Seat Safety – a blog for for the parents

Hello dear readers!

As you know, my blog includes anything that is of interest to me. So being involved in South African Motorsport and having a passion for 4 wheels I was recently informed by the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists on something rather disturbing – something I had to share with you, especially if you are parents!

Wheel Well, a NPO doing amazing work in road safety shared the following with us. All parents want to protect their children as best they can. When it comes to child car safety, the correct child car seat can seem rather expensive and some parents may be tempted to choose a cheaper alternative. This had led to thousands of unsuspecting parents across the globe purchasing inexpensive “portable” car seat harnesses online.

These “cheaper” options offer parents a false sense of security and do not
help to prevent injury or death. Wheel Well are anxious to inform parents of the hazards of using this kind of device instead of a proper child car seat which conforms to EU regulations.

Authorities in the United Kingdom have conducted crash tests on cheaply made and untested “portable” car seat harnesses and the results are sobering. These cheap imported seats were shown to disintegrate at a low-speed collision of under 60kph,
propelling a crash test dummy into the front of the vehicle.

To put this in perspective, a normal child car seat is tested to survive impacts at speeds in excess of 100kph. With the huge forces involved in a car crash, parents must ensure they purchase car seats that adhere to current and tested regulations and standards.

In South Africa, we adhere to European standards and the car seat must feature an orange European Economic Commission stamp of approval sticker. Parents need to be aware that any defects and shortcomings of a car seat will become apparent during a crash … and that will be far too late!

Prevent a lifetime of regret and make sure you buy the correct and legal seat for your child. If you cannot afford a correctly certified car seat new, rather be in contact with Wheel Well on peggie@wheelwell.co.za

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2757724/Crash-test-revealshorror-moment-deadly-child-car-seat-disintegrates-impact-just-30mphthrowing-dummy-vehicle-safety-watchdogs-warn-thousands-soldonline-world.html

Please consider donating your old car seats to Wheel Well and if you have a car seat but are unsure if it meets the requirements, contact Peggie and get peace of mind. Do feel free to share this with other parents out there – spread safety!

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Until next time, in the spirit of children and road safety, drive as if every child on the street were your own…

Nadia xo xo

Add hope 🙏🏼

Magic Johnson once said “All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them”. From his mouth to the ears of the incredible souls at KFC
KFC’s Add Hope – now in its seventh year – has found a powerful way to unite staff and customers in the fight against hunger. Add Hope partners with over 110 beneficiary organisations to feed over 110 000 children every day across the country, helping them learn, grow and thrive.


With World Hunger Month having kicked off in October, Add Hope continues to shine a spotlight on hunger issues in South Africa and the beneficiaries it supports.

In the second leg of their World Hunger Month roadshow, Add Hope visited Home of Hope in Tableview, Cape Town with local media and KFC team members from surrounding stores. We began the day with an introduction from resident social worker, Bianca Breytenbach on the home and the kind of children they support.


Home of Hope specialises in supporting children who have been affected by Fetal Alchohol Syndrome (FAS), a condition developed by a mother consuming alcohol during pregnancy which results in various disorders.

Home of Hope houses children ranging from new-borns to 18 year olds, who are fed three nutritious meals and two snacks daily at their Table View home. Guests were then entertained by beautiful singing and dancing from the children and were then shown a tour of the grounds where they were able to see where the children live, sleep, learn and play.

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As a patron of KFC this is just one example of physically seeing where your R2 donation goes to. The Add Hope initiative provides us all with opportunity to be able to make a real difference in the lives of children across South Africa.

What a heartwarming feeling knowing you’ve given hope and so much more to someone less fortunate that yourself  – Kudos to KFC & Add Hope.

To find out more, visit Add Hope #AddHope and visit Home of Hope if you’d like to assist further.
Until next time remember that together we can save lives & Add Hope.

Nadia xo xo


Credits – Plato Communications

Tamryn Sher 

Unapologetically cool…by Steve Madden 

Steve Madden gives us serious #shoeenvy this summer! Fortunately for us the SS16 is available at your favorite online store! 

Steve Madden footwear achieves the ‘twenty-something, let’s revel in the sunshine’ appeal year on year – season upon season. Defined by their cool, confident and always in-the-know nature, a Steve Madden girl is the ONLY girl.

Wouldn’t you want to be unapologetically chic?

