Nelson Mandela once said, "What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead." The sentiment behind these words deeply echoes the essence of Mandela Day, an annual remembrance dedicated to honouring the lasting impact of one of history's most significant figures. Mandela Day serves as a poignant reminder of our shared potential and responsibility to contribute to societal progress. It calls upon individuals to dedicate a symbolic 67 minutes of their time on July 18th – representing Mandela's 67 years of selfless dedication – to acts of kindness, service, and solidarity.

Being locked down for a week or two with the one you love sounds like a dream come true, but when weeks turn into months it might start eating at the relationship. We’re not saying every relationship is bound to fail during this time, we’re just saying it is normal to drive each other up the walls a little. Throw in the financial stress of perhaps not being able to work at this time and just the general toll a pandemic has on your psyche, and things are bound to get a little tense.

Earlier this year we called on the expertise of our bsmart members. We wanted to know where you shop to get the best deals on everyday essentials, such as milk, nappies, fruit and veg and anything on your shopping list. Do you shop around? Or do you do all your shopping in one spot?

The seasons are changing and it’s time to make a change. After all, they do say a change is as good as a holiday. And boy, do we need one right about now! Go through your collection and get rid of anything you haven’t worn in 6 months to a year. Only keep the things you truly enjoy wearing. It’s also the perfect time to bust out your bsmart card and add some new items to fill the gaps.

Things are slowly starting to get back to normal, as the economy starts reopening after being shut since March due to COVID-19. But, let’s face it, celebrations will still seem quite different than what we’ve experienced in the past. Father’s Day, coming up this Sunday 21 June, will be no different. But don’t worry if you haven’t made plans to spoil dad this year, you’ve still got some time to pull out all the stops.

We don’t know about you, but Buster has been getting a few too many Beeno’s while we’re all working from home. And we can’t run to the shops every time you need more. So here’s a few healthy recipes for yummy, easy to make dog snacks that will have Spot learning new tricks in no time:

Things that you have no control over can happen so fast and unexpectedly. You can, however, control your perspective and how prepared you are before they happen. COVID-19, the subsequent state of emergency and lockdown levels plunged many South Africans into unemployment. But things are starting to look up as we enter level 3, with more and more of the economy opening back up and many finally going back to work.

As if you don’t have enough on your plate already, lockdown meant that hundreds of parents across the globe had to add ‘teacher’ to their resume as well. Adding the task of teaching can be daunting for any parent, especially if you’re still lucky enough to work during this time. But it is possible to do it all. Here are a few tips and resources on how you can be a homeschool hero.