Win a hamper from Similac to celebrate World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

It’s World Breastfeeding Awareness Week from 1-7 August and SA Mom Blogs is giving away a hamper of some lovely goodies for a nursing mom.

So… I’ve had my share of ups and downs with breastfeeding. It’s hard. It’s a really hard thing to do. I struggled to latch. I had to pump for a month.I used both boob and formula till I got back on track a few months later.  I struggled through biting. I struggled to wean. 

breastfeedingI even wrote a poem about how frustrated I was feeding a two year old at night. 

And then I wrote this:

I’m not a lactivist. I’m just a mom who wants her kid to sleep. And the boob works. It has other benefits as well. (see below)

There are a lot of positive and negative things about breastfeeding but this remains: at the end of a long day of tantrums and peeing in pants Nicky and I can connect in this intimate way. In the middle of the night, when he sometimes wakes up, the magic boob gets him back to sleep. And it calms me down too. Yes, there are times when it drags out too long and I get irritated, but on the whole, I’m glad that we have this. Because I know it won’t be long when he will no longer be asking for his “boobie” and my little boy will really become a big boy.

Until then I’ll cherish these moments with my son.

Honestly I can’t tell you exactly when we stopped breastfeeding. I know he stopped the day feeds at two but after three it became less and less at night. He stopped when he was ready and told me distinctly that “booby is for babies”. (As I’d been telling him for some time). 

But the struggles were totally worth it. I know that Nicky got the best in nutrition at the temperature that he needed and there were benefits for me as a mother too. Most of all, that I just had to roll over and feed him. No bottles to sterilise, to heat. Just an initmate connection between mother and child. And a real bonus: he doesn’t get sick much. Yes, the snotty nose etc but we have never been to a hospital. 

 

Here’s a nice timeline of the benefits of breastfeeding. So however long you do it, you know you’ll give your baby some benefits.  (This is taken from Babycenter).

IF I NURSE FOR A DAY…

Breastfeeding your baby for even a day is the best baby gift you can give. Breastfeeding is almost always the best choice for your baby. If it doesn’t seem like the best choice for you right now, these guidelines may help.

IF YOU NURSE YOUR BABY FOR JUST A FEW DAYS, he will have received your colostrum, or early milk. By providing antibodies and the food his brand-new body expects, nursing gives your baby his first – and easiest – “immunization” and helps get his digestive system going smoothly. Breastfeeding is how your baby expects to start, and helps your own body recover from the birth. Why not use your time in the hospital to prepare your baby for life through the gift of nursing?

IF YOU NURSE YOUR BABY FOR FOUR TO SIX WEEKS, you will have eased him through the most critical part of his infancy. Newborns who are not breastfed are much more likely to get sick or be hospitalized, and have many more digestive problems than breastfed babies. After 4 to 6 weeks, you’ll probably have worked through any early nursing concerns, too. Make a serious goal of nursing for a month, call La Leche League or a Lactation Consultant if you have any questions, and you’ll be in a better position to decide whether continued breastfeeding is for you.

IF YOU NURSE YOUR BABY FOR 3 OR 4 MONTHS, her digestive system will have matured a great deal, and she will be much better able to tolerate the foreign substances in commercial formulas. If there is a family history of allergies, though, you will greatly reduce her risk by waiting a few more months before adding anything at all to her diet of breastmilk. And giving nothing but your milk for the first four months gives strong protection against ear infections for a whole year.

IF YOU NURSE YOUR BABY FOR 6 MONTHS, she will be much less likely to suffer an allergic reaction to formula or other foods. At this point, her body is probably ready to tackle some other foods, whether or not you wean. Nursing for at least 6 months helps ensure better health throughout your baby’s first year of life, and reduces your own risk of breast cancer. Nursing for 6 months or more may greatly reduce your little one’s risk of ear infections and childhood cancers. And exclusive, frequent breastfeeding during the first 6 months, if your periods have not returned, provides 98% effective contraception.

IF YOU NURSE YOUR BABY FOR 9 MONTHS, you will have seen him through the fastest and most important brain and body development of his life on the food that was designed for him – your milk. You may even notice that he is more alert and more active than babies who did not have the benefit of their mother’s milk. Weaning may be fairly easy at this age… but then, so is nursing! If you want to avoid weaning this early, be sure you’ve been available to nurse for comfort as well as just for food.

IF YOU NURSE YOUR BABY FOR A YEAR, you can avoid the expense and bother of formula. Her one-year-old body can probably handle most of the table foods your family enjoys. Many of the health benefits this year of nursing has given your child will last her whole life. She will have a stronger immune system, for instance, and will be much less likely to need orthodontia or speech therapy. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends nursing for at least a year, to help ensure normal nutrition and health for your baby.

IF YOU NURSE YOUR BABY FOR 18 MONTHS, you will have continued to provide your baby’s normal nutrition and protection against illness at a time when illness is common in other babies. Your baby is probably well started on table foods, too. He has had time to form a solid bond with you – a healthy starting point for his growing independence. And he is old enough that you and he can work together on the weaning process, at a pace that he can handle. A former U.S. Surgeon General said, “it is the lucky baby… that nurses to age two.”

