Christmas wrapping idea's...

I came across these photo's on the lovely Decora8 blog. I just couldn't resist posting them seeing as Christmas is just around the corner. And I think homemade wrapping is just so much more special! Photo's taken by Leslie Shewring over at A Creative Mint

RBH Salon, Ballito

The weather over the past few days has been cold and wet, not ideal for the beach, but ideal for treating oneself to some "rest and relaxation". Thats exactly what Odette and I found at Redlands Beauty and Health Salon in Ballito. An hour later, we walked out the door with the softest pads and cutest toenails...for a lovely R170. The next time you find yourself in Ballito, go on and treat yourself...your feet will love you for it :)

Glass: Wedding Idea's

Day 2 of Glass Week is drawing to a close. But before it does, I want to leave you with these simple (*and cheap!) idea's for adding a touch of romance and old school glam to your big day.

Glass is versatile
"Consistent in form and limitless in function, glass is as reliable as it is versatile.  All while maintaining its good looks and strength.  After its initial purpose, all you have to do is wash your glass bottles and jars to reuse and reinvent them over and over and over.  Choose to reinvent.  Choose glass"

Source: IcingOnTheCake

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Source: Pinterest

Glass Week **Day 1**

Today marks the start of Glass Week, and to celebrate (it might not sound like the most exciting thing in the world to be celebrating but bear with me here) I'm going to do a few posts on why YOU should choose glass. We are all up to our noses with information on all the gazillion ways to recylce and keep our planet healthy, well here are a few unique ways that not only look pretty, but also help to keep our earth a little greener :)

"Glass is infinitely recyclable. Our legacies are shaped by our decisions.  You can choose to make yours one of preservation, respect and good taste.  The glass you use every day begins its life as sand and retains its composition to the last molecule. This makes glass all natural and 100% recyclable.  With this in mind, it’s perfectly clear why glass packaging is the environmentally-conscious choice.  Choose to recycle.  Choose glass."

To find out more about glass week, check out Consol's Facebook page and follow the on twitter!

To find a glass bank in your area simply sms “GLASS” and the name of your suburb to 32310. SMS costs R1

**Glass** Glorious **Glass**

Next week is Choose Glass Week, and the lovely people behind Consol are doing their best to make people aware of all the fabulous reasons to choose glass. Everyday next week I'll be sharing another reason with you as to why you should choose glass. In the mean time, I'll leave you with a few idea's to get those creative juices flowing:

Image: DreamyWhite

Image: HomeKlondike

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The 16th September was Recycle Day here in South Africa, and if you didn't get the memo, it's never too late to start recycling! To find a glass bank in your area simply sms “GLASS” and the name of your suburb to 32310. SMS costs R1

 P.S. If you have any ideas on creative ways to use/re-use glass, drop me a line below :) xx

Fabulous Photographer...*Sophie Smith*

I just could not keep my friend Sophie a secret any more. After she took these pic's of Farmboy and myself at a friends wedding:

I had to show you all some of her other work...

Sophie is an amazingly talented freelance photographer based in Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape. She studied photojournalism at Rhodes and now works for the University Journalism Department. We met while studying and have been friends ever since.

I am so excited to see what the future holds for I know she is going places.

If you'd like to see more of her work or contact her, click here So now I've give you a little taste of what she's about, stay tuned for the interview :)

*Win* 1 of 3 GHD's from StyleScoop...Yes Please!!

So there I was, minding my own business, checking out some of my favourite blogs, you know how it goes, when suddenly...BAAM! I came across this...

Who wouldn't want to win a brand new limited edition, Iconic Eras ghd styler, besides the fact that they are worth R2280.00! 

All these stylers are from ghd’s Iconic Eras collection and come with a luxurious ghd Gold Classic Styler, two hair clips (these are awesome), a protector for the front of your ghd, plus a stylish heat resistant purse that doubles as a trendy clutch. Each set also includes a get-the-look book that will help you to create that Era’s style at home. Nice hey?

** get your paws on the above, this is what you've got to do**

If you're a blogger... Do a write-up and then comment on 
StyleScoop’s post with the link of the blog post. Your blog title must have the words “StyleScoop” and “ghd”. Every new blog post you add will earn you an entry into the draw.

