31 reasons to fall in love with @Verushka143

1-Fullscreen capture 20160906 23310 PMWomen are made of Sugar and Spice and all things nice or so they tell us in the nursery rhymes we learn as toddlers. But it is true us women are rather complex with so many different sides to us.

1) I sing in the shower and let us just say I could audition for Idols and not be laughed at. Favourite shower song is from Pitch Perfect “Titanium by David Guetta and Sia“. Reminds of how strong I am and that I am a warrior.

2) As much as I love Technology , there are certain things I prefer the old fashioned way. Books for me need to be real and not ebooks. The feel of turning crisp clean pages,the smell of new pages and the sound of pages flipping send my soul to a happy place. I always carry a book on me.Literally I can spend hours in a book shop and lose track of time. Want to impress me ? Give me a copy of your favourite book !

3) A hopeless romantic who still believes in love even though my heart looks like a patchwork quilt.

4) I love making lists. Most people have a #BucketList of places they want to travel but I have several lists which include :

a) Books to read
b) Places to eat at around the world
c) Photos to capture
d) Experiences around the world

Spice5) I love watching Bollywood movies and I get lost in the magic of romance. I do not speak the language but over the years I have picked up the language by watching movies. My mum and I have days out where we go to get our Bollywood fix.

7) My parents live in the same house for the last forty years and we have the same phone number. Crazy especially as in this day and age people are constantly on the go.

8) My first teaching job was in the ‘lil town of Ixopo in KZN. I taught and lived at a boarding school. Alan Paton was a  Headmaster at this school and this was where he wrote Cry The Beloved country.

9) Vanilla is my most favourite spice. So be it perfume, tea or coffee there is always an underlying flavour of Vanilla.

10) Going down stairs, are a nightmare for me especially if there are more than 5 steps and they are narrow. I have a phobia of falling down the stairs though once I did fall up on a flight of stairs.

11) I have a real job besides my blog. Having studied an Education degree ,I have taught in schools and in London. Currently well for the last 5 years I have been lecturing at a local TVET College. I start work at 12 midday and finish at 8pm.

12) My most favourite chocolate in the world is Lindt. More specifically the Red Lindor Balls.

13) Mildly addicted to all things British. After living in London for almost a decade I know a cup of tea is always a good idea, a fry up breakfast is the best hangover cure and YES I still watch BBC soapies.

14) Rose Gold is my favourite metal and has been for over ten years. Fell in love with this metal after I discovered I love the colour pink. Long story cut short but hard to believe that once upon a time I hated the colour pink.

15) I have a medical condition called Keloids. This means my scar tissue over heals and leave excess skin and tissue in the form of lumps on my body. I have gotten keloids from my baby injections on my arm and on my eyes from having my ears pierced with a surgical gun.

16) I have 3 tattoos and still plan on getting more.

17) I do not feel dressed unless I have a watch on. I have on some occasions worn a dead watch as the battery had died and I felt bare with it on my wrist.

18) I have been bitten by the Travel Bug and all I want to do is travel. Through my blog I have been fortunate enough to get some opportunities.

19) I take daily Chronic medication for High Blood Pressure.

20) I love cooking for my loved ones. I see myself as the Indian Nigella.

21) When ever I watch any sporting matches and hear the South African National Anthem I get goosebumps and get all teary.

22) The name of my blog is inspired by a movie called Mistress of the Spices.

23) Mad about animal print currently on my lust list is an animal print sari.

24) I started my Twitter account before I started blogging.

25) I love statement jewellery. My sense of fashion includes combining my Eastern looks with Western statement jewellery.

26) Once upon a time I had my nose pierced but removed it after 3 years.

27) After watching the Stephen King movie “IT “ as a child I am rather afraid of clowns.

28) I love taking pictures of my world and myself. I used to be very self conscious about the way I look but not anymore. Love me for all my flaws or leave me be.

29) I used to not be an animal person but that all changed when I got my first puppy four years ago and now I own 2 dogs Chai and Zara.

30) As a plus size girl I am proud to be a Brand Ambassador for Curvy Girls Chronicles which is a Body Positivity Campaign in America with ambassadors around the world.

31) Proudly South African with a deep rooted Indian cultural identity.

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Be Inspired !

Verushka Ramasami

From GLITTER to toast.

30 great things I’m grateful for – in absolutely no particular order of preference, except the first two.

Janice

1. My children – for the funny, the quirky, the challenging, the enduring, the different, the surprising, the everything … especially the love!!

2. My man – for his patience and his steadfast permanence, mostly when he has no clue what I’m doing (which is most of the time)!

3. Glitter (obviously!) – all colours, all the time!

4. Toast (ya – I guess that was obvious too!) – preferably rye toast, especially on cold winter mornings, with melted butter … mmmmmmmm!!!

5. My book Tribe

6. My doglets, Phoebe and Chandler

7. Tea & Coffee – such a confusing conundrum being a lover of both!

8. Notebooks – ring-bound ones

9. Actually, most stationery! I love stationery!

10. Living in a country where we have the freedom to practice what we
believe in, and to support others who might feel that this isn’t the
case.

11. Being privileged to watch incredibly talented SA performers on-stage on a
regular basis. I don’t think people realise what amazing home-grown
talent we have in our country – they’re so busy criticising anything
local.

12. Things we don’t even think about – the roof over our head, running water, electricity, clothes, shoes – that others only dream of.

13. Pain-free days. For anyone who suffers from any type of ‘invisible’ condition, where your pain is practically unbearable, so you just pop those pills and suffer in silence, you’ll know what I mean!!

14. My mom still being able to travel over from the UK to spend time with us.

15. The fact that we can all help anyone, change anyone’s life for the better, in an instant, at anytime (to paraphrase Anne Frank).

16. Google Maps (especially when I’m in Cape Town – sorry, telling me to ‘just look for the mountain’ doesn’t actually work for me!!!!)

17. Music that inspires me

18. Getting a good night’s sleep (rare, oh, so rare!!)

19. The incredible inspiration I get, and all the amazing, insightful things I learn from the diverse group of people I get to call my friends, both online and in real-time.

20. Emily – without her, our home and our lives wouldn’t actually operate … at all!!!

21. Soup – in all and any weather.

22. John Frieda Frizz-Ease Shampoo & Conditioner

23. Sweet peas in summertime – my favourite flowers

24. Work that fulfills and rewards.

25. Books, books, books, and more books!

… for the love of books.

26. My Kindle

27. My Cellphone

28. Garlic Bread

29. Lindor Balls

30. Lip Balm 

Blogs: www.jansbookbuzz.com 

www.glitterandtoast.com

What are you thankful for?

Immediate and extended. Paula Gruben #Umbilicus 

​TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR:

1. My health. And all the doctors and nurses who have kept this old sack of skin, blood, and bones going the past 42 years.

2. My husband. My partner in crime since 1994.

3. My child. Best thing that ever happened to me. Period.

5. My family. Biological and adoptive. Immediate and extended. You are all precious to me.

6. My friends. Old and new. Near and far. Real-life and virtual. Thanks for letting me be me.

7. Our domestic helper, Surprise, and our gardener, Christopher.

8. Beagle Watch. Keeping our neighbourhood safe, so we can sleep at night.

9. The Democratic Alliance. For instilling a renewed confidence in the future of this beautiful country. (No need to emigrate just yet.)

10. Teachers who believed in me and inspired me (my English teacher at Westville Girls’ High, Mrs Buckley, deserves a special mention). Teachers who do the same for my son.

11. Bosses who took a chance on me, and gave me the opportunity to cut my teeth on many facets of the publishing industry: Margie Koch, John Bowles, Eureka Zandberg / Anfra Mostert, Rosanne Buchanan, Sammi-Jo Botha.

12. Amazon, CreateSpace, digital printers, and small print runs. All of which have made self-publishing a reality for indies like me.

13. A successful book launch. And all the people who came out to support me.

14. My readers. I am deeply humbled by each and every person who has taken the time to buy / read my book, and provide feedback.

15.Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and my personal blog Jozibelle. I cannot imagine how insular and boring life would be without social media and the blogosphere.

