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SO MUCH MORE TO LOVE

NOVEMBER 2015

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WELCOME TO ESSENTIALS! We’re celebrating our 21st birthday – can you believe it? To mark the occasion, we’ve had a makeover… and we’re offering you one, too! Turn to p54 to enter our competition and you could win a makeover worth R20 000. It’s not just our look that’s changed, we’re dedicated to bringing you even more ideas, inspiration, great reads and tips than ever before. Plus we’ve added trends pages, which are inspired by the catwalks and translated into ideas that work for you (p16, p51 and p99), and a regular relationship page, too (p30). We had fun putting this together, I hope you enjoy it.

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EDITOR ESSENTIALS.CO.ZA EASY BEAUTY Now we can all look glam – and with minimum effort.

REAL FOOD Our recipe section is guaranteed to please every taste.

HOT RIGHT NOW

MAKE IT EASY We’ve added timings to our crafts, so you can fit them into your busy life!

THE ‘REAL’ REVOLUTION Admitting that you’re not perfect – and knowing that it’s okay! Like the women on p34 who’ve shared their parenting fails.

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FAST FASHION What’s new URBAN CHIC Nail the military trend for an effortessly stylish summer BACK TO THE ‘70s The boho chic vibe that’s cool, relaxed and feminine ESSENTIALS HOT LIST Great buys from your favourite stores

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‘I’M SLOWLY LEARNING HOW TO JUGGLE BEING A WORKING MOM’ Our cover star, Juliana, shares OUR SECRET LIVES Women speak out about mental health issues TOO YOUNG TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE What do you do when your little boy says he should be a girl? GET YOUR OWN WAY AT WORK All the tricks you’ll ever need! I LOOKED MY ATTACKER IN THE EYE ...and helped put him in jail PARENTING FAILS Your confessions ‘I’VE FINALLY LANDED MY DREAM

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Beauty 39 41

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GOOD HEALTH What’s new ‘I CANNOT GO ON LIKE THIS!’ The harsh facts of living as a coeliac WALK THIS WAY! It might be even better than going for a run GET A FLAT TUM FAST Beat the bloat today

Food 67 68

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EASY BEAUTY What’s new YOUR BEST BODY EVER Get yourself summer ready WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY PERSONALITY? Try our fun quiz IN BLOOM Time for a floral makeover

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On the cover

JOB… TASTE-TESTING BAKED GOODS!’ Comedian Anne Hirsch spills the baking beans on presenting the Great South African Bake Off COOL KIDS What’s new

REAL FOOD What’s new A FAMILY FEAST IN A FLASH! Weekday meals to cook in just 15 min THE ULTIMATE NO-BAKE CAKES Fancy yet fabulously easy TUCK INTO A SLIMMER DINNER Tasty recipes without the guilt A VERY MODERN PICNIC An alfresco feast the kids will adore LET’S BBQ USA STYLE! Fabulous food for weekend entertaining HOW TO MAKE… THE BEST MERINGUE Master the basics

PINKS vs REDS Be inspired by our spin on the latest catwalk trends this summer 28 ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL? Is one enough when it comes to kids? We find out… 30 YOU & HIM Craving a bit more fun in the bedroom? Here’s how to get it!

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53 THE BEAUTY COUNTER If there’s a good reason to buy it, we’ve got it! 54 WIN A R20 000 MAKEOVER Help kick-start the new you with our fab giveaways 58 DO YOUR HEALTH NUMBERS ADD UP? The health rules that are there to be beaten

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EDITOR KATE MACFARLANE ART DIRECTOR Tahra Holloway MANAGING EDITOR Kirsten Davids COPY SUB EDITOR Clare Sebastião FEATURES AND TRAVEL FEATURES AND TRAVEL WRITER Roxanne Fagri FASHION FASHION EDITOR Caryn Magid HEALTH AND BEAUTY HEALTH AND BEAUTY EDITOR Grace Mantjiu LIFESTYLE LIFESTYLE WRITER Tamlyn Cumings OFFICE OFFICE MANAGER Carlyn Wallace PROMOTIONS MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR Melanie Olivier Tel: 011 889 0866; Email: melanieo@caxton.co.za

Home 89 90

MAKE IT EASY What’s new LET’S GO OUTSIDE Gorgeous crafts to pretty up the outdoors 94 A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Keep the kids busy with some fun makes 99 SAHARA CHIC Get the look 100 ALL BRIGHT NOW This reader used bargain buys to makeover her home

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WEIRD CRUSHES Our favourite unlikely heart-throbs GO OUT New movies and nights out INSIDE THE MIND OF… Ewan McGregor – he’s quite a character! ON THE SHELF Great new reads KEEP ‘EM BUSY Days out to keep the kids entertained IT’S ALL ABOUT Outdoor cinemas – enjoy open-air movies nationwide

Travel 116

LAST-MINUTE BEACH BREAKS Soak up the sun, even if you’re booking late

SAVE & WIN 50 52 126

PAPILLON Save on non-alcoholic and alcoholic sparkling wine NOMINATION Jewellery to be won! LITTLE SPOILS FOR YOU Enter and win fabulous goodies

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and stand a chance to win BLOCKWORD STOCKISTS LIST NOVEMBER HOROSCOPES PUZZLE PAGE THE LAST WORD… Lead singer of BlackByrd, Tarryn Lamb tells us what she’s loving and loathing this month

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‘I’m still learning how to juggle being a

WORKING MOM’ When she’s not running her own clothing boutique, playing mom to two young boys and perfecting yoga poses, our cover star, Juliana, is just like one of us!

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razilian-born Juliana Vasconcelos, 27, is co-owner of Brazilian swim- and gym-wear boutique, Periquita, which she runs with her best friend, Jackie Hawtrey. Juliana is engaged to Top Billing’s hunky Janez Vermeiren and is mom to Vincent, 13 months, and stepmom to Matisse, 11. Having recently relocated from Cape Town to Joburg, the family is currently on the hunt for their perfect family home.

I’m so excited about an upcoming trip to Brazil. I’ll be spending a few weeks over there with my family. There’s something so special about being with family in the run-up to the festive period. After our international trip, we’ll head back to Cape Town for a few weeks. I love being able to spend weekends outdoors and on the beach, and it’s a really busy time for my business, Periquita, as sales always pick up at this time of the year. Opening a business wasn’t something I’d planned. The idea came about when my best friend, Jackie, commented on how much she always liked the sportswear and swimsuits that I brought home from my trips to Brazil. One day,

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she suggested we open a Brazilianinspired store right here in South Africa. Of course, I fell in love with the idea immediately. We went to Brazil, sourced the most incredible items that we knew the South African market would love and it’s proven to be a great success, with women loving what we have to offer. The fashion industry has been an important part of my life for years. I’ve worked in the industry for so long already, and now I’m able to implement everything I’ve learnt, from the buying process to dealing with customers, and put those skills to good use in my own business. Everything changed when I had Vincent last year. I had been so focused on the business, but there was a definite shift after he arrived. I want to be hands-on with both boys, continue running the boutique and still have time for myself. It’s an incredible combination, and something that most moms will know often feels impossible! It’s such an exciting time for me though and I’m slowly learning how to juggle everything. I take my hat off to all the working moms out there; it’s a difficult task and I admire any woman trying to

make it work for her family. Taking time for yourself is so important. You need to remember that before you were a mom, you were a person with interests, passions and dreams. My advice to other moms is to do something that’s just for you. That could be a regular hobby, watching your favourite TV series every week or going for a run. If you make time for youself, you’ll be a better, more balanced mom and partner. Yoga is my escape. It’s something I do on my own, and I’ve been practicing for years – it really puts me into my happy place. It can be quite time consuming, so I try to include Vincent in my yoga sessions when I can. When I’m not doing that, you’ll find me catching up with friends, watching movies, reading a good book or relaxing on the beach if there’s one nearby – just savouring the moments I have to myself!


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My grandmother taught me to cook when I was growing up, and I still love being in the kitchen. Lasagne is one of our family favourites, but Janez particularly enjoys my coxinhas (shredded chicken wrapped in dough and deep fried) – it’s a real Brazlian speciality! South Africa has started to feel like home. The landscape is amazing, the people are so friendly and there’s great cultural diversity. The country reminds me a lot of Brazil, which is probably why I’ve settled in so quickly and easily. The next few months are going to be exciting! I’m looking forward to settling in Joburg, getting married and hopefully adding on to our little family. To find out more about Juliana’s business, visit periquita.co.za.

THE REAL JULIANA CONFESSES...  MY FIANCÉ’S EX IS MY BESTIE I CAN’T SWIM I was never ME taught    as a child and, with so much going on in my life, I just haven’t found the time to learn!  I’M NOT THE BEST DRIVER Janez often reminds me of the times I’ve dented my car... or driven into his!

very close – in fact, we just went to her wedding.  I COOK VERY WELL There’s     tasty Brazilian dishes for my family.

Feature Roxanne Fagri Photography Justin Dingwall Stylist Caryn Magid Hair & make-up Alex Botha using Demalogica products Photographer’s assistant Tatenda Chidora Top Stuttafords Necklace Woolworths Rings Colette Hayman Cuff Topshop Dress on cover Nicci Boutique Necklace on cover Collette Hayman Belt on cover Jo Borkett

If the sun’s shining, my family will be outside taking advantage of the weather. We enjoy cycling and having picnics or braais with friends. It’s lovely that we all share a love of the outdoors.

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WHAT’S NEW

Essentials.co.za GET QUIRKY We’ve got a soft spot for these novelty bags from Accessorize – the perfect way to add some fun to your wardrobe!

Star style

Feature Rachel Bassett; Caryn Magid Photography Elite Photo Agency; INPRA; supplied Products and prices were checked at time of going to print

TIME TO SHIFT IT!

MAKE THE RIGHT STATEMENT Ensure all eyes are on you – just like yummy mummy Kerry Washington – with a stunning embellished neckline.

Choose a simple print like stripes for an easy understated look – belt it to accentuate your waist and pair with chunky heels for a night ���������������¾�������� the weekend. Necklace, R140; Dress and belt, R525; both Truworths.

We love Turned-up jeans, as seen on the catwalk, is the new way to wear denim. But remember, they should just skim your ankle and don’t be afraid to wear them with on-trend chunky heels.

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SHADY LADY Top, R399, Woolworths. Sunglasses, R1 350, Guess.

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FAST FASHION BUTTON UP Jumpsuit, R229,99, Jet. Necklace, R299, Woolworths. Belt, R139; Bag, R399; both Jo Borkett. Heels, R899, Woolworths.

CHIC To nail the military trend this summer, mix khaki and camel with a dash of denim for an effortlessly stylish look FASHION EDITOR CARYN MAGID PHOTOGRAPHY JUSTIN DINGWALL

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A SPLASH OF CAMO Jacket, R549, Cotton On. Top, R699, Forever New. Pants, R399, Zara. Earrings, R114,50; Ring, R169,50 for a set of three; both Colette Hayman. Shoes, R699, Woolworths.

CASUALLY COOL Shirt, R349,95, Edgars. Pants, R550, Woolworths. Necklace, R159, Metallic Mermaid. Cuff, R39,99, Mr Price.

CITY CHIC Top, R399, Woolworths. Culottes, R559, Zara. Sunglasses, R1 350, Guess. Bangle set, R138, Metallic Mermaid. Belt, R150, Woolworths. Heels, R249,99, Jet.

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FAST FASHION

‘Add a luxurious edge to your khaki with a touch of leather’

LEATHER LOOK Shirt, R450, Woolworths. Skirt, R849, Topshop. Chunky necklace, R329, Topshop. Necklace with horn detail, R190, Tessa Design. Multi strand necklace, R219,50; Bag, R499,50; Ring, R169,50 for a set of three, all Colette Hayman.

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Jacket, R559, Zara. Bodysuit, R119,99, Jet. Skirt, R599, Mango. Earrings, R169,50, Colette Hayman. Gladiator sandals, R699, Woolworths.

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Photographer’s assistant Eben du Plesis Model Jalien from Boss Models Hair & make-up Adelle Jung Location With thanks to Avianto Products and prices were checked at time of going to print

FEMININE & FLIRTY


FAST FASHION

‘For a slimmer form, choose cuffs which accentuate the wrists and décolletage’ GLAMOROUS SAFARI Shirt, R299,95, Edgars. Shorts, 450, Woolworths. Necklace, R380, Tessa Design. Ring, R99, Jo Borkett. Gladiator sandals, R299,92, Woolworths.

GET WAISTED Jacket, R1 199, Zara . Dress, R169,99, Mr Price. Shirt, R379, Zara. Earrings, R99,50, Colette Hayman. Sunglasses, R39,99, Mr Price. Belt, R299, Woolworths.

KEEP IT SIMPLE Dress, R499, H&M. Necklace, R198; Black & gold bangle set, R98; Metallic bangle set, R138, all Metallic Mermaid. Brown bangle set, R49,99; Gold bangle set, R25,99; both Mr Price. Bag, R339,50, Colette Hayman. Heels, R759, Zara.

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YOUR STYLE Bag, R398, Next.

Hat, R359, Zara.

ETRO

Shoes, R399, Woolworths. Necklace, R39,99, Mr Price.

Back to the

70s

Hippy chic is back, but more stylish and grown-up this time around Kimono, R365, Next. Maxi dress, R599, H&M.

Bag, R879, River Island.

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Skirt, R549, River Island.

Kimono, R99,99, Mr Price.

Compiled by Caryn Magid Photography Gallo Images/ Getty Images; Peter Whitfeld; supplied

Shoes, R1 199,95, Dune.


CATWALK TO Sunglasses, R499, Mimco.

V

Pinks

Block heels, R469, Donna Claire.

NINA RICCI

Jacket, R652, Next.

Top, R379, Zara. Bag, R299, Superbalist.

Pants, R379, Zara.

Skirt, R649, River Island.

Top, R249, Zara.

Maxi skirt, R599, Mango at Edgars.

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Gladiator sandals, R265, Rage.

Heels, R1 499,95, Dune.


CATWALK TREND

STORE FRONT

V

Reds

Belt, R399, Trenery. Shoes, R570, Gino Paoli.

Pale pastels or bold brights – whichever shade you choose to wear this summer, you’ll be spoilt for choice LOUIS VUITTON

Top, R459, Zara.

All-in-one, R599, Foschini.

Dress, R499, Mango.

Feature Cigdem Tanrioglu; Caryn Magid Photography Products and prices were checked at time at going to print

Watch, R250, Woolworths.

Jacket, R652, Next.

Bag, R399, Woolworths.

Skirt, R391, Next.

Necklace, R120, Woolworths. Pumps, R109,99, Rage.

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HOT LIST

The Essentials fashion team is on a mission to bring you all the best buys H&M

Best for budget luxe Earrings, R120. Jeans, R399.

Top, R229. Bag, R749. Dress, R299.

Pants, R349.

Scarf, R129.

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STYLE FIX

Top, R579. Jeans, R829. Bag, R999.

Top, R499.

Shirt, R599. Skirt, R559. Shoes, R1 199.

RIVER ISLAND

Best for catwalk trends MANGO

ZARA

Best for versatile workwear

Best for speedy style Shorts, R599.

Heels, R899.

Jeans, R899. Skirt, R649.

Feature Sharna Newton; Caryn Magid Photography  Products and prices were checked at time of going to print

Jeans, R829. Shirt, R649. Cuff, R299. Shoes, R649.

Shirt, R699.

Dress, R759.

Pants, R559.

Bag, R899.

Dress, R759. Bag, R559.

Belt, R249.

Top, R579. Heels, R1 099.

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Our

SECRET LIVES

Four inspirational women talk frankly about the mental health issues they hid from the world

‘I had forgotten what it was like to smile’ PRABASHINIE PREMCHAND, 39, LIVES WITH FAMILY MEMBERS.

Help for depression If you, or someone you know, are suffering from depression, visit sadag.org or call 011 234 4837. The site offers support and advice, info on mental illness and resources for sufferers and their families.

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Just over a year ago, my world came crashing down around me. I’d been living what felt like a fairytale; I was married to an amazing man and we’d been together for 14 years. We lived in a beautiful house, drove expensive cars and I had only the best clothes. Our lives were perfect, or so I thought, so it was a complete shock when I discovered my husband had been cheating on me and my marriage collapsed. This was just the beginning of a very dark time in my life, where my heartbreak and sadness grew into something far more serious. My mental health began to deteriorate and my depression engulfed me. By December of last year I’d attempted suicide more than once. My situation seemed hopeless – I had forgotten what it was like to smile. My sister took charge of the situation and booked me into a psychiatric clinic, where I began treatment for severe depression.

Worried about what people would think, I chose not to share what I was going through with anyone other than my close family. I still felt like I had to keep up appearances, and I didn’t want people to judge me. I’m so thankful now that my sister saw how necessary treatment was – I’m not sure what I would have done without her help and support. After a few months at the clinic, and with the constant support of my family, I began healing and, these days, I feel like a new person. I’ve changed my look, become a lot more independent than I ever was before, and I’m so much stronger after everything I’ve been through. The biggest lesson I learnt is that a mental disorder is not something to be embarrassed about; it can happen to anyone and, often, with the right treatment, it can be managed, or even cured. The key to recovery is speaking about what you’re feeling and seeking help. Depression shouldn’t hold you back from living the life you were destined to lead.

