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Threading Verses Waxing

Threading Verses Waxing


 

Eyebrow Threading What Is All The Hype?

 

Many of us ladies (and men) have tried lots of techniques to get that perfect brow shape! well I know I have! I’ve waxed, bleached (yep!) and plucked! And they all hurt but have never given me that clean, exact precise arch that I had always desired.

 

That’s until I discovered threading. My bestie who is Turkish has the most amazing eyebrows (as they do) and I envied her for so long. So one day I said “Take me to this Eyebrow Goddess you tell me about and I’ll let her have her way with my brows!”  I couldn’t quite grasp the idea that the shape was created by using a piece of string < amazing!

 

I went along to a local eyebrow threader she got me to I lay down on the massage table, my head on a pillow and the experience began. She got her brush out and brushed my unruly brows then began cutting them, WHAT? Scissors! You’ve got to be kidding me.  Anyway I took a breath and let her do her thing!. Next the cotton thread…..a little tweezing and Bam! 15 minutes later I was looking at what I had desired for many years. Perfectly shaped brows, with that precise arch that I had only dreamed of. It didn’t hurt nowhere near as much as waxing I must say, although some people think it is more painful.

 

So it got me wondering where threading originated, and it turns out that the exact origins of the technique are unknown, it has been used in Eastern countries for centuries, however many believe it originated in the Middle East and South Asia, and then spread to far Eastern countries. All that is used is a sewing thread. It’s knotted at one end, held between the fingers, twisted in the centre and using the fingers, moved back and forth. Tricky huh?

 

Anyway, waxing which is the most common form of hair removal, would you believe it used to consist of a homemade sugar and lemon resin, Yep! Sugar, lemon juice, and water are heated to form a syrup. Who would have thought? The syrup is formed into a ball, flattened onto the skin, and then quickly stripped away, removing the hair from the root! Ouch!

 

The removal of body hair by Western women became more common when bathing suits came about, starting in the 1940’s. Hair removal has been considered, in some cultures as proper hygiene required by local customs for many centuries. Given hair removal dates back to 4000 to 3000BC took us Westerners took a while to catch on haha.

 

So to thread or wax? Well both have their pros and cons.

 

Reasons people often choose threading over waxing:

 

* Waxing can burn the skin; leaving blisters and possibly scars.

 

* Wax residue, or occasionally was removal products, can sometimes cause skin irritations. Given threading requires no products it is less likely that the skin can become inflamed.

 

* Unlike waxing, threading does not have the possibility of lifting, tearing, or over-exfoliating the skin.

 

* It is safe for people using strong medications used to treat acne or also for those who have particularly dry skin, or have been sunburnt.

 

(If any of these apply to you, you should NOT be getting waxed or threaded in the treated/affected areas, and if you are using Accutane, you should not be waxed anywhere, since it's an oral medication).

 

* Many are convinced that threading is more precise, and can achieve a better shape.

 

* Redness is not as prominent after threading oppose to waxing.

 

Reasons people stick with waxing:

 

* Threading takes longer than waxing. Not by much, but because the hairs are removed more gradually some say it hurts more than waxing.

 

* Rolling the thread against the skin does create friction, and occasionally with slack skin, pinching can occur. Both of these can add to the discomfort level. Therapists will get you to hold the skin prior to removing the hair.

 

* Just like when you take time to tweeze your eyebrows at home, your eyes may water.

 

The main point here, no matter what technique you prefer, ALWAYS  make sure that the beauty therapist doing any form of hair removal is qualified and experienced, the premises is clean and professional, all instruments are sterilised and have not been previously used and most of all you’re comfortable with your therapist.

 

So, there it is to thread or to wax? Personally, it’s threading hands down for me.

 

Tell us what your preferred eyebrow removal method is and your experiences have been?

 

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How to Host a Lah-Lah Party!

How to Host a Lah-Lah Party!

Party Pax has been designed to help busy parents host a fabulous party for their loved ones, whilst saving you time and money.  This is a one stop shop for kids birthday parties, christenings and baby showers.  Each pack has been tailored for the time-poor, party-planner in you.  

