Episode 47: Drowning in Fibre

The kids went to a woodland party and looked very cute in their different outfits

Finished Objects

At last the White Sandy Beach socks and Titus’s socks are finished and we have entered them in all the knit alongs

Works in Progress

Mama Vertebrae in Elle Elite 50% wool 50% cotton in peach with yellow stripe

The colour reminded Rachel of a Naartjie so we showed what a Naartjie is as it seems to be a South African word only and Dave and Devin were asking about what it was on Instagram

Rachel’s kiddy Vertebrae is out of Noro Kureyon Sock

August socks are from Electric Carnation and are for Women’s Day in South Africa 3 rainbows for women being multi cultrural, multi talented and multi faceted. Such a genius idea from Wooldiaries.

Sally got me some One of a Kind Bamboo at the market in Pretoria for me to make Titus’s teacher a Volstruis scarf/cowl

Remember the Hat Along
Any hat, any size, knit or crochet.

We got a LOT of fiber from a destash and are going to divide it up with some friends so we all get to try some Alafoss

Prizes for Opposites KAL

Yarn Stash Blues DK CraftyLynetteR
Yarn Stash sock – Vivieknits
Stellar FibreWorks from Gina – Averil
Tea Collection of hats from Clare Devine – dgwhite
Beaded Hippo – MrsQuilt
Yarn Bling bag – mimiteacher
yarn bling bag – hmgtt
Incomparable Buttons – denaliWWT

Thanks for watching

Sorry to be MIA

Soory I have been MIA and have been delayed in drawing my competition but I am knitting a new pattern. I know if you are not a knitter that this means nothing but believe me it is exciting. Yes really, not like old lady exciting like proper exciting 😉

Anyway without further ado here is the winner: Congrats Dhesh

A friend asked me to tell her about what I did with vaccinations, which can be a really contentious and one that can be hard to find a middle ground. I wrote a long reply to her and so I thought it might be worth sharing. Will start a new post to do that and then I have one about unschooling in my head too, stay tuned.

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Giveaway Rawlicious Recipe Book and DVD

I have a great Giveaway at the moment for a Rawlicious Recipe book and DVD course. It seems just in time for the #twittermomsixpackclub but also for anyone who wants to improve their general health. I am not vegan nor vegetarian but I have this book myself and it is great ideas for Meat Free Monday and other Raw Food ideas. I could never be totally raw but I know that the more times a week we have raw whole food the better for the whole family. I have blogged about one of the amazing Raw Food meals that I made from here that the whole family loved.

There are some great ideas for things to do with your own produce too and an section on starting to sprout which even those who are challenged in the green fingers department can try. Here are my sprouts

The more I read for the Six Pack Challenge the more I see that a lot of what we eat and what is considered to be a healthy diet might be wrong. The amount of carbohydrates that we need is very very little and should come from our fruit and vegetables and not refined carbs like bread, pasta, rice and cakes. We are literally poisoning our boy with carbs and sugar and avoiding fat and protien which we need.

The food pyramid that was introduced as the basics of healthy eating has actually had the opposite effect and people are fatter and more obese than ever. Low fat and low protien diet seems to be killing us from heart disease and strokes rather than saving us.

Atkins started suggesting we had it all wrong and now big names like Dr Tim Knoakes, the sport physician, have joined in the low carb diet to improve health and fitness. My uncle when to one of his talks recently and I must say I am really keen to try go to one myself. Given that my dad with zero risk factors but bad genes had a triple by pass I think I need to take note.

The fat burning diets and all the tips for showing off the 6 pack that might be hiding under the fat is that it needs to be as close to nature as possible. If you can pick it, grow it or catch it then it is okay. Kick out all the refined foods. Well nothing gets more natural than the raw food diet. I am adding meat to mine 😉 but I am careful that we get non hormone meat as packing the body with hormones when I am trying to keep the kids healthy does not seem like a good idea. I love the ideas in this book as it helps me to cut back on our reliance on carbohydrates. I am especially keen on all the morning smoothy ideas as an alternative to cereal. Hopefully this book and a the stomach exercises will help me show off any six pack that might be waiting underneath. They say that it is 80% diet and 20% exercises, but I am not sure if they ( those who quote these stats know how far from muscles and more like jelly my belly actually is)

That is enough of my ramblings, on to the prize. Soaring Free have given me a great prize for a blog reader to win.

Rawlicious Recipes for Radiant Health written by Peter and Beryn Daniel

And a 4 DVD series. I have not watched this and am very jealous. I just have the book but I am sure the DVD has all sort of helpful tips. ( If you live in CT and win I might invite myself around to come and watch)

How to enter:
– Comment here below and tell me why you want to win. Are you a sixpack Mommy, are you going Raw, are you just looking to improve your health?
For extra entries ( you need to let me know here if you have done the extra entries so when I enter them in the draw I enter your name the right number of times)
– Like the Rawlicious FaceBook Page and come tell me you have Liked them
– Tweet “Win a Rawlicious Recipe book and DVD course – enter on @pinkhairgirl blog http://www.pinkhairgirl.co.za/2012/08/14/giveaway-rawli…e-book-and-dvd/ ”
and come and tell me here that you have tweeted.

-The competition will close on Sunday 26 August 2012 midnight South African Time
– Names are randomly drawn using Random Picker on line
– Open to residence of South Africa only
– Winner needs to write a review/thank you on their blog or if you don’t have a blog send it to me so I can put it up here on Pink Hair Girl
– Entrance must be 18 or older

Giveaway Baby Throne


Winner drawn by Random Picker on Line is Carle – well done

Today I have a very exciting giveaway. I blogged a few days ago about Titus and his potty training.
Well Zoe from Baby Throne has ofter one of her wonderful potty training systems for one lucky reader to win. They retail in the shop at R999 and on her website for R899 including deliveries. This is a really fantastic prize I have loved using our Baby Throne. It is really comfortable for Titus and is so cleverly designed that even little boys can’t pee over the top which is a problem with most other potties.

How to enter:
– Comment here below to enter by answering the following question “From what age can you use the Baby Throne?”
For extra entries ( you need to let me know here if you have done the extra entries so when I enter them in the draw I enter your name the right number of times)
– Like the Baby Throne FaceBook page and come leave a comment here that you have liked it
– Tweet ” Win a Baby Throne toilet training system worth R999 @BabyThrone @pinkhairgirl http://www.pinkhairgirl.co.za/2012/06/20/giveaway-baby-throne/”
and come and tell me here that you have tweeted, one tweet per person per day is allowed.

-The competition will close on Friday 29 June 2012 midnight South African Time
– Names are randomly drawn using Random Picker on line
– The prize excludes postage and any registration or insurance of the parcel
– Entries from both South African and abroad are welcome but please check the postage costs if you are entering from outside South Africa as this will be for your expense.
– Entrance must be 18 or older

From now until wednesday 4 July you can order a Baby Throne for R699 excluding postage as a promotional offer through PinkHairGirl Blog. These usually retail for R999 in the shops. You will see that I have made sure that after the competition ends, you get enough time to order one if you did not win.
Contact Zoe Zoe@knightsbabytraining.com to make use of this Blog Special and say that you saw the special offer here.

About Baby Throne

Baby Throne; toilet training system for babies 4 months+!

• Age 4 months+ or start whenever you like!
• Max size limit 20kg
• Save R6500 (60%) on nappies before age of 2
• Patented and endorsed by paediatricians
• Baby feels comfortable, safe and secure in a soft foam
• Gentle progression (beginner, intermediate to advanced) progression onto the toilet.
• Designed for little boy’s too!
• Baby fully supported in correct squat position
• Ideal for babies transitioning from liquid to solids
• Helps prevent constipation
• Save time, money and be green!
• Ideal as baby shower gift.

As a brief introduction: The Baby Throne is a toilet training system suitable for babies of 4 months and older. There is a 60% decrease in nappies used; we have proven a saving of R6500 before the age of 2 for just one child! It is made from soft recyclable foam saving time, money and the environment. I have attached a one pager detailing what is unique about the Baby Throne.

• This is a new invention. Invented, patented and manufactured in Cape Town.
• Award winning; namely Baba Indaba Certificate of Excellence, Green awards and a finalist in the Mail and Guardian’s Greening the Future.
• Endorsed by paediatricians and supported by the South African DTI
• Market segment: That is career orientated women (LSM 7 to 12) – perhaps as a direct result of this market being more educated and understanding the physiological benefits or simply understanding the environmental need to be ‘green’. Or perhaps it is simply about what is best for baby!
• Baby Throne has also proven to be a favourite Baby Shower present: something new, unique, best for baby, green, saving time and money. A lot of grandparents buy – they know from experience it is NOT necessary to wait until baby is in their toddler years to start toilet training! (40 years ago we were toilet trained by 18 months; 5 years ago Huggies saw their market go from under 3’s to now, in the USA, the under 5s!)
• Manufacturing costs are high as this is still a new product– it is a simple economies of scale in manufacturing this product. Costs drop substantially as the word gets out and production demand increases.
• Further information on the website (www.babythrone.com) and a video that proves the product – it is titled ‘funny’ and worth a watch even if for just a giggle.
• Test run at Toys R Us in Canal Walk – retail price R999 – sold out in record time. Website price R899 including postage.
• Between USA, SA and the UK we use 148 million nappies/diapers a day. Using the Baby Throne we can reduce this number by half. Imagine saving 74 million nappie/diapers a day in just these 3 countries?
• Presently looking for distributors to manage retail outlets

Note: For those who do not have children: toilet training generally starts at the earliest at 2 years old. 40 years ago we were trained at 18 months. Huggies have seen their market go from the under 3’s 5 years ago to now the under 5 year olds! Nappy mountains are a world-wide environmental issue. It has been reported a disposable nappy/diaper can take between 200-500 years to degrade. Washing toweling nappies are not much better – they pollute our seas.

‘Kinder and healthier for baby AND leaves mum with more free time’

What is unique about the Baby Throne, and how does it differ from the products already on the market?

Interest in the award-winning Baby Throne stems not only from the fact that parents are now able to toilet train their babies, but also from the fact that the Baby Throne is environmentally and baby friendly. Parents no longer need to wait until their child is a toddler before beginning the toilet-training process. Toilet training using the Baby Throne is kinder and healthier for babies. The Baby Throne has not only been endorsed by the South African Department of Trade and Industry, but has also been endorsed by baby clinics and paediatricians. Additional benefits include more free time for mum and a proven 60% reduction in nappy/diaper usage, resulting in substantial cost savings and environmental benefits.

The unique Baby Throne is a medically-endorsed, comfortable toilet-training aid for babies as young as 4 months old. It differs from other toilet-training devices on the market in that it can be used with much younger babies. The Baby Throne fully supports the baby, or toddler, from all sides in soft, warm foam. The ergonomically designed Baby Throne has received endorsements from paediatricians and an internationally recognized paediatric surgeon. Doctors especially recommend use of the Baby Throne with babies when making the transition from a liquid to a solid diet (at approximately 6 months of age).

Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary for babies or toddlers to soil their nappies, especially with number 2s. In fact, it is possible for babies as young as 4 months old to start using the Baby Throne as long as they can hold up their heads unaided. The Baby Throne must not be confused with the baby chairs on the market, which hold the baby in a seated position. The Baby Throne is a toilet-training system, which supports the baby in an optimal ‘squat’ position, holding the baby in a natural position for emptying the bowels. This unique toilet-training aid helps to prevent the constipation issues suffered by many babies.

The Baby Throne has 3 different positions (stages) that gently guide the child towards using the toilet; this transition has been proven to be effective in getting toddlers onto the toilet without frightening them. The uniquely shaped aperture in the seat of the Baby Throne has been designed to allow the baby to use their Baby Throne until they reach 20kgs (approx. aged 4). The longest period of time that the baby or toddler should spend in the Baby Throne is 10 minutes.

