Category: Life

How I learned to love myself through exercise

I was never big on exercise – because frankly, I didn’t like it! But that has changed after I joined the Tone It Up community and learned how to love myself through exercise!

How I learned to love myself through exercise
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I never played a sport when I was in school. I joined a dancing class that was in town and that I really enjoyed. But after a while, they closed down and I never picked up a sport again. I always had the excuse that my school work was more important because I actually enjoyed school for the most part.

But in university in my last year, I actually started having hives from stress and I knew I had to do something. So I downloaded light yoga and aerobic exercises from YouTube to do in my very small flat. And it worked a bit to release some tension.

Fast forward to adulthood I again slacked on the exercise department, until my sister forwarded me a link to the Tone it Up website and their free workouts on YouTube and I was hooked!

I loved the short exercises and the motivation that they brought to the workout. I downloaded a few of the workouts at a coffee shop to do at home because I didn’t have internet at home at the time.

Last year, in May, I joined their Studio Tone it Up App. (The app is available on Android and Apple) And so far I loved it. Because I have uncapped internet at home, it makes it easy to follow the workouts.

Studio Tone it up app
Image credit: Screen Shot from the Studio Tone It Up website

So to be clear I don’t have the results that are shown on their website, because I don’t follow their guidelines to a T. But they have thought me a lot this past year.

Things I’ve learned from exercise – And How it Turned to Self-love

  1. I am surprised how much I am capable off
  2. Not every day will be a good day, but If your workout is not good today, it will definitely be better tomorrow!
  3. Your body doesn’t feel the same each day. Even if you do the same workout routine/video, your body will react differently week to week, day to day. And that is okay – just keep going.
  4. Every day is progress even if it doesn’t feel that way
  5. Results will not happen in 2 weeks, but rather 4 to 8 weeks – be patient
  6. I really do feel better after a workout! And the day I didn’t work out I feel sluggish
  7. Making the time to workout and showing up really feels great!
  8. Exercise is a form of self-care.
  9. My mood and outlook on life have changed to a more positive one, and I hope to convey it to those around me.

5 things that the Tone it Up community taught me

  1. Give yourself grace. You are doing the best you can.
  2. Surround yourself with positive people with a great outlook on life. Then you also become more positive.
  3. When women support each other, great things happen.
  4. When you show up for a workout, you show up for yourself
  5. Living your life and having that chocolate will not be the end of the world. Live your life – it is a journey, not a race.

The TIU community of women are so inspiring and lately, they have been absolutely killing it on their YouTube channel. You can check out their latest Wine not Wednesdays videos here where they had some of their best content to date, in my opinion.

I would love to buy their nutrition plan, but that hasn’t been in the budget yet. But maybe at the end of this year!

How I schedule my workouts

Because we are not on the same time zone as the US, and I like to workout in the morning, I cannot really use the scheduling feature in the app. I did last winter when I worked out late afternoon and the reminder the app gives you really keeps you accountable.

Every Sunday I receive the weekly workout schedule by email and then I just write it in my weekly planner. If I forgot to do it, I look up the workout in the morning that they recommend for the day and then I find it in the ‘on demand’ section in the app. Easy peasy.

Workout Schedule for the week send straight to my inbox
Screen shot from the email that I receive

The workouts vary in length and they are constantly uploading new workouts. So you never get bored! Today, I completed my ‘Ultimate Morning HIIT’ workout and I worked up quite a sweat!

The app is subscription based, but in my opinion, it is really affordable. It is my ‘gym membership’ every month. And it is convenient, because I don’t have to drive anywhere and I don’t care how I look when I workout, because no one sees me.

Since joining the app, I’ve been looking forward to working out every day. And I really hope to continue working out with the TIU girls for a long time!

Please note! this is not a sponsored post! I just love the community and wanted to share it!

Until next time – Keep it Classy!

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My Birthday 14+14 = 28

Get to know me a bit better in this blog post of 14 things that you didn't know about me and 14 things that I've learned in this past 28 years

This year I am turning 28, which is crazy to me. It feels like I’ve only started high school yesterday and now I am already done with school for 8 years already.

