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Well....here is my first newsletter. I hope you like it. I would love to hear your comments. Oh....and please feel free to share the love.
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Like many of you, I don't like to shave my legs. I cannot imagine what it would be like for a man, having to shave each and every day. Unfortunately there is not much one can do to get away from this task, other than to not do it at all, which many of us opt to do this time of year. There is, however, the odd time through the fall/winter season where it cannot be avoided, due to a special event requiring the need to where a dress, or, if we are lucky enough, going on vacation to some beach destination. In my case, I am hoping for the latter, and then I won't mind pulling the razor out of hibernation.
The trick is to treat this as a pampering session for yourself, using products that you love. Literally make a date with yourself and set some time aside for 'ME' time, being sure to inform your family members, and that you are NOT to be disturbed! I know.....easier said then done.
Prepare your space with all that you will need, insuring a relaxing environment. There is nothing worse then getting settled in, to realize you've forgotten something. Gather soaps, scrubs, body butters, candles, towels, bath pillow, and soothing music. Oh....and don't forget your razor. I've done that before.
Now to get started. You want to be sure that your skin/hair has had significant time to soften, so the hair is not too coarse, but that the skin is not too puffy.
Exfoliating prior to shaving helps to remove dead skin cells, enabling you to get a closer shave. Opt for a sugar scrub, rather then a salt scrub in the event of a nick. You can also use a loofah, or even just a face cloth to exfoliate the skin.
You should never shave your legs dry, as this can irritate the skin, causing razor burn and ingrown hairs. Apply some shaving gel, or even conditioner, to help the razor glide smoothly over your leg. Start at the bottom of your leg, moving slowly so as to not cut yourself. Use a light touch, as too much pressure can remove a good layer of skin, and be sure to go against the growth of the hair. When you get to your knee, take care, as this is a tricky area, and the hair grows in different directions, requiring you to do the same with your razor.
Be sure to replace your razor often, before it gets dull, as they are more likely to cut you and it doesn't due much for coarse hair. Also, your razor is something you don't want to be sharing with your significant other, as there is a possibility of spreading the Staph virus, which can be deadly if it gets under your skin.
Once you've completed your shave, you can follow with another sugar scrub, removing any remaining dead skin, as well as adding moisture, or just hop out and pat your skin dry, applying body butter to lock in the moisture, giving you soft and sexy smooth legs.
You legs are now ready for that special event, or just a relaxing time on the beach!
Until next time,
This morning I thought I would share with you one of our family favourites when it comes to breakfast. Homemade pancakes! You know kids....they love thier pancakes. Well I wanted to give them something with more sustenance, not to mention with some nutritional benefits. Here is the basic recipe that I use, to which I then add to, for variations.
2/3 C milk
2/3 C of whole wheat flour
1/4 C oats
1 t baking powder
2 t oil
That's it. Simple as a pimple. If you find the mixture too dry, just add more liquid. If too wet, at more dry.
Now, for some added nutrition, I also add ground flax, wheat germ, and wheat bran. I also will sub my flours for others like spelt, coconut, or any other that I see when shopping at the bulk store. I don't replace all of the flour, but mix it up. Just a note...I find when I use the coconut flour, more liquid is needed.
Another food that can be added, which makes your pancakes really moist, is 1/2 to a whole banana. You can also add berries if you wish. Go crazy and mix it up. Your pancakes don't have to be the same old boring thing all the time. You can also add honey, or molasses.....whatever. Experiment! I've even added bee pollen!
Now, you may think your kids won't eat this, as they are so used to the boxed pancake mixes. Here's a secret, and another added ingredient that I don't feel guilty about adding at all. Chocolate Chips! I don't add a lot. Maybe 4-5 inside, then the same on top. Yes, I add them individually, as they tend to sink in the batter. I also have better control as to how many are in the pancakes.
I used to make this basic recipe with white flour before switching to whole wheat. My daughter, the eldest, 12-13 at the time, didn't like the change, but ate them as she liked the chocolate. Then, one day, I had run out of whole wheat flour and only had white. Made up the pancakes, and we ate them. I found them very tasteless, and voiced this to my daughter. Guess what?...........She agreed with me!
So that's it. Hope you enjoy some yummy pancakes soon. Let me know what you and your family think of these delicious re-makes of an old favourite.
Until next time,
On October 20th, Canada host's it's first Small Business Saturday event, where many businesses are offering a deal if you shop from them on this day. Blue Door Bath & Body is taking part in this, offering a 10% discount to those who purchase/order a product on this day.
Since today is Blog Action Day, I thought I would keep in line with the theme for this year which is the Power Of We. Canadian small businesses are crucial to Canada's economic success. They have created millions of jobs across the country, and Canada would not be the same without them. We the people have the power to change the way we shop and support small businesses.
On that note, I like to stress how important it is to shop local whenever possible. There are many goods and services available within our own communities, yet we choose to drive out to some big box store, instead of supporting those around us.
So the next time you're looking for a haircut, a contractor, etc, have a look around your community, and help it to become stronger. Why is it that we as a country keep exporting what we have to other countries, and import the same from another? It's time that we as consumers put a stop to this whenever possible, even if it's just one small step.
What was the last small business you shopped at?
To you and yours,
So I am sitting here thinking about blogs, reading a few, when I realize that they all have 'categories' and/or 'tags'. So I think.....Hmmm.....I'll have to look into this and implement it on my own blog. So I do some research, find out what it's all about, and well...I get confused. You see.....I don't really have 'categories' for my blog, so how am I to make some up? I mean...right now my blogs are just ramblings from daily life. Not any particular category. Aren't they?
