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Food: Paleo Recipes and Gut Health

How to Make Deodorant and Other Zero Waste Eco Friendly Toiletries

I’d been playing around with eco deodorant for years, and in 2016 stopped using it altogether. Which was fine. Until a combination of a heat wave and stressful time led to sweating much more than usual and needing a little help. (Who knew the scent of sweat changes when we’re stressed?) Or as my dear friend Nic put it: “Ren, I love you, but you stink.” Good job I love her just as much. So began playing around with various recipes and learning how to make deodorant. Since then I’ve perfected my winning deo formula, which genuinely works, which I’ll …

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Autism Parenting

Autism Help: What Has Truly Worked For My 10yo Daughter Since Her Diagnosis in 2015 and What “Advice” I’ve Ignored

If you type “autism help” into Google, the first things that come up are adverts. Essentially trying to sell you solutions to your child’s autism. Then come the guides and articles that certainly look helpful. In a very generic, written-by-experts type of way. I’m not claiming to be an expert, by any stretch of the imagination. I’m just a mum of three, whose eldest daughter happens to be autistic. A mum who spent three solid years teetering on the edge of a mental breakdown. Forced into home education by an under funded and uncaring school system. One who has been …

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UK Children’s Writing Competitions (from July 2019)

I’ve really been enjoying entering writing comps this year, they’ve given my words a new lease of life. Whilst researching the best comps to enter for this article, I’ve happened upon a fair few children’s writing competitions. Seemed only fair to put this guide together, just in case you have some creative kids on your hands who would like to enter. Children’s Writing Competitions ending July 2019 The Betjeman Poetry Prize | closing date: 31st July | age range: 10-13 | word count: none | theme: place | prizes: The winner receives £500. The English department of his or her …

Food: Paleo Recipes and Gut Health

The UK Has a Health Postcode Lottery, So How Can We Take Back Control?

As regular readers may have already noticed, I’m a tad obsessed with the health of my family. I just wish that living well always equated to being well and there were no other variables to consider. Welcome to the UK health postcode lottery, folks. Apparently where we live plays a big part in how healthy we are likely to be. Who knew? According to this government report, people living in the least deprived areas of the country live around twenty years longer in good health than people in the most deprived areas. (Greater London is quite high on this list …

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Unsugar Coated Motherhood

Paleo Vegan BBQ Sauce (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free)

My paleo vegan BBQ sauce has just five ingredients, and as with all my recipes, is ridiculously easy to make. Most bbq sauces have ketchup as the first ingredient, which instantly means lots of sugar. You should know by now how much I dislike the s word. I’m using blackstrap molasses as the (natural) sweetener here, which gives the sauce a lovely liquorice taste. Molasses is loaded with iron, B vitamins and a whole host of other vitamins and minerals. It is said to help with the symptoms of PMS, stabilise blood sugars, improve bone health and give the skin …