Saturday, November 24, 2012

Crafting for Kitties: DIY Scratch Wheel

 Anyone who knows me, knows I love my cats. Ever since we brought these two little furballs home nearly a year ago, they have made my life so much more fun and entertaining (which is really saying something - my life is pretty sweet).

Perhaps not surprisingly, Thailand stores don't exactly cater to doting kitty mammas who want their little fur babies to have the very best of everything. However, much like human babies, I suspect kittens do not need nearly as much store bought crap as we think they do. I do want my girls to have easy access to things to scratch, however; I love my cats, and I also love my yoga mats and do not want claw marks all over them. Luckily this homemade scratching wheel takes care of their urge to scratch and my mats (and other household items) remain fantastically claw-free.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Shop Handmade!

The holiday season is fast approaching and although I'm a long ways away from any shopping mall, I am pretty sure the Christmas carols are blasting out the speakers and every shiny glass window is decorated with red and green, and signs telling you to bust out your credit cards so their corporate CEOs can have nice fat Christmas bonuses.

Now I'm not trying to be a total downer and tell people not to celebrate Christmas, if that's what you want to do (or any other winter holiday, of course). However, I do propose that if you decide to use this time of year to buy gifts for others (or yourself) that you do so consciously. I urge you to shop handmade, buying from artists, crafters, creators, and free thinkers rather than random big box stores and corporations who use teams of researchers, PR people, and marketing specialists to convince you that your life will be better if you buy, buy, BUY their products.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Totally 80's Legwarmer How-To (Neon Optional)

I love Halloween, and this year decided to dress up as an 80's aerobics instructor. I figured it was fun, comfy, and relatively easy given my yoga-centric wardrobe. One thing I was lacking though was a rockin' pair of neon legwarmers. No problemo- it had been a long time since I'd done any knitting, although I had a few of my needles, and for whatever reason the nearby store that sells everything from bathroom pipes to eggs to refrigerators to nail polish had lots of choice of neon yard. Weird? Yes, but not surprising in Thailand. So, I picked up a few colours- neon turquoise, pink, and yellow, and whipped these up. The pattern is really easy, and you can pick whatever colors you like - neon totally optional! Halloween costumes aside, legwarmers are a great way to cuddle your calves during chilly yoga sessions (or commutes to the studio), to wear under boots, or just for fun. Here's how: 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cacao- Honey Facial Mask and Exfoliator

I do my best to only put fresh, healthy, made-by-Mother-Nature things in my body, so it only makes sense to me to have the same standard for stuff I put on my body. Store bought soaps and cleansers are full of harsh chemicals and preservatives, and I'd really rather not absorb all that junk. Additionally, it's so simple and cheap to make my own natural products that there's just no reason not to!

I made this facial mask and exfoliator to give my skin a bit of pampering, and use it once or twice a week. It contains only a few ingredients, all of which are natural and that makes this face mask good enough to eat- literally. Save it for your face, though- the mask works great on any skin type to moisturize, exfoliate, and rejuvenate skin. 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Super Easy Raw Chocolate Recipe

If I'm craving something sweet and tasty, there's nothing quite like good dark chocolate. Unfortunately, in Thailand, I mean this very literally. The candy aisles of the 7-11 stores are filled to the brim with imported KitKats, M&Ms, Snickers, Hershey bars, and various other Western candies and chocolates as well as (often fairly strange) Thai concoctions. There is a lack, however, of natural, vegan, non-sugary, and of course raw treats. What's a girl to do? Make my own, of course.

There's not a huge variety of ingredients available here either, but, luckily, all you need to make this chocolate is 5 minutes and 3 ingredients. You can fancy it up if you want, or keep it simple. Here's the low-down:

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Simple Homemade Body Scrub

Chili knows body scrub smells delicious!
I posted a long time ago about wanting to make more of my own body care products, but never really evolved past making my own deodorant, and bath salts. I was reminded of my intention to keep it fresh, homemade and natural a month or two ago when one of my friends brought me a little jar of homemade body scrub. It smelled delicious, and made my skin feel amazing, which was sufficient to kick my butt into action and start taking matters back into my own hands. When I was living in Vancouver I had a whole lot of choices if I wanted to buy all-natural body care (although the price tag was generally pretty hefty), but here in Thailand my options are much more limited and I was often stuck using chemical laden, skin drying soap. No more, however! I've been playing around with a few different varieties of body scrub, and the results have been fantastic. Plus, it's super easy and inexpensive, and the recipes are so versatile you can mix up whatever your little heart desires.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fresh Yogi Secrets Revealed!

Our sunset view
Oh hi there! Remember me?! It's certainly been a while... since November, in fact. Since we moved to Thailand Muddy Spoon came to a halt, despite my best intentions. I've got a few reasons excuses- for one, we didn't really have a kitchen in our place and considering how cheap and delicious Thai food is, my motivation to cook decreased significantly. I've also been keeping myself nice and busy, teaching yoga, spending time with friends, lounging poolside on afternoons off, and running a diving and yoga business with Will. Of course, I can't forget all the time I spend cuddling with Moo and Chili, the adorable sister kittens we adopted early in the New Year. Their antics have definitely been keeping us busy and entertained: