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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?

  1. 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.
  2. Follow Disney Africa on www.facebook.com/DisneyinAfrica and www.instagram.com/DisneyAfrica
  3. Follow me on facebook.com/goddesscoza and instagram.com/goddesscoza (You will have to follow me on these platforms)
  4. Tag 2 friends on this Facebook post
  5. Share one of my Insta Stories and remember to tag @goddesscoza
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T&Cs

  • The more entries you complete, the more chances you stand of winning
  • Before announcing the winners, I will be auditing the winners’ entries and profiles
  • Competition ends 14 December 2020 at midnight
  • Winners announced by 2pm on 16 December 2020
  • Winners will be announced on my blog and Facebook as well as Insta Stories and the winners has 48 hours to claim their prize else a new winner will be drawn
  • There will be 2 winners but I may decide to split the prize in 3 to make 3 winners
  • The prizes are sponsored by Disney and will be delivered via courier to anywhere in South Africa
  • If you have won from this competition on another blogger/influencer platform you cannot win from this competition

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.

I have some great news… YOU CAN WIN a FOAM ALIVE hamper valued at R500! The competition is happening on Instagram, so follow me and Prima Toys.

To win all you have to do is follow me on Instagram plus tag one friend and @PrimaToys on the Instagram post – follow Prima Toys on Instagram too – and answer the question on the same post.

What would you like to create with Foam Alive?
This is the post you will need to get to to enter 🙂

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.

 TERMS & CONDITIONS

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.   

#sponsored #tradeexchange

Let’s have some fun! Share your favourite pictures from your time in lockdown on this post. I will choose my favourites and do a random draw for a R100 Takealot voucher.

Snap a funny picture, a beautiful sunset or that amazing cake you’ve baked during lockdown. You can enter as many times as long as you add a new photo.

  • Like one of my Facebook pages or follow on Instagram
  • 1 winner will be drawn on 1 May 2020
  • Voucher will be emailed
  • The winner has to claim their prize within 24 hours or a new winner will be drawn
  • All entries have to be added on this Facebook post
  • The prize is a R100 online voucher
  • Winner will be announced on the blog
  • Competition open to residents of South Africa only
  • Competition closes 30 April 2020

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 want more…

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.
  • The fun is as endless as time you may have.

#PrimaToys #BringingTheFUN #review #tradeexchange #collectibles #collectibledolls #LOLdolls #LOLChristmas #doll #besttoy #Christmasgiftidea #spon

  • 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 Doll ball…

  • 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
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T&Cs

  • 1 winner will be drawn on 2 January 2020
  • Prize posted by mid-January
  • The winner has to claim their prize within 24 hours or a new winner will be drawn
  • All entries have to be captured on the Rafflecopter widget – and you have to comment on the blog post to tell me you are all in and ready to win
  • The prize is sponsored by Prima Toys and is 1 x LOL Surprise Fluffy Pet
  • Winner will be announced on the blog
  • Competition open to residents of South Africa only
  • Competition closes 31 December 2019

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:

Just to remind you of just how amazing the spa is, follow Lexa…

So, what do you need to do to get your hands on this amazing prize from Revive Wellness Spa in Johannesburg?

  • Answer the 2 questions as a comment on this blog post
    • What is Revive Wellness Spa’s address?
    • How many stories is the Kids Party Venue?
  • Like Revive Wellness Spa on Facebook and Instagram
  • Like Goddess on Facebook and Instagram
  • Tag a friend on this Facebook post, click here
  • Tag a friend on this Instagram post, click here
  • Record all your actions on the Rafflecopter widget
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Terms & Conditions

  • Prize sponsored by Revive Wellness Spa.
  • Competition starts on 11 August 2019 and ends midnight 22 August 2019.
  • Only completed entries will count.
  • The competition is open to all fans of Goddess, who are Residents of South Africa and over the age of 18.
  • The spa is in Johannesburg and you will need to arrange your own transport to and from the spa.
  • By 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.
  • If the 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.
  • Any 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.
  • All 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 entered into.
  • The winners will be notified via Facebook and/or Instagram, and the prizes will be issued as soon as possible.
  • The winner has until 26 August 2019 at 9am to respond after the winner announcement.
  • Prizes are not redeemable for cash.
  • Goddess 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.

