The other day I saw a pair of Transformers socks at Pick n Pay and I bought them for Nicky. Now a few weeks ago he wouldn’t have even known who they were. But now Bumble Bee is his favourite and he is a definite fan. He put those stinky socks back in his cupboard and would have worn them again had I not whisked them away! We had such a good time at the Transformers Animatronics exhibition and now we want to share the experience with you.
Internet TV service Showmax is giving away 5 sets of 4 tickets to the Transformer Animatronics exhibition at Emperor’s Palace, which runs until 28 May 2017.
This is quite an incredible exhibition as all the Transformers on display are made from car parts and other scrap. They are real metal characters. No cuddly ones here! But still super cool to pose with Bumblebee and Optimus Prime.
The first section is a display of all the Transformers which includes the Autobots and Decepticons plus the latest Dino Bots and famous Rescue Bots, the famed pre-school series that has expanded the Transformers fan base.
Nicky liked Bumble Bee but he was also fascinated with Megatron especially when I read on the text in front of his bike formation that he can also turn into a boat.
After the display there is a cinema where you can watch a 20 min movie and then there is a kid’s play area with Duplo blocks and large lego blocks. with food as well. There is also a rubbing activity where you can make impressions of your favourite transformers.
While we were there at the exhibition, there were a few Showmax people walking around with clipboards telling us about Showmax. They will help you sign up and explain how to claim your 30 day voucher. Showmax makes sure that the Transformers fun doesn’t end. The kids can watch the Transformers Collection on Showmax as many times as they like once you get home!
And if Transformers is not your cup of tea, there are plenty of other things to watch on Showmax. There are also 1000s of top-quality, educational and fun kids shows for the kids to enjoy from Barbie to Paw Patrol for just R99. Take a look at all the fabulous family features available from at www.showmax.com/family
WIN 5 sets of 4 tickets to the Transformers Animatronics Exhibition!
All you have to do is leave a comment below on why your family should go.
Terms and conditions:
You must be a resident of SA to enter and able to get to the exhibition at Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg.
Once winners are selected, they will receive a special ticket and will be able to book the day that suits them best up until 28 May.
The competition will run for a week and then the winners will be emailed and announced on our Facebook page.
In case you thought that Barbie was all blonde and dumb, this new version will put that myth to shame with a game that tests your memory using the lights on her belt and skirt. Barbie also enters a new dimension in a video game format, using her roller skates to propel herself onto new adventures. We are giving away this doll and a DVD worth R800 on the blog today.
Test your memory with this ultra-cool doll inspired by the anime world just like in the movie. Her colourful racing look hides a fun, interactive game within its anime fashion elements.
How does it work?
To get started, push the button on her belt and the doll’s purple skirt lights up with a pattern using three coloured lights. Your goal is to repeat the pattern using the corresponding colorful buttons on her belt. As more patterns are successfully matched, they become more challenging and five different levels can test different memories to the max.
This Barbie comes with real working roller skates and helmet, all ready to take off! And as you can see, there’s not much blonde hair around. We are multicoloured here!
The DVD we are giving away is all about how Barbie is pulled into her favourite video game who must rely on her amazing gaming skills and out of the box thinking to save her team and beat the game.
Here’s a trailer of the DVD:
There are also other products in this new range, including Barbie Video Game Hero Barbie doll, Barbie Video Game Hero Ken doll , Barbie Video Game Hero Friend Doll , Barbie hero vehicle play set . Barbie will be all set to have friends and super cool wheels as she rolls around her game in her roller skates.
All you have to do is use the Rafflecopter prompts below! The more things you do, the greater your chance of winning!
Terms and conditions:
You must be resident in South Africa.
The winner will be emailed and announced on our Facebook page in a week’s time.
The Blue Man Group is an event you have to experience to fully benefit from what they are all about. Mere words are just inadequate to do this stage production justice, but I will attempt to give you a glimpse into their world. We are also giving away two double tickets to a Johannesburg show on Thursday 30 March. UPDATE: We now have another double ticket to giveaway in Cape Town on Wednesday 22 March.
Being a Blue Man is an art in itself. Ex Blue Man Isaac Eddy spoke about the audition process and what they look for in this kind of performer.
It’s evolved slightly throughout the years because it’s tough to find Blue Men. About half of us are professional musicians who learn the character, and the other half are professional actors who learn the music. The thing that’s hard is that the character is not the kind of character that a trained actor can immediately understand, and that’s why half of the Blue Men we have aren’t even trained actors. It’s a ‘clown’ character for all intents and purposes, which is a term that’s kind of misused now. For the character to be believable it has to tap into an honesty and a sense of self that a lot of times, actors are trained to get rid of. There are some people who can access that honesty in the character, and there are other people who are basically trained in all sorts of acting styles that can’t really access it.
There is something very quaint and curious about the Blue Man and the way he approaches the world. He is child like and funny, as well as being inventive and musical. He doesn’t speak: his facial expressions and physical movement is his way of communicating. I see on their website that they do special performances for autistic people: and their style and approach is something that appeals to those kinds of people too.
I think one of the really interesting things about the Blue Men is how they involve and include the audience in their performance. This happens with everything from the audience warm up messages to give greetings to certain people to a special interruption for late arrivals. Then of course there are two volunteers who actually take part in the show.
For the first volunteer, who was a smiling lady up for the challenge, they sat at a table. She had to help them open their Twinkie packets. Very funny and it reminded me of Mr Bean. The second volunteer was a man who completely immersed himself in the Blue experience, but you’ll have to watch the show to see how that turned out!
Something else fascinating about the Blue Man Group is their take on technology. There is one scene where there are images of texting people and the words and letters spew upwards into a spiral of colour. The colours swirl and come together and then find themselves on the outfits of the performers.
Members of the Blue Man Group play unique instruments made from plastic pipes, flexible poles and other unusual objects. (Anne-Marie McReynolds/San Jose Mercury News/MCT)
No matter how high-tech things get, there’s still something human there. We’ll always need other, always need to collaborate. People still need to come together and look each other in the eye. Through the Blue Man’s connection with the audience, we hope to encourage this human-to-human interaction, while helping people reconnect with their own sense of wonder and discovery, with their own sense of what is possible in their lives. Phil Standton, Co-Founder.
The drumming is also incredible. It adds to the force of the performance but the Blue Men have a unique take on the shapes of their drums. They use pipes. They make the point that pipes always flow away from the house. When they go backwards you get: interaction! (And that’s what the Blue Men are about!) The other shape they use is to represent a nerve that makes you see in your eye.
There is a scene where they move the pipes in the beat to the music which is quite unique. But also drumming on all the pipes produced some very rhythmic and musical tunes. They even played a few South African ones much to the delight of the audience.
Light, colour and paint are also a huge part of the show which culminates in a huge party atmosphere with streamers and large colourful balls all over the audience. My husband managed to hit the balls quite a few times but I didn’t quite reach! I came home with a pink streamer still attached to my handbag, a playful reminder of the evening.
Afterwards the Blue Men are there in the lobby for you to greet and take selfies with. A playful end to a lesson in what the Blue Man is asking of us.
The Blue Man is reflecting the audience itself and the Blue Man is summoned by the audience itself. A primordial, psychological journey of the audience itself. Put more simply, you could think of it as, the color blue. It’s cased off that Yves Klein blue. That bright, bright cobalt that he created himself, and that he covered [a series of objects and paintings] with and nothing else. So the concept is that we emerged from a painting like that. Like our primordial soup is from the art world, and we are summoned by the audience to connect them and free them from this urban isolation. To have this single moment of connection. Isaac Eddy.
You might also remember them from America’s Got Talent:
Venue: Teatro at Montecasino
Dates: From Tuesday 7th February 2017 until Saturday 18th March 2017. Then from Thursday 30th March 2017 until Sunday 2nd April 2017.
Off Peak Shows: Tuesday Evening, Wednesday Evening, Thursday Evening and Sunday Evening
Cloth nappies can save you a ton of money, but the drawback for me has always been the schlep of washing them. Enter Baby Bottoms, who take care of that for you. You can even rent the cloth nappies from them. Today we are giving away a set of nappies for girls or boys – you choose the gender!
On Monday we met Courtney and she shared with us her story of how she started business, and how she uses routine to get it all done, as well as how supportive she finds both her husband and her mom. You can also see in the picture how she uses her nappies on her own kids!
This is how her service works:
I think what I also like about the rental is that your same nappies will be returned to you, so you’ll have that same lot that will be washed together and not with some other child’s.
They deliver everything you’ll need to start using cloth nappies- the nappies, a wetbag (a small travel bag to place used nappies in while you’re out the house) a dry bucket to store them in between collection days as well as the nappy liners you flush down the loo.
The buckets will be collected every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and be replaced with a new supply of freshly cleaned nappies for the rest of the week.
They sell, rent out and clean nappies – the cleaning service is currently only in the East Rand but they will be looking to expand in the future. Rental and sales are nationwide.
You can check out further details on their website here. For a month’s subscription of cleaning, it starts at R629 and for both rental and cleaning it is R899.
We are giving away
An All in One Nappy
Total value = R285
If you win you’ll specify if you’d prefer the male or female version, and we’ll make sure you’ll have the gender specific pack!