‘The biggest lesson I learnt is that a mental health disorder could affect anyone and, with treatment, it can be managed or even cured’


AMAZING WOMEN

‘I hid my OCD for years for fear of being seen as weak’ BARBARA LLOYD, 52, LIVES ALONE AND WORKS FOR A CHARITY ORGANISATION. I was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) at 18, but it wasn’t until 10 years later that anyone other than my family knew. I’d always made lists for all my homework, but the year after I finished school, I began to make lists for daily tasks and would check, double-check and triplecheck them. I realised what I was doing wasn’t normal, but couldn’t stop myself.

Work suffered I started work in a hospital pathology unit, doing something I loved, but would have to double-check everything so often that my colleagues thought I was being lazy and avoiding work. I was terrified to tell anyone about my condition in case they thought I was weak. When it came out that one of the women I worked with had mental health problems, our colleagues were so derogatory that it made me more terrified my condition would come out. The atmosphere at work became so horrible that I left for another job. But the stress was the same and I didn’t trust myself with the work, so I left that job, too. At the end of my tether, I started going to church and found for the first time

I could be honest about my condition. There were other people with mental health problems so I felt like I could finally just be myself. I did get married in 1993, but family life was very hard with my OCD. I battle with a number of different things, including contamination, hoarding, rituals and checking, among others, and it played a large part in our divorce in 2012. Over the years, my symptoms have got worse. I don’t like sharing a toilet, so I don’t have people over. I also find it hard to leave the house because my routine of checking and doublechecking that everything is in the right place, clean or locked always makes me late. One of my biggest regrets was not being able to see my parents more before they passed away. Occasionally, I do go out to see a friend or to a social gathering. Unlike when I was younger, I feel I have a voice now and I can use it to help raise awareness for other people with my condition. There is still a stigma, but I hope it will dissolve, because mental health is no different to physical health – the brain is still an organ that can get ill in the same way a kidney can.

Help for OCD If you think you, or a member of your family, may be struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder, get help by visiting safmh.org.za or calling 011 781 1852.

‘I did get married in 1993, but family life was very hard because of my OCD and it played a large part in our divorce in 2012’ ESSENTIALS 21


Help for ADHD If you’re worried that you or your child may have undiagnosed ADHD, the ADHD Support Group of Southern Africa may be able to offer advice. Visit adhasa.co.za or 

‘My friends don’t know I’ve got ADHD’ SANDRA SCOTT, 47, LIVES WITH HER HUSBAND, GED, 46, AND THEIR 16-YEAR-OLD SON. SHE WORKS IN THE EDUCATION SECTOR. I’ve always realised that my brain was different, but I had no idea I was suffering from attention deďŹ cit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). When I was a child I was forever on the go. If my mom looked the other way, I’d be making a bird cake out of the contents of the cupboard, or cutting off the cat’s whiskers – and I was always in trouble at school. I have the ability to hyper-focus on subjects I love so, although I failed my exams in the subjects I had no interest in, I’d get straight As in the ones I liked. I ended up studying modern European

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languages and now I can speak ďŹ ve! After getting my degree, I went on to work at a school for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, and the kids used to say to me, ‘Mrs Scott, you’ve got ADHD like us!’ I used to laugh, but when I did some more research, it clicked that I had all the symptoms. I decided to go and get tested last year and the psychiatrist conďŹ rmed that not only did I have it, I was at the top of the scale.

everyone’s symptoms are different, we still have to try to manage them and ďŹ t into society. At ďŹ rst I did try medication, but it made me so drowsy that I almost felt hung-over, so I decided to selfmanage. After all, I’d been self-managing all my life without knowing it! I’ve come up with tactics, like sitting on my hands during meetings to stop myself ďŹ dgeting and setting reminders on my phone so I don’t miss important appointments. In my adult life, I feel as though my ADHD has been quite a positive thing. When my son was younger it meant I was able to be constantly on the go with him, going out to the park or visiting museums. Now, working in education, I ďŹ nd my days are always varied and interesting, and I get to do something I’m passionate about. I’m lucky to be able to sleep six hours a night, too, as lots of people with ADHD struggle to sleep, but when I wake up in the morning, I jump straight out of bed and I’m on the go. I do feel that if I had known about my condition earlier, I would have been better equipped to cope with it. There’s still a stigma, and often ADHD isn’t picked up in women because it’s usually associated with violence and aggression, which isn’t always the way it manifests itself, particularly in girls. In fact, there are probably loads of women my age out there who are described as ‘dizzy’ or ‘forgetful’ when they may well have ADHD, but just haven’t realised it. The only people who know about my diagnosis are my close family and my work colleagues, so I’m officially outing myself in Essentials! When my friends read this article, they’re all going to go, ‘Ah, well that makes sense!’

‘If I had known about my condition earlier, I would have been better equipped to cope with it’

We still need to fit in At work, we teach the kids with ADHD that a diagnosis gives a reason for things, but not an excuse. Although


AMAZING WOMEN

‘I saw postnatal depression as a cry for attention’

Feature Anna Matheson; Roxanne Fagri PhotographyHair & make-up Liz Kitchiner & Sarah Jane Green Prabashinie wears Dress, Truworths. Alexandra wears Dress, Jo Borkett.

ALEXANDRA CHEKETRI, 27, LIVES WITH HER HUSBAND, DELON, AND TWO SONS, DANIEL, THREE, AND 21-MONTH-OLD JORDAN. My husband and son, Daniel, had just left the hospital to go back home. I’d given birth to our second son, Jordan, and all my visitors had left for the evening. Jordan was fast asleep, when I remember suddenly feeling all alone. I couldn’t control the feeling of loneliness – so much so that I burst out crying and couldn’t stop. I knew that it was common to get the ‘baby blues’ after having a child, and having been absolutely ďŹ ne after my ďŹ rst born, I convinced myself that baby blues was all it was. However, as the days went by, tasks that would ordinarily have put a smile on any mother’s face had no effect on me. Feeding Jordan, or having Daniel visit me in hospital with a big smile on his face did nothing to lift my mood. Nothing seemed to make a difference to the anxiety and loneliness. After being home for a few weeks, I woke up one morning and couldn’t get out of bed. My husband and my father both tried to get me up, and I even heard my boys crying for me, but nothing could persuade me to get out from under the covers. It was frightening, and was what made me decide it was time to see my GP, who referred me to a psychiatrist. The diagnosis was postnatal depression (PND). I wasn’t surprised by my diagnosis, but I was so ashamed that I kept it to myself. There’s still such a negativity attached to it; often people think you’re just weak and unable to cope, or that you’re looking for attention. Now I know that none of that is true. I was placed on medication for a year and with the patience and support given to me by my family, I’m now back to my bubbly old self. I’m so grateful for both of my little boys and consider myself to be one of the luckiest moms in the world. What I learnt about having PND is to appreciate every moment, and to only focus my attention on the things that really matter. No one is perfect, and that’s okay. You just do your best to be a good daughter, wife and mother, and your family and friends will love you unconditionally for it.

‘One morning, I just couldn’t get out of bed, even though I could hear my boys crying out for me’

Help for PND If you, or someone you know, are experiencing   more about PND, visit pndsa.org.za

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Too young to know

THE DIFFERENCE? Our children should not be forced to live according to gender roles that don’t apply to them, says Susie Green

SUSIE GREEN IS THE MOTHER OF A TRANSGENDER CHILD WHO WAS BORN A BOY, BUT NOW HAPPILY LIVES AS A GIRL. he anniversary of my daughter’s first suicide attempt was on 14 September. She was 11. It was 2004, and I waved her off to school, stomach rolling, knowing that she was becoming more silent and isolated, and that what she faced at school was intolerable. But I sent her anyway, because I didn’t know what else to do. My daughter was born male. Or rather, she was outwardly male. The first of my children, Jack, was a healthy baby boy and I was delighted. At that point, I thought I knew what to expect. He crawled when expected, he walked when expected. All unremarkable, but for me, it was just like watching the sun come up when he smiled. Then, when he was around 18 months, I noticed that he was gravitating towards my clothes. Pulling my skirts out of the cupboard, putting my

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bra on over the top of his clothes. Cute perhaps, but not an issue. I was his main carer, so of course he’d emulate me.

Not Dad’s little boy Still, his dad was disappointed that he didn’t want to play with balls or cars. When he opened his presents on his second birthday, the Lego and Thomas the Tank Engine were quickly shoved to one side, and he wanted to watch the video of The Little Mermaid over and over again. When we visited families who

‘My happy, bright little boy became isolated and lonely. The girls stopped wanting to play with him and he had nothing in common with the boys’

had ‘girl toys’, he was in his element, so I began to ask what he wanted rather than just buying what was expected of a little boy. By the time he started nursery school he had his own Barbie dolls. And it was still cute, because he would grow out of it, or maybe just be a girly boy. Or maybe he would be gay. All fine, no panic needed. When Jack was four, and he told me God had made a mistake, and he should have been a girl, I KNEW. And I was terrified. I wished every day, with all my being, for it to go away. I told him it was okay to be a boy who liked girl things, but he was disgusted, insisting he was a girl. I told him he was wrong and hoped it would just stop. But it didn’t. Instead, my happy, bright little boy became isolated and lonely. The girls stopped wanting to play with him, and he didn’t have anything in common with the boys. School staff would tell me they were worried because Jack spent playtimes wandering around on his


OPINION

own or in the classroom with a teacher. Then, at six, he asked me when he could have the operation to make him a girl and I knew I needed help. But the GP was clueless, and I felt totally adrift. A friend told me to visit a specialised clinic that dealt with kids with gender problems. So I went back to the GP and she put the wheels in motion. Around the same time, I found a charity offering support to transgender children on the internet and phoned the helpline. I spoke to a woman named Lin, and so many of the things I spoke about, she echoed. Her daughter was 18, but we had so many common experiences. I didn’t feel so alone any more and I started to think that maybe this was not a phase. Eventually, I agreed to take Jack shopping for girls’ clothes. His utter delight at being allowed to buy a Barbie top was indescribable – although the disapproval I felt from everyone in that shop is still fresh in my mind.

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Jack became Jackie Jack began to tell schoolmates that he had a girl brain in a boy body, and the clinic even came to his school to give training on gender dysphoria. And when she turned 10 years old she began school as a girl named Jackie, with hair gradually grown longer over the last six months and a girl’s uniform. It was her best year. She was protected and thrived. I thought we had cracked it.

WHAT YOU THINK MOM ALWAYS KNOWS BEST ‘I would worry that in some cases the child might change their mind as they get older, but a parent would know what’s best for their own child.’ Sheena Mitchell

But the next year at a new school was a nightmare. Within a day, the news that a ‘trannie’ was in school had spread far and wide. The school wanted to pretend it wasn’t happening and refused to do any diversity education. Instead, bullies were given a slapped wrist, and the abuse began. She was subjected to kicks, punches, spat at full in the face, her skirt lifted in front of a crowd. And so came the first of many overdoses. I was on suicide watch for three years. Medicines were locked up, knives were hidden. Every call was a moment of terror in case it was the one that would tell me she had succeeded. Once, in the ambulance, she told me she wanted to die and come back as a proper girl or a proper boy, not this freak. I knew my daughter needed some form of

medication; I don’t think she would be here if she had gone through a male puberty. The beginning stages had her reaching for razor blades to cut herself to dull the sensations and distract her from her body changing. So at the age of 13, I took her to the States, to Dr Norman Spack who prescribed puberty blockers and the female hormone oestrogen. He is my hero – he saved her life. Three years later, on her sixteenth birthday, we flew overseas, where she had gender reassignment surgery. I know there will be people out there who will read this, and will probably judge what I did as child abuse – that she was too young to know. I don’t really care. Today, I have a bright, intelligent and funny 21-year-old daughter. If I had refused to listen to her, then I have no doubt I would be mourning a dead son.

‘My daughter wouldn’t be here if she’d gone through male puberty. The beginning stages had her reaching for razor blades’

YOUNG MINDS ‘I think if you know this at fve, then its probably true. Not many fve-year-olds would think this way. Sarah Betton

OFFER SUPPORT ‘Adults who have transitioned have all said they knew when they were very young. At the end of the day, it’s not something a lot of children feel, so parents should offer support.’ Kelly Davidson

THEIR CHOICE You should let your child live as they choose, otherwise theyll be unhappy and have psychological problems. You love them, no matter what. Jo Hart

HAPPINESS IS KEY ‘My main concern, if it was my child, would be their happiness, above all else.’ Lorna Perry

Need HELP? Contact genderdynamix.org.za or triangle.org.za for information, support or advice.

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ON THE JOB

How to

Know your weaknesses, but don’t show them

GET YOUR OWN WAY AT WORK

To win your team’s respect, you have to make sure they have confidence in your abilities. Constantly doubting yourself at work is not the way to do this, but neither is trying to make out you know it all. If there are areas of your job where you’re not confident, don’t try to hide them and let things spiral out of your control. Instead, get help from a colleague who has the expertise, or ask your boss about training. If you KNOW your own make it only about work. weaknesses and act That will defuse the to improve on them, situation, because emotion you’re less likely to or gossip is what those SHOW weakness. people thrive on. If your boss won’t help, go to your HR department. Nip it in the bud as soon as you can.’

Don’t skip lunch According to a recent survey*, nearly half of workers eat lunch at their desk and more than 1 in 10 admit they do it to impress their boss. Yet every efficiency expert will tell you that workers are more productive if they take a lunch break. ‘Taking a break from work has many benefits,’ says behavioural and work ethic expert Karen Meager. ‘Switching your mind away from work to something different allows you to refresh your perspective, making you more effective later.’ You need to take breaks to work to your best ability and it’s that which will impress the boss. Besides, no one likes a martyr.

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Rise above the drama to survive There will always be people who are more concerned with making you look bad than doing their job. ‘Take emotion out of the equation,’ says Heena Pattni, author of Coping with the Horroffice (R356, self-published) ‘and

SAY ‘YES’ EVEN WHEN YOU MEAN ‘NO’ You’re in a meeting; one of your work colleagues has just made a ridiculous suggestion – what do you do? Snort loudly and say ‘no way’? Congratulations, now everyone thinks you’re mean. Instead, start your

response with the word ‘Yes’. Even if you’re going on to explain why their idea won’t work, beginning with an affirmation will keep everyone – including them – engaged and make them far more receptive to what

you are saying. So, for example… ‘Yes, that’s an interesting suggestion. I was thinking that if we tried [something else entirely] we could get even better results’. Cue nodding all around the table.

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ALL FOR ONE and one for all? ook out everyone, make way for the spoilt brats! Are we living in a world where parents will stop at just one child? There are many reasons why this could be the case. It could make financial sense, or it’s the need to finally put the cliché ‘three’s a crowd’ to bed. Either way, are we swapping the more traditional 2.4 kids in favour of a me-me generation of over-indulged want-it-alls? Or, are we just being more responsible and only giving birth to what we can afford? It’s easy to see the appeal of only having one child – one load of washing, one school run, one dinner… and only one tantrum at a time!

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Together with her husband, Nick, she runs a specialist rehabilitation company for adults and children recovering from brain injuries. The couple live with their seven-year-old daughter. ‘I had a really positive experience growing up,’ says Zoe, ‘and I certainly don’t feel that I missed out. When I had my daughter, I was determined not to conform to stereotypes. Nick and I are her main role models and we hope she’s a wellbalanced girl. And the feedback we get from her school is that she’s caring and mature. She’s the child who goes over and says, “Hi, can I play with you?” She’s confident, but in no danger of being spoilt. In fact, I’m so conscious of making sure she’s not, that I sometimes think she loses out.’ Of course, having just one child is not always down to choice – many women can’t have more than one child. For Jane Piper, 47, who lives with her husband, Darren, and their 11-year-old daughter, Charlotte, it was never the plan to stop at one. ‘After five years of trying for a second, several rounds of fertility treatment and two miscarriages, we decided to stop. We had our beautiful little girl and that was more than enough. But I do feel bad that I couldn’t give Charlotte a brother or sister,’ admits Jane, who runs her own online business. ‘The school holidays are the most difficult time for her. She’s stuck with me and Darren for entertainment.

‘Are we swapping 2.4 kids in favour of a me-me generation of over-indulged want-it-alls?’

Single-child benefits ‘The pros of being an only child are pretty clear from the outset,’ explains childcare expert Caroline Hartwell. ‘The one-on-one attention, never having to share if they don’t want to and having the undivided attention of parents who can meet their needs faster and with more gusto. ‘The single-child syndrome may exist,’ says Caroline. ‘They can be demanding, spoilt, self-centred and non-independent with diva-like tendencies. But more often than not it depends on the parents.’ As an only child herself, mother-of-one, Zoe, 42, always planned to stop at one.

