Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sunshine and Adventures

Since moving here, I've wanted to explore the area, but never really gotten the chance.
Since buying this bike for my birthday in March I've wanted to explore even more! There are a bunch of hiking and cycling trails around the area.
On Friday I loaded my bike into the car and drove down to the nearest park where I knew there were trails. I picked a direction and rode until I reached the end, then turned and did the same the other way... I took my camera with me and stopped occasionally to take pictures when I saw something I liked, so I thought I would share them with you.

My cheapo bike that I've grown to love, so much faster than walking anywhere!!
Quick shot on a bridge
There were a TON of these caterpillars all over these trees in huddled groups...
Always comforting to see these signs about... Not sure I will ever get used to them.
Off the beaten track (just a few paces, too scared of the snakes)
I had a lot of fun, got some sunshine, and got out into nature, which I don't get the chance to do very often these days. I ended up spending almost 2 hours going back and forwards exploring the trails. I think I'll have to make this a regular thing! :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Show your hands some love!

Ever since I was a kid I've suffered from eczema on the back of my hands. They get so dry that they crack & itch/hurt like crazy. Dry weather, soap, wool, all these make it worse. I once worked on my Aunt and Uncles farm, handling lambs, and after two days my hands had swollen up and were bright red, it was pretty awful...

On a normal day, however, the worst I deal with is dryness, especially if I've been doing chores and using a bunch of cleaning products.

Over the years I've tried a TON of different products. Some of them work okay, some don't work at all, and some just make it worse.

I wanted to share some of my recent discoveries that I have grown quite fond of. The first is probably a brand you're familiar with. So many beauty bloggers have raved about Burt's Bees lip balm, so when I saw this hand repair kit in store I thought I'd give it a try.

The kit comes with four things: 

A pair of cotton gloves,

Almond Milk - Beeswax hand creme ~ This stuff smells AMAZING. I don't think everyone is overly fond of the almond scent but I love it. I use this at night, before going to sleep. I cover the back of my hands in a thick layer, concentrating on the areas that get the worst, like the knuckles. Then I pull on the cotton gloves over it and sleep in them. When I wake up in the morning the dryness is gone and it leaves my hands so smooth and smelling delish!

Lemon butter cuticle cream ~ This smells like lemon and honey, so good. Just rub it in around your nails and cuticles when they get dry or cracked. Instant relief.

Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream ~ Great for a quick fix. This little tube is so handy, I carry it around in my bag with me. I use this during the day instead of the almond milk creme, because it's not as sticky and gets absorbed quicker.

The final product that I LOVE, is this "Naked Bee" Hand and body lotion. I discovered this at the local trade day at a stall selling local organic honey and tried a sample. After walking around for an hour afterwards my hands felt amazing, the smoothest I can remember them feeling in a long time, so I bought the biggest tube they had. The Grapefruit Blossom Honey scent is amazing as well.

And the best part about all these products?? They're all free of parabens, petrochemicals, and all the other nasty stuff, and they're not tested on animals. So you can feel good about buying them! :)

Saturday, April 19, 2014


Wow! So I'm not really great at this blogging stuff huh??

Life got away from me and I found myself too busy or too tired to do anything much on here.

I promise I have planned to get back to this! In the meantime, take a look at this adorable little guy:

Took this on a new lens I got today and I'm very excited to get back into photography. :)

Love any and all of you that read this <3

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