Monday, November 22, 2010

Miracle Cream Monday Morning (Giveaway)

I had some of our family over for lunch for my father's birthday over the weekend and I thought I would try something different for the table setting. I used a fuchsia table cloth from Market Import.  Most unlike me, colour wise, but it suited the beautiful sunny spring day.  The little milk bottle vase is from Ada & Darcy.

(lunch setting Sunday 21 November 2010)

The colour also suited the conversation, which was a typically lively one.  All current topics were covered (the Greens, climate change, asylum seekers, planning approvals, the Federal minority government, violence in children's movies,  the forthcoming State election and so on).  I felt a bit like I had gone 10 rounds at the end. In a good way.

I have changed my training spot in the mornings, we now do it in Alexandra Avenue near Morell Bridge in South Yarra.  The other day my trainer, who like all trainers I suspect is not prone to exaggeration, said to me 'Look at that vista, Jane.  This must be the best place to train in the world'.    So I took a photo this morning to show you all.

(View of part of the city taken from Morell Bridge, 6.04 am)

(view of some of the rowers on the Yarra River)

Now, to the point of this post.  Yes, it has a point.

A couple of weeks ago I had a severe bout of gastro.  After I recovered I made the mistake of looking in the mirror.  Looking back at me was Actual Death.   So I went straight to High Street where every second shop is a beauty salon, and immediately got a facial.  The excellent lady also sold me many Vitamin C, Vitamin A, soothing, cleansing bits of cream and potion.  

After a week of ill judged and overzealous application of the paint stripper cosmeceuticals my skin was peeling off in strips and had gone red and blotchy.  Note to self: when she says just one pump she means just one, not 5. 

I was getting reasonably desperate and then I remembered this product, currently residing in my daughter's room.  Lucas Pawpaw Ointment is made of fermented paw paw (papaya).  It is spruiked as great for 'boils, burns, chaffings, cuts, cracked skin, gravel rash, splinters, open wounds, insect bits and nappy rash'.   I use it all the time on the children's bottoms and elbows.  

I slathered it over my face and two days later, my skin is perfect.

The ointment is made in Brisbane, you can read about it here

I love this stuff so much I want to share it with you.   I realise that if you live in Australia you can buy it very cheaply from the local chemist.  But still you can NEVER have too much.

If you leave a comment, and are a follower, I will put you in the draw to win the biggest tub I can find plus a handy purse tube. 

Giveaway is open until close of business 29 November 2010. If you post about it, you get an extra entry.

Happy Monday. 



jules @ The Diversion Project said...

sorry to hear you've been sick too Jane, i'm like you, when i'm depserate to get better will jump into anything head first. i'm sure i'm taking far in excess of the legal dose of echinaccea right now, but that's too bad.

also had to laugh about lunch discussions and planning permissions!! so true.


Natasha in Oz said...

I just have to say that your colourful tablescape is gorgeous-I love the pink tablecloth!

Now, onto that fabulous is indeed brilliant stuff. I also used it for the kid's bottoms when they were wee things but i always have a special tube just for my lips in the winter time!

Happy Monday and best wishes for a lovely week,

brismod said...

I didn't know that Lucas' was made in Brisbane...I'm going to enter because, like you, my skin is easily irritated. I just have to look at cosmetics from afar and my skin disintegrates. So count me in but I'll probably buy it anyway. Thanks for the tip.

Makeminemidcentury said...

I think this is quite the most amusing give-away I've come across!

I do agree that a foreign reader should win, however, so as to partake in the healing wonder of Paw Paw ointment.

What a heady luncheon conversation ... would be enough to end in fisty-cuffs at my place! Glad you're more civilised!

sydney85 said...

Glad you are feeling better and love the giveaway. With winter just around the corner I am always looking for some miracle that will keep my skin from drying out. I will keep my fingers crossed for this miracle cream.

Jen said...

I don't know what we did before paw paw cream came along. No idea. Use it all the time.

Laura said...

Love the mother has those same placemats and absolutely swears by them! I am very impressed by this miracle winter settles in and my face begins to peel off I imagine it will come in quite handy!

Ann said...

I do like a meandering Monday post... from lunchtime debates to vases, views and bottoms! I love Paw Paw ointment and have a bucket of it so please count me out of the giveaway - just wanted to say thanks for the wander! A x

Pinecone Camp said...

Your table setting is beautiful. Well done!
I can't wait to see the just a few weeks. I think I'd work out a lot more if I had that near by ;)
As for you miracle cream, yes please!
have a nice Monday!

Lizzy said...

the lunch setting looks gorgeous!
Sorry you've been ill, i haven't been to well myself and looking in the mirror and seeing yourself look so worn down is not nice at all!
I actually got a tube of this when i visited Brisbane last month but i'm running out! Its been the only thing to help with my chapped lips.

Please enter me :) thanks x

Emma said...

Your pink table cloth is divine and the whole table setting looks fabulous! Perfect for an alfresco lunch. Paw Paw ointment is wonderful isn't it, I use it for everything and have recently found it is even fabulous for soothing nasty mosquito bites! x

Sarah B said...

What a beautiful morning view :)
Goodness, you've been through the wars. I'm always a bit worried about chemicals on the face - I like natural things. I've never tried Pawpaw ointment but it sounds great. I'd love to be counted in :)

Glamour Drops said...

I wasn't sure where this post was going to end up - a bit like the varied and lively lunch conversations! I love the magenta inspired table setting, by the way. And yes, isn't that view to die for? Especially when it is early morning or early evening and there are rowers silently gliding by. As for the pawpaw treatment, the best invention ever! Cures absolutely anything and everything in our house - would never be without a jar or two for burns, bites or sore noses during hayfever season.

Millie said...

Son #5's sweet girlfriend the gorgeous Miss A only introduced me to this wonder stuff out of the bulging contents of her Prada hobo last month! Not sure how it's alluded me all these years - trust a Gen Y to have to inform me!! Jane, the fuschia table cloth looked a treat, & as MOTH calls me his little 'Lefto, Pinko, Commo' it would be right at home here at The Hedge.
Millie ^_^

Mise said...

Surely you shouldn't get up so early, Jane? It MUST be bad for you. I've never seen this particular miracle cream, which definitely looks exotically miraculous, but I discovered the amazing power of children's miracle creams five years ago and have become more beautiful by the day since then. If I win this one my beauty might just tip me over the edge. I can but hope.

24 Corners said...

One time I had a "peel facial" at a salon and I had to go to a class directly afterwards. Well, everyone kept staring at me as it turned out the peel had turned me into a lobster! I *peeled* for days and could have really used some of the miracle PawPaw! :/

So happy your beautiful face went back to beautiful and that you're feeling better!
xo J~

Rebecca said...

yes, i have been saved by this beautiful salve many a time! Don't enter me in the giveaway (I have many containers of this stuff!) but just wanted to add my 2 cents worth - it's amazing!

Christine said...

Thank you for that gorgeous photo of early early early morning Melbourne - even though I now have the Swan River to visit nearby, there is "something" about that Yarra river view that is transforming!!

Also love the "cream in the red jar" - we use it lots!

best wishes, Christine

Littlemissairgap said...

One of my best friends, who already had 4 children by the time I had my first, gave me one of hers to use of my new bub's "nether regions" instead of using nappy ointments, etc. It's amazing stuff! Takes the red & inflammation out, soothes, repairs ... everything! Plus you can buy it in the supermarket. It's the "cure all" in our house and one of the few things allowed at my little one's day care for treatments of cuts, stings, etc. Lucas's Paw Paw Ointment and Lansinoh Cream are the basic supplies you need for a new bub & family.

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