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Are artificial and gel nails bad for you?

By Sheree Epstein   Now days there are many various types of artificial nails from different forms of gel to acrylic etc and all of these different types are widely used. They are known to last longer on the nails than normal nail polish does, as well as to enhance the length of one’s finger nails due to bitten, extremely ... Read More »

Chocolate caramel matzah brittle

  An amazing recipe from The Kitchn – www.thekitchn.com   Chocolate Caramel Matzah Brittle Makes about 30 pieces  4 to 5 matzo pieces 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter 1 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips Toppings, like chopped nuts, candied ginger, sea salt, peanut butter chips, and chocolate chips Preheat ... Read More »

Yummy in my tummy

By Yolandi Du Toit   It’s not even the end of March yet and already I feel out of lunchbox ideas FOR THE YEAR. It feels like I have done EVERYTHING that could possibly be done, and still I manage not to pack a lunch quite “as cool as the other kids” according to my precious little ones, who try ... Read More »

Whose project is it anyway?

By Heidi Meyer My son came home with a project on ‘hydroelectricity”. “Being the first child and wanting him to do well, both dad and myself got heavily involved, leading to a lot of tears and tantrums.” How can you prevent such a situation which should be a positive learning experience, to become a nightmare and how much should you ... Read More »

Sensory activities for the home environment

By Romy Kruger I was recently asked to share some sensory activities that can be done in the home environment. Truthfully, the list could be endless as almost any activity we do engages one or more of our senses. The types of activities you choose to do will come down to your child’s preferences and what resources are available to ... Read More »

Massage and why it is good for you

By Sheree Epstein Massage therapy has been practiced for thousands of years. Today, people use many different types of massage therapy for a variety of health-related purposes. Massage Therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints. It is used to exercise or tone the muscles, dependent on the direction of ... Read More »

Is your child safe with a nanny, creche or school?

By Ruth Kloppers   With the recent viral videos that have been doing the rounds on Facebook and Youtube – where two nannies, namely in Uganda and here in SA, have been caught abusing the children in their care – one cannot begin to wonder if having a nanny is the right thing. Also within recent months, there have been ... Read More »

Meatballs for lunch boxes

By Vicky Pollock As the New Year starts so does my lunch box dilemma. While my 7 year old loves all the good things in life (sushi, olives, gherkins etc,) there are the basics in life that she does not eat like bread of any kind, sausages, noodles (she will only eat spaghetti – you would think they were the ... Read More »

Common nail disorders

By Sheree Epstein In various ways ones nails can be the window to what’s going on inside one’s body. Take a good look at your fingernails…you may notice certain differences in colour, texture, bumps, white spots etc. Take a look at the grooves, curves, and ridges, how thick or thin they are and if there are any differences. Have a ... Read More »

Overwhelmed by extra-curricular activities?

By Heidi Meyer I’m amazed at the busyness of some families. The children hardly have time to surface from their school day or have lunch and they are already rushed to the next activity with shouts like, “Come on! Have you changed yet? Remember to take your swimming costume, we won’t have time to come back, before your sister goes ... Read More »