Wishing You A Happy Valentine’s Day

I am wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day. For as long as I remember today is Valentine’s Day, there are a lot of stories behind this day I won’t even get into that.

In my opinion Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. Could be love between mother and daughter, husband and wife even boyfriend and girlfriend.

It’s the day of appreciation in any relationship may be in.

I will share with you my all-time favourite love quotes:

What online stores need to know about their consumer?

Honestly love online shopping because it is convenient and at the comfort of my home and this is what online stores need to know about their consumer. As a fan of online shopping I am going shares my views of what I think should happen and what online stores need to know about their consumer.

Shop online to avoid the long queues in stores, especially at the end of the month when you can the staff is tired and they just can’t take it anymore. Sometimes I hate shopping at some retailers because they don’t make it worth my while.

Here are what online stores need to know about their consumer

Out of Stock

Items that are out of stock they need to automatically get hidden. There is nothing more annoying, like clicking on an item, only to find out it is sold out. (Data is expensive, so please be considerate)

Payment Options  

Having a variety of payment options its truly a necessity, even the instant payment like Payfast. Waiting for payment to be cleared can take days and the product may be urgently needed and keep in mind not everyone has a credit card.

Sales

Lots of online stores tend to crash when they have huge sales because the website cannot handle the traffic. That is unacceptable, so make sure your IT team is ready to speedily resolve any glitch.

Delivery

Most of the online stores have this in place especially Takealot. Their turnaround on delivery is amazing, maybe it’s because they use the most flexible Mr Delivery. The stores that needs to get on board with the delivery it’s the food stores like Pick N Pay, Woolworths. They need to consider offering free delivery on certain value of the order.

Returns and Exchanges

As easy it was to add an item in the shopping cart may the return and exchange policy is as efficient. I don’t like waiting and a week before turnaround time is not cool. Work with your suppliers and to shorten the turnaround time.

Love online shopping because I work full time and  hate long queues in the store during month end. Hardly get time and always exhausted after work to go buy something and it’s also convenient. Jet Stores have joined the club by offering online shopping.

Do you have anything you would like the online stores to know?

How important is religion in parenting?

How important is religion in parenting? Last night my husband and I we were up until late discussing religion matters regarding our daughter. When religion plays a big role in parenting it such a pain in the …… Married to a Muslim man and I was born a Christian but later changed to nothing. Definitely have good reasons.

What sparked the question of religion, you know in Muslim culture there are women who cover their faces. As I learn a little about the Quran each day I somehow feel that is oppressing women making men feel all superior above women and as a feminist that is a no, no in my book. I might be wrong, but as far as I understand I wouldn’t want my daughter to get involved with something that will teach her that men have power over women.

Found asking myself why religion plays a huge role in parenting. Is religion really necessary, especially religion that will inhabit a human being to enjoy life and all its possibilities.  Asked husband actually told him that our daughter should have the freedom to choose with path/religion she wants to follow when she is old enough. For now, we teach her what is right and wrong and let her experience life and everything in it.

Am I really just a bad parent? When I married my husband we never spoke about this and I never even thought about it. He knew where I stood when it comes to religion. Always say I don’t judge anyone who believes in God/Allah, but don’t know force your beliefs down my throat.

My daughter, she is a curious child and she is always interested in why in Christianity, they praise God the way they do and sing loudly and scream hallelujah while in Muslim they don’t. She also wanted to know why Hindus had so many gods and goddesses and the other day she wanted to know who is RA (The Egyptian God of Sun) I explain to her to the best of my abilities.

 

Am I being unreasonable to my husband about the religion matter? Have you encountered the same problem?

 

 

 

Its back to school and I am not ready


Where has the time gone, it’s back to school and I am not ready. Seriously, did not miss doing homework and lunch box . I also did not miss the washing all white PE clothes gosh, they make me hate Tuesdays and Thursdays.

I can not believe we are back at it again, another and lots of school activities, meetings (can I resign from being a mom). Also I am back to work and back into the weekly routine. I enjoyed my holidays not having to wake up and run like a headless chicken Has Been splendid.

