1. Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 6)


    I bet the last thing you wanna do on this glorious Friday (before a three-day weekend, no less!) is think about packing a lunch, but I’m hoping I can nudge you in the right direction with the sixth installment of Paleo Lunchboxes 2014. Who can resist a beautiful and satisfying salad tucked into a lovely LunchBots container? Not me!

    Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 6 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

    Besides, even if your wee ones gag at the thought of tucking into a salad, there’s nothing that says these boxes have to be for kids. Last time I checked, adults need lunches, too.

    Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 6 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

    If you’ve got a peach, some thinly sliced prosciutto…

    Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 6 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

    …fresh salad greens…

    Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 6 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

    …and a handful of pistachios…

    Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 6 of 7) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

    …you’re in business: make my Watercress with Seared Prosciutto + Peaches! You’ll love the balance of savory and sweet—and the fact that prepping this salad takes almost no time at all.

    Remember: If peaches aren’t your cup of tea, you can always use apples, nectarines, or pears instead. Not a fan of watercress? No problem—substitute your favorite leafy greens. Just promise me you’ll make your lunch, okay?

    Here are a few tips to ensure that your salad tastes great when you crack open your LunchBots at mealtime:

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  2. oscarprgirl:

    september issues. image from Tatler.

  5. scissorsandthread:

    Black Tea Glycerine Soap with Activated Charcoal

    Hi everyone! Well here is the tutorial as promised. Unfortunately my photos will not load to my computer, and when I tried doing them again they crashed my laptop completely. So today’s post is going to be text right now but I will try and upload the photos tomorrow when I have calmed down :-)

    This recipe is based on four 100gm (around 3.5 ounce) bars as that is the mould I have! If you want to make it bigger/smaller you just need to adjust the measurements. I will provide both sets of measurements where neccessary.


    • 400gms (14 ounces) clear glycerine soap
    • 3 tsp Black Tea fragance oil
    • 1/2 tsp isopropyl alcohol
    • 1 tsp activated charcoal
    • Gold/Bronze mica (only need a tiny bit)


    • Heatproof glass jug (like Pyrex)
    • Spray bottle filled with isopropyl alcohol
    • Clean knife and chopping board
    • Small jug
    • Spoon
    • Mould for your soap - this is based on 4 100gm bars, but you could use any flexible mould and alter the measurements to fit
    • Optional: Plastic dropper, thermometre

    1. Chop up your glycerine soap in to small cubes and pop in your heatproof glass jug

    2 In your small jug, mix your 1/2 tsp isopropyl alcohol and 1 tsp activated charcoal. The alcohol is strong smelling but will ‘burn off’ when it sets. If you chuck your activated charcoal straight in to your melted soap you’re very likely to get big lumps!

    3. In your mould, sprinkle a little bit of your mica. I sprinkled a bit in an ‘artistic’ way! Try to keep it even and make sure there aren’t huge lumps. Keep in mind that mica is like eyeshadow, so when you use the soap you will probably get a bit of shimmer on you! I like this but if you’d prefer, you can omit the mica.

    4. Place your jug in your microwave and heat on 30 second bursts. Keep stirring until it’s all melted. Stir well, until there are no lumps left and it’s nice and smooth.

    5. Measure your fragrance oil with your dropper or just use your measuring spoon. 3 tsps will give a ‘medium’ scent, if you want it lighter or stronger, you can use this brilliant fragrance calculator via Bramble Berry. Pour into your melted glycerine soap and mix well.

    5. Tip your activated charcoal/alcohol mix in to your melted soap and mix well.

    6. Let your soap cool a bit. You want your soap to be at about 55C or 130F. If you have a thermometer this will help but if not just leave it for a minute.

    7. Pour your soap in to your mould. Spray with your isopropyl alcohol to remove any bubbles on the top of your soap.

    8. Once your soap is set, unmould and wrap or store in an air tight container as glycerine soap will get a bit ‘dewy’ if left out due to it’s high glycerine content.

    Other notes: If you use a melt and pour soap base that is ‘white’ (i.e. white, cocoa butter, shea, etc), your soap will come out as a grey colour, which is why I used clear M&P so I would get that nice black colour!

    I get all my supplies from Aussie Soap Supplies, which is the only Australian supplier for Bramble Berry fragrances. Black Tea is a strong, unisex scent which is almost a bit like sarsparilla. You can use whatever scent you want really as the activated charcoal doesn’t have a scent. Make sure you use cosmetic grade charcoal (not artist charcoal).

    I hope this has been helpful and that you will have a go! As I said, I will try and post photos tomorrow. If you need any help with using Melt & Pour soap, click here.


  6. Bullets and Ballots



    Ferguson is sixty-seven per cent black, but fifty of its fifty-three police officers are white. In Comment, Jelani Cobb reflects on disenfranchisement, disillusionment, and the protests following Michael Brown’s death.

    Illustration by Tom Bachtell.

    (Source: newyorker.com)

  8. noahkalina:


  10. Lake Cabin by FAM Architekti | Posted by CJWHO.com
    Lake Cabin by FAM Architekti | Posted by CJWHO.com
    Lake Cabin by FAM Architekti | Posted by CJWHO.com
    Lake Cabin by FAM Architekti | Posted by CJWHO.com
    Lake Cabin by FAM Architekti | Posted by CJWHO.com
    Lake Cabin by FAM Architekti | Posted by CJWHO.com
    Lake Cabin by FAM Architekti | Posted by CJWHO.com


    Lake Cabin, Czech Republic by FAM Architekti | via

    Erected within the same boundaries as the former 1970s cabin, which was lacking suitable insulation and infrastructure, the simple wooden structure offers an improved connection with the forested site. Wood was chosen as the most suitable building material because of the cabin’s environs and because the construction methods caused minimal disruption to the site.

    "The lake is a holiday destination with timber construction already present in cottages and cabins," explained Nasadil. "We aimed at a lightweight building which would not embed itself in nature with concrete foundations, but was more sensitive."

    The cabin is raised above the forest floor on steel screws that allow the sandy terrain to continue underneath. The use of prefabricated construction techniques also helped to reduce the build time for the project, which was limited by the harsh winter weather.

    Components for the timber framework were laser cut and transported to the site, where they were assembled in just one and a half weeks. The client oversaw the rest of the building process over a period of ten months. Vertical larch battens cladding the cabin’s exterior reference the trunks of the surrounding pine trees and continue across the folding shutters, creating a sealed facade that protects the cabin when closed.

    When fully opened, the shutters reveal a glazed wall that provides an expansive view of the lake. The glass surface is split into sections that slide open to connect the interior with a small decked space outside.

    Photography: Tomas Balej
    Gifs: Christoph Sevcnikar

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