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Hello sweetie,

Spring is now in full swing and the house is finally clear of the last of winters cobwebs. I’ve realised that it’s also a great time to review the current year and ensure that the goals for it are being met. After all, there are only 2 months left before 2014 says sayonara!

If you’re falling behind on what you wanted to accomplish this year, you have only now to change your current behaviours to align with your goals.

Sure it’s great going out to braais (bbqs), parties, and dinners with friends now that the weather is nice, but if like me, you’re falling behind on a personal project, remember to focus and make a short-term sacrifice for those future rewards (which is far easier said then done, I know!).

The below quote is similar to a Mahatma Gandhi one: ““Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.”

So step back and remember to:

Belief and behaviour should mirror (C)  Kate Ter Haar (Flickr)

This month, ensure that your current behaviour and goals align with who you want to be in the future, and that your beliefs are mirrored in your actions.

Day after day it’s the little victories which build you into the person you’re going to become.

Until next time, keep it shiny,

Daughter of Dreams

Hello lovely,

Can you believe it’s already spring?!

Though the warmer days are highly appreciated, the chilly nights are something I’m still enjoying, because after a long day at work it’s blissful to curl up under a blanket, drink hot chocolate, read a book, and cuddle with someone special. Though I am looking forward to summer salads, smoothies, and picnics with friends!

My current 5 favourites to prep for spring are:

green iced tea via aurelian_s (Flickr)

1. Iced Green Tea with Lemon

A healthy, refreshing and antioxidant rich drink can be found in green tea, which also provides a much-needed caffeine kick. I like to make a pitcher of hot green tea, cover it, and leave it out overnight to cool. In the morning, I pour some in a glass and pop in a freshly cut lemon wedge. If you drink this first thing in the morning it will help get your digestive system in gear and re-hydrate your body after 8 hours of inactivity. As much as I’d like to get back to my days of drinking hot water right after waking, I find I prefer the taste of the green iced tea. I then feel no guilt drinking a hot cup of coffee after I arrive at work.

sugar scrub via lovelihood (Flickr)

2. Body Scrub

After the long winter months, it’s time to get rid of that dead, dry skin, so you won’t be afraid to bare it to the world in skirts and dresses. You can buy body scrubs from Wellness Warehouse, The Bodyshop, and even Woolworths, but I like to make my own and try to use it at least twice a week. It works wonderfully for dry feet, elbows, and knees. Once your squeaky clean, apply a moisturising cream or nourishing body oil and you’re set to show off your happy, healthy skin.

sunscreen via jeffwilcox (Flickr)

3. Sunscreen

I used to use sunscreen daily in my youth, throughout the various seasons – because as my mum always told me: the UV rays can still reach you on overcast days. Sadly, I’ve been neglecting this advice and can see the result of not following it in my skin (hello fine lines and freckles!)  Now that spring has arrived I’ve gotten back into the routine of applying a layer of sunscreen after my moisturiser, to keep those fine lines, sun spots, and seasonal freckles at bay. I’m sure that 40-year old me will appreciate the dedication I’m giving it now in my late 20’s.

flower hands nails via pixabay

4. Nail Buffer

Since the last few months of winter saw me sporting varied nail polish colours, it’s time to give my hands some TLC and enjoy a clean, fresh look for spring. I like to remove whatever polish is left, soak my fingertips in some warm water with lemon juice, and after 5 minutes of soaking, dry them off and massage some cuticle oil or coconut oil into them. Wait a while for the oil to fully absorb, and then buff your nails as directed with the nail buffer cube of your choice. Enjoy your shiny new nail! You can pick up a cheap buffer from Clicks or Dischem, or treat yourself to an Obey Your Body nail kit. Please only do this routine once a week – as overuse will result in your nail becoming brittle (le eek!).

ballet flats via cjnzja (Flickr)

5. Pumps

Though I love wearing boots in winter, nothing quite shows spring in the air as seeing the first few brave ladies out and about sporting colourful pumps. I usually get mine from Pick’nPay but sadly, the material they’re made from isn’t built to last, and after a few weeks of wear the colour starts flaking off. I’ve gotten some great mileage out of ones I bought on sale from Meltz, and I’m currently coveting and saving up for the leather ones at Woolworths.

