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Affordable Holiday Gift Ideas

Here are a few affordable ideas that you and your family can make this Christmas. Cookies in a jar / Soup in a jar / Recipe in a jar - This gift, with its various layers of colorful ingredients, is most beautiful unwrapped. Make the instructional tag from a folded rectangle of white cardboard, decorate it with markers, and write the all-important baking/cooking instructions on the inside. Punch...

I wish I had said something…

Have you ever had the feeling that you wish you had said something when something happened? Yesterday, at Claremont Engen in Cape Town, two women started fighting. Both had black cars and one wanted to pass the other who was waiting for a petrol station (she really could not move anywhere at the specific time). The Lady started hooting and then started trying to nudge the car! Crazy! I know! Then...

Gestational Diabetes

If you managed to get through the first three months (or in my case, the first five) of mood swings, nausea, vomiting, forgetfulness, vivid dreams and everything else you had to endure; you may think you may think you can sit back, relax, indulge in all your food cravings and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy. Until… At 24-28 weeks your doctor may ask you to take this (trust me when I say this)...

16 Week Injection

The 16 Week injection, as with the 8 and 12 week injections, consists of the following: Immunisation against Diphtheria, Tetanus and acellular or whole-cell pertussis (DTP) and Haemophilus influenza type B combined. As well as, Hepatitis B (Hb) and polio. For more information on these diseases, please read our previous article on the 8 Week Injection. If you opted to have the Rotavirus drops at...

Simply Wholesome Chicken

Let's face it - chicken isn't chicken anymore and as parents we only want what is best for our children. That is why I am so excited about Simply Wholesome. Their chickens are: 100% free range – free from growth hormones, anti-biotic and animal by-products grain fed fresh (never been frozen) delivered directly to you from the farm Handling is kept to a minimum. Their product range includes...

The Parent Trap

A scientific study first published in the late 1960’s ranked various stressful events in terms of the extent to which a person would need to adjust their established lifestyle in order to adapt to the situation, for example a bereavement or divorce. Having a child was placed in the top ten of the most stressful life-altering events which can happen to a person. If such a study was limited ...

Eating Healthily while not feeling deprived!

Many people ask me, “How did you lose all your weight after your pregnancy?” My response to this is often a referral to the fact that two months after the birth of my baby I was dreadfully ill and then had to eventually have my gall bladder removed. So, after that I was on a diet of apple juice and jelly. In all honesty, though, that is not the only reason I believe that I have kept the...

12 Week Injection

The 12 Week injection, as with the 8 week injection, consists of the following: Immunisation against Diphtheria, Tetanus and acellular or whole-cell pertussis (DTP) and Haemophilus influenza type B combined. As well as, Hepatitis B (Hb) and polio. For more information on these diseases, please read our previous article on the 8 Week Injection. At this point you will also be offered some optional...

Post-Pregnancy Illnesses

(Reposted at a later date) As I sit here and write this article, I have just awoken from a relatively comfortable but more comforting night’s sleep in my OWN bed. Last night I was discharged from hospital… …well, at least until next week. Next week I will need to have my Gall Bladder removed but for now I have pain medication and antibiotics to see me through. 7 Weeks ago, I was also being...