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FRY’s 100% plant-based and vegan friendly pizza & artisinal sausages launched in South Africa.

100% plant-based and vegan friendly pizza launched in South Africa.
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The Fry Family Food Co. leaders in the plant-based food category, have just launched their new artisan, stone-baked vegan pizzas. These are the first pizzas produced by the brand and are 100% plant-based.

“Pizza is a new journey for us and we are very proud of this new range,” says Tammy Fry, International Marketing Manager of The Fry Family Food Co., “These pizzas are proof that there doesn’t need to be a trade-off between taste and healthy plant-based foods.”

With a Recommended Retail Price of R89.99, the range includes two delicious varieties. The Smoky BBQ style pizza is perfect for entertaining friends on a ‘Fryday’ night. It’s topped with Fry’s marinated Chicken-Style Strips, roasted red onion and grilled peppers. The Mediterranean pizza offers an authentic taste of Italy and is made with sliced cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, black olives and Fry’s Chicken-Style Strips rubbed with Italian herbs. Both varieties are non-GM and dairy free.

Explains Tammy, “Our pizzas are crafted in Italy and the sourdough base is hand stretched and leavened for 24 hours, then wood fired to create an unforgettable taste experience. They are also a wonderfully convenient way for people to bring more plant-based eating into their daily lives – they are delicious and so easy to prepare.”

 

Artisinal sausages!

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Aside from the new pizzas, the company also launched a new range of artisanal sausages. There are two delicious flavours in the new range – the Wood Smoked Breakfast Bangers (smoked to perfection and seasoned with Fry’s secret spice blend) and the Artisan Mediterranean Sausages (seasoned with sweet rosemary, garlic and green olives).

“The quintessential Fry’s sausage has always been a corner stone of our product range, and was one of the first products that Wally Fry made in our kitchen all those years ago. We have gently expanded the range over the years, but these two new artisanal flavours are going to take our sausage offering to the next level. The flavours took a while to perfect as we were looking for something very specific, but our innovation team have nailed it and the Wood Smoked Breakfast Bangers and Artisan Mediterranean Sausages are truly delicious,” says Tammy.

Adds Tammy, “There are loads of brand-new versatile and yummy sausage recipes on our website that we created especially for the new additions. Now there is no reason to feel deprived when you swap your meat sausage for a much healthier plant-based one. All the recipes are available in our new sausage cookbook ‘Fry’s with a bang’ which you can download here for free.”

The recommended retail price for the new sausages is R37.99.

The Fry Family Food Co. are online at:

https://www.fryfamilyfood.com/za/

https://www.instagram.com/frysfamily/

https://www.facebook.com/TheFryFamilyFoodCo/

Have you tried the NEW Fry’s Pizza and artisinal sausages yet?

Those pizzas! Yummm!!! A firm favourite all round in the Spirited Household is the Wood Smoked Mediterranean Sausages!

Spirited Mama

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**Disclaimer: We were gifted these products without any expectations. 

 

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Benny Bushwhacker: Human Nature heads to PRETORIA for one night only!

Starrring BEN VOSS

Written by John van de Ruit (SPUD)

Directed by Janice Honeyman

Atterbury Theatre, Pretoria

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Wednesday 13 November 2019

 

If you missed seeing Benny Bushwhacker – Human Nature, like I did, during the Joburg season in October, don’t despair, Ben Voss returns to Gauteng for ONE NIGHT ONLY at The Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria on Wednesday 13 November at 20h00.

Benny Bushwhacker aka Ben Voss continues his successful national tour of his brand-new, one-man-show and will soon be in Pretoria to delight Gauteng audiences once again.

 

Pretoria audiences loved Ben’s previous shows, including Bend it Like Beauty and Beauty and the BEE and will remember him as Beauty on the Jacaranda 94.2 breakfast show. Audiences get the chance to see this award-winning actor, comedian, writer and producer back on stage in his brand new show!

Benny Bushwhacker : Human Nature kick-started a fabulous tour when it won two Standard Bank Ovation Awards at the National Arts Festival Makhanda in Grahamstown – the very first staging of the show.

The Republic of South Africa proudly welcomes home Benny Bushwhacker (aka Ben Voss), the world’s funniest conservationist. The legend returns to share what it takes to survive the African bush … and for the African bush to survive.

 

The genial South African, who recently trended worldwide for banging heads with swashbuckling British survivalist Bear Grylls, is touring South Africa’s theatres and festivals with an hilarious yet sobering look at the collision between man and environment.

For somebody who has spent more time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life than a hibernating Arctic wood frog, Benny Bushwhacker brings untainted humanity and delicious humour to his performance that will have you laughing out loud and wondering why, when it comes to the bush, the most uncommon human trait is common sense.