 

Inner-city Edge

“Inspired by urban edge fused with a jolt of ambient appeal – Steve Madden is more than just a shoe brand to Zando.co.za. We support this premium brand in their innovative fashion while still maintaining an independent spunk.” – Michele Keytel, Head of Purchasing at Zando.co.za

This summer Steve Madden and Zando.co.za celebrate a denim friendly season of high shine, sensual suede, sky high platforms and blocked heels. From the boardwalk to the beach, this collection, formally known as Summer Daze, reveals a plethora of strap heavy trinkets and biseasonal detail that will make you feel at home in the city’s perfect balance of gritty glow and natural aura.
 



Summer Daze

Heavily inspired by the universal trend of leg tie-ups, espadrille finishes and suede detailing, Summer Daze incorporates just the right amount of pastel glow needed for some summer spice. Think light blue, dusty pink, soft tan and white for that sizzling summers day – with the needed glitz and glitter for a sassy summer night out on the town.

Loving a little rhinestone detail or nubuck suave? Summer Daze on Zando.co.za is your one-stop-shop to fashion forward enthusiasm. 

How to get it? 

As the number one online retailer in South Africa, Zando.co.za now proudly houses Steve Madden South Africa, with product pricing between R699 – R2299.

 Shop Steve Madden on Zando.co.za

On that note remember, a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about ☺️

Nadia xo xo

GrandWest takes Kensington Home for the Aged under its wing

William Wordsworth once said “The wiser mind mourns less for what age takes away than what it leaves behind.”

In a world where so much emphasis is placed on youth & material wealth, it is so refreshing & heartwarming to see a company like GrandWest investing in & caring about our aged!

I was truly sad to have (at the last minute) missed the incredible moment when Grand Parade Investment, GrandWest & Miss SA arrived at the Kensington Home for the Aged last week, with love, appreciation, time & care packs for the residents of this home. If like me, you missed the event, you can fortunately read all about what GrandWest is doing for Kensington – its truly a Motivating & Inspiring Monday post!

GrandWest takes Kensington Home for the Aged under its wing

Improving comfort and safety for the residents of the Kensington Home for the Aged were the objectives of the extensive refurbishment project that has just been completed by GrandWest’s Social Economic Development Department in collaboration with BBBEE suppliers of GrandWest.

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The project, started in January 2016, included installing dry walling in the Home’s Hassen Adams Frail Care Centre, electrical refurbishments, installing additional showers, grab rails and shower sheets, repainting the centre and the installation of blinds. The 10 rooms in the frail care centre were refreshed with new décor and also received new cupboards, side bed lamps and linen. The reception area was revamped with a new couch and reception desk, while outside, new paving will be laid, along with a carport for the ambulance and automated gates commencing July 2016. Since its inception, a total of R450 000 has been donated towards Kensington Home’s building refurbishments.

Prior to the refurbishment project, the GrandWest Social Economic Development Department made it possible for five of the home’s staff to undergo training with St John’s to ensure that they are adequately skilled for their demanding roles as caregivers.

The home provides shelter, medical support and a nurturing, supportive environment for about 110 aged and infirm people from previously disadvantaged communities. Many of the residents do not have any family and have limited means to support themselves. The home relies heavily on the donations and sponsorships it receives from the public to continue operating as the Pension and Social Welfare Subsidy it receives is not sufficient.

“The elderly are sadly often amongst the most neglected and forgotten members of our society and much can be said about a community by the way in which it treats its elderly citizens. Kensington Home for the Aged provides invaluable care and support to the elderly, many of whom have nowhere else to turn,” says Heidi Edson, Group Social Economic Development Manager for Sun International.

image2“The Home’s commitment to ensuring a safe, nurturing and healthy environment for its residents is heartening. We recognise the challenges they face in keeping the facility up and running. As such, we are pleased to be in a position to assist the home in addressing some of these challenges. This project, which involved one of our enterprise development partners, Decordent Living, demonstrated what can be achieved when caring people work together,” says Edson.

In 2015, GrandWest’s Social Economic Development Department visited the Home and identified various needs. A fire detection system was installed to the value of R255 000  and staff were given training on using fire extinguishers. During the winter of 2015, GrandWest teamed up with The Table Bay to donate warm accessories such as gloves and beanies as well as blankets to help alleviate some of the burden on the Home in keeping its residents warm and comfortable. The items were handed to the residents by Miss South Africa 2015, Liesl Laurie, much to the residents’ delight.

Later in the year, SHAWCO Health (the University of Cape Town’s Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation) visited the home. The visit, facilitated by GrandWest which is a primary sponsor of SHAWCO Health, saw 19 students from the Physiotherapy, Audiology and Speech-Language faculties engage with the home’ residents in a range of activities focused on uplifting their spirits.
SHAWCO Health plans to host further group therapy sessions at the home in 2016 as well as offer training to the nurses and caregivers to assist them in managing the residents’ diagnoses more effectively.

