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Celebrating God’s Blessings

So God has totally blessed me with some pretty damn amazing and inspirational people in my life… Each of their situations different with different things to celebrate, but celebrating nonetheless! I am so incredibly blessed and cannot help but share their amazing stories and excitement with all of you.

Firstly, Friday, I was hardly on the coast an hour when I bumped into a great friend I’ve had in my life since high school at the Southcoast Mall. She is an amazing woman of God who has been an incredible blessing, always sharing her love and wisdom and inspiring me to do more and be more and constantly seek God in all situations. I have been able to confide in her so many times with my heart and issues and so much more. She is the sister of my friend Ryan, but also a friend I had made being in school, doing a play together and later being there to do my make-up for my matric dance, one day when I get married, I’m sure she’ll be there doing my makeup too just by the way. As I left school our friendship grew and I was able to look to her as a great role model and we got closer as we both were concerned about her brother and later as we prayed for her first born, Reece while he was still in her tummy. God also gave me a vision and prophetic word that I soon shared with Kerry-lee about her son Reece. Now, I am happy to announce that this lovely lady’s family is growing from 3 people to 4 as she is expecting a second little person to be joining soon. Kerry and her husband Kyle have another baby on board and I must say, I am thrilled for them. Reece has grown up so quickly, being one bright little boy. So another little person seems like more joy to be added to this amazing little family. Such blessed news and Kerry is glowing! Hoping to have tea and a little catch up session in this week with Kerry-lee so I am super excited!!! What an inspirational woman!

Then, Saturday evening, I got to spend some time with Kelly!!! His news is that he is heading back to the U.S soon and taking friends with him… He is motivating and inspiring his mates to start doing things and it is a pleasure to watch and hear. He really has matured quite a bit and God really seems to be using him in helping his friends get up and started in life. He’s also turning 21 in less than a month which is pretty exciting too. So I am incredibly proud of my favorite and enjoying every little moment I am having to spend with him.

Then, lastly, one of my oldest friends who I have known since my days of running around in a nappy – Raymond Burger… He’s been in my life forever. We used to live around the corner from each other and our moms are very good friends! We went to the same nursery school and later ended up in the same high school. We’ve been through the laughter and the tears… We have seen the best and worst of each other but have been there to support and believe in each other through it all. Nevermind what people have thought, I have always been proud to call Raymond my friend. He really has been an inspiration in my life as well. He’s had it tough, tougher than a lot of people that I know, but he made the best of it and has turned everything around for the best. If there was one guy whom I never doubted knew God personally and had seen God’s light shine through, that would be Raymond. He doesn’t always believe he’s been the best person, but if people got to see half what I have seen in him and from him, they’d agree he’s pretty incredible. Anyway, in the past few years he’s been in the gym and going at it. Always setting goals and persevering ’til he gets there. If there is a strong person who has taught me about fighting for what’s right and what you want and persisting through anything, battling it out. It would be him. And loving yourself and being you, no matter what. Lessons he’s taught me. Anyway, I’ve watched him and chatted and kept in contact while he has gone through all he has. I have also been there while he has given me lessons on nutrition, spoken about helping people and the book he wants to write, the hours he spent practicing driving with me and many more moments. He’s the one I’ve called if I need advice on body issues or actually any other stuff. He’s always had my back. Now, I get to celebrate another fine moment in his life. On Saturday I saw him for a moment at the rugby game, and I could hardly believe the transformation… But if there has been anyone who could do it, it has been him. Over the past year and a half, I’ve been able to see him before his transformation and now another part of it. It might not be the end or his final goal, but it is a massive goal he has reached! He has lost an incredible amount of weight and the pictures say it all. So, well done to him for getting as far as he has and for all the success still to come! Sooooo amazing! Rejoicing with him in every moment. He is a great inspiration and motivation. If you put your mind to it and with God by your side, you can do anything!

So congrats to these people I am lucky to call friends and family! Amazing people whom God has blessed me with. Love you all xx

Kerry-lee & her family. Kyle(her husband) & little Reece(her son)

Kerry-lee & her family. Kyle(her husband) & little Reece(her son)

With my favorite

With my favorite

Kelly & I - chilled evening

Kelly & I – chilled evening

Raymond. An incredible difference!!

Raymond. An incredible difference!!

The crazy transformation! So proud of him!

The crazy transformation! So proud of him!

The difference. These pants are from grade 8. They were a size 40. #transformation

The difference. These pants are from grade 8. They were a size 40. #transformation

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Homemade Lip Balms

Here are a few different lip balms you could make at home. I really dig some of them but know we all have different tastes & needs. Pick one or all of them to try out.

1. Luscious Lavender Lip Balm
This really calms your chapped lips & smells really good.
Ingredients
4 tbsp jojoba, almond or olive oil
1 tbsp grated beeswax or beeswax pearls
1 tsp honey
1/4 tsp vitamin E oil(or 3 punctured & squeezed out liquid of vitamin E capsules)
7 drops lavender essential oil
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp coloured, natural lipstick(this is optional & only to add some colour)
Preparation
Warm up the oils, beeswax & honey in a small, stainless steel pot or bowl on VERY low heat. Stir until the beeswax is completely melted. Remove from heat & quickly whisk in the essential oil, vitamin E, cocoa powder & coloured lipstick. Place the bottom of the bowl into a shallow pan of ice water & continue whisking quickly as you add the honey. Once it is incorporated, quickly transfer the balm into a lip balm container or whatever you want to store it in & allow it to set for 3 hours.

