Easy Paper Flowers

I have seen many tutorials about how to make fake/paper flowers and I have loved the look of many of the flowers, but a lot of them called for special florist’s wire and a few uncommon craft items that I don’t want to be ordering over the net…I’m not good at waiting!

This tutorial from Aunt Peaches uses ordinary drinking straws and masking tape for the stems, and it still looks great, in fact the whole Blog is just gorgeous to look at!

 

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What to do with old garlic cloves

Once again I have fallen victim to buying a whole bag of garlic, because it was on special, bargain right?!

As much as I love the stuff, I don’t have a big family to feed every night, so now I have over half a bag sprouting in my fridge crisper :/

Then I suddenly remembered about a pin I have on my board called Homely

I might give it a go in my backyard. My kitchen is tiny, I wish I had one of those big sunny window sills to grow herbs on, but I will have a bash at it outside in a sheltered spot. Wish me luck, and thanks to Rebecca’s Soap Deli News for the great tutorial!

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Stuff It

Ok, so yesterday I had a bash at re-stuffing my couch.

I bought a beautiful lounge suite about 3 years ago. Mum warned me that the one I had chosen would probably go all flat and compact in the seats, because she knew someone who had that problem with hers.

I bought it anyway, I couldn’t help it, I’m stubborn like that. It wasn’t some childish rebellion, but I just could’t find another one that was half as comfy….I called it “the bum cloud.”

So fast forward a few years, and now the seats are flat as a tack.

What to do…what to do…

Flat Couch

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Product Review: Garnier Skin Naturals BB Cream

 

Ok, it’s time for a product review.

 

A few months back, I was seduced into trying Garnier‘s original BB cream while I was IMG_1802product-hypnotised in Priceline, staring waaaay too long at the shelves of goodies. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m a bit of a product queen. Now notice that I said queen, not snob, by no means does it have to be expensive, I just love the variety.

 

Anyway…I digress

 

I went home and tried it on. This was the formula for normal skin, which at the time, was the only type being sold. The first thing I noticed was how the product rushed out of the small nozzle, over my fingers and onto the sink, which luckily, was conveniently placed directly under my hands at the time :/

 

After a quick clean up with some baby wipes, I managed to dab a normal amount onto my fingertips, and apply it to my face. It felt ok, went on quite smoothly, and felt like a nice thin even layer. It evened my skin tone out quite nicely, so all in all, I was rather pleased with my purchase.

 

About half an hour later I was back at the bathroom mirror, for something….a brush? can’t remember. Anyway, I was disappointed to find my skin was all shiny and slicked, like the product was floating in a layer of oil. I gently ran a finger over my cheek, and yep, oily mess with foundation floating on top, and just for an added bonus, a zit was coming up on my chin because my skin was suffocating UUURRGGHH!!!!!

 

So that one went in the bin right away, I can’t stand wasting money on products that don’t dazzle me dammit! Anyway, as ironic fate would have it, a few days later I was in the supermarket, and I saw that Garnier had just launched a second addition to their BB cream product line…for combination/oily skin. Now, I don’t know if they had got that in because of feedback about the original, or because they just decided to launch the second one later.

 

So there I am, in the supermarket, looking at this new and improved formula that would probably suit my skin much better. Do I risk it? How dumb/annoyed will I feel if this one is a flop too? I bought it. I paced around, walked away, came back again and then bought it.

 

Now, here’s the good news. It’s great, it works and it’s great. I got the light one because I have Tassie skin, which means I can hold a tan for about 5 minutes tops, even over here in WA during Summer.

 

It blends really well, like the other one, but dries to a soft, velvety finish. It covers my dark circles, large pores, and other various pleasantries that lurk on my face sometimes. It does well in the heat too, a lot of makeup brands don’t stand a chance over here when the weather heats up. It has a light, pleasing smell too, which is a big factor for me….I don’t like to be stuck with Stinky Face Syndrome all day.

 

The only thing I must caution you on is that it still runs out of the tube way too fast, if you don’t store it with the lid facing up. So, keep it standing upside down in a pretty container or jar, with your makeup brushes or eyeliner etc.

 

So all in all my skin has improved with continued use, and I look forward to my quick fix in the morning. It takes seconds to put on, feels and looks light, and you forget you are wearing it.

