It’s Monday, here are my favorite jokes and some tickets to a comedy show {Win!}

Monday’s are fun days! Said no sane person, in the history of the world, EVER!
Luchae no likey Monday. My spreadsheet brain, however, finds Monday to be the sweeeet metaphorical reset button hidden away in the folds of life. I mean, Monday’s are the BEST days to do stuff like start a new diet or draw up a fresh to do list. In the deep recesses of my administrative soul, Monday’s rock.

So in lieu of that (and to spread the love) I figured, why not make other (normal) people smile today! Nay, why not make them laugh! Yes, good people, I’ve decided to share all my favorite jokes with you and give you a chance to win a set of tickets to the upcoming Kings and Queens of Comedy show that will be taking place at The Boardwalk ICC in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, 28th May 2016.

Okay, are you ready? Hold onto your hats…
What do you call a fly with no wings?
A walk!

Did you hear about the 2 antennas who got married?
It was a nice ceremony… But the reception was amazing!

Knock knock
Who’s there?
To.
To who?
No, to WHO’M!
(Hahaha writer’s everywhere are sighing in unison)

And my ultimate fave:
What did the General do with his armies?
He put them in his sleevies! Bwaaaaahaha!

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More about the Kings and Queens of Comedy event:
Who needs a court jester when we have the Kings and Queens of Comedy doing it themselves? Comedy lovers can look forward to a stellar line-up of some of South Africa’s brightest and funniest stand-up comedians as they take laughter and hilarity to the next level.

With his uncanny ability to cast spells of unbridled laughter on any audience, Stuart Taylor leads the pack as the evening’s MC. Joining him on stage in the royal court representing the Kings are Carvin Goldstone, Chester Missing & Conrad Koch, Jason Goliath, Loyiso Gola, Schalk Bezuidenhout and Simmi Areff. And the belles of the ball, the Queens, include Angel Campey, Tracey-Lee Oliver and Tumi Morake.

With this royal flush of SA comedy giants, this is guaranteed to be a show of hysterical proportions. If a good laugh is what you’re looking for – then make sure you get your comedy high with the Kings and Queens of Comedy.

Tickets from R180 – R250 and are available through Computicket. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Proudly brought to you by Blu Blood and Algoa FM. a Rafflecopter giveaway

#ECMeetUp 2016 Photos

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Hello. My name is Luchae and I am tired. Well, besides for the fact that my body still needs to rest after fighting that crazy throat infection; my babe is teething (it’s the back teeth and she is so not happy) and it seems that everyone and their dog has decided to take leave at work. Because of that and many other factors, I’ve chosen not to bore you with the extreme details of what I’d give to get a good night’s sleep right now. Instead, let me show you the wonderful photos taken at our recent #ECMeetUp by the very talented Mo Firefly Photography. Elle has posted a couple of headshots over at JustEllaBella and Megan said she would post her #ECMeetUp talk on her blog at ByMeganKelly (with a downloadable pdf link too!)

In the meantime, allow me to sit here and nurse my coffee…

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Table setting at the beautiful Boma in Port Elizabeth

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(left) Ruth – Ruth Abercrombie, Neal – Doing Dae, Gillian – Autism EC, Cornelia – Yellow Paper Dress, Anje – Going Somewhere Slowly, Me

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(left) Olerato – Her Style Story, Ella, Me, Ranique – Big Mouth Entertainment, Rueann and Graham – Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism

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Bloggers: This is how we roll (left) Miriam – New Kid on the Block, Cornelia – Yellow Paper Dress, Gillian – Autism EC, Tim – Jinjer Jim, Neal – Doing Dae, Ruth – Ruth Abercrombie, Claire – Curls in the City

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Speechless! Sarah and Ralph, owner’s of The Boma PE, also happens to be phenomenal travel bloggers over at Chasing the Rainbow!

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(left) Megan – By Megan Kelly, not looking amused at my joke there 😉 Ruth – Ruth Abercrombie, Claire – Curls in the City, Ella, Neal – Doing Dae

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(left) Ranique – Big Mouth Entertainment, Gabriella – Luna Life Magazine, Gillian – Autism EC

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Listening to Megan and Dorette share their wisdom. Spot Nadine of Passing the Open Windows on your far left and Natasha of Journey with Mum, on your far right.

