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New Year’s Nails

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Hi everyone! Today I have a special mani I created for one of my colleagues to show you. ย Said colleague arranged our secret santa at work this year. I had already compiled a list of possibilities for whoever drew my name and later spotted a glitter topper that was within the budget that I would like, so I told her about it. She passed this info on to my secret santa, but he decided to go with something else, so the sneaky bugger purchased the polish for me for Christmas! She also added some chocolate to my gift. It was so very thoughtful of her! I was so excited that I wanted to use the polish immediately! I let her choose the undies for the glitter and since her favourite colour is pink, it was a no brainer for her. I swatched the glitter over 3 different colours, but she still stuck to the pink. Let me show you what I came up with ๐Ÿ™‚

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat. I painted a coat of China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts on all of my nails. I used a make up sponge You Drive Me Coconuts and Tip Top Melting Marshmallows to create a gradient on all my nails. Once the gradient had reached an opacity I was satisfied with I topped it off with Foschini for Beauty Nails Hop Scotch (gift). At least that’s what is written on the bottle. Hop Scotch is a glitter topper comprised of small black bar glitter and multiple sizes of black and gold glitter hexes. This is definitely a ‘blob and spread’ glitter as the glitter will move along your nail with the brush if you try to paint it like a regular polish. I felt the need to fish out more black glitter as I mostly got out gold and I felt the black glitter really popped over the gradient. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite. The result:

Foschini For Beauty Nails Hop Scotch

I was so very pleased with how this mani turned out! My colleague really loved it too. She said the contrast between the two pinks looked really great and I have to agree! I haven’t done a gradient in such a long time and it felt like such a schlep to be honest, but it was totally worth it!

What do you think of this combination? Are you doing anything special for New Year’s Eve? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!

A very blessed New Year to all my readers! Enjoy the celebrations and be safe!

2013 You Beauty

As 2013 draws to a close everyone takes time to reflect on the year that has been.


I’ve had a really good year actually. A day and a half into 2013 saw us welcome our beautiful daughter into the world. I spent almost six months at home with her. I really, really enjoyed my maternity leave this time around. I savoured it. Slept with the baby. Breastfed. I watched my boy blossom and grow into a little child and amazing big brother. My husband obtained his code 14 license, something he has been wanting to do for years. So many highlights!


I have absolutely loved being a girl mommy and have felt so grateful and blessed all year. I also finally feel like I can say I’ve made a success of breastfeeding. Yes, it took me a YEAR of doing it to be able to recognize what an achievement it actually is. Watching my son love his little sister has been such a wonderful experience. He is so kind and patient with her. I know there will be fights and that sibling rivalry is still on the cards, but right now I am enjoying how much they love each other. The way he is so concerned about her when she cries and wants to “make her happy”. The way she turns her head when she hears his voice and her face lights up when she sees him. The sense that my family is now complete with them in my life. All these things have made 2013 a very special year for me.


I have grown apart from a couple of friends in 2013, but I recognize that we are in completely different places in our lives and that it was probably inevitable that our ways would part. These people came into my life for a reason and have left it (mostly) enriched.


This year has also seen me discover a creative outlet that I am passionate about and have truly fallen in love with. Nail art has given me time to myself, something for myself and a certain confidence that I did not have before. It is a gift that keeps on giving for me.


2013 has come and gone in a flash. Overall, it was a good year. It has been a while since I’ve just had a good year. I am grateful. I hope that 2014 will end ย with a synopsis just like this ๐Ÿ™‚


A blessed New Year to all my readers. Thanks for always being there and encouraging me to write here. Much love.

2011 Recap

At first when starting this post, which was blank on my screen for about 4 hours…I felt very uninspired. What made this year stand out? What did I do this year that mattered? What happened this year that was important? Of course the year was filled with great things happening and bad things too. I just looked at the blog posts from January last year and was inspired to write about some of it. What would I do without my blog, eh?



The year started out (as it inevitably will from now on) with party planning as the 2nd of February catches up to you really quickly after the holidays.ย  Babyice ended up having a lovely first birthday party. Not too long after that he started taking his first steps (although he took a couple before he turned one) and before we knew it he was running away from us almost collapsing in giggles. He speech as developed in leaps and bounds and he is already stringing small sentences together. It has been the most amazing thing to behold. I am in awe of that child every day. I can honestly and without reserve say I have never loved anyone as much as I do him. Of course he had his big accident almost halfway through the year, leaving me in a total state of panic, but a stronger mommy at the end of the day. We went through the whole sleep training journey again (starting here), after I was so tired I thought I would die. I feel that I have grown as a parent this year. I feel honoured and blessed to be my child’s mother and I hope that I can give him everything that is really important and teach him good values.



Also very early on in the year I was reunited with family on my father’s side. It was truly wonderful to see them again. I have attempted to get together again throughout the year, but it looks like we’ll only be seeing them again in January next year. Conflicting schedules can be a real problem. I’m looking forward to seeing them again. I have some wonderful childhood memories with my father’s mother.


