My Valentines Day favourites at Woolworths

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V-day

Yup its commercialized , yup red roses cost a crazy bundle but I still love it.

As a mom I’ve come to realized that these little silly days form part of teaching.Valentines Day turns into teaching a child about thinking of someone else they care about, that they love.Teaching them that V-day is a special day but you can make someone feels special any day of the year.

Have you ever wondered why you get the gifts you do from your partner?

I have – we were brought up in a home where my dad spoiled my mom with jewellery and her favourite -perfumes , when it came to gift giving.

Do you think children learn this from their parents?

I do?

What does my brother primarily spoil my lovely Sis-in-law to be with when it comes to gifts???……..Jewellery and Perfume

What does my husband and brother-in-law usually spoil their partners with?……….Flowers

I want to raise sons that are considerate and thoughtful towards their partners everyday even on such a mundane day as Valentines Day.

Woolworths is my favourite one stop Valentines Day Shop

Below are a few of my favourite V-day goodies ideal to spoil your loved ones,friends,work colleagues/staff and even to send to school for the kids in your childs class.

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Get them early so you not rushing around on the day.

Enjoy!!!

Ana

 Footnote: the Beautiful Cover for this blog post is from Giggle Hearts.com

http://www.gigglehearts.com/blog/2012/2/8/freebie-ombre-love-hearts-download-for-valentines-day.html

I love looking it at it – it makes me happy #sopretty

1st Grade Rocks!!! Free Iron On T-shirt Decal

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So, its begun……My babies school careers.

Little guy is going to our local primary school and Little Man will be going to a special needs school.

Tomorrow the school will be hosting a Meet-and-Greet Orientation type party for the 1st Graders.They will be introduced to their teacher’s and shown to their classrooms thereafter they will have a little party.

I wanted them to both have something special – something that I made, something that says (even if its just for me)”mommy thought of you and how (tears) this is such a big day in your little life (and more tears)”.

I spent a very long time on a very simple design for the Iron On but – its all made with love.(I’m still getting used to the program)

Tshirt Print

What do you need:

  • A4 Iron On sheet of Transfer Paper (I used TRIBE – bought a packet of 10 at PNA for R123.99)
  • Iron and Ironing Boar
  • A white t-shirt (I got mine from Pick n Pay Clothing for R29.99)
  • Printer – Or take your Iron On paper to the closest printing shop like a Postnet or Minuteman Press

What you need to do:

  1. Print out the PDF in colour on Iron on Paper
  2. Warm the iron
  3. Face the printed side face down on the shirt and iron really well
  4. allow to cool
  5. Remove the top film of the iron on paper

And that’s it – you done

An inexpensive shirt made especially for their special day and it only got R40.29 ($3.50)

Enjoy!!!

Footnote: for photo details step-by-steps on the above see my previous tutorial here:

http://mygiftsfromabove.com/2014/02/12/xoxo-valentines-day-kids-t-shirt-tutorial/

2015 Back 2 School favourites

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My other favourite time of the year  – school supply time!

With the boys starting 1st Grade it was compulsory for us parents to purchase the school supply box with all contents direct from the school – so it wasn’t much fun.

However I still get the opportunity to scour the stationary isles for book covers and homework supplies (yayness!!!!)

I’m drawing inspiration from bright NEON colours to (personalize their book covers……I’ll let you know how that goes however there are so many pretty cool items I just had to share with you.

Now back when I was at school and we were finally allowed to cover our books in whatever colour we wanted I always went for matching items – so from book covers to stationary it all matched…I loved it and still do.

Lets start off with the backpacks:

I came across these at Mr Price and Pick n Pay

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Colourful Book Covers

Pnp matching stationary PNP matching statioinary 2

 No stationary shopping trip is complete without a visit to my favourite of favourites……TYPO!!

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and lets not forget the store I visit daily …Woolworths

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 Enjoy!!!

Perler Bead Holiday Fun

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Happy New Year!

Hubby had an op during his shutdown time so I’ve been nurse, mommy and crafter this holiday.

With Mr resting there have had to be a lot of quite time activities and our Perler Bead crafts have been the perfect solution.

We made these on New Years Eve.

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For the Perler Bead Bowl

  1. Spray an Ovenproof Bowl with Spray and Cook
  2. Pour Perler beads into bowl and gently press them up against the wall of the ovenproof bowl until there is just one neat layer of beads
  3. Place bowl in preheated oven for 16minutes – ovens temperatures may differ keep checking your to see if beads have softened and melted.
  4. Remove from oven an allow to cool
  5. Once cooled place under running WARM soapy water and slowly lift the Perler bead bowl of the sides of your glass bowl.
  6. Dry it nicely and its done!
  7. Ideal to use for keys or jewellery on your night stand or entrance hall

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Enjoy!!!!!

We got our Perler beads and equipment from The Crafters Den in Edenvale – what a Mecca for Perler Beads we love it!

http://www.thecraftconnexion.com/

The Crafters Den (formerly GADGETS Arts & Crafts)

37 Voortrekker Avenue
Edenvale
1609, South Africa

Open today: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

https://www.facebook.com/PerlerBeadsSouthernAfrica

Geppettos World – On Line Store – Wishlist Galore

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With the Festive season knocking at our door, family and friends begin to ask whats on the boys Christmas list.I like to make sure that my little man gets exactly what he needs,so weeks before I begin to ask he’s Speech , Occupational and Physio Therapists what they might suggest I put on his list that could benefit him.

My favourite and go-to site is definitely Geppettos World and low and behold they have not disappointed with a fab new website and stunning additions to their ranges.Our wishlist has gone from one or two items to a full blown list ….and who can blame me their stuff is fantastic.

We shop at Geppettos for my little boy’s special needs but the items and equipment on this amazing on-line store is for every child.Security being,sadly what it is in this country, few kids get to roam around outdoors unless at school or nursery and if lucky in their own backyards.So Geppettos Equipment is ideal.

I’ve seen a lot of kids who have fantastic fine motor skills but because we live most our lives indoors due to safety we are growing a generation that is lacking in their Gross Motor Skills.

Visit their website: http://www.geppettosworld.co.za/

and

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Geppettos-World/145918725438926

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De-worming my family – you should too!

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The incident I’m about to share with you is true,for my family’s sake I’m glad I never forgot it as it occurred months before I even fell pregnant.

My previous employers had both their kids at a very prestigious private school.One morning they were called to the school as the children had to have trauma counseling after witnessing a classmate having what looked like an epileptic seizure and passing out right in front of them.
The little guy was rushed to the nearest hospital,after many tests were run and the standard EEG were done all the parents were updated and notified of his  progress and prognosis.
The little boy didn’t have epilepsy but had worms – a worm so large it actually grew upward and when it hit the brain caused him to have a seizure.

When I was little it was standard practice to be de-wormed. I often ask friends and other moms at the nursery school if they de- worm their family and it seems I’m very much alone when it comes to this issue …..until that is I tell the above story.

Our pediatrician recommended we de- worm every 6 to 12 months especially since we have pets. So every 6 months the whole family from dad to dog (mom,kids and nanny included) are all de- wormed on the same day/week.

I was recently thanked by a mommy of a 3 year old after I told her this story. She de- wormed her family and was mortified with what she saw came out of her little one.

So you see , de-worming is not just for rural African countries or townships.

Consult your doctor / pharmacist before you de- worm for advice on which product is best for your family members.We use Vermox as its even safe for my little guy who has epilepsy.

The Vermox Australia website is ideal for parents looking for information on De-Worming

http://vermox.com.au

Footnote:
The incident above is not fictional.the above de-worming issues are my opinion on this subject.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. I accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.All pictures used from from the Vermox Australia website.

Soviet Chargers – Im in Love

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Lil Man needed new sandals last week, we went to our closes Soviet store and I walked in and it was love at first sight.

These will be mine!!

Prices:

Kids: R  249.00

Ladies: R 279.00

Men: R 329.00 (I’ll double check this price again after I heard the ladies price I was so thrilled everything after that is a blur)

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What a way to start a Monday.

Have a fantastic week!

Enjoy

https://www.facebook.com/sovietclothing/timeline

http://sovietfashion.com/

Eggless Raspberry Sorbet

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Just after we got married I bought the most gorgeous Woman’s Weekly Christmas Cooking Book.

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It has the most amazing recipe for sorbet.Fast forward a few years and 2 kids and I now have to remember I can’t always bake or use recipes that incorporate egg whites (lil man is allergic to egg).

So we made the following recipe last night

  • x1 Packet of Frozen Raspberries (400g)
  • x1 cup water
  • x1 cup castor sugar
  • x1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Method:

  1. Dissolve the sugar in the water over a medium heat saucepan.
  2. Puree’ raspberries using a blender
  3. Sieve raspberry puree’ through a sieve in order to have a smooth puree without seeds
  4. Once the sugar-water has cooled down add the puree’ and whisk until combined.
  5. Place in the freezer for 2-3 hours.
  6. Remove and using a fork “rake” the sorbet.
  7. Place it in the freezer once again until you ready to serve

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Footnote:

I used my awesome Cuisipro Ice-cream Scoop and Stack when I plated the Sorbet.You can purchase them from Yuppiechef.

Link Below:

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http://www.yuppiechef.com/cuisipro-frozen-treats.htm?id=1186&name=Cuisipro-Ice-Cream-Scoop-and-Stack

I bought the Frozen Raspberry Packet from Woolworths

This was a little thicker than a sorbet as the egg whites were missing to make it nice and light but its a plus when my whole family can eat the same dessert and enjoy it.All my household critics gave it 2 thumbs up!

Enjoy!

CUPCAKES 4 KIDS WITH CANCER

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I have wanted to be part of this initiative for two years now, and I can finally

say I’ll be joining some wonderful people for such a great cause.

Visit their website or Facebook page.

http://www.cupcakesofhope.org/cancer-foundation/cupcakes-of-hope-cancer-foundation-home-page.html

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cupcakes-4-Kids-with-Cancer/240029212684318

Drop by any of the following shopping centres below and buy some yummy cupcakes.

Johannesburg

* Fourways Mall- Johannesburg

* East Rand Mall- Boksburg

* Clearwater Mall- Roodepoort

* The Glen- Alberton

* Greenstone- Edenvale

* Stoneridge Centre- Edenvale

* Cresta- Randburg

* Fountainebleau Village- Randburg *

*Carnival Mall- Brakpan

* East Gate- Johannesburg

 

Pretoria

* Woodlands Mall – Woodlands

* Centurion Mall – Centurion

* The Grove – Lynwood

* Kolonnade Retail- Montana

* Kolonnade Shopping Centre- Montana

 

North West

* Mooi Rivier Mall – Potchefstroom

* Waterfall Mall -Rustenburg

* Checkers- Klerksdorp

* Brits Mall- Brits

 

Free State

* Loch Logan-Bloemfontein

* North Ridge -Bloemfontein

* Mimosa Mall- Bloemfontein

* Goldfields Mall- Welkom

* Dihlabeng Mall – Bethlehem

 

Limpopo

* Mall of the North – Polokwane

* Pick & Pay Groblersdal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape

*Diamond Mall-Kimberley

* Khalahari Mall- Upington

* Plettenburg- Market Square

* Jeffreys Bay-Fountains Mall

* Port-Elizabeth- Walmer Park

* East Londen- Hemmingsway Mall

* Gonubie- Kings Mall

* Vredenburg-WeskusMall

* Noordhoek- Longbeach Mall

* Canal Wall- Cape Town

* Blue Route Mall- Cape Town

* Tygervalley- Cape Town

* N1 City Mall- Cape Town

* Somer Set Mall- Cape Town

* Bay-side Mall- Cape Town

* Knysna Mall- Knysna Mall

 

 

KZN

* Liberty Midlands Mall- Pietermaritzburg
* Galleria Mall- Amanzintoti

* Gateway- Umhlanga

* Pavillion- Westville Durban

* Boardwalk Mall – Richardsbay

* Shelly Centre- Shelly Beach

* La Lucia Mall- Durban

* Lifestyle Centre- Ballito

 

Mpumulanga

* Ilanga Mall – Nelspruit

* Highveld Mall – Witbank

 

Vaal Triangle

* Riversquare – Vereeniging

* Vaal Mall – Vanderbijlpark

Have a super blessed week – see you there!!!!

Enjoy