Our Home: Entertainment Area

One of the requests I get most frequently is for a tour around our home, so finally here it is. Starting with our downstairs living area. We sorted our home out for AirBnb so I took the opportunity to snap some pics while it was at it’s least cluttered 😉

Welcome to our home…

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Fitchef | Review

In July I was asked to review the FitChef meals and I have been inundated by questions from you all asking how we found it and if I would recommend it! Justin and I were very kindly sent the 21 day couples challenge to try, and here are our thoughts:

Arrival:
It is safe to say that the order process and delivery as well as packaging of the FitChef meals impressed me from the minute the delivery man arrived with 4 (rather large) boxes, chilled and sealed.
Opening the boxes was one of the most exciting unboxes I have done this year, and I couldn’t stop grinning from ear-to-ear at the thought of not having to meal-plan, prep or cook for Justin and I for at least 21 days! Bliss!

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Party Furniture | UNIK

If you are looking for furniture to hire for any party or event in Durban I can highly recommend the services of UNIK. They are a Durban-based furniture rental company, providing quality and service of modern furniture and accessories. Their ever-growing portfolio includes loungers, conferencing, cocktail, café, banqueting, office and accessory ranges. Some of their furniture for rental in their catalogue had me swooning! They have everything from picnic-shabby-chic, to red-carpet luxe!

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Fireman Birthday Party | Jordy turns FIVE

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Pic by BlondeZulu Photography

Our precious Jordan Rock turned FIVE years old this August, and his party theme of choice was a FIREMAN party. It is honestly crazy to think that my sweet, kind and very busy little boy is already half-a-decade in age. What an absolute blessing he is to all our lives… I wrote him a little love letter:

A letter to my precious 5 year-old, second-born child:

To our gorgeous, blue-eyed, white-wispy-blonde-haired little firecracker. 
You are a constant, overflowing ray of light in our every day. You bring joy out of the most ordinary of things or situations. You are the most beautiful example of JOY that I have ever known in my 33 years of life. You have taken five years to learn about how your body moves, or doesn’t/shouldn’t move, having taken years off your mama’s life from all the many dangerous and precarious situations you have put yourself in… but I think you are finally getting there. I do think you are destined to be a thrill seeker, but time will tell and we continue to pray for protection over you always. You love us and everyone you know whole-heartedly, and have a huge and forgiving heart. You have the ability to be the life of the room, and also at the same time to be the most sensitive to those in need of a little extra love. You are just all kinds of wonderful, my boy. Thank you for continually being a little light in our lives, we are blessed by you daily. Love you sooooo much.
XOXO

Love your mama
Pic by BlondeZulu Photography

We were very spoilt to have had many brands and businesses collaborate on Jordy’s party so that they might show off what they have to offer you and your children’s parties, so please take a look and remember these awesome suppliers for future!

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Party Planning | POSH EVENTS

I have shared about my love for Natasha Parsons before, but I need to just once again stress the value she brings to my events and parties.
I first met Tash when she reached out to me about getting involved in a Fundraiser I was involved in for Claire Hodgson who was fighting cancer (see post HERE). It is safe to say that this girl crept into my heart there and then… and that is where she has stayed!

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Pirate Party | Jackson turns 6

NOTE: This post is from last year’s party !! Very delayed haha
My boys are almost exactly 2 years apart, and for the longest time they shared birthday parties which made so much sense because they shared many of the same friends and it was silly to spend double, 2 weeks apart. As they have grown older, however, it has become all the more evident that they are very different little personalities, and wanted something very different out of their parties. Jordan Rock is “friends with everyone”. The more the merrier for him as he wound invite everyone he has ever met to his party if possible. Jackson, on the other hand, is far more reserved, with fewer close friends, and when it came to planning their parties last year it was clear that he wanted something small, intimate, and mainly with his closest male-friends from school. He couldn’t not invite two of his best girl-friends too, Chloe and Sophie.
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Our House Build | Coastal Timber

In concept stage of our house we had lots of ideas. There were loads of ideas of things we loved and hoped to try incorporate. I think I had hundreds of boards and pins on my Pinterest account, all individually dedicated to each space in the house. I had an idea of how I wanted to bring wood into the home to bring a more natural feel into the ‘chic’ decor style I was after. Black, white and gold can be a slightly harsh base from which to build your mood board, but by incorporating some natural elements like leather and wood can transform it into a chic yet warm and inviting living space.
It was all fairly simple to pin together mood boards of our dream of what the space should look like, but when these hopes & dreams were followed up with quotes and costings we just about cried ourselves to sleep at night… okay maybe that was just me…!

It wasn’t until we partnered with Coastal Timber that everything started to feel like our dream home may actually become a reality! Not only did they offer the best pricing in KZN, but their service was better than almost everyone we engaged with during the build process. Nothing was too great an ask for Warren and the Coastal Timber team. Whether it was requesting quotes for jobs we probably wouldn’t afford or urgently requiring more wood for an adhoc request, or even being a little too fussy saying the wood was too red (!!). Despite our somewhat painful requests we were never met with anything but the kindest responses and an above-and-beyond service level.

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Brooklyn’s 1st Birthday Party

It was the perfect ONEderland for our ONEderful little girl x

I will let the gorgeous pictures taken by the very talented Samantha Maber do most of the talking, but our little princess’s first birthday party was just the most special and wonderful day. She was in her element and loved all the attention – far more than either of my two boys on their 1st birthdays! I think she is going to be quite like her mama and live for celebrations 🙂
My favourite moment of the day was without doubt watching her face light up as if a million fireflies started glowing inside her soul when we all started singing Happy Birthday to her… she loved every single moment of it <3

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Theme: ONEderland
Venue: Brooklyn Estate Clubhouse
Cake & gorgeous biscuits: Toni Seery from T and Cake
Photos:Samantha Maber Photography
Welcome Sign, Cake Topper & Bottle Labels: Danielle Barrie SmithThe main table decor was simple but worked out perfectly. A special friend helped me put the flower arrangement together, which was initially supposed to arch around the table, but I ran out of time to put the arch together, and also felt it actually looked prettier on the table itself. I need to add that it is also very special that I got to use my Nana’s lace table cloth on the main table. My Nana’s name is Fay, and I was named after her (Shannon Fay), just as I have named Brooklyn (Brooklyn Fay) after her too, and so very special to use this for the first time at B’s special first birthday!

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Review | LG Smart Inverter Top Loader

If you have followed me a while you will know that we are so very excited to be building a house – a dream come true for us, complete with a big garden for our babies to play in all day long! So you can only imagine my pure joy and excitement when LG contacted me to try out and feedback on their new LG Smart Inverter Top Loader washing machine. A new machine for our new home! I cannot explain how excited I was, particularly because our washing machine prior to this thing of beauty was something that had been around and used by Justin and his digs-mates since 10 years ago, old, noisy, and very, very average.

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