Win tickets to Dalin Oliver’s stand-up comedy hit

I love stand-up comedy, it’s one thing most people know about me…she’s short, she talks too much and she loves stand-up.

So I’m pretty excited that former school teacher Dalin ditched the chalk board for a microphone and is coming to Port Elizabeth for a debut run of his smash hit stand-up comedy show. I’m even more excited that Bigmouth Entertainment is offering a JustEllaBella reader a set of tickets (2) to the Thursday showing here in Port Elizabeth! How cool is that!

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How to create a reading space (WIN with Kidsbookclub)

Some of my fondest memories are cuddling up with a good book.
I live in a small town and as a kid – either because I was pretty naïve or because things were safer back then – my best friend at the time and I would walk to the library and spend hours just BEING THERE.
They knew us by name and would keep our favourite books and suggest others, I loved it.

But things are different now, everything is much more hustle and bustle and most parents are not going to let their kids walk over to the library by themselves and they don’t have the time to watch them as they wander through the isles.

Libraries are still one of my favourite places in the world BUT I’m a realist and know that having a reading space inside the home is a little more practical. Aidan is a big reader (I mean he is a big memoriser and repeater of books, but it’s a good start) He doesn’t have the best reading area yet (a giant pillow and a vegetable rack is like so not on people) so I’m looking into creating a great reading area for him…

What I think a reading area needs:

Good lighting (I used to read by flashlight under the covers but would like him to have something better, hehe)
Comfortable seating (I can get lost in books for hours -when I used to have an attention span that is- and think a comfy seat is very important)
Book marks (I hate losing my place in books and don’t appreciate folding corners over in books, so a container of bookmarks in my reading area would be awesome, I mean Aidan’s reading area)
Storage space (I have a vegetable rack right now, it works okay but you can’t see what you have too well, so a book case would be preferable)
A theme (because, Hi I’m Eleanor and I love themed things)

Below is what I’m leaning towards click on pic to go to site

Reading Nook...cute with the framed books!Love the fact it's in the living room! I would love to put an adult reading area near the kids reading area!:



You will need books to fill your reading space so why not sign up to Kid’sBookClub.   I’m really chuffed with the whole concept. You get two books and two magazines every month which is awesome. The books are specially picked for your child’s age group and you can add an additional kid at R99 and a third at R89.
Free delivery and a bunch of free activity sheets online make this a bargain! KidsBookClub even donates R1 to the Bokamoso Educational trust for every month you sign up for, which is a great cause.

My mom watches Aidan for me after school so our subscription has become an
awesome gift for the both of them, he gets books, she gets magazines, I get rest 🙂

You can win with Kid’sBookClub just in time for Christmas 🙂 A months subscription for the readers in your life!!!

Real Wahms of SA: Elizna has an awesome prize for you

 Get ready to just pass out from cuteness!!! when I first heard about Elizna and her personalized cups for little ones I thought, now really does a little kid need a special cup?!? then I looked through her work and the answer is a resounding YES!!! OMW YES!!!

It is so cute!!! and guess what, she is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a R150 voucher to get their own Boeretroos mug!!! go on, read about this amazing Wahm then enter our comp!


Tell us about your family

 I saw a quote on Facebook the other day:  “I live in a madhouse ruled by a tiny army that I made myself.”  – I love my army, and they are a true blessing in my life. I live with my husband and two daughters Anria (3) and Alise (6 months) on the outskirts of Stellenbosh.


Why did you become a work from home mom
In a way I never knew anything else….My dad is an entrepreneur, he had to travel a lot when we were kids, my mom made the decision to rather be there for us than to follow her career. While my dad did his job, my mom looked after us, drove us around, did my dad’s admin, taught us a many crafts, and later started her own Guesthouse – we learned things no school or varsity could ever teach us. I wanted to do be able to do the same for my children…

 I got married (my husband is also involved in a family business), and we quickly realized I could make some money as a freelance designer while looking for a job closer to home or one that would at least pay enough to cover my gas.  By the time I found a job that offered better pay, I already had a few regular clients – this was the start of Letter Chef. 

5 Years later our first daughter, Anria was born, I was so glad I could be with her as she grew up.

What was the most unexpected part of becoming a wahm

…I was a new mom with a fairly established home business, and I thought:  “Maternity leave mmm, not nessecary, I’ll just work when the baby sleeps “ (BIG SURPRISE THERE)


What has been the hardest part

Learning to say no, and referring potential new clients to other designers – if you sell time you have to make a decision between your business and your kids.  In the end that which you can’t measure is where you’ll lose the most – It is possible to measure your busniess’s performance, but how do you measure quality time with your kids?


What is the most rewarding

Being there for my kids and being able to manage my own time – even if it means working at night


What is your day like

See Q1 – no I’m kidding, we have an olmost 7 month old baby in the house – our routine is slowly getting established…I mainly work at night, and run around during the day.  Luckily my eldest daughter loves drawing and painting, she loves ‘helping me work’

Tell us about your business

Letterchef is a graphic design & illustration studio, I love typography – letters are the main ingredient in the logo’s and monograms we create. 

