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GREEN LIVING

THE WAR ON PLASTIC

ADOLESCENCE The years of change

TECH SAVVY PARENT Crash course in Instagram, SnapChat & TikTok

ITALY’S

ALLURING

Amalfi Coast

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ISSUE 4 2019

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DIGEST

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Mama Love

Must haves for this season

What’s On

Dates & events not to miss for the coming months

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Tech Savvy Parent

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Eco-Mom to the rescue

New Books

Delightful reads for you and your little one

The Next Chapter

How to prepare yourself and your child for the next chapter

Summer Fling

An introduction to some of the most popular apps that kids are using today

Life without plastic is possible, our plastic free living tips

Fabulous Summer fashion for Mom

FOOD & FITNESS

On Fleek

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The latest fashion threads to keep your teen stylin’

Beauty Notes

Natural skin essentials to sooth adolescent skin

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Parkrun

All about that Parkrun

Food is Medicine

Yummy fermented food recipes to start your healthy gut journey


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You’re not Crazy, it’s just your Hormones

How to treat Estrogen dominance naturally

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The Microbiome

The Beginners Guide to Gut Health

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Hello Sunshine

We look into why you may need to top up your Vitamin D intake.

The Medicine Cabinet in Your Kitchen

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The Supplement

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Your quick guide to the healing benefits of plants, herbs and spices

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We count down 6 essential supplements for a healthy living

HOME DÉCOR 80

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Kitchen Design

Counting down our top choices and tips for that perfect colour scheme for your dream kitchen

Our African Wonder

Mpumalanga, the adventurer’s paradise will steal your heart with its charming towns, breath taking views and natural wonders

Enchanted Escapes

Enjoy the warm charm and beauty, cultural heritage and culinary traditions of the Amalfi Coast in Italy

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Judith Serafim, a female warrior in the motoring industry

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On the Field - Off the Field

A satirical entry into our resident Dad’s diary


Editor’s

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Publisher: Absolute Mama (Pty) Ltd Managing Editor: Anje Hill Sub Editor: Reta Robberts Design & Layout: Indio Design Contributors: Alasdair Cunningham, Lori Cohen, Mariza Halliday, Tamara Toti, Taryn Dekel Social Media Manager: Steven Howard Accounts: Candice Swart Images & Illustrations: Supplied & Shutterstock Advertising Sales: Jason Hill Distribution: Media Support Editorial enquiries: anje@absolutemama.co.za Sales enquiries: jason@absolutemama.co.za The absolute mama Magazine is published by Absolute Mama (Pty) Ltd www.absolutemama.co.za Tel. 087 802 2035 Fax: 086 416 2977 Email: info@absolutemama.co.za DISCLAIMER ŠAbsolute Mama (Pty) Ltd. ISSN:2617-4502 No article or any part of any article in absolute mama may be reproduced without the prior written consent of the publisher. The information provided and opinions expressed in this publication are provided in good faith, but do not necessarily represent the opinions of Absolute Mama (Pty) Ltd or the editor. Neither this magazine or the publisher can be held legally liable in any way for damages of any kind whatsoever arising directly or indirectly from any facts or information provided or omitted in these pages, or from any statements made or withheld by this publication.

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digest | WE LOVE

Love your Skin Suffering from sensitive, dry, itchy & irritated skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis or just wanting a natural way to nourish, moisturise and love your skin? Then you are in for a treat with Chardine’s high quality handcrafted soaps. Made with pure goats’ milk, natural oils, clays and essential oils and free of artificial colourants, petrochemicals and parabens. www.chardine.co.za

CHANGING PEOPLE’S LIVES, ONE GRIND AT A TIME

“Funky Ouma” came about when a very funky Ouma of 10 grandchildren with a life-long love for food and spices decided to start her own brand with her youngest daughter as partner. Homegrown on their farm in the fairest Cape, their range of products are all natural, preservative and colourant free and contains no MSG. It is also low in sodium and loaded with minerals! The Beetroot Salt is our absolute favourite! www.funky-ouma.co.za

WE LOVE

Gorgeous island wear, healthy lunch box tools and a new drinking revolution taking the world by storm - all part our top picks this season

THE REAL ADULT ALTERNATIVE With the rise of mindfulness, conscious eating and sustainability, people are becoming ever more selective about what they put into their bodies. In comes the brilliantly crafted and beautifully served Vermont Vergin, from the picturesque Overberg region of the Western Cape, alcohol free with no compromise on taste, 100% natural and sugar free, better for you. www.verginsa.co.za

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Join Project Refuse the Straw Plastic is so last year, and a new drinking revolution is taking the world by storm. Hygienic, re-usable, classy and an all-round better choice - the stainless-steel straw is being seen in drinks all around the globe. Made from hygienic high-quality Stainless Steel, the ForEVA straw provides the ultimate finishing touch to cocktails, smoothies, specialty teas, coffees and milkshakes. www.forevastraws.co.za


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INSPIRE LITTLE ADVENTURES

Planning an outing with your bubs over mealtime and still want to feed him or her a healthy, balanced and nutritional meal they will enjoy? Vegetarian, organic and gluten-free with no added sugar, the Piccolo Baby Food and Snacks are pure Mediterranean goodness! Check out their website for the full range of yum! www.shuggleyum.com

Food-A-Jar

Having the essential healthy lunch box tools on hand guarantees to make the mad-morning rush a little easier. The Yumbox Zuppa triple insulated stainlesssteel thermal food jar is wide mouthed, made of high-quality stainless steel, food safe and BPA Free. Perfect to pack your kiddo some soup, pasta, last night’s leftovers, yoghurt parfaits, a fruit salad or even their cereals. Available in Neptune Blue or Bijoux Purple. www.cloudandco.co.za

Italian-made Quality True to the worldwide famous grant of quality and unique Italian aesthetic, the CHICCO Thermo Distance thermometer is the ideal thermometer to take your child’s temperature without waking or disturbing them. It’s quick and accurate and even has a backlit display so you won’t have to turn the light on. The multifunctionality of the thermo distance allows you to even test the temperature of your baby’s bottle, food, bath and room temperature. www.chicco.co.za

The Knot

Bespoke handmade natural rope and imported WAYUU Chilla bags, festival pieces, wall hangings, chandeliers and knotted rope dresses. If unique is what you seek, hop on over to K.N.O.T by Candy Allen and be transported to the island of St Tropez. Instagramknot.by.candyallen

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WHAT’S ON Fun filled events and activities for the whole family

Homemakers Expo

AUGUST

29 Aug – 1 Sep CTICC, Cape Town The Homemakers Expo - where visitors have an opportunity to browse the best in home decor, furniture, resources and equipment, etc. Tickets from R70

THE CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

Sleeping Beauty – The Ballet

17 – 31 Aug Artscape Opera House, Cape Town The timeless story of Princess Aurora`s 100-year sleep and her magical awakening will leave all ages entranced. With international guest artists and accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at selected performances. Tickets from R180

31 Aug – 1 Sep The Woodmill, Stellenbosch A chocolate extravaganza with oodles of chocolate, decadent brownies, delicious ice-cream and so much more! Also on offer, a selection of pizzas, artisanal cheeses, breads and more. While the young ones will be kept entertained, Mom and Dad can relax, unwind with live music, gin, bubbly, wine and craft beer offerings. Tickets from R180

SEPTEMBER The Witness Garden Show

6 Sep The Royal Showgrounds, Pietermaritzburg Featuring exquisite gardens and demos to shopping avenues with plants, crafts and gardening goodies. Tickets from R40

MAMAMAGIC, BABY EXPO DURBAN 2019

30 Aug – 1 Sep Durban Exhibition Centre Join in the magic of parenting at the MamaMagic Baby Expo. Whether you are an expectant, new or returning parent, this is the event for you! With over 260 exhibits of the latest parenting products and massive savings, all your parenting questions answered at the Huggies Experts Lounge and Pampers’ Premium Care Baby on Board competition for expectant Moms. Tickets from R90

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PEPPA PIG’S BIG DAY OUT!

6-8 Sep Artscape Opera House, Cape Town It`s going to be a BIG day out as the theatrical Peppa Pig Live tour returns. A limited number of special family discount packages are on offer - book early! Tickets from R99


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LIKE2BIKE KIDS EVENT #5 WITH SUZUKI

Workshops not to miss Breadmaking

8 Sep Rietvlei Zoo Farm, JHB Join the 2019 Like2Bike Kids event series with mountain bike and duathlon distances for ages 2 - 14. Tickets from

28 Aug Babylonstoren, Cape Town We’re baking bread! Go on a wagon ride and join master baker Tina Jewell kneading dough and sharing her secret recipes, But not before we make our own sourdough starter for taking home and nurturing there. www.babylonstoren.com

Comic Con Africa 2019

21-24 Sep Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand Comic Con Africa focuses on all things pop from comic books to Cosplay competitions and everything in between! Tickets from R130pp

DURBAN STREET FOOD FESTIVAL 2019 FEAST 27-29 Sep Durban This Spring, experience the melting pot of flavours, cultures, sounds and sights that made Durban the cosmopolitan smorgasbord it is today. Tease your taste buds with African, Indian, Asian and other mouthwatering flavours, enjoy the sounds of the finest local talent, with live musicians by day and DJs to heat things up when the sun goes down. Tickets at R50

Soapmaking

Hermanus Whale Festival

27-29 Sep Hermanus, Overberg Every year in June, the southern right whales begin their migration from the Antarctic to Walker Bay to mate and breed. Whale-watching season runs from June to December, peaking between August and October. There’s so much more to keep you entertained at the popular Hermanus Whale Festival such as live music, craft and produce markets, sports events, car shows as well as kiddies’ activities. Free entrance

5 Sep Babylonstoren, Cape Town Bev Missing, author of The Rain Book of Natural Soap-making shares with us this art, using natural ingredients available in the kitchen. Essential oils, extracted on our farm – rosemary, lavender and rose geranium will be used. We’ll also take a look at where and how these three herbs grow in our garden, and making our way to the distillery to watch how one of them is being distilled. www.babylonstoren.com

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Workshops not to miss JEREMY LOOPS: OLD MUTUAL MUSIC AT THE LAKE

All about asparagus 11 Sep Babylonstoren, Cape Town Celebrate spring with fresh young asparagus spears. This workshop starts with the basics of growing asparagus to preparing the soil, planting and nurturing the crowns through the seasons. Young plants take up to three years before they are ready, then they can be harvested for many years. After mastering the art of cutting the green tips, the harvest will be taken to the kitchen where chefs will create a memorable lunch. www.babylonstoren.com

29 Sep Durban Botanical Gardens An energetic live show in the beautiful setting of the Durban Botanic Gardens, supported by the ever popular Bad Peter who make their Botanic Gardens debut. Tickets from R20

OCTOBER Prime Fest 5 Oct Casalinga, Muldersdrift Hot 91.9 FM presents Prime Fest, a 10-hour powerhouse line-up featuring Prime Circle, The Parlotones, Mango Groove, Just Jinger, Jack Parow, Freshlyground, Wonderboom and Shut Up It`s Sunday. Tickets from R100

FESTA ITALIANA 2019

5 – 6 Oct Italian Club, Milnerton The Italian Club of Cape Town will be hosting its first Festa Italiana. The celebrations will include Italian Food, Wine, Fashion, Music, Crafts and Cars. A full programme of exciting festivities is planned for the whole weekend. Kids U12 FREE Tickets cost R80

25th Cape Town International Kite Festival 26-27 Oct Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg See the world’s most spectacular kites ‘Let Hope Fly’ at the 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival in support of Cape Mental Health. Free kite-making workshops, live entertainment, stalls and rides, enjoy affordable family fun that’s good for mind and body. Tickets from R15

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The secret life of bees 3 Oct Babylonstoren, Cape Town Cape honeybees are VIP residents here and in spring they are foraging for pollen and nectar. Producing sweet honey for the Babel Restaurant, they also play a key role in pollinating many of our garden fruits, herbs and vegetables. Discover the collection of different beehives and learn more about the local Cape honeybee and basics of beekeeping.

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fashion & beauty | MAMA FASHION Long tassel earrings, Woolworths R120

Naledi disc statement necklace, Woolworths R220

Lana satin tip shoulder, Forever New R799

Indiana sunglasses, Witchery R499

Floral bodycon dress, Karen Millen R3700

Knit V-neck top, Witchery R699

Tuareg bangle, Soul Design R450

Button up wide leg pants, Witchery R1099

Yellow gold unisex watch, Thomas Sabo R5975

Small yellow zip around bag, Karen Millen R3100

Shoes, Pringle of Scotland, R

Eden twist detail court shoe, Forever New R899

Lillie tiered maxi skirt, Forever New R999

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fashion & beauty | MAMA FASHION

Be Pretty A selection of beautiful must have pieces to update your wardrobe Cara sunglasses, Polo R1299

Aurelia navy and white shirt dress, Pringle of Scotland R1999

Pleated floral maxi dress, Karen Millen R6500

Ebony ring, Soul Design R399

Harper cross body bag, Witchery R799 Playdate chestnut platform sandal, Steve Madden R1399

Half-moon necklace, Soul Design R450

Sasha belted safari dress, Forever New R1399

Collins cognac leather, Poetry R1399

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fashion & beauty | TEEN FASHION Metallic overnight bag, Country Road R529

Cosmic 2 shoes, Adidas R1099

Brilliant basic bra top, Adidas R499 Denim dress, H&M R179

08 Boxy tee, Converse R299

Pocket mesh inset stretch leggings, Woolworths from R399

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Black skinny jeans, Woolworths R450

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Our top picks of the latest fashion for teens.

High neck bra, Converse R349

FILA Women's Disruptor ll white sneaker, Sportscene R1399,95

Hair scrunchie set, Forever 21 R79


Moving print cotton t-shirt, Woolworths from R160

fashion & beauty | TEEN FASHION Chuck 70 Retro Stripe Hi R1199

Denim jacket, H&M R329

Tan hooded sweatshirt, Adidas R1099

Pigment dyed stretch cotton joggers, Woolworths R599 One star photo short sleeve tee, Converse R399

Vans Old Skool sneakers, Superbalist.com R799 NIKE Air Max 270, React Bauhaus, NIKE R2599,95

Vans Classic patch trucker, Superbalist.com R249 FILA Slacker tee, Shelflife R399

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fashion & beauty | TEEN SKIN CARE

The mystery of exactly how hormones are going to change your child extends to practically every aspect of life, from the way they act to how they look, to the way they sleep, battling with acne and breakouts doesn’t need to be an issue with these natural skincare products.

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fashion & beauty | TEEN SKIN CARE Africology Shave Cream Taking the scrapes and cuts out of shaving, this moisturising shaving cream provides a smoother shave with shea butter and coconut oil. Your skin is left feeling soft, protected and moisturised. Free from Parabens, Phenoxyethanol, EDTA & Disodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Isopropyl alcohol SD-40, Propylene Glycol.

Naturals Beauty Teen Detoxifying Mask

200ml at R255

Bust acne-causing bacteria with skin healing, certified organic essential oils of Lemongrass and Buchu, chosen for their healing benefits for teen skin. This mask with kaolin clay unblocks pores, deep cleanses and draws out impurities to leave your skin smoother. This healing formula helps to reduce scarring. No cosmetic baddies ie, mineral oil, Parabens, etc

50ml at R75

SKOON Whitewash Purifying Clay Cleanser A mineral mousse cleanser, keeping skin clear by binding with impurities and removing them from within pores without stripping away vital skin oils. The mineral clay has a blotting effect on the skin. Manuka Essential Oil offers anti-microbial activity and it also contains an antimicrobial peptide.

back2NATURE Apple Cider Vinegar & Tea Tree Toner Apple cider vinegar neutralizes the skin’s pH, helps clean out clogged pores and reduces scarring and pigmentation. Tea tree is soothing for the skin and helps to rebuild skin cells that have been damaged. This is the best combination for clearing blemished skin and acne. Organic, Vegan and contains no Parabens or alcohol.

200ml at R95

100ml at R429

Hey Gorgeous Banish & Repair Moisturiser Jojoba absorbs quickly into the skin and thus stabilises the over-production of natural oils. Calendula provides antibacterial and immune-stimulant properties - extremely useful in treating breakouts. Neem Oil, ideal for oily acne-prone skin helps to soothe irritation and inflammation, clear up pimples and remove bacteria from the surface of the skin

SimplyBee Sunscreen Lipbalm Filled with the goodness of Honey and Coconut to protect lips in the sun. Free from Parabens, synthetic colourants, sulphates and palm oil. Contains no chemicals.

Katavi N/um Kigelia Booster Serum

10ml at R37

100g at R250

Starting to shave? A naturally healing skin repair formula, perfect to apply onto a shaved area

The signs of photoaging caused by ultraviolet radiation, environmental assaults including pollution, chemicals, wind, etc begin to show in our teens. The Kigelia Booster Serum is for all women who are interested in an effective anti-aging solution. Skin will appear tighter and brighter.

30ml at R595

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TEAM TEEN How to prepare yourself and your child for the stormy years of adolescence. By Lori Cohen

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oody, independent, hairy… It’s confronting to see your children morph into nearly-adults, or the phase of their development termed ‘adolescence’. All cultures and societies acknowledge the transition from childhood to adulthood, but according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), putting a number to the phase isn’t ideal. That’s because the timing and speed of change differ in practically every child on the planet. However, it begins at around age 10 and ends around age 21. Some defining changes help tell the story.

THE START OF ALL THINGS NEW

Puberty. It’s technically the first sign that a child is entering adolescence. But it’s only one part of the picture. ‘Adolescence is also a time to develop

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knowledge and skills, learn to manage emotions and relationships, and acquire attributes and abilities that will be important for enjoying the adolescent years and assuming adult roles,’ according to WHO.

such as decision-making and impulse control. Yup, adolescents often make poor or risky decisions, but you can literally blame it on their brains.

THE NEURODEVELOPMENTAL CHANGES

Fortunately, while the brain and body changes are happening, adolescents are also making substantial developmental leaps in their intellectual and emotional capacities. As they head into the later teens, reasoning skills and moral thinking start to win over the other impulses that rage within.

Driven by hormones, a storm of neuronal developments takes place during the adolescent years too. They alter the part of the brain that’s responsible for pleasure seeking and reward processing, emotional responses and sleep regulation. Hence, teens have earned the reputation for sleeping half the day away, mood swings and seeking instant gratification (shopping, gaming, alcohol… the list goes on). The pre-frontal cortex is also on fire. This part of the brain is responsible for executive functions

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL CHANGES

PREPARING FOR THE STORM

The natural tendency towards experimentation and risky behaviour can impact their health – now, and later in life. As a parent, you can arm your pre-teen with the knowledge to help them make better decisions. It


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Other tactics to prepare you and your child, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry are: • Provide a stable, safe and loving home environment • Create an atmosphere of honesty, mutual trust and respect • Create a culture of open communication at family mealtimes • Allow age appropriate independence and assertiveness • Develop a relationship that encourages your child to talk to you • Teach responsibility for their belongings and yours • Teach basic responsibility for household chores • Teach the importance of accepting limits • Teach the importance of thinking before acting

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(another rough patch) when you start to implement discipline. ‘You don’t want to create a pattern where your child learns to listen to your instructions; rather teach them how to think about their behaviour. You want to set up this approach early on because as teenagers, they’re vulnerable if they’ve only learned the skills to listen to instructions. Otherwise, when they hit adolescence, they start to listen to their friends rather than their parents,’ she says.


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Tech Savvy Parent By Mariza Halliday

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hen you were growing up, there were most probably no iPads, Facebook or Snapchat. Your worries were confined to falling from trees or burning the house down and not whether your identity might be stolen, or the possibility of a cyber bully attacking you. Today, you are responsible for raising a child whose life will revolve around digital technology and it becomes increasingly important to be able to raise techsavvy and tech-safe children.

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SIGNS OF CYBERBULLYING

Many of the same rules that apply to keep your child safe in the real world apply on the Internet. Make it clear to your children that they should keep online interactions limited to only people they really know. Explain the consequences of sharing personal information and make them feel comfortable to come to talk to you should anything make them feel uncomfortable or uncertain. Here is an introduction to some of the most popular apps that kids are using today:

Most of the time teens who are cyberbullied don’t want to tell a parent about it, often because they feel ashamed of the social stigma or fear their screen time will be taken away. Signs of cyberbullying vary, but may include: • being emotionally upset during or after using the Internet or the phone • being very secretive or protective of one’s digital life • withdrawal from family members, friends, and activities • avoiding school or group gatherings • slipping grades and “acting out” in anger at home • changes in mood, behaviour, sleep, or appetite • wanting to stop using the computer or cell phone • being nervous or jumpy when getting an instant message, text, or email • avoiding discussions about computer or cell phone activities


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SNAPCHAT

What is it? Snapchat is an app used to share photos, videos, text and drawings. There is one feature that makes Snapchat different from other forms of texting and photo sharing: messages or snaps disappear seconds after they’re viewed—the sender gets to decide how long a photo will “live,” from one to 10 seconds after it’s viewed. What parents should know: For parents who monitor their children’s smartphone use, Snapchat doesn’t save pictures and messages sent so you can’t see them later. If you have a software package that allows you to see the content of your child’s phone remotely online, you won’t be able to see what was sent and then automatically deleted. Even though the photo message disappears from the phone after a few seconds, it does not prevent the receiver from taking a screenshot while it’s live. Parents who allow their children to have Snapchat need to have a serious discussion with their kids to discuss the risks associated with the false sense of security that Snapchat may provide.

INSTAGRAM

What is it? Instagram is an app used to share photos, videos and messages. Whether it’s through Stories, Feed, Live, IGTV (an app from Instagram that lets users share longer videos) or Direct. People use Instagram for visual marketing of their products or businesses, to share everyday moments, keep in touch with friends and family and build supportive communities. It is a great platform to meet others who share your interests and hobbies. What parents should know: Instagram lets you follow people and be followed by them, but unlike Facebook, it’s not necessarily a two-way street. You can follow someone even if they don’t follow you and vice versa. Users with a private account can control who can follow them. Unless you change the default to private, anyone can see what you post.

TIK TOK

What is it? People film clips of themselves lip-syncing or acting out comedy sketches. The video clips can be up to 15 seconds long and users can choose from a database of songs, effects, or sound bites. What parents should know: Because of TikTok’s emphasis on popular music, many videos include swearing and sexual lyrics, so it may not be ageappropriate for kids to use on their own. In 2019, due to all the children under 13 on the site, the developers created a separate section of the app for kids that only allows them to access curated, clean videos: They can’t comment, search, or post their own videos based on the birth date entered upon signup. It is every parent’s responsibility to stay up to date with the different apps and how to use them. Simply saying no or avoiding technology because you don’t know how to use it, will not encourage conversation.

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IRL

DM

In real life

Direct message

4EAE

Kids today—who can understand them? Of course, this is a timeless sentiment, but one that’s no less true today, with our kids constantly nose-to-the-glass with smartphones, chatting with their friends. Below are terms that have been rolling off kid’s tongues. Study them. Learn them. Then, never use them, because there’s nothing more out of place than a parent who is trying to fit in.

For ever and ever

BAE

Babe or baby, in the romantic (and not the infant) sense.

ATM

IDK

I don’t know

YAS

A very enthusiastic version of yes

Be on later

RL

Real life

OH

TTYL

Overheard

SMH

SLAY

Talk to you later

Shaking my head

Short for doing something very well, “slay” is shorthand for slaying, which is a synonym of kill. So, in other words, killing it!

ROFL

Rolling on the floor laughing

IU2U

LMK

Let me know

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WTH

What the heck?

BOL

Parents are watching

Not a good idea

Never mind

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WTPA

Where the party at?

PAW

NAGI

NM

I love you

Bye for now

LIT An adjectiv eu active or po sed to describe some pular, like a thing that’s party. drunk or hig It can also mean h.

FWB

Friends with benefits

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BFN

At the moment

LMBO

Laughing my butt off

TMI

Too much information

It’s up to you

IMO

In my opinion


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Eco Mom:

My

life By Mariza Halliday

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isposable plastic items are so common that it is easy not to notice them, but they are everywhere. Plastic is the leading cause of ocean pollution, harming wildlife and wreaking havoc on the environment. It is no wonder that more and more people are demanding plastic alternatives and refuse to participate in the grotesque plastic waste that is filling our planet’s landfills. If we don’t make some drastic lifestyle changes soon, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish by 2050! The question for most people wanting to lead a plastic-free lifestyle is this: Where do I start? Here are some easy tips to help you reduce your plastic footprint:

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KEEP REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS WITH YOU IN THE CAR

Plastic bags are generally used for a matter of minutes before being discarded, and then take hundreds of years to break down. About 160,000 plastic bags are used every second worldwide and only 1-3% of them are recycled. When it comes to reusable bags, it isn’t so much about “choosing” as “using”. It’s about remembering to bring them with us because let’s face it… we all have reusable bags. They are most effective when we take them with us! Remembering to bring a reusable bag is a habit we can train ourselves to do. In the beginning, we need reminding. Place reusables in places where you’ll notice them as you leave the house. Place them in strategic locations: where you keep

your purse, in the car, in the bicycle basket. Pop a reminder on the back of the front door.

GIVE UP BOTTLED WATER

Plastic water bottles are another of the top 10 items found in beach clean-ups. Plenty of research has highlighted that as well as being less eco-friendly, bottled water is less healthy than tap water. Having a reusable water bottle stops us from buying water when we’re on the go.

BRING YOUR OWN CUP

Many people do not realise that takeaway coffee cups are lined with a thin layer of plastic. That’s what makes them watertight. It also makes them almost impossible to recycle. The best solution is to carry your own travel


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POP BAGS “ Pass On Plastic” • “ Plastic Off Planet” • “Prevent Oily Plastic” We are minimizing landfill by UPCYCLING our fabric offcuts, even using the selvedge’s! By using our POP bags, you are assisting in eliminating SINGLE USE PLASTICS. POP bags can be used for: Buying loose veggies • Lingerie bags • Traveling shoe bags Gift bags • Get creative!


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WHAT ARE SHAMPOO BARS? Shampoo bars, are natural conditioning shampoos in a solid bar form. Although they may seem new to many, solid soap shampoos were commonly used before liquid detergent shampoos became popular in the 1940’s. This concentrated shampoo bar can do the job of 4 to 5 bottles of commercial liquid shampoo and there is no plastic bottle to throw away afterward.

mug / reusable cup with you. Many coffee shops even offer a discount for bringing a reusable cup! Even without a discount, the environment is winning.

SAY NO TO PLASTIC STRAWS

We use straws for just a few minutes and then toss them away, but they stay on our planet for centuries, harming marine life as well as our fellow beings on land. Try to always refuse a plastic straw. If you really need to use a straw then use a metal, paper or bamboo one.

USE BARS OF SOAP

Using shampoo and soap bars can radically reduce the amount of plastic household waste we throw out each year. Choosing eco-friendly or vegan soaps will also help avoid water and soil pollution.

UPGRADE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH

We all brush our teeth, and we tend

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to change our toothbrush every few months. We replace them because the bristles wear out, yet the handle is often perfectly fine. But the whole thing needs to be replaced and tends to end up in the bin. One alternative is to switch to a bamboo toothbrush. With bamboo toothbrushes, once the bristles have

worn out, they can be removed, and the handle can be composted. If they somehow end up in the ocean, the wooden handle will biodegrade naturally. It is in all our best interest to make good choices. You can do your bit to save the planet while there is a planet left to save.


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You’re not crazy, it’s just your

hormones By Mariza Halliday

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ur world has rapidly become very estrogen dominant due to artificial estrogens in our environment in the form of plastics (BPA), canned food, pesticide sprayed fruit and vegetables, skin care products, cleaning supplies and other chemicals. In addition, a highly processed diet with unhealthy fats, caffeine, alcohol, sugars and dairy (which is loaded with growth hormones) all contribute to higher estrogen levels. Estrogen dominance occurs when the level of estrogen in the body supersedes the level of progesterone that is circulating in the bloodstream. Once you discover the symptoms of estrogen dominance it is hard not to see the signs all around you – in your own life, and that of your friends. That’s because it is a very common issue, but not something that is

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spoken about often. Women worldwide are struggling because their bodies are not equipped to cope with the incoming estrogen overload. According to Desi Horsman, Clinical Nutritionist and wellness expert, these are some of the most common symptoms we should be looking out for: • Heavy bleeding or post-menopausal bleeding • Severe cramps and increased PMS symptoms • Fibroids • Migraines • Unexplained weight gain • Ovarian cysts • Endometriosis • Gallbladder problems • Miscarriages • Insomnia • Infertility • Thyroid dysfunction • Low libido • Depression or anxiety

HOW TO TREAT ESTROGEN DOMINANCE NATURALLY AND EFFECTIVELY

The natural treatment for estrogen dominance is not only the healthiest way but also the most effective and the longest lasting. This is because it gets down to the root cause of the problem, changes your hormonal ecosystem, and supports your elimination pathways. The below tips will help your body to deal with some of the unavoidable sources that inevitably come your way.

INCREASE YOUR FIBRE INTAKE

Eat lots of fibre rich food which feeds your good gut bacteria and reduces estrogen dominance by safely excreting excess estrogen from the body. Broccoli, flax seeds and pears help your liver to process the excess estrogen so that it can be transported to the large intestine and then eliminated quickly.


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GET SOME SLEEP!

Make it a priority to get seven to eight hours of high-quality sleep each night to balance your hormones. If you have trouble drifting off to dreamland you should try a relaxing tea, a warm bath or maybe a melatonin supplement.

GET MOVING…

Movement, exercise and outdoor activities are extremely important. Do everything you can to reduce your body fat percentage below 28%. Estrogen is stored in your body’s fat cells, so by losing excess weight through a proper diet and exercise, you will eliminate excessive estrogen storage.

GO GREEN

ORGANIC IS THE WAY TO GO

Eat lots of organic fruit and vegetables with adequate amounts of protein that is not soy based or grown with artificial growth hormones. Dark leafy green vegetables are high in magnesium and B vitamins that are essential for the metabolism of estrogen in the body. Meat and

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poultry should be grass fed (free range does not mean the animals are reared in a healthy manner).

GUT HEALTH

It is your gut’s job to move out the estrogen that your liver has processed for elimination. Poor gut health means estrogen probably isn’t making its way out efficiently and instead could be reabsorbed back into your body.

Get rid of all chemical-based personal hygiene and cleaning products. You absorb a substantial portion of the things that meet your skin, so it makes sense to be conscious about what’s in the products you use. Whether you switch out your products as you run out, swap one thing a month, or go nuclear on your shelves, you’ll need to pay attention to your personal care products to reduce your estrogen load.


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THE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO

gut health By Mariza Halliday

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"If you want to fix your health, start with your gut. Gut health literally affects your entire body." – Dr Mark Hyman

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he gastrointestinal tract is a complex and vital part of the body that people often underestimate. It is responsible for transporting food from our mouth to our stomach, converts it into absorbable nutrients and stored energy, and helps our bodies remove waste back out of the body. If you don’t properly nourish yourself, you don’t survive. It’s that simple. In recent years, scientists have done various studies and discovered that gut health has an even bigger function than we previously thought. It has been linked to many other aspects of health, some that have seemingly nothing to do with digestion - from immunity to anxiety, cancer, Type 2 diabetes and more. We have only just begun to scratch the surface of the importance of gut health, but studies have already found

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that certain environments, foods and behaviours can influence it for better or worse. According to Emma de Beer, Marketing Manager at Ascendis Pharma, we often associated gut health with regular toilet visits and a lack of or diarrhoea or bloating. But gut health is so much more than that. Your gut is like a security system for your body - keeping the bad elements out and allowing the good in. A healthy gut can control more than just bowel movements and can impact our mood, health and overall wellbeing. Discomfort in the gut can be an early warning sign when something is out of order in your body or even your surroundings. That is why people talk about a” gut feeling “or tell you to “always trust your gut”, she says. If your gut is the security, the good bacteria is the maintenance team. They prevent bad bacteria from entering your body and blood.

HEALTH CONDITIONS LINKED TO THE GUT MICROBIOME • Alzheimer’s disease • Anxiety • Autoimmune disease • Cancer • Dementia • Depression • Diabetes • Eczema • Fatigue • Fibromyalgia • Hashimotos thyroiditis • Heart disease • Inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s disease • Obesity • Parkinson’s disease • Rosacea

Bacteria is found all over your body (gut, skin, ears, nose etc). In fact, scientists believe that there are more


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microbes than cells in your body. Your gastrointestinal tract is lined with microbes collectively called the microbiome, which includes bacteria, fungi and even viruses. The importance doesn’t only lie in how much, but also what sort. The human microbiome differs from person to person and is almost as unique as a fingerprint. But some species are the most prolific and the ones that we see declining in humans as our hygiene habits improve and our food becomes more processed. Today, most of us have a microbiome seriously lacking in diversity because we only feed the “bad” bacteria as we follow a diet of unhealthy fats and refined carbohydrates. A lack of gut diversity is an important marker of inflammation, which is linked to obesity, heart disease, arthritis and even depression. It also leads to more fat storage and poor insulin sensitivity.

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HOW TO DIVERSIFY YOUR HEALTHY GUT BACTERIA 1

EAT MORE FIBRE

Aim for 40g or more per day

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DIVERSIFY YOUR DIET.

Variety in your diet may be as important as the quantities, as the chemicals and types of fibre will vary, and each supports different microbial species.

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GO FOR THE POLYPHENOLS

Polyphenols are antioxidants that act as fuel for microbes. These are found in red wine, green tea, blueberries, pomegranates, cherries and dark chocolate.

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EAT FERMENTED FOODS

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut,

kefir, kombucha and kimchi all contain good bacteria that can help fight against and crowd out the bad bacteria in your gut, resulting in a healthy balance of bacteria in the intestines. Aim for one to two servings of fermented food every day.

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BE MINDFUL ABOUT ANTIBIOTICS

Antibiotics destroy the good and the bad bacteria in your gut and it can take weeks to recover, so don’t take them unless you need them.

6 THROW AWAY THE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER & PROCESSED FOODS

Sugar and artificial sweeteners feed the bad bacteria and can cause gastrointestinal distress in the forms of gas, bloating and diarrhoea..


One of the greatest challenges for human wellbeing in the 21st century will be to focus on the advantage of having a healthy colon and therefore a good immune system – this is where probiotics can play a significant role. Probiotics are critical for normal digestion and for defence against infection. Bacteria in the gut are known to: • Stimulate the immune system • Enhance the mucosal barrier • Aid digestion and break down toxins • Inhibit adherence of pathogens

A good probiotic can be beneficial in the following ailments: • Diarrhoea or constipation • Bad breath, gas and bloating • Irritable bowel and lactose intolerance • Gastroenteritis and playschool diseases in young children


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health & wellness | VITAMIN D

HELLO

sunshine! Could a simple vitamin deficiency be making you feel bone tired? We look into why you may need to top up your Vitamin D intake. By Lori Cohen

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odern life means we spend more time at work, school and indoors than ever. Getting outside is great for our mental and physical health generally, but there’s an excellent reason experts are encouraging us to kick our ‘indoor habits’ and expose our bodies to more sun. Safe sun exposure (avoiding the hours between 11am and 2pm when UV rays are at their most intense) is not only good for us; it turns out to be essential. That’s because when our skin absorbs that beautiful UVB, our kidneys and livers can convert the sunlight into a nutrient we call Vitamin D.

THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN The length of time we’re exposed to

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the rays and the amount of melanin in our skin determines how much Vitamin D our bodies can form. Those with darker skin and people using sunscreen can absorb less because the melanin (which gives skin its colour) prevents all the rays from reaching the substance in our skin where it is converted into the vitamin. To naturally produce enough

Vitamin D, aim to get up to 30 minutes of sun exposure every day. If you have light, sensitive skin you’ll need less. If it’s overcast, you’ll need to increase it. You get the picture. Of course, we also get the vitamin from dietary sources such as fatty fish, cheese, eggs and beef liver, but our skin makes most of it when it’s exposed to sunlight.

WHAT IS VITAMIN D TOXICITY? • Vitamin D toxicity, also called hypervitaminosis D, is a rare but potentially serious condition that occurs when you have excessive amounts of vitamin D in your body. • Vitamin D toxicity is usually caused by mega doses of vitamin D supplements — not by diet or sun exposure. That’s because your body regulates the amount of vitamin D produced by sun exposure, and even fortified foods don’t contain large amounts of vitamin D.


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THE LOWDOWN ON LOW LEVELS

A lack of Vitamin D can have severe consequences for both children and adults, says homeopath Dr. Laura Chella. ‘A lack of Vitamin D can affect the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and that can lead to thin, brittle bones, which we call rickets in children. If this happens in adults, then we can call it osteomalacia.’ Children also need it to assist in the formation of healthy teeth. Our bodies need Vitamin D to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. ‘We often see Vitamin D deficiency in the elderly because they don’t go out a lot and their appetites shrink,’ explains Laura. Brittle bones are expected in our retirees, but the number of children in first world countries suffering from rickets is soaring. Other more subtle changes in our kids are causing concern. Shortsightedness in adolescents is on the

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rise, for example, which is being linked to too little exposure to natural light. Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to peanut allergies. Laura explains that early research seems to show there’s an association with increased levels of Vitamin D and protection against cancer. ‘It’s a loose association, but one that I think is important and shouldn’t be ignored,’ she says. Vitamin D also plays a role in our immune system. Without enough of it, we’re more susceptible to illness. Signs you or your child may be vitamin D deficient: • Bone pain, stiffness, and brittle bones. • Muscle aches, tiredness, malaise, low mood, and fatigue. • Constant infections and illness

THE CASE FOR SUPPLEMENTING

Increasing sun exposure and adding vitamin D-rich foods into the diet

VITAMIN D FOODS FOR STRONG & HEALTHY BONES • Cod liver oil • Swordfish • Salmon • Tuna • Sardines • Mackerel • Rainbow Trout • Cod • Herring • Haddock • Beef liver • Eggs • Milk • Yogurt • Cheddar cheese • Orange juice

doesn’t work for everyone to solve their low levels, explains Laura. ‘Some people are deficient in the process it takes to manufacture vitamin D in their bodies.’ A simple blood test can determine your Vitamin D levels and if you’re found to be lacking, and you haven’t been able to ‘eat yourself healthy’, try the following, says Laura. Take Vitamin D3. ‘This is the most absorbable form of a D vitamin. It’s also called cholecalciferol. You want to get about 5000 IU a day through a quality vitamin supplement if you have a deficiency, but 1000 IU is appropriate as a maintenance dose.’ Vitamin D is available as a tablet, liquid, or even transdermal patch. Give baby a boost. You can use a nasal spray formula such as Better You DLux Infant Daily Vitamin D Spray for babies. ‘If you’re concerned your baby isn’t eating enough of the right foods or has been indoors a lot because of poor weather, an oral spray is advisable to give them about 800 IU. If the baby is breastfed, you’ll need about half of that. Formula is already fortified with Vitamin D.’


health & wellness | MEDICINE IN THE KITCHEN

CHAMOMILE ...........................................

Calms anxiety and stress and may have a positive effect on ADD. It’s also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, easing skin inflammation and bacterial skin diseases, cuts and abrasions. Beneficial for the liver and digestive system.

CINNAMON ......................

FENNEL ......................

The highest antioxidant values of any spice. Reduces inflammation, lowers blood sugar and alleviates nausea.

Promotes a strong immune system and improves metabolism and digestion.

Your quick guide

CHIVES ...........................

