Friday, September 21, 2012

Shabbat Shalom!

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I
 tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, 
you can say to this mountain,
‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew 17:20-21

Monday, September 17, 2012

Baby Things

Sorry for my brief absence but I was trying to make some baby things so that when my husband went up to Denver to see family, he could take the gifts along with him.

First ... I made a super cute teddy bear but I guess I didn't take a picture. *tears* It is pattern number E2115 from Simplicity's It So Easy.  It was ALOT easier to piece together when I was following the instructions *giggles* I didn't want to use any fuzzy material or use buttons since it will be with the baby during the teething stage. I was going to embroider the face but Mr. thought the bear looked fine without the features. I did put alittle bit of lavender buds in the belly with its stuffing which might not be the best idea being it might not be able to go into the wash but it can be spot cleaned.  Overall it was an easy enough pattern that I am seriously thinking that the bear needs a sibling or two =D

Second ... I crocheted a super cute baby blanket, which I also didn't take a picture of. *o* It is similar to the one I made above. I love poly yarn just for the durability factor, it will be able to be washed, dragged, washed, drooled, washed ... well you get the point ... for a very long time. The brand I chose is Caron Simply Soft and the color is Bone. When I started the blanket we didn't know the gender of the baby and I didn't want to go blue, yellow or green and the next color that would be neutral is cream. So cream it was. It is a realatively easy small shell pattern.
Last but not at all least is this super cute knit sweater. When the kids were little ... I tried to knit. Read ... re-read ... re-re-read and got soooooo fusterated I put down the knitting needles (actually I gave them away) until I found this book Baby Knits For Beginners at the library and I thought I would give it another go. With book in tow and this new site called Youtube *wink* I sat down and knitted this pretty sweater. Yes ... it is pretty but it is far from perfect ... I never thought I would get done in time ... I think I did more undoing a row than knitting but at 1am the moring my sweet Mr was leaving (he was leaving at 5am) I got done piecing it together. I was a zombie at work (and a tad-bit moody too) but I got it done. It is also made with the Caron Simply Soft in Grey Heather. I really liked this book ... there are a few more patterns I want to do and I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I'm Done!!!

Not with blogging .... I'm done reading The Hunger Games. I stopped reading for a bit when I was making 'Lil Precious (I think that is what my nickname will be for the grandbaby) her items. But picked it up again and I couldn't put it back down. To remind you, I did see the movie before reading the book and I have to say, that for someone like me with no imagination for Sci-Fi, that is the only way to go. The movie gave me something to work with ... like a visual aid ... when it came to what the people at the Capitol looked like or how they lived in comparison to the outer Districts. The book does go into more detail about her intent as to why she did/didn't react a certain way. I don't want to go into too much about the book/movie so that I don't spoil anything but it is a very good read :-) I have the movie coming to us to watch again this weekend. I think it will be interesting to see how it fairs the second time around. I have been thinking about starting the second book, since I have the images of people in my head and I hate to lose it. But I am also dying to read an Alex Cross book. Decisions ... decisions =p

This is how you can find me any day of the week.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Milk and Honey Scrub/Mask

Now that summer is 'officially' over and the holiday season is fast approaching let us start repairing what we have damaged during our summer fun. Between the sun, salt, chlorine and sweat (yuck!) it is no wonder our skin seems dry, flaky and ... well ... not looking it's best. Here is a quick scrub/mask to help your skin recover and it is perfect for all skin types.

This scrub/mask needs only two ingredients ... honey and powder milk. Neither of these products need to be organic and both can even be bought at the dollar store (yes ... I DO love my dollar store). Add about 1/4 cup of powder milk (less if only doing your face) in a bowl and stir in enough honey for the mixture to be thick but not runny. The honey will melt a bit with the heat of your skin. After washing your face (perferrably with a mild cleanser) you will apply the scrub/mask either with your fingers or a mask brush (I love using the ELF foundation brush that I got at Target for $1) on your face, neck and decolletage (upper chest area ... the area that shows when you wear a V neck shirt). Massage for about a minute with your fingers and then laydown and rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Another quick massage, then wipe with a moist warm wash cloth. Rinse your skin THREE times and on the third time you will say 'I am beautiful' (cuz you are) and if you don't say it ... you can't hear it and if you can't hear it ... how will you ever believe it is true? Pat skin dry and moisturize. And now you can enjoy you new healthy skin. You can even do this mask weekly through out the holiday season to keep you looking your best.

Why does this simple scrub/mask work? Milk has Lactic Acid and this acid is part of the Alpha-Hydroxy family. It improves skin texture by exfoliating dead surface cells (that flaky dry skin) and helps promote collegan growth (helps smooth fine lines and scars). No wonder Cleopatra bathed in this stuff =D This is to be one of the more gentle of the Alpha-Hydroxy Acids and it is able to used on Acne and Rosacea. Also, since the dry milk has no harsh corner like an apricot scrub (DON'T USE APRICOT SCRUBS ON YOUR FACE .... EVERRRRRR!!!!!) it won't scratch and cause lesions. And with Acne, it means that bacteria won't spread. Also, in regards to Acne, you really want to use something to help hydrate your skin rather that constantly using products to dry out the skin, which in turns causes your skin to protect itself and hyper-produce more oil, which in turns causes more breakouts, then you use more drying products which drys out the skin ..... you see the vicious cycle here? You want to soak up oil by using SOME drying products and keep the hydration so that the skin doesn't freak out. Now ... on to honey. Honey is antimicrobial and is a natural antioxidant. Code for it inhibits bacterial growth and blocks cell break down. That is why it can be used for wound care, like a cut or scratch. Again great for everyone, especially those with Acne and Rosacea.

ALWAYS! ALWAYS! ALWAYS USE SUNSCREEN!! IF you are allergic to either one of these ingredients ... please don't do it. If you notice any discomfort, rinse immediatly!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Shabbat Shalom!

Afternoon On The Hill by Charles Curran
Exercise patience, therefore, brothers, until the
presence of the Lord. Look! The farmer keeps waiting
for the precious fruit of the earth, exercising patience
over it until he gets the early rain and the late rain.
You too exercise patience, make your hearts firm,
because the presence of the Lord has drawn close.
James 4:7-8