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Want to make 2022 one of the best years yet? We’ve got 4 New Year’s resolutions worth making.

Want to make 2022 one of the best years yet? We’ve got 4 New Year’s resolutions worth making.

Want to make 2022 one of the best years yet? We’ve got 4 New Year’s resolutions worth making.

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The last couple of years have been hectic. Let’s make 2022 different with four new year's resolutions worth making.

Let’s be honest. The last two years have been challenging to say the least. We’ve seen lockdowns, unpronounceable COVID variants and have watched the world of work evolve in front of our eyes. And as the world has changed, so must we. So, let’s drop the unrealistic new year’s resolutions of hardcore diets, gruelling exercise regimes and projects we may never finish. And let’s rather focus on building do-able, wholesome habits instead? Here are four new year’s resolutions the TastyMoments team will commit to this year.

1. Instead Of the Hardcore Diet, We Want to Focus on Eating More Plants:

We all know that dieting is a psychological challenge. When we deny ourselves of something, we tend to fixate on what we can’t have to the point that we crack and give in to the temptation. Instead of demonising certain foods like chocolates and treats, we recommend focusing on getting in more of what you should be eating. Let’s say your goal is to lose weight. Encourage yourself to eat the correct amounts of vegetables and fruits so that you avoid the crashes and cravings that come with eating whatever you like. It’s a simple switch, focus on what you should and want to eat, such as, plant-based foods and develop a healthy relationship with the treats that keep you sane. Lucky for you, easy and tasty vegetarian dinners are always possible. Dr. Oetker’s Green Valley Traditional Creamed Spinach is delicious and vegetarian. Enjoy!

2. Instead Of Unrealistic Gym Regimes – Try Getting Out of The House for A Walk:

We’ve all done it. We’ve hit 1 January and decided it’s time to go our butts to the gym. If going to the gym is a part of your natural routine and something you enjoy doing – it’s easy-breezy. But if you’re not naturally inclined to gym and resist self-imposed restrictions, maybe the gym thing isn’t for you. Instead of stressing about doing weights and running on treadmills (nothing wrong if that’s your thing), look forward to daily breaks outside. Go for a walk, kick a ball in the park or go for a swim. Another astonishingly simple way of getting the blood pumping is to do housework or gardening. The benefit of that is that you end up with a clean kitchen or a beautiful garden – it’s a win-win. Try and incorporate more gentle exercise into your routine.

3. Instead of Winning At All Costs, Can We Lead With Kindness:

Over the past months, we’ve learned that everyone is going through a challenge that we don’t understand. If you feel tired, run-down, confused by all the change and uncertainty, be assured that someone else, if not, everyone else is feeling exactly the same. Let’s all resolve to lead our conversations with kindness and empathy in 2022.

4. Instead of Collapsing In Front of The TV, Let’s Read More Books:

We’ll admit that we’ve been addicted to the escape of a good series lately. However, spending hours in front of the telly isn’t great. Scientists say that adults should aim for 2 hours or less of TV per day to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and deteriorating memory. Why not read a good book instead? Remember the magic of disappearing into your own world – we call it TV for the brain. Regular Reading has been proven to reduce blood pressure, decrease age-related cognitive decline and increase your ability to empathise with others. 

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Here’s how to spoil your friends with an Italian, pizzeria-style feast in your home.

Here’s how to spoil your friends with an Italian, pizzeria-style feast in your home.

Here’s how to spoil your friends with an Italian, pizzeria-style feast in your home.

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Invite your friends! It’s time to celebrate summer with an Italian pizzeria-style feast.

It’s funny how the summertime brings out the best in South Africans. Winter feels like a never-ending, miserable affair, and when the blossoms come out, the relief and happiness is palpable. Suddenly, we’re keen to socialise and do chores around the house again. So, the TastyMoments team has come up with a great dinner party idea to celebrate summer hangouts.

For your next get-together, why not host a pizzeria night with La Mia Grande Pizzas?

Here’s how:

1. The Planning

Any good Italian feast needs a bit of planning. Italian food is incredibly straightforward but relies on good quality ingredients to really make the dishes shine. For starters, you could serve a light and easy Caprese salad, which is basically slices of tomato, soft mozzarella, and fresh basil leaves (or basil pesto in a pinch). Simply layer the ingredients, drizzle with olive oil and top with a crack or two of black pepper.
Tah-dah! You won’t have to spend a fortune on the pizza part if you want to give your guests a proper pizzeria-style experience at home. All you need to do is buy a couple of stone baked La Mia Grande Pizzas and pop them in the oven about 10 minutes before you’re ready to serve. These big and beautiful pizzas are perfect as is, but you can dress them up with a couple of fresh basil or rocket leaves if you want them to look even more appetising. For dessert, you can make a Panna Cota (a creamy dessert with a light and custardy texture) or some gelato made the Italian way. What a feast!

