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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

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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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