Things we lost in the fire: Are your kids emotionally aware?

Are your kids emotionally awareI recently spoke to a man who had lost 2 children in a fire that ate up his home and all his possessions. I remember meeting him a few years ago right after the fire had occurred. I was working in the cellular industry and because of the fire, his insurance had to replace his cellphone – that’s where I came in. (more…)

PPSA Nail Challenge – Your favourite villain

So this weeks 2nd nail challenge is “your favourite villain” – one that I was planning to avoid because, well, I don’t have a favourite villain per say and it just seemed too tricky for an amateur such as me. 
But then I checked out what the other ladies on the Polished Pretties South Africa group were doing and all of a sardine found myself inspired! You should check out their work below.
So after mulling around about the concept of villains I came to the conclusion that the biggest villain to me is CONFUSION. I intensely dislike being unprepared and not knowing what is going on! Hence the blog titled “my spreadsheet brain”. 
Dude, I have a spreadsheet for EVERYTHING! 
Question Marks are my villain! 
And then, as you would have it, there is such a villain. 
His name is The Riddler, of DC Comics origin, and happens to be one of Batman’s nemesis. 
My Riddler/Confusion inspired nails below: 

My explanation:
Pointy – The question mark, duh
Middle – Those are meant to be clouds of confusion (haha)
Ring – Represents confusion
Pinkie – I thought a dot would look cool

I used all Essence, because I love em!
Base and top coats are Catrice.
The shimmering colour is 2 coats of Essence 190 Kiss me, Freddy. It’s a really pretty shimmery mint green color… the photo does not do it justice!
I did the designs with my favorite navy blue 196 I <3 my blue jeans.
And then the cloud features 157 My fortune cookie which is the cool gold paint I also used in the previous challenge post.

I must add, I did this at like, 19:30 last night, while waiting for load shedding to hit us at 20:00.
So yes, it took all of 30 minutes for the layers to dry and the art to be applied etc.
Normally I struggle for hours and then have to remove the paint from one nail (because lets face it, one nail always gets smudged) or I have to redo something that didn’t come out the way I wanted it to.

Excited for next weeks challenges! Do join us!

Here’s what the other ladies got up to:

Because I Can

Ordinary Misfit

Sarcastic by nature

For the love of nail art

Acidicice

PPSA Nail Challenge – Go Wild With Dots

This weeks Polished Pretties South Africa nail art challenge is nogals one of my faves! 
The first prompt is “go wild with dots” and the 2nd is “your favorite villain”. 
I attempted the dots one and saw really rad stuff on the net, but yarrr, it didn’t quite work out that well on my actual nails. 
To make the dots, I used the end of a hair grip (bobby pin) and the end of a paper clip (for the smaller dots). Both worked quite well! 

The colors I used were all Essence (besides for my base and top coats).
I first started with 162 Dare It Nude, which went on over my base coat.
I figured that it would really help to make the pink pop, and it did!
I then applied 2 coats of 104 Sweet As Candy. I really like how it ended up.
Then I used my paper clip, dipped in some 157 My Fortune Cookie to make the dots on my pointy and middle finger. I added a french mani on the middle finger.
The ring fingers dot is a layer of the nude and pink with a drop of 06 Space Queen gel look.
The pinkie finger speaks for itself 🙂

And voila!
Fairly easy (once I gave up on the intricate stuff that just wasn’t working out)
I think the dots are so cute!

If you’d like to join the nail challenge, check out the prompts below, and join us on Facebook over at Polished Pretties South Africa! It’s really fun and a cool excuse to do something different with your nails every week!

Here’s what the other ladies, who took part in the challenge, did to their nails:

Sarcastic By Nature

Acidicice
Claudia Eckard

Because I Can

Ordinary Misfit

Music Monday: Worship Mob – Carry the Fire {And Giveaway!}

Photo: Christian Music Review Org

When I first heard the name “Worship Mob”, I felt an immediate intrigue and was extremely keen to hear the sound of this oddly named band. I’ll be honest; the words “worship mob” incite images of a bunch of guys and girls flooding a mall, bedecked with banjos and drumsticks, to render spontaneous worship unto God in a somewhat rebellious way. So, to put my imagination to bed, I decided to Youtube the collective, who hail all the way from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Well, let me start by saying that the band already has over 50 000 Youtube channel subscribers! The sound and musical style is reminiscent of Housefires or All Sons and Daughters and it is obvious that these people love the presence of God!
I discovered that the team comprises a collective of worship leaders and musicians who basically started worshipping together, keeping the door open to anyone else who wanted to come and rest in the presence of God. The weekly gathering, which was the brainchild of Sean Mulholland and Garrett Chynoweth, started in 2011 and now they have over 80 other ministry leaders from 30 other surrounding local churches as part of their membership. Mulholland shared that the meetings have always been open to anyone. “We felt God’s leading to create a unifying worship setting that transcends denominational limitations, and to unite the global Body of Christ to collectively experience the deep, intimate, and life-giving relationship that only Jesus provides,” he explains. The team was signed up to Integrity Music at the beginning of this year and recently released their first studio album, “Carry the Fire”, which is what I will be reviewing today.
I was pleasantly surprised to find two covers on it – Hillsongs’‘Oceans’ and the Bethel hit: ‘You make me brave’, both of which were done well and although they are a welcome addition I must say, they were not needed on this album. The album songwriters did so well at penning tracks that hold messages you’d want to hear and declarations you’d want to sing.
An example is opening track, ‘Satisfy’. Besides the captivating voice of the amazing Gina Milne, the song’s message swept me away as they sing as the voice of the Father beckoning His children to draw close to Him for all that they need. My favorite part is towards the end of the song — a prophetic interlude where the singers literally just let go and allow God to use them as a mouthpiece. I mean, if this is the first song, then I think I really like this band!
Track 2 is titled ‘Our Father has won’ and is one of my favs on this album. The chorus breaks something in the atmosphere, with its hard hitting lyric and piercing vocal that sings: “Once broken and guilty/Now drowning in mercy/All curses undone/Our Father has won”.
‘More, More of You’ is a worship song that I can definitely see on rotation on a church set list. It speaks about wanting more of the Holy Spirit and has a really catchy chorus, with easy-to-sing lyrics that compliment it. Another worship track, ‘Love outran me’ is a love song that speaks about the work on the cross — how God loved us so much that He made a way for us to have a relationship with Him. It is such a beautiful song. 
My husband appreciates ‘Love break down these walls’, which I believe was birthed out of spontaneous song. This worship tracks lyric says “Let love break down these walls/Let church go past these walls…” It created a moment of awareness for us of how important it is to take the love of God outside of the four walls of the church building, to the lost and hopeless.
I love how this album reflects true hearts of worship – how a group of normal people got together to glorify God, and He turned it into something unexpected! It’s amazing how God takes what you have in your hand – what you are willing to offer Him – and makes something grand out of it, that is able to transform lives and bring people closer to Him! I genuinely recommend this album to anyone who loves deep worship and the presence of God. The vocals are superb and the songs were clearly written from a place of deep intimacy and yearning. I give it 2 thumbs up!
Gateway News will be giving away a collection of worship albums!
To stand a chance to win, LIKE and SHARE the specially marked Facebook post.

This review was originally written for and published in Gateway News

Happy Fathers Day, okay now here, eat my home made tart {recipe included}

To the dad in our house, from the kiddos (but mom made the card)

For Fathers Day this year, my dearly beloved family decided to have a Sunday lunch. It’s one of those kindsa lunches where everyone comes (I’m talking kids running around, husbands sitting by the tv and chatting, wives in the kitchen doing all the slave work) and it’s a bring and share, so each mom brings something.
This year, I committed to making dessert.
Now if you know anything about me, you’d know that this is a big deal because:
1. I am generally not well known for my amazing cooking abilities.
2. I never ever make or even serve dessert at my house. My family treats their 2nd and 3rd servings of the main course as dessert. Yep, we eat a lot.
3. I don’t bake.
4. My family make fun out of all of the above, so I had a lot to prove!

Right, so let’s make dessert!
Someone really close to me told me about a no bake strawberry yogurt tart.
It sounded easy enough and no bake, so I was like, yeah!!
But instead of making strawberry, I opted for lemon instead (think: lemon meringue) and I must say it came out pretty darn awesome! I was ready to release my own cookbook and everything!
(And then after feeling like the female version of Jamie Olivier, I googled and found that other people had been making this kinda tart for like, millions of years already. So that kinda rained on my parade, but only until my second helping of tart and then I was okay again).

Another thing that I really appreciate about this tart is that the ingredients are all super easy to find and are probably stuff that you have in your cupboards already. I mean, how frustrating is it, when you’re searching for “EASY –” or “DIY –” and all you find are recipes that require herbs only found on the very top of Mount Everest or ingredients that costs you the amount of money you’d spend at KFC (bad example) for a family meal.

Anyways, enough dilly dally. Herewith please find:

The World’s Most Amazing No Bake Lemon Yogurt Tart

Ingredients: 
1 packet of lemon flavored jelly
6 tablespoons of lemon juice
450g plain yogurt
1 tin of condensed milk
1 packet of tennis biscuits
250g of butter
200ml boiling water

Those are not my hands

Step 1 – The base: 
Melt the butter
Crush the tennis biscuits (Clip note: I love how there are tons of different flavors now! I used the cinnamon flavor for my Fathers Day tart)
Mix melted butter with crushed biscuits, to form a nice paste.
Press this into your tart dish and refrigerate while you prepare the mix.

Step 2 – The tart mix:
Add the boiling water to the jelly and allow to cool.
In a separate bowl, mix the condensed milk with the lemon juice.
Then add yogurt and mix well.
Lastly add the cooled jelly.
Pour the mixture over the base and allow to set in the refrigerator for 1 – 2 hours.
I normally make mine the evening before.
And taaa daaaaaaaaaaah!
You can add whipped cream as an optional topping.

I wish I took pics of the end result, but I promise you, one minute it was there, the next it was gone!
1 tart gave us 12 decent sized portions (which wasn’t enough for my group of savages).
If you’d prefer the strawberry flavor, then ditch the lemon juice and replace the plain yogurt with strawberry yogurt and the lemon jelly with 2 packets of strawberry jelly. Add strawberry pieces for added awesomeness.

Hey, who knew I could give cooking tips nogals!

Hope you all had a lovely Fathers Day filled with food, fun, family and lots of dishes to wash afterwards!

xxxL

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