**WIN** Tickets To The Award-winning Musical, Beautiful Creatures – a must see for the whole family this December

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Johannesburg readers, this one’s for you!

Beautiful Creatures, the award-winning children’s stage show returns at the Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace from the 8th to the 18th December.  Following on the huge success of their shows in 2010 and 2011 and their top-selling CDs and books, this fun, educational and interactive 60-minute show is back by popular demand and features some of Beautiful Creatures most loved characters.

The musical tells the story of the shy and quiet Imvubu the Happiest Hippo and how he got to be so happy.  You will join him on his journey of self-discovery as he befriends Mafutha the Elephant, learns dance steps from Tallulah the Tortoise and finds his “inner roar” with the help of Lucas the Lazy Lion.

 This popular South African children’s brand was created in 2004 by Alan Glass, Ed Jordan and Paul Choritz.

Using the best session musicians, actors and singers, Beautiful Creatures prides itself on being uniquely South African with a positive global message,” says co-founder, Paul Choritz.

Tickets cost R85 and are available through Computicket online and various Computicket outlets.

Emperors Palace is located at 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

Don’t miss out!

I’m giving one lucky reader the chance to win a family pass  (4 tickets) to attend the show. Please use the rafflecopter below to enter. The winner will be given the option to attend either the 6pm show on Thursday 8 December show or the Thursday 15 December show at 2pm

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Christmas DIY – Lindor Chocolate Wreath

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The Festive season is upon us and I am so excited to spend this special time with family and friends!

We are hosting a Xmas lunch with friends at our place this coming weekend, so I have the pleasure of setting up the festive lunch table.

When I attended Kamers in Stellenbosch last month, I fell in love with the dried wreaths on exhibition from JM Floral Design. I didn’t know how long it would last before it totally dried out, but thankfully it lasted and still looks great in time for our lunch.

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I was excited about decorating it and thought of a few ideas. I searched Pinterest and Youtube and I got a few ideas but when I walked past the recently opened Lindt store in Canal Walk, a lightbulb went off! Continue reading

Stuff We’re Loving Right Now – Bath Time Favourite’s

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For the last few months we’ve been trying out some new Bath time products, so I thought it made perfect sense for me to share some of our favourites in this month’s edition of the series. I really am no Beauty Blogger – but like who doesn’t bath, shower or wash their face?

I’m all for simplicity though and love using products that only require a quick and easy routine, without any precious time wasted.

Here are a few bathtime products we’ve been loving lately: Continue reading

Win Tickets To The Clicks & Babyline Cape Town Baby Bootcamp

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Throughout the year, Clicks and Babyline have partnered up and have been hosting a series of workshops nationwide which are aimed at expectant and new parents. The Baby Bootcamp seeks to provide expert advice, baby related information and demonstrations to these parents.

I attended the one in Cape Town earlier this year and realised that although I’m a Mom of 2 – there’s always something new to learn when it comes to parenting. Like each pregnancy is different, so is every baby. From colic to reflux to post-partum depression, the Baby experts (Paediatricians, midwives, biokineticists & psychologists) will be there to answer all of your questions. Continue reading

Please Vote For Me – SA Blog Awards 2016

When I started this Blog just over 2 years ago, I had no idea of what I was doing really. I knew I wanted a creative place to store some memories but I had no idea of what it took or the potential it had to grow.

Since then, it has exceeded my expectations and has opened up a whole new world for me and my family.

In the first year or so, I had a few friends and family members following (which meant the world to me). I really was and still am grateful that they took the time to even read my posts!

Today, and although I may not have the biggest following in SA, the followership has grown significantly and I am so thankful that my writing has had the tiniest little impact on a reader’s life – be it a saving tip, a competition prize or even just the comfort that they are not the only parent out there having a mini-meltdown. For me, this is the biggest reward of being a Blogger.

I’ve also worked with some amazing brands and events this year and have worked hard to share my honest opinions and experiences with you and I can’t wait to share some more – and hopefully some more exciting competitions and giveaways!

For the investment I put into the Blog this year, I’ve decided to enter the 2016 SA Blog Awards. It’s a coveted title amongst the Blogging community and I think its a great feather in one’s cap – in recognition of lots of hard work and efforts.

The only way to be recognized is by the readers themselves and those are the only votes that will count – so if you do think I am worthy please read on and follow these easy steps:

  1. You will see a red circular button on the top right-hand side of this blog page. Or if you viewing from your mobile, scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will find it there. Click on it!
  2. Select the tick box/es for Best Parenting Blog or Best Lifestyle Blog or both. 
  3. In order to confirm your vote, you will be sent a confirmation email that you need to click on.
  4. If you vote for another blog in the Parenting category after you’ve voted for mine, your vote for Hayley’s Joys will be discounted 🙁

Voting runs from 28 November 2016 – 31 December 2016.

There are so many amazing SA parenting and lifestyle blogs out there, which I am a fan of too so if I were to even feature in the top 10 I would be honoured!

Thank you so much for reading and your support.

xxx

Hayley and Co.

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Thankful Thursday

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Today is Thanksgiving in Canada and the U.S  and although we don’t really celebrate it here in SA, there’s no reason for us not to be thankful for what we have.

You know how they do it in the movies – around the Thanksgiving dinner table, each person gets to say what they are thankful for. It’s really a nice tradition don’t you think?

Sometimes we just take things for granted or we are just so busy with life and moving full steam ahead, without really appreciating what we have in the HERE and NOW.

The concept of thankfulness reminds me so much of my late Gran. Whenever anyone asked her how she was doing, her response would always be “Much to be thankful for”. The phrase has stuck with me and it’s a constant reminder to appreciate what I have.

I thought today would be a good opportunity to share what I am thankful for. I am so lucky to have a list of things to be thankful for. In no particular order, this is what I am so utterly blessed and thankful for: Continue reading

**WIN** A Pampers Premium Care Hamper For Your Baby – Competition closed

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I’ve had so much fun with Pampers on my Blog this month. I shared some of my favorite pregnancy memories which really got me feeling emotional. It seems like just yesterday that Kurt and I got married – and now we have 2 little people that are literally growing like weeds.

I also had a lot of fun talking to other Moms and hearing about their funny nappy changing stories, so much so that I shared some of the funniest ones in a post. If you didn’t check it out yet, save the link here and read it when you feel like having a good laugh. Continue reading

Book Club – Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn

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This was a first for me – reading a book after I’ve watched the movie!

At first, I thought “Oh, how boring” but I was pleasantly surprised. Turns out, the movie is somewhat different from the book.

After just a few pages, I was drawn into the character of Amy Dunne, who mysteriously disappears on her wedding anniversary, leaving all fingers pointing to her husband Nick. Continue reading

Aramex Drop Box Delivers Christmas Wishes

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Can you believe we are less than 6 weeks away from Christmas Day?

I started my Christmas shopping early this year and have already started thinking of how I’ll be getting my Christmas gifts over to friends and family all around South Africa.

This is exactly why I was so happy to get the chance to try out the Aramex Drop Box Store-to-door courier service.

For just R99, I can send my gifts (or any parcel or documents) to any place in South Africa, by just dropping them off in an Aramex Drop Box in any Pick n Pay store or selected FreshStop. Continue reading