Tuesday, 30 April 2013

My first sonar!

Hello beauties!

I went for my first doctor's appointment on Thursday last week. It was quite something and Jan and I were both pretty excited (and nervous) about this special appointment. Filling in the forms went quickly, and the ten minute wait in the doctor's rooms seemed to move on forever, but eventually, he came to see us.

We answered some questions and the doctor reckons I'm a week further pregnant than we thought. But we're not sure. According to my first blood test, I'm about 10 weeks now. According to the sonar, I'm about 10 and a half. According to the doctor, I'm 11. So, we'll find out for sure next time, when the doctor can more accurately measure baby's head and legs. At this point, my due date is between 14 and 22 November.

At ten weeks, Jellybean's fingers and toes aren't webbed anymore and the tiny nails are forming. The basic stage of development is over now and the fine tuning and growing will start from now on. The hair on baby's skin is starting to grow and the spinal cord is starting to send out nerve endings. It's pretty amazing if you think about it.

According to my sonar, Jellybean's 29.8 mm long, which is under 3 cm and just more than an inch!! His / her heart is beating at around 162 beats per second and everything looks perfectly fine with our little Beanster.

The actual baby is the small white thing, surrounded by black. You can see some white marks on either side of it. :)

As far as I'm concerned, I've been having some better days dotted in between the really bad ones. I felt terrible on Sunday morning, but have had no vomiting since Saturday, which is friggen amazing. I've lost some weight, but I think I'll start to pick up when I'm supposed to, because (hopefully) the vomiting stage is over now. I feel tired, but I sleep really well, and I have heartburn every now and then, but it's nothing I can't handle. I haven't started to show really, but that should change in the next weeks.

We're feeling positive and excited!!

And now, as promised, an update on all the stuff we've been receiving for Jellybean. Thank you to everyone who's given something to celebrate Jelly, we love every item and we're sure he / she will too. I love the blankies my aunt Wilna made! They're so soft and colourful!! Thank you all!!

And so our collection grows!! :)

Remember to read and vote if you haven't yet. As usual, I find myself in a three way tie, so please be a dear and vote for something, so we can have a clear lead... :P

See you again on Thursday with some cool craft ideas. I'll be having a day off with Jan tomorrow and we might just make some yummy popcorn treats. :) If we do, I'll be sure to take some pics for you guys and share them here.

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


Monday, 29 April 2013

My weekend in pictures - Birthdays galore!

Hello beauties!

Here's to hoping your weekend was fun. :) It was my hubby's birthday on Saturday and we celebrated Franco's up and coming birthday on Sunday, so it was a busy one. I didn't take as much pics as I thought I would, but here's the ones I have.

On Friday night, I took Jan out for dinner for his 28'th. We went to Brightwater Commons in Randburg, hoping we'd see the water fountains, but alas, it would not be. They're filling up the last part of water left! But anyway, we went to dinner at McGinty's Irish pub and had a really lovely time there, only to remember back to our time in the UK and wish we were still there...

We forgot to take phodies of the food when it was brought out and Jan remembered about halfway through that I'd asked for pics for the blog. So this is what was left of our food by that time. But I tell you, it was delicious. I had the beef snitchel, which came with mushroom sauce, broccoli with melted cheese, sweet carrots and chips, and Jan had the beef and Guinness pot pie, which also came with chips. His pie was absolutely GORGEOUS and I was really sorry I hadn't ordered that as well (though my food was great too). He rounded off his meal with a beer, and I stuck with passion fruit and lemonade (pregnancy craving...). We skipped desert and went straight home after, because I was starting to feel queasy.

We had loads of family over on Saturday for his birthday, of which we don't have a single picture. But at least we have one of one of the cakes. There were three. I told you, loads of family!! :) I'm really sorry for the lack of photos. I wasn't feeling well at all when the first guests arrived, and by the time I was feeling better, it had completely slipped my mind. :)

But at least you can see one of the cakes. Our guests polished two of these over the course of the day, so once again it's been proven that my mother in law is one mean cook! Thanks mom for baking these, I wouldn't have been able to stand the raw eggs... :P

For my birthday next month, we've decided to go do a buffet dinner somewhere. So familiez, start saving. :D

Of course, I got some gifts too for Jellybean, so it was a cool dual birthday for us! I'll take pics of all Jelly's stuff and scan the sonar photo and share that with you tomorrow.