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But we balance that by being able to send her to various camps and take her on great holidays. We’ve been to Disney World with her, which would be incredibly expensive if we were a larger family.’ Ruth Sparkes, 45, who lives with her husband, Simon, and their 15-year-old son, Matthew, agrees that having one child can make things easier financially. ‘We’re better off with one: we wouldn’t have been able to afford the holidays we have, the school we send him to, or the house we live in if we’d had another child. ‘Plus, Matthew’s extremely confident because nobody’s there to chaperone him or be his comfort blanket; he’s also far more comfortable speaking to adults than I was at his age.’

many people, having one child fulfils the need to carry on the bloodline, without making as much financial commitment. Mom-of-six Kim Brown, 43, admits that having a large family has meant having to tighten the purse strings: ‘Financially, it is a strain. We can’t go on expensive holidays, but we do the best we can. For me, one just wasn’t enough.’ Kim, who’s just published her first novel, lives with her husband, Richard, and their children: Perry, 21, Ben, 12, Milly, 10, Thomas, six, and twin girls, Maisy and Ella, four. ‘I always knew I wanted to be a mom, but I’d never planned on having quite so many,’ confesses Kim. ‘After having three kids, I thought I was done, until I unexpectedly suffered a miscarriage, and after that something clicked and I wanted more. The fourth was a real game-changer. Everything was much more difficult on a practical level and I had to give up work. Then a few years later, on Christmas Eve, we found out we were expecting twins! I was crying and my husband was as white as a sheet – but we coped.’ In fact, they’ve thrived: ‘I love being a mom, and I love that the kids have plenty of siblings. They’ve learnt to be tolerant of others and how to share, they’re good friends and are very protective of one another.’ But with the cost of bringing up a child (from birth to 18) in the average middle-income family now standing at an eye-watering R1 600 000, is having more than one becoming a luxury many of us can no longer afford? And by denying the ‘only but lonely’ a sibling relationship, are we in danger of producing a generation with serious adjustment issues? No, says Professor Furedi, ‘Research has shown that by and large, having no siblings makes no difference to a child’s outcome.’ It seems then that the secret of producing well-adjusted, capable children has less to do with the number of siblings and more to do with what kind of parent you are. So it really is all down to you…

‘Is having more than one child becoming a luxury many of us can no longer afford?’

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However, Ruth does admit that having just one child on whom to shower attention can have its downside. ‘One of Matthew’s teachers did me a great kindness at parents’ evening by telling me she could see he was an only child. He wasn’t very good at organising or doing things for himself because I’d been doing it all for him – and l loved doing it. Since then I’ve made a conscious effort to allow him to become more independent.’ So, does this suggest parents are making their choice based purely on the financial advantages? There’s no doubt that families with just one child in tow can afford to do more, buy more and see more compared to those with a larger headcount to consider. And, according to Frank Furedi, a professor of sociology and author of Paranoid Parenting (R493, Bloomsbury), ultra-wealthy families are still having three or more children, but increasingly, middle-income families are choosing to have just one child. For

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RELATIONSHIPS

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ver fantasised about killing your boyfriend in his sleep? I know I have… Don’t get me wrong, in daylight hours, I love him dearly, but sleep deprivation can do funny things to your brain, and if suffocating him with a pillow is all it would take to drown out that awful blocked drain noise emanating from the back of his throat, it’s very tempting. And I suspect I’m not alone.

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The easy answer? A recent survey* found that 19% of respondents had thought about breaking up with their partners due to snoring, and research** also suggests that up to one in five couples choose to sleep in separate beds. Could it be the best way to save your relationship (and his life)? We look at the implications…

More sleep A whopping 89% of people whose partners snore lose an average of 1.5 hours of sleep per night* – so just think how much more rested you’d be if you decamped to separate rooms at lights out time. And snoring isn’t the only thing that could be keeping you awake. Whether

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Fewer arguments Studies also suggest that 25% of couples argue in bed because they are kept awake by their partners*** – hardly a surprise when you consider most people’s response to an annoying bedmate is a dig in the ribs or a swift kick to the shin. Ask any relationship expert and they’ll tell you that going to sleep on an argument is the worst thing you can do – all that rage won’t just lead to a restless night, it also means you’ll wake up cranky and ready to attack. Deciding to go at it alone in separate rooms means your bed becomes the haven of peace it should be at night and in the morning, you’ll be pleased to see your partner’s face… rather than wanting to punch him in it! it’s their series addiction, late working hours, or his need to sprawl spreadeagled across the mattress, approximately 50% of sleep disturbance is caused by a person’s partner and one third of married

couples admit that they sleep better alone**.

Better sex Sleeping apart may not sound like the best thing for your sex life, but actually, it could

even improve things in that department. More than 1 in 10 couples stated that snoring has had a negative impact on their sex life, either because they’re too tired or they find their snoring partner a turn-off*. It follows that if you’re well rested and not angry with your partner, you’re more likely to want to have sex with them in the first place. And who says it has to happen in bed at night-time? Sleeping apart could actually spice things up by bringing back a little variety to your sex life. You may even find the mood takes you in the middle of the afternoon… or in the living room!

Not quite ready to go at it alone? Try stripping off instead. According to writer Chris Thomson, sleeping naked could improve your sleep and your relationship. Skin-to-skin contact can boost production of oxytocin, also known as the ‘love hormone’, which can combat stress and high blood pressure, as well as making you feel closer to your partner. With warmer nights on their way, now is certainly a good time to pack away your PJs, so it’s worth a try, right?

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I LOOKED MY ATTACKER

IN THE EYE Assaulted just a week before her wedding, Susan Delve is glad she faced up to the man who attacked her

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IT HAPPENED TO ME

here you go,’ said my make-up artist, as she carefully blended my concealer, ‘you can hardly see it’. Covering a painful black and purple bruise the morning of my wedding wasn’t something we’d practised in my make-up trials. It had happened on a normal Monday morning, my last one at work before I was off for three weeks to enjoy my wedding and honeymoon. I checked the time before grabbing my keys and heading out the door. It was 6:30am, and time for my usual morning run. My fiancé and I were new to the area – we’d only been living there five months, so I was still getting used to my new running route. I loved our street and felt safe among the rows of houses with well-kept front gardens, each one crammed with young families. Our home is a stone’s throw from the local park, and each day, I’d pass by to see parents playing with their kids, dog walkers who’d smile and say hello. That morning, however, there was heavy rain and as I stepped out, I noticed how dark the rain clouds made the sky. I was still fiddling with the zip on my jacket as I rounded the corner, heading towards the park – my usual running route – when I saw a man walking towards me. He was short and stocky, dressed in head-to-toe black and wearing a beanie. As he walked past, he was looking intently at me, but instead of feeling scared, I thought to myself, ‘You look dodgy, please don’t rob our house.’

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Suddenly fearful I continued jogging, pausing to put my earphones in and I was several steps into the park before I realised there were no families or dog walkers using the park. In fact, there was no one in the park but me. My stomach turned to stone, my breathing quickened and an uneasy feeling came over me. I shouldn’t have gone running this morning. I felt an overwhelming need to be alert. As the rain pattered down on me, I took my earphones out and cast my eyes around. A shadow caught my attention, moving swiftly around the outside of the railings. I thought to myself, ‘that’s where I should be; outside the park.’ Moments later, I saw a figure appear

directly ahead of me. It took me a few seconds to realise it was him, the man dressed in black I’d seen earlier. The atmosphere was instantly tense. This wasn’t good. We were alone in the park and he knew that. He was just standing there, square and strong, watching me. I forced myself to put one foot in front of the other, him watching me, watching him. I had a million things speeding through my head, all boiling down to one question: What do I do? My heart was thumping so loudly I was sure he could hear it. There was a curve in the path ahead, which – if I followed – would put me on track for the furthest exit of the park with my back to him, not a very strong position for me and I knew it was right where he wanted me.

smug in the knowledge no one could hear me. At that moment, a man happened to be passing by and shouted, ‘Are you alright?’ through the railings. Surprised, my attacker ran off. He didn’t steal my phone, or grab my keys. That wasn’t his target. I was sobbing as the passer-by ran to help me. A family in a house nearby had heard my screams and called the police. Once the police arrived they fired questions at me, ‘How tall was he? Did he have gloves on? Did you see where he ran to?’ I sat numb, only nodding or shaking my head in reply. A young man noted my answers, then he told me they’d been after someone in connection with a number of assaults – all sexual – in the area. I’d had a lucky escape. I learned later, after he was arrested, that of all the assaults, I was the only one to see his face, as he normally attacked from behind. He was arrested the week after my attack. I was on honeymoon at the time, but when I got home, I had to go to an identity parade. I picked him out with no hesitation – the detective on the case smiled and called me ‘an angel’ for doing so. I still struggle to sleep at night and suffer panic attacks if anyone in dark clothes comes near. Yet if I hadn’t been attacked that day and made the choice to face him, I wouldn’t have been able to pick him out in a line-up and he’d still be attacking women. When you look at the big picture, covering a bruise on my wedding day was a small price to pay.

‘My stomach turned to stone, my breathing quickened and an uneasy feeling came over me’

No going back In that split second, I remembered reading somewhere that if you make eye contact with a potential attacker they may be less likely to attack you. I made my decision, and as I jogged towards him, I tilted my head up so my eyes met his, like a silent dare. I willed him to walk by. But he didn’t. He took two big strides towards me and punched me hard, knocking me to the floor. My keys and phone went flying, the pain exploding in the right side of my jaw. As I lay in a huge puddle struggling for breath, he stood over me – fists clenched, just staring. I pushed myself up on my elbows and screamed as loud as I could. Still he didn’t move. He seemed transfixed, sneering at me on the ground,

TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE  READ THE NEWS Had I paid attention to my local newspaper, I would have learned of the attacks and might have avoided running in the park.  TRY TO KEEP YOUR HANDS FREE My hands were full with my keys and my phone. Make sure you have at

least one hand free, so if you need to defend yourself you have a chance.  NEVER WALK OR RUN WITH EARPHONES IN Although it’s nice to listen to music, it takes away one of your most important senses… I’m sure everyone reading this will be thinking ‘duh’!

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CONFESSIONS

I’ve been known to pass wind in public – then blame my baby!

Feel like the worst mother on earth? Trust us, you’re doing fine – and you’re not alone

I once let my one-year-old son crush an entire box of meringues while I was working from home as it was keeping him quiet. Once he’d finished, I handed him a box of Weetbix so I could continue the call I was on. Definitely regretted that one when it was time to clean up the mess. Abbie Cammidge, via Facebook

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I got my two-year-old home from the park and took off her shoes, only to find yesterday’s socks still stuffed in the toes – no wonder she was so whiny. Louise Summers, via email

I once gave in to the whining and let my daughter have Nik Naks for dinner. ‘What’s the worst thing that could happen?’ I thought. Bright orange Nik Nak vomit all over the bed at 5am, that’s what. Claire Sebastião, Essentials Sub-editor

Bath time for my six-year-old usually means tears, tantrums and screaming matches. So there may have been the odd weary night (or two…) when I’ve conveniently ‘forgotten’ to bathe her. Sandra Crawford, via email

When reading a bedtime story to my three-year-old, I will flick from page three to page nine, then keep my fingers crossed that he doesn’t notice. Jane Sanderson, via Facebook

My 14-year-old defriended me on Facebook after I called him his family name, ‘MikeyMoo’, in a birthday message on his wall. I didn’t realise this was classed as ‘embarrassing mom’ behaviour. I honestly I often use my thought I was being I fo rg kids as an excuse ot to cute. It was no doubt strap my son into to get out of social his a double-whammy pram before leavi engagements that ng th e – parenting and house. As I tippe I don’t want to go d it forward Facebook fail. down the front st to. I can only hope ep… oops, Lucy Hill, via email baby face -down my friends aren’t on the ground! He’s 10 now thou keeping track of gh and As I shut the door perfectly unaffec how many bouts ted. behind me when Angela Kingston of chicken pox -Nash, I went out into our via Facebook they’ve had! garden, I heard one of Sophie Richards, my two-year-old twins turn via Facebook the key and lock me out. I had to watch my boys empty kitchen drawers and model one of those razor-sharp arc herb choppers like a tiara! I could see my neighbour in her kitchen through a window, but it took ages for her to realise where the faint cries were coming from. Kirsten Davids, Essentials Rae Hodgetts, via Facebook Managing Editor

I told my kids that Cartoon Network only came with their grandparents’ house and not with ours.

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My mom used to look after my two-year-old daughter while I took my son to school, so I was used to driving back alone. One day my mom was busy so I took my daughter with me on the school run. I was 10 minutes into the return journey before I realised I’d accidentally dropped her off at school, too! Joanne Humpage, via Facebook

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PARENTING FAILS

My son, who is three, walked in on me while I was using a sanitary towel. He tried to ask questions, but I just hurried him out to the car. When we got to nursery school he proceeded – to my horror – to tell his teacher, ‘My mommy has a plaster in her undies for her ouchy’. Carly Grant, via email


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‘I’ve finally landed my dream job...’ TASTE�TESTING BAKED GOODS!’ YouTube sensation, comedian and presenter of The Great South African Bake Off, Anne Hirsch, 31, chats to us about comedy, her lack of exercising and her latest gig on BBC Lifestyle

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Hi my name is Anne Hirsch and I love Boney M. I grew up in the beautiful city of Bloemfontein – well I’m sure it will be beautiful, once they’re finished building it. I studied Drama at Stellenbosch University – go Maties – and am now permanently based in Cape Town. Growing up I wanted to be part of the mafia. I used to watch a lot of gangster movies and thought it was a pretty easy way of making money. That was until I recognised it would be, you know, illegal. I then dabbled with the idea of becoming a lawyer. Television is to blame for that as well; Ally McBeal, naked dancing baby, enough said.

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Stand-up comedy definitely wasn’t always on the cards for me. While I was studying, auditions for the legendary David Kau’s annual stand-up comedy competition, So You Think You’re Funny, were taking place, and a friend of mine thought it would be funny for me to give it a go. To everyone’s surprise, especially David Kau’s – who I’m pretty sure said no to me at my first audition, I won the competition! After eventually winning him over, David invited me to perform in his Blacks Only Comedy Show, as a white female, I’m sure you can see how that’s funny.

‘Growing up I wanted to be part of the mafia. I used to watch a lot of gangster movies and thought it was a pretty easy way of making money’

The Anne Hirsch Show on YouTube came about when I joined forces with a few friends from production company Zootee Studios. We started interviewing celebrities just for the fun of it, and it eventually turned into a real thing. Our focus is definitely on local celebrities – not that we couldn’t interview Hollywood celebrities – we just haven’t done that yet.

My next adventure, as I’m sure the world knows, is co-presenting The Great South African Bake Off. The producers contacted me a while back to find out if I’d be interested in taking part, and although it was completely out of my comfort zone, I decided to give it a go. And that’s the way to cookie crumbles! Be sure to tune into the show for more awesome food puns. Presenting The Great South African Bake Off is pretty much the best gig ever. People make desserts for you and it’s literally your job to taste them – errbody got time for that, right?! It’s wonderful working with such an amazing crew and also such a great co-presenter, Donovan Goliath. We’ve truly mastered the art of sampling baked goods – really, we’ve been practicing our whole lives for this moment. Thankfully I’ve never been one to watch what I eat, and exercise and I have never been the best of friends. I know this sentiment will eventually catch up with me though. One day someone’s going to find me dead in my apartment holding a packet of cheese curls.

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er first big break was back in 2009 when she was dubbed ‘SA’s funniest comedian’ on So You Think You’re Funny. Anne went on to become a YouTube sensation with The Anne Hirsch Show and is now co-host of BBC Lifestyle’s The Great South African Bake Off. We are so looking forward to seeing what’s next for this SA funny gal.


CELEBRITY LIFE

I like to take long walks on the beach, drink piña coladas and get caught in the rain. And plan end-of-year holidays with my family, it’s like our thing. The next few months are very much the corporate season for comedians, so there are a lot of gigs and a lot of travelling. Loads of big companies have their end-of-year functions around this time, so it’s fun to be involved in this as an entertainer. And it’s Movember, so I don’t have to shave my moustache as often. I’m looking forward to getting back on the YouTube train this year. I know people have missed the show, what with the lack of YouTube videos out there. I’m also hoping for a second season of The Great South African Bake Off. Hint hint. Exciting times ahead!

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If we look inside your make-up bag, what would we find?

A Umm, what make-up bag? I do have some lip balm in my handbag – does that count? B Foundation, lippie and a new mascara that’s promising me out-of-this-world lashes. C What isn’t in there? Primer, gloss, liners. You name it and I’ve pretty much got it!

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How often do you clear out your make-up?

A It feels like I do it every month just to make enough room for all the new stuff. B I throw things out when I get bored of the colours. C If I cleared out what little I have, I’d have none left.

