Happy New year 🥂

Hi everyone, happy New year hope the year has started off perfect for you.

So officially my 2019 starts 1st of February. January was totally a trial month  and holiday month for me, spent majority of it in Portugal just having some R&R.

It dawned on me my 2019 would begin in the month of love. I love the month of love so it's a a very good start to my year. Then it got me reminiscing on some of my favourite Valentine's day celebrations. I've had quite a variety of romantic gestures over the years. For me its always adding unconventional touches with the hopeless cheesy romantic gestures. The ones that show me you actually pay attention to what I find fascinating. I love flowers but also fast and the furious. That kind of thing.

I've always been so obsessed and pleasantly surprised with getting flowers on special occasions and quality time together. Floral arrangements like the ones found at Floraqueen which are the kind of gifts that just covers so many basis. Flowers are just so versatile in my humble opinion. They make great push presents (I received a gorgeous bunch of red roses ), they brighten your mood when you ill or sad. Bring great life and vibrancy into your home. Basically I am greenery and flower kind of person. 

Then obviously and in my opinion the most important part of valentines day, there has to be a date night. Because in all fairness there is no greater way of showing love than giving someone your undivided attention... (sorry phones and social media you cannot be a part of date nights). We live in a world where it's so trendy to be busy that we sometimes lose the deep connections.

I know many people constantly say Valentine's day should be everyday but I love the idea that on one very special day we get to celebrate love every year. Call me the hopeless romantic.

Let me know in the comments below How you celebrating Valentine's day this year... or better yet share a Valentine's day story in the comments below.
XO Meg

Child pose for soothing anxiety

I have been a long time anxiety sufferer. Anyone who has ever had anxiety or panic attacks know it feels like you about to die. Like not in a dramatic way, I mean it actually feels like you are suffocating to death. This is just a simple thing I do when I notice a panic attack approaching, its so soothing and pretty much always works. The simple yoga pose called child pose. The way I find it helps is starting with the basic child pose, cradling over your knees and slowly stretching forward. I find it opens my lungs and encourages me to breath deeply. Which is the main struggle for me when a panic attack arises.

I hope this short and sweet tip can help someone who suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. Because I know just how badly it sucks.

How to keep costs down with small changes that can change your finances completely!

Sometimes we think with our hearts and not with our heads. Making New Year’s resolutions can often be disastrous, with 80% of people failing by February or not even putting it in motion at all and regretting it instantly. I have been there, done that on several occasions. One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to cut down on spending, and although this sounds achievable, if you don’t have a fully-pledged strategy in place, the likeliness of failure spirals out of control. When I spoke about simplifying my life finances was a huge factor too. The unnecessary expenditures had to come to a halt. But it already seemed so daunting but there are several small changes you can make that can create a lot more financial freedom.

I understand that people can be victim to an unexpected expense — whether this is a home appliance breaking , a sudden death, urgent travels, making that third trip on a bus with only a return ticket. It all adds up. For that reason, I’ve made some assessments on how those extra savings can come in handy if something like that was to occur. This is such an important post and I hope you enjoy finding some solutions to some financial hurdles. So to make it easier I will be breaking it down into groups for you. 

A simple disclaimer here though I know I am a South African blogger but over the last year the vast majority of my traffic has been from the UK so my stats are in Pounds but I can assure there is something every single one of you from all beautiful corners of the globe can learn from this post. 


Start off with something small, but something that will make huge changes when it comes to your bank account. Using a megarider ticket, you will be able to travel as much as you want and can tailor your own needs to the ticket type. Whether you’re in need of a weekly bus pass for your travels, or a monthly one — you will find yourself making a huge saving in comparison to buying a ticket every day.

If you’re a driver, did you know that the average motorist in the UK will spend an astonishing £168,880 over their lifetime? With efficiency growing in public transport, there is no reason for you not to consider making the bold move that could help you fulfill your resolution this year and save you a fortune.

When it comes to payments across the year, petrol costs a driver £1,052.04. Servicing a vehicle costs can add up to £441 over a twelve-month period — which can change depending on the individual’s situation. MOTs can cost up to £168.46 annually. Cost of parking is on the rise, and with more vehicles on the roads, there seems to be a higher demand. Over the year, a motorist can find themselves paying £145.80 on parking. When it comes to insurance, this can sway dramatically as younger drivers will find themselves paying a higher cost to be on the road — on average, insurance costs an experience driver £436 every year. Tax can equate to £116.35 on a yearly basis. Car supplies can cost a driver £29.61 and if you were to go abroad and wished to drive, holiday rental cars can leave you £180 out of pocket. Speeding tickets equal £25.12 for the average driver here in the UK. This would cost a driver £2,594.38 in total where commuters find themselves paying considerably less for a significant service — imagine the saving you would make with a megarider ticket!


According to research carried out by MyVoucherCode, people in the UK visit coffee shops at least three times per week — although it has recently become unavoidable, as currently there are over 21,000 outlets around the country! This means that Brits visit coffee shops around 156 times a year with an average spend of £8.52 — with travel expenses, this could go up to £13.85. This creates an annual average spending of £2,600, a majority of which could be saved if you were to opt for taking your own coffee to work.

Branded coffee company, Douwe Egberts, has said that a 250g pack of ground coffee can make up to 30 cups. When looking to see how much a 1kg pack would cost, Amazon has priced the coffee at around £15, meaning that each cup of coffee would cost close to 13p. Try taking a flask to work and even purchasing an on-the-go coffee cup that will see you through your day.

