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Loving Local

It is the month of love, & I am thrilled to have teamed up with some of my favourite small businesses for another giveaway!  It is launching on 17 February 2020. so make sure that you don’t miss out…

I am letting you know a little more about each of these amazing businesses below so read on to get inspired & fall in love.

Enter to win the following:
– R500 voucher from Muppie Lounge
– 1 x Made Wild shirt
– 1 x Gift Box from Modern Crete Decor
– Print from Olive & Arrow Creative
– Shaving soap & brush from Bundubeard
– 2 x bottles of wine from HPF Skapie
– Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet from Living that Oil Life
– Macrame bag tag from Viveca


Jislaaik Online Shop

In 2016, Jislaaik Online Shop was created as an expression of our passion for good-quality, locally-made South African products.

Our range is only supplied by local artisans and creatives who hold to sound ethical values in their production and in their business practices. We aim to provide products that are manufactured to be environmentally sustainable, while also raising social consciousness.

Our collaborations with our suppliers result in unique one-of-a-kind product lines. We love introducing creatives to each other who together with us, bring concepts to realisation that are exquisite and exclusive. We are equally committed to the spirit of Ubuntu. When our collaborations are successful, we donate a portion of the proceeds to worthy causes that fall within the theme of each collaboration.

Our firm belief is that we live in a South Africa where everyone can benefit from the works of their hands and their hearts. Through our blog posts, you get to learn about the inspiration behind the products that feature in our online store.

We know our suppliers. We understand our clientele. We believe that our country possesses great talent that can contribute to positive economic change for everyone. We are good at what we do, and we are true to our purpose in bringing good quality products to the forefront of the South African Online Shopping Industry.

Jislaaik, that sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

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Muppie Lounge

A Proudly South-African brand. Everything uniquely designed for the confident woman.

Each range tells a story and all my inspiration comes from you. The life that surrounds us, the beauty of motherhood and the longing of a perfect tomorrow.

All our stuff is either made by hand or carefully designed for your comfort. We are all about lifestyle, confidence and adding a dash of excitement and romance to life.

Stay At Home Mom of four, Marishka, needed a new challenge when the kids went off to school and decided to try something bold and new. She launched the first range 3 months before her last baby went to school and loved it since.

This brand is to empower woman. She believes that we are all worth it.

It’s called a #muppiemoment

She has launched 5 ranges in total since September 2017. Every range means something, it tells a story of where she is in her life.

She started off with T-shirts and have now evolved to dresses, mommy daughter twinning , woman accessories and some creative play tents for kids.

Everything is made by hand, in South Africa by woman who needs the work.

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Made Wild

Made Wild is a proudly South African blog created by someone who felt the need to celebrate and embrace the South African heritage and culture.

In addition to providing you the best quality T’s we are passionate about travel, good food and coffee, great friends, long evenings around the campfire and a spirit of adventure!

When joining our #MadeWildFamily you will find a lot more than just some lekke T’s to wear, you will also discover a whole new world of all things travel and local related.

We are blessed to live in a country rich in diversity, we just have to keep on searching for the beauty and joy deep down to appreciate it.

So get out your vellies, pack the coolerbox and join us for a roadtrip through our precious country!

“Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventure, we have nothing to lose and a world to see” Made Wild

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Modern Crete Decor

There is something beautiful about the natural cement look that brings so much character to a space. Not only is it modern but also a classic look that dates back to ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt.

Modern Crete is an established company in Somerset West, Western Cape and hand crafts cement décor items. From planters, candle holders, serving slates, door stops to jewellery dishes, Modern Crete’s variety is unlimited.

They are always looking for new items to create.

“We are inspired by our desire to create beautifully crafted décor, furniture and accessories and strive to offer the best service and product quality.”

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Olive & Arrow Creative

My name is Charise and I am the founder of Olive & Arrow Creative. Olive & Arrow Creative was born long before it got a name, creativity has always been part of my life

I live for the beautiful moments in life.

I absolutely love what I do and the journey of meeting new people who quite often become friends.

My style of work is modern and simple but stems from a deep love for what I do and this, in combination with your idea, gives way to the perfect end result.

Creativity is a force of enchantment – not entirely human in its origins

I will forever be changed by this book – Olive & Arrow Creative

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Bundu Beard

Classic wet shaving is simply the coolest way to shave. Period. When you start to enjoy something considered by most as a tedious daily chore, you know you are on the right track. Improving your quality of life is not only about doing great things, but also about making small changes that turns boring into fun. Most classic wet shavers look forward to their morning shave, even thinking about what combo they are going to use the night before! It is all about options, quality, exquisite hardware and consumables that nourishes, cleanses and lubricates. Just by being here you have taken the first step in upgrading your life, now take a few more and reclaim your own individuality and style. Classic wet shaving is exactly that; Classic.

