Wellbeing

  • Apr032019
    Linda Bloomfield at her pottery wheel in her West London studio.

    Why stories matter: ethical shopping for natural interiors

    Stories give products and interior designs an overall consistent theme. In Swedish, we call this the invisible “röd tråd”, literally,…

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  • Mar202019
    This woman is standing among the trees in the forest, looking up, contemplating, or perhaps looking at a bird. Spending time in nature does wonders for body and mind.

    Forest Bathing -Shinrin Yoku- how it boosts body & mind

    Have you heard about Forest Bathing and wondered what it is? Or perhaps your mood lightens after spending time in…

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  • Feb132019
    A cabin in the woods. Peace and tranquility in extreme weather excites and calms the soul. Image by Mauro Zamarian on Unsplash.com.

    A cabin in the Woods: 5 of the best

    Why does a cabin in the woods speak to our senses so deeply? Think about the times when you felt…

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  • Jan242019
    Spare an hour of your weekend to get involved with the RSPB birdwatch: Big Garden Birdwatch. Help the RSPB understand the patterns of our British Garden Birds.

    RSPB birdwatch – Big Garden Birdwatch 26-28/Jan

    The annual RSPB birdwatch, or Big Garden Birdwatch, is happening this weekend (26-28 January 2019) so get your eyes/binoculars and a…

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  • Jan102019
    Wondering which is the best house plant to buy for your home or office? Go for both air purifying plants like peace lily or spider plants, combined with impressive big leaf plants like this cheese plant (aka monstera deliciosa) for maximum impact and benefit. Photo by Brina Blum on Unsplash

    Best Indoor Plants: celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day

    You’ll no doubt have seen the huge increase in houseplant popularity this year. So you may now ask yourself, which…

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  • Dec182018
    This year, give yourself a break from fighting with sellotape and paper that won’t cut or fold evenly. Instead, make an eco friendly, beautiful, simple and quick Furoshiki wrap. A beautiful wrap can be a gift in itself.

    How to make a knot wrap – Japanese Furoshiki wrap

    Eco gift wrapping is finally starting to get some respect, no least with the Japanese furoshiki knot wrap. This year,…

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  • Dec122018
    Pillowy snow in morning light, Sweden, close to winter solstice. Photo by Anna Sjostrom Walton, Chalk & Moss.

    Winter Solstice – kitchen textiles for shortest day of the year

    Winter solstice, or midwinter, marks the shortest day of the year and when the sun sits lowest at midday. In…

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  • Nov212018

    Shop small on Green Friday – Indie Friday – Small Business Saturday

    In the midst of hysteria around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there are some great initiatives out there the likes…

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  • Oct042018
    The juniper hot smoked salmon is nearly ready! See how it's crisped at the bottom of the salmon fillet and still wobbly on top? Perfect! In this recipe from Food from the Fire, you don't wait for charcoal but cook on the naked flame with juniper bushes for an extra special smoky flavour.

    Hot smoked salmon recipe – Food from the Fire

    Hot smoked salmon connects my senses to the wild nature and outdoor life that I love. And it’s so easy…

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  • Aug062018
    Family festival 2018: Into the Trees, full of crafts and activities for young and old.

    Family Festival 2018: Into The Trees – Win Family Day Ticket

    If you’re looking for a family festival in 2018, Into The Trees is back in Sussex this September 14-16th. And…

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  • Jul122018
    Homeware products for Plastic Free July, with great alternatives to plastic bags, packaging and household cloths.

    How’s Plastic Free July Going? Your Tips & Product Guide is Here

    Plastic Free July is already well under way! This initiative, aiming to encourage the reduced use of plastics, started in Australia in…

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  • Jul042018
    Kokedama balls can be made with large or small plants. Ferns and tropical plants are particularly suitable. The Cheese Plant (Monstera Deliciosa) print is by Dollybirds Art, available in the Chalk & Moss online shop. Learn how to make kokedama balls on the Chalk & Moss blog.

    How to Make Kokedama Balls (Japanese Moss Balls)

    I recently learned how to make kokedama balls. I could pretend I’ve mastered some complicated art, but it was so…

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  • Jun232018
    Courgette flowers are absolutely wonderful deep fried in batter. You can pick the young courgette along with it and cook that too. Find the recipe here on Chalk & Moss (chalkandmoss.com).