Koppie Boeretroos is very new  – I hand illustrate babycino (espresso sets)…


Where did business idea and name come from

Letter Chef – Q2 – I tried to come up with a name for my studio resembling my love for letters & typography, I asked my mom’s help and she came up with Letterchef.

You can read the Koppie Boeretroos’s story here:



What sets you apart

I love what I do, and care about the people I’m working for (some clients are like family, and others become family – one of my clients actually married my sister 😉 –  I draw with my hand before anything goes to computer, I’m an expert working with type and I love letters….

What are your prices

With graphic design it really depends on the project….our babycino sets start at R120 per cup

Where do you see it going

The past 10 years has been nothing but grace, it is a privilege to be able to be with my daughters and getting paid for doing something I love.

With Letter Chef I am pretty happy, I work for small to medium size businesses and some of my clients are even going national…I have enough work and interesting clients –  I find joy in referring new clients to other designers if I am too busy to help them.

Koppie Boeretroos is barely 2 months old, It might be a bit soon to say, but I would really love if this part of my business can grow in order to provide work for others – South Africa needs more Entrepreneurs.


Go to the BOERETROOS fb page, then comment on her wall, tagging @JustEllaBella and tell Elizna why you should win the R150 voucher. (you can do this through the little competition app below)

Real WAHMS of SA: Win with Raqual and RubyRose

Today’s WAHM  is Raqual Van Wyk from Ruby Rose designs. She is an extremely talented mother of two and owner of a design and marketing business.  Raqual has this whimsical feel to her designs which will totally steal your heart.

She is sharing the WAHM love today by offering an amazing prize of either a free logo design/makeover OR Facebook campaign worth R550… read about this generous woman and then enter the competition and let her add her flair to your business.

Tell us about your family?
 I am blessed with two young and busy boys – 3 and 6 years old. A loving and supportive husband and a beautiful husky pup. I am outnumbered 4 to 1 on the testosterone scale,

Why did you become a work from home mom?
I left the corporate world on the birth of my second child. I have always had an entrepreneurial streak, and the industry I am in easily allows for flexible working locations. I also love the freedom of being my own boss and setting my own goals, as well as boundaries. If I want to take the afternoon off to take the kids somewhere fun then I don’t have to answer to anyone. It just seemed like the only option.

What was the most unexpected part of becoming a wahm?
Sometimes I wonder which are my most demanding clients – my ‘real’ clients or my children. Many times I am busy seeing to something very ‘mommy-ish’ whilst taking a call from a client with a tight deadline. Prioritising that balance has been a huge challenge and surprise to me.

What has been the hardest part ?
Most certainly the juggling act. I give my best to my children, then to my husband and clients, then to my other responsibilities, and then last on the list is myself. I heard a quote once that owning a business is like having a newborn baby. When they need to eat or sleep, you see to that need immediately. I have had good success with my business, but I do realise that it has come at a cost to my own health and wellbeing at times.

What is the most rewarding?
Being able to treat my kids and husband at times. The extra cash flow certainly helps when it comes to extra lessons and private schooling etc. And also the freedom to take time to spend with my children without having to answer to anyone.

What is your day like ?
I wake up at 6 with everyone and get the kids ready for school. Once they have left with my husband, I grab a slice of toast and immediately sit in front of the computer. I know that I only have a couple hours to cram in as much work as possible before fetching the kids from school. The afternoon is spent with the kids at extra curricular things, or cuddling on the couch watching a movie. After supper time my husband puts the kids to bed and then its off to the computer again to send those last few emails off before collapsing into bed myself.

 Tell us about your business 
I own a small design and Marketing business. My passion is assisting small and start-up businesses establishing their identity and getting their brand out to the world

Where did business idea and name come from ?
I was always the ‘arty’ kid in school and find it extremely rewarding being creative. After studying design my passion for marketing grew from there and I have amalgamated the two into my services as a small agency. Ruby Rose – I just LOVE red and roses, so it only seemed like a natural representation of who I am, which is essentially who I am as a business

What sets you apart 
After working with a number of clients in my career, I would definitely say the relationship that I build with them. I adore my clients and they do me – my referral rate is very high. I feel like I walk a path with my clients as they grow and develop their brand, and really get to know what it is that they want to represent. Eventually there is hardly any guess work involved from my part because I know them so well.
Where do you see it going I am growing quickly and steadily, I will need to make a decision soon about hiring some extra help. One thing is for sure, that I will never let my work priorities come in between my time with my children.

Contact her at:

Now for the competition part…. Ruby Rose is offering one lucky winner a professional logo design! and another lucky winner gets a custom designed advert for Facebook specifically targeting their relevant audiences with a new exposure of about 4500 people!!!

You love us right now don’t you…. Just enter the competition below and comment which prize you would prefer. Logo or FB campaign then check in next Wednesday to find out who won 🙂