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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.

For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time

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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5 Ways in which you can help your family deal with change – whether that be a physical move or just a different school

5 Ways in which you can help your family deal with change – whether that be a physical move or just a different school

5 Ways in which you can help your family deal with change – whether that be a physical move or just a different school

5 Ways in which you can help your family deal with change – whether that be a physical move or just a different school

5 Ways in which you can help your family deal with change – whether that be a physical move or just a different school

For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time

5 Ways in which you can help your family deal with change – whether that be a physical move or just a different school

5 Ideas on how to help your kids get used to change. And how they, too, can help others – and emerge as leaders

The TastyMoments team has become aware of how many people have had to make significant life adjustments recently. We need to try to reintroduce more of the happy-go-lucky attitudes of pre-COVID days – but under changed circumstances. Uncertainty can affect our little ones most. Here’s how you can help them to ensure a smooth transition.

Make them feel that they have a say when it comes to making decisions

Children will feel empowered and acknowledged if they are regularly updated on plans and potential decisions. Especially if these changes can be disruptive such as changing schools or suburbs. The best thing to do is to involve them right from the start. Be transparent and encourage them to talk about their feelings.

If, for example, they have to change schools, prepare them by taking them to the new school a week or so ahead of time – and preferably while school is in session. Make an arrangement with the headmistress or teacher and ask if you can bring your kid around at break. Show them where the restrooms are, the tuck shop, change rooms, sports fields, and so on. This way, they will feel more at ease on their first day. Or if they want to meet a few new friends, here are or some Friday night dinner ideas. A butternut soup starter served with Ital Pizza Minis will ensure that they have a couple of ready-made friends from day one!

Be positive

Life deals everyone – yes, even Kim Kardashian – some challenging cards at times. Like the one that everyone looks up to, you must remain positive and upbeat. If your family sees that you are anxious, they, too, will become uptight. But if you stay calm and relaxed, they will soon see that there is nothing you – as a family – cannot overcome.

Allow your kid to be who they are – and let them lead

Not everyone is a born hockey or rugby player – or Shakespeare. If your youngster is more interested in fixing computers, participating in gaming competitions or flying drones, encourage them to take the lead in organising meetings, starting a club or producing blogs on their topic of interest. Let us celebrate our differences rather than be attached to outdated ideas about what constitutes success. Just think of the possibilities if you have an out of the box thinker like Elon Musk in your midst.

Life is an adventure

When change is in the air, it is the very best time to teach your family the meaning of the old saying: “You can’t discover new continents unless you are prepared to lose sight of the shore”. You have to be brave and take the next step.

A member of the TastyMoments team once travelled with her kids and arrived in a different country. All the luggage got lost during the journey. Those 2 days without anything but the clothes they were wearing (ok, they did buy some underwear) turned out to be the most fun, family experience. Let’s face it, it is not what happens to us in life that matters, but how we deal with it.

Be as consistent as you can

Stick to familiar routines, but only if they make sense. If things need to change to suit your new circumstances, call a family meeting and discuss. Take note of everyone’s point of view. Let them contribute their ideas and then together decide on the best way forward. This way, you can call upon their support in future. Agree on the division of tasks, draw up a schedule and get each person to sign it before a celebratory meal accompanied by yummy Hasselback potatoes and creamed spinach. This should stop Johnny from grumbling when next it’s his turn to do dishes.

Nothing ever progresses without change. So, use the opportunity to teach them that nothing stays the same forever. It is a precious life lesson.

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FEELING THE SLUMP? 5 WAYS TO BEAT COVID FATIGUE AND LOVE LIFE AGAIN

FEELING THE SLUMP? 5 WAYS TO BEAT COVID FATIGUE AND LOVE LIFE AGAIN

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FEELING THE SLUMP? 5 WAYS TO BEAT COVID FATIGUE AND LOVE LIFE AGAIN

FEELING THE SLUMP? 5 WAYS TO BEAT COVID FATIGUE AND LOVE LIFE AGAIN

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5 WAYS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE FAMILY THRIVES AND LOVES LIFE IN A TIME OF COVID

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

OK, so let’s face it, this lockdown can get us all a bit down. And, somehow, it seems to fall upon mom to cheer things up. Whether we like it or not, social distancing (how much do you miss that hug from our bestie?), virtual meetings and the pressures on all those around us can get to us too.

But here’s a few tips from the TastyMoments team to remind us how we can cheer things up and love life again.