    Deep fried courgette flowers – easy & pure indulgence

    Deep fried courgette flowers are one of the flavours that reminds me of childhood. We used to spend our summers…

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  • May152018
    Find out how to make elderflower cordial on Chalk & Moss (chalkandmoss.com). Elderflower cordial is one of the big joys of spring! So easy to make, and so satisfying to drink! Follow this simple recipe on ChalkandMoss.com

    How to make elderflower cordial – easy & refreshing summer in a bottle!

    If you’re wondering how to make elderflower cordial, then read on. Here’s a very simple yet deliciously refreshing recipe. Elderflower cordial…

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  • May092018
    72 hour stress buster: Close to nature in a Swedish glass cabin on your own island. Read the full story on Chalk & Moss.

    The Swedish stress buster: 72 hour nature cure in a glass cabin

    Using nature as a stress buster has long been a part of Swedish life. And now scientists wanted to prove…

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  • May022018
    Follow these house plant care and styling tips for your own jungalow style!

    House plant care and styling: from graveyard to jungalow

    House plant care for real people… You drool over jungalow interior style Instagram posts and articles. You rush out and…

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  • Mar262018
    Finland is the Happiest country in the world of 2018, according to the latest UN report. The Finns themselves put this down to Sisu; the strength of will and resilience they gain from challenging themselves physically in nature. This includes dipping in freezing waters, where the hormones produced help reduce anxiety, helping them cope with difficult situations. Image by Val Vesa on Unsplash.com.

    Happiest Country in the World – How Does Finland Do It?

    The Happiest Country in the World – How Does Finland Do It? The Finns Credit Sisu; Harnessing Courage in Nature…

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  • Jan222018
    Best cook books for Scandinavian, Nordic, Middle Eastern, Indian cook books - all with a healthy attitude to food.

    Best Cook Books for Health and Wellbeing

    The best cook books on my shelf are those that prompt me to try new ingredients, combinations and colours. I…

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  • Jan162018
    Full body workout for my daughter - Nordic skiing in Sälen, Sweden!

    Experiencing Silence, Skiing & Cross-Country Skiing in Sweden – Sälen, Dalarna County

    Record snow falls this Christmas gave us a magical experience skiing and cross-country skiing in Sweden! Born in Stockholm and…

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  • Dec242017
    mulled wine recipe Swedish glogg recipe with cinnamon, cloves and angostoura bitters

    Mulled Wine Recipe from my Mother in Sweden

    I’m finally going to let you in on our special mulled wine recipe, or Glögg as it’s known in Sweden.…

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  • Sep182017
    Into The Trees family festival, Pippingford Park, Sussex.

    Family Festival Into The Trees – Enjoying the great outdoors

    Last weekend saw the return of the family festival Into The Trees. Into The Trees is like the little sister of…

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  • Sep142017
    Air plants are delicately beautiful. Place by the window to draw your eyes to the outside view. Photographer: Jeff Sheldon from Unsplash

    What can I do about those winter blues? Part One

    With the warm rays of sunshine getting fewer, we need to look after each ourselves to beat the winter blues.…

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  • Aug052017
    This is a hugely refreshing hangover smoothie. Cooling honeydew melon, sweet basil and zingy apple juice. And of course lots of ice.

    A Hangover Smoothie for our Cooperative Festival

    Fantastic bands, weird and wonderful kids crafts, sports and activities, pop up drinks stands, a cracking hangover smoothie and lots…

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  • Jul042017
    Heart food should be high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. This green juice contains many of the heart food ingredients, like cucumber, apple, pear, grape and kale.

    This green juice is a good brain and heart food

    Here’s a green juice that acts as a strong heart food. It also keeps your ones strong and your brain…

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  • Jun112017
    Sleep smoothie ingredients full of Vitamin D & C, magnesium, iron and more. Kale, lettuce, kiwi, bananas, almonds and flax seeds.

    Suffering from Insomnia? Try this Sleep Smoothie before Bed!

    Here’s a sleep smoothie to try as a sleep aid. My eight year old daughter has always struggled to fall asleep, taking…

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  • May102017
    Pretty much every colour is represented in this Buddha Bowl, which is great when it comes to nutrition through vitamins and minerals. The more colours you pack in, the better!

    Black Turtle Bean, Wild Rice & Steamed Vegetable Buddha Bowl

    Resembling the belly of a Buddha, the Buddha Bowl is a fun, pretty and healthy way to combine protein, grains, vegetables…

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  • May052017
    In this kitchen, we could talk and experiment, creating our own herb salts. The name of the room was

    The New Craftsmen – A Home For All at London Craft Week

    The New Craftsmen have collaborated with Selfridges for London Craft Week to create A Home For All, a hidden gem of an…

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