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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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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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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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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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Music by Magpie • New Album Releases for the Fourth Quarter

October 17, 2017
Music by Magpie • goldfish-live

2017 has been a roller coaster of new music AND one Blog Post will not do justice to all that has been and all that is to come, however I have filtered out the new album releases in the last month or so that had piqued my curiosity, three albums from three rather diverse genres that left three most different impressions.   The Killers • Wonderful Wonderful Frankly, I am rather disappointed by this record which isn’t as Wonderful as the name suggests, not even remotely. Although the pre-released single ‘The Man’ perked my interests, the rest of this album is very…

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Tiffany’s Tips • Let’s go GLAMPING!

October 9, 2017
Tiffany's Tips • Glamping

As I was researching and wondering how to put the words “beauty” and “camping” into one phrase without it being an absolute paradox… I happened to stumble onto the term GLAMPING. Glamping combines the experience of nature and the great out doors by adding a touch of luxury and glamour. It’s becoming a growing trend across the world and allows you to camp without having to sacrifice certain comforts. Small problems faced when going camping is well, to pack small. It’s a REAL challenge to fit all those beautifying products and gadgets! Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t want to look good…

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Just n Motion • The 4Peaks Mountain Challenge

October 3, 2017
Just n Motion • The 4Peaks Mountain Challenge - Justin Oelofsen

Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of – Charles Spurgeon What a better way to celebrate The Great Outdoors than with an outdoor activity that captures the physical, mental and emotional aspects of exercise…TRAIL RUNNING! Trail Running is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities in the world. The scenerary, fresh air and the pure tranquility of being able to exercise in Nature is in some cases, simply stunning. Due to the rising popularity of trail running, there are many well organised events for both novice and…

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