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Photo by Amy Treasure on Unsplash Shortly after Easter this year I got a very bad concussion that left me on full bed rest for three weeks and semi bed rest for another 3 weeks. For the first three weeks after the diagnosis I was not allowed to use a computer or a phone. I could not even watch TV. I was only allowed to sleep or take a walk if I felt good. The first couple of weeks were hard. The following weeks were better as I learned how to pace myself. I realized that my body was quite adept at letting me know when it had had enough. And so I listened to me and surprisingly, I learned a lot about myself.  For the first time in my life I was able to rest without guilt and it was wonderful. I unplugged and reconnected with nature and it made me incredibly happy. This enabled me to see ME for the first time in what seemed like forever and I started to understand what was missing in my life, what I needed and what I no longer needed.  For a very long time I have equated

Eco-chic Fire Starters

Certain scents just make me feel calm. A fire burning in a fireplace also does the trick. Combining the two is just heavenly and this DIY does just that. 

Pine cones and dried herbs such as rosemary, sage leaves, and cinnamon sticks make fragrant kindling for a winter fire unlike composite fire logs and lighter fluid as they don't rely on chemicals to ignite the flame. 


1. Bundle dried herbs and small pine cones in a sheet of newspaper and secure the ends with raffia or cotton twine. 

2. As you pile your logs for your fire, nestle the herb bundle underneath the logs with the paper ends sticking out. 

3. To start the fire simply light the newspaper ends. As the paper burns up the herbs inside will ignite and incinerate giving the logs a chance to catch fire. 

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