It was a colleague’s birthday earlier in September, and he brought cake!
Mouthwatering. Decadent. The best cake I have ever tasted. Ever. Not a word of a lie. Ask my mother-in-law, it was her birthday just after my colleague’s and we decided to treat her to a black forest from Chateau Gateaux.
The patisserie in Jozi is in Illovo. In Thrupps Center.
So far I have tried the Death by Chocolate, Mozart, Black Forest Gateaux, and the Cookies and Cream.
The Black Forest is my favourite!
The picture does not do any justice.
When you are feeling kinda blue, take a drive to Chateau Gateaux, ask for an 18cm. Keep it cool until you get home, take a table spoon, and enjoy straight out of the box!
And by the way, they have a factory shop in Durban. Call and ask what their current specials are the next time you are entertaining. Your guests will love you!
But they were calling me the other day. They said “Spend us!”
So I logged onto Yuppie Chef. I knew what exactly what I wanted. NOT. So I spent an hour on there. While browsing, I remembered that I needed new knives. There is a monster in my house that eats one sock from a pair, and all my good quality, sharp knives.
So I bought some knives. YAY. And I had to get something for the kids too. So I got some crust cutters for Ani’s sandwiches. Hopefully she will eat her lunch now!
Now it’s a real treat when you receive anything from Yuppie Chef. They give adorable button badge fridge magnets, a hand written card/postcard, and your item(s) are wrapped in the most gorgeous stripy paper. . .
And this time, I got a little something else…
A tiny card reading “We’ve got your back”, and on the other side
GOTTA LOVE YUPPIE CHEF!!!!
My cousin’s getting married in November! Yay!
We got the invitations over the weekend, and I thought they were really pretty!
Contact Yvette Naidoo from 3Bros on 0832919839 if you would like the perfect invitations for your special day!
My mom’s health has deteriorated quite quickly. Adam is a little busy body. And although she loved having him there, she is taking strain. She has to go for an operation on Friday that will keep her out of action for 6 weeks. And even after that she can’t even jog immediately. She has to walk first for a while. She’s a marathon runner. So this is going to be painful for her. Pun intended.
And mom-in-law is also in and out of hospital with a heart condition.
So both grannies are not able to look after Adam.
We decided to put him in the creche where Ani attends Grade 1. The school
buildings are opposite each other, so it’s super convenient. The only thing is that
babzi is there fro 7h30 to 18h00
It’s such a long day for him. But what can I do, under the circumstances.
I have a full time domestic worker. But she is HIV positive. She is ill quite often. And when you look after a kid, you’re bound to catch whatever they have, even when you’re in good health. And then, I have a fear that anything can happen, it just takes a small cut.
It’s been just about 2 weeks now. And he cries almost every morning. I am stronger now than I was the first few days. But I wait outside the door until I hear him stop crying. And it makes me late for work.
It seems that he is starting to realise that I will come back for him. I just can’t wait for him to be confident enough to trust that I will, and not cry so sadly in the mornings.
He has a few molars now. With minimal
And he knocked
The mouse had to eat the old cheese. Thanks daddy mouse who did the honour of replacing the tooth with R20.Ani’s milk tooth out while playing peek-a-boo last weekend. He’s turning out to be quite the bully actually. So I have a real tough boy, and a real girly girl princess. *blessed*
While on maternity leave, I went to Life Day Spa in Fourways. I was interested in their chemical peels because of acne scarring, a permanent heat rash on my nose, and pigmentation on my forehead.
They recommended that I change products to a range called Optiphi. And go through an immediate 10 peels, and then cut down to 1 a month.
The results lasted only a short while. Things went back to normal. Pigmentation and scarring was still as visible as the day I started.
