Sunday, 4 February 2018

Run On Coffee Doesn't Live Here Anymore

I finally made the move to my own website so take a look over at

There is also a great new logo #lovecoffee #OneSipAtATime

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Gift Bags Are Boring

Are you horrified at the cost of wrapping paper and gift bags?

Don’t go and buy all those expensive rolls of Christmas wrapping paper that only end up torn on the lounge floor. Don’t buy those different sizes of gift bags that sometimes cost nearly as much as the gift. It’s time to change the way you wrap and give presents.

Buy one roll of cheap and pretty Christmas wrapping paper from a shop such as the Crazy Store and then a few rolls of cheap brown paper. You can even use the blank newsprint that is often found in your local newspaper. Go to a packaging / baking shop such at Foodpak and buy cake boxes. They are flat packed and start at R8.90 for the smallest box. You will need to staple the sides to assemble them. The nice thing about these sturdy cake boxes is that they can then be used by the recipient for storage or to fill with a cake.

Take the pretty Christmas wrapping paper and cut 2 strips long enough to go around the box lid and staple the ends to attach them. Make your own paper bow by cutting 3 different lengths of paper and sticking the ends together with tape. Stack the medium length on top of the longer length and staple them together in the middle. Use tape to stick the smallest on top. Make 2 paper “ribbon tails” and stick these in the middle of the box. Stick the paper bow onto top of these “ribbon tails”. There are lots of DIY paper ribbons on Pinterest but I found that this one was the quickest and easiest to make. Write the name of who the gift is for on one of the ribbon tails.

Everything is so expensive but most people want to give kids or family member’s more than one gift. Why not choose just one really great item and then buy a few cheap and cheerful items from shops such as Pep Home and Mr Price Home. If you have female friends or family members that love make-up then the Essence range is amazing for gifts with nail polish at just R29.99.

If the man in your life loves snacks for watching rugby – go along to Manolis and buy a few small packets of nuts, raisins and other fruit items. Put in a large packet of his favourite biltong as well and if he likes biscuits why not make them yourself. Men are so difficult to buy for and when I ask my husband what he wants his answer is always chocolate!

Fun items for kids can be found at the Crazy Store and Bargain Books is always a book lover’s paradise. Don’t forget about charity shops such as the SPCA and Hospice. So many treasures can be found and by buying from them you also support the charity.

Use the brown wrapping paper to wrap the gifts and place them inside your completed gift box. You can leave the wrapped gifts plain or tie a ribbon around them or even draw on the paper.

I hope this post has given you some ideas on how to make your gifts look great and also helped you to think “outside the box”  J

Bow found on Pinterest

See Snap,Sizzle & Cook for biscuit recipes

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Get Festive With Dolphins by Starlight

It's time to get festive again at uShaka Marine World with the eagerly anticipated Dolphins By Starlight starting at 7pm between December 8th - 13th.

This firm favourite on the Durban Christmas calendar is sure to put stars in the eyes of young and old alike. The magnificent uShaka Sea World dolphins will perform their dazzling aquatic aerobatics to Christmas soundtracks inspired by love, hope and family.

They will be joined by the glorious Durban Gospel Choir, "Divo" Clive Gumede, songbird Samantha Landers , rising soprano star Slindo Zondo, Quattro Femmes String Quartet, a live band  under the direction of Burton Naidoo, and a host of talented guest artists. Expect plenty of Christmas carols as well  as stirring renditions of much loved favourites such as Josh Groban's The First Noel, Whitney Houston's Joy to the World, God Bless Africa and the Hip Hop Nutcracker. Our producers have even penned a special Christmas version of The Circle of Life and reworkings of popular songs such as Can't stop the Feeling and Happy.

Without giving too much away, early test flights have shown that Santa's reindeer have been unable to make his sleigh hover more than 20 cm off the ground! The North Pole News  has reported  that this failure to launch may be as a result of low Christmas spirit as well as folks forgetting  the true meaning of Christmas. Santa is so concerned that he has decided to send his chief investigative elves Andy Alibastar and Polly Peppermint to uShaka to investigate.

