Win Tickets to Dora The Explorer

doraOne of Nicky’s favourite shows when we were watching Showmax was Dora. He liked to watch the same episodes over and over. I think he even learnt some Spanish (and so did I, it was on so many times…)

The lovable Dora will be visiting South Africa and “Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure” will be showing at the ICC, Durban, 1-3 July, Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg, 7-12 July and finally Grand Arena, Grand West Casino, in Cape Town 15-17 July.

dora liveAll the favourite characters are there with Dora, Boots and Diego embarking on a trip for treasure over the Dancing Mountain and through the Silly Singing Bridge in pursuit of the Pirate Piggies. Of course, any entertainment from Dora would not be complete without the usual map reading, counting, musical and language tasks needed to get to her destination; which in this case is Treasure Island and a Pirate Party.

Tickets are available through Computicket, and also at Emperor’s Palace and the Box Office at Grand West Casino.

SA Mom blogs is giving away a set of tickets for a Johannesburg show. Please note that this will be during the week, either Thursday 7th 10am or Friday the 8th 10am or 2pm. A perfect holiday treat for the kiddies.

To enter all you have to do is tell us what you like about Dora – but please use the Rafflecopter mechanism. Additional entries can be gained by tweets.

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{Momentrepreneur} Meet Mariëtte: “95% of My Marketing is Done Online”

little interiorsToday meet Mariëtte, who lets us in on how she juggles motherhood with her business, as well as how she markets it – mostly online.

  1. Tell us about yourself, a bit of background.
    I’m Mariette, a wife, mom and interior designer. I have been working in the interior design industry for over 12 Years, mostly in the corporate design side. I started Little Interiors 5 years ago as a side business, not really knowing what direction to take it in and it was 2 years ago that it became clear what I needed to do with the brand. Little Interiors is an interior design company and a blog about all things décor and design related but mostly regarding the kids and baby industry. In 2015 I started developing a product range called LittleME, the range is designed and made in South Africa by me.
  2. What were you doing before you started this business?
    I’ve always been in the interior design and property industry. I focused more on corporate design work, I also did some marketing for an estate agency during that time.
  3. Is your business full time or part time and why?
    I am working towards making it a full time business, and I’m very close to finally doing it.
  4. How do you juggle the responsibilities of being a mom with your work?
    It is really hard. Some days I sit with kids on top of me and next to me, and some days I just leave my work and play with my kids. I do a lot of work late night into the morning hours because I get so much more done.
  5. Do you have a business plan? If so, can you share a bit about your strategy to make it successful? I must be honest, I did not start out with a business plan, but now that I know exactly, where I want to go I am working on my business plan. I am trying unconventional ways of marketing my products and services, other than the standard media that can be costly.
  6. How do you get clients/ market yourself?
    95% of my marketing is done online via my blog or social media channels. I also do some local markets and I have also started working with some brand enthusiast that is really working well.
  7. What’s your biggest challenge right now?
    Time management! My husband works abroad so I am limited to the time that I can focus (separately) on my business 100% and my kids 100%.
  8. Did you need a lot of money to start off? And how long was it before you made a profit?   I did not start with a big budget. My basic start-up cost was to have a logo designed and a website registered. My monthly running costs are very low, but to provide for the necessary expansion I am planning I will need to invest quite a bit now.
  9. What makes your business unique from other brands?
    I love to be original, and I’m not keen on just copying other designs. I draw inspiration from what is out there to create original designs that works with the South African market.
  1. little interiorsShare with us your social media links and website.
    littleinteriors.co.za
    Facebook:
    @littleinteriorsin3d
    Twitter:
    @little_interior
    Instagram:
    @little.interiors

It’s #jozimeetup time again! Have you booked your spot?

