Saturday, December 18, 2010

Its Back!!!!

Multi Healing Balm is back in stock and sporting a great new look...

Multi Healing Balm contains New Zealand's own Manuka and Kanuka Oils used in traditional Maori medicine to 'heal'.

Every home should have Multi Healing Balm.

Use to aid and promote healing in...

* Cuts, scrapes, bites, grazes, bruises, minor burns.
* Minor Eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and cradle cap.
* Acne (including P acne), cold sores, stings, minor rashes.
* Tinea, athlete's foot, thrush.
* Muscle pain, arthritis relief, inflammation, swelling.
* Dry and cracked skin.

Use on any skin condition that needs cleaning, healing or protecting.

Multi Healing Balm contains anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and healing properties.

Multi Healing Balm is complete first aid in a single tube.

Multi Healing Balm contains NZ Manuka and Kanuka oils renowned for their antimicrobial activity and safety.

Multi Healing Balm can be used by whole family.

The best investment you will make for your family.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Family Traditions - win a tote... - Now closed

Congratulations to our winner - Vintage Mum - drawn via

Every year for as long as I can remember my grandmother made what we called 'Molly's Balls'. A yummy Christmas treat which she must have spent months making as we each got a filled tin and last count I think she must have made at the least 20 tins for grandchildren and her daughters (not sure if the spouses got their own tins which would really have hiked up the number).
When Molly passed away I decided I would carry on the tradition in my own family, the only problem being, I had never learned the art from Molly herself and trust me as a non baker - it is an art.
After many failed years I finally realized I was reading the recipe incorrectly (dah) and last year made the perfect Molly's Balls!
I am now determined that my own kids will learn the skill and pass it on to their kids and my grandmothers memory will live on. Especially as my son says he is having 10 kids so that they can have heaps of Molly's balls!

Leave me a comment about your own family traditions and I will put you into the draw to win a BabyBaby Tote bag.

Molly's Balls Recipe NZ/US

1/4 pound of butter/ 1 stick of butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 1/2 - 2 cups finely crushed vanilla wines/honey graham crackers
3 teaspoons of cocoa
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tin of condensed milk
24 marshmallows cut in half/in the US I buy Kraft holiday marshmallows and use them whole.
A bowl of dessicated coconut/organic coconut (the organic is finer than regular which will work too).

Melt the butter and mix with the vanilla, cocoa, sugar, condensed milk.
with damp fingers roll a teaspoon of mixture around a marshmallow and form into a ball.
Roll ball in coconut (finely crushed nuts also works well).
Set on a tray lined with greaseproof paper/parchment or wax paper
Once all balls are made refrigerate.

NOTE: If mix gets too dry during process place bowl in sink filled with hot water.
You can freeze the balls for later consumption.
I double the mix - needed in our family!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

How to clean your make up brushes and sponges...

The jury is out in regards to how often you should clean your make up brushes and sponges: Every week is not too often and never is not often enough. Considering the hundreds of bad bacteria that live on our skin I am going for the weekly cleanse!

Here's how:

Rinse under warm water.
Apply cleanser to the palm of your hand.
Swirl brush in the palm of your hand with the cleanser.
You can apply the cleanser directly to the sponge and massage in.
Rinse under warm running tap.
Repeat until the rinse water runs clear.
Roll brush handle between the palm of your hands to remove excess water.
Squeeze sponge to remove excess water.
Allow to air dry overnight.

If your sponge is split - its time to get a new one.

If you suffer from breakouts and active acne I would have a spare set of sponges and brushes and wash daily.

If you have an eye infection or skin infection replace your brushes and sponges once the infection has cleared.

Claire Greenwood, make up artist, NZ, uses isopropyl alcohol to sanitize brushes between clients, this can also be used at home.