Like most bloggers, I thought I would write about what I’ve learned in this past 28 years but with a twist. I am going to write 14 things that u might not know about me and 14 things that I’ve learned in this past 28 years. Which is going to be challenging for me to say the least because I already covered most things on my ‘about me’ page.

Let’s start with the 14 things I’ve learned this past 28 years.

  1. First and foremost the biggest lesson that I’ve learned this past 28 years, is that not everything is going to go as you’ve planned it and you cannot control everything. And that’s okay.
  2. I am still trying to figure everything out, who I am and who I want to be, I guess this will change as the season in my life changes. For now, I am a work from home girl, married to my best friend.
  3. Everything has a time and a place. It may not be my time but it is sure God’s time.
  4. Learn from your own mistakes and those from others. Sometimes it is so valuable to listen to other’s stories and learn from it.
  5. When you cannot figure out a difficult task or situation, get up take a deep breath and make some coffee. Then go back to it – coffee really change your perspective
  6. Your mother really knows best!
  7. The experts are totally right, exercise really does put you in a better mood
  8. Do it now, even if you don’t feel like it – you will thank yourself later.
  9. You cannot expect anything from anyone, you are setting yourself up for disappointment and resentment.
  10. Do you want to be right or do you want the relationship?
  11. Sometimes things are really simple – don’t overcomplicate it.
  12. You are worthy and there is nothing wrong in taking care of yourself first before taking care of others – I am still struggling with this.
  13. Make the time to do those things you want to do, otherwise, you will never get the chance or time.
  14. Asking (or hiring) for help will make your life so much easier. Don’t try to do ‘all the things’!

Wow, when I started going with this, it was much easier than I thought! Okay next…

Get to know me a bit better in this blog post of 14 things that you didn't know about me and 14 things that I've learned in this past 28 years

14 things you don’t know about me

  1. I really love computer games. I played The Sims from the beginning up until now that I am playing The Sims 4. Assassins Creed is also a game I love. I play it once in a while on my husband’s Play Station, and I just started playing Fortnite… Can you believe it
  2. My dream car must be a BMW. Even though I am driving a Hyundai Getz at the moment that I totally love, I will someday, when I grow up, buy my BMW.
  3. If I have to choose only one beauty product that I can use for the rest of my life it will have to be a foundation.
  4. This is something that I just recently learned of myself too, I actually enjoy a bit of exercise. I’ve started to do home workouts on an app on my phone every morning, and I am totally excited to do it.
  5. I enjoy sewing and I recently made my own roman blind for the kitchen.
  6. I wouldn’t call myself a neat freak, but I am definitely a tidy person. My immediate surroundings do affect my mood if it is not all that tidy.
  7. Even though I have a B.Tech degree in Architectural Technology, I’ve found myself really more drawn to interiors. I am really considering taking a course in interior design.
  8. I am constantly trying to find ways to make my day to day life easier and do things with the least amount of effort. Some people will call it lazy, I call it efficient. Nobody’s got time to stand around washing dishes all day! #dishwasher #lifesaver
  9. I love to entertain friends and family at our home.
  10. If I can brag a little, I am a totally awesome gift giver! I love listening to people and making little mental notes of things they would like to get. But I must admit, there are a few persons in my life that I struggle to buy presents for!
  11. I am such a procrastinator! But it comes in two categories: 1) I get stuck in planning mode and never move forward. 2) I just keep putting something off that I should be doing. But then when I finished it I realized point #8 on the things that I’ve learned list!
  12. I am a dreamer, but I grew up a little. I must admit when I was younger, I was living life more in my head than in real life sometimes. But life happens and I grew up a little, and maybe I became a bit pessimistic. But lately, I am choosing to see the positive.
  13. I am such a type-C person – I analyze everything and everyone, I am a true introvert, and I am so task oriented!
  14. I love the mountains more than I love the ocean. Don’t get me wrong, the ocean is beautiful and there is something about an awesome ocean holiday. But sometimes the crashing of the waves makes me more anxious than calm. So if I could sit in the forest near a mountain with a lovely stream and a few chirping birds I would be in my element!

Phew!!! That was a mouthful! If you stayed to the end you deserve a good cup of coffee!! Thanks for reading to the end and getting to know me a bit more.

Leave me a comment of what you’ve learned in your ‘x’ amount of years here on earth! Would love to read it.

Till next time – Keep it classy!

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Valentine’s day gift guide – 2019

Well, it is already February and I haven’t done much on the blog. But what better way to start again is with the month of love and with Valentine’s day gift guide!

Valentine’s day for me isn’t about spending a lot of money on gifts, but rather celebrating what it means with the one you love. But if you have to buy something, here is a few ideas all under R300.

(Disclaimer: all of these products are from Woolworths, but this post is not sponsored. I just love Woolworths products)

For Her:

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You just cannot go wrong with flowers and chocolates on Valentine’s Day, or any other day for that matter. But maybe you do it differently this year and actually give her flowers that last longer than a week. Orchids are such a special flower and will brighten up any room in the house and also her mood!

Most women appreciate a cute bag and why not spoil her with a new makeup bag. A makeup bag is one of those things that are versatile enough to be used for other things as well, and you are more likely to win this round on Valentine’s Day than buying her a handbag she might not like.

If she is into fitness, why not help her fitness wardrobe out with a cute new cap. I would even take it a step further and wear it out on the town on a sunny day.

Is she a coffee or tea lover? Then you cannot go wrong with this mug set. And a bonus – it is dishwasher safe, so she doesn’t even have to do the dishes this special day when it is obviously meant for pampering!

Satin is such a luxurious fabric, so treat her with a cute nightie. And better yet this one comes in a set of two! Make it extra special by getting her size right the first time!

For Him:

I don’t know why it is so difficult to buy things for men. I always struggle to find something that is different than just socks and clothes. But if you think about it, if you give it to your man, he will use it sooner or later. But let’s get into these 5 gifts under R300 for your Valentine.

Valentines gift guide for him 2019
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I think biltong is to men like chocolates are to women. So why not treat him with his favorite biltong snack and or maybe his favorite alcoholic beverage?

Talking about his favorite alcoholic beverage, maybe you can surprise him with this nice Carafe set to display his favorite brandy or whiskey in? Also a very nice touch to his man cave!

If he is in the corporate world, a nice leather belt will do wonders to elevate his suit or work outfit. Or maybe he is a more casual guy, this belt will even work with his casual shorts that he is strutting around the braai!

Or what about a nice leather wallet if his’ is starting to look dated.

Something totally different is to get him a weekender bag. Maybe to hint on a special Valentine’s weekend away, or to plant the seed that he should treat you on a special weekend away.

Well, that is it for my Valentine’s gift guide, I hope you found it insightful or gave you an idea. I know it is a bit different than the normal guides, but it is nice to get something different once in a while! Have a blessed Valentine’s Day filled with love.

And as always … Keep it classy!

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2018 so far… self-love journey

2018 is closing very fast (I mean it is October already!) and I thought I would share with you how my ‘self-love journey’ so far. This is going to be another rambling post on what is currently going on in my life, so grab a coffee and let’s get to it!

2018 so far and my self-love journey

Related: My word for 2018 was provided

So as I mentioned in a previous post, my word for 2018 is self-love and I also shared that I wanted to do things that I love to do more. But, It only feels that I am starting to do the things that I wanted to do all year now! I know right, at the end of the year!!!

So here is the list of things that I wanted to do in 2018:

Make my quiet time a priority. 

‘Loving my body’

Doing things that I love

So the results…

Make my quiet time a priority:

I am still struggling to get into a healthy habit for my quiet time. Being married and finding a new routine is harder than I thought. We have been married for 4, almost 5, months and I still don’t have a routine that I love. But I strive to do my quiet time every morning.

Related: Our Wedding Journey, Wedding budget break down 

‘Loving my body’

I started to do more exercise in June. I subscribed to Studio Tone It Up, which is a fitness app that is developed by the awesome girls of Tone It Up. The app allows you to schedule your workouts for the week and gives you a notification before the workout. This has really helped to keep me accountable. I love the difference I can see in my lower body since I started. I didn’t lose any weight, cause I haven’t changed anything drastic in my diet. They are currently running the 31 Day Challenge (which I am doing in the app), so feel free to check it out.

I opened another Instagram accountability account to help me stay on track with my workouts.

I was hoping to up my skincare routine a bit more than I have achieved so far. But at the moment this is how my skincare routine looks: Every morning and evening I wash my face with this facial cleanser, then I use a toner from Avroy Shlain that I ordered from my mom. Lastly, I moisturize my face every day with this day cream and this night cream from African Extracts.

I have normal to dehydrated skin most of the time, so I love how the African Extracts classic range are so creamy and moisturizing. I also use the Garnier Micellar in Oil to get rid of leftover makeup and it also hydrates my skin. Once a week I try to incorporate a skin scrub or a mask. I ran out of a serum a while ago and I haven’t purchased a new one yet. Another product that I want to get is an eye cream. My under eye area are very dry at the moment and my fine lines and wrinkles quite deep, so need to give the area a bit more attention.

Doing things that I love

Reading is still on the list, but haven’t got any more attention other than being on the list. 

I love to bake, so I have been baking some bread at home when we ran out. Then there is the occasional pudding or cake here and there.

I want to branch out my interest so that I can find new things that I love. I have researched a few hobbies that I am willing to try but will let you know when anything takes off. 😉

Thanks for sticking to the end! Have a great day and join me next time for another cup of coffee!

Keep it Classy! 😉

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Blog Topics, Narrowing It Down

After I created my ideal reader, it helped me soo much in narrowing down my blog topics. So today I thought I would share what the topics would be. After reading this post I hope you will click away knowing what I love and how I will be able to help you in a certain way.

I've narrowed down my blog topics! Find out what my three blog topics will be, #creatingcontent #content #blogging # niche #findingyourniche #posts

Three Blog Topics

I decided that I would focus on three main topics. This includes Beauty; Homemaking and Organizing. These topics occupy my thoughts on a daily basis. And I hope to find a way to enrich my own life by writing about it here on the blog.

As of late, I would like to think that I am on a journey of making the spaces around me better. And ultimately, making my life easier and more beautiful in the process.


Disclaimer alert! I am not a beauty expert and I have no background in beauty. I just love it!  So I would like to share the products that I love to use and what I’ve found works for me.

So you can expect reviews on products (both skin care and makeup), beauty routines, makeup that I love to wear. I am not sure if I would make tutorials, but ‘never say never!’ And maybe a smidge of fashion…


I think homemaking means different things to different people. But for me, ultimately, it means creating a beautiful space within walls where everyone is happy and calm. Now getting to that calm and happy space can be quite challenging. Especially if you are living with a spouse that doesn’t have the same temperament as you. Or maybe you face different challenges that I am not even aware of. But I digress…

In this category, you will find how I am decorating our home and finding ways that work for met in new routines. Thus, how I run our home on a daily basis!


This category will sometimes overlap with the Homemaking category. But the Organizing category will most likely be where you find things like organizing under the kitchen sink or organizing the pantry. In a nutshell… various organizing projects around the home.

I would love to hear what you think about these categories, and if you have any suggestions for blog posts, please leave me a comment!

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Honeymoon in Thailand, Phuket

Honeymoon in Thailand, Phuket here we come. #Phuket #Thailand #honeymoon #destinationhoneymoon #packing #researchWe’re going on a destination honeymoon in a month!! (Yes I know it is late, but to me, it still counts!) And the destination we are heading to… Phuket for 7 days!!! I can hardly believe it!

It will be the first overseas trip for both Wiehann and me, and to say that we are over the moon of excitement is an understatement! (You can tell by all of the exclamation marks right?)

The first question that comes to mind is: “Why didn’t you go right after the wedding?” My answer is simple. We only had enough money to pay for the trip in advance and didn’t have enough left for spending money. The wedding totally wiped out our funds. So we both decided to go a bit later.

