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Monday, 30 March 2015

Beauty: My Beauty Product Wishlist and Shop-My-Stash Update

I've not made any beauty purchases over the past three months after deciding on a No-Buy First Quarter and Shop-My-Stash Challenge and have really enjoyed it. I've rediscovered some old favourites and felt the satisfaction of actually finishing up a few products. I've been really surprised to find that I haven't actually found myself feeling as if I've been missing out, rather I've come to appreciate that I already have so much. I've decided to be more circumspect before making any beauty purchases this year. My plan is only to buy something new if I don't have anything in my stocks to replace it or if something just works particularly well for me. I haven't even made a dent in my stocks of samples and products yet. I've still found myself browsing websites and putting things into my virtual basket. My plan is to refrain from buying anything in April as well and then allow myself a few purchases. 

Friday, 27 March 2015

Life: Puppy Update - Six Months On

It's nearly 6 months since our lovely English Springer Spaniel puppy joined the family and now we can't imagine how we'd do without her. We spent quite a bit of time researching the breed that would fit best with our lifestyle, and as yet, I have no regrets. She has loads of personality, loves Youtube beauty videos and comes running when I apply foot cream or body lotion. She is a great companion, keeps me well-walked every day and even shares my daily breakfast of peanut butter on gluten-free toast.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Food: No-Bake Milk Tart on a Biscuit Base (Gluten-Free)

I find myself occasionally missing South Africa. I think that living in the information age helps me to feel more connected to the people I've left behind, but does little for my hankering for the little things that I miss about the place. For me, it's the beautiful mountains, the food and wine and sometimes even the penguins. When I find myself in this nostalgic mood, I often cook something that reminds me of a particular memory. For me, milk tart reminds me of our neighbours bringing over cake when they had something to celebrate, usually a religious festival. It's only now that I recognise how lucky I was to grow up in a time and place where religious tolerance was the norm.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Beauty: Footcare - Bringing My Feet Out of Hibernation

I wear socks pretty much all through winter, even to bed, and as I result my feet have been sadly neglected over the colder months. My heels become drier and drier and by the springtime I'm having to haul out the big guns in order to get them even remotely decent. I've spent the past month getting them into shape using my faithful standbys that work really well on my feet.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Travel: Escaping the Crowds in the Highlands of Scotland

Living in Scotland has been a delight from the very beginning. I've lived here for over ten years now and I love that there is still so much to see and that it still has the ability to surprise me after all these years.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Food: Black Pudding, Bacon and Potato Salad with a Poached Egg and a Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

I've been battling a cold over the past few days and my appetite has been significantly diminished. This morning, however, I woke up with a craving for black pudding and salad leaves. The craving was too strong to ignore so I decided to make a black pudding salad, with some bacon lardons, avocado, baby potatoes, mixed leaves and a poached egg. To bring it all together I drizzled it with a balsamic vinegar reduction. Delicious! The weather is beautiful today, so I devoured it all while sitting outside in the spring sunshine listening to birdsong. Life feels good!

Monday, 16 March 2015

Beauty: My Little Box March 2015 Review - My Little SuperBox

I wasn't too sure what to make of the March 2015 edition of My Little Box when I first received it. The My Little SuperBox theme for this month meant that the box was very appealing to the littlies, less so to me. When I first opened it, they immediately asked if they could use the stickers and box, which I was quite happy to part with.  I really enjoyed flicking through the My Little World magazine though, as the hairstyle and fashion in the magazine this month were very accessible. I'll definitely be trying out the messy buns. The big lifestyle element of the box was a grey T-shirt emblazoned with "I believe I can fly". The quality is ok, but I won't use it for much more than working out or sleeping in.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Running: Everyone Needs to Start Somewhere

I absolutely love running in Scotland in the springtime. After the darkness of the winter, I feel like I need to come out of hibernation and move. Running allows me to do that. As I've mentioned in previous posts, I stopped running nearly a year ago after a pretty sustained injury. After some physiotherapy and lots of yoga, my body feels really strong again and I thought that it was time to venture forth and attempt a proper run.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Crafts: Book Review - Cute and Easy Costumes for Kids by Emma Hardy

I've made a fair few kids' costumes now and find that the main problem that I encounter almost every time is the lack of a good pattern. My sewing skills are pretty basic, but I'm usually up for a challenge and decided to find a pattern book to try to brush up on the sewing skills that I learned in my first year of high school, forever ago.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Beauty: Hair Repair (or my Less is More Approach to Haircare)

My hair has never been as reactive to the cold weather as it has done this winter. I think that a combination of central heating and dog walking had left the ends of my hair feeling dry. In an attempt to combat this, I started taking Imedeen Derma One (mentioned here) and had a good look at my hair routine to determine why my hair seemed unhappy.