Thursday, September 26, 2013

36/52 - Facecloth & the Oil Cleansing Method

I just finished knitting a face cloth for myself using one of the pattern's I found here
I wanted it to use with my nightly facial cleansing and thought I would share my routine with you at the same time.
I use something that most people refer to as the Oil Cleansing Method, it uses oils to help clean your skin rather than a soap routine which strips the oils from it.
The idea is to have a carrier oil to which you add castor oil.  Different oils may be beneficial for different skin types, but I settled on olive oil because I had some to hand.
I'm currently using a ratio of 80% carrier oil to 20% castor oil because I don't have a particularly oily skin, but depending on your skin type you may want to add more or less (more for oilier skin, less for drier skin).
I put my mixture into a pump action bottle I repurposed (like the ones often used for hand soaps & moisturisers) and use about 2-3 squirts to clean my face.
You gently massage the oils into your face, concentrating on any trouble areas.  After a minute or two you run a facecloth under hot water, wring it out and place over your face for a few moments to open the pores (you want as hot as you can handle, but not scalding hot) and then gently wipe the oil away.  Rinse and repeat as often as necessary...I usually do it 3 times.
After this you follow your usual routine with toners & moisturisers, or you may even find you no longer require them.
I like to use a colloidal silver gel as a toner and my homemade facial oil to moisturise.
Honestly I am loving how my skin is feeling at the moment and I noticed improvements almost immediately on using this method.
There is plenty of info available on the internet regarding this method, including which oils to use and the ratios, so why not look it up and give it a go!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

So...Braai Season





We recently visited good friends for our first proper bring and braai of the warmer season, and true to Murphy's law our first few drops of rain in months fell during the visit.  Luckily it was just a spattering and barely put a hiccup in the proceeding and we all had a fabulous time.
In fact we desperately need more rain so I think we should organise more!
We are going to miss friends like this once we've moved...
And this post comes just in time to celebrate our national "braai day", I hope everyone has a lovely holiday!


Thursday, September 19, 2013

35/52 - Butter Chicken

Not a great pic, taken in dodgy light with my phone, but oh so yummy!
Used the recipe from one of my fave recipe books which I also used here

Monday, September 16, 2013

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1. Chocolate muffins being enjoyed on a visit to some dear friends
2. Some princess loot from the same visit, thanks for the skirt and dress La!
3. Ponies and Princesses go hand in hand
4. Big enough to do the slide by himself
5. And loving the swing
6. Seriously...loving the swing
7. And of course, more swinging
8. Spring has sprung
9. Exploring forests
10.Backpacks are important on explorations
11. A snap with 4 of us in, only the Dad missing
12. And after all that, sometimes, you just have to pass out...


Friday, September 13, 2013

So...Spring




These days I'm really enjoying the cyclical nature in everything, and seasons are part of that...not so much a part of human made time, but a gradual cycle of everything in our world and universe.
So this last "Spring day" we headed out to one of our favourite places for a concert with lots of friends and family...the whole day was lovely...and I thought it was so lovely to see that the tortoise was already fully out and about after his winter hibernation

Thursday, September 12, 2013

34/52 - Scabbard


Our knight required a scabbard, and when he discovered the perfect one he brought it to me and asked if I could please make him a belt with it...apparently the result was "just perfect Mom!"

Monday, September 2, 2013

So...where we're moving too

Things with are moving are swiftly coming along.  Paperwork has been completed, certificates processed, and many other such fun things.
Packing...is going slowly and that is all I want to say about that for now.
I wanted to share a few pictures of where we are moving too though.
I took these when we went to look at the farm and I go through them regularly to try remind myself what it looks like, having only seen it once a couple months ago it is so easy to forget!  The pics were all taken on my phone and sadly many are not great quality but here are a few to give you an idea...I can't wait to get there and take proper photos!

The front has a covered patio which runs the length of the house
 The open land at the bottom of the property
 Current veggie garden and chicken coop
 Covered veggie garden
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Looking out the one side of the property
Looking back up to the house and pool area
The living room
 The dining room
 Main bedroom
 En-suite bathroom
 The patio and where I intend to eat many meals
 Viewing the rest of the patio