Star Wars: Episode VIII

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It’s real now. Star Wars: Episode VIII is in production. 😀

The teaser trailer, announcing that production has started, is 35 seconds long, and is more than enough to have you wishing it were December 2017 already!

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We’re shown the final scene from The Force Awakens, from a different angle – Luke’s perspective this time – and then director Rian Johnson says “Cut!…. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to episode 8!” I may be revealing how much of a geek I am here, but that last bit gave me chills. After The Force Awakens gave us everything we could’ve hoped for, we can’t be blamed for being this excited, can we!?

To add to the excitement, here’s a little more info on storyline and cast, straight from star wars.com:

Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016.

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.  New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

In case you missed it, here it is:

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Lush – FUN

I only recently discovered the loveliness that is Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. I remember seeing a Lush store in Amsterdam in 2013, but I didn’t go in, and then it was forgotten. It was on a recent trip to Durban, and the inevitable Gateway mall visit that we visited the interesting looking natural skincare store for the first time.

We were helped by the very friendly Fatima, who had a really cool tattoo on her arm – I mention it, because it’s the first thing I noticed when I had walked by the store earlier that day. Her head had been covered with a towel then, and I learned later that she’d been having her face steamed with one of their amazing products, which of course I had to buy on seeing how great it made her skin look (more on this one in a future post).

Zee quickly found the little table with the red play dough and moulds, and started having fun. Turns out the play dough was called FUN, a mouldable soap… or shampoo, or play dough, or whatever you want it to be really.

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Here’s what the website says about it:

Ideal for children (of all ages), Red Fun can be whatever you want it to be. A 4-in-1 product, this gentle product can be used as a solid shampoo, bubble bar, soap, or even to play with. One of five colours in the range, this is perfect for brightening up your day. First, enjoy making models and shapes out of it, and then either break off a small piece and use as a soap or shampoo, or crumble under running water for bubble bath. It contains orange oil and mandarin oil to add sunshine to your mood.

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When I asked Zee which one she’d like, she said “pink is my favourite colour, but the red smells the prettiest, so a red please!” Mandarin + orange = winning combination.

Mommy tip: FUN has made bathtime way more, er.. fun! 😀 If you’d like to change “but I just had a bath yesterday” to “can I pleeeeeease have a bath now mom?” then you need to get them their own bar of FUN too.

A tiny piece is enough to get them all soapy and clean, and you can even dry off the pieces they’ve used as play dough and reuse. It’s a 200g bar, retails for R89, and will last quite a while. We’re not even halfway through ours yet, and Zee already wants to know when we can visit the Lush in Johannesburg, because she “needs more cute and nice smelling stuff.” 🙂

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3 Quotes in 3 Days: Day 3

It’s the last day of the quote challenge, and I’ve really enjoyed it. The quote I chose for today isn’t from a book like the previous two. It’s one I saw on Facebook of all places, a year or two ago, and I’ve had it saved on my phone since. Here it is:

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Time has never flown by as quickly, as it has since I became a mom. Zee was born just the other day; a tiny, toothless person whose diaper I didn’t even know how to change that first day. Only it wasn’t just the other day, it was nearly six whole years ago. Most moms can relate, which is why this quote leaves us a little teary eyed everytime.

Children are a gift from God, precious and innocent lives we’re entrusted with. Thinking of it like that, wouldn’t you want to give them nothing but your best – to spend as much time as you can with them, to really listen to all they have  say, to play and be a little silly with them until they’re laughing those deep belly laughs? Whilst challenging at times, it really is by far the most rewarding job (privilege) in the world.

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