Majestic Moments Centre Stepper Card

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Materials Used

  • A4 White card stock made into a centre stepper card (see how here)
  • Hunkydory Majestic Moment topper kit (available in Wondeful Women kit or seperately)
  • Rose bouquet cardstock (availability the same as above)
  • Doublesided tape
  • Adhesive pearls
  • Foam pads
  • Lace ribbon

 

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Fairy Blossoms Easel Card

I made this card for my Mum’s birthday. She loved it, thanks mum, I’m so pleased you like it.

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Materials Used

  • A4 White 300gsm card
  • Hunkydory Fairy Blossom topper kit (can be bought alone or as part of their Perfect Pricesses kit)
  • Double sided tape
  • Silver adhesive gems
  • Silver cardstock
  • Silver peel offs
  • Butterfly dies (I used the free set in issue 167 Cardmaking & Papercraft)

Centre Stepper Blank from A4

Here’s how to make a simple centre stepper card blank form an A4 piece of card. These card blanks add dimension and fun to your creations.

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Method

  1. Measure at 5cm, 10cm and 20cm intervals. Score 5cm deep at each interval. Flip the card over and repeat on the other side.

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2. Make a cut between the 5cm and the 20cm intervals on each side. The cut should start at the 5cm score and end at the 20cm score connecting all three scores. (see picture)

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3. In the mid-section of the card (between the two cuts) score a line at 15cm.

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4. Your blank is now ready to be folded with the 5cm score lines located at the bottom of the page. Mountain fold  (fold so the point resembles a mountain peak) the blank 5cm, 15cm and 20cm. Valley fold (fold so the point resembles a valley floor) the blank at 10cm.

5. Your blank is now ready to be decorated.

Happy Crafting

Lynne

Amphora Aromatics Shampoo Review

I received 6 sachets of shampoo free from Amphora Aromatics in order to provide honest feedback.

For the purpose of this review the only hair care product that was used at the time of testing were the shampoo sachets. No conditioner, hair masks, heat protection sprays etc were used in order to provide a true, accurate account of the product. The shampoos are part of the Amphora Aromatics Essential Skincare Collection.

The Shampoo

1. Pomegranate and Rose 250ml £5.94

Suitable for frequent use on all hair types.

“Antioxidant and strengthening to give you gloriously glossy hair”

This is ultra gentle and suitable for everyday use. It smells lovely too with the fragrance provided by rose and geranium oils, the antioxidant effects come from the pomegranate.

The shampoo lathers well and a little goes a long way. My hair felt silky
smooth upon drying and was easy to style.

 

2. Ylang Ylang, Argan and Rosemary Conditioning Shampoo 250ml £5.49

Suitable for dry hair.

“A naturally effective, nutrient-rich conditioning shampoo which can help repair split ends and encourage softness, shine and volume.”

The top notes of Ylang Ylang and Rosemary are heavenly. Ylang Ylang helps battle brittle hair whilst aiding in hydrating and protecting your scalp thus discouraging dandruff. Rosemary is a natural antioxidant but also aids with volume
and encourages hair growth.

Upon drying with the hairdryer the Argan Oil scent prevails. I love Argan oil it’s one of my favourite hair care products because it is vitamin A and E rich which aids with split ends as well as softening your hair and it smells divine.

 

3. Peony, Bay and Brahmi Nourishing Shampoo 250ml £5.49

Suitable for all hair types.

“A calming and balancing shampoo with natural Peony extract to help boost hair growth and maintain scalp health. Can help repair damaged hair and soothe irritated skin.”

This smells very similar to the Ylang Ylang, Argan and Rosemary above. Rosemary is a strong contender for the top note alongside the Peony a natural astringent, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Brahmi encourages healthy thick hair growth and healthy skin.

When using this shampoo I noticed that my skin (I suffer with eczema. dermatitis and psoriasis) did not get as inflammed as when using my normal shampoo, my hair was also left amazingly shiny! This shampoo is definitely a winner in my book.

 

 

 

4. Amla and Clary Sage Rejuvenating Shampoo 250ml £5.49

Suitable for all hair types.

“A balancing and moisturising shampoo with vitamin C rich Amla (Indian Gooseberry) to strengthen roots. Naturally soothes and protects against scalp irritations leaving hair healthy and strong.”

This is a great shampoo to reach for when you need a boost especially in the morning.

 

 

5. Cedarwood and Peppermint Deep Cleansing Shampoo 250ml £5.49

Suitable for oily hair.