Whether it be his opinion on how to spot a know-it-all in Kruger, or the relative chances of his estranged wife, Brenda, replacing the buffalo in the Big 5, Benny delivers time and again with his unique sense of humour and classic bush logic.

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Benny Bushwhacker’s stories and experiences have been translated from bush to page by his unofficial biographer, John van de Ruit, (of Spud fame) and directed from page to stage by the lioness of theatre, Janice Honeyman.

 

When asked about the project, Director Janice Honeyman said:

“I have worked with Ben before and have always enjoyed it. He’s a good actor, and a thinking actor. His Mamba series impressed me, so I chose to direct his alter ego, Beauty Ramapelepele. Ben then worked with me last year on the Snow White Pantomime as Evil Queen Hildagonda, in which he was fantastic. The opportunity to work with him again as Benny Bushwhacker is great fun. The concerns of the content are very close to my heart and putting it into a less didactic, preachy context feels good for me.”

 

 

Writer of the piece, John van de Ruit, expressed his involvement thus;

“Ben and I have been friends and collaborators for over twenty years. In that time, I have had the best seat in the house to witness his talent and versatility as a comedic actor. He has the unique ability to capture reality and extremity, often simultaneously, with hilarious consequences. It does help that he was born with a rubber face, a razor-sharp mind and the body of Frankenstein. This made him the perfect fit for Benny Bushwhacker, a celebrity conservationist with a big heart and little education to speak of.”

 

van de Ruit continues;

“Historically, Ben Voss and I have collaborated on both scripting and performance, but this time we have made a deliberate decision to separate ourselves into writer and actor. This means I won’t steal Benny’s favourite lines on stage, and he won’t tamper with my favourite lines in the script. I think that’s called collaborative uncoupling. It’s been a terrific time developing the idea of Benny Bushwhacker with Ben Voss, although of late it’s been rather difficult to tell the pair apart.”

 

While touring South Africa, Benny Bushwhacker is raising awareness and Moola for the Lebombo Leopard – Human Conflict Survey. And while leopards are not known to change their spots, through this initiative, Benny will try to help humans to do so.

 

Ben Voss states; “I am closely involved with the Lebombo Leopard Human Conflict Survey in Mkuze, Northern Zululand. A big part of this project is to raise money to set cameras to monitor leopard movement in the area after two children were taken by these cats on the reserve boundary. My interest is not so much conserving pristine bush, as conserving the line between humans and nature. These boundaries are critical. As a roving species, Leopard are under constant threat from humans, and communities are under threat from Leopard. So this conflict seemed like a “natural” fit for my show. I care about nature, I care about humans and if the leopard is to survive we are going to have to create more green spaces, and keep communities healthy and happy.

 

Voss continues; “The theme of the show is even based around saving the leopard and there are donation boxes for the project at every show. Every single cent in those boxes goes towards the initiative. At the moment we are raising on average R1000 a show and I have nearly 100 shows this year. So R100 000 is my target!”

 

Book your seats soon for this wonderful look at life on the wild side, because, like the rhinos of Africa, you never know if you will get the chance to see it again.

Benny Bushwhacker : Human Nature is on stage at The Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Wednesday 13 November at 20h00.

Ticket prices are R140 – R160

Bookings are via iTickets by calling 086 1000 291 or online at https://itickets.co.za/events/427342

The duration of the show is 65 minutes with no interval.

There’s no Age Restriction (although there’s “No Under 3’s” for the comfort of other patrons)

 

Check out www.benvoss.co.za for general information or to click through on booking links to the various venues around the country.

National Tour Dates of Benny Bushwhacker still coming up:

Hexagon Theatre, Pietermaritzburg, 4 – 9 November

Atterbury Theatre, Pretoria, 13 November

Somerset West Playhouse, 15 – 16 November

Baxter Theatre, Cape Town, 10 December – 18 January 2020

Pretoria, are you ready for Benny Bushwhacker?

Spirited Mama

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Benny Bushwacker: Human Nature on stage at Monte Casino

BENNY BUSHWHACKER: Human Nature

Starring BEN VOSS
Written by John van de Ruit (SPUD)
Directed by Janice Honeyman

Already that is enough information to get you hooked 🙂

 

Benny Bushwhacker, aka Ben Voss, continues his successful national tour of his brand-new, one-man-show and will soon be heading to Gauteng to delight Joburg and Pretoria audiences.

Benny Bushwhacker : Human Nature will be on stage at The Studio Theatre at Montecasino from Thursday, 3rd – Sunday, 20th October for a strictly limited season.

Joburg audiences loved Ben’s previous shows, including Green Mamba, Black Mamba, Mamba Republic, Bend it Like Beauty and Beauty and the BEE to name but a few. Now they get to see the chance to see this award winning actor, comedian, writer and producer back on stage in his brand new show!