2. The Drinks

If it’s hot, you can serve Italian cocktails like a Negroni (gin, red vermouth, and Campari) or an Aperol Spritz (a bitter orange cocktail made with Prosecco). Alternatively, you can serve virgin versions of these. Another great one for a hot day is Italian Sangria, which is a combination of red wine, slices of fruit, lemon and orange juice) served in a jug. YUM!

3. The Set-Up

Creating a pizzeria at home is as simple as grabbing a red and white checked tablecloth and laying the table with some candles in old wine bottles. You can even make a centrepiece with fresh tomatoes and basil. The cool part is you can eat the tomatoes and basil afterwards. Not every centrepiece can become a meal after it has been used.

4. The Vibe

Download a bunch of contemporary and classic Italian songs to help set the tone for the evening. And ask everyone to dress up with a bit of Italian flair to make it even more fun. If you’re starting a bit earlier, you can always play a bit of Bocce in the garden while you sip away at your sundowners. For an extra bit of fun. Place printouts of some Italian words and phrases around your table so that your guests can learn la lingua perfetta (the perfect language)!

Buon appetito, my friends!

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5 Awesome Office Year-End Party Ideas Your Colleagues Will Love

5 Awesome Office Year-End Party Ideas Your Colleagues Will Love

5 Awesome Office Year-End Party Ideas Your Colleagues Will Love

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Struggling to think of year-end party ideas for the office? Here are 5 thoughts to inspire you.

December is around the corner, and we’re planning our year-end office party at TastyMoments. So, we thought we’d share 5 cool ideas we’ve been tossing around the boardroom table to help inspire you and your colleagues.

1. Scavenger Hunt and Picnic

Social distancing is still one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID. Instead of going to a stuffy, expensive restaurant, why not plan a scavenger hunt and a picnic for your department? A good old fashioned treasure hunt brings out the happy child in even the grumpiest finance person. All it takes is a little bit of planning. First, you need to scout a location, a nice big park close to your office will do. Then, plan your route and work out the clues you’d like your teams to solve. Please don’t make them too easy or so impossible you’d need to be a genius to work it out. Try and keep things exciting and even include a few puzzles to help get the team spirit going. Once the hunt is done, set up a beautiful picnic with fresh salads, cold slices of La Mia Grande Pizza and lots of cold drinks. Finish it all off with a custom cake from YourCake.co.za with your company logo printed on it.

2. Set-Up A Virtual Party with Games

If everyone is still working from home, it may be easier and safer to host a virtual office party. You can download apps like House Party and play games there or get an external supplier to arrange it for you. There are some really cool ideas out there, like getting your team out of a haunted house, pub quizzes or virtual Olympics.

3. Cooking Lessons

Why not take your team to learn how to cook a new dish and enjoy the food (and maybe a spot of wine) afterwards? You can always book the kitchen for an extra couple of hours, and party like you’re inside someone’s home. Just relax and kick back with some home-cooked food and laugh about your HR lady’s chopping skills.

4. Ugly Outfits or Dress-Up Party

One way to get everyone to let their guard down is to host a themed dress-up party. One of our favourites is the Ugly Outfit theme. We borrowed it from the American tradition of wearing ugly Christmas sweaters around the holiday season. Why not hand out prizes for the worst-dressed person. It’s hilarious! Not feeling brave enough? Try a 90’s theme party instead? Whatever the theme, make sure you have some spare props for those who might have forgotten their outfits. One year we all dressed up like Christmas Trees. It was a hoot!

5. Office Awards Ceremony

Like the Oscars but for people at the office! Poll your staff on made-up categories that will appeal to your team. Ask them to vote for colleagues in categories like “Best Dressed”, “Office Comedian”. Include some off-beat ones like “Worst Parking Skills” to make it funny without being hurtful or too personal. Trust us, no matter your age, everyone likes winning an award, regardless of how silly it may be. Ask your team to dress up for a night at the Oscars and spoil them with fancy finger foods, cocktails and mocktails.

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5 Food Trends You Won’t Want to Miss

5 Food Trends You Won’t Want to Miss

5 Food Trends You Won’t Want to Miss

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Impress Your Friends with the 5 Food Trends Everyone Is Talking About!

The TastyMoments team has scoured the globe to find the 5 must-try food trends taking the world by storm.

1. Mexican Fusion Food

Here’s an idea for a dinner party! Why not have a Mexican Fiesta now that restrictions have been lifted? No, we don’t mean bland tacos and silly hats. We’re talking about Mexican fusion food which combines essential Mexican cuisines like guacamole, tortillas, and salsa with other foods to create unique new dishes. The brand new, stone baked La Mia Grande Cheesy Nachos Pizza is the perfect example. It’s topped with crispy nachos, spicy jalapeno peppers and mozzarella. Just grab a few friends, make a jug of margarita and pop a few of these bad boys in the oven. Serve it with a spicy tomato salsa in lettuce cups, and you all be saying “olé” in no time.

2. Middle Eastern Spices and Preserved Lemons

Everyone is experimenting with new flavour profiles. Since the world has basically become a village, we now have access to a host of Middle Eastern herbs and spices to inject more oomph and zing into our food. Have you ever cooked with preserved lemons? Moroccans love this simple ingredient that packs a punch. There are a million recipes online if you want to make it yourself. It’s a simple process of taking ripe lemons, layering the pieces with salt, and topping up your pickling jar with cooled, boiled water. Trust us! “Baharat” is another one to look for. It contains black pepper, allspice, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, cloves and paprika. Yum! 

3. Fermented Foods

Need to get some good bacteria in your gut? Fermented foods are the way. Rich in tummy-friendly probiotics, foods like Korean Kimchi (pickled cabbage and veg), Japanese miso or German sauerkraut will do the trick. Plus, fermented foods have a pleasant, zingy flavour that can help cut through the richness of fatty foods. Don’t want to eat it? Why not try brewing your own healthy Kombucha drink?

4. Magical Mushrooms

And no, not that kind! You can find all sorts of mushrooms at your grocers nowadays. Why have boring white button mushrooms when you can delight in meaty oyster mushrooms or chanterelles instead? The vegans are onto something! If you want to enjoy a meat-free meal, we recommend you try marinated mushrooms instead of meat. Don’t want to go meatless – give your immune system a boost with mushroom soup. 

5. Heritage Cooking – With A Twist!

We love a good boerie roll, but let’s change things up a bit, shall we? Instead of tomato sauce, why not top it with mango chutney or papaya salsa? Morogo will see new life as our homegrown side dish now takes centre stage as an essential ingredient in South African fusion foods. Koeksisters are good, but they’re even better when you make them with citrus and cardamom syrup. Whatever your favourite local meal, try and shake things up with a few new ingredients. You might even teach your Gogo a trick or two.

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5 Things You Can Do To Be A Better South African

5 Things You Can Do To Be A Better South African

5 Things You Can Do To Be A Better South African

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Want to be a better citizen? Why don’t you try these 5 things?

South Africa is having a little bit of a tough time at the moment. It’s time we all pull together and practice the “ubuntu” we so often speak about. Not only will the country benefit, but you’ll feel great about making a small difference in your own way.

So, with that in mind, the good people from Ital Pizza and TastyMoments have put together a list of 5 things you can do to be a better South African while you’re pondering what to make for dinner tonight.

Teach A Child the Magic of Reading

Yes, we’ve got our challenges with education – but that shouldn’t stop us, citizens, from trying to help. Many organisations offer volunteering opportunities as simple as reading stories to school children. If you’re a bookworm, then this idea should speak to your soul. So get involved. You might rediscover some of your old childhood classics and change a life at the same time.

Pick Up Your Litter

We’ve got such a beautiful country. We’re renowned for our natural beauty and biodiversity. So, let’s start with protecting our most precious asset. Encourage your kids to be litter conscious and make sure you pick up any rubbish you see floating around your neighbourhood. Join a cleaning committee, collect garbage on the beach and recycle whatever you can. If we all did our bit, the country would be spick and span in no time. When you encounter litterbugs, don’t criticise them. Instead, engage them in a conversation about the benefits of protecting our ecosystem. Remember, you catch more flies with honey – so a kind conversation can make all the difference.

Kindness Is King

With so many of our fellows in different and often difficult circumstances, the best approach is to be kind whenever possible. This is even more pertinent in a stressful time and the pandemic. We’re all tense, anxious, and a little jumpy, to say the least. Instead of defaulting to aggression when someone behaves in a way that you might not like, it’s essential to approach the matter with kindness and empathy. It’s true. You genuinely don’t know a man until you’ve walked a kilometre in his shoes. Smile when you can, greet others, laugh out loud. These are the things that make us human and South African great.

