Entertaining an Engineer

Do you know an Engineer, and is he a plane enthusiast? Well then I have the perfect gift for you. We recently bought my dad one of those Lego Technic models, and he absolutely loved it. He loved it so much, that he started building it immediately and finished it the very next day.


Festive celebrations

It was a day filled with joy, laughter and lots of food, and I must say my table decor turned out even better than I thought it would!

and by the end Father Christmas was all partied out (lol).

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.


Christmas cards

Well, my table is decorated, all the presents have been wrapped, cards have been designed and I am ready for Christmas. Tomorrow will be a day of joy, laughter and lots of food (just as well calories dont count while you're on holiday).

I had so much fun this year, decorating the table, wrapping everyone's gifts and coming up with ideas for my Christmas cards. I have to say, I think I have outdone myself (pats self on back). Oh and I just love Google's Santa Tracker, now I can stalk Santa and know when my presents will be delievered...lol!

All my equipement set and ready

The beginning of a Santa suit

What will be on this card

The line up

Mittens anyone

Santa's suit


Christmas treats

Oh the yummy Christmas treat, it adds to the calorie and fat overload that is Christmas day. I have been searching for some cute ideas for Christmas treats, as this year I don't want to do just the usual Christmas pudding. I want to make something fun, something that looks so cute that you actually don't want to eat it. I do have to say that the search has been a bit harder that I thought, I mean look at what I have found so far.

Now you see my dilemma, there is way too much to choose from.

Christmas table decor

I mentioned in a previous blog post that one of my favourite things about Christmas is decorating the table for Christmas lunch. When it comes to decorating the table, I work some of the tree ornaments into my idea, I either make my own decor pieces or I end up buying some of them.

Well this year, will be interesting as I am at my parent's house in Zambia, so I'm not exactly sure what I'll find that can be used for the table decor. Below are a few ideas I have drawn some inspiration (barring on what I have to work with) from for this year's Christmas table. I just can't wait for next week to get my decor skills on...lol.


Holiday beauty

Just because you're on holiday and not able to take all of your beauty supplies with you, doesn't mean you should suffer this holiday season. You can look just as awesome, if not better while you are away from home. The trick is to “box” clever.

Buy a cream blush that can doubles up as a lip tint.

Carry an all-in-one moisturiser which contains sunscreen and tint. That way you are protected from the rays and your skin stays moisturised.

For a nice evening out, all it will take is a hint of shimmer on your face, body and hair for the ultimate party and evening look.

If you're flying, laying on the beach or skiing on the slopes, staying hydrated is so important. It will keep your skin moisturised and give you a natural glow.

Travel-size products are amazing, as they leave plenty of room in your suitcase for other essentials and you are able to take more products with you.

If you can, try not wear a colour nail polish as it will chip during your travels and then you're unable to give it a fix.

These tips and tricks should make maintaining the ultimate holiday look that mush easier, so that your beauty regime is the least of your worries.


Swimsuit love

Swimsuits are the hottest accessory for any summer holiday, as they come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and designs. For most girls having the perfect swimsuit is what summer holidays are all about. So when you have spent ages looking for the perfect attire, it can be very frustrating when your swimsuit's colour starts to fade. The trick to keeping your swimsuit looking brand new all summer long is in the way you take care of and clean it. Your swimsuit is not just another piece of clothing that can be chucked in the washing machine.

Always make sure you buy a swimsuit that is of a good quality. The more spandex there is in your swimsuit the better, because your swimsuit will hold its shape and form longer.

Remember to always wash your swimsuit by hand after each use with a mild washing powder (preferable one that specifies hand wash). Once you have washed out your swimsuit, hang it in a bathroom and not outside, as the sun will cause the colour to fade. The sun also negatively affects that elasticity of your swimsuit.

Have more than one pair. The reason behind this, is that swimsuits need at least 24 hours to dry properly before being reused. The 24 hours also allows the suit to get back to its original shape and form.

Yes we all love laying in the sun, having a swim in the pool and then laying in the sun some more. If possible though, you should always do your sunbathing before you have a swim. This is because the combination of the sun and the chemicals (from the pool) cause your swimsuit to wear out.

With these tips in mind, there is no reason why your swimsuit can't look new all summer long.


Festive season shopping

With just over two weeks to go until Christmas. Most people are still wondering how and when they will get all of their shopping done in time and without breaking the bank. Well then I have the solution for you. These are some of tips and tricks I use when doing my festive season shopping.

Set a limit as to how much you want to spend on each individual. Try not make the amount so small that you aren't even able to buy a decent gift but at the same time don't blow your savings. A clever way to go about it is to have everyone stick to the same spending limit. This will ensure one member doesn't spend more than the other.

Decide on a list. 

Draw up a list of possible gift ideas for everyone you will be shopping for. Write down each idea, even the expensive ones (as this might bring on a cheaper idea). This way you have an alternative to choose from, could you not find the first option.

