BB what?!

I am not, shall we say, well versed in the art of make-up. I only started wearing late in my teens and then it was just mascara and a little lip balm. In my twenties, working in a Cape Town I got a bit more into it, but then I moved to a small seaside town and the need for make-up and a “corporate look” died a slow death in the laid back lifestyle of beach living.

Then babies came along, and the make-up and skin-care routine really died a horrible death and gave way to dark circles, tired lines and the mom-bun.

Fast forward to 2018, my 39th birthday, and a realisation that life continues after babies and momma needs to look after herself. My friends asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I said make-up! I was gifted with some cash to spoil myself and I have gone a bit nuts and bought a bunch of products for myself, one of those being BB cream. I have heard of it before, but to be honest didn’t really know what I was doing. I popped into my local Clicks and asked the sales assistant a bunch of questions like “what is BB cream?” and “how do you apply it?” and “how do I pick my colour?”

You know, noob questions that made this 39 year old feel like a weirdo.

Basically here’s what it is. BB cream is a “beauty balm” it’s a tinted type of moisturiser/SPF/skin nourishing cream. I got the Garnier SkinActive Anti-Age BB cream in Light. You test the colour on the inside of your arm to see if it “blends in” and voila, ready to go. Apply like moisturiser, you can just wear the BB cream or add foundations and concealer on top, but I wanted to see what just the BB cream would do, and it gives enough coverage and brightening to the skin for me to wear every day without feeling like i’m wearing heavy make-up, perfect for the in-between days. Plus it nourishes the skin and gives it a lovely lift.

I would highly recommend this product for a beginner make-up wearer or if you don’t like wearing make-up or someone on a budget as it was 30% off at R98.00 at Clicks currently, is easy to use and makes the skin look great.

Here are my before and after pics. I purposefully didn’t apply a filter to these pics so you can see what it REALLY looks like.

And here’s with a complete look of just mascara, eye liner and good lighting, no lipstick yet and in my messy kitchen lol! I think it’s a keeper.

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Easy Bacon and Egg Quiche (pie).

We all need those “go-to” recipe’s that are fail-proof and you can whip up quickly when you need something in a hurry. This recipe is easy(yay), quick (double yay) and delicious (bonus yay!). I make it for when I’m having lots of people round for a birthday tea or a special occasion, not just because it’s easy, but because it goes far and you can make it the day before!

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You will need:

1 x roll of frozen puff pastry

5 Eggs (I only use free-range as they taste better)

2 cups of Milk

1 Cup grated cheddar cheese (buy a whole block and grate at home, pre-grated cheese can loose a lot of moisture and not taste as good)

Salt and Black pepper

1 Onion – cut into fine cubes

1 Pack of bacon of your choice – cut into small bits (I don’t use bacon bits and the “bits” can be a bit too chunky)

Method:

Thaw your pastry completely (not in the microwave)

Pre-heat the oven to 180C

Fry the onion and bacon together till cooked and slightly browned, allow to cool.

In a bowl mix together milk, egg, cheese and pepper

Add the bacon and onion to the egg mixture and stir

Add salt to taste (I usually skip this, cause, bacon)

Unroll your pastry and form it into a large pie plate or quiche dish

Add your egg mix into the pastry, bake in the oven till browned on top and egg cooked firm.

You can cool it and store it in the fridge overnight and just warm it up in the oven the next day or eat it cold, whichever you prefer.

Furniture lift

A few weeks ago I posted some updates on my Instagram about the bedside tables that I was re-painting.  I also managed to re-paint the bed frame and headboard in the same week, so my bedroom got a lovely fresh update in as little as five days!

Now I’d like to just say right off the bat that I am not a furniture renovator, nor am I a decor expert, this is demonstrated by lack of patience and use of less-than-perfect materials (I used left over wall paint to paint the furniture – no judging please).  I did however use a proper mat varnish for painted wood, so that will hold everything together.

I sanded the furniture down, to get rid of grease and dirt and create a bit of a rough layer for the paint to grip to.  Applied two coats of white paint, using a medium brush and working slowly (not my strong point) I painted neatly.  Ideally you want to use a little sponge roller as it gives a smoother finish, also use PVA (my dad swears by it for funiture) not wall-and-all like me (facepalm, but I was on a budget, a “don’t spend money” budget).  I then applied the varnish/sealer liberally and allowed a few hours to dry outdoors before bringing it all in.

I found the most gorgeous ceramic knobs for the bedside tables, and hubby installed them for me, so I don’t think they’ll ever fall off.  Here are some before and after shots, my room feels fresh, updated and ready for that new bedding I’ve been wishing for for months.

