The Birthday Wish List

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

My Victoria reminded me that I must please make a birthday gift list. Yes, it is very self absorbed. I make no apologies. I love my birthday. So here are some things I’m crushing on at the moment.

🌿 Make a donation to the Theatre Benevolent Fund. I asked my friends to use the reference #BeKind and perhaps donate a token R46 as I’m turning 46. Don’t let this stop you making a bigger donation if you wish! 😊

🌿 I love Yellow roses.

🌿 White chocolate. Yes, I know some don’t regard it as proper chocolate. I still love it!

🌿 Gift voucher towards audio books via Audible or Amazon vouchers for my Kindle.

🌿 Book voucher at any other outlet. There is a huge selection of local books I need to READ. MF Books are releasing books faster than I can afford to buy them. I am crazy obsessed with books and Melinda as a publisher!

🌿 Bath bombs, fancy lemongrass soap, bath oils and bubble bath! I love to bath, so anything to make bath time more indulgent… yes please! One can never have enough bath goodies.

🌿 I love these Butterfly keyring idea with my kids names on it. I’m a sucker for anything that is personalised.

🌿 Pretty, funky socks! My big sock drive was at my 38th birthday, so 8 years later, I would love me some new cool socks.

🌿 The best facial I have ever had was at Beauty On The Lake. That would be an amazing treat. They pull out all the stops and although I have only been there once, it made a huge impression on me.

🌿 I would love a session in one of those salt water floating chambers, like the one at Solstice Day Spa. Apparently you feel like you had an extra 4 hours sleep. That will do me!

🌿 I love the Betty Blue range, especially the Baobab shade… Victoria says the style of these shoes remind her of school shoes by I love them! With bags and purses to match… you can’t go wrong! Costly however.

🌿 If anyone has great superpowers the greatest gift will be to spend time with my kids, all together! Kinda difficult with my Liam James living over the sea. 😦

What excitement! Huge gratitude and love and joy and happiness and blessings!

Wenchy

#14forever

Emerald Resort & Casino Review

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Situated on the outskirts of Vanderbijlpark, even in late afternoon Friday traffic, Emerald Resort & Casino is only an hours drive from Johannesburg. Turn up the tunes and the weekend is set.

ACCOMMODATION

While there are various accommodation options available at the Resort, I stayed in the Hotel with friends. I’m a room service type girl. Terribly high maintenance (not?) but fabulous!

Hotel

The highlight of the room for me was a huge bath in which I lay in with bubbles and for that moment, did not have a care in the world. The bath alone is a feature I would return for!

There are more than one self catering option. Log cabins, nestled between the trees to more affordable little houses (chalets), something not only for every budget, but also every lifestyle.

Bush Lodge

Chalets

ENTERTAINMENT

If my children were younger they would have found Emerald Resort heavenly. It would have been impossible to get Liam James and Victoria out of the Aqua Dome! It is a huge indoor, heated water play area.

Kevi would have opted for the Putt-Putt or Ten Pin Bowling I suspect… or a walk through the Animal Kingdom.

For adults there are off course the Casino itself, a Spa, Game Drives, River Cruises, chilling next to the Pool or stay over a weekend when Concerts take place in the arena.

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD

Food wise, there are some take away options, but I prefer a sit down meal because I like to linger and watch people!

We had breakfast at the Hotel which was served buffet style, with a side menu for more interesting dishes which included Eggs Benedict and a meal of Egg, Avocado and Tomato. I choose this option both mornings but I cannot recall the name of the dish. I clearly enjoyed it however! Cuppacino keeps flowing delivered by friendly staff.

“Breeze” is a great lunch time spot with a creative cocktail menu. I admit I was more focused on cocktails than food after a very proper breakfast!

“High Stakes” is a more formal, leaning towards fine dining experience. An impressive wine selection, at very affordable prices.

“High Steaks” makes the best garlic bread! I especially enjoyed the Caprese Salad, Salmon with creamy mashed potato and Malva pudding.

EXPLORE EMERALD

River cruising took on a new meaning for me when we took a leisurely trip on the Vaal with “Liquid Lounge”. Beautifully set tables, eating a wholesome meal, listening to live music and later just lounging upstairs, taking in the sights.

I would recommended Emerald to families, couples and even single travel. Plenty to see and do in a beautiful setting.

NOTES

The outstanding, super impressive WiFi connection deserves a mention. Travelling all over this large property, I was always connected. This is important to me and I was pleasantly surprised.

