Baking Soda Face Mask

Are you looking for a cheap face mask? or a mask that you can make right now?  This face mask is made out of just two ingredients, baking soda and water.  You would think something so simple must do nothing, but this mask tightens your skin and lifts out impurities.  I mean its such a great mask that Carl even tried it, after telling me he wants to try it and saying make me beautiful, at the end of the day he kept going on about how amazing his skin looked.

Please note: No men were harmed during the making of this post.

This mask can be done once a week or whenever you have a hankering for a cracking face.

BAKING SODA FACE MASK

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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp water

Directions

In a small bowl mix until you have a paste.  Lather all over your face.  Let dry.  Wash it off.  Moisturise.

That’s it a simple and easy face mask that’s got some serious results.

What I wore Wednesday

I know this is not how I feel Wednesday, but I need to take a minute here to just complain about this move.  So this weekend is the big move day, that means we will be moving all the big items, but this week is the major clean up and trying to box everything.  It is etiquette to clean the house before you leave right? Its like an unspoken rule? Please let me have made this up!!!   After packing away like a bajillion guitar cables and wondering why I’m in this hell, I’ve finally reached my limit, all this crap has finally beaten me and let me just say I moved here with just a small bag of clothes, so none of this is my shit…..One man a million items of shit, that will be Carl’s documentary, when I start shooting for this exposé.  I know I will have to continue sorting out this move eventually, but for now I’m out yo!

Next! What I wore Wednesday, the almost empty lounge edition!

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The Hydrate Yo’self, Before You Wreck Yo’self Juice

Hydrating yourself no matter what the season is very important.  I know I get those pesky reminder headaches during Summer, that just scream you haven’t been drinking enough water!  and lets face it sometimes you just don’t feel like drinking all that water.

This juice is a great way to hydrate yo’self and get some nutrients in at the same time, to sweeten the pot it also tastes pretty darn good.

Made up of grapefruit, cucumber and green apples, this just is filled with all that high water content fruits, but what else will this juice help with?

GRAPEFRUIT HEALTH BENEFITS

  1. Help prevent cancer:  With high vitamin C levels and filled with antioxidants, grapefruit can help combat the formation of free radicals in the body.
  2. Anti ageing:  Vitamin C plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the main support system of skin.
  3. Weight loss: Grapefruit can help kickstart digestion and help aid weight loss.

CUCUMBER HEALTH BENEFITS

  1. Gives you energy: Cucumber is a great pick me up.  Cumbers are a great source of b vitamins, that will help give you an energy boost.
  2. Flushes out toxins:  All the water in cucumber is a great toxin remover.
  3. Dental hygiene: Cucumber juice refreshes and heals  diseased gums.

GREEN APPLE HEALTH BENEFITS

  1. Filled with antioxidants: Its great for neutralising free radicals in your body.
  2. Regulate blood sugar: Food rich in soluble fibre delay the absorption of sugar in the body.
  3. Healthy teeth: Chewing on an apple helps increase saliva in the mouth an important factor in dental health.

Now lets start juicing!

THE HYDRATE YO’SELF BEFORE YOU WRECK YO’SELF JUICEserves 2

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Ingredients

  • 1 large grapefruit, peeled
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 3 green apples, peeled and cored

Directions

Juice everything in your trusty juicer.  Serve over ice.

Resources:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/280882.php

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/16-superb-health-benefits-of-cucumber.html

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-granny-smith-apples-3334.html

an instant of life captured for eternity

This weekend was a real productive one.  We carted so many boxes and crates to the new place, but yet it still feels like we’ve done nothing and that we still have a lot of general crap to move!  I’ve also started cleaning this place to make everything easier, before the big move.    I’m really giving this place a good deep clean, but you have to make a big giant mess before you eventually start seeing progress.

With all the moving chaos we still made time for fun and went to the Chinese New Year,  I recommend everyone goes to one of these at least once in their life,  its the best place to by really cheap lucky bamboo, next time I will definitely rather buy it closer to when we leave,  waving a bamboo stick around like I just don’t care, must have annoyed a lot of people!

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^^ This is the look you get when you take sneaky photos…

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^^ Checking out the crazy rose bush on our new gate.

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^^ View from the new place.

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^^ Nelson Mandela Bridge.

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^^ Such a pretty herb garden at the sheds in the city.

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^^ Baggers!  I have no idea what you call bag piping folk.

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^^ You have one little kiss, next thing you know you have a lion running next to you.  This was pretty sweet.

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^^ Dragon!

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^^ Pretty fireworks.

DSC03763 DSC03762 DSC03761^^ Awkward smiling!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.

Garlic and Herb Bread knots

These little bread knots are just incredible.  Its amazing dipped in soup and even better just devoured by themselves.  I give them a toss in the garlic oil, but feel free to brush them instead.  I really like them soaked in garlic and herb oil, but that’s just me.

