THE Spicegoddess Event

17 Dec
via @HenreB

via @HenreB

The THE in the title is just so when the Spice Goddess Events blow up and take over the country, it is noted that the first was the bar.

A few hand selected Durban bloggers gathered at Be Pampered Spa for a day of inspiration and pampering courtesy of Spice Goddess. I was blessed to be one of the bloggers in attendance and can tell you, I left thoroughly pampered and inspired. I am telling everyone that will listen, about the transformational pedi I received. A pedi shared is a pedi exponentially more enjoyable. Insert Fuze Tea Cocktails (going to do a post about these – SO good) on demand, titillating girl talk, the skills of a professionally trained therapist and you have the perfect pass time.

via @noodlesndoodles

via @noodlesndoodles

Verushka of Spice Goddess has a heart for empowerment and inclusion, which is what made this event special. She teamed up with the talented Sue Levy to spread their message of self-love fulfilled so we can more fully love others.

via @sue_levy

via @sue_levy

Their choice of venue was spot on with their message. I am still just amazed at what Be Pampered Spa was set up to achieve and how they serve in this special and unique way. This special spa is for the people. It’s founders, the famous Mystic Sisters, consult in matters of emotional wellbeing. They often advised their clients to de-stress but soon realised that a spa day was not as accessible as it was necessary for so many in our busy, full and stress filled lives. So they created the change they wanted to see. A spa for the people. A place accessible enough that money would not be the reason stress is not managed. So admirable.

Be Pampered Spa have given me a package to give away! Look out for the Give – Away in the new year. I want to place it so you’re invigorated to live your best life in 2015. Spoiler alert, you get to bring a partner! So check in often and start thinking about who you’re going to bring along should you win ;)

I hope a Spice Goddess Event makes its way to you soon and that it is as enriching as it was for me.

Much Love

xo

Keep It Simple this Silly Season

10 Dec
just a dream by Adrian Limani

just a dream by Adrian Limani

Hey There! I just wanted to reach out in the noise you may be surrounded by and remind you that this season is a happy time to be spent reflecting, resting, preparing, releasing, loving and being kind. To yourself and others. You’ve made it to the end of a cycle. What have you learned, what needs to change? Take stock, gather yourself and your thoughts.

What I mean to say is, STAY OUT OF DEBT (all the kinds – emotional, physical, financial, spiritual) ;) Keep focused on where you’re going and how you’re getting there. Don’t get swept into the marketing. There is absolutely nothing you need to do or get to be happy. Everything you need and desire is attainable from within. Look there to fulfill your dreams, visions, WISH LIST.

I had one of my best years, ever. My life expanded to embrace the greatest gift I have ever received. Being a mother has enhanced who I am and who I hope to be. I have taken it easy on myself (for the most part), and allowed this incredible time with a baby be all I am about. There were times I felt the world (opportunities, work, laundry, socials, coffees, relations etc.) would have all moved on without me. I would then be reminded that this precious time is fleeting, never to be repeated with this particular Spirit in this particular form, at this particular time. Opportunities abound. Love infinite and our time here finite. Happiness begins when we mute the noise and connect with the authentic.

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Merry Christmas. May 2015 be your most prosperous, holistically fabulous year yet. All my Love,

Thina

xoxo

Our Blessing Way Baby Shower

23 Jul
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Photography by Jo Go

To be clear, I don’t know that my baby shower resembled a Blessing Way, other than that it surely was a way we were blessed at the outset of our new journey. I was very apprehensive about having a baby shower for a few reasons, some of which were :

a) I didn’t want to put people out by having them schedule a Saturday away from their preferred down-time

b) I didn’t want to put people out by adding an expense to their budgets (for travel, a gift etc)

c) The idea of being the center of attention in a celebratory setting always feels strange to me, until I redefine it for myself

So when it became clear that my Darling BFF would not let up about hosting a baby shower for me, I set about figuring out what I would love from such a celebration, redefining what I thought it to be so I was comfortable with having one thrown for me.

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Photography by Jo Go

My wish list included these fundamental nonnegotiable’s :

a) The loved-ones throwing my party would not feel strain putting the party together (financial or otherwise)

b) I would not be outfitted or dressed up as a baby or in anything other than my own grown-up clothes

c) Gifts were not to be the centre of the party, were not to be a prerequisite for attendance and would not be ceremoniously opened and discussed

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Photography by Jo Go

With my conditions met, I began to feel excited about my upcoming baby shower! I had visions of my loved ones and I gathered in the name of the celebration of new life.

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Photography by Jo Go

To say my baby shower surpassed all my lofty wishes would not do justice to the account. It was one of the best days of my life. It was so so so special. Why my baby shower was the best I’d ever attended :

1) It was held on the same weekend as our wedding four years earlier and was the first time many of my loved ones were all gathered since.

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Photography by Jo Go

2) Everyone was glowing in white and I wore my chosen birth colour of green, symbolising light, purity and life.

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3) A large number of our loved ones travelled from far, wide and near to be there with us

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4) Loved ones that were unable to attend sent their best wishes and gifts anyway (this really meant an incredible amount to us, how thoughtful our friends are)

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5) The incredible gifts we received set us up beyond our wildest wishes

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6) The programme was super relaxed with the only ‘formality’ being each guest presenting me with a lit candle while they shared their blessing for me, our baby and our birth.

