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January News - lets get together

lets get social cos its all about YOU

THERE WILL BE A GIVE AWAY SO KEEP READING LOVELIES 👇🏼

Hello there.

I had started my monthly newsletter on a completely different theme last week but then the news broke from The Royal College of Paediatricians who basically said that “Tech was having no bad effects on our children”, and at that point all of my previous ideas for this month disappeared from my mind and I became a bit irate or to be more precise, down right hopping mad about the whole “Media/Tech” story. Did any of you hear this story last week ? I would love to know what you thought about it too …

One quote really stuck in my mind as I watched and listened to this story unfold and it went something like … “Digital airtime to the mind is like sugar is to our diets” – Jeremy Vine Show Radio 2 4.1.18. and another quote “A screen in a teenagers bedroom can be lethal weapon”, “One can have treatment for gaming and social media as a mental illness”, powerful words hey. Now I am not going to go off on one about how we should be handling our tech differently with our kids as quite frankly its a minefield out there and I really feel that we have to navigate this in any way that works best for us and our kids (there will be no judgement from me here ladies, its hard enough to deal with already). With no one size fits all solution, each day throws up a whole new set of challenges for us adults as we try to help our kids to navigate through this pool of social media so if you are nodding your head right about know, I feel your pain… its not easy.

On a personal note I cut down my airtime online by about 70% over the festive period and I pretty much went to sleep on social media too. I didn’t plan too it just sort of happened so I can’t claim that it was with total intention but as the days rolled by I just went with it and tbh I found it quite liberating not to mention the fact that I gained back loads of extra time to spend on being with family and friends rather than scrolling through what other people were up to. Only thing was that I missed being in touch with you gorgeous peeps but more on that later.

The feeling of keeping up with the social media whirl, living up to being at our perkiest online can at times feel unrelenting and exhausting can’t it and although the report out last week says there is little effect, it did say that those who are most vulnerable are 14 yr old girls which is a scary thought, particularly as I have a house full of teenage girls, and I must admit I definitely see the negative impact of their social media experiences on a daily basis.

Whether it be dealing with the emotional fallout of unrealistic body images, skewed friendship groups, lack of confidence, fear of upsetting people by having a valid opinion or being too brazen and saying exactly what one thinks regardless of others because it’s “only on social media and I don’t really mean it” style of language leads to pretty intense feelings in teenagers and lots of us adults too if I am honest. It seems to me that social media is all about ‘I” where has “We” gone. Its all “how do I look”, “what do I think about them”, “she looks amazing and I look terrible”.

The up shot of me taking a break was that it made me more aware of valuing you, my lovely readers, for being on this health and wellness journey with me. I want you to know that what I post is always coming from me, my experiences and knowledge which I love to share with you all – you can probs tell that from all my spelling mistakes !!. With that in mind I would like to make sure that my time on social media is as positive as can be and a safe place to hang out, where we can ask questions, share our knowledge about all things that are good for us without judgement and with a massive dose of humour to boot.

In order to start getting more up close and personal with you lovelies please tell me whether Facebook or Instagram is your preferred place to hang out. I would like to create a private group where we can meet up and I can do “lives” or “insta stories” on some of the Health and Wellness subjects that you are interested in so please let me know where you like to hang out online by emailing me at sophie@webofgoodness.com or leave a comment on Instagram Direct or Web of Goodness’s facebook with either  A) Facebook B) Zoom meeting room C) Instagram stories D) other      and I will crack on and get things set up in the way that best suits all of you lovelies.

I feel honoured to be with you all, thank you as ever for reading and do spread the word with family and friends if you enjoy reading my ramblings as Web of Goodness is all about Community, COMMUNITY FOR YOU, so the more the merrier. You are all so welcome here. Have a great weekend all xo 

 

and now for the giveaway

To all of you who have brought my Goodness By Sophie products up until now I want to say a huge thank you for your patience whilst I have been getting the new packaging sorted and you lovelies are the first to know that my products are all ready so keep a look out on social media and my website for the new packaging that will start to pop up. Sooooo for the first Goodness Gal who answers my question above and gets a friend to sign up to my newsletter I shall be posting off a 100ml Goodness by Sophie Facial Cleanser and this brand new Skincare Bible which is a wonderful introduction to all things natural skincare and a really fab read. Just so I know which friend belongs to you send me a message of who to look out for on my mailing list !! You can always post this link into an email if you want to make it super easy for someone to sign up !!

