Enchanting massage oils

Hi Friends!!! One of my favourite pass times is just to sit and smell the roses. Sometimes its real roses and sometimes its rose essential oil. Certain smells relax us while other may put us on edge. I’m so exited to share today’s recipe with you. Today’s mixture is ideal for Valentines day or when you just want to put yourself or your partner in the mood.. Some oils are said to be stimulate your libido, these include black pepper, orange blossom, ilang-ilang, sandalwood ( now we know why so many male fragrances contain sandalwood 😉 ) and ginger. Therefore any one of these oils could help set the mood, similarly scented candles can do just as well.

If you’re in a DIY mood you could always make your own mixture for a relaxing sensual massage.

Massage oil for women.

  • 25ml almond oil
  • 10 drops wheat germ oil
  • 3 drops ilang-ilang oil
  • 3 drops geranium oil
  • 2 drops sandalwood oil
  • 2 drops English sage oil
  • 2 drops orange blossom oil

Massage oil for men

  • 20ml almond oil
  • 5ml jojoba
  • 4 drops Ginger
  • 2 drops black pepper
  • 4 drops sandalwood
  • 2 drops lavender

Essence to burn in the bedroom ( in water or on the burner)

  • 2 Drops ginger
  • 2 drops English sage
  • 2 drops ilang-ilang

Source Everybody’s Aromatherapy: A Comprehensive Guide for All Ages by Helen Ranger

I hope you enjoyed today’s mixture 🙂

 

How our negative body issues ruin our daughters

Last week I saw a video on Facebook about how our children look up to us and often copy what we say and do. The video deals with how the little girls is nice to strangers and people in the mall because her mom is nice to these people. By the end of the video the mom says that she has to choose between telling herself that she looks fat or that she can say that she looks good in the bikini instead of making a negative comment.

This video made me think of my own life. My mom has never been a size 0 or even a size 4. She was always kind of overweight and forever on a diet. My dad always told her she was fat too. Even in 1998 when she lost about 40 pounds and went down from a size 24 to a size 16. Even then she wasn’t thin enough. I was a skinny kid and when I say skinny I mean really skinny. My whole life I heard that my mom was fat even when others told her she looked good or  beautiful. Now that I am an adult I still sit with those negative image scars. Since I was around 16 I’ve been trying to diet on and off again…. just like my mom. I would start going to the gym and then quit after a few months.

When I was in 17 I lost so much weight that I weighed the same as when i was 13. Just the next year I gained all the weight back and then some. When I left school I was constantly on ‘diet’. It would last 2 or 3 months and then I would go back to eating “normally” for a few months and gain all the weight again. When I was 23 I started going to the gym but I only did cardio, every single day. I would cycle and then run and sometimes cycle some more. When this didn’t work as fast as I wanted it to I started going to gym during my lunch break too. In addition I would skip lunch or only eat a yogurt or drink a fruit juice. I lost a lot of weight but it wasn’t healthy. I also started to struggle with my already low blood pressure and now low blood sugar too.

I was starting to lose too much weight and even when I thought I was looking good people would continue commenting about my weight… so either I was too fat or too thin. This further put me in a flat spin. When will I be perfect. When will I be good enough so that people will just say “you look good” but not just that, when will I believe it?

My whole point is that as parents ,as a mother especially, we should watch what we say in front of our daughters … your children look up to you, now they are a mini version of you and someday they will be an extension of you. Although no one in this world are perfect, lets not put negative thoughts in little girls heads. Build them up and although we don’t always feel good about our selves and although we might always think we need to lose more weight, maybe we shouldn’t say this out loud. So that one day they can feel better about their bodies than we do today.

Bike Modifications

Hi guys!!! As you all know… we decided to buy motorcycles a few months ago. Since then my husband has really gotten exited about his bike and has made a few visual modifications. He hasn’t done anything to the engine yet but he has done quite a few regarding the graphics

This is what his bike looked like when he got it. It was already done up a little by the previous owner.

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The first thing my husband wanted to change was the colour of the bike. He ordered custom graphics from Scrubdesignz. He sent them this pic that he kind of designed himself. He also changed the shrouts on the side of the bike as it had a few scratches.

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He then sent it to Scrubdesignz indicating he colors he would like on the bike and this is what they sent him.

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He then on and added some rim stickers,

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brake and clutch lever,

 

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hand guards and added some rear view mirrors.

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Currently this is what it looks like now.

 

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What do you guys think?

 

Traditional Melktert (South African Milk-tart)

One of the things we miss the most here in Korea is South African foods. Its so hard to get proper cuts of beef steaks and although we can find some South African sausage, we have to go all the way to Seoul to get it. So every now and again we build up the courage to make some South African dishes. This weekend we made Melktert (Milktart). As with many other South African favourites like pannekoek (Crepes) and Melkkos ( its like a porridge made with milk and flour), the main ingredients include eggs, milk, flour, sugar and cinnamon.

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For this recipe you will divide the milk in half and mix half of the milk with the egg, sugar, flour and salt while you boil the other half with the butter.

We also experimented with various crusts including the usual baked crust and the graham cracker type crust. Personally I  prefer the cookie crust more than the baked crust as the baked crust makes the tart taste dry and floury.

This is a lovely milky pie with a smooth consistency almost like custard. It requires no baking but some cooking. It is then left in the fridge for about 2 hours and Voila… ready to serve 😀

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This recipe makes 3 standard sized tarts (9 inch pie dish).

INGREDIENTS

Crust

  • 300 gram Delos or Graham Crackers
  • 3-6 tablespoons melted butter

Filling

  • 1 1/2 Litre Milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Method

  1. Crush the crackers and add the butter. Mix together. Scoop into the pie dishes and press the crust down with a spoon until the bottom of the dish is covered with the crust adding more cookie mixture as needed. Set aside.
  2. Divide the milk in half
  3. Lightly beat the eggs. Add the sugar to the eggs and mix together. Add the flour and salt with a little bit of milk and mix until smooth. Add the rest of half the milk
  4. In a pot heat the other half of the milk and 3 tablespoons butter. Once it starts to boil, slowly add the milk and flour mixture. Stir continuously while adding more of the mixture.
  5. Stir until it becomes thicker. It should be the consistency of custard. Pour the mixture into the pie dishes and leave in the fridge for 2 hours.
  6. After 2 hours you can take it out and cut into pieces.
  7. Serve with tea or coffee.

 

 

Life- Review

OK… so this movie has been out for a few weeks now and I wasn’t really eager to watch it. On the whole I don’t really like space type movie as I feel that too many of them have the same kind of story line.

Life, however was something completely unexpected. The movie is about astronauts on a space station waiting for samples from Mars. They receive the samples and start to examine and study them. They stimulate the growth of the samples and finds that they have created life. An unexpected gas leak occurs and changes the atmosphere in the organisms chamber which renders it in a state of hibernation. They then try to bring it back to life with electric shocks….. This however puts the organism in a state of fear and it starts to fight survival by basically tormenting the rest of the crew.

I have to admit that a movie hasn’t effected me like this one in quite a while… I was shocked and felt uneasy… there were some pretty gruesome scenes in the movie that kind of reminded me of the first time I saw the Alien movies.

I really enjoyed the movie and was glad to have put the time in to watch it. It had a really good story and the organism essentially also only wanted to survive, that was it. It didn’t want to kill the crew members out of pleasure it simply wanted Life.

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