Join in the Lindt Easter hunt

Join in the Lindt Easter hunt

Durban
Join in the Lindt Easter hunt Who doesn’t enjoy chocolates over Easter? As much as I promise myself, I will not overindulge, Easter is the one time in the year when I cannot say no to chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs or bunnies of the milky variety. This Easter, Lindt SA will again be hosting their Lindt Gold Bunny Gardens at various shopping malls around South Africa. And you can get one (or two!) of their famous gold bunnies personalised for yourself. Gardens (more…)
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Middle School on my desk

Middle School on my desk

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Middle School on my desk James Patterson – the author I love to hate. But if ever there is an ongoing success story in writing, it must be him. Whether he pens them on his own or in collaboration, Patterson is now an institution in mainstream writing. His books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, making him one of the biggest-selling authors of all time. Probably known best for his mystery novels, Patterson has also been hugely successful in writing for young readers. The Middle School series, which he co-authors with Chris Tebbetts, is proving a hit among young boys. (more…)
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On my desk

On my desk

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Magisterium: The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (Corgi Books) As we head into the school holidays, parents are often left wondering what they are going to do to keep their kids entertained and out of mischief. Instilling a culture of reading in children is, I believe, the best gift parents can give them. So this column is a look at some of the books for kids out there. (more…)
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Pokémon Go – the good and the bad

Pokémon Go – the good and the bad

Lifestyle
My blood ran cold as I watched, almost in slow motion, as my son ran around a mall parking lot trying to catch a Bulbasaur – unaware of the car behind him. We’ve grown accustomed to emergency room visits with him, but this in my mind’s eye was going to be far worse. Luckily for us, the driver of said car was far more alert than my son and she slammed on her brakes before that dreadful thump that I was already anticipating actually happened. This Pokémon Go craze has latched on to my kids like ticks to a dog. (more…)
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Every child must read

Every child must read

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“A literate, educated society is a safer, healthier, and more prosperous society." So says Imraan Noorbhai, Standard Bank’s provincial head in KZN. It is with this philosophy in mind that the bank has launched its literacy project – “Every Child Must Read”. According to a UN Development Programme literacy survey, South Africa lags behind other African countries like Zimbabwe, Namibia, Equatorial Guinea, Lesotho and Libya, in spite of its huge investment in education over the last 20 years. Sobering figures indeed. Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, called on South Africans to make us a nation of readers in 2015. And so the Department of Basic Education (DBE) launched the One Thousand School Libraries campaign – 1 000 libraries, reading corners or container libraries are to be built or refurbished to…
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The cover of the rediscovered Beatrix Potter tale

The cover of the rediscovered Beatrix Potter tale

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Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots was recently rediscovered by Penguin Random House Children’s, over 100 years after it was originally written. It’s set to be released at bookstores in October this year – 150 years after Potter’s birth and just over a century after she penned the tale about the mischievous kitten. Here’s a sneak peak at the cover – illustrated by well-known illustrator, Quentin Blake. This is what Blake said when he was sent the manuscript: “It seemed almost incredible when, early in 2015, I was sent the manuscript of a story by Beatrix Potter… I liked the story immediately – it’s full of incident and mischief and character –and I was fascinated to think that I was being asked to draw pictures for it. I have a…
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Awesome Easter hunt for the kids

Awesome Easter hunt for the kids

Durban
This one is especially for the mums and dads out there who are trying to figure out how to keep their kids entertained during the Easter holidays. Get your kids down to the Garden Court at Gateway from March 24-27 and they can participate in the ultimate Easter hunt at the enchanted Lindt Gold Bunny Garden. And if you happen to be in Cape Town or Johannesburg during the holidays, you can find a Lindt garden there too! There’ll be a number of Easter hunts every day and kids will be able to fill their baskets with all their favourite Lindt treats. Entry is free and hunts will happen every 30 minutes. The Lindt Garden will be open during the following times: Thursday: 9am-7pm Friday and Saturday: 9am-9pm Sunday: 9am-6pm…
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Keep your kids safe on the internet

Keep your kids safe on the internet

Lifestyle
Yesterday was Safer Internet Day – a global initiative aimed at promoting safer and more responsible use of online technology. As a mum with kids who have cellphones, tablets, computers and gaming consoles, the issue of online appropriateness is something I am acutely aware of. (more…)
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New-look Barbies … about time

New-look Barbies … about time

Lifestyle
This week, Mattel announced that Barbie has been given a makeover – the doll will now be available in three new body types - tall, petite and curvy. So, the 56-year-old stereotypical, disproportionately long-legged, blonde and blue-eyed “bombshell” is getting more real. The new dolls will now feature four body types. Purchasers will also be able to choose from 7 skin tones, 22 eye colours and 24 hairstyles. According to Evelyn Mazzocco, senior vice president and global general manager of the Barbie brand, Mattel believes “we have a responsibility to girls and parents to reflect a broader view of beauty”. Way to go Mattel – it’s taken you over half a century to acknowledge that women come in an array of colours, shapes and sizes. The introduction of a black…
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On my desk

On my desk

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If you have children of school-going age, you’ve almost certainly heard talk of Minecraft. I like to think of it as online Lego. I have two children who can spend hours building worlds, escaping spiders and “spawning” sheep or pigs for food. Minecraft is a Bafta award-winning sandbox game and is possibly the biggest new name in gaming. (more…)
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