Spirited Mama

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Family travel tales from a Spirited Family

Family Travel Tales

Family travel tales from a Spirited Family is a little diary that I intend to fill with travel adventures for my travel loving Spirited family. Feel free to wander along as we go in search of some wanderlust around the world. Hopefully our travel tales will inspire you to share some of your own travel tales with us. We are always ready for an adventure even though private school fees restrict the travel BUDGET!

We are travellers… I live for a holiday and often joke that I only work to travel and go on holidays! Although, I’m not socially awkard and I love being around people, I just can’t bring myself to holiday with the masses. I don’t like overcrowded spots.

That being said, we prefer to have frequent breaks rather than wait for one long holiday at the end of the year. Also, frequent travel breaks gives us way more options to travel as a family. Travel need not be something exotic and a budget breaker.

You’ll be amazed at how budget friendly family travel can actually be once you do proper research! We often just take a road trip with the kids. The furthest we’ve travelled by car has been 7 hours down to the South Coast of Durban. 7 hours in a car with your kids, aged  9 years and 2 years…well let’s just say that we chose to fly rather than drive after THAT road trip 🙂

I do love a road trip as there are so many “undiscovered” places to see and experience. After all “Happiness is a journey… not the destination”. More often we opt to just hop on a airplane and just get to the destination as quick as possible for our own sanity.

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We are a travel family

We have never travelled without our kids, obviously besides prior to having the kids 🙂 We are a travel family. They are a part of us as much as we are a part of them. To travel as a family also opens up your mind to new/other possibilities that you might not have deemed important to check if you were travelling sans kids.

We do however try and take a Summer vacation when it’s Winter in South Africa though… just so that we can break away from the cold for a while.

Family travel tale tip

Once we start planning a family travel trip, there are a THREE things that we absolutely MUST have:

For me: Good and proper accommodation – NO floral bedding!

For Dude: Location! Easy access to various transport options.

For a family travel: Child friendly environments, child friendly activities preferably on the premises or in very close proximity or easy to travel to.

I’ll share some tips and tricks as we navigate our family travel tales BUT for now we’re planning a family travel trip in July 🙂

Keep an eye on my social media if you want to follow along on our family travel tales.

Where have you last travelled to or where do you want to travel to next?

Spirited Mama


P.S. The pictures I took on different family travel trips. You might see them again when I write about those travel tales.


52 lessons for 52 weeks: Week 18 – UNLEARN something

Yes, you did read the title correctly. NOT Learn something rather UNLEARN something.

It’s taken forever to post on this series again. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some great lessons in between BUT life happens too.

You are never too old to learn something new is a saying that is ALL too familiar. But what about unlearning something. Perhaps you have some habits that you need to change.

Did you know that it takes 21 days to form a habit and 90 days to form a lifestyle?

Perhaps like me, you need some motivation to break free from old habits. Why not make it attractive and reward yourself when you reached your goal! A reward doesn’t have to be fancy or outrageous. Just something for you from You.

Not everyone needs to UNLEARN something. Some people actually still need to LEARN something. Hopefully, they’ll learn the right thing! And spare themselves the trouble of having to UNLEARN something.

What would you like to UNLEARN?

Spirited Mama


If you are new to my series find the previous posts below:

Week 1 – Living with intent

Week 2 – Be an example

Week 3 – Be YOU

Week 4 – Treasure people NOT possessions

Week 5 – Change is inevitable

Week 6 – Let it go

Week 7 – Love YOURSELF

Week 8 – FORGIVE

Week 9 – TRUST

Week 10 – BELIEVE in yourself

Week 11 – Find GOOD Friends

Week 12 – Enjoy the small things… F*ck balance

Week 13 – Be KIND

Week 14 – Be PATIENT

Week 15 – ARM yourself

Week 16 – Take a TIME OUT

Week 17 – LISTEN


Burn the floor – Ballroom and Dancing Extravaganza

A sizzling tour of Ballroom and Dancing Extravaganza

The world’s most prolific ballroom and dance theatre production, Burn the Floor, returns to South Africa for a much-anticipated tour across the country later this year. The show is set to dazzle local audiences with its spectacular dance moves and sizzling ballroom displays on stage and you shouldn’t miss it for the world!


