KidsCon South Africa

Johannesburg, 19 June 2019: The highly anticipated Comic Con Africa 2019 welcomes the youngest member of the family to its spectacular four day offering, KidsCon! Get Ready for the most exciting family-friendly, kids-oriented convention! As the first and entirely Kid focused convention in Africa, KidsCon is taking the term ‘fun and games’ to the next level by empowering kids to be expressive and embrace their individuality.

KidsCon brings the whole family together at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand between the 21st and 24th of September 2019. The interactive four-day convention is geared to celebrating and inspiring all kids to embrace the superhero within and to

cosplay along with the those who are older, but still kids at heart. Edutainment has never looked this good, seamlessly bring learning, playing and creativity together under one roof.

To make sure that the kids rule the playground, KidsCon is designed by Kids for Kids, which is why the KidsCon Board of Little Experts was established.

As a board of 14 diverse children (ages 5 to 10) the KidsCon experts shared their insights on various trends and products. Their input was used to create an unforgettable, dynamic and modern experience that’ll have parents itching to join in on the fun.

Children attending the festival will be stimulated as they engage with different interactive areas. Their creative flair will be sparked by the BIC Artist Corner then their imagination will surely run wild as they create new worlds while immersed in the Play-Doh Creations space. Visitors can also team up and face-off as they show off their blasting skills in the Hasbro Nerf Zone, and experience the Nerf Fornite blaster range, or play it safe by challenging mom to a game of Monopoly or taking a photo with dad at the Nintendo selfie wall and win wonderful prizes.

Visitors are in for a number of treats like meeting some of their favourite characters like, Mario Karts’ Mario and Luigi, your favourite My Little Pony and many more. Other activities include building a RC Car with Nintendo Labo and competing at the Transformers Speed Station to see who takes home the prize for transforming a Transformer in the least amount of time, and a chance to take a pic with Transformer Bubblebee.

Besides the Mario Kart and Ultimate Dance competions., there are numerous other giveaways at KidsCon. Families can shop, learn and play to their hearts content while enjoying the ultimate kids experience. Hosting the best fashion, the newest merchandise, a digital universe, and a gaming corner is only the tip of the iceberg. The awe-inspiring exhibitors will keep the whole family on their toes and occupied for hours.

A world of wonder is coming soon. Join the first Kid focused festival from the 21st of September and be a part of the excitement of the first annual KidsCon.

A ticket to Comic Con Africa gives you access to the dedicated KidsCon Hall. Get your Comic Con Africa tickets now at http://bit.ly/CCA_KidsCon or www.computicket.co.za

Disney World : Port Orleans Resort

One of the most beautiful memories is my first trip overseas. I was 12 and my brother was 10, we had sleepless nights in anticipation for our holiday because it literally was a dream come true. The happiest place on earth or more affectionately known @waltdisneyworld was the most incredible family holiday experience ever. We were at the perfect ages because we still had the innocence of our childhood to enjoy all the fantasy and splendour that only @disney can deliver. I remember the first time I laid eyes on the castle of the @disneymagickingdoms , and how I could literally feel butterflies in my tummy taking in the beauty of it all.
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We stayed at one of the Disney resorts called Port Orleans which was French themed. It was winter and Christmas so we got to enjoy warm apple cider and giant choc chip cookies by the fireplace every night. My brother even got chosen to be a Baker for thr morning and assisted in baking sugary treats in the hotel kitchen. We had all the characters sign our autograph books, meeting Cinderella was my highlight!.
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The theme parks were legendary even though the lines were exceptionally long because it was peak holiday season. As children we were willing to wait rather than miss out on anything. .
The magic did not end on that trip, we were fortunate enough to revisit Disney World when I was 18, which still very much brought out the child in me. It was most special three years ago when we went back with our children. My parents relived the excitement we had on our first trip by seeing the glow in the eyes of their four grandchildren. .
It is the type of vacation that has no age restriction. It is my favourite travel destination because I am quite an adrenaline junkie especially in a theme park. It is a place where you can’t help but smile and take in the very contagious joy that Disney brings to life. .

What’s new at Nu Metro this week?

It’s the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, and now you can see them fighting their final battle against a force rising from within. X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits Nu Metro cinemas in KZN this week.

Shift dimensions with this action-packed new superhero adventure and the super-power of Cornubia Mall’s Xtreme theatre: the movie has been filmed especially for Nu Metro’s Premium Large Format-screen, along with a booming Dolby Atmos-mastered soundtrack.

The spectacular musical-drama about Elton John’s early years, Rocketman, also starts showing at Nu Metro. Experience all the fabulous costumes, iconic music and a gripping true story in their luxurious VIP cinemas (select cineplexes) – featuring full recliner seating, lounges, bar and à la carte in-cinema dining.

X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX
Showing at all Nu Metro cinemas
This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic Dark Phoenix. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made, as the family of mutants that we’ve come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet — one of their own.

ROCKETMAN (16 DLPS)
Showing at all Nu Metro cinemas
This epic musical fantasy tells the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years – from his time as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin. It stars Taron Egerton as Elton John.

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR
Showing at Nu Metro The Pavilion only
College-bound romantic Daniel Bae and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley meet—and fall for each other—over one magical day amidst the fervour and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. But will fate be enough to take these teens from star-crossed to lucky in love? With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting against her family’s deportation as fiercely as she’s fighting her budding feelings for Daniel, who is working just as hard to convince her they are destined to be together.

For showtimes, bookings, trailers and more info, please go to www.numetro.co.za or call 0861-CINEMA (246362) or, use the self-service terminals at the cinema.

Dreaming out loud until you live out a reality.

Three years ago, if you told me that CrazyRio would be my full time career, I would have totally believed you. That is the truth to be honest. Although it was never the intentional plan, the feeling I received after I put out my first post definitely made me believe that this was the start of something special.Reading and writing have always been my happy place. As a child that never quite fitted in, it was my escape from reality. I would conjure up my own magical world and live them out between the pages of books and the magical power of putting pen to paper.The reality set in when I discovered that bullying doesn’t end in school, even as adults there are others out there who purposefully will go to great lengths to make sure success is not for me. This makes me sad but it also makes me more motivated to succeed. Self confidence is something I have always lacked until I realised, I actually am pretty awesome at what I do.All the years of being pushed into a corner, those moments that I spent reading and writing is the reason I am who I am today. I can easily write up anything in a matter of minutes because it comes so naturally to me. That make believe world I lived in as a child, is my go to place when creating a campaign for my clients and it is still the most beautiful source of inspiration for me.Dreams can be achieved, yes there are hours and hours of work involved to get there but if you have a passion for something, always remember it can be done. It will take time but it will happen. Something that I also always keep in mind that while building myself and my brand is that there is always room at my table for others. If I can assist and aid someone to become better even if it is in the same industry as I am, it makes us peers and not competition. Our successes are meant to be shared. I am ordinary, I was just prepared to put in the extra hours to get where I am today. There is no reason you cannot achieve what you dream about. In fact you owe it to yourself to. So start today and let me know where you are in three years from today!

Aladdin at Nu Metro VIP Cornubia Mall

This morning I decided to play truant with Yuhna and allowed her to skip school to go to the movies with me. Her sisters have been gushing about how magical Aladdin is on the big screen as they had already watched it during the week. We went to the Nu Metro VIP cinema at Cornubia to watch it in 3D. I love to feel relaxed when I watch a movie and I always carry blankets for the kids and I to cuddle up and be comfortable. Yuhna was amazed at how the seats recline all the way back ( she is a third child so doesn’t get out much). The seats are very spacious, luxurious and comfortable. The is also plenty room to walk to your seat comfortably without having to shuffle. You can also food and beverage that will be brought to your seats for your convenience. The VIP cinema has a separate counter so the lines are shorter and it’s easier to move along. I love visiting Cornubia mall because I can park at the undercover parking closest to the movies which is secure and the best part is that parking is free!

I remember watching Disney’s Aladdin when I was a little girl and watching the animation come to life took me back to my childhood. Will Smith owned his role as Genie and was an absolute superstar. Aladdin and Jasmine were depicted exactly as I imagined them to be. Jasmine’s beauty will take your breathe away and Aladdin’s courage and confidence will win your heart.It was a beautiful portrayal of this classic with a few surprises and music that you can sing along to for days.

Moral of the story for today, yes I was a rebel mom and I broke some rules but I had a very special date with my daughter that ended with her cuddling with me in my arms as we watched the credits. I have no regrets.

If you are planning your weekend ahead please put this movie on your to do list. It wowed me from beginning to end.

For showtimes, bookings, trailers and more info, please go to www.numetro.co.za or call 0861-CINEMA (246362) or, use the self-service terminals at the cinema.

For showtimes, bookings, trailers and more info, please go to www.numetro.co.za or call 0861-CINEMA (246362) or, use the self-service terminals at the cinema.

What’s new at the Movies – Nu Metro Cornubia Mall!

WHAT’S NEW AT THE MOVIES

Supersize the first weekend of June and experience adrenalin-fuelled 3D movie action on an epic scale with Godzilla II: King of the Monsters in Nu Metro cinemas nationwide.

Take it to the next level and witness the legendary monsters battling it out on one of SA’s largest cinema screens in Nu Metro Cornubia’s Xtreme theatre – also featuring crystal-clear Ultra HD projection and powerful 360-degree Dolby Atmos sound.

GODZILLA II: KING OF THE MONSTERS (13 LV)

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the cryptozoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient superspecies, thought to be mere myths, rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

For showtimes, bookings, trailers and more info, please go to www.numetro.co.za or call 0861-CINEMA (246362) or, use the self-service terminals at the cinema.

La Rosa Mexican Grille Review by Melanie Jane Martin ( Cafe Couch)

1 tequila 2 tequila …. Oh what a night!
Café Couch was invited to the Amazing Mexican Restaurant @LaRosaMexicanGrille at #SuncoastDurban . The minute you arrive you fall in love with the Décor ! Its Bright and Vibey , and the Staff are so attentive!!
We were treated like Celebs , and sampled so many Mexican dishes , tastes and flavours!
Margarita’s , tequilas and drinks flowed ..
On arrival there was Mike the face- painter who transformed us with Beautiful Facial Art.
(find him there on Fridays & Saturdays or Functions)

#MammaMiah spoilt us with funky biscuits as gifts!
It was wonderful to meet awesome Ladies , Women in Business and Moms . We all need a night out from our Busy lives and this did the trick!

If you looking for a fun venue for a Birthday , Office Party or #GirlsNightOut then do yourself a favour and put @LaRosaMexicanGrill on your #BucketList
Thanks you CrazyRio again for the Invite.

The Propa way…how to have your cake and eat it too!

When I was dedicated to my gym and healthy lifestyle routine I would often crave desserts and chocolate in particular. Then the wonder of social media stepped in and one day I noticed this highly Instagrammable chocolate dessert cup being posted online by fitness enthusiasts and socialites alike. I couldn’t resist clicking on the @propafoodbar handle to find out more. You can imagine my excitement when I discovered that this product was produced with the idea of being healthy in mind. I decided to place my order and I fetched my propa smoothie from Healthy in Umhlanga the very next day. If there’s anything you need to know about me is that I am extremely brand loyal with a soft spot for local startups. After tasting my very first smoothie I knew this was a brand that would grow to enormous success. I also knew that I had become a huge fan of the taste and attention to detail that went into preparing these beautiful creations. The chocolate smoothies are my favourite and they leave me with the satisfaction that I get when I eat chocolate.

When I decided to relaunch CrazyRio, I decided that it was time we learnt more about the lady behind the brand and how it all began. Good people… let me introduce you to Stephanie Wills! The name and face behind the brand. Here are a few questions we posed to her to get to know her better. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as we did.

Please can you tell us what sparked the idea to get you started?
Propa began completely by accident really… I had been playing around with layered/stacked smoothies and smoothie bowls shortly after my second son was born. A friend had seen one of them (that I had posted on instagram) and asked if I could make ten of them for a special staff meeting! Needless to say they were a huge hit and right then and there we created all the social media pages. Luckily my husband had already designed the brand (even though it was meant to be for a mobile coffee shop)

In a short paragraph, please tell us about your business and some of the incredible milestones you have achieved thus far?We specialise in gourmet, layered smoothies that can be eaten as a meal replacement or even as a healthy treat. I used to make 10 a week and now (two and a half years later) we make hundreds! And gratefully I say “we.” What started as a small home-industry business has grown exponentially to the point now where we are a team of five and have our own factory space to handle the ever-increasing scale of production.

What makes your product special?

Each smoothie is hand-made from scratch as well as being dairy-free, refined sugar-free, gluten-free and all natural (no added preservatives/colourants/additives). The consistency is thick like a pudding and needs to be eaten with a spoon. We always balance the nutritionals (fat/protein/carbs) so that each one can be eaten as a meal. They can also be frozen so you can keep a whole bunch at home in your freezer. Nothing better than having a grab and go meal on hand!

Where can customers purchase your products / how can they place orders?

We have several retailers that stock our smoothies from Ballito to Hillcrest – all of which are listed on our social media platforms. And each week we add more so everyone can get their Propa fix. In terms of our weekly specials these are only available on order direct from me (Steph). To place an order simply send a whatsapp to 072 463 9512 with how many you want and where you’d like to collect from: Lifestyle Health, Ballito (Monday-Saturday) or Healthy, Umhlanga (Friday) or Health on Broadway, Durban North (Monday)

Do you cater for vegans?
Yes. All our products are vegan friendly.

Are any of your products Banting friendly?
Our smoothies are paleo friendly however when it comes to banting it depends on how many carbs your diet allows and whether you include fruit or not. We do use banana and fruit in our smoothies however we also have smoothies that are banana-free and more veggie-based (with avocado, sweet potato etc)

What is your best seller?
Our Propa PB. Which is a layered chocolate and peanut butter smoothie. So good! It is also the first smoothie we retailed.