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Our second blogger meetup for the year is happening on 6 August and we are excited to bring you two excellent blogger speakers in a fantastic venue.

roxy city girl searchingThe first speaker is City Girl Searching who will be talking about how to make your blog look more beautiful. Roxy is a lady who actually teaches English in South Korea with her husband and along the way blogs about her travels and other beautiful distractions.  She has a lot to teach us about blogging and there are some resources on her site that are useful as well. I’m excited to hear her as someone who has also been to Rhodes and has also done Teaching English as a Foreign Language overseas.

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Our second speaker is Salome Nourse, the photographer from Yellow Lab, and she will be sharing tips with us on how to take better photos of your kids. As mom bloggers who constantly do this, I am looking forward to hearing her tips. Salome was very much part of our previous meetup as the resident photographer who took headshots of all us bloggers. I am still using the photo that she took then on a lot of my social media profiles. I see she has added pet photography to her many talents as well.

zingzing2The venue is Cafe Zing. I have to give a big shout out to both Cassie (Life with a Ladybug) and Mike Said (Daddy Blogger) for putting us in touch with this amazing place. If you look at their website you’ll see how they like to present healthy nutritious food in a delicious, fresh “to help you live an amaZING! life”. 

This time we are using a booking system to make the process that much quicker and easier, though Quicket. TIckets are R250. https://www.quicket.co.za/events/18978-jozimeetup/

Not in Joburg?

ctmeetupIf you are in Cape Town we have the #CTMeetup happening on the same day. For more info you can see Cindy’s post here. She has photographer Abigail K lined up to teach you all about how to make your blog more appealing with layout and photography.

ecmeetupIf you are in Port Elizabeth there is a meetup happening in September run by Eleanor from Just Ella Bella and Luchae from My Spreadsheet Brain. The meetup will focus on photography/images/Instagram.  They will be showcasing contemporary digital art from Colors Of You SA, who will also be speaking. 

If you are a brand or PR wanting to get involved, please email heather@samomblogs.co.za and/or laura@samomblogs.co.za and we will send you the information.

So what are you waiting for? Click over and book your spot because places are filling up fast. 

What’s on for Families This Weekend (25 -26 June) Joburg & Cape Town and some holiday toy fun.

This week we have a Robin Hood show in Cape Town,  Shrek in Joburg plus a charity event and a market.

We also have some Hasbro toy activations happening in Joburg, Cape Town and Durban.

 

Cape Town:

Robin Hood Charity Show: Canal Walk

robin hood324 June – 16 July

This is Canal Walk’s annual theatre production at their centre court on Friday, 24 June at 14:00 pm.

Produced by Fred Abrahamse & Marcel Meyer, Robin Hood is a musical feast that will warm the hearts of all, and leave everyone thinking about the good they can do in their own ‘hood’. A five metre talking tree, speaking falcon, Maid Marian and a host of other loveable and admirable characters, will help Robin on his quest to give to others, defeat the Sheriff of Nottingham and find love. 

Canal Walk Shopping Centre and the Hyprop Foundation have this year partnered with the LEAP Science & Maths schoolsAll proceeds from the theatre programmes, as well as a percentage of the ticket sales from the staging of the performances will be donated to these no-fee schools.  This is also a chance for everyone to do their bit for community, as throughout the theatre run, CWSC is also asking patrons and theatre goers to bring a can of food to help them and the LEAP schools to feed the minds and bodies of those less fortunate. 

Book tickets at Computicket at a cost of R75 per person There will be three performances per day (11H00; 12H30 and 14H00) from Tuesday to Sunday.

Gauteng:

1. Shrek at Gold Reef City

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The lovable green ogre is back in musical form. If you don’t remember the story, Shrek the ogre is evicted from his swamp and meets a lovable donkey on his travels. He falls in love with Princess Fiona, who actually becomes an ogre herself at night due to a spell. You’ll have to watch it all to find out how it ends, but true love exists even for ogres!

This show has been in Durban in 2015, and according to this article, garnered a lot of awards including for sound, lighting, director, supporting actor, lead actress and actor as well as musical theatre production. It has also been staged on the West End and Broadway.