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When you Finish this paint your sentence: nails, which ‘Shopping for beauty buys is…’ colour do you A A dream come true! usually choose? I could do it every single day. B An afterthought when I’m doing the weekly food shop. C������������������½���½��� minutes to myself and the kids aren’t hanging off me.

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Before buying a new lipstick, what do you think about?

A What will suit me, but won’t break the bank. B Everything! I’ll read all the reviews and I’m a real sucker for pretty packaging. C Whether my old one has run out – after all, who needs more than one lipstick?

A Something classic, like pale pink. But I only paint them for special occasions. B A fun, bright shade. C Maybe some grown-up nail art – but I’d check Instagram ½�������������������������������

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What would be your desert island essential?

A Something practical like a BB cream with SPF. B A palette that has blush and eyeshadows, so I can still maintain my look. C

If we took a peek into your bathroom cabinet, what would we see?

A Out of date cough syrup and maybe some kids’ stuff – not very glam. B Pretty much a replica of any cosmetics counter. My other half doesn’t have a chance when it comes to shelf space. C�������½��������������������� of his ‘n’ her stuff.

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Eyes, lips or face… what do you spend the most time on? A All of the above. Well, they’re essential to my look. B Probably my face – though I only use a moisturiser. C Eyes or lips as they’re the quickest way to make an impact – never both though.

You’ve only got five minutes to do your makeup, how do you feel?

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A������������½����������������� how long it normally takes me to slap on ‘my face’. B������������½��������������� what do I do with the other four?

Sum up your beauty look…

A Very low on maintenance and fuss free. B Classic, but experimental – if I have the time. C���½����������������������� led and forever changing.

HOW DID YOU SCORE? �������������������½��������������������������������������� 9 A-2 B-0 C-1 5 A-0 B-1 C-2 1 A-0 B-1 C-2 10 A-0 B-1 C-2 6 A-0 B-2 C-1 2 A-2 B-0 C-1 7 A-0 B-2 C-1 3 A-1 B-2 C-0 ������������������ 8 A-1 B-0 C-2 4 A-2 B-1 C-0 ����������������������

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BEAUTY QUIZ

NOW TO... MASTER YOUR MAKE-UP

You want to… keep things simple You can think of a trillion things to do instead of hitting the beauty counter. You don’t hate make-up, but you don’t indulge in the latest fads either. You need products that work and slip easily into your routine.

How about…  A luxurious BB cream like Rimmel BB Cream, R99,95. It’s worth getting one that �����������������������������½����������  A bright polish for your toes. Try ����������½������������������������������ ����������������������������������½�����  A nude lipstick with the nourishing powers of a balm. Try Stila Nude Interlude �������������������������������������  If you do just one thing, make it your eyebrows. Use Maybelline Brow ����������������½��������������������� ����������������������½�����

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You like to… dip your toe in the trend

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You are a… bona fide beauty junkie

Sure, you like to look your best when you’ve got time, but you’re not dictated to by the latest craze. You pick what works for you and add a few pretty pieces to your beauty arsenal as and when.

You could spend hours hanging out at the make-up counter. You’ve got a beauty wish list as long as your arm and always     savvy shopper who wants to know about the latest, greatest buys, so that you’re    

How about…

How about…

 A bright shade like Gosh Forever Eye Shadow in Green, R145. Rim your upper lash line for an easy dramatic new look.  An everyday primer. Smashbox Photo ���������������������������������������� and prep your skin in one simple step.  Mini nail polishes – well, you never use ����������������������������������������� �������������������������������������� four classic and trendy shades.  A candy pink lipstick. Bobbi Brown ������������������������������������� is the hottest hue around right now.

 A lip treatment, like Clarins Instant �������������������������������������� conditions lips and adds a subtle tint.  CK One Cream and Powder Blush Duo ����������������������������������������� you can experiment with different looks.  Colour correcting pearls – they’re the next big thing for complexion perfection. Try Avon CC Pearls, R159,95, for light as �����¾����������������  An Elizabeth Arden Foundation Brush, ����������������������������������������� over your skin.

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Well-being expert Louise Day shares easy ways to get great results… ‘High intensity interval training (HIIT) consists of short, intense bursts of exercise to get your heart pumping where just one 10-minute circuit can burn 170kJ,’ she says. ‘Squat jumps, skipping, running on the spot and stair step-ups all count. Do as many reps of each exercise as possible in 30–60 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then change. It’s tough, but it’ll be over before you know it.’

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Do your

HEALTH NUMBERS ADD UP? Eight hours of sleep, five portions of fruit and veg… how many of these guilt-inducing figures are accurate? e’re bombarded with rules and guidelines regarding our health, but it’s hard enough juggling work, kids and keeping the house in some kind of order – never mind trying to keep a constant tally of how many glasses of water we’ve had or how ���������������������������������������������������������¾������� ������������������������������������������������½����������� ���������������������������������������������������������������

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8400 THE RULE WOMEN NEED 8 400kJ A DAY The recommended daily intake the average woman needs. However, the actual number you can eat without piling on a few extra kilos depends on your age, build, activity levels and basal metabolic rate (BMR) – that’s how quickly your

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body uses up energy. Good news if you’re in training for a 10km run, not so good if you sit behind a desk all day. THE VERDICT Misleading. TIP As a general rule, if you cut around 2 000kJ a day (a small packet of chips and two chocolate digestives) – you’ll drop around 1kg a week.

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YOU SHOULD DRINK AT LEAST EIGHT GLASSES OF WATER A DAY While it’s obviously important not to become parched, there’s no real evidence to support this. It depends on your size, how active you are, and how hot or humid it is. So unless you’re doing an Ironman in the Sahara, don’t get hung up on it. THE VERDICT False. TIP Although you get a lot of the fluid you need from fruit, vegetables and cups of tea, water is always better than Coke Light!


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YOU SHOULD EAT FIVE PORTIONS OF FRUIT AND VEG EVERY DAY This one’s been drummed into us so much, we’re just about managing it, blending veggies into the kids’ pasta sauces and diligently swapping our vodka and Coke for vodka and orange. But don’t pat yourself on the back just yet – it turns out we should be aiming for twice as much! World Health Organisation boffins discovered the lowest levels of heart disease were linked to those eating 10 portions of fruit and veg. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY! THE VERDICT Up the ante. TIP Frozen fruit and veg is just as good for you as the fresh stuff, so stock up the freezer.

THE RULE YOU SHOULD EXERCISE FOR 30 MINUTES, FIVE TIMES A WEEK …so say international guidelines. But according to Dr Michael Mosley, author of The Fast Diet and Fast Exercise, as little as six minutes a week (yes, a week!) can do the job. The only downside is that strolling to the corner shop won’t cut the mustard – those six minutes must consist ����������������������¾������� ��������������������������� make an impact. And you’ll ��������½��������������������� your daily routine, like taking the stairs instead of the lift. THE VERDICT Inaccurate. TIP Find something that works for you. Whether it’s brisk walking, a Zumba class or star jumps, you need to feel warm, a bit sweaty and out of breath.

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THE RULE WOMEN ARE ALLOWED 14 UNITS OF ALCOHOL A WEEK Cottoning on to the fact that we were bypassing a drink all week to save units for the weekend, guidelines have been reworded. Its now two to three units A DAY for women,’ says GP Dr Sarah Jarvis. And, for future reference, Two large glasses of wine is six units,’ she warns, and classed as binge-drinking. THE VERDICT Inaccurate. TIP Treat yourself to a large glass of wine after work, but avoid weekend blowouts.

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GET 15 MINUTES OF SUNSHINE A DAY Despite warnings to be ��������������������������� this is advised to keep our vitamin D levels topped up, which is important for calcium absorption and bone strength. THE VERDICT True. TIP In South Africa, we have loads of sunlight and just 15 minutes a day should be enough but, if you’re strict about sunscreen or don’t go outdoors much, consider speaking to your doctor about taking a supplement.

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YOU NEED EIGHT HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT ‘Quality of sleep is a better measure than quantity,’ says Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, a sleep specialist. ‘We also need different amounts at different periods in our lives – for example, teenagers and children need more sleep during growth spurts.’ THE VERDICT Not necessarily. TIP Don’t beat yourself up about the amount of sleep you’re getting. As long as you wake up feeling rested, that’s all that really matters.

THE RULE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE SHOULD BE 100, PLUS YOUR AGE In fact, the ideal blood pressure reading is 120/80mmHg, and 140/90mmHg or higher is too high. ‘Old recommendations

come from a time when we knew less about the risks of high blood pressure,’ says healthcare worker Hemini Bharadia. THE VERDICT False. TIP High blood pressure has no obvious symptoms, so get it checked regularly.

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‘I kept thinking

I CANNOT GO ON LIKE THIS!’ After years of unexplained illness and pain, Katie Kernot was diagnosed with coeliac disease 60 ESSENTIALS


MY HEALTH

Testing times

atie, 39, lives with her husband, Westley, and their two children Alfie, 11, and Millie, eight. Cooking a quick family dinner should be simple, but for me, one slip can be disastrous. Shortly after I was diagnosed with coeliac disease, I used the same fork to stir the kids’ pasta and my own gluten-free version. Thirty minutes later, I was doubled up in pain. It scared me that such a silly mistake could cause hours of agony. I’d always been healthy growing up. I did have bloating and stomach cramps when I ate certain things, but didn’t think anything of it. It wasn’t until I was a married mom-of-two that things got worse. I remember one miserable Halloween, I was so unwell that my husband had to take Alfie and Millie out trick-or-treating on our street, while I stayed at home unable to answer the door to the neighbour’s kids. Over the next two years, I’d constantly be at the doctor’s rooms for one thing or another – stomach cramps, throat infections, diarrhoea – but my symptoms were put down to stress, or I’d be given another round of antibiotics. I kept thinking, ‘Why am I getting all of this? What’s wrong with me?’ Next, I developed restless leg syndrome. For months, I spent every night unable to sleep because my legs would be kicking out constantly.

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My doctor referred me for blood tests, but as we were due to go on a big overseas holiday, I had to wait for the results. Instead of enjoying myself on the beach, I spent the whole time thinking, ‘I can’t go on like this’. When I returned home, the test results showed I had a serious deficiency of vitamin B12. I was given a course of injections, and even after the first one, my legs stopped kicking out. However, the doctor explained that the deficiency could mean there was a problem with my gut and referred me for more tests. That’s when my doctors discovered I had coeliac disease. It meant my body wasn’t absorbing vitamins properly and my immune system had been damaged. Finally, I had an explanation for why I was always so ill! I was relieved it was nothing terminal, but the doctor stressed that it was an incurable condition and I’d have to follow a strict gluten-free diet, avoiding all flour-based foods. We had to buy new wooden spoons, new chopping boards, even a separate toaster for me. When I was first diagnosed, I worried we’d never be able to lead a normal life, but an online gluten-free guide was a real life-saver in the early days. It’s easier to eat out than I’d feared, and most people understand it’s not just a fad diet. I hadn’t realised coeliac disease was a genetic condition, but my mom was recently diagnosed, too, so I do worry about the kids. At the moment they’ll happily tuck into pizza, cakes and bread. I just look at them thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, what I’d do to eat that!’

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‘It scared me that a silly mistake could bring on hours of agony’

WHAT IS COELIAC DISEASE? Coeliac disease is a serious illness where the body’s immune system attacks itself when gluten is eaten, causing damage to the lining of the gut. It is not a food allergy. Gluten is mainly found in wheat, rye and barley. Coeliac prevalence varies by region, and it’s estimated that it affects around 1 in 300 people in Africa. Even though it’s relatively common, only about 24% of sufferers are clinically diagnosed. The average time it takes for a person to be diagnosed with coeliac disease is 13 years. There is no cure – the only treatment is a lifelong gluten-free diet. Avoiding gluten can be tough, but it’s made much easier by all the gluten-free products available at stores like Dis-Chem. It tends to affect twice as many women as men and is usually diagnosed with blood tests, followed by a biopsy.

SYMPTOMS TO WATCH OUT FOR Inexplicable, constant fatigue Bloating or diarrhoea Joint or bone pain Sudden or unexplained weight loss Abdominal pain or discomfort, particularly after eating  or anaemia Tingling in the hands and feet

Resources • Looking for gluten-free meal inspiration? Sustained Energy for Gluten-Free Eaters by Liesbet Delport and Sharon Alderson (R265, Tafelberg Publishers Ltd) has a range of tasty, healthy recipes that the whole family will enjoy. • One of our favourite South African blogs about gluten-free living is Betty Bake (bettybake.co.za). The photos are gorgeous, and because the recipes are written by a mom, you know they’ll be easy and family friendly.

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K L A W THIS WAY!

It’s easy, it costs nothing and it could be even better for you than running – walking is where it’s at ere’s something to put a spring in your step! It’s time to dig out those takkies from under the bed and put your best foot forward. If everyone walked for just 20–30 minutes a day, up to 37 000 lives could be saved every year. And that’s just one of many convincing reasons why walking wins the great pace debate…

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TAKE IT IN YOUR STRIDE �������������½����������������� – every one of us can put one foot in front of the other. And it’s completely free! Go it alone and you’ll be amazed how a brisk walk focuses the mind and helps solve problems. Or, arrange to meet up with friends – it’s much harder to talk yourself out of going if you’ve agreed to meet other people. Leave the car at home and walk to the shops. If you can, go for a stroll during your lunch break, or enlist a four-legged friend – there’s nothing like a dog’s enthusiasm to motivate you.

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Gently does it Running is a high-impact exercise, which basically means every time your foot hits the ground, a shockwave goes through your body, which can damage your bones and joints. ‘If you tend to have knee or back problems, or any other aches and pains, walking is far gentler on the body,’ says celebrity trainer Matt Roberts.


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FACE THE CONSEQUENCES Ever heard the expression ‘runner’s face’? Plastic surgeons apparently coined the phrase after they saw an increasing number of patients asking for procedures to combat the physical side effects of running, like wrinkles and gaunt faces. ‘Dedicated runners of normal weight in their mid-forties tend to have more haggard, sunken faces,’ says surgeon, Dr Gerald Imber, which could be why celeb runners like Madonna and Renée Zellweger are thought to have undergone facial procedures. But it’s only really a problem if you’re a super-dedicated �������������������������������½��������� best anti-ageing investment you can make, no matter how you do it.

FAT CHANCE �������½������������������������ ������������������������������� �������������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������������ ���������������������������� ��������������������������������� �������������������������������� ����������������������������������� ���������������������������������� ������������������������������ ����������������������������� �������������������������������� ����������������������������� ��������������������������������� ���������������������������������� ����������������������������� ������������������������������ ��������������������

Good for your heart We’re always being told cardiovascular exercise benefits our hearts, but a recent study showed that walking could be almost twice as effective as running in reducing the risk of heart disease. Participants were monitored over a six-year period, and while the runners reduced their chances of developing heart disease by 4.5%, the walkers reduced theirs by 9.3%.

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ON YOUR HIKE

DO… ������������������� ������������������� ��������������  ����������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������  ������������������������ ��������������������������� �������������������������  ���������������������������� ���������������������������������  ������������������������ DON’T…  ���������������������������  ���������������������  ��������������������������� ���������������������������

No mean feet

Feet are there to be walked on and the 50-odd muscles in those two small spaces need to be exercised in order to prevent muscle wastage. And since we now spend so much of our time sitting down, either in cars or behind a desk, we need to pay more attention to ‘IF YOU our feet and keep them HAVE KNEE OR in good working and BACK PROBLEM S, walking order. At the OR ANY OTHER end of a long hike, ACHES AND PA treat yourself to a foot INS, massage to reduce the WALKING IS FA R chance of any aches or GENTLER ON pains the following day.

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A recent study found that just a small dose of nature every day is capable of boosting your mood, your self-esteem and your well-being. A brisk 20–30 minutes on foot can have the same effect on your mind as a mild tranquilliser. And the more energy you use, the less tired you will feel. So, don’t sit around during lunch, go for a walk instead and give your brain the chance it needs to rest and reboot.

 Check out fun walks in your area, Parkrun organises free weekly walks (or runs) all over the country every Saturday at 8am. Visit parkrun.co.za to fnd a walk near you.  While keeping ft, make sure you know your health numbers. November is national Diabetes month and Clicks is offering free blood pressure and glucose screenings at their clinics, from Monday to Friday, between 1pm and 5pm, by appointment only.

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SHAPE UP

Get a flat tum

FAST! Banish the bloat the healthy way and say hello to a flatter stomach this summer CARB with caution

We’re not suggesting you give up your toast habit, but being strict about the times you eat carbs, and the types you choose, makes a difference. Swap a bowl of the kids’ cereal for a serving of porridge as it’ll keep you full for longer. For lunch, go for beans, quinoa or wholegrain bread and rice instead of white bread or pasta. And when dinner rolls around, replace the section of your plate usually reserved for potatoes with leafy green veg.

