Tooth paste!!!!….

I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I am with my first attempt at making toothpaste…..this mama makes her own toothpaste now!!

It is simple yet effective…in line with my one of many life mottoes…..less is more…..

It all started with a bit of a ooops moment….but the rest plain sailing….

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So, be warned …do not melt the coconut in the microwave unless you transfer it to a suitable container first…alhamdulilah my daughter was in the kitchen to tell me about the flames in the microwave…..

So, once you melt the butter and it cools down,simply mix with the bicarbonate of soda and peppermint oil….and voila…you have the best smelling homemade toothpaste….

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What do you think of the container? I think it looks great….unique at least….but do not worry dd14 has been commissioned to design some labels for my range of beauty products to come …insh’Allah…

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

Week 4/52…

inspired by this book….but first let me tell you about week 3…oil pulling…well yeah but no but yeah kind of mixed reactions….the thing is I’ve stuck to it…every single day without a fail and it was not as bad as I anticipated…the taste and texture were ok…the downside has to be the time and timing…20 minutes is awfully long, specially first thing in the morning…honestly, who has 20 minutes to spare in the morninsg..20 minutes to just stand there oil pulling…I know what you’re thinking…do something else!!! …I promise you , it’s almost impossible….well , I must say results are pretty obvious but even then there’s got to be an easier way to take care of ones teeth and mouth in general…and there is….which leads me to week 4

Week 4 is going to be about using less chemicals in my body and making my own beauty/hygiene products.

Insh’Allah , I’m starting with a simple toothpaste ….simple ingredients most found around the house….

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Next on the list, either a body scrub or a moisturizing face cream……

Feel free to share recipes and tips….

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

Weekending….

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Dd 3 delighted with her newest mama made hat…

Henna phase still in full swing…

Another successful sewing session …big reveal next week…insh’Allah…

Lots of fun at the Science museum today…with friends tabarak Allah

First ‘The tempest’ assignment sent off…just minutes ago…another one to go….in three weeks time….insh’Allah…I don’t mind Shakespeare but I think the themes are too much for a 14 year old……

How was your weekend…batteries charged for the week ahead?

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

POP POP….

cake pops…I know we are light years behind with this trend but this is how we roll here…only when we are good and ready…also, certain baker around here only does things after plenty research and after ensuring all the necessary bits and bobs are exactly how she wants them….

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It seems a shame to waste a perfectly good vanilla sponge cake but trust me the end results are worth it…

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If you are thinking of making them …just do it…be warned they are very time consuming but relatively easy to make….If you need the sticks and the cellophane wrappers…we found them here and here.……plenty of different recipes online and plenty more ideas of how to display them and how to decorate….good luck and enjoy….

Have a smashing weekend…

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

Beanies and other distractions….

the thing with smaller projects is that they take you away from getting on with the bigger ones that are waiting on the sidelines…I can think of at list two WIPs that need my attention and once I start it will be only a matter of days to finish them off…but that’s how I rock…what to do….and I’m thinking of finger less mittens next….

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Hasn’t the week flown by? Tomorrow Thursday already!!! SubhanAllah

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

P.E….I guess…..

I’m still at that stage of my homeschooling journey where I have to pigeonhole everything into subjects….not all the time but often enough…I swear, sometimes I think I should be putting together a folder just in case the officials from the council decide to pay us a surprise visit…..one of those folders with timetables, evidences of all kind, child’s work, assessment….you see what I mean?….too many years working in schools …..

So, for the last two days we have been quite active around here , physically that is, and there I was taking pics…I take pics primarily to show the boy’s mum what they do all day….and as I said, I felt the need to justify playtime…the kids were playing ‘shark attack’ and who knows what else and I had this little voice inside me telling me that they were doing P.E, social skills, turn taking, language and some maths for good measure….oh stop….

The kids were having fun and they enjoyed it and I am an idiot….this week we are not going to do much else apart from P.E…boy 3 has decided he does not want to do school work…and that’s ok…if girl 3 wants to do work, she can’t get enough at the moment…. her mama or big sisters will sit with her at a convenient time for all….there, all happy, sorted

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Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

Week 3/52…

inspired by this book….but first let me tell you about week 2….walking….well , I only walked 4 out of 7 days , mind you I did walk an average of 1.55342798 miles …so, I guess walking is not a keeper…or I could always try in the warmer months…the thing is, too cold, too dark and too lonely…I would have stuck to it if I had had someone to do it with but who in their right mind would want to come with me at 7:45 in the morning?…exactly…and you should know by now I’m a social creature….

So, back to this week….I’m giving oil pulling a go….I’ve already started……not sure what to think of it yet…I managed 8 minutes and the recommended time is 20 minutes!!! how is that humanely possible? 20 minutes without talking? mmmm…..I’ll keep trying, should get easier….

The other thing was the taste till the coconut oil liquidized….not bad but weird to say the least…I might try adding some peppermint to it….here is a great tutorial…

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Have a nice week…

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines