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Fidget spinners safety tips

May 29, 2017

As a mom (or a human), you may have already heard about the latest craze amongst our kids – Fidget spinners.

Which started out as a stress-relieving toy for people who have trouble with focusing or fidgeting, has quickly spiraled into the new must-have among peers worldwide. The spinning toy has become popular so fast, parents have not yet had the chance to wrap their heads around or make sense of it and safety precautions have barely been communicated about the use of the fidget spinner as a regular toy.

Unfortunately, in its short life, there’s already been reports of kids choking and other injuries caused by the spinners. Although it’s not a cause for panic and I wouldn’t go as far as to demand kids dispose of their fidget spinners just yet, it never hurts to be safe. Kids really are just kids and they love to explore.

Which is exactly why the over-protective mom in me, who have already promised her kids a fidget if they behave (Guilty!), wanted to find out how to keep my kids safe around these seemingly harmless gadgets.

Here are the four guidelines the Toy Association says parents should keep in mind when it comes to fidget spinner safety:

Follow Age Labels

Make sure fidget spinners are age-appropriate. Always follow age labeling, and if the spinner does not have age guidance on its packaging, don’t buy it. Never give children under three years of age (or those who still put toys in their mouths) any items, such as fidget spinners, that have small parts. Children who are old enough to play with fidget spinners should be taught how to play with them correctly—and instructed never to put them in their mouths.

Shop at Reputable Retailers

Shop at a reputable retailer that you know and trust. Those retailers will be selling products that have been tested and comply with strict U.S. safety standards. When a craze like the fidget spinners hits, you may be tempted to buy one for your child wherever you can find one (like at a pop-up vendor on the street or from an unknown online seller), but the safety of products sold outside a reputable retailer cannot be guaranteed.

Tips for Light-Up Spinners

Small batteries are required to be secured so that a tool or coin is needed to access the battery compartment. Fidget spinners with a light-up feature might utilize small batteries that can be harmful if accidentally ingested. Avoid giving a child a light-up spinner if it does not also have a locking mechanism on the battery compartment.

Check for Broken Parts

Check fidget spinners periodically for damage. Broken items should be discarded and not left in a child’s environment.

Keep Spinning!

 

 

 

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THE MUNCHING MONGOOSE: Fresh Organic Produce Delivered

May 29, 2017
Most companies are different, but we are different from most, we are a small team with big objectives!

Our mission is to help to introduce people to healthier and more interesting options for their pantry while at the same time still giving them the authentic “market” experience which everyone loves so much, but seldom has the time to enjoy.

As the winners of the 2016 702 and Sage One Small Business Awards, we have an extreme focus, even obsession, on offering a very personalised experience for our customers, presented in a fun and quirky, but always very professional manner with consistent communication. Our aim is to offer an experience with a difference – one that becomes part of a family’s weekly routine.

The Munching Mongoose is passionate about changing the lives of others through amazing experiences, super produce and good will. On a weekly basis, we collate a box of fresh, seasonal, locally and organically grown produce as well as artisan and gourmet products.

We source our produce from several small-scale farmers and gastronomic artisans around South Africa. Our aim is to partner with like-minded people who are producing their goods following ethical, sustainable and organic based principals, and conveniently deliver the selection of healthy and tasty goods right to our customer’s homes – obviously only after adding our own personal and quirky touch to ensure that every week our Mongaggle members (mongoose families) look forward to the arrival of The Munching Mongoose delivery.

The contents of the boxes are different each week set according to the season and availability and we offer the same produce, but in differing volumes to our customers depending on family size.

We have a mini bag for singles or couple

A midi box for small families and a maxi box for larger families

Low carb box

A bag without any fruits or vegetables for those customers who perhaps have their own vegetable gardens, but would still love fresh creamy milk, fresh farm eggs, as well as an amazing assortment of cheeses and artisan breads

A selection of other add on products such as meat and dairy packs

As well as weekly specials and pre-packed kids school “Munch Packs

Our online system allows customers control and flexibility over their orders, accounts, online payments and to manage their own deliveries without any contract. Click here to get started.

Clients can stop or hold their delivery at any time.

The system also gives them flexibility to swop certain products or order additional specials. We aim never to lose the personal touch and our blogs and Facebook page offer recipes and useful information on the products of the season.

For our social responsibility commitment, we apportion some of our income, and with the support of some of our suppliers and customers, are able to make regular donations of the same food to Abraham Kriel – a school for abused and abandoned children where the staff works tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of the children.

 

 

Organically yours,

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I Tried Fitchef For a Month

April 24, 2017
No Preservatives / Additives
No added sugar
Low GI

 

 

When I learned about the Fitchef concept a few months back, I didn’t think their meals would be any good. Honestly, the thought of frozen foods being both healthy, nutritious AND tasty, sounded crazy.

A mother of three and ever curious, I decided to see for myself what all the hoo-hah was about.  Anything promising more time to myself and my family and less time in the kitchen was worth at least a try.

IT WAS AMAZING!

For an entire month, I lived on nothing other than fitchef meals and drinks, then found myself wondering how I will ever go back to my ‘normal’ way of life again.

After only 2 weeks my tummy was visibly flatter

Here are just a few other things I observed during my month with Fitchef:

The chef must be some undercover world-class cook. The food was surprisingly tasty.

I have never tasted better smoothies or knew they COULD possibly taste so good. I just thought health smoothies were SUPPOSED to taste bad.

I finally get it. Healthy doesn’t always mean tasteless

The effects are almost instant. I immediately felt better about myself after starting my fitchef meal plan.

I didn’t weigh or measure myself at any time during the month, but I definitely lost a few kilos as I felt absolutely wonderful in my clothes.

It’s a way of life. You can never go back to ‘normal’ once you’ve started a fitchef mealplan. It’s THAT good.

No bloating or indigestion.

Even with  (wholewheat) rice and pasta, I got a flatter tummy! Score!

Did I mention the smoothies and juices are AMAZING!? Well, then you have to try the power shots.

One Elements meal package is unfortunately not enough to feed my family of five.

However, it was enough for me, for a month,  and saved me heaps of time and worry about what healthy meal to prepare for myself next.

It’s okay to spoil yourself, mom.

It is not cheap but definitely is worth it. Besides the food, you’re getting quality of life, more time with your family; and a smaller waist line.

FitChef is no longer certified Halaal. They do suggest their vegetarian meal option or a 21 Day or 1 Month Vegetarian Challenge and then adding your own Halaal meats.

The shot box was my ultimate favourite and made me feel instantly awake

Before

5 minutes later

Before

5 minutes later

Before

5 minutes later

Watch my ‘slightly embarrassing’ video below on how to prepare a fitchef frozen meal 🙂

 

 

To a happier, healthier you!

Love,

 

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Drink Away Inflammation (Guest Post)

April 18, 2017

You don’t have to be old to start experiencing inflammation problems.

There are a plenty reasons for experiencing inflammation and often it has something to do with the kind of food you eat. This is why you need to change your eating habits before it is too late.

Start by removing unhealthy drinks from your diet. Soda and alcohol are a big NO. They contain a lot of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients that may worsen inflammation. Choose healthier drinks instead.

Try a Leafy Greens Smoothie

It is made from blended green vegetables. You may choose 2 different green leafy vegetables and toss them in the blender. Once properly blended, add mango, pineapple, and banana for better taste. Blend the ingredients again until everything is smooth.

The benefit of this drink is that it’s totally organic. You may have to adjust to the taste at first, but you will learn to like it after a few tries.

Turmeric Latte

You normally use turmeric in making curry powder. This drink doesn’t taste like curry, but it has a strong taste. The good thing is that it also contains a lot of antioxidants that are good for your health.

To make one:

Gently warm the almonds in a saucepan.

Add coconut milk, but do not bring to a boil.

Add turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger.

The last ingredient is coconut oil. Wait until all the ingredients were melted before removing them from the saucepan.

Kombucha

This is becoming a more popular energy drink. The taste seems a bit weird, but once you think of all the health benefits, you can say that it is worth the taste.

-Dissolve sugar in hot water.

-Stir until sugar is dissolved before adding Kombucha tea.

-Remove the bag after a few minutes.

-Add a starter tea or distilled white vinegar.

-Then, add an active Kombucha Scoby.

Cover the mixture with a towel or coffee filter and let it sit there for several days.

If you let it sit longer, the less sweet and sour it becomes. You may add flavours in your drink so it won’t be as sour as it originally is. Just make sure you don’t add too much sugar or else it forfeits the purpose of being a healthy drink.

It might be a bit of a challenge if you shift to these healthier beverages, but in no time, you’ll learn to love the taste of these drinks, and even forget about soda or alcohol altogether.

For a more healthy drink options, check out the infographic below. Find one that matches your taste and stick with it. You may also try all of them and find out which one is perfect for you.

7 Easy Everyday Drinks That Fight Inflammation

Guest post was written by Sarah Smith from HowToStartaBlogOnline.net

To a healthier, happier you!

Love,

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Let’s talk about Mental Health, Moms

March 6, 2017

Moms are superheroes, no doubt. We are the masters in homemaking, we have thriving careers and work long hours, while also making time for our families and friends. Although sadly the latter are more often neglected than not. It is true we can do just about anything we set our minds to; however, we cannot do it alone, because I have learned that it takes a village.

The most bad-ass superheroes have sidekicks and not all wear capes, just so do all moms need a strong support team of family and friends to step in when we not only need to see to our physical health but our mental health too. I always say, a fabulous mom knows when to ask for help.

Whenever our kids fall ill, who do they seek out first for comfort? MOM. When they’re feeling hurt, whose reassurance do they depend on? MOM. And when they’re uncertain, at least they can be sure of mom’s unfailing love and care for them. But how are you going to do all that when you’re battling depression or alcoholism. I believe it is in these tender moments when our kids are leaning on us for support and guidance,  that the foundation of their mentality towards the world is laid.

A healthy outlook on life starts at home and often with us. Therefore, if for none other than the well-being of our children, we need to unite in the battle against mental illness attacking our women and in so doing raise a healthier generation.

The more we speak about mental illness in our society, the more we will learn about its symptoms and treatments. Only then can we start to heal and remove its ugly stigma.

Only after my mother had a stroke while alone at home one night, tragically resulting in the loss of too much oxygen to the brain, causing severe brain damage and her ultimate passing, did I realise she’d been suffering from a mental illness for possibly my whole life. Mom was an alcoholic. 

Did you know alcoholism is a mental illness? Well, it is, and it is curable. For mom it was too late, but it doesn’t have to be too late for anyone else. Which is why this post means so much to me. Many of the most common mental illnesses are curable if treated correctly.

Gita Harie, executive director of the Durban and Coastal Mental Health Association, said: “Mental health is the nation’s wealth. We take it for granted and we forget that there is an interrelationship between our physical and mental well-being.

If you know someone with a mental illness or someone you think may possibly be suffering from a mental disorder, remember to be understanding, compassionate and supportive.

Sources: Women’s Mental Health In South Africa by Alison Moultrie research psychologist & Dr. Sharon Kleinjes Senior lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town; South African Depression and Anxiety Group Sadag;  Health Systems Trust

Love,