I Have a Confession

Hi! My name is Brandie, and I’m a DIY junkie. Not in the way of traditional Pinterest DIY junkie, but as in store-bought kits. My daughter loves to make things. All of the things. Does it not make sense to buy kits with everything you need, in one nice little package instead of searching  for everything you need? I keep thinking that’s the best way to go.. LIES!!!! They all lie. The slime is more like a pile of unplayable dough, the volcano doesn’t explode, the bath bombs? Well they’re bombs, expired, lifeless bombs.. I know better, yet I keep buying kits, hoping that maybe just MAYBE “this kit will be THE one!”

The other day I was surfing Amazon, (that seems to be my favourite hobby these days, because Amazon Prime you know what I mean?) and came across this Canadian company that has fun looking kits. I know what you’re thinking,  “Brandie, are you really going to waste your money on another kit that will most likely fail you again? Do you want your daughter to be disappointed? Will your daughter even want to try one more kit that will most likely frustrate both of you?” Don’t worry, I asked myself all of those question plus more. I’m harder on myself then you ever could be. I’m a seasoned professional at being hard on myself.

So, I reached out to the company and asked them some questions. A few days later a package from Amazon Prime showed up in the mail. I got excited. My daughter was with me and wanted to open up the box to see what was inside. She got excited and asked if we could make the soap once we got home. Forgetting everything I knew about our experiences with past failures, I smiled and quickly said yes. When we returned home, we went to the craft room, carefully open the package then panic sets in. I’m talking real life anxiety. The kind where, your heart beats a little faster, your hands get a little shaky and sweaty, your breathing is more sharp yet shallow. All of the negative feels one can have when one has been deeply disappointed in the past. What IF this doesn’t work? When my daughter gets upset, I get upset. I slowly moved my glaze from the box and looked at Em, who was beaming with excitement. I smiled, and decided, experimenting was going to be fun. I decided, that I’m not going to give my power away to some ingredients that may or may not work. With a refreshed point of view, we got to play.

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The above photo is from Kiss Naturals website. The picture I took is missing in action somewhere.

I have to tell you, I’m glad we received this Clear glycerine soap all natural soap making kit from Kiss Naturals. Kiss Naturals is a Canadian company located in Montreal, Quebec. We can thank their daughters for taking in interest in skin care and their parents for caring what goes into products aimed at kids. They didn’t want all the chemicals and crap that traditional skin care companies load into their products.  Kiss Naturals has created lip blam (contains bees-wax), bubble bath, soap, lip gloss and bath fizzes (to name a few) that are safe, natural and Canadian made.

O.k, back to the soap. We took it out of the package, daughter’s eyes were devouring the contents. We read the instructions, put the glycerine in the container, microwaved it, put into molds after adding some fragrance, and waited for 15 mins. GUESS WHAT GUYS??? IT WORKED!!!! Sorry for yelling, but I’m sure you feel our pain when it comes it most kits. The final product felt like soap, bubbled up like soap, kept their shape, even after a couple of times using them. Yes, they are a little small, but with that being said WORTH IT!!

Take a look at some photo’s.

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Have you used this soap making kit before? I want to hear about it. If you haven’t, tell me your experiences with kits.

 

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The Engine 2, 7-day Rescue Diet

They asked if 7 days could rescue your health, I know it can. Why don’t you take control of your health now? This free 7 day challenge starts tomorrow, Jan 4th. To learn more about it and to sign up go to their site Engine 2 Diet. They have a Facebook group as well. 

So join me and take control of your health, your future. 

Love Matters Most, a book review. 


The story by Mij Kelly is fun, entertaining and heat warming. Why does the polar bear go out on such a cold stormy night? She passes by lush berries and plenty of fish swimming in the clear stream. It wasn’t food she was in search for, when she found what made her leave her warm cave on a blustery night, is she able to cuddle up and have a good night’s sleep. I give this 9/10 snowy tears. 

Em gives this 10/10 snowy tears. She liked the story, but was more drawn in, by the gorgeous illustrations by Gerry Turley.  

This is what she has to say:

The book kept me guessing. At first I thought the bear was searching for something and the seasons would change. My favourite part is when she found what she  was searching for. Good story. The pictures are beautiful. 

Love Matters Most is available to pre-order, place your order as it’s being released on Dec 6. Hachette Book Group sent us a book for an honest review.  

Bottom line: every child will feel snug as a bug in a rug. A must have book for bedtime reading!! 

Denfensive Eating with Morrissey

Vegan recipes from the one you left behind. By Automne Zingg, recipes by Joshua Ploeg.  


Even though they love him, this is a work of parody. 

The recipes in this  book will not break the bank or leave you feeling like you’re eating cardboard. Inexpensive recipes like Boy with the corn on his side, shoplifted veggies, Morrissey ate all your dream(icles), Pacman cake. Disco fries and more; will fill you up so you can pick up some vodka, you’ll need some for the next recipe. (Again, like Nick Cave every recipe comes with a comic of Morrissey).

With permission from Microcosm I’m able to share a recipe with you. 


Tears

Salt

Soda

Grapefruit juice

Vodka 

Ginger syrup 

Lemon

In a shaker, mix two parts vodka, one part grapefruit juice, and ginger syrup to taste. Shake with ice. 

Pour into salt-rimmed martini glass. Finish with a splash of soda and float a lemon slice in there. Have a drink and join me, join me, join me. I’m certain I heard you cry. 

This is how my tears taste like at least. 

Microcosm sent me out a copy of this book and is going to send one lucky person not only a copy of this book but as well as Comfort Eating With Nick Cave. Good luck! To enter the giveaway Click here.

What’s your fav meal on the cheap?