Dolphins By Starlight is family entertainment at its very best with plenty of fun filled interludes especially written for children.  So, expect a meeting with the uShaka Ocean Warriors, plenty of dancing and singing and perhaps even a surprise visit by the big man himself in a celebration that is sure to help us all rediscover the true heart of the holiday season in Durban.

To make sure you don't miss out, book now. Tickets are available at Computicket or via uShaka's online ticketing on at a cost of R170 for adults and R140 for children. Kids under 3 enter for free. Enquiries call 031-3288000.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Unravel by Christine Bernard

Christine Bernard lives in beautiful Cape Town loves coffee, wine, her cute Guinea Pigs and words. She is a freelance writer and also writes for her own online magazine – Flat White Magazine.

Many people have dreams of what they want to achieve and Christine has made her dream of becoming a novelist come true with the publishing of her first novel “Unravel” a psychological mystery/suspense.

"Rose Madison is of sound mind, with a sharp focus and a willingness to succeed. At only twenty-three, she’s already won an award for her short story, and has been hailed as the next big thing in the literary world. She’s beautiful, funny, intelligent, and comes from a wealthy and successful family. It’s clear to all, including herself, that her future looks bright and promising.

Why then, does the perfect Rose Madison start to slowly lose her mind? 
This is a story of a young woman in her prime, clutching at the remains of sanity."

When I start a book I have to finish it that same day as I need to find out who dunnit or what happens in the end. The family and pets were ignored as I made myself comfortable on the couch with a large cup of coffee at hand and got involved in the unravelling of Rose Madison.

Rose is a sweet, friendly young woman with a group of close friends and a roommate who is willingly helpful and supportive. I felt so sorry for Rose whose world slowly started to collapse around her and I couldn’t understand who or why someone would do all those ugly things to her. Well I did find out in the end and you will have to read the book as I’m not saying anything more. I found “Unravel” easy to read and the characters were easy to relate to. A great first novel which needs to be on your must read list.

It would make a great gift for Christmas and even better you can also buy Christine’s second book “Will” (supernatural thriller) that has just been published.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Sand Castle Building Challenge with Starbucks

Durban’s Golden Mile is known for its sand castle sculptures – fun and funky creations by urban artists that not only show off the city’s landmarks and icons but even provide the odd sarcastic dig at the “hoi polloi” and happenings that are in the news.

Now, in preparation for the arrival of Starbucks in the city, the very newsmakers themselves will be squaring up for a sand castle building contest like no other together with anyone who is interested in spending time on the beach and joining in on the challenge.

Hosted by Starbucks and Durban Tourism on Saturday, November 18, this event will see the general public, together with well-known local print and online media as well as radio personalities swap their laptops and microphones for buckets and spades as they go up against each other and the Starbucks teams, representing the Florida Road store (opening on Saturday, November 25) and Gateway store opening early December), to burrow, mould and shape their way to a win – with fabulous Starbucks prizes up for grabs!

One journo who was found getting some tips from the professionals and honing her skills near the surf explained: “Rest assured, sand will fly before the day is over. We’re very competitive and each team will be determined to build the ultimate sandcastle. The only problem is that the last time I did this, I was about five!”

The sand castle clash starts at 8am and ends at 11am. Be sure to make your way to North Beach on the Golden Mile (opposite the skateboard park) to cheer on the participants and join in on some classic Durban fun in the sun.

For those interested in participating, register with  or come on the day to enjoy a fun filled morning spending time with family and friends building sandcastles.

Putting in “much needed practise” before
the Sandcastle challenge this Saturday are:
Kyro Brower, Aaliyah Mia and Kerry Ann Brown

Sunday, 5 November 2017

The Durban Wellness Festival Encourages People to Step Up For Health


Diabetes may be the second highest cause of death in South Africa after tuberculosis but people are still in denial.