Burn The Floor is a global production that has revolutionised the image of Ballroom dance across the world, and is set to visit South Africa for the fourth time in August and September this year, in what has been dubbed as Burn The Floor – The Rebel Tour.

With the reputation of being the world’s toughest dance show, the international cast of dance champions are handpicked for their rebellious spirit and pure skill.

Burn The Floor – The Rebel Tour, also known as “The Rebels of Ballroom”, sees an international dancing cast showing off their passionate and sexy dance skills on stage, and it includes South African Latin Champion, Kylee Brown. South Africans will also witness the sweet vocals of sultry songstress, Lelo Ramasimong – who is currently a finalist in local music reality TV show, The Voice SA – throughout the SA tour.


Choreographed and directed by Peta Roby, Burn The Floor – The Rebel Tour, has more surprises in store and promises to blow the roof off the theatre, including music from Rag and Boneman, James Brown ,Aretha Franklin, Santana, Janis Joplin, and Led Zeppelin.

CAPE TOWN – Burn the Floor

Burn The Floor – The Rebel Tour, is brought to South Africa by Dance Partner Productions and kicks off at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town from 8 – 17 August 2019. Tickets for this much-anticipated show can be purchased via Webtickets at either www.webtickets.co.za, and are priced at R180 – R310 each. You may also book tickets directly from the Baxter Theatre via 0861 915 800 or http://www.baxter.co.za.



Johannesburg and Durban fans are in for a treat too! Burn The Floor – The Rebel Tour, will run from 22 August – 8 September at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg before closing out the Mzansi tour in Durban at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom from 12-29 September.

Tickets for the Johannesburg and Durban legs of the SA tour can be purchased via Computicket at either www.computicket.com or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and are priced at R280 –R520 for Johannesburg and R285 each for Durban

Follow Burn The Floor on Instagram at @burnthefloorofficial. On Twitter, you can visit: @officialBTF. For up-to-date info, you can also visit: Facebook page (OfficialBurnTheFloor) as well as the official website: www.burnthefloor.com

The original concept of Burn The Floor grew from an electric display of ballroom and Latin dancing at Sir Elton John’s 50th birthday party in London, March 1997. There, producer Harley Medcalf discovered the ballroom dance world and its charismatic people, with their deep intensity, commitment, discipline, burning passion and total love of the ballroom art form.
Initially, Harley’s idea of a new theatrical ballroom production sent shock waves through the ballroom dancing establishment. For decades, ballroom competitions had been performed behind closed doors, as a pastime for the privileged. And well before reality television embraced it with such shows as Dancing with The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing. 

Burn The Floor opened in England in 1999. A decade later, after visiting thirty countries and over one hundred and sixty cities worldwide, it achieved its long standing dream, to bring Ballroom to Broadway – appearing at the Longacre Theatre in New York, followed by two hugely successful seasons in London’s West.

Are you a fan of dancing?

Spirited Mama



Luxury & Magic at Cine Prestige – revamped at The Grove Mall Ster Kinekor

Flash back to last week Friday:

Friday 17 May 2019, The Grove Ster-Kinekor launched its newly revamped Cine Prestige theatre, treating guests to a pre-screening of action thriller John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum – and all of Cine Prestige’s signature comfort. Dude and I reveled at the opportunity of an afternoon “date” without the kids 🙂 And bonus we got to watch an adult movie. We were hosted by Cine Prestige.

Luxury meets the magic of the big screen

Guests to The Grove Ster-Kinekor can now savour Cine Prestige’s premium experience, where luxury meets the magic of the big screen. Featuring a cosy, private lounge, and a full bar offering with a range of drinks from wine, beer, cocktails, and hot drinks, they can expect greater moments and at their greatest. Guests can also enjoy gourmet snack platters, and a selection of the finest desserts all served in the comfort of a fully reclining leather seat – making Cine Prestige a must for all those who enjoy movies with a touch of luxury.

