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AUTUMN 2017 | EAST LONDON www.momsmatter.co.za Moms Matter East London


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PREPARE YOUR CHILD TO STUDY FURTHER

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INSIDE For Mom: Beauty health &

pril to June traditionally is a frenetic stretch of the year, with multiple holidays and celebratory days filling our calendars. In addition to a lengthy first end-of-term school holiday, the next few months also includes Easter celebrations, as well as the always-fun Mother’s and Father’s Day festivities. It is easy, amid all this activity in what seems an ever-escalating pace of life, to drown in simply being “busy”. We rush from one activity to the next, juggling multiple tasks at the same time, trying to spread ourselves as thinly as possible, in order to achieve as much as possible. Amid all of this rush, it’s is fitting to remind ourselves once again that you cannot pour from an empty jar. Simply put, make sure over the next few months, as you scramble to be everything to everyone, from mother and spouse to homemaker and breadwinner, that you also make time just to take care of YOU. It may seem like a luxury or an indulgence, but self-care is vitally important if we are going to be the mothers that our children deserve. And a big part of this self-care lies in being kind to ourselves, making time to treat and pamper ourselves, getting enough rest, and focusing on what’s good and positive, as opposed to obsessing about what’s difficult or challenging. To help you with this, please see The Beauty Clinic advert at bottom of page 5. They are giving away 37 Kalahari Facials to the value of R380 each. It is very easy to enter, and you might just be one of the lucky winners! You certainly don’t need me or anyone else to tell you that being a mom is hard work. Very hard work. But perhaps you need reminding today that you’re doing a great job, that you’re doing the best you can, and that’s OK not to be superwoman, to everyone, all the time. So remember to relax, to put your feet up, to delegate and to ask for help.

Kind Regards Daniele

Publisher: Simon Garrity

Editor: Daniele Spaumer Advertising Enquiries: Daniele Spaumer: 073 074 8274 email: momsmattermagazine@gmail.com Graphic Design & Layout: Workshop12 Distribution: Quarterly – Free

8 000 Copies distributed to selected Play Schools and Creches, Pre-Primary Schools, Primary Schools, Hospitals and Clinics. DISCLAIMER: Neither the Distributors, Publishers, Designers or Editor can be held liable for any damages or consequences of any omissions, errors or use of editorials within Moms Matter, as every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information in Moms Matter. We do not guarantee the performance or quality of service of any of the advertisers in this magazine. No part of Moms Matter magazine may be reproduced without the written consent of the Editor.

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For the Home . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Party Extra’s & Venues . . . . . 14

Extra Murals & Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Family Time . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Family Events . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Dates to remember: Mother’s Day: 14 May 2017 Father’s Day: 18 June 2017

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Place sugar and butter in a small saucepan and melt together. When melted, add the sultanas and nuts as well as the cinnamon.

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Preheat oven to 180°C. Divide the dough into 16 balls/buns. Spray an oven-proof dish (rectangular Pyrex) with Spray 'n Cook and pour the butter and sugar mixture into the bottom of the dish. Place the 16 buns on top of the sauce, leaving gaps in between for the dough to rise. Allow to rise for about ½ hour and then bake in oven for 30-40 minutes.

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Roll up from the long side. Once you have a long roll, brush it with egg white(to hold it together) and roll it up into a coil. At the end, just tuck the point of dough underneath the roll. Brush with egg wash and allow to rise. Preheat oven to 180°C and bake for 4045 minutes or until golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.


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SUPPORT GROUPS

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AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP: Antoinette 072 678 2452. This is a support group for parents of Autistic children.

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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT: Judy 043 726 9900

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS (for bereaved parents): Myrtle 043 721 0406

QUADRIPLEGIC ASSN OF EC: Tony 082 290 3764

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Rocky Road Squares

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100g butter, roughly chopped 300g dark chocolate, broken into squares 3 tbsp golden syrup 140g rich tea biscuits, roughly crushed 12 pink marshmallows, quartered using scissors 2 x Crunchies or Milky Way chocolates, broken up.

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Activity Step 1: Put the paper plate up to the face and mark the eye holes and those required at the sides for the elastic. Cut out the eye holes. Cut small side holes and then thread and tie the elastic. Step 2: Cut out some long bunny ears from the white card and glue to the top of the mask. Then cut smaller ears from pink card and attach them to the centre of the white ears.

