The New McCain Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

The New Crispy McCain Sweet Potato FriesPeople who know me very well , know I have a love affair with fried/slap chips so much that every Friday after work before I go home get myself a packet. Received a voucher for me to go buy The New McCain Crispy Sweet Potato Fries, sounds like an alternative replacement because they are low in carbs.

Sweet potatoes are known to promote digestive health, heart health and they are also a good source of Vitamin C and Beta Carotene. They are so bright orange that my daughter thought I was deep frying carrot chips. My daughter hates chips so much, but she enjoyed the new McCain Crispy SweetThe New Crispy McCain Sweet Potato FriesThey are so easy to cook you can bake or deep fry them the choice is yours. Prefer deep frying them because its quicker than baking them. While deep frying, in hot oil takes about 3 minutes for them to be cooked, baking takes 20 minutes, the product cooks best from frozen. Totally a fan of things that cook fast and quickly so we can eat.

The New Crispy McCain Sweet Potato Fries

Chef’s Tips:

Best Served with sour cream and chives dip or sweet chilli sauce. I will be trying the sweet chilli sauce because not a fan of sour cream.

Do you love fries/slap chips like me? McCain has introduced a healthier alternative with their Crispy Sweet Potato Fries.

Tips for People Travelling Alone to International Countries.

 Tips for people travelling alone to International Countries.

The festival season is officially here and people are going away to amazing destinations. I sometimes feel like going away to an exotic destination all by myself, but sometimes It might not be a good idea to travel alone. So here are tips for people travelling alone to international countries

  1. Always travel with a well-known, trustworthy companion. Do not go off on your own.
  2. Always be aware of your surroundings and have all of your emergency numbers on hand.
  3. Never trust strangers, do not visit dodgy places, have at least one other person with you.
  4. Do not travel alone, travel with a tour group.
  5. Carry pepper spray, it might be illegal in some countries (So find out).
  6. Always pack your bags yourself, do not take “gifts” from anybody.
  7. Leave your valuable items such as expensive jewelry that might make you a target.
  8. Give your family copy of all your itinerary and keep in touch as much as possible do they can know your movements
  9. Register with Registration of South African Citizens (ROSA). This service is free and by registering your trip online with ROSA you assist the Department to locate you during an emergency. If you have such a service in your country, it is advisable to register.
  10. Walk with confidence like you know where you are going and if you have ask for directions imply that you are meeting a friend there. So, that they don’t think you are alone.

Hope you find my tips for people travelling alone to international countries this December very useful.Safe travels and enjoy your holidays.

How do you keep yourself safe after living the secure borders of your home country?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things I have learnt about becoming a Blogger

home-office-599475_1920When I started blogging little did I know how much time it will consume and how much it will cost. I started a lot of blogs which I later left because I was not ready to put in the work of creating content. My mindset was wrong I was looking for a quick fix and failed. Things I have learnt about becoming a Blogger or Digital Influencer, it’s things I wish I knew before starting.

Budget

You have to be prepared to spend money from your pocket. Data is not cheap and you cannot afford to be offline for too long because readers tend to lose interest. If you appear to be a one hit wonder.

Consistency

You need to be on top of your game, posting regularly to increase your google visibility. I know easy for people like me who work full time and still have to create content, but make an effort to post at least once a week.

Social Media

This is overwhelming because there are a lot of platforms out there, so don’t stress yourself by joining all of the at the same time. It’s not easy to grow a following so at least sign up for 2 or three being Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and grow your numbers.

You don’t need to have a blog.

Not everyone is good at writing (I try) and just the other day I was going through Webfluential and I realised that not every influencer there has a blog.

This is something I wish I knew when I started because it’s something I really would have considered. You can be a Digital Influencer by having a huge following on your social media accounts and even just one is still effective.

Don’t Compare Yourself to other Digital Influencers.

Rookie mistake I made was comparing myself to other bloggers. Got depressed about their huge followings were and  obsessed with how many comments they got in their blog post.

Pace yourself because they have been doing it longer than you and probably felt the way you are feeling when they started. Focus on growing your brand.

Finally, I have also learnt that when the time is right, your work and effort will be recognize and all your hard work will pay off. These are the Things I have learnt about becoming a Blogger/Digital Influencer.

 

What great lesson have you learnt about being a blogger/digital influencer?

 

DON’T RUSH. BREATH. FOCUS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY ENJOY IT.

 

The mainstream quality of life

The mainstream quality of life these days is changing every year and busier every year forgetting just to stop and breath. I grew up in the city and in love with life in the city, but lately I have been yearning for a quieter and simpler life. Maybe just maybe when I grow older I will buy a house surrounded by trees with open space for fresh.

I am thankful for my daughter because her views of life they are just so simple and surprising. She is the sparkle I need in my day and when I am sad she would do something to make me laugh. She would be so happy when I do and say yes, I made you smile.Really find the age my daughter is right now the most exciting because of her curiosity and as adults we tend to lose that. I don’t remember the last time I was curious about something.

