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  • Food,  Local Businesses

    Sugarbird Gin

    I am a HUGE gin fan.  I don’t usually enjoy too much alcohol, but when it comes to gin I feel there is nothing better on a hot evening.  Husband & I sit outside, enjoy a cold drink together & chat over our day.  My body doesn’t feel bloated or gross after I have indulged a little, & I haven’t woken up with any kind of headache. And then I discovered Sugarbird Gin & I was even more excited.  Read on to see why… Your name: Nzeka Biyela Business name: Sugarbird Gin Social media handles: Facebook & Instagram What makes your gin different to other brands: A proudly South African gin…

  • Food,  Local Businesses

    Mimi & Munch

    In case you don’t already know, my animals are like my children & are treated accordingly.  From sleeping in our bed, to eating the best food we can get them, to us not going away as we don’t like leaving them alone…  I would do anything for my fur-kids & can’t imagine my life without them in it. They have been my biggest supporters throughout my health drama, & can always lift me out of a slump when I feel completely bogged down.  This means I am always on the hunt for another treat for them, & when I discovered Mimi & Munch I was super excited. Besides the most…

  • Food,  Local Businesses,  Skincare & Make-Up

    O’Nutricia Collagen

    Collagen has been a vital in my diet ever since my transplant – I wish I could say for longer, but I never appreciated the benefits until I really needed it.  And boy oh boy did I see the results! It helped my skin get firmer & my stretchmarks to fade; my hair & nails have grown back stronger & healthier; & it has really made a big difference to my tummy issues thanks to all the medication that I am on.  If you haven’t yet tried this for yourself, you need to do yourself a favour & go buy a tub right now! Your name: Licia Tavares (Lucy) Business…

  • Food,  Local Businesses

    The Refillery

    In my quest to live a better life, I have been searching for better options & doing what I can to make more eco-friendly choices.  Less plastic, less waste, more happiness & just making decisions with the planet at the forefront.  It isn’t always the easiest or most convenient decision, but it is one that I am proud of & one that I am determined to learn more about every single day. In our area I discovered the most beautiful shop.  The big open doors invite you in, & you are immediately drawn to all the interesting-looking foods etc all around the shop.  I literally let our a squeal the…

  • Food

    Le Famished Cat

    Since getting out of hospital & actually being able to swallow my food (one of the fabulous symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis is constantly choking on food, & there would often be days where I would go without being able to eat properly) means that I have picked up quite a bit of extra weight.  In fact when I went into hospital to have my port & perm cath out, every nurse who saw me & knows me from previously commented on my weight.  It was rather embarrassing & has made me very self-conscious about what I look like.  I love my food & it has been 15 years since I…

  • Food,  Local Businesses

    Propa Food Bar

    A while ago my sister (who has the Metafit franchise in South Africa) told me about these fabulous smoothies that she had tried.  She then ordered these for her training that she was doing out at Prince’s Grant for personal trainers, & managed to get custom ones made in the colours that she needed.  I was very jealous when I saw these (they are definitely Instagram-worthy!) & knew that next time I was in Natal I needed to pop over & try one for myself. When I was visiting family last month, I went with my sister to Lifestyle Health & saw some sitting in their fridge – it was…

  • Food,  Local Businesses

    The Part-Time Vegan

    Our friend that currently lives with us is a vegan and I have always been interested to see what she comes up with for her meals.  She has even allowed me to sample some of these (yum!) & I think is secretly converting my dogs into vegans too as they sample everything on her plate & “help” her finish these all off… We have spoken at length about why she has chosen to go vegan (her love for animals) & how this was a gentle progression from being vegetarian to a full-blown vegan.  She isn’t one of those that will force it into anyone’s face, or make you follow her…

  • DIY,  Food

    Heavenly Apple Pie

    I know that many people are not fans of baked fruit desserts, but believe me when I say that this will change your life!  This is a dessert that has been around in our family since I can remember, & it is my go to recipe that I use whenever I am making something for an event. My family also loves this, & a memory that we all still chuckle about is my grandpa asking my mum to make her “um, delicious pudding.  What’s it called again?  Praise the Lord Pudding?”.  He knew the name had something to do with heaven/God & this is what his mind came up with!…

  • DIY,  Food

    Chicken Liver Pate

    With Christmas already over, I thought I would share with you something that we ALWAYS have at our family Christmas – chicken liver pate.  Mum has always made the most delicious pate & eating it brings back the best, happy memories.  I have tried different recipes, but none can quite compare to my staple! Mum’s Chicken Liver Paté Ingredients 500g Chicken Livers                                           125g Butter 1 medium onion – chopped                               250g bacon- chopped 1-2 tsp chopped garlic …

  • Food,  Local Businesses

    Lingo Coffee

    I haven’t always been a huge coffee fan; but burning the candle at both ends, as well as smelling the delicious scent of my husband’s coffee in the morning has made me brave & want to finally “grow up”.  I still don’t know if I am brave enough to try some without sugar & milk, but it is definitely a taste that I have come to enjoy. My husband, friends, family & co-workers are nearly all addicted to coffee & practically cannot function without at least 1 cup in the morning – don’t tell anyone but my best friend has 3 cups before she even reaches the office… On my…

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