5 healthy tips to keep a positive mindset during lockdown

Trying to stay positive can be a difficult task during these uncertain times, we’re all faced with, that is why we have put together 5 healthy tips to stay happy with a positive mindset:

  1. It’s easy to forget how important it is to stick to a routine, especially when you know you’re not going anywhere. Why get out of bed and get dressed just to stay at home? Sticking to a routine will ensure you stay focused, productive and will ultimately leave you feeling motivated to take on the day!
  2. Limit the negativity, make sure to switch off your tv when the news gets overwhelming, or put your phone down when social media is full of speculation. Be careful not to spend too much time talking about the current state, rather stay hopeful by focusing on positive things, choosing peace over panic.
  3. Why not prioritise a fun activity to do with the family? Make the most of the extra time spent together by baking, playing a favourite board game, video call or make a video to send to relatives. Checking in on loved ones and hearing their stories of what they’ve been doing to stay positive can lift the mood of the entire household.
  4. Practise mindfulness, this means to have your mind full of the present moment, not wishing you were in a different place or looking back at the golden years! Try watering your plants, reading a great book or listening  to a favourite song and taking it all in. When you learn to focus on every current moment, you’re not stressed about the future or living in the past, you are simply living in the present appreciating the little things.
  5. Laugh! Studies have shown that having a good belly laugh will decrease stress hormones and increase immune cells. Try watching a great comedy, practise a few jokes or just call a friend who always makes you giggle. 

We at Dealz would love to hear from you! Let us know which tip for positivity you’ve tried on our facebook page.

Jam Doughnuts! To help with all those cravings…

Need something delicious to go with tea time? What about some jam doughnuts! Chances are you probably already have the ingredients in the cupboard. 

All you’ll will need is:

  • 500ml Flour                 
  • 5ml Salt             
  • 8ml Yeast              
  • 30ml butter or Margarine              
  • 1 egg
  • 150ml Milk ( luke warm)
  •  Sunflower Oil
  • Apricot Jam and Sugar / Icing Sugar 

How to make it:

  1. Add the flour and yeast into a mixing bowl along with the sugar and salt and mix together.
  2. Now add the lukewarm milk, melted butter and egg together with the mixture, and mix thoroughly until it becomes dough, knead gently for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Oil the sides of a mixing bowl for the dough to rest for about 30 Minutes
  4. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and while you wait, divide the dough into 12 equally sized pieces.
  5. Fry the the doughnuts on both sides until they are golden brown and take 
  6.  use a piping bag, or just a large plastic bag and fill with apricot jam, make a small insert in each doughnut and fill with a small drop of jam.

Add the finishing touches to the doughnuts by rolling each one in icing sugar or regular sugar and enjoy these sweet homemade delights!

Easy Hot Cross Buns to make this weekend!

While you are spending some time at home this Easter weekend why not bake some fresh hot cross buns for the weekend? Here’s what you need!

For the buns:                                                                                                                              

  • 1 Cup warm milk                                             
  • 2 Packets Active Dry Yeast                                     
  • 125 ml Sugar                                                   
  • 80 ml Melted Butter / Margarine   
  • 2 Large Eggs                                        
  • 750 Grams  all purpose Flour          
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract                               
  • 1 tsp. Salt                 
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  •  ¼ tsp. Nutmeg
  •  ½ cup of Raisins 

 For the glaze:

  • 250ml Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk 
  • ½ tsp. Lemon juice
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the milk, yeast, and a pinch of sugar, let it sit for 15-20 minutes and only stir the mixture once the yeast starts foaming.
  2. Whisk 1 egg yolk, butter and vanilla into the yeast mixture and in another bowl mix the flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the yeast mixture, stir the mixture well until it thickens and add the raisins.
  4. Through a handful of flour on a surface to knead the dough until it is soft and elastic for about 10 minutes.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, cover it with a cloth and let it sit for about an hour and a half until the dough rises to double the size.
  6. When the dough is ready, form into 12 small equal sized pieces and place it onto a greased baking pan, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for about  another 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200°C
  7. Beat the remaining egg and brush the top of the buns with the egg wash. Whisk the icing sugar, milk and lemon juice together to make the glaze. Fill a piping bag or resealable plastic bag with the glaze, cut a small hole in the bag in order to draw the crosses on the buns.
  8. Bake the hot cross buns in the oven for 22 – 25 minutes until golden brown.

Serve warm with a scoop of butter, honey, jam, cheese or even ice cream and you’ve got the perfect treat to share with the family!

6 Innovative ways to keep the kids from saying “I’m Bored”

Keeping the kids entertained indoors can turn into a very challenging task for parents. If you are tired of listening to the same old kiddies shows over and over again, we’ve got some alternative ideas for fun:

  1. Grab the board games! Not only is it perfect for bonding, but it will also make for some great laughs and memories. Try 30 seconds, Pictionary, Monopoly, Scrabble, Rummikup or building a jigsaw puzzle together.
  2. Colour in colouring books, If you don’t have any empty ones you can always download some colouring sheets print them out, put on some music and get creative with the little ones.
  3. Have a bake-off competition! Help the kids bake cupcakes and decorate it themselves with their favourite ingredients, you can even play along and vote for the winner.
  4. Learn skills like how to make origami, take music lessons or follow dance tutorials on Youtube, make videos and send it on to the family.
  5. If you have older kids, ask them to cook dinner, make it a themed event with costumes and music. You could try Mexican, Italian or traditional South African!
  6. Keep a daily journal, write down what the best part of the day was and what you are looking forward to tomorrow. This will help keep the atmosphere in the house feeling happy and healthy.