As most people only begin to look after their health when they have a scare and are forced to drastically stem their intake of fast food and begin exercising, the Durban Wellness Festival supported by SASA and Lilly has been created to show people that they can make positive, fun changes before it is too late.

The strong message from Jenny Russell, branch manager for Diabetes SA Durban, a non-profit organisation that provides support and wellness education for both diabetics and communities at large, is that diabetes is both preventable and manageable.

“Get tested at the Durban Wellness Festival so you can manage this silent killer or, better still, learn how to live a healthy life the fun way,” she suggests. 

The Durban Wellness Festival takes place on Saturday, November 11, 2017. It is a true celebration of all things healthy with live music and an expo that not only aims to raise awareness about the scourge of diabetes in South Africa but also to encourage people to look after the one thing that money cannot buy – their health.

“Join us for either a 5km Run or Walk, a variety of entertaining activities, and a live performance by Durban singer and songwriter, Holly Wasserfall who also happens to be a type 1 diabetic. This is a family affair, so everyone is welcome – even your pet dog. But on a leash, of course,” says Russell.

Lloyd Paul (DJ and MC), Jenny Russel (Diabetes SA)
and Holly Wasserfall (Singer and Songwriter)

Taking place at the Durban Amphitheatre at the Bay of Plenty, the Durban Wellness Festival will open for registration at 10am. The Durban Wellness Festival officially kicks off at 2pm with the 5km walk and run starting at 4pm with the entire event finishing at 6pm with lucky draw spot prizes.

Russell adds that despite the light mood of the day, Diabetes SA will not be pulling any punches when it comes to driving home the reality of the diabetes pandemic.  “Diabetes has become known as the Tsunami of the 21st century, killing more people worldwide than AIDS and cancer combined. Our main objective is to bring diabetes into the spotlight, in the hope that it gains the recognition it deserves, instead of remaining in the shadow of HIV, AIDS and Cancer.”

To bring the message even closer to home, Russell states that the latest statistics received from a podiatrist doing her Master’s degree are absolutely shocking. “In 2014, 1,288,973 diabetic patients were registered in state health facilities alone in KwaZulu-Natal.  An unacceptable total of 2323 diabetic lower limb amputations were carried out between 2013 and 2014 in KZN. This amounts to six per day!” she points out.

When you have diabetes, your body is either unable to make enough insulin, or it is unable to correctly use the insulin it does make. As a result, the glucose in your bloodstream cannot move into your cells to be used as energy and thus creates a build-up, resulting in high glucose levels.
Damage caused by elevated blood glucose levels is irreversible. Diabetes has been linked to cardiovascular disease, stroke, eye disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, lower limb amputations, sexual dysfunction as well as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

2016 Statistics from the International Diabetes Federation, the World Health Organisation and the Centre for Disease Control paint an extremely depressing picture. Worldwide, 415 million people were diagnosed as diabetic as opposed to 35 million patients with HIV and 14 million with cancer. Every six seconds a person dies from diabetes-related causes. Every 10 seconds two people develop diabetes and every 30 seconds, a lower limb is amputated due to diabetes related complications.

What is most startling, according to Russell is that statistics show that at least 50 percent of those with diabetes are unaware of their condition. “That means that those numbers are, in reality far higher. In some countries this figure may reach 80%. We have between 3 and 3.5 million diagnosed diabetics in South Africa. We also have an estimated 1.5 undiagnosed diabetics and approximately 1.5 to 2 million pre-diabetics in South Africa.”

Children are also not immune. Worldwide, every year, 70000 children under the age of 15 develop Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes in children is becoming a global public health issue with potentially serious outcomes. Thirty percent of children born since the year 2000 are expected to become diabetic if lifestyle changes are not made.

95 percent of all diabetics are type 2 with 90 percent of all complications experienced by type 2 diabetics. “What is so frustrating is that this is preventable if people eat healthy foods and exercise. Hence, it is important to get the message out there and to continually try to educate people to make good lifestyle choices for both themselves and their families,” she concludes.

