𝐃𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐮𝐥 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐧 – 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐡𝐚𝐮𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐌𝐀𝐃𝐄 𝐈𝐍 𝐒𝐎𝐔𝐓𝐇 𝐀𝐅𝐑𝐈𝐂𝐀.

Shein is fast fashion.
Fast fashion is a big contributor to landfill problems.
Add to that the carbon emissions that goes with shipping from China.
The country of origin… China (don’t get me started). Do they give a #### about the environment or pay fair wages to the workers? I still doubt that.

For me it also doesn’t stop at Shein. It extends to Alibaba, Wish…

It’s too expensive to buy MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA!

Yes, it’s a little more expensive to buy locally made. There are reasons for that: price of materials, fair wages, time spent… On the other hand, you will get Africa quality (and that beats China quality every single time).

I don’t buy as much or as often and sometimes you may even find a little something imported in my basket (wink, wink about that Cherry Cola or Burt’s Bees that I so like). However, my basket now has more made in SA than ever before – from the cereal I eat to my handbag and jeans.

Not even online shops are safe from my bias. If you don’t stock SA made, I won’t buy from you. If I don’t know a brand I will Google it’s country of origin. I will hunt down the South African equivalent… I am that person.

In my mind, Africa should always look after Africa first.

If you look hard enough, you will find it here!

If you look around in South Africa, you will find what you are looking for. I love shopping at Pick n Pay clothing, Foschini and even Mr Price (and a lot of other stores) because the clothing labels have started to be dominated by that wonderful MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA label. This goes for beauty products too – because have you tried the stuff made here? I will literally always choose products from Placecol and Optiphi above anything you can buy from overseas.

I know that sometimes what you want doesn’t have that SA made label – and it’s OK to buy it. It’s even better if you buy it at a store in South Africa – for 2 reasons: bulk imports vs 10,000 individually shipped packages; that whole local economy thing where it matters that people walk through shop doors (especially now) so people can earn a living.

It’s a conscious decision

I have weighed the pros and cons of having everything cheaper or buying local quality. The pros of buying local far outweigh the pros of buying cheap imports. I consciously choose to contribute to this economy, supporting local entrepreneurs, makers and employees.

It’s a good feeling to have – because I truly believe in Africa for Africa.

Jupiter’s Legacy (Series)

After nearly a century of keeping mankind safe, the world’s first generation of superheroes must look to their children to continue the legacy. But tensions rise as the young superheroes, hungry to prove their worth, struggle to live up to their parents’ legendary public reputations —and exacting personal standards. Based on the graphic novels by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, Jupiter’s Legacy is an epic superhero drama that spans decades and navigates the complex dynamics of family, power, and loyalty. From executive producers Mark Millar, Frank Quitely, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Dan McDermott, Steven S. DeKnight, James Middleton, Sang Kyu Kim. Jupiter’s Legacy stars Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, and Matt Lanter

Series Stars: Josh Duhamel as Sheldon Sampson aka The Utopian, Ben Daniels as Walter Sampson aka Brainwave, Leslie Bibb as Grace Sampson aka Lady Liberty, Andrew Horton as Brandon Sampson aka Paragon, Elena Kampouris as Chloe Sampson, Mike Wade as Fitz Small aka The Flare, and Matt Lanter as George Hutchence aka Skyfox

Also Starring: Ian Quinlan as Hutch, Tenika Davis as Petra Small aka The Flare II, David Julian Hirsh as Dr. Richard Conrad aka Blue Bolt, Tyler Mane as Blackstar, Gracie Dzienny as Ruby Red

The series takes a while to really draw you in – as it wants to tell the story first of how they got their powers. Once you’ve realised that, that’s when things start to click in place.

Shadow and Bone (Series)

Out of nowhere this hits and its actually good…

The Shadow Fold. To destroy it, we need a miracle.

The Woman in the window (Movie)

They’re all hiding something. It’s just not what you think of it. Probably one of the best movies watched this year!

Stranger Things Season 4 (Series)

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.

Keep your eyes on for when it gets released.

Since its release in 2016, the global phenomenon Stranger Things has garnered over 65 award wins and 175 award nominations, including those from the Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys, SAG, DGA, PGA, WGA, BAFTA, a Peabody Award, AFI Program of the Year, the People’s Choice Awards, MTV Movie & TV Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and many others. The three-time Emmy Award Nominee for Best Drama is one of Netflix’s most-watched titles, with Season 3 alone amassing 40.7 million household accounts in its first four days — more than any other Netflix film or series in that timeframe — and 64 million member households in the first four weeks. 

Stranger Things, which was created by The Duffer Brothers and is produced by Monkey Massacre Productions & 21 Laps Entertainment, is currently underway on its fourth season. The Duffer Brothers serve as executive producers on the series, alongside Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps Entertainment, and Iain Paterson.


Isn’t it funny that suddenly it’s normal to have a curfew as an adult? I never thought I would have that until maybe the day I move into a retirement home – way, way, way down the line.

Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this.

Celine Dion

I also never thought that my vocabulary would include words such as social distancing, global pandemic, COVID-19, contact tracing, community spread, herd immunity, epidemic curve, flattening the curve or lockdown. I could never have imagined a life without seeing people smile.

