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The Walt Disney Company Africa today announces the launch of the Ultimate Princess Celebration in South Africa, joining the global year-long event spotlighting the courage and kindness these Disney heroines and their stories inspire in fans of all ages.

  • Ultimate Princess Celebration is a new, global campaign championing the qualities of courage and kindness
  • Disney releases free Tales of Courage and Kindness Storybook Collection, featuring 14 new Disney Princess stories and illustrations to help inspire a kinder world
  • Courage+Kindness is this year’s theme for Casual Day

To kick off the celebration, a new, empowering short storybook collection, will be released. Entitled Tales of Courage and Kindness, the 14 original stories feature unique illustrations by artists from around the world and demonstrate how the Disney Princesses, as well as Queens Anna and Elsa, exemplify these qualities, each in her own way. Seeking to inspire them to create a kinder world, Tales of Courage and Kindness is being gifted to kids and families and will be available for free download, beginning today through the end of August at DisneyPrincessStories.co.za.

In a second collaboration with Disney Africa, Courage+Kindness will also be this year’s theme for the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities’ (NCPD) flagship awareness and fundraising project, Casual Day.From June, South Africans are encouraged to order Courage+Kindness merchandise and digital stickers from www.casualday.co.za and, from July, special-edition Courage+Kindness stickers and wristbands will also be available for purchase at participating retailers. The proceeds will go to supporting Persons with Disabilities at over 600+ beneficiary NGO’s and schools. On Casual Day, this year on 3 September, the public can show their support by dressing up with the Courage+Kindness stickers, wristbands and merchandise, or their very own interpretation of this year’s theme.

“Disney stories are timeless, and while each Disney Princess character has her own admirable qualities, courage and kindness connect them all,” says Luke Roberts, General Manager, Consumer Products, Games and Publishing, The Walt Disney Company Africa. “We hope that Tales of Courage and Kindness, our collaboration with Casual Day as well as the many other planned initiatives in the Ultimate Princess Celebration, will help inspire audiences to celebrate and share these qualities, all helping to create a kinder world.”

“Persons with Disabilities, like so many other groups, have been greatly affected by the global pandemic and so the call to show courage and kindness could not be more timely,” says Therina Wentzel-du Toit, National Director, National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities. “We are thrilled to be working with Disney Africa for a second year in a row, in helping inspire South Africans to show their support for the full inclusion and equity of persons with disabilities.”

Looking forward, the Ultimate Princess Celebration will feature a number of highlights as it rolls out, including:

  • On Disney Junior (DStv, Channel 309), Disney’s heroines will be celebrated during the month of May in special Princess-themed Sunday marathons of Sofia the First and Elena of Avalor. Catch these episodes from 9:00-13:00 (CAT), in which some of the Disney Princesses themselves make an appearance.
  • Fans can listen to their favourite Disney Princess songs now on a curated playlist from Walt Disney Records
  • Global superstar and Grammy® Award-winning recording artist Brandy, who starred as the beloved princess in The Wonderful World of Disney, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, has recorded a new original song called “Starting Now.” The “Starting Now” single, produced by Grammy® Award nominee Oak Felder and written by Jason Mater, Jordan Powers, and Darren Criss, will be released globally by Walt Disney Records on May 21 along with a lyric video
  • Fans of all ages will be able to access content across Disney Africa’s digital and social channels right through the year in brand new shorts, music videos and more
  • The Ultimate Princess Celebration will be brought to life at participating retailers across the country this August, with a broad range of the latest Disney Princess product across toys, fashion and accessories, beauty, home décor, books, games, and more.

