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I’ve heard of personal organisers before and was always a bit intimidated at the thought of someone going through my stuff and ruthlessly chucking things out or flatly asking me if this item “sparks joy” or not. Gina, an organiser in Johannesburg, operates on a more considerate level. She takes your personal circumstances into account and doesn’t throw anything out (well, not unless you want to…). She takes mess and transforms it into beauty and function. I have been working in clutter but now I operate in style, thanks to Gina.

Here’s the mess before:

Here’s my stylish new study:

Here’s a picture of before and after I took of the study, using Brett’s wide angle lens:

Gina first paid me a consultative visit to discuss what we were going to do. We decided to tackle the study. In fact this year my project is to go through the whole house decluttering and getting rid of stuff and that has been going slowly and steadily. I got rid of a whole load of books at a book sale and have been steadily dropping off boxes of more books at the charity shop every week. Yes, Brett had 2000 books. It’s slow going here.

I was interested to learn that her brother passed away years ago and she had the task of helping her sister in law deal with all the stuff. So she was no stranger to dealing with death and I found her to be very encouraging in this, which has often been, a painful process. In fact after we met she sent me this quote which absolutely hit the nail on the head for me:

You see, changing the study was actually a very personal thing to do. Brett and I used to sit next to each other at our desks and the furniture told a story about the history of our relationship. Gina moved the furniture around so that my desk was closed, the other cupboard shifted next to it, no longer blocking the long desk, and I could then sit at what used to be Brett’s desk with space for my legs to fit underneath.

I think what I liked was that she didn’t take anything away. My desk, which had been made by father, is still very much there and will keep all my stuff. But I no longer have to open and close it just to sit there and feel those doors bashing on me all the time, or have them open  so that the contents is exposed.

With regards to stuff she did take things out but she put them in a pile for me to go through. That’s pretty much what we did for five hours. She took things out, reorganised them neatly and tactfully placed stuff in a pile, most of which needed to be thrown out anyway. Sentimental stuff all went in a box. Nicky’s playdough and paints were also neatly organised in wooden boxes.

She used stuff that I already had and also went out and got a few things. She listened about my favourite colours and I absolutely loved the green cushions, the soft blanket throw and flower cushion. The tins to keep my pencils in were lovely.

The wall was also made over. Previously I had all of Nicky’s artworks precariously stuck on as they arrived but we decided to be discriminating and choose the best to frame. The result is just stunning and something I have wanted to do, but never got around to doing, for a long time.

Gina is not afraid to get handy with a hammer and nail and she put these pictures up herself for me. She is available as an organiser in Johannesburg. She lives in Glenvista and is happy to help all over Johannesburg.

I’m going to be starting a new job teaching English online in the afternoons and evenings and this study makeover is perfect timing for that. But it’s also just what I needed as I transform my life from what I had with Brett to a new beginning. It’s also a lesson in using your resources that you already have wisely, to make something beautiful.

Gina, you not only are a fantastic organiser, you are also a very sensitive and perceptive person. I highly recommend your services.

Disclaimer: the organisation of the study was given in exchange for the post. 

You can book Gina Pires, an organiser in Johannesburg,  on 083 339 6119, email her on ginap@afrac.co.za or check out her Facebook page here. By the way I love the quotes on her Facebook page.

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I recently went to the lovely new Kid’s Emporium in Hyde Park to check out Tommee Tippee‘s latest addition: The Gro Company, which believes passionately in safer sleep, better sleep. It turns out that all their products are helpful with getting your baby or little one to sleep (e.g. Grobag, Grolight, Grocomforter) but one very interesting one stood out for me. The Groclock has a system of stars that elapse over time so that if your kid wakes up during the night, he or she will know it’s still the middle of the night and not the right time to wake up yet.

Nicky and I have also been testing the product out at home. Nicky has a bad habit of waking up at 4am sometimes and it drives me crazy. It impacts on my day as I have to very “with-it” to cope with looking after little kids. 

So the first time we used the GroClock he wakes up at 4am. The clock is set for 6:15am which is when I want him to wake up.

The next night, after detailed explanations about waiting till all the stars are finished I get a plaintive call at 6am – “Mom do I really have to wait till 7? (it being weekend I put it an hour later). 

“No Nicky, at least you did not wake me at 4, so that is progress!” The next few days he has been good, honestly I don’t even mind 5am as I get up at 5:30 anyway, I am just trying to get away from 4am. 

Some of the features of the Groclock are:

  1. Design of stars leading up to the sun.
  2. Option to include the digital clock or not. The child (especially if older) can learn digital time too.
  3. Stars go out one by one during the night to show passing of time.
  4. A key lock option to make sure that little hands don’t bring on the sun too early.
  5. An option to set two wake up times (weekend/weekday or morning/nap time).
  6. Optional alarm feature.
  7. Suitable from two years old.

Here’s a video of our own Samantha Curley-Young telling us more about it.

The Groclock will help your toddler stay asleep - YouTube

And here is my instruction video on how to work the clock:
 

How to use the GroClock and get your toddler to sleep - YouTube

Other products on display I found interesting:

-Gro Anywhere Blind: a blackout blind for making sure your kid goes to sleep even if the sun is still shining, and which is great for travel.  The adjustable sizing of the blind also means it can fit just about any window.

Grobag which has all sorts of safety features to ensure safe sleep and is the only bag endorsed by the Lullaby Trust as it reduces the risk of SIDS.

Groegg2 – which monitors the temperature of the room to within 1 degree of accuracy and also acts as a nightlight. I liked the feel of this egg – soft and pliable and the night light is a bonus too.  The Groegg2 has a handy colour guide which translates to the weight of the material one should dress your baby in dependent on the temperature of your room.  

Grofriends – plays soothing music or white noise when your baby wakes up and cries.  It has 4 different sounds and the Intelligent Cry sensor will activate your chosen sound if baby stirs or cries at night!

As you can see, all these products are designed so that both you and your bundle of joy both get a good night’s sleep.

The range is available at Baby City, selected Kid’s Emporium stores, selected Babies R Us stores and online from Charley’s Boxes, Takealot and Loot.    

If you need sleep, these are some really good options for you.

Disclaimer: We were sent the GroClock for review. 

Win a GroClock for yourself! Simply comment below to enter and follow @TommeeTippeeZA on Instagram for more information on this brand!

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  5. If you win the same prize on another site then you forfeit this one.

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I’ve tried two times now to watch the “Leaving Neverland” documentary and I’ve failed miserably. I just am not able to listen to these stories of how the “king of pop” used his position to sexually abuse two young boys, aged 7 and 10 for seven and four years respectively. It’s sickening but what particularly gets to me is the innocent face of Wade Robson at five years old, participating in a dance contest, and how much that face reminds me of my own child. Innocent, trusting and vulnerable. So how do we as parents safeguard our own children from creeps like Michael Jackson? I’ve recently come across an excellent and resourceful book that outlines how to do this and also all you need to know if you find yourself in this position.

The book is called “Every Parent’s Nightmare: A practical guide for dealing with child abuse.” The subtitle explains the contents well: “Knowing the signs, addressing the problem, supporting your child if it happens PLUS Tips for keeping your child safe.”

This book is an excellent reference for anyone dealing with this kind of situation from all vantage points. It is a South African book written by Bruna Dessena, herself a victim of abuse. You read her story right at the beginning of the book about how a her father’s best friend who shared a house with the family abused her for three years until one night when she decided to scream and it came to a end.

I think the significant thing I got out of this book was a very clear picture of who as a child is at risk here and how as parents there are very simple things we can do to safeguard them.

Probably the most important thing is: the closeness you have and attention you are giving to your child right now will have benefits far into the future, more than you can ever imagine. Paedophiles look for kids that are fetched late, whose parents don’t care about them, who are unsupervised, who have poor self esteem and who don’t have a open relationship with their parents (so are unlikely to go to them for help). Parents are absent or uninterested.  The paedophile grooms them by giving them attention, secret gifts and makes them feel special. So a relationship is built up even before the abuse begins.

