Behind The Scenes November 2022 – Plus Giveaway

November 2022 was an incredibly busy month, with my daughter writing exams, my son doing assessments, loads of school activities, and lots of work. Here’s what I’ve been busy with in November 2022.

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November 2022 blog update

New Monthly Giveaway #KaboutjieTopFan

I’m so excited to announce that I am going to be doing an awesome monthly giveaway that will run on my monthly update posts. It will be jampacked with self-care products for moms, every hamper will be different and will include some of the products that I love.

I’ve also collaborated with The Papery, Hada Labo Tokyo, Happy Event, and Therific Ideas so there will always be products from these companies in each hamper.

The winner will be chosen from one of my most engaged fans, someone that engages here on my website through commenting on blog posts, on Instagram, on my Facebook page and my Facebook group.

The first giveaway is running on this post, so scroll down to the bottom to enter, and remember to engage in all the listed places to stand a chance to win!

End Of Year

I find it incredibly hard to cope in the last term of every year. My kids are busy with exams and assessments, plus almost as soon as the school term starts we get communication for the new year’s books, stationery, school fee increases, school activities like prizegiving ceremonies, and more. Lots of baking for birthday parties, and baking ginger biscuits.

It is also the time to start thinking about end of year class parties and gifts for teachers. I find it so exhausting and I am so glad that today my daughter writes her last exam and we are basically done for the year. The only thing I now need to get through is my son’s birthday party tomorrow and prizegiving ceremonies next week. I have often found myself completely burnt out at this time of year, and I can feel I am very close to that.

Next week once everything is done and dusted with school I can start thinking about my son’s birthday gift and Christmas gifts. My son’s birthday is just before Christmas, so we have to have his party before school breaks up otherwise almost everyone is away on holiday.

If you are looking for great Christmas stocking filler ideas, check out the Pokémon portfolio and refill packs from Mr Tickles. My son is obsessed with Pokémon cards and loves the portolio and refill packs we received, it will fit beautifully in a Christmas stocking for Pokémon fans. It isn’t on their website but you can contact Theo on 072 274 0896 to order.

 

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Body Stress Release – Sciatica Update

I’ve been going to Body Stress Release since 2013 with amazing results. I first started going for pelvic pain and sciatica when I was pregnant with my son and I’ve been going ever since for my sciatica that flares up regularly.

While I’ve been going over the years I have only gone for damage control due to budget and time constraints. Recently I started doing it properly as recommended by Norah from Body Stress Release West Coast and I can really feel the difference. Now that I’m going monthly I realize that even when I was “fine” I was still feeling a certain amount of pain and discomfort. I am now completely pain free.

 

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Birthday Party

Tomorrow is my son’s birthday party and I’ve left my preparations quite late! This afternoon I still have to make his cake, a lemon merinque pie, and a strawberry cheesecake. It is going to be a busy afternoon. Tomorrow I’m going to cook some sausage rolls and make a fruit platter, then all done.

I’m doing exactly the same food and games for my son as I did for my daughter’s birthday party a month ago. We will definitely be playing the chocolate game, which is a huge hit with the kids. Check this Instagram post to see how it works.

I’m loving the kitchen scale I got from Kitchen Kartel, it really is a game changer. This is the first time I’ve had a digital scale and it makes it so much easier since a lot of recipes give the ingredients in weight, so I spent a lot of time guessing and Googling how many grams or flour equals how many cups.

 

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Q Photo Everyday Photo Books

Getting a new photo book every month is amazing, there is something special about having a physical copy of all the important events that happen each month. It is also fantastic to capture those everyday moments and seeing my kids growing up.

These photo books will also make a superb gift for a close family member, like your mom.

Scroll to the bottom of this post to get a 20% discount coupon for the Everyday Photo Book from Q Photo.

 

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Kidico

I remember my mom labeling all of our things every year when we were growing up. The pencils and pencil crayons really stand out for me. She would painstakingly scrape the paint of the wood off the end of the pencil and then write our names there.

Every time I label my kids things I think about those days while I pop labels on everything quickly and easily. The Essential School Starter pack from Kidico rocks. You get 221 labels in total made up of iron on labels, pencil labels, shoe labels, and rectangular labels.

I also received a clothing stamp for each of my kids so I can just stamp their name onto their clothing. I also find this super convenient for stamping their names in the inside of their books instead of writing them in when I send all the books first day of term. Then the books come home with front covers so I can cover with plastic.

Scroll to the bottom of this post for a 20% off coupon code for Kidico.

 

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Cadbury Festive Range

The festive range from Cadbury is amazing, and I can’t wait to finish my live video today so that I can finally eat it. I’ve been holding onto it to show everyone during my live video, but its come close a few times to me eating them and showing the wrappers instead.

I received the festive range last year and it was divine.

 

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Weight Loss Update

Since this about time last year until now I’ve lost 12kgs. It has been a slow but steady process and I’ve loved seeing my weight loss progress. However, the best achievement to date is not about the numbers, it is about fitting into a dress that has been sitting in my cupboard brand new for years. I bought it without trying it on, clearly thinking it would fit and it didn’t. I lost the slip and couldn’t return it or swap it for a bigger size.