Vote!

It’s easy to roll your eyes and settle back into the couch when confronted with our political challenges. But change doesn’t happen on your couch. It happens when we’re active citizens, and we encourage others to do the same. So, participate in your local and national elections and find out what each party can offer. We’re a vibrant democracy, and all our citizens should be passionate about how our government operates. The more we get involved, the better our chances of positive change.

Learn A Language

It’s incredible what an effort some of us will make when visiting a foreign country. We learn the greetings and become enamoured with local customs and traditions. Yet, many of us can’t say the same of all the cultural richness on our doorstep. South Africa has 11 national languages, and it’s long overdue that we start learning each other’s lingo. Yes, English is widely spoken, but you cannot beat the feeling of connecting with someone in their own language. As Madiba said ““If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”

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5 Food Myths You Need to Stop Believing

5 Food Myths You Need to Stop Believing

5 Food Myths You Need to Stop Believing

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5 Food Myths You Need to Drop

Does fat make you fat? The TastyMoments team has been debating some common myths around food. And we’ve been surprised at what had come up when we dug a little deeper! 

So here are 5 common food myths we’ve debunked in our debates.

Frozen Veggies Aren’t as Good as Fresh?

Not true! This one blew our minds, but it totally makes sense when you think about it. When fresh veggies are picked, they’re transported long distances and often kept in cold storage for extended periods. Over time, we know the nutritional value of veggies decreases the longer they’re exposed to the elements. By the time your “fresh” spinach arrives at your house, it may actually be a week old. Frozen veggies are picked and blast frozen immediately! This instant freezing process retains the “just-picked” freshness of the vegetable until it’s cooked. So, frozen veggies are often more nutritious than their fresh counterparts. Something to bear in mind when you’re shopping for Green Valley’s delicious, Creamed Spinach when you need a bit of hand making a healthy meal.

Does All Fat Make You Fat?

Not if you eat good fats! Healthy fats, AKA unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, are essential for balanced nutrition. They keep you fuller for longer can lower cholesterol to protect your heart. Good fats are present in olive oil, salmon, canola, seeds, nuts and avocados. Bad fats, like artificial trans fats or saturated fats, can be found in processed foods like pies, packaged snacks, and crisps – so definitely give those a skip. Artificial trans fats increase your harmful cholesterol levels and decrease the good. Not all fats are created equal!

Does Dairy Make You Snotty?

We’ve always believed that dairy triggered our mucus production! Not true. It’s an old wives’ tale that milk makes you snotty. According to studies, there is NO link between mucus production and dairy consumption. Experts believe that the feeling of “thickening of mucus” after consuming dairy is due to the reaction of the milk and the enzymes in your saliva, which creates dense “emulsion” that feels like phlegm.

Gluten-Free is Healthier, Right?

Also, WRONG. Gluten is merely a protein found in wheat, barley, rye grains. It’s the magic “glue” that gives bread and baked goods their bounce and elasticity. Certain people, like those with Celiac disease, must adhere to a strict gluten-free diet. Gluten triggers an autoimmune reaction in their gut and can make them very ill.

People who suffer from gluten sensitivity should also avoid it, hence the growing presence of gluten-free products on the market. BUT! Gluten-free doesn’t mean healthier. In fact, many gluten-free products contain more sugar (to help bind the ingredients in the absence of sticky gluten proteins) than their standard counterparts. So, unless you’ve got a genuine medical reason not to eat it, gluten is your friend. The bread tastes better (trust us, we know a Celiac), and you’ll save money too.

Spicy Foods Cause Ulcers

We now know that most ulcers are caused by a bacterium, which can easily be treated with antibiotics. Unless you have ulcers triggered by medications due to excessive aspirin consumption. So, it’s a common myth that spicy food creates an ulcer. Not true. An ulcer is inflamed by spicy foods, so someone may feel it more after consuming spicy foods. But an ulcer certainly isn’t caused by a large curry meal or a chilli-fest Mexican night.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in A Microwave

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in A Microwave

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in A Microwave

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5 Microwave Hacks You Wish You Knew Earlier

Ah, the glorious microwave. What a miracle invention. And it’s not just for heating Nice ‘nEasy ready-meals! There are quite a few other things you can do with one. So, the TastyMoments team has put together a list of cool microwave hacks to consider while you’re wondering what’s for dinner tonight. Oh, and, if you need a giggle, here’s that hilarious clip of Nigella Lawson saying “microwave” as only she knows how. It broke the internet last year, but it still makes us chuckle.

