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Vegetables You Can Regrow in Your Backyard

Vegetables can be surprisingly pricey sometimes. We’ve all had that moment of confusion when you buy some junk food really cheaply, but then head over to the fruits and vegetables section and realise that they are double the cost. Fortunately, you don’t have to look much further than your own food scraps for a solution to this. The scraps and leftovers that you would otherwise throw out or use for composting can be used to regrow vegetables! This means you don’t even need to go out and shop for them or even buy the seeds for planting.

Try testing out your green thumb by having a go at regrowing these vegetables:

Potatoes

These are one of the simplest vegetables to regrow and one of the most useful. If you notice some potatoes that you forgot you even had that are now growing ‘eyes’ and what looks like roots (or you can purposefully store some away for this reason), don’t throw them out! Cut the potato into two pieces, making sure there are at least 1-2 eyes on each half. Dry the pieces out by letting them sit overnight or until they are dry to the touch. Then plant away and watch them grow.

Pumpkins

You can plant the seeds by drying them out first. Then spread them out, covering them with a few centimetres of soil and making sure they get enough sunlight. If you don’t want to do this then just put the entire pumpkin in the soil and bury it (tip – they love rich soil and compost). Water a few times a week, but make sure the soil gets damp and stop before the ground is soaking. In addition, make sure the soil can drain well.

Lettuce, cabbage and Bok Choy

Take the base of the lettuce or cabbage and place it in a bowl with a small amount of water at the bottom. The water should cover the roots but the rest of the plant should not be submerged. Then place the bowl somewhere that it can get a decent amount of sunlight. Make sure to change the water and mist the leaves every couple of days. When you notice new leaves and roots beginning to appear, you can transplant it into the soil, buried under a few centimetres of soil.

Celery

Just like lettuce and cabbage, simply place the base of the celery into a bowl filled with some water. Try keep the bowl in as much direct sunlight as possible. After only about one week, you will start seeing the leaves getting thicker and growing along the base. Make sure to mist the plant and change the water every other day. Once small leaves and roots start growing, plant it in the soil, making sure the new stalks and leaves are kept above the soil.

Onions

Cut the root end of the onion off, with about a centimetre and a half of the onion still on the roots. Plant them in the ground where they can get a lot of sunlight and cover lightly with soil. Make sure the soil is kept moist. Once roots appear, remove the part of the onion you left attached to the roots. Now allow the roots to grow and then you can harvest. Plus, if you keep replanting the root end of each onion you harvest, you will never run out!

Tomatoes

You can either keep the seeds of the tomatoes (yes, the messy insides of them) or take the tomato and chop some slices off. For seeds, rinse them and let them dry thoroughly. Using rich plotting soil, plant them in a small or large pot. For slices do the same, spreading them in a circle and flatly around the pot. Lightly cover them with soil and within a week or two you should be able to transplant the sprouts to the ground. They should be planted and kept in an area with plenty of sunlight. And, make sure to water them a few times a week.

Chili Peppers

There are a variety of hot chilis that you can grow from the leftover seeds. Collect the seeds from jalapenos, habaneros, or whatever peppers you have in the house and plant them in potting soil. Keep them in direct sunlight unless you have a lot of sun outside, in which case you can plant them in your garden. Because they grow quickly and don’t need that much care, chilis are easy to grow.

There are so many more vegetables that you can regrow at home, such as lemongrass, ginger, basil and coriander, just to name a few. Don’t be afraid to get your green gloves on and search the web for the best tips and tricks on how to grow all the vegetables you would love to have in your backyard.

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Tommee Tippee

Support For New Mums Beginning Their Breastfeeding Journey

New mums face many kinds of emotional challenges when it comes to feeding a newborn. For many it takes time, patience and practice and with the right tips and tricks, mums can tackle breastfeeding head on.

As with many other stages of pregnancy, birth and motherhood, Dr Nicole Highet from COPE (Centre of Perinatal Excellence), explains why working out the best way to nurse is often such a difficult time for new mums:

“Many people enter parenthood with ideals of what it will be like – often stemming from advertising and social media – and it’s far from their reality. For many, the fact there is limited honest discussion about the challenges of being a new parent, leads to feelings of failure – believing they aren’t a ‘good’ or ‘natural’ mother.”

“…Hope, expectation and pressure from health professionals compound feelings of failure if new mums are unable to breastfeed – whether by choice or circumstance. Every woman is different and we, as a community, need to learn to acknowledge this and respect decisions and circumstances.”

Here are her top five tips for new mums dealing with the challenges of breastfeeding:

  1. You are not alone. Plenty of new mums struggle with breastfeeding, and it absolutely does not make you a failure.
  2. Remember that what you might see in media or advertising is often romanticised and doesn’t always reflect reality.
  3. The most important thing is that your baby is getting nourishment. Whichever route to feeding ends up being best for you is best for your baby too.
  4. Your role as a mother is to look after your baby and looking after yourself is integral to this.
  5. Respect other women’s maternal and feeding decisions, whatever they may be.