Not a blogger? Don't worry! Just Like StyleScoop’s facebook page between 15 July – 15 August 2011 and make friends with the lovelies! Comment on their posts, give your input and opinion. And do it in style ladies - all they want is to be your friends :)

For more info, click here to visit their site & don't forget to check them out on twitter...

**Good Luck**

Upcoming *Festivals* in SA!

A taste of whats happening in our beautiful country during the month of April:

Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees
Where: Oudtshoorn

The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in Oudtshoorn features well-known and young up-and-coming artists in dance and theatre. Started as an Afrikaans alternative to the mainly English National Arts Festival, KKNK has 200 different shows on three different stages.

Splashy Fen
Where: Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal

Website: Splashy Fen

Every year the Splashy Fen music festival attracts thousands of people to a farm near Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal for a feast of mainstream and alternative rock and pop. It offers plenty of facilities, but there are great bed-and-breakfasts in nearby towns for those who believe music festivals can be enjoyed without mud.

Prince Albert Town and Olive Festival
Where: Prince Albert, Western Cape

The Prince Albert Town and Olive Festival, held in the Swartberg region of the Western Cape in April, offers a whole lot more than just the region's famous olives and wine. There's an art exhibition, beer tents, live music, witblits tastings, crafts for kids, historic tours, a cycle race, an olive pip-spitting competition, culinary demonstrations, a midnight ghost walk, stalls, cabaret, a dance and more.

Thanks to for the above information :)

Whose got your vote South Africa??

This past weekend was the last time that South Africans were able to register to vote for the up and coming 2011 elections. I am a little ashamed to say this, but it was my first time too. BUT at least I got off my lazy bum and headed to my local voting station which was at Norscot Manor in Douglasdale, ID book in hand to get my name down :)

So now what?!
Who is running? Who has the best campaign? Who will you be voting for?
I've done a little research and thought I'd give a little help to those who, like me, are a bit overwhelmed/confused/unsure/don't know enough and especially those who just couldn't care less, this is for you...

**the following information was all I could find on the parties represented in the National Assembly of Parliament. Thanks to for all the, uhh, info**

"The African National Congress (ANC) is the majority party, with 264 of the 400 National Assembly seats. The party also controls eight of the country's nine provinces, with the exception of the Western Cape, where the Democratic Alliance won the majority in the 2009 elections. The ANC also controls five of the six metropolitan municipalities. Nonetheless, South Africa's opposition parties remain robust and vocal.

South Africa's Parliament is made up of two houses: the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces. The National Assembly is the more influential, passing legislation and overseeing executive performance. Its members are elected for a term of five years.

All South African citizens over the age of 18 eligible to vote, if they register to do so. So far, South Africa has had fully inclusive democratic elections in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009. Before 1994, only white South Africans were allowed to vote for the national government.

Here's a quick summary of the history and policies of South Africa's major political parties – including one not officially represented in Parliament, and one that no longer exists but is important historically.

For a list of all South African political parties registered with the Independent Electoral Commission, visit the IEC website.

African National Congress (ANC)

  • 264 seats in the National Assembly
  • Website

The South African Native National Congress was founded in 1912 with the aim of bringing Africans together to defend their rights and fight for freedom. In 1923 its name was changed to the African National Congress (ANC).

ANC policy is to increase economic growth and reduce poverty. The Freedom Charter remains the party's basic policy document. Adopted in June 1955 by the ANC and its allies, the charter lists principles upon which a democratic South Africa should be built.
In 1994 the ANC adopted the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) as a policy framework to guide it in transforming South Africa from a divided society to one that provides equal opportunities for all its citizens. The four main principles of the RDP are:

  • meeting the people's basic needs, such as housing, water and electricity;
  • developing the country's human resources;
  • building the economy; and
  • democratising state institutions and society.

Democratic Alliance (DA)

  • 67 seats in the National Assembly
  • Website
South Africa's official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, formerly known as the Democratic Party (DP), espouses liberal democracy and free market principles. 