Related: Wedding Budget Redo’s,  Wedding Budget Breakdown 

The other benefit to me for going on honeymoon later is that we are both rested and will enjoy the trip more. Let me explain: after the wedding, we totally felt exhausted!

The week leading up to the wedding was stressful. (And on some of the photos you can see the fever blister on my nose to prove it!) Everything was under control and I didn’t really have a reason to stress, but I think it came with the territory.  The few days after the wedding we were both recovering and resting. But now we are totally rested and we will enjoy our honeymoon to its fullest!

So the last few weeks, I’ve been researching everything related to Phuket as a honeymoon destination. We are going in August, which is the rainy season, but according to my research, it is still warm and humid and doesn’t rain all day. So fingers crossed we will have some pleasant weather!

The thing that I research the most is “what to pack for Phuket”. Apparently, you need a lot of mosquito-repellent and obviously a lot of sun-screen (Phuket is close to the equator). I don’t know what it is, but mosquitos just love me. I will be in the middle of a crowd and that darn mosquito will find me and leave everyone else alone, yes I am that person! So I will stock up on Peaceful Sleep and Tabard to be safe.

Bucket List for Phuket:

I know we are only there for 7 days, so hoping that the weather plays along so that we can do all of most of these items on the list.

Other things that you might want to know about the honeymoon:

We are staying at Sunset Beach Resort, a resort is a must for a honeymoon right?

We used Flight Centre, a travel agency, to book our trip. Like I said, this is our first overseas trip, and we wanted all the help that we can get.

I will be doing a follow-up post about our packing and organizing of our luggage when we have everything together. I already have a list of to-buys and to-dos. So watch this space

Is there any packing tips that you have for our first international flight. Or have you been to Phuket? I would love to know your thoughts.

As always,

Keep it classy!


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Wedding Budget Redo’s

What I would have done differently with our wedding budget and planningWhen I did the last post of our wedding budget break down, I thought of the things I would do differently. The one thing that I noticed is that the budget can quickly go out the door if you don’t keep track of the things that you spend money on. And the small things are the budget breakers!

There were a few purchases that I regret. For example, I bought two pairs of shoes that I thought would make great wedding shoes, but I ended up wearing old shoes that I love and planned on wearing from the beginning. Oops!

Don’t get me wrong, I was adamant to keep within our budget, I checked the budget regularly and we paid for the wedding in cash. I am super proud of ourselves for this. We even had money over and we are planning to use it for the honeymoon!


Small Purchases 

One thing that I regret is that I didn’t keep track off is the small items. For instance, the stamps for the invitations that I posted. I did in a way keep track of them, but I didn’t put the receipts into my wedding binder. If I look hard enough for the receipts, I will find them.

I also ordered things from Aliexpress, and I didn’t make a note of how much it cost. Aliexpress uses USD currency and the exchange rate changes all the time, so I am not sure what I paid for the items at the time. I know it was so inexpensive though that it couldn’t have broken the bank!

Wedding Binder

I loved my wedding binder, you can see how I put it together in this post, but one thing that I regret is the size. The large A4 binder made it difficult to take everywhere with me. I did take it with me most of the time or sometimes left it in the car if I traveled. But I really wished that I made it in an A5 binder or a book. That way I could’ve just put it in my handbag and take it where ever.

There are a lot of pages in my binder that I didn’t use. Which feels like a waste of paper now. But it did keep all of my information in one place and I knew exactly where to find everything. Which saved me a lot of time to not search through loose papers!

Another tool that I didn’t use is my phone! My phone is always on me, so I should’ve used it as a budgeting tool as well. I could’ve put my small purchases on my note-keeping-app. It wouldn’t have taken me 2 minutes to do that!

Tips for keeping your wedding budget in check:

So if I could give my past self some advice it will be:

  1. Get a smaller binder that fit in your handbag;
  2. Have another file or binder where you file other information (for example quotations; ideas for the wedding);
  3. Update your budget every day, or as often as you can (this one is just a reminder)
  4. Make a note (in a notebook or on your phone) of small purchases if you get home or put the receipt in the binder immediately;
  5. Make a note if you purchased something online, or print out the receipt to put into the binder.
  6. When paying cash, ask for a receipt.
  7. Take the binder/planner with you even if you think you don’t need it.

