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5 Ways To Make Your Romantic Dinner Even Better

5 Ways To Make Your Romantic Dinner Even Better

10 Perfect snack ideas to fuel up your weekend – and score points with the whole family

For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time

Love Is in The Air – All Year Long! 5 Ways To Make Your Romantic Dinner Even Better!

We’re only starting to come out of winter. That means Valentine’s Day is still a long way off. Time to take charge!

Food, Glorious Food!

The TastyMoments team thinks that no one has to wait for the day we celebrate romance to think ‘love sweet love’ and about what food will thrill your sweetheart.

It is all so much easier than you think. Order your favourite dessert from Château Gâteaux or pop by a shop to get a pack of yummy Dr. Oetker Patisserie Baked Cheesecake, perhaps? What’s more, you’ll have double the pleasure if you serve it as the dessert after a Ristorante Pizza as your main. There is sure to be some serious affection around after such a fantastic spoil.

Then there are the other things that make for a perfect evening at home.

The Tunes:

You’ve got to set the mood for the evening! Whether you’re into jazz, rock, hip-hop or house, find a playlist that speaks to your heart and the vibe you’re trying to create. Whether you’ve made the playlist yourself or found one on a streaming app, you’ll feel a lot more relaxed when you find “the sound” you’re looking for to make the night special. TOP TIP: Many streaming apps allow you to share playlists, so why not share it with your loved one afterwards as a reminder of the date?

Candlelight

It is remarkable what effect a candle, or better yet, a fire in winter, can have on the mood. So, remember the matches to make sure you light your babe’s fire.

Flowers

It is remarkable what effect a candle, or better yet, a fire in winter, can have on the mood. So, remember the matches to make sure you light your babe’s fire.

A Special Drink

Why not make the night extra-special with a signature cocktail or mocktail? There are so many new kinds of flavours and aromatics one can play with to create a delicious, one-of-a-kind drink for your loved one.

With the cake for dessert, you are superset for a beautiful, restful evening. With social distancing still the word of the day, you don’t need to venture out to a restaurant to set the mood.

Make the most of the TastyMoments we get to spend together. They are precious. Celebrate them with the best things in life – the chef’s favourite food recipes and fun.

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10 Perfect snack ideas to fuel up your weekend – and score points with the whole family

10 Perfect snack ideas to fuel up your weekend – and score points with the whole family

10 Perfect snack ideas to fuel up your weekend – and score points with the whole family

For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time

Bite into the perfect in-between snack – complemented by a few healthy sides

Eat Your Heart Out

The TastyMoments team recommends that you get your hands on the latest innovation from Dr. Oetker – Ital Pizza Pizzetta. Think of it as snacking that just got grown-up.

Whether you favour the three cheese or chicken and peppadew flavour, here are a few mightily exciting ideas on how to turn up the heat over the weekend. Our list starts with a cheesy fondue-style sauce with pizza dippers – a fabulous and easy snack for games or movie nights.

Next up is the pizza bruschetta meze platter – an array of little eats for a bit of variety. 

And finally, the Ristorante Quattro Formaggio Pizza sandwich. When popcorn won’t fill the gap, we have the perfect TV snack sandwich.

But then we also have a list of some other ideas for sensational in between meals fillers – whether you are watching sport or just horsing around.

Sliced Red Pepper and Crudites

A little-known fact is that red pepper is choc-full of vitamin C. One red pepper offers more than 300% of one person’s daily requirement. It could probably supply 100% of the entire family’s Vit C requirements for a day. A cream cheese and tuna dip will make the red pepper magically disappear in no time. You can also include other raw veggies. Why not try some sliced celery, busting with luteolin. It is well documented as a great way to prevent a whole bunch of common diseases. So, let’s go and crunch.

Fruit with Dips

What can be easier than slicing an apple and a pear or two and arranging it on a plate? It might sound silly, but once the fruit is cut, a family seems so much more likely to tuck in. Somehow a whole fruit can be a bit intimidating and much more friendly once sliced into bite-sized pieces. What’s more, these fruits contain antioxidants that promote gut health and reduce the risk of heart disease. To sweeten the deal, you can drizzle some honey over the fruits or add a peanut butter dip (apples pair very nicely with nut butters)

Devilled eggs

Who does not love the sight of a delicious stuffed egg? Boil some of the oval delights, fill them and see them fly off the plate. Packed with protein and Vitamin B12 and K2, they are a nutritious supplement to any snack.

Dark Chocolate and Almonds

Who would have thought that choccies would have made the list? Paired with almonds, the combination is loaded with healthy flavonols. Served as the dessert to the Ital Pizza Pizzetta, the kids will love you.

Olives

A tangy must-have ingredient in a Mediterranean diet, the plant compounds are believed to reduce insulin resistance and boost the body. If the thought appeals to you, you could also serve some avocado dip on the side. Avo reduces LDL cholesterol, improves arthritis and protects the skin from sun damage. So, together, these two pack a power punch.

Most of the above side dishes could probably even sneak their way onto the leftover pizza – if there is such a thing! Let’s embrace the TastyMoments in life.

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You’re Only Human Mom – 7 Things You Should Remember

You’re Only Human Mom – 7 Things You Should Remember

You’re Only Human Mom – 7 Things You Should Remember

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7 Things All Busy Moms Should Remember

We can all sometimes become frustrated with the demands of the family – and modern life in general. Both are excellent reasons for moms to take time out for self-care. Undoubtedly, you will be better able to take the best care of everyone around you once you have made sure that your life is relaxed and balanced.

Here are a few essential principles from the TastyMoments team – let us remind ourselves:

Accept That You Cannot Control Everything All the Time:

As mothers, we may feel that we are responsible for everyone’s wellbeing. But moms will only be able to be at their best if they are not stressed. So, spoil yourself by taking a warm bath once in a while, read that book you’ve been putting off, take a walk with or without the family, meditate and come to rest. You should still have more than enough time left for everyone else. And, what’s more, you will be a sunny, bright shining presence in their lives.

Be Flexible:

Children are littlies for only a few years of their lives. Embrace them for who they are – even if they want to wear their Superman costume to school. Be as malleable as is reasonable. If you get tense, they will too, and these emotions can create distance between family members.

Look For Agreements

Negotiate, agree, and shake on a deal. Try phrases such as “If you finish your homework, I will make your bed this morning – but tomorrow morning, you will make your bed. Agreed?” This avoids a battle of wills, and everyone understands what to expect.

Easy Dinner Ideas Make for Leisurely Evenings:

If the kids get hungry early, simply pop a few Ital Pizza Minis in the oven. Mealtimes should be relaxed, comfortable and easy. You might like to play some happy music in the background and perhaps even have a fun swirl around the dance floor together to experience the warmth and love of a happy home.

Set The Morning Alarm a Good 30 Minutes Before the Usual Wake Up Call:

Morning rushes can be overwhelming. But, if the family is up and awake early, everyone can take it easy. It also allows time for a good breakfast – an excellent start to the day. And, of course, pack lunch boxes the night before.

Let Your Partner and Kids Share the Chores:

Whether it is folding the washing or taking the little ones outdoors, the family should share the load. Every mom is entitled to some ‘own’ time, now and then. And while you’re at it, you could ask the older kids to take on dinner duty one night a week. There are some easy peasy ways for them to achieve this. They can simply choose some toppings and a side dish and use delicious pizza bases, which can then simply be popped into the oven.

