Inspiring lives – Krystal Woodbridge, natural relationship therapist

I am so pleased to bring you another inspiring,

alternative life interview, introducing Krystal Woodbridge

Krystal is a nature inspired relationship coach and I am so pleased she was able to do this interview because we are passionate about people having the best relationship possible when they find their special love.

 Please tell our readers a little about your life, where are you currently living, family etc?

I live in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK, with my partner, Richard, and my 4 year old rescue dog, Theo. I spend a lot of time in Nature, and have been recently enjoying learning more about paganism. I adore camping and do it whenever I can. I play violin in a Celtic folk band – Celtic Krystal. I am quite active and love running – particularly training for and running marathons, and have 2 personal training sessions every week. I also enjoy snowboarding. I love tarot and rune readings, and am currently making my own set of rune stones from crystals. I love craft beer and fine wines. I love cats too. The barn owl is my totem animal – I have a large tattoo of one on my back.
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Nation’s love for tea dwindles

Its National Tea Day tomorrow on the 21st April, so tea lovers across the UK will be raising a mug to celebrate the nation’s favourite beverage.

According to financial planner, Tilney, we spend a hefty £1,475 on tea in a lifetime – that’s more than we spend on other household staples including pasta (£1,387), cooking oils (£954) and jam (£1,015).

 But is our love affair with tea waning? Over 50s spend three as times as much as millennials on the beverage

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Inspiring lives – Anita Kaiser

I am so pleased to bring you another inspiring,

alternative life interview, introducing Anita Kaiser.

Please tell our readers a little about your life, where are you currently living, what you do?

These days I live in Hamilton Ontario which is the known as the City of Waterfalls but also has quite a gritty side having come up as a Steel Town.  I’m a yoga teacher, Reiki healer, as well and Business/Life Coach.  I’m a big believer in the things that hold you back in life will also hold you back in business if you don’t clear them.  We all came to this place to live in joy and instead we so often hold ourselves in that space of not good enough.  I like to help people lessen that energy and more into a freer, happier, easier place.  In my coaching I tend to pull from all sorts of training to create this shift.  I’m also a bit of super foods pusher because I know what a difference that has made in my life and the life of my family.
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Gut healing the vegan way

Gut healing the vegan way

We have bought a book about healing your gut  and it is really great but the thing it doesn’t tackle is, what if you are vegan?

Most of the time you read about bone broth being healing for the gut because of collagen, and I will be honest here, my partner has so much pain in his stomach at the moment we even considered for like 2 minutes actually using bone broth to fix him and then go back to being veggie, but then I thought I would look into it further to see what the alternatives are, because through this journey from meat eaters to veggie lovers, there is always an alternative, with a bit of imagination and some research you never miss out.

So this gut healing vegetable broth from Wallflower Kitchen is fantastic!

Pop over to her site for the full recipe and loads of information about gut healing and why she feels bone broth isn’t really that great

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Spring is here

Spring is here

Meteorologists conventionally define each season as three months long and spring in the UK as March, April and May. The spring Equinox is on 20 March 2015 – this is when the day and night are approximately the same length. In the southern hemisphere, 20 March is the date of the autumn equinox.

In temperate parts of the world, spring is the season that follows winter and is associated with the fresh growth of vegetation, germination of dormant seeds, resuming of activity in hibernating creatures and the start of animal and plant reproduction. (thanks Woodland Trust for this description)

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A day on the farm, willow weaving and lambs

A day on the farm, willow weaving and lambs!

I spent the day at my friends farm in Dolphinholme and we played with willow, willow is amazing for building structures, we used Osier willow to make lanterns and I made an oblix for my ivy to grow up.

There is a local custom in Chediston, Suffolk, known as a ‘willow stripping’ ceremony. This is usually held at the first full moon in May. A Green George figure is dressed in willow strippings, dances around and is then ceremoniously thrown into the local pond.

Osier withies (strong, flexible willow stems) are traditionally used for basket-making and weaving, and are becoming increasingly popular for use as willow screens and sculptures.

Osier, like all willows, is also grown for its ability to absorb heavy metals, and is often planted to ‘clean up’ contaminated waste ground. (thank you Woodland Trust for this info)

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Spring is in the air with lemon balm

Spring is in the air with lemon balm,

The past few days the sun has been shining here in Blackpool UK and little sprouts are peeking through the ground, I have been planting seeds for a couple of weeks now and the aubergine, sweet pea and tomato seedlings have appeared. I always get really excited by this happening.

Today I planted sunflower, marigold and Calendula seeds, I re-use takeaway tubs with lids because they make great little propagators.

Last year I dried a lot of lemon balm as it grew in abundance and I will be honest with you, I havent used it yet, but I am drawn to it today and feel it has womanly properties so I got out my herbal books and did some research.

 

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Clean water worldwide, it’s not just a dream

Clean water worldwide it’s not just a dream thanks to One Water

The company pours profits into clean water projects worldwide, uses test packaging to urge consumers to ‘drink and think’.
663 million people worldwide don’t have easy access to clean water.

British bottled water brand One Water is trialling alternative packaging to alert UK consumers to the poor water conditions experienced by an estimated 663 million people worldwide.

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VitaMatcha pancake recipe

With pancake day being just around the corner, how about trying a new take on an old classic with these green tea pancakes!

VitaMatcha is simply powdered green tea leaves and therefore one of the most potent types of green tea, carrying a huge amount of health benefits – just two grams of VitaMatcha per day is equivalent to 20 cups of green tea, in terms of nutritional value & antioxidant content.

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Food trends 2017

So what will 2017 have in store for healthy food trends?

Are you a foodie?, do you love trying out new flavours and foods? There are some great foods to try in 2017, if you already are not a fan!

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