Showing posts from November, 2014


I've never really understood the point of non religious Christmas traditions. My family each have their own beliefs and I am fairly certain that crazy shopping trips, major gift giving and sharing a meal together on ONE particular day of the year does not have any bearing on those beliefs. My friends perplex me just as much with "We have to get together before Christmas!" WHY? Why must everything happen by December 25th? Is the world going to end on Christmas day? Seriously people, get a grip! If you really want to catch up with me, what's wrong with every other calendar month?  

If it weren't for my children, I am certain I would boycott the whole thing and volunteer for charity work. Is the meaning of Christmas not peace on earth and goodwill to all men? That's what the greeting cards say. Was this intended to be a once a year thing?
During WWI, troops from both sides crossed their borders and shared gifts and mingled together. They then resumed the act of killi…

The Man Flu Crisis

OK ladies, we all know the scenario right? You've both got the same symptoms but for some reason, you're still able to perform a list of chores while he seems to struggle to lift his pinky finger off the mattress.
Man flu has become the subject of many jokes and humorous stories in women's circles but are we being unfair to our poor suffering men?

Surely our big strong men, with their stiff upper lips and the ability to announce "that didn't hurt" through gritted teeth when you accidently run over their foot with your car aren't about to fall to pieces and first sign of a little sniffle.
Although it has been agreed upon by the wider female society that we get just as sick as they do but it is our sheer drive, determination and strong sense of duty  that keep us hammering along in the face of illness, (I am woman, hear me roar) I'm afraid this hypothesis is only half true. It is oestrogen that saves us from suffering the same fate as our other halves. Scie…

For My Husband

Outside the supermarket today, I saw a sight that never fails to bring a smile to my face.
It was an older couple, probably in their mid 60's and so obviously, very much in love.
I smile because I imagine that will be us in 20 to 30 years from now, older, wiser and even more in love than ever before.

The loss of a child, the diagnosis of a potentially crippling disease and the resulting depression have proved that we have what it takes to make it through together.
We have weathered the storms, often tired and frustrated.
We have fought, sometimes bitterly.
We have laughed, cried and stayed up talking for hours together.

I promise I will always be a nag. I promise to be moody and irrational from time to time. I promise that my skin will continue to wrinkle and sag. I promise that my health will one day begin to decline, I promise to make you smile as much as I possibly can.
I also promise to love you with all my heart and share the good times and bad with you for the all of the da…

Grow Longer, Thicker Lashes

A friend happened to casually mention that she puts Lavender Oil in her mascara tube..... Of course I asked why she would do such a thing and she told me it was to make her eyelashes grow longer and thicker. 'And does it work?' According to her it does.....

Intrigued by this idea, I dove right onto Google to find out how and why it works. What I found was a little bit scary.....
There are mites living in your eyelashes!! .....I know eeewwwee!!! Demodex mites are face mites,  many researchers attribute this microscopic critter to a large role in hair loss. Demodex has also been called “face mite” as it has been commonly associated with various skin complications of the face, such as Acne Rosacea, blackheads, and other skin irritations.
Whilst these face mites may be "harmless", posing no real treat to us, they do threaten our ability to grow naturally long clusters of eye batting beauty by degrading the health of the follicle, as the Demodex mite feeds off of sebum pro…

Foraging Friday -Steak Wraps

Doing away with the ol' Taco Kit is probably the best cooking decision I've made so far.

I now make my own tortillas and use my Fajita seasoning . Add a jar of salsa that goes a whole lot further than those little packets and can be easily stored in the fridge for next time.

I find a few hodgepodge ingredients can become a meal by simply wrapping them in a tortilla.

I'm a poor meal planner (one of my many faults) and often find that by the end of the fortnight my ingredient stock is running low. I do small stock ups on fresh fruit and veg of course so today I had a piece of rump steak in the freezer, lettuce and carrot in the fridge and a tin of beetroot in the cupboard..... Steak sandwiches? But with only one steak, how do I make enough for everyone?

Steak Wraps Large rump steak - sliced thinly into strips Lettuce leaves Grated Carrot Tin of sliced beetroot Tortillas 1Tbs HP sauce 1/2 tsp Worstershire sauce 1tsp oil
Mix sauces and oils and marinade beef strips for at lea…

Relieve Household Frustration

It's household catchup day! I try to dedicate at least half a day a week to the housework backlog.

When Being Mum is All You've Got

My husband came home from work last night wanting to know 'what makes me tick.'

This is what every woman wants right? A man who wants to know her inner workings, interested in how she feels and what she thinks.
I should be thrilled by the attention placed solely on me, but instead I feel at a loss to answer his question.