Tommee Tippee, a global leader in baby feeding and sleep accessories, also recognizes that no two mums are the same. Vanessa Gonzalez from Tommee Tippee commented, “Becoming a new mum is an amazing time in any woman’s life but it can also be seriously overwhelming. When getting to grips with feeding a newborn it’s so important that mum is able to make her comfort a priority as well as her child’s.”

How the ‘Made for Me’ range can help

‘Made for Me’ has been developed and tested with real women in mind by Tommee Tippee. To provide support when it comes to breastfeeding, there are five different products, including an improved electric pump and a new silicone pump, tailored to support mums in whatever feeding style they choose.

“At a time when all focus is on baby, we wanted to create a range that put mum at the center and encourages a little bit of self-care,” Vanessa says. “Breastfeeding is an extraordinary effort and commitment by mum which should be celebrated. That’s why the ‘Made for Me’ range was developed specifically with mums in mind, because we understand that each one is truly one of a kind.”

Tackling the challenges of being a new mum is hard, so it’s important to get help where you can and from who you trust to make it easier. Remember that everyone is different and thus their breastfeeding journey is going to be different too.

Find out more about The Tommee Tippee ‘Made for Me’ range by visiting www.tommeetippee.com.au

 

CALM, MINIMAL LIVING

CALM, MINIMAL LIVING

Less is more. Minimal living has gained some popularity over the years, and contrary to popular belief, it’s not always about empty counters and minimal possessions. It’s more about clearing and storing the clutter from your life, highlighting what is most important to you and allowing you to live in peace.

Here are some tips for calm, minimal living.

Examine and Declutter

The first step to minimal living is decluttering your living space. Easier said than done, that’s for sure – especially with little humans around the house. Thankfully, getting started is the hardest part. First, get rid of any duplicate items, followed by items you never (or very rarely) use.
That shirt you haven’t worn in over a year? Give it to charity. That birthday card from months ago that’s collecting dust on the shelf? Let it go. Hold onto items that are special to you, but reduce the number of knick-knacks you own.

If you’re struggling to decide on whether to get rid of something, put the item in a box and set it aside. If you don’t feel the overwhelming need to save it after a few weeks, give it away.

This decluttering process includes food and personal hygiene products, too; use it up before buying more. Avoid buying things just because they’re cheap – this will help you save money down the track, too.

Calm and Collected Vibes

Let lots of light into the room, keep clutter at bay and invest in comfortable things. Light curtains or open shutters, tidy surfaces with minimal objects on them and comfy couches with soft cushions are a recipe for relaxation. Ensure you have a lamp with soft lighting for when the sun goes down, bright enough for reading but not so bright that it keeps you from getting sleepy.

Light a delightful candle in your favourite scent, take a deep breath, and chill out. Turning your home into a space where you like to relax will subconsciously help you calm down at the end of a long day.

Tranquil Decorations

While keeping your spaces tidy, fill your home with items that make you feel calm or are meaningful to you. Think framed photographs or paintings of nature scenes, animals or portraits, plants to add a touch of green and a few elegant decorative objects. Sculptures of animals or geometric shapes work perfectly in the modern minimalistic style, but it can be whatever you want. Another way to keep your space calm is by sticking to neutral colour schemes such as whites, greys and blacks, with touches of colour in the corners of the room.

NURSERY NESTING

HOW YOUR HOME CAN INSPIRE A HEALTHY LIFE

We all wish to inspire a healthy life, not only for ourselves, but also for the environment. But with the pace of life, it can be difficult to find the time and motivation to transform this wish into a reality. However, it can be easier than you might think.


There are some simple things that you can do and implement in your home and life, and these small changes that you make can have large positive effects on not just your health but also the worlds.

Reusable over single use.

Reduce your carbon footprint by reducing the plastic waste in your home. Store your ingredients in glass jars and containers, take fabric reusable shopping bags with you when shopping and for school lunches try sectioned lunchboxes (or bento boxes). Plus, on a home décor front, ingredients stored in jars can make for a wonderfully rustic feel!

Natural snacks

Packaged snacks are often highly processed and create single-use plastic waste. Invest in a beautiful fruit bowl or basket so you can incorporate natural snacks such as bananas, oranges, and apples into your life. Not only are fruits very good for you (obviously!), they can brighten up your kitchen and the waste they leave behind is easy to turn into compost to help your garden thrive.

Plants, plants, plants

Big and small, plants work wonders. Some are known to be particularly effective at filtering the air in your home, thus creating a healthier living space. Recommended plants for this include ferns, lilies, palms,
and ivy. These will have your home looking good and smelling great too.

Chlorine-free play

Have you considered a chlorine-free swimming pool? A pool that is fully enriched with oxygen, has no odours, no taste, that is soft and gentle to your skin and reduces water waste with no shower needed after swimming! If you are interested, contact Swimart Cairns today.

Watch your life transform with these little changes to your home and lifestyle that will have you feeling not only healthier but also happier because you are helping to make a difference.


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