{Momentrepreneur} Meet Cloth Nappy Cleaner Courtney: “Routine helps a Ton!”

Today meet Courtney, who has set up South Africa’s only cloth nappy cleaning service. She says having a routine of how she deals with her kids and work certainly assists her in putting everything together.

  1. Tell us about yourself, a bit of background.

 

My name is Courtney Klinkert, I am 29 years old and have 2 precious little boys, aged 2.5 and 13 months. I have been married for 5.5 years and have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I turned a hobby into a small business in 2010 when I started making Christian Jewelry, I opened an online shop and shipped all over the world, this is still a side business I run. www.courtneyschristianjewellery.com . Then after my degree because we moved around a few times it was difficult to keep a steady job- my husband worked on the mines in Mpumalanga and then Limpopo, so I continued with my jewelry and started baking too for friends who became clients.

I absolutely love entertaining and spending time with friends and family at my home.

Then at the end of January I came up with the idea for Baby Bottoms. I’m a cloth mom who sometimes really doesn’t feel like cleaning, stuff and getting my nappies for ready for the next round of use. So I did some research and there is no company offering cloth nappy cleaning here in SA!  We also offer a rental service for moms who want to try before they buy.

 

  1. What were you doing before you started this business?

Once we moved back to Benoni in 2014 I started working with my mom in an accounting and payroll business- Proficient Accounting and Payroll Services (Pty) Ltd- ProfAcc, which I’m still involved in.

 

  1. Is your business full time or part time and why?

This is currently a part time business as I still work for ProfAcc with my current bookkeeping and payroll clients. I’ll be doing it until Baby Bottoms needs my full attention. We currently only have a few clients as it’s just opened, so I’m able to do both.

 

  1. How do you juggle the responsibilities of being a mom with your work?

Each day is different, but I think having a routine helps a ton! My oldest son is in a playgroup every morning until 12:30, which gives me the mornings with my other son (who luckily naps like clockwork!) So I have set times where I work and get things done. Sometimes I have days where no work gets done, but it’s just one of those things you deal with when it happens.

I’m also blessed with a wonderful husband and mom who both are willing to help out when needed, whether it’s watching the kids, folding nappies or even making jewelry! I think a strong support system is vital to any successful parent and business owner.

  1. Do you have a business plan? If so, can you share a bit about your strategy to make it successful?

I have a vague outline of a business plan 😉 Yes I do have a plan, the first step is creating awareness about Baby Bottoms- what we do, where we’re based etc and I’m using a lot of social media such as Facebook and Instagram to help with that. I have also signed up to be at a few markets that are coming up. I think the first few months are going to be the hardest, but once we’re more known and have more people using our service I’m hoping that things will settle a bit.

 

  1. How do you get clients/ market yourself?

Right now I’m using Facebook as a marketing tool and I have a website that has a lot more information about Baby Bottoms on it. Currently clients are coming in the form of friends and through them word of mouth.

 

  1. What’s your biggest challenge right now?

Right now I’m faced with still growing my client base in order to make this a full time business.

 

  1. Did you need a lot of money to start off? And how long was it before you made a profit?

The start up was a reasonable investment, I purchased a few hundred nappies for potential rental clients but from here, once I have the clients the money I’ll need will just be to grow my stock levels.

 

  1. What makes your business unique from other brands?

Baby Bottoms is the only cloth nappy cleaning service in South Africa. This is what makes us so unique.

 

  1. Share with us your social media links and website.

I have a Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/babybottomsza/

Website- www.babybottoms.co.za

Instagram account- @babybottomsza

 

Stay tuned, readers, because we are running a giveaway with this company on Wednesday!

 

What’s on for families this weekend in Gauteng (4-5 March)

This weekend in Gauteng lots of opportunity for shopping at the Hobby X show, Harties food and wine festival, transformers exhibit  and other markets.

  1. Hobby X Show

This show hosts a huge collection of a large variety of hobbies – everything from scrapbooking to woodworking. The nice thing about hobbies is that they can turn into a full time income too. You never know where your passion will take you. 

