Fiona Blessed : FBN

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Ice Skating lessons: Letting go & trusting to go on

After the ice skating adventure I captioned the following on the Instagram picture.

Life lesson: As a first for me to ice skate I was reminded that it is always part of life: when you fall down you have to get back up. The fall might have been hard but that is the true test of life don’t quit.
Secondly, sometimes there is absolutely no one near, (people have already skated way ahead) to help you get up thus one has to push oneself up to keep going.
Thirdly, always ask for help, no man is an island. Lean on to the help that is available. Support is always available we only have to reach out. Scream your lungs out and call your friends/family.

The preparation

In life there is always preparation, kinds of preparation, it might be reading about the topic one is going to tackle or rehearsals or consultations etc.

With ice skating the right shoes are needed: Ice skates are boots with blades attached to the bottom, used to propel the wearer across a sheet of  ice while ice skating.

The first tip given is to take one size bigger than normal foot size. Then you are told to hold on to the wall if you are first time skater. And then surprisingly being told not to copy anyone on the skating grounds because then the technique is lost.

Gloves are also needed, however this was an indoor ice skating ground, so it was not so cold and that is why I got away with being in stockings and shorts.

Support system

Of course being a first time one needs support even a little bit for a few minutes. The ice is really slippery, any second one can easily slide on to the ground. If there is support call out for tips and guidance, it is important in life to realise we need each other and maybe more the other people than we would care to admit.

Sometimes like all lessons in life we do not realise the support system is there and then we try to venture on our  own and learn hard lessons like falling on the skating grounds. Believe me it is a hard cold ground.


Trust in oneself

Trust and believe that no matter the circumstances you will make it either holding on to the wall, slowly skating to nearest safe place or better yet learning a few skills that help you to skate through properly.


There will be a rainbow after the storm. I believe that there is nothing too hard to be overcome. The falls might be discouraging; the support system might choose to let go and leave you on your own. Maybe that is a good thing to discover who you really are; your strengths; your points to work at.


Have fun and take responsibility

In the end letting go is the best medication because clarity of situations becomes clearer when one releases the things holding us back; the things we believed should be; the things we dreamed ought to be; the future we envisioned. Be merry,  laugh, get back up, get organized, start a fresh and replace the negative thoughts with positive thoughts and activities.

Budget tip: If you are going to stick to ice skating as a hobby, it is cheaper buying the shoes because 10 times at the rental might cost equivalent to a pair. And vice versa if you are only going with friends to try out ice skating once then rentals are the best choice.

At the indoor place, it was allowed to go with own snacks and drinks.

Share the activities that you have tried that have encouraged you to let go of pent up frustrations, fear, anger, stress and made you emerge out as a victor.

Love Fi, FBN


Ultimate Gift Guide: Health & Wellness

Ultimate Gift Guide: Health and Wellness

  1. Manicure & Pedicure set

This is one of those quick last minute gift ideas that never goes out of style. Everyone loves a good manicure or pedicure and these are handy to be used by either gender.

The reviews on this manicure set are appealing and I was not disappointed with them. They are tiny and fit in any toilet bag.

Do you have an upcoming girl meet up or forgot to order for a gift in time. This 3 sword Manicure & Pedicure set kit made in Germany by Solingen is the ultimate gift.

The set contains: Nail scissors, cuticle scissors , nail clippers large and small , double tool , tweezers, Hoof Stick and sapphire nail file.

By now you know that I love a good pouch and this kit does not disappoint it comes in a black gift package.




These Zwilling satin finish stainless steel slant tweezers are made to the highest of standards, the tweezers’ shanks are of identical length and the filed inner sides are ideal ground for gripping any hair. Perfectly slanted to grip every hair with true precision, perfect for eyebrows and other unwanted hair.

These will make a good gift to anyone who has stubborn hairs that seem to appear at wrong places or place. I have a few stubborn hairs that only appear or seem more obvious in the summer when I pull out that crop top ;). These are super handy even for the eyebrow hair that is out of line.


3. Wine Drop stop

This is the lightest gift I have ever received.  The silver sheet is so light I thought my friend was pulling my leg with the cute gift box that did not weigh anything.

It was such an adorable gift. The Wine Drop Stop is rolled to desired size and inserted in an open wine bottle to stop any spillages to the tables or place mats. It is so cute because the residual wine drops that sometimes run on the outside of the bottle now roll back into the bottle.

I received many of these cute tops that I also shared them with my friends and feedback has been the same, useful simple gadget. The re-gifting idea is awesome, after all sharing is caring.

Note: Remember to wipe dry because they do get stained and once not in use they can be stored next to the wine opener so that they are not forgotten.

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Budget Tip: Sometimes the receiver gets too many similar gifts and there is no harm in re-gifting to other friends who need the things as well. If one knows the original giver of the gift might not like the idea consult with them first before sharing the items.

PS: All photos taken by me.

Share gift ideas in the health and wellness department that you love.

Best wishes.



Ultimate gift guide: Electronic gadgets

The Ultimate gift guide: Gadgets

  1. The Koss Stereo Headphone

Frequency Response: 15-25,000 Hz to capture every nuance in your favorite movie or musical performance.
These headphones are super cute and comfortable because they have a padding. They are collapsible and adjustable not only in width but also how firm or light the user wants to fit.

They have an element design for deep bass perfomance.
Foam earcushions provide an open, hear-through sound that lets you keep in touch with your surroundings perfect to wear while running, at work, or while traveling. 

The Koss Headphones do come with a soft pouch where they can be stored and the user will not have to worry about the cord being entangled.

2. WD My Passport – portable hard drive

My Passport is the ideal companion for anyone with lots of videos, photos, music, and files that they want to help protect and take on the road.

We all have accumulated data and keep adding onto the many files and what better way to store all in this gadget that is built for durability, shock tolerance, and long-term reliability.

My Passport offers high capacity in a sleek portable drive. It features ultra-fast USB 3.0 connectivity; automatic, backup software; and password protection and hardware encryption to help protect your files from unauthorized use with plenty of room to store all your files.
Automatic backup
WD’s automatic, continuous backup software works quietly in the background to help protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file, it’s instantly backed up.
Powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed.

Bonus is a Hard Drive size: 1TB


3. Portable Power Bank

Imagine losing phone life while on the go. We have all become accustomed to the little monsters that have become our phones. This Portable powerbank makes sure the user never goes into a panic while the battery of a phone or tablet runs low. Once I went on holiday to the beautiful motherland and lo and behold, there was loadshedding, (when electricity is off in some areas) I wished I had carried this powerbank baby to at least notify my family where I had reached.

The powerbank comes with two connectors and two USB so the owner and a travel companion or housemate or two gadgets can be charged at once.

It comes with a fitted travel pouch that makes protecting its exterior easy.

Capacity: 15000mAh
Input: DC 5V/1.5A (Standard Micro USB Port)
Output: DC 5V/3.1A (2A+1A)


Or better yet forget it home and enjoy the company of the people around you even without the battery running out.

Happy Holidays

Budget tip: These are gadgets that will help save time, expenses of buying multiple flash disks. With the headphones working out can be easier with the music blaring in the ears.

PS: All photos taken by me.

Share gift ideas in the electronics department that you love or a nerd in your network would love to get.

Dreams are valid and no matter the budget they can be achieved.

Happy New Year 2016.


Little decorative accents lit up by Christmas lights.

Christmas time is before us.

No matter whether in a tiny or huge place one can easily personalise their space with beautiful accents in their home.

What better way than to brighten the space with lights; Christmas lights, LED, or multi colored or white or any kind one can find.

In my place of abode there is a corner that I dedicate to African art, candles, magazines and small animal pieces. This holiday I wanted to brigthen the corner with a few accents of original or popular colors: red, a bit or green and silver.

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I achieved the look with the Turquoise candles, decorative pines, plastic and au naturel, decorative stones, silver mirrored Christmas balls, decor tiny baskets and the photos that stand in a metre high shelf.

The crystal frames symbolising Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus are super cute sitting on the lights that make them glow much more.

The little baskets symoblised the gifts that were carried by the three wise men when they saw the star.

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The lights flickering in the dark gave a beautiful glow.

Note to self: Find a solution to hide the long cables that run from the socket next year.

Thanks to Roflbot app that I used to add text. What a brillaint idea.

Let me know how you decorated your place. Upload pictures.

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Budget tip: Hang some photos if you have blank walls, DIY beads, little unique stones that can be collected on way home, at the beach to fill up the glass vases before placing the candles. In the long glass I added a long glass beaded necklace that I nolonger wore to add height to the candle to balance out length of the glass.

In the photo shelf I added the pines and silver mirrored balls, I did not mind the shelves being a bit full because I know I will remove the extra accents after the holidays and the caricature animals can regain their space.

Happy holidays.  Spread forth light

Live your dreams.

Stay blessed.

Love Fi, FBN

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