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Another month, another workshop! It has been such a rich experience working
with so many women from such varied industries. While I facilitate these
workshops and share my knowledge and experience, the greater learning has
been what I have taken away from these incredible women-owned businesses.
BUILD is creating the much needed space to help micro women owned
businesses understand their businesses and navigate the plethora of
challenges and external conditions. Our BUILD Network members receive all of
the training and business development consultations absolutely free, as part of
BUILD's commitment to making resources, tools and knowledge accessible to
Why women? If there is something that I have learnt personally, from doing
these sessions with these ladies is that the landscape for men and women is
vastly different. In addition to the usual challenges that women deal with in
terms of running a business, they have added complications to contend with -
this varies from clients and customers who don't take them seriously and
ignore making payment; to suppliers not keeping to their commitments and
giving other businesses preference. And the only way they are able to get
anywhere with this, is to enlist the help of a male family member or friend to
resolve it. How is this acceptable? How have we come this far and still have
these kind of issues to deal with? The women I work with have been secondguessed
in terms of their capability, some have to contend with spouses and
partners who think they are wasting their time and cannot create value.
And having said all that, and all the challenges they face - these are the women
who employ people from their communities, who give of their time and money
to social causes. Who are always willing to give back.
Thus far we have built strong business foundations and skills. We have worked
together on growth strategies and we are transforming those into action plans.
Help me, empower these women. Your Enterprise Development support can
make deep and meaningful impact.
Just changing the world. Nothing fancy...
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BUILD is an Enterprise and Supplier
Development vehicle for small businesses.
The focus of BUILD is on micro womenowned
in the informal sector.
The BUILD Network aims to create an
incubator and accelerator for these small
businesses to navigate the nuances of
owning and running a business.
Small businesses encounter immense
challenges just operating day to day, add
to that being women-owned poses
substantially more obstacles.
While the landscape of doing business in
South Africa is in its nature difficult and
obstacle ridden and there is no way to
completely obliterate this, having basic
understanding and tools for your
business goes a long way in helping small
businesses deal with these issues.
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BUILD' Network members have access to free
business development consulting - this
includes growth strategies, implementation
plans, marketing guidance etc. Members also
have access to regular workshops that focus
on business basics for small businesses.
And of course this workshop had a beautiful
breakfast spread as well! Network members
were treated to a range of delicious treats as
we worked through the content.
"I loved the content of the workshop, it
simplified something that seemed so
big and only for big corporations into
something as simple as cogs which
helped me categorise my work into
something simple and helped me
identify problem areas.
Workshop Two looked at Business
Operations within your small business.
The focus was on better understanding
the operations that exist within an entity.
Then focusing on each operation
individually to identify how much of time
and resources are spent across all these
This exercise helps business owners
identify bottlenecks and issues in various
processes. Resource wastage or not
enough focus on the operations that are
directly related to productivity and profit
generation. The idea was to help the
business owners understand how to
become more efficient. The Workshop
ended with a Business Operations Audit
to help them through the exercise of
identifying and creating these
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It is a long road to becoming a household name, ask Fehmida
Jordaan who has transformed her "FEHMZ" name into a brand we
are all familiar with. Our small business feature takes a look at
this power house entrepreneur and social media marketing ninja.
Who or what is HGM/Fehmz Mocktails?
The HalaalGoodsMarket was just an idea in 2011, I used to love going to
markets but was always left wanting with halaal options other than the one
samosa aunty or the veg options.
A couple years later I was chatting with friends and complaining about the
same thing yet again and not a day later she read an article by Ishay Govender
talking about the gap there was for a halaal market around and that
catapulted my resolve to JUST DO IT. So I registered the website and told
myself to just do it. But the procrastination train got me and it was only until
2017 that I finally felt confident and ready to start something truly unique.
What makes this one different? It’s a first of its kind artisanal food and design
market that boasts halaal locally sourced items. With a growing niche market,
the halaal food industry is booming and local small businesses are entering the
scene to offer their fare to a wider audience.
This market is different in that it is entirely curated, it’s not possible to just
BOOK a stall at the market, a committee oversees the participation of each
vendor through an application process to curate the best connoisseurs of
Halaal goods. This is not a normal run of the mill event. Our vendors have
taken the flavours of the world and added the halaal touch. From Korean to
Japanese and a twist on traditional favourites, there’s something for every
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This brainchild called Fehmz Mocktails started when I pivoted my teaching side into
producing the actual products. My husband was without a job a couple years into
our marriage and it was a scary time but it meant I had to double down and find
something to supplement our income. I started with doing classes teaching people
how to make mocktails and as it grew in popularity, I knew I had to find a way to
pivot it into a better business model. I was working full time at the time and doing
classes on the weekends, fast heading into a full burnout. So on 1 July 2016, 5 years
after starting the classes, we launched our first commercially available ready-todrink
bottles in stores, our first store being Hanover Bakery in Mayfair and now we
are in about 35-40 stores countrywide Alhamdulillah.
