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002. Cool little creative -coffee hub

Do you ever wonder why it is so hard to find the perfect little place to take your family? Have you ever noticed that even the coolest looking coffee lounges, tea room and surfer dives aren’t that special once you hear the person behind the counter talk, that the energies aren’t what the surroundings portray? I have and that’s why I only review the ones that are as authentic as there decore promotes.

There are a lot of little dives out there that seem authentic, relaxed, visionary, alternative and family friendly but once you sit down, get comfy you start to realise that it’s not all the decorations paint it to be, it’s energy or the operators energy that just doesn’t match the stores initial vibe.

The little place I found today ( Liberty Providores -Urunga- ) has all that I love in a dive it had milk crate chairs outdoors where you could keep the rug rats entertained, there was fresh fruit and veggies for sale from local produces including honey sourced locally, coffee which is every parents saviour the usual cold drinks to keep the kids happy and then the best was pre-loved funky clothing, bags, incense, teas and a variety of other cool stuff to keep the parental happy and wanting to spend.

The lady that runs this little beauty is named Emily, her husband and her set it up about a year ago. Emily had a beautiful relaxed energy that portrayed the same energy as the store which was a very pleasant experience, Liberty Providores -Urunga- The store that has fruit, veg, coffee and is a creative hub. Drop in and have a coffee and relax.

The store was set up in a organised but energetic way that made you look but didn’t make you overwhelmed by products and produce it was smooth in its layout and styling.

Some of the fantastic stuff that was there I have NEVER seen elsewhere and was unique to her I totally loved the mandala painted river rocks that were bright, cheerful and just perfect for brightening the home and for the Yoga Hippies out there she had earth coloured hair wraps that had genuine feathers to wind or pin into your hair. I myself ended up indulging in two new vintage dresses, so sage and the wonderful Moondance incense that I haven’t been able to get elsewhere.

Personally I would highly recommend dropping in and having a coffee at this shop, meet Emily and enjoy the experience. It is on the old highway in Urunga NSW

I found this Facebook page for them and here is a lovely video to see the atmosphere.

https://www.facebook.com/libertyprovidores/videos/1543857229011758

Total Yoga Hippy award 🥇 for this amazing place 🙏

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001. A Bit Hippy- Product Review.

I am a passionate, anti-chemical living advocate so when I find products that fit the description of natural, vegan and healthy for the family I can’t help but try. I don’t usually review products I have only used once or twice they have to become constant staples within my family life. This means that affordability, child friendly, natural, healthy, smells amazing and presents nicely if possible.

The product that I have now been using for over 8 months now is amazing and as a retired hairdresser I can be very very pedantic about how my hair and that of my family ( also friends get pestered) feels, looks and moves. This product covers all this with its natural, vegan ingredients.

The A bit hippy range is Australian and an offshoot of the wildly popular moogoo range but the difference is it is fun, smells great and really works and does what it says without ski, hair, scalp irritation.

I am using the ditch in the itches shampoo, scalp loving conditioner, flake fairy(exfoliatior) , rose hip facial cleanser, pollutant protecting dew(face most), don’t act your age face cream, radiator reflector (sunscreen). These are the ones that we use daily and I have tried the eczema an psoriasis cream which I am sure will be good for someone with these skin problems, the rice and fresh body wash, and the baby bubbles. Both these products are great but with a large family I prefer to use something that works for the whole not the singular so I use hemp and red clay soap.

Each of these products have been awesome for every single person in the family with skin and hair ranging from oily (me) to dry (Hibbo).  The hemp soap doesn’t dry the skin an leaves a fresh fragrance that is natural and not at all like others that leave the chemical smell, the shampoo doesn’t leave any build up on the scalp and also doesn’t leave that dried out feeling that you get after shampooing normally, the conditioner hasn’t left that oily build up that is customary and instead leaves the hair soft, silky and smooth even on oily hair like mine, I hadn’t used conditioner in years only leave in. I am totally in love with the flake fairy, it did however take a little practice to work out the correct way to use it as its in powder form but, after the L plates came off the results have been awesome. Unfortunately I can’t say the same.for the rose hip face was, for me I have to mix it with the flake fairy to get the best out of it but saying that my skin is oily and therefore an oil based cleanser is not ideal for me. The face cream is fabulous, soaks in doesn’t leave your skin feeling oiler or greasy but instead relaxed and smooth and once I added the facial mist the effect really was smoothing and made the facial pores smaller so I was stocked. The sunscreen is like all natural zinc products, they have to be applied before sun exposure at least 30 minutes so it soaks in properly and performs at its best. This has been great on my children and even Hibbo has used it and he really hates sunscreen.

So overall I can’t help but give this product the Yoga Hippy Award as its natural, vegan, smells amazing, is great for the whole family even baby, is affordable for a large family like mine, comes in decent sizes and looks great as a package.

