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RECENTLY LAUNCHED PANADO® PAEDIATRIC SYRUP SACHETS

CHILDHOOD PAIN & FEVER: TURN TO RECENTLY LAUNCHED AND CONVENIENT, PANADO® PAEDIATRIC SYRUP, PEPPERMINT 5 ML SACHETS

It’s true: Babies don’t come with manuals. So, if your baby spikes a fever and appears to be in pain, it’s natural for even the calmest of moms and dads to panic.

When your baby or infant has pain and fever, turn to recently launched and conveniently packaged  Panado® Paediatric Syrup, Peppermint 5 ml Sachets.

What Is Fever and Is It Dangerous to Children?

Throughout the ages, certain myths have caused an uproar… kiss a frog and get a prince, goldfish only have a three-second memory, and all fevers are bad for children.

Fever is defined as a body temperature of > (more than/equal to) 38 degrees C.1a  As strange as it may seem, fevers can be a good thing. A fever is your child’s body’s way of fighting off infections and helping speed up recovery.1b 

What Causes Pain And Fever In Children?

  • Viral infections are common in infants and children, and most are not serious, including the common cold and a sore throat.2
  •  Teething can be uncomfortable for young children as the tooth cuts through the gums,3a while in older children, cavities may also cause toothache.3b Childhood vaccinations can also cause fever and local reaction (pain, swelling and redness).1c
  • Headaches are common in children, affecting up to 75% of school-aged children,4a and are commonly caused by viral or an upper respiratory tract infection.4b 

Why choose Panado® Paediatric Syrup, Peppermint 5 ml Sachets?

Recently launched and conveniently packaged Panado® Paediatric Syrup, Peppermint 5 ml Sachets have been made with little ones in mind.  It contains paracetamol, which boasts more than 150 years of clinical experience5a, and is a trusted choice for many South African families to treat headaches, pain and fever. It’s also gentle on little tummies.5b Panado® Paediatric Syrup, Peppermint 5 ml Sachets are great for on-the-go parents and super convenient for when you’re travelling those long distances!

Other Panado® Products Suitable for Your Child 

In addition to Panado® Paediatric Syrup Peppermint 5 ml Sachet, Panado’s range for children include

  • Panado® Paediatric Syrup Strawberry (50 ml | 100 ml),6
  •  Panado® Paediatric Syrup Peppermint Alcohol and Sugar-Free (50 ml | 100 ml),7
  • and Panado® Infant Drops 20 ml.8

Make pain and fever care easy by shopping for Panado products from independent pharmacies and selected Clicks, Dis-Chem, and Pick ‘n Pay stores. For more information, visit https://panado.co.za/ and join the conversations on Facebook. #Panado #ADoseOfCare

 

References:

1a,b,c: Green R, Jeena P, Kotze S, et al. Management of acute fever in children: Guideline for community healthcare providers and pharmacists. S Afr Med J 2013;103(12):948-954. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.7207. [Cited 2022 March 29]; Available from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24300636/

  1. Tesini BL. Overview of Viral Infections in Children. Merck Manual Consumer Version [online] September 2019. [Cited 2022 March 29]; Availablehttps://www.merckmanuals.com/home/children-s-health-issues/viral-infections-in-infants-and-children/overview-of-viral-infections-in-children?query=tonsillopharingytis%20in%20children

3a,b: Hennessy BJ. Toothache. Merck Manual Consumer Version [online] September 2018. [Cited 2022 March 29]; Available from https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/mouth-and-dental-disorders/symptoms-of-oral-and-dental-disorders/toothache?query=toothache%20in%20children

4a,b: Bonthius DJ, Hershey AD. Headache in children. Beyond the basics [online] October 2019. [Cited 2022 March 29]; Available https://www.uptodate.com/contents/headache-in-children-beyond-the-basics. 

5a,b: 150 years of paracetamol. GP Pharma Update Mar/Apr 2019. [Cited 2022 March 29]

  1. Panado® Paediatric Strawberry Approved package insert March 2002.
  2. Panado® Paediatric Syrup Alcohol and Sugar-Free & Panado® Paediatric Syrup package insert. April 2010.
  3. Panado® Infant Drops (Drops) approved professional information, August 1990.

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MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

DECCA RECORDS ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE ILLUMINATION’S…

MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU

ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

PRODUCED AND CURATED BY GRAMMY

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR JACK ANTONOFF

FEATURING NEW MUSIC FROM

DIANA ROSS FT. TAME IMPALA

& COVERS FROM ST. VINCENT, THUNDERCAT, PHOEBE BRIDGERS, H.E.R., BLEACHERS, CAROLINE POLACHEK, BROCKHAMPTON, WEYES BLOOD, & MANY MORE

BRAND NEW SINGLE FROM DIANA ROSS FT. TAME IMPALA

‘TURN UP THE SUNSHINE’ OUT ON 20 MAY 2022

ILLUMINATION’S MINIONS THE RISE OF GRU (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK)

WILL BE RELEASED VIA DECCA RECORDS ON 1 JULY 2022, THE SAME DAY

THE FILM OPENS IN THEATERS EVERYWHERE

Decca Records today announced the original motion picture soundtrack for Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru, the new action-comedy from the biggest animated franchise in history, set for release on Friday 1 July to coincide with the film’s global theatrical release.

Set in the 1970s, Minions: The Rise of Gru tells the origin story of how Gru (Oscar nominee Steve Carell), the world’s greatest supervillain, first met his iconic Minions, forged cinema’s most despicable crew and faced off against the most unstoppable criminal force ever assembled.

The funk-fuelled soundtrack, produced by 2022 Grammy Producer of the Year Jack Antonoff, features a star-studded line-up. Following the recent release of her 2021 hit album ‘Thank You’, Diana Ross ft. Tame Impala leads the way with the joyous, dance-inducing first single ‘Turn Up The Sunshine’ (out on Friday 20th May and available to pre-save here).

The soundtrack celebrates a range of dazzling funk, disco and soul classics with brand-new versions of some of the biggest hits of the 1970s from some of today’s hottest talent. From St. Vincent’s new take on Lipps Inc’s 1979 hit Funkytown and H.E.R.’s rendition of Sly and The Family Stone’s 1967 smash Dance to the Music, to Bleachers version of John Lennon’s 1970 track Instant Karma! and Phoebe Bridgers’ interpretation of The Carpenters’ 1972 single Goodbye To Love, every track has been reimagined by each artist with ingenious results. And of course, Illumination’s Minions themselves star on the album, with their distinctive performance of the classic Simon & Garfunkel 1970s favourite, Cecilia.

The soundtrack’s executive producer, Jack Antonoff, is a globally celebrated singer, songwriter and record producer and is the lead vocalist of rock band Bleachers. Kicking off 2022, Bleachers made their debut performance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, marking the seminal show’s first episode of the year. As a songwriter and producer, Antonoff, who, in 2021, was credited by the BBC for having “redefined pop music,” has collaborated with the likes of Diana Ross, Taylor Swift, Lorde, St. Vincent, Florence + The Machine, Lana Del Rey, Kevin Abstract and many more. This work has seen Antonoff collect numerous accolades, including six Grammy Awards, most recently winning the 2022 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year.

Both in and out of the cinema, this sun-soaked 70’s inspired soundtrack is guaranteed to have you Gru-ving all summer long.

Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be released digitally, on 3-panel CD digipack, standard black double LP, yellow & blue splattered double LP, yellow cassette and a limited-edition picture disc via Decca Records on 1 July 2022. Pre-order here.

Minions: The Rise of Gru – Tracklisting:

Turn Up The Sunshine – Diana Ross ft. Tame Impala
Shining Star – Brittany Howard ft. Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire 1975)
Funkytown – St. Vincent (Lipps Inc in 1979)
Hollywood Swinging – BROCKHAMPTON (Kool & The Gang 1974)
Desafinado – Kali Uchis (Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto 1959)
Bang Bang – Caroline Polachek (Nancy Sinatra 1966)
Fly Like an Eagle – Thundercat (Steve Miller Band 1976)
Goodbye To Love – Phoebe Bridgers (The Carpenters 1972)
Instant Karma! – Bleachers (John Lennon 1970)
You’re No Good – Weyes Blood (Linda Ronstadt 1975)
Vehicle – Gary Clark Jr. (The Ides of March 1970)
Dance to the Music – H.E.R. (Sly and The Family Stone 1967)
Black Magic Woman – Tierra Whack (Santana 1970)
Cool – Verdine White
Born To Be Alive – Jackson Wang (Patrick Hernandez 1979)
Cecilia – The Minions (Simon & Garfunkel 1970)
Bang Bang – G.E.M. (Nancy Sinatra 1966)
Kung Fu Suite – RZA
Minions: The Rise of Gru Score Suite – Heitor Pereira

About Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru:

This summer, from the biggest global animated franchise in history, comes the origin story of how the world’s greatest supervillain first met his iconic Minions, forged cinema’s most despicable crew and faced off against the most unstoppable criminal force ever assembled in Minions: The Rise of Gru.

Long before he becomes the master of evil, Gru (Oscar® nominee Steve Carell) is just a 12-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement.

It’s not going particularly well. When Gru crosses paths with the Minions, including Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto—a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please—this unexpected family joins forces. Together, they build their first lair, design their first weapons, and strive to execute their first missions.

When the infamous supervillain supergroup, the Vicious 6, oust their leader—legendary martial arts fighter Wild Knuckles (Oscar® winner Alan Arkin)— Gru, their most devoted fanboy, interviews to become their newest member. The Vicious 6 is not impressed by the diminutive, wannabe villain, but then Gru outsmarts (and enrages) them, and he suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to master the art of kung fu to help save him, and Gru discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.

Featuring more spectacular action than any film in Illumination history and packed with the franchise’s signature subversive humor, Minions: The Rise of Gru stars a thrilling new cast, including, the Vicious 6: Taraji P. Henson as cool and confident leader Belle Bottom, whose chain belt doubles as a lethal disco-ball mace; Jean-Claude Van Damme as the nihilistic Jean Clawed, who’s armed (literally) with a giant robotic claw; Lucy Lawless as Nunchuck, whose traditional nun’s habit hides her deadly nun-chucks; Dolph Lundgren as Swedish roller-skate champion Svengeance, who dispenses his enemies with spin kicks from his spiked skates; and Danny Trejo as Stronghold, whose giant iron hands are both a menace to others and a burden to him.

The film also stars Russell Brand as Young Dr. Nefario, an aspiring mad scientist, Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow, an acupuncturist with mad kung fu skills, and Oscar® winner Julie Andrews as Gru’s maddeningly self-absorbed mom.

Steered by the franchise’s original creators, Minions: The Rise of Gru is produced by visionary Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborators Janet Healy and Chris Renaud. The film is directed by returning franchise filmmaker Kyle Balda (Despicable Me 3, Minions), co-directed by Brad Ableson (The Simpsons) and Jonathan del Val (The Secret Life of Pets films), and features the iconic voice of Pierre Coffin as the Minions and a killer ’70s soundtrack courtesy of legendary Grammy-winning music producer Jack Antonoff.

About Decca Records:

The logo has been associated with some of recorded music’s defining acts: The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Luciano Pavarotti and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few. Decca Records has been the number one classical record label in the UK for well over a decade, operating alongside its international ‎sister label Decca Classics. In recent years Decca Records has been selected as the official label partner of high-profile events such as the 2011 Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the London 2012 Olympics and the 2016 Paralympics. Decca is also home to such diverse and distinctive artists as Rod Stewart, Andrea Bocelli, Gregory Porter, Melody Gardot, Aurora, Ludovico Einaudi, Imelda May, Alfie Boe, The Lumineers and Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

About Illumination

Illumination, founded by Academy Award® nominee Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event-animated films, including Despicable Me, the most successful animated franchise in cinematic history. The company’s releases include two of the top 10 animated films of all time, and its iconic, beloved franchises—infused with memorable and distinct characters, global appeal and cultural relevance—have grossed more than $6.4 billion worldwide.

Illumination, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, is the creator of the world of Despicable Me. The franchise includes Minions, the fourth-highest-grossing animated film of all time and the most profitable film in Universal’s history, as well as the Academy Award®- nominated Despicable Me 2 and Despicable Me 3, which made more than $1 billion at the global box office.

Illumination has launched two additional original franchises that have captivated audiences worldwide. The first Secret Life of Pets film achieved the best opening for an original movie, animated or otherwise, in U.S. history, and the studio followed that success in 2019 with The Secret Life of Pets 2. Illumination’s smash hit, Sing, has now became the studio’s latest global franchise with Sing 2 in December 2021. In addition, Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch continues to hold the record for the biggest opening weekend of any Christmas-themed movie in history. Illumination’s upcoming films include Minions: The Rise of Gru on July 1, 2022 and a new Super Mario Bros. film in April 2023.

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Instax Mother’s Day gift guide

Instax Mother’s Day Gift Guide

 

Mother’s Day is all about celebrating your amazing memories with mom. With the Instax range of instant cameras and printers, memories can be captured on the spot and treasured as a special keepsake. Here are a few Instax gift options for mom this coming Mother’s Day.

Instax mini 11 camera bundle

The Instax mini 11 is one of the most popular instant cameras on the market and for good reason. Not only is it extremely easy to get started with, but it also comes in a number of attractive colours to suit the choice of any mom. The Mini 11 is also one of the more cost-effective ways to get into instant photography, especially with the Mother’s Day bundle. This bundle includes a Pink or Lilac Mini 11 camera, a case, strap, plus a pack of ten Instax Mini prints, all for a recommended price of R1 499 while stocks last.

Instax link Wide printer

If your mom is one of those with LOADS of pictures stored on her smartphone, the Instax link Wide printer is the printing solution she needs. This instant printer connects quickly and easily to a smartphone to print photos directly within 90 seconds. The best part? These photos are in Wide format, which is twice the size of Instax Mini film. The portable Instax link Wide printer is available from R2 599, with a pack of ten Wide prints retailing for R180.

Instax mini 40 camera

Instax fans love the fun-loving Mini 11 design, but for the mums who prefer a more classic, retro look and feel, the Mini 40 is a top choice. With its textured black and chrome look the Mini 40 adds a touch of style while offering improved automatic exposure and a selfie/close-up mode. Easy to operate, the Instax mini 40 retails for a recommended R1 400, now also available as a bundle. The bundle includes a beautiful camera case, a strap, and a pack of Instax Mini film and can be found for a suggested R 1 749.

Fujifilm Print A Photie app

While Instax provides instant prints, you can also spoil mom with beautiful traditional printed photos that will last a lifetime. The Fujifilm Print A Photie app allows you to pick your favourite family photos from your smartphone and send it to print at your closest photo print shop. There’s the option to choose from a range of different print sizes, and to pay either in-store or via the app. If you pay via the app, your photos will be ready and waiting for you at the shop. For an added cost, you can have your photos delivered directly to your mom’s front door. Search for “Print A Photie” in your favourite smartphone app store.

 

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Keep it fresh this school season with GLAD Freshness that’s Head of the Class

Trust GLAD Zip Seal and GLAD Cling Wrap to protect lunches and snacks.

Packing lunches can be a family bonding experience and a great opportunity to teach your children how to create their own school meals and perhaps educate them about healthy eating choices too.

You might even discover along the way that your kids enjoy the responsibility of being in charge of their food – it can be empowering.

Plus, you could keep a notepad handy, for them to write down their ‘shopping list’ suggestions.

As always, GLAD is here to help you and your family. With the GLAD Zip Seal resealable range, this is a cinch! Remember their Zip Seal® clever seal lets you know it’s sealed properly with their YELLOW AND BLUE MAKES GREEN technology. Plus you can write the date and contents, or name, on the printed white strip.

Tips to help kids pack their own lunches:

  • Keep the pantry stocked with healthy staples such as nuts and dried fruit
  • Create a “snack station” with pre-bagged snacks, in GLAD Zip Seal Snack Bags, for the whole family to grab from
  • Keep school meals in mind when you make dinner, because leftovers can be yummy the next day and help save food – GLAD loves leftovers!
  • Create delicious sandwiches from leftovers and keep them fresh in GLAD Zip Seal Sandwich Bags
  • Before the next school week starts, spend some time as a family planning and preparing the lunch menu for the upcoming week

All it takes is a touch of creativity and pre-planning, and the kids will love their new-found independence – it’s like shopping in mom’s kitchen!

Speaking of creativity… here is a fun sandwich sushi idea to try…

Fun Sandwich Sushi
courtesy of Ayesha Curry

Prep 20 minutes

Total 20 minutes
SERVINGS: 6

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon basil, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 1 cup carrots, julienned
  • 1 cup cucumber, deseeded and julienned
  • 6 veggie flour tortillas
  • cold meat slices

Directions

  1. Allow cream cheese to soften. Add to a small bowl with parsley, basil, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Lay flour tortillas on a flat surface covered with Glad Cling Wrap. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly across the middle of the tortilla. Top with spinach, carrot, cucumber, and turkey or your preferred lunch meat.
  3. Tightly roll up the tortillas and wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled.
  4. Slice when ready to serve.
  5. TIP: prep extra carrot, spinach, cucumber, parsley and basil and keep protected in the fridge for delicious sandwiches and salads later in the week.

All GLAD products are made for your convenience with the purpose of keeping your food fresh for longer. GLAD – 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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Playdoh Challenge 22

This year Play-Doh is challenging you to get your creative juices flowing and show your best Play-doh frog interpretation. Share these frogs on the Play-Doh Instagram page @playdohza and stand a chance to win a Play-Doh prize.

To help you, Play-Doh have a great back-to-school buy 3 get 1 free promotion on Play-Doh single cans at these retailers  (limited time only) –

  • Toys R Us
  • Toyzone
  • Toy Kingdom
  • Hamleys
  • Takealot

For more inspiration visit @PlayDohSouthAfrica on Facebook and @playdohza on Instagram.

 

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Back-to-School Made Easy A Budget-Friendly Guide for Back-to-School Shopping

The festive season which is filled with Christmas feels, quality time with loved ones, and relaxation, will soon be replaced with back-to-school excitement. As consumers shift gears from the holiday season to the back-to-school (BTS) madness, Kutlwano Tshetlhane, mother and Stationery Marketing Manager at BIC, shares her top four budget-friendly tips to help navigate the BTS panic and make it a little bit easier on the mind and the pocket. 

 

  1. Take control of your own shopping basket: while ordering a stationery box through your child’s school may seem like the obvious choice, it’s not necessarily the only option. You might end up with stationery items that you don’t necessarily need. Take control, shop yourself through physical or online stores, and choose the items that you and your child prefer. Pro tip: you don’t have to buy the brands specified on the stationery list provided by the school, and you don’t have to send 10 glue sticks and 24 pencils with your child on the first day! You have the option to purchase what your child needs at the beginning of the school year, and replenish later if needed.

 

  1. Not all things are uniform: check what you can reuse from previous years and shop smartly for the remaining/needed items from budget-friendly retailers. Don’t be shy to shop for some of the items at the second-hand uniform shop at your child’s school, where you will find good bargains for half the price.

 

  1. Normalize using labels and checklists: it is no surprise that kids play around at school and might end up misplacing items they bring from home. Do yourself a favor and ensure that all items including stationery, lunchboxes and clothes are properly marked. Pro tip: create a checklist of your kid’s items and give it to them to help them (and yourself) remember what needs to be packed before they leave school to head back home. This will not only teach kids responsibility, but will also help avoid the frustration of misplacing items and save costs on replacing them.

 

  1. Get lunchbox smart: avoid the temptation to fill your child’s lunchbox with a variety of fancy pre-packaged goods unnecessarily. Keep it simple! healthy snacks like fruit, carrots and cucumbers, as well as popcorn, and rice cakes, go a long way. You could even whip up some basic treats with your kids over the weekend, and add those to the lunchbox.

 

Whatever tips you may go with or preference you might have, always remember to involve your children in the back-to-school preparations, as that will help them make decisions, take accountability, feel like they are part of the process, and get them excited for the new school year!

 

ABOUT BIC
A world leader in stationery, lighters and shavers, BIC brings simplicity and joy to everyday life. For more than 75 years, the Company has honored the tradition of providing high-quality, affordable, essential products to consumers everywhere. Through this unwavering dedication, BIC has become one of the most recognized brands and is a trademark registered worldwide. Today, BIC products are sold in more than 160 countries around the world and feature iconic brands such as BIC Kids™, BIC FlexTM, BodyMark by BICTM, Cello®, Djeep, Lucky Stationery, Rocketbook, Soleil®, Tipp-Ex®, Us. TM, Wite-Out® and more. In 2020, BIC Net Sales were 1,627.9 million euros. The Company is listed on “Euronext Paris,” is part of the SBF120 and CAC Mid 60 indexes and is recognized for its commitment to sustainable development and education. It received an A- Leadership score from CDP. For more, visit about.bic.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube.
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Game’s top toys for the festive season

Children’s preferences have changed over the years to more digital play, rather than outdoor and
interactive games – where no toys were required (hide and seek, hopscotch, and riding a bike).
Despite this, toys such as building blocks, dolls, and Disney remain popular options with today's
children. This is according to the findings of a consumer survey carried out by Game earlier in the
year.

Today digital devices are more popular than ever and most children are either playing with them or
owning them versus years ago when kids used to spend most of their time outside. Further, the past 18
months children and their parents have been mostly stuck inside, with little to no outside play. This
has not been ideal as spending time outside, taking part in creative play, and especially off of digital
devices are all very important for childhood development and to reach those developmental
milestones.

Game wants to help parents create opportunities for their kids to enjoy imaginatively and outside play
and made sure that this year’s top toys available in store are inspired by instilling more creativity
within the play as well as ignite a passion for playing outside.
“We’ve done the planning to make sure we have the toys that every child will want this festive
season. This includes all-in-one blasters, petshop surprise, sparkle girlz, playsets, and more. With
ample options to explore creativity and more time outdoors, parents and children can look forward
to a happy festive season of play” says Katherine Madley, Vice President of Marketing, Game.
The top toys available from Game this year includes:

1. 81CM WISPY WALKER for only R249 – This walker doll is sure to keep your little ones
entertained for hours. Perfect for playing dress-up and for doing her hair, this doll is the
ultimate imaginative play companion.

 

2. REGENERATOR for R499 – Take outside play to the next level with this all-in-one blaster,
wherewith its multiple attachments, can enable you to create over 1, 000 unique blaster
combination.

3. TURBO COMBO for R499 and is exclusive to Game. The ultimate X-Shot combo pack has
arrived and allows for ample hours of imaginative play outside. Up your game with the
Turbo Fire (Fires darts up to 66 ft / 20 m 20-Darts Capacity Rotating Barrel Dart-Range Award
Winner), the Fury 4 (Fire darts up to 66 ft / 20 m 4-Darts Capacity Rotating Barrel) and Micro
(Shoots Up to 66 ft/ 18 m Dart Storage on top).

4. GORILLA PLAYSET for R799 – Battle it out against the monstrous attacking Gorilla, the
biggest set Metal Machines has ever seen. This set includes a massive gorilla that when you
drive over the arm watch out as it may grab you and bring your car to the ground.

5. POPPY BOOTY SHAKIN PUG for R499 – Poppy’s contagious energy and hilarious head twirling
and booty-shakin’ will have the whole family up dancing and laughing for hours.

6. PETSHOP SURPRISE for R300– Adopt, cuddle and interact. With the electronic interactive
features, your child can experience the joy of a new pet – encouraging friendship,
excitement, and the importance of celebrating others. With the speak and repeat function, they can really bring their pet to life.

7. CAMPER VAN for R799 and exclusive to Game – Were all going on a camping holiday. Delight
your little one with the amazing Sparkle Girlz Camper Van. It’s a must-have addition to their
collection and is sure to provide hours of creative play and fun. The Sparkle Girlz will love
cruising around town or heading to the coast, but it’s up to you where they’ll head to next.

8. EXCEL CRUSHER for R499- You can annihilate your opponents with the single-shot function
from up to 90ft/27m away. You can blast up to 4-darts per second during Slam-Fire mode &
see your auto-rotating barrel release these award-winning X-Shot darts. Hours of play will be
the order of the day.

9. 1:14 JEEP for R549- Take your driving skills outside and off-road. The Jeep Rubicon is a must-
have for any car lover.

10. SUPERMARKET PLAYSET (cash register, trolley & food set) for R550 – There’s more than a
month’s shopping in the Supermarket Playset. Load up the cart with the pretend food and
make your way to the checkout. A must-have for any little shopper to have lots of role-playing
fun.

“And don’t forget about Game’s Price Beat Promise. If you’ve purchased any item from Game and
within 21 days find the identical product at a competitor for less, bring us the competitor leaflet valid at the time of price-beat request and we will refund you 10% on the difference, making sure that
you pay the lowest price on toys this festive season”, concludes Madley.

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Use the Hasbro Play Personality Quizz to chose the best gifts for your kids this year

 

When a child receives a new toy and they fall in Love at First Play, magic happens.  Imaginations are unlocked, fun is found, explorations begin, and bonds are formed.  

 

According to a recent survey by global play and entertainment company, Hasbro, almost half (47%) parents surveyed admit their kids have been disappointed with gifts received at festive time and 30% say they have struggled knowing what to buy their children in the past.   Sound familiar?  Months of your child begging for a particular toy or game, only for the gift to land up at the bottom of the toy pile a few days later.

 

Understanding the science behind the many forms of play will help you choose toys that are the most compatible with your child’s play personality, essentially how does your child love to play and which toys are best suited to their play personality?

 

To help parents make the best gift decisions this festive season Hasbro developed a Play Personality Quiz. Play personalities are based on a widely acknowledged scientific theory of the way children engage with play, based on neuroscience and natural behaviours. The 8 play personalities identified in the Hasbro Play Personality Quiz are informed by Dr Stuart Brown’s research [author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens The Imagination And Invigorates The Soul]  and capture the fundamentals of child development, movement, sensory development, language and attachment theory, so that you can easily navigate the best gifts compatible to your child and how they play. 

 

Take the Hasbro Play Personality Quiz to identify whether your child is a mischievous Jokester or more of a creative Imagineer, a curious Discoverer or an active Energizer and find the perfect toys for Love At First Play.  

