Thursday, December 07, 2017

So I have a secret addiction ... okay, maybe not so secret! What is it? Well the love of quaint restaurants, fine dining and exploring. What you don't know is that I have a "little something something" that tickles the spot every time.

Hmmm got you intrigued right?

Settle down now kids it's completely legal and it offers the best affordable deals throughout the Cape Peninsula. Yes, folks, I am talking about The Entertainer App. 

" I have had The Entertainer App for the last 3 years and honestly, it is the best value app for someone who enjoys anything from tea and cake to cocktails and canapes ... ok, maybe tapas (not canapes)."

Convenience at your finger tips with The Entertainer App

The Entertainer App is as easy as pay, download, install, enter your unique code to activate! That is it! The app is currently on an "Early Bird" offer at R395.00 ... that's R100 bucks off, plus you get the added extra of the Cheers app and More Africa (for a limited time, t&c's).

So what does this app offer you?

- Enjoy over 2,350 Buy One Get One Free & Discount offers
- Offers on: Casual Dining, Cafes, Modern & Contemporary Dining, wineries, Beauty & Fitness, Attractions & Leisure, Fashion & Retail, Everyday Services 

And for me, it includes over 1,100 outlets across Cape Town ... booyah!

But don't be fooled it's for you too! You can purchase the app for any region in South Africa and the app's "geolocate" function, means that it will source restaurants, beauty, hotels and more ... all in the vicinity around you!

I got to attend the launch of this year's app and once again and I simply cannot rave enough but how amazing this app is. The savings are fabulous, you get to experience new and fun places and this year topping my list is a few weekends away and maybe a pamper or two.

Here is just one of the restaurants I visited in the past year

 ... not to mention those yet to come!

Go on spoil yourself, you'll be grateful for all of 2018.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Hey peeps, I am finally back after a long hiatus ... let's hope I'm better this time around ... sorry! But whilst in this space of illness, depression and solitude I had time to think and reflect ...for real!

It's interesting how sometimes when we look at where we are in life and then make the mistake of looking back things can be rather emotional and complicated!

Life in reflection

The question that often forms in my mind is "Is This As Good As It Gets?", it can't be! I'm not done yet! I'm not ready to just sit back and accept that my life is destined to be a solo journey. It has been 8 loooooong years and often I think  - but would I know how to live as a couple again .... would I be able to do the "funky chicken" again (8 years of celibacy can throw some serious doubt around let me tell you!)

And yet still I feel the desire to love, to make love, to be loved and to feel loved again. It is like a haunting song that taunts me and teases me into a heap of tearful submission some days. But, then there are those days where life is business as usual and I plod along for months without even an inkling of my "singleness" or "solitude.

I realise that this time of the year tends to stir the longings of family and loved ones and I know that my life is pretty good ... trust me I give God thanks every day from that which He saved me ... and that which He has blessed me with.

When emotions stir

It's just that when you meet someone and you feel those emotions stirring in your heart once again, it's like a little glimmer of hope sparks to life ... whilst you struggle not to let it become a flame. You see that there is an all-consuming power and quality that lies in hope. It's an emotion that can threaten to overpower and wrestle you to the ground with joy ... only to leave you feeling shredded and unwanted in a month or two when nothing ever comes of it.

Is it safe to hope again? Is it safe to put yourself out there again - honestly no one ever knows! The truth is, we all have luggage and it's whether we are able to face the ghosts, fight the burdens and seek the light ... and maybe ... just maybe ... at the end of the tunnel your faith and faith alone will determine what the future holds.

Whilst I can't speak for your journey, I can say that I am holding out for my dreams and hopes to come through. I have discovered that I am willing to try and trust again, that maybe men can be good and that no I don't want to do life alone ... I just don't want to repeat my mistakes of the past.

Isn't life just a complicated mess!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Gosh, it has been a few trying weeks with work deadlines and pressure, along with a lot of physical pain. I am not sure if it is a combination of these two that have left me feeling heartsore and vulnerable of late?

You see on the 16th of December it will have been my 10 year wedding anniversary, a special time for most couples and yet here I am divorced and heartbroken. The betrayals feel so raw and real again ... and suddenly I find myself crippled by a loneliness that no friend or family can fill.

I don't feel like myself lately and I don't know how to make it feel better. My faith is my stronghold and has been for many years now but at the moment I feel so distant. How can I make I make this all better?

I just don't know!


I have been hoping, praying and waiting to find someone who loves me for such a long time, someone who can accept my curves, my illness, my hard-headedness, my passion, my nurturing and my crazyness and love me because of it ... not despite it! The wait continues and the doubt does surface from time to time ... but I refuse to give up hope.

It has been so hard and it still is so hard ... and lonely ... and painful ... I will not lie. So no matter the smile on my face there is an inner battle on the go. My soul is at war with my heart and it's a battle I am just going to have to weather alone ... standing on my foundation of faith.

I know my God, I know His promises and believe me when I say that they are all that keeps me going every day right now.

I am struggling to understand how someone you love intimately can choose to hurt you the person they love, how they can lie every day and not understand the devastation that will follow. Sadly I will never get answers to this as my ex-husband is no longer in my life ... nor is he capable of telling the truth.

I guess some things are just better left in a grey area.


Thank you for being patient I know I have been scarce and thank you for always listening, you guys are amazing. Cherish your relationships and partners, always be honest and most of all treasure each other ... it is lonely on the outside.

I will be back soon with some fun posts and info, my sponsored reviews may have slowly come to a halt, but I guess it is a season where I just don't need added pressure and where brands are reaching out to newer trendier blogs and that's okay. I guess that ultimately means this truly is my little space again.

Thanks for being here and I'll be back soon with more books, travel, restaurant and fragrance reviews as well as other adventures planned for 2018.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

A wrinkle-free skin, no pain and plenty of energy are what we all dream of (or is it just me?)... and then reality sets in! As we age everything starts to slow down, droop and look anything but perky ... it's true I tell ya! After all, I used to be one of the biggest nay-sayers, never quite understanding in my 20 something brain how these 'middle aged', 40 something women could have so many complaints, aches, pains, and chin hairs.

My now 43-year old self had somewhat of an "aha" moment, and I now fully grasp how my then clients felt. With that being said, there is nothing I would not do to prevent a few lines and wrinkles or shed a few pounds.

I recently came across the Dear Deer satin pillow slips and I decided to give them a try!

Here is my anti-wrinkle journey with satin pillow slips ...


Dear Deer is quite an interesting brand with a real story of personal loss and the determination to fight back. 

Owned and run by local entrepreneur Chelle Lovatt, she describes her mission as follows 
"Losing my Mum to Cancer made me rethink my life’s purpose so Dear Deer became a little weekend project to raise funds for the many charities I hold dear to my heart, it was also a nice way for me to honour losing my Mum (my best friend). What started out as a labour of love has now become my full-time focus."

Satin pillow slips are said to be an investment for both your hair and skin, and here is why:
- maintains the natural moisture balance in your hair
- minimises facial wrinkles and puffiness

My bedroom is beige and so I was looking for a set slips that would match the majority of my duvet sets and the rose gold just seemed to be a perfect fit!
I must be honest and say I had to acclimatize to sleeping on satin. I struggle with sounds and for some reason, all I could hear was a crunching sound? Man, I can irritate myself at times! I find the great thing is that the pillows do absorb excess oil and this stops you from "overusing " pillows before washing them (which is just plain gross anyways)! Do you know how much dead skin and bacteria sit on a pillow ... blegh!

Also, cat hair does not stick to these, another plus in my world where the kitties rule and take over the pillows (the struggle is real, but so are the cuddles = worth it!). I sleep with my hair up so that wasn't really a concern for me.

I have gotten used to my satin pillow slips and now I love them ... and I'm pretty sure my skin does too because let's face it when you're over forty and you hear fewer wrinkles ... you are there with bells on and a pot of retinol or vitamin c in the other hand.

If you want something for your Christmas beauty wishlist, then these are a winner!

If you want more info visit here:  Dear Deer's website 

** This is not a sponsored post

Sunday, October 15, 2017

It's that time of the year again, where we all get to remember those we have loved and lost to the battle of breast cancer. There are also our amazing survivors that need to be revered in all their glory!

No one knows the bravery required to overcome breast cancer, to have to sacrifice our breast in order to stay alive and give up that which is deemed to represent "womanhood"... that is unless you yourself are a survivor!

Avon has a yearly walk in support of raising funds to fight breast cancer and to raise breast cancer awareness. Have you signed up for this years AVON ITHEMBA WALKATHON?

It's on the 22nd of October ... sign up and get more info over here READ MORE

#WalkForAPurpose with AVON


Avon has recently launched their own unique foot tool (take that Dr. Scholl), it contains micro-crystal technology for instantly smooth and baby soft feet all summer long.
I know when I saw the launch of the aforementioned competitor's tool I was intrigued and maybe a little green for those who got to test drive the latest foot tool. You can only imagine the squeal which left my lips when I discovered this beauty by Avon in a recent press drop. Cue angels and trumpeting!!

Avon's Electric Rolling Pedi Tool

This tool comes with two interchangeable heads which offer both a coarse applicator (for stubborn skin) and a finer option for those delicate areas. With pink rollers covered in clear micro-crystals, it is rather rudimentary but revolutionary at the same time. The tool helps to slough off dry and dead skin, leaving your feet smooth and ready to apply some of the divine Avon Footworks products. Great news it is battery powered and therefore super convenient for travel too.

What did I think?

I am in love people, this tool is amazing, especially for me who struggles with hard dry skin thanks to a) being overweight and b) my blood pressure medication. I would highly recommend this to anyone as part of their homecare regime especially if you struggle to reach your feet.

For more on this product or any of the Avon Footworks (pg158) range visit 


Thursday, October 12, 2017

So the last year and a half my life has been a constant battle to fight off the effects of Fibromyalgia and stave off the constant dull ache of chronic pain and inflammation.

In desperate times I am not averse to trying anything ... anything at all.  I have recently on a friends advice even found some relief in sound therapy LISTEN HERE. Whilst I will never compromise my beliefs (Christian) I am also open to the unconventional when it comes to the promise of a pain-free day.

Lately, I have been struggling to be inspired by food, or even finding food which is both appetizing and anti-inflammatory at the same time. That is until I went to the most amazing book launch. I got to attend informative talks on how my diet is in fact linked to my DNA and how my body responds to certain foods better than others. (Man, I wish I could afford a DNA Analysis test).

GENES TO PLATE - A new generation nutrition

Can I hear a drumroll, please ... enter a new era of eating.

GENES TO PLATE takes nutrition to a whole new level by looking at 4 health connections to food and our DNA. These include detoxification, methylation, oxidative stress and inflammation.

This the GENES TO PLATE recipe book gives you insight into the body and optimum nutrition and is jam-packed with tried and tested recipes.

What are these health concerns you ask?

Is your bodies natural cleaning service. When this is out of whack you will experience low energy, chronic fatigue, weight gain, headaches, brain fog and more ...
Is a chemical action involved in just about every process in the body. When this is out of whack you will experience heart disease, stroke, mood disorders, premature ageing and mental degeneration and more ...
This is akin to a human being rusting from wear and tear. When this is out of whack you will experience heart disease, cardiovascular disease, premature ageing, age-related disorders, cancer, and inflammation and more ...
Chronic inflammation is associated with every chronic disease known. What when this is out of whack? Heart disease, eczema, autoimmune disease, cancer, bowel disorders and much more ...
For a truly informative guide to health and healthy eating you really want to spoil yourself with this book. It has more than 100 recipes to help you get your body back into shape and fighting fit.

There are recipes to suit every palate and lifestyle and most of all they are tasty, I often make the above Quinoa salad and all my guests have raved about it ... (in fact, I must have sold at least 20 books alone ... he he he).

Find your copy at Wellness Warehouse or over her at CTG Centre you won't regret it.  Consider it to be the best R300 investment you will have made on yourself this year ... go on, get it!

