5 Apr 2020

Mimi Takes Five - #97

ONE // Home Grooming
I never thought I'd try my hand at dog grooming, yet here we are! Truth be told, our puppies were due for a trim a few weeks ago. We like to get it done before the big spring meltdown to diminish the spread of mud from little paws. We had booked a grooming appointment, but that was cancelled. While our Yorkie's hair grows straight, our Shorkie's fur is a different story... She's like a chia pet and grows fur at warp speed. It just gets fluffier and fluffier until it gets unruly and all matted. We had already trimmed her bangs once, but you couldn't tell two weeks later. We decided we needed to do something about it. Luckily, we had washed the dogs a couple weeks ago, so we really just needed to focus on the trim. It was a two-person job. We tried using a trimmer, but the fur was too thick, so scissors it was. I let my husband do the clipping while I tried to hold the dog steady. He's has better sculpting skills than I have, so he was the man for the job. He took of clump after clump until we filled up a bag of fur! After all that effort, you can barely tell we took anything off... I have a newly found appreciation for dog groomers!

TWO// Brush Cleaning
The spring cleaning continues this week. One of the smaller tasks I've tackled was cleaning my hair brushes and make-up brushes. I got this little brush washing thingamajig for my make-up brushes and it is the best thing ever! I've seen many variation of the rubber cleaning pads with different bump patterns on them, but this tiny tub-shaped one is great as it has little suction cups that keep it in place in the sink. It makes cleaning my brushed a breeze!

THREE // Madeleines
Now is the time to finally check some of those things off your bucket list. For me, one of those things was making homemade Madeleines. We had purchased a mould on a whim because it was on clearance and I have to say, it's been giving me anxiety! Every time I saw that mould, I knew I'd have to one day actually attempt to make some... Well, I found a recipe online and gave it a go this week. Luckily, I had all the ingredients at home already (including yeast), so I guess it was meant to be. I whipped up a batch of dough, scooped it into the mould, popped into the oven and said a little prayer. Low and behold they came out practically perfect. From the look, to the texture and the flavour; they were divine! Keeping in mind just how unskilled I am in the kitchen, the fact I managed to successfully make Madeleines is a miracle in itself! These little light, fluffy, buttery, lemony cookies were a real delight during our isolation. Putting this recipe on the to-make-again-and-again list!

FOUR // Beige Breton Top
Some wardrobe things might come and go, but the striped top is here to stay in mine! I don't care to admit just how many striped tops I own, but I swear, I wear them all! This recent addition is a more neutral palette of beige and ivory. I love its subtleness (as much as a patterned top can be.) It will be a great basic to mix and match endlessly for easy casual looks. The fact it matches perfectly with a trench coat is just icing on the cake!

FIVE // DIY Hand Sanitizer
With the amount of hand sanitizer used in recent times, it's no wonder we've depleted our two little bottles. My husband pointed that out to me and I remembered seeing a video of how to make your own. Turns out we had all the supplies on hand so I whipped up a batch! I followed the steps in this video and it was super easy. I had a spare travel squeeze bottle, so used that to put it in. I started by measuring the total ml my bottle would hold and went from there. It's 1 part aloe vera gel for two parts rubbing alcohol. Then you add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Mix it all together and voilà! That's it! Be sure to check out my Instagram stories for the walk-through. Keep in mind the finished product will be a bit more liquid that store-bought sanitizer, but it's a good replacement option.

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