Sunday, 8 July 2012

Beauty on a Budget - Home made bath preparations

I've had quite a few messages asking for more of my home-made preparations....who'd've thunk it! Apparently they're getting more hits than my titillating tales of the yuckymum homestead!

Funny thing though, just as I was flicking through my books, out dropped a picture of Simon le Bon!  I did have a penchant for him for a while, but I had no idea I tore out paper cuttings of him. I'm pleased to say I outgrew him!

Home-made Bath Preparations

Grain Bath -  for rough skin

1/2 cup barley
1/2 cup rice
1/2 cup bran
3/4 litre of water
Soak the grains for approx one hour, then simmer for 1 hour,
Use approx 2 cups for each bath.

Mint Bath - to refresh

1 cup of pine needles (you can pick these up on your walks)
1 cup of peppermint leaves
2 drops of rosemary oil.
Mix the dry ingredients.
Add the oil and stir well.  Put into cheesecloth bags (or even a tied jay-cloth) and let it bob around in the water.  This should last for a few baths.

Let me know how you get on.  I have a ton more sitting around, waiting to see the light of day.  If there's anything you'd like to see here, just ask!

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Saturday, 7 July 2012

What about PMS or T - just don't f*@#ing ask!!

OK, so I haven't been around for a bit....sorry!   I've been uber busy organising life, and my little corner of me has suffered.  I've been lax and lazy. How I've missed my space! When stuff gets tough I tend to batten down the hatches and do a disappearing act.  I'm constantly berated for my lack of visibility (by my family), but it's the way I do it.

I'm lucky, though.
I don't suffer from depression.
I don't suffer from that overwhelming sense of despair, and I don't have the feeling  of continual impending doom. 
I suffer from anger.I suffer from irritation. And I suffer from compassion fatigue...and for a short time every month I become irrational. I cry. I'm angry and I blame the world, BH and the kids. A simple question or request becomes the most arduous of tasks.  I moan and groan about it and everyone wonders...for a short time...whether I'm completely bonkers. In short, I suffer from PMS or PMT or what ever the fcuk it's do not bother even looking at me!

I've spoken with a few mums at the school gate and I know I'm not alone. Marion says she cries at EastEnders if a child falls over. She feels their pain as if they were one of her own.  She then weeps and wails for the world....and she doesn't even like EastEnders.

Jude has told me it has impacted on her working life.  Jude is a professional woman. She works hard and she loves the hustle of the business world. Yet, for a short period each month she closes her office door as she knows there are times, she'll regret stepping outside of her office.  Others have been on the receiving end of her wrath and she has felt the fallout from her PMS.

She's been taken off a project as her outbursts over misunderstandings placed stress on everyone, not just on her team, but others working in tandem with the same goal in mind.   Business aside, she realised that irritations that would normally be a little bit irksome are blown into insurmountable obstacles and Jude can't take it! She shouts and she screams.  Everyone is inept, and no one can do the job well enough.  Outside those five days Jude runs the show. "I don't know what happens" she said, "I know there's no reason for my anger and those little irritations become unacceptable errors. My judgement seems to be impaired when dealing with others.  If anyone asks if it's the time of the month...I literally eat them!"

 According to the NHS website:

"The exact cause of PMS is not fully understood. However, it is thought to be linked to the changing levels of hormones in the body during a woman's menstrual cycle.  Certain lifestyle factors such as lack of exercise, stress and eating a poor diet are also thought to aggravate the symptoms of PMS." (For more information:  PMS).  The site suggested medication and/or counselling! WTF?  If anyone suggested to me that I needed counselling they wouldn't see into next week.  I'd take the drugs by the van load if it meant that I'd be able to fit into skinnies! I get so bloated that it's the black "fat dress" for me, and forget about exercise - I can barely get into the car when PMT kicks in.

Simon, a friend of BH coaches rugby.  He's a big bear of a man who takes no prisoners. He commands respect from his squad, and is hard on those who fail to deliver. He also has a wife who suffers from PMT. Over a beer, a couple of weeks ago, he spoke with BH about her. He was at the end of his tether.  She's a nice woman, who to all intents appears calm and in control. For a week each month she loses it completely.  She hits him. She bites and scratches him. She has also spat in his face. When it's over, she's contrite and ashamed, yet she's completely unable to stop herself when it happens.  BH asked why he didn't leave her.  Simon replied that he loved her. He said "She's reluctant to visit the Dr, as she feels it's normal, but I know it isn't. I'm not sure how much I can take!"

Extreme cases I know, and I'm thankful I only just get mildly irritated. The impact of my bad behaviour has me running to my office.  It's far easier to thump out a few paragraphs of anger directed at the world (woe is me an' all that!) than to throw vile words and looks at the object of my rage.  After a few hours, the anger has subsided and I can get on with cooking the supper without wanting to chuck a vial of belladonna into the mix! 

So, just how do you deal with your PMT?  

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Mummy Porn??!!!

Mummy porn or Fifty Shades of Shite?  It's never going to win the Pulitzer Prize (nor am I!), nor is a great work of literary fiction but it's the fastest selling book...ever!  Beyond Harry Potter and the DaVinci code this book has got our nation of women chattering, reading and debating. Fifty Shades of Grey has taken the nation by storm.

Hmmmm...are we repressed or do we just like crap books?  To be honest I can't understand what the fuss is all about.  I know I'm going to get a slating here but after reading the first few chapters I've put it down and can't be bothered to pick it up again.

Sam Brick ("godI'msobeautifuleveryonehatesme") is at it again but this time I kind of agree with her.  

"Giving it this name of mummy porn, using this kind of safe, middle-class word, makes women think it's okay to read it."

We argue that men's smutty magazines on the top shelf demean women, yet by being able to easily buy something so obviously and clearly porn are we encouraging sado-masochism or sexual deviation?  Are we becoming desensitised to sex?   Sex and violence is largely covered in the trilogy, but what makes it so acceptable? What boundary will next be breached? Will the top shelf magazines come down a shelf? Will the  Red Hot TV programs be aired at teatime, whilst I'm whipping up the supper?  The book is widely available yet restrictions are placed on the display of  Porn magazines with warnings.

Most women have argued that it's only fiction; it's fantasy; it's escapism.  Most women state that once the power of the sex scenes wear off  the relationship between the two characters are far more appealing.  Would the book have the same power without the sex scenes?  If the sex scenes were taken out, wouldn't it be just a normal Mills and Boons type book? Would it have been as successful?  Part of me wonders, whether, once again we are falling for the great marketing tools and ploys that have made the book as successful as it is.   

One of the main reasons that the book has played a major part in it's own success, is, I think, down to the fact that women are cerebral thinkers, whereas men are visual.  Men like pictures...women like words!  Gosh, it all makes sense now! 

Now, ladies if you like a bit of literary porn may I suggest you read "The Story of O" by Pauline Reage.  The original tale of female submission, which includes all the whips, blindfolds and chains you could imagine.  Written in 1954, the erotic book was published, charges of obscenity brought against the publisher and although the charges were rejected by the courts, a publicity ban on the novel remained in place for many years.  A far better read and if I'm honest, far more erotic!!

.....and for your information I'm perfectly full-filled, thank you very much!

Edited to add: I'm not patronising or belittling anyone who enjoyed the romping read, but it just ain't for me!


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