2. Coco-Rosey Lip Balm
If you want something smelling like roses, this is the one. It leaves your lips light, sweet, soft & beautiful.
Ingredients
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp grated cocoa butter
1 tbsp dried rosebuds
1/4 tsp vitamin E oil(3 punctured, squeezed out vitamin E capsules)
3 drops rose essential oil
Preparation
On VERY low heat, melt the coconut oil in a small stainless steel bowl or pot. After the oil is liquid, add your roses & stir well. Allow to steep again on very low heat for an hour. Strain the oil into a bowl through a fine-mesh sieve or cheese cloth. Wipe out your original heating pot/bowl, pour oil back in & return to heat. Add cocoa butter & stir until melted. Remove from heat, add the vitamin E oil & essential oil & stir well. Transfer to a small container & let it set for 3 hours(or until it has set completely).

3. Minty Chocolate Lip Balm
Ingredients
1 tbsp grated beeswax or beeswax pearls
1/8 of a cup of coconut oil
1/2 tbsp shea butter
1/2 tbsp cocoa butter
1/2 tsp honey
1 tsp cocoa powder
1/8 tsp vitamin E oil(2 punctured, squeezed out vitamin E capsules)
3 drops peppermint essential oil
Preparation
Place the shea & cocoa butters in a small pot & add the coconut oil. Heat over VERY low heat for 20 mins, stirring occasionally. Add the beeswax & stir well. After the beeswax has completely melted, remove the mixture from the heat & add the essential oil, honey, vitamin E & cocoa powder, whisking well the whole time. After everything is incorporated & smooth, transfer into a small container & let it set for 3 hours.

4. Coconut Lip Balm
I love the smell & taste of coconut – so this one is a favourite of mine. It is also a great balm for the beach as it really takes care of your lips in the harsh sun.
Ingredients
2 tbsp beeswax
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp shea butter
12 lip balm containers
A dropper
Optional – add 5-10 drops of your favourite essential oil or your favourite flavouring, such as chocolate or vanilla exctract.
Preparation
Melt beeswax in a small pan over low heat. Add coconut oil & shea butter, melting the ingredients together. Add your essential oils in. Using a small medicinal dropper, pour the melted liquid into your lip balm containers. Add a few extra drops to the top after filling each container, as the ingredients will shrink as they cool. Cool completely to harden. Cover with cap & use as you please.

5. Honey Lip Balm
Honey is such a yummy flavour & sweet but also keeps your lips in tip top shape. The really cool thing is you’ll be able to lick it without worrying about any chemicals.
Ingredients
4 tbsp beeswax, grated or finely chopped
2 tbsp coconut oil
5-10 drops essential oil(of your choice)
2 tsp honey
Preparation
Put some water in a pot(about 1 & a half cups) & bring to the boil. Once boiling, place the grated beeswax & coconut oil in a glass container with a pouring spout(a small glass measuring cup will do fine) & put it in the water, double-broiler style. As the wax & oil melt, stir the mixture with a metal spoon to fully incorporate the two. Once they’re completely melted, remove the glass container from the water(you’ll want to use oven mittens) & set on a flat, heat-safe work surface. Pour your essential oil of choice & the honey & stir well. Pour the mixture into your selected container. It will be ready for use when it has all solidified.

6. Chocolate Lip Balm
Ingredients
3 tbsp cocoa butter
4 or 5 chocolate chips
1 capsule vitamin E
Preparation
Melt all ingredients in a double boiler, & then blend with a spoon until the mixture is very smooth. Put it into a container of your choice & refrigerate until solid.

7. Vanilla Lip Balm
Ingredients
1 tbdp grated beeswax
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/8 tsp vitamin E oil (2 capsules punctured, squeezed out)
1/8 tsp vinalla extract(vanilla essence)
Preparation
Place the beeswax, coconut oil & vitamin E oil in an oven proof container. Heat gently until the wax & oils are melted. Stir in vanilla exctract & mix well. Pour the mixture into a clean container & allow to cool completely before using.

Those are just a few simple balms to keep you & your lips happy & healthy!

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Home

So I’m finally home. Got to the coast yesterday. Was in Durban just for a while before we headed down to the lower South Coast. Was great seeing the waves, breathing in fresh, salty air and having my skin soak up some warm sun! The drive home was fantastic, we were cruising at a good speed with some sweet music and I could feel my body relax as I totally entered my happy place!

Now that I’m home, I’m able to get back on track with my health and fitness and sort out a lot in my life. Already had some of the surfer boys over catching up on some news. Also got to chat bout the Mr Price Pro that’s been happening in Balito. The guys have been doing well and having a blast! And tomorrow is my little sister’s 19th, so we’ll be celebrating as well as checking our boys play some rugby at Dougies. Super amped!

Soon I’ll be posting some health things. I’m not at all obsessed just helping a few ladies out with them. As in the last few years lots of girls or friends’ sisters have asked many questions and I’m finally answering a few. Many are beauty related – sorry guys but they are helpful. So keep checking out this page for the tips….

For now, I’m gonna enjoy some tea and the sound of the waves
Xx
M

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