More Ultimate Princess Celebration initiatives and news will be revealed in the coming months, fans in the meantime are encouraged to share their own tales of Courage and Kindness, their favourite Disney Princess story and more on social media with #UltimatePrincessCelebration and #CourageandKindness

RAVEN’S HOME

Monday 10 th to Thursday 13 th and Monday 17 th to Wednesday 19 th May at 17:25

Raven and the gang are back with new episodes, as season four of Raven’s Home launches on Disney Channel! Premiere episodes air from Monday 10 th to Thursday 13 th and Monday 17 th to Wednesday 19 th May at 17:25

There are new moves, new laughs and new visions, as Booker, Nia and Tess embark on new adventures. In the season launch episode Baking Bad (Monday 10 th May at 17:25) when Booker, Nia and Tess discover someone is passing Nia’s photo off as their own social media avatar, the kids try to unmask the culprit before Nia’s real-life rep takes a hit.

Premiere episodes of Raven’s Home season four air from Monday 10 th to Thursday 13 th and Monday 17 th to Wednesday 19 th May at 17:25, on Disney Channel.


DISNEY CHANNEL FRIDAY NIGHT

MOVIES – Programming event – Fridays throughout May at 17:00

Disney Channel’s Friday treat for film fans continues throughout May with great entertainment to celebrate the start of each weekend. There’s a marvellous movie every Friday at 17:00, repeated on Saturday at 10:40. The fun starts with Zombies on Friday 7 th May, followed by its sequel Zombies 2 (Friday 14 th May), How to Build a Better Boy (Friday 21 st May) and Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (Friday 28 th May), all at 17:00.

Zombies (Friday 7 th May) is a music and dance filled story set in Seabrook, 50 years after a zombie apocalypse. When zombies are finally allowed to enrol in Seabrook High School, the charismatic zombie Zed, who wants to play football, meets Addison, who dreams of being a cheerleader. Addison and Zed work together to show Seabrook what they can achieve when they embrace their differences.

Viewers can see these great Disney movies on Fridays throughout May 2021 at 17:00, repeated on the following Saturday at 10:40, on Disney Channel.

FANCY NANCY CLANCY

Premiere episodes
Weekdays from Monday 3 rd to Friday 7 th May at 14:00

Fancy Nancy Clancy has fun with family and friends, as she finds the extraordinary in the ordinary, and – with a little imagination- transforms the plain into the exquisite! Nancy returns to the channel with premiere episodes on weekdays from Monday 3 rd to Friday 7th May at 14:00.

In the first of these premiere episodes Bon Voyage, Nancy! /Nancy’s New Friend (Monday 3 rd May at 14:00) Nancy is disappointed when a family car trip isn’t the epic adventure she imagined. Then Nancy makes friends with Lionel’s favourite cousin Sean, who just happens to be autistic. Premiere episodes of Fancy Nancy Clancy air on weekdays from Monday 3 rd to Friday 7 th May at 14:00 on Disney Junior.


BLUEY

Premiere episodes
Weekdays from Monday 24 th to Friday 28 th May at 05:00

Delightful Blue Heeler puppy Bluey is back on the channel this month, with premiere episodes featuring her adventures on weekdays from Monday 24 th to Friday 28 th May at 05:00.

In the episode Trains (Monday 24 th May at 05:00) Bingo is a model citizen, commuting to work on the Dad-Train, dropping her daughter at day care and working as a vet. Bluey on the other hand is much more intent on having fun! Premiere episodes of Bluey air on weekdays from Monday 24 th to Friday 28 th May at 05:00, on Disney Junior.


MIRA: ROYAL DETECTIVE

Weekdays from Monday 10 th to Friday 14 th May at 14:30

Super sleuth Mira’s back on the trail, as premiere episodes of Mira Royal Detective air on weekdays from Monday 10 th to Friday 14 th May at 14:30.

As newly appointed royal detective to the Indian-inspired land of Jalpur, the brave and resourceful Mira travels throughout the kingdom helping royals and townspeople alike. With the help of her friend, Prince Neel, her cousin, Priya, and her mongoose sidekicks, Mikku and Chikku, Mira uses her unique lens to investigate each case that comes her way. In the first of these episodes, Mystery at the Marketplace/ Mystery in the Sand Dunes (Monday 10 th May at 14:30) Mira tracks down the spice merchant who has an essential ingredient for Meena’s ladoos. Then, while testing Neel’s new vehicle, a sandstorm causes the vehicle to become lost. Premiere episodes of Mira Royal Detective air on weekdays from Monday 10 th to Friday 14 th May at 14:30, on Disney Junior.


Elena of Avalor

Sunday 16 th May at 12:00

Disney Junior is celebrating our much-loved Disney Princesses this month, with episodes and specials on Sundays featuring these royal favourites. As part of this exciting event there is a premiere episode of Elena of Avalor on Sunday 16 th May at 12:00.

In season three Elena’s epic journey continues as she strives to protect her kingdom from a family of wicked wizards while learning how to control her new magic powers. In this premiere episode, entitled The Family Treasure (Sunday 16 th May at 12:00), Elena and Isabel help two feuding brothers find a valuable treasure hidden by their mother. This premiere episode of Elena of Avalor airs on Sunday 16 th May at 12:00 on Disney Junior.

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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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  • 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?
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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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Do you remember when you got your first Barbie? I do! My parents were visiting friends in Northam. I remember my mom’s face when she gave me that Barbie doll in a pink and purple jumpsuit. I remember holding her while still in that box and admiring her beautiful blue eyes, shiny blonde curls and soft pink lipstick. She was the most beautiful thing I ever owned.

Imagine if you could do the same for another little girl when you buy a Barbie for your own little girl…

Mattel South Africa recently announced that, as part of its Barbie #ThankYouHeroes programme, it will donate a Barbie doll for each eligible career doll purchased from ToysRUs stores nation-wide. This initiative taking place from the 3rd of August 2020 to the 31st of August 2020, is aiming to donate about 1500 dolls to the Children’s Hospital Trust (CHT).

The CHT is an NPO that raises funds to advance child healthcare through the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. From upgrades to its buildings and facilities, to the implementation of several projects and programmes and upskilling of medical professionals from across Africa.

The Barbie #ThankYouHeroes programme is part of Mattel’s broader “Play it Forward” platform, which focuses on leveraging Mattel brands to give back to communities in times of need.

The ‘buy a doll, donate a doll’ initiative will see dolls handed over to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital will then be distributed to patients diagnosed with the corona virus. The aim is to bring joy and encourage children to aspire to become whatever they would like to be in the world. 

I’ve been waiting for this launch for months… It was delayed here in South Africa due to that virus we shall not name.

A few weeks ago I excitedly turned to my husband and said I orderd my Barbie MAC lipstick. He got stuck on who MAC is and completely missed that I just bought a Barbie lipstick for myself. Men…

Introducing Barbie’s next venture: an exclusive M·A·C collaboration! As the newest M·A·C Maker, Barbie – the original doll, global icon and influencer with @barbiestyle – designs her own Lipstick. Read more here.

The Barbie cool-toned bubblegum-pink shade with a Matte finish embraces endless possibilities – working wherever your day or career path takes you. It’s all in the details with special packaging in Barbie’s iconic power-pink with gold – ready for anything!

RECIPE: CHRISTINE CAPENDALE
IMAGES: ANITA REED/DISNEY CHANNEL

Ingredients

SALAD

  • 80 g bulgur wheat
  • 80 g quinoa
  •  400 ml water
  •  150 g cooked, drained chickpeas
  •  100 g cooked, drained lentils
  •  50 ml chopped mint
  •  50 ml chopped parsley
  •  Seeds of ½ pomegranate OR one small pomegranate
  •  Salt and black pepper for seasoning

 DRESSING

  • 30 ml pomegranate molasses
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 15ml Honey
  • 30 ml Olive Oil
  • Finely grated zest of ½ lemon
  • 15 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 ml Dijon mustard or any mild mustard
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • TO SERVE: 60 ml crispy onion rings or flakes
  • 100 g feta cheese, cubed
  • Extra mint for garnish

METHOD

  • Add the bulgur wheat, quinoa and the water to a medium sized saucepan and bring to the boil on medium heat. Add some salt.
  • Cook for 15 minutes with lid on the saucepan until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Spoon the cooked quinoa and bulgur wheat into a large bowl to cool down quickly.
  • After a few minutes add the chickpeas, lentils, mint, parsley and the pomegranate seeds.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a small jug and mix well.
  • Add the dressing and toss through the salad.
  • Serve the salad topped with the crispy onion, feta cheese and some mint as garnish.

