Montecasino, the multi-award winning entertainment destination in Fourways Johannesburg, have teamed up with Kickstart Productions, the popular Durban based Theatre Company to present a fun filled family pantomime for the festive season, Sinbad The Sailor at the Teatro, Montecasino from 19 November to 23 December 2022.
It is a riotous romp over the Seven Seas, in the company of the famous sailor, Sinbad, and his madcap crew and family! With gloriously colourful sets and costumes that evoke the exotic mystery and magic of the Arabian Nights, and exciting music and dance, inspired by Bollywood, this is a unique, unforgettable pantomime experience for the entire family.
Kickstart Theatre Company is famous for their holiday pantomimes and this year is no different. The 16 strong cast features some of the cream of South Africa’s talent. Sinbad features newcomer Micah Stojakovic in the title role, Schoeman Smit as Dame Donna Kebab, Murray Todd as Long John Slither and Samantha Peo as Morgiana the Magnificent.
The delightful heroine of the piece is Princess Marina (Kiruna-Lind Devar) and the magical larger-than-life Genie of the Seven Seas is played by Yamikani Phiri with Lelo Ramasimong as the no-nonsense Ameena; Sandi Dlangalala as the deliciously vague Silly Billy Souvlaki; and Mthokozisi Zulu as the trusty pirate side-kick, Mustapha Kitkat. The ensemble is made up of Marang Khwene, Kutloano Rankoe, Hannah Rudnicki, Kyra Teague, Joshua Groenveld, Thokozani Jiyane, Lwazi Pinyana and Sabelo Radebe.
Written and directed by Steven Stead; designed by Greg King, with choreography by Evashnee Pillay, lighting by Denis Hutchinson,
Sinbad the Sailor is perfect year-end holiday entertainment for the entire family.
The Durban critics raved:
“Sinbad The Sailor is a rollicking, delicious romp which has the audience in stitches or gasping in amazement.” – Caroline Smart
“Gloriously over the top fun…. Sinbad is Panto-tastic!” – Estelle Sinkins, The Witness
“For a whale of a time… Dive in” – Billy Suter
Do you want to go see the show this Saturday (19 November 2022). I have 2 sets of 2 tickets to give away. Let me know on this blog post who you will take to see the Sinbad the Sailor at Montecasino. Winner announced 10am on 18 November 2022 by random draw. T&Cs apply.
After a two year wait to welcome Guests, Gold Reef City Nando’s can finally fire up their grills! Visitors to the popular entertainment precinct, in the heart of Joburg South, can now get their fix of the famous flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken after a long day of entertainment at the theme park or casino complex. This newest addition to the legendary Nando’s family has officially opened its doors
The brand-new restaurant joins over 1200 outlets in 20 countries, offering a menu that has something for every tastebud to enjoy either as a sit-down meal with family or friends or a take-away. From Err’day meals each for under R50 and refreshing Designer Drinks, the new store promises the same exacting, high standards that customers have come to know and appreciate.
Franchise owner Pravesh Algooram says he is pleased to finally open for trade and is eager to welcome guests to the restaurant after the effects of COVID-19 delayed the project.
“This project was on hold from March 2020 – it was certainly a long wait. But now that we are open, we offer our usual high Nando’s standard of quality food, excellent service and affordable pricing to reach out to our customers,” he says.
The store is situated within the casino complex at Gold Reef City and is open Sunday – Thursday 10:00 – 21:00 and Fridays and Saturday 10:00 – 22:00.
From the humble beginnings of a single restaurant in Rosettenville in 1987, Nando’s has grown into the largest South African restaurant group to expand beyond our borders.
Nando’s is best known for its authentic PERi-PERi flame-grilled chicken, which has captivated guests the world over. All Nando’s PERi-PERi recipes, from the extensive range of restaurant chicken-bastings to sauces, spices and others, remain a closely guarded secret. Flame-grilled and never deep fried; guest choose Nando’s chicken from a menu that includes full, half or quarter butterfly-cut chicken, burgers, pitas, salads and a host of other innovative bites. Whether you like it hot, mild or with lemon and herb, Nando’s chicken is legendary and has cemented itself in the hearts of South Africans everywhere.
If your mouth is watering after reading this, learn more about the brand and place an order via the Nando’s website, or join the conversation and bring the fire on Facebook and Twitter.
Win one of two R100 Nando’s Vouchers:
Follow me and Nando’s, then comment your favourite Nando’s meal the Instagram post and tag Nando’s
We marathon-watched Marvel movies since last month. Last night it was Venom. The night before that it was Spiderman… Avengers, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Thor – you get the picture. My husband even makes us watch it in order of the storylines!
The one thing my husband has not been able to get me to watch is Star Wars… That is where I draw the line.
My favourite part of watching these Marvel movies at home is to see if I can spot Stan Lee first and loudly point him out to my husband – and to traipse from the couch to kitchen without stepping on a Lego to make popcorn! (I think my kids plant their Lego to test my spryness.)
I love Legos for kids, but the words that I have to bite back when I step on them will make a pirate blush. Lexa is already playing with small Lego – and we even have her dad’s childhood Lego in the mix – and she can build little structures like there is no tomorrow.
