Friday, 26 January 2018

Little Botanics Rescue Balm

I have a history of nasty eczema on my hands and I have in the past used all sorts of creams prescribed by doctors. This year I have made the decision to try more natural products and when I saw Adriana's post about her Little Botanics Rescue Balm, I decided to buy a 5g sample and give it a go!

product styling & photography by me

So a week ago, my skin was bright red, itchy, sore, and generally very yucky, eek! I applied the Rescue Balm once and noticed an immediate soothing feeling which I knew was positive and that my skin wasn't going to react and become worse. I have used the balm three times a day since then and my skin is amazing!! No redness, no broken skin, no swelling and I can bend my fingers without them hurting!

I so highly recommend giving this product a try. 

I love how Adriana gives the option of purchasing a 5g sample and this is only $5. If you try it and love it as I do, the 60g jar is $34.90 and this would last such a long time as you only need a small amount. 

product styling & photography by me

Here is some more information on this beautiful product straight from their website:

'Rescue Balm is an organic healing balm with botanical ingredients to soothe skin prone to eczema, dermatitis, rashes and psoriasis. It’s our miracle worker balm!

This beautiful blend combines shea, kokum and coconut butter to moisturise and provide an anti-inflammatory protective barrier. Kawakawa, calendula and chamomile also help to soothe dry or inflamed skin. Rosehip and marula oil leaves the skin ultra-smooth by hydrating and reversing the damage that left skin rough in the first place.

Kawakawa is a New Zealand native plant with amazing healing properties that has been used traditionally on sensitive and irritated skin.

This waterless balm is free of preservatives and stabilisers that can further irritate your baby’s delicate skin. It’s great on babies and suitable for the entire family.

Also free from bee products, gluten, dairy, nuts and seeds.

Our products are also vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.

Directions: Apply on clean skin 2-3 times daily. Reduce application once skin improves.

Ingredients: Shea butter*, Kawakawa Infused Oil, Calendula Infused Oil*, Kokum Butter, Rosehip Oil*, Marula Oil, Coconut Oil *, Candelilla Wax, Vitamin E, Tea Tree Essential Oil*, Kanuka Essential Oil, Myrrh Essential Oil, Chamomile Roman Essential Oil.

*Certified Organic ingredients.

NOTE: Recommended for children over 6 months. This product is not intended to cure medical conditions or replace any medication.

product styling & photography by me

I would love to hear from any of you who go ahead with trying this wonderful product,

Becky x

Note from Becky: 
Please do not stop any form of medication without speaking to your doctor first.
The above review was written after using the Rescue Balm for a week.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Follow Your Passions written by Abi Copley from 'Scribed by Abi'

I am very excited to introduce you to my very first guest blogger, Abi from Scribed by Abi.

I know you will all love what you read!
Becky x

What did you want to be 
when you 
were growing up? 

Was it fame and fortune you dreamt of? Maybe you were going to be a hero; fight fires or stop the bad guys? Perhaps you spent hours staring out into space, hoping to get there one day? My younger sister wanted to be a frog. Clearly, the girl had ambition! I remember wanting to be a doctor at one point, but then I realised I just wanted to be in Holby City. Next, it was a lawyer, but (and I sense a pattern here) I was obsessed with Robert Downey Jr. on Ally McBeal! 

As we grow up, we realise that somethings just aren’t going to happen for us. To huge disappointment, you find out that you can’t become a frog. You don’t have the eyesight to fly for the RNZAF; or you have a fear of buttons (it’s called koumpounophobia, honestly), so you can’t be a costume designer for Lord of the Ring and stalk Orlando Bloom! 

So you’ve found out that being grown-up sucks and you start thinking about what you can be. By now though you are older and other people could be starting to influence you. Talk of University, getting a ‘sensible job’ or having to start earning quickly, all determine which side of the river-fork you paddle down. On the other hand, you could be one of those lucky people who stick to their guns, know their mind and follow their dreams. 

Following your dreams… 

Does anyone actually get to follow their dreams? Maybe not their ‘dreams’ (I remind you...wanted to be a frog), but their passions? ​Yes! 

