By Wini Nduta
Joan Thatiah is a 28 year old mom of two aged 8 and 6. She loves reading and writing and if she isn’t doing that, trust that she is glued to the TV screen watching a movie. A self-proclaimed introvert, she needs her time to re-charge after being around people.
Her inspiring book, ‘Things I will tell my Daughter’ has social media buzzing. Moms are always looking for ways to improve the parenting experience and a Kenyan point of view was very well received. Joan was inspired to open lines of communication between mothers and their growing daughters. In our society, some topics are no go zones and too often children get into situations that could have been avoided with some honesty at home.
What from your childhood or life experience inspired you to write this book?
This book is a combination of all the life lessons I have learnt so far. What led me to write though was the realization that there is so much out here that our mothers never talked to us about.
What, in your words, is the book about?
The book is a look into things I believe to be true. I have delved into various topics, namely love, money and womanhood. I give my views on these topics based on my life lessons and the experiences of the women I have met.
How long did it take to write the book?
The writing of this book took me 8 months
What can readers expect?
Readers should expects lots of hard truths and taboo topics
What's one thing moms should remember while raising a girl?
Remember that experience isn't always the best teacher.
What can be done to empower our kids, especially in regards to the Kenyan education system?
We are obsessed with grades. In our quest to get our children to clinch number one, we miss out on our opportunities to nurture their talents.
Do you have any self-love tips we can teach our kids?
The most vital tip would me remembering at all times that you matter.
What's your message to the world?
My message to the world would be, refuse to sink. Refuse to let the world drown out your voice. Your voice is your most valuable asset.
Exfoliation is the process of removing the oldest dead skin cells from its outermost surface. This clears the skin and allows products to be absorbed easily. It makes your skin smooth glow from the inside even without that highlighter.
It’s important to exfoliate at least twice a week.
Here are four products you can try on your skin. Always remember to do a skin test before applying any product to a large area of your skin.
Apply on your skin and rub in circular motion. Rinse and proceed with your skin regimen. This is a highly manual process so remember scrub gently.
Popular ones in the local supermarkets include Eden’s and St. Ives Apricot Scrub
Exfoliating creams are said to be gentle when compared to a scrub because it’s not a manual process. Apply onto clean, dry skin. Let it sit for the required amount of time and rinse.
3. Peel off mask
The mask lifts blackheads and dead skin off the surface of your skin. This clears the pores and allows product to get absorbed easily.
4. Exfoliator gel
This product is applied to clean skin. After you let it sit for 15 seconds rub your face with your fingertips. This gets rid of the dead skin and you will see it when you rinse your face. Get it from Amazon, see link here http://amzn.com/B0048UFTOU
Make sure to follow the instructions on the label.
Try these out and pick your favorite!
By Wini Nduta
Have you ever been at home and don't know what to do with yourself. I would feel like that on a Saturday afternoon after cleaning my place. Like at around 1:15 pm on a hot Saturday afternoon, i'd be like now what?? We go to work all week, waiting on the weekend and sometimes it's just 'meh'. I was like, why? Why am I bored? I waited all week for this. Free time. A lazy day. Then one day I changed my mind. I wanted more and a few years ago I came up with a way to make sure I would never utter the words 'I'm bored'. Well it's a whole list, enjoy!
Things I do when I see boredom creeping in:
By Wini Nduta
This is a great group activity to get your creative juices going. It is a great way to personalize your dining or coffee table.
What you will need:
Make sure the mats are clean. Use soap and water to wipe them off. Set them aside to dry. Let them dry completely.
Decide what your design is going to be. It could be;
Next use the muskin tape to line your work area on the mat
Start to paint
Let it dry for 12 hours or more depending on thickness
Quick tip: you can also do this with a welcome mat and spray paint!
By Wini Nduta
Do you ever feel like your eyes are a bit droopy or you just need a soothing treatment?
Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to get rid of eye bags:
1. Chamomile tea bag
Get a fresh Chamomile tea bag dip it in hot water and place on a saucer and put in the fridge for about 5 minutes. Lie down, close your eyes and place the bag on your eyelids. Relax with these on for about 20
2. Roobois tea bag
Do the same as above except with a peppermint tea bag
I also hear normal tea bags are good but I haven't tried this out because I'm afraid of staining.
After the treatments, rinse your face off and apply a bit of castor oil around the eyes. Be careful not to get any into your eye.
Do tell us what you do for your eyes to keep them looking fresh and beautiful!
By Wini Nduta
Here is a neat trick, next time you soak your feet add a cup of oatmeal in the mix. It helps give your skin a a silky smooth feeling. I usually soak for about ten minutes before my manicure. I also add about a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar.