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Best of Hello Smart Blog 2017 • The Video

December 7, 2017
OFS Smart Repair • Happy Holidays

You’ll miss the BEST things if you keep your eyes shut • Dr. Seuss At the end of our first year on the blog, we commissioned our kick butt design team at Urban Java to create a super cool video showcasing the BEST of Hello Smart Blog. You see, we had so much fun on the blog during that first year that we wanted to celebrate with a special memento to remember not only where we started, but also where our adventures had taken us during that year. It was a very special year and 2017 was no different – we had…

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Best of Hello Smart Blog 2017

December 5, 2017
Team OFS Smart Repair

Can you believe it’s the end of the year? Where has 2017 gone?! Yes, it’s that time of year when everybody is thinking about beachy holidays, planning their Christmas shopping and wondering how on earth the year flew by so quickly. And what a year it’s been here on Hello Smart Blog… We’ve had the BEST time! We met MKR SA celebrities, the Outdoor Smartguy, top creatives and sport stars. We ate very fashionable Buddha bowls and drank delicious Gin jam jars. Magpie played the best tunes, Tiffany kept our skin & beauty on point and Justin gave us the 1-2…

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Just n Motion • Dog days of summer

December 4, 2017
Just n Motion • Dog days of summer - Australian Kelpie

A V.I.P. YES! Very important pup • Snoopy So, this month I thought I’d take a bit of a break from our exercise tips and education (it is holiday after all) and instead I’ve decided to blog about one of my absolute FAVOURITE topics… a man’s best friend, the Dog. In my case, the Australian Kelpie. The Australian Kelpie is a breed of Border Collie, more commonly known as a sheep dog, mixed with the Australian Dingo which is equivalent to our wild dog. These dogs have been introduced all over the world for their amazing herding skills and ability…

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Cool Spots

De Oude Kraal Country Estate & Spa

December 1, 2017
Cool Spots • De Oude Kraal

De Oude Kraal Country Estate & Spa 35km South of Bloemfontein on the N1 (to Cape Town) deoudekraal.com People who love to eat are always the best people – Julia Child When the Nelson Mandela Foundation decided to put together The Great South African Cookbook featuring South Africa’s finest cooks, chefs and local food heroes, the result was quite frankly put, impeccable. The book is an absolute treat and features the very best culinary talent our country has to offer. Reuben Riffel of Reuben’s in Franschhoek, David Higgs of MKR SA and the renowned Marble in Johannesburg and Marie Lombard…

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Music by Magpie • My Favourite Christmas Albums

November 28, 2017
Music by Magpie • My favourite Christmas Albums

The end of the year is hurtling to a finish. It’s almost a month before Christmas and Michael Buble has popped out of the cave where he spends 10 Months of the year. The Shopping malls are filled with decorations and annoying Christmas elevator music is being projected from every speaker imaginable, it even snowed in November, so it’s official, the silly season is here..! My fellow Events Industry folk will agree that most of us are less than jolly at the moment, we work hard this time of year……….  September, October, November and December sort of morph into one…

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Machiel and Jamandi Bekker • The #lekkerbekkers of MKR SA

November 24, 2017
Machiel and Jamandi Bekker • #lekkerbekkers MKR SA

As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen • Winnie-the-Pooh Meet Machiel and Jamandi Bekker. The local-is-truly-lekker dynamic duo of My Kitchen Rules SA. They are loads of fun, genuinely passionate and charming to boot. Loving nothing more than getting together with family and friends, their hearty food is delicious and their festive hospitality simply contagious. They are the exceptional husband and wife team who dared to take a chance on a culinary adventure of a lifetime and very quickly became the firm fan favourites of South Africa with their kind hearts and gutsy determination. They are…

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Smart Food • The Buddha Bowl is our favourite new way of eating

November 22, 2017
Smart Food • The Buddha Bowl

At some point earlier this year, every grain bowl transformed into a Buddha Bowl. It happened on restaurant menus, it happened on blogs, and it really, really happened on Pinterest. But why are these very trendy, very delicious bowls called Buddha bowls? Turns out, Buddha Bowls aren’t really about Buddha, but rather about round deep dishes filled abundantly with vibrant healthy foods. Also know as macro / power / hippie or nourish bowls, the name Buddha bowl came from the round shape of the bowl resembling Buddha’s belly. It’s an easy meal to make at home, that can’t flop because pretty much anything goes!…

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Brainy Business

Our favourite Top Tips for better cellphone photos

November 15, 2017
Top Tips for taking better cellphone photos • FJ Potgieter Eye Poetry Photography

With Social media becoming a major marketing strategy for businesses, creating content is a number one priority for marketing managers and taking good quality photos with a Smartphone, whether it be for your social feed or blog, is a very in demand skill. Every month here at Hello Smart Blog we get to collaborate with one of the BEST photographers in the business, FJ Potgieter of Eye Poetry Photography. Being the topnotch cool guy that he is, we knew FJ wouldn’t mind if we picked his super talented brain on the very important subject of how to up our Social-media-photo game and…

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Our Favourite Travels • Smartguy Aluminium Training in Germany

November 10, 2017
Aluminium Training Neckarsulm Germany

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there will be no hope for it – Albert Einstein Aluminum, once a metal mainly associated with aerospace technology, has become the collision repair industry’s latest buzzword. Not just for high-end import vehicles anymore, aluminum is going mainstream. “Why?” you might ask Well, quite simply, Aluminum builds a better vehicle. Aluminum’s use in auto and commercial vehicles is accelerating at a major pace because it offers the fastest, safest, most environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to increase performance, boost fuel economy and reduce emissions while maintaining or improving safety and durability…

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Tiffany’s Tips • My Favourite Holiday Essentials

November 7, 2017
Tiffany’s Tips • My Favourite Holiday Essentials

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens; bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens…” Mmmm, sorry Julie Andrews but it seems my list of favorite things might be slightly different to yours this year! With the end of the year looming and just a little over a month till the December holidays I thought I’d send you off with a few of my Favorite Holiday Essentials to pack for the beach and get you all in that summer break feeling. Here are my Favourite Beach-bag Holiday Essentials:   Ziplock bags As demonstrated above by the ever popular Suzelle DIY, pop…

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