WHO REMEMBERS BRAAIVLEIS, RUGBY SUNNY SKIES and Chevrolet?

We are so lucky to live in a country where the sun shines most days. Even in winter, we can sit outside and share a cheesy Ital Pizza Familia as a starter. At the same time, the chicken is crisping on the braai. Even if there are no crowds to encourage our sportsmen, we can still watch our favourite athletes on the box.  Whether they be rugby, cricket or soccer players.

So why not get the family together to kick a ball around outside to get in your dose of Vitamin D – and then flop down on the couch to watch a game? A good game always lifts our spirits.

GRANDMA’S FAVOURITE RECIPES

Which family recipe can you virtually smell as you’re sitting in the lounge? Is it Gogo’s curry or granny’s go-to chicken dinner? Or does your family have their own all-time favourite? Order the ingredients on-line and get everyone to pitch into the cook-up. It’s not only fun. It serves a triple purpose. The kids will be well-nourished, feel loved and included. Best of all, they can take leftovers to school – to the envy of their friends.

SCHEDULE MEANINGFUL, VIRTUAL CATCH-UP SESSIONS WITH LOVED ONES

Zooming it can never be as intimate as seeing your peeps in the flesh. But it can provide a renewed sense of belonging and connection. You could schedule a 10-minute call for everyone to share their news. In this way, you reduce the feeling of isolation.

Warning: The 10 minutes may become 20 minutes in no time!

AS MUCH AS WE HAVE JUST ENCOURAGED VIRTUAL INTERACTION … HERE’S THE THING

Social media and news of the day overload can cause COVID fatigue.

Does it really help to wallow in bad news? Does it help to know that another strain of the virus has been detected? Or that another celebrity Princess has misstepped in public? Instead, encourage the kids to learn a new dance, read an inspirational book, groom the dog or even mow the lawn – in our dreams

A HEALTHY DIET

Never has this cliché been more critical. Suppose everyone eats a balanced mix of grains, vegetables, nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables. In that case, you will all benefit from a hugely improved immunity system. So, look up a few healthy recipes to serve on their own or, as starters, with the pizza. Immunity is what it’s all about right now – and probably for another year or so to come. With winter fast approaching, one of the easiest ways is to cook a luscious soup with everything in the vegetable drawer – and serve it with a side of Ital Pizza Minis. The family will love you for it. Guaranteed!

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5 LIFE LESSONS FROM MONKS – AND OTHER COOL PEOPLE WE LOVE

5 LIFE LESSONS FROM MONKS – AND OTHER COOL PEOPLE WE LOVE

5 LIFE LESSONS FROM MONKS – AND OTHER COOL PEOPLE WE LOVE

5 LIFE LESSONS FROM MONKS – AND OTHER COOL PEOPLE WE LOVE

5 LIFE LESSONS FROM MONKS – AND OTHER COOL PEOPLE WE LOVE

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5 LIFE LESSONS FROM MONKS – AND OTHER COOL PEOPLE WE LOVE

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

Let’s take a minute or two to remind ourselves of the inspirational, self-help books and TV programmes we may have come across in our lives. Think of Oprah and what a delightful impact she has on millions of people worldwide. There is a reason we return to her shows and magazines again and again – we need to be reminded of how we should be thinking to be happy. So here goes.

No, to negative thoughts, already!

Thoughts shape our lives. It is not what happens to us that determines our state of mind. It is how we think about things that make us happy or sad. Trying to frame things in a positive light is an important skill to master. In the wildly popular book, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, Robin Sharman compares negative thoughts to weeds growing in a garden.

The truth is that we cannot control the future or what has happened to us in the past. The only moment that we can influence is NOW. Let us enjoy the moment and understand the power of that ability. Maybe we can channel some inner silence and ponder the thought over some weeding in our own garden?

Purpose

Given our modern lifestyles’ fast pace, it is sometimes difficult to keep ourselves on course to achieve our goals. One way to reach your objectives is to write them down. Try and be as specific as possible, setting yourself timelines and methods by which you will achieve your desired outcomes. If a person is not sure about what they want in life, they can waste a lot of time and energy pursuing the wrong things. There is no quicker way to find inner harmony than to understand what is really important to you. You are the only one who matters in this picture.

Keep Learning

No one is ever too young, or too old, to keep learning. The fascinating people that the TastyMoments team know are the ones who are most eager to learn. Learn anything: a new skill like fly fishing or knitting; another language, like Zulu or German; or facts about new places like Iceland or Brazil.

