A roundup of our year thus far…

This year has really started off with a bang and I can’t believe that January is already past halfway! It feels like just yesterday that we were wrapping Christmas presents and eating mince pies.

The first two weeks of January had me getting things in order for Alyssa’s first day of toddler school. I felt like such a Mom putting name tags on clothing , planning lunchbox ideas and buying school supplies. I was back at the office on the 5th of January already, while Kurt worked right through the holidays so we tried to feel a bit of holiday cheer over the weekends and went on a few day trips.

Visiting the animals at Giraffe house

Visiting the animals at Giraffe house

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Thinking about…. Our first home

I was recently inspired by Compass (a New York City real estate platform offering personal service for finding a perfect starter home) to share a little about our first home for an international blog series they are doing. Very excited about this prospect, I immediately started looking for pictures of our very first home but then soon remembered that I lost most of them when my old PC crashed 🙁 I did however find a few which actually brought back so many awesome memories.

My then boyfriend , now husband (Kurt) and I bought our first place together in 2006. We knew we were going to get married in the next few years but thought we would get a head-start in the property market first. In 2006, pre-recession, gaining access to finance for first time buyers was as easy as pie. We got a 120% mortgage bond which meant we didn’t need a deposit or any funds up-front to pay for any legal costs. It was a 2 bedroom house with a very small garden, nothing fancy at all, but we were proud of our home and the fact that we were home-owners. When we first moved in, the front of the house was basically just dying grass. We nurtured it, planted some trees and flowers and that’s when I realized that gardening was actually something I enjoyed. We had so many braai’s in that garden as it had just the perfect amount of sun and shade to just chill and relax.

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Dining area upgrade

Happy New year everyone! I have been dying to post details of our dining area upgrade which was ready just in time for Christmas lunch.I was so lucky to have won a R2500 voucher for canvex wallpaper from Expandasign by entering a competition on the SA Decor & Design blog (which is one of my favorite blogs BTW) which allowed us to get some wallpaper for two different areas within our home 🙂

We also got around to arranging re-upholstery for some chairs which my husband bought about 2 years ago at a salvage store. He managed to get 8 chairs and a table which were fire damaged for about 300 bucks. This is what the chairs looked like before

chairs before

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