Crowd funding for Stepney City Farm

Would you like to help keep Stepney City Farm open and free! I love going there with my son Dylan on a Saturday, to feed the animals and to shop at their farmers market. Great Bownies and a super cheese stall too.
See below how you can join in with helping…

We have therefore started a crowdfunding scheme which will run for the next
53 days (and counting down). Here is the link:

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/stepneycityfarm/

“Dear fellow parents of Tower Hamlets,

I know many of you have enjoyed visiting Stepney City Farm, and I’m writing
to ask if you can help.

The Farm has really improved over the last several years, but from April we
do not have funding for crucial staff, including the Farm Director. There
is a real risk that what has been gained will be lost to us and our
children, and this in a borough which as you will be aware is one of the
most crowded and poorest in the UK. Local kids really, really benefit from
our beautiful open space – as do local grownups.

The Farm gets no state funding towards its general running, and the
recession has meant that fundraising is harder than ever before. However,
as you will read if you click this link, if half of the people who visit
the farm in a year paid just one pound we would raise our target.

Any little bit you can spare would go a long way, and as you will see we
are offering some lovely things in return for your donations including pen
portraits by our talented resident artist, or a check of your rabbit or
other small furry animal by our equally talented farmers.

The scheme ends on February 27th, so even though January is sometimes a
tricky time of year financially the donation you make won’t be paid until
after this date – and then only if we have managed to raise all the money
we are trying to raise. Conversely, if we don’t raise the full amount
nothing will be paid.

**Please would you forward this to anyone you think might be interested in
helping the farm.**

Thanks so much to any of you who are able to help.

Wishing you all good wishes for 2014.

Bessie (Trustee, Stepney City Farm)

If you have any questions please contact:
Elizabeth Venables
07973 409 749

 

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Oxford Light, Christmas Market 2013

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Soothe-me will be a stall holder (on Saturday 23rd Nov only) at the Oxford Christmas Light Market, held in St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LD this year.

The market opens at 10am and closes at 10pm. There will be delicious food, drinks (mulled wine I hope!) and Gorgeous Gifts. Carols and entertainment will start from 4pm, so you can eat, potter, shop, potter, drink, potter then be entertained!

Their website states “ Join us in the heart of Oxford for the Christmas Light Festival market from Friday 22 November to Sunday 24 November 2013. With 80 stalls, the festive market will be open all weekend, selling hot food and drink as well as unique art, crafts and gifts.

This year, the market will also play host to a Victorian fairground, our Information Chalet and a new Children’s Area, where there will be the chance to meet Santa and his reindeer“.

– Click  here or on the main image above to view the main site

There is a children’s area where you can visit santa of course, and I also heard a rumour about a slime maker?!!

If you are a local to Oxford do come and find us, say hello to Suzie and Caroline and for a special 15% off soothe-me goodies on the day whisper us these secret words… “Mince pies in your eyes!”

Link to the PDF Programme for the full event here

Soothe-me collaborate with Barking Bathhouse!

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Recently I spent a lovely afternoon with the therapists at the Barking Bathhouse Spa. I met with them as a consultant (or as they prefer master oil blender!) to design and create their spa product range and in-house massage oils. Firstly I wanted to talk though what each therapist needed from their massage oil blend. I needed to find out the different requirements and expectations from each. Once I had all this information I was able to go away to have a play and to fine tune the recipes. Then after some trial sessions and after a few tweaks we created 3 unique massage oil blends.

Each blend has different remedial effects for the body, to aid and enhance each different massage treatment. Each blend is made with cold pressed base oils and specially selected essential oils, in dark amber glass to preserve the natural qualities.

All three beautiful handmade oils are also available for sale at the spa right now…

How to make some one smile :)

Today I received something that made me smile,  on beautiful golden paper a Christmas order from a lovely lady called Barbara Sedassy. Sent by traditional post not by email!  Its so nice to get things made by hands, what a lovely personal touch. It shows that the shopping online is not the only way to shop these days.

