What to do with those spare voyager miles. There are not enough for a trip and you’re not flying anywhere soon to acquire more. Airport taxes hardly make it worth taking a trip to Cape Town . . . so what to do with the jolly things before they expire?
My husband made inquiries about how to use these up and Voyager had with a wonderful solution for all these odd air miles. Have you ever thought that you could use them for a Spa treatment? Through the auspices of Voyager we discovered a wonderful spa, not far from Bronkhorstspruit called Klippenbosch Spa. The entire experience was paid for with air miles.
We booked a full day’s treatment for two and for afterwards, so that we didn’t have to drive home through rush hour traffic we also booked two nights in their delightful cottage which is available as a self-catering hideaway.
Situated in a private game reserve, this spa is a wonderful place to be pampered, to get rid of the build-up of tension knots, to be pummeled and massaged and treated to delicious meals ( no ‘lettuce leaf only’ lunches!) and then the day is rounded up with a superb cup of coffee and the Chocolate Platter!
It is billed as a stress-relieving spa, not a beauty spa (so, no manicure pedicures, facials etc. my husband didn’t feel uncomfortable as the only male client amongst eight women) just a wonderful relaxing time at the hands of highly trained team of masseuses.
And afterwards, when the other clients were packing up and driving away, we ambled down to the beautifully appointed cottage to sit on the patio in the gathering dusk to have a glass of wine and listen to the sounds of the night, jackals calling, night birds waking up and to our delight, a troop of bush babies (or nag-apies, as they are called in Afrikaans) appeared in the trees above us. What a privilege to see these delightful creatures in their natural habitat!
Unfortunately, we didn’t see any of the game although we were told a herd of giraffe passed very close to the cottage early in the morning. We went for a walk and only saw tracks of large kudu and the giraffes but it was restful just to be out in the fresh air. There are zebras and wildebeest and other large game, none of the big five of course but that makes it easier to relax and enjoy a walk. The bird life will delight any bird lover too.
We certainly will be going back to this wonderful sanctuary as soon as we can manage it (i.e. accumulate enough Voyager Miles)
Enjoy the Cheap Luxury Life!
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Is it just me or does anyone else feel like they have skipped a month? One moment it was the 1st of April and the next moment I blinked and it was the 1st May. So what happened to April? Besides the fact that it sounds like a pretty good title for a murder mystery, I have no clue what happened to the time, but I have a sneaky suspicion that it disappeared under a pile of tissues and doctors visits. It has been a nasty beginning to winter and made me more determined to up the defenses and make sure I don’t lose another month to the flu gremlins. So with very little left to write, having hardly left the house for three weeks, here are 3 pearls of Cheap Luxury wisdom that I managed to glean from the world, despite the groggy mist that made up the month;
1. Always ask your doctor for generic versions of the drugs. You can save a fortune and get the same results. All you are doing it buying a brand name and the name is not what makes you better. Just remember to ask your doctor, they don’t do it automatically.
2. Another thing I found out, thanks to my budget conscious doctor, is that if the doctor includes non-prescription medicine on the script the pharmacy adds an extra “script fee” (I suppose it’s for printing the little sticker) on the price. So ask the doc to leave off any over the counter meds and ask the chemist for them yourself.
3. On benefit of staying in bed was having nothing else to do but lay there and watch movies and documentaries. Here are three documentary gems are the kick in the pants I needed to get my life/health back in order: The Happy Movie, Food Matters and Hungry for Change. There is nothing like a bunch of healthy, happy people lecturing you about the benefits of a healthy and happy life, while you lie on bed feeling anything but, to get you moving in the right direction. If you have an hour or two they are really worth a watch. Anyway I was sold, so expect to see some healthy, happy posts SOON!
So lets forget about April and make it happen in May!
Yours in Happiness
– now where can I find a juicer.
Other Cheap Luxury articles that might interest you:
My apologies for not posting, the last week has been swallowed up by mounds of tissues and multiple visits to the chemist for my poor husband who has been sick in bed all week. It’s that time of year I guess, the cold mornings and chilly evenings combined with sweltering midday’s wreak havoc with ones immune system. Add to that a good dollop of stress and surround yourself with other snotty noses and coughing companions and you don’t have much of a chance.
I always try my hardest to avoid expensive doctors visits, so here are four of my favourite flu fighters that are available over the counter;
These are great for kicking the emerging cold in the butt. I take them when I feel a bit run down and start to feel a bit on the icky side. The Viral Choice combined with a Corenza C help you give that cold a good wallop before it gets the better of you. If you don’t like the fizzy you can get the ordinary tabs too.
