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July 30, 2017

From Tunnel to Table: Everything You Need to Live off Your Garden

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The idea of living off your land is a romantic and eco-friendly thought. It’s the most basic way of living; waking up in the morning to harvest some tomatoes and spinach, picking up an egg or two while you’re at it, and preparing breakfast straight from your own garden. To live sustainably from what you grow yourself, you’re going to have to give it a bit more thought than simply planting a few hobby plants for the fun of it, however.

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The more land you have, the more realistic this project becomes. With time and expansions, you can evolve from managing to harvest your own breakfast and lunch, to actually making your very own goat cheese and enjoying freshly baked bread in the morning.

Get started with this handy guide and challenge your family to live more sustainably and improve their general health and happiness by living closer to nature.

Why living off your garden is a great idea

Starting a gardening project like this might not be for you if the thought of getting your hands dirty and selecting a favorite gardening tool sounds like a wild and unsettling dream. The supermarket is still able to provide you with everything you need; lovely, plump vegetables and fruits, freshly baked rolls, and crisp herbs, so there’s no need to prepare for the collapse of the economy by going back to farming.

A commitment like this is for the green thumbs out there and those who find romance in the simple things - it should be for the fun of it, in other words, and to make you happy.

When you’re able to live like this and keep a healthy diet successfully, you’ll notice a few changes in your life. First of all, the food you eat is produced organically and has travelled far less than the ones you’d buy at the grocery shop. They’ll be bigger, juicier, and full of nutrients. In addition to this, your family will notice a change in mood; being outside and getting your hands green is proven to work wonders for our mental health and general well-being.

It’s not just a hobby; it’s a cure - which saves your household a lot of money, as well as making your carbon footprints a lot smaller. While it’s a good idea to start simple, in the beginning, and find vegetables that are easy to grow, you’d probably want to expand next year. Have a look at these greenhouses online, in case you’re completely smitten and would want to live like this forever - and, honestly, why wouldn’t you?

Remember that you don’t have to commit fully if you don’t have that much space. Many of us are able to grow several plants but struggle with finding space to grow grain, keep a cow, or raise a drift of young piglets. It’s alright - a small garden to live off is perfectly fine for now. Find solace in the fact that ordinary people who lived off the potatoes and chickens in their backyard a couple of centuries ago, also went to a small grocer to buy tobacco and coffee.

It’s where they caught up on a bit of gossip, found new and exciting products from abroad, and asked the owner ever so kindly if the coffee could be bought on credit this time too.

Team up with your like-minded neighbours if the sound of doing something half-way makes your eye twitch. People back then depended on their community out of need; if you have an amount of fresh beans you don’t want to eat for dinner every week, you could simply trade it with the lady down the street who has land enough for corn.

Be a good neighbour and reach out to your community for complete authenticity; to make something slightly too complicated in order to keep it real is, after all,  just another way for us to be the ideal citizens of the 21st century.

Grow a variety of fruits and vegetables

The planning stage is both fun and exciting as you have so much to choose from. What you produce has to meet your nutritional needs, and it’s important to include plants that you can grow easily, as well as giving you the vitamins you need to stay healthy.

This isn’t supposed to be some sort of wildlife adventure where you return skinny and hairy to the real world in a few months - a bit jumpy, but celebrated by the community for your bravery; this is a sustainable eating project.

Salad Vegetables: Part-sun and full-sun

Find vegetables you love to cook with and which doesn’t give in too easily if the weather suddenly takes a turn. Start with your salad vegetables and move on to the cooking vegetables afterward. Spring onions, peppers, and radishes are perfect additions to your salads and should have a partly sunny spot in your garden. They’re relatively easy to grow, don’t need full-on sun all day long and will look lovely in a net - plus, you don’t have to water them as often as the plants that require full sun.

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For the rest of your salad needs, you should plant tomato, squash, pepper, and cucumber as well. They’d prefer it if you gave them as much sun as possible, so place them strategically outside of the net or in a spot with more light.

Salad vegetables are important to include not only for their health benefits but also for the variety of dishes they open up for. They’re full of fiber, water, and important vitamins that you don’t want to lack after a few months on your garden diet. Crunchy textures, fresh flavours, and bursting with good summer vibes; children tend to fall in love with salad vegetables before cooking vegetables, so include them in the process of planting and harvesting.

Root Vegetables: Part-sun

Now, your diet needs some root vegetables as well. Needless to mention, they offer an amount of health benefits and their absence makes every dish a bit less filling and a lot less fun to eat. The best part about root vegetables is that you can cook them in basically any way you’d see fit; you can mash them, boil them, roast them, it doesn’t matter- the result is great every time. Plus, vegetables that grow underground won’t bother you too much with pest problems.

They may not grow as quick as the salad vegetables - but the amount of food in them and fiber they provide you with is worth the wait.

Carrots, beets, and potatoes grow underground, but they still need some sun. Don’t overdo it, though, as especially carrots will react to harsh sunlight and punish you for it by growing more foliage than root; more bush for you to look at, less carrot for you to eat. Remember that all root vegetables need a bit of space to grow big and strong, so the more room you give them to grow in, the more you’ll be able to harvest when it’s time.

Whatever you choose to grow and live off, you need to include the potato. It’s the closest you’ll come to the perfect food and the one your body is going to miss the most if everything was taken away; in fact, you could make it the hero of your diet and live solely off the potato  - if you’d really want to, that is.

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Other vegetables you have to include

It’s vital that your garden is home to a range of different produce, so don’t stop planting quite yet. The more you’re able to plant and maintain, the better your dishes will be and the likelier you are to keep the project going - instead of giving in to the freshly harvested and bright orange carrots in the supermarket. Look for vegetables that are easy to maintain and relatively quick to grow, such as garlic, mushrooms, broccoli, and beans.

These three are full of nutrients and opens for a lot of different dishes. The garlic can simply be planted and left alone - use the leftover bulb you have from your last shopping trip, and enjoy the vast health benefits it gives. Broccoli will keep you healthy all year long, is not as tricky to grow as people say, and a perfect green addition to your dinner.

Mushrooms are full of proteins, just like beans, are used in basically every dish that comes to mind, and can even grow in the dark. If you want to grow beans, find the type of bean that grows well in your region, by the way, as there are a lot of different varieties. They’re simple to grow, though, and spreads tremendously; you’re absolutely going to have some extra buckets you can swap with your neighbour lady for some milk from her cow or whatever.

For the rest of your diet needs, it’s a good idea to keep a couple of chickens and harvest fresh eggs in the morning. How far you’d like to take it is up to you, and if you have a lot of space to keep animals, you’re probably going to look at this in a few years. Remember that this kind of expansion often is subject to rules, regulations, and various trips to the veterinarian to take proper care of your farm animals.

Just like your plants, your main priority is to give them a happy and healthy life before they give you anything in return; with time, you’ll be self-sustained enough to forget about the existence of grocery shops and trolleys altogether.

July 25, 2017

Is That Number On The Scales Weighing Heavy On Your Mind?

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Weight, for us girls, it can be a heavy issue, right? It's one of those things that it can be hard to stay on top of in a healthy way, without having to resort to extreme solutions. Or getting a little too obsessed with every single thing that passes our lips. So to help you stay at a healthy weight and keep your mind healthy while you do it, read the post below.

Do be more mindful about what you eat

Mindfulness all over the place at the moment, it seems to be a cure all for every problem in life that we come across from anxiety to weight loss. But the truth is that it's not a magic bullet. In fact, it is a very basic skill that can help us be more in control of our actions. Something that when it comes to losing weight can be really helpful for our long term progress.


You can find out how to be more mindful about what you eat at, and similar site on the internet. When you start to practice this skill, it's so surprising, because you actually realize how quick you tune out of the sensation of eating after the first few bites.

Instead, if you keep returning your awareness to what is going on in your mouth, it can help you enjoy the experience more and also help you feel fuller faster. This then has the knock on effect of you eating less, something that states that when combined with exercise is the basic weight loss formula.

Do get some exercise in

Exercise is another strategy that you can put in place to help you keep the number on the scale within a healthy range. But like everything it needs to be approached with the right attitude. That means doing too much or pushing your body further than its current limits can be very damaging, both physically and mentally to your progress.

