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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

Something Out of Your Man’s Bathroom: The Beauty of Styling Wax

Hair wax has quickly become my new best friend. After returning to Australia just in time for a scorching summer, I have realised that I need some new ways to style my very long, very thick, very heat-retaining hair. Bring on the up-do! Having all my hair off my face and off my neck makes the Queensland heat (I’m talking 40 Celsius or 104 Fahrenheit)  just that much more bearable. But the question was – how do I do this in a stylish way?

My answer: styling wax.

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Before applying wax.

Slicking back any up-do with a comb and some styling wax is the perfect way to look chic in the summer heat, but it is also a brilliant way to hide hair that looks greasy within 1 hour of leaving home because you are sweating so bad! And the added bonus – you can find it conveniently located in your man’s toiletries. And if you don’t have styling wax, you can use hair gel or hairspray.

Being an (un)natural blonde I have a lot of flyways from hairs that have snapped, which means that without any product, I look like I’m conducting a lot of static electricity (see the picture to the right).

The best way that I have found to apply the styling wax is by first brushing your hair all the way through, from roots to tips, and then brushing it backwards so that all of your hair is smoothed back from your face.

After applying styling wax.

Take some wax, just one decent size swipe of your finger and rub it between your fingertips. I used VO5 Styling Wax. Then run your fingertips through your hair starting at the root at the top of your forehead and around your face and combing your fingers back to the crown of your scalp (the top, back). Depending on how thick your hair is and the product you are using you may need another scoop. I applied two finger scoops to get my desired effect.

Next, comb your hair back into the desired position that you want your ponytail, making sure that any flyways are flattened down, that your hair is all straight back and flat to your scalp and secure your pony with a hair tie. When doing a messy bun, I typically put my hair into a tight pony before wrapping my hair into a bun. In this example I did a low ponytail and finished it off by wrapping the hair tie with a small section of my ponytail and fastening with a bobby pin.

* Mummy Tip: your munchkin isn’t exempt from this nifty little trick either. If you need them looking tidy (which can be an extremely difficult task at times), hair wax is a great alternative to hairspray, which my daughter doesn’t like because of the smell and the feel of suffocating when you actually spray it onto your hair… I can’t say I blame her.

So begins my friendship with styling wax. I just know we are going to be spending a lot of time together this summer! Until next time beauties!

With love,

Natasha x

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways Psalm 91:11

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October 28, 2014 · 10:01 am

Prayer & Meditation: The Road Less Travelled

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From time to time my mind settles upon a re-occurring theme… I try to figure out exactly how I came to be where I am today – what decision was it that changed my course? Which relationship made me turn? Which door closed right before the open one at which I am standing?

Every time I find myself pondering this thought, the Holy Spirit refreshes my weariness with truth… “Many are the plans in a persons heart, but it is the Lords purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21.

There is no sweeter cup to drink from then the one that overflows.

With love,

Natasha xo

If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

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All I Want To Do Is Blog!

Can anyone relate?

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Life is full on. It’s beautiful, but it’s full on! There are a list of activities that I prioritize above all else – spending time with God through prayer, meditation and reading His Word, enjoying my amazing husband and beautiful daughter, and being with family and friends.

Outside of this, without even knowing how it happens, my schedule fills up with all sorts of things! A lot of days I spend running around and at the end of it think “there just aren’t enough hours in the day!” Today is no exception and I have a list of posts I want to share with you guys but just haven’t had the time to work on them. So in order to somewhat appease my desire to blog at this very moment, I’m creating this quick post on my iPhone in the hope that someone can relate to this feeling – ALL I WANT TO DO IS BLOG!

With love,

Natasha x

Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy Psalm 47:1

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Thrifted: RAINBOW BEADS

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I love op-shopping (aka thrifting depending on what part of the world you are from). Not  to be confused with a consignment store (for-profit, second hand resale stores), op-shops have provided me with endless unique bargains, and today was no exception.

I have recently started looking at designing my own jewelry, and beads have been my inspo… Bright, neon, shiny, sparkly, silver, gold, crosses, pendants and crystals! I am loving all that you can bring to an outfit with a beautifully imagemade set of beads! So I was totally pumped when I found this lovely little accessory in the window of my local RSPCA op-shop for $4!

Right on trend with spring fashion this year, I scored myself a thick collar of rainbow beads to brighten up my simple black shift dress. You know, that has to be the best thing about beads (aside from the fact that they look bomb), is that you really don’t have to put much effort into your outfit if you’re wearing a statement necklace – this may sound lazy, and it probably is, but there are definitely days where life (and my daughter) demand a little bit more of me than my styling regime can handle! And of course on those days, a basic t, skinnies and some in your face beads are my go to.

