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Ninety percent of brain development happens before the age of five, yet more than two thirds of South African children under the age of five are still not receiving the crucial Early Childhood Development (ECD) education that could make or break their future potential. Their development – physical, cognitive and emotional – is compromised because they are not receiving the services and care needed at this very crucial time in their young lives. This is because the right stimulation and nutrition in the first five years of a child’s life directly impacts the development of neural pathways, which will later enable learning and the development of vital interpersonal skills. With this in mind, global skincare company NIVEA is offering hope for children in a rural community in KwaZulu-Natal.  It has partnered with Thanda, a community-based organisation, to bring an innovative ECD Programme to children in this rural community. NIVEA provided…

December is finally in full effect, and everyone except the weather is in full silly season mode. Just yesterday, I had the opportunity to relax and unwind curtesy of Edgars at Misty Hills Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa which is Nestled in the foothills of the Swartkop mountains on the threshold of the beautiful Kromdraai Valley in Muldersdrift. It’s been my biggest wish to actually begin to visit tourist attractions in and around my country, South Africa, and enjoy these unique locations just as much as our international guests do. Upon arrival, we were welcomed with drinks and sweet treats as well as sheets to fill out what spa treatments we would like to have. We were quite a large group, so the treatment may be slightly different for a couple for example. The ambiance is very rain foresty, or maybe that’s because of the gloomy weather… but nonetheless this…

As women, I’ve noted through conversations that our biggest concerns when it comes to our skin is how tired it looks, fine lines and wrinkles. Personally, my biggest worry in addition to the previously mentioned concerns is whether or not my skin will co-operate the next morning, and the uncertainty always has me on edge. What if I have a big meeting, a shoot or casting first thing in the morning? I needed to find a product which would guarantee my skin wouldn’t look dull, but instead,  full of life. Over the years I have also been hearing a lot more chat around the importance of using a night cream, in addition to using a day cream. That is why I thought I’d try out the new NIVEA Q10plusC Anti-Wrinkle + Energy series. Why NIVEA Q10plusC Anti-Wrinkle + Energy face care? The NIVEA Q10plusC Anti-Wrinkle + Energy skin care range is said to be highly effective. For…

It’s always encouraging to see that someone still sees value in doing the important work of building a nation of intelligent, business savvy youth. A week ago I came across a program which is doing exactly this! Yes, Instagram and all other social media platforms are in many ways a tool to reaching your desired audience – it’s not JUST Instagram. Having obtained a degree for a Bcom in Marketing Management and Supply Chain Management, it was a no brainer for me to want to enter into the world of entrepreneurship. However, it’s not as easy as it seems. There is a large gap which needs to be bridged after one studies and as one enters into the reality of what it actually takes to make it in such a cut throat environment. Now to introduce to you Threads, the Business of Fashion accelerator program, sponsored by Standard Bank in association with Mercedez-Benz. To…

Hey lovers, Once again, the Summer season is creeping up on us. With only one month to go, the chatter around summer bodies is growing louder and wider! We all know the saying which goes “Summer bodies are made in winter,” so I hope you’ve been sowing that seed you wish to reap the rewards for in summer!  However, I feel as though as society we’re slowly but surely moving away from working out for a certain season and are leaning more toward leading a healthy lifestyle all year round, and I’m pleased with this! Finding a work out routine which works uniquely for you is the best way to effectively see results, oh and of course help you keep up the consistency! And while others may prefer to go to a gym to work out, others- like myself- prefer work outs in the comfort of their own homes and…

Considering that I’ve been in Johannesburg for nearly half a year already, I still have a lot of hidden gems to discover in the city. One of the jewels I discovered not so long ago with one of my friends was the Circa Gallery in Rosebank. In as much as it’s so popular on Instagram and the stunning pictures people take on the famous spiraling staircase, I had to go explore it for myself. What I loved about the space was how it wasn’t like any gallery I’ve ever seen before. They really push the envelope in how they present the art to evoke emotion and any thought process in ones mind really. From paintings on the wall, an overhead projector telling a story on another wall to large structures right in the middle of the room. Furthermore, there are levels to this gallery… LITERALLY! “The most eye-catching aspect of…

It is so heart-warming and encouraging to see when corporates come together in support of a bigger picture. Nike and Totalsports have once again done just that with the Totalsports Women’s Race. The race is in support of the PinkDrive. The PinkDrive is a breast cancer community carer which works in many ways to help those affected by breast cancer, and more especially encourage early detection of breast cancer. “Early detection saves lives.” Many of us know of someone who either has breast cancer or is affected by breast cancer. To find out more about what PinkDrive is all about, click here. So I’ve decided to join in on the action and “run for life” for the very first time. I’ve had only 4 weeks to train and prepare for the 5km race. It’s been quite a challenge adjusting to the JHB air and getting a consistent routine going, but…

It is without a doubt that being a women is super high maintenance. From Monday to Sunday, whether you’re an entrepreneur or working 9-5, it can all get a bit much to handle at times. And when life piles up your work load you definitely need a helping hand to keep you on track. Over time, I’ve realised that whenever my mind is pre occupied or I’m feeling overwhelmed, I tend to forget the basics. And by the basics I mean simple things like where I’ve left my car keys. Well, I’ve recently discovered a gadget on the net which could come in super handy for those of us who often misplace things around the house.   Contrary to popular belief, gadgets and tech isn’t solely for men to explore. I think of these gadgets as my extra helping hand and an accessory of some sort. Also, don’t get into…

Hey darlings! It’s been a while since I’ve shared an experience with you all and let you into that part of my world, so lets get right back to it. One fine evening, I had the lovely opportunity of being schooled on wine and more specifically Spier as a brand. I must admit, I learnt far more than I had anticipated I would and was so intrigued by the many processes in place to producing thee perfect wine. Many may not know but Spier has such a rich heritage which is what makes you fall so deeply in love with the brand. We kicked off the tasting evening with the Secret sparkling, a very fun product which was launched a year ago.As the evening went by we got to tasting the different ranges available to consumers and from this I definitely got a better understanding of the different price points and why…