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Fresh Start: From welcoming a new sibling to recycling resolutions. Filled to the brim with optimism for a new year!

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<ul><li><p>FREEJAN/FEB 2012Mom's </p><p>Notes</p><p>A little magazine with big ideas!</p><p>FRESH START</p><p>CRIB NOTES: New sibliNg</p><p>kOSBlIk wENNERSRecycliNg ResolutioNs </p><p>FRESH AIR FUNwoNdeRful wetlANds</p><p>FRESH UNDERFOOTwiN le P 'tite MAisoN cReAtioNs </p><p>vAlued At R500!</p></li><li><p>Mom's NotesA little magazine with </p><p>big ideas.</p><p>crib Notes: New Sibling 3</p><p>Health:Healthy Lunchbox 4Kosblik Wenners 5Mopani Pharmacy 8 - 9</p><p>'Home' work:Green New Year 6Fresh Air Fun 7Wonderful Wetlands 10 -11The Good Side of Kicking 13Fresh Underfoot 16</p><p>for Mom:Mom's Breakfast Voucher 13</p><p>Note it's 14 -15</p><p>wINNERS' wAllcoNgRAtulAtioNs to soMe of ouR PRevious editioN's wiNNeRs!</p><p>R2000 Riverside Mall shopping voucher</p><p>smurf colour-in competition</p><p>2</p><p>Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, neither Mom's Notes nor TwoRedPens Publishing can be held responsible for damages or consequences of any errors or omissions.The publisher does not stand warranty for the performance of any article or service mentioned in this magazine whether in an advertisemnet or elsewhere. By entering our competitions, you are giving consent that your details will be used for various marketing campaigns, on behalf of Mom's Notes Magazine. SMS's cost R1.50 p/sms. Enter as much as you like! Free SMS's don't apply.</p><p>spar shopping voucherLaerskool Bergland Mom, Marlise Fuhri, won R500 Spar Shopping Voucher</p><p>Kaapsehoop Horse RidingAmelia (9) and Mom, Liezl ChambersBarberton Primary.</p><p>'like' &amp; 'share' </p><p>US ON </p><p>FACEBOOk</p><p>AND wIN!</p><p>wIN yOUR CHOICE OF BEAUTIFUl JEwEllERy wORTH R500 By </p><p>Le Ptite Maison! Simply find us on FACEBOOK, 'like' us and 'share' us </p><p>with your world. Enter as many times as you like. The more you share, the greater the chance to WIN!</p><p>Competition closes 31 March 2012.</p><p>Dear Mom</p><p>A fresh new year is one month old already, and again we are excited to share some ideas with Lowveld Moms! We would love to get to know you and your family. Send us some holiday pictures or your own ideas - we could publish it in our next edition. </p><p>Email your thoughts or pictures to info@tworedpens.co.za - or simply post them on our FACEBOOK wall. </p><p>would you like to advertise and reach 12 500 households? Contact us today:</p><p>Alison: 083 254 5004 | alison@tworedpens.co.za</p><p>Tabita: 072 083 7072 | tabita@tworedpens.co.za</p><p>Elize Thekiso will spoil her family with a R2000 Shopping Voucher from Riverside Mall.</p><p>Anastacia Elliot (8) won 4 Movie Tickets with her picture! </p></li><li><p>smurf colour-in competition</p><p>spar shopping voucher</p><p>3</p><p>The arrival of a new baby is a joyous time for a family. For older children, though, this is often a time of confusion. Here are some useful tips on how to minimize sibling rivalry.Generally, sibling rivalry is the strongest when children are between one and three years of age at their siblings birth. One-to-three year-olds are still very dependent on parents to meet their needs. They havent learned how to share their parents or anything else for that matter. After the age of three, children become more independent. They dont depend on their parents as much to get their needs met. It is gener-ally thought that first-born children have the toughest time adjusting to the birth of a sibling. For all of their lives, they havent had to share their parents with anyone. Its quite an adjustment to have to learn to share so suddenly.