In the 1980s the party increased its Parliamentary seats to seven. Among the new MPs was Tony Leon, who became DP leader in 1996, introducing a more aggressive approach to opposition politics.

In 2000 the DP joined forces with the New Nationalist Party to form the Democratic Alliance (DA). But the NNP withdrew from the pact in late 2001, and was disbanded in 2004. Leon resigned as party head in 2007, to be replaced by Helen Zille.

The DA seeks to promote:
  • a prosperous, open-opportunity society in which every person is free and equal before the law;
  • a spirit of mutual respect, inclusivity and participation among the diverse people of South Africa;
  • a free enterprise economy driven by choices, risks and hard work; and
  • a vigorous, critical and effective opposition that is loyal to the constitutional order and promotes the well-being of the country.

Congress of the People (Cope)

  • 30 seats in the National Assembly
  • Website
The Congress of the People (Cope) is a new party that contested its first in April 2009, winning 7.42% of the vote. It was formed by breakaway ANC members dissatisfied with that organisation's decision to "recall" then-President Thabo Mbeki in September 2008 and replace him with Kgalema Motlanthe.

Cope was launched in at the November Convention held in Johannesburg in 2008. Its prominent founding members include Mosiuoa Lekota, the former minister of defence who resigned from the Cabinet after Mbeki stepped down, as well as former Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa, former Congress of South African Trade Unions president Willie Madisha, and Barney Pityana, the vice-chancellor and principal of the University of South Africa.

At the November Convention, Cope adopted the following principles in its declaration:
  • Supremacy of the Constitution.
  • Building social cohesion based on values we can all defend.
  • Freedom and equality before the law.
  • Participatory democracy.

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)

  • 18 seats in the National Assembly
  • Website
The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), led by Mangosuthu Buthelezi, draws its support largely from Zulu-speaking South Africans. Its strongholds are the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal and the migrant workers' hostels in the metropolitan areas of Gauteng.

The IFP supports the government's Gear macroeconomic strategy, but argues that it has been introduced in too tentative and piecemeal a manner. The party argues for revitalising the economy through a "re-prioritisation" of economic policy, based on four pillars:
  • attracting increased levels of direct fixed investment;
  • facilitating the competitive development of business in South Africa;
  • managing the high expectations and demand for social delivery; and
  • introducing more cost-effective fiscal management in government.
The IFP also believes in integrating traditional leadership into the system of governance by recognising traditional communities as models of societal organisation. Buthelezi heads KwaZulu-Natal's House of Traditional Leaders, which advises the government on issues relating to traditional leaders.

Independent Democrats (ID)

  • Four seats in the National Assembly
  • Website
The Independent Democrats (ID) is one of South Africa's newest mainstream political party, formed in March 2003 under the leadership of Patricia de Lille. De Lille is a former trade unionist and a long-time member of and MP for the Pan Africanist Congress, which she left to form the ID.

De Lille has gained massive support for her forthright stand against corruption. A 2004 survey revealed her to be South Africa's favourite opposition politician.

With the motto "Back to Basics", the ID's policies are fairly centrist. The party is at one with the ANC on the economy, health and jobs, although De Lille outspokenly differed with the ANC's earlier policies on HIV/Aids.

In the 2004 survey, De Lille was found to be the most trusted politician among coloured voters and was second favourite in the white and Indian communities. The ID is seen to have attracted former DA supporters, people disillusioned with that party's ill-fated alliance with the NNP.

United Democratic Movement (UDM)

  • Four seats in the National Assembly
  • Website
The United Democratic Movement (UDM) was formed in 1997 by Bantu Holomisa, who was expelled from the ANC after accusing a top party official of corruption. 

The UDM sees itself as a contender for power with the ANC. Holomisa says his party is aiming to become an alternative government. His party campaigns around issues which it believes the government is handling badly.

Freedom Front Plus (FF+)

  • Four seats in the National Assembly
  • Website
The Freedom Front was formed in 1993 by Constand Viljoen, the former chief of the South African Defence Force. Viljoen came out of retirement to lead a group of Afrikaners who wanted to form a political party.

