Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Medically Unfit

As I was medically unfit to work today, I decided to take the day by the horns and reeeeelaaaaaax.

Well try to anyway.

As we all know I love Grocery shopping . I totally zenned out in Coles.

Oh I was sans baby by the way.

So I take my time up and down the aisles looking at things, reading packets and sometimes making a second (or third) trip down particular aisles. Did you know you can buy already roasted pine nuts?? That'd save me from burning the bum of a heap of pine nuts!

I looked around the shops without having to worry about feeding anyone or getting anyone to bed or whether anyone was going to lose their beep at any given moment.

Said person just before I dropped him off at daycare

When I got home I had a cawfee

And made this

Turned it into these

Which the oven turned into these

And now I'm lying on my lounge relaxing the hell out of it.

How do you relax?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Henna Alert

I have been a fan of Lush for many years an have always been intrigued by their henna hair dye.
• I knew it would be messy
• I knew it would be permanent and to get it out, you have to cut your hair off
• I knew it was like a big blob of mud on your head for a few hours.
So I tried to convince my sister Jade to try it on her practically virgin hair.
Jade bought some agessss ago and last weekend we decided to DO IT!
Jade was house sitting a house with white carpet and a white couch. NOT ideal.
Henna stains EVERYTHING in its path.
Plus she'd just got out of bed so was in a slightly stroppy mood. But onwards we pushed.
Here is Jade Before:

Very dull and lifeless hair. :P
You'll need:
• gloves
• a glass bowl (henna stains plastic)
• Vaseline to go around the hairline
• a hair dye brush
• 1,000 dark towels
• patience

First chop up your henna so it'll melt easier
At the point you're meant to let the henna soak in water for 10 minutes to help it soften. We didn't.

Make a Bain marie with a pot of simmering water and a glass bowl on top. Throw in your henna, slowly add some water.
It will start to melt and look like this:

At this point you're thinking 'hmm do I really want to do this'
Keep going!

And you'll end up with this. It will be the consistency of mud, not double cream. Mud.
Put some Vaseline around your hairline and wack it on! Put it in warm but not hot.

Here's Jade once we were finished.

From the back

With no shower cap in sight I put a shopping bag on her head to try stop the henna falling off and getting on everything.
Then, Jade left it in her hair for 2.5 hours and washed it 374 times to get it all out.
And we were left with this:

The colour didn't change much, but her hair was very soft and shiny. She should've left it on longer we decided.
Jades Verdict: not worth it.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Washing Powder

We've all seen it on Pintetest Homemade Washing Powder
Well today with the help of my trusty sidekick Jade and this recipe I made some.
Here's the recipe:
2 Kgs of Borax
2 Kgs of Baking Soda
1.5 Kgs of Washing Soda
2 Kgs of Napisan
3 bars of Laundry Soap

I found everything at the supermarket very easily.

First grate up the soap. This will take roughly eons

Finally when we're old and grey it's done
Jade and I bought 5.5l containers to put ours in, so we've split the recipe in half.

Soap in

Borax in

Napisan in

Washing soda in

Baking soda in

All layered up

Then mix it for almost as long as it took you to grate the cheese soap and you're done.
Use one tablespoon per load.
I'll let you know how it goes!
Hop Tips:
• put the soap in last, it's a major pain in the beep trying to get it off the bottom.
• grate the cheese soap in a food processor
• don't try shake your container to mix it up, it WILL spill.
• definitely share some with your sister because it makes tons!!!

Nitty Gritty:
From Coles
Lectric washing soda 1kg $3.59 each x2
Velvet pure soap 500grams $3.03
Borax 500gram $4.11 x4
Coles ultra booster 1kg $4.00 x2
Baking soda roughly 1kg $6-8
(didn't keep the receipt for the baking soda)

Total $34.43 (roughly)


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