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A home is a reflection of its people + WIN tickets to the Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo

**Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, the views and opinions expressed are my own. Some information was supplied by HomemakersOnline to give the reader an better understanding of what to expect.  All images supplied by HomemakersOnline**

A reflection of its people

I’m sure that you can relate to the saying, “Home is where the heart is…” But here’s one to think about, “a home is a reflection of its people“. My home is my sanctuary, my safe place. My happy place. I’m a sucker for spending time at home. Home is where I’m happiest. My home definitely is a reflection of my spirited family. From our small passage like kitchen, p.s. our home is older than us 🙂 and we are still doing renovations , to our neat and tidy, well after the kids go to bed and before they wake up in the morning it’s very neat and tidy, living areas in our home.

Our home is not picture perfect. We have some DIY projects that are still in the pipeline. Even some that have been started but not completed. But this is our home. This is us. This house that we call a home is a reflection of US.

 Today’s home is a reflection of its people, gone is the need to look like the Joneses.  Our homes are authentically us, stripped of pretence.  Product transparency is also a growing trend; we shop with a higher conscience focusing on wellness and sustainability, wanting to know the person or story behind our purchase.

This year the Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo  brings you the stories and the best products in home improvement.  The Expo is where you can come face-to-face with the craftspeople or knowledgeable experts who provide visitors with the best understanding of the product.

The show helps to expand dialogue between homeowners and suppliers. It offers unique ways for you to see, touch, feel and compare products and services.

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Raw Comfort

The 2019 theme of Raw Comfort, embraces perfect imperfections, and through various talks and demonstrations we will show you how to get in touch with a more organic world.

Show features for Pretoria Expo include:

  • Jacaranda FM, broacasting live from the Expo.
  • Raw Workshop – Proudly brought to you by World of Decorative Concrete. Think of it sort of like craftsmen showing off their products of trade.
  • Thrive for Good Theatre with Izelle Hoffman – Healthy Lifestyle Expert and Chef, Izelle Hoffman as she cooks up her most delicious, everyday, healthy dishes. The Thrive for Good theatre promises to be a hub of excitement, surprising culinary ideas and truly good food.
  • Thrive for Good Challenge – Teams of home chefs and families go head-to-head to cook the most inventive, delectable and most importantly healthy dishes. Inspired by Izelle Hoffman and Thrive for Good, contestants will have to bring their best to win the ultimate prize of a tailor-made, hardcover, 50 recipe cookbook personally created for them by Izelle Hoffman. This challenge will allow healthy home chefs to show off their skills while learning a few tips and tricks from Izelle Hoffman as they cook.
  • Java and Script Cafe – Enjoy a break while sitting down with a new book and sipping on a cup of freshly brewed coffee in this special restaurant area. Browse through the Exclusive Books bookshelves and take a book or two home to indulge in later.
  • Designer Spaces Challenge – Proudly Sponsored by Paint Master. Be inspired by authentic design styles of the world. Local interior designers have been given the challenge to create a space inspired by their favourite country. From Japanese-style offices to Scandanavian-style bedrooms,  this demo space will show off what the designers have created. Best of all, it gives you a chance to get expert advice on how you can recreate the style in your own home.
  • Colour Cube – Be inspired to add a new colour to your life at Colour Cube brought to you by Paint Master. As a third-generation, proudly South African, premium paint manufacturer and contractor, the team will be on hand to give you technical advice, assistance and quotes, all free of charge. Bring your ideas, designs and questions to Colour Cube brought to you by Paint Master where you can sit down with a professional or walk through the Colour Cube house to help bring your ideas to life. From preparation to finishing touches for indoor and outdoor painting, you are guaranteed to walk away with a wealth of inspiration and expert advice.
  • Truly Artisan – Meet designers and find must-have décor products including textiles, crafts, ceramics, art and furniture currently trending for your home.
  • D’Vine Life – Families, friends and food-loving fanatics can whet their appetites to their hearts’ content at the HOMEMAKERS Food Market. Delightful delicacies await those with a passion for varying cuisine!
  • D’Vine Style – a brand new addition to Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo. Celebrating South African fashion, D’vine Style is a hub of bespoke clothing, fashion and textiles.

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General Info

Show dates:   24 – 26 May 2019 at the Sun Arena, Times Square, Menlyn

Friday 10h00 – 19h00
Saturday 09h00 – 18h00
Sunday 09h00 – 18h00

Entrance fee:

R80 Adults
R50 Pensioners
R20 Scholars

Where to find HomemakersOnline:

Twitter – @SAHomemakers

Facebook – www.facebook.com/HOMEMAKERSonline

Instagram – HOMEMAKERS_Expo

 

Want to WIN tickets to visit the HomeMakers Expo?

