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The end is just the beginning.

The end is just the beginning.

Make use of the pause. The end of the year is here. Drum roll.

Most people and companies had a big to do list at the beginning of the year. By now we have not done half of what was on our list. Where does time fly to. And I’m sure like me we are all panicking to get things done in these last few months. I would like to remind you while you are busy rushing around the importance of the pause.

Your rushing around might hit a pot hole and you will go flying to the other side of the town.

It might have been too busy for you and you still have lots to do. You are tired and can’t wait for the holidays. That fatigue is causing you to be grumpy and your children and spouse are suffering for it.

Even when you are rushing around to buy them gifts and prepare things for that function you thought was far away. Don’t forget to take care of you. Drink water, eat right, rest enough, smile, yell less and look at the good.

Your family still needs you sane now even when you are longing for that vacay. Stressing slows you down.

Take it one thing at a time. Over multi-tasking confuses you. You can’t do much with the things you haven’t done. Do the small tasks. I’d rather have a small win than a heap full of beginnings.

Accept the things you can’t change and be proud of the things you have already done. If you are unhappy about your current situation do something about it. Don’t just sit there and cry. Get up and do something.

Let’s for a moment write down all our achievements this year. Let’s take a breather and write this down. My list is below

  • Went through pregnancy.
  • Had a successful c section delivery.
  • Went through the newborn stage.
  • Opened and closed my blog three times.
  • I am still alive.
  • Pulled off my first house party
  • My baby is alive and healthy.
  • My house is finally getting into order.
  • I’m slowly getting into regime as a SAHM.
  • I left my job to be a SAHM
  • We opened a contracting company with my husband.
  • I manage and opened all social media accounts.
  • I am running 6 Facebook pages, 3 linked in pages, 1 pinterest account and 1 Instagram account.
  • We transitioning Nathaniel to solids successfully.
  • Nathaniel meets a lot of his milestones. We are currently crawling, sitting up and standing assisted at 6 months.

To wrap it up, hit reply and tell me of your achievements. I’m here to remind you that

Every beginning has an end and every end has a beginning.

Happy holidays

Cheers MrsChettyLife

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3 Days of giveaways and freebies

3 Days of giveaways and freebies.

Hello there, its me again. Here is Day 2 of the giveaways.Your LAST giveaway will come next Tuesday.

There are three important dates this November.

Thanksgiving is coming soon.

Black Friday is coming soon too.

Cyber Monday is not far off.

Here is my Thanksgiving Black Friday Cyber Monday Giveaways.

3 Days of Giveaways. Your Second giveaway is at the bottom of this post.

Did you miss the first giveaway?

Here it is: 3-days-of-giveaways

Firstly Thanksgiving reasons-to-be-grateful

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is on 22nd November 2018. According to Wikipedia; It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times. It is now celebrated in some parts of the world by having a lovely feast with family and friends. Share with me what traditional family recipes you have and make on thanksgiving day.

Secondly Black Friday

black friday

Black Friday is on the 23rd November, 2018 by the way.
Black Friday is an informal name for the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, the fourth Thursday of November, which has been regarded as the beginning of the country’s Christmas shopping season since 1952, although the term “Black Friday” did not become widely recognised or used until the early 2000s.

Dont forget the day after black Friday, some stores still have a left over of marked down specials.

Thirdly Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday

It is on the 26th November 2018. According to Wikipedia; Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States and is recognised in most parts of the world. The term “Cyber Monday” was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term was coined by Ellen Davis and Scott Silverman, and made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org press release entitled:

‘Cyber Monday’ Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year”.

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Cheers and Happy Shopping,

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Guide to saving on Black Friday

 Guide to saving on Back Friday.

Right so we established that it’s No Shave November….Wait that’s not what I’m supposed to talk about. Back on track.

It’s Black Friday y’all. I never got to enjoy it because I was busy working, bummer. But this year I’m home and I can enjoy it.

Here are some points on how to avoid overspending if you are a huge spender like I am. 😏

Firstly write down a list of what you don’t have and need. If you are a visual like I am, a hand written list goes far. I am old-fashioned. Or you can write it on your to do list or tablet, whatever rocks your boat.

Next do your normal monthly budget. Urgent things first. I always start with bills first. Needs and then wants.