I wish I could say that I am all better, but the battle continues. I can, however, say that it is a far healthier and much tastier journey. My food no longer has a negative impact and it no longer includes a wealth of inflammation-causing foods!

This recipe book paired with DNA Analysis truly is the missing piece in many of our puzzles. Read more about it when you purchase your copy and be prepared to be blown away.

Happy munchies ya'll!!

** Disclaimer 2

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pets are for the most part like children in a family. Why then are we happy to just shove any old bowl of food in front of them ... no matter the long-term implications.

Our pets deserve the best just like our children, especially if you want to have them around for a long time.

HILL'S PRESCRIPTION for mature feline's

Unlike us, kitties can't take supplements themselves and therefore their kibble is super important for good health and longevity. Now there is a kibble that not only gives your mature cat optimum nutrition but protects both their joints and kidneys too! So yes, my kitties are "spoilt" and are now joining the ranks of #HillsGoldenOldies
As kitties age their bodies process proteins differently, this affects their kidneys as they age, there is also a marked decline in their appetites and their joints start to age. HILLS PRESCRIPTION DIET K/D +MOBILITY  is the ultimate and ideal food for mature kitties. Hill's recently put my kitties to the taste test (well, actually Mischka (9) but there is no way to exclude my little Tiger (6) boy) ... so it was a feast for all!

Is your cat +7 years?

Is your pet is 7 yrs+? It’s time for a senior health check & change of diet. #HillsGoldenOldies

What did my kitties think?

They love love loved the kibbles. In fact, I was super impressed at how quickly they adapted.

The kibble itself is thin, flat and disk-like as opposed to the usual pellet or thicker round. This not only makes it easy to crunch through, but I am sure will help them as they get older. The kibble is super tasty and highly palatable (no I didn't taste it!) if they are anything to go by.

The HILLS PRESCRIPTION DIET K/D +MOBILITY is a huge success with my cats and if it can make their lives longer, happier and prevent illness I'm all for it!
This month is Pet Obesity Month and you need to make sure your babies are not obese, we often think they are cuddly but in fact, they are overweight. This can significantly shorten their lifespan. 

Hills has you covered ...
"We know you don’t think your pet is overweight, in fact, 9 out 10 pet parents of overweight pets don’t think so either. Vets across SA and Namibia are offering FREE weight checks this #PetObesityMonth so that you can know for sure!"

Join Hills Pet Nutrition on Facebook for all their latest competitions, product launches, and pet info.

Friday, September 29, 2017

I remember in days gone by on the ships when they used to speak about "Mont Blanc and Cappucino" managers. These were the managers who thought they peed Eau de Cologne and who knows ... maybe they did! after all, Mont Blanc now makes fragrances ... tee hee!

Whilst I may not have been an elitist in those days I sure do have an appreciation for the fun, fabulous and rather flirty MONT BLANC LEGEND POUR FEMME.


To me, MONT BLANC LEGEND POUR FEMME speaks of understated feminine strength. It is soft, lasting and yet super confident. And, in a world of first impressions, this one promises to be a lasting impression for sure!

The fragrance itself has a fresh burst on the initial application and then softens to a warm musky undertone. The inspiration behind the fragrance is said to be the icons such as Grace Kelly, Greta Garbo, and Marlene Deitrich.

The fragrance is made up of the following notes:
Top note: bitter orange
Middle note: a floral heart of sweet jasmine and lily of the valley
Base note: a rich musk finish featuring a touch of warm vanilla

"I personally love wearing this fragrance on a day when I feel like I need a little kick in the butt. "

It makes me feel confident and sophisticated with just enough spunk to get me on my way. The bottle is in in the shape of the iconic Mont Blanc emblem and the fragrance the softest shade of warm pink. A great addition to any woman's collection.

I bought my fragrance on offer at Dischem as part of a 2-for-1 special however you can find these readily online at all your favourite online retailers.
- Always test a fragrance on the inside of your elbow where it is warm and will not be washed away. this will give you an indication of how the fragrance will wear.
- Never rub a fragrance as this destroys the essential oil molecules and not give you a proper indication of how it softens or lasts.

** This is not a sponsored post