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Greetings, beautiful reader 🙂

Can you believe that in a few hours May will be up and June will be upon us? Where is 2017 going? It truly feels as if each year flies by quicker & quicker and we age more & more *Cue the tissues & chocolates. 

I decided to venture into a topic that truly speaks to most ladies who barely enjoy the hassle of applying make-up and “putting on a face” before heading out the door and feeling pretty on the outside, too 

I am looking forward to connecting with you and reading your thoughts on this post. 

Growing up, I was drawn to the wonders of make-up and how it can transform a woman’s face yet I lacked the energy and patience to dabble in the art. Being an introvert and a simple plain Jane – I barely wore any make-up on a good day and during high school days, I was fresh faced with my hair all back and only lipice on my lips. 

Seeing so many brands and ads these days leaves me feeling overwhelmed but in a way relieved. Why? Well, I am not obsessed with adding layers and layers to my face daily and battling with bad skin in the long run. 

My makeup bag is not filled to the brim with products but consists of a light make-up mousse. brow pencil & mascara. Yip, a whole 3 products that last me for months on end and 90% of the time I am with family or at home, so no need to overdo the art. A splash of mousse and mascara and I am happy 🙂 Oh, Labello lip butter is a must, too

A brief history of make-up can be found by visiting the link below 

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/history-makeup

Note: ALL-IN-ONE will be on a long Winter hiatus and back in late August or sooner. Don’t forget to enjoy previous articles by selecting blog on the Home Page (TOP RIGHT AND SCROLL DOWN TO BLOG) 

Thank you for your support & time. If you have any comments or queries – Email me: Mattheek63@gmail.com 

  • Kelly

 

 

 

App Review for ACR

Hello, beautiful being! Welcome back to a non-niche blog where I love blogging about Topics That Connect 🙂
How was your weekend? What interesting news would you like to share? I love connecting with readers and fellow bloggers about Topics That Connect.

Another reminder that ALL-IN-ONE will be hibernating until further notice due to personal reasons. If you would to guest write then please click on the link for more info & how to submit your content

My writing career began back in 2015 when I completed a certificate in Language Basics through College SA (A RUBBISH COLLEGE WHO ENJOYED HOLDING BACK MY REFUND) and pursued a path in journalism via a course through SA writer’s college (FAB COLLEGE WITH HUNDREDS OF CATEGORIES TO CHOOSE FROM AT AFFORDABLE RATES)

ACR is an app that allows you to record a phone call with a touch of an on-screen button.

“Another Call Recorder is a free call recorder application. It is one of the best call recorders in the Play Store and offers tons of features such as:– Search
– Grouping recordings by date
– Auto email (Pro)
– Auto delete old recordings
– Marking recordings as important so they don’t get auto deleted
– Multi-select, delete, send
– Displaying contact name and photo
– Excluded numbers
– Auto or Manual (Pro) call recording
– Password protection of recordings
– Lots of recording formats
– Ability start delayed recording” – Google Play Store 

Note: There are various names for this app, so whatever you choose to download and use the common name is ACR. 

I pretty much stumbled across ACR back in 2016 when I started to interview sources for blog articles and hated jotting down notes while I did a quick search and voila – ACR popped up and I downloaded it the same day. #DIGITALSAVVY

ACR has the option for the user to select to record calls or to de-activate after a specific call has been recorded.

Being an ex-digital content producer, I still enjoy reviewing a bunch of publications, beauty products & apps – Brands love feedback so grab your laptop, review that goodie and tag the relevant company/person – Note: Keep it simple and to the point, Don’t forget to add in your personal images for added effect to your post or use Pixabay or Tumblr. After all, we live in a digital era where a post, video & other forms can go viral and you could become a digital savvy sensation. Start a blog, vlog, YouTube channel & let your work spark interest in others, globally! 

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Kelly’s rating: 9/10 for its easy-to-use functions and it can be used by bloggers, journos & beyond!

Thank you for popping in and reading my latest content. Looking to share your thoughts? Drop a comment on the bottom of this post or email me: mattheek63@gmail.com

Until next time xoxo

  • Kelly

The #BodyRevamp Journey by Kelly Matthee

Hello! Hello! Welcome to the newbie readers and a warm hug to my devoted readers.

This week I share my body revamp journey (Quick tips, too) with you, the reader. I have posted a few happy milestone photos on my personal Facebook account with captions but I decided to share a little insight on this blog. 

