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Cafe’ hopping: The Antique cafe’

I honestly did not know that durban has such amazing cafe’s! Life outside from under the rock is so fulfilling! 

I had plans to get my electronic student card, only to be told that they only do those from Tuesday onwards… 

Decided to check out another cafe that my cousin was raving about: The antique cafe. 

Boy am I not sorry that I tried this place out. If you’re looking for a mello, low-key, Italian vintage kinda vibe, this is the place for you. 

Also situated in the heart of durbs, this place oozes creativity. Who would ever think that mismatched things could compliment each other so well?

They have books, antiques, flowers and clothes on sale too! 

The Menu prices are fair, we tried out their chai tea latte’s, toasted rye cheese and tom samies with sweet potatoe fries and then ended it off with a yummy slice of baked cheesecake. Bill including the tip was R160. 00. 

It took a while for us to get served however, The owner is amazingly sweet and the hospitality thereafter was amazing. Oh! And they have free wifi too πŸ˜‰ so all that made the wait worthwhile πŸ™‚

For contact details, address and menu details click here

Make sure to pop in, I promise you will not be disappointed.

β™₯️|🌈 and all things 🍭 from just an ordinary girl. 

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Cafe’ hopping : The freedom cafeΒ 

In a desperate attempt to get a decent chai latte, a very good sister friend and I decided to search for a cafe joint in durbs where we could get one.

With the studying underway, I suggested we try out a new joint each Sunday where I can work on assignments over a cuppa coffee and her, read a book. 

This week we tried out the Freedom Cafe’ 

Situated in the heart of Durban, this place is the epitome of peace. It’s serene surrounding and calm vibes make it the perfect place for a Sunday afternoon chill , a place to free your thoughts or midweek breather. 

Their menu is well priced ( 2x chai latte’s plus the tips AND a role of sweets = R55.00), their staff are so pleasant and design is as vintage and retro as they come. 

How gorj?

For their menu and contact details, please click here

Feel free to share a selfie and your thoughts or, to make any suggestions on places we should consider.

β™₯️|🌈 and all things 🍭from just an ordinary girl 

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Mama, I think Im making itΒ 

For those of you who know me, know that I tell my story, not for pity or praise but rather in hope that it may grant somebody the courage to keep on going.

2013-2014: loss of my son, my gran, my marriage and my other gran. 

I had to adapt to being single, broke, dependent; a statistic, a divorcee…at such a young age. Having to move back home was soothing but not comfortable. Dealing with emotions, with your self esteem scraping the floor, and not having your loved ones around isn’t easy for any young women. I felt it all. I was out of job and having always been independent … this was so difficult to adjust to; having to depend on mum and dad again for my bare necessities and depending on them emotionally and mentally. All while , people my age were out there, doing their thing and making something of themselves . I felt useless and dumb.

I was a rising star, they all said. Full of potential. I  excelled in school, top student in college and with just 6months to finish my Diploma in Journalism and Media studies,  I couldn’t continue because of my high risk pregnancy with Mik. 

As a jobless , heart-broken and childless divorcee, I really was at the brink of hopelessness. Just lived through each day, allowed myself to go through the motions, stayed single and I kept praying. 

In January of 2014, I started at the company I’m currently at. I made a promise to myself that I would never allow myself to be at the point I was once at. That i would not take any opportunity for granted again. 

Still having to deal with the psychological ordeals of the passed two years, it was work in progress. Fast forward 3 years later and I stand having had 2 promotions, paying for my own car, paid off most of my debt, found myself and my faith, recently started dating again, allowing myself to love again and most recently, begining my studying journey.

I received confirmation on the 25th of July 2017 that I had been approved for a bursary that I had applied for through work. I was so ecstatic! Couldn’t believe that it’s finally happening you know? Then, Having received confirmation of my registration for a BA in Communication Science, it literally made me emotional, I cried. I literally felt so overwhelmed and all I did was thank God, tell my loved ones and cried. 

To many, being accepted in University is a norm, not a biggy, just  the way of life but Not to me it isn’t, this is a life line, an opportunity to grow and work towards my goals. This is my blessing and I’m sure as hell claiming it.

When you just one person trying to mend your life, things like this don’t just happen. Having to put the pieces of the puzzle of your life together again, previously alone and broke… not so glam hey! Especially when you so used to having one bad thing happen to you after another. 

But I got yet another chance to prove that I’m worth it. That I do have potential , that I have a story to tell and people to help, that I still need help because I am human. This is my reminder to remain humble and never to forget where I come from.

I only have God, my family and friends to thank, for the constant support and faith in me. Believe me when I say this: I wouldn’t have been here today if it wasn’t for you.

So look out for new blogs relating to studying and all it entails. I look forward to the “what the hell did I get myself into” nights, the “burning of the midnight oil” nights, the confusion, frustration and exhaustion. I can already invision my graduation day πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“πŸ˜

Every cloud has a silver lining, I’m finally seeing mine. 

Dearest, valued human. Keep pushing; passed the hurt, anger,  and hopelessness. I promise you it will all be worth it. 

Mama! I think I’m making it 

Love and light from just an ordinary student 😊

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#QOTD #56

” Life is short, but there is always time for courtesy” 

~ Ralph Emerson

Common courtesy, most of us have it but choose not to practice it! 

Being in quite a trying time and just trying to keep my spirit and character goals afloat, I am truelly alarmed at the lack of regard and courtesy our world has.

I can’t understand why though, because It really is the little things that count. The “thank you’s”, the affectionate smiles, the appreciation and simple acknowledgements, the responding to text messages or returning of calls, the communication, the good mornings or have a good days. 