Happiness Is Not A Destination

Joy can be found in every step of our journey through life. We sometimes think, if only I had this, or that I will be happy. We look to relationships to fulfil us and money, fame, and friends. Still, ultimately the only way to be happy is to be content. When we are at peace, the world is a peaceful place. Let us get to grips with the fact that simple things such as kindness, honesty and humility are more important than all the glitter and gold we can imagine.

What Will Others Think?

Who really cares what your friend (sporting her Louis Vuitton handbag) thinks? Good deeds, courtesy and forgiveness, are the things that matter in life. Make your own list of concepts you consider to be necessary. We’ll bet that you will soon realise that not everyone has to like you and that your wants and needs are just as important as that of the chairperson of the ratepayers association. Live it!

Now, prepare a stack of crunchy cucumber sticks and cooked broccoli florets as a healthy starter before you all huddle in front of the TV to share an Ital Pizza Familia delight.

TastyMoments Tip: Eat, Pray, Love is an inspirational movie with a fabulous Italian theme to take everyone straight to pizza heaven. Try to get it online, and you will never be happier!

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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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3 INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN WE LOVE – AND CAN LEARN FROM

3 INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN WE LOVE – AND CAN LEARN FROM

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Ever heard of these 3 amazing SA women?

Ever heard of these 3 amazing SA women?

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Ever heard of these 3 amazing SA women?

3 INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN WE LOVE - AND CAN LEARN FROM

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

Not many people are as caring, constructive, and efficient as a decisive South African woman on a mission. The TastyMoments team are in awe of these three. So, let’s all pitch in to lay the table together and share these stories over a few Ital Pizza Slices for a quick and easy dinner tonight.

Warning: Inspiration to follow!

Major Mandisa Mfeka

Let’s break the sound barrier and get up to speed with Major Mfeka. This gorgeous young woman is the first black female fighter jet pilot in Africa. Despite her unwavering dream of flying combat aircraft to defend her country, she never thought her childhood fantasy would come true. But her dedication and hard work eventually paid off, and she was able to compete head-on with the men with which she trained. Among other things, she was selected to be one of the pilots who performed the fly-over at the inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Today, Major Mfeka works closely with the United Nations as they act upon border breaches to protect our nation’s citizens.

Talk about a Top Gun. Time to step aside, for now, Tom Cruise.

Dr Elmi Muller

In Groote Schuur, (the same hospital as Dr Christiaan Barnard performed the first heart transplant in 1967), Dr Muller was the first to perform a kidney transplant. The impressive part? It was a kidney from an HIV positive donor to an HIV positive recipient. That was in 2008. WOW!

Today she is a highly awarded and globally recognised professor and specialist in her field. But, above all, she is the person who was brave enough to risk her reputation to make organ transplants available to vulnerable people. How’s that for courage? Her ongoing research has inspired many doctors and benefited many people on our continent. Although now retired, she continues to symbolise hope and determination.

Lilian Ngoyi

Affectionately known as Ma Ngoyi, this brave woman is widely considered one of our nation’s mothers. Born in 1911, Ms Ngoyi was a staunch believer in women’s power to change the world and make it a better place. Having worked as a machinist in a clothing factory for 10 years, her gift as a public speaker soon became evident. She was courageous and passionate about women’s rights and equality for all.

Ma worked selflessly and tirelessly – often in the face of personal danger. Among other things, she became the President of The Federation of South African Women. Her fearless attitude and belief in the good of humankind serve to remind us of our roots. She certainly walked ahead in the Long Road to Freedom, which we sometimes take for granted.

This quote by Anne Frank resonates with us when we think of these women:

“I believe people are really good at heart. How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. No one has ever become poor by giving.”

Now, hand round another one of those plates of crispy, piping hot pizza. And give thanks to these people who have paved the way for us. Time to follow in their footsteps?

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5 Free Fun Things We Love

5 Free Fun Things We Love

5 FREE, FUN THINGS WE LOVE

5 FREE, FUN THINGS WE LOVE

5 FREE, FUN THINGS WE LOVE

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5 FREE THINGS THAT MAKE US HAPPY

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

The TastyMoments team have been thinking about all the things that make us happy. To our surprise, many of the things that make our hearts sing are for mahala! See if you agree.

