I am trying to get all my last minute Christmas things sorted before the big day:) I am really excited to spend this time of year with my family and with my Toy Friends family! And to attend all the exciting Christmas parties and dinners and coffee dates! There will be heaps of pictures!!! I can't wait to share them with you!
In honour of this I thought I should share some Winter Solstice traditions:
In pagan Scandinavia the winter festival was the yule (or juul). Great yule logs were burned, and people drank mead around the bonfires listening to minstrel-poets singing ancient legends. It was believed that the yule log had the magical effect of helping the sun to shine more brightly.
Mistletoe, which was sacred because it mysteriously grew on the most sacred tree, the oak, was ceremoniously cut and a spray given to each family, to be hung in the doorways as good luck. The Celtic Druids also regarded mistletoe as sacred. Druid priests cut it from the tree on which it grew with a golden sickle and handed it to the people, calling it All-Heal. To hang it over a doorway or in a room was to offer goodwill to visitors. Kissing under the mistletoe was a pledge of friendship. Mistletoe is still forbidden in most Christian churches because of its Pagan associations, but it has continued to have a special place in home celebrations.
The 'Colour-In' Dress is available for 238 Euro. Textile markers included
From Berber Soepboer's website: "The Colour-In Dress' is a simple dress with a black and white print, which is especially designed to fill with coloured textile markers. Because the print is so flexible you can make many different designs by colouring it. Everybody can interpret the print the way they like it best."
Egg White Facial Mask
1. Whip egg whites into a foam
2. Apply a thin layer to your face with your fingers
3. Let dry
4. After 10 to 15 minutes you will feel the egg firm on your skin-it’s time to rinse it off!
Dab a tiny bit in the center of each lid and spread it around, you will be shocked at how great it looks! And the Vaseline is moisturising for your eyes!
When I got out of the shower the other day and put on my festive Cranberry Body Butter it was warm and runny. I left it on the top of the TV in my bedroom by mistake overnight, but it was a lovely mistake! You could mimic this by putting your moisturizer on on top of your radiator or heating vent before you get in the shower so it’s warmed up when you rub it on. Just be careful because it will be a bit runnier than usual.
What are your favourite DYI winter skin tips?
all photos taken by SandyLee
I found this article on the advantages of epilators over waxing...
Epilator vs waxing: advantages of epilators over waxing?
Many a times, waxing breaks the hair and doesn’t take them out from the root. When you are removing hair from epilator it will always take the hair out from the root because it is not hands working behind epilators, it is uniquely designed machinery that is made specifically to pull hair from the roots.
With an epilator hair can be removed without creating a mess in the room or in the washroom. All you need is the machine then you can get rid of the hair anyplace and anytime.
Convenience is the major advantage of epilators, you can carry them anywhere. If you are going on a trip for a long time in a foreign country where you believe you won’t be able to find a salon you can take your epilator along to keep your skin clean and shiny.
Before we go to sleep every night my Toy Friend and I watch an episode Planet Earth. I love watching the animals in their natural habitats and the penguins are so so so cute!
I somehow got the 1st season of True Blood on DVD at the library by chance one day and I have been addicted ever since! I am now watching season 2 which is even better than the first one. Which is odd for me because I am not a big Vampire person, I don't watch or read any other Vampire shows or books but for some reason I find True Blood clever and funny. Also, Vampire Bill is kinda cute;)
Tip: I read somewhere that if you line your top eyelid with black you should line the bottom with dark brown it will make your eyes look much bigger then lining them both with black which actually makes them look smaller.
It's fool proof eyeshadow for the holiday season:)
"But if we are all so smart. why does life seem so crazy? People smoke and gamble. Fools fall in love. Offices are run by morons. City neighbourhoods boom or collapse for no apparent reason. Where is the logic in all this?"