I always say that even if you may not prefer somethings that people do for you, if it’s done with a good heart, and pure intention… show appreciation; a little thank you and a warm smile is really all that’s needed. Being rude, arrogant and showing now regard for anybody’s efforts is childish and lacks character if you ask me.

The water is our courage πŸ˜ŠπŸŒ»πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

With a world that’s moving towards an “I don’t give an eff about you or anything” attitude, common courtesy is on the brink of extinction sigh. The thought of it hurts my heart really. 

Can we try to savour this please, by just making a conscious effort to show courtesy when it’s due and even when we don’t feel like it. It’s like a muscle that needs exercise. Please? 

A humble plea and I’m putting it out there that I am making a bigger effort to be courteous.

β™₯️|🌈 and all things 🍭 from just an ordinary concerned girl 

*picture courtesy of Google*

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#QOTD #55

It’s so important to do everything with love. You often find that when it’s done for any other reason, it’s not as satisfying firstly and secondly…it becomes that much easier to speak about the things we do for others. So not cool. 

My Mar Una used to always say that what the right hand does, the left hand shouldn’t know about. I’m aligning myself ( only now , I know lol) to practice this. 

So today’s quote and my lifeline for the day is inspired by Mother Theresa :

Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love…

And for me, that’s the greatest.

So do all things with love and be weary of those who speak of the things that they’ve done for you. It’s often a sign that whatever it is they’ve done , was done for other reasons or against their true will (: 

Love and light always, thoughts from just an ordinary girl 

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#QOTD #54

“There are people who would love to have your bad day”

~ unknown 


On many occasions, when we’re going through some difficulties, we become consumed with whatever it is going on and can sometimes become oblivious to everything else around us. It’s human nature. 

My folk and I were watching Bizarre bodies lastnight, and there was a girl whose knees bent the opposite way. Meaning that she never walked on her feet but on the back of her legs…

Seeing her being ok with her condition and living life as best she could, really made me sit and ponder. I thought about all the simple things that we take for granted; like getting off a bed and being able to walk , on our two feet. 

Whenever I feel strongly about certain things, I feel obliged to share. These things empower me and aid in rewiring my brain to think more positively and my heart to be more grateful. I can only hope it does the same with you, and if it does…please share (: 

We have tons to be grateful for. There really are people out there who go through ten times worse than what makes our bad days. 

So Let’s always start each day with a grateful heart. A heart grateful for fresh air, running water, health, the beds and pillows we sleep on, the roofs over our heads, food we eat, family we have, jobs that pay us. I could go on. But I’m sure you get my feels πŸ™ƒ

Being grateful and being kind are the little steps we can take each day to make this world a better place. It’s really does start with you and I β™₯️ this is my life line today.

A wonderful Sunday to you all ,

❀️(love)|🌈 (light)and all things 🍭(nice)from just an ordinary grateful girl 

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#QOTD #53

Today’s life line is more an affirmation to me than it is a quote. It served as such an excellent reminder that I felt compelled to share it. 

It reminded me not to take my eye off the prize even through the chaotic, uncertain times. 

And here it goes:

I am letting go of the old me to become who I was created to be


Beautiful! Isn’t it (: 

I’m becoming a more courageous me, a more compassionate me, a more thoughtful and considerate me, a healthier me, a me that’s less a worrier and more a warrior. 

I am becoming a successful me, a goal driven me, a stronger force for social good me. 

I nor you, were just born to sit on the side lines! 

Good afternoon world, good afternoon Friday. 

β™₯️ and 🌈 always, from just an ordinary girl

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A tribute to my Mar Una

2013…. for those of you who know me or have read my story, you would know that 2013 was an extremely tough year.

The loss of my son in March and then the loss of my Mar Una; the most chique gran anybody could have asked for, my bestie , my shrink, my counselor, my biggest  fan, the greatest cook and a model of love.

Her smile and warm wet kisses would instantly make my soul lighter. She was wiser than anybody I know. She was as graceful as mother Theresa… she fought her battles with class and elegance. What a privilege being able to call this being, MY MAR.

Words will never be able to describe the loss I feel after every memory I have and yesterday? mar is gone 4 years already. 

I hope and pray that God accepts you as one of his own Mar. I pray that you are resting in eternal peace. Even if you may not know, we on earth miss your existence, your being, daily. The love you had for your kids, grandkids, great grand kids and random strangers, is still felt till this day. Thank you, for the beautiful memories

Love and light always just an ordinary grand kid 

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#QOTD #52

Can we please be a little more considerate than we currently are?

Like can we just not make it about us for a little longer than we currently do?  

You know today I literally walked into “confirmation” that my August pay is gonna be bleak. As if being under an enormous amount of pressure already wasn’t enough. I literally just went numb and got an instant headache from my mind working overtime. 

Then, I get news that my sister and the girls will be visiting from China this December and instantly, my day changed. For those few moments, it wasn’t about me…or my stresses or my August pay…

I then came across this quote and it stood as my life line for today. As my reminder, my savior if you wish. 

Tupac (rap icon) once said 

Everybody’s at war with different things…I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.

I realized that we all going through things, we all have some sought of troubles worrying us and I almost felt selfish for allowing myself to get so consumed with my stuff. 

There is always somebody going through worse than we are. There are people praying for the things we now have. Let this be constant reminder of the importance of being grateful for whatever it is we have.

God knows what he is doing. Thought I’d share this with you and hope it inspires you like how it has me.

❀️ and 🌈  and all things 🍭from just an ordinary girl ✌🏼