Six Lessons in Friendship at My Little Pony: The Movie and Win Tickets

 

The My Little Pony movie releases on 6 October. It is a super cute annimated story the kids will love (my 5 year old son enjoys the ponies too) but it’s also open to a deeper meaning about the values of friendship that adults will appreciate. Take your kids to see the movie and enjoy it yourself too. SA Mom Blogs is giving away two sets of four tickets each to the new My LIttle Pony movie. 

So what is friendship all about? Here are some values I picked up from the movie.

  1. Fun and laughter.  The ponies are sheer fun with lots of games and appreciation of the joy to be found in life. You only have to watch Pinkie Pie getting really excited (“Best Day Ever!”) and Rainbow Dash doing super sonic rainbows around a pirate boat to see how full of fun they are. We need to have more fun in our lives. And not take things so seriously. 

2. Love your enemies.   I’m not just talking about the bible verse Matt 5:44.  I think the mark of a mature person is to be able to think about why a person you can’t stand releases certain emotions within you, and  what it says about you. But perhaps one should also consider what that person has been through to make them that way, and love them anyway.

In this case, the enemy is Tempest Shadow, sent by the Storm King, who overthrows the city of Cantelot and drive out the six ponies. 

Tempest has a broken horn. There’s a sad story of her past involved here, but the point is she is willing to do the Storm King’s bidding to get it back. She has faced rejection in her past and doesn’t easily trust people, but in the end, it is the true spirit of friendship that saves her. 

3. Use the resources you have and be content with who you are.  There’s a scene at the beginning of the movie where Twilight Sparkle asks her fellow princesses to use their magic to make the sun and the moon to be placed at the right angle for the perfect lighting for the festival she is organising. They say no. She must use what she has. How often do we expect things to line up just right? But the real task ahead is to channel what we have?

Tempest Shadow also must learn that her broken horn has powers too. Something we consider broken can actually be our biggest strength. 

4. Be open. The entire city of Seaquestria is underwater. The ponies have changed their appearance into fish. Sure,it’s fun to watch them swim around, but you have to think: how far have they gone to hide from the Storm King? It was a survival tactic, but Twilight Sparkle knows this route is not for her. She has to deal with things face to face. 

5. Forgive mistakes. Twilight isn’t without her wrong moves and a mistake that gets her and her friends kicked out of Seaquestria. But the key here is that her pony buddies can (eventually) look past it and come to her rescue. 

6. Empowering others. The ponies convince the pirates to stop working for the Storm King and come into their own. They realise this amongst a whole lot of song and dance and aforementioned supersonic rainbow. 

True friendship is about lifting others up and supporting your friends. And the ponies do that really well.

Each pony has a different “element of harmony”. Pinkie Pie represents laughter, Fluttershy represents kindness, Applejack represents honesty, Rainbow Dash represents loyalty, Rarity represents generosity and Twilight Sparkle represents the magic of friendship.

Nicky kept asking me which pony I liked best. I liked Twilight Sparkle (so did he) for the way she  worked hard to save her friends. But I also really liked Applejack for being really down to earth and that rich earthy Southern accent.  Honesty is a good leveler and it is often appreciated. I also liked the practical way she was distributing drinks for the festival. 

 

This is a star studded movies with lots of singing too. We have a pony that looks just like Sia, is Sia, and sings like Sia. Played by Sia but called Songbird Serenade.  

Here’s the trailer. 

 

 

And here are some other cool things about My Little Pony:

 

  • My LIttle Pony  is also having a  friendship tour. They will be in Sandton City, Jhb, 2-14 October. 
  • They also have a range of toys to celebrate the movie. 

 

The My Little Pony movie inspired range will be available from Toys R Us, ToyZone, Toy Kingdom, Hamleys and other major retailers. You can also shop online for My little Pony products at Takealot.com

 

  • You can also make your own pony here: (mine is Lilac Blossom):

 

But the most coolest thing?

You can watch the movie for yourself and see the ponies in action. And take along your family.

Win!

SA Mom Blogs is giving away two sets of four tickets each to the movie.

All you have to do is follow the Rafflecopter prompts. 

 

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Win tickets to the East Rand Spring Festival!

It’s Spring! And what better way to celebrate than to head on over to Carnival City’s East Rand Spring Festival at the prestigious new Sun Park.  We are giving away twenty double tickets on the blog today. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This family focused event features:

-entertainment – local artists and bands

-Miss Spring Festival competition

-giveaways and special deals

-over 100 exhibitors

Save the date now and bring along family and friends to this first of its kind festival on 29 and 30
September from 09h00 to 22h00. Entrance to the festival costs R 80 per adult, R40 per pensioner
and R40 per child (aged 3 to 17).

24 Clydesdale Street, Casseldale 1559 Springs, Gauteng
Like Carnival City on Facebook www.facebook.com/CarnivalCitySA and follow on Twitter
@CarnivalCitySA

Also check out the East Rand Spring Festival’s website here and Facebook page here. 

Would you like tickets to the event? We have twenty double tickets to giveaway!

All you have to do is comment below. 

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Win 10 pairs of tickets to Little Homemade CPT Pop-up Boutique

Leila is an event organiser of Pop-up Boutiques for local brands with a particular focus on locally produced goods in Cape Town. We met her on Monday. After she and her sister had her children they decided to host an event for moms, babies and kids. Their latest offering is the Little Homemade Pop-up Boutique on 24 and 25 September and today we are giving away ten tickets to the event. 

Here’s some idea of what will be on offer:

-mom and tots boutique of local brands

light meals from the phenomenal Food Fanatics

-outdoor play area supervised by the professional Baby’s First Sitter while you shop,  a soft play area by Moemsies Party Rentals

-massage (Serenity Felt) (*free, terms and conditions apply)

 

5 thread maternity

-facepainting (3 Sisters)

-organic babycare samples

Some of the companies involved will be:

  • Ubuntu Baba
  • Seven Ounce
  • MarshyandMe
  • Oh Lief – Baby products
  • Royal Stitch
  • The Mummary
  • Candy Floss Clouds
  • Mini Mi – Atelier
  • Akidz

    Rocca Kids SA

  • ROCA Kids Furniture
  • 5Threads

All you need to do is visit Homemade CPT on Facebook using the Rafflecopter mechanism. If you want more entries, look at the other options. 

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Changes in Confidence: in Pictures: and Win a Conscious Confidence Course

How often has confidence stopped you from following your dreams? Or merely opting out of important life events? Today we’re going to meet a photographer that has been helping women become more confident, not only behind her lens, but also in real life by creating a course in confidence, which we are giving away on the blog.

Abigail Klopper shares about how she became interested in this topic of confidence. As she photographed many different people from all walks of life over the years, she found a common reaction to being photographed. People hated it. “I’m not photogenic”. “I hate this part of my body, can you hide it?”

The photographer also has her own history of insecurity, stemming from a comment made about her appearance in Grade 3. and issues as a teen. 

As Abigail took photographs, she found women in particular to be very self critical. Very quick to devalue their worth. 

She also noticed how her clients were amazed at the results.

She came to the conclusion: I am giving them their confidence back. 

“I soon realised that confidence was something that came from the inside. Portrait photography focuses on the exterior, on that which is visible to others, our physical appearance. However, it also exposes our insecurities and our underlying issues. So while my photography was helping women with their physical confidence, it was fleeting. I wanted to help women on a deeper level and change their confidence from the inside.”

After doing massive amounts of research, Abigail developed a four week long Conscious Confidence Course. 

Unlike some courses that require participants to spend large amounts of time working through the course material, Abigail has purposely broken the course into small actionable steps focused on body, mind and soul confidence and that participants can implement as their schedules allow.

Here are three women that Abigail photographed and can tell a story about the changes she brought in them. 

Josie

At the time of this shoot, Josie was a new mom to twins Abigail & Christian. They were born prematurely, so naturally Josie was under some significant stress along with the usual ‘new-mom’ experiences. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the gift of my makeover shoot! As a new mom to 5 month old twins, just getting out of my pj’s everyday is a major feat. So having my hair and make-up done was such a treat. And then your professionalism and guidance during the shoot made me feel like a supermodel. I knew exactly what you wanted from me and you made me feel totally at ease. And the end result … Wow! Thank you for making me feel beautiful and giving me my confidence back. And for inspiring me to get out of my pj’s and make a small effort everyday. Cos that’s sometimes all it takes. 

 

Kim

Kim and her daughter Jordy came for a shoot together. After the shoot Kim mentioned that the shoot transformed the way she saw herself. Something shifted for her in the way that she showed up in the world, because she saw herself differently. 

To anyone who sees these exquisite pictures on Abigails “walls” online… what goes on within you at Abigail K’s shoots, and then at the final take, is transformational… Abigail’s talent goes deeper than just the click of the camera! What her talent gives is just so much more… I have continued to grow and blossom as the woman I once believed and knew I was… she re-painted me in these shots and this entire experience raised me up out of a “low confidence” zone and helped me recognize the light and magic within me that somehow us Moms tend to forget… and as a final blessing and continuation to the magical experience, my relationship with my beautiful daughter has deepened and grown to newer levels of fun, sharing and a different kind of closeness that we have NEVER had before… Thank you Abigail for everything that has unfolded as a result of this awesome PRIZE and gift at the most important day in a Mother’s life – the celebration and privilege of being a MOM – every year… I feel re-born!

 

Jacqui

Jacqui won this shoot through a competition. She is mother to one son and she said that she felt like a queen during and after the experience. 

If you feel good about yourself and you share that with others, you invite them to become more confident in who they are. Your confidence was very contagious during my experience at Abigail K Studio. Of course, I lacked none, because I’ve been preparing for this moment for years, but you gave my confidence an extra boost. I loved it! Confidence, is a beautiful thing. It allows you to just, be.

 

ABIGAIL’S FIVE SUPER-QUICK CONFIDENCE BOOSTERS

When your confidence is low, it can be tough to find the will and the momentum to take the action needed to increase your confidence. Below are some of the confidence boosters Abigail draws on when she finds her confidence becoming a bit shaky:

  1. Look at yourself in the mirror and repeat an affirming, positive mantra until you feel your confidence shift.
  2. Write a list of 10 things you’re grateful for. If nothing else, it will take your focus off everything that you think is wrong in your life.
  3. Move your body for 15 minutes, whether it’s going for a walk, doing some yoga stretches or going for a run. It’s a great way to awaken your senses and make you feel more alive.
  4. Turn on your favourite music – LOUD! And dance like no one’s watching.

Do some introspection by journaling about the source of your current low confidence. Just writing out your doubts and concerns can sometimes reveal something about ourselves that we were not initially aware of. And all positive change starts with awareness.

 

A final word from Abigail:

I’m always in awe of moms. It’s seriously the toughest job on the planet with the biggest responsibility and burden. Of course it has it’s positive payoffs as well. But being a mom doesn’t mean you stop being a woman. A beautiful, talented, worthy woman with her own ambitions, likes & dislikes and her own journey to travel. I see too many women abdicate their individuality when they become moms, in favor of being the main care giver, which is admirable in a sense, but at the same time unreasonable and unsustainable. I’m reminded of the all important airline safety message – In the event of a drop in cabin pressure, place the mask over your own nose and mouth before assisting minors or others in need. The same is true for moms – they are not selfish if they take care of their own needs and desires first. Doing that makes them able and available to tend to their family’s needs. In this way, they’re being responsible in that they’re demonstrating what self-care and self-love looks like. Children learn by observation and that’s one of the best gifts you can give them. The ability to treat themselves with love and respect. If more people did that, this world would be a more loving place. 

To win her Conscious Confidence Course, simply comment below on why you think you need this. 

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Netflorist’s tips for Spring Gardening and Win this cheerful Daffodil

Now that cold dreary days are over and the birds are chirping, it can only mean one thing: spring is here! If you want to make sure your garden is as bright and cheerful as you are this spring, here are a few gardening and planting tips:

 

  • Clean out your garden:  survey your garden and remove debris and unwanted weeds.
  • Get your soil ready: revitalize with moisture such as compost, and add the appropriate nutrients to increase plant life.
  • Focus on new plants:  Although it’s important to get those old plants in order, spring is a great time for planting new plants such as tulips, pansies and even veggies like lettuce and peas.
  • Maintenance: Make sure your garden stays beautiful throughout the season by doing things such as mulching, pruning flower shrubs, and considering new flower beds.

Would you like to win this cheerful daffodil from Netflorist? All you have to do is visit their Facebook page and leave a comment here about your Spring tip.

If you use the Facebook post below just make sure you use your email as well so we can contact you about the prize. 

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

This post is sponsored by Prima Toys. 

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Win a coffee machine or mini fridge when you tell us your best baby bargain on Gumtree

Having kids is expensive. And I’m not even talking about educating them (and that’s huge). How about just setting up the baby furniture, getting some clothes, a load of nappies and toiletries? I mean, the baby hasn’t even arrived and just to be prepared, you have to really fork out. So how do you afford it? And once the child grows, they need more stuff! How do you deal with it?

One little secret is: Gumtree. You can find some serious bargains (if you are looking for goods) and also sell your old stuff.

Gumtree has an idea of how to afford some of the things your growing child needs. Go ahead and sell the baby stuff.

 

I sold my wedding dress on Gumtree. So why not sell my baby stuff? I have also bought Nicky’s little couch for his room on Gumtree. I have gone ahead and listed three items on Gumtree.

  1. Compactum 

This has a changing table at just the right height plus a baby bath. 

2. Camp cot –

SOLD two days after placing the ad! R500 in my pocket.

This is an awesome camp cot because it also has a changing table and grows with your baby.

3. Play pen

SOLD a day after placing the ad. R700. 

This is awesome not only to play in but also works well as a sleeping spot and tent. 

 

These are big ticket items but I’m selling them cheap. I am amazed that I sold two of them so soon. (Anyone want the compactum?)

So why buy second hand?

 

A car seat, which is a must-have, can cost you up to R3,000 brand new but only R1,000 second-hand. In SA, while laws are not as strict as in the US (you have to have a car seat when leaving the hospital), the Child Safe organisation continues to promote the importance of having the proper car seat through their buckle up campaign. And let’s not forget our own Mandy-Lee with #CarSeatFullStop. 

 

A stroller could cost you between R2,600 and R6,999 – depending on what you’re looking for. While the average second-hand price is around R1,400, including all the extra bits and bobs. (By the way I have written a comprehensive post on buying strollers here). 

 

And if you’re not co-sleeping, a cot – which averages around R1,500 second-hand – can cost up to R2,500 at retail.

 

In total, these three essential items could save you up to R6,000 when opting to buy second-hand.

Sounds like a no-brainer but I’d like to hear your experiences on Gumtree.

What was your biggest bargain you bought or sold?

Tell me your story and you can win a bar fridge or coffee machine.  (Let me know in the comment which one you’d prefer)

 

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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. 

 

 

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