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Oral Thrush – A Quick Reference Guide

Does My Baby Have Oral Thrush | Penelope & Bella

What is oropharyngeal candidiasis? Well that is just a fancy word for oral thrush, caused by the Candida Albicans fungus (yup, the same one responsible for vaginal thrush too)  Small amounts of this fungus normally are found in your mouth without causing harm, but your body’s good bacteria normally keep the fungus in check. Continue reading Oral Thrush – A Quick Reference Guide

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When Crime Comes Knocking On Your Door

Penelope & Bella | When Crime Comes Knocking On Your Door

Living in South Africa has its pros and cons, right?  I’ve been on this planet for 39 years, and my exposure to crime has, thankfully, been low. Yea we’ve had the odd house break-in etc, but whenever these happened no one was at home, so no one got hurt. It’s a sad place to be when you realise that crime is going to affect you one day, and you pray for “milder” crimes that don’t happen when you or (heaven forbid) your kids or loved ones are around. Continue reading When Crime Comes Knocking On Your Door

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Add Hope For World Hunger Month

Penelope & Bella | Add Hope for World Hunger Month

Did you know October is World Hunger Month?

Now there’s a topic that we don’t like to think about too much, because when we think about it we need to do something about it, not so?  And doing something about it is pointless because we’re only one lonely person trying to fix a global problem, right?  Er, I’m going to call you out on this one, WRONG! Continue reading Add Hope For World Hunger Month

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The Biologie of Rain

Penelope & Bella | The Biologie of Rain

You know how much we love camping, right? Well our last camp, just outside Plettenberg Bay, just over six weeks ago over a long weekend, was an eventful one as always.  Caught in the grip of winter, the scenic Garden Route was freezing and had us wearing beanies, scarves and cuddling up with blankets in front of the fire. As much as we love camping in winter, we also love a change of scenery every now and then, especially when camping in such a beautiful part of the country.

We ended up taking a drive to Zinzi, an exclusive restaurant in the Crags outside Plett. Apart from the amazing dining experience we had, I especially delighted myself in the fragrance of the hand lotion in the ladies’ bathroom, so much so, that I had asked the waitress what brand it was! Haha, I know…”small things…” She wrote the name on a card for me. I didn’t recognise the brand at all and doubted I would find it in PE. So I got home and filed that card into my “Things To Look For Before I Die” file… Oh, come on! Who are we kidding? We both know that never happened, that poor card disappeared into the abyss of nothingness that is my handbag.

Anyways, a few weekends ago I attended the Eastern Cape Blogger Meetup, where apart from socialising in person with some of my favourite people, I was spoilt with the most amazing goodie bag 🙂 And lo and behold… inside I found a stunning gift from the brand I had discovered at the restaurant – RAIN! You guys, I am so impressed with this brand. Not only because of its obviously yummy fragrances, but the whole company profile and what they are doing for their community by employing impoverished locals. Each and every item is free from chemicals, animal products, and is handmade. Handmade! 

Caring human touch is visible in everything we create. This is what gives Rain products their unique stamp and inherent value.

Penelope & Bella | Rain Biologie

Rain harvests the organic oils of Kalahari Melon, Baobab, Mafura, Marula and Mongongo Nut which form the heart of their body care range. You should check out their baby range too, which consists of products ranging from bum creme to insect repellent.

If you’re wondering which product grabbed my attention at Zinzi, it was the Rain Biologie Range. Be sure to look out for this one on their website.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some shopping to do…

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Children, Germs & Handwashing

Penelope & Bella | Children, Germs & Handwashing

If your child has been through creche or day care, you’ll know what I mean when I say those kids catch everything! Children spend so much time in close proximity to each other that everyday germs which cause diseases such as diarrhoea, colds and flu are easily spread. Continue reading Children, Germs & Handwashing

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Challenges Faced by Families of Six

Challenges that come with having a family of six | Penelope & Bella

My husband has an enlarged photograph of our family on the wall, behind his desk in his practice.  It seems to bring him a certain amount of entertainment on a daily basis, watching the facial expressions of his patients while they are gazing at the photo.  Some say nothing, but others can’t help but blurt out, “Four children!” I’m assuming these are the parents with unruly kids… Hehe!  But seriously, for those who ever wondered, I thought I’d outline the challenges that come with having a family of six. Continue reading Challenges Faced by Families of Six