Posted in Giving back

Where to gift your childs pre-loved schoolbags

Many of us rush out just before school starts to buy our children new school bags and either toss last year’s one into a cupboard or out in the trash.
However, many parents clean an old bag, stitch broken handles, or honestly just simply can not afford a new bag for their children for the school year. These parents would welcome your childrens gently used pre-loved school bags.

How you can help

Moms you can make a difference this year by supporting the“I’ve got your bag!” initiative. This is a school bag donation drive to get bags to less privileged children in South Africa.

Why?
Because the harsh reality is that the majority of children in under-resourced communities are walking kilometers every day, just to get to school. They don’t have bags to carry their books in and are using plastic packets to hold their school lunches, books and stationary. We all know how heavy school bags can be. With you donating your old school bags you could help a child in need, that will last a long time.
Simply bring those previously loved bags, and Hands of Love will distribute them to those in need.
The only stipulation is that you please ensure that bags are cleaned before.

Dropoff point

If you live in Cape Town and would like to donate your school bag to someone who could really use it, these are the locations where you can drop them off.
If you are a school and would like to participate either by donating or collecting school bags, please send an email to help@handsoflove.org.za.
Drop off points: 
1. Curro Century City High School
 Socrates Way, Century City
2. HTS Bellville Technical High School
Corner of College and Strand road
Labiance, Bellville
Visit www.handsoflove.org.za for more infomation
Posted in Press releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tips to help kids pack their own lunches:

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

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

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

Fun Sandwich Sushi
courtesy of Ayesha Curry

Prep 20 minutes

Total 20 minutes
SERVINGS: 6

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

All GLAD products are made for your convenience with the purpose of keeping your food fresh for longer. GLAD – Saving good food. From going bad.

Please visit www.glad.co.za for more information and follow ‘GLAD SOUTH AFRICA’ on Facebook; Available in the GLAD aisle of most supermarkets.

Posted in Fun Mamma SA Products we love, Press releases

Playdoh Challenge 22

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

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

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

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

 

Posted in Press releases

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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