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Going Sober this October

This October, I’ve decided to use my time and health for better purposes than usual and that is to raise money for the fantastic charity, Macmillan. As you will see from the title, my challenge is to ‘Go Sober’ for October, a challenge that I originally thought would be a breeze but in reality the commitment to staying away from the stuff is hard.

I wouldn’t say I’m the biggest drinker but I do like to have a cheeky glass or two of a Friday night, or over a Saturday lunch and a few nights out, like most people really. But then I thought, going sober to raise money for a charity that helps those dealing with cancer is actually a perfect concept.

Cancerous cells seem to react to toxins and stress in the body (that’s my extremely simplified analogy), so when you think about it going sober is actually helping to raise awareness of some of the poisons we choose to ingest into our bodies therefore contributing to stressing out our ever more vulnerable bodies making us more prone to these types of illnesses.

I’m writing this post to not only bring awareness to the cause, but the charity and my challenge on a more international scale. I will be keeping you up to date with my challenge this month and any donation that you can spare, no matter how small will go towards an amazing cause.

If you feel inspired to join me on my t-total quest this month, you can sign up here:

http://www.gosober.org.uk

To support me and help me to raise as much as I can and also find out more about why I’m pledging to go sober, check out my page:

https://www.gosober.org.uk/profile/emilym

So, I’ve swapped my delicious cocktails for something much healthier – quinoa, chia seeds, coconut milk and raspberry parfait with a leopard print glass of green tea. Delicious!

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Om shanti, thanking you! xxx

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Coconut Curry Delight

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Check out this super delicious, satisfying and nutritious meal I’ve concocted.

Much like my skin care routine, I like to keep my food simple and fairly easy to make – usually just by chucking everything into a wok!

Here’s a super quick, nourishing meal that will boost your immune system while filling you up – so no need for that sugary snack after!

Ingredients:
1 tsp of coconut oil
1 cup of coconut water
1 cup of dessicated coconut (use organic as ordinary usually has tons of sugar added)
1 piece of frozen smoked haddock (I use Sainsburys own)
A big handful of frozen broccoli florets
1 large courgette, washed & peeled to create lovely long green ribbons
1 large shallot, chopped into small chunks
2 big cloves of garlic, chopped into small bits
1 cup of frozen petit pois
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped into small slices

Method:
Boil some water in a pan and poach the frozen smoked haddock.

In a wok, heat the coconut oil until fully melted.

Add the shallot and garlic and stir for a minute or two.

Add the courgette, broccoli and petit pois. Stir for a few minutes.

Add the ginger and stir.

Once the haddock is cooked, drain the water and add the fish to your wok. Mash all ingredients together.

Add the coconut water and dessicated coconut.

Let this summer for a few minutes.

Ta-dah! Done!

Serve and enjoy.

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Beeee happy

Following on from my post about the all amazing coconut oil facial cleanser, another natural beauty aid I’ve been using is honey. Raw, sweet, glorious honey brought to human kind from the fluffy, humble honey bee.

So, honey, I’ve found is a fantastic exfoliator and moisture mask. And, not to mention a fraction of the price of some of those designer, chemical-laden products.

Honey facts for your face:

It is rich in antioxidants and has anti-microbial and anti-inflammitory properties making it brilliant anti-aging product. These properties also help to protect your skin against harmful UV rays (although, obvs not to be used instead of sunscreen).

Honey helps to keep your skin soft and supple since it a remarkable ability to retain moisture.

In India, honey is known as a natural cleanser and exfoliator where it’s used to make the face glow and keep it blemish free.

It’s healing properties are beneficial for all skin types, including those with acne, rosacea, eczema or sensitive skin.

Keeping with my simple beauty regime all I do is simply squeeze the honey from the pot, rub it in circular motions around my face (once the honey has crystalised, it acts as a gentle but effective exfoliator), and leave on for around 10-15mins. I wash off with warm water. Boom, done!

I do this once or twice a week.

Since doing this my skin has been noticeably softer, brighter and less prone to breakouts.

I have found other masks that use honey (I’m yet to try these):

Make a paste with honey and milk

Mix honey with olive oil

Mix honey with rose water

The best honey to use is Raw and/or organic. Manuka would be great if you don’t mind the price tag and you would need to make sure it’s the real deal (there’s loads of fakers out there).

