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Tuesday, 13 October 2020

(REVIEW) Ring: Spotlight Cam

Home security has never really been at the top of my priority list, naive to say the least since our country is ranked amongst the most dangerous places to live.  However since becoming a mom about +-7 weeks ago, my whole life has changed as well as my perspective on creating a safe environment not only for myself but for my child too. The safety & security of my family has become of utmost importance hence when I was asked to review the Ring Spotlight Cam, it was a complete no brainer.


A square compact box arrived containing all the elements for an easy set up.
I started the set up process by downloading the Ring app from the Google Play store and then signing up with my email address. Once your email has been verified. You will go onto the app & it will ask you to confirm your location. Then you will specify where you will be mounting your camera, i.e Backyard, Front, Side etc Once you have followed the instructions you will then be in setup mode.
The app would ask you to switch on the camera using the button on top of the device. You will then be asked to secure the information for the wifi connection you will be using. The device actually starts talking to you & it will take you through further steps if required. So easy! 

We then installed the camera to the front section of our property & then as I sat in my bedroom I could view my car safely parked in our driveway. Voila! You can even give your friends or family that you trust access to your device to view live feed & view video recordings, however they wont be able to change device settings which is great. There are even step by step videos to assist you with installation which helps make the process so simple. Ive added some screenshots from my app. 


Features of the Ring Spotlight Cam:

  • 1080p HD Video 
  • Two-Way Talk
  • Advanced Motion Detection
  • Night Vision
  • Live-View
  • Weather Resistant
  • LED floodlights
  • Remote-activated 110dB alarm

I am so impressed with the clarity & the clear picture display. No grainy videos, you can even set up motion detection which is a great added feature. It instantly makes me feel safer, whether i'm inside my home or away from my home. I can keep track of all the recordings via the Ring App. Another thing I love about this device is the 2 way setting, which means I can literally talk to the person at the front door without having to be at the front door. Perfect when you don't want to answer the door on specific days, and would much rather talk through the camera. Great when you're a new mom and most of my daily operations happens from the comfort of my bed.

Availability:

Ring Africa products are now officially available in South Africa through the following retailers – Takealot, Builders Warehouse, iStore, Incredible Connection and Leroy Merlin


About Ring: 

Founded in 2013, Ring has been on a mission to make neighbourhoods safer. From the first-ever video doorbell, Ring’s smart home security product line offers users affordable whole home and neighborhood security. At Ring, we are committed to making home and neighborhood security accessible and effective for everyone – while working hard to bring communities together. Ring is an Amazon company. For more information, visit ring.com


All Ring Africa’s home security offerings utilise HD cameras that connect to your smartphone via the Ring app. Ring cameras take less than 15 minutes to install, come in battery and wired options and start at an entry price point of R1 299. You can even connect certain cameras to a Ring Solar Panel for non-stop power.


If you are considering investing in easy & cost effective home security the Ring spotlight cam is definitely a great option! 

Monday, 25 May 2020

Sleeping while Pregnant

If anyone had told me that one of the most difficult things about being pregnant would be "sleeping". I would laugh out loud and down a glass of wine, in that exact order of-course. In my first trimester I had no nausea or morning sickness and that was an absolute blessing for me. But as soon as I started moving towards the second trimester being able to sleep comfortably started to become a problem for me and I'm sure for many other expecting moms too.

I started being inundated with advice and tips from friends and family about the popular “SOS” position (sleep on side). Now this was tough for me, as I really enjoy sleeping on either my back or my stomach neither of the two options is recommended. Experts recommend pregnant women avoid sleeping on their backs during the second and third trimesters. Why? The back sleep position rests the entire weight of the growing uterus and baby on your back, your intestines and your vena cava, the main vein that carries blood back to the heart from your lower body. This pressure can aggravate backaches and hemorrhoids and make digestion less efficient, interfere with circulation, and possibly cause hypotension (low blood pressure), which can make you dizzy. Less-than-optimal circulation can also reduce blood flow to the fetus, giving your baby less oxygen and nutrients. But don't worry if you wake up and find that you've rolled onto your back overnight, just roll back on your side. Its best to just avoid sleeping on your back position during pregnancy for prolonged periods of time. The best side to sleep on your left side which will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby. Keep your legs and knees bent, and put a pillow between your legs if you need that added support. But if this is not your usual way of sleeping it can be quiet a struggle and it will for sure be uncomfortable when you're in need of that much needed shut eye.
During such a crucial and important time having the correct mattress for your body will definitely help a lot too. When shopping for the perfect mattress you will find yourself bombarded with various options, you might even be tempted to go for the cheapest available but my best advice would be don't. Buying a mattress is a long term investment and doing a bit of research before you commit is possibly the best thing to do. 


