A Home Sanctuary in 3 Easy (Budget Friendly) Ways

It’s easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of life. You may be constantly pulled in different directions whether as a super mum, corporate/business high-flyer. After a long day, our home is a place where we want to feel supported, at peace, inspired and free to be ourselves. In a nutshell, our homes should be sanctuaries for our bodies, minds, and spirits. It should be restorative and far from the stress-filled world of work, deadlines, and traffic jams.

But if your house isn’t the sanctuary you need it to be, here are 3 tips to help you create that calming atmosphere, without breaking your bank:

  1. Create a special “me” corner

Corner290290The need for privacy is universal, and an effective sanctuary is a retreat from outside intrusions. So corners, nooks, alcoves and even a whole room (if space permits) are among the most welcoming, natural sanctuary spaces.

Once you’ve picked your “Me” spot, there should be an element of familiarity to your sanctuary, so decorate yours with the things you really love. Keep it simple though as clutter will only distract you from getting into the “calm” zone. I’m personally loving the idea in the above photo. I can imagine myself reading, napping and sipping tea in that corner all day.

If you’re thinking, “I’m a mum, I don’t have me time, much less a me spot”. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier (instead of watching TV) and spend some time in your me spot and do whatever relaxes you.

2. Go with the flow

MJ-99-56-water-4Nothing brings calm to your home instantly than the gentle sound of flowing water. Place this near your me-spot and let the flowing water bring stress relief and relaxation.

You can also make a fountain yourself with a small water pump (often found in aquarium stores and pond suppliers, for less than $10), rocks from your garden, and a bowl. Some of the best fountains are the ones that are homemade. Learn how to make your own water feature in our last post.

 

3. Scent is key

Scent is Key! Studies show that 75% of emotions are triggered by smell which is linked to pleasure, well-being, emotion and memory. I find this fascinating and quite true. Here’s my go to “happy calm” essential oil blend which I use in our aroma-diffuser: 4 drops Lavender + 2 drops Cedarwood + 2 drops Orange. For more essential oil blend recipes, Easy Aromatherapy is a great resource.

On this note, make sure the indoor air in your home is free from toxic pollutants released from chemical cleaners. The simple solution to this is to switch to 100% natural cleaners such as Resparkle.

There’s no better time than to take the opportunity of this brand new year to re-establish your home as a wellness sanctuary. We’d love to see photos of your home sanctuary! Share it on Facebook or Instagram and hashtag #livehealthychoosebetter

 

 

Homemade Tabletop Water Feature

Creating your own table top fountains is a wonderful way to bring out your creativity and self-expression while simultaneously relieving stress and enhancing your interior décor and fengshui.

There are many unique benefits to having a fountain at home or work:

  • The gentle soothing sound of flowing water can help you relax and meditate in your bedroom after a hard day’s work;
  • Fountains humidify the indoor air, especially if your home or workplace is dry due to continual air-conditioning. This is extremely helpful in preventing your skin from drying out.
  • Fountains release negative ions, said to promote better moods and concentration. This is especially important in today’s electronic world as gadgets emit negative ions in our homes.

 

waterfeature290Building a water fountain can be as simple as putting some stones and a small pump into a container with water. It does not have to be expensive or fancy. And personal is what having a fountain of your own is all about.  You might include special coins from a treasured trip abroad, shells from a beach-combing bonanza, a charm from your grandmother’s bracelet, a memento from your first love.

Whatever treasures you choose to stamp your tabletop fountain as your own, know that you can change it as easily as you change your mind or your mood. Yet it will remain immutably, unmistakably yours—and always just right.

 

 

To make your own tabletop fountain, you’ll need:

1 A waterproof container or bowl of proper depth.

Choose a container between 8-16 inches across in diameter and depth of at least 4-6 inches. The water has to cover the pump; otherwise, the pump will burn out. You can use ceramic bowls, glass, or wood boxes. The easiest and least expensive containers are plastic pots or ceramic bowls.

Look in your cupboard for a rarely used casserole, serving dish, punch bowl, or fruit bowl or even head to your nearest op-shop. A great way to up-cycle!

Sea-Shells Water Fountain
Or get creative such as using sea shells!

 

2. A small water pump and clear plastic tubing (1/2″ inner dimension or 5/8″ outer dimension).

Fish tank pumps are fine. The smallest ones work well for the typical size containers. Some shops supply suction cups with water pumps. Both the pump and tubing can be found at an aquarium, hardware, or garden supply store. To straighten the hose, boil it in water for a while.

3. Rocks; pebbles; slate; crystals; semi-precious stones; sea shells, anything that goes in water can be used.

Each item can have a special meaning, thus adding to the individuality of your fountain

If you select rocks from your garden make sure you clean them well. We suggest soaking them in Resparkle’s Dishwashing Liquid and give it a good scrub.

4. Plants add greenery to your fountain. A small clipping will do nicely. You could also use a small pot or glass bottle [baby food jar], fill it with water, put the plant inside and place it inside the fountain bowl.

Steps:

  1. Place the decorative slate or tile on the table. Place the bowl on the slate or tile.
  2. Place the pump at the bottom of the bowl, taking care to see the cord is draped to the back of the container. Use suction cups to make the pump stick to the bottom of the container.
  3. Add tap water to more than cover the intake value [2″ minimum]. Plug the pump into the electric outlet. (It is advisable to test out the pump in a bucket or sink before placing it in the container.) Unplug the pump to adjust the water flow, if needed.
  4. Cut the tubing length to fit your container and design. Fit one end of the tubing to the pump spout. Place larger rocks to cover the pump and fill the bottom of the container.
  5. Arrange the smaller rocks and tiles /slate by stacking them so as to create a diverse and irregular path for the water flow. You can reduce the water flow from a geyser to a gurgle by covering the open end of the tube with tumbled glass.
  6. Plug in the pump, adjust the water volume and stones as needed to produce the sound that appeals most to your ears.
  7. Place figurines, plant cuttings, ivy, moss, shells or tiles to hide the tubing and electric cord.