Part of the allium family of vegetables and herbs and have been cultivated for centuries for their characteristic pungent flavours and medicinal properties. A natural sleep aid, supports the digestive system, improves heart health, boosts immunity and improves bone health.

ANISE ....................

Great for digestion, alleviates cramps and reduces nausea, as well as congestion and coughing.

THE MEDICINE CABINET IN YOUR KITCHEN:

Our must-have herbs & spices The Healing Benefits of Plants

TURMERIC ................................

Best known for its cancerfighting properties via the cancer-fighting compound curcumin, it has antiinflammatory and antibacterial properties. It also reduces inflammation, eases joint pain and is a soothing aid for the digestive system. Has potential benefits for those with Alzheimer’s disease.

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CAYENNE ........................ Helps relieve allergies, muscle aches and cramps. Improves circulation and heart health, helps fight prostate cancer and ulcers.


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ROSEMARY ......................

Improves brain function, stimulates hair growth, relieves muscle pain, eases migraines and headaches. Improves circulation, boosts the immune system, eases asthma and allergies.

CALENDULA ........................

Has antibacterial and antiinflammatory properties that help heal cuts, scrapes, bruises, insect bites as well as conjunctivitis and sore infected gums.

NUTMEG ................

Has detoxifying properties that support the liver and digestion. Relieves insomnia, improves brain health and regulates blood pressure. In Ayurvedic medicine it is used for treatment of depression.

CILANTRO ...........................

SAFFRON ...........................

OREGANO ......................

Antiviral, antibacterial, anticancer and antibiotic; used to treat a cough, fever, congestion and body aches.

Has various properties that reduce LDL(“bad cholesterol”) levels, regulates your heart rate and blood pressure, improves digestion, aids in Alzheimer’s treatment by limiting neuron damage and protects against heavy metals.

An effective treatment for depression. Reduces PMS symptoms, has cancer fighting properties, curbs your appetite and aids in weight-loss.

PARSLEY .........................

Anti-cancer potential, managing diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Improves digestion, relieves pain and eases nausea. Reduces water retention, detoxifies and is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, has potent collagen producing and skin lightening properties.

GINGER ..............................................

Relieves nausea and morning sickness, helps with pain management, has anti-inflammatory properties that may fight colon cancer.

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JUNIPER .....................

Relieves indigestion, clears congestion, helps heal wounds and inflammatory diseases.

LEMON BALM ............................................

Known for its calming properties which relieves stress, headaches and indigestion and promote a good night’s sleep.

DILL ...............................

LAVENDER ...............................

Useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. Supports your immune and nervous systems and improves digestion and circulation. Antiinflammatory, antifungal and antiseptic properties.

Antibacterial properties that relieve upset stomach, respiratory disorders and menstrual issues.

GARLIC ............................................. BLACK PEPPER ................................................. Potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, improves brain function, lowers cholesterol, aids in nutrient absorption and promotes gut-health. Has cancer-fighting properties.

A natural antibiotic and antimicrobial which aids in treating colds and infections. Contains allicin which fights cancer, reduces LDL cholesterol and lowers blood pressure. Regulates blood sugar levels, supports the body’s protective mechanisms against oxidative damage that can contribute to cognitive illnesses.

CLOVES .........................................

Benefits liver function, aids in regulating blood sugar, rich in antioxidants and antimicrobial. Promotes good bone health and contains important nutrients.

SAGE .................................

Supports memory and brain function, lowers LDL Cholesterol, alleviates diarrhea, supports bone health and fights skin ageing.

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BASIL .................................

Powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that fight cancer, premature aging, common skin issues and bacterial infections.


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CUMIN ...............................................

PEPPERMINT .................................

Relieves digestive symptoms. A muscle relaxant and pain reliever, it may diminish certain types of headaches. Improves energy levels and reduce daytime fatigue.

THYME ........................

A potent antioxidant that relieves gum infections, treats athlete’s foot, alleviates cold symptoms, reduces fever and improves sleep.

A good source of iron, manganese, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus. Digestive benefits, boosts immunity and help with asthma and bronchitis. Reduces the risk of diabetes, relieves symptoms of anaemia, promotes bone growth and lowers cholesterol.

MUSTARD SEED ...........................................

Increases the metabolic rate of your body, reduces the severity of asthma attacks and certain symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and lowers blood pressure. Brings relief with migraines and beneficial for menopausal women who have trouble sleeping.

CARDAMON ............................................................

A decongestant with antioxidant and diuretic properties, lowers blood pressure, relieves nausea and morning sickness and aids digestion. Contains the phytochemical cineole, calming the nervous system, also linked to anti-tumour activity.

ST. JOHN’s WORT ...............................

Acts as an antidepressant in cases of mild depression and anxiety, via the phytochemicals hyperforin and hypericin; also an antiviral that fights flu.

ECHINACEA .......................

Improves immunity and fights infection, relieves upper respiratory issues, combats cancer and alleviates pain. Improves skin problems and mental health.

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EUCALYPTUS ..........................................

Clears congestion in the lungs and nasal passages, relieves sore muscles and arthritis pain. Also disinfects wounds, regulates blood sugar and soothes cold sores.


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food & fitness | PARK RUN

All about that

PARK RUN Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past ten years, you’ve surely heard of a Parkrun by now. But what is it, where did it come from and why do you need to get in on the Parkrun action? By Taryn Dekel

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A TRIBUTE TO THE absolute mama,BRENDA HANNAH SMITH - 07/10/1975 – 08/09/2018

WHAT IS IT?

Parkrun is a group of 5km running events that take place every Saturday at over 1400 locations in 23 countries across the world. Originally founded by Paul Sinton-Hewitt in England, and originally called the Bushy Park Time Trial in 2004, this event grew into a network of events called the UK Time Trials. Eventually taking on the name Parkrun in 2008, it expanded to countries across the globe. The first parkrun outside of the UK was held in Zimbabwe, it then moved on to Denmark, reached South Africa and Australia in 2011 and the USA in 2012. As of October 2018, over 5 million runners are registered worldwide.

PARKRUN IN SOUTH AFRICA

On local shores, Parkrun was initiated and promoted by ultra-marathoner Bruce Fordyce and the first Parkrun in South Africa took place in 2011. The interest has steadily grown over the years with a regular number of 1200 runners participating each weekend. A

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record number of 2527 runners took to the shores of North Beach, Durban for the largest Parkrun that South Africa has seen on the 20th of January in 2018.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF JOINING PARKRUN EVENTS?

It’s no secret that exercise helps reduce depression, anxiety, stress and feelings of isolation. So beat the blues, get outside and get your heart rate pumping! Even if you’re not capable of participating, volunteering gives you the opportunity to be included and to offer support and connect with participants. Participating in a Parkrun can do wonders for your fitness motivation. And we’re not talking about world records either. Simply finding the motivation to get up and meet a group of friends for a chat while participating is all most people need to get themselves out of bed. Joining your local Parkrun is a great way to connect with your community. While most of our modern lives are

Brenda was a person that lived life with zest, passion and determination. With a love for running, this mama to Braydon(15) and Blayne(12), completed a total of 75 Parkrun trails in her life. Brenda sadly passed away on Sat 8 September 2018 directly after completing her final Parkrun. Gone, but never forgotten. spent on the proverbial run, we don’t get much time to connect with those outside of our immediate circle. Having people with similar interests to support and motivate you transcends beyond the Saturday morning meet ups in the park is definitely rewarding. You’ll see how these relationships grow and expand beyond the Parkrun itself. What happens on the Parkrun is between you and you. Beating an opponent is not the aim on a parkrun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your own results by setting new personal best times. Whether you’re an experienced runner or not, there is plenty of opportunity to improve on pace, stamina and record times. Achieve all of this in your own time, on your terms, that’s the beauty of Parkrun. So what are you waiting for? Check out www.parkrun.co.za for more info and get started, you have nothing to lose.


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ESSENTIAL SUPPLEMENTS for a healthy balanced life

Our food source isn’t as whole as it once was and our daily requirement for fruits and veggies has doubled in the past 15yrs. Supplements are a natural way of boosting your immune system and a cost effective way of keeping yourself healthy. We showcase 6 essential supplements for a healthy balanced life.

Cholestcare

Boost B12 Oral Spray

Rawbiotics Daily

Sfera Advanced Mycology Series CholestCare Complex is comprised of Mushrooms and herbal extracts. It targets high cholesterol and high blood pressure, maintains healthy blood sugar levels and protects arteries and circulation. 60 Vegetarian capsules for R274

BetterYou™ A fast and convenient way to boost vitamin B12 levels BetterYou Boost B12 Oral Spray is an effective aid to support healthy brain function and energy release. Each dosage (4 sprays) delivers 1200 micrograms of vitamin B12 with a great natural apricot flavour. Specially formulated to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system. The tiny droplets absorb quickly in your mouth providing an effective alternative to tablets and capsules. 25ml for R175

Rawbiotics Rawbiotics are live fermented probiotics that balance and optimize gastro-intestinal tract functionality. Rawbiotics Daily is a blend of selected herbal extracts added to the fermentation as well as organic fruit-juices for a daily probiotic with an improved taste. 500ml for R155

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health & wellness | ESSENTIAL SUPPLEMENTS

Purest Omega 3

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Viridian Essential Female Multi has been formulated using high quality nutrients and plant extracts to movebeyond a basic multivitamin and provide advanced support for optimal health and vitality. The unique blend of nutrients and botanicals in Essential Female Multi help to ensure optimal energy, stress resilience and care for hormonal and reproductive health. 60 Vegetarian capsules for R650,80

Mineralife Our modern life subjects us to almost constant stress. The problem is that stress can wear our body down leading to disease. Magnesium is a powerful natural tranquilizer. It aids in relaxing nerves, relieving tension and lowering blood pressure. By relieving stress and reducing blood pressure, Magnesium supplementation can help support healthy cardiovascular function. 240ml for R479 *96 day supply

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Food is medicine

The earliest record of fermentation dates back as far as 6000 BC in the Fertile Crescent regions in the Middle East and nearly every civilization since has included at least one fermented food in it’s culinary heritage.

