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Spoilingtons pet presents making your pet’s festive wish list come true

Who said Christmas wishes don’t come true?

Guiness and Kenzo were recently spoilt by Spoilingtons pet presents with these gorgeous festive reindeer bandanas and cute felt reindeer stockings containing doggalicious treats.

How adorable do they look ? And because these two are actually my eldest daughter, Tammi’s babies , this makes me their grandmother so their reindeer dog treat stockings are on the tree to include them in the Christmas festivities.

The cute reindeer treat bag retails at R50 each and is handmade from reindeer coloured felt. They have googly eyes and a red Rudolph nose.Inside each bag are 4 handmade healthy dog treats :- 2 x pumpkin & cinnamon and 2x peanut butter. Everything is tied together with a little green bow that you could attach to your tree.

The handmade reindeer bandanas are 100% cotton and retail for R55 -R65 each , depending on dog size.They fit neatly over the collar and if you scroll to see the dogs love their bandanas.Spoilingtons have a wide variety of beautiful items for your pets Christmas wish lists this year.Pop on over and spoil your fury friends today.

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CloudDine – the delivery-only restaurant franchise model designed for the future

Fiamme Holdings, owner and franchisor of over 100 outlets through The Fish & Chip Co. and Maxi’s Grill brand, today announced the opening of its new revolutionary franchise online restaurant concept – CloudDine.

The first CloudDine franchise outlet will service customers in the East Rand area with the store located in the Eastgate mall precinct.

Kitchen set-ups are state of the art, with a paperless business model and a plan to integrate the point of sale directly into accounting, labour and payroll modules.

Both customers and franchisees can rest assured of exceptional quality, variety and value with a laser focus on delivery only by CloudDine.

According to Carlo Gonzaga, Non-Executive Director at Fiamme Holding, the concept has been in the pipeline for some time. “COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of online purchasing and home delivery to the extent that restaurant business models need to be re-imagined with delivery-only in mind. We have carefully considered the pain points in a franchisee’s life, and believe that a delivery-only restaurant model will address these.

They stand to benefit from lower set-up costs as there is only a kitchen and no customer area to be fitted out, similarly these kitchens can be set up where there is a demand as opposed to prominent shopping malls, which translates into lower rentals,” said Gonzaga.

Gonzaga further explained that there is opportunity to increase margins, lower risk, and easier management for franchisees, all attributable to more efficient labour processes and outsourced delivery that removes the burden of having to manage a fleet of bikes and drivers.

Summarising the benefits customers stand to enjoy, Fiamme’s Managing Director, Jan De Beer had this to say, “Customers benefit in three main ways: first is choice – we have a large variety which means that families don’t have to always compromise between a pizza or a hamburger as they currently do. We think this is good for household peace! Second is speed – delivery is treated as a second priority in traditional restaurants whereas for us it is the whole business. Everything from prep times, packaging, and order accuracy is a priority which means customers get hot food fast. Lastly is value: we add the cost of delivery into the price of the product, as most restaurants currently have to add the delivery cost to the price. We are able to do this due to our focused delivery-only model.”

“Ultimately we want to optimize the work flow and management of the business such that our franchisees can own multiple outlets without needing massive back-offices as is currently the case.” said De Beer.

Gonzaga added, “What’s exciting is that we have taken everything we learnt from all the business we have been involved in and started from scratch. That means we have not had to make too many compromises.

We’re excited to be able to offer franchisees an opportunity to participate at the early stages of a new concept.”

ABOUT FIAMME HOLDINGS
Led by Jan De Beer (Managing Director) and Carlo Gonzaga (Non-executive Director), the team at Fiamme

has over 50 years combined restaurant experience launching brands like Scooters Pizza, Domino’s, and Starbucks in South Africa. Fiamme Holdings bought The Fish & Chip Co. and Maxi’s Grill from Taste Holdings in December 2019.

The entire operations and management team came across to Fiamme and were joined by Carlo Gonzaga, Wessel van der Merwe and Bheki Shongwe as non-executive directors.


For further information about Franchise opportunity visit www.clouddine.co.za

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South Africans Pledge with Lancewood® for Quality Mealtime 

Over the past three weeks, thousands of South African families have taken the Lancewood Quality Time™ Pledge, committing to at least one distraction-free meal every week.

A recent research survey revealed that 89% of households believe that quality time with loved ones is important.

However, the study also highlighted that this may be a challenge due to today’s busy and modern lifestyle.

This inspired Lancewood® to initiate the Quality Time Pledge encouraging families to make more meaningful connections over mealtimes.

Names you may recognise amongst those that have already taken the Pledge include Minki van der Westhuizen, Mpoomy Ledwaba, J’Something and Zola Nene.

According to Zola, “This initiative has inspired me to take the pledge. Sundays are now reserved for distraction-free, technology-free quality mealtime with the family – you know, the good old-fashioned way!”

J’Something, from Mi Casa, went as far as introducing a cellphone ‘lockbox’ for mealtimes, saying “All the cellphones go into the skaftin before mealtime and then we can focus on one another. There are better things that we could be doing during our mealtime, like catching up with one another, connecting and finding out how everyone is doing and enjoying that meal together. It’s a valuable thing to instil.”

“It seems the more ‘connected’ our lives, the less connected we are to those we love. By taking the Pledge, you commit to creating more memorable quality mealtimes together.

Leave the inspiration of what to cook to Lancewood®. Whether you only have 15 minutes to create a meal or wish to make something a little more challenging, we have hundreds of recipes to suit every occasion. And better yet, why not lighten the load and make the meal prep a family occasion,” says Shereen Anderhold from Lancewood®.

Take the Lancewood Quality Time™ Pledge to stand a chance of winning a beautiful dining room makeover to the value of R100,000 to make those mealtime moments even more special. Additional prizes up for grabs include a R50,000 dining room set and desirable KitchenAid appliances. The competition ends at midnight on 6 November 2020.

Visit www.lancewood.co.za for more information, follow @lancewood.co.za on Instagram or Facebook and join the conversation using #LancewoodQualityTime.

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A gift of time – children’s character watches from The Mom Shop

Do you remember getting your first watch?

Memories

I bought my children their first watch when they learnt to tell time.I would make a big deal about them being big kids and how smart they were. My boys especially, couldn’t wait to own their own big kid watch.I’d always start with a digital watch and I still love watching how the concept of time slowly starts to grow when they now are able to tell time.Usually the watch contained images of their favourite cartoon because children always learn best if they are interested in a subject.

Hamish gets his first watch

So when The mom shop asked me to choose from their products I just knew this action hero watch was perfect for Hamish.He has recently started telling time and was so excited to open his package with this precious treasure.Retailing at R99 this would make the perfect end of term gift for your kiddies entering Grade R or Grade 1 next year.I think they fantastic to add into Christmas stockings.The boys Justice League range has Batman, Spiderman, Hulk, Iron man and Captain America.For girls you can choose one of many LOL dolls or Hello kitty.

About the watch

These multifunction plastic watches allow you to push up the bodies to hide the watch part and your child can enjoy wearing their favourite cartoons on their arm.At first I was really confused where to set the watch, but it has 2 small buttons on the side which were easy enough to use and set the time correctly.The watch comes with a battery already inside so there is no need to suddenly hunt down watch batteries on Christmas morning.Recommended for children ages 3+This Christmas give a gift of time.

Posted in Brands we love, Christmas, Family Life, Family Time, Fun Mamma SA Products we love, Health & Wellness, Life with my bears, Parenting

Is your child a KRAZI AWSUM KID ?

Every mom believes we have the most beautiful, wonderful and amazing children but how often do we remind our children how wonderful they are?

Now, you can gift your child with a positive affirmation to remind them just how amazing they are.

Krazi Awsum gifts and goodies have launched a range of slogan tshirts for the whole family to remind them just how KRAZI AWSUM they are !