Make a glass of water the ½������������������������������ nutritionist Madeleine Shaw. ������������������������������ ���������������������������������� ���������������������������� making sure you don’t dehydrate. If you’re feeling ���������������������������� with a slice of lemon will get rid of any excess. Anyone who’s seen Halle Berry emerge from the sea in that infamous Bond scene will rate her toning tips. Put your forearms According to Madeleine, if �������ž��������������� we want to trim up, we should �������������������������� drink watermelon juice. hip-width apart. Facing ‘The amino acid citrulline ����ž��������������������� in watermelon reduces the ������������������������ accumulation of fat in our fat ������������������ž����� cells,’ she says. That’s one ����������������������� seriously hard-working fruit! of your feet. Hold for Try watermelon juice from a ����������������� juice bar close to you.

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The truth’s in the JUICE

Have a HULA ������������������������������ �������������������������������������� like no other exercise. In a recent ������������������������������ hula-hoop for six weeks trimmed �������������������������������� Zooey Deschanel and Pink have ��������������������������������������

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Think before you SNACK Before reaching for the biscuit jar, ask yourself if you’re thirsty, not hungry, as we often mistake thirst for hunger. ‘A glass of water might sort you out,’ says Madeleine. If you’re still in need of a snack 10 minutes later, instead of food laden with sugar, choose a handful of nuts or avocado on millet bread.

Hula-hooping can work your waistline like no other exercise – it’s been scientifically proven

Take your TIME ‘My mom used to moan at me for not chewing food properly,’  food causes us to swallow air and leads to bloating. For digestive enzymes to work well, you need to break down your food before swallowing, so try to slow down and chew each mouthful 10 times. You should be in a state of “rest and digestâ€? when you eat.’ Another reason to wait until the kids are in bed before tucking in!

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A FAMILY FEAST in a flash! MIDWEEK MACARONI SERVES 4 READY IN 15 MIN

Reclaim your evenings by serving up one of our delicious speedy midweek meals‌ clean plates all round!

Go retro

350g macaroni 8 rashers bacon, snipped 4 spring onions, sliced 500ml cheese sauce 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard 100g Cheddar, grated 6 large tomatoes halved

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Heat the grill to high. In a large pan, cook the macaroni according to the pack instructions. Meanwhile, dry-fry the bacon in a non-stick pan. Drain the macaroni and mix with the spring onions, cheese sauce and mustard in the pan. Heat well, then pour into an ovenproof dish and top with the bacon, grated Cheddar and tomatoes. Grill until the cheese has melted.

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Fast & filling!

DIY BURGERS SERVES 4 READY IN 15 MIN 4 beef burger patties 1 tbsp olive or avocado oil, plus extra for brushing 4 slices cheese 1–2 onions, sliced 2 large tomatoes, chopped 4 tbsp whole kernal corn Juice of ½ a fresh lime 4 burger buns, toasted 150g fresh tzatziki dip 2 cooked beetroot, sliced

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Heat the grill to high. Brush the burgers with a little oil and grill for 15 min, turning. Melt a slice of cheese on each burger for the last minute. Meanwhile, cook the onions in 1 tbsp oil for 10 min, until caramelised. Mix together the tomatoes, corn and lime juice, then

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spoon into a serving dish. Serve the patties with the toasted buns, onions, sweetcorn salsa, tzatziki dip and beetroot slices, then let the family build their own burger combo. 3 226kJ PER SERVING 48g FAT 19g SAT FAT 49g CARBS

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FAST FISH SUPPER SERVES 4 READY IN 15 MIN 300g large raw prawns 1 free-range egg beaten 2 tbsp cornflour 75g dry breadcrumbs, we used Panko crumbs Zest and juice of 1 lemon 3 tbsp sunflower oil 300g frozen peas, defrosted Knob of butter 1 avocado, peeled

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Pat the prawns dry with kitchen paper. In a bowl, mix together the egg, cornflour and a splash of water. In a separate bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs with lemon zest and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Mix the prawns with the egg mixture, a few at a

time, shake off the excess and dip into the crumbs. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the prawns, turn quickly and cook for 2 min on each side (or deep-fry for 1–2 min until golden and crispy). Meanwhile, heat the peas in a small pan with the butter, 2 tbsp

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water and the lemon juice. Whizz in a food processor with the avocado until smooth. Return to the pan and heat gently for 1 min, then serve with the breaded prawns and some chunky chips. 1 632kJ PER SERVING 20g FAT 4g SAT FAT 29g CARBS

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New veggie fave

GARLICKY FETA & COURGETTE PARCELS

PEANUT & NOODLE STIR�FRY

SERVES 4 READY IN 20 MIN

SERVES 4 READY IN 10 MIN 275g egg noodles 1 tbsp sesame oil 1 tbsp sunflower oil 300g courgettes 2 large carrots, sliced 2 peppers, cut into strips 100g spring onions, cut into 4-cm chunks 2 tbsp fresh curry paste Small can coconut milk 100ml hot vegetable stock 150g small cooked prawns Few sprigs basil, leaves torn Lime wedges, to serve 50g roasted unsalted peanuts, crushed, to serve

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Boil the noodles for 2 min, then rinse under cold running water until

cooled. Drain the noodles well, then toss with the sesame oil. Heat the sunflower oil in a large wok, add all the vegetables and cook for 2 min. Add the curry paste and cook for a further minute. Pour in the coconut milk and stock, and heat through. Add the noodles and prawns, and cook for 1 min. Stir through the basil and serve with lime wedges and peanuts to sprinkle over.

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Make some extra parcels for packed lunches the next day instead of sarmies

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the olive oil mix, then lay another sheet on top and dab with some oil. Spoon a quarter of the filling into the centre, then fold over the sides and put the parcel, seam-side down, on a baking tray. Dab with a little more oil. Make the remaining parcels and bake for 15 min, or until the parcels are crisp and golden. Mix together the chickpeas, harissa paste, lemon zest and juice and salad leaves and serve alongside the parcels.

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1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus 2 tbsp whisked with 2 tsp water, to brush 500g grated courgettes 2 garlic cloves, crushed Small bunch basil, chopped 225g peas, defrosted 150g reduced-fat feta, crumbled 4 sheets phyllo pastry 400g can chickpeas, drained 1 tsp harissa paste Zest and juice of ½ a lemon Baby salad leaves Heat the oven to 190°C. Mix together 1 tbsp oil, the courgettes, garlic, basil, peas and feta; season well. Cut each sheet of phyllo in half, dab 1 square with

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EVERYDAY & EASY

Cheat’s fave

Flavour makeover

MISO�GLAZED SALMON & NOODLES

GOATS’ CHEESE & MUSHROOM PIZZAS

SERVES 4 READY IN 15 MIN

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Mix together the paste and rice wine in a shallow dish. Add the salmon fillets and turn to coat well. Heat 1 tbsp sunflower oil in a large frying pan. Shake off excess marinade

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from the salmon and add the fish to the pan. Cook for 4 min on each side. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large wok and add the sugar snaps, spring onions and sesame seeds. Cook for 3 min, stirring. Add the remaining salmon marinade, 3 tbsp water, the noodles and bamboo shoots, and cook for 2–3 min until heated through. Divide the noodles between serving plates and top with a salmon fillet.

SERVES 4 READY IN 15 MIN

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2 757kJ PER SERVING 31g FAT 5g SAT FAT 43g CARBS

Use up leftover miso paste to make filling soups and savoury sauces

1 tbsp olive oil 400g mushrooms, thinly sliced 2 peppers, sliced 2 ready-made pizza bases 4–6 tbsp tomato pizza sauce 200g goats’ cheese log, sliced and torn Handful of rocket or a few sprigs of basil

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Heat the oven to 220°C. Heat the oil in a small frying pan and briefly fry the mushrooms and peppers. Put the pizza bases onto a large oven tray

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and spread with the tomato sauce. Top with the mushrooms, peppers and goats’ cheese, then bake for about 10–12 min. Scatter the pizzas with the rocket or basil and serve. 1 862kJ PER SERVING 20g FAT 10g SAT FAT 46g CARBS

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2 tbsp miso paste 6 tbsp rice wine, dry sherry or white wine 4 salmon fillets 2 tbsp sunflower oil 200g sugar snap peas, sliced Bunch spring onions, sliced 1 tbsp sesame seeds 600g straight-to-wok noodles 225g can bamboo shoots, drained


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Light SUMMER LIVING Who doesn’t like pasta? Try this PnP one-pot pasta delight to treat yourself to a delicious, but easy, dinner dish

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SERVES 4 READY IN 20 MIN 125g tomatoes on the vine 2 tbsp PnP Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 tbsp PnP Crushed Garlic 1 PnP Chicken Flavoured Stock Cube 750ml warm water 250g PnP Cherry Tomatoes Handful PnP Basil 350g PnP Penne Rigate Pasta 1 /2 cup basil pesto 100g soft mozzarella, torn into pieces

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Heat the oven to 200°C. Place the tomatoes on the vine on a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and ground black pepper. Roast for 15 min or until blistered. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over a medium-high heat; fry the garlic until softened. Add the warm water and stock to the pot, stir until dissolved, then mix in the cherry tomatoes, basil and pasta. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook for 10 min, or until the liquid is absorbed and the pasta is al dente. Remove from the heat and stir through the pesto and mozzarella. Top with the roasted tomatoes.

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NO�BAKE CAKES Whip up these tasty treats in no time at all, no oven required!

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FREEZER CAKE SERVES 8 READY IN 30 MIN + FREEZING TIME 1 medium sponge flan case, edge removed (try Pick n Pay) About 26 Boudoir biscuits 350g chocolate ice cream, slightly softened 350g raspberry ice cream or sorbet, slightly softened 350g vanilla ice cream,

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slightly softened Dark chocolate curls, to decorate

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Line a 16-cm springform cake tin with baking paper. Put the flan base in the middle and vertically line the sponge fingers around the tin.

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In a large bowl, whip the chocolate ice cream until smooth. Pour into the cake tin and spread with a spatula. Place in the freezer for about 10 min or until slightly set. Repeat with the raspberry and vanilla ice cream and

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store in the freezer for 4 hr until very firm. Remove from tin and leave for 10 min before serving, decorated with chocolate curls. 1 686kJ PER SERVING 20g FAT 13g SAT FAT 48g CARBS


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BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE TART SERVES 8 READY IN 20 MIN 250g mascarpone Zest and juice of 1 lemon 45g icing sugar 150ml whipped cream 1 small pastry tart case (try Checkers) White chocolate curls and blueberries, to decorate

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In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the mascarpone, lemon zest and juice and icing sugar. Set aside until ready to use.

Kids fave

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In a separate bowl, whisk the cream to soft peaks, then fold into the mascarpone. Spoon into the pastry case and spread with a spatula in a circular motion, creating a spiral pattern. To decorate, cover the tart with a few white chocolate curls and the blueberries.

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1 569kJ PER SERVING 31g FAT 18g SAT FAT 20g CARBS

CHOCOLATE SWEETIE FRIDGE CAKE MAKES 12 READY IN 15 MIN + SETTING 200g digestive biscuits, crushed 200g mixed sweets 125g butter 200g each milk and dark chocolate, chopped 2 tbsp golden syrup

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Line a small baking tray with baking paper. Cover the base with the digestive biscuits and most of the sweets. Melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in a pan over simmering water. Pour over the sweets and evenly spread using a spatula. Sprinkle over the remaining sweets and place in the fridge until set.

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Let the cake come back to room temperature to serve and use a hot knife to slice

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BEST EVER BAKING

STRAWBERRY TRIFLE CAKE SERVES 8 READY IN 1 HR + SETTING 2 large flan cases (try Pick n Pay) 120g white chocolate, melted 1 pack strawberry jelly 150g strawberries, halved 120g custard 600ml cream, whipped to soft peaks A handful each strawberries and raspberries, to decorate

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Put one flan case on a plate to create a base. Cut out the centre of the second flan case so you are left with just the rim, stack on top of the base. Pour the white chocolate inside and spread with a pastry brush, making sure the inner borders are also well covered to avoid

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leaking. Put in the fridge to set. Meanwhile, prepare the jelly in a jug according to pack instructions and leave it to semi-set. Put the strawberries on the flan base and pour over the jelly. Place the cake in the fridge until the jelly is set. In a small bowl, stir half the cream into the custard and spoon over the jelly layer. Using a large spoon, dollop the remaining cream onto the custard layer and decorate with strawberries and raspberries.

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Vary the trifle flavour to suit what you like – peaches and nectarines work well, too

S’MORES 12 large marshmallows 12 chocolate-coated biscuits, we like Pick n Pay Milk Chocolate Biscuits

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Put two marshmallows on a skewer and carefully melt with a blowtorch or over a gas flame. Sandwich the marshmallows between 2 biscuits, with the chocolate side up, and gently press together to melt.

Simply stack!

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Traditionally made around a campfire, these would make the perfect braai treat

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MAKES 6 READY IN 20 MIN


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Tuck into a SLIMMER DINNER Who says healthy food has to be bland? Cook up these tasty, exotic dishes and feel like you’re on holiday

Turkish

TABBOULEH SERVES 4 READY IN 20 MIN + STANDING TIME 350g dried bulgur wheat 6 large tomatoes, finely chopped Juice of ½ a lemon, plus wedges to serve Large handful roughly chopped fresh mint Large handful roughly

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chopped fresh parsley ¼ tsp ground cumin

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Cook the bulgur wheat according to the packet instructions. Drain and wrap in a clean tea towel to absorb as much water as possible,

then put it in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes and all their seeds and juices to the bulgur wheat, stir well and set aside for 30 min. Stir in the lemon juice, herbs and cumin, season with salt and freshly ground

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black pepper and mix well. Tabbouleh tastes fantastic served at room temperature with lemon squeezed over. 1 397kJ PER SERVING 2g FAT 0g SAT FAT 68g CARBS


HEALTHY MEALS

MOUSSAKA SERVES 4 READY IN 1 HR 30 MIN Light cooking spray 2 aubergines, thinly sliced 2 onions, chopped 500g lean lamb leg steaks, visible fat removed and roughly chopped 400g can chopped tomatoes 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried) ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp allspice ½ tsp cumin 2 tbsp tomato purée 4 tbsp lamb or vegetable stock For the topping 300g fat-free plain yoghurt 3 eggs, beaten A little freshly grated nutmeg 1 tsp dried mint

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Spray a non-stick frying pan with cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Fry the aubergine slices in batches until slightly

coloured. Transfer to a plate. Add the onions to the pan and cook until softened and translucent, then add the lamb, tomatoes, oregano, spices and tomato purée. Turn the heat high, bring to a boil and cook until the sauce thickens. Stir in the stock, season and cook for 3 min. Heat the oven to 180°C. Arrange half the aubergine slices in a shallow ovenproof dish. Cover with the meat sauce and finish off with another layer of the aubergines. Beat the topping ingredients together, season well and pour over the aubergine. Bake for 30 min or until the topping is set, golden and slightly risen.

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FABADA ASTURIANA ‘ASTURIAN PORK STEW’ SERVES 4 READY IN 1 HR Light cooking spray 600g lean pork fillet, visible fat removed, cut into chunks 1 onion, sliced 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 2 tsp sweet smoked paprika Large pinch saffron strands (or use ½ tsp turmeric) 4 garlic cloves, crushed 100ml boiling vegetable stock 400g can chopped tomatoes 400g can butter beans or haricot beans and 400g can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed Finely chopped parsley, to serve

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Spray a large non-stick saucepan (that has a lid) with cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Fry the pork for 4–5 min, so it’s browned but not cooked

through, then transfer to a warm plate. Fry the onion and chilli in the same pan for 2–3 min until softened. Add the paprika, saffron, garlic, stock, tomatoes and beans, then return the pork to the pan and stir well. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, cover with a lid and cook for 45 min or until the sauce has thickened. Add a few tablespoons of water now and again if the sauce is looking dry. Ladle into warmed shallow bowls, sprinkle over the parsley and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve with rice and salad.

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Forget soggy sarmies and try these tasty treats for the perfect alfresco feast CHEESY CHORIZO QUESADILLAS MAKES 1 READY IN 10 MIN 1 tsp olive or avo oil 2 tortillas or wraps 30g Cheddar, grated 1 spring onion, chopped 4–6 slices chorizo 2 tbsp guacamole, 2 tbsp sour cream, chopped herbs and paprika, to serve

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Heat the oil until very hot. Add a tortilla, then top with the cheese, spring onion and chorizo. Put a second tortilla on

top and press down with a spatula. Cook for a few minutes, then turn and cook for a couple of minutes on the other side. Remove to a board and slice into 6 equal triangles. Serve with the guacamole and sour cream, sprinkled with herbs and a little paprika.