Benny Bushwhacker : Human Nature kick-started a fabulous tour when it won two Standard Bank Ovation Awards at the National Arts Festival Makhanda in Grahamstown – the very first staging of the show.

The Republic of South Africa proudly welcomes home Benny Bushwhacker (aka Ben Voss), the world’s funniest conservationist. The legend returns to share what it takes to survive the African bush … and for the African bush to survive.

 

The genial South African, who recently trended worldwide for banging heads with swashbuckling British survivalist Bear Grylls, is touring South Africa’s theatres and festivals with an hilarious yet sobering look at the collision between man and environment.

 

For somebody who has spent more time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life than a hibernating Arctic wood frog, Benny Bushwhacker brings untainted humanity and delicious humour to his performance that will have you laughing out loud and wondering why, when it comes to the bush, the most uncommon human trait is common sense.

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Whether it be his opinion on how to spot a know-it-all in Kruger, or the relative chances of his estranged wife, Brenda, replacing the buffalo in the Big 5, Benny delivers time and again with his unique sense of humour and classic bush logic.

 

Benny Bushwhacker’s stories and experiences have been translated from bush to page by his unofficial biographer, John van de Ruit, (of Spud fame) and directed from page to stage by the lioness of theatre, Janice Honeyman.

When asked about the project, Director Janice Honeyman said:

“I have worked with Ben before and have always enjoyed it. He’s a good actor, and a thinking actor. His Mamba series impressed me, so I chose to direct his alter ego, Beauty Ramapelepele. Ben then worked with me last year on the Snow White Pantomime as Evil Queen Hildagonda, in which he was fantastic. The opportunity to work with him again as Benny Bushwhacker is great fun. The concerns of the content are very close to my heart and putting it into a less didactic, preachy context feels good for me.”

 

Writer of the piece, John van de Ruit, expressed his involvement thus;

“Ben and I have been friends and collaborators for over twenty years. In that time, I have had the best seat in the house to witness his talent and versatility as a comedic actor. He has the unique ability to capture reality and extremity, often simultaneously, with hilarious consequences. It does help that he was born with a rubber face, a razor-sharp mind and the body of Frankenstein. This made him the perfect fit for Benny Bushwhacker, a celebrity conservationist with a big heart and little education to speak of.”

 

While touring South Africa, Benny Bushwhacker is raising awareness and Moola for the Lebombo Leopard – Human Conflict Survey. And while leopards are not known to change their spots, through this initiative, Benny will try to help humans to do so.

 

Ben Voss states; “I am closely involved with the Lebombo Leopard Human Conflict Survey in Mkuze, Northern Zululand. A big part of this project is to raise money to set cameras to monitor leopard movement in the area after two children were taken by these cats on the reserve boundary. My interest is not so much conserving pristine bush, as conserving the line between humans and nature. These boundaries are critical. As a roving species, Leopard are under constant threat from humans, and communities are under threat from Leopard. So this conflict seemed like a “natural” fit for my show. I care about nature, I care about humans and if the leopard is to survive we are going to have to create more green spaces, and keep communities healthy and happy.

Voss continues; “The theme of the show is even based around saving the leopard and there are donation boxes for the project at every show. Every single cent in those boxes goes towards the initiative. At the moment we are raising on average R1000 a show and I have nearly 100 shows this year. So R100 000 is my target!”

Book your seats soon for this wonderful look at life on the wild side, because, like the rhinos of Africa, you never know if you will get the chance to see it again.

Benny Bushwhacker : Human Nature is on stage at The Studio Theatre @ Montecasino from Thursday 3rd – Sunday 20th October.

Performances are Wednesdays – Fridays at 20h00, Saturdays at 16h00 & 20h00 and Sundays at 15h00.

Ticket prices are R130 – R180 and bookings are through Computicket.

The duration of the show is 65 minutes with no interval.

There’s no Age Restriction (although there’s “No Under 3’s” for the comfort of other patrons)

Check out www.benvoss.co.za for general information or to click through on booking links to the various venues around the country.

Follow Benny Bushwhacker on Social Media:
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/BennyBushwhacker

 

For those Pretoria residents not able to make the excursion to Jozi, there will also be a one-night-only opportunity for Pretoria audiences to see the show at Atterbury Theatre on Wednesday 13th November at 20h00.

Ticket Prices are R140 – R160. Bookings are via iTickets.

 

Spirited Mama

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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.

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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

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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. **

 

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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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYUSNkeSDqk

 

 

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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.

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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.

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Do you drink whisky? 

Are you willing to try some Southern Comfort Black?

Cheers!

Spirited Mama

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Disclaimer: Pictures were supplied by Ronamo Media.

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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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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

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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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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

 

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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

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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