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My Birthday Wishlist

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I was in two minds about doing this post. BUT then I got told by a friend on Twitter to go ahead. Never have I ever made a wishlist but let me throw caution to the wind.

Cherie Roe Dirkson always says tell the Universe what you want and you might be pleasantly surprised when it arrives on your doorstep.. So I thought what is it I really need/want for my birthday and then the list formed:       

1) A laptop as my current one departed rather suddenly from my world making blogging and working kind of difficult.       

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2)I have always had a keen eye for photography so would love to do a course to enhance my blogging and skills. So I would love to own a Canon professional camera.     

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3)My pretty pink Blackberry(Crapberry as a friend calls it) is a year old but has given so many problems. I am currently lusting for the Electric Blue Galaxy S5.               

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4)A huge box of Lindt Lindor – my favourite choc in the world.         

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5) A new watch , a designer one would be rather fab as I don’t own one but love watches.               

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Yikes just reading what I have written my wishlist could easily be mistaken for that of a guy. Well it also shows the techno/gadget geek girl inside me.

I do love my technology and these would defo up my game in terms of my blogging and I would be able to finally use instagram and see the pics on my TL on Twitter.

So Dear Universe I am putting out there what I would like and need let’s see what April Brings. The 20th April is going to be rather exciting I can feel it already…

After writing this it has made me think that there are definately some things money can’t buy like love, respect, friendship, memories..

So here’s hoping this Birthday brings me all that my heart desires…

ciao

The #DBNbloggermeet event.

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In January 2014, I was asked about arranging an event for Durban lady bloggers. Having worked on Cookie Swap last year, I do know how much of time, work and effort goes into an event. I sat on the fence until I approached Michelle and Nicola to come on board as part of the team. It was a constant arrival of emails, tweets, whatsapps on a daily basis and now that the event is over I miss it 😦

As soon as we tweeted about the possibility of an event did we get the Durban ladies saying yes and how excited they were. Our next point of business was picking a date and a venue (read about Hashtag).

The team pooled our contacts together and started working on sponsors. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would have so many generous and amazing sponsors come on board for our event. It was only when we got to Michelle’s house to pack did we realise how much stuff we actually had. And yes it was like an Oprah moment creating 25 bags of treats/gems for our bloggers.

The status quo is that Durban and Durban bloggers are not considered for product launches BUT after this event this weekend I am sure its going to change!  The hashtag #DBNbloggermeet trended in South Africa as well as #LoveYourLenovo.

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The much anticipated day arrived and Durban pulled out all stops in terms of fab weather. Joining us for the event were 3 of our sponsors and Mandy from Kitten Action the charity we decided to support. Our venue hosts, Hashtag were so generous that we were not charged anything for our food and drinks and it was then we decided to support Kitten Action by donating kitten food and R50 per blogger to her charity.

Prior to the event Uber ran a twitter competition and gave away a luxury VIP pick up and drop off to the event. This got all the ladies tweeting and wanting to be spoilt. Little did the ladies know how much spoils they were in for. At the start of event, Mandy told us about the charity we were supporting and how our contributions would help. This was very touching and thank you to all our lovely ladies for supporting especially Shirley who was very generous.

Then Carly and Monique from Lenovo who had flown in especially from JHB to join us chatted to us. Carly explained to us about the amazing giveaway they were going to run at the event and give away their new Yoga Tablet. We were asked to tweet what would we do to win. For once it was not considered anti social as we all were glued to our phones. I will be reviewing the Yoga Tablet soon, so I won’t be sharing any info on the product now. The response and tweets were amazing that Lenovo surprised us by giving away not 1 BUT 2 Tablets.

Brett from Frys Foods joined us telling us about their products and importance of meat free Mondays.

Karen from Philospica Botanic spoke to us about their products and soon to be opening Spa in Durban.

Then it was time for food, laughs and lots more talking and tweeting. Throughout the morning, giveaways were taking place and every lady went away with a gift. And then the most anticipated moment our hidden huge LeCreuset bright orange goodie bags were brought out.

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It was heartwarming to see how excited the ladies were and their squeals of joy discovering LeCreuset goodies. The #DBNbloggermeet was a great event meeting new and old blogging friends.

A big thank you to all our generous sponsors and finally a bigger than big THANK to Michelle and Nicola my Dream Team for all your hardwork and support in making this event a success and a great day for all much love and gratitude.

