New Year Overhaul – Get yourself looking Gorgeous!

Here’s a couple of tips to get you feeling back to your gorgeous self! With the very cold winds, my skin was feeling dry and scaly, (eew not a good feeling, not for me nor anyone else who wants to get amorous around the Allychat ;0) So here’s my tips for finding your way back to femme fatale or the male equivalent! First and foremost you need to begin with the basics. That means setting up a basic skincare routine that will keep your skin soft, smooth and glowing.

How to: Skincare

If you think you don’t have time to look after your skin, this simple skincare guide may make you think again. Taking only 5 minutes morning and evening, this quick and effective skin care routine will show you how to get your skin glowing with radiance in a few short weeks. Skin is a living organ, and learning how to care for it now will pay dividends by enabling you to enjoy healthy, radiant skin to middle age and beyond. The following skincare routine will ensure your skin stays in tip top condition, and you can adjust it to suit your skin’s needs. Keeping it simple allows it to be incorporated into even the busiest schedules or lifestyles. It could be the most rewarding five minutes of your day.

Tools you need for a Basic Skincare Routine

Gather together the following:

  • Cotton pads
  • Cleansing cream
  • Skin toner
  • Tissues
  • Moisturiser

Method of Skincare Application

  1. Apply cleansing lotion to the skin, gently working into the contours of your face, paying particular attention to the oily areas around the nose and chin. Remove with damp cotton pads. (Repeat this procedure if removing makeup at night or if you want a very deep cleanse)
  2. Soak cotton pads with toning lotion, choose one suited to your particular skin type, or use natural or homemade ones, such as rosewater for sensitive and dry skins, or witch hazel for oily skins or areas. Apply to skin.
  3. Gently dab skin dry with a tissue
  4. Warm some moisturiser in the palms of your hands and gently press into skin on face and neck.  To protect your skin from the elements, choose a daytime moisturiser that contains an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15+, SPF should be used to avoid weather beaten skin. This will prevent unsightly sun and wind damage and keep the skin supple.

You can enhance this skincare routine by exfoliating the skin once or twice a week, this will get rid of any deep down grime and slough off dead skin cells, revealing a fresher, younger looking skin. You can use an exfoliating facial wash/cream or you can make you own by mixing together a dessert spoon of thick, rich moisturiser with a half teaspoon of sugar, Mix it together till creamy then gently work into skin for a couple of minutes, avoiding the sensitive eye area. Work it over the skin gently, as the skin heats you can apply a firmer pressure. Rinse with warm water whilst keeping eyes closed. For ultimate benefit, always choose products that are natural or/and organic.

Practice this effective 5 minute skincare routine, twice daily to reveal a nourished, healthy looking complexion that not only glows with good health but helps keep those nasty pimples at bay. The exfoliation (No.5) should be used once a week.

❤ your skin!

Inspired by the Neighbours – Blogging 101

Well today we were to comment on and link to a blog we connected to yesterday. That was difficult – having to choose only one which inspired me, but the one I finally decided on was this one:

Annette inspired me with her use of watercolours and the lovely animals she’s drawn. They seem to come alive on the page with a wise, thoughtful expression or as she calls it the Art-itude she gives them. It’s a lovely site and the paintings are beautiful. I’m aiming to be a regular visitor there, and a lot of the others I’ve found, which I’ve been inspired by too, but I’m sure you’ll love Annette’s. Her website page says: ‘Farm Animals with A Watercolour Art-itude’, and they certainly do have that. I thinks it’s a really original idea – to paint farmyard animals in stunning watercolours.

I wanted to paint so I took the subject at school. I knew I wasn’t any good when the teacher studied a painting I’d done, then took me to the side and asked, “Why are you here? Why did you choose Art?” I tell you I was crushed. Wasn’t it plainly obvious why I had chosen Art? Because I LURVED ❤ ❤ him with all of my 15 year old heart and hormones.To think that he didn’t realise how big a crush I had on him, was disappointing. So all those little smirks he gave me weren’t because he secretly liked me too, they were because he thought my drawings were funny; smirk-worthy funny! I happened to like all the matchstick men, women and dogs I drew. They had a certain, well, simplicity to them. He didn’t believe me when I said probably some of the best painters started off drawing matchstick men. He said, “Yeah, maybe when they were 4 or 5 but you’re nearly 16,” Okay, so I was a late developer. I think matchstick figures have a certain elegance to them…a simplicity (just like me?) Let me know what (or who) inspired you, and why 🙂

Say Hello To The Neighbours – I’ve been visiting!!

