30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 2 – Where Do You See Yourself In 10 Years?

My humblest apologies to everyone who was waiting on this post. No I did not forget, I was just having very bad WiFi problems but the issue has been sorted out and here I am!

Day 2/30: Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Today I had a lot of time to think about this blog post and what I really wanted to say. You see, in my dream world I would see myself having won my first Oscar and starred in at least 10 films before I turn 30. I would love to have my own reality TV show and have written my autobiography and just be on vacation for the rest of my life because I won the lottery and gave a portion to my mom and charity… But I had to come down from this cloud really quickly.

I’m no psychic, I fear that I might dream too big sometimes and I always tend to get into the worst jobs for some reason. After some thought and discussion with both my mom and my boyfriend I came to realize that I have to be realistic so here we go:

I’ve narrowed my list down to 8 goals and aspirations so that I don’t bore you to death and because I feel like I could go on forever but I won’t.

  1. Due to the fact that I will be getting my degree in 3 years time, I just want to be successful in my career and enjoy what I do. At the moment I’m still not sure if I want to go into journalism or the entertainment/advertising industry but whatever I choose, I hope that I am well and happy. I’m not sure whether I’ll pursue a second degree or diploma but if I do then you do you girl. Dream big, hustle hard and stay humble!images
  2. As I’ve mentioned before, I am a hopeless romantic and I’d like to be married before I’m 30. My ideal age for engagement would be 23/24 and I’d like to be married by 25.7751_1455
  3. I hope that in 10 years time I would have been able to pay back my family for everything they’ve done for me. I’d love to give my mom the vacation of her dreams and my dad a good car. My parents have honestly done so much for me that I could honestly never repay them but I can always try.6358136108662414155350240_9102657_orig.imgopt1000x70.jpg
  4. I don’t want to look back and regret that I haven’t traveled enough. Which is why I would like to have at least been to a few good places. Traveling means so much to me and I hope that I can have my little passport book tattooed so many times I’ll need a new one! original
  5. Personal growth and happiness means a lot to me. I hope that I’ve learned from my mistakes and really became a better person. I hope that I still value my religion the same and have grown spiritually. I really want to know that I’ll be grateful for all the opportunities and lessons I’ve learned. 143495-Eat-Drink-And-Be-Thankful
  6. Have my first child by 26. I really want kids while I’m still fit and able to keep up with them. I’d love a family of 4 but I’ll settle for 3. 33e6a440f0124cdaa467c220ed6ea257
  7. I really want to be comfortable financially. Growing up, I could never work well with money and always struggled with jobs. I just want to be able to spoil myself and my family.tumblr_net9xrs1MK1rdk4vco1_500.jpg
  8. The last one is going to sound cheesy but I’ve mentioned before on my blog that I don’t really have that many friends. I hope I’ve met a few great people who are ambitious and goal driven and bring out the best in me. The type of friends I can call and schedule a last minute road trip with so we can leave our hubbies at home for the weekend. I’m hoping Sex and the City type of friendship if you know what I mean. index

I’m so pumped to do tomorrow’s post so stay tuned!

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30 Days of Blogging Challenge: Day 1 – The Basics

Hi there everybody!

I’ve decided to take on the 30 day blogging challenge and basically I’ve decided that I wanted to put a bit of my own spin on a few of the posts because bloggers must be so tired of reading the same things over and over again. Day 1/30 has the simple task of stating a few basic facts about yourself so I thought I’d write down a few basics and a few randoms.

I did a video on my YouTube channel with a little bit about me which you can click and watch down below:

I narrowed this blog post down to 20 facts about me, enjoy!