Funny People

Some folks can make us laugh until our bellies ache. Seek them out, pay them a masked visit and enjoy the uplifting company. We can’t guarantee that the jokes will be as clean as our hands, but being in the company of a person with a great sense of humour is guaranteed to make you smile.

Kisses on The Forehead

Especially children and grannies love this sign of affection. It makes them feel recognised and appreciated – and secure in the knowledge that they are held firmly in the embrace of their family and friends.

Living Things

In addition to the antics of your cats and dogs, there are many places you can visit to enjoy the beauty of aquatic and land animals. Many parks and office blocks have fish ponds where you can relax and enjoy the tranquillity of seeing koi or goldfish lazily enjoying their swim in the water. If there is a horse riding centre, bunny park or municipal dam nearby, go and observe the four-legged, furry friends. Or the birds and the bees while they, too, go about their daily business. And remember to take along some old vegetables or stale brown bread to feed the ducks.

Music

The great Greek philosopher, Plato, said Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. If the family looks a little listless, nothing will change the mood faster than cranking up the volume on a dance hit. Get up from the couch, grab a child by the hand and get into the groove.

The others will soon join in. Think of it as a bit of a workout.

Play A Board Game

Toss the lettuce leaves together with your family’s favourite dressing. Then pop the Bacon, Feta and Avocado Ital Pizza Familia into the oven. While the pizza is crisping up, dig out the Trivial Pursuit, 30 Seconds, Scrabble, Cluedo, Snakes & Ladders or Monopoly. Game classics never grow old – and we will never be too young or old to enjoy a good game. It is an opportunity to teach kids to concentrate. They will also gain some general knowledge on how to socialise and have a great time without being on a device.

Teach Them Fun Facts

Having mentioned devices, for some games, it’s a good idea to keep one close to search for information about a person or place you might not have heard of. Do the kids know that Piccadilly Circus is not the home of clowns? Or what Einstein is famous for? These facts will make them feel empowered and in the know.

Now, go play already.

HEALTHY SNACK IDEA: Keep some carrot and cucumber batons and mayo at hand to enjoy as snacks before the pizza is served.

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3 Things that make South Africa an incredible country in which to live

3 Things that make South Africa an incredible country in which to live

Here are some of the magical things that South Africans love

3 Great Things That Make SA An Incredible Place

3 Great Things That Make SA An Incredible Place

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Here are some of the magical things that South Africans love

3 More reasons To Love Living In SA

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

Beaches For Africa

The TastyMoments team is definitely heading out to catch a wave or two now that the beaches are open again. Two of our more remote, unspoilt stretches of fine sand remained open to the public, and they’re still absolutely worth a visit. Our first choice is the West Coast or Namaqualand in the Northern Cape. Aim for August when the wildflower blooms create spectacular displays. If you prefer a more tropical climate, the equally beautiful Umkhanyakude district spans the region north of Richards Bay to Mozambique.

Everyone knows that we have some of the most spectacular, powdery beaches in the world. Lucky us! No need for us to hobble along pebbles like so many Europeans have to, to take a dip. Here we can choose to have entire beaches to ourselves.

You’re My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine …

Do we even need to mention the weather? If you have lived in Europe or other northern countries, you will have a deep appreciation for our fantabulous weather. Something we often take for granted.

The feel-good effect of the golden rays is a huge bonus. However, our fantastic weather also means we have a notable absence of destructive natural disasters like avalanches, earthquakes, volcano eruptions and tornadoes. So, let’s give thanks for that – and for not having to live under an oppressive grey sky.

We all know that Table Mountain with its 1 460 species of fynbos is one. But what about the Baberton-Makhonjwa geotrail? There you can observe some of the oldest signs of life in the world. The Barberton Supergroup have rock formations that are 3.5 billion years old. Worth a visit.

Then there’s the Aliwal Shoal near Umkomaas, home to many grey nurse sharks (also known as ragged-tooth sharks) that conglomerate there from July to November to mate. Visitors from worldwide gather at the Shark and Shoal guest house to dive the site and experience this adventure. It is considered to be one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. In addition to the sharks, the Marine Big 5 includes whales, dolphins, seals and penguins. All of which can be seen along the coastline.

For Joburgers, the Cradle of Humankind is on our doorstep. This testament to man’s evolution over 3.5 million years makes for a fascinating time travel.

And, let’s not forget the Cape Floral route on the West Coast which proudly struts its stuff in spectacular, full-colour glory in August each year.

Time to plan a trip with the family, we think. And while you’re plotting your route, pop a few Ital Pizza Slices in the oven to keep the energy levels up. Then simply slide onto plates and enjoy!

