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Helping your Child make Friends as they start School

Grade R/Grade 1 is an exciting time for many children and their parents. With that excitement, however, comes some challenges. One area of concern for many parents is fostering friendships for their Grade R child. Every parent wants to be sure their child has a friend. Here are some suggestions on how you can help your child in adjusting to a new environment and in making new friends: Model...

New Years and Resolutions

With New Year's Day often comes Resolutions, goals and plans for bigger and better things - for you and for your family. This year I have only two resolutions. I have some goals or dreams but only two resolutions. Why? Well, let's be honest, resolutions don't always work out. Unlike goals which are measured and broken down into smaller goals, resolutions are usually directed at things we would...

School Holiday’s Craft Box

At the end of the year (and if your house is a bit like our house) you will be left with half finished paints, paper, stickers and more. Pop these into a box that you can move around easily and whip out before the "I'm Bored" comes out. This way, you will use up all the "left-overs", clear out cluttered shelves and cupboards and give you children a variety of fun craft items they can be...

Homemade Christmas Gifts #8 – Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

Barely over a week until Christmas and that means we need quick but meaningful gift ideas. Earlier this year, I shared some Natural Beauty Recipes and the Cinnamon Sugar Scrub is ideal for a quick but special gift. Cinnamon Sugar Scrub What you will need: Glass Jar Ribbon Wooden Scoop (optional) Ingredients Brown Treacle Sugar Cinnamon Olive oil Essential oil of your choice Fresh Rose Petals...

Christmas Breakfast

Christmas morning is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends. We normally have a few people over for Christmas breakfast before heading out to visit the family. So I have gathered a few Christmas breakfast ideas which I think are just too cute for their Christmas socks! Pizza Christmas Tree Ok, so the first one is maybe not your kind of breakfast but it is just too fun not to share. I...

Keeping his legacy alive

Nelson Mandela said "I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying." He was a great man who took his life experiences and let them change him for the better instead of being bitter and angry. He nurtured unity in South Africa and the World. To honour him, it is my hope that we will find ways to keep his legacy alive by educating, loving, forgiving, working and...

Tips to reduce stress this Christmas

To help you enjoy the true spirit of Christmas, here are a few tips to help you reduce the stress that comes with the Holiday season. Financial Stress: If the Christmas aftermath includes massive credit card bills that can take months to clear, Christmas can be a time of great stress. Christmas doesn't have to be a financial headache if you plan ahead. Work out a rough budget of expected...

7 Christmas Gifts that don’t cost a thing!

Wouldn't it be wonderful if instead of spending money, we celebrated Christmas in the spirit it is meant to be celebrated? Yes, gifts are wonderful, I am the first one to admit it (she says after receiving some gifts from her brother which she can't wait to open!) but maybe we can change our focus just a little? Here are 7 Christmas Gifts that don't cost a thing but are worth a lot: Give your...

No Violence Against Women and Children

Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international campaign which runs from the 25 November every year. During this time, the South African Government runs a 16 Days of Activism Campaign to make people aware of the negative impact of violence on women and children and to act against...