The year 2013

Can you believe this is the last full week of the year? Crazy I know. It feels like just the other day we started 2013 and now it's all over. Which is just as well because I'm ready for a fresh new start. So instead of doing the usual New Year's resolutions and I'm going to look back and see what I've learn't this year. 

  1. If you love someone, tell them, whether it’s your significant other, family members, or  friends.
  2. Bad days do not last forever, neither do good days. Learn to handle the situation during the bad times and cherish all the good times.
  3. Do not plan your life out according to a set time table. You never know when life will throw a curve ball at you.
  4. Learn to make your own decisions. It’s good to ask for advice from your peers, but at the end of the day, learn to take the risk on your own terms.
  5. Music is the cheapest and simplest cure to any of life's problems.
  6. Surround yourself with people way smarter than you. That is the only way you will be challenged to grow.
  7. A dream job does not exist. You have to create it.
  8. When you meet someone who has enough patience to deal with all of your issues, don't test that patience over and over again.
  9. I'm way too trusting. 
  10. When you have expectations of something a person, an experience, a vacation, a job, a book. You put it in a predetermined box that has little to do with reality.
  11. Making a thousand friends is not a miracle. The true miracle is making one friend who will stand by your side when everyone else is against you. 
  12. This will be my last blog post for 2013 as I'm off to enjoy some more needed me time. 

Have such an awesome Christmas and New Year every!

Love you all...


Christmas table wishes

One of the things I love the most about Christmas is all the beautiful decor! This year unfortunately there won't be any Christmas table decor taking place, but that doesn't mean I hadn't been looking. So despite the change in plans and no table to decorate I'll be sharing my inspirations with you instead. 


Friday Funnies

It's Friday....Yay! Yes, I know I'm stating the obvious here, but I'm really happy it's Friday because it also happens to be my last day of work for the year! I'm looking forward to three weeks of............NOTHING! So without further ado, let's have a laugh. 


Last minute cards

Christmas is just around the corner and you're probably wondering what to get for all the friends and family? Or let's say you have the gifts all ready but you're stuck on how to make the cards? Well that's where I come in handy, as I have three easy to use and do Christmas cards just for you. Oh and not to mention how awesome they'll look in the end.

What you'll need: 
Paper (various colours)
Buttons (red or a colour of your choice)
Double sided tape

Cut the black paper into a rectangle, the white paper into a circle and the red paper into a strip.

Stick the three pieces of paper together as follows and glue the buttons onto the red strip of paper. Draw a face on the white circle (snowman). 

Cut three circles in defending size order out of the white paper. Cut arms out of the black paper and two triangles out of a coloured piece of pear. 

Draw a face on the smallest circle. Using the double sided tape stick the circles on top of one another. Add the arms to the bottom circle and the two triangles on the second circle (to look like a bow tie). 

Out of some multi-coloured paper or green paper draw a big triangle and then cut diagonal lines out of the tree. 

On white paper stick the strips together as follows. To form a slanted Christmas tree. 

There you have it, all three Christmas cards, as easy as that. 


Paying tribute

Well I'm sure you all know by now, whether you've read it on the news, seen it on Twitter or heard it on the radio. Our beloved Madiba has left us and although we knew this day would come it's still a very sad day indeed and one which we were never really prepared for. So in honour of this amazing man, a man who has giving so much, I bring you 15 of his best quotes. 

"Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end."

"It always seems impossible until it's done."

"If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man."

"I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles."

"Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people."
"A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of."

"Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do."

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies."

"Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front."

"Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again."

"I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days."

"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."


Things you should know about me...

1. Sunshine makes me happy.
2. When I feel comfortable around you, I get real honest! Sometimes sharing a little too much. 
3. At first when I meet people I'm quite shy. As I warm up to you, you'll soon be saying...."who knew such a little person could talk so much!"
4. I absolutely love the smell of mushrooms, onions and garlic; cooking on the stove. 
5. When I'm all alone all I do is sing but would never sing in front of another person (unless I'm super comfortable around you). 
6. I have these random burst of excitement about the weirdest things or nothing at all. 

7. I love driving on long road trips and often wonder if I should just carry on driving whenever I'm on the highway.
8. I don't hold grudges, like ever. They take too much of my time and energy.
9. I'm finally starting to realise who I am, what I love, and I'm not ashamed of it.
10. Even though I love and I'm obsessed with shoes, I'm almost always barefoot. 
11. I zone out very easily and can block out almost any noise. 
12. I love clothes with a little bit of sparkle, glitter or lace. 
13. I love getting all dressed up and going out, but I can just as easily snuggle down under a blanket on the couch. 
14. I belong somewhere near the ocean, it's where I'm at my happiest.  
15. Orchids and roses are my favourite flowers. There will almost always be fresh flowers in my house.


Friday Funnies

It’s Friday! Yes, I know I’m stating the obvious here but I’m just so thankful it’s the weekend. Wow this week has been killer! The one thing I have struggled with a lot more than usual this week is my phone’s autocorrect. I really believe that sometimes it’s just out to get me. These typos however where the main inspiration behind today’s Friday Funnies.

Oh and you’re welcome for the laughs.


Let's go to the bush

This past weekend the fiancĂ© and I had a lovely time out in the bush, and it couldn't have come at a better time as we were both feeling a little stressed and run down from the year's activities. So on Friday we jumped in the car and drove off to our destination, the beautiful Sabie River Bush lodge.

It was only by chance that I stumbled upon this hidden gem of a lodge one day while browsing the internet for places to stay. The lodge is perfectly situated 20kms outside of the Paul Kruger gate of the Kruger National Park

Our weekend away was so amazing and everything worked out so well. We kicked it off with some sundowners on Friday evening, while laying by the pool and overlooking the Sabie River. 

 Our view on Friday afternoon/evening

Saturday we drove into the park and saw A LOT of different animals. I won't bore you with all the photos, but let me just say we stopped counting at 67 elephants, 3 buffaloes, 3 lions, 10 giraffes, 9 warthogs, 2 crocodiles, 8 hippos and a few dozen Impala.  

Paul Kruger himself

Sunday we decided to relax by the pool and enjoy some reading, a card game or two, do a bit of swimming (ok, more like a lot of swimming as it was a blistering 37 degrees) and have a drink or two. Which turned out to be a brilliant decision, because it was so hot two different herds of elephants decide to come play in the water that day. The first was a group of five young males in the morning and in the afternoon it was a whole family of 14 elephants with the tinniest little ones. If I could, I would have brought one home. They were just too adorable. 

So close you could touch them, ok not really....

This is the life

Monday was of course a sad day as we had to go back to reality. Thank goodness it was an overcast and miserable day, because it made leaving paradise that much easier. On our way home we stopped off at Milly's for some trout pies....delicious. 

We couldn't have asked for a better weekend and given the opportunity we're going back in a heartbeat! I mean just look at how beautiful the lodge and it's setting is.

The lapa where we had all our meals.

The view from the dinning room.

The outside, but inside lounge.

The lapa joins onto the pool deck.

Our room, thank goodness for aircons.

So how was your weekend? 


SGH come and play party

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to the Sunglasses Hut VVIP party (#SGHCOMEANDPLAY) in Braamfontein, with my lovely sister as my guest. It was an amazing event and the location was just brilliant with it's beautiful view of Johannesburg. We were treated like such VIPs with designer cocktails, delicious bites and amazing entertainment. The big surprise of course was when global brand ambassador Georgia May Jagger "popped" out of the Pop up store at the party. Each guest was also treated with a gift card to the value of R2000 to be spent at any of the Sunglasses Hut Stores, I can't wait to go buy some new sunnies!

Thank you once again to Sunglasses Hut for the brilliant event. 


My dream kitchen

If you're an avid reader of my blog you'll know that I absolutely love baking and cooking, sometimes it's successful and sometimes not so much. As someone who loves spending so much time in the kitchen I do have a bit of a dream kitchen wishlist. Now when I say dream kitchen I refer to how I want my kitchen to look, the appliances I'm still undecided upon...lol.

It would be a dream to one day have a kitchen that looks like this.


When bloggers meet up

On Saturday I attended the JHB Blogger Meet up (#JHBbloggermeetup) at Vovo Telo in Parkhurst, organised by the lovely Johlet from Our Journey to Everywhere. It was definitely the highlight of my weekend and was even more awesome than I could have possibly imagined it to be. I have to take my hat off to Johlet for organising such an amazing event!

Our little get together (ok big get together as we were 28 ladies) was kicked off by a welcome and break down of the morning’s activities by Johlet herself. We then had a motivational talk by the awe-inspiring Sue Levy from Just Pursue It. She brought up some very good points about how blogging is for you and no one else and how we has bloggers should support one another and not bring one another down.

After Sue’s speech it was time to order and oh boy was there some delicious options on the menu. This made my already indecisive mind even more indecisive. Thank goodness for patient and oh so helpful waiters, otherwise I think I would still be deciding (ok not really but you get the idea on how good the choices were). Once brunch was done we got down to mingling, mingling and some more mingling. It was so nice to be able to put faces and voices to so many of the blogs I love and admire, and to hear how people really like my posts. It’s always so reassuring to hear you’re actually blogging about stuff that people enjoy and find funny (I’m referring to those Friday Funnies). 

The cherry on the cake was of course the goodie bags we received. In the weeks leading up to the event Johlet had been tweeting about how surprised and thrilled we would all be about these goodie bags, but oh my goodness nothing could have prepared me for just how much of a goodie bag (more like bags) there would be. We were absolutely spoilt rotten. I’m having a problem packing it all away at home, not that I’m complaining...at all!

Once and again a huge thank you to Johlet for inviting me and organising such a wonderful event. I loved meeting each and every single one of the ladies. Hopefully there will be another meet up sometime soon. Thank you also to Zoya Africa for the beautiful manicures we got on the day. 

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