Inspired by Disney’s locally produced live action show Disney’s Cookabout – we are sharing with you some of our healthy and oh-so delicious recipes that were featured on the recent season of the show. The cooking show sees kids learn where our food comes from, visiting farms around the country before heading back to the kitchen to learn to cook with the ingredients. This recipe was inspired by a visit to the Shangana Cultural Village in Hazyview, Mpumalanga.  

RECIPE: Christine Capendale
IMAGES: Anita Reed/Disney Channel

Ingredients

CHICKEN SKEWERS

  • 80 g organic peanut butter
  • 90 ml coconut milk
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 5 ml freshly grated ginger
  •  1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2,5 ml ground cumin
  • 2,5 ml curry powder
  • 2,5 ml paprika
  • Pinch of chili flakes
  • 1 ml salt
  • Black pepper
  • 300 g chicken tenderloins or chicken fillet
  • 4 bamboo skewers, soaked in water
  • Toasted peanuts for garnishing

PICKLED CUCUMBER

  • 50 ml white vinegar (use apple cider vinegar preferably)
  • 30 ml lemon juice
  • 30 ml honey
  • 2,5 ml salt
  • 5 ml chopped dill
  • 150 g sliced baby cucumbers
  • 30 ml spring onions, thinly sliced

METHOD

CHICKEN SKEWERS

  • Mix together the peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice, ginger, garlic and the spices.
  • Mix well and reserve half of the marinade for dipping.
  • Marinate the chicken in the other half of the sauce.
  • Place in a Ziploc bag and toss well to coat the chicken – leave it in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  • Thread the chicken onto the soaked skewers.
  • Heat a griddle pan on medium heat and cook the skewers on both sides until cooked and golden brown.
  • Serve with the reserved marinade and the pickled cucumbers. Garnish with the toasted peanuts

Inspired by Disney’s locally produced live action show Disney’s Cookabout – I thought I’d share a healthy recipe that was featured on the recent season of the show.

The cooking show sees kids learn where our food comes from, visiting farms around the country before heading back to the kitchen to learn to cook with the ingredients.

  • RECIPE: Christine Capendale
  • IMAGES: Anita Reed/Disney Channel

Beef, Peppers and Broccoli Stir-fry

Ingredients

  • STIR-FRY
  • 20 ml sunflower oil
  • 200 g rump or sirloin steak (at least 50% lean meat), cut into thin strips
  • ½ small onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 5 ml grated fresh ginger
  • Pinch of chilli flakes
  • ¼ small red pepper, cut into strips
  • ¼ yellow pepper, cut into strips
  • 100 g broccoli florets
  • 60 ml sliced celery
  • 100 g rice noodles

SAUCE

  • 40 ml soya sauce
  • 15 ml honey
  • 5 ml organic, free range chicken stock
  • powder

TO SERVE

  • 5 ml toasted sesame seeds
  • Fresh herbs (eg coriander, parsley or chives)
  • Beef, peppers and
  • broccoli stir-fry

METHOD

Mix together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and keep aside. Pour 750 ml of boiling water over the rice noodles and leave to soak for 10 minutes. Drain very well and keep warm. Stir a little extra oil through the noodles to prevent them from sticking together. Add half of the oil to a non-stick frying pan on medium heat and fry the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli until the onion is slightly browned. Stir all the time. Turn the heat up and add the meat. Stir-fry until it is cooked and starts to brown. Season with a little salt and remove the cooked meat and onions from the frying pan. Keep aside. Add the rest of the oil to the frying pan, turn down the heat to medium and add the peppers, broccoli and the celery. Stir-fry for a few minutes until the vegetables are cooked but still crisp. Return the meat and onions to the vegetables in the frying pan and add the sauce. Cook whilst stirring for 2 minutes. Serve with rice noodles and sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds and some herbs.