 

Visit https://sa.loveatfirstplay.com/ to take the quiz and find out more on each play personality.

 

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Mouth-watering breakfast recipes for summer

Enjoy the goodness of long, summer days by kickstarting your mornings with these four delicious recipes that are jam packed with goodness and are ready in a flash.

From an orange breakfast twist bread to hot cross bun jaffels, baked oats with pear and cinnamon, or coconut and pineapple French toast muffins, there’s something for everyone in the family to savour.

The best summer breakfasts are fresh, flavourful and easy to share. Savour the refreshing goodness of fruit this season with Rhodes Quality’s extensive range of 100% juices and canned fruit, perfect partner for convenience and goodness.

Orange breakfast twist bread: Served fresh out of the oven, this sweet orange breakfast style bread is perfect for a brunch party.

Ingredients (serves 8) Method
  • 330 ml (1 ⅓ cups) Rhodes Quality Orange 100% Fruit Juice
  • 100 ml (⅓ cup + 4 tsp) butter
  • 1 x 10g packet dried yeast
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) sugar
  • 600 g (4 ¾ cups) cake flour

 

Filling:

  • 125 ml (½ cup) Rhodes Quality Apricot Jam
  • 125 ml (½ cup) brown sugar
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked

 

Glaze:

  • 65 ml (¼ cup) Rhodes Quality Orange 100% Fruit Juice
  • 500 ml (2 cups) icing sugar

 

  1. Place the Rhodes Quality Orange Juice and the butter into a small saucepan.
  2. Heat gently until the butter is melted.
  3. Remove from the heat, pour into a bowl, and cool until lukewarm.
  4. Add the yeast, salt and sugar and stir well.
  5. Leave to stand until the yeast blooms and bubbles form on the surface.
  6. Place the cake flour into a large bowl.
  7. Add the yeast mixture and form into a soft dough.
  8. Knead for about 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  9. Place the dough into a lightly floured bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave in a warm spot to rest until doubled in size.
  10. Knock the dough down and on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a large rectangle.
  11. Gently warm 65 ml (¼ cup) of the Rhodes Quality Apricot Jam and brush all over right to the edges of the dough.
  12. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the Apricot Jam.
  13. Roll the dough up into a log from the long side and pinch the seam to secure.
  14. Cut right through the dough along the middle of the log, beginning and ending 5 cm from each end to leave the edges intact.
  15. Twist the two halves of the log around each other twice and circle the two ends together to form a twisted round bread.
  16. Place the bread in a large shallow oven casserole (or onto a baking sheet) that has been sprayed with non-stick spray and lined with baking paper.
  17. Leave the bread to rest in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  18. Brush the bread with the egg and bake in an oven preheated to 180°C for 30 – 40 minutes or until golden brown and baked through.
  19. As the bread comes out of the oven, brush with the remaining Rhodes Quality Apricot Jam.
  20. Cool.
  21. To make the glaze, sift the icing sugar into a large bowl.
  22. Whisk in the Rhodes Quality Orange Juice until smooth and thick.
  23. Pour the glaze over the bread.

 

Enjoy the goodness of long, summer days by kickstarting your mornings with these four delicious recipes that are jam packed with goodness and are ready in a flash.

From an orange breakfast twist bread to hot cross bun jaffels, baked oats with pear and cinnamon, or coconut and pineapple French toast muffins, there’s something for everyone in the family to savour.

The best summer breakfasts are fresh, flavourful and easy to share. Savour the refreshing goodness of fruit this season with Rhodes Quality’s extensive range of 100% juices and canned fruit, perfect partner for convenience and goodness.

Orange breakfast twist bread: Served fresh out of the oven, this sweet orange breakfast style bread is perfect for a brunch party.

Ingredients (serves 8) Method
  • 330 ml (1 ⅓ cups) Rhodes Quality Orange 100% Fruit Juice
  • 100 ml (⅓ cup + 4 tsp) butter
  • 1 x 10g packet dried yeast
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) sugar
  • 600 g (4 ¾ cups) cake flour

 

Filling:

  • 125 ml (½ cup) Rhodes Quality Apricot Jam
  • 125 ml (½ cup) brown sugar
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked

 

Glaze:

  • 65 ml (¼ cup) Rhodes Quality Orange 100% Fruit Juice
  • 500 ml (2 cups) icing sugar

 

  1. Place the Rhodes Quality Orange Juice and the butter into a small saucepan.
  2. Heat gently until the butter is melted.
  3. Remove from the heat, pour into a bowl, and cool until lukewarm.
  4. Add the yeast, salt and sugar and stir well.
  5. Leave to stand until the yeast blooms and bubbles form on the surface.
  6. Place the cake flour into a large bowl.
  7. Add the yeast mixture and form into a soft dough.
  8. Knead for about 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  9. Place the dough into a lightly floured bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave in a warm spot to rest until doubled in size.
  10. Knock the dough down and on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a large rectangle.
  11. Gently warm 65 ml (¼ cup) of the Rhodes Quality Apricot Jam and brush all over right to the edges of the dough.
  12. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the Apricot Jam.
  13. Roll the dough up into a log from the long side and pinch the seam to secure.
  14. Cut right through the dough along the middle of the log, beginning and ending 5 cm from each end to leave the edges intact.
  15. Twist the two halves of the log around each other twice and circle the two ends together to form a twisted round bread.
  16. Place the bread in a large shallow oven casserole (or onto a baking sheet) that has been sprayed with non-stick spray and lined with baking paper.
  17. Leave the bread to rest in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  18. Brush the bread with the egg and bake in an oven preheated to 180°C for 30 – 40 minutes or until golden brown and baked through.
  19. As the bread comes out of the oven, brush with the remaining Rhodes Quality Apricot Jam.
  20. Cool.
  21. To make the glaze, sift the icing sugar into a large bowl.
  22. Whisk in the Rhodes Quality Orange Juice until smooth and thick.
  23. Pour the glaze over the bread.

