Cartoon Nails

I was perusing my Pinterest boards recently, wondering what I should try next, when I found this pin of cute cartoon-style nails on my aptly titled Nails board 😉

And since I have only done plain colours on my nails lately, it was time for something a little more interesting! Continue reading


School Holiday Activity – Henna Tattoos at Home

We are currently half way though our winter school holidays. It has been a lovely week doing a variety of activities.

We began the holidays by having a family gathering in the Blue Mountains, enjoying Christmas in July. I’m guessing this is not something that is ‘celebrated’ in the northern hemisphere, but not sure if it is just an Australian/New Zealand thing? It is our opportunity to get as close to a wintery white Christmas as Australia allows. And if we had been the weekend before, we would indeed have seen snow (although it was the end of June, not yet July), but not while we were there.

We stayed in a lovely old hotel that was built in the late 1800s. The kids all enjoyed exploring the many rooms and making their own movie. The hosts seemed quite happy for them to do so! On Saturday night we were treated to a special Christmas dinner, even Santa made an appearance! Continue reading

DIY luxurious hand and body wash

*Apologies in advance for this long post. I was going to break it into two, but it seemed appropriate to keep it at one. Plus, I didn’t take enough photos. And the ones I did take were on my phone.

I keep seeing pins of Dove Body Wash on Pinterest. I don’t use body wash (preferring my own handmade soap) but the boys in our house do, so after seeing it for the gazillionth time as a ‘picked for you’ pin I decided I should give it a try 🙂

Apparently this Dove Body Wash is thick and ridiculously luxurious and creamy. And who’d have thought it would be so easy to re-create!

I knew I could get bars of Dove soap from one of the discount shops for $1 a bar. I picked a couple of bars each in the 2 different scents they had – original, and Shea butter and vanilla. Then I thought I should ‘treat’ myself to a grater to be used exclusively for the job. I was very lucky that my lovely sister-in-law found one for me, for the quite acceptable price of just 50c. Thanks, Em! Continue reading