A Day in the Life: July 2014

I haven’t been very good at keeping up with these Day in the Life posts, my last one was April where the new house and things just got in the way. I wasn’t sure I was going to post one for July or not and then I read Amanda’s post about how she’s feeling about the link up, blogging and life and realised I was feeling a bit the same about the series. I always forget the days and never take enough photos and then don’t really want to write about my breakfast. Hopefully a new idea is found and we can continue on with the series, for today though I decided to do something a bit different and highlight a great, unknown, Australian brand that I use every day (in my life) to link it back.

Happy Skincare

Up until about 12 months ago (maybe  a bit more) I used to only use a homemade facial scrub and Jojoba oil for moisturiser, I didn’t want to buy any products and thought my scrub and routine was fine. Having to mix up my creation a few times a week started getting really old though and I noticed a few Australian brands that were using natural ingredients and I thought I’d give them a try.

The one I really loved was a brand called Happy Skincare who I randomly found on YouTube one day. At the time I was using a cream cleanser and the directions weren’t really working out for me (I’ve never used a cream cleanser before) so I decided to google how to best use it. The video I found was an instructional video from Happy Skincare and as it really helped so I decided to check out their range of skin care. After a few days of wondering whether I should make a change I decided I might as well give their sample pack a try, as it was relatively cheap and came with free shipping (in Australia) and a $10 voucher off my next purchase.

Happy Skincare 4 step system

Happy Skincare 4 step system

The sample is for their 4 step system which includes a deep cleansing balm, a toner, facial oil and mineral mask. I’d never used a cleansing balm before but I really like it, it’s not harsh on my skin and is easy to use. Just don’t use too much water. Their sample pack claims to last about 2 weeks but as I don’t use the products every day I found it lasted me about a month, at which point I decided to use my $10 voucher and buy the full size (pictured above). When I went from my home made routine to buying stuff I was so concerned the products would be too drying for my skin but found that it wasn’t the case at all, if anything what I was making was more harsh on my skin.

Deep cleaning balm and Mineral Mask

Deep cleansing balm and Mineral Mask

Since using Happy Skincare my skin feels really soft and I’m noticing less blackheads on my nose (YAY) and although there are 4 steps the whole process doesn’t take very long.

The 4 step system – $97.90

Cloud 9 Deep Cleansing Balm – As pictured above it sort of looks like a putty, it’s the strangest cleanser I’ve ever used but as you rub it between your fingers and onto your face it starts to melt and becomes this nice texture that you massage all over your face. You then rinse off and pat dry, if you buy the full size pack you get a Konjac sponge to use to remove the cleanser and also to gently exfoliate your face.

Raindrops on Roses Hydrating Tonic – This is basically a mist you spray onto your face, it has a lovely scent and is really refreshing, when combined with the facial oil it makes my skin feel super soft

Good Vibes Omega facial Oil – Previously I used Jojoba oil directly onto my face as a moisturiser so I’m no stranger to oil based moisturiser, I remember about 10 – 15 years ago everyone was always going on and on about oil free moisturisers and how you never wanted to put oil anywhere near your face but I’ve found more recently that it is more accepted to use one and that people are realising just because you are rubbing oil onto your face it doesn’t mean your skin will break out. This oil is nice and light and keeps my skin soft and lovely.

Pig in Mud Mineral Mask – It has been a long time since I’ve used a mask like this so I forgot what they were like. The directions for this are to combine 1 teaspoon of the mask and 1 teaspoon of water or greek yoghurt or honey etc. I am yet to try honey (as I don’t have any) but use greek yoghurt each time. I found that I only need 1/2 teaspoon of each to get good coverage on my face. It’s really easy to use and rinse off (the instructions are also great) and doesn’t leave my face feel dry and tight.

Overall, I really like this brand and want more people to know about it so they don’t just disappear one day. What type of skin care do you use? Do you try to use natural products or not?

Please note: I wasn’t paid for this post, I paid for all the items myself and really just want people trying the brand as it’s one I quite like.

Celebrating the 4th – Australian style

This post is part of the 31 Days of Writing for July. Click here for my previous posts or click here if you would like to join in.

Day 5: Tell us about your July 4th celebration.

So, obviously, it isn’t day 5. I was going to skip this prompt because, as an Australian, the 4th of July is just another day for me. For some reason though, this year I had two 4th of July/American themed celebrations. Considering it isn’t a day of much significance here that was a bit odd so I figured I’d tell you all about what I did and you can laugh at the stereotypes we have of Americans.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take too many pictures as I didn’t see much use for them – until now – and well, most of the food was deep fried into oblivion. I do wish I’d gotten a photo of the spread at work though, it was quite cute.

So, on Thursday afternoon at work I was telling one of my colleagues how I was going to a 4th of July party on Friday which had, what we consider, American foods. I wasn’t sure why we were doing it but one of my friends has a soft spot for all things American and was hosting the show. He had a full menu sorted for us and there were, seemingly, never ending alcoholic slushies. So, win win. My colleague kind of rolled his eyes and couldn’t work out why we were celebrating another country’s holiday, then 2hrs later my work was hosting a 4th of July afternoon drinks.. coincidence? Considering he arranges these things, I think not.

I was prepared then for endless eating of pizza, burgers and hot dogs.

And that is how the work events started, we could grab a drink and then swarm down on the food. We had mini hotdogs (with ketchup, American mustard – is American mustard, just called mustard in America? – and bacon.. mmm bacon), beef sliders and pepperoni pizza. All of them really well made and the rolls were delicious and surprisingly filling, I had a few and felt fine and then 15mins later thought I was going to explode.

After that I left work, and struggled to walk up to Jarrod’s work (so.. full..) where we were getting a lift out to the party.

We arrived at the party and were promptly handed drinks (our host is good like that) and started snacking on some chips.. probably a bad idea considering the plethora of food to come.

While we waited, we got to watch our chef for the night (sort of) preparing a bunch of things for us, starting off with jalapeño dip which scared me immensely, especially when he also started adding avocado and sour cream.. Funnily enough it tasted pretty mild and decent, all things considered. Meanwhile the slushies flowed, right into our bellies, mmm blue.

We then started on the cheese kransky’s, I’m not sure if this is an american thing or just because we wanted cheese kransky’s, either way. Delicious.

Then came the Frickles, I actually had no idea what a frickle was prior to the party, I sort of wish I didn’t know now. Although I like pickles, I do not like frickles, well not these ones anyway. I don’t even know what I didn’t like about them, just.. no.

Our Frickles looked and tasted like this, which is apparently a good thing

Our Frickles looked and tasted like this, which is apparently a good thing

One of the more interesting things of the night were the deep fried chicken wings. Normally you wouldn’t call a chicken wing interesting, but our host had accidentally used icing sugar instead of flour in his batter so they were quite sweet and unusual.

These were followed up by corn with a nice butter, ribs and more sliders with chipotle fries.. except the fries had paprika in them, which was a sore point for our chef. I barely got through the sliders, they were the best thing of the night too I was just so full by that point I couldn’t eat another thing.

All the while, we watched/listened to a flash back friday music video show (which I was surprisingly good at guessing/remembering the years the songs came out) while drinking, chatting, fighting for the couch (once you get the couch, you basically can’t move, otherwise someone else will steal it) and having a good time. As far as 4th of July is concerned, it was pretty decent.

So, tell me, how did we do in our many courses of American food? Was it sort of accurate, not at all or completely? What did we miss that you’d suggest?

Joy!

This post is part of the 31 Days of Writing for July. Click here for my previous posts or click here if you would like to join in.

Day 2: What brings joy into your life?

Joy isn’t a word I use very much, I can’t recall a time where I thought of a situation or experience that I considered to be joyful. I think of terms like fun, excitement, excellent, etc but joy rarely comes to mind. So before writing this I had to think of what I consider joy and joyful to be, I may even have looked up the definition to help me out. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of joy is actually the Happy Happy, Joy Joy mind-washing helmet from Ren and Stimpy.

Ren and Stimpy wasn't weird, at all.

Ren and Stimpy wasn’t weird, at all.

If I think about it seriously though (and stop looking at that gif) there are a lot of things that bring me joy, most of which can be directly related to Jarrod. When he picks me up after work and we drive home I sometimes think that if someone had asked me 5 years ago “where do you think you’ll be in 5 years” I can guarantee my answer wouldn’t have been in a loving relationship, where I feel safe and comfortable and happy. It probably wouldn’t have included living in my own house with mortgage being my only debt, I probably would have had no idea and been more worried about the unpredictability I used to go home to every day.

So, I feel joy in coming home with the man I love every day to the house we’re slowly making into our home, the home that I sometimes still walk into and think “hmm, is this really mine?” because it sometimes seems like an impossibility that this is the turn my life made. It brings me joy to know I was able to get a second chance and turn what I had into something a lot more amazing.

Superhero!

Recently I stumbled upon The SITS girls, I can’t even remember how now, but their aim is to give women bloggers tips and ideas on how to improve their blogs while getting to know each other. They have regular, interesting blog posts as well as forums and link ups.

