PPSA Nail Challenge – Traffic

So the prompts for this weeks  Polished Pretties South Africa Nail Challenge are “purple” and “traffic”. I attempted the purple one earlier this week because, well, it felt easy enough with my minimal nail art experience. It turned out okay and motivated me to attempt the traffic prompt.

A bunch of ideas ran through my head… all of which I think are really over the top and will require me having 3 hands and Picassos ability to create modern art. And then, as it turns out, on the evening that I tried to execute my clever and elaborate designs, my baby decides that she is not going to sleep early (thanks mom, but no thanks). So I did what I could with the little time I had, before she would be latched onto me again. 
This is my attempt at “road signs”: 
Yaaa…..
I used my Catrice base coat and 1 coat of Essence 115 Redvolution and a coat of the pretty Essence 105 Party Princess, which I won in the Pretty Messy Melon giveaway
Right, then it was time to paint the road signs onto my nails. 
Result: Not so good, but not toooooo bad, considering I had a baby practically clinging to me. 
I used a random white paint that I had received as a party favor at a babyshower (I know, right?) since my Sally Hansen White On seems to have gone clumpy on me. Boohoo. 
Topped it all off with a gel top coat and voila! 
So in case you didnt know: 
the pointy is a U Turn sign
the middle is a 60 speed limit sign 
and the ring is a no entry (or something like that)
See my “krom” 60 🙂
What do you think? 
Okay, stop being polite, and say how you REALLY feel 🙂 haha
Check out the other participants amazang nail art below and hey, if you’d like to join us on the weekly challenges, see the prompts below. 
I’m nogals excited about the dots one! 
xxxL


How amazing are these ladies???
For the love of nail art
Because I can
Sarcastic by Nature
Ordinary Misfit
Mama Zombie Mumbles
Acidicice

Life with sons: starting a band, baby…

Starting a band baby

Our kids are weird.
I say this with all the love in the world.
These boys (aged 10 and 13) literally sit and sing together, while playing XBox. And I’m not saying this because they have amazing, Luciano Pavarotti voices. Nope, they just enjoy singing, randomly. They don’t even sing popular, trending, songs… their choice of chorus are theme songs – Movie theme songs, ad jingles, series theme songs.

Them, 6 years ago

Sometimes it’s funny. Sometimes it’s “shhh the baby is sleeping!” Sometimes we all join in. (How Highschool Musical of us) And sometimes, I’d be in the kitchen, humming a little tune (and by “humming” I mean “belting out” and by “little tune” I mean “Mariah Carey”) and one of them would join in! As if I invited them! I mean, hello, can you not see the spatula (aka mic) in MY hand?! Is nothing sacred anymore?!

Seth (the youngest) also has a habit of memorising tv ads. He knows all the words, all the songs and sometimes even mimics the actions! Kyle is a movie quoter. He is so NOT good at doing the accents but insists on telling you exactly what the lead actor said, in accent, even though you were sitting right next to him, watching the exact same movie a few minutes ago! He also quotes stand up comedians (thanks alot Trevor Noah) and sometimes says things and just leaves it in the air… no point. No reason behind the story.
Example: “Mommy, so today my friend picked up his pencil from the floor and then I was like, haha your pencil fell…” Okay. And then?

Our first date was a quadruple date – kids entow

With all of that said, I remember something a dad of 3 once told us about his boys.
He said “The best thing I could ever have done for my son is to give him brothers.” (Thanks Manny) I was reminded of it this weekend, while watching these 2 together.

Flashback – few years ago: It was a couple of years after Kyles dad and I had split up and I remember feeling a bit disheartened thinking that my boy would not experience the joy (and torture) of having a sibling that is close in age to him. I mean, I love my sister – we are 3 years apart, and I remember many days of playing Barbie dolls together (me cutting her dolls hair in my “salon”… her crying about it) and hey those were some of the best days of my life. So I was really sad that my boy would not experience that. I mean, at best, his next biological sibling would be 10 years his junior. So no playmate for him.

Enter: Hubstopher and his boy. I think that the pair came at just the right time, age and height! I found the man of my dreams, and our boys found each other. The 4 of us fit together like a puzzle. (I said something along these lines at our wedding too. And I wrote a song about it. So original.)

So yes, our kids are weird. But they are also extremely awsome! Both sets of moms and dads (on either side) are married with a baby and these 2 have taken to it very well! In fact, they are stellar big brothers to their half sisters and brother and they are amazing step brothers to each other. They have their disagreements but I am so pleased at how well they get along. They stand up for each other, like brothers. They sometimes tell on each other, like brothers. And hey, now they sing together too. So yes, we are starting a band baby, starting a band.

Boys

Feature Friday: Mvokazi Mjayezi-Ncede

On Feature Friday I feature people, products or just random things that I think are pretty cool. My aim is to leave you a little bit more enlightened and inspired! And hey, I’m open to new things, so please hollar at me, if you have any pretty cool FF suggestions. 


Mvokazi Mjayezi-Ncede of J-Star BloMag

Mvokazi Mjayezi, or Mvo as she prefers, is one of those kinds of women who are made out of passion, grit and determination! 
This lady knows who she is and what she’s meant to be doing right now and nothing can sway her! It is something that I deeply admire and is one of the main reasons why I am featuring her today, after a week of feeling like “there’s got to be more to life!” 
I think that so many of us need to be encouraged and inspired to take a step of faith into our God-given destinys. 
With nothing but a dream in her heart and a vision set out by God, Mvo left her office job more than a year ago to pursue her dream of becoming a magazine owner. She explains: “I just went for it, trusting God to provide as I go, and He has!” 
In an interview that I did with her for Gateway News she shared the following about J-Star Magazine: “The vision God gave me for J-Star is that it is a friendship ministry in blog magazine style. Everything about it is personal — a testimony of what my contributors and I have been through, are going through and will go through.” She explained. The blomag is focused on encouraging its readers to reach for the greatness that God has destined for them. “He then gave me the name J-Star, which means Jesus Star. I ran with it after that and here I am today!”
Mvo is not only a dream chaser but also a mom to the adorable 10 month old Khumisani and the dashing 6 year old Kamvalonke. Mvo and hubby, Sinethemba, have been married for 5 grace filled years and together are pursuing the promises of God and not settling for anything less! 
Let’s see what she has to say:
1. So… who are you? 