Believe your child. Talk to them about your day and listen to theirs. Take them seriously.

Talk about good secrets and bad secrets. It’s ok to keep a secret if you’re buying someone a surprise present and you’re happy about it. But secrets that make you feel sad, uncomfortable, scared and keep you awake at night are cause for concern and you should tell mom and dad about them.

Get your child to memorise your phone number. Nicky has been able to do this since he was about 5.

Talk about appropriate and inappropriate touching. They have a right to say no to anything that makes them uncomfortable and scared and it is not their fault and you will not be angry if they tell you. After I read this book I told Nicky about his private parts and that they are private. If an older child or adult child touches him there he must say “No, no,  no” and scream. I also told him if just a little kid does it he must also say “No, no no” but he doesn’t have to scream. (Little kids don’t know what they are doing, and although you still need to set boundaries they are just exploring and the balance of power is also different there).

Know where your child is. Be an actively present parent and trust your instincts if something is not right. Don’t have sleepovers unless you know the parents well.

Be careful about what you share online.  Make sure that your child’s address is not linked to their social media profiles and that their passwords are strong. Talk to your child about the dangers of sharing intimate information and pictures online. Teenagers are in a stage of great hormones and emotions and are vulnerable to cyber bullies and abusers because they feel that no one understands them, This is where the cyberstalker fills a gap. Make sure they are supervised.

There are more tips in her book but this last one is a good summary, it’s called the PANTS rule.

P – Privates are private

A – Always remember your body belongs to you

N – No means no

T – Talk about secrets that upset you

S – Speak up, someone can help

The book gives a very practical approach to dealing with the problem (one thing I picked up – you must do the medical exam within 72 hours for it to hold up in court) and also goes through preparing a child for court. Bruna works at the Teddy Bear Clinic preparing parents for court too. They even have a mock court room there to practice in.

I would say the book is a useful reference point for South African parents and educators. I hope you as a reader never have to deal with this kind of situation, but take the lesson from this post: you can safeguard your child by simply being there for them, so that if anything is even slightly off, they won’t hesitate to come to you and tell you about it, and you can nip it in the bud before anything even has a chance to happen.

Disclaimer: I was provided with the book to review. 

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I’ve written about the Child’s Farm products before on this blog but today I want to focus on hair care. The range is lovely and sweet smelling but it’s also really useful for skin conditions and I want to share a bit more about that today.

I first noticed that Nicky had some kind of cradle cap last year at the hairdresser. She pointed it out to me. Nicky actually had patches of skin flaking that was blocking the hair growth. He was developing bald patches because of it.

I was trying a dandruff shampoo but it smelt awful! I hated it! And so did Nicky.

So when Child’s Farm came along we started using that. And slowly the condition improved.

We also gave it a bit of a boost going to the doctor for some meds but I never could remember to put the stuff in his hair. It smelt awful too. Nicky hated that one as well.

A couple of months on I can’t find the congealed area and there are just a few flakes left. That’s a huge improvement on what it was. We’ve only been using the shampoo (blue bottle) once a week on a Sunday night. We’ve recently started using our second bottle.

Nicky really likes the scent of strawberry and mint and is convinced it is actually bubblegum, his favourite flavour. It contains argan oil which leave the scalp moisturised and doesn’t irritate any skin conditions such as eczema.

Child’s Farm also has a conditioner, although we never used it. To be honest washing hair in our house is such an ordeal that to do it twice is something I’d rather not do. So here’s an interesting solution: the 3 in 1 swim.

The 3 in 1 swim can be used as a shampoo, conditioner and body wash all in one go after a swim. It washes away the chlorine leaving skin and hair super clean and shiny. This also has a similar strawberry mint aroma.

There are also a number of hair and body wash bottles with some amazing scents. Nicky really likes the blackberry and apple one and wanted me to leave soap suds all over him just so that he could smell it some more. We also like the sweet orange one as well.

You can see more products for hair care on their website here. Check them out on Facebook as well.

You can buy Child’s Farm at Clicks and on Takealot.

Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post but we were provided with the products.

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Today we meet a very special South African mom blogger from Knysna. Amelia blogs at Suddenly a Mom. I think I have a soft spot for her not only because she keeps emailing me and checking on how I am doing, but her husband also lost his spouse so she has some understanding of what I’ve been through as a widow. Her experiences have led her to write this important book.

Although my momming story is a little different from almost every other one I’ve heard, writing a book explaining adoption seemed like a natural area for me to explore. It wasn’t my plan, but it was right for me. This isn’t only because I’m a heart-mama and a writer (although both of those elements help tremendously); but also because I’ve had the unique opportunity to consult with some of the most committed social workers and play therapists available. And, from their feedback and hours of really emotional conversations with plenty of tears (from both of us), the Finding My Forever Family book was born.

A Bit of Background Info

I’m mom to a 10-year old girl that lost her biological mother five years ago. I married her dad and, for the last four years, I’ve been the only mom she knows. Because of this, I feel like our family understands that different families have different dynamics, contexts and even disasters that have been part of creating a new normal. I understand tough questions and even tougher answers that fall on the ears of a little person that is trying to make sense of a crazy world.

In 2018, I was approached by an adoptive mother. Her social worker had told her that the best way to let her child know that he’s adopted is to read him a story from very small that explains adoption to him and makes it clear that he has been adopted. I wrote a short story for her; incorporating her brief, style and preferences. But, right from the beginning, I knew that I’d take the concept of a book about adoption, write one in my own style and with my own storyline, and make this available to other adoptive families. It sparked in me an awareness of a need I didn’t know existed, and I’ve dived into a world that is so complex and emotional. For the next few months, I contacted and interviewed a number of social workers, play therapists, and adopted children around South Africa for more insights.

There were a few “issues” that stood out like sore thumbs and broken hearts. The biggest of these was that the trauma lay in the child’s remembering the day that they were told that they were adopted. Even when this was done in a kind and loving way, that day had so much heartache and so many complicated feelings attached to it that it remained their worst. 

This book has been designed to help your heart-baby understand the concept of adoption and to come to the realisation that they are adopted, naturally and gradually. More than this, the story helps them to learn this in the most fun, loving and secure ways. This helps adoptive parents to overcome the elephant in the room – how and when do I tell my child that they’re adopted?

About Finding My Forever Family – The Book

This book has been designed and written to help your child to understand the beautiful concept of adoption and to come to a natural conclusion that they are adopted. By reading this story to them from very young, their adoption is a natural part of their life. They won’t have to have it revealed to them on one specific day.

In the book, the character (named after your child) goes on an adventure to find their Forever Family. They meet some fun animal families along the way and learn about the many differences that make each person and family special. Eventually, they find you; their perfect Forever Family. From tiny, they will know that they’re the character on the adventure.

Features of the Book

Each Finding My Forever Family book is completely unique because it has been personalised for you and your child. The main character has your heart-baby’s name and is described to resemble him or her, physically and in their characteristics. The illustrations (done by the very talented Zoë Venter) will also be changed to have the skin tone and hair colour of your little one.

The most important messages that are subtly integrated into the storyline are:

  • Your child’s Forever Family is and always will be their safe space.  
  • They are more wanted, loved and cherished than anything in the world.
  • There is nothing wrong with being a little different. Every family is different.
  • The biological mother played a practical role in giving him or her a safe place in which to grow.
  • It doesn’t matter if you look a little different or are a different race from the rest of your family.
  • Your child has brought you so much happiness and fulfilment in just ‘being’.
How to Order Finding My Forever Family

Email me on amelia@voxate.co.za for your own personalised copy of the book.

