Behind The Scenes January 2023 – Plus Giveaway

January 2023 was a busy month. The school calendar has been jam packed and work has started off with a bang which is fantastic.

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January 2023

Exploring Velddrif And Making New Friends

The thing that stands out for me the most about January is how much fun it has been exploring the area and I’ve made some new friends. It is always appreciated to go out for coffee with mom friends.

We started the new year off with a river cruise down the Berg River on the Cracklin Rosie. It is something I’ve wanted to do since we moved here and I finally got the chance to thanks to West Coast Way gifting me and my family tickets. The cruise did not disappoint, check out my review here.

A mom living in Velddrif that follows my page reached out and we went for lunch at Avoo Health Cafe at Bokkomlaan. It’s a lovely spot that serves health food. I haven’t had a chance to publish a review on it yet. Thanks Bev for reaching out and introducing me Avoo, it was awesome.


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The following week Bev introduced me to Megan, another mom in the area, and we went to Columbine Co for coffee and cake. I will publish my review on Columbine Co soon. Another stunning place in Bokkomlaan.

I can see Bokkomlaan becoming a favourite spot of mine to hang out.

My parents made a trip to the area early January and we went out to breakfast at Soverby Lapa in Dwarskersbos. It’s another spot I’ve had my eye on for a while and it did not disappoint. You can read my review here.

Back To School

The school year always starts off with a busy calendar. Interhouse athletics day is always in the second week of school and even though its always then for some reason it always catches me off guard. I must make a note for next year to be prepared. I really enjoyed the sports day this year since we are now living far from the school my kids take the bus. I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed chatting to the other moms every while waiting for my kids to come out. It was my daily dose of socialising.

It was lovely to see all the moms again and catch up with them. I also enjoy watching my kids run in the races.


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One thing about the start of each school year that really rocks me is that it is the anniversary of my miscarriage. All the back to school activities, especially covering books brings back sad memories for me. It was 5 years ago, but healing takes time and while I’ve done plenty of healing over the years I don’t think the pain ever goes away completely.

My First Campaign With The Salt

I joined The Salt a long time ago and I’ve never really paid much attention to it. Towards the end of last year I decided to put a little more effort in. I updated my profile and answered some quizzes, very soon after that I received my first paid campaign with them.

The Salt is a platform that offers payment in return for promoting products on social media. You don’t have to be a blogger or an influencer to join and get jobs, anyone can apply. I found the team at The Salt to be fantastic with communication and helping me understand what I needed to do for the campaign, plus payment was very quick once the campaign was completed.

A few days after completing that campaign I was awarded another job with them, I’m waiting on communication from them so I can start working on it. You can click here to join The Salt.

Read my review on The Salt.

Making Money With Online Surveys

My all time favourite platform for making extra money on the side is Ysense. You can earn through completing surveys and offers, playing games, and referring others. On average I earn about $100 a month through Ysense. You can sign up here and read my review on Ysense here for more information on it.

I saw a lot of people sharing about Easy Earn on social media. So I signed up and checked it out. Warning… it is a massive scam! I don’t like to write negative reviews on my website, usually if I have nothing nice to say I just keep quiet, but scams get my blood boiling and it makes me so sad when I see so many people falling for it. So I wrote a review on it, if you want to see what it’s all about check it out here.

I also tried out Rewardy – a platform that pays you to watch videos, complete offers and surveys, play games, and refer others. I withdrew my first amount last week and they paid me within minutes which made me happy. I will write a review on it in February, but if you want to have a look you can sign up here. I will write a detailed review on it as soon as possible. One tip I will share so long is don’t watch their videos using data. I’ve never seen a gig disappear so fast in my life. Make sure you only watch videos to earn using your wifi.

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

February 2023 Top Fan Competition

Win February 2023 #KaboutijeTopFan Hamper

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

  • Journal from The Papery
  • Therific Ideas Mai-Thaim magnesium bath salts
  • Hada Labo eye & mouth corrector cream
  • Happy Event firming cream
  • Oh So Heavenly bubble bath
  • Scented glass candle
  • Sorbet body scrub, body wash and hand & nail cream
  • Nescafe Gold cappuccino
  • Tim Tams
  • Cadbury chocolates (mint crisp, biscuit and whole nut)
  • Ferrerro Rocher
  • D’licious Mint Thins
  • Chilli Nibbles

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:

03 February to 02 March 2023

This Competition Is Closed For Entries

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  1. Khuselwa Nkaenkae

    Great hamper. Love it ❤

  2. January has been quite a rough month for me personally but I made it through I have had to make some changes and I am still working on them.

    I absolutely love the pamper hamper for February and I wish all the best to whomever wins it.

    The first live video I watched today was wonderful and I wish you all the best for this month of love ❤️?

