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In persuit of happiness

Today as I prepped my Facebook posts I came across an image of myself in 2013.

For the sake of the particular post I published it but it’d been haunting me all day .

This is me in 2013

Me 2013

I look so serious, much older than my then 39 years and my eyes are screaming with unhappiness.

 My face doesn’t display my usual smile and even my clothing choice is dull and depressing.

This was exactly how I felt.

I was depressed,  stuck in a loveless , abusive marriage with no where to turn.

I couldn’t see anything positive in my life and felt no joy in the things that usually kept me happy.

Four months after this photo was taken , I’d packed my bags , left Jhb and started my adventure for a new life…..

Me 2017

This is me today

I feel and hope I look younger than my 43 years. My photos show smiles and light hearted joking poses. 

Gone are the hurt eyes staring back at me .

 My clothing is bright and even my poses are less stiff and more relaxed. 

Smile through your eyes always

Our body language and clothing choice speaks unimaginable truths about us. 

I look at the images above and I thankfully don’t recognise the first me.

My journey wasnt easy..

But the price of happiness is doubled when we chose to let go of what doesn’t bring joy to our lives and start to take control for our own destiny.

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Daddy here comes mummy

This is one of the cutest signs I’ve seen and I’ve had one ordered so that bear can walk down the aisle carrying it.

Although he will only be 14 months old (and hopefully walking) he will be walking with Kiki and his third cousin N . 

He adores both girls and so I’m trusting that he makes it all the way down the aisle with both rings and without causing too much chaos between the top half of the beach and where his papa will be standing.

I’ve ordered the cutest shirts for our mini ring security and have a little wooden box to keep the rings in. 

I think some dark shades should just finish the look . 😎

I’m quite prepared as the bride to lose the lime light to my red haired bear .😍

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Make a tshirt scarf

Every season I throw out a handful of shirts that I just won’t wear again

 Repurposing them would be a much better idea. 

So this shirt scarf is ideal to turn your unwanted summer shirts into wearable winter warmers.

Simply cut the arms and neck off. Leaving you with a double square of fabric. 

Cut lengths on both the top and bottom edge and knot as above.

Stylish and economic friendly 

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5 cute ways to photograph your engagement ring

To all the DIY mamas of those who just love you stare at the bling on your finger here are 5 cute ways to photograph your engagement ring.

With your wedding flowers 

Nothing highlights a ring more than a beautiful flower. If you know which flowers you will be having in your wedding, chose that to photograph with . Otherwise use your favourite flower or if you received flowers with your proposal one of those. 

2. Beach

This has to be my favourite idea. I plan on asking our photographer to get a wedding shot like this. You and your fiance imprint your hand prints into the beach sand and place your rings in to look like you are wearing them.

On your shoe

Photograph your ring either on the heel of your engagement or wedding shoe.

With a calender

This would also make a fantastic save the date image. Place your ring on your set wedding date and take  pic of it on the calender. 

Use scrabble

Use scrabble tile’s to spell out the word love. A small piece of Prestic will keep your ring in place. Remember to clean your ring after removing the prestic.

Happy snapping mamas.