Friday Favourites

Yippee! It’s Friday. It’s been a hectically busy week so this makes my heart very happy. To celebrate this wonderful day, I’m sharing one of my favourite things. A small thing that makes a big difference.

Justine Tissue Oil. I have been suffering from incredibly dry skin and no amount of moisturiser seems to help. Since I’ve been using Justine Tissue Oil, my skin has improved drastically. I’m even using it on my face, yes, you heard me, oil on my face. But this is no ordinary oil, it soaks into your skin and leaves it feeling great.

I have also noticed a massive improvement in my complexion. The pigmentation on my forehead is fading and the general appearance of my skin is so much better. Yay! And the best part is, its really reasonably priced. Justine Tissue Oil is only available from a registered agent. Get googling if you want to find an agent near you ūüôā

This is not a sponsored post. I just wanted to share my positive experience with a great product.

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.

‚ÄúWe 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.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď 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/

 

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.

Kitchen Moodboard

We’ve been dreaming of a new kitchen for so long and we are FINALLY at the planning stage. Yippeeeeeee! A kitchen is a big investment so we want to be 100% sure of our choices. It has to be perfect. A warm, inviting and functional space. We have decided on a neutral base (white and natural wood), we will introduce colour with some vibrant accessories. At the moment I am totally obsessed with blue, all shades of blue.

So, this is where we are with our moodboard:

There are still loads of decisions that need to be made and so much more planning. The ceiling needs to be removed to expose the wooden beams, insulation and panelling needs to be installed AND we need to sand and paint etc. But before this mammoth task we need to demo, a complete demo. Everything out! There is nothing we want to keep.¬†It’s a ton of work that we want to do ourselves. We are after a high-end look on a medium budget, so we will take on as much as we can. We would like new appliances, preferably all from the same brand but this depends on price and availability. Also, we need to decide on the cabinet style, we are leaning towards a cleaner look with simple lines.

All in all I am over the moon with the progress! It means that we are one step closer to a brand new kitchen. Whoop whoop!!!! Expect loads of updates!

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.

The best Christmas gift

December is always a crazy busy month for us and this past December we were expecting some exciting news. We had been waiting for this news since October. It was by far the hardest three months of my life, just waiting. Thank goodness for Vince, he was my rock, he kept me sane and made sure I was always ok. Best husband ever!

You see, we had finally been approved for adoption and we had been matched with the cutest baby boy.

I wanted him home asap. I felt like I was missing out, I cried a lot, like everyday. I desperately wanted to hold him and love him. Things were taking way too long. So much admin and red tape. I was convinced we would only bring him home in January. But on 21 December we got the call. We needed to fetch our little boy on the 23rd. Hooray!!! So after a long journey to Upington (10 hours there and 10 back), we finally brought our little boy home.

This is our first family photo. I know it’s blurry and we look exhausted but I absolutely love this photo. It makes my heart so happy.

I will write a more detailed post about our adoption journey. It was hard but now I get to hold my baby boy every single day.

Back after a loooooooong break

So, I’ve taken a break from blogging for about 4 years. 4 years!!! That is way too long! I didn’t think I would ever start blogging again, but lately I have been feeling a strong need to get back into it. So much has happened in 4 years. I have loads and loads of stuff to share.

I want to document the special events in my life and share my story. Hopefully I will inspire people, make a few people smile and most importantly keep myself super motivated and focussed. Blogging is a wonderful way to get your thoughts and feelings out into the great big world! It’s therapeutic. AND I might not be the best writer but I love writing. I love words, I love how expressive they are. I love the endless possibilities. I might not post everyday, in fact I will more than likely only post once or twice a week but it’s a start, and at the moment that’s all that I need. A start.

Pinterest Favourites

Have you ever had so many ideas in your head or been so inspired that you’re about to burst? Well that’s how I’m feeling, and there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done (especially working a desk job from 8 to 5). AND I’ve started this blog which seems to take a backseat in my life, but never fear, things can only get better :). Today I want to share some of my favourite pins from Pinterest. I love all my pins, but some are just so special.

My number one favourite pin is this one, because it reminds me that prayer is important, no matter who (or what you are). So pray everyday.       praying otter

This one reminds me to be ME and to be the best me that I can be. dr zeuss

I could picture myself and Vince sitting here on lovely summer mornings sipping our tea with our three doggies. outdoor space

I think this is such a sweet photo, such love! chihauhau

I could picture myself wearing this everyday of my life. It looks so comfy! dress

Rainy days on this couch would be so awesome. Got to get me one! media room

Need this cupboard. The extra space will change my life forever. pantry cupbaord

Don’t worry about a thing, because everything’s going to be ok. under his wings

Sharing is awesome! The web is an amazing tool and has given me so much inspiration and motivation. I have realised that I have to push my boundaries to get where I want to be and to share without holding back. To be truly ME. To believe that I am good enough and my work is beautiful.

I’m working on it… ūüôā

From the heart

I love Christmas. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. A time for love and a season of giving. To celebrate the begining of the Christmas season, my friends and I have a little get together to exchange gifts (secret Santa style) and embrace the warmth of our friendship. I am lucky to have such special friends and I knew a gift from the heart was in order. So I got creative and made a beautiful gift for my friend Jax. She loved it! This is how it turned out.

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I have a few more handmaid gift ideas and will give you a step by step guide on how to make a gift from the heart, so stay tuned over the next couple of weeks.

Bitter sweet

I’ve been such an emotional wreck lately. We’re going to Cape Town for a few days and although I’m super excited, I’m also dreading leaving my four-legged babies. I worry about them so much and I’m going to miss them terribly. They’ll be in VERY good hands but I’m such a worry wart, it borders on chronic paranoia (eish). Vince says I’m going to drive myself crazy! So in the spirit of keeping myself sane, I will make a special effort to enjoy my time away. Deep breaths (in and out), deep breaths…

So while I will be missing these three little munchkins

babies

 

I will be enjoying this spectacular view

table mountain

and maybe, just maybe I will squeeze in a little shopping.