The Baby Throne manufacturers are the first manufacturers in Africa to use an environmentally-friendly production technique. The Baby Throne is a South African product, manufactured in Cape Town. It is fully compliant with the strictest international safety and environmental protection standards. The Baby Throne design is protected by international patents.

For more information contact Zoe@knightsbabytraining.com

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Manic Panic Giveaway colours

Gabbi from Anonamiss Beauty Emporium emailed me the most amazing pictures of the Giveaway dyes on real people. These colours are awesome. Look at that Yellow it is fabulous!

Remember you don’t need to be as bold as to do a whole head of hair, highlights or doing the bottom half of your hair so that the roots are not such an issue is also possible.

Draw is on Friday at midday or as close as I can, so hurry and don’t miss the chance to brighten your world

Manic Panic Hair Dye Giveaway

The votes are coming in and so far it seems like the first pictures for the pink and blonde hair is in the lead.
It is one that I am really fond of too. I have wanted to go lighter for a while and so now I will start the process of growing out the Atomic Pink from Special Effects and Adding the new Cotton Candy Pink from Manic Panic from the top every time I do my roots. I went to collect my Cotton Candy Amplified from Gabbi at AnonaMiss Beauty Emporium today. They are giving me a pot to try and and review. A lot of people ask me where I get my dye and it is great to have a South African company to refer them to.

So this weekend The Geek, who of course does not dye my hair, will be pleased to be NOT helping me *wink *wink

To share the colour love with readers of the PHG blog and as a small thank you for all the votes. I have a great giveawy for you sponsored by AnonaMiss Beauty Emporium One lucky reader will win a pot of Classic Manic Panic Hair Dye. Have you always wanted to try some colour and were not brave enough? Well enter here and it might just be the push you need.

We have 5 fun colours for you to choose from.

What to do to enter:
– Leave a comment on this blog post, say which colour your would like.
– Make up a cool alter ego name that you would call yourself, if you got to rock your new hair colour. Eg Fuschia Fox, Miss Magenta
– Like AnonaMiss Emporium’s Face Book page for an extra vote, come back here to say you have liked it so I can add a vote for you
– Tweet about the competition, again let me know here so I can count your entries
– Sadly you have to be resident in South Africa to enter.
– I will leave the competition open for a week and next Friday we will draw the winner at midday ( or as close as the kids will allow me) That way you get great colourful news right before the weekend to make you smile

Fear Not, you don’t have to dye all your hair like I do, you can start with a streak or just dye the bottom layer of your hair so that you don’t have the problem or roots growing out, the possibilities are endless.

Colours to choose from are as follows

Classic New Rose Shock
Classic Shocking Blue
Classic Rock ‘n Roll Red
Classic Green Envy
Classic Electric Banana ( just for giggles, don’t know if anyone will be brave enough )

New Rose
shocking blue
Rock n Roll Red
Green Envy
Electric Banana

Basic info on the Manic Panic Dye:

  • Manic Panic Semi-Permanent hair cream is made from vegan-friendly natural-based ingredients, fortified with herbal and protein complexes with restorative properties.
  • The original Classic range offers 28 brightly hued colours, with 14 of these best-selling colours also available in a 30% stronger, longer-lasting Amplified formula! We’re also extremely excited for two new shades of blue that will soon be available!!
  • Used correctly on pre-lightened hair it can be used to create intensely bright colours (some even glowing under UV light) or give a highlight of colour over naturally lighter hair.
  • Imported from New York, USA, Manic Panic was founded in 1977 by two punk-rock sisters. Although the range includes various alternative beauty products including cosmetics, wigs and hair pieces, Manic Panic is world famous for it’s off-the-chart hair dyes. Over the last three decades Manic Panic hair colour has been worn by the likes of Cindy Lauper, Annie Lenox, Rhianna, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