Work with a plan
Majority of people say they don't have time to shop for Christmas presents because they work and then when it does come to the weekend they have other things which need to be done. Well then it's best to set aside a time to do the great big shop (tackle all the present shopping in one day). Yes, shopping may not be your thing but this way you get it all done and over with and you won't have to face the masses again.

Another alternative on how you can save money when it comes to Christmas is to try to make all of your presents. You could make a bracelet, necklace, earrings or a ring for all of your female friends and family members. The male members are a bit harder to make things for but you could try something different like help them to organise their garage or make containers for them to store all of their tools or hobby equipment in. I know my male family members are always struggling to find certain things so containers are always a necessity. Hope these tips came in handy and Christmas shopping is a little easier this time around. 


The packing dilemma

One more week of work left and then we will be flying to Zambia to visit my parents. The joy of a holiday and the idea of getting on a plane have got me so excited that I am counting down the days. Yes, I am a bit weird like that, but who doesn't love the idea of days filled with no work obligations and doing whatever you want. I have to admit, that as much as I love going on holiday, I absolutely despise packing. I have this constant fear that I will forget something, like my shoes or toiletries because believe it or not I have done that before.

It is because of that silly moment that I now follow a packing routine, yes you read right, I have a packing routine. Before you knock it down and think I'm silly why not give it a try. The first thing you have to do before you even think about packing is make a list of everything you plan to take and I mean everything. This way you wont (hopefully) forget anything. You can then tick these items off your list as you pack them into your bag.

Split and rule
Lay everything you plan to take with you on your bed and then cut that selection down by at least half the size. It sounds drastic I know, but it forces you to focus and see what is essential and what you're taking just for the sake of taking it.

Where and what
Think about all the activities you will be doing (or might do) while you're on holiday and place your favourite items of clothing for those types of activities on your bed. Also remember to have everything in piles of tops/shirts, pants (short and long), dresses, shoes, toiletries, hair accessories, make up, jackets/jerseys and swimwear. If something doesn't belong on one of these piles then scrap it.

Always try to choose items of clothing that can be worn with majority of the other items already on your bed. This way you ensure that everything works with everything else and therefore you wont be taking any unnecessary clothing with you.

Pack your shoes right at the bottom of your bag and pack all your underwear, swimwear and other small items of clothing around them. This is a great way to protect your shoes as well as utilise even the small spaces in your bag.

Space saver
The biggest space saver when it comes to your bag is rolling all your clothes and then packing them tightly into your bag. For tailored items or items made of special material, turn those inside out and them roll them up.

Last but not least
Don't take a big bag and pile all of your toiletries, make up and hair accessories in there, it will just take up unnecessary space. The trick is to take smaller ziplock bags and divide all of your toiletries, make up and hair accessories into these. Not only is this a space saver, but it will also prevent your face cream or eye shadow from spilling all over your bag should they pop due to air pressure or heat. The other benefit with them being packed into smaller bags, it makes it easier to slip them in amongst your clothes.

I hope these tips help and make your packing experience a bit more pleasant. 


It's that time of year....

Christmas and Christmas movies go together like Santa Claus and cookies. It's just one of those things that you know you will be inundated with this time of year. It's the time of year when the general message of majority of the movies is, one of family, caring and sharing. Those feel good movies, that producers and directors hope will have you reaching for the tissues but leave you feeling warm and appreciative.

I do have to admit though, that most of the time I do fall prey to the Christmas movie specials that runs on our screens at the end of each year. Pathetic I know, but in the same breath I also have to say that some of these movies are really corny and practically carbon copies of one another. I mean how many movies can one make about the Ghost of Christmas past paying a visit to people and showing them the error of their ways.

There have however been some really good Christmas movies over the years. Some of my favourites are:

Home Alone

The Santa Claus

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Love Actually


I have a vision

Whenever I set my mind to something or have something I would like to achieve, I create a vision board for myself. Now for those of you who don’t know, a vision board is typically a poster board on which you collage images that you've torn out from various magazines (the pictures all have one central theme). I prefer to do my vision boards on Pinterest, because I love the option of being able to add to them at any given time and not having the pieces of paper everywhere.

The idea behind a vision board is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to vacation, your life changes, achieving it or making it a reality becomes that much easier.

Now if you wish to make a physical vision board as opposed to an online one, you’re going to need a few supplies.

Some poster board or a big enough piece of cardboard
A stack of different magazines
And some glue.

How to go about making a vision board
1. Go through your magazines and tear out the pictures you like and that apply to your vision. You can include phrases and words in your vision board as well.
2. Go through the pictures, words and phrases you have torn out of the various magazines and begin to lay out your favourites on the board.
3. Glue everything onto the board. Now is the part where you can get really creative and have fun with it. Add some writing, paint or glitter to the collage.

The whole point of a vision board is that it’s meant to inspire you and get you excited about the topic. So try hanging it somewhere, where you’ll see it often and be reminded of what your goal is. I like to make mine the home page on my computer so that way every time I sit down and do some work I am reminded of what I am striving towards. 

These are some of my vision boards: