Saturday, 26 January 2013

Thrifted!

Well the thrifting gods were on my side yesterday. I found my first ever Polaroid camera!! It has been on my list of things I would love to find for such a long time. It's up there with Typewriters, Japanese ceramics and lovely old sewing boxes.

I also found a great little wooden wall cabinet which I think after a coat of paint is going to come up a treat and a cute figurine vase. I also could not resist the calendar tea towels and cute little milk jug with I think I will use as a mini vase. All up it was not bad for under $20.





I hope your thrifting adventures this weekend are as fruitful as mine have been this week. 

I'd love to hear what is at the top of your thrifting wish list at the moment! 

Cheers Sarah
xoxo

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Recently on Instagram










Instagram has been my addiction for a while now but since becoming a mum it has been such a great app to look at during feeding time. I love the way that you can record things that may happen in your day and helps you to appreciate the little things in life. It is also a great tool for connecting with like minded crafters and have an insight to happenings all over the world. 

Have you fallen under the Instagram spell? I would love to know :) You can follow me via @sarahrochford or you can follow Lauren via @whimsyandjuno 

Cheers Sarah xoxo

P.S. I only just learnt today that there is an app for blogger that means you can blog via your phone. I know this is probably old news but gee it is so much easier to do seeing as though I don't spend nearly so much time on the computer anymore. Hopefully this will mean I can jump on here a bit more often :) 


Wednesday, 23 January 2013

New in the shop...

With my new little bub I have limited time and energy to be creative so I thought I might play with something small for the shop.

My love of gift wrapping is well known amongst my family. I love picking out the perfect gift for someone and then coming up with new and imaginative ways to wrap it. So I created some neon gift wrapping sets that I hope you'll like.

They are now up on the Whimsy and Juno online shop for $14.95.







Monday, 21 January 2013

Taking the Leap

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Making positive changes in life is hard. Really hard. Even though you know these changes are for the better and will make you healthier and happier in the long run, in the short term they can just feel plain impossible. So what can we do when we want to make a change for the better? Especially when we're filled with doubt that we actually can do it and think that maybe it's all just too far in the distance for us to get there? I think it kind of comes down to what the nifty little picture above says: just make the jump. Instead of thinking about how far we have to go maybe we should just get started and stop dwelling on the negatives that bring us down.

In an effort to put this thought into practice I have started (trying) to eat better and have joined Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation in an effort to give myself a much needed kick up the butt when it comes to exercise. Eeek! The program is currently in pre-season so if you're interested there's still plenty of time to check it out.

So as I continue my little exploration into healthy living and exercising I'll be posting updates and recipes along the way- because accountability is one hell of a motivator! (And I hereby solemnly swear that I will never use the word "journey" in any of these blog posts. If I do, you have my wholehearted permission to shoot me).


In my pursuit of healthier treats that I could use to replace my usual sugar-laden ones with (hello red velvet cupcakes, donuts and tim tams) I stumbled across this fabulous cookbook called The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking by Peter Reinhart and Denene Wallace. Apart from having the best name ever for a cookbook it's chock full of delicious recipes. We're talking the kinds of foods that are usually a no-go zone for the health conscious here: bread, waffles, muffins, scones, biscuits, cakes and even pretzels! The recipes use only nut meals so they are super low-carb and stevia is used instead of the usual tonne of sugar. 

These Cinnamon-Apple Muffins have a great hazelnutty flavour so you could even spread a little Coconut Chocolate Butter on them for healthy Nutella-ish substitute! Yummm. These muffins turn out super moist and have a texture just like a regular muffin, but better!


Cinnamon-Apple Muffins
by Peter Reinhart and Denene Wallace

Makes around 9-10 muffins.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup hazelnut flour
3/4 cup almond flour
1/2 cup Splenda or Stevia (I used Natvia and it worked out great)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 eggs
6 tablespoons milk (or soy milk or almond milk, whatever you like)
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce (You can find jars of this in the condiments section of the supermarket)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp liquid stevia
1/2 cup coarsely chopped apple (about one apple)
1/4 cup chopped almonds, pecans, hazelnuts or walnuts for garnish

Method:

Preheat oven to 350F (177C).

1. Line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners, then mist them with spray oil (or omit the liners and mist the pan generously with the spray).

2. In a medium bowl, combine the hazelnut flour, almond flour, Splenda or stevia, baking powder and cinnamon and whisk until mixed together.

3. In a large bowl whisk the eggs, milk applesauce, vanilla and liquid stevia together until thoroughly blended. Add the flour mixture and stir with a large spoon for 1 to 2 minutes to make a smooth, sticky batter. Fold in the apples.

4. Spoon or scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups. The muffin cups should be just about full. Sprinkle the chopped nuts over the muffins.

5. Bake for 20 minutes, then rotate and bake for about another 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and springy when pressed in the centre. (But all ovens are different so I recommend checking on these well before they are supposed to be done).

