A Delayed Meet Free Monday: #17

14 April: A Day at HQ
*Long post ahead...
Hello to you and hello to...um...Tuesday. This week's Meet Free Monday post is delayed due to the quick Kamers giveaway that I wanted to share. If I can be honest with you, I've been having mixed emotions over the MFM posts and whether they are too repetitive - I'm just not sure. They are also quite a bit of work and they take a bit of soul searching for me in order to admit weaknesses in a public online space. Believe it or not, when it comes to emotions I am a private person, despite living part of my life online. At the same time I missed doing the post yesterday morning and felt like I had heaps of things I needed to tell you. While thinking - I thought would it be better if I did one MFM post a month, check in and set my intentions all in one go? I don't know - help me out here. My general feeling is that this could be a better idea, but you can let me know what you prefer. They are fairly personal and once I post them I hear so little with only one to three or so comments. This is by no means about comments only, but I just wanted to find out what the general consensus is.

Back to our regular discussing and MFM process... I had a really great weekend - one of those where you get to do different things and they all just slot in perfectly. I feel as if I want to mention Friday too at the risk of making this a ridiculously long post. Anyway, so on Friday, work was on the go as usual and I also met up for lunch with the lovely Janet of Rubio Communications. I had a few last minute errands to run for the Thrift Sale and also collected a really pretty package (will share in mail monthlies). Most of the day was spent on finalising all for the sale, which also included a late night and an early start on Saturday. The sale was a wonderful success and I am so grateful to all of you who attended and shared the event. I think a special thanks is needed for everyone online who put up with my consistent sale updates and reminders, but as mentioned last week I wanted as many people there as possible. After the fun of the sale my family joined me for lunch at Spiga, which was such a perfect finish to the day. The balance of afternoon was spent on a few sale related admin tasks and on the couch to watch Revenge episodes (judge if you like). You might think I'm crazy, but on Saturday eve I tidied part of my cupboard - I was actually looking for something and ended up having to unpack heaps of things so I just rearranged and organised it (but, never found what I was looking for). On Sunday we slept in - much needed! I had promised myself that the profit from selling my things at the sale was going into new wardrobe items. I have nothing to wear - I mean it... so we headed out for lunch and a bit of shopping. I didn't find exactly what I was after, but I did get a great pair of heels and a dressing gown in the loveliest fluffiest fabric from Cotton On. I picked up a few other bits and pieces. I also stocked up on some treats and we retired to the couch to eat said treats and watch movies. A pretty good weekend I think!

The Working Week in Review / Last Week:
I am so proud of last week's work and all that was accomplished. Two big projects are well on their way. In general I just felt better mood wise with Wednesday being the most productive day with Claire in the office. I find I often get so focused on getting stuff done that I almost get into a bad mood, but with some support it all felt doable. My week also followed my preferred structure of three solid office based days. I also managed to fit in a fun night out at the Mr Price VIP event.

The Working Week:
I feel as if the thought of Easter is making this week seem a bit more chilled - not sure if this is good or bad. There is less office time this week and I will be spend several hours out at consulting sessions. Work on a few blogs continues which I look forward to sharing when they launch. There are several tasks that keep slipping off the list which I simply MUST do this week. Good old procrastination is ever present - these tasks are marked by plenty of 'NB', highlighting and arrows!

Things I'm excited about this week:
Easter and less pressure. Something else really good happened which seems too good to be true and basically we're going away for most of next week. I will share more once I have the ticket in hand.

What will challenge me this week?
To not feel too chilled due to the long weekend's fast approach. My office is also a BIG mess after crafting for the sale and just a general disarray of projects and 'creative mess' (read clutter). Oh and you know that filing I mentioned many weeks ago - yes that hasn't been done (oops)!

Personal Thoughts:
Last week I mentioned my return to yoga and I went again yesterday and just loved it. My friend and I are trying a new, more strenuous class, but it's really awesome. Doing it on a Monday night also seems to set the tone for the week. Personally, I feel very blessed at the moment and grateful for simple, happy things. 
I've been into watching YouTube make-up and beauty videos quite a bit lately and felt that I wanted a few more products, but didn't want to blow my budget. Since starting to think about this, it's as if the stars have aligned and I have been receiving beauty related gifts, samples and press packs. For example, I won a prize at the Rubybox Beauty Nightout - a huge Morgan Taylor hamper and last week my mom gave me some large samples size Gatineau products. I just love taking time to get ready using new items and feeling pampered. 

I hope you have a really great and positive week!

This week's photo features:
One Line A Day Notebook: Exclusive Books
Tapes: Typo & In Good Co
Scissors: Typo (of course)
Glasses Pin / Brooch: Gift, but I'm sure it came from Eclectic.
Pen: Gift from Thailand.

Kamers: Easter in Joburg *TICKET GIVEAWAY* (closed)

A weekend of Easter egg enjoying and time off is ahead of us and if you are lucky enough to be in Joburg this weekend you can visit Kamers too! How wonderful! I am giving away five sets of double tickets to visit the event which is on from the 18th to 21st April.

Here are just a few of the beautiful products that will be for sale and if you win the tickets it means you will have a spare R150 (value of two tickets) to shop with! (View even more here.)

I've attended a few Kamers in the past and it is a truly amazing creative event!

  • The giveaway is running for the next 24 hours and will end tomorrow at 3pm and is open to anyone who is able to attend the event in Joburg between the 18th and 21st April.
  • Like / Follow both Kamers and me on either Facebook or Twitter. Links: NvdM Twitter / Facebook and Kamers Twitter / Facebook.
  • Share the giveaway and lastly leave a comment on this post with your name, surname and email address.
Good luck!

The winners are: (Please see my reply to your comments on how to claim your tickets.)
Huibri Schalkwyk
Natalie Vos
Kirsten Townsend
Linda Thompson
Michelle Van Der Linde

*Winners selected using random.org

This beautifully curated event is being held at The Forum Campus in Bryanston and there is also a music event taking place...

Happy winning and shopping! Wish I could go with you.
Photos by: Geneviève Fundaro Photography and Charl du Preez.

Easter at Typo

With Easter just around the corner I'm feeling crafty and in search of some fun and pretty themed bits and pieces to cheer up our home. Of course my darling Typo comes to the rescue with their cute selection. I love all the Easter inspired items (of course I do). Have you got Easter craft plans? I want to decorate a few things and also prep one or two gifts for my family - its another perfect reason to give, share and create. Now... for a visit to stationery heaven.

Trinkets & Treasures Thrift Sale Goodies

Yes - I know I am harping on about Saturday's Trinkets & Treasures Thrift Sale, but the fact is I don't want anyone to miss out! It's happening this Saturday the 12th at Spiga in Florida Road. There are a whole host of lovely things that will be for sale from some of Durban's most creative folk. I will be selling stationery kits and other bits and pieces. Denise from Freshly Found will be there with a range of lovelies - take a look at her blog for more. Be sure to also look out for Nicola from Ask Ashe who has been snapping her 'for sale' things this week.
Fathima from Happiness Is, Jenna from Girl with a Bum, Susan from Arenhold Living and Sabrina from Fashion Nanny are just a few of the sellers you can look forward to shopping from.

And just in case you don't know where it is or when - here are all the details. Please, please, please spread the work and do pop by!

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