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Prize winners (left) Odette – O So Inspired, Claire – Curls in the City, Megan – By Megan Kelly, Paula – Penelope&Bella

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More prize winners (left) Kelly – Velvet and Vibraniam, Jonker – Fire Fly Africa, Miriam – New Kid on the Block

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And even more prize winners (left) The lovely Sarah – Chasing the Rainbow, Tim – Jinjer Jim, Neal – Doing Dae

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And yes, even more prize winners… (left) Olerato – Her Style Story, Elgee – Life’s Good, Me, Cornelia (love that jacket!) – Yellow Paper Dress

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Ella from Just Ella Bella and Luchae (that’s me btw) of My Spreadsheet Brain

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#ECMeetUp: Meet the sponsors and win a goodie bag hamper!

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Photo: Mo Firefly Photography

Been checking out all the deets on our recent #ECMeetUp and wish you were there (or had hair as cool as Elle‘s)? Well, I’m here to tell you that today might be your lucky day!

No, you will not be visited by the hair fairy tonight after forwarding this message to 20 people on your email list while standing on your head and singing kumbaya. Alas! I’ve come to bring you news that is almost as good: I am giving away 2 awesome #ECMeetUp gift hampers filled with some of the cool goodies our delegates found in their #ECMeeetUp goodie bags!

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Our #ECMeetUp goodie bag Photo: Mo Firefly Photography

“But wait,” I hear you ask, “why are you not telling me how to get hair as cool as Elle’s?” Well, truth be told, I just mentioned Elle’s hair to get your attention. And it worked. But while you’re reading this, let me quickly tell you about our rad goodie bags and all the even rad-der brands that helped us to make them…uh… rad… Brad.
They are:
Bay Language Institute – They gave away a language course to the value of R3500
Belloccia Bakery – Who made the stunning cupcake bouquet that we presented to Sarah (check yesterday’s post).
Big Mouth Entertainment – Gave away 5 sets of double tickets to their upcoming Kings&Queens Comedy Show happening at The Boardwalk on the 28th May.
Bonamia Restuarant – They are situated in Walker Drive, Sherwood and gave away 2 meal vouchers. Those peeps are in for a treat!
Born Free Leather Crafts – Not only sponsered 2 leather crafted arm bands but also filled each goodie bag with a geniune leather, stamp pressed, bookmark.
Christian Art Media – Blessed each mommy with a Hoodwinked book (by authors Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk) and also filled the goodiebags with post it’s, pens and quirky notepads.
Cosmetix SA – Ah the home of Essence, Catrice and Caribbean Tan filled goodie bag’s with lip glosses, nail polishes, primers and suntan products. One lucky lady walked away with a stunning Catrice hamper. (I’m still green eyed over that one).
Enjoy Bath and Body – Gave each delegate a tantalizing body wash.
Greenacres Shopping Centre – Filled the goodie bags with yummy choccies.
Just Granty Creations – Surprised a delegate with an item of hand crafted wooden furniture.
Kuzuko Lodge – Made one lucky delegate’s day, by giving her a one night stay at their amazing lodge.
Masterton’s Coffee and Tea Specialists – Our proudly EC coffee house filled the goodie bags with delicious coffee and bean samples and gave away a coffee hamper that would make any java lover’s heart skip a beat.
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism – Supplied us with the fabulous black shopper bags that we used as the actual goodie bag. They also filled the bags with a whole bunch of NMBT stuff (like those quirky sunnies that we are all donning in our pics). And if that wasn’t enough, they also gave a lucky delegate a NMBT pass! Lots of envy on this side!
Oh! Boy Kids – Our #ECMeetUp co-organizer gave each delegate some scented Oh! Boy play dough AND a fabulous hand made, logo pillow. I really want one! Hint hint Elle.
Oreo – My favorite cookies sent us boxes of Oreos and funky speaker sets.
SAASA compliments of Plettenberg Bay Tourism – Gave away 2 passes (for 4 people each) to various SAASA attractions, in and around Plett.
Shambala Wellness Spa – Leave me at Shambala for like, a week, please? This well known spa gave each delegate a voucher and surprised one lucky winner with a neck, shoulders and back massage.
Sorbet – One of my favorite brands gave away their delectable hand creams to each delegate and also wow’ed 5 of them with manicure vouchers.
The Boma PE – Sarah, Ralph and team went out of their way to make the #ECMeetUp the success that it was! I cannot compliment the beautiful location and amazing food enough!
The Weekend Post – Gave each guest the latest Weekend Post edition as well as a notebook and pen.
Uber – Filled each goodiebag with a voucher and gave away 3 special prizes of R500 worth of credit!
Unilever – Filled each bag with a new Handy Andy.
Woolworths, Walmer Park (for Revlon) – Went out of their way to fill each goodiebag with a magnetic monthly planner, Revlon perfume samples. grey shopper bags and makeover vouchers. They also gave away two wonderful hampers.

