Monday, 22 January 2018

Make it Monday - Scented Soaps

Today I've been cooking up a storm in the kitchen with soaps again. I've been meaning to for a while but finally running out of the soap I made in June has given me the push I needed to try again.

I was really pleased with my first batch of soaps. This time I wanted to try two new things - scents and moulds.

I split the batch in two near the end of the process and added some lavender oil to about a third of the mix and orange and lemon oils to the larger portion. I had tried oils last time but sparingly and it was lost in the soap, hopefully these will be stronger.

The moulds are silicon ice cube makers we picked up at ikea so not designed for soap but we'll see how it goes. I liked the rustic bars from last time too so I put the remainder of the mixes in big containers lined with baking paper.

Now it's a five week waiting game to see how they turn out.

Here's my favourite tutorial and lye calculator.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Weekly Wisdom

Tough times don't last, tough people do.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

The Saturday Update

It's been a really hectic week here. I started two new jobs on Monday and Wednesday which were both challenging in their own ways. It did feel good to be teaching more though.

We were called into Kindergarten on Tuesday where they announced the hours are being cut and we have to pick the kids up at one. Not ideal for the little ones who are sleeping at that time. We've spent a lot of time trying to find a solution, especially for the parents working full time.

I've been doing Paleo and caught up on some fitness classes. I also got my hair cut for the first time in ten months so you'd think I'd be feeling great but I seem to be getting flu or sonething since last night.

We're away this weekend to celebrate a family birthday and then another week of trying to be healthy, early pick ups and preparing for getting back to work properly.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Paleo Restart

Since Monday I've restarted my Paleo diet. It takes a bit more planning but I'm down two kilos already and feeling so much better.

For breakfast I've been whipping up the banana pudding recipe I shared earlier this week. It's tasty, quick and filling.

Lunches have been salads or leftovers. I was surprised how many ingredients we had in the fridge and pantry.

For dinner I tried a new recipe, which I'll share next week, and bought a cooked chicken to eat with veg which lasted two nights.

Basically you can eat meat, fruit and veg. I've been gluten free for a while but I notice a big difference when I cut out dairy too.

I can't recommend it enough.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018


We're currently watching and really enjoying this German series. It follows the story of a village split in two by the border between West and East Germany after World War Two.

I studied a lot of the history in school and at uni but this really brings it to life and makes it personal. I wish it had been around when I was a student.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Recipe: Paleo Banana Breakfast Pudding


  • One banana
  • 75ml almond milk
  • 2tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinamon
  • 1tsp honey
1. Mash the banana and combine with the other ingredients.