Our Cheap Luxury Wedding: PART 1

How to have the most perfect day without getting into debt. Steve and I had the tiniest wedding budget – our whole wedding cost what some people spend on a dress and I am not talking couturier here either. Here are some things that we did to stretch our meager budget as far as possible….

Packing Up Christmas

Well, the mince pies are eaten, the presents are all opened (well not all! There are still gifts under our tree waiting for the lucky folk who are still enjoying their holidays) and most of the city streets are getting choked with traffic, and shops are full of back-to-school supplies. I’d say that the season…

The Magic of Christmas Past

The magic of Christmas is made especially for children. No matter how hard I try to capture the magic as an adult, it is just not the same. The sparkling treasure box of the Christmas lights, the excited anticipation of Christmas Eve and most of all the pile of mystery under the tree. We always…

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

Christmas in South Africa falls in the height of summer, but because we were heavily influenced by the English stories and children’s papers, such as School Friend and others that we consumed as children, we expected the plum pudding and the snow. My mother’s parents were Danish so a lot of our traditions were more…

TIP 1: Watch your “wasteline” this festive season

Christmas is a time of excess; from stuffed stocking to stuffed tummies. We all tend to over indulge and roll into the new year convincing our selves that this next year will be different. Now while there is nothing wrong with a bit of over indulgence (believe me I tuck into those Christmas mince pies…

It is not your right to pursue happiness….

Stop! Walk away from the materialistic pursuit of happiness. It is a consuming trap that makes you believe that your happiness is found in the future. The truth is that it is your right to be happy right now, this moment. The definition of pursuit is; the action of pursuing (chasing) someone or something. What…

What you should never keep in your handbag…

Women are notorious for keeping everything but that kitchen sink in their bags, but many are victims of handbag grabs. This is a possibility you should always consider before you step out of your home with a full handbag. Here is a short list of some of the things you should leave behind. Anyone have…

A Neat & Tidy KitchenTip

I like the idea of a compost heap, it takes away some of the guilt of throwing away left-over food, but I loathe having to have a bin of waste hanging out in my kitchen. I came across a neat and tidy way of cleaning up with out it piling up. Keep an ice cream…

Elegant Economy from the 1800’s

Did you see that delightful series called Cranford? We were enchanted by it and I was prompted to find a copy of the book by Mrs Gaskell, written in the mid eighteen hundreds and re-read it. Do yourself a treat, and get hold of a copy; it is really delightful. I was even more charmed…