Posted in Brands we love, Covid-19/ Coronavirus, Family Time, Parenting

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.

Facebook : Krazi Awsum gifts & goodies

Instagram: @KraziAwsum

Posted in Press releases

The Monitor Audio Bronze: A loud speaker legend reborn

The Monitor Audio Bronze Series loudspeakers,available exclusively through the Homemation distribution network, have been carefully designed to portray Monitor Audio’s rich heritage together with an attractive contemporary touch.


The new loudspeakers feature a complete upgrade in sound and build quality, everything has been created with you in mind.

Since its launch in 2000, the multi award-winning Bronze Series has set the standard in it’s class and has thousands of satisfied customers across the globe.

The 6th generation builds on a rich tradition to create a speaker certain to delight with its superior build quality and powerful yet nuanced performance.

With five decades of design experience, Monitor Audio ensure that the Bronze speakers give an unforgettable performance wherever they are positioned in your home.

Choose from eight models, including a Dolby Atmos® enabled speaker, all of which have been designed to please any music or movie lover.

The fresh cabinet designs have modern, clean and simple lines and are available in a choice of four contemporary finishes, these speakers look great wherever they are placed.

Homemation only bring you the best, and the Monitor Audio Bronze loudspeakers make sure you:

  • Enjoy your favourite movies and music
  • Have the Dolby Atmos® enabled speaker addition option
  • Experience sound that’s more life-like
  • Listen to smoother, tighter bass
  • Add another dimension to your movies
  • Revel in superb built quality with attention to details
  • Own a design that has pure and simple lines for clean and modern aesthetics

Bring your movie or music collection to life with these incredible award-winning Bronze Series speakers, whether you’re using our Bronze 2 bookshelf speakers either side of your turntable or our Bronze 5 floor-standers as part of a surround sound system.

With numerous industry awards, you can be assured that they deliver an incredible performance.

As with all of Monitor Audio products, they are superior in build quality and sound. Bronze Series is made for you and for generations to come.

Priced from R 4 990 to R 21 990.

Homemation is a specialist supplier of premium branded audiovisual, home automation and home theatre products.

The brands in their stable offer some of the most advanced and sought-after home automation, AV and sound technology in the world.

Homemation has the exclusive distribution, in Africa, of global leading brands such as Control4, Definitive Technology, Denon, Heos, Klipsch, Monitor Audio, Polk Audio, Steinway Lyngdorf, Stewart Filmscreen, SVS, Lutron, Roksan and Michi.

Call Homemation on 011-781 8887 for your nearest reseller, or visit www.homemation.co.za or www.control4.co.za

Posted in Giving back, Press releases

WWF SA SOUNDSCAPE PLAYLIST BRINGS NATURE INSIDE

To put us all back in touch with nature, WWF South Africa has launched a restful playlist of the unique sounds and features of Africa’s natural heritage for enjoyment safely at home, while observing the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown.


The WWF playlist, titled ‘Bring Nature Inside’, captures the soundscapes of our beautiful natural world and features the sounds of projects and areas where WWF is actively working.

“We wanted to allow people to experience the richness of nature. With many of us feeling overwhelmed by the current state of the world and the unique disruptions we are facing, it is imperative for us to take care of our mental and emotional well-being. Nature provides the perfect ‘escape’ that we need during this time,” says Justin Smith, head of business development at WWF South Africa.

From the enchanting sounds of rhino translocations, to the soothing backdrop of a free-flowing river and the rhythmic sound of the Atlantic Ocean, each authentic track features immersive sounds with a description that brings together the beauty and significance of our natural resources,and showcases the work WWF is doing to help protect South Africa’s natural heritage.

Contribute by listening

“Fostering a connection with nature during these unsettling times is essential for our well-being and a reminder of the ways in which we can look after our environment, especially as the world searches for a new normal in how we live,” says Justin.

With its 10-hour long mix of different calming and inspirational tracks, the WWF SA soundscapes can be enjoyed in any setting; whether you are working, exercising, cooking, gardening or simply taking a break from your home desk.

For access to the WWF SA Soundscape Playlist please visit wwf.org.za or click on the below links:

1. SoutPansberg

2. HighVeld

3. Fishing

4. Rhino

5. Beach

6.Bees

7.Sugarbird

8. National Park

9. Windfarm

10. Pastures

The soundscapes will also be available on various streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Deezer, Google Play and Amazon.

A percentage of the streaming royalties will go to support WWF SA’s ongoing conservation work, at no cost to the platform user.

“We are excited to share soundscapes with our audiences. Distance does not mean disconnect, and we hope that with this platform we can help bring some solace and peace to people in these extraordinarily trying times. At the same time, we want to highlight that nature still matters; we must continue safeguarding it so that we can all enjoy it together again in the future. As an added benefit, every time a track is streamed, WWF will earn a modest amount of much-needed money to put towards its conservation efforts,” says Justin.

Posted in Press releases

TGRC shatters the glass ceiling of recycling achievement

The latest recently announced glass recycling rate in South Africa is now 44%, according to The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC), which revealed the increased rate during its 7th Annual Green Dialogues, held virtually on Wednesday, 10 June, 2020.

“Our team has significantly reduced South Africa’s packaging waste through encouraging and supporting the reuse of returnable bottles and facilitating glass recycling within South Africa. In fact, since the inception of The Glass Recycling Company, an incredible 3.9 million tons of non-returnable glass has been recycled. In addition, in excess of 2 million tons of returnable bottles, have been diverted from landfills on an annual basis,” says Shabeer Jhetam, CEO of The Glass Recycling Company.

The event which reveals the local strides made in glass recycling over the course of the 2018/2019 financial year, also detailed the results achieved by the non-profit organisation, mandated with increasing glass recycling facilities.

TGRC’s key objectives include educating South Africans about glass recycling through marketing and communication campaigns.

Alongside the 44% glass recycling rate, other achievements detailed include:

  • 4017 glass banks available across South Africa

Glass banks remain an essential part of The Glass Recycling Company’s success, as these glass banks help ensure that the recycling of glass bottles and jars is simple and accessible for all South Africans. This makes the expansion of the national footprint of convenient glass recycling banks paramount.

  • >80% glass packaging diverted from landfills through reusing and recycling

More than 80% of all glass packaging is now diverted from landfills

  • 2.3 million glass bottles recycled during the Annual Schools Competition

TGRC’s Annual Schools Competition educates learners around the country about the many benefits of glass recycling and the ease with which it can be done. The Annual Schools’ Competition sees learners, educators and communities competing to collect the most glass bottles and jars for recycling, with winning schools receiving monthly and annual prizes.

  • 3 303 glass entrepreneurs trained

TGRC assists glass collectors, entrepreneurs and buy-back centres, by providing advice regarding the successful and sustainable running of their glass recycling businesses and supporting these businesses with the skills, equipment and infrastructure needed to maximise their potential, thereby enabling them to become sustainable contributors to national economic growth and job creation.

  • 50 000 income opportunities created

Thousands of South Africans earn a source of income through the collection of waste glass from their local communities, restaurants, bars and taverns. This is done so by selling this valuable commodity onto entrepreneurial buy-back centres within their area. TGRC plays a vital role in partnering with entrepreneurs to create opportunities for them to build viable businesses within the glass recycling industry.

“I am tremendously proud of the team’s achievements and look forward to surpassing these current milestones, as we will be presented by additional opportunities like the forthcoming implementation of the national Extended Producer Responsibility scheme, that will see producers becoming accountable for the end-of-life impacts of its products and packaging,” concludes Jhetam.

A recording of the 7th Annual Green Dialogues session can be viewed here .Whilst the latest version of Annual Review document can be downloaded here .

About TGRC:

The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) consists of a team dedicated to increasing glass recycling in South Africa.

We are passionate about ensuring every South African realises the value of recycling glass and actively embraces this practice.

We strive to educate, enable, encourage and inspire individuals to separate their glass for recycling, but do not physically collect or recycle the glass.

Our focus extends beyond consumers and communities, but also on trade, industry and corporate South Africa.

We also aim to uplift impoverished communities by creating income generating opportunities and skills development in the recycling sector.

TGRC is funded by our committed shareholders who manufacture glass or package their products in glass.

We believe in the infinite potential of glass to make a real and positive contribution to society. At TGRC we are committed to show that glass recycling is worth the effort!

Posted in Brands we love

Meet the brand ….Cheeky Geek Designs

I’m a huge fan of personalised items and truthfully believe a company is as strong as it’s branding.

So, I recently had some new gear designed for my blogs by Cheeky Geek Designs.

I was not disapointed with the fabulous servious and amazing quality and thought I’d introduce you today, to this family orientated business.

Cheeky Geek Designs

www.cheekygeekdesigns.wordpress.com

facebook: Cheeky Geek Designs

instagram: @cheekygeek._

About our brand:

Cheeky Geek Designs is a family based printing and design company with quirky customised style and a “can do” attitude. We aim to bring back the personal touch onto clothing and printed items by inspiring customers to add their own personal flair.

Our inspiration:

As an entrepreneurial family we have been searching and testing the waters in various areas…..until we founded Cheeky Geeks – this brand gives us the freedom to be creative, professional and fun. Enabling quality time together and growing a concept into a profitable business.

Our vision:

Our vision is as parents of semi independent teens to create and build a company that can incorporate the entire family not only with work but in business and social skills as well. Our mission is to create a family brand with quirky style and prove that even in the toughest economy – with hard work and determination anything is possible.

Our favorite products:

Our favorite part of the brand and company is the design process – taking someone’s idea and creating something stunning.

Often it is difficult for people to explain what they have in mind when customising or personalising their items, such as a shirt – with excellent top of the range software and equipment this has become a breeze and guarantees top quality products each time.

Seeing the smiles on the customers faces when their idea is borne into fruition is the most satisfying and definitely my favorite part.

The person behind the brand:

A family of big personalities and even bigger spirits it is hard to single out a certain individual behind the brand. But I do like to refer to us as a “fun-damily”.

Favorite quote:

Walt Disney: – If you can dream it – you can achieve it.

Message to a brand starting out:

As an up and coming brand ourselves – my message would be to keep going. Things don’t always go as planned and we need to adjust and adapt accordingly.

Business Bio

Cheeky Geek Designs is a printing and design house offering custom designs for personalised gifts and clothing. We use state of the art equipment and programs to offer quality products in promised time frames. Our motto is to bring back the smiles – we believe in happy customers and return business.

We started out with doing shirts for family and friends and have progressed into a company that offers a variety of services within this market.

Posted in Press releases

Upgrade your home theatre for the ultimate entertainment experience with Homemation

Many of us may consider our TV area/lounge or home theatre, as a close friend and big part of the family. Especially after the last few months of lockdown and distancing has made an at-home entertainment essential for our well-being.

With some simple upgrades you can optimise your entertainment experience and there is no better time than now.

Speaker placement is crucial.

Avoid spreading your speakers to the four corners of the room, rather place them on either side of your TV angled towards the couch.

Surround sound speakers should be placed behind you for the surround sound effects.

Aim for matching speaker makes.

Ideally have one brand of speakers instead of a combination, as they each have their own specific way of interacting with sound and this helps to ensure similar performance and tonality to give you the immersive experience that you are looking for.

Klipsch and Monitor Audio are both speaker specialists who offer a wide range of options for various installation and performance requirements.

Don’t underestimate the value of a subwoofer

A subwoofer is responsible for the depth of the sound.

If you like to feel the impact of that musical crescendo or be blown away by the explosion in an action movie then a subwoofer is a must.

The subwoofer is the hardest working speaker in your surround sound system and often times the performance for the system as a whole, is dependent on the performance (and integration with the rest of the speakers) of the subwoofer.

Remember, bigger is not always better, the SVS range of subwoofers pack a mean punch!

The amplifier

Your amplifier provides the power to your speakers and is an essential component as an amplifier like Denon’s range of AV receivers, can give even mediocre speakers a new life.

Take into consideration your room size when adding or upgrading your amp.

The Denon AVR’s also offer Audyssey Room correction to help you get the best setup and calibration of your system.

Acoustics

Good acoustics can make all the difference and is a big part of upgrading your sound system.

Walls, ceilings, and windows are flat, hard surfaces which create sound distortion. To solve this problem, soften the hard surfaces in the room by adding textures such as curtains, carpets, or rugs and which can be enough to ensure the room sounds good.

You are looking for a natural sound, , not too much reverberation (like in a bathroom) and not too dead. If you can hold a conversation with someone in the room and their voice does not sound funny or loose intelligibility, you have a good start to a great room.

Warren Husband from Homemation suggests that if you really want the most out of your AV system consider adding a power conditioner like the Pakedge Power distribution units.