Sterilise Dish Sponges

OK, so it’s no secret that our dish sponges are dirtier than the average toilet seat. A quick zap in the microwave will sort you right out. Simply immerse your sponges in water, remove them from the water and place them in the microwave for 60 seconds. And tah-dah! No more germs.

Toast Seeds and Nuts

Tired of spending extra on toasted nuts and seeds? Use the microwave instead. Simply take raw seeds or nuts in a microwave-safe bowl, add a little oil and salt and ping in the mickey for 1 minute. Then, stir and repeat until your goodies have achieved the required level of toastiness (usually about 5 minutes). You’re welcome.

BACON!

OK, so making bacon isn’t the most challenging thing. But the microwave makes it even easier! Especially when it’s for one or two people. Simply take two paper plates and place the rashers flat on one plate. We can usually manage about 6 rashers at a time. Then cover with the other plate (so the fat doesn’t spit everywhere and leave a mess) and then microwave for a few minutes. We usually only need 3-4 minutes to get the bacon to the desired level of crispiness. BOOM! Your bacon is done, and you toss the paper plates away – no washing up for us, thanks!

Sterilise Glass Jars

Are you making jam? Or looking for a sterile container? Repurpose and sterilise your old jars in the mickey.  Wash the container, fill it with a little bit of water (a few centimetres will do), and then pop it into the microwave for 2 minutes. Toss out the water, and voila, you have a sterile jar.

5. Get Gum Off Clothes

Chewing gum is great as an emergency breath freshener but not so great when it gets stuck on clothes. Now you can zap it off in the microwave with a bit of vinegar. Simply microwave a bit of vinegar and then use the warm solution to pick off the stuck-on gum. It should come off in no time.

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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

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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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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

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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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How to make the best playlist for your next dinner party!

How to make the best playlist for your next dinner party!

How to make the best playlist for your next dinner party!

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Music makes the party! How to create the ultimate playlist!

Summer vibes are here! The blossoms are out, and restrictions have dropped. It’s time to have a (COVID-safe) get-together with all the people you’ve been missing. The only things you need are a couple of our brand new, ultimate pizzeria-style pizza, La Mia Grande, some of your besties and, of course, great tunes!

So TastyMoments, the kings of easy dinner ideas and other cool stuff, have come up with a couple of tips on how to make the BEST playlist for your next get-together. So, whether you’re into the golden oldies or the latest trap-rap, you can build your vibe with confidence. There is no greater compliment than someone saying, “Cool tune! Where did you find this track?”.

Know Where to Go

First things first! The easiest way to make a playlist is to subscribe to (or use the free versions of) Spotify, Tidal or YouTube Music. The free versions will contain ads, but you can go ad-free when you subscribe to the service. If you’re a music-nut, the small monthly fee is completely worth it to get access to HUGE libraries of any music under the sun.

Ask Yourself – What Vibe Are You Going For?

If it’s a driving playlist, it might be very different to a lazy Sunday-chill-out playlist. So, think about your context and where you’ll be listening to the music. If you’re building a playlist for the gym, you might want some high-energy bangers to keep the blood pumping. If you’re having a braai, you might want to balance a bit of pop with some old-school classics. While it’s tempting to build a one-size-fits-all list, you may find yourself skipping songs and getting irritated if the music doesn’t match your vibe. We’ve got playlists called “Saturday Breakfast” and “Work Zone Vibes”, which are totally different. Context matters!

Not A DJ? Borrow From Someone Who Is

Not confident? Don’t worry. You can always start with a playlist curated by one of your favourite DJs and artists if you don’t know where to start. Simply add their playlist into your app, and you should be able to customise it from there.

Variety Is the Key!

A good playlist is like a mixtape; it should contain a blend of artists and sounds. And this doesn’t contradict our first point – because you can still spice things up within a set theme. It’s about delighting your ears with a bit of variety.

The Magic Number

According to the world’s top DJs, a decent playlist is between 30-50 songs long. Any shorter, and you’ll be out of songs after a while, and any longer, you may get lost and not hear the songs you want.

A Good DJ Always Looks for New Sounds

With so many new artists being discovered every day, we recommend you get brave and explore a bit. Don’t go in with any preconceived notions and just dip your toe into some new music – withhold judgement and just listen. You might just surprise yourself!

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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

For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time

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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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