By Wini Nduta
Joan Thatiah is a 28 year old mom of two aged 8 and 6. She loves reading and writing and if she isn’t doing that, trust that she is glued to the TV screen watching a movie. A self-proclaimed introvert, she needs her time to re-charge after being around people.
Her inspiring book, ‘Things I will tell my Daughter’ has social media buzzing. Moms are always looking for ways to improve the parenting experience and a Kenyan point of view was very well received. Joan was inspired to open lines of communication between mothers and their growing daughters. In our society, some topics are no go zones and too often children get into situations that could have been avoided with some honesty at home.
What from your childhood or life experience inspired you to write this book?
This book is a combination of all the life lessons I have learnt so far. What led me to write though was the realization that there is so much out here that our mothers never talked to us about.
What, in your words, is the book about?
The book is a look into things I believe to be true. I have delved into various topics, namely love, money and womanhood. I give my views on these topics based on my life lessons and the experiences of the women I have met.
How long did it take to write the book?
The writing of this book took me 8 months
What can readers expect?
Readers should expects lots of hard truths and taboo topics
What's one thing moms should remember while raising a girl?
Remember that experience isn't always the best teacher.
What can be done to empower our kids, especially in regards to the Kenyan education system?
We are obsessed with grades. In our quest to get our children to clinch number one, we miss out on our opportunities to nurture their talents.
Do you have any self-love tips we can teach our kids?
The most vital tip would me remembering at all times that you matter.
What's your message to the world?
My message to the world would be, refuse to sink. Refuse to let the world drown out your voice. Your voice is your most valuable asset.
By Wini Nduta
Email is a huge part of our lives right now and it's one more thing we need to keep organised, Let's face it, are you one of those people who always volunteer their email for a sign up? Attend an event, sign up. Get service at a pharmacy, sign up. If the kiosk had a sign up you know you would too. But now look, you have 3000 messages in your inbox. Let’s be honest. You will not read all those.
Declutter your inbox today with these easy steps:
1. Delete all emails sent to you one month earlier
If you are not referring to them, delete them
2. Use the labels provided for you by your email service
This is an easy way to spot what’s important. And can we talk about how each and every email is marked important? No. Not now.
3. Delete all expired emails
If your friends were organizing a snap dinner last week and it happened, it’s time to delete that email. Records are good but learn to spot what will be useful later rather than keep everything
4. Unsubscribe from newsletters that you do not read
Maybe you are telling yourself, ‘you never know I might just buy this bag that’s on offer at Neiman Marcus’, let go for now and sign up again when you will actually do it.
How else do you declutter in this tech age?
Exfoliation is the process of removing the oldest dead skin cells from its outermost surface. This clears the skin and allows products to be absorbed easily. It makes your skin smooth glow from the inside even without that highlighter.
It’s important to exfoliate at least twice a week.
Here are four products you can try on your skin. Always remember to do a skin test before applying any product to a large area of your skin.
Apply on your skin and rub in circular motion. Rinse and proceed with your skin regimen. This is a highly manual process so remember scrub gently.
Popular ones in the local supermarkets include Eden’s and St. Ives Apricot Scrub
Exfoliating creams are said to be gentle when compared to a scrub because it’s not a manual process. Apply onto clean, dry skin. Let it sit for the required amount of time and rinse.
3. Peel off mask
The mask lifts blackheads and dead skin off the surface of your skin. This clears the pores and allows product to get absorbed easily.
4. Exfoliator gel
This product is applied to clean skin. After you let it sit for 15 seconds rub your face with your fingertips. This gets rid of the dead skin and you will see it when you rinse your face. Get it from Amazon, see link here http://amzn.com/B0048UFTOU
Make sure to follow the instructions on the label.
Try these out and pick your favorite!
By Wini Nduta
Have you ever been at home and don't know what to do with yourself. I would feel like that on a Saturday afternoon after cleaning my place. Like at around 1:15 pm on a hot Saturday afternoon, i'd be like now what?? We go to work all week, waiting on the weekend and sometimes it's just 'meh'. I was like, why? Why am I bored? I waited all week for this. Free time. A lazy day. Then one day I changed my mind. I wanted more and a few years ago I came up with a way to make sure I would never utter the words 'I'm bored'. Well it's a whole list, enjoy!
Things I do when I see boredom creeping in:
By Wini Nduta
This is a great group activity to get your creative juices going. It is a great way to personalize your dining or coffee table.
What you will need:
Make sure the mats are clean. Use soap and water to wipe them off. Set them aside to dry. Let them dry completely.
Decide what your design is going to be. It could be;
Next use the muskin tape to line your work area on the mat
Start to paint
Let it dry for 12 hours or more depending on thickness
Quick tip: you can also do this with a welcome mat and spray paint!
By Wini Nduta
Do you ever feel like your eyes are a bit droopy or you just need a soothing treatment?
Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to get rid of eye bags:
1. Chamomile tea bag
Get a fresh Chamomile tea bag dip it in hot water and place on a saucer and put in the fridge for about 5 minutes. Lie down, close your eyes and place the bag on your eyelids. Relax with these on for about 20
2. Roobois tea bag
Do the same as above except with a peppermint tea bag
I also hear normal tea bags are good but I haven't tried this out because I'm afraid of staining.
After the treatments, rinse your face off and apply a bit of castor oil around the eyes. Be careful not to get any into your eye.
Do tell us what you do for your eyes to keep them looking fresh and beautiful!
By Wini Nduta
I'm talking about baking soda people and all of it's goodness!! It is easy to find and affordable too. This powdery substance has multiple uses and I will take you through the uses including your sheets.
Washing your sheets with about a cup of baking soda leaves the clean and crispy.
Mixing a cup of baking soda and lemon juice in equal parts makes a natural, mild bleach. This helps with the stains or just give the sheet some freshness. You may want to soak your sheets for about 20 minutes before using detergent. Or if you are satisfied with them you can skip the whole harsh detergent step. But remember to use plenty of water to rinse your sheets because some people react to detergents but don't even know it. We wouldn't want you sleeping on I'll call it 'unfinished laundry'.
Another tip with baking soda is you can use it to clean the floor tiles, that's if you have tiles on your floor. Add about two spoons of baking soda to your bucket and fill it up with water. Mop the whole area and let air dry. You could follow up with detergent if you wish.
How else do you use baking soda to clean? Share your neat tips and tricks with us, we would love to hear from you.
By Wini Nduta
Here is a neat trick, next time you soak your feet add a cup of oatmeal in the mix. It helps give your skin a a silky smooth feeling. I usually soak for about ten minutes before my manicure. I also add about a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar.
By Lizbeth Kariuki
2. Nail Polish: Use your clear nail polish over new jewelry to keep it from tarnishing too quickly. Plus, you can use your favorite color nail polishes (especially neon colors) to revitalize old jewelry.
3. Cotton Swabs: If you are tired of your perfume fading after a few hours, carry cotton swabs dipped in your favorite perfume and keep them in a zip-lock bag. The scent of perfume lasts for hours on a cotton swab and it would be perfect for a quick touch-up.
4. Baby Powder: It is great for removing oil stains. For instance if you have an oil stain in your bag, pour some baby powder on it and leave it overnight. The stain will disappear. Repeat if you still find the stain.
5. Pumice stone: They are great for shedding the dead skin off the underside of our feet, but did you know they are great for de-fuzzing sweaters too? Gently rub it over your favorite sweater to remove the fuzz and you’ll be happy over the results.
Have a great one fab one's!
By Wini Nduta
It's almost that time of year again and we have to watch out for the flu.
So here is a neat tip to stop you stop reinfecting yourself with the flu each time you brush your teeth.
Take a drop on Listerine and mix it in with about a quarter cup of hot water.
After brushing your teeth, rinse the brush with this mixture to kill the bacteria.
Another great tip would be to have two brushes and alternate them everyday. The flu virus needs a moist environment to survive so letting them dry completely between uses would help.