These not only get the best out of your system by ensuring clean power to the units but also offer surge protection to protect your investment from power spikes.

A few key changes will make all the difference to give you the ultimate home entertainment experience.

Homemation is a specialist supplier of premium branded audiovisual, home automation and home theatre products.

The brands in their stable offer some of the most advanced and sought-after home automation, AV and sound technology in the world.

Homemation has the exclusive distribution, in Africa, of global leading brands such as Control4, Definitive Technology, Denon, Heos, Klipsch, Monitor Audio, Polk Audio, Steinway Lyngdorf, Stewart Filmscreen, SVS, Lutron, Roksan and Michi.

For more information Call Homemation on 011-781 8887 for your nearest reseller, or visit www.homemation.co.za or www.control4.co.za

Posted in Brands we love

Meet the brand – Footsies & Tootsies

Two years ago, a very lovely message filtered into my Dm’s asking to send Hamish a pair of shoes.

Those shoes he recieved lasted for many adventures and are one of the most comfortable his little feet have owned.

Today I want to introduce you to Lara, the kind hearted owner behind the quality brand Footsies and Tootsies.

www.footsiesandtootsies.co.za
Facebook: FootsiesandTootsies
Instagram: @footsiesandtootsies

Tell us a bit about your brand

We sell quality first walking shoes for babies/toddlers.

All our shoes have been designed and selected with the health of the foot in mind. They are all fully flexible, have a non-slip grip, radian heel design to keep the shoe on the foot, easy to use closures (no laces), plenty of toe room, lightweight, comfortable, stylish and durable.

What was your inspiration to start your business?

My son started walking at 10 months old and it was such a battle to find him decent walking shoes.

We ended up with a huge pile of shoes that wouldn’t stay on his foot or were so slippery he kept falling and hitting his head.

I started my search to find him quality shoes that ticked all the boxes and it just grew from there.

What is your vision/mission with your brand?

When a baby takes his/her first steps it is such an exciting time. Our mission is to make sure we supply quality shoes that are healthy and promote correct foot development.

At the same time we strive to form a lasting relationship with our little customers, and their parents of course, and keep them coming back for more.

What is your favourite product in your range and why?

My favourite product would have to be our denim hightop.

Denim just goes with everything and is unisex too.

The denim hightop also comes in two stages. Stage one (size 3 & 4) has a thinner sole which suits a new walker and stage two (size 5 upwards) has a thicker sole but is still fully flexible and suits a more confident walker.

Tell us a bit about yourself – the person behind the brand.

I am a wife and mom to two beautiful children, Liam (nearly 4) and Sofiya (nearly 15 months old).

I am a qualified high school teacher and met my husband a few months after starting my first teaching job. This year we have been married for 11 years and he is truly my biggest supporter.

We have left the country a few times but we keep coming back to South Africa where we feel most at home.

My whole family, except my sister, live overseas which can be really tough at times especially as they are not all in one place. I am very priviledged to have my sister close by who shares my excitement of the Footsies & Tootsies brand. It is our hope that we will be able to run it together some day.

What is your favourite quote?

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will” Suzy Kaseem

I love this quote and have to keep reminding myself that all we can do in life is to try our best and keep moving forward.

What message would you give a brand that is just starting out?

I think the most important thing is to love what you do and the product you sell.

I believe so strongly in our amazing product that it has made the sacrifices all worthwhile.

The other thing that I have learnt is that there are real people behind the purchases and that nurturing your relationship with them will help a great deal in growing your business, never underestimate the power of ‘by word of mouth’.

Posted in Giving back, Press releases

How chocolate is giving the gift of play

Finally found some of the limited edition Cadbury chocolate slabs ….

Many of you will remember the wonderful generosity shop by Cadbury last year, where our children exchanged new and pre loved toys for chocolate to assist vunerable children in South Africa.

Once again, in the spirit of generosity, Cadbury Dairy Milk is shining a light on South Africa’s orphaned and vulnerable children.

For a limited period, when you purchase one of five specially wrapped Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates,depicting images of tots and learning, you help give the precious gift of childhood:- the gift of play by contributing towards R1-million worth of educational toy, books and games for orphaned and vulnerable children.

Cadbury’s initiative comes at a time when this generous nature is truly needed and Cadbury Dairy Milk is once again calling on all South Africans to help.

