{Giveaway} R500 Prominent Paint Voucher

As some of you may know I work from home. We converted our dining room into a shared office for David and I. When we moved in, 6 years ago, we repainted the entire house but haven’t really painted since then. We have done some redecorating but not actual painting, so when Prominent Paint offered me a room makeover I jumped at the chance to redo the space I spend the most time in.

Initially I was keen to do something outside my comfort zone and chose some bold, bright colours but after way too much time on Pinterest I kept coming back to pinks and turquiose. I mentioned to David I would like chevrons and he was pretty keen to help with it, so the office makeover began.

Dominic from Prominent Paints in Gezina was great and very patient with me trying to figure out which colours I actually wanted. 

It took us two weekends but we did it and I absolutely LOVE it. We cleared out a lot of the clutter which was actually really overdue.Prominent Paints | SA Mom Blogs Prominent Paints | SA Mom Blogs Prominent Paints | SA Mom Blogs Prominent Paints | SA Mom Blogs Prominent Paints | SA Mom Blogs Prominent Paints | SA Mom Blogs Prominent Paints | SA Mom Blogs

It is a water-based paint and it was so easy to clean the brushes and trays and wipe off any “oopsies”.

We have been given a R500 Prominent Paint voucher to give away to ONE lucky reader. You will be able to make over a room or two in your house!! Cool hey!

To enter, please tell us what room you would make over.


  1. Competition ends 31 August 2016
  2. Competition is open to SA residents only
  3. Winner must be prepared to share photos of the room makeover 
  4. Prize is not transferable.


{Momentrepreneur}: Meet Jade, transitioning from brand activation to coaching: “Time with my baby will never come back to me”.

Today we meet Jade who is making it a priority to spend time with her babe and change her successful career accordingly.

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

jadeIf people had tag lines, Jade Reinertsen’s would certainly be ‘Think Loud’. Her strong entrepreneurial spirit saw Jade begin her career as a modest junior sales executive and quickly scale the ranks to Media Sales Executive, achieving Sales Person of the Year. Jade’s love of leading people to unlock their potential and achieve their professional and personal goals saw her co-found Jawbone Management – a leading brand activation agency. The business has grown from an impactful idea into an 18 person agency that now serves as the top pick for leading brands in the country. Jade was also recruited by Cliff Central – South Africa’s leading uncensored online content hub. Here, she made an impact as a co-host and DJ. Jade’s energy, ambition and love of helping everyday people achieve their purpose – professionally and personally – have seen her move very naturally into a life coaching space where she can share her experience and skills with others, encouraging them to be brave, bold and flourish.  


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

Working as a sales executive.


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

Full time.  We’re working on an exit strategy from the JAWBONE agency into more flexibile coaching consultancy hours.


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

Wow! It’s a tough one and I think each day you have to take as it comes and do all you can to balance motherhood and career growth. My theory is if my baby needs me or is sick or there is something I have to do with him that time will never come back to me. Client and work come second.


  1. Do you have a business plan? If so, can you share a bit about your strategy to make it successful? I’ve got one for the coaching consultancy launching in 2017. To make it successful I choose to be coached around accountability and also mentored on what this plan looks like, crafting the milestones and achieving the launch date.


  1. How do you get clients/ market yourself?

I’m very fortunate that the agency as well as coaching has reached wonderful organic levels of word of mouth and referrals and when those are not as fruitful in certain months- I sell and approach brands we’d like to align the agency with. 


  1. What’s your biggest challenge right now?

Being 4 months pregnant with a 10 month old baby, working on exiting our agency after a decade of being here to pursue a more full time coaching career.  Balancing this all right now is tough.  Physically and mentally.


