DIY | Lime and ginger sugar scrub

We don’t always have the best weather here in the UK so this little pick me up should get you feeling good and ready to bare those pins. I whipped together this Lime and ginger scrub, a combination of my two favourite scents. I’ve just got out of the shower after using this and I can confirm – It is the BEST sugar scrub i’ve used so far. I feel so silky smooth and invigorated. You can use on dry or wet skin, I applied to dry so I could create more friction and get a better exfoliation.
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Lime – If you asked me to describe happy in a smell, this is it! This scent makes me feel motivated, thinking about summer, feeling healthy and instantly uplifted. (I’m smiling just thinking about it!)

Ginger – A nostalgic, relaxing, spicy warming scent

Lime and ginger complement one another, add them together and you have an explosion of deliciousness! Have you ever made a pad thai? Then you’ll know what I mean.

Sugar –  a fantastic exfoliator. (You can always use a sea salt but sugar is more gentle for daily use)

Coconut oil – Investing in a pot of raw coconut oil is totally worth it! It has multiple uses from cooking to using as a moisturising makeup remover.

Zest 2 limes and 1 piece ginger, melt a couple of heaped tablespoons of raw coconut oil and add once oil has cooled. Add enough sugar, it shouldn’t be a runny consistency

If you don’t have a pot then use a plastic sealable tub. Store in the fridge and use within a week,

You can always add a little essential oil to enhance the scent further.

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This works out quite cost effective and takes minutes to make. If you don’t have time then here are some scrubs I have tried and loved –

Elemis Lime and Ginger salt glow

Rituals Good luck scrub

Soap and Glory Sugar crush scrub

 

DIY| Lavender bird

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I’ve been a crafty one of late. Joe blogs hosted a collaboration with Hillary’s blinds and the Crafty hen to bring a day of crafting mania (and cake!) to Chapter Arts centre in Cardiff. I was gutted when I couldn’t go as I was working *sad face* I did however enjoy reading some fellow blog posts about the day :) You can read about the craft roadshow here

They were kind enough to send me a pretty handmade goody bag filled with pretty fabrics, sewing bits and bobs, chocolate and a yankee candle!

The crafty hen are a small group of lovely ladies who run creative workshops teaching us folk how to get our craft on. A great idea for a hen do or birthday party for those who fancy something a bit different.

The fabrics from Hillary’s are high quality and lovely to work with – My favourite is the monochrome graphic print.

I will be showing you how to make your own little lavender bird.

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  • 2 Contrasting fabrics 
  • Scissors 
  • Needle and thread
  • English Lavender (this is optional)
  • A print off of Michael Fulkersons’ bird pattern HERE

Cut your shapes out and pin in place on the fabric

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Cut around your shape using the paper as a guide, You should end up with something like this…

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Sew together then repeat on the opposite side (leaving the end of the tail open) Yours should look something like this..

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Sew the head so everything’s stitched apart from the end of the tail..

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Finally, turn your bird inside out and stuff with english lavender (this is the most fragrant), add a few drops of essential oil for a more potent scent. These sweet smelling birds make great little gifts, look cool hanging around the home and create a relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy!

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Thanks to Hillarys, thecraftyhen, joe blogs and Lou lou’s Homemade blog 

My Planner brings all the boys to the yard

Everyone has something they love to geek out over. My Obsession with Korean stationary started when I was working in Covent Garden and walked past Artbox to get to my lunch. I’m not a fan of a lot of the heavily anime themed style but a planner caught my eye and from then on I’d be in there every pay day!

Geez..This is what happens when you’re really fussy about stationary and design and have no life. It’s March and I’ve only just ordered my 2015 planner. If I get a hint that a shop is stocking some kind of diary, then I’ve already sniffed it out and investigated. I’ve also scoured the internet, looked on Pinterest. It just has to be perfect! I’ve come to the conclusion that Korea (South of course) is where it’s at when it comes to planners. They know exactly what I want. Seven days on one page is all well and good but I need the whole month across 2 pages damn it.

Some people have a man checklist, I have a planner checklist. These are my conditions –

  • must show the month across two pages
  • must be bendy
  • must be high quality paper
  • contemporary, clean and simple design

Minibus is a brand that aims to please and this planner does exactly that.

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What’s that you say? 8 fresh inspiring colours to choose from! A plastic cover so no moisture can ruin your planning fun! A little pocket thingy to store away your loose bits?

The problem lies in trying to narrow it down to just one colour…pink..no…yellow…wait!…umm – Just give me all of em!

Check out these other cool bits I’ve found while on the never ending hunt. I swear Frodo struggled to Mordor, retrieved that ring and got back quicker than this diary drama.

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Psst…Word has it that Iconic Design stickers are the coolest stickers on the block. Sooo pretty! I can’t cope.