I have x10 double tickets up for grabs. Find the giveaway links on my social media platforms:

  1. Instagram @spiritedmamablog
  2. Facebook @spiritedmama1
  3. Twitter @spirited_mama1

Good luck!

Spirited Mama

x

T’s & C’s

**Competition closes Sunday 19 May 2019. Winners will be announced on my social media accounts by 21 May 2019.
Open to South African residents only.
Winners will be randomly selected. 
No correspondence will be entered into once a winner is selected. I reserve the right to disqualify invalid entries. **

 

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Create YOUR LifeStyle space with Homemakers Expo + WIN

**Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, the views and opinions expressed are my own. Some information was supplied by HomemakersOnline to give the reader an better understanding of what to expect.  All images supplied by HomemakersOnline**

Create your LifeStyle space

If you are looking for some inspiration to create YOUR happy space, you need to visit the Homemakers Expo. It’s sort of a one stop shop for you to channel you inner creative or be a little “Martha Stewart” ish 🙂

The theme for the Johannesburg expo is “Raw Comfort”. Just saying that makes me want to strip the walls of paint and expose some brick. Goodness knows what is actually underneath all the layers as I highly doubt it’ll be the pretty red brick finishes you see in magazines. Nevertheless, the expo is there to help people like me find creative ways to bring your living spaces to life with fresh/funky/classic/vintage/trendy ideas.

My husband is always looking for innovative ways to liven up our living spaces at home and ways to create a family space to get us to spend more quality time together. Me, well… I google what I think would work in our home and the husband makes it happen.

Google will have to wait as the time has arrived where we literally get to ooh and ahh over beautifully created lifestyle spaces all under one roof. Whether you are looking to improve and/or upgrade your home for yourself or the buyers market, the Homemakers Expo is happening in Johannesburg and you don’t want to miss out on this.

Homemakers Expo guidance for a room makeover

The timing for this expo couldn’t have been any better. We’re at the point now where we need to convert Joshua’s room into a more “tween” friendly and possibly a bit further into the teens room. He’s quite easy going and knows what he likes and dislikes. I am very interested to hear his opinion and get an idea of what he would like for his room makeover. This expo is going to be an interesting one. Let’s just hope we can agree on some ideas.

Product transparency is also a growing trend; we shop with a higher conscience focusing on wellness and sustainability, wanting to know the person or story behind our purchase.

In keeping up with trends, I see more and more consumers moving towards a “this works for me and my lifestyle” in their lives and homes. I’ve never liked to be confined to societal norms and I don’t believe that there is a “one size fits all” mould. I thoroughly enjoy these types of expos as they incorporate a whole range of lifestyle ideas. There IS something for everyone. I am yet to meet someone who didn’t connect with anything at the expo.

So if you are stuck for ideas, they have their own ideas setup about what could work in a particular living space. What I enjoy most is having the experts right there to guide you and advise you on what to do/try/use.

 

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Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo

28 Feb – 3 March 2019 | Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg

Show times:        Thurs & Fri 10:00 – 19:00 | Sat & Sun 09:00 – 18:00
Entrance:             R100 Adults, R60 Pensioners, R20 Scholars, Children under 12 – free

This year the Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo brings you the stories and the best products in home improvement.  The Expo is where you can come face-to-face with the craftspeople or knowledgeable experts who provide visitors with the best understanding of the product.

The show helps to expand dialogue between homeowners and suppliers also offering ways for you to see, touch, feel and compare products and services.

The 2019 theme of Raw Comfort, embraces perfect imperfections, and through various talks and demonstrations we will show you how to get in touch with a more organic world.

Here’s what you can look forward to when visiting the Homemakers Expo:

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The Tuis|Home Theatre
The ever popular tuis|home theatre is back with food, wine and DIY demonstrations.  Join us for a fun filled programme that will leave you skilled and inspired!

Books and Banter Theatre
A first ever and exclusive to Johannesburg, HOMEMAKERS Expo will host a Wordsmith Theatre where Editor’s will gather in forum, where book publishers will sit amongst the writer and where we can comfortably look deeper into the lives and stories of everyday bloggers.  Meet these book / digital heroes that we so often meet inside the books/tablets sitting on our bedsides.

Raw Workshops
The Raw workshop will bring a wealth of interesting demonstrations where craftsmen show off the beginnings of their product of trade.  Find yourself at the heart of the development of manufacturing lines of products that we dream and plan to have in our homes.

Some of the raw products that you will get to know better in this theatre involve the making of steel creations, glass, wool and weaving and of course the ever popular medium of cement.  Meet us in the Raw workshop where we will bring a refreshing showcase of how to work with concrete and how to use it in your décor. Proudly brought to you by World of Decorative Concrete.

For the Love of Concrete Art & Design Competition
Hosted in collaboration with World of Decorative Concrete

See big ideas brought to life in this selected exhibition of the top entries in For the Love of Concrete Art & Design Competition. Help raise funds for the charities supported by HOMEMAKERScare and take your favourite artwork home with you by placing a bid in the auction box on any of the four show days.

Young Designers Challenge
This challenge is made possible by Vermont Sales
The creative geniuses at the University of Johannesburg accepted the challenge to turn an existing power tool into a dual purpose machine.  Their new hybrid tools could see a drill turn into a food processor.  Visit the expo to experience the evolved multipurpose tools of the future.

Truly Artisan and Pets
Truly Artisan will once again not disappoint with the latest styles and buys for your home and pawesome family members.

D’Vine Life
Families, friends and food-loving fanatics can whet their appetites to their hearts’ content at the HOMEMAKERS Food Market. Delightful delicacies await those with a passion for varying cuisine!

Where to find Homemakers online #hmexpo
Twitter – @SAHomemakers                 

Facebook – www.facebook.com/HOMEMAKERSonline

Instagram – HOMEMAKERS_Expo

Want to WIN tickets to visit the HomeMakers Expo?

I have x10 double tickets up for grabs. You can enter via:

  1. Instagram @spiritedmamablog
  2. FaceBook @spiritedmama1
  3. Twitter @spirited_mama1

Good luck!

Spirited Mama

x

T’s & C’s

**Competition closes Sunday 17 February 2019 at 23:59. Winners will be announced on my social media accounts by 22 February 2019.
Open to South African residents only.
Winners will be randomly selected. 
No correspondence will be entered into once a winner is selected. I reserve the right to disqualify invalid entries. **

 

Happiness vs my full time salary…

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Money is not everything BUT it sure does make everything a bit easier!

I am battling with a huge decision to go back to working half day. Working half day = half the salary

Now, this is not a new venture as I had this same debacle when I changed jobs in 2013… It was very beneficial to my family as Dudie got the best of his mom. Now here I sit at the crossroads again

The resident alien is due in February 2017. Of course I can justify taking the half day job to give the resident alien the best of me too. I am just scared shitless as I would again take half a salary. Only difference this time – I have another person to take care of. Yes my Dude is AMAZING. And happily supports our family but I have this huge chip on my shoulder called “Independence”!

In January this year, I started working full time again and boy oh boy did my extra salary come in handy…SHit we even acquired another property…

What kills me is that for me my family comes first. I have a flexible work environment but I do feel that I am doing the resident alien an injustice by working full time. In more ways than one, I have technically made my decision already but I just can’t help but worry about balance sheets and bank statements.

This morning I came across this post, Being a stay at home parent is a luxury, on Harassed Mom’s facebook page and people the lights went on! This describes how I have been feeling. How I am currently feeling. Why do I need to prove anything to anyone? I had my cushy fancy job at Wits Univeristy and I traded it for a half day job. I must admit I felt worthless. Some days I still feel as if I am wasting my talents in this job BUT if I look at what it means for my family the benefits outweigh the title

Why do I need to prove anything to anyone? I had my cushy fancy job at Wits Univeristy and I traded it for a half day job. I must admit I felt worthless. Some days I still feel as if I am wasting my talents in this job BUT if I look at what it means for my family the benefits outweigh the title any day!  I am there for every match, practise, knee scrape and concert! Dudie is sooo flabbergasted if I say I  won’t be able to come watch something that fo him it is incomprehensible…how can Mom NOT be there? I just can’t imagine having the crazy full-time job and 2 kids at home, homework, supper, bath time and hope and pray that the husband and I can squeeze in some “us” time too.

The resident alien is coming. I think I need to give him the best of me too. Who knows perhaps I can find alternative income sources soon. At this point, my brain is fried but I need to take stock and perhaps sit in a quiet spot somewhere and figure out what is out there/ what I can bring to the “proverbial” table in the world.

I have been doing some research and perhaps I am looking in all the wrong places. I found the workingmothersexpo. Think I need to get myself there to find some inspiration!

Why is it so hard to be a working mom???? Change is inevitable. CHANGE is coming! I am scared BUT I am excited!

Spirited Mama

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