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How to nail an<br />

earthy theme<br />

So, Sow easy!<br />

Prep your garden<br />

for Autumn<br />

WIN<br />

A Thule Voucher<br />

(worth R10k)<br />



Living & loving a<br />

meaningful life<br />

A NEW LEAF<br />

Fresh plant-based recipes. Essentials for nature activities with the<br />

fam. And nutrition tips for first-time mums.<br />


MARCH <strong>23</strong>


WHAT’S ON...<br />

04 A line up for creatives, music lovers and wine enthusiasts<br />

05 Networking amoung like-minded business owners<br />


06 <strong>Mar</strong>ch brings brilliant book club reads and a glass of Bright 2021<br />


08 Offbeat and fun finds to alleviate stress<br />

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Head of sales<br />

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PEOPLE<br />

10 Johanni Steenkamp shares her journey towards positive change<br />

20 Farmer and florist Stefan Smuts uses his green fingers to<br />

create the most gorgeous flower arrangements<br />

FOOD & DRINK<br />

12 Good food, health and planet choices<br />

14 Whip up quick, easy and seriously good food<br />


18 Dominating home décor trends and a touch of texture<br />

22 How to prep your garden for Autumn<br />


24 Delicately gentle beauty buys perfect for young skin<br />

26 Nutritional health during pregnancy<br />

28 Help for first-time mums<br />

32 The right gear for your next family outing<br />

WIN<br />

28 Gadget to help you and babe<br />

34 A R10 000 voucher to spend at Thulestore<br />


Photographer: The Kaalvoet Photographer<br />

Make-up and hair: Antoinette de Beer<br />

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transferred or redeemed for cash. Competitions<br />

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employees or their families. Get It Magazine<br />

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winners, who will be contacted telephonically<br />

and need to collect their prizes from Caxton<br />

Northern branch within 10 days or they will be<br />

forfeited. Prizewinners’ names are published on<br />

our Facebook page monthly.<br />

MARCH <strong>23</strong><br />

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<strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>23</strong> Get It Magazine 03

A hot date!<br />

Attention all big thinkers, creatives, music lovers and wine enthusiasts<br />

– we’ve got something just for you!<br />

05<br />

Catch internationally acclaimed Irish singer and songwriter Ronan<br />

Keating for a show-stopping performance. It’s nearly 30 years after his<br />

claim to fame, and – can you believe it – he’s still going strong! 5pm at the Sun<br />

Bet Arena at Time Square Casino. Tickets from R495 from webtickets.co.za<br />

05<br />

Learn more about the fascinating honey bee through a creative painting<br />

workshop in the park. In ancient mythology the bee was believed to be<br />

the sacred insect that bridged the natural world to the spiritual. Dive into this<br />

powerful symbol at the <strong>Pretoria</strong> National Botanical Garden. 9am to 2pm. Tickets<br />

are R360 per person. No under 13s. Details: 079 496 5407<br />

12<br />

This is the perfect opportunity to let your creative juices flow. If you are<br />

a beginner and want to learn more about the art of mixed media, you’ll<br />

want to join this fun-filled mixed media class. You will be taught about some<br />

fun backgrounds, decoupage, stencilling, shadowing, embossing and blending<br />

on an A3 canvas in a studio in Erasmuspark. Tickets are R350 per person. 9am to<br />

1pm. Details: 083 645 5408<br />

The Theuns Jordaan<br />

Tribute Concert will<br />

bring the cream of the crop<br />

among local artists together<br />

to pay tribute to the iconic<br />

Theuns Jordaan. Afrikaans<br />

music fans can look forward<br />

to performances by Steve<br />

Hofmeyr, Juanita du Plessis,<br />

Kurt Darren, Ray Dylan,<br />

Dozi, Bobby van Jaarsveld<br />

and Karlien van Jaarsveld<br />

among many others.<br />

6.30pm at Loftus Versfeld<br />

on <strong>Mar</strong>ch 25. Tickets from<br />

R290 from itickets.co.za<br />

25<br />

Future Females <strong>Pretoria</strong> is hosting<br />

a business growth networking<br />

session to elevate your influence<br />

through personal branding. This<br />

event is for dynamic and amazing<br />

women, entrepreneurs, side<br />

hustlers and anyone with big ideas.<br />

So, if you tick these boxes, you<br />

might want to diarise this event.<br />

9.30am to 12.30pm at the Inoar<br />

Lifestyle Centre.<br />

Tickets from R150 per person from<br />

quicket.co.za<br />

• Take note all wine lovers! Get<br />

ready to experience a day of<br />

indulgence and luxury at the<br />

upcoming Corks & Forks,<br />

Great Food & Wine Festival.<br />

Whether you’re a seasoned wine<br />

connoisseur or a curious beginner,<br />

there will be something for<br />

everyone to enjoy. 10am at the Idle<br />

Wild Country Estate in Irene. Tickets<br />

are R250 from webtickets.co.za<br />

• You won’t want to miss the gifted<br />

Rocco de Villiers’ new show, My<br />

Hande is my Rande. Fans can look<br />

forward to an instrumental show<br />

which is based on a true event with<br />

brand-new music from the pen of<br />

the artist himself. 7pm to 8.30pm<br />

at the Atterbury Theatre. R260 per<br />

person. Tickets from seatme.co.za<br />

04 Get It Magazine <strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>23</strong>

Monica Jansen van Vuuren, Sandra<br />

Rodrigues, Melissa Jansen van Vuuren<br />

Ashlynn Vermeulen, Shanté<br />

Benji Fouché, Renette Wessels<br />

Zita De Abreu, Tina Lotter, Kyle Pagotto<br />

The hottest date...<br />

KK <strong>Mar</strong>keting recently hosted their first Social Media and Networking<br />

Workshop of the year at the charming Moonshine Menlyn. The<br />

glamourous event was hosted by public figure and influencer Kiki<br />

Lacoco, marketing specialist Kyli Brown and guest motivational speaker<br />

Rhona Erasmus. The workshop presented guests with the perfect<br />

opportunity to learn, get inspired and network with like-minded<br />

business owners and influencers. An afternoon well spent!<br />

Louise van Rensburg<br />

Christel <strong>Mar</strong>ais, Monique Taylor, Alicia Swart<br />

Kiki Lacoco, Kyli Brown<br />

Compiled by: ALANICKA LOTRIET<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>23</strong> Get It Magazine 05

Book club<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch (already!) and the bookshelves are groaning with<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch (already!) and the bookshelves are groaning with<br />

the weight of brilliant book club reads<br />

Judge Julia Cummins had no obvious<br />

enemies. There was no forced entry<br />

to her apartment, where the bodies<br />

of her and her bodyguard are found<br />

brutally murdered. Her ex and her<br />

teenage son both have strong alibies,<br />

the neighbours heard nothing, and<br />

the killer left behind a strange calling<br />

card. It’s up to FBI agent Amos Decker<br />

to investigate ... kicking off with the<br />

question as to why the judge felt she<br />

needed a bodyguard in the first place.<br />

And while he investigates, he’s also<br />

dealing with personal baggage ... the<br />

suicide of a close friend, the receipt<br />

of a letter concerning a personal,<br />

and possibly life-changing, issue,<br />

and a new partner. Long Shadows is<br />

another superb American detective<br />

tale from David Baldacci. Macmillan,<br />

available at Exclusive Books<br />

Paserene is a small Franschhoek estate with an impressive portfolio of awardwinning<br />

wines in three high-end luxury ranges – The Elements, The Paserene<br />

and The Shiner – each with their own unique features. At this <strong>Mar</strong>ch Book Club<br />

we’re serving Bright 2021 from the Elements range - the drawing of a swing<br />

on the label perfectly representing Paserene’s playful side. The ideal mid-week,<br />

easy-drinking wine, it’s made from 100 per cent Chardonnay grapes, with fresh<br />

citrus-centric aromas, which carry through to the palate, this lighter styled<br />

Chardonnay is lovely on its own or with a light seasonal salad, any type of<br />

poultry dish or with fresh tuna and salmon. Available directly from the Tasting<br />

Lounge at R190 per bottle. Details: paserene.com<br />

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Kyla Zhao wrote The Fraud Squad at the height of the<br />

pandemic, while studying in California. Set in Singapore, it’s the story<br />

of Samantha, a working-class girl who dreams of having her own<br />

byline in a high-society magazine. Instead, she works at a drab PR<br />

firm and lives vicariously through her socialite co-worker Anya, and<br />

her new friend, Timothy, the disillusioned son of one of Singapore’s<br />

elite families. With the help of both, she infiltrates high society and<br />

her dreams all start to come true. Until the arrival of a reporter on<br />

the prowl for high-society gossip, which could see her exposed! Kyla<br />

started writing in secret, not confident she’d finish the book ... then it<br />

was snapped up in a six-figure deal. Love it! Headline<br />

Susan Lewis’ No Once Saw It Coming starts<br />

off a little slowly ... and with a cast of lessthan-lovable<br />

characters. But around a third<br />

of the way through, it picks up the pace<br />

dramatically ... and if you’re anything like us,<br />

you’ll race through it (mostly to find out if<br />

we were correct about the killer ... which<br />

we have to admit we did see coming!).<br />

Clever twist. HarperCollins • Ex-Special forces<br />

veteran turned vigilante knows he has a<br />

tendancy to seek out, and enjoy, trouble.<br />

And in Ant Middleton’s Red Mist he finds<br />

more than he bargained for as he is drawn<br />

into a turf war when helping out an elderly<br />

man he meets in the bar of a small French<br />

village. Sphere • Salma and Bilal Khatan are<br />

hopeful about their new home in a new<br />

neighbourhood ... just wanting to fit in<br />

and help their son get away from a bad<br />

crowd. But a neighbourly spat turns into a<br />

racial fallout and things rapidly get out of<br />

control. Kia Abdullah’s Those People Next<br />

Door is a really tremendous read with a<br />

great twist. HQ • In Someone Else’s Shoes<br />

by Jojo Moyes we meet Sam, who has<br />

nothing, and Nisha, who has everything.<br />

A mix up of their gym bags see their lives<br />

intertwined, just as they both spiral out<br />

of contol. Female friendship. It’s powerful!<br />

Michael Joseph • The SAS are used to death<br />

during combat. It goes with the turf. But<br />

when one of their own is said to have<br />

committed suicide in Thailand, red flags are<br />

raised. Matt Standing investigates, and ends<br />

up having to use all his SAS jungle skills to<br />

survive what turns out to be his toughest<br />

assignment to date. It’s all fast action and<br />

high tension in Stephen Leather’s Still<br />

Standing. Hodder & Stoughton. All these<br />

titles available at Exclusive Books.<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>23</strong> Get It Magazine 07

Wish list<br />

Drink bubbly, walk the dog and kiss a frog!<br />

(and other fun things to do this <strong>Mar</strong>ch)<br />

If your taste is a little offbeat, you’re going to love Shnook ... who describe<br />

themselves as the site which is a safe space to allow your weird tastes to<br />

run wild. Fabulously fun cushions, totes and quirky vinyl stickers ... like<br />

this Queen Frog (for those looking for a fairy tale, there’s a<br />

King Frog too, worth kissing). The I’m a Pansy tote bag is<br />

made from slightly stretchy fabric, to fit everything you<br />

could imagine! Bags R180, stickers from R10 each from<br />

shnookthebrand.com<br />

Compiled by : KYM ARGO<br />

Our dogs are all wagging tails and<br />

strutting their stuff on their daily walks<br />

since they’ve been boasting these<br />

Clifton 1st beaded collars and leads from<br />

Chommies. Delicately beaded, but not<br />

delicate, they’re brightly coloured, hand<br />

beaded by Zulu beaders (each collar<br />

takes more than a day to make, with leads<br />

taking two) and for those of you who<br />

like to play matchy-matchy with your<br />

pooch, there are key rings and bracelet<br />

cuffs to complete the walkies ensemble!<br />

Find them on chommies.com, follow on<br />

Instagram @chommiescom<br />

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The little big solution<br />

to your water needs<br />

Besides being climate friendly and helping<br />

cut costs, water tanks are becoming almost<br />

as important as inverters, with water outages<br />

striking hard. Harvesting and storing may, in<br />

our future, be essential ... there’s already an<br />

increasing demand from buyers and renters<br />

for off-the-grid and back-up solutions.<br />

But generally it’s only larger homes that<br />

have space for big tanks, with smaller<br />

properties and townhouses losing out. So<br />

... a small solution for a big problem. The<br />

new Slimline tanks from JoJo are ideal for<br />

limited spaces. Smallest of the range is the<br />

1000-litre SuperSlim tank ... perfect for city<br />

living, where limited space requires a snug<br />

fit into corners and down narrow walkways.<br />

It attaches to a wall to keep it secure and<br />

is supplied with the basics required for<br />

installation. Designed for ease of use, it<br />

has various connection options to ensure<br />

seamless installation into your setup, can be<br />

installed with some simple DIY, and if you’re<br />

a renter or selling up, you can remove it and<br />

take it with you. Jolly nifty ... and available in<br />

a couple of colours, too. Details: jojo.co.za<br />

Brilliant bubbles at the Fijnwyn Wine Festival<br />

When we celebrate (which we do often!) our favourite bubbly to open is a bottle from<br />

Perdeberg Cellar. Depending on our mood, it could be a bottle of The Vineyard Collection<br />

Cap Classique Chenin Blanc (old vine) - it’s a lovely green in colour with fresh aromas of<br />

green pear, Granny Smith apples, lime and grapefruit, and a fresh flavour with a biscuit<br />

finish. And if we’re looking at the world through rose-coloured glasses, then it’s The<br />

Vineyard Collection Cap Classique Pinot Noir Rosé 2019. This really is Summer in a glass<br />

... all strawberries, watermelon, cherries and sweets. Around R140 a bottle, which you<br />

can get from perdeberg.co.za. Or ... you could a pop over to the The Fijnwyn Wine<br />

Festival, which really is one of <strong>Pretoria</strong>’s favourite calendar events for any wine lover,<br />

and where these Perdeberg bubbles will be available for you to taste. The event kicks<br />

off on <strong>Mar</strong>ch 20 with an evening of Fancy Fijnwyn. Tickets are R450, which includes a<br />

glass, wine tastings, as well as a delectable spread on a harvest table for you to enjoy<br />

while listening to live music. On <strong>Mar</strong>ch 21 there will be a traditional event with the<br />

focus on bubbles, as well as some white & red wines. Tickets are R195 and includes<br />

a tasting glass with unlimited wine tastings. It’s a lovely day out to spend with family<br />

and friends while listening to amazing local musicians and supporting top street food<br />

vendors. The venue is at Shokran - a tranquil farm setting near pecan nut and almond<br />

plantations, 12km from Woodlands Boulevard in <strong>Pretoria</strong> East. Tickets available on<br />

www.fijnwyntickets.co.za. Detais: fijnwyn.co.za or 067 004 <strong>23</strong>43 for more info.<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>23</strong> Get It Magazine 09




She did everything she set out<br />

to do. Got multiple degrees.<br />

Climbed the corporate ladder.<br />

Nailed the promotions. But<br />

despite having it all, Johanni<br />

Steenkamp longed to wake<br />

up feeling like her<br />

work was making a<br />

positive change in<br />

the lives of others.<br />

Visit our website<br />

for Johanni’s insider’s<br />

view of the secrets of an<br />

image consultant -<br />

getitmagazine.co.za/<br />

pretoria/<br />

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She has always been a go-getter. Even when she’d given birth<br />

to her now 20-something-year-old daughter, Milla, three weeks<br />

before her LLB final year exam, Johanni Steenkamp remained focused on<br />

her goals, determined to achieve big things.<br />

“I always knew I wanted to fight for justice. And so, I got the<br />

qualification, kicked off my career in law, and studied some more.<br />

I was just so persistent in wanting to prove that I belong, I didn’t<br />

allow anything to stand in my way. There was a time in my life<br />

when I did my articles during the day and attended law school<br />

in the evening, all while raising a baby. And let me tell you, it’s<br />

not for the faint-hearted.”<br />

Later on, Johanni would try her hand at financial management,<br />

business consulting, representing a telecommunications industry and running<br />

various TV ad campaigns. And, needless to say, she thrived in each and every field.<br />

Talk about a powerhouse woman! Although the fruits of her labour were sweet, it<br />

all came crashing down about two decades in.<br />

“I experienced severe burnout. And it’s as if something just clicked. When<br />

you reach a certain point in your life, you don’t want to chase that next big<br />

achievement, promotion or money. You just want to make a difference. So, I<br />

decided that I would use the second half of my life to give back, and pursue some<br />

of my other passions. It was a huge turning point for me.<br />

“Since then, my view on life changed drastically, in a good way. I became involved<br />

with various charities, as well as Girls’ School <strong>Pretoria</strong>. Got qualified in image<br />

consulting and started my own business, YouHoney Image, and even opened<br />

Pageant Closet, in an attempt to make styling, pageant wardrobe planning and<br />

outfit hire affordable and accessible for all girls and women.”<br />

Today she finds fulfilment in inspiring and motivating young girls, pre-teens, tweens<br />

and teens to become the best version of themselves. Teaching them everything a<br />

young girl should know. How to walk, talk, take care, love and embrace themselves<br />

just as they are. Johanni also has a special place in her heart for underprivileged<br />

girls, and will always try to make Girls’ School accessible for them too.<br />

“A woman should always leave beauty behind, and that’s what we hope to teach<br />

our girls. Our aim is to invest in these girls for them to grow into the strong,<br />

powerful and confident women they are destined to become. In the same breath I<br />

want to empower women through Pageant Closet and my coaching services.”<br />

Since Johanni has always been interested in beautifying others, she now devotes<br />

herself to doing just that, but from the inside out. Apart from renting out exquisite<br />

gowns and outfits, this passionate image consultant takes pride in getting to know<br />

her clients, listening to their stories and perhaps even reigniting that flame from<br />

within. She’s all about empowering women, and reminding them of everything<br />

they’re capable of.<br />

She also continues to spread her motto, ‘Now that I know better, I do better’, across<br />

various platforms in hopes of reminding women to go easy on themselves for the<br />

bad choices they may have made in the past. Johanni firmly believes in learning<br />

from your mistakes and making better choices for a better future.<br />

When this determined entrepreneur isn’t encouraging young girls, conducting<br />

colour and style personality tests, or helping you pick the outfit for your next big<br />

function, she can be found, instrument in hand, on the church stage.<br />

“I have always loved singing and playing the transverse flute, piano and some basic<br />

drums. These are my God-given talents for which I am very grateful for. With that<br />

being said, I am so very thankful for being able to live out so many of my passions<br />

and having the opportunity to touch so many lives.”<br />

One thing’s for sure – it’s never too late to follow your dreams. If you stay true to<br />

yourself, believe in your capabilities and give it your all, you are bound to achieve<br />

great things.<br />

Details: Follow johanni_steenkamp, girlschool_pretoria and pageant_closet_za<br />

on Insta.<br />

SIX Closet essentials<br />

this Winter<br />

Johanni shares her top wardrobe<br />

staples that will help you get<br />

dressed easily, make your closet<br />

versatile, and can be easily mixedand-matched<br />

for that perfect<br />

winter outfit.<br />

• You can never go wrong with a<br />

classy blazer or two. If you want to<br />

make a statement, you’ll want to<br />

choose something bright and bold.<br />

• Black pants. Whether they’re highwaisted,<br />

skinny or flared – it’s the<br />

perfect foundation for any look. • Red<br />

lipstick. It’s a makeup bag staple all<br />

year round and the ultimate sign of<br />

confidence when proudly swiped<br />

on by its wearer. • Nude heels. This<br />

timeless closet staple not only<br />

gives the illusion of slimmer, longer<br />

legs, but also pairs brilliantly with<br />

everything in your closet. • Neutral<br />

knits with a modern twist. Camel, grey,<br />

and navy knitwear are great for tying<br />

together any outfit. Small but mighty<br />

details will also elevate these everyday<br />

sweaters to a new level. • Let the LBD<br />

be your go-to look for those special<br />

occasions this winter. Remember to<br />

switch up your accessories to make<br />

each wear a little more unique.<br />

FIVE Things to teach<br />

your daughter<br />

Having raised a daughter herself,<br />

Johanni shares what she believes<br />

any mother should instil in a<br />

young woman.<br />

• Tell and show your daughter that<br />

she’s unconditionally loved and that<br />

she shouldn’t accept anything less.<br />

• If you are religious, instil in them<br />

the discipline of going to church or<br />

your place of worship. This provides a<br />

kind of structure to help guide them<br />

through their adult life. • Always leave<br />

beauty behind. Teach them how to<br />

love, be friendly and show empathy<br />

wherever they go. • Teach them to<br />

keep their word. In a world where it’s<br />

so easy to break a promise, be the<br />

one to keep it. • Constantly remind<br />

them of their identity. Teach them<br />

that they don’t need acceptance<br />

from their peers. And teach them<br />

through your actions – not just words<br />

– as it always speaks louder.<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>23</strong> Get It Magazine 11

Matthew Evans takes food seriously, saying what you<br />

buy, how you cook and what you eat impacts way<br />

beyond your front door. The Real Food Companion<br />

is a heafty book - more than 550 pages with 200-plus<br />

recipes-the result of Matthew’s four decades as a chef,<br />

food writer, and farmer, and multiple years’ research.<br />

The information is extensive and enlightening - it’s like<br />

having the farmer, butcher, and baker in your kitchen;<br />

the produce-driven recipes are simple, delicious and<br />

unpretentious. And its core mission is teaching readers<br />

how to ethically source, cook and eat real food. And,<br />

says this food activist, if this book’s recipes, insights<br />

and observations influence your choices in even the<br />

smallest way, and if it brings joy to your table at the<br />

same time, his work is done! Murdoch Books, R800<br />

Eating well(ness)<br />

Plant based. It’s the new buzz word, and<br />

it’s not going away. Nor should it. More<br />

and more of us are choosing plant-based<br />

diets and whole foods. Plant-based.<br />

Vegetarian. Vegan. And even those who<br />

are not going all the way, most of us<br />

are cutting down on sugar, embracing<br />

Meat Free Mondays, trying dairy-free<br />

options, and cutting back on alcohol.<br />

And since lowering stress is also high up<br />

on our agenda, we’re all about taking the<br />

easy-healthy way out. No time to cook or<br />

prepare ... no excuse. The new Woolies<br />

Wellness range does it all for you. We’re<br />

talking healthy but delish breakfasts like<br />

Goji Berry and Beetroot Granola, quick<br />

no-cook lunches like Roasted Butternut<br />

and Beetroot Salad, and fast, air-fryerfriendly<br />

dinners like PlantLove crumbed<br />

soya ocean portions. We’re loving the<br />

black quinoa (crunchier and sweeter<br />

than the red and white quinoa, it’s a<br />

high protein-based grain with loads of<br />

fiber and less fat), and the gluten-free<br />

Yellow Lentil Pasta, which we tried with<br />

Creamy Cheese Style Sauce, made with<br />

vegan cheese. There are also you-won’ttaste-it’s-de-alcoholised<br />

wines, and some<br />

fabulous sugar free flavoured sparkling<br />

drinks ... we’re a little obsessed with<br />

the coconut and pineapple one. All at<br />

Woolies stores and online.<br />

12 Get It Magazine <strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>23</strong>

<strong>Mar</strong>ch on a plate<br />

We’re trying a plant-based diet. We’re pairing red wine<br />

with chicken. And we’re making good food, health and<br />

planet choices. And we’re finding it all jolly tasty!<br />

Spier Good Natured Organic Shiraz<br />

with Greek-style roast chicken salad<br />

If you were under the impression that<br />

red wine can’t play nice with poultry,<br />

the juicy Good Natured Organic<br />

Shiraz 2021 will make you reconsider.<br />

With intense mulberry and sweet<br />

spice leading to a soft, smooth finish,<br />

this certified organic Shiraz is the<br />

perfect partner to this Greek-inspired<br />

chicken salad ... crammed with<br />

roasted vegetables, feta and olives.<br />

The recipe serves four.<br />

You’ll need: 4 medium size chicken<br />

breasts, skin on (bones removed),<br />

olive oil for drizzling (plus extra),<br />

salt and pepper, 250g small mixed<br />

tomatoes (halved), 1 large red<br />

pepper (roughly chopped), about<br />

300g courgettes (sliced into bite-size<br />

chunks), 2 red onions (peeled and<br />

cut into wedges), 2 rounds of feta,<br />

sliced or kept whole, about half a cup<br />

of kalamata olives,a handful of fresh<br />

origanum leaves (or basil or mint), 1<br />

teaspoon dried origanum, some red<br />

wine vinegar, for drizzling (or fresh<br />

lemon juice), a handful of baby salad<br />

leaves (optional).<br />

To make: Preheat the oven to 200°C.<br />

On a large baking tray lined with<br />

baking paper, arrange the chicken<br />

skin side up next to the tomatoes,<br />

peppers, courgettes and red onions.<br />

Drizzle all over with olive oil, then<br />

season generously with salt and<br />

pepper. Roast for about 20 minutes<br />

until the chicken is just cooked<br />

through and the vegetables are<br />

slightly charred, then remove from<br />

the oven and leave to rest. Slice the<br />

chicken and get ready to plate.<br />

On a large platter, arrange the<br />

baby leaves, then top with the<br />

sliced chicken breast, the roasted<br />

vegetables, feta, olives and fresh<br />

origanum. Sprinkle with dried<br />

origanum, drizzle with more olive oil<br />

all over and add a touch of red wine<br />

vinegar, then serve at once (with<br />

some crusty bread on the side).<br />

Serve with Spier Good Natured<br />

Organic Shiraz which you can buy<br />

online from shop.spier.co.za<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>23</strong> Get It Magazine 13<br />

