Giveaway|Review

Seltzer Essence Range Giveaway

Seltzer water … brought us honest to goodness flavoured water. Then they brought us Seltzer Lite. Now in 2018 they have brought us the Essence range.  The Seltzer Essence range boasts

  • No sugar
  • No sweeteners
  • No preservatives
  • Natural flavours
  • Low GI

Seltzer Essence is music to every health conscious and every fitness fanatics ears. The Essence range is no-nonsense #HonestWater that tastes uber delicious. The refreshing taste and flavours will see you through the summer heat, without negatively impacting on your healthy lifestyle.  For those looking to reduce their sugar consumption or those who opt for sugar-free, Seltzer Essence is the range for you. All the goodness and absolutely no guilt.   Better still, the Essence range is the perfect solution to accompany my kid’s school lunches. The Essence range makes for perfect anytime drink for the whole family.

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The range comes in three flavours:-

  • Watermelon and Mixed Berry
  • Pink Grapefruit and Strawberry
  • Green Apple and Mint

Seltzer Essence Hamper Giveaway

One lucky individual stands a chance of winning a Seltzer Essence sparkling water hamper valued at R500 by entering the giveaway on my Instagram & Facebook page

Fit Family|Fitness|Lifestyle|Review

My Love Affair with Fitbit has Helped Me Restore My Health

After being diagnosed as chronically ill in December 2016, the decision to fight for my life saw me embrace an immediate lifestyle change.  The thought of my children growing up without me was something I just couldn’t fathom.

Expeditious action was required, so I made the decision to join the gym on 4 January 2017. I also began exercising and eating right.  I’m 41 and to be honest the tech generation was never my thing, but I needed something to help me track my physical activity.  A month into my journey I decided that it was worth giving a fitness tracker a try.  Absolutely clueless in this department, I did my research and due to the fact that just about everyone was talking about fitbit I decided to go with it.  To be completely honest, i’m a skeptic so instead of buying a new Fitbit, I opted to buy a second-hand one to determine if this was really for me.

A few days had passed and it was final, a Fitbit was for me.  Off to the shops I went and bought myself a brand spanking new Fitbit Flex.  I loved everything about it, from the tracking of steps to the tracking of the food I was consuming, plus I could swim with my Flex.  The highlight for me was the sleep tracking on the app, which was a huge wake-up call (excuse the pun).  Fitbit helped me realise that I was ony getting 1.5 to 2.5 hours of sleep per night.  I literally trained my body to get more sleep thanks to my Fitbit.  I’m happy to report that I now get approximately 6 hours of sleep per night, which plays a vital role in productivity as well as achieving my weight loss goals.

Fitbit Family

I was so impressed with my Fitbit, that I bought the Charge 2 for my eldest son (age 14) and myself.  Yip, you heard right … another upgrade for me. I also bought the Alta HR for my 10-year-old. It’s important to keep in mind that under Fitbit’s Terms of Service it states, users under 13 years of age are not allowed to have personal Fitbit accounts.  If you do want to sync your kid’s tracker with the Fitbit app, you will need to create your own account and let him or her access it that way.  Buying Skylar (10) a Fitbit has seen him lose 4kg and seriously improve his fitness level.  To be honest, we don’t fully utilise all aspects of the Fitbit for him, he is extremely aware of the number of steps he gets in every single day.  This little one racks up approximately 25000 steps per day.  On days when he gets home from school and hasn’t reached his target, he’s sure to head outside to kick around a soccer ball so that he can get those steps in.  Ashton (14) who was diagnosed with anxiety disorder utilises the Relax mode which really helps with his anxiety levels.  If that wasn’t enough reasons to own a Fitbit, well its made this fit family super competitive with us trying to beat each others daily steps or times when we do races.

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We Love Fitbit

The Fitbit Ionic

My Charge 2 was amazing and I had absolutely no issues, but due an injured right foot I needed to take up swimming. Monitoring my training which now includes my swimming was vital, so the Fitbit Ionic was next on the list.  The Ionic is everything and more.

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Watch this video below for a quick summary of what it can do and then you will understand why I’m completely and totally in love with the Fitbit Ionic

The Fitbit Ionic is more than just a smartwatch, it’s been quoted as the first 24/7 smartwatch.  From the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep, my Fitbit doesn’t leave my hand.  Okay, I take it off to shower (but don’t necessarily need to).  The Fitbit Ionic tracks calories burnt, stairs climbed, exercise, resting heart rate, sleep and the latest addition to the app means that you can track your period too ladies.  I even set notifications to keep me on track throughout my day. All of the above and the battery actually lasts approximately 5 days thanks to the impressive battery life.

The Ionic is a big bold statement piece and even though it looks like a fitness tracker, I still wear it with my formal wear.  I mean, I am a fitness girl after all and fitness is a lifestyle.  Straps can be changed so you do have options.  The large screen has impressive clarity and the swipe and tap functions on the screen are effortless. Then there’s the Fitbit app which is pretty amazing and provides your stats without any effort.  It even allows you to change your digital watch face, which keeps things fresh and exciting. 

The addition of Exercise mode means that the Ionic automatically recognises a host of different exercises, from running, cycling, swimming, treadmill running, weights, interval timer and workouts.  Theres a host of dedicated apps that can be utilised with the Ionic.  Deezer and Strava are definite highlights for me.  In addition to that, your watch stores up to 300 songs on it.  The built-in Coach app is Fitbit’s personal training app, which offers workouts of varying difficulties and duration.

Life without a Fitbit

21 months after I bought my first Fibit, I honestly can’t imagine life without my Fitbit.  It  has been life changing and has seriously helped keep me on the road to smashing my goals.  I’m mindful of my body, what it does and what it needs thanks to the use of a Fitbit.  I’m 22 kg lighter and have dropped 6 dress sizes.  Sounds impressive right, but I still have 10 kg to go, so watch this space as I smash my goals as I gear up for 2019.

Giveaway|Review

Onutricia Collagen Review & Giveaway

First and foremost, I seriously need to start off by keeping it real with you lovelies.  When I was initially approached to review the O Nutricia Collagen, I must admit I was rather sceptical. Truth be told, even though COLLAGEN is the latest buzzword and trend in the wellness world, I had little, to no knowledge of the product.

Collagen is readily available in your blood, bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles and skin. Boasting an extensive range of benefits, it’s no wonder people are supplementing their daily diets with a dose of collagen.  Collagen definitely seems to be the key to all-round vitality and wellness.

O Nutricia Collagen claims an incredible amount of benefits as listed below:-

  • Improves Hair
  • Greater Mobility and Flexibility
  • Restores Bone Mass Density
  • Increases Bone Strength
  • Reduces Joint pain, Gout and Arthritis
  • Delays and Counteracts Sarcopenia
  • Boosts Metabolism
  • Osteopenia
  • Vibrant, Firmer, Glowing skin
  • Promotes Digestive Health
  • Increase Muscle Mass
  • Healthy gut repair and function
  • Helps to Detox liver
  • Strengthens Nails
  • Decrease Fat Mass
  • Supports Ligaments and Tendons
  • Collagen is even cited as helping to reduce the appearance of Cellulite

Tried & Tested

While I couldn’t put all of the above to the test, I have indeed tried O Nutricia Collagen over the past month and a half.  To better substantiate my review, I decided to photographically document the condition of my skin from 23 August 2018.  In a very short space of time, there is indeed a noticeable improvement in my skin.  Two weeks after starting with the collagen I have numerous compliments about how my skin in glowing.  I hadn’t noticed but people around me did.

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There’s a noticeable improvement in the condition of my skin

In addition to the above,  I have to admit that my nails are actually growing and stronger.  I can feel an increase of new baby hair on my scalp.  I have extremely thin hair and this won’t be rectified overnight as my thinning hair is a genetic condition.  My injured foot is also definitely on the mend and while I can’t fully credit my recovery to O Nutricia collagen, I’m convinced that the combination of the use of collagen, physio and rest has seen my foot heal quicker than expected.

