Thankyou: The Coles and Woolworths Campaign

 

Thankyou_logo_2012

So I have seen Thankyou waters here and there but I don’t really know what they’re about so I haven’t really been buying them. Though I do know that they somehow benefit some kind of charity/those who are less fortunate. However, this video was on my Facebook feed today and I admit at first I thought Coles and Woolworths (the two largest retail grocery stores in Australia) were working together to make this happen when in fact, Thankyou is a separate organisation that is trying to get Coles and Woolworths to stock their products on their shelves.

This is what I understand the program to be: essentially, Thankyou wants to empower Australians by giving them the opportunity and link to fund projects to get fresh water for those living in less fortunate countries and possibly living in poverty. I’m probably not explaining this very well (sorry!) but you can go to their website for more information about their movement.

Thankyou wants us to show how we feel about them selling products at Coles and Woolworths and of course I’m ALL FOR IT. In the video, they mentioned that they will price it competitively and many great people are on board in creating the products to make sure that their products are at least on par or better than their competitors. If all that is true, I feel like switching as much of my necessities as possible to the Thankyou brand.

It’s so easy to join this campaign. To join, Thankyou suggested to either make and post a video or simply post a quick comment on either or both of Coles and Woolworths‘ Facebook pages expressing your opinion. As for me? Well, I’m posting this on my blog and I will share this blog post on both retailers’ Facebook pages.

Although the readers of this blog is nowhere near a significant number, I just thought this is worth sharing anyway.

I hope you’ve been having a great day and I’ll post again soon!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

–Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by the Thankyou brand in any way and all oppinions are my own. I am just an ordinary supporter of Thankyou and its causes.

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DIY: My Neighbour Totoro Shoes

Hello hello so this was my Sunday Arvo / Rainy Day project yesterday – TOTORO SHOES!

I’d seen a few pictures on Pinterest on grey shoes decorated with the Totoro theme. Being an anime & totoro fan myself, I decided to give it a go on these AUD$3.50 K-Mart shoes. Really you can’t go wrong with a $3.50 pair of shoes. Worst case, it looks ugly and you throw away $3.50 with some experience on DIY-ing a shoe.

Here’s how I did it:

Face Inspiration

Face Inspiration From Pinterest

Materials:

  1. A pair of grey shoes,
  2. White paint (I used acrylic paint since that’s what I have at home)
  3. Black Sharpie
  4. Black ballpoint
  5. Toothpick
  6. Paper
Spirits Inspiration

Spirits Inspiration From Pinterest

Method:

TOTORO:

  1. Prepare the picture of Totoro you want to add to the shoe i.e. I used this image. You can either print or do what I did: trace this straight from my screen on to paper. It turned out to be the perfect size for where I want to put the drawing.
  2. Cut out the totoro outline
  3. Trace the outline onto your shoe. You can be as detailed or as simplistic as you want.
  4. Mark dots on the shoe of where the eye, nose, mouth are supposed to be. I did this by placing the template on to the shoe and then folding where I have to mark. I marked the top of the eyes, a dash for the nose, and a dot at the top, bottom, left and right of the mouth.
  5. Finish the outlines with ballpoint – this means draw 2 circles for the eyes and connect the dots on the mouth and I added the teeth lines here
  6. Paint the whites and wait to dry (time of drying depends on paint type) – eyes & mouth
  7. Outline everything with sharpie!

SPIRITS:

  1. Draw hairy black blobs – I drew them like how I would draw daisies since the sharpie bleeds a little.
  2. Draw eyes on the blobs using a toothpick (or you can use anything with a point) dipped in a little bit of your white paint.
  3. Wait for it to dry and you’re done!

Here’s the results:

Front of the shoes (Totoro Face!)

Front of the shoes (Totoro Face!)

Back of the shoes (Spirits!)

Back of the shoes (Spirits!)

This probably took me half an hour to do not including the wait time. Outlining the drawing takes literally 1 minute.

This was a very easy, quick & cheap DIY. You can also use this method not only to do Totoro shoes but for any design!

What do you guys think?

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

6 Garlic & Mr. ROnion update + Galaxy Pot!

Hello everyone!

I am back here today with an update on the 6 garlics and Mr. Ronion that I planted about a month ago (view first post here). They’ve all grown really well!

6 Garlics

6 Garlics

I just water them every couple/few days now and I also put in a sprinkle of Epsom Salt. Just cause, I feel like it. Now I am not a plant expert in ANY way. In fact these are probably my first real pots. If anyone have any tips related to any of this please do let me know!

Mr. Ronion

Mr. Ronion

Just about a week ago, my mum decided she wanted me to plant more stuff. I planted more garlics (2 different kinds) and another red onion. We decided to put it all in one pot this time though and I got my little sister to name the whole pot. She named it Galaxy Pot.

Galaxy Pot's plastic knife sign

Galaxy Pot’s plastic knife sign

Internet, meet Galaxy Pot:

Galaxy Pot

Galaxy Pot

Grow plants grow~! That’s all I’m hoping. Maybe we’ll be able to eat these at the end of the year!

