30.10.13

Now that's interesting

Yesterday when I was driving home from work the drive time team on the radio were having a rather interesting discussion. Their topic of discussion was focused on a certain stat, 16% of women around the world have never let their partner see them naked! Yes I was just as shocked as you are when I heard this. The radio station started taking phone calls and well then it got really interesting. One woman called in and said she had waited seven years before letting her significant  other see her without any clothes on. 

This all got me thinking, why did these women feel so insecure about there bodies. Yes sure we all have our 'fat days' and there are certain things we don't like about our bodies, me included. So back to the question of why is it that women are so insecure about their bodies? Well with runway models being as skinny as they are, magazine covers featuring all these skinny, tall and perfectly toned ladies, internet sites, publication and gossip columnist bashing any celebrity the minute she picks up a kilogram or two. It's no wander women think they should look a certain way. 

Oh and then there is of course this video of what gets done to a lingerie model using Photoshop. 



It's no wonder women think there is one body shape we're all suppose to fit into, when the truth of the matter is, that no two women are the same. We're shaped differently, we gain and lose weight differently so why does society make us all think we need to be the same?

28.10.13

I baked a lemon meringue

Lately I've had a real need to bake but because everything has just been so crazy busy I haven't really gotten around to it. So this past weekend I finally got to bake and because it's been such lovely summer weather I decided what would be better, well Lemon Meringue of course. 

Ingredients
250ml flour
5ml baking powder
Pinch of salt
60ml margarine
1 egg yolk
60ml iced water
125 ml lemon juice
1 tin condensed milk
2 eggs (separated)
Lemon zest
45ml castor sugar

Method
Preheat oven to 220° C.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Work the butter in until mixture is thoroughly blended.

Beat the egg yolk and 45ml of iced water until pastry is perfectly mixed. 

Press firmly onto the bottom of greased dish and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool down.

For the tart, preheat the oven to 160° C.


Add the lemon juice and condensed milk together and mix until thick and creamy. Beat in the egg yolks, salt and lemon zest into the condensed milk mixture. 

Spoon the mixture over the pastry and bake for 20 minutes.

Beat the egg whites until stiff, adding the castor sugar one spoonful at a time. 

Remove the tart from the oven. Spoon the meringue over the filling and bake for an additional 20 minutes. 


Admittedly my pastry didn't come out exactly the way I wanted it but the rest of the dish is amazing. All this means is I'll have to bake again real soon to rectify the situation.

25.10.13

Friday Funnies

It's Friday Funnies time and in continuation with this week's Halloween theme, I bring you some "scary funnies" (yes lame attempt I know). Sit back, relax and enjoy, because it's the weekend!






23.10.13

Spiderweb art

In continuation with my last Halloween inspired post I have a quick, easy and fuss free nail art tutorial for you. Today I'm going to show you how to paint spiderwebs.

What you'll need:
Black nail polish
White tip painter
A good quality top and base coat


This spiderweb nail art will go perfectly with any costume you have planned for this year's celebrations. 









21.10.13

Do it yourself outifts

It's Halloween next week, and I'm sure most of you will be heading off to a dress up party or two. So thanks to Pinterest (and my being a Pinterest addict) I have a few awesome DIY costume ideas for you. I might just use one of these for the fiancĂ© and I. 








18.10.13

Friday Funnies

It's that time again. The weekend is here so let's get rid of the week's stress by looking at some funny photos, courtesy of my inbox and Facebook feed. 







16.10.13

Oops, I did it again....

Every now and again we all have those foot in mouth moments, well I've had a few of them over the years. You think I would learn which comments to make or not to make. Topics to bring into conversation and what not to talk about in public. What I always find the funniest about these moments is that no matter how many years it's been I'll always cringe thinking back about that particular moment(s). Well very recently I had a social blunder of my own, and right after it happened all I wanted to do was crawl under a table and die. 