A few months ago I discovered Alexa Lily, an online shop that sells beautiful planners. And what blew my mind is that they already had a pretty Bridal Edit Planner! This would have saved me so much time and it is the perfect size to put into my handbag! It is basically my binder that I made for myself, just better! So kudos to them for making such an incredible planner!

I don’t regret making the binder at all. It was a lot of fun and I will treasure it always. It is now memory binder, keeping all the wedding planning alive.

This post will be bringing my wedding journey to the end. Now that the wedding is over, both Wiehann and I are so much calmer and are enjoying married life. One doesn’t realize how much stress comes with planning a wedding. But like I said, I wouldn’t have changed anything of our wedding day for the world! I loved every moment of it!

Hattingh Wedding, the best day of our life!

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We Said I Do!

We finally said “I Do” on the 5th of May 2018!! The sweetest (and long awaited) moment ever was when the pastor said I know proclaim you husband and wife! Warning This post contains many photos!

Hattingh Wedding, the best day of our life! best moment ever when we said I Do

Getting Ready

The wedding day for me started at 7:00. I took a relaxing bath and then ate some breakfast with my mom and sister. After breakfast, we went straight to the hair salon for our hair. The hair took a bit longer than expected but we were still on time for the makeup girls. We got our makeup done at my Grandmother’s home and we also got ready.

attingh Wedding, bride getting ready

attingh Wedding, bride's attaire | details | jewelry | perfuum

 Makeup  | Dress | Perfume | Earrings | Gater 

Wiehann’s day started with a bang, because he and my mother in law, sister in law and had to set up the whole reception before 12:30 when he got ready. Afterward, I only heard about all the drama that went on, I was blissfully unaware of it all!

attingh Wedding, groom getting ready attingh Wedding, groom details

Suit | Tie | Shirt | Accessories were from Wish

We say ‘I Do’

We said I do in the NG Moederkerk. It was a must for me to get married in this church. I love older buildings that have iconic architectural styles. My theme for the wedding was to achieve a Baroque vibe, but a lot simpler. Such an opulent wedding would have cost us a fortune!  And the church was the closest I could find to this particular style, even if it was built in the Neo-Gothic style. I just overall love the architecture of this church.

attingh Wedding, vows and I do

attingh Wedding,church

Interesting fact: the angels that surrounded the pulpit were made in Scotland. The church commissioned six angels but only five arrived. They send two photos of two local girls to Scotland so that the artist can make the angels to look like these girls. The church was concerned that the angels would look too much like European girls otherwise!

Couple photoshoot

After the ceremony, we took the family photos and then we did the couple photoshoot! All of the stress disappeared after the ceremony and we just enjoyed ourselves. Here are some of my favorite photos, but honestly I love them all!

Hattingh Wedding, after the I do's, Couple photoshoot


The food was delicious and everyone enjoyed themselves. We got so many compliments that we had a great wedding and that is all that I wanted! For me the highlight was our first dance because we got help from a professional to choreograph the dance. It turned out beautifully!

Hattingh Wedding, reception | Festivities| wedding cake | love | decor | Flowers

Venue | Flowers, and Decor | Dance 

Everything is how I wanted it to be. We and our guests enjoyed ourselves. I wish sometimes that we could have the day over. Maybe in 10 years time, we will do a vow renewal and do it again!!! So much fun!

Related: Wedding budget breakdown; Wedding budget redo’s

Married life has been blissful, but there are a few little challenges that started to poke out its head since moving in with Wiehann. I thought it best to share these little challenges and the solutions as I grow in my new role as wife and homemaker.

Some of these challenges include:

New routines in the morning and evening;
Cleaning and organizing our new home;
Decorating our home!

Do you want to follow our wedding journey?

Our Wedding Journey | Our Wedding Journey – how I plan to stay sane

Our Wedding Journey – Update

Wedding budget breakdown | Wedding budget redo’s

As always;

Keep it Classy!

