Monthly Archives: March 2014

Homecoming…

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Four years ago on this day, I arrived back home to South Africa. One suitcase and 3 boxes later. I cried at Heathrow saying goodbye to friends and to the city which had become my home and love. Strange as this was the same picture roll back my life to December 2000, Durban International Airport. I left as an SA child and returned an adult from the UK.

My decision to come home was not my own but something my late dad wanted so as I booked that single ticket and packed my life into 3 boxes, never did I think, I would return back to SA on a permanent basis but I now know it was my Kismet. I returned just before my birthday month.

The first 6 months were awful. I was homesick for London, my friends and the life I had built there for myself. I felt a stranger in the land of my birth, everything had changed – friends were married, new places had popped up and most shockingly – my parents and gran had gotten older. I missed my carefree London days of using public transport and socializing.

Depression did start to set in. I lived for those London calls, messages and any reminder of my life in London. As an extrovert I found it very hard not having a social circle and not always on the go. So I started reading more, and spending time with family. I got to be home for the amazing World Cup and felt shivers run down my spine everytime I heard the National Anthem.

One of the major things living abroad does to you is that it makes you love the land of your birth fiercely. In 2011 dad was diagnosed with cancer and my life changed.

Looking back now, its very clear that I needed to be home. I started working short contract after contract and I worked with friends I studied with. Eventually my job began permanent.

In 2012 after Dad’s passing I started slowly expanding my social circle and entered the world of Social Media. In June 2012 I was approached by a company called My digital life to write blog posts. Me? Write? No way! But I tried and I loved it.

Six months down the line the site closed so I had no choice but to start my own blog and that was how https://spicegoddess.wordpress.com was born.

As I wrote, I found opportunities started arriving on my doorstep, social circle increased, Twitter activity increased as well as my Twitter following. It was here I discovered the Goddess within me who needed to pen her thoughts and share them through her digital addiction.

My humble blog has gained readership over time and often offered me a sanctuary to vent. I write because I love to, I share, I inspire and I create.

At the start of 2014 I promised myself I would blog atleast three times a week and I kept to my goal. Yes I am still in love with London and all my amazing memories BUT now I know there were reasons for me to return home.

Thank you to my readers, Twitter followers, Sue Levy and Rupasha who saw my passion for words and they nuture and inspire me to #Live2Inspire others, I thank you all with gratitude and love from every inch of my Soul.

I leave you with this Youtube Video … I’m coming home , I’m coming home tell the world I’m coming home my Kingdom awaits..

As I boarded that plane at Heathrow with tears in my eyes a heavy heart this song played in my head and I knew it was time to return home to my Kingdom as there was work for me to do…

Ciao xxx

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Girls Night Out…

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Last night I won tickets to the Lux Girls Night out at the movies. I invited my friend Megan to join me. With my crazy work times and since Megan got married last year, we haven’t spent much time together.

We have a lot in common and can chat for ages. So it made perfect sense. We arrived early and chatted non stop on our way there.

Soon as we arrived, we popped into the new Filo Frozen Yoghurt shop and tried out their delicious offerings.

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Then it was off to get checked in to the event – champagne and orange juice awaited us. We were treated to Lux goodie bags and had a dress up photo booth.

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I, the typical poser had to do those pics. It was at this point we both realised we didn’t even know what movie we were going to watch. Typical us chatting – up a storm. We both were unsure about the movie “The Divergent” but were rather surprised and loved it.

The soundtrack is amazing with great eye candy and amazing ink work. Before the movie while sitting there stuffing our faces with popcorn, we recalled dramas and craziness from other movies that we had watched and were hysterical.

I totally loved my evening spent with Megan. It reminded me about friendships and several lessons :

  1. Just because I don’t see/speak to you often doesn’t mean you are special to me.
  2. Friends will always have your back regardless.
  3. Only friends will fight to pay.
  4. Friends are memorykeepers .
  5. Friends care regardless situations.
  6. Laughing and crying at the same time over crazy moments with friends.

Dearest Megan, I thank you for your friendship, care and advice. Strange that we gelled instantly at work with so much common ground.

Though we don’t see each other much I appreciate the time we do spend together.

Here’s to more days out with fun, laughter and crazy stories…

Hugs and Kisses V…

 

ciao xxx

5 things you didn’t know about me…

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5 things you didn’t know about me:

  1. I lived in the lil town of Ixopo for a year and taught at a boarding school where Alan Paton was once the Headteacher of.
  2. Crazy me took up Archery for 6months when I was in London. I wasn’t very good at it but loved the history, and the thought of being a female Robin Hood.
  3. I slept on the road to get tickets for Centre Court at Wimbledon. Great night with friends, meeting new friends and I got to watch Andre Agassai in centre court while eating strawberries and cream and drinking Pimms.
  4. I had my passport stolen while on holiday in Switzerland.
  5. I can’t eat apples but can drink apple juice.