Hmm… suddenly I’m also wanting to be a delegate, with all these giveaways going around.
You want to win something too, right? Of corse you do! Follow the prompts below to enter and you could go home with a special #ECMeetUp hamper put together just for you. I know, we’re so sweet, right? Why thank you :)

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We’ve put together a special goodie hamper just for you!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

That’s about it :) I promise I’m a pretty decent follow! Most times. Ish.
Check out JustEllaBella tomorrow for more chances to win!

#ECMeetUp: It actually happened! (&pics to prove it)

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Photo taken by Ranique Roberts (Big Mouth Entertainment)

I’d just like to say that the reason why I had a throat infection the past few days might be because I’ve been “AAACKING” all the way from last week until Saturday afternoon. Why? Well, because we had just about the best #ECMeetUp, in the history of EC meet ups! (Probably, because it was the first one, I hear you say. Details, minor details).

The venue, a totally stunning The Boma PE, made the morning nothing short of magical and we definitely need to take our (metaphorical) hats off to Sarah, Ralph and the team! Everything was WOW! The setting was beautiful, the food was ABCDlicious and the atmosphere was supercharged with excitement and energy!

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Pic 1: (left) Megan – By Megan Kelly, Me, Elle – Just Ella Bella, Nadine – Passing The Open Windows.

Pic 2: (left) Cornelia – Yellow Paper Dress, Miriam – New Kid On The Block

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Pic 1: (left) Tim – Jinger Jim, Gabriella – Luna Life Magazine

Pic 2: Paula – Penelope&Bella

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Pic 1: (left) Ruth – Ruth Abercrombie blog, Gillian – Autism EC

Pic 2: (left) Olerato – Her Style Story, Elle – Just Ella Bella, Me

Our EC Bloggers arrived (all very chirper, might I add) to piping hot coffee/tea and warm smiles. We were all so excited to meet each other – some for the first time, and I think I probably said “Ahh it’s like I KNOW you!” to just about everyone, because, well, blog stalking. I must also give kudos to our EC Bloggers amazing Instagram and Twitter pics (where all of these where lifted)… I mean, who needs a photographer if all your guests are like, super pro photo-takers already? (You should totally check out their Instagram profiles). With that said, Mo from MoFireFly Photography did a sterling job too! (But more of that to come, when we post the official meet up pics later this week).

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Our speakers pretty much rocked the day, with thought provoking tips and very catchy one liner tidbits, that literally made the crowd go “oooh, ahhh.” We learnt so much and are so thankful to Megan Botha and Dorette de Swardt! For more on what they shared, check out Just Ella Bella‘s post today.

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(left) Some of our goodie bag contents (minus the Catrice hamper. Megan, the lucky fish, nabbed that in the lucky draw!)

Breakfast was splendid! It’s called a Boma Breakfast Bake and it filled my tummy up way to quickly for my liking (hello seconds!) Oh and did I mention the goodie bags? They were pretty phenomenal and the brands that linked up with us were super kind and are all really keen to keep working with bloggers from the Eastern Cape. We had our very own Oprah and Gail moment, during the special giveaways (which I totally loved!) and we got to say happy birthday to our host, Sarah Dirsuwei, since it was her birthday the day before.

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(left) How amazing is this cupcake bouquet made by Bellocia Bakery in Uitenhage? We surprised Sarah with it, for her birthday. (right) Nadine, Passing the open windows, with a Mother’s Day spoil from Christian Art Media

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Pic 1: (left) Anje – Going Somewhere Slowly, Elle – Just Ella Bella, Me

Pic 2: (left) Mo – Mo Firefly Photography, Gabriella – Luna Life Magazine

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Pic 1: (left) Natasha – Journey With Mum, Sarah – Chasing The Rainbow and owner of The Boma PE                                                     Pic 2: (left) Claire – Curls in the City, Neal – repping Doing Dae

All in all, it was an amazing day! And so, as I end this blog update off, allow me to introduce you to our delegates, the EC Bloggers:

Anje RautenbachGoing Somewhere Slowly / Vroetel Voete
Claire KivedoCurls in the City **website under construction
Cornelia Le RouxYellow Paper Dress
Davene PrinslooDoing Dae
Eleanor Douglas-MeyersJust Ella Bella
Elgee DaviesLife’s Good
Gabriella GroepeLuna Life Magazine
Gillian McAinshAutism EC
Graham Robberts – Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism
Jonker FourieFirefly Photo Files / Port Elizabeth Daily Photo
Kelly HoggonsVelvet and Vibranium
Luchae WilliamsMy Spreadsheet Brain
Megan Kelly BothaBy Megan Kelly
Miriam MaulanaNew Kid On The Block
Nadine LarterPassing the open windows
Natasha Nathoo JoelJourney with Mum
Odette JohaarO So Inspired
Olerato PharasiHer Style Story
Paula JonesPenelope & Bella
Ranique RobertsBig Mouth Ranique
Ralph DirsuweiChasing The Rainbow
Reuann SmithNelson Mandela Bay Tourism
Ruth AbercrombieRuth Abercrombie
Sarah DirsuweiChasing The Rainbow
Tim HartJinger Jim

This just in: Keep your eyes peeled for more on our goodie bags and a special giveaway tomorrow!

Video: Testing the new Pampers Premium Care nappy

Have you ever played back a recording of yourself and felt like you have absolutely no friends, because none of your current ones told you that when you speak, you sound like someone who is on cheap, recreational drugs? Well that happened to me the other day while I was doing a little video experiment to check out if the new Pampers Premium Care nappy (which was launched yesterday) is as amazing as I’ve heard it is. You guys know how my spreadsheet brain works – I want to see things for myself! So I was pretty excited to test these new super absorbent nappies out – with the help of my wonderful, curly, assistant, of corse. One can never have too many chatty toddlers around, while trying to record a semi-professional totally amateur home video.

Anyways, my findings were that the Pampers Premium Care nappy is pretty solid! One can only really appreciate how quickly the nappy absorbs liquid, and the fact that the wetness is distributed equally throughout the diaper, when you consider placing your own bottom in it. In that regard, well done Pampers, well done. Basically, the PPC nappies are created with channels and chambers that work together – much like a system of water pipes that collects rain into a cistern. The channels help to evenly distribute the wetness to chambers, where it is stored away from your baby’s skin.

The new Pampers Premium Care nappy also has a legit wetness indicator, which I think will be pretty useful, considering how many semi dry nappies we’ve wasted in the past. According to Pamper’s, the nappy’s silky soft cover makes it their softest nappy yet!

But anyways, check out my vid for yourself! (Isn’t my Curly adorbs?)

What will my great grandkids know about me? {Review}

IMG_20160508_095419[1]Mother’s Day may be a day for spoils and pampers but I often find myself taking a moment to reflect on the type of mother I am to my kideos and the legacy I am leaving behind for them and my grand-kideos. Will they remember how much I love chicken? Will they invent and name a chicken dish after me? Must all my thoughts revolve around food? You know, things like that (and a couple of other deeper ones too).

