30.7.14

It's a hairy affair

Every girl loves getting a treatment, whether it's a hand, foot, face or hair treatment. But not all of us have the money to always spend on these treatments. This is usually when I turn to the internet, beauty blogs, sites or magazines for those "Do-it-yourself treatments". One of my favourite types of treatments, particularity for the cold and dry winter days, is a hair treatment. Below are two of my all time favourite hair treatments, they leave my precious locks feeling so smooth and silky. 


Avocado conditioning mask
Ingredients:
1 Avocado
Essential oil (type of fragrance is a personal choice)

Method:
  1. In a medium sized bowl, mash up the avocado (for long hair use two) until it’s a thick paste.
  2. Add a few of drops of essential oil.
  3. Spread the paste onto your hair, starting at the root and working it down to the ends.
  4. Leave it on for 20 minutes; then wash and shampoo your fair as you normally do.

Olive oil deep conditioning mask
Ingredients:
Two eggs
3 tbsp Olive oil
Essential oil (type of fragrance is a personal choice)

Method:
  1. Beat the eggs and olive oil together.
  2. Add a few drops of the essential oil for fragrance.
  3. Apply the mixture to your hair, working down from roots to tips.
  4. Once all your hair is covered in the mixture wrap it up in a towel for about 30 minutes.
  5. When the 30 minutes are over, rinse the mixture out and wash with shampoo.

 Do you have any at home treatments of your own?

28.7.14

DIY marbled glassware

Marbled glassware who knew it could be such an easy way to add colour and patterns to your boring and plain glasses. Don’t believe? Have a look at the DIY marbled glasses I made over the weekend.


Method: 
Using the tape, tape off the bottom of the glasses.

Fill the disposable plastic container with water (room temperature). Slowly and one by one add the desired nail polish to the water. Taking the toothpick, slowly stir a swirly pattern through the nail polish. Try do this as quickly and gently as possible because the nail polish will start to harden and clump.

Slowly lower the bottom of the glass into the polish. Allow the polish to collect around the sides of the glass, before removing the glass carefully. Place it upside down one a stable surface and allow the polish to dry completely

Once it's dried apply a layer of clear polish and allow to dry once again.

Once everything has dried carefully remove the tape. 

Now you have your very own marbled glassware.

See, it really is as easy as that! 
Do any DIY projects of your own this weekend? 

25.7.14

Friday Funnies

Happy Friday everyone! Can you believe July is almost over? Time flies doesn’t it? I’m trying to figure out where the year has gone because it feels like just the other day was January. Anyway, these are a few of my favourite laughs from the week. Let me know which is your favourite video.




23.7.14

The Blogmopolitan Quiz: Round 3

A couple of months ago Erin from Two Thirds Hazel hosted her second round of blogmopolitan quiz. I enjoyed answering those questions and seeing everyone's else's answers so much, that when she decided to host it for a third time I just had to join in the fun. 






21.7.14

Girly cupcakes

Well I don't know about the rest of you but I'm definitely not ready for it to be Monday. For starters I didn't sleep well at all, even though I was exhausted by the time I went to bed (it was one BUSY weekend). The good news is that we're more than halfway through the workday and thank goodness for that because I can hear my bed calling my name. 

Today's post is a bit of a treat, and a sweet treat at that. Just the other day I was browsing through all my saved and drafted posts when I came across this little gem, written by the sister (@AngeHeyns). So without further delay I present to you: Girly Cupcakes

A while back we decided to revisit some childhood memories through our baking experiments. One of the things we both remember from those good ol' days when we were much younger, is cupcakes decorated with marshmallows. 

Sounds silly doesn't it? But think about it this way: 
A vanilla cupcake + icing + marshmallow petals + a chocolate sweet for the pollen centre   

Somewhere in our adult brains the child inside rejoiced at this perfect childhood combo. 


