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Emma Anderson

I’ve not wanted to write this post for the longest time for fear of jinxing things. Emma’s doing good. More than good. She couldn’t be better actually. She’s chasing moths, biting me, running around the house at top speed crashing into things, killing birds & lizards, moaning to be let outside (or for a

So Emma’s not well…

I literally cannot think about anything else. It feels like I was just writing this post telling y’all that she’s been with us a year and she’s doing great and she’s cuter and naughtier than ever and and and… And a few weeks later in June, things started to change slowly. It wasn’t that

365 days of Emma

Today marks a year, 366 days actually since I brought Emma home and if I had to say what she’s brought into our lives everyday, its joy. I’ll save you all the gushing except to say she makes me look forward to coming home each day, makes me want to travel less (really!) and is

The only kind of bling I want!

Not going to lie you guys. When Shimansky got in touch I was already going “oooooh” in my head as soon as I saw their name in my inbox. Something you probably didn’t know about me – I don’t do costume jewellery. At all. It’s not even something that changed as I got older.

How I started my veggie garden

Time to get back to some proper posts! 🙂 Note this piece isn’t called “how to start a veggie garden” and for good reason. I just did my own thing, totally winged it & it mostly paid off. As it turns out, I’m a little better an gardening than keeping an orchid alive! We’re

Warsan Shire in Conversation with The Feminist Stokvel

“Give your daughters difficult names. Give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. My name makes you want to tell me the truth. My name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.” ~ Warsan Shire Oh my God – when I read this for the first time

Photo Post: Addis Ababa (now with photos!)

Guys (for those of you who subscribe to new posts) I’m sorry for sending you another blooper this morning. I’d already written & scheduled the post but the pics were taking so damn long to upload  and it was after 11pm last night so I thought I had cancelled the scheduling & do it 1st

Emma Anderson

I’ve been holding out on you… When Sofia died, no one understood like the good folks at Cataholics. I went around often just to chat or play with the kittens. If I was really lucky & went in the afternoons I got to see a kid come in with their mom, excitement overflowing at the prospect of

Dear 17 year old me

Last week I finally picked up my new ID – some 4 years on. I have absolutely no attachment to my maiden surname. I can’t really trace it back in my family. It didn’t mean anything to me. At all. People would often ask me what it meant. Um, nothing. So many people asked me if it

16 things I miss about my Sofia

  This face (I mean… look at it!!!) These paws! She was a natural born poser… …And a photo bomber of note Whiskers on fleek! Escape artist extraordinaire She made the best faces She liked to eat She loved to sleep She was fascinated by the rain She had the best hiding places She taught me

A yellow rose

A couple of days ago I was in a store, rushed, needing to pee & paying for a few things. A had double parked so I guessed I had to run in though I really didn’t feel like it. At. All. I’m standing there in my tatty dress, hair standing on end, slip slops, sans make up

Photo post: Victoria Falls

When I found myself really, really torn about the last overpriced (business class!) seat on a flight to Vic Falls I realised just how much I wanted to go. Ironically we went a few weeks ago at the height of all the xenophobic violence in SA. I felt more than a bit bad being there, hoping no

Feminist Stokvel Movie Club Launches: La Noir de

Only a  couple of weeks ago The Feminist Stokvel had our inaugural event. We promised there was more to come & the FSFlim Club is just a start… A little sneak peak: The press release right off the FS desk (this is the 1st & last press release you’ll find on my blog but

When it rains it friggin’ pours

I’ve been delaying writing this note for a couple of days now. Well… because in the battle of balancing online vs. real life, I don’t quite know what to say… Life happened. Real life happened & what I learned about myself is that I only have the headspace/will/energy to deal with one big thing at a time. And

RIP my Sofia

On Saturday morning the 18th April I was in bed thinking “just 5 more minutes” when I should have been up polishing my Hair Soiree talk. A stumbled back into our room having just offered to make breakfast. I remember thinking “well that was quick!?”. My contacts weren’t in yet. He was a blur but I

Win an Entertainer App & live large this year

If you read my blog regularly by now you’ll know all about The Entertainer & that I’m quite the fan, so I’m not going to get into it again except to say EVERYONE needs one. Long story short it gives you access to hundreds of buy-one-get-one free deals which (meals, salon/spa visits & entertainment) which unless you’re

The BEST 10 seconds you’ll spend today

A favour, please for an exceptional cause… Yankee Candle South Africa (i.e. the delicious smelling candle people!) have partnered up with The Society for Animals in Distress & Kitty & Puppy Haven (a shelter) & agreed to donate R5 for each new like on their page this month. In addition (& we’re getting into an

2 runs in 1 day… This Girl Can

Today (or yesterday by the time you read this) I ran twice in the day for the first time ever. I don’t know why. I went for my running session with my new coach (we started on Friday, I’ll tell more soon) at 2pm. I got home, braaied & then set off my Run/Walk

Current mood: broody

Frugal Alert: The Entertainer’s back & better!

I’ve never made a secret of being a cheapskate. I mean, I like love nice things & especially trying new things but not so much the outlay & risk that goes with it. When I met The Entertainer it just felt like they got me. In their own words, in a nutshell they’re about: “Unbeatable value

Long overdue post: winner of the Entrepo competition

I know its been a w-h-i-l-e since it ran but before you think I ran off with that gorgeous Normann Copenhagen piece (wouldn’t you?!) here’s who did…   Tatum is a  Project Manager by day and a contributor to MoreThanFood in her spare time. She says the prize came at just the right time as she’d just moved into her new home.

Well that escalated quickly!

So I went to Thailand, got stuck in some (ongoing) real life nothing-else-matters stuff and then it was the holidays. January arrived, I switched on my laptop and nothing. Like, absolutely nothing. It came back yesterday and so here I am. Side note: don’t you just love IT people? They always start with questions like “did you switch

Meet The Anderson kitty…

We found her!!! We don’t have a name yet as you’ve guessed by now but she is g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s! I knew immediately she was the one I wanted so I held my breathe while I waited to find out 1) if she was a girl & 2) if she was available & my heart did

And the winner of the R500 Coricraft voucher is…

Congratulations to Kathryn Cupido who has won a R500 voucher for helping me choose a coffee table for my lounge. Kathryn says she’s mid-40’s, an architect with 2 great kids, a boy & a girl who are 12 years old (twins). Her other family member, a Labrador arrived just as she fell pregnant so has grown up with the kids.

Get the right running shoes (bonus: it’s quick & free)

So I’m a total novice at this running thing and I only have 1 good pair of shoes (the prettiest Pegasus 30)  & now that I’m really getting into it I want a second pair but I’m constantly wondering if I’m even wearing the right ones to start off with. So when I was in