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COOKING ACTIVITY: -  - This class activity takes up several nights.  First night -- gather and start a recipe file, gathering recipies for a main dish, side dish, and dessert that nobody knows how to prepare.  Next activity learn to cook main dish.  Next activity learn to cook side and dessert.  Next activity cook entire meal and deliver to needy.

NATURAL FACIALS: -   An activity our Mia Maids did-Facials using natural ingredients.  I found the following recipes on the
internet.  The girls put the "natural facials" on, including cucumber slices for their eyes, laid on the floor and while they waited, their adult leaders read stories to them.  The girls love this activity!  And frankly, I didn't realize how many have acne problems-hopefully this will help them!  cathie
The Chocolate Facial - Normal skin
1/2 cup cocoa
4 Tbs. heavy cream
3 tsp. cottage cheese
3 tsp. ripe avocado
1/4 cup honey
3-4 tsp. oatmeal powder
Vegetable Patch Facial - oily skin
1/4 mashed tomato - seeds and skin removed
2 tsp. plain yogurt
1 tsp. mashed cucumber
2 tsp. aloe gel
3- tsp. oatmeal powder
2 mint leaves crushed
Tutti-Frutti Facial - dry skin 
1 cup mixed cantalope, peaches, raspberries, bananas, watermelon - mashed
2 Tbs. heavy cream
2 tsp. cottage cheese
1 tsp. brown sugar
1-2 tsp. died sage
3-4 tsp. oatmeal powder
 General directions: Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Apply to face and
leave on for ten minutes. When taking off the facial, try patting the face
with a warm washcloth to dampen before removing. Apply moisturizer.
Oatmeal and Honey Mask
Mix oatmeal, either cooked or raw, with enough honey to make it sticky.  Apply, leave for twenty minutes or so, and rinse off with plenty of water.  It will tone oily skin, refine the texture of the pores, and gently lift a
face that's in general poor condition, especially after illness or depression.
Honey Mask
Honey is a lovely mask. Massage it into your skin, and keep adding more and patting it on till your face is very tacky. Rinse it off, and your skin will look fresh and glowing. Honey is antiseptic, hydrating and cleanses the
pores. However, if you're prone to odd pimples, don't use this before a big night - sometimes its ability to suck impurities out of the skin means you get a zit.
Vanessa's Salad Mask
Take some lettuce, cucumber, tomato and avocado - exact quantities don't matter - and puree them until liquid. Add a little dollop of mayonnaise and then mix with enough oatmeal or almond meal to make the mixture stiff enough to stay on your face.
Avocado-Honey Moisturising Mask
Mash up 2 tablespoons avocado, mix with 2 tablespoons honey and 1 egg yolk.
A very rich mask.
A beaten egg also makes a great nourishing mask. Yogurt Mask
Use natural, unflavoured yogurt; you can add honey and/or oatmeal if you like. The gentle acids in the yogurt are very good to help restore the natural acid balance of the skin.
Prune Porridge
This mask sounds and looks disgusting but is very soothing and good for a face tormented by sore underground pimples. Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over 2 dried prunes in a bowl and leave until soft. Mash prunes. Use any
leftover prune water in cooking about 1/2 cup oatmeal. Mix oatmeal with mashed prunes
and enough honey to make a sticky mash that will adhere to the face. Apply while still warm (but not hot), leave 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water.

Fruit Mask
You can also make masks from mashed fruit pulp, alone or mixed with oatmeal and/or honey till you get the right consistency.
Good fruit to try:
  • Tomato: astringent and a good blackhead remover. Pulp it up and mix with oatmeal, or slice and lay on the face on its own.
  • Apple: grate an apple and mix with honey to make a mask that soothes and heals acne, and makes your skin look great. 
  • Strawberry: a good oily skin mask. Pulp it up, smear it on the face, wash off. Makes the skin look soft and fine. A good use for  over-ripe or bruised berries.
  • Avocado: Moisturising. I find it's too oily for my skin, but I've heard good reports from others.
  • Banana: Also a moisturiser.
  • Carrot: Grate a carrot, add honey, use as a facial for oily skin. Or you can mash up a cooked one.
  • Peach: A nice, good-smelling mask for dry or normal skin.
  • Cucumber: On its own, is cleansing, astringent and cooling during hot weather. Juice a cucumber and wipe the juice over the face. It will reduce shine and the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Creamy Green Mask
    This mask feels wonderful and does great things to cleanse and hydrate the skin, and acts as a mild exfoliant as well as a mask. Mash 1 tablespoon ripe avocado, add 1/2 tsp honey and mix. Stir in a little almond meal until the whole thing is of a pleasant creamy consistency. Apply to clean skin, leave on for 15-20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water, massaging gently as you remove to exfoliate the skin.

    SWING DANCING: -  - A couple months ago the Mia Maids planned a Swing Dancing night. We had people come down from Tacoma (we're in Olympia/Lacey Washington) and teach us some different moves for swing dancing. Everyone had so much fun, and we had one of
    the best turn outs! We then had refreshments afterwards, because it really wears you out! And the leaders were also swing dancing, it was the best!!!      ~Heather~

    BABYPROOF A HOME: -  - We babyproofed the home of a younger single sister in the ward who has a 1 yr.
    old.  We asked if we could use her home to teach our girls how to babyproof.  I watched the clearance racks for a few months and picked up cabinet locks, outlet covers, etc.. for a reasonable cost.  The night of the activity, each girl had a check-list, and we went through it item by item.  We either babyproofed, or marked on the copy we left for the mom if there was something we could not do.  We finished the night by crawling around to see her house from the baby's point of view to make sure we hadn't missed anything.  It was an enjoyable evening and a worthwhile service project!  Jennifer

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