7 great gift ideas for decor lovers

Hi friend, welcome back to the continuation of “Gift Week”! Yesterday I shared gift ideas for the baker and the cook in your life and today I’m excited to share some of my favorite picks from Woolworths for decor lovers!

Please note that this post is not sponsored. I just seriously just have a thing for Woolworths goodies. The opinion of the best Christmas gifts is totally my own! Woolworths have a great range of products to choose from, these are just the ones that stood out for me and what I would like to receive. 

woolworhts gifts for the home decorator

These gifts are orientated towards the living and dining room, but these spaces are in my opinion, probably are the ones we use the most. And there is nothing that I enjoy more than a space that is inviting and well decorated. I’ve really been loving teal, neutrals, and gold lately. Metals have made a big statement the last year or so! And I just cannot help but gravitate towards it. I’ve actually bought some rose gold pieces for Wiehann’s TV room. Luckily he didn’t mind 🙂

Aren’t these pillows just too cute! I already have some teal pillows and this one would just fit my collection perfectly. And a collection of throw pillows are not complete without a lovely fur pillow!

When it comes to curtains I like to always choose neutrals. This way I can decorate and change colour palettes without buying new curtains. Because let’s face it, good quality curtains are just too expensive to buy everytime you want to change up the look of your room. I don’t normally like patterns on curtains, but this Damask pattern curtain is just so lovely!

Nice photo frames are all the rage right now! And you just don’t have to use it for photos. You can put a nice printable in it, or use a dry erase marker to write yourself a motivational quote on the glass. This frame really caught my eye. I have a few light wooded frames in my collection, and I do like a nice floral pattern once in a while. This frame is a mix of both – bonus!

I like big and classic decor pieces. This way I don’t have to buy a lot of separate smaller pieces to decorate a space. And I can always add to my collection of decor pieces and don’t have to worry about my space looking dated next season. This vase and hurricane candle holder fit this description perfectly! The teal planter pot will add just the right amount of colour to any space.

No room is complete without a pretty lamp. This pretty lampshade and lamp base will go great together. Just imagine sitting next to this lamp and reading a great book sipping your favorite cup of coffee during the holidays… ahhh bliss!

That’s it for today. Thank you for reading my gift ideas for the home decorator. I hope you’ve found the tips helpful and that you got some inspiration along the way!

Till our next coffee!

 

 

 

Christmas gifts from Woolworths

Isn’t Woolworths the best shop ever?! They just basically have something for everyone! And I think Woolworths gifts are some of the best gifts you can get.

Some people argue that their prices are too high, and I mostly agree with them. But you just cannot deny the quality of their products. One piece of clothing can last you several seasons if you take care of it. And I believe in the saying ‘goed koop is duur koop’.

So, I thought it best to compile a few posts this week that will list a few gift ideas from different categories. Namely: for the baker, for the cook, the home decorator, spa treats, the lady, and the metro man.

Please note that this post is not sponsored. I just seriously just have a thing for Woolworths goodies. The opinion of the best Chritmas gifts is totally my own! These gifts are also a bit more on the affordable side. Woolworths have a great range of products to choose from, these are just the ones that stood out for me and what I would like to receive. 

Woolworths gifts for the baker

Measuring spoons | measuring cups | Mixing bowls with lids | Copper mixing bowl

Marble rolling-pin | Whisk | Cake or cupcake carrier | Smeg stand mixer

I love baking. I get so much joy out of making something that I can share with others (and it is a bonus if they like it too 😉). And what better way to start baking and furthermore enjoy it, than having the right accessories to help you! These gifts will seriously fill the baker in your life heart with joy!

woolworhts gifts for the cook

Serious Cook Aluminium pot | Bamboo Utensils | Mini Scale | Block of Knives | Colander

Bamboo Chopping Board | Measuring Jug with Lid | Copper-plated Grinder Set

Aren’t these products just too gorgeous for the kitchen?! I am really considering getting some of these for my own kitchen – or maybe I should get them all… there goes the budget!

That is it for today, I will be back tomorrow with the gift ideas for the home decorator!

‘Till tomorrow’s coffee!

Life Lately….

Life Lately, what I've been upto

So, it has been a minute since I’ve written a post. So, I thought that I should update you what’s been happening in my life lately.