Yesterday’s challenge was to visit our blogging neighbours and boy what a day I had. I’ve been all over the world (in blogs, of course). There are so many incredible blogs out there, I’m having myself a ball. But I can’t just write four of them, so I’m going to add another one or two to them.

I think this has been a very important assignment, encouraging people to comment on other blogs, which is really what every blogger needs, it can get kinda lonely out there in blogosphere, so I loved putting on my Sunday coat, hat and gloves and stopping off at my blogging neighbours for a chinwag. Some were making the most delicious food, others were whizzing up amazing smoothies, some wrote poetry that brought a little tear to my eye, some told happy stories and some painted the most prettiest paintings of cute Cows (moo, moos to you), in fabulous watercolours. Yet others philosophised about life in general or even told stories about their day to day lives. I’ve been enriched and it’s encouraged me to visit more often – so watch out I could be dropping in to your place for a good old fashioned blether (chat)!! Have a great day 🙂

Here are the amazing blogs I visited and had a chinwag with:

Keep Personalising – Blogging 101

Hi Folks, Felt quite relieved this morning when I noticed what the assignment for today was – personalise your blog with headers and widgets. I had already changed my header so thought easy peasy, a couple of widgets to add and I’m laughing. Well…that wasn’t the case. I tried and tried to put all the follow buttons for social media on each post. Easy enough?? I’m afraid not. Okay, I thought, I’ll do something really simple – I’ll put some new categories on my menu…did it and pressed to publish and……..Nothing!!

It’s showing up in my stats as sharing but not on my site. Maybe it just takes time to show up. Anyway, I thought, I’ll add some Cheezy Choons to cheer you all up, some real good blasts from the past, you know – all the songs from Bridget Jones’ Diary (well I did call it Cheezy!) and all I got was a title.

Anyway two bars of chocolate, a trim of my moustache and a large glass of wine later, it doesn’t seem to matter as much. I’m still proud of my blog – but damn it, I want those widgets so badly.

If at first you don’t succeed, have some more choccy and head off to bed! Goodnight Folks 🙂

Changed my ‘About’ Page – Blogging 101

Today’s challenge was to update my About page, and am pleased to say, that I’ve completed it. I had some info already in place so I’ve just added to it and changed my Avatar photo, so I think it’s looking good. Who would’ve believed there is so much to learn. I didn’t know much about any of these challenges we’ve undertaken – sure I knew the basics, but learning how to do everything is just so amazing.

Hope you like what I’ve done. I added a few things that were important factors in my decision to take up writing. I left them out thinking that to mention them was being a bit show-offy, but if truth be known, there’s no point in hiding our light under a bushel.

I was going to put up a picture of Kate Beckinsale as my Avatar, but thought I better not, in case anyone who knows her tells her I’m her dopple! So instead I’ve put a photo of my cat Charlie, who is a real ‘Bah Humbug’ kinda cat. If you knew the pains I’d gone through to get a photo of him in his Santa hat. Okay it may be 3 weeks too late, but I’ve been trying since November. The best he would do up until two nights ago was attempt to get into and pose in a Christmas gift bag. He enjoys squeezing into bags of all sizes, forgetting that he is a cat with ample love handles, and needs a really big bag to squash into.

Anyway, he loves his new photo and the treats it’s brought him, and I love my new ‘About’ page – all’s happy in the Allychat family – the calm after the storm 🙂

Love Your Theme – Blogging 101

I’ve always wanted to change my theme but didn’t know how, but today I learned how easy it is to change my theme. I quite liked the one I already had but it was a bit plain, this one is a bit more colourful and I think I like it.

I don’t quite love it yet, but I’m sure that will come. I’ve still to poke around and find out how to add widgets and social media buttons, so I’ll do that over the weekend.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could change the theme of our lives as easily, finding ourselves in a bit of a fuddle after making the wrong decision and not liking the outcome we have to live with, we could just click a button and change it. Nice!

We could up the tempo if life was too quiet and uneventful, or bring in some blue to turn it down and chill a bit when it’s too hectic. We could add a ❤ widget when we need more love, or a ‘remove’ button when we’ve had enough of someone – or better a ‘freeze’ button so we could get some peace and watch our favourite programme without interruption. Phew, I’m getting carried away with myself…but it would be nice, wouldn’t it?


