Greetings! I was browsing some of my photos and I came across these delicious little moments from a trip to Miami! I felt inspired to write about my recommendations, especially seeing as it’s officially Summer here in North America. (more…)
This blog is about my travels and all the magic moments therein, and every now and then I get to write about some magic haunted moments! (lucky you😀) Inspired by all things ghostly, one thing I absolutely love to do in each new city is a ghost walk. (Hint: Check out this ghost walk company). Naturally, I have great stories and recommendations for you.
Here is a nice devotional for today that focuses on communication. I believe good communication is so important. Here are some key basic principles to get down in your spirit that will help you be well on the way to happy, productive relationships.
Honesty. If you want to get off on the right foot with others, be honest and straightforward from the start.
Tact. It’s important to be honest, but it’s also important to be loving and considerate in your presentation, especially with people who are naturally sensitive or when the subject could be sensitive.
Wisdom. Wisdom is what helps you be tactful. You’ll find a lot of useful wisdom within the pages of the Bible, but you can also get wisdom that is tailor made for each situation by asking God for it. That is promised in the Bible, but you need to ask.
Love. You may not do or say everything right, but if others see that you are motivated by love and concern, little problems or misunderstandings are less likely to become big ones.
Prayer. Sometimes praying together about a shared situation can help things click between two people like nothing else.
Positiveness. Being upbeat usually elicits a like response.
Timing. Knowing when to say something is often as important as knowing what to say. So is knowing when not to say anything.
Approachability. Dictionary definitions of approachable include accessible; easy to meet, know, talk with, etc.; friendly. When someone knows you will take time for him or her, you’ve won a friend.
Attentiveness. Listen to what others have to say without interrupting, trying to hurry them along, or finishing their sentences for them. Nothing opens a channel for constructive dialogue better than being a good listener.
Open-mindedness. People’s opinions and the way they approach problems are as different as people themselves. Letting others express their thoughts and feelings conveys respect and fosters positive, fruitful exchanges. People will be much more at ease with you and more likely to turn to you for advice if they know you will be open to what they have to say, even if you don’t agree.
Empathy. Be sensitive to others’ likes and dislikes, needs, and moods. Put yourself in their shoes. Practice the Golden Rule.
A sense of humor. A little laughter can be just the thing to keep potentially difficult exchanges from getting too intense. Lighten up!
Clarity. There would be a lot fewer misunderstandings between people if they didn’t beat around the bush or rely so much on hints. Don’t leave others guessing; say what you mean. If you’re not sure they understand your point, ask them.
Effort. Sometimes communicating is plain hard work.
Consistency. People who communicate regularly understand each other better and are more likely to be able to work through problems when they come up.
Colossians 4:6 ESV – Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Proverbs 15:1 ESV – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Psalm 141:3 ESV – Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!
I went to a “Dirt Sexy Money” / Great Gatsby party last week & it was amazing! I thought that I’d gather some great ideas for you if you’re thinking about having a themed party this festive season. Whether you’re looking to get together for an evening filled with glitz & glam, or a relaxed cocktail hour in honour of a special occasion….. Here are some awesome ideas to give your party that creative boost! All you need is a stocked bar, a few fun themes and a little inspiration for a bash where the drinks are second to the scenery.
With the film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, the Swinging Twenties are making a comeback in everything from fashion to design to event planning. Get into the spirit by throwing an unforgettable party the way only Jay Gatsby would have, with lively music, decadent food and more champagne than your guests know what to do with! Celebrate like they did in the Swinging Twenties with these fabulous ideas.
Greet your guests with a refreshing mint julep, a classic drink from the ‘20s.
Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a collins glass. Fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw.
If you’re opting for a beautiful dessert table or just some munchies during cocktail hour, layer your table with different heights for the biggest impact. This tiered tray not only has a vintage vibe, but it’s the perfect platter to display your petit fours or finger sandwiches.
MASON JAR CANDLES
Keep guests entertained during a cocktail hour with a games table set up. From checkers to cards to dominoes, these timeless games will create a lighthearted atmosphere that’s a staple of any Great Gatsby party.
Take it up a notch with this sexy theme which lends itself to creative food, music, costumes & decor. “The Seven Deadly Sins” are a classification of objectionable vices that have been used since early Christian times.
- Lust an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body
- Gluttony the over-indulgence of anything to the point of waste
- Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work
- Envy the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation
- Wrath strong vengeful anger or indignation
- Pride excessive belief in one’s own abilities. Often interpreted as Vanity.
- Greed an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs, especially with respect to material wealth
Theme your food & cocktails using colours to represent the sins.
Red – Lust
One drink I can think of is Sangria (I had a lot of it when I was in Spain!)
- 4 oranges
- 2 lemons
- 1 apple, unpeeled, core removed, diced
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 750ml bottle red wine (see note)
- 1/4 cup caster sugar
- 750ml bottle soft drink (lemonade, soda water or ginger ale
- Thinly slice 1 orange and 1 lemon. Cut each slice into small wedges and place in a large bowl. Add apple, cinnamon and brandy. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Juice remaining oranges and lemon. Combine 1 1/2 cups wine, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, 1 1/2 cups soft drink, 1/4 cup orange juice and 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice in a jug. Add half the apple mixture. Stir to combine. Repeat with remaining ingredients in another jug.
