UPsize your sleep

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I’d given up on the 40 winks illusion around the time of my 10th birthday. Which technically means I’ve been sleep deprived for 36 years.

No wonder I’ve made the odd mistake. Like that first ex husband. I clearly didn’t know what I was agreeing too. I was a beautiful bride however.

It is estimated that 35% of Americans suffer from chronic insomnia. I wonder what the statistics for South Africa will be?

My gorgeous sister lives in Florida in the USA and besides the heat, she is not suffering from lack of sleep. She has air conditioning!

Back home in suburbia in South Africa, you may just get comfy, roughly throw your leg over your partner, let out a big sigh (the same one you make when you take your bra off at the end of the day) and bam the thought hits you… “Did I lock the back door?”

You will reason with yourself… but in the end, you will get up and go check. Yes it is locked. Immediately you remind yourself that you have joined #ImStaying and you honestly should be more positive!

Back in bed, your mind is wondering. That child is going to fail math. The child gets it from me. Actually my father was mos dyslexic. Must ask Mammie about that.

It is general knowledge that sleep is good for you. Although no amount of sleep, beauty or not, has ever resulted in me waking up looking like Sophia Loren, so beauty sleep for me, is right up there with a rhinoceros being a fat unicorn.

Proper sleep is good for your physical and mental health. It gives you clarity and all kinds of goodie bag items I’ve never unpacked. Being nocturnal and all. I’m always scratching the surface.

If you don’t sleep the required 6 to 8 hours (like the glasses of water you are suppose to consume) for adults you will constantly be getting out of the wrong side of the bed. Even if your bed is next to the wall.

Even I, being famous online and everything since birth (my Mammie says I’m destined… just not sure for what precisely) have tried to be proper and sleep. That is how I found out about the Sophia Loren thing.

I’ve taken over the counter meds, drank a warm drink, rubbed the Lavender suggested by well meaning Karen’s who staged interventions (interfering!) It is a no from me. Never quite sure what to do with the Lavender anyway.

There is only one thing that seduces me to sleep. The thought of my bed! The way it loves me!

My bed does not speak ill truths, it cherishes my secret thoughts, my silent prayers for that child that must pass math, my worries, my dreams, my nightmares, my joys, my smiles in thoughts lost in the night. All my curves and all my edges…

If you do not have a Sealy, or you suffer from insomnia, Sealy has plenty suggestions on how to upsize your sleep, your comfort and how to improve your overall sleep experience.

Fall in love with your bed!

I wish you enough,


Review: Moafrika Tours – Day Trip to Soweto

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Soweto received its name from the first two letters of South Western Township, which is what the area was first named in 1956 with and now home to an estimated 3.5 million people. When visiting Johannesburg, you would be poorer for not visiting Soweto.

Soweto Welcome

Soweto holds an abundance of history, rich stories and what some may say is interesting foods and beer! The full-day in-depth tour shows you the sparkle, the distress and the joy of Soweto and its people, all of which you can experience with a day tour with MoAfrika Tours.

What’s included in MoAfrika Tours Full-Day Tour

Our Tour Guide from MoAfrika Tours, Tsholo, was phenomenal. He shares my positive enthusiasm and deep love for Africa. Tsholo is knowledgeable, keen to answer questions and has a delightful sense of humour. Spending the day with him and our fun, instant bond tour group (where none of us knew each other!) was a delight!

Here are some pictures of our day together with MoAfrika Tours taking us all over Soweto.


Elias Motsoaledi informal settlement

Elias Motsoaledi informal settlement

Elias Motsoaledi informal settlement

Although I have visited Soweto many times. Each time I visit I learn something new. The division between rich and poor. The faces of people stay with me. Some happy and smiling and others sad and defeated. But mostly there is HOPE everywhere. From small children playing in the dust to old men making their way home, I’ve always been greeted with a big smile.

MoAfrika Tours was my favourite guided tour to date. We had great banter as a group. Our tour guide as awesome. Our transport was comfortable and each area was explained in detail and questions were answered without shying away from the truth.

Wenchy in Soweto Elias Motsoaledi informal settlement

Thank you for letting me enjoy your hospitality!

I wish you enough,



Searching for the spirit of the great blogger.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,


I did not start blogging for recognition 22 years ago, or to be regarded as influential. I did not start blogging for invitations to events, private parties or functions with famous people. I did not start blogging because I wanted “free stuff” (no such thing exists btw).

I love being a Social Media Diva experiencing exotic dishes and meeting fabulous people, attending world-class productions, informative and inspirational events or making a difference in highlighting causes and projects that I believe in. I enjoy collaborating with brands and friends, either enhancing my financial situation or sometimes I experience moments money cannot buy. Oh, there has been so many of those over the past six years! … but this has never been my motivating factor.


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Book Review : On Second Thought

Kristan Higgins is fast becoming a favourite author of mine in a genre I often do not enjoy – a touch of romance, even if contemporary.

With two divorces behind me, I know all that glitter isn’t gold and that loneliness can make for strange bedfellows.

I do believe and experience love, lust and the lingering of romance but… I stick to reading/listening to psychological thrillers, detectives working on the puzzles of murders and I adore memoirs.

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Book Review: The Overdue Life Of Amy Byler

“Overworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City.


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