Guardians of Hope

18 July . Mandela Day. A day commemorating the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. On this day, people are encouraged to donate 67 minutes of their time to help those in need. Why 67 minutes? One minute for every year of Mandela’s public service. Even the smallest gesture of kindness is a step towards a better South Africa. A South Africa that Nelson Mandela would be proud of, where his legacy can live on forever.

“We need to restore and reaffirm the dignity of the people of Africa and the developing world. We need to place the eradication of poverty at the top of world priorities. We need to know with a fresh conviction that we all share a common humanity and that our diversity in the world is the strength for our future together.”Nelson Mandela

On 18 July 2017, some of my work colleagues and I, visited Guardians of Hope Place of Safety for abandoned babies.

It was a phenomenal experience. I cried. Just soft tears rolling down my cheeks. It was so special to see my work friends with the babies, to see a softer side to them. The best part was, I got to hold a beautiful baby girl. So petite, with the cutest, craziest hair and soulful eyes. There’s nothing sweeter than holding a tiny baby close to you, the warmth is indescribable. All the small noises, the cuddles and the sweet smiles are enough to MAKE MY HEART MELT. This little miracle will have a beautiful life, all thanks to one incredible person, Elaine Brenkman.

Elaine runs Guardians of Hope. She is unbelievable! Her love and dedication is beyond amazing. It was truly inspirational meeting such an extraordinary person. She is soft, caring, kind, loving and remarkably strong. She is my inspiration. My motivation. Elaine makes the world a better place. She has adopted two boys and a girl, so we have something in common, AND we are now Facebook friends. Yay!

There are six babies at Guardians of Hope. Six beautiful babies being loved and cared for by Elaine and her dedicated staff. Guardians of Hope is not funded by government, they rely completely on private funding and donations. Elaine also encourages people to give their time, to visit the babies and give them much needed attention. Vince and I will be popping around there soon. Hoping to make a difference where we can.

Read more about Guardians of Hope here http://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2017/07/03/blanket-love-unwanted-babies-new-el-centre/

Read more about Elaine’s incredible story here http://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2017/07/21/being-the-complete-mom/

 

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Dream Kitchen

I have found my dream kitchen! I am totally in love. It’s warm and inviting and oh so pretty. I could totally see Vince cooking up a storm in there.

This kitchen is perfect and every detail would suit our lifestyle. Our home is open concept and we want to remove our ceilings to expose the wooden beams. Very much like the image above. This would transform our house completely. There are some things I would change. I have my heart set on a porcelain sink and white subway tiles, but I might change my mind after seeing how colour can add so much spark to a space.

I came across this dreamy kitchen on House of Turquoise (which I love). Not only do they feature this stunning kitchen, but the whole entire house! Here is the link to this spectacular home http://houseofturquoise.com/2017/06/butter-lutz-interiors.html

 

Style Update

My closet is calling out for an update. This mamma has no style! Ok, so maybe I am exaggerating just a little bit. I have style, it just needs some attention. I always just throw on something comfy and it tends to be the same thing over and over again. I love relaxed, comfortable clothing that is practical. We’re always out and about, taking part in fun family activities, so for me, comfort is key. Shoes in particular. If my feet are happy, then I am happy. Flats only please :).

I’ve never really been into fashion and haven’t always had the greatest style. I really want to update my look with a NEW wardrobe. But that comes with a hefty price tag. So I have a game plan! I’m going to update my style by  purchasing key items that will work with my current wardrobe but also grow with my changing personal style.

I will start with a good base and build my closet up from there. Here are a few items that I need:

  1. Dark denim skinny jeans
  2. Black skinny jeans
  3. Basic grey long t-shirt
  4. Basic black long t-shirt
  5. Caterpillar boots
  6. Grey quilted parka
  7. Cropped denim jacket
  8. Leather sling bag

Hopefully I will get my style back on track soon! If I feel good about the way I look, I am so much more confident, so I’m trying to make good choices. I’m also starting to organise my closet into outfits, so that there is always something ready-to-go.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Inspiration on the web

As a designer, I spend a lot of time online and visit numerous websites, looking for inspiration, reading blogs, or just looking at stuff. Of all the websites I visit, I do have a favourite, and that is VISI. It is loaded with beautiful content! Interesting articles, amazing design, inspirational art and so much more!

Here are a few articles featured on their home page:They have such an interesting mix of features and the images! Simply stunning! I love the visual appeal, it speaks to the designer in me. And the structure, so spot on. Big visuals with minimum text that draws you in.

VISI is the website for South Africa’s most beautiful magazine:

If you are looking for a website with great content then VISI is for you. The website is fantastic but let me tell you, the magazine is just as brilliant. You can subscribe to the magazine via the website http://www.visi.co.za/subscribe/ or you can visit your local bookstore.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. I wrote this post featuring what I love.

Finding my blog voice

After such a long departure from blogging, I am struggling somewhat to find my voice again.

I NEED to define my writing style. I want my personality to shine through and I want to express myself in the best way. I think with a little bit of practice, it will all come back to me. I have always been so conscious of what other people think of me but I have realised that this has held me back a bit. I have realised that I need to put myself out there and make my voice heard. I have stories to tell and a beautiful life to share.

House of Turquoise

Sharing! That’s what I’m all about! Today, I’m sharing an inspirational website. It will make you ooh and aah. House of Turquoise is a beautiful website full of homes that will make you drool. Homes that will make you want to paint, redecorate or completely renovate your home. Pure inspiration (and motivation!).

Here are just a few inspirational images from House of Turquoise:

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Go on over to House of Turquoise for a visit, you won’t be sorry. (http://www.houseofturquoise.com/)