The wedding planning is going well and everything is still on track. Even though it feels like I’ve not done a lot I have been getting some of the little things out of the way. The date is slowly creeping up on us and I still feel there is a lot to do! But like I said before, I’ve done the big things already.

I ordered some wedding related things from Aliexpress so I really hope that it will arrive at the end of this month and then I will let you know what I am planning to do with the things that I’ve ordered. Yes, I know, very secretive 😉

I also finalized our table décor. Mom and I will start soon with the tablecloths. I’ve bought 10.4meter worth of material that still needs to be transformed into tablecloths. Yikes! And I need to find candles for the tables.

I am also still considering having a photo booth. Did you have one at your wedding, and is it really worth it? I am also not sure what type of guestbook I want. Little things that take up one’s time and energy worrying about!

Other than the wedding, my life has been full of work! I’ve had an unexpected number of projects on my plate lately that kept me tremendously busy. Other than work, I’ve been traveling back and forth between Oudtshoorn and Montagu visiting Wiehann and then coming back home.

Blogging really has been on the back burner for too long, need to prioritize it again and start brainstorming content. Want to help me out? Please comment on what you are struggling with at the moment, maybe I can do a post that will give a solution to your problem!

‘Till our next coffee!

My Favorite Youtubers

Youtube has become an integral part of our lives the past few years. The thing I like the most about the tube is that if you want to learn a new skill, it will probably be there for you to find. Youtube is also the reason that I really started to become fascinated with makeup and want to grow my collection and also my skills. So, I thought that I will make a list of my favorite Youtubers.

(PS: All images in this post where taken from the original Youtube channel of the Youtuber mentioned. I take no credit for these images!)

BEAUTY

Lustrelux

Katy from Lustrelux | Favorite youtube channel

Desi Perkins

Desi Perkins | Favorite youtube channel

Katy and Desi are by far my favorite beauty youtubers. They are such an inspiration and their makeup application techniques are seriuously #goals. They have collaborated with Dose of Colours to create the ‘Desi x Katy‘  product line.  Which looks fantastic! It is so motivating to see girls living their dreams!

Luzanne from Pink Peonies

Pink Peonies | Favorite youtube channel

South African girl who rocks makeup!! Love her! She is a Body Shop Ambassador here in South Africa aswell.

Allie Glines

Allie G | Favorite youtube channel

Newly found beauty Youtuber. Love her simple and easy achievable makeup looks

Kathleen Lights

Kathleen Lights | Favorite youtube channel

She is soo sweet! Just love her personality and with 3 million subscribers who can doubt that people just love her! She has collaborated with ColourPop in the past.

Jaclyn HillJaclyn Hill | Favorite youtube channel

She is one of the first girls that I started to follow. For those of you who don’t know, she created a palette with Morphe! Isn’t that cool! Would love to get my hands on that! The colours look so exquisite. Click here to check it out!

For my fellow South African makeup lovers; you can find the palette at Samika. An online shop that stocks international makeup and skincare brands.

HOME AND ORGANIZING

Abby Organisesy

Abby Organizes | Favorite youtube channel

She is a well-known blogger from justagirlandherblog.com
Abby is also one of the reasons I’ve become interested in blogging. You can read about Why I started a blog in this post.

Mr Kate

Mr Kate | Favorite youtube channel

I love their episodes of room makeovers! They make it so fun and their quirkiness are too cute!

I am still looking for new ‘home’ channels to add to my subscription list. If you have one to recommend, please comment down below.

HEALTH

Tone it Up

 

Tone It Up | Favorite youtube channel

These girls can seriously whip your butt into shape. I’ve been following them for a while and doing their weekly schedules and I am defiantly seeing the results!

And that is it for today. I really want to add to this ‘favorite list’ of mine in the future, but for now, these channels keep me so entertained!

Till our next coffee!

 

 

Resources for going from Miss to Mrs

a list of resources that will help a lady from going from miss to mrs

I am a big believer of not only learning from one’s own mistakes but also from others. Therefore, I turn to any resource that will help me in my quest to become a better friend, daughter, girlfriend and soon to be wife. And what better way to equip oneself than with lessons and wisdom from our fellow woman (and men) in arms. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, because this is going to be a long post.

