Depending on the weather, a good, old-fashioned braai could be the perfect Father’s Day activity!
Be sure to prepare your food the day before – you can make all your salads, marinate your meat, and even set up the grill in advance to make sure that you can make the most of this special day.
There’s nothing better than good food with your family, so consider adding a braai to your Father’s Day activities this year.
Under level 3 in Lockdown, hiking is permitted as long as you don’t have too many people.
Grab your dad and a few of his friends and take the opportunity to go for a leisurely hike on your favourite, scenic trails.
Take the opportunity to snap a few pictures and make some everlasting memories!
If your dad is a movie-buff, why not take the time to make a day of it?
Get a few of his favourite movies, arrange some great movie snacks and drinks, and spread an indoor picnic blanket out in front of the TV.
The Jumping Jack butter-flavored popcorn is a great substitute for movie popcorn, and you can add some sodas, sweets, and choccies to make it an experience.
Your parents and grandparents may not be able to spend these special days together this year, so take the time to set up a group video call so they can enjoy some time together as well.
Include cousins, aunts, and uncles and make a little party of it!
Your parents will appreciate the opportunity to see their loved ones and be able to wish their parents as well.
You can pick anything you’d like! Learn a language together, build something, or try cooking a new recipe together – The fact that you’re trying something together is what will make it special.
Try to choose something that’s a little bit out of your comfort zones, something that won’t come naturally to you. Then have fun trying to figure it out!
Painting, cooking, building, gardening, baking, quilting, fishing – the options are endless!]]>
There are essential Sunnahs of Eid that all of us should strive to fulfill. And then there are extras that can make the day fun, even in our current situation. Here are a few ideas:
You’re more likely to be exposed from interacting with people at the grocery store than you are from a jar of salsa, but that doesn’t mean shoppers getting groceries for elderly folks or people with compromised immune systems shouldn’t take a few extra minutes to implement some precautions.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to minimizing your risk of COVID-19 exposure from food:
1. Make a game plan assuming you won’t go back to the store for a couple of weeks. Because our health and food safety organizations say you’re more likely to get the disease from people than potato chips, the first thing you can do to improve your health outcome is to avoid going to the store at all. Take the time to plan your meals, make room in your freezer, and cultivate a list of recipes that rely on staples that last a long time, like beans and pasta.
2. Designate a home sanitation station. That could be your garage, your stoep, your passage, or your kitchen counter. Decide where you will put things that have not been treated and where you will put things that have been sanitized. If you’d like, use painter’s tape to mark off these zones to avoid cross-contamination. Wipe down your clean area with a basic cleaning solution and a clean rag.
If you live in an apartment complex, it’s hard to ensure a spot in the passage will be clean or remain so. Instead, simply prop open your door and designate everything in the hallway as “untreated.” Everything just over the threshold into your apartment is your “sanitized” zone. If your entryway area is carpeted or you just don’t trust yourself not contaminate it with your shoes, move a table over near the door to be your clean area.
3. Put several clean rags (or a roll of paper towels) and a spray cleaner in your sanitation station.
4. If you’re bringing your own bags to the store, use reusable ones that have been washed with soap and hot water. If you don’t have reusable bags that can be thrown in the washing machine, opt for the plastic or paper bags at the store. Some grocery locations do not allow reusable bags at all right now, so check for that.
5. If you have a mask, there’s no harm in wearing it. It’s not clear that wearing a mask helps you or others—and it’s no replacement for a good hand washing—but the New York Times is reporting that the CDC may soon advise people to wear them. Just make sure your cloth mask has been cleaned since you last used it; cloth masks will harbor bacteria and viruses, which could actually up your odds of getting sick. And don’t go buying disposable paper or surgical masks: Hospitals that need them much more than we do are in short supply.
6. Make sure to keep a metre or 2 between you and anyone from outside your own household. If somebody’s standing by a place you need to be, you can kindly request that they make room, or just go get something else on your list and try again in a few minutes.
7. Don’t touch your face. Touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your eyes or mouth is the most common way to contract a virus like COVID-19, and the same is true in reverse—touching your face before touching items in the store means you could be shedding viral cells for others to pick up.