    We hope this helps and serves as some inspiration when boredom strikes.  Why not try these ideas and let us know on Facebook which one you and your family liked the most!

The secret to a successful in-house spring clean

 

Having to spend some time indoors? Why not get inspired and tackle a few jobs in the house.

Chances are that having a spring clean might be at the top of your list. If this is the case, it could be easy to get a bit overwhelmed especially if you feel like the whole house needs attention.

Why not start by making a schedule with a tick box in order to prioritise a certain time during the day for a particular part of the house. Turn on some music or create a cleaning playlist full of fun and upbeat songs to get you going. Remember to tick off the task when you’re done, it always feels great to know what you’ve accomplished!

By setting out a specific time for cleaning during the day with a certain task you’ll feel more at ease with everything that needs to be done. This will also create a calm environment that will allow you to focus on work and to relax after hours.

Fitness motivation that will get you moving at home!

This holiday, although you might not be able to go anywhere, don’t think about skipping your early morning exercise. Rather get inspired to get moving with these fun facts on the benefits of exercise:

  • Did you know that working out sharpens your memory? Yes, it’s true the smallest amount of consistent physical exercise increases the production of cells responsible for learning and retaining memory in the brain.
  • Exercise prevents signs of ageing and is proven to help better your sleep. Because of the endorphins, your body releases while exercising it leaves you feeling happy and relaxed.
  • It boosts immune systems and increases productivity, which will help you stay focused and full of energy during the school holidays and while working from home.

At Dealz we have a range of affordable workout equipment such as yoga mats, foam rollers, kettlebells and the accessories you need to get up and go for it!

5 tips to make the kids lunch box prep super easy!

 Running out of inspiration for the kids’ lunchboxes? We’ve got 5 tips to make it easier:

  1. Start fresh! Keep a lookout for quality containers with a tight seal to keep the kids’ lunches fresh, try a character lunch box to keep it fun, it will also help to easily identify between the kids’ lunches.
  2. Always prepare the night before, chances are you can probably vouch for this, it’s a crucial tip and will definitely make those crazy mornings go more smoothly.
  3. Balance is key, as much as you want them to eat healthily, they want a treat to look forward to! So opt for healthy snacks and treats, go for gummy sweets instead of chocolate bars they have less sugar and keeps the kids going.
  4. Did you know that staying hydrated helps to dissolve minerals and nutrients to make them accessible to your body? Remember to fill up those water bottles or try some fun character juices.
  5. Switch it up, try out different packed lunches and snacks for kids. You’re not just to keeping them full of energy, you’re also teaching them to be susceptible to change and try out new things!

New year, new DIY

January, the start of a new year. The start of the new you? Maybe not, but it can definitely be the start of an exciting new DIY job.

Don’t worry, we won’t mention all those unfinished tasks from 2019. We know you were very busy, we completely understand! However, now is the perfect time to tackle those minor updates in and around the house, or even start a brand new project.

Although it might be a bit of a struggle with that broken old saw which you’ve been using as a hammer. Time to Invest in some new hardware necessities. Our new Kinzo range offers European quality hardware at unbelievable prices for any minor or more advanced tasks.

No need to call a handyman, we trust you, you’ve got this. Just think, with a little creativity and patience you can tick off all those projects you’ve been pinning on your Pinterest board since last year, get to Dealz to get started.

Serious gift inspiration

In need of a few amazing ideas for something shiny and bright under the tree this year, but not prepared to buy your kids the latest greatest phone? Dealz has got you covered.

In a world where your 5 year old knows more about the latest tech features your television, tablet and laptop bag should have, we would like to present to you an old school gift solution! We’ve got toys for every little personality and the best part is, their gifts will definitely make it to 2020 and not just last for Christmas Day.

So why not bring back the alternative way of fun by playing outside with the latest LOL’s, Barbie, Frozen, Spiderman, Hot Wheels and Goshies! Don’t worry we’ve got your parents’ chocolate craving sorted too with our delightful range of confectionery.

Don’t miss out, find the best festive gift inspiration at Dealz this season

 

Elfie Takeover!

That’s right the Elves has taken over!

Luckily it’s almost the holidays, the perfect time to relax and enjoy a few days off with the family at home. However, chances are you’ll find yourself running out of ideas for entertaining the kids and most likely the adults too!

So why not let the Elves handle this one? That’s right the original Elves are back, sent from the North Pole to assist with all gifting queries and entertain kids all over South Africa! Just be sure to keep a lookout for their menacing counterparts; the Naughty Elves. They’re always scheming and playing tricks on the kids and one another, keeping them from their festive duties just before Christmas!

With the Elf Joke Kit, Elf report Cards, Elf Mini Warning Signs and Santa’s lil’ Elf Hat, all available at Dealz let the elves add a little fun and mischief to your holidays!