Not too long ago I was at a media launch for a new health brand, where the MC was a well known celebrity. During this celebrity's speech he talked about the people working in the emergency medical services and how much respect he has for them. So after the presentation when everyone was mingling I get introduced to said celebrity and I'm busy complementing him on the great presentation when the next second I say "Oh and it's so nice to hear you mention the medical emergency staff, my fiancĂ© works in that field." It was right after I said it that this ran threw my mind, What am I twelve years old, you meet a celebrity and that's what you say?


Yes, it wasn't my finest hour and I'm sure it's not going to be the last time I make such a idiot of myself. Have you had any social blunders lately?

14.10.13

Technologically dependent

You often hear people say, “I don’t know what I would do without my phone” or “My whole life is on my phone.” Then there are those questionnaires which always have that one dreaded question, “If you could only take three items with you to a deserted island, what would you take?” 


I’m always the person who looks at these questions and thinks “My phone isn't that important to me.” I’m afraid I have to admit, however, that my cellphone, laptop and iPad have become that important to me. I would be the person taking all those items to a deserted island, even though there probably won’t be electricity to charge the electronics or even signal.


I shudder if I just think of all the photos, phone numbers, passwords and directions stored away on my phone and how useless I would be without the majority of them. And let’s not begin to discuss the apps I have installed…

I can, therefore, completely understand why people take out insurance for technological items. A little precaution goes a long way. We all work really hard to purchase the latest gadgets, and I’m sure we would all be pretty lost if they were taken away from us. Don’t flash your technology around for everyone to see; trust me, you will thank me for this. Keeping your handbag out of sight and tucking your phone away in the side of the car door are other small but useful tricks. Staying safe and being smart will get you everywhere.

Every now and again, that feared topic of discussion will also come up “What did we do before we had cellphones?” It’s scary to think how dependent we have become on our phones. We used paper maps to get from A to B, we wrote people’s numbers down in a real address book… Come to think of it, this reminds me that I should re-evaluate my deserted island list. Suddenly that book, pen and paper no longer seem applicable.

To end off this post, I’m asking you which three items you would take with to a deserted island?


Written in partnership with Dial Direct

11.10.13

Friday Funnies

Hello all and welcome to a new series (well new to my blog anyway) called Friday Funnies. This week was filled with proofing for print deadline, finalising details for our annual competition and updating all the online content. I was therefore so delighted when I came across a few funny videos in my mail box, I mean who doesn't love a good laugh. 

That's when an idea cam to mind....Friday Funnies. At the end of the week when you're so tired, stressed and over worked you're going to need a way to relax and kick start the weekend. So allow me to entertain you with my weekly does of funny videos, cartoons, photos and all that. Today's instalment is proudly brought to you by some funny dogs, enjoy. 




7.10.13

Hello Monday

Monday blues, we all get them from time to time and today I had a serious case of the Monday blues. It all started with not getting enough sleep (due to it being so humid at the moment). Then I wore completely the wrong outfit for today's weather (yes today was overcast and wet) and I just couldn't stop yawing at work which then threw enthusiasm to be at work out the window. 

Man I sound like a serious wine bag today, apologies. The day did however turn around when I came across Lisa Leonard's journey with me and her brilliant Hello Monday posts. This got me inspired and I decided to try my hand at Hello Monday. So here it goes. 

Hello Monday....

Hello to a new week, which I'm not sure if I'm ready for! Good bye to what was an awesome weekend! Now you might be asking what made it such an awesome weekend? It started with having a day off on Friday (for which I baked cupcakes). Saturday we had another 30th birthday, this time with a dress up theme of Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll. Sunday was a relaxed yet productive day, ended off with a game of Scrabble. So to that I say, Hello new week and let's hope you're just as good to me as the previous week. 


Hello to print deadlines and editing that needs to be done at work. 

Hello to a fun media event planned for Wednesday night and...

Hello to another Birthday party with friends on Saturday. 

What will you be saying Hello to this week...