Who doesn’t love a good movie? I remember watching the first Toy Story as a young adult. I may not have been the target market, but I loved it enough to watch Toy Story 2 and 3. 

Finally this year I will get to watch the 4th movie with my kids. I’m looking forward to catching up with the toy gang again.

To celebrate Disney’s Toy Story 4 I have a hamper to give away!

  • Share this post on Facebook, Twitter or your Instastories and tag @goddesscoza.
  • Answer this one question in the comments section of this blog post: Who is your favourite character from the movie?

T&Cs

  • 1 winner will be drawn on 16 July 2019
  • To enter you have to share the post on Facebook, Twitter air Instagram and tag @goddesscoza. You also have to answer the question in the comments of this blog post.
  • The prize is valued at R810 and is sponsored by Disney Africa.
  • Winner will be announced in the blog and Facebook/Twitter and has 72 hours to claim their prize.
  • Competition open to residents of South Africa only.

Cape Town parents, you are in for a treat! The Dis-Chem Boobaloo is coming to Cape Town and you can win a set of tickets 🙂

All I need you to do to win these tickets is:

  • Share this post on Facebook or tag friends on the Facebook post> let me know in the comments of this blog post what you did.
  • Answer the question in this blog post’s comments – When is the Dis-Chem Boobaloo Expo coming to Cape Town?
  • I have 1 x set of 2 tickets to give away
  • You need to be able to get to the expo on your own. Transport is not included.
  • I will draw a winner on Friday 12 July 2019 by random draw. No correspondence will be entered into about winner. Winner has until the 15th of July to claim their prize.
  • Prize sponsored by Dis-Chem Boobaloo expo.
  • That’s it.

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.

T&Cs

  • 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.

Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age.

George Sand

When you reach a big milestone birthday you start reflecting on all the amazing things you have done, the regrets you have and the dreams you have for the future.

I’m just a girl from a farm in Limpopo that happened to move to the city on my own when I was 19. There was love lost and gained and I married just before another big milestone birthday. We just also celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. We survived 6 years of IVF and have 2 kids through surrogacy – plus 3 black cats. We’ve also travelled many places together and created a lot of memories along the way.

I’m not that sentimental, but…

I hold onto my childhood memories like there is no tomorrow. I still have my very first Barbie with her original jumpsuit; my paper dolls (is that still a thing?); a mini kids Tupperware set; my angel doll; and much more (don’t tell my husband);

As a kid I loved to watch Care Bears, Popples, He-Man, ThunderCats, Garfield, The Amazing Adventures of Morph (that clay dude), Around the World with Willy Fog, Dogtanian and the 3 Muskehounds, The Smurfs, Knight Rider, The Mysterious Cities of Gold, The A-Team, MacGyver, Rainbow Brite, The Gummi Bears… and when there is a remake of (most) of these shows I will take a look and remember just how much I loved it back in the day.

Never be a complete grown-up… hold onto your childhood forever!

Most people become so caught up in being an adult that they forget to have fun. I simply refuse to…

If there is a toy I want, I will buy it and put it on my desk or in my handbag. I’ll admire it and imagine what I adventures could have had with it… and then I go and have an adventure.

Walk barefoot – I don’t mean walk barefoot in a mall, that would just be gross! When you walk to your car, with your kids outside, on the beach… The view is different when you’re not wearing heels.

Win and connect with your inner-child again!

To help 2 people connect to their inner-child I am giving away 2 Care Bear prizes sponsored by Gammatek. The first prize is 2 Care Bears and the second prize is 1 Care Bear. They are perfect to keep on your desk or even to play with. See the widget below for entry details.

Funko Pops are stylized vinyl figures packaged in a window display box and measures approximately 3 3/4-inches tall. They are great collectables with popular pop culture characters.

How to enter:

Use the Rafflecopter widget to guide you and to capture your entries.

