1. We’ve had a makeover!
We’ve spent the last few months revamping Essentials to make it even better for you. We’ve crammed in more amazing content and practical advice to help you live your best life every day. From the design of the pages to who and what we feature, we’ve gone over everything and made it better for you.
The Essentials team has worked harder than ever to put this issue together, so we hope you love it!
2. You could win 1 of 5 R5000 vouchers from Miladys
Since we’ve had a makeover, we’ve teamed up with Miladys to give you, our fabulous readers, a makeover! Click here to find out how you could win 1 of 5 R5000 vouchers from Miladys. Just think about how you could revamp your wardrobe with all of that.
3. Inspiration from real women
Whether you feel like you’re in a rut and need some motivation to try something new or you need a laugh, our stories always feature real women living real lives — just like you. From divorce advice and tips for living with your parents to birth control troubleshooting and how to say no, you won’t be able to put the mag down.
4. 20+ easy meal ideas
Don’t worry, there’s still room in the new look Essentials for recipes that are the perfect mix of quick and easy, deliciously decadent, family friendly and healthy. This month, our salad jars special will change the way you make lunch forever! We should probably warn you though, do not look at our spread of chocolate recipes on an empty tummy. Just don’t.
5. Finally, realistic diet advice
Every month we’re going to be featuring an easy-to-follow diet to help you revamp your eating habits. In March it’s all about beating stress eating (which we’re definitely guilty of at Essentials HQ). So if you’re tired of reaching for the chips or chocolate when the pressure is on, this issue is for you!
6. How to start and make money from your blog
3 popular South African bloggers share their top tips and tricks for starting and running a successful blog. More importantly, they tell us how they make money from their blogs (all while working).
7. Fashion for every shape
Our fashion editor has scoured the shops for the most figure flattering dresses to suit every shape. Plus she’s got tips for what to look for in a confidence-boosting, show-stopping, head-turning special occasion dress!
8. Hair makeover inspiration
We spoiled 5 of our readers with hair makeovers and found out that a haircut can be as good as a holiday! If you’re looking to change up your style, we’ve got all the style inspiration you need.
9. Crafts, crafts and more crafts
We can’t wait to start on the easy upcycling crafts in our March issue and start turning trash into treasure. It’s pretty much the cheapest way to revamp your home. We’ve also got an incredible DIY kids playhouse made from cardboard boxes. Your kids and grandkids will love you forever if you make one with them.
10. Real-life money saving hacks
Times are tough, which is why we’re rounded up the best money-saving apps to help you whip your finances into shape the easy way.
11. Totally doable exercise plans
We’re all busy, and (let’s be honest) most of us are too busy to get to the gym. So every month we’re going to feature an exercise plan that’s specially designed with busy women in mind. In March we’re helping you get toned in 15 minutes a day. You can even turn on the TV and do your exercises in front of the box!
12. Meet fun foodie Katelyn Williams
Our cover star this month is the incredible Katelyn Williams — the brains behind your new favourite food blog The Kate Tin. Her interview has a bit of everything — fugitive fiancees, restaurant confessions, chocolate (of course), dark family secrets (spoiler alert: her gran can’t bake), fights over lemon meringue and blogging advice.