02 April 2018

Free Social Media Photo Pack

Hello my creative friends, I hope you are well. It’s time for another batch of stock photos that you can use all over your social media timelines. You can use them in whatever way you want and remember that you can play around and edit them with different filters, macros (an image with text overlay) and more. Hope you like and have fun with these. So there, go ahead - right-click and save.

1. Reading Glasses

2. Lotus

3. Magazine 

4. Black Coffee

Images - My Own 

24 February 2018

Win a Makeup Pouch with Beauty Products from Essence, Wet n Wild and More

Hello there lovelies, its time for a little beauty giveaway! Stand in line to win this black see-through + makeup illustrated pouch from Clicks filled with beauty products from Avon, Wet n Wild, Essence and more.

Inside you’ll find
  • Strawberry Lip Balm
  • Mosaic Blush in Natural Beauty
  • Shimmer Lip Gloss in Rose Gold
  • Shine Burst Lip Gloss in Fuchsia Splash
  • Shine Burst Lipstick in Dragonfruit
  • Wild Shine Nail Polish in Ready to Propose

Competition Rules

There are 3 ways to enter. Just answer the following question here in the comment section of my blog, on my Facebook or on my Instagram page. You don’t need to enter on all 3 platforms but it will definitely up your chances.


Tell me, what’s the one beauty product you can’t go without?

Note: This competition is open for South Africans only and will run until the 20th of March 2018.
Good luck to everyone and thank you for your ongoing the blog support.

Ps: I can’t go without an eyebrow pencil for obvious reasons, I’m really looking into microblading, but until then my good old pencil will have to do.  

Competition closed - Congratulations Lee-Ann Cronje!

Images - My Own

14 January 2018

Red & Yellow's Digital Content and Copywriting Course: Part 1

I love working in the Digital Industry, it’s such a dynamic and creative environment that really suits my free-spirited lifestyle and personality. The fact that technology has brought with it new and exciting career choices that didn’t even exist 10 years ago is absolutely fantastic. However, because we live in such a fast-paced world it is crucial to stay a lifelong learner, as skills in this day and age are continuously evolving. 

I’m a Social Media Strategist and Blogger so I know all too well how important it is to stay updated and informed. I made the move into Digital Marketing 7 years ago, I invested and completed an online course that shifted my career from 9 to 5 to location independent and since then I’ve never looked back.

It is honestly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, however so much has changed since then. Yes, there’s a lot of good content on the web and I’m always reading up on the latest trends and innovations related to my industry. That’s just one of the many perks of having such a futuristic career, but with that being said nothing comes close to good study material, all in one place specifically designed to advance your career. Therefore I’m delighted to announce that I’ve enrolled in the Red & Yellow Creative School of Business’s Digital Content and Copywriting Course! 

This is a 10-week course that covers the copywriting and strategic skills necessary to plan, create and implement an effective digital content strategy. A course that’s really the perfect fit for me and my career goals, and so I’ve had this strong desire to enroll for a while now. I’ve been browsing Red & Yellow's website for a lengthy period and now that I have the opportunity to actually participate, I’m totally over the moon!

Living as remotely as I do, far from reputable tertiary institutions, it can sometimes be really difficult and costly to get further education. Also, when you already have a fulltime job and the responsibilities of children,, it can be even tougher and even seem impossible. Which is exactly why I’m so excited about this course. Everything is completed online but there are course coordinators and regular chat sessions with fellow students so you never feel alone. There’s no travelling involved, assigments are submitted via the easy, friendly online learning platform. And it is open to anyone, worldwide! Online has no geographical boundaries. So if non-SA's want to benefit from the exchange rate, and learn from the people that wrote the Digital Marketing textbook (used by plenty international education institutions, with 6th edition being released in Feb 2018) - what's stopping them?

Who is this course for?

  • Anyone who understands the power of a message or story told well and who wants to improve their ability to produce compelling content across various channels/platforms.
  • Copywriters who want to know how to write for the web, who want to expand their craft and expertise in print, to producing content for digital channels that is appropriate, relevant and powerful.
  • Community Managers, who want to improve engagement, participation and endorsement.
  • Aspiring Content Marketers, who need to understand how to tailor the content they produce, for the brands they represent, and the audiences they are talking to.
  • Small Business Owners who rely on content to promote their brand, and grow business. 

What learning tools are included?

  • Engaging industry-relevant course content: from notes in PDF format, to links to additional resources, to explanatory videos. 
  • Regular discussion forums with fellow students on the learning platform.
  • Access to friendly team of Knowledge Experts and Course Co-ordinators who are always on standby to assist, inform and enrich your learning experience.
  • Weekly assignments.
  • Recommended reading material and other informative educational resources.

At the end of this course, you will be able to set up a content marketing plan and manage content communities across various platforms and channels with the end goal of building strong, trusting brand-consumer relationships. You'll also learn the practical skills to transform content from the written word into podcasts, videos and more.

Plus, you’ll receive a Red & Yellow certificate that is highly-respected by industry, and talks to the value you'll be able to add from day one. You'll also receive a virtual badge for bragging rights that you can add to your website, blog, email signature or social networks.

