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.

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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 )

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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

Posted in Covid-19/ Coronavirus, Health & Wellness

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

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

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

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

The family pack consists of :

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted in Family Life, Health & Wellness

15 uses for hydrogen peroxide

The first time I ever heard about peroxide was when at 15, I wanted to dye my hair and a friend suggested we use peroxide.

So began many hours of me using peroxide to lighten the mousy brown that was once my natural colour.

I was fascinated to read of the many other benefits of peroxide and thought I would share them now, especially during the Covid-19 lockdown, as some of the uses are great for household sanitation.

Did you know?

Peroxide was first invented during WWI.

It was used to help cleanse the needs of troops and hospitals.

Other uses for peroxide

( Disclaimer: These helpful hints were all found on the Internet, use of any of these tips is at your own risk.

Do not ingest hydrogen peroxide!

Do not supplement this information for medical advice. Always consult a medical practitioner.)

1. Mouth wash -Take one capful of hydrogen peroxide and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. No more canker sores. Use it instead of mouthwash.

2. Whiten teeth – as for mouth wash, take one cap of hydrogen peroxide and hold it in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, spit out.

3. Clean toothbrushes – Let your toothbrushes soak in cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.

4. Kitchen cleaner – Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs. Put a little on your cleaning cloth when you wipe, or spray it mixed 50/50 with water on the counters.

5. Kill salmonella -After rinsing off your wooden cutting boards, pour a little peroxide on them to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

6. Foot fungus – Treat foot fungus by spraying a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them every night and let dry.

7. First aid -Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to 10 minutes several times a day.

8.Bathroom cleaner – Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system.

9. For sinus– Tilt your head back and spray into your nostrils with a 50/50 peroxide and water mixture if you have a cold or plugged sinus. The peroxide will bubble and help to kill any bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.

10. Toothache -If you have a toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for 10 minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

11. Hair dye – If you like a natural look to your hair, spray a 50/50 solution of peroxide and water onto your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will have a more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it’s not a drastic change.

12.Skin infection – Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help get rid of boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

13. Laundry -You can add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

14.Mirrors – Uou can use peroxide to clean mirrors. There is no smearing.

15. Remove urine smell– If someone has peed on the floor around the toilet, and it’s begun to smell of urine, just put some peroxide in a spray bottle with water and spray. Wipe with a rag and your smell will ne gone.

This is one little brown bottle no home should be without!

I’d love to hear in the comments if you have any other uses for peroxide.

Posted in Education, Family Life, Family Time, Health & Wellness, Parenting, preschool, preschoolers, Press releases, Toddlers, Tweens & Teens

Takalani Sesame – caring for each other : Resources to help parents during these uncertain times

For over 50 years, Sesame Workshop have addressed important and difficult situations and provided support to families and children as they encounter these challenges in their lives.

Many of these challenges are surrounded in uncertainty and whilst we as parents, may not know what to expect, we know that we can rely on our Takalani friends to provide the strategies and messages to help us guide our children through these times.

Resources

As a direct response to the Coronavirus pandemic facing the world, Sesame Workshop’s Caring for each other inciative has launched new resources to assist parents and children.

These resources form part of an ongoing commitment by Sesame Workshop to help caregivers and children to navigate their ” for now normal” during this crisis and beyond.

What you can expect

The resources will also allow families and children to stay connected with the lovable Takalani Sesame characters on a regular basis.

The new resources will include:

  • Videos featuring our furry friends.
  • Printable activity sheets that focus on healthy habits
  • And playful learning activities.

Fun new resources

Sesame workshop continues to deliver on this commitment with the release of new content including:

  • Washy Wash with Elmo: Families can sing along with Elmo as he washes his hands for 20 seconds—washing the germs away and helping everyone stay healthy.
  • Learning how to sneeze and cough safely with Grover: Grover helps children remember that when they feel a tickle in their noses or throats, they should remember to sneeze or cough into their upper sleeve or elbow—that helps keep the germs off their hands and away from other people. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
  • Time to Wash Your Hands! Our Muppets demonstrate different situations where children and families should wash hands—after coughs and sneezes, before eating, after playing, after using the bathroom, and more.
  • Caring for Myself, Caring for Others: Our Muppets help children understand that when you take good care of yourself, you’re taking good care of others, too.

Takalani Sesame has long been a source of comfort for children and families during difficult times, and now more than ever, it is important to have healthy habits,be active and support our family and friends. What better way, than to learn with our favourite Takalani Sesame friends.

Together, we can help families get through these uncertain times and build hope for the future.

For more information visit Takalani Sesame

Posted in Family Life, Family Time, Health & Wellness, Parenting, preschoolers, Toddlers, Tweens & Teens

How to keep the kids moving during lockdown

With the current COVID-19 crisis and the enforced lock down in South Africa, the pressure is really on us parents to keep our kids fit and active at home.

But with so many other things to consider right now,fitting in physical activities can be quite overwhelming.

This being said, now more than ever, it is important to see our children happy and healthy. A large part of keeping your children both happy and healthy is to keep them enjoying physical activities.

