Archive for July, 2010

Our First Visit to Lukhanyiso School

We visited – our first visit to Lukhanysio School in Amalinda Forest, East London was an eye opener.  This is the school where we will be piloting our school veggie garden project.

We found a school in need of so much, yet the children smiled and played as if they didn’t have a care in the world.  We will put the final touches on the plan this week to hopeful break ground the second week in August.

After seeing the school, we not only want to help establish a veggie garden, we want to help to get the school into a better learning and teaching environment.

Items that were noted that needed attention:

  • broken windows
  • broken tables and chairs
  • serious lack of tables and chairs
  • shelving for library
  • security gates and bars of all classrooms
  • container needed for a computer lab for teachers and students
  • proper kitchen facilities
  • proper school hall / dining hall
  • proper grass and playground equipment
  • desks for teachers
  • proper staff room
  • high volume photocopiers and printer
  • fax machine
  • computers for teachers adminstration
  • water tanks to provide drinking water
  • signage for the school
  • paint for the buildings
  • educational materials for teachers and classrooms
  • plastic plates for lunches
  • metal spoons for lunches
  • plastic cups with handles for soups and drinking

We would also want to provide each child at the school with a hygiene bag consisting of:

  • 1 x face cloth
  • 1 x toothbrush
  • 1 x toothpaste
  • 1 x soap
  • 1 x draw string material bag with child’s name on

We want cleaning and hygiene to become a habit for these children to help prevent disease and spreading of colds and flu. 

If anyone would like to help us with donations of equipment or you want to get down and dirty with us – your are most welcome!

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We have been Nominated!

We have been nominated – my sister-in-law, Candi, emailed me yesterday to say that she had entered me in the FairLady Clarins Most Dynamisante Women competition.

I was so touched by her nomination, not only because it would create wonderful publicity for us, but als because Candi thought our work was good enough to nominate.

Thank you so much Candi, you are the best Aunty Candi ever!  If you would like to nominate us or another super lady go to and fill in the entry form.

Good luck and add some extra nominations for us 🙂

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July Fundraiser – 24th July 2010

Our fundraiser this month is for the Make A Difference (M.A.D) project.  M.A.D helps abandoned and vulnerable children with items like clothing, food and love.  They also do fundraising for various homes in and around East London who help care and protect these children.

 Our venue for this month is the lovely Cafe Basil, now situated at 3 Tecoma Street, Berea.  The new cafe is uber stylish, relaxed and inviting.  Come join us for Cappuccino and Cake for only R24.90 with delicious meals on the menu.  Bring along a donation of R20.00 or more for the M.A.D collection. 


Also remember our Unloved Items – any item, any condition will be welcomed and put to good use for charity.  Our Arts & Crafts boxes need to be restocked so any item along those lines is appreciated.  Details of the fundraiser are:

 Date:  Saturday, 24th July 2010
Time:  11:00 to 13:00
Venue: Cafe Basil, East London

 Looking forward to relaxing with friend, good coffee and great food!

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Wave Your Flag – Collection Points

Wave Your Flag – Since Tuesday, our inbox has been filled with some many responses to our project, my fingers can’t type quick enough in answering our email!

Collection Points

Cape Town
Bio-Baba Head Office
No 7 Athlone Road
Att: Vicki Penfold
Tel: 021 761 8982

Leuco Tools
4 Sunrock Close
Sunnyrock, Extension 2
Att: Johan

Property Week
Fishers Hill
Att: Cheynee
Tel:011 822 3980

If you need flags collected from your premises in Gauteng, kindly phone Lionel on 079 884 0154 or Cheynee on 072 777 2399 to arrange collection.

Visit us daily to get updates on collection points in different cities!

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We Got Another Mention

Driving to work this morning I was ecstatic to hear Lee-Ann mentioned us on Gareth Cliff’s 5fm morning show!  I almost missed the 4 way stop because I was going wild instead of  breaking. 

Luckily I drive like snail (according to my hubby) 🙂 🙂  There’s a reason I stick to the speed limit.

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15 Seconds of Fame

 We were very excited to get a call yesterday from the Fresh Drive’s Catherine asking to chat live on air after 16hoo.  So awesome and totally nerve-racking!  So we had our 15 seconds of fame, which my sister phoned me after to tell me I sounded all prim and proper, all which I am very far from 🙂

 We have had a wonderful response from those 15 seconds, ranging from people blogging about us, to a website design offer and a school wanting to host collections for us – thank you SA, you make this country what it is!

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Word of the Day – Alcohol Denat

Alcohol Denat – Produced by the fermentation of starch or other carbohydrate sources, this ingredient is used as a solvent for extracts and various ingredients. It has a refreshing, astringent effect that promotes clarity in skin care products, including aftershaves and perfumes. It also is used medicinally as a topical antiseptic, astringent and anti-bacterial.