6. Let the muffins cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes before turning them out onto a wire rack.

7. Inhale the muffins- just try and remember to chew occasionally.

Are you trying to un-glue yourself from the couch and be more active too? What kinds of things are you doing in order to be healthier? Do you have any favourite healthy recipes that you love to cook or bake? I'd love to know!

Have a beautiful week!

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Monday, 7 January 2013

Makeup Monday: Beauty that Beats the Heat

I was inspired to write this post because my craft room has turned into a most unwanted sauna (which is really just a nice way of saying "sweatbox") and it got me thinking about how summer is truly the most difficult time of year to wear makeup. Especially when you live somewhere insanely humid and your regular products end up melting down your face faster than a Mr. Whippy soft serve that's eaten at the beach. It's at this time of the year when we need a few secret makeup weapons up our sleeves (or swimsuits?) that beat the heat and make us feel vaguely attractive while we sweat like the proverbial piggies.

Humidity friendly products to look out for are anything that's water-resistant, a gel, a tint, a stain or a lightweight liquid formulation. Basically you want something with serious staying power. And you definitely want to keep things simple- no seductive smokey eyes or packed-on foundation- we're talking fresh and pretty here. Stick to moisturiser, concealer, mascara and lip gloss as your base summer look and you'll be all set. For something a bit more dressy simply add a cheek stain and a swipe of cream eyeshadow and you're good to go. Also, the bonus with hot weather makeup is that applying it takes a helluva lot less time than your usual routine, so there's less fussing and more chilling out under a palm tree.


Aesop Oil Free Hydrating Facial Serum ($63) is perfect for the summer months when you feel like your regular cream moisturiser is just that bit too heavy. This serum sinks right into your skin so you can apply makeup straight away without feeling like your skin is overloaded with products. Plus it's full of antioxidants, botanical extracts, vitamins B and C and has an aloe vera base so it's chock full of skin-loving goodness. Apply it and feel virtuous!

Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray (from $14) is a handy little product that you spray over your face to set makeup and help stop humidity-induced facial meltdown. It's also fab all-year-round for those of us with oily skin who find their makeup sliding off no matter what the weather. What will those clever Scandi's think of next?

Maybelline EyeStudio Colour Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow ($10, and could they make the bloody name any longer?) is just what the makeup artist ordered for hot climates. Cream shadows that dry to a powder have super-staying-powers that their regular eyeshadow counterparts just don't possess. They are also super easy to apply (hello, fingers!) and last all day and into the night. Plus these ones from Maybelline are an absolute bargain so you can afford to buy a few in one go. Try Bad to the Bronze for  a neutral and Tenacious Teal or Edgy Emerald for some shimmery, summery goodness. So, who's for some beach volleyball? (I'm just kidding, as if I'd ever actually exert myself willingly in the heat. Pfft.)

Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara (US $24). Okay, okay I know I keep raving on about this mascara but it truly is my favourite and even better than the fact that its fancy wavy brush and microfibres make your lashes super long and lovely is the fact that it magically stays on through everything -even makeup remover- and only comes off when you rub it off your lashes in warm water. It literally stays on through everything, which I tested last year when I wore it in the surf at Waikiki beach. Me, panda eyed? Not this scandal queen!

Benefit Posiepal ($39) is a super handy -and purse friendly- duo containing Benefit's famous lip and cheek stain in Posie while the other end contains California Kissin', a shimmery blue-tinted lipgloss that magically makes your pearly whites appear, well, whiter. Posie is a particularly pretty peachy-pink hue that suits most skin tones and is perfect for the warmer months. A stain is just the thing to use on lips and cheeks in hot weather as it sinks right into the skin and is virtually budge proof. But be warned: it literally is a stain so you must be super quick when using it as a blush and make sure you blend, blend, blend! If you don't, you could end up rocking a hybrid nightmare-inducing-clown/ Raggedy-Ann style cheek look. Stains are also something to avoid if you have cracked or dry lips as the stain will immediately sink into, and highlight, any imperfections in your lips. 

Summer is the perfect time for showing off those pretty toes of yours, so why not paint them in a delicious colour like Priti NYC's bright fuchsia Bovey Belle Carnation or the gorgeous teal green of Blue Wedgwood? For the spun sugar hue inclined try Red Maple and Lungwort for candy coloured nail goodness! Only $16.95 each from the Whimsy & Juno online shop. Did I mention that they are completely non-toxic? Yup, they are!

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are a humidity-opressed girl's best friend. They are part-stain, part-lip balm hybrids that give you super staying power with extra glossiness to boot. There is a great range of shades available but my picks are Lovesick, a gorgeous bright fuchsia which is a must-wear in any tropical location; Cherish, a sweet lolly hue for the pink obsessed and Honey, a yummy neutral for those who want a more pared back look. At just $17.95 each these are a true bargain! Buy many. You know you want to...

What are your favourite beauty products to use when the summer heat sets in?

Stay cool, peeps!

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