A while ago I spoke about my Journey Journal – a diary that I had begun and maintained throughout my pregnancy with Curly. The journal is filled with facts and memories about my pregnancy and all my hopes and aspirations for her and her life. I also included little stories and anecdotes about myself and her dad. I plan to give this to her on her 18th birthday. I’m the most emotional and sentimental person this side of the twinsaver tissue box! And as you know, my spreadsheet brain, makes sure I do it right! That’s why I was so chuffed when a close friend of mine gave me a Mother’s Legacy Journal for my birthday, this year! What a wonderful gift! The book itself has a beautiful, purple, luxleather cover and a pretty ribbon marker – it is stunning! I turned the first page and was met with this quote:
IMG_20160508_095448[1]The journal itself proved to be everything an avid sentimental memory-collector, like myself, would want in a legacy journal! It is filled with different prompts, in a structured format, that allows me to pen my legacy by sharing early childhood memories, advice and life lessons I’ve learnt and even a bit of background about me and her dad’s romance and my family’s heritage! There are 192 pages (to be exact) and, of corse, they are lined, so you are able to jot down with ease.
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IMG_20160508_095600[1]The various sections include: Me: At a Glance, A Few of My Favourite Things, My Life as a Little Girl, My Family Life, My Education, Me: On the Job, My Love Story, My Life as a Parent, A Life Worth Celebrating, My Life: The Main Events, My Sources of Inspiration.

This is such a lovely idea and will make for a wonderful gift or a spoil that you can get for yourself. I spotted the journal on Amazon and at CUM Books and it is pretty reasonably priced. Definitely a must have!

Hope all you fabu-mamas had an amazing Mother’s Day yesterday! I spent the entire day napping. Hahahahah. Oh, you thought I was being serious? Naps are as rare as unicorn sightings, these days. But oh well, for the love of the kids. :)

“Do it for the 20…”

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So I wasn’t planning to post anything today because I have a lot going on and between EC Meet Up, Gateway News, my commitment to my church’s Music&Creative Arts department, my actual 9 to 5 and oh ya, I have a family; things are a bit cray cray on this side.

I explained all of this to Hubstopher, telling him that I’ve only been able to blog once or twice per week, lately. I was like: “and anyways, it’s not as if the masses are sitting with baited breathe waiting to hear from my spreadsheet brain”. To which I was promptly and politely put on my place. My darling Hubstopher reckons that it doesn’t matter if your post reaches 1 person or 1000 people… “if only 20 people are reading your posts, then that’s fine… do it for the 20!” he said. He was so passionate about it, I almost thought he was going to go all church preacher on me. It didn’t end there. An hour into being at work, I got a message saying “do it for the 20”. This guy is as persistent as Madonna’s music career. But I think that he has a point.

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Have you ever considered what YOUR reach is? When we think about people who have influence, Mother Theresia or Beyonce comes to mind. But you don’t have to be a blogger, or a politician, or a celeb (with really good hair) to be affluent. You are probably impacting individuals on a daily basis (and you don’t even know it!) with the things you say and do. We are all walking billboards and sometimes we kinda forget to be mindful of what we are advertising – you have the ability to affect those around you! Your influence is important, whether it touches 1 life or 10000 lives.

Anyways, so here I am, posting something “for the 20”.
Oh and Hubstopher said I must say “Hubstopher said so.” So theres’it.
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Mother’s Day is for Mothers

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Mother’s Day is around the corner (Sunday, 8th May, to be exact) and while I am aware that I am a mother (and have been one for a very long time) I have yet to earn the perks that come with a Mother’s Day. The simple reason is that my mom and Hubstopher’s mom is still around (and very much kicking) and so the Mother’s Day celebration quota gets evenly distributed between the two of them, leaving nothing but a Sunday school handmade gift for me (sniff sniff sob sob). Not that I mind. Those Sunday school gifts are usually very charming. But this year, I’m like, you know what? I want some Mother’s Day celebrations too!

For starters, I wouldn’t mind waking up to breakfast in bed and perhaps a gift or 2. (Or 3. Hey, presents are my love language. So just love me, dammit! :) ) Maybe some Woolworths flowers (they have an amazing Mother’s Day promo by the way) or even some perfume or makeup. I’m not fussy. As long as it has a bow on it. My buddy, my pal, over at Oh! Boy has been a-making these adorable hand made pillows, which I want so desperately. So that too. Oh and while you’re in the giving spirit, throw in a blog makeover by the wonderfully talented Cupcake&Fysh and some Essence nail art goodies. Thanks.