Now it’s your turn to share with me what you’re loving this September!

Until next time,
Daughter of Dreams

Sugar scrub via lovelihood (Flickr)

Hello sweetie,

It’s time for me to share one of my favourite spring beauty rituals with you, and the best part about this DIY is that takes under 2 minutes to make!

 

What you need:

Empty Jar

1 cup of Brown Sugar

1/2 cup of Olive or Coconut Oil

Essential Oil for scent

 

Directions:

Pour half the sugar into the empty jar, add the 1/2 cup of oil, and pour in the remaining sugar. Add a few drops of essential oil to scent the mixture, and then swish the jar around to mix the contents. Super easy, hey? ^_^

Apart from using one yourself,  body scrubs make great cheap and cheerful gifts if you’re low on cash and a friends birthday is coming up, and they’re always appreciated.

You can opt to switch out the sugar and use coffee grounds or oats instead if the sugar granules are too harsh (you can crush the sugar crystals in a mortar and pestle to make them smaller and less abrasive). I have friends who add in spices such as cinnamon and turmeric, and even one who likes to add in banana. I think my next scrub will include cinnamon and honey for scent, and for the beauty benefits they’re said to provide. If you opt to use coconut oil in the scrub it will solidify if it’s cold out. Remedy this by putting the jar in some warm water which will melt the oil.

Once the body scrub is made apply it in the shower and exfoliate your body, then wash it off and say hello to soft spring-ready skin! Since I bought a body scrub from Woolworths ages ago I’ve just been reusing the tub for my DIY version. Just remember to use your current body scrub within six months, and make a new batch after that time. The above recipe should last you on average a month, depending how often you use it.

Let me know what you add to your body scrub in the comments below.

Until next time,
Daughter of Dreams

Hello lovelies,

With spring bursting to life all around us, now is the time to literally stop and smell the roses that have bloomed. To give thanks for the beauty around us, and to remember that after months of enduring dark days and cold nights, we arise refreshed and ready for the months of action ahead.

The quote below is by Maya Angelou, and I think it’s about time we acknowledge that the light each of us has within can never be extinguished by others – for you alone choose how to feel and react to the circumstances and words around you.

 

Your light will not dim. By symphony of love (Flickr)

 

Always choose love, always choose happiness, and in caring for others, remember to care for yourself first.

Until next time,

Ja ne,

Daughter of Dreams

Hello lovelies,

It’s been a while, but the month has been incredibly busy so far, what with trips to Tulbagh, Hermanus, my 10 year school reunion,sorting out the garden, and dinners with friends. So excuse the lack of updates, I’ve been busy living. ^_~

I’m going to be adding in a “Favourite Finds” segment to the blog since it’s always fun reading these on other blogs, and I figure since I come across some great things fairly often, why should I share the love? ^_^

So to kick-start this new category, here are my five favorite finds this month!

1. Divergent

Since finishing the Hunger Games trilogy, I’ve gotten into the Dystopian genre, and I was pleasantly surprised by my discovery of Divergent. I won’t give out any spoilers, but suffice to say Beatrice, who later goes by Tris, is quite an interesting character, and the factions within the society are detailed and well thought out. Give it read, or check out the movie, and don’t forget to pick up Insurgent and Allegiant to complete the trilogy.

 

 

Tea by Atelier Encantado (Flickr)

2. Rooibos Tea

As much as I’m a coffee lover, I’m also a tea lover, and though I may enjoy my flavoured herbal teas (Oolong, Green Tea, , nothing beats a steaming cup of Rooibos! It’s packed full of antioxidents, tastes great without sugar, and is a great way to stay hydrated throughout the day. Image via atlier encantado (Flicker)
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3. Rimmel Colour Rush

With spring approaching, it’s about time to switch up my lipstick choices, and I’m absolutely in love with the coral version of Rimmel’s Colour Rush series. It goes on smoothly, and the colour lasts for most of the day, though I do recommend touching it up regularly with vaseline / lip-ice /a lip gloss to keep your lips hydrated, as it can get a bit flaky if your lips tend to dry out like mine do.