Hamish loves his and likes to shout out “I’m krazi awsum” as a positive mantra. I love that he is developing a strong self value and when he forgets how wonderful he is, this shirt is a cool reminder should I forget to tell him often enough.

Shop

Krazi Awsum kid Tshirts R150 each

Krazi Awsum mama / papa
R220

KRAZI AWSUM custom shirts for any family member:

Granny
Grandpa
Aunty
Uncle
Sister
Brother
Niece
Nephew

Or how about reminding someone what a great job they doing or celebrating a special milestone ….

Krazi Awsum:
Teacher
Boss
Friend
Artist
Bride to be
Matric 2020
Husband
Wife

This design is copyright Krazi Awsum gifts and goodies 2020

( Last orders for 2020 are 1 December in time for printing )

Contact Judymacgregor161@gmail.com

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Share your child’s drawings with BIC SA to win a BIC Stationery hamper.

There have been multiple studies conducted to show that creativity and well-being are positively linked, and for children in particular, that art and creativity help their development in various ways .

The team at BIC Stationery recently chatted to Psychologist Bernice Castle to gain some insights on this. She shared the following thoughts:

– Art can be a powerful tool among children and adults alike. If children engage in hands-on art activities, they learn much better in all disciplines.

– Art helps children apply their gross and fine motor skills to something meaningful and tap into their problem-solving skills through visual cognitive responses.

– Art has been proven to stimulate imagination, improve observation skills, boost self-esteem, provide a sense of accomplishment and reduce stress.

– Art creates opportunities for them to communicate how they see and experience the world and allows them to give expression to their feelings about the situations they encounter in their daily lives.

BIC provides numerous FREE RESOURCES for parents and educators to spark creativity and inspiration, the most recent of which is a series of weekly tutorials available at www.facebook.com/BICSA.

Parents are encouraged to share their child’s drawings on the BIC SA facebook page between now and 22 November for a chance to win a BIC Stationery hamper.

Many more resources are available at https://bickids.com/en

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Homemation brings home another winning soundbar system with the Polk Signa S3

Polk Audio continue to up the ante with innovations and superior, reliable sound. Their Signa Series offers affordable universal TV soundbars which are quick and easy to set up.

Their latest offering is the Polk Signa S3 soundbar and wireless subwoofer system with Chromecast built-in, distributed exclusively through the Homemation network in South Africa.

This soundbar delivers an incredible, room-filling home theatre experience. It is built to work with any HD, 4K and 8K TV, is easy to set up and can be controlled with a single remote.

Fabulous Features

Features include the Polk-patented Voice Adjust technology for clear dialogue, and Dolby Digital decoding for immersive, performance-tuned surround sound. It comes equipped with a wireless subwoofer for deep bass impact. Plus, you can stream your favourite music with Chromecast built-in and Google Play Music, Amazon Music HD, Apple Music, Spotify and many more.

“The Signa’s superlative audio performance is anchored by a potent subwoofer that helps bolster the bottom end of both tricky soundtracks and bass-heavy music”, according to Cnet.

Soundbars continue to rise in popularity as they boost your TV sound and the Polk Signa S3 complements standard TV connections with multi-room, network music streaming, proving that soundbars aren’t only for watching movies and are ideal for music too.

Recommended Retail Price is

R 6 199.

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

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The Bramley Luxurious Gift Sets just in time for the festive season

Bramley Cosmetics have launched 3 luxurious gift set boxes just in time for the festive season. Choose from Magnolia, Lavender or Aloe Vera gift boxes, which are guaranteed to leave your skin feeling soft, pampered and beautifully cared for!

Bramley have included a hand wash with their Christmas gift sets this year because it’s important for people during these COVID-19 times to stay germ, virus and dirt free.

Protect yourself and your family with this convenient travel size hand wash.

While it’s very important to wash your hands frequently, your hands may be left feeling dry, sore and irritated.

By using Bramley Hand & Nail creams you automatically put that moisture back into your hands.

Your hands are left feeling moisturised, softer and younger looking.

MAGNOLIA LUXURIOUS GIFT SET

1 x 100 ml Tissue Oil

1 x 75 ml Hand & Nail Cream

1 x 100 ml Hand Wash

R34,99

The Magnolia range is infused with a luxuriously rich floral, long-lasting fragrance that opens with a heady blend of magnolia, carnation and rose. The emerging heart notes develop to reveal a creamy floral character of heliotrope and ylang ylang, whilst resting on a lingering base of sweet musk.

LAVENDER LUXURIOUS GIFT SET

1 x 100 ml Tissue Oil

1 x 75 ml Hand & Nail Cream

1 x 100 ml Hand Wash

R34.99

The Lavender range has a wonderful scent of relaxing lavender. The heart notes open to reveal rustic greenery and wonderful sweet musk.

The warm and comforting scent of lavender is said to be stress, inflammation and sleeplessness reducing.

ALOE VERA GIFT SET

1 x 100 ml Tissue Oil &

1 x 100ml Hand & Nail Cream

R29.99

Pamper your skin with this true gift from nature.

This gift of body care products is beautifully formulated with sustainably selected 100% natural Olive Oil and sustainably sourced Aloe Vera. Its elegance and fragrance will enhance and amplify your mood and confidence.

Aloe Vera is known for its intensive moisturising and cooling properties. It has the ability to restore, revitalise and rejuvenate dry skin. Olive Oil has antioxidant properties, is moisturising and protects skin against premature ageing.

This perfect blend of nature leaves your skin as Mother Nature intended.

All of these pampering skin care products enriched with Bramley’s signature, unique Bio-Pharm oil and Vitamin E oil will provide protection and nourishment to your skin.

Treat yourself to pure goodness and quality you can trust and ensure the best care for you.

Available at PEP Stores Nationwide

Follow Bramley Cosmetics: Facebook Instagram www.bramleycosmetics.co.za

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Wooden threading sheep and the benefits of teaching a child to thread items

Hamish recieved this little wooden threading sheep yesterday from Wool craft sa.

Wooden sheep

Beautifully crafted, this little sheep is accompanied by a wooden sewing needle and several mini soft balls of wool.

It is the perfect size for a toddler or preschooler to hold and would make an excellent christmas stocking filler or quiet time activity for travelling as well as being an essential learning tool for preschool.

Our experience

For someone who hates threading I was pleasantly surprised when Hamish immediately started sewing through the holes on the sheep.

In the beginning he struggled to get the wooden needle through and you could swop this for a plastic needle whilst your child gains confidence in the task, as the plastic needle will require less effort to slide through the holes.

Using more strength and effort however exercises the little muscles in the hand and finger.

This really was a hit straight away and by the time we were 5 minutes into this fun fine motor activity his sheep was called Sam and he happily kept threading because sheep need to have wool on them.

Invitation for learning

With his new found interest in Sam the sheep we were able to open up a conversation about sheep and where wool comes from.

Benefits of threading

Threading is so important for little ones as it helps with fine motor development and other important skills that are essential for drawing, writing, doing up buttons, tying shoe laces and opening/closing lunch boxes later whilst at school.

Threading also assists with:
. Visual perception skills
. Visual motor skills
. Increases concentration
. Enhances planning skills
. Inspires creativity

For some little ones threading beads can be difficult as they try navigate the thread through the holes so the introduction of threading/lacing activities are a much easier and more fun activity as they gain the skill and confidence to start threading items.

This little waldorf threading sheep retails at R75

You can purchase this from Natural Yarns

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Child Growth Awareness How an app can help you monitor child’s growth

How an app can help you monitor child’s growth

On the 20th September 2020, organisations united globally to promote the educational initiative of International Children’s Growth Awareness[1].

The goal is to share and support the key message of the campaign in order to inform parents about the importance of annual and regular growth checks for their children1.