TOP TIP: Pizza slices make for lovely, easy lunchbox meals, especially if you add pieces of carrot and frozen peas on the side.

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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

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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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How pets show us they love us

How pets show us they love us

Do you know the signs of love your pet shows you?

This is how pets show us they love us

This is how pets show us they love us

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The 5 ‘Love Languages’ of cats and dogs

The 5 ‘Love Languages’ of cats and dogs

There is a good reason that dogs are called “a man’s best friend”. And that our language is littered with references such as It’s raining cats and dogs’. These pets have become synonymous with households in many parts of the world – and, perhaps more so in South Africa, where they have ample space to run.

The TastyMoments team has thought a bit about how we know how much they love us?

The Waggly Tail

Many of us have grown up knowing dogs, even if they belonged to grandpa or the neighbours. Their tails are the give-away signal that they really like and welcome one. Scientists have proven that the ‘love hormone’, oxytocin, is released in dogs when they gaze at you lovingly or get stroked. This is the same hormone that is secreted when a mother gives birth to a child. It is credited with strengthening bonds between people, and also animals. We all have this chemical response when exposed to affection – especially when it’s coming from Fido!

Dogs can learn to recognise their own names and those of the other woofs in their pack. They are also capable of recognising the names of humans. Watch your furballs when you mention the name of someone whom they know well, but who is not present. They will no doubt show signs of excitement in anticipation that the person may appear.

Vets in the UK believe that dogs are even capable of recognising songs. So, play a happy tune while putting an easy family dinner like an Ital Pizza Familia in the oven to give you a bit of time to play with them. You will eventually see signs of their anticipation when they hear the song.

There are many other signs of their trust and protective feelings toward you— like herding the family when you go on walks and barking at strangers.

Cats

Your cat’s soothing purr is a sure-fire sign that they loooove you. Kittens purr to communicate with their moms, and this behaviour is continued into adulthood – provided, of course, that you have earned the right to be right up there with their regal mothers. It is a sign that your cat is relaxed and trusts you implicitly.

Rolling on their back is another sign of a confident, happy kitty. Their bellies are their most vulnerable parts, and if they entrust you with a stroke, you are part of the pride. However, they may ‘hold’ your hand to ensure that you don’t take them for granted.

Ever heard of bunting? It’s what your cat does when they bump their head against you. It’s their attempt to leave their scent on you to make sure you know you are theirs!

A few other signs are kneading, or even scratching your favourite lounge seat. They can smell you, and this is their way of wanting to bond. And you may consider an upright or forward curling tail, slow blinks and their rear end in your face ‘cat kisses’. Now you know you’ve been getting more cat kisses than you ever thought.

TOP TIP: Try to get your kids used to pets from an early age. This way they will be confident, trust the pet and not be afraid.

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Feel Better With These Science-Backed Tips

Feel Better With These Science-Backed Tips

Feel Better With These Science-Backed Tips

Feel Better With These Science-Backed Tips

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Take Control Of Your Mood With These Clever Tips

Got the blues?

We’re here to help you feel better with these clever, science-backed tips.

Feeling a little overwhelmed with 2021 already? We don’t blame you; it’s been a crazy year thus far and it is only January! The TastyMoments team have been doing some homework and we’ve found a couple of science-backed methods to making yourself feel better.

1. Beat The Blahs With Exercise:

It’s probably the last thing you feel like doing when you’re down, but exercise is a great way to boost your mood. Why? Exercising helps our brain release endorphins – your body’s own feel-good chemical. While it might not cause happiness, it will certainly make you feel better.

2. Learn To Let Go:

Holding on to stress and anger can make us sick and depressed. Forgiveness and a little bit of “hakuna matata” vibes go a long way to making you feel better. It may seem an impossible task but when you let go of past hurts and resentments, you give yourself permission to heal and move on with your life. With a bit of practice, it can be done!

3. Take It Easy On Yourself

When you master the art of being kind and caring to yourself, you will almost certainly feel better. Most often, we’re our own worst enemies and all our negative self-talk and criticism can really impact your frame of minds. When you talk to yourself, ask what you would tell your best friend if they were facing the problem. Chances are you’d be a lot more supportive, understanding and kind. Try and cultivate the habit of speaking to yourself the same way you would your best friend.

