Great Discoveries

I made some great discoveries over the last year…


Some of my favourites…:


  • LCN Makeup
  • Foundation brushes
  • Online grocery shopping
  • Washi Tape
  • Nail Art
  • Underwear from Leia in the UK
  • Sock buns (Pinterest hairstyles in general, actually)
  • Mulled Wine – thanks Wales :)



Let’s do 2014!

I don’t do resolutions generally. Sometimes I set goals in the first bit of the year for the year ahead…

So, for 2014, here are some goals. Mostly (but not exclusively) house related:

Paint interior
Wallpaper chosen feature walls with the gorgeous wallpaper I bought in Wales.
Replace towels in my bathroom. Maybe Peter’s bathroom too (Mr P Home vouchers welcome for this!)
Put up a retro white dangly light in the passage
Have a mani and pedi at least every 6 weeks
Buy a tumble dryer.
Find somewhere to keep the tumble dryer.
Do some solar powered fairy lights on the patio
Not spend ALL my savings
Maybe a new shower or two? Our current showers are ugly. I like the clear ones
Completely makeover my wardrobe and fashion style. One month at a time. Been a goal for at least 2 years but I just fall back to boot leg jeans and a T-shirt. Must.Start.Dressing.Appropriately.
Go to the dermatologist again. Has been over 2 years. Eek.
Sort out front garden. Although our new puppy, Summer, likes to hop out the front security door and have a wee in the front garden, so maybe leave that for a while

I’ll keep adding as things come up. And editing as things get done.

In the dog house



It’s no surprise that we love our dogs. Our beagles are our children. They mean the world to us.


The are allowed on the couch.

They sleep inside – in their dog beds, in our bedroom.

They jump on the bed for cuddles in the morning.


But if the time ever comes that our house smells so badly of dog that people are uncomfortable and don’t want to visit us, that is a problem.

If our couches and floors are so full of dog hair, that it actually blows in little clumps when there is a breeze, that is a problem.

If we have to tell people what to do and wear when they come to visit, that is a problem.


I never want people to think our house is the dog’s house. It is a human house. The dogs are second. If my house is ever gross and stinky and dirty because of the dogs, I hope my friends/family will tell me.


Well, i never!

Spotted this on Laura’s blog and thought i’d do it :)


Have you ever…….


1. Been pulled over?  
Yip. I think most people in SA have. I get pulled over less now that i have a new car.


2. Plucked your eyebrows?  

Yes, but i prefer to have them waxed. At Pebble Moon Wellness Studio.


3. Pulled an all-nighter?  

For? Work? no. For other things, yes :)


4. Baked a cake?  



5. Fallen down in public? 
More than likely.
6. Been caught making out?  
Um, sort of, yes.
7. Taken a pregnancy test?  
Actually never!! I’ve always wanted to tho! LOL 

8. Broken a bone?  

Nope, just nails and hearts. Hope to keep it that way. My family has strong bones. “Strong Bones, Weak Eyes” should be on our family crest!


9. Had braces?  

Ja – i had a horrible plate in std 6. I still have skew teeth and an overbite tho!


10. Gone skinny dipping?  

Only once i think


11. Made a prank call?  

When i was little.


12. Screamed during a scary movie?   

No, i’m not a screamer. or a scary movie watcher. When i get a fright in movies i jump. not scream.


13. Gone out without underwear?  
I have tried it to see the thrill. None found. Although, in winter when we go to my mom for supper, i wear my PJ top and put a jersey and jacket over, so I don’t wear a bra. And that is once a week. Saves time and keeps me warm when getting home and i can just jump into bed. 

16. Been in the hospital? 
Yes. When i was born, then for tonsils, then for toes.
17. Had food come out your nose?  
Sies, no man.
18. Toilet papered someone’s house? 
Toilet paper is expensive, yo’! 

19. Laughed so hard you cried?   
20. Burned yourself with a curling iron?  
A ghd, yes..


22. Eaten food that fell on the floor?  
Hasn’t everyone?
24. Shared a sucker with your dog?    
Shoo, i generally don’t share sweets with anyone, especially not the beagles!
25. Been in an accident?   
Like a car accident? A teeny one yes. And i fell over on a scooter when we were on honeymoon – haha!!
26. Spied on your neighbours?  
All the time!
27. Lied about your age?   
Not that i can remember – and it would’ve only been by a year either way if i ever did. 

28. Fired a gun? 

No, that is not my style of womping.


29. Been drunk?  

A little, yes :p


30. Gotten a tattoo?  

Yip – in 2010!

Things I love…




Fingerless gloves


My car – automatic FTW!

My new bras from Liza Clifford

Our new Fireplace

My new iMac

Playing with Twister in the field after riding

Winter Linen

The new pillows i made for the bed

My new haircut

My Sheepskin slippers i got for my birthday

Lasagne. Still. Always.



