What I… Melanie van Zyl from Following Fervour

Meet Melanie….. she writes for one of the most widely recognised travel publications in South Africa AND has a really lovely travel blog called Following Fervour. Her photos are incredible… probably because she studied photo journalism at Rhodes. Pop on over to read more about her adventures or read on below to find out more about […]

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WIN a Kiehls hamper worth over R1800

Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing a few posts about the Kiehls’ Pioneers of Change campaign and today to reward you, my loyal readers, as MY inspirational pioneers I’m pleased to be giving you a chance to win an awesome hamper of goodies from this pioneering beauty brand worth R1864! The hamper will […]

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Weekend Wanderings: Home from home in Franschhoek

A few weekends ago I was invited to enjoy a meal at The Kitchen at Maison near Franschhoek, however, knowing I would most likely enjoying the food and wine on the menu I realised that it wouldn’t be a great idea to drive home so scrambled to find somewhere to stay for the night… As […]

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Women at Work: An interview with Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

Today I’m pleased to be sharing an interview with one of the most inspirational South African woman. Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice Principal: Research & Innovation at UNISA has been selected as an Innovation Pioneer for Kiehl’s Pioneers by Nature campaign and when you read a short summary of her CV you immediately understand why… She […]

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Get creative with CReATE plus a chance to WIN

Yesterday afternoon I put aside all my other pressing demands and concerning worries and let myself just be for an hour or two… the reason? The arrival of my first CReATE box from Cotton Candi! I love being creative but the truth is that in this crazy life I lead there is ZERO time for […]

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What I… Ilse from The Food Buzz

This week I’m featuring a foodie blogger and creator of The Food Buzz called Ilse. She loves to cook, entertain and eat delicious and beautifully presented food. Plus she also features interviews with local chefs as well as restaurant reviews. Check out her foodie calendar for all food related activities in and around Cape Town! At the moment she […]

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My 5 Favourite Finds for August 2015

Yes yes, so I’m a bit late to this post this month… a month late! Eeeeeek. My favourite finds for the month of August are being published in October!! Oh dear. Unfortunately I’m just one person with a crazy to-do list, inbox and calendar, not to mention work, kids, social life etc etc. I’m sorry, […]

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How to… age gracefully

I LOVE being 35, BUT there is one thing about being 35 that I’m not loving quite as much…. and that’s admitting that even though I love being my age, I am getting older! Yip, the mirror don’t lie! More and more lines are creeping across my face daily and I find myself spending a […]

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Christmas with Woolworths

It’s exactly 3 months to Christmas today… did I freak you out? Sorry! What I wanted to do was get you excited, but I realise that as moms Christmas doesn’t exactly hold the same appeal that it once did. Now instead of being on the receiving end of a pile of presents and a magical, […]

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Restaurant Reviews: Makaron at Majeka House in Stellenbosch

During my recent Solo Stellenbosch experience I was lucky enough to enjoy one of the most memorable foodie experiences of my life…. an evening at the Chef’s Table in the kitchen of Makaron at Majeka House where I enjoyed a 7 course wine and food pairing menu! Talk about decadence. I don’t think I could […]

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What I… Coffee Girl and Tea Girl from We Do Coffee

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I’m interviewing a blogging duo called Coffee Girl and Tea Girl who write about their adventures in coffee shops around Cape Town on their blog We Do Coffee! What I…   Know: Coffee Girl: I am blessed with three beautiful children, my children drive me crazy, I somehow managed to find […]

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Celebrating Pioneers with Kiehl’s Pioneers by Nature

Are you a pioneer? Have you ever started something that inspired others to follow in your path? Recently I was thinking about this question after being inspired by Kiehl’s new Pioneers by Nature campaign. As a busy woman, working, blogging and “mommying” pretty much ALL full time, I often don’t really feel like I’ve pioneered […]

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Family Holidays: Hanging out at Hog Hollow

After two glorious days at Gondwana Game Reserve, just before Mossel Bay, we hit the road again down towards the Garden Route to our next destination in our family holiday…. After an obligatory stop for fresh calamari at the best “lookout” spot on the Garden Route, The Lookout Deck Restaurant, we headed onwards to Hog […]

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Currently Coveting: OXO range from Kirsten Goss

My favourite local jewellery designer, Kirsten Goss, is celebrating the decadence of the 80’s with OXO, her latest collection. The collection is all about bold design and simple lines and the pieces make a statement. The 80’s era is evoked with names like notwist, forma, mars, styks, focus and pop. Made from sterling silver and […]

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Family Holidays: Great game-viewing at Gondwana

On our second day at Gondwana Game Reserve we were up bright and early for a very fresh start… this time our amazing guide came prepared with the usual blankets but also ponchos and even hot water bottles to ward off the cold. They made all the difference! After a quick bite to eat, we […]

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What I… Debbie from Pure Sweet Joy

I recently came across the prettiest blog which I thought you should know about… Pure Sweet Joy is written by Deborah who is passionate about DIY, be they crafts, sewing, gardening or home decor. Deborah is a registered dietician and spent 2014 living and working in rural Mpumalanga which she blogged about too in a […]

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Two easy family meals… using frozen food!

As a mom the expectation is that you create delicious, wholesome meals that your whole family gobble up night after night… but the truth is that I’m a lousy cook and only too happy to pass over responsibility to my husband who is far more adept in the kitchen. So far this system – of […]

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Family Holidays: Gondwana Game Reserve on the Garden Route

Today sees the start of a new blog series called Family Holidays. Previously I’ve shared all our previous family holidays but never had a separate series for them. Up until now they’ve either been stand alone series like Karoo for Kids or Kruger for Kids or they have fallen into my Weekend Wanderings but our latest […]

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Giselle Ballet at the Artscape

I love an evening at the ballet and one of my favourite’s is Giselle – the ultimate romantic ballet! The good news for ballet lovers is that this enchanting ballet opens at Artscape in Cape Town on Friday 25 September featuring star dancers from the Royal Ballet in London and Cape Town City Ballet. The […]

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WIN a hamper from Lancôme worth R2420!

Earlier this week I reviewed the new Advanced Genifique serum from Lancôme which you can read about here. Today you’ll be pleased to know that I’m giving away a bottle of the Advanced Genifique serum PLUS the latest La vie es Belle Eau De Parfum by Lancôme and one of Lancôme extraordinary mascaras…. All in all […]

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What I… Alison Westwood

I’m thrilled to introduce you to Alison Westwood today. An accomplished South African travel writer & photographer She has written and photographed for magazines, travel websites and travel guides, and her photography and writing have been published in a book or two. Usually based in Cape Town she blogs about her travels on a blog […]

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Beauty Buzz: A review of Lancôme’s Advanced Genifique Serum

A few weeks back I shared a post where I embraced my age and shared why I love being in my thirties… it was partly inspired by turning 35 in July, but also by the new #LoveYourAge ad campaign from Lancôme which encouraged woman around the world to embrace their age!! The campaign featured 4 […]

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