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Feeding Kids – Happy Ham

Hamish loves to be in the kitchen and a few days ago I asked what he would like to make for a snack. He answered Happy Ham!

Now, I’ve never heard of happy ham so decided he would need to tell me how to make his own version of happy ham.

It turned out after following his instructions that I was making a face onto a slice of ham.

Here is how you can make your own Happy ham.

You will need:

Ham slices – one per face

Cheese squares

A banana

Piece of orange rind

To make your face :

Place the ham onto a plate.

Peel and cut the banana into slices. Place two slices onto each ham slice as eyes.

Cut your cheese into squares and place one on each ham slice as a nose.

Cut slivers of orange rind and place as a mouth.

Note: you may want to remove the rind before your child eats the faces. As an alternative use a sliver of peppers, tomato or apple

Posted in babies, Brands we love, Fun Mamma SA Products we love, Parenting

Fun Mamma SA Product of the Week – Grow Baby birchwood teether

I’m a huge fan of Grow baby products and was delighted to find this little birchwood teether in a Huggies gift bag from the Mammamagic expo.

Who are Grow Baby ?

Grow baby are a proudly South African company that supply premium wooden toys and nursery decor.

Using only imported birchwood, you are guaranteed of a premium product that you can safely give to baby when purchasing from Grow baby.

All products are lovingly designed by an occupational therapist and a team of moms, ensuring that the toy you purchase is both functional, and can aid in babies growth and development.

Teethers

Made from 100% natural birchwood and finished with beeswax, these beautifully crafted, wooden teethers are designed to fit comfortably in a little hand and ease the ache in a teething babies mouth.

Introduced from about 3 months you can use these sturdy teethers to encourage baby to exploring the world by having them learn to grasp and chew.

These teethers are safe for baby as they have no choking hazards like cords or chains. They are also non toxic and anti-bacterial.

Sold in reusable bags in sets of 4 for R90* a set ,you can choose from any of the following themes:

🔹️My first friends

🔹️ My first words

🔹️Animal teether

Did you know that if you buy the teethers as a gift Grow Baby will gift wrap them if you have left a note on your order.

*price correct at time of publication

Posted in Cape Town - Things to see & do, Family Life, Family Time, Life with my bears, Parenting

Questions you should ask before taking your child on a game drive

This weekend we visited an established game farm, in the Western Cape, and Hamish experienced his first game drive.

A bad experience

I would love to tell you it was enjoyable but sadly it was not up to standard with other drives I have been on.

Whilst the guide was knowledgable, he spoke over Hamish’s questions, ignoring him to make rugby jokes with a rather rude visitor who seemed intent on spoiling everyone’s experience.

The “rude visitor” was allowed to enter the vehicle clearly drunk and carrying a beer, which to me having Hamish there and another mom her son , I felt was both irresponsible of the game farm and inappropriate for a game drive.

This man made stupid comments through out the drive, often interrupted the guide and then climbed out the vechil to relieve himself whilst we were stopped to view the giraffe.

The vehicle, which can seat 3 people per seat was crammed and myself and another mother were left holding our children for over an hour as their spaces to sit were taken so that we could squash in another two people instead if taking a larger vehicle or simply dividing the group into 2 vehicles.

This to me was not safe and was certainly not comfortable for either us the moms or the two little boys . Who on our laps kept knocking on the sides of the vehicle as the road is bumpy.

The vehicle at one point looked like we were not going to be able to navigate through the soft sandy path and smelt like something was burning. I imagined trying to walk back with a 15kg 3 year old to carry.

Needless to say the atmosphere on the vehicle was cramped and not pleasant with this unruly visitor.

But worst of all was that we hardly got close to most of the animals that the farm boasts.

We got up close to the zebra and springbok to get decent photos and came semi close to the giraffe and the poor lonley looking camel but all the others were so far into the distance that Hamish was often just looking at trees and those he could make out just looked like ordinary bucks.

It’s hard to explain the different physical features on an animal you can’t see.

I was bitterly dissapointed and actually packed my phone away, after we had seen the giraffe as prior to this we had sped past the emu and I was trying to keep Hamish comfortable on my lap and prevent us both from falling off the seat and bumping onto the railings.

The last 25 minutes of our drive I was willing it to come to an end now.

I was really dissapointed that this was Hamish’s first experience at something that should be magical in the eyes of a child.

It has however prompted us to ask few questions before booking any further game drives anywhere with a child.

Questions you should ask before taking your child on a game drive

  • Does the child have their own seat
  • How long is the drive ( this matters, especially if the child does not have a seat)
  • Are kids given a treasure hunt of animals to find or a spot sheet to tick off
  • Is their information avaliable for children on the animals before or after the drive?
  • What time is the drive? ( this also matters for naps, feeding of children, ect)
  • How many animal species approximately are seen at each time.
  • What is the best time for maximum exposurea to the animals
  • How close do you get to the animals
  • How many people per vehicle
  • Is alcohol permitted on a drive
  • If yes, can I request a family friendly game drive without alcohol being allowed and does this cost extra?
  • How are rude/unruly guests dealt with on a drive
  • Will mine and my child’s questions be answered along the drive
  • Is the drive child friendly
  • Can a car seat be inserted
  • What can I take along on the drive
  • Who do I complain to should the game drive not meet standards

Whilst bitterly dissapointed at our first game drive with Hamish, I’ll certainly do more research before booking a weekend away and wont just jumping on a game drive without asking enough questions for usto ensure he is safe and enjoying his adventure.

Posted in Brands we love, Mamma bears

BRAMLEY REVEALS MINI FACELIFT & NEW PRODUCT EXTENSIONS

Proudly South African skin care and cosmetic brand, Bramley recently announced the launch of their brand new look, redesigned logo, and new product developments.

Clean, simple and elegant.

The solid oval shape of their logo remained as it reflects stability and cohesiveness, whilst the newly designed logo and modern font with its thick and thin lines represent a combination of both masculinity and femininity.

New Products

Following the success of new product developments in both the Magnolia and Cocoa Heaven ranges, Bramley has extended their product offering in their Lavender range to match those in the above mentioned ranges.

With heart-notes that open to reveal rustic greenery and wonderful sweet musk, the relaxing scent of lavender is said to be stress reducing and is a wonderful fragrance for all year round.

Containing powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, Bramley’s Lavender range promises to be relaxing and therapeutic offering a calming herbal aroma.

In addition to the existing range that consists of tissue oil, talcum powder,
roll-on, and a foam bath, consumers can now look forward to the recently introduced lavender scented body
lotion, body butter and hand and nail cream.

BE YOU

In addition to the product extension of their Lavender range, Bramley also welcomes a new product offering to their BE YOU range. Just in time for the holidays, the limited-edition Be Happy and Be Real Body Spritzers (R19.99) will leave you smelling divine and feeling refreshed.

Designed for the young and vibrant individual,the BE YOU spritzer offers a gorgeous floral blend of jasmine and gardenia, whilst the BE REAL spritzer has a
sassy flare to it, infused with a floral fusion of rose, jasmine, magnolia and a touch of peach.

Furthermore,the spritzer can also be used as room and linen spray.

Treat yourself with the Be You range, you deserve it!

Gift sets

Speaking of holidays, Bramley’s luxurious gift sets make for the perfect pamper Christmas gift.

Consisting of a tissue oil, hand cream and body lotion, the gift sets are available in both magnolia and lavender.

Magnolia Gift Set, R 29.99
Infused with a luxuriously rich floral fragrance that combines the scents of Magnolia, Carnation and Rose and enriched with Vitamin E and Bio-Pharm Oil to keep your skin hydrated and protected.

The magnolia gift set contains the following products:
 Hydrating tissue oil (100ml) that will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and delightfully fragranced.
 Warmly scented and fast absorbing hand cream (45ml) that will leave your hands feeling silky and smooth.
 A moisturising body lotion rich in vitamin E and Bio-Pharm oil (60ml) that is easily absorbed and will leave your skin feeling soft to the touch.

Lavender Gift Set, R 29.99
From its delicate purple hue to its earthy floral scent and calming effect.

Bramley’s Lavender gift set consists
of the following products:
 Fragranced tissue oil (100ml) that is easily absorbed into the skin, leaving no extra oily residue behind. Leaves skin feeling soft and supple with a radiant glow.
 Hand Cream (45ml) formulated with a calming herbal aroma that will leave your hands feeling velvety soft.
 A moisturising body lotion rich in vitamin E and Bio-Pharm oil (60ml) that is easily absorbed and will leave your skin feeling silky soft.

All Bramley products are available at selected PEP stores.

Posted in recipes

Feeding kids …. speeding cars with Spotty Frog lunch punch

I reviewed the Spotty Frog lunch punches a while back and we use them regularly.

See review here

The other day I decided to spruce up Hamishs normal peanut butter sandwich and turn it into a car.

Using my Spotty Frog car lunch punch ( you can use any cookie cutter) I cut out the car shape after making his sandwich and then dipped an ear bud into some food colouring to highlight the detail.

The food colouring does not change the flavour of the food at all.

But a car needs somewhere to travel so I made a berry road using Safari berry bites.

You could of course substitute this for any of the following:

  • Nuts
  • Raisins
  • Dried fruit pieces
  • Sliced vegetables
  • Cucumber rings
  • Lettuce

Hamish gobbled this one down faster than you could say VROOM VROOM!

Posted in Cape Town - Things to see & do, Christmas, Events, Family Life, Family Time, Giving back

Slide into Summer with some Frozen Fun at Canal Walk Shopping Centre

Canal Walk Shopping Centre’s Frozen Fun Slide Park celebrates the launch of Disney’s Frozen 2

Get ready to slide into summer with the arrival of Canal Walk Shopping Centre’s Frozen Fun Slide Park, which opens on 29 November 2019 and runs until 5 January 2020.

The school holiday entertainment celebrates the eagerly awaited launch of Disney’s Frozen 2, the sequel to the smash hit 2013 movie, Frozen.

Frozen 2 follows Elsa, her sister Anna, and a host of friends, including the lovable snowman, Olaf, as they set out on their latest quest and will hit the big screen in South Africa from 6 December 2019.

Frozen Fun Slide Park

The Frozen Fun Slide Park is made possible by a collaboration between Canal Walk Shopping Centre (CWSC) and The Walt Disney Company Africa.

Sharing in the excitement of the upcoming launch, Canal Walk’s Marketing Manager, Vanessa Herbst said:

“Fans have waited for this movie for a long time and with its release on the 6th of December coinciding with the school holidays, we wanted to make the most of this magical time of year and give visitors a special Frozen experience.”

Canal Walk is well known for its family focused fun-filled events, and the Frozen Fun Slide Park will be no exception, with four frozen slides of varying heights appealing to thrill seekers of all ages.

But, if building a snowman is more your style, then an Olaf snow play area will help let the inner creative out.

Sessions are 45 minutes every hour, on the hour and will open from 10H00 each day (except 25th December and 1 January 2020), with the last session at 20H00.

This allows plenty of time for festive season shopping, or for entertaining energy filled kids during the holidays, not to mention a space for mom and dad to chill out in the heat of summer.

Ackermans print for Free!

The fun doesn’t stop here though. Ackermans is the retail sponsor for the event and will open a pop-up Frozen character activation at the event, where youngsters (and those young at heart) who have purchased a plain white t-shirt in store, can have a Frozen 2 character printed on it – for free.

The pop-up will operate at specific times. Check out the Canal Walk website for details.

Extended Shopping Hours

It is the festive season, so CWSC will extend its shopping hours from 29th November.

The Canal Walk Express and wrapping station will open on 6 December – wrapping starts at R15 per item and funds will be donated to charity.

Donate an Olaf

Because this is indeed the season of giving, a giant celebration tree will stand guard in the Food Court. Adorning this, will be a host of Olaf plush toys, you can donate R50 so that these cuddly Olafs can be given to children supported by Reach for a Dream or receiving treatment at The Red Cross Memorial Children’s Hospital, and Tygerberg Hospital.

Tickets

Tickets to the Canal Walk Shopping Centre’s Frozen Fun Slide Park are available on www.webtickets.co.za and on site at the event ticket booth and cost:

R100 – full rider

R80 – mini rider

R35 – non-rider.

Other Attractions

Meet Santa

Dates: 13 – 24 December 2019

Time: 10am – 9pm

Venue: Canal Walk Centre Court

Kids World Express

Dates: 7 December – 12 January 2019

Venue: Upper Level, Centre Court

Times: 10am – 5pm

Tickets: R20 per person

Magical Gift Wrapping

Dates: 6 – 23 December 10am – 10pm & 24 December 10am – 9pm

Prices: R15 – R55

Visitors are encouraged to share their festive experiences with Canal Walk Shopping Centre ….

Website: canalwalk.co.za

Facebook: Canal Walk Shopping Centre

Twitter: @canal_walk

Instagram: @canalwalk

Hashtag #FrozenFun #CanalWalk

Posted in Blog posts

Keep It Clean This Holiday with CHUX®  

The kids are home for the holidays… spending time outdoors and indoors getting creative, but things can get messy with so many fingers around the house, day in and out.

Chux cleaning products will help with the mess so you can keep up with the fun!

Keeping the kids entertained is busy work and there is no reason why cleaning up afterwards can’t be quick and easy.

Here are some quick tips to keep it clean:

  • A steady stream of snacks and can mean stubborn food splatter in your microwave. Simply use a moistened CHUX Non Scratch Scourer Scrub to remove the grease and grime.


  • More showers. Each time you pop in the shower, take a CHUX® Magic Eraser® block in with you. In moments it will remove soap scum from tiles and glass with just water. Best of all you no longer need chemicals to get a brilliant clean in your shower!

  • Why waste money buying expensive re-fills for your sweepers. Just attach a CHUX® Superwipe® to the bottom of your sweeper – works just as well, and you can rinse it to use over and over.

  • White sports shoes looking worn out? A CHUX Magic Eraser® will bring them back to life and they will look like new.

Let the memories of a great school holiday remain.


Chux® helps make the big chores smaller.

Chux® offers an extensive range of quality cleaning accessories to help you tackle any cleaning challenge around your home.



Regardless of your preferred cleaning routine, no matter the mess … there’s a Chux® for whatever life Chux® at you.

For more information on Chux® visit www.chux.co.za or www.facebook.com/ChuxSA/. Chux® can be found at selected Spar, Pick n Pay Family and OK Foods stores nationwide

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Feeding kids … Orange snails

I’ve often seen images on Pintrest and Facebook where people have creatively peeled oranges to form people shapes or animals.

I thought I would give it a try and make Hamish an orange snail.


It wasn’t as hard as I first anticipated and now that I’ve created this mini orange masterpiece I’m tempted to try a harder animal.

To make your own you need:

  • An orange
  • Knife
  • Marker
  • Lavender
  • Tape

Instructions


I first started by drawing the snails head with marker.

Then cutting the skin away to reveal the flesh, which would become the shell.

Lastly I drew on a face.

To decorate I taped two pieces of lavender on a feelers and placed the snail on a plate surounded by lavender “grass”


Hamish was super impressed with his slithery snail

Posted in Fun Mamma SA Toy of the Week

Fun Mamma SA Toy of the Week : Jeronimo -Go Fishing game

One of the toys I recently ordered was this Jeronimo – Go fishing game.

