Posted in Health & Wellness

Keeping your family active during winter

The days are getting colder and we are all looking at ways to snuggle up and keep warm.

However, as a family it’s still very important to stay active. The best way to do this is to set put togther a family plan that includes physical activities.
Children spend an average of 3 hours a day watching screens and many teens and children do not get regular weekly exercize.
Children should, ideally spend 1 hour a day outside, engaged in play and vigorous activity. Adults need 30 minutes exercize a day to stay healthy.
So, exercising as a family is not only benefits our health but it also teaches our children how to become healthy adults.

How to set out a physical activity plan for your family

With so many other things to do a week, taking care of everyone’s physical health may seem really overwealming but this is where a good schedule will help co-ordinate your family and keep you all physically healthy.
So, how do you set up a physical activity plan for your family? 
  • Existing activities – examine which physical activities your family currently take part in. Prehaps your child does an extra mural, you enjoy an evening run or your family hikes each Sunday. Chart these into your plan first.
  • Options – for those families not yet active, or for the families wanting to add more activities that include all family members sit down and brainstorm some activities first. Make a list of options that meet your family dynamic, interests, energy and physical level and that are age appropriate.
  • Time limits – set time limits to how much physical activity you wish to participate in each week. This could be a 30 minute walk or a 1hour hike. By having a time limit it will help the less enthusiastic members of your family to  complete the activity. This also sets the basis to physical activity becoming a habit in your weekly routine.
  •  Be flexible – Remember that life happens and many factors could determine you not reaching your goals for the week. Mood, health, weather or other engagements. Instead of feeling guilty or frustrated rather enjoy your family in a less demanding way.

Some low cost family activities

Not every family has the resources to join gyms, add additional extra murals or endulge in new exercize equipment.

But

Every family can enjoy these low cost and free activities to become healthy.

 

Low cost family activity ideas

  • Walking – walk around your neighborhood, in the park, at the beach or walk the dog
  • Ball games– winter is the perfect time to bring out those soccer balls.  cricket sets or other ball games.

 

  • School yard games – games like tag, hide and go seek or red rover on the yard or park will keep the kids entertained.
  • Fly a kite– Cape Town autumn winds are perfect for kite flying. You could make your own first then see who flies their kite the highest.
  • Park runs – join a local park run . These are every Saturday morning and great for all ages.
  • Beach clean ups – use your physical time to do good and join a beach or river clean up

 

  • Bike rides– family bike rides or scooter rides are great to not only see your neighborhood but to keep fit too.
  • Roller skating – Go roller skating, roller blading or ice skating.
  • Dance parties– for bad weather you could turn up the music and have a dance party.
There are so many other inexpensive ways to get moving as a family and stay healthy. The goal however is to always have fun.
Posted in Family Life, Family Time, Health & Wellness

A new me needs new shoes

A new year, a new me is the mantra that many of us chant as we write our New year resolutions. All of us want to become our best selves.  I know I’m certainly chanting this into 2022.

One of my biggest resolutions this year is in relation to my own health and physical fitness.
I’m 5 years into pregnancy weight, bad health, broken bones, blood clots, and covid munching. So to be honest, I’m not at all happy with my weight.

Lifestyle changes

However, I’m also not a fan of diets or the diet culture and so believe that if I’m going to lose the chicken wings, spare tyre, and double chin it is going to have to be a lifestyle choice.
I eat very healthy and aside from smaller portions, less late-night snacking, and actually sticking to 3 meals a day instead of one with way too much coffee, I don’t need to alter my meals much.
Healthwise I’ve chosen to consult with my medical practitioner and have them check what needs checking to treat any underlying conditions, allowing me to be healthy enough to lose the weight naturally and effectively.
My mindset is also in the right space. My lifestyle change into a more healthy one and my weight loss goal are for myself and I’m motivated by myself. So many times we want to lose weight for others and set ourselves up for failure.
One of the things I love is walking, so for me, that is the best exercise to start with. I’m not yet fit enough to run the park run but I can walk it and so am not taking myself until I feel I can fun it again. Hamish and I walk every day and from next week we will be doing our beach walks each morning.
But walking means we need good, sturdy shoes that will support our weight and offer comfort on long distances.
So, I recently spent some time looking for some new shoes to represent the new me. I was also looking for affordable shoes that looked great with all of my exercise outfits. Often I’ll wear tights if I’m taking Hamish out for the day to the park, beach or on a playdate and I wanted walking shoes that looked stylish and complimented my outfit but expressed my personality at the same time.