After all, if you are injured, you will be spending more time on the couch that you will be running around that track or in the gym. That is why it's vital to find an exercise that is suitable for your level of fitness. You may want to start with some stretching based activities. Then once you have raised your fitness to a certain level, you can forge on with more challenging activities such as running or aerobics.

Do love your body now


Lastly, when we are so focused on any goal, especially losing weight, it can be very easy to lose sight of the things that are good right now. In particular, it can feel like you have to hate your current body to see any results.

But this is simply not the case. In fact, any change that we make is much better done with kindness and an appreciation for the good things that are present now. Take the opportunity to learn about this at, as not doing so can make the process of losing way more difficult than it needs to be.
July 25, 2017

Great Ways To Grow Your Garden Space When You Don't Have Green Fingers

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Some people are blessed with green fingers. Such individuals love getting lost in their gardens. They’re never happier than when running their fingers through the earth. It’s how they relax, and is by far their favourite hobby.

For the rest of us, nothing could be worse. Dirt under the nails? No thank you. We’ve got better things to do than kneel in the mud. But, there is a downside to our unwillingness to get green; our gardens go wild. And, green fingers or not, we all want a beautiful outside space. But, how can you achieve it without succumbing to the dreaded ‘g’ word? In truth, a beautiful garden which requires no gardening is easy to achieve. All it takes is a little creativity. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Care-Free Gardening

Care-free gardening is as good as it sounds. This is an excellent way to achieve a gorgeous space which requires no effort. If you want plants, something like a cactus garden would be a fantastic idea. As they survive in the desert, they should be able to look after themselves in your garden. Cacti are hot stuff at the moment anyway, so you’d be bang on trend. Clear your flowerbeds, and place gravel on top. Then, get to work planting your cacti. Opt for a variety of different types to ensure things look interesting. Then, let them do their thing.

If you want a garden you don’t have to worry about at all, you could opt for artificial grass. If you need convincing, a little research will show you the many benefits of artificial grass. There is, of course, the benefit of ease. No more mowing the lawn when you have an artificial option! And, this option can also save you money in the long-term. Plus, it’ll look amazing! All the beauty with none of the hassle.

Get Rid Of Greenery Altogether

Or, perhaps you want to get rid of greenery altogether. It may seem a shame to strip your garden altogether, but it’s a step worth taking. Once you've removed your lawn and flowerbeds, set about paving the space. The inclusion of a table and chairs will ensure this looks amazing. Again, you’d be right on trend. Industrial is the new hot style, and your paved garden could fit the theme well. Incorporate rustic design pieces, and natural wood furniture to complete the look.

Find New Ways To Add Colour

Flowers are an amazing way to add colour to any garden. But, they’re the part which needs the most care. To avoid the issue, find new ways to add colour to your outside space. Simple things, like colourful ornaments, or strings of bunting, can look beautiful. Even better, you won’t have to worry about them once they’re out there. To take things further, incorporate strings of coloured mason jars. You could even place a different coloured candle in each. Have fun with this, and don’t stop until you’ve achieved the colour explosion you’re after!

July 24, 2017

Chic, Cheap Ways To Change The Style Of Your Living Room

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Do you ever feel as though the living area in your home is looking a little dull and dreary? If so, it might be time to think about changing it up a little and making it for more bright cool and vibrant. However, it’s quite possible that you don’t have a large budget to play around with. You might only have a couple hundred to spend on a living room remodel, and with that type of budget, you can’t work wonders. Or can you? Actually, there are a few cheap ways that you can completely alter the look of a room like your living area. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Wall Fire

If you don’t have a fire in your living room, why not consider purchasing an artificial one. Available for less than a hundred on the market, these look both stylish and modern. It will certainly help if you are aiming for a contemporary feel in your living area. You can even get fires these days that produce certain noises, creating the illusion that there really are flames in that glass, metallic box. If you want to be even more stylish, you can actually fit these fires in so that they are built directly into the wall. While more expensive, the effect is undeniably impressive.

Layering A Room

Is your room a little cramped and perhaps a tad too small? If you had a dream budget, you could knock down a wall or perhaps build in an extension. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have possibilities like this and have to make do with less exciting possibilities. One option would be to layer the accessories in the room. Doing this is just a matter of having a large rug and then a small one on top of this. Positioned on that small rug, you might have a table. Believe it or not, this does give the perception that a room is larger than it actually is and gives it more character.

