Behind The Scenes April 2023 – Plus Giveaway

April 2023 was a busy month with school holidays, Easter, some awesome collaborations, my birthday, and both my sister’s birthdays.

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Behind The Scenes April 2023

April 2023

April Date At Ek En Djy Vissery

My husband and I go on a monthly date and at the end of April we went to Ek En Djy Vissery in Velddrif. It’s at Bokkomlaan, which is now one of my favourite places to go. We sat on the jetty over the Berg River and it was lovely, so relaxing and peaceful. The food was superb and we will definitely be going back there again. Read my Ek En Djy review for more information.

44th Birthday, School Holidays And Family Visits

April is always a busy month with school holidays and family birthdays. It was my birthday on the 2nd April, followed by both my sisters birthdays.

A huge thank you to Hada Labo for the lovely birthday gift they sent me, as well as for sponsoring a hamper for one of my live video viewers on on my birthday.

My husband gave me a voucher for the Shelley Point Hotel Spa. I had a massage and I had my brows and lashes tinted, it was such a treat. Read my review on Shelley Point Hotel Spa.


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My kids and I went to Cape Town to visit my sister at the beginning of April and we celebrated my 44th birthday by going to Camel Rock for a silent event by Colorfields. It was the first silent event I’ve been to and it was loads of fun. The band played live and we had our headphones on. What was really lovely about this was that my daughter is incredibly sensitive to loud noises, so when there is a live band she struggles. Having our own headphones meant we could all listen as loud or soft as we liked, or you can just take your headphones off. It was perfect for her and she loved it.


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The next morning there was a market at Camel Rock so we headed there again. It was a lovely market, Camel Rock is clearly the hub of Scarborough with something always happening.

The following weekend (Easter weekend) my kids and I took a trip to visit my parents at their farm in Swellendam. It was the first time in a long time I got to really rest. I spent the time catching up with my parents, reading, and watching Netflix.

Things At Home Are Easier

This year has been super hard. A close family member has Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s Dementia. Coping has been close to impossible and it has been such a heartsore experience. The great news is that with a change in doctor and a change in meds there has been such a huge improvement. Better than we could ever have hoped for. We are so grateful and positive. Yes things will get hard again, but we have a chance now to get our strength back and plan for the difficulties that lie ahead.

My heart goes out to everyone that has a family member with dementia, from what we’ve experienced so far it is devastating.


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Getting Sick

After getting back from my parents I got the flu and it was awful. I was sick for 11 days. I suspect that because things were so stressful for so long when everything finally calmed down and I got a chance to rest my body gave in.

The good news is that I did some amazing collaborations in April with Reuterina, Echinaforce, and Baby’s Own cough syrup. I got to sample all the products and put them to good use.

Baby’s Own is an alcohol free cough syrup, yes geared towards kids, but since I am an alcoholic and addict in recovery it was perfect for me too.

Echinaforce really helped me recover. I was sick for over a week before I started taking it as a treatment and the day after I started taking it I felt for the first time that I was starting to recover.

Swagbucks And Ysense

I’m still loving my side income from Ysense, but due to all the loadshedding and being so busy I have not been able to focus on it much the last few months. I’m now averaging closer to $50 per month when I was earning over $100 a month for a long time. Hopefully soon I will be able to focus on it a bit more moving forward since things are getting easier. If you want to earn through completing surveys and offers, and playing games check out my Ysense review.

Click here to sign up with Ysense.

I’ve also started with Swagbucks and I am really enjoying it, it is very similar to Ysense. I actually joined Swagbucks many years ago but there were not many earning opportunities since I am in South Africa, but there are now plenty of ways to earn with Swagbucks including surveys, offers, and games. However, I’ve not been successful yet figuring out how to earn through the games, I’ve only been focused on the surveys. I’ve cashed out with Swagbucks so it is legit and I will write a detailed review on Swagbucks once I’m more familiar with it.

Click here to sign up with Swagbucks.

Coupon Codes

Here are the current coupon codes that you can use to get discount off products:

Get 10% off Therific Ideas magnesium sulphate bath salts using coupon code LH3518-230115Ti

Get 10% off Megan Goldner Designs keepsake jewellery using coupon code mgd&kaboutjie

Get 10% off your FYI play it safe subscription using my coupon code kaboutjie

Get 50% off my addiction ebook, The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn,  using coupon code TG36N

May 2023 Top Fan Competition

Win May 2023 #KaboutijeTopFan Hamper

The May 2023 hamper for the #KaboutjieTopFan competition includes the following items:

  • Journal from The Papery
  • Therific Ideas – 4 Mai-Thaim rescue packs
  • Hada Labo eye & mouth corrector cream
  • Happy Event firming cream
  • Porcupine Ridge Chardonnay
  • Oh So Heavenly foam bath
  • D’Licious chocolate wafer sticks, mint cremes, and mint flavoured buttons

Steps To Follow To Enter This Giveaway

Make sure to follow both steps below to enter this giveaway. The more you engage the better your chances of being chosen as my #KaboutjieTopFan for this month.

  1. Enter Your Details Into The Form Below
  2. Engage on Kaboutjie website
  • Comment on this blog post
  • Comment on at least one other blog post - the more blog posts you comment on the better your chances of winning!

This competition is open for residents of South Africa and Terms and Conditions apply.

The winner will be announced on our competitions page - this competition is open from:

08 May to 31 May 2023

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  1. Hoop ek kan wen

  2. I am so glad for joining the Kaboutjie Parenting Community. I enjoy reading all your reviews and I can fully relate to your tips/advice with my 2 girls. It just makes me feel so much better knowing that I am not alone and that there are so many mommies/parents dealing with the exact same things I’m dealing with and getting those tips just makes my life easier. You are truly an inspiration.

  3. thank you Lynne for your most interesting topics. it would be great if I could meet you sometime

    • Lynne Huysamen

      I’m so glad you are enjoying my blog Wendy! I’m all up for meet ups, so contact me if you are in the area 🙂

  4. lynne absolutely love how you paired the dress and boots. Glad you had an amazing birthday.

    • Lynne Huysamen

      Those are the new boots I got from Superbalist, I love them!I’m so grateful for the cooler weather so I can start wearing them now.

  5. Adele Kokoana

    My April month was a good one I got to travel from Pretoria to Pietermaritzburg to visit my late husband’s family it was nice seeing them. I hope May will be the great month as it is my birthday month.

    I enjoy being part of the Kaboutjie Community.

    • Lynne Huysamen

      That must have been great to take a trip. I hope to take a trip soon too 🙂 Happy birthday month 🙂 So glad you are enjoying Kaboutjie!

  6. Love your page, absolutely AMAZING!
    Awesome Giveaway
    Entered, fingers crossed

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