Show dates: 24 June – 17 July 2016
Show times: 14h30 (matinees) – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 19h30 (evening performances) – Friday and Saturday
Venue: The Lyric @ Gold Reef City Casino  
Tickets: From R 150 to R 290.
Tickets are available online, or at Gold Reef City Box Office on +27 11 248 5000, Computicket outlets or Shoprites and Checkers.

2. Recording Studios Deaf Charity Event: (maybe not for the whole fam, but still a good event to support a worthy cause)

deaf charity eventRecording Studios is a website that promotes South African musicians and to celebrate their fifth birthday they are holding an event featuring Shortstraw, Naming James, David Beretta Owens (of Lithium), Hellcats and PitVirus. The venue is the Good Luck Bar which is located at 1 Fox Street, Johannesburg.

This event is in aid of the deaf children and proceeds will go towards hearing aids and cochlear implants. A cochlear implant apparently costs R320 000! They are working through the organisation Hi Hopes which is the community outreach arm of the Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.  It provides support for families and is dedicated to helping deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.quicket.co.za/events/17528-hear-yee-recording-studios-5th-birthday/#/ for R60 or R80 at the door on the day.  For more information on the event, visithttps://www.facebook.com/events/894803053972233/.

3. Cedar Square Banting and Health Foods Market

This is happening at Cedar Square in Fourways on 25 June 9am -1pm

 

 

Holiday Alert! Jobrug, Durban and Cape Town.

If you have kids on holiday this coming week, Hasbro has some activities planned around the country, starting in Sandton City, Mr. Price Court between 28 June – 4 July and then going to Durban (Gateway, Expo Explore Court, 6 – 10 July) and Cape Town (V&A Waterfront, H&M Court, 13 – 17 July)

At the Nerf station, there will be a Nerf firing range, where kids can blast away and potentially win some great prizes, a demo table where kids can learn about the new Modulus Blaster range, and finally, an iPad station with online games, and the chance to sign up for future events and giveaways. We’ve had a lot of fun with the Nerf gun, mostly being used by my husband while Nicky watches.

The My Little Pony station features a community activity table, with activities like friendship bracelet making, colouring in, a toy play area, and a hair salon where we will ‘ponify’ your little one’s hair. There will also be character cut-outs available for photo opportunities.

 

fireman playdohThe Play-Doh station is where your kids’ imagination can run wild. There will be creativity workshops that feature the latest Play-Doh food playsets, and all kids will receive little chef hats and will be able pose for photos with their creations. We received a firehouse set (as part of the Play Doh Town series) and Nicky had a lot of fun with the Play Doh, making hair for the fireman and putting on his hat over it. Unfortunately he didn’t quite get the part that you have to take the Play Doh out of the moulds, but a lot of fun was had. The fireman even had his own little bed to sleep in with more places to put Play Doh underneath(the car is our own).

Tips to increase your engagement

Increase Blog Engagement|SA Mom BlogsThe shift has started, the focus is no longer purely on numbers and how many page views and followers you have. More and more, as bloggers (and influencers) we are being asked to provide engagement stats. Brands want to know how many people are actually reacting to you and your information.

So what now? A while ago it was all about numbers, numbers, numbers, so we all furiously worked on that, now we are being told that is still important but not as important as engaging.

I have always, even when it wasn’t cool, maintained that building a connection with your readers is so much more important that having the highest page views. For me, those emails where a reader identifies with what I have said or where they ask my advice, those are more important to me.

Brands had to get to the point where they want something back from working with you. They want people to actually buy their product or use their service and if your post is only getting 2 likes but you have 12 000 followers – is that happening?

Back to the point, how do you increase your engagement?

You need to know where your audience hangs out. Where are the people that you want to read your blog posts? Are they reading your posts through a reader like Bloglovin? Or maybe they are in Facebook groups? Or does Twitter drive your traffic. You need to do a little investigation and find out where they are. I know I have a few readers who are extremely loyal to my blog, they read it regardless of whether I post to Twitter, Facebok, Instagram or nowhere at all. But for me, the rest of my audience is on Facebook primarily and secondly Twitter, so I focus on those two platforms.

