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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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Music by Magpie • Support Live Music Venues, They are Fantasties

September 27, 2017
Music by Magpie • Support LIVE Music venues - Die Heuwels Fantasties

In January of 2017, my family decided to buy a restaurant/ pub/ live music venue in the little town of Bethlehem in the Free State. Initially I had planned to be involved in an advisory capacity only, but this idea became moot in about May, and I now have the title of Events and Marketing Manager, which  may or may not be self imposed. Since taking over the business we have had the pleasure of hosting a number of Local Bands and Musicians from across the SA music spectrum, each with their own technical rider and list of backstage and…

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Tiffany’s Tips • The beauty product French women can’t live without

September 22, 2017
Tiffany’s Tips • The beauty product French women can’t live without

La Voie Française With Spring basically lasting all of 2 days and throwing us straight into Summer, my Winter legs hasn’t quite been prepped for shorts just yet. To be honest, they’re looking a bit dimply and wobbly due to the hibernation period (eek!). Can you imagine my surprise and also disbelief, when meeting a gorgeous French woman (right here in Bloem) with the most beautiful dimple-free legs this time of the year? We got to talking and I was blown away by what she had to say about the beauty buying habits of the ladies in France. French women,…

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Smart Food • The Tequila Mexican Chicken Salad

September 20, 2017
Smart Food • The Tequila Mexican Chicken Salad

Turns out, this year Mexican food is quite the thing. Definitely one of this year’s biggest food trends, the beautiful rich, enchanting mix of flavour, colour and texture is quite simply put, YUM! Yes, traditional Mexican cuisine has never been hotter or more in the spotlight as it is now. NEW on the Jack and Jill Food co. menu this Spring is the fabulous Jill Nowers’ take on the fresh zesty flavours of a Mexican salad… with a touch of zany tequila, of course 😉 Jill’s food philosophy has always been about the basic principles of good food. Preparing delicious,…

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Our Favourite Most Delightful Roald Dahl Quotes

September 12, 2017
Our favourite most delightful Roald Dahl Quotes

Out of all of the most celebrated children’s authors, Roald Dahl has gifted the world with some of the most quotable works the world has ever known. Not only did Roald Dahl create some of children’s literature’s most unforgettable characters in tales that transcend the generations, what is perhaps most captivating about his work is that, beneath the wonderfully eccentric stories, there always lies a warm sentiment in his words to inspire both young and old. Everything we ever needed to know about how to live our lives is most likely to be found in a Roald Dahl book! Here…

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Music by Magpie • Julia Michaels the Girl Power of Pop Music

August 23, 2017
Music by Magpie • Julia Michaels the Girl Power of Pop Music

Although I may not put pop at the top of my favourite genre list… I’d be a Big Liar if I didn’t admit the truth,  I’m NOT sorry that I love catchy pop music tunes and that I can relate to the lyrics that are so fun to sing along to! I first noticed Julia Michaels when her first single , “Issues” appeared on my iTunes hot tracks list, it basically sky rocketed to number 11 on the Billboard hot 100 in the US soon after its release earlier this year and peaked at number 10 in the UK. Issues…

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Just n Motion • The Importance of Strength Training for Women

August 17, 2017
Just n Motion • The importance of strength training for women

There has been a misconception. Many women think that strength training and lifting weights to improve your physique and strength is a ‘manly’ way of exercising. However, women have made significant strides in our modern day society of being just as capable of matching the demands of modern exercise techniques as men. Women typically used to be characterised by spending 90% of their gym workouts on cardio machines but this has definitely changed. In fact, the way female athletes and active individuals train has changed significantly over recent times. So WHY do strength and weight training? It’s a NO Brainer Ladies!…

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The TOP Female Travel Photographers you need to follow on Instagram

August 15, 2017
Miss Everywhere • The TOP Female Travel Photographers you need to follow on Instagram

#wanderlust Travel photography has always been popular on Instagram, yet never so much as in 2017, when tens of millions of new signups led to staggering growth figures for both the most followed people on Instagram and smaller accounts alike. Travel photographers rejoiced as their work was displayed on a grander scale than ever before, and Instagrammers of all kinds thrived. As we’re celebrating Women’s Month here on Hello Smart Blog, we thought it only appropriate to shine the spotlight on six of the top female travel Instagrammers to follow this year and beyond. Expect plenty of sun-drenched infinity pools,…

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