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Surprise: 3 Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party

Hey, Erbody!

I’m so excited about this month’s surprise post! I love collaborating with my friends! They give some of the best ideas for content!

I’m sure I shared with you before that the Eat Out Village decided to start doing Dine Ins just to mix things up! Well, Wednesday night was officially the first dine in. I thought I would share with you Kelly’s (my host) 3 tips for hosting a successful dinner party.

Plan your meal ahead of the time

You need to be sure of your guests dietary preferences. You don’t want to make a meat-based meal for guests that are vegetarian or are allergic to something you made! Did anyone say, recipe for disaster?!

Always Over Cater

If you’re catering for 9 people, for example, then cook for 12. You dont know what people’s portions sizes are and you don’t want your guests to go hungry!

Don’t place too much emphasis on formalities

You want your guests to be relaxed when they come to visit you. It’s ok to set the table but if people want to sit on the couch for dinner then let it be. The less prescriptive you are, the less stressful it will be for you. Also, read the room. No one needs to eat at a specific time. Let your guests relax and enjoy the vibe!

So those were Kellys quick and easy tips for a successful hosted done-in Needless to say, it was a huge success! Kelly did an amazing job and we all had a great time! Thanks, Kells!

Thank you so much for dropping by! Have a great weekend!

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Merry Christmas

Hey Everyone!

It’s almost Christmas!! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, so I thought when I was younger and much more optimistic about, well, life in general.

Sometimes I read my old old blog posts and I wonder what happened to me. I was so full of hope and promise. I was so vibrant and so many things lay ahead of me. I miss that girl, and often wonder if she would have held on to all her sense of wonder had she avoided the unnecessary hardships life had in store for her…

I’ve been thinking about depression a lot later. They say that the festive season is peak time for it and I’ve been wondering why. I dare not speak about anyone else’s experiences except my own so I’ve been in retrospect, looking at why I find myself down during the festive season.

It took me longer than it should have to book my ticket and to pack my bag for the trip home this year. I dreaded every bit of the journey because it has become tedious. I also dreaded a lot of what was waiting for me here. The raised eyebrows at my lack of a baby bump or ring on my finger for example. Over the years, they no longer actually ask, but the expectant looks still speak volumes. Sometimes the family’s disappointment at my empty handed arrival is enough to make me want to fly away and stay away.

When I was younger, I looked forward to an awesome adulthood! I would have a a great job, a beautiful house, a husband who adored me and the coolest children in the universe! I had no idea how any of this would happen. I figured it would all fall into place, just like that!

But adutling has taught me differently over the last few years. I’ve learned that relationships are really difficult, sometimes, impossible. I’ve learned that some things in life are not as simple as ticking a box. They, in fact, require faith and waiting and saying no a lot and, sometimes rudely, in order to know peace of mind. I’ve learned that nobody but you is going to protect you..

Despite how my life seems to have plateaued, I still look forward to Christmas with my family. This is one of the few little corners in the world where I feel like I belong and I am loved and cherished! I would not give my people away for anything!

And so my prayer for you this Christmas is that you have that same corner where you are loved and treasured! May you feel overwhelming love this Christmas, a love that elates you.

Thank you so much for popping in! You know how much I love having you here. Have a beautiful day! We’ll chat on Wednesday😘

am writing, my adventures, Ramblings

Wacky Wednesday

Hi Everyone! I hope the week is treating you well🙂

It’s the 2nd week of my school holiday and I’m still loving it😎 Lots of gym and relaxing. I will have to ease back into work in the next 2 weeks though, but that is future me’s problem!

My mom came up for a visit from the Eastern Cape, my home province. I love that my mom never allowed the delays and detours of life stop her from having the things that she wanted for herself, but that’s a post for another day🙂

Today, we adventured the city of Johannesburg tourist style! I love this city, its vibrance and beauty. I will never leave! Ok, maybe when I retire or when I visit other cities, lol. Johannesburg has come a long way and we can be very proud of ourselves!

Show me some sights from the city in which you live! I’d love to see😊

Thanks for reading!

am writing, G-Strings, music, my adventures, Ramblings

Lyrical Challenge – Day 1

Afternoon Everyone!

As you know, Twitter is where cool things live and the 3 day Lyrical Challenge is no different! I couldn’t wait for Sunday so I thought I would start today until Sunday!

I had to be part of this, so I got myself challenged by OJ’s Pride. She has a great blog, you should check it out! Thanks so much for this opportunity, OJ!

So the rules to The Lyrical Challenge are simple:

1. Thank the person who nominated you,

2. Share your favourite song/lyrics,

3. Nominate 3 other bloggers.

Ok, let’s do this! My first song is actually an interlude so it’s short:

Newer Balance (freestyle) by Jhenè Aiko
I don’t need no other guy
Ever since you caught my eye
Oh you’re the only one I see
The only one that’s for me, my baby
And it would really be a shame
If you are just running game on me
Oh, baby please, baby please tell me it ain’t so, oh no
I got a strange feeling
That maybe I am dealing with a smooth player
Ooh, I’m praying

That you are who you are saying
Hope you are who you are saying

My 3 nominations are:

Beaton

Nshami14

Tina

Thanks for reading 🙂 I’ll be back with a new song tomorrow!

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Adulting

Good evening…

Sigh… I’m lying in bed contemplating the unnecessarily stressful weekend I just had. Long story short, I have been without electricity all weekend and It’s taught me a few lessons about this thing called life and adulting really. Check it out:

Lesson 1: Life stands still

We are too dependant on electricity. Suddenly, I didn’t know what to do with myself, my day became about getting my devices charged and every percentage drop was cause for panic! It was like I was missing out on something happening out there, mind you, every time I checked, I’d really missed nothing. Silly.

Lesson 2: You are your greatest resource

When life throws you lemons, it doesn’t give you a manual on what to do with them! If you wanna survive this adulting thing, you’ll need all the help you can get. Common sense is key, friends! You cannot wait for someone else to ensure your happiness and comfort, so the person you have to rely on most heavily is yourself!

Lesson 3: Candlelight is Romantic

So I collected all my candles; mostly gifts that are usually ornamental around the matchbox and I have myself quite a romantic setup! I believe this is what they call turning those lemons into lemonade😀

Lesson 4: Enjoy The silence

I have piles of unstarted and unfinished books. This is the perfect time to catch on some of them. Well, look at that! Some more lemonade!

And so I leave you with this thought going into the new week👇

am writing, Prose, Ramblings, Soul Stuff

Focus

You’re that thing I must procrastinate

Put you in the backburner and focus on something else.

Focus on positive vibrations

Trust the process

And soon, my Universe will bring me what’s mine.