Week 6/52…

inspired by this book….but first let me tell you about week 5…..well in two words or one rather…a flop…whatever I was thinking of when I decided that techno free evenings were the way forward for me!!!! I tried…the first evening I went all the way to 9pm, then I looked all around me and realized everyone else was either sleeping or doing their own thing, most probably in front of a screen…who was I kidding? My kids do not need me my attention after dinner has been served and eaten …my dh can live without it too and me giving up the screen does not bring anything to this family…period So, on to week 6….I’m playing it safe but that’s ok…I’m feeling a bit down so I’m going to do what helps me in this situation…I’m going to organize/declutter…tidy those corners that need a bit of T.L.C……so, come back in a week if you want before and afters…. Salaams y hasta la vista, Ines

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Week 5/52…

inspired by this book….but first let me tell you about week 4… using less chemicals in my body and making my own beauty/hygiene products…

As you already know , I don’t use toothpaste anymore. I either pull oil or use my own homemade toothpaste…I’m really pleased with results already…my gums feel better and rarely bleed, my breath is good too which was my main concern when I switched…but it just goes to show that we don’t need chemicals for everything, a few drops of essential oils do the trick…

Also, I gave up conventional shampoo a few weeks ago and have been using a ‘lush’ bar for my hair…I reckon is 80% chemical free after I’ve read up on their products…not perfect but a step on the right direction , don’t you agree? shame about the price though…. I’m yet to try apple cider vinegar on my hair but something about the smell puts me off… Next, I’m going to try Shikakai powder…I spotted it accidentally in my local supermarket when I was looking for coconut oil… looks a bit messy but hopefully it will work and give me rich silky smooth hair..just like the Bollywood stars’ one…lol….

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For showers and baths I’m also using ‘lush’ but not for much longer….I’ve been intending to make my own soaps for a while but my bff has beat me to it!!! and I couldn’t be happier!! I get lovely 100% natural soaps made with love and care and I don’t need to lift a finger ….isn’t that simply great?….I think so….actually, after seeing the whole process and what pleasure it brings to her I’m still wanting to do it myself but right now it is not the right time for me so in the meanwhile I will enjoy the fruits of her hard labour…you sure want a sneak preview…if only you could smell it…this baby will be ready to come home in 3 more weeks…did you know that it has to cure?….can’t wait!!! insh’Allah I will tell you more about it when I get it cut and ready to use….

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I’m now in the look out for the best natural deodorants…I go myself ‘salt of the earth’ stick but not impressed….I don’t know , I guess I’m wanting something with a bit of a nice smell…don’t feel it’s doing the trick…not that anyone has complained or anything but you know, I need something with a bit of a nice aroma…..someone suggested plain coconut oil and that’s not very appealing either….

So , yeah all in all I have achieved at least a good part of week 4’s goal…to use less chemicals on my body…about making my own…well at least I made toothpaste and since I enjoyed it soooo much I’m almost certain I will be making some masks and soaps in the near future insh’Allah….

And now onto week 5…..no tech evenings…the idea is to put the mobile, the tablets and all other gadgets to bed as soon as dinner preparations begin….I reckon is going to be the hardest challenge so far but I have faith in myself…..I’ll keep you posted….

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

Week 2/52

inspired by this book….I’ve added some to the list but first , let me tell you about week last week.

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Week 1 was about drinking water only. The first few days were a killer….the splitting headaches would only subside with the aid of a couple of paracetamols at least a couple of times a day…after the third day I was ok….so yeah the pepsi addiction is over…I even made it through Saturday’s party at home without it, even though there were two bottles there staring at me in the eyes the whole time. So yeah…water only drinking challenge is over and I reckon it’s a keeper…the only thing is that it is not a very social drink, is it? And this mama hates paying for water…no way I’m going to pay for a bottle of water what I would pay for a pepsi or a hot drink…and anyways I hate hot drinks….I’ll figure something out…

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So, one down 51 to go and for this week I have picked walking…a way to ease myself into exercising again insh’Allah…it was meant to be as part of the fb walk a mile a day challenge I was telling you about last week but due to technical problems, a.k.a my pedometer got lost on the way, I did not start until yesterday and that’s ok…I’m doing my own thing anyways….and I’m doing fine ….walked 3 km yesterday and 2 km today…it’s not easy finding the time but I think I have come up with the perfect solution…drop dh to work in the morning and then walk in the park for 15/20 minutes….will keep you posted

Wishing you a happy productive week….

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines