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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
FOOD & WINE
16 Soup + red wine = a match made in Winter heaven
18 We’ve found a trio of cookbooks to get your tastebuds tingling
DECOR & GARDENING
20 Top tips for creating the perfect bedroom oasis
22 Our top garden tasks and tips for the month
TOTS TO TEENS
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
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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
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
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
HOTEL & SPA
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 &
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
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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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
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)
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
some fine cheeses.
R250 a bottle from
stores or online
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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
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.
A COLLECTION OF STACK RINGS
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.
AT LEAST ONE COLOURFUL STONE
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
Am I buying a piece of
jewellery that is made of
actual gold or is it only
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
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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
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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.
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.
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
smoothing renewal water
that targets open pores,
spots and blackheads,
all without drying
the skin. R398, from
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.
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?
GREAT LOOKING SKIN
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
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
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
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,
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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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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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.
TIKTOK BAKED FETA PASTA WITH AVOCADO
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
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
or do you want
your bedroom to
have a luxurious
Kim shares her top tips for creating the perfect bedroom oasis:
FUNCTIONALITY IS KEY
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
PAY ATTENTION TO FLOW AND ENERGY
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
• 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.
TIPS FOR GARDEN PEAS
• 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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TOTS TO TEENS
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
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
‘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
‘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
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
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
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.
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
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
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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
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
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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.
BUTTERFLY HAND PUPPET
You’ll need: White paper; pencil; black marker; Khokis or pencil crayons; scissors;
glue; googly eyes; glitter or glitter glue (optional).
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
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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Driving down the long and winding oak-lined lane leading
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1. It’s perfect for romance. The stylish, spacious and luxurious
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Settle down and relax for a dining experience to remember
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With gorgeous gardens, a wooden jungle gym and tractors around every corner, a visit
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Treat the kids (or yourself) to S’mores
making at the fire pit
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