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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...

Imhoff Farm (Western Cape)

The dairy and livestock farming of yesteryear is no longer viable on this once remote stretch of land, however. Now on a busy tourist route, the farmstead has evolved into Imhoff Farm, a commercial hub with old-world charm. Present owners (since 1912) the Van der Horst family are committed to maintaining the "country farm" atmosphere, providing an excellent "one stop" venue for visitors to the...

Noordhoek Farm Village (Western Cape)

Noordhoek Farm Village is an enchanting destination for families, friends and visitors and is just 25 minutes from Cape Town City Centre. Apart from the various lifestyle stores and restaurants, Noordhoek Farm Village also has a fun playground which is adjacent to Café Roux, so you can have a bite to eat while the kids fit in some play time. Noordhoek Farm Village is also home to Bob...

Play-it-Safe Rules

I found this list on the Safely Ever After Website. I think it is a good list to go through with your child, very specific and very pertinent to our day and age. 1. I AM THE BOSS OF MY BODY! 2. I know my NAME, ADDRESS, & PHONE NUMBER, and my parents’ names too.         (Don’t forget: kids need to know their parents’ cell phone numbers!) 3. Safe Grownups Don’t Ask Kids for...

Making Exercise part of your Daily life

As we approach Summer, the thought of putting on a Swimming Costume might scare you (or others, ha!). That said, the most important reason for making exercise part of our everyday life is so that we are happy and healthy. The golden question is "How?". How do we make that transition? Set a Time - Decide whether you’re more likely to stick with it in the morning, afternoon or evening and...

Are you creating Complicated Systems?

I recently read an article on the Zen Habits Blog that really struck me. I guess if I was Oprah, it would have been an "aha" moment. At times we avoid or don't have time to put systems in place for whatever we need to do daily/weekly/monthly as we think we do not have the time or energy. Our lives have become so "full" that we struggle to even find time just to think. The reality is we need to...

Girls Garden Party Ideas

“Roses are red, Violets are blue, The party is planned.. Now all we need is YOU!” Creating a fantasy-filled garden party for the birthday girl can be lots of fun - especially if her birthday is in springtime. We have collected a few ideas to help you on your way. Get the birthday girl involved, she will love getting creative with mom or dad! Decorations Look around your house for items you...