 

Hot cross bun Jaffels: Spicy and sweet and a nice twist on an SA favourite.

Ingredients (makes 4) Method
  • 4 hot cross buns, sliced
  • soft butter for spreading
  • Rhodes Quality Strawberry Jam for spreading
  • 8 streaky bacon rashers, crispy fried
  • 125 g (1 cup) cheddar cheese, grated,

 

  1. Butter the outside of one side of each of the hot cross buns.
  2. Place the hot cross bun, buttered side down, on a board and spread with a layer of Rhodes Quality Strawberry Jam.
  3. Place two slices of bacon on each half.
  4. Top with cheese and close the remaining halves of the hot cross buns over the filling.
  5. Spread the outside of each hot cross bun with butter.
  6. Place the hot cross bun sandwiches one at a time inside a heated jaffle iron (or use a sandwich maker) and slowly toast over a low flame or medium heat until golden brown.
  7. Serve immediately.

Baked oats with pear and cinnamon: Oven baked oats with a sweet flavour a perfect accompaniment to a glass of Rhodes Quality 100% Orange Juice.

Ingredients (serves 2) Method
  • 1 x 410 g can Rhodes Quality Pear Halves in Syrup, drained
  • 125 ml (½ cup) plain yogurt
  • 65 ml (¼ cup) 40g oats
  • 2.5 ml (½ tsp) ground cinnamon
  • 35 ml (3 Tbsp) brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2.5 ml (½ tsp) vanilla essence

To serve: spoonful of plain yoghurt and honey, in a medium bowl, mix the yoghurt, oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, egg and vanilla essence until well combined.

  1. Cut the Rhodes Quality Pear Halves into small pieces and stir into the oat’s mixture.
  2. Spoon the mixture into two oven proof bowls.
  3. Bake in an oven that has been preheated to 180 C for 30 minutes or until puffed and golden.
  4. Remove and serve immediately with yoghurt and honey, and a cold glass of Rhodes Quality Orange Juice.

 

Coconut & Pineapple French Toast Muffins: a tropical version of a French classic.

Ingredients Method
  • ​​1x 440 g can Rhodes Quality Pineapple Pieces in Syrup, drained
  • 500 ml (2 cups) milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) ground cinnamon
  • loaf unsliced white bread, cut into cubes

Topping:

  • 65 ml brown sugar
  • 65 ml desiccated coconut
  • 2,5 ml ground cinnamon

to serve: syrup (optional)

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and cinnamon.
  2. Add the bread cubes and the Rhodes Quality Pineapple Pieces and stir to mix.
  3. Leave the mixture to stand until the bread absorbs most of the milk.
  4. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  5. Fill the muffin cups with the bread mixture and leave to stand for a further 15 minutes. (See cooking tip below.)
  6. Mix the brown sugar, coconut, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  7. Sprinkle the topping over the muffins.
  8. Bake the muffins in an oven that has been preheated to 180 C for 15 -20 minutes or until the muffins are puffed and golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan and serving with a drizzle of syrup if using.

 

For more inspiration packed with wholesome goodness and to find out how to win visit: www.rhodesquality.co.za or on Instagram and Facebook #GoWithGoodness

Hot cross bun Jaffels: Spicy and sweet and a nice twist on an SA favourite.

Ingredients (makes 4) Method
  • 4 hot cross buns, sliced
  • soft butter for spreading
  • Rhodes Quality Strawberry Jam for spreading
  • 8 streaky bacon rashers, crispy fried
  • 125 g (1 cup) cheddar cheese, grated,

 

  1. Butter the outside of one side of each of the hot cross buns.
  2. Place the hot cross bun, buttered side down, on a board and spread with a layer of Rhodes Quality Strawberry Jam.
  3. Place two slices of bacon on each half.
  4. Top with cheese and close the remaining halves of the hot cross buns over the filling.
  5. Spread the outside of each hot cross bun with butter.
  6. Place the hot cross bun sandwiches one at a time inside a heated jaffle iron (or use a sandwich maker) and slowly toast over a low flame or medium heat until golden brown.
  7. Serve immediately.

Baked oats with pear and cinnamon: Oven baked oats with a sweet flavour a perfect accompaniment to a glass of Rhodes Quality 100% Orange Juice.

Ingredients (serves 2) Method
  • 1 x 410 g can Rhodes Quality Pear Halves in Syrup, drained
  • 125 ml (½ cup) plain yogurt
  • 65 ml (¼ cup) 40g oats
  • 2.5 ml (½ tsp) ground cinnamon
  • 35 ml (3 Tbsp) brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2.5 ml (½ tsp) vanilla essence

To serve: spoonful of plain yoghurt and honey, in a medium bowl, mix the yoghurt, oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, egg and vanilla essence until well combined.