When Wiehann and I got engaged my mom gave us a book called “Love and Respect” by Emerson Eggerichs. I am still reading the book but I found the book really insightful.

Some of the things Eggerichs says immediately made sense when I read it. For example, how men actually crave more respect from their wives than they do love. When I told Wiehann about this new-found information, he confirmed it by saying “love and respect are almost the same things for us”. Wiehann is a man of few words, but with this book, I learned a bit more of what the man desires from his wife on a daily basis. Even though I am only halfway through the book I will recommend it for all couples!

Another place that I will often visit for relationship advice is Jolene Engle’s blog. I love her pod casts and blog posts for ‘leading women and wives closer to Christ’. She has touched on every marital topic that is important.  My favorite blog posts include:

Proverbs for couples: how to resolve conflict in marriage

One Sure Fire Way to Connect with Your Husband

Keeping Unity in Your Marriage When the In-Laws Have Caused Division

What’s a Wife to Do When Her Husband Blames Her for All Their Problems?

She even has a great service called Christian Wife University. This service is an online discipleship and mentoring community for Christian wives. This will be a great investment for a lady who is a newlywed who wants some guidance in her new role, or a lady who has been married for a while and want some advice. Jolene is based in the USA but $44 USD is not too much for over 50 videos that cover almost all the topics under the sun! I have been contemplating joining this community for a while, but have not made the jump just yet.

It will be worth your while to subscribe to her newsletter to keep you in the loop of new content that is available.

My sister gave me a series of Mark Gungor called Laugh your way to a better Marriage (it is available in book form). I loved these videos because Mark explains the difference between women and men in such a fun way. He also gets to the point and calls a spade a spade, which I like. Wiehann and I watched the show together, and he loved it.

In this show, he talked about the Flag Page system that he helped develop. I am not going to go into a lot of detail how it works but essentially The Flag Page is a series of questions that you answer in order to see what makes you, as an individual, thrive on a daily basis.

Wiehann suggested that we take it in order to understand each other better (I was totally flabbergasted when he suggested it because I really didn’t expect he would want to do such a survey). You have to pay a fee to do this, when we did our flag page I think it was R150 per person, but it is totally worth it. When you complete the survey you get a pdf that explains how you are put together and what makes you tick. I loved my results because it reflected explained who I am to a T!

Here are some of the results that I got.

flag page resultsflag page results

With these results in mind and a reference that we can go back to, we know now how to speak (or try to speak) each other’s language.

The 5 love languages will also be worth your time. I have not read the book yet but I did take an assessment online to figure out what my love language is. The 5 love languages consist of the following categories:

love language words of affirmationlove language acts of servicelove language receiving giftslove language quality timelove language physical touch

(pictures from the 5 love languages website)

Every one of us has all of these languages, but not all of us value each one the same. Some people thrive on acts of service while others want to receive gifts. Each of us is unique, and thus it is important to know your own love language and the language of your husband or wife. I had the highest score is in the category ‘quality time’. If you like you can take your love language assessment here. The book is available at many bookstores including Takealot.com and Cum Books.

Here is a summary of the resources that I discussed the post:
Love and Respect 
Jolene Engle’s blog
Laugh your way to a better Marriage
Flag Page system
The 5 love languages

Thank you for sharing your cup of coffee with me today. I want to enlist your help in adding new resources to this blog post! Leave your resource in the comment section!

Till our next coffee

Luv

Nadine

Wedding – Update on our Journey

Wedding journey | free budget worksheets!

 

Hi there friend, it is about time that I update you on the wedding planning progress. Well, it doesn’t really feel like there is much progress at all at this point, but there is some.

Let me quickly vent about how ridiculously expensive everything is!!! I knew that planning a wedding would be expensive, but not this expensive!! I just hope our budget will cover everything at the end. (Maybe I should do a post about how much everything cost us when the wedding is over. Mmmm…)

The previous post was about our color theme; if you want to catch up on that you can read about it here.

Here are the things that we booked so far:

The church and the pastor;

The venue; and

The photographer;

I went to see two florists. Man, I was shocked about how much it cost for the flowers alone. I wanted to have those rectangular wooden boxes filled with flowers and greenery, more greenery than flowers, but still, I wanted it to feel luxurious. But the price changed my mind. So, I am changing my ideas again to fit the budget, a very tight budget might I add. The conclusion I came to about the flowers was this: bigger vase = more flowers = more money. Eish… so smaller arrangements it is!