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he Autism Awareness Bike Park was inspired by Garryck Webber who is 11 years old and lives with Autism. Autism or Autism spectrum disorders refer to a range of conditions, characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviour, speech and non-verbal communication. Garryck only acquired the skills to ride a bicycle when he was 9, although his parents started teaching him from the age of 6.

Children who live with Autism often battle with team sports, so being able to ride a bicycle provides a lot of pleasure and healthy physical exercise. Against this backdrop Garrick’s parents started looking around for a safe environment for him to ride. In desperation they would take him down to Hamiliton Sports Club to ride on their abandoned tennis courts. This sparked the idea of transforming the old tennis courts into a bicycle track for beginners.


With this in mind Garryck’s mom, Fiona, approached friends, Tina Luckoff and Luca Fanicci of Eastern Wheelers Youth Cycle Club. Hamilton Club kindly granted them permission to renovate the space and Luca Fanicci designed the track and marked it out. This was followed by several months of levelling the track, filling in cracks and painting. This project wouldn’t have been possible without the kind donations of the greater East London community. Donors include: Hamilton Sports Club, Eastern Wheelers Youth Cycling Club, Charles Glass Society,

College Street Primary School, Synergy Signs, Eugene Stapelberg, Vincent Hardware, Casgal Construction, Headway Salon and Jenny Mcconnachie. They recently acquired 2 beautiful park benches from the Rotary Club of East London. The bike park has become a wonderful place for children to develop their bicycle skills in a safe environment. We hope to further expand the track in the future with an off-road section for the bigger, more advanced kids as well as some some ramps for variation. We would appreciate any donations as the track needs to be maintained going forward. For more information on the Bike Park as well as autism in general, please contact Fiona on 082 557 9680.

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BILTONG SPREAD 100g sliced beef, ostrich or game biltong (reserve some for garnishing) 1 x 250g smooth low fat cottage cheese ½ cup (125 ml) mascarpone cheese, or cream cheese Place the sliced biltong in a blender or food processor and chop until very fine. Add the cottage cheese, mascarpone cheese to the biltong and blend until smooth. Taste for seasoning. Garnish with a few extra biltong flakes and serve with bread sticks. Serves 6

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FAMILY FUN EVENTS 1 Apr. Bonza Bay Rotary Anns Easter Bonnet morning tea at Berea Gardens from 9am. Come join the Bonza Bay Rotary Anns for our Easter Bonnet Morning tea and Fashion show! Sweet and savoury edibles as well as hot and cold refreshments will be available, raffle and lucky draws with fabulous prizes to be won! Guest Speaker and MC: Nerina Le Roux. Tickets: R100, contact: Murna 082 558 7616 | Charne 082 772 4621

Collect your FREE route map and discount voucher at the Information Centre at the Crossways Shopping Complex on Schafli Road from 9am on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April 2017. More info: marketing@ wildcoastjikeleza.co.za

1 Apr. Miniature Fairy Garden Shows from 11am. Family fun, fairy gardening, and raising much needed funds for the elderly. View three gardens (3 Pinewood Road, 17 Riverview Place & 55 Bonza Bay Road) for R50 (kids) which include a miniature fairy garden workshop at 3 Pinewood Road. 55 Bonza Bay Rd will have facepainting and 17 Riverview will host a picnic with spot ice cream vouchers. Tickets available from Vincent Family Restaurant (VPC) – adults free, donations welcome. 1 Apr. Gonubie High School & Community presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream from 7pm at Alexander Playhouse. Tickets: R80 adults, R40 students, scholars and pensioners. Book at Lee Gold: 043 735 1412 or Gonubie High School 043 740 5228. 1-2 Apr. Art & Craft Weekend on the Jikeleza Route. Pop up galleries, original artworks, wine tasting and more. Entry to all events and venues other than the wine tasting is free.