As I sit back writing this blog, and thinking of my other posts, I realize that I have a blog on Family, another on, well, Blogs, to which I could add this one to as well, and others, that I just don't know how to categorize as of yet. More thinking and figuring on this new concept of blogging. Why can't we just write what we need, and that be the end of it? Why can't someone come up with a program that figures out all this tagging for you, all within the blog system? I guess now that I've put it out there, someone will do just that.
Anyway, back to researching and learning all I can. And here to think that as a teen we hated this stuff.
To you and yours,
Today while at work, One of the residents had his tv on, and what I seen was simply amazing! Daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner was going to attempt to break the sound barrier. And all without a plane!
I made sure to call home, so that my son would be able to witness such an event. It's great to be able to remember the remarkable things people do when we are older, and I didn't want him to miss out. On break, I put this on, and the rest of the staff were quite amazed at it as well, commenting how they heard about this and that it had been cancelled a few times. I t looked liked today was the day to break the record.
It took Felix close to 2 and a half hours to rise to the height required to break the sound barrier. During this time, I kept my eye on a tv,sitting and chatting with residents about this amazing event. Finally, on my last break, we were able to watch Felix jump from his capsule, at a height of 128, 097 feet, and only took an amazing 4 min 36 sec to land safely back on earth!
To read more, and to watch a video visit here. Seems I will have to do the same for my son, as my husband was unable to find it on tv.
Last night my husband and I took our son, Hunter, out for dinner for his 7th birthday. We usually have my parents over for a birthday dinner, but since they were over just the other weekend for Thanksgiving, we decided to do something different. Also, it was time alone with him, without our other children.
While having dinner, there was another family there of Asian decent. My son has seen many people of other cultures, but I think what caught his attention most was their baby, similar in age to his younger brother.
Dinner was good, with us laughing and enjoying our time out, and just being able to concentrate on him alone without any interruptions. The staff brought over his birthday dessert, with a sparkler on top, singing their little tune, all while our son sat wide-eyed, taking it all in. My husband told him that he had to blow the sparkler out, and well, our son knew better, but tried anyway.
While driving on our way home, Hunter asked about people from different parts of the world. He then said something that not only made me laugh, but also made me think:
"If people in China want to come to a restaurant here, how do they cross the ocean?"
I thought it cute that he thought this, but then started thinking........we take for granted what we think our children know and just assume they know that all sorts of people live everywhere in the world, all mixed up in each country, especially here in Canada, and the United States. I had to explain this to him, and help him to understand this. Also, he knows about airplanes and that people get around in them from all parts of the world, but I guess he was confused about the timing, especially if you just wanted to come over for dinner!
So...what have I learned from this? Don't assume anything, both from your children and others in your life. As the old saying goes....When you ASSUME, it makes an ASS out of U and ME.
Until next time!
The main reason for not keeping this up is due to not knowing what to write about. Since I am just new to the whole blogging thing, I am finding it difficult to figure it all out. I am hoping that with being a part of this challenge that I will be better equipped to move forward and bring you more content.
Maybe you have a blog yourself that you need to give a boost to. Why not join me in this challenge and get started today. What have you got to lose? Visit www.UltimateBlogChallenge.com to learn more.
See you on the next post....I've many to catch up on. ;)
Summer is almost over, and school is just around the corner. There is something about the ritual of school shopping that is so nostalgic. Getting back to routines, and settling in for the colder weather to come.
Blue Door Bath & Body will be undergoing some changes as well. Gone will be the days where you can find us at your local market. There may be the odd event here and there, like the one coming up September 1st at the Durham Fall Fair, but nothing consistent. So....we now have our shopping cart up and running. You will have to be patient with me as I get some product photos together. I am still learning through this process, so I hope that you can forgive me on this issue.
Also, come this fall, I will be taking a course that will help me in learning the business, which will enable me to serve you better. It is my hopes as well to get my products within local stores, making it easier for you to find, on any day of the week.
Coming this fall Blue Door Bath & Body will also carry handcrafted soap. I am looking forward to the many creations to come and hope that you enjoy them as much as I do making them.
Thanks for stopping by. And remember to leave us your comments. I love getting them!
Hello all! Well as promised, I will finally get some pictures to you of my product. It's taken me a while to get them off my phone, but I did it.
I thought that I would share the creation of the Body Butters, so that you can see what process it goes through. There's a lot of melting and whipping (with the blender), which is what takes most of the time.
Before I get started, I must first clean and sanitize the area. This way, I can be sure that no contaminants are getting into the products. From there...the fun begins.
In this first photo, I've added my butters and oils to the double boiler, in order to melt them down. I also have another pot with distilled water warming, so that they are of the same temperature when I add them together.
In this photo, I've already added the water to the oils and am now mixing together. Mixing has to continue until the whole formula has cooled, which can take up to 20 minutes, or longer, depending on how hot they were to start. It's also important that your water and oils are roughly the same temperature.
As you can see, the mixture has thickened a fair amount. It's still not quite where I want it to be before I spoon it into storage containers. More whipping to go!
A few more minutes, and we finally have our finished product, ready to be dished out into containers. See how thick it's gotten since the last photo? Before it looked more like lotion, but now it's thick and creamy.
All done and into containers, ready to be labelled and carted off to market. The larger 227 g Body Butters sell for $15, while the smaller 114 g jars sell for $9. Not only do you get a better deal with the larger, but you'll want it so that you can pamper yourself daily. We all need to spoil ourselves. And this is a simple way to do it. I keep mine close by in the living room, so that when we are all relaxing, I can sweet talk my hubby into giving me a rub. ;)
I hope you enjoyed this pictorial. I will try to get others up in the near future. Let me know your thoughts. I like to hear from you all!
Bright Blessings to you and yours,