Sleep and Exercise:

Adults ideally need around 7 – 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. So, make sure that you are comfortable, snug and warm so that you can capitalize on this important part of your day. A bit of exercise during the day is beneficial and helps to ensure a good night’s sleep.

Our advice is to enjoy your family every day and try to be a playful friend to your children—good food and a good mood that is the formula for happiness and joy. Enjoy.

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A parent’s guide to Tik Tok – keep your kids safe with these tips.

A parent’s guide to Tik Tok – keep your kids safe with these tips.

A parent’s guide to Tik Tok – keep your kids safe with these tips.

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A parent’s guide to Tik Tok – keep your kids safe with these tips.

So, you’ve got teens in the house, and they’re obsessed with two things: Ital Pizza Thick’A and TikTok! But what is this app that has taken the world’s youth by storm? We’ve all probably seen one and didn’t even know it. TikTok is an app that allows its users to create and upload short-form videos (up to 60 seconds) to the platform for the world to enjoy. The videos are usually quirky and fun, with the app gaining traction in the teen market since its global launch in 2018. The content usually consists of dance videos, educational content, lip-synching, comedy and celebrity cameos. Nothing too serious. No wonder it’s a hit with the younger crowd. TikTok Challenges are particularly popular and are similar to the “ALS ice bucket challenge” that took over Facebook a couple of years ago. The app itself is nothing sinister. The makers have invested quite a bit of time and effort to ensure their users are safe and enjoy the platform as it was intended. However, like any social media apps, there are a few points parents should bear in mind when allowing their children to use the app. So, take a break from your chores and dreaming up simple dinner ideas (just look at the TastyMoments recipes page) to find out what you need to consider before you allow them to press “download”.

Remember – All Accounts Are Public by Default

Yep, the app’s default settings allow any content to be viewed publicly. You can change this in the user settings to make the account private and allow approved viewers or friends in your child’s network to view the content. There are two risks involved with making all content public. The first being that is it enables strangers to view and “chat” with your children. And the second is that if your child posts controversial content, it will likely remain in the public domain forever. Our advice? Teach your kids that the “stranger danger rule” also applies to the virtual world. If any strangers contact and engage with your child in an inappropriate way, make sure your kids know to block them immediately. When it comes to ensuring that they create “safe” content, remind them of the billboard rule. It’s simple – if you’re not happy with the content being shown on a billboard next to your house for the rest of your life, then don’t put it on ANY social media platforms. A recent negative outburst from an American teen was seen on Snapchat and reported to the school by her peers. She’s since been expelled by the school, and the case is now at the US Supreme Court since she made the video outside of school hours (it’s a freedom of speech concern). She was angry that she didn’t earn a spot on her sports team and made an expletive-ridden video in anger. Now it has cost her her future at her school and possibly will affect her career in future as this will remain a black mark next to her name forever.

There’s An Age Restriction

TikTok users must be 13 years or older to download the app. However, many parents download it on behalf of their younger children. TikTok is like any media channel and may show videos that use profanity or mature content. Please activate the “restricted mode” setting to ensure that adult content is filtered out and your child is served age-appropriate content. Then, lock the setting with a passcode. According to CommonSenseMedia.org, it’s ideal to set up “Family Pairing” so you can manage the above settings, plus additional safety and privacy measures. To do this, first, download TikTok onto your phone and create an account. Then, make sure you have your kid’s phone and their TikTok login handy.

Finally – you can help restrict their screen time on the app. It can be set for a maximum of 2 hours a day and can go down to 40 minutes a day. If you’re enabling this setting on your child’s phone, don’t forget to choose a passcode to lock the setting.

Enjoy seeing the fantastic content they create! Who knows, you may have the next big TikTok star sitting in your living room. Just ensure they’re safe while they explore their creativity.

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5 Ways in which the bond between dads and kids can be strengthened.​

5 Ways in which the bond between dads and kids can be strengthened.​

5 Ways in which the bond between dads and kids can be strengthened.

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It is easier than you think to show your love for your kids – and, in turn, allow them to show their love for you. Here are a few ideas on ways in which you can get closer.

The TastyMoments’ idea number one is to go off to Chateau Gateaux and pick up the Four Cheesecake Variety Pack that the whole family loves. Not only can you put it in the freezer until the weekend, but the cakes are also Halaal and vegetarian. So, everyone can tuck in. There is sure to be some serious bonding around a wonderful treat like this. No effort from dad or mom. No messy mixing, no baking, no washing up. Ok, now that you have a cup of hot chocolate and a slice of yum in hand, agree on a few other things you would like to do together over the next couple of weeks.

Watch Your Favourite Sport Together:

Whether it is soccer, rugby, cycling or Formula 1, you decide. No matter what time your viewing is scheduled, a thin and crispy Ristorante Pizza, possibly accompanied by some Green Valley Creamed Spinach as a side dish, will make it all the more special. And, if you’re in the mood for a braai before switching on the box, a few Ital Pizza Minis – cheese sides face to face – toasted on the coals makes the very best, most effortless starter.

Get Outdoors:

Make like Zorro and his friends! Don your masks to take a hike in a park, around a sports field or a dam. Not only is it good to walk and talk, but it opens the airways, and it keeps you moving. Better yet, take a soccer ball along and take turns to have a few shots at goal. There is a reason for the saying, a family that plays together, stays together.

By the way, when last have you packed a cooler box and gone off fishing with your kids?

Share the Laughs Around A Silly Comedy

It could be an old family favourite like Fawlty Towers, Friends or a newer kid on the block such as Schitts’ Creek, but there is no doubt that laughter lights and lifts us up. So, get the popcorn on the go and cover the family under a cosy blanket. Soon you’ll have a lift-off escape from the planet for an hour or so.

Go Fly a Kite

It’s a fact: In our part of the world, winter is windy. Take the opportunity to make the most of it and let the games begin – build a kite. It is as cheap as chips to put together and a heap of fun to go out in your winter warms to try to fly that kite on high. What’s more, you probably have everything you need to build a kite lying around the home or garage.

Build a Puzzle with Dad

It is constructive to put tangible things together. It affords families a sense of accomplishment – no matter how big or small the task. Whether dad enjoys tinkering in the garage, building a garden wall or simply figuring out a puzzle, it can be turned into together time – important time.

So, let’s make the most of the TastyMoments we get to spend together. They are precious. Celebrate them with the best things in life – food, family, and fun.

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Think you know how to save money? Have you tried these five crazy money-saving tips?

Think you know how to save money? Have you tried these five crazy money-saving tips?

Think you know how to save money? Have you tried these five crazy money-saving tips?

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Think you know how to save money? Have you tried these five crazy money-saving tips?

Everyone’s feeling the pinch at the moment. So, the TastyMoments team has gone hunting for the five craziest ways people all over the world save money.

1. Freeganism and Dumpster Diving:

South Africa wastes around 10-million tonnes of food every year! A shocking statistic for a country that suffers from widespread food insecurity and poverty. The term “dumpster diving” originated in America in the 1980s and basically means picking through commercial or residential to salvage items that the picker may deem useful. Once a necessary practice reserved for the disadvantaged, American eco-activists called “freegans” are turning it into mainstream practice. According to Wikipedia, “Freeganism is an ideology of limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal resource consumption, particularly through recovering wasted goods like food. Freegans avoid buying anything as an act of protest against the food system in general.” So, yes, it’s more an ethical decision than one borne out of necessity, but it certainly saves them money too. So why not go freegan dumpster diving for your food today? How’s that for a cheap dinner idea?