8. Sanitize your hands and forearms before re-entering your car, if you can.
9. Drop your bags in your unsanitized area, take your shoes off, and go wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds. You can sing a little song to mark the time if you want.
10. If your sanitation station is on the floor, be mindful of your feet. Don’t put dirty shoes in your clean area.
11. Let’s start with packaged items. A lot of things can be easily unwrapped or decanted. If you got a big box of mini bags of pretzels, for example, take the mini bags out of the box and place them in your clean area. Discard the box, and make sure to wash your hands between touching the outer packaging and touching the clean items. Disposable gloves can come in handy here, to keep things clean between steps. Wipe down any other plastic or cardboard packages with cleaner and cloth. You can spray sealed, plastic-wrapped items directly. Wipe cardboard items with a cloth made damp with the cleaner.
12. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap.
13. Now let’s move on to produce. You should not wash your fresh plant ingredients with soap. Soap is not meant to be eaten, and could irritate your stomach or intestines, making you feel nauseous and/or giving you diarrhea. Instead, just follow the FDA guidelines for cleaning produce: wash your items thoroughly with cool water. Use a vegetable brush if you’d like, but make sure it’s clean. Dry all of your items—microbes love moisture—with a paper towel. Viruses don’t live long on porous surfaces like plants, so you’re more likely to get sick from, say, eating an apple while your hands are dirty than you are from eating an apple someone sick touched several hours ago.]]>
These 3 super easy recipes will help you use up ingredients you have in the kitchen, and will provide a delicious, versatile and nutritious dinner for your family.
Chilli is a great recipe to use up left-over legumes and vegetables. You can add anything you like to it, and you can serve it with roti, rice, tortillas, mashed potatoes, rolls, or anything else you like.
Put your pan on the hob over medium heat. Add 1 tbsp oil and leave it for 1-2 minutes until hot (a little longer for an electric hob).
Add the onion and cook, stirring fairly frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft, squidgy and slightly translucent.
Tip in the garlic, red pepper, 1 heaped tsp hot chilli powder or 1 level tbsp mild chilli powder, 1 tsp paprika and 1 tsp ground cumin.
Give it a good stir, then leave it to cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Brown 500g lean minced beef. Turn the heat up a bit, add the meat to the pan and break it up with your spoon or spatula. The mix should sizzle a bit when you add the mince.
Keep stirring and prodding for at least 5 minutes, until all the mince is in uniform, mince-sized lumps and there are no more pink bits. Make sure you keep the heat hot enough for the meat to fry and become brown, rather than just stew.
Make the sauce. Crumble 1 beef stock cube into 300ml hot water. Pour this into the pan with the mince mixture.
Add a 400g can of chopped tomatoes. Tip in ½ tsp dried marjoram, 1 tsp sugar and add a good shake of salt and pepper. Squirt in about 2 tbsp tomato purée and stir the sauce well.
Simmer it gently. Bring the whole thing to the boil, give it a good stir and put a lid on the pan. Turn down the heat until it is gently bubbling and leave it for 20 minutes.
Check on the pan occasionally to stir it and make sure the sauce doesn’t catch on the bottom of the pan or isn’t drying out. If it is, add a couple of tablespoons of water and make sure that the heat really is low enough. After simmering gently, the saucy mince mixture should look thick, moist and juicy.
Add your beans, corn and other veggies and let that cook for 10 minutes.
Taste a bit of the chilli and season. It will probably take a lot more seasoning than you think.
Now replace the lid, turn off the heat and leave your chilli to stand for 10 minutes before serving. This is really important as it allows the flavours to mingle.
Pasta bakes are a great way to use up leftover proteins – you can add chicken, prawns, mince, sliced steak or even tinned fish to a simple pasta recipe to make it awesome. This recipe works great with white meat – like tuna, chicken or even prawns. You can also top the recipe off with toasted nuts, seeds or even croutons.
In a pan over medium-high heat, melt butter, then add the protein.
Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and basil. Cook until it is fully cooked. Remove from heat and set aside.
In the same pan over medium heat, melt butter and add the garlic. Cook until the garlic begins to soften.
Add half of the flour to the garlic and butter, stirring until incorporated. Then add the rest of the flour and stir.
