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Baby food recipe! and #BrotherMax #WIN

|By Elana| Free Stuff!, Home, To Eat

When my baby arrived on 19 March this year, I never thought that by now I would be introducing solids or even be writing about the simplest recipes ever!  I got advice from other moms, my amazing breastfeeding Clinic in Panorama, and then, my Little Esther Beth and I found our own way through it.  Her favourite is sweet potato.  It’s so easy to make.  Heres my recipe :)

Sweet Potato for my baby: 

Wash the whole lot thoroughly.


Place in an oven dish. And in an oven preheated at 180 degrees.

Place in the oven and forget about it. Literally.  I find, the longer it’s in the oven, the naturally sweeter it becomes. Don’t add anything.  After 2 hours remove and forget about it again :)


Cut in half and scoop flesh out.  It should be soft like soft mash by now.


Place in a blender with a bit of cooled down boiled water.




Scoop into containers and freeze.  I use the Brother Max baby food containers. You can use anything.  Even freeze them as ice blocks and defrost them when needed.

To defrost, I place mine in the microwave as a ” 200g” serving.  They come out the write temperature and then we feast.


There 's never any Sweet Potato left!

There ‘s never any Sweet Potato left!

Brother Max ‘s goodies helps me around the home.  It was established by a team of parents who understand the challenges of parenthood. They wanted to create a range of products, designed to help get things done more quickly and easily, so that babies, toddlers and parents can spend more time doing the fun stuff.







Win a Brother Max started pack for either a boy or a girl which includes the following:

1 x Bear Night Light (Boy)
1 x Bunny Night Light (Girl)
1 x Small Weaning Pots (Unisex)
1 x Large Weaning Pots (Unisex)
1 x Pink Weaning Bowl Set (Girl)
1 x Blue Weaning Bowl Set (Boy)
1 x Pink 4-in-1 Trainer Cup (Girl)
1 x Blue 4-in-1 Trainer Cup (Boy)
1 x Milk Powder Dispenser (Unisex)



Subscribe to Chocolateface and Email with the subject heading “BrotherMax“ to be entered into the competition. Competition closes on the 13th of September 2015.

*Only subscribers to Chocolate Face will be able to enter so subscribe!

Terms and conditions always apply. Winner will either receive boy or girl set – not both. Happy Eating.




ArtJamming …What’s the fuss. #Giveaway

|By Elana| Free Stuff!, Home, The BabyBrunch

I remember checking out the fine art students at Varsity…Thinking that they will either turn out stinking rich or real sad cases in life.  I realised the benefit of an art student in ones life, when I married one, and you need him to brush the last bit of hair dye at the back of your head of hair…there where neither you nor the mirror can see…precision, precise..The brush glides neatly on my hairline, and 30 minutes later I have black hair.

Even I had art as a subject in a government school.  I was 10 at the time, and Mr Latief sat on his chair teaching us.  I always wondered why he didn’t just get up to teach us.  He was the first blond person I had ever seen in real life.  The tables were high. So were the chairs.  And the class was at the back of the school… It was ” different ” to the other subjects. Everybody knew that.  That crazy Ravensmead summer, I entered my painting into a competition.   The whole school jetted to the exhibition where they would announce the winner. They bussed us in. I looked…and in silence I realised my painting didn’t make it to the exhibition wall. We went home.  Till today, I don’t know if Mr Lazy didn’t enter it, or if it simply wasn’t good enough.


I had a 2nd chance the other day.  Artjamming.  If you wondering what the fuss is, then you should try it, and perhaps you’d rave as much as we are.  I love the story behind the artjamming-black-hi-res-logo-aug-2013businesswomen who owns the brand.. But that’s a story for another day.  ARTJAMMING Messy Play. Sounds good right.   Children of all ages can enjoy and benefit from messy play. Infants and toddlers may simply explore the materials and enjoy textures and smells.