2. Skip Fresh For Frozen:

Tired of tossing wilted veggies in the bin? What a waste of money! Why not try frozen veggies instead? A common myth is that frozen food is not as nutritionally robust as its fresh counterparts. In fact, frozen veggies are usually “flash frozen”– so that the just-picked freshness is locked in. Fresh veggies typically have to travel quite a distance from the farm to our plates. So once picked, the decomposition process starts. By the time it reaches your plate, you may actually have fresh veggies that have already lost a lot of their nutrients. On the other hand, frozen veggies have been found to contain higher levels of antioxidants and minerals because the freezing process “stops time” in a weird way. So next time you’re at the shops, grab your favourite frozen veggies, like Green Valley Traditional Creamed Spinach, to avoid waste and save bucks.

3. Coconut Oil for The Win!

Instead of spending a small fortune on beauty products, why not use miraculous coconut oil? It’s a fantastic replacement for hair gel, make-up remover, hair conditioner, cuticle cream and body lotion. You can even make your own eco-friendly deodorant stick with it.

4. Cancel All Your Subscriptions:

Another idea is to cancel all your online subscriptions to see which ones you can live without. All those small amounts add up to big bucks at the end of the day.

5. Get Free Haircuts:

Hairdressing students must complete practical training before they can qualify. If you know of a hair school close by, follow them on social media and keep an eye out for free hairdressing offers to help the students gain practical experience. Depending on your hair needs, you can save anywhere from R100 for a men’s cut to R1500 for a full head of highlights. Remember, they’re still learning, so try this money-saving tip at your peril!

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Want to save bucks? Here are 7 easy ways to cut down your electrical bill this winter.

Want to save bucks? Here are 7 easy ways to cut down your electrical bill this winter.

Want to save bucks? Here are 7 easy ways to cut down your electrical bill this winter.

Want to save bucks? Here are 7 easy ways to cut down your electrical bill this winter.

Want to save bucks? Here are 7 easy ways to cut down your electrical bill this winter.

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Want to save bucks? Here are 7 easy ways to cut down your electrical bill this winter.

Want an easy way to save money? Here are 7 tips to help you cut down on your electrical account this winter.

Winter is around the corner, and the TastyMoments team reckons it’s going to a cold one this year. And, with everyone trying to save bucks, we thought we’d give you a couple of low-effort tips to save electricity and money this winter.

1. Use Your Microwave Instead of Your Oven

Microwaves are incredibly energy efficient. According to the experts, a microwave uses approximately 80% less power than conventional ovens. And with delicious comfort food ready-meals like those from Nice ‘nEasy, you’ve got even more reason to use this appliance for cooking your quick dinners this winter.

2. Switch Off the Heat Drying Setting On Your Dishwasher

Dishwashers are incredibly energy-efficient, especially when you do the dishes without the heat drying function. Instead – we recommend you air or hand dry your dishes to save anywhere between 15%-50% power per load. Other tips include washing only full loads and placing the dishes into the machine without rinsing. Modern dishwashers are built to remove stuck-on gunk. So it’s really an unnecessary waste of water and power to rinse your dishes beforehand.

3. Unplug Everything You Don’t Use

Did you know that standby power can account for 10% of an average household’s annual electricity use? Yip, even while the device or appliance is sitting dormant, it draws a small amount of power to ensure it’s ready for you when you need it. You can save a chunk by simply encouraging your family to unplug any electrical device that isn’t being used at that moment.

4. Keep Your Windows and Doors Shut

When it’s cold, it’s best to “trap” the heat in your home by keeping your doors and windows shut. Of course, ensure ventilation and that you get enough fresh air. But try to keep access points to large areas in your home closed up. The trapped heat will mean that you will need less power to heat up the room when it gets really cold at night.

5. Use Hot Water Bottles or Microwaveable Heat Packs Instead of Electric Blankets

No one likes getting into a chilly bed – but electric blankets are energy guzzlers, especially when left on overnight. Instead, heat a “rice bag” in the microwave or fill up an old-fashioned water bottle to keep your toes toasty warm at night. Also, use blankets instead of a bar heater to keep you snug thought the evening. TOP TIP – You can easily make a rice bag at home and save even more bucks.

6. Keep an Eye on Your Geyser

You can save quite a bit of money by getting a relatively cheap geyser blanket to help retain the heat in your tank for longer. Also, switch off your geyser when you’re not using it. Alternatively, get a geyser timer (you may need a plumber to install this) to automatically switch your geyser on and off over set periods. Even reducing your water temperature down from 65 degrees to 60 degrees results in a saving of almost 15% in a three-person household.

So, let’s all pull together and save electricity (and money) this winter. It may just help Eskom keep the lights on during periods of significant power use.

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Have you got a gamer in the house? Getting worried? Here are a few ways you can tell whether your child is addicted to gaming

Have you got a gamer in the house? Getting worried? Here are a few ways you can tell whether your child is addicted to gaming

Have you got a gamer in the house? Getting worried? Here are X a few ways you can tell whether your child is addicted to gaming.

Have you got a gamer in the house? Getting worried? Here are X ways you can tell whether your child is addicted to gaming.

Have you got a gamer in the house? Getting worried? Here are X ways you can tell whether your child is addicted to gaming.

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Have you got a gamer in the house? Getting worried? Here are X a few ways you can tell whether your child is addicted to gaming.

Is your child addicted to gaming? Here’s how you can tell.

The TastyMoments team have a few gamers in our households. We’ve been chatting (over a couple of Ital Pizza Classics for a quick and easy lunch) about what we consider healthy habits when it comes to playing in the virtual world. The new Netflix documentary, “Not A Game”, takes a closer look at the role of gaming in the modern world and assesses its pros and cons. The pros are often very case-specific, telling stories of chronically ill and disabled children who have found new life in the online world. The stories of the downside of gaming are mostly of teens suffering from gaming addiction that eventually becomes unmanageable. So, we asked the question, how would we know if our children are addicted to gaming? And if so, what can we do about it.

First of all, gaming addiction is defined as “the excessive or compulsive use of computer and video games that may interfere with daily life.” The reason people become addicted to gaming rests in our brain response and how we release dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter (a chemical messenger in the brain) released when we expect a reward or a positive outcome. Doing drugs, for instance, releases dopamine and people chase that “dopamine high”. According to Healthline.com, “When you come to associate a certain activity with pleasure, mere anticipation may be enough to raise dopamine levels. It could be a certain food, sex, shopping, or just about anything else that you enjoy. It’s a cycle of motivation, reward, and reinforcement.” Studies conducted by the California State University found that video games can have a similar effect on children’s brains as drug abuse or alcoholism. 

So when your child throws an insane tantrum because you’ve switched off a game, you know that it’s due to their brain’s chemical response, much like when drugs are taken away from a drug addict. However, it’s also reassuring to know that true gaming addiction (in the clinical sense) is not that common, affecting around 6%-15% of gamers.  

According to Parent.com – you should keep a lookout for the following signs of addiction if you’re concerned.

  • Does your child talk about their game(s) incessantly?
  • Does your child play for hours on end?
  • Does your child get defensive when you try to discuss their excessive gaming habit?
  • Does your child get angry or explosive when made to stop?
  • Does your child sacrifice basic needs (e.g., sleep) to game?
  • Does your child hide or downplay time spent gaming?
  • Does your child seem preoccupied, depressed, or lonely?

