#FANTAPHOTOBOMB & A NEW GIVEAWAY

Last week the kids & I got invited to Fanta’s #FantaPhotoBomb activation which took place at Sterkinekor, Gateway.
Along with inviting us to play & create some awesome #FantaPhotoBomb moments they also invited us to the premier screening of the new DreamWorks Animation movie, Trolls.
What made the outing a little extra special was that it was Ethan’s first visit to the movie theatre & I have to say that he enjoyed it thoroughly. Hubby even got thrown in at the last minute & was able to join us for the movie.
We also had the pleasure of meeting Durban born model, television personality & actor, Kay Sibiya, who joined in on the Fanta fun as well.

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JÄGERMEISTER’S #ENTERTHEWOODS 2016

A few weeks back I received an invitation that I have to admit peaked my interest, it was to Jagermeister‘s exclusive, by invite only, Enter The Woods party.
And given that hubby & I haven’t been out since my pregnancy last year I RSVP’d immediately & I’m so glad I did because these guys definitely know how to throw a party!

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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

I used to almost always be on the internet reading up on photography & trying to extend my knowledge on the subject. I used to be under the impression that the more clued I was on photography theoretically the better images I’d produce & to a certain extent the latter is true. I used seek out sites where photographers would post their brilliant photos along with the exact camera setting details & then I would try to mimic them. More often than not I would be left disappointed & it was then that I started to pay attention the number one mentioned tip to shoot great photos & was to ‘practice practice practice’ – less reading & more doing, just go out & take as many photos as you can, explore your camera, fiddle around with your settings & learn from your mistakes that way.

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG OUT THE BOX!

I really wanted to do this write up last week Friday (the morning after the actual event) but life happens & recently life happens to me a lot! Nevertheless here it is now, let’s get to it shall we…
After attending my first Out The Box event last month I had been watching my inbox closely, fingers crossed for another invitation & what do you know, I got one & my appreciation for the invite was well noticed when I was the first invitee to arrive.
This month’s Out The Box event was centered around a Spring theme & like last month both organizers & retailers outdid themselves & it made me cringe at the thought of missing out on the first five events.

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CHOW ON THAT! ANNUAL BUNNY CHOW COMPETITION 2016 & A GIVEAWAY

This past weekend saw the annual Bunny Chow Competition take place at everyone’s favourite hangout spot, Blue Lagoon. And as an Indian chick living in Durban all her life I am embarrassed to say that it was my first time attending. I did however expect to see more about it in the media which wasn’t the case, I heard about the event from friends & relatives. It looked like it was just publicised within the Indian media circles which is a bit disappointing given that I have so many white friends who really know how to appreciate a good bunny chow & would beam at the chance of attending this event.

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MAMA MAGIC BABY EXPO – JUDGING THE NEW PRODUCT AWARDS 2016

Mama Magic has come & gone & yes, this post is a bit late but designing Ethan’s first year photo book has consumed me & I’m afraid if I stop I’ll never get it done but enough about that.
If you’re not familiar with the Mama Magic expo, it’s only the largest baby & parenting expo in South Africa.
It’s far more than just cashing in on big discounts (although that is the best part), there’s also expert pregnancy & parenting talks that take place at the Expert Lounge as well as the opportunity to be introduced to many new baby brands & products in the market.

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…AND THEN THERE WERE THREE!

My sister in law & her husband are expecting their first child this year & we’re so happy that they are finally going to be parents.
News of Elisha’s pregnancy has been a long time coming. They are finally seeing the fruits of their years of prayer & faithfulness.
Elisha summed it up perfectly in her speech at her baby shower last month “God’s time is not our time & our time is not Gods” & this little one was indeed worth the wait.
She doesn’t know it yet but little Baby Soobramoney is already loved the world over by both her parents & so many others & we’re all waiting with great anticipation to meet her.

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Project #WatchMeGrow: A milestone & growth tracking photo series

Tracking & documenting your baby’s growth & milestones in the first year has quickly become a huge trend. Pinterest is overflowing with different ideas on the subject & it has gone far beyond merely jotting down dates & notes. The most popular & creative way to document your baby’s first year is in photos.
Right on the onset of my pregnancy I had committed myself to the idea of doing a growth tracking series for Ethan. I took to the internet & was immediately presented with thousands of lovely ideas as to how to go about it. After getting some online inspiration & being the crafter that I am I had it all planned out & by the time Ethan arrived I was ready & good to go.

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Ethan is ONE, time for cake!

Yesterday we celebrated Ethan’s first birthday. It’s been a year already! A year of dirty diapers, formula making, food pureeing, hair pulling, crying, learning & constantly adjusting my annoyance threshold so I don’t completely lose my mind.
BUT it has also been a whole year of new love, laughs, joys & every other positive thought & feeling you can associate with having a baby.
Ethan has enriched our lives in so many ways. His arrival gave Ashley the title of “new dad”, he made Tyson a big brother & I became a mother of two. He has also given me another opportunity at cracking this whole mommy thing.

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A World Obsessed with Size

As much as I am an advocate for the ‘thick’ girls this post isn’t about them. The title might indicate the age old conflict between fat girls & thin girls, plus size models vs. skinny models, media stereotypes & what their perception of true beauty is, blah blah blah but no! This post isn’t about what size a woman should be, this post is actually about my kids & a world that just won’t quit!

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