IF YOUR CHILD WEANS WHEN SHE IS READY, you can feel confident that you have met your baby’s physical and emotional needs in a very normal, healthy way. In cultures where there is no pressure to wean, children tend to nurse for at least two years. The World Health Organization and UNICEF strongly encourage breastfeeding through toddlerhood: “Breastmilk is an important source of energy and protein, and helps to protect against disease during the child’s second year of life.”* Our biology seems geared to a weaning age of between 2 1/2 and 7 years**, and it just makes sense to build our children’s bones from the milk that was designed to build them. Your milk provides antibodies and other protective substances as long as you continue nursing, and families of nursing toddlers often find that their medical bills are lower than their neighbors’ for years to come. Mothers who have nursed longterm have a still lower risk of developing breast cancer. Children who were nursed longterm tend to be very secure, and are less likely to suck their thumbs or carry a blanket. Nursing can help ease both of you through the tears, tantrums, and tumbles that come with early childhood, and helps ensure that any illnesses are milder and easier to deal with. It’s an all-purpose mothering tool you won’t want to be without! Don’t worry that your child will nurse forever. All children stop eventually, no matter what you do, and there are more nursing toddlers around than you might guess.

WHETHER YOU NURSE FOR A DAY OR FOR SEVERAL YEARS, the decision to nurse your child is one you need never regret. And whenever weaning takes place, remember that it is a big step for both of you. If you choose to wean before your child is ready, be sure to do it gradually, and with love.

*Facts for Life: A Communication Challenge, published by UNICEF, WHO, and UNESCO, 1989
**K Dettwyler. A Time to Wean. Breastfeeding Abstracts vol 14 no 1 1994
©1997 Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC 136 Ellis Hollow Creek Road Ithaca, NY 14850

 

Win!

Similac® Mom would like to give-away a  hamper to the value of R800  not only to create awareness but to also celebrate this week.

Similac® Mom is a shake. 

  • Low-fat, low calorie, helps manage weight during pregnancy and while breastfeeding
  • Helps build your immune defences
  • Supports healthy digestion
  • Helps reduce the risk of iron deficiency anaemia
  • Vitamin D and FOS, a prebiotic, have been shown to improve calcium absorption

 

 

similac hamper breastfeeding must havesThe hamper includes:

  • Breastfeeding Pillow
  • Nipple Cream
  • Breast Pads
  • Similac Mom tin
  • Wrapped in a lovely hamper box, cellophane and ribbon

By the way I have to say a word about the pillow. I think it is one of those nursing must have’s. It helps support the baby while you feed. And the cream sure helps the wear and tear of breastfeeding. The pads help those early days when you are literally leaking.

But the Similac mom can help YOU. I think we forget about ourselves in this process and how much we need the nutritional support just as much as baby does. 

Win this hamper by simply leaving a comment below. 

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. 

 

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.

 

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.

 

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

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 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. 

 

#GrundigMomOfTheYear: Celebrate mom with a culinary experience worth R600 and a chance to win an oven worth over R8000

We’re still celebrating our mothers this month with a very special competition. Our moms are an invaluable part of our lives, so this would be a great opportunity to spoil yours.

There are two parts to this prize.

The first one will run on this blog. It is a culinary experience at the JHB  Culinary & Pastry School worth R600,00.  I had a look at their Instagram page and they are sure cooking up some impressive food and pastries as well as amazing cakes at that school. Here’s one that a lucky mom to be enjoyed, together with talented chef Charity. 

Then we have this impressive artwork from Chef Kelvin. Looks like something straight out of Master Chef. 

Suffice to say your mom will be in good hands learning from the best. 

I wouldn’t say that cooking or baking is really my strength so I’ll take this as an opportunity to learn. Oh yes, the blogger gets to go along with the mom. So I’ll be creating something yummy (and hopefully good looking too).

The winner and blogger will be treated to a red Velvet cupcake making and decorating lesson. The culinary experience will most likely happen over the weekend.

 

Now for the second part of the prize.

On the day of the experience, there will be a draw where the attendees will stand a chance to win the grand prize which is Grundig top of the line oven valued at R8 900. 

Grundig is a German brand which as we know, is typically efficient and reliable.  They have been making high quality products since 1946. It started with a radio and has expanded to the latest stylish home appliances.  They also pride themselves on being energy efficient.  You can read more about them on their website here. 

The oven up for grabs is a GEBM 25000 B Multifunction 70cm single oven. It has triple glazed doors and a built in meat probe. For more info on the oven see this link. 

 

Not bad for mom, isn’t it?

 

Now all you have to do to win this for your mom is to comment below, telling me the name of your mom and why she should win and why she is the #GrundigMomoftheYear. Unlike other competitions where we draw a prize randomly, this time the decision will be based on the answer contained in your comments. 

 

Terms and conditions:

  1. This competition will run for a week and end on 30 May. The winner will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed. 
  2. This competition is open to Gauteng residents only. If your mom lives far away she must be able to attend the culinary experience 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.

 
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Win tickets to Mama Magic (18-21 May, TicketPro Dome)

mama magicThe Mama Magic show basically has everything under one roof you will need in your pregnancy and parenting journey for your child 0-5. It is one of those staple  events for new moms to attend to find out about the latest baby products, as well as for those to bring their tots along to watch Barney and grab the specials at Baby City on nappies.  SA Mom blogs is giving away two double tickets for any day during 18-21 May at the TicketPro dome at Northgate. 

I’ve written two posts about this expo before and you can read them here: 

mama magic BarneyThe first post I wrote about watching and meeting Barney when Nicky was about two years old and also some products that I saw that I liked. 

Mama magic BarneyTwo years later we went to Mama Magic again and Nicky had fun in the ball pit, with the lego and dragging a plastic dog around we found at the SPCA stall. 

I think it is a testament to the variety to be found at the show that there were items and activities to be found at each age group, and moms who want to entertain the little ones can bring the older siblings as well to join in the fun. 

Would you like to attend this year’s show?

All you have to do is comment below.

Terms and conditions:

You must be a resident of SA to enter and able to attend the exhibition at the TicketPro Dome, 18-21 May, Johannesburg.

The competition will run for a week and then the winners will be emailed and announced on our Facebook page.