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the live video Nikita 🙂

      • Ive been with the salt for a while.. no paid campains yet

      • I was also with them for ages before getting a campaign so don’t give up on it yet! I got my first campaign after taking the time to do a number of the quizzes in my dashboard which was not something I ever bothered with before so I think that is what led to getting approved for my first campaign.

    • Hang in there Mama!

  3. The 5 years of January have passed, with some of your tips to make it easier. Thank you for relatable posts, you truly seem like a super mom.

  4. Great hamper. Spoils Spoils Spoils and mooooorrreee Spoils!

  5. I absolutely love reading all your article’s and reviews that is posted daily.

    We learn so, so much from you.

    Thank you for the live video yesterday, I can’t WAIT to start learning on how to start my own blogging site!

    May this February month only bring positives for us.

    All of the best for this new month.

  6. It’s so great to know that the are people like you out there who just love brightening other people days with your wonderful gift
    Hope to win some one day

  7. Another fantastic hamper, thanks for the opportunity.

  8. A brand new month of love and spoils, thanks mother Christmas for this opportunity, winning this for my wifey. all of her favourites for Valentine’s Day whoop whoop can’t wait to win this.


  9. #love this hamper, hope to win. Totally enjoy reading your page and socials. Very useful indeed. Thank you. You are AWESOME!

  10. Rajesperi Manikum

    OH my goodness ???❤
    so obsessed with this hamper , you always make the best hampers. so sweet of you hey.

  11. Samantha Samantha

    Great competition, spoils in the month of love.
    Thank you for the opportunity

  12. I would love to win this 🙂

  13. Such an amazing hamper! It is EVERYTHING that a teacher needs and dreams of!

  14. Those cakes look delicious. woah you had a busy month. i will also give salt a try i remember signing up a long time ago.

  15. what a busy bee you are Lynne and i love it.
    ive followed most of all your activities and engaged so much and earning in your progress again I love it.
    you are blessed your business is blessed and your family will be blessed so you remain a blessing unto others. keep up the amazing work Lynne… Love It

    • Thanks Marcus, and yes after January I felt like I needed a holiday to recover LOL. Thankfully it has quietened down now.

  16. I definitely love this hamper. Would be head over heels to win it

  17. I’m here for the choccies ??
    Weight-loss where??

  18. looking forward to a new year with Kaboutjie!

  19. Such a lovely hamper.

  20. @Kaboutjie since I started following on Facebook I always go and check what you have posted. thanks

  21. I am so despondent in entering the competitions/giveaways now because I am not an active participant on Instagram…but will keep entering, maybe I might just be lucky?

    • Hi Natasha 🙂 This competition does require Instagram engagement, however all other competitions run on my website do not require anything other than entering your details in the entry form.

  22. Thank you for your post ,they are really helpful.
    this is an amazing hamper

  23. I would loooove to win this hamper for my 40th birthday! 8 March?❤️

  24. Still one of my dreams to come true…this is an absolute great hamper to win.
    Especially after a fast January-start for this year…
    Every woman deserves a rest- and pamper time after all the hustle of everyday life.

  25. I’ve been neglecting myself due to health issues and depression….trying to climb up this mountain and these spoils will help boost me and help me feel better about myself.

    Thank you for the opportunity, lovely lady!

  26. I have wanted to read this article since you put it up but just havent had a moment.. Today I made some coffee, switched my phone off and spent time reading this and other articles. I loved it! You work so hard and so thorough on your reviews and have such a down to earth and honest take on life. Thank you. I can now get back to working 🙂

  27. This is my first time trying because I never wanted to do any trouble, but decided its time to go for it all. Fingers crossed

  28. Thank you for the educational posts you put out there for us to read and enjoy your reviews. I especially was interested in your article about making money with online surveys, I immediately joined ☺ Love how you interact with us on a daily basis through all your channels its truly phenomenal and inspiring. Keep up the great work ??

    I have a question though when adding my comment it asks for name, e-mail address which I could insert but there is another for website which I am not too sure about?

    • Hi Natasha, I am so glad you are enjoying my posts and videos! You don’t have to fill anything into the website section, that is for other bloggers to add their site link 🙂

  29. Wonderful hamper would be such an awesome treat for myself ☺ #KaboutjieTopFan Hamper

  30. This is an amazing hamper! I love Sorbet products, especially the body scrub, your skin feels soft for days after using the body scrub. #KaboutjieTopFan

  31. Such a cute hamper. Im still figuring out this blog commenting thing though ?

  32. amazing giveaway ??

  33. Cheri-Lee De Wet

    This will be such a blessing to whoever receives it. Thanks for helping others

  34. Hi love your posts <3
    Thank you for all the informative shares. I stay up the West Coast and thanks to you i know about the hidden gems .

  35. This is beautiful and fun too

  36. Monique Delcarme-Adams

    Your hampers are alway so well thought out. Any mom/dad would be lucky to receive one from you

  37. Inspirational.

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