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You Got This: Handling the Holidays with a Solid Morning Routine

December 24, 2018

What is your family’s morning routine like? Does it vary from day to day and completely fall to pieces when the holidays roll around? There is an old saying, “Well begun is half done,” and there is no better strategy for breezing through the season stress-free than with a strong morning regimen. Need some tips? We’ve got you covered.

Maintain Your Game

Kids seem to have boundless amounts of energy anyway, and the holidays tend to build their vim and vigor to crazy heights. When your youngsters start thinking about presents, Santa, and holiday snacks, keeping up with them can be daunting at best if you aren’t taking good care of yourself. One recommendation is to make sure you stay on top of your game with actions that keep your energy levels strong. Ensure you get a good night’s sleep each night, and don’t indulge in too many holiday goodies. Instead, stick with a nutritious diet, and make sure to drink enough water, since insufficient hydration can lead to feeling tired.

Also, the busyness of the season can often lead to days getting away from us. One way to ensure you stay on top of your fitness regimen is by putting together a home gym, so working out is convenient in spite of the countless holiday obligations.

Conquer the Clutter

Clutter can lead to disruption and chaos, especially in the mornings. When you can’t find your tweezers, Sally is looking for her curling iron, and Jimmy can’t find his deodorant, you might all be tripping over each other to get yourselves ready to conquer the day when what you really need to do is conquer the clutter. This can be especially challenging if you’re all sharing a small bathroom, but as Good Housekeeping points out there are plenty of ways to keep the space organized and efficient. Look for solutions that optimize walls and shelves and group like items together, and consider adding small, attractive and functional storage as needed.

Stick to Schedules

Does your family adhere to a daily schedule? All too often, our commitments keep us on the go and bending our days to various obligations, rather than staying in good habits and timeframes. While it can be especially tempting to let things slide during the holidays, it is important to establish and maintain a routine, regardless of the season. Kids can draw a sense of security from knowing what to expect every day, and they even handle lifestyle changes better if those changes occur within the structure of a normal routine, such as moving or changing schools.  What’s more, some studies indicate that children’s development hinges on circadian rhythms, so keeping on normal timelines can mean keeping them happier and healthier. Ensure your kids go to bed and wake up at the same time each night and eat meals at set times.

Eat Breakfast Together

Sitting down to breakfast as a family every morning can help set your family up for a successful day. CBS News explains that breakfast is an ideal time for families to convene for a meal since it’s easy to prepare, you can talk about the day ahead, and children generally love all sorts of breakfast foods. On top of all that, eating a nutritious breakfast offers certain health benefits, like helping you maintain a healthy weight. You can even prepare some hearty, make-ahead breakfast casseroles so everyone can sit down together and enjoy the holiday mornings.

Instead of being stressed out this holiday season, ensure your family members can start their days with a solid routine. Stay organized and energized with healthful and smart strategies to keep everyone in sync. The season will be stress-free for you and yours, thanks to your proper planning and some great, healthy choices.

About the writer:
Daniel’s been a single dad to daughter (9) and son (6) for three years now. He admits he doesn’t always know what the heck he’s doing, but that every day is definitely an adventure and a blessing. You can find him over atdadsolo.com

 

Happy Holidays!

Love,

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Why O On Kloof Is The Perfect Choice For Your Next Spa Treatment

February 12, 2018

This past weekend was probably the most relaxed and carefree I’ve felt since, well, you know.

following my recent post on The Best, Most Beautiful, And Affordable Health And Beauty Spa’s Around Cape Town, I decided to pay the lovely O on Kloof in Bantry bay a visit. Not only did the 5-star reviews attract me, but I was also really curious to meet Patrycja who seemed to charm all her guests, and of course I wanted to take you along on the journey with me.

When Patrycja invited hubby and me to come over and try out their signature 60-minute couple spa treatment, we were thrilled. It’s been a rough few weeks since school started so this was exactly what we both needed – in fact, a little time away from daily chores, work stress and homework is any parent’s dream!

On arrival, I could see why guests from all over the world love it here and keep coming back. Instead of being received in a hotel foyer, we were greeted with a glass of bubbly and told to make ourselves comfortable in the sunlit lounge with its plush couches and ocean views. It’s literally a home away from home. We learned that Patrycja was the house manager and has been part of the family-owned business for many years. She had no problem taking the time to personally show us around their gorgeous boutique hotel and even though the current drought sadly meant the jacuzzis on the bedroom balconies had to be switched off for now, the Spa and indoor pool are still fully functional and you can be sure to get your money’s worth.

At O on Kloof, one is spoilt for choice. There is nowhere around the hotel you will not find a place to unwind, whether you prefer tanning on the sundeck, working those muscles in the gym at the pool, having a drink at the bar, or my favourite place, the library with its decent selection of books. There’s something for everyone.  If, like us, you’re just breaking away for a quick spa treatment, then I advise you to also book your table for a bite to eat at the in-house restaurant with its floor to ceiling windows, once again treating you to the gorgeous view and delectable food and drinks after what I promise will be the best massage you’ll ever have.

Is it your Birthday Month? Enjoy 60min Massage for only R350 including Glass of Champagne. T&C Apply.

