Exploring Maboneng

Maboneng Precinct found in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa is a place that truly sets my heart on fire and makes my soul sing. It is a happy place for any creative out there.

“There are far, far better things ahead than we leave behind” – CS Lewis

This once declared no-go zone, received a face-lift of note in 2008 when the area was transformed into a cultural haven. “The precinct has since grown into Joburg’s most unusual and innovative areas, offering live / work and entertainment opportunities within a fully integrated urban set-up”.

My family and I absolutely love the vibe and atmosphere that Maboneng has to offer. If you are looking for us on a Sunday morning there’s a very good chance we will be found hanging out at Market on Main. Sunday market vibes with an abundance of oh so yummy EVERYTHING. After we feed our faces, we then casually walk the streets looking for new artwork that comes in the form of murals, graffiti and structures. We love the Precinct so much that in December 2016 we did a family lifestyle photo shoot in the streets of Maboneng, which made for the perfect setting to showcase our new lives in the City of Gold.

Family photoshoot with Karin Meiring Photography

Our most recent visit to Maboneng on the 30th of December 2017, saw us playing tour guides to some of our friends. Due to the festive season Market on Main wasn’t open and the same applied to several shops and restaurants. Despite it being rather quiet I must admit that it was an absolute pleasure to have Maboneng (literally) to ourselves. We took tons of photos and let our crazy sides take control. It’s a place where your creative side is unleashed and you get to play, be free and live in the moment. My kids in particular have the best time whenever we visit. I love the friendliness of the people and how everyone is so helpful.

I think it’s rather apt that Maboneng means “Place of Light”. This culturally diverse urban area overflows with amazing people who are blessed with an abundance of talent in terms of art, design, entertainment, entrepreneurial skills and music. Every inch of the precinct can be felt to your core, ensuring you leave feeling completely enriched.

Your first trip into Maboneng may leave you questioning your choices and could possibly see you turn your car around and head home without even making it to your final destination. Don’t let the trip in, scare you and put you off. This cultural oasis is a must see and its’s experience I promise you won’t regret.

Happy Exploring Lovelies


Weight loss

To Drink or Not To Drink

It’s that time of the year when over indulgences are the norm and the consumption of alcohol is no exception. It really is a challenge to avoid alcohol over the festive season, especially when it is so ingrained in the South African culture. Festive over-indulgences are not beneficial to one’s health and can be detrimental to ones self-respect if not properly controlled.



So here I sit with having to make the decision of whether to drink or not.  My biggest issue is that I don’t feel it’s worth it to set myself back months of hard work just to succumb to the norms of the festive season.  The struggle is most certainly real when it comes to weight-loss and I don’t want to go into the New Year several kilos heavier due to excessive indulgences.  I don’t have to drink to have fun as I’m still the same crazy and fun person I have always been with or without it, so I’ve decided that I’m going to rather drink in moderation as opposed to not drinking at all.

The 6 Rules of Sensible Drinking

1. Stick to your meal plan

Firstly, continue to stick to your meal plan as far as possible over the festive season and eat a well-balanced diet. Protein and veggies will keep you fuller throughout, while keeping calories low.  Secondly, you definitely don’t want to drink on an empty stomach. It’s the quickest way to getting drunk.  Being hungry will also result in you wanting to eat everything you can possibly get your hands on.  This holds exceptionally true when it comes to snacking, which goes hand-in-hand with drinking and socialising, therefor healthy snacking is vital. It’s important to know that alcohol calories still count so if you’re tracking calories to lose weight, you need to account for the alcohol you drink.

2. Be a picky drinker

Know what you are drinking by doing some research ahead of time. Avoid sugary drinks like ciders and cocktails which contain higher calories. Drinking vodka or whiskey would be a better and more sensible option. Use sugar-free mixers or water with your liquor. Dry wine is another excellent option. Avoid mixing your drinks as it will not only make you drunk quicker, but it’s also harder to keep track of how many drinks you’ve had. Drink at your own pace and don’t let anyone pressure you to drink more or to drink faster.

3. Drink in moderation

For most people, the hardest part of incorporating alcohol into a healthy lifestyle is knowing when to stop. The key to sensible drinking is most certainly drinking in moderation.  Try and  stay under two to three drinks and within the recommended guidelines for safe drinking as stipulated by the rules of your country (refer below). If you plan your consumption and practice moderation with your drinking habits, alcohol can still be a part of your life without negatively affecting your weight-loss goals.

Drinking Laws Applied by Some Countries

4. Drink safely

Let’s be honest, now.  We live in ever-changing and dangerous times, so it’s rather important to be savvy when consuming alcohol. Make it a rule not to accept drinks from strangers and don’t leave your drinks unattended. The rule of “safety in numbers” holds true when it comes to drinking at parties and night clubs. There have been so many reported cases of people having had their drinks spiked that’s its definitely better to be safe than sorry this festive season.  Make sure not to mix alcohol and medication, as this could have huge negative consequences.

5. Water is your wingman

Hydrate hydrate hydrate! Water is definitely your best friend when consuming alcohol. Aim to drink a glass of water between alcoholic drinks. This will aid in keeping you sober, whilst indirectly limiting the amount of alcohol consumed.  It will also aid is lessening the effects of a hangover.

 6. Deal with your hangover safely

After a night of Festive drinks, you may encounter a bad hangover the following day. The best thing to do is to refuel your body with wholesome food and water. Drink water in smaller portions as this is sufficient enough to get your body re-hydrated. Surprisingly, exercising can help with hangovers, too. Mild exercises such as walking or yoga can help to ease the hangover and make you feel better. If you only have a few drinks, then you probably won’t have to worry about dealing with a splitting headache and/or inside-out stomach feeling the day after.