Entertainment, Health, News

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!

 

 

 

Health, Health/Fitness, Lifestyle, Slider

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,

Fashion, Inspiration, Slider

Weekend Style Crush – Mom Jeans

May 19, 2017

At first it may seem tricky getting it right, but mom jeans are actually perfect for many reasons, two of which are, they compliment almost any body type and they are not tight-fitting, in fact the more loose-fitting, all the better!

They are also pretty fun to play with when it comes to styling and are quite forgiving of us moms having to run around with the littlies all day long.

How do you find the perfect pair for you? Make sure it hugs the tummy at the smallest part of the waist and it will flatter any figure. The legs are easy and should be straight-cut and loose fitting.

Here’s an inspiration board I’ve put together for you, and to avoid me getting swamped with emails (I learned the hard way), I’ve also included the links to outlets around South Africa where you could possibly find a mom jeans of your own!

 

 

 

One thing is clear in all these looks – With the right shoe, you can add your touch of magic to any outfit. The challenge is to show off your unique style.

 

You can find a pair of mom jeans at:

Hellopretty

MRP

MANGO

Topshop

If you know where else we can find mom jeans, please email me or leave a comment 🙂

Love,

 

 

Founding Moms, Inspiration

Fabmom of the Month – Believe in your dreams

May 18, 2017

A Cape flats darling, Baryl Hendricks moved to Atlantis in 1984 after she got married. With a fiery passion for making others look and feel beautiful, she started working at Cut Above, a hair salon based close to her new home and where her obsession with hair and beauty was further fueled.

In 1993, due to her husband’s work demands, they packed up their life and moved to Johannesburg where she immediately threw herself back into what she loved most and started a new career at Hair International, an upmarket salon in Pretoria.

Not quite settled in and just getting used to the drier climate, Baryl soon found herself on a plane back to Cape Town. Her ex- boss simply couldn’t do without her and her magnetic love for the industry that drew clients so easily, and booked her the earliest flight home. To Baryl it felt good being valued.

With her husband still in Joburg, the pair decided it’s time they settle and bought a house in Atlantis. Fulfilling a lifelong dream she finally took the plunge and opened her very own hair and beauty salon. The path that followed wasn’t an easy one and not all things turned out as she had planned.

Her marriage crumbled and in 1999 she once again packed up, and with five kids in tow moved to the Northern Suburbs. With her focus set firmly on her career and figuring out the best way to raise her children in the most safe and loving environment, she successfully started up and ran three hair salons.

So amazing was she at what she did that all her managers eventually went on to open their own salons – having learned from the best in the industry.

Baryl has since remarried and been running her only remaining branch in Kraaifontein for the last 29 years. She lives for the happiness of her family…and making her clients look and feel amazing every time.

Pop in for a cup of coffee and  say hello to Baryl at:
65 Brighton Road
Kraaifontein
Cape Town
Contact to her on 021 827 0107 for amazing deals.

Yours in beauty,

Lifestyle

The Investment App. for Busy Moms

May 17, 2017

To address the poor savings culture in South Africa, long-term insurer, Liberty unveils its unique solution to remove the complexity and fear associated with investing. Stash.

So, what is Stash?

It’s an App you can easily download on your phone.

Downloading Stash is quick, convenient and simple. The average user takes 49 seconds to set up their Stash – from start to finish. When you download Stash from your Play Store, you get R50 up front just for signing up and to kick start your investment journey. Every time you refer a friend, you are rewarded with R10 added to your Stash account.

It eliminates the need to see a financial adviser. 

 This investment app was designed to break through all the complicated investment jargon, processes, tedious forms, cashing out difficulties and reduces the amount of time it takes to meet with a financial adviser.

It’s investment made as easy as tweeting. 

Juan Labuschagne, head of development at Stash says, “When it comes to investing, getting started is the hardest part. I can remember the homework I had to do to make sense of where I was putting my money. It seemed like too much work and I kept putting it off. Investing should be as easy as tweeting – that’s the goal of Stash.”

You decide how much you want to Stash.

Users decide how much they want to stash. The app rounds up the amount of every transaction. If a user decides that their Stash limit per transaction is R10 and they make a transaction for R45, this would be rounded up to R50. The R5 in change is stashed.

 The team explains…

“All this spare change accumulates without interfering with your day-to-day life. Stash checks your daily bank balance and never transfers more than you can afford, so you don’t have to worry about going into overdraft. Before you know it you’ll have a significant Stash balance. Your Stash grows as fast as South Africa’s biggest companies do because your spare change is invested in South Africa’s top 100 listed companies.” Labuschagne explains,

 Did someone say Tax-free?

An additional benefit of Stash is that you don’t pay any tax on the cash that is stashed. You can invest up to R33,000 a year, up to R500,000 over your lifetime, into your tax-free investment. These limits go across ALL your tax-free savings accounts you may have. You are not taxed on the growth of your money, not penalised when you cash out and can put in or withdraw money whenever you like.

 Great news for Android users.

Stash is currently available for Android-powered mobile phones. “In South Africa, 9 out of 10 smartphones are Android devices. Our goal is to get Stash in the hands of as many people as possible, so focusing on 90% of the market was ideal,” concludes Labuschagne.

 Easy access to the stock market.

Stash is an investment first, truly created for the ordinary man in the street, taking less than a minute to set up. It is the first app in South Africa that gives novice investors access to the power of the stock market with zero fees.

Plus, investors can access their money whenever they need it.

Stash has very good viewer ratings and reviews and can be downloaded to your phone directly from the Android App Store here

Happy Saving!