PWood Fire Artisan Pizza PFresh A la Carte Menu PSunday Carvery PWeddings, Kids Parties, Tea’s & Events PBeautiful Child Friendly Garden Book your year-end function! Floradale Nursery, Old Gonubie Road Tel: 043 748 4840 info@countrybumkin.co.za www.countrybumpkin.co.za

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FAMILY FUN EVENTS 2-3 Apr. Public Running Day at Gonubie Farmer’s Hall from 10am. Miniature train rides for the whole family to enjoy! The train rides are weather permitting so the event will be postponed if it rains. Contact: 082 355 5445. 8 Apr. Create for a Cause – Dotty Daisies at Vincent Park Centre from 9am to 1pm. R250pp. Contact: 072 601 7587. 8 Apr. Almost New Baby & Children’s

Non-stop entertainment for all bike enthusiasts East London welcomes you to the biggest free biking event in Africa register on-line for free entry and stand a chance to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle ®

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Market at Beaconhurst School Hall from 8am to 11am. Entry R10. Contact: Tessa 083 411 9876. 8 Apr. The Fabulous Easter Gift Market at Princes Lodge (7 Princes Rd) from 12noon to 3pm. Entry: R10 adults, kids free. Contact: 083 784 1558. 8 Apr. King’s Mall Easter Market from 4pm to 7pm. King’s Mall in conjunction with the Gonubie Lions Easter Market! Singer/DJ Rick Earth will also perform. There will be a special egg hunt for the kids 14 Apr. Easter Egg Hunt at EL Zoo from 10am. R30 per child, plus standard entrance fee. To book: 074 603 3864. 18 Apr – 30 June. 2017 Annual Copper Drive. Simply pop your change into a Copper Drive Bottle at your school and make a difference in someone’s life. Contact: Marchel 043 721 0051.

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hen most adults think about exercise, they imagine working out in the gym, running on a treadmill, or lifting weights. But for kids, exercise means playing and being physically active. Kids exercise when they play at school during recess, while riding their bikes, or simply playing tag.

The Many Benefits of Exercise Everyone can benefit from regular exercise. Kids who are active will: • have stronger muscles and bones • have a leaner body • be less likely to become overweight • decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes • lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels • have a better outlook on life Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit sleep better. They're also better able to handle physical and emotional challenges . The Three Elements of Fitness • endurance • strength • flexibility Parents should encourage their kids to do a variety of activities so that they can work on all three elements. Endurance develops when kids regularly get aerobic activity.

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During aerobic exercise, the heart beats faster and a person breathes harder. When done regularly and for extended periods of time, aerobic activity strengthens the heart and improves the body's ability to deliver oxygen to all its cells. Aerobic activities include: • cycling • rugby • soccer • swimming • tennis • walking • jogging • dancing Improving strength doesn't have to mean lifting weights. Instead, kids can do push-ups, stomach crunches, pull-ups, and other exercises to help tone and strengthen muscles. They also improve their strength when they climb, do a handstand, or wrestle. Stretching exercises help improve flexibility, allowing muscles and joints to bend and move easily through their full range of motion. Kids get chances every day to stretch when they reach for a toy, practice a split, or do a cartwheel. The Sedentary Problem Being overweight or obese in childhood has become a serious problem. Many things add to this epidemic, but a big part of it is that


kids are becoming more sedentary. In other words, they're sitting around a lot more than they used to. Kids and teens now spend hours every day in front of a screen (TVs, smartphones, tablets, and other devices) looking at a variety of media (TV shows, videos, movies, games). Too much screen time and not enough physical activity add to the problem of childhood obesity. One of the best ways to get kids to be more active is to limit the amount of time spent in sedentary activities, especially watching TV or other screens. Put limits on the time spent using media, which includes TV, social media, and video games. Media should not take the place of getting enough sleep and being active. Limit screen time to 1 hour a day or less for children 2 to 5 years old. Discourage any screen time, except video-chatting, for kids younger than 18 months. Choose high-quality programming and watch it with your kids to help them understand what they're seeing. Keep TVs, computers, and video games out of children's bedrooms and turn off screens during mealtimes.

How Much Exercise Is Enough? The following can serve as a general guideline for parents. Kids and teens should get 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. Toddlers about 1½ hours per day, 30 minutes planned physical activity AND 60 minutes unstructured physical activity (free play). Preschooler should get around 2 hours per day, 60 minutes planned physical activity AND 60 minutes unstructured physical activity (free play). Raising Fit Kids Combining regular physical activity with a healthy diet is the key to a healthy lifestyle. • Help your kids participate in a variety of age-appropriate activities. • Establish a regular schedule for physical activity. • Make being active a part of daily life, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. • Embrace a healthier lifestyle yourself, so you’ll be a positive role model for your family. • Keep it fun, so your kids will come back for more.

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