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Ciao xxx

#HashtagDBN

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Us Durban bloggers were rather spoiled when Michelle found us this rather quirky and amazing venue #Hashtag. I was invited to the launch of Hashtag but due to work commitments I couldn’t attend. BUT I knew I would be there for the #DBNbloggermeet. I kept seeing the tweets about Hashtag and couldn’t wait to visit.

Having spoken to Brendan, one of the owners on the phone prior to the event, my interest in Hashtag was even more heightened.

Brendan told me about the concept of designing your own pizzas and burgers using …wait for it – A Tablet. This instantly appealed to the gadget girl geek within me. So on Saturday morning I found myself outside this gorgeous blue building as we started unpacking and getting ready for our #DBNbloggermeet with Michelle and Nicola.

The staff were amazingly helpful and helped us lift, carry, move and hide the enormous bright orange goodie bags. Hashtag was kind enough to give us the exclusive use of their venue. I loved the quirky signs found in Hashtag especially #SelfieZone.

Check out the pics.

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Our kind hosts Nasrin, Brendan and Trushin sponsored all our food, drinks and amazing coffees.

Ronaldo the very talented chef came out and spoke to the ladies about the menu and we all were told to order any pizza we wanted off the menu!!! WOW free choice of the pizzas on menu or design your own. Most events I attend one is just given finger food and not to pick our own choice.

A friend of mine, a vegetarian had visited Hashtag a few weeks ago and raved on about the amazing vegetable pizza he had, and trust me he is a very fussy eater. So I defo knew I was in for a yummy treat. After consulting Nasrin on the popular pizzas Michelle, Nicola and myself opted for the Lamb Mint. I got my cousin Maheshree to get the Chicken and mushroom so we could swap (greedy me). Our divine pizzas created by Ronaldo arrive on these gorgeous boards with the cutest lil blackboard pegs with which pizza it was.

The pizza was a feast for the senses it smelled divine, looked divine and yes you guessed it tasted divine. I am not a pizza fan but loved the thin crust pizza with lots of toppings of lamb , mint and cheese. My senses were in a total tizz and loved every bite of my pizza and Maheshree’s chicken one.

As the day was rather warm the staff kept us all hydrated all the time with glasses of iced cold fizzy drinks. I didn’t stay for dessert which I believe was all sorts of yumminess in the form of chocolate, chilli and bananas.

Will I be returning to Hashtag most definately for my birthday on the 20th to treat my senses to more of Ronaldo’s divine creations including desserts this time.

The atmosphere, vibe and service is great at Hashtag, and I know its going to be a place my friends are sure to enjoy for my birthday.

Michelle and I joked with Nasrin about taking Ronaldo home with us actually Nasrin, Michelle and I were serious 😉

See you guys on the 20th Hashtag and once again a big thank you for playing a huge part in making the #DBNbloggermeet a success.

For more info on Hashtag checkout their site and follow them on Twitter.

Ciao or should I say Bon Appetite xxx

#DBNbloggermeet…

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Saturday was the 1st Durban blogger meet for ladies. I worked with the amazing team of Michelle and Nicola in arranging this very successful event which Trended in SA on Twitter.

The event was held at the uber trendy #Hashtag. I decided to just share a few pics. Full blog posts will follow shortly.

A great day of fun,amazing food seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

 

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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

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

Women24…

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I recently commented on a post on the Women24 site. I was then asked if I would like to contribute.

Rather surprised, I instantly said YES! I was unsure how the response would be, but from Twitter it has been overwhelming.

So I have decided to share my post with my readers. The post is called “Been a Singleton…is OK” Here is the link , do let me know your thoughts …

http://t.co/nyPPrWiSA6 

ciaoxxx

Recipe for Happiness…

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In December during the time of Madiba’s passing, I came out of the movies to find a most interesting email. The email was from a lovely lady who contacted me via the blog posts I had written for my dear friend Sue Levy. The email was praise for my writing especially the post Forgetting Fear.I was asked if I would be interested in a book by Cherie Roe Dirkson called Carpe Diem or Bust.

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My response was immediately “yes” and this started a beautiful friendship between R and myself which has blossomed over emails. I now consider R my big sister as I don’t have one. So today I finally got around to paging through this book I was gifted.

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I paged through the book today and instantly I was drawn to this :

The post is called “Stocking your cupboard with Happiness”.

1)Loved ones – think of all the people in your life that make living a joy.Picture their happy smiley faces and feel the effect of their love in your heart centre.

2)Play music – listen to your favourite songs that make you happy.

3)Precious memories – bring out old scrapbooks/albums. Remind yourself of how many moments you have had in your life that were full and extraordinary.

4)Encounter animals – Cats balance your aura by their purring. Pets lift our spirits.

5)Nature – go be in Nature, its calming, grounding and balancing and its FREE.

6)Count your blessings – all our basic needs of food, shelter, clothing and a healthy body are things we take for granted but we should count these as blessings.

7) Laugh your head off – watch a comedy as no one likes a sour puss so make sure your face is creased with laughter lines.

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After reading these 7 pearls of Wisdom I am defo going to be stocking my cupboard this week with happiness. All of the above are so easy to do.

Thank you my sister R for gifting me this book and sharing this recipe for happiness. I hope you follow my example.

Ciao xxx

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Ciao 2013…..

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2014

Yikes this year has literally flown by like an Olympic 100m sprinter.13 is normally associated with “Bad Luck” but looking back the year I have had its been pretty damn amazing.

2013 was the year…….

1) I bought my 1st car , yes a post is long overdue.(Yaris Hybrid)
2)The Magnifying Glass was born wow what a journey.(http://themagnifyingglass.co.za)
3)I hosted the 1st Durban leg of Cookie Swap.
4)I became a POUT ambassador.
5)I interviewed loads of amazing South African celebrities.
6)I attended loads of pretty amazing events.
7)I won a trip to Cape Town for the Kiehls launch party.(blog post to follow)
8)I became a guest blogger for Sue Levy and got to meet this amazing lady who I know call a dear friend.
9)I became apart of #BandwagonBox which was an idea of sending a box of goodies to some every 2months.Some awesome friendships have developed with this great group of bloggers.
10)At work I was chosen to become part of the Employment Equity panel and undergo training which was such a great learning experience.
11)Had my 1st radio interview on Lotus FM which was done by the gorgeous Avashnee Vandiar.
12)Was the year I got to meet loads of bloggers and people from Twitter.
13)I learned valuable lessons on life and relationships.
14)I had a lucky streak and won several competitions.
15)I got to meet James Martin ,Ms Cupcake , Jenny Morris and Deena Naidoo(MCSA)
16)I finally had Bubble Tea.
17)I have started doing guest blog posts for Durban South Toyota.
18)Worked with the guys from Mr India SA 2013 wow what an amazing journey(blog post to follow)
19)I met some amazing people who I know call dear friends.
20)I learnt with every disappointment comes good news.

In a nutshell my 2013 was pretty awesome.I am really looking forward to 2014 as I know this year is going to be AWESOME .

From me and mine , to you and yours a blessed New Year 2014 is wished , may all your dreams be fulfilled and may you always be happy.

Hugs , love and kisses
me
xxx
ps what was your highlight this year ?

Inecto PLUS announces their new brand ambassador…..

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On Tuesday ,I along with several other Durban based bloggers were invited to the launch of the Inecto Plus range as well as the announcement of the stunning new brand ambassador.The event was held at Suncoast Hotel on a gorgeous deck showing off the beautiful Durban scenery.

The gorgeous Gail Mabalane is no stranger to being the celebrity representative of a beauty product. Recently announced as the first South African “Face-Of”, international Skin Care Brand “OLAY Even & Smooth”, Gail has come a long way from her days of auditioning for Idols. She is now an acclaimed actress, singer, Beauty Queen, wife & successful businesswoman.

Pictures do no justice to how stunning Gail really is both inside and out. Gail told all present how she was a typical DIY girl and ” I’m proud to be aligned to the Inecto Plus brand because once again I’m putting my name next to a brand with great heritage and awesome memories over many generations within my family” said Mabalane. “I’m excited about this relationship, the synergy is organic and I look forward to taking my natural look to the next level”.

Inecto was launched into South Africa in 1947 from UK family owned company called Rapidol. By 1960 Rapid No 1 and 1.5 cemented themselves as the largest sellers as Ethnic consumers wishing to have deep black shiny hair switched into the brand. Currently INECTO SuperBlack is the number one selling ethnic hair product in South Africa.

The brand has now over 14 million satisfied users in the sub Saharan Africa in the markets. This brand is well known as a tried and trusted quality product. The company grew and it was bought over by successful and world-renowned in 2007, Godrej a multinational based in India.

The new Inecto Plus range has stunning new colours with fab names like RED WINE, CRAZY PLUM to SUNKISSED BLONDE.The new range has seven different colours, and is targeted at the younger more fashionable urban chic female.

We were treated to a yummy light brunch and a goodie bag filled with all the new colours to try out.So what colour shall I be this month……..