Monthly Archives: September 2011

Things I know

Oh my gosh. I am in such a hurry. Busy busy busy. I nearly forgot to link up to Shae’s Things I Know this week. 
I really don’t have time to write out all the amazing stuff I know, but you can be sure that it is heaps of stuff and it’s all extremely interesting, humourous or poignant, whatever it is that you like right now.

I know that next week I will make more time to write a proper post.

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream: Review and Giveaway

Before

After
Oh alright, I may be exaggerating slightly, but it’s hard to photograph a feeling. I’ve been using Garnier’s BB Miracle Skin Perfector Cream for a week and I really really like it.  
My skin feels better and it looks better. When I’m wearing the BB cream I feel like I’m made up but not in a heavy cloggy caked on kind of way, just in a best face forward kind of way. I totally wrote that out of my own head and then went to the Garnier Australia facebook site and saw that Best Face Forward is kinda their thing – must have been some subliminal advertising going on somewhere.
It’s easy to put on. It feels greasy at first but unlike tinted moisturiser, it doesn’t stay greasy. It doesn’t rub off my face when touched like other moisturisers containing sunscreen either. 
I don’t have to put on moisturiser first. I put on the BB and a bit of mascara and I’m good to go.
I then totally forget that I have it on and have forgotten to take it off once or twice. 
It looks natural because of the mineral pigments and check out all the ways it benefits your skin:
· 24hr hydration
· evens skin tone
· corrects blemishes
· boosts radiance
· SPF protection

It would be great if it was SPF30 but I don’t think it would be the same consistency. You can wear additional sunscreen with the BB. I’m going to buy a stylish hat instead. 

I use the light shade but I imagine the deeper into Summer we get, I may prefer the medium shade.
I LOVE the price. It’s only $13.95 and I can buy it from the supermarket instead of from a stuck up make up rep at a large stuffy department store. 
The best bit? I have TEN of the twin packs to give away, to YOU.

Simply leave me a comment telling me your favourite Garnier product and you will go into the draw.
Random.org will chose ten winners on Thursday the 13th October. So there better be more than ten comments, otherwise it’s not very random or exciting.
Winners will receive:
1 x Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Light
1 x Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Medium
RRP: $13.95ea (total $27.90)
  • Open to Australian addresses only

  • If you do not leave your email address in the comment registration box, you will need to include your twitter handle in your comment. You cannot win if I cannot contact you.

  • I will contact the winners on Thursday 13th October.

I received a Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream light and medium for the purposes of review thanks to Garnier and Brand Meets Blog. No payment was offered or received for this post. My opinions are my own.

Dear Millar: Three Years, Six Months

Three and a half. Wow. You are growing so much. You’re amazing
You got your first proper bike this week. It’s pretty cool and you really love it. You’re already pretty good at it, and love riding it on the footpath around the block. One day I’ll be writing about taking the training wheels off. But not yet.
You are also getting really good with your writing and spelling. You can write Millar, Mum and Dad without help and like to practice all the other letters. You love making cards for people with a heart on the front and your name on the inside.
You love to sing and dance. I remember a time when you wouldn’t dance but kinder has been good for you in that respect. You sing and dance and do action songs and love it. 
I think you’re amazing, I could go on and on about the things you do.
I love you
Mum  

Domestic Goddess Fail

The lovely people at Dairy Australia sent me a fantastic hamper of goodies and a recipe book. They suggested two recipes and I complied… I was very excited about the Spiced Apple and Yoghurt slice.

Look at this gorgeous picture of the slice in the Good Health Recipe Book 2.

Now look at what I made.

I had high hopes. The top picture looks so lovely, and I really wanted to eat it… but I may have forgotten to adjust the oven timings for fan bake and then got busy and did not check on it until the oven timer told me it was ready, and my eyes told me it was burnt.

After typing out the recipe below I have also realised that I used all 400 grams of yoghurt in the slice instead of only 100grams… This may have contributed to the burntness.

I decided to taste it anyway… not good. I imagine it would be delicious if it wasn’t burnt. A hint of lemon, a touch of cinnamon. Yoghurt and apple-y goodness. Nom Nom

*sigh*

I am going to try it again, but it’s not the quickest recipe so it will have to be another day.

If you would like to try the recipe yourself and see if you can do it without burning it,  here it is:

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup reduced fat Australian milk
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 100g light Australian cream cheese
  • 400g diet Australian honey or vanilla flavoured yoghurt

Method

  1. Beat 2 eggs with sugar and 1 teaspoon lemon rind until pale and thick. Sift in flour, baking powder and cinnamon; fold in gently, alternately with the milk. Pour the mixture into a lined 25x18cm slice tin.
  2. Combine cream cheese, 100g yogurt and remaining egg until smooth. Using a spatula carefully swirl the cream cheese mixture through the cake mixture. (I now know why this bit seemed hard with an extra 300 grams of yoghurt)
  3. Press the apples into the slice and bake at 180°C for 40-45 minutes, until golden (NOT black) and set. Allow to cool 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely. (adjust for fanbake – maybe 160°C)
  4. For serving, combine remaining yogurt and lemon rind. Cut slice into 12 rectangles and dollop with lemon honey yogurt.

You can also check out Marita’s unburnt and correct proportioned, finished product here.

You can download the Good Health Recipe Book 2 here and try lots of other yummy dairy rich recipes.
Only 1 out of 5 school aged kids are getting their three serves of dairy ever day.

Are you and your kids getting your three serves of dairy a day? Check out this calcium calculator to see if you are getting enough.

I will share the other recipe, which turned out much better, next week.

*Thanks to Dairy Australia and Porter Novelli for the hamper of yummy goodies. No payment was made for this post – which is good because can you imagine paying for that disaster?