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One small step can change your life

What is the furthest you’ve ever run? Five kilometresat your local Parkrun? Further than that? Can you imagine running 42.2 kilometresin a full marathon? It seems like an impossibly long way to go. Yet every year millions of ordinary people with full schedules and busy jobs cross the finish line and achieve just that. Taking on a marathon is a tough ask. There’s weeks of training filled with early mornings, sore feet, and aching muscles. And that’s all before you even line up on race day. The obvious question is why anyone would willingly choose to do something so difficult.…
Kotse Ramogale
13th May 2019
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The gift of flower power

February is officially the month of love and a time when flowers are given as tokens of affection and appreciation. We take a look at the power of flowers and their meaning so you can give the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day. It’s believed the custom of gifting flowers on 14 February has its roots in the 18thcentury where floral bouquets were often sent to pass along specific non-verbal messages thanks to each flower having its own unique meaning. Today, roses remain a firm favourite for the occasionand estimates suggest that some 250 million blooms are grown in preparation for Valentine’s…
Kotse Ramogale
13th May 2019
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Get by with a little help from some tech

In the frenetic, crazy digital world we live in technology is everywhere. Quite literally. Think about our always-on smartphones, streams of emails, social media feeds – and instead of being helpful technology can often feel like one giant distraction. Switching off and opting out completely on a remote island isn’t possible, but there are some smart ways to use tech to boost our wellbeing and productivity – including an assortment of clever apps. Here are some of our faves… For the hopeless procrastinator: Stay Focused The Stay Focused app can help you meet those deadlines by restricting the use of…
Kotse Ramogale
13th May 2019
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The future is female this Women’s Month

This August South Africa commemorates Women’s Month as a tribute to the 20,000 women from all walks of life who joined together in a historic march to the Union Buildings in 1956. Fast forward to 2018 and there are dozens of ways you can celebrate this important occasion. Here are some of our favourites: Support a worthy cause There are so many wonderful organisations and charities that do incredible work aimed at empowering women. If you have some free time consider lending a helping hand by volunteering or making a cash donation. Every little bit helps to make a difference. …
Kotse Ramogale
13th May 2019
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Inspiration is everywhere

With shorter days and long chilly nights, you’re definitely not alone in longing for the return of summer.  If you have slight case of the winter blues then Mall of the North is ready to make you smile because we’re inviting you to indulge the senses at our Just Imagine Arts and Photo Fair from 20 to 22 July. There are plenty of good reasons to celebrate all things creative and visually beautiful. And the best part is you don’t have to consider yourself an artist to find joy in being creative. As the famous author Neil Gaiman wrote, “Make your art.…
Kotse Ramogale
13th May 2019
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Taste, Eat and Share

Food is so much more than simply fuel for our bodies; it’s one of the most social things we do as people. As our lives become busier by the day it’s easy to forget that each meal is an opportunity to slow down, reconnect with family and friends or rediscover the simple pleasure of eating. All too often, we wolf down whatever is most convenient as we rush from one activity to the next and miss out on savouring the taste, even if it’s only a humble sandwich and a cup of coffee. With the rise of popular amateur cooking…
Kotse Ramogale
7th May 2019
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Give your home a (budget friendly) makeover like a pro

Think ‘home makeover’ and it’s hard not to imagine expensive renovations that take months to complete. But a little can go a long way if you get creative and know where to start. Paint with purpose Paint is expensive which is why it makes good sense to add a dash of colour to one central wall instead of an entire room. An accent wall can instantly transform a tired space into something more vibrant – and you can use the leftover paint to repurpose old picture frames or cupboard doors. Pretty as a picture Give a bare wall a facelift…
Kotse Ramogale
7th May 2019
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Paint with purpose

Paint is expensive which is why it makes good sense to add a dash of colour to one central wall instead of an entire room. An accent wall can instantly transform a tired space into something more vibrant – and you can use the leftover paint to repurpose old picture frames or cupboard doors
Kotse Ramogale
7th May 2019
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Get crafty with candles

Brightly coloured candles can add a little personality to an old side table and a little luxury to your bathroom. Oversized candles or two or three different sizes in a hurricane glass holder is an easy and cheap way to DIY like an interior designer.
Kotse Ramogale
7th May 2019
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Upcycle

You’ve heard of recycling – now it’s time to upcycle. Consider painting, reupholstering or sanding down your existing furniture as a more affordable way to make something look as good as new again.  
Kotse Ramogale
7th May 2019