Friday, 21 February 2020

We sold our house, and we have to move soon

Bitmoji Karen du Toit: "Honey, I'm home!"
"Honey, I'm Home!"
Change is not easy. As much as we know we are working towards a larger goal, it is difficult to let go of our own space, and our stuff. We sold our house, and everything has moved much faster than expected. We have a month to find a new place.

I love my house. Even more so now that we are looking for other spaces to call home...
We are lucky that we found a buyer in the economic climate, and who gave us our asking price. But now we have to fit our stuff into a new smaller space which is not customized...

Breathe, Karen!

It will be okay!

Friday, 7 February 2020

A short drive for a great weekend break - Magaliespark

Magaliespark bucks
View from the chalet at Magaliespark
We haven't been away for quite a while. The last time was in 2017 when we had the holiday in Ballito. We desperately need a long break somewhere, but in the meantime this past weekend at Magaliespark helped with a bit lot of relaxing.

Magaliespark view over dam
Magaliespark view

We were pleasantly surprised by how lovely Magaliespark is. The greens, and the accommodation and the facilities... There is nothing like arriving at your chalet, being greeted by some wildlife, and the sun setting on a fire for the braai! (That's heaven!) The best is, we only had to drive for 45 minutes in Friday afternoon traffic! It's my dad's upcoming 81st birthday, and him and my mom are celebrating 54 years of marriage. He used his Holiday Club points for the weekend. Thanks, Dad!

Monday, 27 January 2020

We love Arctic Justice - WIN tickets

Arctic Justice poster
Arctic Justice in cinemas from 24 January 2020
Going to a cinema to see your favourite movie is still a great outing! Especially for the family. We saw Arctic Justice (see also Arctic Dogs or Polar Squad in other parts of the world) at Cedar Square yesterday morning. It is a sweet movie, with a number of life lessons thrown in the mix. The director is Aaron Woodley, with a great cast including Jeremy Renner, Heidi Klum, James Franco and John Cleese.

We have two tickets up for grabs for a reader of this blog. See below.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Johannesburg International Mozart Festival - WIN tickets

Johannesburg International Mozart Festival logo with slogan
JIMF 2020

Johannesburg International Mozart Festival to give resonance to Beethoven’s concept of unity

It is a special time of the year when it is the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival. The Mozart Festival has so much to offer families, whether you have a passion for classical music, or want to bring the joy to your children as well. We have been going for the past 2 years, and we have received tickets for the upcoming Chamber Music Orchestra with the Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble.
See details below on how two families can also win tickets for this Saturday's Show.

The JIMF  runs from 25 January to 2 February 2020.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Spies in Disguise movie - Delightful - REVIEW

Spies in Disguise poster
Spies in Disguise poster 

This family loves animation. Luckily! Because the parents enjoy it just as much as the kids! We were invited to a kids' media screening in December of Spies in Disguise. It launched on Christmas Day, but it is still running in the cinemas. It is such a cool movie, and great for the whole family!

SPIES IN DISGUISE is a comedy adventure with the world’s greatest super slick secret agent, Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and awkward tech genius Walter (Tom Holland). They are the most unlikely duo who are forced to team up for the ultimate mission. A "lucky"(unlucky) mishap leads to  an almost impossible disguise – transforming Lance into the brave, fierce, majestic… pigeon.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

KOO Mixed Bean and Salsa Salad - recipe

KOO Mixed Bean and Salsa salad in bowl
KOO recipe and image

Last year I was so lucky to be invited to a KOO media event, where we were introduced to all the new KOO options available on the shelf. I now never walk past the vegetable can section in a supermarket. My favourite is the KOO Black Beans in Mexican Style Sauce. It is such a versatile can to have in the cupboard. Great as is, or in bowls and wraps. As a vegetarian, it is great to bring along when friends or family forget about your food preferences.

Please let me know where you see it on the shelve? (It is not always available)

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Word for 2020

Grab, word for 2020 - Canva creation
Word of the year - Grab
There is nothing more powerful than a word. A word for the year is a gift to yourself. This year I am going to GRAB life!

My word for 2019, Resilience, was a powerful word that kept me grounded. It gave me the confidence to power through when times were tough. I can give myself a pat on the back. I have the resilience to grab what life is offering me!

Life is giving us an opportunity. Sometimes we ignore it, and we can never go back! This time we are grabbing what comes to us! We are eager and excited! New beginnings and new adventures await us...

Thank you, Life!

What is your word for 2020?

Monday, 6 January 2020

Welcome 2020

2020 Karen du Toit Bitmoji

2020 is going to be a great year! We know it!

2019 was not that great. When I think about it, I just have an overwhelming sense of relief that we somehow got through it... We were in survival mode, and each month got worse and worse! But here we are! We made it!

2020 can only be better!

I am not only saying it to put out positive vibes. We have plans to make it better! Our goals are set, and the wheels are already in motion. I am not at liberty to say much more... Watch this space! The excitement is high!

We had a great holiday staying home. It was Miss Fine's favourite place to be, and she complained each time we had to go somewhere.

We saw Star Wars over the past weekend, and we loved it. I was so apprehensive that it would not be good (because of social media comebacks), but it is an adventure! Go see it, if you haven't yet! We also saw Spies in Disguise at a media launch in the beginning of December, and it is a hoot! It's still in the cinemas, and worth a family outing!

We watched tons of series. The Morning Show (How good is this?. Can't wait for Series 2) , Stumptown, and After Life are a few of the memorable ones.

I am still busy reading Dan Brown's Deception Point. I finished The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino. I owe her a review. It is an exceptional book! (This year I definitely must read more!)

Back at work. Back at the grind! Luckily I have a great job (radio archivist), and can't wait to catch up with all the great programmes I have missed.

Happy 2020!