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Let’s follow the gift giving with a long (guilt free) soak in a hot bath. I can’t remember when last I spent more than 10 minutes in the bath without feeling as if I need to hurry up because the gazillion other unimportant things that are waiting for me are just so super duper important. I’ve recently had a whiff of the new Enjoy bath and body range and let’s just say I wouldn’t mind basking in the ambiance of it’s florally scented bath suds. All Enjoy products are 20% off at Clicks until the 22nd May. Win-Win, I would say!

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I’m also the hugest Sorbet fan. Their pamper goodies smell like something I want to eat. Right now actually. (Whaaat?) So after my long bath, how about a relaxing foot pedi or a luxurious Sorbet facial? Oh and you can throw in an Achy Breaky Hot Stone Full Body Massage, while you’re at it.
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Once my morning of pampering is done, I’m off to the beach for some undisturbed snoozing in the sun. I don’t foresee driving myself around though, because I’m the queen dahhhleeeng. So Uber it is! We actually ‘Ubered’ (that should be a word, yo) while we were in Cape Town last week and it was such a pleasant experience! The car was in excellent condish and the driver was super friendly! The app works like a dream, jelly bean.

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I would have to get beach ready first! Cute summer outfit. Check. Snacks. Check. Beach chair. Check. Umbrella. Check. Bronzed legs. Uhh. Right, so let’s lather on the Caribbean Tan then. Check and double check!

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I don’t know about you, but my current beach days are filled with prepping snacks, double checking that towels and cozzies are packed in, applying and reapplying sunblock, making sure sand does not get into iPhone headphones and basically, sitting by the umbrella, while everyone else has fun in the water. So how about a relaxing (solitary) lie on the beach, with a good book? Christian Art Media has recently released a totally hilarious book, written just for moms, by Karen Ehmen and Ruth Schwenk, called Hoodwinked: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We Need To Knock It Off. The cover says it all. I’ve actually had this book for a while now and I keep meaning to read it, but you know, life and kids. Review coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled!
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And after that wonderfully glorious day… I would then… probably wake up. Coz it’s all a fabulous dream! Let’s face it, my mother’s day will probably be filled with a whole lot of this:

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It was nice to dream for a bit though! Oh and while we’re talking about dreaming, only 9 more sleeps till the #ECMeetUp! AAACK! The venue is ready, all the tickets have been sold and the swagbags are filling up. A big thank you to all the fab brands (hint: look up) who have come on board to make this event hot and happening!

And Happy Mamas Day to all you amazing, kick ass, moms! :)

So, I saw Mariah Carey…

Mariah coverIn case you didn’t know, I am an avid music lover. I sing. I write songs. I write songs about singing. I’m really into it. I serve on my church’s worship team and assist with directing the choir – needless to say music plays a big role in our lives.

Why the run down on my vocal prowess (self affirmed) and love for song, you wonder. Well, I needed to explain all of that to you so that you could understand my deep appreciation for good vocals. You know how some people are coffee snobs or car enthusiasts? Well, that’s me, about good singing. Or rather, good sAnging.

So I was especially excited when I discovered that the vocal dynamo herself, my favorite singer in the history of song, Mariah Carey, was to grace SA shores in 2016. I mean, if you’re sitting around waiting for pigs to fly, then let’s just say all my pigs were flying when I found out that she was coming to South Africa. This was something that I had been waiting for ever since I learnt how to talk. Literally. Okay, not literally. But it was up there on my bucket list and I think that just about every single member of my family and inner circle knew it! Who says your hearts desires can’t become a reality? Slap that person and unfriend, immediately!

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Hubstopher (not a fan), Me (fan) , Mandy (fan) and Sheldon (not a fan)

The build up to the concert was pretty lame. Oh sorry, were you expecting something else? Haha. Why, you ask? Well, because I have a family and a 9 to 5 and I really could not spend a lot of time being excited about it. But a few days before, reality sunk in! It was a dream come true! We boarded a plane to Cape Town (Cape Town is a great town), with some friends of ours who shared our exact sentiments (she’s a fan, he’s not) and besides for the brilliant opportunity to take a break and enjoy being in another city, us girls were really pumped up about finally seeing Mimi, live!