As we continue to learn and adapt, as a small business we have pushed forth to
grow, we are making our way through learning the intricacies of the beverage
industry and expanding the brand to take our flavour profiles to new heights.
One thing we have held on tightly to, is making everything in small batches, working
with small businesses and companies to benefit our network and to continue to put
a quality product onto the market for consumers to enjoy.
Who is Fehmida Jordaan outside from HGM/Fehmz Mocktails?
Just a girl, working hard to make ends meet, having fun sharing what she loves in
this adventure through life and on a mission to make cooking and eating, fun and
easy and joyful.
Share one of the most triumphant
moments in your business journey
To be honest there are so many, but I would say
some stand out moments was when we got
our first carbonation machine, that was a whole
new change and direction for our business.
And when we placed and received our very first
big order with Consol for bottles. It was a
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Share with us something in your business model that didn’t work,
that you needed to pivot. Did you yield a better result?
There are many things that happen, and we have to change and adapt. So one
of the things that we wanted to do was capitalise on the unique flavourings
that we have, to pivot into products that would complement what we do so
we went into the sweets and lollipops but we went with too may flavours at
once and should have focused on the popular ones only, I think however that it
was a good lesson for us because there are still some who love to try the
mixed flavours. We did however run into problems with the third-party
manufacturer and this left us without sweets for about 2 years. That was a
struggle but we are not in a position nor are we looking at getting machinery
for that right now as it yields a very small return on our overall sales currently.
We also decided to venture even further and make Vape products that had
our unique flavours in them, after investing all that we could save into the
production of it, we had everything planned, all products manufactured, labels
purchased and boxes invested in, we were ready to launch. Then I had a crisis
on conscience and decided I didn’t want to do a product that contained
ingredients that may harm, and therefore we took the knock on the entire
thing and pulled back. We sat with the stock and eventually disposed of it all,
Did you have any unsuccessful business ventures prior to FEHMZ
Mocktails/HGM? Share your experience
I have had many different ventures, successful and unsuccessful in its own ways.
When my husband ventured on his own for the first time, I invested my life savings
into starting a toy store, it was somewhat nostalgic but also something I knew as my
parents owned a toy and stationery store from the time I was younger.
Unfortunately the location we were in, although we were optimistic, sadly did not
yield the results to make it possible for us to pay rent and eventually we were
behind on 3-4 months rent but we had a wonderful landlord who let us close up
shop early in our lease and gave us time to pay off what we owed.
We also had a business called Freggies where we delivered fresh fruit and veg to
people all over JHB. It was amazing but also exhausting as I had to help hubby by
going early in the morning to the market with him, buy everything then I went to
work while he went home with everything and we would get orders in the day,
whatever orders he could deliver he would, whatever needed cut and cleaned fruit,
I had to do it when i came home from my day job and do it asap so that he could
finish the deliveries. Sometimes we would still be out at 9pm doing deliveries and
then the next day it’s back at the market at 4/5am. It worked but once hubby found
a job we closed the business.
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What, in your opinion is something that is often over-looked as
a small business, but that you have learnt is really important
to pay attention to, for the success of your business?
Treat yourself like a business with big dreams and as if you are established
already, don’t treat yourself like a charity case. Work hard, put in the work,
don’t sit back, go to the events/markets/pop ups, talk to your customers,
market yourself, learn and invest in knowing all there is to know about your
product, and follow what the legal requirements are for selling your particular
Our target audience is small women-owned businesses, which you can
relate to. Would you like to share any advice or insight for other
aspiring businesswomen, that you learnt from owning and running
Don’t underestimate how amazing you are! Make your intention clear and keep the
Almighty in your mind, when you falter, talk to Him first. When you don’t have an order
or you need some sales talk to Him, when you need advice ask Allah. Then talk to
everyone else that you need to, recruit your family, your neighbours, your friends. Do
NOT be afraid to ask for help, ask for advice or to put yourself out there. And don’t be
embarrassed by showing that this business is what you need right now, there is
nothing embarrassing about building an empire, you may encounter moments where
you are made to feel bad or you feel like you can’t make it, don’t lose focus on the goal.
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You can do it! Believe in yourself and surround yourself with people who believe in you
Do your research, follow your passion, don’t do it because your neighbour is
doing it, do it because it’s a passion of your OWN, do it because it is what YOU
want. BUILD this for you!
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Small Business Owners
Accounting Software Resources
One of the most time-consuming aspects of managing your business, is
definitely managing your finances. Be using accounting software that is
designed to streamline your financial tracking you will be saving yourself time
and added stress. Here are some accounting software tools you can check out
for your business
I Zoho is an online accounting software
programme. Because you are working in the
cloud you can access it from any device at
any time. It also has an app that makes
managing your finances super easy from
your phone. It is compatible in South Africa
and you can use ZAR currency. If your
business has a turnover of less than R1million
the software is free (not all features though).
This extremely user friendly interface
accounting software allows you to integrate
many apps into its functionality. It allows you
to do invoicing, quotes and accounting from
any device. You can try the software for free
on a trial basis, thereafter the starter
package is at about R200/month.
Sage also offers cloud accounting for small
businesses. You can integrate your payroll
and taxes into your software. Sage offers a
free trial, thereafter there is a starter
package at about R185/month
Wave offers free accounting and invoicing to
all businesses. If you want to add on features
that will be paid. You can use the software to
manage to and track your finances quite
well. It is compatible to South Africa.
This is an excellent tool for starter
businesses. It is completely free for basic
features and you can add features for a fee.
The dashboard is easy to use and captures
your finance highlights at a quick glance.
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A JOURNEY FROM
PASSION TO PURPOSE
By W.i.s.e.r (Women in Social & Economic
Founded in 2016, the voluntary association initially began to empower women in
the local community and evolved into a plethora of sharing, networking,
collaborating, and serving. The Wiser platform promotes the exchange of skills &
knowledge, social responsibility projects and events geared towards social and
Consisting of a dedicated team of volunteers, it is constantly growing to
accommodate the needs of the socio-economic issues of the country. Past
projects include skills development workshops for SME, emotional wellbeing
webinars, social awareness campaigns, several charity runs (hampers, business
rescue and bursaries), international assistance viz. crowdfunding for the purchase
of ambulance, disaster relief and aid etc. and educational tours for personal
development of children and adults.
Current projects include the construction of a borehole in an underprivileged
area, a successful crowdfund towards building of a local masjid. As a fulltime
sponsor towards the printing of African language Quraans and an opening of a
community Dawah Centre, fundraising has to be consistent and ongoing. Wiser is
solely reliant on donations, the support of the public and sponsorships of various
organizations to be able to drive causes and execute goals.
To contribute to the group or for enquiries on the upcoming event, kindly
contact 072 565 1265 or email email@example.com. Our social media is an
album of the various events and projects since inception. Find us on Instagram
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BEFORE YOU SET A
By certified Life Coach
Tasneem Ahmed Insta: @tasneemmindfirst
Boundaries. The very word is enough to make us shiver in discomfort. It
conjures up images of uncomfortable conversations, confrontations &
having the entire world think we’re “bad people”. It’s no wonder then that
we choose avoidance & simply give in to yet another unreasonable demand.
The reason setting boundaries is such a challenge is not because you’re
too soft; rather, it’s more than likely that you’re unfamiliar with what
your needs & values are.
Over many years of people-pleasing we are bound to lose sight of what we
need and want in relationships, career & even health. We’re so far down the
list of our priorities that we unfortunately struggle to answer the question
“what do you like to do?”.
What if I told you that the answers to what you need are always with you?
It doesn’t take months of inquiry or deep meditation. In fact, it probably
happened a few times today already - it’s just not in the most affable
Look at what elicits anger in you. Anger, frustration, mild irritation - all along
this spectrum of not-so-nice emotion sits a wealth of information. Here are
questions to get you started;
⁃What boundary of mine has just been crossed?
⁃What do I/did I need in the moment?
⁃What is this telling me about what I’d like/prefer/value instead?
Take note of your answers. You could journal them or keep them in your
notes app, as long as you have the information, you’ll have the means to
start mapping out the borders of what is sacred to you.
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Is there value for
in your Business?
Social Media is a communication medium
through various platforms including
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tik Tok -
The appeal of these platforms is that it
connects users to just about anyone in
the world using the same platform. There
are of course privacy controls for users to
prevent this kind of communication from
Eventually all kinds of businesses realised
the potential of social media and
regardless of the size or how established
they were they were now able to set up
business accounts for their brands and
So now, how do you as a small business
use these freely available platforms to
leverage your business? And what value
does it offer you?
Regular users can find official accounts
of celebrities and have a glimpse into
their lives as shared by them. Which is
how the idea of promoting brands by
celebrities on social media began. Brands
would partner up with celebrities and for
a fee, be able to bring their products
directly to consumers through a highly
But now, anyone could become famous.
Social media has given rise to many
different types of celebrities and
"influencers". Not just in the conventional
context of celebrities
Done correctly, you can use these social
media platforms to help you crave a
better message about what your brand is
about. You can reach your customers
better and you can create networks that
can help you grow your business.
In the traditional setting, people would
visit a company's website to get more
information about the company. Getting
people to your website was the tricky
part. How would people know your
business exists in the first place.
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By creating social media platforms you
can find your customers much easier and
you can use techniques to ensure their
interest and make them stick around.
FIND YOUR STRATEGY
You first need to decide what you want
from your business. Why are you doing
what you are doing? If the plan is to grow
and scale over a 5 year period you need
to incorporate that strategy into your
social media content as well.
By consciously doing this, you are
attracting the right kind of audience to
your page. If the information you are
providing is relevant to them, they will
stick around. You start creating your
sales funnel from this point.
HAVE A GAME PLAN
Now that you know what you want from
your social media and by extension your
business, you need to make sure your
messaging is consistent. Start paying
attention to when you are getting more
engagement on your social media
platforms. Some types of businesses for
instance baked goodies providers may
get more engagement and interest on
weekends. Other businesses like school
tutoring for example may have
engagement on weekdays. It is
important to keep checking in on your
insights and see what works and what
CRAFT YOUR CONTENT
Once you know what you want to
achieve and how often you will be doing
posts etc. Work on your actual content.
People do not like being sold something.
Make sure you offer them some kind of
value, evoke emotions with your posts.
Using high quality pictures translates
into professionalism. Having a neat feed
is aesthetically pleasing, it automatically
draws potential customers to your
account and might make them linger
CREATE YOUR SALES FUNNEL
Make sure you have a call to action. What
do you want your customers to do - click
link in bio to shop online, connect via
WhatsApp business, drop and email.
Whatever it may be - be clear on what
action you want your customer to take.
Social media is freely available and can
be a powerful tool to help you build
brand recognition and sales revenue.
Be consistent, be patient and be
Structure your posts around these
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Black Economic Empowerment or BEE, as it
is commonly called, is often misunderstood.
The perception that the concept is a penal
measure meant to punish non-conforming
entities is incorrect.
Coming out of apartheid, it was clear that
the socio-economic landscape was wholly
unequal. There was a huge gap in skills
capabilities between disadvantaged
individuals and White people. Access to jobs
was not as easy for for Black people (in
terms of BEE Black includes African, Indian
and Coloured people).
The South African government identified
the need to create policies to help bridge
these gaps and provide easier access to
employment and skills development for
previously disadvantaged communities and
people who still bore the effects of the
The Employment Equity Act, Skills
Development Act, Labour Relations Act,
Basic Conditions of Employment Act were
all enacted or amended to be more inclusive,
to create space for people who would not
otherwise be able to gain access to jobs.
But this was not creating the kind of impact
that was needed.
The policy makers realised that a more
targeted kind of policy was needed to
directly address the particular issues
that were a residual consequence of
The focus now became broad based
implementation. The idea was to create
a scorecard with various elements.
Compliance with each element would
earn you a score depending on whether
you achieve certain targets. Your total
score would then earn you a rating -
Level 1, 2, 3, 4 - 9 or non compliant. You
have to be officially audited for this
process by a verification agency.
Over the years targets and frameworks
have changed but the basic idea
remains. In addition to that there are
thresholds that determine the
stringency of compliance. Now, if you
have turnover of less than R10million
per annum you are automatically
deemed to be a Level 4 BEE compliant
entity - you are considered an
Exempted Micro Enterprise.
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If you have a turnover above R10million
and below R50 million you are considered
to be a Qualifying Small Enterprise with
slightly less rigid targets for compliance.
Above R50 million you are deemed to be a
generic entity and you are to comply to all
the specified targets.
Elements within the BEE Scorecard includes
racial representation, skills development,
enterprise development, supplier
development, corporate social responsibility
in addition to just black ownership.
If you are an EME and would like to get a
BEE Certificate, it is as easy as
downloading the EME Sworn Affidavit
from the Department of Trade and
Industry's website, filling out the relevant
information and having it attested to by a
Commissioner of Oaths. The certificate is
valid for 12 months.
Do you need assistance with your
BEE compliance? BUILD provides
small business BEE Consulting to help
you gain a competitive advantage
within your industry.
For larger corporates that need to be
BEE compliant, they need to ensure
that they are meeting their
Procurement targets. This means they
have to spend a certain percentage of
their procurement on EMEs, black
women-owned businesses, black
Having a BEE certificate for your
company helps you gain an advantage
if you are trying to be supplier or
vendor to that entity.
For further assistance on implementing BEE in your
company please contact BUILD
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W H A T I S Y O U R W O R K P L A C E
P E R S O N A ?
Cool and calm, even
under pressure. Efficient,
highly skilled and
courageous. You get the
Not someone that keeps to
the rules. Thrives on
questioning everything and
playing devil's advocate.
Witty and intelligent you
look at things differently
and bring new ideas
You are innovative, a
visionary. You are
disrupting things and
reimagining old concepts.
Easily adapt to technology
and use it as a tool for
You are a fearless leader.
You motivate teams, find
disparities and create
solutions. You are respected
and interested in advancing
everyone not just yourself
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Kulani Shiluvane, Founder and Chief Solutionist at
SHILUVAH shares her thoughts
Mental health is a topic that affects us all,
and as we continue to navigate the
challenges of the modern workplace, it
becomes increasingly important to prioritize
the well-being of our employees. In this
edition, we will be focusing on mental health
in the workplace and the significant role that
Mental Health First Aiders play in supporting
THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH IN
Mental health is a fundamental aspect of
overall well-being, and its impact on
workplace productivity and employee
satisfaction cannot be underestimated.
According to recent studies, individuals
experiencing mental health issues are more
likely to take time off work, struggle with
concentration and decision-making, and
may face difficulties in collaborating
effectively with their peers.
Creating a mentally healthy workplace
environment benefits individual
employees and contributes to the
organisation's overall success and
productivity. We can reduce stigma,
increase employee engagement, and
promote a sense of community and
well-being by fostering an open and
INTRODUCING MENTAL HEALTH FIRST
One of the ways organisations can
actively address mental health in the
workplace is through the Mental Health
First Aid program. Mental Health First
Aiders are individuals trained to provide
initial support to someone experiencing
a mental health challenge or crisis. They
act as a bridge between the person in
need and appropriate professional help.
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Similar to physical first aid, Mental Health
First Aid aims to provide immediate
assistance, promote understanding, and
offer guidance until professional help can
be accessed. Mental Health First Aiders are
compassionate individuals from diverse
backgrounds within the organisation who
have volunteered their time to be a trusted
resource for their colleagues.
BENEFITS OF MENTAL HEALTH FIRST
Having Mental Health First Aiders within
your organisation brings numerous
benefits to employees and the overall
Early intervention and support:
Mental Health First Aiders can recognize
the signs and symptoms of mental health
issues early on, enabling them to offer
timely support and intervention. This can
prevent situations from escalating and help
individuals access the resources they need.
By openly discussing mental health and
offering support, Mental Health First Aiders
play a crucial role in reducing the stigma
often associated with mental health
challenges. Their presence helps create an
environment where individuals feel
comfortable seeking help without fear of
Increased awareness and education:
Mental Health First Aiders help raise
awareness about mental health and
provide education on various topics, such
as stress management, resilience
building, and self-care. This knowledge
can empower individuals to take
proactive steps towards maintaining their
Improved employee well-being:
By having accessible and trained
individuals to turn to in times of need,
employees feel supported and valued.
This support network contributes to
overall well-being, job satisfaction, and
increased morale within the workplace.
Let's Prioritize Mental Health Together
Remember, mental health is a journey,
and we are all in this together.
Vana na siku lerinene,
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5 Easy Lunch
EASY MICROWAVE MAC & CHEESE
⅓ cup (28g/1oz) pasta
¾ cup (175ml/6fl oz) water, cold
4 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch (aka cornflour)
4 tablespoons cheddar cheese , grated
salt and pepper
In a large microwavable mug or bowl add in the macaroni and the water.
Microwave for roughly 3 ½ minutes. You want the pasta to be fully cooked.
Pour off the remaining cooking water.
Stir in the milk, cornstarch and shredded cheese and microwave for a final
60 seconds to create your sauce. Stir well, season with salt and pepper and
SHRIMP AVO SALAD
Credit: Pinch of Yum
1/2 lb. shrimp (tails removed) 1 ripe avocado
1/2 teaspoon salt squeeze of one lemon
half of a small cucumber (diced)
a pinch of fresh dill
a pinch of chives
Poach the shrimp: Bring a pot of water to boil. Add the shrimp. Cook for
3-5 minutes until pink and opaque. Drain and place in a bowl of ice water
to cool. When cooled, pat dry and cut into bite-sized pieces.
Avocado mixture: Mash the avocado. Season with salt, lemon,
Assemble: Toss shrimp, avocado mix, cucumber, and herbs together.
Season to taste.
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CREAMY CUCUMUBER SALAD
½ cup sour cream
3 Tblspns red wine vinegar
1 Tblspn chopped fresh dill 1 teaspoon granulated sugar opt
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper
2 large English cucumber thinly sliced
¼ red onion thinly sliced
In a medium bowl, mix the sour cream, vinegar, dill sugar, and garlic
powder until well combined. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Add the sliced cucumbers and red onions on top of the sour cream
dressing and stir to coat.
Serve immediately at room temperature or refrigerate for one hour
KETO CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS
1/4 cup Greek yogurt 1/3-1/2 cup blue cheese crumbled
juice of 1/2 lemon
8 large, sturdy romaine lettuce leaves
2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
2-3 tablespoons walnuts, toasted and crumbled
8 raspberries, split in half 2 tsp chives, sliced
In a large bowl, combine yogurt and blue cheese. Season with lemon juice to taste. Stir in
chicken until fully coated. Adjust with more yogurt, blue cheese, and/or lemon if needed.
Spoon shredded chicken onto center ribs of romaine lettuce leaves, dividing meat equally
between them. Place on a cutting board or rimmed baking sheet. Set them upright next
to each other to prevent leaves from falling over.
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EXTRA CHEESY CRISPT GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH
Add cheese to melted butter
Brush this on to your bread slices. This will be the OUTSIDE of your sandwich. The
part that hits the pan.
Heat up a pan and place your buttered (and cheese) bread on to the pan.
Next add your cheese this will be the INSIDE of the sandwich.
Top with the next buttered and cheesed slice at the top. Remember this will be
the outside to make your sandwich crispier and cheesier than ever!
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On Our Bookshelf
What we're reading
The Runaway Jury
I have been immersed in non-fiction reading and I needed to
give my brain and imagination a chance to do some
recreational reading! My go to for enjoyable, recreational
reading has always been John Grisham. I love his writing,
the pace of the storytelling is always just right and I find his
subtle humour to be very engaging.
And so I settled on one I had read so long ago I had
forgotten most of what happened.
The Runaway Jury explores the theme of jury corruption during a high-profile tobacco
trial. In a small town in Mississippi, Celeste Wood, widow of a lifelong smoker, is suing a
tobacco company for his premature death at age fifty-three. Thoroughly enjoyed the
legal drama and the thrills of a high profile case.
The McKinsey Way
Ethan M. Rasiel
This is on my list of professional development books to
read. I have not yet finished this book, but I am so
impressed with the level on insight provided into the
Management Consulting industry.
McKinsey has always been considered one of the pioneers
of this industry and having a book written by ex-McKinsey is
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What my Kids are Reading....
Not sure if this is an occurrence in every home, but if I can't
find my kids, the most likely probability is that they're stuck in
a book! Two of my kids are avid readers and one needs to be
coaxed. Here's what they're reading and enjoying...
My Weird School
This series of hilarious chapter books is one of my
youngest daughter's favourite reads. If she is looking for
something to do she will happily revisit the books in this
series, even though she's already read them a hundred
times! The stories are very relatable for young kids and
quite funny. There is a My Weirder School and My Weirdest
School series as well. Recommended for kids 7-9years
Code Name Bananas
David Walliams is one of the bestselling children's book
authors globally. He has a witty and fun style of writing. My
daughter lapped this book up in no time (despite it's rather
intimidating page quantity!)
Set in World War II, this book follows the adventures of a
little boy and his friend Gertrude (the Gorilla). It is a hoot,
recommended for kids 8-13 years
Nancy Drew Files
Very retro, but my eldest daughter is loving the Nancy
Drew files series. She finds the mysteries more edgy than
the Nancy Drew Case books. The mysteries do involve
murders and kidnappings, but the content is not graphic or
violent. Recommended 14+
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registered, running a business from home, and you are looking
to grow your business/brand but have no idea how to get
started and what tools you need - this is for you.
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drop us a mail and we will forward an application and
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