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Laura du Toit

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  • Kwanzaa - A Cultural Celebration
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    Kwanzaa - A Cultural Celebration

    3 years ago

    Kwanzaa has its roots way back in history but its meaning, values and principles still hold true today. A celebration of culture and ancestory for all African Americans who are proud of their roots and their culture.

  • Airbags - Making Sure they Save and Don't Take a Life
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    Airbags - Making Sure they Save and Don't Take a Life

    6 years ago

    Airbags can save lives but are not designed for children passengers. Ensure that children are not exposed to the risk of losing their lives or sustaining serious injuries by adhering to the recommendations of the airbag manufacturers.

  • Rooibos Tea-Unique and Versatile South African Cooking Ingredient
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    Rooibos Tea-Unique and Versatile South African Cooking Ingredient

    7 years ago

    Rooibos Tea is one of the few cooking ingredients that is indigenous to South Africa. This tea is unlike any other tea and its versatility and unique characteristics makes it worthy of the praise it receives.

  • Asbestos Awareness
    5

    Asbestos Awareness

    6 years ago

    April 1 – 7 2011 is Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW). The purpose of GAAW is to educate people on the dangers of asbestos – something so many people incorrectly perceive to be an occupational hazard that was put to bed with the global trend...

  • History of Asbestos
    4

    History of Asbestos

    7 years ago

    There is evidence of the use of asbestos in various different countries over 30 centuries ago. During the Middle Ages its popularity waned and was only regained during the Industrial Revolution. It was then used mainly for the insulation of ovens,...

  • Mesothelioma - High Price To Pay For Asbestos
    4

    Mesothelioma - High Price To Pay For Asbestos

    3 years ago

    Mesothelioma - I had to Google the word to find out what it meant. I’d never heard of mesothelioma and hopefully will never really ever know the full meaning of what it means when it becomes part of your life - or sadly part of your death-sentence

  • Asbestos Mining - A South African Perspective
    4

    Asbestos Mining - A South African Perspective

    7 years ago

    South Africa mined asbestos for just more than a century and it is estimated that in excess of 200,000 people were employed in the asbestos mining industry during this time. Subsidiaries of the British firms Cape Asbestos Pty, Turner &...

  • Amex Gift Card - The Perfect American Express Gift For Any Season or Reason
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    Amex Gift Card - The Perfect American Express Gift For Any Season or Reason

    3 years ago

    On 30 September 2009 American Express announced their ground-breaking decision to become the first major issuer of branded gift cards to eliminate all after-purchase fees on all of their gift cards.

  • Choosing A Safe Credit Union
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    Choosing A Safe Credit Union

    6 years ago

    Joining a credit union was previously an option only available to a select minority of the general population. Changes that have taken place through the years have now made it possible for almost anybody to qualify for membership of a credit union.

  • FHA and Fannie Mae Adapt To Distressed Mortgage Market
    11

    FHA and Fannie Mae Adapt To Distressed Mortgage Market

    7 years ago

    The Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), commonly known as Fannie Mae together with the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), known as Freddie Mac owns or guarantees almost $5.5 trillion mortgages in the United States.   With...

  • Understanding Your Credit Score Range
    12

    Understanding Your Credit Score Range

    3 years ago

    To fully understand the meaning of your credit score it is essential that you are familiar with the meanings of each of the credit score ranges. Most people are aware that the credit score ranges from 300 to 850 for FICO and up to 900 for other scoring models but not all understand what each...

  • Tips To Raise Your Credit Score
    21

    Tips To Raise Your Credit Score

    7 years ago

    add → text, photo, video, link, rss, comment, poll, ebay, amazon, code, table, quiz, map textWords: 221 help * delete * up * down * float right * full width * discard changes * edit Capsule Subtitle: Don't display this...

  • Investors Needed to Keep The Outeniqua Choo Tjoe Train on Track
    8

    Investors Needed to Keep The Outeniqua Choo Tjoe Train on Track

    7 years ago

    The future of the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe train, the only scheduled steam train remaining in Africa, is hanging in the balance. The future of the Outeniqua has been in the balance for some time now and rumors were that Transnet was considering closing down the operation at the end of June this year....

  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
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    Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

    3 years ago

    Just over 80 years ago,Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC) was officially opened since then more than 18 million people have had the honor of reaching the top of this enchanting mountain by cable car....

  • Adrenaline Rush on a Genuine Vietnam Combat Huey Helicopter
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    Adrenaline Rush on a Genuine Vietnam Combat Huey Helicopter

    3 years ago

    The Huey was the first turbine-equipped U.S. helicopter to go into production and although originally intended for evacuation purposes it did not take long before the Huey was being used by the Army in operational services.

  • Robben Island Ferry - Transport Link to This World Heritage Site
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    Robben Island Ferry - Transport Link to This World Heritage Site

    3 years ago

    There are various day trips that a visitor can choose from when visiting the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. The Robben Island Ferry trip to Robben Island remains one of the most popular. The trip on the ferry lasts for about 40 minutes and the scenic views of Cape Town with the...

  • Airplane Seats Are Not All Equal
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    Airplane Seats Are Not All Equal

    7 years ago

    Without booking the correct seat location for your flight you may find yourself stuck in a middle seat with a neighbor who has a weak bladder and a desire to spend the entire flight consuming large amounts of liquid. Needless to say you will not get much rest as your fellow passenger climbs over...

  • Environmental Abuse - Biting The Hand That Feeds Us
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    Environmental Abuse - Biting The Hand That Feeds Us

    8 years ago

    Environmental abuse is inexcusable - it is the proverbial biting the hand that feeds us. Abuse occurs when the abuser violates the personal boundaries of their victims. The motivation for doing so is to gain control and power over the abused.

  • Black Friday - What Meaning Does it Hold For You?
    20

    Black Friday - What Meaning Does it Hold For You?

    6 years ago

    If you live in the United States you probably need no introduction to Black Friday. For all of those that live elsewhere the name Black Friday may have a completely different connotation, mostly negative. That being said if you Google "Black...

  • Cape Town New Year’s Carnival
    11

    Cape Town New Year’s Carnival

    3 years ago

    The Cape Minstrel Carnival has been likened to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the Carnivale in Rio de Janero. One of the major differences is that the Cape Carnival is not linked to any Christian event.

  • International World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Accident Victims
    3

    International World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Accident Victims

    7 years ago

    Hardly a day goes by that a fatal road accident does not make news headlines somewhere in the world. Most of the other road accidents, both fatal and non-fatal are never reported in the media as we have come to accept them as part of our daily...

  • World Diabetes Day 14 November
    6

    World Diabetes Day 14 November

    7 years ago

    The World Diabetes Day slogan is “Understand Diabetes and Take Control through Empowering Education”. It is crucial that diabetics and their families be educated on the importance of understanding and managing diabetes.

  • International Men's Day November 19 - Celebrating Men
    14

    International Men's Day November 19 - Celebrating Men

    7 years ago

    International Men’s Day was first celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago on 19 November 1999 and was supported by the United Nations. International Men's Day was conceived and coordinated by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh from the University of West Indies at the Families in Action headquarters in Newtown,...

  • Artificial Nitrogen Fertilizer-Dangers Of Mankind Playing God
    13

    Artificial Nitrogen Fertilizer-Dangers Of Mankind Playing God

    3 years ago

    Until recently people clearly refused to acknowledge the long-term damage that the use of artificial nitrogen is doing to water bodies, ecosystems, agricultural lands and human health. The observed increases in short-term crop yields derived from using artificial nitrogen can not make up for the...

  • Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community
    6

    Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community

    7 years ago

    In the past people in same-sex relationships rarely admitted to experiencing domestic violence and for this reason many people still doubt whether it even exists. The fact is that studies show that domestic violence in same-sex relationships has the same rate of occurrence as in heterosexual...

  • How to Prevent Domestic Violence
    33

    How to Prevent Domestic Violence

    6 years ago

    The only real way to prevent domestic violence is not to get involved with a person who has an abusive personality. Abusive behavior is not an act of rage. It is also not caused by substance abuse. It is a personality disorder and the chances of stopping a person from resorting to violence is so...

  • Living With Domestic Violence is Damaging Our Children
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    Living With Domestic Violence is Damaging Our Children

    3 years ago

    The innocent victims, those that suffer in silence, those that are traumatised the most - those are the poor little children that suffer as a result of domestic violence.

  • The Best Christmas Gift Anyone Can Give Children
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    The Best Christmas Gift Anyone Can Give Children

    3 years ago

    The best Christmas Gift anyone can give this and every Christmas is to donate a toy to a needy cause. We are all so busy planning our Christmas that we tend to forget about those less fortunate than we are.

  • Celebrating Christmas With An Abusive Partner
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    Celebrating Christmas With An Abusive Partner

    3 years ago

    Although Christmas is perceived to be a time of peace and happiness for families, stress, debt and alcohol levels can create an unhappy alliance. Over the holiday period cracks may appear in family relationships particularly for individuals not used to spending a lot of time together.