Go on share 5 random things about you with your readers…

 

ciao …

When life gives you lemons…

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This morning while getting my daily Twitter fix, I came across this blog:

http://adventuresofvictoriafolksy.blogspot.com/2014/03/when-life-gives-you-lemons.html?m=1.

Victoria  shared her story of what happened to her when life gave her lemons. It was such an incredible post that it got me thinking to pen down what I did when I got lemons.

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My general line to complete the title of this post has been bring on the Tequila baby :).

On Valentines Day 2014 , I put on my big girl panties and acted like it was Leap Year. But the retard in tinfoil showed his true colours and ended up a hypocrite. So what did I do then…

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  1. Spent amazing times with my great friends who support, love and have left hand shooters with me at Friday night foam parties.
  2. I started working with my great team of @ordinary_misfit and @NicolaLMeyer on planning the much talked about #DBNbloggermeet. This meant constantly emailing companies/brands and getting amazing companies on-board.
  3. I blogged more and worked through these lemons by letting my words flow on a page. I even wrote 2 blogs for Women24.
  4. I started to focus more on me and have started looking and feeling great.
  5. The big girl panties moment has given me the confidence and courage to put myself out there.
  6. I started a new project 🙂 which is undercover for now.
  7. Reading has always been a hobby of mine but has been neglected so I started reading again starting with Carpe Diem or BUST by Cherie Roe Dirkson. Life changing book get it.
  8. I harnessed the Goddess within me and started using her divinity to enhance my life.
  9. Enjoying life at every given opportunity from family gatherings to watching Sharks plays from a box at Kings Park.
  10. And then due to these Lemons my motto was born #Live2Inspire.

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Thank you Victoria for inspiring this post and getting me to share what I did…

ciao xxx

Opportunities…

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Most of you would recall I recently wrote my first blog post for Women24.

Last week I decided to work on a different piece which went live on their site today. I was unaware the post was even up and only did so when I got 3 beautiful emails from 3 strangers who had read the post.

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The one that really touched was the lady who said I inspired her to mend her broken relationship with her dad. I felt very emotional reading those emails.

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Writing the post took lots of courage and strenght, as yet again I bared my soul to the world.Check out the post and let me know….

http://www.women24.com/Wellness/BodyAndSpirit/Dealing-with-the-death-of-my-father-20140319

ciao xxx

Goddess within…

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I have recently started paging through Carpe Diem or BUST by Cherie Roe Dirkson. I must admit I haven’t read it cover to cover but have stumbled across random parts that catch my attention.

One such post is about Skin The Goddess. Skin is the lead female of the British band Skunk Anansie. Cherie describes Skin as one of the most powerful women. Her reasoning for this is that “Skin embodies that strong and graceful energy yet she exudes that awesome male vibration.”.

Cherie goes on to say that men have been deprived of the female goddess energy that has been replaced by the submissive female energy in survival mode. She ends of with train of thought “We are all Gods and Goddesses and we should treat each other that way with love, respect and AWE. You are AWESOME and you are DIVINE! “.

So this got me thinking for several years now I have always called myself a Domestic Goddess and my blog been called Spicegoddess is definately no coincidence. I feel its the universe’s way of reminding me that indeed I am a Goddess. I am like Skin – strong, powerful and a lady too. And that is what makes me a Goddess.

Women of the world – ignite the Goddess within you and unleash your powers, grace and your femininity.

I truely believe after reading this in Cherie’s book it is indeed the universe reminding me of the fact that I am a Goddess, I deserve to be treated no less .

ciao xxxx

Rain Africa Durban Event

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On Saturday I attended a gorgeous event hosted by Rain Africa at Makaranga Lodge.

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Makaranga is breathtaking and is defo a must visit. Gorgeous grounds and even a Japanese Garden which Megan and I walked through before the event.

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Our hosts for the day were owners of the Gateway store Yusuf and Ryan and all the way from Cape Town, Tanya and Ronel.

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Durban bloggers were gathered together to be introduced to the Rain team and to learn more about their amazing range of Handmade products. As a blogger/storyteller, I love the stories behind a range. We were told of the humble beginings of Rain by Bev Missing and the business was created to create job opportunities. The touching stories of the workers touched me knowing regardless that there are ordinary people out there doing extraordinary things.

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Treats and pampering were the order of the day with Ronel providing divine hand massages. As it was super hot, I was spritzed on my face with the Facial Rehydrator in Kalahari Melon. This cooled me down and has great benefits to the skin from rich in antioxidants to promoting suppleness and elasticity. A highlight of the day was seeing my blogging friends Michelle(@Ordinary_Misfit), Nicola (NicolaLMeyer), Faeema(fayinthemaze) and Inge(Inge_Loker). Its always fun to attend events knowing your friends will be there.

Tracey from Tsonga joined the Rain event and told us about their beautifully hand crafted leather goods. We each were given a sandle to sew :/ but trust me I don’t think I will be taking up that hobby anytime soon.