At R149 from Takealot I was rather hesitant at the actual size, quality and whether it would deliver all the flashing lights it’s review said it would.

As soon as I opened the box any doubts I may have had were gone in a flash …

Hamish loves it!

You get the scenic stickers to paste on to the bottom of the water pond. These just peel and stick and are obviously waterproof.

The game is sturdy and stable enough for indoor or outdoor play.

You will need to supply the batteries required though, but they are simple to insert.

The game is large enough for him to play with alone or as a two player game to see who can catch the most.

This would also make s great travel game as you don’t need the water to play, you can still catch the animals just from the pond.

There are 2 plastic scoops, one with holes like a sieve,which he can use to catch the fish or for water play.

Also there are 2 little fishing rods to help catch the little plastic ducks and fish. These store neatly onto the sides of the pond.

The hooks on the animal heads are large and Hamish found it easy to hook them onto the rods.

A great game for developing fine motor skills, concentration and hand eye co-ordination.

There are 6 little ducks and fish, 3 of each, and we’ve been counting them, grouping them and they can also be used in the bath.

The pond itself has flashing lights, 6 songs and vibrates slightly to move the water inside. This helps the ducks and fish to move around and you to adjust the ability level of play for the child who is catching the toy.

The tree acts as a mini waterfall and kids can pour water in the top and watch how it tuns down the sides.

Rating :

Price : R100 -R200

Age : 2 years +

Quality: 🔹️🔹️🔹️🔹️

Posted in Brands we love

Festive Season Made Easy with GLAD


The Festive Season is a time for cooking, feasting and celebrating with friends and family. Let GLAD help make the holidays a little easier with their handy product range and creative tips for fun and festivities!
 
Enjoy the Festive Holidays by making the most of your time with these timesaving tips and fun ideas!

For the kids:


Let the kids decorate Glad Zip Seal Bags with stickers and paint so each one has their own storage bag for their goodies. This also makes it easy to freeze treats if they melt or simply to save them for later.

Making biscuits or cakes? Entertain the kids with decorating. Turn Glad Zip Seal Bags into icing piping bags. Fill the bags with different colour icings and cut a small hole in one corner to squeeze the icing out into lovely patterns (with less mess).

Remember to line your cake tins and baking trays with GLAD Bake & Cooking Paper to prevent food from sticking.



Planning:

Buy your groceries ahead of time to ensure you can enjoy your whole weekend, stress free!

Freeze artisanal breads ahead of time, instead of rushing out on in the morning.

Prepare as much of your cooking, as you can, in advance. Making a traditional lamb or beef roast or a braai? Season or marinate your meat in Glad Freezer Bags pop in the fridge over night, ready for cooking the next day.

Keep GLAD Bake & Cooking Paper on hand, it is a non-stick baking and cooking paper that eliminates the need to grease trays and pans enabling you to cook with no oil and less mess.

Make flavourful and interesting ice for drinks using Glad Ice Cube Bags. Add crushed berries, infuse water with mint, lemon or anything you can imagine!  Fill the bags and freeze for delicious ice to add to your beverages.



Easy Leftovers:


With every family feast there is always a surplus of food and Glad loves leftovers, so let them help with yours;
 

Package and freeze leftovers in Glad Freezer Bags, ready to be reheated.

Share leftovers with your guests by parcelling the food in Glad Zip Seal Bags or Glad Tin Foil.

Blend leftover veggies into a nutritious soup.



GLAD products have thousands of uses and you will be glad to have them around for the holidays. Make sure to put them on your shopping list to make the festive season a little easier!
 
All GLAD products are made for your convenience with the purpose of keeping your food fresh for longer.  – Saving good food. From going bad.

Please visit www.glad.co.za for more information and follow ‘GLAD SOUTH AFRICA’ on Facebook; Available in the GLAD aisle of most supermarkets




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