AFSA Allergy Seal of Approval permits peace of mind purchases.

AFSA Allergy Seal of Approval permits peace of mind purchasesAsthma and allergy sufferers can now make a confident informed decision

Asthma and allergy sufferers can now make a confident informed decision

Each year South Africans spend millions of Rands on consumer products marketed for people suffering from asthma and allergies. Vacuum cleaners, air cleaners, bedding, emollients, natural nasal sprays and more, are advertised as the ideal choice that may help combat allergic reactions and prevent allergen accumulation. In some cases the promised benefits are not supported by scientific proof or validation.

Vacuum cleaners, air cleaners, bedding, emollients, natural nasal sprays and more, are advertised as the ideal choice that may help combat allergic reactions and prevent allergen accumulation. In some cases the promised benefits are not supported by scientific proof or validation.

With allergic reactions increasing worldwide at an alarming rate, this market continues to grow as a result of consumer demand. However, there is currently little or no regulation governing any claims made. Some suppliers make unsubstantiated claims of a wide variety of benefits and suitability for asthma and allergy sufferers; the ability to prevent allergen accumulation, and in extreme cases, promising improved health.

To assist the consumer to make an informed purchase, in 2017 the AFSA Allergy Seal of Approval Programme was created by allergy experts and the non-profit company the Allergy Foundation of South Africa.

The Certification Programme identifies consumer products that are more suitable for the 19+ million people in South Africa living with asthma and allergies.

The Certification Programme identifies consumer products that are more suitable for the 19+ million people in South Africa living with asthma and allergies.

Prof Mike Levin, CEO of the Allergy Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) and head of Allergology at Red Cross Children’s Hospital said, ”products bearing the AFSA Allergy Seal of Approval means that the product has been shown to be efficient at reducing environmental allergens, or the products have significantly reduced allergen or chemical content in accordance with the AFSA Certification Requirements, either by verifiable proof of such testing being supplied to AFSA, or scientific testing being performed by AFSA and to which the AFSA has lawfully issued a Certificate of Approval.”

Other products that may qualify for our ‘Seal of Approval’ are bed cleaners, carpet cleaners, cleaning products, dehumidifiers, flooring, infant care products, laundry appliances, mattresses, paint and varnishes, personal care products, steam appliances cleaners.

The AFSA Allergy Seal of Approval allows the consumer to make a purchase with confidence.

Please visit our website for our current AFSA Approved product list

If you would like to apply to have your product screened for our Seal of Approval, please contact Lynn at or contact 081 405 8442. or contact 081 405 8442.


So mom is sick …

Three weeks ago bear came down with a bad chest . He was cutting a back molar and it naturally affected his ears, nose, throat and chest.

Papas fell ill a few days later, followed by the boys and Kiki who was off school for a week with tonsillitis.

Somewhere between that I felt a sniffle, stifled a cold and managed to mom away any illness .

Or so I thought.

Last Monday we went for supper to celebrate papas birthday at a fabulous Greek restaurant.

I decided to try a Greek starter of vine leaves and rice as I’d never eaten them before…yum.

Next I tucked into a salty pork kebab, pita, chips and a Greek salad. It was so much food that I only ended up eating the salad and one kebab while picking in the other items.

Feeling bloated I surmised the food was too rich for me .

A few hours after getting back home the tell tale signs of gastro hit me with a slam to the stomach and I staggered to the bathroom doubled over in cramps.

Putting it down to a case of food poisoning ( hoping it wasn’t Listeriosis) I was confident I’d feel fine the next day.

Well by Wednesday I was no better. In fact I was ten times worse.

I couldn’t stand without losing my breathe. Any walking left me breathless with racing heart palpitations and sweating as if I’d just run a 10km race.

Yesterday I no longer needed to move to enjoy the pounding of my heart. What felt like constant panic attacks and chest pains attacked me. I was breathless , lightheaded and began to feel like I was losing every inch of energy from my body.

Weak, sore and panicking myself into a sence of hypercondria I turned to Dr Google …

According to Google I was indeed suffering from a HEART ATTACK!

Yes, panic set in very quickly and I booked a Drs appointment for this afternoon.

Quite ready to see myself hooked up to ECG machines I was actually petrified to go to the DR.

