Five on Friday

30 January 2015

I am VERY excited for Friday this week because it means only two more sleeps until my hubs gets home!
Friday link ups with Five on Friday with Christina and Oh Hey Friday! With Karli and Amy.

Favourite Holidays

As I sit at the start of a new year, dreaming of holidays… I remember a few of my favourites. Take me back right now!

1. Mauritius. This is one holiday that is ALWAYS one to remember. We have been lucky to have been four times already - once as an engaged couple, once when pregnant with SJ, another for best friends wedding and most recently, last year when pregnant with EN. And we cannot wait to get back - sunshine, beach, pools, cocktails, buffet, endless activities and 5 star luxury every time. Always a guaranteed break - rest and relaxation.

2. Phinda. This was the start of our honeymoon and it is crazy to think that in almost five years, we haven’t been back. For anyone visiting South Africa, Phinda is a bush lodge you cannot miss. Three days of early morning and late evening game drives, seeing the Big Five and all cats, outside showers and private pool, boma dinners and five star luxury.

3. Matemo, Mozambique. The second stop of our honeymoon. A tiny island off the coast of Mozambique with no airport and only a grass runway for our 8 seater plane. One resort on the whole island and almost no guests when we went so all the service, buffet and beach to ourselves. A week of tanning, swimming, eating, cocktails, dolphin and whale watching, and the afternoon naps in the hammock.

4. New York. The Big Apple has stolen my heart, forever. Our last holiday before having children and we did it all… Yankees baseball, Knicks basketball, Broadway musicals, Carlos bakery, non stop shopping, bike rides through Central Park, burgers and pancakes – what a holiday!

5. Disneyland, Florida. Oh to be a child again – we went as adults but acted like children. We went to every park, we went on almost every ride, we played games to win stuffed toys, we bought Disney memoirs, we watched fireworks and parades, we went on water park slides, and we ate ourselves into oblivion – pancakes and waffles, burgers and hotdogs, sodas and ice cream. We did not stop!

Anyone else need a holiday…
Happy Weekend


EN Dedication - Friends

29 January 2015


The last of Ellie's dedication posts are her special friends - the amazing friends that we have as per parents who love and adore her and her very own precious little friends too. It is always such a blessing to share these special memories with friends that will last a lifetime.

Our little miracle, Ellie Nicole is a Child of God

Giveaway: Julie Kins

27 January 2015

JULIE KINS specialises in a large range of printed wall art for children's bedrooms and as well as for the rest of the home.
All designs are customisable and each artwork is printed on a lovely matt heavyweight paper 300g smooth white for easy framing or a canvas option is now available.

The order process is simple: choose your design, colours and supply details, a visual is then emailed to you to approve and once payment i s made your order is processed for printing and dispatched within 7 - 10 working days.

JULIE KINS strives to make each order as perfect and personal as possible, so if you have your own idea, please feel free to email Julie Urbach on or call on 083 249 5652. JULIE KINS is available online UtiqueMy MunchkinSpree and Belong store at La Lucia Mall, Durban.

Pricing: Art Prints from R140 and Canvases from R380


Today, we are giving away these three gorgeous JULIE KINS prints to one lucky Ellie Love reader - how cute are these little blue and grey prints? Perfect for a boy baby shower or a big boy room or a special mans birthday.

To enter:
Follow Ellie Love on Bloglovin
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Entries close and winner announced on Friday 13th February
Good luck 

EN Dedication - Family

26 January 2015


Our little Ellie Nicole is so blessed to have been born into a warm and loving family. We were lucky to celebrate with big sister SJ, Marc's parents and my Mom and Step-Dad as well as our close friends who are Ellie's god-parents.

Friends post coming soon.

Dear... Refreshment

23 January 2015

My sweet friend, Amber has a way with words. I love reading the words she has to write. She says everything so well and so beautifully. And now she is encouraging us all to write monthly letters... This month's letter is to my better half, my husband MC.

January's letter prompt is: Refreshment

Dear MC,

Another year has begun, our ninth year together. I don't know about you but nine years is a really long time (almost a decade) yet it seems like just the other day, we started this journey together. With a new year comes new beginnings, new goals and new ways to make life work for us. 

The way you start your year and the way you start each day is... refreshing. Never have I met a man (or any person) that starts a day with such positivity. Your smile each morning lights up my world (my not so smiley, not a morning person world). It doesn't matter how many hours sleep you got the night before - a full 8 hours because both girls were in lala land or a broken 3 hours because one was sick and one had nightmares, the smile is still there in the morning. you get up, smile and are raring to go. 

The way you embrace every day is... refreshing. As busy as it may be, as hectic as your gym session may be or as many grumpy, sulky, moaning text messages I send you - you are still raring to go and looking for the best in every thing and every one.

The way you see the good and positive in all situations - from the businessman who has betrayed you, to a friend who has forgotten you, to a family member who doesn't repay a favour or a nasty behind your back comment made about you - you try and find the good and find a reason why these things have happened. You are a true role model, a man with a heart of gold.

Living with you and being your wife is... refreshing. I learn so much from you and each day, I am a stronger, kinder, more caring and loving person with a bigger smile on my face and more positivity in my heart. Because of you. 

Thank you.

Love, Your Bride 

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