Hair Loss Update: I love my hair again!

Earlier this year I didn’t think that I would ever say these words again, but I love my hair! Hair Loss Update: I love my hair again! I really love my hair. It’s such a great feeling. And I’m getting my confidence back! And I am loving my short hair. Now that is something I never thought I’d ever say in a million years. And I went even shorter after the big chop (that you can read about HERE). If you’re not familiar with my hair loss story, you are welcome to pop over HERE. The following pics will also make a lot more sense then. Look at all that hair!! I still can’t believe that my hair is so thick and healthy. The ‘going-on-bald’ patch I had on my head is gone! (Yes, there are way too many exclamation marks in this post, but I am just so damn happy and excited. Forgive me.) I also have my curls back. And they are back with a vengeance! This has been quite a ride. Not a fun one. I know I’m extremely lucky that it all turned out the way it has. And it’s all thanks to the following… The Renewal Institute I told you about how Skin & Body Renewal helped me get to the root of my problem (I know; I love puns) in the hair loss post I mentioned earlier. Their love and care has meant the world to me. Plus they were the ones that taught me the importance of supplementing your diet with vitamins and minerals, especially during times of extreme stress. I am now...

Our little girl is a movie star!

Last year Cara and I spent a few days in Prins Albert and last month we finally had the chance to see the end product of the project she was a part of… our girl is a movie star!!! Our little girl is a movie star! It still seems so unreal and I’m still not really sure how it happened. But I can’t take any credit. This girl is our superstar. And now, Cara van der Westhuizen, you are a movie star! Liewe Kersfeesvader Liewe Kersfeesvader is an Afrikaans movie that will be hitting the big screens on 17 November 2017! And we will be booking out the whole cinema. A teenage beauty queen is flung into swift adulthood when her father assumes a new identity: Father Christmas. Juggling a crazy father, an impressionable kid brother and a growing romance, Nonnie has to redefine her own meaning of family. – www.imdb.com The role of Nonnie is played by the amazingly talented Mila Guy. There are flashbacks in the movie of Nonnie as a little girl… played by Cara van der Westhuizen!! I am so proud I can burst!! We attended the world premiere of Liewe Kersfeesvader at the Kyknet Silwerskermfees on 25 August and it was magical. Get ready to laugh and cry – Liewe Kersfeesvader is a must see. I would like to thank Etienne Fourie (writer and director), Stefan Enslin (producer), JP du Preez (Novo Sound), Milan Murray en Morné Visser. You were all so amazing with Cara, on set and after. And Etienne and Stefan, thank you for allowing Cara to be a part of this...

The perfect West Coast getaway: Baywatch Villa

I love the South African West Coast. If I could choose anywhere for a weekend away, my searches for holiday accommodation always start there. I’ve been dreaming about a stay at Baywatch Villa for a few years now and believe me when I say, it is as good as it gets. The perfect West Coast getaway: Baywatch Villa Baywatch Villa Collection was established in 2001 by Tony and Shirley Ansley. They made Paternoster their home after falling in love with the little fishing village, its beauty and its people. Tony, being a business man but already on his way to retirement, decided they would stay on and seized the opportunity to secure their retirement yet still have the luxury of a business – keeping his mind active. Shirley, always the loving and supporting wife, was one hundred percent behind him. Together they started with one self catering unit. Soon they realized that this would not be enough as their love for people shone through to their guests and they had more requests for accommodation than they could handle. They expanded to four, luxury self catering units. The beautiful home that they had created as a haven became too big for them and they decided to let the upper level of their beachfront home out. This is the star of the Baywatch Villa Collection as you do not come across such love and effort put into a holiday home for someone else very often. In 2008 another addition was made, we can boast with the magnificent four star Guest House, which will leave you feeling like royalty once you visit....

The WOW Hits 2017 Deluxe Edition is just that… WOW

A couple of months ago the kind people at Christian Art Media sent me a few CD releases, including WOW Hits 2017 Deluxe Edition, and I was super keen to give them a listen. I kind of forgot about them as I am a creature of habit and the rock compilation in the car has kept me singing and dancing for almost a year. I like to stick to what I already know and love. Then Cara fiddled with the settings on the radio and what I thought would be ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ turned out to be something unknown. I realised that I popped in disk 1 of WOW hits, but never got round to listening to it. I decided to give it a try… The WOW Hits 2017 Deluxe Edition is just that… WOW I have to start off by telling you that I am not a huge Gospel fan. It’s not that I don’t like Gospel music; I just don’t know a lot of Gospel tunes that has really spoken to me. But as I’ve mentioned, WOW Hits 2017 is just ‘WOW’. My car is my usual ‘place of worship’. Driving between school and work is when I have a little alone time and I use that time to pray. God has really spoken to me through many of the songs on disk 1. I’m going to be honest; I haven’t even gotten to disk 2 yet! I listen to it over and over again and I haven’t listened to anything else in at least 2 months. Today I want to share with you my...

Bedroom makeover before & after!

I have been dreaming about a bedroom makeover for years! I am actually a little embarrassed to show you the before… how incredibly drab and boring. And I only realised after we spruced it up, what a positive effect a few changes can have on a person. It’s not just a place where we sleep anymore, it’s our little sanctuary. Bedroom makeover Before & After Let’s start with the before. Oh my word. Everything was beige. The above pic was taken early morning and it seems that even the light didn’t want to enter this space. I used to have throw pillows and a few pretty tierlanteintjies, but we co-slept for a while and during those first 6 months, it was all about comfort (for us and for Cara), so I decided to move non-necessities out of the room. After Cara moved to her own bedroom, our room basically just stayed as it was. Until now… Fresh white walls courtesy of Prominent Paints The first step of the bedroom makeover, was a wall makeover. When our house was built, the colour of the season was Iced Coffee. Most of my house has been Iced Coffee for almost 15 years! I wanted a change. Our room is also very small, so I wanted light and airy. You’re probably thinking, why white? Couldn’t we have been a little more creative? White. That is what I wanted and that is what I got. And I love it. Thank you Prominent Paints!! The room looks bigger, it looks fresh and white gives me the opportunity to easily shake things up and change or bring...

Win a Thomas Sabo skull bracelet worth R6 475!

A couple of weeks ago I shared my love for the Thomas Sabo Rebel at Heart jewellery collection. If there was ever a collection that was designed just for me, this would be it. Do you feel the same way about its beauty? Are you a rebel at heart? Then this may just be your lucky day as this is the Thomas Sabo giveaway of your dreams!    ‘Created by hand with precision craftsmanship, made from blackened 925 Sterling silver and with hand-picked, precious stones: the iconic Rebel at Heart line is characterised by the special feel for masculine design codes. The subtle mix of materials and the detailed signature characterise the unique aesthetics of the collection.’ Win a Thomas Sabo skull bracelet worth R6 475!  My heart skipped a beat when I opened that beautiful black jewellery box and laid my eyes on my Thomas Sabo skull bracelet.   ‘Feminine reinterpretation of a timeless icon – dazzling diamond embellishment makes these small skulls dazzle and emphasises their enigmatic aura. At the same time, this bracelet design reflects the transience of life and the preciousness of time.’      This statement skull bracelet is crafted from blackened 925 Sterling silver and adorned with white diamonds.     And now you also stand a chance to win a Thomas Sabo skull bracelet worth R6 475!!   Enter via the Rafflecopter below and keep your fingers crossed!   a Rafflecopter giveawayTerms and Conditions: All entries will be verified. The giveaway is open to SA residents only. Giveaway entrants are not obligated to like any Facebook pages, but it would be appreciated. The Sponsor will send the...

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