</p><p>HOw tO PrEPArE tHE OldEr CHild FOr A NEw SiBliNg</p><p>Sibling rivalry is inevitable. There is no way that parents can eliminate it completely. There are, however, some things that can be done to minimize sibling rivalry and jealousy. Preparing older children for the birth of a sibling is one thing that will make the transition from only children to older children a smooth one. Here are some things parents can do.</p><p> Tell your children about the pregnancy. Some professionals recommend waiting until at least the third trimester or until children ask about their mothers changing shape. Tell your children what to expect. Parents should explain to their older children exactly what will happen to them while their mother is in the hospital. Parent should let their children know who will be taking care of them, where they will be staying, and when they will be able to see and talk to both parents and the new baby. Include your children in what is going on. Parents should let their older children take part in any preparations for the new child. For example, parents can let their older children help get the babys room ready. Parents can take their older children on a tour of hospital. If the expectant parents are up to it, they can take their older children to a prenatal check-up and let them listen to their new brother or sisters heartbeat. After the baby is born, parents should let the older children visit the hospital, if its allowed, and let them hold the baby if they want to. Make arrangements so that the arrival of the new baby changes older children lives as little as posssible. If parents plan moving older children from a crib to a bed, etc., they should try to do so months before the baby arrives. </p><p>dONtS Dont ask older children if they want a brother or sister. They have no choice in the matter. Dont tell older children that the new baby will be a playmate for them. The new baby probably wont be a playmate for several years. Dont ignore unacceptable behavior. It wont go away. Instead, identify and deal with it immediately. Dont rush older children into mastering new skills like toilet training before the baby is born. If older children are not ready for toilet training well before the birth of the new baby, it is best to wait until after the baby is born and things have settled down around the house.</p><p>HOw tO HANdlE rivAlry wHEN it OCCurS For older children, encourage talking about feelings. Parents should gear conversations toward their childrens level of understanding. If children withdraw, parents should provide frequent reassurance and affection. Set limits on anger and hostility. Parents should define acceptable and not acceptable behavior. Parents should not leave children alone together unsupervised. Parents should reassure their older children that they are loved, that its okay to be angry, but that its not okay to hurt the baby. Be realistic. Parents shouldnt expect their older children to smother their new baby with love and affection immediately. Deal with negative or attention-getting behaviors immediately. Dont force older children to share.</p><p>Sibling rivalry is unavoidable. Whenever two or more children live together, there are bound to be conflicts and jealousy. Parents cant eliminate sibling rivalry. They can, however, help to minimize it. Expecting and preparing for this inevitability will help parents make life easier for themselves and for their children.</p><p>Adapted from article retrieved from:www.parenting-ed.org</p><p>NEw SIBlINg CriB </p><p>NOtES</p></li><li><p>HEALTH</p><p>4</p><p>HErE ArE SOME 10 tiPS FOr </p><p>HEAlTHy lunchboxes:1. Try to encourage your child to make decisions about </p><p>what they eat and chat with them about the importance of healthy eating. Let them choose what type of fruit for example or let them choose the filling for their sandwich.</p><p>2. Plan your childs weekly lunch boxes in advance and add the ingredients to your shopping list. The more organized you are, the better the chance that your childs lunchbox will be stocked with healthy items. Take your child shopping and choose foods which you both agree are healthy and taste good.