Militza Maury

Militza is a full time mom, eco-blogger and designer of eco-friendly products for kids and home.

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Little Green Dot Workshop // JULY – SIMPLIFY skin

If you missed last month’s workshop, I hope you can join us for our July classes! It’s always good fun – you get to meet new friends, learn great recipes and get hands-on, making your own skincare products in class! I’m running two sessions – which one is best for you? Morning or evening time… you pick!

Don’t miss out – grab your ticket today: Little Green Dot’s SIMPLIFY Skin Workshop

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book your ticket: Little Green Dot’s SIMPLIFY Skin Workshop

P.S.: make sure to check out last month’s workshop! 

Kitchen Tips // Don’t make this mistake

I sat down with Chef Clement to talk oils, because in our circles, oil is a pretty hot topic! :) We want to know – which are the best, how to use them, how to properly store them… Chef is all about cooking and eating foods that makes you feel your best – so I thought why not ask him about his approach.

Honestly, I expected to come back to you with a long list of oils everyone should have in their pantry , but his answer was: Keep It Simple! And I have to say, I like that attitude much more!

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When it comes to choosing an oil – you have plenty of options, each boasting different health benefits. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m quick to pick up the latest healthy oil and enjoy having variety for my salad dressings and cooking. In my house right now, I have:

Pumpkin Seed, Grapeseed Oil, Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Safflower Oil, Olive Oil, Sesame Oil and Infused Chili Oil. 

And if you’re like me – you’re going mostly cold-pressed, extra virgin oils for the health benefits. But, these oils are highly perishable, and every time you use them, you’re exposing it to light and air causing it to oxidize and go rancid quicker.

toomanyoils The oils in my kitchen today…

If you have have a few different oils on the go – ask yourself - can you really consume them all before they turn rancid? Once a bottle has been opened, it should be consumed – on average  - within six months. The more stable oils like coconut and olive oil can go for up to 1 year. 

But, unlike wine, there is no benefit to keeping oil for a long time. Within 60 days of opening, the oil will begin to oxidize and change in flavor. So, instead of stocking your kitchen with different oils – Chef Clement recommends that we go minimal and stick with one or two at a time. 

goodamountofoils Keeping it simple

  • One heat-stable oil for cooking, like refined olive oil or coconut oil (or butter)
  • One cold-pressed oil for salads, like extra virgin olive oil

Once you’ve finished a bottle, you can always try another new type of oil. It’s always good to play and experiment, but perhaps not with too many at the same time!

Pro Tips:

  1. If you cook daily, don’t use from the oil bottle directly. To avoid constant light and oxygen exposure, decant your oil into a smaller oil dispenser or squeeze condiment bottle and re-fill it as you need. Store the main bottle of oil in a cool, dark cupboard.
  2. Add variety and flavour to the same oil by using different ingredients:
  • Blend some oil with fresh herbs and use it throughout the week in your cooking. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week
  • When you roast veggies like capsicum, mix the juice in with the oil. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week
  • Use freshly squeezed juices like calamansi lime, orange or pineapple to create new dressings and sauces! Store in the fridge for up to 1 week
  • Stock up on vinegars! Try fruit vinegars, apple cider, red wine, balsamic – they are more shelf stable and will produce completely different flavors!

Hope this helps you! Chatting with Chef, really helped me to simplify my kitchen even more – so I wanted to pass along this tip to you too!

PS: If you have a ton of oils in your kitchen, here are some other great ways to use them:

Do you live in Singapore? Check out Chef Clement’s take-out cafe, Simply Eden! Get the red velvet muffin and chia seed baguettes to bring home with you!! YUM!

Recipe + Giveaway // Your Weekly Hair Treatment

Here’s your July Recipe + Giveaway where I show you one of my favorite recipes and give you the chance to win all the ingredients you need to make it – delivered to your door!! This contest is open around the world – good luck and happy making!

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A good hair oil works in two ways: massaged onto the scalp, it helps to nourish and fortify your hair follicles. Worked onto the hair, it helps to moisturise and seal your strands. I showed my friend Holly a really simple recipe, that uses some of the best oils for our hair. Once you have them on hand, you’ll be able to make a beautiful product at home that can be found in any high-end salon!!

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Hemp Seed Oil: This oil is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and is 25% protein. You’re hair will drink it up! It’s packed with vitamin E, so a good massage on the scalp will feed in those antioxidants. Remember, healthy hair begins at the scalp. You can eat this oil too! Always eat it raw, unheated, in salad dressings, dips or in smoothies - and you’ll get those healthy benefits internally too.

Argan Oil: Prized as a moisturising oil, it’s very light weight but also very hydrating! Argan Oil is multi-use, not only will you use it in this recipe, but you can use the oil as a skin moisturiser. It’s great for under the eyes, your cuticles and any dry spots of skin.

Rosemary Essential Oil: My friend Alina, of Abundant Earth once told me that she adds rosemary oil to every hair blend she makes! She’s an incredibly informed herbalist, so I listen! Rosemary essential oil is antibacterial – massaging it onto the scalp helps to cleanse hair cuticles from bacteria that can cause scalp irritations. It feeds the scalp with antioxidants and helps to stimulate blood flow – all which leads to healthier hair.

