How I fell in love with my Merkur safety razor

I’m sure I’m not alone when I confess that I bought my first double-edge safety razor (after extensive online research on the best safety razor for ladies, of course!), ooh-ed and aah-ed at its beauty and then posted a photo on Instagram, received lots of comments and admiration about how eco-friendly I am, and then proceeded to leave it on the shelf for a few months while I eeked out as many last-shaves with my disposable plastic Bic razor… Why? Well, in spite of its undeniably attractive design and understated elegance in my mostly unplastic bathroom, it was a very intimidating little object. The blades are so blooming sharp and they just glisten in the light to accentuate the fact

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On Christmas and presents

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting a genuinely lovely journalist from the NZ Herald to talk about how we do Christmas here in the Vreede family. He himself is beginning his own journey of low-waste living and asked me some very pertinent questions such as, “How do you reconcile your

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Life after Plastic-free July

So, Plastic-free July is over for another year.  I got the distinct impression over on social media that interest in the Plastic-free July movement is growing, yay! 😄  And no wonder, with more and more horrifying impressions of plastic pollution around the world being shared in the media.  I stumbled upon this mini-video on Instagram the

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Fermented buckwheat pancakes

Since sharing my recipe for fermented buckwheat bread (my last blog post), I’ve had really positive feedback from people who have tried it and love it – for all the same reasons that I do: it’s super easy, it’s affordable, it’s sensitive-gut-friendly, and most importantly, it’s yummy! So now I’m hoping that I’ll get a

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Fermented buckwheat bread

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might be surprised to learn that my gluten-free sourdough starter is now languishing in neglect at the back of my fridge since I discovered fermented buckwheat bread (poor thing!).  Since making my first experimental loaf, I have baked only buckwheat bread, because not only is

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Why I use salt on my skin

Much as I don’t like taking selfies or looking at close-ups of myself, I’ve decided that if I’m going to write a blog post about how amazing salt is for my skin, I need to accompany it with a good clear photo of my face as evidence! So here it is, a big portrait of

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Signs I’m on the right track to good health

Surely one of the most appealing qualities of pharmaceutical medicines is the speed with which they manage and/or suppress symptoms of discomfort.  If I have a headache and I take a couple of ibuprofen I feel some sort of measurable relief (usually pretty complete) within 15 to 20 minutes, and it’s pretty much guaranteed before

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Dairy-free lacto-fermented porridge

Now that daylight savings has ended and the mornings are getting cooler I think it’s a good time to write a post about porridge. We eat porridge most mornings for breakfast here regardless of the season, and that includes summer!  But I expect that’s not very normal and the rest of you sane people probably

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My homemade Easter egg experiment

I’m not one for baking sweets and treats and I never have been; maybe because I don’t have much of a sweet tooth (a fortunate thing I guess, now I am so sensitive to fructose). Anyway, I much prefer to make pesto or a roast chicken, or hummus made from scratch. But my duty as

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How improving my sleep has improved my life

When you’re a new parent, you kind of accept that your chronically sleep deprived state is an unavoidable consequence of having a baby. Even if your baby is a healthy one who sleeps well, it’s pretty realistic to expect you will be roused from sleep during the night by your little beloved. Well, my kids

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