October 28th, 2015 by Jessica

My husband isn’t a huge fan of chutneys and relishes, but this tomato chutney has become my secret ingredient in various dishes. And when I say secret, I mean I literally have to sneak it into his food, and when I don’t put it in, he complains that I’ve changed something. Men. My mom made a large batch to be bottled, so whenever we visit them I slip one off the shelf. She has yet to notice! Use this tangy, homemade tomato chutney to spice up bolognese, salsas, dips, curries or even roasted chicken and pork.
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October 19th, 2015 by Jessica

I loooove my Chai Latte’s. But buying it at restaurants or in powder form at Woolies or Kauai (which is my favorite) could become quite pricey, especially during the winter when I consume it in liters. And to blend all the spices from scratch is fun and all, but takes time when the season finale of Game of Thrones is about to start. So I’ve come up with a cheat (and cheaper) (and low-carb) way of getting my Chai Latte fix, and when you taste it, you’ll agree – it’s damn near genius.

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July 16th, 2015 by Jessica

Have you ever been into a LUSH store? I stumbled upon one at the Cape Town Waterfront and I found myself in heaven. The first thing that hits you is the smell and you’ll start getting excited like a little kid at Christmas. It’s the ultimate bath and body shop overflowing with amazing handmade soaps, salts, scrubs and soaks. They have an entire range of bath melts that look edible – YES, I know! Imagine bath bombs that look and smell like cupcakes and chocolate brownies! Needless to say, by the time I finally exited the store, I was bankrupt.
Here’s a whiff of what you’ll find in a LUSH store.

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July 22nd, 2014 by Jessica

You can tell a lot about a person by their hands. Almost like it’s another window to their soul. Or something poetic of the sort. Whether it’s true or not, I love looking at people’s hands. They’re so revealing for the world to see and judge. If we expose our hands for those who are curious enough, why not make them look as beautiful as possible, even just for yourself. So in stead of spending tons of money on a manicure, treat yourself with this homemade warm oil hand treatment, that will deeply nourish your hands, nails and cuticles. Continue reading “Warm Oil Hand Treatment – Homemade” »

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April 27th, 2014 by Jessica

Include this homemade cellulite massage oil – along with regular exercise and a healthy diet – in your tool kit to help reduce cellulite. A regular massage with this oil may help increase circulation and break down fatty deposits. All the different oils might be a mouthful, but find them easily online by following the highlighted links below. Continue reading “Cellulite Massage Oil – Homemade” »

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January 29th, 2014 by Jessica

How do you get your windows to look super shiny? Forget about all those expensive shop-bought window and glass cleaners. Your windows, shower and mirrors can get a professional shine for next to nothing. The alcohol in this formula helps prevent streaking.

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Chili and garlic oil gift
January 12th, 2014 by Jessica

Flavored oils are a must in the kitchen. Not only do they look really pretty standing next to the stove, but they add some extra zest to any dish when you feel like your palette just isn’t feelin’ it. Great as a salad dressing or drizzling over pizza and pasta. Decide which herbs and flavours you want to use and go from there. You can make a collection of three different flavors and give it as  housewarming gifts to your foodie friends and family. Suggestions include thyme, rosemary, sage, basil and oregano.

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January 7th, 2014 by Jessica

If your cat feels like mine does about water – that bathing is a simple no-no – this dry shampoo should relieve them from some stress (as they already have enough to stress about). This easy homemade cat shampoo will leave your cat’s fur soft, clean and glossy. As an added bonus, you’ll have some extra pocket change as it’s made from common pantry staples.  Continue reading “Homemade Dry Cat Shampoo” »

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January 6th, 2014 by Jessica

Yes, the distressed look is in, but some items should remain rust-free. Use vinegar as an easy rust remover for old hinges, screws and metal garden furniture exposed to humidity.

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January 4th, 2014 by Jessica

Having very long hair, I have found this homemade hair detangler to be a saviour. Not only will you be able to comb out your hair much easier, but it also strengthens the hair leaving it soft and manageable. This is also a great leave-in conditioner to treat dry or damaged hair.

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January 4th, 2014 by Jessica

For the price of an egg you can make this natural one-ingredient facial toner that will leave your skin feeling tight and silky smooth. Why an egg you ask? An egg white is packed with protein, vitamins and minerals that nourish your skin. Go ahead – you’ll be surprised with the results!

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December 29th, 2013 by Jessica

The best way to show love and appreciation is by spoiling someone with something that’s homemade. I made these flavoured sugar body scrubs to give away as holiday favours to friends and aunts. They’re ideal as budget-friendly Christmas gifts, party favours or bridesmaid gifts. Give them a try – you’ll feel so proud – and remember to keep one for yourself!

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December 18th, 2013 by Jessica

Make your own herbal steam treatment to help relieve the symptoms of a persistent cough and to open up blocked sinuses.

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August 12th, 2013 by Jessica

Once you have perfected your own homemade toothpaste, you won’t go back to using regular commercial toothpaste again! Adjust the ingredients here and there to your liking and brush away while saving tons of money!

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August 12th, 2013 by Jessica

I love the feeling of smooth, shaved legs, especially between freshly washed linen. Save money and make your own homemade shaving gel with just 4 ingredients you probably already have at home. This recipe is soothing ideal for underarms and legs.

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Homemade facial cleansing mask
August 11th, 2013 by Jessica

This very easy recipe for a facial cleansing mask is especially suited for young faces and treats oily skin.

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Homemade remedy for tired eyes
August 11th, 2013 by Jessica

Here’s a safe and simple soak you can apply to soothe irritated or inflamed eyes.

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August 11th, 2013 by Jessica

Why spend good money on eye makeup remover when you can make a pure and gentle but very effective solution in your own kitchen?

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