Compiled by : KYM ARGO

Oh joy. Who doesn’t love a pancake.<br />

And if it’s you ... well, we simply can’t<br />

be friends. Move swiftly along. In Sue<br />

Quinn’s Seriously Good Pancakes<br />

you’ll find them for breakfast, brunch,<br />

lunch, dinner and dessert, with<br />

recipes for everything from Chinese<br />

Pancakes with Duck and Hoisin Sauce<br />

to Buckwheat Galettes and Italian<br />

Farinata, from Spicy Mexican Hotcakes<br />

with Smoky Corn Salad to Chocolate<br />

and Berry-stuffed Pikelets. More than<br />

70 recipes, with delicious photos, plus<br />

a guide to basic pancake types, this<br />

really is the ultimate cookbook for<br />

pancake addicts, students and foodies<br />

alike. It’s pancakes. And it’s seriously<br />

good. Hardie Grant, R270<br />

Let’s<br />

cook<br />

Compiled by : KYM ARGO<br />

Those recipe videos you can’t stop<br />

watching? Caught Creating Ltd made<br />

those. And now, they’re blessing you<br />

with the Caught Snackin’ cookbook.<br />

They’ve covered all bases .. from<br />

boujee brunches to quick lunches,<br />

Friday-night fakeaways to desserts<br />

that will make you TikTok famous.<br />

They say their dishes are created<br />

firstly for deliciousness and secondly<br />

for ease. Whether you’re going all-in<br />

cooking for a crowd or cotching on<br />

the sofa with a bowl full of comfort<br />

food, there are more than 100 recipes<br />

with big flavours and zero stress.<br />

And you don’t need mad chefileeni<br />

equipment or Gordon Ramsay<br />

tekz, just this book and good vibes.<br />

Octopus, R475<br />

A cookbook that makes recipes faster,<br />

easier, tastier and simpler through<br />

cooking in one pot, pan or tray. The<br />

second title in Rosie Reynold’s The<br />

Shortcut Cook series, All in One<br />

shows you how to cook the food and<br />

flavours that you love, but without<br />

being tied to the oven or sink for<br />

hours longer than you want to be.<br />

Think dishes like Spiced Potatoes with<br />

Cracked Eggs, No-fuss Chicken Kiev<br />

with Crunchy Roast Potatoes, Beef<br />

Stew with Cheesy Dumplings, Easy<br />

Peasy Spaghetti Bolognese, Gooey<br />

Lemon Bars, Big Batch Chocolate Chip<br />

Cookies, and more, all made in one<br />

pan. Hardie Grant, R355<br />

Eating well should be one of life’s<br />

pleasures but, for many people, this is<br />

not the case. Struggles with weight,<br />

nutrition-related health issues and<br />

low self-esteem can result in food<br />

being condemned as an enemy’<br />

to be conquered at all cost. Nicci<br />

Robertson understands, and she<br />

uses her personal experience to<br />

guide you towards improved health<br />

and well-being by taking a different<br />

approach to nutrition. In Thrive -<br />

Healthy recipes that Break the Diet<br />

Rules, she explains how to exchange<br />

bad habits for better ones, recognise<br />

and eliminate stress factors that can<br />

contribute to lifestyle diseases, and<br />

understand the role that proteins,<br />

carbs, fats, fibre and water play in<br />

keeping us healthy. There are more<br />

than 80 mouth-watering familyfriendly<br />

recipes that are packed with<br />

flavour and nutritionally balanced.<br />

Whether your goal is weight-loss or<br />

improved health, Nicci’s recipes will<br />

have you rethinking the concept of<br />

diet food and heading for the kitchen<br />

with enthusiasm! Penguin, R380<br />

14 Get It Magazine <strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>23</strong>


Let’s toast to<br />

AVOS<br />

A celebration of the trendy and healthy avo<br />

Over the years, foodies and consumers have been ‘adding an avo’ to<br />

their meals. This year avos tick many of the boxes on the Everyday<br />

Health Top 10 Healthy Food Trends list for 20<strong>23</strong> as well!<br />

One of the listed trends, ‘plants in more places’, encourages new<br />

ways to eat fruits and vegetables. It cites an ‘upswing in the<br />

creative use of vegetables and fruits as people strive to hit that<br />

five-a-day recommendation. For example - using avocado in the<br />

place of butter’.<br />

Other trends in the report, where the avo is right at home, include:<br />

‘more plant-based options’, ‘mood-boosting foods’ and ‘food<br />

for your gut’. ‘More plant-based options’ speaks to the growing<br />

trend of people consciously choosing to eat less meat. As a result,<br />

interest in meat alternatives and interesting fruit and veg options<br />

is increasing across the globe. This is where avos come into their<br />

own as an incredibly versatile fruit.<br />

‘Mood-boosting foods’ refers to feel-good foods that help ward<br />

against depression and support brain health. Foods higher in good<br />

fats may lower the risk of depression and anxiety and considering<br />

one avocado contains 13g of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids,<br />

there’s definitely a spot for them in that category!<br />

New research has also shown that eating avos may benefit healthy<br />

gut flora. This puts avos on the list as one of the good guys when it<br />

comes to the ‘food for your gut’ trend as well. As you can see, there<br />

are plenty reasons to ‘add an avo’ to your meals this year!<br />

Avocado Halves,<br />

White Bean and<br />

Sundried Tomato Salad<br />

Serves 4, preparation time: 20 minutes<br />

Ingredients:<br />

2 large ripe avocados, 30 ml (2 tbsp)<br />

avocado or olive oil, 125 ml (½ cup) spring<br />

onions (chopped), 30 ml (2 tbsp) salted<br />

capers (rinsed), Fresh basil leaves, to taste,<br />

120 g / 250 ml (1 cup) pitted green olives<br />

(finely chopped), 2 cloves garlic (grated),<br />

60 ml (¼ cup) red wine vinegar, 1 chilli,<br />

diced (optional), 410 g can white beans<br />

(drained), 120 g / 250 ml (1 cup) marinated<br />

sundried tomato (chopped), 200 g cherry<br />

tomatoes (rinsed), Microgreens to garnish<br />

Method:<br />

1. Cut the avocados in half and<br />

remove the stones.<br />

2. Place the oil, spring onions,<br />

capers, basil, olives, garlic,<br />

vinegar and chilli into a<br />

bowl and mix to combine.<br />

3. Mix the remaining<br />

ingredients in a separate<br />

bowl, and spoon into<br />

the avocado halves,<br />

drizzle with the<br />

olive mixture.<br />

4. Serve with<br />

crusty bread.<br />

For more info and recipes, visit avocado.co.za , like us on Facebook @iloveavocadoSA and follow us on Instagram @iloveavossa


Last year we eased back into normalcy. And these trends dominated<br />

when it came to home décor ... ones that will continue to grow throughout 20<strong>23</strong><br />

Before we get wrapped up in the<br />

go, go, go of living, we should take<br />

some time to pause and reflect on<br />

some of the design and décor trends<br />

that shaped last year, trends that will<br />

strongly influence our décor decisions<br />

this year. After two and a half years of<br />

being masked up and locked down,<br />

2022 was the year of easing back into<br />

normalcy. We unmasked, and started<br />

to venture back to the office, shops<br />

and schools and even gathered again<br />

with family and friends. Despite things<br />

being business as usual, we are only<br />

now beginning to properly understand<br />

the real impact that the pandemic<br />

has had on our psyche and in turn,<br />

our design and décor choices. Interior<br />

designer, behaviour specialist, and<br />

owner of a design studio, Kim Williams<br />

explains how many of the design and<br />

décor trends have been influenced by<br />

our most recent experiences.<br />

Health and healing<br />

There has been a huge emphasis on mental health and wellness, with our<br />

homes acting as a tranquil sanctuary to escape from the chaos and confusion<br />

of the outside world. Our living space can have a dramatic impact on our wellbeing<br />

and energy, promoting a desire for not just peace and privacy but also<br />

grounding, healing, and spirituality. There has been a strong move towards warm<br />

and natural palettes that are soothing but also mystical and engaging, with the<br />

addition of comforting fabrics and textures to add layers of interest. We have also<br />

seen a lot of deepened healing – which focuses on balancing masculine and<br />

feminine tones to ensure that the interior space is meditatively balanced and<br />

promotes healing for all.<br />

Less is more<br />

After having had to wear masks for so long, it made sense that we had a greater<br />

desire to be heard and seen during 2022. And although we saw a greater emphasis<br />

on the embracing of different voices, cultures, and individual interests when it<br />

comes to décor choices, it is important to note that the minimalist movement is<br />

still very much in vogue. Less is always more, as is the yearning to shop for locally<br />

sourced materials, such as rattan, wood, stone, and weaves. Glass objects and<br />

translucent furniture also help reflect light and engage the eye.<br />

Looking ahead<br />

This is going to be the year for exploring depth, especially when it comes to<br />

deepened healing. These trends will continue, but with greater consideration of<br />

the impact they have on us and our surroundings. And after being cocooned<br />

in a grey world for so long, we should also look forward to the return of bright<br />

colours as the world bursts back to life.<br />

Details: kimwilliams.co.za or Facebook and Instagram @kim_williams_design.<br />

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The value of zoning<br />

Lots of us are still working from home this year, which has crafted a new<br />

appreciation for space, the privilege of having it and a deeper desire to connect<br />

better with it. Larger families especially require separate living areas to work and<br />

recharge, as well as a communal place to energise and socialise, and a dedicated<br />

corner to play. This dilemma has forced designers to look at zoning areas off<br />

to create better fluidity, energy, and balance. Both commercial and residential<br />

property owners are investing in ways to make their spaces flow and work better,<br />

not just because it creates a better user experience but because it is likely to<br />

increase property values.<br />

The return of the dining room<br />

A separate dining room that flows off either the living or kitchen area has made<br />

a huge comeback. During the pandemic, the dinner table was the centre of<br />

the home ... doubling up as a classroom, office desk and even a place for family<br />

entertainment. Now, it is a vehicle to bring loved ones together, especially during<br />

the summer entertaining season - a space that facilitates easy conversation and<br />

connection around a delicious meal. Well-designed dining rooms can create an<br />

ambiance and atmosphere that are both casual and formal depending on the<br />

occasion. The most engaging tables are rectangular or round with comfortable,<br />

simple-to-clean seating and enough space for easy movement. Lighting is<br />

functional, with elevated table scaping used to ramp up the mood and feel.<br />

Reconnecting<br />

with nature<br />

Our desire for sustainability and<br />

eco-conscious design has been<br />

huge and will probably continue<br />

well into 20<strong>23</strong>. It has been amazing<br />

to witness the massive move<br />

towards recycling and repurposing.<br />

A lot of the younger generation,<br />

especially, have been bringing old<br />

memories from past generations to<br />

life by adding their own stamp and<br />

aesthetic to create beautiful quilts<br />

and wall hangings, for example.<br />

Being conscious of our planet is<br />

not just about opting for greener<br />

materials in our décor choices but<br />

also bringing mindfulness into<br />

the entire design process. In these<br />

warmer summer months, the trend<br />

of opening the indoor and outdoor<br />

space is more apparent. Not only<br />

does this provide a wonderful<br />

connection to nature but it also<br />

extends our living space, adds more<br />

natural light, and allows for fresh air<br />

and the sounds of flowing water to<br />

breeze through the entire home.

TOUCHY<br />

FEELY<br />

It’s all about texture ...<br />

Natural,<br />

authentic and<br />

breathtakingly<br />

unique, this organic teak<br />

cheeseboard is part of range of<br />

really standout options to add to<br />

your kitchenware collection. Crafted<br />

out of natural hand-finished teak,<br />

there are also round plates and<br />

bowls. R495 from<br />

weylandts.co.za<br />

Made using<br />

porcelain with a<br />

matte finish, this snow<br />

cylindrical vase has a<br />

modern corrugated texture<br />

that adds a sculptural element<br />

to home décor. R899 from<br />

Country Road at Woolworths.<br />

Add texture to the dining room<br />

table with this exceptionally<br />

stylish range of artisanal glassware,<br />

mouth-blown in Thailand so<br />

each piece is one-of-a-kind. The<br />

Crestone tumblers are R795 for a<br />

set of six from weylandts.co.za<br />

A quiet nook<br />

for relaxing and<br />

reflection, with<br />

textured décor and<br />

homeware pieces<br />

from Woolworths<br />

Compiled by : KYM ARGO<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>23</strong> Get It Magazine 19



At first glance he looks like a typical farmer’s boy. But this farmer is<br />

actually a florist. Don’t let his appearance fool you ... Stefan Smuts whips<br />

up some of the most gorgeous flower arrangements you’ve ever seen!<br />


Stefan Smuts’ lifelong fascination with anything green<br />

and growing was sparked at a very young age in his<br />

gran’s garden. She used to compose floral arrangements<br />

for various functions, and quickly picked up on her<br />

grandson’s curiosity when it came to selecting the<br />

flowers and foliage. She taught him countless tips and<br />

tricks around the garden, how to fold and bend leaves<br />

in interesting ways, and how to combine textures and<br />

colours for the most exquisite floral arrangements.<br />

Fast forward a couple of years, and at just 16, Stefan did<br />

his first wedding flowers. After school, he was eager to<br />

pursue his dreams and became a fully qualified wedding<br />

planner and flower and décor specialist. And so Black<br />

Tulip Floral & Décor Styling was born, a business which<br />

specialises in flower arranging, décor rentals, candles and,<br />

of course, styling.<br />

After having seen the first season of kykNET’s<br />

The Greenest Fingers - a competition<br />

show where amateur gardeners,<br />

flower arrangers and enthusiasts<br />

compete against each other to<br />

be crowned as The Greenest<br />

Fingers winner - Stefan’s<br />

friends and family knew it<br />

was something right up his<br />

alley. With some motivation<br />

and encouragement, the<br />

humble flower fundi was<br />

persuaded to take a leap<br />

of faith and enter the<br />

second season.<br />

After surprising the judges<br />

week after week with his wellplanned<br />

arrangements and<br />

creativity, Stefan was eventually<br />

crowned the winner. Giving credit<br />

where credit is due, he dedicated<br />

his well-deserved win to no one else<br />

but his beloved gran.<br />

Passionate about showcasing the magic of<br />

flowers, Stefan tells us more about what it entails…<br />

20 Get It Magazine <strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>23</strong><br />

Your floral arrangement style? I would simply describe it as<br />

fine art. Sophisticated, with the finest detail in simplicity, and<br />

a touch of drama. I also love accents of black, which I believe<br />

is one of my most evident trademarks.<br />

Fave part of the job? Weddings! Just because I have such<br />

a big love for the beauty and creative side of it. I really<br />

enjoy working on bridal bouquets… and with that, the<br />

table decorations.<br />

Most important elements of a good bouquet? A good<br />

balance of different colour combinations, textures, sizes<br />

and shapes. While the bouquet has to be loose and<br />

flowing, it’s still important for the focal point to pop. If it’s<br />

a bridal bouquet, it has to compliment the bride’s look<br />

and dress. One also has to be very careful for it not to<br />

overwhelm her overall look.<br />

Your secret to the perfect flower<br />

arrangement? I usually start off<br />

with some good music. Then, I<br />

identify my focal point, and<br />

work my way around. I<br />

make sure to spread<br />

everything in a way that<br />

creates the perfect<br />

balance and rhythm. I<br />

then work in different<br />

levels and layers<br />

for some depth,<br />

and finish off by<br />

cutting the stems<br />

at a 45 deg angle.<br />

I frequently stand<br />

back and look at my<br />

arrangement through<br />

a mirror, to make sure I<br />

didn’t miss anything.<br />

One of Stefan’s floral<br />

arrangements styled with<br />

great attention to detail and a<br />

touch of drama.

In a field of flowers, which one would you pick? I have not<br />

just one favourite flower, but four. I absolutely love a dahlia,<br />

old fashioned garden roses, ranunculus (the buttercup) and<br />

agrostemma (better known as the ocean pearl). These are by<br />

far my top four flowers. I think each one is very strong in its<br />

simplicity, offering such a beautiful focal and texture.<br />

Which flower will always be in fashion? For me, an oldfashioned<br />

garden rose is the definition of timeless. For so<br />

long it’s been a favourite for many, and probably the most<br />

used and best-known flower at weddings.<br />

If not in the garden, where can you be found? I really<br />

like spending time in the bushveld with my camera,<br />

photographing African wildlife. There is no better way for<br />

me to just relax. Even just visiting the farm in the heart of<br />

the bushveld and smelling the boma fire does it for me.<br />

Sometimes I might just sketch the African wildlife scenery<br />

and do artwork with dry, natural materials – hence my side<br />

business, Stofpad Fine Arts. Lastly, I really like to play piano<br />

when I get the opportunity.<br />

My floral arrangement style is fine art.<br />

Sophisticated, with the finest detail in<br />

simplicity, and a touch of drama.<br />

What’s your gran like? My grandmother, Esme Claassens, is<br />

an ordinary, humble ‘boere tannie’ who doesn’t stand back<br />

for anything. She is an incredibly artistic person and can<br />

make anything creative with just her hands. She is obsessed<br />

with flowers and plants and so it goes without saying that<br />

she’s had a beautiful garden all these years. It was always so<br />

impressive to me as a little boy, always thinking ‘how can she<br />

be so good at what she does?’. It was magic to me! In my<br />

eyes, no one could ever compete with my gran – she’s just<br />

the very best.<br />

What inspires you? I am certainly inspired by our exquisite<br />

African bushveld, and incredibly fond of our continent’s<br />

landscapes, shapes, colours and textures.<br />

Competition highlights? My favourite part was the team<br />

challenge, which was actually something I was not looking<br />

forward to. I am not a person who likes to work in teams. I<br />

prefer to work alone because I have a very strong personality<br />

in the sense that I know exactly what I want something to<br />

look like. It can be difficult for me to make someone else’s<br />

visions a part of mine. Ironically enough, I can say with 100<br />

per cent certainty that the team challenge was the most<br />

enjoyable one. It definitely changed my misperception of<br />

team work.<br />

What did you learn from The Greenest Fingers? The<br />

biggest lesson I took home is the fact that I should not<br />

underestimate myself and my work. I need to believe in<br />

myself and my talents. I also shouldn’t be afraid to work under<br />

pressure because that’s exactly where, I realised, I excel. It’s<br />

important to hold on, push through, give your best and never<br />

give up. Oh, and have fun! The rest will take care of itself.<br />

Details: Follow Black Tulip Floral & Décor Styling on Facebook and<br />

black_tulip_styling on Insta.<br />

Must-know floral arranging tips:<br />

• Always cut your solid, woody flower stems - such as roses<br />

at a 45 deg angle. • Cut your pipe shaped stems (such as<br />

daffodils) with a straight angle. • Choose flower colours<br />

that harmonise and complement each other. • Put flowers<br />

in fresh cold tap water. No ice. • Make use of repetition,<br />

rhythm, shapes and textures to keep it interesting. • Do not<br />

shift flowers too much from cool to hot areas, as they will<br />

start getting droopy and damaged. • If your hydrangeas<br />

gets droopy, cut the stems at a 45 deg angle and<br />

submerge them completely in water for two to three hours.<br />

They will be as good as new.<br />

How to make your bouquet last longer:<br />

• Remove any excess leaves. • Refill with fresh water every<br />

two to three days. • Cut stem at a 45 deg angle every two to<br />

three days. • Woody stemmed flowers such as roses prefer<br />

a deep drink. Fill the vase with up to two thirds of water. •<br />

Softer stems such as tulips and Ranunculus are happier with<br />

a shallow drink, so fill the vase just under halfway. • Always<br />

put flowers in a cool area. No direct sunlight!<br />

How to choose flowers for your next occasion:<br />

• Once you know the type of occasion it will be, determine<br />

the colour pallet and style of the event. • Choose flowers in<br />

different sizes and textures within your colour pallet.<br />

• Local seasonal flowers are much cheaper than imported<br />

flowers. • Choose the correct colour flowers with the<br />

correct meanings for the occasion (red = love, yellow =<br />

happiness, pink = romantic, white = purity, etc.)<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>23</strong> Get It Magazine 21

Colourful<br />

&calm<br />

We’re making sure our gardens look lovely and lively<br />

while prepping for seasonal change<br />

&calm<br />


We’re planting … Calibrachoa<br />

‘Midnight Kiss’ for its vivid trumpet-shaped blooms that live up to its<br />

name: Glowing deep purple diffusing into a dark centre overlaid by<br />

a bright yellow star. This neat, round plant grows 25 to 30cm high<br />

and wide and looks gorgeous in hanging baskets and containers as<br />

well as a garden groundcover. Plants are self-cleaning so they stay<br />

neat and tidy. Plenty of morning sun and some afternoon shade is<br />

recommended. Plant in fertile well-composted soil that drains well, yet<br />

remains moist. Feed once a month. The flowers attract nectar-seeking<br />

birds, bees and butterflies. Details: ballstraathof.co.za<br />

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Herb of the month<br />

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a calming herb that’s<br />

also a delicious dessert herb, used for flavouring icecreams<br />

and sorbet or added to fruit dishes and drinks. It<br />

has a gentle lemon-mint fragrance and flavour that makes<br />

a delicious tea, for sipping after dinner as a digestive or for<br />

winding down after a busy day.<br />

Lemon balm can be sown in summer through to autumn<br />

and grows in sun or partial shade. The compact plants<br />

(30 to 40cm high) are also suitable for window boxes<br />

and pots. It grows in ordinary garden soil, enriched with<br />

spadefuls of compost or in good quality potting soil.<br />

Feed pots monthly with a liquid fertiliser like <strong>Mar</strong>garet<br />

Roberts Organic Supercharger. Space plants 30cm apart<br />

and pick the leaves in the afternoon when its essential<br />

oils are the strongest. Regular picking will produce a<br />

bushier, leafier plant. It flowers in summer,<br />

producing small white blossoms<br />

with sweet nectar that attracts<br />

the bees, hence its scientific<br />

name. Melissa is Greek for<br />

honeybee. Water it well<br />

during hot, dry weather.<br />

Details: kirchhoffs.co.za<br />

Did you know that<br />

Melissa officinalis is a dog-friendly<br />

herb? A mild infusion in their drinking<br />

water helps dogs with digestive problems<br />

and helps to calm those with separation<br />

anxiety. It even reduces flatulence. Note: If<br />

used for medicinal purposes check with<br />

a reputable source for recipes<br />

and dosage.<br />

Garden tasks for <strong>Mar</strong>ch<br />

• Start sowing autumn and winter veggies.<br />

• This is the ideal month to sow sweet peas in well-prepared<br />

trenches 50cm deep. Those sown now will flower in June.<br />

• Other winter flowers that grow easily from seed are alyssum,<br />

African daisies (aka Namaqualand daisies), Bokbaaivygies<br />

(mesembryanthemums), Linaria, poppies, snapdragons,<br />

Virginian stocks, and indigenous winter colour mixes.<br />

• Fertilise shrubs with 5:1:5 or 8:1:5 to strengthen them for<br />

winter. Water camellias and azaleas regularly to encourage<br />

the development of spring buds.<br />

• Keep your lawn green during winter by fertilising now with<br />

Ludwig’s Vigorosa and water regularly.<br />

Indoor plant of the month<br />

Philodendron ‘Prince of Orange’ is a beautiful multicoloured<br />

hybrid from South America. The new leaves<br />

emerge as golden orange, mature to copper and finally turn<br />

green, with the three colours always present on the plant.<br />

It is relatively slow growing and compact (up to 60cm<br />

high) which makes it perfect for smaller spaces. To make<br />

the most of its colours, position it to receive plenty<br />

of bright, indirect light. It can also take some filtered<br />

morning sun. Like all philodendron, ‘Prince of Orange’<br />

likes moist but not wet soil. Water only after the top<br />

3cm of soil has dried. Feed once a month with a liquid<br />

fertiliser to encourage large leaves. Rotate every now<br />

for a balanced plant. Details: lvgplant.co.za<br />

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Clean. Kind. Ethical. We’re all over<br />

Eco Diva, a local, brand that’s<br />

all 100% natural plant-based<br />

ingredients. If you’re prone to<br />

breakouts, try the Acne Mini<br />

Solution Set - a 30-day starter<br />

kit that targets acne, breakouts<br />

and scarring through plant-based<br />

skin superfood formulations<br />

designed to balance skin pH and<br />

hormones. The set includes a<br />

natural face wash, an exfoliant skin<br />

polish, an hydrating masque, their<br />

Liquid Vitamin Hydra Mist, and<br />

The Ultimate Face Cream. R895<br />

from ecodiva.co.za<br />

Gentle on your skin and kind to the environment.<br />

Win win. This Earthsap Tea Tree Face Wash is gentle<br />

and has pure natural tea tree which kills bacteria and<br />

helps to control breakouts, so a great choice for acneprone<br />

or oily skin. Follow with Earthsap Tea Tree Face<br />

Toner, which has real tea tree and aloe oils to nourish<br />

and protect, without drying out your skin, plus it’s been<br />

enriched with vitamin E to combat free radical damage<br />

and slow the signs of ageing. R94 each from Wellness<br />

Warehouse, health shops, faithful-to-nature.co.za, and<br />

selected Spars and Pick n Pays.<br />

The Sh’zen Natural Essence range<br />

is perfect for teen skins. Try the<br />

Purifying Cleansing Wash foaming<br />

cleanser with a natural antibacterial<br />

action (R349), the Skin Life Oil,<br />

with 100 per cent natural plant and<br />

essentials oils works to purify, repair,<br />

restore and rebalance skin - use<br />

whenever skin needs extra comfort<br />

(R465), and Natural Essence Clearing<br />

Lotion spot-control treatment which<br />

works fast and is exceptional for acneprone<br />

teenagers, drying up spots and<br />

helping prevent further eruptions.<br />

(R249). For stockists visit shzen.co.za<br />

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Teen beauty<br />

Apply a<br />

small tab<br />

of RITES<br />

Sweet<br />

Sidekick<br />

sugar lip<br />

scrub for<br />

smooth lips.<br />

R80 from<br />

rites.co.za<br />

Happi Eau De Parfum<br />

- a clean sparkling<br />

fragrance, delicately<br />

fragranced with the<br />

floral notes of lilies,<br />

peonies, violet leaves<br />

and patchouli.<br />

R539. For stockists<br />

visit shzen.co.za<br />

Keep one of these Gatineau<br />

Clear & Perfect SOS<br />

Spot Sticks in your bag.<br />

A self-sterilising rollerball<br />

applicator, it’s soothing antiinflammatory<br />

formula can be<br />

applied throughout the day<br />

to reduce redness, tighten<br />

pores and limit shine. R470<br />

from orleanscosmetics.co.za<br />

For Insta selfies and party confidence,<br />

try applying your foundation with this<br />

Bubble Makeup Sponge. Used wet,<br />

it’s mega soft and mimics skin pores to<br />

give you a natural, airbrushed look ... no<br />

special skills or IG filters required.<br />

R370 from Woolworths.co.za<br />

Girls just wanna have fun.<br />

Missguided Babe Heat<br />

fragrance has just launched ...<br />

and you’re going to love it!<br />

R699, only from Foschini<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

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Nutrition for mums-to-be<br />

Tips on meeting babe’s - and your - nutritional health<br />

Does what you eat in pregnancy<br />

really matter?<br />

There’s nothing quite like pregnancy<br />

to focus your attention on your<br />

health and well-being. Most momsto-be<br />

naturally have questions and<br />

concerns about their nutrition so that<br />

they meet the needs of their growing<br />

baby. Of course, you also want to<br />

maintain a strong and healthy body<br />

that is well-prepared for birth and the<br />

rigours of new motherhood.<br />

Healthy eating during your pregnancy<br />

helps to ensure a healthy pregnancy<br />

weight and helps your baby develop<br />

normally and have a birth weight<br />

of at least 2.5kg. Pregnancy is not<br />

the time to be experimenting with<br />

diet fads or taking nutrition advice<br />

from non-experts. Rediscover Dairy<br />

dietitian <strong>Mar</strong>etha Vermaak says: “For<br />

your baby to be born healthy, growth<br />

and development need to happen<br />

on quite a strict schedule during<br />

each of the trimesters and therefore<br />

these timeframes are called critical<br />

periods. If certain nutrients are in<br />

short supply during these critical<br />

periods, development or growth<br />

may be disrupted. Having a healthy,<br />

nutrient-dense diet even before you<br />

fall pregnant will give you and your<br />

baby a good start.”<br />

No, you don’t need to eat for two! This<br />

adage is often interpreted as eating<br />

double, but your energy needs during<br />

pregnancy actually increase very<br />

little. In the first trimester you have no<br />

increased energy needs. In the second<br />

trimester, you need approximately<br />

1470 extra kilojoules, and in the third<br />

trimester, that increases to only 1890<br />

extra kilojoules. However, kilojoule<br />

counting is not an exact science, and<br />

it’s too hard to accurately maintain<br />

on a daily basis. <strong>Mar</strong>etha says it<br />

can be helpful instead to monitor<br />

your weight gain and increase or<br />

decrease your energy intake relative<br />

to that. “However, the best approach<br />

is to focus on your nutrient intake,<br />

understanding the role of nutrients in<br />


a healthy pregnancy and making sure<br />

that the nutritional quality of your<br />

food is good.”<br />

From conception to birth, your baby’s<br />

cells will divide rapidly, highlighting<br />

the importance of having the right<br />

fuel to support these processes. Here<br />

are six star-nutrients to focus on:<br />

• Protein - During pregnancy your<br />

protein needs to increase by 50 per<br />

cent to support the development of<br />

your growing baby’s body. However,<br />

most people exceed the daily<br />

recommendation for protein (0.8g/kg/<br />

day) and so increasing your protein<br />

intake is not likely to be necessary.<br />

What you can do is focus on the<br />

quality of the protein you consume.<br />

Choose a variety of animal and plantbased<br />

proteins and opt for minimallyprocessed<br />

foods. Some examples of<br />

good protein choices include milk<br />

and other dairy products such as<br />

maas, yoghurt and cheese, fatty fish<br />

such as sardines, pilchards or cooked<br />

seafood, as well as meat and poultry,<br />

eggs, legumes, nuts and seeds.<br />

• Folate - This is a B-vitamin that is<br />

critical for DNA synthesis and cell<br />

division. Not having enough folate<br />

can lead to neural tube defects in<br />

your growing baby. This nutrient<br />

is so important that all women of<br />

childbearing age are advised to<br />

consume it in adequate amounts.<br />

Foods rich in folate include dark-green<br />

leafy vegetables, fruits and grains as<br />

well as nuts, legumes, seafood, eggs,<br />

dairy products, meat and poultry.<br />

• Iron - Additional iron is important<br />

for mum, because during pregnancy<br />

blood volume increases, which means<br />

that there are more red blood cells<br />

with each needing iron to function.<br />

Additional iron is also stored by your<br />

baby, especially in the final weeks of<br />

gestation. Many women enter their<br />

pregnancies with low iron stores<br />

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and so the risk for iron deficiency<br />

anaemia increases as the pregnancy<br />

progresses. Good sources of iron are<br />

red meat and eggs. Eating vegetables<br />

and fruit high in vitamin C together<br />

with iron-rich foods will improve the<br />

absorption of iron.<br />

Tip: As milk and dairy inhibit the<br />

absorption of iron, it is best to have<br />

iron-rich foods - or a supplement<br />

- during the day rather than with<br />

breakfast, which usually contains milk<br />

or dairy products.<br />

• Zinc – This is an important mineral<br />

for cell division and immune function,<br />

but women generally do not get<br />

enough of this nutrient every day.<br />

Animal foods such as meat, seafood<br />

and dairy products, and also plantbased<br />

foods such as legumes, nuts<br />

and seeds are good sources of zinc.<br />

• Omega-3 fatty acids - Brain and eye<br />

development rely on adequate levels<br />

of omega-3 fatty acids. Protein-rich<br />

foods such as fatty fish, nuts and<br />

seeds are good sources of omega 3<br />

fats too.<br />

• Calcium – Pregnancy boosts your<br />

body’s ability to absorb and store<br />

calcium. Consuming about 1200mg<br />

of calcium a day during pregnancy is<br />

important not only for forming your<br />

baby’s bones and teeth but also for<br />

maintaining your own bone health.<br />

Milk and dairy products such as maas,<br />

yoghurt and cheese are great sources<br />

of calcium that is easily absorbed<br />

by the body. Three to four servings<br />

of dairy a day are recommended to<br />

help you reach your required calcium<br />

intake. Fish usually eaten with their<br />

bones, such as tinned sardines, can<br />

also be a valuable source of calcium.<br />

One extra micronutrient ... one<br />

nutrient that we have not touched<br />

on is iodine which plays a role in the<br />

production of thyroid hormones.<br />

Thyroid hormones impact on<br />

maternal energy, metabolism and<br />

support the growth and development<br />

of the baby in the first trimester.<br />

In addition, it is a vital nutrient<br />

for proper brain development,<br />

potentially affecting neurocognitive<br />

outcomes of children later in their<br />

lives. During pregnancy, thyroid<br />

hormone production increases by 50<br />

per cent, which means you need to<br />

make iodine-rich foods part of your<br />

diet. In South Africa, many people<br />

meet their iodine needs by using<br />

iodised salt. However, as eating a lot<br />

of salt is generally not recommended,<br />

especially for those with high blood<br />

pressure, it is best not to rely on<br />

iodised salt as your only source of<br />

iodine. Milk and dairy products can<br />

contribute greatly to iodine intake.<br />

What else may be missing? Fibre!<br />

A high-fibre diet not only offers<br />

many health benefits, but it can also<br />

help to reduce constipation during<br />

pregnancy. Many women experience<br />

constipation during pregnancy<br />

because higher progesterone levels<br />

cause the muscles of the digestive<br />

system to relax. However, if you focus<br />

on including legumes, nuts and seeds<br />

Nutrient-dense smoothie bowl<br />

in your protein arsenal, you will get<br />

good sources of both insoluble and<br />

soluble fibre. You should also choose<br />

whole grains such as whole wheat<br />

bread, high-fibre cereals and oats,<br />

and eat a variety of vegetables and<br />

fruit every day to add enough fibre to<br />

your diet.<br />

A small change that makes a big<br />

nutritional difference. <strong>Mar</strong>etha says:<br />

“Changing your diet can be difficult,<br />

so it is best to aim for small changes<br />

that make a big nutritional difference.<br />

Improving the quality of your protein<br />

intake during pregnancy can have<br />

a dramatic impact on your nutrient<br />

intake, especially when it comes to<br />

nutrients that are critical for proper<br />

growth and development.”<br />

Here’s a quick and easy, nutrient-dense smoothie bowl recipe that helps you<br />

meet many of the optimal nutrition requirements during your pregnancy.<br />

You’ll need: 2 handfuls baby spinach, 3/4 of an apple, 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger,<br />

1/2 frozen mango, 200ml plain full cream yoghurt, toasted nuts, seeds, raisins,<br />

small dollops of full cream yoghurt and cinnamon for toppings.<br />

To make: In a high-powered blender add the spinach, apple, ginger, frozen<br />

mango and full cream yoghurt. Blend until nice and smooth. You can add a<br />

small amount of water just to get it going. Pour into a bowl and garnish the top<br />

with anything that takes your fancy, like toasted nuts, seeds, and raisins as well<br />

as a couple of small dollops of full cream yoghurt. Then add a small dusting<br />

of cinnamon.<br />

Good to note: This 350ml smoothie bowl achieves 35 per cent of the daily<br />

recommended protein intake, 61.5 per cent of the daily recommended iodine<br />

intake and almost 40 per cent daily recommended calcium intake, for pregnant<br />

women. For more recipes and inspiration, visit rediscoverdairy.co.za.<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>23</strong> Get It Magazine 27


Help for new mums<br />

A new babe. Congrats. Such an exciting time. But for firsttime<br />

mums, often a little daunting. It’s a personal journey<br />

... to breastfeed or to share the feeding process with a<br />

partner, or a combination of the two. To offer a soother or<br />

not. So many decisions as you figure out the best way of<br />

doing things for you and your baby. Whichever you decide,<br />

there’s a gadget to help ... here are some of the best on the<br />

baby shelves.<br />

This Philips Avent Electric Breast Pump mimics a baby’s<br />

natural feeding movement for pumping that is simple, fast<br />

and gentle. Research shows that babies use a peristaltic<br />

movement, which is a special, wave-like tongue motion,<br />

to help release milk quickly when breastfeeding, a motion<br />

replicated by this pump, which uses a combination of<br />

suction and unique nipple stimulation to mimic a suckling<br />

motion, initiating milk let down for a comfortable and<br />

quicker milk flow. Loads of great features,<br />

including a personalised experience<br />

and memory function, one size<br />

soft and adaptive silicone<br />

cushion and<br />

express<br />

without<br />

leaning<br />

forward.<br />

R3900.<br />

When it’s<br />

time for<br />

baby’s next<br />

feed, the<br />

Phillips<br />

Avent Bottle<br />

Warmer<br />

gently warms<br />

their milk<br />

or food in three minutes, gradually and continuously to<br />

prevent hotspots. The easy to operate warmer also has a<br />

handy defrost setting (safer than defrosting in a microwave<br />

and more convenient than using water). R1580.50<br />

Sterilising. Bottles. Dummies. Toys. New mums are obsessed.<br />

So say hello to the Philips Avent Advanced Electric<br />

Sterilizer, with which you can sterilise up to six feeding<br />

bottles with accessories in just 10 minutes. It’s slim but<br />

roomy, fast and efficient, and kills 99.9 per cent of germs<br />

(phew .... sigh of relief from mum). It’s also easy to clean, is<br />

designed to reduce the chance of unpleasant odours and<br />

stays sterile for 24 hours. R3020.20<br />

Each to his own, but we’re firm believers in soothes. The<br />

Philips Avent Ultra Air collection has extra-large holes<br />

to keep skin dry. Its lightweight shield is designed for<br />

maximum airflow. It’s easy to find in the dark, respects the<br />

shape of palate, teeth, and gums, comes in fashionable<br />

colours and you can sterilse and store it in one handy<br />

case. For babes up to 18 months, R180.95 to R<strong>23</strong>2.60 for a<br />

two-pack.<br />

Fancy winning your fave gadget on the page? Pop over to<br />

@getitptamagazine on Instagram, find the post and follow<br />

the prompts!<br />

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Hey babe ...<br />

Where’s Octi? These little 100 per cent cotton<br />

crochet Octis offer reassurance and security<br />

to babes. The Octi head resembles the<br />

placenta and their curly tentacles mimic<br />

the umbilical cord, and apparently<br />

babies that cuddle an Octi<br />

have an improvement in<br />

breathing, as well as more<br />

regulated heartbeats and<br />

an increase in oxygen<br />

levels. Either way ...<br />

they’re just so cute.<br />

Made locally by a mum<br />

and daughter duo, Octis<br />

cost R249 from qscollection.<br />

co.za or order directly on<br />

Instagram @wheresocti<br />

We’re big fans of Epi-max ... so yay yay for new products<br />

in the Baby and Junior range. The new Baby & Junior<br />

pH Balanced Unscented Wipes have 80 in the pack ...<br />

great for your nappy bag, car, and pram, to clean, refresh<br />

and moisturise whenever you need. (R40.63). Also new,<br />

Baby & Junior Glycerine Bar, gentle and perfect if your<br />

babe’s sensitive skin in prone to dryness. (R29.90). Not new<br />

... but never-be-without-it .. Baby Bum Barrier Cream ...<br />

protects, conditions, and restores sensitive skin and forms<br />

a protective barrier between nappy and baby which repels<br />

the wetness that leads to nappy rash. R89.63.<br />

The Giggle and<br />

Beans baby and<br />

maternity range is so<br />

gorgeous. This Forest<br />

Shadows’ baby<br />

swaddle blanket<br />

and top knot beanie<br />

set, made from soft<br />

stretch cotton,<br />

is a perfect baby<br />

blanket for swaddling<br />

your newborn,<br />

keeping them<br />

snug. R499 from<br />

giggleandbeans.co.za<br />

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If you love all things nature-inspired, Summer is the best time to get your family involved<br />

in your downtime activities – from hikes, to cycling adventures and running trails.<br />

When planning your next outdoor<br />

activity with the family, the most<br />

important thing is to be organised<br />

and prepared, plus have the right gear<br />

to make things efficient and easy on<br />

the day. It won’t be long before you<br />

realise that bringing your kids along is<br />

one of the best ways to enjoy quality<br />

time together and explore the beauty<br />

of the outdoors.<br />

Thule has a range of premium<br />

products that allow you and your<br />

family to fully immerse yourselves in<br />

your favourite outdoor activity.<br />

Here’s a roundup of must-have gear<br />

for your next adventure:<br />

For the cyclists…<br />

Exploring the great outdoors on two<br />

wheels is fast becoming a popular<br />

choice among families, and whether<br />

you’re planning on taking in a coastline<br />

or cycling along the Garden Route,<br />

bike trailers and bike seats open up<br />

the possibilities for pedal powered<br />

adventures with the family.<br />

The smart, intuitive and award-winning<br />

designs of the Thule rear child bike<br />

seats and front-mounted baby bike<br />

seats include features like quick and<br />

secure mounting and dismounting –<br />

and will give you and your precious<br />

passenger a safe, easy, and enjoyable<br />

ride. As your child grows, you can also<br />

conveniently adjust the foot straps and<br />

foot rests.<br />

Thule bike trailers are perfect for family<br />

commutes or fun weekend bike trips,<br />

the Thule Courier even switches from a<br />

child bike trailer to a bike cargo trailer, or<br />

a dog bike trailer with an optional kit.<br />

Top Tip: Before you start cycling with<br />

your little one in a bike seat or trailer<br />

practise without them. Make sure you<br />

are confident on your bike, and get<br />

some miles under your belt.<br />

Details: thulestore.co.za<br />

For the hikers…<br />

If you prefer hiking, an innovative child carrier backpack that at once gives your<br />

little one a great view and a comfortable and secure ride is a must.<br />

The adjustable Thule Sapling Child Carrier features an ergonomic seat and<br />

distributes the child’s weight, while the back panel and hip belt are quick and easy<br />

to adjust and effortlessly transitions between parents – a lifesaver on longer hikes.<br />

Top Tip: For added peace of mind, you might want to consider a child carrier that<br />

comes with a mirror and allows you to keep an eye on your precious cargo, as well<br />

as a rain cover to ensure that your little one stays dry.<br />

For the trail runners…<br />

Running with your kids can be rewarding and challenging all in one. From<br />

adjusting to the new routine of changing your stride to figuring out how to hold<br />

the handlebar efficiently, to adding some weight as you push the pace uphill,<br />

there are lots of things to consider when beginning to jog with your child.<br />

Thule’s Urban Glide is high performance all-terrain jogging stroller with a sleek,<br />

lightweight design that is all about comfort for you and your little one. The front<br />

wheel swivels for easy manoeuverability, plus locks into place for jogging for<br />

increased stability, when moving at a fast pace.<br />

Top Tips: When it comes to buying your jogging stroller, safety is first. Don’t settle<br />

for anything less than the highest standards when it comes to design, flexibility,<br />

safety and quality. Look for features such as a 5-point safety harness and an<br />

integrated hand brake.<br />

Pack lots of water and snacks! A water bottle is a must for any bike ride. Even if<br />

riding in a bike trailer isn’t physically active, kids still need plenty of fluids to stay<br />

cool and to replace the water they lose through sweating.<br />

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babes with an appetite) head over to thulestore.co.za where the range is<br />

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