Monday, July 27, 2009

Facebook competition!

I have decided to do a facebook competition..for full details go to Bodelicious Fan Page but basically I am getting fans to put in a design for a soap they would like to see..then we will have a draw on it and who ever gets their design picked will get their soap made up for them and they will receive two bars of their specially designed soap sent to them to say thank you!

So head on over if you would like to be involved in my competition!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Connect2mums gathering at Moniques house

I had a great day on Friday. Linda who runs createdbylinda graciously offered to drive all the way here to pick me up and take me to the connect2mums Gold Coast gathering which was hosted by Monique of Your Cheeky Monkey. WOW I met a great group of women there and we all got to listen to a little bit about each other and what we all do, between eating and drawing prizes and general networking. I have so much fun at these events and highly recommend them to all the other members of the connect2mums community!

I am looking forward to the next connect2mums event which will be hosted my Michelle from The House of Vinter on the 1st September and starting at 10:00am

Its so great to see so many work at home mothers supporting each other here in Australia!!

The Gold Coast get together hosted by Monique


The lovely Monique from Your Cheeky Monkey
Monique and Sally from Strawberry Jam with one of Sally's great products

Cass and Leonie

Michelle with a bag she won from Sally

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New Products coming soon...

I will be making labels for some new products for my website this week, so they should be ready for pictures and uploaded onto the site by Monday I hope!

I have been working on a few different products for the mummy-to-be and will continue to work on those for the next few weeks tweaking them and getting them ready to put on the site..things are going well so far and I am really loving some of the new butters I am working with (sweet almond butter and sunflower butter) that will be part of the basis for the luscious mummy tummy balm, and for those women who find rubbing things into their tummy a bit too sore, I will have the same great blend in an all oils formula for a luscious mummy tummy oil, which will go on much lighter and gentler.

I will be posting pictures of one or two new products next week, so keep your eyes peeled!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A great week already..

Monday was a really good day..I made three batches of soap and I am always amazed at how relaxed it makes me feel, there is something so grounding about making soap, even after all these years. One was straight lavender for a very special friend of mine. I ground some lavender buds and added them at trace as I love the extra scent they give when you are using your soap..as per request, I didn't add any colour at all to this soap, only lavender essential oil, I sprinkled a row of lavender buds down the middle of the log after I texturised the top. The next batch was lavender again, but I decided to try something new. So after I seperated the batch into two, I put sprinkles of ground lavender buds through half of the batch and left the other half plain. I poured the half with ground lavender buds into the bottom of a mold and then sprinkled some more ground lavender buds lightly over the top of it. Then I poured the plain lavender soap on top. The last batch was actually started earlier, it was a half a log of lime, ginger, gingko and green tea soap, and I had enough lavender soap left to fill the log mold, so I did that to see how it would turn out. The pictures of the soaps are here at the end of this post for you to see..let me know what you think!

Today..I got a lot done around home as well as unmolding, cutting and photographing my soap that I made yesterday. I cut them all one at a time by hand, so it takes me a while to cut 100 soaps and space them out on trays for their 4 weeks of curing in the laundry. I am also not the best photographer in the world, so that takes me quite a while to try to work out!

All the soaps are nicely tucked up and doing their thing now, and tomorrow..I am making more soap! I can hardly wait.


Lavender soap


Different lavender soap, bottom has ground lavender buds in it.


Top of this one is lavender, bottom is lime, ginger, gingko & green tea

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Pantry Pampering!

We have been talking about ways to pamper ourselves at an online group I am a member of called connect2mums and I thought it would be a great idea to put some of the pantry pampering ideas here as well for anyone who might want or need to have a bit of 'me' time and not have the time to go out.

One of the easiest ways I have of pampering myself at home with things that I have on hand in my pantry is to give myself a milk bath. Its really easy, you can use milk from the shops that you would usually put on your cereal, or long life milk or even powdered milk. Just pour in a half a cup to a cup of milk into a bath of nice warm water, get in and relax and let the milk do its wonders on your skin. Cleopatra really was onto a good thing with her milk baths, they are excellent for you!.