I’m a woman of God, a wife, a mom, daughter, sibling and friend. I love being a wife to my husband, and i love being a mom to my kids – I was born for this! I feel so blessed in that I’m right where I’m supposed to be, in every sense.

I’m a visionary who likes to push boundaries, and most importantly, I like to translate my dreams into reality. These days I’m all about going after all that God has for me, I want it all and I want it now! 

2. You’re a feature today, because I think you’re pretty cool 🙂 Why do you think you’re cool?
Thanks..I happen to think that you’re pretty cool too. I would say that I’m cool because I kicked fear to the curb and out of my life for good. I came to a point in life where I just decided to put on a go-getter attitude. I realised that God has got plans for my life and I really wanted to walk in my destiny, so I put my trust in God and sprinted forward.

3. What is your favorite thing at the moment?
Other than my family, I’m obsessed with my hair at the moment. You see I have this big bush of an afro; and after years of trying out multitudes of hairstyles, I stumbled upon a hair blog for natural ethnic hair. So now I’m on a mission to get healthy long, natural hair. I have a long way to go, but I’m pretty happy with its current state.

4. If you could change one thing today, what would it be?
Ooh that’s easy. I’d stop being lazy when it comes to exercise and just do it, so I can fit into my clothes again! I love what I do, and I can go without sleep for days doing it, but when it comes to my health, I haven’t gotten there yet…lol any tips for me?

5. Learnt how to make anything recently?
Lol, I like to empower myself so I’m becoming a bit more hands on with the designing of my magazine. What else?…I’d love to learn to sew. I’ve always loved fashion and have designed tons of amateur sketches that nobody would know what do do with lol, but that’s my next dream that I want to turn into a reality.

6. Share your favorite tip/trick:

Lol, like I said i’ obsessed about my hair. So my favorite tip, is putting a generous amount of applecider vineger in my shampoo, mixed with water..it does wonders to cleanse the scalp! 

7. Imagine we’re your kids 🙂 now imagine you had to share a life lesson with us.

Mhmm, this is a tough one…OK..here goes..don’t live your life according to people’s advice or opinions. Live it as God has called you to live it. People may not understand what God has called you to do, and they always have advice of what or how you should do things..only listen to the instructions of the Holy Spirit, and do things exactly the way He tells you to do them. 

Following your destiny does not mean that everything will go smoothly, with no challenges in your way. Sometimes the challenges are little pebbles of no consequence, and sometimes they are mountains that can take your breath away. You are already equipped with the tools and the weapons that you need to overcome any, and every situation. You are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus, and you will always overcome.



xxxL

I won! And so can you!

Yay!
What a glorrrrrious Thursday!

I visited Pretty Messy Melons Facebook page the other day and noticed that she is running a couple of crazy giveaways, which I, duhh, had to enter 🙂

And then…. dum dum dahhhh!!!!! I won 🙂
Yay!

As you know, I’ve started to blog about my nail art experiments – being a mom to a new baby girl and all.
I think that doing your nails is a cool way to stay hip and to actually have some “ME TIME” (keeping in mind that I did the last PPSA Nail Art challenge with my babygirl on my lap). hehe

Anyways, so I am really keen to see how I can use the goodies in the hamper for the upcoming PPSA challenges and hey, why dont you visit Pretty Messy Melon‘s site for really cool reviews and top tips and tricks about make up and other such girly stuff.

In the meantime, check out a few really cool Polished Pretties challenge pics for this weeks 2nd theme – PINK.

Mama Zombie Mumbles

Because I Can

Sarcastic by Nature









xxxL

PPSA Nail Challenge – Sugar Spun

I had recently discovered the Polished Pretties South Africa Facebook group and all the amazingly talented ladies who roam around there. It is a little corner on the internet where they share tips and tricks and post pics of unbelievable nail art (which they do themselves!)

Needless to say, I am inspired!

So theres a weekly nail art challenge, which consists of 2 challenges.
Following the prompts, you do your nails and then share your pics on the group and each others blogs. I likey!

So this weeks 1st challenge is Sugar Spun. 
I’m not going to front about it – I had no idea what sugar spun nails were! 
Until I Googled it 🙂 Ahh Google my good friend. 
I followed the instructions I found online, which were to: 
1. Coat your nails with your base coat
2. Decide on your sugar spun colour and throw a bit of the nail polish onto a flat surface
3. Allow it to thicken (you can play with it a bit to help it gain some texture)
4. The polish should be getting a bit stringy by now 
5. In a “pulling” or “sweeping” motion, pull the stringy polish over your nails
This is the desired effect: 
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This is my result:

My bottom coat is the Essence 115 Redvolution and the top sugar spun coat is Essence 186 I <3 My Blue Jeans. I topped it with the Essence gel look top coat. 
I am not thrilled with how it came out, but for a first try, Im feeling alriiiiight about it. 
Keen to try it again though! 

Some of the other PPSA bloggers:PPSA Nail Challenge Week 2 –  1. Sugar spun

Sarcastic by Nature
Ordinary Misfit
Because I Can

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