20 FACTS ABOUT ME:

  1. My full name is Deeanne Michaela Daniels. I was given this name because my dad’s name is Deon and my mom’s second name is Jo-Anne.
  2. This year I will be turning 20, which scares me to death because I will no longer be a teen and also excites me because I heard your 20’s are supposed to be the best year of your life.
  3. I love anything that has to do with art. From photography to writing, creating and decorating things.
  4. I’ve been hospitalized 4 times, 3 of those 4 times I had to be put under anesthetic.
  5. At the age of 17 I fell in love, I haven’t looked back since. My boyfriend Matthew is my best friend and we’ve been through so much together. I would be devastated if I ever lost him.
  6. I love reading. I could read for days and never get bored or sick of it. However, I can’t read the same book twice for some reason.
  7. I struggle to keep friends. My mom said that it’s because I’m such a good person that people often abuse my kindness.
  8. I don’t like to party. I don’t drink, except for the occasional champagne at a celebratory event. I do not smoke and have never smoked or gotten drunk in my life. I love to dance though, so I’d like to think I could still be the life of the party without needing alcohol or drugs to have a good time.
  9. I have a sensitive nose. I pick up smells really quickly and easily. It’s a blessing and a curse because I have terrible headaches sometimes.
  10. I love animals. Fun fact: I actually had a little kitten come into my house and then adopted it for like 2 hours until the SPCA had to pick him up because my brother is allergic. I miss him.
  11. I get attached to people really quickly and I have a heightened sense of sensitivity and compassion. I feel other people’s pain and I hate seeing others in pain or upset.
  12. I wish I could shop for a living but I’m broke. I’ve never had any luck when it comes to jobs. I’ve only worked 2 jobs in my life and I didn’t like it.
  13. I can’t whistle. Ever since I was a kid I have never been able to and people still tend to make fun of me for this.
  14. I used to be a brace face and after my wisdom teeth surgery my teeth shifted into their original position because I had stitches in my mouth and couldn’t wear my retainer.
  15. I’m really competitive. I don’t like losing. It’s an ugly trait in my opinion.
  16. I’m a sucker for cheesy romantic things like flowers and midnight drives. I’m just a hopeless romantic.
  17. I’m really lazy and it bothers me sometimes.
  18. I have a YouTube channel, you should subscribe and check it out, show me some love.
  19. I want to get my driver’s license this year but I’m so afraid of getting into a car accident.
  20. Freshly cut grass gives me a rash. I don’t know if it’s an allergy or what but I can’t stand it.

So, tell me a little bit about you?

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Back To Campus Stationery Supplies Haul 2016

Hello my lovely readers

I am currently typing up this blog post with the biggest headache because I am in the process of reorganizing my room. I don’t know why cleaning always gives me such a headache. Today I’ll just be showing you my stationery supplies for the year and I know it’s January but I go back on the 15th of February and I wanted to start my year off on the right note x

Nothing mentioned below was sponsored and all my stationery was purchased from Pick n Pay unless stated otherwise.

WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW:

 

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My glitter pencil case is from Typo and it was a gift from my boyfriend for Christmas. It’s not really big but holds everything I need including my  mini stapler and staple remover and I was really impressed.

 

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The second gift from Typo is the A5 buffalo grey glitter notebook which I use as my planner. I use a notebook because it gives me more space to write and plan and I can paste months-at-a-glace planner pages which are basically free printables from my favourite studyblr which you can find here.

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These are my 192 page hardcovers in which I transfer my notes neatly and make them colourful. I really like these book covers which are from Carte Blanche. I do not take these to campus every day and I re-write my notes at home.

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This adorable owl notebook I purchased from CNA and this is where I will scribble down my notes from class and then transfer them to my notebooks at home. I really like the ringbinder type of notebook and this one has those pre-cuts where you can tear out your pages without leaving the ugly marks from the rings.

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My Hello Kitty Tippex correction tape is so small and easy to put in my pencil case. I like how small it is and it’s so adorable!

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My owl ring binder in which I keep my tests and assignments. In the past I have been asked to resubmit assignments and I always misplaced them so I just keep everything in one place because I do not want that to happen again so lesson learned!

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I personally think every student should have a flip file because this stores all my information so if I should lose my backpack then someone can find my student number and email me if they find it. Also, I keep loose notes in here so that they don’t get crumpled and ruined in my backpack.

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My little Tatty Teddy envelope keeps all my loose notes in one place for when I’m in a rush and can’t file everything separately. This is one of my must haves for campus because it’s so convenient.

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How cute are these Hello Kitty pens from BIC? I was so scared these were the gel ink but luckily they weren’t. This was a great deal but I would’ve preferred more black pens though! However, I like taking tests with blue pens.

