Friday, July 3, 2015

HOW TO: PICKLE JALAPENOS

 By Talia Christine

Pickled jalapenos are one of my favorite condiments. I mean, they're right up there with ketchup, mustard, and mayonaise. We eat a surprising amount around here so it's no surprise that we prefer to pickle our own.
It's super easy too!  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

BACK WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT PREGNANCY AND HAIR GROWTH – POST FORM THE ARCHIVES







By Emily Beetleshack
 (... I'm pleased to announce I have recently had later hair removal on my chin whiskers...)

Easily, by a long shot, the best thing about being pregnant is the rapid and unprecedented hair hair growth… you know… on ones head… I did sprout some chin whiskers also, but that's a story for another day.

When expecting, hair growth is known to accelerate and shed less. It will become thick and glossy, falling effortlessly around ones plump, blemished face during the glorious 40 weeks of pregnancy. It might get oily too, but other than that, you're sure to look like something straight out of a Pantene add.

It's a wonderful thing to have a luscious head of hair. A special treat that can be enjoyed for approximately 3 months postpartum.

But you know what comes next, don't you?

That's right - the moulting.

When each of my babies have hit the 3 month mark, my hair has started to fall out. We're not talking about loosing the odd strand here or there either. Rather, for the past 6 months I've embarked upon a full blown balding process.

Every time I wash my hair I loose handfuls, to the point where the water can no longer drain from the shower - glamorous, I know. Don't even get me started on shampooing in the bath. It's the same with brushing and taking out a pony tail. Each and every time, literally thousands of hairs end up on the floor or in my hands. It's frightening.

My hair has gone from being too thick to tie up with a standard hair elastic to being so thin that I can now use the rubber bands usually reserved for kids with bracers (do they still use those tiny elastics with braces these days? The 90's really were so long ago).

Then there's the tiny, wispy new growth that sprouts forth around ones crown. A little miniature fringe growing on the oddest of angles. If you're lucky, like me, your new hair will prove to be grey, wiry and literally impossible to cover with cosmetic hair dyes.

Something MUST be done. I'm sick of my hair. It's time for a change*.

I'm contemplating going back to the pixie cut (platinum blond, please) or perhaps hitting up the grown out bob. I'm totally over balayage and the grey's that keep sneaking through.


What are you doing with your hair at the moment. How to you keep it looking 'not gross' if you're a busy mother?




* yep, totally writing a blog post about my hair. ehum. so here we are.



Monday, June 29, 2015

TABLE LAMPS

By Briar Stanley
Bedrooms. I spend a lot of time thinking about decorating these spaces – it seems to be the most common area my clients want help with. This means I’ve spent a good chunk of time recently looking at bedsides lamps (when a hanging pendant isn’t appropriate). I thought I would do a round up of some my favourites lately – on a luxe and less budget. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

PETER RABBIT STORYBOOK BLOCKS

By Emma Steendam 

In preparation for Eleanor’s Peter Rabbit themed first birthday party this weekend I’ve had lots of little (and not so little!) crafty projects bouncing around in my brain. I have had these blank wooden blocks sitting in my craft supplies stash for goodness knows how long, I’ve decoupaged similar blocks before as newborn gifts (spelling out a name or special word) using paint and scrapbooking papers. Then the other day snooping around our local op shop I spied a relatively run-of-the-mill Peter Rabbit book for 50 cents. An idea formed to create some little blocks perfect to use as decor at Eleanor’s party, and then later be thrown into her toy basket to stack and build, or sit on the shelf in her bedroom with all her other special treasures.