“An invigorating, naturally antimicrobial shampoo which also adds volumeand shine. Rich in calcium, Vitamin E and amino acids to protect, nourish and strengthen oily hair.”

Cedarwood oil reduces danduff and helps minimise hair loss. The Corn mint oil used in this shampoo has microbial properties. There is a slight smell of Eucalyptus oil that comes upon drying this oil helps add volume and shine to your hair.

This is my favourite out of the six. The scent combination is so invigorating and smells good enough to eat. My hair was left smooth, shiny and sleek with a little bounce.

 

6. Rosemary, Sage and Burdock Lift and Repair Shampoo 250ml £5.49

 

Suitable for all hair types.

“An antioxidant rich shampoo with natural extracts to help repair damaged hair and promote a healthy scalp. Packed with vitamins and minerals to nourich hair, leaving it soft, shiny and strong.”

This is a very fragrant shampoo with the Rosemary and Sage being the top notes. Rosemary, Sage and Burdock team up to provide a boost for your follicles and aid with volume.

I found this to be my least favourite shampoo. My hair is very fine and fly away normally but even more so when using this product, I could not wear my hair down at all due to it becoming very static like and sticking to my face. I ended up giving up straightening my hair and just tying it up.

All of these shampoos are available in a larger 500ml bottle with a pump dispenser for £9.54 here.

In conclusion these shampoos are lovely. They smell gorgeous and are reasonably priced. Although they are made using natural ingredients such as essential oils there are still a few preservatives within them.

*DISCLAIMER I received these for free with the sole purpose of reviewing.

** If you would like me to review your product(s) please do not hesitate to contact me at craftysharpethrifty@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

MuscleFood Review and 2lb Weight Loss. Woohoo!

I’m now 13st 10lbs!

I’ve lost 2 whole pounds in my first week and I was not expecting that at all due to my major binge on Wednesday and Thursday due to lack of sleep and sick kiddies but I did shift some weight so I’m chuffed.

I ate Weetabix with fruit and low fat yogurt for breakfast most days, a salad or homemade soup lunch and a MuscleFood Live Clean Meal for tea followed by fruit with yogurt if needed.

My biggest change was drinking less Coca-Cola- I went from drinking 1-2litres per day to having 500ml of pop twice last week. I switched my drinks to Flo Water Essence and they are gorgeous, calorie free, fat free and sugar free. They are just mineral water with essence in.

I still had my odd treat though, miracles don’t happen overnight.

I started my weight loss journey by purchasing Live Clean Meals from MuscleFood. I chose the Slimming Meals Lunch bundle at £22.00. You receive a mixture of meals that are ready to pop in the microwave and they are tasty and filling! They are advertised for “a week’s worth of meals” yet you only get 5 which is odd since there are 7 days in the week.

I also received one of these meals free as part of an offer they had on at the time. The free meal I chose was the Persian Lime Chicken with Quinoa and it was delicious! The only fault I found was with the packagaing as this states that it is made with cous cous and I though that was odd- this could be an allergy issue.

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The chicken was chunky and well seasoned, the vegetables had a lovely bite in a mint glaze and the quinoa was suberbly flavoured with the lime juice and seasoning well what else would you expect when it was prepared by a Michelin star trained chef???

Another meal I received was Oriental Chicken Pad Thai (not for people with nut allergies). I have never had Pad Thai before so was excited to try a new meal and I wasn’t disappointed- the chicken again was succulent and chunky, the noodles and vegetables were well flavoured in a peanut style dressing with a little spicy kick. The only thing needing improvement was the amount of liquid that came from the noodles and vegetable pack, I had to drain most of it away sadly as it was thin and watery.

The last meal I received was the Pulled Pork with Chipotle Beans. This was my favourite dish of the three that I was sent. I LOVE pulled pork and though there was no way I could have it now I’m looking to lose weight but I was so wrong. The pork is so tender and THOSE beans should have their own food group, the barbecue flavour was mouthwatering and I really want more. Sadly I have lost the photo of this product but take my word for it, it looked amazing, smelled amazing and tasted even better.

Improvements

MuscleFood could improve on their selection of the five meals upon preparation of orders. I was gutted to find that I received 3 Persian Lime, 2 Oriental Pad Thai and one Pulled Pork. I know I received one Persian Lime for free but the order was placed all at the same time so the packers could have mixed the order up a little as they also sell lasagne, spaghetti bolognese, red Thai fish curry and Korean Pork.