The mainstream quality of life

This is the mainstream quality of life we just work and work and want to make more money. That’s all we do these days make money, eat and sleep repeat. Our every little move is monetized; I yearn for a simple life.The mainstream quality of life

 

Have you ever yearned to slow down and breath?

 

Breath. Meditate. Smile

Talk about Multitasking

Talk about Multitasking
Wow,this year really pushed myself by enrolling to learn more because I felt like my head was becoming rusty.Little did I know it was going to be strenuous. Talk about multitasking and I feel like running away now and then.

Did not take into account what was already in my plate I just jumped in and I am a student again with assignments and exams to prepare for. My daughter  started school this year and has homework Monday to Thursday and already has an assessment time table (Like really in Grade 1).

I work full-time 8am to 4:20pm and I have a blog that needs to be consistent, otherwise it will be all back to one if I neglect it. My blog is a second job, it’s just that I am not earning any income from it besides being invited to campaigns and events.

Towards the end of October and last week I had to prepare for my exams.Help my daughter with her homework, cook, clean the house and be a wife. Sometimes feel like a married single mom, because I literally do everything on my own talk about multitasking.Talk about Multitasking

Taking on studies after nearly 10 years after college is really scary (oh boy did I just give away my age) and multitasking is not fun. Have been feeling burned out and extremely tired juggling working full time, being a student, a mom and a spouse and a blogger.

Have you pushed yourself this year to a point of , what the hell was I thinking?

Bullying in Primary School

bullying in Primary School

Bullying in primary school should not be happening especially at a lower grade. I have always said that school children are the meanest. Lately my daughter has been complaining about a girl in her class Grade 1.

This girl has been mean towards my daughter and her other friends. Saying things like you are stupid, pushing and pinching her in the back when they are standing on a line.

This morning again while my daughter and I were walking to the transport she complained again about this mean little girl. I am seriously starting to get angry about this. I told her to tell her teacher because it’s really unacceptable, its making my daughter uncomfortable.

Never thought that I will have to deal with bullying in primary school. If this girl is mean from grade 1, I can only imagine her in Grade 7. My daughter said I told her that it is not right to hit someone.

She called me stupid again and said my other friends and I wish she does not come back to school next year. That sentence really alerted me that it must be really awful for them to wish her out of the school.

Got me thinking what do I do with this, because I am currently feeling like going to the school and giving that little mean girl a piece of my mind.

I cannot turn into mama bear on a 6 years old girl who clearly thinks what she is doing is right and has seen someone in her family to mean towards another person in her presence.

Bullying in primary school how do I handle that; I would really appreciate you input?

Bloggers I consider Friends in the Blogsphere  

Decided to write this post because I was reflecting on my blogging journey and now I am at a stage where I can say I have bloggers I consider friends in the blogsphere. Earlier this year I meet a group of women who blog and work full time and being a newbie, I have always felt left out and intimidated by all the big bloggers already establishment.

I remembered last year when I went to a movie premiere and honestly, I found the environment bitchy and cold.All the big bloggers grouped themselves into small groups and they knew each other chatting and laughing away. I was glad because I had my daughter with and we stuck together like thick thieves, it was an awkward and uncomfortable experience.

Happy to have meet these fabulous ladies which we have grown close and have helped each other with blogging. I am happy to share with you today Bloggers I consider friends in the Blogsphere:

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Lindi Mogale from A Well-Heeled Woman – it should be A Well-Traveled Woman but then again that name is taken (hahahah) I say this because this woman has seen the world and even travels domestically. Cape Town should be her second home because it loves her.she is a wife and a mother, two colorful boy. She blogs about parenting and life and being a working mum. I honestly think she is superwoman because she works until the early hours of the morning. (Lindi please share your secret)

Bloggers I consider Friends in the blogsphere

Lebo Xolo from MrsX Lifestyle – she is the yummy mummy of two children boy and a girl, a wife and a working woman. Oh, boy, and she is so active and looks so good for a mom of two (Lebo are trying to put me to shame).I remember the first time I saw her I was like damn she is so cool; she has that swag and sexiness you, know like Rihanna she does not put it on it just there effortlessly (Gosh I sound like I have a crush).  Lebo blogs about fitness, parenting, events and fashion.

Bloggers I consider Friends in the blogsphere

Ayanda Mkhize from Beat My Blush – I have not met her personally, but I first came across her on Beauty Bulletin she loves all things beauty. She is a mom, wife and a business woman she creates awesome platters and she is also a staying healthy fan (she loves shakes and smoothies). She blogs about beauty.

Bloggers I consider Friends in the blogsphere

Noluthando Msomi from Modern Zulu Mom–  She is a proud mommy of two, a wife and a working woman. She blogs about parenting woman, work tips and fashion. She is indeed a modern African mom and a humble, soft soul.

Bloggers I consider Friends in the blogsphere
Sara Essop from In Africa and Beyond – I consider Sara a friend even though I have not met her personally because she was friendly and welcoming. She was the to go to lady when I was applying for USA visa in March.I sent her an inbox and I thought she will ignore as she is an established blogger, but she replied and she was so helpful. (Thank you for your Kindness). I know she is a mom and Sara Blogs about travelling, accommodation reviews and all things South Africa if you ever need advice about visa application and where to stay she is your lady.

Do you have bloggers who were friendly when you started and how was your experience as a newbie?

Our children are in trouble

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Did you know that almost 15 percent of South African primary school children are overweight? This is according to the latest stats from the South African Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The thing that caught my eye looking at this news was our girls are very overweight than boys. Any a parent with a primary school child in their household should be worried as me and this made me understand that our children are in trouble, especially girls.

It was found that girls living in the city-based have more than double the rate (30 percent) and have more body fat. It’s a fact that girls are usually heavier than boys. The World Obesity Federation (WOF) has warned that unless South Africa takes extremely important action to deal with the problem otherwise by 2025 almost 4 million local school children will be overweight.

This is a serious matter parents our children are in trouble and according to the latest research. The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HAFSA) it has shown that girls who were very overweight between the ages of 4 and 6 were 42 times at risk to be overweight as teenagers.

The biggest contribution to obesity is inactivity, our children watch too much television and it was found that girls watch more than boys. This presents a threat to our risk as they will at the risk of contracting long-lasting such a Diabetes.

In Fact, the time is now to act so that we can nip this as early as possible. Solutions need to be placed as suggested by Professor Ian Caterson from the WOF strongly encouraged governments to act: “Introducing tougher rules to protect children from the marketing of unhealthy food, making sure schools help increase healthy eating and physical activity, strengthening planning and building rules to provide safe neighbourhoods, and monitoring the impact of these policies.”

Is your child active enough and what needs to change?

Facial Wipes Are Essential

Facial Wipes Are Essential Have you guys noticed how the facial wipe market has evolved over the years, I for one I am happy that facial wipes were created especially my favourite Simple Cleansing Wipes. All because some nights I am just so tired to wash my face and sometimes I actually remember while in bed there is no way I will be waking up for that. Facial wipes are essential for such nights like this.

Facial wipes they are really convenient and they fit into your bag for on the go moments and especially for long international flights. I know airlines like Emirates offer you a warm face cloth to freshen up, but it’s also handy to carry facial wipes just in case you need to freshen up.

Facial Wipes Are Essential:

  • Convenient and portable
  • More and more wipes are becoming natural (E.g. contain extracts like Aloe Vera)
  • Versatile with benefits such as moisturisation, oil control and pore minimization all in a facial wipe pretty convenient
  • Can also have facial wipes for anti-aging containing, anti-oxidants. Facial wipes are evolving to cater to people of different age groups.
  • They are quicker and save time

This is why the facial wipes are essential in  every women’s’ life , on your bedside, in your bag, your car literally everywhere. Would be even better if they biodegradable to make disposing them easy like flushing them. The facial wipes are also used to hydrate the skin these days is not about looking younger but good for our age.

Do you use facial wipes and why?

The National Nutrition Week : Love your beans Campaign

Credit: pulses.org
Credit: pulses.org

Did you know that since the 9th until the 15th October is The National Nutrition Week: Love your beans Campaign , I honestly had no idea until this morning? The theme for this year is “love your beans” and I am not a fan of beans or lentils.
This afternoon from 1 -2pm the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) hosted a Twitter Talk which I attended because I was curious. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the educational 1 hour talk they gave tips and ideas of how to incorporate beans and lentils in your daily diet and lifestyle.

When I think lentils I immediately think about winter and soup but apparently you can have them all year round. It was really an eye opening one hour well spent. That also shared resources like recipe of how to prepare pulses to keep them interesting, to see what went on the talk see @ADSA_RD on Twitter.
The National Nutrition:Love your beans
Things I have learned today about pulses in The National Nutrition Week:Love your beans Campaign.

• Pulses protect us from certain diseases.
• Soak overnight to make them easier to digest and also quicker to cook.
• Really loved how you can even include them in your baking of muffins, homemade bread etc.
• The earlier you introduce beans and lentils to your children the better. (My daughter hates beans and it’s my fault)
• You can boil, fry, roast, mash, even tofu them, you can really do anything with pulses.
• Good source of fiber and protein.

Credit:fao.org/pulses-2016
Credit:fao.org/pulses-2016

The information is a lot I cannot include all of them in this post just visit twitter and see for yourself and you will also get lots of recipes shared.
The National Nutrition Week :Love your beans is brought to us by @HealthZA & @SAHeartStroke @CGCSA1 @CEPMilkSA & @NNW2013 #LovePulses. Check them out on twitter to find out more about the ‘Love your beans” campaign.

Does your family eat pulses?