Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Want to ditch pads and tampons forever?

Today I'm blogging over at Down To Earth Mother sharing about secret women's business!
Come and get to know me on a whole new level - and yourself too!!

It's worth it - and I promise you'll be glad you read it.

Here's a little teaser of what you'll discover!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

DIY Ombré Purple Hair Ends

DIY Ombre Dip Dyed Purple Hair

Do you find it difficult to get to the hairdresser? I do. Sometimes I find it hard to find time for a shower long enough to wash my hair or shave my legs - and never long enough for both!

Well, on the weekend I decided to bite the bullet and dye my own hair! I wanted to dip dye the ends of my hair a purple ombre like I've had at the hairdresser in the past. Surely it couldn't be too hard and if it was awful I could always cut it off, right?

I armed myself with a $4.95 hair dye, a children's paintbrush and an empty Tim Tam container - yep, those darn things do run out! So you can see I was taking a professional approach here!

My quick tips for doing your own purple ombre dip dye ends are:

- have all your equipment ready to go before you start (towels too!)
- use conditioner to tone down the colour (see video)
- have a comb to get a really even coverage (I didn't have one so had to really scrub it in with my paintbrush!)

It took me about an hour in total which included gathering bits and pieces, watching the YouTube tutorial a few times, applying the colour, processing time, then rinsing and finally having a long hot shower and washing my hair! Oh and a blow dry! Awesome right!?

So here is the end result... unfortunately not the best lighting but it's purple, it's ombre and I love it!

Do you DIY when it comes to hair or leave it to the experts?

Here's the great tutorial that I used! So many great tips in here and I just love this video! :)

Friday, November 15, 2013

On my heart: so much love

This girl has had a tough 4 and a bit weeks. She hasn't really complained and deals with it all without worry or being annoyed. 

She has continued to show patience and kindness to her sister even while she does things Miss Daisy cannot do. 
She's a delight and she is my joy. I've enjoyed our closeness these last few weeks and her relying on me a little again. 

She teaches me something new every day. She remembers everything I say. I want to remember everything she says. Does. Is. Always. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Spring Blog Hop - Flower Press Craft - Flower Fairy Cards

Miss Daisy has a keen interest in the seasons, one reason I think is that we did an Autumn leaf collage which has hung on our art wall proudly for months and spurred on many conversations on what season it is and what's happening to our trees... and the other is because Peppa Pig shows all seasons, so yes, our sense of seasons is sometimes a tad warped. Put it this way, my Daisy girl is expecting snow for Christmas!

Spring time has proved to be a hit for my garden loving girl, with our own garden in full bloom and plenty of extra goodies from our neighbours we've used our bounty of flowers, leaves and seed pods for lots of fun and games. And just as it was getting awfully dry around here we've been blessed with a few days rain!

In particular though, we've enjoyed using the flower press that Daddy made for the girls. The joy on Miss Daisy's face as she opened that flower press and saw those big blossoms made thinner than paper was fantastic! You know what, my face probably mirrored hers a wee bit!

If you haven't quite got around to making your own DIY flower press then you could put some flowers and leaves between a few tissues and press them under some heavy books! I love this method because if you date them.... you might come back years later and find some that you forgot you'd even put in!

Here's something we enjoyed creating with our pressed flowers:

Card making has been popular around here of late as Miss Daisy and I have been the grateful recipients of lots of help and special gifts as she lays low with her broken leg.
This means a need for lots of thank you cards... 

To make these pretty cards we gathered:
- two colours of paper/card
- flower fairy shapes cut from card (roughly drawn by hand!)
- scissors/glue
- pressed flowers
- pencils

Upon us came the moment of truth. Peeling back our tissue paper ever so gently and finding these gorgeous flowers! Aren't they amazing.
We then chose which flowers would suit our fairies best, something for dresses, hats and Miss Daisy even decided on adding in some grass and flowers for her fairy to frolic amongst. I had to be quick to ensure my fairy was dressed too!

I'm in the process of letting go a little bit and allowing Miss Daisy to do more and more for herself when we do painting and craft. She wanted to fold the card herself (I usually pre-fold them before we start) and I was really pleased she showed an interest! It was rather neat for a 3 year old and she was proud as punch as she pressed it down nice and flat!

And then we glued our flower fairies onto our cards. We covered the fairy with a piece of clean paper to smooth it out and press it on to ensure we didn't take off the delicate flowers. I love Miss Daisy's attention to detail and her voicing her concern to herself at the flower's vulnerability "gently lift it off, really slow". She's patient like that, never rushing, always content to wait, take it easy or try again. 

Don't you just love them sitting on our coffee table! One travelled with us to Scarlet's Great Gran today for her 94th birthday!
The beautiful paper flowers were for Miss Daisy from a special neighbour, they've made both of us smile! And are a long lasting bloom to bring Spring inside!

What does Spring mean to you and your family?

Be sure to join us on Twitter (#springbloghop) and Facebook to follow the blog hop and see all the great ideas for exploring Spring with your children!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Recipe:: A loaf of bread in an hour

A Homemade Loaf of Bread in under an hour.

A while back I went through a bread making stage, we were regularly having fresh breads. We'd particularly have lots of sour dough with our Winter soups, easy 2 ingredient bread for scrolls and pizza and I also tried a variety of tasty loaves from around the web. This one from Fuji Mama was one of my favourites. 
Rachael's recipe is for 2 loaves of bread in an hour! I've modified it here to just make one simple loaf.

Last Monday night we were having a slow cooked beef casserole and I decided at 4:30pm to bake some fresh bread. Here's my adaptation to make your own last minute loaf... you won't be sorry, especially as it can be made in under an hour! Yum!

What you'll need::
2 1/2 cups plain or bread flour
1-2 Tbsp sugar (or leave it out altogether)
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 Tbsp dried yeast
3/4 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup warm water 

What to do::
1. Mix dry ingredients.  Add oil and water.  Mix for 1 minute and then check the consistency of the dough.  The dough should be very sticky.  If it is too dry, add more water.
2. Mix for 3-5 minutes, until it comes together in a sticky dough.
3. Spray kneading surface with cooking spray and turn dough out onto surface.  Knead dough briefly until it has a smooth even consistency (this will only take several turns of the dough to accomplish). Rachael says not to add flour but I'm a bit of an old school chuck the flour on 'til it doesn't stick. Some days I just use the spray oil but others I feel it's too sticky and need a bit of a dusting with flour :)

4. Shape it as desired or pop it in a loaf tin and let it rest for 15-20 minutes

5. Preheat oven to 180'C (350'F). Slash the top of the risen loaves with a sharp knife. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

We like it hot out of the oven with lots of butter on it! You won't be sorry with this yummy loaf!

Friday, November 1, 2013

On my heart:: Halfway there

For those of you playing along at home Miss Daisy's leg is healing well. She's able to take some weight on it now and has a pretty decent walk going on. 

It's giving her (and me) more freedom which is lovely. 

Another two weeks and hopefully we'll get an all clear X-ray. 

Thanks for your messages, calls and parcels of goodness. She's been extremely spoiled!