  1. Did you need a lot of money to start off? And how long was it before you made a profit? For the agency, my husband gave me 4 months when we began in 2008 which then amounted to a savings of around 100k. If I’d not had fixed costs- might have been less but the start up costs were fairly low.  We made a profit fairly soon .  The coaching however will be a completely different ratio and waiting period.  I’ve been on a mentoring prgramme for 12 months. I’ve began my coaching qualification and studying in 2016 and will qualify in Jan 2017.  The biggest challenge there is having had to travel to the UK 6 times over 9 months, being pregnant as well as having a currency which was at one stage 24:1 


  1. What makes your business unique from other brands?

JAWBONE – Our USP ( for lack of a better word) is a our ability to conceptualise epic ideas for brands to enagage with consumers as well as a back end factory where we do all in house production.  Very rare in our industry.


COACHING – My style of working alongside others and helping them unlock their potential. 


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



www.jadereinertsen.com – not live yet

Win a Lamelle Skin Consultation!

win lamelle skin consultThere is something about spending time with someone who wants to take care of you in some way that is incredibly comforting and rebuilding of yourself. I think that afternoons at the beauty salon or the hair salon are the epitome of the “me-time” that us as moms need so much to get back on our feet after dealing all day with the needs of other little humans. We are human too, with needs of our own that need nourishing, and one of those parts of ourselves that need looking after is our skin.

I have been sadly neglectful of my skin. In all honesty all I have been doing is applying a moisturiser that has SPF every morning and hoping that is going to be enough. But my skin has been dehydrated and crying out for some decent moisturising product.

Lamelle Research Laboratories, is, as the name implies, a more scientific and medical approach to skincare. They not only work with us normal plebs, but also in medicine, post operatively helping the skins of those who  need it most.

Because a lot of research goes into their product formulation, their medical director Dr Bradley Wagemaker has experience in specialising in: medical aesthetics, postmenopausal gynecology, endocrinology and critical care medicine.

Lamelle also has a product for fertility called Prelox. This product works on male fertility which improves the volume, concentration, motility and morphology of semen. (Yes, sadly I know about all this kind of stuff).

Karen is the product specialist for the company and I was fortunate enough to have her do a skin analysis and treatment on my skin at the lovely Janine’s Skin and Body Clinic (in the same street as Trinity school in Randpark Ridge).

I think what I loved most about the consultation is that she really got me to open up about my skin problems and she listened to me and treated the problem areas.

First on my list of concerns was a very sunburnt décolletage, which is the area in front of the neck. As a teenager I ignored all warnings from my mother about sunburn and only thought of the short term gain of looking tanned. Karen suggested a peel for this area. It did sting a bit for a brief amount of time but the skin came out slightly lighter and softer. I think I would need repeats of this kind of treatment to fully remove the sun damage. But the products are also helping as well.

The other main area she picked up was my poor dehydrated skin which received a good moisture treatment. A facial is such a treat for me and not something I do often. (Although I should).

I left with a good set of products that would set me up for a good routine for my skin as well as take care of the problem areas. This is what I have landed up doing:

In the morning:

  1. helase50-ip-1024x683Helase, Photo Repair Cream Factor 50: Broad Spectrum High Protection (she listened when I told her that I teach kids and am often outside in the sun). It both protects the skin from broadband radiation and also repairs newly formed damage to the DNA of skin cells – restoring them to normal functioning.
  2. Dermaheal-Eye-RegenDermaheal Eye Regeneration Plus: This product is engineered to remodel the gentle and fragile components of eye skin and can aid eye treatments too. (Good for those bags under the eyes too).

At night:

  1. Serra-Cleansing-Gel1Serra-Soothing-CreamSerra Cleansing Gel for dry and atopic skin: It gently cleanses while enhancing the vital barrier of the skin. (I leave this in the bathroom for bath time)
  2. Serra Soothing Cream for dry and atopic skin: a good remedy for dry, red and irritated skin. It’s a restorer and a soother.

Really interesting about the Serra range: it doesn’t just place a single layer of moisture on your skin like conventional moisturisers, it recreates the human skin barrier – essentially replacing what is missing and eliminating the root cause of dry skin.

Recharge-CE-Complex-2-691x10303.  Correctives recharge CE complex:  This is the vitamin effect of Vitamin C and E in a hydrating base. It doesn’t only hydrate your skin it also improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

So…. would you like to have the same experience I did? You can win a skin consultation with a Lamelle product specialist too. They will work on your problem areas and give you the skin care that you need.