As most of us dread working out on a good day or for the fellow non-fitness freaks – These simple at-home exercises will aid you with your body revamp. After all, summer bodies are made in winter – A lesson well learned and a good motivator.

I would like to ask you: How often do you work out? Do you exercise daily or 2-3 times a week? Share your fitness journey with me, Kelly, by commenting on this article or if you would like a one-on-one chat – Email: mattheek63@gmail.com 

For the past 2 months, I have been focusing on exercises to help me with my journey and wow – draining is the nicest adjective I will say. Lol. My fat areas are my legs (Mostly thighs) and my butt. Cellulite is just the WORST NIGHTMARE that leaves one feeling so ugly and a bit shy to wear pretty, semi-revealing clothes (Well, unless you already have rocking body, keep your comments to yourself as the rest of us are aiming for our desired look)

Below I share my workout session and I aim to inspire those who, like me, lack the energy to get up and work out. At the end of each workout section, I do take a 1-minute water break to balance out the sets and control my breathing and flow of movement.

BRIDGES – A fab workout that requires minimal input. You lay on a yoga mat for added comfort during your set (I like to do 2 sets of 20)

FIRE HYDRANTS – A great workout that is meant to target inner thighs and butt area (I like to do 2 sets of 20 per leg)

LUNGES – Some like to use weights during this exercise, but I don’t use weights often as I have a damaged right shoulder that is prone to stiffness with the slightest of movement from weight lifting during any exercise (Yip, 2 sets of 20 per leg)

DONKEY AND SQUAT KICKS – These two exercises have become my go-to for a power boost during those unmotivated days, working both thighs and the butt area is what I am all about.

YOGA – A few mixed sets make the pointer of yoga as to tone, ease, open & alleviate the body throughout, I like to end off my yoga session with a tree pose and child pose.

Bonus: RESISTANT BAND SET

As a non-fitness person, I tend to lack the overall effort of arm and tummy workouts. But I have discovered a super comfy and easy alternative that requires the help from a resistant band thingymabob (Forgive me my darlings, I speak limited gym jargon)

This works the entire body from arms, tummy, thighs, legs and butt & the neck muscles get attention, too. This variation gets 2 thumbs #FITNESSJOURNEY

UPDATE: As of 20 June, I COMPLETED 40 MINUTES OF MY AT-HOME WORKOUTS 😎 a huuuuge milestone for me and a FABULOUS #SlayDayTuesday !!

Further reading: Aim for 3 days a week to get your body into the zone of training. I aim for Tuesdays, Thursday or Friday (Depending on the weather and my mood) and on Sundays 🙂 

When should you work out? There are thousands of articles that state different times of the day – You need to do a trial and error and see what works best for you. I prefer early afternoon sessions compared to a night or morning session. 

Don’t forget to warm up the body for a minute or 2 and hydrate often and remember to breathe! NAMASTE BEAUTIFUL BEINGS! Ladies, we all have our body goals, stick to your own pace, time and sets. I wish you the very best with your #BodyRevamp and I cannot wait to have a rocking little bod in summer.

UPDATE AS OF 24 MAY: I have reached another fab session of 30-minutes with my #BodyRevamp journey with a sore back for reference – No pain, no gain!

Super easy video to follow with resistance bands

Alternatively, tweet me your photos with the hashtag #BodyRevamp and tag me @kelly_matthee 

Until next time, darlings … KEEP SLAYING!

— KELLY

6 TOP TIPS TO ACE THAT INTERVIEW!

GROWING UP IS NO EASY TASK, YOU DECIDE ON YOUR CAREER FROM A YOUNG AGE, PICK OUT A COLLEGE  AND ONCE YOU GRADUATE, YOU HEAD OUT INTO THE REAL WORLD AND WONDER “WHERE DO I APPLY FOR MY FIRST-EVER JOB THAT WILL BECOME THE STEPPING STONE TO SUCCEED IN MY CAREER? ”

ONCE YOU HAVE BROWSED LISTINGS (BOTH IN PRINT OR ONLINE) YOU APPLY FOR THAT JOB, THE POTENTIAL EMPLOYEE CALLS YOU UP FOR AN INTERVIEW AND YOU STUCK FROM THERE AND WONDER WHAT TO DO NEXT BEFORE GOING IN FOR THE INTERVIEW.