Our photographer is very affordable and we worked with her before and we were really pleased with the way the photos came out. I also looked at her portfolio for weddings that she photographed before and the photos were stunning!

We booked the Queens Hotel’s restaurant, The Colony, as our venue. The restaurant had a renovation in the past month, and the end result was disappointing to me. They exchanged the warm traditional look for a cool modern one. In my opinion, they kind of ruined the feel of what the hotel is known for. The new colors are tones of grey, which messes with my color scheme! They also changed out the wooden chairs for grey upholstered chairs. When I saw the new chairs I immediately asked if they still have the old ones, luckily, they still do. And they agreed that we can use the old chairs for the wedding. Phew, one thing that makes it a bit better.

You might ask why I do not want to change the venue as the wedding date is still a long way off.  The answer is simple. The budget. They charge us nothing to rent the restaurant for the wedding, we just pay for the food and the champagne. That is a big win in my book! I think that you will not really notice if the wedding color scheme clashes with the rest of the restaurant when the lights are dimmed and the tables are beautifully decorated! And guests don’t really remember the color scheme and the decorations a few months later.

We will be spending our first night as husband and wife in the hotel as well. Which is great, because then we don’t have to go anywhere when we are tired from all the dancing! I plan to close the place down with dancing! The hotel gave us a nice discount on our stay and also a bit of a discount for our guests.

Everyone tells you that planning a wedding is stressful, but you don’t know how stressful until you are planning one. I think the most stressful thing about planning the wedding is fitting everything that you will need within the budget and still get everything you’ve dreamed off.

The past two months of actively wedding planning I learned that you have to be flexible. You probably won’t find everything you see on Pinterest, and you have to be okay with that. You will have to be creative and find ways to make your dream wedding a reality.

I think because I mentioned the budget so much, it is only fitting for me to give you a free printable that is wedding budget-related.😊 What do you think?

Wedding budget planner |  Trou begroting Werkkaart

(PS – if you find a grammar or spelling mistake in the printable, please let me know and I will fix it, I didn’t really excel in language subjects in school!)

Till our next coffee

Nadine

Previous Post in this Series:

Our Engagement

Wedding Journey

Wedding Journey – how I plan to stay sane

Wedding Journey – All about That Color

Wedding Journey – An update  You are here

 

Renovations in progress and a freebie

Renovations on blog and free 2 Timothy 1:7 printable | bible verse printable | free printable | bible study | Jesus | God | Holy Spirit

Hi friend, got your cuppa coffee ready for today’s chat? I will wait till you have that steaming cup of goodness before I continue… Oh, you are a tea girl?! That’s okay too… 😊 I am currently loving Biedouw Valley Rooibos Tea & Vanilla Flavour.

Last week I shared some of the renovations that I want to do on the blog. If you are not sure what I am talking about, you can read about it here. The whole week I was pondering what else I can add to my blog that would add value to my readers’ overall experience. It also got me thinking, what makes me go back to my favorite bloggers every other day? Mmmm….

After a few minutes of thinking, I made a list of things that make me go back to a blog every time:

  1. They have valuable information that is relevant to my needs or interests
  2. The blog is filled with beautiful photos.
  3. Sometimes they offer me something for free (i.e. free printable)
  4. They have a captivating newsletter that I can follow to keep me up to date with their latest news.
  5. The blog is easy to navigate – I like simplicity and clean lines
  6. The way they write makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, you’re a friend, not a stranger.

Which of these points listed do I like the most… FREE STUFF of course!! Who doesn’t like free stuff? With the economy being the way it is, we are looking for more and more places to save. And with my love for things being organized and pretty, free printable lists and beautiful quotes do come in handy to spruce up one’s place. Am I right or am I right?

This Bible verse printable that I made is also one of my favorites and made me overcome my silly fears of hitting the publish button on my blog.You can download an Afrikaans or English version. Or Both 😉

free download at coffeewithnadine.com2 Timothy 1:7 English         |         2 Timothy 1:7 Afrikaans

Other renovations that are on its way:

A new Facebook and/or Instagram page. I am not going to focus on every social media platform that is available. I simply don’t have the time. But I do know that social media is important to grow and to get noticed by companies, so it is definitely on my to-do list.

One more renovation that I am extremely excited about: a free resource library on the blog.😊 I am not sure if it will be ready at the end of this month, but I will try my best to have it up and running as soon as possible.The library will be filled over time with worksheets, checklists, quotes, and a few wedding related freebies.

Let me know what type of printables you are looking for to make your life easier, and I will see what I can do to help you out!

Till our next coffee

Nadine

My progress at a thing called blogging

my blogging progress, update,

Hi there! Do you have a cup of coffee so we can have a little heart to heart about this thing called blogging? Okay, you ready? I have been blogging for on and off about 4 months now, and I must say, I am a bit disappointed in myself. Don’t get me wrong, I actually really enjoy the whole process. Writing the content, finding photos (that’s free) that will go with the blog posts and put it all together. I’ve found it immensely boost my creativity in writing, and when I hit that publish button I feel a sense of accomplishment.

“Why are you disappointed in yourself Nadine, if you actually like blogging?” well let me fill you in:

Firstly, because I don’t spend near as much time on blogging as I want to. My time is limited, because of my full-time job and after work, I sometimes just don’t feel like doing anything. Weekends are filled with other social obligations or I am not in the mood.  Ultimately, I need to come up with a plan to spend more time on the blog.

Secondly, I don’t have the finances, or circumstances prohibit me, to do some of the projects that I want to blog about. I want to get some home organizing and decor things on the blog as well. These topics also lie close to my heart. Like I explained in this blog post, I live with my mom. 

Thirdly, I feel a bit limited by my blog’s overall look and lack of knowledge of the technical things of running a good blog. Let me elaborate; I have a free theme and even though I liked it, in the beginning, I feel that it falls short of what I want to achieve and let my readers feel when they visit the blog. At the moment, it is missing something.

And lastly, I am such a perfectionist and thus plans more than doing = procrastination. I want to do things perfectly from the beginning and I forget that I am a beginner and that I cannot compare my skills to someone who has been blogging for a longer than I have.

So now that the pity party is over, I will tell you what I plan on doing to improve my overall blogging skills.

#goals:

  1. I will set aside time for blogging. ‘Quality over Quantity’ is key here, so I will strive to put out posts that I feel are worth it and not just posting for the sake of posting.
  2. I want to write posts about things that is going on in my life and that might help other women.
  3. Even though I cannot afford a premium theme, I am already busy on thinking how to rebrand my blog and give it a proper color palate, so that everything will feel more cohesive. And when I have money to buy a premium theme, everything will just fall into place.
  4. Somewhere on my laptop, I have a great ebook from Abby Lawson about setting up your blog. The book is gathering virtual dust, so it is time to dust it off and go through it again. I want to implement some of her advice so that the blog runs more efficiently.

I explained why I started a blog in this blog post

Let me know what you do to run your blog more efficiently.

Till our next coffee

All about that colour

I always thought that I would have a spring wedding with soft pastel colours. But that changed since Wiehann and I started to discuss colour schemes. He quickly put an end to my pastel dream. There wasn’t even a way to persuade him. When I asked him why, his answer was: “the colours are dead”. My reaction: “WHAT?!” and then we had to choose the date… another nail in my pastel dream, because spring was out, and so was summer… I can almost feel your frown through my computer screen at the moment, but don’t worry, mine was also almost carved into my forehead.

The reasons why these seasons was crossed off the list, was simple. Summer in Oudtshoorn is extremely hot. Some days reaching 40˚C. So that was a no no in both our books. No melting make-up and no sweaty armpits on the wedding photos!!! Spring time is also problematic because of my allergies. So that left autumn and winter. And to make a long story short – we decided on May, because we started to date in May, and May 2018 we will be together for 10 years – so some sentimental value was a big push for that specific date.

But after that discussion, and a bit of disappointment, I had to change my vision. Which is not always a bad thing. After all the day is not all about the bride (even if you want it to be 😊). So I started pinteresting my way through alternative colour schemes.

Who thought that there were so many options available. Pinks, purples, reds, blues etc etc…. after a while I realized that I have to narrow down my search, because I didn’t find anything that I liked! I mean I liked a lot of them, but not like-like you know?

Lightbulb! I started to search for autumn and winter weddings. And I swooned… OH MY WORD!!! Winter and autumn weddings are beautiful! All those rich dark colours that were available just made me so excited!

After another long scrolling through pinterest, and showing Wiehann a few ideas, we decided on:

 

These colors just make me so happy! They are warm, inviting and cozy for an autumn. I have so many ideas it feels like my head wants to short out sometimes! Here are a few images that I’ve found that are my source of inspiration…

I love how they combined the rustic with the elegant! Show you that everything can match if you just put the right things together! To see more of the pictures that I’ve collected for inspiration you can follow my Pinterest wedding board

If you want to read the other posts in this series you can find them here:

Let me know what you think and maybe share some ideas with me.

Talk soon!

Luv

Nadine

Our Wedding Journey – how I plan to stay sane

I am a sucker for cute printables and organized systems, and not to toot my own horn, but I am quite an organized person. I love making lists, and I get all giddy when I see my to-do list getting shorter and shorter. Now, staying organized while planning a wedding, I think, is crucial. In this post, I will share with you how I plan to stay organized and keep on top of all the arrangements.

I’ve researched a lot of wedding planning tips and ideas and the wedding binder sounded like the best option. And Tada!!!

My wedding binder was born. In this binder, you will find that I’ve put together all the things I think I would need to stay organized. Let me show you how the planner looks. May I add, I am very proud how it turned out. (please note that all the pages in the binder are in Afrikaans, my home language)

I’ve made the material cover myself. One of my first sewing projects I’ve done with my sewing machine.

When you open the binder, you will find and index. The index gives a summary of the things that is included in the binder. After the index, you will find checklists of things that have to be done for every category. I’ve compiled these lists after researching and reading through a lot of blogs and wedding books and I hope that I have included the most important things for a wedding to run smoothly.

The dividers I’ve made with card stock and some beautiful scrapbooking paper that was on sale at PNA.

After the index and the checklists, you will find the different categories.  Let me break it down for you:

Budget and monthly timeline

This, I would think, is self-explanatory.

Ceremony

Here I will have the contact details of the pastor, and the church. (we are planning on asking a pastor that we know, but we want to use another church for the ceremony)  I will also include any notes on what kind of décor I want at the church and more important what Wiehann and I want the pastor to talk about at the wedding.

Reception

Here you will find contact details of the place where the reception will be. A list of the music that we want to play, a worksheet of the things that we want to hire for the reception. I will also include pictures of décor ideas and activities for the guests to keep themselves busy while we take some photos. I will also include the contract of the venue here.

Caterer and wedding cake

Here you will find the menu and also the baker’s contact details and pictures of wedding cakes for inspiration. After we select a baker, I will put the contract here as well.

Florist

Florist’s contact details and the contact we will sign with them. I want to include pictures here to explain to the florist what I want and ask him or her if they will be able to do achieve it and give me advice for an alternative flower that I can use if the ones that I want are not available.

Videographer and photographer

Again, contact details and contracts. This category also includes a list of photos and moments I want the photographer and the videographer to capture of our special day.

Bride and groom

Here I include pictures of what I want my wedding dress to look like and ideas for the groom aswell. There is also a checklist of all the attire related items that we need to buy or rent.

Bridal party

I am going to ask our bridal party to buy their own clothes. But here I will keep track of who has what and the gifts I am going to buy for them.

Guests and stationary

Here I will put the final guest list with their contact details and keep track if they have RSVP’d.

I’ve found this cute little notebook on sale at Typo’s and I keep this one in my handbag for random thoughts and notes that might pop into my head. I plan on taking the binder with me to appointments only.

Pens and a calculator will accompany the binder most of the time.

At this stage, I am not sure how much this binder cost me because I’ve had most of the materials already. I’ve created the pages in word and printed it off my home printer.

Phew!!! Information overload I think. I would love to hear what you think of this binder. Would you mind answering a question for me in the comment section below? I would like to know if you would rather buy a binder that is ready made or make one yourself?

Thank you for stopping by and sharing a cup of coffee with me.

Talk soon!!

Nadine