To check them out go to their website and have a look for yourself. My top picks are Shampoo, conditioner, flake fairy, hemp soap, don’t act your age face cream.  And if your after a sunscreen defiantly give theirs ago as I have used it on Gypsy and the other kids and had no reactions.  This article is not paid or sanctioned by the A Bit Hippy range, This article has been written so others may enjoy and amazing product that is natural, healthy and beautiful. Let me know what you think of these products when you try them.

A Bit Hippy
Naturallyfitbodies

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How do bees make honey and wax?

Firstly bees make honey as a food source and they need pollen to breed and wax is a by products of their production in our terms but the truth is a lot deeper.

Bees start making Honey by visiting flowers which of cause we all understand, the sweet juice they collect is called nectar which they suck out of the flower using their tongues. This is where it gets amazing, they now have the nectar they have collected stored in what they call their honey stomach which when they are full they take bake to the hive, regurgitate into the cells especially made for the honey storage and here it becomes honey 🍯 how cool is that!

strong>Can bees make as much wax as they do honey? < strong>Hmm 😒 this is the part that people don’t realise, ready for the facts?

The sugar content of the honey gets converted into wax, how you ask! Well the glands of the worker bees ( all female crew) convert it by having it ooze through the bees small pores which produces tiny flakes of wax on the abdomen of the bee.The workers chew and chew and chew these pieces of wax until they become soft and easy to mould. After all the squeezing, chewing and moulding they use the chewed up wax in the construction of the honeycomb that we all associate bees with. How amazing is that? Ok, so know that you know the in and out of honey and wax production how much honey is needed to produce wax? This is a great and really important question as a lot of people talk about wanting Naturally produced candles and wax products but have a major problem with the price of the fantastic products that come from our bees.The truth is for the little be to produce wax they must consume a whopping 3.9kg for just .5kg of wax. Bet your thinking that it’s not bad value now considering caviar is dearer per kg. So the truth is that the bees and their handlers ( beekeepers) are really really valuable members of society and without them we would be in major problems. So let’s get behind the production and protection of our beekeepers as they help these little guys produce the liquid gold you love SO much.

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Creating a self sufficient lifestyle.

Creating a self sufficient lifestyle is not as hard as people make out, in fact it is really simple you don’t have to go big just a simple pot with tomato 🍅 plant will do.

For us though we are doing self sufficient on a larger scale due to our own isolation which is our choice, a growing family and a need for delicious food that hasn’t had chemicals poured all over them.

Our gardens need to be full of The microorganisms that increase the soils nutrient levels which in turn increases our lovely produces delicious nutritional values. We don’t have water from towns so we don’t have the chlorine in the water 💦 this ensures that we know exactly what we are eating and enjoying.

We now have two tall vegetable gardens, two short vegetable gardens and then the extra ones we’ve made from old bridge girders. In these we have a mix of compost we’ve made ourselves out of decomposed bails of hay, chook poo layers, cow poo layers, hay and river dirt from well the river of cause. This mix grows us plenty of our favourite fruits and vegetables 🥒 that we enjoy, preserve and share with our neighbours and friends. What we don’t eat and share gets put into our little honey stall for people to pay what they feel it’s worth to them.

We find these arrangements really satisfying and we have the added benefits of having our children interested in growing, cooking and sharing.

We will share pictures from time to time of our growing gardens, chickens, food and of cause our yoga and Honey products that we are making as a family and hope you feel inspired to start a little bit of self sufficiency, yoga and healthy living for yourself and your family.

If you just wish to live vicariously through us you can sponsor a bee hive, buy a plant, help raise funds for more gardens, or enjoy donating to the chooks food bill.

Enjoy the fun with us on the journey of The Yoga Hippy, Honey man, self sufficient lifestyle and fabulous nutritional food that we share as a family with our four fabulous children.

 

 

 

 

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Destruction of the beekeepers way of life. 

Loggers are a pain as they really see only the trees that they wish to harvest and not the destruction or the aftermath of their actions that they see.

On a trip to choke out beesites with the honey man this is what we found in our area,  not only had the ripped and torn all over the place by, they had left all this mess in the are. The Honey man had asked them specifically to leave his beesites clean as they had found them but instead this is what he got. Is it right to disrespect someone’s wishes? Is it right for the person tha pays thousands of dollars to play bees here to be treated in such a fashion?

Well according to our wonderful forestry department it is, in fact they believe that deforestry is far more important and far more profitable then beekeepers pollinating and protecting the areas they work in.
Below are a number of pictures from this area that I took. Am I disappointed? Am I surprised by this bloody minded attitude? No to both as this is typical of the government Departments that control the Australian publication thought, words and deeds. Do I expect Australians to respond to this as a population? Again, no as we say we are a free speech country but this is only the case if we first have filled in the appropriate paperwork and past all regulations before we proceed to giving our opinions.

