Giveaway|Review

Onutricia Collagen Review & Giveaway

First and foremost, I seriously need to start off by keeping it real with you lovelies.  When I was initially approached to review the O Nutricia Collagen, I must admit I was rather sceptical. Truth be told, even though COLLAGEN is the latest buzzword and trend in the wellness world, I had little, to no knowledge of the product.

Collagen is readily available in your blood, bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles and skin. Boasting an extensive range of benefits, it’s no wonder people are supplementing their daily diets with a dose of collagen.  Collagen definitely seems to be the key to all-round vitality and wellness.

O Nutricia Collagen claims an incredible amount of benefits as listed below:-

  • Improves Hair
  • Greater Mobility and Flexibility
  • Restores Bone Mass Density
  • Increases Bone Strength
  • Reduces Joint pain, Gout and Arthritis
  • Delays and Counteracts Sarcopenia
  • Boosts Metabolism
  • Osteopenia
  • Vibrant, Firmer, Glowing skin
  • Promotes Digestive Health
  • Increase Muscle Mass
  • Healthy gut repair and function
  • Helps to Detox liver
  • Strengthens Nails
  • Decrease Fat Mass
  • Supports Ligaments and Tendons
  • Collagen is even cited as helping to reduce the appearance of Cellulite

Tried & Tested

While I couldn’t put all of the above to the test, I have indeed tried O Nutricia Collagen over the past month and a half.  To better substantiate my review, I decided to photographically document the condition of my skin from 23 August 2018.  In a very short space of time, there is indeed a noticeable improvement in my skin.  Two weeks after starting with the collagen I have numerous compliments about how my skin in glowing.  I hadn’t noticed but people around me did.

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There’s a noticeable improvement in the condition of my skin

In addition to the above,  I have to admit that my nails are actually growing and stronger.  I can feel an increase of new baby hair on my scalp.  I have extremely thin hair and this won’t be rectified overnight as my thinning hair is a genetic condition.  My injured foot is also definitely on the mend and while I can’t fully credit my recovery to O Nutricia collagen, I’m convinced that the combination of the use of collagen, physio and rest has seen my foot heal quicker than expected.

Collagen comes in three forms. Types I and III are commonly used to support healthy hair, skin, nails, tendons, bones, and ligaments. Type I is the most abundant protein in the human body and the main protein found in all connective tissue. Type II is commonly used to support joint and cartilage health.

O Nutricia collagen is Type l

  • Raw material certified Halaal
  • Bovine only
  • No porcine
  • No additives
  • No flavourants
  • No colourants
  • No fake sugars
  • No wheat or gluten
  • No soya
  • Just 100% pure hydrolysed collagen peptides.

The collagen can be consumed by adding it to water, tea, coffee, yogurt, gravies, soups and even smoothies.  I don’t particularly like it in my coffee though, but your options are endless with the O Nutricia website listing a few recipes for you to try out.

I can confirm without a doubt, that I am no longer a sceptic and can definitely see and feel the benefits of using O Nutricia collagen.

Giveaway

I’ve teamed up with O Nutricia Collagen to share the benefits.  We are giving one lucky winner a month’s supply of O Nutricia collagen.  All you have to do is follow O Nutricia and Fit Like Mummy on Instagram.  Leave a comment listing one benefit of O Nutricia collagen and share with your friends who may be super keen to get in on the action.  Good luck lovelies xxx

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J&B Hive sets Braamfontein abuzz after its latest announcement

Are you a creative? Or are you an entrepreneur? Better still …. are you a creative entrepreneur? If you have answered yes to any of the above, then you are in the right place at the right time and I strongly suggest that you read on.

The J&B Hive set Braamfontein abuzz after its latest announcement that it is looking for the next 10 to 20 creative entrepreneurs in Joburg to invest in.

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I attended the showcase evening of the J&B Hive at 1 Juta Street in Braamfontein with the oh so gorgeous Tazz Adams. The J&B Hive is the official home of the game-changer; the rare hustler; the creative entrepreneur. It is a creative hub and accelerator program designed for all your work, collaboration and event hosting needs.

#RARE

 

Showcase evening saw some of Jozi’s creatives converge on 1 Juta Street to celebrate the creative entrepreneurial beings who are in fact the heartbeat of the City of Gold. From talented musical performances, to new tech initiatives, extraordinary designers and uber mouth-watering cocktails … the future looks incredibly colourful and promising. South Africa is a country overflowing with creative individuals and the J&B Hive’s initiative is a fantastic way to keep these talents on home soil.

