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You Got This: Handling the Holidays with a Solid Morning Routine

December 24, 2018

What is your family’s morning routine like? Does it vary from day to day and completely fall to pieces when the holidays roll around? There is an old saying, “Well begun is half done,” and there is no better strategy for breezing through the season stress-free than with a strong morning regimen. Need some tips? We’ve got you covered.

Maintain Your Game

Kids seem to have boundless amounts of energy anyway, and the holidays tend to build their vim and vigor to crazy heights. When your youngsters start thinking about presents, Santa, and holiday snacks, keeping up with them can be daunting at best if you aren’t taking good care of yourself. One recommendation is to make sure you stay on top of your game with actions that keep your energy levels strong. Ensure you get a good night’s sleep each night, and don’t indulge in too many holiday goodies. Instead, stick with a nutritious diet, and make sure to drink enough water, since insufficient hydration can lead to feeling tired.

Also, the busyness of the season can often lead to days getting away from us. One way to ensure you stay on top of your fitness regimen is by putting together a home gym, so working out is convenient in spite of the countless holiday obligations.

Conquer the Clutter

Clutter can lead to disruption and chaos, especially in the mornings. When you can’t find your tweezers, Sally is looking for her curling iron, and Jimmy can’t find his deodorant, you might all be tripping over each other to get yourselves ready to conquer the day when what you really need to do is conquer the clutter. This can be especially challenging if you’re all sharing a small bathroom, but as Good Housekeeping points out there are plenty of ways to keep the space organized and efficient. Look for solutions that optimize walls and shelves and group like items together, and consider adding small, attractive and functional storage as needed.

Stick to Schedules

Does your family adhere to a daily schedule? All too often, our commitments keep us on the go and bending our days to various obligations, rather than staying in good habits and timeframes. While it can be especially tempting to let things slide during the holidays, it is important to establish and maintain a routine, regardless of the season. Kids can draw a sense of security from knowing what to expect every day, and they even handle lifestyle changes better if those changes occur within the structure of a normal routine, such as moving or changing schools.  What’s more, some studies indicate that children’s development hinges on circadian rhythms, so keeping on normal timelines can mean keeping them happier and healthier. Ensure your kids go to bed and wake up at the same time each night and eat meals at set times.

Eat Breakfast Together

Sitting down to breakfast as a family every morning can help set your family up for a successful day. CBS News explains that breakfast is an ideal time for families to convene for a meal since it’s easy to prepare, you can talk about the day ahead, and children generally love all sorts of breakfast foods. On top of all that, eating a nutritious breakfast offers certain health benefits, like helping you maintain a healthy weight. You can even prepare some hearty, make-ahead breakfast casseroles so everyone can sit down together and enjoy the holiday mornings.

Instead of being stressed out this holiday season, ensure your family members can start their days with a solid routine. Stay organized and energized with healthful and smart strategies to keep everyone in sync. The season will be stress-free for you and yours, thanks to your proper planning and some great, healthy choices.

About the writer:
Daniel’s been a single dad to daughter (9) and son (6) for three years now. He admits he doesn’t always know what the heck he’s doing, but that every day is definitely an adventure and a blessing. You can find him over atdadsolo.com

 

Happy Holidays!

Love,

Books/Movies, Entertainment, Inspiration, Slider

What’s all the hype about Goodreads, anyway? 

November 26, 2018

Whether you’re a big lover of books, or not so big, chances are you’ve stumbled upon Goodreads at some point. You were most likely searching for reviews for some book you’ve been meaning to get your hands on when you did. No surprise here – that’s exactly how I discovered Goodreads. My biggest mistake at the time, though,  was thinking that Goodreads is just a book review site, so I’d spend hours upon hours reading through all the reviews (it gets really addictive) and nothing else.

Once I took the time to actually look around the site more, I discovered that Goodreads has so much more to offer than just awesome reviews!

Here’s why I love Goodreads:

My Books

It’s a virtual bookshelf and your own personal online library, giving you instant access to almost any book you can imagine. Think of Belle when the beast first shows her the library in his castle, or Hogwarts library in Harry Potter! Although you cannot actually read the books you shelf directly on Goodreads, it’s a great place to organize all the books you’ve ever read and all the books you’re planning to read. It’s a bookworm’s heaven!