I could actually get the dress on, but it was so tight. Then I got stuck in it. I could not get it off and thought I might need to cut myself out of it. I called my kids and helped to get me free. Over the years I’ve tried it on a number of times. A few of those I also got stuck but over the last year it has come closer and closer to fitting, although it has been too tight and uncomfortable to wear.

Ten days ago I put it on and it fit perfectly and I felt comfortable. It felt so good. When I wear this dress I can feel my achievement.

 

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Getting Ready For Summer

Last year I did a collaboration with Bareskin and reviewed their laser hair removal machine. It absolutely rocked and I super smooth, silky legs. Then winter came and I kept up with it for a bit and then I stopped. My legs once again spent the winter very hairy.

Then the sun came out and I thought oops, I really should have continued through winter because long term it is less work. It takes 4 to 8 weeks for my hair growth to get stunted and it takes 2 to 3 sessions per week during that time. Each session takes me about 45 minutes (under arms, bikini, legs, and some chin hair) to complete. I’m about half way through my 8 weeks and it is coming along well.

If you haven’t tried laser hair removal you should really read my review and look into it. Long term it is less work and much less money, although the initial expense and effort is more.

Scroll down to the bottom to get a coupon code for Bareskin.

 

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Another thing I’ve been busy with is my feet. They are normally an eyesore during summer. My feet get so dry and cracked. It is always a mission trying to keep my feet looking and feeling good. About a month ago I decided to give the Sorbet Pedi-care range a go and it is superb. Read my review here.

The sugar scrub is my favourite and my feet have never looked better.

Puss In Boots

Puss In Boots the last wish comes out next week Friday so make sure to put that on your activity list for the holidays. I’m also running a giveaway for Puss In Boots hampers, so make sure to scroll down to the competition section in this post to enter.

 

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Shopping At Food Lovers Market Weskus

The New Food Lovers Market has opened at the Weskus Mall and it is superb. Make sure to check it out if you are in the West Coast these holidays. It has gone from a great place to shop for fruit and vegetables to supplying so much more, including meat, fish, bakery, and other groceries.

The specials are fantastic and I love that I can now access the store from the outside, without having to walk into the mall for a quick in and out.

 

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Date Night At The Anchor Restaurant At Russells On The Port

My husband and I now go on a monthly date. In October we went rock climbing which was incredible. In November we decided to take a walk along the Berg River to Russells On The Port. The restaurant has changed ownership and is now called The Anchor. The menu has changed a bit since we went there for our 10 year wedding anniversary date.

I had the sole and my husband had the calamari, it was superb. You can read the review I wrote last year.

Sweatcoin

Sweatcoin is an app that pays you to walk. I’ve been a member for about 7 months. I finally got around to writing my review on Sweatcoin. I was waiting for the SWEAT crypto to launch and see if I could figure out how to withdraw cash from that. While I like Sweatcoin the SWEAT was sorely disappointing. I didn’t think it would be mind-blowing, especially since I’m really not into crypto, so I didn’t have high expectations. However, if you disappoint someone that already has very low expectations that is really bad.

Click here to sign up for Sweatcoin.

Ysense

Ysense is a platform where you get paid to complete surveys and offers, play games, and refer others. I’ve been a member since 2015 and make approximately $100 a month. I’ve written a review on Ysense if you want to know how it all works, as well as post sharing tips to earn more. Last week I published another post sharing how to make money through playing games on Ysense.

Click here to sign up for Ysense.

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Current Competitions

Hamper November 2022

Win A Self-care Hamper

This is a #KaboutjieTopFan giveaway, so it is going to work differently to the majority of my giveaways, make sure to read and follow all the steps listed below!

This hamper includes the following items:

Steps To Follow To Enter This Giveaway

Make sure to follow all the 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 Instagram
  • Follow me on Instagram @lynnehuysamen
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  1. Engage in Kaboutjie Parenting Community group on Facebook
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  • Comment on this blog post
  • Comment on at least one other blog post
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The winner will be announced on our competitions page - this competition is open from:

02 December to 05 January 2023

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80 comments

  1. This is a super giveaway. Who ever bags this is gonna be one lucky lady

  2. This Pamper hamper looks so good😍🤩

  3. Queenneth Zuraidah

    Wow you really have been busy through out but I’m glad that through it all you managed to take good care of yourself and I’m proud of you for that. Keep up the good work. You are appreciated 😘

  4. this is an absolute amazing pamper hamper, all goodies in one place, I love it!

  5. Gosh you are so busy sounds crazy right now 😯 you put together a beautiful hamper someone’s going to be very lucky. Congratulations on being pain free and Happy Birthday to your son for tomorrow. My grand birthday is today. Your making such lovely desserts for tomorrow. Enjoy 1nd I’m sure today is just as stressful for you. You’re looking stunning!

    • Yep its been crazy. I haven’t started baking for the party yet, I haven’t even made my shopping list #facepalm – I’m going to quickly make my list after this video, then race to the shops! Happybirthday!