The concert was amazing, the vibe was amazing and the lady’s vocal was A-mazing! It’s been 26 years since her debut release and Mariah’s still got it, no doubt. Hubstopher appreciated the musical genius of the band and I loved hearing all my favorite songs, being sung by my favorite singer, in living color! Watching her prance around on stage taught me a couple of other things too:

If you want to be the boss, BE the boss
This woman is not only good at taking command while on stage, she is pretty much executive producer on all her albums and road shows. She knows what she wants. She knows how she wants it done. She works hard to make it happen.

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Looking good in the bodysuit is not always enough
Look, I love me some Mariah, but Mimi needs to give up the scantily clad outfits now. The girl is not a girl anymore. Wear some pants, for crying out loud! :) Okay, okay, her dresses were breathtaking. But the bodysuit… nah. Fortunately, I don’t listen with my eyes. Vocals were on point, so I was good to go.

Keep your inner circle close
Mariah is surrounded by a whole bunch of Day 1 peeps who are still on her team, still working together, to get the job done, years after her initial success. I like that. It gives this sometimes glamorous, sometimes fake, music industry some creditability when there are like minded individuals in it, together, for the long haul. Relationships are beautiful.

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My selfie with Mariah. Hahahaha

Human beings should not be worshiped 
People pretty much lost their minds as they all clamored after Mariah. These uber fans take their jobs pretty seriously, yo! Someone even called her Jesus, because her birthday is during Easter and she has the highest selling Christmas album. That is hilarious. Hilariously dumb. I can appreciate the artist without worshiping the artist, because really, she is just another human being. You know? Hey, I’m a fan for life! But being a fan won’t take over my life.

There can only be one Mariah
Many have tried and some may come close but there can only be one Mariah Carey! All in all, it was a top notch experience and it left me pretty motivated to chase my dreams and work hard for what I want.

To end, I need to quote a Mariah song (it’s only fitting) (don’t roll your eyes at me): “If you believe in yourself enough and know in your heart you’re going to make it happen (make it happen!) and if you go down on your knees at night and pray to the Lord, He’s going to make it happen (make it happen!)”  *and scene*

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Your life sucks! Nooot…

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It’s been a tough, crazy, past few weeks and I’m just over here, trying to make my brain work, like “Hello? Is this thing on?” The funny thing about life is that when you think you have a lot to complain about, you are probably, most likely, overreacting. Okay, it’s not that funny. But it’s a pretty sobering thought. Your worst day is not that bad compared to the fact that, oh look, you’re actually ALIVE.

Whenever I am feeling especially crappy I remember that the young girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, 2 years ago, have still not been rescued. I think about the parents of those 219 students and am immediately so thankful that I know where my kids are. I know that my kids are alive and well and living without fear.

I also remember that there are about 795 million people in the world, who do not have enough food to lead a healthy, active life. That’s 1 in 9 people on earth who are in a constant state of hunger. When I’m hungry, I buy a pie, and then regret eating the pie, because carbs. What do I have to complain about?!

On the days where I feel like I’m to fat or to old or to tired, I think about young lives that have ended way to early because of sickness and brilliant minds unable to fulfill their purpose because they are bedridden due to illness. Like, for real, my sinus and lack of Kardashian hair is not the worst thing in the world right now.

When I’m having a really bad day at work, I try to remember all the resume’s and CV’s that friends and family members have asked me to type up for them. Some are still without employment. I’ve never ever had to deal with being without income, in all of my working life. This job is a blessing.

And when I carefully plot ways to get back at my hubstopher after he purposefully used the last milk and did not consider my frequent need for tea, I remind myself that the guy could be doing a lot worse than drinking the last milk. He’s still around. He still loves me (and all my crazy). And he still adores and looks after his kids. I could’ve chosen a psychopath but all the guy does is throw his dirty socks on the floor instead of in the laundry basket. I can work around that.

So, let’s pull ourselves towards ourselves, build a bridge and get over ourselves, shall we. Your life isn’t as bad as you think it is.

Aaaaaaa

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