Which is your personal favourite and why?
Tough question! Probably our Propa Peppermint crisp or Propa Carrot Cake… or Propa Blueberry Matcha or our Propa No-B (no banana smoothie) ahhhh I honestly cant decide! I love them all!

What is the price range of your products?
Each smoothie is R60 for a 250mls cup

In a paragraph, tell us a bit about yourself as we would love to get to know the face behind the brand.
I am obviously obsessed with smoothies! I especially love making healthy food taste delicious as well as look beautiful. I am also happily married to my best friend and we have two beautiful boys (aged 5 and 3). Before I had kids and started Propa I studied fine art at university but found my career path in the heath industry. I studied nutrition and managed Lifestyle Health shop with my mom Judy for over 12 years. I also love yoga, running, anything creative, laughing, tea and spending time with my family and friends (and even better when its on the beach!) Think that pretty much sums me up!?

To follow the Propa journey you can find them on social media as:

Instagram: @propafoodbar

Facebook: Propa Food Bar

Getting To Know Kate Turkington!

I was on a girls retreat in the beautiful KZN Midlands, when I met Kate Turkington. Although generations apart, I recognised so much of me in her, that it ignited an instant friendship! It is not very often that this happens to me and I am so glad that it did. Fast forward to a month later and I find myself visiting Kate (at her house!). By this time, I have done adequate research to realise just how knowledgable, well-travelled and famous she really is! I had to keep my excitement contained. The conversation flows easily between us, as we talk the usual girl talk. I have realised that women connect easily. We are able to bond over the responsibilities that life sets for us and although our stories may be different, we sing to the same tune on so many levels!

I left Kate’s home with a signed copy of her latest book ‘YES, REALLY! A Life’ and I could not wait to get reading. I did not realise how much more this book would bind our friendship. After readng this, I have rejoiced in the adventures that bring these pages to life. I was able to feel the pain of all the difficulties endured on the way but most of all it is a book that inspires me to live my life and to live it well! It is a novel that does not sugar coat on how we shoould do things but instead encourages us to live our lives so that we can tell our own stories one day.

I could go on and on but that would mean me giving away more than I should. I do suggest you get yourself a copy and let us know whether you felt it as powerful a read as I did! It is available for purchase on takealot and other bookstores, nationwide.

In this time Kate has earned a place in my heart as one of my very dear friends so I thought a feature on this book is simply not enough to commemorate this Icon of a lady. I have sent Kate some fun questions to  answer so that we could all get better acquainted. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Thank you Kate, for being such a good sport with these answers!

  • Introduce yourself in one sentence.

I’m Kate Turkington, often called ‘legendary’ by fans because of my teaching days at Wits and thousands of TV and radio broadcasts over 50 years.

  • In your opinion, what was your claim to fame?

My teaching days at Wits and thousands of TV and radio broadcasts over 50 years.

  • What do you think is the single thing that is most wrong with the world right now?

Ignorance and poverty.

  • Childhood celebrity crush?

Clarke Gable. (Nobody today will know that name but he was the star of one of the most famous movies of all time ‘Gone With The Wind’.)

  • The place you love most in the world?

Home. (Followed by India as my favourite destination.)

  • What is your motto in life?

Carpe Diem – Seize the day and live every day to the full. The past is gone and the future never comes. 

  • How do you inspire people?

By being a role model – travelling, writing, moving, shaking and having a wonderful family of four children and nine grandchildren all of whom – wait for it – live in Johannesburg too.

  • Do you sing in the shower?

No

  • What would you regard your number 1 hit?

Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’.

  • Dogs or cats?

Dogs.

  • Favourite food?

Fish and Chips.

  • Do you believe in ghosts?

No. Although I once lived in a haunted house in the wilds of Nigeria and my two children at the time saw the ghost often. (Read all about it in my latest book – ‘Yes, Really!’)

  • What is your job title?

Anything and everything.

  • What inspired you to choose this career path?

Nothing inspired me. Except, I’ll always make and take opportunities. I was a guest on a BBC TV show in the UK and was asked subsequently if I’d like a TV talkshow of my own.

  • Career highlight to date?

Too many to mention – lots of accolades and awards – but I’ve enjoyed every moment of communicating with other people.

  • Who is the most famous person you have met?

Again, too many to mention. Mmm… maybe the Queen, The Beatles and the Dalai Lama?

  • Your advice to your younger self?

Do it all again… 

  • If you could have dinner with absolutely anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why?

William Shakespeare.

  • A memory from your life that makes you giggle?

When I was almost kidnapped by heavily armed Afar tribesmen in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia.

  • Who inspires you?

My family, friends and myself.

  • If you won 100 million dollars today, what would you do?

Give it away.