Welcome to my virtual everyday toolkit. Want to take a look inside?
Below is a curated list of my favourite and most recommended tools, products and everyday essentials that I use on a regular basis or wholeheartedly recommend. The list includes everything from my everyday blogging tools to natural personal care products and must have parenting books.
My Blogging Toolkit
Want to start your own blog? It’s really easy (seriously) and I show you how here.
Plus, here are my recommended must have blogging tools and plug ins.
I really wish I’d known about all of these when I started out!
WordPress.org – If you want to start your own blog you need WordPress.org, not WordPress.com or you’ll find yourself severely limited about how you can grow and develop your blog.
Genesis Framework From StudioPress – Practically every blogger recommends the Genesis Framework to help make your blog the nest it can be. I didn’t when I started out and I wish I had! I use the Genesis Framework combined with the Wellness Pro Theme.
Bluehost – I use and swear by Bluehost for my website hosting. Why? Because they make it so easy to get a new site up and running with their super quick WordPress blog installation. Plus you can always get hosting at superb value (sometimes as low as $2.95 a month). I’ve always found the support great too.
EasyAzon – if you use Amazon affiliate links on your website you need EazyAzon. I spent ‘forever’ trying to get my Amazon affiliate links to automatically redirect to country specific Amazon sites. Then I discovered EasyAzon. Eureka!
Social Warfare – want the best social media plugin ever? I think it’s this one.
My Personal Care Toolkit
Homemade Deodorant With Coconut Oil – I spent years searching high and low for a non toxic, natural deodorant that actually worked (and ‘ahem’ left me ‘pong-less’!). A LOT of English pounds later, I threw my hands in the air and simply decided to make my own. My pits have never looked back.
Turmeric & Coconut Oil Toothpaste – like most personal care products, a lot of big brand toothpastes contain ingredients I don’t simply don’t want in my mouth. Here’s my homemade alternative.Kid’s Natural Toothpaste – my Little Lady refuses to use Mummy’s homemade ‘yellow toothpaste’ so we use the Kingfisher strawberry natural alternative for children.
Body Brushing – my circulation can sometimes be a big sluggish, especially in winter and I find body brushing really helps, kick starting my lymphatic system and detoxing the skin.Organic Sesame Oil – I got really fed up with all the chemicals in most body lotions and moisturisers, then one day an Ayurvedic practitioner recommended using sesame oil. It is a bit greasy but I love the benefits, as sesame oil is rich in antioxidants and easily absorbed into the skin, nourishing it from inside and promoting skin softness. Vitamin C Crystals – I use these in the bath (I’m serious!) Vitamin C is scientifically proven to neutralise 99% of chlorine and chloramine in bath water, so a spoonful of crystals is a great way to reduce your skin’s exposure to chlorine if you have a daily dip. I use the Source Natural Vitamin C Crystals.
My Kitchen Cupboard Staples ToolkitOrganic Coconut Oil – there are loads of great benefits to coconut oil but a key one is its ability to withstand higher temperatures than other oils (which can release toxins at high heat). This makes it one of the best oils for cooking with. Ghee – ghee is basically clarified butter. It’s a staple of Indian cooking and it’s really good for you! Always use organic where budget allows. I show you how to make your ghee own here.
My Babies and Birth Toolkit
Baby Carriers – I used a baby carrier until my Lady Lady was 2 and a half. It was invaluable with the bonding process and me and my daughter literally walked around in a cuddly, blissful state of oxytocin for months!Swaddling Blankets – my Little Lady only really liked sleeping on me as a baby! But swaddling her at bedtime worked wonders for helping her to drift off. Swaddling helps many babies to feel more secure, as it mimics the security of the womb. I got mine from a local baby store, but many people love and recommend the Miracle Blanket.
My Parenting Books and Resources Toolkit
Recommended Parenting Books
When I was struggling or needed some parenting wisdom, these books all blew me away:The Continuum Concept – a book about how we’ve lost much of our we have lost much of our natural well being and parental instincts, with wisdom on how to get them back! Playful Parenting – a fabulous book that shows us how to lighten up a bit and help our kids be the best they can possibly be through play. Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids – written by Dr Laura Markham of www.ahaparenting.com, Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids shows us how to stay connected with our children, using simple, practical tips, rooted in the latest research in brain development. Magical Parent, Magical Child – this is a far cry from your traditional parenting book, but I love it. Its compassionate and child centred approach promotes fun and joyful parenting over the punishment and reward based approaches so prevalent today.
You can also check out my full review of these books here.
Recommended Parenting Resources
Aha Parenting – it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the conflicting parenting advice out there, but if I were to recommend just one ‘go to’ resource, it would be this one.
Tinker Lab – a site for mini-makers and inventors! If you get overwhelmed by the zillions of craft and art ideas on Pinterest, keep things simple and stick to Rachel Doorley and Tinkerlab! I’ve also just ordered the Tinkerlab ‘Little Inventors’ Book.
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