Collagen comes in three forms. Types I and III are commonly used to support healthy hair, skin, nails, tendons, bones, and ligaments. Type I is the most abundant protein in the human body and the main protein found in all connective tissue. Type II is commonly used to support joint and cartilage health.

O Nutricia collagen is Type l

  • Raw material certified Halaal
  • Bovine only
  • No porcine
  • No additives
  • No flavourants
  • No colourants
  • No fake sugars
  • No wheat or gluten
  • No soya
  • Just 100% pure hydrolysed collagen peptides.

The collagen can be consumed by adding it to water, tea, coffee, yogurt, gravies, soups and even smoothies.  I don’t particularly like it in my coffee though, but your options are endless with the O Nutricia website listing a few recipes for you to try out.

I can confirm without a doubt, that I am no longer a sceptic and can definitely see and feel the benefits of using O Nutricia collagen.

Giveaway

I’ve teamed up with O Nutricia Collagen to share the benefits.  We are giving one lucky winner a month’s supply of O Nutricia collagen.  All you have to do is follow O Nutricia and Fit Like Mummy on Instagram.  Leave a comment listing one benefit of O Nutricia collagen and share with your friends who may be super keen to get in on the action.  Good luck lovelies xxx

Review

The Organics Life

My family and I were super excited to be hand-picked to participate in #TheOrganicsLife project with Beauty Bulletin and Organics!  Firstly, because we are already Organics fans and secondly because finding a high quality brand that accommodates and suits our rainbow nation family is essential.

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1 Rainbow Nation Family – 4 Different Hair Types – 1 Amazing Shampoo Brand

The Package:

We received the following items:-

  • Mom – 1 x Organics Dry & Damaged Shampoo
  • Mom – 1 x Organics  Dry & Damaged Conditioner
  • Ashton & Dad – 1 x Organics 2-in-1 solution
  • Skylar 1 x Organics Kids  2-in-1 Coconutty solution
  • My Bestie – 1 x Organics Straight and Sleek Shampoo
  • My Bestie – 1 x Organics Straight and SleeK Conditioner

You can head over to Beauty Bulletin to read our reviews on the Organics products and see what our overall scores are.

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What We Thought

All the products received, definitely delivered on their promises.  After a month of using Organics hair products, we can definitely say that we have hair that shines from root to tip.  In addition to that my hair looks super sleek.  My only con is that the products received have no volumising attribute to them.

My little one is over the moon that the Organics Kids doesn’t burn his eye.  I also tried the Organics Kids and loved it.  We absolutely love the way it smells, but best of all is the knot free, softer hair.

My hair obsessed teenager, was not impressed.  His complaint is that Organics makes his hair look neat and manageable.  So Ashton’s complaint, actually turns out to be a blessing in disguise for me.  Organics definitely ticks all the right boxes.

The hubby was also extremely happy with the anti-dandruff range.  He added that he liked the fact that he didn’t need to use a lot as it lathers well.  I guess that is the Accountant in him coming out.

On that point, the products are priced extremely well and doesn’t break the bank.   .  I’m most impressed by the affordability of the products, especially in comparison to the effectiveness.

I gave the Organics Straight & Sleek shampoo and conditioner to my bestie to try to she loves it. Her hair looked incredible.

We also love the fact that Organics is inspired by nature & is suitable for whole family.  It definitely suits our lifestyle as we are a family who epitomizes #TheOrganicsLife.

 

 

 

 

Entertainment|Event|Lifestyle|Review

Rock and Roll Circus Show Rocks the Barnyard Theatre Gold Reef City

Big Top Rock is the biggest, most entertaining and daring show ever produced by The Barnyard Theatres. It’s not the usual song and dance that us regular Barnyard goers have become accustomed to.

Big Top Rock, just like the previous installment and predecessor Rock Circus, features live music, aerial acts and funky dance routines with an electric atmosphere that will rock you like never before. The thrilling show will draw you in as the performers bring the heat for the duration of the show. The rock hits from six decades of music, bold acrobatics and impressive choreography will have you on the edge of your seat.

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The Big Top Ringmaster will take you on a musical journey with music from Def Leppard, ACDC, Kings of Leon, Aerosmith, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Elvis Presley, Pink, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Pitbull and many more.

