Dumbbells and Delights

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3 inexpensive beauty home remedies

I would like to thank my sister Samantha for making me fitness and wellness partner on Dumbbells and Delights. It’s been a fun journey and I look forward to getting fitter and healthier with my sister. If someone told me 5 years ago I would doing this I would laughed my bum off (lol).
Anyway back to what I have to share today. In my short journey to fitness I have realized that we need to take care of not only or bodies but our skin too.
And it’s amazing to realize that looking good doesn’t mean spending thousands but using what you have and what works for you to keep that skin radiant and healthy.

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My fitness journal: Review and free printable

I’ve been using a fitness journal since September and I received a note book from Adidas when I attended the Adidas Boosts Bloggers Day in Cape Town. You can use your journal to track many different things such as your weight, your reflections, motivational quotes (something I might add), your food, your exercise and the list goes on and below is the close-up images of my journal.


This is an element form the Bullet Journal System which shows where to find items in the journal. I numbered each page at the bottom right corner.

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How I Save Money

I’ve always saved money since I was a little girl but the money just never seemed to accumulate to a decent amount. Due to lack of discipline  I always ended up dipping into my savings and ended up with no money. Since I started my 101 goal challenge I’ve been looking for ways to make my money go further so I would be able to accomplish them. My first attempt at challenge didn’t succeed due to poor planning and no finances were set aside for the goals. So in an attempt to make money available I looked for saving tips. Here’s what I’ve found and even tried some of them.

  1. Stop using credit cards, they offer some benefits but overally you’re spending money you don’t have.  
  2. Change the pricing plan at your bank for something more favourable, bank charges are extremely high. Also Use cellphone, online banking and A.T.Ms for transactions instead of going directly  into the bank. *I particularly love my bank www.fnb.co.za 
  3. Look out for specials in supermarkets and make purchases before the specials are over.
  4.  Take advantage of loyalty points and rewards given by a service provider, supermarket or bank. However wait for the points to accumulate before you use them so you can tell if their making a difference.
  5.  this one might sound strange but enter online giveaways you might be lucky and win.
  6. Use services that offer group, gender, age discounts.
  7. Use an insurance company that gives cash back.
  8. Pay bills on time because if you fail to do so you may be charged interest hence losing more money in the long run.
  9. Cancel your gym membership if you’re not going to the gym, why pay for something you’re not using. 
  10. Make sure you have enough money for when your debit/stop orders are deducted.
  11. Take time to think about a purchase before you make it, do you want or do you need it. 
  12. This one you’ve heard over and over again before; spend within your limits  and use only the money you have. See where you’re overspending and trim the fat. 
  13. Save money. Let’s face it you actually have to put money away.
  14. Eat at home more often and if you do eat out or buy take away choose the specials offered in certain food outlets.
  15. Settle all your accounts and close those i.e. accounts for clothes, cellphones, electric appliances and furniture; if you do want to buy them save money for them so you can pay cash once off.
  16. If a store offers lay bye then rather use that service than having an account. There’s no interest charged for lay bye.

Lessons I’ve learned from being laid off (Retrenched)

Last year in June I was laid off from a job I had only started four months earlier. You can read all about that awesome opportunity here Get a new job . You can only imagine the despair I felt at the loss of what promised to be the beginning of a career in the Mobile marketing industry. It is not my first time to be laid off however it affected in a greater way than the first time when I was 16 an unaware of the significance of retrenchment.  


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Recipe: Chicken and Peanut Stir Fry

I love chicken and was bored with the same old recipe I was making so when I came across this quick and east recipe in Your Family Magazine July’11 issue I knew I had to try it.


I went to Fruit n veg and got fresh ingredients listed below. I cried when I sliced the onion (does anyone know of a remedy?). It was an affordable meal, quick to make and very filling which certainly pleased me all the way. I’m not keen on cooking but this recipe will definitely be on the menu again

Serves 4 Prep 15 min Cook 15 min
500g chicken breasts, sliced
2 tbsp (30ml) thick soy sauce
1 tbsp (15ml) sweet chilli sauce
2 tbsp (30ml) vegetable oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
200g broccoli florets
2 cloves garlic, chopped
300g egg noodles, cooked
4 tbsp (60ml) roasted peanuts, roughly chopped

  1. Combine the chicken, soy and sweet chilli sauces in a bowl.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add the chicken and onion and fry until cooked
  3. through and sticky.
  4. Add the broccoli florets and garlic, cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the cooked noodles to the pan and toss well.
  5. Scatter with peanuts before serving.


Chicken Stir Fry ready to eat
Question:What quick, easy and affordable recipes have you tried lately??

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