  6. Ehat a lovely hamper! Hope to win! All my favorite things!

  7. I would love to win this after the month I had 😬 1st I sprained my ankle very bad and stretch my ligaments, then hubby got a very bad flu. Then my son had eye infection and now my daughter….. 🥱

  8. I love your reviews and blogs. You such an inspiration to alot if us. Thank you for all your efgorts

  9. Lynn you are such a giving person your giveaways are always awesome goodies

    • you are such a giving person your giveaway gift are so amazing I would love to win too for Christmas groceries so that I can enjoy my holidays.

  10. What a lovely hamper. Exactly what I need

  11. This would be great Christmas Present to one I love

  12. I just love all the interesting products and services you reviewed and blog about. There is so much information and tips you give. Thank you and well done. Wishing you a time to rest this coming holiday season.

    • I’m so glad you are enjoying the products and services I’m reviewing. I hope you have a great festive season too Masha

  13. Fingers crossed big time for this amazing give away and all the additional details and reviews on the products are amazing!

  14. Natasha @mrschettylife

    What an inspiring self care November. At the end of the year we all experience slump and fatigue. Im chosing themes for each month for myself in 2023. Im definitely making november self care month. 2022 showed me flames and how i need to take better care of myself. That beauty hamper is thoughtful and amazing. Thank you for sharing.

    • That’s a lovely idea to have a theme for each month! I’ve really been working hard at my self-care in 2022 and it makes such a difference to my mental health!

  15. what a wonderful hamper to win. all the best to all mums.

  16. yummm..fingers crossed

  17. Manifesting this hamper for myself. I’m happy to be here and I deserve it 😊

  18. how I wish I could this hamper,ke Dec guys we all need pampering.

    • Best Win Ever!!! Just in time for the New Year and its undoubtedly the most amazing giveaway, with loads of goodness and goodies packed into one hamper. Wow!

  19. this would be an awesome giveaway to win, as I turn 40, the second Sunday into the New Year….

    fingers crossed and holding thumbs

  20. I would love to be spoil and pamper will be such a a spoil after a long time

  21. This is an awesome giveaway,year coming to an end we’re all exhausted from the stressors of 2022 it could really come handy ,with the journal I would definitely start planning my year as I’m intenting ro start looking for a job actively, save some money whenever I have plus the oh so heavenly foam bath is really heavenly in water, you never go wrong with it …it would really be great to win, it’s so awesome and exciting,plus it’s my birthday next month 😊😊

  22. Fantastic giveaway. How wonderful would it be to start the new year having this delivered to your door.

  23. Tshegofatso Washington

    Awww Lynne sounds like last term is a REALLY stressful time for you but I’m so glad you’re done with everything now and can relax.
    I only found out this year that was something called “teacher’s gift” lol i definitely didn’t know that. It’s such a beautiful gesture!

    • We always buy gifts for our kids teachers every year, even if its something small like a box of chocolates. Often the class parents pool together to buy a really awesome gift.

  24. Tshegofatso Washington

    So glad you’ve dealt with the root of your Sciatica problems and that you’re feeling “brand new” now 😀
    Constant pain can really be a nightmare hey, especially for someone as busy as you!

  25. This hamper is really awesome, imagine pampering with the foam bath then later enjoy a cup of hot coffe,

  26. A lovely treat at the end of a busy year.

  27. I’m rezah brown and I’d love to win this hamper as me and my family is struggling

  28. I really love this hamper, I’m so inlove with it…

  29. super awesome hamper

  30. when is the give away 🙄 already ☺️

  31. Awesome awesome hamper, really inlove with it whoever wins is really going to enjoy everything i here,indeed end of year is full of burnout and just want to cross over to the next year and start afresh

  32. This is such a wonderful put together self care hamper. Really loving this and looking forward to hopefully winning this ♡

  33. what an exciting and busy year this has been for you Lynne. i truly appreciate being part of it and looking forward to what 2023 has instore for us. love being a part of your journey.

  34. Monique Delcarme-Adams

    what an amazing hamper ❤️ can see alot of thought has gone into this one. Us mommies always seem to come last. Would be lovely to play hide and seek with my own personal stash. Past year I’ve been on temporary disability post spinal surgery and every little cent goes into the household as it’s a small percentage I’m only recieving.

  35. what an awesome giveaway,would be honoured to win such a lovely prize.i have lost a whole lot of things this year so I really need some cheering up

  36. awesome can’t wait keeping my fingers 🤞 I would love to win this hamper 🤗❤️ all my favorites are in there🫣

  37. Lovely hamper, whoever wins will be feeling awesome

  38. Such an amazing hamper, something I really need after the last 3 horrific horrible heartbreaking sad years

  39. Such amazing giveaways and content. I love it

  40. Such amazing prizes

  41. Amazing advise, lovely people on the group.
    Always learning something new. Lynne is a wonderful person.

  42. Such an amazing prize.

    After a very personal exhausting and stressful December and January I would live this prize

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