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My word for 2018 was provided

my word for 2018It has been awhile since I posted, and it is already the second week into January 2018. Which is crazy. But I thought I would share my word for the year today with you and how it was provided to me.  So, grab your cup of coffee and join me for a minute.

I’ve read that choosing a word for the year can really help you in setting and accomplishing your goals. And I also read on more than one blogger’s pages that when they had chosen a word, things in their lives happened that relates to that word.

My word for 2017 was to ‘grow’, but sadly I don’t feel that I’ve grown the amount that I would have wanted to. I did, however, accomplish a few of my goals that I’ve made. Namely to start a blog, saving for the wedding (which I am glad to report that it went great), and I wrote my SACAP exam and passed with flying colors, which made me a Professional Senior Architectural Technologist! Whoohoo!

The festive season was quite hectic and I didn’t give new goals and a new word much thought until the first week of January. And to be honest, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to achieve this year other than to get married in May! (follow our wedding journey here)

It was Friday night when I went to bed when I the thought of ‘word for the year’ crossed my mind again. But I didn’t give it much thought and fell asleep. Saturday morning when I woke up the first thing that came to my mind was ‘self-love’. That really resonated with me, because like many other women, I tend to put everyone else’s needs before mine. And it doesn’t help that I am a people pleaser!

I thought that I might just imagine this ‘self-love’ intention, but it stuck with me the whole day and questions like: ‘What does self-love look like to me, why do I want to put everyone else’s needs before mine, how do I achieve this self-love?’ tumbled through my mind the whole day.

Ultimately, I don’t think that this word(s) came to me just on my own. I really think that God has placed it in my heart to pursue it this year.

So how does self-love look to you, Nadine? Well, I am so glad you asked.

First and foremost, spending more quality time and being more active in doing my quiet time. I think this is the most difficult to do because Satan is relentless in keeping you away from Him. When you make a plan to spend time with Father, something will just happen that distracts you and you forget to do your quiet time altogether. I intend to do my quiet time first thing in the morning before I touch my phone, I must confess that my phone is my biggest distraction.

The second thing on my list is to ‘love my body’. Wow, that sounded cheesy! But I am created in His image and thus it is important for me to take care of the vessel that He gave my soul to live in. He created us differently and so uniquely, so my body and mind will need different things to be at peace with myself to the next girl.

In order to love my body and mind, I intend to make it a priority to exercise and fuel my body with the right nutrition.  I’ve been following the ‘Tone It Up’- girls’ workouts on and off over the last year. But this year I want to really commit to a morning workout. Working out in the morning motivates me for the day. And it also helps me to not want to eat unhealthy foods that will ruin my workout session.

Keeping up with the ‘love my body theme’. I really want to get into a good skincare routine. I have a skincare routine, but I want to add exfoliation and masks to my routine as well. Occasionally I take a bubble bath and put on a face mask, but if I want to see real results, I need to up my game!

Then I really want to start reading again. I have a few books that I haven’t touched that is gathering dust on the shelf.  Generally, I just want to do more things that I love.

Just in general not spreading myself to thin and trying to please everyone. I know that this is not good for my health, but I just keep doing it anyway. So, I really want to be mindful of how I spend my time. Leaving negative people and talk in 2017.

I know this was just rambling talk, but thank you for sticking to the end! You deserve a medal! Let’s quickly recap my self-love strategy:

Self-love: ‘I am beautifully and wonderfully made’ so I will love my body, mind, and soul! I will stop comparing myself to others and spend more time with God.

Self-love: do things that I love, like reading and baking 😉

Self-love: Avoid negative talk and people and anything that will bring down my happy!

I would love to hear from you! What is your word for 2018 and how do you spend your time to take care of yourself? Comment below to let me know!

Raise your coffee cup to a glorious 2018!

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10 great Christmas gifts for: Him and Her!

Hi, there friend, welcome to the last day of gift week here on the blog. I thought it best to combine the last two categories to make the theme ‘his and her’. So, without further ado, let us dive into the picks from Woolworths for today.

