{Product Review} MatsiMela: Your Home Spa

MatsiMelaIf you’re looking for the perfect gift to spoil another woman, MatsiMela has the home spa range to suit every taste. I was introduced to the range some weeks ago and would like to tell you a bit more about it.

MatsiMela Home Spa is a premier Body Care Range that was developed by husband and wife team, Wayne and Olivia Nel. The MatsiMela Home Spa Range is inspired by their love for mother nature and the botanical ingredients indigenous to Africa. MatsiMela is an indigenous word meaning “roots”and originates from the African language Sotho.
 
They have several different  ranges. I think what is so appealing about these ranges is that they meet you in your area of need, so have a read through and see which one fits you. The other thing that attracts me to them is how they showcase African ingredients and histories, showing the use of local resources to make our bodies feel pampered.  
 
 
Marula Nut 
Rich in antioxidants and oleic acid, this natural oil is cold pressed from the nut of the marula fruit. Marula Oil is rich in components necessary for healthy skin, such as antioxidants, vitamins E and C, and oleic acid. It has free radical scavenging properties as well as a high concentration of palmitic acid which forms a protective coating on the skin’s surface.Because of this, it is a great ingredient  for dry skin. 
 
Rooibos and Honey
This naturally organic indigenous tea is full of anti-oxidants, which can assist in slowing the aging process. Rooibos tea contains the minerals copper, iron, potassium & alpha-hydroxy – an excellent component for the maintenance of healthy skin.
 
Baobab Seed
 The kernels contained within the Baobab fruit pod yield a rich, golden scented oil traditionally used by African women to protect their beautiful skin against the harsh African savannah environment. The oil has strong natural moisturizing properties and is commonly used to both prevent and cure dry skin conditions of the face and body. Baobab oil contains omega 3, 6 & 9 essential fatty acids that contribute towards the maintenance of healthy skin. 
 
Vanilla and Sandlewood
Relax with Sandalwood combined with Chamomile Extract. Chamomile was supposedly dedicated to the sun by the Egyptians thanks to its curative value against chills. It is consecrated to St. Anne, Mother of the Virgin. The botanical name, Matricaria, is from “matter” and “cara” from beloved mother. Chamomile has also been described as meaning “capable of anything”. It has been a favoured natural remedy with records of its use just as well in therapeutic as cosmetic domains thanks to its soothing and calming properties. Chamomile  has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it useful for treating allergic conditions. In vivo tests have found: decrease of skin’s redness. 
 
Ginger and Lime
Ginger Oil is obtained from the root of the herb Zingiber Officinale. The health benefits of ginger root oil can be attributed to its antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, stimulating and aphrodisiac properties.
Lime in itself is a brilliant tonic and has many attributes such as; toning up muscles, tissues and skin as well as assisting with circulation – helping you retain your youth!
The combination of Ginger & Lime may also reduce pain of muscles and joints and if used as an exfoliation in mind – may just assist in the fight against cellulite – getting you right and ready for the warmer months ahead! Awaken your mind and body! Go ahead and try it!
 
Litchi and Rose
Uplift your mood with Litchi & Rose combined with Centella Asiatica Extract. Centella is a plant extract that has direct influence on connective tissue and especially on some cell parts, stimulating rapid and healthy growth of some tissue components. Collagen 1 is the most abundant type of collagen present in human skin connective tissue. The healing process induced by Centella is deeply linked to the stimulation activity on Collagen 1 synthesis. Centella is an excellent skin care additive in cosmetic products due to its Anti-ageing and Anti-wrinkle fighting properties.
 
Red Berry
Detox your body with Red Berries combined with Horse Chestnut extract. Horse Chestnut boosts circulation and aids in the detox process. It also balances the circulation in the skin, thereby promoting not only a clear skin, but an even complexion and good skin tone, and is used in good quality cosmetics,  hand creams, lotions, as well as slimming and cellulite products. Due to the natural saponins contained within the Horse Chestnut plant, it has a potent anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. 
 
Warm orange and ginger
Containing pure Ginger Oil with a stimulating effect on the heart and circulation, creating a feeling of warmth and well-being and restoring vitality, especially for those feeling the cold in winter.
The spicy root also contains an antioxidant called gingerol, which fights skin-damaging free radicals and can help promotea brighter, firmer more youthful appearance.
Sweet, spicy, woody and warm!
 
 
 
Here are some that I tried out.
The Marula Nut hand cream is awesome not only because of its lovely smell and texture, but also because it has SPF 40.
 
What with driving and all the other activities we put our hands through, they need that extra protection. I have also noticed Nicky forming freckles on his hand/ wrist area from all that bike riding so I think I need to be putting some on him too.
 
Vanilla and Sandlewood body butter was chosen because I was told it would be relaxing. And it is very calming.
I put it on Nicky after bath time before I put on his pajamas. (He loves digging his hand in and taking too much so I have to make sure he doesn’t get his paws on it)
 
I tried out the In Room Spa Bronzing cream which you can use as a once-off bronzer (ie it comes off in the bath) just to top off your skin. If you compare my two arms you can really see the difference in the shade. It gives a bit of colour to your skin. 
 
The other In Room Spa product I was sold on was the Leg and Foot Gel. Lately I feel like my feel are absolutely finished at the end of the day and this is helping me relax and recharge these hard working parts of my body. 
 
MatsiMela also had a large range of scrubs on display. I was attracted to not only the lovely smell and texture, but also the different vibrant colours. Each fulfills a different physical need, as much of their products do. 
 
 
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MatsiMela will be at the #JoziMeetup to show off their products and give some pampering.  I am very happy to have this brand on board and look forward to enjoyinging their products.
 
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and this would be a lovely way to spoil your mom.  Here is a selection of some of their gifts:
 
 
 
You can contact MatsiMela Tel: 011 704 7251 Email: info@matsimela.co.za
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{Product Review} Furby: He’s furry, he’s irritating, but the kids love him…

We first met Furby towards the end of October last year when we were invited to see him at Toy Kingdom at Sandton on a Friday morning. I was on a mid term break and it seemed a good idea at the time to have a little outing before we did our grocery shopping. Little did I know that blue furry toy would worm its way into Nicky’s heart and stay there quite firmly.

Nicky had a lot of fun playing with the toy and was quite sad to leave him behind. I think he thought the promotional box we received contained the toy and was a bit upset that there was no blue furry creature inside.

From then on we never heard the end of it.

When we asked him what he wanted for Christmas we were very firmly told “Furby”. Now Furbs does not come cheap, and swinging R2000 seemed a bit  much, so we left it for a while before we decided. Towards the end of November there were lots of specials online but even a drum set could not tempt our kid. He was locked on Furby. 

My husband found him online and we received the desired toy in a box. He went all the way to the Eastern Cape with us for Christmas. 

On Christmas day Nicky was so happy to get his gift. He was walking around with Furby the whole time. The reason Nicky is not in the  Christmas dinner photo is because he passed out after having a tantrum about it. I refused to have the chattering toy at the Christmas dinner table. This was too much to bear and after an early morning his engine konked out as he was sulking over Furby on the couch.

For the next car trip on our journey we told Nicky that Furby needed to sleep. (That is what the sleep mask is for. Do not lose it!}

Furby has a few cute sayings that make me smile:

“Rock abye Furby on the tree top….”

“What the Furb?”

“Light as a feather, soft as a Furb.”

“To Furb or not to Furb, that is Question.” Very profound, Furby. 

Furby

Insert batteries underneath Furby

Actually Furb comes to an end pretty quickly if you have him going all day long. After 15-28 hours of being awake he needs new batteries. For us this lasted a few days and then we got rechargeables. You’ll see Furby went along with us on holiday and even took the top bunk bed when we stayed over in Bloemfontein. 

Furby on a bunk bedWhen we started school again my boss was curious about Furby since she’d also had the toy around when her kids were younger.  Nicky brought him in for a “Show and Tell” and three other kids pestered their parents until they got the toy too. 

The thing is, once a kid sees Furby, they are hooked. It’s cute. It talks (own language, but anyway…). It’s like a little friend, and it makes them laugh.

There are a lot of cool things that Furby can do, I’ll just mention a few:

There’s an app you can download and interact with on the IPad. There are also more things you can feed it on the app. 

Furby has a few rude noises. He can burp and fart when you pull his tail. There’s even a part on the app where you can hold him over the toilet. Gross, yes, but little kids love it.

 

When it wakes up he is normally hungry. He will ask to be fed and you put your finger in his beak. You will actually see the food flash past on his eyes (e.g. watermelon, pizza).

 

He has very expressive eyes and you’ll see all sorts of movement on the eye screen. 

 

When you’ve had enough of Furby you can put him to sleep with his sleep mask. He is very cute when he goes to sleep, most commonly saying “Power nap!”

 

Furby is available at leading toy stores and Vodacom too. He’s available in blue, pink and purple.

For more info see this website. 

How NOT to set up the Alcatel Move Time Track & Talk Watch

It seems like I often have to learn things in life the long way around. I think if I just read the manual properly, or asked the right questions, things might go smoother. But, as in other cases, I may be technologically (and psychologically) challenged. 

Here is how I attempted to get the Alcatel Move Time Track & Talk Watch watch set up. If you’re in a rush and want to know how to do it properly, skip to the end.

  1. Ignore instructions about needing a nano sim card and try and pair my phone with the watch after downloading the app. Error: not found.
  2. After chatting to the PR lady realise I do need a nano sim. Go to cellphone shop to get one but forget I need proof of address.
  3. Go back to cellphone shop with proof of address (carrying sleeping child) and feel triumphant that I now have a nano sim. This should work. Ignore ladies at counter that say I need a phone to figure out the phone number of the sim.
  4. Put nano sim in and try and pair again. Error: not found.
  5. After more emails realise I need to make sure that Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and Wifi must be off. Still not working.
  6. Apparently there should be a “G” on the phone. This I do not have and don’t know how to make happen.
  7. Phone technician who says it is because nano sim doesn’t have data on it. And I need to know the number to put the data on it. He suggests IPhone. (I have an old one)
  8. Can’t get IPhone open and don’t have paper clip to open it to get the sim card in.
  9. Go back to cellphone shop. They put the nano sim in their own phone and get the phone number. Hurray! I transfer data from my phone. But that elusive “G” still does not pop up. Try pairing anyway. Error: not found. Nicky is having fun with the cushions/ chairs at the shop.
  10. Phone technician again. He thinks it might be that the sim is not registered properly. Make a date to meet him at cellphone shop.
  11. Go to cellphone shop again (with sleeping child) and switch watch on. Very embarrassed to find out that the “G” is showing. Now why did that not do that before???? Technician says it might have been a bad reception area??
  12. Now everything works fine. Enter IMEI on the app and it works ! No. flipping. way. 
  13. Enter my number. Click 3 lines at the top. Go to address book. Add number there.
  14. Back home we have fun sending little voice messages. (Need to get airtime to use phone function still)

THE QUICK SUMMARY OF HOW TO SET UP YOUR WATCH:

  1. Go to cellphone shop WITH your proof of address. Ask for a nano sim. Don’t leave with out getting them to tell you what the cellphone number is, even if you have to get them to get out their own phones.

2. Get data and airtime for your sim. Insert it in your phone using screwdriver provided. Charge the phone using the chord provided. Make sure you have a good reception, that the bars on the top left are showing and that there is a “G”. 

3. Download the app. “Move Time”. On your cellphone make sure that you have all the Wifi stuff off, Blue tooth, NFC, GPS. (Easier to do this not at home when your phone auto connects to the home Wifi). Then pair your phone using the IMEI number provided.

4. If all else fails phone Faheem from Alcatel. Very helpful dude. 

Disclosure: SA Mom blogs was supplied with the watch.

For more info Tanya has written an informative post on the watch here.

SAMB Christmas Picks – Babe Bee Christmas Trees

Babe Bee is a range of must-have infant products and accessories that are creative, fun and downright ingenious.

 The brainchild of Brigitte Philogene, a mum (to a very busy little boy, Zack) and entrepreneur, Babe Bee brings you all the goodies you wished you had, never even knew you needed or simply can’t live without.

 This unique range brings a smile to your face, is a welcome addition to the layette and nursery (and beyond) and is perfect for baby shower gifts.Christmas Trees|SA Mom Blogs

 Babe Bee is currently an on-line business, based in Durban

They have a range of really cool goodies, we have featured their Easter plates before but today we are focusing on their felt, wall mounted Christmas Trees.Christmas Trees|SA Mom Blogs

These trees are made from felt and are simply attached to your wall with double sided tape. They come with fun decorations and are perfect for little hands to have fun decorating and redecorating the Christmas Tree.

WALL MOUNTED CHRISTMAS TREES are 1 meter high and are R170 each.

You can visit the website or like their Facebook page.

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Imagine Toys Review

We enjoy playing card and board games with the kids. We have a few that are firm favourites but there are only so many times you can play snap or Go Fish. David has taught the older two how to play poker but it’s not really ideal so when Ksenia contacted me from Imagine Toys I was super excited to try out the various card games she has on offer. 

My kids have had so much fun with these games. They are aimed at kids from 5 and older but the best part of them is that because they use your imagination, you really can do anything with them. Each set of cards does come with a set or “rules” on how to play them but we just did our own thing so that they were all inclusive.

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Toddles and Bobbles

This is the most gorgeous pack of monster cards. The illustrations are just stunning. The rules encourage kids to make up names for each of the different monsters and then remember them as they turn over the pack, if you can’t remember the name or get it wrong then the next person gets a chance with the aim being to collect as many cards as you can. But you can really do anything with these cards. You can play snap, memory, you can use the cards to help learn about numbers and colours.  The possibilities are endless. Emma can spend ages just looking at all the different monsters.

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Quick Eye

I love this one and am saving it for our road trip in December. Basically it is a collection of words and then each person must give something that fits the description. So if you pick the word short, then you need to say Emma is short. There are rules that get harder for older kids as well. But again there is so much you can do with these.Imagine Toys|SA Mom Blogs

 

Matryoshka

This is a simple game teaching colours and gestures. So you need to match the colours to the dolls and you copy the gestures of each doll. Again there are simplier rules – you can get your child to pick out all the dolls with purple or who have red arms.Imagine Toys|SA Mom Blogs

As a parent these games appeal to me because it is not the same thing repeatedly. We are able to change the rules each time we play to suit all the kids.  I would really consider packing them in if you are travelling over the holidays.

You can find out more about these cool cards on their website.

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post but we were sent the three packs of cards mentioned in the review.

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Let’s Gather Online

Gather Online|SA Mom BlogsRegardless of how we feel some days about the internet and the rather forceful move to living our lives online, it is the way the world is moving. As a result of this everyone is looking for different and unique ways for people to make the best use of the internet and the power it holds. Gather Online is a new social network aiming to do just that. 

Gather is a place where whatever your interests and passions, you can quickly meet like-minded people to talk to, about them. What makes Gather Online so unique is the fact that all of our discussions are fresh and active as each Gathering has a time limit of a few days. The time limit is a small difference that makes a big difference because it ensures the conversations and participants are current and active. Because you get to have flowing conversations on shared interests with the new people you meet the connections are meaningful and last.

What makes Gather different to the other platforms out there is that you are able to start and join real time conversations that interest you or your audience. So from a blogging perspective you could start a gathering around your most recent blog post and take the conversation a little bit further in real time. 