I am not one to complain, but hubby sent them a mail, considering the amount of money we had spent. And Life Day Spa arranged for an Optiphi consultant to talk to me. After a brief chat and some questions, she said that I was not using the product correctly, and gave me some free product to try, this time applying it correctly. They were concerned that my product lasted 6 months instead of 3, but I generally use my stuff quite sparingly anyway, so I was a bit put off by that. Also, I don’t have the time to cleanse every night. So that is also why it lasted so long. As and when I could, after putting Adam to sleep and not passing out from exhaustion, I would wash and moisturise.
Look, I am quite impressed that they took the time out to try and help me resolve this, but the truth is, their product just doesn’t work with my skin. I also suspect that the hormonal changes since having Adam played a role in this. And they should really investigate that. And probably ask the question, and either wait until hormones are back in balance again or figure out how to treat differently by testing on breastfeeding/post natal women. They may even be able to come up with a separate product range and peel. #justsaying
So I used their products as per instruction, and went for 2 free peels. But it was still the same. And I really wasn’t willing to invest in further peels.
I have since changed to Sans Soucis, because a consultant, gave me a few samples to use, and over those few days, I saw a HUGE difference in my pigmentation and heat rash. So I am on Sans Soucis Apple A Day. It does what it says on the jar, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
I just have to figure out what to do about the acne scars now.
In my opinion, Optiphi has some research to do in terms of the effects of hormonal imbalance, and they need to accept the fact that their product simply doesn’t work for everyone that is in the situation that I was in.
As a result I have decided to give Sans Soucis a 5 star rating if you consider the results and the price. And I am not even on their cleanser/toner/exfoliator!
For now I am using Beauty Factory’s Daily Ritual Cleanser/Toner/Peel, and their products, as usual, are nothing short of AMAZING!
It was Ani’s 7th on the 1st July.
She wanted another pamper party for her friends. But I asked her what else she wanted.
It went a little something like this…
“I want to go to the salon to make curls for the day. Then I want to go to a spa to get a mani and a pedi, a facial and a full body massage”
This was a week before the day, so I started scouting Groupon. I found a spa that included all she wanted. But I forgot to buy the voucher. Horror of horrors on Monday morning 1st July 2013 when I realised that I didn’t buy the groupon voucher. But I called the spa anyway, and explained that I had forgotten, and missed the special.
They told me to come in anyway…yay!
We got our full body massages on beds that were next to each other.
My little darling enjoyed every moment of her pampering. I love spending mommy daughter time with her.
We watched Epic at the movies to end our afternoon. While in the queue for popcorn and slush, I was wondering what I could get for myself, and she pipes up,
“Mom, you can’t have chocolate or chilies remember, it starts with a c, but you can have oreo McFlurry ”
I melted from the cuteness. See, she remembers that I have gastritis, and was with me when the doctor gave clear instructions to stay away from citrus, chilies, cooldrinks and chocolate.
Hope you had a lekker 7th birthday princess! I thoroughly enjoyed spending it with you!
So, if you don’t already know, I LOVE Instagram.
And if you haven’t already done so, update YOUR instagram app today, because there’s video functionality now! Yayness!
You can select to record long or short videos. There are 12 filters! You can pick a cover image (from a frame in your video)! You can upload to facebook or twitter!
I can’t wait to play around with it this weekend!
By the way, my colleague Burnz has this on his FB status this morning:
A link for you: How to Create an Instagram Video in 7 Simple Steps
If you were fond of Google Reader, as you may, or may not know, it will retire on the 1st July 2013.
I found “The Old Reader” to replace it. It works just like Google Reader! YAY!
The best part for me, is that I could export my old subscriptions, and import it into The Old Reader. Ok, hating this name. Hating.
I hope they come up with a better name! argh!
Here are some alternatives...(thanks babble)
1. Youth Day
2. Father’s Day
3. My parents anniversary
My dad never asks for anything, but at “supper at mom’s place because I was back from work too late to cook” last week, my dad kinda hinted that it was their anniversary and father’s day and asked what we had planned for lunch. LOL.
So we took them out for lunch.
I just had to share my favourite pic from the day. Oh my heart.