12 August, 2014

May Love in a Box swap


This was the last round of the Love in a Box swap. I was paired with Brittney from Quirky Britches. I love her fashion style, so I was pretty sure that I'd love whatever she sent me. I was right. Check out the necklace I sent her here.

The wrapping paper and notecard has matching polka dots, such a cute touch.

Brittney says this bracelet was made in South Africa from flip flops. I can't figure out how they do it, it's so thin and nothing like flip flops. I've never seen this here in South Africa.

Two cool products that aren't available in South Africa. Brittney mentioned the Friction Block on her blog and I told her that we don't have it here. My feet are very sensitive and I often get blisters from new shoes, so this is going to help me so much. I haven't seen any products like this over here yet.

Every beauty blogger seems to have the eos lip balm and now I have one too. I've already had someone ask me about it after using it in public. I love the minty flavour

When I read the word giraffe in Brittney's letter, I was imagining something similar to what we get in curio shops here. But instead I found this gorgeous notepad from Rifle Paper Co.

I adore zip pouches and this is one of the cutest I've seen. I'm storing my lip balms in here and this had made me realise how many I have. Whenever I want to buy a new lip balm now, I remind myself of this pouch.

You can read my previous Love in a Box posts here and here.
Thank you again Brittney.

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05 August, 2014

Vegan lemon poppyseed pancakes


Pancakes for breakfast has become a weekend tradition for us. Martinus usually makes them, but every so often it's me. I found this Lemon Poppyseed pancake recipe and it's the perfect way to use the lemons from our garden. I used cake flour and replaced the Earth Balance with vegetable oil.




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31 July, 2014

Getting my wisdom teeth removed


Martinus did this drawing while I was waiting to go into surgery.

It's been exactly a month since I had my wisdom teeth removed and I'm ready to talk about it now. Two of my wisdom teeth were removed surgically. I read about other people's experiences, but I had no idea how I would feel.

It hurt so much. This might seem obvious but the pain turned out to be very different than I expected. I thought the painkillers would take away all the pain and leave me drowsy. I thought it would only hurt a lot if I tried to chew something hard. For the first few days I didn't feel any difference after taking the painkillers, even after taking the stronger one I was only supposed to take if the first one didn't work. The pain was underneath my face, not my jaw as I had expected. There was pain all the time and it was worse with movement. The vibration from walking hurt, lifting my head from the pillow hurt, it all hurt. I tried to blow my nose and my eyes almost popped out from the shock of the sudden pain. I felt like there was a bag of pure pain hanging from my chin.

Somehow I thought that I'd use the weekend after my surgery to organize the kitchen cabinets. That sounds so ridiculous now. Even if my mouth didn't hurt all the time and more whenever I moved at all, I was exhausted and felt nauseous after standing for a few minutes. Another one of my silly plans was to make soup from scratch. I was not in the mood to cook when I got home. I should've bought food the day before, but we ended up stopping to buy soup on our way home. I knew I wouldn't be able to eat regular food and my mouth would hurt, but I didn't realise how much.

One of the possible side effects of anaesthesia is nausea and I didn't have anything on hand for it when it hit me. The pain is bad enough to deal with on its own. The evening after my surgery was the worst. (I did feel much better after vomiting, but it can last longer for some people and it's better to be prepared)

After the first few days, I started feeling the painkillers working even though it didn't stop the pain completely. I woke up during the night a few times and couldn't fall asleep again because of the pain. I felt slightly better every day. When most of the pain was gone, I still felt exhausted and couldn't be out of bed for very long. After two weeks the pain was gone and I had energy again, but I couldn't even open my mouth enough to eat a banana. After a month I'm finally back to normal, but can feel slight stiffness in my jaw.

I didn't expect the emotional effect being in pain 24/7 would have on me. I felt pretty sorry for myself and started crying a few times. It wasn't a fun experience, but it was definitely worth it after struggling with my wisdom teeth for years.


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My name is Natasha. I live in a beautiful coastal town in South African with my little human/dog family. I love cooking and share new recipes I've tried here. Sometimes I even create my own recipes. I spend way too much time on Pinterest and blogs, but I'd like to be a neat, productive person one day. We're also starting a new business. You can read more about that at terrapinandtoad.com

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