It is pretty easy to get started, you simply create a profile and then you can pick a topic and start a discussion and people with similar interests will jump on board. The gatherings don’t stay indefinitely, they do expire after a certain amount time, which you can set.

I have set one up for you guys to get a feel how it works 🙂 You can head over here and join in the conversations.

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{Product Review} dokiWatch

I often try to remember how we managed without cell phones when I was at school. I got Cameron a phone mainly so I was able to communicate with him after school. Now that he is in high school it is even more important (well for me) that I have contact with him because he finishes at different times. Kiara’s routine is a little more constant but there are still times I need to let her know I am going to be late or that David is fetching her etc. (Did we just have to stand outside school like lost souls if our parents were running late?).  Kiara doesn’t like taking her phone to school so I communicate through her Grade 4 teacher if there are issues, which isn’t ideal but the dokiWatch we recently received has made life SO much easier.dokiWatch|SA Mom Blogs

This watch is designed for kids from 5 years old and upwards and allows parents to know where their child is at all times and have contact with them.  You download the app onto your phone and it basically mirrors the watch. So you can see where exactly your child is while they have the watch with him, you can message them, call them and even check how many steps they have done.dokiWatch|SA Mom Blogs

The message functionality is really great for me. I can send Kiara messages through the day to let her know if there is a change in plans. The idea is that it can also help the younger kids to read, which is pretty cool. She can’t type a message back to me but can send stickers and voice notes. It is actually amusing to see our conversations. I was running very late one afternoon so she sends me a cross face, then as I got closer she was sending happier faces. dokiWatch|HarassedMom

You can also set a alert area, so if your child leaves that area you will be notified and you can deactivate it during class times so your child isn’t sitting playing on their phone when they should be concentrating.  There is also an SOS function, if your child presses this button a notification of their location is sent to all their contacts. 

The watches aren’t cheap but for what you get I think they are worth it. They watches are pretty funky looking, they are really sturdy so can withstand little people and they are rechargeable so you don’t have to worry about batteries running out.

You can find out more about these watches and the other ones that Quantifi have on offer. 

They are on Facebook and Twitter

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Lets talk about lice

Talking about lice isn’t sexy or fun or something moms do at a coffee date, or do they? We did and it really was pretty interesting. We have been affected by the pesky little creatures, they seem to favour Kiara and we spent months trying to get rid of them a few years ago. It wasn’t a memory we look back on fondly but lice are something we all have to deal with at some point. 

Paranix make the war on lice SO much easier with three products designed to detect, protect and treat lice. I am not sure lice are avoidable completely but there are a few things you can do to reduce the chances someone in your family brings home an unwanted guest.

  • Check your child’s hair and scalp regularly for signs of lice and their eggs.
  • Don’t let your child use other children’s combs or brushes, or wear their hats or jackets.
  • If your child has lice, make sure every other person in your household is treated as well, and use a repellent product to avoid a re-infestation.Paranix|SA Mom Blogs

Paranix has three products that can help prevent lice and treat it should your child come home with them.

  • Detect: Paranix Eggs Locator: 100% coloured nits in 2 minutes. It is precise and easy to use
    thanks to a special gel applicator. The transparent red gel attaches specifically to the eggs,
    making them easily visible to the naked eye.
  • Treat: Paranix Spray: Kills 100% of head lice and eggs in one treatment and is 100% effective in 15 minutes (including thorough combing). The product sprays on easily, without mess or fuss. It is odourless and contains no insecticides.
  • Treat: Paranix Shampoo: Contains no insecticides, and kills up to 100% of head lice within 10
    minutes after treating the scalp. Remember that thorough combing with the steel tooth comb,
    included in the pack, is absolutely vital in removing lice and nits. It also has a dual effect, acting as a shampoo with a pleasant fragrance.
  • Protect: Paranix Repellent Spray and Protection Shampoo: Is highly effective, providing up to
    24 hours of protection.

You can purchase Paranix at Dischem, in selected Clicks and pharmacies nationwide.

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Cough syrups, learn to read the labels!

A few weeks ago we held one of our small Mommy Blogger meet ups. The team from Prospan joined us and we had a really informative discussion around cough medicine and the safe use of it. It was very interesting and I, personally learnt a lot.

We use Prospan when my kids have coughs, I really like the fact it is made from natural products. I have always been hesitant to immediately turn to a cough mixture, my kids have often had negative reactions to the ones we have tried, particularly the ones the Dr’s asked to be mixed up.

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Safe and effective cough syrups

If mothers, and other individuals, can take control of the medication they’re taking, they can avoid serious risks, says Venter. She recommends asking pharmacists or doctors for the safest possible option, with minimal side-effects.

“It’s not necessary to compromise on effectiveness – there are suitable cough therapies on the market. By asking the right questions and reading the package insert, you can find a cough treatment with the smallest side effect profile, that’ll still help to ease a nasty cough and a tight chest. A good question to ask is: does this product have clinical trials to substantiate claims regarding safety and efficacy? If no data exists, ask for a clinically proven cough treatment that does.”Prospan|SA Mom Blogs

Learn to read labels

Look out for these key ingredients in common cough syrups, read through the patient information leaflets for every product, and be aware of possible side effects.

Action Ingredient Side effects
Bronchodilator

(Opens airways)

Theophylline

Etofyllin

Salbutamol

Orciprenaline

Terbutaline

 

Palpitations, nausea, insomnia and headache
Mucolytic

(Thins mucus)

Carbocysteine

Sorbimacrogol

Bromhexine

 

Gastric irritation

Stomach ulcers

Suppressant

(Suppresses the cough reflex)

Pholcodine

Codeine phosphate

Dextromethorphan

Diphenhydramine

Noscapine

Pentoxyverine

 

Drowsiness, constipation, respiratory depression and habit forming
Antihistamine

(Dries mucus )

Diphenylpyraline

Diphenhydramine

Promethazine

Chlorpheniramine

Doxylamine succinate

 

Drowsiness, sedation, blurred vision, urinary retention and constipation
Decongestant

(Dries mucus and reduces swelling) 

Phenylephrine

Ephedrine

Pseudoephedrine

 

Central nervous system stimulation, sleeplessness

Did you know you can get Prospan in an effervescent form? I had no idea!!

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{Product Review} NetFlorist

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My family and friends are spread out all over the country (and some parts of the world). As a blogger  I have developed many friendships with other bloggers who I have yet to meet in person. When friends are close by it is easy to get together for a quick coffee or drop of something for them at their office or even just bump into them in the local PnP but it is not easy when your friends are far away. NetFlorist can make this all a little easier.

We have all heard of NetFlorist but I only recently figured out how cool the service was. Obviously the basic service is a delivery one but they have some really great products that they offer and have recently introduced freshly baked goods in the major cities.

When I tested out the service I decided to treat two fellow bloggers, one who had just had a baby and the other who I knew just needed a little bit of love. I ordered for the first one thinking I had to do each order individually but you don’t. I LOVED this!

You can order a variety of items going to different people – so say on Mother’s Day you can order for mom and mom-in-law in the same order and just add their different addresses, making it super convenient. NetFlorist | SA Mom Blogs

So I was able to place the order for  both Mandy and Melissa at the same time. I would have loved to have sent Melissa a cupcake bouquet but for now, they don’t have that option for George so I sent Mandy a box of shaped cookies and Melissa some  goodies for her new baby and a treat for her to enjoy.

I had to call the call center to check something and they were incredible helpful and called me back a few times just to check everything was ok. (They had no idea I was reviewing the service).

We will be giving away a NetFlorist voucher next week so keep a look out 🙂

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Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post but I was given a voucher to use to review the service