If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, they may be addicted to gaming. There are several ways to encourage your child to spend less time online. The most obvious being that you limit gaming time to an hour or two a day. Other methods include reinforcing the perspective that gaming is a hobby or a pastime – not who you are or a way of life. There’s more to life than gaming, and it helps to take the kids on outings or reinforce other positive behaviours (like tossing a ball in the back yard) when they’re not playing. Another idea is to remove the gaming console or computer from your child’s room when game time is off-limits. In extreme cases, you may need to get a therapist or counsellor involved. Like any addiction, the root of the problem may not sit in the “drug” itself but the person using it to escape from other troubles. Ensure open lines of communication and try and find the root cause of your child’s gaming obsession.

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2 Common social media challenges teens face and some ideas on how you can help!

2 Common social media challenges teens face and some ideas on how you can help!

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2 Common social media challenges teens face and some ideas on how you can help!

2 Common social media challenges teens face and some ideas on how you can help!

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Being a teen is tough. Here are 2 of the most common challenges they face due to social media and some ideas on how you can help them cope.

Got a teen in the house? We feel for you! We wish they could avoid the new challenges posed by the omnipresence of social media – but in a modern household, it doesn’t seem realistic.

So, grab your partner for a quick and easy dinner, put an Ital Pizza Familia in the oven because the TastyMoments team have got some ideas that may help.

Body Image and Insecurity

In a world brimming with beautiful, trim and polished influencers, it’s hard not to feel inadequate. Even adults report feeling insecure on social media. Even Khloe Kardashian recently fought tooth and nail to have an unedited, no-filter bikini pic (posted by mistake by an assistant) removed from the internet. Instead of saying, “Yes, this is the real me, bits and all.” she waged a losing battle against the internet and its tabloids. The overwhelming message is that you aren’t “good enough” without a filter, designer clothes and make-up. We adults may roll our eyes, but for teens, this dilemma is all too real. According to Healio’s interview with Jamie Zelazny, PhD, RN, assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, “A study published in 2015 found that the threshold for where kids start to have more mental health problems is the 2-hour mark,” Zelazny said. “Teens who reported using social media sites more than 2 hours a day were much more likely to report poor mental health outcomes like distress and suicidal ideation. A study done the following year found that problematic internet use resulted in poor mental health outcomes longitudinally, and these were mediated by poor sleep.”

However, the tide is slowly turning, with many people celebrating a natural, no filter “look” and the body-positive movement. If your teens express insecurity about their looks – ask them to follow and engage with the people who do meaningful work (like Greta Thunberg). Or people who espouse self-love and acceptance. Ask your teen what they would like to improve about themselves and to unpack the reasons why. You may find that the root cause lies elsewhere. And if the problem is a legitimate health concern, put steps in place to help them achieve their goal. Open channels of communication are a must. As per the advice from Dr. Zelazny, it’s also worthwhile to limit their social media time to 2-hours a day, max. Furthermore, a healthy sleep routine and diet also do wonders for mental health.

Cyber Bullying

Oooh, this is a tough one. Bullying isn’t new, but it used to be reserved for the schoolyard. Nowadays, you can’t escape it. Kids can now be bullied in spaces that were once safe – because their phones are always with them. The first thing we encourage is to have a genuine conversation about the nature of bullies and bullying. Remind them that it’s easy to be nasty when you’re faceless behind a keyboard and really push the fact that these people should be ignored. Bullies are most often people who feel unloved themselves, so ask them (if possible) to feel sorry for them instead. A practical tip is to block the bullies from your child’s accounts or get your kid off social media entirely for a month or two. Tell them to delete the comments immediately – so that they’re not tempted to revisit them later. Furthermore, ensure your child does not respond to the comments – it will only inflame the matter further. Again, fostering a loving, caring, and honest relationship with your teen will allow you to spot warning signs and intervene if necessary.

Together, you will navigate this strange yet wonderful new world.

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Got a long-term love? You’re so lucky! Here are 5 reasons that it’s just the best.

Got a long-term love? You’re so lucky! Here are 5 reasons that it’s just the best.

Got a long-term love? You’re so lucky! Here are 5 reasons that it’s just the best.

Got a long-term love? You’re so lucky! Here are 5 reasons that it’s just the best.

Got a long-term love? You’re so lucky! Here are 5 reasons that it’s just the best.

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Got a long-term love? You’re so lucky! Here are 5 reasons that it’s just the best.

Been with each other since forever? Celebrate that love! Here are 5 reasons why it’s the best.

Lockdown was tough on relationships. Some of us may even have questioned our marriages or long-term partnerships, and the experts agree, there was a massive surge in divorce applications over 2020. However, if you have stuck it out and made it through, you really know that you’re onto something good. So, in the spirit of celebrating love with Ristorante Pizza, the champion of romantic dinner ideas, here are 5 TastyMoments reasons why you are so lucky to be in long-term love.

You’ve Mastered the Art of Compromise

Long-term relationships are about 3 things, communication, consistency (which creates trust) and compromise. If you’ve been a long-term partnership, chances are good that you’ve had to endure your fair share of outings with the in-laws, dodgy old friends from high school and hectic hobbies – and survived. We always joke that the UN Council should be made up of people who have been married for a long time. Because compromise (and the resultant art of negotiation) is one of the most valuable life skills one can have.

Your Partner Is Cool with Your Wobbly Bits

The wonderful thing about long-term relationships is that you get to age together. Ageing can be a cruel process (how dare those wrinkles and rolls just appear like that?). But when you’re wrapped in true love, the kind that sees your insides and not the wobbly bits, you are spared your own worst insecurities because your partner only sees the beautiful parts of you. Nothing else matters.

You Have Your Own Language

Long-term couples begin to develop their own words, phrases and jokes that only they understand. Furthermore, your partner most likely knows your body language and expressions better than you know yourself. According to Carol Bruess, director of family studies at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, “When couples have their own language rituals … they feel like they know one another in a way that others don’t, and that they have a strong connection or bond to each other. They have their own little private world.” What could be better than that?

They Know You Don't Like Coriander

When your love spans over years or even decades, chances are pretty good that your partner knows your likes and dislikes by heart. And they’re cool with it! Even if you don’t like coriander, and they do. It’s so reassuring not to have to explain yourself, your choices and habits to someone new. Your partner gets it, and if someone doesn’t like it – chances are good they’ll defend you against ridicule. And besides, who cares what they think? You’ve got your person.

You've Always Got Each Other.

So many people are lonely and face their challenges by themselves. They often have no one to sense-check whether they should tell their boss to take a hike or have a backup when the chips are down. If you’re lucky enough to have a long-term love, you know you’ve got someone to lean on when the going gets tough. It’s something married couples often take for granted. If this article achieves anything today, we ask that you take a second to look them in the eye and thank them for being your partner. You don’t know how fortunate you are.

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10 Ways in which you can teach your kids the importance, and real value, of money

10 Ways in which you can teach your kids the importance, and real value, of money

10 Ways in which you can teach your kids the importance, and real value, of money

10 Ways in which you can teach your kids the importance, and real value, of money

10 Ways in which you can teach your kids the importance, and real value, of money

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10 Ways in which you can teach your kids the importance, and real value, of money

10 Important money lessons that will stand children in good stead for the rest of their lives

The TastyMoments team have been thinking about the best ways to teach young children good money management skills. Don’t let your kids think that money appears magically when you stick a piece of plastic in an ATM – or slap that very same credit card on a table at a restaurant. We all know those bucks have been hard-earned by someone.

So, let’s gather around the kitchen table now and think up some cheap dinner ideas. A winner is to get the cheese of your choice and allow everyone to choose their own toppings to put on Ital Pizza Classic Bases.