On Sunday we went over to the bestie's for Franco's birthday. And I tell you, I'm impressed with Liani for baking this one!! It looks awesome!! Your kiddies are going to have the coolest birthday cakes ever!

And that's all I have of the weekend. Sunday evening we ate hotdogs and we chilled out. As I write this, it's still Sunday evening and we may even watch a movie later. I've been really wanting to see Pitch Perfect, so we might just kick back to that.

Here's just a reminder to get your vote on for the online novel. I really appreciate the support and all of the positive remarks you've been sending me. I have noted that some of you are upset that your character didn't win in the last poll, so I'll be adding Rocket and Dusk as two of the companions in the next episode. That was really my idea from the start, I'm not going to make up these characters and simply not use them!! (: But thank you all for supporting me once again, it means more to me than you know.

And as a last word, just a heads up that I won't be posting on Wednesday, because it's a South African public holiday. We're expecting more family and visits, so I'll be otherwise occupied. :)

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


Friday, 26 April 2013

Part Six!

Hello beauties!

As promised, the story continues today. But first, if you are preggers like me, cast thine eyes upon The Chef Mother's blog today, to learn more about breastfeeding vs baby formula. Interesting stuff!

Also be sure to tune in on Monday for my weekend in pictures (I should be able to get some snaps of this weekend, it's the hubster's birthday tomorrow and Franco's birthday celebration on Sunday.) and a Jellybean update on Tuesday. I saw the little munchkin on a sonar for the first time yesterday and heard the little heart beat!! :D WOWNESS! I'll share all of this next week. :)

On to the story!

Part Six

Dust hung thick in the air all around them and the people waved in an attempt to clear it.

"Confounded machine! Why doth your 'up' not go up! Why must you so annoy me!" the figure in the flying machine shouted, before he started laughing merrily. "Death! Once more I defy you! I laugh in your face once again!" he called, for it was obviously a he, and laughed again.

"Typical of him to crash a brand new flying machine. He doesn't know his 'up' from 'down', nor 'left' from 'right'. In fact, I'd be surprised if he could write down his own name..." Oliver breathed at Roxanne with a grin and a wink.

As the figure finally stepped out of the smoke, Roxanne took him in. He was not at all what she'd expected. He pulled off a dented metal helmet with a bright crimson plume and tossed it noisily to the ground. His hair and moustache were brilliant blonde, casting a halo about his head in the dust. His eyes were cool blue and his face was very angular; all straight lines and squared. He was much taller than any man Roxanne had ever seen and he was clad in shining silver armour, plated and chained from top to bottom. On his left arm was a large shield, on which was painted a deep red circle with a mace and sword crossing each other. In his left hand he held a sword, much larger than anything Roxanne could imagine, even from movies and television.

He laughed again when his eyes met hers. "This fair lady must be the brave Roxanne, come from a world apart to assist us in our need! How the songs shall praise her beauty and her courage in yonder years! I pledge myself to thee, valiant Roxanne!" he said and dropped to one knee on the last sentence.

Roxanne had no idea how to react. "Tell him to rise." Oliver whispered into her ear.

"Uh... rise. Sir... knight?" she managed.

The knight did as she asked and came towards her, swept her hand into his and kissed it gently. He towered above her and smiled down at her, and in that moment, Roxanne knew he was none too bright. In his eyes was fearlessness, but also a vacancy that testified of stupidity and she understood what Oliver had meant earlier.

"Roxanne, this is Lord Reinhart, a knight of Araheim. You'll find no truer heart in the whole of the kingdom to accompany you on your Quest. He is the bravest member of his order and skilled in many combat styles." the Storyteller said in introduction.

"Most kind Teller of tales! A man above all others! Our fearless and magnificent ruler! I live but to serve thee!" Reinhart said, bowing deeply.

"Now now, Reinhart. Don't get too excited." the Storyteller chided and the knight rose to face Roxanne again, smiling an impish smile.

"I'm pleased to meet you, sir knight." Roxanne said.

"So eloquent!" the tall man called out, falling to a knee once again. "Such a rare blossom between thorns! Such a spark of light between dark clouds! Such a noble hearted..."