GARLIC AND HERB BREAD KNOTS – 10 knots

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 sachet instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp oil

Directions

In a small bowl combine the water, sugar and yeast, stir and let sit for 10 minutes or until foamy.

In a large bowl combine the flour, salt and yeast mixture.  Combine until it forms dough.  Coat with oil, cover and let sit for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400.F.

Punch the dough down and start forming your knots.  Place on baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Garlic and herb coating

  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast – optional
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss the hot knots in the mixture until well coated.

Have a great weekend!

Aubergine Dip

In the midst of moving with boxes all around me and things lying everywhere, I thought to myself what could make this house look more disastrous? Making 3 dips of course!

It was only suppose to be basil pesto, just to tame the crazy basil bush, but all of a sudden I was like “Well if I’m going to make a mess, I should make a hummus too and I’ll give peeling them a try!”  I’ve got to say peeling your chickpeas before blending is the way of the future, its just so creamy and wonderful.  After making the hummus, I looked around for anything else to make into a dip, because three dips just felt right and that’s when this beautiful roasted aubergine dip came to be, this is such a delicious dip that will make any aubergine hater doubt their choices.

AUBERGINE DIP

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Ingredients

  • 2 aubergines
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Sprig of rosemary
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 375F.

Prick the eggplant a couple of times with a fork, place on baking sheet with the tomatoes and drizzle with oil.  Bake for 20 minutes or until tender.

Place everything into a blender and blend until smooth, season with salt and pepper.  Serve with vegetables.

What I wore Wednesday

I love a good pencil skirt. I love the way they fit, the way they look and that you can wear them for work or a casual day.

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If you haven’t noticed this by now, but I’m not a fan of giant patterns, peoples faces on clothes and all that jazz.  I really like a good, simple outfit and of course hats!

How would you describe your style?

PS.  Please meet Wasabi! the pug bad boy in the background.

Apple Cinnamon Butternut Squash Soup

A couple of weeks ago I made the most potent butternut soup ever.  I mean it was a mouth raping, burn central hotter than hell soup.  I’ve made this soup numerous of times with great success, that little bit of burn was always just right, but for some reason the little jalapeño I used was forged in mount doom.  Ever since that day, I’ve vowed to make the best butternut soup I will ever eat and I did it!

This is a great recipe for kids or for adults that have been scorned by butternut soup before.  Naturally sweet and really easy to make this is a recipe for everyone.

APPLE CINNAMON BUTTERNUT  SQUASH SOUPServes 6 -7

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 gala apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 356 degree F/180 degrees C.

In a large roasting pan add the butternut, carrot, apple, onion and garlic cloves.  Drizzle with olive oil and coat well.

Roast for 25-35 minutes or until the butternut is soft.

Place the vegetables and the remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  You might have to do this in batches.  Pour everything into a pot and reheat.  Taste and adjust seasoning.

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Serve with vegan garlic and herb bread knots.

Weekend Recap

Weekends come and go in a flash.  Things that should have been done, don’t get done, instead you have an anime, bedtime Sunday.  When I should have been boxing stuff up or at least finding boxes for the big move.  We finally found a perfectly little home for us, its a pretty little cottage located on a horse farm and views to die for!  We’ve already paid the deposit and will be slowly moving in during the course of this month, but with the amount of people that have lived in this house, we have a lot of junk lying around, needing to be sorted out and donated to charity.  Oh, did I mention this place comes with a puppy? yes, this place is just perfect.  I seem to be collecting unwanted animals from every place I live, because they’re all wanted by me.

Here are some photos of life lately:

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^^ Crazy lightning.

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^^ Belphie showing his sexy body.

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^^ Valentines day heart cinnamon rolls.

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^^ Wind in his hair.

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^^ Pretty clouds.

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^^ Saturday all ages shows.  Times like these you really feel old with the under eighteens around.

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^^ Falafel at the greensider. YUM

DSC03639 DSC03643^^ Tomato Harvest!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Happy  Monday.

Coco Loco

No, this isn’t a post about milky Joe (The Mighty Boosh.  This is a post about coconut oil and all its wonderful benefits for your hair.

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I’ve been using coconut oil for my hair every other day to see if I would notice a difference and boy oh boy, my hair is looking wonderful!  My hair feels stronger, feels soft, yet silky, really shinier and my tips look really healthy.

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^^ This is my natural hair colour.

My hair went from really dry ( thank you Johannesburg) to shiny and wonderful.  I’ve also been using it as a moisturiser and I really don’t know why people buy really fancy face cream!  My face feels and looks great, its like getting a youth boost!  I can just not get over how my skin is an even tone all over, no red spots and its worked wonders for my bags under my eyes.

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^^ No make up selfie!

After reading some benefits for animals I started giving Belphie a little bit of coconut oil in his dinner time meal.  Ever since he showed up at the house he has had really goopy eyes, but now its almost completely gone.

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^^ Belphie and his eyes.

These are just my experience with coconut oil, give it a try for yourself and see if it works for you.  Come on what do you have to lose.