I’ll be starting this course on the 5th of February 2018 where after I’ll be writing a post again where I’ll tell you about my learning experience. Keep an eye on my social media platforms, I'll keep you updated on there too. Also, if you want to enrol, you’ll be glad to know that the next course will start on the 23rd of April 2018. So, just like me, you can finish this course in the comfort of your own home and get a head-start on driving a more fulfilling and successful career.

Red & Yellow Creative School of Business's Manifesto

Need more information? Visit Red & Yellow’s website, there’s a variety of other online courses on there. 

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13 January 2018

On The Beauty Desk: Revlon ColorSilk Shampoo and Conditioner in Brave Red

Just before Christmas, the friendly ladies over at Revlon send me a generous hamper of their new Revlon Colorsilk Shampoo and Conditioner range. I’ve been using the Brave Red version ever since and here’s my honest review on it.

Featured in picture.

1. Revlon Colorsilk Moisturizing Shampoo

2. Revlon Colorsilk Nourishing Conditioner 

The first thing you’ll notice is the vibrant red pigment in both products, specifically formulated to keep your haircolour bright and beautiful for longer. I recently made a change from honey blond to a light coppery red, so the Brave Red Shampoo and Conditioner was the perfect fit for me. Both products are infused with rich red tones and berries that promises to protect colour, provide shine and also to moisturize your hair. 

The shampoo really cleansed my hair thoroughly and foamed up particularly well. The conditioner left my hair glossy and soft and I could actually see the appealing dash of colour and shine it added to my locks. This range also smells really amazing, almost like a luxurious blend of delicious berries. 

I love that it doesn’t make my hair greasy, even with the nearly daily use thereof. I’ve been wearing my hair in its natural curl over the festive season due to our South African heat and also because I’ve been embracing the look. So, every second day I would only wash my hair with the Revlon Colorsilk Conditioner to keep it from drying out. The conditioner left my hair silky smooth and even helped with the frizz so I was truly delighted. 

The full range.

These products are available in 4 beautiful shades.

  • Glowing Blonde
  • Brave Red
  • Gorgeous Brunette 
  • Bold Black

The key features of this range are.

  • Protects the vibrancy of your hair colour.
  •  Infused with rich tones to meet the needs of each shade. 
  • Formulated with Almond Oil in Gorgeous Brunette, Chamomile in Glowing Blonde, Acai Berry in Bold Black and Berries in Brave Red.
  • Provides conditioning and shine 

My mom used the Bold Black version infused with Acai Berry and also raved about the silky smooth condition of her hair. Oh, and did I mention how much I love the modern, sleek packaging? The Revlon Colorsilk Shampoo and Conditioner products are available at selected retailers for R 65.99

This is a sponsored blogpost but the review thereof still remains honest and true.

Top Image - My Own 

12 January 2018

4 Things My 2 Year Old Taught Me About Life

Milania is a charming and charismatic little girl, unlike me who’s aloof and on guard all the time. I look at her and know that because of her lovely and lovable characteristics her life will be a little easier. Not saying there won’t be backstabbers or tragedy in her life, that will change her sunny disposition, life happens and you have to take the good with the bad. But I sure wish and pray with all my heart that she’ll keep these 4 traits close to her heart and that she’ll never change them. 

1. Non Discrimination

I love the fact that she sees no colour, and where it’s striking and in contrast with her own she just looks upon it as unique and beautiful. I see it in the play areas of family restaurants like my local Wimpy and Spur, how she plays and interact with different races (since she’s not in school yet) and it makes my heart happy. I don’t want people to discriminate against her tall frame, curly hair and olive skin. I don’t want society to make fun of her Namaqualand accent and overall heritage, so I’m glad that at this point in her life she’s bestowing love with no judgment towards her fellow human beings.

2. Bravery 

If only we as grownups can be a little braver. Brave enough to start a conversation with a stranger in the shopping aisle. Brave enough to start a new hobby, new exercise routine or even online dating. I know children are brave because they don’t know better in terms of how they can hurt themselves, however most of the time they are quite fine. They are bold, daring and courageous and that’s how they learn. I know that as we mature we learn how to curb our compulsions and desires since some behavior is just not acceptable in the grownup world. However I don’t want to become fearful and passive, I still need adventure in my life. We’re created with a huge amount of inner resilience, therefore, we should never lose our bravery. 

3. Spontaneity

I would never want Milania to lose her charming spontaneity, the way she shakes and dance whenever she hears dance music. The way she tells me to “Kom dansce!” in her broken beginners Afrikaans. The way she says “Hello” to strangers in Dischem or at church. I know that as children go through life they constantly hear things like “don’t, stop it or that’s bad” that’s our way of protecting them right? But I don’t want us to altogether create an environment of fright and panic where they see the world as a dangerous place. I know the world currently looks very bleak but there’s still a lot of good as well and we should always remember and hold on to that. 

4. Forgiveness

It’s so sad that long-term friendships and families are torn apart because of things that happened in the past. Children don’t carry hatred with them and they definitely don’t think about settling scores. They just forgive and give the person who’ve wronged them a second chance. So if someone close to you admits and show remorse you should give them the benefit of the doubt and start over. Let it go, move along and find peace. Easier said than done, but so worth the try. 

What have you learned from your children and isn’t it amazing how we learn from each other? Read about what motherhood taught me thus far in this blogpost.

Image - My Own
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