The secret ingredient is…..

Ja, so about that “blogging more frequently thing” – ahem. My last blog post alluded to some big exciting news… i can’t remember what that was. So it couldn’t have been that big. Or that exciting. Anyway. Moving swiftly along.


So, after a really long time since i’ve properly blogged, i must’ve been pretty inspired to take up the keyboard again, right? Well, I guess something did inspire me. There seems to be a lot of talk online (and even offline) about skin lately… bad skin. and what to do it turn bad skin into good. I’ve been quietly watching, reading, listening, chatting… I’ve had my fair share of skin problems. I generally don’t talk about really personal stuff on my blog – and in my little Tanya-World, my skin is personal. But i want to share this. If not for others, than at least for myself.

I looked in the mirror today, and smiled at the skin i saw looking back at me… which got me thinking about how i got here…

As a teen, i didn’t have bad skin at all. the odd pimple here and there. Nothing awful. However, my early to mid twenties were a nightmare. from about 23 my skin went horrible. I didn’t do anything different, or change anything, but it was bad. really really bad. Pimply, red, dry, itchy, oily all at once. Sis. makeup didn’t help to hide it, just made it worse. I tried a bunch of stuff, and eventually ended up on roaccutane. for 4 months. WORST 4 MONTHS OF MY LIFE. i view that as my biggest mistake i’ve made. I didn’t want to take it, but i thought i had no other option.

Anyway, it didn’t help.

I documented the journey… here are some pics of my revolting skin in 2006 and 2007.


Gross hey!? I was so miserable.


Now, i can’t say i found a miracle cure… but i think i came close. Between everything and anything i tried… there were 2 turning points… one was going to a homeopath who put me on a super strict diet, and gave me a bunch of pills (mostly to “cleanse my system” type of thing) … and I discovered a range called The Victorian Garden . I’m not sure which played the biggest part in getting me where i am today… But i still use the VG products, and they are phenomenal. And pretty cheap. And proudly South African. And not tested on animals (a biggie for a beagle-hugger like me!). And they work!

My favourite products are:

Lavender and Myrrh Facial Healing Oil - sorts pimples and yuckies out quick quick quick… without that awful drying itchy feeling of other pimple-busting rubbish.

Anti-Wrinkle Rejuvenating Night Tissue Serum - i SWEAR this is the reason that, at 31 years old, i don’t have any wrinkles. That and not being a sun-worshipper. But this stuff, is like an overnight facelift. Seriously. Fo’ shizzle. More than worth is weight in gold.

Revitalising Flower Therapy Facial Serum - a big bottle that lasts FOREVER. In winter i put 3 drops in my moisturiser at night, and one drop in the morning. So beautiful. So luxurious. So amazing.

Yes, all those products are OIL. and yes, at first i was freaked out by putting oil on my skin. Even if i had had clear skin it would’ve freaked me out. But now, 6 years later – i can’t imagine my life without these oils.


And i guess they have paid off – as i said, i caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror today, and i thought of how far i’d come, and the total change that took place right under my nose (well, to the sides of my nose, to be exact). I take my skin for granted these days. I can’t remember when last i had a pimple.

I took a few pics to compare… yes, i have make-up on today (i had a client meeting) … but i don’t wear heavy makeup – you can still see my freckles thru it… but ja, freckles and some pigmentation i can deal with… even the few scars i have on my face are fine – they remind me of how far i’ve come. SOunds cheesy hey?





*this post is not sponsored by anyone, it is merely my own ramblings, and documentary of my personal findings*




Hi blog

So, my blog has been awfully quiet. I’ve been working incredibly hard and trying to find time to spend riding, beagling or sewing. Not much luck. And the last thing i feel like doing after a long bard day is blogging.

BUT i have downloaded the wordpress app on my iPod, it is super easy to use, and I’m hoping to post more :)

Also have some exciting news to share (no babies, dont get excited!)

Twenty Twelve was…

As always, the last year in review.
View { 2011}, { 2010}, { 2009 }


So, here it is… 2012:


1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
Bought a new new car. Worked a contract job. Sewed. Played in the SNOW in Jo’burg!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I am ashamed to say I failed at this. My list of “resolutions” was easy, and I failed :(

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, a friend of mine, Sally, had a little boy!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
Israel for my 13 year old nephew’s barmitzvah

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?

7. What date, from 2012, will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

16(?) May 2012 – my dad had a heart attack but is all good now :)

Also August – it’s when I started that contract job.

