Brooklyn’s Winter Wonderland 5th party

This year there was no getting away from it. Brooklyn’s mind was made up on the party she wanted… and she wanted FROZEN. Believe me when I say I tried to convince her otherwise (Yes I knowww it’s herrrr party and she must have what she wants…) but I am not a big fan of throwing ‘commercial’ parties so for me Frozen was not high on my list of themes that excited me…

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SABMR Charity Golf Day | March 2022

The South African Bone Marrow Registry’s (SABMR) first big fundraising event of the year kicks off on Friday, 11 March with a Charity Golf Day at the Durban Country Club. All proceeds will go towards its Patient Assistance Programme that provides financial assistance to patients who cannot afford the cost of finding a suitable donor for a bone marrow transplant. 

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Nicci Boutique | Launch

I was invited to attend the launch of the new Nicci Boutique store to open at Gateway Theatre of Shopping. It was a lovely event where guests were invited to try O Roast Lab “Rose Iced Coffee” (delish), have our hair styled with the ultimate hair tools by GLAMPALM and mosey around the store, connecting with fellow content creators.

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36 & Thriving | Event

I’m a November baby, a typical Scorpio in true form 🙂 and something I absolutely love doing is celebrating all occasions, not least of which birthdays because that is in essence celebrating LIFE.

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Brooklyn’s 4th Birthday

My little girl turned FOUR in Feb this year (2021), and she knew exactly what she wanted for her party. She is a real little lady who loves all things pamper & beauty, and so a Pamper Party was the perfect fit for our princess B.

Seeing as we are still amid a global pandemic we took care to keep her party small, inviting only the children she plays closely with in her class, a couple of her besties-since-birth outside of school, and their mamas. This meant no siblings allowed – not even her brothers. 🙁

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Christmas Gift Guide

Festive shopping is well underway in our home, and I thought it would be helpful if I put some of my favourite gift ideas together (as well as some Black Friday deals!

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Heritage Week muffins

DON’T THESE SOUND DELISH?! IN HERITAGE WEEK THESE ARE THE PERFECT SA MUFFINS! THANKS @DISNEYCHANNEL FOR SENDING THROUGH

BILTONG, DROËWORS, CHIVE AND CHEESE MUFFINS

RECIPE: CHRISTINE CAPENDALE

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10 Steps to ensure Mental Health Wellness during ‘lockdown’

The thought of enduring a country-wide lockdown for 21days (or more) naturally brings with it a large dose of anxiety. Some of us will be in lockdown with our families which is wonderful in many ways… but children who are home-bound for any period of time will become more irritable their siblings, frustrated with their surroundings and test us in many ways. Moms will have shorter fuses, naturally taking on the strain of what is happening in our nation, also feeling stifled by the lack of external input, as well as exhausted by having our kids on top of and around us allllllll day long. Not to mention the unusual dynamic of having Dad/hubby around 24/7! In most cases Dads are just not used to being home for this amount of time, and it’s not likely to be smooth sailing for the duration of this isolation period, for anyone. All round we are unified in facing something we’ve never faced before. Many of us are going to be heavily impacted financially by this lockdown, and that brings with it its own stress. Others of us are preparing to isolate alone, with no one to share this time with, and days will be very long. Each of us is going to cope with this in our own ways, and it’s really important that we do our very best to keep mentally strong & positive.

Laken Folster is a counselling psychologist who has very kindly shared some helpful advice on how to maintain a healthy mental state during this lockdown, how to cope and get through this with a positive mindset:

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Tandweni Villa | Jozini

We were invited to spend a weekend away in Jozini checking out a private luxury villa called Tandweni. Tiger fishing and sunset bush drives left us feeling very grateful for this SA life we live… here’s a review of our stay, covering some of the questions you guys asked – including; where on earth is Jozini?! There is also a discount code for you at the end of the post 😉

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