Then vs Now… it’s big birthday time! {WIN}

It's my birthday and I'll give stuff away if I want to
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Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age.

George Sand

When you reach a big milestone birthday you start reflecting on all the amazing things you have done, the regrets you have and the dreams you have for the future.

I’m just a girl from a farm in Limpopo that happened to move to the city on my own when I was 19. There was love lost and gained and I married just before another big milestone birthday. We just also celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. We survived 6 years of IVF and have 2 kids through surrogacy – plus 3 black cats. We’ve also travelled many places together and created a lot of memories along the way.

I’m not that sentimental, but…

I hold onto my childhood memories like there is no tomorrow. I still have my very first Barbie with her original jumpsuit; my paper dolls (is that still a thing?); a mini kids Tupperware set; my angel doll; and much more (don’t tell my husband);

As a kid I loved to watch Care Bears, Popples, He-Man, ThunderCats, Garfield, The Amazing Adventures of Morph (that clay dude), Around the World with Willy Fog, Dogtanian and the 3 Muskehounds, The Smurfs, Knight Rider, The Mysterious Cities of Gold, The A-Team, MacGyver, Rainbow Brite, The Gummi Bears… and when there is a remake of (most) of these shows I will take a look and remember just how much I loved it back in the day.

Never be a complete grown-up… hold onto your childhood forever!

Most people become so caught up in being an adult that they forget to have fun. I simply refuse to…

If there is a toy I want, I will buy it and put it on my desk or in my handbag. I’ll admire it and imagine what I adventures could have had with it… and then I go and have an adventure.

Walk barefoot – I don’t mean walk barefoot in a mall, that would just be gross! When you walk to your car, with your kids outside, on the beach… The view is different when you’re not wearing heels.

Win and connect with your inner-child again!

To help 2 people connect to their inner-child I am giving away 2 Care Bear prizes sponsored by Gammatek. The first prize is 2 Care Bears and the second prize is 1 Care Bear. They are perfect to keep on your desk or even to play with. See the widget below for entry details.

Funko Pops are stylized vinyl figures packaged in a window display box and measures approximately 3 3/4-inches tall. They are great collectables with popular pop culture characters.

How to enter:

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  1. Comment on this blog post and tell me what your favourite childhood character from a TV show was or your favourite toy
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Terms & Conditions

  • Competition closes midnight 31 March 2019.
  • Prize is sponsored by Gammatek.
  • First prize: 2 Funko Pop! Care Bears
  • Second prize: 1 Funko Pop Care Bear
  • The prizes are blind box items and you cannot choose which Care Bear you want.
  • If you comment on the Facebook or Instagram post you should also have followed me on the platform for your entry to be valid.
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  • The competition is open to all fans of Goddess, who are Residents of South Africa.
  • By entering the competition, you are deemed to have read and accepted these terms and conditions. All entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions.
  • If the winner is chosen and there are noted irregularities (i.e. the email address or person does not exist, is not delivered to a person, or is forwarded to a person with a different identity etc.) the winner will be disqualified and a new winner will be drawn.
  • Any entries received after the closing date will be invalid. Goddess accepts no responsibility for any errors of any other kind which may restrict or delay the sending or receipt of an entry, or for delayed or lost entries.
  • The winner has 48 hours to respond after the winner announcement on the blog and Facebook.
  • The winners will be notified via Facebook and the blog, and the prizes will be issued as soon as possible.
  • All entries will be examined and the prize shall be awarded to the winner selected at random by Goddess from all eligible participants who have correctly entered the prize draw in accordance with entry instructions. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • The prize will be delivered via courier from Gammatek.
  • Prizes are not redeemable for cash.
  • Goddess reserve the right to cancel or change the promotion at any time and will endeavour to give you advance notice of any such change or withdrawal. However, in some cases, advance notice may not be possible.

I am a Johannesburg based freelance writer, social media manager - and of course share bits from my life with you on this blog. We have 2 kids through surrogacy and 3 black cats.


  1. Elize Skriker Reply

    It will have to be the Ninja Turtles . The purple one Donatello. I loved that doll .

  2. Oh gosh , brings back so many childhood memories!
    Gummi Bears is my all time favorite 💕…. I really believed in that magical Gummi – Berry juice 🙈😅😅😅

  3. michelle Van rooyen Reply

    I love watching Lion King, temone and pumba is absolutely awesome in all their movies 😄

    • Tanya van der Merwe Reply

      Wow, really enjoyed this trip down memory lane!!! I think we must be the same age! I absolutely loved Rainbow Brite and got totally excited when you mentioned Popples!! How did I forget about them?! CareBears is still a big favourite aswell!!

      • I was born in the last year of the 70s 🙂 I’m a hippie that missed the hippie era, but I got to play with all the totally awesome 80s stuff.
        I still sneak in a Care Bears Cousins & Friends on Netflix 🙂

        • judy padayachee Reply

          l loved Paddington Bear who was super cool to me.

  4. Alecia Alexander Reply

    I really adored my Po doll from the Teletubbies. Never missed a show. Fingers crossed.

  5. Shantel Moodley Reply

    I love my little mermaid, I love Princess Ariel

  6. Rochelle Steyn Reply

    Love seeing all of this again. Happy birthday

  7. Bhavana Singh Reply

    Gummi Bears my favourite! 🙂 Greatest memories!

  8. I had 2 favourite TV shows:

    Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Wile E Coyote, the Road Runner, Porky Pig, Marvin the Martian, Foghorn Leghorn, etc.) and The Pink Panther Show.

    • I loved the Gummi Bears. Our red juice was Gummi beary juice 😋
      Being a tomboy I loved Bravestarr and Thundercats too haha
      I miss our cartoons… Oh and then on Sundays it would be all the Disney cartoons 🙂

    • Loved Gummi Bears. I remember my sisters watching it and so I would watch with and ended up being a big fan too. I also never missed an episode of Kideo 😊


    My fav was the gummi bears, and ofcourse Grammi Gummi was my fav!

  10. My favourite show in the 80s was Robotech and I just rewatched season 1 last year, more than years later, and still loved every single minute of it! Imagine my surprise when I was in LA last year and walked past the offices of the production company which ‘produced’ the show back then. Thanks for the memories Harmony Gold! Simply had to snap a selfie.

  11. Halima Shaik Reply

    For myself it was certainly gummy bears.I simply was marvelled about their use of gummy berry juice and how it always saved the day.The bears were adorable and the story always captivating

  12. Leandra Krige Reply

    Love the Care Bears!!! amazing Giveaway and it brings back so many childhood memories x x

  13. Liezel Peach Reply

    I loved playing with my Magic Diaper Babies and Sylvanian Forrest Families (loved the cartoon too!)

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