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Krazi Awsum pandemic Tees

Krazi Awsum gifts and goodies recently launched their online gift shop with a fabulous line of keepsake Tshirts that perfectly depicts life in a pandemic.

The superior quality Tshirts are avaliable in sizes for the whole family making them suitable for fun photoshoots.

This range, which uses the slogan #shareaslogan,would also suit bloggers wanting to express themselves, parents looking for unique gift options and to keep in a time capsule.

Pandemic range

The range comprises of the following designs :

1. My first Pandemic

2. Quarantine and chill

3. I stayed home 2020

4. Stay homie

5. Lockdown survivor

6. Wash your hands

7. Straight outta isolation

8. Most dramatic season ever

9. This is my quarantine shirt

10. Stronger together 2020

11. You matter

12. Homeschool 2020

Price

The Tshirt prices are affordable and compare well to other brands.

Krazi Awsum gifts and goodies also offer the option of personalised prints should you wish a custom design.

Order your Tshirt today and share a slogan.

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Instagram: @KraziAwsum

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Moving journal ….Part 1: Why we chose to move during lockdown

Somewhere in the middle of May I decided to look at the availability of houses to suit us in Kommetjie.

Now, those of you who have followed us for a while will know that I loved our little apartment in Tableview and although we’ve been on a month to month lease for 4 of the 5 years we lived there, I never actually saw myself moving.

About our flat

Brent and I moved into this little apartment with one of my sons when we were still dating and in the 5 years we were there,the flat has accommodated my whole family.

Somehow this little 2 bedroom flat was big enough.

It had the worst guest bathroom and each winter we would meet the new mice inhabitants,but I loved our little space.

The garden was teeny and the stairs scared me while Hamish learnt to crawl and walk but it was home.

I painted a feature wall with magnetic paint and we filled the house with vinyl murals and mismatched photo frames that spoke of our diversity as a family.

Last year the neighbours pipes burst and we had severe mould and the wall up our stair case started peeling off. But still I was happy.

I felt safe.

I had no plans to move for the next 2 or 3 years.

So why move?

In the same week that we heard of major building that would take place behind us and affect our current flat with regards to noise and neighbours, we were knee deep in Covid-19 lockdowns and my youngest daughter decided to move to her dad to be homeschooled instead of continue at the high school she was at, as there are other teens homeschooling in the home as well.

My older sons, who had needed to stay with us to get on their feet,were now all living away from home and I just woke up one morning tired of the four walls that restricted us.

I’d been feeling very nostalgic for the same upbringing my older children had for Hamish and wanted a space for him to be able to play outside and interact with nature on a daily basis.

I did not want to continue to bring my adventure loving little boy up behind brick walls.

With us choosing homeschooling for the younger children, this opened up the opportunity for us to look at moving further out.

But Komnetjie is so far

Brent and I had been talking about a move to Kommetjie for 4 years…. you know that ” one day when I’m rich” type of conversation.

We had visited friends out here a number of times and each time it felt like home.

If not …why not?

Just to see the house rental prices I went onto the first agents website that came up in a Google search.

I did not actually expect to find anything near our price range. But I found 2 suitable places.

The first one was already gone and the other never got back to us until after we had actually moved.

In between other agents mentioned a house for rental that we should look at and I fell in love…..

From the very first moment, before I had time to explore the inside if the house, I knew …this was home.

It is perfect. The correct size, spacious with cupboards for days and bathrooms to die for. The kitchen is well built and most importantly there is a huge yard with trees and flowers and rocks and mud for Hamish to play in.

Best of all …it was cheaper than our previous rental.

We had started looking at houses on Wednesday, by Saturday we had driven out to Kommetjie and were ready to sign a lease and start a new journey.

Part 2 : our move

Posted in Covid-19/ Coronavirus

Reflections from lockdown…Day 5 : wholesome

Reflections from lockdown

Day 5 ….wholesome

All around the world, as people stayed home to stay safe, our fast food services closed and restaurants were forced to stop…. we needed to feed ourselves.

People were reminded of the wholesomeness of baking their own bread.


The fun of making a loaf of banana bread or trying a new muffin recipe.

People cooked for their families and women started WhatsApp recipe swops remincent of their grandmother’s days.

We learnt to rely on our own skills, perfect those we were lacking and try new ideas to sustain our homes.

But mostly,

With a virus threatening us all …young, old, rich, poor, black and white …. we were reminded to stay humble, to embrace the wholesomeness of life and enjoy the simpler things in life.

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Reflections from lockdown….Day 4 : Family

Reflections from lockdown

Day 4 ….family


With the very real threat of danger to our loved ones, people turned to family.

