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Book review: Kathryn James- Gypsy girl

Book 7 of 2015

Kathryn James: Gypsy Girl 

I rate this book 4 out of 5

About the book

Gypsy Girl is a story about a tough but likeable traveler girl called Sammy-Jo Smith. Every single fight competition she has ever entered, she has won. Throughout the book she fights, runs and is generally feisty, all in six inch heels. One of the reasons for all this fighting is rich boy, Gregory Langton. He is deeply in love with Sammy-Jo, even though his parents disapprove of his choice.

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4th quarter of 2014

My sisters were visiting and we went out to Sway and later had an amazing joint birthday celebration. I completed the well I am challenge successfully.  I did the Spar Women’s race and improved my running time over 5 km distance. I went to Sun City as part the travel goals on my 101/1001 goal list.
I continued with fitness challenges as I took “A new weigh health challenge”. I wrote my first exam of my Junior Bookkeeping  course. My sister and I went to the second Jozi meetup and learned a great about blogging safely and the power of re-branding. This blogger meetup has influenced my decision to re-brand. Changes will be visible in a couple of months of course.

I attended a friend’s birthday dinner. Had an amazing Christmas carols night at church. We closed work for the holiday season and I went to Zimbabwe (my home country) for 2 weeks, the longest I’ve spent since leaving in 2008. Though I didn’t get to hangout with everyone that I had planned to hang out with I still had a great time, catching up with my mom and sisters. I also caught up on my summer reading.

My luggage
Driving in Zim

Goal 10: Go to Sun City

As part of my 101 goals 2.0 I added travel more of the South African tourists sites. I was so thrilled when I got to complete  Goal  10. Go to Sun City. If you’ve watched Adam Sandler’s movie Blended you will know just how beautiful Sun City is. 

With one day planned to explore the place where  the sun shines ever so brightly we got up early and headed to the North West province.  We spent the day in the water playing and swimming in the Valley of Waves, Tower of Courage and riding the  various tube slides. 
Food is not allowed in the Valley of waves  they confiscated the snacks we had packed. So make sure you have money to spend for your food otherwise you will starve.
  Also carry sunscreen (you will need it) this is the place where the sun shines ever so brightly  after all.  You might want to get there early as the places with umbrellas  get full quick, alternatively carry you own.   There is so much on offer one day was certainly not enough.
On the Lazy River
About Sun City 
Sun City Resort in the North West Province of South Africa, known as Africa’s kingdom of pleasure, is an opulent extravaganza boasting 4 luxury Sun City hotels, scintillating entertainment centres, casinos, restaurants, shops, discos, and beautifully landscaped grounds. It is located between the Elands River and the Pilanesberg, about two hours’ drive from Johannesburg, near the city of Rustenburg.
Tube slides

I had an amazing time and completed a goal while facing a fear of heights. I’m surprised that I’m still afraid of heights, thought to be honest the Tower of Courage is truly a test of courage. I look forward to more shot left adventures. 

SunfitSA comes to Joburg

On Saturday the 1st of February Montecasino was abuzz because Sunfit has finally come to Johannesburg. Sunfit is a fitness programme started by Lisa Raleigh in Durban in 2006. It is sponsored by Crosse Blackwell trim and Liberty Medical Scheme. Sunfit offers free, yes free exercise classes which include kickboxing, zumba, yoga, cross fit and bootcamp. All the classes are taught by trained professionals. Lisa believes that fitness is right and going to the gym should be free.
Sunfit is now available in 3 cities across the country Suncoast Sundeck Durban beachfront, Southern sun the Cullinan Cape Town and of course Montecasino Piazza, Johannesburg. All the venues are sponsored by TsogoSun.
Three reasons why you should go to Sunfit:
1.      It is free.(Do I really have to go on)
2.      It is a lot of fun.
3.      There’s R 50 000 to be won at the end of the year by one lucky participant.
4. Bonus reason: there a qualified trainers
Be sure to join Trim women of health Challenge 2014 and register at www.crosseandblackwell.co.za to receive free exercises and recipes by Lisa Raleigh. You can also set your health goals and keep track of your progress. So pick a venue and take an exercise towel, bottle of water and energy, you will be in for an awesome time.
http://www.sunfitsa.mobi/ has information from the schedules, venues to the trainers.
You can also follow Sunfit on:
Twitter https://twitter.com/SUNfitSA

Classes are from Monday to Friday at 5:30 pm and Saturdays 8 am.

I look forward to attending these classes. Who’s joining me?

The Holiday Club Surprise

The other day The Holiday Club sent me a surprise care package and you know how much I love surprises. 

In the care package was a soft beach towel, glass water bottle, Nivea sunscreen, a voucher for the Sun glass Hut, hand cream, body butter and salt scrub in strawberry all from Wellness Warehouse. There was also a lovely letter wishing me a good year. The package was a great booster and I’m looking forward to some down time by the pool or the beach. 
The Holiday Club’s 160 Southern African resort choices and over 4 000 affiliated resorts worldwide will give you an unbeatable selection of the most popular, most spectacular and the most fun-filled destinations imaginable. For more information on the Holiday Club check out their website http://www.theholidayclub.com/

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