Posts tagged with ‘Wellbeing’

  • Nov252019
    Fjällräven Polar is a 300km mission across Arctic Scandinavia with huskies. I'm at my most alive when I'm in the wilderness and, as a UK raised Swede, I long to rediscover my native Sweden in its rawest form. It's a personal mission and to show my kids what I - and they - are capable of. To inspire them as the next generation of adventurous explorers, using our bodies as nature intended. I've applied to represent Sweden and Nordic East in this contest. Please vote for me and share the link!

    Fjallraven Polar – VOTE for my ARCTIC adventure!

    Fjallraven Polar: Please Vote & Share to make my Arctic dream come true! I come asking for your help. More…

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  • Oct232019
    Are you wondering what to do with your leftover pumpkin this Halloween? Before you ditch the inside scoop, put the flesh to one side and pick a Halloween pumpkin recipe (or any pumpkin for that matter!). This is a great step to take as eco activism becomes more widespread, thanks to people like Greta Thunberg. Halloween pumpkins are beautiful, fun and delicious. But this year, more than 8 million pumpkins will be thrown out uneaten after Halloween festivities - this equals 18,000 tonnes of edible pumpkin flesh! 60% of those buying fresh pumpkins don't use the flesh. So surely we should ask ourselves what to do with leftover pumpkin before sending this innocent produce to the gallows. Simple pumpkin soup - There are so many variations on the classic pumpkin soup. So start with this super simple classic pumpkin soup recipe from Cafe Delights, with potatoes and broth, and go from there. You can then choose to add coconut milk, maple syrup, curry powder, chilli or herbs. Why not try toppings like creme fraiche or cream, toasted seeds, almonds, fresh coriander, pomegranate and more.  Photo: Ella Olsson on Unsplash

    What to do with leftover pumpkin – 6 Halloween pumpkin recipes

    Are you wondering what to do with your leftover pumpkin this Halloween? Before you ditch the inside scoop, put the…

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  • Sep252019
    Looking for things to do in Sweden? Småland's forests, archipelago and sandy beaches with pine trees offer wild camping, kayaking, hiking and biking. This is an island in the archipelago, where you're free to use the wind shelters and outdoor cooking area for a night.

    Things to do in Sweden – camping & kayaking in Småland

    When thinking of things to do in Sweden, British tourists often associate Sweden with Stockholm’s beautiful archipelago, the long beaches…

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  • May152019
    Flower press with flowers that have been left to flatten and dry for two weeks. The flower press is available at chalkandmoss.com.

    Mental Health Awareness: “Why am I so different?”

    This is a note on the topic of kids mental health awareness, particularly timely as we’re in the middle of…

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dec192017
    Monstera design as ice sculptures at ice hotel

    ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland now open for 2017-18 Season!

    The 28th edition of the famous ICEHOTEL in the Swedish Lapland has now opened its doors for the 2017-18 season!…

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  • Dec172017
    A geometric hole structure in the ice sculpted ICEHOTEL in Sweden

    ICEHOTEL Sweden 2018: The Final Build Phase

    Today we continue our exclusive look into the making of the 2018 ICEHOTEL Sweden. In case you missed the first…

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  • Dec142017
    Large wreath for a Swedish Christmas: Magical oversized candle Christmas wreath

    Decorate for a Natural Swedish Christmas

    A Swedish Christmas savours natural smells, soft materials, mood lighting and lots of greenery. Here’s a selection of ways to…

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  • Dec072017
    homeware online that is biophilic design centred. Homewares, home decor, soft furnishings, furniture, lighting and lifestyle accessories now available on chalkandmoss.com.

    Natural furniture, lighting and homeware online now!

    Biophilic design online shop now open! You can now buy biophilic design accessories, furniture, lighting and homeware online in the…

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  • Dec062017

    ICEHOTEL Sweden 2018 – See it Happen Here and Now!

    A Unique Look into the Making of ICEHOTEL 2018 Have you seen pictures of the majestic ICEHOTEL in the Swedish…

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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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  • Sep072017
    Every part of this Norwegian log cabin is put to good use to make inhabitants comfortable.

    Log cabin – The heart and soul of Norwegian life

    The log cabin seems to form the heart and soul of Norwegian life. Having travelled around this remarkable country over…

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