Sprout

So any reader knows, Elia can’t handle cows’ milk proteins in my milk. This is different to a lactose intolerance (often commonly mistaken) which is found in all milks, including human, and is very rare. Cows’ milk protein sensitivity/intolerance is quite common in small babies. Mostly they grow out of it by about a year, but until then, it’s up to the breastfeeding mama not to ingest any form of cows’ milk.

So, with that in mind, my friend, Alésia, took me to Sprout cafe in Greenstone. Alésia’s 7 month old son, Thomas, has a very strong reaction to cows’ milk proteins, so she has become my guru in finding safe places to eat.

Elia and Thomas – besties!

Sprout opened fairly recently, and is a sort of vegan-health-food paradise. The majority of the menu shies away completely from animal products, adding them in if you ask for them (like in the spring rolls) or making it very clear on the menu (burgers, anyone). But it’s a very clear winner for people with sensitivities or allergies – or whose babies have the same!

Unfortunately they had run out of decaf coffee when we went (this isn’t a breastfeeding ‘thing,’ I just haven’t drank caffeine for about 5 years, since it started giving me heart palpitations) so I didn’t get to try their famous almond milk cappuccino – but I did have a lovely berry smoothie.

We had both eaten already, so decided to have something ‘small’ and go for a piece of cake. Their cakes are completely devoid of anything animal based, so I treated myself to a glorious carrot cake (seriously, it was the best) and Alésia had the chocolate. This was also amazing – you’d never know it was vegan!

The total price for both of us was R180, super reasonable. I brought a menu home to show Pete, and he wants to go now, too!

Sprout is in Stoneridge Centre next to Greenstone mall in the east of Johannesburg. They are also now on Mr. Delivery!

Review: Nail Bar Express by Ashleigh

A friend of mine has recently started her own nail business. So, being the amazing friend that I am (slight sarcasm here – who doesn’t love being a free guinea pig?) I went to try her out and review her.

Ashleigh works out of a lovely hair salon in Edenvale, Johannesburg (so 10 mins from my house – bonus!). I popped along there on a quiet Tuesday morning, to have some gel polish put on for my sister’s wedding.

My bridesmaid dress was champagne in colour, and my bouquet pastel roses, so I needed something to match. Ash had the perfect selection, so I picked a lovely mauve with gold glitter on my ring fingers.

I had the full manicure (Ash has a deal on at the moment, where until December a full manicure with gels is r250). My nails were buffed, my cuticles were pushed back and my nails were thoroughly spoiled, with Ash taking extreme care to smooth my ruined nail beds and make sure the colour stuck properly over my ridges – I pick my cuticles on my thumbs, it’s a terrible habit and I need to stop as it does destroy my nail beds.

My manicure was finished off with a sweet hand massage! Just what I need in the dry Joburg spring.

Don’t they look beautiful? It’s been a week now and they’re still on nicely. My nails, however, have grown stupidly quickly (thank you, pregnancy hormones) so I suppose I’ll just have to go back and get them done again!

Ashleigh works out of Studio 8 hair salon in Edenvale. Her special on manicure is running until December. Her manicure takes an hour for the full treatment, and she uses the Planet Nails range. I’ve included a full price list above. I fully recommend her if you’re in the area!