Prepare to be thoroughly entertained by a variety of acts that will have you jumping out of your seats and partying up a storm, just like I did.  I enjoyed the show tremendously and found myself moving to the beat.  It was an extremely fun and entertaining evening.

Dare to Dress

In keeping with the theme, theatre-goers are encouraged to dress the part. With a choice between Rock Glam or Carnival Chic. The question is, “What dress code would your sense of adventure drive you towards?”

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I opted for Carnival Chic

Show Times & Ticket Prices

The show runs until 13 October 2018 at The Barnyard Theatre Gold Reef City. Bookings can be made via The Barnyard Theatre

19 Jul – 25 Aug:

  • Tue (20:00) – R165pp Buy 1 Ticket Get 1 Free
  • Thur (20:00) – R165pp
  • Sat (14:30) – R130pp + Kids U/12 free (2 kids per paying – full price – adult) & Pensioners
  • 50% OFF (telephonic bookings only)
  • Sat (20:00) – 165pp

29 Aug – 13 Oct:

  • Wed (20:00) – R165pp
  • Fri (20:00) – R165pp
  • Sat (13:00) – R130pp + Kids U/12 free (2 kids per paying – full price – adult) & Pensioners
  • 50% OFF (telephonic bookings only)
Review|Women

Review – Anita Active Dynamix Star Max Support Sports Bra

A month ago I was invited to try out the Anita Active Dynamix Star Max Support Sports Bra and was requested to seriously put it through its paces before writing a honest review.

This however wasn’t the first time I had seen an Anita Active bra. During my initial encounter with the Anita Active range earlier this year, I immediately fell in love with the look and feel of the bra, but somehow never got around to trying it out.

The Importance of a Good Fitting Sports Bra

To be rather honest, I seriously underestimated the importance of a good fitting bra. Apparently it’s all about the perfect fit! Experts say it’s just as important to wear a well-fitted, quality sports bra as it is a pair of quality trainers. A good fitting bra can make a big difference to your workout as well as your breast health. Let’s not forget your soaring confidence levels.

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Wearing the Anita Active Momentum Wire Free Sports Bra in this photo (but this is a review for another day)

During my fitting, Taryn from the Bra Guru explained in detailed how a bra should fit and stressed the importance of getting measured by a professional bra fitting service. Check out my blog post on The Bra Guru to get the low down on all things bra related.

My Thoughts on the Anita Active Dynamix Star Max Support Sports Bra

  • Lets start with the fabric which is extremely lightweight and I love the barely there feel of it on my skin.
  • The dual colour options are vibrant and bold. I must admit that I felt super sexy and confident wearing that bra, purely because of the design and the way it immediately improved my posture.
  • The fabric is also breathable, which is aimed at active sweat management. After wearing that bra for an entire day in Durban, which is known for its hot and humid weather, I will have to admit that this feature of the Anita Active bra gets a 10/10.
  • Its front-adjustable strap system allows an “easy on & off”. This is truly such a cool feature and design. It really does make life easier and makes this an all round sports bra. You can basically adjust the straps depending out your workout.
  • The back, cross design feature sits at exactly the right spot on my back. I found it super comfortable and was able to wear the bra for a long period without experiencing my usual back pain.
  • The straps are padded and I really like the thickness of the straps. I found that it didn’t cut into my shoulders during high impact activities.
  • Due to my foot being injured, I am unable to run at the moment. So I asked a friend who owns an Anita Active Bra to review the bra during her run. She confirmed that the straps did not cut into her shoulders during to her run and that movement is minimal. So more run, less bounce!
  • This is a wireless bra that actually performs like a bra with a solid under wire support. My breasts honestly haven’t looked this amazing since I was 16. Unbelievable support and shape and for the first time ever, my breasts and my body are not at war with each other. My breasts move with my body and not against it.
  • Another feature that has me shook – there’s NO padding of the bra cups, yet it gives the perfect shape to ones breasts. Have a look at the video below to see what I mean
  • And finally. Wait for it … these bras are available in cup sizes AA-G. You heard right, a G cup!