You can add all sorts of things to your bath like honey, oats, tea's and salts, or a combination of them if you want to experiment! I love the honey and oats as well, and also I love to have a bath salt bath..so relaxing and good for you.

If you are adding oats, a good tip is to put the oats into a little knee high stocking, or a footie stocking sock and tie up with a rubber band..this will keep the oats from floating all around your bath and having to clean them up when you are finished, as its no fun having a relaxing bath only to have to clean it when you are done!

For the tea's, you can use any regular herbal tea bags for these baths as well, like chamomile, rosehip, hibiscus, and any of the other exotic ones out in the regular supermarkets these days. Just steep a few in a bowl of boiling water for a about 10 minutes and add the liquid to your bath as you are filling it. Easy. If you have lavender or rose petals or other dried flowers/herbs that you would like to add..you can do the same thing for them as well to suit what you are looking for. You can also just toss the tea bags into a stocking and throw that into the bath as its filling if you find that easier than steeping the tea. Works both ways.

Anyway..I hope you enjoy the first of my pantry pampering posts and if you have anything you would want information on, like maybe pantry pampering face masks, leave a comment and I will do some of those for you as well ok!

Now you can't whinge that you have nothing to put in the bath, your pantry is FULL of things you can add to it!

Review on Greek Sweets!

Hello Again..

Well it seems like I was on a roll with winning some give aways. I also received a HUGE box of amazingly delicious Greek Sweets from Despina and her dad.

Its hard to know even where to begin with this huge box of goodies..and it was massive! I was in heaven ohhing and ahhing as I went through the box with my husband, we have not had any Greek sweets since we moved away from Darwin, so this was one special treat!

Sadly I didn't get to take a picture of the box of Greek sweets before we doled out shares between us all..maybe Despina will have taken one of the treats for me and I will post it here for you all to see!

I can tell you though..I took this review of Greek Sweets by Papou's Greek Delights seriously!

I first tried the lovely and sweet Greek Shortbread called "Kourambiethes" I have not had this delicious shortbread for almost 14 years and as soon as this morsel of delicous sweet hit my mouth, I knew I was in love! It was just as marvellous as I remembered my Greek friends making me my whole life in Darwin, the memories it revived were great as well. My eldest daughter (Rachel, 11 years) almost begged everyone for their share of this shortbread, she just loved it so much.

Then I tried the mouth watering delight named "Koulouria" which was a Sesame and Cinnamon Biscuit. Well..as soon as I tried this..I knew I loved it, so I quickly swapped my shortbread rations with my eldest daughter for her stash of this delectable treat! Oh my..VERY NICE!!

I was now feeling rather full with a budding belly ache..but do you think I could stop tasting?? NO WAY! lol Next on my taste hit list was a gourmet delight called "Karethe" a Coconut Cake.

This was SO moist and tastey..so rich in flavour that I only just managed to eat one of the portions sent to me..lol..Talk about mouth watering! I was bursting full and still I needed to eat more! lol

Lastly..when I thought I could fit no more in..I found one I had not tried, it was called "Paxemathi Amigthala" or Almond Bread.

Well you all know I went gaga over the Koulouria..well this Almond Bread..was stunning..It is a small 'bread' but not..its VERY hard and crunchy and just OMG yummy! I think this would be a tie for love for these two delicious treats! This is also a lovely soft sweet crunchy delight..and I would love more to have at nights with coffee while reading a good book..by now..I had a full blown belly ache and it was all worth every delectable bite!

My mother came over today and I had to share some of the treats with her, lol..as I said Despina and her dad sent a HUGE box, there were a few containers of each of these treats, such a generous give away!!

I now want to be adopted and live with them forever so that I dont have to miss out on these scrummy Greek Sweets!

I hope Despina lets me know the link for where to buy these treats, as soon as I find out I will post the link for you all to see!

A truly stunning box of treats!

Review on Handbag from Little Lottie Lou Lou

Hello Everyone..

I received an excellent handbag in the mail on Friday morning from Vicki Wallis - owner of the blog Little Lottie Lou Lou I was the lucky winner of her blog for this great little bag, so I thought I would also do a review on it while I was going.



