the divine. Because only when we truly accept ourselves, the good, the bad and the ugly, are we freeing ourselves to become what we were born to be. Only then can we grow into the divine creatures we were envisioned to become.

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Self-care series: Self-care ideas for busy Moms

Focusing on your kids while focusing on your career, your partner, your finances, your responsibilities, and all of those myriads of other things we inevitably end up having to deal with, can leave you drained and depleted. What most parents, and moms in general, forget to focus on is themselves. There never seems to be enough time or space or money or whatever the excuse is to take care of themselves. Yes, our lives are busy. Yes, we do have seemingly more important things to focus on. Yes, we are allowed to live for our kids. But no – you are not allowed to forget yourself. And no, self-care is not selfish. You are not taking time or money or space away from the people you love. You are not neglecting your kids when you take care of you. In actual fact, you are improving yourself for them. You are ensuring that you have the mental clarity, the energy, the patience and the willingness to give them more of yourself, more of the time.

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Minimise toxins: Natural treatments for muscle pain, inflammation, joint stiffness and swelling

Since my arthritis diagnosis I have tried a few different things, some with big success. Other with not so much. The natural treatment that works the best? Essential oils. But before I go into the different oils and their uses, let’s first take a look at muscle pain and body soreness in general.

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Going zero waste is not going to save the planet

I have been on this zero waste journey for a while now, and although I have had a few major setbacks, I have managed to overcome most of the challenges. We waste less, although not even close to zero. And when we do have waste, we are more conscious of it and try to dispose of it in the most responsible way. That being said, I will never pat myself on the back that I am saving the planet, one plastic-less day at a time. I am not naïve, and I can see the damage that has already been done and that we are continuingly doing.  And unfortunately merely going zero waste will not solve the problem.

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Anxiety and overwhelm - if you do not minimise them, they will minimise you

Today, I am keeping it real. If you have been following my blog for a while then you will know that I struggle with anxiety. Not in the “I cannot function” type of way, but unfortunately also not in the “I am only quirky at parties” way. Some days I am fine, and then others not so much. Lately, my plate has been overflowing, and my beaker of emotions as well. With all that has been going on in our lives feeling overwhelmed has kind of been inevitable, and I think it is safe to say that I am staring burnout in the face.

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Self-care for Moms - yes you also need it, you deserve it, and you can make time for it. Here is how

Parenting is tough, especially when you really really really want to be a good parent. Focusing on your kids while focusing on your career, your partner, your finances, your responsibilities, and all of those myriads of other things we inevitably end up having to deal with, can leave you drained and depleted. What most parents, and moms in general, forget to focus on is themselves. There never seems to be enough time or space or money or whatever the excuse is to take care of themselves.

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Simplify series: Zero waste daily essentials kit

A few of my favourite things that I carry with me at all times - to ensure I don't have the need to buy single-use plastics, to take care of my health, and to help look after the earth

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