A Contradictory Life

On Dads and Fathers

I wrote this on Instagram yesterday for Father’s Day but subsequently realised I should rather have used the word “Dad” not “Father”. Semantics. View this post on Instagram A Father should be present and proud. He should be kind and … Continue reading

My first completely vegan menu for (easy!) entertaining

I hosted the first book club of the year yesterday and it was such a great day and everyone loved the food! Spending time with the girls is always the best, obviously, but the food part was especially important to me … Continue reading

Missing Mozambique

I wrote this on a day that I had severe wanderlust for the friendly people, delicious food, wide open spaces, beauty and tranquility of Mozambique. The perfect way to explain this place? After a six hour sleep on New Year’s … Continue reading

Sometimes I forget I am only twenty-four years old

A few people have reminded me, especially after this post, that I am only twenty-four years old. In other words; I am accomplished given my age, that I still have time to do more and that I need to put … Continue reading

Hello Joburg! Thank you for the Pampering :)

You might have seen on Twitter / Instagram that I attended a lady bloggers pamper day hosted by Hello Joburg in conjunction with Tsogo Sun on Saturday. I was, and am, so grateful to have been invited along with some … Continue reading

Celebrating six years with six courses of fine dining (& more)

On the 19th of July it was our six year anniversary. It feels like just the other day that I wrote this post for our four year! I have been wanting to have a ‘fine dining’ experience for months and … Continue reading

A recap of our visit to Kaapschehoop and the gees of a live rugby game

Our visit to Kaapschehoop was everything I thought it would be – relaxing as well as invigorating. I have written before about my love of weekends away for their rejuvenating mental, physical and emotional benefits and that we are spoilt for … Continue reading

A physical manifestation of anxiety

A friend of mine experienced the sensation of anxiety for the first time this year (we are 24 years old) and she understands only now why it was always so impossible for her to comprehend this emotion with which I … Continue reading

Born to ride free and create this reality for others too

Exactly 20 years ago South Africa celebrated its first non-racial democratic elections. I am not going to give you a history lesson – I think we all know what a torturous and arduous journey it was for our beautiful country … Continue reading

Girl With Cake and random acts of kindness

I have been thinking a lot about random acts of kindness. I think many readers of this blog will have sensed my disillusionment with society in general lately. I don’t understand why people are unkind to others, themselves, nature or animals. … Continue reading

Your life is luxurious

If you can eat three meals a day for three weeks you are in the top 15% wealth bracket. Globally. That’s right; if you can eat three meals a day for three weeks straight, you are rich. Picture source I am … Continue reading

Don’t be an ass and other lessons learnt at my first #GGDJHB

I had a good morning: Wes does Valentine’s Day well, and every other day too really. I am talking thoughtful presents, gestures and reminders of love. I then got to work and everyone was hugging and giving out sweets and … Continue reading

Warm up the house!

I was doing some research to write about the history and traditions (we all know how much I love these two topics!) of housewarmings but then I found this great infographic here and it sums up everything I had jotted done … Continue reading


I wrote this post at the very beginning of December but due to some logistical issues and the (good) craziness that comes with December the receiver of my gift only got it this weekend so here it goes: a Christmas … Continue reading

First home focusing me away from the frustration

Last night I came home to what looked very much like date night! I have been in a bit of a frustrated mood lately (thank you thank you thank you to everyone for their wonderful replies and comments and advice and everything!) … Continue reading

Bastille day jol

Saturday we joined 15 000 people to watch the English rock band Bastille at Emmarentia Dam. It was phenomenal! If you have not heard their music yet, go now. I am not exactly a music critic or expert but absolutely … Continue reading

2013 in reverse and moments in between

I have seen a few Flipagram compilations on Instagram over the last few days and thought this would be the perfect way to sum up my last post of the year. 2013 in reverse and moments in between [[ Creating new traditions, … Continue reading

Book club: Booze > Books [[Also, first giveaway! ]]

Saturday was our last book club of the year and of course it was Christmas themed which meant it involved the best of the season: champagne, crackers, secret Santa gifts and, thanks to @Original_Iced, some cocktails! Last week a parcel from @Original_Iced arrived at … Continue reading

His name is title enough: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

This post, and more importantly the man himself, needs no introduction. South Africa and the world is mourning for the loss of our beloved Tata Madiba. His death came as no surprise; he had been ill for a long time … Continue reading

Three things but one main thing – start every day like it’s your birthday!

Yesterday was my twenty-fourth birthday and I am very enthusiastic about birthdays! Every single year I am so incredibly overwhelmed by the spoiling, love and enthusiasm and this year was no different. My ma basically gave me everything we need for our … Continue reading

Excerpts from my six/seventeen year old mind

I recently moved another Lifelist item to my “Accomplished” section; I bought a little three bedroom ground floor unit in a complex and I could NOT be more excited about it (eeeeeeeeek!). The official date of registration is most probably going to … Continue reading

Cycology 371

A quick update! As readers of this little blog here well know, Wes and I have been mountain biking avidly for over a year and are still loving every second of it. A year ago I wrote a post, The road to … Continue reading

I found my wedding venue! & special friends’ birthday celebrations

For friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold. – Oliver Wendell Holmes Before the title of this post slightly freaks out the boyfriend, friends and ma; no I am not engaged and no plans to wed just … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Detoxification

Toxins – Better out than in! – Swee Boon Chai Contrary to what you may have thought on reading the title of this post, I love Valentine’s Day and all those other “Hallmark created holidays”. Maybe there are some people who … Continue reading

Time to dance!

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. – George Smith Patton A few months ago I wrote a post about a very depressing email I received but yesterday I am proud to announce an email of an entirely … Continue reading

The food of champions

Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world. – T’ien Yiheng I am so behind on my blog posts, my last one was published on the 31st of October and time has just flown; the past few weeks have … Continue reading

First time published!

You have to learn the rules of the game, and then you have to play better than anyone else. – Albert Einstein The company for which I work sends out a daily Newsletter every morning. Last week my first little … Continue reading

Date night!

A true man does not need to romance a different girl every night, a true man romances the same girl for the rest of her life. – Ana Alas I have always loved this quotation and Wes – he loves … Continue reading

A different kind of birthday card

A sister can be seen as someone both ourselves and very much not ourselves – a special kind of double. – Toni Morrison Mish, today, 21 years ago I met you for the first time. Our family was now complete … Continue reading

It’s party time!

Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake. – Unknown So my little sister turns 21 on Sunday! Tonight is her party and I cannot wait! She chose to have it at a gorgeous little place nestled away … Continue reading

Three things that made June an awesome month

  It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo da Vinci June has been a very exciting month for … Continue reading

One Lovely Blog Award!

Celebrate what you want to see more of. – Tom Peters I recently emerged from my studying cocoon and can get back to my writing, I cannot wait and have already started on my next post which is going to be my … Continue reading

One year of being a working girl – not that kind luckily!

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one. – Oscar Wilde Yesterday was my one year working birthday! I baked a cake and everything 🙂 You have got to celebrate the small things. Actually, this was not a … Continue reading

An existentialist crisis?

unbeing dead isn’t being alive – e.e cummings Wikipedia (my high-school teachers will CRINGE at the thought of me using this site as a reference!) defines Existentialism as; “a term applied to a school to a school of 19th and 20th-century philosophers … Continue reading