JHB WEST - July 2021





Bold, playful & edgy

jewellery designer

WIN Luxurious

matching watches



A great guide for

every parent

Our top book picks

for the month


Get your glow back, sip, swirl and savour

on incredible wines & create a bedroom oasis





4 A market, movie, Macrame and a Winter Wonderland ...

6 Winter … bed, book and red wine weather



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8 We’ve got sunshine on a rainy day with pops of yellow …


10 A graphic designer. An interior architect. And then - by accident -

a jewellery designer. There are many layers to Erika Thompson


12 Get glowing skin with a few tips and exceptional beauty



16 Soup + red wine = a match made in Winter heaven

18 We’ve found a trio of cookbooks to get your tastebuds tingling


20 Top tips for creating the perfect bedroom oasis

22 Our top garden tasks and tips for the month


24 - 29 A great guide with tips on all things kids


7 Win your choice of books for your next book club evening

34 A pair of stylish Rvlri watches


Personality: Erika Thompson

Photographer: Jaco Bothma

Make-up & hair: Elaine Boshoff


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A hot date!

A market, movie, Macrame and a Winter Wonderland ...


Learn how to make your own

plant hanger in a beginner

macrame class. No prior experience

is needed. You will be provided with

everything you need to make and

leave with a completed plant hanger.

Price: From R350 and will include

lunch and refreshments. Time: 10am.

Venue: Kromdraai Guest House.

Details: Tania on 083 564 9527.


Enjoy a Winter Wonderland

during the month at Walter

Sisulu National Botanical Garden. This

picturesque garden will ‘ignite’ with

a spectacular display of lights and

create a warming winter atmosphere.

There will also be home-grown crafts,

food stalls, hot chocolate, pancakes

and hot soup, face painting and much

more- all will delight the young at

heart. Put on your woolies – gloves,

scarfs and jackets, fantasy costumes

and twinkling lights and bring family

and friends and join the fun. Time:

6-9pm. Entrance is R80 for adults, R70

for pensioners, R50 for scholars and

free for under six years of age. Only

card transactions are allowed or buy

tickets online at www.miid.co.za.


Cedar tree craft market

will take place on the 11th

with great live entertainment by the

band, Havana Gas, and on the 25th,

top class singer Ben-Piet van Zyl

will be behind the mic for the day.

You can expect their usual array of

stalls ranging from mouth-watering

food and drinks to custom made

baby accessories, jewellery, leather

products, delicacies, needlework and

unique clothes, just to mention a

few. Do not forget your mask! Time:

10am to 3pm. Venue: Khosa Sports

Club, corner of Shannon Road and

Frederick Cooper Drive, Krugersdorp.

Details: Chanelle on 081 500 6884 or


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This month you can look forward to the release of a very

entertaining fantasy adventure on the big screen. In Jungle

Cruise, Dr Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) enlists the aid of

wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson) to take her

down the Amazon in his ramshackle boat. Together, they search

for an ancient tree that holds the power to heal - a discovery that

will change the future of medicine.

Silverstar has a wide variety of dining options ranging from seafood to steak

and so much more, with eight restaurants that cater for every palate, wallet

and occasion.

You can choose from:

Everybody needs a little magic

in their life and The Magic

Company at Silverstar has that

in buckets - including action

packed arcade games, a 12-





Experience the latest Hollywood blockbusters with movies@ Silverstar.

Silverstar Rewards members enjoy great discounts on ticket prices,

starting at 30% off! You have every reason to treat the family to a night

out! July releases include:

Buckle up for this action adventure – Vin Diesel and the

crew are back in Fast & Furious 9 - The First Saga.

No matter how fast you are, no one outruns their past.

BILLY G – A family buffet

CALISTOS – For the most authentic

Portuguese experience south of Portugal

COL ‘CACCHIO – Experience their magic

COWFISH – For gourmet handmade

American hamburgers to authentic

Japanese sushi

HUSSAR GRILL – Perfectly aged

succulent steaks and delectable house


OCEAN BASKET – Serving up

Mediterranean inspired seafood


the entire family

VIGOUR & VERVE – Wholesome and

delicious café style dining


Scarlett Johannsson stars as Natasha Romanoff, aka

Black Widow, who confronts the darker parts of her

ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her

past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing

to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history

as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake

long before she became an Avenger.

After a remote diamond mine collapses in the far

northern regions of Canada, an ice driver leads an

the lives of trapped miners despite thawing waters and

a threat they never see coming. Starring Liam Neeson &

Laurence Fishburne

This winter, join Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt for

the adventure of a lifetime on Disney’s Jungle Cruise,

where a small riverboat takes a group of travellers

reptiles but with a supernatural element.

For more information or to book or to tickets, book tickets, visit


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Book club

Winter … bed, book and red wine weather!

Finding love, hope and joy in even the darkest moments. In Lucy Diamond’s The Promise,

a young man whose brother has just died is on a mission … a project to help pick up the

pieces and support his grieving sister-in-law Zoe, plus her young children. This is his promise

– to ensure his family’s happiness, and to try and live up to the man his brother was. But

tying up loose ends brings a shocking secret to light, and calls into question everything he

knew about his older brother, and he’s faced with an ultimatum – should he tell the truth

and risk his family’s fragile happiness, or will his brother’s secrets end up becoming his

own? Pan Macmillan. • Oh dear. Get the tissues out. Pippo and Clara by Diana Rosie are set

in Italy in 1938. Mussolini is in power, and war isn’t far off. Clara and Pippo are children, their

family new to the city. One morning, their mamma goes missing, and 10-year-old Clara

needs to find her. She doesn’t know which way to turn. A little later, her younger brother

goes out, looking for his mum and sister. Clara’s turned one way, he turns the other. And

so their lives are changed forever. In a country torn apart by war, siblings are divided by

fate. But there’s an invisible bond that connects us to those we love, no matter which

way we turn. A chilly weekend, a fireplace and soft sofa and a copy of this heart-warming

novel … heaven. Mantle • Not Dark Yet is Peter Robinson’s latest Alan Banks crime novel,

which opens with a gruesome double murder at a property developer’s luxury home.

With a clear link to the notoriously vicious Albanian mafia, it should be an open-and-shut

case for Superintendent Banks and his team. But when they find a cache of spy-cam videos

in the house, the investigation pivots to the rape of a young girl, and the murders are cast

in an entirely different light. Hodder and Stoughton.

Middelvlei Wines winemaker Tinnie Momberg describes this Free-Run

Pinotage 2019 as a wine with complex flavours of raspberries, mulberries and

elegant oak spices, adding that the gentle tannins are perfectly balanced by the

fruit weight with creamy vanilla flavours that linger on the palate. It’s lovely with

a braai, and you’ll find it for R150 a bottle from middelvlei.co.za

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Lies. Mistakes. And missing children.

Doesn’t get more nerve-shredding

than this. When They Find Her – an

emotional debut by Lia Middleton

– is about a desperate mother, a

tragic accident, and a terrible lie that

spirals out of control. It’s the story of

Naomi, who after making a dreadful

mistake, lost custody of her only

child, a daughter who’s come home

for a visit, giving Naomi a chance to

rebuild her family. But the night

ends in a terrible accident, and

Naomi reports her daughter missing.

Which is a lie. But worse than the lie

is the truth … which is she has no

memory of what really happened.

Penguin Random House.

When no one knows you exist, you don’t have to play by the rules. In Tom

Marcus’ Defend or Die, former MI5 officer Matt Logan is part of a totally deniable

government organisation, with full license to do whatever it takes to neutralise

threats to the UK’s national security. License he takes full advantage of when

intelligence comes through about plans by the Kremlin to launch a terror attack in

London, one which could tear the nation apart. Marcus – not his real name – writes

with complete authority … in his day job, he was hand-picked from the army to be

a surveillance officer for MI5, where he spent a decade on the front line protecting

his country before leaving due to PTSD. His debut book, Soldier Spy, was the first

true ground-level account to be told about the fight on the streets – and had to be

vetted and cleared for publication by MI5. Due to continuing threats, his identity

is hidden, and he continues to work with the security service and other agencies

to ensure he stays safe. Macmillan • There’s never been a David Baldacci we haven’t

loved … so oh joy … a new one’s just hit the bookshelves. A Gambling Man is

set in the late 1940s. Aloysius Archer’s heading west to California. Not yet 30, and

fresh out of prison for a crime he didn’t commit, his wants are fairly simple … a roof

over his head, three meals a day and a steady supply of Lucky Strikes. Oh … and a

profession. Intrigued by a sign as the bus passes in Reno (the biggest little city in the

world), he jumps off, and later that evening, visits a casino, where he meets aspiring

actress Liberty Callahan. Off they go, on a journey that’s filled with more danger and

surprises they could have imagined … corruption, murder in a burlesque club, truth

mixed with lies and massive amounts of small-town-with-tight-lipped-community

intrigue. The era’s perfectly captured, the book thrilling. Macmillan.

Book of the month …

Mother-to-be Helen has it all. Daniel - the perfect husband. Rory - the perfect

brother. Serena - the perfect sister-in-law. And Rachel - the perfect nightmare.

When Helen attends her first antenatal class, she is expecting her loving husband

to arrive, along with charming Rory and his also pregnant wife, the effortlessly

beautiful Serena. What she is not expecting is Rachel. Extroverted, brash,

unsettling single mother-to-be Rachel, who just wants to be Helen’s friend. Who

just wants to get to know Helen and her friends and her family. Who manages

to cleverly find out all the information she needs ... the question is, why does she

need it? Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner is a psychological thriller which

really is, in a month full of exceptional reads, a stand-out. You think you know

what’s going to happen. You don’t. And you won’t put it down. Bloomsbury,

available from Exclusive Books. Fancy winning your choice of books for your next

book club evening? Pop over to getitnationalmagazines on Instgram, find our

Book Club post and enter. There’s a R2000 Exclusive Books voucher up for grabs.

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Wish list

We’ve got sunshine on a rainy day …

We do understand how completely nerdy

it is to put a kitchen gadget on our wish

list *hangs head in shame*. But strewth …

this Cilio lemon squeezer is life-changing.

We bought one and we’re now adding

fresh lemon juice to absolutely everything!

R259 from yuppiechef.com

We feel there’s not much better than

the scent of Italy to cheer up a Winter

day. This Acqua di Parma scented

candle will illuminate your home

with radiant brightness and the

unmistakably Italian scent of Luce di

Colonia. A harmonious blend of

citrus essences, you’ll find it at

woolworths.co.za for R1199.

Compiled by: KYM ARGO

We rather fancy the locally designed

Leocé range … particularly the new

Irish Linen Collection. The brand is

designed for women of every age,

with pieces that can be dressed up

for a formal occasion or day in the

boardroom, but also dressed down

for a casual dinner date. This dress,

in the perfect shade of yellow, is also

great for in-between days … lovely

as is, but would look great with a

blazer or swing coat for cooler days.

R1221.95 from leocecouture.com

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Have you ever – EVER – seen a more colourful, stylish, desirable

coat? We’re obsessed! This Ibizawome coat is all our dreams

come true, in one psychedelic package. It’s padded, loose-fitting,

long (below the knee), with a hood and trekking drawstrings

for adjustment, as well as gathered cuffs, so that not a drop of

cold can pass through. It’s designed by Miranda Makaroff for

Desigual, and once we’ve got our chilly hands on it we may

never. take. it. off. R6080 from desi-sa.co.za

New in SA is the exceptional

Scandinavian range NUORI,

with 100 per cent natural

ingredients. This Supreme

Polishing Treatment

effectively removes impurities,

gently sloughs away dead

skin cells, buffs and infuses

skin with highly nourishing

ingredients. R1100, and

only available online at

the desirable beauty and

skincare platform Asrai

Skin (loads of great

brands, check it out)

Details: asraiskin.com

This vibrantly

golden Delheim

Chardonnay Sur

Lie 2020 wine is all

citrus, stone fruit

and subtle notes of

spice on the nose,

with creamy notes

of oak and elegant

fresh fruit on the

palate … it will be

lovely with a Winter

casserole and

some fine cheeses.

R250 a bottle from

leading wine

stores or online

from delheim.com

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A FINE art

Text: RIALIEN FURSTENBERG. • Photographer: JACO BOTHMA. • Make-up & hair: ELAINE BOSHOFF.

A graphic designer. An

interior architect. And then

- by accident - a jewellery

designer. There are many

layers to Erika Thompson. But

it was her stint in New York

that shaped her ... hustling

to survive, she worked at

a ticketing office, as a VIP

hostess, did pet-sitting and

sold ice cream. Crazy, but kind

of brave and cool, right?

Erika Thompson is not your run-of-themill

jewellery designer. Massively versatile,

she can create the most awe-inspiring

pieces with found objects ... with any stone

or metal you can think of. Her work has

been featured in the Italian Vogue’s Young

Talents, on national and international

catwalks, on covers of magazines like

Grazia, Visi, Unlabelled and Elle. Erika often

collaborates with fashion designer Chu

Suwannapha for his independent label,

Chulaap, designing and manufacturing

most of the fashion accessories for his

clothing lines. Erika chats about her journey

of how she stumbled into jewellery making,

starting her own business and being a

mom to very busy twins.

The very beginning ‘As part of an

introductory course to graphic design

and interior architecture, I had to design

a building inside and out. It had to be a

retail business and I had to design some

of the items that would be sold in the

shop. As a massive jewellery lover, I, of

course, designed a jewellery store. After I

completed the project, one of my lecturers

pulled me aside and said that the items I’d

designed were some of the most exquisite

jewellery he had ever seen. He put me in

contact with a lecturer at TUT’s jewellery

design and manufacture department,

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and although submissions for the next

year had already closed, I was granted

a practical test and interview. And ...

surprise ... I was approved for the course

the very same day! This was a sign.

Loud and clear. I decided to leave my

prospective career path and jumped

straight into the jewellery world.’

Jet-setting to the city that never sleeps

‘Directly after completing my degree

in jewellery design and manufacture, I

decided to run away to the USA to clear

my head. I think this was mainly because

of the passing of my dad. I ended up

getting on a plane to New York City with

no job, no accommodation, no money

and no idea of how I would even survive.

