December 2022 was an incredibly busy month, with all the end of year activities at school, preparing for Christmas, and going away to my parent’s farm.
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In December I was nominated for a blogging award by Galore SA, along with four other bloggers. It was then up to the public to vote for the winner. I won the award and I am so grateful for the incredible support I received from everyone.
Part of the prize that I will receive is wine sponsored by Porcupine Ridge and Wolftrap Wines. I’m an alcoholic and addict in recovery so I can’t drink the wine myself, which makes it the perfect thing for me to add to my #KaboutjieTopFan hamper giveaways. It is quite fitting for me to give it back to my fans since so many fans voted for me.
Thank you to everyone that voted, I really appreciate it.
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December Date With Hubby
Going on a date once a month is something that my husband and I started in 2022 to help get our marriage back on track. It has been wonderful spending quality time alone with my husband and it has been very beneficial for us.
In December we went to Deli On Main in Dwarskersbos for breakfast. Click here to read my Deli On Main review.
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We celebrated my son’s 9th birthday and my father in law’s birthday in December by gong to the River Market Restaurant in Velddrif. It was our second visit there and we loved it so much that my son chose it as his number one choice for his birthday lunch.
I thought I wrote a review on it after our first visit but when I wanted to share the review I realised that I shared pictures on social media but writing the review on my website had completely slipped my mind. I’ve now written my review, you can read it here.
Throwing a birthday party for my son is a bit tricky each year since his birthday is on the 20th December. I usually organise a birthday party for him in mid November which is long before his birthday, but it means that all his friends are around since the Christmas holidays have not yet begun, it also means it is before all the school end of year madness begins.
This year I held his birthday party on Saturday 03 December and oh my word was that a mistake! The party was amazing, but it was the day after his Grade 3 farewell event, it was also the day after my daughter’s last exam and I always like to take the kids out for a milkshake after school on the day exams finished. I really put myself under a lot of pressure this year.
I found myself sitting at the Wimpy writing shopping list for the birthday party while the kids drank milkshakes. It was less than 24 hours until the birthday party and I was making a shopping list. I only managed to start baking for the birthday party at 6pm. I was beyond bombed, but I managed to make a cake, chocolate muffins, blueberry muffins, a strawberry cheesecake, and a lemon meringue pie before I went to bed at midnight. In the morning I popped some frozen sausage rolls into the oven and made a fruit platter.
The party was awesome and the kids loved playing the chocolate game as always and I even managed to make a video of it and wrote a post on my website sharing how the chocolate game works.
End Of School Year
Every year I feel burnt out when the last term of school hits. This year was slightly better than other years because I made sure to remind myself at the end of the third term to rest and be as organised as possible. It helped a lot but it did not prevent me feeling exhausted.
The exams, assessments, prize giving ceremonies, end of year class parties, teachers gifts, and more really take it out of me. In addition to that both my kids have their birthdays during that time so I have to arrange birthday parties for them.
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Beautiful Dress From Amazon
I am beyond pleased with the dress I bought from Amazon and it is now my to favourite dress. Funny thing is that I ordered the wrong colour but I think it worked out better than if I had ordered the correct one. I had a few of these dresses in my Amazon wish list – the same dress but different prints.
My plan was to order a pink one but instead I ordered the beige one by mistake. I was not sure if the beige one would suit me but it does. I bought the dress from money earned through completing surveys, playing games and referring others to Ysense. Check out my Ysense review. And click here to sign up for Ysense.
I will be publishing a review on the dress soon, in the meantime check it out on Amazon.
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Quiet Christmas With Family
We had a fantastic festive season. My family got together at my parent’s farm. My older sister and nephew came from UK, and my younger sister came from Cape Town. The last time we were all together was in February 2020 and my sister and nephew only just managed to get home when the pandemic hit and the world went into lockdown.
Christmas was very lowkey and we all only bought gifts for the children. It is the first year we have done this and it really took the pressure off and kept the expenses down. I detest that feeling of going shopping when it is so busy and hunting for a gift for someone for the sake of buying a gift and not being able to find something suitable. It feels so pointless.
I was asked to bring the Christmas tree and decorations to the farm… and I forgot #Facepalm. However, it worked out beautifully since we decided to put the gifts under the tree by the braai area. It was our best Christmas tree ever.
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After Christmas my sisters, kids and I traveled to Cape Town for a few days and we hooked up with some long time friends for a braai. It was fantastic seeing them all again after such a long time. These are friends I’ve had for many years, the earliest since 1985 and others since about 1993. They are all the same amazing people, just grey and with wrinkles.
I hope you all had a fantastic festive season, and that 2023 brings you great things.
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really crossing fingers for pamper hamper. did all the checks on checklist hahaha
Now I found something that I actually enjoy reading and I loveeeeee all the tips that you’re sharing with us!
This blog has really become my most favourite to read. I love seeing all the posts and places the Lynn visits.
Congrats on your award! Your blog sure puts a smile on a whole lot of faces!! May this year be even better than last year!
Congratulations a huge one, you deserve it all and you know I love behind the scenes a year to remember with so much memories to more in 2023..thank you so much
I don’t usually enter things to win as I am super unlucky in the winning department lol, but thought I would give it a try and hold thumbs. I also found your blog to be very interesting and exciting and some quite educational. Before I forget congratulations on your award. ??
Wow what an incredible way to end the year Lynne!! Wishing you everything of the best in 2023. ?
What an amazing blog. All the best for 2023♥️
Lynne you are an ispiration to us all,you are going from strenth to strenth WOW
congratulations on a another better year ahead. My confidant as a mother as a sister as a friend. Your articles your insight on daily things as a mommy helps me totally.
You really know what’s trending what’s hip and happening you are my favorite person in the world that I can look upon. The mother Christmas for the whole year always spoiling your viewers hey ???.
may you grow from strength to strength one day at a time in God’s grace.
amazon hamper to pamper myself just to feel spoilt sit back unwind with a bottle of wine, read my novels by Danielle Steele or chicken soup books. ❤
Congratulations on your award. So happy that you’re still doing date nights. Hope your son’s birthday went well. Your dresses are stunning and your Christmas tree is too cute
Congratulations on winning the Blogging award, you definitely deserve it all and more! To a prosperous 2023 to you and your family.
December 2022 was definitely a busy month, filled with so many eventful moments as well. Date night and everything you could fit in with your family in that month, must’ve been so worth it.
I had to make sure to jot everything down that i had to do for December because it was just a busy busy month for myself anf the family, we had to remember certain importants dates we made with family and friends and don’t get me started with the Christmas shopping. It was fun though.
looks like a fantastic hamper ??
Amazing giveaway would love to win
Fingers crossed so in need of this Pamper hamper
Wow, that’s an awesome hamper to win
My sons Girlfriend is expecting in March. It will be a lovely gift to give to her.
Wow would love to win this amazing prize. Lovely pamper prize❤️❤️
Oh wow what lovely giveaway. will be perfect for out Honeymoon date night. Fingers crossed.
wow what a lovely gif. I will love it for my birthday the 27th.
Happy NEW YEAR, I like to read your blog.it really helps me a lots continues to share more.
what a fabulous giveaway & given all the difficulties we’ve experienced of late, I could really do with a pamper hamper! #fingerscrossed #Win #kaboutjie #lynnehysaman ???
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What a wonderful start to the new year would love to win this hamper. Fingers crossed. #Win#kaboutjie#lynnehysaman.
I’m a new member and already enjoying it here.
Well done on winning the award.
Sounds like you had a lovely relaxing holiday with your family.
Wish you all the best for 2023.
Your hampers are very exciting. Fingers crossed
would love to win with kaboutjie! all the prizes make life a little more exiting, from the pamper hampers to the baby music mobile it’s all amazing prizes.
Would love to win this hamper as its my birthday month next month. But I believe the lady thats going to win this will truly deserve this!
Lynne thank you so much for your blog. I’m sure it can be so time consuming, but I want you to know that we appreciate all the effort that goes into every post!
Well done on winning the award.
Its sounds like you really had a lovely holiday with your family
Wish you all the very best for 2023
This hamper looks very exciting. A lovely way to start the new year. Fingers crossed
well done my darling i knew u could do it…wish u a Blesed successful year ahead????✨??
Congratulations ???? once again on the award you truly deserve it my darling….harswork does pay especially when your heart is in the right place and love what you do such happens..
May this year be the best yet
So proud of you ❤️?
A woman of many talents. Thank you for your insightf articles. I really enjoy reading them
absolutely love your blog
Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. And may we raise them.
Since joining I have learnt so many things already and all the advice is wonderful. I do love the adventures and trips Lynne goes on it feels as if we are part of it.
Congratulations Ms Lynne
As a follower of yours you have shown me places of your travels you have thought my wife to bake along the way. You are such a cool individual out and about.
I learn from you and you learn for us all your viewers.
From where you started from being an online store to now your own blog your own boss lady ??. You are an example to lead by.
That amazon dress looks stunning ❤️
That hamper looks amazing, holding thumbs ?
I dont comment on the post but i must say i find alot of the advise for the kids very helpfull and would like to say thanks you.
I absolutely Love your reading material it is so relevant and helpful. Great tips and reviews too☺ Keep up the wonderful work we appreciate ? Congratulations to the December winner trust you enjoyed all the spoils? Wow there are loads of great products and treats up for grabs in this hamper ? Would be an Awesome win for sure ☺
congratulations on winning the blogger award.it shows that your December was epic.keep the good work even this year Lynne,don’t give up there is so much we are learning from you
Crossing fingers for this, we all deserve a treat once in a while, thanx for this opportunity
Lynne and Kaboutjie is such an amazing help be it advise or just someone to talk to. Everything that is blogged or posted is very informative and helpful. Thank you ?
Always stay the beautiful, inspirational sunshine that you are. We appreciate you
im so inspired by this blog, i just want to share my personal Journey with my daughter she has been born with a craniofacial condition and i have notice many baby sites dont deal with this issue as much, but than again we only find ourselves concerned with things that dont mean anything to us until it hits home. More Education must be done on this subject. Thank you once again for a lovely blog lynne.
To me, being a mom is one of the most beautiful experiences. Sometimes one can feel very alone with your own struggles. Thanks for sharing your journey.
A pamper hamper is always a great spoil for any mom!
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