Vouchers are on SALE – Email ospa@oonkloof.co.za or call +27 (0)21 434 0650 to find out more.

Follow OSpa on Facebook: O SPA or on Twitter @oonkloofhotel

Enjoy the Pics!

 

 

 

Happy Valentines Day!

Love,

 

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New Year Recharge: The Best, Most Beautiful, and Affordable Health and Beauty Spa’s around Cape Town

January 26, 2018

After the hustle and bustle of preparing the kids for the new school year, getting back into the swing of things at work and not to mention the hordes and hordes of homework your children’s been bringing home since; it’s safe to say it has been a pretty crazy January. Sure, we’re all extremely happy this month is almost over, but what difference does that fact really make to our overall mental and physical exhaustion? It simply means we’re heading into a brand new month with the same old baggage ( not to mention, another month closer to day zero!). We have a lot on our plates, us parents, and we absolutely deserve some time away, even if it’s just for few hours, to recharge. In fact, Lesley and I have just decided a couple days ago that we’re doing just that, and when my best friend called me up yesterday and demanded it’s high time the two of us plan a spa day together again, I felt inspired to do this post, and found the best, most beautiful and affordable health and beauty spa’s Cape Town has to offer.

Hint: My list does not include the 12 Apostles, One & Only, or the Taj. 

These were selected based on reasonable affordability and locations that guarantee the best views of the Cape.

 

Heavenly Spa at The Westin

WHERE: Convention Square, Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8000Cape Town CALL: +27214128200 EMAIL: 

 

Camelot Spa at LeFranchhoek 

WHERE: Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa, Minor Road 16, Franschhoek  CALL: +2721876-2735  EMAIL: lefranschhoek@camelotspa.co.za

 

Librisa Spa at the Belmond Mount Nelson

WHERE: 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town  CALL: +27 21 483 1000  EMAIL: reservations.mnh@belmond.com

 

Medi Spa ‘Medical Spa’ (next door to the Mount Nelson)

WHERE:  99 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town  CALL: +214225140

 

Mint Wellness Spa at Camps Bay Retreat

WHERE: 7 Chilworth Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town  CALL: +27214378300  EMAIL: book@campsbayretreat.com

 

Amani Spa Radisson Blue

WHERE: Beach Road, Granger Bay Cape Town  CALL: +27214113332/3  EMAIL: capetown@amanispas.co.za

 

Angsana Spa Vineyard Hotel

WHERE: Vineyard Hotel, Colinton Rd, Newlands  CALL: +216745005

 

Life Day Spa Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers

WHERE: Corner of Century Boulevard and Rialto Road, Century City, Cape Town CALL: +27215253888

 

O on Kloof

WHERE:  92 Kloof Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town  CALL:  +27214392081  EMAIL: 

 

Suntra Spa at African Pride 15 on Orange 

WHERE: 7th Floor, 15 on Orange Hotel, Corner Grey’s Pass & Orange Streets, Cape Town  CALL: +27214698062  EMAIL: relax@suntraspa.com

 

How will your Spa experience be affected by the current water crisis?

Not much, if at all. I have personally called many of these Spa’s on the list and most of them are using natural spring water. However, this is subject to change and it is, therefore, best to inquire about this again upon your booking. 

 

Love,

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Lush – Scrubee body butter – Review

December 19, 2017

I’m not a very good gift buyer. At all. In fact, unless you tell me exactly what you want, chances are I will get you a bar of soap for Christmas, your birthday, your graduation, wedding, and even for the birth of your dog’s puppies if that’s a thing.

How amazing then when I stumbled upon a little gem, hidden deep in the trenches of the Canal Walk shopping Centre, selling exactly that – soap!

(Also, I need to put it out there that I’m not fond of big malls like Canal Walk. They are ALWAYS bustling, I end up bumping into everyone, falling over kids or losing mine, and there’s just way too many things I simply cannot afford I wanna scream!)

So while lost in the bustle looking for gifts, I found Lush,  and I could not be more thrilled with my discovery. These little honeys are no ordinary soap; the store is filled to the brim with fresh, handmade, natural products and so many gorgeous pre-wrapped gifts on offer too. However, it’s likely the smell that draws you in at first.

Now, I don’t know if the Lush staff goes to special Customer Service bootcamp, but I’ve been in there a few times and each time I’ve been attentively helped, each product explained in detail and it’s while my arms were being washed (yes, in the shop!) that I fell in love with Scrubee. I mean, there’s plenty of gorgeous products I’m sure you will no doubt get addicted to, like their amaaaaaaazing edible lip scrub, but Scrubby is the reason I keep going back. It is a total body exfoliating and moisturizing bumblebee-shaped soap bar leaving your skin feeling soft and smelling good the entire day.

Scrubee is the perfect gift to anyone for any occasion, and they’ll thank you every time they jump into a shower or someone compliments them for always smelling so good.

You can read more about its ingredients and the amazing reviews here.

 

 

Located: Shop 263 LL, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century Blvd, Century City, Cape Town, 7441, South Africa
Website: https://za.lush.com/
Phone: 021 555 3634

 

Happy Shopping!

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Keeping The Family Safe During Summer

December 11, 2017

WATER

According to 2016 stats from the NSRI, 600 children drown every year in South Africa. That’s 10 busses full of children! That’s shocking! What is even more shocking is that I haven’t taken the time to check out the National Sea Rescue Institute’s website before doing my research on this post today.

 Drowning is the leading cause of death among children

Let that sink in for a just a moment. With Summer in full swing, and still a long way to go, this should be alarming for us moms. Although we are always on high alert to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our kids, Summer is definitely a time of year when the alert shifts way up into turbo gear. Even more so when we remember Jane Fraser’s story that shook us all last Summer and the thousands upon thousands stories likes this. It’s always important to continue talking to our children about the dangers of going near the pool unsupervised, or if possible, send them for swimming lessons during the year where they will no doubt also be taught these valuable lessons.

We personally couldn’t be happier with the Arena AWT Soft Armbands we got for the kids last Summer from Sportsman’s Warehouse. It’s possibly the best decision we made to give our then 3 year old, 4 year old and 6 year old more confidence in the pool. A year on and it still provides the little ones with the same comfort and security, whereas the older one now swims on her own.

However, it is always important to be extra careful, especially with smaller kids. Here’s a good place to start:

Make sure the pool is enclosed with a fence
Put your mind at ease by getting your kids a pkaboo Extra Wristband Pool safety Angel
Be prepared, and book a SafeKids first aid training class for you and others responsible for the safety of your children.

 

HEAT

 Hot vehicles are the primary non-crash, vehicle-related killer of children in the US. 

And every Summer it happens in South Africa too, certainly more frequent than it ever should. A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s. Opening a Window and parking in the shade while you ‘quickly’ run into the shop is not sufficient safegaurds. Car windows act like a greenhouse: they let in sunlight and heat, trapping it inside the vehicle. It doesn’t take long for a child to suffer from a heat stroke. At a body temperature of 41.7°C, cell damage occurs in a child and internal organs shut down.

Here are a few other important things to be mindful of during the harsh South African Summer:

Always lock your car and if a child is missing, check the swimming-pool first, then the car, including the boot.
Make sure all kids have plenty of water even before they leave the house .
Lather kids in Sunscreen as often as possible during the day while out.
Dress them in lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

Look out for these danger signs: 

Dehydration: 

Thirst, dry lips and tongue, lack of energy, and feeling overheated.

Heat cramps: 

Painful cramps of the abdominal muscles, arms, or legs.

Heat exhaustion: 

Dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, weakness, muscle pain and sometimes unconsciousness.

Heat stroke: 

A temperature of 40 degrees Celsius or higher and severe symptoms, including nausea and vomiting, seizures, disorientation or delirium, lack of sweating shortness of breath, unconsciousness, and coma.

 

LARGE CROWDS

Cape Town is ALWAYS chock a block with people from all walks of life when the holidays swing around, making it a scary time to be out and about with the kids. Kids will be kids and the likelihood of them running off for whatever reason is great.

I think it’s important for us as parents and childminders to make a conscious decision when taking our kids into large crowds such as amusement parks, malls, concerts, and beaches, to put away our cell phones and to never, for a second take our eyes off our little treasures (the kids, not the phones).

Either that or leave them home. However, parents get distracted and we don’t always have someone to watch our kids, so if you ever find yourself in a situation where you absolutely have to take your kids into large crowds, then here are a few ideas to keep those wandering ruckers as safe as we possibly can:

write your name and number on the inside of your child’s wrist or on their belly with a permanent marker, or use school clothing labels on the inside of their clothes. This way, should they get lost, the authorities or a good Samaritan will be able to call you immediately.
An alternative, or addition to this, would be to tuck a business card of the Hotel where you’re staying in your kids’ pockets.
Take a family pic before leaving the house or hotel room. This should be easy in the digital obsessed world we live in. Should it be necessary, you will have updated pictures of your kids.
Find ‘safe strangers’ by pointing out park officials, security, or even moms and dads with kids of their own as you make your way through the crowd with your kids. It will be useful and life-saving should you get separated from your child.

 

INSECT BITES

I didn’t think the wasp invasion of Cape Town a couple years back was a big deal until a screaming Jada limped into the house. She was stung by a wasp on her foot. Poor baby. Fortunately, the pain didn’t last too long and she wasn’t allergic or anything, but things could have turned out so much different had she been. However, many are, and some insects (flying and crawling) are poisonous, so how do we protect our inquisitive kids from getting into trouble while playing around the house or out walking in foresty areas?

Teach kids to always steer clear of beehives and other potentially dangerous insect’s territory or call pest control for removal
Wear light coloured clothes as bugs are attracted to darker colours
Opt for insect repellant or unscented products rather than perfumes or scented lotions.
Like sweet smells, insects also love sweet drinks, so look before you drink!

Although most stings and bites are harmless, if allergic or poisonous can be fatal if untreated. When in doubt call 0861 555 777

 

Sources: safekids.co.za / health24.com / health.usnews.com / www.healthline.com / allaboutfencing

 

Stay safe this Summer.

Love,