How To Make Homemade Natural Laundry Detergent

Have you discovered Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap? It is pretty amazing stuff. I’ve been using it in homemade natural laundry detergent, amongst other things.Use Dr Bronner's Organic Castille Soap, Soda Crystals, Bicarbonate of Soda and Essential Oil to make Homemade Natural Laundry Detergent that's effective and better for the environment.

Over the past six months or so, inspired by the LiveLAGOM sustainability project I’ve been working on with IKEA and Hubbub, I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of chemicals we use. Dr Bronner’s Organic Citrus Castile Liquid Soap is a key ingredient. You can buy it through this Amazon affiliate link, or just search online. It really is brilliant, with 101 uses, apparently! Continue reading

My Best Ever Flapjack Recipe: Easy, Gooey & Delicious

My flapjacks are famous amongst my friends. I once took some to work and was told by several people I could give up my job and make flapjack for a living. I think that would be rather foolish, but you get the point! Sorry if you think I’m blowing my own trumpet, but try these and see what you think – I’d love to know, so please leave me a comment below! The best flapjack you'll ever taste, full of golden syrup, brown sugar, butter, oats and dessicated coconut. Delicious in moderation!

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How To Make A Little Mermaid Doll Ariel Birthday Cake

I recently wrote about Thea’s birthday party, and promised you a tutorial on her Ariel doll Little Mermaid cake. My mum used to make me a Flower Fairy cake every year, where the cake was made in a pudding bowl, turned upside down and made into the Flower Fairy’s skirt. I loved them so much, and knew Thea would too.

Finished Ariel Little Mermaid Cake doll cake

My Ariel cake, held together with jam, icing and hope!

Here she is in all her finished glory – I have to say I was very relieved she turned out as well as she did!

It was actually fairly simple to put together, but it was quite time consuming; I’d recommend baking the cake the night before it’s needed and constructing it and decorating it on the day of the party. I did it all in the morning and it was pretty stressful!

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Happy New Year! (And happy birthday to PinksCharming)

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and welcomed the new year with something sparkly. I woke up with a migraine, and all my New Year’s Eve plans were scuppered. I spent most of the day in bed, and finally managed to crawl to the sofa late afternoon, knowing I’d have trouble sleeping that night if I slept any more. I flaked out about ten o’clock, and then got woken up at midnight by the fireworks outside our house. Oh well, I’ve never been one for New Year anyway!

The start of January does mark my blog’s birthday though: PinksCharming.com is now a whole year old! So I thought I’d mark the occasion by doing a round up of my most popular posts, so that those of you who have joined us more recently get a chance to see the older ones.

By far and away my most read post is What I Learned from Being a Breastfeeding Failure. It’s definitely my most personal post, and seems to resonate with a lot of people. It was really hard to write, but I think getting it all off my chest (so to speak!) has helped me come to terms with it (although I think I will always carry some guilt about it, to be honest!)

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Peppermint bark.

Quick Christmas Gift Recipe: Peppermint ‘bark’

Here’s a super easy ‘Peppermint Bark’ recipe from my sister Debbie.  It’s perfect for wrapping up in pretty paper or bags and giving to teachers, neighbours, or anyone else who deserves a festive treat.

Best of all, it doesn’t need baking and only has four ingredients!

How to make peppermint bark

You will need:

200g dark chocolate
200g milk chocolate
100g white chocolate
12 candy canes

First melt about 200g dark chocolate in a bain Marie (a bowl over a saucepan of hot water). Be careful that the hot water doesn’t touch the bowl, or the chocolate goes all weird and you’ll have to start again!)Dark chocolate melting over a bain Marie Continue reading