Supporters of the 2017 Durban Wellness Festival are SASA who are committed to the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases in South Africa, as well as Lilly Diabetes, who have been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923 when they introduced the world‘s first commercial insulin. Ninety years later, they remain committed to meeting the needs of people with diabetes from medicines to support programs and more.

A major emphasis of Lilly’s work is to understand that people with diabetes should first be seen as individuals. Many of their programs and solutions are designed based on feedback from people who live with the illness every day.

The 5km Walk or the 5km Run costs just R60 per person with all proceeds going towards Diabetes SA Durban. Please note that this organisation is a self funding organisation and does not receive any form of government funding and all proceeds raised go back into the education of this dreaded disease within KZN. The Wellness Expo is free to the public.

For further information about this event, please contact Pat Bonini on 082 499 5222 during office hours or via email at

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Christmas Gifts From Nature

The lead up to Christmas is always an exciting time. What is going to be the must buy toy? What are the holiday make-up sets? What is the best buy in perfume sets? What are the new product launches?

The least exciting is ............... what am I going to buy as gifts that also won’t break the bank!!

A Christmas range that I always look forward to seeing (and smelling) is the one from Rain Africa.  So much care and attention to detail is put into the creation of the annual Christmas range and there is always something new.

On Saturday 21 October I attended the launch of #RainChristmas #GiftsFromNature at the Rain store in the Pavilion Shopping Centre, Westville. The owners of the Pavilion Rain store Yusuf and Ryan also own a store in Gateway and at the new Ballito Junction. They always make their events special for bloggers and media and this event was no exception. Delicious snacks and drinks were available for refreshment and the store was open only to invited guests.

Yusuf and Ryan

Yusuf welcomed everyone and told us how excited he was about this year’s Christmas products. Each product was brought out by one of the Rain staff who were also dressed in an outfit using the fabric made especially for the festive season. Once he had explained about the products we had fun placing the items on the table for display.

The scents for this year’s #RainChristmas are Verbena and Patchouli & Myrrh and the colours are copper, natural and light green for the packaging. There are 31 items in the Christmas range and they are priced from R95 through to R650.

I asked Yusuf and Ryan to tell me which of the products from the Christmas range they love the most. Yusuf loves the Indulgence Box (R650) as he is a huge fan of variety and this feels like getting six presents in one. 

Ryan loves the Glass Bauble’s (R175) as they are collector’s items containing a little token from nature. There are two different Glass Bauble’s for this year and next year they will change the contents.

Okay! You want to know what products I loved from the Christmas range. The first product that caught my eye was the Bag of Salts (R175) and not because of the content (which is awesome), but because of the packaging. A beautiful copper bag that looks just like a bag that would contain coffee beans!

My next favourite products are the Bath Oils (R199 each) which are packaged in lovely tall glass bottles. I’m a sucker for anything packaged in beautiful glass. There are six different types of Bath Oils – Wild Gum, Wood Spice, Amber Tangerine, Amber Verbena, Patchouli Myrrh with Lufa and Ginger & Orange.

Cracker Soap (R99) – it smells incredible!

Last but certainly not least is the Box of Bath Truffles – beautifully packaged and so unique.

The Christmas products are amazing but so are the rest of their products. There is something for everyone inside a Rain store – man, women, teenager and baby.

From the regular stock of Rain products Yusuf’s favourite is the Aloe Therapy Body Butter (R219) – he just loves the smell of it. 

Ryan’s favourite products are the Tree Mists (R175) as it reminds him of Cape Town and the beautiful Platbos Forest where the ingredients come from.

My all time favourite from Rain is the African Rain Mist (R189) as I find the fragrance soothing and restful.

Rain Africa uses ancient tribal plant ingredients, bioactive plant extracts and wild harvested African botanicals.  Body care that is made not produced.

Rain Africa is hand crafted with a conscience, has an ethos of giving, world fair trade accredited, beauty without cruelty accredited and all are handmade products.

Rain Africa is Created for Living.