Roxanne looked at Oliver for aid, but he just sniggered and shook his head. She was starting to realise that Reinhart loved the sound of his own voice and would speak for as long as he was allowed to.

"Who else is coming with Lord Reinhart and myself?" she asked, cutting a still rambling Reinhart off and turning her gaze to the blind eyes of the Storyteller.

"There are some others who wish to join you if they may. All should be assembled before long. But first, Master Quimby has some aid to offer." the Storyteller said, turning to the elderly man Roxanne had met before Reinhart crashed through the roof.

Quimby gladly took over the conversation, leading the small group this way and that through the busy room, to the never ceasing stream of compliments and praises from Reinhart. He handed her a backpack, filled with food and necessities for the journey. Of course, Reinhart yanked the pack from her hands and slung it over one of his own broad shoulders, even as Quimby handed him one too. She was happy to see Oliver taking one of the packs as well and he winked at her again, making her heart beat faster.

The Engineer then went on to give Roxanne a small energy pistol, which fired beams of raw energy when the trigger was pulled. "Here's a useful thing. It charges by the sun, so be sure to carry it on your weapon belt, so the rays of the sun will keep it in working condition." he said in explanation.

He gave Oliver a pistol too, as well as a shotgun, which worked on the same principle. He gave them water bottles that would keep its content cool, and would purify any water poured into it. There were many other gadgets and things, but the most important thing he gave them was a small electronic box, which could project a map onto the ground below it. "With this, you'll always know where to go next. You'll never get lost as long as you have it."

They took their leave of Master Quimby and started back to the throne room where Roxanne had first met the Storyteller.

"This is where I must bid you farewell, for even as the day draws to a close, I must beg you to make haste and set out immediately. I thank you once again for your willingness to help us, Roxanne and I wish you speed and success. Until again we meet." the Storyteller said.

Before Roxanne could say a word, she was ushered out of the room by her two companions and they were suddenly back outside the palace. She breathed in the fresh air and looked searchingly at Oliver. "So it's going to be just the three of us after all?"

Oliver laughed. "In spite of his size, if you reckon in his mental capacity, I'd say we're closer to two and a half." Roxanne punched his arm and looked at Reinhart, who seemed not to hear the insult. Oliver went on as if nothing had happened. "The others will find us on the road. But for now, I'd say we better get some ground covered and find a shelter for the night."

"Where to then?" she asked.

"North." Oliver answered, and they set out without another word.

Now, how should it continue? Vote here. 

Where is the party headed first?
The Grey Marshlands
The Ka'Roh Forest
The Mortified Desert
Mount Snowcap

Voting closes on the 8th of May, so get those votes in!!

Stay beautiful, be kind to animals and have a fantastic weekend, 


Thursday, 25 April 2013

What your acne is telling you...

Hello beauties!

All of us have it at some stage of our lives; acne. We either have it full on, or only occasionally (like, ahem, a certain time of the month), or we have breakouts in just certain areas.

Acne can be caused by a variety of things, for example hormones and stress, and sometimes, it's so stubborn that it WILL NOT LEAVE. I've been experiencing something of this for a while now, since I went off my contraceptives. I never had a bad skin as a teenager. I mean, sure, I had the occasional spot here and there, but I've been getting pretty bad breakouts since last year. And not with my pregnancy, it got worse (like, a lot worse) and then started to settle once again.

But it got me thinking, what if my acne said something about my health? And this post was born. :) We're going to talk about the areas of your face where you break out and then analyze what's causing it and how it can be treated.

1) Forehead

Breakouts on the forehead are usually caused by bad digestion (believe it or not), which causes toxins to build up in your body. This is easy to treat, you just need to drink more water! The water helps with digestion and to flush toxins out of your system. But if you're drinking enough water and you still break out on your forehead, it can be due to wearing a lot of hats, dirty hair or hair products that don't go well with your skin.

2) T-zone

Breakouts on your t-zone are usually caused by your liver... Yup. If you love eating rich foods, or eating later at night, you might want to lay it off. Eat healthier (and less junk food) and your liver will love you for it. But you can also break out here because you're lactose intolerant! Simply consume less dairy if this is the case.

3) Nose

This one is a little scary. Apparently, breakouts on the nose can be linked back to your heart and high blood pressure. As these things go, to reduce blood pressure, eat healthier! Stay away from too much salt, try to drink more water and less fizzy drinks (and alcohol), eat more veggies and fruits and try to get some exercise, even if it's just a walk around the block.

