Weekend wrap up...

This past weekend was yet another awesome one. It started with the fiancĂ© and I having a dinner (sushi) date just the two of us. Saturday we had a garden party and bonfire with all of our friends and Sunday our garden got transformed (well part of it) into a magical world of colour. I unfortunately was a bit of an idiot when it came to all of our plans and I barely took any photos. It's so unlike me, but also goes to show just how busy (and forgetful) I've been lately. 

I've officially turned into one of those people who falls asleep in front of the TV (this coming from the girl who used to stay up till 2am easily). Deep down inside I'm really enjoying being so busy, weirdly enough I'm even more productive the more I have on my plate. I wouldn't want things any other way as right now, it's all just perfect. 


To Facebook

So today's Blogtember is An anonymous letter to your Facebook friends. Be as snarky as you'd like. (but don't include people's real names.)  Well I have to be honest I don't really have any huge animosity regarding anyone of my Facebook friends and the things they post. I think it's mostly because I spend most of my social media time on Twitter and Instagram instead of Facebook. So I'm not going to write that letter but `i will leave you with this funny.


Oh no you didn't

Three more days and then Blogtemeber is over and done with. What will I do with myself? Kidding...I'm bound to find something to ramble on and on about (it's a talent I tell you). So today's Blogtember is a mistake you made and oh boy have I made enough of those. 

To date the biggest mistake I feel I've ever made is practically throwing away a friendship that meant the world to me (and I didn't realise just how much it mattered to me until it was way too late). I won't go into details, mostly because this post will turn into a essay. 

The break in our friendship came at a time when a boyfriend and I had just broken up. I was hurting and she was hurting because of some personal stuff and well let's just say we were typical girls and neither would apologize or admit that they were wrong. In hindsight it could and should have gone another way. I should have fought so much harder for our friendship, I should have swallowed my pride and apologized. It's through these mistakes that we learn and no better for next time though. 


Meet Pasqual

Today's Blogtemeber is review a book, place, or product. So today I'm going to talk about my beautiful and purple KitchenAid, why because it's just amazing! Oh and his name happens to be Pasqual, yes I name all my gadgets (including my phone). The way Pasqual has improved my baking experiences and adventures is just unbelievable. No matter how big or small the baking project, Pasqual is there to make it fun and effortless all the way right to the end. Now enough of the words, I'm going to let this short video of Pasqual doing what he does best speak for itself. 

Oh and did I mention the amount of  noise he doesn't make....


Life as it is...

Today's Blogtember is life lately, and right now I 'm in such a happy space! We just had my parent's over for a week long visit, which is always nice. Everyone loves family time, particularly when you don't all live in the same country and you don't get to see one another that much.  

Here in South Africa it's a public holiday tomorrow, so I put in a day's leave (for today) so I'm having that well deserved extra long weekend. I'm absolutely loving my job. I get to be even more creative than usual and I'm going wild with a few ideas. Our garden is finally getting all its summer flowers so it's an explosion of colour, which is the best part of summer for me.

So yes, life is pretty awesome in more ways than one, which makes those early mornings and driving in traffic each day seem less than dreadful. 


Let's get fictional

Today's Blogtember is a creative writing day: write a (very short) fictional story that starts with this sentence: "To say I was dreading the dinner party would be the understatement of the century." Now I'm not a very good story writer, I'm much better at telling the story of something that really happened. So here we go. 

To say I was dreading the dinner party would be the understatement of the century. These weren't exactly my most favourite group of people to hang out with. These were the kind of people who liked to flash their money around and rub it in everyone faces. It's not that I begrudged them their fame and fortune, but we didn't need to hear about it every five minutes. 

But this night was different. This time I was excited and nervous to see the whole group. That's because this time I had some big news to share and it was something that was going to blow them all away. It's was my moment to shine.

and that's where the story ends....

Had to leave you in some suspense.....


A photographic catch up

Today's Blogtember post is only photos. So here (in photos) is what I've been up to lately!


Childhood times

Today's blogtemeber post is simply a memory you'd love to relive. Well if I had a choice I would choose to relive the time we went to Disney World.  I was about eight year's old when we went to Florida and it's still one of the best holidays we went on when I was a child. If I had the choice to relive it there would be so much more I would pay attention to and take part in.

Now I've written about this trip before but in case you've forgotten, I'm here to remind you. 


Personal touch

Today's Blogtember topic is Write a public love letter to someone in your life. (It doesn't necessarily need to be romantic). Well to be honest there are just way too many people that I need to and would like to write a letter to. So this is a bit of a collaboration. 

To my family, friends and work collages

Thank you for being who you are. Thank for understanding me and all my weird, moody and annoying moments. Thank you for always listening, advising and helping me through all the good, bad and ugly moments. I don't know where I would be without any of you. Each and every one of you brings something unique to my life, and without you I would be lost. You've all seen me at my worst and best, yet you've stuck by me and treated me now different. With all of you in my I'm the luckiest girl in the world and what makes you all even more special is the fact that you laugh at my jokes, no matter how lame they are. 