As a family of four, a cinema experience is an expensive experience. I would like more than just an average popcorn and soda. Cine Prestige caters for everyone. Whether you want a regular popcorn and soda or like me, I had a mini blackforest cake and steaming coffee whilst watching the movie, they have it on the menu. This is definitely a step up experience for the average movie goer. And so WORTH it! It’s like sitting at home but having someone bring along snacks and drinks so that YOU can enjoy your movie.

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Experience the exceptional in the coming months, while indulging in the following blockbusters;

  • Longshot

Enjoy Longshot; a love story that follows the life of a free-spirited journalist with an attraction for trouble. Played by Seth Rogen, Fred unexpectedly charms Charlotte a character played by our beloved Charlize Theron, who is the most influential women that is smart sophisticated and accomplished. Discover how Fred sweeps Charlotte off her seat with his self- deprecating humour despite the dismay of her trusted advisors. Click here to see trailer Runtime: 2 hours Age Restriction: 18

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

End the month of May on high with Godzilla: King of the Monsters on 29 May, witness as   members of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah with this exciting sequel. Click here to view trailer Runtime: 2h 12m Age Restriction: 13

  • Rocket Man

Experience an epic musical fantasy based on an unfiltered human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years. Having been halted for years, this epic story comes to the Ster-Kinekor screens on 07 June for a chance for all music fans to know more about this colourful and widely loved star. Click here to view trailer Runtime: 2h 6 m Age Restriction: 16

Book your tickets by visiting www.sterkinekor.com or download the SK App on your smartphone. You can also book at the box office.  For news and updates, go to Facebook: Ster-Kinekor Theatres | follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter: @Ster-Kinekor. For all queries, call Ticketline on 0861-Movies (668 437).

Did you know?

Ster-Kinekor Theatres is the largest movie exhibitor on the African continent. To most South Africans, the word ‘movies’ is synonymous with the name ‘Ster-Kinekor’. The company operates 55 commercial cinema complexes in South Africa, with seven international sites based in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The cinema chain’s sites house more than 424 large-scale screens, over 60 994 seats and the largest 3D footprint featuring more than 154 state-of-the-art 3D screens across the country (Commercial, 3D, IMAX and Cine Prestige) with 137 in South Africa. In Africa, the company operates in 5 cinema complexes with 26 screens and 3607 seats.

The SK Club loyalty programme rewards members with redeemable points when they swipe their card when buying movie tickets or catering, as well as half price tickets on Tuesdays. Combined with industry leading loyalty programmes from Edgars Club, Discovery Vitality and Standard Bank, these give Ster-Kinekor a strong consumer value proposition and competitive advantage.

Do you still go to the cinema?

What will you be watching at Cine Prestige?

Spirited Mama


**Disclaimer: We were hosted by Cine Prestige. However, the views and opinions expressed are my own. Some information was supplied by the client to give the reader an better understanding of what to expect.  Some images supplied by the client**


A home is a reflection of its people + WIN tickets to the Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo

**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**

A reflection of its people

I’m sure that you can relate to the saying, “Home is where the heart is…” But here’s one to think about, “a home is a reflection of its people“. My home is my sanctuary, my safe place. My happy place. I’m a sucker for spending time at home. Home is where I’m happiest. My home definitely is a reflection of my spirited family. From our small passage like kitchen, p.s. our home is older than us 🙂 and we are still doing renovations , to our neat and tidy, well after the kids go to bed and before they wake up in the morning it’s very neat and tidy, living areas in our home.

Our home is not picture perfect. We have some DIY projects that are still in the pipeline. Even some that have been started but not completed. But this is our home. This is us. This house that we call a home is a reflection of US.

 Today’s home is a reflection of its people, gone is the need to look like the Joneses.  Our homes are authentically us, stripped of pretence.  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.

This year the Pretoria 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. It offers unique ways for you to see, touch, feel and compare products and services.


Raw Comfort

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.

Show features for Pretoria Expo include:

  • Jacaranda FM, broacasting live from the Expo.
  • Raw Workshop – Proudly brought to you by World of Decorative Concrete. Think of it sort of like craftsmen showing off their products of trade.
  • Thrive for Good Theatre with Izelle Hoffman – Healthy Lifestyle Expert and Chef, Izelle Hoffman as she cooks up her most delicious, everyday, healthy dishes. The Thrive for Good theatre promises to be a hub of excitement, surprising culinary ideas and truly good food.
  • Thrive for Good Challenge – Teams of home chefs and families go head-to-head to cook the most inventive, delectable and most importantly healthy dishes. Inspired by Izelle Hoffman and Thrive for Good, contestants will have to bring their best to win the ultimate prize of a tailor-made, hardcover, 50 recipe cookbook personally created for them by Izelle Hoffman. This challenge will allow healthy home chefs to show off their skills while learning a few tips and tricks from Izelle Hoffman as they cook.
  • Java and Script Cafe – Enjoy a break while sitting down with a new book and sipping on a cup of freshly brewed coffee in this special restaurant area. Browse through the Exclusive Books bookshelves and take a book or two home to indulge in later.
  • Designer Spaces Challenge – Proudly Sponsored by Paint Master. Be inspired by authentic design styles of the world. Local interior designers have been given the challenge to create a space inspired by their favourite country. From Japanese-style offices to Scandanavian-style bedrooms,  this demo space will show off what the designers have created. Best of all, it gives you a chance to get expert advice on how you can recreate the style in your own home.
  • Colour Cube – Be inspired to add a new colour to your life at Colour Cube brought to you by Paint Master. As a third-generation, proudly South African, premium paint manufacturer and contractor, the team will be on hand to give you technical advice, assistance and quotes, all free of charge. Bring your ideas, designs and questions to Colour Cube brought to you by Paint Master where you can sit down with a professional or walk through the Colour Cube house to help bring your ideas to life. From preparation to finishing touches for indoor and outdoor painting, you are guaranteed to walk away with a wealth of inspiration and expert advice.
  • Truly Artisan – Meet designers and find must-have décor products including textiles, crafts, ceramics, art and furniture currently trending for your home.
  • 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!
  • D’Vine Style – a brand new addition to Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo. Celebrating South African fashion, D’vine Style is a hub of bespoke clothing, fashion and textiles.

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General Info

Show dates:   24 – 26 May 2019 at the Sun Arena, Times Square, Menlyn

Friday 10h00 – 19h00
Saturday 09h00 – 18h00
Sunday 09h00 – 18h00

Entrance fee:

R80 Adults
R50 Pensioners
R20 Scholars

Where to find HomemakersOnline:

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. Find the giveaway links on my social media platforms:

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

Good luck!

Spirited Mama


T’s & C’s

**Competition closes Sunday 19 May 2019. Winners will be announced on my social media accounts by 21 May 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. **



Beatlemania on tour + WIN

Beatlemania On Tour @ Carnival City’s Mardi Gras Theatre, 3 – 19 May 2019, presented by Showtime Australia. 

After enjoying successful tour runs in Durban and Cape Town last year, the world-famous Beatles tribute show, Beatlemania On Tour, returns to South Africa for yet another exciting stint of performances, this time at Carnival City in Gauteng this May.

Celebrating the biggest hits of the famous Fab Four from Liverpool in the United Kingdom, Beatlemania On Tour kicks off at Carnival City’s Mardi Gras Theatre on Friday 3 May. The show, which runs until Sunday 19 May, will deliver a true fan experience with rock ‘n roll classics and nostalgia live on stage every night.

Beatlemania On Tour
 brings a full cast of three Australian singers and one Scottish vocalist for the show’s first performing run in Boksburg – nine years after making its South African début in 2010.


Beatlemania on Tour

The cast includes the multi-talented singers Joe Kane (as Paul McCartney), Zac Coombs (as John Lennon), Brent McMullen (as George Harrison) and Ben Harper (as Ringo).

For the very first time, Boksburg audiences will experience a rocking musical concert experience, which includes state-of-the-art updates production and lighting, as well as a huge repertoire of replica Beatles costuming have also been made – all to relive to nostalgia and magic of the Beatlemania phenomenon that swept the globe during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Fans can expect the cast to belt out some of the Fab Four’s biggest and most treasured hits from the 1960’s rock era will be performed live on stage –

The musical concert experience will see fans dancing and rocking to classic Beatles hits such as Can’t Buy Me Love, All My Loving, Please Please Me, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, Day Tripper, Nowhere Man, Help, Yellow Submarine, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Hey Jude being performed throughout the two-hour musical experience,

Throughout the two-hour musical spectacular, the Beatlemania on Tour cast are set to perform all the songs in their original key and on replica Beatles instruments – with unseen attention to detail creating the sincerest Beatles sound around.

