An EcoSport for a Week, from @FordSouthAfrica

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Now I just know I’m going to make a few of you envious, but it is only for a week… I’m driving this beautiful Kinetic Blue, Ford EcoSport 1.0 GTDi Titanium!

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I was very excited when I got the email asking if I’d like to drive the EcoSport for a week! Whilst the Ford Ranger Wildtrak is my dream car and I remain a sucker for a truck, the EcoSport is almost within our price range, and for me it has pretty much everything I look for.
Its a small SUV that seats 5 comfortably, there’s more than ample room for my dogs, it has loads of boot space with back seats that not only fold flat but fold up again behind the front seats creating just over 700L of space! AND! I can fold the seats up and put them back down myself! You don’t need superhuman strength!
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Its a high ride which I really like, but its not a mission to get into and the driver’s seat and steering wheel are adjustable to ensure you’re sitting in the perfect driving position.
This particular model has leather seats, and whilst I prefer cloth because I don’t burn my bum, the leather is easier to keep clean of dog hair… 😛
It has a decent cup holder for every seat and two – yes TWO – 12V charger sockets, one in the front and one in the back. It has a CD player and a USB port, you can connect your phone via Bluetooth using Ford’s SYNC® and there are volume and phone controls on the steering wheel.
The headlights can be set to switch on automatically and then they switch off when you turn the car off so no forgetting to switch them off, and it has rain sensing windscreen wipers.
And cruise control!
And the 1L engine is turbo-charged so there’s a little bit of a roar when you accelerate, and I LOVE that sound.

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And an added bonus for me – the cubbyhole has a cooler built into it!

~~     As per my Ladybloggers pledge, I state clearly that I have been loaned the EcoSport for a week,
to drive and enjoy, and speak about on social media – blog, Tweet, instagram and Facebook.     
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A New Take On Snowflake!

My darling Glugster bought me the December Good Housekeeping SA glossy last night, and it came with an INGENIOUS recipe book!

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Snowflake has created a little recipe book called “Mix-it-up” for use with their Easymix range – chocolate muffins, cappuccino muffins, flapjacks, scones, seed loaf – that shows you how to make something other than what the mix was made for!
The cappuccino mix for example, has a recipe for a ring cake and a recipe for cookies, and the pancake mix has a recipe for a baked fruit pudding and veggies deep fried in batter!!

I think thats brilliant! I’m going to get me a few to try the recipes out!

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~~As per my Ladybloggers pledge, I state clearly that I was not paid, given any product, nor asked to write this blog post~~

You Must See Tutankhamun and his Treasures at @SilverstarZA!

When I heard the TUTANKHAMUN – His Tomb and His Treasures exhibition was coming to South Africa I was very excited and determined to see it while it was here, and then Tsogo Sun’s newly revamped Silverstar Casino invited my Glugster and I to the opening evening!

It was a wonderful event with gold covered “statues” welcoming us inside and gold-rimmed bubbly glasses, and delicious food and a pyramid of gold-wrapped chocolates!
My Glugster collected our audio guides but we didn’t know about the earphones so we walked around looking like we were on the phone all night. The guides are included in your ticket price and you can hang it around your neck, and you can’t see the exhibition without one. Be sure to ask for a pair of earphones when you get your guide though – although I think you should be able to plug in your regular phone earbuds too (which neither of us had with us last night 😀 ).
It also makes it a lot easier to take pictures if you have both hands free.

The first thirty-odd minutes of the exhibition is limited to 60 people, and then you move into the exhibit where you can spend as much time as you like, but it will probably take you about 90 minutes to go through it.
Each exhibit is numbered so you punch in the number on your guide to listen to the details, and its available in a kids’ version as well, and I would love to know what was on it! The “adult” audio guide has a LOT of information and my Glugs and I actually skipped a few of those and just read the plaques on the display items.
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It was really comical standing in front of a display and seeing both of us reacting to what we were listening to on separate devices!

I also think it will be interesting for children – Tut became Pharoah at just 8 years old and he was only 18 when he died. And the sheer volume of gold statues and treasures that were entombed with him are quite marvelous. You can’t actually touch anything but its not all barricaded behind thick glass so you can actually get quite close to the pieces.

~~As per my Ladybloggers pledge, I state clearly that we were given tickets to attend the show, and talking about the show is appreciated but not specified.~~

The Festive Season Is Under Way!

You might think I’m jumping the gun, but think about it – Christmas parties and functions are already taking place, and the shops have been full of tinsel and baubles since mid-September!

So. How do you avoid the Christmas season weight gain and overeating…? Especially if you have already spent time working on getting a Summer-ready bikini-bod.
Which I didn’t, BTW…

Remember the Airfryer I tried out? Its the perfect way to have delicious fried foods without overdoing the grease and fatty foods!

Here are some more tips for you from Philips.

Avoid festive season binging, for your hearts sake

Heart attacks during the festive season are on the rise, warns Philips

Johannesburg, South Africa – Our stomachs leap with delight in the wake of summer indulgence but at what price? With the festive season around the corner and unhealthy eating habits already on the increase, South Africans are entering the high risk time of the “Christmas Coronary” and the “Happy New Year Heart Attack”.

 

According to the The Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa (HSFSA), in South Africa there are significant spikes in heart attacks and heart failures on three particular days of the year: Christmas day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

 

South Africans are among the highest sufferers of hypertension worldwide. High blood pressure is often called the ‘silent killer’, because there are no warning signs or symptoms and people don’t realise they have it. According to HSFSA, one in three men and one in four women will have a heart condition before the age of 60.

 

The nation’s eating habits change significantly over the festive period as people are more likely to indulge, leading to an upsurge of heart related deaths during the December holidays. Furthermore, lifestyle factors like physical inactivity, stress, smoking and an unhealthy diet are also key contributors to high blood pressure and cholesterol which could subsequently result in heart disease and heart attacks. This is compounded by the stress some people associate with big family gatherings and long distance travel.

 

Education and awareness have a big role to play in controlling cardiac disease in South Africa. As a healthy lifestyle brand, Philips highlights key factors in maintaining a healthy heart, lifestyle, diet and overall well-being:

 

  • Take responsibility for your lifestyle. Set health goals, educate yourself and consult professionals to help you achieve these goals.
  • Know your risk profile. Don’t guess what your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers are; it can’t be left to chance.
  • There is no quick fix. Good health has to be a sustainable way of life so tweak your lifestyle to work for you.
  • There is no one type of diet that fits all. We have to individualise what we eat and how we exercise, as each person is unique.
  • Always consult your doctor before you embark on a fitness programme and get ‘the all clear’.

 

Philips is invested in helping their consumers have a better, longer life, through their innovative food preparation appliances. From the kitchen to the cardiac ward, Philips has your health at heart.

Healthier diet alternatives

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring, expensive or complicated; it can be as simple as making small changes to your family’s favourite dishes through clever food preparation methods and technology. Philips prides itself on developing innovations that address a need amongst consumers. Its range of kitchen appliances are focused devices that help people to create healthy and great tasting food without the unhealthy components that contribute to heart disease.

These include the Philips Avance Airfryer, Viva and Avance Juicers and wide collection of handheld and glass blenders, all of which address the need to prepare nutritious meals in the comfort of the home and with minimal effort, while producing enjoyable food.

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The Philips Avance Airfryer which is a revolution in home cooking, uses little or no oil as it fries, bakes and cooks. Conventional deep fat fryers use large amounts of oil to cook food; however the Philips Airfryer uses patented Rapid Air technology to circulate hot air around a grill component, creating delicious meals with up to 80% less fat.

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation a healthy diet should include oils with the lowest amounts of saturated (unhealthy) fat but have higher amounts of healthy omega-3’s and monounsaturated fats.

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For the best blending that leaves no bits, the Philips Avance Collection

Blender tops the list. The Philips blender with ProBlend 6 and 800W motor can handle just about anything – from fruits and vegetables to ice. Its multi-speed function will blend, crush and cut for perfectly smooth blending and any consistency you want.

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If juicing is your forte, the Philips Avance Collection Juicer is designed to extract even more juice from your fruit and vegetables and eliminate pulp for a smoother drink.

Juicing and blending have many benefits. It allows you to take in all the nutrients you need in a short space of time that you normally wouldn’t eat in your day-to-day diet. It eliminates cooking time while serving you with a complete meal alternative. Juicing is also a widely recommended diet addition for those suffering from cardiovascular disease mostly because it assists them in making healthier choices and eliminate excess salt from their diet.

Where Were You When That Song Was Playing? You Must See @MixtapeSA!

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All dressed up for Theatre on the Square!

I was given a mix tape once… It was an awesome selection of metal and I loved it. I wanted to play it all the time but old fashioned tapes didn’t last very long, so I had to be careful with it.
And then my sister recorded Destiny’s Child or some such over it! Can you believe it!?
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Last Thursday we got to see Mix Tape at Theatre on the Square and I loved that too!

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When we arrived we were greeted with some glorious treats! Strawberry daiquiris, pina coladas, popcorn, and a table full of sweets -Toffees, pixie sticks, lollipops, sweethearts, eclairs – it was awesome!
This is my kind of theatre experience!

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And the music was so cool! I was trying not to sing along too loudly so as not to annoy the patrons around me, but it was hard to keep quiet. Perhaps thats what the toffees were for… *grin*
The show tells a wonderful story of friends brought together by music, and the relationships they form with each other. I had a lump in my throat on more than one occasion too, so you may want to take some tissues along with you.

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From the website: Mix Tape is a heart-warming musical comedy about three unlikely friends and the mix tapes that inspired young love, jealousy, angst and embarrassing hairstyles.
Taking you back to when headbands were cool, Alanis was a rebel, and mix tapes defined a generation – we meet Marvin (Mortimer Williams), Vix (Vanessa Frost) and Katie (Kristy Suttner). The year is 2014, Vix is on her way to Cathcart, Marvin and Katie are on their way too. They’ve been best friends “for-like-ever” but they haven’t seen each other since 1997…that’s like 17 years. Expect lots of laughs as these friends remember the magical moments of their youth…
For a fabulous, funny musical evening with a difference, tickets can be booked by calling Strictly Tickets on 082 553 5901 or Online via Strictly Tickets: www.strictlytickets.com or via the theatre’s box office on 011 883 8606. Tickets are R140 and there are special discounts for students, seniors and group booking arrangement can be made.
Enquire about the HARD ROCK CAFÉ dinner/show special on the Nelson Mandela Square to get into the swing of things!

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if I sneak in at the stage door maybe I can have a private encore…?

~~As per my Ladybloggers pledge, I must state clearly that we were given tickets to attend the show, and talking about the show s appreciated not specified.~~