Total fermentation time: 2-6 weeks

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WHAT ARE FERMENTED FOODS? Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lacto-fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food and creates beneficial enzymes, B-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids and various strains of probiotics.

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Easy Kimchi at Home

Kimchi is made by lacto-fermentation, the same process that creates sauerkraut and traditional dill pickles. Ingredients • 1 medium head Chinese cabbage (about 1kg) • 1/4 cup iodine-free sea salt or kosher salt • Water, preferably distilled or filtered • 1 tablespoon grated garlic (5 to 6 cloves) • 1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar • 2 tablespoons fish sauce or salted shrimp paste, or 3 tablespoons water • 1 to 5 tablespoons red pepper flakes • 225g Korean radish or daikon radish, peeled and cut into matchsticks • 4 medium scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces Method 1. Cut the cabbage lengthwise through the stem into quarters. Cut the cores from each piece and cut each quarter crosswise into 5cm wide strips. 2. Salt the cabbage and place in a large bowl and sprinkle with the salt. Using your hands, massage the salt into the cabbage until it starts to soften a bit. Add enough water to cover the cabbage. Put a plate on top of the cabbage and weigh it down with something heavy, like a jar or can of beans. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours. 3. Rinse and drain the cabbage under cold water 3 times. Set aside to drain in a colander for 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, make the spice paste. 4. Rinse and dry the bowl you used for salting. Add the garlic, ginger, sugar

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and fish sauce, shrimp paste, or water and stir into a smooth paste. Stir in the red pepper flakes, using 1 tablespoon for mild and up to 5 tablespoons for spicy (we like about 3 1/2 tablespoons); set aside until the cabbage is ready. 5. Combine the vegetables and spice paste. Gently squeeze any remaining water from the cabbage and add it to the paste. Add the radish and scallions. 6. Mix thoroughly, using your hands, gently work the paste into the vegetables until they are thoroughly coated. The gloves are optional here but highly recommended to protect your hands from stings, stains, and smells! 7. Pack the kimchi into the jar. Press down on the kimchi until the brine (the liquid that comes out) rises to cover the vegetables, leaving at least 1 inch of space at the top. Seal the jar. 8. Place a bowl or plate under the jar to help catch any overflow. Let the jar stand at room temperature out of direct sunlight for 1 to 5 days. You may see bubbles inside the jar and brine may seep out of the lid. 9. Check it daily and refrigerate when ready, opening the jar and pressing down on the vegetables with a clean finger or spoon to keep them submerged under the brine. (This also releases gasses produced during fermentation.) Taste a little at this point, too! When the kimchi tastes ripe enough for your liking, transfer the jar to the refrigerator. You may eat it right away, but it’s best after another week or two.

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Homemade Sauerkraut

The simplest way to make classic sauerkraut - a fermented food that’s great for your gut. Ingredients • 2kg very firm, pale green or white cabbage (any leathery outer leaves removed), cored • 3 tbsp coarse crystal sea salt (or 6 tbsp flaky sea salt) • 1 tsp caraway seeds • 1 tsp peppercorns Method 1. Thoroughly wash a large mixing bowl, then rinse with boiling water from the kettle. Make sure that your hands and everything else coming into contact with the cabbage are very clean. It’s wise to use a container that will comfortably fit the softened cabbage, allowing 5cm of room at the top to avoid overflow. 2. Shred the cabbage thinly – a food processor makes light work of this. Layer the cabbage and the salt in the tub or bowl. Massage the salt into the

cabbage for 5 mins, wait 5 mins, then repeat. You should end up with a much-reduced volume of cabbage sitting in its own brine. Mix in the caraway seeds and the peppercorns. 3. Cover the surface of the cabbage entirely with a plate, then press out all the air bubbles from below. Weigh the cabbage down using a couple of heavy plates, or other weights that fit your bowl, and cover as much of the cabbage as possible. The level of the brine will rise to cover the cabbage a little. Cover the tub with its lid and leave in a dark place at a room temperature (about 18-20C) for at least 5 days. It will be ready to eat after 5 days, but for maximum flavour leave the cabbage to ferment for anywhere between 2-6 weeks (or until the bubbling subsides).

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4. Check the cabbage every day or so, releasing any gases that have built up as it ferments, and give the cabbage a stir to release the bubbles. If any scum forms, remove it, rinse the weights in boiling water and replace the plate. You should see bubbles appearing within the cabbage, and possibly some foam on the top of the brine. It’s important to keep it at an even, cool room temperature – too cool and the ferment will take longer than you’d like, too warm and the sauerkraut may become mouldy or ferment too quickly, leading to a less than perfect result. 5. The cabbage will become increasingly sour the longer it’s fermented, so taste it now and again. When you like the flavour, transfer it to smaller sterilised jars and keep it in the fridge for up to 6 months.

Use this simple dill pickle recipe to make easy and delicious homemade pickles. Ingredients • 500g fresh cucumbers • 650ml brown vinegar • 2 cloves • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns • 50mm whole cinnamon bark • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds • 1 whole red chilli • 50g salt • Screwtop jars Method 1. For the soaking process, select a large glass bowl, pour in 650ml water, add 50g salt and make sure it dissolves. Add the cucumbers. 2. After 3 days, select a large standard pickling jar, sterilise the lid and the jar. Remove the cucumbers from their three-day

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soak in brine, rinse them and dry with paper towels, then pack them into the large pickling jar. 3. Now for the pickling agent. In a stainless-steel saucepan, pour in the brown vinegar and the spices. Don’t crush the spices, keep them whole. The same applies to the solo red chilli. Bring the pan to the boil and let it boil vigorously for 10 minutes or so. Taking great care, pour the hot spiced vinegar over the cucumbers in the large pickling jar. Close the lid and store for 24 hours. 4. After the 24 hours has passed, pour the spiced vinegar out of the pickle jar and back into a stainless-steel saucepan. Bring to the boil, then pour the pickling

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liquid back over the cucumbers which are still in the original large jar. Do this process twice, 24 hours apart. Sterilise the smaller screw top jars by heating them and their lids in an oven at 110°C for 15 minutes or so. 5. Allow them to cool and remove the cucumbers from the large jar and pack them carefully into the smaller jars. Pour in the spiced vinegar, topping it up if necessary with plain brown vinegar. Seal the jars and label them with the date. Store the cucumbers in a cupboard for at least a week, noting that the intensity of the flavour increases with time. Once you have opened a jar, keep it in the fridge with its lid on.


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apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has an array of benefits and super simple to make at home with some organic apple scraps and in little time.

Prep: 5 min

Ingredients • 3 small apples (core and peel included, no stem) • 3 tsp raw sugar (muscavado works well) • filtered water to cover

Total fermentation time: 2-3 months

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Method 1. Wash and chop your apples into medium sized pieces (or use the peels and cores of 6-7 small apples after making apple pie or puree). Place them in a clean, rinsed and sterilized wide mouth jar. 2. Mix the sugar with 1 cup of water and pour on top of the apples. 3. Add more water if needed to cover the apples. 4. Cover the jar with a paper towel or a cheesecloth and secure it with a band. This keeps nasties away while letting the liquid breathe. 5. Place the jar in a warm, dark place for 2-3 weeks – in your pantry works well. 6. Strain out the liquid and discard the apple pieces. 7. Return the liquid to the same jar and cover it again (same paper or cheesecloth). 8. Return the jar to the same warm, dark place and leave it do its thing for roughly 4 to 6 weeks, stirring with a plastic or wooden spoon every few days or so. 9. After the first 4 weeks, you can begin to also taste your vinegar and once it reaches an acidity you like, you can actually transfer it to a bottle with a lid and begin using it.


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Counting down our top choices and tips for that perfect colour scheme for your dream kitchen.

KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL

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Pick colours that you love and that you respond to emotionally.

Black and White A black and white kitchen can be both dramatic and exquisite. It’s amazing how the use of these two simple colours can instantly make such a bold visual statement and do so in any design style or choice. The black and white kitchen is a never ‘out of style’ classic, making it a perfect choice for those not too keen on constantly changing the look of their kitchen every other year. While a contemporary kitchen with bright backsplashes and cabinets might fall out of fashion pretty quickly, black and white will always stay relevant.

That Country Feel If warm, comfortable and beautiful is your style, you’re likely a fan of French country design. This style evokes a familiar, friendly feeling of traditional and a somewhat simple lifestyle. The design hidden in history and reminiscent of the past doesn’t sacrifice the function of modern amenities. Inspired by the colours of the provincial landscape, soft, pale colours are typically used in a French country kitchen. Think warm, soft and muted hues in earthy tones. Because cabinetry tends to take up the most visual space in a kitchen, using warm surfaces and muted tones on the cabinets is a must to create an authentic French country feel.

Tip #2 Backsplashes can make a colour splash in a big way.

Dark and Sleek

Tip #3 Be prepared to be flexible and make compromises. As you go through the process of selecting all the colours and finishes, your plan will be constantly revised

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Dark isn’t the first theme that comes to mind when designing a kitchen. Stereotypical assumptions are of white and bright kitchens, matched by light wood the colour of breakfast pancakes. What if your kitchen broke the mould? A dark kitchen creates a stunning space for cooking, entertaining and eating and is amongst the sexiest interior design can muster. All divulging in shades of black, navy, or dark brown, they add what white kitchens cannot – a seductive allure that says sleekness and sophistication at the same time.


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Bright and Airy

Tip #4

Choose one element to launch your colour palette, but don’t buy that item until all accompanying selections have been fully researched.

The term classic white is a cliché for a reason. White kitchens repeatedly stand the test of time. This timeless colour which will always be in trend, has many advantages. The fact that if we speak about dècor, it makes any space look bigger, it goes well with almost any colour and creates an airy feeling in the interior. Vintage, rustic, minimalist or mid-century modern, white will be superb for absolutely any décor style.

Blue With blue being the colour of the sky, there is something innately tranquil about the colour – and why it’s such a natural hue for the heart of the home. For many people, the kitchen is a sanctuary; the perfect place to rid your mind of the day’s stresses. Like gazing at the deep expanse of the sky on a perfect summer’s day or taking in the sight of a deep blue ocean, a blue-centred kitchen provides a bust of freshness after a long day. Why not try this cool shade during your kitchen remodel with blue kitchen cabinets? It will make your kitchen appear bigger, seem cooler and feel more relaxing. One other interesting characteristic of blue scientists have uncovered is that it suppresses appetite.

Tip #5 Do not underestimate lighting. Look at all your colour and finish choices in daylight and in the artificial light that will be in that particular room.

Tip #6 For granite and other countertops, the safest approach is to keep it neutral and versatile. This is a big ticket item that you don’t want to replace when the trends shift again.

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Beautify your dream kitchen with these 9 gorgeous must have pieces.

Limburg Chandelier, Block ‘n Chisel, R1695

Leaf Screen Wall Art, Weylandts, R5595

Himmeli Coasters - Rose Gold, KNUS R250 – set of 3

50’s Style Mint Retro Kettle, SMEG, R2799 Lyonnais Wine Amethyst Glasses, La Rochere available from Yuppiechef, R690 – set of 6

Large brass spoon, Love Milo, R100

Afrika Monokrom Cup, KNUS R580 – set of 4

Protea napkin, Threads That Bind Us, R80

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Colour Mix Mixing Bowl, Mason Cash available from Yuppiechef, R479


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Our African Wonder

Mpumalanga, the province of the rising sun is home to the Lowveld, an explorer’s dream with flat, lush grasslands and rich wildlife. This adventurer’s paradise will steal your heart with its charming towns, breathtaking views and natural wonders. By Tamara Toti

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he subtropical climate of the area sprinkles each season with magic as everything is transformed, waiting to be discovered by the next visitor passing through.

MBOMBELA

Mbombela, the gateway to Mpumalanga is abuzz with activity and a major stopover for tourists and local travellers making their way to the Kruger National Park or Mozambique. Sitting on the fertile Crocodile River, this town is home to The Lowveld Botanical Gardens, the first man-made forest with about 2000 exquisite and rare plant species. The area has a large selection of luxury accommodation from which to explore, with a long list of bed & breakfasts, self-catering establishments, tented safari camps and holiday resorts to choose from, perfect for a family holiday or romantic getaway.

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BARBERTON

Nestled in the De Kaap Valley and fringed by the Makonjwa Mountains, Barberton is where you’ll hear homegrown stories of the South African gold rush. This newly named world heritage site is filled with charming restaurants, has a mild climate and an array of activities.

Go on an underground mining tour, visit Pilgrim’s Rest or catch a ride on the Barberton Steam Locomotive. There are also a variety of adventure sports to choose from. Visit www.barberton.co.za for more information on this historical site.


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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

In the heart of the Lowveld lies the Kruger National Park, a land surrounded by legend, history and African wildlife. It’s vast landscapes of approximately 2 million hectares run across Mpumalanga and Limpopo and are known as home to hundreds of animals and a variety of birdlife. Africa’s largest game reserve will take you on an epic tour of the imagination, where you’ll experience the greatest creation mother nature has produced. Young and old will be impressed by what they discover as they tour the Park. Choose from a guided tour, game safari, bush walk or wilderness trail, the list of activities is endless. Choose to stay at a rest camp, holiday resort or spend some time picnicking under the African sky. For prices, tours and accommodation visit www.krugerpark.co.za

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SUDWALA CAVES

Hidden in the Mankelekele Hills are the oldest caves on earth with their existence going back 300 million years. Prepare yourself for a once-ina-lifetime caving experience at Sudwala Caves. Travel 600 meters underground to see naturally formed rock formations like the ‘Screaming Monster’ and the PR Owen Amphitheatre. For the more adventurous, travel 2000 meters below for the crystal tour and hear the magical sound of the flowstone. Reserve some time during the trip for an exciting outing with the kids to the Dinosaur and Butterfly Park.

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Tours are suitable for all ages and run daily all year round. To book a tour, other activities and accommodation visit www. sudwalacaves.com.

PANORAMA ROUTE

Sitting in the centre of the Blyde River Canyon, the Panorama Route is one of the most scenic self-drive routes in the Lowveld. Close to the Kruger National Park, and known for its dramatic landscapes and greatest attraction at Graskop, is God’s Window, make sure to pass through. God’s Window has seen tourists come

from afar to experience its neverending skies and spectacular views. Travelling along the route, pop into Sabie, Hazyview or White River - all very popular for their luxurious accommodation and adventure. The route ends at Swadini Forever Resort on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park. Swadini is great for the whole family with a wide selection of things to do.


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With the Jade you can take it easy while your baby sleeps safely. Simply slide the innovative Jade on the ISOFIX base in your car. Thanks to the 180 degree flat sleeping position, your baby stays asleep in the best ergonomic position in cars and on strollers without waking up no matter the situation. Available at leading baby stores. www.facebook.com/MaxiCosiSA sales@brandsafrica.co.za Tel: 041 811 3355 for Trade Enquiries

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Enchanted escapes Wrapped in the warm charm of beauty, cultural heritage and culinary traditions, the Amalfi Coast in Italy is one of the best beach holiday destinations in Europe and perfect for a family getaway. By Tamara Toti

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pend some time at the beach soaking up the sun, enjoy exotic dishes at outside cafes or explore ruins once occupied by Roman legends. With so much fun and exciting activities on offer, you’ll end each day on a high and memorable note.

PLANNING YOUR FAMILY GETAWAY

Before jumping on a plane to Amalfi, check that everyone has a valid passport and the Schengen Visa. Luckily no vaccinations are required but make an appointment with your doctor for a routine check-up. Your first encounter with Italy is at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino, the main airport in Rome which will be buzzing with activity. This will also be the best time to exchange your Rands for Euros. Getting around is relatively easy. You have the option of hiring a car to drive yourself around, but be warned, the roads are narrow and winding, which make it difficult to navigate during the busy season. Also, speak to the hotel concierge to organise a local

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driver for you if you want to play it safe. Also available are bus services and the ferries that run between the towns. To fully enjoy this beautiful destination, plan your holiday between May and September when the coast is at its most beautiful waking up from hibernation with lush blooms, mild weather and fewer tourists; prices are lower with lots of concerts and festivals written into the annual events calendar.

WHERE TO STAY

The Amalfi Coast is dotted with family-friendly towns, the most

popular being Maiori and Minori. Not only are they affordable, but their short boardwalks also add to their popularity. With little or no stairs and great for moms using prams or travelling with small children, the beaches and hotels close to one another is a bonus. If you’re travelling without the little ones, also visit the gorgeous town of Positano and Sorrento which has an array of hotels, restaurants and shopping options. To minimise the stress of moving around pick a home base and explore from there using a ferry, guide or bus to get around.


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A summer sunset in the seaside town of Positano in Campania, Sorrento

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A FOOD EXPLOSION

Known as the birthplace of pizza, Amalfi will take you on a culinary experience, smell the lemony scent as various pastries and treats are being prepared. Spoil yourselves to fresh pasta, artisanal chocolate and so much more. Schedule an afternoon boat ride to Santa Croce for lunch or

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Coast is that you’ll never be short of things to do. If you’re lucky you will get to celebrate Saints Day (The Festa di Sant’Anna) together with the townspeople and get to experience the thousands of candles that illuminate the town. Parents with older kids can take a hike up Mount Vesuvius, an active volcano, or even picnic at the ancient Greek temples in Paestum. Learn how to cook like a local with the cooking classes hosted in Minion or enrol the kids in an art workshop at Arte al Sol. coffee. Travelling in Italy is a dream - the Italians love kids and allow them everywhere. Travel to Andrea Pansa for some of the famous fluffy fried fish pastries or indulge in Limoncello, a tart liqueur.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO

One thing guaranteed by the Amalfi

CONCLUSION

The Amalfi Coast is a historical wonder that will impress both young and old. One last tip before you make your way - pack enough sunscreen, have smart-casual outfits for the evening and make sure you brush up on the Italian coffee culture. Arrivederci…


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TOYOTA’S NEW TIER 1 SUPPLIER IS A CHAMPION Meet Judith Serafim, major shareholder and Managing Director of Imvusa Interior Trim (Pty) Ltd.

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outh Africa in the early ‘80s was very different to today. Television was still a novelty, typewriters, telexes and adding machines were must-haves for businesses, and fishing on the Free State side of the Vaal River was illegal on Sundays. And then there was Apartheid. The future for a small black girl, even one from a relatively wealthy background, looked dismal. Judith Serafim was just four years old when her father died, but luckily blessed with an extraordinary strong woman as a mother. “With nothing to his name, my

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Dad came from Mozambique in the ‘60’s, starting two businesses and did very well through the 1970s until he passed away. Thereafter my Mom carried on with the businesses - a mail order company retailing homeopathic medicines, and a franchised slimming clinic. In those days it was unheard of for a black woman to be successful in business, but she did exceptionally well in taking over, and we moved from the township to suburbia. With the growing violence and political uproar of the late ‘80s she sent me and my siblings to a Catholic boarding school in Ixopo. I believe

that made all the difference in our lives. My Mom was adamant that an education was the only thing that could give her kids a chance of making something of themselves. The school was all about responsibility, discipline and structures, working according to a plan. I think that the Christian ethos that comes out of it moulds you into doing and understanding things better. We cried every time we were dropped off there, but looking back you appreciate the lessons you learnt. We were incredibly fortunate.”


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Being fortunate isn’t enough, though. You have to give your luck all the help you can, and after matriculating Judith studied for her finance qualification with the SA Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, following up by achieving her Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in Marketing Management through part time studying. “My first full-time employment was with a parastatal in KZN where I was exposed to the world of marketing,” she remembers. While juggling her time between studies and work, Judith had a son, so she had to factor parenting into her career plan. “My son was with me the whole time,” she laughs. “I’d go to work, then pick him up from school afterwards and take him to my lectures at the marketing college where he’d sit in the canteen doing his homework. As he grew older, getting bored he’d walk home and cook himself noodles while he waited for me to get home. To this day he can’t stand noodles!” Judith has never been a jobhopper using her status as a black woman to stalk larger salaries, more status and bigger perks. Her most recent position as Regional Manager (KZN and Gauteng) of Sasfin Commercial Solutions saw her actively involved in the administration of governmental incentives for industries over a period of twelve years. This often concerned the automotive industry, which garnered her loads of experience with the International Trade Administration Commission’s incentive programmes, the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) and various other incentive and development schemes. “I like to do my job well, build relationships, networks and contacts, and carry on growing. For me job-hopping on BEE would

not work. I’m a person who likes to cement myself, make a difference so people who see me realise my value. People need to see who you really are.” And then, of course, there was the dream. “I’ve always had this longing for entrepreneurship,” she says. “I knew what the next step for me would be – my own business. I wanted to leave a legacy for my children the same as my Mom and Dad did for me. It was just a matter of what it would be. I didn’t do this because I was unhappy at work – I wasn’t.” Judith spoke to various friends and business contacts in the automotive industry about her intention to go into business and did a lot of research over two or three years. “I had discussions with several companies who knew me from outside business, soon I had a few offers. I needed to do the right thing at the right time, and didn’t want a partnership just for the sake of it. I needed the same commonalities and values, and eventually found exactly the right team to work with.” Judith took up her post as MD of a new company Imvusa Interior Trim in January focusing on interior trim components. “I’m intimately involved with the business and we’re going to be fully up and running in a couple of months. We have our engineering staff on board already and I’m very fortunate to be working closely with such a skilled team from Toyota. I don’t have automotive manufacturing experience so this is all new to me, but my team does, and I’ve worked closely with the industry for years. I’ve read many business plans, studied automotive production processes, bills of materials, everything that goes with the business except actual manufacturing. Then there are my marketing and financial skills so we fit together perfectly. Toyota is

being wonderful – they’re drilling us in terms of doing things the Toyota way, on quality assurance, safety, and personnel development and I’ve learnt so much. One thing I need to say is that a lot of people talk about BEE and it just remains talk. But we’re going to do it and well, because Toyota is so supportive. They’ve been like a big brother holding my hand all the way.”

NAACAM At the recent NAACAM (National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers) convention in Durban speakers made a few points very clear. To comply with the APDP and the South African Automotive Masterplan to escalate car production from today’s 600,000 to 1.4 million by 2035, South African manufacturers need to find buyers for locally built cars and components in a rapidly expanding African marketplace. In terms of the APDP and masterplan, local content also has to be lifted from just under 40% to 60% over the next few years, and small and medium black-owned businesses must be brought into the supply chain to help the country succeed in transformation. Toyota’s strategy to support SAAM is clear and developing small Black Owned suppliers is a priority. The Interior Trim commodity is one in which there is room for another supplier to allow competition and increase the number of small black businesses. Toyota selected Judith and her company as an early Tier 1 supplier, and are doing everything they can to ensure that she and Imvusa are successful.

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in some of the after hours activities and sports that were on offer. If memory serves, there was rugby, more rugby, and possibly even more

rugby. I vaguely recall a smattering of tennis, a bit of the ol‘ track and field, some aquatic hijinks, and football being a swearword.


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In those days I couldn‘t speak a lick of Afrikaans so playing rugby was entertaining. I didn‘t know the rules either. I knew that you ran one way, passed another, and hung onto that ball for dear life - which made for some pretty one-sided conversations at the breakdown where I wouldn‘t budge until the exasperated ref (once again) told me to get up. Good times. I also remember that we played barefoot on grass that was more barbed wire than anything. I shouldn‘t complain, though, there were millions of kids who didn‘t even have that.

So I played for a few years, shifting from position to position as my body changed shape, and I got bigger and taller than the rest of the team. Then we moved to another province, and I lived far enough away from school that virtually anything after hours wasn‘t going to happen. Did it bother me? Not really, I had learned the lessons you are supposed to learn from team sports, and enough was going on in my new location to keep me occupied and out of trouble. The lessons learned - for me at least - were about teamwork, winning, losing, and practising until you couldn‘t anymore but still found enough in the tank to push yourself just that little bit further. You can apply this to just about anything in life too. Now it‘s time for my six-year-old to try his hand at it. Did I force him into it? Nope. Did he want to try it himself? Yup. Will he continue with it? Don‘t know, and frankly, I don‘t care. There is a multitude of activities and sports, and hobbies he can try his hand at throughout his school career and his life, and I like to think that as his dad it‘s my role to expose him to as many of them as I possibly can. Will he be passionate about one of them, or more than one of them? I certainly hope so, but I want his passions to be his passions and not mine. I don‘t want to ever force anything onto him ( except for my taste in music of course ) because of a misguided sense of ‘I couldn‘t be a professional, but you most certainly can.‘ I‘m also not advocating in indulging his every whim either, I was young once, and wanted to try a billion things that only ever ended up gathering dust under my bed or in the garage. I see the same intensity in his eyes when he tells me that he must have that electric guitar because, dude, how‘s he ever going

to be a rock-star without it?‘ To which I reply to his young self, Learn to tie your shoelaces and stop picking your nose, then we can talk again. My passions are mine and mine alone. I would love for some of them to overlap with my two boys, but you can‘t force it on them as they are as skittish as the buck at a watering hole, just one whiff of something being valuable to you, and BAM!, they are off and away. That‘s why I like driving them to school and back as they are stuck/trapped listening to my music for at least an hour a day. But jokes aside, what they learn on the field, we as dads and parents have to mirror off the field, or what exactly is the point? I‘ve recently borne witness to some decidedly un-sportsmen like jeers, jibes, and altercations that left me feeling more than a little disappointed in my fellow parents. Haranguing the referee to such an extent that you get yourself banned from ever attending a primary school match again is just over the top. Especially when the game in question was under tens, I mean, come on. All you‘re doing is undermining every single lesson that boy, and all the others on his team, have ever learned. It‘s embarrassing to you, embarrassing to him, embarrassing to his teammates, and all the other parents that came to show support on the day. Don‘t be that guy, no matter how passionate you are; there are other healthier roads you can take to deal with situations like this. A lot of the times the kids do sports for fun, and so they should, but the moment it becomes anything other than that? I hope they get the chance to walk away on their terms as they should be playing the game, no matter what it is,for them and not for you.

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Must READS Dangerous adventures in exciting new biomes, an unexpected friendship and delicious recipes to satisfy the taste buds of every guest that sits at your table are featured in this season’s top reads.

MINECRAFT FOR BEGINNERS MINECRAFT

Follow the simple, step-by-step instructions to help you stay alive. Learn how to start a game, which biomes you’ll want to spawn in and which you’ll want to avoid. Next, learn how to punch trees, craft basic tools and weapons, find food and build a shelter when night falls. By the end of this book, you will have ventured into a cave just below the surface and made a set of iron armour. Now you’re ready for more dangerous adventures in exciting new biomes! Hardcover | R250 Egmont

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0-3 Roald Dahl’s Colours Roald Dahl

This sturdy board book is the perfect introduction to the world of Roald Dahl - and is just right for little hands. Look out for Roald Dahl’s ABC too!

Board Book | R150 Puffin

When the Ground Is Hard

Malla Nunn

Adele Joubert loves being one of the popular girls at Keziah Christian Academy. She knows the upcoming semester at school is going to be great with her best friend Delia at her side. Then Delia dumps her for a new girl with more money, and Adele is forced to share a room with Lottie, the school pariah, who doesn’t pray and defies teachers’ orders. But as they share a copy of Jane Eyre, Lottie’s gruff exterior and honesty grow on Adele, and Lottie learns to be a little sweeter. Together, they take on bullies and protect each other from the vindictive and prejudiced teachers. Then a boy goes missing on campus and Adele and Lottie must rely on each other to solve the mystery and maybe learn the true meaning of friendship. Hardback | R195 Penguin Random House USA

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YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME AGAIN LESLEY PEARSE

Mrs Escobar

Victoria Eugenia Henao

The story of Pablo Escobar, one of the wealthiest, powerful and violent criminals of all time has fascinated the world. Yet the one person closest to him has never spoken out – until now. Maria Victoria Henaomet Pablo when she was 13, eloped with him at 15, and despite his numerous infidelities and violence, stayed by his side for the following 16 years until his death. At the same time, she urged him to make peace with his enemies and managed to negotiate her and her children’s freedom after Pablo’s demise. On the 25th anniversary of Pablo’s death, the most intriguing character in the Escobar narrative is ready to share her story and reveal the real man behind the legend. Softcover | R320.00 Random House UK

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Young Betty dreams of settling down to an ordinary life in Hallsands with her fisherman husband. But when he returns broken and haunted from the Great War, she finds herself persecuted by his distraught mother – and yearns to escape. It is only when a storm devastates the village that Betty sees her chance. Fleeing to Bristol and changing her name to Mabel Brook, she seeks a new life – only to discover destiny has other plans. Penniless and alone, Mabel suffers a brutal attack before being rescued by a psychic named Nora Nightingale. She gets her first taste of those who receive messages from the dead and realizes she may have this power herself. But Mabel fears her gift may be a terrible curse as it becomes ever harder to hide from the truth about who she once was – and the tragic life she left behind. Soon Mabel receives her own message and is forced back to the very place she has escaped. A place of heartbreak and perhaps even murder –but to secure her future Mabel must confront her past one last time. Softcover | R290 Penguin UK

My Vegetarian Braai Adele Maartens & Hein van Tonder

My Vegetarian Braai is not about trying to convert carnivores but rather to broaden the horizons of every braaier, the ones who enjoy preparing meals for their families and friends and as well as those who will look at the photographs and say ‘I can make that’. With the growing trend of eating plant-based foods, the chances are that at some stage you will need to cater for a vegetarian or vegan. This book will give you new ideas and delicious recipes to satisfy the taste buds of every guest that sits at your table. Even meat-eaters will be seduced by these tasty vegetarian and vegan recipes, which make brilliant side dishes to accompany any meal Softcover | R325 Struik Lifestyle


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