3 things to consider before purchasing a Mattress

Support:
It is of utmost importance that the mattress you decide to buy provides your body with optimal support. It would need to provide support to your spine which will prevent future health issues that may occur as a result of poor support such as body aches & poor posture. You need to decide if you prefer Memory Foam or a Spring mattress support.

Firmness:
Memory foam mattress will contour to the shape of your body and move the weight accordingly by providing support where it is needed. The firmness of  the Spring mattress however will change over time due to wear and tear. It might lose firmness as time passes. 

Cost: 
Spring mattresses are usually cheaper than memory foam mattresses. Memory foam tend to be more expensive since it's more durable and seen as a long term investment.

With that being said if you are looking for a great mattress I can definitely recommend a Sealy. Every Sealy mattress is the pinnacle of years of ingenuity and research. While expecting and needing to prioritize getting a good nights rest before the baby arrives I cannot stress enough the importance of a good quality mattress.

Sealy continued their quest for the world to sleep better by introducing:

  • Sealy Posturepedic mattress
  • Being the first mattress company to display and advertise a king-sized bed
  • Creating an Orthopaedic Advisory Board
  • Reinventing the innerspring coil and the box spring
  • Patenting a variety of groundbreaking technologies, including Posture Channels and Pressure Relief Inlays designed to relieve pressure points that cause tossing and turning.

And the achievements in sleep technology continue to this day.  Sealy is No.1 consumer choice and are unwavering in our vision to help you sleep better.

Did you know? 

South Africa produced its first mattress at its factory in Johannesburg in 1967.

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Life Update - 25 Weeks Pregnant!

It's been the longest time since I've actually sat down and typed out a blog post. But with that being said there is just something special about actually collating your thoughts and putting it down in one space. Since most us is currently still in lock down due to the horrid Covid 19 virus this has become the perfect time for introspection and reflection. Whether it be spiritually, emotionally or even physically. With that being said I thought I'd do a life update post since so much has changed in about a year. So get your coffee ready and lets chat!
I'm Expecting!
If you follow me on social media you would have known this already! I wish I had actually documented the early stages of my pregnancy with a blog post, since I would have loved to look back years from now and read it or slightly cringe at it but never the less, we ain't crying over spilled milk here since I wrote it all down in a special pregnancy notebook, but you know what they say if its not on the web-sphere did it even happen?! 
I am currently 25 weeks along and wow this has really been one of the most exciting journeys I have ever embarked on. I have never seen myself as being mom. But guys pregnancy and growing a human does things to you. I am beyond excited for the next phase. This pregnancy has seriously been the most blissful experience. Thus far I have had no nausea or morning sickness which for me was an absolute blessing! Baby is moving and kicking all the time and it really is the best feeling. 
Gender Reveal
The gender of this baby has been an absolute roller coaster. At first baby would not show us anything, doc moved my belly around but this baby was not in the mood for it. Doc suggested I drink a cup of coffee in the hope that it would wake up bean but baby was not budging. Our final attempt that day was that I had to climb 6 flights of stairs to see if baby would turn and after all that still beans legs was closed shut. We were so determined to know the gender as my sister was planning the gender reveal, and what would a gender reveal be without a gender. Doc advised I come back 2 days later and see if baby has moved. I returned after 2 days and this time around Doc was sure she could see exactly what it was. We didn't want to know so she placed the gender in an envelope. My mom was with me at the time and she was convinced that during our appointment she had heard the Doc slip by saying "SHE" and was now convinced that the baby was a girl. A friend later that day also advised me that I should perhaps make use of the Chinese Calendar and that it would apparently tell me exactly what the gender would be and when I tried it for myself, its said "girl". 2 weeks later our gender reveal party came along which my sister had organised came and as hubby and I were driving to the venue I told him to act surprised when he sees pink since we already thought we knew what would be in the envelop. He laughed and said he would act "VERY SURPRISED". The moment came around for us to actually reveal the Gender to family & friends and all I have to say is that the below picture perfectly describes our reaction. We had no idea! We were both trilled as we both wanted it to be a BOY! Hubby and I have since decided on a name, but you guys will have to wait just- a little bit longer to find that one out. 
What's been happening now?
With 15 weeks more to go, time is really not stopping and going through this pregnancy with the lurking corona virus has been tough. Hubby has missed 3 doctors appointments already due to the patient only rule that has been implemented at all hospitals & doctors surgeries. I know that these rules has been put in place for health and safety reasons, but its been hard. However the scan pics and video clips of our baby has helped tremendously. I have been fortunate enough to work from home but i'm not gonna lie its been difficult not seeing my family and friends on a regular. I love being at home but damn I think I've exhausted my quota for sure. My current due date is 26 August 2020 so just little over 3 months still to go. 