Its a lovely little bag, not much room in it for many things at all, not like a big over the shoulder one, but this is why I love it! I don't use a handbag too often, so I don't mind a nice compact bag like this, but I do still love to see the quality that it shows, so this wins hands down in my opinion! I was so excited to get it that I took it to town with me on Friday to see how it went and I am in love! It stands up by itself, something else which I love my handbag to do and it just looks so neat and tidy and stylish!

Anyway..I just HAD to let you all know what a fabulouse little, neat, stylish and gorgeous handbag that it was. I am VERY pleased I won it for sure!

Go visit Vicki's blog and website, you wont be disappointed, she has some of the cutest things on there!

Thanks Vicki!

Monday, July 13, 2009

My Website is LIVE!

Gosh it seems like forever that I have been saying my website would be ready soon..well this afternoon it is..LIVE and available for viewing HERE!

Its all very new still and I am sure I have a lot to learn as I go along, but its out there, ready to roll..and I am so releived! lol

Any suggestions on give aways or competitions would be very happily received, or if there are things you would like to suggest, please, feel free to contact me at any time and let me know.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

What a lovely gift I received today!

What a lovely gift I received today!
My mailman dropped off a parcel pack today and inside was the most wonderful things from Jemma of Handmade Kids . Jemma is just so friendly and caring..with an excellent blog, I suggest you go and check it out.

In todays parcel I recieved a fabulous tote bag, it will be absolutely perfect for my grand daughter, its bright and colourful and when it get grubby from being used day after day..her mummy can throw it in the washing machine and it will be ready for more love! Its reversable as well, HOW wonderful is that?? The other side is a lovely bright pink that any little girl would love. I can't find a tag on it though to see where it came from. My own daughters loved this bag as well and would love one a bit larger for their own use.

Next there was a pretty soft dolly from Ollie Rose, I can't wait to see Haylee's face when she see's this stunning dolly, its like it was made just for her..and again..fully washable! I love it!

She got some adorable hair clips as well (did I say she was spoilt?? lol) 3 beautiful clips to keep her wispy hair out of her eyes as it grows.

Next she got a wonderful bib and cloth wipe matching set from Tiges and Weince (I hope thats right its hard to read the tags) I know those two things will get a lot of use from my little angel! lol

And since it is for a gift..we also got a very pretty card by Little Mo and friends..just so adorable.

Jemma showcases some incredible things on her site and I am so glad I stumbled across it!

I can't wait to see my grand daughters face when she gets this stunning gift (her mummy and her daddy are going to give it to her). Again..Jemma..I can't thank you enough! The handmade products are all very well made..and you are an amazing and wonderful lady. Thank you.
. This lady is just so friendly and caring..with an excellent blog, I suggest you go and check it out.

In todays parcel I recieved a fabulous tote bag, it will be absolutely perfect for my grand daughter, its bright and colourful and when it get grubby from being used day after day..her mummy can throw it in the washing machine and it will be ready for more love! Its reversable as well, HOW wonderful is that?? The other side is a lovely bright pink that any little girl would love. I can't find a tag on it though to see where it came from. My own daughters loved this bag as well and would love one a bit larger for their own use.

Next there was a pretty soft dolly from Ollie Rose, I can't wait to see Haylee's face when she see's this stunning dolly, its like it was made just for her..and again..fully washable! I love it!

She got some adorable hair clips as well (did I say she was spoilt?? lol) 3 beautiful clips to keep her wispy hair out of her eyes as it grows.

Next she got a wonderful bib and cloth wipe matching set from Tiges and Weince (I hope thats right its hard to read the tags) I know those two things will get a lot of use from my little angel! lol

And since it is for a gift..we also got a very pretty card by Little Mo and friends..just so adorable.

Jemma showcases some incredible things on her site and I am so glad I stumbled across it!

I can't wait to see my grand daughters face when she gets this stunning gift (her mummy and her daddy are going to give it to her). Again..Jemma..I can't thank you enough! The handmade products are all very well made..and you are an amazing and wonderful lady. Thank you.
 
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