Shine A Light

Lighting is always going to be important in the design of the room. With the right lighting, you can shift the ambience and create different effects on the walls. You can diminish shadow and of course, make a room far brighter. You can buy ceiling lights in a wide range of different styles as well as shapes. As such, you’re sure to find a type that matches your room. Spotlights are a great possibility as they can accentuate certain areas of the room and draw attention to the best pieces of furniture or accessories. For instance, you might set up small lights over art on the walls of your living area.

Throws And Pillows

Perhaps you don’t have enough money to buy new furniture for your living room. That’s okay because you can change the style and colour of your furniture with throws and pillows. Simply decorate your furniture with these items, and you can give your living room a fresh look with new shades of colour for a price that anyone can afford.

I hope you have fun with these ways of keeping a living room redesign chic and cheap.

July 21, 2017

Health Essentials Any Adult Should Know How To Do

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Often, trying to take care of your own health in the modern world is incredibly difficult.

You have before you the internet, full of all the information that humankind has ever been able to assemble. A huge amount of it is dedicated to helping people resolve their own health ailments, potentially even pointing them towards diagnoses they otherwise would not have been able to find.

Yet if you try to follow health advice online, then you will constantly come up against the disclaimer to seek advice from your doctor before you try anything.

It’s so confusing! Here’s the information, yet you are still urged to go to the doctor (with all the likely costs and inconvenience that that entails) before you take action on any of the information. In that instance, you then have two choices: take a risk (note: don’t do this!) or go traipsing to the doctor to confirm what you already know (inconvenient but definitely what you should do!)

Consulting medical advice is undoubtedly the best thing to do in the majority of cases, and you should continue to do that, especially if handling a serious problem. However, there are times when medical advice is in short supply, or the problem in question is minor enough for you to successfully handle for yourself. So, what essential health skills do you need to have to be able to function as an adult in this confusing world?

1) Stemming The Flow Of Blood

Let’s be clear, if a wound is serious enough to be a worry due to it not closing over naturally, then it absolutely needs medical attention. It’s going to need stitches, and possibly treatment to prevent any infection that occurs.

In the moment, however, then you might have to deal with it yourself. Unless you manage to have all your slips and trips within a five second walk of a hospital, there might be occasions when you have to slow things down so you have the chance to get to the doctor.

How To Do It

Stemming blood flow from a wound is all about pressure. You want to apply as much as you can withstand, directly over the wound. If you don’t feel comfortable using your bare hands, it’s fine to use a cloth or nearby item providing it’s relatively safe and free of toxins.

You should also try and raise the wound above your heart, which can help make it more difficult for the blood flow to defeat gravity. Obvious this is only possible with certain wounds but if it is doable, then do it.

2) Give CPR

A staggeringly high amount of people know what CPR is, but they don’t know how to do it. This is shocking, considering the fact that if someone goes into cardiac arrest, then CPR is pretty much the only hope they have of getting to a doctor in time. You have to act, and you have to act incredibly quickly, or they will be deprived of blood flow for too long to have any chance of rescue.

CPR isn’t something you can pick up from YouTube; look at the likes of for your options on learning the basics from the professionals. This will equip you to deal with a medical emergency, hopefully keeping the victim going for long enough for medical help to arrive.

3) Avoiding Antibiotics

There are plenty of cases where using antibiotics is absolutely the right thing to do. However, it’s not a good idea to use them for basics like coughs, colds, and the flu. Not only will antibiotics not work for these conditions (they are primarily viral; antibiotics deal with bacterial infections) but they are also contributing to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

Don’t assume that it’s fine for you to take antibiotics because they’ve been given to you by your GP; that might not be the case. Doctors are liable to over-prescribe antibiotics when they’re not needed. So be very honest with yourself and see if you can give your immune system a bit more time to deal with the infection unaided, or doubly quiz your doctor to ensure it’s the right steps to take at that point in time.

4) Strap A Wounded Limb

If you have the misfortune of turning your ankle or landing hard on your wrist, you can find yourself having to deal with a huge amount of pain. You’re probably going to need an X-ray, but that means you’re going to have to be able to get to a hospital to begin with.