 

Would you abuse a yoga teacher?

In a restaurant, bar, club, hotel, gym, health club etc you have a right to refuse custom to some people unless it is on religion, race, or disability! So why is it that we expect and demand that yoga teachers, massage therapist, and natural therapist accept unequivocally those that come into our space? Why is it that when we see a person that is ill mannered, rude, abusive or a repeat bad mouthing person that we are ostrosized for refusing entry? Is it really wrong and egotistical to refuse to serve someone in our line of work?

The thing is if you get drunk and abusive at the pub, restaurant etc you can be cut off and asked to leave the premises. If you are a massage therapist that works for an organisation you can complain and have that person that grabbed you banned, but if you work for yourself and tell the person that their behaviour is offensive and that they are not allowed back unless they change you are ridiculed as being egotistical, to good for some people, overly picky and just plain and simple not zen. Is it right to assume that we are to accept bad behaviour from others if we teach something that is spiritually based, do we really have to continually put our own moral observances aside for this? 

I have had teachers tell me stories of classes where students behaved sexually even after being asked to stop, not just men women too, I have been told how they have been sworn at due to someone going beyond their capabilities despite being told to stop, I have recently been told about a teacher that was physically and verbally assaulted by a private client. This assault left her stressed and unable to do private lessons for a good while.

These are all very real things that can happen as a teacher of yoga, not common in our line of work but, real none the less. Myself, I haven’t had any of this, I do however choose to focus mainly on female classes this lead to being called a femisinist and covinist but, once I explained my reasoning the person understood why. It wasn’t that I have a problem with men, just simply women train and express themselves differently to men and some women find it a little daunting to have male class members.

I like to give everyone a go, I like to teach yoga, I love to learn from those that I meet at each and every class, and I love to be safe and nurtured in the environment I’m in.  I would, will but haven’t had to refuse classes to anyone yet but compared to others my journey is still young. All I can ask is that each and every person please show respect for those around you and if you wouldn’t like it done to you, your mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, or grandparents then think before you do it to us.

Stay safe and beautiful everyone.

Namaste

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Outback travelling with the beekeeper.

Outback Australia can’t get much better until you see Emus they are seriously cool.

So yesterday we went out to check some beesites that we have and wanted to know wether there was any canola crops in at these places or at least some amazing wildflower varieties that help the bees 🐝 breed more amazing female Honey collectors, that’s right all the bees are girls in the hive the male has the fantastic job of impregnating the queen then he dies from exhaustion and testosterone overload.

So as we travelled from our little property east of Gel Innes Nsw we discovered the country was dry and parched just as you see in the typical Drysden paintings but, is the country usually this dry or do we just get to see Mother Nature on a less then perfect day? 

Well to Anwser this I think we have to look at the fantastically complicated weather patterns that Australia has. You see Australia’s weather tends to run in seven year cycles with this you have about three years of bad drought, two to three years of in between weather so neither wet nor dry just constant and then of cause the all important one to two years of floods etc. so as you can see that this can make farming crops or stock a little more challenging then your average job. Can you really make a living in these situations? Of cause you can and not only can you make a living you can do really, really well in a bumper year. 

So as it happens it’s very dry and there was none of this happening ( not a bumper year for us) but it was a fabulous drive anyway and I got to check out the Mehi River and the surrounding areas with the family.
I love the travel that I do with Stuart and the kids that is bee related, I learn more about our natural environment then most people would and I also see the great importance of our farmers, the good and bad farming practices and also the manor importance of our magical little bee friends.Next time you go to these super market for that all important jar of honey, I would love to impart a couple of fun facts on the little guys, firstly they need to make 3.9kg of honey for every 500g of beeswax of which is in a lot of different beauty products, cleaning and medical products that we use daily, secondly they pollinate( place pollen from one flower to the next) all those lovely fresh fruit and veggies you eat ( even the frozen varieties) this helps to increase yeild(amount of crops) which means that the price can’t jump super high due to excess of crops, thirdly the all important fact that your store Brough honey may come from China or is fake ( yes honey can be fake) it could have ( and usually does) fillers like high fructose corn syrups, and lastly on the fun facts is that a SPOONFUL of honey every day has been said to alleviate coughs, sore throats, fight off cancer ( check with doctor before you take this advice) boost your immune system, keep seasonal allergies at bay, reduce cholesterol and helps you get a good nights sleep, pretty amazing hey! With all these things you can see and also Google the wonderful effects of honey with its making antimicrobial, anti fungal, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. 

So check out and find your local beekeeper for some of the good stuff as this also helps them to do the fabulous job they do and also stops the big companies bringing in foreign honies that don’t have what us Aussies need.

Happy honey hunting….