DON’T FEAR, WE ALL GO THROUGH THE PROCESS, BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN ACE JUST ABOUT ANY INTERVIEW BY FOLLOWING SOME QUICK (SOMETIMES OBVIOUS) INTERVIEW TIPS THAT CAN ALLEVIATE THOSE NERVES JUST A BIT?

LIVING IN SOUTH AFRICA, MOST UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE DO NOT GET THE CONSIDERATION DUE TO A LACK OF RESEARCH AND PREP BEFOREHAND. HERE ARE 6 TIPS TO KEEP NOTED:

  1. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH! THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT AS IF YOU HAVE ZERO KNOWLEDGE OF THE COMPANY THEN YOU WILL NOT ONLY RUIN YOUR ONE CHANCE AT A JOB, BUT YOU WILL SHOW ZERO INTEREST, TOO AND IN THE LONG RUN DAMAGE THE COMPANY’S BRAND. A SIMPLE GOOGLE SEARCH WILL DO BEST AND TAKE A FEW NOTES!
  2. TAKE A COPY OF YOUR CV, A PENCIL AND PRE QUESTIONS TO ASK AFTER YOUR INTERVIEW – LOCATE POSSIBLE QUESTIONS TOWARDS THE END OF THIS ARTICLE.
  3. BE ON TIME AND DRESS TO IMPRESS (LADIES, COVER UP IN THIS SITUATION) GREET WITH A SMILE AS FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE KEY* 
  4. JUST BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT, DRINK A GLASS OF WATER AS THIS WILL PERK YOU UP AND HELP GET THE MIND AND BODY READY (YES, THIS IS A CLASSIC TIP BUT PEOPLE DON’T ALWAYS FOLLOW IT) HYDRATION IS YOUR BESTIE – REMEMBER THAT
  5. KEEP YOUR COOL SHOULD ANY QUESTIONS ARISE THAT YOU CANNOT ANSWER ACCORDINGLY (THIS MAY BE ABOUT YOUR OLD JOB, A GAP IN YOUR STUDIES ETC) THE PURPOSE OF THIS IS TO TEST YOU AND YOUR PERSONALITY; HAVE SOMETHING PREPPED AND TO THE POINT – BE BRIEF BUT NOT RUDE
  6. SIT UP STRAIGHT AND MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT BETWEEN QUESTIONS, IF THERE IS MORE THAN 1 PERSON INTERVIEWING YOU THEN ALTERNATE YOUR EYE CONTACT AND KEEP BOTH INTERESTED IN YOU AND YOUR RESPONSES

POSSIBLE QUESTIONS TO ASK AFTER YOUR INTERVIEW 

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  1. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL WORK DAY FOR THE POSITION.

  2. ARE THERE ANY EXTRA RESPONSIBILITIES TO TAKE ON? IF NEEDED WOULD YOU REQUIRE THE PERSON TO WORK ON WEEKENDS?

  3. IS THERE ROOM TO GROW WITHIN THE NEXT FEW YEARS?

KELLY’S ADDED TIP: PERSONALLY, I AM NOT A FAN OF RECRUITMENT COMPANIES, BUT YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME TO DRAFT UP YOUR CV AND ADD IT ONLINE. FOR SOUTH AFRICANS, HEAD OVER TO FACEBOOK AND JOIN THE GROUP CALLED JOBS IN THE EAST RAND (DON’T LET THE NAME FOOL YOU, THERE ARE LISTINGS FOR CAPE TOWN, PRETORIA AND OVERSEAS)

IF YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHTS OR SUGGESTIONS THEN DON’T HESITATE TO LEAVE A COMMENT OR TWO (REMEMBER: ALL-IN-ONE IS A BLOG ABOUT TOPICS THAT CONNECT PEOPLE, LET’S CONNECT, BEAUTIFUL READER?)

HAPPY JOB HUNTING AND ACE THAT NEXT INTERVIEW! #SlayIt

Kelly’s Top 4 Short Girl Probs

Hello to you, beautiful being 🙂 

I will be on a Winter blog break soon until further notice. But please do enjoy this short and funny post that definitely speaks out to fellow short shits, globally!

You know the drill by now, share your thoughts and stories by commenting at the end of the article or email me: Mattheek63@gmail.com

Living the life of a forever short girl and the everyday battle that truly leaves one feeling so tired. Can you relate?