My online family

Today's Blogtember post is Discuss ways that blogging or social media has changed you. If I had to name all the ways that blogging has changed my life we would be here all night (haha). I can't even begin to describe all the ways it's changed my life for the better. I thought my life before blogging was pretty damn good, and then I got introduced to this amazing online family. 

Now I say family because all my fellow bloggers are exactly like my family. They're always so supportive and understanding (of my weird blog posts). My baking adventures, DIY crafts, cooking and fashion ideas are done and put together with such enthusiasm because of all of you. I read other people's blogs and I feel like they're writing it for me personally, and just when I think my blog is going nowhere I receive a comment or email which is so sweet that it makes me feel inspired all over again. 

So to you my fellow bloggers I say thank you! Thank you for inspiring me, supporting me and understanding me (weird topics and all). I can't imagine my life without you guys. 


Lesson learnt

For day 6 (technically it's yesterday's post as I ran late with this one) of Blogtember we have to Describe a distinct moment when your life took a turn. Well it’s a pretty easy one for me and that would be the day my parents moved overseas. Throughout my childhood, although I had a job since the age of sixteen I was/always had been reliant on my parents. Yes I was independent in most ways, but when it came to certain things I would always run to my parents and expect them to fix it.

A significant change came into our lives when my father's work required him to be located in another country (they’ve lived in Dubai, Hong Kong and now they’re in Zambia). My sister and I were studying at University at the time so it made more sense for us to stay behind. So there we were 18 and 20 years old with a house, even more chores, studying and so much more responsibility to deal with. It was a huge adjustment at first but also one of the biggest and best life lessons I have learnt to date.

It’s the silly things that make the difference though. I mean just the other day I put a bed back together all on my own (my mom helped my holding the planks up). Where before I would have just left it for my father to do when he got home from work (although these days I have the option of leaving those kinds of things for the fiancĂ© to do)


I'm a ENFJ

So I unfortunately missed my usual blog post for yesterday due to blackout we experienced here in South Africa, but I'm happy to be back and ready for today's post. So do me a quick favour and take  this short personality test. I'm a huge sucker for personality tests. It's not that I believe any, if even half of what they say. I just like to read the different results, only a little strange I know!

Apparently I'm a....

Extravert(11%)  iNtuitive(25%)  Feeling(38%)  Judging(33%)
You have slight preference of Extraversion over Introversion (11%)
You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (25%)
You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (38%)
You have moderate preference of Judging over Perceiving (33%)

A few things I found out about a ENFJ

Success for an ENFJ comes through involvement in the process of making things happen for people; through the accomplishments and satisfactions of those they have helped to enrich the human world with greater value, and through finding that their efforts on behalf of others have fulfilled their own life as well. Read it all here.

ENFJs want close, supportive connections with others, and believe that cooperation is the best way to get things done. They like to be liked and are very sensitive to feedback, both positive and negative. They expect the best not just from themselves, but from others as well, and may find themselves disappointed when others are not as genuine in their intentions as the ENFJ. ENFJs work hard to maintain strong relationships, and strive to be valuable members of their families, groups, and communities. Read it all here.

ENFJs are often so interested in devoting their time to others that they can neglect their own needs. They also have a tendency to be too hard on themselves, blaming themselves for when things go wrong and not giving themselves enough credit when things go right. Because of this, it is important that people with this personality type regularly set aside some time to attend to their own needs. Read it all here.

I mean who knew....


Three months

Day two of Blogtember is If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do? That's a pretty easy one, I would travel the world. There are so many places and cultures I would like to experience but unfortunately I don't have a money tree growing in my backyard either! So until then I am left dreaming of white sandy beaches, town markets, colour festivals and going skiing. 


Where I come from

If you've been following this blog for a while now you'll remember that a couple of months ago I took part in the Blog everyday in May challenge with Jenni from Story of my life. Well this month we're at it again except this time around it's called Blogtember. Today's post is titled Where I come from, well it's a pretty simple story really. I'm the youngest of two girls. My mother is a Librarian and my father is an Engineer. 

Growing up we lived in a small town which was the ideal place for a young child because we got to play in the street (we even had a street club) and ride our bikes to school. Basically we lived outside and went wild with our friends running up and down our street. 

When I was 10 years old we moved to Johannesburg, which was a big adjustment at first but maybe looking at it now it was a move for the better. It taught my sister and I life skills that we maybe wouldn't have learnt if we were in that small town. My parents always taught us to be independent and not rely too much on anyone. 

Today I think it's one of the may reasons why I'm so independent and determined to do things for myself. I got my first job at the age of sixteen and worked for the rest of my high school and varsity career. Although we got pocket money monthly it was only a small amount, which was a good thing because it's taught me to be very smart with my money. 

Having always been employed (although at different companies) for so long it's taught me the value of hard work and reward. It's because of these two awesome people that are my parents that I am who I am and for that I am so thankful. They are the most supportive and understanding parents, no matter how crazy my dreams and ideas may be (and we all know I've had some rather weird ones).