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Educational Play with Schleich I'm a big fan of learning through play. Unforced educational play. I'm not a teacher and I don't want to be. I want my children to naturally learn whilst they are having fun. When I was contacted recently...

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Say Eh-Oh to the new Teletubbies toys! There back!! Teletubbies made a joyous return to CBeebies last year, and this year marks the launch of the new range of toys. As you know I was sent a box just before Christmas, and today I can finally...

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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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Guest Post: Top 5 Natural Beauty Tips

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post, Information | Posted on 15-02-2013

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You don’t need a face full of makeup or a cupboard full of skincare products to look naturally beautiful. Natural beauty starts from the inside out, and it’s all about nurturing yourself – good health will always shine through. Follow our top 5 natural beauty tips for radiant, glowing, naturally beautiful skin, hair and nails.

1. Get Colourful

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables in a wide range of colours for the most nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Each colour generally signifies a different vitamin – for example, bright orange fruits and veggies such as carrots contain beta-carotene, a vitamin essential for eye health. The more vitamins and nutrients you can take in from your food, the healthier you’ll feel and the better you’ll look.

2. Drink and Douse

For naturally glowing skin and care, keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Hydration starts from within, so give your moisturiser a head start by drinking at least 2 litres of water everyday. As for your hair, a quick rinse in cold water once you’ve rinsed your shampoo and conditioner out will add lots of shine and will help to set your style. For extra-shiny hair, douse your hair in malt vinegar and rinse out with lukewarm water.

3. Healthy Fat

People have a bit of a tendency to shy away from every product containing fat for fear that they’ll gain weight – but if you include healthy fats in your diet, from healthy sources, they will literally make you glow from the inside out. Your skin, hair and nails will all thank you for it. Include plenty of omega-3 rich foods in your diet, like oily fish, nuts, seeds and healthy oils such as extra-virgin olive oil and avocado oil.

4. Go Organic

When choosing skin products, opt for organic products that will nourish your skin from the inside out. Companies like Ila Spa sell products that are chemical and paraben free, packed with naturally occurring ingredients that are designed to work with your body’s own systems. Organic beauty products generally get to work faster, sinking into the skin more quickly than non-organic products – meaning that you can get on with the business of being beautiful, without hanging around waiting for your moisturiser to sink into your skin.

5. Hot or Cold

Sometimes, all you need to do to boost your natural beauty is to use products that are a little cold, or that are a little warm. For example, if you use eye cream that has been kept in the fridge, it will tighten and brighten the eye area and will help to drain away any fluid. Moisturisers that are kept in the fridge will also have a similar effect. Work with the hot and steamy environment of your shower by applying a moisturising hair mask or conditioner, wrap your head in a towel and then sit in the bathroom for a little while. The heat will let the conditioner get right to the heart of each hair follicle. The warm of the shower will also open your pores – so use this time to pluck your eyebrows.

Product Review: My Secret Kitchen

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 20-09-2012

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If you are searching for a flexible job that fits around your family life, and you are passionate about food and cooking, you might just be the kind of person that My Secret Kitchen is looking for. Working for My Secret Kitchen allows you to host Tastings in your own home. Invite family and friends round to indulge in good food and good company, and watch as the range of My Secret Kitchen foods practically sell themselves. The range is only available via My Secret Kitchen consultants and from the website, so you know the products are more exclusive than those you find in your local supermarket.

The team at My Secret Kitchen sent me a selection of their products to test out, and I am hugely impressed.

Oak Smoked Rapeseed Oil
The Rape for this oil is grown, harvested and cold pressed on the same farm in Sussex, so this is a very exciting local product. Rapeseed oil is one of the most healthy oils for your heart so is a great addition to any kitchen. Recommended by My Secret Kitchen to use in sauces, dressings and as a simple bread dipper its also really versatile. I used this oil last weekend by brushing it over the skin of a chicken I was roasting. I usually use butter or olive oil but this gave a great smoky taste to the chicken and the smell was mouthwatering.

Secret Firecracker Chilli Spices
This product is not for the fainthearted! 1/4 of a teaspoon of this will give you the same heat as one small red chilli, but at the same time it will give you the added flavour of cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic and Mexican oregano. This is going to be a great addition to homemade chilli con carne. The spice contains the “holy trinity” of Mexican chillies – ancho, pasilla and guajillo – giving it an unmistakably hot and fruity chilli flavour. Recipe suggestions for this include Chilli Lemon Chicken, Spicy Salsa, and Spicy Buffalo Sauce.

Maple Caramel Sauce
Just the name of this product should have you licking your lips. Liquid caramel mixed with a hint of warm maple syrup this sauce is divine. It tastes amazing on pancakes especially with bananas, and  makes plain vanilla ice cream heavenly just by being drizzled over it. It would also make a great topping to a sundae. In fact I think this sauce would be delicious on most desserts. Or you could just dig in and eat it by the spoonful, straight from the jar.

Secret Vanilla Pudding Spices
This spice combines vanilla with cinnamon, ground coriander seed and ginger making it a delightful sweet and spicy addition to cupboard. The secret ingredient is roasted cassia. This spice is delicious dusted on top of hot chocolates, but I think it would also be tasty on french toast or freshly made doughnuts. Mixed in to warm sponge puddings, added in to apple pies, or sprinkled over popcorn this spice will add a warming sweet flavour to a host of desserts, cakes and sweet treats. This spice should be a store cupboard staple for any keen baker.

If that’s got your taste buds twitching get over to the My Secret Kitchen website now. Not only can you buy these items – and a great range of other products – direct, you can sign up to host your own tasting session and become a consultant for them. With a range of perks and bonuses available to you and your customers, its a great opportunity for those foodies out there.