A friend of mine has mentioned that I must be going crazy with all the baby purchases and she was rather shocked/surprised when I mentioned that I haven't bought anything for baby yet. You would probably say "ARE YOU CRAZY WOMAN" too but I somehow I feel like I still have time.... insert evil laugh here.... Hubby and I have been looking at strollers and car seats online but we end up changing our mind all the time and end up wanting to actually see it before we buy it. Baby's room has been painted but we have no furniture in there yet, so its basically a empty room at the moment. 
When I look at my current social media feed it really looks like its been taken over by pregnancy posts and bump pics and I must say I ain't upset by it at all. Yes I will still be posting about travel, beauty and lifestyle but for now this is a stage in my life that I am wholeheartedly embracing! 

Monday, 9 September 2019

Cherry Glamping in Elgin

I got the opportunity to stay at Cherry Glamping for one night and really enjoyed the experience. Hubby and I drove to Elgin which is about +-45 minutes from Cape Town. As we arrived we were welcomed by 3 beautiful Zebras. I've never seen Zebra's in real life before so this was quite a treat for me. As you drive into the campsite you automatically feel the quietness of nature setting in and the beautiful panoramic views of the magical Elgin Valley. This is truely nature at its best!
The campsite has about 12 spacious and fully-furnished bell tents set up in the forest, all with luxurious and comfortable beds made up and ready when we arrived. There's a communal lounge with a comfortable 24 seater table and fireplace perfect for those cold winter nights.
If you interested in some fun activities there's easy access to Elgin's famous wine and fruit valley, the apple town of Grabouw, Botriver, the Overberg, the Whale Route, adventure activities, quad biking, mountain biking and much much more.
Hubby and I had such a nice time braaing and talking. This is a great venue if you wanting to get away from the hussle and bussel of city life and just reconnect.
There really is something for everyone. There's a large, open-air, tent covered deck which is available for functions and parties. 
Rates:
You can stay at this at Cherry Glamping for R2000/tent for 1st night. R2950/tent for 2 nights & then R1250 per night thereafter. Extra beds can be provided at R250.00 per bed per night and you can discuss any further catering options you may have.

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Sunday, 4 August 2019

Travel Bucket List

I love travelling. Let me rather say that I'm obsessed with travelling, exploring and discovering all things new. 

In past 3-4 years I've travelled to London, Prague, Namibia, Hong Kong & Bali.

Without a doubt those are not nearly enough places and I've put together a bucket list of the top 10 places I would like to explore next inspired by some amazing travel instagramers I follow:

1. New York (@wanderers_list)
Why would anyone not want to travel to New York. New York City is made up of five boroughs: Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Brookland & Staten Island. New York is also the largest city in United States.



2. Malta (@lostraveleros)
Malta is one of the most beautiful places. The Azure Window in Gozo is probably the most famous spot — but the Maltese Archipelago is filled with everything from rolling fields to white cliffs to desert landscapes and endless vineyards.



3. Turkey (@dirtybootstravel)

Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys,” tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley, Göreme and elsewhere. Other notables sites include Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes.



4. Portugal (@explorerssaurus_)

The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, is known for its Atlantic beaches and golf resorts. Whitewashed fishing villages on low cliffs overlooking sandy coves were transformed in the 1960s, and now its central coast between Lagos and Faro is lined with villas, hotels, bars and restaurants. 


5. Egypt (@travel_ust)

Cairo, Egypt’s sprawling capital, is set on the Nile River. At its heart is Tahrir Square and the vast Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities including royal mummies and gilded King Tutankhamun artifacts. Nearby, Giza is the site of the iconic pyramids and Great Sphinx, dating to the 26th century BC. 



6. Gili Island (@maya_gypsy)

The Gili Islands are a group of 3 tiny islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air – in Indonesia, near the coast of northwest Lombok Island. Characterized by sandy beaches fringed with palm trees, they're known for their coral reefs just offshore. On the smallest island of Gili Meno, sea turtles swim at Turtle Point.


7. Paris, France (@travelwithtereza)

Paris, France's capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques.


8. Venice, Italy (@naiaramello)

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.



9. Bangkok, Thailand (@devio_meow)

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. 


10. Geneva, Swizerland (@latravelgirl)

Geneva is a city in Switzerland that lies at the southern tip of expansive Lac LĂ©man (Lake Geneva). Surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains, the city has views of dramatic Mont Blanc. Headquarters of Europe’s United Nations and the Red Cross, it’s a global hub for diplomacy and banking. French influence is widespread, from the language to gastronomy and bohemian districts like Carouge.


Its quite obvious that we live on such a beautiful planet and there are a ton of amazing countries to explore. Share your top 10 places that you're keen to explore in the comment section below. I would love to hear about them. 

Take Care x