Mother’s Day Gift guide #2

I posted another Mother’s Day gift guide last week, I’m posting another one now because this is a little bit different to the other one. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we can’t go buying flashy gifts for the ones we love. Trust me, I’ve been there. Heck I moved there and became the mayor. Its hard when the one you love deserves a diamond and all you can afford is a rock. So this gift guide is going to be about things you can make or get for cheap that will be sure to make your mumma smile.

PLANTS

For the green thumb mum I think this is a really cute idea. You can get a huge range of potted flowers from Bunnings for under $15.00AUD some even for under $5.00! To snazzy it up a bit and add some personal touch, head over to kmart and pick up one of the many flower pots they have – starting from $2.00! A little bit of elbow grease and some dirty hands will give you the end result of a gorgeous gift that will bring colour and happiness to your mum for a very long time! All you need to do is add a cute label, get a ribbon and you’re done! How beautiful!

TEA/COFFEE

Kmart have some great Tea sets out at the moment in the theme of mothers day!
This one here comes with tea, and sugar cookies with the mug, whilst this one is an all encompassed tea set! There are a few different varieties on offer at Kmart so pick one that suits your mum. These ones here are $6 and $10. Bargain!

PHOTOS

I think it costs approx 25c to get a photo printed these days and thats just for standard sizes. One thing that my brother, sister and I do, is get photos of us, and us and our partners and make a photo collage. If thats not quite your style, or you’re an only child then you can just find some photos of you and your mum. You can get some really cute frames for under $10. I’ll leave you with a pic from at least 10 years ago of me and my mum

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BAKED GOODS

If you’re good in the kitchen then this one might be for you. This is one of the things I’m doing for my mum this Mother’s Day. Its an edible cupcake arrangement. Click here to find out how to do it! It is actually really easy! It was under $15 to make.

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This one here is just a trial run, so its a little rough around the edges. But you get the idea! The tutorial for this post will be up tonight! Two posts in one day? You guys are lucky!

That just about wraps it up for this instalment of the Mother’s Day gift guide for 2016. Just remember, you don’t need to go out and get expensive gifts. Just spend time with your mum, or mother figure. Cherish the time you have and make memories and take photos and just tell your mum how much you love them!

Be sure to check back in a few hours for the cupcake bouquet tutorial!

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Super Easy Fro-Yo Popsicles – Caitlan’s Kitchen

I know I’ve just stated that its ‘Officially Autumn‘, but what you would have seen in that post is me joking that it’d still be hot until April, and LORD HELP ME it is. The weekend was rather on the hellish side of the thermometer so I thought, “why not embrace it and make delicious frozen treats?”

I’ve made other frozen treats in the past (Nutella Popsicles!) and these basically follow the same process: Easy, Delicious and Refreshing!

I made two types, blueberry and strawberry but you can use any kind of fruit or yogurt you want! Thats what makes these types of treats so great

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So the things you’ll need is – and amounts do vary:

  • 1 cup pureed blueberries
  • 1 cup pureed strawberries
  • 2 1/2 cups yogurt

I used frozen blueberries and fresh strawberries, feel free to use whatever kind you like!  Remember that pureed substances are different than the berry in its original state so 1 cup might equal 2 cups of berried before being blended. Make sense? Cool.

I used low fat vanilla yogurt for mine, but feel free to use whatever type you like, I’m personally not a fan of plain yogurt or greek yogurt.

Pro Tip: Use honey or agave to add some sweetness!

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  • Puree the berries – can use blender, nutri-bullet, magic-bullet, stand/stab mixer anything that will do the job!
  • In a separate bowl divide half of the yogurt and mix in one type of the berry puree!
  • Mix in the other berries into the rest of the yogurt.
  • Spoon mixture into the popsicle moulds remembering not to fill them to the brim. When you put the handles in the mixture might spill out. So keep an eye out for that.
  • Any left over mixture can still be used! I used left over blueberry mix to make a smoothie and then I added the rest of that plus the left over strawberry mix into ice cube trays to freeze for other smoothies! Yay ready to go smoothie cubes!
  • Put them in the freezer over night and you’re good to go!

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Here are the final results! They’re so delicious. The blueberry ones are my favourite! (I’m a blueberry fiend) The cubes are the perfect size for smoothies!

 

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Microwave Flowers! – Press/Dry DIY!

I love a good DIY, and I hope you do to! I also love lavender – the flower, the colour, the scent, EVERYTHING about it. This post will show you how to dry and press lavender (or any flower really) so you can preserve its pretty petals forever and have this is the starting step to many other floral DIY’s in the future! I used this method to make the table decorations for my engagement party (lavender and peach are the colours and scent of the wedding). I also placed a sprig of lavender in each invitation envelope.

So to find out how to do this, keep on reading!

