Fairyland Cottage

      Natural, Simple, Sustainable Living


December 6, 2017

I love this time of year for the atmosphere the decorations bring, although I'm not a huge fan of all the waste and the buying of copious new decorations. Last year I made some orange slices and cinnamon sticks but I can't find large quantities in recyclable packaging...

November 29, 2017

Most of us like to feel healthy in body and mind but during the winter months we can get susceptible to the flu, colds and coughs. Below I have listed some simple yet effective tips to stay healthy during winter and particularly during the Christmas season. I have util...

November 22, 2017

I find grocery shopping one of the hardest ways to stay waste free. Everywhere you look there are plastic bags, plastic packaging, more plastic bags and even more plastic packaging. 

We don't have a zero waste shop here in Ireland but some supermarkets have nu...

November 16, 2017

    Christmas is a great time to make gifts and decorations out of nature. Here I am going to make some table mats which can be used at the Christmas dinner table or as a handmade gift. They are simple to make once you get the hang of the knots and if you don't have ba...

November 8, 2017

We all want healthy looking teeth and gums and clean fresh breath. It is great if we can keep our teeth our whole life, yet it is said that 36 million Americans have no teeth. This is a shocking statistic. 

Oral hygiene is a necessity in life. Having bad oral hygie...

November 1, 2017

Making your own pizza is great fun but traditional pizza is made with flour and yeast and I'm not a fan as it is too lengthy a process and grains can be heavy on the digestive system. Every so often it is good to give grains a miss. Buckwheat is not a grain.  It is par...

October 25, 2017

Halloween is a time of year where there is so much waste; from plastic wrapping on treats, to plastic halloween costumes, to copious one use plastic containers for parties. Keeping it zero waste can be tricky. Best thing to do is keep it simple. Recycle old clothes as...

October 18, 2017

 Endeavouring to go zero waste can be overwhelming at best.

I have condensed a few tips to get you on your way to living with less waste.

Remember it's all about the journey and not the destination.

1. Have a strong reason for why you want to go zero waste

The stronge...

October 11, 2017

There is nothing like making your own beauty products.  You know what is going into them and there is no waste of plastic.

I only use ingredients that I can eat.  This face mask is highly nourishing and will calm down any redness and inflammation in the skin, leaving it...

October 4, 2017

Every person in the world needs sleep yet we are not getting enough and it is causing big problems in all areas of our lives.

A leading sleep scientist, Prof Walker from the University of California, Berkeley stated that if you were to do one simple thing, to improve yo...

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