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MAKE�ME�MINI VEGGIE TARTS MAKES 8 READY IN 25 MIN 2 eggs 200ml cream 150g chopped vegetables – we used a mix of corn, asparagus and pepper 1 tbsp pesto 8 wide slices Parma ham

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Heat the oven to 200°C. In a large jug mix together the eggs, cream, vegetables and pesto. Line 8 spaces of a 12-hole muffin tin with

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Parma ham – make sure there are no gaps between the slices – then pour in the egg mixture to fill each ‘case’. Bake for 15-20 min or until the egg mix has set to the touch. Cool a little before serving. Once cooled completely, these will keep in the fridge for a couple of days. 515kJ PER SERVING 9g FAT 4g SAT FAT 4g CARBS


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SUPERPOWER SALAD JARS MAKES 4 READY IN 30 MIN 350g diced butternut 1 red onion, sliced 2 tbsp olive or avocado oil 200g cooked rice Few fresh basil leaves, torn 150g ball mozzarella (or you could use feta or cubes of Cheddar) 200g cherry tomatoes, halved 1 large avocado, peeled and sliced 1–2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

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Heat the oven to 200°C. In a roasting tray, toss the butternut and onion with 1 tbsp of oil. Roast for 20 min, or until cooked through. Mix with the rice and basil. Layer up the rice in jars with the mozzarella, tomato and avocado. Add the remaining oil and balsamic, and leave in the fridge until ready to serve. Shake before serving.

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LET’S BBQ

USA style! Our finger-lickin’ feasts are inspired by American recipes – and they’re guaranteed to please a crowd

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NEW YORKER KALE & CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD

Retro fave

SERVES 6 READY IN 30 MIN + MARINATING TIME 1.2kg boneless chicken pieces 2 garlic cloves, chopped Zest and juice of 1 lemon 2 tsp Dijon mustard 4 anchovy fillets in oil, chopped 150g plain yoghurt, plus 2–3 tbsp 125ml olive oil, plus 1 tbsp 1 green chilli, sliced 1 egg yolk Good dash Worcestershire sauce 200g kale 50g croutons 50g Parmesan

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Put the chicken in a large food bag with half the garlic, lemon zest and juice, mustard and anchovies, reserving half for the dressing. Add 150g yoghurt, plus 1 tbsp oil, the chilli and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well and leave to marinade for 2 hr. Cook the chicken on the braai for 20 min, turning until cooked through with crispy skin. If using thighs, they may take a little longer.

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Set aside to rest, then slice. Meanwhile, to make the dressing, put the remaining garlic, squeeze of lemon juice, anchovies and mustard in a bowl with the egg yolk and Worcestershire sauce. Blitz with a handheld blender, then slowly whisk in the oil until you make a mayonnaise. Stir in 2–3 tbsp of yoghurt, and a splash

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of water to make a creamy dressing. Season to taste. To serve, put the kale in a large serving bowl and top with hot sliced chicken, drizzle over the dressing and scatter with croutons and Parmesan.

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THE NEW�STYLE HOT DOGS The best BLT MAKES 6 READY IN 20 MIN Cook 12 bacon-wrapped chipolatas on the braai, until cooked through – about 10 min. Divide 2 baguettes into 3 and fill each third with 2 sausages, lettuce, shredded, and some cherry tomatoes, quartered. Top with mayo or plain yoghurt. 2 004kJ PER SERVING 15g FAT 5g SAT FAT 65g CARBS

A midwest original MAKES 2 READY IN 15 MIN Cook 2 Bratwurst sausages on the braai, until cooked through. Toast and split 2 sub rolls. Fill with a sausage, some sauerkraut and a sprinkling of caraway seeds. Add a squiggle of mustard sauce. 1 791kJ PER SERVING 26g FAT 9g SAT FAT 29g CARBS

Howdy cowboy MAKES 6 READY IN 20 MIN Cook 6 sausages on the braai for 5 min, until piping hot. Fry 2 onions, sliced, in 1 tbsp sunflower oil, until crispy. Fill 6 toasted hot dog rolls with some onion and a sausage, then top each one with a handful of mild Cheddar cheese, grated. Put back on the braai, with the lid on, to melt the cheese. Add BBQ sauce or tomato sauce. 1 443kJ PER SERVING 16g FAT 7g SAT FAT 34g CARBS

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RANCH PASTA SALAD SERVES 6 READY IN 20 MIN 100ml buttermilk 1 tbsp crème fraîche 1 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tbsp chopped parsley, chives, tarragon or dill 1 tsp vinegar or lemon juice 1 garlic clove, grated 2 mealies 1 tsp oil 120g cubed pancetta 250g pasta, cooked 3 spring onions, chopped

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In a bowl, mix together the buttermilk, crème fraîche, mayo, herbs,

vinegar and garlic. Meanwhile, fry the mealies in the oil, until charred on all sides, set aside to cool. Add the pancetta to the pan and fry until crisp. Drain on absorbent kitchen paper. To serve, slice the mealies off the cob and mix together with the pancetta, pasta, spring onions and herby dressing.

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870kJ PER SERVING 10g FAT 3g SAT FAT 37g CARBS

Saucy salad

Stylish spuds

GRIDDLED VEG & POTATO SALAD SERVES 6 READY IN 30 MIN 750g small potatoes, halved 3 tbsp sundried tomatoes, oil reserved Zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 tsp sherry vinegar 2 courgettes, thinly sliced 6 spring onions, halved 2 tbsp olive or avocado oil 1–2 tbsp mild pickled chillies ½ punnet watercress, snipped

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Boil the potatoes until tender, drain and toss in 2 tbsp of sundried tomato oil, the lemon zest and juice and vinegar. Meanwhile, toss the courgettes and spring onions in the olive oil and cook on the braai until softened and charred. In a large serving bowl, mix the potatoes and vegetables with the sundried tomatoes, pickled chillies and watercress, then season.

720kJ PER SERVING 9g FAT 1g SAT FAT 21g CARBS

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Dairy free

L.A. VEGAN BURGERS MAKES 6 READY IN 30 MIN 2 tbsp olive or avocado oil 1 onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tsp sesame seeds 2 sweet potatoes 200g raw beetroot, grated 100g breadcrumbs 250g cooked mixed grains 8 tbsp uncooked quinoa 6 poppyseed buns 4 tbsp vegan mayonnaise (we like Martinnaise, from selected Superspars) 70g rocket 2 avocados, mashed with the juice of 1 lime 75g sundried tomatoes 4 tsp fried onions

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Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and gently fry the onion and garlic until soft. Add the sesame seeds, turn up the heat and cook until just golden. Meanwhile, microwave the potatoes for 6–8 min, until soft. Allow to cool slightly, then scoop out the inside into a food processor and whizz until smooth. Add the beetroot, breadcrumbs, mixed grains and onion mixture; pulse until well

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combined, but coarse. Divide into 6 and shape into burgers. Coat each one in quinoa and brush with oil. Cook on a hot braai, until golden, crisp and piping hot. To serve, fill each of the buns with some vegan mayonnaise, rocket, a patty, mashed avocado, tomato and some fried onion bits.

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If you don’t need six vegan burgers, simply freeze the uncooked ones and save, ready for your next braai

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Meat feast

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IT HAPPENED WEEKENDTO FOOD ME It’s always best to slow-cook ribs before braaing them to ensure you get a melt-in-themouth result

BOURBON BEEF SHORT RIBS SERVES 4 READY IN 2 HR 30 MIN 1 rack beef short ribs (ask at the meat counter or your butcher) 2 tsp smoked paprika 2 tbsp Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey 2 tbsp maple syrup 1 beef stock cube 1–2 red onions, sliced Juice of 1⁄2 a lemon Cornbread loaf A little oil, for brushing

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Put the ribs in a roomy roasting tin with the paprika, Jack Daniel’s, maple syrup and stock cube, and season. Rub the ingredients into the beef ribs, then add 300ml kettle hot water and cover the tin with foil. If you like, you could marinate the ribs overnight in a sealed plastic food bag. Heat the oven to 180°C. Cook the ribs for 2–3 hr. Once cooked, remove the ribs to a board and slice between the bones to make individual portions. Set aside to cool if not eating now, or keep warm. Pour the juices into a jug and skim off the fat. Pour the remaining liquid into a pan and bring to the boil. Bubble for around 5 min, or until reduced and syrupy. Put the onions into a bowl with a generous sprinkling of salt and the lemon juice, and set aside. Baste the ribs with the sauce, then transfer to a hot braai and cook, turning until glazed and browned. Baste again with any remaining sauce and cook until piping hot. Brush the cornbread with oil and grill until warmed. Serve the ribs with the cornbread and onions.

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Feed a crowd

SPICY PEPPER PULLED PORK SERVES 6 READY IN AN EASY 5 HR 1.5kg boneless pork shoulder 2 tbsp barbecue or pork rub (try Woolworths) 1 tsp coarse black pepper 1 tbsp oil 8 tbsp tomato sauce 4 tbsp cider vinegar 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp honey

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Heat the oven to 220°C. Rub the pork skin with the rub, black pepper and oil. Put the pork onto a rack in a roasting tin and roast for 1 hr. Meanwhile, mix together the tomato sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire

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sauce and honey. Skim off any fat from the roasting pan juices and remove the crackling from the pork; set aside. Pour the tomato sauce mixture around the pork and cover the tin with foil. Turn the oven down to 150°C and continue to cook for 4 hr, or cook on a braai for an extra smoky flavour. Put the cooked pork on a board and, using 2 forks, shred the meat into small pieces. Stir the shredded meat back into the cooking juices, which should have reduced to a

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sauce. Serve the meat piled into baked sweet potatoes or burger buns with crackling, coleslaw and a rocket salad, garnished with sliced chilli and some spring onion. 1 498kJ PER SERVING 12g FAT 4g SAT FAT 8g CARBS

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BACK TO BASICS

How to make… THE BEST MERINGUE

Master the basics and be more confident in the kitchen

PEACH MELBA SURPRISE SERVES 8 READY IN 1 HR 15 MIN + COOLING TIME 4 large egg whites 220g castor sugar 1 tsp cornflour 1 tsp white wine vinegar To serve 200g raspberries 2 peaches or nectarines, sliced 4 tbsp apple juice 300ml cream 2–3 tbsp icing sugar 1–2 tsp vanilla extract 50g toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped

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Heat the oven to 130°C and line a flat baking tray with baking paper. In a metal bowl, whisk the egg whites with an electric hand mixer into stiff peaks. Add the sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, and whisk until thick. Mix the cornflour and vinegar together and fold into the meringue. Draw a 20-cm circle on the baking paper and spoon the meringue into the centre to

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make a nest. Bake for 1 hr or until crisp. Leave to cool. Toss the fruit in a bowl with a little apple juice. Whip the cream with the icing sugar and vanilla, pile onto the meringue and top with the fruit, hazelnuts and a drizzle of fruity juices.

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Avoid traces of egg yolk in the whites or you’ll never get the mixture to go thick and glossy, as needed. Room temperature eggs are best for this – you’ll get less volume if you use eggs from the fridge. Add the sugar slowly, 1 tbsp at a time, and whisk really well between each addition to get the best thick, glossy and stiff mixture. Love a meringue that’s soft in the middle? Simply remove from the oven after the cooking time. Prefer a crisper texture? Let it cool and dry out in the turned-off oven. Want it chewy instead? Use half castor sugar and half muscovado for a �����������������¾������

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Give your outdoors a summery makeover with these clever upcycle ideas – no skill required!

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WEIGHTS WILL KEEP YOUR NAPKINS IN PLACE WHEN DINING ALFRESCO  Patterned napkins  Pinking shears  Teacup  Sand  String  Flowers

Stack three napkins together and, using pinking shears, cut around the outside of the napkins to create a pretty zig-zag edge. Push the napkins into a teacup and half-fill with sand – use your judgement, the weights need to be heavy enough to withstand more than a gentle breeze. Gather the sides of the napkins together and twist them about 2cm above the sand. Tie tightly with the string to secure. Finish off by tucking a few flowers into the knot to create a pretty decoration.

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TOUCH OF CLASS A CHANDELIER BEDECKED WITH RIBBONS AND SILK FLOWERS ADDS INSTANT GLAMOUR TO YOUR BRAAI  Scissors  Different coloured ribbons  Vintage-style chandelier  Invisible sticky tape  Variety of faux flowers  Candles

Cut strips of ribbon at different lengths, then tie randomly around your chandelier – they don’t need to be symmetrical and match, as messy still looks stylish.

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Using the invisible tape, attach faux flowers to the arms of the chandelier. We chose a variety of flowers, but if you want a classic look, stick to just one kind. Cut a length of ribbon and thread it through the top of the chandelier. Tie to a sturdy branch and use a double knot to secure, then add your candles.

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JARRING PARTNERS

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JAZZ UP OLD JARS AND USE THEM TO KEEP THINGS NEAT AND TIDY  Jam jars  Florists’ wire  Thin satin ribbon  Scissors

Clean and dry the jars, then wrap a length of wire around the rims of the jars. Loop pieces of satin ribbon onto the wire and work your way around the jar, alternating colours for an eclectic and vintage style. Attach another length of wire as a handle, twisting and tucking in any sharp ends. Fill the jars with cutlery, paper straws, napkins or small flowers. Or, add a tealight to each and use as mini lamps for when the sun goes down.

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DELOREMS

A RUN OF LUCK THROW AN EASY-TO-MAKE RUNNER OVER A PATTERNED CLOTH FOR A STYLISH SETTING  Newspaper  Paper doilies  Pritt Stick

Lay old newspaper on the floor, then start arranging the doilies how you would like them to look as a runner. We went

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for a random staggered style by using different sized doilies. Once you’re happy with your design, glue the edges that are overlapping together to keep it all in place.

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LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE TWINKLING LIGHTS WITH PRETTY FLOWERS ARE A SUMMER WINNER  Scissors  Pretty patterned fabric  Battery-powered fairy lights  Small faux silk flowers  Ribbon

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For the bottom petal layer, cut a flower shape from the patterned fabric. Make a hole in the middle of the petal and push through a fairy light bulb. Take the heads of the faux flowers off their ‘stalks’, so all you're left with is layers of petals. Poke the bulb through the pre-cut holes and press the fabric layers back ensuring nothing touches the light element. To finish, add a few bows of ribbon along the wire for extra prettiness, and don’t forget to always use the lights according to the manufacturer’s advice.

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CRAFTY COASTING WOW GUESTS WITH BESPOKE COASTERS AND PRETTY TABLE DISPLAYS – IT’S ALL IN THE DETAIL  Scissors  Pinking

shears  Patterned fabric  Fabric glue  10-mm-wide grosgrain ribbon  Cups and saucers  Fragranced oil  Floating candles  Garden flowers Cut out circles of fabric for the coasters, then neaten the edges with pinking shears.

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On the right side of a fabric circle, apply a line of glue all around the edge. Working quickly, so the glue doesn’t dry, pleat a strip of ribbon and stick around the edge of your coaster. Once dry, fill your cups with water and add a few drops of oil to each. Pop a scented candle into each cup and light your display.

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THE WILD SIDE Keep the kids busy over the weekend and get them involved with these quick and easy craft ideas 3D PAPER CACTI MAKE THESE FUN PLANTS AND AVOID THOSE PAINFUL PRICKLES!  Green card, in different shades  Glue stick  Cacti templates A, B

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Take three sheets of green card and fold each in half lengthways. Glue one half of each folded sheet to the next, to form a 3D card. Lay the 3D card flat and put one of the cactus templates in the middle. Draw around the template and cut out. Add some ‘needles’ to each side of the 3D cactus with the white pen. Scrunch up some small pieces of pink tissue paper to make the little ‘flowers’, then glue them to the top of the cactus.

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CACTUS CUSHION SET THE SCENE WITH A TOUCH OF THE WILD WEST  Cactus template D (essentials. co.za/diy/craft)  Green felt  Pen  Scissors  Yellow tapestry wool and needle  Sewing machine  Polyester stuffing  Needle and cotton thread

Print off your cactus template, then on a photocopier, enlarge the print to your desired size and cut out. Place it on top of a doubled-up length of green felt and draw around with a pen. Cut out two cacti pieces and set one piece aside. Using a tapestry needle and yellow wool, sew a line of running stitches along the length of each ‘arm’ of the felt cactus piece. Pin the cacti pieces together and sew around the edges, leaving an opening at the bottom. Fill with polyester stuffing, then neatly stitch up the opening.

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POTATO-PRINTED CACTUS BAG ADD A FUN TOUCH TO A PLAIN OLD CANVAS BAG  Medium-sized potato  Pen  Knife  Green and black fabric paint  Small plate  Canvas bag  Iron

Cut a potato in half and blot dry with some kitchen towel. Draw a cactus shape on one half with a pen, and a cross on the other. Carefully cut around the shapes with a knife. Pour a little green fabric paint onto a small plate and dip in the cactus potato. Practise stamping on a piece of paper first, then when you’re happy with the design, stamp onto the bag. Using black fabric paint, repeat with the cross stamp. Leave the bag to dry, then iron over the design to seal the paint.

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PEBBLE PAPER WEIGHTS THESE ARE USEFUL AND PRETTY… SO PAINTBRUSHES AT THE READY!

FUNNY FACE FLOWER POTS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY – PICK A POT AND GET PAINTING  Three flower pots  White paint  Pencil  Black paint marker (waltons.co.za)

Paint the outside of a flower pot with white paint. Leave to dry, then apply a second coat. Draw a face onto the side of the pot with a pencil. When you’re happy with the design, fill it in with a black paint pen. Leave to dry before popping a plant inside.

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 Selection of pebbles  Acrylic paint, in different shades of green  Paintbrush  White paint pen (waltons.co.za)  Clear varnish

Wash and dry the pebbles thoroughly. Paint each one in a different shade of green, then leave to dry completely. Carefully draw little cactus needles, spines and spots onto each of the pebbles with a white paint pen. Paint the decorated pebbles with varnish and leave to dry.

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CHEVRON COASTERS DISPLAY YOUR KID'S TALENT AND PROTECT YOUR TABLE – WIN-WIN!  Coaster template (essentials.co.za/ diy/craft)  Black, white, yellow and green perler beads (perlerbeads.co.za)  Square pegboard  Ironing paper  Iron

Using the template as your guide, place the picture beads on the square pegboard in a chevron pattern. When you’re happy with the look of the arrangement, place a piece of ironing paper over the beads and iron on a hot setting. Move the iron gently from side to side in a slow, smooth movement until the beads begin to fuse. Once the beads have fused, allow to cool before carefully removing the paper and bead coaster from the pegboard.

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REAL HOMES FOR REAL PEOPLE

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MAKE LIFE A LITTLE EASIER THIS MONTH WITH CLEVER TIPS ON STREAMLINING YOUR HOME AND ENTERTAINING OUTDOORS. BE INSPIRED BY TRENDY BOMAS AND FIREPITS AND DISCOVER SAVVY SOLUTIONS TO DRY CONDITIONS AND TOO MUCH SHADE. PLUS GET THE LOWDOWN ON NEW DISEASE-RESISTANT IMPATIENS. IT’S ALL IN THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OF GARDEN AND HOME


CATWALK TREND Nixon antique zinc light, R999,95, The Lighting Warehouse.

Potted succulent, R55, @home.

Veld scatter cushions, R895, Weylandts.

Golden bokkie scatter, R199, Woolworths.

Bronze marrakesh, R359,99, Mr Price Home.

Décor suitcase, R289, @home.

Sahara Wood base globe, R395, Coricraft.

CHIC Resin vintage binoculars, R59,99, Mr Price Home.

Style tip Don’t be afraid to mix and match bold prints for a relaxed and eclectic feel

Footed drinks cooler, R1 150, Woolworths.

Custom basswood Venetian blinds, R837, Decorland.

Diffuser, R380, Nonna.

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Earthy textures and metallic hues combine in this desert-inspired style

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Metallic filled candles, R130 each, Woolworths.

Bamboo vase, R319, @home.

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Style tip Go for a window seat with a lid that lifts to provide useful added storage

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NOW Most of the fabulous interior buys in this home are online bargains and second-hand finds‌ no, really! 100 ESSENTIALS


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LIVING ROOM Pretty in print  Never let it be said that curtains can’t make a room! This statement set ties everything together, from the cushions to the knitted pouffe. Keep an eye out for short offcuts of fabric – you can then sew them yourself to save cash if the pattern you have in mind is a bit pricey. Mixing prints? Stick to one or two main colours and a neutral white or grey to make it work.  Furniture inspired by the 1960s is coming back into fashion, and lucky Harriet managed to nab some of hers for next to nothing. There are lots of buys to be had on online sites like Bid or Buy, but because of its rising popularity, you’ll need to beat everyone else to the front of the bidding line to bag a bargain!

Team a neutral couch with a fun, in-yourface armchair

WHO LIVES HERE? Harriet Hurdley thought her home was far too modern and uninspiring for her and her partner Mark’s tastes. But now that they’ve given it a makeover, using retro furniture, quirky prints and complementary colours, it has loads more life and character.

‘Most items of furniture in our home are bought second hand – and we’ve rarely paid very much at all for things’

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KITCHEN Square meal  No need to paint your table and chairs all one colour – here, pastel blue, crimson and bare wood match the kitchen’s fun feel, with an unapologetic chunky wall clock to complete the look.  Don’t want to fork out for expensive wall prints? Neither did Harriet, so she cleverly framed wrapping paper instead.

 Guest bedrooms are usually a tad on the smaller side, so make the most of what you have with eye-catching designs instead. You don’t have to go for a full mural – a display wall of vintage pictures can be just as strong.  Pile pillows in a range of shapes and sizes for a luxury feel, and don’t forget to leave a few personal touches – equipping bedside tables with some well-loved books for a homely touch.

‘Working on a tight budget has definitely made us more creative’

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MASTER BEDROOM Woodland wonder  Love that gorgeous wallpaper? Us, too! Harriet describes it as her one extravagant buy. ‘There was nothing else as fabulous, so I had to bite the bullet and pay if I really wanted it,’ she explains.   Yellow Jubilee for something similar) is a quick, cost-effective update with loads of impact, particularly if you carry the colour through in details such as a throw and cushions.  Maximise alcove space with shelving for storage – it’s also a stylish way to display photos and ornaments.

GET THE LOOK Industrial metal dome pendant, R459,99, Mr Price Home.

Chelsea mugs, R49,95 each, Woolworths. Sway cushion cover in lemon and mint, from R345, Skinny LaMinx.

Gold paint framing the door panels pulls the colours together Ranchero Crosley radio, R999, Superbalist. Cable-knit pouffe, R899,99, Mr Price Home.

Style tip Take your wallpaper further and use on door panels – a stylish way to maintain the look

BATHROOM The grey way  Toning down the colour scheme, from the rest of the house, in the bathroom turns it into a relaxing place to shut the world out.  Even the tiniest bathroom can look good – keep big areas plain and use graphic accessories like wall art and add a printed shower curtain for personality. The frame above the toilet might look plain, but it actually houses cheeky adverts from old magazines.

Arborium – Autumn, R1 482 per roll, Hertex.

Wilson console, R2 995, Coricraft.

Mink fringed throw, R249, @home.

Crosley kettle desk phone, R999, Superbalist.

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1 HIDE… while you eat, because if your toddler sees, you will have to share.

We all know kids can’t resist a puddle – so get them kitted out for outdoor play

2 DROP… the loom-band box ending up with a jumbled rainbow nightmare.

POLKA POWER Polkadot boots, R349, gumbootsworld.co.za. BARGAIN BOOTS Minnie Mouse boots, R69,99, mrp.com.

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SPIDEY SENSE Spiderman Wellington boots, R140, woolworths.co.za.

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One of the world’s oldest and most loved toy shops has made its way to Jozi and Cape Town, and we may be even more excited than the little ones! Hamleys has a massive range of some of the best toys for tots to choose from. It’s big, bright and colourful, and will leave you feeling like you’ve stepped into a whole new world. Find more info about the stores by visiting them online at hamleys.co.za.

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CHEAT’S CORNER Fill a spray bottle with water and label it ‘Monster Spray’ – a defence for kids against things that go bump in the night. Make a show of spraying it under their bed and they’ll sleep soundly. Genius!

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THIS MONTH… Take parenting back to basics If you’ve ever uttered the words ‘back in my day’, then New Old-Fashioned Parenting (R240, Summersdale Publishers) is the book for you. It’s a refreshing antidote to the pandering parenting we’re guilty of nowadays. Author Liat Hughes Joshi advocates helping children to learn that ‘life isn’t all about them, all the time’.

TRIED! TESTED! BATHTIME LOVED! It’s a breeze! These roar-some wraps make (the tedious task of) coaxing toddlers out of the bath a whole lot easier! Online store moomookids.co.za features a range of 100% cotton toddler towels, available in the form of a dinosaur, duck or bunny. There’s an animal to suit your little one’s every mood. Get your hands on one now for R250 each.

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Slogan buys – love ’em or loathe ’em, we just can’t live without ’em here at Essentials.

SAY IT LOUD Cotton T-shirt, R150, Cotton On.

TAKE IT EASY Dream big cushion cover, R49,99, Mr Price Home.

STATEMENT CHIC Carrier bag, R499, Accessorize.


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They may not be your average hunks, but there’s something sexy about these unlikely pin-ups

British charm

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH We can’t resist Benny when he’s in character on our TVs as the mysterious Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock. Not a hunk in the traditional sense, there’s definitely something about this British actor that we can’t resist. This month, he takes the lead role in Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, in cinemas from 7 November.

Guy next door

BEN STILLER We all know the way to a woman’s heart is the ability to make her laugh, and Ben Stiller has had us in stitches more than once. He may not be 'really, really ridiculously good looking', but he sure can make us smile. He’ll be back on the big screen in the much anticipated Zoolander 2 in February 2016.

JASON LEE Who didn’t fall in love with Jason Lee in the 2001 romance, Heartbreakers? He won the heart of Jennifer Love Hewitt, and snatched a piece of ours at the same time. And even though we don’t like to admit it, we quite fancied his down-on-his-luck character in My Name is Earl, too. And let’s not forget that he adopted three adorable chipmunks... Who could ask for more? Catch him in the fourth Alvin and the Chipmunks on screens next month.

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ON THE BIG SCREEN Before I Wake

BEFORE I WAKE

A young couple, played by Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane, adopt a son after losing their own. Soon they realise that as he sleeps, his dreams – good and bad – come to life, creating a terrifying world of fear and chaos for the small family. We suggest bringing a cuddle buddy along for this one! Out 30 October.

Spectre

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Daniel Craig is back as the unstoppable secret service agent James Bond in the 24th installment of the action-packed franchise. This time he uncovers the existence of a sinister organisation known as Spectre alongside untouchable beauty Lucia, played by Monica Bellucci. Out 6 November.

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The lovable duo of Charlie Brown and Snoopy are finally gracing our screens with a 3D adventure of their very own. Snoopy takes to the sky to pursue his nemesis, while Charlie tackles life back down on the ground. Out 6 November.

THE PEANUTS MOVE

The Peanuts Movie

Antonio Banderas takes the lead in this interpretation of the real-life tragedy that occurred when Chilean miners were trapped underground for over two months after a San José mine collapsed. Be sure to bring tissues along to this gripping drama. Out 13 November.

ON THE TOWN

PRIVATE PRESLEY The King returns to the stage in this tribute rock ’n' roll ballet, which features over 30 Elvis hits. Grab your spot at the Joburg Theatre from 16 to 25 October. For more, visit joburgtheatre.com.

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PIETER-DIRK EISH Join Pieter-Dirk Uys as he celebrates his 70th birthday with hilarious personal stories and anecdotes at the Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town from 3 to 28 November. Visit pdu.co.za for more.

AFRICAN DRUMSHACK Not only do KZN audiences get to experience a brilliant drum show, they'll be invited to join in the fun, learning drumming techniques to create a unique sound. Go to drumshack.org for details.

THE NUTCRACKER Be enchanted by this classic ballet at the State Theatre in Pretoria from 5 to 8 November – it's sure to delight young and old. Tickets are available from computicket.com.


SAY WHAT

Ewan could be playing Renton again in Trainspotting 2. Hopefully he’ll pick a cleaner toilet this time.

o¾a¾happy¾ ¾‘The¾secret¾t h¾ ¾be¾in¾love¾wit ¾marriage¾is¾to o’¾ u’re¾married¾t ¾the¾person¾yo it’s lovely to be able to share the experiences you’ve had with them. On his love of motorbikes… I get taken up with something, a new thing, and I run with it for a while and then it disappears. First it was paragliding, then it was flying, then it was something else. Underneath all of it, always, are motorbikes. That’s never gone away. On Trainspotting 2… It looks like it might happen. The idea is that we shoot it in 2016 – 20 years after the original came out. And I’d be up for it. I wouldn’t have been 10 years ago, but I am now.

INSIDE THE MIND OF...

Ewan McGregor

The Scottish actor on his rock solid marriage, skinny jeans and getting his kit off! On his wife, Eve… I get asked ‘what’s the secret to a happy marriage?’ a lot, and there’s no answer to it without trivialising it. You can’t just say ‘if you do this or do that, you’ll have a great marriage’, because it doesn’t work like that. There’s no secret other than to be in love with the woman you’re sharing your life with.

On travelling the world… We’re a really active family so, at the end of each of my trips, we try and meet up – it could be South Africa, Japan, Australia or wherever. And our holiday will be to go back along the route I have taken, so the kids can experience what I’ve been through. When you haven’t seen your family for such a long time,

On never wanting to grow up… I still want to kick around on BMX bikes! I have to ask my wife: ‘Do I look like an idiot, or is this all right, the way I’m dressed?’ Because you don’t want to be ‘that guy’, but you also don’t want to listen to that voice either. I want to wear skinny jeans when I’m in my seventies. Why not? Who cares? On nude scenes… I don’t mind doing nudity if it’s called for. I love romantic films, and part of that in our modern world is sex. I don’t want to be the guy getting out of bed clutching a pillow to his d**k, because people don’t do that in real life. If you’ve just spent three hours making love to a woman, you're not going to be worried about her seeing you when you get up to go to the toilet.  Ewan stars in Jane Got a Gun with Natalie Portman, out 6 November.

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ON THE SHELF What Poets Need BY FINUALA DOWLING (R175, KWELA BOOKS) The tale of a troubled writer and poet, John Carson, whose odd living situation and broken heart fuel his writing. Changing his circumstances would probably make him happier, but what would that mean for his writing? A tragic comedy and love story, excellently written by award-winning Finuala.

Jack of Spades

Rainfall

BY JOYCE CAROL OATES (R290, HEAD OF ZEUS) A psychological thriller about an ambitious mystery writer who’s attempting to control the genius and madness vying for control of his mind. With huge success behind his name, and a beautiful family by his side, he battles to keep hidden a dark secret that will soon rock the world as he knows it.

BY MELISSA DELPORT (R260, TRACEY MCDONALD) Paige has experienced more pain and loss than anyone should. Her father has Alzheimer’s and her fiancé was murdered during a robbery. While dealing with depression, and desperately trying to get out of a dismal time in her life, she meets the charming Adam. She falls instantly in love... until she learns about his past. Prepare for an emotional roller coaster ride!

The Same Sky BY AMANDA EYRE WARD (R379, BLACK FRIARS) Alice and Jake are happily married in Texas, but Alice feels a sense of emptiness and longs for a child. As 13-year-old Carla makes the dangerous journey across the border from Honduras to America with her young brother, their paths cross. This heart-wrenching tale of motherhood, resilience and faith explores weighty issues with empathy.

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ACTRESS RACHEL MCADAMS REVEALS THE BOOK THAT CHANGED HER LIFE… ‘I absolutely fell in love with Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer. I don’t think I got out of bed for three days – I was just eating it up. It was one of the hottest love stories I’ve ever read.’


KIDS DAYS OUT

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BUTTERFLY WORLD

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Plan some fun for the kiddies to make sure they don’t drive you wild! theatre doors open at 12.30pm Yoga4kids and the spectacle includes a There’s no better way to get your kids to nama-stay-put for an hour or two. With classes for 3- to 18-year-olds, there’s a session for all of your kiddies to enjoy together. There are studios in Jozi, Cape Town and Ballito, so everyone can join in the fun. Visit Yoga4kids.co.za to find a venue near you.

Little Cooks Club

LITTLE COOKS CLUB

This nifty club gets you time to yourself as well as the possibility of not having to cook dinner every night. It’s a win-win situation and we love the idea! The classes cater for toddlers and teens and they happen all over the country. For venues and costs, visit littlecooksclub.co.za.

Halloween at the Barnyard The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway, KZN, is going all out for Halloween this year with a special event just for kids! The

hall of horrors, face painters, a magician, trick or treat stations and a few other scary surprises. Visit barnyardtheatre.co.za to book your tickets.

Butterfly World Tropical Garden The name says it all; a tropical paradise occupied by hundreds of multi-coloured butterflies. Kids can also experience other creatures like a range of reptiles, monkeys and meerkats. Parents can relax at the café while the youngsters are off exploring this Cape treasure. Go to butterflyworld.co.za for more.

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime One of our favourite classic tales is brought to life at the Joburg Theatre this month, but with a twist. Expect loads of pantomime fun as Princess Aurora-Adora pricks her finger and a good fairy changes her fate with magic. Book seats by visiting joburgtheatre.com.

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ROD STEWART Oh yes, he’s back ladies, with a brand new studio album called Another Country. We can’t help but be drawn in by his sultry voice, and with 15 fab tracks on his new album, we’ve got a lot of listening to do!

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SELENA GOMEZ One of the things we love most about this once-Disney-star is how she manages to stay mostly clear of scandal and still release great music, like Revival, which explores her journey over the last two years.

Al fresco movies are having a moment right now,so here’s our pick of the best summer screenings happening near you... Book now! THE GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA, CAPE TOWN

OUT NOW AKON The singer, who's known for his 2003 hit 'Lonely', is back after seven years with a five-part concept album called Stadium. You’ll find a bit of everything in this album, from hip-hop to ballads; a sound to suit everyone.

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The open-air summer season is in full swing and Kirstenbosch Gardens is playing host to a number of blockbusters that will make for a perfect evening out. Other picturesque locations where you can experience the outdoor event include the V&A Waterfront, Hillcrest Quarry and the Cape winelands. Visit thegalileo.co.za for more.

THE BIOSCOPE INDEPENDENT CINEMA, JOBURG More than just a movie, these screenings turn into a party once the credits roll. The venue hosts signature events for your viewing, and entertainment, pleasure. Choose from Noodle Box Cinema, where

you can feast on tasty noodles during the movie, Classic Movie Sundays, accompanied by tea and biscuits, of course, and Mystery Movie Nights – to name a few. Visit thebioscope.co.za to book.

THE PINK FLAMINGO ROOFTOP CINEMA, CAPE TOWN Set on the rooftop of the Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town, this outdoor cinema has something for everyone – you get to choose from general seating, the love seat or the couch (depending on who you’re viewing the movie with). Order a picnic basket, and some bubbly, to take your experience to the next level! Find out what’s showing and book your spot by visiting their website, granddaddy.co.za.


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THE IN/OUT LIST Eyebrow extensions – why not give your face-framers some love?

Dark, drawn-on brows – you're not fooling anyone

Comfy '70s  Destination weddings

Soggy marquees

Glowing 'bronde' locks

OUTDOOR STORIES

'I can't breathe' skinnies

The natural look

Bleach blonde highlights Overdone cake face

Clumpy clogs

Dainty pumps

ON THE RADAR

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OUTDOOR STORIES, DURBAN The Amanzimtoti rugby field plays host to some of your favourite movies, to be enjoyed under the stars. Take your own food, drinks, blankets, cushions, chairs, and anything else that will make the experience more enjoyable for you – that's the beauty of an outdoor cinema! There’s also a cash bar available should you run out of refreshments. Peruse the upcoming screenings at outdoorstories.co.za.

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These are the geniuses who bring you giant inflatable movie screens, projectors, sound systems and generators to set up an open-air cinema in a variety of locations. Enjoy one of these outdoor extravaganzas at either Maroela Mall, Northridge Mall or Mall@Reds, where you'll get to see the same blockbusters you’ll find at your local movie house. Intrigued? So are we! Find out more at epiccinemas.co.za.

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If you haven’t seen @lucycant_dance on Instagram yet, then best you jump on the fashion forward train already! Her account showcases everything from the freshest outfits to the best looking food. We love!

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welcome to SUMMER

Set in the tranquil bushveld gardens of the Indaba Hotel in the up-market suburb of Fourways, MOWANA Spa is a wellness sanctuary which will revive your senses, rejuvenate your body and soothe your soul.

INCLUDES A FREE TURKISH TOWEL AND KIMONO GOWN

African Escape SPA & STAY PAMPER JOURNEY

R2799 PER COUPLE FOR SPA & STAY

. Luxury Accommodation for 2 people at the Indaba Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre (check in @ 14h00) . . VIP Turndown with Rose Petals . . Welcome drinks with light Snacks on arrival at MOWANA Spa @ 18h00 . . Full Body Massage incorporating your choice of Rungu or Hot Stones to soothe tired muscles . . Decadent 2-course Spa Dinner to feed body & soul . . Complimentary Local Beverages to quench your thirst . . Relaxing Head, Neck & Shoulder Massage . . Foot & Lower Leg Massage for the ultimate”time-out” pamper . . African Liqueur & Chocolate on departure @ 23h00 . . Full South African Buffet Breakfast prior to departure in Epsom Terrace Restaurant at the Indaba Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre .

African Skies SPA PAMPER JOURNEY

. Welcome drinks with light snacks on arrival at MOWANA Spa @ 18h00 . . Full Body Massage incorporating your choice of Rungu or Hot Stones to soothe tired muscles . . Decadent 2-course Spa Dinner to feed body & soul . . Complimentary Local Beverages to quench your thirst . . Relaxing Head, Neck & Shoulder Massage . . Foot & Lower Leg Massage for the ultimate”time-out” pamper . . African Liqueur & Chocolate on departure @ 23h00 .

INCLUDES A FREE TURKISH TOWEL

R1099 PER PERSON

FOR NIGHT SPA


African Rejuvenation

INCLUDES A FREE TURKISH TOWEL

SPA PAMPER JOURNEY . Welcome drinks on arrival at MOWANA Spa @ 08h00 . . Delicious 2-course Spa Breakfast to “kick start” your Pamper Journey . . Full Body Massage incorporating your choice of Rungu or Hot Stones . . Revitalising Full Body Polish, Mud Wrap & Moisture Pamper . . Relaxing Head, Neck & Shoulder Massage . . Tasty 2-course Spa Luncheon to feed body & soul . . Complimentary Local Beverages to quench your thirst . . Moisturising Facial Massage with MatsiMela Aloe Vera Facial Range . . Foot & Lower Leg Massage for the ultimate “time-out” pamper . . Indulgent Hand & Lower Arm Massage . . African Liqueur & Chocolate on departure @ 17h00 .

R1599 PER PERSON FOR FULL DAY

R999

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PER PERSON

FOR HALF DAY

MORNING RETREAT . Welcome drinks on arrival at Mowana Spa @ 08h00 . . Delicious 2-course Spa Breakfast to kick start your pamper . . Full Body Massage with your choice of Rungu or Hot Stones . . Foot & Lower Leg Massage for the ultimate “time-out” pamper . . Complimentary Local Beverages to quench your thirst . . African Liqueur & Chocolate on departure @ 12h00 .

AFTERNOON RITUAL . Welcome drinks on arrival at Mowana Spa @ 12h00 . . Delicious 2-course Spa Luncheon to kick start your pamper . . Full Body Massage with your choice of Rungu or Hot Stones . . Foot & Lower Leg Massage for the ultimate “time-out” pamper . . Complimentary Local Beverages to quench your thirst . . African Liqueur & Chocolate on departure @ 16h30 .

INCLUDES A FREE TURKISH TOWEL

INCLUDES A FREE TURKISH TOWEL

INDABA HOTEL, FOURWAYS

www.mowanaspa.com

0861 MOWANA (66 92 62)

reservations@mowanaspa.co.za

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Essenwood House, Durban Enjoy views of the city skyline with the Indian Ocean in the distance from the balconies of this polished guest house, conveniently located just minutes from the best that Durban has to offer. The rooms are all spacious and beautifully furnished, and the lush garden and sparkling pool are a delight after a day spent exploring the area. Best of all, the owners will go out of their way to make sure your stay is tops, making it a wonderful last-minute getaway. Expect to pay between R595 and R1 700, depending on the accommodation you pick. Visit essenwoodhouse.co.za for more.

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TRAVEL Braeside B&B, Green Point The pine floors, high ceilings and fireplaces in the beautifully restored heritage homes that make up this unique B&B will have you feeling as though you’ve stepped back in time. The light and airy rooms are equipped with crisp cotton linen, white robes and fluffy towels – all combined with impeccable service, so you’ll never want to leave. Plus, a short drive or bus ride will get you to the beach – fab!

Blue View B&B, Beacon Bay Looking to visit the historic city of East London? This stylishly modern B&B is positioned in the perfect spot for enchanting views of the ocean and the lagoon – and if you can manage to get up early, the sunrises are

unforgettable. We can’t imagine wanting to do more than laze on the beach (which is a stone’s throw away), but if you do, the nearby museums are definitely worth a visit. Rooms will set you back around R700 to R1 100. Find out more about the spot at blueview.co.za.

Villa Honeywood Guest House, Fish Hoek A stay at this charming guest house is guaranteed to be a memorable affair. Situated on one of the first farms in Fish Hoek, the historic home is nestled in a valley with magnificent views of the mountains and False Bay on

Leeuwenzee Guest House, Sea Point This quaint guest house at the foot of Lion’s Head is a short drive from many of Cape Town’s most famed attractions – including, of course, picture perfect beaches. The buffet breakfast is a treat to wake up to and the deck is a great place

You’ll pay around R725 for a single room and R1 250 for a double. Find more information at braesidebnb.co.za .

the horizon. The suites couldn’t be more relaxing, and one even features a jacuzzi in a private courtyard. With sightseeing, incredible dining options and popular beaches in the area, what more could you want? Expect to pay a little more for a suite, prices start from R1 600, but it will be money well spent. Go to villahoneywood.com for more.

to enjoy a sundowner and marvel at the sunset skies. The most difficult thing about staying here will be deciding whether you’d like a view of the mountain or the sea – frankly, we’d take either! Expect to pay R790 for a single room and R990 for a double. Go to leeuwenzee.co.za for more.

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Madeline Grove B&B, Durban Close to restaurants, shops and kid-friendly attractions like uShaka Marine World, this hospitable B&B is an ideal spot for a family getaway. The rooms are bright and spacious, no task is too great for the friendly staff and the rates

will suit your pocket. Yes please! Start your day with an amazing breakfast (the options are endless), then work it off by taking a leisurely 30-minute stroll to the beach. Rooms start at R425 per person sharing, going up to R800 for a single room. Find a full list of rates at madeline.co.za.

African Dreams B&B, East London

Bally High B&B, La Lucia Mere minutes from Umhlanga beach and other quieter beaches along the north coast of KZN, this home away from home will have you relaxed and ready to make the most of your holiday in no time. Of course, the rooms have everything you need to unwind after tanning and sandcastle building, and the pool and braai facilities are also yours to enjoy. Rooms cost between R750 and

R1 500, depending on when you go. Visit their website, ballyhigh. co.za, for more information.

Situated in one of the oldest suburbs of East London lies an African-inspired gem. African Dreams is close to the airport, but, more importantly, it’s a short walk from the beach. Each comfortable room is decorated differently based on some of our favourite wild animals, which adds a special touch. The pretty garden, satisfying breakfast and helpful staff are all added bonuses.

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You’ll pay between R485 and R720 for a room. Find out more by visiting afdreams.co.za.

The Terrace, Nahoon This B&B is nestled in a leafy suburb, not far from tranquil Nahoon Beach and East London Golf Course. Enjoy views of both from some of the rooms or on the large deck, where a few sundowners are basically mandatory. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or a fun-filled family holiday,

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there’s a range of rooms and suites to suit your needs. Prices start at R400 per person sharing, with special rates for kids. Visit the-terrace.co.za for more.


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YOUR STARS

horoscopes NOVEMBER

Essentials astrologer Marion Williamson reveals all‌ Gemini Capricorn

‘You might get what you want in November’

22 DECEMBER – 19 JANUARY

You don’t need to buy loads of new clothes this month. By tweaking what you already own, you won’t have to melt your credit cards in the process. DO use what you have DON’T sew yourself to the tablecloth

21 MAY – 20 JUNE

You want to know where you stand, but people aren’t being straight. Things become clearer the closer you get to the full moon in your sign on the 25th. DO assume nothing DON’T go wild with your credit card

Cancer Aquarius 20 JANUARY – 18 FEBRUARY

SCORPIO 23 OCTOBER – 21 NOVEMBER

You might actually get what you want in the month of November, Scorpio. However, the reality of it all may be somewhat different to what you hoped for. The important thing is that you’ll learn new skills, which will get you where you need to go. This new phase is all about breaking free from the things you have feared in the past. Romance is on the horizon for you, too, Scorpio, so just remember – don’t be too fussy! You’ve probably already had a preview of the changes that are on the cards, but by the time the new moon rolls around on the 11th, all will be revealed! DO forget the past DON’T waste your energy

A simple mistake – like a wrongly sent email – might need a bit of explaining. But romance is looking hot and ����������½��������������������������� DO be careful on social media DON’T wait to be asked

21 JUNE – 22 JULY

You’ll experience a real sense of urgency this month and reminding people to stick to their promises won’t do you any harm! It’s time to rock the boat a little‌ DO have a go at getting bossy DON’T revert to being coy

Pisces Leo 19 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH

���½������������������������� month fall into place and you’ll care less about what everyone else thinks. Money woes ease when a friend repays a favour. DO please yourself DON’T hide your opinions

23 JULY – 22 AUGUST

As the sun shines on the career area in your horoscope, it’s time to show the world you mean business. It’s all about putting on a show and looking the part. DO DON’T spend time on details

Aries

Virgo

21 MARCH – 19 APRIL

23 AUGUST – 22 SEPTEMBER

You’re at the start of a learning curve and you’ll be gaining amazing experience. Awkward or embarrassing moments will soon be ancient history. DO chuck yourself into the deep end DON’T cry and ask for your mom

Sagittarius

Taurus

22 NOVEMBER – 21 DECEMBER

20 APRIL – 20 MAY

You sense something big is just around the corner. When you’re ready, take a breath, remind yourself that you’re fab and ask the universe to bring it on! DO splash out on some stationery DON’T be tempted to hoard

Libra

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The spotlight will be on a partner (or lack of one) in November. A sizzling someone pops up – good news if you’re single‌ a bit of a dilemma if not! DO expect the best DON’T tolerate moaners

23 SEPTEMBER – 22 OCTOBER

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November has a few tricks up its sleeve, so don’t be scared of taking on too much. The universe will provide resources to help you have your cake and eat it. DO brew several cups of tea DON’T doubt yourself


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Daniel Klein

Spalicious

Finally, a stylish watch at a great price! Daniel Klein has become a popular brand name around the world. The brand offers a comprehensive range of high fashion watches at affordable prices, ranging between R495 and R995. So if you’re looking for a stylish watch and don’t want to break the bank, give Daniel Klein a try. For just R495 you can get a high quality, on-trend watch to glam up your style. Actually, at that price, why not get two or three to match with different looks? They also make great gifts.

The Spalicious range consists of scrubs, soaks, butters, masks, oils and a results-driven cellulite collection – everything you need to keep your hands, feet and body looking and feeling like new. All of the products smell good enough to eat, and this season, Spalicious is bringing yummy back by restocking all of our favourite flavours for a limited time only! Whether you choose Cinnamon & Honey, Hazelnut & Nougat, Pistachio & Mint, Cherries & Berries, Crème Caramel, Lavender or Lemongrass, every one is a mouth-watering flavour to love your body with. Spalicious is absolutely the most delicious hands, feet and body care range around.

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To win 1 of 10 Spalicious limited edition gift boxes, valued at R650 each, SMS FLAVOURS

To win 1 of 2 sets of his and her watches, valued at R1 995 per set, SMS WATCH

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Whether you’re looking for a fresh fragrance that’s great for every day or something vibrant and sensual for a fun night out, Lacoste has a scent for you. Eau de Lacoste Pour Femme is sophisticated in its simplicity – capturing the luxury of crisp, cool cotton on your skin with notes of pineapple, citrus and white flowers. And to take you into the evening, Eau de Lacoste Sensuelle will dazzle the senses with its peppery notes and floral finish. To win a Lacoste fragrance hamper, valued at R3 340, SMS LACOSTE

Casually iconic and stylishly functional, Hedgren’s design-driven bags are inspired by the needs of trendsetting women who are on the go. With its adjustable shoulder strap, inside organiser and cell phone pouch, the Hedgren Diamond Touch Shoulder Bag is everything you need to hold life’s essentials and stay organised. To win 1 of 3 Hedgren Diamond Touch Shoulder Bags, valued at R1 500 each, SMS DIAMOND

HOW TO ENTER: SMS your name, keyword, email and postal addresses and ID number to 48403. Free SMSs don’t apply. Each SMS costs R1,50. Errors will be billed. Entries must reach us by 30 November 2015. See page 123 for Ts and Cs.

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LAST WORD... Lead singer and songwriter of South African hit band BlackByrd, Tarryn Lamb tells us what she’s loving this month

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I’ve always thought I made the world’s best lamb curry, but my friends and family don’t seem to agree! So now I stick to simpler fare, which is easy because summer is here. Rather than spend a lot of time cooking, I go for quick and easy snack platters stacked with treats like  biltong and almonds, to name a few. My latenight guilty pleasure is a bowl of cereal. ������������������������� called Home, around the ���������������������������� ���������������������������� ���������������������������� �����������������������½��� ������������������������������ ½�������������������������

Where did the band get its name? Our band’s name was inspired by a black bird that landed in a mutual friend’s garden ������������������������½����������������� same day, we heard the brilliant Beatles classic ‘Blackbird’ come on the radio.

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My Instagram moment of the month This picture of my sister’s Jack Russell, Max, is my favourite. I absolutely adore him! He is always so happy to see me and has an amazing personality – and he likes to sing, too! I love this picture because it’s how he looks at me after I let him lick my face. Follow Tarryn on Instagram at @tarrynlamb1.

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he month of November always gives me that fabulous ‘Friday’ feeling. There’s just something so magical about the combination of gorgeous sunny days, catchy summer songs and happy people, all ¾�������������������������� anticipation for the long������������������������ ������������������������ outdoors, just appreciating my ������������������������������ �������������������������� ����������������������� ������������������������ things lined up for me and ��������������������������� ��������������������������� ������������������������������� ������������������������ thrilled for her! Another of our band members, Tammy, is planning her bachelorette party – it’s going to be such a fun bash! On the BlackByrd front, ��������������������������


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