Pour in the milk a little bit at a time, stirring well in between, until fully incorporated and sauce begins to thicken.
Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and basil, and stir well to incorporate.
Add parmesan cheese and stir until melted.
Pour the sauce over cooked penne pasta, add the protein and mix well.
Add parsley and extra parmesan. Mix well.
A great way to use up leftover rice is to turn it into fried rice! You can add any ingredients you’d like, as long as you have the best right. We like a combination of sprouts, corn, chili, broccoli and chicken or mince. But add whatever you have left in the pantry and see what happens. The rice can’t be fresh – leftover rice from the fridge works the best!
To a large non-stick skillet or wok, add the oil and seasoned protein. Cook over medium-high heat for about 3 to 5 minutes, flipping intermittently so all sides cook evenly. Cooking time will vary based on your choice of protein. Remove with a slotted spoon (allow oils and cooking juices to remain in skillet) and set protein aside.
Add the onions and vegetables, and cook for about 2 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften, stir intermittently.
Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stir intermittently.
Push vegetables to one side of the skillet, add the eggs to the other side, and cook to scramble, stirring as necessary.
Add the protein and rice, evenly drizzle with soy sauce, and stir to combine. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until protein is reheated through. Recipe is best warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Reheat gently as desired.]]>
Make a cardboard fort
So simple but the fun can last for hours. Put any boxes you have out in the garage to good use. Don’t have boxes to spare? A sheet fort using chairs and bedsheets can be just as fun.
Set up a treasure hunt
Treasure hunts are pretty easy and depending on how many items there are, it could last a while. Hide anywhere from 10 to 20 items around the house or outside to keep kids occupied for a few hours. Especially with Easter coming up, a backyard Easter egg hunt is a great way to keep the kids occupied.
Take them to a virtual aquarium
Aquariums are a great way to learn about the underwater world, and also a great way to relax the kids at the end of the day as fish can have a calming effect. Check out a bunch of virtual tours of aquariums from all around the world here.
Get the kids reading more with a read-at-home bingo activity. Here is a great one that you can print out and the kids can cross off as they go. This activity works well if you have siblings around the same age so they can have some healthy competition with who can complete their bingo grid first.
Virtually visit the Louvre
Transport you and your family to Paris, France by taking a digital tour of one of the most famous international museums, the Louvre.
Cookies, cakes, brownies. Anything! Baking is a great lesson in measuring, ingredients, and of course, making delicious goodies.
Sign up to Crikey Club
If you’ve got an animal lover in your life, we recommend signing them up to Crikey Club. This fun online club run by Iriwns and Australian Zoo is a fun way to learn about conservation, with virtual zoo tours, activities and education all in one. The subscription is $4.99 per month, with a 12-month minimum.
Have a picnic
Grab a sheet, whatever food you have, and enjoy a living room picnic or take the fun out into the backyard if you are able. You can even play that memory game at the same time: “I’m going to a picnic and I’m bringing…” Each person takes turns remembering (in order) what everyone is bringing and then adds one thing each turn.
Train the dog
If you’ve got a family dog, why not use this time to teach it a few new tricks. Start with the basics and move onto more complicated ones. Even an hour a day can make such a difference.
Quarantine? It’s a perfect time to choreograph and film TikToks.
Keep to a schedule
Schools may be closed but one of the ways to keep things running efficiently at home is to stick to a schedule. Not only will this help to keep your household running smoothly, but can also give the kids things to look forward to during the week.
Listen to Olaf read stories on Twitter
Josh Gad just gets it. (He’s a dad, after all.) To make it easier on all of us, the voice of Olaf has been broadcasting readings of different kids’ stories over on his Twitter.
Join a Facebook Live dance party with DJ Mel
DJ Mel in Austin, Texas, is hosting a weekly kid-friendly “Living Room Dance Party” on his Facebook page. Join the fun here! Thousands have been tuning in, so get ready for fun. There’s also lots of fun dance videos on youtube for all different levels. For little ones, we love Jump Jam.
Make space for learning
This won’t keep kids entertained, but it will make learning from home all the more easier. Set up a designated homework/schoolwork area. Whether it’s a desk or a specific place at the kitchen table, having a workspace can really help kids focus.
Do give them a break
Setting a schedule and focusing on educational tasks is awesome, but you should take time to focus on some playtime too. After a few educational tasks, make sure to focus on some backyard time too.
Write a letter
Break out the envelopes, the stamps, pens, and paper. No, we’re not talking e-mails; we’re talking old-fashion snail mail. Write a mail a letter to someone you love, like grandma and grandpa, or a family member who lives far away.
FaceTime family members
FaceTime is another meaningful way to connect with family and friends while practicing “social distancing.” Use it to check in on family members and to socialise, even if it’s just over the phone.
Do some spring cleaning or organising
We know cleaning isn’t exactly “fun,” but with everyone off from school and off from work, the house is bound to get messy, and pretty quickly at that. Carve out a few minutes, even if it’s just 15, each day to prioritize organization.
Uno, Go Fish, Solitare… Any game you can think of!
Break out the board games
Scrabble, Monopoly, Candy Land, Checkers, Chess, Snakes and Ladders…
Put a puzzle together
Break out the jigsaw puzzle!
No talking. Just you and your fam acting something out. It’s a classic boredom-saver.
You can practice mindfulness using an app, sitting quietly, or with a few worksheets. We really like these ones by thecreativeclassroom to help get you started.
Set up an indoor hopscotch
If you can’t get outside, grab some painter’s tape and map out your hopscotch indoors.
The YouTube account Cosmic Kids Yoga has all kinds of yoga-for-kids videos. It’s not just for kids, either; you can all do yoga together as a family!
Create an animal fact sheet
Have your child pick an animal. Can they make a fact sheet, listing everything they know about that animal? Now, do some research. After learning a little bit more about that animal, have your child add new facts to the sheet about what they learned.
Might as well hone our origami skills, right? Learn how to make dozens of origamis: dinosaurs, swans, frogs, and more.
Listen to But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
Does your kid always ask ‘but, why?!” This site has some great kid-friendly podcasts that answer some of those questions. There are even some great resources here on ways you can explain the Coronavirus situation to your little ones. Tune in here!
Don’t forget about the TV!
When all else fails and you crack on the screentime rules, Netflix has some great shows for kids!
Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please self-isolate and do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.]]>
Adding throws and cushions to your furniture can make them feel revitalised! Opt for different shapes and textures to truly bring your room to life. Cushions are also the perfect excuse to add a pop of colour to a room, ensuring that the space doesn’t come off as bland.
In the winter, dark, heavy curtains make a home feel warm and cozy. But in the summertime, you want light fabrics and colours to allow a breeze to pass through and keep the house feeling airy. Look for interesting patterns and textures – your window dressings don’t have to be plain.
Art invokes emotions – which is why you should be adding some to your walls! Whether it’s a photograph, painting, etching or mural, some wall art could really add character to a room and give your guests something to look at and talk about. Family photos are a great, sentimental option for homes with available wall space. You can also buy a canvas and some paints to create your own art.
Rugs and carpets are a great tool for interior designers. They can be used to block off spaces in open-plan homes or to make rooms feel bigger than they are. Try contrasting colours, and interesting patterns to add an extra layer of interest to your rooms. Geometrical designs are popular too!
Try to get a few statement pieces that draw the eye – these can be statues, furniture or even a lovely bouquet of flowers. Sculptures add an elegant tone to the room, while flowers can make a home feel cosy. You can also use smaller pieces as ornaments on bookshelves or tables to make them more interesting. Try a few nice, big vases, coffee table books, spheres or even plants.
Even if you feel like you don’t have a lot of time in your day, you can usually identify 15 minutes each day where you can do something you find relaxing or take time for yourself. Choose a consistent time each day, whether it’s right before you go to bed or immediately when you wake up. This can include reading, listening to music you like, watching silly videos on YouTube, or writing in a journal.
If summer’s warm temperatures kept you looking to cool down instead of going outside, try to force yourself to get outdoors. This can include taking a walk outside or sitting outdoors while eating dinner. These activities can be a way to soak up some sunshine.
If the idea of making big changes to your diet feels overwhelming, set a goal to make small changes instead. Some easy small changes include drinking more water, swapping a sugary dessert for fruit, switching to grilled chicken for fried, or eating one new vegetable type per week. Knowing you’re doing something good for your health can help restore your self-confidence and overall health.
This self-care tip can be vital to a healthy overall sense of well-being. In addition to getting enough hours of sleep, you also need to get enough high-quality sleep. Ways to do this include practicing good “sleep hygiene.” This includes going to sleep at the same time every day, refraining from looking at phones, laptops, and tablets at least one hour before going to bed, and keeping your bedroom dark and cool to promote better sleep.
Taking some time to reflect on your day can help you to practice this emotional self-care tip. Each day, write down at least one and up to three good things you did each day. This could include making a person feel good, improving on school material, or reaching out to a friend or family member. Reflecting on all the good things in your life can enhance your feelings about your life.
Self-care is anything that improves your well-being and encourages you to take time out, no matter small, for yourself. Taking some “me” time can help you during this busy season.]]>
Eid Tables, Birthdays, Holidays, and Picnics can all benefit from a well-put-together cheeseboard. It makes for the perfect pre-meal appetizer and you don’t need to fuss with fried finger foods or complex single-serve snacks.
And best of all, they have something for everyone. From different types of cheese to sweet and savory snacks to crackers, dips, and meats, the best cheese boards leave no one behind.
Ready to get started?
And there you have it – your cheeseboard is ready to serve! Now you can relax and let your guests pick and choose the flavours and textures they like! Ask them about their favourite combinations as well – you might be surprised at what they pair!]]>
The dim likelihood that you’ll successfully work toward a New Year’s resolution all year long is part of the reason why everyone seems to have jumped on the “don’t make New Year’s resolutions” bandwagon. Personally, I’m still a believer that these resolutions can help us home in on what we want to accomplish.
The important thing is to make sure your goals aren’t ambitious to the point of being unrealistic. Everyone wants to become CEO within the first quarter or develop a six-pack before Valentine’s Day. Resolutions like these are near-impossible to accomplish, and even more difficult is setting concrete, short-term goals to achieve them.
As we reflect on resolutions for 2020, consider what resolutions successful people have actually been able to keep. By picking the right resolutions, they made the hard part look easy. By following their lead–and some smart motivational strategies–you can do the same. Start with these three steps:
New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be directly related to your health or career. Just the act of learning something new on your own will sharpen your mind and enrich your life.
To integrate learning the new skill into your routine, think about all the other non-work-related tasks you do every day. Pairing one of these activities with your new hobby will condition you to stick with your goal for the long haul.
It sounds simple, but imagine the progress you’ll make if you crochet part of a new beanie every time you brew your coffee in the morning. Using one everyday task to prompt you to take time to practice your French, for instance, will help you make a habit out of learning something new.
Find something that makes you happy, and do it every day.
Whether it’s having your favourite coffee or snack, watching your favourite tv show, listening to your favourite song or spending an hour on your skincare routine – it’ll put you in a good mood and will make you a much happier person for the rest of the day.
Take the time to jot down the things you love doing, and spend some time reflecting on how they make you feel. Taking time out for some self-love every day will greatly enrich your life, and talking about these happy moments with your loved ones will improve their perceptions of you and strengthen your relationships.
When you were a kid, what’s the first thing you did when you got home from school? Maybe you played with your friends, microwaved some pizza, or did other fun things instead of buckling right down with your homework.
As busy as you are now, there’s a reason to embrace that way of life. Dry Bar founder Alli Webb made this her resolution for 2018, according to Business Insider, saying she wanted to work toward being a great mom, founder, mentor, and wife.
The trick is to develop strict boundaries between work and play. Obviously, you have to work when you’re on the clock but consider designating time right after work to unwind. If your go-to fun activity is playing board games with your kids, then put your phone on silent and reserve 7 p.m. for just you, the family, and the Monopoly board.
No matter what resolutions you choose, keeping them can be daunting. There are countless ways to improve your life, relationships, and career, and regardless of the goals you set, it’s always possible you won’t follow through with them. Try focusing on one of the areas above, and you may see that this year’s resolution is more manageable than in the past.]]>