But, I hustled. I started off with selling

jewellery, then worked at a ticketing

office where international partygoers

would collect tickets that they bought

online - mainly for massive New Year’s

parties. After that, I upgraded to being a

VIP hostess at one of Sean Combs’ (the

guy who keeps changing his name, but

at that time it was P-Diddy) venues. When

this gig ended, believe it or not, I started

working in an ice cream store. I also did

some pet-sitting over the Christmas


Back to sunny South Africa ‘I realised

that I had to return to real life and started

my career as a part-time lecturer at a

jewellery school. Because I couldn’t

cover my expenses, I approached a

recruitment company and got a job

as a fashion buyer at a company that

supplied YDE with fashion jewellery. I

had to be on top of current and future

fashion trends, but I had an eye for what

would work, so I came up with ranges

for the next seasons, and liaised with

overseas suppliers to get stock in SA on

time. I ended up also designing a few

pieces that the company manufactured

in-house. I lived in Pretoria and travelled

to Joburg daily. I eventually got to a

point where I felt those lost hours on

the road could be better utilised. I knew

that I could do what I was currently

doing, but for myself. I trusted my gut

and started Rings & Things in 2012. I

started out with selling fashion jewellery,

but also designed and manufactured

fine jewellery. I’ve supplied most of

SA’s biggest online stores with fashion

jewellery. It worked well, but I, very

recently, let go of the fashion jewellery

side of my business to solely focus on

fine jewellery.’

Most memorable jewellery creations ‘I

love incorporating different and unusual

objects into my designs. I once designed

a wedding ring that contained the seeds

of the tree where the burial of the bride’s

dad took place. And at varsity, I designed

and manufactured a political piece

inspired by the late Manto Tshabalala-

Msimang. It was a neckpiece constructed

from sterling silver, glass beads, clear

Perspex, polymer clay garlic, beetroot

and African potato, red enamel and a

black condom. It was manufactured

shortly after her controversial opinion

that vegetables can be a cure for HIV-

Aids. I was almost suspended from

varsity, but one of the external evaluators

thought it was brilliant and actually

wanted to purchase the piece.’

Juggling work and family ‘With wine?

Joking. My office is right next to our

home, but a separate building with

business hours. After a workday, I lock

up and leave to spend time with my

husband, Tommy and our twins ... we call

them our salt and pepper pair. Matthew

has the biggest grey-brown Bambi eyes

and brown hair – I suspect he is like me,

a more emotional and creative being.

Then we have curly-haired blonde Oliver

who is a proper Oliver Twist. He pushes

boundaries and is usually the instigator

of most of the mischievous things the

two of them get up to.

3 Jewellery items every woman should own?


The size of the hoop will obviously depend on your style, but they can match just

about anything. Smart, casual and everything in between.


Also, a great idea for birthday and anniversary gifts. You can keep on adding to

what you have and mix up the look as you please.


It doesn’t have to be your birthstone, but one item with a pop of colour can add

such a fun element to your outfit.

5 Things you should

look out for when

buying jewellery?




Am I buying a piece of

jewellery that is made of

actual gold or is it only

gold plated?

Beware of black plated

Tungsten and Titanium

rings. The black layer wears

off over time and your ring

will be silver in colour.

Avoid gold jewellery that

is alloyed with nickel. A lot

of people think they have

an allergy to gold, but it’s

the nickel. In some countries, you

actually have to state that the

jewellery piece was alloyed with

nickel. It’s a cheaper alloy and

SA has no law that requires the

jeweller to inform the customer.

4Think about your lifestyle,

longevity and purpose. If

you never remove your

ring and you are quite

‘rough’ with your hands, you

might want to reconsider the

design of your ring. Going for

the fine, dainty vintage-looking

option will most probably lead to

having it repaired quite often.

5Please don’t guess your

ring size or measure it

with a piece of string …

Have your finger sized by

a professional jeweller. Yes,

your ring can be resized but the

less you have to cut into and alter

a ring, the better. Tungsten and

Titanium rings can’t be resized.

Details: www.ringsandthings.co or

follow her on Facebook,

@RingsAndThingsFashion or on

Instagram @ringsandthings.

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Bye-bye dry skin … Winter’s really never looked better

Winter plays a cruel game with our

skin. Dry skin. Chapped lips. And

a suddenly lacklustre complexion.

These are all part of the seasonal skin

switch that happens as the days get

shorter. But there is good news. A few

minor tweaks, not an entirely new set

of products, is all your skin needs to

attain a gorgeous glow. The experts

from Claire Hill shared some top tips

to keep your skin glowing throughout

Winter, and the rest of the year.

So I don’t need to change all my

skincare products for Winter? No, not

if you are using high-quality products.

They should keep your skin in tiptop

shape all year round. Your skin

needs the same thing throughout the

seasons – ingredients like hyaluronic

acid to boost the water content in your

skin cells significantly, and high-quality

moisturising ingredients such as

rosehip oil that prevent that precious

hydration from evaporating through

your skin. It’s as simple as that.

Do I need a specific eye product? Eye

gel is essential all year round. The eye

area is super delicate because it’s five

to 10 times thinner than on the rest of

your face, making it particularly prone

to dryness. It also has no sebaceous

(natural oil) glands, so it can’t naturally

regenerate any lost moisture. While

it’s tempting to slather on thicker

creams over Winter, moisturising

around eyes with a really rich product

is counterproductive as firstly it’s too

heavy for that delicate area, it can clog

the skin, causing milia (small white

lumps) and puffiness. You need a light

gel that sinks in fast and hydrates with

powerful ingredients that penetrate te

the deeper layers of the skin.

WPC Eye Complex is a gentle yet

powerful corrective treatment

to revitalise the delicate

skin around your eyes. The

youth-reviving actives in this

luxuriously silky eye gel reduce

puffiness and inflammation,

lighten dark circles, and smooth

away fine lines and wrinkles

to reveal fresher, brighter,

younger-looking eyes. R1865

from clairehill.co.za

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But what to do if my skin is drier during Winter? Layer up. Layering involves

applying your skincare products in a particular order (this is good advice

throughout the year!). The lighter product (think serum) should be applied first

as it’s designed to penetrate your skin’s more profound levels. Then follow with a

moisturiser that locks in the benefits of the serum and prevents the dry Winter air

from sucking the much-needed hydration straight back out of your skin. If your

skin does begin to feel tight, a few drops of light face oil over the top of your

moisturiser will protect it against environmental aggressors to keep your skin

feeling soft and your complexion glowing.

Can I use the same cleanser as in

Summer? A good cleanser will serve

you just as well in Winter as in the

warmer months. Your best option is

a cleansing pad soaked in micellar

water – it will gently sweep away the

daily grime without stripping the

skin of its natural oils. You’ll not only

remove every skerrick of makeup, but

you’ll also give the skin a good boost

of soothing, repairing antioxidants.

If you find that new sunspots have

popped up after summer, choose

micellar water with a melanin

modulating active, which directly

targets brown spots and age spots.

What else can I do to prevent dry

Winter skin? Tempting as it might be,

don’t turn the heat up. Dry air will suck

the moisture out of your skin, whether

outside or under the blankets. Many

Winter lifestyle habits can harm our

skin. We spend less time outdoors

(hello vitamin D!), we often avoid

exercise, and we eat more decadent

foods to boot. The effect is tangible

… a sluggish inner equals a sluggish

outer. Keep up your Summer routine –

go for walks, drink plenty of water, and

nourish your skin with the same gentle

but effective products year-round, and

you’ll cruise through a cold snap.

Will moisture keep crows feet at bay? Honestly, a good eye gel should do

more than add moisture. The skin around your eyes also needs a decent vitamin

A dose to help strengthen the skin and slow the breakdown of collagen and

elastin (that’s what keeps your skin bouncy and stretchy). Retinol is the traditional

form of vitamin A for skincare. Today, we now have much gentler, plant-based

alternatives such as Stevie (from the stevia plant), which has the same skinrejuvenating

effect without causing any retinol-like irritation.

Get glowing

Investing in your skin’s never been easier

A trio of Claire Hill beauties

To set the stage for skin to repair damage from

sun exposure, environmental toxins, and promote

cellular repair, you need to effectively remove

all makeup, thick sunscreen, and any impurities

that can clog pores. Claire Hill’s Micellar Water

contains tiny oil droplets (micelles) which attract

and bind to makeup, sunscreen and grime so that

all can be effortlessly removed from your face with

a simple swipe. It’s also terrific for those struggling

with hyper-pigmentation and an uneven skin

tone. R600. • Claire Hill’s Anti-Ageing Serum is a

wonderful skin-firming and rejuvenating serum

that targets the sagging skin around your jawline

as well as the vertical laugh lines that extend

from the sides of your nose curving around to

your mouth. Supercharged with nutrients and

powerful actives, this luxe, fast-absorbing serum

revitalises your complexion so that your skin looks

naturally younger in a matter of weeks. R1100. •

Follow up with Anti-Ageing Moisturiser – a noninvasive

alternative to injectables. This nourishing

moisturiser has the power to smooth away fine

lines by naturally relaxing the facial muscles and

eliminating excess skin tension. Luxurious and

rich in natural oils, it also helps to replace and

retain moisture, fight free radical damage and feed

the skin with radiance-reviving nutrients. R1475.

Details: clairehill.co.za

NeoStrata … your skin will thank you!

We’re massive NeoStrata fans, so when we heard about the new NeoStrata

Resurface Glycolic Renewal Serum, our skin did a quick little jump for joy. You

probably know glycolic acid is known to be the workhorse of the alpha-hydroxy acid

(AHA) family, which is what those looking to really retexture and refine their skin’s

surface need. It’s the key ingredient in this new serum, which speeds up cell turnover

rate and visibly improves skin radiance, texture, and tone. There are also ingredients

to exfoliate, and an antioxidant that helps prevent and reverse the appearance of fine

lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, enlarged pores, and roughness. Why use it?

It targets a smoother, radiant complexion, has a high potency AHA-antioxidant blend,

and is formulated for improved overall skin quality. Tip: You may have initial flaking,

tingling, or irritation to the skin (for some, this may be part of the normal resurfacing

process), which generally improves as the skin gets used to the treatment. And it

could increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of

sunburn. Use sunscreen and limit sun exposure while using this product and for

a week afterwards. R830. Visit NeoStrata.co.za for your closest stockist. And while

you’re there, three more products worth looking at are from the Neostrata Correct

Intensive Renewal range … there’s a Comprehensive Retinol Night Serum, Eye

Cream and Overnight Anti-Pollution treatment. A trio of miracle workers!

Bye-bye uneven skin tone,

sagging skin, fine lines!

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Intense options for specific concerns

We’re rather enamoured with the new Endocare


we’ve just tried. With four products in

the range, they’re great for those of you who’re

looking for an intensive option for your skin

concerns. The Endocare Radiance C Pure

Concentrate helps to regenerate your skin,

smooth fine lines and wrinkles and increase

firmness. R933 • Endocare Radiance C Ferulic

Edafence Serum is a fast-absorbing serum

that protects the skin from damage caused by

environmental stressors (free radicals, urban

contaminants) and is ideal for all skin types.


• Endocare Essential Concentrate is an

intensive treatment ampoule that fights visible


of ageing. It has a high concentration

of active ingredients, which help renew

collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, which are

essential components of the dermal support

structure. R840 • Finally, Endocare Tensage

Concentrate has a collection of intensive antiageing

vials. This concentrate helps restore

the skin’s volume and firmness, favouring

the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines and

improving its tone and elasticity. R1026. Details:

onlineskinshop.co.za or dermastore.co.za

From SVR – Sebiaclear

Micro-Peel – an

unclogging and

smoothing renewal water

that targets open pores,

spots and blackheads,

all without drying

the skin. R398, from


absoluteskin.co.za or


The French brand Filorga has released a few new, desirable

beauty products. From the Global-Repair range, there’s

an intensive Nutri-Restorative Multi-Revitalising Cream

(R1395) which targets dehydration, established wrinkles,

sagging contours, dark spots and a tired complexion,

and a Multi-Revitalising Eye and Lip Contour Cream

(R1290), specifically for the creased eye and lips contours,

tired eyes, dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, dehydration and

sagging skin. If you’re looking for a product that targets

wrinkles, stubborn imperfections, open pores, shine,

spots, blackheads and a dull complexion, you should try

Intensive Double Correction Serum (R1430), one of the

excellent products from the Age-Purify Intensive range,

an anti-ageing range for skin prone to acne and breakouts.

Details: filorgasouthafrica.co.za

From Exuviance, we recommend (highly!) the new

Optilight Daily Prep – a cleanser that cleans, purifies and

gently exfoliates, and Optilight Brightening Serum –

formulated to brighten, exfoliate and target uneven skin

tone. Both are brightening boons for those who need to

minimise the appearance of discolouration from ageing

or overexposure to the elements. R610 and R1100. Also

look out for the OptiLight Dark Spot Minimizer with

SFP 25 – apply before you go into the sun to prevent

new dark spots and signs of photodamage. R990 from


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What do teens want?



And they can, with RITES, a fuss-free, local brand that’s perfect for boys and girls

Prevention’s better than cure

Rather than trying to cure acne, teens should rather

preempt it ... starting a skincare routine early to prevent

acne and blemishes. RITES is a small, easy-to-use South

African brand, which is cruelty-free and is brilliant for

boys and girls.

Your 10 minute RITES routine

Being a teenager can be stressful, so the last thing you need

to be worrying about is your skincare regime. To save you the

hassle, RITES has put together the ultimate 10-minute routine

to combat everything from pimples to oiliness. All you need

is five minutes in the morning and five minutes again in the

evening to marvel at your skin! Ready. Set. Go!

Cleanse and Exfoliate: 1 minute

Start your routine off by cleansing and exfoliating your

skin. Gently massage the Foam Fighter foaming face

wash over your skin. It is the ultimate daily face wash that

fights to remove impurities while leaving your skin feeling

fresh, renewed, and matte. You can also combine the

Power Powder exfoliating powder to gently buff away the

unhealthy cells for a noticeably smoother, clearer, and more

refined complexion.






Great skin ... in five easy steps

Cleanse carefully. At least twice a day.

Wash off make-up before bed. Allow your skin

to breathe at night without clogging your pores.

Control oil. Even if your skin is oily, you still

need to moisturise. Think hydration rather than

excessive oil production.

Exfoliate. You need to exfoliate once or twice

a week with a gentle, oil-free exfoliator.

Keep your hands clean. Every time you touch

your face, you are spreading oil, dirt, and

bacteria that can turn into a breakout! Always

wash your hands before touching your face

and regularly clean and disinfect surfaces that

touch your face, like your phone!

Treat: 3 minutes

Next, you will tone the skin with our refreshing toning

wipes. The Fresh Crusader wipes provide intensive

cleaning for problem areas such as the pesky T-zone.

Infused with witch hazel, cucumber and aloe vera, these

wipes help to unclog the pores and provide hydration in

one simple swipe. After toning, apply Disappearing Act

to specific problem areas and allow time for the product

to penetrate the skin. It has been designed to remove

excess oil and bacteria, while using natural elements to

reduce inflammation.

Moisturise and Protect: 1 minute

Whether you are off to school, or getting ready to hit the

sheets, you will want to make sure your face is moisturised.

In the morning, use RITES Control Freak SPF30 to

moisturise and protect the skin. At night, use the Smart

Hydrator to repair your skin while you sleep. Be sure to

apply the moisturiser to the face and neck, starting on the

cheeks and spreading outwards and upwards, and if you are

fast, then you may just have a few seconds to spare!

Get into the habit of following the above steps each day for

a solid and effective skincare routine.

For RITES stockists, visit www.rites.co.za • 0860 01 80 22

FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM @ritesskinsolution

Wine for the win

Soup + red wine = a match made in Winter heaven

Nothing chases away the mid-Winter chill like a big bowl of soul-warming

soup. And for the ultimate comfort food and wine experience, enjoy

Roodeberg 1949 with foodie Elmarie Berry’s hearty lentil and lamb soup,

guaranteed to warm you on even the chilliest of days.

The wine: Embracing the revival of exciting French and Spanish varieties,

Cabernet Sauvignon forms the foundation of this Roodeberg 1949

blend, complemented by Tempranillo, Carignan and Carménère. It’s

a gorgeous, generous wine. You’ll smell dark cherry, blackcurrant and

vanilla, you’ll taste cinnamon, sweet spice and ripe, juicy dark berry fruit.

The soup: All it takes to make this flavourful lentil and lamb soup are a

handful of healthy ingredients and a few easy steps. This recipe easily

serves eight.

You’ll need: 2 Tbsp olive oil; 2 large brown onions, coarsely chopped; 2

celery sticks, trimmed, coarsely chopped; 1 large carrot, peeled, coarsely

chopped; 900g lamb, cut into 3cm pieces; 400g can diced tomatoes; 1L

(4 cups) liquid chicken stock or liquid vegetable stock; 400g can brown

lentils, rinsed, drained; fresh coriander to garnish

To make: Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté

the onion, stirring for two minutes. Add the celery and carrot, stirring for

three to four minutes or until the vegetables are lightly golden.

Add the lamb, stirring for two to three minutes or until just browned.

Add the tomato and stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover

and simmer for an hour, until lamb is tender. Add the lentils, cover and

simmer for another 15 minutes. Ladle into serving bowls and garnish

with fresh coriander and some lovely fresh, crusty bread.

Steenberg is synonymous with

Sauvignon Blanc, and the

estate has just unveiled

the top tier 2020 The

Black Swan Sauvignon

Blanc. Scents of nettle,

elderflower and

fynbos, which divulge

the wine’s Constantia

roots, are supported

by a palate bursting

with fresh lemon zest

and hints of stone fruit

and asparagus. This

is a great food wine

and you can order it

for R240 a bottle from


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A tribute to the feisty Nguni cow that stands proud on every bottle,

Survivor Syrah 2019 is a true expression of the hardy Swartland. This

big, generous, full-bodied wine brims with luscious layers of spice, violets

and blackberries, and just a hint of oak. Winemaker Ben Snyman enjoys

it with barbecue chicken, spicy stir-fry pork, leg of lamb or spare ribs on

the braai … we plan on doing the same. R200 from survivorwines.com

A trio of cheers for the apple!

An apple a day … is easy when you’ve got

a trio of delicious options to choose from.

‘From Orchard to Bottle’ is the core of the

Ceres Valley Loxtonia Cider promise …

home-grown, hand-picked, 100 per cent

freshly pressed and naturally fermented

apples. For a crisp, dry cider, try the original

Loxtonia Crispy Apple Cider – a top

contender at the annual International Cider

Challenge and with just 58 calories in each

bottle (considerably less than most locally

available ciders) this low-calorie, natural

drink ticks all the right boxes. The Stone

Fruit Flavoured Apple Cider is a fruity,

medium-sweet cider with bursts of bright,

fresh peach, nectarine and apple, while the

beer-styled Loxtonia Pale Amber Apple

Cider is one of the more intriguing choices

in the range … with nuances of caramel

that meld into a smooth apple finish, it’s a

cider beer lovers will enjoy. Sustainability

plays a major role in the making of the

ciders, which have a five per cent alcohol

content and are gluten-free, vegan-friendly

and free of preservatives and artificial

additives. You’ll find it at leading outlets or

order online for R99.60 for a four-pack of

340ml including delivery on loxtonia.co.za

You had me at Merlot. If you’re the kind

of happy, optimistic, glass-half-full kind

of person who views the world through

rosé-tinted glasses, who knows it isn’t

good to keep things bottled up and that

life’s too short for sour grapes, you’ll

love Winefulness – a brilliant little

book that reminds you to ‘stop and smell

the rosé’. Crammed with the corniest

collection of wine wisdom ever, which

you can’t help but laugh at, it’s all about

practising positive reinforcement. Pinot?

More like Pi-hell-yeah! Octopusbooks.

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Taste explosion

Sumac is a deep red spice with a citrusy hit much used in Middle Eastern

cuisine, that adds a vibrant lift to all kinds of foods. And the recipes from

Sumac will certainly provide a lift to your meals ... be they breakfast

(Jazmaz - eggs in tomato sauce with chillies), lunch (Mujaddara - lentil

pilaf with caramelised onion) or dinner (Shorbat ameh - tomato soup

with barley and lamb shank). The book has recipes for sharing mezze

platters, street food (brilliant Toshka - a toasted sandwich with spicy

meat and cheese), meat, chicken and fish options as well as more than a

dozen amazingly tempting desserts and drinks (is there anyone, ever,

who said no to a slice of baklava?). With recipes celebrating Anas’ family

food traditions, along with the travels, celebrations and memories of

loved ones, as well as personal anecdotes and snippets of really

interesting info, the book is evocative and inspiring and beautifully

illustrated ... delicious in every way! Murdoch Books

‘This book’, says Cape Malay

cooking queen Fatima Sydow, ‘is a

dream come true. It has provided

me with wonderful opportunities

- from the people I’ve met and the

memories I’ve made to the recipes

I’ve shared. My heart is full’. And the

book - Fatima Sydow Cooks - is full

too ... of wonderful local dishes we

all love. Think vetkoek, to be filled

with mince or apricot jam, crayfish

curry (head, legs and all), slowcooked

beef brisket (inexpensive,

flavourful and perfect for a cold

Winter day), and banana fritters

(light and golden and sprinkled

with cinnamon). Loads more too.

For more, click on fatimasydow.co.za.

Human & Rousseau

In a kitchen rut?

Bye-bye boring, hello

spicy ... we’ve found a

trio of cookbooks to get

your tastebuds tingling.

Curried is a joyful homage to one of the world’s most beloved and

versatile dishes – the curry. Inspired by author Cariema Isaacs’ memories

of the slow-cooked Cape Malay curries of her childhood, as well as the

fast-paced landscape of the Middle East, where she now lives, Cariema

celebrates the nourishing comfort of pulses and legumes in a multitude

of wholesome and delicious vegetarian curries for everyday cooking. For

special occasions, there are meat and seafood curries from around the

globe. Rice and condiments are not overlooked, and there is also a

selection of breads, as well as delectable desserts. On our shopping list

are the ingredients for the dal and beetroot curried stew, ( rich in colour,

it looks almost too good to eat), the Sunday curried roast chicken (to

give our traditional roast a twist), the no-rise blikbeker broodjies (bread

in a tin mug - perfect for a braai) and Arabian Delights Mouhalabieh

(a Middle Eastern version of panna cotta - beautifully decorated

so perfect for a dinner party). Penguin

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winter goodness

Celebrate the 2021 avo season by adding an

avo (or two) to your family’s winter meals.

There are the buttery, creamy, green-skinned avo

varieties … Fuerte, Edranol, Ryan, Reed and Pinkerton.

And then there’s the rich, nutty, dark-skinned Hass,

Maluma Hass and Lamb Hass. It’s hard to choose a

favourite, but we don’t have to. While we love the fact

that South African avos are available almost all year

round, we’re fortunate they are in plentiful supply in

winter. Why? Well, besides tasting heavenly, they may offer

immune support in the colder months. Did you know avos

are high in copper, a source of fibre (5.3g fibre per 100g) and

contain antioxidants? Copper is known to support immune

system function. Fibre is essential for good gut health …

around 65% of the immune system is housed in the gut, which

regulates immunity and helps to protect against invading

pathogens that cause disease. Antioxidants are powerful food

components that maintain and regulate immune function, and

avos contain the antioxidant nutrients lycopene and

beta-carotene. So not only are avos delicious, they’re also a

source of nutrients, and they’re versatile and super quick and

easy to add to almost any meal.


Serves 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes


1 large or 2 small avocados; 50g assorted cocktail

tomatoes; 4 garlic cloves, crushed; 150ml

avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil, divided in

half; sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;

1 block (approximately 200g) Greek feta cheese;

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional);

300g dried pasta, medium-size shape; fresh basil

leaves, for serving.


Preheat the oven to 200°C. In a baking dish,

combine half the oil, tomatoes, garlic and

seasoning and toss to coat. Place the block of

feta in the centre of the dish and sprinkle with

chilli flakes, if using. Bake in preheated oven for

40 minutes, until the tomatoes burst and the feta

is golden brown.

While the tomato is cooking, boil the pasta in

salted water until al dente, drain and set aside.

Peel and dice the avocado.

Remove tomatoes and feta from the oven, toss

with the pasta and diced avocado and

drizzle with the remaining oil.

Serve hot in bowls and garnish with fresh

basil leaves.

Follow on Facebook @iloveavocadoSA • Instagram iloveavossa • visit www.avocado.co.za



Who doesn’t deserve a bedroom sanctuary…

a beautiful space that provides mental asylum from the

chaos of the world and an opportunity to rest your body.

Creative behaviour strategist Kim Williams, whose focus is on designing

interior spaces, knows better than most the importance of a bedroom

sanctuary. Having spent much of her childhood in her bedroom due to

a physical limitation, she has a deep passion for positively impacting the

physical and emotional well-being of others so they can live their best

possible life – at home and work.

‘As people, we create spaces on an intelligent subconscious level and

by understanding where we feel the best, we will get closer to excellent

mindful design. If we give ourselves the freedom to dream about our ideal

environment and then act to construct it, we create asylum from the busyness

of the outside world.’

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Do you want a

romantic bedroom

or do you want

your bedroom to

have a luxurious

hotel feel?

Kim shares her top tips for creating the perfect bedroom oasis:


The point of departure with a bedroom is to understand who will live there

and what type of experience you want to create. The main bedroom of a

single man, for example, will be different from that of a married couple and

the functionality of the design must reflect that. Next, you need to decide on

the atmosphere you want to create. Do you want a romantic bedroom or do

you want your bedroom to have a luxurious hotel feel? Deciding on these

elements will help you get emotionally invested in the design, the process and

the finished room because you have cultivated an emotional connection to

your space.


Excellent spaces are designed around what we would ideally like to use them

for and should not constrict or dictate our movement. Paying attention to

how you live, such as where you sit, where you stand and where you snuggle

in your bedroom, will give insight into how you want to ideally move through

your future space. Be mindful that there is always going to be an element

of what is adjustable and what is not. Once you have identified your unique

living patterns, you will find that layering your space with wonderful pieces of

furniture and accessories will be a more seamless process.


Looking through books of famous designers, magazines and Pinterest will help

you gain an understanding of the lines, shapes and colours you are naturally

drawn to. When you enter new spaces, look out for magical things that catch

the corner of your eye because they will give you insight and direction. Be

mindful that your home is a larger entity that your bedroom is part of and

make sure you have a cohesive design.


A bedroom is so much more than just a bedroom and although we primarily

sleep in the space, many of us are using our bedrooms as offices, dressing

rooms, home gyms and relaxation spaces. An easy way to add functionality

is with nightstands which easily double as desks and dressing tables.

Multifunctional doesn’t have to be unromantic either. The colours you use,

how you accessorise and how you use smart storage will all contribute to how

cluttered your space feels.

If you are a neat person, open storage is a great option. If you are not, blanket

boxes are useful for storing items at the end of the bed. The colour of the

furniture, such as dark tones that recede into the background, and arranging

of your furniture to reveal the room one vista at a time is also very important

when creating zones.


One of the most profound parts of any project is combining creative

understanding and skill to create a tailored retreat where you feel alive in your

space. It awakens feelings of inspiration and excitement in us. Connecting with

your changing space and being mindful of the new and old elements that

evoke memories and emotion in you, will help you to reconnect with yourself.

When we create our environment, there is a powerful sense of control and

accomplishment we feel in the process, so take a deep breath and enjoy it.

Details: kimwilliams.co.za or follow her on FB and IG @kim_williams_design

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Compiled by: ALICE COETZEE

We’re planting …Verbena ‘Firehouse’ for vibrant Winter and Spring colour

on the patio and in the garden. It is a spreading verbena, up to 55cm, that

works well as a filler in mixed containers and baskets, as well as a ground

cover in gardens. Start it in a pot for colour on a warm, sunny patio that

is protected from frost. As a garden plant, it needs frost protection and

if planted now will provide Spring into Summer colour. It tolerates heat,

grows in ordinary garden soil that drains well and likes regular, but not

excessive watering. Its wide range of colours makes it easy to add to any

garden colour scheme. Also resistant to powdery mildew. New colours

include ‘Blue Fizz’ and ‘Violet Wink’. Details: ballstraathof.co.za

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Indoor plant of the month

Peperomia ‘watermelon’ is a striking little plant with large, fleshy leaves that look like

the rind of a watermelon. Even when fully grown, it is compact and bushy, fitting

easily on a bookcase, desktop, windowsill or wherever its unusual leaves can be

appreciated. This is a good plant for a beginner, as it is easy to care for. It just needs

enough bright light and no over watering. Details: lvgplants.co.za

Garden tasks for July

• Prune bush roses from 20 July to

the first week in August. Cut back

bushes by one-third, removing

dead wood and old stems, crisscrossing

and weak growth. Enrich

the soil after pruning with compost,

fertilise and water well.

• In dry areas, water the compost

heap once a month to keep it active.

• Fertilise pansies, violas, petunias,

and primulas to keep

them flowering.

• Water veggies once a week and feed

once a month with a liquid fertiliser.

• Cover tender plants with frost cloth

if very cold weather is predicted.

• Water vegetables and herbs in

containers twice a week.

• Continue to protect conifers from

the Italian cypress aphid with an

organic insecticide or use insecticide

granules sprinkled around the base

of the conifer.

Veggie of the month

There is nothing sweeter than eating garden peas

from the pod. ‘Tom Thumb’ is a dwarf bush pea from

RAW seeds that is fun for the kids to plant in

containers or small spaces.

Plants grow 30cm high and

10cm wide, which means

that you can plant them

10cm apart along a mini

trellis. Pods are best when

harvested young, within 50

days from germination. The

peas are sweet and crunchy.


• Grow in full sun. • Plant in

fertile, compost-enriched soil

or potting soil. • Keep the soil

moist, especially for plants

in containers. • Fertilise once

a month. • Keep on picking,

especially to encourage new

pods. Details: rawliving.co.za

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Some days they can be the darndest little angels and then there are those days

where they really push your buttons. But, one thing remains ... Kids are our pride and joy,

and we will go above and beyond to cater for their needs.

So, with this guide, we offer great tips on all things kids.

Gabrielle tackles bullying with a song

Image: SEVVEN.

Talent is something that can be cultivated with

passion, motivation, patience and practice.

Armoured with all four, Weltevreden Park’s 14-yearold

music sensation, Gabrielle De Gama has spent

most of her life developing and perfecting her skills

in singing, acting and modelling.

With no time to waste, the youngster utilised

lockdown as an opportunity to write and record

her debut single, Nasty. As with Gabrielle, the

track is not short of personality and hits all

the right notes. It is however not just a groovy

number but comprises an important message

around bullying.

‘My debut single Nasty was written during

lockdown level 5 during my first year in high

school. Communication was mainly online and

I was trying to form new relationships with

the other students. This opened up a lot of

opportunities for bullying. Cyberbullying rates

across the world grew tremendously during

this time. Having been a victim of bullying since

Grade Four, I took this time to write the song

using my own experiences as material. I let it all

out, expressing how I felt.

‘I have been verbally bullied by children calling

me ugly and saying things like I’m talentless. I

have been cyberbullied through WhatsApp and

have been invited into groups only to be sworn

at and called names.’

Bullying is not always physical and can also

be verbal, such as with Gabrielle. Though, it is

equally dangerous.

‘In my song, the message I would like to get

across is that being nasty is toxic and should

be a tragic act. We need to do more to stop it.

We should all stick together instead of isolating

one another. We need to help each other get

through this poignant time in history.’

Gabrielle’s Nasty is available on all major

streaming platforms.

Gabrielle’s advice about bullying:

• Always speak up about the bully

to someone you trust or someone

older who can report the situation.

• Try to never take what the bully

says or does personally. Remind

yourself what the people who love

you say about you.

• Don’t change who you because of

what other people say about you.

• Avoid any contact with the bully.

• The best revenge is success. Work

on making yourself the best version

of yourself.

If you are being bullied call Childline

South Africa on 08000 55 555.

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Eye problems in your child

Many conditions affect children and

the sooner you notice that there is something wrong,

the quicker you must take action.

There tends to be a perception that eye problems bother the old and those

who are stuck on their computer screens most of the day. That is far from the

truth. Children can also suffer from problems with their eyesight. A study done

by the World Health Organization shows that approximately 19 million children

worldwide have vision problems. Of those almost 12 million could have had

their eye conditions corrected if they had regular eye examinations. ‘By the time

a parent usually notices that their child has a visual problem, the child’s visual

acuity has reduced by more than 60 per cent,’ warns optometrist Andre Horn.

Serious childhood eye conditions to watch out for:

Strabismus: When your child’s eyes

are crossed or what people usually

call squinted. It is important that

the optometrist examines the

problem and the eyes’ ability to

function together.

Amblyopia: Usually a result of

strabismus, amblyopia occurs when

the eyes are turned or when the eyes

have different prescriptions.

The brain “shuts off” the image from

the turned or blurry eye. Take your

child to an optometrist who will

prescribe the correct treatment.

Near-sightedness (myopia):

Children who are near-sighted

tend to struggle with focusing on

objects that are far and squint to see

things in the distance. They engage

better with things that are close.

Near-sightedness is a result of the

changed shape of the eye, leading

to your child inability to focus on

distant objects.

Far-sightedness (hyperopia): When

reading or writing your child may get

tired quickly because they can’t focus

on things that are up close. They can

easily recognise far-away objects. Farsightedness

leads to headaches, red

eyes, inability to concentrate and restlessness.

The condition can, however,

improve as your child gets older.

Astigmatism: This is the irregular

curvature of the cornea (the outside,

dome-shaped surface of the eye).

Depending on the severity of the

irregularity, objects may appear blurry,

distorted and slanted.

Conjunctivitis (pink eye): Usually

caused by a bacterial and contagious

infection or an allergic reaction,

conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the

white outer surface of the eye and inner

lining of the eyelids. The eye appears

red or pink hence it’s called a pink eye.

It also becomes itchy and irritated and

discharge appears in both eyes.

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Learning through play

Investing time in building your child’s observation and

memory skills not only gives them the confidence to tackle

new tasks, but also helps them learn to resist distractions

and focus on the task at hand.

Observation games don’t need to be

complex and they can be as simple

as setting up different scenarios with

six LEGO bricks in Kim’s Game. Named

after the lead character in the Rudyard

Kipling book in which a young boy

sharpens his memory skills by staring

at a collection of items and then trying

to recall them all, a very effective

Kim’s Game can be set up with just six

different coloured bricks.

Children can be tasked with different

activities, such as looking at an

arrangement of bricks for a limited

time and then having to recall that

arrangement once it’s covered with

a cloth. Another game could be for a

parent to build something using the

bricks, and then to break it down or

cover it, with the child tasked with

rebuilding it exactly, but from memory.

Youngsters can even play the

game with one another, changing

the positions of the bricks once

their friend has seen the original

arrangement, and challenging them

to identify what’s different.

Honing observation skills in this very

visual way can help children sharpen

their other senses, giving them the

ability to listen actively and become

more aware of their surroundings

through their other senses too, through

smell and taste.

It can even improve their critical

thinking abilities as they get older, as

they will already be skilled in gathering

information and analysing contexts to

completely understand the situation

at hand – and how to respond most

effectively to it.

Strong observation skills also build

meticulous attention to detail, which

not only plays a big role in being an

effective role-player in any working

environment, it also helps children

– and grown-ups – recognise small

details and adjust their actions in

response. It might sound small but

it could even be lifesaving. Think of

something as simple as reading the

detail on a medical insert, or checking

for a food ingredient that they may be

allergic to.

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Four reasons to get

the kids outdoors

We’ve never fully appreciated our

health like we do after the past year.

Adding mountain biking or trail

running into your weekly family

activities will only contribute to

helping your children achieve a

more active, healthier lifestyle in the

long run.

Four reasons why these sports are

great to do with your kids:

1. A new way of socialising and

connecting: These sports not

only keep us fit, they also give us a

way to socialise and connect in a

safe way. Where we used to enjoy

long Sunday lunches together at a

restaurant or someone’s home, we

now plan to meet at a park to do a

family walk or run together.

2. Less screen time: Having to

teach and entertain our kids all day

(for months on end) over lockdown,

along with trying to get some

work done ourselves, has certainly

increased their daily consumption

of screen time and hey – no one’s

judging. That’s why getting the kids

out the house and into nature on

their bikes (or on their little feet) is

a great balm for any parenting guilt

we may feel over the time they’ve

spent on screens recently.

3. Coordination, balance and

problem solving: It might be

tough with younger kids at the

beginning but once they get the

hang of mastering their bikes

or figuring out the best way to

descend that hill on foot, they’ll

learn all sorts of skills that will help

elsewhere in their lives. Life isn’t easy

and the little challenges that these

two sports introduce to young kids

can make them more resilient and

resourceful out in the wider world.

4. Mental health: Our modern

children are becoming ‘an indoor

generation’, all exacerbated by

Xbox, iPads and laptop screens, and

this is having detrimental effects on

their physical and mental health.

Getting them into the outdoors has

a hugely beneficial impact on their

overall happiness.

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Crafts that won’t break the bank

Stimulate your child’s imagination with these exciting,

budget-friendly crafts that are easy to make.


You’ll need: White paper; pencil; black marker; Khokis or pencil crayons; scissors;

glue; googly eyes; glitter or glitter glue (optional).

How to:

On a white piece of paper, draw a long oval that’s about three-quarters the length

of your child’s hand. Now draw a small circle at one end to form the head of the

butterfly and outline with the marker to cover any pencil marks. Colour in the body

and head, and cut out. Glue on two googly eyes and draw on a mouth. To make

the legs, colour in and then cut out six strips of paper that are each 1cm x 8cm

long. Fold the legs into an accordion and then glue them onto the body of the

butterfly, three per side. To create the butterfly wings, fold a piece of paper in half

and draw a 5cm x 4cm block over the fold (this will later be attached to the body

of the butterfly). Using the block as a base, draw the wings and cut out the block

and wings as a single piece.

Now the fun begins. Colour in the wings and block; remember, the brighter the

better. Place glue on the underside of the block and attach to the body.

Create a wrist strap from the paper, measuring 13cm x 1.5cm. Glue the strap to the

underside of the butterfly, creating a loop for your child’s hand.

Slip over your child’s hand and let the flapping begin.

Ways to make

children enjoy


Gardening is a great way to get your

children excited about being outside.

Emily Jones, Reel Life NPO project

manager, and Jane Griffiths, an expert

in organic vegetable gardening

and Jane’s Delicious Kitchen author,

suggest four fun garden activities:

1. If you turn it into a competition to

see who can make the greatest pile of

weeds, even the chores of weeding

can become a game.

2. Some edible flowers such as

echinacea, pansies, Californian

poppies, cornflower, and calendula

should be included instead of

planting only vegetables. These

attract beneficial insects such as bees

and butterflies. With your children,

explore your garden and encourage

them to find and watch ladybirds,

bees and butterflies.

3. Create a tepee with beans. In the

dirt, firmly anchor three poles and

collect their tops together to form a

tripod. Wind some twine around and

tie it in place securely. Plant beans to

climb around the poles, leaving one

side open. The beans will climb up the

structure easily. Your kids will have an

edible green tepee to play in within a

couple of months.

4. Let your kids help you create simple

recipes that include some of the

vegetables that you grow.


You’ll need: A large paper plate; scissors; pencil; glue; toilet roll; poster paint; paint

brush or sponge brush; googly eyes; black marker.

How to make it:

Fold and cut the paper plate in half to create the body of the dinosaur. On the

other half of the plate, draw and cut out a head and tail, and a few triangular spikes.

Glue the spikes onto the rounded side of the other half of the paper plate.

Glue on the head and tail, and allow to dry. To make the feet, measure 3cm into

each end of the toilet roll and cut horizontally to create two shorter pieces of the

same height. Stand the pieces up and cut slits into the opposite ends of each

piece, going a third of the way down.

Place the body into the slits of the feet – your dinosaur should now be able to

stand on its own. Using a tablecloth or newspaper to protect the table surface, let

your child paint the dinosaur and allow the paint to dry.

To make the face, stick on a googly eye and use the marker to make the mouth.

Give the dinosaur a name and let the fun games begin.

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the lakeside with never-ending views and sunsets.


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ideal place to recharge. Here are five

(excellent) reasons why you should visit.

Relax to a romantic picnic on their lush lawns with a

gorgeous lake view.

Driving down the long and winding oak-lined lane leading

up to African Pride Irene Country Lodge, you’ll feel like you’re

being transported to another world. The scenery is so pretty

and peaceful that you know you’ve left the city, and all the

stress city-life brings, behind. Here are our top five reasons why

you have to visit:

1. It’s perfect for romance. The stylish, spacious and luxurious

rooms each open onto a private patio or balcony … either

with a gorgeous lakeside view or lush meadows from the

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2. The Meadow Green Restaurant. The fresh, crisp, elegant

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well-presented, the service discrete but attentive. It’s worth

knowing that they are famous for serving one of the best

breakfasts around, with everything on offer from home-baked

pastries to fresh fruit.


Settle down and relax for a dining experience to remember

at the Meadow Green restaurant.

Camdeboo Day Spa, an oasis where the main focus is to relax and

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With gorgeous gardens, a wooden jungle gym and tractors around every corner, a visit

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3. Then there is the gorgeous lounge-style River Bar. Overlooking the lakeside

with never-ending views and gorgeous sunsets that rival most paintings, there is a

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and feel like exploring? Then head over to Irene Farm via the underground subway

to learn more about the history and the workings of the farm and look for an

abundance of farm-fresh delicacies at the shop. Go for a self-guided bird (and/ or

tree) spotting walk or take a leisurely stroll (running or cycling are also allowed for

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go for a craft beer, wine, gin or milkshake tasting or, the ultimate spoil … S’mores

making at the fire pit (the kids will love you madly!).

5. The (swoon) Spa. The only thing that could make your stay even more relaxing

would be paying a visit to the multi-award winning Camdeboo Day Spa. You can

choose from an array of treatments and experiences designed to help you unwind

and feel completely refreshed.

So … to say that this luxury upmarket hotel is nice would be an understatement, it’s

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Details: Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Pretoria, 012-667-6464 or irenecountrylodge.co.za

Start your dinner with the most divine

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Treat the kids (or yourself) to S’mores

making at the fire pit



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