Then obviously you need to be sharing the content they want. Both this point and the first one, require you to have a very good understanding of your niche market. You may be putting out really great content but if it is not what your audience want they are not going to engage with you.

Be consistent. If you post daily, post daily. If you want to post once a week, do that. It doesn’t matter when you post but it is more important that you are consistent. I have a reader who reads HarassedMom during her lunch break. On the days I don’t get a post up by then I miss her comments and she misses my post for that day. This applies to where you share your posts as well. If you post to groups and other social media accounts be consistent about it.

Reply to comments! This is a great way, particularly on your Social Media Accounts to boost engagement. If someone leaves a comment reply, engage with them. This is a great way to create discussions on your Facebook and Twitter accounts and potentially could lead to further blog post ideas. It is a great way to get to know your audience, find out who they are and what they want.

Post engagement style posts to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Ask questions and advice, interact with the people who have liked your page or who are following you. This shows that you are interested in their lives as well and that you want to hear what they have to say.

Comment on other bloggers posts and share their content. The thinking that in sharing another bloggers posts means you could potentially lose readers is nonsense. Readers are capable of reading more than one blog and perhaps another blogger deals with an issue that you can’t or have no experience with.

Be present and authentic. It does mean a little more time and effort but be online to post and interact over and above just dropping links and posting pics of blog drops and awesome things you are doing. Be real about your life, posting only the good is great but we all have bad days where things don’t go as planned, share a little bit of that as well. It helps to make your audience relate to you a little bit more.

Images and videos, especially personal ones work really well when trying to increase your engagement. People can relate to them and whenever I share videos of my kids they always get a lot more views and likes that just the images and definitely more than just text.

Thinese are just a few of the ways you can build engagement but the biggest thing to remember is that it takes time. You can probably build a following pretty quickly but to increase engagement takes time and effort.

Body Worlds Vital Exhibition Giveaway

Over 40 million visitors in over 100 cities around the world have been awed and inspired by BODY WORLDS. Now, owing to popular demand, the BODY WORLDS Vital Johannesburg exhibition has been extended to 31 July 2016. Tyrone Thöle, Managing Director of Great World Exhibitions says that he is incredibly proud to be able to continue offering the opportunity to experience this powerful and remarkable exhibition that helps us to understand the wonder, sophistication and fragility of our own bodies.2016 The Body Works Exhibition

The 17 never before seen in South Africa full-body plastinates and over 160 organs and transparent body slices show how the body works when it is healthy and explores how best to fight life-threatening diseases. Healthy and diseased organs are shown alongside each other allowing visitors to see how lifestyle choices may affect the body, such as how smoking affects the lungs. The intriguing Anatomical Mirror illustrates the visitor’s body movements up to the underlying anatomy by virtually peeling back the layers of the user’s body. The Anatomical Mirror  teaches and inspires anyone: young, old, beginner, or experienced healthcare professional.2016 The Body Works Exhibition

The exhibition is a must-see for anybody working in the health sector, for medical students and professionals alike, but also perfect for a family outing such as Father’s Day. For guests who prefer to visit after hours, BODY WORLDS offers its final After Dark exclusive adults only evening event on 30 June, when the opening hours are extended beyond the usual closing time of 6pm.

We have a FAMILY TICKET to this expo to giveaway. The ticket includes 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children!

To enter, please tell leave a comment and tell us what you have planned for the holidays.

Competition closes 29 June 2016.

