Children|Family|Fitness|Lifestyle

#TeamUp 2018 Winner Announcement by BOS Sport

BOS Sport has been running a competition over the past few months to motivate school going kids to get up, get active and #TeamUp with their fellow school mates.  Teams had to create a unique profile, get people to vote for them and take part in team challenges which would then earn them extra votes. The school teams with the most votes at the end of the campaign would win incredible prizes.

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BOS Sport believes that sport is the vehicle to unite and inspire youth, instilling in them the powerful values of commitment, perseverance and teamwork.

This fantastic campaign was developed to reward school sport teams who show a passion for their team and sport, no matter what the result.  The entries submitted were a clear indication of both immense passion and team work that exists in many of our South African schools.  This December sees the #TeamUp competition come to a close.

Time to Announce the Winners

Drum roll please …

The school team with the most votes is Winston Park 1st Team Rugby. They racked up 1702 votes and received a total of R20 000 (R10 000 for the school and R10 000 for the team).  In addition to the prize money the team also won 10 cases of BOS Sport.  Kuswag 7’s Skummels scooped second place by racking up 1577 votes. They won a total of R10 000 (R5000 for the school and R5000 for the team), as well as 10 cases of BOS Sport.  Third place goes to Montagu Laerskool O/13 A Rugby who received a total of 745 votes, which earned them a prize which consists of R2000 for the team, R2000 for the school and 10 cases of BOS Sport.

The BOS SPORT Team Up initiative is an incredible programme for schools which managed to achieve its goal to encourage sport teams and sporting individuals to rally support by showcasing their skills, passion for the game, and team spirit.

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Adventuring|Children|Lifestyle|Mom life|Parenting

My 10-year-old and I faced our fears together

I recently took the boys on a Mom and Sons weekend away. We are a crazy yet fun threesome who love new experiences. Let’s just say we are a bucket list family who plan to bring you many more adventures. So, off we headed to the quaint little town of Cullinan, but we were not in search of diamonds. We were in search of adventure and exploration.

You can read more about our entire weekend away to Cullinan on my blog post Sho’t Left to a little town called Cullinan, but now I’m going to share the decision we made to face our fears.

Ashton, my 14-year-old is an adrenaline junkie who doesn’t fear much. He’s a thrill seeker who’s ever-ready to try the most daring thing out there. Skylar on the other hand, (my little baby … okay, not so little, as he is 10-years-old), is afraid of almost everything. In fact, Sky and I are a lot alike in this respect, but we decided a few years ago, that every adventure requires that we challenge ourselves to step outside our comfort zones.

We headed to Adventure Zone Cullinan and signed up for Ziplining. Ziplining, when 2 of the 3 of us are terrified of heights! How incredibly brave are we ??

Anyways, we arrived and were suited up with safety harnesses, helmets and gloves. As a person who works in the Quality and Safety environment on a daily basis, I asked the necessary questions like :-

  • When last were the harnesses load checked
  • What were the weight limitations? (apparently the straps can carry the weight of a bakkie, so I was good)
  • What if we got stuck in the middle? (my biggest fear)
  • Why was it so windy?

All my questions were answered without any hesitation during the safety briefing. Our group then climbed onto a truck and we made our way to the first zipline. At this point, I thought I had the option to choose the zipline of my choice, but I was wrong. Four ziplines formed part of the adventure and it was an “all in” commitment that was required. I had already paid, so there was no turning back. Oh, and talking about paying … we made use of the Entertainer App’s buy 1 get 1 free deal for the Adventure Zone. Yay, for saving money on a weekend away.

As we approached the first tower it dawned on me that I was adventuring alone with the boys. I was faced with choices of who would go first, was the line secure, what if Sky decided to bail at the last-minute. Was I being paranoid, over-protective or just being a mom whose instincts naturally kicked in??