Next budget to see how much spare money you have for the month.

Start early. Go online and search for places that have the Black Friday special, sign up for deals. Most stores begin advertising early. You can view the list of South African stores that are offering black Friday specials 2018. black-friday-cyber-monday deals

Write down the list of stores offering the specials from your list of needs. Don’t forget to throw in a little Christmas shopping if you haven’t already done it.

When the day comes, be strict on yourself start with your needs list. If possible carry the exact amount you have budgeted for. Or transfer to an account that you won’t have immediate access to. You can leave your other card at home. When you done with your needs list and you have a little extra then you can go wild but don’t go overboard.

If your ‘need’ can wait till next year’s black friday then let it wait.

If the special is a few bucks off or by one and get a few bucks off the second one, don’t get it. It’s highly unlikely that you will need the second one. Unless you will go and resell it. Or you have two houses to put the second one.

Be safe and careful when shopping. If you can get the staff online please do. It’s going to be busy in the stores. And be ready to stand in long queues. Keep an extra eye out for thieves. If you go out with your little ones hold them close to you. They shouldn’t wonder off.

Happy spending,

MrsChettyLife.

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3 days of Giveaways

3 Days of Giveaways.

There are three important dates this November.

Thanksgiving is coming soon.

Black Friday is around the corner.

Cyber Monday is not far off.

Here is my Thanksgiving Black Friday Cyber Monday Giveaways.

3 Days of Giveaways.

Your first

giveaway is at the bottom of this

post.

Firstly Thanksgiving, read here for reasons-to-be-grateful

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is on 22nd November 2018. According to Wikipedia; It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times. It is now celebrated in some parts of the world by having a lovely feast with family and friends. Share with me what traditional family recipes you have and make on thanksgiving day.

Secondly Black Friday

black friday

Black Friday is on the 23rd November, 2018 by the way.
Black Friday is an informal name for the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, the fourth Thursday of November, which has been regarded as the beginning of the country’s Christmas shopping season since 1952, although the term “Black Friday” did not become widely recognised or used until the early 2000s.

Dont forget the day after black Friday, some stores still have a left over of marked down specials.

Thirdly Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday

It is on the 26th November 2018. According to Wikipedia; Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States and is recognised in most parts of the world. The term “Cyber Monday” was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term was coined by Ellen Davis and Scott Silverman, and made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org press release entitled:

‘Cyber Monday’ Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year”.

Most importantly and in conclusion Download your first giveaway.
These are giveaways from the 3 days of giveaways.

Cheers and Happy Shopping. PS Don’t forget to subscribe for the next giveaway.

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The meaning of Natasha

My name is Natasha.

It is a Zambian name. Pronounced at Naaa-tasha. It means thank you. I believe I was given this name to as my parents are grateful.

My name is also a Russian name.

According to my Google searches different sources say it is a Salvic name from Natalia and is traditionally given to girls born in December. Though I was born in February.

People shorten my name as Tash, Tashi, Nat, Natty, Asha, Tasha, Tintintolo, Tinasha.

According to the urban dictionary Natasha isn’t average.

Natasha thinks differently from others, she’s deeper, wiser, different. Natasha’s struggle with confidence but the entire world around her can see clearly that she is extremely intelligent, beautiful and kind. She carries weight in her eyes though Natasha has made it through it all, more than most know. But that’s what makes her strong.

There goes Natasha, she’s definitely my favorite person

By AustraliaNight, December 03, 2017.

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Relaxation Techniques I use.

What do I do to unwind?

Of course I love getting my hair and nails done. I love rooibos tea as I am not a coffee person. I like shopping too or just taking a walk in the shopping mall.

I like any type of juice depending on my mood (recently it’s cranberry or pomegranate juice).

Roses bring a smile to my face. Usually after such a day I love to take a salt and essential oil bath. That just relaxes me.

I love to take a walk outside or in a park and just feel the breeze. Watch a comedy, action or romantic movie. Read a book or WordPress blogs. I love to write to de-stress. Writing is my therapy.

The smile on my son’s face makes my day and everything worth it. I love massages. Being held and snuggling with my husband calms me down.

Music is my therapy.

It just soothes me, keeps me company and keeps me occupied. I put headsets on and shut the world out around me. I love to play on loud base through the home theater system at home.