  • Verbal Emotional Abuse
    113

    Verbal Emotional Abuse

    20 months ago

    Besides an emotional abuse poem this article provides an in-depth explanation of emotional abuse.

  • What You Should Know About Domestic Physical Abuse
    12

    What You Should Know About Domestic Physical Abuse

    3 years ago

    Everywhere we look we see violence - in movies, on the news and in many of the computer games that we give our children to play with. Its not surprising then that domestic violence and abuse is often overlooked or excused. Contrary to what many people think abusive behavior rarely occurs as a...

  • Padaung Ring Neck Stretchers
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    Padaung Ring Neck Stretchers

    2 years ago

    They are what the rest of the world refer to as the "giraffe ladies" or the "long necks". They practice the art of "neck stretching". The Karen Padaung neck stretching involves permanent bodily modification which takes years to accomplish

  • Maori Tattoo Designs - Think Before You Ink
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    Maori Tattoo Designs - Think Before You Ink

    2 years ago

    The urge to decorate and adorn our bodies is human nature but for some cultures their body art is more than just a decoration and for the Maori their Mokos (as the Maori Tattoo Designs are known) hold powerful meanings

  • Traditional African Mursi Lip Plates
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    Traditional African Mursi Lip Plates

    2 years ago

    To an outsider, a stretched lip is a form of body mutilation rather than art, but to a Mursi or Suri woman, it's an expression of female maturity and a sign that she has reached childbearing age.

  • Patterns For Minky Monkey Puppet and Friends
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    Patterns For Minky Monkey Puppet and Friends

    7 years ago

    Hand and finger puppets can open up a whole new world for children who love performing. If your child shows any interest in story telling or acting then a good medium to start with are hand and finger puppets. These are the easiest puppets to master and they do not cost a fortune. If you can sew or...

  • Benefits of Introducing  Children To The Amazing World of Hand and Finger Puppets
    2

    Benefits of Introducing Children To The Amazing World of Hand and Finger Puppets

    7 years ago

    Their ease-of-use and low level of puppetry skill required in using them makes hand- and finger- puppets the most popular puppets on the market. This includes sock- and glove- puppets which are merely variations of hand puppets.

  • Scripts For Hand- And Finger-Puppet Shows for Kids
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    Scripts For Hand- And Finger-Puppet Shows for Kids

    7 years ago

    Puppets are an invaluable medium for teaching your child life skills. To help you get started I have written two scripts for parents who wish to make use of puppets as a platform for providing their child with basic life skills. As children love rhyming sounds I have written both scripts in this...

  • From Wannabe Cake Decorator to Wannabe Hubnugget
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    From Wannabe Cake Decorator to Wannabe Hubnugget

    8 years ago

    The purpose of this hub is to provide all hubbers intending to vote for the Hubnugget Wannabe competition a bit of background information on how I came to write the hub " Cake Decorating Techniques - How to Cover a Cake with Fondant Icing" This hub...

  • Basic Fondant Cake Decorating Equipment & Tools
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    Basic Fondant Cake Decorating Equipment & Tools

    7 years ago

    When first starting to work with fondant icing you will probably find that you can get by with the bare minimum of tools. As you gain more experience and feel that you want a more professional finish you can start adding to your cake decorating set

  • Teacup Pigs
    128

    Teacup Pigs

    3 years ago

    Chris Murray , the original breeder of Teacup Pigs needed 9 years and 24 generations of breeding before he succeeded in getting the pigs to the miniature size that they are today. Teacup Pigs were originally named Pennywell miniatures, named after the farm in Devon, England where the first...

  • Cake Decorating Techniques - Covering a Cake with Fondant Icing
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    Cake Decorating Techniques - Covering a Cake with Fondant Icing

    8 years ago

    Once you have mastered the cake decorating techniques using fondant icing then the sky is the limit. There is always a demand for well-made specialty cakes and you could quite easily turn this hobby into a viable home business.

  • Visco Elastic Memory Foam Mattress
    5

    Visco Elastic Memory Foam Mattress

    7 years ago

    Firstly it is commonly known as a memory foam mattress. Secondly it is a mattress that has inherent properties that allows the mattress to react to your body heat and weight by conforming to your shape thereby minimizing pressure points and ensuring...

  • How Does it Feel To Get Laid Off?
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    How Does it Feel To Get Laid Off?

    8 years ago

    Recently one of the questions on the forum was "How does it feel to get laid off?" I contemplated answering this question and then realized that the answer is too complex and deserves more than a fleeting answer on any forum. I was retrenched...