What are your geeky pastimes? I will be waiting at the door for my journal to arrive.

 

Worth watching

“TV is chewing gum for the eyes”

– Frank Lloyd Wright

I’ve watched a lot of TV of late…ALOT. This isn’t because I don’t have friends…..*cough*…It’s simply because it’s too cold and I would rather be indoors being a toasty snail in it’s shell, than a chilly penguin wearing heels and standing in the cold to get into some club on a weekend. So that’s what I did and all this staying in has been quite rewarding, I’ve come across some right gems so make sure you get in your shell all cosy and watch.

Netflix – The book is ok, the film is great! Frank plays the most likeable song he’s ever written and I can tell you It’s probably the best song I’ve ever heard….

Mr Selfridge – I never watch period dramas but I’m so glad I started watching this. It’s what Sunday evenings are all about now, Mr Selfridge is the boss we’d all love to have.

Black mirror – prepare to be entertained. This 3 series of films directed by Charlie Brooker is so well done, kept me on the edge of my seat and left me mind blown! if you’ve ever seen the Twilight zone then it’s a similar idea. Disturbing and very believable, there’s one episode that’s stuck with me and that’s ‘fifteen million merits’. Partly because Daniel Kaluuya is a great British talent and played this part particularly well. The soundtrack on this episode is hypnotizing.

Office space is a comedy about a group of Office workers who hate their jobs and are literally men on the edge, It’s actually on Netflix now so give it a watch, the soundtrack features Geto boys and the characters are spot on. If you’re a fan of Napoleon Dynamite then you’ll probably love this.

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And something I will get round to watching..

 

 

Barker tea house

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
― C.S Lewis

A splosh of tea does you the world of good! Tea with a friend is relaxing, inspiring and comforting. Even better when you have an abundance of beautiful teas and cakes to choose from in a visually pleasing setting. Situated in Cardiff’s oldly worldly High street arcade, Barker tea house is the sister to barker coffee (my favourite Cardiff hangout). They focus more on afternoon tea but still have the same steam punk, chilled vibe with big, soft leather chairs you can sink back into and lots of room so you can huddle in your own cosy corner. Pretty china and pewter teapots that keep your tea nice and warm. They stock 100 loose leaf teas but because I’m scared of change I went with my usual Earl Grey number and a nice chunky scone, one scone was enough to satisfy my appetite which is a first!

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Pembrokeshire

I’ve spent the past week in beautiful Pembrokeshire exploring the coast line and eating..a lot! I actually lost weight though because we spent most of the time running just to warm up. My sister (who also has a blog HERE) was offered a stay at Bluestone 5* lodges so off we went. Our lodge was huge and slept 8 people, I was surprised by how cosy and comfortable the lodge was.

In typical British style we went swimming in the water parks lazy river and jacuzzi which was mostly outside, gales blowing, hail stoning and with a thunder and lightning storm going on. If you’ve never kicked back and relaxed in those weather conditions, I highly recommend it. It’s quite exhilarating and hilarious.

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If you’re ever in Saundersfoot and fancy some hearty comfort food then don’t forget to visit Mermaid on the strand. We all agreed it was some of the best fresh fish/creamy risotto we’d tasted. They also make a great coffee and the service was fantastic.

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10 things you don’t need but want

Forget spending money on holidays. Just hang this on the wall and you’re instantly transported to a beautiful paradise. Urban Outfitters do a huge range of high quality, stunning tapestries.

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Up yours mug – This is genius  …Imagine handing a coffee to that person you dislike and they’re thinking..aww why was I such an ass to this person, they made me a coffee out of the goodness of their heart…then they finish their coffee and BAM! Up yours!!

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Flag it up microtape – To be honest, this would become a huge part of my life. I’d write to more people I suppose..

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miniature allotment – If you’re lacking outdoor space then you could always bring the outside in..

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Mildred Apron – I can’t cook or bake, I do however love this apron because owning it would give the impression I can cook and bake. I like this apron so much I’d happily wear it as a dress if it came with a back panel.

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Deep tea scuba diver I think we can all appreciate and agree that anything tea related is never a waste of money.

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Adventure Time Monopoly – Forget the post heading, this is something you really do need. My sister received this from Christmas and I couldn’t believe it, I just wanted to play it but had to go to work, Next time i visit her I shall be having a game or 3. I honestly can’t get the thought of playing this out of my head.

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Current obsession – Terrariums. Owning some of these would definitely make me a better person, I just know it. Things like this I simply can’t resist! They look so weird and wonderful, like little alien lifeforms. You can get these HERE

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Samurai Sword umbrella – Yup, that’s an umbrella. Not only will it protect you from enemies but also the rain.

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