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Excitement!

Watch this space!

No really.  Within the next 24 hours my blog will be getting a facelift thanks to the awesome talents of Tanya at Snapping Turtle.

See you soon ūüôā

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Finally

So I called my dermatologist last week (I hadnt seen him in 6 years!) and was told that the first available appointment was in January.  2013!

His receptionist gave me some numbers of other dermos that they recommend and I called around.  The earliest appointment any of them could give me was April!

I took one.

In the mean time he actually called me and consulted over the phone, he recommended I keep my April appointment and put me on his waiting list.

The next day the doctor I had the April appointment with called and said that I could come the next day as they had a cancellation.  I grabbed it!

The reason I wanted to see the dermo is explained in this post.  Go take a look and come back here.

So it turns out that yes, I do have HS in my groin.  But what I have on my face is a severe form of Perioral Dermatitis.

My lovely new dermo suggested I go on a low dose of Roaccutane¬†to sort out my face first. ¬†The HS may or may not be effected by the Roaccutane but we will only be able to tell after the four month course. ¬†If it¬†doesn’t¬†clear up the HS we may have to do a stronger dose for another four months.

I am so happy we may finally have a permanent solution to this.  I am also very very aware of all the side effects to the Roaccutane and am willing to risk them.  These skin issues have been around for over 20 years. TWENTY YEARS of dealing with this on and off and I have finally had enough.

So here is hoping to a permanent fix!  Wish me luck!

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A meme

I havent done one of these for a while so when I saw this on Wenchy’s blog I jumped right in!

Shot a gun
Gone on a blind date X
Skipped school X
Saw someone die X
Visited America
Visited Mauritius
Visited Europe
Visited Australia
Visited Sun City  X
Visited Cape Town. X
Been to  Victoria Falls
Been to court.  X
Been lost  X
Travelled to the opposite side of the country (by car!)
Visited Pretoria X
Swam in the Ocean X
Cried yourself to sleep X
Played cops and robbers X
Played cowboys and Indians X
Recently coloured with crayons X
Travelled by train  X
Sang Karaoke X
Sang a solo or duet in church
Paid for a meal with coins only
Made prank phone calls X
Laughed until some beverage came out of your nose X
Caught a snowflake on your tongue
Had children  X
Had a pet   X
Been skinny-dipping outdoors  X
Been fishing X
Been boating  X
Been downhill skiing & made it down the hill without falling
Been water skiing
Been camping in a trailer
Been camping in a tent
Flown in a small 4-seater airplane
Flown in a helicopter
Flown in a hot air balloon.
Walked on a glacier
Driven a motorcycle/been a passenger
Been bungee-jumping
Gone to a drive-in movie X
Done something that could have killed you-but didn’t
Done something that you will regret for the rest of your life  X
Met Nelson Mandela
Visited Asia
Rode an elephant
Eaten biscuits or cake for dinner: X
and ice cream for breakfast. X
Stolen any traffic signs
Stolen any traffic cones
Been in a car accident X
Donated blood
Played bowls (old man’s marbles)

Play along with us. Mark all the things you HAVE done with an X ūüôā

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Im not a cryer. No really.

Im really not an emotional person. 

Yes I get angry or upset and have a massive outburst every now and again but its quick and over and forgotten almost immediatly. 

As for crying…¬† I am not a cryer.¬† I dont cry at funerals or if a pet dies, in fact I very very seldom cry in public at all.¬† SOme people think this means I dont care or am unfeeling or cold.¬† Im not.¬† I feel very deeply I just dont really show it, thats all.

Which makes the fact that I have cried at the drop of a hat since the beginning of this year so very very strange.

Sad tears, happy tears, it makes no difference.¬† The smallest things set me off…

Only mildy worrying.

Are you a cryer?  What sets you off?

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Catching up

So I have been a very bad little blogger lately and for that I am terribly sorry.

I have kept up to date on all the blogs in my reader though even if I havent commented recently.

So, a little catch up…

Aaron is loving school!  He adores his teacher and the kids in his class and aftercare too.

He does swimming twice a week which he loves (I know right!?), Kindermusic every Monday and on a Thursday he does PlayBall after school on the school grounds.

He is growing like a weed and I need to do a big winter shop for him soon because nothing is fitting him anymore.

Faith is getting cuter and cuter every day.

She still only has two teeth and she only says ‘Ello and oof (woof) and only when prompted repeatedly. ¬†Yet she makes herself¬†completely¬†understood and understands everything you say to her.

She has a temper of note and screeches like a pterodactyl if she doesnt get what she wants.

She eats everything and anything, especially of its on her brother plate.

She is standing up all by herself and is walking beautifully if you hold one hand.  Last night we taught her to walk holding onto her Disney princess car/bike thingy.  She was very proud of herself.

Faith also does swimming lessons once a week and I get in the water with her.  She LOVES the water and complains bitterly when we take her out the pool or bath tub.

Both my beautiful children are growing and learning and keep us on our toes.

On Sunday is my anniversary.  SIX years!  And I am still madly in love with my hubband.  Even though he sometimes drives me absolutely crazy!

We went to the Drakensberg Sun last weekend for a mini pre-anniversary break, just the two of us. ¬†It was amazing and relaxing and we both missed the kids so we left a little earlier on Sunday morning that we had planned so we could get back to them ūüôā

 

Ok, I promise not to take so long to blog again.  Pinky swear!

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The dark

My mind has been dark the last few weeks.

A new year and so much to look forward to and yet I feel like I have been wading through quicksand or stuck in a thick soupy fog.