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With Barbaras note was a beautiful picture of one of her latest paintings. ‘VJ’s Garden’ from a stunning series called Gardens for Jonny. All created in memory of her amazing son and my friend Jonny (Rhythm) Sedassy.

So I am busy looking for my crayons so I can make a little card to send her back. Perhaps this can inspire others to  to get your pastels, do a little doodle, write a little note. Then in a nice an old-fashioned-way post it with a licky sticky stamp to some one you care about and make them smile. 🙂  (pass it on!)

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Rosehhip & Sea Buckthorn Face Oils

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For sometime now I have been working on re-vamping my ‘bioactive’ facial oil range, because I felt my facial oils could have ingredients that would work a lot harder for your skin.

For the new range I focussed on 2 ‘super oils’  Cold pressed Rosehip oil and Sea Buckthorn oil, both know as anti-ageing oils, naturally rich in the Omega family and vitamin A. Because these oils are know to help to balance the skins oil production, they can help both dry and oily skin.

Rosehip oil has been medically recognised to help prevent premature ageing of the skin. Sea Buckthorn is a beautiful golden colour, it has been used in skincare for many years to help heal the skin and for other health benefits. Rosehip on its own is a very ‘dry’ oil so I have also used natural vitamin E to counter act the dryness, Rosemary anti oxidant and with Vitamin A help with skin cell regeneration. The results are 3 beautiful face oils/serums that promote soft vital looking, clear skin. And they also smell wonderful!

All 3 help combat premature skin ageing and then each one has another particular targeted skin benefit.
Divine skin oil – Dry skin, with essential oil Lavender, Geranium, Pathchouli
Radiant skin oil – Mature skin, large pores, with essential oil of Elemi flower
Brilliant skin oil – Anti acne , with exquisite Frangipani and Fragonia for rebalancing
(I currently make to order, you can also try them in a mini travel size).

Baby Massage at stretch yoga studio E8

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This lovely style of ‘developmental’ baby massage combines massage with movements (soft gymnastics), encouraging you and your baby to relax and have fun together.  Regular baby massage can help relieve birth trauma, colic, constipation, reflux, encourages deeper sleep.

Mondays 11am-12pm 
4 week course £50
Handouts & massage oil provided
At Stretch yoga studio, 6b Ada Street off broadway market E8 4QU
Suzie: 07721 610 574
suzie@soothe-me.com
www.babyclasseslondon.com    

Facial brushing routine for beautiful skin!

If you have limited time or are a busy mum, this is a quick 5 min routine to try. This will leave your skin feeling AMAZING! I say this from experience, having stated this a few months ago my skin has never felt so supple and healthy. Brushing is best after cleansing, I use my soothe-me ‘Balancing Act‘ Exquisite Floral Water mist before I start. (note: you have the pressure correct if it is comfortable for you, its a personal thing!)

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A few of the many benefits of ‘skin brushing’ are…

  • Brushing (acts like massage) encouraging the blood flow to skin cells,  bringing oxygen and nutrients to the cells to help re-new them. Promoting happy healthy skin cells.
  • Brushing exfoliates helping remove old dead skin cells. As we age this process slow down, causing a dull complexion. Exfoliating by brushing = a better complexion.
  • It helps clear away impurities in the pores, clearer pores appear to look smaller
  • It stimulates and workes the muscles under the skin,  just like facial yoga, this helps improve skin tone, texture and helps skin to feel firmer.  Appearing less saggy and more youthful.
  • Find the right strength of brush for you, I like quite a firm one but others prefer softer more baby level brushes.  With the right brush for you it feels great, because brushing acts like massage it releases endorphins so you feel relaxed! It makes my skin feel really invigorated and I get so many comments about how great I look. Facial brushing for me is quite addictive and I LOVE IT! Give it a try today!