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Holland in 2012

My street
My street

It was the day after my sister’s wedding when I boarded a plane for my first solo trip. This wasn’t the original plan. But life happened and I was no longer going to a wedding in Finland. Instead I decided to visit the country where my great-grandmother emigrated from._MG_9246 As usual, I didn’t have much planned after the first few days. Thanks to the sage advice of Rick Steves, I had a great room in Amsterdam. From this corner of the world, this old city began to feel like my own.

I rented a bike and rode all over town. I stayed a couple blocks away from where Anne Frank once hid through her adolescence. On my third day, I was flagged down while riding my bike and asked why I was alone. They had seen me coming and going over the past few days. I was a regular now.  We visited and kept in touch after I returned home. Traveling alone allows you to meet people and have conversations you otherwise never would._MG_9278

Martine was a beautiful lady I met on the train heading north to the islands. Her husband, a professor, had passed away a few years before. She loved to travel, but her friends would rather stay home. So she traveled the world alone. I loved talking to her._MG_9329

I had only a faint idea of my Dutch heritage. I knew my family were called Freislanders and that they came from the islands. Not knowing which one, I picked Terschelling and had a lovely time there. This was not a big tourist destination. It seemed mostly Dutch people traveled there for holiday, but not foreigners. I inquired about my relatives at the local museum on Terschelling, but the lady there told me instantly that they did not come from that island. She knew from the name._MG_9347 It was a small island. I traversed it on bike and saw some beautiful Dutch horses on the way. She gave me the name of a website which I looked up once I got home. From there I was able to find my relatives and trace them back hundreds of years from marriage license information.

IMG_2485 Some of my favorite books are the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. In the “Voyage of the Dawn Treader”, the group sails to the end of the world where the water gradually gets more and more shallow. This Wadden Sea went on endlessly shallow. A person could walk for ages and not get deeper than the knee.

The last town I visited was Delft, where the famous blue and white decorative ceramics are crafted. Here I had a fancy bathroom and a sound night’s sleep before returning home.IMG_2505

It was my first solo trip and a great, life-changing experience. I learned that I’m okay on my own. Even then I’m not alone.IMG_2481 IMG_2492

 

Rose Hip Seed Oil: Benefits

This natural oil helps fight fine lines and wrinkles while moisturizing. I use it daily using a roll-on applicator. No before and after pictures here, but I believe it’s doing the job. Rose hip seed oil “contains transretinoic acid, a derivative of vitamin A that is also known as tretinoin.” according to Livestrong.com.

rose hip oil Rosehip Seed oil also fights signs of aging with antioxidants. It also helps the skin heal and prevents scaring.

When it comes to choosing between the latest and greatest skin reviving serum being pushed at the mall for $300, or a five dollar bottle of rose hip seed oil, guess where my money is going… to Amazon!

While I was reading up on Rose Hip Oil for this post, I came across this recipe for a natural toner. So I’m off to find some rose water and try this out.

Rose Water & Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

What you need:

  • Pure, undiluted rose water, like Cortas
  • Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, like Bragg’s ACV

Use 3 parts rose water to 1 part ACV. Enjoy!

Face Wash DIY

I’ve been using honey to wash my face in the mornings for about 4 weeks now. I can’t use it in the evenings because it doesn’t do much for removing make-up. But it’s great for your skin. I let it soak in for a few minutes before rinsing it off in the shower. My face is clearer than it’s been with my regular face wash. I’m managing without my prescription acne medicine. I’ve been on this for the past couple years.

Earlier this week I made a face wash that I could use at night.

Face Wash Recipe:

3 Tbs Honey
½ cup vegetable glycerine
2 Tbs liquid castile soap. ( I used almond flavor)

I love how it smells (and tastes). I’ve used it for two nights now and my face feels very clean and fresh after washing. Both mornings, I’ve woken up with tiny white heads. I’ll keep trying this for a couple more weeks to see if my skin calms down and likes it. I always break out a little more when switching to something new. It’s not bad, so I’ll give it more time. Also, after the first night I used it, I also applied my new home made moisturizer which I should not have done. Patience is key when switching out all of my personal care products. If I can do one at a time, then I’ll know what the culprit is if I start to have unwanted reactions. I’ll have to hold off a little longer on using my new moisturizer. It’s hard because I’m excited to see how it works.

The moisturizer recipe:

4 Tbs Pure Aloe Vera
1 tsp vegetable Glycerin
6 drops Jojoba oil
¼ cup sweet Almond oil

I cut this recipe in half because it’s an experiment. Also, it’s a little greasy, probably because I added way more than 6 drops of Jojoba oil. I didn’t have a dropper, so I poured it.

Honey Face Wash

I looked up home-made cleansers on Pinterest and found a link to a blog which linked to another blog called “Crunchy Betty”. There was a challenge given to wash your face with honey. Only honey. Silly. I tried it. I like it. I think my skin might like it too. We’ll go with it for a few weeks.Honey Face Wash
Instead of using my store bought face wash and toner, I’m opting for honey and treating my acne with tea tree oil.
I love honey anyway. I could do without the smell of tea tree oil though. I’m hoping my acne goes away with the reduction in harmful chemicals in my home and in my beauty routine.

Recipe: Use 1 tsp+ of raw, unfiltered honey. Rub all over face and leave on for 5-10 minutes for maximum benefit. Rinse with water.