The show’s lead singer, Joe Kane is excited to perform in Boksburg for the first time and says the cast has a deep love for South African audiences.

“South African fans really love the music The Beatles and they come out and support our shows in big numbers on every tour we do in SA. We really had a blast in Cape Town last October and now we are super excited to perform in Boksburg for the very first time.”


Beatlemania on Tour

With previous sold-out shows across the US, Canada, Dubai, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand under its belt, the production is one of the world’s finest Beatles tribute spectacular – a reputation that’s successfully upheld by Showtime Australia – a leader in the tribute show entertainment genre.

Producer, Director and CEO of The Showtime Australia Group, Johnny Van Grinsven, shares:

“This show focuses on the early years of the Beatles and their rise to stardom from the early days of Liverpool and in this musical concert, our cast will provide the best rock ‘n roll memories, live singing and performing on live instruments that will transport the audience to back in time to relive the memories as to why we all fell in love with The Fab Four. It’s a concert experience like no other and it’s a must see for all die-hard Beatles fans.”

Tickets range from R150 – R250 each.

For more details about the show visit: beatlemaniaontour.com

Connect with Beatlemania On Tour via their social media channels:

Instagram and Twitter: @BeatlemaniaTour

Facebook: www.facebook.com/beatlemaniaontour



I have 5 double tickets to the show on Friday 10 May 2019.

Want to win a set of tickets?

You can find the giveaway posts below:

Instagram: @spiritedmamablog

Twitter: @spirited_mama1

Spirited Mama


T’s & C’s

**Giveaway closes on Wednesday 8 May 2019 at midnight. Winners will be announced on Thursday 9 May 2019. Open to South African residents only.
Winners will be randomly selected. 
No correspondence will be entered into once a winner is selected.
Winners will be announced on my social media accounts and notified via email.
I reserve the right to disqualify invalid entries. **





Why MEAT FREE Mondays didn’t work for us + being flexitarian with Fry’s

*This is NOT a sponsored post! However, the products in my feature image was a gift from Fry’s Family Food Co when we attended their family braai day.*

Meat free Monday didn’t work

Meat free Monday never worked for us… The reason is very simple – Sunday leftovers 🙂 We grew up having a huge Sunday lunch with roast and curry and veg and and and… Was your family big on Sunday lunch? Even if it was just the household, consisting of four family members, there would still be enough food to feed an army. Long after Dude and I set up our home together, we carried on with this tradition. Even though it was just the TWO of us…

I soon grew tired of making a feast for two people and the pressure of racing home after the church service to get lunch ready by 12, no I lie we ate at 1pm in our house, was just too much! I opted to start a NEW tradition, and Sunday Dinner was born for us 🙂 Fast forward life and throw in two kids, who are ALWAYS hungry, and we are back to making Sunday Lunch. But on a smaller scale. Mama aint got time to slave for hours and my offspring devours hours of hard work within minutes!

A few years back we opted to go meat free during the Lent period. The shortened version according to Wikipedia – Lent is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday.

This was a major challenge because now we needed to find alternatives to meat! I’m NOT a big lover of red meat but my husband and kids are. The recent addition, currently two years old, definitely takes after his father here by being a meat eater.

And this is how we discovered Fry’s products

Now being new to this no meat eating schedule, it was challenging to make food that actually looked edible. My husband would look at a dish and say “where’s the meat?” I could live off veggies though! So for forty + days we ate meat free meals. Every Single Day. By the time the Lent period was done, my husband was at the end of his tether. Needless to say we have given up random things over the last couple of years. But having gone through that first meat free stint, I was hooked.

We’ve been using Fry’s products for a few years already. Man have they upped their game! They have new and interesting products. That Kasha, aka cereal, is life for my kids. Let’s not forget the ICE-CREAM. Go find it today!

I’ve tried to incorporate it into our weekly schedule. We tried Meat Free Monday! At first it worked, but after a while it was cramping our Sunday leftover style and we failed dismally. So I devised a plan. A trial for this Spirited Family. No meat on Tuesdays and Thursdays, if you can manage two days a week 🙂

Tuesdays and Thursdays are meat free days in our house. Even visitors have to adapt. Alternately, just bring your own food when you’re visiting if you don’t like our schedule.

So instead of conforming to societal norms…and you know how much I despise being put in a box- I created our norm. It doesn’t always work out but it is yielding magnificent results. For me though. I can feel my body perform optimally when it is being nourished. This might sound strange BUT my body doesn’t like me if I have too much red meat. I can have fish all the time, chicken in moderation because who in the world only eats chicken. So the combination of adding a little meat every now and then with all the meat free varieties available is working for me.

And there is a term for this lifestyle…I’m a FLEXITARIAN

My family indulges my lifestyle by simply eating what is on offer BUT these days they are loving the meals. One particular product, the Fry’s chicken style nuggets! I’ve had countless arguments over the fact that it IS a plant based nugget. There is NO chicken in there. It just tastes THAT good!

Have you tried the Fry’s chicken style nuggets?

On another note, the Fry’s products are very quick and easy to prepare. As we use them regularly, we’re experimenting with different cooking methods/adding sauces/condiments.

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Change your mindset…. It is NOT meat, so be open to new possibilities.

We are NOT vegetarian and neither are we vegan. We just made a conscious decision to incorporate small changes into our lifestyle to becoming a healthier family. A more plant based approach to a healthier lifestyle. We’ve made small changes and set some realistic goals.

Verdict from Dude – we’re moving in the right direction with our meat free meals.

Listen to your body! It knows what YOU need!

Spirited Mama


P.S. watch the video below if you want to find out how Fry’s Family Food Co came into existence.





Find your SPIRIT with Southern Comfort Black

All-new Southern Comfort Black to Encompass the Spirit of New Orleans

Although I am a mom of two boys, I do enjoy a whisky or two every now and then 🙂 I’m not a big fan of adding mixers and sodas to my whisky. I prefer to have it on the rocks! Also, I watch my calorie intake 🙂

On Wednesday, 13 March 2018, the Really Great Brand Company announced the launch of their brand-new bold offering; Southern Comfort Black during a New Orleans inspired event at the Living Room – Maboneng’s plant-filled rooftop café. A diverse group of media were introduced to the new bold, robust whiskey-forward blend while experiencing the Spirit of the South through the sights, sounds and food delicacies of this exciting city.


Southern Comfort Black perfectly maintains the iconic flavours of Southern Comfort Original, but includes subtle spice and fruity accents, placing it in a league of its own.

In 1874, founder and legendary southerner M.W. Heron, created the first batch of his genuine smooth-drinking whiskey, blended with his very own fruits and spices. The original recipe is fitting for a whiskey that’s still deeply rooted in the local flavour and vibrant soul of one of the most unforgettable places in the world – New Orleans. Where there’s a party on every street, a story behind every door, and a mischievous smile inviting you to be part of it all.


“While our latest offering carries on the legacy of M.W. Heron, it also celebrates Sazerac master spirits blender Drew Mayville, who is responsible for this bolder profile,” says Southern Comfort Brand Manager, Grant de Jager. “Fittingly, the black label, truly takes the original Southern Comfort experience up a notch – for those of you who like their extra-smooth whiskey, extra bold!” he adds.


Best served with a variety of mixers, soda water or simply on the rocks, Southern Comfort Black is dark, mysterious and mostly – sophisticated. Available at all major retail stores, nationwide.


Do you drink whisky? 

Are you willing to try some Southern Comfort Black?


Spirited Mama


Disclaimer: Pictures were supplied by Ronamo Media.


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


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.


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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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. 


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


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


150 ml Totally Wild Pomegranate And Aloe juice

50 ml Tequila

25 ml Cointreau or Triple Sec liqueur


Pomegranate seeds



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

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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

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

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