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Music by Magpie • Is Musical Talent Hereditary?

June 19, 2018
Music by Magpie • Is Musical Talent Hereditary?

I like to think that musical talent sort of runs in my family. My grandfather, my dads Dad who turned 90 this month always had a rather good voice and used to take the lead singing in church. He sees himself as a bit of a Sinatra and often turns a sentence into a little tune. Closer to home, my Mom frequently tells tales of her pink record player and her Bob Dylan LP’s and my Brother plays lead guitar in a band called “The Grumpy Old Men”. They’re quite famous in Clarens. And then there’s me, the girl with…

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Smart Food • A girl and her party cakes… Family and food

May 22, 2018
Smart Food • A girl and her love of party cakes, family and food • Jill Nowers

Food tastes better when you eat it with your family. I kinda wondered, and procrastinated for those of you who know me, how, celebrating family ties in with food and it dawned on me that my love of food is intricately woven through memories of my two Grannies, Mom, family get together’s and a myriad of other life events… My two Grans were so different in personality from one another and yet both of them loved their families so.  Eating around a dinner table together was what meal times were all about. Walking into my grandparent’s house in Port Elizabeth…

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Just n Motion • Trail running at White Hills Guest Farm

May 17, 2018
Just n Motion • Trail running at White Hills Guest Farm

May is family month here at Hello Smart Blog, AND what a better way to celebrate this than to share one of my favourite family getaways with you.. White Hills Guest Farm Just 1hr10 mins from Bloemfontein lies a farm cottage painted by the scenic Korannaberg mountain range. Unspoilt farm lands and fantastic hiking and trail running routes. White Hills Guest Farm is situated between Modderpoort and Ladybrand and is a perfect weekend-away destination for you and the family to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. And if, like me, your favourite way to stay active on the weekend is trail running……

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Smart Food • The Did You Know of Jack and Jill Food Co.

April 29, 2018
Farm fresh eggs favourite things

I think I’m a trivia nerd. I love to learn about everything. What can I say? I’m curious • Adam Rodriguez I have always loved “useless” bits of trivia and fun facts. So, for this month’s Smart Food post I have decided to share some interesting did you know trivia about my shop, Jack and Jill Food Co. and the ingredients that we use… The Did You Know of Jack and Jill Food Co. Egg-sactly Farmer Theo’s crew of clucking Matilda’s ensure that we always have fresh farm eggs on hand. The eggs are collected fresh in the morning and delivered…

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Music by Magpie • Did you know 1988 was the coolest year in music?

April 23, 2018
Music by Magpie • Did you know 1988 was the coolest year in music? Smashing Pumpkins

Did you know that 1988 was 30 years ago… and did you know that 1988 was a REALLY big year for music? In February of 1988 The Beatles, the Beach Boys, The Drifters, Bob Dylan and The Supremes were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In March “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson from the Bad Album toped the Billboard Hot 100. It was the first time in History that a Solo Artist had four Number One singles from the same album. Later that year he broke his own record with a 5thNumber one from the…

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Tiffany’s Tips • Did you know 1 0 1?

April 12, 2018
Tiffany's Tips • Did you know

It’s did you know month on Hello Smart Blog And this April we’re bringing you the cold (yes, can you believe it’s almost Winter?), hard facts on all that is skincare. The 1 0 1 – Tiffany’s Tips style. 1. Winter Boosters Surely everyone knows the benefits that Vitamin C offers, but did you know that applying Vitamin C to the skin is 20 times more effective than digesting it! Also did you know that your skin cannot make new Collagen without Vitamin C? Now before you go off rubbing oranges or spritzing juice on your face there is a much easier way:…

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Just n Motion • Trail running in the Drakensberg

April 5, 2018
Just n Motion • Trail running in the Drakensberg

When trail runners hear of an opportunity to run in the iconic Drakensberg mountain ranges over a 40km trail, it is a challenge very rarely turned down. So we decided to give the latest edition of the KZN trail running series, The Drakensberg Northern Trail, a bash and boy, were we met head on with some of the toughest trail conditions that these mountains could muster! The heavy rains a week prior to the event made underfoot conditions wet, slippery and muddy which made every stride a technical assault on your Salomons! Crossing through mountain streams, running along ridge lines…

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Music by Magpie • So why Spotify?

March 28, 2018
Music by Magpie • So why Spotify?

Is being late to the Party a bad thing? On 13 March 2018 Spotify finally launched in South Africa, just in time for OFS Birthday Month, coincidence? The question on many lips though is whether the 10 year wait will be worth it? Or is Spotify just late to a Party jam-packed with other guests who are just as worthy? I was first introduced to Spotify a number of years ago by a friend in the tech industry who’s colleagues in New York and swore by this APP. Tragically it wasn’t officially available in South Africa at the time, and…

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Smart Food • Posh Party Cake decorating made easy

March 27, 2018
Smart Food • Post Party Cake decorating made easy

I have said it before and I will say it again, I love making life easier for myself.  I see no reason to over complicate it and if there is an easier solution then why not make use of it?  Baking and decorating a posh party cake doesn’t mean that you need to pull your hair out! There are many SMART short cuts and simple steps you can follow. So, here is my short tutorial on decorating a posh party cake with readily available products from your local grocery store, one or two inspirational images from Pinterest and some stretch…

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Happy 34th Birthday OFS Smart Repair

March 15, 2018
Happy 34th Birthday OFS Smart Repair

It’s our 34th Birthday and we’re celebrating! At OFS Smart Repair we LOVE birthdays and for our 34th birthday we decided to celebrate the special occasion in proper SMART style. We started the merriment by transforming our reception area into a carnival of fun – filled with red, white and blue balloons and a marvelous 3 tiered birthday cake, baked by our very own fondant cake fundi Johanna. Sweet treats for the day were Jack & Jill Food co. gourmet Mille-feuille (mini custard slices), red white and blue cotton candy tubs and delightfully delicious mini doughnuts. To end off our festivities,…

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