Wednesday, 23 April 2014

DIY (and giveaway!) - Soothing Soap For Upset Skin

You know when you've been outside for a while, and as soon as you come inside your skin feels tight and dry? Have you had too many late nights? Does your make-up removal routine leave little to be desired?

Well I have been working on a solution.

Soothing Soap For Upset Skin - Rose and Honey Goats Milk Soap

The rose extract has numerous properties to soothe your skin; anti-inflammatory, moisturising, high in vitamin C and A (good for lines and wrinkles) and has even been proven to help fight depression.

Next up, we have raw manuka honey. Again, the beauty benefits are endless but it is anti-bacterial, hydrating, rich in anti-oxidants to fight the signs of ageing and can help treat skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea.

Pink clay is good for dry or sensitive skin, and is used to gently cleanse and detoxify the skin. 

Finally this goodness is served to you in a bar of goats-milk soap. Goats-milk contains lactic acid within the super-moisturising essential fats, simultaneously sloughing off those dead skin cells and acting to sooth and moisturise the plump new ones. It's pH is similar to that of human skin, making it much less irritating than conventional soap and can help to sooth and calm irritated skin.

Soothing Soap For Upset Skin - Rose and Honey Goats Milk Soap

Sounds good huh?

For those in the DIY camp - here's a 'how to' make your own:

DIY - Rose and Honey Goats' Milk Soap

Soothing Soap For Upset Skin - Rose and Honey Goats Milk Soap
Soothing Soap For Upset Skin - Rose and Honey Goats Milk Soap
  • Goats Milk Soap Base (Stephenson Personal Care do a fantastically easy to use base.) 
  • Raw Manuka Honey
  • Pink clay powder
  • Rose oil extract
  1. Melt the soap base gently until a single cream consistency. I use a jug in a microwave on low, but I've had equal success in a bain-marie.
  2. Stir in gently the honey and rose extract. 
  3. You can colour your soap immediately, in which case add the powder now and stir. 
  4. If you want to create a 'marble' effect you can separate 1/3 of the soap mixture and add the powder to that. 
  5. Pour your soap into moulds, and if you are marble-ing add your coloured mixture a couple of minutes later and gently swirl around with a skewer. 
  6. Leave to set for 30 minutes or so, pop out of the moulds and enjoy! 
Soothing Soap For Upset Skin - Rose and Honey Goats Milk Soap


And for those not in the DIY camp? Fear not - I've made FOUR lovely bars of the stuff. Three of the bars will be available to purchase in the shop on our launch date (for a bargain, I should add), but I want to give one bar away to one of my gorgeous readers right now! Simply leave a comment at the end of this post!

Finally, don't forget if you want my help in making a soap of your own with all materials provided then come along to my crafternoon tea party! Just email for details.

This is NOT a sponsored post, however the soap base was provided by Stephenson Personal Care for my use. All my opinions are my own and I wouldn't recommend you use any product unless I loved it! 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Easter Montage: 18-21.04.14

Spring lambs
red trousers, blue top
Afternoon Tea
Paleo hazelnut brownies
Honey and Rose Goats' Milk Soap
Garden makeover

  • Waking up on Friday, gleefully jumping out of bed as the sun streamed through the windows
  • Being slightly confused what day it was, but enjoying a walk with the dog before the rest of the city awoke, laughing at the Mr throwing the tennis ball as far as the dog would chase it
  • Working in the garden, starting some projects
  • Breaking for a trip out for afternoon tea in my favourite trousers, a late anniversary gift from the mother in law. Disappointed with no scones and poor quality tea, but thankful for time for the two of us to contemplate the purpose of a cucumber sandwich.
  • Home to continue the garden makeover. Painting, potting and building. 
  • Savouring a light dinner. Afternoon tea is delicious but does weigh you down. 
  • QI on the sofa, relaxing and snoozing. 
  • Saturday morning spent at crossfit, working on my snatch technique and attacking 100 pullups, 100 pushups, 100 situps and 100 squats
  • Cycling home, ready for some food and to continue our garden 'makeover'
  • Taking the dog for a run, before being treated to an afternoon Easter treat of Nandos and Captain America at the cinema
  • Spending Sunday morning in my PJs whilst the rain beat the windows, finishing and submitting a job application and editing a Ph.D chapter
  • Throwing a pan of paleo brownies in the oven to make up for a lack of Easter eggs and watching a couple of episodes of Gossip Girl on Netflix
  • Taking the dog for an 8km run along the river, and attacking 100 double-unders as soon as I got back. 
  • Feeling sad that I couldn't be with family for the long weekend, but being thankful that I could call my mum as soon as she got off the plane from her holiday
  • After pulling on my favourite mint jumper, popping next door to wish a 'Happy Birthday' to the neighbour. 
  • Bacon and eggs for dinner, and another film night (Transformers 3 this time).
  • Waking early on Monday, feeling much more bouncy than Sunday and grabbing a pad and pencil to jot down the ideas spinning in my head
  • Heading out for a run and WOD session of my own creation
  • A quick shower before a dash to the garden centre to make the most of their Easter weekend sale
  • Finishing off my garden makeover, and devouring some fruit and yoghurt
  • Spending the afternoon creating some new soap recipes
  • Cooking a curry with mango salsa for dinner, and collapsing on the sofa acknowledging four days well spent

Friday, 18 April 2014

Paleo Treats - Icecream {3 ways}

The sun is shining, you are working hard on you summer body (no? Good. Because your body isn't just for the summer, duh) and therefore we want to cool down with something delicious and healthy!

