Goodbye Blogging World

My writing journey has been quite something and having the pleasure to write about topics that connect people is what my blog was all about. Writing has always been close to my heart and always will be. This is the end of the end for me. Why? Well, I have pondered this for several months and it is time for a new chapter. Maybe a new hobby altogether.

All good things come to an end.

Blogging is not easy & my advice for newbies out there is to take a few writing courses, do research about your topics & connect with blogging mentors and engage with weekly writing chats online (Twitter is a fab place to start). WordPress is a global platform that offers different packages for its users as well as keeping track on your work, stats & more! Did you know: WordPress powers 28% of the internet and Google can easily index your work, too?

A huge virtual hug goes out to my 300+ blog followers – I love you guys!

-Kelly

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Battle of the Apps

Battle of Apps: Instagram vs SnapChat

So, are you #TeamInsta or #TeamSnappy?

I asked a few beautiful beings to share their fav app:

Instagram – Lee-Ann, Janine R, Christel, Shavaun, Lisa, Nic, Iain, Sean R, Locnville (Yip, I had to add in my fav duo) 

Instagram & Snapchat – Chane, Elizna, Alex

 Apps To Have

DID YOU KNOW: Snapchat was first named Picaboo back in 2011 and a year later the creators changed the name to Snapchat?

So why does SC auto delete? Quora.com shared this answer from one of its users:

Snapchat employs what is called ephemeral messaging:

ephemeral

  • Lasting a short period of time

Snapchat removes stories from viewing 24 hours after you have uploaded that particular pic or video because no one’s likely to dwell on that moment in real life.

Ephemeral messaging also applies to their Chat, which deletes as soon as both the sender and recipient have seen it once, or after 24 hours on a group chat.

Snaps are deleted once they have been viewed by the recipient, and possibly replayed once.

You can read more by visiting the link I provide below

https://www.quora.com/Why-does-Snapchat-automatically-delete-the-history-of-conversations

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FAB INSTAGRAM FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

48.8 percent of brands are on Instagram & expected to rise to 70.7% by the end of 2017.

5 percent of people on Instagram take action after being inspired by a post. Actions include searching, shopping, sending to a friend, or visiting a website.

Top 5 brands on Instagram are:

  1. Nike Football: 28.2M followers
    4. 9GAG: 40.2M followers
    3. Victoria’s Secret: 55.6M followers
    2. Nike: 72.3M followers
    1. National Geographic: 77.7M followers

Read more by visiting the link below

https://www.inc.com/melanie-curtin/21-things-every-brand-should-know-about-instagram.html 

Will you convert or will you remain with your choice?

Add your thoughts in the comments below.

Instagram and SnapChat are available for Android and iOS.

NOTE: I do not use any of the above apps. I spend waaaay too data on Twitter and Facebook as it is – Don’t hate me 🙂

Until next time xoxo

Kelly

3 Braai Day Recipes

Here in South Africa we thoroughly enjoy braaing and as it goes LOCAL IS LEKKER, BOET and with Braai Day just a weekend away (24 SEPT*), here are 3 easy to make meals to tantalize your taste buds. #OnsGaanNouBraai

Pork Ribs Recipe

Pork Ribs

Ingredients

45 ml soy sauce

30 ml oyster sauce

125 ml tomato sauce

2 garlic cloves, crushed

30 ml coriander, chopped

45 ml soft brown sugar

1 KG pre-cooked pork ribs, cut into portions

Side salad

Recipe

Mix the marinade ingredients in a bowl and rub into the ribs. Leave to stand for a few minutes. Rub into ribs and allow to stand for 10 – 15 minutes. Braai ribs and remember to add excess marinade throughout the process. Serve with a side salad.

NOTE: You can use an oven as an alternative & cook until sticky and done to your liking!

Braai Sarmies

Braai broodjies

Ingredients

2 tablespoons of butter

16 slices of bread

5 tomatoes, sliced

300 grams of biltong, sliced

1 cup of mozzarella, grated

2 pinches of salt

Recipe

Butter the slices of bread and place bread butter-side down. Top with biltong, tomatoes, cheese and seasoning and top with another slice of bread with butter-side out

Place broodjies on the braai and cook until golden. Serves 4 people. Alternate accordingly to amount of guests.

Woolies Mini Garlic Rolls

One of my fav snacks that are versatile for both lunches and dinners.

Heat and eat and compliments your braai meal (Also great with beef ravioli)

Retail price is around R40. Check your local Woolworths Food Store.

If you have any yummy and easy meals to share – Drop a comment below! Happy Braai Day (*), South Africa.

MUST-HAVE CLEANSING WIPES!

With Shea Butter, Collagen, Evening Primrose Oil, Cucumber extracts and more – This is a must have product!

Manufactured in the UK and a fab addition to your makeup regime – I review the Age Defiance Cleansing Wipes by Pure.

Enriched with Vitamin E to moisturize and nourish tired skin with the added bonus of smoothing out wrinkles. #PRETTYFACERELOAD

Watch the video below for more information.

Update on local price: Checkers stocks these for under R25 for a pack of 25 wipes!

Would you like to become a superhuman?

The Lifestyle section in the Sunday Times newspaper printed a “Future Edition” on the 27th of August 2017 and it made for an intriguing read.

Would you like to become superhuman?

  1. Brain-computer interface which is described as merging human beings with software that allows for direct interfacing with computer devices as well as improved memory.

  2. Bionic limbs which are aimed at improving strength, balance and increasing speed

  3. Powered exoskeleton. An exoskeleton is the rigid outer covering of the body (An ant would be a great example in this pointer) So this will turn you into Iron Man #CoolForDays

  4. Enhanced hearing that can record sound and generate white noise – I already have good hearing so this is going to turn me into a werewolf 🙂

  5. Eyesight overload for you to explore with the ability to have contact lenses with augmented reality, zoom mode, X-ray vision and infrared!

The article discusses the arrival of AI Tech which Elon Musk and others are hoping to achieve. But some disagree as to what the future of machines hold – Will AI be the death of humans or will our lives improve for the better?

What are your thoughts, beautiful readers?

3 FAB WAYS TO WEAR OLD CLOTHES!

A new season often burdens anyone’s bank account but today I share some fab tips on how to go from drab to simply fab with quick fashion fixes.

Jeans

Spring has arrived beautiful beings and one of the easiest fixes in the fashion world. Cut them into shorts to tend to that garden or to pair with a strap top for a casual lunch with the girls. Tip: Add a frill or fringe at the bottom to add some elegance to your new shorts, ladies!

Dress

Add a pair of sneakers to an oldie dress adds a little spunk and you are ready to rock that next outdoor festival or have an old maxi dress paired with heels for your next date night with Mr. Sweet Cheeks.

Tops

Why not add some embroidery to liven up your closet and rock a new look that compliments your beautiful personality? Heading out and don’t have time to doll up – Add a dainty necklace with stud earrings and voila all done. Jewellery is your best friend, remember this ladies.

3 Motoring Tips For Women

While men are considered petrol heads and know cars inside out, I share some useful tips for the ladies.

A video on how to change a tyre can be found by clicking here. 

3 Motoring Tips For Women:

  1. Read the car manual cover-to-cover

Yes, I understand that you would rather have root canal than read the manual but keep in mind that having the basics covered will help you in the long run.

  1. Stick to the specialists

Once the warranty is expired don’t forget to head down to the specialist workshop – a company dedicated to a car’s needs. This will save you the hassle of going to different places and in the long run costing you MORE money. So go to an ALL-IN-ONE stop shop.

Car auto repair shop

  1. Do keep your car in good shape (Inside and out)

This is the most obvious tip but keeping this mind will be beneficial to you – A clean driving space will make for a better driving day. Regular car washes and interior cleaning, ladies! Come on get those hands a little dirty 🙂

Car wash

How to handle being ghosted by a guy

Ghosting is defined as “The act of suddenly ceasing all communication with someone who is interested in dating.

This is done in hopes that the ghost will just “get the hint” and leave the subject alone, as opposed to the subject simply telling them he/she is no longer interested. Many attempts to justify ghosting as a way to cease dating the ghostee without hurting their feelings, but it, in fact, proves the subject is thinking more of themselves, as ghosting often creates more confusion for the ghostee than if the subject kindly stated how he/she feels.”

Ladies, I can defs relate to this utter low level of douchebag-ness. But never fear because today I have got you covered with an insightful video for your viewing pleasure

I found a fab YouTube user who has great videos that you need to watch and keep notes of. Follow Shallon on YouTube by clicking here 

 

3 lessons you will learn from the journalism industry

Journalism is defined as the profession of a journalist. A journalist is a person who writes for a publication – newspaper, magazine, tv, radio and other. 
What the journalism industry will teach you either during or after your time spent at a company:

  1. Connecting with professionals within the industry as well as the public 7hy538kk-1413831826

  2. Storytelling through media platforms that reaches thousands of humans, daily. Social Media Platforms

  3. Utilise training after leaving job post that will aid in your career as a writer & receive a certificate to add to collection #BrainsForDays

Being an ex-digital content producer (Fancy lingo for a digital writer) I always keep in mind that learning is something you never fully accomplish – the unfed mind devours itself…

3 ways to apologize to your special someone

Below are 3 ways you can go from in the dog box to sleeping in the bed again. You’re welcome.

  1. Cook her fav meals for a week and don’t forget the vino!

  2. Chocolates and flowers never hurt anyone and trust me these are a great go-to apology gift!

  3. ‘fess up guys! Your lady appreciates words over anything else and there is no alternative than a heartfelt “Baby, I am sorry”

BONUS: Sometimes letting miss grumpy pants cool off and enjoy a weekend with her girls or a spa day is a good alternative.

If all else fails – seek professional help. Have you ever been in the dog box and have an extra tip to share?