All you need to do is to comment on what your main skin problem is, using the Rafflecopter mechanism. You may gain additional points for social media follows and tweets.

Terms and conditions:

  1. Competition is open to SA residents only.
  2. The competition will run for a week and the winner will be announced on Facebook and emailed.
  3. If you have won a giveaway on SA Mom Blogs in the last 3 months you will not be eligible for this giveaway. 


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{Momentrepreneur}: Meet Mobiles Sewer Giselle: “Enjoyment is my Motivation: No Two Items are Ever The Same.”

giselle famMeet Giselle, who sews some awesome mobiles and other children’s goods. She also does some sensory items for a psychologist too.

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

I’m a bohemian heart with a corporate brain and background. My mom has always sewed so I love fabric and colour and playing.


  1. hand sewn dollsWhat were you doing before you started this business?

I worked in IT up until the birth of my son. I took voluntary retrenchment but then was invited to apply for a post at one of the big computer vendors. I worked out the business plan and an hour after submitting I withdrew myself as it just did not make sense looking at my son’s face. Now I sew!


  1. dinosaur tailIs your business full time or part time and why?

Full part time – my son only started school last year and my daughter is still at home with me, I work when they allow me to.

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

Kids come first – my kids especially my daughter “work” with me, so my space is chaotic. To me it’s not so much about juggling; just not sweating the small stuff.

  1. Do you have a business plan? If so, can you share a bit about your strategy to make it successful?

mobile with owlsNo not really, business is just growing organically. Soon as I think I’ll be a bit lazy someone sends a request. I think I’ve written too many business plans so I’m just enjoying myself and making sure I cover my kids’ extra activities.

  1. How do you get clients/ market yourself?

Word of mouth mainly. I use Facebook as a catalogue so when people ask me for pictures I refer them to my main page.  https://facebook.com/roamingroad/.

I just started doing one or two markets with fellow friends and because I really enjoy making mobiles I’ve created a special page dedicated to them, I’ll launch it with a Facebook competition.

  1. car trip cars in pocketsWhat’s your biggest challenge right now?

Time!! How to price? Apparently I’m too cheap but I’m learning; it’s difficult to price when your own hands created it. Too many things I want to make: so little time.

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

I’m not expensive so my profits are not huge, enjoyment is my main motivator. I make on demand and now and then I make for fun and these I take to market.

  1. tooth fairy pouchWhat makes your business unique from other brands?

I won’t mass produce, no two items are ever the same…focus is on unique. I put a lot of time and effort into each item.

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



mobileTo celebrate her new mobile page, Giselle is running a competition on Facebook – go and have a look – you can win a mobile and a fluffy for your suggested theme.

#JoziMeetup: An Elegant Affair

Everything about our latest #JoziMeetup  radiated class, beauty and elegance.  This was right from our informative speakers (who certainly had their own sense of style) to the contents of our lovely goody bags. We had a fabulous selection of both mom and lifestyle bloggers too; plus some great brands added into the mix.

cafe zing foodCreating an air of beauty and grace was no doubt elevated by our venue, Cafe Zing, housed in The Regent Hotel. Many thanks to Daddy Blogger Mike for unearthing this treasure. The food was delicious, the beverages warm, and Ansel was fantastic setting us all up for the presentations.

Our two speakers certainly had a lot to teach us about creating a beautiful blog (Roxy)and taking awesome pictures of your kids (Salome).
roxy2Roxy oozes her own style, and it is definitely many shades of pink. From the clothes she wears to her pastel shaded blog, her brand is very evident.

She advised us to brand our blogs across fonts (2-3), colours (3-5), logo and photographs. I did not even know that there is such a thing as a Style Guide, but apparently there is; a useful place to record all these things.

One of the ways you can put this brand all together is in your blog post graphics. The key is consistency across similar photos, fonts, and colours. It is useful to pop in your url and logo. It’s easy to create a template in a site such as Canva, which also gives you the relevant image sizes for where you want to post to.

yellow labSalome had a long list of very useful photographic tips that every blogger could use. After all, we all take pictures for our blogs, and she has certainly given us some ideas to put into practice.