</p><p>3. Include low glycaemic index (GI) foods such as wholegrain sliced bread, wholemeal bread rolls, or wholemeal pita bread or tortilla wraps. Low GI foods help to maintain stable blood sugars through the slow release of sugar into the bloodstream and keep you satisfied for longer.</p><p>4. Use lean meats in sandwiches such as roast beef or shredded chicken breast or use tinned tuna or salmon fish. These are preferable to ham, salami, viennas and polony. Peanut butter (without the syrup) or Edam cheese or hummus are also good alternatives.</p><p>5. Try to add lettuce, cucumber and tomato to sandwiches. When you add salads to the sandwich you add extra vitamins, minerals and fibre.</p><p>6. Try to use a canola or an olive spread or use low fat cottage cheese on sandwiches. </p><p>7. try to provide fluids in the form of water, low-fat milk, sugar free cordials (low cal) or light Ice Tea or home made ice tea. Avoid fizzy drinks, sports drinks (energade, lucozade), and fruit juices.</p><p>8. Fruit is sweet and tasty, and is a much healthier alternative to potato crisps, biscuits, chocolate and sweets. Offer fruits that are easy to eat such as grapes, cherries, apples, pears, strawberries or cut and wrap fruits such as oranges, mangoes, kiwi fruits and pineapple.</p><p>9. Always choose lunchbox snacks that have some nutritional value, </p><p>10. Have fun! </p><p>Article written for Mom's Notes by: Natalie grobler Dieticians</p><p>Mopani Pharmacy | I langa Mall | 071 246 0357Website: www.nataliedietician.com</p><p>grobler.natalie@yahoo.com</p><p>Monday Banana or Avocado or tuna </p><p>or boiled egg sandwich with wholemeal bread (Choose Low GI or multigrain bread) </p><p> Cherry tomatoes Low-fat fruit yoghurt </p><p>(yumchums) Small bag of raisins or dried </p><p>apricots or apple rings Water</p><p>Tuesday Salmon or Tuna and rice </p><p>(Basmati or Brown rice) salad (with peas, sweetcorn, cucumbers , lettuce, peppers) </p><p> Banana and strawberry smoothie (made with low fat milk or fat free yoghurt) </p><p> Or fruit salad + water</p><p>Wednesday 3 oatcakes / rice cakes or 4 </p><p>provitas with low fat cottage cheese or Melrose cheese</p><p> Chutney (optional) Reduced-salt ham /chicken Cherry tomatoes Carrot sticks Cucumber sticks Fruit in jelly (use sugar </p><p>free jelly) or 1 small packet Nestle juice treats</p><p> Cordial or water</p><p>Thursday Tomato, mozzarella in pita </p><p>or tortilla wrap with mixed salad</p><p> Carrot sticks Biscuit sticks or no salted </p><p>pretzels Kiwi and strawberry fruit </p><p>salad (any fruit salad) Fruit yoghurt (yumchums) Water </p><p>Friday Chicken and couscous </p><p>salad (with spring onion, red pepper, tomatoes, cucumbers, chickpeas, cheese) </p><p> or Chicken and pasta salad Pear or apple or orange or </p><p>small banana Safari just fruit bar (32g) or </p><p>nestle cereal bar or nestle fruit twist</p><p> Water</p></li><li><p>Healthyoptions</p><p>kidslunch box</p><p>for your</p><p>5</p><p>kOSBlIk WEnnERs</p><p>wawieleTort i l las , koue gaar kalkoen of hoender, ham, kaas en tandestokkies.</p><p>Maak n tor til la-toebroodjie van jou k ind se gunsteling vulsels . Rol dit op en sny in vier OF vy f stukke. steek dit vas met 'n tandestokkie sodat dit opgerol bly tot pouse!</p><p>Healthy Pasta SaladFort if ied pasta or whole wheat pasta, edamame, ol ive oi l , v inegar, salt/pepper.</p><p>Cook the pasta and defrost the edamame (green soybeans). Mix them together and toss with dressing made from olive oil , red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.</p><p>Na-Skool/ Voor-SportGrondboontjie en Piesang HappiesPiesangs, grondboontj iebotter, verkrummelde heelgraan ontbytgraankos, k lein heelgraan pretzel stokkies.</p><p>sny piesang in happie groote blokkies op. smeer grondboontjiebotter op elke stukkie en doop in ontby tgraankos krummels . Druk 'n pretzel s tokkie in elk vir 'n pret happie.</p><p>Bug BagsCrushed crackers, bowl of raisins, bowl of dried cranberries, bowl of dark chocolate chips, Ziploc bags, large spoon.</p><p>Place a cracker in each Ziploc bag and crush using a large spoon until sand-like consistency. Add in a few raisins and have your child "dig" for bugs in the sand. Can use other items such as dr ied cranberr ies ( "ladybugs"), dark chocolate chips ( "ants"), etc. Be creative!</p><p> Ar ticle adapted from www.cbsnews.com.</p></li><li><p>6</p></li><li><p>Lowveld National Botanical Garden</p><p>A wealth of natures treasures</p><p>Operating hours: 08h00 - 17h00 from April - August08h00 - 18h00 from Sept - MarchContact Details: 013 752 5531: Email:LNBGinfo@sanbi.org.za</p><p>A member of the Riverside Park Precinct</p><p>A tranquil place for:RelaxationMeditationLearning</p><p>A picturesque environment for:Picnics</p><p>Weddings, private partiesConcert &amp; Exhibitions</p><p>fResH AiR fuNHOw tO PlAN A PiCNiC FOr CHildrEN</p><p>Kids love the finger foods, fresh air, games and freedom from table manners that come with the picnic experience. Its a great escape from your normal routine, giving you the opportunity to spend some quality family time in the great outdoors. The key to planning a picnic with kids is to keep it simple. Here are some easy tips that will help you plan a laid-back picnic to remember.</p><p>tHiNgS yOull NEEd Picnic basket or pack Kid-friendly food and beverages Trash bag Paper towels Antibacterial wipes Toys and games Picnic blanket Insect repellent Sunscreen First-aid kit</p><p>1. Start with a fully loaded picnic pack with enough room and supplies for the whole family. Pre-packed picnic cooler trolleys are a great way to combine a spacious cooler, tableware, flatware, napkins and other picnic accessories in one item thats easy to transport. 2. Keep the meal simple, easy to prepare and a snap to clean up. Finger foods are your best bet. Some ideas that are popular with kids include sandwiches, chicken nuggets, cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, carrot sticks, cookies, bottled water and juice boxes. 3. Include paper towels, a trash bag, and wet wipes in your picnic pack for easy clean-up. Antibacterial hand wipes will clean gooey messes off kids hands without a trip to the bathroom. 4. Pack a bag full of toys and games to keep kids occupied before and after they eat. Be creative-older kids want more complicated games, like water balloon tosses or mini golf. 5. Lay out a large picnic blanket or picnic mat with waterproof backing as a seating area that will protect your family and the food against moisture and insects. 6. Protect the kids against bug bites and sunburns with kid-friendly insect repellent and sunscreen. 7. Keep a small, portable first aid kit close-by.</p><p>Visit the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens in Nelspruit for the perfect </p><p>picnic venue!retrieved from: How to Plan a Picnic for Children, www. eHow.com</p></li><li><p>service centeredOur staff are well informed and offer a high level of excellence and personal attention throughout our various departments, from our Dispensary to our Wellness Clinic and everything in between.</p><p>dispensaryMopanis dispensary team strives to give our customers individual care and we take the responsibility of consulting very seriously. Our pharmacists look forward to assisting you and your family!</p><p>Have you met spencer?</p><p>Mopani Pharmacy offers the latest in dispensing technology to support our friendly and efficient dispensary team.</p><p>Fragrance &amp; cosmeticsOur Fragrance &amp; Cosmetics Department is always ready with good advice when it comes to choosing the best products or that special gift. We are authorised stockists of the worlds leading brands, including Este Lauder, Lancme, Elizabeth Arden, Clinique, Clarins and many more</p><p>service - our strengtH since 1982</p><p>moms cHoiceMopani stocks all baby essentials and so much more. Our dedicated staff are here to assist you throughout the journey of parent...</p></li></ul>