Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Since he took the swimming world by storm at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, at the tender age of 15, 2012 Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps has become a source of inspiration to the millions of children worldwide living with ADHD.
Phelps was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 9 and used the swimming pool to burn off the excessive energy associated with the condition.   ADHD is also associated with impaired ability to focus in some areas, particularly in the classroom, but also a lazer-like focus in areas the child finds more rewarding – Phelps chose to direct this “hyper focusing” to swimming rather than computer games, and the result is a record 19 Olympic medals by the age of just 27.
Omega 3 essential fatty acids are increasingly being used by parents to assist in managing ADHD, with the widely publicised “Durham Trials” in the UK pointing to the significant improvement of symptoms of ADHD when supplementing with omega 3-rich fish oil, eyeq™.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Breaking Dawn Part 2

Don’t see the movie today without your matching make-up from Essence 

Team Edward and Team Jacob take note – the time has finally arrived! The big finale of the popular Twilight Saga is HERE,  vampires and werewolves unite one last time to fight against a common enemy. Just in time for the release of the movie, essence presents a stunning make-up collection inspired by THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2. With the mysterious colors of dawn, fantastic shimmer pigments as well as dark, dramatic effects and blood-red products for your lips and cheeks, essence is offering true vampire power for all girls – until the break of dawn…

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tips for Exams on International Students Day


Exams.  An innocuous little word but one that conjures up images of stressed and exhausted children and equally fraught parents.  However, with a little extra attention to a child’s nutritional and physical needs during this time, parents can ensure their children are properly equipped to excel.
Quality fuel for the body
An adequate intake of nutrient-rich, low GI foods will produce a steady release of energy throughout the day and allow your child to maintain concentration levels.  Poor concentration has been linked to low blood-sugar levels, so in addition to three balanced meals your child will need to snack regularly on slow release carbohydrates  such as bananas, apples, nuts, popcorn, avocado, and wholegrain breads and cereals to avoid those mid-morning or mid-afternoon energy slumps. 
“Sugar makes you stupid”
This is the name of a paper recently released by Dr Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science.
Says Dr Gomez-Pinilla, "Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think.  Eating a diet high in high-fructose corn syrup over the long term alters your brain's ability to learn and remember information.”
High-fructose corn syrup, a cheap liquid six times sweeter than cane sugar, is commonly added to processed foods, fizzy drinks and sweets.  According to the US Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes more than 40 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup each year.
However, Gomez-Pinilla also found that supplementing with omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) can help limit the damage caused by high-fructose corn syrup.  He says, “DHA is essential for synaptic function — the brain cells' ability to transmit signals to one another.  This is the mechanism that makes learning and memory possible. Our bodies can't produce enough DHA, so it must be supplemented through our diet."
"Our findings suggest that consuming DHA regularly protects the brain against fructose's harmful effects," said Gomez-Pinilla. "It's like saving money in the bank. You want to build a reserve for your brain to tap when it requires extra fuel or to fight off future diseases."
More on Omega-3 – nature’s brain food
Evidence is mounting on the importance of omega-3 supplementation for optimal brain development and functioning.  While there has been much talk about the positive impact of omega-3 supplementation on children diagnosed with ADHD, this vital fatty acid is beneficial for all children, particularly at times when heightened concentration and focus are required.
Eye q™ is the only fatty acid formulation that is backed up by published clinical trials, and the results of numerous controlled trials performed in the UK’s Durham school district since 2002 have astonished educators and parents alike.
Andrew Westerman, a former County Durham head teacher and consultant to the Department for Education and Skills' National Remodelling Team, said: "This trial looked at how we can improve children's behaviour and learning through the use of supplementation, and we were stunned by the results, particularly in areas such as memory and concentration.”

The results of this trial, carried out at a school in Newton Aycliffe, showed that two-thirds of the children who supplemented their diets with eye q™ improved their exam performance.
Increase your child’s water intake
Another aspect of the successful results in the Newton Aycliffe trial was increased water consumption. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, dizziness, poor concentration and reduced cognitive abilities, and even mild levels of dehydration can have a negative impact on school performance.
While most children would sooner reach for a fizzy drink, water is essential for optimal brain health and function.  It maintains the tone of membranes for normal neurotransmission, and keeps the brain from overheating, which can cause cognitive decline and even damage.   
By the time a child actually feels thirsty, there may already be a 10% decline in cognitive ability, so it is essential that children drink water regularly throughout the day – the recommended water intake for children between 9 and 13 years of age is at least 2 litres a day.
Ensure your child gets adequate sleep
The final aspect of the Newton Aycliffe trial was ensuring that children got adequate sleep every night.  According to the US National Sleep Foundation, to function optimally children aged between 5 and 12 years need 10 - 11 hours of sleep a night, and teenagers need between 8½ - 9¼ hours.  In polls conducted in the US, only 15% of children were getting the recommended amount of sleep.
As you have probably always suspected, staying up all night doing last minute cramming is really counter-productive – your child is more likely to forget information if he is not getting enough sleep.  With proper planning, cramming should not be necessary. 
The Sleep Foundation also recommends that children not be exposed to stimuli like TV’s and other electronic gadgets for one hour before bedtime, to ensure they fall asleep quickly and that sleep is uninterrupted.
Take regular breaks from studying
New research has revealed that 90 per cent of parents aren’t sure how long their children should spend studying. Educational guidelines recommend that studying is done in 30 to 45 minutes blocks with a ten minute break in between. 
If possible, get your child outdoors during those breaks for a jump on the trampoline, a quick game of soccer, or a bike ride or walk around the neighbourhood.

About eye q™ chews
eye q™ chews have been specially formulated for children with “nature identical” strawberry flavoured chew capsules to minimise fishy smell and taste.  They contain no additives like aspartame, saccharine, or hydrogenated oils.
Like all other eye q™ variants, the Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils are naturally sourced and of the highest grade, compliant with stringent EC and WHO regulations with regard to dioxins, PCBs, heavy metals and other potential pollutants.
eye q™ chews are available at leading pharmacies in pots of 60 or 180 capsules,

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Whitehouse introduces Piggy Wiggy

This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed at home and this little piggy kept the drain clean all day long!

Piggy Wiggy Sink Strainer – R39.95
With the Piggy Wiggy Sink Strainer your drain will be free of food scraps and free from backups and clogs. It has a fantastic piggy handle that makes pulling food and waste out of the sink super fun. 
Selected WhiteHouse stores stocks the Joie Piggy range - makers of unique and reliable kitchen tools and gadgets.


Piggy Wiggy Mechanical Timer – R79.95

You will squeal with delight for this sweet 60-minute mechanical timer.

To set, wind all the way clockwise to 60 minutes and then turn counterclockwise to set the desired time.

This timer is also great for use outside the kitchen. Try it for timing kids’ teeth brushing or times out.


Piggy Wiggy Silicone Grip – R59.95

Piggy grip protects you when handling hot items.
Heat resistant 400F / 204C

OinkOink 2 pc Mini Spatula Set – R34.95

Mix batter better
This little Piggy gets the job done.

Piggy Wiggy Little Whisk – R39.99

Give your egg dishes a thorough beating with this cute little whisk.
Its flat base keeps this handy hog standing at the ready on your countertop.
Great for mixing beverages, salad dressings, marinades, and more.



Piggy Wiggy Serving Tongs – R39.95

Sturdy tongs with scissor-like handles for easy use.
Great for flipping items on the grill or in the frying pan. Its 10-inch length keeps you safely away from the flames.

About Whitehouse
Whitehouse is a conveniently situated, exciting, value for money retail chain of home stores, specializing in a complete range of merchandise for virtually every room in the home.
The broad range of quality products, from good to luxury are personally designed and selected by experienced Whitehouse staff
Selected branches stock, D├ęcor Items, Cutlery, Crockery and Glassware, including such well known brands as Russell Hobbs and Anzo
Most of the merchandise is exclusive to Whitehouse and not available from any other retailer.
The vast majority of the Whitehouse bed linen products are manufactured in their own factory in Cape Town, to the highest manufacturing standards, to ensure total customer satisfaction.
All merchandise on offer at Whitehouse stores is at unbeatable value for money prices, with a full money back guarantee.
Whitehouse has 16 conveniently situated branches in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, George and Port Elizabeth
Whitehouse prides itself on the excellent quality of its staff. They are friendly, pleasant, and well trained, with an in depth knowledge of all the products in the range.
Whitehouse specializes as a one-stop shop for guest houses, being able to provide a total solution for the majority of their guest’s requirements.
A Whitehouse Guest House Loyalty program is also in operation which entitles Guest Houses to a 10% discount on all purchases.
A trip to any Whitehouse store is definitely well worth the visit and will ensure great savings with their “always value for money” prices and guaranteed quality.
021 461 7000 – Edi