4) Cheeks

Your upper cheeks are linked to your lungs, so if you're a smoker or are constantly around smokers, this might be the reason for your breakouts here. Foods for healthier lungs are kale (a member of the spinach family), pumpkin and sprouts.

Your lower cheeks are linked to dental hygiene, so if you break out here, it can be because of bad dental habits. See your dentist regularly and take care of your chompers to get this problem cleared up!

But, neither of the above can be the actual cause of breakouts on your cheeks. It can be caused by something as simple as your cell phone or the side of your face you sleep on. Not to mention touching your face all day long! Dirty pillows can cause zits, as well as germs on your phone and dirty hands clogging your pores. Try to wipe your phone down with a sanitary wipe every now and again, wash your hands regularly (and don't touch your face so often) and change your pillow cases at least once a week.

5) Ears

Ears are linked to your kidneys, so breakouts here can be due to too little water or too much caffiene. But I bet you your dirty pillow cases and hair products can have an impact on your ears too!!

6) Chin and jaw

Breakouts in this area is usually due to hormones, you know, that time of the month, and, in my case, pregnancy. Stress can also be a couse of breakouts here, as in, right in the middle of the exams. Hormone balance medication can help here, or, in my case, getting through the pregnancy. :)

Breakouts on the center of your chin can also be caused by poor digestion, so again, more water and a healthier diet can help here.

7) Neck and chest

You'll get breakouts here for a couple of reasons, starting with stress. Calming music and exercise can be key here, as well as taking a break every now and then. But you can also break out here due to lint and irritation to the skin from your clothes, or pores clogging due to the perfume or skin products you use. 100% cotton clothing may help, as well as clothes which aren't skin tight.

Sources : here and here.

Of course, having said all of this, none of the things mentioned could actually be the reason for your specific acne. Dirty makeup brushes can also be the cause of acne, and there are many other things that could be the cause of your problem! Your skin type can also play a big role in the breakouts you get (read more about that here.). But I hope you learned something useful from this and can maybe solve at least one of your acne woes. :)

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Nail art with Anschke

Hello beauties!

Before I give over to Anschke, just a reminder that the voting closes today, so please remember to read and to vote in the online novel for the last time this episode. The story continues on Friday!

Hey guys,

I am honored to be back on The Bloomin' Couch today.

I will be doing a nail art look you can achieve with a (drum-roll) TOOTHPICK. It is quite easy and looks pretty awesome.

What you need:

a old CD,
Three different nail-polish colours (I used purple, silver and dark green)
Clear top and base coat,
nail polish remover and
a cotton-bud.

Step one: file and paint the base coat over your nail.

Step two: when the base coat is dry paint the whole nail with colour of your choice (I used purple) wait till dry before doing next step.

Step three: we are going to make the branches of the tree. With different colour nail-polish, drip a drop on the CD and dip the toothpick in the drop on the CD. Start from the bottom of your nail and make a straight line up the nail (not all the way to the top) at the end I made a little swirly. After that you will make more branches coming out that one. You can make as many as you want. 

Step four: drip the third colour on the CD (this is for the flowers). Using the other side of the toothpick dip it in the drop of colour. I made three dots at every branch (but this will also depend on how you want it) on my thumb I made a little bit more flowers so that you can see what it looks like.

Step five: paint the clear top coat.

Step 6: dip cotton-bud in nail polish remover and clean the skin around the nail AND voila you're done. Easy hey??
Hope this helps you. A toothpick is a wonderful dotting tool if you don't have one. Also it makes nice thin lines.
Good luck!!
PLEASE go check out my blog :D and feel free to follow it as well (WINK WINK, NUDGE NUDGE) I would really appreciate it if you will support my blog :). 

Thank you Landie for having me on your blog today!!


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Water Wigs by Tim Tadder

Hello beauties!

This is pretty awesome! Tim Tadder, a photographer, did this really cool series of photos with a bunch of bald men and water balloons. The result is pretty hilarious and makes for friggen cool phodies. You see, they basically hurled the balloons at the bald guys' heads, taking the photo on the exact right moment when it created a head of watery hair. Funny, I tell you, funny!

