{Girly Education} Facial for Free (well sort of…)

I got a spa voucher for my birthday (last July) and figured this week was a good one to use it. I usually hate going to spas for anything but a back massage: I dread the feeling of scrutiny and (hopefully imagined) sense of judgement and disapproval from the therapist. Clearly my girly insecurities come…

Boxes and Bubblewrap

My latest adventure: moving into my first Own Place. Excited is an understatement. But, before I can open the front door and walk on in, there is the little business of packing up and moving my life from one address to the next… a week of boxes and bubblewrap later, I have what feels like…

Finding Unicorns in Kruger

I began the year with a week in the Kruger National Park.  Alone.  Yip, I went on holiday all by myself… it was a total first and I loved it.  Here’s why… I finished 2016 exhausted; it had been a long, challenging year and I had spent a large part of it running hard to…

{Girly Education} Going Bananas for Homemade Spa Treatments p

I decided to spend the first week of 2017 in the bush, at my parents’ holiday house in the Sabi/Kruger area. Silence and space. Bliss. Having time on my hands, I decided to try out some homemade spa treatments I had seen on Pinterest… I mean, why not?  And having bought an entire box of…

Stepping out of the Boat

“The righteous will live by faith” – Romans 1:17 I read this verse the other day and something in it made me stop for a moment and ponder the idea: what does it mean to live by faith?  In Christian circles, we throw this term around like confetti, yet, the question remains: what does it…

Loaves & Fish moments

This is something I feel very strongly about and something I am overwhelmingly humbled to have been a part of… this project started as a simple Holy Spirit inspired idea a few years ago – get the kids at my school to knit in the hope of making a couple of blankets for the needy….

This too shall grow…

Last week I made time for a much needed visit to the hair salon; the regrowth had reached shocking lows (we’re talking lift my chin high enough I suddenly became full brunette again).  Being winter, I figured a trim would be in order too.  My hairdresser suggested a trim of *fingers gesturing* 3cm.  My response…

Holiday: Kruger National Park

I start work tomorrow after 3 amazing weeks vacation… and for the first time ever, I am actually kind of ready to face the classroom and kids again.  I’ve rested. And its been good. A friend and I headed North for the winter – well, we got as far as Kruger/ Sabi and figured its…

A little lump of clay

Not many of the thoughts below are my own – credit needs to go to Adam Hellyer for his epic sermon at church last night, and the Holy Spirit for some additions… but this is what I have pondering on today.  Thought I would share (and let’s be honest, any excuse to take photos makes…

What Ifs & Could’ve Been’s…

So my cover picture is a little tongue-in-cheek: today is Youth Day in South Africa and I came face to face with my age.  To be more precise: how very old I suddenly feel! It seems somehow appropriate that I spent  Youth Day in Stellenbosch today – the place I’ll always associate with my own…

Roadtripping {Train trip to Simon’s Town}

I’ve wanted to do this trip for quite a while and so when friends suggested we hop on the train from Rondebosch to Simon’s Town, it seemed like a good idea… enough to skip my usual Parkrun and even sacrifice a sleep-in: then you know. So. Tickets in hand, eagerly waiting for our train on…

Girly Education: Make Up tut

Most of my friends would describe me as a girly-girl – I am usually the one in pretty dresses while everyone else is in jeans. And I will admit, I use the term too… I love being a girl!  But I also have to confess something: I’ve been letting the Girly-Girl Team down terribly.  (Please…