Natural sun protection




Some oils are known to have a natural SPF –  you don’t necessarily need to reach straight for the thick white lotion.

Here’s a recipe for a pre-sun protecting oil blend, using some oils said to have a reasonably high SPF.

Raspberry seed oil 55ml ( 28-50 SPF)

Macadamia nut oil 30ml (6 SPF)

Avocado oil 10ml (4 SPF)

Vitamin E oil 5ml 


For more on how to look after your skin naturally through the summer, see my article in the latest issue of The Mother magazine.




It’s harder than it looks….. A new business on its way


All of it is harder than it looks. 

How do you ensure that everyone is happy, and that everything is done?

I’m waking every two hours through the night to feed my baby.  I’m helping my eldest son deal with the adjustment to sharing my attention with his brother. I’m keeping a marriage going. I’m running a business. I’m updating my hydrotherapy training. I’m training for my lifeguard renewal.

I’m also starting a new business. Again. I’m going to be running workshops for children with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, using my Occupational Therapy background and skills.

I just hope I can do it all. Meet everyone’s needs.

Its harder than it looks……

The big eczema secret

When my first son was battling eczema, the solution seemed to be so out of reach.

I tried different products – dozens of them.

i researched different ingredients.

i drove myself insane trying to find a way to end his suffering.

It consumed me. Day and night. (Yep I became quite a bore! My poor husband…..)

So son number two has been showing some signs of the dreaded eczema too. But I’m on it like a hawk.

My ingredient of choice is Shea butter. 100%. I love the stuff. My baby butter is rich in the stuff and my baby is lathered in it All. The. Time.


Because you see, I discovered the secret of heading it off at the pass. Or keeping it under control if you’re already it it’s clutches. There’s no magic remedy for eczema. No special magic ingredient. No one thing that works for all. It’s just incredibly simple really. Apply, apply, apply.

I expect my first son’s skin was somewhat dehydrated. I thought I was doing enough. Body butter in the morning. Body butter at night. But now I see the results on baby number two. I’m covering him, massaging him, stroking his skin with my delicious baby butter over and over again. Repeatedly through the day. And I seem to be winning this battle this time.


Find your product of choice (or mine!) and just keep going.

It really is that simple.