As head of the Afrikaner Volksfront, Viljoen was instrumental in convincing conservative Afrikaners to participate in the new dispensation, through which, he argued, the issue of self determination should be taken up.

African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)

  • Three seats in the National Assembly
  • Website
The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) was formed in December 1993 with the aim of representing South African Christians in Parliament. It won two National Assembly seats in 1994 and six in 1999.

The ACDP was the only party in the National Assembly that voted against the adoption of the Constitution in 1994, citing moral and Biblical objections to some of the document's clauses – particularly the rights of gays and lesbians.

According to its manifesto, the ACDP stands for "Christian principles, freedom of religion, a free market economy, family values, community empowerment and human rights in a federal system".

United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP)

  • Three seats in the National Assembly
  • Website
The United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP) was formed by Lucas Mangope, head of the apartheid-era "homeland" of Bophuthatswana. Mangope was among the first homeland leaders to accept so-called independence for his scattered country for the Setswana-speaking people. The UCDP was the only party allowed to operate in the territories under his control.

Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)

  • One seat in the National Assembly
  • Website
The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) was formed in 1959 as a breakaway from the ANC. Influenced by the Africanist ideals of Kwame Nkrumah, it promotes the return of the land to the indigenous people.

The party's support has been steadily eroded since 1994, with voters favouring the ANC. A major blow was the 2003 defection of PAC MP Patricia de Lille to form her own party, the Independent Democrats. 

Minority Front (MF)

  • One seat in the National Assembly
  • Website
The Minority Front, led by the maverick Amichand Rajbansi, says it represents the interests of the Indian community. Apart from its two seats in the National Assembly, the party is also represented in the Durban metropolitan council.

Azanian People's Organisation (Azapo)

  • One seat in the National Assembly
  • Website
The Azanian People's Organisation (Azapo) preaches the philosophy of black emancipation and black consciousness, a philosophy popularised by Steve Biko, who was killed in police cells in 1977.

African People's Convention (APC)

  • One seat in the National Assembly
  • Website
The African People's Convention was created out of the 2007 defection of two prominent PAC members of parliament. It was the only party created by the since abolished practice known as "floor-crossing" to contest the 2009 elections.

South African Communist Party (SACP)

The South African Communist Party (SACP) is not officially represented in Parliament, but a number of its members occupy seats by virtue of their dual ANC membership.

Formed in 1921, the Communist Party of South Africa was predominantly white, but later on attracted black intellectuals, who in turn recruited black workers into its ranks. In 1946, one of its leading members, JB Marks, led 100 000 black miners in a strike that contributed to the party's banning in 1950.

The SACP has had a close working relationship with the ANC since the 1960s, when anti-apartheid organisations were forced to operate from exile. Members of both organisations held dual membership and served in the structures of both bodies.

The party's membership overlaps with those of the ANC and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), its partners in what is known as the tripartite alliance. It has significant representation in the ANC and government, from the executive down to local government structures.

The party believes in the establishment of a socialist society, which it says should be characterised by democracy, equality, freedom, and the socialisation of the predominant part of the economy.

New National Party (NNP)

The New National Party (NNP), formerly the Nationalist Party, ruled South Africa for the over 40 years of the apartheid era, from 1948 to 1994. The second-largest party after the country's first democratic elections in 1994, its voter base abandoned it in large numbers thereafter.

In the 1994 elections the NNP, led by FW de Klerk, gained 20% of the vote, making it the official opposition to the ANC government. It also won a majority of votes in the Western Cape province, giving it control of the provincial legislature.

After suffering heavy losses in the 1999 elections, the NNP joined forces with the DP and the Federal Alliance to form the Democratic Alliance in July 2000, making the NNP and DP the ruling coalition in the Western Cape.

Just over a year later, in October 2001, the NNP withdrew from the Democratic Alliance, throwing Western Cape politics into turmoil.

In August 2004 the NNP's national executive took a unanimous decision to disband the party. Most of its former representatives went on to join the ANC."

Thanks again to SAinfo for all of the above!

**So, after all of that, who will you vote for on the 18th May?**

For all those South Africans who will be overseas for the voting, I'll try my best to find out if you are still able to vote even though you may be out of the country :)