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Pass the Biscuits, please!

When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile...

Getting creative…with cleaning!

Let's face it, some tasks are boring and repetitive. Cleaning and Organising can be one of those tasks, especially since you have to do it over and over and over again. "Didn't I just clean this?". You may know by now, we are a fun-loving family. we like to make things fun (no matter how boring they usually are). If its fun, it does not feel like work! Music Put on a good, energetic CD, MP3...

My Mother Taught Me About…

1. My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION... "Just wait until your father gets home." 2. My Mother taught me about RECEIVING.... "You are going to get it when we get home!" 3. My Mother taught me to MEET A CHALLENGE... "What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you! Don't talk back to me!" 4. My Mother taught me LOGIC... "If you fall out off that swing and break your neck, you're not going...

10 tips for School Time with your Toddler

Creating a special time (if you are at home or have time in the evenings or weekend) with your toddler to learn about words, numbers and the wonders of the world is a wonderfully rewarding experience. You may not be able to manage this everyday but it is worth the effort to try at least 3 times a week. Where do you start? Here are our 10 tips for “School Time” with your Toddler. We call it...

Heritage Day Braai Ideas

Braaiing is something that as South Africans...well, we all do it. It is part of our Heritage. It can be something that unites us as a nation but it is definitely something that brings the family together. What are you doing for Heritage Day? If you are having a braai, we have a few tips and ideas. Keep your braai grid Clean -  Rub it down with half a raw onion or half a raw lemon when the braai...

Teaching your child how to swim

You’ve got all your gear ready to go. You’re well rested and so are your kids.  Where do you start? Your first visit to the pool will set the tone for the lessons to come. Use what you know about your child to make it a great experience for him, and he’ll be happy to come back again and again. Know the Rules Make sure your child understands never to go near or into the pool without an...

Staying Motivated

Ever felt like a week was taking forever? It feels like Friday, but it’s only Tuesday? Staying motivated is sometimes difficult. Week after week, we may be performing the same mundane tasks and it may be difficult to get excited about anything that we are doing. We have put together some ways to kick up your motivation levels.  If all else fails, sometimes you just need to take a bit of a...

Potty Training

The most important thing to remember, when potty training, is that it is not a race. Toilet training might take days or months and every child is different. Let your child progress at their own pace. I promise you, you will not have a teenager still in nappies. My dear daughter said her first word at three months but potty trained later than all her playmates. Try not to stress and try to make...

Easy Exercises for Moms and Dads

Recently, I wrote an article on how to incorporate exercise as part of your daily life (https://familytreasures.co.za/2012/09/making-exercise-part-of-your-daily-life). Here are some ideas of easy exercises that you can do in or near to home. Firstly, always ALWAYS start and end with stretching. For some simple stretches go to...

20 Tips to make life Easier!

We have compiled 20 Tips to make your life a little easier. If you have your own great tips, please share them with us below. We would love to hear more! When you are cooking on the stove and spill something. Sprinkle salt on the spilled liquid. Wait for your stove top to cool then just sweep the salt sprinkled mound into the waste can and the spill is all cleaned up. Heat up leftover pizza in a...