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4. Col’Cacchios Half Price Special

In cooler weather, pizza is a go-to food item, so what better way to beat the blues than by taking advantage of a half price pizza special!
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5. Sunset drives

Now that the weather is improving, we’re getting gorgeous sunsets. Grab your loved ones and enjoy an evening drive and picnic.

What are some of your favourite finds this month?

Hello there darlings,

I know I skipped out on last month’s quote post, but alas being in another theatre show has taken a toll on my free time in the best possible ways *but still, tsk tsk to me for leaving you hanging!*.

This month’s quote has actually multiplied into several ‘quotes’ – and each of the below is a whopping big suitcase of emotional weight for me – since one of my all-time favourite actors was found dead in his room yesterday, with suicide suspected.

For those not in the know (or reading this years later, going “huh?”), I’m talking about Robin Williams, who I will always remembered for his role in Dead Poet Society as my “Captain, oh my Captain” (which could explain my love of Mal Reynolds, Jack Harkness, and Jack Sparrow later in life, but that’s besides the point of this post).

So as noted above, this month gets several quotes dedicated to the belated, inspiring, and gentle comic genius of Robin Williams, whom I will always admire, respect, and who I hope is in a better, more peaceful place now that his struggle with depression is over:

 

This makes me so sad now!

 

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So this month, don’t take no for an answer. Seize the day, tell others you love them, care for those less fortunate without any expectations, and give of yourself generously. You never know who appreciates that smile or helping hand you give them.

Until next time.

Keep it shiny,

Daughter of Dreams

(Images above from creative commons sources, however if an image is yours and you’d like it removed, please pop me a message and I’ll swap it out asap)

Hello lovelies,

And welcome back! ^_^ During July I had the chance to explore the town of Tulbagh, on a #visitWitzenberg trip with our content team. After spending a weekend here, I can safely say that Tulbagh is one of my new favourite gems in the Western Cape.

The lush winelands, beautiful country homes, charming cafes, friendly locals, and outdoor wildlife definitely made the trip memorable. Instead of gushing on about our time here, check out the photo’s below, and let me know what you think of Tulbagh! ^_^

Guinevere Guest Farm (C) Roseanna McBain

A visit to Guinevere Guest Farm resulted in driving along country lanes, tasting heavenly olive oils and wines (including a Pomegranate one), making friends with Shasha their friendly puppy, and touring the property.

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The cosy Saronsberg Vineyard cottages were our home during our #visitWitzenberg trip, and wow, is the property is gorgeous! The cellar tour and wine tasting is well priced, and highly recommended – I loved the 2012 Saronsberg Shiraz.

Things I love (C) Roseanna McBain

Things I Love decor (C) Roseanna McBain

If you want to eat out while here, I can say that Things I Love, and Readers Restaurant & Curious Cat Cafe, in the heart of Tulbagh, serve delicious dishes. Both also have plenty of eclectic items available for sale.

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With snow on the Matroosberg mountains, our team took a day trip out to Ceres early on Saturday morning, and I finally had my chance to touch snow, and build a snowman! If you plan on going to see snow in Ceres, going in a 4×4 or bakkie is recommended. Pack a second set of shoes and socks, wear gloves, a warm hat, hiking shoes, and take a bottle of water – the muddy hike up will ensure you’re thirsty when you reach the snow-playground.

Ceres Zipline Adventures (C) Roseanna McBain

While in Ceres, do go on a zipline tour. It’s fast-paced fun high above the river and you’ll get outstanding views of the area. No prior experience is necessary, as the guides will explain the what’s and how’s you need to know.

 

Until next time,

Ja ne,

Daughter of Dreams

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