Let’s start by making our kids understand that money is earned

Let your family members help with simple, age-appropriate tasks such as making their beds, taking out the trash, walking the dog or helping to weed the garden. Then put the money in a personalised glass jar so that they can see their savings grow to the point that they can afford that new device that they’ve been wanting for so long. This way, you can show them that money can buy the freedom of choice – a valuable life lesson. And that it is earned by making a valuable contribution.

Migrate from the glass jar to opening a savings account

Little ones need to understand the concept of banking and the associated processes. So, take them with you when you go into a branch. When paying online, take the time to explain to them why you are paying utility and other bills, so that they understand the importance of these disciplines. Besides, nothing in life is easy without having formulated a plan. Therefore, helping them to develop a savings plan will help them to achieve their goals.

Having money is a privilege – not a right

Many people in the world have not benefited from a good education, training or a job. As we know, life can be really tough when there is no stable income. But equally, show your kids the importance of being generous. Encourage them to set 10% of their earnings aside to donate to someone, or an organisation, of their choosing. Not only will they feel good about making a difference, but they will also be empowered and in control of their circumstances.

Stress the importance of education and hands-on learning

Very few people can create a comfortable life without having qualified in a particular profession. Talk to your young ones about their fields of interest – whether that be digital game development or architecture – and encourage them to find out more about what classes they need to take to qualify. Getting educated is expensive – and it’s probably even more challenging to get a bursary. So, encourage them to consult Google to get ready for the road ahead.

The difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ spending

If you have a Spendy Wendy on your hands, try and point out the difference between splashing out on a pair of sneakers or an essential mobile phone. And, more so, if they stick to their older model, they may be able to buy that mountain bike in the window soon. The concept of delayed gratification is essential.

Life is unpredictable, and circumstances can change

Chances are that, at some stage in their lives, people will lose money through no fault of their own. Things like a pandemic, natural disasters, and retrenchments are realities – ones that no one can predict. That is why money cannot be the be-all and end-all of life. It is, therefore, more important that kids be taught that values such as integrity, honesty and reliability can carry them through life. And may very well lead them to greater prosperity—what a nice thought.

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7 Important – and inexpensive – ways in which kids can help to make their mothers feel loved and appreciated

7 Important – and inexpensive – ways in which kids can help to make their mothers feel loved and appreciated

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7 Important - and inexpensive - ways in which kids can help to make their mothers feel loved and appreciated

7 Important - and inexpensive - ways in which kids can help to make their mothers feel loved and appreciated

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7 Ideas on how children can show their moms they love them to bits – and make them realise just how awesome they are!

A couple of the TastyMoments team are mothers. These moms know that sometimes families take the cooking, cleaning and multitude of other chores for granted. So, now is the time to leave a printout of this blog somewhere where your family will find it. Or ask the oldest sibling to suggest some salad ideas and then call a family meeting over a Ristorante Pizza or a few slices of mouth-watering Patisserie Baked Cheesecake. This way, everyone can participate and discuss ways to help around the house and show their appreciation for everything mom does.

Gestures like these will make a world of difference to mothers, especially in a time of shutdowns, online shopping and Zoom calls. So, kids, it’s time to sit up and take note, mainly because Mother’s Day is around the corner.

Let’s start with the classiest, easiest move

On your way back from school, pick a flower or succulent from the sidewalk. Geraniums are great as they are easy to propagate. Simply place a small piece of the stem in a glass of water for a day and then plant it in a container, a window box or that special place in the garden that she loves.

Google a recipe and bake some biscuits

Imagine the surprise of being given a batch of home-baked yummies featuring love messages. All you need is some icing to write messages like: You mean the world to me. I love you so much. I’ll always do my best for you—world’s best mom. And if the baking part is too daunting, you can always buy a packet of biscuits and personalise them.

Memories

Go through the pics on your phone and send – or print – some of the moments which will have special significance. You could even stick them on the mirror in her bathroom. She’ll probably leave them up for days.

Make a surprise breakfast

Set your alarm to get up in time to beat mom to the kitchen. Make tea the way she likes it take it to her. Then start breakfast. Here is a breakfast idea: make a couple of delicious Egg and BBQ Ital Pizzas (yum) – the perfect love and care message.

Run her a bath

These days, a bath is a rare luxury. Put a few drops of fragrant oil in the water, pour her favourite drink, light a candle and invite her to relax and enjoy.

Tell her she was right

We often inadvertently ask our moms for advice. When their wise words come to serve you, always acknowledge that she was right. You may be surprised at how often she is. She’s a lot more life experience than you, you know…

A small chocolate on the pillow

The best way to ensure that she has the sweetest of dreams is for her to find a choccie on her pillow. It’s a sure way to surprise and delight – and something you should be able to manage once a month.

Whether you take the dog for a walk, make her a playlist or surprise her by cleaning your room. You know how much she does for you. Your turn now!

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5 Ways in which you can make it easier for kids to go back to school during winter post-lockdown

5 Ways in which you can make it easier for kids to go back to school during winter post-lockdown

Ways in which you can make it easier for kids to go back to school during winter post-lockdown

5 Ways in which you can make it easier for kids to go back to school during winter post-lockdown

5 Ways in which you can make it easier for kids to go back to school during winter post-lockdown

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Ways in which you can make it easier for kids to go back to school during winter post-lockdown

Here are 5 ideas on how to make sure that your children are happy about going back to school after a lockdown in the colder months

The TastyMoments team has wondered how one keeps one’s family motivated and keen to get back into the swing of things after the holidays and all the recent interruptions due to the virus. Here’s an idea: call a ‘back to school’ meeting over some Ital Pizza Minis or – better yet – Ital Pizza Pops and discuss the way forward. Once you’ve reached an agreement, stick a roster onto the refrigerator door so that everyone knows what’s expected of them.

But until school starts, it is our suggestion that you keep them in ‘learning mode’. Diarise a few readings at the library so that they can experience the joy of books or drag them off to a planetarium, museum, park, theatre or art gallery. Even a graffiti tour will do. If you keep your eyes open, there is always something out there for them to experience.

But back to school for now. Here’s how you can help them confidently master the first few weeks.

Masks and tissues

After you’ve poured some orange juice, cooked a bowl of oats or boiled a few eggs to ensure full tummies, make super-sure, they have enough tissues and masks in case of runny noses. If they have a few extra, they will also help new friends who might not have a supply at hand.

Create structure

Believe it or not, rules make youngsters feel secure. If they know homework is to be done between 16h00 and 19h00, they have the freedom to choose what they want to do with the rest of the day. This will eliminate arguments about TV or FB time.

Make sure they’re warm enough

There is nothing worse than being cold on an icy winter’s day. Ask granny to knit an extra jersey, or better yet, fork out on a warm jacket. A pair of gloves and a beanie will add extra love.

Enough sleep

There is a reason why bears and other mammals hibernate in winter. And, we are also mammals, after all! Decide on a bedtime rule and stick to it. A cup of warm chocolate milk will help make them sleepy, reassure and keep them warm, and not so keen to spend another hour or two on their devices. It’s worth the effort to send them to dreamland smiling.

Make a checklist - for all to consult before leaving the house

It’s easy to forget things that can make all the difference between that panicky phone call and having to drop everything to rush to school.