  1. Cut the Rhodes Quality Pear Halves into small pieces and stir into the oat’s mixture.
  2. Spoon the mixture into two oven proof bowls.
  3. Bake in an oven that has been preheated to 180 C for 30 minutes or until puffed and golden.
  4. Remove and serve immediately with yoghurt and honey, and a cold glass of Rhodes Quality Orange Juice.

 

 

Coconut & Pineapple French Toast Muffins: a tropical version of a French classic.

Ingredients Method
  • ​​1x 440 g can Rhodes Quality Pineapple Pieces in Syrup, drained
  • 500 ml (2 cups) milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) ground cinnamon
  • loaf unsliced white bread, cut into cubes

Topping:

  • 65 ml brown sugar
  • 65 ml desiccated coconut
  • 2,5 ml ground cinnamon

to serve: syrup (optional)

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and cinnamon.
  2. Add the bread cubes and the Rhodes Quality Pineapple Pieces and stir to mix.
  3. Leave the mixture to stand until the bread absorbs most of the milk.
  4. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  5. Fill the muffin cups with the bread mixture and leave to stand for a further 15 minutes. (See cooking tip below.)
  6. Mix the brown sugar, coconut, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  7. Sprinkle the topping over the muffins.
  8. Bake the muffins in an oven that has been preheated to 180 C for 15 -20 minutes or until the muffins are puffed and golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan and serving with a drizzle of syrup if using.

 

For more inspiration packed with wholesome goodness and to find out how to win visit: www.rhodesquality.co.za or on Instagram and Facebook #GoWithGoodness

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Festive toy shopping tips from the experts

It’s unmistakable, the sounds of festive tunes, lights, tinsel, and toys galore are in the shops, signaling that we’re in the throes of the festive shopping season. For most, it’s the season to be jolly until of course, you must start your holiday toy shopping which can be stressful.

Every parent knows the joy you feel when you’re able to buy your little one the perfect toy that makes them smile. But, getting it right is not always easy. Christmas is considered one of the six most stressful life events, along with divorce, moving house, and changing jobs.

In one survey of over 3,000 people, 86% reported that they find buying presents to be difficult and 65% reported Christmas shopping as a stressful experience. Some reports have even suggested that Christmas shopping can be as stressful as running a marathon, as it may increase your heart rate by 33%.

Shop smart this festive season with these sanity-saving hacks for parents from the experts at Toys R Us to help you avoid holiday stress.

Wish lists:

Get your kids to do their wish lists early, as this will ensure you get them something they really want, while at the same time managing their expectations. Doing this early on also allows you to budget and plan ahead of time.

Having a wish list means you can share their wants with other family members ensuring the burden isn’t entirely left on you. Why not try a digital wish list or registry and share it with the whole family.

Set a budget:

A budget is key in terms of planning your holiday shopping. This will ensure you have either saved the money early on that you will allocate to gifts or you can plan how many gifts and what exactly you would like to buy.

Important to remember of course is not to borrow or withdraw from your savings. Try to set a spending limit for every gift you buy. Determine the total amount you will spend on gifts and then divide it amongst who you are going to buy for.

Plan with the top toy trends:

This year’s top toy list featuring 25 must-have toys for the 2021 festive season inspired by the latest toy trends has been released. Most of these will top Xmas wish lists. So, if you want to surprise your kids, you can’t go wrong with selecting any one of these for their gifts.

A few of the big trends in the world of toys which have inspired the top toy must-haves include toy unboxing, outdoor play, and creative building, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills toys, sensory play, and educational toys that support remote learning.

Everything from interactive playsets, fidget toys, family outdoor games, dinosaurs, and remote control toys will surprise and delight your child.

Instead of going on long and exhausting tours of the stores, get your kids to do some screen shopping! Or pick up Geoffrey’s Big Book of Wonder – a 68-page festive season gift guide filled with wondrous toys including something for all ages and budgets with incredible deals.

Buying online:

With the increased demand for online shopping convenience, Toys R Us SA encourages you to get your holiday shopping done early and conveniently online. However, just remember when you’re ordering online over the festive season, it’s always best to do it before the 16th of December. If not, the Toys R Us stores are open right up until Christmas eve for all those last-minute gifts.

If you aren’t comfortable with online shopping, don’t fear, Toys R Us & Babies R Us stores are adhering to strict covid-19 protocols at all times, ensuring valued customers are able to shop with peace of mind.

Mall shopping:

Go early! The best time to approach the mall during the holiday season is early in the week during a workday. Fewer people mean fewer germs, flexibility to move around the store, and accessibility to a good parking spot.

To avoid large crowds, never resort to last-minute holiday shopping if you can. We are still living in a time of a pandemic, so, to protect yourself, you need to avoid having lengthy shopping trips. Pre-plan particular stores you will stop at to buy items to avoid you having to go back and forth.

If you plan on taking your kid/s with you, identify a spot where you can take a break with them. If you’re visiting a Toys R Us store, your kids will be endlessly entertained in Geoffrey’s Land of Wonder.

“This year our Christmas wish is that everyone gets to experience a little bit of Toys R Us magic and we hope that South Africans enjoy our festive offering this year,” says Catherine Jacoby, Marketing Manager at Toys R Us. “For those wanting to do their shopping in-store, Geoffrey’s Land of Wonder, where kids never grow up, is ready to welcome the whole family.”

For more information visit the Toys R Us website or follow Toys R Us on Instagram and Facebook 

#TopToys2021 #LandOfWonder #BigBookOfWonder