Our children are our nation’s most important and most neglected asset. We need to change this, and play is one of the most profound ways in which to do so.

Show your support and buy a slab today.

#glassandahalf

Posted in Brands we love

Meet the brand …

As a complete novice to many DIY household ideas I’m blessed to share many cups of coffee with the owner of DIY Western cape.

Colleen’s years of home improvement knowledge and passion for a hardware store make her an expert in her field and the first person on my speed dial for advice before I embark on a new project.

DIY Western Cape

DIY Western Cape (Pty) Ltd

www.diywesterncape.co.za
Facebook :Diywcape

Tell us a bit about your brand

DIY Western Cape at present is all about DIY paving moulds that have been specially designed and developed for the D.I.Y enthusiast to create a rustic paving look in their garden, while ensuring a water friendly environment.

It can also be used to design your own personal garden path, tea garden, braai areas, courtyards, terraces, patio areas, driveways (foundation first).

The moulds can also be used as a stamp or cladding on walls to create a rock art finish.

I hope to expand my DIY brand in the near future by adding new locally available DIY products.

What was your inspiration to start your business.

It all started when I admired a DIY paving mould on Pinterest.

I was very interested in using the mould around my garden. At that time the mould was only available overseas and as I prefer to support my local industry , this was not an option for me. I wanted to pay for the mould locally.

Over the next year I continued to browse the internet and eventually found a supplier in South Africa but the moulds were costing over R2000.00 each.

In 2017 I finally found an importer and thought that it would be a great idea to create my own company and show case these amazing moulds at an affordable price.

DIY Western Cape was started in Cape Town in 2017 to supply the surrounding areas with innovative paving solutions for the DIY enthusiast, Landscaping Companies and Developers.

What is your vision/ mission with your brand

To introduce DIY products in South Africa at affordable prices.

To create a platform for locally based DIY enthusiasts or small DIY businesses to show case and sell their DIY products in SA.

What is your favourite product in your range and why?

I have a two favourites. The first is the Belgium which is a brick style mould amazing to use for a patio or drive way.

The second is the Pathwalker which can be rotated to create unique designs for pathways, around fire pits or walkways.

Tell us a bit about yourself- the person behind the brand.

I am a female DIY enthusiast who loves to walk around hardware stores and craft markets.

Although I am not artistic, I am creative (if that makes sense). I will fix, paint, repair most things around the house unless it’s a heavy job and I need professionals.

Creative DIY I find a bit more of a challenge as I can never make up my mind as to colour , shape, style but after googling examples, brain storming, I eventually create my own master pieces.

What is your favourite quote.

n boer maak a plan.

What message would you give a brand just starting out.

Follow your dream, work at getting your brand out there and never give up.

Times will be tough.

Advertise!

It takes at least 3 years before you feel that you are getting known out there and always network yourself.

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice.

Posted in Brands we love, Health & Wellness, Press releases

Burt’s Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion :- the perfect winter skin treat

Winter is often very harsh on my skin and one of the products I find perfect essential for winter is Burt’s Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion.

A key ingredient to this luxurious lotion is milk. Milk’s rich essential vitamins have been used for centuries as one of the most luxuriously natural skin cleansers and softeners. No wonder Cleopatra had such amazing skin!

I love to pamper myself with a daily dose of milk and honey, knowing that all the nourishment my skin needs is in this softening lotion.

Milk and Honey combine with the Coconut and Grape Seed Oils for soothing hydration that absorbs quickly and then moisturizes for up to 24 hours.

Benefits and Claims

  • Clinically proven to moisturize skin for up to 24 hours.
  • Nourishes skin with Milk, Honey, Vitamin E, Coconut and Grape Seed Oils.
  • 98.9% Natural.
  • Dermatologist-tested.

Where to shop

Burt’s Bees® Milk & Honey Body Lotion is available through Takealot and DisChem.

Burt’s Bees® Milk & Honey Body Lotion is Priced from R 220.

About Burt’s Bees

Burt’s ­Bees® has been offering distinctive earth-friendly, natural health and beauty care products for 30 years.

From a beekeeper’s backyard in Maine to the leading edge of natural, Burt’s Bees knows natural body care solutions from head-to-toe and operates with The Greater Good™ top of mind.

No parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS and no animal testing.

For more information http://www.burtsbees.com