The second and last ones have to be my favourites, because of the expressions. Man, I love this!

Remember to read and vote in the poll for the online novel. The poll closes tomorrow, so you need to get voting if you haven't yet. Not to mention the fact that the votes are still tied three ways... Your votes and support are really appreciated!!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


Monday, 22 April 2013

Two for the price of one!

Hello beauties!

Hope you had a fantabulous weekend. Mine was calm and chilled out, with freezing weather in Jozi, we just stayed huddled together for some warmth. :)

I had some hectic exciting news last week, which I want to share with you now. My best friend, Liani, is pregnant as well! OMW! It's almost too much to take in, though I'm wildly excited about it. Now my partner in crime will be sharing this whole experience with me on a whole other level. It's amazing how these things work out.

Liani and Franco, congratulations once again. The two of you are going to be awesome parents and your little baby's going to love you both to pieces. :)

On the topic of pregnancy (and since so many of you have been asking me how I've been), I want to give you an update. If you're sick of reading about this pregnancy thing, I'm sorry. I know you're not really interested in pregnancy unless you're on that road yourself, and it can get annoying if people rant on about it all the time. But as I said, I've been getting a lot of mails from my readers asking about the whole thing, so I'll try to update every now and then, without making you want to run for the hills.

I'm around 9 weeks now, Jellybean's as big as a grape and going to start gaining weight now. All his / her organs and things are in place, the fingers and toes are there, the heart's divided into 4 chambers and all the facial features are there too. Everything will continue to grow and fine tune, but even the sexual organs are accounted for at this time (though still too tiny to distinguish).

As far as I'm concerned, I've been taking medication for nausea during pregnancy, and while I don't feel as queasy all of the time, it hasn't stopped the vomiting. I've lost some weight and I'm still struggling to eat like I'm supposed to. I'm constantly tired too, but that's absolutely normal for pregnant fairies. On the upside, my acne and breakouts are starting to settle down, which is pretty cool. My insomnia has been miraculously cured (I can sleep all day now... :P) and I haven't really been experiencing too hectic mood swings. I mean, I cry at McDonalds ads now, but at least I'm not aggro.

As far as cravings and aversions to food go, I've been lucky too. I crave salt and vinegar chips (crisps for my international friends) and biltong (which is like jerky). I can't stand the smell of meat cooking or onions being cut. But other than that, I'm golden. I can eat the meat and onions when they're done, so it's not that I can't stand it all together now. One thing I really want but can't have is coffee, because I'll vomit after having the coffee guaranteed. I try to stay away from milk and dairy on the whole, because of this same reason. But don't panic, I take a calcium supplement!

We've been looking at names and for the first time we have our own opinions on which gender we want the baby to be. Jan want's a boy because he'll have a little playmate and (in his words) 'Oh the toys he'll have...' I think I want a girl, because I'll have so much fun dressing her up. But as long as Jellybean is happy and healthy, we'll take what we get. :)

I'm going to see the doctor on Thursday, so I should have a sonar photo for you next week.

Please remember to read and vote in the online novel. The poll closes on Wednesday and the votes are tied again at the moment. So please, help me out and go break the three way tie! The story continues on Friday.

By the way, the book of the month is Percy Jackson and the lightning thief, by Rick Riordan. Buy it here (international) and here (South Africa). I wanted something family friendly, and also something easy for non fantasy lovers to read and enjoy along with the hard core fantasy junkies like me. :)

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


Friday, 19 April 2013

Book review - Where the heart is

Hello beauties!

So the book of the month was Where the heart is by Billie Letts, which had a movie starring Natalie Portman of the same name. It was published for the first time in 1995 and deals with a bunch of heavy subjects. Here's a basic summary of what the story is about.

Novalee Nation is a seventeen year old, very pregnant girl when the story begins. She's superstitious and spent her whole life growing up in trailers (she's never lived in anything without wheels). When the story begins, she and the father of her baby, Willie Jack, are on their way to California from Tennessee to have the baby and build a life. But Willie Jack has other plans.

He abandons Novalee at a Walmart store in a small town in Oklahoma. She goes inside to go to the bathroom (perks of pregnancy; almost always overflowingly full bladders) and to buy herself some new shoes (hers fell out of the car, because there was a gaping hole beneath her feet). But when she comes back out, Willie Jack has left her there.

She meets a bunch of quirky people, each of whom have an impact on her and give her something, including a lot to think about. Her mom left her when she was seven, and the only other person she had in her life was her low life boyfriend, Willie Jack. So Novalee truly has nowhere else to go. She starts living in the Walmart store, but she keeps count of everything she 'borrows' from the store.

Willie Jack goes on some way before he runs out of gas and is ultimately arrested for theft.

One of the gifts Novalee received on her first day was a buckeye tree for good luck. While she lives in the store, the tree starts to get sick and she goes to the library to read up about saving it. There she meets Forney Hull, a brilliant (but somewhat crazy) man. His sister's the Librarian, but is an alcoholic, and he tends the library in her behalf. Novalee ends up planting the tree with Sister Husband, one of the first people she met in the small town.

Novalee and Forney become friends and he arranges a birthday party for her in the library. He gives her a book as a gift and has a dinner prepared for the two of them. This is also when Novalee meets his alcoholic sister for the first time, after she'd fallen while drunk.

Some weeks after that, Novalee goes into labour in the Walmart one night. Forney breaks a window and helps her give birth to a little girl. She names her little girl Americus and ended up in hospital. But after her baby's birth, both Novalee and Americus are celebrities, calling her the 'Walmart baby'.

In the hospital, Novalee becomes friends with one of the nurses, Lexi, a mother of four (who each have their own father). At this stage, Novalee's mother hears all the hype about the Walmart baby, and comes to 'help' Novalee, but is really just after the money that comes with her fame. Her mother takes the money and disappears.

Novalee goes to live with Sister Husband, who becomes a mother figure to her. Forney falls in love with her and comes to visit her every night. She starts to work at the Walmart after some time and things are finally looking up for Novalee, while Willie Jack's having a hard time of it in prison.

A lot of things happen, which I won't go into here, for those of you who still have to read the book. But I will say Novalee has a profound impact on the lives of the people around her, as do they on her life. She falls in love with Forney as well, though she never admits it and even lies about it. She starts to make a success of her life, turning it around from what it had been. Eventually, Sister Husband dies in a tornado and Novalee inherits her house. Willie Jack loses his legs in an accident after leaving prison and Novalee takes him in.

As Novalee is taking Willie Jack back to Tennessee, she calls Forney and finally tells him she loves him too. And that's where the story ends.

This is a story that gives you heart for those people living in less privileged circumstances than we do. It tackles a bunch of issues people don't necessarily want to talk about, like teenage pregnancy, alcohol abuse and poverty. Billie Letts writes this with compassion and without judging people in those circumstances.

The language there is in the book is suited to the characters and where they come from in life. But some readers probably won't like it. The sexual themes and scenes that are present aren't too descriptive and a lot of things are just suggested. Sensitive readers may not like to read these things.

Overall, the book is pretty good. It starts out really sad and you feel for Novalee from the very start. She's been dealt a tough hand and it doesn't seem like she can survive it. But in the end, she comes out on top. Everything starts to go better for her and she makes things better for others too. What starts out as sad and negative turns into positivity and hope. No matter what happens, Novalee becomes stronger.

I'll announce the new book of the month on Monday. :)

I hope you liked this review! Enjoy your weekend, stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


Thursday, 18 April 2013

Amazing braids

Hello beauties!

I found some amazing braided hairstyles on the interwebs and I thought I'd share them with you. Braids are still a major trend, one I think will only be strengthened over the next while with all of the Catching Fire stills coming out now, showing Katniss and Prim wearing pretty awesome braids.

So, without more rambling from me, the inspiration for your braided hairstyles.

Get braiding already!!

Just another quick apology for the shorter posts over the last while. I've really been feeling horrible, with the morning sickness getting me very down. Not being able to keep in the meals you're trying to eat to nourish your growing baby is really not cool. Nobody likes nausea or vomiting and having to face it for my third week in a row now, while it's been getting progressively worse, has not been fun. But I'm a trooper. I'll keep calm and carry on.

Remember to read and vote in the online novel! You get to pick Roxanne's next companion. Will it be the mad engineer, aggro dwarf, silly knight or sneaky bard? Go vote and make your voice heard!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Hello beauties!