My Dream Reader

My dream reader would be someone who has the same interests as me and can’t wait for my next post. They would comment, like, reblog and tweet/stumbleupon/facebook etc all my posts. They would be encouraging and honest, and laugh at all my jokes. They would write thoughtful/positive/funny comments on all my posts and maybe even direct others to my blog. My dream reader would ‘get’ where I’m coming from, laugh when I get it all wrong (in a nice way, of course) and be my blog buddy. They would share experiences and their life’s little nuggets of wisdom. They would forgive me if I blogged something they didn’t like, or that was totally opposite from what they believed in/thought and they’d have a little glass of wine with me or maybe enjoy a nice chunk of chocolate. My dream reader sounds a bit like what my dream man used to sound like. My mum used to tell me she’d have to knit me a man cos there was no-one that perfect out there 🙂 I wonder if I’ll have to do the same to find my dream reader? I hope not, I’m hopeless at knitting!

Maybe my dream reader is out there in Cyberworld – or who knows – it might be the very person reading this right now 😉

Assignment 3 – Saying Hello to the Neighbours – Blogging 101

I thought this would be a difficult task but it’s been a fruitful one. There are so many clever blogs out there, I’ve spent nearly all day reading them, and made quite a few comments and followed 5 or more, so I’m pleased with myself.

I’ve learned so much from people’s blogs too. I’ve seen super healthy recipe’s, learned when it’s ok to use adjectives/adverbs, read about the reject letters that famous, successful writers got when they tried to get published (this inspired me to keep trying), reviews on super new makeup’s, laughed out loud at some fun posts and just reading other bloggers posts for today’s Blogging 101 assignment.

Although it’s late I have to catch up with all the chores I didn’t get done today – seriously if I could afford a cleaner, I would be reading, commenting and blogging all day. I wonder if that’s an acceptable goal for the future? Hmm…possibility if I win the lottery! Or become a best selling author, or write that chart topping song…

I’ve had a great time and I’ve gained some followers and recieved some comments – all of which are very welcome indeed. I’m enjoying the assignments for Blogging 101 and feel, at last, I’m learning about blogging.

Good luck to everyone doing the 101.

Here is link for Assignment 3:

Writing Well: Magical Modifiers

This is a super post for all aspiring writers about the use of modifiers – adverbs and adjectives and how they can be put to good in writing – I know, it’s surprising isn’t it. Enjoy 🙂

Live to Write - Write to Live

road hell adverbsEvery once in a while, you come across a discovery that gives you the opportunity to transform your writing. This post is about just such a discovery.

The road to hell is paved with adverbs, so says Stephen King. And, who am I to argue with Mr. King.

In Dead Poet’s Society, Robin Williams’ character, John Keating, forbids his students to use the word very (the most heinously bland and meaningless modifier of them all), “… because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose.”

The case against adverbs is a strong one, with revered authors from every era and genre giving impassioned testimony against this eternal enemy of good writing:

  • “Adverbs are another indication of writing failure. Exactly the right verb can eliminate the need for the adverb.” William Sloane
  • “Omit needless words. Watch for adverbs that merely repeat…

View original post 861 more words

What if…you woke up in Karma Land?

Yes, it gets the imagination going, asking yourself What If? I had fun with this post 🙂

Okay, What if ?

Submitted what if post from Ally of Allychat’s Blog. Thank you Ally! Or should I say sorry? Might have to think about this one a bit myself!


What if it was exactly as it is now but every day for a month you met everyone you had ever said or done anything bad to?

What if you had to live these situations over and over again every day until you got it right?

What if hell is where we get to live through all the times we flumped, all the times we thought we got away with it, all the times we weren’t quite honest?

What if every little thing we did was on record and had to be paid for (gulp)?

What if we all had our very own Groundhog Day?

In case that ever happens I’m going to come clean. *Deep Breath*

To my sister; Remember the…

View original post 389 more words

Previous Older Entries Next Newer Entries

Twitter Timeline

Past Posts

May 2022
Temporary Tattoos - Body Art At It's Best

This site is the bee's knees

Annette Bennett Watercolor ART

Animals with a Watercolor Art-itude

Old Farts University of Common Knowledge

Ageless education on Social Media, Internet and everything else

No Plain Janie

Family, fashion and food, not necessarily in that order...

Campbell Family Farm

The story of our farm, living and loving life one day at a time.

Andy & Judi's Worldwide Travels

World Cruise, Round World Flights & RV'ing North America

Author S B Mazing

Author, Writer and Dreamer

Finding Myself Through Writing

Writing Habits of Elle Knowles - Author


motherhood and stuff

Weighting Game

Still trying to figure it out in my 50's

In My Pursuit Of Happiness

Walking the line...

Okay, What if ?

What if life was completely random?

Lightwalkers Blog

Just another weblog

Leah's Fashion Blog

Small Town Dreamer

Putting dreams into words & the words on here!

%d bloggers like this: