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Homemade Christmas Gifts #4 – Chalkboard Tray

I love this idea (as with all the other homemade gift ideas) but the great thing about it is you can either purchase a new tray as I did or you can upcycle an existing tray that you have! What you will need Chalkboard Paint Old or New Tray (you can use a metal or wood tray, I would suggest sanding down a wood tray first before applying the paint) Paint Brush Newspaper Turpentine (to clean your...

Homemade Christmas Gifts #3 – Starfish Wall Hanging

I saw this idea on our holiday in Hermanus and luckily we live by the coast and have access to shells and starfish but if you don't you could get creative and find another theme. I just thought the starfish idea was super cute and would make a lovely gift. Starfish Wall Hanging What you will need String/Rope (I tried to find a nice rope or thicker string at craft & stationery shops with no...

Let your light shine!

Nelson Mandela quoted these words from Marianne Williamson, she said: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not...

Homemade Christmas Gifts #2 – Movie Hamper

Homemade gifts for guys are a little harder but I have found a few that I will share with you over the next few weeks. This first one is really easy and is more put together than homemade but I am sure it will be appreciated just the same. Movie Hamper What you will need A gift box or Popcorn Bucket A fun movie (it does not have to be the latest movie - Look at Pick 'n Pay and other shops for...

Paying it Forward

I read this lovely article from the New York Times (you can read it here) about a new trend hitting the US and this time it is a positive trend. In the article, Kate Murphy says the following: If you place an order at the Chick-fil-A drive-through off Highway 46 in New Braunfels, Tex., it’s not unusual for the driver of the car in front of you to pay for your meal in the time it took you to...

Homemade Christmas Gifts #1 – Bath Fizzies

The truth is that I am no Martha Stewart but I do like the idea of preparing homemade gifts for Christmas that are better for your budget and much more heartfelt. So, over the next few weeks as we prepare for Christmas (yes, we can already talk of weeks!), I will be sharing some easy homemade Christmas gift ideas, that even I can do! Bath Fizzies Ingredients 2 Cups of Baking soda (Bicarbonate...

Pregnancy is not an Illness

Last week, I innocently went to the store to purchase some groceries when I saw it! It was a white bumper sticker with black writing which stated "Pregnancy is not an illness" sitting on the back of a...WOMAN'S car! Women, we are so cruel to each other sometimes. I can only think one of two things, like others (that said these very words to me), she has not had a difficult pregnancy or she has...

Disney’s new movie: Frozen

Walt Disney Animation Studios is bringing out another sweet film for the holidays: “Frozen”. Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (tell me you didn't say that with a Russian accent) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in an eternal winter. Preview the...