Thursday, May 20, 2010

I believe....

Something I read today has given me much food for thought - and no, it is not about

"I believe an important distinction can be made between religion and spirituality.  Religion I take to be concerned with faith in the claims to salvation of one faith tradition or another.  Spirituality I take to be concerned with qualities of the human spirit, love and compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment, a sense of responsibility, a sense of harmony, that bring happiness both to self and others" ~Dalai Lama

Spirituality is something I have been learning about more and more on my life journey.

On another note, I made a wonderful Goatmilk & Oatmeal Cream yesterday, leaving half the batch unscented for my daughter to use for her contact dermatitis on her hand and scenting the rest with a lovely blend of lavender and rose geranium essential oils.  I have a couple of testers in mind for this lovely cream and if feedback is as good as I hope then this cream will definitely become part of my expanding range of body lotions, butters and creams.

 I also made my very first soy wax tarts today!  I definitely have more to learn about doing this, however I am really very happy with my very first creations.  I will be putting up pics very soon of my new creations *smile* 


Take care and have an inspired week.....


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bridge to Bridge ~ Erin-Louise fights for a life without lupus.....

"Making a difference starts with one step....."

Erin-Louise is the daughter of a friend of mine who is an amazing lady!  In a quote taken from here :-

Erin-Louise Povey is just 26 years old and is living with lupus. Lupus is a chronic incurable auto-immune disease that affects 5 million people worldwide. There is no known cause and consequently no known cure. More People are living with Lupus then Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, AIDS, Sickle Cell Anaemia and Cystic Fibrosis COMBINED!

Please support Erin-Louise as she fights against lupus by dressing as a human-sized monarch butterfly and walking over half of the 1000km journey from Brisbane Story Bridge to Sydney Harbour Bridge in a campaign to raise awareness of Australia's least recognised disease, lupus.

Please click the above link and support Erin-Louise in her amazing journey!
Tanya :)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Busy Week......

.....and a sad one too.  My mother-in-law passed away on Monday night, peacefully after a long illness.  Until a few days prior we still thought she may regain her health somewhat, however this was not to be and her time had come.  She spent her final few days peaceful and content, enjoying her many visitors and phone conversations with loved ones and friends.  It was such a blessing to see her reconciled to her next big adventure and satisfied with her life here.  Goodbye and Blessed Be Doreen!

Today I have just finished making my third emulsified body lotion in time for Mothers Day and I love this one!  Each one has been different, with a different blend of oils and other ingredients.  Each one has been targeted for a different result too.  My first was a nourishing light lotion for dry/mature skin.  My second was a balancing cream for all skin types and especially for oily skin.  My third is a light lotion, again for all skin types, aimed at value for money.  I am in love with each of them and looking forward to my next formulation *smile*

If you are intrigue with the idea of creating your own lotions and creams I can highly recommend two websites for you.  The first is the recipe formulary of one of my favourite suppliers - Aussie Soap Supplies (click the link to the left of this blog).  The second is Point of Interest, an extremely helpful and interesting blog created by Susan Barclay-Nichols (link in my Blog List on the left as well).

My next creation will be a cream incorporating boths goats milk and colloidal oatmeal (oat flour) and left unscented.  My youngest nephew suffers a great deal with eczema and so far the only two things that help sooth his skin are shea butter and oats.  A cream tailored around his skin sensitivities is already buzzing around in my mind!

Take care and to all you Mums (or Moms) out there - have a wonderful Mothers Day!