One of my favorite celebs Ellen DeGeneres has launched a new product just for our four legged friends. In 2008 Ellen launched her organic dog food line named Halo, finally allowing us to feed our pets something a lot healthier than what is typically available for them now.
Here is what Ellen had to say about her organic food for dogs, “Ours (range) is all human grade. It’s all natural. And yes, you can eat it.”
“People love their animals so much so that they put little clothes on them and necklaces and booties and things like that. And if you love your animal, then you should feed them something that’s not dangerous for them. There’s a lot of poisonous stuff that they’re putting in a lot of that food, those by-products.”
Has your dog tried Halo? If so let us know what you or well they thought of it!
Shop bought mayo lasts a long time, but is often full of additives and other nasty stuff we cannot even begin to pronounce! That is why I have started to make my own..yip that is right make my very own mayo!
It is actually very very simple..here is how I did it with just a bowl and a fork!
3 egg yolks (free-range of course;)
½ cup of oil (not olive oil)
tiny pinch of salt and pepper
Simply beat your egg yolks in a bowl until they are nice and fluffy. Give your partner a shout and ask them to VERY SLOWLY pur a little oil into the egg yolks while you continue to whisk.
*** If your mixture starts to form lumps do not panic, simply stop pouring in the oil and mix until they have gone.
Keep mixing for around 3-5 minutes, if your arm is sore then you are doing it right
The mixture will start to thicken, once it is at a nice texture, add 2-3 tablespoons of mustard, a little tiny bit of salt and pepper and mix together..and there you go done!
The shelf life of this is around 2 to 3 days, yes it is shorter than that you buy in the shop but it is much better for you and much tastier.
A great way to use this mayo is to make you own coleslaw, so cut up some cabbage, onion and carrot and add a little of your mayo – lovely!
First of all Happy New Year to you all!
The last 6 months of 2010 have been …well hectic to say the least. New job, new house and yip I have even started to grow my own vegetables.
Let’s rewind a little…each week I visit the supermarket (as most of us do;) and when the time comes to pay for my goods I always think to myself ‘how on earth is it that much?’. When I get back home, unpack my shopping backs I started to realise that most of this stuff I could indeed grow myself.
So this is where it began, no longer will I be paying for someone else to grow veggies for me and kindly wrap them in not so friendly plastic. Off I went to my local garden centre..and for pennies picked up the following:
- Tomato seeds- Cucumber seeds - Egg Plant seeds
- Morning Glory seeds (local favorite here in Thailand)
- Spring Onion seeds
- …and of course some large pots and soil so I can sit them on my veranda all in all cost me under £10!
Oops and I must admit my girly shopping addiction came out also during my trip leading me to also buy a red and also a yellow rose bush…just to keep things looking pretty
So around a month later, we have ‘some’ signs of life, my tomato, spring onion and morning glory are reaching for the sun yippee…although I may have to wait a little while yet until I can tuck into them…although it is very much worth the wait as I know exactly where my food has come from and the cost will in the long run, be much cheaper than the supermarket charges me.
Also I have a massive addiction for spinach at the moment, so I popped some cuttings/roots into a pot too and they are growing like weeds so maybe in a couple of weeks I can enjoy a lovely salad with my own home-grown spinach.
Why not give it a try? If I can do it (and by the way I am definitely NO Alan Titchmarsh!) then I am sure you can too
Check back soon and I will pop some photos up of my progress.
Whilst doing some research for Organic and Green Living I came accross a very interesting blog by a lady named Lisa. Lisa is 49 years old and is undergoing a lifestyle change. Her aim is to stick to a healthy lifestyle in a bid to get healthier thus be extra fabulous by her 50th birthday – and by the looks of it she is doing just great!
Lisa is sharing her journey via her very own blog named http://14monthsto50.wordpress.com within readers can follow her lifestyle changes. Some of which include what exercise she is doing and what delicious fresh veg she is growing! I have found this blog very inspiring and I am sure she is doing the same for many more men and women!
One great area of 14 months to 50 is the ‘what’s in my fridge section’ here readers can see what food Lisa has, browsing through her blog you will find loads of fab tasty recipes all of which include some of these organic or fresh ingredients.
I wanted to share the 14 months to 50 blog with my readers as it just goes to show that it is never too late to start a healthy lifestyle and show that real people such as Lisa are making changes for a healthier thus happier life. Be sure to check out her blog or her facebook page http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/14monthsto50 and maybe you too can pick up some fab tips to try at home.
Most of us women and I suppose the new breed of metro-sexual men dye our hair. I for one have been every color possible such as red, blonde, brunette, pink and even more recently green – although that one was a mishap!
The great thing about coloring our hair even if it’s just a few highlights is it transforms us, gives us a new look and leaves us feeling confident and glam…but…it ruins our hair, after that fresh out of the salon feel has gone you are back to battling the frizz and dryness it causes.
One of the main reasons this happens is the wealth of chemicals within standard hair dyes we are so used to. You know that awful smell especially when the bleach comes out well its those chemicals such as peroxide and ammonium that are being as kind to our hair as the smells are to our noses.
Now we don’t have to put our poor locks through it anymore, we can still color our hair but instead opt for natural or organic hair-dyes. These can be found in shops if you prefer to do it yourself at home from places such as Boots or Superdrug or at many reputable hairdressers as the demand for kinder hair dyes is increasing.
If you do prefer to dye your own hair try sites such as www.danielfield.com he has a range of fab organic dyes that kind to your hair, have a better quality and longer lasting color plus they are a lot cheaper than most un-natural versions.
Upon browsing his site you will find he has many lovely colors such as natural lightest brown, pale natural soft blonde, ebony and many more. An extra bonus is they are great value for money starting at only £6!
It is not only Daniel Field who offers these dyes there are many many more on the internet most costing around the same so there is no excuse for mistreating our hair…plus the less chemicals the less damaging it is for our environment…see told you going green is easy
As many people are starting to become more health and lifestyle concious there has been a boom in the amount of organic cosmetics and natural skin care products available in our favorite high street stores and online. Most of opt for or un-natural skin care products and cosmetics for several reasons spanning from not understanding organic products to the high price tags that some stores have attached to them. Here we explain what organic skin care products are and reccomend a few for you to try that won’t break the bank!
So let’s start with the basics, organic simply means something that derives from living organisms such as animals and plants – so basically it is all the natural stuff we see around us. Products that are not organic or not natural are often made with harsh chemicals, colorants and perfumes – which let’s face it are not really great for our skin!
For instance, how many differant types of mousturizer or foundation have you tried that are not natural or organic? I for one have been through hundreds of brands with many of them making my face break out or becoming even dryer than before. This was one of the reasons I decided to turn to natural skin care products.
When I thought about it it made complete sense, my old makeup and products were filled with ingredients I couldn’t even pronounce let alone tell you what they were and all seemed like something from a science lesson! If I put these harsh ingredients on my skin they would obviously do it no good.
Natural skin care creams and products need not be expensive, for instance try buying online at sites such as http://www.skinbotanica.com they have a wide range of products for under $50 that can be delivered worldwide. These include a balancing facial moisturizer by Suki for less than $30 and can be bought via our blog by for less! The natural moisterizer contains sunflower, lavander, jojoba and rose extract giving it a lovely floral aroma. The great thing about this product is it lasts for a long time as you only need to apply one or two drops a day!
Another product I would recommend is Aromafloria creme glow polish in Green Tea Bamboo. Costing only $26 it’s great for using on areas of the skin that are rough or dry plus its a great way to build up the defense and strength of your skin as it contains natural antioxidants. Ingrediants in this polish include beeswax, bamboo powder and a sweet smelling shea butter.