Special BenefitsDSC_1132? Since there is no “right way” to do messy play, children with special needs can use these open-ended materials as they wish.

At the moment Artjamming Messy Play Classes are only being offered at the Waterfront Store but there are plans to introduce them into all stores in 2016. Classes start from 8 months old up to 4 years. To book email or call 021-4255050 or visit


Win a ArtJamming session for 6 valued at R1000!

Email with the subject heading “ArtJamming“ to be entered into the competition. Competition closes on the 6th of September 2015.


My real name is… and a chance to #WIN

|By Elana| Elana Style, Free Stuff!, Home

Bring on the drama, because people have written songs about it, written books about it, and I have a story about it.

What’s in a name? My real name was Hermien. It was then when I thrived most. Felt free. Moved fast. Crowned ” player of the year”…Hockey “player of the year”.  I have only known 2 ” Hermien’s ” in my life.  The one is a very talented actress with dark hair, beautiful voice and she has great ankles. The other one is Me. :)

At school I played hockey for our first team.  My team mates called me Hermien.  It was code.  If I heard anyone shouting Hermien on the field…I would pass the ball.  I ( and I could be wrong …) ran so fast that I hardly looked left or right …so I could possibly pass that ball the anyone. I knew had anyone referred to me as ” Elana”…They were from the other team.

I recently was pleasently suprised when I received a gift for my daughter.

Wow hey!She is named after her two grannies.  Both passed one. The gift I received was personlized.  I burst into tears.  The name of my little baby, that means SOOOO much to me was made into a gift by

Its Mine offers a wide range of personalised products that are ideal for those wishing to identify their belongings and with a new Its Mine Baby range there is something for everyone I guess.

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They personlise PJs, gift tags, school labels wall art, phone covers, lunch bags, lunch boxes & juice bottles …


Win a Starter-pack which includes over 200 labels to help you get started

Email with the subject heading “itsmine“. Competition closes on the 28th of August 2015.

ALSO, everyone reading this blog will get 10% discount if you buy from their site, before the end of August. Use the discount code “98ADCE ” to get your 10 % discount on

To view their full range go to


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Room-In-A-Box …If you need a nursery…#WIN

|By Elana| Free Stuff!, Home, The BabyBrunch

ABC TedDecorated your nursery yet?

Before my baby arrived I read up on how one should prepare by cooking meals and freezing before hand! I did none of it…and we survived…JUST :)

The ONLY thing I had done, was the nursery.  I packed and folded all the little clothes over and over and kitted out 3 ” sleeping areas ” for baby.  In one of them, I use the baby duvet I got in “ROOM-IN-A-BOX” from Pitter Patter Home. I didn’t use the whole box, as my nursery was completed.

“As an expectant mother, you want everything to be just right. But with so many options available and very little time, preparing a nursery can be daunting.”

– Pitter Patter Home co-founder, Els-Marie Zerf.

Pitter Patter Home has three ranges that are unique, interactive, bold and fun. Choose between the bright “Ted and Friends” range, the delightful “Mouse Tea Party” range and the adorable “ABC Ted” range. All items are 100% cotton, excluding the inners.

 Room-In-A-Box comprises:

 Duvet cover (100% cotton) 110cm x 75cm

Duvet Inner

Pillow Case (100% cotton) 25cm x 33cm

Breathable Pillow

Cot bumper 25cm x 184cm

Fitted Sheet (100% cotton) Large cot size

Waterproof Changing Mat

Changing mat cover (100 % cotton) 60cm x 50cm

Two lined tab curtains (100% cotton) 225cm x 150cm

Blanket (100% cotton) 90cm x 70cm

Set of large vinyl stickers 59cm x42cm (x2)

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Stand a chance to win a Room-In-A-Box!

Subscribe to,  Like us on Twitter @chocolatefaceZA and send an email to with the subject heading Room-In-A-Box. 

This giveaway ends the 14th of June 2015.

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