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Here are my top 4 problems of a #FOREVERSHORTGIRL:

  1. Refilling the outside bird feeder

  2. Feet not touching the floor when I sit on the couch or the bed

  3. Not able to plait my own hair or curl it properly #ShortArms

  4. Reaching for plastic packets stretching on my tippy toes

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THE PERKS OF BEING SO SHORT? HERE ARE 3 REASONS WHY I LOVE IT (AT TIMES…) 

  1. No need to cuddle up as smaller surface is easier to keep warm with cups of coffee and a blanket

  2. Exit any uncomfortable party or event and no one will notice until it is too late

  3. Cheaper shoes and clothes

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    SHORT LADY WITH HER SHORT FRIDGE 🙂 

THINGS TO AVOID WHEN INTERACTING WITH A SHORT LADY

  • STAND UP PROPERLY WHEN YOU TALK TO US, WE CAN HEAR YOU FROM DOWN HERE

  • THE SAFEST ARMREST IS THE SHOULDER AND NECK AREA NOT THE TOP OF OUR HEADS, WE WILL REACT AND YOU WILL HATE IT

  • REFRAIN FROM CALLING US CUTE OR SMALL – WE HAVE LIVED WITH THIS VERTICAL CHALLENGE SINCE PRIMARY SCHOOL AND BEYOND

BONUS: I WEIGH 42 KGs and 24 YEARS OLD. I AM ONLY 1.5 METERS TALL (THAT IS UNDER 5 FEET TALL) 

 

Spotlight: GH SA MAY REVIEW

Hello there

Note: For South African readers as this is for a local magazine. Thank you!

Back in April, I reviewed the GH SA edition and this month it’s time to review May’s edition. Being a content creator and ex-digital content producer, reading and reviewing go hand-in-hand and brands, companies, and businesses thrive on feedback (Yes, even negative comments help to grow each sector)

Listed below are the best articles that I thoroughly enjoyed and hope you’ll get the chance to grab a copy and read the articles in full.

PAGE: 12 and 14

COMMENTS: Great purple sleep set and yellow slippers that are both available from Mr Price at approx. R280. The leather jacket look for work, evening and weekend is a must have winter item that never goes out of style. See page 14 for more info and stockists!

PAGE: 28

COMMENTS: Focal pointers to add personality and life to your home and covers a feature wall, mirrors & an investment piece!

PAGE: 32

COMMENTS: Home hacks to start using soon! Did you know that Vaseline Jelly can be used for buffing out scuffs on leather? And did you know that Hydrogen Peroxide can erase wine or coffee stains from soft, delicate fabrics?

PAGE: 35

COMMENTS: Farmhouse appeal article that adds a splash of green (Light Kiwi Burst from Dulux) in the kitchen and it truly adds life to a light wooden area

PAGE: 60

COMMENTS: Reading glasses that can be adjusted with new lens technology and suitable for any eye strength. Curious? Visit ktgroup.co.za for more info!

PAGE: 74 – 76

COMMENTS: An article that works well as it lists pointers on living a happy life with good choices. Written by Brittany Burke and the pointers that stood out well for me were 11 and 13. 11 – Embrace your Age and 13 – Drink a little more water (Already drinking more water after my workouts now) THANKS, BRIT!

“YOU CAN BE A RAINBOW IN SOMEBODY ELSE’S CLOUD” – Maya Angelou

PAGE: 79

COMMENTS: Something for the pet owners to try out – Kinesiology

What is it? Well, it states that it is a type of muscle therapy that monitors various responses from certain triggers. Grab a copy of GH SA May edition to read the full article and your pet will love you even more!

For great word searches, crosswords & more visit goodhousekeeping.co.za

Kelly’s review: 8/10

Sources: Good Housekeeping South Africa

Do you know what your spirit animal is?

Hello and welcome back to ALL-IN-ONE. 

Today, I ask: Do you know what your spirit animal is? If not, visit the link and take the quiz! 

Comment at the bottom of this article and let’s see what you got! 

My result was: The Sloth (Not 100% accurate, but awesome quiz) 

“You’re as cool as a cucumber, and you love to go with the flow. Your favorite activities include eating, sleeping, and eating again. Your rap name is Sir Naps-a-Lot.”VISIT THE LINK BELOW TO TAKE THE QUIZ! 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/geico/what-animal-were-you-born-to-be?utm_term=.xyOKE4REP#.esYmn34nW

Browse various people, pins & boards for more insight on spirit animals:

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest, too 🙂