 

8/10, or 4 stars, whatever you prefer lol xx

 

 

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Frozen Mashed Potato

So how many of you have been buying those packets of frozen mashed potato? Aren’t they a dream for busy Mums 🙂

I love them, but at $4 min a pop, I decided to make batches of my own on the weekend to last me through the week.

All I do is prick my potatoes with a knife a few times, put them in a covered container in the microwave, and nuke them for about 10 minutes. Of course, it also depends on how many you need to cook, to feed the family, and how powerful your microwave is, but us Mums know what we are doing 😉

English: organic cultivated Russet Burbank potato

English: organic cultivated Russet Burbank potato (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now leave them to cool down a bit so you can handle them, cut them in half, and “squeeze” out their insides. Now just make your mash as normal, however you like it. As you can see, I hate peeling, I find it incredibly tiresome, but each to their own.

Now all you need to to is fill up some cheap ice cube trays with the mash, like freezing baby food. When the cubes of potato are frozen, just pop them out and store them in snap lock freezer bags, in the portion size of your choice.

Ice cubes in a tray

Ice cubes in a tray (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are like me, and only have limited freezer space, I just keep the unused mash in a bowl in the fridge, and just keep filling the ice cube trays in batches, until it is all used up.

This makes a lot of sense to do, as you can buy a kilo bag of potatoes for around the same price as store bought frozen mash in a small packet.

 

 


							
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Handle Your Eggs

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A dozen boiled eggs with lion marks visible in a saucepan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are a bit of a fan of eggs, like me, you will be familiar with the joys of trying to peel them. Why do some have shells that peel off in tiny little fragments, to the point where you just want to throw it across the kitchen and give up? Why do some want to peel off in chunks and take half the white with it?

Well, I’m not a scientist, I’m a Mum. What I DO know, is that if you put a teaspoon of bicarb soda into the cold water before you boil it, you will end up with eggs that peel like a dream. Have you ever had an egg that peels away with no effort, in two clean pieces? If you use the bicarb trick, you will find a lot more of those 🙂

 

This is especially good news if you are into catering, having a dinner party (devilled eggs mmm) or a BBQ. My son likes to make a batch of curried eggs early in the week for his school sandwiches, he makes awesome curried eggs, I’m all proud.

Oh, and remember to run the cooked eggs in their shells under cold or sit in ice water, to keep away the grey yolk rings 🙂

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Long Strong Hair Growth

A few weeks ago, I decided it was time to have another go at being a blonde. For anyone with dark hair, who has tried to go blonde, you will already know that sinking feeling you can get when you have blow dried afterwards, only to find that you have turned a weird shade of peachy-orange.

I had a bit of a browse through YouTube, and was relieved to find that it is very common to go through an orange to yellow stage as you are blonding, and the trick is to just keep going.

So, with a new surge of enthusiasm, I drove to the shop, and got myself another blonding kit,  for streaks and highlights. I was really rather pleased at the outcome, after this next layer of blonde…and just quietly, I think a few other people were rather relieved too.

So, here I am, with a pleasing shade of blonde, all happy now…except…..now my hair is a bit, you know, crispy. SO today’s post is what to do about crispy, over-processed hair AND how to encourage your hair to grow faster and thicker. I know we don’t like to talk about it much out loud, but girls, have you noticed how, over time your hair seems to thin a bit on top, around the front of the crown area? It has been linked to stress, hormones, after being pregnant…all sorts of things. I’m not an expert on the endocrine system, but I DO know that I wouldn’t mind helping my hair to grow nice and long, get rid of the dry, crispiness factor, and with any luck, for it to grow full and thick from the roots down.

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So without further ado, here is my solution to make hair healthy, thick and faster growing.

All you need is some coconut or olive oil, and a few drops of peppermint oil, to stimulate the hair follicles into action. As I have said before, if you are pregnant, skip the essential oils. Also, make sure you don’t add too much peppermint oil, or your head will feel menthol-breezy all day/night, and you won’t be able to focus on much else. Also, peppermint can keep you awake, so this is a good time to buy one of those towelling turbans, to keep the smell at bay.

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Massage the mixture into your scalp for about 10 minutes, then work it through your mid-lengths and ends. If you are going to sleep in it, wrap your hair in something comfortable, otherwise put it up in a bun and leave it for as long as you can before washing it out. Do this every night until you are happy with the health of your hair, then twice a week will keep it kicking along nicely. Keep a look out for coconut oil on special. I find mine for about $5 a jar, and I’m not fussed about weather it is organic or not, it works just fine anyway.

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