February saw me re-open the book on weight loss and getting fit/healthy. This mission has not failed as much as it has tapered down towards the end of the year. I’ve never attended gym so much in my life. According to Foursquare I’ve been there 78 times and I’m sure there was once or twice I didn’t check in. ๐Ÿ˜€ I am super proud of myself. I have lost some weight, but according to people that have seen photos of me I have toned quite a bit. I haven’t lost *much* weight, but it’s moving in the right direction! I discovered the challenges, joys and pain of Pilates and Yoga. I never though I would do these things. Ever. Next year we’ll step it up a gear again and see if can do the dreaded…D word. Now that I’ve stepped it up and actually started exercising properly (for the first time in my life!), I battle with the other. I know I will never be perfect, but I need to be better! As you should know, I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. This isn’t a resolution as such, or even a goal, but something I need to do.



We tried to buy a house and failed. Although I was glad that we failed in the end, it was very stressful. We’re still looking around to see if there is anything we can afford. We’d like to make a move and still want a yard for Babyice to play in. Also, if our plans for another baby pan out next year (yes, I said that) we’ll need a bigger place anyway. I have been trawling the internet for ages and really haven’t found anything that suits our needs and our pockets. I’m not sure we’ll ever find something ๐Ÿ™


A lot of people passed away this year, yet nobody in my family or very close (thankfully). I have still been very sad this year and missing my grandfather almost every day. We’ve beefed up our own safety after witnessing a horrific car accident that killed a small child that was flung out of the car. We are fully into the habit of putting on our seat belts and I am no longer argued with when I insist Babyice is strapped in before we drive. October was again marked by sadness when Boogaloo’s mother passed away very suddenly. I was really happy that I was able to go to him and support him when he needed it, even after he moved two hours away.


In May I won tickets to Roxette! It’s the first concert I have been to in many years and the first one Rudi and I attended together. It was fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚ In August I hit the big three-oh. For the first time in 3 years I had a party for myself and it was fun. Turning 30 hasn’t changed my life in any way and although I was reluctant to leave my twenties behind, I decided to take on the next decade with vigor. So, I wasn’t thin by 30, maybe 35?


I cannot particularly say that 2011 has been a fantastic or bad year for me. It has been both rewarding and difficult, but that is what life is all about. If I achieve nothing else next year, I want to do well at raising my son, making my marriage better/stronger and losing a lot of fat!


I wish all my loyal readers a wonderful New Year! Be safe at your parties. Don’t drink and drive. Love those that deserve it, including yourself!


Thank you for spending another year with me x

Goodbye 2009!



Goodbye 2009! Thank you so much for not kicking my ass like 2008 did!

Hello 2009

My letter to this year:

Dearest 2009

I sincerely hope that you and I are going to be friends. I used to think I was friends with 2008, but we ended off on bad terms in the end. So far you have only been good to me, but I know that we will have some rough patches – that is inevitable. I want you to know I forgive you now already for those rough patches. Good friends need to go through ‘circumstances’ to strengthen their bond sometimes. Just don’t pull things out of proportion. I have a limit. 2008 knows where the line is – you might want to ask him.

Anway, there are a few things I want this year. I told God all about them. I figure if the two of you get together you can make a plan. Just let me know if you need anything from me. I’ll do my best.

Warm Regards


I have a TINY sense of closure about 2008. I haven’t really required to put a year behind me like I do 2008, but I think I can. When everything happened with James, before our decision was made, I knew that I would get through this one way or the other. I did underestimate the effect it was going to have on me, but I knew that I would somehow get through it. Slowly things are getting better. I still have pain. I still cry about it. I still feel hurt and I still ask questions, without the expectation of an answer. Nobody can answer me anyway.

2008 was also a year of tremendous courage for me. I showed courage that I did not know I possessed. I still do not think I am a strong person, but I took some very difficult steps, made very difficult decisions and took responsibility for them. I wanted to shy away from the accountability. I wanted someone else to tell me what to do, but I stood on my own two feet and steered my life in a difficult direction. I weathered the storm and came out of it alive.

When I was younger I often asked myself the question “How will I know when I am a woman and no longer a girl?”. I may have been of a woman’s age for quite some time, but I feel like a woman inside now too. I am a ‘grown up’ now and will be exposed to all the crap wonderful things being a grown up offers. I’ve been paying bills, dealing with family issues and living on my own for quite some time – but adulthood has become very real to me recently.

I have felt a bit guilty. My grandfather has been going through a very traumatic time, but in my mind I have made his problem smaller and focused on my own grief. Although I have offered him support and a lot of my time I still feel like I minimalized his illness in my own mind. I have not expressed this to anyone else, but I have felt guilty about it. Unfortunately our tragedies overlapped in time, but I will definitely focus on it and make sure he knows how proud I am of him for bravely going through his chemo and fighting for his life. I do not ever want to lose him, that is a grown up thing I will have to deal with much later.

I believe that 2009 will hold good things for me. In a year I will look back and not want to kick 2009 under the bum out of the door. I have to believe this is true. For my own sanity.