Disney Campaign – From Our Family To Yours
If ever there was a time to remember to keep traditions, it is in times like these. I wish I could spend just one more Christmas with my mom.
From Our Family To Yours is Disney Africa’s largest festive retail campaign to date and will offer the perfect opportunity to stock up on those gifts for every member of the family – from stocking fillers, toys, apparel, books and more.
Currently on-air and across Disney’s social pages, the festive advert features the track Love is a Compass from up-and coming UK-based artist Griff. According to the singer, “The lyrics of the track and the storytelling in the advert are powerful, and important. The theme of family and loved ones are so front of mind for many of us – especially this Christmas.” The song’s is now available nationwide here: https://WarnerMusicSA.lnk.to/CompassM7). You may also watch a behind-the-scenes interview with Griff here: https://fb.watch/1_zVyrgSMa/
Inspired by the advert, the theme songs and the message around it, starting from 1 December, five shopping malls across the country will feature mesmerising Disney plush toy-adorned Christmas trees. Sandton City and Clearwater Mall in Johannesburg, Woodlands Boulevard in Pretoria, Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Durban and Canal Walk in Cape Town will all be getting in on the festive fun and are offering a special give-back opportunity for mall-goers. When visiting the trees, shoppers will have a chance to make a donation of R50, which will secure one of the plush toys that, together with the donation, will be donated by the malls to of both the Smile Foundation (Sandton City, Gateway Theatre of Shopping) and Reach for a Dream (Clearwater Mall, Woodlands Boulevard, Canal Walk) – creating festive magical moments for the young patients and beneficiaries of these charities.
Furthermore, Disney Channel fans will be pleased to hear that Disney, together with Nedbank, are currently hosting a wonderfully cheerful competition on the channel, DStv channel 303, where 10 lucky viewers will each win a magical Christmas-In-A-Box hamper worth R10 000 each, including a R2,000 Ackermans voucher. Existing Nedbank account holders will also receive a further R2,000 cash. Entrants simply have to watch Disney Channel, snap a picture of Mickey Mouse in his Santa hat when he appears on screen and ask their parents or care-givers to SMS their details to stand in line to win.
Fans can also head to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and share their own past and present festive memories and traditions using #FestiveWithDisney and #FromOurFamilyToYours.
Disney Africa has graciously given me 3 prizes to give away – and they are amazing!
1 x Star Wars Advent Calendar – R600 + 1 x Lego Marvel Spider-Man Jet vs Venom Mech – R800 > Annalize
1 x Avengers Ultimate Quinjet – R1400 > Michelle Lamport
What do you have to do to get in the draw to win one of these amazing prizes?
How old is the child you would like to win this for and who is their favourite Marvel Superhero? Answer in the blog comments below.
You know that toy that the kids think is great… and you hate it? Well, that’s Foam Alive…
The kids love the feel of the flowy, fluffy stuff. They also thought it would be funny to throw it around the house like confetti. It is fairly easy to clean up… except if it lands in your very long hair! Granted, my kids are a bit younger and it is recommended for kids 5 and up… but under supervision, I think it’s safe to say they can play with it again.
Foam Alive almost feels like water dripping from your fingers – except it’s not liquid. You can press it together but once you put it down it melts like ice cream. It’s a great sensory toy for kids.
There is one very important thing about Foam Alive you will want to know… It never dries out!
As mentioned, Foam Alive is aimed at children aged 5 and up. It is great for those who love arts and crafts – which all kids do! The range can be purchased from selected Spar stores, Toy Kingdom, Toy Zone, a small range on Takealot and Westpak as well as online from The Kid Zone.
It is quite affordable with the recommended selling price for a single pack at just over R100 and the 2 pack at R270.
Remember, you can win a Foam Alive hamper with 2 single packs and a double pack valued at R500! Go, go, go! Follow me and Prima Toys.
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Competition ends 13 September 2020 at Midnight. Competition is open to SA residents only. Competition is not affiliated with Facebook or Instagram. T&C’s apply. Decision is final and we reserve the right to disqualify winners should entry mechanisms not be followed. Products are not redeemable for cash. Winners of any @PrimaToys competitions in the last 6 months will not be eligible to win.
You can start jumping for joy and enter the competition at the bottom of this post to win a 1 x LOL Surprise Fluffy Pet. I am going to close the competition on the 31st of December with delivery only when offices open in January.
I am a big kid and love toys (probably) more than my kids. I
have a bunch of LOL Surprise Dolls on my desk because they are just so much fun
to look at. Sometimes I even let my oldest kid play with them.
What I love most about these little dolls is the surprise
factor, the anticipation while unwrapping each layer and then finally getting
to the delicious character in the middle. The tiny little body with a cute
little head and lots of personality just begs to be played with – and then you
You can also choose to stick to one range, jump to glitter,
Lil Sisters, pets or even boys. You can build a collection, swop doubles with
other enthusiasts and enjoy each amazing little character with their accessories.
I don’t want to give too much away, but they are
sparkly and the balls are not just round anymore!
