2 Months No Poo Update

I started going No Poo around mid-march. It wasn’t a great success for me as baking soda dried my hair out terribly and ACV  made it lank, I could never seem to get the balance right!

I moved onto shampoo bars after ordering a few samples on Etsy. I had much better results with those, but i got the waxy build up and just couldn’t handle covering my hair in dry shampoo to make it look “ok”, so i gave up and decided that no poo wasn’t for me, It was such hard work! (I was around 2-3 weeks in by that point).

I moved onto “Low Poo” choosing to go with Dr Organics manuka honey shampoo & Australian Organics conditioner pictured below.

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This has been the best thing i could’ve done with my hair and i would advise others to start off “low poo” before going cold turkey. The first few washes were still a little waxy with the shampoo but honestly maybe only the first 3 and then it seemed to really start easing off. The conditioner works great but it is not like an intensive one that’s going to make your fried ends disappear as it is “cone free” but it still is a great everyday conditioner and works well to moisturise.

I have now started to go back to shampoo bars and i seem to be getting great results from them now, they give my hair so much body! I do a spray of acv and leave it in to balance ph. I might be tempting fate here, but i think my hair could be adjusting to the no poo way of life now. I no longer use cone loaded heat protector on my hair when i straighten (which i rarely do nowadays) i’ve been using argan secret leave in spray and i only use it on my ends as it does contain 1 silicone, but it’s right at the bottom of the ingredients list, so certainly not as bad as all the old junk i used to put on my hair and think it was doing it  “good”.

I will keep on with this and update again. It’s still a learning curve and who knows what will happen 🙂

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Flapjack Friday| Cherry Bakewell Flapjacks Yummy!

ImageSorry for the poor picture today, I almost forgot a picture, So I snapped one quickly before these were gone!

The flapjack today is cherry bakewell. I decided to do this without jam as they are lovely without, but you can add it for some extra oomph. I have to say i will make these again and next time i shall remember to buy ground almonds (doh!) if you have these definitely add them as i forgot to buy them but they still taste great!

Recipe:

200g Porridge Oats

150g Unsalted Butter

60g Caster Sugar

40g Light Brown Sugar

60g Self Rasing Flour

200g Glace Cherries

1 1/2 Tablespoons Golden Syrup

2 Teaspoons Almond Essence

50g Ground Almonds (optional)

(Flaked Almonds to top)

Preheat oven to 180c. Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup together. Meanwhile, mix the dry ingredients. Take the wet mix off the heat and add 2 teaspoons almond essence then add to dry ingredients and mix well. Spoon out onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and top with flaked almonds.

Bake in the over for 15-20 mins (till the edges are golden) Mark out the slices immediately after cooking, and when they have cooled a little, lever them out of the tray and onto a cooling rack….then enjoy on there own or warm with some ice cream/custard! 🙂

Random Access Memories – Not Quite A Review

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I am a big fan of Daft Punk, They have been my guilty pleasure since I seen the “Da Funk” video on MTV back in the day. (Jeez showing my age much?)

The album has been so hyped up with little snippets here and there and of course “Get Lucky” going to number 1 here in the UK, When ITunes started streaming the album two days ago there was immediate backlash that “it sucked” and wasn’t a dance album.

I’m not sure Daft Punk ever said anywhere that it would be a dance album. I didn’t love it on first listen but now that i have given it 3-4 listens it has completely grown on me! It’s a good chill out/ easy listening funky vibe. I do miss all the samples and crazy guitar solos i have to say!.

My main point about Daft Punk is when it comes to doing this live they will blow everyone’s minds! They make every song 100 times better when it’s done live, so much so that I find myself listening to there live records more than studio work.

I am still excited for the full album launch and to get some new music videos etc out of the guys. I hope everyone else is too 🙂

As it stands right now I give the album 7/10 and encourage everyone to give it a few more listens.

Swagbucks: Get paid to search the web and shop till your little heart’s content!

I first heard about Swagbucks through Money Saving Expert just over a month ago. It is a website which rewards members with a certain number of “swagbucks” for filling in surveys, searching the web and even shopping online!

Top ways to earn are:

Surveys:  If you have 10-30 minutes to spare then get crackin’ on the surveys, they aren’t always interesting but they have a good payout if you have the time to spare.

Search The Web: Use either the toolbar or the search box as your main search engine and earn while you search.

Shopping: Some stores can give up to 10 Swagbucks per dollar/pound which gets you 100 for every 10 you spend and on mega days it is double that amount. They have a great selection of stores including Holland & Barrett, Accessorize, The Body Shop, Cult Beauty plus loads more.

Tasks: Everyday simple tasks are posted from various companies and once completed you earn swagbucks. It’s that simple!

Games: If you’re a gamer and love online gaming then this is the best option for you!. Enter competitions or simply get swagbucks just for playing the game 🙂

They have a few more ways to earn which includes watching videos, getting specified codes for extra bucks and lottery schemes to win  various merchandise or bucks.

I would recommend Swagbucks to anyone who spends time online browsing the web, gaming or taking surveys, So why not let those simple things earn you some awesome free stuff!

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Flapjack Friday: Searching For The Perfect Flapjack?

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I have been searching for the perfect flapjacks recipe for the last few weeks. All of mine either ended up more like a crunchy granola bar or a soggy mess!….Well I’ve found the perfect recipe today that worked a treat!

I found this recipe on http://www.naturallygoodfood.co.uk/ and the only adjustment i made was adding an extra tbsp of syrup which i won’t do next time, but my oh my….perfect consistency!

Here is the recipe converted to grams:

140g Oats (I used jumbo oats, but you can use porridge if you prefer that)

55g Self-Rasing Flour (I only had plain so i used that and added baking powder)

110g Unsalted Butter

110g Sugar

1Tbsp Golden Syrup

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180c. Melt the margarine, sugar and golden syrup together. Meanwhile, mix the dry ingredients. Add the melted ingredients and combine. Turn out onto a greased baking tray and bake for 10-20 minutes. Mark out the slices immediately after cooking, and when they have cooled a little, lever them out of the tray and onto a cooling rack.

Oats are full of iron, zinc and vitamin B. They’re a great slow-releasing source of energy, so while you can’t exactly argue that a flapjack is a health food, it’s a great deal better as an energy-boosting snack than a lot of commercially produced cakes and bars.

This recipe can be added to and tinkered with, of course. I made a second batch with coconut and cherries which were yumtastic!  Just don’t, ever, forget the flour!

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Review: Sarakan Toothpaste 50ml

Having started to use more natural skin and haircare products I moved on to making my own toothpaste, but  if you read my post on it you’ll know i couldn’t really use it due to the weather here, So I had to look for an alternative and this was it!. I was sceptical at first due to not having any experience of a natural toothpaste and to be honest didn’t think it would work that well. I was wrong!.
Sarakan is:
  • Fluoride-free
  • Vegan
  • Unsweetened
  • No Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
  • No Added Colours or Preservatives
  • No Parabens
  • Approved By The British Dental Health Foundation
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Ingredients: Glycerin (non-animal), calcium carbonate, aqua, magnesium carbonate, salvadora persica natural extract, mentha piperita, mentha arvensis oil, eugenia caryophyllus oil, pelargonium roseum oil, hydroxethylcellose, sodium phosphate, limonene, citronellol, geraniol.

 
Sarakan toothpaste contains natural extract of Salvadora Persica, also known as the ‘toothbrush tree’ – used for centuries in its natural state as twigs as an effective way to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy.
The toothpaste is flavoured with peppermint, clove and geranium which on first brush tastes horrible and a bit like brushing your teeth with perfume, but stick with it. I find this toothpaste actually better at cleaning and stain removal than all the old commercial ones i have tried and my mouth feels amazingly clean after i rinse. I don’t think i could go back to regular toothpaste now and i will continue to buy this as long as my next dental visit goes well (it’s not for 4 months). The taste grows on you also and i actually quite like it better than just ordinary mint toothpaste.
Sarakan can be found in Holland & Barrett in the UK for £2.35 and i got it on a Buy One Get One Half Price offer, so i got it for £1.18 which is a bargain compared to the price of commercial toothpastes!…Give it a try you won’t be disappointed!.
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