When my throat starts scratching a couple of drops on the tongue can make a world of difference and can really help fight a cold as long as you start taking them early enough. You can also get Echinaforce Forte tablets which can help boost your immune system.
3. Infagard – Sportron
Infagard is also a tincture like Enchinaforce. I must warn you that it is vile tasting – the combined flavours of garlic, orange peel and mint are enough to scare away any cold. Sometimes just the thought of having to take it is enough of a cure. Before I put you off completely – it is really worth a try if you can get over the horrendous flavour. Always remember what Mary Poppins says; “Just a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down…”
Keep warm and stay healthy.
P.S.: If you like the more natural route; here are some of my favourite home remedies.
PPS: Please remember when all else fails to go and see the doctor…
Dear Fabulous Followers
It is with much gratitude to you, our wonderful readers, that we celebrate our ONE year blogging anniversary!
These are some of our best moments from this past year….
Our first post was The Wonder Mask a cheap and luxurious face mask made from egg white and my old favourite. It feels like ages-ago that we posted this. Since our first post on 02 April 2012 we have written 265 posts! It is your inspiration and encouragement that keeps us at the keyboard
To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee last year we made traditional coronation chicken, cucumber sandwiches and scones and cream. We dressed up and drank tea with our pinky’s in the air. Oh so la-di-da and oh-so much fun! You can check out the posts and get the recipes: Tea with the Queen , The Diamond Jubilee and The Original Coronation Chicken Recipe.
Mock Crab: The Ultimate Comfort Food. This simple little post became our greatest success story. One day about a month after it was posted I logged onto WordPress as I usually do and to my surprise I had received over 690 hits overnight all for my Mom’s Mock Crab recipe. Nearly all of the hits came from Japan and after a little bit of investigating I discovered that the tag “Mocking Like a Crab” was trending on Twitter in that part of the world and leading people to our site. Who would have thought…( it is a fab recipe too ;P)
One of the great things about writing this blog is searching for hidden gems and sharing them with you. Here are our top four “finds” :
It has brought us so much joy, inviting you into our kitchen and sharing some of our favourite recipes with you! It can make even the most dreary day bright.
So here is to ONE fabulous year of Cheap Luxury. Thank you for your support, likes and comments. We celebrate every person who follow us so please keep sharing the love. You have made our dream come true, so here is to YOU!
Natalie and Elaine
PS Thanks to WordPress for this amazing platform that allowed us to create our little world of Cheap Luxury!
Last year some friends of ours from Parys organized a Easter Weekend by the river complete with egg painting and Easter egg hunt. I have never seen adults, all dressed as bunnies, have so much fun. Actually we had so much fun looking for eggs that we collected all the ones we hadn’t eaten and hid them so we could look for them all over again. Any chance to feel like a kid again I guess. So if you feel like letting go of some of your adult inhibitions put your bunny ears on, paint some eggs, hide them around the garden and invite you friends and family to join in the erm… hoppiness Oh… and it is also fun for kids…
P.S. We are taking a break for a couple of days so we will see you next week.
Have a lovely safe Easter
Natalie & Elaine
I designed these bunnies to be used as place settings for Easter lunch or to give away to friends and family filled with delectable Easter treats. I got the whole family – my Dad included – involved in making these for the shoot. Everyone got a bunny with their name on it and some felt tip pens (you can include glitter pens or other forms of decoration) and were able to decorate them how they liked. You can use this idea for entertainment around the table, we had a lot of fun seeing what each person came up with. They can then be taken home as gifts. It’s a great way of keeping everyone busy while you do the last minute touch-ups on the meal
A4 coloured cardboard (1 page per bunny)
Bunny template (Download here: EASTER BUNNY TEMPLATE)
Metal tumbler (1 per bunny.) or Polystyrene Cup
Tasty treats – ( Homemade Coconut Ice)
1. Fold the A4 coloured cardboard in half.
2. Cut out your bunny template
3. Place the nose of the bunny on the fold of the paper.
4. Cut out the bunny shape making sure that the nose and the feet are still joined.
5. Open out the bunny and cut a 3.5cm slit from the tail down.
6. Do the opposite on the other side (as in the picture) 3.5cm from the foot up.
7. Slot the one slit into the other to join the back. You can secure this with a drop of craft glue.
8. You can decorate your bunny now or just write the name of your guest on it and leave them to decorate it around the table.
9. Place the tumbler or cup into the middle of the bunny.
10. Fill the tumbler with sweets and decorate with the tissue paper.
11. You can use these as place cards or give away as gifts.
Nothing makes me feel more like a domestic goddess than making homemade sweets. There is something magical about creating something decadent with nothing but sugar and milk. With the Easter weekend coming up there is nothing better than a house filled with tasty treats, I thought that coconut ice would be the perfect addition. This recipe uses homemade condensed milk it is more effort to make but I promise you it is well worth the extra sweat cause it tastes divine. I got this recipe from The Love of Cooking by Sonia Allison that was published in 1972. I have copied the recipe as it was and then added my comments in italics.
P.S. You can get some other ideas for Easter crafts here.
Makes about 54 pieces. I don’t know how tiny their slices were but I ended up doubling the quantity (one batch white and one batch pink) and using a standard 35 x 25cm baking tray and I only got about 35 slices!
YOU WILL NEED:
150gm Desiccated Coconut
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
Red food colouring
Get your sushi loving self down to The Market Cafe at Food Lovers in Nicolway for 1/2 Price sushi! From 4-8pm on Fridays. Eat as much as you can cause you can’t take any home with you.
I have made these cones to give away to family at Easter but you can also make them for wedding favours or to hold the confetti. They are really quick to make and don’t cost much at all.
YOU WILL NEED: (makes 2)
1 piece of A4 coloured card board cut in half.
2 x paper doilies
2 x 20cm square of coloured tissue paper
2 x Easter stickers (Free Easter Printables)
And the all important sweets or mini eggs.
Quick , easy and rather cute – even if I say so myself.
A great way to keep the kids busy over the long weekend.
Easter isn’t Easter without a hot cross bun. It is funny, but the taste is so entwined with this time of the year, that if I eat one try say in November I find this festive treat almost impossible to eat. I don’t know but it doesn’t taste right. I feel the same about Christmas mince pies, it is just not right to eat them after New Year. I hope I am not alone in this craziness…
…Anyway this Easter I am making sure I get my fill of hot cross buns while I can, so we decided to do a Cheap Luxury taste test to see who has the hottest buns this season (I will find any excuse to eat them). We did a blind tasting, with four very eager volunteers, a range of buns from five different stores (a sample each both toasted and plain.) The stores we covered were; The Food Lovers Market , Woolworths, Checkers, PnP and Spar. To be fair we bought all the buns on the same day, with the exception of one, which we handicapped for its freshness advantage. We rated each on the following criteria;
(each worth a total of 40 points)
Look & Appeal
Number of Raisins
And these where the results: (The numbers on the pictures were for the tasting and were given in no particular order)
THE WINNER with 154/200 was SPAR however they were handicapped 10 points because they were bought on the same day as the tasting (10 March), the penalty meant they were tied with the runner up Woolworths with (144/200).
THIS IS HOW EACH OF THEIR BUNS FARED:
(Store: Ferndale Village)
Price: R13.99 for a tray of 6
Made: 10/03 Sell by date: 10/03
Look & Appeal: 38/40
Number of Raisins: 29/40
TOTAL: 154/200 ( -10pts for Freshness handicap )
WINNER 144/200 pts
COMMENTS: “Looked like a bun from my childhood”
Best Before: 10/03 Sell by date: 10/03
Price: R15.95 for a tray of 6 but discounted to R10.95 if you bought 2 trays.
Made: NO SELL BY DATE.
Look & Appeal: 27/40
Number of Raisins: 26/40
TOTAL: 144/200 pts
2nd Pick’n Pay
Price: R12.99 for a tray of 6
Made: 08/03 Sell by: 09/03
Look & Appeal: 21/40
Number of Raisins: 26/40
COMMENTS: “A bit heavy on the spices, but toasted well”
Price: R12.99 for a tray of 6
Sell by: 10/03
Look & Appeal: 18/40
Number of Raisins: 16/40
COMMENTS: “No eye appeal, too few raisins, bland taste”
4th Food Lovers Market
Price: R12.99 for a tray of 6
Sell by: No sell by date.
Look & Appeal: 28/40
Number of Raisins: 11/40
COMMENTS: “Coulda, Woulda but just didn’t”
Who makes your favourite?
Natalie & Elaine