Cupcakes:
4 eggs
250ml castor sugar
1 ½ cups flour
15ml baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
125ml oil
125ml boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Icing and decor
1 ½ cup Icing sugar
½ cup Softened butter
1-3 teaspoons Rosewater (to your taste) 
Marshmallows
A bowl of boiling water
Chocolate candies (We used NestlĂ© Smarties) 

Method
1. Preheat your oven to 180°C
2. Whisk the eggs and castor sugar together until very light and pale.
3. Sift your dry ingredients together and fold into the egg and sugar mixture. 
4. Combine the oil and boiling water  (It helps to put these into a sealable container and to shake it vigorously till they are well mixed).
5. Add the oil-water and vanilla essence to your batter. 
6. Fill paper cups with batter till they are about 3/4 full and allow to bake in the oven for 12 - 15 minutes.
7. Once the cupcakes are golden and a tester comes out clean, remove from the oven and leave to cool. 

Rosewater butter Icing
1. Place the softened butter in a mixing bowl and sift the icing sugar over the top.
2. Cream these together using an electrical beater. 
3. Once the icing is at the consistence that you want (you may have to add either more butter or more icing sugar) add the rosewater, teaspoon by teaspoon and make sure to taste it as you go as rosewater is quite a floral flavour and sometimes it is best be subtle with it rather than overpowering the palette.

Ice the cupcakes.
1. Using a sharp knife cut the marshmallows to form petals.
2. Have a bowl of boiling water nearby as the marshmallows tend to make the knife quite sticky and you will need to dip it into the water to clean the marshmallow off every so often. 
3. Arrange the marshmallow petals on the iced cupcakes and apply a blob of icing in the centre to secure the chocolate candy. 














What did you get up to this weekend? Bake/cooking anything delicious? I'd love to hear about it. 

18.7.14

Friday Funnies

Friday, is that you? Wow, I almost didn't recognise you there for a second or two! I can't even begin to describe how busy and chaotic this week has been; and I haven't even started my studies yet (39 days and counting though). This week has been so busy that I haven't really being doing any of my yoga (fail) or even managed to make it to the gym, even bigger fail. So I don't know about the rest of you but I'm rather glad it's finally weekend and I'm in serious need of a good laugh. 





Hope these caused some laugh lines? Have a fantastic weekend everyone, and thanks again for dropping by and sharing a laugh with me. 

16.7.14

It's as easy as that

More often I'm seeing fellow bloggers (new to the blogging scene) ask other bloggers, myself included, how we make our blogs known. So for today's post, I'll be sharing ten ways you can get your own little blog noticed. Now some of them might seem pretty obvious, but believe me they'll make a difference to your readership.



  1. Network, use social media to engage with others.
  2. Comment on other blogs and do so on a regular basis.
  3. Start a Facebook page for your blog and use it to promote what’s happening on your blog.
  4. Don’t be in a rush to become “popular.” You should be blogging because you want to and not for some kind of financial gain.
  5. You don't have to blog every day. Not all of us have that kind of time, but try to post at least 2 - 3 times a week.
  6. Use Facebook for short, catchy posts like quotes and photographs. We are all visual by nature, so interesting images will be really handy and get people's attention.
  7. Find other bloggers in your area and connect with them. Who knows they might inspire a blog post or two.
  8. Always and I mean always take your own photos, and if you can’t, be sure to credit the relevant source.
  9. Reply to every comment on your Blog/Facebook/Instagram.
  10. Meet up with fellow bloggers. It's a brilliant way to do some more networking and bounce ideas off other people, or even to see what they're doing differently to you.

14.7.14

French cuisine at home

Happy Monday everyone! Not really sure what's happy about a Monday, but for me, today was such a brilliant day. If I were in a Disney movie, today would have been those sunshine, birds singing and lead female character dancing through a meadow kinda days. A little strange I know, but hey, you got the picture didn't you? Now not only was today Monday, but it also happens to be Bastille Day, or better yet know as French National Day. So in celebration of this day I decided to make a typical French dish and seeing as it was yet another chilly day, I settled on French onion soup (recipe courtesy of Taste.com). 

