Author: Hat

A different kind of make-over…

So… in the interests of doing things differently, I decided to let my kids give me a make-over. Morgan has wanted full access to my make-up bag for years.  And I have usually said “no”.  The reasons usually being:  “Make-up is expensive, kids will waste it”… or “they’ll make a mess”… or “they’ll break stuff”.  Today, I wondered why I’ve been such a stick in the mud about a silly thing like make-up?  They’ll make a mess?  Yes… so?  They won’t break stuff if I’m there to help them out.  And I can think of things far worse than...

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Art Saturday!

I have decided that Saturday mornings need to be dedicated to art!  This is for the benefit of my kids… and for the benefit of ME!  Life has a habit of becoming so busy and demanding, that we lose track of the stuff we love, the stuff that makes us come alive… and we spend all of our time on the things we “ought to” do… the things we “should” do… the things we’re expected to do.  Humbug to that! So – from now on, Saturday mornings will be ART time… lots of joint, creative projects (and, as usual,...

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Speak LOVE!

Remember that nursery rhyme:  “sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me”…?  Well, I’m of the belief that words are far more powerful than we give them credit for… and especially when those words are negative or critical – and especially when they come from the mouth of somebody you love, trust or respect. I wrote a song a fews ago called “Speak Love”… and it’s based on the idea that if criticism and harsh words can bring us down – then encouragement and affirmation can strengthen us and put us in a happy...

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Doing "charity-work" differently…

I’m part of an organisation called WOODO (women who DO!).   And a couple of months ago – we were trying to brainstorm creative, different ways to raise money and have fun at the same time!  Anyway – we decided to host a FUNdraiser with emphasis on the ‘fun’!  And we came up with Chop-Shop!  🙂 In a nutshell – it was a morning of re-cycling and up-cycling and hilarious creative-creations!  Here’s some pics:...

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A beautiful moment at The Pickle Pot Cafe…

It’s nearing the end of Summer, and Nick and I are on our way to the Southern Drakensberg to enjoy an Easter break at Lake St. Bernard.  The first half of the journey consists of 5 hours on the highway… but the 2nd half of the journey takes us on long, windy roads – right into the heart of the ‘Berg.  It’s one of the most picturesque parts of the country:  mountains, rolling hills, lakes and rivers… cows and sheep grazing in delicious, green pastures… crystal clear mountain streams… oh, it’s beyond blissful.  There’s an oooh!  and and aaaah!...

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