I’m liking YouTube a lot. If something is stressing me I look for videos that are in that line with a similar solution. Facebook groups are a big help too. There’s always someone going through the same thing and that is comforting.

Sometimes calling a good friend of mine, Clarissa, just to vent helps ease me. A problem shared is a problem solved. Other times deep cleaning the house all helps removing the knots. I watch YouTube clean with me videos to set the mood.

Finally, Pre-baby I loved going out for movies once in a while. I love to buy buttered popcorn, astros or smarties and a blue slush puppy.

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Random Facts About Me

Random facts about meRandom Facts About Me

Firstly Name: Natasha Chetty

Age: 25

1 Fear: Bees

3 things I love: Red Roses, Black, My family

My best friend: Clarissa

Sexual Orientation: Straight

 

What do I miss: Pre-pregnancy I had a big sweet tooth, not anymore and I miss it and I also miss some Zambian food like groundnuts, shawarma, visashi, AmaSipSip.

What day and time was I born: I was born on a Wednesday around 4pm.

Favourite colour: Black and royal blue

Black

Favourite place: Library, book store and the mall

Favourite food: Junk food

Favourite beverage: Juice (Cranberry cooler by Liquifruit at the moment)

Do I use sarcasm: I breathe it

What am I listening to right now: TBwoy ft TSean- Dont lead me on.

First thing i notice on a person: Their eyes

Shoe size: 3-4

Eye colour: Brown

Hair colour: off black

Favourite clothing / dressing style: jeans and branded takkies, anything chilled

How I feel right now: Happy

Relationship status: Married

Someone I love: Lawrence, my husband and Nathaniel, my son

Tattoos and piercings: a cross tattoo, I had an eyebrow ring which is closed up now, I have a belly ring and I have 3 holes on each side of head on my ears for earrings.

tired mom

Favourite song: Depends on my mood

My insecurity: I have a fissured tongue, I never stick my tongue out.

Best feature: My eyes, lips, hair and smile

Personalized things to be happy about.

1. Food

Ever had this large craving for some certain food? And you wait long enough till you have that one bite? Your taste buds go screaming and a smile just erupts on your face. Also when you so hungry and finally get a meal in your tummy. Now that’s joy.

2. Life

Waking up everyday. Especially when the day before was terrible and wouldn’t end. When you finally got to get a little zees and you up the next morning. Feeling much better. That’s one thing to be happy about.

3. Family

Be it real fam or friends turned fam. They are always there for you. That one friend that randomly calls you when you down and out and gives you a smile.

4. A roof over my head

Whether it’s a leaking roof or your car van. It’s a roof and it counts. There are people who sleep on the streets. A roof is a plus.

5. ‘The deed’

The process of manufacturing moans. The ahs and mmmmms. Do you get my gist? I am trying to be blog friendly and not come outright. But that is something to be happy about. 🙂 Enough said.

6. Expression

Being able to write my thoughts down. Someone commenting and following and liking my posts. That’s happiness.

7. My son

As a mother, happiness to me is when my son who has been unwell and wakes up feeling much better.

8. His stary smile

Happiness is also seeing that beautiful dimpled smile on my son’s face. When someone else holds him but his head turns to right back at me to stare, his eyes lighten up and a huge smile erupts. It makes me feel special.

9. Being able to release

Ever been stuck in a traffic jam and needing to release? Maybe release gas or burp or outright go to the bathroom? A little TMI, but when you finally get to its pure happiness.

10. My birthday

Happiness is having my birthday. Another year and another reason to keep hustling.

Simplicity

What can I do to simplify my life.

I’d get myself a dish washer and cloth folder. Or at least get a laundry room and closets in the same room.

I would get my family a house and not pay rent to someone every month. Put up solar electricity too.

I would get myself a hair braider. That braids, washes and dries my hair in 2 seconds.

I would have a job that pays very well without me doing anything.

I would also get a car that doesn’t use petrol.

I would get an easy, ever ready, efficient working back massagers that soothed my aching muscles.

I’d would sleep and wake up rested with huge amounts of energy everyday.

I’d get an honourable doctorate without doing any hard work nor studies.

Have available money any time I and my family need and want it. And it should never run out.

I’d set up reminders and interesting writing prompts for a whole year.

I’d have readily available relevant information on any topic without going through thousands of websites looking for one answer.

I’d have a readily available list of songs or music that would match my mood even when I did not know my mood.

Using eco-friendly products and essential oils. 

I’d have a book shop with books only I enjoy reading.

Books

I’d clean my house when I feel like cleaning and it should stay clean till the next time I feel like cleaning.

Lastly Breathe, just breathe, that is what I would do just to get by each day.

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Reasons to be grateful.

Reasons to be grateful Reasons to be grateful.

Firstly, I am grateful for my son. The opportunity to be a mother to such a wonderful baby. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a SAHM.

Secondly, I am grateful for life and health. Many people are sick, in hospitals and on their death-bed. Many people didn’t wake up this morning but I am still here. Alive, healthy and well.

Thirdly, I am grateful for family (even friends turned family). They are always there for me. They have shown me the meaning of love. They have seen me at my worst but still love me. They don’t judge me. They offer advice and are a helping hand.

Fourthly, I appreciate my husband.

He is supportive, uplifts me, loves, cares about me and everything that involves me. He means so much to me. He provides, leads, works hard for his family and spends time with us. I am grateful that he has accepted me as I am in all my imperfections.

Finally, I am thankful for a roof over my head and a meal each day. We don’t luck anything. God always provides. There is always a way through it all. Plus I am grateful to this platform. Each and every like boosts me up. It is an outlet for me to keep myself sane. I am mostly happy that I can express myself in my writing while sharing a bit of myself.

Food

Bonus: I am grateful for who I am and how I was made.

I am far from perfect but it is who I am. I have lots of positive attributes. I am grateful for all life experiences I have been through, they have made me who I am today. They have built, challenge and developed me. I stand tall today because of them.

My Most Used Items

  1. Phone

  2. Laptop
  3. YouTube
  4. Toothbrush
  5. Bath things
  6. Roll on
  7. Mug of tea
  8. Socks
  9. Baby carrier

Baby carrying

  1. Facebook
  2. WordPress
  3. Clothes
  4. Bedroom slipper
  5. Sink for doing dishes
  6. My bed and pillow
  7. Broom
  8. Music app
  9. Lights
  10. Mirror
  11. lip balm

  1. Clock
  2. Weather app
  3. Emails
  4. wardrobe
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Top Music videos

Top Music videos

This is my Top Twenty Music Videos

I’m listening to right now.

Ave Maria – Beyonce https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgxfthPHTwc

This song I have dedicated to my son, Nathaniel. Mom Loves you.

Show Me Your Money – B1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVjTI-o6UB8

Don’t lead me on – T Bwoy ft T Sean – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPXPeclJXXw

This song talks about a guy who loves a girl but she is leading him on. She friend-zones him but still calls on him when she needs it. He sings don’t play with a heart that you don’t love.

Mirrors – Justin Timberlake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuZE_IRwLNI&list=PLBAHmVTbbf934roMy0-hw5PD2RiOTOg9y 

I love the part when Justin sings that you’re my reflection, all I see is you. I feel this is a wonderful way to express his love for his girl.

be proud

Great Escape – Jasmine Thompson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8Vfb868E1s

Sometimes when I just feel overwhelmed, this song sings to me as there is hope for a getaway and just relax. This song reminds me to pause and take a break to see the beauty in the moment.

Dark Times The Weeknd ft Ed Sheeran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mr2v6XImj0 

This song hits home. I have had many men lie to me and claim the dark times. In my present relationship it proves to me that real love exists. And some people will lie to you until you meet the one for you. 

Back To What You Know – Ne-yo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOcNNk4fPh0&index=73&list=PLZqfys784zTBG-a1JtJUQLDVNQ95WkiOp

I’m a mess – Bebe Rexha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdH7aFjDzjI

Because of You – Ne-yo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atz_aZA3rf0&list=PLZqfys784zTBG-a1JtJUQLDVNQ95WkiOp

BeFoUr – Zayn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EaPxw5exts&list=PLYMMIcYSQkrCynToBm2h9KuGGlVXVYUdh

This is an anthem, when haters wanna bring you down, I will survive. And whatever they say wont phase me.