I eventually calmed down and sent Ashton on his way, who faced his first zipline without any hesitation. Then it was Sky’s turn, but he panicked the moment he set foot onto the platform. He started hyperventilating and wanted to cry. He insisted that I go first, but how could I go first and leave him behind. Chances are he would panic again and derail the process for everyone. So with a stern mom-voice and darting eyes we got him secured onto the line. He looked at me and begged to get off. The guide then looked at me wanting a decision to made …. and then my mom instincts to protect and nurture disappeared for a second. A nod of the head gave our guide the go ahead to let him go. My heart sank for a split second as there was complete silence as he was pushed on his way, and then I heard a scream of exhilaration. He was good and made it safely to the other side without getting stuck along the way.

I was relieved but now it was my turn. I freaked out and I couldn’t do it. I was standing on the platform losing my mind and the guide said to me, “Your kids just did this. There’s no way you are going to bail”. I was honestly terrified, but I had no choice. I guess the saying “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you” applied. As my foot left the platform I felt my heart rate increase as my body temperature rose. I’m very sure I held my breath for a few seconds, but before I knew it I was enjoying the zipline. It was pretty damn amazing and the view was incredible. As I reached the boys, their faces were beaming and they were pumped. They were so happy and thoroughly enjoyed the first zipline. They are always inpressed and proud when I try out activities with them.

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. – Charles Swindoll

We continued onto the next 3 ziplines. The speeds varied on each zipline and weirdly enough the fastest one was my favourite. I was utterly relieved that we chose to go through with the experience and face our fears. Had we not have pushed ourselves, we would have missed out on an amazing experience.

I’m the kind of mom who doesn’t mollycoddle her kids. It’s a tough world out there and I strongly believe that it’s my duty to challenge my kids; to push them to function and think in situations of difficulty and uncomfortableness. It is my duty as a parent to use every opportunity possible to prepare them for life as an adult. I want them to have inquirying minds and souls. I want them to live with adventure in their hearts and an appreciation for the beauty that exists in the simple pleasures life has to offer.

Disclaimer : This is in no way a sponsored post.

Adventuring|Children|Family

A Mom & Sons Sho’t Left to a Little Town Called Cullinan

My boys and I are pretty much cut from the same cloth, especially when it comes to our adventuring spirits. We always say yes to adventure. The greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time. To be in the fortunate position in which almost nothing is so familiar that it is ever taken for granted.

I recently took the boys on a “Mom and Sons” weekend away. Not keen to drive too far out, we opted for a Sho’t left to a little diamond town called Cullinan which happens to be only an hours drive from home. Car packed and loads of excitement, we hopped in and set-off on our way. Skylar (age 10) asked to be in charge of the GPS and I agreed. 30 minutes out and I realised we were off-course. It wasn’t a train smash, as I was more focussed on Skylar learning how to use a GPS. I use our adventures as the opportunity to learn new things, sharpen our skills and face our fears.

We immediately got back on track and sang along to the music chosen by the boys. Needless to say, I had a headache by the time we arrived. “Guess, it’s a tell-tale sign that I’m maturing“, she says with a grin on her face. Before we knew it , we had arrived in the quaint little town of Cullinan. We opted to stay at the Cullinan Premier Hotel.

Day 1

We arrived late afternoon so decided to have an early evening at the hotel. We enjoyed undoubtedly the best burgers in town while we played scrabble. I was so excited and impressed that both boys wanted to play scrabble and that they in fact packed it into our luggage. It’s like a sure mom win for me. We also used the time to plan our adventuring for our weekend in Cullinan. I’m normally overly organised and plan our itinerary ahead of time, but felt that it was time that I lived in the moment. I must admit it was rather refreshing for a change. After dinner we climbed into bed and watched movies while laughing for no apparent reason.

Day 2

We are early risers, holiday mode or not. So we made our way to breakfast and then ventured down to the touristy hub of the town. Everything is very much within walking distance from the hotel which made life easier. We explored the quaint little stores and lapped up every bit of the artsy feel of things. My eldest is truly an old soul and loves antique shops, so we spent the better part of the morning shopping with the eye.