4. Avoid Eating Alone:

Eating alone is a real downer. Create the habit of sitting down with friends or family over meals. Lucky for you, Ital Pizza Familia is and easy dinner meal, ideal for sharing, so you have the perfect excuse to make more shared moments over a slice. Besides, pizza is a mood booster in itself, so it’s a win-win!

Remember, you are not alone. As they said in the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, “Everything will be alright in the end so if it is not alright it is not the end.”

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3 Essential Life Skills Your Kids Must Know

3 Essential Life Skills Your Kids Must Know

3 Essential Life Skills Your Kids Must Know

3 Essential Life Skills Your Kids Must Know

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Are you empowering your kids with these 3 essential life skills?

How to raise better kids.

3 important skills which will help your kids succeed in life.

We all know that life skills are critical to a child’s development and growth. But how often do we take the time out to actively teach our youngsters the abilities that are critical to thrive in society? 

Here are a few things to consider and speak about from the team at TastyMoments. Whether it is over an easy dinner with ready-made salad and the all-time favourite, family-sized Ital Pizza Familia or while spending time on the school run together.

Communication Skills

Can you remember grandma gently pinching your ears if you didn’t do as she said? Well, this is probably because the ability to listen is super-important to enable effective learning. Whether it is on the playground, in a classroom or at home, your child can only be taught new things if they have learnt how to observe and listen. 

Equally important, they should understand how to express themselves clearly. Long chats with grandpa or other adults will help enormously to develop both verbal and non-verbal clues. How does mommy know that we’re getting hungry? Is it because we’re hanging around her in the kitchen?  

The simplest way to keep refining a child’s vocabulary is to teach youngsters the joy of reading. Yes, we know, there is always the Kindle – but we believe that the printed word is still the key to a magical world. Time to get ready for an afternoon visit to the library, mom and dad? 

Discipline And Self-Control

Kids need routines to feel safe and secure. It makes them feel in control of their world. And, if they get to help around the house, they will experience the joy of making a valuable contribution. Give them age-appropriate everyday tasks such as filling the dog’s water bowl or washing the bath before they get out.

Also, allocate space for them to pack away their own clothes, shoes and socks. Not only will they know where to find things, but they will also learn the time-saving value of keeping things tidy.

Any time soon turns into party time if you have vibey music around. So, make sure you download some of your favourite tunes on your mobile and refresh them now and again. If you are lucky enough to have a portable, battery-powered speaker, this also needs to remain plugged in so that you guys can pump-up the volume during downtime.

Being organised helps to prevent frustrations and tantrums. Talk to them about how an outburst may affect others. You could say something like: “I think Jenny was quite disappointed that she was not picked for the debating team. Don’t you think she handled it so well? By keeping control and congratulating her friends, she made them feel good. Bet you next time she’ll be included.”

Kindness

Roald Dahl, author of the famous book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, had this to say about kindness: “I think kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the other things in life like courage or bravery or generosity or anything else.”

Kindness starts with respect for others, no matter who they are – your best friend or the people who serve you in a restaurant. Your children will learn from you and notice when you are being kind to others. Another way to alert the little ones to the value of kindness is to point out small acts of goodness by others.

In fact, in most aspects of life, your kids are sure to take the lead from you. So, let’s think of one thoughtful thing they can do every day. Doubt that there will be any leftover pizza, but perhaps, hand the other leftover food to a homeless person on the way to school. Let’s be good today.

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5 good reasons that pets make kids healthier

5 good reasons that pets make kids healthier

5 Reasons Why Having Pets Make Healthier Kids

5 Reasons Why Having Pets Make Healthier Kids

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5 good reasons that pets make kids healthier!

Have you thought about why exactly we value dogs enough to feed them twice a day, put out fresh water and keep them sheltered and safe?

There are quite a few important reasons from the team at TastyMoments, especially when it comes to your children.

Let’s face it. Pets are a big part of many South African families. Whether it is a dog, a parrot, hamster, cat or even a goldfish, they live with us and creep deep into our hearts. Have you thought about why exactly we value dogs enough to feed them twice a day, put out fresh water and keep them sheltered and safe? There are quite a few important reasons from the team at TastyMoments, especially when it comes to your children.

1. Companionship

Little kids are often found chatting to their pet. There are levels of trust and mutual understanding that exist between them that we, as adults, may have forgotten. This ‘friendship’ results in the fact that children who have a pet at home have lower stress levels and take fewer sick days at school.

