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How to keep your hands looking nice this winter and other tips

So, I didn’t get around to making soap and face cream last week. I was just too busy and had no energy. I’ve been working really hard on a number of projects, with more in the near future. Plus (confession), I’ve been binge watching The Stranger and Locke & Key on Netflix. What can I say? The kids were off on holiday from school this week and I wanted to relax a bit. Plus I had visitors. And wine. And too much chocolate.

Anyway, getting back to this week and I’ve decided to share with you some tips I pulled together for my client, Tranquility Holistic Centre, who provide health and wellbeing to the people of Helensburgh. I used these on their Facebook page and there are some good tips.  PS recommend Tranquility for massage etc if you are in the area.

beauty tipYou might also think about using cold, used teabags on your eyes. This is an old trick I learned from my granny. It works well too.


hairI’ve not tried this one myself, but I think it could work. Hmmm.


handsThis one I have tried and it does work. It leaves your hands feeling soft and lovely. Don’t worry, you don’t smell of olive oil afterwards, not if you’ve rinsed it off properly.

Give them a go and let me know how you get on.

Dawn xxx


Soap making and creating face creams

So, a couple of years ago, I went through a mad bout of intention: intention to make my own soaps, intention to make my own ointments and intention to make my own cheese. And I bought some equipment and ingredients to make them. Now, that intention was washed away very quickly in my busy life: I just didn’t have the time to do anything of this and I was too tired at night to be bothered making soap.

So, the equipment and ingredients have spent the past two years gathering dust in my study.

Not good. Especially as I am trying to be better at being frugal.

Anyway, today I have made the decision to give soap making a try. I bought the Reader’s Digest Homemade: Over 700 Everyday Items that are Easy to Make and will Save you Money back in 2011. I have made a few things out of it – food – but it does have a section for making our own soap and creams.

I have all the things I need to make them so I’m going to finally get around to doing it. Wish me luck!

Have any of you tried making your own lotions, potions and soaps at home? How did you get on?

In the village where I live we have a lady who makes and sells her own soaps and toiletries. I must ask her if she does lessons? Hmmm.

Anyway, I will leave you with this blog here. I’ll let you know how I get one. I may even have some soap to show you! 🙂

Dawn x


Some winter tips on saving money and keeping warm

winter chills

I don’t know where you are in the world, but I live in the west of Scotland and it’s been pretty chilly and very windy around here lately. And that means the heating has been on permanently to keep the chills at bay. We’ve not had snow yet, but that doesn’t usually come until February and March. However, the temperatures have plummeted recently and that got me thinking about this week’s post.

I’ve decided to share with you some great winter tips: ideas for keeping warm, for dealing with colds and flu, and for dealing with the dark days. They cost nothing or next to nothing to do, so what are we waiting for? Let’s get on with tip 1.

# Tip 1:

# Tip 2:

# Tip 3:

And finally (and, although it says festive, this tip works all year round)!

# Tip 4:


Starting the year off feeling fantastic!

So, I’ve not made any New Year’s resolutions. This is mainly because I never stick to them. However, I have decided to try and cut down the amount of waste this family produces and I’m starting with fizzy drinks.

Me and my two kids enjoy a carbonated beverage every now and again. In fact, we used to have one every single day. Not only is that accumulatively expensive, but it’s three 500ml plastic drinks bottles going to recycling or landfill per day. That’s 1,056 bottles a year…yikes! Anyway, have stopped buying fizzy drinks so that puts paid to that.

I’m also going to cook from scratch more. When my husband was here, I always cooked from scratch. However, since his death three years ago, the kids have gotten older and are now refusing certain foods. One doesn’t like one thing that the other does and vice versa. My eldest, in particular, is extremely fussy and will refuse a plate of food if she doesn’t like the look of it. It’s soul destroying when you make a lovely meal and it’s only you eating it. Anyway, I know I need to get tougher on this kids about wasting food and I will be cooking more. They are going to eat healthily if it kills me! 🙂

Am also putting a stop to any wasteful buying. And by that I mean my very bad habit of impulse buying books and other wee bits and bobs. That stops today. To be fair, I have cut down on my book buying habit considerably. I am going to read all the books I have before I buy another book. I have loads of books so that will probably take me up until I am of retiral age! Ha ha!

So, what are your goals and resolutions for 2020? Let me know.

Dawn xx


Why You Should be Using Baking Parchment on Your Kitchen Cabinets

I love my kitchen. I love cooking in my kitchen. I love hanging out in my kitchen. It’s only about two-years-old having been installed as part of an extension to my house.

However, I hate cleaning my kitchen, so anything that makes that onerous job that little bit easier gets the thumbs up from me.

So, here we have a quick kitchen tip that will keep your cabinets in tip top order. And all you need is a roll of baking parchment. Simply place some baking parchment on top of your kitchen cabinets (cut to size) and leave. The parchment will collect any dust or grease that collects on top of the cabinet. To clean: remove and replace every few months.

It could not be simpler. Has anyone tried this yet? I’m definitely going to give it a go.

Dawn x

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Chalk – the cheap way to dehumidify your closet

If you have problems with humidity in your closet – or indeed dampness that leads to mould developing – why not give this old tip a go? Place a bundle of chalk in your closet (keeping it away from your clothes!), it will act as a sort of dehumidifier and is a lot cheaper than an electric dehumidifier.

There are lots of tips on the internet about home-made humidifiers and I like the ideas presented here. Please note: I have not tried any of these methods, so don’t know if they really work. However, I would probably give at least one of them a try before buying an electric one. It’s up to you.

Let me know how you get on.

Dawn xx