It is almost time for the The TOPS at SPAR Wine Show (August 4-6) and I have two sets of double tickets to give away…. YEAH I DO!
One thing most people who know me know is that I love giving gifts, it is definitely my love language.
When Luchae and I were packing gift bags for the #ECMeetup I could not contain my excitement, because I got to make packages full of awesome stuff to give to all my blogger buddies.
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!
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…
– 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
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!!!
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!
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.
…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)
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?
Being there for my kids and being able to manage my own time – even if it means working at night
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’
Letterchef is a graphic design & illustration studio, I love typography – letters are the main ingredient in the logo’s and monograms we create.
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….
With graphic design it really depends on the project….our babycino sets start at R120 per cup
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.