Category: Life

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

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

Moving back home…

Wiehann and I got engaged in December and now I can finally start planning the wedding I was dreaming about for the last few years. But with the excitement of the engagement also came the big question: where on earth are we going to find the money to get married?! (heart palpitations)

The topic of saving money for our wedding was constantly on my mind after we started ring shopping in June 2016. I tried to think of creative ideas to save a lot of money in a short amount of time. But nothing I came up with was going to save a lot of money… not what you will need for a wedding in any case.

One day my mom suggested that I move back home with her to save money. My first instinct: Hell would freeze over before I do that!! You see, for the last five years, I have been living on my own. I am used to doing my own thing. Plus, I am somewhat of a loner. I like my own company, and thus moving back home felt like I will be giving up a lot. I always thought that the next place I moved in will be with my husband.

But ultimately saving money for my our dream wedding started to weigh more than quality alone time. So I prayed a lot on the subject. And when I made the decision everything just fell into place.

I work from home, and when I discussed it with my boss, he agreed that I can still work for him while I live at home, we communicate through email most of the time. We agreed that we would see each other when necessary to discuss work and the rest of the time we would continue to communicate through email.  Soon after this discussion, someone found me through contacts for my apartment. So in a matter of two weeks, everything was sorted. I moved out on the 31st of December 2016.

The biggest reason that motivated me to move back home was that I didn’t want us to go into debt for our wedding. I don’t see the point of having to pay back money for years after the wedding. If you think about it, it is just one marvelous day, where you declare your love and life to your significant other, and in a few hours after that, it is over.

It is horrible to admit, but you actually decorate the venue for yourself. The guests are there because of the free food and dancing (and the open bar if you have one). You go through the process of sourcing the perfect décor, flowers and music for the venue and the ceremony, and guests will not even remember how the venue looked in a year or so – that is sad!!!

But that being said, every girl dreams of her wedding day from the day she started playing dress up. And we deserve it. Every girl wants to be treated like royalty and feel like royalty on this day, and again – you deserve it. It will probably be the only day that will give you the opportunity to look like the princess or the queen that you are.

So yes, I am going all out where the budget allows. I am going to have the décor that I want. Even if I have to make a few pieces myself. I am actually looking forward to making things for the wedding. And thankfully, Wiehann and I are both crafty and handy respectively. So I can see a lot of DIY’ing for the wedding.

If you are engaged or recently married I would love to hear your money saving tips and tricks and the type of décor you had or planning on having!

Luv
Nadine