Basic info on AnonaMiss Beauty Emporium:

  • Founded in 2010, ABE is the South African Distributor for the Manic Panic brand, as well as our own range of false eyelashes and a stockist of Violent Lips.
  • Run by two make-up artists our aim is to add a splash of colour to your life, daring you to be different!
  • Based as a home-run business in Cape Town, products can be collected from Northern Suburbs or Big Bay, as well as a selection of products can be purchased from our stockist Masque FX Warehouse in the CBD, or Needle Damage Tattoo Studio in Wynberg.
  • We post products countrywide (and sometimes even across our borders) at very reasonable rates.
  • Website currently being reconstructed, so please visit us at www.facebook.com/anonamissbeauty or email info@anonamiss.co.za to request a product catalogue.
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Celebration of being a woman Giveaway

**Competition Closed – winner Jane ***

I was really hoping to do this awesome Giveaway on the 29 for Leap Year. I wanted to celebrate women as it was the day I was going to ask The Geek to marry me. But I was so nervous and in such a flap that it just never happened. I have at last come down to ground and to celebrate our engagement and to celebrate women I have a great giveaway from Esse Organics. If you missed the full set of pictures of the engagement then here they are Cazpix flickr

Esse Organic Skincare offers a range of organic products produced by a company that is 100% ethical in all its dealings. They are certified organic by Ecocert France, and also support PhytoTrade and the Fair Trade movement which ensures that the ingredients and raw materials used are sourced and purchased from local co-operatives to uplift and empower rural communities. Please see more of all the Esse organic skincare products at www.esse.co.za.

Esse hamper
Containing: Gel cleanser, Toner, Cocoa exfoliator and Deep moisturiser. Valued at R740!

Gel Cleanser
A foaming, tingling wash that deep cleanses without drying.

Peppermint and Spearmint oils refresh and improve micro-circulation to aid in the elimination of toxins. pH balanced at 4.5 and uses mild biodegradable surfactants made from coconut oil and glucose. Additional Uses:

Can be used as a body wash
Same to use on acne affected skins
Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard available at http://cosmetics.ecocert.com

100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin
66.3% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming

Esse Toner completes the cleansing process with actives to revitalize, protect and improve skin texture.

Rooibos Extract provides potent antioxidant activity. Olive leave extract combats the negative effects of pollution and reduces sun damage. Additional Uses: Can be sprayed over make- up to freshen and re-hydrate throughout the day.

Natural and Organic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard available at http://cosmetics.ecocert.com

100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin.
82.8% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming

Cocoa Exfoliator
A delectable exfoliation experience for all skin types.

Fine Cocoa particles polish and refine the skin’s surface and flavanoids help protect against future sun damage. Wild sourced African oils provide slip and nourishment.

Additonal Information: Treat hands and feet to a gentle exfoliation.

100% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin
56.5% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming

Deep Moisurizer

Esse Deep Moisturiser will moisturise and maintain balance without leaving greasy residues or dry areas.

Ylang Ylang’s balancing effect stabilises both oily and dry skin patches creating an even skin state. Honeybush is included for its anti-aging, anti-oxidant and healing properties.

Natural and Organic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard available at http://cosmetics.ecocert.com

100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin.
82.1% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming

I got a cleanser and moisturiser to try and have been very impressed. I am 34 and so my skin in getting on a bit and showing signs of age but someone did not let my sebaceous gland know that I am not 15 any more. I often struggle to moisturize without getting a break out. But this one seems to have the right balance of care for my skin yet not oily or greasy at all. They smell so wonderful, are good for the environment and help community upliftment. What more could a woman want from her skin care range.

Check their website to order or for your local stockist.

If you would like to enter to win this hamper:
* You have to live in South Africa
* The prize will be posted directly from Esse Organics
* Enter a comment below, what did you do on the Leap Year and what makes you feel celebrated as a woman?
* Closing date is midnight on 14 March 2012
* I will draw the winner using a random name selection on line