I couldn’t resist trying on this Bedoo Original  Headgear

As a brand, J&B lives and breathes for collaboration, believing it has the power to produce extraordinarily positive outcomes. The J&B Hive has a current membership community of 45 small businesses which are all rooted in the creative industry.

 

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Live from the Hive

 

As a global brand, J&B hopes that the Johannesburg hive will be the first of many around Africa and the globe. The idea is to create a global community that can tap into each other’s skills from around the world.

It was a fantastic evening all round. Hanging with creatives, generates a special kind of energy. It was in indeed food for this creatives soul. I got to hang with fellow bloggers and I met some new people as well. Let me just add that the networking opportunities are endless when you are #livefromthehive.

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Applications to become a member of the J&B Hive opened on 28 September. For more information, visit https://www.thehivejohannesburg.com/.

This awesome initiative is all about finding Jozi’s #RareHustle. Please spread the word and help us find those aspiring creative entrepreneurs. Now step into the hive, where you cab connect, create and collaborate.

Inspirational Peeps|Lifestyle

Javett Music Award competition at the University of Pretoria rewards talented students

I recently attended the first Annual Javett Music Awards at the University of Pretoria’s Musaion Theatre. After welcome drinks and canapes, we made our way to the theatre where we took our seats. As I sat front and centre, I felt my heart rate increase as I watched the incredibly talented performances of students, Sandisile and Olu.  Their performances were powerful and rendered an unbelievable amount of emotion.  I didn’t expect to be drawn into their performances the way I was, but I was left inspired and wanting for more.

They were later joined on the stage by Grammy nominated jazz vocalist, Professor Lenora Helm Hammonds.  Professor Helm Hammonds arrived in South Africa earlier in September from North Carolina Central University to take up her residency as the Javett Jazz Artist-in-Residence at the University of Pretoria‘s Department of Music.

Professor Lenora Helm Hammonds

At the end of the evening, Sandisile Gqweta and Olu Yakhe were announced as the winners of the 2018 Javett Music Awards at the University of Pretoria. Sandisile, a BMus (Performing Arts) final year jazz student at the University of Pretoria, won in the Jazz vocal category and Olu, who hails from Mdantsane, in the Eastern Cape, won in the classical singing category. They each won a cash prize of R25 000.

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Sandisile Gqweta and Olu Yakhe

The annual awards will alternate between composition and performing arts in any musical genre (classical, jazz or electro-acoustic). The awards acknowledge excellence, and celebrate outstanding, innovation and musical creativity, targeting the best young talent in the country.  The evening’s performances made it evident that South Africa is a country blessed with extremely talented individuals just waiting to be found and harnessed.  

Found and harnessed by the partnership between the Javett Foundation and the University of Pretoria.  The Javett Foundation is a South African trust, established to support philanthropic activities in line with the Javett family’s long-standing passion for and commitment to, the arts, education and culture. This fantastic partnership will be consolidated and strengthened in 2019, with the launch of the Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP). 

Food|Healthy eating|Lifestyle

Sharpening My Cooking Skills at the Discovery Healthy Food Studio

Lucky, is a girl who wins not one …. but two cooking experiences at the Discovery Healthy Food Studio in Sandton.  As a fit foodie, the opportunity to sharpen my cooking skills is the experience that dreams are made off.  Exaggerate much, I here you are ask but we will come back to this shortly.

The first time I won was during the #RuleYourHealth campaign collaboration between ever so gorgeous Babalwa Mabona and Discovery Health.  I won an experience for two to attend the “All About Chicken” cooking class.

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Date Night

The second time, I won a cooking experience for 3 friends and I with Whirlpool during their Heritage Day campaign.  When asked what my fav heritage dish was, I responded with a “Bunny Chow”.  Yip, it’s my absolute fav and let me just add that I do make a mean bunny chow.

Back to my Discovery experiences.  On both occasions at the Healthy Food Studio, we arrived at the extraordinary Discovery Health building and made our way up.  A warm welcome and then we got to watch the sunset while people sipped on wine and I had a cuppa java.  There were some delicious snacks to munch on while we mingled.