Urban Art sneakers

To find my ideal walking shoes I visited DC one online and shopped their stunning catalogue of shoes.
It was incredibly hard to choose just one set of shoes, and honestly, their pricing is so affordable that I could have bought a few pairs. There were also so many styles I really liked.
I finally settled on some Urban art sneakers for both Hamish and I.
Hamish got a light blue pair, which has little mesh holes in the canvas for easy breathing and keeping his feet cool as we walk. Inside the shoe is soft and cushioned for longer distances. I bought his size hoping they would fit as I wasn’t certain with doing online shopping sizing can often be too big or too small. They are a perfect fit.
My shoes are pastel pink and everyone who has seen them has commented on the shade. The shoes look stylish to add to my mom wear wardrobe as well as to exercise. Inside is soft and cushioned, making them super comfortable.
Online shopping is reliable through DC One. Their service is great and their website is user-friendly making your shoe shopping experience stress-free.
In conclusion 
For me choosing great shoes was the most difficult part of getting back to a regular walking routine. However, I am super motivated to keep moving in my Urban art sneakers.
Posted in Blog posts, Family Life, Health & Wellness

Tips for outside play with your toddler

Studies have shown that a small child needs a minimum of 15 minutes outside play each day. As a mom of a busy little boy I personally find that 15 minutes would be way too short a time for him to get all his energy out but now that we live in a flat and especially during the very windy or rainy days, we do try to get at least those 15-30minutes outdoor play in during our day.

Why is outdoor play important?

Playing outdoors has many benefits for children (and adults) some of them include :

  • Vitamin D – Often referred to as the sunshine vitamin as the sun is the best source of vitamin D , being outside helps your child get the vitamin D needed to promote calcium intake to grow their bones and help their bodies to develop.
  • Gross motor skills – outdoor play promotes gross motor skills and gives a child wide open spaces to exert themselves.
  • Fitness- being outdoors promotes a healthier lifestyle and encourages your child to boost their fitness level.
  • Knowledge – Being outside is a great way for your child to understand and explore the world around them. Being outdoors will naturally encourage them to discover and explore, promoting a love of learning and developing their natural curiosity. It will also encourage them to use all their senses as they investigate their surrounding.

How to get your child outdoors more often

Now that we know the benefits of taking our children outdoors to play, here are some fun ways to get outside for some quick play time with your toddler.

Dress well

When headed outside, check the weather. Often times, as in Cape Town we can have four seasons in one day, I will pack a warmer or cooler set of clothing in a bag to take with. if it is slightly drizzling, you can add a raincoat and some wellington boots for some fun running in the rain or if you are heading to the beach pack in a costume and towel. Be careful of  your child over heating if they are dressed warmly. When we exercise our bodies get warm and if dressed too warmly your child may over heat.

Hydrate

Keeping hydrated is very important, even if you are only outside for a short while, your child will be exerting themselves through play so always offer them a bottle of water or juice after or during  play.

Let outdoor play be natural

Introduce outdoor play as a natural part of your daily routine, this way your child learns to enjoy being outside and sees it as a natural thing to do.

Indulge in your child’s interests

Indulge in your child’s interests and encourage their discovery. If your child likes flowers, plant a garden. If they love bugs, go on a bug hunt. Find them a strong tree to climb if they enjoy climbing or help them to make mud pies, build pretend roads or look for imaginary fairies under mushrooms.

Go for a walk

Often if the day has been busy or Hamish has been extra busy that day we stop what we are doing and go for  a little walk. These need not be long and can include looking for flowers, spotting birds, counting cars, identifying colours and numbers and learning road signs. you could take a scooter or bike with you to exercise those gross motor muscle. Often even the shortest walk is enough to refocus and break the monotony of the day.

Go for a run

One of our favourite ways to get outside as a family was to join a park run. (Pre-coivid) Running gets your endorphins flowing and is good for you. Take a ball, hula hoop, skipping rope or cricket set outside and get running.

Make it fun

Never let your child feel like being outdoors is a negative experience or a chore as this will affect their fitness levels as they are older.

Some fun activities you could try with your children are ;

  • wash the car together
  • take paints outdoors and paint rocks
  • have an outdoor picnic
  • go on a scavanger hunt
  • join a beach clean up
  • spend time planting a garden
  • build a fort in the yard
  • fly a kite
  • play a game like cricket, baseball or rounders
  • kick a ball
  • play in sand or mud
  • add a container of water
  • use water guns or water balloons
  • play with some toys in the shade
  • play in a paddling pool
  • search for insects, butterflies and frogs

Which ever way you choose to enjoy the outdoors always make it fun. Setting a positive example to our children now will help them enjoy keeping fit and healthy as adults.

 

 

Posted in Health & Wellness, Press releases

San-O-Tizer – A safe non alcohol based sanitizer for your family

SAN-O-TIZERS NEW BIGGER & BETTER SCIENTIFIC FACILTY IS ABOUT TO BE LAUNCHED


By now you would have heard about the controversy as to whether HOCl is more effective and safer to use than sanitizers containing alcohol.

