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Jamaican/Rastafari word for VITAL, ORGANIC, NATURAL, WHOLESOME… real roots


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Need Fresh Juice Now!

I needed fresh juice the other day, I just was not going to survive if I didnt have it. So as Jamaicans say, I went all out with “tun yuh han mek fashan.”

My blender stopped working and we haven’t replaced it yet and after going to the green grocers and buying up a whole heap of fruit, I found a tool that could help me extract the juice.

A French press used to brew coffee.

In went paw paw, mango and pineapple.

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I pressed and pressed with water until it wouldn’t press anymore. Then I threw  the pupl it in a pot and further used clean hands to squeeze more juice out of it through a strainer. In the end I got the fruit punch I wanted after a little lemon juice and grated ginger to the mix.

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Beans growing in our garden

I’m so excited, we now have beans growing in our garden.

I planted a few ‘red speckled beans’ in the garden not really expecting much from them, so imagine my delight and gratitude when earlier this week I realized that there were pods growing right along with the plant even though I hadn’t paid it much attention.

The ‘red speckled bean’ is a type of kidney bean and family to what we call ‘red peas’ in Jamaica even though the legume is a bean and NOT a pea. This is the bean we use to cook our Sunday rice  and peas here since we haven’t come across the familiar ‘red peas’ in Johannesburg.  These ‘speckled red peas’ taste similar to ‘red peas.’

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Quick DIY Fix: Flower holder

I’m always picking flowers and bushes from outside and placing them in random jars and bottles around the house. This blue bunch is so beautiful that I wanted to complement them with a holder that also had that special touch.

I love having them even more now because my Chunky baby can identify it and makes the smelling face and F sound to point them out. Too cute.

Wrap an old bottle with scrap cloth for this simple way to decorate while recycling. I used Sticky Tack to keep the fabric in place but as you can see, it can be fastened with ease; try 2 elastic bands at each end, glue or electric tape

Great way to recycle and these wrapped bottles can serve many different uses.

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Handy Last Minute/Recycled Gift Wrap

In a bid not to get caught in the consumerism I’ve worked great ‘wrapping paper’ from the product pushers themselves. HaHaaa!

With all the extra circulars and salebooks that went out for Xmas I wrapped what I needed to.

I’m happy to be recycling paper that we had no use for anyway. Further personalise the wrapping with markers, paint or pics cut out and glued to the outside.

What ways are you able to recycle when giving a gift to someone else?

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Homemade Yogurt and Oat Face Mask

Im on a mission to repair my skin and im doing it on a budget. So lately, ive been online looking for the right natural skin care DIY’s suited for my skin.

In comes di ting called…

With lavender flowers

With lavender flowers

Soothing Yogurt and Oatmeal mask
1/2 tablespoon oats
1/2 tablespoon yogurt

Mash the oats a bit, crunch them under a cleaned glass cup or use the back of a spoon. Add the oats to your yogurt and mix in well. Smother all over your face and indulge in the goodness for 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water, pat dry and follow up with your moisturizer.

*A teaspoon of honey is often added to this recipe but I didn’t have any so my mask went without.

Yogurt is called a ‘superfood’ because it has a whole bunch of nutrients that nourish your body. From zinc to calcium, to lactic acid and B vitamins, yogurt packs a lot in its unassuming plain cream.

Oatmeal will help restore natural moisture and can be used as an exfoliator.

What your favourite homemade mask? Tell us in the comment section


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Sweet scrub for baby’s bath (and yours too)

Here’s a quick and easy way to sweeten baby’s bath water. I put a few rose petals and some dried sage in a washcloth. Secure them inside with an elastic band and then into the tub it goes while the water runs. Goodness will seep out of the herb and plants like tea and then I use it to gently scrub his skin.

Will work great as an exfoliator for you too. Try it in the shower.

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Amber Teething Necklaces

While babysitting over the past year in Austin, TX,  I have seen many youngsters wearing gorgeous amber necklaces. After seeing a few with them, I asked some of the parents more about them. They informed me that they are Amber Teething Necklaces and have helped their babies tremendously. I had never heard of them before so I decided to do some research. Please feel free to comment on this post with your feelings, experiences, or other helpful teething tips!
One of the online sellers, Bouncy Baby Boutique, explains their Baltic Amber Necklaces have a substance called succinic acid which is, “… a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and a central nervous system calmer. It is so effective on babies and small children because it simultaneously eases their pain while also having a strong soothing effect on their nervous system – all with zero side effects!”
Children are able to wear the necklaces around their neck, wrist, or ankle. The beads should touch the skin in order to be effective, but are NOT CHEWED ON. The amber necklaces are not recommended for children under the age of 3.  Another online retailer Amber Artisans, shares it’s list of  specific characteristics to look out for when buying:

1- The merchant guarantees that their amber is 100% genuine Baltic Amber. This can usually be found within the product description or the subpages of their website.

2- Be certain that the teething necklace is made with a safe clasp, one that is made of plastic and twists to open and close.

3- There can be no sharp edges whatsoever.

4- Genuine Baltic amber necklaces for teething are always designed with special string that is knotted between each bead so that if the necklace should be broken, the beads will not scatter. If this should occur, credible merchants should offer to restring the necklace for you at no charge. If they are unable to do so, then client service is not their priority and buying from them should not be yours.

5- Amber teething necklaces must be constructed of only the highest quality natural Baltic Amber which is what provides relief from your child’s teething pain. If the price is cheap, that should be a red flag. Amber is becoming more and more rare so online sellers will offer an “inexpensive” version such as copal which cannot produce the right results.

Of course you’re going to have those who don’t believe in the healing properties of stones and recommended other remedies. One such remedy is making chamomile tea using 2 teabags in one cup of water then adding 1/4 cup apple or grape juice to freeze in ice cube trays. Next wrap a few  ice cubes in a handkerchief, tie a big knot around them, and let the babies gnaw or suck on them. Another is  letting the baby chew on a wet washcloth placed in the freezer for 30 minutes (wash after each use). You could also rub the baby’s gums with a cool spoon. Try to avoid rubber or plastic teething rings because these synthetics can have potential hazardous impacts.
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