• Lifestyle

    My Holy Grail Skincare Products for Sensitive Skin

    If you have very sensitive skin like me, then you may want to read this blog post which features my Holy Grail Skincare Products for Sensitive Skin.  Disclaimer, this is not a sponsored post! Hello, my name is Cat and I have what dermatologists like to call hypersensitive skin. My family have another pet name for me, rash ball. There is even a running joke in my family – if something says Dermatologically Approved, the REAL test is if it doesn’t give Cat a rash. The Skincare Culprits There is a long list of things that have made me break out into hives or rashes over the years (contact dermatitis),…

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    Ina Paarman’s Lemon Meringue made Gluten-Free

    Today we are baking a Gluten-Free version of Ina Paarman’s Lemon Meringue. Her easy to bake Lemon Meringue Pie mix contains the lemon curd and castor sugar to make a pie, but not the crust, so I decided to replace the Tennis Biscuits she suggests with Gluten-Free Digestive biscuits. A few weekends back, I spent hours trying to master a very complicated Lemon Meringue recipe. While I was happy with the results (it tasted delicious), it did not make it to the blog because I knew the process was too complicated for a blog that claims to post easy, simple recipes. Ina Paarman’s Lemon Meringue When I was looking through…

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    A Review of O Nutricia Collagen

    A review of O Nutricia Collagen, which contains Proline and Glycine, that can help with IBS by repairing damaged cells in the intestinal wall. If you are on Instagram, you have most likely seen O Nutricia Collagen on your feed. Lucy Tavares, the owner, spends a great deal of time marketing and promoting her collagen and for good reason. This stuff is PHENOMENAL! Before we go any further, I have to say up front that I bought my collagen and this review is NOT sponsored. Firstly, What is Collagen? Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, and it’s a required building block for healthy nails, hair, skin,…

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    Make Easy DIY Rope Coasters

    Since you guys loved Lovilee’s DIY Cake Stand so much,  I asked her if I could post another one – and decided on this blog post from Lauren Kim on how to make Easy DIY Rope Coasters. You can get really creative with this DIY project, making use of various ropes and textures to achieve different results. You could even spray the ropes different colours or dip dye to make a rainbow coaster. If you create a set of 4, 6 or 8, it could be a great gift for someone or just a great addition to your own decor. By going slightly bigger, you can make placemats as well. Make…

  • Bio XXI Mushroom Alfredo
    Gluten Free,  Lifestyle

    Using Bio XXI Fettuccine to make Mushroom Alfredo

    Last week I attended the launch to celebrate the BIO XXI RANGE now being available in SA and I decided to use the Bio XXI Fettuccine I was gifted to make Mushroom Alfredo. Before we get into the recipe, here is some more info on this new brand that has just hit our shelves. Bio XXI hails from Coronilla, a Bolivian family-run company, internationally renowned for its exceptional eco-social business model and Quinoa-based, gluten-free foods. When they say family-owned, they mean family-owned and the founder Diego and his mom welcomed us to the launch and even got involved in the cooking process. It was such a great event to attend…

  • Review of The Northcliff Boutique Hotel
    Lifestyle,  Travel

    A Review of The Northcliff Boutique Hotel

    If you are looking for somewhere beautiful to stay in Johannesburg, here is our review of The Northcliff Boutique Hotel. Set at the top of Northcliff Hill, on the second-highest natural point in the city, sits The Northcliff Boutique Hotel, overlooking what seems to be the whole of the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. The hotel, which is about 8km away from our home in Fairland, has been getting a lot of attention from the community since opening up a few months ago. The new luxury boutique hotel, events venue and restaurant is surrounded by natural beauty and amazing views. We were lucky enough to be invited to spend a night…

  • Lifestyle

    How to Make a Dinosaur Cake Stand

    Today’s blog post is a DIY on how to make a Dinosaur Cake Stand, courtesy of Karen Kelly (kaRi) from the blog Lovilee. kaRi reached out to me to ask if she could feature one of my recipes on her site, and I was beyond excited to hear from her because she’s a well known and well-established blogger in South Africa, who’s been blogging since 2013! kaRi says she is a creative at heart that loves pretty things and sharing pretty things with others and if her blog is anything to go buy, her creativity is off the charts. She is the go-to blog for all wedding inspiration and with…

  • Lime and Poppy Seed Spelt Loaf
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    Lime & Poppy Seed Spelt Loaf

    If you are looking for ways to incorporate spelt flour into your baking, this Lime & Poppy Seed Spelt Loaf is a great place to start. Traditionally, the flavour that we all know from muffins is lemon and poppy seed, but limes are in season at the moment and so I decided to substitute the lemon with lime instead. The flavour the limes gave the loaf was slightly tart, but still sweet, and I think it helped make it quite a bit more tender during the baking process. What is Spelt Flour? Spelt flour comes from an ancient strain of wheat. It’s high in protein and has a nutty, flavour that’s…

  • Lifestyle,  Travel

    What to do in Clarens, Free State

    Today’s travel post is all about what to do in Clarens in the Free state. One of my favourite little towns in South Africa, Clarens is located between Bethlehem and Harrismith and is aptly titled ‘the Gem of the Free State’. Situated at the foothill of the Maloti Mountain, the location has pristine dams, rivers and streams, ideal for fly fishing which is, of course, (for Shaun and his dad) one of the major reasons we headed there… Our 4-day stay break split up into two stays –  Clarens on Collett and Sediba Lodge. Clarens on Collett Offering mountain views and crisp fresh air, Clarens on Collett has accommodation conveniently…

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    Win a LUXURY dress fitting at The Wedding Boutique

    Want to win a luxury dress fitting experience at The Wedding Boutique in Sandton? Then read on… So, if you don’t know yet, I am getting married this year in November and in true Cat style, I have pretty much organised most of the wedding and its only May 🤣 Thing is, although I might sound like Monica from Friends, with a clipboard and a flip-file of cut out images of my dream wedding, I am not like that at all. I am pretty good at organising, but that’s about as far as it goes – I had no clue what my dream wedding would look like. So, Shaun and…

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