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Homemade Sweetie Pies

December 20, 2016


I love Sweetie Pies, I don’t buy them often when I go to the shops but every now and then I spot them and they come home with me, only to be devoured like 20 minutes later on the couch. So I was thinking to myself that I’d try my hand at making some homemade Sweetie Pies that way I could change the name to homemade Angie Pies and eat as many as I want without anyone knowing. Good plan right?

I recently was invited to see Poetry’s latest SS17 Homeware collection, which is so so pretty. I landed up coming home with a few pieces, obviously, I’m a sucker for ceramics and kitchenware, especially ones with gold trimmings and swishes of pale blue paint. I also bought myself an absolutely amazing set of knives, forks and spoons from Laguiole which I’m in love with. So after my Angie Pies were made I hauled out my new kitchen loot and put together a little shoot, as one would.

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Cotton On Kids Little Reindeer Academy

December 19, 2016


I always love shooting style posts with Nina James, she’s become such a trooper and I’ve learned that if I’m patient and have a couple of marshmallows in my pocket she’ll play along with me. Cotton On Kids sent her the sweetest little outfit the other day with a bit of information about Cotton On Kids Little Reindeer Academy, which involves a whole family of cute looking reindeer, fun in-store activities, face painting, movies and more. So when mom is going goo-goo-ga-ga over things like this pom-pom tulle skirt then the kids are happy and entertained.

We hopped onto our roof yesterday afternoon with a bit of confetti and a small supply of the good stuff (marshmallows) and I took some shots of her running around in her new get-up. Everything she is wearing from top to bottom is from Cotton On Kids except for her shoes. She loves this skirt so much, I think if she could she would sleep in it, it’s so sweet how happy it makes her. Shame by babs.

So NJ’s New Years outfit is sorted, I, on the other hand, are going to be so big I may have to wear my duvet with some fairy lights wrapped around it as a belt! Hehe.

Hope everyone is on holiday already and loving it!

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DIY Festive Season wrapping

December 13, 2016

It’s that time of the year again, time to buy presents, lots, and lots of presents and then make then look all nice and pretty so that they can sit under your tree until they make someone else other than yourself happy. I love this time of year, I love the way it makes me feel, I love decorating our house and tree, I love buying presents (obviously) and I love getting my old D.I.Y. Festive Season wrapping skills out.

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Travel & Restaurants

Nonna’s food bar

December 9, 2016

I’m a sucker for homemade pasta but only if it’s done right! There are two things that I hate when I go to a restaurant that serves fresh pasta, I don’t like it when the portions are too small, as if someone sat and counted every strand of spaghetti, because you know that stuff is so ‘expensive’ to make and when the pasta is a bit wet and sloppy. Luckily this was not the case with the next restaurant I’m going to tell you about now.

My mom and I went through to Sandton City the other day to have lunch at Nonna’s Food Bar which is a 100% Italian restaurant built on the owner’s very own Nonna’s (granny in Italian) original recipes so what they serve is good wholesome Italian food which is super delicious.

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Nina James has a new room

December 6, 2016



Nina James has a new room, a big girl’s room as we have been calling it, with a big girl bed and big girl table and chairs to draw at. I can’t believe my baby girl is 2 years and 4 months old. She has grown so much, especially over the last couple of months. In a way, it breaks my heart because my baby is fast becoming a little grown-up but it also makes me so happy to see her progress and grow and learn new things that make us flipping laugh. This child of mine is a real little character and she does and says the most random, awesome stuff. Sometimes Shane and I just literally turn and look at each other and say “Where did that come from?!”

So before I knew it my baby needed a big bed, which in my mind meant a whole room overhaul! Yes please. We wanted to get her a bunk bed because both Shane and I remember being little and absolutely dying for bunk beds. I think I would of run around the world for one if that was humanly possible for a 10-year-old to do! So bunk beds it was! I went looking around and came across a site called Clever Little Monkey who source some of the coolest kids furniture, bedding and decor I’ve ever seen. If you guys are looking for awesome beds and room things for your littles, then definitely check them out.

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry

December 5, 2016


It’s always been a dream of mine to put together a Lucky Pony recipe book, I think about it all the time, how I would shoot it, what I would include. One day when I have loads of free time (when I’m 65!!) maybe I will get around to making one. So when I saw that the ladies over at The Pretty Blog have just come out with their very own Eat, Drink & Be Merry Festive Recipe Collection I was a tad jealous but also so happy because it’ such a nice book and you can see how much time, effort and love has gone into it.

I follow this lot on Instagram and they are always collaborating and posting the most amazing looking things, so I was excited to page through this book with 25 of their favourite recipes from their blog, including a selection of drinks, starters, mains, sides and dessert.

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