Yes, they are a bit pricey – but if you keep an
eye out for special offers you can get really lucky.
You can swop outfits and accessories and pack
away each in their own little ball – or build a pod village.
LOL SURPRISE FLUFFY PETS – Toy Kingdom/ Toyzone/ Toys R Us/ Checkers
LOL SURPRISE GLITTER GLOBE – Toys R Us
LOL SURPISE LILS IN PDQ – Toy Kingdom/ Toyzone/ Toys R Us/ Checkers
LOL SURPRISE SPARKLE DOLLS – Toys R Us/ Toy Kingdom
LOL Surprise Fluffy Pet: The animal we got is a…
I let Lexa unbox the animal. Once she got past 2 layers of wrapping the crystal ball had glitter you could empty out. Once we got the animal this is where it got freaky. Lexa had to peel of the fur…
It was all fluffy and padded with a fabric face. Lexa first pulled off a pink ear then the rest of the fur. Underneath was a completely different animal! You will have to watch the video to get the answer to what it is.
Unboxing the LOL Surprise Glitter Globe Doll, LOL Surprise Sparkle Doll and LOL Surprise Lil’ Sis Doll
I LOVE the new globes/balls with glitter in!
I’m kicking off the competition like a layered LOL Surprise
Day 1: Follow me on Instagram and Facebook and share the competition (tag my page)
Day 2: Watch the video to answer the question (question will be released 19 December) what colour is the LOL SURPRISE GLITTER DOLL’s hair?
Day 3: Tag friends on the LOL Surprise Dolls family photo (picture will be posted on 20 December)
Day 4: Find me on TikTok and comment on the LOL Surprise Doll clip (picture will be posted on 21 December)
Day 5: Let me know that you completed all the steps by commenting on this blog post – remember to capture all your entries on the widget too
You have until midnight 31 December 2019 to complete all the steps and record
Did you know that one of my favourite spas in Johannesburg,
Revive Wellness Spa, just opened a spa party venue for kids? That’s right, now
you can add a little extra sparkle to any birthday party!
REVIVE KIDS PARTY
Taking ordinary and turning it into extraordinary. Revive Kids Spa & Party Venue will ensure your kids party is unforgettable. The magical two story party venue provides for an interactive awesome experience that you and your friends will not forget.
To celebrate their new Kids Spa & Party venue they are offering one goddess the opportunity to spend the day with them to have the chance to relax and scope it all out.
WINNER CONGRATULATIONS ILSE, you are going to the spa!
One lucky follower can win a day at Revive Wellness Spa in Johannesburg
to the value of R1750!
Gel Manicure + Parrafin dip R500
Gel Pedicure + Parrafin Dip R500
30min Floatation Session R300
15Min Foot Ritual
60min Soy Candle Massage R750
AND a wash and blow wave
You will also get complimentary use of the spa facilities such as heated hydro pool, outdoor day beds, relaxation lounges and much more.
You can also read about my previous visits to Revive Wellness Spa in Johannesburg here:
Competition starts on 11 August 2019 and ends midnight 22 August 2019.
Only completed entries will count.
competition is open to all fans of Goddess, who are Residents of South Africa
and over the age of 18.
is in Johannesburg and you will need to arrange your own transport to and from
entering the competition, you are deemed to have read and accepted these terms
and conditions. All entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions.
winner is chosen and there are noted irregularities (i.e. the email address or
person does not exist, is not delivered to a person, or is forwarded to a
person with a different identity etc.) the winner will be disqualified and a
new winner will be drawn.
entries received after the closing date will be invalid. Goddess accepts no
responsibility for any errors of any other kind which may restrict or delay the
sending or receipt of an entry, or for delayed or lost entries.
If we are
unable to contact a prize winner, we reserve the right to pick another.
entries will be examined and the prize shall be awarded to the winner selected
at random by Goddess from all eligible participants who have correctly entered
the prize draw in accordance with entry instructions. No correspondence will be
winners will be notified via Facebook and/or Instagram, and the prizes will be
issued as soon as possible.
winner has until 26 August 2019 at 9am to respond after the winner
are not redeemable for cash.
reserve the right to cancel or change the promotion at any time and will
endeavour to give you advance notice of any such change or withdrawal. However,
in some cases, advance notice may not be possible.
If you have any questions for Enterprise Foods this is your chance to get them answered. It can be anything from what they changed; why and how listeria (listeriosis) got into their products; if the processed meats are safe to eat…
I also have one hamper to give away – this prize can only be delivered to Gauteng residents. I need your questions by midday 25 March 2019. If you just want to ask questions and not interested in the hamper you can also let me know.
Prize is sponsored and will be delivered by Enterprise foods.
You need to send me at least 1 question for Enterprise Foods. This can be via a comment on the blog post or Facebook post and even as a DM via Facebook/Instagram or an email.
You need to be based in Gauteng to be entered into the draw for the hamper.
All names who submitted a question, that are based in Gauteng, will be put into a hat for a random draw.
I’m being honest and letting you know I haven’t consumed any processed meats since the outbreak. I miss my vienna hotdogs, but I can’t get to the stage where I’m ready to eat it again.