 

 

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Girls Night out with Whirlpool

 

After a quick introductory, we were dressed in chef hats and aprons.  We moved to the exquisitely designed and equipped kitchen that it fitted with appliances from Kitchenaid, Smeg and Whirlpool.  All the food is supplied by Woolworths.  Let’s just say that the experience at the Discovery Healthy Food Studio is an all-encompassing one.

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I’m a huge Whirlpool fan and love the opportunity to cook with their state of the art appliances.  I’m still waiting for the opportunity to use the Whirlpool JetChef which I have heard such amazing things about.

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Whirlpool JetChef

We took our places at our cooking stations and the qualified chefs then commenced with the themed classes.  The classes at skills based and you will definitely leave having learnt new skills.  The more experienced cooks in the room will hone their already impressive cooking skills.  It’s a team effort from all in attendance and a great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals.  The recipes utilised on the night are also emailed to you at a later stage so that you can put your new-found skills to the test when you cook your favourite dishes from the night.

Once all is said and done, everyone (except the chefs and staff) make their way to the dining room to eat dinner together.  Sampling the dishes cooked on the night, is a fantastic way to end the experience, which also helps everyone determine their favourite dishes of the night.  The cooking class is a wonderful experience irrespective of whether it is Date Night, Girls Night Out or Flying Solo kinda opportunity.  It’s the opportunity to learn new skills, improve existing skills while socialising and meeting new people.

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Fit Like Mummy – The Self-proclaimed Queen of Meal

Im a home cook who cooks 3 meals a day despite being a working mom by day and blogger by night.  Food is my passion and cooking for others is my way of expressing my love.  The kitchen is indeed my happy place and if I can spend my days teaching people how to meal prep and cook healthy but delicious food, then I will be living my best life to the fullest extent. I’ve changed my life and improved my health by making small but sustainable changes and so can you.  Until my dream (which I mentioned in my opening statements) becomes a reality, cooking classes like these and my live Sunday meal preps on Instagram will have to do.  So, meet me on the gram every Sunday afternoon when I meal prep like a boss.

 

 

 

 

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Dr Esther Mahlangu Teaches A Masterclass

Today, I had the absolute pleasure of attending an event that links art and food in South African heritage.  It was the Masterclass presented by living legend, Dr Esther Mahlangu  to learners at the National School of Arts.  As a foodie and previous art student, today was indeed food for the soul.

Two iconic brands, Albany Bakeries and Tastic Rice have joined forces with an iconic South African artist to celebrate Heritage Day in a truly unique and inspiring concept.

About Dr Esther Mahlangu

The South African Ndebele artist uses a  painting technique from her Ndebele region.  The technique has been handed down through generations of women, where she learnt to paint from the age of 10.  She has been creating traditional art for nearly 8 decades and her work has been showcased in galleries around the world.  The internationally acclaimed artist is undoubtedly the coolest and most extraordinary 84 years old artist in the history of South African heritage.

 

Holding true to her heritage has brought Dr Mahlangu iconic status.  She has commissioned work with ultra cool brands and celebrities that has resulted in her having the world at her feet.  She is a woman after my own hear.  Dr Esther Mahlangu is living proof that we are not defined by our age or our circumstances.  She demeanour is calming yet bold and strong.  She gentle laugh speaks of a of woman with and amazing sense of humour and outlook on life.  I was honestly left speechless for most of today, and lets not talk about all those goosebump moments.

 

 

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Albany Bakeries and Tastic Rice will run promotions that showcase artwork created by Esther Mahlangu, a world-renowned artist.
Mahlangu paints in the Ndebele tradition, each stroke accurately applied with a chicken feather, a skill she learnt at the age of 10. She has gone on to achieve global recognition.
Mahlangu presented a selection of designs to Tiger Brands and the respective creative teams at Albany and Tastic chose designs for the Albany bread and Tastic rice packaging.
Brenda Sakellarides, acting artistic director, The National School of the Arts, marketing and development unit says this is an opportunity to bridge generations – bringing together young and old in the tradition of storytelling, particularly as it relates to art and family.

Albany Bakeries and Tastic Rice have already launched promotions that showcase artwork created by Dr Esther Mahlangu a world-renowned artist.

Dr Mahlangu paints in the Ndebele tradition, each stroke accurately applied with a chicken feather, a skill she learnt at the age of 10. She has gone on to achieve global recognition.

Seven of Dr Esther Mahlangu’s designs were presented to Tiger Brands, and the respective creative teams at Albany and Tastic chose designs for the Albany bread and Tastic rice packaging.

Running alongside the limited-edition packaging is a promotional campaign.

The Albany campaign runs from 1 September to 30 September 2018. There are instant prizes and a R5000 cash prize daily.  Just purchase two Albany Superior loaves, send the unique code to the USSD number provided on pack and stand a chance to win.

This is the third year of Albany’s involvement in Heritage Day celebrations. Marketing director:  Albany Bakeries Tiger Brands Mmaphuti Rankapole, says, “We are delighted that bread and art can come together in this special and unique concept as two great staples of South African tradition. We recognise the importance of daily food as the life force that sustains all our people and are happy to play a role.”

Thembi Sehloho, marketing director: Rice and Pasta, Tiger Brands, says “It’s very exciting to have our brands associated with this global icon and be able to use Dr Mahlangu’s phenomenal artistic talent to enhance our packaging in a way that recognises South Africa’s heritage.”

To enter the Tastic promotion you just need to buy any Tastic 2kg parboiled rice, and enter the last 4 digits of the barcode into the USSD line *120*12215#  for a chance to win R1000 daily plus limited-edition Dr Esther Mahlangu-branded prizes. This campaign runs from 3 to 25 September 2018. Both campaigns will be supported by in-store and social media promotions.

As part of the Heritage promotions Albany and Tastic have arranged for Dr Mahlangu to host a master class for Grade 11 and Grade 10 students of the National School of the Arts (NSA) on 19 September.  In addition, they have been invited to submit artworks depicting what Albany and Tastic mean to them, and these will be exhibited in the foyer of Tiger Brands Head Office in Bryanston.

This will be followed by an official Heritage Day presentation with NSA Acapella singers to entertain guests in the foyer of Tiger Brands head office on 26 September. NSA is the leading art school in South Africa and is the ideal choice to showcase talent in all its forms.

Brenda Sakellarides, acting artistic director, The National School of the Arts, marketing and development unit says this is an opportunity to bridge generations – bringing together young and old in the tradition of storytelling, particularly as it relates to art and family. “It is a great honour to host Dr Esther Mahlangu at our school and our students will be inspired not only by her art, but her incredible spirit.”

Still painting at age 82, Dr Mahlangu adds, “Love your culture and tradition. This art of traditional paintings is part of our culture. So art can give you bread, can give you food (rice) for you to live. And there is no greater privilege than passing on my art in the Ndebele tradition that is so much a part of culture in South African society, which is why I want to build the IsiNdebele Art School.”

#LOVEYOURHERITAGE

#CELEBRATEYOURHERITAGE

 

Entertainment|Event|Lifestyle|Women

Women’s Lifestyle Expo High Tea set to attract who’s who of South African business women

Enjoying afternoon tea while perched on a gilded hotel armchair is a fine British tradition, which has thankfully found its way into today’s societal way of life.

The Women’s Lifestyle Expo presents you with the opportunity to sit down to an intimate High Tea with some of South Africa’s most dynamic, impressive and influential women at this year’s Expo (#WLE2018). Guests will be treated to a sumptuous tea while hearing how these phenomenal women managed to achieve their success; balancing demanding careers and motherhood and still managing to embrace their femininity. This sumptuous networking opportunity will be taking place on Saturday, 29 September from 2pm to 4pm at Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza Ballroom.

“The Women’s Lifestyle Expo High Tea will give you an opportunity to feed your inner goddess in a space that is energising and empowering and where women from all walks of life will get to interact, engage with and learn from some truly inspiring women.” – said Helen Johns, co-founder of Women’s Lifestyle Expo.

What to expect

Expect to sip on champagne and gin cocktails while enjoying delicious gourmet food. You will be able to enjoy one-on-one interactions and engage in relaxed discussions with the speakers and each guest will leave with a complimentary goodie bag so that they can continue their pampering experience at home.

The #WLE2018 High Tea is however no ordinary high tea.  The high tea features a panel of multi-talented, dynamic women who will share their thoughts and experiences on their road to ‘Redefining Success’.  Your panel comprises of:-

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The Deets for the High Tea

Tickets to the High Tea are R650 per person – which includes access to the entire Women’s Lifestyle Expo – and can be bought from www.itickets.co.za. With limited space available, you’re urged to book now to avoid disappointment.

#WLE2018 Deets

When: Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September
Times: Saturday, 29 September 9.30am to 8pm
Sunday, 30 September 9.30am to 6pm
Venue: Montecasino Piazza
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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.images
  • 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?!
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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.
  • Little Live Pets
  • Baby Born
  • Baby Annabell – Baby Annabell® is almost like a real baby with lifelike functions and a cute expression on her face.
  • My Fairy Garden
  • 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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  • Game Box
  • 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 

With Mickey turning 90 on 18 November. Disney will be running a nationwide campaign to celebrate all things.  Expect see Mickey everything!!41972 - 60CM CLASSIC BIG HEAD MICKEY

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Mom life|Parenting|Wellness|Women

Knowledge can boost confidence for oral contraceptive users

Oral contraceptives are chemicals taken by mouth to inhibit normal fertility.  All act on the hormonal system.  Female oral contraceptives, colloquially known as the Pill, are the most common form of pharmaceutical contraception.  They are used to prevent pregnancy.  The pill is also used to control symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis.  Many doctors prescribe the Pill to women who complain of dysfunctional uterine bleeding

Pros & Cons of Oral Contraceptives

Birth Control Pills
Success Rate with Typical Use: 91%
Pros Cons
  • Very effective against pregnancy if used correctly
  • Makes menstrual periods more regular and lighter
  • Decreases menstrual cramps and acne
  • Makes you less likely to get ovarian and uterine cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, and anemia
  • Doesn’t interrupt sexual activity
  • Doesn’t protect against STIs
  • Depending on your insurance, your birth control may be free or there may be a co-pay.
  • Need to remember to take every day at the same time
  • Can’t be used by women with certain medical problems or by women taking certain medications
  • Can occasionally cause side effects such as nausea, increased appetite, headaches, and, very rarely, blood clots
  • Need a prescription
  • Still need condoms to lower the risk of STIs

The above table is obtained from https://youngwomenshealth.org

Managing lesser known but important side effects, can reduce concerns for users of oral contraceptives

Enabling women to make choices about their fertility is empowering and offers women better economic and social opportunities.   Since their introduction in 1960, there have been many advances towards minimising the side effects of oral contraceptives (OCs) and thus to improving compliance.   Lower dose oral contraceptive formulations have resulted in a decrease in side effects such as breast tenderness and bloating. 

Many users are however unaware of less obvious OC-induced side effects, resulting from the depletion of certain nutrients, such as some of the Vitamin B group.  Greater knowledge of the most common nutritional shortages and their possible impact, should assist users of OCs to decide, in consultation with their physician, whether they would benefit from taking appropriate dietary supplements. 

   Medical disorders that can occur because of vitamin or mineral deficiencies caused by OCs include cardiovascular disorders such as high blood pressure and thrombosis; anaemia and anorexia, as well as the more serious neural tube defects (NTDs) occurring during pregnancy.  NTDs result from the failure of the neural tube of the embryo to close by the fourth week of pregnancy, causing birth defects of the brain and spine.

   Some of the key vitamins and minerals that may be deficient in women taking OCs include B vitamins (in particular Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12); folic acid and zinc.  Vitamin B6 deficiency is associated with a heightened risk of arterial and venous thromboembolism while Vitamin B12 is essential for cell growth and replication. Both Vitamin B12 and folic acid are important in the prevention of NTDs, while folic acid prevents anaemia.  Zinc plays an important role in the proper function of the immune system and cell growth, while a lack of zinc may lead to anorexia, anaemia, atherosclerosis or affect the immune system. 

 Efforts to prevent micronutrient depletion with supplements or food should be considered for women who take OC for a long period. Taking appropriate dietary supplements is recommended as the first step, as various factors such as bioavailability, diet, unhealthy lifestyles and illness can also have an impact on the availability of certain nutrients.  So it’s best to consult your doctor or pharmacy to source appropriate dietary supplements to prevent micronutrient depletion.

 

 

Entertainment|Lifestyle

The Secret is Out – SecretEats is back

A recently bumped into Darren Meltz and when he mentioned that SecretEats is back, I honestly couldn’t contain my excitement.  SecretEATS is every foodies little piece of heaven.

SecretEats! Simply put is an exclusive underground dining experience.  The concept brings together top chefs and young, rising stars with outgoing, adventurous food and wine lovers in unique, unexpected and absolutely breathtaking spaces.  Pretty much ever foodies happy place.

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This invitation only experience sees guests being treated to an exclusive, intimate dinner party featuring course after course of gourmet food, and premium wine pairings from some of the country’s top wine farms.

Do any of the names ring a bell … Brad Ball, Bertus Basson, James Diack, Vicky Crease, Michelle Theron, Kobus van der Merwe, Vanessa Marx ?  SecretEATS has has the pleasure of working with some of these top local and international chefs.

The intrigue and mystery of SecreatEATS lies in the unique and wonderful concept.  The Secret chef and menu are only unveiled upon confirmation of your password at the secret location on the day of the event.  From wineland homes to stunning art galleries, private gardens, ancient milkwood forests and anywhere in between, our evenings are always hosted somewhere guests can’t simply go and make a booking.

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Giving Back

As always, every dinner hosted helps raise funds for a local charity in need, an important aspect of the SecretEATS brand. This has allowed us to support and give back to the local community where we – and our guests – live, work and play.

Chat time with Darren Meltz

What does it mean to you to be the Regional Events Director?

I could not be more excited to embark on this new journey with SecretEATS. Being Events Director gives me the freedom to come up with the dinner events not only of my dreams but those of our guests. I am able to make the concepts I’ve had in mind for so long come alive in the most beautiful way.

Why should South African foodies be requesting an invite to a fabulous SecretEATS dinner?

SecretEATS dinners are one of a kind and no two dinners are the same. We bring together the best chefs in the most unique locations. If you miss a SecretEATS you truly will miss out.

Have you attended any of the previous SecretEATS dinners and if so, name your greatest highlight?

My time with SecretEATS started right at the beginning. I was the photographer for the very first Joburg dinners so I’ve been lucky enough to be part of quite a few dinners. My favourites were definitely the red and white rooftop picnic and our collaboration with the Bombay Sapphire Imagination room.

Moments are shared and friendships are made. I am beyond excited to bring the enchantment of SecretEATS to our guests.” – Darren Meltz, Events Director JHB/PTA

For now, simply Request your Private Invitation to join SecretEATS and then sit back, relax and await the deliciousness.

 

 

Review

The Organics Life

My family and I were super excited to be hand-picked to participate in #TheOrganicsLife project with Beauty Bulletin and Organics!  Firstly, because we are already Organics fans and secondly because finding a high quality brand that accommodates and suits our rainbow nation family is essential.

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1 Rainbow Nation Family – 4 Different Hair Types – 1 Amazing Shampoo Brand

The Package:

We received the following items:-

  • Mom – 1 x Organics Dry & Damaged Shampoo
  • Mom – 1 x Organics  Dry & Damaged Conditioner
  • Ashton & Dad – 1 x Organics 2-in-1 solution
  • Skylar 1 x Organics Kids  2-in-1 Coconutty solution
  • My Bestie – 1 x Organics Straight and Sleek Shampoo
  • My Bestie – 1 x Organics Straight and SleeK Conditioner

You can head over to Beauty Bulletin to read our reviews on the Organics products and see what our overall scores are.

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What We Thought

All the products received, definitely delivered on their promises.  After a month of using Organics hair products, we can definitely say that we have hair that shines from root to tip.  In addition to that my hair looks super sleek.  My only con is that the products received have no volumising attribute to them.

My little one is over the moon that the Organics Kids doesn’t burn his eye.  I also tried the Organics Kids and loved it.  We absolutely love the way it smells, but best of all is the knot free, softer hair.

My hair obsessed teenager, was not impressed.  His complaint is that Organics makes his hair look neat and manageable.  So Ashton’s complaint, actually turns out to be a blessing in disguise for me.  Organics definitely ticks all the right boxes.

The hubby was also extremely happy with the anti-dandruff range.  He added that he liked the fact that he didn’t need to use a lot as it lathers well.  I guess that is the Accountant in him coming out.

On that point, the products are priced extremely well and doesn’t break the bank.   .  I’m most impressed by the affordability of the products, especially in comparison to the effectiveness.

I gave the Organics Straight & Sleek shampoo and conditioner to my bestie to try to she loves it. Her hair looked incredible.

We also love the fact that Organics is inspired by nature & is suitable for whole family.  It definitely suits our lifestyle as we are a family who epitomizes #TheOrganicsLife.