It’s a New Year…Oh Dear! … and I learned how to dab!

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It’s not only New Year, it’s already the third week of January! *shrieks* How did this happen? OK, quick stock take…uhm, so far I’ve learned how to “dab” in 2018 (more on this later).

“So, Elana, what have you done with yourself so far today then?” I question myself.
Well, I picked up LEGOs five times. Right now I’m watching SABC news and there’s a fire. People are scared and homeless. My toddler is back at school (*ugly cry*) and she cried for me. So of course, I too cried in the car…AGAIN!


My eldest is going to High school and “res”. I’m a stepmom, but I’ve raised her, so goodness knows she is mine and she is going to a hostel. So yes, I’m happy for her and sad for me; all at the same time.I’ve reached for a glass of wine, but it tastes bitter. I shouldn’t have had that chewing gum earlier, so now I can’t even have a decent glass of wine. And now on top of it I’m wasting good wine too. But OK – this is not a blog about wine, so let’s continue…

With the New Year being here and already overwhelming me, every time I think about it, I either want to run back to 2017 like Speedy Gonzales (remember him?) or towards the end of 2018 and sigh a huge sigh of relief, stating: “YES…We’ve done it! Well done team. Well done kids. Well done hubby. And of course, well done, Elana!” In a business meeting today (oh yes, I forgot I was productive on that one), a super incredibly dynamic person mentioned to me that 2017 was a “character building” year. And that, here it comes…*drumroll*…if your surroundings are unstable, you can’t expected to produce a stable product. Boom! That is so valuable! Well, I think so anyway…

And as I mentioned, I now know how to dab. What is it? It’s a dance that makes you look super young. Watch it here:


So, as I’m generally always a positive person, I have one big solution that might give us all that victorious “I won the Comrades this year” feeling in 2018 – not the actual race, just the sentiment, as we all run our own Comrades Marathons one way or another in life. The solution is a piece by Tim Ferriss. He is one of my husband, Ian’s, most favourite podcast producers and hosts. He established this: if you look at who literally “wasted your time” in 2017, simply don’t give them the same chance and time of day during 2018. Make important decisions instead about who you should surround yourself with.  He says:

  1. Grab a notepad and create two columns: POSITIVE and NEGATIVE.
  2. Go through your calendar from the last year, looking at every week.
  3. For each week, jot down on the pad any people and activities that triggered peak positive or negative emotions for that month.
  4. Once you’ve gone through the past year, look at your notepad list and ask “What 20% of each column produced the most reliable or powerful peaks?”
  5. Based on the answers, take your “positive” leaders and schedule more of them in 2018. Get them on the calendar now! Book things with friends and prepay for shit now! That’s step one. Step two is to take your “negative” leaders, put “NOT-TO-DO LIST” at the top, and put them somewhere you can see them each morning for the first few weeks of 2018. These are the people and things you *know* make you miserable, so don’t put them on your calendar out of obligation, guilt, FOMO, or other nonsense.

You see, it’s actually easy peasy. BUT you’re going to have to do some research and go back into your diary or digital calendar (or whatever you use to document your appointments in). Based on Tim Ferriss’ theory, this year I’m seeing my husband, family, my children and a few crazy and exciting people that I would like to share some exciting news, goodies and time with. That’s good enough for me, thank you very much. And I SHALL choose well. So, join me in raising a glass to 2018 (I’m now drinking some juice instead), because this HAS to be the best year ever. Let’s all kick some serious butt…and “dab” like there’s no tomorrow.

Love always,



#WEN met Piekniek & Musiek!

|By Elana| Home

Opwindende Nuus! Hierdie naweek kan jy saam met ons Piekniek hou!

WEN 1 VAN 2 DUBBEL KAARTJIES na hierdie komende naweek se Piekniek & Musiek vertoning met Tarryn Lamb en Elvis Blue, aangebied deur 28 Black – The Better Energy Drink. Die vertoning vind plaas by Zevenwacht wynplaas in Kuilsrivier en hekke open 2nm.

WEN met Piekniek en Musiek!

Voorwaardes geld. Wenners moet in die Wes-Kaap woon en self by die vertoning kan uitkom. Piekniekmandjies beskikbaar deur WebTickets. Foodtrucks en kos stalletjies sal beskikbaar wees op die dag.

Lees meer oor Piekniek & Musiek hieronder! Sien julle daar !!

Dit is met groot opwinding dat ons aankondig dat Tarryn Lamb as openingskunstenaar vir Elvis Blue sal optree by 12 November se Piekniek & Musiek met Elvis Blue. Hierdie hoogs-aangeskrewe sangeres en liedjieskrywer is wel bekend as die hoofsanger van die SAMA-genomineerde groep, Blackbyrd.

Elvis Blue sal al sy grootste treffers uitvoer, insluitende die nuutste enkelsnitte van sy treffer-album, Die Brug.

Piekniek & Musiek belowe om hierdie somer se hoogtepunte en kan-nie-mis-geleenthede te wees met gereelde optredes op Sondae op die grasperke van die Zevenwacht Landgoed in Kuilsrivier. Die eerste konsert word aangebied deur 28 Black – The Better Energy Drink.

Kaartjies vir Piekniek & Musiek is te koop wees teen slegs R140 vir volwassenes, R60 vir kinders tussen die ouderdom van 3 – 12 jaar en gratis vir die kleintjes jonger as 3. Kaartjies is beskikbaar by sowel as Pick n Pay Soneike, Pick n Pay Glengarry en Hyper Brackenfell.

Let asseblief daarop dat geen verversings en drankies op die perseel toegelaat word nie – piekniek-pakkies sal net by Zevenwacht Landgoed beskikbaar wees. Bestel jou piekniek-pakkie voor die byeenkoms by

Piekniek & Musiek is aangebied deur 28 Black en word ondersteun deur kykNET en Bok Radio en word met trots aangebied deur Ian Bredenkamp Media.

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#WIN with Baby Bullet presents Elana Afrika’s Baby Brunch

|By Elana| Free Stuff!, Home


Ellen DeGeneres says in her book that you should find out what your birth story is, and every year on your birthday, you should tell it to people. It’s not my birthday, but I called Mom to find out about my birth story. Talking to mom about my birth that happened as much as 37 years ago, is like asking me when last as a MOM I had time on my hands. I can’t remember, and neither could she. Our conversation went like this:

Me:  Mammie, I called to hear about my birth.
Mom:  What on earth for? I can’t remember.
Me: Can you remember nothing? Was it raining?
Mom: I don’t know, probably, it was August, and cold.
Me:  What time was it?
Mom:  It was a caesar, so in the morning. No, it was 2 PM.
Me: What was the doctor’s name?
Mom: He was Jewish.
Me: Spell his name!
Mom: Cohen. Dr Cohen.
Me: That was our GP.
Mom: Oh, yes, wait….That was your GP…it was Dr Barron.
Me: What else?
Mom: Are you pregnant?
Me: NO! I’m witting a story.
Mom: How are you feeling?

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So…it was probably rainy and at 2 PM. Thing is, what Mom DOES remember is, when she got home with a newborn to a husband and 2 small kids, she did it all by herself. So did I, when my girls were born and so did a lot of parents when they had their babies. We did it by ourselves, with very little help, or A LOT of advice we couldn’t use. I thank the Almighty every day that I have a hands-on hubby. He does a lot for us. I am so grateful. The baby books can only teach us so much…and then you follow your instinct…or CRY. Well, I did.

Having 2 small kids is such a Blessing but it’s also really hard sometimes. I parent, travel, work, and I have 2 step children too. I’ve said it before, Motherhood is tough, even though it is the one thing that I had wanted all my life. We’re not just “having a baby”, we are raising a person. I often have mommies reaching out to me asking “how I do it”.  Well, we all have advice and a story to tell, and because of my passion for people and giving, I have decided to use my talent for good, and to launch an event where we can all feel supported, informed and have fun. #BabyBrunch. Elana Afrika’s Baby Brunch.

When I spoke about the idea, the team from NutriBullet who created Baby Bullet reached out and came on board as our presenting partner. Baby Bullet brings you Elana Afrika’s Baby Brunch. Lauren from KidsEmporium who have supported me through both my pregnancies together with The Gro Company, MIGLIO and Kabrita were excited to support my journey as sponsors and now ITS HAPPENING.  21 October is the inaugural Baby Bullet brings you Elana Afrika’s Baby Brunch and I have called up all my friends in the industry to create a fun morning of talks, interaction, conversations, food, candy-floss & balloons and of course prizes and goody bags. So now…all it needs is YOU. Yes, you as parent or aunty or daddy or Mom or Ouma. YOU!

A MASSIVE thanks to our presenting partner Baby Bullet and to everyone that has supported my journey and this event. To every goodie bag contributor, thank you! See the list below.

For more information about the event go to and get your tickets here:


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Win with the Hey Jude App!

|By Elana| Free Stuff!, Home

I finally found my “person”. I don’t have to go into the office, or worry about what time it is when I want to contact her/him because my personal assistant … is on my phone! Have you heard of this app called Hey Jude? Because it sounded too good to be true, I downloaded it and tested it for 2 months and was surprised at how easy it was to complete my daily tasks by literally depending on Jude!


So this is how it works:

You send your request to the trained operators, known as “Judes”, you can either send a text or voice message. You can send a request for anything from food delivery, travel bookings to restaurant reservations and gift searching – once you’ve sent your request the Judes will sort it out. In a nutshell you’ll be outsourcing your to-do list to these awesome Judes – and the Judes are there to help you 24/7 and 365 days a year!

Here’s the kicker – Hey Jude can handle you payments as well! Simply load your card on the app and Bob’s your uncle! Need to pay your chemist account? Hey Jude can do that. Pay for the hotel you’re staying at this weekend? Hey Jude can do that.

Here’s some of my requests that the Judes sorted out for me:


I made a restaurant booking through the app for hubby’s birthday, hired a car as well as found gym gloves that I was looking for! I found that response was quick and the options for my questions got to me a lot quicker than what it would have taken me to do!

Download the app at, and get the Judes working for you with three
free tasks. Then, once you have fallen in love with the app, a subscription of
R199/month will get the Judes working for you with unlimited tasks.

Hey Jude was born in South Africa and is currently growing up in the UK. New Zealand, Australia and the UAE.

We’re giving a 1 year subscription for the Hey Jude App!

To enter, use the widget below, and remember to subscribe to Chocolateface‘s newsletter here.

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