How to effectively do your errands quicker

Doesn’t ding your errands quicker sound like fun? These little tasks eat up hours of your day that could be spent doing things you actually enjoy. Here are some pointers that’ll help you get through your to-do list faster, easier and with less stress.   Tips for doing errands quicker Group them together Running single errands at a time is a total waste of time and energy. Save time, petrol, energy and stress hormones by grouping your errands into batches. If you’ve got to drop your kid off at hockey practice, you might just as well swing around at the bank to deposit that check and pop into the shop for milk and bread on your way back.   Do them during the quiet times If you want to do your errands quicker, don’t try and do them over weekends, when the vast majority of people do theirs. Make sure all your service providers (like the dry cleaner, bank, supermarket and doctor) are close to work so you can get these mundane tasks out of the way on your way to …
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The best tips for buying baby clothes

A lot of folks enjoy buying baby clothes as presents, but they usually give them in the smallest sizes that won’t fit for long. You can take advantage of this by not buying too many outfits before your baby is born, and then buy wisely when you have to do your own shopping. Here are some tips on where and how to save!   Save when buying baby clothes Buy one size bigger than your baby’s actual size When buying baby clothes, it’s important to remember than they grow up really quick. Most 6-month old babies wear sizes for 9-12-month olds. Of course, you also need to keep the season in mind because lightweight summer clothes are useless in the winter.   Stock up for the coming months If your kid will be 9 months old in January, you should buy the right size in anticipation for the following winter. Keep this in mind when hitting the “season clearance” sales at stores like Woolworths and Edgars, who often offer savings of up to 50% off at the end of each season.…
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Financially savvy kids and how you can raise them

We all want to raise financially savvy kids that will become successful adults in life. But how and where do you start? Here are a few tips and tricks.   Tips to raise financially savvy kids Show them how the money goes in If all your kids see is you withdrawing money from the ATM, they’ll assume that machines hand out money. You also need to show them how you deposit funds, or in our modern world, transfer funds online to a savings account.   Help them set goals and save Label a jar with a set amount of money that your kids can use for something special. Start small with R50 that’ll help them buy a small treat. Help them save and collect R50 worth of change and then count it out before buying the treat. Once at the store, have your child pay for their own item with the money they saved up.   Teach them the difference between wants and needs You need shoes, but you want the latest fashion brand. You need food, but you want to have pizza. Apply thi…
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A roundup of the best baby finger foods

Baby finger foods is an exciting thing to embrace after you’ve spent months nursing, preparing bottles, and even spooning puree into a hungry little mouth. Here are some ideas on what to give your little human to start them out on the right track in their culinary adventures.   Baby finger foods that rock Banana slices There aren’t a lot of babies that’ll turn their cheek to a banana. To make it easy for them to eat, cut the banana in circular slices and then half them, just to eliminate the choking risk. Also, stand the pieces up on their ends to make it easier to grip. Banana slices are great baby finger foods, but they can be very slippery and hard to pick up.   Homemade Pancakes Try making your own buckwheat pancakes or use another multigrain flower. Mix in some fruit puree, flaxseed oil, and tahini for added nutrition.   Roasted plum, peach, or mango chunks These soft foods are a real sweet treat and pack quite a punch as far as vitamins and …
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Child health myths 90% of parents still fall for

There are so many child health myths out there, it’s hard to know which ones are true and which are just plain ridiculous. Here’s a crash course on what’s real and what’s just falsely believed by the masses.   Common child health myths It’s safe to dose your kid with ibuprofen and acetaminophen alternately to bring down a fever faster In most cases, fever isn’t anyone’s enemy. It’s part of how the body rids itself of infections. It is, however, important to monitor a feverish child and keep an eye on his or her behaviour and appearance more than their temperature. Overdosing is often caused when you alternate medicine so just to be safe, don’t follow this advice.   OTC cough and cold meds are safe and can help babies get better sooner This is a widely-spread child health myth that should absolutely be banned from the world of moms. Cough and cold remedies cannot be used for kids that are under the age of 4. Not only do these meds not work very well, but the…
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Toddler parenting mistakes you need to avoid at all costs

