Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Puressentiel anti-lice lotion

I have school age children and head lice seem to be an unavoidable part of school life! When my boys first came home with nits I tried some home remedies and they just didn't work. I can't remember what I tried, but it was so ineffective that I was combing for days and they went round all the members of the family. After all that I resorted to the hard stuff a.k.a a bottle of synthetic chemicals and they did the job. 

I wasn't very happy about it, but for some reason didn't think to look for a shop bought natural alternative. So when I heard about Puressentiel Anti-Lice Treatment Lotion I was excited!

The product ingredients are 100% natural, don't contain any neurotoxins  or synthetic substances and they don't poison the lice, they suffocate them, which means they can't develop resistance to it.  Also Puressentiel say that they are 'committed to respecting nature by adopting an eco-responsible attitude from the harvesting of the raw materials to the manufacturing of each of it's products.'

The anti-lice lotion is packaged in a plastic bottle and a cardboard box and comes with a stainless steel comb.  They only use paper and cardboard from sustainably managed forests printed with plant-based inks which is good. Obviously I would prefer it not to be in a plastic bottle (although it is recyclable), but I much prefer the ingredients in this product and the ethos of the company behind it to the synthetic versions I have been buying.

Puressentiel also have a preventative spray which can be used in the event of an outbreak to deter lice.

So next time I have a need for a lice removal / deterrent product I will be trying these products out! How about you - do you have any experience with them? Would you try it?

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links but the opinions are all my own.

Monday, 16 January 2017

10 ways to say goodbye to the January blues!

Are you feeling a bit blue? Well if you are, you are not alone - it's that time of year. Today is Blue Monday - a day randomly labelled the most depressing in January. It might be made up, but lots of people do suffer from the January blues. So before you decide to h*ll with dry January and drunkenly book a holiday to somewhere hot that you really can't afford, take a look at this list which might help:

  1. Don't fight it. There is no law saying you have to feel great all the time and if you didn't have the lows you wouldn't appreciate the highs! Admitting to yourself that you feel a bit blurgghh is better than pretending everything is ok when it isn't.
  2. Get some sleep! Everything seems worse when you are tired. Make sure you are getting a good nights sleep by turning off electronics an hour before bedtime, going to bed at the same time each night and not staying up too late!
  3. Are you eating enough and at the right times? Like lack of sleep being hungry can also make everything seem worse.
  4. Try a type of acknowledging meditation - every time a negative or worried thought comes up just acknowledge it as a negative or worried thought. You don't even need to sit down and concentrate if you don't want to. Just try notice your thoughts (perhaps for a short period of time to start with) and when something not so nice comes into your head e.g. I have no money - just say to yourself - that was a negative thought. Don't give it any more head space. If it comes back again, just repeat the process until it goes away.
  5. Doing the above doesn't mean you can't do anything about your problems. Come back to them when you are in a happier, more positive mood and more able to think of constructive things to do about them. 
  6. Think about everything you achieved in 2016. It doesn't matter what bad sh*t went down - something good, in fact multiple good things will have happened. Make a list of them and give yourself a bit of time to dwell on how great you were!
  7. Who helped you, looked out for you, did kind things for you, made a difference to your life last year, or even last week or this morning? Write a list of every kindness you can remember and say thanks to those kind people. There are a million ways to communicate these days, so there are really no excuses not to get in touch!
  8. Who could do with your help? Helping feels great and there is always someone who needs help. There are such a range of things you could do, from helping your friend out by spreading the word about their great product or service or babysitting for them, to giving food and warm clothes or other practical items to homeless people you pass by on the street, to volunteering to take dogs for a walk at your local rescue centre to name but a few! You don't have to sign up for a regular thing if that is too much of a commitment - you could just do little things to help the people around you.
  9. Give yourself some things to look forward to that are within your budget e.g. if you are really yearning after that holiday in a warm place and you own your own home, house swapping can be a really good way to save money on holiday costs. The sooner you start looking for a swap for the summer the more likely you will be to find one.  You could also put some dates in the diary to see friends, or for other activities that you would enjoy that are in your budget.
  10. Try listening to hypnotherapy CD's/ downloads - there is one for every problem and you can listen to them whenever you feel rubbish (as long as you aren't operating heavy machinery). You could start with my favourite one  - Learn How to Think Positively by Glenn Harrold.
I hope this list was helpful and that if you have been suffering from the January blues you are feeling a bit cheerier. I am not a doctor though and this advice is provided purely for entertainment purposes only. If you are worried about a health issue make sure you seek the advice of a register and qualified doctor.

What are your tips for overcoming the January blues?

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Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy 2017!

Happy belated new year to you all! How are you all, and how was the festive season for you? We went to the same place we went last year in Lanzarote (for the same reasons) and enjoyed some sunshine and a break from it all! This time I was excited to find a local artist collecting plastic from the sea, turning it into art to raise awareness of the problems of plastic and exhibiting it at the airport. It was the first thing we saw when we landed. I tried to meet up with the artist to find out more, but we didn't manage it. He is on Instagram though, so you can check him out here on: @alvardelmar and take a look at the slightly blurry picture above (must get better with my camera skills :))

I also took a trip that I didn't go on last time and learned all about Cesar Manrique, who was a famous Lanzarote based artist and architect. He had a major influence on and vision for Lanzarote. He felt that the environment, architecture and art could work together and we visited 4 sites which he had designed. The first was his home which was built over and within a series of volcanic bubbles, which were basically underground caves formed by lava bubbles. It was all very stylish, modern and minimalistic looking and fascinating to explore. We visited a cactus garden, which was previously an old abandoned quarry.  Our tour guide told us that Manrique used the equipment and materials he found there to transform it into the beautiful site it is today and I just loved the upcycling element! There is something magical about caves and Jameos del Agua, another site designed in conjunction with nature by Manrique is a really incredible venue for an underground concert hall! There is also a swimming pool and a lake there filled with albino crabs. The final place we visited was an eye wateringly high up view point. Manrique kept it very simply and stylishly designed like his other venues, turning an old military look out point into a tourist attraction. The views were amazing, but by that point I had run out of steam and was happy to get on the bus back to where we were staying!

Cesar Manrique established a foundation to focus on the environment and the arts in Lanzarote and the surrounding areas. He was especially influential over planning in Lanzarote  - ensuring that it became the picturesque place it is today - you can find out more about him, his work and his foundation on the foundation website here: www.fcmanrique.org

Usually at this point in the year I like to reflect on everything I have to be thankful for and all the good stuff that happened over the previous year. I'm not going to go into major details as one of my main highlights from last year is that Eco Thrifty Living turned 5 in July and I wrote a lot about what I've been up to then. I still can't believe I have been blogging for that long and I have had so much fun with it over the years! Another highlight is that I am really grateful for my loving and supportive family (especially my husband), great friends, a roof over my head, good food to eat and you guys for visiting my blog and taking time out of your busy lives to read what I have to say. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me throughout 2016!

Looking forward to the year ahead, I want to know what this blog can do for you in 2017? If you would like to see blog posts on particular topics, have any questions about being eco-friendly and thrifty or general suggestions for things that would be helpful to you on the blog, please comment below or email me on ecothriftyliving@gmail.com.  I will take these suggestions into account when I am planning my content this year. Thank you!

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Happy Christmas!