Then we headed to Adventure Zone Cullinan to try our hand at archery. JP from Adventure Zone Cullinan was amazing with the kids. He was funny, patient and an excellent teacher. Honestly though …. his teaching skills made no difference to my lack of archery skills and I pretty much sucked. I just have no aim. Archery is not my thing but the boys did extremely well. Ashton in true form nailed it (like always). Let me mention that we used the Entertainer app’s 2 for 1 deal, which meant we could squeeze more experiences into our weekend.

After a quick lunch we headed back to Adventure Zone for an afternoon safari. We didn’t get to see the big 5 but we did get to see an incredible amount of wildlife JP even took us to a natural spring where we drank water directly from it. There were many life lessons imparted to the boys during our safari and they honestly loved JP’s stories. He had us in stitches and made for an excellent guide.

Day 3

We started our day off by going on the Journey of a Diamond tour. I mean how could we not, after all Cullinan is all about a girl’s best friend. The boys are still too young for the underground tour, so we did the land tour. It was fabulous and rather informative.

The tour ended at the Primalux Diamond store where Ashton won a discount voucher. We left but had every intention of returning on Day 4.

It was time to challenge ourselves and face our fears, so we headed back to Adventure Zone Cullinan for some ziplining. Always wanted to try it but I’m afraid of heights and kept putting it off. We got to use the Entertainer app once again which meant more savings. I have a separate post about our ziplining experience, as it was such an incredible experience that it needed a post of its very own.

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Day 3 was crammed full of adventure and we had an absolute blast. Dinner and another evening of scrabble before hitting the sack was the order of the evening.

Day 4

We started our day off with a casual breakfast before heading back to Primalux where we met a wonderful lady named Dawn. What started as the boys buying a diamond for me as a birthday present, turned into Aunty Dawn helping Ashton purchase his very first certified diamond. No help from mom financially let me add, but my 14-year-old son is officially a diamond collector. In fact he has already planned our next trip back to Cullinan to purchase another certified diamond.

Diamond shopping done, then we explored a few more stores and even a tiny book store that was packed to the rafters with the most wonderful books. Ashton is a lover of books, so he was in seventh heaven. Sky and I used the opportunity to take a gazillion more photos and then we decided it was time to head home.

I’d say that a Sho’t left to the diamond mining town called Cullinan is a hidden gem worth putting on your bucket list. The super friendly town overflows with a wealth of history that far exceeds the diamonds discovered on a daily basis.

Children|Family|Health|Lifestyle|Wellness

World Diabetes Day 2018 Focuses on Family Health

November is diabetes awareness month and today, 14 November 2018 sees International World Diabetes Day focus on family health.  An issue very close to my heart for two reasons.  Firstly, because 23 months ago doctors told me I was a borderline diabetic. Secondly, because my family’s health is my greatest priority.

I’m of Indian descent which makes me have a higher genetic predisposition to diabetes.  Many South African families sit in the same boat.  Is it partly genetic, partly culture that we have to blame?  Us South Africans have a tendency of showering each other with sweet treats, unhealthy snack foods and TV and computer games is seen as a sign of love.  However, this unhealthy eating and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle could be contributing to the steady increase in diabetes, which is threatening the health and lives of people around the world.

“This international Diabetes Day, South Africans should consider ways to love their families to a state of peak health”, says Novartis South Africa.

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), around 15.5 million adults aged 20-79 are living with diabetes in Africa, with over two-thirds (69.2%) of them unaware of their condition. More than half (55.3%) of adults living with diabetes in the region live in urban areas.

As is the case in many countries around the world, the incidence of diabetes across Africa and in South Africa is on the rise. Around 1.8 million people currently have diabetes in South Africa, with this number expected to top around 2.7 million by 2045, according to the IDF. In addition, more than two million South Africans may have impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).  What is IGT, I hear you ask.  Well, IGT is a transition phase between normal glucose tolerance and diabetes, also referred to as pre-diabetes which is what I was diagnosed with.