Every adopted child has a different background and some details aren’t always available. But, if you have the following information and can include it in your email, it will help me to create their beautiful story:

1. Child’s name

2. Their birth weight

3. Birth length

4. Child’s birthplace (the hospital and town, if possible).

5. The hair colour by which the child is best known (this can be the colour it was when you first saw them, or the colour it is now – whatever they’re best known for).

6. The first features that you noticed about them – did they have long eyelashes, chubby cheeks, a birthmark?

7. Their character when you first met them – were they chilled, curious, playful, serious?

8. Details about you, as the parent(s). Are you a single parent, a mom and a dad, two moms, two dads? Does dad have warm eyes? Does mom have dimples? Try to include very basic features that they will recognise as coming from you; if possible (this isn’t essential).

9. Your South African delivery address.

If you have any family photos (perhaps with you and any siblings), ultrasounds or newborn photographs that you’d like included, please attach those to the email.

The book and delivery costs R450 (until June 2019).

For more information, visit the website, or follow meon Instagram or Facebook

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When Melanie Templer arrived in Bali she had a stubborn skin issue. While doing research among natural local plants and remedies, she stumbled upon a passion which led to the creation of Utama Spice. Today the company is run by her daughter Ria, who contacted me to review the Somona Yi Diffuser. This diffuser will fill the air with natural scents and doubles as a lamp as well.

About Utama Spice

If you look at Utama Spice’s website, you’ll see they stock a variety of products in the different categories of bath, body care, diffusers and essential oils. If you download their free ebook you’ll also see they give you recipes for beauty (face mask, face scrub and body scrub), household recipes (floor cleaning liquid and room spray) as well as the physical and emotional benefits of certain essential oils.

They also have a blog section where I stumbled across this useful post about the five best essential oils for improving mental health (lavender, mint, bergamot, orange and patchouli) . So not only can you use this diffuser for filling the air with lovely smells, unblocking your kid’s nose and giving him a night light, you could potentially also use it for yourself for uplifting your mood too.

Utama Spice is all natural and handmade in Bali from ethically and sustainably sourced ingrediants.

Essential Oils

The Somona diffuser also came with an assortment of oils which we have been trying out (tea tree, clove, orange, fennel and rosemary).

Clove, according to their ebook, is an immune booster, and helps with arthritis, asthma and muscle spasms. For emotions is helps with memory, concentration, fatigue and depression.

Rosemary assists with sore muscles, arthritis, dandruff, muscle cramps and poor circulation. Emotionally it helps with burnout, confidence, grief, irritability and stress.

Orange helps with stress, fear and depression and can bring peace and confidence.

Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic for acne and cold sores, skin ailments, burns and controlling germs.

Fennel is really good for digestive (gut) issues and also contains antioxidants.

Well, that’s enough background about the company and some of their many oils; let’s get to the Somona Yi Diffuser.

The Somona Yi Diffuser

This is a luxury ultrasonic diffuser, air humidifier and LED lamp. A perfect companion for your home, office, kid’s room, spa or salon.

This diffuser has several advantages to it. It gives you a good dose of aromatherapy, it’s very quiet, it has a cosy light, an automatic shut off as well as a timer function.

To make it work you have to take off the crematic cover and inner lid. You pour water to the max water line and then add a few drops of your essential oil. When you empty it make sure it isn’t from the air vent side. It comes with a chord you must plug in. Get an adaptor comvertor as it is a US plug.

The gadget comes with two buttons. The one on the left operates the diffuser and the one on the right works the light.

So on the right for the diffusing mist, if you push the button once (all three lights on) you’ll get a continuous mist, Twice (one light) and you’ll get one hour. Thee times (middle light) and you’ll get three hours, four times (top light) and you’ll get eight hours. To turn off press the button five times so that all the lights are off.

The lamp on top works on four settings: strong (press button once), weak (twice), breathing (x3) and off (x4).

The device emits a lovely spray of water and the relevant aromatic smell.

Nicky and I made a little video about the device and you’ll see a bit more about how it works.We enjoyed the smell and the soft light of the lamp.

Utama Spice Sonoma Yi diffuser - YouTube

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored but we were provided with the product.

Find Utama Spice here: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.


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Today we meet South African mom blogger Janice Windt, who blogs at Janice Windt.

1) What do you normally get up to on an average day? (Give us a brief description about yourself)

I’m a busy working mom who loves God, her family and her work in that order.  Work wise, I am a Time Management Coach for Working Moms.  I contract to various corporates as a Coach and also work directly with moms via Skype. As a side passion, I run my Time Management Makeover Course for Working Moms at various corporates as well as (once a year) to the public.  I keep a very tight schedule, but my first priority is always my family… my wonderful husband, two rambunctious boys and two rescue pups who I focus on with all the energy my Mamma love, caffeine and vitamin B shots can muster.

2) How do you feel about motherhood – what are your struggles and joys?

I’ve always believed being a Mom is the most important job I would ever have the privilege of doing.  However, I’m also incredibly ambitious.  When my first son was nine months old and I was pregnant with my second I was offered the corner office at a leading Investment Bank.  I knew I couldn’t take on that job and also be the mom I wanted to be so I said no… and spent the next 6-8 years discovering who I was without my previous source of identity: Climbing the Corporate Ladder.  It’s hard to be a Mom.  It’s the hardest work you will ever do.  But it’s also the most rewarding.  Harold B. Lee once said, ““The most important of the Lord’s work that you will ever do will be the work you do within the walls of your own home.”

3) Tell us about your kid(s)

I have two wonderful little men to raise.  They are 6 and 7 now and I am just LOVING EVERY MINUTE with them!  They have such distinct personalities, are both very confident and articulate and are always coming up with new business ideas that I encourage and try find a way to help them fund… They get on so well and play like a house on fire!  Except when the wrestling gets out of hand and my hubbie has to pick the one off the other like little bear cubs.  But there is so much love between them that every tussle ends up in hugs in the end.  I’m incredibly grateful to have them in my life.

4). How did you start blogging?

I started blogging when I was still working at the Investment Bank.  I was a new mom and, quite simply, I wasn’t coping at ALL   I started interviewing my colleagues… women I respected.  Working moms who looked like they had it all together.  I would take them for coffee, record the interviews and write them up afterwards. I ended up writing for the Huffington Post and eventually interviewed one hundred moms from seventeen countries around the world.  What I discovered is that, although we all keep up a very brave front, not one of us really has it all together.  We’re all like ducks… perfectly calm above the water but underneath our little legs are going wild just trying to stay afloat. #THEJUGGLEISREAL

5) Share with us a valuable blogging tip you’ve learnt. (or more)

I believe that very few people make money purely from their blog.  Even the most successful bloggers who win awards and get product sponsorships are just making a trickle.  I believe that a blog must support your business concept, rather than be the business in and of itself.  The question to ask is what is the one unique thing you have to offer the world and base your business on that… the rest will follow naturally and blogging is an indispensable marketing tool to enable your dream.  I’ve found Marie Forleo (www.marieforleo.com) incredibly helpful in guiding my thinking around online business.

6) If you make money from your blog, give us a breakdown on how you do it. Give us some of your methods on how to get started on this, or any tips or advice.

I make money from my Coaching Business rather than from the blog itself.  But I LOVE writing and enjoy using my weekly articles and newsletter to get the word out and to share really valuable and practical advice with moms who may not want to pay for coaching at this stage of their lives.  It’s such a privilege to reach and encourage so many moms on a weekly basis.  I also give away some really awesome audio training to the moms who sign up for my newsletter.  You can find out more at www.janicewindt.com 

Also: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

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In this guide, we will be taking a look at the best products for improving hair growth and thickness. Keep reading to learn more.

Biotin Hair Loss Shampoo from Avalon

The organic Biotin-B Complex thickening shampoo from Avalon is NSF/ANSI 305 certified and contains a wide range of natural ingredients, including saw palmetto to prevent hair loss. Biotin is a prominent nutrient that strengthens hair follicles and thickens your hair strands.

This shampoo is also a viable solution for people who have dry hair. It contains a moisturizer to prevent the formation of dandruff and to give your hair a healthy and soft appearance and feel.

Nanogen Thickening Hair Treatment Shampoo

The hair thickening shampoo from Nanogen is not only highly effective in stimulating follicle activity and hair growth, but it is also one of the most affordable hair thickening treatments available to people with thinning hair. 

It contains several ingredients, including hair thickening agents, peptides that are formulated to boost hair volume, and amino acids.

This hair thickening shampoo is safe for use in combination with products containing minoxidil, and it delivers the best results when you use it together with the protective and thickening conditioner from Nanogen.

Hims DHT Blocker Shampoo

This popular shampoo is aimed at men who suffer from the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone and androgen that is believed to cause the miniaturization of hair follicles. Hims contains salicylic acid, which limits the effects of DHT.

In addition to salicylic acid, Hims also features biotin, tea tree, and nettle leaf to enhance the health of your follicles, scalp, and hair.

Pura D’or Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo

Pure d’Or is one of the most natural options on our list. Its ingredients include saw palmetto, pumpkin seed, green tea, he shou wu, pygeum, argan oil, and biotin. All of these products work together to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss.

This shampoo is suitable for all hair types as well. It contains no harmful chemicals like parabens or SLS, and it has a wonderful smell.

After applying the shampoo to your hair, leave it in for at least three minutes so that your scalp and hair have enough time to absorb the shampoo fully.

Nizoral Anti-dandruff Shampoo

The main ingredient of Nizoral anti-dandruff shampoo is ketoconazole, a medication that is primarily used for treating fungal infections.

The shampoo kills the fungus that dries out the scalp. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect as well as androgen blocking properties. Since DHT is an androgen, it can prevent hair loss as well. This shampoo may be useful in preventing hair loss, depending on the cause of your hair loss and your type of hair.

If you have dry hair and hair loss as a result of DHT, this shampoo may be a viable option for you.

Rogaine

Rogaine is not a shampoo per se, but rather a hair loss treatment in the form of aerosol or foam. The active ingredient of Rogaine is minoxidil, an anti-hypertensive vasodilator with the objective of widening the blood vessels and increasing blood flow and, ultimately, restoring hair growth.

The primary side effect of Rogaine is that it causes hyperpolarization of the blood cells and, therefore, expansion of the blood vessels and potassium channels. As more nutrients and oxygen-rich blood reach dormant hair follicles, they are revived and stimulated into a new growth phase.

According to users, Rogaine works for a receding hairline and overall hair thinning. How well the product will work for you depends on your unique physiology and the cause of your hair loss. Use Rogaine consistently for up to six months before determining whether or not it is working for you.

DS Laboratories Revita Hair Stimulating Shampoo

This popular shampoo may not perform as well as other products in terms of stimulating new hair growth, but it does an excellent job of preventing hair loss. This shampoo is suitable for all hair types and has a wide range of cleansers and ingredients, including copper peptides, ketoconazole for fungal treatment, caffeine, amino acids, an apple polyphenol, emu oil, and biotin to strengthen hair follicles and thicken your hair strands.

The ingredients work in combination with each other to address all the prominent causes of hair loss. It boosts the intake of nutrients by follicles; it kills fungi that cause hair loss, and the apple polyphenol improves blood circulation to the scalp. Furthermore, the caffeine and carnitine deliver energy to the scalp and help to maintain follicles.

Good Lab Blooming and Thickening Shampoo

The blooming and thickening shampoo from Good Lab does an excellent job of combating DHT and restoring dormant follicles.

This shampoo features a patented combination of ingredients, each with clinical data that illustrates its benefits to hair growth and scalp health.

The Good Lab ingredients include tripeptides, pumpkin seed oil, caffeine, biotin, oleanolic acid, nettle, jojoba seed oil, and saw palmetto. Many of these ingredients are unique to the blooming and thickening shampoo and work together to improve the health of hair follicles.

The ingredients listed above can be applied together with minoxidil or ketoconazole for quicker results. This shampoo is suitable for use by people with normal or dry hair. The shampoo has a fresh smell and leaves your hair feeling soft, moisturized, and healthy.

This post is sponsored by Hair World.

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There are a lot of baby products on the market but a good rule of thumb is to go for a long standing company with quality experience. Chicco has a 61 year track record and is now distributed by Prima Baby in South Africa. Today we are giving away three hat boxes of various items that are a welcome addition to any nursery.

The other thing that impresses me about Chicco is that the products go through a rigid testing process at the Chicco Observatory in Italy. Dermatologists, paediatricians, gynaecologists and parents all ensure that the items are hypoallergenic, paraben-free, chemical-free, preservative-free and gentle on the skin.

But enough about that. Let’s rather take a peek at exactly what’s in the box and why I like these products so much.

Natural Feeling 150ml feeding bottle

I really like this bottle. I used to use the Tommy Tippee bottles just because of this wider diameter which was similar to a breast but look how this bottle takes things one step further. The teat is at a lower angle which is very close to what a normal breast looks like. This makes for easier interchangable feeding. The teat has an orthodontic design, a textured top part and drip proof cap.

Physio Soft and/or Physio Micro pacifier

One of the latest trending concerns about dummies is: will this cause orthodontic issues later? Personally I landed up with an overbite which had to be corrected in my teenage years. The Chicco pacifiers are designed to fit children’s mouths, no matter what their age (although you’ll see the age labelled) with uniform pressure of the tongue on the palate. The neck is also small, ensuring the mouth is not left open when sucking. The design has a shape that will not hamper dental development.

The other useful thing about this product is that it has a Physio Soft dummy which you can give to baby at night because it’s so soft (make from silicone) that if they roll over there won’t be much in the way of discomfort. You’ll see it also has a circular hook which you can latch onto one of those dummy holders. The other Physio Micro is more of a fashion statement with cute buttons e.g. “Love” accompanied by some hearts.

Anti-Bacterial Breast Pads

During that early mom stage it’s no joke when your boobs are leaking. This is also that stage where you go through a lot of bras. Breast pads are a lifesaver to catch those drips and not stress about any wet patches cropping up on your clothes.

The Chicco breast pads are highly breathable, absorbent and make a secure, invisible protection.

Baby Moments 50ml & 7ml Body Lotion

If you’re cautious about what lotion to put on your baby’s skin, rest assured that Baby Moments is clinically tested for no tears at bath time. It smells exactly like a baby should and contains almond milk.

Baby Moments 50ml & 7ml Body Wash

A fresh soap which is also ideal for baby’s sensitive skin. It doesn’t have any SLS, a harsh surfactant commonly found  in most baby soaps. Contains soothing properties of oats.

The other thing I like about these bottles is the convenient flip top lid. When you squeeze it the liquid comes out of a tube in the top of the lid. As busy moms with full hands, this is a nice touch.

Baby Moments Nappy Cream 7ml sachet

The nappy cream is a delicate answer to nappy rash. It contains panthenol to help regenerate skin.

Baby Moments 7ml Bath Foam

Again, a delicate product designed to ensure that there aren’t any bath time tears. Plus of course, lots of bubble fun!

Strawberry Flavoured Toothpaste

One of the more difficult tasks as a mom I have found is to get your child to brush their teeth. Rinsing and spitting is also a challenge in those early days, so you’ll need a toothpaste that is safe to swallow. This Chicco toothpaste meets that need, as well as being non abrasive and containing bio-calcium. Plus which kid does not like strawberry flavour?!

Would you like to win one of three of these Chicco boxes containing these products? All you have to do is follow some social media, using the Rafflecopter prompts.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, but I was provided with the products.

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