If the rise in prices for cigarettes hasn’t already put you off, knowing that you could save a whopping £3,796 (if you smoke 20 a day) should be the driving mechanism for you to quit. MoneySupermarket.com has stated that non-smokers pay around £6,309 less for life insurance, which could be something worth investing in for the new year. No judgment here but I have never understood how the pro’s outweight the con’s when it comes to smoking.

An alternative that many smokers are trying to save money is vaping. 10ml bottles of liquid cost around £5 on average — saving those who turn to vaping around £1,900.

Many of us find it easier to just buy lunch on the way to work — or popping out on our lunch breaks. But what if we told you that, on average, forking out for lunch every day could cost you £1,288 according to research carried out by VoucherCloud. Evidently, you could make a huge saving by preparing your lunch at home — whether this is making a quick sandwich or taking in a tin of microwavable soup to heat up. When we looked at the total working days in 2017, there was 252 — if we went by Poundland’s price of tomato soup, which is 50p, you would find yourself paying £126! A massive saving for anyone looking to cut down on costs.

Unexpected expenses

We’ve all been victim to an unexpected expense, with 54% of 2,000 people asked saying that they suffered from an unexpected expense within the household. On average, these costs totalled £248.70 — showing that any saving is beneficial for occurrences like these. 47% of these issues happened in the kitchen, a room which is essential to the day-to-day running of any home, and if you don’t have the money to pull out instantly, it could cause an everyday stress. Using the savings you would have made by taking your own lunch and coffee to work, quitting smoking, and travelling smarter — you will be able to make life a whole lot easier. It was also found that 35% of people had to use a credit card to cover the costs of unexpected expenses. With 18% of them not being able to pay more than £100 on their own, 17% had to borrow from friends and family!

Thinking smarter for 2018 is a must, how will you be changing your ways to save money? Share all your tips with us in the comments below.

Sources of the above stats if you curious to learn more are listed below and make for an interesting read:


Elevate your living space with some greenery!

I remember traveling through Belgium a few years ago and staying at the most awesome little AirBNB, the place was not huge but it had such a gorgeous vibe to it. Picture an all white bedroom, airy view of the city and tons of greenery. Holiday heaven!!! the touches of greenery changed the entire ambiance of the place. It added freshness and colour to an otherwise plain space. 

But what happens if you don't have green fingers? or perhaps you just a busy person who cannot keep greenery alive. This is where artificial plants can some in and save the day. However way to often the artificial plants look so fake the whole world will know they not real. For this exact reason I am happy to be teaming up with Silk Plants direct . They have the most awesome variety of silk plants that look like the real deal. 

There is so many advantages of incorporating artificial plants into your life especially if you a busy person who loves the look of greenery but not the labor involved in maintaining indoor or outdoor greenery. 

Let me list just a few reasons this is such a great solution for your greenery needs:

         Ideal for all weather conditions

No specific weather conditions or climate is required by the faux topiaries, while the real ones will only survive under their suited conditions.

         No sunlight or water mandatory

The fake botanical items will never need sunlight or watering for its existence, while the original ones will not survive without these.

         Fertilizers and pesticides not required

Regular involvement of money is going to happen for buying fertilizers and pesticides for real plants and trees, for their existence. The faux alternative will never need any of them.

         Easy and flexible maintenance regime

The additional workforce is mandatory for taking care of original botanical items. On the contrary, you just need to dust the surface or wash them very much seldom in case of fake topiaries.

         Highly cost effective

The biggest advantage this replica of the original botanical beauties provide is that you need to buy them once and it will retain its appearance all through your life. The original ones may die or decay anytime. 
Amazing for outdoor decor 
This is definitely going to be the route I am going to take in the future, I deem myself green finger blessed but traveling and having a toddler make it nearly impossible for me to keep up with the upkeep. I have actually been eyeing this gorgeous birds of paradise plant for the living room or even my bedroom. 

Let me know what is your thoughts on artificial plants, I'd love to know if you have incorporated them into your decor.

February Favorites | Motherhood, skin care, fashion, meditation and more

It has been ages since I have done a favorites post/ round up, I have basically de-cluttered my life in heaps and bounds. So this will be an absolute favorites post. No muss or fuss, just the things that brings me joy.

Lets start with wellness:

Meditation has been the ultimate addition in my life. I listen to quite a few but my absolute favorite is this one. The body scan method is pretty new to me and absolutely helps me stay in the actual moment.

The reflections app. has been a great way to really narrow down the day, the highs, what you can improve on and so forth. It has made keeping a journal so much easier.


Capsule wardrobes have been something I am aiming to do with my obscenely cluttered closet.  I'm speaking simply looking into keeping or purchasing the basics, like the perfect leather jacket to the maxi dress you can wear dressed up or down. By the way I am obsessing over this River Island ankle boots, I have a similar pair that I bought in Belgium and they are my classic staple.
image credit ~ River Island

Skin Care:

At one point I had like my night stand over flowing with skin care products, oh the length I would go in to fight aging. These days I am simply into face wash and exfoliating followed by my current skin care favorite celltone tissue oil.


As Matteo is getting older 17 months to be exact, I have found keeping him entertained is getting a little more tricky and even though pre- motherhood I was judge Judy about letting toddlers watch shows to keep them entertained I must confess I have become one of those moms. Don't get me wrong, we play outside, go for walks daily and keep the shows to a minimum but they do come in handy. His favorite is Noddy but it has to be Noddy in toy land. 

There you have it my current simplified favorites, I have one major question what is something you can recommend? what is your absolute favorites this month?
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