- Spoon crushed ice into 8 tall glasses. Pour over sangria. Serve.
Purple – Vanity
Green – Envy
Blue – Sloth
Yellow – Greed
Pink – Gluttony
Orange – Wrath
Get out your adventure instincts with this Indiana Jones Party. Transform your party space into an adventure zone inspired by 4×4 trucks, khaki wear, ropes, maps, treasure & more Indi-inspired decor!
If you can’t make it down to New Orleans, host a Mardi Gras themed party. Mardis Gras 2014 is happening on Sunday, March 2nd – Wednesday, March 5th. The official colors are purple, green and gold. Purple represents justice, green stands for faith, and gold signifies power. Give your home a wild, jaw-dropping transformation with a bold, eclectic collection of Mardi Gras decorations to recreate the mood of the South. Drape purple, gold, and green gossamer throughout your party area.
Who could forget the famous novel by Lewis Carroll? Take your guests down the rabbit hole with this creative & original idea for a party. Alternatively, name it the “Madhatter’s Tea Party” and create a world for your guests to explore & get carried away in!
“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
― Lewis Carroll
A lot of my work revolves heavily around video editing & production. In my opinion, videos are the new photos. In 5 years from now, platforms like YouTube & Netflix will be the main broadcasting streams, transcending the boundaries of our local television networks. They’re like television as we know it, but online. YouTube has already introduced the concept of users having “Channels” which are unique to them; styled & designed totally by the user. Everyone can have their own channel, for free, and can upload whatever videos they like to it. Having a channel on YouTube is like having one on TV. For South African readers, imagine all the different channels we get on DSTV. BBC Entertainment, The Discovery Channel, Universal Channel, History Channel, National Geographic Channel & Supersport are some of my personal favourites. Now imagine you had your own channel, what would you broadcast? The autonomy is with you. A YouTube channel is your own channel online. The videos you upload are like the episodes which are part of a show or series. In fact, YouTube has enabled you to categorize your videos into the various playlists or ‘shows’ that you offer. This allows users to navigate your channel easily. If you don’t fancy that route, you can of course keep your channel very simple & just have tons of videos uploaded in no real order or category. That’s OK, too. YouTube gives you complete freedom to do whatever you like. Just so you get the idea, here are some really awesome channels I subscribe to on YouTube.
VICE specializes in exploring uncomfortable truths and going to places we don’t belong. Now, thanks to YouTube, we have compressed two decades of our unique immersive approach to these subjects into delicious bite-size morsels. Herein you will find people talking frankly about their hatred and love for various things, general heresy, the only travel and news documentaries you’ll want to watch, tons of exclusive new stuff, and probably a lot of cats. You’re welcome.
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In the USA, “Netflix” is an enormously popular way of watching movies. For a small subscription fee a month, you have access via the internet to almost every movie / series / documentary ever made. For those of you like me, who simply love the art of video & film, you can understand how one could get addicted to this new phenomenon which is rivaling huge TV broadcasting networks like HBO. People want more these days; they want video & film. And they don’t just want them from their local surrounds (that’s great of course), but they want access to the world’s projects. They want to transcend the borders & limits of local channels & networks. They want to skip the whole “video store” middle-man. They want quick access to the hottest videos & films worldwide, and they want it now. With the rise of social media & its huge popularity which extends beyond borders & has become a universal trend over the past few years, it’s made it so much easier to watch videos & movies. With Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Reddit, Tumblr, Google+ and many other apps gaining power as advertising /marketing avenues for every business in every city worldwide, it’s hard to ignore the gradual evolution of social media & the demands from the people these days for more. Things like Instagram have recently introduced video to their app so not only can you add filters to photos & upload them, but you can add filters to videos & upload them as well. A new video sharing app called Keek is also exploding with popularity in the US. It started in Canada & is now spreading rapidly across the world, with 58 million users worldwide. Obviously we can thank stars like the Kardashians for spreading awareness of it and boosting its popularity! The benefits of these platforms are simple; to reach hundreds, thousands, even millions of people at the click of a button from your home PC or mobile phone. People don’t just want to see you. They want to know you…..hear you. And they want that instantly & on-the-go. We’re building communities, sharing opinions, exchanging experiences & connecting over shared interests. What’s more is, we’re building doing it into our 9-5 lives!
Lisbon was one of the most magical, enchanting places I’ve been to. It’s one of the oldest cities in the world. It’s definitely one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by hundreds of years. They love their sardines… and I was explicitly told by a local that I wouldn’t truly experience Lisbon if I didn’t experience their char-grilled sardines (with lemon and sea salt).
I’ll never forget when I went to London in 2012 to compete in Top Model UK. What an exciting time in one of the best cities of the world! I was there for a few weeks for the show and stayed in the Hilton Hotel, London Metropole. During my free time, I made sure I dressed warm because it was the middle of winter and it was so chilly outside!
It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, you’ll always be faced with a children’s party or two. As they head towards school age, the number of parties that they’ll be invited to will increase massively and, while you won’t be able to make all of them, it’s good practice to ensure your child can attend the parties of their close schoolmates to build on their friendships further.