This means you need to know how to correctly strap a limb to support it while you make the move to a clinic. has some great pointers on making sure you give the injured body part the support it dearly needs.

July 20, 2017

Everything To Expect From A Career In Health

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Most kids love playing doctors and nurses. It’s so cute to watch them treat all of their soft toys and teddy bears! This sense of looking after and caring for something never really goes away and is probably the reason why so many people aspire to be real life doctors and nurses when they grow up and get a job.

Do you still dream of becoming a healthcare professional? It’s such a rewarding industry to work in and gives you a great way to give back to society that many people really enjoy their career in health. But, just so you can get an idea of the things that may lay ahead in this type of occupation, here is everything you need to expect.

Social Responsibility

Once you have some experience of working in health, you will have a large social responsibility on your shoulders. But rather than let this get to you and stress you out, you should embrace it and be proud of it! This social responsibility will be something that restricts the way you act and the things you say in public so that you don’t bring your profession into disrepute. As long as you understand that you need to always act in a professional manner, you shouldn’t let this worry.

Long Shifts

The numbers of new recruits to the healthcare industry have been slowly reducing over the past few years. As a result, health care professionals have never been in more demand. That means that you should expect long working hours and shifts at unsociable times. This is part and parcel of the job, though, and is something that you will become used to as time goes on. You should also expect to be required to work some weekends and public holidays. Again, you’ll get more used to this over time. You can see examples of the kinds of shifts expected from you by looking at health job adverts


Lots Of Training

You will need to do a lot of studying before you can qualify as a health profession. This is especially the case if you are training as a doctor or surgeon. However, the training doesn’t simply stop once you have qualified. You will find that there are various different training courses, including the ones on offer from that are all aimed at furthering your career prospects. It’s important that you take as many of these courses as possible as they will put you in a good position for getting those all-important promotions!

A Great Sense Of Pride

Working in the health profession means that you will continually be helping people overcome illnesses and enjoy a more comfortable life. Many people get a great sense of pride from this, and it helps them feel like they are leading a very meaningful and rewarding life. Many health professionals also appreciate the chance to continue developing themselves in the industry so that they can grow as an individual.

As you can see, there is plenty to anticipate from a career in health!

July 20, 2017

Spring Clean Tips For Any Time Of Year

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Do you think that your home could do with a good old spring clean? Sometimes you might want to do a thorough clean just because you haven’t done so in a while but you might also be interested in a spring clean because it’s crucial to getting your deposit back!

As carrying out an entire spring clean can take up a whole lot of your time and effort, it’s important that you do a bit of planning beforehand. This can help you carry out the clean very efficiently, which will result in you in finishing a lot earlier than you might expect! Here are some great spring clean tips to get you started no matter what time of year it is.

Set A Time

There is no point trying to do your spring clean in spits and spats. You might get bored after a few cleaning bursts! Ideally, you need to set yourself a whole day or half a day when you will endeavour to get the whole spring clean done in one go. Getting it over and done with straight away will mean that it is done and dusted in no time at all, and you won’t have to worry about doing such a big clean for at least another year. Take a look in your diary and see when you have some free time to dedicate to this huge chore. You may need to juggle around a few appointments just to make some space!
Dress Down

You won’t want to do this big clean in your best clothes so make sure that you have some old clothes you can get changed into. If you think you are going to get especially dirty or grimy, you might even want to get some wonderwink scrubs as they will be a lot easier to get completely clean. If you are planning on handling some abrasive chemicals, like bleach, you should think about getting some marigold gloves as they will protect your hands from the harsh chemicals.


Get New Lightbulbs

Getting new lightbulbs might not be the first thing you think to do whenever you are going to give your home a good clean, but it can certainly make all the difference! Once you swap your old lightbulbs for new ones, you might find that your rooms are a lot brighter. And that means you will be able to spot a lot more dust and dirt, so you can be sure to clean every corner of each room without missing a spot!

Tackle Excess Clutter

Spring cleaning isn’t just about getting on your hands and knees and scrubbing all the dirt away! You should also see this as a chance to declutter your home. Not only will this give you a lot more storage space for all your essential items, but it will also give you the chance to move things around so you can get to all the dust and dirt in some hard-to-reach places.

Even though it’s the middle of summer, what’s stopping you from spring cleaning?!

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