  • How to Determine The Quality Of Personalized Jigsaw Puzzles
    0

    How to Determine The Quality Of Personalized Jigsaw Puzzles

    7 years ago

    The criteria used to measure the quality of custom puzzles are the same as those used for mass produced puzzles. Not all personalized puzzles are manufactured with equal quality or durability and if you opt for a low priced product you may end up...

  • Sleeping With The Enemy - Incorrect Pillows
    3

    Sleeping With The Enemy - Incorrect Pillows

    3 years ago

    Many of us struggle to have a good night's sleep without realizing that we are actually sleeping on the problem. It may be that you are sleeping on a pillow that is too old and used to be comfortable any more. Dirty pillows can also release...

  • The Upside of a Down Comforter
    1

    The Upside of a Down Comforter

    6 years ago

    Down is a cluster of thousands of fibers growing underneath the breast feathers of duck or geese. Down is nature's way of providing warmth and insulation to these waterfowl, by trapping warm air next to the bird's skin. Siberian and Hungarian...

  • Personalized Photo Jigsaw Puzzles - Capturing the Good Times To Remember the Past
    0

    Personalized Photo Jigsaw Puzzles - Capturing the Good Times To Remember the Past

    7 years ago

    Personalized puzzles are a unique way of getting your message across to your friends, family, spouse, customers or classmates. This centuries old pastime is slowly regaining popularity as more and more people once again have a yearning to get back...

  • Building Family Memories With Customized Puzzles
    2

    Building Family Memories With Customized Puzzles

    8 years ago

    Building personalized custom puzzles brings families together as this is one of the few activities that the entire family can enjoy doing together. It stimulates interaction between the family members and is a great way to spend good quality time...

  • Refreshing Sleep is Essential
    2

    Refreshing Sleep is Essential

    8 years ago

    Are you one of the millions of people that wake up tired in the morning or suffer from sleepiness, moodiness and fatigue during the day? The chances are that you are suffering from insomnia. Insomnia refers to the lack of sufficient high-quality...

  • Choosing Perfect Toddler Shoes
    2

    Choosing Perfect Toddler Shoes

    7 years ago

    If we left it up to them our toddlers would rather fill our shoes More or less when your little toddler reaches her first birthday she will take her first few brave steps. Until this momentous moment in her short life she will need nothing more...

  • How To Love Mud as Much As Your Toddler
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    How To Love Mud as Much As Your Toddler

    7 years ago

    Toddlers explore their worlds through their hands and messy games increase their brain power and creativity. Forget that they are probably causing your blood pressure to increase at the same time and you will be amazed at how much fun it can be if...

  • Bunk Beds and Toddlers
    4

    Bunk Beds and Toddlers

    7 years ago

    With the increasing need to maximize space more and more people are investing in bunk beds for their children. Although this is an ideal solution when one is very limited for space it is not always the ideal solution if there are toddlers in the house

  • Bedtime Stories For Toddlers
    2

    Bedtime Stories For Toddlers

    3 years ago

    While busy organizing my thoughts around toddler sleepwear I could not help but think back on those beautiful innocent little faces of my own children staring up at me in awe as I read them their favorite bedtime stories. Years have passed since...

  • How to Remove Food Stains From Toddler Girl Clothes
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    How to Remove Food Stains From Toddler Girl Clothes

    7 years ago

    Before attempting to remove any stains on a conspicuous area of your little girls clothes test the clothing for color fastness by testing the stain removal remedy on a small inconspicuous area such as underneath the arms.

  • Toddler Girls Clothing and Learning How To Dress Themselves
    2

    Toddler Girls Clothing and Learning How To Dress Themselves

    7 years ago

    Toddlers need to become independent and you as a mother will require a lot of patience and understanding to help your little girl achieve all the important milestones as easily and smoothly as possible. It is not going to be plain sailing. You are...

  • How to Pick a Toddler Girl Dress
    2

    How to Pick a Toddler Girl Dress

    7 years ago

    When your little girl enters the toddler phase around her first birthday you may want to get her a very special dress for her first birthday party. Keep in mind that these dresses are impractical and you will probably only keep them dressed in the party dress long enough to take a few special photos

  • Toddler Girl Clothing
    1

    Toddler Girl Clothing

    7 years ago

    During the toddler phase your little girl will learn to walk, talk, feed herself, dress herself and hopefully outgrow the need for diapers. When buying toddler girl clothes these major changes in her lifestyle must be taken into consideration.

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