I could never have imagined that my world would shrink to my apartment with my husband by my side 24/7. I could never have imagined being cut off from family that lived across provincial borders and waiting for a hastily-made vaccination to give me access to the rest of the world again – as after all, we just got both their passports sorted when this all started.

One day at a time.

I could never have imagined that my kids would have had to go to school with masks or that I would be sitting and making mask at a sewing machine my mom bought in the early 90s.

When this is all over I am scrubbing my vocabulary from the words that have kept us apart for more than a year – because these words should never have been part of my vocabulary.

One day this will be over and we will be grateful for life in ways we never felt possible before.

Matt Haig

𝐈 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐧 (𝐋𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞) 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐬! If I could, I would make it an ‘every Saturday kinda thing’.

While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.

Angela Schwindt

I still can’t get over these 2. Sometimes they are perfect little angels and other days they are bats out of hell. When I see them doing something as simple as pulling a flower closer, I realise that this experience might be a first – and then I snap a photo so I can remember it forever.

What moment was most precious for you this weekend?

Children make your life important

Erma Bombeck

Until I had kids, the most important person I had to worry about was me. When they arrived I had to check my baggage and needs at the door but as they got older I could claim back time for myself again.

Now here we are, 4 years in with Lexa and 2 years in with Kitten… 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 one little family caught up in the middle of a pandemic in a year where hubby and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary.

💬 Share your best advice or favourite quote on raising kids.

𝔸𝕕𝕦𝕝𝕥𝕤 𝕒𝕣𝕖 𝕛𝕦𝕤𝕥 𝕠𝕦𝕥𝕕𝕒𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕔𝕙𝕚𝕝𝕕𝕣𝕖𝕟.

Dr. Seuss
  • I have become the mom that can juggle the baby in the arm while moderating a Zoom meeting and doing work – on 2 computers nogal
  • I get up every day and dress the kids to make sure they get to school on time
  • I get to work on time every single day – just kidding, my office has been in my house for 4 years already
  • We don’t do as many takeaways as we used to… thank goodness
  • We go out on little trips for the kids almost every weekend

I may be an adult now, but I still need a parent – sometimes. My remaining parent unfortunately lost sight of the importance of family and I couldn’t stand by while my family fell apart.

𝕊𝕠𝕞𝕖𝕥𝕚𝕞𝕖𝕤 𝕗𝕒𝕔𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕠𝕡𝕡𝕠𝕣𝕥𝕦𝕟𝕚𝕥𝕪 𝕚𝕤 𝕝𝕚𝕜𝕖 𝕤𝕥𝕒𝕣𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕒𝕥 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕖𝕖𝕤 𝕠𝕗 𝕒 𝕘𝕚𝕣𝕒𝕗𝕗𝕖.

𝕃𝕒𝕦𝕣𝕚𝕖 𝔹𝕖𝕥𝕙 𝕁𝕠𝕟𝕖𝕤

At one spot between Satara and Tshokwane we stumbled upon a journey of 11 giraffes. It was an unusually big gathering of the ‘langnekke’ – it was such a beautiful sighting.

I could hear how they pulled the leaves from the trees and chew it and as the twigs snapped back towards the tree, it made a loud noise in the silence that surrounded us.

Stick your neck out like a giraffe for opportunities

So, like the giraffe who towers above the African canopy and can see predators coming from far away, I have my eyes set on a few opportunities for 2021. This year, where it stands in the shadow of the year that was, I dare you to stick your neck out just a little and see the opportunities just waiting for you.

Don’t hesitate to grab opportunities with both hands! Don’t be skaam.

This is new! I am definitely printing out this photo to keep…

The Voortrekker Monument doesn’t need a frame, but it does get my kids to stand in one place for more than 2 seconds.

Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.

Leigh Hunt

It was a rainy day and the wind was howling through the arches – and yet, I still stood there raindrops clinging to my hair while the wind wipped them around, because this is my favourite place on the #VoortrekkerMonument #VTM

I had the top terrace all to myself while walking through the arches. It was a first. It was a perfect moment.

This time I didn’t walk the last set of stairs to see the cenotaph from the top. I will keep that moment for another time.

These 2 half pints of terror had a fun time running around like hooligans in the #VoortrekkerMonument #VTM – I was mortified at their piercing screams echoing through the 40mx40mx40m structure.

299 steps, a small price to pay to walk around in this beautiful monument with its 92mx2.3m marble frieze, 3.3 million stitch tapestry that took 9 women 8 years to complete, and a cenotaph that is touched by the sun on only the 16th of December every year.

For me, this is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. It is a place of quiet reflection to study the story of my people and to always remember the vow they made.
Which South African monument is your favourite?

This is simply my favourite photo that hubby has ever taken ❤ and it is all because my 2 favourite minions are looking like they are having fun.

Who wants to drive here right now to go and snap a photo like this? You can be honest 😍

Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.

Lisa Weed

What an interesting year 2020 has been…

It started off like any other year but then it showed its ‘made in China’ label. The world lost many people too soon. Families were kept apart. The world came to a standstill.

I now check labels almost obsessively. ‘Made in South Africa’ makes it into my basket followed by anywhere else other than ‘made in China’.

I wear a mask, social distance and obsessively sanitise my hands. I take no chances and turn down invites.

I miss greeting friends with hugs and listening to the buzz of voices in crowded spaces. I miss walking without a mask and seeing people smile with more than their eyes.