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The little things (a.k.a Trevor and Bele’s little bits)

It’s the little things that make big things happen

Names. They’re important, which is funny because they aren’t the thing and don’t change the thing. They just change our perspective of the thing. Does a rose really smell as sweet by any other name? Yes, but if a rose were called a fart, then we’re less likely to sniff it, because, well, it’s called, fart.

I refused to name either of our sons Miles – even though I love, love, love Miles Davis – because I sat next to a boy in year 3 who farted the entire year and every time he farted he turned bright red, it was like a warning beacon, but it didn’t help, there was no way to hide. No Miles for me.

I wasn’t happy with the previous names (one and two) for this series, so I put the question out there to our gorgeous Facebook community and the suggestions were awesome: Lovely things, Trevor, Blissed Better Life, Blah Blah’s Blissed Better Life, Anything but blah! Things that get you through, Bel’s (or Bele’s) little bits (oh my!). Little loves/lovelies, Finds for peace of mind, Making time to smell the roses.

See what I mean – awesome. Anyway, here’s this week’s list and you’ll be pleased to know I’m over the brush and broom obsession of the previous weeks.

1. This whipped dandelion coconut body butter intrigues meHow to make life better | Blah Blah Magazine

A weed is just a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m obsessed with all things dandelion, which is hilarious because I remember giggling when my aunt added it to dishes when I was a kid.

The more I read, the more I think we’re mistaken to overlook this, ahem, wildflower. The humble weed has a long tradition of being used to treat skin conditions (this nerdy link uses the botanical name, Launaea taraxacifolia), is apparently one of the most nutrient rich vegetables and if that weren’t enough, it’s thought to help balance blood sugars too. Take that kale.

The bitter tart is now one of my favourite leafy greens and I love it in a mixed leaf salad.  Although, I only eat the ones from my garden, because who knows what might’ve ended up on random roadside ones. Besides, I have a plentiful supply in my garden, because I have a talent for growing weeds.

Anyone want to place bets on how long it takes for fancy restaurants to start serving my beloved wildflower?

2. This Tedx talk. Ruth Chang talks about how to approach hard decisions with joy.

3. Sandwich wraps.Sandwich-wrap The process of weaning ugly and unnecessary plastic out of our home has turned into an adventure. We have a way to go on the plastic extermination front, but I always get inappropriately excited when I stumble on a good alternative, as our Instagram followers can attest to.

A while back, we replaced our paper napkins with no sew cloth serviettes. These serviettes also double as bibs for our little one, but now I’m also using them to wrap sandwiches for picnics too, but a tea towel would also work. Mr 4YO decided the sandwiches were his unbirthday presents to unwrap.

*Not recommended for beetroot/beets that could end in tears.

4. Armchair travel to the Maldives.How to make life better | Blah Blah Magazine

Who knows how long this beautiful archipelago will be with us? It’s thought the Maldives will be the first country to disappear under the rising sea levels. I love the idea of supporting these brave people who are doing everything they can to keep their homes.

5. This fish dish.How to cook tuna and olive | Blah Blah Magazine Okay, I’m biased, but I really love watching Gordon cook, because he absolutely LOVES it. Unfortunately, it’s happening less and less, because his work is getting busier and busier. A funny thing is happening in that space. I’m finding my cooking mojo again. Consider that a warning.

It’s fascinating how couples share the work of a relationship, both paid and unpaid. Both are equal in my eyes. How do you work out the job sharing in your relationship?

What are you loving at the moment? And have you ever been turned off something, because of the name? I’d love for you to let me know in the comments below.

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Cybele Masterman (Bele) trained as a beauty therapist, aromatherapist and journalist. After working as all of the above has found herself on a quest for a beautiful and meaningful life that doesn't cost the earth. Follow on google: +blahblahmagazine twitter: @blahblahzine or Instagram: BlahBlahMagazine

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  1. I’ve started doing these sandwich wraps too. Unfortunately I rarely make the lunches. This is my Husbands job and he is not convinced by my need to reduce our contact with plastic.

    Thanks for sharing this with #thankfulthursday. You share such lovely little things with us. xS

  2. “Yes, but if a rose were called a fart, then we’re less likely to sniff it, because, well, it’s called, fart.” OMG you crack me up! xx

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