We all need a bit of pampering and in South Africa’s harsh sun climate, we need to take care of our skin. For moms on the go, however, how do you fit it in? Celltone has made it super easy and idiot proof with a set of 1-6 steps to take care of your skin in a lovely pack.
If you’re wondering why I placed these products in the leaves, it’s because it’s a tribute to the snail extract in their products (hence the logo). Farmworkers long ago noticed the difference to their hands and the tradition continues. The snail gel is one of their well known products.
I’ve been using this pack for more than a week now and it feels so beneficial to take care of myself in this way, as well experiencing clearer skin. I keep bottles 1-3 in the bathroom, since they require water, and 4-6 in my cupboard (although 5 needs water it isn’t every day). I’m using 1,3,4 and 6 on a daily basis and 5 (exfoliator) twice a week and 6 (mask) once a week on a Saturday when I have more time.
Let’s run through the contents of the pack:
Facial Wash: Moisturising Facial Wash
This is a gentle water soluble wash that removes oil, dirt and make-up. I find it very soothing as well as giving a thorough cleanse.
2. Exfoliator: Invigorating Exfoliating Scrub
This container is the only one that doesn’t have the pump action dispenser. I guess it is because of those little granules that remove the dead skin. It has a lid that you open and squeeze the creamy liquid out. As a bonus those particles are smooth bamboo that do not scratch your skin but do leave it feeling radiant and smooth.
3. Cleanser: Soothing Cleansing Lotion
This is a cleanser that doesn’t foam. Although it cleans it moisturises so that your skin does not feel stripped and dry. I use it on my four year old son, knowing that his skin will be cleaned without becoming dry (just to be safe I put number 6 moisturiser on him too).
4. Toner: Alcohol free facial toner
I think what I like about toners is that they don’t have the harshness of a cleaner. It’s more gentle. This toner softens, calms, adds skin repairing ingredients and prepares your pores for the next, moisturising step.
5. Mask: Hydrating facial mask
Long ago I used a mask to extract all my oil but as I get older, my skin is just dry. Dehydration causes flaky, dry, wrinkled and sagging skin. This mask has collagen, keratin and elastin to rehydrate your skin. I leave it on for two minutes before rinsing it off.
Moisturiser is your protective barrier against free radicals as well as the sun. This product actually fades the damage and makes your skin look healthier. It is enriched with Argan oil.
As a bonus in this pack your also get some tissue oil. This product has up to five times more hydration. It has a multitude of other uses such as reducing stretch marks, soothing after sun effects, and moisturising after a shower. It’s also useful across all ages from babies, children, teens, sportspeople and aging skin. Don’t rinse this one off! In this past week I have also used tissue oil on burns (oil from the stove) and although I could see the skin was about to blister it just had a mark in the end.
Did you know that the sizes of the bottles are internationally travel approved too? And that cute see through cosmetic bag is handy for travelling too.
BONUS in this giveaway: Suncreen for adults and children: we’ll be giving away the adult and children ones.
Celltone have three sunscreens: for babies, children and adults.
All have SPF 50 UVA and UVB protection. They contain anti-oxidants to fight free radicals.
I find it interesting that the adult one is suitable for acne prone skin (some sunscreens are greasy but this one is light, even though it smells like sunscreen).
The other interesting thing is that our cricketers, who spend an awful lot of time in the sun, use this sunscreen. Inside the suncreen boxes you’ll find collectable cards of both Celltone products and cricketers: the current Protea Squad. If you collect all the cards you can win Samsung S7 smartphone. (There are 30 altogether up for grabs) Details inside the packages.
But back to our competition!
If you’d like to pamper yourself with Celltone skincare and take care of your skin at the same time, all you have to do is follow them on Instagram, using the Rafflecopter prompts below. For bonus points there are other options to increase your chances.
Terms and conditions:
You must be South African to enter
The competition will run for a week and then the winner will be emailed and announced on our Facebook page.
If you ever played with the idea of being an author as a child but never carried it though, you can look up to Stacey Fru, a child who finished writing her first book two weeks before she turned eight. We are giving away two of her books on our blog today.
Stacey is a learner at Sacred Heart College in Observatory in Johannesburg and it is her love for reading and writing that inspired her to be an author. Not only does she write but she is also a motivational speaker; the biggest group she has given a speech to was 800 Matric learners at the AngloGoldAshanti Career Expo 2015.
Stacey’s mother, Victorine Mbong Shu, is also an author and has written the book ‘Stop Complaining! and Bring Back Involved Parenting’ tackling why children may be successful, but lacking emotionally.
Now let’s find out more about the books of her daughter:
This book is about two cats who are cousins. It portrays the common challenges of different socio-economics, academic and religious backgrounds in which the two survived. In this book, Stacey portrays the difference in places where the two cats stay and how this affected their daily lives.
Smelly Cats also depicts that even though the cats come from the same family, they have differences in friendship, love, hate, care, economic backgrounds and behaviour due to who they are. As her characters both behave badly, Stacey tells us about the role of school discipline in the book.
The constant fights between the two, although rooted in real issues, can also been seen as a vital spice of life that do not last forever. Stacey concludes her book by stating that “Life is not a bed of hatred. You grow better when you fight to spread love and have fun in a child’s way”.
Bob and the Snake
Bob loves snakes with his whole heart. He is super happy because he heard his parents planning to buy him a real snake for his birthday. A few weeks after he received the snake, it was crowned the City Hero for saving the family from a thief who broke into their house while they were asleep. Ironically, Lob the snake is the same reason why Bob runs away from home for days. During school holidays, the family decides to travel to Disney Land. Find out if Lob the snake was allowed in the plane or not and how the story ended. Stacey concludes that ‘… no matter how much they try, children will always be naughty and parents will always be hard’.
If you’d like to win these books we are giving away two copies of each to two winners. Simply comment below and you’ll be entered into the competition.
Terms and conditions:
You must be South African to enter.
The competition will run for a week and the winners will be emailed and announced on our Facebook page.
Home is where the heart is. The place where you arrive, your dogs bark at you in greeting and you can finally relax after a hectic day. So why not pay some attention to it and make the place you live in that much more special? The 2017 Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo celebrates its 24th year with the theme “A Tribute to Your Home” and we are giving away some tickets to go there.
2017 sees the launch of the Blue Label Wing, a brand new and stirring exhibition space. No more up and down the stairs to visit your favourite stands. Now the entire show is on one level.
I LOVE JOZI
Not just the inner heart of Jozi will be explored by her residents, but witness three South African graffiti artists make their artwork come to life. Follow them as they complete the project at the show.
If you like to get lost in a book or even browsing around a book store, then you will have a ball at Book Nooks, which is sponsored by Bargain Books.
There is a nook for each of six themes. Go ahead.
I’m wondering if they had some inspiration from Dr Seuss…
We took a look, we saw a nook, on his head, he had a hook, on his hook he had a book, on his book was ‘How To Cook’ but a Nook can’t read so a nook can’t cook SO what good to a nook is a hook cook book?”
Oh yes. They will have cookbooks as well.
Look out for great Book competitions and wins!
TAKE IT OUTSIDE
In South Africa we are spoiled with breath-taking landscapes and beautiful weather; love for the outdoors is second nature to us. Take it Outside, a budding new addition to the show, embraces this love for our gardens, patio’s, outdoor furniture and of course new and interesting things to enhance your outdoor living area.
BUILDERS DIY THEATRE & INTERACTIVE ZONE
Taking things to the next DIY level? Find your inspiration at the theatre where DIY celebrities give you great advice and tips. Move over to the Interactive Zone and workshop some of Fired Earth’s fantastic products.
The Market brings together a tempting selection of gourmet treats, wine and locally produced delicacies. Everything you could possibly need to stock up your picnic basket.
THE WORKSHOP with FAMOUS DIY SOLUTIONS
LIKE KREG, TORK CRAFT, TRITON, FESTOOL AND SAWSTOP?
Are you a “toolaholic” …do words like circular saw, cordless drills, jigsaw blades, routing, chucks, grinders and sanders get you all excited?
Then make your way to the WORKSHOP and try out some of the best tools available to creatives, DIYer’s and homemakers.
Make sure you see the special demonstrations on the SawStop machine, a machine that not only offers versatility but is the safest table saw in the world. With its patented flesh detecting technology it insures that you are safe ALWAYS! Come and see this amazing machine in action.
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN CHALLENGE
Hosted in collab with the University of Johannesburg and Festool.
The industrial designers base their designs around the challenge of designing a compact and easy to use household drill. Come see how they showcase their ingenious ideas for a functional yet beautiful must-have powertool.
LIVE BY DESIGN
We all love to be surrounded by beautiful things. The Live by Design feature contains all those must-have items your home wants in a unique and inspiring space.
If you’re thinking about renovating, building, or decorating, you need to visit the Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo at the Ticketpro Dome from 23 – 26 February 2017.
Show dates: 23 – 26 February 2017
Show times: Thurs & Fri 10:00 – 19:00 | Sat & Sun 09:00 – 18:00
Entrance: R90 Adults, R60 Pensioners, Children under 12 – free