The checklist should include:

  • Sanitiser and mask
  • Lunch box (including some vitamins in the form of carrots, raw peas or apple segments)
  • Sports kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Clean shoes
  • School books in a backpack
  • Pencil case
  • Transport arrangements: who is taking and fetching?
  • Agreed ETA at home
  • Permission about having friends over, COVID protocols and device time

QUICK DINNER IDEA: A delicious, nutrient-rich pot of veg soup served with yummy Ital Pizza Slices will go a long way in protecting everyone from the dreaded lurgy during these times. Soups freeze well, so they can be made over weekends for the week. Cooking time also doubles as family time, so get the young ones to pitch in and help with chopping and peeling. Happy school, everyone.

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EASTER TIME IS F-EASTER TIME. WHO ON EARTH DOES NOT LOVE CHOCOLATE – AND PERHAPS A BIT OF ROMANCE?

EASTER TIME IS F-EASTER TIME. WHO ON EARTH DOES NOT LOVE CHOCOLATE – AND PERHAPS A BIT OF ROMANCE?

EASTER TIME IS F-EASTER TIME. WHO ON EARTH DOES NOT LOVE CHOCOLATE - AND PERHAPS A BIT OF ROMANCE?

EASTER TIME IS F-EASTER TIME. WHO ON EARTH DOES NOT LOVE CHOCOLATE - AND PERHAPS A BIT OF ROMANCE?

EASTER TIME IS F-EASTER TIME. WHO ON EARTH DOES NOT LOVE CHOCOLATE - AND PERHAPS A BIT OF ROMANCE?

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EASTER TIME IS F-EASTER TIME. WHO ON EARTH DOES NOT LOVE CHOCOLATE - AND PERHAPS A BIT OF ROMANCE?

IT’S EASTER - AN EGGCELLENT TIME TO GET TO KNOW AND PLAY WITH THE 4 MAIN KINDS OF CHOCOLATE.

The first thing the TastyMoments team wants you to know is that you can think of chocolate as a vegetable! Yip, cocoa beans come from a tree. So, right there is everyone’s perfect excuse.

But chocolates mean different things to different people. It could be the start of an egg hunt, a well-done for good school marks or a sign of interest from a dishy person.

So, here’s a fun dessert idea. Why not invite that guy you fancy, one or two of your other favourite peeps and get creative. Start by getting a Dr. Oetker Patisserie Cheesecake in your hands and invite everyone over. Ask them to bring the chocolates they like – and then you can all go wild decorating the cake. Dip strawberries into melted chocolate, shave chocolate to make the hair on a funny face – go wherever your imagination takes you. Or you can try these awesome chocolate décor tricks from us!  Then it’s time for tea and cake – or a yummy, fun dessert after a few crispy Ital Pizza Classic variations have come out of the oven.

While you’re at it, you can regale your friends and family with these little known, fast facts about this globally celebrated confectionary.

A look back in time

Did you know that National Chocolate Day is celebrated on the 7th of July? This is said to be when chocolate was introduced to Europe, as far back as 1550.

It became a bit of a French thing

When told that the people were starving and did not have bread during the French Revolution, Marie-Antoinette apparently said, ‘Let them eat cake. Well, it seems her tastes did not end at cake. She also loved chocolate – which she considered to be an aphrodisiac.

The other famous Frenchman who loved chocolate was Napoleon. He insisted that his armies had access to wine and chocolate at all times. The combination seemed to work well for a time. And then, as with all conquerors – his time, too, came to an end.

Bragging rights

Although cocoa (or cacao – the words are interchangeable) originates from central and south America, guess who is currently the biggest producer? Africa!

It takes years for the trees to grow mature enough to produce the beans, which are then picked, dried and roasted to release their full flavour. Although the trees can live for up to 200 years, they produce beans for only about 25 of these years. Seeing as it takes around 800 beans to make 1kg of cocoa, farming it is no child’s play. So, hats off to our continent.

The four kinds of chocolate

Milk chocolate was first made in Switzerland in 1875 by a Mr Peter. No one else could get it right until he tried to add a product his neighbour, Mr Nestlé, invented. The trick turned out to be to add condensed milk. This is still to this day the most popular variety of our favourite sweet.

White chocolate is made of cocoa butter which contains no cocoa. So, strictly speaking, it is not even chocolate—fancy that.

Dark chocolate can consist of up to 80% cocoa, as opposed to the 20-40%  ratio of milk chocolate. It is less sweet but absolutely delicious when a candied orange rind is dipped in it.

Ruby chocolate is the latest addition to the family. It was first released in 2017 and made with pink cocoa beans, which explains the colour. No colourants are added. One of the TastyMoments team has had the pleasure of having some and raves about the unique flavour.  It looks like white chocolate after it has been mixed with berries. But not a berry in sight. Just a pure, natural pink delight.

Bring on the chocoholic’s dream. It’s Easter, after all.

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5 GREAT AND EASY MIDWEEK DINNER IDEAS

5 GREAT AND EASY MIDWEEK DINNER IDEAS

5 GREAT AND EASY MIDWEEK DINNER IDEAS

5 GREAT AND EASY MIDWEEK DINNER IDEAS

5 GREAT AND EASY MIDWEEK DINNER IDEAS

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5 GREAT AND EASY MIDWEEK DINNER IDEAS

MIDWEEK MEAL IDEAS HAVE YOU STUMPED? HERE ARE SOME EASY ANSWERS.

What’s for dinner, maaaaaaaaa? Sound familiar? We all get a little “over” cooking, especially around Wednesdays when the energy and patience levels dip. So that TastyMoments team have looked at 5 easy midweek meals for you to try this Easter.

Vegan-Veggie Vibes

Tomato Vegetarian Pizza & Mushroom, Onion & Bell Pepper Vegan or Vegetarian Pizza

Everyone is on the vegan bus now; it’s better for the planet, healthier for you and can be pretty affordable if you do it right. So, if you’ve got a vegan at home – or just feel like trying it out, you can’t go wrong with these two fantastic vegan or vegetarian pizza recipes.

TOP TIP: You can either use Happy Days Pizza Bases or Ital Pizza Classic Bases. Always keep a couple in the freezer for DIY pizza days.

Butter Chicken Roti In A Flash

Making proper butter chicken at home is quite the chore! Now you don’t have to schlepp cause this recipe hack uses Nice ‘n Easy’s famous Butter Chicken ready-meal for the filling. We promise we won’t reveal your secret! You can get all the glory.

TOP TIP: This recipe shines when you add a bit of mango chutney!

Make It Mexican

Mexicana Pizza And Mushroom & Goats Cheese Pizza

We all love a bit of Mexican food, so why not spice things up with this two-topping wonder recipe that will make everyone in the family happy? Make your own guacamole, a fresh tomato and onion relish and serve with spice tortilla crisps. And just like that, you have your own Mexican feast. Just add a frozen margarita cocktail (or mocktail) to make a proper event!

Caprese Salad On a Pizza? Say No More!

We love this fresh take on a classic, Caprese Salad On Pizza. Simply add tomato slices, mozzarella & rocket to a pizza base. This is a perfect midweek meal when the weather is hot. The real magic comes from the Balsamic Crema (or reduction) that gives this salady pizza its sweetness and acidity. YUM!

Pizza Pops For Little People

When you’re a kid, everything tastes better when it’s on a stick. Why not wow your little ones with Pizza Pops tonight? TOP TIP: Get them involved in the cooking process. It might be a little messier, but it’s an excellent opportunity to bond as a family and chat about ingredients and nutrition. Yes, it’s a spoil meal, but it can be topped with a host of healthy, fresh veggies to help them get in their green. It’s a WIN-WIN!

