Amanda Lumley

Amanda is a writer, massage therapist and Registered Aromatherapist living in British Columbia. She loves to be outside at every opportunity, often on a bicycle. Sometimes she replaces a pen (or keyboard) with a pencil and attempts some botanical drawing. You can follow her travel, drawing, healthy lifestyle and occasional cooking adventures at onasmallblueplanet.com

The deep, rich colour of succulent berries are for many synonymous with the experience & magic of summer. But eating berries comes with many, many proven health benefits as well. Here's an outline of what they do for you, backed with studies for each point.

Nature’s Megavitamins: 4 Legitimate, Science-Backed Benefits of Eating Berries

The deep, rich colour of succulent berries, their delicate and complex aromas, are for many synonymous with the experience and magic of summer. Whether we pick up a few choice pounds at a local store or farmers market, perhaps brave the thorns of local blackberry bushes or methodically liberate our berry of choice from bushes …

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By integrating the greatest example of 'economy' that has ever existed - ecology itself - permaculture designs are set to stun, in both function & design...

Permaculture: Not Just For Hippies. 4 Beautiful Images of Future (and Present) Permaculture Projects

The word ‘permaculture’ might very well conjure up visions of quietly rebellious groups of malcontents, disillusioned with modern life – retreating back to the land and a simpler state of being, as they leave the rest of humanity to its endless and pointless consumerism. Whilst there is some veracity to this vision of a ‘hippie …

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A simple lifestyle is something everyone strives for, in one way or another, but what's often forgotten is that it doesn't mean a less ACTIVE lifestyle...

Four Proven Ways a Simple Lifestyle Reduces Stress and Makes You Healthier

Thoreau extolled the virtues of a simple lifestyle, and his impassioned plea to ‘simplify, simplify’ in Walden, is echoed by many other proponents of the simple life. Leo Tolstoy’s vision of a self-sustaining, simple lifestyle after a life of indulgence and decadence in turn influenced Gandhi’s teachings of spiritual and material austerity. Buddha taught the …

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