It would have been his birthday

This post belongs to my father. Today would have been his birthday. He would have been so excited, not only for the gifts but because we as a family would have come together to celebrate his life. Wow to think that last year he was alive and healthy and we were spending his day with him, and this year he isn’t on this earth any longer. Time flies. Life is short. We only have a short time on this earth, and my father’s passing is proof of that.

Happy birthday daddy! I miss you. I love you more. May Allah Ta Ala grant my father the highest place in paradise Insha Allah.

Blog revamp

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Welcome everyone

I’m really sorry that I have to so quiet lately. I am in the process of upgrading and revamping my blog, and I have to say it’s been quite an experience and I’m really enjoying the process. There are a few things happening after my new blog is launched so please keep checking my blog.

Thanks to everyone who has followed my blog and been reading my posts. I really appreciate all the love I have received this far.

Cheers
Abieda

Tea party madness

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Hi everyone, so today is my 32nd birthday and my family had arranged a wonderful tea party to celebrate, and have some family time.

My mom and her best friend had made all the cakes, savories and punch and had decorated the back garden with gorgeous pink and white balloons and lanterns. The pink theme gave this tea party a real girly feel and no one can party like my family, they can break it down with the best of them.

We had an amazing time of dancing and happiness and laughter and of course loads of eating fabulous carbs. Take a look!

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Interview: Pretty Random Things

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Welcome everyone, today we chatting to Liesl who is a South African living in the beautiful Taiwan. Her blog takes you into her life and what she is passionate about and of course her adventures in Taiwan. If you interested in what Liesl has to say, then please keep reading.

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Received by Liesl

What made you decide to start blogging?

Mostly because of boredom and my incessant need to make lists of everything. I figured, I might as well combine all my passions and inspiration in one place, and the rest is history!

Describe your blog?

A little bit of everything, and a whole lot of nothing. I write about shopping, fashion, beauty, travel, my life in Asia, my crazy family, The Husband, random lists, home decor, exercising and and and…. Basically anything that tickles my fancy.

What is your inspiration in life, style, work, hobbies?

I’m inspired by strong, independent women (like my mother) to live my life to the fullest and to be the best person I can be. I try to give a 100% in all aspects of my life, and that’s why you’ll never see me looking like a slob, slacking at work or being a lazy moocher. I think self-respect and knowing your worth should be inspiration enough for you to give it everything you’ve got in life.

When you are not blogging, what do you do?

My job as an English teacher in Taiwan keeps me pretty busy. Other than that I’m an unapologetic home body and love spending time doing things around the house; taking care of my fur baby, reading, browsing the internet, spending time with The Husband and watching TV shows.

What’s on your wish list for summer/Christmas/Special occasions/or just for the next few months?

Being the crazy “list lady” that I am, I’ve been hard at work on my Christmas wish list for a couple of weeks already. Depending on The Husband’s Christmas gift budget for me (which hasn’t been established yet) I’d love the Olympus PEN e-pl7 camera which I’ve been drooling over.

What do you splurge on?

Hello, my name is Liesl and I’m a shopaholic. Hunting for the best deals online has become one of my favourite past times, and I have no control over the amount of designer flats I splurge on. They’re just so pretty! I’ll splurge on timeless pieces which I can use/wear for years to come.

What are you reading right now?

I just received a huge shipment of books and immediately delved into “Not that Kind of Girl” by Lena Dunham. She is hysterically funny, and I’m really thoroughly enjoying it.

Who is your favourite local celebrity?

I live in Taiwan and don’t really follow the local celebrity scene.

What is your favourite make up brand?

Wow, that’s a tough one. I’m gonna go with Urban Decay, because I think they have plenty of amazing products like the legendary NAKED palettes, their Primer Potion, the De-Slick make up setting spray and the 24/7 eye-liner pencils; all fantastic products!

Define your style?

Minimal, classic, effortless and always comfortable.

What makes you happy?

Quality time with my loved ones, seeing my loved ones happy, playing with my dog, eating good food, traveling, when the seasons change, shopping, my job, and spending time by myself.

How do you define success?

When you do something that you are passionate about, and you do it well, and it contributes to society, and you get paid for it, and it changes someone else’s life for the better.

Your philosophy is?

“Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.” – Anonymous. “It’s more effective to build the world you want than to destroy the one you don’t.” – Jordan Bach

Any tips for anyone who wants to start a blog?

Don’t think about it too much and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Just write about whatever blows your hair back, have fun, and don’t worry about what others will think of it. It’s YOUR little online world!

Please check out her blog on http://www.pretty-random-things.com

Load Shedding

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Hello all, I know I have been MIA lately, I’ve just been so busy with the kids and work and life really. Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things.

We’ve been having load shedding for a few months now and even though it’s rather inconvenient at best, it’s super scary to think that we could possibly have a black out for weeks should this problem not be corrected or dealt with. So this got me thinking, what am I doing in my household that can be changed in order to prevent a possible black out. Surely, I can leave appliances off that isn’t being used, put the geyser off at certain times, although some say that putting your geyser off and on everyday uses more electricity. Do I really need to have two televisions on at a time?

Now, we really cannot control when the electricity is shut down in our area or the rest of the country, but here are some useful tips to help make life a little easier when the electricity does go down:

Security and survival tips:

1. Ensure that your cellphone’s are charged and you have enough airtime and data incase of emergencies
2. Ensure that you have a full tank of petrol in your vehicle because petrol stations are not functional in load shedding periods.
3. Ensure that you have some cash available as ATMs are not functional in load shedding periods.
4. Ensure that you have battery operated lights available
5. Ensure that your fences and electric gates are secure and manually operated.

Food and household tips:
1. Ensure that you have candles and battery operated torches available
2. Frozen water bottles can help with keeping your food in the fridge or freezer cold for longer.
3. Keep canned foods available and if you have a gas stove or braai, those items can be essential for emergencies.
4. Ensure that you have basic medication available

If you want to purchase a generator, that’s your choice but personally I think it’s overkill, however if you do decide to purchaser one, the generator must be placed outside and possibly away from your home, as it releases carbon monoxide which can be fatal if inhaled for long periods of time. Please keep that in mind. (Sourced from the ADT and Western Cape Government websites)

Let me know of any survival tips you use in load shedding periods by commenting below, any tips can help the next person.

Stay safe!

Craziness of crèche

Welcome!

It’s been three weeks since the girls started crèche and since I’ve posted about their first day, and it’s been such a mission to get them ready for crèche because Zia wakes up moody and then cries and perform the entire time we getting done which makes us late and to top it off she starts crying the moment she sees the crèche and disrupts the rest of the kids. Apparently the reason for all the trouble is because she doesn’t want to sleep at the crèche. We were asked to think about letting the girls come in half day for a couple of months and ease them into a full day class. Let’s hope it’s just a phase.

Nomination for a Blogger’s award

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Hi everyone,

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I was nominated by two gorgeous fellow bloggers from Mommy can’t even blog https://mommycanteven.wordpress.com and In the Life with Ayo blog https://inthelifewithayo.wordpress.com respectively for two separate awards and they have asked me to answer a couple of questions that was selected for me and decided to do one post (let’s be honest I wasn’t going to do two separate posts) Because I was nominated twice and had received two sets of questions, I will answer them all to the best of my ability. If you are interested in what I have to say, then please keep watching.

  1. What is your passion in life? I have plenty of small passions, if that makes sense, i love Youtube channels and secretly wish i had the guts to do them myself, make up, food, owning my own business, my children, being successful.
  2. What kind of work out routines do you do?

I train with a group of family and friends twice a week, on Tuesdays it’s a dance class and a Wednesday’s we do a boot camp class. I love these classes so much because it literally has my aunties, sister, cousins, women to have been married into the family, and girlfriends in the classes. We have become so comfortable with each other and it definitely is loads of fun. We get to have a moment away from our lives to train, get healthy and be a little social, but don’t be fooled, Nizaam our coach is brutal and makes us work hard to get the healthy bodies we want.

  1. What is your favorite recipe/meal?

In definitely into smoothies these days and chicken salad is my staple meal every day at work, however I love the good stuff, my mom’s home-made bredies like cabbage and pumpkin food. When I’m out, I gravitate towards Sushi.

  1. What is the craziest/funniest thing your kids have done?  (If you don’t have kids, any kid will work fine, or significant other, whatever)

Gosh they are constantly doing crazy things. The girls are always singing and dancing, and we used to let them watch the music channel on DSTV, and we seriously enjoyed seeing them singing along with the tunes, however, one day Anaconda by Nicki Minaj came on and Zia started twerking, that’s when we knew there was absolutely no freaking way they were going to watch music videos anymore. It was kinda funny though.

  1. What is your favorite part of the holidays?

Definitely being able to spend time with my family. The girls keeps us on our toes all the time, so the holidays are a perfect way of just letting loose and taking them to productive places where they are able to be themselves and happy and crazy like parks and beaches.

  1. What is your greatest accomplishment?

I don’t dwell on accomplishments, because whenever you feel like you have had an accomplishment you then feel like you either need more, or it wasn’t what you wanted it to be. I have a lot though, being married to an amazing man, my daughters, being a home owner, my blog of course, heck getting my license was an accomplishment.

  1. What object is directly to your left?

A pillow

  1. Who is your role model?

I don’t have a specific role model, but I look up to my aunts and friends who have done things in their lives that they are proud of, and that gives me a great deal of motivation to be the same way or to do things that I can be proud of.

  1. What is your biggest goal?

To have my own business

What do you believe in?

God, my family, love and myself

And now we getting onto the second set of questions:

  1. What are two quotes you live by and why? I don’t live by any quotes unfortunately.
  2. What’s one thing you want to accomplish if money wasn’t the issue?

I would love to do a few courses in preparation and making of food, chocolate making, confectionery, project management and business management and theeeennnn start my own company and be South Africa’s Kimora Simmons. That woman is the queen.

3. Finish this… If you knew me when I was younger you would know that I loved chocolate. Like A lot

4. If you can send a video to your future self what would you say?

That everything is going to be ok! You got this!

5. What’s your #1 pet peeve?

Ok, some people might not like this, but my #1 pet peeve is when people come to my home unannounced, look I don’t mind when people come, in fact I love it, but that 5 minute clear up period does wonders for your stress level. Moms with toddlers will know what I’m talking about. The last thing I want is someone coming over and my house looks a mess, let’s face it you have no strength or energy to pick up every 10 minutes after your toddler.

  1. What is your ideal dream job?

Being my own boss. I don’t think there is anything more rewarding.

  1. If someone made a movie of your life what would it be a drama, comedy, comedy, action film, our science-fiction?

Romance Comedy

  1. If you had to give up one favourite food what would be the hardest to give up?

Sushi

  1. If you have the power to transport yourself anywhere instantly where would you go and why?

Another country for sure, because you are able to take on all the culture, food, scenery, everything that your heart’s desire, and then go home instantly would be so cool.

10. Are you a morning or a night person?

Afternoon person, I’m moody in the morning and at night (most times) because I’m tired lol

Ok so I really hope that you enjoyed my answers and feel free to answer them yourself. Would love to read your comments and answers if you doing the post yourself.

Cheers

A

Interview with Blogger Taryn Bester from Miss2Beesy blog

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Welcome!

I’m back and into the swing of things and decided that Miss@Beesy’s interview is just the interview to get our interest flowing. If you interested in what Taryn has to say, then please keep reading!

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Received from Miss Taryn Bester

What made you decide to start blogging?

I decided to start my blog firstly as a hobby yet also hungry for a new adventure. I am someone who is constantly looking for ways to elevate myself and explore the many talents that lives within me. I was looking for a platform to showcase my hectic life schedule and the many opportunities young people really do get. However, totally depends on the individual. Fashion has always been my favourite from a young age absolutely loved playing dress up with a vivid imagination. Now I can still keep the little girl alive within me through my blog which allows me to just be.

Describe your blog?

Miss2Beesy blog is all about showcasing the life of a young vibrant accounts student, leader, entrepreneur, NACTV Presenter and a friend while being stylish at it.

What is your inspiration in life, style, work, hobbies?

Firstly where I come from inspires me. I am a goal driven person and allow myself to set it very high it sometimes actually scares me. I am pushed by the thought of living a mediocre life which just isn’t for me and being stuck in a certain community. Therefore in work / studies, hobbies and life in general I try to constantly do new things and try to approach the old things differently. Yes , everyday isn’t the same and sometimes I feel that the sun isn’t shining in my direction but I am then reminded of who I was, what I am and where I am heading  which I am thankful for. The simple things in life drives me and gives me renewed a spirit daily.

When you are not blogging, what do you do?

The list is endless, I am a complete busy bee. I am most of the time busy with my studies and occupying myself with youth church activities. Spending precious moments with my family is my favourite. I also avail myself by volunteering and gaining some experience In Television presenting at NACTV a channel on DSTV. Recently I started out a small printing partnership called Commu Print which I am hoping to do my very best in. I also regularly work alongside MMAFundi blog on a few of their projects.

What’s on your wish list for summer/Christmas/Special occasions/or just for the next few months?

  1. Set of treatments from Milk and Honey Spa (I need )
  2. A dress from VADA Designs
  3. A Skagen wrist watch

What do you splurge on?

Accessories defiantly!

What are you reading right now?

Have not been able to read a novel in a very long time as it is exams so just feasting my eyes on MARIE CLAIRE MAG or accounting books.

Who is your favourite local celebrity?

Has to be Jeannie Dee and Leigh-Anne Williams.

What is your favourite make up brand?

Mac

Define your style?

  1. I would describe it as classic, versatile as I don’t like sticking to a specific trend and
  2. easy on the eye winx.

What makes you happy?

Seeing people smile after knowing I could contribute something to their lives in a positive way. Achieving my daily goals and tasks makes me happy while knowing I have people around me who believes in me and shows their support.

How do you define success?

Success to me is working hard at what you want to obtain no matter the amount of effort you have to put in. Then in the end you are able to sit back and just be amazed at the end product. Accepting the rewards of your hours of perspiration.

Success=HARDWORK AND DEDICATION +PASSION

Your philosophy is?

Life is a gift from God, What you do with your life is a gift back to him.

Any tips for anyone who wants to start a blog?

I have only started this journey recently but what I can say thus far is always love what you do and do it with the end in mind.

Check out Taryn’s blog on

www.Miss2Beesy.blogspot.com

Cheers

 

day 1 of creche

Hi all, happy new year and hope all had a fantastic holiday and break.

I definitely had a nice break although, I needed a break from my break. Constant cleaning and cooking and then cleaning again didn’t sit well with me. Nonetheless it was great to spend time with the angels and husband.

So now we back in the real world, working and getting into a routine, which leads to the actual reason for this post. First day of crèche. I was so stressed out that I somehow managed to burst a vein in my eye, eish. Apparently its common and nothing to worry about.

However, when we got to the crèche, there wasn’t a tear shed and they just got on their merry way and didn’t worry about their stressed out mother in the corner wanting them to stay tiny forever and never grow up. They didn’t even know we left.

All in all I would say the day was a success.

Reflection 2014

Hi everyone, as the year comes to a close I wanted to reflect on the year and what Iv leant and felt.

1. My kids are getting bigger and older and soon I’m going to have to worry about school, then primary school then boys and cars and college. The years are going far too fast and soon they won’t need me anymore.

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2. No matter how much you earn, your expenses will grow along with it and you will feel like you still in the same place since when you started working.

3. Save some money every month, it might seem like a logical thing to do, but so many people don’t save.

4. My father’s death changed my life, I’m not happy yet, I miss him every day and every time something special or meaningful happens, i get sad knowing he would’ve loved it.

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5. The pain and suffering the Palestinians had to go through this year is not ok. When I looked at pictures of those innocent children it makes me realize that it so easily could’ve been my children and that thought alone is terrifying.

6. Make goals as a couple, to make your life better. Short term goals every year and then long term goals to work on and improve until then.

7. My fitness journey started along with my family, and as a team we worked out twice a week. I personally could feel that my fitness level improved and I felt more refreshed and stronger.

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I think I am very lucky in life and I thank God every day for my amazing husband and what he and I have built and continue to work on. Sigh!

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