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I personally love using koki’s in my notebooks because they make my notes neat and colourful and I mean, who wouldn’t want to study from colourful and brightly coloured notes? I’m not really a fan of highlighters because they always smudge so these are a great alternative.

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Sticky notes for little reminders and important notes. I have them in yellow, pink and green.

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The reason I bought this little notebook was for the colourful tabs. I’m an English student and we do a lot of reading so I have to mark up texts and these are perfect for that. Also, the sticky notes I purchased separately are not going to be nearly enough so I’m glad I purchased more.

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How cute are these erasers? I just died and went to heaven when I saw these because I love cupcakes and these are so tiny and cute.

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As a student you have to hand in TONS of paper and most of the time you’re not allowed to bother the staff for a stapler which is why I keep one in my pencil case. I also keep a staple remover because I often have to remove rubrics from previous assignments or I forget to attach a rubric or declaration.

That was pretty much it for my little haul. What are your favourite stationery items?

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Till we meet again, Daddy x

Today has been anything but good for me.

For starters it is 11:48 AM and I just said goodbye to my dad who leaves for Iraq today for 3 months to go and work. I hate saying goodbye because it literally tears me into pieces. For real though, in all honesty I admire my dad’s tenacity and being able to leave his family in order to work and provide for us. Before I would throw the biggest tantrums and ask him why would he leave me here and why couldn’t I come with? Last night I came across my dad’s passport and it was every travelers dream, tattooed in stamps from around the world. It was truly inspiring to see how far he went and makes me so excited to travel. I hope that one day I will be able to explore and get my little passport book stamped!

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Well, I just wanted to express my gratuity and just give a huge thank you to my first love, my first man in my life and my traveling inspiration.

 

Now I have to wait for these delivery people to drop off my cupboards because I will be renovating, yaay. So if you notice I’m a bit quiet on the blog, don’t worry I am just very busy and will be back as soon as possible.

 

Au Revoir, Daddy

 

Sincerely,

Deeanne

Tiger’s Milk Restaurant Review 07.01.16 | Bon Appétit

I didn’t want to be mainstream and post this in a category called “Food” so, ladies and gentlemen I introduce you to the culinary aspect of my blog called Bon Appétit. This is basically where I will do food reviews and also post my own recipes.

Today I wanted to venture into the unknown, and by unknown I mean those cute little restaurants that I had no idea existed right around the corner from my house. I’ve heard really good things about Tiger’s Milk and was extremely curious to try it out so my boyfriend and I set off for a lovely afternoon lunch to Muizenberg. There are 2 Tiger’s Milk restaurants and this one overlooks the beach which is amazing.

When you enter the restaurant, you are greeted by a flight of stairs. The restaurant is situated on the second level which is great because you do not get the view of the parking lot. Very well thought out in my opinion. I just want to note that I could not get good pictures because the restaurant was so full so wherever I have used pictures I do give credit. Also, I’m relatively new to the blogging world so I am so shy to get up and take photos (Insert monkey emoji where he covers his eyes).

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photo creds: capetownmylove.com

As we walked in we were greeted by friendly and welcoming staff and someone who helped us to our table. We walked past the bar and sat right at the back by the window with a great view of the sea.

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photo creds: Karisa Nicholls via Twitter.

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photo creds: tripadvisor.co.za

The atmosphere was amazing, it wasn’t too loud but there was still that buzz that made you happy and comfortable.

Let’s start off with the menu, shall we? Okay so if you’re looking for variety I wouldn’t get my hopes up too high. I’m a pasta or salad type of girl but I will never say no to some meaty goodness which is mainly what they have to offer. They have a great selection of burgers and various ribs and they do have salads but nothing really extraordinary. I loved the burger ideas, but settled for the Leg of Lamb pizza instead which had garnish (I really don’t know what those leaves are called and if it were up to me I’d call them leaves because that’s what it looked like), lamb,cherry tomatoes, olives and hummus. My boyfriend went for the Avo, Feta and Bacon pizza which I obviously stole from him later and to drink I had an Appletizer and my boyfriend had a Grapetizer.

Just a little side note I took the following pictures on my VSCO cam and I am OBSESSED.