EXHIBITION INFORMATION

Exhibition Dates 1 March to 31 July 2016 inclusive

Venue Sci-Bono Discovery Centre,

Opening Times 9am – 6pm, 7 days a week. Last admission: 5pm

 Estimated time to view the entire exhibition:  1.5 – 2 hours

 Ticket Prices (excludes Audio Guide)

Adults (18 years+): Discounted weekdays: R120 pp

Weekends, public holidays and school holidays:  R160 pp

Children* (6 to 17 years):  Any day, special child rate: R100 pp

Children under 5 years: Free

Family (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children)

Discounted weekdays: R360. Weekends, public holidays and school holidays:  R440

Audio Guides: R40 per unit

Bookings and Time-Slot tickets

To avoid possible disappointment, pre-online bookings are recommended. Tickets can also be purchased at the venue, subject to availability. Tickets are sold in 30-minute time slots to prevent overcrowding. When purchasing a ticket online, select the 30-minute period during which you wish to arrive at the exhibition. Once you have entered the exhibition, you are welcome to stay as long as you want within opening hours.

“After Dark” Ticket – 30 June 2016, 6pm to 9pm

R350 per person including:

Entry to the exhibition

Use of an audio guide

Selection of local wines 

Online

Info: www.bodyworldsvital.co.za Tickets: www.webtickets.co.za & www.bodyworldsvital.co.za

Facebook: greatworldexhibitionssa

Twitter:  greatworldsa  

Email enquiries to:  info@greatworld.co.za

{Momentrepreneur} Meet Megan: Making Parenting Easier and Stylish

MoocahToday we meet a mom who handcrafts adorable products for moms, babes and tots.

  1. Tell us about yourself, a bit of background.

We are a mother and daughter team running the online store Moo Cachoo, we both have a passion for creating beautiful unique items – I think it is a gene passed down from my granny. The creative field has always taken up our time as a hobby- sewing, designing, art or knitting. We feel very fortunate to have our passion turn into a opportunity.

  1. What were you doing before you started this business?

I was working as a High School Visual arts teacher, and after having my first baby I couldn’t see myself going back after my maternity leave and my mom was working for my dads business. My hubby suggested staying home to raise our daughter and encouraged us to bring our brain child  business to life too.

  1. Is your business full time or part time and why?

It’s part time – my first priority at this stage is caring for our two young girls, but we are hoping to grow the business for when we have more time to invest into it. My mom also has a part time job, so Moo Cachoo work duties happen when she has a chance and usually early hours of the morning 😉

  1. How do you juggle the responsibilities of being a mom with your work?

There is a saying “it takes a village to raise a child” well it’s so true, I am very grateful for a really great support system of family that all live close by to give a helping hand. And most times I find I land up burning the midnight oil to get the piles of work done, when the house is quiet.

  1. How do you get clients/ market yourself?

We find the social media platform of Facebook as our best communication and marketing tool. We also find doing Mommy markets and the MamaMagic baby expo crucial for us being an online store so our customers can see our products and the quality firsthand and validate the legitimacy of our business.

  1. What’s your biggest challenge right now?

Sourcing fabrics, and suppliers. Getting our products into retail stores, and the challenge of trying to balance being a wife and mom to a toddler and newborn.

  1. Did you need a lot of money to start off? And how long was it before you made a profit?

 The business saw a profit after our first expo a few months after launching. We injected all the capital back into the business to grow it further. The business has been paying for itself monthly since. We have chosen not to draw salaries as yet and instead keep investing it back into the business.

 

  1. What makes your business unique from other brands?

 We have tried to make the fabulous trending products on Pinterest unique and relevant to South African parents. We have personally tried and tested them all to only provide our customers with practical and beautiful items that will make parenting a little bit easier and stylish.

 

  1. Share with us your social media links and website.

Website – Www.moocachoo.co.za

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What’s On This Long, Father’s Day Weekend in Gauteng (16 -19 June)

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? It’s a special weekend, what with the public holiday and Father’s Day on Sunday, so it’s the perfect chance to do something special with the family, and especially with dad. 

  1. Build a robot with dad –  Engineering For Kids

engineering for kidsThis looks like a lot of fun and an opportunity to bond with each other.  It is an activity for a father and one kid (R150) to build and launch rockets.