Children’s Growth Awareness Week was also commemorated in September between 13 – 19 September, 2020

Growth hormone deficiency

The growth of a child is a significant indication of the child’s health and irregular growth can be an early warning sign of medical problems.1

These kinds of medical problems first show themselves in a child’s irregular growth pattern.

1 Growth hormone deficiency has been identified in about 1 in every 3,800 children.2
Therefore, it is important for parents to understand the significance of regularly checking their child’s growth development. This can be done during visits to your healthcare practitioner.

For additional support and tracking, an easy to download growth app was launched this September 2020, in order to help parents to easily track their child’s growth.

“Growth is one of the fundamental differences between child and adult health care. Physical growth is an indicator and predictor of both present and future health. Among the numerous measures of growth, height and weight are perhaps the most important measures in childhood. While weight may change in adult life, height changes from conception to shortly after the end of puberty.” Says Dr Kuben Pillay, a Paediatric Endocrinologist from Durban.

Human growth hormone is a chemical messenger that is vital for normal growth and development.3Growth hormone is responsible for making us grow and in our bodies, growth hormone is produced naturally.
When a child is diagnosed as growth hormone deficient, it means his or her pituitary gland is not producing enough growth hormone.4 This could be due to hereditary or genetic conditions. Without enough growth hormone, a child does not grow the way he or she should, to reach his genetic potential or height and to attain well-being.
According to Dr Pillay “Changes in patterns of growth may occur during any of 3 different growth phases through childhood and may be due to numerous different causes.

These phases are the period between conception and the end of the first year of life (the infant phase), from approximately 1 year of age until the start of puberty (child phase) and between the start and end of puberty.

There are different causes that may change growth in these phases and thus, the timing of the change in growth may offer important clues to the underlying cause. For example, nutrition both in the womb and after delivery may result in changes in patterns of growth during the infant phase.

Congenital abnormalities (particularly bone abnormalities) and genetic disorders may also be causes.

During the child phase many more possibilities may influence growth including genetic disorders (e.g. Turner syndrome), severe chronic disease (heart disease, severe asthma, kidney, etc.), severe malnutrition and hormonal disorders. Growth in puberty is due to effects of the hormones of puberty viz. testosterone in boys and oestrogen in girls.”

How to measure growth and treat a possible growth hormone deficiency

· The typical growth of a child, which would be considered normal, is as follows:4
· From birth, infants grow about 20 cm in the first year of life
· From 1 to 2 years of age, babies and toddlers grow about 10 to 13 cm
· From 2 to 3 years of age, toddlers grow at a rate of about 7.5 to 10 cm
· From age 3 years to puberty, growth is stable at around 5 to 6 cm per year until puberty
Most of a child’s growth occurs before puberty, but the pubertal growth spurt accounts for more than 20% of adult height.4
When puberty occurs, there is a fast phase of growth.

With this guide, parents can easily notice whether their child reaches the growth requirements.

If, however, your child does not meet the growth requirements, he or she might need to consult with a healthcare professional, undergo tests and possibly undergo growth hormone therapy.

Growth hormones are also vital for the healthy development of essentially all tissues in the body, including muscle and bone.3 It is important that children who are growth hormone deficient are diagnosed and treated as early as possible in order to aid their bones in growing and developing at a normal pace.

Children with severe growth hormone deficiency show increased body fat, subnormal bone mineral density, and reduced lean body mass and could potentially develop lipid abnormalities.5 Once a child is tested for growth hormone deficiency related disorders such as short stature, a methodical approach is necessary.6 An evaluation of growth failure is needed and if there is no evidence suggesting growth hormone deficiency, then other tests are done.

If there are abnormalities suggesting growth hormone deficiency, then growth hormone stimulation tests and an MRI of the brain could be suggested.6
If a child does not undergo treatment once diagnosed with growth deficiency, he or she might not attain a normal height etc., when becoming an adult.7 Once a child is on a treatment plan, strict adherence is important to achieve the maximal benefits of growth hormone therapy.

