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Upcycled Food Tin Can

Tin Cans are wonderful items that can easily be Reused, Recycled...or Upcycled. This is a fun project to do with the kids and my daughter's tin was, of course, more creative than mine but the nice thing is how useful they are. I love useful crafts...instead of crafts that land up as clutter. What you will need: Tin Can Paint - in different colours a Pair of Scissors Glue Items to decorate the...

Upcycling Ideas

We love Upcycling here at Family Treasures. Not only is kind to the earth but it is also kind to your pocket, so you can spend your money on the things you really need or save it for that rainy day. We have collected a few Upcycling ideas that are easy to do at home. Painted Jars I saw this idea at a Women's Fair recently, such a clever idea and great for creating matching decor. To make: Clean...

Creating a Goal Collage

Creating a Goal Collage is a wonderful activity for moms, dads and/or kids. It is a great way to stay motivated (especially if you are a visual person). What you will need: Cardboard / Paper Glue A pair of Scissors Old Magazines or Newspapers Putting your Goal Collage together Start by thinking of all the goals that you/your child would like to achieve. You can write them down as a guide, if it...

Treats for kids with Allergies

While I have created, found, dreamed up some fabulous treats for my family, sometimes...just sometimes...it is nice to purchase something from the store that is safe and that they will enjoy. Wellness Warehouse has some great treats, if you are in Cape Town. If not, I see that you can also shop online and have it delivered in and around South Africa. I also contacted Woolworths about their...

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...