2. The Fit Bit

Medical research has shown that families who have dogs are fitter than the average household. This is probably because they play with their canines and take them for walks. Whether it is a stroll in a park or a brisk jog around the block, everyone is getting their blood pumping. In these times of ever-present devices and blue screens, there has never been a better time to lure the children away to get some sun and fresh air. You can all celebrate with a few Ital Pizza Snack Slices after the outing.

3. The Dog Teaches The Kid!

Little ones who have to take responsibility for feeding, grooming and cleaning up after an animal learn the art of nurturing, discipline and empathy. These are great qualities that will stand them in good stead throughout their lives. The net result is kindness, accountability and care.

4. Social Interaction With Others

While walking a dog, people often start chatting to others who are out and about – especially if they have Fido on a leash (always recommended).  Even if these interactions seem random, they teach children how easy it is to greet, meet and make new friends. What’s more, by stroking a tail-wagging furry friend, they are actually lowering their blood pressure, cholesterol and anxiety levels.

5. Self-Esteem

The study of pet ownership and the human-animal bond is known as “anthrozoology”, eek! One of the findings is that kids who have pets at home have greater self-confidence. The little ones prove to be more relaxed and chilled about life in general – and it has also been found that people feel safer if there is a hound around.

“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”
Charles de Gaulle

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5 Good Reasons Your Kids Should Help You At Home

5 Good Reasons Your Kids Should Help You At Home

Why You Should Get Your Kids To Help Around The House

Why You Should Get Your Kids To Help Around The House

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5 Good Reasons Your Kids Should Help You At Home

5 Reasons Your Kids Should Help In The Home

Here are 5 very good reasons from the team from TastyMoments as to why you should teach your kids to help around the house.

There are some excellent reasons to get your children involved in daily chores. Here’s why…

  1. For starters, you are teaching them valuable life skills – how to do things like cooking and cleaning up after themselves. This means they learn, from an early age, to take responsibility for their immediate environment and how it operates. Keeping things clean and in their place means that life is more manageable than when there is chaos. Life is more complicated when no one knows where their keys, swimwear or running shoes are hiding. 
  2. The next lesson is the value of teamwork. As a member of the family, your children are part of a team. Team members have different roles. The little ones can do tasks such as picking up their toys or putting their plastic plate and cup into the sink. The older ones can be taught how to pack the dishwasher, or even sort the laundry and start the washing machine. And if you can find a child-sized broom, the sweeping of the verandah is also sorted.
  3. Learning a new skill builds a strong sense of self-respect. It also helps them to start planning activities and managing their time. Teaching them how to set the oven to pop in the Ital Pizza for dinner, setting the table and making a simple salad will empower them – and may even be the making of a Masterchef!
  4. If you call a family meeting and involve everyone in working out a daily task plan, they will be more likely to stick to it. It will teach them that an agreement is an agreement and needs to be respected. What’s more, completing an assigned job brings a feeling of deep satisfaction and reward. It helps to build character and instils discipline in a person.
  5. Unpack the groceries. By handling and packing away the food in the house, the kids will learn that these essentials don’t just drop out of the sky. Parents have provided for the family. This understanding can create a work ethic that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. 

Barbara Coloroso, in her book “Kids Are Worth It!” wrote: “If parents do chores with a sense of commitment, patience and humour, the children will have a model to do likewise”

So, there you have it – they will look to you to see whether tasks around the house are something to try and be avoided at all costs, or pleasant duties that everyone should team up in which to participate together – as one.

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2 IMPORTANT THINGS YOUR KIDS NEED TO KNOW

2 IMPORTANT THINGS YOUR KIDS NEED TO KNOW

2 IMPORTANT THINGS YOUR KIDS NEED TO KNOW

2 IMPORTANT THINGS YOUR KIDS NEED TO KNOW

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2 IMPORTANT THINGS YOUR KIDS NEED TO KNOW

What are the two most valuable life lessons you kids need to know?

Here is an answer.

There are many complicated aspects and considerations when it comes to parenting, but there are a few crucial things that your kids should know. If you can entrench these principles, you have a good chance of helping them become happier, more content adults. TastyMoments believes that these are the two things your kids should learn from a young age.

Life Is Not Fair. Get Used To It.

If you allow your child to get away with a ‘Why me?’ mentality they will in all probability, go through life with a constant feeling of disappointment. Kids who look for things or people to blame seldom take responsibility for their wellbeing and the consequences of their actions. But those who learn that what we want in life and what we get are mostly two very different things, become more resilient and robust as they make their way through the world.