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Our friends and family reduced us to tears, not only with their heartfelt blessings, but by the gifts we received! We wanted for nothing when our precious Baby N arrived and I cannot express enough how incredible this was for us. In conclusion I humbly emphasise with a grateful heart, just how important these kinds of events are. To look around at my life and see the love in gifts and blessings beaming back at me is something I wish for every new parent.

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Photography by Jo Go

 

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Photography by Jo Go

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Photography by Jo Go

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Photography by Jo Go

Maternity Leave

11 Apr

APOS Blog Holistically FabulousMaternity leave is under-rated. Since going on maternity leave, I have been able to sort important things out, emotionally and physically, ahead of our Little One’s arrival. The beauty of it is that it hasn’t really been a mad rush to do it. It started out that way, but after enough people told me to “take it easy”, I finally listened. Part of the problem was, I didn’t know what they meant, or rather, what that looked like. Does it mean reading books all day, sleeping all day, watching TV all day, being off my feet all day? A wise friend advised that it was simply going with what felt right and restful for me at the time. So some days it’s me sorting through items that are leaving our home to make space for the clutter free, simple environment we crave and are working towards. Other days, it’s cooking and listening to a podcast. Sometimes, I spend the morning gathering items for baby and I, grab a hearty lunch and nap then veg in front of the TV. It is literally whatever I am drawn to do and whatever brings me peace at the time. It’s been a real gift. Today, after Mr. N left for work, I got back into bed and only resurfaced at 11am! That’s how easy I’ve been taking it. Moment by moment, as I am prompted, and it’s been glorious.

Things are Lining Up for ol’ Liz Lemon

4 Apr

The title of this post is borrowed from one of my favourite shows, 30 Rock. It’s something I say at the end of a wobbly or a ‘storm’, both of which I have just surfaced from. Without getting into it, because, it’s a long story, I’m over it, it’s behind me and I do not care to spend another minute in that space, it has been a bit of a tough past two weeks. Baby N and I were thrown the most incredible Baby shower that I will share soon, because our awesome party throwers hired a talented photographer to capture the day :) so thoughtful! Again, without any detail, the two weeks following the shower have been less than ideal, but, I am thrilled to be on the other side of it! People, pregnancy hormones are real.

The past two weeks weren’t all bad. Two positives were a visit to my wonderful chiropractor and a cool creative business workshop I attended.

So, how have you all been? I’m now 38 weeks along in our pregnancy and looking forward to meeting our newest member.

A Surprise Perk of this Pregnancy for me

17 Feb

APOS Blog Holistically FabulousCompared to the way I felt at the beginning of my pregnancy, I am thrilled and relieved to be where I now am. Pregnancy, whilst not easy, is treating me fabulously. Thankfully, apart from the extreme exhaustion and constant hunger, I don’t see how I could be happier. With my growing bump, my relationship with Mr.N and wonderfully, my body! I am loving my body! I have literally never loved my body as much as I currently do. Through it, I am a mother. I have great appreciation for the work it is doing and the changes it is undergoing, without any prompting from me. My beautifully expanding midsection is currently my favourite feature of this wonderous body of mine.APOS Blog Holistically Fabulous

Although I have gained weight, I am exceedingly grateful that I lost my excess 20kgs when I did, because I am totally all about embracing the changes, instead of fighting them. Even if I am left with a little extra weight when all is said and done, I know that I am capable of losing what I need to and how, so I am not at all concerned.APOS Blog Holistically Fabulous

So thank you beautiful body, for housing and nurturing our baby. I am ever so grateful and look forward to working with you to bring this blessing into the world and breastfeeding for as long as is right for us. Thank you for showing me I can count on you. You can certainly count on me!

Simple Wedding Crush – Beth and Brent

8 Jan

APOS Blog Holistically FabulousWhen I started on this journey of sharing and celebrating healthy alternatives, I expected there to be many more people interested in better ways. Better weddings, better habits, better marriages, better births. It has since occurred to me that mostly, people like following a model, no matter how rigid, taxing and uncharacteristic it is for them. That is why when my smart and beautiful friend told me that she and her fiancé had decided that their initial idea of a wedding would bring them more strife to pull off, than a simple celebration, I was pleasantly surprised and shouted for joy.

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They were doing their planning for a wedding that was to take place in Durban, South Africa from Beira, Mozambique, where they work and live. The couple, taking their personal set of circumstances, values, vision, hopes and priorities into consideration, decided that the task of planning a more traditional wedding for their own celebration didn’t suite them and wouldn’t line up with their priorities. So started the journey towards their wedding.

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To say it was a phenomenal wedding would be a gross understatement. It truly rocked my world. Everyone blessed to have attended agreed, one of the best spent days of our lives.

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We were invited to experience who this magical couple were, interacting authentically when their loved ones and celebrating everything they hoped to become.

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It was simply fabulous.

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We haven’t featured a real wedding in a long time, so I will be uploading this inspirational brides commentary and pics as soon as I receive them because we need more examples of the way it can be done.

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