Review: Dermalogica IonActive Treatment

Last week, I was invited to try Dermalogica's new professional skin treatment called IonActive at their VIP room.
The change of season has left my skin feeling parched and looking quite dull so it really was the perfect time for the customised facial therapy supercharged with machinery such as Ultrasound and Microcurrent with one of their lovely and very knowledgeable skin therapist, Andrea. (Lucky me!)
After an in-depth skin consultation about my current skin care routine and concerns, I was brought to the treatment room where Andrea cleansed my skin and started my skin analysis. (Turns out my forehead is quite dehydrated, which explains the congestion in that area). Following that, Andrea customised my treatment to my skin type, starting with the application of the IonActive to target my dry and dull skin, using a Microcurrent followed by the use of Ultrasound to ensure the supercharged ingredients was better absorbed into the skin.

My favourite part of the treatment was the use of the ExoThermal Gelloid which is a self-heating formula that warms with the natural heat of human hands. As Andrea expertly massaged the Gelloid onto my face, it just felt so wonderfull warm and relaxing! Finally a hydrating concoction of serums, primers and creams was lovingly application into my now supple skin, and then I was ready to go!
When Andrea handed me a mirror, I was amazed at how noticeably clearer and brighter my skin looked after just one treatment. It has been just over a week now and my skin still looks and feels wonderfully soft. For maximum results, Andrea recommends a series of one treatment per week for 6 weeks. Now I just need to find time to do this.

Thank you Dermalogica for the opportunity to trial this wonderful professional treatment, my skin and I love it!

Conversations with my nearly 3 yo

My nearly 3yo has an obsession with dinosaurs and eggs.
Nearly 3yo: "Alex Mummy go cave?"
Me: "Yeah sure, we can visit a cave one day."
Nearly 3yo: "And find dinosaur?"
Me: "That might be a bit hard."

Me: "Can you help Nanna find her knitting?"
Nearly 3yo: "Mystery, can't find it."

Me: "Come sweetie, Mummy give you a kiss."
Nearly 3yo: "No, Mummy sick. Germs come in my mouth, make me sick."
Me: "Oh yeah, that's right. Just a kiss on your forehead then."

Me: "Hey, Mummy has a surprise for you!"
Nearly 3yo: "What is it?!"
Me: "You guess."
Nearly 3yo: "Egg?"

Nearly 3yo, counting money from his piggy bank
Me:" Hey sweetie, put the money back, you don't need it."
Nearly 3yo: "Alex need it!"
Me: "What for? What do you need to buy?"
Nearly 3yo: "Chicken, egg, ice cream!"

Party planning - Alexander's construction themed birthday

Alexander's birthday is still a couple of months away but he was quite adamant we started planning after attending a couple of his friends' parties and so we did. We started off by making a list of people he wanted to invite, he named a couple of his favourite friends, before deciding it might be a good idea for Mummy to be there. And then as an afterthought, he invited his Daddy too.
Then we had to decide on the theme which was an easy task, seeing as Alexander is just obsessed with construction and diggers and trucks. Never in my life had I imagined I would be planning a construction themed party but there you go, we found these gorgeously appropriate invites from Tiny Prints which got Alexander's big tick of approval. I ordered them together with matching envelope liners, wrapping paper, decorative stickers for use on goodie bags and even I got all excited at the thought of having Alexander and all his friends having a ball digging around with their diggers and trucks.

We're so ready to party!
Except, Alexander has had a change of heart and has now decided, "Nobody come to my party!" And guess why? Because he doesn't want to share his birthday cake.

Toddlers. They're tricky.

Mandarin Macadamia friands

I made a batch of these the day after we went mandarin picking. It got Stu and Alexander's big tick of approval, and hey I thought it was pretty good too. I gave some to my neighbour, who took one bite and declared that I was, "a really good cook" but the honest truth is, I usually just throw a few things in a bowl, mix them up, shove them in the oven and hope for the best. As it turned out, this was one of the good ones; the zesty fresh taste of mandarin combined with that wholesoom nutty flavours of almond meal and the crunch of roughly chopped macadamia nuts....Oh yum.
Mandarin macadamia friands
(Makes ~10)

Ingredients

3-4 small mandarins
15g macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
125g butter, melted
1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup almond meal
3/4 cup self raising flour

Instructions

1. Place mandarins in a pot a cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 hours.

2. Drain mandarins and allow to cool. Roughly chop, removing and discarding any seeds. Place mandarin and puree in food processor until smooth.

3. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Grease friand tray.

4. Whisk eggs and sugar until thick and pale. Add mandarin puree, butter, chopped macadamias, ground almonds and flour and stir with wooden spoon until combined. Pour into friand tray.

5. Bake for 15 minutes or until skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

6. Allow to completely cool before dusting with icing sugar.

Mandarin picking at Ford's farm

One day, just out of the blue, Alexander turned to me with an earnest look on her face and requested to go to a farm. To pick apples. I explained that apple season was over but suggested we could pick mandarin oranges instead? He considered it for a second and said" yeah, let's pick orange apples". So on the weekend, off we went for just over an hour long drive to Wiseman Ferry and arrived at Ford's Farm to pick some mandarins.
Armed with a green bucket, Alexander walked down the orchard like a fruit picking pro and proceeded to fill it with mandarins. We picked Imperial mandarins - they're the ones you find in the supermarkets, as well as the Satsumas, which we loved. Satsuma mandarins are small with bumpy skin and don't look too attractive and their skins so delicate, it required quite gentle handling. But do they taste wonderful! So sweet and juicy and flavoursome, we loved each bite even though it made our hands sticky and gooey.
After filling our bucket, we weighed and paid for them ($8 for 4 kg, pretty good I say), we proceeded to buy bags of hay to feed the sheep at the farm. Alex loved how they came right up to him and stuck their heads into the bag and kept giggling. It was very cute to watch.
So we came home with 4 kg of freshly picked mandarins, so surely you must know what's coming up next, don't you? Yup, stay tuned for a mandarin recipe....