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Why I love Rain Products :

  1. No products are tested on animals.
  2. No children are used as child labour.
  3. They belong to the World Fair Trade Organisation.
  4. Endorsed by Beauty without cruelty.
  5. Give hope, love and a sense of diginity to those who need it.

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Thank you Rain for a beautiful event in Durban, us Durban bloggers thank you for making us feel so special.

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ciao xxx

Painted Nails …

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Several months ago I watched a movie that was called Red Lipstick.

No it wasn’t an adult movie. In fact it was a rather touching story.

The story-line followed a lady’s brave journey and her fight against cancer. This lady was so positive and made sure she wore her red lipstick everyday, it was her trademark.

So this got me thinking and prompted me to do something I have never done before and that was getting my nails done.

Getting my nails done was defo a confidence booster and gave me the polished finish.

I felt more like lady and a professional one at that. So like the lady with Red Lipstick, I am the girl who paints her nails in 50 Shades of Pink. And yes it makes me feel like Superwoman – eager to take on the World’s Villians.

The Art of Blogging disected ….

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A few days ago I received an email from Social Media Blooms. The newsletter contained handy tips on how to improve your blog and increase your readership. All of the tips are pretty simple and easy to do and yes I will be doing them.

I decided to share them with my reader/fellow bloggers …

1. Use a fabulous title. You want your readers to salivate over that tantalizing headline of your blogpost + you want to engage them from the very start.

2. Blog for your audience. That means you’ll have to find out who they are. It will help you to understand what they need and it will help you to write better blogposts, your readers will also love you for it.

3. Use big & beautiful images. It will add some colour and pizazz to your posts. Invest in a good camera if you make use of your own pictures. And remember to give credit to rightful owners where needed.

4. Seduce your readers. Make use of delightful, beautiful words. Your readers are a bunch of highly intelligent individuals and they want to be treated as such. They want to see researched, well written blogposts and good graphics.

5. Engage with your readers. Respond to blog comments + keep it polite and respectful.

6. Be original. You have a better chance to make it big + stand out if you stay true to yourself. It will take some time to establish your brand but in the end it will all pay off, thereby proving your trustworthiness.

7. Stay humble. Do not become the dreaded “me, myself and I blogger.” Give back to newbie bloggers. Support them in whatever small way you can, be a mentor. A comment from a well-established + successful blogger will mean so much to someone that’s just started out. We all know the saying; with great power comes great responsibility.

I hope these have got you thinking and doing.Have an amazing weekend wherever in the world you are …

Ciao xxx

Lamelle Research Laboratories Launches Male Infertility Innovation

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Lamelle Research Laboratories Launches Male Infertility Innovation

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Introducing Prelox® a patented blend of Pycnogenol and L-arginine designed to actively treat male infertility.

 

Research shows that close to 10 percent of all couples experience infertility issues at some point, with male infertility contributing to 50 percent of all couples fertility problems. While men may be less likely to openly seek infertility support, they are becoming an increasingly affected by infertility. Male infertility is commonly due to deficiencies in the semen, and semen quality is used as a surrogate measure of male fecundity.

It is with this knowledge and over 40 years of both medical and pharmaceutical experience that Lamelle Research Laboratories has undertaken to provide a possible solution to male infertility.

Lamelle Research Laboratories has achieved extensive credibility using evidence based, innovative and paramedical training. The Lamelle brand is based on a commitment to the principle that all products developed must undergo a rigorous programme of review, research and meticulous production.

Approved by the MCC, Prelox®has been developed using a unique patented combination of Pycnogenol and L-arginine Aspartate and is the first product of its kind in South Africa to have published data featured in an international research journal.

Pycnogenol is an extract of French Maritime Pine, consisting of 70 ±5% procyanidin, oligomer of catechin and epicatechin, in accordance with US pharmacopoeia specifications. Further to the procyanidins, Pycnogenol contains further flavonoid species including taxifolin, phenolic acids and monomeric catechin.

 

Two Prelox®  taken each morning show multiple benefits including: 

  An increase in the anti oxidative capacity of plasma.

  Stimulates the activity of e-NOS (endothelial nitric oxide synthetase).

  In combination with L-Arginine (Prelox®) increases e-NOS in spermatozoa.

  An increase in spermatozoa NO (Nitric Oxide) increases sperm motility and human sperm capacitance.

Taking two Prelox®capsules daily has a significant effect on overall sperm health. Results can be seen within one month.

  Increase in semen volume

  Increase in spermatozoa concentration

  Increase in percentage of motile spermatozoa

  Increase in percentage of spermatozoa with normal morphology

Price: R495 (including VAT) available at pharmacies nationwide, to find out more visit www.2tostartafamily.co.za

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Distributed by Lamelle Research Laboratories, for further information please contact:

Meridy Thomas

Lamelle Research Laboratories

meridy@lamelle.co.za or prelox@lamelle.co.za

0823367043

Note to editors:

No side effects have been reported in any published Prelox®studies to date. Pycnogenol is neither teratogenic nor mutagenic.