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Getting Cozy with the Lions

In anticipation of tomorrow’s Vodacom Cup, in which the Golden Lions take on the Griquas, I am recounting my very first Lion’s Rugby game.   It will be forever etched in my mind as the time my girlfriends and I somehow convinced half the Lions team to take photos with us. I’m still not sure how we did it.… Read More

My Current Obsession: Bunny Chow

For me, few things beat a good curry. It is the ultimate comfort food – creamy, warm, savory, sometimes sweet and as spicy as you like. I’ll never forget my first curry experience, it was a Thai Panang curry with chicken at my next-door neighbors house. Growing up, anything oriental was never on the family’s menu. They… Read More

Big News & Hitting the reset button

Well, we have packed our suitcases once again! Our flights are booked and we are preparing to head back to the States the first week of June. (!!!) If you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to, you can probably imagine…packing, planning and adjusting to our new temporary home (we are staying with friends in Joburg until… Read More

Things You’ll miss about America while abroad

I happened across this Huffington Post article today: 27 things you’ll miss about America while abroad, which definitely had me chuckling a little bit! Some of these things were SO true and had me shaking my head in agreement, and some were a little off and/or didn’t apply. Here are my favorites from the list and a… Read More

Why a South African Braai beats a US bbq

Trust me. I was skeptical too. When my then boyfriend, now husband tried to explain the beauty of a South African Braai, I’ll be honest, I didn’t really get it. It sounded like a basic barbecue. A gathering of friends and family eating food from the grill. “Our barbecues are great,” I argued. “My dad… Read More

South African Jokes + my nephew turns 2

I’m back from my little blogger vacation! I don’t know really how it happened that I was away for so long. I guess it was a combination of things. We had house guests; some golfer friends on the sunshine tour needed a place to stay last week, and it kind of rocked me off of… Read More

A Very South African Christmas

So I told you things were going to get crazy! These past two weeks have been a whirlwind, but I’m excited to be back to blogging and a semi-routine. Christmas was a special day shared with family. We woke up and Jonathan and I opened our presents we got for each other. One of his… Read More

Faking it + a look at last year’s christmas

This is my first fake Christmas Tree. I’ll admit it, it’s not the most beautiful thing ever. Clearly, I will never be one of those DIY or decor bloggers. That’s fine with me. I’ll leave that to the bloggers already doing it well, like Cupcakes & Cashmere (p.s did you see her holiday wreaths? Super simple & beautiful!) and Design Sponge.… Read More

Know before you go: South Africa’s Kruger National Park

Whenever I ask someone who has been to Kruger Park about their experience, their response usually contains one of the following phrases: “life-changing” or “indescribable.” Hopefully I’ll be saying the same thing after next week when I take my first steps into this famous park! South Africans, tourists, and expats alike LOVE Kruger. Why? It’s simply the… Read More