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Weekly Water Saving Tips

Limit your household water consumption to a set amount per day – try 20 kilolitres a month of 600 litres a day

Indigenous grasses like buffalo and kweek need half the amount of water that kikuyu requires.

Fit a length of 19mm hose to your washing machine waste outlet and use the water on your garden.

Playing under a sprinkler or with a hose is fun for the kids in summer but it wastes up to 1 000 litres of water an hour.

Don’t cut your lawn shorter than 3cm to 4cm, so the blades of grass can shade each other, reducing water loss.

Water plants sparingly. Water plants only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.

Soaking saves. Soak pots and pans rather than let them sit under running water while you scrape them clean.

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Word of the Day – Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol is an organic chemical compound, a glycol ether often used in dermatological products such as skin creams and sunscreen. It is a colorless oily liquid. It is a bactericide (usually used in conjunction with quaternary ammonium compounds), often used in place of sodium azide in biological buffers as 2-phenoxyethanol is less toxic and non-reactive with copper and lead. It is used in many applications such as cosmetics, vaccines, and pharmaceuticals as a preservative.  

It is also used as a fixative for perfumes, an insect repellent, a topical antiseptic, a solvent for cellulose acetate, some dyes, inks, and resins, in preservatives, pharmaceuticals, and in organic synthesis. It is moderately soluble in water. It is used as an anesthetic in the aquaculture of some fish.[1][2]

It is also listed as an ingredient for many United States vaccines by the Center for Disease Control.[3] In Japan its usage level in cosmetic products is regulated.[4]  

Phenoxyethanol is an excellent alternative to the standard, potentially harmful formaldehyde-releasing preservative.[6]


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Soap Facts – Lots I didn’t know


Handmade Soap Facts –

  • Most “soaps” sold in grocery stores are usually not soap at all—they are detergents! Detergents are cheaply produced petroleum-derived surfactants used in common household cleaning products like laundry liquid, car wash and dishwashing liquids. Yes, the same ingredient used to wash grime off your car is also in skincare products known as “beauty bars”, “facial cleansers” or “shower gels”.


  • Real soap is made from animal or vegetable fats (we only use vegetable ingredients), mixed with an alkali (lye, or sodium hydroxide). The fatty acid molecules of the oils link up with the base, creating a new molecule consisting of soap and glycerin. There is no lye left in finished soap, because it is irreversibly, molecularly transformed. This process of making soap is called saponification.


  • Handmade soap is fashioned in a time-honored tradition called the “cold kettle method”. The soap isn’t really cold when it’s made, but the term refers to the absence of externally applied heat to drive the soapmaking process…except for the heat used to melt any butters or saturated fats, there is no other “cooking” involved. Saponification actually generates its own heat (exothermic reaction), which is just enough to drive the process to completion. This method of low-temperature soapmaking helps to preserve the nutrients imparted by the base oils and herbs, so they are still available to your skin within the finished soap. In contrast, commercial soap is cooked in huge vats, within a vacuum, which speeds saponification for faster product turnover.  

  • It takes a full month to make a bar of good handmade soap! Once the soap is removed from the mould and cut into logs or bars, it is placed on racks to “cure” for at least four weeks. Like fine wine or cheese, the aging process allows the soap to mellow and cure, so that it will last longer and lather better.


  • Glycerin is a natural byproduct of the soapmaking process; handmade soaps retain the natural glycerin, which makes a gentle, creamy, moisturizing lather. Commercial soap companies remove the glycerin from their soap, then bottle and sell it for use in cosmetic and industrial products—for more than they make from selling soap! Removing the glycerin is why most commercial soaps leave skin feeling dry and itchy.  

  • “Glycerine soap” is generally not soap at all—just like other commercial “soaps”, it is usually made from detergents. Even in the rare occasion it is from a true soap base, it must be processed at very high temperatures with special chemicals in order to achieve the characteristic transparency.  

  • To “superfat” a handmade soap means that there is a calculated excess percentage of a particular emollient oil (such as Shea Butter or Avocado Oil) which, instead of being linked up with lye and turning into soap, will remain in its original state within the finished soap and will be made readily available to the skin. The practice of superfatting is the ultimate luxury in a moisturizing soap.  

  • “Castile Soap” is the common name for a soap made entirely from olive oil, and named for the region of Spain from which this type of soapmaking originated—the province of Castile. Today, the term is sometimes used to describe any soap made with olive oil, regardless of its actual content. But for soap connoisseurs, a true castile is the gentlest of all soaps and can be made only from 100% pure olive oil.  

  • Until the mid-19th century, soap was usually made by women in the home from leached woodash and leftover tallow (boiled animal fat). Soap was made once a year and was generally used not for bathing, but for household cleaning and laundry. It was not until regular bathing came into vogue that soap was elevated to its modern use as a luxury “toiletry” item, and so the trend to perfume, color and otherwise decorate soap began.


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