Behind The Scenes October 2023 – Plus Giveaway

October 2023 was a very busy month juggling work, my course, school holidays, starting the 4th term, and my daughter’s birthday.

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October 2023 - Behind The Scenes

October 2023

Rocking My SEO Course

Since I launched my website I have found it fascinating and exciting to learn how to get visitors to my website. Over the years I’ve learnt a lot on my own but I wanted to find out how much I know and where my gaps are. I registered with GetSmarter for an online course in SEO through the University Of Cape Town. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation, which simply means how to get people to find your website through search.

I’m more than half way through and it has been an amazing experience. I’m rocking high marks in every module so far and it’s been fantastic getting validation for all the things I’ve already learnt and I’ve gained more in-depth knowledge which is going to benefit me greatly moving forward.

My First SEO Client

One of my goals of doing the SEO course has been to branch out to offering SEO services to clients and even though I haven’t even finished my course I already have my first SEO client, which is super exciting! It’s early days, but I’m hoping to take on a few more clients to add a more stable income stream. My blog always brings in money, but it is unpredictable. Some months are really busy and other months slower. I’m looking forward to knowing that every month I will bring in a certain amount without fail.

 4th Term Stress And Close To Burn Out

While I’ve been enjoying my course immensely it has also been a big strain Juggling my course with my work and having kids at home during the holidays took it’s toll. My son had a minor surgical procedure on the first day of the 4th term and he was home an extra week.

I always find the 4th term very stressful. The term starts off in full swing with assessments commencing almost immediately and loads of communication from the school in the first week regarding next year’s stationery, textbooks, school fee increases, and more.

I keep telling myself it’s only one more month and then I can sleep late every day for a few weeks, and get some much needed rest.

My Daughter Turned 12

My daughter turned 12 at the end of October and we celebrated her birthday over the whole weekend. I can’t believe how time has flown by. It feels like I blinked and in one more year I will have a teenage child! My son turns 10 in December which is another big birthday.

Happy Event, OXY South Africa, And Hada Labo Collaborations

Happy Event, OXY South Africa, and Hada Labo have brought out amazing new products – Happy Event 100% natural body oil, OXY facial cleanser & vitamin C serum, and Hada Labo SPF 50 sunscreen.  They sent me the products to try out and I’m super excited and looking forward to pampering myself with these products and review them! Keep an eye out for my reviews on them as I’m going to be running a giveaway on each one.

Featured On Admarula

It was an honour to be interviewed and featured on the Admarula website this month – check out my interview here.

Coupon Codes And Competitions

I’ve got a few competitions running on my blog, you can check them out here. I’ve also got some discount codes from companies that you can access here. You can also access both these pages from my website’s main menu.

Win the November 2023 #KaboutjieTopFan hamper

Win November 2023 #KaboutijeTopFan Hamper

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

  • Hada Labo eye & mouth corrector cream
  • Happy Event firming cream
  • The Wolftrap chenin blanc
  • Foam bath
  • Quality Street chocolates

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:

09 November – 30 November 2023

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  1. I would like to stand a chance of winning the new oxy serum and the face mask, soap bar plus moisturizer

    • Congrats Leighton Damons, I just announced on my live video that you won the live giveaway for the OXY facial cleanser and vitamin C serum!

  2. I really enjoy your content but studying full time and being a single mom doesn’t always allow me to read through your blogs. But when I do it’s always a good read and love the competitions and giveaways.

    • I take my hat off to you studying full time and being a mom! I’m coming to the end of my 10 week course and I could not have managed to keep up any longer, I am feeling so burnt out and exhausted. And I won’t take offence, I barely have time to read anything because I’m always working and creating content for my own blog 🙂 Good luck with your studying, it will pay off in the end!

  3. October was indeed a great month I even got lucky and won…..

  4. Duduzile Vilakazi

    I must say I’m enjoying this blog somuch to learn, this is the best blog I love it somuch!

  5. Would also like to join the snap & save please!

  6. Loving the Oxy products!! the only facial products my sister is using!
    would love to see your results with these products

  7. I’m still conservative in a way. Im getting there though, with understanding social media pro’s and cons. Blogs… Don’t really know the definition of a blog, but I’m enjoying this one. And it includes everyone, no matter if you have children or planning to have children. I enjoy the subjects and the competitions are fun.

  8. Congratulations to the winner crossing fingers to win as well kaboutjie is being helpful as specially mommy and babys chat you guys are the bomb enjoying the blog

  9. Letitia Lee Morgan

    This year has been really hard and built up to unbearable in the 4th term. There is too much going on and I can’t think straight. Two of my kids are about to start writing exams and my youngest is starting Grade 1 in 2024. Congrats on your course, I hope it continues to go well and that you finish soon.

  10. Munyadziwa Mandinda

    I enjoyed the blog a lot i find good parenting tips from you thank you

  11. Doria Cucciolillo

    What a lovely prize! Holding thumbs!

  12. The competitions sounds good

  13. congratulations to the winners! you really are such an angel! I love your blog and your giveaways!

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