Anyway, wishing you a very good week and I’ll post again soon!

 

Lots of smiles,

Sita

Rubbing Alcohol

Family Brand Rubbing Alcohol

Family Brand Rubbing Alcohol

Hello again smiley faces!

I hope you are all well.

Today I would like to talk about Rubbing Alcohol. I have recently learnt that this not-so-expensive product is actually very versatile and useful.

Before that though, I want to say that there are cheaper rubbing alcohols around rather than the Isocol brand (the one with the dinosaur on it) they sell at most pharmacies and grocery stores. Though that one is probably the most convenient one to get. However, I don’t know about you but I refuse to pay AUD$10 for one bottle of this stuff.

I actually wanted to get some rubbing alcohol since a while ago but I thought that I still had some at home. Being quite unfamiliar with the stuff, I had no idea that they have an expiry date nor did I know much use of them other than cleaning cuts (which I never do) and to clean walls before you stick things (like hooks) on it. So, long story short, my supply at home was “expired” and I had to throw it out (I searched online whether they can still be used for general cleaning around the house but they all said that the chemicals have somehow changed or something – sorry not a chemist). But again, I didn’t want to spend another $10 to get the bottle which most of its contents will probably end up in the bin again like the last one.

Luckily enough, I held out buying it long enough to come across this particular brand at the asian grocery store at Canning Valle (Perth) which costed me around $5 a bottle. The bottle looks pretty similar if you ask me. Green, same size. Just different brand/sticker and a different lid (click here to see what the Isocol rubbing alcohol looks like).

So what “other uses” did I manage to find for rubbing alcohol?

Personally, I used it to fix my broken blush like one of the many tutorials around on YouTube. The easiest (and laziest, but in a good way) is probably Kandee Johnson’s tutorial. But you can search many others on the internet or if you prefer, a video version on YouTube.

But I also found all these other ways to use it which I have yet to try (but I’d imagine it’d be useful). Here are some of them:

  • Clean your phone (wipe down)
  • Erase permanent markers
  • Clean white boards
  • Make shape-able ice-packs
  • Clean bathroom fixtures (chromes)
  • Clean hairspray off mirrors (although I don’t even own a hairspray right now)

So I hope this post will benefit at least ONE person out there and I’ll post another post soon!

Lots of smiles,

Sita

Meet 6 Garlic & Mr. ROnion

Hello hello! I hope you are having an awesome weekend so far. I’m just here to quickly introduce you to my 6 garlic and Mr. ROnion!

6 Garlic is a pot of 6 garlic (obviously) and Mr. ROnion is a red onion in a separate pot. I saw so many posts about planting garlic on Pinterest and so I wanted to give it a try.

I’m not much of a green thumb but I thought I’d give planting garlic and onions a go. I’m in to try lots of things at the moment! #YOLO. I’ve just been following a few instructions from the internet. I put them on my patio (with a roof) and water them about twice a week since it is autumn here in the lower half of Australia. I also sprinkled a little tiny bit of Epsom salt on top of it the other day as fertiliser. If anyone has any tips, do let me know!

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Yes, I am so creative I write details on some extra plastic spoons we had laying around the house from takeaways and such. *sarcasm*

Anyway I will probably write update blogs on these two pots every now and then!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

 

Lots of Smiles,

Sita Carolina

 

DIY Toner for Acne Prone Skin – Dupe for Proactiv Toner?

So I mentioned in my last post that I am using a DIY toner to replace my Proactiv toner. I was inspried by an older video by SecretLifeOfABionerd (a.k.a. K.L.) on Youtube about this easy and extremely cheap DIY toner.

Ingridients: Aspirin + Witch Hazel.

The ingridients are easy to find at my local supermarket – Witch Hazel and Aspirin. Though the prices here in Australia is CRAZY compared to the U.S. prices mentioned by K.L. in her video. I bought a bottle of Witch Hazel for about AUD$6.67 and a box of Aspirin for AUD$4.49. I wasn’t sure if the generic supermarket brand (which only costs AUD$0.95 for the same amount) will dissolve well. Maybe next time I will venture out and try it and I will update you on that.

My bottle of Toner.

My bottle of Toner.

Since the aspirin here looks way different to that shown by K.L. in her video, I had to make an “educated guess” as to how much aspirin/witch hazel to mix to  make my toner. I don’t think exact measurements would matter here, but correct me if I’m wrong.

What I did was I snapped 5 of the aspirin tablets into quarter pieces or smaller and chucked it into the squeezy bottle I had laying around (cleaned in boiling water to sanitise). I then filled it up (slowly, since the aspirin I bought fizzes) with Witch Hazel until the bottle is about 7/8 full.

I have been using this toner for about 3 weeks now and I don’t see much difference with my skin compared to when I was using the Proactiv toner. Yay for me? This DIY version not only costed me only a fraction of what Proactiv costed me but I don’t notice much of a difference in their results.

