Win: Social Media Workshop Valued At R2950.

I love hosting competitions on my blog, but it’s ones like this one that make my heart skip a beat. So many of us are working moms, but many of us also run our own businesses – whether it be on the side, or your full time job.

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What makes my job as a blogger so rewarding, is giving women like YOU the opportunity to win prizes that enable you to broaden your knowledge on how to run your small business, hopefully resulting in your business blooming!

So, let me get to introducing you to this weeks competition.


CAPE TOWN LADIES (Small business owners), this one is for you!

Are you wanting to learn how to improve your marketing skills?

Leigh Tobin, co-founder of Alphabet Workshops is giving away a seat at their Social Media Workshop on THURSDAY 22ND MARCH valued at R2950! The workshop will be held at at the award-winning The Table restaurant (@thetablefood), in Stellenbosch, with incredible food. Time: 08h30 – 16h30

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An effective strategy can make all the difference in driving more business through Instagram & Facebook. The Alphabet Workshops teach YOU the tools to build an effective strategy and hands on coaching relevant to our student’s business. The wonderful thing about the workshop is that it is a small group, which means that you get individual coaching.

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Head over to my Facebook or Instagram account to enter!

Good Luck, if you would like to share the link to your small business – website, or social media account, please do so in the comment section!

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My Postpartum Hair Transformation – Spoilt Hair.

Looking back on my hair before falling pregnant, I want to slap myself for ever complaining about having a bad hair day. From the start of my second trimester, my hair was growing at a rapid pace, thickening by the day.

But then my tiny miracle baby was born, and as if it was all a dream, that new hair all started to evacuate, as if it realized it had checked in at the wrong place, and feeling slightly embarrassed, they packed up and left, never to return again.

I’ve never experienced hair loss the way that I did, and still do after pregnancy. I’ve never known my baby hair to be quite so stubborn – it grows out, and then regrows, and the cycle is never ending. My hair dry and brittle and the waves now seemingly totally uncoordinated – departing in every direction, except the way I wish for it to go.

Rewind a year, I was gifted a day at the salon. I had them do the ombre look which was so in at the time. I was this new semi-blonde bombshell, and I adored it. And then…it grew out. Weeks turned into months, months turned into a year. And then here we were. It took multiple days where I burst into tears when looking into the mirror. My hair drove me insane, and being a busy mom, I just couldn’t find the time each day to make it look good. I would still have my frequent hair cuts to try to keep it healthy, but would never leave happy. The tears would stream again. I felt that all hairdressers were out there to get me – to ruin my hair. They never listened.

Then, I heard about Spoilt Hair Salon in Green Point. I heard wonderful things about the salon, as well as the hairstylists, and I had to try it out for myself. Look – once one or two hairdressers mess up your hair, it’s incredibly hard to trust anybody again. But the hair was in dire need of saving, and this was my last hope.

I arrived to the friendliest faces. They welcomed me in as if I belonged there. A salon that has regulars popping in just to say hi to their stylists. A well behaved dog seated as if it wasn’t there beside his owner. Fresh greenery brightening up each mirror. A salon that has been around for so long, that their clients become their family.

Zainab was my stylist. I don’t usually enjoy chatting too much when I’m having treatments done, as I use it as my time away from my child to just relax and read – but I so loved chatting with her. She knew when silence was desired, and would just continue with the job at hand.

I requested a wash, treatment, balayage (to bring in a dash of blonde) and a blow-dry. My previously incredibly dry and tatty hair was transformed. There were no traces of the previous colour left behind, and looking in the mirror, I was lost for words.

It is a lengthy procedure, because they do it properly. But, not once did I feel like time was dragging on. I enjoyed every moment of being there, from the time I arrived, until the time I left. They are a water conscious salon, which means that they limit the length of time your hair is washed, and the amount of times they wash it. I am so impressed by this, as it can be a challenge at a salon.

They also have a nail bar in the salon – many women were having their nails done while their foils were in their hair, which is such a lovely idea. They do have wifi, so I also noticed quite a number of ladies getting work done while having their hair done.
They are also known for their Easihair Pro extensions, which are 100% Remy Human hair extensions. They have the incredible ability in matching them with your hair colour, and making them look totally natural.

I have no words to describe the smell of my hair once it was done – as they use only the best products in your hair. A mixture between toffee and finished off with a light spray that smelt like I had just stepped out of the Carribean – coconut and pineapple.

Imagine having your hair done in California, New York or LA. This is the feel that I get when visiting and stepping out of Spoilt. It was just the change and time that I needed to reboot, get my confidence back and to face life as a busy mom again.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the vibe in the salon, the music wasn’t too loud, and everyone was happy and passionate about what they were doing. The compliments are still streaming in when people see me. I really do love my new look – and I am so happy to have FINALLY found a new stylist and hair salon that I feel I can trust with my hair. Something that we so take fore granted, and often neglect.

Take this as a reminder to book your next hair appointment. If funds are tight, put some money aside each month so that you can look after yourself. As moms, and busy women, we really do need to invest in ourselves more often. Our wellbeing is what makes us the person that we are.

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I can’t recommend Zainab at Spoilt Hair adequately. I of course, cannot give my honest feedback on any of the other stylists because I haven’t had my hair done by them yet, but everyone leaving the salon looked gorgeous, and they certainly do keep coming back.

They love to share transformation photos on their social media sites, so check them out here:

Instagram / Facebook / Website

Thank you Zainab for such a wonderful afternoon, and for restoring my hair and my confidence. Shoneez, you should be incredibly proud of the phenomenal hair salon you have, with the most incredible stylists.

In Sync With Your Body & Mind.

Being totally in sync with your body and mind is an incredibly challenging task when you aren’t even quite sure when you last managed to get up from your desk to get a glass of water. I sometimes find myself frantically scanning my brain to try and remember if and what I ate for breakfast.

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Life gets so busy, and our bodies are such complicated things, that sometimes we need a little hand to keep in control of things. I’ve tried a couple of gadgets in the past, and I always felt that there was something missing. There were still things that I felt slightly out of control of – there were still aspects of my everyday health and wellbeing that I felt puzzled about.

So when I heard about the Bellabeat Leaf I needed to know more. Smart jewelry created just for us women. Something that looks chic and beautiful rather than colourful and sporty. A versatile piece of jewelry that can be worn in three ways. It works for every different personality. Pretty from the outside and intelligent on the inside, just like us women.

You’re probably starting to get curious, and I am sure that if you are anything like me, the questions are starting to roll in your mind.

The Bellabeat Leaf can be worn as a bracelet, a necklace or a clip. It is lightweight and comfortable. I was worried that I would maybe find that the area of skin beneath it would feel sweaty, but it doesn’t at all. I am personally not a fan of necklaces – so I always wear my Leaf as a bracelet.

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There are two designs which are home to the same features. The Leaf Nature which is natural wood, splash proof and 48x30x13mm and then there is the Leaf Urban, which is the one that I have – it is wood composite, water resistant and 48x28x11.5mm. They are both made of hypoallergenic stainless steel.

WHAT DO THEY COST?

The Leaf Urban retails for R2999, and the Leaf Nature retails for between R2599 and R3249 depending on which one you choose.

I love that my Leaf simply sync’s to my iPhone. The app is easy to use and very easy to read. So you most certainly won’t find yourself struggling to understand what is going on. You can easily connect with Apple Health or Google Git to sync all of your data in one place.

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What does it track?

Features:

– Tracks your steps, daily activities and calories burned
– Monitors your sleep quantity and quality
– Helps you manage stress through guided meditations and breathing exercise (you can also set alarms that remind you to do this).
– Enables you to keep track of your menstrual cycle (Probably one of the most beneficial parts to me, and one of the selling points – this is something I struggle with, having PCos).
– Gently wakes you up with soothing vibration
– Reminds you to stay active with the Inactivity Alert
– Made with natural, sustainable and hypoallergenic materials
– No charging – powered by a replaceable battery which only needs to be replaced every several months

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How does it work?

Packed with highly sensitive movement sensors and with secure data backup, Leaf runs 24/7. While you are sleeping, meditating, or being active. When you’re ready to see your results, it wirelessly syncs with the Bellabeat app, available for iOS and Android.

My thoughts?

I have found that I have wanted to be more active and healthy in order to see positive results. I have always felt that seeing results always motivates me. I love that I can keep track of how much water I drink and how much sleep I get. Being a mom, I guess I find this fascinating as no two nights of sleep are the same. I also find that I sometimes sit for half of the day, purely because I need to get work done on the computer – now I can remind myself to get up and move by simply setting an alarm. This is great for women who work in the office, as we can get so carried away with the task in front of us, that we don’t get a moment to get up and move – whether it is just going up and down the stairs or walking around the office to wake up a bit. I also often find myself forgetting to drink enough water – resulting in me feeling nauseous or with a migraine, so I love that I can set an alarm to remind myself every hour or so to get up to drink some water.

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For me, as I mentioned above, the fact that the Leaf tracks my menstrual cycle is a major selling point. Now I can learn the ins and outs of my body’s internal clock and I get valuable feedback about my reproductive health. Leaf’s innovative ovulation calculator and fertility charts allow me to view my ovulation, premenstrual, and period days at a glance. This is incredible! And I am so excited to learn more about this, as it has always been something I have been so unfamiliar with! I’m sure that so many of us can relate to this!

I also really like that it can predict stress before it even happens. This means that you can tackle it head on. They explain that your activity levels, sleep quality and reproductive health all affect how stressed you feel. By simply monitoring your daily habits, Leaf can detect patterns that may cause stress before it swoops in.

 

The Leaf is compatible with the following:

-iPhone 4s and newer, iPad Mini and newer, iPad 3rd Gen, and newer models
-Android 4.3 and newer with Bluetooth 4.0.

I have received uncountable queries and compliments on my Leaf! I’ve even had a lady follow me down a couple aisles at the grocery store as she just needed to find out what it was because it looked so beautiful. She couldn’t believe what was happening inside such a minimalist piece of jewelry! But, apart from the compliments – it truly has benefited me. I feel like I am finally on the right path. Fitness and health is one thing, but actually understanding what is happening on the inside of your body is a totally different ballgame – and I’ve finally found the perfect solution that can help me with exactly that. And I am now more determined than I have ever been.

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TELL ME WHERE I CAN GET IT…NOW!

To place your order, please head over to labelcollections.com
For any enquiries you can pop Nadia an email at nadia@labelcollections.com

 

Visit their social media platforms to see more:

Facebook: BellaBeat SA
Instagram: Instagram.com/bellabeatssa

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Fun fact: The Bellabeat was founded in 2014, and is one of the top 5 recipients of the 2014 Y-COMBINATOR. The world’s most powerful start-up incubator.

 

My Summer Wardrobe Essentials.

If somebody told me to think about the ideal outfit for me, I would say something that is comfortable and flattering for a postpartum body. Something that shows the curves, but hides the lumps and bumps.

I have to admit that I really struggle to find garments I would be confident going out in to a special event, or for a night out. However, finding Sitting Pretty and their new range – it was like I finally found home.

I have fallen madly in love with the Coco Double V Neck Jumpsuit. It is incredibly comfortable, and is elasticated in all of the right places. It really suits my body type and shape, and I have had uncountable compliments when I have been out. I’ve paired it with a pair of sneakers, and also wore it to an event  with a pair of wedges. It is so easy to match with absolutely anything that you already own, and you can dress it up or down with ease. The quality is phenomenal! Jumpsuits and dresses with pockets are a winner for me! Made from 100% Rayon Linen, this garment keeps you cool on a hot day, and is just flawless!

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The dress caught my eye because of its delicate detail. The little bit of lace really caught my attention. I love the way the dress flows as you move. The guava shade is quite a rare colour, but I couldn’t resist. It is fresh and perfect for Summer. I love that the dress has three quarter sleeves – it is ideal for cooler summer days or evenings. The dress is also elasticized around the waist area, which really creates some shape and emphasizes your good curves. It is so comfortable, and is also perfect for mom bods. Again, the quality is phenomenal, so this is a piece of clothing that will stay fashionable and maintain its quality for many years.

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As I mentioned, I struggle to find clothes that really stand out from the rest. I struggle to find designers who get their sizing correct when buying online. And one of my flaws is always having high expectations, often leaving me disappointed – however, my expectations were blown, and I was highly impressed and happy with my order.

You can most certainly find some gorgeous essential garments to add to your wardrobe. Add them to your wish list for Christmas, or just simply spoil yourself! You deserve it! Their entire Spring/Summer 2018 collection is flawless!

It has been wonderful watching Sitting Pretty grow from strength to strength having started in 2009

Have a look at Sitting Pretty’s social media handles:

www.sittingpretty.co.za

Instagram.com/sittingprettysa

www.facebook.com/SittingPrettyApparel

What is that one staple garment in your wardrobe?

Ceramic Loving.

I’ve been slightly, and strangely (is it strange though?) obsessed with buying special mugs, plates, bowls, and cups lately. Home-ware overall, actually! Maybe it’s because we are living in our own home now, and finally aren’t renting anymore. Preparing for renovations and finally creating our dream home in the next few months. Or, maybe it’s just because I am growing up, and am starting to appreciate the beauty in things we use on a daily basis or when we entertain and have people over for coffee or dinner.

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I’ve always been in love with the home-ware from Country Road, and I do have quite a few items from there, but I have also had fun browsing small, local stores at markets and online. My latest favourite is a small company run by a beautiful local, soon to be wed lady, Kate. Her full time job is a manager at Zando, and her secret love affair is Potsicle Ceramics. The name defines her and her business perfectly! ‘Potsicle’, just the sweetest name to go hand in hand with some of the most gorgeous, imperfectly perfect ceramics that she hand makes herself.

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I sent Kate a few reference pictures of what I like, and told her to be creative as I love her own personal style. I was so eager to see what she would create, and oh my goodness, am I in love! It arrived on my door step a couple of weeks later (it’s a process), and let’s just say that Kate is a bubble wrapping queen! My package arrived all in one piece, and I giggled as I unwrapped all of the bubble wrap! I’m sure I actually gasped when I first held my complete pieces in my hands. They are beautiful.

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I’m so excited to have some girls over for tea so that I can fill the plates up with home baked treats, just so that I can show them off! The quality of my ceramics are phenomenal, not a single flaw.

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These would make such wonderful gifts for a wedding. You can do your very own custom order if you wish, and create something personal and special for either yourself, a friend or a couple getting married. I think I may even be placing an order before too long for a little set to be made for a special baby that is soon to be born. We were gifted with a Jamie Oliver set that included a small ceramic plate, bowl and cup. And I just loved the idea. But, to be able to choose what you want yourself, to make it personal and special just wins over my heart!

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Kate, you’ve made me one happy lady with these beautiful Potsicle Ceramics. I can see through your work that you love what you do so very much. Thank you!
You can browse her already made products here: http://www.hellopretty.co.za/potsicle-ceramics
Or you can check out her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Potsicle/
And her Instagram here: @potsicle_ceramics