TIP: Place a candle in a candleholder beside the fountain, the light from the candle will glisten on the water and reflect its light onto the fountain arrangement.

Let’s get Ready for Christmas | Week #4 | Decorate

WEEK #4 – DECORATE 

Holy Dooley! We’re one day early, but You might as well say that December is here and it’s time to turn our attention to decorating.  With a little organisation and planning, this can truly be a magical moment for you and the family.

 

 

To Do This Week

  • * Remind yourself of your theme
  • * Take a quick stocktake of decorations from last year
  • * Purchase decorations missing from your list and
  • * Have FUN decorating
  • * Don’t forget to buy the third group of pressies this week

 

Set aside a Sunday afternoon (or a time that suits your family), prepare some snacks and maybe a few cheeky drinks.  Decorating is a fun time for the family, so enjoy the time together.

See you next week – we’re going to get our Cooking on!

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WANT SOME GIFT INSPIRATION?  

Check out these wonderful businesses, doing wonderful things for You, Your Family and the Planet.

SKIN-CARE/Cosmetics

  1. DNA Elements
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  5. Luk Beautifood Lipstick
  6. Nourished Life: One-stop for non-toxic skincare, cosmetics & home-care products.

TOOTHPASTE

  1. Grants of Australia 

SHAMPOO

  1. Weleda Hair-care 

GO PLASTIC FREE

  1. 4 My Earth: Lunch boxes, Food Wraps & all things non-plastic
  2. Biome Eco Store

Organic Cotton

  1. Bhumi Organic Cotton : Bedsheets, Quilts, Towels, Throws.
  2. Pure Baby: Organic baby clothes

Food for Every Day Health

  1. Matcha Maiden : 100% pure organic green tea leaves ground into powder. Up to 137 times the antioxidants of regular green tea!
  2. Remedy Kombucha: A super healthy alternative to frizzy drinks!
  3. Whole Kids: Healthy snacks for kids and adults too!

Household Cleaners

Resparkle of course! We’re the only home-care brand in Australia that is truly 100% natural and hold a organic certification by NASAA.

There you have it. All you need to KEEP CALM & QUIT CHEMICALS.

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Go Plastic Free: Tips on how to save the earth & money!

It aint no secret that plastic has stamped it’s mark in today’s world – but as we know it, that stamp is not good. Plastic is everywhere, usage continues to rise and our environment continues to suffer.

Thankfully, a group of Earth Carers (www.earthcarers.org.au) have made it their job to raise awareness on the amount of plastic in our lives and they challenge us to reduce the amount of single-use disposable plastic. This initiative happens July every year and we encourage you to hop on board www.plasticfreejuly.org

So why is plastic such a problem?  

  • Plastic is here forever! Every plastic item that is developed, still exists today. In fact, in the last 50 years of the 20th century, over 1 billion tonnes of plastic was produced. This figure has already doubled in the first ten years of this century (Scientific American).
  • Recycling! Recycling is not a long term solution, that’s why we need to focus more on REfusing, REducing and REusing
  • Health – some plastics contain BPA (bisphenol A) and phthalates. Both these chemicals can have harmful effects on human development
  • Litter & Marine Life – its not a surprise that 80% of the Ocean’s marine debris comes from the land, which is destroying marinelife through entanglement and ingestion. 

What can we do?

Because our plastic usage continues to skyrocket and every piece of plastic will continue to exist for many years to come, we need to REDUCE, REUSE, REFUSE, RETHINK and REPAIR!

Don’t worry, reducing plastic is not going to happen over night and you certainly aren’t alone.

At Resparkle, we have concentrated our efforts on smart packaging so that collectively we can help to REduce landfill and carbon footprint by REusing our BPA free bottes.

Green Packaging 

A Tip from the Resparkle Girls

Did you know that the plastic bags used to pack your fruit and veggies traps moisture and may speed up the decomposing process? Instead line your Crisper box with Paper or Tea towels (so that it absorbs moisture), then place your fruit and veggies in the box (without plastic bags)

+ Using Tea Towels

Using Tea Towels
Using Tea Towels. credit: image from participant of Alexx Stuart’s 30 Day Low Tox e-course. www.alexxstuart.com

+ Use Produce Bags

These eco-chic produce bags can be purchased from Aussie company 4MyEarth.

Using 4 My Earth Produce Bags
Using 4 My Earth Produce Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENJOY! longer lasting Fruit & Veges SAVE! Money BE PROUD! that you have done your bit to support Plastic Free July

Last but definitely not the least, in support for Plastic Free July, we will be giving away a free reusable bag with the next 50 Resparkle purchase via our website www.resparkle.com.au.

FREE Keep Calm & Quit Chemicals Eco-Bag with every Resparkle Purchase online.
FREE Keep Calm & Quit Chemicals Eco-Bag with every Resparkle Purchase online.

 

 

Unique & Chic Table Decor Ideas – Using Fruits

The next time you have a party and if you’re tired of the usual flowers-as-decor routine, why not get creative using fruits instead?

Nothing breathes in life and freshness to a dinner table than hits of color from fruits like Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Apples/Pears, Peaches. You can even use the fruits for your after party smoothie to detox from any over-indulgences! Next up on our blog, is top 5 quick smoothie/juicing recipes for beginners!

Here are some ideas to get you inspired.

(1) Green Apples – Vases and Garlands

I especially love this idea of using the apples as a vase for flowers.

apple-decor

 

(2) Lemons/Limes – Centerpieces

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(3) Fall Colors – Candle Holders 

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