Monthly Archives: May 2016
The Feast Day of Our Lady Mary Help of Christians has been celebrated in Australia since 1844 but the history to this day, dates back to the start of the 1800’s at a time when Napoleon Bonaparte had gaoled Pius VI (who also died in gaol). And later, when Pope Pius VII was elected he too was gaoled by Bonaparte, who kept him prisoner at Fontainebleau.
The Holy Father vowed to God that if he were restored to the Roman See, he would institute a special feast in honour of Mary.
The military eventually forced Bonaparte to release the Pope and on 24 May, 1814 Pius VII returned in triumph to Rome.
Twelve months later the Pope decreed that the Feast of Our Lady Mary Help of Christians be kept on 24 May.
The infant church in Australia had a special reason for turning to Mary. No priests were sent to the colony in its early days and Mass was not allowed except for one brief year until 1820. It was largely the Rosary in those early days that kept the faith alive.
The Australian Catholic community remained faithful to Mary and Australia was the first nation to choose her under the title, ‘Mary Help of Christians’ as principle Patroness.
Australia also became the first country to have a cathedral dedicated in Our Lady, Mary’s name. St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney was dedicated in her honor by the Irish pioneer priest, Fr John Therry who arrived in Sydney in 1820.
Today I’ll show you how to do No-Heat curls! This is something everyone seems to always be looking for. I have done these on myself quite a few times before and they may not work out straight away, but once you get the hang of it, they are actually very easy and will turn out great! But today I’ll show you how to do them on my sisters.
Items Needed: you will need some bits of cloth or a old t-shirt ripped up into approx. 15- 18 centimeter strips, spray bottle, and a comb or brush.
(Rather than using a cut up t-shirt, you can actually use something just as effective, which you are sure to have around the house… paper towels!)
Time Requirement: roughly 30 minutes or less depending on your hair and length.
Skill Level: Medium
Night: It will depend on how much hair you have so you will have to judge for yourself, on how many rag strips you will need.
The trick is to mist your hair with water, but only until it is just damp, if it’s any wetter the curls won’t dry properly and then they will not work.
Starting at the ends, wrap a medium sized section of your hair around one of the strips of cloth and then slowly roll it upward. Once you reach your desired height, gently tie the strip in place. Make sure that you tie the strip tight enough; so they won’t fall out in the night.
Once you have tied all your hair up in bundles, wrap a thin scarf around your head and tie it up for bed, I found this actually makes them more comfortable to sleep in and it helps the curls from being frizzy in the morning.
Morning: Don’t worry if some of the bundles slipped out a bit. Gently unravel all the bundles, and if you want to, gently separate the sections in half so they aren’t in super uniform curls.
(Now my tip is, to test these curls out, before you have to go out, or for a special occasion, so if they don’t work out the first time you will know what to do to make them better the next time, and won’t have to go out with a big frizzy mess! )
I’m actually going to show you an alternative to rags as well….Foam rollers! They are pretty cheap and can be found at two dollar shops (where I found mine), they are also good for if you have short hair because the are easier to put in and they aren’t as tight when you take them out in the morning 😉 .
Time: 20 minutes depending on your hair length (if you have short hair they should only take around 10 minutes).
Follow the rag curls steps, because they’re pretty straight foreword, only just clip the rollers in place instead of tying them. You really need to make sure that you only JUST WET the hair so its damp otherwise they won’t dry.
I hope this post was helpful:) . For any tips or questions on the rag/foam roller curls, please leave a comment below. 🙂 And I apologize for the inconsistent lighting in the photos. (We were having some very cloudy wet days, so I couldn’t take the pictures outside. 🙂
This was a really good series, which I would definitely recommend for girls around age 11 and up. You can sometimes find them at Christian book stores or here
“This five-in-one volume brings MANDIE fans–new and old alike–back to where it all began. Readers will discover anew the charms of the impulsive Mandie Shaw as she faces the ups and downs of first losing her father and then finding her long-lost family in “Mandie and the Secret Tunnel.” Many more mysteries follow for Mandie and her friends in “Mandie and the Cherokee Legend,” “Mandie and the Ghost Bandits,” “Mandie and the Forbidden Attic,” and “Mandie and the Trunk’s Secret.” -via www.bookdepository.co.uk
And while not very close to the original stories, there are three Mandie movies, available here
which, I think are still enjoyable, though make sure you have read the books before watching.
Also if you have read the series, please feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to know what you thought of it .