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Gipsy Dharma: Sexy Boots for Fairies and Pixies all over the world

These boots are handmade from leather, they come in a wide range of colours.  I am confident you could find a pair you would love.  They are perfect for the up and coming festival season and I will hopefully have a pair by then, as I hear the weather this Summer is going to be hot, hot, hot….!!!!!

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Palm Oil: Know the truths and help protect the Rainforests

http://a-z-animals.com/palm-oil/products/

I have just read an article about palm oil and I am surprised at what is happening just so that the country can make enough of it for the demands.  Apparently palm oil is in lots of our products, a full list can be found in the link above.  In order to meet the demands more and more of the rainforests are being destroyed, therefore taking away the habitats of the animals and wildlife that live there.  They are endangering lots of species and it always saddens me to see what we are doing to out planet in the name of vanity and greed.

You can read the full story here http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/footprint/agriculture/palm_oil/  I realise it is not entirely reasonable or realistic to expect everyone to boycott the purchase of items which contact palm oil but I personally cannot  support the destruction of rain forests.  I was most surprised to see Body Shop on there as they are against animal testing and surely this goes against everything they stand for?  I remember shopping there as a teenager buying their animal and fruit soaps, spending all my pocket money there because they were against animal testing and furthermore highlighted the animals which were endangered. It was almost like we were part of a campaign group (in our heads anyway, as we loved animals and really did care, we just did not know how to make a difference yet).  So me and my friends used to go into the shop every Saturday morning, talking to the staff and purchasing yet another animal soap to show our support! Maybe it is because Anita Roddick no longer owns the company, does this mean that The Body Shop has lost its soul?

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I felt I had to find out, so I visited http://www.bodyshop.com to seek the answer.  Here is what the Body Shop had to say on the matter:

“Good news! Since 2011, 100% of the unmodified palm oil use in The Body Shop products has been certified sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Our supplier, based in New Britain, Papua New Guinea, has been certified by RSPO.

The Body Shop’s soaps contain the largest percentage of sustainable palm oil out of all our products. All soaps at The Body Shop display the RSPO logo on the packaging, as a way of raising the profile of this important not-for-profit accreditation association.

 

ABOUT PALM OIL

Palm Oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world, used in everything from food to detergents, and increasingly also as a bio-fuel. The expansion of palm oil plantations has contributed to the destruction of the world’s ancient rainforests and endangers animal species such as orang-utans in Borneo and Sumatra.

Endangered species at increased risk from expanding palm oil plantations in this region include the:

  • Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae);
  • Sumatran orang-utan (Pongo abelii); and
  • Bornean orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus).

 

This expansion has in some instances impacted the living conditions of Indigenous people in the communities surrounding palm-oil plantations, resulting in frequent conflict over land, forced evictions and human rights violations. This is why The Body Shop has made a commitment to responsible sourcing of palm oil.

Watch The Sustainable Palm Oil video to learn more about sustainable Palm Oil from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).

 

THE BODY SHOP AND PALM OIL

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The Body Shop is a founding member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The RSPO is a not-for-profit association that aims to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders. Watch RSPO – The Gathering Momentum video to learn more about Palm Oil and the RSPO.

 

THE BODY SHOP AND DAABON

The Body Shop began working with Daabon, a Colombian group in 2007. Daabon was not certified by the RSPO, as a national standard for Colombia didn’t exist at the time; however it had passed an independent audit using the Roundtable’s criteria. We also carried out our own visits to their plantations.

In late 2009 a problem suddenly emerged with Daabon involving a piece of land that had been purchased by a consortium that included Daabon. Christian Aid, an international development charity and its local partner in Colombia claimed people living on the land protected by the consortium were being evicted to make way for a new palm oil plantation.

For its part, the consortium insisted they had bought the land in good faith, and there were no signs of the land being previously occupied. The Body Shop did not have a trading relationship with the consortium, but as soon as we heard about this new issue we thought it sensible to investigate the matter for ourselves.

We commissioned an independent study in partnership with Christian Aid, which revealed how complex the underlying legal and property questions really were. We used the results of the study to suggest a number of ways Daabon might help resolve the issue, which they did take on board. The Body Shop concluded that an acceptable long-term solution was unlikely to be found, and as a result stopped trading with Daabon.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Where possible, buy products that have been certified as sustainable.

To help protect the orang-utan from extinction support the Melbourne Zoo’s Don’t Palm us Off campaign, help organisations such as Borneo Orangutan Survival or The Orangutan Project.”

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This at least restores some faith.  Hopefully the other companies will follow suit and join the RSPO, if they have not done so already.

