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!

HANGING ON TO HOPE

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.

MY DISAPPEARING ACT

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 ...

SATIN SNOOZES WITH DEAR DEER 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


PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD

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 www.avon.co.za 


PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD THIS SUMMER & SUPPORT ITHEMBA TOO!

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?

1. DETOXIFICATION
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 ...
2. METHYLATION
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 ...
3. OXIDATIVE STRESS
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 ...
4. INFLAMMATION
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. www.SeniorPets.co.za #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! http://bit.ly/HillsPetSlimmer11"

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.

FRAGRANCE FRIDAY: REVIEW- MONT BLANC LEGEND

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.
HANDY HINT:
- 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

Monday, September 25, 2017

As you all know I am a bookworm. Sadly, one who struggles to find me time. I just love running away from society and escaping into the pages of a good book ... don't you?

Nothing makes me more content than a cozy corner and the physical turning of paper pages. I enjoy a wide variety of authors and genres which in the past has also included Dan Brown. I truly enjoy Dan Brown and have read most of his books,  mainly because I love the mystery and intrigue of dark hidden societies and the search for secrets revealed. What I treasure most of all, is his ability to draw you into the story so that you feel like you a part of the action and not just simply observing from afar.

Here take a peek at his new release which is coming soon!

Book Launch: DAN BROWN ORIGIN 

Good news for all the Dan Brown addicts, a new book is about to hit the shelves on the 3rd of October. The new publication is called ORIGIN said to be his best book yet.

About the book:
Bilbao, Spain

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire, and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.


Want to read an extract?

It looks to be a great read so don't miss out, spoil yourself!

Published by Penguin Books and available at all leading bookstores from 3rd October 2017.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

So life has been rather hectic of late, we are approaching year-end and in my field of work that truly is a crazy busy time of the year.

Add to that a fibro flare and you will understand the anxiety pain and frustration once again circling through my life. I have never been one to question the "why" but rather I chose to just live one day at a time in the hope that God will use my life to enrich others lives in some small way. Whether it be here on the blog, in the day to day outliving of my life or simply the echo in my brain - that all is not in vain.


Moving through pain, frustration, and depression

So it is these revelations of meaning and purpose that are once again challenging me.  Especially as I sit here in agony, feeling depressed and defeated and all because of an invisible illness. Frustrated because no man can see past my physical appearance to a heart which yearns to be loved, and discouraged at my inability to save and travel. I guess one could say I feel unlovable and inadequate... how sad is that?


You see life is a series of interconnected events, you never know the outcome thanks to the myriad of variables and choices we make on a daily basis. So why is it that we so desperately cling to a dream long forgotten "faded dreams"? Why don't we refresh our view on life regularly ... recalculate and move forward? I suppose it's because sometimes the familiar is far easier than trusting in a future and a hope we cannot see. Today I am reminded that God gives us a hope and that only we can choose to let it go because of circumstance (and spite ourselves) ... or recalculate despite circumstance and hold fast onto His promises!

I have been watching a series called Perception which quoted "The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend." What do you see?

My mind's eye

I recently realised that I still see distrust, hurt and betrayal in every man that crosses my path. How then can I ever imagine meeting that someone special? How then can I ever learn to love myself - fat or thin? The truth is I don't know, I can only cling to Jesus and His promises in my life. He is my rock and I know I can't do this in my strength. Heck, I don't even like myself most days ... Truly, I thank God for grace.

I know that I will not give up on my dream of a husband, travel and my own business. My dream of a pain-free day, and of being my goal weight. My dream of loving and accepting myself unconditionally.

I know we all go through daily struggles and thank you for listening to mine. For you my friends I wish love, hope, dreams, and happiness. Let's keep up the good fight and trust in Him always.