From the Hotel, the shuttle driver, to the restaurants we ate at, the Staff was outstanding. We met such characters and for me, the staff was part if what made the weekend special. Thank you!

When booking accommodation make sure to ask for a room that overlooks the Pool, Garden or River.

You need to book for any “Liquid Lounge” trips as they are very popular.
Gamble responsibly!
I wish you enough,
Wenchy

5 (more) things about me

1. I love watching Queer Eye🥂. I cry at the end of almost every episode. I’ve learned about the french tuck, the criss cross of walking in heels (with a touch of bend and snap 😊), and if you open your heart and mind… there are circles of love 💜 everywhere.
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2. When my kids was growing up, I never realised that so much of my selfworth was wrapped up in being their Mom. The empty nest syndrome is real. We should talk about this more so parents are not left feeling lost, and questioning who they are.

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3. I am caught between educating others regarding anxiety and having it sound as an excuse, instead of the explanation it is intended to be. Extreme anxiety is complicated to explain, for example: not answering the phone, cancelling plans or even just writing 500 words can result in a panic attack. It is difficult but not impossible.

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4. I absolutely love my African Hips Don’t Lie Merchandise journey. Every time I discuss the options with a client, I get so excited! It reaffirms my purpose and me wanting people to embrace themselves where they are at. Besides that, I think every day is #AfricaDay! 😊

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5. I currently have a thing for old fashioned “soetkoekies” like my Ouma Chrissie use to make. 🙈 Not my healthiest obsession! 😂
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#5thingsaboutme
#wenchytude
#AfricanHipsDontLie
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If only the World was in an uproar.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

You crave chaos. You’re happiest when the world is in an uproar. You thrive on madness. Even when your magic is at its best when it’s the catalyst to confusion. You still can’t admit this?
A.G. Howard

🎀 I read that yesterday. I sat with it. Got comfortable with it. Yes, it is indeed true. I need the choas. The people. It feeds my soul. Gives me life. I need the noise for my madness to turn to magic. I am spending too much time outside my magic.

🎀 I’ve realised that I often say “I’m tired” when in reality I am feeling sad. People don’t really know what to answer to sadness, but we glorify the art of being busy.

🎀 Shirley Valentine and I are rocking the evening meal these days. Currently in the fridge is Balance Wines.

🎀 I’m currently loving Instagram although I’m always in search of new accounts to follow. Great photography but with a personality that intrigues. I’m a hoarder of information broken down into concepts, ideas and eventually words.

🎀 I found the first anniversary of my Liam James ‘s move to the UK 🇬🇧 and his birthday just before that, quite emotional. Everyone around me is tired of the subject but missing my son continue to overflow my heart and roll down my cheeks.

🎀 Since I was a little girl I was high on them royals. Princess Diana was my favourite. I hope Harry and Megan’s baby arrives soon. I think all this “publicised privacy” around the birth was not the best PR move. The secrecy only intensifies the hunger for details.

🎀 I agree no new mom needs to stand on the steps of the hospital hours after giving birth, rocking a red carpet ready look, but cutting out the public at a time when many see the monarchy as outdated, let’s us not annoy us peasants, OK? #wink

🎀 The funniest line I read yesterday was on a status by Marc Lottering. He wrote that people with Matric was destroying their satellite dishes. It made me laugh and I’m now owning that line! To make sure Marc will still love me, here is a poster for his upcoming show which I would love to see. I love to laugh and he is a funny guy.

🎀 The #AfricanHipsDontLie merchandise adventure has been such a gift. I get refreshing, positive feedback from places I never expected! Woman claiming, celebrating and realising that you are not your size. I’m so happy this idea of mine is paying off. Besides, it is fun coming up with the spin off slogans! Foodie is a great one. I mean are you even a Foodie if you don’t own the T-shirt? 😂

Mail me, wenchy@mweb.co.za at once to order! 💜

I wish you enough,

Wenchy

How do I look?

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Yesterday I gave Bianca from E4Elegance some room to play! Yes, the main goal is always #purplehairdontcare 💜

We decided to lift the colour a tad, (something when done by a proper professional does not leave your hair damaged and brittle, although I don’t do it often) so the colour would be more vibrant and not as dark as what I had it over the past six weeks.

Ta da! Very happy with the results and the team is a gift. Every effort is made to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Endless refreshments and friendly banter. Thank you Ellen and Sam for EVERYTHING you do for me.

E4Elegance is located in Bedfordview in a natural light environment with the city buzz feeling very far away! Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9am to 6pm.

I wish you enough,

Wenchy

#wenchytude
#AfricanHipsDontLie
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