Its been 10 years since my dad died, 2 years since my grandmother passed away and a year since my brother left us.

It feels like just yesterday, like a blink and here I am.

My uncle has cancer.  He cant beat it, no matter how hard he tries or how much we will it.

I feel like curling up in bed, pulling the covers over my head and never coming out.

And then I look at my husband, my beautiful children, my amazing life and I get up,  I look to the sun and I carry on!

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” – Helen Keller

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I’m an #HPmum – Part 2

First off, my apologies for the delay!

Lets get to it shall we?

One of the things that made me bounce when HP asked if I wanted to review the machine was the ability to print from any computer via email. ¬†Email? ¬†Yup, email. ¬†You can email a document from any machine anywhere in the world to the unique email address¬†you crate for the printer! ¬†It took all of 10 minutes to create the email address and once that was done I could print from anywhere and the pages were waiting for me when I got home. ¬†For someone like me who forgets what I did 5 minutes ago this is a huge thing, I think about printing a document, I print it. Easy peasy. ¬†I could also tell Paul to email a document directly to the printer instead of waiting for it to come¬†through¬†my email then printing, saves a lot of time ūüôā

Oh, one of the nicest features is the Facebook application. ¬†You get a unique code, you enter¬†the¬†code into Facebook and wham bam thank you ma’am, you can see all your albums directly on the printer and then choose which pictures you want to print (especially helpful if you have lost the original images on your computer, hypothetically speaking of course).

The machine also connects to a host of other web apps such as Crayola, DreamWorks, HP Quick Forms, Web Sudoku and so many more.

Aaron and I printed out colouring pages from Crayola.  We printed Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon masks, colouring pages, door hangers and character models from Dream Works as well as super cool paper airplanes that we cut out and folded together.

Here are some of the cool crafts we made!

Crafts print out in full colour with instructions!

Lots of cutting

3D!

There are about 5 different paper plane designs

I cannot tell you how many of these we have made in the last 2 months!!

Just for fun ūüôā Cute mini fortune cookies and take out box

My entire family has made such good use of this machine.  From keeping Aaron entertained to Paul sending me important documents to scanning my paperwork and printing photos to keep the grandmas happy.

I can highly recommend this as a great home printer!

The HP Photosmart 7510 e-All-in-One printer is available at all good computer and electronic stores at a recommended retail price of R1899.00

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I’m an #HPmum

At the beginning of December HP asked me to test out their new Photosmart 7510 e-All-in-One printer.

We¬†don’t have a printer at home so I jumped at the chance to test this one out.

In short, I fell in love.

Lets get the technical stuff out of the way first shall we?

All in one:

Print. Scan. Copy. eFax. Web. РIt does everything (well almost, a cup of coffee would be nice)

Dimensions:

45.5cm (w) x 45cm (d) x 22cm (h) – Compact and pretty, it fits perfectly on my home desk.

Print Speed:

From 13.5ppm up to 34ppm black and from 9ppm up to 33ppm colour – Super fast!

Connectivity:

Integrated WiFi and USB High Speed – Fantastic for my home where our router is in our bedroom not near my home desk.

Ink:

The Photosmart 7510 uses 5 individual cartridges – HP 178 Black, Photo, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow – They also come in XL

Now, on to the fun stuff, what I managed to do with this fantastic machine ūüôā ¬†After writing up this post, I realised I had a lot to say, so I will be breaking it up into a few parts… This is Part 1

First of all, setting up the machine took us no more than 10 minutes.  And part of that was me trying to remember what the hell my WiFi password was.

The 10.9cm touch screen was a breeze to use and once we had connected to the WiFi we started having fun.

The first thing I did was test out the photo printing.

Holy moly! ¬†Who needs to go to a lab to print photos? ¬†It was so easy and quick. ¬†The photos are beautiful. ¬†I used the HP Premium Plus and HP Advanced paper that came in my press kit.¬† You¬†wouldn’t¬†know they were printed on a home printer.

It certainly made printing photos of the kids for my mom and mom in law a breeze.  We also got to put up new photos on our photo wall within days of taking the pics, it usually takes us years (no jokes) because its a pain to go and have them printed.

The next thing I tried out was the scan function.

It took me a while to figure out how to scan using my Mac, and I realised in the end it was a connectivity issue (make sure WiFi is on!) but once I had it figured it was so simple.

You can scan single images from the glass or multiple page documents from the document feed on top of the machine.  The document feed takes up to 25 pages at a time and scans double sided too.  Scanning was very quick and the scanned image was clear and colour perfect.

The one¬†feature¬†I didnt try is the eFax function. ¬†Mostly because I cannot think of a single person or instance where I would need to send a fax. ¬†That being said, had I needed to send a fax I would need to set up my online fax service with HP’s 3rd party provider, eFax. ¬†This can all be done from the printer itself. ¬†The first 20 pages sent¬†and¬†the first 20 pages¬†received¬†are free!

Look out for Part 2 tomorrow where I talk about emailing documents to the printer from wherever I am (I know right, so much fun!) and I will also show you some of the amazing projects and crafts Aaron and I made using the HP Photosmart printer!

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Projects for 2012

I am an avid Pinner.  I can spend hours browsing the boards and repinning everything and anything.

One of the boards I have is crafts and I am determined to complete at least a few of the projects I have pinned.

This one is going to definitely happen on payday this month!

I also have a ton of old formula cans and have been collecting all the tin and cans that we use  and I want to do a few of these in my garden.

These are the two projects I want to start with.  Once I have completed them I will add some more.  baby steps right?

*Click the images for more information on each project, all images from Pinterest!*

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