Meet Lambert the Lamb

I’m super egg-cited to say that I’ve fallen in love with the adorable Lambert the Lamb products from www.woolworths.co.za

Two cute plushies that any child would love to cuddle on Easter morning.

This adorable stacking wooden lamb toy for toddlers to learn through play.

A soft pencil case with some fluffy white marshmallows and a Bobby head pencil to match for the tweens.

And last but not least this limited edition handmade chocolate sheep covered in mini marshmallows for the teens. (Or mamma šŸ˜‰)

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What to do with your baby scans

I remember the excitement I felt at each one of my first scans.

That first glimpse of your baby…their first photo.

I also remember how mostly these images were carelessly forgotten in a photo album.

With bear we had a scan every month and I have a beautiful collection of his growth both on DVD and in a special handmade album.

I also remember wanting to try include papa in this specialness and Nelia from www.givethanks.co.za made him this very special card from Hamish.

But what do you honestly do with all those scan images other than keep them in an album?

I’ve rounded up a list of custom items that can be made to display your babys beautiful scan photos.

Most of these items can be ordered from your local printer.

The keyring can be made by editing a scan image on the computer to make it smaller and printing it. You can purchase keyrings that allow you to slip a image in from a craft shop.

This would make a special thank you gift at the baby shower. I used a photo of bears scan as Thank you cards for my baby shower guests.

The decoupage heart can also be made by using modge podge to paint over a scan photo onto a heart blank. I love this idea to use on a Christmas tree or as a special ornament for grandparents.

The jewellery is stunning and there are many online traders. Just some advise I ordered several photo jewellery sets and the supplier did not look at the jewellery quality so I ended up with a necklace with missing gems.

Ask what the return policy is and always inspect your jewellery for flaws immediately after receiving it.

Build with Wimpy

I’m not sure about your kids but when my older brood were younger there was no choice in what food they preferred when we treated them to a take away meal …it was all about who had the best toy.

Regulations have changed over the years and there us no longer such a wide variety of plastic toys with your kiddy meals.

But we have discovered the educational toys and products offered by Wimpy are usually great.

I especially love the new boys and girls mini Lego kits . After all you can never have enough Lego!

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.https://funmammasa.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/listeriosis-what-you-need-to-know/

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 http://www.new24.com highlights the facts we as consumers need to know.

https://m.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/enterprise-foods-to-recall-affected-products-but-conducting-own-listeriosis-tests-20180304

www.woolworths.co.za 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.

The Beauty of Diversity

8 February 2018 ā€“ With International Womenā€™s Day approaching on 8 March, it is crucial that we help our children recognise a broader view of beauty, one that incorporates the diversity that surrounds us – and the Barbie Fashionista range is doing just that!

In 2017, this remarkable range won the coveted Toy of the Year award, in the Doll category, for its bold introduction of diversity, literally changing the face of the stereotypical Barbie brand by introducing new dolls with new body shapes, new face shapes, new skin tones, and new hairstyles.

The importance of exposing our children to diversity and providing them with imaginative toys that allow them to see themselves in their imaginary play cannot be overstated.

The Barbie Fashionista range has its roots in 2015, which saw the launch of a brand new Barbie crew featuring 23 dolls with a range of skin tones, facial structures and hair colours. The popularity of the new line saw the official launch of the Fashionista label in 2016, with the introduction of three new body types – tall, curvy and petite – seven skin tones, 14 facial structures, 22 eye colours and 24 hairstyles. Plus, of course, countless new on-trend fashions and accessories to suit each individual doll, from casually cool and boho bold, to elegant evening wear and pretty much everything in between! Today, the Fashionista range features over 100 dolls of diverse appearance, and it continues to grow. The 2018 range will bring with it even more variety, introducing another four body types, nine skin tones, 13 face-sculpts, nine eye colours, 11 hair colours and 13 hairstyles. The choice, as children have come to expect from the Barbie brand, is limitless. ā€œBarbie has always given girls choices ā€“ from her 180 careers, to inspirational roles, to her countless fashions and accessories,ā€ says Andrea Ziella, Head of Marketing and Trade Marketing, Mattel SA. ā€œThese new dolls represent a line that is more reflective of the world girls see around them ā€“ the variety in body type, skin tones and style allows girls to find a doll that speaks to them.ā€ Barbie fans can now choose their Barbie to look just like them, or create a group of friends to mimic their own friendship circles. By allowing our children to choose a Barbie in their own image, or in the image of their best friend, or favourite actress, singer, movie star, or sporting hero, we are encouraging them to see the beauty that not only lies in their own shape, colour and style, but also in the various shapes, colours and styles that surround them.

We live in an increasingly diverse world, it is not only natural, but crucial, that our childrenā€™s imaginary worlds represent this diversity.

It is perhaps no coincidence that the Barbie brand celebrates its 59th anniversary the day after International Womenā€™s Day. In 2018, as we celebrate women from all walks of life, all shapes, all sizes, all colours, and all creeds, it seems only fitting that Barbie celebrates the continued success, and evolution, of the Fashionista range. #YouCanBeAnything


About Mattel:Mattel is a global learning, development and play company that inspires the next generation of kids to shape a brighter tomorrow. Through our portfolio of iconic consumer brands, including American GirlĀ®, BarbieĀ®, Fisher-PriceĀ®, Hot WheelsĀ® and Thomas & Friendsā„¢, we create systems of play, content and experiences that help kids unlock their full potential. Mattel also creates inspiring and innovative products in collaboration with leading entertainment and technology companies as well as other partners. With a global workforce of approximately 32,000 people, Mattel operates in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations.

In 2017, this remarkable range won the coveted Toy of the Year award, in the Doll category, for its bold introduction of diversity, literally changing the face of the stereotypical Barbie brand by introducing new dolls with new body shapes, new face shapes, new skin tones, and new hairstyles.

The importance of exposing our children to diversity and providing them with imaginative toys that allow them to see themselves in their imaginary play cannot be overstated.

The Barbie Fashionista range has its roots in 2015, which saw the launch of a brand new Barbie crew featuring 23 dolls with a range of skin tones, facial structures and hair colours. The popularity of the new line saw the official launch of the Fashionista label in 2016, with the introduction of three new body types – tall, curvy and petite – seven skin tones, 14 facial structures, 22 eye colours and 24 hairstyles. Plus, of course, countless new on-trend fashions and accessories to suit each individual doll, from casually cool and boho bold, to elegant evening wear and pretty much everything in between! Today, the Fashionista range features over 100 dolls of diverse appearance, and it continues to grow. The 2018 range will bring with it even more variety, introducing another four body types, nine skin tones, 13 face-sculpts, nine eye colours, 11 hair colours and 13 hairstyles. The choice, as children have come to expect from the Barbie brand, is limitless. ā€œBarbie has always given girls choices ā€“ from her 180 careers, to inspirational roles, to her countless fashions and accessories,ā€ says Andrea Ziella, Head of Marketing and Trade Marketing, Mattel SA. ā€œThese new dolls represent a line that is more reflective of the world girls see around them ā€“ the variety in body type, skin tones and style allows girls to find a doll that speaks to them.ā€ Barbie fans can now choose their Barbie to look just like them, or create a group of friends to mimic their own friendship circles. By allowing our children to choose a Barbie in their own image, or in the image of their best friend, or favourite actress, singer, movie star, or sporting hero, we are encouraging them to see the beauty that not only lies in their own shape, colour and style, but also in the various shapes, colours and styles that surround them.

We live in an increasingly diverse world, it is not only natural, but crucial, that our childrenā€™s imaginary worlds represent this diversity.

It is perhaps no coincidence that the Barbie brand celebrates its 59th anniversary the day after International Womenā€™s Day. In 2018, as we celebrate women from all walks of life, all shapes, all sizes, all colours, and all creeds, it seems only fitting that Barbie celebrates the continued success, and evolution, of the Fashionista range. #YouCanBeAnything


About Mattel:Mattel is a global learning, development and play company that inspires the next generation of kids to shape a brighter tomorrow. Through our portfolio of iconic consumer brands, including American GirlĀ®, BarbieĀ®, Fisher-PriceĀ®, Hot WheelsĀ® and Thomas & Friendsā„¢, we create systems of play, content and experiences that help kids unlock their full potential. Mattel also creates inspiring and innovative products in collaboration with leading entertainment and technology companies as well as other partners. With a global workforce of approximately 32,000 people, Mattel operates in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations.

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

www.checkers.co.za

Fabulous new additions to the Fisher-PriceĀ® South African offering Ā 

Johannesburg, 19 February, 2018

The very latest Fisher-PriceĀ® products are planned to be released in SA by Mattel South Africa near the end of March / early April.

The exciting new range will add further diversity to the Fisher-PriceĀ® infant and pre-school offerings which continue to be developed with one goal in mind ā€“ to nurture childrenā€™s learning and development and give them the best possible start in life.

The latest developmental products include:

2-in-1 Sit-to-Stand Activity Center

The 2-in-1 Sit-to Stand Activity Center transforms from a fun activity center for baby to sit and play to a toddler table. Babyā€™s actions are rewarded with music, sounds and lights. The toy-filled platform encourages baby to spin for 360Ā° of play. It is also easily converted to toddler mode: just attach the ramp and use the shape sorter bugs for sliding play. The Activity Centre offers a three position height adjustment, a removable seat pad for machine washing and removable legs for easy storage. Age Grade: 9 months +

Recommended Retail Price: R1 449.99.

Butterfly Dreams Musical Playtime Gym

The new Butterfly Dreams Musical Playtime Gym is ideal for gross motor skill development, sensory development and nurturing feelings of security and happiness. The portable activity mat, decorated with a Butterfly Dreams scene, has a musical take-along cloud and bear with short and long-play music modes. It also comes with five toys including: a fabric crinkle butterfly attached to a link, a leaf and mushroom clacker, a large mirror with a high contrast label on the back, a rattle with a large bear face, and an inch worm teether. Age Grade: Birth+.

Recommended Retail Price: R799.99.

Butterfly Dreams 2-in-1 Soother

A dresser-top soother that incorporates a 2-in-1 design and is great for babyā€™s sensory development and fostering feelings of security and happiness. Key product features include an overhead starlight projection, a color-changing nightlight (inside the cubby), deluxe music and sounds, and a take-along, machine washable plush lovey. The soother is battery operated with three auto-off timers and a control panel on the back allows for customisation of features. Age Grade: Birth+.

Recommended Retail Price: R529.99.

About Mattel

Mattel is a creations company that inspires the wonder of childhood. Our mission is to be the recognized leader in play, learning and development worldwide. Mattelā€™s portfolio of global consumer brands includes American GirlĀ®, BarbieĀ®, Fisher-PriceĀ®, Hot WheelsĀ® and Thomas & Friendsā„¢, among many others. Mattel also creates a wealth of lines and products made in collaboration with leading entertainment and technology companies. With a global workforce of approximately 32,000 people, Mattel operates in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations.
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