Forced to spend time together, many homes once again ate dinner together, played games and spend time in each others company instead of being preoccupied by the business of life.

Many people were separated from loved ones, unable to see them.

But, people are innovative and adaptable ….and made hundreds of new ways to connect with those they missed. From zoom dance parties with the grandparents to WhatsApp calls to an aunt.

Covid-19 reminded us to focus on the things that are important, the things that matter the most and hold dear that which we fear losing……

Our families

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10 Reflections from Lockdown … Day 3 : Superheroes

Reflections from lockdown

Day 3 …. Superheroes

While the world sang praises to our essential workers and sent memes reminding is our ancestors fought wars and all we needed to do was learn patience, brave the uncertain and stay at home, our children showed us how to be superheroes.

Many far too young to understand the severity of Covid-19 suddenly unable to work school, play with friends, see family members.

Their little lives and routines were abruptly shattered as they continued with childlike enthusiasm and drew pictures, crafted to keep busy, took zoom meetings and now adjusted to a virtual life in their stride.

Their bravery, adaptability and joy often reminded us, the big people, that we too could endure this pandemic.

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OUR CHILDREN ARE SUPERHEROES

#STAYHOME SOUTH AFRICA

A few mothers got together to applaud the children ….

These little heroes have stayed indoors more than they’ve ever known in their lives.Their whole worlds have literally been turned upside down. All these rules they’ve never known. A life they couldn’t have imagined. Adults talking about others becoming ill, news reporting death after death. Our poor children’s minds must be racing.

Every day they get up and remain resilient.

So here’s to our little heroes: today, tomorrow, forever 💞

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10 Reflections from lockdown … Day 2- Memories

Reflections from lockdown

Day 2 …. Memories

As a society we rush to get everything done in a day, we snap a quick photo upload to the gram and file it away to remember 20 years from now.

But lockdown forced us to stop!

It filed busy away and made us all once again prioritise family, friends and nature.

We became memory keepers. Journaling, recording, photographing and using the arts to express ourselves. To keep safe the memories we want to preserve.

We once again placed value on the important things and instead of facebook feeds full of material status enhancers, friends shared their families, their lives and their talents.

Words of gratitude, deeds of kindness and acts of love.

These …these are the memories I want to hold on to 💞

Posted in Covid-19/ Coronavirus

10 reflections from lockdown ….day 1 : Hope

I love the idea from Lisa Steffen to document 10 reflections from lockdown.

One each day

Day 1 …. Hope

We watched as China suffered from a silent virus killing so many, then slowly we saw how Italy fell ill and before we knew it, our land went under lockdown.

But all around us there was hope!

Beautiful symbols of rainbows showing that no matter how hard the uncertain days ahead would be, no matter our cultures, our race, our language or social standing we all just wanted to hold onto the hope of a better tomorrow.

Children painting rainbows, drawing on sidewalks and putting teddy’s in the windows.

Hope held those who lost jobs, were parted from friends and family and suffered the hardships of having no food, no home, no future.

Hope comforted those who were sick.

Hope showed us how to be brave for our children and slow down to set examples in an instant gradifaction society.

Mostly Hope reminded people to be kinder. To be gentle with others, to look out got those who had forgotten to smile and to share our hope with those who had lost hope.

Hope said …..

Be brave ! Be kind! This too shall pass!

Posted in Covid-19/ Coronavirus, Health & Wellness

Getting ready for level 3 lockdown with a pre-packed Covid-19 family pack

Getting our home ready for level 3 was increadibly important to me. Almost more so, than with the earlier part of lockdown as we would now be venturing out more, business and schools would be back and life needed to resume a new level of normality.

Knowing that, I looked around to try find the best products for my family to be safe.

I came across these pre packed family packs from the digital port.

The family pack consists of :

  • 1l sanitizer
  • 3x 250ml sanitizer
  • 3x 50ml sanitizer spray bottles
  • 20x disposable masks
  • and 20x disposable gloves

Everything I need to keep my family safe in a box delivered to my doorstep, without the fuss of running around to find the items we need.

With so many other things to concentrate on, buying a pre-packaged hygiene kit allowed me to feel just that little bit more ready for our new normal during this pandemic.

This Proudly South African company also offer Covid-19 compliant:-

  • Back to School packs
  • Back to Work packs
  • Sanitising tunnels
  • Step dispensers
  • Quality sanitizer, avaliable in various sizes
  • Masks
  • Gloves
  • and Face Screens.

For more information contact : sean@thedigitalport.com
083 678 1067
https://www.facebook.com/thedigitalportwesterncape/

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Where to buy good quality masks

With South Africa making the declaration that face masks are compulsory to be worn if you leave the home, I’ve compiled a list of face mask companies you can trust.