Note:  UK postage only peeps !

 

a quote to perk you up

My quote for this month was going to be something a little more demure and encouraging after the festive knees up that we have all been having but as this kept popping up in my insta and facebook feeds and the fact that it was sent to me three times by different friends I thought that was a definite sign that I should pass it on … to you guys that is !!

 

if cauliflower can be pizza you can be anything  😉

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a Recipe for you

Sometimes at this time of year we forget that the basics are the best ! This bone broth recipe is my emergency pick me up with I am fighting off bugs or when I am feeling sub par (Hello january !) and it makes a great alternative to coffee and tea when you are trying to cut down on the caffeine and chill out a bit. I have been adding pheasant carcasses (and other strange looking birds that seem to find their way into my kitchen at this time of the year) and they add great flavour too if you want to use the bone broth as a base for heart soups. And, because I drink so much of it you can also find it in my Drinks & Smoothies section on my Recipe drop down.

Bone Broth

Yields1 Serving

Ingredients
 1 onion, peeled
 4 cloves of garlic, peeled
 2-3cm chunk of ginger, peeled
 1 turmeric root, peeled
 2 large carrots, peeled if not organic
 4 celery sticks
 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
 1 large bunch of parsley
 3 bay leaves
 6 black peppercorns
 1 tsp sea salt
 1 large sprig of fresh thyme
 bones of one large organic chicken or 3-4 big quality beef bones with marrow

Directions
1

Rough chop all the veg. (If you buy organic there is no need to peel carrots etc..).

2

Pop them in a generous casserole dish along with the chicken carcass (I break this up into three pieces) or beef bones. Add all the other herbs along with 2 or so litres of hot water to cover everything.

3

Lid on and pop it in a hot oven approx 220° for about 20-30 mins then lower the temperature to 120° for another 4 hrs or so. (If you forget to take it out and it stays in until morning it won’t be the end of the world, I prefer mine like that !). I find if you are making a beef stock it does well from staying in the oven for a good 24 hrs.

And a little bit more...
4

I make a batch and pop half in jars in the freezer and the other half I keep in the fridge (see photo!).

5

This makes a great drink especially in the winter when you fancy a change from your usual cuppa at teatime, to fend off those energy slumps in the late afternoon or as a calming nourishing mug before bedtime. AND, this bone broth is packed with collagen, vitamins and minerals too.

6

If you would like to learn more about how good this is for you then head over to my blog and search up in the archives where I have written all about it or just click on the link below.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 onion, peeled
 4 cloves of garlic, peeled
 2-3cm chunk of ginger, peeled
 1 turmeric root, peeled
 2 large carrots, peeled if not organic
 4 celery sticks
 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
 1 large bunch of parsley
 3 bay leaves
 6 black peppercorns
 1 tsp sea salt
 1 large sprig of fresh thyme
 bones of one large organic chicken or 3-4 big quality beef bones with marrow

Directions

Directions
1

Rough chop all the veg. (If you buy organic there is no need to peel carrots etc..).

2

Pop them in a generous casserole dish along with the chicken carcass (I break this up into three pieces) or beef bones. Add all the other herbs along with 2 or so litres of hot water to cover everything.

3

Lid on and pop it in a hot oven approx 220° for about 20-30 mins then lower the temperature to 120° for another 4 hrs or so. (If you forget to take it out and it stays in until morning it won’t be the end of the world, I prefer mine like that !). I find if you are making a beef stock it does well from staying in the oven for a good 24 hrs.

And a little bit more...
4

I make a batch and pop half in jars in the freezer and the other half I keep in the fridge (see photo!).

5

This makes a great drink especially in the winter when you fancy a change from your usual cuppa at teatime, to fend off those energy slumps in the late afternoon or as a calming nourishing mug before bedtime. AND, this bone broth is packed with collagen, vitamins and minerals too.

6

If you would like to learn more about how good this is for you then head over to my blog and search up in the archives where I have written all about it or just click on the link below.

Bone Broth

 

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