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Prayer & Meditation: The Poor in Your Land

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a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially equally undesirable ones.

Before posing this question, for those of you who hate confrontation – you may want to move on to a different post.

Since living in Southern California, I have been confronted with the modern day reality of homelessness. In my home town in Australia, there is homelessness, but not in the numbers seen here in SoCal. So any time you went by someone living on the street, it was easy to buy them a meal, give them some cash or pray with them because there weren’t a gazillion other people in the same difficult circumstance sitting on the same block… In my home town, while homelessness (temporary or long-lasting) is a real problem, it seems in some way, surmountable. But here in California, tackling the issue of homelessness feels overwhelming because there are just so many people living on the street. Of course, this can be attributed to a much greater population size of the US; whichever way you look at it – nothing is going to change if a community approach is not adopted.

But without getting waist deep into a debate I am not properly equipped to have, the SoCal dilemma that I wanted to pose to you is this: if you encounter several homeless people a day, each of whom are equally loved by the Lord, and you only have a limited amount of resources at your disposal (whether it be food, money, time, clothing – ¡whatever!), how do you steward wisely while being a generous giver? 

Why is it a dilemma? Because giving all you have to one person means you leave the others without, while giving a little to each means that you might not be helping them at all, while turning your back completely would be to deny the heart of Jesus, while giving to a larger charitable organization might mean that the person before you never sees any assistance from what you have given – there is literally an important plus and an important minus in every alternative option.

Now often the Lord meets me where I am at in a specific circumstance, and I feel an inclination to give a certain amount or in some cases to withhold, but I am intrigued as to how other people approach this…

What is your solution to the SoCal dilemma?

With love,

Natasha x

For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land Deuteronomy 15:11

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November 1, 2014 · 11:38 pm

Butter London: Does “Natural” Nail Polish Really Measure Up?

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Whenever I come across a natural or healthy alternative to an otherwise harmful product, I am always interested to know whether the natural product actually measures up to the chemical laden products, or whether I will just have to shrug off any disappointments in the natural options for the sake of good health. Today I wanted to share with you my experience with Butter London, after experimenting with it over the past few weeks. Having been an OPI fan for a while now, I was really curious to see how Butter London compared. For any of you who know OPI, it is a very reputable nail polish brand. I would consider Butter London to be of the same standing but in natural alternative realms.

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Butter London markets itself as a “3 Free Company” meaning that their products have no formaldehyde, no toluene and no DBP. These harmful toxins are otherwise known as carcinogens, or the toxins that cause cancer. So if I have the option to avoid these toxins, I will, although I don’t maintain this as a strict rule its just more of a preference.image

Colour

The first thing I will say about Butter London is that they have a great variety of colours. To start off our collection here at the house, we ordered (left to right) Trout Pout, Molly Coddled, Disco Biscuit, Squatter, Snog and Keks. They are all opaque bar Disco Biscuit which is a sheer hot pink with blue fluorescent glitter (see image on the right). There is a huge selection of colours on offer so your bound to find one or several that you love. On application, the opaques are really rich in colour and have great coverage. I have tested all of these colours and they paint on just as well as the colour you see in the bottle! Yay!

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Application

We also bought the Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat and Hardwearimage P. D. Luick Topcoat. I applied the basecoat to clean nails, and then used two coats of Squatter (aka fungi green as my sister would call it, or snot green as my mother would call it). The basecoat dried really quickly and evenly however the main lacquer does take a little longer than say OPI to dry. That would be my biggest criticism of this product, is that it doesn’t dry quite as quickly as other good quality nail polishes, which for most people might not pose so much of an issue but when you have a 6 year old running around constantly asking for your attention the quicker the polish dries, the better! As I had to stop and take care of various things in the middle of painting my nails, I had to do several touch ups and repairs before I eventually got my topcoat on. The colour is great – I wasn’t sure how I would feel about wearing this kind of green but I love it for spring. I also love love love Trout Pout.

imageimageA little quirky feature of Butter London is that the rectangle cap actually pulls off, and you un-twist the cap that is underneath that to apply the nail polish.

Longevity

I plan on posting again in a couple of weeks to let you know how my nails went with the base coat and top coat, however I had previously applied Trout Pout to my toe nails and the colour has lasted really well for about two and a half weeks now so I am fairly confident that my fingernails will last. If I can get at least a good week out of them, I will be happy!

 * Mummy Tip: Without the harmful chemicals, Butter London is a safer alternative to mainstream nail polishes imagewhen doing Mani Pedi’s with your little princess. Bailey-Belle had a great time mixing the bright, vibrant colours.

 Cost

Butter London nail polishes are not cheap. At least here in Australia they aren’t. In the stores they retail for around $22.00 a bottle. The base coat and top coat set are around $50. If I didn’t have a particular interest in avoiding chemicals (where possible) I probably wouldn’t spend the extra money and would stick to brands like OPI, however the 3 Free pitch of Butter London makes it worth it for me, especially when my little one likes to have her nails done.

You can find this product in little boutique women’s stores, or purchase online. We bought a few of ours on sale for $14 on The Home website – an excellent website for home wares and chic odds and ends.

Overall, I love this product, I am pleased with the results it provides and will keep purchasing it over other brands of nail polish. I will mention this though, while Butter London is 3-free, it is not chemical free. So if you have chemical sensitivity, this brand still may not cut it for you.

Until next time my lovelies!

With love,

Natasha x

 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy Proverbs 31:8-9

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November 1, 2014 · 12:01 am