Some really cool ones that I liked:

-Use catchlights: look for the light in the eyes because it brings the photo to life.

-Lighting: use window lighting: not the harsh direct one, but on the table near to the window, use open shade: use the shade outside – under a tree for instance. Use back lighting from behind. You can use a lightbox if working at night.

-Vantage points:  use different points. So often kids get sick of posing for photos. Rather come from another angle and get a less fake shot. Also get down to their level. I also liked that she said to get into the picture with your kids.

posingSalome had us all standing up doing poses of how to stand for a photo. Her trademark “forehead forward, chin down” used in our last meetup was put to use, plus the idea of standing sideways (which makes you look thinner) and putting your weight on your back leg.

-Probably her most unusual tip was to turn your phone upside down to get some better angles. She has even placed her phone this way in a glass to capture an underwater shot.

-Photographing objects was a hot topic among bloggers who receive press drops. Again, using natural light is a winner, and Roxy chimed in to suggest scrapbooking or even wrapping paper as a background. A useful input from Daddy Blogger Mike: brands already have photos on sites or flashsticks: what they want from you is the product in action.


We had some speakers representing brands at our meetup. 

Nicole showing us Dischem goodies

Nicole showing us Dischem goodies

One was the Entertainer App which gave us memberships and highlighted the benefits you may gain in all different categories for the “buy one get one free” concept.

The other was Nicole from Autograph PR who gave us some lovely make up items from Dischem. I think what was really useful about her input was the idea about how busy our lives have become and how the items can make our lives easier eg a mosaic eyeshadow that can also double as blush. I particularly like her eyeliners and the liquid one which go on very easily and give my eyes fantastic definition. 

Cherise and her prize from Room Service Co.

Cherise and her prize from Room Service Co.

We gave away a lovely ottoman / could be used as toybox from Room Service Co which promises to re-uphoster or change an item of furniture into something else. These ladies also gave us some very cute pink cupcakes.

Rain Africa also gave us some lovely hampers and also provided the bloggers with soap and hand lotion in a stunning little package. Print Wild gave us vouchers and so did Prominent Paints.

We were totally spoilt with our goody bags that I will leave in photographic record so you can see how awesome they were. Thank you to all the brands that supported us.

goody bag
But most of all I want to say thank you to the bloggers that attended: you are the lifeblood of our community and without which we would not be able to have any of these events. Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.


Thanks also to those who posted about the event, you can read more here: Mel’s Postbox and MomAgain@40.

We also have a video from Victoire, thanks so much!

And also about the #CTMeetup here.

SA Mom Blogs: Heather and Lauraname tags of bloggers at #jozimeetup

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Win these cute shoes and rattle from Myang!

myang giveawayAre you looking for some really cute baby or toddler items for the little one in your life? Then look no further than Myang, who have some really gorgeous shoes, accessories, baby linen and toys as well as gift sets for the discerning shopper who is looking for a thoughful gift for a shower or birthday.

There are lots of lovely goodies on the site, but for today we are giving away shoes (worth R270) and a rattle (worth R95).

The products are lovingly created by an all woman team, many of whom come from disadvantaged communities, where the company hopes to make a real difference.

They also offer free delivery all over SA if your order is over R250. Their products range in size from 0-3 months to 18-24 months.

Would you like to win this prize? All you have to do is visit their Facebook page (one entry) and  then for an additional five entries,  subscribe to their newsletter.  In order for us to track you, please make use of the Rafflecopter mechanism below.

Terms and conditions:

  1. Competition is open to SA residents only.
  2. The competition will run for a week and the winner will be announced on Facebook and emailed.
  3. If you have won a giveaway on SA Mom Blogs in the last 3 months you will not be eligible for this giveaway. 

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{Momentrepreneur}: Meet Breastfeeding Apparel Business Lady Lyndall: “There is no such thing as a part time business”

Lyndall familyThis week meet Lyndall, a mom that not only juggles her family and business, but has TWO businesses she juggles, Kid’s Emporium Maternity and Brand Ed. She is also an advocate for breastfeeding, which is part of the target market of Kid’s Emporium Maternity.

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

I am 36 years old, and a mum of four kids and a cat. We have been married for ten years and between my husband and I we run four businesses, we are what you would call serial entrepreneurs.


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

I went into business after having my third baby. I used to work full time in marketing at Unilever SA. Although I adored the company I worked for and the job I had, I made the decision to open my own business in a bid to dictate my own work hours so I could prioritise my family. I also enjoy financial independence so being “unemployed” was not an option.


  1. breastfeeding clothesIs your business full time or part time and why?

I don’t think there is such a thing as a part time business. Part time jobs maybe, however when its your own money and resources invested in a venture you never stop thinking or working.  I would thus say both my businesses are full time however, I have a primary business and a secondary one which I split my time 70/30.


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

Being a mum in business means that you have to have support around you. That support structure needs to be believe in your vision for yourself and your family in order to make tough sacrifices. I have great parents and mother in law, as well as a full time nanny and maid. My husband is my partner in life and business so he “gets” the decisions I make. I don’t like outsourcing my mommy duties, so I tend to take on only as much as I can handle. I have early mornings and late nights, but prayer and support get me through.


  1. breastfeeding topDo you have a business plan? If so, can you share a bit about your strategy to make it successful?

My secondary business is a franchised concept so I flow with the vision of the franchise which is Kids emporium.

My primary business is BrandEd for which I have a long term strategy of growing into Africa, for now every decision I make, I keep this long term goal in mind.


  1. How do you get clients/ market yourself?

I market myself through social media, direct contact with customers and sometimes using LinkedIn to get to the right person in a company. Word of mouth and great service has been my biggest advertsiser thus far.


  1. What’s your biggest challenge right now?

My frustration is having a growing business and growing family. I want to be everything to everyone, which leads to me being hard on myself and taking little care of my own needs, I still need to learn how to prioritise myself.


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

Intially when I bought a franchise yes I did need heavy investment, every big project requires differing amounts of investment, however a sucessful business runs with healthy cashflows, thus far I have been blessed.


  1. What makes your business unique from other brands?

My Kids Emporium Maternity business is fundamentally built on the niche market of breastfeeding as opposed to fashion forward maternity items. Being a breast feeding mum, this is a passion for me, and my practical clothing has made my breastfeeding journey a success.

BrandEd reaches LSM B and C traders – deep rural- this is in itself a specilaised offering with only a handful of service providers offering insights in this market.


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



FaceBook: Kids Emporium Maternity



WIN With Hot Wheels!

My son is a bit obsessed with Hot Wheels. He has already told me that the theme for his party next year must be Hot Wheels (we’ll see in a year’s time…) and he will often ask me to search for “Hot Wheels” when wanting to watch his You Tube videos.

Every time we asked him what he wanted for his birthday he would say “Hot Wheels” so we set about finding a great gift for him. And after a lot of research we settled on “The Ultimate Garage”.

Check out Nicky playing with his Ultimate Garage. He loves to make all the noises, race the cars together and park the cars in specific places. 



You have a chance to win some great Hot Wheels cars on SA Mom Blogs.



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  1. On the go Pocket Raceway (Value R200)
  • Pocket-sized launcher sends one or two vehicles speeding down orange track
  • Dual-lane race includes a launcher and a thrilling jump at the end
  • Jump over or crash through a standing Hot Wheels logo sign
  • Fold it up to bring the side-by-side racing action on the road
  • Includes one 1:64 Hot Wheels car for instant thrills


2. Six speed die cast cars (Value R150 each)

hot wheels carIn our house we have a special value for the hot wheels cars as opposed to the other cars and they are hopefully not going to get as lost as many other of his cars.

Nicky loves to “bash crash” his cars all over the house. I am wondering if this is some boy, masculine thing needed to let out more of his energy. That back and forth motion as he rolls the cars along has been something he has enjoyed since he was very little, and I think it sooths him in some way. My son doesn’t take fluffy toys to bed. He takes his cars.

Want to win? All you have to do is leave a comment as to why you like Hot Wheels and use the Rafflecopter mechanism to make sure you are entered. Extra points will be given for some social media follows and tweets.

T & C’s

  1. Competition is open to SA residents only.
  2. The competition will run for a week and the winner will be announced on Facebook and emailed.
  3. If you have won a giveaway on SA Mom Blogs in the last 3 months you will not be eligible for this giveaway. 


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{Momentrepreneur}: Meet US Mom Emily Who Sells Beauty Products: “My Business Plan is Consistency.”

Mary Kay familyThis week meet Emily who hails across the ocean from America, who shares how she builds her Mary Kay skin and beauty business.
  1. Tell us about yourself, a bit of background.

I’m a 29 year old mother of 2 girls and a proud Firefighter wife. I was born and raised in St. Cloud Florida, which is where I still reside with my family!! I’m a licensed Massage Therapist, which I loved! Helping others feel good about themselves is my passion! I love the look on their face when I’ve taken some kind of stress or self doubt away! I’m a strong Christian and grew up in one of our local churches! My family is so important to me and having a mother who is my best friend and a father who served this country as a special forces Green Beret I’ve had some big shoes to fill, they’ve made me who I am today! 

  1. Emily drivingWhat were you doing before you started this business?

Before my Mary Kay Business I was a full time Licensed Massage Therapist at the Mandara spa located in one of the Universal Orlando Hotels! I also had worked many LONG hours as a massage therapist at a chiropractor which forced me back to work when my oldest daughter was just 5 weeks old. This lifestyle was supper hard as a new mother,  my daughter would be with a baby sitter or family member for as long as 12 hours Monday-Friday. This is when I decided I needed to figure something out, the money was good but the hours were long and being away from her was not an option. 

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

My Business is part time! I work when and how much I want, which makes it easy for when my kids pop in and say “”I’m hungry or”Play with me!”

4. Emily kidsHow do you juggle the responsibilities of being a mom with your work? 
Sometimes it is very hard juggling my home business with having 2 small ones because my husband is away for sometimes days at a time. I at first treated my Mary Kay business as a hobby but quickly learned the money I could make if I just stepped up and made some time for myself. For myself but yet for my children. I now know its okay if I get a baby sitter sometimes to finish some things or to book a skin care class, because short term sacrifice is our long term gain!! My husband is a huge support when he is home so I try to delegate my time and be intentional with the time that is given to me to work, after all Mary Kay’s philosophy that we all live by is God First, Family Second and Career Third!! 
  1. Do you have a business plan? If so, can you share a bit about your strategy to make it successful?

My business plan is Consistency!! As long as I’m doing something at least a little a day to make a change in my business that is good! If one day I have 5 hours then that’s awesome but if another I have 30 minutes then I need to get busy and see what’s the most important on my list. Perseverance is another, if I’ve had a bad week like anyone in this business is going to come across, you call someone who has been in your shoes! Directors are your mentors, I have learned to move forward in this business and be successful I need to tell them what my fears and goals are, they’ve been there and they help you jump that hurdle!

  1. How do you get clients/ market yourself?

Getting Clients: This seems to be a huge question for new consultants, EVERYONE HAS SKIN lol.. Once you take that leap of faith and talk to the Walgreens cashier, or your pediatrician or the lady at the Mcdonalds window you’ll loose all fear because most are very welcoming to being pampered. We are NOT pushy sales women, our job is to make women feel wonderful and give them knowledge on how to take better care of their skin. I personally love making videos of our new products or products that are my favorite for my Marykaywithemily instagram and Facebook page!! When you love something people read of your excitement; this is how I get new clients and market myself! I’m not afraid to ask for help! I need faces all the time to demo new products or be willing to try the product to get before and after picture of a Mary Kay Make over!! Who doesn’t love being pampered and feeling beautiful?! 