These ingredients combined will produce an oil that your hair will absolutely love!  Use it once a week – I like to put it on at night, then wash it off in the morning. The trick is to set a routine that works with your schedule. You’ll see – your hair will soon feel stronger and healthier with very little fuss!

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Hemp & Argan Oil Hair Treatment Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Rosemary Essential Oil
  • dark glass bottle

Directions: 

  • use a small, dark bottle to better help preserve the oils.
  • fill it with your blend: two parts hemp seed oil, one part argan oil
  • add in a few drops of rosemary essential oil, 5-10 drops for every 1/4 cup of oil blend.

How to use:

  • on clean hair (not covered in product), begin at the scalp. Give yourself a good massage with the oil – take your time here! We tend to focus on the hair, but healthy hair begins at the scalp!
  • work the oil down onto the strands
  • tie your hair up in a bun, or braid. Allow to sit for 20 minutes or overnight
  • wash as normal
  • you can use a tiny small amount onto dry hair to help tame frizz
  • you can also use this blend for your skin! It’s multi-use and rosemary is often used in anti-ageing care products for its antioxidants – so you’ll get lot’s of great use with this! Dab it around your eyes, use it on cuticles or even as an all-over nighttime moisturiser.

Hemp & Argan Oil Hair Treatment Giveaway

It’s a giveaway!! Win a shopping cart filled with everything you need to make the hair treatment, delivered straight to your door! It’s that simple! Here’s how to enter:

  • Sign up for the weekly Little Green Dot newsletter and get 1 chance to win
  • Don’t forget to confirm your subscription in your email (because we hate spam!)
  • Get bonus chances by following Little Green Dot on Facebook,Pinterest & Instagram!

The contest will run until the end of July and then we’ll pick a winner! Good luck!

Internship Positions Available!

Interns Needed

Little Green Dot is growing – and we could use a little help! We are dedicated to inspire a healthier lifestyle and need people who are motivated to do the same! If you want to join a community, be part of something positive and develop your passions – I’d love to work with you! We have two positions available…

1. Workshops Coordinator:

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If you’re interested in event planning, love thinking creatively and are weirdly obsessed with the small details – this internship is for you!

Workshops are hands-on fun! We get to learn from experts, share experiences and new ways to live more green. And more importantly we get to put on an event that will inspire people to take on green living in a whole new way!

As an event coordinator, your duties include: 

  • Developing decor, food ideas and creating an inspiration board
  • Sourcing materials, decor, flowers and food
  • Coordinating with event partners, sending emails and scheduling 
  • Helping to set up and assist throughout the workshop…

and more!

  • Hours: 10+ hours per month
  • Internship period: 3 months
  • Required: laptop and flexible hours (weekends)

After completing the internship, paid positions will be considered. Travel (taxi) expenses are covered.

2. Photographer and/or Videographer

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Do you love capturing that perfect moment? Do you dream in composition?

Join us for photo shoots, workshops and events – bring your camera, your skills and your passion to share the story of green living! 

Whether you’re interested in food photography, portraits or events – we’ll have something for you! Here are a few past events and posts where I worked with other photographers and videographers:

As a photographer and/or videographer your duties include: 

  • working in indoor and/or outdoor photo-shoots, workshops & events 
  • post processing/editing

all credit for photography will be given to you, which you can use on your site and portfolio

  • Hours: 1 day (about 4 hours) per week
  • Internship period: 3 months
  • Required: camera, skills, flexible hours (weekends)

Please send examples of your work!

After completing the internship, paid positions will be considered. Travel (taxi) expenses are covered.

I’ve enjoyed sharing on the blog with you and I’d love to build the team, inspiring and spreading the love for living green! Will you apply today?

email me directly: [email protected] 

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Get Crafty

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Organised junk? Yes! Absolutely – your kids (and you) will love this! Instead of buying crafting materials, set up this craft box to reuse what’s around you.  As you collect materials that can be re-purposed, just add them in. That way, instead of keeping a stash of toilet paper rolls around the house - you’ll have this beautifully organised craft box - making all of your junk seem more purposeful! When ever your kiddo get a little restless – pull this out and let them get creative! It’s so much fun – check out below how to put together  your own eco craft box!

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I think it’s important to set yourself up for success. Having everything in one place will make your life so much easier – and this craft box will inspire hours of fun! If you don’t have a little one - hopefully this idea inspires you to organise your own crafting box!

Here’s what you can include:

The container – I love Ikea’s see-thru containers. Get the caddy attachment, which helps to organise everything nicely and it’s dead cheap!

The tools – In mine I have: markers, crayons, paint, paintbrushes, tape, scissors, a stapler, glue and a hole puncher. The basics that they need for crafting.

The materials – Look for things that you can repurpose, even if you don’t yet know what you’ll do with them! Stretching their creativity is half the fun. Here are some ideas:

  • disposable plates, cups, straws, chopsticks and cutlery
  • juice & cereal box containers
  • scrap paper
  • wrapping paper and ribbon
  • left over party supplies – balloons, decorations
  • old magazines
  • newspaper

There’ll be lots of cutting, gluing – making collages… but if you need a little inspiration for a certain item – use the internet! Search on pinterest for chopstick kids craft or cereal box kids craft – and you’ll have a ton of instant ideas.

Have fun making!

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