DIY- Christmas Pine Cone Decoration✨

Pine cone decorations are easy to make and inexpensive. I had fun making this decoration for the mantlepiece.

You will need:

Pine cones (I used approximately 20) – Dry the pine cones for 24hours before using, over a heated surface such as a stove or radiator so that they open

Large vase

White paint

Glitter

Baubles

Fairy lights

Roll the pine cones in white paint, or alternatively, paint them with a paintbrush.

Place the pine cones on a page to try.

Roll the pine cones in glitter.

Place the pine cones on a page to try.

Place the fairy lights in the vase and layer tha pine cones and baubles.

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Nathan Mac – The Boy Who Learned to Fly🎤

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“In the darkest moments of the year, when we need it most, we make magic.”

Nathan’s latest single is the magic we need this Winter. ‘The Boy Who Learned To Fly’ sounds like an overlapping Studio Ghibli and Pixar masterpiece, and it wraps us in a world just as beautiful… 

The song describes a boy who sees his father crying for the first time. There are layers to it’s story but the message is distilled into its final lyrics: “You will grow into a man, and it’s okay to cry.”

Getting to the core of this song, we find the message of male vulnerability and mental health, but the message is by no means one sided. Typical of a Nathan Mac song it’s written to speak to everyone. Who hasn’t seen their heros fail or falter? It’s something we all remember. In fact, Nathan had this to say about his latest single:

“Everyone has a story about this. When I sing this song to people, it seems to compel them to tell me about the first time they saw their father, or mother, or older sibling cry. The sheer amount of stories I’ve been told in response tells me that I’ve struck some kind of ‘chord’ with this song.”

Once again, produced by Brian Dwyer, the blend of organic and synthetic instruments is undeniably genius. The backbone of this track is the delicate, trickling guitar and consoling vocals. When combined with pristine synths and an inspired typewriter percussion, the song takes on an epic and complex life of its own.
At the very centre of this song you find Nathan Mac, writing about his own relationship to his father. This intimacy can be felt deeply in the lyrics, music, and imagery. The subject of male intimacy features in many of his songs, yet to be released. Could this be a recurring theme in the ‘Start of Something Blue’? We’ll just have to wait and see.

As one of Hotpress’ ‘Young & Emerging’, this 28 year old Dubliner has not stopped developing his craft as a songwriter and performer.

2020 has seen the launch of his ‘Start of Something Blue’ project with his first major single “Better Off Without You”. With 100,000+ streams across platforms, Nathan has seen interviews and radio play on RTE 1, Spin Southwest, Dublin City FM, and a variety of other stations nationwide. 
Nathan’s flair for the spectacular is now using the appeal of pop music to package careful messages and philosophies to a wider and wider audience. Songs about ‘Womb envy’, ‘Skin hunger’ and ‘Male intimacy’ are just the tip of his lyrical iceberg.


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Baked Raspberry Oats Recipe

This simple recipe is by Glenisk and serves 4. Packed with protein, cooked in 25 minutes and tastes great for breakfast, these Baked Raspberry Oats are a great way to start the day.

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 300g Irish Strained Protein Yogurt, Vanilla
  • 4 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 120g oats
  • 100g frozen or fresh raspberries

Lightly oil an ovenproof dish or individual ramekin dishes.

Whisk the eggs, yogurt and water together in a large bowl.

Add the desiccated coconut and oats and continue to whisk until well combined. Finally stir through the raspberries.

Pour the mixture into a large ovenproof dish or individual ramekins.

Bake in the oven at 200°C/180°C fan/400°F for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out cleanly. You can also cook in a microwave on high for 10 minutes.


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My skincare routine🌺

Natural oils build up on your skin everyday. It is important to have a good skincare routine and everyone should take care of their skin, regardless of their age or gender.

Every morning, I clean my face with a damp facecloth and warm water, followed by moisturiser. My favourite brand of skincare products are No7. They have a great range of skincare creams and lotions and are good quality.

In the evening, I use cleansing lotion to remove any makeup and to clean my face. I apply cleansing lotion to cotton pads. Face cleansing should be done gently and not too harshly. After using cleansing lotion, I use a warm facecloth all over my face. The general rule of cleaning your face is to cleanse, tone, moisturise. I personally do not think this is necessary every time you clean your face. Using too many products or creams on your face can cause it to become very oily or greasy, causing spots.

I like to use a facemask once a week. Facemasks are applied for 10-15 minutes and help to clean pores. Facemasks come in different scents and it is recommended not to use a strong-smelling facemask if you have sensitive skin. There are different types of facemasks, some are creams and some are a sheet you place on your face while lying down. I personally prefer the cream types.

Taking care of the skin on your body as well as your face is necessary. Apply a good moisturiser all over your body regularly. Skin gets particularly dry during winter months. When shaving your legs or other bodyparts, you should moisturise after to prevent skin drying out. Non-scented moisturisers are recommended for sensitive skin. If your skin is sensitive, it means it is more prone to rashes or irritation.

Some of my favourite products include No7 Early Defence Night Cream, L’Oreal Skin Expert Pure Clay Glow Mask, Lush Eau Roma Toner Water.

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