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9 EGG-STRA SPECIAL EASTER ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS OVER EASTER

9 EGG-STRA SPECIAL EASTER ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS OVER EASTER

9 EGG-STRA SPECIAL EASTER ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS OVER EASTER

9 EGG-STRA SPECIAL EASTER ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS OVER EASTER

9 EGG-STRA SPECIAL EASTER ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS OVER EASTER

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9 EGG-STRA SPECIAL EASTER ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS OVER EASTER

9 EXCITING, FUN THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS OVER THE EASTER HOLS

The TastyMoments team had some inspiration and hopped to plan some fabulous things to do around this special time of the year. So, here goes:

Host An Egg Hunt

Round up some of your besties, let them each bring a handful of small easter eggs and help you to dot them around the apartment or garden. Don’t forget to make a note of where you’ve hidden them; otherwise, you might discover them shrivelled up and sad looking when next you’re spring cleaning or weeding the garden.

The Easter Brunch - A Breakfast Idea Your Family Will Love

Easter is a time for eggs, after all. So why not save some of the prepared spaghetti mince, scoop it into a pan and poach eggs in mince nests. Or try our awesome Shakshuka Pizza recipe!

Top Tip: As a unique, unexpected Easter treat, you could serve some Ital Pizza Minis instead of toast on the side. Imagine the delight!

Read The Tale Of Peter Rabbit Out Loud

You could do it library style, invite a few kids around for a reading. Or choose an evening to put the little ones to bed early with a chocolate drink and a reading session. Remember to make yourself a cuppa, too, to keep that voice lubricated.

The ‘Egg’ Toss

This lekker game requires nothing more than a great imagination, a wastepaper basket and a few balls. Place the basket in the middle of the room or lawn and let everyone take a turn at landing the balls in the basket. You might even discover another Micheal Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal or Kobe Bryant in the family.

The Spoon Race

Have you ever been handed a hard-boiled egg and a spoon? Unless you’re a granny, you might not have. But if you’re old enough to have seen your folks run the race in a hessian potato bag, you’ll know that you can’t win if you lose the egg.  Sadly, the scratchy potato sacks have long made way for plastic bags, but spoons and eggs are still around to provide entertainment.

Challenge The Kids To Dream Up A Play

Book an evening with the whole family, including grandparents. Then give the young ones enough warning to write their own script or rehearse one they have found online. They can choose the theme, whether that be a traditional Easter narrative or an original alternative. Lights, cameras action. Someone has to be the videographer to capture the footage to watch next Easter.

Go For A Bunny Picnic

If you have a bunny park in the vicinity, gather a blanket, some carrots, lettuce and anything else a rabbit may eat. Then, add a few egg mayo sandwiches and a couple of slices of Château Gâteau cake for desert and head out. In fact, any park will do. It’s always a good idea to take a soccer ball to kick around before unpacking the picnic basket. And remember the sunblock.

Get The Kids To Clear Out Their Cupboards

Kids outgrow toys, clothes and school stationery – now that they have devices at hand. Help them to put together a gift box to drop off at a community centre. This way, they will get to understand generosity and gratitude.

Picasso, Anyone?

If your granny didn’t teach you how to suck eggs, there’s always Google. And if it seems like too much of a mission, simply boil the eggs. Get some non-toxic water-based paint and a couple of paintbrushes spread plenty of newspaper on the floor and let them get creative. Then proudly display the works of art until Easter.

Enjoy!

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5 WAYS TO GET YOUR TEEN TO SHARE THEIR FEELINGS

5 WAYS TO GET YOUR TEEN TO SHARE THEIR FEELINGS

5 WAYS TO GET YOUR TEEN TO SHARE THEIR FEELINGS

5 WAYS TO GET YOUR TEEN TO SHARE THEIR FEELINGS

5 WAYS TO GET YOUR TEEN TO SHARE THEIR FEELINGS

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5 WAYS TO GET YOUR TEEN TO SHARE THEIR FEELINGS

5 WAYS TO GET YOUR TEEN TO SHARE THEIR FEELINGS

Being a teenager is not easy. In adolescence, they start to try out new things and start discovering what they really want out of life. It becomes a huge responsibility for these youngsters to work out who they are. They are still inexperienced, as they have not had much exposure to the world and its challenges.

In the USA, the University of Rochester, known for its scientific research, studied close on 300 teenagers over many years. Their findings confirmed that youngsters who feel free to express their emotions are less likely to become depressed when, later in life, they experience stressful events.

But teenagers can sometimes feel completely overwhelmed. So, the TastyMoments team have come up with a few bonding ideas for you to consider while you dream up another easy dinner tonight. (HINT: Teens love Ital Pizza.) Read on to find out you can make things easier for them – and steer your household through calmer waters.

Listen

As parents, we often think we need to provide instant solutions. Not so. First, listen carefully to find out what might be bugging them. Even if you feel it is not important that John has not been invited to Jabu’s birthday party, to him, it might matter very much. Take out the time to look him in the eye and listen.

Validate Their Feelings

Kids know whether there is genuine empathy or whether you are dismissive of their feelings. Try not to pooh-pooh and downplay disappointments. If the boy she had a crush on falls for someone else, they are bound to be devastated. Saying ‘He was never right for you, anyway’ is not going to make things better. Try to acknowledge the feelings of rejection by responding with something like ‘Shuwee that must be very hard. I know how it feels.’

Show Them You Trust Them

Children are much more likely to act responsibly if they believe that their parents have faith in them. One way to demonstrate your confidence is to volunteer a privilege – suggest that they can meet a friend or host a sleepover. This way, they will learn to take responsibility and assert their independence. They are not going to have an adult watching over them for the rest of their lives, so you may as well boost their confidence from an early age.

Don’t Dictate

Let’s face it, dictators have had only ever messed up the world. Your child will rebel if they feel forced to follow the rules, especially if they consider them to be unreasonable. So, rather have an open discussion about what you (both) think should, and shouldn’t, be allowed. You may very well end up understanding your child a lot better.

Praise

Let’s face it, dictators have had only ever messed up the world. Your child will rebel if they feel forced to follow the rules, especially if they consider them to be unreasonable. So, rather have an open discussion about what you (both) think should, and shouldn’t, be allowed. You may very well end up understanding your child a lot better.

A last thought – do things together. Go bowling, take a walk or watch a movie over an Ital Pizza Thick’A. We all know the old saying: people who play together stay together. Just relax and enjoy – no intrusive questions during these times.

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5 HOME TECH TRENDS MOMS WILL LOVE

5 HOME TECH TRENDS MOMS WILL LOVE

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5 HOME TECH TRENDS MOMS WILL LOVE

5 HOME TECH TRENDS MOMS WILL LOVE

5 HOME TECH TRENDS MOMS WILL LOVE

THE HOME OF THE FUTURE IS HERE….5 HOME TECH TRENDS MOMS WILL LOVE

Let’s face it; cool tech is not only cool; it can offer instant solutions that save time and money. While few of us can afford to install all of these at once, we can afford to dream. So, think of the gadgets below as mom’s dream team.

Wireless LED lights

Tired of paying electricians to come and drill holes and chop out plaster to score cables into the walls? Well, it is no longer necessary to install permanent light fittings. Smart lights have waved goodbye to traditional mounted light fittings and on/off wall switches. You can now simply place the light of your choice wherever you need it. And even better, your lighting system can be controlled remotely through a smartphone to turn lights on and off automatically. Apart from the unimaginable convenience, imagine the savings on the electricity bill.