What Are The Benefits Of San-O-Tizer?
Electrolysed Hypochlorous Solution is a completely natural and non-toxic sanitizing agent that is an incredible immune molecule, which is produced in mammalian neutrophils (White blood cells). It is not only a powerful disinfectant but also has other benefits to human health:
– Broad-Spectrum Antimicrobial Biocide = Effective against biofilms, bacteria, spores, viruses, and fungi.
– Anti-inflammatory = Interacts with and neutralizes the production of pro-inflammatory factors.
– Wound repair = Enhances the production and release of cell repairing compounds such as Cytokines, Growth Factors, and Taurine Chloramine.
This powerful biocide is effective within seconds of using it and does not require rinsing or wiping, as it readily degrades into a saline solution. Anolyte solutions have been shown to be 80 to 100 times more effective than potent/harsh chemicals such as bleach.


In contrast to conventional non-alcohol and alcohol-based (ethyl-, propyl-) sanitizers which are dehydrating, hyper allergenic, carcinogenic, and/or toxic to humans, animals, and the environment;

San-O-Tizer anolyte solutions are:
– Hazard free & Non-flammable
– Moisturising, Hydrating, and Healing
– Non-sensitising & Non-irritant
– Hypoallergenic
– Safe for pregnant women, infants, animals, and sensitive skin
– Contain 0% Alcohol
– Ammonia-Free
– No Bleach
– No Sulfates
– Free from Pesticides and Fragrances
– Animal-friendly and Eco-Friendly
– Non-Toxic, Non-Corrosive and Non-Combustible
– 100% Natural

Has San-O-Tizer Been Approved For Its Safety & Efficacy?

Electrolysed Hypochlorous solution is known as “Natures Disinfectant” due to its extremely effective biocidal activity as well as being completely safe for animals, plants, and humans (including pregnant woman, babies, and sensitive skin)
It has been approved both locally and internationally for its safety and efficacy.

A proudly South African manufactured product that is MDS tested for your health and wellness.

To find out more or purchase please contact info@liferetreat.co.za

Or shop at lifestyle shop online

*Press release

Posted in Blog posts, Health & Wellness

Inspired by Amanda Jo of Organic Bunny to share my 5 top organic bloggers

With our move to the beautiful coastal town of Kommetjie, I’ve been inspired by the abundance of nature and natural spaces around us to use more organic and eco friendly products in my home.

But, like many other women I also found myself lost in an abundance of choices and not sure which products to start using.My natural instinct led me to bloggers who wrote about these products and who had often tried many of them personally. As a blogger myself, I trust a fellow bloggers opinion.This journey led me to discover a treasure grove of information and some wonderful new blogs to follow along my organic journey.

Here is my list of my top 5 organic blogs to follow

1. Amanda Jo from Organic Bunny

Amanda-Jo-Organic-Bunny has been an invaluable resource and trusted source of information for all things green.It is her mission is to give her readers natural alternatives to their favourite products and you can find reviews on home products, beauty products, make up, skincare and hair care products.Her site also has amazing make up tutorials, which my teen loves and she has an organic shop linked directly to her blog.

2.Life Lived Simply

This site is geared directly at those who are on a zero waste journey ( my life goals)Colleen features simple and practical advice with some great interviews to educate you as you move to a zero waste life style.Her blog also covers topics of Christian faith, adoption,travel and some delicious recipes.

3. Eco 27

Jackie from Eco 27 is down to earth and honest.Describing herself as ” a person living in a real world” she is passionate about learning how to look after the planet, making her blog easy to read and relatable. ( for me at least)Although the articles are more informative on eco world news, she is building a comprehensive eco directory on her site.

4. Faithful to Nature

Faithful to nature is my go to store to see what eco and natural products are avaliable and the price at which they are sold.Their inspirational lifestyle blog is full of recipes and wellness articles and they have built a trusted name for their brand.

5.The green vegan chick

Although I am not vegan and most likely won’t become vegan I love The green vegan chick blog.Her blog shares many reviews from eco friendly and organic brands giving me insight into the product before using them.She covers a wide variety of topics from gardening to eating out and where to shop.You can also find a delicious selection of recipes and helpful resources to guide you along a more natural, sustainable and eco concious lifestyle.Although I’ve listed my 5 favourite organic and eco friendly blogs, there are so many more fabulous bloggers using their platforms to share more natural lifestyle choices and organic shopping options.Are you on a more natural or eco concious journey?If so I’d love to hear from you. Pop me a comment below and share your favourite products, resources and blogs with me.

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

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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