June #InspirationForTheNation

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Image courtesy of  http://staceyfru.co.za/index.php/about-us/

Be inspired this June by a 10-year-old South African girl. She has done so much with her life in only a few short years and is truly a human being we all can learn from.

Stacey Fru,  is a self-acclaimed published South African Author who has won multiple awards.

Hailing from Jozi, Fru wrote her first book Smelly Cats’ when she was 7 and this was without the knowledge of her parents. When she turned 8, her book was published.

By the time her second book Bob and the Snake was published, 9-year-old Fru was three times (multiple) award winner.

The synopsis of her book, Smelly Cats is as follows: It is about two cats who are cousins. It portrays the common challenges of different socio-religious and academic backgrounds as well as challenges posed by geographical locations to the two on a daily basis. Stacey’s book also depicts that even though the cats come from the same family, they are bound to have differences due to who they are. The constant fights are real reflections of daily lives. However, just like in real life, fights are a vital spice of life that do not last forever.

Awards include:

‘Smelly Cats’ is the 2016 NDA ‘Best ECD Publication 2015: Special Mention Category, prize donated by UNICEF.

She won 2 awards at ‘Young Leader 2016’ for her leading motivational and inspirational roles, and Academic Achievements and Initiatives 2016’ for her writings at the East Wave Radio Nelson Mandela International Community Day Leadership Award.

This young girl is passionate about writing and writes stories, essays, poems, speeches and attempts songs. She is also a guitarist and a ballerina. Apart from this, she still finds time to be a motivational and inspirational speaker

In August 2016, Fru became the Youngest Founding Member of Wits University Centre for Multilingual Education and Literacy.

Want to know more? Check out her website to preorder copies of her book or call directly on +27 82 548 6385 for copies or www.staceyfru.co.za or https://www.facebook.com/staceyfru

I hope you are feeling inspired to go out and reach your dreams!

KZN’s first Fitch & Leedes Gin and Tonic Festival – a success!

On Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 KZN hosted the very first Fitch & Leedes Gin and Tonic Festival at the picturesque Chris Saunders Park in the heart of Umhlanga.

With a combination of lifestyle elements, bringing together food, music and the biggest variety of gin that Durban has ever seen, the event was a resounding success with gin enthusiasts and those just in for the fun of it, having the choice to select between a Gin & Tonic taster or a perfect serve Gin & Tonic, poured by the mixologists, complemented by fresh garnishes as well as relaxed live music by the Gus Brown band as well as other local acts.

The event saw a great turnout and out of the hundreds of people that attended the festival, I captured quite a few of the groups of friends and family that were enjoying the experience. Seen at the event were:

 

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 Aran Jung, Carolyn Ogle and Cathrine Boogaard
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Laura and Warren Taylor, Craig and Lee Du Bruyn and Di Smith
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Colin Chester, Shirley Berko (Cuizine Africa) and Gareth Lagesse
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Back L-R: Moses Beukes, Brian Vezi & In front L-R: Mandisa Ngema, Mbali Radebe, Ndo Vezi, Thuleka Cele and Mbali Koba
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Emelia Govender, Kajol Gabriel, Alisa Reddy and Lucrecia Singh
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Travis Lester, Tasha and Brett Neilson and Justin Van Vuuren

 

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Kerry and Caylen Kirsten with Shelley Richards

 

Till next time!

Ciao…

Decor Tips for Mix-Match decor

A living space that works together by mixing colour, texture and pattern can be difficult to achieve. It can become kitsch and messy.

In order to get the look right, I spoke to Keswyn Mackintosh (Interior Designer and Business Developer at Inspired Design) who gave some ideas on how to get the mix-match style.

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Pictured right: A House of Décor floral and solid patterned sofa mixed with a hounds tooth pattern. The colour on the scatter adds contrast. Floral is then once again included in the painting, to tie in the look. 

According to Mackintosh, “There is a large amount of thought and planning when creating a mix and match room”.

No matter if your room has furniture of different colours, styles or patterns, as long as they are the same height, the room will look balanced. However, ornaments in different heights are an exception to the rule and add a layered effect for interest-sake.

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Pictured left: Different shades of blue and grey single sofa chairs of the same height, tie in with the rug. The coffee table in a dark coloured stain and the metal ottoman bring in an element of nature and the variety of colours and styles complement each other. 

“Any well-decorated room seeks some common ground, where everything finds a way to work together,” Mackintosh added.

Working a combination of styles

If your room incorporates both vintage and modern decor, ensure you make use of vintage items in the most strategic way. “Mixing and matching is all about selecting what looks right together,” Mackintosh said.

Paint colour:

Wall paint should be kept neutral in order to be combined with a variety of colour and texture options that are accentuated in the décor pieces.