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The size of the pizza was decent in my opinion. I liked that it wasn’t too big and I could finish it (with Matthew’s help of course). But there was something about the crust that didn’t quite tickle my taste buds. The crust was flaky and didn’t really have dough like usual pizzas do. It wasn’t bad but I like my crust, for me it’s the best part of the pizza. The pizza was okay but I do wish I had ordered something else instead.

We did order refills of our drinks and just enjoyed the vibe.

All Is Well That…. Doesn’t End So Well?

Okay, so I know for a fact that I am going to be bashed for this or people will have a lot of opinions but I decided to spoil Matthew and pay for the meal myself. When the bill came it was a total of R301,00. I thought it was a bit overpriced. No, I am not cheap. I am a STUDENT, that’s the difference. I do not work a part-time job for personal reasons and I am allowed an allowance which isn’t much but I am grateful because it teaches me how to work with my money. This just left a sour taste in my mouth. I knew it was a great restaurant but I was not expecting to pay that much for everything. Maybe I’m just overreacting, maybe I’m not.

 

So Tiger’s Milk, I doubt I’ll be seeing you again soon but maybe when you have a special for students or when I’m… Employed.

 

Hope you enjoyed (:

 

Sincerely,

Deeanne.

 

2016 New Year’s Resolutions.

I have no idea how to start a blog post.

Hello to all my fantastic readers!

So we are officially 5 days into the new year and I know this post should have been up on the first already but I feel that in order to successfully accomplish New Year’s resolutions, you need to think them through very carefully before you commit. So here are my 5 resolutions:

  1. Be More Thankful & Do More For Others.

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Last year was an extremely good year for me. I was fortunate enough to explore new places within my city, I was accepted to university and will officially be a double major in English and Language & Communication studies in just 3 years (eeeek.), I had a successful laparoscopy and my family is healthy and happy. This year I would just really like to give back to others and do more charity or volunteer work so that I can help those in need and also grow more as an individual.

2. Get out of my shell & say yes to more things.

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This was always a problem for me because I am such an introvert. Seriously, if you’ve ever heard the song “Here” by Alessia Cara, you’ve basically heard the theme song of my life. This year I would really like to go out with friends and just have good fun. I want to be more spontaneous when it comes to doing things that I’d usually say no to. Not this year though. This year I will be turning 20, it’s time to live a little!

3. T R A V E L.

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I have never traveled before, however I was fortunate enough to get on a plane and go to a different city. I just really want to explore and go to new places this year so I can make the most out of all the amazing opportunities to travel. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page”. My boyfriend better be ready for lots of adventures, because I’ve saved up a lot of petrol money!

4. Eat Healthier & Exercise More.

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Probably the most cliche of all my resolutions but this one is important. I don’t want to drop pounds and be skinny, I just want to be healthy. If I can lose weight because of the habits I develop, great. Adapting to university life was really hard for me and I would usually eat unhealthy foods which lead to me being very sick at one point. I do not want to make the same mistake this year, so I will definitely be changing that up. I really want to drink more water because I still have acne at the age of 19 and I am often dehydrated and reach for fizzy drinks.

5. Work harder on my blog and YouTube Channel.

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I’m not going to lie, I’ve neglected my blog quite a bit. It saddens me that life got in the way of doing what I love. I started a new YouTube channel in September and since then I have gained 30 subscribers which I am so proud of because I work really hard on my videos and put a lot of effort into my editing and filming. This year I’d like to focus on both my writing and my videos and hopefully build up the confidence to create a portfolio.

If you would be so kind as to check my channel out: JustDeeanneDIY

Click the link above, give a few likes and subscribe and yes, that was some shameless self-promo. Don’t judge.

 

 

Well, that is my complete list of resolutions for this year. Let me know what are your resolutions, I’d love to hear (:

 

Sincerely,

Deeanne

My Winter Lookbook (Formal)

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hello all my lovely readers, new readers, people who found my page randomly. I just wanted to share my Formal Winter look book with you as part of the new year. I am actually already in Summer here in South Africa so if you subscribe to my channel you’ll be the first to see my Summer 2016 look book which I am so excited to film.

 

Don’t forget to leave a like and subscribe x

Sincerely,

Deeanne.