My father always used to exhibit at this show (making frames and woodworking) so it’s bittersweet for me. I have been to the show many times though and always found something interesting.

Celebrate 20 years of everyone’s favourite hobby and craft expo at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg from 2 – 5 March 2017, in Pretoria from 31 Aug – 3 September and in Durban from 29 Sep – 1 October 2017! Whether you need ideas and materials to indulge your creativity, are looking for fun ways to de-stress, or want to make money from your hobby – Hobby-X is your go-to expo.

2. The Ngwenya Country Market

This takes place at Ngwenya Glass Village on the first Sunday of each month:  5 March.

Shop for fabulous ware from 9am till 4pm. There will be a wide variety of goodies such as bags, hydroponic kits and more, as well as go-karting and crafts. Entrance is free.

Address: R114, Muldersdrift, South Africa

3. Harties Great Food and Wine Festival

Enjoy a fun filled day of wine tasting, great food from local Hartbeespoort restaurants, craft beer, art and craft stalls and loads of entertainment, such as a carnival for the children. Take your gazebo and picnic blankets. The festival is from 10am–6pm Saturday and Sunday.

cnr Kleinste & R511, Hartbeespoort
R120 per person, children R50, children under 3 years old free.

 

4. Transformers Arimatronics

Young and old can see Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee and the Rescue Bots as well as an impressive arsenal of weapons used by the Transformers characters. This travelling exhibition features 12 animated Transformers, sculptures scaled between and 2m and 11m made from car parts, and other statues varying in size. Children are able to build their own Transformers using waste materials in the activation zone.

 
Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Rd, Kempton Park
adults R155, children 5–17 years old R100, children under 4 years old free, family package (2 adults and 2 children) R440
See their website here.
 
If you have any events you want to share email heather@samomblogs.co.za. If you would like your event in the top slot you can reserve it for R250.   
 
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Win a luxury pamper pack of skincare from Celltone

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:

  1. 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. 

6. Moisturiser: SPF 15: Daily moisturising Facial Lotion

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. 

Tissue 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:

  1. You must be South African to enter
  2. The competition will run for a week and then the winner will be emailed and announced on our Facebook page.

 

 

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Meet blogger, insurer and momentrepreneur Cindy: “We never close: People have accidents at all hours.”

Today meet South African mom blogger Cindy, who also co-owns and insurance brokerage. She shares how this job becomes full time because of the nature of the work and how she keeps her head above water both at home and at work. 

  1. Tell us about yourself, a bit of background.

Hellooooo.  I’m Cindy.  I know there’s a lot of ways to introduce yourself but for me the most important thing is that I am a wife and mom of three.  Other than that I co-own an insurance brokerage in Cape Town and I also blog on the side on my parenting meets lifestyle blog – 3 Kids, 2 Dogs and 1 Old House.

 

  1. What were you doing before you started this business?

Believe it or not I started this job basically straight out of school.  I finished matric and then did a short one year course in Office Management.  After that I joined Incompass in 2006 and I’ve been there ever since.

 

  1. Is your business full time or part time and why?

Cindy’s children

The business is completely full time – we never close.  We employ about 15 people now around South Africa.  We are an Insurance Brokerage so it’s impossible to close during usual working hours because people have accidents all the time.  However because I am more in the management side of things now, I leave around 2pm and then work from home if I need to.

 

  1. How do you juggle the responsibilities of being a mom with your work?

It’s possibly one of the hardest things to do.  When I am killing it at work then I am missing in action at home, if I am at home then I am missing something at work.  It’s a bit of a vicious circle actually.  But I try and make sure that I keep a balance of both.  It doesn’t always work, but it does keep everything above water most times. 

 

  1. Do you have a business plan? If so, can you share a bit about your strategy to make it successful?

Incompass has been going for about 13 years now.  We literally started with my partner on his own then I joined and since then we have grown it to employing 15 people.  Our business model is great because it is recurring business, unless someone cancels you are guaranteed that premium every month.  The only thing is then to keep growing the amount of clients we have and not loose any.

 

  1. How do you get clients/ market yourself?

Surprisingly we do a lot of our marketing by word of mouth actually.  However we are currently redoing our website later this year and trying to bring it into the now.  It’s embarrassing actually, considering how involved I am on social media for my blog my own website should be incredible but it’s not.

 

  1. What’s your biggest challenge right now?

Cindy and her husband Seth

Getting the work/ life balance right.  I think that might be my challenge forever though.

 

  1. Did you need a lot of money to start off? And how long was it before you made a profit?

It was a lot of slog work those first 3 years before I joined and even the couple after that, but then things got so much better.  And it was all worth it.

  1. What makes your business unique from other brands?

We specialise in guest house insurance – in fact we’re one of the biggest insurance brokerages focusing on this niche in South Africa.  We know everything about the products suitable to this niche, as well as being able to manage our own portfolios with the biggest guest house insurance company and so it makes us a market leader in this field.

 

  1. Share with us your social media links and website.

 

www.incompass-insurance.co.za

 

What’s on for families this weekend in Gauteng (25-26 February)

Lots to do this weekend in Gauteng! There is a homemaker’s expo as well as a Dinosaur Expo. There are two kiddie shows. There’s a midterm break holiday program and a list of school open days.

 

  1. Homemaker’s Expo: 23-26 February

Go along to the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate to give “A Tribute to your Home”, which is the theme of this year’s show.  We have posted about this expo last week when we gave away tickets, so you can read more about the details here. But basically you can see everything from books, outside areas, DIY to modern design. 

Show times: Thurs & Fri 10:00 – 19:00 | Sat & Sun 09:00 – 18:00

Entrance: R90 Adults, R60 Pensioners, Children under 12 – free

Buy your ticket online at Ticketpro.

Venue: Ticketpro Dome, Northumberland Rd and Olievenhout Ave, North Riding, Johannesburg.

2. Midterm break holiday program: Midrand

Those of you with children on a mid term break there is a holiday program happening in Carlswald. The program is suitable for children from 4 years old. 

Dates: 24-27 February

7:30am -5:30pm (R280) or half day until 1:30pm (R200)

Contact Carla on 0824028169 or carla@expressionsinfocus.co.za. See their website

3. School open days: 

  • Curro Aurora: Taurus Rd, Sundowner, Randburg. Grade 000-12. From 8am on 25 Feb for interested parents to meet teachers and view facilities.
  • Kairos School of Inquiry info talk: 9am for 9:30-11:30am. Grad 0-7. 12 Sabie Rd in Emmarentia. 
  • The National School of the Arts: 17 Hoofd St in Braamfontein. 25 February 8:30am – 1pm. This school offers performing and creative arts but also art, dance, drama and music alongside a full academic curriculum. 

4. The Little Town of Good Manners

This is a puppet show written and directed by Swannie Swanevelder. In this town everyone has manners apart from Old Man Joe who invents a machine to devour good words. The show starts at 2:30pm and tickets are R50.  Check out their website here.

5.  ‘The Little Dinosaur’ and ‘Fairywings’

25th of Feb, Saturday 10am.

Double bill. Margaret Auerbach performs the all-time favorite Dinosaur Saga. Out of an egg hatches little Dino, but where are the parents? A funny search with happy ending. So, too, for the fairy who has misplaced her wings: the Fairy Queen is coming to visit and the wings will have to sparkle! Ages 3 and upwards. 

39A Greenhill Rd, Emmarentia, for bookings: Kinderspiel@telkomsa.net
011 646 0870, R 60 per person.

6. At the Dino Expo

This dinosaur expo features realistic robotic dinosaurs and offers both inclusive and extra activities. 

From 24 Feb – 5 March they will be at the Nasrec Expo centre on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. 

7. In the forest family open day: Walkerville

Forest zip-line, archery, tomahawk toss, tree climb, pony rides, fairy trail & hay-bale splash pond! Alice in Wonderland Coffee Shoppe open – scones & cream, wacky waffles, cold drinks, cold beers & more!   Or bring in your own picnic basket & blanket.

Entrance: adults R35, kids R25 includes free entrance to our enchanted real fairy trail – share with all fairy lovers! R30 Adults, R20 kids From 09:30 to 18:00   Cost: R20 – R30 Read more on their website here.

 

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Win two of nine year old Stacey Fru’s children’s books

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:

Smelly Cats:

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:

  1. You must be South African to enter.
  2. The competition will run for a week and the winners will be emailed and announced on our Facebook page

 

{Momentrepreneur} Meet Remedial Therapist and Learning Specialist Marina: “I have generated incredible leads by giving some things away for free.”

This week we meet a remedial therapist, Marina, who quit her remedial school job to start her own business assisting learners learn in a way that suits them holistically.  She works with a child’s learning routine and strategies.

Marina works a lot online to market herself, also through blogging and Facebook. She has also found that giving away certain things has brought her more business. 

  1. Tell us about yourself, a bit of background.

I studied teaching and special educational needs at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University all the back in the 80’s. My first post was working with profoundly mentally challenged children. All of my pupils were non-verbal and low functioning. It was the most incredibly humbling experience and it taught me a type of patience I never knew I had. Teaching these amazing children changed the way I taught for the rest of my life. Making me understand that each child develops in their own time and each child has the ability to succeed when given the right amount of care and attention. I’ve been in education for 25 years and have taught gifted children, mainstream children and academically challenged children.

  1. What were you doing before you started this business?

I was a remedial therapist at a very elite private school and hating it. I was forced to work in a way, which I knew was counterproductive to learning. The school refused to change its stance on remedial intervention, so I bravely (or stupidly – lol) handed in my resignation and walked away with not one client or knowing how I was going to pay my bond, car, school fees etc.

  1. Is your business full time or part time and why?

I work full time in my business. I have tried to build a practice before while still teaching at a school and I found that I never managed to give my business the attention it needed. I always placed my employers needs ahead of my own and landed up having minimal time and energy to grow my own business. While starting it up solo was scary, I mean there were months when I really did not know where the money was going to come from. The one month I actually couldn’t even pay my bond. But I persevered and it has paid off. I still have some scary months, especially when it is school holidays and most my clients are away but this drove me to think how I could make up the deficit and this lead me to writing my books. I have found that you will only really push yourself to grow your business when you are under pressure to make it a success.

 

  1. How do you juggle the responsibilities of being a mom with your work?

 

Marina and her daughter at at the Eagle Sanctuary at Spier Wine Farm.

I am lucky in that when I started my business, my daughter was already in Matric, so she didn’t need too much attention from me. There were still things I needed to juggle like lifting her to and from school/college, taking her to photo shoots (she enrolled in college and studied photography about 6 months after I started my business) and so on. I made sure to plan each day, down to the last minute. I did all my planning the night before. I would first fill in the times when all my ‘mommy’ duties would need to take place and then I’d fill in my work obligations around that.  I made sure to commit

Kristin and Marina using a Snapchat filter

to a minimum of 8hrs per day. So if I knew there was going to be a hectic afternoon of lifting and carrying, I would schedule to work in the morning, while she was at college, and then in the evening. This did mean that I worked some very late nights, but it was well worth it. There were days I would tell her to grab a bowl of cereal for supper, as I didn’t want to break with my writing or marketing…and she survived!! If I was busy with doing diagnostic testing or working with one of my children, she would have to wait for me at college until I was ready. Also, if I knew it was going to be a long photoshoot that I had to take her to, I would take my laptop with and do work in my car. However, I was always very clear with what work I would finish while waiting in my car, to avoid any time wasting.

 

  1. Do you have a business plan? If so, can you share a bit about your strategy to make it successful?

I do have a business plan. My strategy centres around social media marketing, blogging, Google Adword campaigns and branding myself as a leading expert in education.  Branding has been done through, doing talks at schools, and accepting speaking engagements through the WCED. I have done a lot of these talks for free, because it is about looking at the bigger picture and making valuable contacts. I also offer free education advice through email and via my website. I have generated some incredible business leads by giving some things away for free. I have to admit that I am behind on my blogging strategy mainly because things got really hectic due to moving cities, but doing giveaways through my blog has also driven a lot of traffic to my site. I am also prominent on social media – I find that I get a lot of leads through FB, as my target market is South African moms and that is where they are most active. I also belong to a lot of mommy groups on FB and offer consistent advice, which also leads to some valuable contacts.  

  1. How do you get clients/ market yourself?

I get new clients by doing my own marketing. My FB page, email campaigns. blog and Google Adwords drive a steady stream to my site. I have also had people contact me through word of mouth, as I mentioned above a lot of this has come through me giving free advice to people who then refer me to friends and colleagues. I do FB advertising every so often. I haven’t had huge success from FB advertising – I just haven’t managed to grasp how to make it successful. I do however pay a monthly fee to advertise on a very large Mom’s Group on FB and that tends to yield better results. I also advertise through school newsletters. I have found that if you look carefully, and think out of the box you can market your business on a limited budget.

 

  1. What’s your biggest challenge right now?

My biggest challenge right now is building up my clientele once again. I moved from Cape Town to Johannesburg, so I am right back where I started. It is a bit easier, as I do have contacts at schools here in JHB, which I didn’t in Cape Town.

I also have found that I am at the stage in my online business where it is too big for one person but I am not earning enough to bring in a second person. This means long hours and there is always something that falls behind – and lately that has been my blog.

Also because of the move, I had a backlog of things which have piled up and I am trying to sort through getting that done, as well as trying to keep up with my present business demands. So my workload right now is a bit hectic.

 

  1. Did you need a lot of money to start off? And how long was it before you made a profit?

 

I was lucky in that I was in education for 20 years before I stepped out of a salaried job. This meant that I had already gathered all the resources and tools I needed. I also was able to work from home, which eliminated the need for office rent. The only thing I had to was ensure I had enough money to keep the bills paid – as mentioned above, there were some very scary months but I really do believe that when you struggle, it makes you stronger and more determined to succeed.

 

  1. What makes your business unique from other brands?

 

I believe in holistic education. So all my programmes take a child’s emotional, physical and cognitive needs into account. This is not a very common approach in South Africa. Holistic education means that if I am asked to diagnose a child’s academic issues, I will investigate their diet, emotional well-being and their cognitive ability to determine where they need help. The books I authored, on learning, also take a holistic approach. I never underestimate how much a child’s emotional well-being affects their learning. I am also a learning specialist and there are very few in South Africa. I analyse and determine how effective a child’s learning routine is and then show them where they need to work on improving their learning strategies. Being able to give parents a more rounded and holistic overview of their child, is what makes me different from other remedial therapists.

 

  1. Share with us your social media links and website.

http://hookedonlearning.co.za

https://www.facebook.com/hookedonlearning

https://za.pinterest.com/hooked_learning/

https://twitter.com/TheParentBlog

What’s on for families this weekend in Gauteng (18-19 February)

This weekend in Gauteng you can go to a children’s book signing, drop your teen off at the colour fest, go to a puppet show or visit a school open day. 

 

  1. Andy Griffiths talk and book signing

Andy Griffiths is the author of the Treehouse series and will be in the following stores to chat and sign your books.

-Bedfordview Exclusive Books 10:30am 18 February

-Hyde Park Exclusive Books 10:30 am 19 February

For more info and when they will be visiting Cape Town too, visit their website.

 

2. The Color Fest U18

Under 18s wear white for the festival of colour held at Innesfree Park in Sandton, 12pm – 10pm. This event is a safe alcohol free party which will offer electonic music for the under 18 crowd. 

 

3. Feb 18: Jack and the Beanstalk: puppet show by Margaret Auerbach

Venue: Kinderspiel, Greenhill Rd 39 A,  Emmarentia Johannesburg.

Time: Sat 10am

Cost: R60 per person

Age: From  3 years old

Visit their website.

4. School open days and evaluations:

If you’re starting to think about visiting some schools, here’s what’s up this weekend:

  • Brescia House School Grade 8 evaluations

Grade 7 girls wishing to join Grade 8 in 2018 can participate in evaluations and scholoarship examinations. Registration is R500 Contact Brescia House on 0117067404 or admissions@brescia.co.za.  8am -12pm.

  • Andrews Academy and Preparatory School

This school caters for learners from Grade R till A levels with Cambridge International Education and certification for Checkpoint, IGCSE and AS/A levels. 

The open day is from 10am -2pm on 18 February at 1 Vosloo St, Cnr Republic Rd, Windsor Glen, Randburg.  Visit their website. 

  • St Theresa’s School for girls

Looking for a school for Grade 00 – 3 for your daughter?  The open day is on 18 February from 9am -12pm at 30 Rutland Rd, Craighall Park. Visit their website. 

 

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Pregnancy Survival Guide

While being pregnant is a magical, special time, not all expectant mothers are prepared for just how their body transforms during the 9 months they are pregnant. Each trimester brings with it a new set of changes and challenges. We have put together a survival guide for pregnant moms to make their pregnancy easier so you will have time to enjoy being pregnant.Pregnancy Survival Guide|SA Mom Blogs

Rest. The first trimester is often characterised by an exhaustion only another pregnant mother will understand. It does get a little bit easier during the 2nd trimester but returns during the last few weeks. Listen to your body and rest as much as you can.

Get Comfortable. Once your tummy starts expanding it will become increasingly uncomfortable to wear your regular clothes, especially those with restricting waistbands. Find clothes that are comfortable and allow your belly space to expand. It might also be a good idea to swap your high heels for a more comfortable option, especially if you are on your feet all day.

Stay active. There are a lot of safe exercises you can still do while you are pregnant, like yoga and Pilates. It is important to try stay as active as possible, even if it is just a walk around the block every afternoon.

Eat well. You don’t need to increase your calorie intake for the first 6 months of your pregnancy and after that an increase of around 200 calories will be fine. Make sure though, that you are eating healthy balanced meals that include fresh fruit and veg and good proteins that contain the vitamins you and your baby need. Try to cut back on the amount of caffeine you drink daily.

Take your vitamins. Ask your health care provider to recommend a good pregnancy multivitamin that you can take during your pregnancy. It should ideally contain folic acid and Vitamin D.

Ditch the stress. It is normal to worry while you are pregnant but try to focus on the positive. If you are worried about something, ask your midwife or gynae about it but try not to overthink every ache and pain (because there will be a few).

The most important thing to focus on while you are pregnant is enjoying the experience while you look after yourself and your unborn child.

Pampers has a dedicated pregnancy section where you will find out everything you need to know about pregnancy.

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Win 20 Double Tickets to the Homemaker’s Expo 23 – 26 February

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 BOOK NOOKS

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

 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.


GENERAL INFO

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

Buy your ticket online at Ticketpro.

Venue: Ticketpro Dome, Northumberland Rd and Olievenhout Ave, North Riding, Johannesburg, 2161

 

FOLLOW US

Twitter – @SAHomemakers

Facebook – www.facebook.com/HOMEMAKERSonline

Instagram – HOMEMAKERS_Expo

#hmexpo

 

All you have to do to win a double ticket is to leave a comment below. 

Terms and Conditions

  1. Winners must be able to attend the Homemaker’s Expo in Johannesburg between 23 – 26 February 2017.
  2. The competition will run for a week and winners will be emailed and announced on our Facebook page.
  3. Comments must be left with a valid email address so that we can email you the ticket.

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