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Kira Simpson


All things sustainable living & nature 🌱


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Fractals are repeating patterns found in everywhere nature - like these branches and leaves or waves crashing or wind rippling across water. The research found that our brains really like fractals, which have a soothing effect on our mind and help regulate our emotions, similar to when we listen to music. Most us of live and work inside, and we haven’t evolved to find comfort in four bare walls - wallpaper patterns don’t count. Our brains are hardwired to need to see naturally occurring fractals to help us destress. Feeling relaxed isn’t just a want, it’s a biological need. So if you’re feeling out of sorts, get outside and look at nature 🥰

Research: The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative -Florence Williams

What Happens in Your Brain When You Walk Down the Street? Implications of Architectural Proportions, Biophilia, and Fractal Geometry for Urban Science
by Aenne A. Brielmann 1ORCID,Nir H. Buras 2,Nikos A. Salingaros 3,*ORCID andRichard P. Taylor 4

Human Physiological Benefits of Viewing Nature: EEG Responses to Exact and Statistical Fractal Patterns C. M. Hägerhäll1, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden, T. Laike, M. Küller, E. Marcheschi, Lund University, Sweden, C. Boydston, and R. P. Taylor, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

#fractals #natureismedicine #connectwithnature #slowliving
Here’s a first look at our sustainable house renovation on the Gold Coast! The house was built in the early 80s and has had two renovations in its lifetime. That office used to be a bar! The house is in great condition, so we’ll keep things like the floors, bathrooms, and the main bedroom as is because there’s nothing wrong with them.

The purpose of the renovation is to make the house fit our lifestyle. We’re child-free by choice, so we don’t need extra bedrooms and living spaces. We both work from home and love entertaining, so we want an open-plan kitchen and lounge room for all our friends and family to hang out in. Plus two home offices/library – we spend a lot of time in our offices, so we want to make them special! Before the renos start, we’ll have a company come and check out the kitchen, doors, lights etc, to see what can be salvaged to recycle as much as we can.

We won’t be renovating ourselves, Dave and I both have full-time jobs, no time and no renovation experience, so we’re working with a wonderful builder to help bring our dreams to life. To save money, we will be doing all the landscaping ourselves. You can follow my stories on Instagram to watch us rip out what feels like a thousand palm trees and agaves and transform the dark and wet backyard into a sunny native pollinator haven with a veggie patch. And for the detailed stuff, suppliers, costs etc you can sign up to the newsletter on the blog.
#thegreenhousegc #sustainablehouse #sustainablerenovation
(ad) What to do with the giant cabbage you just can’t finish? Make sauerkraut! Most important is to wash the bowl, storage jar, and your hands to make sure you don’t introduce any bad bacteria into the sauerkraut. I always have a bottle of @ecostore antibacterial handwash on the kitchen sink, for when I’m making food, it’s pH balanced and so gentle on my skin. And like all ecostore products, it’s made with plant and mineral-based ingredients, it’s vegan, and never tested on animals 🥰

Store the sauerkraut in a cool dark place like the pantry for 2-3 weeks. Then do the smell and taste test – trust your nose. Your sauerkraut should smell nicely sour and it should taste like tart cabbage. It should not smell bad or look yeasty. #foodwaste #sauerkraut #lowwasteliving
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