Growing a lemon tree

Hello all,

I planted a lemon seed around month ago and finally it’s sprouted! Read below for instructions.

  1. Gather your lemon seeds from an organic lemon, as standard lemon seeds can be duds.
  2. Suck on the seed to remove of the pulp and to moisten the seed as it won’t germinate if it’s dry. 
  3. Fill a small pot (with drainage holes) with multi purpose compost and press your seed into the compost about 3cm deep. 
  4. Water and keep moist.
  5. Cover the pot with cling film and pierce tiny holes.
  6. Place in a sunny window.
  7. If condensation appears on the cling film, remove it as it’s clearly warm enough. If not remove the cling film after 2 weeks. 

Germination can take up to 4 weeks. In one of my previous articles I posted “speed up germination” I currently have a lemon seed sprouting a root by this method. You simply remove the outside layer of the seed, which reveals brown skin, gently scrape off the skin revealing a green seed.

Growing a lemon tree is certainly a slow process, you won’t grow lemons for up to 5-8 years it really depends on the care of your lemon tree.

Love always x

DIY pot pourri 

Hello all, yet another post on how to make your home smell amazing, cheaply and cheerfully.

DIY pot pourri 


There are several ways of making pot pourri from scratch, either buy dried flowers on eBay or dry your own, the sky is the limit with what goes in.

Or a quicker way (as seen in the picture) buy a cheap pack of pourri (Tesco £2) and throw in household ingredients, add a few drops of your desired essential oil/s and violà. 

What I used:

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Bay leaves
  • Star anise
  • Cloves
  • Cardamom seeds

It smells lovely, it fills the room and gives an autumnal feel. Be experimental with different scents – herbs, spices, flowers, essential oils and dried fruits (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit) 

Slice fruit, place them on a lined baking tray, bake them slowly in the oven on a low temperature for 2-3 hours.

Look in charity shops for interesting bowls for the pourri, I used a snack bowl which I had been saving for specifically this. 

Love always x

How to become a greener version of yourself

Taken Vienna 2014

Hello all, I moved into my first home a couple of months ago and I was determined to become a green goddess, no plastic, less packaging, less waste, fresh food and so on! So here is my step by step guide to become a greener, more natural version of yourself.

1. Ditch plastic – Cutting boards, cooking utensils etc replace with glass (glass is the easiest material to recycle, it’s simply melted down and formed into a new bottle) or replace with wood/bamboo.

2. Buy in bulk – I buy large bags of pasta, rice and flour to reduce packaging. I then store them in air tight jars.

3. Buy fresh fruit and vegetables – I take a cotton bag with me instead of using the plastic bags in supermarkets.

4. Make your own condiments – I make pasta sauces and barbecue sauce a lot using chopped tomatoes and other ingredients. Jam and peanut butter is also really simple to make.

5. Bake your own bread – For you sweet tooths out there cake too.

6. Make your own cleaning products – I haven’t invested in one single cleaning product and I’ve been in this house for nearly 4 months, it feels great! I clean with homemade vinegar solutions, homemade febreeze and lots of baking soda, all of which can be found on my blog!

7. Recycle and reuse – I made a double bed and a garden table from scrap pallets, authentic and simple. You can recycle jars and bottles to make vases or storage jars for make up, spices, a toothbrush/pen pot etc

8. Shop second hand – Well this one is really easy, one mans trash is another mans treasure.

9. Start a compost bin – Or simply bury the scraps in the earth.

10. Eco friendly beauty kit – Invest in bamboo make up brushes, hair brushes, combs etc Eco tools have the best selection!

Feel free to ask questions, it’s really as simple as 10 steps. Love always x