10 February 2017

Watermelon Pizza


I recently discovered this awesome watermelon pizza idea in a copy of my favorite glossy magazine, Good Housekeeping. It is just the thing for summer, it's super easy to make and sooo beautiful to look at. When my little girl turned 1 I decided to display this on her little birthday table along with her other tropical inspired snacks + table decor. 

This is also a super duper breakfast idea, think of it as a smoothie bowl in the form of a slice. The main reason why it's called a watermelon pizza is obviously because of the shape and the various toppings you can put on there. 

Toppings

  • Yogurt
  • Cream Cheese
  • Honey
  • Banana
  • Strawberries
  • Paw Paw
  • Passion Fruit Pulp
  • Grapes
  • Mint

Side Note: Basically you can use whatever you like, but it's best to start with something somewhat sticky like a thick greek yogurt and maybe some honey and then build it from there. Make sure you have a watermelon slice of about 2,5 cm, I only used a bit of honey, sliced banana and a handful of raisins - there was a sweet-melon in my fridge but I kept it simple.

This was for my one year old remember. Simple or not our watermelon pizza was so tasty and truthfully, I can't wait to try out more delicious variations. Is this something you would eat, let me know in the comment section. 


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09 February 2017

Take A Break: Springbok Inn


Over the weekend me and my husband visited and slept over at the beautiful + tranquil Springbok Inn. We left our little Milania with her grandparents, whom she loves and adore and decided to really just enjoy our little break. For those that don't know - Springbok lies in a narrow valley surrounded by the Koperberg in the heart of the Namaqualand, 570km north of Cape Town. It is the last major town before Namibia and it is known as the flower capital. Springbok Inn also comprises of 87 air conditioned rooms + 25 campsites. The Nama language is probably South Africa’s last indigenous language still spoken in the greater Namaqualand area and is a remnant of the Khoisan culture which once dominated large parts of the Southern African region.

I've lived here most of my life and even I cant get enough of the amazing stillness of this unpretentious + rugged area. Upon arrival we were greeted by the friendly + accommodating staff of Springbok Inn, where after we left to the bar + dining area to have a glass of bubbly accompanied by a buffet of delicious lamb stew, vegetables and a fresh green salad. 

We skipped the decadent malva pudding only because of the generosity of the main meal and also because we were both so tired. I couldn't resist the fast + free Wifi (the life of a blogger and social media strategist) and was scheduling social media posts for one of my clients until about 10 pm, where after I also fell asleep in the soft and clean bedding of our lovely room. I was really pleased with the cleanliness but most of all the beautiful, delightful view from our little balcony. 


In the morning I treated myself to a good cup of coffee while flipping through a glossy magazine that I brought along. It was great to have that amazing hours of just chilling - let's just say a stay at home mom that's also trying to run a digital marketing biz on the side is definitely not used to this type of leisurely lifestyle. Me and my husband (again) both enjoyed a generous breakfast of bacon, beans and eggs - basically the whole works because an overnight stay at Springbok Inn also gets you a big breakfast buffet. Day visitors can also treat themselves to this breakfast for just R90.00. You can visit their website at www.springbokinn.co.za to view the rooms, rates + contact details.




We ended our lovely stay with this amazing view - in conclusion, I really + thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely recommend and revisit this establishment soon. Also visit their Facebook Page to see their current Valentines Day special. For more images on our stay + visit you can also view my Instagram Page - I always use the tag #SpringbokInn


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14 January 2017

The Beauty Desk: Smudge, Wet n Wild + Johnson's Body Care


Here's another round up of my current favorite beauty products. I was really thrilled when a small Smudge counter popped up at my local Clicks over the festive season, like really they currently have the most gorgeous nail lacquer shades. I also finally bought a bar of Johnson's Body Care, Vita - Rich soap - one word, amazing!

1. Smudge Nail Lacquer - Nearly Nude

I absolutely love this shade and cannot get enough of it. It's so subtle and glam all at the same time, and it goes with everything. The staying power is not that bad and I would definitely repurchase this brand as it is the first time that I've tried it out + I also can't wait to find another pretty shade to add to my collection.

2. Wet n Wild Balm Stain - Coral Of The Story

My mom bought this dashing Wet n Wild lip shade with a little nudging from me of course. It adds colour without being too bright, just a beautiful cheerful shade that you can wear anytime of the day. I'm a huge fan of these lip stains because they really stays put also because they have this fresh minty tingle (some more then others) when applied that I'm also really fond of.

3. Wet n Wild Balm Stain - Lady And The Vamp

This is my first dark lip shade ever and I absolutely love it. Admittedly I never thought that this would be something I'd wear and look good in too, but it works and I'm so chuffed! This stain have less of a minty tingle when applied but the staying power is still the same, in fact I'm constantly adding new shades to my beauty stash. You'll find this brand at Clicks.

4. Johnson's Body Care - Pomegranate Flower 

This is not your normal soap, it's way up there in my opinion. I love that it lathers up like crazy and that it smells like a breakfast smoothie, also the fact that it leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished. Infused with pomegranate flower extract, although I smell strawberries and a hint of citrus too. Nevertheless I adore this lovely bar of Johnson's soap and I'll surely repurchase it again. Available from all leading supermarkets.


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11 January 2017

French Toast With Rhodes Cherry Jam



I recently discovered this easy breakfast and have been preparing it for myself ever since. I love the fact that you can jazz it up with whatever you feel like and also the fact the ingredients for this recipe are almost always available in my fridge. If you're looking for more breakfast ideas you can take a look at my Apple + Cranberry Overnight Oats recipe.


Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • A dash of milk
  • Half a teaspoon of Vanilla Essence
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Slices of bread 
  • Butter for frying
  • Rhodes Cherry Jam

Method

Beat together the eggs, milk, vanilla and salt. Dip slices of bread into egg mixture. Fry in buttered pan over medium heat on each side until golden brown. I particularly love the decadent new Rhodes Cherry Jam available in all leading grocery stores but you can serve this delicious French toast with whatever you prefer – fresh strawberries and maple syrup or what about marmalade with cheese. Happy eating! 


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11 December 2016

4 Reasons Why You Should Support Your Blog Tribe


Who’s your blog tribe and do they inspire you? My blog tribe are mostly female, most of them are from my home country South Africa and they range from beauty, lifestyle and tech bloggers. I call them my blog tribe because they are my kinda girls, we all get excited by the launch of a new sought after fashion, food or beauty product. 

We are kinda predictable like that, getting excited about stuff like lipsticks and donuts. To me it’s always interesting to see how my fellow bloggers evolve – some become mothers (like me) and incorporate it into their niche, others get to work with big brands and you can really see them souring and just going further (because you know they’re good at what they do) and some of us just keep writing entertaining blog posts, for the fun of it because that’s what we like to do. 

I find it very easy to support my fellow bloggers, well because let’s see... I live in a very small town in Namaqualand and I don’t really have any competition around me. Admittedly I do sometimes feel left out when PR companies + brands seem to work with everyone but myself, but then again I work in marketing so therefore I understand their strategy...

Furthermore I just feel that hard work will get you up there. Meaning that if you want to achieve a certain blog goal you’ll get there – with persistence and previous mentioned hard work. Which brings me to the 4 reasons why you should support your blog tribe. 

1. It kills the green-eyed monster. 

Unfortunately, if you focus too much on the success of a fellow blogger without recognizing your own improvement the green-eyed monster will take over. And um, nobody’s got time for that. When you are genuinely happy for the other persons success you won’t compare and despair. Try to ask yourself if you’d really like to reach a similar goal + does reaching that goal matter in your life. If it is know that your time will come. 

2. You can learn from them. 

I learn so much from my tribe all the time, from how they style blog images to how honest they get in a write up. It inspires me and while I like learning I also love to show my support by telling a blogger when something’s really awesome – because let’s face it, you can always see when a project took a lot of effort. 

3. Friendships are cultivated. 

After such a long time blogging, 5 years to be exact I know that friendships can be formed, even digitally. Bloggers constantly meet and greet at events so it’s really not strange that they’ll form bonds + friendships that will last a lifetime. I don't know a lot of bloggers in real life, but I do love the sense of blog community I get from my tribe. I feel that they really care about my wellbeing even  if we’ve just formed a virtual friendship. 

4. Collaborations are made. 

Are you noticing that the blogging industry is now a real thing, it’s being acknowledged as a career choice? Brands are realizing that’s bloggers have the power to influence and that they should have a media budget set out for bloggers when they market products. Preferably a budget where payments are made and not just goodie bags are given.

So here’s the thing, when you’ve cultivated friendships with your blog tribe you’ll always be in the know. They can make referrals for you, you can collaborate on campaigns and oh my word, before you know it you’ll be reaching all your blog goals + dreams, thereby making a living from your beloved little blog.

Did you like or feel to disagree with this post? Leave your feedback in comment section. 


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