It’s a new year, another 365 days to make our dreams come true and if your dream has come true its your year to prosper and make it greater. I am looking forward to a fruitful and rewarding year, of course I will be hustling harder than last year Because I have a DREAM.

I am not making any resolutions this year I am just going to make me and strive to succeed.

It’s back to school and I am not ready. Are you ready to go back into the routine?

Chores Ideas for Children from the age of 6


Chores Ideas for Children from the age of 6 I started getting my daughter into doing chores last year she was only 6 years old.I have some chores ideas for children from the age of 6years old and this will be coming from what my daughter has been able to do.
It’s hard to be a working mom with a child in school, one day I just needed help and I cannot afford a maid. I asked my daughter if she could help and she gladly said yes.

Here is a list of my chores ideas for children from the age of 6 years old:

Doing the dishes

My daughter is really tall for age, but if your child is short you can buy those cute steps for children for them to reach the sink. Prepare water, make sure there is nothing sharp in the water like knives and forks. Keep the dish rack as close as possible, show them how doing it and voila.

Clearing the table after dinner

By this I mean putting the milk,juice and any sauces used during eating like your tomato sauce, salad dressing. Nothing heavy.

Cleaning the table after eating

Unless you have a table cloth on the table, your little one can learn to wipe down the table.

                                                      Folding Laundry

I just recently introduced this, the folding is still messy but the best part is she is learning. I give her the simple things like her leggings and tops. She also puts away underwear in the designated drawer.

Cleaning the bathroom

Give them a little water, sponge and detergent, let them scrub the bathtub and basin. It’s simple and easy and it keeps them busy.

These chores ideas for children can be introduced to your little one slowly not all at once and when you see that they are ready to taken on the next chores. Teaching our children to take care of themselves at an earlier age and teaching about cleanliness its the best value we can instill in them and a value they will always remember.

Unless you are you can afford maids and born into a wealth family then it does not matter☺

What chores have you taught your little and at what age did you begin?

Pond’s Pimple Clear Works in 3 Days


Pond’s Pimple Clear Works in 3 Days. Got pimple problems? Pond’s Pimple Clear works in 3 days, yes Pond’a has a new product called Pimple Clear. A few weeks ago I received The Pond’s Pimple Clear combo to try out. I seriously struggle with pimples when that time of the month arrives and trying this product out has been amazing.
Pond’s Pimple Clear promises to clear your pimples in just three days of continuous use. There are two products to help with achieving the results Pond’s Pimple Clear Face wash and Leave on Expert Clearing Gel.

The Pond’s Pimple Clear has the unique lock and clear technology that helps to target pimples at their root cause and helps protect skin from future breakouts. The products contain active Thymo-T Essence.

It’s also a 2 step process that is easy to use :

Step 1 : Wet your face, then create later withPond’s Pimple Clear face wash and gently massage on your face, removing any dirt and oil. Rinse off and pat dry your face.
Step 2 : Apply tiny amount of Pond’s Pimple Clear Leave on Expert Clearing Gel on the affected areas. Use Twice A Day
I personally used the products on the most crucial week of my life, that time of the month that’s when I am pimple prone. I was amazed by the products because in just one day the pimples were visibly reduced.

Hello 2017

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A new year has begun ,hello 2017 I am looking forward to a wonderful 365 days. It’s amazing to see a year end and a new one arrive. A new year brings hope of new beginnings and another chance to fulfil incomplete goals and dreams.
I am looking forward to a successful 2017 in my personal and blogging life. I also wish my family and friends an amazing 2017 may your dreams and desires be acknowledged.
Hello 2017 its going to be one hell of a year and I am prepared and ready for my transformation. So its that time of the year to choose a mantra that will get me through the year and this year my mantra is:
Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. Bruce Lee

Promise myself to be the best and successful version of me and only me. Also march to the sound of my own drums.

Do you have a mantra for 2017?

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.