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March 16, 2018

Vegan hot cross buns

Making homemade hot cross buns is one of my favourite Easter traditions. Lately I have been trying a vegan version of this old classic.

Hot cross buns take a while to make but there are lots of rewards. The process helps you to slow down and enjoy the holiday moment and later on you get to enjoy the delicious aroma of baking buns. And then there’s the eating!

Makes about 24 buns

For t...

March 8, 2018

There's a lot to lose as a poor listener. Tuning out when others are talking is ultimately unsatisfying and can seriously undermine important relationships.

I am the fourth child in a family of six. As a typical middle child of a big family I grew up mostly wanting to be listened to – not so much to listen.

In the past few years I have been consciously trying to cultivate the art of being a better...

March 1, 2018

Being creative isn’t easy, even for artists, musicians or others who do something creative as their full time job.

At times, the ideas come easily, and other times the task of summoning creativity can feel daunting.

There’s lots of research on what prompts creativity, and it is also well documented how being engaged in something creative can be good for your health and wellness.

If you’re looking to live...

February 11, 2018

After a holiday or at the start each new year we can feel inspired to make some changes to the way we live.

The changes might be to:

  • Get fitter

  • Quit smoking, drink less

  • Eat healthier food

  • Waste less time on Facebook

  • Become a better listener

  • Stop having negative thoughts

  • Be less stressed

  • Shop less, declutter the house … whatever it is

But how do we make real chang...

February 1, 2018

This is the time of year when we typically think about making new starts, taking on new challenges and tackling new projects.  

Over the summer holidays we can get inspired to make changes or we might have even made some new year’s resolutions. 

We might have decided we need to:

  • Get fitter

  • Quit smoking or drink less

  • Eat healthier food

  • Waste less time on Facebook

  • Become a...

December 14, 2017

We may not consider ourselves to be particularly artistic, but we’re all born with an innate desire to express ourselves and craft provides us with ways to do that.  

It can feel like the pressure is always on us to get things done quickly – but craft gives us permission to take time out and do something slowly and carefully.

Craft lets you focus your mind as you concentrate on nothing but the stitches...

November 27, 2017

Many of us enjoy gardening - or at least enjoy sitting in the garden. But as I have discovered, you have to bring an attitude of slow to gardening or it can just add to your stress! 

The first step is to relax and learn to enjoy the process - including things like weeding. It's about being in the moment and savouring the sensations rather than seeing gardening as another chore or simply as 'outdoor ho...

November 23, 2017

Upcycing is about rediscovering, repurposing and reusing previously unwanted objects.

Another name for this activity is reclaimism

Upcycling is the art of giving old products new value. It is also known as 'creative reuse'. 

The basic idea is to take something old, worn and broken, and rebuild it into something new that maintains the charm of the original physical object.

It offers shopping lovers t...