Paleo icecream recipes

I've been sitting on my paleo icecream recipe for a while, but as it's a four-day weekend I thought I'd be generous. Hey - some of us will be forgoeing the rediculous sugar hit that is an Easter egg.

So, here's how you make paleo icecream. Keep your eyes peeled for some ace *TIPS* I'll be posting after each step.

Step One - Making Cashew Cream

First up, we need to make a cream base.
Take two cups of cashews, two cups of coconut milk, one vanilla pod's worth of seeds and a tablespoon of maple syrup. 
Blitz them up in your food processor until it is a smooth, creamy consistency. 
You can freeze this right now and stop here, if you like.

*TIP* You can fold in some freshly chopped mint and dark chocolate chunks before freezing for a delicious take on mint-choc-chip.

Paleo cashew cream icecream
Paleo cashew cream icecream


Step Two: Adding flavour and sweetness

If you tasted the concoction from step one, you'll know that it isn't too sweet. It is good for serving with stewed fruit and the like, to cut through any sweetness with some creamy coolness, but we're not going to sit through a Gossip Girl marathon with it.

So, now take three frozen bananas, add them to your cashew cream and blitz again until we are at a Mr Whippy stage. Taste. Good right? Freeze and serve.

*TIP* You could also add some chopped cherries to this, drizzle with honey and pretend you have a banana split. If you aren't into paleo, swirl in some Nutella before freezing.

*TIP* You could skip step one and just freeze and blitz your bananas, it's just as good. It tastes like frozen bananas though, step one adds the creaminess that we love about icecream.

Paleo Banana Icecream


Step Three: Transform it into a sorbet

Banana icecream is all well and good, but what if we don't like banana?
Take one cup of frozen mixed berries and blend into your banana icecream. Now we're talking. It's tart and sharp, but creamy-sweet. 

Paleo mixed berry icecream
Paleo mixed berry icecream

Now, where's a spoon and the remote?

Lots of cool kicks love, L x

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

A Paper Anniversary

This the last anniversary post this year, I promise.
wedding album, milk books

Your first anniversary is your 'paper' anniversary apparently and as we STILL (I know, shame on us) hadn't got a wedding album yet we decided to shell out the cash and get one to ourselves for an anniversary present - in addition to a long weekend away (pt.1 & 2).


Thanks to an online sale and hefty discount code, I used MILK books to design and order our album.


Customisable from page layout, captions, labels and cover, I can honestly say I am impressed.


I don't know what I was expecting, but a professional looking album was not it. Designing it myself, I expected a more 'DIY' vibe but everything from the paper quality to colour vibrancy is screaming 'pro'.


I love it.

Excuse me whilst I go and stroke the linen cover right now.

Lots of print love, L x

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A Wiltshire Weekend (Anniversary Break pt.2)

Time for part two of our anniversary trip...(you can catch up with part one here)

Sunday morning treated us with even better weather than the day before, and we took the opportunity to get a move on straight after breakfast. Thanks to some local cider (him) and an excellently poured gin and tonic (me) the night before, however, we'd both woken up feeling slightly fragile. Deciding to forgo the 'make your own' Bloody Mary station thoughtfully provided at breakfast, I instead plumped for a couple of paracetamol out of a bountifully filled medicine jar to pair with my 'boil your own' free range eggs.

It wasn't long before the breakfast fuelled our legs though and grabbing a map we set off with camera and hound to explore the Beckford Walk and surrounding areas.

english pointer puppy pointing in woods
english pointer puppy pointing
puppy, walking in wiltshire, wiltshire countryside
wiltshire countryside, sheep in fields, white horse
archway entrance to the fonthill estate

Uphill and down dale took us on a tour of woodland, fields, open grass and muddy lanes. The puppy practised his pointing skills at everything from sheep, to horses and pretty butterflies. The Fonthill estate welcomed us home with its towering archway and grand driveway, and we studied the local flora and fauna in great detail everywhere we went.

puppy holding a bone between paws

What turned into a 4 hour long hike led us back to the beer garden, where the dog was treated to a bone for his efforts, and we sat in the sun dreaming of ways we could live in this glorious part of the country.

Dinner this time was again an รก la carte affair as we decided we'd prefer a late meal rather than Sunday lunch at 3pm.  Once again, yet to be disappointed, we cleared the plates of a variety of locally sourced produce including guinea-fowl, wild boar, earl grey pannacotta and ewe's curd salad. After perusing the extensive DVD selection on offer, we instead opted for an early-night, our sun-kissed shoulders and noses glowing from our weekend of adventures and the down-filled pillows calling.

Before travelling home on Monday, we filled our boots with the sights and tastes we'd enjoyed so much over the weekend - lingering over a long breakfast and meandering round the lake with the dog prior to filling the car. Keen to make the most of our day, we stalled past Stonehenge, and gawped from afar at the towering stones, whilst disgustedly remarking on the extortionate £15/pp visiting charge (which I should add we didn't pay).


We thoroughly enjoyed our trip this weekend, and soaked up the sun, good food and friendly laid-back atmosphere. I'll be dreaming of a garden with chickens, country walks and muddy runs from here on in. Bring on the second anniversary trip!

Lots of loved love, L x

- Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at The Beckford Arms, Fonthill Gifford - Archway entrance to the Fonthill Estate -  

This write-up and review is 100% my own opinion. No compensation was given by The Beckford Arms or its associates for this review.
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