Thursday, 28 January 2016

How to Soothe Sunburn

 

The sun is scorching this Summer in Sunny South Africa!

And yes, the blazing sun is what makes our Summer days super fun.

But blazing skin? That makes us want to run!



Thankfully, here at Sugar Bay we are all about fun as we protect ourselves from the harsh effects of the sun.

However, sometimes the sun can melt through the sunblock or you could have missed a spot while applying sunscreen and you find yourself heading back from the beach looking a little...red?



THIS IS NOT YOU CAMOUFLAGING LIKE A CHAMELEON!



I repeat:



THIS IS NOT YOU CAMOUFLAGING LIKE A CHAMELEON!



This is you sun burned!





Here's a few tips on how to ease the soreness and treat sunburn at home:



















  • Dissolve Epson salts or baking soda in water, apply to a clean cloth, and drape the cloth over the affected skin.




  • Take a cool bath, adding lavender or bergamot oil to the bath water.




  • Add some black or green tea to your bathwater to soothe sunburned skin.




  • Pat sunburned skin with cool wet tea bags.



Now you have no excuse to ever be caught looking like a ripened tomato! LOL!

What do you recommend for sunburned skin? Share your ideas with us by adding a comment below! 



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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

How to Upgrade your Noodles

 
They're delicious, easy to make and a meal for any mood, but they do tend to get boring after a while. That's why, we're going to show you how to change your acquired taste from drab to fab by upgrading 2 minute noodles into a gourmet dish in just a few more, than 2 minutes!

Instead of always having a noodle soup, why not try out a noodle stir fry?

Nutritious Noodle Stir Fry:


Ingredients for the Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger

Ingredients for the Noodle Stir Fry:
  • 3 packs of Maggie Noodles (discard the flavour packet)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 4 sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 broccoli sliced julienne style
  • 1/2 red bell pepper sliced julienne style
  • 1 egg lightly scrambled
  • 2 spring onion strands chopped
  • 1 heaped tablespoon chopped coriander

Instructions:
  1. Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a bowl until combined and set aside.
  2. Bring a medium pot of water to boil over high heat, and cook the noodles according to package directions.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat until sizzling. Add the garlic, ginger, mushrooms, broccoli, and peppers, and stir for a minute.
  4. Add the scrambled egg and mix in with the vegetables.
  5. Add the noodles, then drizzle the sauce over the stir fry together with a big pinch of coriander, and mix well.
  6. Garnish with spring onions and more coriander before serving.

How delicious does the idea of creamy noodles sound to you?

Creamy Noodles with Bacon:


Ingredients:
  • 2 Strips of Bacon
  • ¼ Red Onion
  • 1/3 Cup of Cream
  • 1 Packet of Maggie 2 Minute Noodles (Durban Curry Flavour)

Instructions:     
  1. Cook your noodles and drain them, then set aside to cool.
  2. Chopped up about 2 strips of bacon and 1/4 of a red onion and get these cooking in a pan. You shouldn’t need to add any oil as the bacon fat will help it cook.
  3. Once the onions and the bacon are cooked to your liking, add about 1/3 cup of cream.
  4. Add the noodles flavour pack to the cream at boiling point and let it simmer on low for a few minutes.
  5. The cream will start to thicken and then you can add in your cooked and drained noodles.

DEEEEEEEEEEE-LICIOUS!

Are you hungry yet?

Have you tried sprucing up your simple noodles by adding a sauce or some spice? Share your recipes and ideas with us! We'd love to hear from you!

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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Teen Text Translation

 


OMG! BM&Y, IDK – SITD! LOL! ROTFL! NVM! TTYL!


Uhhhhhhh....


What?

Said every parent to their teen after reading a text message from them which looked like a 2-year-old had a go at the phone keyboard with the CAPS LOCK on!

And what's worse is the aftermath!

A week after receiving the translation from their kids... Some parents decided to go solo with this one...




















LMAO!!!!! ROTF!!!! SMH! 

 

We don't want any more incidents like these ones!


This is why moms and dads, we've decided to hook you up with a little text message acronym dictionary with the most commonly used texting acronyms.

Check it out ASAP! We don't want you to SITD!




Teen Text Acronym: Translation:
AAMOF As a Matter of Fact
AFAIK As far as I know
AFAIR As far as I remember / recall
AKA Also known as
ASAP As soon as possible
BM&Y Between me and you
BRB Be right back
BTW By the Way
B/C Because
EOD End of Discussion
FWIW For what it's Worth
FYI / JFYI (Just) For your Information
HF Have fun
HTH Hope this Helps
IDK I don't know
IMO In my Opinion
IOW In other Words
LOL Laughing out loud
MMW Mark my Words
N/A Not Available
NNTR No need to Reply
NOYB None of your Business
NVM Never mind
OMG Oh my Gosh
OTOH On the other Hand
ROTFL Rolling on the Floor Laughing
SFLR Sorry, for late Reply
SMH Shaking my head
SITD Still in the dark
TBC To be Continued / To be Confirmed
TGIF Thanks Goodness, its Friday
THX TNX Thanks
TQ Thank You
TYVM Thank You Very Much
TYT Take your Time
TTYL Talk to you Later
WFM Works for Me
WRT With Regard to
WTH What the Hell / What the Heck

YMMD You made my Day


Have you had any embarrassing text message episodes like this one? Don't be shy, share them with us right here by adding your comments or even a screenshot of one of your embarrassing text acronym chats. Let's LOL about this one together! 

 


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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

How to get rid of mosquitoes DIY Style

BZZZZZZZZZZZZZ...... ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.....ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ



Ouch! 



 


















Is that how most of your sleepless nights begin?



Or how your outdoor adventures turn out?



Well, being located along the beach, in the very lush and moist part of KZN, we at Sugar Bay are so used to these buzzing pests. In fact, we're so busy having so much fun that we don't even know they're around buzzing in our terrain.



Nevertheless, going to bed with red and itchy bumps or being woken up with the urge to scratch them isn't exactly exciting.



That's why we've decided to save you from the mosquitoes and other bugs by showing you how to create your own Mosquito No More Candles. 

MOSQUITO NO MORE CANDLES: 


You will need:


  • Candle Wax
  • Wick
  • Essential oils
  • Candle holder
  • Double boiler 

    SMART TIP:

    A candle, as a heat source, will naturally distract some insects from biting people. Adding essential oils from herbs that have natural insect repellent properties will improve the insect repelling ability of your candle.

    Consider adding any of the following list of natural herbs to your candle:

  • Basil
  • Bay leaves
  • Catnip
  • Ceder
  • Citronella
  • Clover
  • Eucalyptus
  • Garlic
  • Lavender
  • Lemon grass
  • Mint
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

Warning: Pennyroyal should not be used around pregnant women!




METHOD:

 

STEP 1: Choose a Candle Holder


A decorative, metal bucket makes an excellent candle holder. Something that will hold the wax as it melts is all that is necessary. A rinsed aluminium can or emptied out glass jar would also do just fine.

STEP 2: Prepare the Wick


Choose a wick thickness that is large enough for the size of the candle you are making. With insect repellent candles you want a large, smoky flame that melts a great deal of wax. This will disperse the scent of the essential oils better.

Soak the wick material in a small selection of melted wax. You will see bubbles of air leaving the wick as it absorbs the wax. This will improve the burning ability of your candle. Once the wick is saturated, remove it from the wax and let it dry flat and straight.

STEP 3: Place the Wick


Secure one end of the dried wick to the centre bottom of your candle holder. Accurate placement of the wick will provide an even burn.

STEP 4: Prepare the Wax


Melt the wax in a double boiler. Most wax will reach an even melt at about 180 Degrees Celsius. Stir in the essential oils you have chosen once the wax is molten. Provide 1 to 1.5 millilitres (ml) of essential oils for each 10 millilitres of melted wax.

STEP 5: Pour the Wax into the Candle Holder


Once the wax and essential oils are combined, let the wax cool for 5 minutes before you pour the hot wax into the candle holder. Keep the top of the wick in the centre of the candle holder while pouring the wax in. Work very carefully when pouring as any splash or spillage will burn.

STEP 6: Let the Candle Harden


Set your candle somewhere cool so the wax will harden. The larger your candle, the longer it will take to harden. Wait at least 24 hours before lighting your insect repelling candle.



And there you have it! No more buzzing mosquitoes, only happy campers! 

 

Have any questions? Don't be shy! Ask by commenting on our blog! And we will be delighted to reply! 



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