Why is physical activity important?

Physical activity is vital to the healthy growth and development of children.

Physical activity ….

  • Strengthens bones, muscles and joints
  • Develops good posture
  • Assists with balance
  • Allows for optimal heart function
  • Assists with mental health
  • Acts as a stress reliever
  • And allows for better focus

How do you exercise whilst in lockdown?

Worldwide many countries are only social distancing which still allows you the freedom to :

  • Walk with your children
  • Hike a trail
  • Jog or run
  • Go for evening bike rides
  • Go swimming at the beach
  • Go to the park
  • Skateboard

Here in Cape Town, with a full lock down and people only allowed as far as their own yards,these exercises are not options but you can still :

  • Run races in the yard
  • Climb trees
  • Use a trampoline
  • Swim
  • Ride bikes
  • Play games like tag or stuck in the mud
  • Go on a scavanger hunt
  • Play sport games like cricket, soccer, rugby,netball or volleyball

For others even an outside game is impossible as their children are under lockdown in small flats.

How does a family continue to enjoy physical activity indoors?

Here are some ideas of indoor physical activities:

  • Build an obstacle course using your dining room tables and couch cushions
  • Play ball – bounce, roll or learn to catch a beach ball
  • Use a skipping rope and jump rope
  • Use tape to mark out a hopscotch on your kitchen tiles
  • Hula hoop
  • Host a dance party in the lounge
  • Balloon juggling – blow up some balloons and have your child continue to knock the balloon to keep it up in the air
  • Jog on the spot
  • Try online fitness classes
  • Do yoga for kids
  • Complete an indoor scavanger hunt
  • Play games like hide and go seek or farmer in the Dell
  • Give your child a small step ladder to climb up and down
  • Climb up and down stairs
  • Play musical chairs
  • Set up some indoor objects to go bowling
  • Play Simon says
  • Let them leopard crawl from room to room

Most importantly have fun and keep moving.

Posted in Education, Family Life, Health & Wellness, Parenting, preschool, preschool curriculum, preschoolers, Toddlers, Tweens & Teens

28 free resources to help your children understand Coronavirus

With the Covid-19 pandemic interrupting our children’s school year, normal life routine and ability to play with their friends they obviously have many questions.

So many of our children may have heard us talk about this deadly virus that is keeping us home and making us sanitise everything , and whilst we may have explained to them, they may still be anxious, worried, fearful or not fully understanding of the virus.

In light of this I compiled a list of 28 free resources to help your children understand Coronavirus and how to stay healthy during these times.

Education

  1. Hand washing printable from Parent24
  2. What is Coronavirusby National Geographic kids
  3. A wide range of resources on germs from Scholastic
  4. Printable posters in several African languages by SA organisation from The Good news guy

Books, stories and comics

  1. Free Covid-19 comic by Elise Gravel
  2. Coronavirus – a social story from Fragilex.org
  3. Kids reading and pdf colouring book about Coronavirusby Malia jones
  4. Hello ! I’m s virusby Manuela Cruz from Parent24
  5. Colouring in bookfrom St Jude together website
  6. Q is for quarantine- the ABC’s of Coronavirus a colouring in book by Brian & Gordon
  7. H is for handwashing by Sesame Street
  8. What is Coronavirus and how you can play your part to help the community activity book by Moments a day
  9. Shubert and Sophie stay home story by Concious Discipline
  10. Why I cant go to school story by Concious Discipline

Other

  1. Daily schedule from Just a mamma
  2. Toddler schedule from Busy toddler
  3. Positive posters by Squidoodle
  4. Colouring page from playing and learning
  5. Wordsearch
  6. Journal pages to remember this time by letgrow
  7. How to wash your hands videowith Beebee
  8. My healthy week printable to help your children chart their good habits by Sesame street
  9. Free Afrikaans Coronavirus colouring poster by Hero in my hood
  10. Free English Coronavirus colouring poster by Hero in my hood
  11. How to make a Tippy tap by Hero in my hood
  12. Covid-19 time capsule printablesby Long Creations
  13. How to teach young children about germs resource pack by Mother Goose Time

Do you have any other resources we could add to this list ? Let me know in the comments below.

Posted in Health & Wellness, online events

Complimentary live streaming of yoga/ nia classes from Life retreat studios to keep you healthy

Remember those yoga classes you always said you would try?

Well now you can try them from the comfort of your own home.

Live streaming of yoga/ nia classes

In a united effort to both keep South Africa healthy and continue to service their clients during the 21 day Covid-19 lock down, Life retreat studios are hosting complimentary Yoga/ Nia classes daily.

You can join the live classes on this link and can access a full live streaming class schedule here.

To compensate these wonderful teachers, who have no current income, a donation of as little as R10 a month has been requested if you can.

What you will need to join the class

  • A yoga mat or towel
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Internet

What if I miss a class ?

If for any reason the time doesn’t suit you,you miss a class or want to repeatedly a class you can join the Life Retreat Facebook page , scroll down and watch the class later.

Who would benefit from these classes

Movement is important to stay both fit and healthy.

“During physical activity, muscles secrete hormones into your bloodstream that make your brain more resilient to stress. Scientists call them “hope molecules.” – Amy Rojas, Nia sound

This is a great low impact activity that you can enjoy with the kids together in your lounge.

So, what are you waiting for, join a class today.

For more information contact :

Studio@liferetreat.co.za

Image credit : life retreat studios

Posted in Family Life, Health & Wellness, Parenting

How to fill your child’s emotional cup

Just like adults, our children need to recharge.

Boy drinking from mug
When they are thirsty, they drink water.

When they are thirsty, they need water.

When they are hungry, they need food.

When they are tired, they need sleep.

And when they are emotionally upset, they need to reconnect with us and feel love.

They recharge to fill their bodies with the items needed to help them grow, and so they also need to fill the invisible emotional cup that assists them to express and process emotions throughout the day.

What is an emotional cup?

I love the metaphor used by Upbility- publishers of therapy resources, in the poster below, which clearly outlines what an emotional cup is and how parents can help to fill that emotional cup.

They ask you to imagine that your child has an imaginary cup needing to be filled with affection, attention, love and security.

Most children will have a full cup most of the time.

Those children who do not have full cups, have understood how they can refill these cups and then refill them as needed.

But, some children are near empty and become nervous or anxious, not knowing how to refill their cup.

An empty cup

Often times those children, whose cups are near empty, use behaviour patterns that are not favourable to try, in an anxious attempt, to fill their emotional cups.

These can be exhibited as:

  • Stealing from other people’s cups – choosing negative behaviour that will directly upset, hurt or impact someone else.
  • Misbehaving to get attention.
  • Are needy, clingy or require constant attention.
  • Are overly active, resulting in them not being still enough to recieve the required refill.
  • Push away any attempts of affection, attention, love or security.
  • Become more misbehaved, throw tantrums, shout, scream or ‘plays up’ as their emotional cup nears empty.
  • Are always competitive.
  • Are argumentative, violent or aggressive.
EQ poster
Image source: Upbility

What empties a child’s emotional cup ?

To understand how to refill your child’s emotional cup, it is important to understand what empties or drains it.

Some of the things that may trigger an empty cup are:

  • Stress or strain
  • Being rejected or thought of as too different from their peers
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Harsh punishments
  • Yelling
  • Parents fighting
  • School stress with regards to failing, not understanding the school work or exams
  • Fatigue
  • Unstable home environments
  • Non affectionate parents
  • Negativity
  • Being forced to do things they hate – playing a sport because mom paid, ect

What fills a child’s emotional cup?

Just like the negativity around a child can deplete their emotional cups, so positive experiences and displays of attention or affection can fill them.

Security is also an important factor, as children thrive on routine and feeling safe.

Other ways you can fill your child’s emotional cup is through :

  • Play
  • Friendship
  • One on one time
  • Love and displays of affection
  • Positive attention , for example listening to the childs concerns, opinions,ect
  • Succeeding
  • Parents who are visibly proud of their children
  • Doing activities and hobbies they enjoy
  • Positivity

In conclusion

There’s a saying that goes ….

Often the child who needs the most love most, will always ask for it in the most unloving ways – unknown

Before we pass judgement on our child’s emotional outburst or inappropriate behaviour, perhaps we should look at their emotional cups and see how we can help them fill those cups.

Posted in Family Life, Health & Wellness

Park runs and your children

Parkrun South Africa organise free 5km timed runs in various locations around South Africa each week.

These runs are open to everyone, there’s no need to be a serious runner. You can also walk the races.

They are safe with several marshals along the park land routes.

Blouberg
Blouberg park run 2016

How to join

It’s really easy to join. You register online and print a barcode ID.

This ID goes with you each week and helps you to keep track of your own times, amount of runs, ect

Locations and times

There are currently 223 locations nation wide hosting weekly park runs and most start at 8am.

You can find all the information on your closest park run on the parkrun south africa website.

Warming up
Century city park run

Running with kids

Yes, you can run with your children and I have done quite a few park runs with Hamish.

As a baby he would sit in his jogger pram and I would push him. Now that he is older he walk/ runs along side us.

In September, when he turns 4 years old, we can register him and he will recieve his very own bar code to record his runs. He is really excited about this.

Children under the age of 11 years old are required to have an adult run beside them at all times during the park run to ensure the safety of the child.

Things to note

The course does not supply water, so it’s a good idea to carry water along route for your child.

Your child should wear comfortable clothing and good running shoes.

Keep it fun.

Young kids may not make the full 5km and will need to jump in a stroller or be carried.

The routes are uneven so a jogger pram is the best option when choosing a stroller.

Running with dad
Warming up with dad

Benefits of running with your child

Not only is running with your children a good way to set a healthy lifestyle for your family but it also offers a great way to bond with your child.

So, what are you waiting for …. join a park run today.