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Ceramic drawer knobs were from a local shop called Michelle K, R40/each.
Canvas print of our wedding photo is by Impact Studios (they also did the photography).
Comforter is Mr Price Home.
Before and After photos by me.

 

Home-made Granola Muesli

If you followed my Insta-stories on Saturday you would have seen that I made home-made granola muesli for the very first time. I’ve been on the hunt lately to find the perfect muesli, I’ve tried sugar-free, plain granola, expensive muesli, cheap muesli (not recommended) and I’ve come to the conclusion that I just need to try make it myself, with all the things I love in it and go from there.

My mom has a recipe for muesli and she shared it with me, with a few of her own tweaks, and it is delicious! So I was dying to get on with it. Total cost for ingredients was a reasonable R195.00, and it has made me almost 2kg’s worth of muesli. The bonus about making it yourself is you KNOW what’s in it, and that’s great for me.

Here’s what you’ll need.

6 cups of oats = 1kg (R28 for 1kg box jungle oats – steel cut)

1/2 cup of flora oil – good quality bland oil (R38/1L)

1/2 cup of honey – I used Woolworths fynbos honey (R70/375g)

1 tsp salt

3 tsp ground ginger

4 tsp ground cinnamon

250ml raisins (R29)

100g sunflower seeds – I bought a mixed bag of sunflower, linseed and pumpkin seeds for R32/250gm)

100g pumpkin seeds

100g whole raw almonds (R32)

Method:

Turn on your oven to low (100C)

In a large roasting pan mix the oats, seeds, salt, spices and almonds.

Drizzle over the oil and honey, mix with a spoon well.

Place in the oven to roast, stirring often.

Remove from oven when oats are browned, leave to cool.

Add the raisins.

Place in glass jars for storage.

We turned the corner with potty training!

I want to cry.  Just sit on a chair and cry the happiest tears of my life.  My three and a half year old FINALLY decided he doesn’t want nappies anymore.

Does this resonate with anyone?  Cause I thought the day would never come!

I’ve been trying since January to get him to realise that the underwear is not a nappy, and it’s been a long, frustrating journey or mishap after mishap after stopping and starting, repeating myself, crying, shouting, research and more tears, and he just got up one morning last week and said “no nappy mommy”!

Say what?!?!?!

Allow me to clarify a little.  I was “planning” to potty train him in the months before his brother arrived last year, but we ended up having to move house in those months and pregnancy became very heavy and the thought of running after him for the toilet just made me exhausted, so I left it.  Then I thought it would be a good time to potty train him for the last term of last year to ready him for his new class that needs them potty trained, my youngest was diagnosed with his Morgagni Hernia and we had a roller-coaster ride of hospital visits, illness, mental illness (me) and more hospital visits with a very serious operation to start our 2018 with.

So potty training took a back seat.

He knows how to use the toilet, he’s not afraid of the toilet, if I took him to the toilet he’d quite happily do his business there, but dare I take the nappy off and he will just carry on as if he’s wearing a nappy and mess everywhere.

The frustration has been endless.

So i’m not sure what motivated him, peer pressure at school, mental leap, who knows!  I tried the “every 20min” thing, the “two day stay home” thing  I even tried bribery, that worked for about a week and then he said he didn’t need chocolates anymore.  My son seems to be truly self-motivated and this has been a long, tiring journey that has finally come to an end.  Sure, he has an accident here and there, but he’s 98% on his own and in his undies during the day.  We still pop a nappy on at night, we’ll deal with night wees when he’s established his daytime routine more.

So my stress levels are much lower now and my life feels like it can move forward.

It’s amazing how much emotional and mental energy we invest in our children’s progression and development!

I’d love to hear some of your stories, post them in the comments below!

Dumplings!

I think Autumn is my spirit season. I love the chill in the air in the mornings and evenings, the fact that the sun is still warm and the days are still reasonably filled with daylight, and the food!

Gorgeous, winter warming comfort food! I try to ignore my waistline in the colder months and blame it on the need for extra energy to eat lovely comfort food.

I posted on my insta stories about the frikkadels recipe, and tonight I added home made dumplings. They are quite dense and super filling so I’d only add them to your dish or stew if you need it feed the five thousand, I halved the recipe for our evening meal as we are only two, but they are my hubby’s absolute favourite, so I scored big points.

You will need:

2.5 cups self raising flour

Pinch of salt

250ml butter (don’t use margarine)

160ml water

Method:

Mix flour and salt together.

Rub in butter.

Add enough water to make a workable dough.

Shape into golf balls and place ontop of the stew.

Cover with a lid and cook for about 30min until the dumplings are cooked.