View from the 5th floor

Out of my office window.

window view


On my nightstand: The Happiness Project

I started a reading a new book on Saturday as part of the healthysELF challenge that I signed up for last week.

The happiness project

Basically it’s a continuation of the Elf for Health Holiday Challenge that took place over Christmas. And even though it’s an American based challenge with mostly American bloggers taking part, I realised there was nothing stopping me from jumping on the band wagon.

How it works, is that every Monday, Thursday and Saturday you get a challenge that focuses on one aspect of health and wellness. Unfortunately I didn’t get around to completing the challenge from last Thursday which was, “Do 100 burpees throughout the day“. I did manage to fit in a 1km swim though so hopefully that’ll count for something?

Saturday’s challenge, as I mentioned was, “Start reading a new book” and after seeing many reviews on The Happiness Project, I decided it needed further investigation. So far (I’m only on the 3rd chapter), I’ve found it to be rather thought-provoking and I really enjoy the light-hearted and relaxed style in which Gretchen Rubin writes. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it but this week is turning out to be a busy one so leisure-time reading may be at a slight minimum. Oh well!

A Thursday treat

When the mercury rises, there’s only one thing to do…

chocolate ice cream


65% chocolate ice-cream, courtesy of The Creamery

Welcome to 2013

All aboard!! Train 2013 has left the station..

The dawning of a shiny, new, untarnished year is rather exhilarating, don’t you think? Plans are put into action, goals are established, ambitions are pursued and most people try to make a concerted effort to hold off the beer and bread until they just can’t handle the temptation any longer lose 7kg.

The phrase “new year’s resolutions” is coming out of my ears. Arduously. And as my wonderfully frank editor put it the other day… “Why the f*#k are people still wishing me Happy New Year? It’s almost Easter!”

I don’t know about you but my 2013 calendar is filling up rather rapidly. This isn’t a bad thing but what scares me is that time seems to go so much faster when you’re busy. I often just want to stop the clock and shout, “hold up! Can I at least just chew my bloody food.”

So I’m hoping that this year I can become more mindful of what I spend my time doing and why I’m doing it. Because – “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”

Keep calm and eat that chocolate

Scenes from the celebrity chef braai-off


I managed to make it out to Spier yesterday for the celebrity chef braai-off, which marked the grand finale of this year’s Spier Secret Festival. Summer decided it wanted to come to the party too and was it showing off !

Here’s what went down…

Let’s all give a fist pump for the dawn of strawberry season!

I cannot get enough…

Halloween marshmallow pops

Marshmallow pops

My friend Shaina sent us a little package the other day. Halloween marshmallow pops!

How adorable do they look?

Even though Halloween isn’t a South African holiday, I’m definitely going to be getting some from her for my friends as little treats.

How fun!