Early initiation of growth hormone treatment in children with isolated growth hormone deficiency improves their chance of achieving their genetic height potential.8 Once a diagnosis of growth hormone deficiency has been made, it is recommended that treatment with GH is initiated as soon as possible.8

The first year is a crucial indicator.8Children who are on hormone treatment typically grow more over the first year of treatment, and further over the next 2 years.9

“Growth hormone continues to play an important metabolic role in adulthood long after the completion of linear growth, so growth hormone may become a lifelong therapy for children with childhood growth hormone deficiency whose condition persists into adulthood,” says Professor Thandrayen, Paediatric Endocrinologist at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital.

If effective, therapy should be continued for as long as there is a clinical benefit (defined as ongoing catch-up growth or maintenance of a normal growth velocity).5

The Growth Journey App

To aid parents in checking their children’s growth, Novo Nordisk has launched an app for growth monitoring in September 2020 called the Growth Journey App.

The Growth Journey App is a free growth tracking app that uses a phone’s camera to help you track a child’s growth regularly.10

Parents can easily track their child’s growth as the app automatically measures a child’s height and records it in the growth book with a visual record of all the measurements. It also shows the child’s growth over time and compares it to those of other children in his or her age group.

The aim for the launch of this app is to enhance awareness regarding growth and short stature, remove obstacles for diagnosis and support early referral to specialists, enhance compliance on treatment and loyalty for existing patients and to establish initial screening of patients.

This innovative digital solution is intended to provide simplicity and empower parents to take their children’s growth journey in their hands.

The app is available on Play Store on Android and iPhone at no cost to download.

It is important for parents to know what their child’s growth rate is and what it should be at any age.

If a child is not growing as he or she should, it could be the first sign of a possible medical condition.1

Parents should consult with their doctor for more details. It is impossible to manage what cannot be measured; therefore, it is crucial that children are measured frequently.7 This is especially important when children visit their health care providers and parents can now also monitor their child’s growth through the Growth Journey App.

About Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company that helps people with diabetes, obesity, haemophilia, growth disorders and other serious chronic disorders.

Novo Nordisk is headquartered in Denmark, and the South African affiliate was established in 1959 and currently employs 135 people who work within the South African borders only.

References:
1. International Society of Endocrinology. 2019. 20th September – the International Children’s Growth Awareness Day. [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.isendo.org/20th-september-the-international-childrens-growth-awareness-day/ [Accessed 1 September 2020].
2. You & Your Hormones. 2019. Childhood-onset growth hormone deficiency. [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.yourhormones.info/endocrine-conditions/childhood-onset-growth-hormone-deficiency/ [Accessed 1 September 2020].
3. Utiger RD. Growth Hormone.Encyclopaedia Britannica; April 2018.https://www.britannica.com/science/growth-hormone. Accessed 21 August 2020.
4. Rosenbloom AL. Physiology of growth. Ann Nestlé [Engl] 2007;65:97-108.
5. Segal D, on behalf of the Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrine and Diabetes Society of South Africa. Guideline for using growth hormone in paediatric patients in South Africa: Treatment of growth hormone deficiency and other growth disorders. SAMJ 2009; 99:185-195. http://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj/article/view/3228/2295[Accessed 1 September 2020]
6. Laboratory approach to disorders of Growth Hormone secretion. Dr S Mahabeer. 2018. Page 1. Lancet Laboratories.
7. Cedars-Sinai. 2020. Growth Hormone Deficiency in Children. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.cedars-sinai.org/health-library/diseases-and-conditions—pediatrics/g/growth-hormone-deficiency-in-children.html [Accessed 1 September 2020].
8. NCBI. Early growth hormone treatment start in childhood growth hormone deficiency improves near adult height: analysis from NordiNet® International Outcome Study. [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5633042/ [Accessed 1 September 2020]
9. Growth Hormone Therapy. [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/growth-disorders/growth-hormone-therapy [Accessed 1 September 2020].
10. https://www.novonordisk.co.in/patients/growth-journey-.html/ [Accessed 1 September 2020]