You will receive everything you need to host an amazing party - DIY cake, DIY cupcakes, decorations, tableware and a little inspiration - in one box, delivered straight to your door.

LET US TAKE THE FUSS OUT OF YOUR PARTY!!!

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Tips To Dating After A Baby

Tips To Dating After A Baby

For those who have had a baby know what it’s like to try and even leave the house fully clothed let alone get out for a date night with your significant other. Some days it’s just not going to happen.

Hubby and I made the decision at Christmas last year that we wouldn’t buy each other presents and instead make more of an effort in spending time with one another. Since we had the little ones life seems to revolve around them, which is fine, however we never seemed to have time out just the two of us.

Not to mention the fact that Hubby can’t even kiss or cuddle me without being pushed away and told to basically “leave Mummy alone!” Poor Hubby! 

So we spoke to our amazing family friend and booked her for ‘date nights’ every 4-6 weeks. When booking with her we will lock in dates for the next 4 months, that way they’re in and we look forward to them. Let me tell you the first one was weird! We saw a truck on our way to dinner and said “Look it’s a truck” and cracked up as our little ones weren't in the car. How life changes when you have kids. 

Our first date night was pretty funny. We booked dinner at a local Yum Cha place and aimed to be at the movies by 8.30pm. Hubby and I were sending texts to each other all day psyching each other up, it was like back in our dating days. We felt like 20 something year olds.

We thought we’d have enough time to get to the movies and purchase our tickets at the booking office and more importantly that we’d have plenty of time to grab like a large popcorn and coke that I’d been craving it all day. What we did! For Plan B? We didn’t have one. So, we thought let’s go bowling, we had a blast.

It didn’t end there. After we’d finished bowling and thought, let’s stop for a coffee and cake on the way home. We went to our usual haunt, mind you this is going back almost 2 years and it’s only 10pm and they’re all closing for the night, seriously? Just our luck, first night out on our own and this happens. We haven’t been out of the game that long peeps.

Plan C? Stop off at Coles for a cake and coffee at home.  We had a good laugh and it turned out to be a great night. 

Remember these tips: 

Book date nights in a few months in advance with the babysitter, friend whoever you trust and can get.  

Compromise on what it is you want to do, take turns in choosing the movie you want to watch or better off surprise your partner with something you know they love doing.

Lock in dates on a calendar so you have something to look forward to.

Decide on what you want guys want to do. Book it (and if you decide on the movies…..pre-book your tickets)

Get excited, text each other; What are you wearing tonight sweet cheeks? Can’t wait to share a large popcorn with you.

And remember, who cares if it doesn’t go to plan, make the most of it and make your own fun.

I must say holding hands was a massive highlight,  given that we’re forbidden by our Children to have any form of affection toward each other in their presence! 

Why not recreate your first date, It’ll be loads of fun and bring back many fun and happy memories that you can reminisce about.

And, don’t forget to hold hands.

Tell us what your first date night was like after baby?

 

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The 7 Tips I used To Change My Hands And Nails From Drab To Fab!

The 7 Tips I used To Change My Hands And Nails From Drab To Fab!

How many of you Mumma’s have dry hands and chipped nails? Well I reckon I’ve got the most horrible hands they’re hairy, dry, wrinkly...well they just look like man hands serious.  My nails are just completely uneven. Let’s face it, I was never going to be a hand model that’s for sure. I must confess that I didn’t look after them consistently enough. I washed dishes with no gloves (Big No NO!).

 

I got quite annoyed after having my kids with the state of my hands, my skin was really dry and started to split and hurt. So I changed a few things and since then, they love me and I love them.

Here are a few tips that have helped me:

1.     I Apply hand cream frequently, especially after washing my hands and I always make sure I apply hand cream to my cuticles which helps prevent cracking and peeling. I make sure I use a sunscreen based cream during the day so it helps prevent sun damage. I keep a tube in my handbag and at the kitchen sink so that I remind myself to use it.

2.     Wearing glove helps protect the nails and cuticles. I use them when I do the dishes, gardening and anything do with water. Soaps and water weaken the nails and detergents dry the skin, despite their advertising.

3.     I stopped using soaps that are antibacterial as it has a chemical called triclosan which dries the skin. I buy milky hand washes, and am trying out some natural antibacterial soaps with tea tree or eucalyptus. (I haven’t quite got the recipe right, when I do I will share it with you).

4.     I coat the outside of my nails with polish, this will help protect the nail and prevent breaking and splitting, at least while the manicure lasts.

5.     Clean all nail instruments and change nail files often. Bacteria and other microbes can get transferred by the nail tools you use, causing infection. If you get manicures at a salon ensure they use clean and sterilized files and instruments. You’d be surprised how many don’t clean their instruments properly eewww yuk!

6.     I stopped using my fingernails as tools to pry things open, come on how many of us do this? Yes they’re handy little things but they weaken, chip and ruin the nail and they look horrid when they break. 

7.     Don’t overuse any kind of nail polish remover. Use a minimal amount on the nail and avoid getting too much on the cuticle and skin. 

It seems like a bit of a routine but really it isn't, if you keep the hand creams where you will be reminded to use them it will be a lot easier.

Do you have any other tips that you use to keep your nails healthy? share with us if you do!

 

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Mars Bar Chocolate Crackle

Mars Bar Chocolate Crackle

When I was a kid we always had chocolate crackles at our parties and whenever  there was a bake sale on we often took a tray along to sell. I have only recently started making them again and I sort of regret it as they are so yummy it is hard to stop at one. They are good for an occasional treat though and a really easy party food to whip up!

Ingredients

·      6 cup rice bubbles

·      1 cup icing sugar

·      3 tbs cocoa powder

·      150 gm Coconut oil

·      3 Mars bars

Method

1.     Melt 2 mars Bars and the coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl for approx one minute, check after 30 seconds and stir.

2.     Place the Rice bubbles, cocoa, icing sugar in a large bowl and combine well.

3.     Add the coconut oil mixture to the dry ingredients and stir well.

4.     Place 12 cup cake cases on a tray and fill each case.

5.     Cut up the remaining mars bar in small pieces and place a few pieces on each crackle.

6.     Pop in the fridge to set for 2 hours.

7.     Take out of fridge 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 12 large crackles or 20 small.

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Easy Licorice Slice

Easy Licorice Slice

If you love licorice as much as we do this slice won't last long in your house. It is easy to make and something a little different. Share with another licorice lover!

Ingredients

·      1 Block of plain chocolate (we use Cadbury)

·      1 Tin of chocolate condensed Milk

·      1 Packet of chocolate ripple biscuits

·      100 grams of licorice Allsorts cut up into small pieces.

Instructions

1.     Break the block of chocolate into pieces and add to a microwavable bowl, add tin of condensed milk and then pop in the microwave for 2 minutess on high.

2.     Blitz the whole packet of chocolate ripple biscuits in a food processor or Thermomix, until a really fine crumb. The finer the biscuit crumb the creamier the fudge will taste.

3.     Then combine the biscuits to the chocolate and condensed milk, mix well until the ingredients are fully combined.

4.     Line a 22cm tray with baking paper.

5.     Add licorice Allsorts pieces to the top of slice an push down gently

6.     Let is set for 3 – 5 hours in the fridge then slice and enjoy!

Love slices? Check out our other easy slice recipes here!

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Curried Beef Sausage Rolls

Curried Beef Sausage Rolls

These curried beef sausage rolls are a nice change from normal sausage rolls. They never last long in our house even the kids love them. You can adjust the amount of curry powder  you use or even add your own choice of spices to suit your taste.

Ingredients

·       450grams beef mince

·       1 onion chopped finely

·       2 cloves minced garlic

·       1 tablespoon Keens Curry Powder

·       1 cup bread crumbs

·       3/4 cup tomato sauce

·       4 sheets puff pastry

·       1 Egg beaten for pastry edges ( can substitute for milk if needed)

·       pinch salt

·       1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

Instructions

1.     Preheat oven to 180 degrees

2.     Line 2 large trays with baking paper.

3.     Add mince, onion, garlic, salt and pepper to a mix master or Thermomix and mix until mince is  a sausage consistency.

4.     Pop mince mixture into a large bowl.

5.     Add the bread crumbs and mix well.

6.     Mix the sauce and curry powder together in a bowl and add to the mince mixture, combine really well.

7.     Cut pastry across the middle so you have 2 even pieces per one sheet. You should have 12 even pieces once finished.

8.     Pop the mixture across the middle of the pastry and roll up, making sure you don't over fill as they will bust open when cooking.

9.     Press the edge's down on each end and lightly score where they will be cut with a sharp knife.

10.  Brush lightly with egg mix and pop in the oven for 30 minutes until golden brown in colour.

Makes 30

 

 

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5 Veggie Beef Patties

5 Veggie Beef Patties

This is a great recipe if you need to hide a few veggies from the kids. We make these and also freeze them for easy meals, hubby also takes them to work as they are great eaten cold as well.

Ingredients

·       1 kilo beef mince

·       1 cup mashed sweet potato, you can use normal potato or pumpkin if you like instead.

·       1 onion diced fine

·       1 clove garlic add more if you like

·       1 carrot grated

·       1/2 cup corn kernels

·       1/2 cup peas

·       1/2 crated zucchini

·       2 cup bread crumbs

·       1/2 teaspoon salt

·       1/2 teaspoon pepper

·       1/2 cup tomato sauce, can use tin tomato's if you prefer.

·       Olive oil to cook in.

 

Method

1.     Add all ingredients except olive oil and 1 cup of bread crumbs into a large bowl and combine well.

2.     Roll into approx 2 inch size balls.

3.     Place the other cup of bread crumbs on a plate and roll the balls lightly in the crumbs, you don't need a lot just enough for a light coat.

4.     Heat a frying pan on high and add olive oil.

5.     Place balls into the pan and lightly press so they form a Pattie shape, cook on high for 2 minutes and then once flipped over reduce heat to medium and let cook for a further 5 mins.

6.     The patties will be cooked once the outsides are golden and the middle is still juicy but no longer pink.

7.     You can also brown them either side and then pop on a tray into the oven on 180 degrees for 6 minutes, if you have guests coming and want to prep ahead.

Makes approx 15

 

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The day a pair of white boots taught me a lesson.

The day a pair of white boots taught me a lesson.


It was 1986. My local shoe shop. I was 14 years old. Every day for 2 weeks, I went for a walk and saw them gazing at me from the window. Finally, I walked in and tried them on. White leather boots, not too high, not too short – more like semi cowgirl style. I remember tassles - funky white strips of leather hanging down the sides, and little shapes 
cut out through the top.

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Ninja Turtles Sugar Free Party Favors!

Ninja Turtles Sugar Free Party Favors!

I let my children eat sugar to a degree, I believe there is a lot of hidden sugar in everyday food items so I tend to limit the sweets and processed sugar where possible. In saying that I allow my children to eat birthday cake and have the odd sweet bag from a party. Last year combined my children were invited to 32 Birthday parties, and everyone of them gave a sweet bag at the end of the party, after all according to my kids it is the best bit of the party.

This year I decided that I was not going to add any sugar or food  to my Sons birthday party bags, I didn't really want to spend money on junk party toys either, my kids look at them once and then they end up on the car floor on the way home from the party < am I right? 

My son is turning 4 and I was trying to think of things that the kids like playing with at this age, I came up with play dough, it is easy to make and keeps kids entertained. My son is having a Ninja Turtle party so  we thought what better then Ninja turtle play dough, kids will love it and will forget about not having a bag full of sweets!

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2 Ingredient Pizza And Bread Rolls Dough

2 Ingredient Pizza And Bread Rolls Dough

Make Pizza And Bread Rolls With Only 2 Ingredients!

It almost sounds to good to be true doesn't it? I mean who can make bread rolls or even pizza with only 2 ingredients. Let me tell you I was a little weary of making this recipe when I first heard about it, but I am so glad I did. I use this recipe all the time and has become my weekly go to for bread rolls and Pizza bases.

I am all for finding multiple uses of grocery items and I love that these recipes use Greek yogurt. I buy a big tub when I do the grocery shopping and I use it for breakfasts, baking  and dips it really is so versatile.

The mixture will seem a little sticky don't worry this is normal, once you pop on a floured surface it won't stick so much.

Give these a try they really work well, and let us know how you go!

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