 

Reading Challenge

Nothing is more motivating than setting goals and competing –  against yourself! I absolutely love the Goodreads Reading Challenge! You decide how many books you’ll read before the end of each year, and when you reach your goal, you’re rewarded with an honorary badge that stays on your profile, and the sweet satisfaction of knowing you’ve reached your goal.

You know your reading habits, your lifestyle, and your motivation levels. Don’t set yourself unrealistic reading challenge goals. There are members with a Reading Challenge goal in the hundreds, even thousands; and there are those starting off with a reading challenge of only 10 books.  Both are perfectly okay if it means it fills your soul with joy.

 

Trivia & Quizzes

Need some time to just unwind and let your general knowledge juices flow? You’ll love these! Be careful, because they are quite addictive. Whether it’s a quiz about your favourite books, genres or Game Of Thrones – you’re likely to find it here.  And if you don’t, then you can create your own!

 

Widgets

If you have your own website or blog, or if you have an email account, then you’ll love this!  Show off the cover of the book you’re currently reading when responding to emails.  Friends and clients alike are sure to be impressed and maybe even inspired.  At the same time display your bookshelf, reading challenge, or a favourite quote on your website or blog. It’s a fun way to show off your book obsession and meet other book lovers out there.

 

Book Barcode Scanner

We already use our smartphones to scan everything – documents, audio, video, when we go to the store – so why not also books?

Instead of manually searching for books on the site and adding them to your reading shelves, simply scan the barcode of books you find interesting while browsing a bookstore. This will bring up all the information about the book and you can then decide on which shelf it should go!

I swear, I’m obsessed.

 

Book Recommendations

Another reason I love Goodreads is for how easy it is to recommend books to your friends and to find book recommendations for yourself! I no longer have to search high and low for my next exciting read, which I spent most of my life doing.

Goodreads made my life so much easier!

 

Compare Books

Imagine finding your reading twin! Well, with Goodreads that’s highly likely with its nifty “compare book” feature that lets you find other users of the site with the same taste in books as you. Neat, huh?

 

Chat With Your Favourite Author!

Authors are understandably very busy with all that writing going on. There’s hardly time to casually book chat with their adoring readers, but Goodreads has thankfully bridged this gap and made communication between author and reader so much more convenient. Authors are happy to answer any burning questions you have about their work through the “Ask the Author” feature on the site. This feature is controlled by the author, so keep an eye out for when it’s turned on and ask away!

 

Join As Many Groups As You Like!

Goodreads is rich with many diverse groups (or virtual book clubs as I like to refer to them). There’s a group or groups for everyone, and if you don’t find anything you’re interested in, then go on and create your own group!

 

Become a Goodreads Librarian

Think you got what it takes? Librarians are long-time users of the site and are passionate about keeping their “library” neat and tidy. They also know the librarian manual, aka the Goodreads rulebook, by heart and are happy to quickly remind users what the rules are when adding and editing book data.  The great news is that you too can apply to be a Goodreads librarian. Though you won’t need to learn the Dewy Decimal System, you will need to know the librarian Manual.

 

These are just a few of the reasons why I love Goodreads and why I recommend you give it a try! It’s the app to have and the community to be a part of. For now these are my top 10 best features, but I’m sure once you’ve had a look around you’ll be able to find your own reasons for loving the world’s largest online community for book lovers.

Happy birthday Goodreads!

love

Fashion, Inspiration, Slider

Weekend Style Crush: Velvet

April 13, 2018

I’m not sure how long Velvet has been around, but it’s been around for awhile, and for a long time was considered so high-end that it was worn only by royalty and the very rich, due to the complex and time-consuming technique to create it.

Thankfully those days are now where they belong…in the past. Velvet or Valour (its knitted sibling) can now easily be found in department stores and fashion boutiques everywhere and at reasonable prices.

There’s no doubt that it’s this, and every other season’s must-have fabric, and in recent years saw many celebs sporting the trend – From Nicole Kidman at the BAFTA’s, to a very pregnant Blake Lively at the Cannes Film Festival, and Victoria Beckham in the streets of New York… because she’s Victoria Beckham.

Although Velvet has always been synonymous with glamour, it can very easily be toned down with denim or a t-shirt for date night, a meeting or work lunch. It’s also super comfy and soft, a definite plus for us moms, and perfect for adding just the right amount of fab to a usually drab outfit.

 

How to rock the trend

 

 

Image: thelist.com

 

Sources:
Zando, H&M, Spree, MRP, YDE

 

Remember to ALWAYS read the care label on your velvet before cleaning, and when in doubt, dry-clean!

Yous in fashion,

Fashion, Inspiration, Slider

Weekend Style Crush – Mom Jeans

May 19, 2017

At first it may seem tricky getting it right, but mom jeans are actually perfect for many reasons, two of which are, they compliment almost any body type and they are not tight-fitting, in fact the more loose-fitting, all the better!

They are also pretty fun to play with when it comes to styling and are quite forgiving of us moms having to run around with the littlies all day long.

How do you find the perfect pair for you? Make sure it hugs the tummy at the smallest part of the waist and it will flatter any figure. The legs are easy and should be straight-cut and loose fitting.

Here’s an inspiration board I’ve put together for you, and to avoid me getting swamped with emails (I learned the hard way), I’ve also included the links to outlets around South Africa where you could possibly find a mom jeans of your own!

 

 

 

One thing is clear in all these looks – With the right shoe, you can add your touch of magic to any outfit. The challenge is to show off your unique style.

 

You can find a pair of mom jeans at:

Hellopretty

MRP

MANGO

Topshop

If you know where else we can find mom jeans, please email me or leave a comment 🙂

Love,

 

 

Health, Health/Fitness

I Tried Fitchef For a Month

April 24, 2017
No Preservatives / Additives
No added sugar
Low GI

 

 

When I learned about the Fitchef concept a few months back, I didn’t think their meals would be any good. Honestly, the thought of frozen foods being both healthy, nutritious AND tasty, sounded crazy.

A mother of three and ever curious, I decided to see for myself what all the hoo-hah was about.  Anything promising more time to myself and my family and less time in the kitchen was worth at least a try.

IT WAS AMAZING!

For an entire month, I lived on nothing other than fitchef meals and drinks, then found myself wondering how I will ever go back to my ‘normal’ way of life again.

After only 2 weeks my tummy was visibly flatter

Here are just a few other things I observed during my month with Fitchef:

The chef must be some undercover world-class cook. The food was surprisingly tasty.

I have never tasted better smoothies or knew they COULD possibly taste so good. I just thought health smoothies were SUPPOSED to taste bad.

I finally get it. Healthy doesn’t always mean tasteless

The effects are almost instant. I immediately felt better about myself after starting my fitchef meal plan.

I didn’t weigh or measure myself at any time during the month, but I definitely lost a few kilos as I felt absolutely wonderful in my clothes.

It’s a way of life. You can never go back to ‘normal’ once you’ve started a fitchef mealplan. It’s THAT good.

No bloating or indigestion.

Even with  (wholewheat) rice and pasta, I got a flatter tummy! Score!

Did I mention the smoothies and juices are AMAZING!? Well, then you have to try the power shots.

One Elements meal package is unfortunately not enough to feed my family of five.

However, it was enough for me, for a month,  and saved me heaps of time and worry about what healthy meal to prepare for myself next.

It’s okay to spoil yourself, mom.

It is not cheap but definitely is worth it. Besides the food, you’re getting quality of life, more time with your family; and a smaller waist line.

FitChef is no longer certified Halaal. They do suggest their vegetarian meal option or a 21 Day or 1 Month Vegetarian Challenge and then adding your own Halaal meats.

The shot box was my ultimate favourite and made me feel instantly awake

Before

5 minutes later

Before

5 minutes later

Before

5 minutes later

Watch my ‘slightly embarrassing’ video below on how to prepare a fitchef frozen meal 🙂

 

 

To a happier, healthier you!

Love,