  1. Comment on this blog post and tell me what your favourite childhood character from a TV show was or your favourite toy
  2. Like Gammatek on Facebook
  3. Follow Gammatek on Instagram
  4. Make sure you follow Goddess on Facebook and/or Instagram
  5. Tag 2 friends on this Facebook post
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Terms & Conditions

  • Competition closes midnight 31 March 2019.
  • Prize is sponsored by Gammatek.
  • First prize: 2 Funko Pop! Care Bears
  • Second prize: 1 Funko Pop Care Bear
  • The prizes are blind box items and you cannot choose which Care Bear you want.
  • If you comment on the Facebook or Instagram post you should also have followed me on the platform for your entry to be valid.
  • Only completed entries will count.
  • The competition is open to all fans of Goddess, who are Residents of South Africa.
  • By 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.
  • If the 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.
  • Any 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.
  • The winner has 48 hours to respond after the winner announcement on the blog and Facebook.
  • The winners will be notified via Facebook and the blog, and the prizes will be issued as soon as possible.
  • All 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 entered into.
  • The prize will be delivered via courier from Gammatek.
  • Prizes are not redeemable for cash.
  • Goddess 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.

I have an awesome surprise for you in in this post, so keep on reading to the end!

I received this awesome box from Chicco last week and did I strike it lucky with bottles! Check out the Facebook LIVE reveal of what’s in the box here.

Did you know that Chicco has been around for 60 years? They constantly observe children, have dialogues with parents and collaborate with the medical world to censure their products bring only joy in the lives of little ones.

Breast feeding

Look, I am never going to dwell on breast pumps and breastfeeding (you can read here why) but I will mention some of Chicco’s products to help you on your way.

  • Naturally electric breast pump
  • Natural feeling manual breast pump
  • Chicco breast milk container
    The airtight seal helps to preserve breastmilk – but you can also use it to store milk powder in for those on the go days.
  • Soothing thermogel pads
  • Antibacterial breast protection pads
  • Silicone nipple shields – please don’t ask me to explain this one… ever.

Bottle feeding

Now I can talk about stuff I know… We use a bottle similar in shape but with the teat in the middle (and they work great), but after trying the Chicco Natural Feeling Bottle the other night on little miss Lily at bed time I was impressed. She took to the bottle like it was nobody’s business, she didn’t have any more wind than usual and she looked more comfortable. I’ll still use it a few more times to test of course!

Disclaimer: It is up to you to decide between bottle and breastfeeding. However follow the instructions provided to keep bottles sterilized.

Chicco baby bottles

  • These bottles are made in Italy
  • 0% BPA
  • Clinically tested
  • 96% of babies accepted the bottle

Chicco offers both the inclined and regular teats to fit on the bottles, obviously with different flow rates. More excitingly they have glass bottles as well – which of course makes them recyclable and more hygienic. We have one of the glass bottles to try out, but I am petrified of Lexa using her throw arm…

Personally we don’t use bottle warmers as we keep the filtered water in bottles for the day/night and make more bottles as we see them running out, but Chicco does offer a bottle warmer that will fit their bottles.

I liked the looked of the Chicco sterilizer – especially the microwaveable one for travel. The big electronic one… yeah, it might have been a contender for us.

Dummies and more

Dummies, hate it or love it… sometime the only thing that will get baby to settle is to stick one in the pie-hole, seriously. We got Chicco dummies in some of the hospital bags when Lily was born and we still use them. I prefer a transparent dummy, but when my parents are around it is better to have a bright colour so they can find it (just saying).

Chico has a fantastic selection of dummies, dummy clips, teethers, teether bibs and it is always worth shopping around and looking at what is new in the shelves.

Win

Yeah, I know you’ve been waiting for this… if you want to see what you can win check out my Facebook live video then complete the steps on the competition widget.

I have 3 prizes to give away so if you are expecting or a new mom get entering! Here is the link tot the FACEBOOK LIVE VIDEO.

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Terms & Conditions

  • Competition closes midnight 26 February 2019.
  • Prize is sponsored by Chicco and Prima Baby
  • See the Facebook LIVE video for contents of prize.
  • If you comment on the Facebook or Instagram post you should also have followed me on the platform for your entry to be valid.
  • Only completed entries will count.
  • The competition is open to all fans of Goddess, who are Residents of South Africa and over the age of 18.
  • By 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.
  • If the 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.
  • Any 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.
  • All 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 entered into.
  • The winners will be notified via Facebook and/or Instagram, and the prizes will be issued as soon as possible.
  • The winner has 24 hours to respond after the winner announcement.
  • The prize will be delivered via courier.
  • Prizes are not redeemable for cash.
  • Goddess 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.