Category Archives: Life Enhancing

My Steps to Living the Healthy Life

My Steps to Living the Healthy Life
My Steps to Living the Healthy Life

A few months ago we were on holiday and the strangest thing happened. First I have to tell you that I had been dieting on and off for a few years… well actually I had been feeling guilty and promising myself to be good with food for a few years but to no avail. I have slowly but surely been gaining 25kg in 12 years.

Yes. 25kg in 12 years. 2kg a year doesn’t seem terrible, especially if you add extreme physical en emotional stress and twin babies but it does make one wonder where you’ll end up and I can’t shake the built in nagging urge in my heart to be a good role model for my 4 year old twins by cultivating good eating habits myself.

What they see in me, they Read the rest of this entry

Beautiful Coloring Books on National Coloring Book Day

Beautiful Coloring Books on National Coloring Book Day
Beautiful Coloring Books on National Coloring Book Day

Adult Coloring has taken the world by storm and of course as all good things there has to be a day for it… and there is! Today is National Coloring Book Day so I thought I’d show you some beautiful books that I got to review from faithful-to-nature.co.za.

(Theres a coloring book giveaway on my Facebook Page if you missed it, go check it out!)

There are many benefits to adult coloring. Mostly we just do it because we love it, but it has proven to be very effective in combating anxiety and has even been used in hospitals as Read the rest of this entry

Dangerous Chemicals in the Household and Alternatives I use

Dangerous Chemicals in the Household and Alternatives I use
Dangerous Chemicals in the Household and Alternatives I use

You open your eyes when you wake up in the morning and the first harmful chemicals you encounter are in the very air that you breath and on the very clothes and bedding touching your skin. You walk to the bathroom (on a floor coated in chemicals) to brush your teeth with toothpaste stacked full of chemicals.

I know, I know its all just too much to take in and it almost makes you want to click out of this post and just cross your fingers and hope you’ll live to see another day…

Don’t though. Seriously stay with me!

I know its a lot to take in when you start to look at toxins and it took me a while to get over the denial, followed by my initial disliking of crunchy people, followed by intense thinking about the validity of the situation and some more, followed by my plan of action to live healthier, which can be easy if someone just tells you what to use rather than you having to go through lots of products that cost lots of money to get to the products that won’t foam in your mouth or stick to your gums.

Yes, those are words coming from first hand experience!!

I’ll give you a list of just some of the dangerous chemicals found in your every day household products and toiletries just to get it out there just how harmful they can be… Don’t worry though, I will soon give you the list of ALTERNATIVES you can choose from the comfort of your home without having to find a health shop near (or far).

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Alternative Household Products I Use

Alternative Household Products I Use
Alternative Household Products I Use

This is the list of alternative products I use to make sure I don’t bring any of these dangerous chemicals into my house.

In general I make sure I order the worth of R350 or more, which is about every month or two, because delivery is free when you order R350 or more. I have a standing list on my phone where I write down when any bottle gets to 1/4 left and when there’s enough products to make up R350, I order.

I must admit sometimes I have an emergency when something runs out before I have enough products then I buy the needed alternative product from my local grocery store but honestly I find those products icky these days! I am so used to fresh smelling products with soft textures that the sharp smelling products with thick gooey textures has become less likable for me!

I do have some of them in my house from time to time though and I honestly don’t think I will die from them… you do as much as you can at the time you are in. Read the rest of this entry

Rise, Rise Oh Sleeper

Rise, Rise Oh Sleeper
Rise, Rise Oh Sleeper

On the 10th of April my Country South Africa, marched against injustice by the President of our Country. While walking the twins through the streets in my Neighbourhood there was a sense of unity going around that day. All the colours of skins smiled and greeted each other with pride as we stood up together against our corrupt government.

It wasn’t always like that day. In fact South Africa as a country has come a long way in a short while and we still have a long way to right all the wrongs in the best possible way.

We as a country endured many hardships in between our love for our beautiful mountains, big five animals and sunny summers.

 

As a white person in South Africa, despite having many dear friends of color and despite always standing up against racism, I hardly ever try to speak up publicly against our corrupt government because somehow I feel that whatever we say, it will be seen as racist because we are speaking up against a black dominating government. Read the rest of this entry

In The Gap Clothing

In The Gap Clothing
In The Gap Clothing

I got this awesome shirt from In The Gap Clothing for my son and I love it! Local is surely lekker and to top that, this is a growing family business to watch!

Wearing Christian clothing is not everyone’s cup of tea but for some people it can be a great opportunity to share their faith and answer questions around the clothing they wear. It can be a whole ministry field on your way to work or at the shops. I think its awesome!

About In the Gap:

“Well,  it all started with a dream. When my husband awoke one morning with several designs still in his mind, he realized that the dream of printing Christian t-shirts was from God. More than a year later (in God’s perfect time) the opportunity came to start our Christian Clothing Company and countless details fell into place within a matter of weeks. We were amazed at our King, knowing that this step and the timing was from Him.

