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Month: February 2019

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LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & One Messy Mama… part 9 + WIN

**Disclaimer – Jacqui, from One Messy Mama received a gift card to purchase any item on her wish list from Wellness Warehouse. The views and opinions expressed are Jacqui’s own. Photo credit go to Jacqui, all images supplied by her 🙂 **

I decided to feature a series of Wellness posts to find out how other moms #LiveLifeWell The purpose of this series is to enlighten readers and show you how small changes can yield big results for you and your family too.

Part 9 – LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & One Messy Mama

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The Bester Family

1. The woman behind One Messy Mama – meet Jacqui Bester

I’m Jacqui, mom to 5 adorable and rambunctious children aged 8,7,6,4 and 1. I wake up each day in one hot mess, running between working full time, authoring my first children’s novel and trying to remember whether I should be packing a tennis racket, cricket bat or ballet pumps 🙂 I live by my colour coded calendar, surviving many #momfails and trying to make it all look normal in just a days work.

Life can become so hectic for all of us parents. That’s why I started my blog, One Messy Mama, because life is exactly that…Messy – on a good day 🙂 It’s normal too feel overwhelmed, exhausted and filled with the most incredible joy in just 5 minutes flat.

2. Why you choose to #livelifewell

I’m just going to be honest here, my one irritation about being a mom, is that I have to make 4 lunch boxes EVERY.MORNING. There is only so much creativity a mom can handle, whilst trying to make sure that what they are eating is nutritious and filling (have you seen how much boys eat?)

Nutritious food is paramount in the cognitive development and academic performance of our children. I choose to  inspire my children to #livelifewell by providing lunch snacks that will give them the energy they need for the day, but also taste scrumptious. And yes, maybe sneaking in a few veggies in the process.

3. Share with us what you bought at Wellness Warehouse

I love baking and experimenting with different flavours. Wellness Warehouse has a wonderful variety of healthy products that can be added to muffins, granola bars, cookies and more. My children don’t have a clue that they might be eating an avocado muffin 🙂 They just keep running back for more.

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My baking “go-to” list of essentials from WW include:

-Gluten Free Choc-Chip Muffin Mix (I sure don’t have time to start from scratch – muffin mixes are a quick alternative)

– Wheat and Gluten Free Chocolate Muffin Mix

– Organic Peanut Butter and Coconut Oats

– Sugar Free Granola

– Goji Berries

– Fruit & Nut Seed Mix

– Pine Nuts

– Raw Honey

With all these yummy ingredients, I plan to make the following and will be posting them on my blog.

– Avocado and Pine Nut Choc-Chip Muffins (Luckily my children are not allergic to nuts)

– Goji Berry Granola Bars

– Sweet Potato and Chocolate Muffins

– Coconut Oat Cookies

Let me just say, I don’t always get the healthy lunch box right. Sometimes I am in such a hurry that I grab the nearest packet of chips and hope for the best. Spending some time in the kitchen over a weekend and baking up a batch of goodies, helps me feel organised. I then know that on a busy morning, when my coffee is getting cold and I am fighting with a child that won’t put on their shoes or brush their teeth, that I won’t be scrambling for the chips, but rather a healthier food option.

Where to find Jacqui

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/onemessymama4/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/onemessymama/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/onemessymama4

Pinterest – https://za.pinterest.com/onemessymama/

Blog – www.onemessymama.com

Win a R500 gift card with Wellness Warehouse & OneMessyMama. Follow the link below

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It’s Giveaway Time!🎉 . #ad …I was thrilled to be asked to participate in a @wellnesswarehouse campaign that @spiritedmamablog is running. . I was asked to review a few products and turn them into something delicious, want to know what I will be making, check out @spiritedmamablog website for my full review, and now it’s your turn to get creative! ⭐️ . We are giving one lucky person their own R500 voucher to try something new. . . To enter: 1. Follow me and @spiritedmamablog 2. Comment with your favourite healthy “go-to” snack for your kids 3. Tag a friend who also likes to #livelifewell 4. Share this post 5. T’s and C’s apply . Competition closes next Wednesday at midnight. South African Residents only 🇿🇦! . #sponsored #ad #wellnesswarehouse #livelifewell #wellnesswarrior #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #kidshealth #intentionalliving #giveaway #gift #winner #review #productreview #samomblogger #glutenfree #wheatfree #organic

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Spirited Mama

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In case you missed it:

Part 1 – LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & Spirited Mama

Part 2 – LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & High Heels and Fairy Tales

Part 3 – Back to school snacks to LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & Mammachef Jozi

Part 4 – Smoothie bowl to LiveLifeWell with Life’s A Treat & Wellness Warehouse

Part 5 – Treating yourself to LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & Mel’s Postbox

Part 6 – LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & Tonic and Tiaras

Part 7 – LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & The Non Adventures of A Stay-At-Home-Mum

Part 8 – Pomegranate Aloe Margarita to LiveLIfeWell with Whisky of the Week & Wellness Warehouse

This is the FINAL post in this series. 

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Pomegranate Aloe Margarita to LiveLifeWell with Whisky of the Week & Wellness Warehouse…part 8 +WIN

**Disclaimer – Jeannette, from Whisky of the Week  received a gift card to purchase any item on her wish list from Wellness Warehouse. The views and opinions expressed are Jeannette’s own. Photo credit go to Jeannette, all images supplied by her 🙂 **

I decided to feature a series of Wellness posts to find out how other moms #LiveLifeWell The purpose of this series is to enlighten readers and show you how small changes can yield big results for you and your family too.

Part 8 – LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & Whisky of the Week

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Jeannette Wentzel

1. The woman behind Whisky of the Week – meet Jeannette Wentzel

After many years in Corporate, I became a SAHM when our daughter was about 3 years old. In the beginning, being at home was frustrating and I started the Whisky of the Week blog as a place where I can learn something new and keep my mind busy.

We have been collecting whisky for a couple of years and the Whisky of the Week blog allowed me a place to capture the notes of the whisky we tasted and a place to interact with grown-ups every now and again.    Over the years, Whisky of the Week has evolved into a more creative space and now include cocktails, gin and rum reviews and food pairings.

2. Why you choose to #livelifewell

Being an active mom running after a little one, I wanted to stay as healthy as I can.  And I believe that unhealthy food has a big impact on our health. However, I needed a healthy option that fits into our lifestyle.  I also wanted to set good examples for my child on eating good healthy food and finding balance. Having fun with cocktails, but in a responsible (and healthy) manner.

On a Friday evening, we seldom cook dinner.  We make a snack platter, that I pair with a glass of whisky, wine or a cocktail. It is an alternative to take away dinner on Friday and we sit outside on the patio to eat, chat and relax. It is a special family routine that we all look forward too.

I usually include cheese, crackers, condiments, biltong, nuts and olives.  And this is where Wellness Warehouse is so great.  They have a wide variety of healthy snack options.  My husband likes wheat free snacks and I want low fat options.  Getting interesting snacks from Wellness warehouse allows us to snack on fun food but with a perfect balance.

3. Share with us what you bought at Wellness Warehouse

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Totally Wild Pomegranate and Aloe juice – it is delicious and healthy and makes a great margarita cocktail – See recipe below

Fiorentini Bio Rice Snack in Rosemary – It is gluten free and not fried and perfect to accompany some soft cheese.

Eat Real Hummus Chips –  They have no added sugar and are gluten free and suitable for vegans.  Perfect to scoop up beetroot hummus with

Eat Real Lentil Chips in Tomato and Basil flavour – just delicious

Giant Roasted Peanuts – My hubbies’ favourite.  He can munch on them the whole day.

Dry Roasted Pistachios – My daughters’ favourite – she loves finding the delicious nut inside the shell.

Japanese Rice Crackers – Brings a colourful note to the platter

Olyvenbosch Kalamata Olives –  Snacking on olives with some cheese makes for a wonderful pairing with a glass of whisky or wine.

Che Gourmet Dan-Muji Korean Sweet Picked Radish for some colour and to add a bit of a zing.

 

Here are some wonderful juices and flavoured sparkling waters at Wellness Warehouse as well that works perfect in cocktails.  That is just what I did this past Friday when I used the Pomegranate and Aloe Juice to make an easy, delicious (and not too unhealthy) Margarita.

Pomegranate Aloe Margarita

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

150 ml Totally Wild Pomegranate And Aloe juice

50 ml Tequila

25 ml Cointreau or Triple Sec liqueur

Ice

Pomegranate seeds

Salt

 

How To make

  1. Place salt on a small plate. Dip the rim of a glass into a bit of water and dip in salt (if desired). Add ice cubes to the glass.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add some ice and shake. Then strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with some basil leaves and pomegranate seeds.  Serve with some healthy snack options and sit back and relax.

Where to find Whisky of the Week

Facebook: Whisky of the Week

Twitter: @whiskyoftheweek

Instagram: Whisky of the Week

Blog : https://whiskyoftheweek.co.uk/

Win a R500 gift card with Wellness Warehouse & Whisky of the Week. Click HERE

Spirited Mama

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T’s & C’s apply

In case you missed it:

Part 1 – LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & Spirited Mama

Part 2 – LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & High Heels and Fairy Tales

Part 3 – Back to school snacks to LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & Mammachef Jozi

Part 4 – Smoothie bowl to LiveLifeWell with Life’s A Treat & Wellness Warehouse

Part 5 – Treating yourself to LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & Mel’s Postbox

Part 6 – LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & Tonic and Tiaras

Part 7 – LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & The Non Adventures of a Stay-At-Home-Mum

NB! Remember to subscribe to my blog to catch the other parts and giveaways in this series.

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LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & The Non Adventures of A Stay-At-Home-Mum… part 7 + WIN

**Disclaimer – Nadia, from The Non Adventures of A Stay-At-Home_Mum received a gift card to purchase any item on her wish list from Wellness Warehouse. The views and opinions expressed are Nadia’s own. Photo credit go to Nadia, all images supplied by her 🙂 **

I decided to feature a series of Wellness posts to find out how other moms #LiveLifeWell The purpose of this series is to enlighten readers and show you how small changes can yield big results for you and your family too.

Part 7 – LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & The Non Adventures of A Stay-At-Home-Mum

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Nadia Gabriel

1. The woman behind The Non Adventures of A Stay-At-Home-Mum – meet Nadia Gabriel

I am a mum to two amazing little girls (5 & 2) and when I am not at their beck and call,I blog. Writing about my parenting journey helps me to process all the big feelings that come with this weighty position of Parent. At the same time, I am trying to balance my own individuality as a Woman with that of being a Mother. It’s not easy, but its definitely worth it.

2. Why you choose to #livelifewell

For me, Living Life Well means being more conscious and conscientious in my choices. In the case of this review, it meant choosing products that are both animal friendly AND safe for the environment while still fitting within the confines of my budget. As a mum, I like to teach by example and my kids and they notice and ask engaging questions when I use the grey water to water the garden. This started a conversation on bio degradable products and water saving. You will be surprised at how much your child picks up from you, both good and bad I guess! Haha!

3. Share with us what you bought at Wellness Warehouse

I chose 4 household products and one skin care product to test out. I just picked the one product  for skin care because I have really sensitive skin and I’m always hesitant to try anything new.

First let me say that every single one of these products gets 10/10 for fragrance! Soooooo good!

Ok, back to the nitty gritty:
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Auto Dishwashing Liquid (Citrus) – If you own a dishwasher then you NEED this bottle in your life! I had never used gel in my dishwasher before and when the instructions said ‘Add 5-10ml to your dishwashing machine dispenser‘ I rolled my eyes and thought ‘yeah right, as if that’s going to be enough’. It is ENOUGH! My dishes came out spotless and without any watermarks on the glasses. It is R70 for this bottle but at 10ml a wash, you’re getting FIFTY washes out of it. FIFTY!!! I’m going to come right out and say that this is the Best Find of 2019!

Dishwashing Liquid (Lemongrass and Lime) – I wanted to love this product purely based on scent but at R56 a bottle it just isn’t value for money. The instructions on the bottle say ‘Add 5-10ml to a sink of hot water‘ which is entirely insufficient to clean my dishes. I ended up squirting the liquid onto a sponge and washing as per usual. I wouldn’t purchase this again.

Multi Surface Cleaner (Lemon & Lime) – I am a little heart sore about this product because my helper broke the little clip that locks the nozzle into its open/close position and controls quantity. What this means is that every pump of the bottle now expels 2 or 3 times as much as it should. However, if you do not break the bottle then it is worth it. The bottle is R88 but I found that a little goes a long way in comparison to other surface cleaners. Your counters will also become incredibly sniff worthy.

Air Freshener (Grapefruit) – We all know that air fresheners are meant to go in the bathroom but I can’t bear to leave mine there. I use it as a room (more like house) spray so that the whole place smells fresh and clean. This was R43 and I would buy it again. It is way better than any of the floral scents that really do not disguise anything…

(Side note – All the Wellness cleaning products are biodegradable which means you can use the grey water (dirty water) from washing dishes for example, to water the garden. Yay for saving the environment while also saving money!)

Natures Gate Charcoal Body Scrub (Butter Mint) – Do you remember the Humbug sweet? Well you will literally smell like a delicious and smooth Humbug after this. First of all, I had zero issues in terms of skin sensitivity. Secondly, I have never felt so polished! You use the tiniest pea sized amount and massage it into your skin, one section at time. You will feel the difference as soon as you rinse off. Jarrod is also loving this scrub which is rather unfortunate because I wish it would last foreverrrrrr! This was R136 and I will buy it again in a heartbeat, though I’m keen to try the coconut next.

 

Where to find Nadia:

Facebook:        @thenonadventuresofasahm

Instagram:      @thenonadventuresofasahm

Blog:          www.thenonadventuresofasahm.com

Twitter:    @NonAdvOfAsahm

Win a R500 gift card with Wellness Warehouse & The Non Adventures of A Stay-At-Home-Mum. Follow the link below

 

Spirited Mama

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T’s & C’s apply

In case you missed it:

Part 1 – LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & Spirited Mama

Part 2 – LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & High Heels and Fairy Tales

Part 3 – Back to school snacks to LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & Mammachef Jozi

Part 4 – Smoothie bowl to LiveLifeWell with Life’s A Treat & Wellness Warehouse

Part 5 – Treating yourself to LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & Mel’s Postbox

Part 6 – LiveLifeWell with Wellness Warehouse & Tonic and Tiaras

NB! Remember to subscribe to my blog to catch the other parts and giveaways in this series.

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Create YOUR LifeStyle space with Homemakers Expo + WIN

**Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, the views and opinions expressed are my own. Some information was supplied by HomemakersOnline to give the reader an better understanding of what to expect.  All images supplied by HomemakersOnline**

Create your LifeStyle space

If you are looking for some inspiration to create YOUR happy space, you need to visit the Homemakers Expo. It’s sort of a one stop shop for you to channel you inner creative or be a little “Martha Stewart” ish 🙂

The theme for the Johannesburg expo is “Raw Comfort”. Just saying that makes me want to strip the walls of paint and expose some brick. Goodness knows what is actually underneath all the layers as I highly doubt it’ll be the pretty red brick finishes you see in magazines. Nevertheless, the expo is there to help people like me find creative ways to bring your living spaces to life with fresh/funky/classic/vintage/trendy ideas.

My husband is always looking for innovative ways to liven up our living spaces at home and ways to create a family space to get us to spend more quality time together. Me, well… I google what I think would work in our home and the husband makes it happen.

Google will have to wait as the time has arrived where we literally get to ooh and ahh over beautifully created lifestyle spaces all under one roof. Whether you are looking to improve and/or upgrade your home for yourself or the buyers market, the Homemakers Expo is happening in Johannesburg and you don’t want to miss out on this.

Homemakers Expo guidance for a room makeover

The timing for this expo couldn’t have been any better. We’re at the point now where we need to convert Joshua’s room into a more “tween” friendly and possibly a bit further into the teens room. He’s quite easy going and knows what he likes and dislikes. I am very interested to hear his opinion and get an idea of what he would like for his room makeover. This expo is going to be an interesting one. Let’s just hope we can agree on some ideas.

Product transparency is also a growing trend; we shop with a higher conscience focusing on wellness and sustainability, wanting to know the person or story behind our purchase.

In keeping up with trends, I see more and more consumers moving towards a “this works for me and my lifestyle” in their lives and homes. I’ve never liked to be confined to societal norms and I don’t believe that there is a “one size fits all” mould. I thoroughly enjoy these types of expos as they incorporate a whole range of lifestyle ideas. There IS something for everyone. I am yet to meet someone who didn’t connect with anything at the expo.

So if you are stuck for ideas, they have their own ideas setup about what could work in a particular living space. What I enjoy most is having the experts right there to guide you and advise you on what to do/try/use.

 

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Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo

28 Feb – 3 March 2019 | Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg

Show times:        Thurs & Fri 10:00 – 19:00 | Sat & Sun 09:00 – 18:00
Entrance:             R100 Adults, R60 Pensioners, R20 Scholars, Children under 12 – free

This year the Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo brings you the stories and the best products in home improvement.  The Expo is where you can come face-to-face with the craftspeople or knowledgeable experts who provide visitors with the best understanding of the product.

The show helps to expand dialogue between homeowners and suppliers also offering ways for you to see, touch, feel and compare products and services.

The 2019 theme of Raw Comfort, embraces perfect imperfections, and through various talks and demonstrations we will show you how to get in touch with a more organic world.

Here’s what you can look forward to when visiting the Homemakers Expo:

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The Tuis|Home Theatre
The ever popular tuis|home theatre is back with food, wine and DIY demonstrations.  Join us for a fun filled programme that will leave you skilled and inspired!

Books and Banter Theatre
A first ever and exclusive to Johannesburg, HOMEMAKERS Expo will host a Wordsmith Theatre where Editor’s will gather in forum, where book publishers will sit amongst the writer and where we can comfortably look deeper into the lives and stories of everyday bloggers.  Meet these book / digital heroes that we so often meet inside the books/tablets sitting on our bedsides.

Raw Workshops
The Raw workshop will bring a wealth of interesting demonstrations where craftsmen show off the beginnings of their product of trade.  Find yourself at the heart of the development of manufacturing lines of products that we dream and plan to have in our homes.

Some of the raw products that you will get to know better in this theatre involve the making of steel creations, glass, wool and weaving and of course the ever popular medium of cement.  Meet us in the Raw workshop where we will bring a refreshing showcase of how to work with concrete and how to use it in your décor. Proudly brought to you by World of Decorative Concrete.

For the Love of Concrete Art & Design Competition
Hosted in collaboration with World of Decorative Concrete

See big ideas brought to life in this selected exhibition of the top entries in For the Love of Concrete Art & Design Competition. Help raise funds for the charities supported by HOMEMAKERScare and take your favourite artwork home with you by placing a bid in the auction box on any of the four show days.

Young Designers Challenge
This challenge is made possible by Vermont Sales
The creative geniuses at the University of Johannesburg accepted the challenge to turn an existing power tool into a dual purpose machine.  Their new hybrid tools could see a drill turn into a food processor.  Visit the expo to experience the evolved multipurpose tools of the future.

Truly Artisan and Pets
Truly Artisan will once again not disappoint with the latest styles and buys for your home and pawesome family members.

D’Vine Life
Families, friends and food-loving fanatics can whet their appetites to their hearts’ content at the HOMEMAKERS Food Market. Delightful delicacies await those with a passion for varying cuisine!

Where to find Homemakers online #hmexpo
Twitter – @SAHomemakers                 

Facebook – www.facebook.com/HOMEMAKERSonline

Instagram – HOMEMAKERS_Expo

Want to WIN tickets to visit the HomeMakers Expo?

I have x10 double tickets up for grabs. You can enter via:

  1. Instagram @spiritedmamablog
  2. FaceBook @spiritedmama1
  3. Twitter @spirited_mama1

Good luck!

Spirited Mama

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**Competition closes Sunday 17 February 2019 at 23:59. Winners will be announced on my social media accounts by 22 February 2019.
Open to South African residents only.
Winners will be randomly selected. 
No correspondence will be entered into once a winner is selected. I reserve the right to disqualify invalid entries. **

 

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