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. 

woolworhts gifts for her

Let’s start with the lady, after all, it is ladies first, right? 😉  Well, I think it is quite easy to buy gifts for your fellow girlfriend, sister and/or mother. But let’s face it, some women are just soooo picky or they already have everything you want to buy them. The easiest thing to buy this type of lady is a voucher. That way she can buy anything she wants or needs. And best of all, she cannot complain about the ‘lousy’ gift you gave her – even if you thought it was the most thoughtful gift ever.

The rest of the picks that I have are pretty generic, but most women like to receive jewelry, a handbag/purse and or perfume.

Rose gold has made such a statement the last year. It has made its way into home décor, jewelry and even some clothing pieces have rocked this beautiful metal. Rose gold, to me, is so feminine. And I would like to have a watch, just like this one. It would match my beautiful engagement ring, perfectly.

Pearl earrings are a great staple accessory for any wardrobe. You can wear it with a casual or a formal outfit.  I like to wear my pearl stud earrings with almost all my outfits on a daily basis. They are a timeless classic. They will make a great gift for that classic lady you need to buy a gift for.

Bangles are another great accessory to have. But I will not recommend it if you work the whole day on a computer. I’ve found that bangles, especially the ones that go ‘cling-a-ling’, just get in the way. Rather keep it to for the weekend. I had to put these stackable bangles on the list. The diamonds are classy and they will perk up any outfit. I would wear them with a cute dress and some heels for date night. Ooh, and those pearl earrings will be a great match!

Now let’s talk about bags…. If you are a girl like me, you like bags. Period. This handbag is a real stable piece for me. The colour of the handbag enables you to wear it with any colour outfit. And it is a blend of casual and formal, which makes it perfect for everyday use.

Woolworths have a great variety of cosmetic bags lately. If you have a friend that loves makeup and you don’t know what to buy her, give her something to put her makeup in! Maybe even add a few makeup brushes. This Flawless cosmetic bag is one of my favorites.

A great gift idea for the girl who travels a lot is a cute and matching toiletry bag set. To make the gift even more special you can buy a bag that’s her favorite colour.

For the girl who loves her coffee, a mug is always welcome. Especially this cute mug with the mermaid tail scales on them. Up your gifting game by adding some rusks, cookies, chocolates or her favorite coffee with the mug.

Lastly is the more the more expensive item on the list. Every single lady is unique, and having a signature perfume that describes your personality is so special. Spoil yourself this Christmas and buy that perfume, you deserve it! I’ve been eyeing Daisy from Marc Jacobs and Be Delicious from DKNY lately.

Let’s move on to the men. I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to buy gifts for the men in my life.They either have everything they need or have ridiculously expensive taste!

But here is my go-to list if I am not sure what to buy!

woolworhts gifts for him

Let’s start with the accessories. Remember, men do like to have some nice bling as well! The accessory category is especially for the man who is in-tune with his image and knows what he is worth. So why not buy him a nice watch and some cool shades to match? This nice braided bracelet will round off his casual outfit.

If you have a guy that works in an office all day, you can buy him a nice set of new ties. Or anything that will jazz up his suit! Some other suit accessories to remember – tie clip, cufflinks, pocket square and a lapel pin. A nice leather wallet is also a nice touch.

For the man who likes to take care of himself and shave often, you can buy him this nice shaving kit. And to finish it off you can get him his favorite aftershave or EDT! Just like women, men also have their signature fragrances. Just ask him what he is wearing that day and notice if he wears it often. You can never go wrong with this type of gift!

Everyone loves a good braai! So why not spoil him with a new pair of genuine leather braai gloves. And you can never have enough of these enamel roaster pots! They are fancy enough that your significant other can put the pot on the table without messing up your pretty table setting. Win-win!

And if all else fails or you run out of time – there is always a voucher!

Thanks for joining me this week. I really hope you had as much fun reading these posts as I did creating them. Enjoy your weekend!

Till our next coffee!!

Check out the rest of the gift guides:

For the baker and the cook

Gifts for the decor lover

Christmas gifts for a spa experience at home

10 great Christmas gifts for: His and Her! (you are here!)


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