In the Gap Clothing is situated in Mossel Bay, South Africa, and we seek to design and distribute quality Christian clothing aimed at promoting Kingdom life.”

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They have some pretty cool pillow cases, wall stickers and shirts & hoodies so hop over and have a look!

Follow their BLOG for insightful posts on relevant Christianity topics or browse around their ONLINE SHOP for awesome Faith clothing. Also follow their FACEBOOK page.

 

 

Why I love The Lorax so Much!

Why I love The Lorax so Much!
Why I love The Lorax so Much!

There is so much to learn from most of the Dr. Seuss books, but The Lorax… Oh the Lorax!

The Lorax has affected us in more than one way, but the most stunning and beautiful thing is how my children, at only 3 years old, are focused on protecting the environment. My son especially, mentions the Lorax almost every day, sometimes multiple times a day…

He says things like:

When he plays with water, “Do I have to turn off the water now? We have to save water for the Humming-fish.”

When his dad chopped down a non-indigenous tree in the yard he went on for weeks, “Is the Lorax sad when we chop down trees? Some trees are not like Truffula trees, they damage the environment, its OK to chop down bad trees.”

When there was soot in the air from a large fire, “The air is polluted, the Swomee-Swans are going to fly away.”

How stunning is that!

For a three year old to have an understanding of the environment like that, all you need is Dr. Seuss!

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

South Africans can buy it from Takealot, American friends, have a look at Amazon.

The Lorax book cover


 

To download the quote, click on the image below.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.” - Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

 

Cuddle Fairy

God’s not Mad at You

God’s not Mad at You
God’s not Mad at You

Sometimes I feel like finding reasons to be mad at God. As if God made bad things happen to me or punished me for my wrong doing. The well intended words of others who think God must be punishing us for something we did when something bad happens sticks in your head like a broken record when you forget…

Yes sometimes we forget all about Jesus… Read the rest of this entry

Don’t kill spiders!

Don’t kill spiders!
Don’t kill spiders!

My love for spiders started one day when I went bug hunting with my kids. In one day we found two baboon spiders and a very small gecko by just looking… Amazing how nature comes alive when you actually look.

It was the most amazing thing to inspect the small male and female baboon spiders (Harpactira sp. ‘Robertson’) and since my father did the same for me as a child, of course I just had to catch the third one we saw in the house to look at it closely and release back into the garden. It made me think of how my grandma used to kill every spider in sight with Doom…

Why do people kill spiders? They are a valuable part of the eco system and they are quite effective in eradicating insects. We’ll I’m sure most people mainly kill them because they are afraid that they can be dangerous and possibly deadly.

Well I found this exert from How stuff works – Home & Garden

“Most spiders don’t harm humans. In fact, they help us.

Dr. Linda S. Rayor, Assistant Professor of Entomology, Cornell University

Spiders are beneficial inhabitants of any garden, ecosystem, or home because of their important contributions to biological control of pest insects. Spiders are considered to be the most important terrestrial predators, eating tons of pest insects or other small arthropods every year. Spiders are generalist predators that are willing to eat almost any insect they can catch. They are abundant and found in most habitats. They only need to be left alone!

Spiders are voracious hunters and will reduce the amount of pests in your garden. However, spiders will also go after bees and other favorable insects. Spiders aren’t aggressive like mantises, so importing the arachnids to your garden isn’t going to quash an aphid outbreak. However, their very presence will reduce garden pests. (And no chemicals!)

Like the good Doc says, all you have to do is leave them alone.”

 

The Spider Club of Southern Africa has a great free printable booklet that will enlighten you on how many actual deadly spiders we have in South Africa. Download the booklet HERE  and next time you see a scary looking creature…. know that he’s most probably harmless and more afraid of you than you are of him.

Just leave him alone and you should be fine and if you absolutely have to, rather transfer him to the garden by catch and release with a glass and a piece of cardboard, You’ll come to notice its actually not that scary!

Inspirational Quotes #2 + Wallpaper!

Inspirational Quotes #2 + Wallpaper!
Inspirational Quotes #2 + Wallpaper!

After a week away from my family, I recently had a great family holiday. My husband had to work here and there but the kids and I had unlimited fun. We had so much fun that we wanted to buy the apartment we stayed in, but thankfully we thought twice…

I think re reason we wanted to buy it was because we felt so much at home… we felt so much at home because the kids were there… I had the conclusion that Read the rest of this entry

Inspirational Quotes #1

Inspirational Quotes #1
Inspirational Quotes #1

Ive been wanting to share my thoughts like this in a quote for a long time and every now and then I get this twitter invite from @GrowingUpKTot and I make promises and I try but then I get busy… so I finally got this together  so here we go!

Each week Cuddle Fairy Has a Quotes Linky so when you see this logo please give her Read the rest of this entry