The venue is in Pretoria: Brooklyn Methodist Church,  209 Murray St,  Brooklyn, 10am till 1pm. You can book here.

2. kallie_the_clown_460_wideMagic Show and Clown at Kinderspiel

Darin the Magician will be at Kinderspeil ( 39A Greenhill Rd, Emmarentia at 10am on 16 June to perform a show for the whole family.

Then on 18 June, Kallie the Clown will have more magic and laughs at 10am.

The show costs R55 per person. Bookings: 0116460870, kinderspiel@telkomsa.net 

3. Father’s Day Braai – 18 June 

Take your own meat and camping chairs for this braai at Willow View Academy in Bredell, Kempton Park. Fires, cutlery, salad, pap, gravy, boeresport and music will be provided.

The braai starts at 11am and cost R70 for adults and R25 for children under 12. For more info contact Karen 011 5656600 or karen.britz@plgschools.co.za

4. field and study marketField and Study Market

Field and Study Park, Cnr 14th St and Louise Ave, Parkmore on 18 June from 9am to 2pm.

5. Father’s Day at Riversands

On 19 June you can enjoy fun with dad at the Riversands Farm Cillage, Rose Rd, Fourways. You can also bring your dog (on a leash) along. The market is open from 9am till 4pm. 

Team up with Dad and take part in sack and egg ‘n spoon races, a rope tug of war or simply cheer from the side on riversands fathers dayriversands dadthe day. Other activities at the village include paint ball, Tree Tops zip-lining and an exciting new dog walking trail.

Join Riversands early on Father’s Day for a farm style breakfast, a walk around the market to look for hand made goods as well as indulging in homemade ice creams and ice-cold craft beer on the tap.  

riversands eggThere is no place quite like Riversands, and this year one lucky person will also stand the chance to win a picnic basket filled with goodies to the value of R 250. Simply upload a pic of you and your Dad on the Riversands Facebook page.

Escape the stress and flurry of the city and enjoy a day next to the dam with your loved ones.

*Don’t forget our previous posts – Body Worlds is still going strong, as the Dino Expo and Gateway to Space.*

 

How to be romantic and loving even if you don’t want to be. AND a Giveaway

Embracing Conflict|SA Mom BlogsMost healthy relationships are full of friction, in fact friction is par for the course as relationships are comprised of two individuals who have very different ideas, tastes, preferences, value systems, cultural upbringing, parenting styles and more.

One partner might complain that the other is driving them crazy with all the things they are doing whilst the other may think they are being unreasonable. This is just another example of the negative dance that some couples get into, and if not monitored can lead to break-up or divorce.

If you are able to find a way to like your partner, to find a way to remember that he/she is still the loving, exciting person you married, then many of these “irritating” actions might subside.
 
The first thing to remind yourself of when your partner is “driving you crazy”, is accepting that this experience is part of being in a committed relationship.

Find a way to stretch past your negative emotions and critical thoughts (reactions) – reach out by asking them to sit opposite you so that you can both connect with each other. Sit as close as possible, knees touching/intertwined and hands touching. Don’t say a word for at least 5 mins – this may seem uncomfortable or like a deafening silence but it is important.

Once you are in this space, in your mind remind yourself of all the things that attracted you to this person in the first place. What they mean to you, what they do for you, how they show you they care for and love you in their own silly kind of way (even if it is frustrating for you at times), the happy times you have shared together, the challenging times you have overcome together, being there for each other, supporting each other etc.

Once you’ve gathered all this information in your mind, start sharing it with your partner. Let each one have a turn reminding the other of all of the above things. Once done, continue to sit there quietly looking at each other and sharing all that is good and positive through your eyes, your knees that are intertwined and your hands that are touching. Feel it in your soul, your thoughts.

Now you might think this is crazy, especially when you are not in a positive space to begin with, but it’s important that you try, stretch yourself to reach out and persevere until this becomes easier each time you need to use this tool.