If I didn’t feel so bad I actually would have cancelled…

The Dr did a quick check and pronounced that my heart is taking strain fighting off the infections ( Yes, remember I mentioned I had a bit of a flu but I mommed through it before catching this strain of gastro)

All sounded good on my chest, no heart failure yet and my blood pressure was behaving so I walked away with a 5 day course of antibiotics and the need to return if my heart palpitations don’t leave by Monday.

Two things have stuck out for me with this…

1. How moms always carry on regardless. We don’t often take our own illness as serious as we do our families. Resting is not an option as we have so many people relying on us and so we often forget to look after ourselves properly.

2. Heart attacks are very real. It’s also not something only for old people and many times a body will warn you before a heart attack happens.

We should all know The signs of heart attack in women as they differ to men.

Listerosis … source found

The Department of Health and Safety issued a press release today announcing the source of the deadly Listeriosis virus.

You can read more about the disease here.

It was revealed that the source of Listeriosis is from the Enterprise company and many meats are in fact contaminated and being recalled.

This report by highlights the facts we as consumers need to know. issued the following statement on their Facebook page:

” Food safety is of paramount importance to Woolworths and we take all issues regarding the production of our food seriously.

Woolworths has a team of food scientists and technologists who proactively manage food safety, in addition to our independent food safety testing and auditing, to prevent microbial contamination of food. This testing includes Listeria.

Following the recent announcement by the Department of Health on the source of the Listeriosis outbreak, and as an additional precautionary measure, we are recalling a limited number of viennas and cold meats.

Customers who have any of the listed products, should return the products to their local store for a full refund

A list of recalled lunch meat, sausages and other products was listed for recall.

Mammas I for one won’t be rushing out to buy any processes meat anytime soon.

25 rules for Moms with daughters

(Author anon)

1. Paint her nails. Then let her scratch it off and dirty them up. Teach her to care about her appearance, and then quickly remind her that living and having fun is most important.

2. Let her put on your makeup, even if it means bright-red-smudged lips and streaked-blue eyes. Let her experiment in her attempts to be like you…then let her be herself.

3. Let her be wild. She may want to stay home and read books on the couch, or she may want to hop on the back of a motorcycle-gasp. She may be a homebody or a traveler. She may fall in love with the wrong boy, or meet mr. right at age 5. Try to remember that you were her age once. Everyone makes mistakes, let her make her own.

4. Be present. Be there for her at her Kindergarten performances, her dance recitals, her soccer games…her everyday-little-moments. When she looks through the crowds of people, she will be looking for your smile and pride. Show it to her as often as possible.

5. Encourage her to try on your shoes and play dress-up. If she would rather wear her brother’s superman cape with high heals, allow it. If she wants to wear a tutu or dinosaur costume to the grocery store, why stop her? She needs to decide who she is and be confident in her decision.

6. Teach her to be independent. Show her by example that woman can be strong. Find and follow your own passions. Search for outlets of expression and enjoyment for yourself- not just your husband or children. Define yourself by your own attributes, not by what others expect you to be. Know who you are as a person, and help your daughter find out who she is.

7. Pick flowers with her. Put them in her hair. There is nothing more beautiful than a girl and a flower.

8. Let her get messy. Get messy with her, no matter how much it makes you cringe inside. Splash in the puddles, throw snowballs, make mud pies, finger paint the walls: just let it happen. The most wonderful of memories are often the messy ones.

9. Give her good role models- you being one of them. Introduce her to successful woman- friends, co-workers, doctors, astronauts, or authors. Read to her about influential woman- Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie. Read her the words of inspirational woman- Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson. She should know that anything is possible.

10. Show her affection. Daughters will mimic the compassion of their mother. “I love yous” and Eskimo kisses go a long way.

11. Hold her hand. Whether she is 3 years-old in the parking lot or sixteen years old in the mall, hold on to her always- this will teach her to be confident in herself and proud of her family.

12. Believe in her. It is the moments that she does not believe in herself that she will need you to believe enough for both of you. Whether it is a spelling test in the first grade, a big game or recital, a first date, or the first day of college…remind her of the independent and capable woman you have taught her to be.

13. Tell her how beautiful she is. Whether it is her first day of Kindergarten, immediately after a soccer game where she is grass-stained and sweaty, or her wedding day. She needs your reminders. She needs your pride. She needs your reassurance. She is only human.

14. Love her father. Teach her to love a good man, like him. One who lets her be herself…she is after all wonderful.

15. Make forts with boxes and blankets. Help her to find magic in the ordinary, to imagine, to create and to believe in fairy tales. Someday she will make her 5 by 5 dorm-room her home with magic touches and inspiration. And she will fall in love with a boy and believe him to be Prince Charming.

16. Read to her. Read her Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle. But also remember the power of Sylvia Plath and Robert Frost. Show her the beauty of words on a page and let her see you enjoy them. Words can be simply written and simply spoken, yet can harvest so much meaning. Help her to find their meaning.

17. Teach her how to love- with passion and kisses. Love her passionately. Love her father passionately and her siblings passionately. Express your love. Show her how to love with no restraint. Let her get her heart broken and try again. Let her cry, and gush, giggle and scream. She will love like you love or hate like you hate. So, choose love for both you and her.

18. Encourage her to dance and sing. Dance and sing with her- even if it sounds or looks horrible. Let her wiggle to nursery rhymes. Let her dance on her daddy’s feet and spin in your arms. Then later, let her blast noise and headbang in her bedroom with her door shut if she wants. Or karaoke to Tom Petty in the living room if she would rather. Introduce her to the classics- like The Beatles- and listen to her latest favorite- like Taylor Swift. Share the magic of music together, it will bring you closer- or at least create a soundtrack to your life together.

19. Share secrets together. Communicate. Talk. Talk about anything. Let her tell you about boys, friends, school. Listen. Ask questions. Share dreams, hopes, concerns. She is not only your daughter, you are not only her mother. Be her friend too.

20. Teach her manners. Because sometimes you have to be her mother, not just her friend. The world is a happier place when made up of polite words and smiles.

21. Teach her when to stand-up and when to walk away. Whether she has classmates who tease her because of her glasses, or a boyfriend who tells her she is too fat – let her know she does not have to listen. Make sure she knows how to demand respect – she is worthy of it. It does not mean she has to fight back with fists or words, because sometimes you say more with silence. Also make sure she knows which battles are worth fighting. Remind her that some people can be mean and nasty because of jealousy, or other personal reasons. Help her to understand when to shut her mouth and walk-away. Teach her to be the better person.

22. Let her choose who she loves. Even when you see through the charming boy she thinks he is, let her love him without your disapproving words; she will anyway. When he breaks her heart, be there for her with words of support rather than I told-you-so. Let her mess up again and again until she finds the one. And when she finds the one, tell her.

23. Mother her. Being a mother – to her – is undoubtedly one of your greatest accomplishments. Share with her the joys of motherhood, so one day she will want to be a mother too. Remind her over and over again with words and kisses that no one will ever love her like you love her. No one can replace or replicate a mother’s love for their children.

24. Comfort her. Because sometimes you just need your mommy. When she is sick, rub her back, make her soup and cover her in blankets – no matter how old she is. Someday, if she is giving birth to her own child, push her hair out of her face, encourage her, and tell her how beautiful she is. These are the moments she will remember you for. And someday when her husband rubs her back in attempt to comfort her…she may just whisper, “I need my mommy.”

25. Be home. When she is sick with a cold or broken heart, she will come to you; welcome her. When she is engaged or pregnant, she will run to you to share her news; embrace her. When she is lost or confused, she will search for you; find her. When she needs advice on boys, schools, friends or an outfit; tell her. She is your daughter and will always need a safe harbor – where she can turn a key to see comforting eyes and a familiar smile; be home.

Bedtime prayers for children

From little I have taught my bears simple bedtime prayers to recite, over the years they changed as each child would recite the prayer they loved best.

As little bear grows this is the one item we need to introduce into his night time routine.

Here are 4 of my favourite prayers for children:

Share your favourite bedtime prayers in the comments below .

Oh my goodness yogurt

The infamous Gordon Ramsay and his daughter Matilda have developed a healthy range of children’s meals exclusively for Checkers.

A full range of meals and snacks to keep your growing children healthy.

With no added MSG, artificial sweetners,colours or flavours you can conveniently prepare a meal or pack a healthy snack secure in the knowledge that your child is getting all of the goodness and none of the junk.

Little bear takes 2 yogurt to school daily and the Oh my goodness range is one of his favourites.

Made from full cream milk, real fruit and vegetables and NO artificial colours and flavourants.

Each pack contains

  • Strawberry & beetroot
  • Banana & sweet potato
  • Peach and pumpkin

The perfect way to disguise veggies from a picky eater.

Little Bears favourite is the strawberry and beetroot. ( mamma quite likes it too )

So, take the thinking out of shopping and treat your children to some healthy meals and snacks on the go.

For more information