According to the World Health Organization, diabetes rose from 4.7% to 8.5% of adults.  This worldwide increase in trend is cause for makor concern.  Diabetes is dangerous because of all the complications that can occur.  Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.  It also increases ones risk for heart attack or stroke by 2 to 4 times.  Severe cases see people loose limbs and even their eyesight.

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This World Diabetes Day focuses on the family and diabetes, highlighting the important role families play in helping spot the symptoms of diabetes, as well as in encouraging healthy living to reduce the risk of diabetes.

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As a family we have made the decision to adopt a healthy lifestyle change.  Healthy eating, an increase in physical activities and exercise combined with a serious reduction in the consumption of sugar has seen our health improve drastically.  I had gestational diabetes during both my pregnancies which makes my children susceptible to becoming diabetic.  A lifestyle change was not negotiable as I don’t want my children to be affected by this dreaded disease.

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Simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes.  As a family, we have done this and so can you.  Diabetes concerns every family.  Could you spot the warning signs??

For more information on World Diabetes Day, visit http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/

Children|Mom life|Parenting

99 Days Until Christmas and Im Hooking You Up with Prima’s List of Top Toys for 2018

Wow!  Yesterday marked 99 days until Christmas 2018.  Can you believe that?  With the Festive Season just around the corner, it’s time to start working on those Christmas gifts for your little ones (and yourselves).

I’m not normally not one to shop ahead of time but with my boys getting bigger, deciding what to buy for them seems to have become more challenging with each year that passes, but … this year is going to be different.

Different, because I recently attended the much-anticipated Prima Top Toys Carnival launch for Christmas 2018.  I arrived not knowing what to expect, but left with every expectation having been exceeded.  I’m a big kid at heart and the Prima Top Toy Carnival, which emphasized the theme, Let Them Play, unleashed my inner child.  We got the incredible opportunity to play with some of the Top Toys for 2018, needless to say I was like a kid in a candy store.  Rest assured that the Prima Tops Toys for 2018 has been #MomApproved

This Festive Season there is something for everyone and for all ages from toddler to tween to teenager. There is also a wide range of classic and new games that adults can enjoy.

The Official Prima Top Toys List for the Entire Family

Girls Toys

Shopkins – This season sees the launch of Shopkins’ Season Nine – Wild Style, which introduces the Shoppets. They are adorable little pets for the Shoppies dolls and are larger than a Shopkin, but smaller than a Shoppie.  The Lil Shoppies dolls that are included with the Happy Places playsets are the new cute kids on the block in Happyville.

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L.O.L. Surprise – The success of the products hinges on the fact that it’s all about unpacking the surprises inside until you have put together a complete toy. The products have won a range of international awards and continue to fascinate girls  from the age of four and up.

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Baby Secret – is a retro toy that has made a comeback. Baby Secrets is collectibles range which features a unique element, that of discovering if the character is a boy or a girl by bathing it in water. The nappy changes colour to either blue or pink to reveal the gender. How’s that for a surprise?!

Cake Pops

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Baby Love – is Prima Toys’ own baby doll range. The success of the dolls hinges on the fact that they were designed with a South African audience in mind and each doll speaks a national language. Baby Bella speaks English, Baba Tasha speaks Afrikaans and the hugely successful Baby Thando speaks English and isiZulu. Parents and little girls can look forward to a new isiXhosa speaking doll. For 2018 the range now includes a Baby Love Buggy.

 

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Baby Annabell – Baby Annabell® is almost like a real baby with lifelike functions and a cute expression on her face.

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Disney Doorables! – Through a collection of figures and connectable playsets, Disney Doorables empowers kids to become storytellers by uniting beloved Disney characters in one land – where surprise and delight await behind each door.