  1. What’s your biggest challenge right now?

I would say my biggest challenge is getting people to listen to you when you just want to share with them about this amazing company. There’s so many direct sales companies right now, people think you’re just another person on the list.. Once people are willing to listen to just how different Mary Kay “the women” has made this business and just how successful people can be in it they realize its’ the best business opportunity out there for women today! 

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

The Mary Business is a whopping $100 to get started! The starter kit provides you with over $400 worth of full size retail product and everything you need to start having skin care parties or classes immediately, you just have to take the leap and know what you put into it is what you get! You can start making profit immediately. 

  1. What makes your business unique from other brands?

There’s several reasons why I personally think Mary Kay is more unique from other brands. Starting off you can be your very own business owner for just $100. Mary Kay has the biggest support system anyone has ever seen, women that get together weekly just to inspire others, help them grow personally, and praise them for even the smallest victory! Mary Kay consultants make one of the highest commissions in any direct sales company 50% and when I say direct sales, I don’t want people that say they “aren’t the sales type” to get confused. We do SELL but the product sells itself, you teach women how to feel amazing by giving them the tools to do so! Mary Kay is the number 1 selling company in skin care and color cosmetics for over 15 years which is astonishing because we do not have commercials and we are not in stores. Mary Kay is unique in the fact that you get US your consultant, to guide you to deliver to you, to give you ideas for any kind of look you want, you get a new friendship and a personal skin care and makeup coach!! 

My Personal sites on Facebook are  https://www.facebook.com/marykaywithemilya/ and my Instagram is @marykaywithemily. My Personal Mary kay Website is Marykay.com/eanderson10008 

What’s On for Families This Weekend (29-31 July)

It’s the weekend, baby! If you are looking for something to do, we have some ideas in Durban, PE and Gauteng.



baby bootcampThe Baby Bootcamp in Durban is happening! We already wrote about it and gave away tickets for it here.  You can catch S A mom blogger Leigh Jansen speaking, who is the blogger behind Diary of a Durban Doula.


Port Elizabeth:

hm_expoYou’ll find everything you need for the perfect home at The Homemaker’s Expo. It is happening at the Broadwalk Exhibition Centre from 28 to 31 July. Tickets are available at the door and are R40 for adults and R20 for pensioners.  Children under 12 are free.



  1. Slava’s Snowshow

slavaThis show has captivating acts such as a bed becoming a boat, a woman wrapped in cellophane becoming flowers in a vase and a child walking inside a bubble. 

Performances are at Montecasino’s Teatro until 14 August, at 8pm Tuesday – Saturday, 3pm Saturday and 2pm and 6pm on a Sunday. 

This show is recommended for children 8 years old and older. Tickets cost between R175-R400 and family packages are available. Book through Computicket.

2. good food and wineGood Food and Wine Show

The Northriding TicketPro Dome is hosting this culinary experience which will feature food ttends, urban farming, demonstrations, celebrity chefs and lots more. 

The time is 10am -6pm and tickets are available through computicket or at the door for R140 for adults, R50 for children 13-18 and free for kids 12 years and under. 

3. Brescia House School Jubilee Jamboree

A fun filled day with a host of activities for all ages including ice rink, music, market, food, fairground and beer tent. 10am -4pm at Brescia House school in Bryanston. R30 for adults and free for kids.  Fairground plus ice rink is R125 per child for the day and a toddler’s fairground is R30 per child for the day. 

4. Holy Rosary School’s carnival day

Fun food and entertainment for the family. There is a kid’s zone, farmyard, pony rides, ghost house and lots more. Food, market and a beer tent. 

The event runs from 10am -6pm at Holy Rosary, Cnr Adjutant Rd and Hornwood St Edenvale. Entry is R100 for children under 18 (which includes access to all the rides and kid’s zone). Contact deirdre@holyrosaryschool.co.za

5. Midwinter Fairy festival

A day out for the family. Live music, sword fights, fire dancers, belly dancers, jumping castle, children’s play area, food and more. 

30 July 10am -8pm at Sunnyridge Primary School sports grounds in Mandarin Rd, Primrose. Entry is R10 for adults and R5 for kids under 12.  ContactJacky blossomingtansy@gmail.com.