We're going to learn about detoxing with Shants from The Chef Mother today on the blog. But before I give the reigns to her, just a quick reminder to read and vote on the online poll. :) Right, over to Shants!!

Hi peeps!

I'm glad to be back as a guest blogger with you and Yolandie on the couch.
Detox is pretty much a good thing for your body and nothing helps detox better than water. I must admit that I struggle to drink 8 glasses/2l of water in a day because I end up feeling bloated and my tum feels like it "slooshes" when I move, but I found these pretty cool mixes to help make water taste better and to also help along the detox program. Thanks to Patricia Gahagan and Farmacology Organics, here are 8 tasty detox recipes for you:

SPRING CLEANSE ~ YOUR BODY ~ If you really want to cleanse then DRINK, DRINK, DRINK. Here are 8 home made vitamin water recipes to help you keep the water flowing!

As a rule, you should try to avoid; as much as possible; industrial food and beverages
1) The classical : lemon/cucumber:
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cucumber and a lemon, thinly sliced + 1/4 cup fresh finely chopped basil leaf + 1/3 of finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
2) The granite : Strawberry/Lime or Raspberry/Lime
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 6 strawberries / 0r Raspberries and one thinly sliced lime + 12 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
3) The digestive : Fennel/citrus
First: infuse 1 to 3 grams of dried and crushed fennel in 150 ml of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool.
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + lemon juice (put the leftover lemon in the mix) + a small thinly sliced orange + 12 fresh chopped mint leaves + the infusion of fennel seeds. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.
4) The antiOX : Blackberry/Sage
Note that a part from the berries, sage leafs is the herb that has the highest antioxidant content.
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of blackberries that have been very slightly crushed + 3-4 sage leaves. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.
5) WATERmelon : watermelon/Rosemary
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of watermelon cut into cubes + 2 rosemary stems. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.
6) The exotic : Pineapple/Mint
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of pineapple cut into cubes + 12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
7) The traditional : Apple/cinnamon
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of apple cut into cubes + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
8.) The zingibir : Ginger/tea
In advance: heat 1 teaspoon of ginger in two cups of tea, let it cool down.
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water with two cups of the ginger tea + 4-5 pieces of fresh ginger cut into cubes. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
These recipes sound pretty tasty!! Thanks for having me on the couch! Till next time...
Keep watered!
Chef Shants xxxxx

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Cool craft ideas with old wine corks

Hello beauties!

Since my last craft ideas post with recycled jeans was so popular, I thought I'd do more craft projects with materials you probably have lying around the house, or can get your hands on pretty easily. Wine corks has been making some waves in the craft world, and I've got a round-up of cool things you can make with these little corks!

1) Stamps. You can either paste the stamp form onto the cork, or cut it out like in the next picture. Can you imagine little hands having a blast with cork stamps? I can. (Though that might just be pregnancy hormones talking. Ask me again next week...)

 2) Use them in your garden. You can easily label the herbs in your garden by simply writing the name on the cork!

Or, you can take it a step further and plant little succulents into the corks. Drill a hole into the cork, fill it with soil and plant the little greeny baby into it. Then you can hang these little critters up against your outside wall! It looks so cute!

3) Make letters or words (or shapes) from your corks and place them against the wall. The 'vino' sign  would look really cool in your bar!

And you've all seen the cork hearts that have been floating about on the interwebs. You can colour these with paint, leave them plain and nude or follow the ombre trend. The possibilities are endless!

 4) You can make cool looking bathroom mats, pot stands or coasters with your leftover wine corks.

 5) How about a funky wreath or clock? And I bet you can recycle a CD for the back of the clock too!

 6) Here's a cork chandelier and a table lamp. I bet these would look cool in a beachy bar!

7) This is a practical approach to recycling corks, and I have to say I think this is very clever. Use it to organise your earrings and necklaces! It looks neat and the bonus is that you can stick your earrings into the corks in pairs, so you never have to look for that illusive 'other earring' again!

8) I think this is a cool idea for your bar counter or to give an old surface a new look. You could even do an entire wall this way, though I think you're going to have to start recycling corks much sooner than you think if you want to do that...

9) Just added this one for the fun of it. But you could really make an entire chair out of corks, if you had the time, the patience and the vast amount of corks!!

Let me know what other recycle crafts you want to see and I'll see what I can find.

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Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,