The packaging could be a little better as the cing film is a little flimsy and I had a leaky packet.

The food itself needs NO IMPROVEMENT, it is tasty, well cooked and the portions are spot on.

I also ordered a Slimming Mediterranean Pizza which arrived with no “Use By Date” so I couldn’t eat that and I was so looking forward to pizza night too. On the plus side though their Goji Berry Chocolate Bar is out of this world and I can’t share a photo of that because I ate it so fast, it is devilishly moreish!

Personal Improvements

I NEED to exercise more than what I do at the minute. I also need to start meal planning and keeping a food diary. I also need to up my fruit and water intake too.

I WILL LOSE WEIGHT. I WILL REACH MY GOAL AND I WILL SUCCEED!

Much Love

Lynne

*DISCLAIMER I was not under any obligation to complete this review.

** If you would like me to review your product(s) please get in touch at carftysharpethrifty@hotmail.com

Caramel Shortbread with Messy Chocolate Decoration.

Make this quick and easy, SCRUMPTIOUS, naughty but nice caramel shortbread.

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You’ll Need:

  • 1.5 cups of plain flour
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 tins of ready made caramelised condensed milk/condensed milk
  • Chocolate bar
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • 125g unsalted baking butter

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I purchased all of my ingredients for less than £4 at Aldi. I like a quick fix as I’m always busy so I bought the ready caramalised condensed milk at only 89p. This is a Special product in Aldi and is only available periodically so I stock up when I can. As far as ready made caramel goes it is one of the best I’ve tried and you can’t go wrong for 89p! Plus you don’t have to faff around with a steaming hot, boiled tin and dread opening it because it’s not as caramalised as you like. The chocolate bar was from Aldi too and they are only 30p each. A lot of bakers use this chocolate and it is highly recommended.

Method:

  1. Combine the flour and sugar in a bowl and mix
  2. Add the butter ( I prefer to melt mine first) You’re after a nice dough like consistency
  3. Flatten the mix in a butter lined baking tray (mine is roughly 35x20cm) prick with a fork
  4. Bake at 180 degrees for 15-20mis or until golden brown and allow to cool
  5. Spread the caramel evenly over the base (without eating too much)
  6. Melt the chocolate and scatter it randomly over the whole tray and add sprinkles, kids love this part especially because of the mess and they can lick the remaining chocolate.
  7. Allow chocolate to set in fridge
  8. Enjoy!

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Much love

Lynne

 

Tegu 6 Piece Pocket Pouch Prism- Tints

Looking for a versatile, sturdy, on-the-go toy that promotes imagination?

Then look no further than the Tegu 6 Piece Pocket Pouch Prism pack. I bought the Tints pack as I just loved the colours. They are also available in a variety of other colous ranging in natural to pinks. yellows, greens and blues.

Not only do I LOVE these chunky, colourful, magnetic blocks because of the reasons mentioned before, I also adore that they are made from sustainable forests with the tress being handpicked by experts. In fact for every Pocket Prism pack purchased Tegu also plant a new tree! I can totally get behind this ethos as I LOVE our planet and more manufacturers should take a leaf out of Tegu’s book (see what I did there?).

These marvellous magnetic blocks really got the gears spinning in my kid’s heads. My little girl was perplexed that these blocks magically stuck together and my 9 year old lad thought they were “JUST AWESOME”.

The blocks come in their own industrial felt pouch, perfect for popping in your handbag, nappy bag or Dad’s pocket for outings.

This Prism Pack is a perfect starter pack if you are unsure of what to expect. I love how endless the possibilities are and that other packs can be purchased to expand the building potential. They also encourage the older children to learn about magnets and polarity -which is a plus as I am a massive geek and I love to teach!

As the pacakging says “Ages 1-99” and it’s so true these little blocks are great fun for young and old alike. So when the kids went to bed I played with them by myself and came up with a good few designs to help my daughter with copying.

Take a look at my designs. What is your favourite? Have you got a Tegu set and come up with your own? Please leave a link to your design in the comments to inspire others.

 

I purchased this set from Baba Me at the price of £16.50. There are different colour combinations and size packs available ranging from the 16 piece set to the HUGE 130 piece classroom set. Prices range from £16.50-£250. There are also lovely little cars, a helicopter and even a horse model available.

Much Love

Lynne

*DISCLAIMER-I purchased this product myself and was under no obligation to write this review.

**If you would like me to review your product please get in touch at craftysharpethrifty@hotmail.com