Masks we use

For Hamish

We personally use masks from Love Sojo for Hamish.The masks are double layer and have a reusable spunbound filter.You can pop in a soft pipe cleaner or paper clip to secure over the nose of the adult masks, especially if you wear glasses to prevent fogging.

For my adult family and teens

For the adults in our home we bought in bulk from Undeez and they are well sewn and breathable.These masks are washable, with elastic for a comfortable fit and come in adult and child sizes.They also offer a multi functional tube mask.

For family in Durban

I ordered for my sisters family in Durban from Tammy who delivered wonderful masks for my nephews and sister.These material facemasks are reuseable, washable and thick.You can order a single elastic for a comfortable fit or a double Eeastic for around the ears.They also offer a 4 Ribbon option to tighten as you see fit or extended Material tie backs to ensure you are comfortable wearing your mask.

Other brands I personally would trust to deliver a superior quality would be :

1. Oggi Activewear2.Mimelia Kid’s Boutique3.Noochie Kids Wear

Masks that support a good cause

1. Husky RescueThese masks sell at R150 each2. Cape of Good Hope SPCA3. The Station on BreeFor every donation of R100 to their staff fund you recieve a free mask.There are so many amazing brands selling masks that I’ve not listed.I’d love to hear from you in the comments, who have I missed out.

Posted in Covid-19/ Coronavirus, Education, Giving back, Parenting, Press releases, Tweens & Teens

Hope for South African matric learners as radio lessons are launched

The premature closure of schools due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in South Africa has resulted in both challenges and opportunities, with many learners missing out on large pieces of work especially in term two. In an effort to support rural learners without access to television classes, computers or data, Kagiso Trust has partnered with the Limpopo Department of Education to provide radio lessons to our grade 12 learners. The scheduled lessons will commence via Capricorn FM radio from Monday 11 May 2020.

“Kagiso Trust has long believed that education is the key to overcoming poverty,” says the organisation’s CEO, Mankodi Moitse, “ Over the past 16 years we have created education programmes structured to have the highest impact and greatest sustainability. Our work in the Free State is testament to that.”

Radio lessons will be hosted on Capricorn FM, Sekhukhune FM and Tubatse FM from Monday to Sunday hourly.

The Limpopo MEC for Education Ms Polly Boshielo said, “Crafted lessons will be offered by expert appointed subject teachers with an excellent track record in the subject that they offer. These are the teachers who recorded 80% and more pass rate in the subjects that they have been teaching since 2017. We believe that their expert content knowledge will benefit more than 80% of the current grade 12 learners in Limpopo.”

COO of Kagsio Trust, Themba Mola said, “Grade 12 learners have already lost more than 30 days since the lockdown coupled with the possibility of losing another month if the phase-in model announced by Minister becomes a 1st of June return. This model of mediating learning will strengthen teaching and learning in the absence of face to face conventional classes.”

Capricorn FM will focus on MST subjects (Mathematics, Sciences and Technologies), including Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Agricultural Sciences. “These are the subjects that are highly enrolled and determine the standard and quality of education offered in Limpopo province.

Currently, the main subject of the five, that still poses a serious challenge in the province is Mathematics, whose performance is still below the threshold,” said Mola.
“These are the subjects that are highly enrolled and determine the standard and quality of education offered in Limpopo province.

The other 7 non-MST subjects will be broadcast by the community radio stations in the both Sekhukhune East and South education districts. They include English FAL, Sepedi HL, Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, History and Geography.

Each live broadcast lesson will last for an hour per day during and after the lockdown period. The first 30 minutes is allocated to the teacher to mediate learning and the other 30 minutes will be reserved to the learners to interact with the teacher through questions or comments.

Content will largely cover term 1 and 2 scope and will be supplemented by face to face contact sessions after learners shall have returned back to school.

“In a province as large as Limpopo, radio is the perfect platform to reach most learners,” says Moitse. “ This is about inclusivity. It is about access to information. It is about gathering together around a radio like we once all did. This is the new normal. We call upon everyone to support the radio lessons and #KagisoRadioTeachers – local teachers, broadcasting across Limpopo, straight into the homes of learners.”

Detail:

  • Capricorn FM willbroadcast lessons 5-6pm Monday to Friday on the Just Drive show.

  • And every Saturday and Sunday 9-10am on The Saturday Breakfast and The Sunday Restoration respectively.

  • Podcasts will be available on the station’s website and learners from other provinces can listen via livestreaming

For more information please visit the following stakeholder websites for schedule information on classes: