My name is Tholakele Antamu. I was born into a life, a country and a world that was not quite ready for me and I knew it from my very first moment of consciousness. I was born in a place I did not know, can not recognise and have not yet been back to. I was given the name Lindiwe, surnameless, mother and fatherless I lay waiting for my new life to find me.
The name Lindiwe, is the female name derived from the Zulu word ‘ukulinda’, which means ‘to wait’. My name is now Thola, (Tholakele) which means ‘to be found’, (the found one). This is the name I was given by my two white South African parents in early January of 1989. My name is my crown and I wear it with pride like a gold wreath upon my dark chocolate face. My name, Tholakele Antamu Catherine van Speyk Hulbert, tells my whole story. It tells a story of a powerful, stong, elegant woman who was found on the top of a high peak. No one knew how she got there or why she was there but people would always find themselves wanting and wishing that they could join her.
Some of you may know that I’ve been on the lookout for a suitable princess dress for Kira for the longest time without luck. Suitable meaning – suitably sparkly, but not too over the top, and a nice price. So when Spree contacted me about their new Image Search Feature, I’d give it a whirl to find a reason to make my girl twirl. (Do you like what I did there?)
So what is this ‘Image Search Feature’ on the Spree app and how does it work? Well, it’s a feature that allows you to either take a live photo or upload and image (from anywhere) and search for a specific clothing item that you may like. Example of this: I see a picture of a sparkly princess dress on Pinterest that I’d love to get for my daughter. But where would I be able to get something like this in South Africa? Well, I can take a screenshot of the dress and upload it on the Spree app and then click ‘search’ to see if they have anything similar in their online store. Spree will list item options that are similar in colour, style and texture too and essentially helping you find similar items on Spree that you can shop right then and there. Which I did!
Here’s how easy it was for me to shop for sparkles with Spree:
Step 1:Find an image of a item that you’re looking for. I was looking for a princess dress similar to the one below in pink or purple. I found this pic on Pinterest:Continue Reading
“May our children grow up knowing, at the very least, how to greet a fellow South African in their mother tongue.” – Refiloe Moahloli
Sara’s first day of school is full of surprises, but the biggest one of all is that she discovers she doesn’t understand what the other children are saying and she wonders how she will make friends. Her teacher encourages her to find out the many ways one can say hello and so begins her journey of discovery on a hot air balloon across South Africa.
Brrr, it’s cold in here! These icy winter days and nights are upon us and I’m doing my best to keep thirty little fingers and toes warm at night. Lucky for us, Studio Collection Claremont recently gave our kids the opportunity to choose their own fabric for some brand spanking new duvet covers.
Up until now our kids have slept comfortably with their own thick fleece bankets, but now they’re bigger and get colder (and are mostly potty trained) and so bring on the duvets! Studio Collection specializes in Bespoke Bedding for Nurseries and Kids Rooms, using 100% Cotton fabricsand the options are truly endless.
As much as the modern chic of Scandi decor appeals to me, I do love a cheerful burst of colour and so held back as I showed my kids a few of the design options on the Studio Collection website.
Most days my life feels like a playground roundabout – the kids are spinning out of control, life is NOISY and someone has lost a shoe – and I wonder how I will survive my afternoon with the kids, let alone parent them to the teen years. Gosh, the pages of my calendar just keep flipping over and it’s already June and so I’ve made the call to hop off the roudabout and just take a minute to figure out how to be present in the moment and not wish away this season of whining and kids chaos. Continue Reading