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Here’s to new beginnings!

Make (and keep) your 2018 resolutions

Here’s the scenario…A new year arrives and after dusting off the trusty old notebook we jot down a few dozen impossible tasks to be achieved by no later than mid-February. But after a few days of rigorous exercise, eating salad for lunch and dinner, waking up an hour earlier, all while trying to become the world’s best new yoga master, even the most iron-willed falter among us and ditch the resolutions completely. If this sounds all too familiar you’re in excellent company. According to research out of the United States, just eight percent of people manage to stick out their well-intentioned New Year’s objectives.

So what’s the problem? Business leaders, scientists, politicians, psychologists and almost everyone in between have long been curious about how the most admired and successful people reach their goals. The good news is you don’t have to be Oprah or any other famous celebrity to start living your own best life. We’ve rounded up some of the best advice we could find to help you on your way. (more…)

A little kindness can change the world

Open a newspaper, catch the 7 o’clock news, or scroll through social media and you’re likely to find more than your fair share of gloomy headlines. In the face of seemingly endless bad news it is worth reminding yourself that there are thousands of good people doing their best to make the world a little better each day.  You might even be one of them.

They say a little kindness can go a long way, and as anyone who’s ever tried to change lanes in horribly gridlocked traffic can attest to, the simple act of another motorist giving you a gap can make all the difference to your mood. According to the South African National Blood Service the relatively easy good deed of donating just one unit of blood can help save can help save as many as three people’s lives, proving that even the smallest act of kindness matter.


Here’s why you can (and should) celebrate winter

If you were to ask your friends and family to name their favourite season, it’s a safe bet very few would choose winter. Even in sunny South Africa the onset of June and July means frosty mornings, chilly nights and shorter days – not to mention the dreaded coughs and colds.

Instead of being glum about having to swop summer braais for more time indoors, it’s time to celebrate all the wonderful things the new season has to offer, from big coats to hearty soup.

  • You’re allowed to ditch the summer diet

Instead of counting calories and skipping carbs you can use the colder months to indulge in all the most delicious and hearty meals you love most. Instead of slimmer salads there’s warm soup and Sunday roasts with extra gravy and potatoes. Instead of kale juice there’s mugs of hot chocolate. And it’s the time of year when no one can judge you for swopping fruit salads for pancakes and waffles.


A photo is forever and always

It’s been said that a camera is a save button for the mind’s eye. The result of a simple click of the button is a unique moment captured in time, giving photos an almost magical quality. Just think of the powerful effect old photos have to transport us back to sunny childhood holidays and special birthday parties complete with delicious cake and colourful balloons.

With the help of technology, taking incredible photos is easier than ever.  Cameras have certainly come a long way with dozens of nifty features to get even the most camera shy excited about snapping more pics. Not to mention how our handy smartphones double as a camera, ensuring we never miss a chance to take the perfect picture.


Make no small plans for 2017!

There is something wonderful about the beginning of a new year. There’s the promise of a fresh start and the anticipation of all that lies ahead. It’s a new chapter in a brand new book – and the best part is you get to decide how the story goes.

This time of year also tempts many to put pen to paper and jot down resolutions for the next 12 months. Strict resolutions can be overwhelming, and let’s be honest, not much fun to keep. So instead of resolutions why not make plans. Plans that will inspire, delight, and add a little bit of joy to the year ahead.

Whether you’re a fan of resolutions or not, there are a few things anyone can try to make the most of 2017, and as the saying goes you may just find the best is yet to come.

  • Love the space you’re in

There’s hardly a better time to of year to sort through old clutter and give your home a little TLC. And who says back to school goodies are only for kids? The abundance of colourful stationery, organisers and files can make spring cleaning your space less of a hassle and a fantastic way to get creative, plus there’s the added bonus of knowing exactly where everything is when you need it later.


Happy Holidays

Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year!

A time to relax, rejuvenate and spend time with family and friends – the summer holiday. As schools empty and the hustle and bustle of everyday life slows its pace, busy work schedules and study timetables are replaced with social gatherings and memorable family holidays.

Falling in the peak of our summer months, the festive season is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors, and thanks to all the Limpopo province has to offer, you won’t have to go far to find it.

While many flock to the Kruger National Park to celebrate their holidays, there are a multitude of Limpopo game reserves and outdoor activities to choose from – click here for inspiration!

We’re all about Happy Holidays at Mall of the North and while we have the a full selection of wonderful gifts and entertainment waiting for you, please remember that the greatest gift you can give the people you love is time and attention – so make time to share quality time.

Whether your plans include entertaining your nearest and dearest in the comfort of your home, or exploring all the wonders Limpopo has to offer, there’s one important thing you need to keep in mind – plan ahead!

With the onslaught of end-of-year arrangements added to already busy days, chaos can quickly replace calm and organised. But, with a few simple steps, this doesn’t have to be you.

Plan, and the holidays will seem like a breeze.


Colour your spring

As spring wraps us in its warmth and the days start getting longer, nature starts refreshing her wardrobe with greens and bright flowers. Traditionally, spring is a time for new beginnings, so it’s the perfect time to start fresh with new colours in your own wardrobe, at home, or in the workplace.

The Pantone Colour Institute released their choice of ten colours for the 2016 New York Fashion Week which takes place in September.  While not everyone will be eager to embrace some of their choices, colour can tell you some interesting things about your personality.



Fun at the Fairground

There is something wildly exciting about funfairs and carnivals. A spirit of fun and adventure that gets the heart racing and leaves children, and even adults, feeling the brave and carefree.

Yet there’s a long and interesting history to fairs, and in particular fairground rides; the very first of which was most likely a dobby set – coarsely made wooden horses set in a carousel and turned by manpower.

Children would often turn these rides for the showmen in exchange for a free ride – which was probably the inspiration for steam-powered rides as there must have been plenty of enthusiasm over whose turn it was to actually ride the carousel.



Your manly guide to the father of all days

Everyone knows that men tend to fall into certain categories, from the up-for-anything bro to the suave metro man. With Father’s Day fast approaching, here’s a breakdown of six types of men and the perfect places to get the best buys for these special guys.

1.  The outdoorsman

Picture1Give him a tent, a fishing rod, and a pair of tongs for the braai, and the outdoorsman is in heaven. Add a Swiss Army Knife into the mix, and he may agree to braai your meat to well-done. This is a man who can turn a piece of tin-foil into a state-of-the-art frying pan for a camp fire breakfast, but he won’t need to because he’s come prepared with a portable braai, and the cooking utensils to go with it. All that’s missing is the kitchen sink, but he’s booked a camp site that has amenities nearby.

Best places to shop: Cape Union Mart, Due South, Trappers




Warning! Camping is addictive!

There are few things in life as exciting as going away for a break, and nothing quite beats a camping holiday for an adventure.

Whether you’re a city slicker who prefers “glamping” (glamourous camping with all the amenities of home), or a die-hard survivalist determined to start your braai with a single matchstick, there are some essentials that no camping trip can do without.

Camping Tips for the Long Weekend

Picture1Plan and shop ahead. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of going away for a holiday, but excitement can quickly turn to tears when you’re three hours away from home and have forgotten something vital – like toilet paper. Make a list of everything you’ll need for the trip and check it off as you pack.

Depending on your destination, you may need to take several days worth of groceries with you. Camp sites are normally situated quite a distance from towns, and no one wants to spend their holiday in search of toothpaste when you could be roasting marshmallows over a fire. Plan your meals and shop accordingly.