"I don’t perceive freedom to be sitting on a beach, drinking cocktails a few times a year. I think real freedom is getting up everyday and creating work I will always enjoy."

My "With These Hands" posts are all about sharing amazing designer/makers with the world no matter how big or small. Lily Blaise is a new venture for Lily Gallagher, She creates the most amazing ethical dolls, of which quite frankly, I want a whole collection! 

What I love about her work is these dolls are like your traditional rag dolls cooler hippy cousin, with their dreamy dreaded hair, hand stitched bindi's and clothes you might expect to see in freepeople. What's not to love? 

Each doll is beautifully handcrafted using organic, recycled and fair trade materials. Just one of these bohemian beauties can take a full day to create and this shows, the quality and precision is amazing. 

She is incredibly talented within her craft, each hand and foot are filled with rice and the calico is dyed with tea to create life like skin tones, all organic of course. The dreads are made using stunning multi-tonal pure wool, Is it possible to have dread envy over a doll?!

As a textile graduate I have such a huge appreciation for textile goods, and currently me and my 6 year old are debating who gets to display this gorgeous soul in their space.

You can fin lily over on her website, Pinterest, Instagram, facebook and tumblr.

My other favourite doll is Ula, isn't she gorgeous! Which one is your favourite?

Weekend vibes

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Thank goodness for the weekend! I have no plans in place as such but I do have a yoga assignment to finish up and some new posts to complete (I have a pretty cool With These Hands post coming). I hope my weekend is filed with chai tea, cosy socks, yoga leggings, warm baths and coconut curry.

How do you like to spend your lazy weekends?

My yoga teacher training #2

This weekend the second installment of my yoga teacher training, you can read my first post hereSaturday and Sunday were two extremely jam packed days of studying, I was pretty exhausted by the time I got home!

When we first arrived we began by doing a mini meditation and breathing exercises to get us ready for the day ahead, it's a great way to switch off from everything and really get focused on what's in store.

The morning consisted of working through anatomy and physiology, currently we are specifically studying the legs, hips, core and spine.

You have to complete an exam showing your understanding of the human body's nervous, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, but you do get specific reading materials for this which is The Concise Human Body Book.

Our teacher likes to do this straight away at the beginning of the course so everyone has a certain level of understanding. I actually completed this last year just before the holidays, the A&P lessons now are more revisiting and revising what we had learnt and building on our knowledge.

After this we get on the mat and practise some mini flows and work in pairs teaching and correcting each others practise, this is a great preparation for getting your eye accustomed to helping people with their alignment in postures.

On the afternoon we studied some asanas, this time we dissected a few specific ones which are Tadasana (Mountain pose), Shavasana (corpse pose), Uttanasana (deep forward fold) to really understand the meaning, alignments, Sanskrit etc. The book I personally like to help with my asanas is The Yoga Bible, though it's a small reference book it has a great range of postures and information. It would also make a brilliant book if you had a home practise or want to learn some new asanas.

We also briefly dipped in to some yoga history in a time line form, we study this in much more depth later in the course which I'm really looking forward to. Also we began to study some of the classic Indian texts, the first one we are looking at is Patanjali. There are many translations of these texts but we are specifically reading this copy of Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Finally our last area of study this weekend was starting to write and work on our own relaxations, this is the section I'm most intimidated by. I love the meditation at the end of yoga class and my personal teacher is amazing at creating the perfect relaxation experience, I really want that for my students so this is something I really want to get right. I'll let you know how I get on.

The end of our sessions always end in a breathing exercise and meditation, which is just the ticket after such heavy days.

So there we have it, our first proper teacher training weekend.  It's incredibly intense but really interesting. I have wanted to do this for so long I'm super excited it's finally happening.

Also in my previous post I mentioned a book that first got my interested in yoga, an unbelievably I found it on Amazon! It's called Yoga (Know the Game). It's crazy how this little book has set such a path in my life!

   My yoga mat is from FP Movement at Free People UK!and I love it! Freepeople collaborated with Jade Yoga, it has great grip plus Jade Yoga mats are eco friendly and made from natural rubber. 

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Eat Om Up - Fridge Pho


1/2 Pack Dried Egg Noodles ( or around 2 portions)
2 Vegetable Stock Cubes
3 Pints Water
Thai 7 Spice (or any other Asian spice blend)
4 Mushrooms Sliced
1/2 Cup Sweetcorn
1/2 Cup Peas
1 Grated Carrot
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Bell Pepper
1 Tsp Grated Ginger
Good Dash Of Soy Sauce
Spring Onions

HOW TO  serves around 2-3

  1. Begin by filling up a large pot with the water, stock cubes and spices, bring up to a boil.
  2. Next, add in your noodles and cook for as long as your brand recommends (usually around 4 minuets) halfway through the cook time add in all your vegetables, garlic and ginger to lightly cook through.
  3. Once cooked turn off the heat and add in your chopped coriander, basil and chillies. Add as much or as little as you like. I like a lot! 
  4. Finally add in a good dash of soy sauce and a twist of pepper, then serve straight away in a big bowl and finish with a sprinkle of spring onions and and some blobs of sriracha.
  5. Eat up and enjoy!

This recipe should only around 5 minuets to make, it's so quick and tasty! You can really tinker around with the amounts of ingredients and water to suit your taste, also use whatever left over veg you have in hence why I named my recipe fridge pho.Frozen vegetables also work great in this soup. 

This fridge pho is a huge hit in our home and what started of as an experiment became a big family favourite, this hits our table at least once a week! In fact its one of my ultimate confort foods now.

If you give it a try let me know what you think, what would you add to your fridge pho?

With These Hands - nurturing soul

As a small indie shop owner I love surrounding myself with handmade goods and wears. Something that has been made by someone's hands make products and items so much more interesting and desirable .

I have known Bec via instagram for sometime now, our kids even penpaled!  She is a gorgeous soul with a beautiful family and is a certified holistic therapist.  In between woodland adventures, forest foraging and raising her tribe she make the most dreamy natural vegan skin care products and remedies all handmade in Scotland.

A personal favourite of mine is the Green Clay Face Mask this stuff is so good and a little goes a long way, your skin feels incredibly clean and glowy after you use it!  It has been such a lovely treat for my skin this winter and knowing its full of nourishing natural goodness just makes me love it even more and feel confident about using it.

Nurturing Soul takes beauty back to where it belongs, using natural non harming ingredients that are beneficial enhancing and most importantly good to the skin.

You can find Bec and her daily musings over on Instagram, PinterstEtsy and on her Website. I promise you wont be disappointed, her feed if full of advenutre, natural living, parenhood and a whole lot more.

 Let me know what product you most like the sound of?

All views are my own 



Happy New Year and hello 2016!  I have so much planned for bohomixology this year, after taking a little break for the Holidays I'm so ready to get back in the swing of things, I'm even planning a little makeover for the blog in the next few months. 

While I'm not a huge celebrator of New Year's Eve, I do love the feeling of a fresh start. I like to set myself intentions rather than resolutions, I believe they seem less intimidating and much more achievable. Do you do anything to welcome in the new year? How about resolutions, are they something you do? 

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