If you would like the option of buying Palm Free products you can find a list here, kindly offered by Borneo Orangutan Survival website.

http://www.orangutans.com.au/Orangutans-Survival-Information/Helping-you-buy-responsibly-Palm-oil-free-alternatives.aspx

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Panic & Anxiety: Stress Check

http://missfoureyes.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/the-monster/

I read an article this morning and as anxiety is something I do suffer from, especially when the going gets tough, I decided to share with you some symptoms which will help you to identify if you are stressed, and hopefully you can then take steps to chill the hell out 😉

  • General fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Frustration
  • Nervous coughing
  • Sudden tears for no reason
  • Unable to control crying outbursts
  • Over reaction
  • Irritability
  • Binge drinking
  • Talking too much
  • Chain smoking
  • Fiddling with your hair
  • Pulling out your hair
  • Sudden sweating
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach
  • Heartburn
  • Sudden anger with little or no reason
  • Sudden heart pounding or palpitations
  • Muscle aches
  • Overeating
  • Constant feeling that this is no enough time
  • Tic/twitching eyebrows or mouth
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nervous coughing
  • Drumming your fingers
  • Tapping your foot
  • Clenched jaw
  • Turning red faced
  • Headaches
  • Feeling of expecting bad news or something bad is going to happen
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sudden inability to express yourself
  • Impatience
  • Nail biting
  • Constant picking fingernails or face
  • Trying to do two or three things at once

It is advisable to keep a stress diary, record your feelings on a daily basis.  This is a good way to track your feeling and emotions and remember exactly how you felt.  If you are anything like me, it is likely you will feel different on almost a daily basis.  If you can recognize you are stressed this is the first step in being able to control it.

If you are stressed or suffering from anxiety, there are many ways in which you can have treatment, and not just with medication. I am personally a fan of complementary medicine such as:

  • Aromatherapy, applying oils directly to skin or in oil burners (a great supportive treatment)
  • Exercise, instant mood lifter.  The hardest part can be getting yourself to do the exercise.  Whether you choose to go to the gym or out for a big hike, play football, cycle or golf, as you finish the exercise you feel immediately better about yourself.  Keep trying until you find something you enjoy.
  • Massage
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Meditation

Personally, I have found one of the best ways to help with stress is practicing yoga.  Many people believe yoga is a type of religion, but this is not true.  You practice controlled movement and stresses with breathing which I have found to be very effective.

Do not forget, if you are feeling stressed or anxious, to visit your doctor, who will be able to offer you advice and point you in the right direction for help.  It may be that there has been some life event that has initiated the symptoms and counselling may be helpful.

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I really try to remember that we are only here once, we need to live our lives as much as we can.  I find it helpful to keep a gratitude diary, so that I remind myself to be thankful for the small things in life.  This keeps things in perspective for me and stops me from slipping into depression.  What coping mechanisms do you use?  We would love to hear them

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You forgot to say your new job was ‘Back Stabber’

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/the-sound-of-silence/#more-69294

Have you ever been in a situation where you thought someone was a true friend, and would always be in your life, to then find that all along they have been stabbing you in the back?

“There was once a lady called Sarah,

who unfortunately now I can’t bear her,

she pretended to be my friend

but she has done something she cannot mend,

and now I no longer see her” Anon.

This particular person was a friend of mine.  She began to have marital problems.  Throughout all of the problems I stood by her side.  I helped her out when she had no money, I took her out to cheer her up.  I even treated her to a new dress when she had lost loads of weight and nothing fitted her.  It turns out in return all she could manage was to stab me in the back.  To bitch about me to another friend because I went out for a few drinks whilst my children went to visit their dad.  This is truly a crime, clearly.  I mean how unreasonable it is for me to go out for a bit of social time with friends when my children are not even around.  So hand cuff me now, for I have clearly committed the evilest of crimes.

Whilst initially I was upset, I have forgiven her.  I do not like to carry resentment as I believe it is a waste of my resources.  And, so is being friends with someone who is unable to be a friend back.  I never expected anything from you, I did not want you to buy my clothes, or repay me the money I have spent in taking you out.  But a thank you would have been nice, along with your loyalty.

Good luck friend, I believe, if this is the way you treat all your ‘friends’, you may very well need it.

This particular incident happened at Christmas and until now I have held my silence.  I do not want to argue with her, it serves no purpose, but I think by now she will surely notice my lack of presence.

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Blue Tuesday!

I thought I had escaped ‘Blue Monday’….well technically I did, but I have ended up with ‘Blue Tuesday’ instead!

Blue Monday is apparently the most depressing day of the year as it is the first day back at work since Christmas break.  I guess then this ties in with my ‘blue’ day being a day later as this is my first day back….

I am trying to stay positive and know that this feeling will pass.  It is difficult when you have been given quality time to spend with your children, family and friends to then have to go back to the day to day routine.  It always emphasizes to me that us humans are not made for this 9-5 (if you’re lucky) rat race. I hope one day to be able to pursue my passion as a freelance writer so that I am no longer held to ransom by the big fat rats and I can stand on my own two feet in this increasingly demanding and stressful environment which is our world.

My promise to myself in the meantime is to not let ‘life’ get me down, and to stay positive and grateful for the life that I have. This outlook is the one that keeps me sane…. 🙂

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