Scruff-a-luvs are adorable fur ball, rescued pets. The pets come in pink or blue and untangle in water to reveal your puppy. Find us Scruffy, Make us Fluffy! These unloved and abandoned pets are in need of your help! When buying your Scruff-a-Luv, they arrive as a sad ball of matted pink fur, but once you bathe them, dry them, brush them and love them, you will discover your puppy! 86270 - SCRUFF A LUVS (11)

Boys Toys

Ben 10 – This superhero is still a favorite.  This year sees an incredible range of additions to the Ben 10 collection27311 - BEN 10 ACTION PROJECTION OMNITRIX.jpg

Big Hero 6 – The toys in this range are based on the animated superhero series of the same name.

Treasure X – Especially for boys who love to hunt for treasure, Treasure X is a new toy that engages the senses as children scratch, dig and unearth the lost bounty. Like any good treasure hunt, Treasure X is about more than just what you find, it’s about the fun of finding it too. Hidden somewhere inside the Treasure X brick are a collectible skeleton figure and a treasure chest which contains a gold treasure.

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Stretch-Mini Figures – Stretch Justice League Figures are just some of the fantastic toys available in the Stretch range.  Each toy can stretch up to 5 times its original size, it then slowly shapes back, ready to be pulled and twisted all over again.  I keep one at my desk for the those days when I need to release a bit of tension 😉

Trixx – is much more than a car that turns 360! Everything is usable in Trixx360! Use the packaging box to build your own circuit! Make as many combinations as you can imagine!But not only that. All the accessories of the cars are interchangeable, including the wheels and the bodies! Collect the 8 cars with their ramps and make multiple combinations!Image result for trixx prima toys

Top Tech Toys

Fingerlings – As the best-selling technology toy for 2017, the Fingerlings have become a phenomenon in the toy world and have made their way onto the top of “MY” Christmas wishlist.  Brightly coloured with adorable faces, these palm-sized pets curl around your finger and come to life when you play, responding to sound, motion and touch with over 40 animations.  The latest editions have me obsessing about the Dino Velociraptor

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Teksta 360 – Incredibly lifelike, the classic robotic Teksta puppy is back with more interactive features than ever before. The puppy responds to voice, movements, lights and sounds through a built-in artificial intelligence program. It communicates its emotions with barks, whines and changes in eye patterns, just like a real puppy.  Teksta will also react to your hand gestures to sit, stop and flip backwards. downloadtek.jpg

PokiBot – The PokiBot is a fun miniature interactive robot that can move, spin, dance and even talk. The bot stands at 8cm and is sound activated – clap your hands and PokiBot will playfully respond as his mouth and eyes light up. Added to the fun is a feature that allows you to make 3 recordings of your own voice to play back in PokiBot’s robotic voice!

Robo Chameleon – Move, Aim and Catch! A Robot Chameleon that can Shoot the tongue out and snap up the “food”!

VR Real Feel – VR Real Feel is the game that makes virtual reality a reality! Experience 3D high-definition graphics with your iPhone or Android smart phone using the VR Real feel headsets.

VR Real Feel Alien Blasters – For fans of virtual reality over the age of 8 years, the VR Real Feel Alien Blasters will meet all your Virtual Reality expectations and more.

Show off your skills with the Laser X Two-Player Laser Tag Gaming Set. With two blasters and two receiving vests, players are ready for one-on-one competitions, but can also join in on team play since the sets are all compatible with each other.

ARIA – A.R.I.A’s Adventures is an educational interactive set with 3 different games in 1 box. It includes 100 interactive flash cards, a Virtual Reality animal park and 3D colouring pages. Use your smart device or the included VR head set and allow A.R.I.A to take you on an incredible virtual journey.

Top Science Toys

National geographic has launched a new range of S.T.E.M. toys that stimulate the imagination and help children develop an aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The range has fun, educational, stimulating and inspiring toys for kids.

Nat Geo figurines – Wildlife Wow is a revolutionary NEW wildlife series! Soft and squeezable with the same level of detail as hard figures. Each figure is hand-painted with non-toxic paint. These animals come to life with a free virtual and augmented reality experience and the app’s X-ray vision lets you see the skeletal structure inside each animal. Watch videos, learn facts, and explore each animal with the educational interface.

Games – This year the Prima Toys’ collection of games is bigger and better. From the classics to brand new games that will have your skills tested to the limit, all in the name of fun! Two of the brand new games happen to be favourites in our home:

          – Flipslide is a fast-paced electronic game that tests your speed and reflexes.                  Players need to flip to find the colour and slide to match the lights. It can be taken              anywhere and played anytime. What’s more, it is perfect for teenagers and my 14-              year-old is obsessed.

           – Boom Blast Stix – this is another of our favourites.  The game is simple yet                       dynamic and will entertain the whole family, from the little ones aged six and up               to the adults. Players take turns to lock a stix and then add it to the pile on the lid,               until one of the stix spring open and “explode” the other stix in the pile. The                         winner is the player who “booms: with the most stix.

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Rubik’s Cube –  We are the hugest fans of the Rubiks cubes and Ashton has an impressive collection to be honest.  This classic toy is for both veterans and amateurs, Prima Toys welcomes the Rubik’s 2 x 2, the Rubik’s 4 x 4 and the new version of the Rubik’s 3 x 3.

Toddler Toys

LeapFrog prepares your child for a lifetime of learning. The brand is the leader in innovative solutions that encourage a child’s curiosity and love of learning throughout their early developmental years. An extensive range of new LeapFrog products are available to help your child develop a love of learning during the early childhood year.

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V Tech – VTech creates age appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children of various ages. The products enrich children’s development and make learning fun.Image result for prima toys vtech

Peppa Pig – Inspired by the TV show, expect all things Peppa Pig.

Little Tikes – Little Tikes is a range of toys for indoor and outdoor play that will entertain your child while helping them to develop their mind and imagination. The toys encourage discovery and learning through active, creative and social play and provide hours of fun.

Disney – Mickey Turns 

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Children|Fitness

BOS Sport Announces its TEAM UP School Challenge 2K18

It doesn’t matter what sport you play. If you’re in a school team, it’s time to TEAM UP with BOS Sport. The sports drink powered by rooibos is challenging school sports teams to TEAM UP and stand the chance of winning their share of R50K in prizes for their team and school.

Is your team up for the challenge? Registration is open, so Go Team, Go BOS!

BOS Sport contains organic rooibos, less sugar, zero colourants and essential electrolytes. All ensuring you stay hydrated and perform at your peak in the healthiest way possible. BOS Sport gives you the power to last longer and push yourself harder – WANT STAYING POWER? GO BOS.

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South African school sport represents everything BOS Sport is passionate about – active lifestyles, a sense of fun and team comraderie and commitment.

No matter what team you are in, from hockey, soccer, rugby, netball, cricket (and everything in between!) … If you’re in a school sports team, it’s time to TEAM UP.

“We believe sport is the vehicle to unite and inspire youth, instilling in them the powerful values of commitment, perseverance and team work. The TEAM UP campaign has been developed to reward school sport teams who show a passion for their team and sport, no matter the results. TEAM UP and GO BOS,” says William Battersby, BOS South Africa Managing Director.

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To enter your school sports team, simply log onto http://teamup.bossport.co.za, register your team name, add a profile picture, tell us a little about what makes your team great and then Go BOS! Share your team profile via social media or email and get your team and supporters to vote for your team as the BOS Sport TEAM Up winners of 2K18.

Voting closes November 15th 2018, and the teams with the most votes stand to win the following fantastic prizes:

  • 1st Prize: R10K each for the school and the team plus 10 cases of BOS Sport.
  • 2nd Prize: R5K each for the school and the team plus 10 cases of BOS Sport.
  • 3rd Prize: R2K each for the school and the team plus 10 cases of BOS Sport.

The top 25 runners up will each receive BOS Sport branded water bottles plus a total of R10K in BOS Sport product.

Teams will have an opportunity to earn bonus points by taking part in a number of Team Up monthly social media challenges, so keep an eye out on the BOS Sport social channels to give your team an added advantage. Remember to tag @BosSport and include #BosSport #TEAMUP and #[your TEAM UP ID].

BOS Sport uses the very latest understanding about how best to harness the necessary energy (from carbohydrates) our bodies need for performance, while minimising the negative effects excess carbohydrates can have. The medium GI and natural balance of sugars in FRUIT UP™ allows for the use of less processed sugars while achieving sustained energy release in the product.

The range was developed to be your perfect workout partner. Rooibos is a natural carrier of essential electrolytes (magnesium, potassium and sodium) for optimal rehydration, and is also rich in antioxidants to boost circulation and fight inflammation, helping heal damaged muscle tissue.

BOS Sport is colourant-free and comes in a variety of great tasting flavours including; Blueberry, Lemon Lime, Mandarin Orange and Red Berry.

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“We encourage all school sports teams to take part in the challenge, to show us and South Africa why theirs is the best team to play for while inspiring everyone to Go BOS!” concludes Battersby.

Children|Parenting

Guess Who’s Turning 90 in 90 Days

Guess who’s turning 90 years old in 90 days?  It’s our favourite Disney cartoon character, iconic legend Mickey Mouse.

Icon Mickey will beturning 90 on 18 November 2018.  Disney will be running a nationwide campaign to celebrate all things Mickey.  So prepare for the hype during the months of October through to December as we not only celebrate but honor Mickey Mouse.

The famous cartoon character has been bringing smiles and joy to kids and adults alike for nine decades.

Random Facts About Mickey

  • Mickey Mouse was inspired by the pet mouse Disney had as a child
  • Mickey was originally going to be named Mortimer!
  • Mickey Mouse was the first cartoon character to ever speak. And what were his first words? “Hot dogs!”
  • There are hidden Mickeys all over Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Spotting them is part of the fun of going to the theme parks.
  • Mickey wears white gloves so that you can see his hands (otherwise they would blend in against his body.
  • Walt Disney said that Minnie and Mickey Mouse are indeed married, although they keep it private and they do not share a home.
  •  Mickey Mouse was the first cartoon character to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In the 1970s, Mickey released a disco album which went double platinum.
  • Mickey Mouse only has four fingers! Walt Disney felt that five fingers resembled a “bunch of bananas.”
  • Walt Disney himself voiced Mickey Mouse for many years.
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Photo captured at the Prima Toys Carnival a few months ago

Prima Toys has an amazing range in store for you guys.  This season there really is something for everyone! Keep your finger on the pulse by going to www.primatoys.co.za or www.Facebook.com/primatoys and follow @PrimaToys.

Thanks for all the awesome memories, Mickey!  We love you

Children|Parenting|Review

Cartoon Network Live Tour Hits Jozi

As the cold front gripped Gauteng, parents were left looking for ideas to keep their little ones entertained  that didn’t involve the outdoors.  The timing of the opening show of the Cartoon Network Live Tour in Johannesburg, couldn’t have been more perfect.

In a story inspired by “good can conquer evil”, Cartoon Network Live Tour brings to life the much-loved characters from DSTV’s channel 301. The kids eagerly arrived to take their seats and one could see their anticipation build as they awaited the appearances of their favourite Cartoon Network characters.

The show sees characters such as the Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Gwen, Jake and Finn, fighting villains live on stage in a performance filled with music, dance, colourful lights and a willing participation from the kids and parents alike.


Kelvin Gizmo, scientist extraordinaire, transported us into the world of Cartoon Network which is under threat of Zarr, the evil robot.  We travelled through the Land of Ooo, the city of Townsville and Elmore to help Kevin Gizmo stop Zarr and his evil plans.

What was originally assumed to be a show for the kids only, turned out to be a show that catered for the entire family.  The kids clapped, danced and sang along.  There was a definite highlight for the kids and they revelled in every second of it, but you will need to attend the show to fully feel and understand that part of the experience.