Anyway, one thing they also do is a 31 days of writing feature where they provide 31 prompts for bloggers to post about throughout the month. Obviously, the idea is to blog about each one each day but you can pick and choose how many you’d like to do. I decided to join in for July, mostly to see how I go and whether I can make it to the end of the month. I really like the ideas for July and anticipate that I will complete about 15 of them. Let me know in the comments what you think and if you’re going to join in!

That brings me to day 1: 

If you were a superhero, what would your powers be?

When I originally thought of what power I’d choose I instantly thought of invisibility. I can imagine enjoying just disappearing whenever I needed a few moments to myself. It would definitely be very useful at work that’s for sure.

This morning though, I was reading Amanda’s blog post where the question was posed “Fly like a bird or teleport?” and she chose teleporting with some very convincing reasons as to why. For that reason, I decided to change my answer. Sure, I’d miss out on skulking around invisible but what does that matter if instead I can teleport anywhere I want to? I also imagine being a bit Nightcrawler-esque and disappearing in a puff of smoke, although it wouldn’t be all that useful when I was trying to make a quiet getaway, maybe I can choose when I want to be a bit dramatic.

Bamf indeed! And then he’s gone. So, cool.

Bamf indeed! And then he’s gone. So, cool.

I think this would also be pretty useful when going out to a party and having a few drinks, no need to catch the bus or pay for a cab; Whenever you decide you want to go home you can simply just teleport there. It’s also useful if the party happens to run low on supplies “oh no, we’re out of vodka!” “No worries, I’ll just go grab my bottle from home” and then 30 seconds later the party is ok again, because there is nothing worse than running out of vodka.

There really are just so many reasons that teleportation is a superior power, especially if you have the power but still need to live an ordinary life. I’d love to be able to get up a bit later in the morning because I didn’t have to commute to work and it would be a lot easier and faster to travel to new places and you probably wouldn’t need a passport – sneaky.

5 things I found on the internet – #1

This week, while I’ve been idling looking at things on the internet, I found some cool and unusual things and I thought I’d share them, because everyone else should see these as well.

So, here they are, isn’t the internet a weird and wonderful thing?

1.Squirt
Squirt is a cool little bookmarklet that takes all the hard work of reading websites and makes it easy and lazy. It “reads the web, one word at a time” and you can set the speed and font type that it uses.
I wasn’t sure how well this would work but I did a few demos and it’s actually really neat and makes me wish I could read all things that way from now on.

Speed read the web, one word at a time

Speed read the web, one word at a time

2. Kama Sutra Chocolate Box
So, I was looking for a moneybox to go onto my new shelf and I found Firebox which claims to be ‘not for everyone’ which by the looks of it, is probably true. One of the results of my search for ‘Money box’ was ‘Kama Sutra Chocolate Box’ – that’s sort of the same thing.. so if you’ve ever wanted to get some inspiration while eating chocolate this might be for you. I’m not sure how I feel about sucking on chocolate genitals though.

Kama Sutra Chocolate poses

Kama Sutra Chocolate poses

3. Images You Should Not Masturbate To – 
So, because I happened to look at chocolate people doing it, I was then recommended the book ‘Images You Should Not Masturbate To’ and now realise that this post might be forming a trend. Squirt, chocolate sex, masturbation…

The blurb for this book is as follows:

“Choke the chicken, spank the monkey, charm the snake-however you refer to it, none of the images in this book will encourage you to pleasure yourself. This deceptively simple and strangely addictive book presents a laugh-out-loud collection of random pictures virtually guaranteed to dampen the urge of even the strongest libido.”

I assume some might take that as a dare.

On a related note, Amazon suggests buying ‘How to live with a Huge Penis‘  which looks like it gives some useful advice and, if nothing else, the reviews are pretty good!

4. The UNT mug
Part of me wants to buy this however, another part of me doesn’t want to get fired. Maybe if I came up with a clever acronym and act clueless when I’m questioned about it “Oh you’ve heard about the United National Trust? I thought I was the only one!” It could work, right?

The UNT mug - with a lovely black handle

The UNT mug – with a lovely black handle

5. Bacon Today 
Uhm, did you know there is a website that keeps you up to date in the world of bacon? Seriously! Is there nothing bacon can’t do? Apparently the answer is nothing, because there is an alarm clock that cooks your bacon, all you need to do is set your alarm and place a piece of frozen bacon into the slot, 10mins before your alarm is set to go off, it starts cooking and you wake up to the smell of delicious bacon. Apparently,  it’s been around for years! Why have I never heard of this before?

Cute and cooks you bacon!

Cute and cooks you bacon!

If that isn’t enough, they also sell Maple Bacon Lollipops  which are, unfortunately, named Man Bait. This has put a bit of a dampener on the bacon love.

I hope you are more enlightened now for seeing this and perhaps own a new book or some chocolate.