One of the hardest allergies to cater for is a gluten allergy. What gluten free snacks can you add to those lunchboxes? I’m sure you and our children can take only so much in the way of rice cakes and crackers. Also, rice cakes tend to go stale very quickly in a lunchbox – especially if you put anything on them. But never fear, I have some ideas for you!
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I recently wrote a series of articles on some of the various additives and preservatives commonly found in our food. I thought it would be nice to have an additives and preservatives round-up article for easy reference should you wish to check up on a particular additive.
We are moving house at the moment, and this move is a bit more complicated than previous moves as it also marks a complete reshuffle of living arrangements in regards to some of my family members. As with any move, these few weeks have resulted in lost items, happy reunions with items that have been lost for several months, and a purge of old and too-small clothes.
Many families have some kind of weekly meal planning system in place because it helps them save time and money. I recently conducted a survey on a South African Facebook group to ask people if they meal plan and their thoughts on the matter. Herewith some of their replies:
I haven’t posted any recipes lately so thought it was about time to do so. I love this easy banana custard recipe because it can be changed to suit your baby / toddler / child’s needs as well as your own preferences. It’s also really simple to make. It has no nasty additives or preservatives and can be made out of any milk, formula or even breast milk. How awesome is that?
If you’ve ever tried to sell on bidorbuy’s website you probably noticed it is not so easy. The form is quite detailed and takes some time to complete. If you have many items to load, it can take hours, and then after a few weeks it expires, your listing is deleted and you have to start again. But there is a solution other than uploading complicated Excel spreadsheets.
As Day Zero looms ever closer, most of Cape Town is in a panic over water. Accusations are being thrown around like confetti and there is a lot of anger targeted towards any possible cause, including the farmers growing our food, inadequate infrastructure and maintenance, suburbia’s swimming pools, informal settlements’ car washes, population growth, and climate change, etc. The list is growing. Whatever the cause (or causes), I feel that it is besides the point; there is a water shortage, and it has to be dealt with. We have to ride this wave (excuse the pun).
I agree that the prospect of standing in queues at water collection points is extremely daunting, but I have decided not to worry about this possibility and this is why (other than the fact that it keeps getting moved forward).
Iris House, based in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town, offer a care service for children with special needs. All their carers have completed training courses and arrive on the scene well equipped with a medical kit and appropriate toys to stimulate their charges. They help support over 350 families in the Cape Town area.
Recently I came across the marvelous world of bamboo toothbrushes.
According to Wikipedia, one toothbrush manufacturing company in Britain manufactures 70 million toothbrushes a year. Plastic found in standard toothbrushes cannot be recycled. That means that every used and discarded plastic toothbrush ever made is sitting in a landfill somewhere, making the number of now useless toothbrushes astronomical. Obviously, this is not sustainable. Is there a solution?