The only downside was the scent. I intend to add a few drops of Lavender oil into my next batch of Toner and hopefully that will be a successful experiment. Again, I will do another blog post updating you on this.

Here is K.L.’s Video:

Thank you for joining me in this journey of clearer, better skin!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita.

Review: Proactiv Skincare – Deluxe pack

I have been using the Proactiv skincare range (Deluxe pack) since mid-January this year. So that makes it about 4 months now. I had been considering this skincare brand for a long while though I have been put off by all the reviews saying that the range is very abrasive and harsh. After going through many different skincare systems and going to several GPs and a Dermatologist (which costs so much… both the service and prescriptions), I decided to give Proactiv a try. I looked around online for a while and almost bought a set from their website. However, I ended up buying the Deluxe pack from their stand at Melbourne Central since I wanted to get the most out of the product – you know, when to use what, which pack I should get for my skin type, etc.

My Proactiv Products

My Proactiv Products

The lady at the Melbourne Central Proactiv counter suggested that I use the Proactiv Deluxe pack along with the Green Tea Moisturiser. She also suggested a regimen/routine that was tailored for me which I thought was great! (I didn’t see this information on the website)

The downside was that this turned out to be a lot more pricier than I thought (the kit contains more product than the one you can buy online… though the price/mL is still lower online) and unlike buying online, there were no bonuses. I’ve been thinking if I’d gotten ripped off haha. Though in my opinion, the extra money was worth the instructions and I can always buy the stuff online next time.

Do I love it? Hate it?

I love it! My skin has been pretty much clear except for one or two breakouts which healed nicer and faster than ever before. The kit also lasted me longer than the 3 months that it suggested for some reason… I’m pretty sure I didn’t use less product or anything. The toner was the first to run out about 2-3 weeks ago. I still have yet to run out of anything else though I suspect the next thing that will go would either be the deep cleanser or the green tea moisturiser.

Though this solution is a lot cheaper than those suggested by doctors, I’m still not very happy with the price. I feel like there should be dupes or cheaper ways to do this. The lady at the counter said that the only things that are “medicated” were the cleansers and the “repair” lotion. I am looking for dupes and alternatives for the rest. I have been trying out a DIY toner to replace my Proactiv toner and I will share with you about it in the next couple of days.

Do let me know if you know any dupes or alternatives to any of the products! I would be forever thankful.

I guess that would be all for today’s post and wishing you a great week!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita.

P.S. All opinions are my own, I bought the products mentioned on my own and none were sponsored.

For The Love of Giant Panda [DIY T-Shirt & Mix Apparel Haul]

So about a month ago I saw a post by Crissey from HelloCrissey on Tumblr on how she did a DIY Panda Face Sweater. I’ve always loved the Giant Panda and frankly I’m always drawn to tops that has a panda face on it. Not to mention, the official mascot of the residential college I attended is a Giant Panda. So I decided to take the techniques and templates from Crissey’s tutorial and made my own Panda T-Shirt.

The Haul

Since mum already had the needle and thread, all I needed was the t-shirt.

I went to search for a good, comfortable plain white t-shirt that are super affordable (I never like to spend money on overpriced stuff). I tried looking at many places both online and offline stores. In the end, I unexpectedly found some at Coles by Mix Apparel. I picked up 2 T-Shirts from the clearance section – one more fitting and the other loose fitting. Though the colour is a little more like cream than it is white, I thought this would make the tee looks less “harsh” and give it a “lived in” look which I love.

The bag the Mix Apparel T-Shirts were packaged in at the check out

Fitted V-Neck Mix Apparel T-Shirt in XS
($4)

Loose-fit Round-Neck Mix Apparel T-Shirt in S
($5)

The End Product

My DIY Panda Face T-Shirt

Embroidery Hoop

I pretty much followed exactly how Crissey did it in her blog post (and used her template too – which printed to about half an A4 size) but I thought that I didn’t like how hers looked “bunched up” – like she pulled on the needle too hard while sewing. To solve this problem, I concentrated in stitching with very little “pull” and also used an embroidery hoop I had laying around.

I also used “long and short stitch” to fill in rather than “satin stitch” as suggested by my mother to give it a more “natural” look at the end. Click HERE for a few basic stitches and to see the difference between the two stitches. They ARE quite similar to each other.

I used in total one embroidery floss plus a little bit more (maybe another 30cm), loading the needle with 2 out of the 6 strands of the floss at a time.

Embroidery Floss

In the end, because the T-Shirt material is so soft and stretchy (and super comfortable!) the stitching still looked like they were too tight. Luckily, I have a super-mum and she told me a very awesome trick!

TIP: Iron the embroidery afterwards from the back side (so turn the t-shirt inside out) to lessen the “pulled” look.

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The project took me 2 days to complete – with breaks. I did this while watching TV-Shows/Movies/YouTube clips on my desk.

Though I could have filled in more of the black, I think in the end I pretty much succeded this DIY and I can’t wait to start my next DIY Project!

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Lots of Smiles,

Sita