16. Woolies Foods, restaurants, takeaways. Life’s too short to stuff a mushroom.

17. Cows. Fillet steak, chocolate, cheese. Pigs. Bacon. ‘Nuff said.

18. Caffeine, alcohol, nicotine. “Folks who have no vices have very few virtues.” – Abraham Lincoln

19. The rise of plus-size supermodels like Candice Huffine who make me feel better about my body, and designers who are now acknowledging and catering to us tall and curvy girls.

20. Holidays and travel. For enriching my life through first-hand experience of other countries and cultures.

21. Art, Architecture, Design, Fashion. For making the world a more beautiful place.

22. Nature. For feeding my soul. And keeping me humble.

23. Trees. Shade.

24. Rain. I am a pluviophile.

25. Aircon in my car.

26. Winter days, summer nights. Hot showers, clean sheets.

27. Music, Books, Movies, Netflix, digital cameras, smartphones.

28. Microsoft Word and Excel. Google and Wikipedia. WiFi and 4G.

29. Antihistamines and Myprodol. Psych meds and HRT.

30. Braces and Roaccutane. Makeup and hair dye. Moisturiser and sunscreen. Razors and tweezers. Pedicures by Sylvia Ngwenya – best foot massages EVER.

“Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.”

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​Lize Jacobs – An Author in Potent Pink

31 Things people don’t know about me:

1. I am Geographically Impaired: I can get lost while in possession of a map, written directions, cell phone and GPS – all at the same time. Yes, this is a legitimate medical condition, or so I am convinced, that urgently needs research funding to find a cure.

2. I am not a girly-girl but I love Pink: Strangely enough, with all my tomboyish tendencies, I am crazy about pink – pink shoes, pink shirts, pink in my hair…Just Pink…potent Pink!

3. I have a talent for hitting curbs: Driving over, against, and onto curbs is just one of my special gifts.

4. I love strangers: I prefer meeting, talking to, and listening to strangers…Their experiences, points of view, and plans.

5. My happy place is Lize-land: A realm where all the characters that live in my reality peacefully exist in a functional society.

6. I have seven and a half voices in my head: These belong to characters (which incidentally reside in Lize-land), that systematically come into existence on the pages of my books as the main character. (The half-voice belongs to a teenager – just in case you were wondering). – Hope I don’t only have 8 books in me.

7. I prefer sitting to the left of someone: When I need to be seated next to a person, I am more comfortable being on their left.

8. My favourite number is 25: In my opinion, 25 is the most beautiful and complete number that exists.

9. Mathematics nauseates me: When I need to work with numbers; add, subtract, multiply, etc. I get nauseated – even when I hear or see others doing it…ugh! (Even now when I’m writing about it)

10. Every 7 years, I get injured on my birthday (Except when it’s Friday the 13th): This is a proven fact! On my 7th birthday, I broke my arm. On my 14th birthday, I fell off my bike and hit the pavement hard. On my 21st birthday, I broke my wrist. When I turned 28, nothing happened (Friday the 13th). The year I turned 35, I severed my Achilles tendon – this didn’t happen on my birthday…but still, really?!

11. I love Country Music: I could listen to only Country Music for the rest of my life and die happy!

12. I think life should be a Musical: I would be ecstatic if people spontaneously burst into song and dance as if it were normal.

13. Very bad with detail: Predominantly in everyday life, especially when it comes to people’s hairstyles. I would not notice if someone with long hair suddenly cut it extremely short, or someone dramatically changed their hair colour.

14. I believe that when your ears tweet your brain is resetting itself: The tweeting sound your ears sometimes make is just the process of your brain getting rid of its RAM.

15. I have a very bad memory: I sometimes struggle to remember what I did the day before. When someone asks me if they have told me something already, I just generally say ‘no’ to be safe – because even if they had, there is a distinct possibility that I won’t remember anyway.

16. I absolutely love beer: And as I’ve recently discovered, I love Lager! Except for water, my drink of choice is Castle!

17. I get Goosebumps and tingly all over when I pass a theatre: Stage productions are the coolest thing the human race could have invented.

18. I was diagnosed with Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) when I was 8 years old: This diagnoses happened accidentally and I am thankful every day that it was discovered and I am still alive.

19. My car is always dirty: When my car gets washed and cleaned it is a celebration among my friends.

20. Huge fan of quotes: People’s ability to express or in inspire with just a few lines is absolutely amazing to me. One of my favourite quotes is;

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” – Shakespeare, Hamlet.

And one of my favourite personal quotes is:

“Stop following your dreams and catch up to them.”

21. I can spell my name on a calculator: 3217 (Made you tilt your head, didn’t I?)

22. I don’t like shopping: A store is a shop is a store… Except for toy shops! Love toy shops!

23. I love balls: This sounds weird, I know… But should anyone ever wonder what present to get me; balls! Stressballs, rubberballs, beanbagballs, soccerballs, basketballs, rugbyballs, etc. etc. etc.

24. I get super excited when I see Playing Cards in shops: I love the look, feel, and smell of Playing Cards…I just do!

25. I love wristwatches: Although I don’t really wear them anymore, I love wristwatches; especially a sexy watch on a man…

26. My favourite outfit is a denim, t-shirt, and tekkies: I have recently started to experiment with turning this outfit of choice into an actual look that could reflect my personality better. Make it different, make it me!

27. My favourite smell is wet concrete: Don’t think I need to expand on this.

28. I don’t like ice-cream: About every 8 months or so, I would get a craving for ice-cream and eat a Magnum, and then I am so over it!

29. I love Romance in stories: Whether it happens in books or movies, I love clever interesting Romance; especially when it is coupled with banter-battles.

30. I believe characters are real: Once a character is created, they exist, and all you need to do is listen and follow their story, attempting to comprehend  what they try to convey to the best of your ability.

31. I have a very bad memory: Have I mentioned this? Can’t remember…

Twitter:  @LizeJacobsBooks

Facebook:  Lize Jacobs Books

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Dear friends, family and other interesting creatures,

During the month of August I have contacted a few woman and asked them to share some of their stories  Subject choice is up to the writer and I trust you will enjoy this introduction to the special females on my various platforms. If you want to be part of this series, mail me wenchy@mweb.co.za

Happy Woman’s Month!

I wish you enough,

Wenchy

Where chuckles, fudge & white chocolate meet. Sounds oraait to me! #StarlightExpressSA

I asked some of the cast members a few trivial questions on what they like, love and splurge on when not skating on #StarlightExpressSA at @Joburgtheatre:

Nintendo, the Shinkansen bullet train engine from Japan
@Reg_Hart

(with Buffy, the buffet coach – my son Liam James and my husband Noid LOVES Buffy!)

Nintendo

Hi girly.

My favourite flower: the Protea.
Favourite colour: grey.
Favourite chocolate: Woolworths Chukkels, and;
I splurge: allot on shoes… I have a lot.

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The Big Hopper, Dustin
@WesleeLauder

(third from the left, and third from the right!)

Michael Riff Themba (Red Caboose), Jarryd Nurden (Hip Hopper

My favourite flower: Barberton daisy.
Favourite colour: Red.
Favourite chocolate: I don’t eat chocolate anymore (tell you why in person – top-secret Weslee!  – Wenchy) so now I stuff myself with fudge or jelly tots, and;
I splurge: Toughie: books, food (who’da thunk) and clothes. 🙂

Huge thank you to the cast of #StarlightExpressSA for being so open and available to the #newmedia team (and @NocturnalWenchy aka Stalker) at @Joburgtheatre!

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Wenchy, Queen of self photography, Social Media Diva and tattooed stalker.

@NocturnalWenchy

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My favourite flower:  Yellow Roses and Sunflowers
Favourite colour: Purple!
Favourite chocolate: White chocolate – proper, not cheap crappy imitations  and;
I splurge: BOOKS! Books!…. and mugs. I collect mugs.

I wish you enough money to splurge!
Wenchy

PS. Forgive errors! I typed this at 2am and scheduled it to run at 8am. LOL