Teach them that playing the blame-game does not achieve anything. Trying to find solutions to situations often result in satisfactory outcomes. The take-away thought here is, teach them that they should never give up. If they persevere, they might be pleasantly surprised at how things pan out.

Happiness Comes From Within

Feel free to ask any wealthy person who may be married to the most beautiful woman or handsome man, whether they are truly happy. We’ll put money on it that the answer is not going to be yes! This is because most people expect riches, things, or other people, to make them happy. Well, so sorry, but it simply doesn’t work like that. Some life events like a holiday may make you allow you to feel pleasant sensations for a few days, but then you get to realise, wherever you go, there you are. 

Pleasure and happiness are two different emotions. Happiness is independent of the five senses, while pleasure is very much reliant on external stimuli. But, a feeling of inner calm and inner happiness walk hand in hand through life’s journey.

Teach your kids that everyone is capable of happiness and that they are worthy of it. Happiness comes within every baby born, but then we tend to cover it up with negative thoughts, fears and anxiety.

The Point Is…

Try and demonstrate a level of calm acceptance when life throws you the odd curveball. And, make a point of relishing the simple things in life, like sharing an Ital Pizza Familia on a Saturday afternoon. Your kids learn by example and will most likely adopt this invaluable approach to life as they mature.

After all, true contentment and happiness is not everything – it is the only thing.

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WHY SHOP SEASONAL – AND WHAT’S IN SEASON THIS COMING SUMMER?

WHY SHOP SEASONAL – AND WHAT’S IN SEASON THIS COMING SUMMER?

WHY SHOP SEASONAL – AND WHAT'S IN SEASON THIS COMING SUMMER?

WHY SHOP SEASONAL – AND WHAT'S IN SEASON THIS COMING SUMMER?

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Seasonal eating is the biggest trend in eco-conscious living

Seasonal eating is the biggest trend in eco-conscious living – here’s how and what will be in season this summer.

The team at TastyMoments want to know whether you have you considered the many benefits of shopping for food that is in season? Remind yourself of what is in season now and get excited already. Yum. We are so lucky to have an abundance of fruit and veggies in our country in summer. Also, have you ever considered which farms you should be buying your cheese from to help with job creation in your area? By supporting your community, you can directly contribute to the infrastructure and sustainability of the town in which you live.

Considering that more than 50% of the fresh produce that gets transported over long distances goes to waste and is discarded before it is bought, one would be wise to pause and think for a moment. A large percentage of the world’s population still goes hungry, and for that reason, the practice of flying in food from all over the world seems entirely unnecessary.

Add to that the fact that local produce is ripened on the farm and is therefore much fresher and tastier than imports; it is abundantly clear that local is, indeed, lekker. Locally grown products are much more affordable than imported fare. So, you will be well advised to check the country of origin labels before spending your hard-earned money on farmers thousands of miles away. What’s more, they could be there today and gone tomorrow while your local is likely to stay.

The supply of vegetables and proteins to foreign lands have a significant – but sometimes seemingly invisible – impact on our precious, precariously balanced planet. Unnecessary carbon emissions are created when these foods are delivered to their destinations. And more packaging and plastics are used to keep vegetables fresh during the journey. With the current globalised food system, it is also more difficult to know where, and especially how, foods are produced. Are they using ethical farming methods? Or are these considerations overruled by a pure profit motive?

So, what should you be looking to do this summer?

Here’s the plan: Book a Saturday morning session with your kids. Brief them ahead of time, let them invite a friend each and get the bottling jars ready. You are going to be making preserves of your in-season favourites so you can enjoy them all-year-round. Let them choose which jams, canned fruit and pickled vegetables they want to preserve. Then serve one of their ‘products’ with a Ital Pizza Classic. A double whammy. Yes.

If you need a recap, here is a list of what’s in season this summer:

Summer – December, January, February

Fruit:
Apricots
Bananas
Blackberries
Cherries
Figs
Grapes
Guavas
Lemons
Litchis
Mangoes
Melon
Mulberries
Nectarines
Papayas
Peaches
Pineapples
Plums
Pomegranates
Quinces
Raspberries
Strawberries
Sweet melon
Summer berries
Watermelon

Vegetables:
Artichokes
Asparagus
Aubergines or Eggplants
Babymarrows
Beetroot
Chives
Greenbeans
Mielies/Corn
Patty pans
Radishes
Red onions
Rhubarb

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