Load Shedding – Helpful Apps

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The last time there was load shedding I had just become a new mom , it was crazy.Dealing with a new born and the darkness.Gas stoves were bought , long lasting and rechargeable batteries for torches were purchased.The list went on and on.

The wait – the guessing behind load shedding was perhaps the worst part of it all.With a new born baby never knowing when next you would be sitting in darkness was rather stressful.

Its great to forward a few years (sadly a few years later and having to still deal with Load Shedding is troublesome – but thats discussion is for another sort of blogger) and have tools available that aid you to prepare for when next you will be without electricity is a great one.

The app idea is  great and there will be one that suits your needs:

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My local community forum on fb mentioned the “LOAD SHEDDING ALERT” app seems to be the winner when it comes to reliability and accuracy in this area – however I personally haven’t tried it as its for Android users only.If you an android user and know of any other Load Shedding apps please do share them with us.

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Ive downloaded the free apps and am currently waiting to see which works most accurately for my area.Let me know which ones you have tested and what your opinion is.

All the best.

Enjoy

xxx

Ana

 

The Slantboard – Our New Favourite Item

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I always seek the advice from the wonderful team (as in Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist ,Speech Therapist and at times even our Paed) that surrounds my child when it comes to birthday/Christmas gifts etc.Like most parents I prefer to get him something that can better his therapies or where its at right now in terms of his development.An added bonus is when both boys benefit from said aid.

This applies for our new item……. a Slant board.

What is a Slant board?

It’s a 22 Degree Angle Board designed to Facilitate reading and writing development The Slant Board is designed to provide the ideal working surface.

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The Slant Board puts your reading surface at the optimal 22 degree angle while its two collapsible legs make it portable and discrete. The folding legs will lock in the extended position making it very stable then fold flat for compact storage. The Visual Edge Slant Board measures 44cm x 30cm and weighs only 950 grams. A convenient book catch at the bottom holds any size book or electrical device, while a clip at the top holds individual papers securely.

The Slant Board is simply the best reading and writing aid on the market. It is multifunctional, lightweight, easy to store and affordable. Research has shown that by placing your reading and writing at the proper angle you will increase your reading and writing performance. School desks of the past used a slanted surface for this very reason.

My little 6 year old has taken some time to adjust to school and lets face it they dead tired when they come back from school.We have the perfect height desk for homework so that the legs are fixed to the floor and not dangling on the ground.He is at perfect sitting height to the desk, however that head is constantly being supported by his one hand while the other is working.I find myself channeling my mother….”your head is not going to fall off – sit up straight”

We started using the Slant Board over the holidays while we did our Holiday Homework and wow did I notice a difference.No holding up the head.Posture was nice and straight and overall we seemed to get the work done with a lot more ease.

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Has this changed since we have been back at school?

Not at all (in case you were thinking the improvement was attributed to the relaxation of our holiday time),we do all our workbook homework 1st using our slant board and then I test him on the test words for the week.He loves this part as he gets to use the whiteboard function on the slant board.

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The Slant Board is light weight and can be taken everywhere.Its even perfect for car travel in my opinion as ours goes everywhere with us.I love ours we do homework on it, we read on it, we play with our play doh on it, we have even done shaving foam therapy on it.Its ideal for any family and any age and I’ve seen the results.

They come in awesome colours and in my opinion reasonable priced.

Remember The Slant Board the next time you stuck on what to get your child, niece or nephew or anyone you know – its an Ideal gift……a fun,sensible,useful and helpful gift.

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Visit their website for prices and a selection of other Slant boards.

http://www.slantboards.co.za/

Online store : http://www.slantboards.co.za/index.php/online-shop

Like their Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/slantboards?fref=ts

 

Stilnox – The Conclusion

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I while back after the Carte Blanche report on Stilnox (http://carteblanche.dstv.com/player/755474) we decided to put our little one on it.

Let me give you the background on our little one beforehand:
Luc’s was born at 38 weeks.Was perfect in utero.The day he was born was a catastrophe and the one who was affected most was him.He wasnt suctioned or properly cleaned..actually overall neglected by staff as soon as he left my body,He went purple and lost oxygen.Anyway who was given the blame….Me.I was told that he had a genetic abnormality that was definitely passed down from the mom.For two years I carried this terrible burden until we decided to change Pediatricians and thanks to the Late Dr Heitner we went and had Genetic testing done.The outcome ……NO GENETIC ABNORMALITIES.
So my amazing little boy has epilepsy,poor muscle tone and neurological delays thanks to the lack of oxygen at birth.

So when the so called Lazarus Pill was mentioned we contacted our trusted medical advisers (Paed,OT,Physio,S.T the list is endless) and we decided to go on a two week trial with Stilnox.
Read the previous post – http://mygiftsfromabove.com/2015/02/02/going-on-stilnox-our-2-week-trial/

So the trial is done and dusted.

Did we see any changes?
Yes – we did minimal ones but we did

The Stilnox pill is minute and I had to divide this very very tiny pill in 3.This was not an easy task and many times crushed most of the pill anyway.
meaning that many times he during the trial he either got very little or no Stilnox (usually the weekends I didn’t give it to him as all I would have left were crumbs)

Would I try it again and Why?
Yes – I would like to give it another try.
Why?Two reasons
When we started the trial he had also just started school,meaning that many of the little things were were seeing I wasn’t sure were due to the Stilnox or the additional stimulation and learning at school.
the other – I would ask Paed to at least give him 1/2 a Stilnox a day as opposed to 1/3 because if anything the days we did see more activity and reaction were an the days where my 1/3 looked more like a 1/2 a tablet.
I know you asking why didn’t you just do 1/2 then? Im so by the book and because we don’t like giving him any sort of medication unnecessarily I wasn’t going to risk it without our Paed’s consent.

I’d like to try Stilnox again with Luc’s.Preferably later this year around about September.He has settled in nicely at school,is trying harder to communicate so yes…later looks like a viable idea.Ill keeo you posted.

If you are a parent or a patient or know of anyone else who has been on Stilnox i would love to hear from you.
Leave a comment below or email me mygiftsfromabove@gmail.com

Lindt & PNP – Thank you

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If you get hold of Lindt ChocolateSA, they will be the 1st to confirm my 2 year Easter Carrot obsession – I have hounded these poor people for the last two years all because I wanted Lindt Carrots for Easter.

https://www.facebook.com/LindtChocolateSA

So when a quick dash into my local Pick n Pay had me screech in the aisles……These were the reason (see pic below)

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Nostalgia probably has the most to do with why I love them….when I was little after Sunday School my grandfather would fetch me and we would go buy fresh warm bread at the Portuguese bakery.Hanging from their back shelves were little chocolate umbrellas.Grandfather would always buy me a few.(I loved loved them)

When I saw them (the LINDT CHOCOLATE CARROTS) on the shelf I rushed to the SMART SHOPPER POINTS machine and cashed out 10 000( R 100.00) just to buy Lindt Chocolate Carrots.That wont be the end of it – guaranteed!

Thank you Lindt Chocolate SA for finally bringing them in and thank you Pick n Pay for stocking them.

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Click below for their great Easter specials

http://www.picknpay.co.za/home

To my fellow chocoholics ….enjoy!!!!

Footnote: The tin bunny buckets were designed by COOL BEANS DESIGN for me.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cool-Beans-Design-Agency/140760239299227

Easter fun – look what I found!

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We had so much fun last year when we did our glow in the dark Easter Egg hunt.

I was so happy to find this cute packet of Easter Egg Hunt Direction banners at Clicks.

We will definitely be egg hunting our little hearts out with these directions to help.

The best part – this packet cost just R 24.95

Have a look….Happy Hunting

Enjoy!!

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See the Easter Clicks Promotions for all those yummy treats to hid.

http://clicks.co.za/promotions/Easter2015/

George Brand for Babies @ Game Stores

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Four weeks after we were married we immigrated to the UK (my dream country…..shocker I even love the weather) , and our closest Supermarket was a massive ASDA.It was my weekly treat to walk down each and every isle savoring the wonderful new products that weren’t available back in South Africa.

Like every new bride I dreamt of starting a family one day (it took us 5 years) however the very 1st outfit I ever bought for my unborn baby was the sweetest, cutest little onesie (baby-gro) that looked like Tiger from Winnie the Pooh  – I still have it and its too cute.

So even though my boys are way past the baby blanket, bibs and onesies stage – I couldn’t help but be thrilled when I came across the George brand at my local Game Store.

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Tyrone Vieira, Merchandise Director at Game, put it perfectly…….. “The babywear team at George understands how truly special a newborn child is… After all, they are our smallest and most important customer! Working with industry experts, we offer baby clothing that suits all your needs from 100% cotton sleepsuits and bodysuits, poppers on our baby products for easier dressing and the utmost care in safety.”

That little babygro is 13 years old and still looks new and its been through 2 little boys.

Baby Shower guest and moms everywhere will be able to add something new and different to any babas wardrobe with the George baby brand and the best part..their prices are pretty reasonable.

Visit a Game Store near you.

Below are a few items you can look forward to purchasing

Enjoy!

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Website: http://www.game.co.za/

Coconut Macaroons (2 Ingredients)

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What a super easy recipe – my favourite kind!

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I used to buy these when we lived overseas – so yummy

Pinterest has so many recipes – I had to “test” it out could it be so easy to make?

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My boys have just “taste -tested” and have become BIG fans

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What you going to need:

x1 Can of Condensed Milk

x1 packet of Coconut (200g)

What you going to do:

Preheat oven to 200 Degrees Cecilius

In a bowl pour out the whole can of condensed milk and with a spatula stir in the coconut

Using a cookie dough scoop (smallest one you have) place them on a tray with a silicone mat/baking paper

Bake / Grill for 10minutes (check on them @ every 2 minutes-them as they go golden quickly)

Allow to cool completely before removing them off the tray

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We managed to make 42 Macaroons from this recipes.

Footnote: This is just one of those great recipes that you can always have at hand – ideal gift for a hostess , housewarming , class party , gifts…I can really keep going with the ideas here.

Enjoy!!!!

Ana

Safety Gadget – My Bag-Secur!

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When you walk around pushing a pram you seem to be the favourite target for criminals.I have had my cellphone stolen from my nappy bag (lets call this my beginners stage,my little man was weeks old and it was literally one of our 1st outings out to the shops just the two of us and I fell victim to crime), then there was the Zara incident (we will call this my novice stage – I caught her just in time and she hid my cellphone under some children’s clothes, but in true Jozi style I went for her grabbed her arm and made a huge scene at the ever proper Zara Sandton store, however hubby was left alone with two kids and trying to still look for my ringing phone so it took but only a second for the koei to dash out the store).

My last attempt was at the Makro in Alberton where I caught them with their hands right in my bag,I pretended to not see and continued to walk (by now I’m calling myself PROFESSIONAL because I had a plan…I walked they walked, I zagged they zagged.Eventually the two men followed me to the toy isle and I made my attack.My husband screaming for me to calm down thought I was a looney,I grabbed them and wouldn’t let go, screaming “security” , “security” at the top of my lungs but the one I hadn’t grabbed made a run for it and when i went to grab him he’s friend made a run for it as well.

So I’m tired, I don’t want to be a victim anymore and frankly I think the next person who tries to grab anything that belongs to me will get hurt.I’m small , I’m 1.53cm but I’ll pack a mean punch.In fact when I get to my local Makro store the 1st thing I do is go to the sporting goods department (I kid you not) I grab a metal baseball bat and walk around with it while I do my shopping……I’m waiting….I’m just waiting.

This is not a way to live life right???

I’ve found an awesome gadget.A great gadget.

The BAG – SECUR

What is it and how does it work?

Its got a carabiner one on side to attach to your handbag / nappy bag etc and on the other side is the seat-belt attachment.(see pic below)

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This bag isn’t going anywhere – or at least your “bag” will give them a good fight for their thug money by that time you long on your way.

I tried it at the shops today and will definitely use it again. The trolley guy was a little perplexed with what I was doing but hey safety 1st!

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I love this product and want to share it with you.

Soooooooo we doing a GIVE AWAY!

x1 Bag-Secur

T&C’s

  • Only persons residing in South Africa may enter
  • The prize will be sent to you via post – if you reside in Jozi it will be hand delivered to you.
  • Winner will be selected by random.org
  • Not refundable for money
  • Winner will be notified on Friday(06.02.2015) via the My Gifts from Above Facebook page

What you need to do:

  1. LIKE the Bag-Secur Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bagsecur
  2. Leave a REPLY below

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Thank you to the wonderful team at Bag-Secur for sponsoring the prize

View Website: http://www.bagsecur.com/index.html

Bag-Secur can be purchased at Builders Warehouse or D.I.Y Depot

Going on Stilnox – our 2 week trial

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A few weeks back there was an interesting piece on Carte Blanche called the Lazarus Pill.

http://carteblanche.dstv.com/player/755474/ ( be patient it sometimes hangs but its worth the wait …just watch it)

Any parent with a special needs child watching this would have probably lost just as much sleep as I have.

Could there be this Miracle Pill that would wake up the dormant brain cells in my little boys brain?

Would he finally say the words I so long to hear……”Mommy”?

Should we try put him on?Is it safe……these questions went round and round in my head for days.Family and friends were contacting me,asking me if I had watched it and why not put my little man on it.Easier said then done.We’ve done our best not to throw medication down he’s little throat.Its hard enough having to give him medication for his epilepsy daily and twice a day at that let alone any other medication.

We had always been told that our little man had 10’s of thousands of dormant brain cells and by doing this and by doing that the dormant cells would awaken so to speak and do the job of those brain cells that had died during the lack of oxygen at birth (the Birth of my little man…that’s another story….a long story) so will this work?

I gathered the courage to contact the Pediatrician and I sent all the information as well as the video of the Carte Blanche segment.

Two weeks later our Pediatrician came back to us and together we took the decision based on the doctor’s research that we would put him on the lowest dosage and try it for two weeks.

This is our 3rd day he takes a quarter of this very minute pill every morning.

Have we noticed changes????

Yes – last night he went to he’s little toy tool box, lifted the lid grabbed his little toy Black and Decker drill and began playing.This is HUGE HUGE in our household as he primarily drags cars around or bangs toys.

We have put it in God’s hands.

I’ll keep you updated during these 2 weeks as to how he is doing.

Pray and wish us luck.

 

Ana

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