One more day

I am not ready for this adventure to end, but my job is expecting me back on Monday. In the beginning, I was wondering if seven weeks on the road would be too long and too exhausting, but seven weeks isn't enough time to see and do everything. I have felt rushed in ...

The no-bake Christmas gift

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I have never had much interest in making marshmallows, but these Blueberry & Jasmine Tea marshmallows looked so delightful that I had to whip up a batch. The trickiest part was finding the blueberry powder. I contacted several organic shops in the city, but nobody carried the product, so I ended up purchasing the Giddy ...

2015 Christmas bake

Another Christmas is behind us. To be honest, Christmas sneaked up on me quickly and quietly. The weather has been unseasonably warm this December, and it is our off year (we only put up a tree every second year), so the holiday wasn't at front-of-mind. I'm surprised I even managed to pull off the baking this ...

Are your gut bugs making you fat?

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CBC's Nature of Things provides a fascinating look at how the microbes in your gut may dictate your predisposition to obesity. Scientists have struggled to explain why one person can eat cake and stay skinny, while another munches on carrots and can’t shed a pound. Now, exciting new research reveals there is a missing piece to the ...

Phalaenopsis (orchid) re-pot

I soaked my orchid potting mix for about a day and half and was ready to re-pot. The bag says that it contains select western fir bark, horticultural charcoal and porous volcanic rocks. I can also see perlite in the mix. So the reason the issue of re-potting came up in the first place was because I noticed ...

Your body, the facts

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Tim Noakes, co-founder and executive director of the Sports Science Institute of SA, speaks at TEDx Cape Town. His idea worth spreading is to cut through mainstream myths, control your discomfort, get into the pain to find the real issues, in order to pursue perfection. Don't accept anything. Can you hydrate too much during exercise? Do your ...