august holidays + welcoming spring

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We are officially in September, which means that Spring has arrived in South Africa! I love each season for its own reasons, but Spring may just be my favourite!

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I love that Winter has dissolved and the once lifeless trees are now blooming with blossoms & little leaves. Spring is such a pretty time. The sunshine is mellow and there’s always a cool breeze blowing through your hair. Dresses and flowy blouses are being pulled out of my wardrobe, as well as sunhats and sandals.

I always like to look back at the month that has passed, to pause and savour each moment that happened. August was exceptional! We greeted the month-long school holidays with arms wide open & embraced every morning that we got to sleep in. I took a roadtrip with family down to the Wild Coast & we had an absolute blast! It was fab to escape the hectic city life for a good two weeks. We spent every sunny day on the dunes or in ocean. We walked, swam, laughed, read, made some really really good food & listened to the endless roar of the ocean! Bliss!

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The particular little village we stayed at by the sea felt miles away from the world. It seemed as though we’d entered heaven on earth. White soft beach sand between our toes, crystal clear ocean water, rockpools filled with life – little fish & crabs darting all over the place, spectacular sunrises and horses galloping across our view each morning,  afternoons spent chatting to my gramps or having knitting sessions (YUP) with my gran, dinners on the patio, walks by the lagoon at sunset & moonlit reflections on the sea at night.

August taught me that:

It’s okay to treat yourself. Outdoors is better than indoors. Walks & fresh air are good for the soul. Waking up early means you have a longer day to enjoy. We should take photographs but also live in the moment. Conversations are better than texts. We should look up more. We can learn so much from people older than us. Knitting (yes, knitting) is actually fun. It costs nothing to be friendly. Barefoot is best.

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I hope this post inspired you to go out & live more. No matter how bad life feels there is always hope! Forgive yourself. Watch the sunrise. Consider each day a fresh start.

Most importantly, be good to yourself,

xo Hannah

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P.S: How was your August? Leave a comment & tell me one thing that bought joy to your life last month!

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I’ll start! Something that totally made my life was that I hit 500 followers on Instagram in August, which is absolutely MAD!! 🙂 ❤ If you, reading this, have followed (since the very beginning or more recently) know that I am truly grateful for your all support! I wish I could give every one of you a big squeeze!

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cinnamon + apple snacks

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When I  was a little girl, I loved to experiment, especially in the kitchen. I would bake muffins and mix drinks and serve them to my family, who were very gracious, as most of the time they were a flop! Nowadays I stick to recipes, as I know for sure whatever I’m making will turn out great! Although, something about me misses the creativity of coming up with a new idea that will later turn into a product, so the other day I decided to be six years old again and experiment a little!

As it is winter here, I decided to make something that was appropriate for the weather & my surroundings. My family and I were gathering around the fire, hot cups of tea in hand and I started thinking about making something that would accompany the evening nicely.

These cinnamon apple treats were the first thing that came into my head. They’re quick & easy to make, delicious and healthy!

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Ingredients:

  • Apples, peeled and cored
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Pecan nuts (optional)
  • Dark chocolate (optional)
  • Xylitol (optional)

Method:

  • Slice the cored apple into slivers (try not to make them too thin)
  • Place the apple pieces onto baking paper in a baking pan
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon (I love cinnamon, so naturally I poured more than a sprinkle)
  • Add a dash of xylitol (this is optional & I love them both with + without)
  • Break up peacan nuts and sprinkle on top
  • Chop up dark chocolate and sprinkle on top
  • Place baking dish in a pre-heated oven of 180 degrees celcius and bake for about 10 minutes.

Viola! These apples treats taste so soft & delicious and literally melt in your mouth! Be sure to tell me what you think of them!

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Be good to yourself,

xo Hannah

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back on track

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You would have thought I forgot I even had a blog as I haven’t posted anything since Father’s Day (terrible, I know) but I’m back now and this time for real.

I guess you could that I had a bit of a writer’s block but also nothing really exciting happened during the month of July, or anything that I felt was worth documenting. School bombarded us with exams but before we knew it, they were over. The thought of holidays is genuinely the only thing that got me through the two weeks of test-taking. Having something to look forward to is probably the best motivation to get through any bad situation.

Last Friday, my school closed for a month. I will not be missing it. At all. Tomorrow I leave to go on holiday with my family and my grandparents. We’re off to the beach for a (much needed) two week getaway. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the hustle & bustle of the city but sometimes you got to have a break, get away from the noise and people and just  b r e a t h e .

Like title of this blog post says, I’m getting back on track. Life has looked a lot like late nights and messy study notes these past weeks but slowly I’m organising my brain into neat little piles again. Check lists & task apps are oh so useful to tackle the chaos, as well as tea underneath the trees to just rest.

I’m learning to let go of what’s not important & look after what I value most. I’m developing a more minimalist wardrobe and eliminating any clutter from my room. I’m throwing away old sketches and sitting down to create better ones. I’m deciding to put down my phone and feel my heartbeat. Because we need to live more.

Join me on the journey to creating a more beautiful, focused and exciting life! I’m going to be drafting many more posts this August – stick around!

Be good to yourself,

xo Hannah

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happy father’s day

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Everyone thinks they have the best dad, but I know without a doubt, ,mine is the greatest. He’s my hero. My biggest support. Always loving, uplifting, kind. He has such a way with people and always makes an effort. He goes above and beyond people’s expectations. His choices are always to benefit others. He wants the best for people.

Thank you dad for building me up. Teaching and training me. Loving and holding me.. Your wise words,, knowledge about life and that comforting wink you give me when you’re proud,.are some of my favourite things about you.

I have my dad to thank for my spirit for adventure, obsession with action-thriller films, love for long & soulful conversations and constant need for coffee.

To the man with the biggest heart for God and His people. You are everything I aspire to be..

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Have the best day!

We love you dad! 

From Hannah, John-Mark, Ruth & Daniel.

the organic market

Greetings Lovelies!

Being the most indecisive human on this planet, I’ve changed my theme yet again. I’m back to the good old original one I had when starting this blog.

Here’s a quick little nugget to keep you going until tomorrow, when I’ll do my Father’s Day post. This one’s all about the organic market my mama & I took a quick trip to.

I hope you enjoy!

Cheeses. olives & sun-dried tomatoes.

Fresh produce & plants!

Bread, rolls. wraps. rusks & gingerbread men!

Cute little coffee shop & cake!

Lastly, a little iced coffee, cappuccino and cheesecake!

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Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed a little insight into my day!

Be good to yourself.

xo Hannah

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a life update

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I know I promised you a post the other day & I still haven’t uploaded it! It is on its way though – I promise! [this time for real! 🍦]

The reason for my absenteeism is that I’ve been hit with conjunctivitis or pink eye as you probably know it. Since Friday last week my eye has felt irritated, sore and very sensitive.

I wemt home from school with it swollen and extremely red. That night there was an incredible event called Worship Central which happened to have the talented guest worship leader, Tim Hughes, coming to sing.

It was the perfect paradox of an evening. Brilliant because of the spectacular night of praise and worship, lead by a group of the most talented musicians. At one point they stopped all the music and we simply waited in God’s presence.

Tim felt like we, Africa, were going to find our voice and come up with a song… by the end of next might we were jiving to it. “I’ve got a joy in my heart, I’ve got a song on my lips, I’ve got a beat in my heart, I’m gonna praise you Lord!”

It started with a simple person, a not-so-brilliant voice but a powerful God who turned a room full of people into joyful, vibrant dancers.

All of this did help me forget that I even had my eye problem, of course I just had to dab my eye every 20 seconds or so, as well as keep my sunglasses on inside. Oh the frustration.

After spending Saturday and Sunday bedridden,  my mum drove me off to the ER to see if we could get anything to relieve the pain. The doctor gave me some medicine like steroids and an antibiotic – which did help with healing, but hadn’t fully made the eye perfect.

My aunt who is in the medical field happened to be passing through the city and took a look at my eye. She then gave me two different eye drops which helped clear out the horrible gunk my eye was producing, as well as reducing the light sensitivity and redness. But it still was not cured.

Today we finally went to see a specialist who did a huge test on my eyes & told me that I only have 20% vision, which is absolutely terrible! The reason my eyes hadn’t healed completely was due to the fact that I was rubbing them continously… resulting in the clear layer over my eyeball becoming severely scratched & forming little ulcers. Another reason my vision wasn’t getting totally better was because the eye drops I was taking had preservatives in it – which I’m really allergic to.

So that’s the story. I’m sorry that it wasn’t creative but it hopefully gave you an understanding to my lack of posting! We have got all the correct medication now and I’m hoping to be back at school tomorrow (crazy right?) – I am really really missing all my friends, who have all been so sweet and caring – sending the nicest messages to me. ❤️

Stay tuned, as I am going to be posting a little trip my mum and I did to the organic market soon!

Be good to yourself!

xo Hannah

a late night list of things i love

Hey Internet!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I doing away with my inner perfectionist and going to start posting real, honest and raw moments on this platform. I’ll be sharing any recent photos I’ve taken, artsy stuff I’ve done or thoughts that have been buzzing around my head, just because I love blogging regularly and want to share ideas with you guys.

Right now I’m sitting on my bed drafting a blog post which will be going live on Friday, but to keep you going till then here’s some doodles + a list of things I love.

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Light + love .

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