From couch potato to go-getter

Do you love curling up after a long day to binge-watch your favourite TV show? We know the feeling! With wintery weather and the abundance of warm blankets and comfort food it’s no wonder exercise is the last thing on our minds. That is until spring arrives and the summer holidays get tantalizingly closer. By then, the pressure to get fitter and healthier feels less like fun and more like a dreaded New Year’s resolution. So instead of holding out for nicer weather, why not go out there and get a head start today? (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.


Mom: A person who does the work of 20 people for free

This year Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 14 May and while all moms deserve love and appreciation all the time, Mother’s Day is the chance to go that extra mile to show how much you care.

Not that any of us need any convincing, but just think about all the patience, love, time and hard work goes into being a mom. Moms run errands, doctor cuts and bruises, read stories, cook our favourite meals, and still managed to love us even when we were moody teenagers. All mothers out there, whether it is your own mom, sister, wife, daughter, or grandma deserve to be treated to something special on this day of appreciation. The good news is that even the smallest gestures can go just as far as the grand ones.

Mother’s Day should simply be all about her. Think of her favourite things, how she likes to unwind, what brings a smile to her face, and go with whatever that may be. If you’re still stuck, here are a few ideas you might want to try: (more…)

Chocolate is the answer no matter the question

Easter is right around the corner and like all great holidays it goes hand in hand with some delicious treats to enjoy with friends and family. Hot cross buns and sharing Sunday lunches are all part and parcel of this wonderful time of year and fortunately for those of us with a sweet tooth so are all things chocolate.

History tells us that the earliest Easter eggs were hen or duck eggs decorated at home in bright colours with vegetable dye and charcoal. To this day it is customary in many cultures to continue to dye Easter eggs while adding a special touch by decorating them with flowers. But it’s believed the very first edible chocolate eggs were made in the early 19th century, with France and Germany taking the lead in creating a new and unique approach to artistic confectionery. Fast forward to today and the range of chocolate eggs on offer are as numerous as they are delicious. (more…)

A good book is as good as a holiday

Everyone knows that reading is important, but have you ever asked yourself why? Of course there are obvious and practical reasons; doing everyday tasks like filling out forms, studying for a test, answering emails, checking dreaded bills. But there are also many far more exciting and wonderful reasons to reach for a book.

Modern life is demanding, fast-paced and full of responsibilities. A book offers a form of escape, for as little or as long as you choose, without paying for an extravagant holiday or even having to leave the comfort of a cosy spot on the couch. As the world moves online and we spend more of our time with smartphones and in front of computer screens it’s tempting for some to believe that books aren’t quite as important as they once were. Luckily though, even die-hard fans of gadgets and tech agree that between Kindles and iPads there’s more ways than ever lose yourself in a good book. (more…)

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.