Monthly Archives: January 2013

Some teething problems

Teeth: I am dealing with a teething baby at the moment and I must say I wish humans were born with their teeth like some other animals. I am sure there are reasons why homo erectus is born toothless, but they … Continue reading

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Barley there

This week I have found alternative uses for baby oil. I had received a bottle of Johnson’s baby oil at the birth of my baby son eight months ago. Unfortunately, it seems that both my boys react to baby oil. … Continue reading

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Cinders and ashes

Today I have prepared raw shea-butter for use. Raw, unrefined shea-butter is much cheaper than the prepared variety. It is very easy to prepare: place raw, unrefined shea-butter in a double-boiler (e.g. a glass in a pan of simmering water); … Continue reading

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Concocting history: new year, new experiments

Today I have made some rose hand cream and some coconut body balm. I found the recipes in Gifts from your kitchen: make and gift wrap fabulous, home-made presents by Deborah Nicholas (2012). So I have taken the plunge. After … Continue reading

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