As an aside, she added that green has been trending since the start of the year, however instead of painting the walls green, rather paint them a neutral shade and add in green elements through smaller decor items. Here is an example

Ciao for now and happy decorating!

 

Fun in the kitchen with a kid-friendly recipe

Name: Flapjack Friends

Makes: 8-10

Prep time: 5-10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

For all the parents out there who want to enjoy a fun affordable activity with their children, then opt for baking. It is a great way to interact with your little ones – especially if it is cold and rainy weather and you prefer a day indoors.

I have to admit that I am not at all a chef, but I have a few recipe’s which I enjoy making. When it comes to baking, I find that I am able to involve him and it allows me to spend much-needed quality time.

I find that at 2 years old, he is at a critical age where my husband and I need to teach him as much as we can, or at least try.

During and after the baking experience I realised a few exciting benefits:

  • He spent less time wanting to watch TV. (I do try to limit this and this was one way of taking his attention away for anything digital)
  • The process of baking helped him build his creativity
  • The final result helped him enhance his imagination
  • Working with the food colouring and different colours of the ingredients assisted in him repeating and in turn revising the colours he knew as well as learning new ones.
  • He learnt to repeat the names of the ingredients
  • He used his listening skills

Here’s the easy-to-do basic recipe:

Ingredients: (I used a tea cup to measure out everything)

2x tea cups of flour (+-300g)

1/3 tea cup of brown sugar

1 tea cup of milk

½ cup cold tap water

1 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 cap/drop of vanilla essence

1 pinch of salt

1x large egg

Cookie cutter (I chose the shape of a person)

Optional

1/3 cup of strawberry Nesquick

1 cap/drop of food colouring (I used blue)

Method:

Heat a frying pan (preferably non-stick) with a drop of cooking/canola oil

Once hot, turn the heat down to about 3.

For the batter:

In one bowl, sieve together and mix the dry ingredients – except for the Nesquick

In another bowl, beat the egg and milk, water and vanilla essence together

Combine the ingredients by mixing the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients

Mix until it becomes a thick yet pourable batter. Do not over mix. Then fold in the Nesquick and food colouring

Pour batter into a jug to make it easier to work with

Then pour the batter into the pan in the size needed in order to cut a shape out of it using a cookie cutter.

Watch for tiny bubbles starting to appear on the top of the flapjack and turn. Keep checking the flapjack. It should turn a light golden brown colour on the other side when done.

Place aside and leave to cool.

Once all the flapjacks are cooked and cooled, press a cookie cutter into each one to create your flapjack friends.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

#Historymade in the Midlands

On Wednesday, May 17th, I had the privilege of attending the Midlands Meander’s very 1st Popup Kitchen boasting fine dining off grills at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa amongst a selected few fellow bloggers and social media personalities.

Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is the perfect combination of relaxation and luxury. With a heritage spanning 30 years, award-winning cuisine and wine, coupled with a host of elegant accommodation options, Granny Mouse Country House & Spa has customised their ethos of being a, “home away from home!”

After checking in just after 2 pm, we retreated to our rooms to enjoy some quiet time before the evening got underway.

I was placed in a deluxe room, which was gorgeous. As you walk in you are welcomed with the smell of lavender and you immediately feel a sense of relaxation.

 

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Deluxe room

 

My favourite part about the room is the small touches, like the fireplace, complimentary mini bar, floral accents in the bathroom and the wonderful his and hers gown and slippers.

At 5:30 pm I made my way down to the main lounge where the guests would gather at 6 pm. I enjoyed some time near the fireplace and chatted to those that had also come down earlier. At 6 pm, the bubbly was poured and canapes served and Sean Granger, the General Manager of Granny Mouse welcomed everyone with a heartfelt speech which started off with, “Welcome home family & friends…” – which made everyone feel relaxed and ready to embrace the exciting dinner awaiting us.

When arriving at the wedding chapel, a long table was set out for us with stunning decor and fairy lights that shone against the glassware to illuminate the area. (This is also such a great idea for an intimate wedding setting).

The popup kitchen was set up nearby where Culinary Artists Wayland Green and Kirstie du Toit prepared the food for the evening, with a fire on the go, to add warmth and ambiance.

 

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Culinary Artists Kirstie du Toit & Wayland Green

 

With a menu to compliment the relaxed fine dining done off grills, we were presented with the following:

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For the table:

Steamed mielie bread & sundried tomato, basil & mozzarella Braai broodjie accompanied by olive tapenade & sweet tomato & basil chutney.

Starter:

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Prawn & hake sausage, wild fennel & corn cream, corn kernels & salsa verde garnish with verbena & wild fennel.

Main:

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Wood grilled beef fillet, ox liver stout jus, caramelised sweet potatoes, peppered baby corn & carrots, fresh diced green pepper & red onion.

Dessert: 

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Deconstructed trifle with roasted almond flakes, chargrilled fruits, banana cream, Frangelico custard & puff pastry.

Wines:

The Barrio Sauvignon Blanc (with lemon grass aromas & passion fruit) and Glenelly Cabernet Sauvignon (touch of spice & chocolate with a complexity of flavours to the nose of blackcurrant & cherry).

Apart from the amazing food and wine, the company was incredible and with an instabooth, provided by KZN Wedding DJ to capture the action, the event saw lots of fun and laughter by all the guests.

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According to Sean Granger, General Manager of Granny Mouse,  “The event not only made history as the first of its kind in the area, but #grannymouse trended at number 1 in South Africa on Twitter for 28 hours. We were still trending the next day with #popupkitchen taking second place from 6 am. I believe in setting trends and having Granny Mouse lead from the front.”

 

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The guests

For more information about Granny Mouse visit http://www.grannymouse.co.za.

They are also currently running an amazing winter special, so why not book a getaway in the country.

Till next time!

 

Lipstick tips & tricks to try

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I have to admit. I don’t wear lipstick every day, (sometimes it is lipgloss or lip balm), but when I do, I tend to enjoy reds and plums as I feel that these kinds of colours really suit my skin, which is quite pale (especially in winter).

 

I also find that I have a constant need to care for my lips. I mean, they are an important part of the face in my opinion.

My tip for creating smooth lips is to exfoliate. I do this on mornings when my lips feel slightly neglected or if I am wearing a bold shade of lipstick that day (so the colour does not sit in any cracks). The technique I use is quick and simple. Dip a toothbrush in petroleum jelly (a.k.a Vaseline) or a scented lip balm and rub over your lips and then wipe off with tissue. As gross as this sounds, it does work. But, perhaps you prefer another method? Well, then you could try a DIY sugar scrub. How: Mix a tablespoon of sugar (preferably brown as it is more abrasive) with some olive oil or a bit of honey, so that it clumps together and rub this goo all over your lips and then wipe clean. Wallah!

For those that have a preference for lipsticks that last all day, like me, you will love this.

Apply your lipstick and place a thin piece of tissue over and hold in place with your index finger and thumb of either side of your lips. Then dust some translucent powder over using a powder brush. The bits of powder that do come through, will set your lipstick. (P.s: If you don’t have translucent powder, you can also try baby powder or cornstarch. I have tried these and they worked for me and may work for you too). My favourite part about long-lasting lip colour is the fact that it doesn’t rub off onto clothing. Thumbs up!

Now for those of you who do not have a specific colour of lipstick, and need that colour to complete your look, you can actually make your own by using an ear bud to mix vaseline or clear lip balm and your specific colour eyeshadow. I received this bit of advice from a sales consultant when I purchased a mineral eyeshadow from them and it does work.

Last but not least, I am sure you have heard this before, but if you want a more vibrant and true colour, apply concealer to your lips before applying your lipstick. This will help the colour stand out. 

I thought I would also share this fun little game I played on the weekend, courtesy of one of my favourite magazines, Good Housekeeping, to determine what lipstick colour will suit you right now! Take the Quiz

Have another tip to share? Then leave a comment

Ciao for now!

May #InspirationForTheNation

This week, I heard a really inspiring story on the radio and wanted to share it with the Divinely Moulded readers.

My inspiration for May is Wandile Mthiyane, founder of Ubuntu Projects – Buy-A-Brick, Build-A-Home.

Wandile Mthiyane, founder of Ubuntu Design Group, grew up in the shanty towns of Durban, South Africa, and always dreamed of returning to make a difference in his home town. When the Ethekwini Municipality afforded him an opportunity to study at Andrews University, located in Michigan, USA, he was finally able to meet like-minded peers and make this lifelong dream a reality.

With this urgency and desire to help his South African community, Wandile found opportunities to learn from his professors and classmates about engaging his passion for architecture while using these skills as a tool to empower shanty towns back home. This was the birth of Ubuntu Design Group.

From there Wandile was afforded the opportunity to present his “Half-House Project” during the One Young World Resolution Project Summit in Bankgok, Thailand in [2015]. He was awarded a fellowship along with start up funding for Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Projects is currently working on a project to build Mr and Mrs Mtshali a handicapped-friendy home in Umbumbulu, and they need South Africa’s support to help this family and many other disadvantaged families in the country.

People can get involved through donating materials, labour, and money. Construction started in March.

To contact Wandile, you can find him on Facebook. #BuyABrickBuildAHome.

To read more visit: East Coast Radio #HeartStuff