Ingredients
60g butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 brown onions, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons plain flour
2 cups beef stock
1 teaspoon od salt


Method:
1.   Heat the butter and olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and a 1 teaspoon salt.
2.   Cook, uncovered, stirring every few minutes, for about 45 to 50 minutes or until onions are nice and soft.
3.   Add the brown sugar and allow to cook, stirring every few minutes, for about 10 minutes or until onions are caramelised.
4.   Stir in the flour and allow to cook for roughly 2 minutes. Now add the beef stock and 2 cups water.

5.   Reduce the heat and allow to simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes so that flavours can combine properly.

I have to admit, I seriously surprised myself with this one. It's so delicious and turned out way better than I though it would. To top it off, it's one of the easiest soups I've made in a while. 

11.7.14

Friday Funnies

Jump up and down because it's FRIDAY and with Friday comes a whole new bunch of Friday Funnies. I know you've been looking forward to these all week long, so let's just get to it. 





9.7.14

I can't believe

Weird title for a post I know, so let me explain. Along with all the wonderful blogs I read, one of them is Robin's Living Colourfully. I just love her blog, she is always wearing the most beautiful outfits (feel free to send me that which you no longer wear...lol), she lives in Florida (I love the coast) and she just writes the most beautiful posts. Another thing I love about Robin's blog is her "I Can't Believe" series. So today I thought I'd give it a try. 

I can't believe I managed today's #independencearmy pose. 

I can't believe how cold it is right now. I'm currently writing this while sitting as close to the heater as possible. 

I can't believe a friend of mine is having a baby. The amount of excitement I feel for her and her husband just can't be described. 


I can't believe my Birthday month has come and gone. It feels like just the other day we started this year. 

I can't believe certain people are on a beautiful safari holiday and experiencing summer weather and here I am working away in the cold. 

I can't believe there are so many brilliant shows airing right now, but `I don't have the time to watch any of them (and some of them I have been dying to see). 

I can't believe in almost a month's times I'll be a student again and attending classes at night, after work. Wait....what was I thinking I'm going to be so tired (lol). 

7.7.14

Ginger delight

I don't even know where to being with this post, so I'll just start with, the wonderful gift I received. My very own beautiful purple striped KMix. Yay, I finally have a proper mixer for all that baking/cooking I'll be doing once again. Just look at it, it's so pretty.



So when one receives a beautiful gift such as this, the only other thing left to do is bake, and oh boy did we bake. We made what I can honestly say are the most delicious gingerbread biscuits I have ever tasted. All thanks to the wonderful allrecipes website. The amount of ideas I find here on a daily bases, it's just amazing. We went a little different with this recipe. 

Gingerbread men, women and caterpillars

Ingredients 
350g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
115g butter, cubed
175g soft light brown sugar
4 tablespoons golden syrup
1 egg, beaten


Method
1. Preheat the oven to 190 C°.
2. Sift the flour, bicarbonate and ginger into a bowl. Mix in the butter until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in sugar.
3. Beat the syrup and egg together then add to the flour mixture.
4. Knead the dough until smooth. Roll out to ½ cm thick on a lightly floured surface.


5. Using cookies cutters, cut out as many men (in our case men, women and caterpillars) shapes as possible. Bake for about 10-12 minutes.


7. Allow to cool, then start decorating with icing.

Royal icing

Ingredients
1 egg white
250g icing sugar
Food colouring of choice

Method
1. Place egg white in a bowl and beat with electric beater until soft peaks form.
2. Gradually add icing sugar and beat until soft peaks form once again.
3. Divide icing into bowls and add food colouring.
4. Now go wild with the decorating. 

We made 64 biscuits in total. I think the photos speak for themselves.