It’s a brave new world out there; being a ‘Youtuber’ is a legitimate job now! Social media has made it easier and easier to start a business or create a brand. Free website design and idiot proof apps allow us to tell the world what we are about.
Take the very site that you are reading this blog on. 
Created all because of a passion. 

Carpe diem….seize the day! Look around, and you will see more and more people taking the plunge. Deciding life is too short and sticking it to the man. Okay, enough clich├ęs but it’s true. Maybe you are reading this and realising that actually, you’ve already found what you love. You are living the proverbial dream. Go you! But maybe you’re at the other end and can’t really see what your ​ ‘thing’​ is yet.

I’m talking to ​you... 

It isn’t about having a grand plan. It’s not even about something that will make you money or forge a new career. It could be a hobby you’ve always wanted to take up, maybe a ambitious physical challenge or a desire to explore the world. Nevertheless, you owe it to yourself to do something that makes you happy. You owe it to the people in your life. Show your children how to value a passion so, when it’s their turn, they are confident enough to value theirs. 

Yes, it’s scary. Putting yourself out there and baring your heart for all to see. You will probably have to make sacrifices along the way. Talk to anyone about this and two things always come up; time and money. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the riches of Bruce Wayne, and I certainly don’t have endless days to please myself! Not everyone can up and quit their job one day to start a business selling sand to the Aussies! Weigh up your options, see what you can achieve with where you are now and start small if you have to. ​But start! 

Start something that makes you feel those excited butterflies. 

Something that fills you with purpose and drive. 

Something that reminds you of when you were small and 
dreamt of being a frog. 

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Silverbeech Bed & Breakfast

I am really excited to be back into things. First feature of 2018 and first feature about accommodation in NZ!

'Silverbeech Bed and Breakfast offers you beautiful peaceful boutique style accommodation which is self contained. Light, bright and airy, yet a sense of luxury, every detail has been considered. From the luxurious bedding to the home baking. Your space is your own making it a lovely retreat for the busy couple.'

Let's chat with the hosts Kiri and David and explore Silverbeech, a stunning Bed & Breakfast, located just down the road from me on Langdales Road, West Melton.

Kiri & David, tell us a little bit about yourselves...

I am originally from Christchurch and David is from Glasgow. We moved back to Christchurch in 2012 after living in Australia for over five years. 

We have always loved travelling and stayed in many Bed and Breakfasts over the years. We enjoyed the B&B’s so much that we decided we really wanted to set up our own. 

We have aimed to bring all the best aspects of our B&B experiences to Silverbeech

Where are you based and when did you start your business?

After spending a good twelve months looking for a home to buy we fell upon a 10 acre lifestyle block in rural West Melton. 

One of our first thoughts when we viewed the property was that it had B&B potential. There was a large shed on the property which lent itself beautifully to being partially converted. It took us a few years to get the conversion underway and we had our first guests in April 2017. 

How did you name your business?

The name Silverbeech is a combination of the streets that we grew up in. Silver comes from Silverdale Place in Christchurch and Beech comes from Beech Rd in Glasgow. We both have awesome childhood memories of open and hospitable homes and want to bring some of that to our guests. 

What is your favourite part of running a B&B?

Getting to meet so many different people! We are especially lucky to have a number of wedding venues close by and we attract a lot of bride and groom guests. It is great fun to be able to be a small part of such a happy occasion and we get a lot of pleasure out of finding the extra touches to go into the accommodation for the wedding night bride and groom.

What is one thing you do daily to make your business work?

We believe the best thing we can do to make our business work is make sure every guest leaves feeling as though they have had a memorable stay! 

Where to from here with your business?

We are keen to attract more guests for week nights. As we are so close to Christchurch airport, we are looking at ways to capture both business travellers and tourists. 

How can we book in to stay?

Phone: 0277032302

Monday, 15 January 2018

2018 A Year To Shine

Happiest of New Years to you all! I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and holiday time.

I am so excited to be back after our holiday and I am looking forward to getting into 2018!

Becky x