And December when we were in Israel

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Probably being financially stable and not struggling (financially)

9. What was your biggest failure?
Like I mentioned above, I’m disappointed that I didn’t stick to my “resolutions”, I also wish I knew how to be more patient.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing serious, no.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My new Car! Then my iPod. And new glasses! Tickets to Israel were also a big deal.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Is it incredibly lame to say my husband – for the millionth year in a row?

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Can’t think of anyone offhand.

14. Where did most of your money go?
To the things I bought listed at number 11.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My birthday!

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Sam and the Womp – Bom Bom Bom!


17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? probably the same :)
Thinner or fatter? fatter fo shizzle!
Richer or poorer? richer


18. What do you wish you’d done more of?



19. What do you wish you’d done less of?



20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Christmas was spent travelling. We left SA on Christmas Eve for Israel, with a connecting flight in Turkey. So we landed in Turkey at about 7am on Christmas morning, flew out shortly after and landed in Israel at about 11am on Christmas morning. Obviously, Israel and Christmas don’t really go together, but my sister had set up a little “Christmas tree” in the caravan, with gifts for us. It was very sweet.

21. How will you be spending New Year?

We were still in israel for New Year… and again, it’s not celebrated there. It was winter, and got dark at about 4:30pm, so we were in bed reading early. Felt like any other night!


22. Did you fall in love in 2012?

YES! I fell in love with my youngest nephew in Israel. Tal is 5 and is a ginger and is tooooo cute for words! I taught him to say “I’m a fluffy ginger Ninja”

23. How many one-night stands?

Nope. And i probably never will – so please stop asking :p


24. What was your favourite TV programme ?

Ag, the same reality shows. And a new series we started watching: Once Upon a Time


25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?



26. What was the best book you read?

I’m ashamed to say nothing stands out. *blush*


27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Bree Sharp. I had heard of her before, but I now have a bunch of albums and she rocks my world.


28. What did you want and get?

A sewing machine!


29. What did you want and not get?

A sewing machine cabinet


30. What was your favorite film of this year?

Rise of the Guardians.


31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I was 30 and had an AWESOME Champagne & Cupcakes Party!


32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

You know, I really can’t complain, it was a pretty good year.


33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?

Trying to be appropriate for a 30 year old wife and entrepreneur :p


34. What kept you sane?

I think I went a bit insane this year. But I would say spending time at the stables, with Twister was my happy calming place.


35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Meh… that dude who played Thor… was he this year?


36. Who did you miss?

Suprisingly, my answer is the same as last year, without me even meaning to. I’m not sure it is classed as “missing” but I wish I had a sister who lived close by. After spending a week with my sister in Israel, I realised how much I am missing out on not having my sisters close by :( Gave me a case of the sads.


37. Who was the best new person you met?

Belinda from my contract job. I think we’ll be friends foreverever!


38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.

Sleep when you’re dead.


39. Quote that sums up your year.

I like your style of womping.

im so tired, tired as a byard

I googled “tired person” and got a link to Urban dictionary:

An extremely tiredperson who is having a hard time doing anything, even talking because they’re so tired.
Woah,im so tired, tired as a byard.
This is very much how I am feeling at the moment.
You remember my last post (AGES ago!) was about the contract job I was offered for a month? Ja well, like, 11 weeks later I’m still there. Working an average of  20-30 hours a week at their offices (50km from home) … and then add approximately another 20-30 hours a week of my own Snapping Turtle work  and I”m averaging quite a large amount of working hours a week. And the thing about my line of work, is that all those hours are *creative* hours… I need to be designing, creating, making pretty all.the.time… it is quite draining.
Why am I doing it you may ask?? Well, working for myself income is obviously up and down… but in December months it is down. really really really down. All my clients close, all my suppliers close and I have no work. No work = no money. And obviously no Christmas bonus! The last 2 decembers have been very bleak… So, I persevere with this double job thing, and I’m saving the money to be able to have a december where I have more than a few rands to my name. A december where I can go out for dinners, and parties and cocktails etc. A december where I can buy Christmas presents for those I love, and even treat myself to something nice!
It’s really hard tho.
But the thought of another december like last december kinda pushes me through.
Until then, I will continue to be as tired as a byard

All that said – the job is ok… I was so so so nervous before I started, but I’m managing :)


I was offered a one month contract job! … possibly shorter or longer than a month – depending on how it goes. I am SO NERVOUS!! I start tomorrow.

The interview was this morning, and while I am not actually 110% confident, I am really excited. I’ll be working half to full days at their offices, and working on two big SA brands…

Flip, I am terrified! The last time I had a boss was over 5 years ago! I’m used to my own computer, my own space, my own music, my own slippers, my own terms. Heck.

But you know what will be awesome? Having a pay day!

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Wish  me luck! Tomorrow i trade my slippers and track pants for heels and makeup! Eeeeek!!

Let’s hope I can balance my own clients, as well as this job.