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Living That Oil Life

It all started out kind of organically, I’d heard about the ditch-and- switch phenomenon sweeping across the States – where moms were trading their store bought cleaners for natural, child-safe alternatives. It’s what kick-started my journey with essential oils. We as a family already watched what we ate so why not everything else? I took the plunge around June 2018 and bought a Young Living Premium starter kit, and switched out our dishwashing soap, all-purpose cleaner and our washing detergent. From my kit I started making my own blend of chill-out rollers for my hubby, Duncan (he calls it his cream soda roller, because it smells incredible), a soothing baby bum balm for our little girl Sloane and a few gifts here and there for my girlfriends’ stork teas.

Then one day I found my friends asking me to whip them something up to help with their eczema, something for dry skin, body butter for our kids and a roller to help with sleep and in late 2019 Living That Oil Life was born. I realised early on that people wanted alternative, “nasties” free products and the health benefits of using high quality essential oils in our products offer that. You might think “oils aren’t for me” but there is literally something for everyone, from moms to bubs and even the dads too. One take away I have from it all is that delving into essential oils has been, and still is, a wonderful journey. I’ve had so much feedback from people wanting to know more and learn more and that’s why I launched a Facebook group where anyone can ask questions, share tips or follow a few of our guides when starting on a similar journey. I’d love for you to join our community and learn more about essential oils and how they can enrich your life.

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Viveca Handcrafted Jewellery

A mother of two, wife to one, friend to many spectacular souls, daughter, sister and a crafter with a taste for nature and uniqueness.
Hesmarie vd Merwe was born and raised in Limpopo, and currently lives in Bela Bela.
Handmade bohemian jewellery which is so unique, not one ever looks the same.

Viveca is a unique local supplier of creative, handmade products of different mediums for those with a love of the flair of local.

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Hermanuspietersfontein Wines

Was it not for “the sheep” we would not have a story to tell.
In the early 1800’s farmers from the Overberg region imported a teacher by the name Hermanus Pieters to teach their children in Dutch, the forerunner to the Afrikaans language. Mostly paid in sheep they used to graze at a fountain where be camped under the Milkwood trees near the sea… This spot soon became known as Hermanus Pieters’ Fontein.

The wine with the longest Afrikaans name in the world…
In 1855, some 20 years his after his passing, the village was named after him. In 1902 the postmaster shortened the name to Hermanus. When, in 2005, we founded our cellar we elected to adopt the original name of our village and pledged all our brand’s label copy to be in Afrikaans.
Operationally, our well equipped 350-tonne urban cellar boasts a large stainless steel component, 20 6000L French foudrés and some 450 small and large French oak barrels. Designed to operate with two winemakers and two assistants; we combine a European mindset and gravity concept to minimize handling and intervention in the winemaking process.
Our 350 Ha conservation conscious farm is located in South Africa’s cool climate premium wine producing region and nestles in the sheltered mountainous area called Sondagskloof. Less than 20% under vine our viticulture strategy focuses on low-yield farming in the interest of quality.
On average 2° cooler than the rest of the Walker Bay region this special piece of earth is an accredited wine ward: Wines of Origin Sondagskloof under auspices of South African Wine and Spirit Institute since 2007.
The minerality in our wines can be traced back to the high clay content in the soils while the cool climate and maritime influences on the vineyards is expressed in natural acidity. The different soil profiles presents the perfect environment for both Bordeaux and Rhône to prosper.
Founded in 2005 for more than a decade already we’re still the only wine producer able to offer an elegant, European styled range of Sauvignon blanc, Cabernet franc, and Bordeaux and Rhône varietal wines under the appellation Wines of Origin Sondagskloof.
Our winemaking philosophy Good Earth makes Better Wine successfully expresses our sense of place which we call The Soul of Sondagskloof.

What is the relevance of a “sheep” in our lives?
Well, everything… Was it not for his sheep Hermanus Pieters would never have camped at the fountain under the milkwoods near the sea and the site was never going to be called Hermanus Pieters’ Fontein. To this end we’re employing a wooley little creature as our story teller…

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Flowercrowns & Treatment

If I had to describe my blog using 3 bullet points, it would include:

  • Kindness
  • Proudly South African
  • Awareness

I am here to show that your diagnosis doesn’t have to define you (I was diagnosed with a rare disease, Myasthenia Gravis in 2004); that we should always try to support the local businesses in South Africa (there is so much talent right under our noses – we just need to look); & that you should always choose kindness in every moment of every day.

I have made some amazing friends through this journey, & hope to continue it for years to come.

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I am so amazed by the gorgeous products that we have right here in South Africa – & this is a prize jam-packed with so much love, time, talent & passion.

Follow all their social media pages now & get ready to enter the giveaway of a lifetime!

Which part of the prize are you most excited about?


 

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Her Lief

I recently posted a request for local businesses to contact me if they would like me to do a feature on them.  I didn’t expect many messages to be honest, but the first I got was from Her Lief.

