We are over half way through Love Week and so close to Valentines Day. I have been having fun sharing with you some of my most favourite photographs taken by our long time friend and photographer Miriam Pinkston. We we asked why we chose Wales as our destination for our Vow Renewal and honestly it has the best of everything. Breathtaking views, rich culture, history, romantic settings, and picturesque coastlines. The places I have lived the longest have always been by the sea and it was so important that we get our pictures taken by the ocean. Continue reading
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My favourite thing about the show is watching their dates in far off countries. Especially when they go places where I want to travel, places I have been, and those that hold a special place in my heart. The last two episodes of The Bachelorette have touched me because of the locations. Since this blog highlights on travels I would like to touch on the two places and why they mean so much to me.
This week’s episode Desiree took the men to Munich, Germany. A city I love so much and a country I used to live in for a few years. I was watching every second with a huge amount of wanderlust. I have been on that same mountain top that they were on and have been snowboarding in the Alps many times. It is the place of so many happy memories with my father and going on snowboarding adventures together as a family and with our friends. It was actually my first location choice for our vow renewal because of how special of a place it is for my family. I honestly cannot wait for the day that my husband can whisk us away to southern Bavaria.
I have been out with my husband for his Uni function (so not a one on one date), once with his Uni friends without Ryan (to get me out of the house), a girls night out with my friend from Hawaii who was visiting in London, and a girls night out in Bath with a fellow expat. Other than that if I go out it is with the whole family in tow. I think that is why I still watch the Bachelor/Bachelorette because I live vicariously through their dates. I know not everyone gets the London Eye shut down for their date or a famous band to serenade them for dancing in the city streets, but I still like the idea of sweeping a girl off her feet. That and who would not want to just jet across the world to visit a new country just for a date?
Jessica Lynn: “If I could have a photo from any past moment in my life it would definitely be one of me, my mom, and my week-old daughter together. It was just three months ago, but I regret not taking a picture of the three of us when she came out to visit.“
Tara: “I can’t think of one specific moment, but in general, more photos of me and my parents. I lost both my parents last year and it was sad to realize I could count the number of photos, after the age of 14 (and I am 27, by the way), of me with one or both of them on one hand! I photograph
Rachel: “I’d love to have a photo of the first kiss between me and my boyfriend.”
Tammy: “The moment I met my hubby. that moment our eyes locked on each other.“
Melyssa: “I’d like to have a photo of my nana making me mac & cheese. I don’t even really like mac & cheese, but because she always used to make it for me, I associate that memory with the feeling of home. It was never about the mac & cheese, it was just about her love. I’d like a picture of that.“
Lisa Ng: “I would love a photo of the first time I held my son. I have plenty photos afterward, but just not the very first time.“
Day 31, Friday: A Vivid Memory
Tuesdays Tips & Tricks
“Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?” – Monty Python and the Holy Grail
In the last several years as a Beauty Therapist and Hairstylist, my bathrooms in all the places I have lived have been littered with a vast array of beauty products. Though some have come and gone, others made reappearances through out the years.
Coconuts. I grew up thinking they were funny. I also grew up with monty python and if you did too you can connect the dots. On my honeymoon in Cozumel, Mexico I realized just how yummy coconuts can be. A few years later my husband and I had the pleasure of living in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu, for four years. My youngest was born there and my kids grew up with the sweet pleasures of island life. Though we no longer live on the island, you cannot take the island out of this girl.
Coconuts for cooking? Yes, please!
I love to try new things and a couple of years ago we tried coconut oil in our coffee for health benefits. This went on to be used in replace of other oils in a lot of our cooking. Thanks to sites like Pinterest the many uses of coconut oil has been revealed to so many. To be fair since we began buying it by the jar fulls, I feel like I am a constantly finding new uses for this miracle oil.
When it comes to facial cleansers I am a hopper. I will try this one for a while and then try something else. Maybe perhaps because my skin is never normal. It may be beautiful and perfect for a few days then the next week its broken out and then the next its really dry.
What is a girl to do when she is unhappy?
Since 2003 I have been using a little bit of bicarbonate soda (baking soda) mixed in my facial cleanser of choice a few times a month to exfoliate the skin. So when I heard I could mix it in with coconut oil in lieu of my facial cleanser it made perfect sense.
Here are my tips for breaking up with your facial cleanser with a DIY option:
What you need:
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Bicarbonate Soda/Baking Soda
Baby hair brush
1. Flush your face with warm water to open up your pores.
2. Mix a small amount of bicarbonate soda in with the same amount of coconut oil. My oil tends to be in a solid state. Make sure to warm it up in your hands to cause it to liquify.
3. Once the two ingredients are mixed together well you can apply it to your face.
4. Rub gently in circular motions with the pads of your fingers.
5. Using your baby hair brush which you have warmed up under hot water, continue to rub your skin in soft circular motions. Only do this step once a week for extra exfoliation.
6. With your hands rinse your face with water.
7. Use really cold water at the very end, flushing your face a few times.
8. Pat, do not rub, your face with a clean facial towel.
- It is advisable to try using the bicarbonate soda every other day and use just coconut oil for washing your face the days in between.
- Your face will appear oily as soon as you are finished but the coconut oil will absorb into your skin within minutes.
- Use extra coconut oil (small amount works wonders) on any spots as an acne treatment.
- Consult your doctor if you are unsure about any sensitivities you may have as I speak just from my personal experiences from using this on my skin. It works GREAT!