It’s the end of August and we say goodbye to chilly nights and look forward to some more warmth of Spring! How has this month been for you?
Here are some things I have been loving in August.
♥ Mandala Stencils
Inspired by their trips to India where each morning they would watch the women decorate their homes, floors and surroundings with beautiful hand painted chalk designs. They learned these designs signify a welcome to guests, the divine spirits and good fortune. Back home in Australia, they have created a new collection of Yogini Mandalas stencils for us.
You can use them for a permanent artwork on your walls, floor, furniture, windows and fabrics using paint (or use spray chalk for a temporary mandala). How amazing would they be for weddings or celebrations? They come in all different sizes to suit your space.
The stencils are totally reusable – just give them a wash and store them in the tube they come with. So fun and easy. I am in love! They would make a gorgeous, unique gift for a special friend.
I am loving the idea of painting them onto a pot planter. You could make loads of these for Christmas gifts or the local school fete.
Until the 20th of October, you can get an exclusive 20% off everything in the store. Just use the code: NAM20 here.
♥ Crafty Course
My amazingly talented friend and natural new age mum, Jasmine is running a crafty e-course! Starting on the 5th of September and running for five weeks, you will learn how to make vintage style home-made gifts perfect for Christmas. You will get access till the end of the year and an e-book, so you can go at your own pace.
The giveaway has now closed. The lucky winners are Susan, Jaimee and Natalie!
Jasmine is kindly giving away three spots in her course to three of you. All you have to do is leave a comment on this article letting us know which gift you are most looking forward to learning how to make. Head here to see the list! Read the terms and conditions at the bottom of this post to please.
♥ Screw Infertility
Another beautiful natural new age mum is Robyn Birkin from Modern Day Missus. She has written a book called Screw Infertility! Lessons from a Fertility Warrior. Surviving infertility, IVF and miscarriage. It’s all about her heartfelt journey through infertility and out the other side. Beautifully raw and real, Robyn shares her story and tips to help navigate infertility.
Get it here.
♥ Wholefood for the homeless
This is one of my favourite charity projects. Amber Magna is a girl with a big heart who has created Feel Good Food Packs. She believes everyone deserves the opportunity to eat food that helps them to thrive.
A typical pack contains items such as a trail mix, fruit and nut bar, jerky, healthy chocolate bar and energy ball and is given to a person experiencing homelessness or disadvantage in Melbourne and surrounds. You can help by donating, volunteering or spreading the word!
Check out the website here.
♥ Lily Lolo
I have a 15 year old daughter and she loves makeup! Being a student with a casual job, the amount she can spend on makeup is limited (she needs fashion too!) It’s so tempting for her to buy the cheap toxic stuff but we try to compromise a little with her borrowing some of mine and me funding some as well.
Then along comes the natural range Lily Lolo for us to try out (with thanks to the gorgeous Kitsa at Emporio Organico) and we are in love. Fabulous quality products, all natural and affordable. There are some little gift packs as well so I know what my go-to for gifts is. The packaging is so trendy too. I think we are onto a winner here!
Check out Lily Lolo here.
♥ The Best Coconut Cream
I often get asked what is the best coconut cream or milk to buy. This is my hot tip – Honest to Goodness. It’s certified organic, has no weird stuff like thickeners added, has only one ingredient – coconut and the can comes with a BPA free lining.
It’s the cream of the coconut creams!
I only ever buy coconut cream by the way, not coconut milk. Coconut milk is simply coconut cream with added water, so save yourself some bucks and get the cream and add your own water. We use it a lot in cooking – it gives a lush flavour to curry, biriyani and laksa while adding in lots of good fats.
If you can’t find it at your health food store, get it online here.
That’s it from me this month. What have you discovered? What are you loving?
Terms and Conditions: This giveaway finishes on Friday the 2nd of September at midnight. Available worldwide. Winner will be chosen randomly from those meeting the entry criteria. Course starts Monday 5th September so please check your emails to see if you have won! Good luck.