Who has heard of a smart tap?

The TastyMoments team has heard of smart people, smartphones and smart Friday night dinner ideas for the kids (like these Ital Pizza Minis). But we have to confess that smart faucets have escaped our attention. Be assured; this tap can save you big bucks while reducing the family’s carbon footprint.

Water-wise practices have become essential. You can either keep a bucket to catch your shower water until it has reached the desired temperature or start thinking about a smart tap. The water is instantly at the right temperature. It can be voice or motion-activated, which means fewer hands touching and less chance of picking up the dreaded virus. It also shows how much water is being used and will alert you if there is a leak. Best of all, there is an auto-shutdown function in case your little one leaves the tap running.

Shower water flow meter

The shower meter is similar to the smart tap but also very different. The shower meter does not require batteries or electricity – energy generated by the running water charges it. It monitors the temperature and volume of water and is a cheaper, easy-to-install option. Think back on the hectic drought in Cape Town a few years ago. The peeps under the mountain had to take short showers in buckets to catch the water for other uses. Soon it could be us! It is estimated that a shower meter can save 8 000 litres per person annually – not to mention – save the planet.

What on earth is a bediator?

With winter around the corner, bediators have come at the right time. Bediators are beautifully designed, space-age looking radiators that can be flipped horizontally to become a bed at night. Get it? Bed (rad-)iator. They are also much more energy-efficient than old skool radiators.

Wireless music

Most homes have a spaghetti mess-nest of cables behind the cabinet housing their sound systems, TV’s, and dare we even still mention it, DVD player. (It’s allowed. We all have some cool home movies which have not been transferred to devices.)

Stand-alone, wireless WiFi home speakers will forever eliminate the spiders gathering dust and fluff behind your current set-up. The sleek, classy, compact design has not sacrificed any audio quality – a must for music lovers who have to clean the kitchen.

Z-wave door and window sensors

These monitor vulnerable entry points to your home – a cost-effective security system that instantly alerts you to intrusions. You’ll receive a text and email as soon as activity is detected. And,  you can check whether you’ve locked all the doors from anywhere.

Well, there you have it – a peep into the future home.

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WHY EATING DINNER TOGETHER IS GREAT FOR KIDS

WHY EATING DINNER TOGETHER IS GREAT FOR KIDS

4 REASONS WHY EATING TOGETHER IS GOOD FOR CHILDREN

4 REASONS WHY EATING TOGETHER IS GOOD FOR CHILDREN

4 REASONS WHY EATING TOGETHER IS GOOD FOR CHILDREN

For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time

4 REASONS WHY EATING TOGETHER IS GOOD FOR CHILDREN

THE GREAT BENEFITS OF EATING MEALS TOGETHER

Find out why it’s so important to eat dinner with your children.

With so much to get through in a day, the TastyMoments team knows all too well that coming up with easy dinner ideas can be a proverbial pain. So, it’s good to remember that everyone absolutely loves a crisp, fresh Ital Pizza Familia. Keep a few in the freezer, simply stick one in the oven when you’re pressed for time.

What is more important than the side dish is that there are significant benefits to eating together. Take a look.

A Sense of Belonging

By sharing a meal, you are signalling that all who sit at the table belong to the same ‘tribe’ – the same group of family and friends. It is pure proof that everyone is important and has an equal right to participate in what the family can provide.

It is also an opportunity to make your kids understand that they, too, have a responsibility toward the group. So, don’t be afraid to divvie up the chores. One person gets to set the table (even if it is in front of the TV) and another to de-set. Then everyone pitches in to wash or pack the dishwasher. Initially, they may be grumpy, but soon everyone will feel a sense of importance in knowing that they are making a useful contribution. They will also start to understand why good housekeeping is essential and how participating contributes to family bonding.

Time to Set The Example

Supper time is the ideal opportunity to teach kids good manners. Sure, table manners are essential, but other manners are equally valuable. Simple things such as allowing a sibling to tell a story without interruptions, praising a fellow family member for an achievement or expressing empathy for someone else are critical social skills. What’s more, they will stand children in good stead for the rest of their lives.

What’s News?

Being surrounded by mobile phones, TVs and other devices, your little ones are bound to hear some stories which may be disturbing to them. Mealtimes are opportunities to listen to and understand their concerns. This is your chance to guide them on how to interpret events. Now that the Don has vacated the White House, there may be less fake news out there, but with the disruptions of the ever-present virus, your children may be tense about the future. Talking openly will help. Even if you do not know all the answers, your willingness to chat about current affairs will be a great comfort to them.

Explore New Worlds and Tastes

Ask everyone to introduce a weekend theme. Take Italy, the home of pizza, for example. Everyone could bring a fact about this fascinating country to the table. Heard of the Tower of Pisa? Or the Vatican – the smallest independent state in the world, housed in the city of Rome. This information may stimulate an interest in a subject they may never otherwise have considered.

Now’s the time to set the time – for your family’s dinner date. It will soon become everyone’s favourite time of day. Now, let them slice the pizza, pass around the salad, enjoy the companionship and say thanks for the privileges of the day.

Top tip: Ask the kids to make a tomato and onion salad or another all-time favourite, beetroot salad. Make it fun, turn up some music, and they will love being involved.

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Love Languages

Love Languages

What is your Love Language?

Get to know the 5 Languages of Love

Get to know the 5 Languages of Love

For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time

What is your love language?

What is your Love Language?

Here’s why and a few recommendations to get you started.

Love Languages are ways of showing affection – and also the way people enjoy receiving love. The concept was penned by Dr Gary Chapman in a book called The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts. We are all different, and some things mean more to one person than to another. Understanding your loved ones’ needs and their expression of appreciation for you, go a long way to ensure rewarding relationships. As the word ‘language’ implies, it’s all about how we communicate with each other. Everyone in the TastyMoments team has a different way in which they want to be shown “love”. Some of us can’t live without words of praise, while others prefer a hug. Ask your partner, which one of these “love languages” they prefer? Many people often have more than one.

Words

The old saying, ‘sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never harm me’ is not true. Words can be more hurtful than physical pain. People that appreciate Words of affirmation value verbal expressions of affection. These could include declarations of love, encouragement and acknowledgement – even if they are delivered digitally. So, if your special someone loves this kind of affirmation, use words. It will make your special someone feel most appreciated and understood.

Tic Toc... Time

Your loved ones most likely enjoy spending quality time together. So, get your act together and plan a few outings. Go for a walk in the park and hold hands or have a meaningful conversation about something that matters to them. Watch a movie together over an easy romantic dinner, like a Ristorante Pizza and some salad; and when they talk, give them your full attention. No cell phone distractions here.

Time For A Service

Isn’t it wonderful if someone goes the extra mile? Whether your partner is hanging a picture or taking the car for a service, these things are incredibly helpful and meaningful. Actions speak louder than words. Acts of service are tangible expressions of how much someone cares.

Present Time

Gifts are appreciated as symbols of care and respect for one another. It’s not about the monetary value of what you give, but about understanding the recipient’s needs. Even a note will suffice. The mere fact that you have noted what it is that they appreciate will do the trick.

The Golden Touch

Your loved ones feel warmth and love in all forms of touch. Cuddle on the couch in front of the TV, or have a lie-in on a Saturday morning. Physical intimacy is life-affirming and makes children feel secure. They will also benefit significantly from a hug and kiss on the cheek before they enter the schoolyard. It will boost their confidence – all the more reason to do it every morning.

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