Consideration – Rihanna https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCyyNrdq1gg&start_radio=1&list=RDGCyyNrdq1gg

Blue Ocean Floor – Justin Timberlake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWmyT8DM1r4&index=43&list=PLBAHmVTbbf934roMy0-hw5PD2RiOTOg9y

Earned It – The Weeknd https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waU75jdUnYw&index=4&list=RDLrF6i-DY_mA

A deep love song i enjoy, the lyrics, the beat, The Weeknd just sung this very well.

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Fool For You – Zayn  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R61rLBsGhY

Zayn shares another heartfelt love song saying he is a fool for his girl. He is madly in love with her. And some people say love makes you do stupid things. He would do it all over again.

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eM213aMKTHg

Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DksSPZTZES0&index=8&t=0s&list=PLBAHmVTbbf934roMy0-hw5PD2RiOTOg9y

This song talks best about the saying what goes around comes around. Its her turn to cry.

cry me

Formation – Beyonce https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDZJPJV__bQ

Call Out My Name – The Weeknd https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3vav5Sfhrw

Jealous – Labrinth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50VWOBi0VFs

Another song of regrets, He expected his girl to crush and burn after the breakup. Surprisingly she did well. 

Too Good at Goodbyes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_ub7Etch2U

This song talks about being good at goodbyes, its an I don’t care trend that helps sometimes. 

In conclusion, I just rounded up a list of good songs for you to listen to in your spare time. Write below in the comments some good classics that you enjoy listening to. I need to update my list. 

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Top salty household hacks

TOP HOUSEHOLD SALTY HACKS!!

top salty hacks

Apart from adding flavour to your food. Did you know that salt is actually more useful than most people think. Here is a list of things you can do with salt in the house. My top salty hacks.

Beauty Hacks

An exfoliation Massage
As a Natural Dandruff Scalp Treatment
Lip Plumper and Scrub
Natural Mouthwash 
Balancing Oil Production Facial Mask / Toner
Rejuvenating Scrub
Relaxing Salt Bath
Teeth Whitener
Nail Brightening Treatment

Top Salty hacks as a Cleaning substance

Clean Refrigerators. 
Remove Food Odours from your hands
Dissolve a drain blockage with baking soda, vinegar and boiling hot water
Salt can prohibit the growth of mould, bacteria and yeast
Extend the use of your disposable toothbrush
Cleans fish tanks
Removes lipstick marks from glassware
Extends Broom life and sanitize it
Coffee and Tea Stain Remover in cups and coffee maker
Grease Remover (oven cleaner)
Red Wine Carpet Stain Remover
Clean flower residue from vases
Adding salt and sugar helps increase freshness of cut natural flowers
Cleans and deodorizers food spills
Removes blood stains
Sanitize sponges
Removes Stains From Enamel, copper, porcelain Pots And Pans
Removes soot from chimneys
Remove Odors From Wood Cutting Boards
Soak Up A spilled Egg
Clean Cast-Iron skillet And Grill Pans

Whitening your clothing

Get rid of stubborn sweat stains
Prevent your new towels from fading in the wash
Deodorize your trainers and other shoes
Keep clothes from freezing on the line during winter

Top Salty Cooking Hacks

Food preservation 
Extend the life of your cheese
Cook poached and hard-boiled eggs easily
Whip egg whites and double cream quicker
Boil a better potato
Keep milk fresh for longer
Keep your salad nice and crisp.
Gives flavor to your food.
Prevents fish from sticking to the pan when frying, by adding it to the heated oil before

frying.

Fruit Browning Prevention
Green Leaves (veggies) Cleaner
Health-wise
Gaggling warm salt water eases sore throats 
Cleans teeth (mix with baking soda)  
Ease mouth problems: For cankers, abscesses and other mouth sores
A natural alternative to mouthwash
Poison Ivy Reliever
Bee Sting and mosquito Reliever
Ant Repellant
OUTSIDE / OTHER
Get rid of snails and slugs
Keep your car windscreen frost-free in the Winter
Keep artificial and natural flowers in place as deco
extinguish grease fires
Make play dough
Repair walls
Get rid of patio weeds
De-ice sidewalks and driveways. 
Shell Nuts Easily
Prevent candles from dripping
Test Egg Freshness
Furniture Hacks
Keeps wicker furniture looking new
Watermark Remover on wooden furniture

Top salty household hacks

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