Snowboarding Toddler

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Just in case you didn’t feel like enough of an underachiever today, how about you watch a video of a toddler (who can’t even speak yet) snowboarding? She is only 1yr and 2 months old! I mean, seriously… I don’t even have this kind of skill as a semi-functioning adult. This tiny little thing, Sloan, only apparently learnt to walk a couple of months ago, and she’s already got some serious core control.

Granted, she does live in Utah, where it snows pretty much every single Winter, so they have access to things like ski resorts, etc… but still, i never seen a baby in so much control of their tiny bodies.

Check it out:

Oh Wonder – Lose It

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London-based duo Oh Wonder make some beautiful music together, and their latest music video is beyond sweet. They held a fake casting for their new music video where dancers had to come in and perform for them, but the casting was the actual video too. Midway through their routines, the backdrop fell, and the dancers were surprised with confetti canons and an entire line of backup dancers with massive pale pink balls.

These poor dancers who were auditioning for the music video had no idea what was going on, but being performers, it didn’t take them too long to just sort of get into it and go with the flow. I found myself beaming throughout the entire music video because you could see that even though their audition didn’t go to plan, and they had a pretty serious curve ball thrown at them, they just sort of embraced it and it ended up being beautiful. It’s possible that i’m reading too much into this, but i feel like it’s a great metaphor for life… we can’t always  control what’s going on around us, and what other people do, but we can always control our own actions… if you’re willing to adjust your course in the face of serious and uncomfortable change, something amazing could be waiting on the other side.

Oh Wonder – Lose It

Game Of Thrones Season 6 Trailers

If you follow Game Of Thrones on Twitter then you might have seen that they were asking fans of to declare their “allegiance” to one of three houses by using a hashtag, as the votes came in, each of the top houses was ‘awarded’ a short promo video. Just FYI, Team Stark is obviously winning. Game Of Thrones Season 6 doesn’t seem like it’s going to calm down at all.

If you chose House Lannister, this is what you got: “Every one of us is poor powerless. And yet, together we can overthrow an empire.”

For House Stark, it’s a dark and stormy “Winter Is Coming” kind of night… Ramsay Bolton declares “Winterfell is mine, come and see!” Er, no thanks.

Those still clinging on to Daenerys’ Mother Of Dragons Iron Throne claim get absolutely no hope in the video: “You are nobody, the millionth of your name, Queen of Nothing.” Wow!

And just in case you need a reminder of the trailer that dropped last month:

Make Every Week-end A Week-ginning

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I’m a firm believer in trying to take mini-breaks and weekend getaways throughout the year, I have this persistent/nagging desire to explore every single inch of our beautiful country. I’m lucky that I had parents who also had similar ideas because some of my best memories as a kid is when we piled into a car and drove off to some new and interesting town. I remember my parents always trying to take the back roads as often as we could… yes, we might have gotten lost, but we got to see parts of the country that only the locals knew about.

Organising a weekend away or a mini-break in South Africa is cheaper and easier than you think! I use a few different websites to find the cheapest flights, and Bidvest Car Rental really bring their A-game when it comes to speeding up the rental process so you can hit the road a lot quicker and get your adventure underway.

If you’re a Youtube regular, you might have come across an adorable new ad from Bidvest Car Rental that reminded me how important it is to prioritise these little trips, and that they also don’t have to be planned weeks in advance. I always stress about the tiniest details, but sometimes it’s good for the soul to just fly somewhere new, get in a car and drive off into the sunset. The little boy who they hired to be the voice of their new campaign is just too adorable for words, and he lays some serious truths down too.

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The message centres around making every minute count, which is something i think we can all do with hearing every now and again. It’s easy to become wrapped up in work, and then use the weekends to vegetate on the couch and watch series (which is great) but when you’re old and grey are you going to remember that one episode of Scream Queens, or are you going to remember the times you left the comfort of your home to go and explore?

Recently Joe and i went to the Eastern Cape for a weekend away and decided to take the backroads from P.E to Graaff-Reinet… 8 hours later we arrived. We got horribly lost and ended up on a mountain pass that looked like it hadn’t seen a car in a century, but even at the time we saw the funny side of it all and just enjoyed seeing a side of the country that we never otherwise would have. This might sound weird, but i love the idea of renting a car when going on holiday because you have the freedom to do whatever you want… if i feel like i’d rather drive down this dirt road to see if i can find an awesome sunset, then i want to be able to do that. It’s the only way to make every weekend a holiday ;)

It’s also worth mentioning that Bidvest Car Rental are running a competition where you can win a weekend car rental by sharing your own South African holiday/destination/adventure stories! Head to Twitter and use the tag: #EveryMinuteCounts – super simple!

If you want to watch their cute ad, check it out:

5yr Old Slays System Of A Down

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Meet Eduarda Henklein, she’s only 5 years old, but absolutely nailed this drum cover of System Of A Down’s “Chop Suey.” Halfway through the song she actually starts mouthing the words to it too… it is just too cute for words!

System of a Down should take her to a concert and let her drum this song for them one time. That would be epic!

Drunk Girls Get Surprised With Puppies & More!

I would like to start this off by asking how one goes by getting a job at Buzzfeed? Seriously. These videos are too much for me, they get to play with kittens and puppies, and try candy from around the world, they go on ghost hunting missions, it just seems like a jol all the time.

In their latest video they decided to give drunk girls puppies, and as you can imagine, there were tears. My favourite quote of the whole video is when one of the particularly emotional girls says “”I shouldn’t have drunk whiskey, i cant protect them.” Too funny. In all honesty though, i literally cried while watching this video… i mean, i wasn’t drunk, and i was only watching a video of other people getting to play with puppies. If they had gotten me drunk, i probably would’ve straight up stolen all of them and just walked out.

Cabin Porn

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If, like me, you spend a large amount of time daydreaming about all of the wonderful places in the world you’d like to escape to for a holiday – then chances are that you also appreciate a good cabin as much as me. Besides wanting to desperately visit a cabin the middle of rural America for a holiday, i also imagine myself retiring in Colorado somewhere in a beautifully modern cabin on a small-holding where i can have an entire farm’s worth of animals…. at least 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 foxes, and definitely a few sheep, goats, and chickens!

I digress! I came across a subreddit that will forever change the way i see cabins… reddit/r/cabinporn! A must for any cabin lover. I’ve collected some of my favourites from across the web, but definitely go and check out the linked page for even more cabin amazingness. It’s not updated as much as i’d like, this is quite a niche thing i would imagine, but it was nice to see some stuff i’d never come across before.

Owl Tree Cabin – Albion, California available to rent on AirBnB!

Stone Creek Camp – Big Foot, Montana

Yellowstone Club, Montana – a classic! I think this might have been the one that started my obsession.

Take a look at this breathtaking lake cabin’s interior:

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A gallery of the interior:

Ralph Lauren’s Guest cabin, Colorado – no cabin gallery would be complete without making mention of this beauty. It’s like i’ve died and gone to cabin heaven.

Sun Valley Lodge, Vermont – this has got to be one of my favourites! Just look at it, i’m in love.

The beautifully designed interior:

Yellowstone Club, Montana – SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST!

Yes, another one in Yellowstone Club… seems like the place to be for cabin enthusiasts like myself! This one is more “lodge” than “cabin” though purely because of its size, but it’s cabin-y enough for me to add it in. This is by far my most favourite, i just wish it was closer to a vast body of water like the other one in Yellowstone Club – but let’s be real, i wouldn’t say no to a week here, or even early retirement :P

This interior will make you cry… also, i’m actually too poor to even be looking at these pictures. It is fun to dream though.

Help Feed South Africa’s Future By Adding Hope!

More than 11 million people in South Africa – 3.2 million of which are children – don’t have access to proper nutrition and go to bed hungry every night! This is honestly a shocking a statistic. We all know that you can’t teach a hungry child, so what hope do these children have to accomplish anything in the future? How are we going to make our beautiful country grow, if literally millions of children go to sleep with no food every night. It’s a cycle that needs to be broken, and i know it might seem overwhelming, but you really can make a difference.

For years now KFC has been encouraging customers to #AddHope by popping on an extra R2 to their bill. You might even be wondering where your R2 goes… trust me, you’ll be impressed:

That’s a crazy 100 000 children who are fed every single day in South Africa by KFC with the help of all of those R2 donations. October is World Hunger Month, so KFC Add Hope has decided to kick things up a notch by launching their first-ever TV advert to raise awareness about the difference a meal makes to the life of a child. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the ad at the launch event, and mark my words: it’ll probably have you crying. Besides the fact that the ad tugs on the heartstrings, what makes it even more special is that all of the artwork is done by children that KFC helps feed!

The ad follows the progression of a drawing that starts off very basic, in black and white, and as the child is fed you can see their creativity blossoming and the drawings get more detailed and colourful. Absolutely beautiful! You can see the transformation of the little character below:

The launch of the tv ad was done at Afrika Tikkun who are one of the beneficiaries of the KFC #AddHope campaign. The children go there after school where they are fed and taught all the awesome stuff you need as a kid to grow into a well rounded adult. I was lucky enough to meet some of the kids, and they’re all such cute and sassy little humans! Some of the older children did a performance on the drums, and you could see that they were loving every minute of being in the spotlight. I can only imagine that the light would be gone from their eyes if they didn’t have somewhere like Afrika Tikkun to turn to.

If you’re interested in knowing a little more about the state of hunger in South Africa, check this shocking infographic out:

If you would like to make a difference in some way, then join in the #PledgeYourPlate social media campaign this October! Take a shot of an empty plate and post it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #PledgeYourPlate and #AddHope. For us it might just be one plate of food, but for those 3.2 million hungry children, it could mean the world. KFC is hoping to get their number up from 100 000 children fed daily to 1 MILLION in the next few years. They can only do this with our help. The more people know that their R2 makes a difference, the more people will add it onto their bills… and it all adds up in the end.

Don’t forget to help spread the word and #PledgeYourPlate this October. I posted mine a couple of days ago… it’d be awesome if you did the same.

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Tomorrowland 2015 Aftermovie

The Tomorrowland 2015 aftermovie has been released – and this 20min long EPIC recap makes me both excited and anxious. This year’s headline acts included Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Martin Garrix, Dillon Francis, Armin van Buuren, Deorro and Blasterjaxx. I’m still not sure whether i could physically handle being in such close proximity to so many people for an entire weekend – but the video makes it look like a dream!

Tracklist for the official Tomorrowland 2015 aftermovie:

1. Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike featuring Ne-Yo – Higher Place
2. Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike featuring Ne-Yo – Higher Place ( Afrojack Tomorrowland Remix )
3. Skrillex and Diplo – “Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber ( Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs W&W Remix )
4. Lost Frequencies feat. Janieck Devy – Reality w/ Yves V
5. Yves V vs Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman – Daylight
6. Armin van Buuren feat. Mr Probz – Another You
7. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs W&W – ID
8. Symphony Of Unity – Café Del Mar by Energy 52
9. ID – Other Level
10. Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On (feat. MØ) ( Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Remix )
11. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs Steve Aoki & Ummet Ozcan – ID