 * Mummy Tip: the op-shop is the best place to pick up sparkly trinkets and vintage treasures for your little prince or princess without hurting the budget.

Next time you’re at the local op-shop, check out the jewellery rack for some bright, big and beautiful beads! Another favorite of mine for buying beads is Etsy – but who doesn’t love Etsy! Or the much admired 3Strands, which I wrote about in a previous post, who employ women out of human trafficking to bead jewellery and then put all profits towards rescuing and restoring women still in the torturous circumstance.

Keep an eye on this space for more thrifted style buys and tips, and let beads brighten up your day this Spring!

With love,

Natasha x

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And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am (John 14:3)

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October 25, 2014 · 7:50 am

Dem Tresses: The Best Product for Taming that Mane

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I have a wild mane. A thick head of hair that I don’t enjoy brushing. The list goes on with all the ways I’ve mistreated my hair. Being an (un)natural blonde means that it is often dry, damaged and knotty. Living between Southern California and South East Queensland, my hair cops loads of sun, chlorine and salt water.  Even when I have split ends I loathhhhh cutting it. And finally, as if my hair doesn’t get put through enough, I am currently taking accutane (aka isotretinoin) for my skin which completely dries out your hair – not to mention your eyes, lips and skin! So to find a product that actually works to hydrate my hair and make it silky smooth is mind boggling! Especially when I The best hair moisturiser out!actually know what the product is, instead of walking out of the hair salon having the “I love the way my hair feels” feeling but never knowing what on earth they used to get my hair to feel that way!

Drum roll please… I would like to introduce to you the much acclaimed yet extremely understated His & Hers Hair Moisturiser Booster! Australian made and owned with protein and UV filters, this little gem actually does what it claims to – protecting, restoring and maintaining moisture balance in your hair!

So how does this product compare to the alternatives?

As you can imagine, I’ve tried a lot of different products over the years to help hydrate my locks.

On that list there have been a variety of oils and serums ranging from olive oil (don’t ask) and coconut oil, to your typical supermarket products, to more expensive salon quality ones. Compared to these types of photo 2products, His & Hers doesn’t leave you with dirty, greasy looking hair and there is no real risk of over-doing it, which I cannot say about oils and serums. The amount of times that I, or one of my sisters have put too much oil in our hair or applied it too close to the scalp, and come out looking like we don’t shower is just silly (but pretty funny). Instead of assisting with grooming, products like oils and serums have often just left me feeling like the inside of a deep fryer. While you only need to use one fingernail size blob of the His & Hers, I have never once ended up with clumped together or oily looking hair, even when I squirt a little too much out the tube. On a side note, I do love to occasionally run some coconut oil through my hair for its restorative qualities but I certainly can’t use it as an every day product like I can with His & Hers.

Compared to the different conditioners I have used (in the shower), I find that the effects of His & Hers is photo 4longer lasting and for those times when you don’t have access to your favourite shampoo and conditioner (because you’re on holiday, you’re at a friends house or you forgot to write it on the grocery list), His & Hers can remedy the effects of a lousy conditioner without any issues. Honestly, if I have my His & Hers it doesn’t bother me what shampoo and conditioner I use in the shower, so its my first pick of hair products to take when I travel.

I have also tried using sprays in my hair – anything from heat protectant to “beach hair” sprays in an effort to smooth my hair. My hair is naturally wavy, so what His & Hers does is level out flyways and soften the individual strands so that my hair still has the beachy look I love but sits smoothly because it is hydrated rather than matted because it is completely parched.

bailey hair* Mummy Tip: this product is what I use to get a brush through my daughters long and tangled tresses – like mummy like daughter!

How to use it?

While your hair is still wet after you get out of the shower, rub a large fingernail size blob between your hands then run it through your hair. Depending on the length of your hair, I would first rub it through the bottom half of your hair, making sure your ends receive most of the goodness then put whatever is left on your hands through the top half of your hair. I normally run my fingers through my hair a few times when applying the product to make sure it is evenly spread. Then, when your hair dries it will be lovely, soft and smooth.

How long does the tube last?

Only applying this product every other day (when I wash my hair), a tube has lasted me 9 months. Incredible, I know! When I am in the sun more frequently, I use more, because it acts as a sunscreen for your hair also.

How much will it cost me?

Now this is actually the best part – this product only cost me $12.95 AUD from my local salon. Bargain!

Even though I luuuuuuurv this product, I want to know about your favourite products for taming your mane or whether or not you have any feedback about this product. Enter your comments bellow! Keep an eye out for my next post as I will be sharing with you a little treasure that will bring style, and freedom to your summer threads. Until next time my beautiful ladies!

With love,

Natasha x

 Grey hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a Godly life. (Proverbs 16:31)

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October 16, 2014 · 8:03 am