The props and effects are rather impressive, resulting in the show providing an atmosphere similar to that of a concert.  Cartoon Network Live ends on an absolute high, leaving everyone wanting for more.  An extremely creative, fun and interactive production that the kids and entire family won’t want to miss this winter school holiday.

Cartoon Network Live will be showing in Johannesburg at Montecasino from 3rd – 8th July 2018
Tickets are available from Computicket: R175 – R390 – up to 50% off all off-peak shows

Please don’t forget to share your experience with us via social media using the #CNLSA

 

Children|Lifestyle

The far reaching effects of bullying

As a mom who has experienced both her sons having being bullied, this is a matter very close to my heart. Ash and Sky were both bullied within the first two years of starting Primary School. They experienced it again with the change in schools due to us relocating from Cape Town to Johannesburg.

Sky is a lover not a fighter and somehow managed to remain unaffected by the incidents imposed on him. Ash on the other hand hasn’t been that fortunate. The bullying he has been subjected to has had far-reaching effects that affects us daily. At the age of 9 he was diagnosed with anxiety disorder and depression. 5 years on and this is still very much our harsh reality. At the beginning of 2018 he started High School, the anxiety and fear of being bullied again, had him in an absolute frenzy. We have a course of action to help him cope but that’s a blog post for another day. All I am saying is bullying should never be underestimated.

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Ashton consented to me sharing this information about him with all of you in the hope that it would make a difference.

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Children|Fitness|Fitness event

Neon Exercise Evening with the Kids

In the month of February, my kids and I headed off to the Neon Exercise Night in Centurion at the Els Club hosted by Karmically Fused.  Karmically Fused was founded in 2009, by best friends, who both have the passion for helping people to become better versions of themselves.

Managing Director, Clair Buck said they wanted to create an exercise event for the whole family.  As a fit mom in the making, one of the biggest frustrations I face is not always being able to workout with my kids. Fitness events are on the rise, however there isn’t much that caters for simultaneous workouts for both parents and kids. Yes some gyms have these facilities but they do come at a price and let’s be honest not everyone can afford a gym membership for each child. Gyms also have restrictions in terms of supervision and the type of exercises performed by them which means that the kids are often bored and frustrated.  Which really translates to “parents are frustrated AF”.

This is why the Neon Exercise Evening appealed so much to me.  The line-up included kiddy yoga lead by Clair herself, African gumboot dancing, Zumba and even bootcamp for the kids.   The line-up also included the kid’s yoga Brand Ambassador for Magic Mat and its Little Secret.  The Magic Mat series is a magical tool for teaching yoga to 5 to 12-year-old kids.

We arrived in our neon gear ready for some fun under the stars.  Upon arrival and after registration, we made our way to the talented face painters who used special glow in the dark paints.  I opted to have my tattoo coloured in instead of my face.

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I’m just a big kid at heart

Seeing as the event is done in the dark, specialized lighting was used to ensure everyone glowed beautifully.   I must admit it looked fantastic and the kids absolutely loved it.

The Neon Exercise Evening was filled with energy and fun. Classes were run by qualified instructors, dancers and personal trainers. The weather on that particular Friday wasn’t great at all and a few minutes into the workout the rain began.  The amazing part is that almost everyone continued to dance and workout in the rain.  The kids were in their element and the eccentric Zumba instructor had us laughing  like crazy while we moved to the beat.  All music and instructions for the event were actually heard through headphones.  My boys said that was the coolest part of the evening.

There were also various stalls selling goods from health products, natural cosmetics and  food.

Sharing the experience with my kids was really awesome and we had such a wonderful evening that we are looking forward to the next Neon Exercise Night.

Events such as these reinforce the importance of fitness, healthy living and quality time spent together as a family. Fitness workouts help develop athletic skills. The kids get the opportunity to learn basic goal-setting skills and it definitely boosts ones self-esteem.

The Neon Night will be held in various locations throughout South Africa. This was the first event and with it being the first event you always get a few teething problems.  Despite some issues, it was a fantastic night and I can see this event growing from strength to strength.