Win a Personalised Phone Cover Worth R279

Win a Personalised Phone Cover Worth R279

“I’m not saying I’m Batman, but you’ve never seen Batman and I in the same room at the same time.”  The Cover Collection make some pretty cool phone covers (the sentence above is from one of them). As you can tell already, they’re a bit different to your run-of-the-mill phone cases – they’ve got real personality(…)

Meet Melissa Delport

Meet Melissa Delport

As you know (because I go on and on about it ALL THE TIME), I used to work in book publishing. I spent nearly ten happy years there because I’ve always been fascinated by authors, books and the writing process in general. This interest hasn’t waned, even though I no longer work in the industry,(…)

Hello 35…Nice to Meet You

Hello 35…Nice to Meet You

Hello 35. Nice to meet you.  35 is quite a big birthday, as far as birthdays go. It’s almost 40. I can even remember back to when my Mom and Dad turned 40 and we gave them those coffee mugs from Cardies which said “40′s not old…if you’re a tree”. 35 is halfway to 70, halfway(…)

Empathy: Does It Get Us Anywhere?

Empathy: Does It Get Us Anywhere?

It’s been a strange and terrible last few days in the world. What’s happening in Gaza. What happened to those three Israeli teenagers. What happens in this country on a daily basis. What just happened to all those people on the Malaysian Airlines flight. And it seems that at some point, your brain reaches a moment where(…)

10 Things to Read (+ Tailored Tales Winner)

10 Things to Read (+ Tailored Tales Winner)

Hi everyone This week is quite rushed, as it’s my first week managing the business on my own as my lovely partner Catherine has gone off to have her baby boy (any time now…the excitement!). So I thought I’d quickly share some links and articles I’m currently reading in the hope that you might find(…)

I’m Like That Proverbial Duck…

I’m Like That Proverbial Duck…

…or is it a swan? (I would prefer to think of myself as a swan-like creature if I have a choice). Serene on the outside, but as the saying goes, I’m paddling furiously underneath. I thought of this recently because someone else asked how I manage to keep it all together. “You make it look so(…)

Win a Personalised Book from Tailored Tales worth R350

Win a Personalised Book from Tailored Tales worth R350

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED and the winner was Vhutali Ngwana**. I recently stumbled across this amazing concept called Tailored Tales, which creates customised books for your children. Normally these kinds of offerings just insert your child’s name into the wording, but what Tailored Tales does is pretty special: they take a photograph of your child and(…)

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender: A Review

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender: A Review

I must admit that what first drew me to this book was its cover. I mean, how beautiful?! Back in the UK when I worked in book publishing I spent some time designing book covers and I learned just how important a cover was in terms of “selling” the book to readers and positioning the genre(…)

How Was Your Weekend?

How Was Your Weekend?

I don’t normally write posts about what we got up to on the weekend. Mostly because they are typically quite chaotic and I spend them picking up squashed banana, trying to locate dusty dummies and generally following Ben around so he doesn’t crack open his head. But this weekend I managed to do all of that and(…)

This is How We Learn Things: One Step at a Time

This is How We Learn Things: One Step at a Time

Ben took his first steps this past week. Three tiny ones to be exact. And although it’s a big moment in a parent’s life, it is not the epiphany I thought it would be. Because you see, before I had kids, I thought that one moment a baby was crawling, and the next moment they were(…)