Win Baby Nike and Jordan Clothes for your baby 0-12 months

trendy baby clothes Nike and JordanYour little baby can be completely on trend and groovy in this cute, sporty apparel. SA mom blogs is giving away two hampers of baby clothes worth R1500 each.

Looking to make your little one look stylish and to be the next sports star? He or she will look super groovy in these threads that will tell everyone “Just Do It” or will emulate the sports star Micheal Jordan. 

 

Jordan Kids is inspired by basketball star Michael Jordan. It will keep the little ones warm and active and consists of hoodies, tees and caps. 

As you can see for the older kids, this range is comfortable and super cool for all young basketball enthusiasts or anyone who wants to be sporty and active.

Nike wants to get kids active early . The symbolic swoosh and the “Just Do It” logo are present in functional and fashion forward clothes for both girls and boys. 

The idea is to inspire confidence on every sportsground they enter, so that they feel like winners with unlimited potential.  It’s all about giving them a lifelong passion and love for sport. 

Check out these kids wearing their Nike threads. Don’t they look cool?

Want to win some Nike or Jordan baby clothes for your little one? All you have to do is comment below with the age of your baby and we will send you the appropriate size for your little one between 0-12 months.

 

Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition will run for a week. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page, and emailed. 
  2. This competition is open to SA residents only. 
  3. The prize is not transferable.
  4. If you have won on SA Mom Blogs in the past 3 months you will not be eligible to win this competition

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Heat Blasting away with Ben Ten toys (and win some for yourself)

Heatblast Transform -N- Blast Ben Ten toysThe other morning we were on our way to school and Nicky took his Ben Ten toy “Transform-N-Battle” Heatblast with. For a kid obsessed with rockets and blasting off, this toy’s ability to shoot out a fireball with the help of a spring is very groovy. So we “Heatblasted” off all the way on our journey. He has also been playing with a little Diamondhead figure, and we are giving both away on the blog today.

Ben Ten is one of the longest running original cartoons on Cartoon Network (according to Wikipedia). It’s about a boy, Ben Tennyson, who, with the aid of an Omnitrix watch,  has the ability to transform into a number of different aliens.

Of course it’s much more fun to act these feats out in real life, with  the aid of toys.

 

The Transform-N-Battle allows you to become your favourite alien. It consists of a mask and an arm piece with a movement action. So for the Heatblast one that we tested, you press a lever and out the fire blast springs. Nicky has been enjoying walking around shooting it out. The other morning I knew he was awake because I could hear this familiar “click” of the spring as he repeatedly shot it out.

Diamondhead Ben Ten toysThe other toy we have been playing with is a Diamondhead figure. I’m actually quite impressed with the quality of this toy. The plastic substance he is made out of has an interesting soft texture. The appendages rotate fully. The legs can actually do the splits! So he is able to form all sorts of interesting positions. He comes with a crystal blade you attach to his hand. Diamonds being a very hard, unbreakable substance, he has a super indestructable weapon. At the moment he has been hanging out in the bath with the other bath toys helping Zebra, Parrot, Horse and Lion defeat their enemies. In fact these fave toys have been inspecting the new arrivals, as you can see.

 

Nicky also has a Omnitrix watch (basic) which contains 40 alien phrases when you turn the device around.

 

 

Ben Ten toys in the shopIn fact there are a number of different Ben Ten toys that are out now.  We saw a whole lot at our local Toy Kingdom. There is a “Power Up” version where you press a button at the back and it speaks along with some light effects. You can have the larger figures and also the more Deluxe version of the Omnitrix watch.

 

It’s so important for kids to be kids and just play with their toys. I never get tired of just watching Nicky invent various scenarios, and it amuses me no end how Parrot and Zebra and company have to inspect the “visitor” before they play with him. Now he is a super duper alien with his indestructable diamond powers to help them against the bad guys in the police boat. 

Would you like to win your own Transform-N-Battle and Basic Figure? All you have to do is leave a comment below. 

This post is sponsored by Prima Toys. 

Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition will run for a week. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page, and emailed. 
  2. This competition is open to SA residents only. 
  3. The prize is not transferable.
  4. If you have won on SA Mom Blogs in the past 3 months you will not be eligible to win this competition

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Dry Hair? Vichy Cares. Plus win hair products that suit your hair.

We’re in the middle of winter and our hair tends to take a beating over this cold season. However there is hope for dry hair. A lovely rich mask. I tested out the Vichy Nourishing and Reparative range and would like to share my results with you.

In May I had my hair coloured to look good for the #JoziMeetup.  Colouring hair definitely gives a lift to any woman, but in winter weather it isn’t the best for the condition of your hair. David, the stylist at Isobel’s salon, ran his hands through my hair before he had even coloured it.

“You need a hair mask,” was his definitive conclusion. 

So after those words were uttered I was on the lookout for a suitable solution. It arrived in the form of Vichy Nourishing and Reparative Shampoo, Conditioner and Mask. 

These Vichy products are part of the Dercos range. This set meets your fundamental needs by treating and reinforcing the bulb, the scalp and the fibers. With care available for every hair concern, Dercos gives your locks a new lease of life. Here are the different kinds available:

-Anti Dandruff Shampoo
-Ultra Soothing Shampoo
-Oil control treatment Shampoo
-Nourishing Reparative Range
 
I tested out the last one on the list. 
 

My hair before

This is my hair before. Dry, brittle, colour treated and in need of some moisture. 

 
I started with the shampoo. Then I rinsed that out and turned off the water. (Save water, you all!) I put the mask in. I found that I obtained better results the longer I left it in. So in other words, if I rinsed it out immediately – no effect. One minute (which is what the box said) = huge difference. So I did about two minutes. I put the water back on (and while I fine tuned the temperature that gave me some extra time) and rinsed it off.
 
Now it probably wasn’t necessary to put the conditioner on as well, but I wanted to go the whole hog so I did that too.
 

My hair after three washes

I did all three for three washes and it had this effect:

 
Since then I’ve cut down on the mask but I will still be doing that at least once a week. It makes such a difference and I am getting compliments about my hair .
 
 
 
The reparative range is for those with dry, damaged and brittle hair that has been exposed to multiple aggressions such as brushing, washing, drying and repeated chemical treatments. 
 
-Nourishing and Reparative Cream Shampoo: RRSP: R199
-Nourishing and Reparative Conditioner: RRSP: R225
-Nourishing and Reparative Rich Mask: RRSP: R320

 

VIchy also has a skin care range for those suffering from dry skin in this season. It’s called “Aqualia Thermal” and will boost hydration. The range is dermatologically tested and includes serums, blams and moisturuisers for dehydrated skin. Enriched with Vichy Thermal Spa Water, the Aqualia Thermal products sooth and moisturise your skin for up to 48 hours.  

 

Does your hair need help? Does it have a dandruff problem? Oily? Need soothing? Or just some reparative help like me?

Vichy is giving away a personalised hair hamper! All you have to do is follow them on Instagram and receive additional entries for other social media follows, using the Rafflecopter mechanism.

 

Check out more info on Vichy on their  website. 

 

 

Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition will run for a week. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page, and emailed. 
  2. This competition is open to SA residents only. 
  3. The prize is not transferable.
  4. If you have won on SA Mom Blogs in the past 3 months you will not be eligible to win this competition. 

 

 

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cape Town moms! Win a skin tightening for your stomach! (um.. “mom pooch”)

I remember back in my teens and twenties when I had a flat stomach. Somewhere after I hit 30, and definitely after pregnancy, well… it is definitely no longer flat. It’s flabby and at the wrong angle you could definitely accuse me of looking.. well.. a few months along.. sigh…  So short of doing a relentless ab workout (which I have done in the past) there is another alternative, specially targeted at those 3 months post birth, but will still have an effect to reduce and improve your stomach.  SA Mom blogs is giving away a skin tightening treatment to a winner in Cape Town.

Pregnancy can wreck havoc on your body. Stretch marks. Ug. I was so good with the Bio Oil on my stomach but I forgot to do it on my boobs. I still have stretch marks there. Pigmentation. Fatty deposits in unwanted places.

As your body has created new life, you owe it to yourself to restore and heal your body afterwards. And this is where Pulse Dermatology and Laser comes in.

This establishment is run by Amy Bowie, a new mom herself.  So she has a special understanding of what you are going through. 

Pulse offers a range of treatments post-pregnancy.

Mesotherapy / Micropen (uses tiny needles to create micro-injuries so that the technician can get better penetration of active ingredients and trick the skin into rebuilding a newer healthier version of itself)

Pregnancy Pigmentation (Cosmelan de-pigmentation program by Mesoestetics. It is very strict and precise but the results are amazing, giving patients an average reduction in pigmentation of 95%!)

Hormonal Acne (the Pulse Dermatology and Laser Medifacial which combines either a ‘No-Peel’ peel  or some crystal microdermabrasion to reduce blockages and impurities with some healing and antibacterial LED light therapy. Add in some glycolic acid for cleaning out pores while promoting cell renewal and some phytic acid and you are all set on the path to fresh glowing skin.

NIR Skin Tight Laser (this is the one we are giving away)

The first point of call for postnatal abdomens  is laser. The Near Infra-Red laser heats up the dermis (the under layer of the skin where collagen is produced) to cause tissue regeneration and contraction of existing collagen bands, and is used to treat loose, wrinkled skin all over the body and face. It is pain free as far as laser treatments go and gives patients absolutely no ‘down time’, allowing them to resume their treatment. It is also excellent at shrinking and smoothing stretchmarks. This treatment can be used on all skin colours safely and effectively. It is best to start treatment within 3-month post birth as it yields the best results – an average 60-90% reduction, but if it’s been a few years you can still significantly reduce and improve the areas treated.

NIR stands for Near Infa-Red. This is the type of light emitted during your skin tightening treatment. The light heats the skin and tissue immediately under the skin’s surface.

The heat produced during the treatment simulates the infiltration of fibroblast and the formation of new collagen, while also tightening the existing bundles of collagen and elastin in the skin. This both thickens and tightens the skin, strengthening the natural “scaffold” that gives our skin structure. This works not not only on current appearance but also bolsters against future aging. Healthy collagen in the dermis helps maintain the skins’ youthful resilience and texture. 

For more info and more pics on how they target other areas as well see the website. 

 

Would you like to win a treatment? SA Mom blogs is giving you an opportunity to experience the treatment. This is designed so that if you were perhaps thinking about the it and wanting to try it but not sure about spending the money or pain association etc– you would then have the opportunity to see the benefits and make an informed decision. 

All you have to do is follow the Rafflecopter prompts. You must visit their Facebook page. The rest are additional points that will improve your chances of winning. 

Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition will run for a week. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page, and emailed. 
  2. This competition is open to SA residents only who would be able to attend the prize treatment in Cape Town. 
  3. The prize is not transferable.
  4. If you have won on SA Mom Blogs in the past 3 months you will not be eligible to win this competition.

 

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Win four family ticket sets to the World of Cats and Dogs, 14-16 July

Do you have a special pet or more in your life? I grew up with cats and now I have had dogs. (Just one dog now. A fat dog. Coff dog that eats Nicky’s leftovers). Whether you’re a cat or a dog person you can celebrate both at the World of Cats and Dogs, 14-16 July. SA Mom blogs is giving away four family sets of tickets, valued at R 400 per set.

WODAC PET EXPO is Africa’s most established, successful and largest Pet Expo involving manufacturers, distributors, retailers, wholesalers, government bodies, clubs, breeders and associations from all over South Africa and overseas.

More than 20,000 people visit the show each year.

WODAC features include:

  • 2 indoor entertainment arenas
  • Pet Health and Wellness Workshop Area
  • Demonstration Areas
  • Hall of Dogs
  • Hall of Cats
  • Hall of Snakes & Reptiles
  • Spectacular Koi fish outdoor pavilion
  • Stables and equine attractions
  • Animal welfare and rescue organisations
  • Main Exhibition Hall featuring all things pet related from food, nutrition and healthcare solutions to accessories, toys, treats and grooming products

 

  • WODAC’s 2017 event highlights are:

FRIDAY 14 July

Main Arena

10h00 WODAC Dog Jumping

11h00 Magic of Horses Parade 

11h30 Weaving Poles & Tunnelling

12h00 Flyball

13h15 SUPREME PET FOOD Carting Display

14h00 REGAL PET HEALTH Agility – Contact Large

           REGAL PET HEALTH Agility – Small/Medium

           REGAL Pet Hero Parade 

15h30 Magic of Horses Parade

16h00 Canine Survivor – Round 1

16h30 Grand Masters (Veteran) Dog Finals

16h45 Ronnie Magic & The Wag Team

Arena 2

10h00 THE CITIZEN Canine Good Citizen Bronze

11h15 Ronnie Magic & The Wag Team

12h00 Dancing with Dogs International Competition

14h00 Grand Masters – Veteran dogs (Final Main Arena at 16h30)

14h30 Dog Dancing Demonstration

14h45 Silver Lead Open Challenge

16h00 Dog Dancing Demonstration

16h15 KUSA Breed Parade

16h30 THE CITIZEN Canine Good Citizen Bronze

17h30 SHOW CLOSES

SATURDAY 15 July

MAIN ARENA

09h00 Flyball event

09h30 Canine Survivor – Round 2

10h00 WODAC Dog Jumping – Knock-out Pairs

11h15 SUPREME PET FOOD Dog Carting Display

11h45 Breeders Challenge

12h30 Magic of Horses Parade

13h00 BETH BABBIN’S Dogs of the World Parade 

14h00 Magic of Horses Breed Parade

14h30 WODAC/REGAL PET HEALTH Indoor Agility Grand Prix

15h30 60-Weaving Pole Challenge

16h00 SA Dog Dancing Championships

17h00 WODAC DOG OLYMPIC GAMES – Large & Small/Medium Dogs

ARENA 2

09h00 PRO-PET Youngstars Breed Event – Puppies & Juniors  & Final on the Sunday

11h30 WODAC Pet Fashion Show

12h00 Tunnelling

12h30 KC Dog School Junior Handlers Mini Agility and Clicker Tricks Display Team

13h00  Child & Junior Show Dog Handlers Competition Round 1

13h45 KUSA Show Dog of the Year Presentation

14h00 ANIMALTALK Top 32 SA Bred Dogs

16h00 Beth’s Puppy Training Demo

16h30 THE CITIZEN Canine Good Citizen Silver

17h30 SHOW CLOSES

SUNDAY 16 July

Main Arena

09h00 REGAL PET HEALTH Agility – Contact

10h30 Mixfm Celebrity Welfare Dog Jumping

11h00 Flyball event

11h30 Child & Junior Show Dog Handlers Competition Round 2 / Final

11h50 Magic of Horses Parade

12h15 ANIMALTALK Top 32 SA Bred Dog Final

13h15 SUPREME PET FOOD Dog Carting Display

13h45 Canine Survivor Final

14h00 Magic of Horses Parade

14h30 Dancing with Dogs by the 2016 SA Champion

 Followed by the DOG SHOW FINALS – “PRO-PET Youngstars” (Best Puppy, Best Junior & Overall Best Youngstar), “Silver Lead” Open Challenge and the SUPREME “Golden Collar” Challenge of the Champions

15h30 WODAC National Cat Show Finals

16h00 60-Weaving Pole Challenge

16h30 Dog Jumping – Speed

17h30 WODAC INCREDIBLE DOG Award

Arena 2

09h00 SUPREME PET FOOD “Golden Collar” Challenge of the Champions

11h15 Canine Survivor – Round 3

12h00 KC Dog School Junior Handlers Mini Agility and Clicker Tricks Display Team

12h30 THE CITIZEN Canine Good Citizen – Gold

13h30 RONNIE MAGIC and The Wag team

14h15 Tunnelling – Fun event for dogs

15h30 Dancing with Dogs International

17h30 SHOW CLOSES

Please note that the programme is subject to change.

WODAC Pet expo, promoting responsible pet ownership, will be staged from 14 – 16 July at the Gallagher Convention Centre. Featuring champion animals, scores of demonstrations and a huge range of pet products, WODAC is South Africa’s largest pet expo, traditionally attracting around 20,000 visitors each year. See the full event programme here. For more information, email info@dogscats.co.za or call   031-7654286

Entrance Fees: Tickets cost R 100 per adult on the weekend of 15-16 July. The pensioner and student rate is R 80. Children under 12 pay R 50, and children under the age of two enter at no charge.

On Friday 14 July, adults, pensioners and students pay R 75, and children under the age of 12 enter at no charge.

Regrettably you cannot bring your own pets along!

For further information visit www.dogscats.co.za

 

 

To enter, comment below on why you’d like to go.

 

T&C’s

  1. This competition will run for a week. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page, and emailed. 
  2. This competition is open to SA residents only who would be able to attend the show in Johannesburg. 
  3. The prize is not transferable.
  4. If you have won on SA Mom Blogs in the past 3 months you will not be eligible to win this competition.

Win a hair cut and 20% off colour!

Noir Hair Studio is right in the middle of Bryanston. 309 Bryanston Rd to be precise. So you’d expect them to be terribly expensive and out of reach for normal folk like us. But if you venture there you’ll find them very down to earth, and they don’t charge Bryanston prices either.

The owner of the salon is Isabel Ngulube, who is also a blogger at MzansiFro. I credit Isabel for making me look so fantastic at our last #JoziMeetup. You’ll see Isobel on the left in this pic with fellow bloggers Funso and Olerato.

I had half my hair coloured by David at her salon. Now normally with previous hair stylists that I have been to, when they do half a head it really means just that top bit. I would say David actually did more like three quarters of the head. He also mixed things up not just doing blonde but alternating blonde and light brown so that when the colour grows out it won’t look so unnatural. In fact it looks pretty natural (sun kissed)  now. 

He then asked if he could do what he liked for the blow dry and I said yes. I normally always go for the normal bob look but this time  he curved my hair very stylishly. My hair tends to scoop in on the one side and up on the other and with this style it complimented its natural tendencies.  

The stylists she employs have 12 years of experience between them and have also done internship at Franco International. They use both Joico and Matrix products. One of their most popular treatment is Brazilian Cacau  which is also a lot cheaper than what you’ll find at other stylists in the area. Also check out the “silk press” which you will find demonstrated in video on their social media pages. 

Next door to the hair salon is Dr Baumann,  They are a beauty salon that also do a lot of other aesthetic procedures. It was thanks to them that my face was presentable at the #JoziMeetup! That concealer stick worked wonders!

To see more of what Isobel and her team have been up to you can check out their 

Facebook page

Instagram

Twitter

Would you like to win a hair cut and 20% off colour at her salon? All you have to do is tell us why and/ or  follow some social media using the Rafflecopter mechanism.

T&C’s

  1. This competition will run for a week. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page, and emailed. 
  2. This competition is open to SA residents only who would be able to attend the hair studio in Bryanston, Johannesburg. 
  3. The prize is not transferable.
  4. If you have won on SA Mom Blogs in the past 3 months you will not be eligible to win this competition.

 

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Win a manicure course valued at R2200

Have you always wanted the secret to crafting the perfect set of nails? Perhaps you’ve often fancied yourself opening your own beauty shop (or working in one) but never quite got the idea off the ground? In celebration of Imablie Beauty’s training academy, we’re giving away a manicure course valued at R2200. So now is your chance to test your beauty skills out with some new nail artistic abilities. 

Have you noticed that the beauty industry is recession proof? So no matter how bad things are, women will still come to keep up appearances. It makes us feel better to look good, after all. 

The Academy distinguishes itself from all other educational institutions by its extensive
academic and practical training process, which is implemented and monitored by the top
leaders in their prospective fields and executed over four phases.

Phase 1: Theoretical .
Phase 2: Practical: A subject matter expert guides students in readiness for the next phase.
Phase 3: Incubation: under the watchful eye of a mentor.
Phase 4: Job Preparation and Placement Phase: assistance with interview skills and the opportunity for employment in one of their many beauty salons or wellness centres,
nationally.

I had the pleasure of having a facial with the  facial with the Principal – Lisa Leibov  at their Johannesburg and not only did I feel like I was in expert hands, it was so relaxing I practically fell asleep! A few weeks later I had a pedicure at the Placecol Spa (which is also part of the group) and that was much needed for my feet. 

I think the other thing about beauty treatments is that they really help us ladies care for ourselves in a very practical way. We make time in our day for self care, something that often comes last on our list of priorities, although it shouldn’t be. 

So take the time to enter the world of beauty for a bit, and discover one of the staples of the industry: manicures.  Here are further details about the course:

 

Date:                                     20th – 21st of July (Thursday & Friday)

Time:                                     Thursday 09:00-15:00

                                                Friday 09:00-13:00

Course Details:                  Anatomy & Physiology of the Hand and Nail

                                                Hygiene & Sterilization

                                                Professional Conduct

                                                Manicure Tools & Products

                                                Manicure Station Set-up

                                                Manicure Procedures

                                                Paint Techniques

                                                Massage Skills

Food:                                    Muffins will be provided, Toasted Sandwiches & Salads on cash available

Venue:                               23 Saddle Drive, Woodmead Office Park, Woodmead, Johannesburg. 

 

Would you like to win this course?

All you have to do is

  1. Blog post comment: tell us why you think it would be worthwhile to go on this course
  2. Follow two of their social media. You’ll the academies are both in Joburg and in Cape Town but the prize is in Joburg.

Gauteng:

Visit Facebook: Imbalie Beauty Academy Woodmead 

Follow Instagram: Imablie Beauty Academy

Western Cape:

Visit Facebook: Imbalie Beauty Academy Western Cape

Follow Instagram: Training Academy Western Cape

T&C’s

  1. This competition will run for a month. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page, and emailed. 
  2. This competition is open to SA residents only who would be able to attend the course in Johannesburg,  20th – 21st of July (Thursday & Friday)
  3. The prize is not transferable.
  4. If you have won on SA Mom Blogs in the past 3 months you will not be eligible to win this competition.

 

Cradle Cap and Colic: New baby problems.. PLUS win Colief products

As if it wasn’t enough that you now have a new little baby needing to be fed at odd hours and you are doing what you can to get some sleep inbetween, there happen to be further problems that can raise their heads in the early days. Colic and cradle cap are just two problems that can occur in those early days and can drive you crazy. Fortunately there are some products that can help and SA Mom blogs will be giving some of these away. 

Colic can be a real awful thing to go through, for both the mom and baby. I put my poor mom through this. She told me that every day at about 4pm I would just start crying and nothing seemed to help.  Colic is defined as severe pain in the abdomen caused by wind or obstruction in the intestines and suffered especially by babies. The problems of colic often start several weeks after birth, then peak at around six weeks, lasting for about three or four months.

Some tips for Colic:

  1. Keep track: Write down when baby cries, for how long and any possible triggers. (nappy, sleep, hot, cold, dummy) So if one of these works it can be a tiny victory. Knowing the pattern also helps you prepare as a mom.
  2. Keep late afternoon and early evening clear: As colic crying seems to happen around these times, get things done that need doing in other parts of the day where possible, so that you are there for your baby during this time.
  3. Keep calm and sooth: Rocking, sucking and holding baby close are activities you can do during this time. It might seem like it is not helping but the fact that you are present does not go unnoticed by your baby. You are providing security in a wave of pain.
  4. Keep connected: You’re not the only one going through this. Join up with another mom’s group and you may find you may encourage another mom going through the same thing. 
  5. Keep Colief close: 

Rather than only treating the symptoms of colic, your infant’s colic-associated crying and tummy discomfort may be the cause of temporary lactose intolerance. Colief Infant Drops is one of the only colic supplements that works by breaking down the lactose in milk (naturally found in breastmilk) to help ease digestion. So you add it to your formula or breastmilk. 

These infant drops have also undergone successful studies Kearney (1998) and Kanabar (2001).

Cradle cap is flaky, dry skin that looks like dandruff, or thick, oily, yellowish or brown scaling or crusting patches on your baby’s scalp. 

Colief Baby Scalp oil  contains rosehip oil, chamomile and Vitamin E.  Simply massage into the skin or scalp and the oils will help sooth and moisturise. Suitable for babies older than two months. 

Our last item, unrelated to the above but necessary for general health is Vitamin D. In fact when I went to a dietician for fertility help one of the first things she did was make me take a blood test for Vitamin D. It turned out that it was a bit low and she actually prescribed  a higher dose. Vitamin D is essential for bones and teeth development and also for boosting your immune system. We can absorb it from the sun as well, but is it enough? 

Growing kids 6 months to five years and pregnant and breastfeeding moms can really benefit from this. Colief also has VItamin D drops which contain 600 Drops (2µg (80IU) per drop) which is 5 months supply for infants and children and 4 months for pregnant and lactating moms. Not suirable for infants younger than one month or for those consuming 500ml or more of formula. 

The final portion of our prize is the Baby Sense book by Meg Faure, famous occupational therapist and speaker. Meg has spoken at Colief events and has some tips of her own to get through it. 

 

 

 

SA Mom blogs is giving away the following two hampers:

1x Colief Infant Drops

1x Colief Scalp Oil

1x Colief Vitamin D3 Drops

1x Baby Sense book by Meg Faure

 

Value: R550 each.

 

Share with us some of your tips and follow some social media and win using the Rafflecopter mechanism below. 

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Win a R600 Voucher for Perfect 10 Nail & Body Studio

beauty salon perfect 10

As moms, we tend to put ourselves last and not make time to spoil ourselves. But in those moments when we do indulge, we have extra appreciation for taking care of ourselves in this way. SA Mom blogs is giving away a special treat to a reader of this blog, and also telling you about my experience with this kind of skincare experience.

My treatment took place at Imbalie Beauty, which is an umbrella franchisor of three main salon brands namely Placecol Skin Care Clinic, Dream Nails Beauty, and Perfect 10 Nail & Body Studio. I had the trainer Lisa do her thing on me and it was just awesome. She started by asking me questions and what was the immediate problem.  I talked about the skin damage at my neck area and she suggested a peel. 

Skinderm perfect 10 studiosWe started off with a lovely cleanse. It felt a bit like shaving cream. It was gently washed off with some soft sponges and warm water.

The peel did tickle a bit. But I knew it was working. 

While the creams did their magic Lisa gave me the most amazing head massage. I especially liked the one behind the ears by the neck, it worked those muscles strained from sitting here at the computer! She even did a bit of a shoulder massage too.

More cleansing and then moisturing.

But then came this most amazing part. Lisa used her fingers to work some pressure points on my face. As she pushed certain points I felt so relaxed I actually dozed off at some points. This feeling of total and utter relaxation sent me into bliss and I found it quite difficult to actually get up afterwards and get back to reality. 

Your face is what you present to the world every day, I would highly recommend you look after it.

I have also been using the cleanser, toner and moisturiser for the past while from Skinderm, one of the set of products this group uses. 

skinderm perfect 10The cleanser is really milky and soft and I use it in the bath. I notice that it does have tea tree oil in it.  Tea tree oil is good for all sorts of infections too.  The toner has all sorts of extracts like majus flower leaf, stem and flower extract and litchi  chinesis pericarp extract (good antioxidant). The moisturiser feels so good and softening on my face. 

Checking out their website on the range, these active ingredients are delivered to deeper layers of the skin. 

The products have rice protein, which is a good defense and gives fuel and anti-fatigue to the skin.  Nasturtium Extract helps the skin absorb oxygen. The Litchi Extract  is a free radical scavenger. Red snow algae regenerates skin.  An advanced moisture complex gives a good long term moisturisation. 

But if nails are more your thing, or anything else that Perfect 10 offers, then there is nothing stopping you from entering this competition and winning that voucher. 

We all need our Mommy’s Me Time, and time at the salon is time well spent and invested in yourself. So that you can go back to the kid yelling “Mommy!” all day long with renewed energy. 

All you have to do is show Perfect 10 Studios some social media love! The more you follow, the more entries you’ll gain. Follow the Rafflecopter prompts.  (If you’ve never entered on Rafflecopter before, Sharon has a good post on how to do it)

T&C’s

  1. This competition will run for a week. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page, and emailed. 
  2. This competition is open to SA residents only.
  3. The prize is not transferable
  4. If you have won on SA Mom Blogs in the past 3 months you will not be eligible to win this competition.

 
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Win two hampers of PediaSure worth R750 each! (Plus Recipes)

Young children have boundless energy, but they need the right nutrition to function optimally. I’d be the first to admit that I have a fussy eater, and I’ve also experienced those kids who just are not keen to eat. There is a back up plan to make sure that they get all the nutrients they need: PediaSure.

Little kids are constantly on the go, indeed one of their primary functions is to move and investigate the world.  We have one kid in our class at school that starts eating very early in the day, and it certainly keeps the hunger at bay. Most of them have a little bit to eat and then want to go and play at snack time. But snack time is very important and I have to take my hat off to parents who go to a lot of effort to provide a wide variety of fruits, nuts, raisans, bread, egg, yoghurt, cheese, meat, and many more offerings. Then they also give a selection of drinks from water, to tea to milk and juice. 

Toddlers in particular tend to “graze” and have a little bit to eat here and there. It can be frustrating as a parent to prepare a whole lot of food and see it go to waste. But somehow they keep on growing and eat as much as they need.

To make sure they are getting all the vitamins and nutrients that they need, it’s good to have some kind of insurance in the background to take up the slack when you’re not sure if they have a complete diet.  Having vitamins or a shake that contains these vitamins and minerals is a good idea to boost their immune systems in winter before they get sick. 

PediaSure Complete is a nutrient-rich, lactose-free drink that provides balanced nutrition for children from age three to ten, experiencing growth challenges. Long-term clinical studies using two glasses of Pediasure Complete daily has been associated with improved appetite and physical activity and a reduction in the number of sick days (Huynh DTT, Estorninos E, Capeding RZ, et al.)

Here are some recipes to entice your kids to eat or drink healthy:

 

No-bake Energy Balls

Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Raw Oats
  • 2/3 Cup Desiccated Coconut or Coconut Flakes
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Ground Flax Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/3 Cup Honey
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

 

Method

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes,

Once chilled, roll the mixture into golf-balled sized portions. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Makes about 20 energy balls.

 

 

Choc-Berry Smoothie

Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla PediaSure® Complete
  • 75g Frozen Mixed Berries
  • 1 Tablespoon Drinking Chocolate

 

Method

Measure all ingredients into a blender jug.

Blend until smooth.

Serve at once.

 

Peachy Iced Tea

Ingredients
  • 4 Rooibos tea bags
  • 2L Boiled water
  • 1 Cup Diced Peaches or 1 Tin Peaches (in Fruit Juice), Drained

 

Method

 

  1. In a large jug, add 4 tea bags to 2L of boiling water. Allow to steep for 5 – 10 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags and 1 tin of peaches, roughly chopped. Cool in the fridge overnight.
  3. Serve chilled. Makes 2L of peachy iced tea. Serves 8.

 

 

 

 

SA Mom blogs is giving away two hampers of PediaSure consisting of:

  • Toy Voucher (ToysRUs, worth R300)
  • Notebook
  • Shaker
  • USB
  • 400g Product of PediaSure

The worth of the hamper would be R750.

 

All you have to do is leave a comment below. Tell me about your child’s eating challenges.