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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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am writing, my adventures, Ramblings

Master of Ceremony

Hey Everyone!

I hope the week is treating you well! I’m still enjoying the last bit of the holiday before I get back to work on Monday! I love my work so this is not something I dread 🙂

So, a few days ago, my friend, who got married in Australia last year, is doing part 2 this weekend with her South African family and friends, asked me to MC at the wedding😳 I have never, in my life MCd anything accept maybe my lessons (but that doesn’t count does it?) so this request was quite daunting!

“Don’t worry, you’ll be great, my friend!” Well, that won me over! I mean, if my very good friend trusts me enough to put me in this position, why can’t I just believe in myself too?

So wish me luck! I’ll give it my best shot and the guests will be mostly excited about the bride and groom more than me, right?! Besides, I don’t remember the MCs at weddings I’ve attended before!

Thank you so much for popping in today! Have a beautiful day and we’ll talk on Sunday😘

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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, Prose, Ramblings, Soul Stuff

Awesome Impact Award

Happy Sunday Everyone!

It’s good to see you again and I trust you’ve had a great weekend!

I’m so excited to be nominated for the Awesome Impact Award! Thank you so much, Tashnee V Mavee for the nomination! Check out her blog here. She’s really great!

The rules for the challenge are very simple:

1. Tag and thank the person who nominated you;

2. Post your Awesome Impact Award picture and post it;

3. Talk about an incident that impacted your life in a postive way;

4. Nominate other awesome bloggers for the award.

I Need A Hug

I was having a particularly difficult day and I bumped into one of my students who had decided that I was her favourite teacher and had been calling me bestie for years -eventually, I gave into the affection.

“Bestie, I need a hug”, I blurted out without thinking. She looked up at me, eyes filling with tears, “I need a hug too!” I pulled her into an embrace, forgetting my own problems for a moment. Her cousin had passed away the night before and she was sad. We both stood in that embrace, both in need of the comfort. My spirit was lifted that day and I hope that hers was too.

In our time of need, we need each other and we should never back away from an opportunity to comfort others. Therein lies our own comfort too.

My nominations

Joseyphina

Beaton

Alyazya

Thank you for popping in! Have a beautiful week filled with nothing but good things! See you on Wednesday😘

am writing, Ramblings, Teacher Problems

Touch

Good evening, dear Readers!

What a busy week it has been! Can you believe I only got home an hour ago?! Sometimes life throws all kinds of things at you and gives you very little opportunity to catch your breath. But I am grateful for a full and fulfilling life!

As some of you may know, I’m a teacher and tomorrow, I bid farewell to a group of matriculants that have a very special place in my heart. We arrived at my current school at the same time. Them, as little grade 8s with high school ahead of them and me, a new teacher to the curriculum and to the school. In many ways, we grew up together in learning and tomorrow, they leave for the big bad world!

My hope for you tonight is that you know that no matter what walk of life you come from, no matter your occupation, no matter what you do for fun or where the universe decides to place you, you have an impact on people that you will not always see. Blieve me, you have, you are, and you will touch someone’s life! So by all means, live out loud!

I appreciate your dropping by and I trust you have a fantastic, full and fulfilling week ahead! We’ll see each other again on Sunday😘

am writing, Nifty Tricks, Ramblings

Discipline

Hello everybody!

What a hectic but rewarding week! I hope yours is going well so far too!

So I started this week off with a plan. Because I knew it was going to be a very demanding week especially workwise, I knew I would need a lot of discipline to get through it! And so my mind was set on being disciplined.

So tonight, I’m gonna share some pointers that helped me to maintain it. Here it is:

Discipine means Determination

No matter what aspect of your life you choose to be discplined in, you’re going to need to be determined in order to stay in it. Your mind will make up all kinds of reasons why you don’t need to go to gym today or why that work assignment can wait for later for you to do. You will need to be stubborn and force yourself to do it anyway. Make up your mind, don’t think about it; just start. Simple.

Stay calm

It’s important not to panic when obsticles come your way. You have a plan in place stick to it and don’t let the curveballs get you down, ok?

Take time to do your own thing

You are not a machine! You are allowed to get tired and you are allowed to rest. Rest, not stop. After regrouping, get back up and get on with it!

Self-improvement is a lot of work but it’s worth it because it is the one good thing you can do for yourself. You matter and you are worth every effort you put in! Don’t you forget it!

Ok, I’m done yodaring, lol. Thank you for popping in and have a beautiful remaining week😊 I’ll see you on Sunday!

am writing, my adventures, Ramblings

Spring Day

Hello Erbody!

Did you have a good week? Mine was ok. I love school holidays but, eventually, you have to go back to work. I’m ready!

Lately, I have become less and less concerned with being relevant on social media so I haven’t really paid attention to important dates or events but yesterday I was compelled otherwise.

Yesterday was Spring Day in South Africa! This day is important to us. In the township it is celebrated with water!

Yup! If you live in the township, you are not safe on 1 September, you will be baptised in water!

It’s really just a small way to celebrate the new season, a good excuse to be festive and mischevious😉

I also really enjoyed some of the well wishing tweets people were throwing out at the universe yesterday! They really lifted my own hopes and spirits and made me hopeful for the near future. Check out my moment below👇

Have a beautiful week and thank you for popping in😊