It often feels like you’re navigating a minefield when it comes to toddler parenting. Your kids are now at a critical age where they learn at the speed of light and seem to change every day. Here’s a look at some of the mistakes most of us make when parenting toddlers.   Toddler parenting mistakes Being inconsistent Toddlers are slaves to routines and they thrive when they know what to expect and what is expected from them. Toddler parenting requires keeping them on a regular schedule with regards to meals and bedtime, and being consistent when responding to bad behaviour, like throwing food to the floor.   Not doing one-on-one time Although family time is special, kids love spending some alone time with one parent at a time. You have to ensure that each kid gets some alone time with a parent as often as possible. And it really doesn’t matter what you’re doing, as long as you’re playing together.   Helping too much Of course, it’s tempting to want…
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Healthy family dining tips we can all start following

When it comes to healthy family dining tips, we all need a little help from time to time. We live in a digital world where there seems to be no time to eat together as a family, but here’s how you can cut through the stereotype:   Healthy family dining advice Try to eat as a family unit According to the experts, families reap enormous emotional benefits when they regularly eat together. This is a healthy family dining tip that should be a norm in every household for at least one meal per day. When families eat together, family communication picks up, people eat more nutritiously, and the kids tend to behave better in general.   Make healthy choices when buying food Make sure you purchase healthy foods that’ll easily fit into your family’s eating plan. This will help ensure that home-cooked meals are appealing to you and your family, plus it’ll help eliminate arguments cropping up over menu selections.   Downsize the amount of junk food in your cupb…
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The healthiest lunchboxes and how to pack them like you mean it

It’s not easy to pack the healthiest lunchboxes, especially on those mornings when you’re in a terrible rush to get out the door. But packing healthy school lunches doesn’t have to be a tedious process or one that requires days of planning. Here are some golden nuggets of wisdom.   Tips for the healthiest lunchboxes Add fruit Instead of snack cakes and potato chips, add a piece of fruit to your kid’s lunch as often as possible. Organic is always best, but even canned fruit cups and dried fruits will give your kid a nutritional boost.   Don’t use the same old bread Packing the healthiest lunchboxes means you have to keep things varied, which applies to the kind of bread you use too. Don’t use white bread for sandwiches. Try whole-grain or multi-grain instead for a healthier sarmie that your kids will still love. For some added flair, try using bread that are made with olive oil, like focaccia or ciabatta.   Leftovers make great school lunches too I…
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How to pack the most creative lunchboxes for school

Your kid’s lunch can get super coring to pack on a daily basis, and it can get boring for your kiddo to eat too. Here are a few tips to help you pack creative lunchboxes that’ll help keep things interesting for both of you!   Tips for creative lunchboxes Do themes Kids have wild imaginations, so why not let it blend with lunchtime? Go for something like a tea party theme complete with finger sandwiches and grapes on little doll plates. Or a backwards lunch theme with inside-out sandwiches and instructions on eating dessert first.   Use those cookie cutters The same old sandwich every day can get pretty boring pretty quickly. In order to pack creative lunchboxes, you can make that plain sandwich stand out by using cookie cutters to make fun shapes your child will love.   Make silly faces Just because your kid has the latest bento lunchbox doesn’t mean you have to get rid of brown sandwich bags. Wrap your kid’s sarmie in a brown paper bag and stick …
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Gifting crafts your kids can make

If your kids love arts and crafts (which kid doesn’t?) then you know all too well how useless most of their projects turn out to be. But here are some cool gifting crafts you can help your kids make, projects that are actually useful around the home and that anyone will love receiving!   Best gifting crafts Egg Cup Planters Grab some paint, wooden egg cups, a fine paintbrush, a wooden skewer, fine-point pens, plants and of course some potting soil. Paint the bottom half of the egg cup and allow to dry. When it’s dry, paint on some polka dots with the fine paintbrush. Use the pen to draw cute faces, add some soil and the plant and Bob’s your uncle!   Soap Gems To make these gifting crafts, you’ll need clear and white soap base, a mason jar, soap colorant, disposable cups, and gem-shaped molds. But your soap bases into 2cm chunks and put a handful in a Mason jar before melting it in 30-second intervals. Add drops of dye to the melted soap and swirl the contai…
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