Keep watching for more natural beauty tricks. Step by step we WILL combat the chemical-riden beauty world.

Bring on nature, baby!

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La Beauté Naturelle de Coco

Hello Summer and hello gorgeous skin! I’ve gone back to basics and have started to rid my beauty box of all the nasty chemicals that reside in shop bought beauty products. Home made and raw natural beauty products, a thing of the past or the future? Well, judging from all the blog posts and the myriad of information online about natural products, I would say this is definitely due for a revival. And lets hope it’s one that’s here to stay.

First on my list, the all important facial cleanser. Two words: coconut oil. Enough said.

I’d read about the cleansing method on various blogs and thought I’d give it a go, however, most said to combine an oil such as almond or coconut with a carrier oil such as caster oil. After looking into it a bit more and as a girl always on the go I realised this seemed too hard for me to sustain – after all who wants to work out oil ratios just before bed and also risk your face reacting because you’ve put too much of the other thing in etc.

BTW, I have sensitive combination skin so many ingredients wreck havoc with my complexion.

I like to keep it nice and simple – cue – coconut oil. One of the planets most versatile and amazing products of nature. It is most definitely considered a ‘superfood’ and can be used not only for hair, skin, nails, body but can be used as a cooking ingredient, a salad dressing etc. The health benefits are endless, owing many of these to it’s unique combination of fatty acids. It has sublime moisturisng abilities as well as containing anti bacterial qualities and keeps skin looking younger for longer. Just check out the dewy glow from the ILC favourite Miranda Kerr (also a beauty that digs natural beauty products, and coconut oil!).

Anyway, so my method is to simply slather the stuff all over my face, including eyelashes as it makes a perfect eye make up remover. If the oil is a bit too solid, simply warm it either in your hands or in the microwave or on the hob. Rub the oil in circular motions (improves circulation) and then using warm-hot water dampen a clean face cloth and rub the coconut oil off your face. Your face will feel incredibly soft and nourished after this, you may not even need to use a moisturiser.

Done. Ta-dah!

Another fabulous use for your coconut oil is as a body moisturiser. Just massage on to your skin straight from the jar. Perfecto. If you’re into ayurvedic healing and your primary dosha is vata, they say that using oil on your body helps to keep your joints supple (My dosha is vata and as a yoga teacher I can vouch for this much needed remedy at times).

Next on my list of uses for coconut oil – as a deoderant. Not too sure about this but I’ll try and test and of course let you know how it goes.

N.B: you can use any coconut oil to start you off but my recommendation would be to find an organic, raw or cold pressed oil in a glass jar (if possible) since this is a better quality.

I hope my simple tips help you on your own journey to natural beauty.

Peace out and Om Shanti XXX

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I LOVE CANDY X CBC

Handmade (by Emily Morris) silver Koi Karp 'luck' ring

Handmade (by Emily Morris) silver Koi Karp ‘luck’ ring

I Love Candy accessories are now being stocked in the lovely Coffeebean Company!!!

You can find handmade and vintage pieces from my accessories range among the huge array of coffeebeans and delicious home made cakes. They even come with a sweet little I Love Candy sticker, just for you to stick just about anywhere. We’re all about the guerilla advertising these days.

Please be sure to visit if you are in the Leigh-on-Sea area.

The Coffeebean Company – 39 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 1SW

Rare vintage deer brooch

Rare vintage deer brooch

 

Suave and sophisticated handmade (by Emily Morris) sequin and stud bow tie necklace

Suave and sophisticated handmade (by Emily Morris) sequin and stud bow tie necklace

Suave and sophisticated handmade (by Emily Morris) pearl and vintage bead bow tie necklace

Suave and sophisticated handmade (by Emily Morris) pearl and vintage bead bow tie necklace

 

 

 

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Blog it, cook it, eat it

 

Blogging is great, a brilliant platform to promote your fabulous selves, share amazing ideas and record thoughts and opinions. Anyone can do it, everyone should do it! I’m so pleased to say, my best friend Becky has now joined the blogosphere, with her wonderful and tasty recipes, finally! Much like our Becky, I am a foodie, and when it comes to cooking, I love fresh, home made meals. Please check it out, and have a go at making some of her easy-peasy, no nonscence treats.

Blog: http://mrsbeckyhodge.wordpress.com/

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