Most of us let our feelings lead us rather than our intention. However, we all want a better relationship/partner; therefore our intention should be to do what it takes to help create one. That includes not waiting to “feel like being romantic, loving or kind”.

 You are more than your problems, your partner is more than the negative thoughts you may think about him or her, and your relationship can improve very quickly. How? When there is friction, APPLY SOME OIL….and infusing your relationship with positive intentions, thoughts and actions is the key (the oil).

Here are 5 ways to introduce positivity into your relationship:

 1) Bring up topics with your partner that you have never discussed before. Talking about new things helps you share ideas, thoughts and to learn more about each other.

 
2) Do an activity that you have never done together before (e.g. dance lessons, cooking class etc) – sharing a new experience together helps create positive connection, memories and laughter/fun. 

3) Take turns making arrangements for activities (e.g. date night, going to new places, trying new things etc) – you are both equally responsible for keeping your relationship alive and therefore both need to take an interest and make an effort.

 4) Allow each other to be playful and creative (both in and out the bedroom) – sometimes we just need to let go and be silly for 5 mins. Whether it is dancing in the rain, feeding each other, or role playing. It gives us the freedom to express ourselves fully and to feel alive.

 5) Do not place expectations on each other – you’re setting yourself (and the other) up for disappointment.  Agree on your personal and relationship boundaries and live by those as a sign of respect to each other and your relationship. Remember no one can make you happy but they sure can contribute to your happiness.

Your relationship is an adventure there to be lived like the start of each new day – treat it that way and you will see the energy rise in you and in your relationship!

Try my Relationship Evaluation Tool to review your relationship and highlight any areas that you can improve on. This tool can be used to evaluate any kind of relationship not just romantic ones e.g. friendships (you know those ones that seem draining and tiresome), colleagues at work, a supplier or even your job! Get it here.

If you would like a quick call with me to discuss your results from the Relationship Evaluation Tool or something that’s concerning you about your relationship or a situation you are facing right now please don’t hesitate to contact me here. I’ll be happy to assist you with any questions you have.

Paula Quinsee is a Relationship Wellness Coach in Johannesburg. She teaches individuals and organisations the importance of quality relationships using emotional intelligence and Imago Therapy. Attend one of her regular monthly workshops for great empowering tools. For more information go to www.ati2ud.com

Paula has given us a copy of her book called Embracing Conflict to giveaway to one lucky reader!

To enter please tell me a way you bring positivity into your relationship. 

Competition is open to SA residents only and ends on the 22 June 2016.

 

5 Of Our Favourite Ted Talks

TED Talks|SA Mom BlogsI love Ted Talks. Listening to them are now a part of my Sunday routine. I get up early to get some work done and listen to as many as I can before the kids wake up.

Some of them are educational, others inspirational and others are just interesting.

These are a few of my favourites. 

I LOVE Shonda Rhimes. She has created some incredible TV shows with some really strong women characters. I loved this talk she gave, she owns her success, admits it is not easy to juggle it all but shares how she tries to.

Who hasn’t read (or at the very least watched Eat, Pray, Love) and who didn’t resonate with so much of it? The author, Elizabeth Gilbert, really spoke to me in this talk. She discusses why creatives are generally tortured souls and why we take failure, or the idea of failure so personally. 

I listened to this talk, not really sure what it was going to be about but it really really hit home. I am not really a misfit, I try hard not to conform and stand up for what I believe in, but I am not really a misfit. Why this resonated though, was because we are all or have all tried to fit in and be something we are not. This reminded why we shouldn’t do that and  that your big break could be around the corner.

For so long I was trying to find the ONE thing I wanted to do! I felt like I wasn’t doing it right if I didn’t have ONE thing I wanted to be. This talk argues that it is ok to want to do more than one thing! 

This is the most serious out of the five I love but it is extremely powerful. Listen to right until the end, you won’t be sorry.

Do you listen to TED? If so share some of your favourite talks.