After wearing the Anita Active Dynamix Star Max Support Sports Bra regularly over the past month, I have to admit that I now understand why this sexy sports bra won the international Red Dot Design Award.

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Children|Parenting|Review

Cartoon Network Live Tour Hits Jozi

As the cold front gripped Gauteng, parents were left looking for ideas to keep their little ones entertained  that didn’t involve the outdoors.  The timing of the opening show of the Cartoon Network Live Tour in Johannesburg, couldn’t have been more perfect.

In a story inspired by “good can conquer evil”, Cartoon Network Live Tour brings to life the much-loved characters from DSTV’s channel 301. The kids eagerly arrived to take their seats and one could see their anticipation build as they awaited the appearances of their favourite Cartoon Network characters.

The show sees characters such as the Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Gwen, Jake and Finn, fighting villains live on stage in a performance filled with music, dance, colourful lights and a willing participation from the kids and parents alike.


Kelvin Gizmo, scientist extraordinaire, transported us into the world of Cartoon Network which is under threat of Zarr, the evil robot.  We travelled through the Land of Ooo, the city of Townsville and Elmore to help Kevin Gizmo stop Zarr and his evil plans.

What was originally assumed to be a show for the kids only, turned out to be a show that catered for the entire family.  The kids clapped, danced and sang along.  There was a definite highlight for the kids and they revelled in every second of it, but you will need to attend the show to fully feel and understand that part of the experience.

The props and effects are rather impressive, resulting in the show providing an atmosphere similar to that of a concert.  Cartoon Network Live ends on an absolute high, leaving everyone wanting for more.  An extremely creative, fun and interactive production that the kids and entire family won’t want to miss this winter school holiday.

Cartoon Network Live will be showing in Johannesburg at Montecasino from 3rd – 8th July 2018
Tickets are available from Computicket: R175 – R390 – up to 50% off all off-peak shows

Please don’t forget to share your experience with us via social media using the #CNLSA

 

Review

Healthy Craft Ice Tea for the Whole Family

Seeing as I’m not the greatest fan of H2O, I occasionally enjoy drinking something other than water.  So after much research, I really struggled to find something to drink that fitted my healthy lifestyle and eating plan … that was until I came across Über Flavour Craft Ice Tea.

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This locally manufactured brew is made with Rooibos grown north of the Mother City and the natural flavours are added during the brewing process. Über Flavour states that there is “no lingering aftertaste, just a refreshed palate” and I totally have to agree.

What’s in the bottle?

This 100% Natural Craft Rooibos Ice Tea boasts

  • Natural Ingredients
  • No additives
  • No preservatives
  • No added sugar
  • Caffeine free
  • Rich in antioxidants

Benefits of Rooibos

  • Aids in Digestion
  • Helps You Lose Weight
  • Improves Heart Health
  • Keeps Skin and Hair Young
  • May Prevent Cancer
  • Packed with Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant Properties
  • Supports Strong Bones
  • Treats Allergies
  • Treats and May Prevent Diabetes

Über Flavour Craft Ice Tea comes in four blends that consist of caffeine-free Rooibos tea, freshly squeezed juices and other natural flavours. Seeing as my kids are my reference point when it comes to healthy alternatives, I conducted a little experiment.  We did a craft ice tea tasting where they got to rate the different flavours.   I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my kids loved the ice-tea as much as I did.  The Honey & Lemon, as well as the Apple & Cinnamon were a hit with the boys and I, while my hubby’s favourite was the Berry & Buchu.

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Yes, the packaging makes it look like a craft beer, but that’s probably what makes this the ideal festival drink for non-drinkers.  No more FOMO that’s for sure when you are out partying up a storm with your friends.

What I failed to mention earlier is that I actually hate tea and that included ice-tea, but this craft ice-tea is just something else.  With a taste so refined and jammed packed with wholesome goodness, it’s no wonder I have been converted.

I absolutely love that it fits into my lifestyle and that it’s healthy enough for my kids too.  Über Flavour Craft Ice Tea has definitely brought guilt-free variety into my life.  Best of all I love supporting local brands and this Proudly South African one is uber cool indeed.