I immediately went over to her page, & began looking at her images as well as all the comments from her followers.  And I have to say, I am super impressed. Nicole was so friendly & I love what she is doing with using pre-loved goodies to make absolutely gorgeous jewellery.  So hold onto your seats – this is a fab business!

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Your name: Nicole

Business name: Her-Lief

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Social media handles: Instagram Facebook

Tell me a bit more about your business: I make Re-loved jewellery. Jewellery that gives junk a new life.

What makes your jewellery so unique: I bridge the fine line between costume (non-precious fashion jewellery,) and fine handmade jewellery, usually reserved for diamonds and gold. It’s no-mans-land, which makes it both nerve-wrecking and oh-so exciting!

Do you do custom orders: Most definitely, they’re the most challenging, and also my favourite!

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Where can people order from: Direct message on Instagram or Facebook. Alternatively my website which has a small standard range.

Have you always been a crafty person: Yes, I used to make jewellery from washers.

What has been your favourite creation so far: A sacred heart pendant made from melted bottle caps. It has been one of those memorable pieces that has inspired more designs, and gives me new breath from which to create!

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Quote you live by:Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion” – Rumi

Anything else you want to add: In short, my pieces are about the curiosity of the possibility of things. When is the cycle of things truly closed?

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Don’t you adore these?  They are so unique & beautiful, & would make such a statement.  They are the perfect gift for Christmas, or even a Secret Santa that you are looking for something special.

PLUS – keep an eye on our pages, as there is going to be a giveaway coming up shortly!  Yay!


 

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Cade Culture

If you know anything about my husband, you know that he is a big gamer & loves nothing better than having some down time in front of his PS4 playing Call of Duty with his online buddies, or even a little FIFA.  It allows him to escape the stress of reality & he has made some amazing friends through this.  When we had a family portrait drawn by Christine Bernard, he even had the little controller in his hand & the logo on his shirt!

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Whilst having a look through the feed of Jislaaik! Online Store, I saw that they were running a new competition together with a company called Cade Culture.  I immediately popped over to their page & asked if I could do a feature about them.  I can think of at least 10 friends that would absolutely LOVE one of these goodies under the tree on Christmas Day with their name on!


Your name:  Carlos Carrajola

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Business name:  Cade Culture

Are you a gamer:  Yes I am (although I don’t get to play as often as I would like!)

What are your favourite games:  Currently I am playing Hollow Knight on the Nintendo Switch. Enjoy the portability of it!

On PC I am Currently addicted to the open beta of Magic the Gathering. (takes me right back to school and playing the physical card game!)

Some of my all-time favourites that I always enjoy playing are Contra on the NES. Black on PS2. The GTA series is awesome and DOTA 2 on PC.

In the Analog games area I currently enjoy playing Ticket to Ride (such a great game to get new people introduced to board games!) and the wife and I enjoy a game of Sushi Go every now and again.

What inspired you to start up:  I have always wanted to have something to call my own and it wasn’t until I started playing board games again that the inspiration hit to start a store that encompasses all that I enjoy.

How can people order from you:  All you need to do is visit us at www.cadeculture.co.za have a look around and make the order 😊 we also try and do markets and festivals wherever possible, so following us on social media will let you know where we physically are from time to time.

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What are your most popular items:  Um tough one, I would say right now some of our most popular items are the 5 Second Game (South African Edition) and Spot It! Both awesome games to have when having friends over. But our top seller without a doubt is the Keep Calm and Level Up T-shirts!

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Social media handles:  WebsiteTwitterInstagam; & Facebook

Please give me a bit more info about the competition you are currently running with Jislaaik Shop:  I was so excited when Jislaaik wanted to collaborate with Cade Culture. Its really simple, all you need to do is comment on the Jislaaik Facebook post with which shirt you would like to win before the 14th of November and voila! You are in the running to win!!

Quote you live by:  If it’s meant to be its up to me!


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Cade Culture started out of their love to play games in any format. Growing up they spent many hours in front of the television playing the classics like Super Mario Bros, Contra and Tetris. Spending time with the family conquering the world with Risk or trying to take all the money with Monopoly!  I’m sure we can all relate to this, as well as the many relationships that were ruined thanks to the competitiveness!

With today’s fast pace and the constant distraction of technology they decided to kick off Cade Culture in the hope of reintroducing Table Top Gaming back into mainstream. There is nothing better than having a get together with friends and trying to mess up their routes in Ticket to Ride or putting that robber in the strategic positions in Catan.

But they aren’t stopping there! As the company evolves and grows their Cult(ure), they will be bringing more and more electronic gaming that they enjoy too, from the portability of the Nintendo Switch (coming soon to the site!) to all other formats of gaming!

Remember to Keep Calm and Level Up.


I am so excited about this company, & love the idea that boardgames are making a comeback!  This is one of my favourite things to do, & I can’t wait to make some purchases off their website for our own “Games Nights”.


 

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