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

Things

  1. Fresh lavender. Of course. Kris (my fiancé) went on the extremely masculine task of gathering the flowers for me. Fortunately there was a thriving plant at his parents house.
  2. Paper. Here I’ve just got plain A4 paper straight out of my printer. I’ve folded it in half and then ripped it to size. Size will vary depending on the tile.
  3. Paper towel. Here I have two sheets, but I’ve still got them connected. It’s not essential to have them connected, but as I was using it quite a bit, the better I got at the whole process, I realised how good it was to have them connected and able to fold.
  4. A tile. Or a plate – something microwaveable but ‘heavy’. I was fortunate enough to have just had my kitchen re-tiled and had some lying around. I made sure the paper when folded was the size of this tile. Nice and square. (shape and size really have nothing to do with it, the bigger the tile, the more you can press at once)

PROCESS

8Steps

  1. First you should align your papers like this, have the paper towel down first, then the ‘printing’ paper. Place it so the fold of the paper is with the join of the two paper towels. (this is why it’s easy to have them still connected together) It makes it easy to fold over. Next arrange the lavender on one half. I arranged mine like this, you can do it however you want with how ever much you wish to fit on there.
  2. The next few steps are quite easy, however I’ve included pictures for every little step to ensure a full understanding of whats going on. Carefully fold the papers over so they’re looking like this. If any of the lavender slide out, be sure to wiggle it back in place
  3. Gently press down on the papers until you can feel the lavender, then give it a firm push, this will keep them in place long enough for you to get the tile:
  4. Place the tile upside down (so the shiny, smooth side is touching the papers) and make sure it is aligned with the ‘printing’ paper, you’ll be able to see through the paper towel so this really isn’t a very hard step. The two papers will act as ‘blotting paper’. Blotting paper is what is used in traditional flower pressing. 
  5. With the tile in position, give it another firm push, pressing it all together. carefully slide everything as it is here, onto your hand and make your way to the microwave!
  6. Place in the microwave like so. (I put some more paper towel on the plate of my microwave, this isn’t essential, it just helps soak up any excess moisture) Microwave for 1 minute on high. take a peak and see if they’re dried and pressed to your liking, if not, microwave in 30second intervals until desired dryness is achieved. You will know when they’re done as a strong smell of lavender will be coming from your microwave. 
  7. Carefully remove the tile from the paper, use a towel or oven mitt when handling this, as it becomes very hot! Take the folded papers out of the microwave and place down, carefully unfold the top layers, and there you have it, nice crisp lavender ready for arts and crafts or just placing around the house!
  8. Let the product cool down before doing anything with it. The left of the picture is fresh lavender and the right is the microwaved version! There is no real colour change either so that is always a bonus!

After I finished this my house smelt like a day spa! It was so soothing, I played down and read a book for half an hour (:

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Pink/Purple Hair – How To

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Pink and Purple Hair

 

 I’ve had ombré hair for a while now, and that was a huge step for me in the fact that I don’t usually colour or do anything with my hair, despite wanting to. So since its fairly blonde for the majority, I thought I would spice it up with a bit of colour, this is temporary and lasts anywhere from 3 – 30 washes. I did this all myself and I’m really happy with how it all turned out. If you’re interested in knowing what I did. Keep reading.

The Product:

Here is the dye I used. They’re both by the brand ‘Fudge’ and they’re the ‘Paint Box’ colour dyes.They have a HUGE selection of colours and you can find them, here. The colours I used are Red Corvette and Blueberry Hill. I mixed the red with some conditioner to make it less intense as I didn’t have an actual pink colour.

I also have some hair separating clips (these are TONY&GUY) a comb, Gloves and an old t-shirt.

Before:

This is my ‘Before’ picture. There is no product in my hair, this is just how it is naturally. It doesn’t matter if you have anything in your hair because step one is to shampoo it. The instructions I’m following are from the back of the tubes of dye.

Step One: Brush and Shampoo.

Shampoo your hair to get out any product and to make sure you have a nice clean canvas to work with, then towel dry. The hair needs to be wet/damp for the dye to develop. I separated my hair into two layers, I clipped the top layer u and out of the way.

Step Two: Apply the dye.

Though I seem to have quite a lot of hair, its actually quite thin and fine, so I don’t need a lot of dye, I started out by squeezing about the size of a

marble into my gloves and then worked that into the selected hair. I made sure to totally saturate the ends with dye and hve it slightly uneven as it blended into my natural hair, basically following my ombré, I didn’t want just a straight line of colour.

When you have all the hair covered in dye, let down the other layer and keep them slightly separate, I personally didn’t mind if the colours ‘bled’ together a little bit because I like that effect, however if you want clear

defined colours, wrap them in plastic wrap and clip out of the way.

 Step Three: Processing

Apply the second colour of dye, I triple checked that I had all the blonde I wanted covered. I left just a small
amount blonde where so it doesn’t look like such a harsh transition. I let both of the dyes touch each other during the processing stage. If you don’t want them to touch
wrap them in plastic wrap and clip out of the way, or use plastic freezer bags, just slide your hair in, tie up with clear elastic and then clip up. Its a lot cleaner. Plastic can help with the processing. Leave colour on hair for 15 – 30 minutes. Rinse out until water runs clear and then condition your hair asusual.

Step Four: Rinse, dry and style.

I blow dried, brushed then styled my hair, with the NuMe 

Lustrum. For these curls I used the tapered wand (the one that looks triangular). I
was so happy with how the colours came out and how the transition from my natural dark brown hair, to the small amount of honey blonde, into the pink/red and down into the purple.

Close up of curls/colours.

Here you can see the colours blending into one another and looking vibrant. Because the red was ‘watered down’ with conditioner, it came out pinky / strawberry blonde which I’m very happy with. The colour may was out quicker thought because it wasn’t 100% dye. If you’re after a pink colour you should probably by the colour you want unless you don’t mind about early fading.

 After: End Result styled. 

Before                            After 

 Final Comparison. 

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