Until next time, we all too often forget about these pillars of our society, so lets hope this little reminder has you inspired to Be The Change too!

Nadia xo xo

Press release issued on behalf of GrandWest: Mercedes Westbrook, The Mail Room PR

Photo Credit: Nickay-Alfonso Stoffels

PopIn-to this beautiful collaboration!

THE STORY OF THE POP IN SHOP WITH VOICES CLUB AND JO CARLIN

So I was guttered to have missed this incredible collaboration between these two powerhouses, but here’s what this new creative & beautiful space in Cape Town is all about!

VOICES Female Business Club, a professional networking club, has joined in collaboration with Jo Carlin in Cape Town to launch a unique and beautiful collaboration space in the heart of De Waterkant.

This striking 200+ sqm gorgeous design space has been the home for Jo Carlin design for over 5 years and is well known as the only stop for stunning contemporary furniture which can be tailor made to particular customer requirements as well as the quirky Jo Carlin character female fashion

Shelley Humphreys, the founder of VOICES last year May was searching for a new creative space for the club members to utilize and work and which “evokes a creative energy and inspiration for new ideas and motivation which is often sorely lacking in many co-working spaces currently offered”

 

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The new collaboration working space offers a comfortable and beautiful lounge environment, with Jo Carlin’s striking furniture designs and art pieces on the walls creating a warm, comfortable environment with high ceilings exuding space to think, breathe and create.

Jo comments “The idea of collaborating with VOICES was very attractive as I view myself as a creative female and enjoy being in the company of others with a similar energy and outlook. This collaboration will bring new energy and creativity into the space and I’m very excited to see what will happen”

The PopInShop was an idea born from both Carlin and Humphreys who believed that other high end designers could benefit and add to the energy and creativity in the space.

They created the concept and are joined for the launch by another 4 international designers who will offer their products to the space, including:

Mani Bains – an award winning Denim Designer originally from the UK with over 15 yrs experience being the lead designer for Levi’s, EVISU, Wrangler and Tommy Hilfiger and now for the past 2 years created a high end male and female denim collection, namely DIVA jeans and Kings of Denim.

Marlena Groengard Danish Designer and stylist whom have lived and worked in Copenhagen, Paris, Milan and New York offers MARA – beautifully designed jewellery, some with precious stones, and ostrich leather handbags.

Italian born Andrea Cisari will be presenting his iconic sunglass brand Ross & Brown an Italian eyewear brand established in 2013 with headquarters in London. Today, Ross & Brown products are sold in the most exclusive boutiques and finest optical stores all around the world.

British born Stuart Bishop will showcase his timepieces collection TRIDENT which are functional and minimalist in form, high regard for the principles of contemporary design and all with affordable prices.

 

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Carlin and Humphreys are keen to keep the PopInShop story and shopping experience alive by including other designers into the space throughout the year, “we want to keep the customers engaged and coming back to see what’s new” comments Humphreys “we want to create an experience of inspirational purchasing with value and products not easily available at other retail outlets”.

The PopInShop is open for business Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm. Pop In and see us and join the collaboration.

So my weekend plans involve surrounding myself with beautiful pieces whilst taking a tour of this amazing space – keen to join me?

Until next time remember, Boss Chics don’t Compete…they Collaborate!

Nadia xo xo

Pic credits VOICES Club

 

More Information
VOICES CLUB
VOICES was founded around a philosophy of providing a platform for professional women working and networking their way to greatness. The network aims to provide opportunities that bring women together in a safe space to think, work, debate, discuss and socialize. It performs the function of empowering female club members with the strength of camaraderie, value exchange, skills sharing and inspiration along with awesome benefits in a sophisticated co-working space in the heart of Cape Town.
To request more information, details, images or an interview with VOICES Founder Shelley Webb, please contact shelley@voicesclub.com
Shelley Webb
Shelley@VoicesClub.com
Website:  www.voiceclub.com
Facebook:  Facebook.com/VoicesFemaleClub
Twitter: @PowerFemales
Instagram:  voicesclub

Stop Hunger Now, SA

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with social media, however there are many times I look at a social media platform & go, “I would’ve never known about this!” had it not been posted/tweeted/snapped or instagrammed! 

The Information Age we live in can be daunting at the best of times, overwhelming to a point of fear & snycism and more relevant & vital in everyday life than we could’ve ever imagined possible! 

So today’s post would’ve not been possible without (sounding like an acceptance speech much) a tweet about an organization called Stop Hunger Now SA !

The name alone got my attention. Then upon further investigation I did a double take when I saw Graca Machel, Chief Patron for SHNSA donning an apron & hair net, packing meals at Mandela Day. I was curious but most importantly I have a burning desire to “Be The Change”, I’m so keen to help in any way that will make a difference & this initiative is too powerful & important not to share!

Stop Hunger Now was established in USA in 1998 by Dr Ray Buchanan & is an international organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life saving aid worldwide. SHNSA started in 2009 & is a volunteer based meal packing & results oriented nutrition programme with two full time operations in Cape Town & Gauteng

The focus is on reaching the hungry and children is particular. With statistics such as 3.165 million children suffering from household hunger in SA, this initiative restores hope for hungry children in our country. 

One could donate, volunteer or host an event. I volunteered at the first ever SHNSA meal packing event in Bloubergstrand leading up to my birthday. My social media tag was “No better way to spend a Saturday than with SHNSA” and it was truly fulfilling. We met & introduced ourselves to the organizer. Thereafter watched a SHNSA movie clip done by the hilarious Suzelle DIY & before we knew it we were in the production line & ready to go!

Upon hearing the bell we were measuring, packing, sealing & eagerly awaiting the sound of the bell signaling how many meals were being packed as the clock ticked. The meals could moly to UNICEF standards and are highly nutritious. It was such fun & we got to meet so many like us, literally making a difference! Upon the final bell we looked up and had packed 60 boxes in an hour & a half which meant that 12 744 children would receive meals! It was a feeling like no other whe. I looked up at that screen…pride, humility, content, sadness & happiness, gratitude…

It’s something you should experience as words do not do it justice so I suggest you check out Stop Hunger Now SA & volunteer a few hours of your time, make it a family experience or get a group of friends together in celebration of your birthday, suggest it to HR & do it as team building with colleagues. However you decide, I urge you to just do it & know that you literally saved a life…

Until next time and as I proudly sport my ‘I fed the hungry today’ badge I’d like to thank Twitter for this life changing opportunity!
 

Nadia xo xo 

Sale away with me 🛍🛍🛍🛍🛍🛍

When you open your inbox and that emotive four lettered red word we all love flashes before your very eyes, it can only mean one thing SALE!!!!!!!!

Now who doesn’t love a good sale?!!! Apart from the H&M X Balmain sale, sales in South Africa are nothing like a scene out of “Confessions of a Shopaholic“, so with the weekend just over the horizon I thought I’d share a few of the April deals with you!

Nine West is giving you 30% off all Handbags & Wallets until the 10th of April. I don’t need to tell you how gorgeous & well crafted their products are & it would make the perfect spoil or gift!

The Body Shop is a big favorite of mine & with the lack of cruelty free skincare in SA, I’ve recently started using their range & am loving it. They have a 30% off for 3 days only sale so head along for the perfect pamper for you, great bachelorette ideas, or baby shower pamper for the mom to be.
If you’re working on your wanderlist like I am then look no further than Qatar Airways for their 20% off 58 of your favorite destinations. No excuse not to get another stamp on your passport!

Truworths is a trusted name in SA for many years. I’ve always liked their Inwear Range & own a few of the colorful Ginger Mary pieces. It’s the perfect time to add to my cupboard with their REAL Sale now on!

Spree is your must for all occasions! You can snatch up SA designer pieces at sale prices. Their 3rd birthday sale offers up to 50% off!!! I’m smiling from ear to ear knowing I will have my little paws on a Gert-Johan Coetzee gown very soon!

Steve Madden is offering the shoe lovers a buy one & get 50% off your second purchase until Sunday. Their brand is a firm favorite here in SA & in my closet too so spoil yourself, life’s short, get a pair in every color!

Identity stocks some greatly priced items that are perfect for weekends & varsity days. With their sale now on, you can stock up without buyers remorse or breaking the bank.

On that note, happy shopping lovelies!

Nadia xo xo 

Sai Kung: A Paradise, A Home and A Past

Travel bloggers … Hidden gems in Hong Kong …

I love Bama’s blogs, check them out – you may too!

What an Amazing World!

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We are standing at a bus stop in Sai Kung, a town with relaxing ambiance in the New Territories, anything but similar with the busy downtown of Hong Kong Island. It is a Wednesday morning in January with clear blue skies, a nice break from the usually grim Hong Kong winter days. While James is looking carefully at the bus schedule information board nearby, one minibus is waiting near the bus stop, already full with passengers. We continue standing there, talking about the town while waiting for our minibus to arrive.

A few seconds later James takes a better look at that minibus then walks slowly towards it with me following behind. Apparently that is the minibus we should take, and it is ready to leave very soon. “Are there still seats for two people?” James inquires. He then signals me…

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