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Aim, FalconFire, Play

Fjord (10) and Acacia (7) never showed much interest in toy guns until their aunt gave them each a Disruptor Nerf gun.  They were an instant hit. Fjord very excited to get the most accurate #Nerf gun #falconfire A post shared by Sula (@sulaskimmingstones) on Nov 14, 2017 at 3:40am PST When a FalconFire was delivered to me I knew ... Read More »

Spurt Swimming Gear is awesome

A few hours before the children’s swimming lesson on Monday an exciting delivery arrived from Spurt Swimming Gear.  Perfect timing!  Their existing caps and goggles were overdue for replacement.  I can’t remember where the old goggles came from but Fjord’s had badly scratched black lenses which he struggled to see through and Acacia’s had a single strap which didn’t hold ... Read More »

Slime Baff and Gelli Baff, an awesome kids gift

When I received a package of Slime Baff and Gelli Baff from Zimpli kids to review, Fjord couldn’t wait to try them out.  If you think this stuff is just for little kids you’re wrong, Fjord is 10 and I couldn’t get him out of the bath either time.  I wish that I’d timed it, but I’m certain that on ... Read More »

Growing African Violets – a lesson in nurturing

When I was 8 years old I went on a trip to Cape Town for surgery on my cleft lip, we stayed at my great aunts home.  In one room she had many African Violet plants, with no flowers.  During my stay I talked to those plants every day.  When I left my aunt phoned my mother to tell her ... Read More »

Piano and Violin lessons with music teacher John Skinner in Boksburg

I’m a very reluctant resident of Boksburg, I don’t like the town and a disturbing percentage of the general populous have a penchant for vulgarities like fins on their cars, plastic flowers and Cruella de Ville hairstyles.  Still in the same breath I must say that I have encountered some beautiful souls in this dirty old town and among those ... Read More »

Educational fun at Sci Bono in Jo’burg

For years I wanted to take the children to Sci Bono but didn’t get around to it.  This school holiday I found out that they were running a Space adventures holiday program.  It looked like something that Fjord and Acacia would enjoy (and they did). The first session was a craft activity where the children made Kaleidoscopes using mirrors and ... Read More »

Big spoils at My Little Pony The movie, premiere

Being invited to the premiere of My Little Pony The movie will live on in Acacia’s (age 7) memory for a very long time.  She started the day drawing ponies and couldn’t wait to head off to the cinema at Monte Casino. Much excitement as we've been invited to My Little Pony movie premier A post shared by Sula (@sulaskimmingstones) ... Read More »

Fear of delayed (biphasic) nut allergy reaction

Unless you have a child with dangerous allergies, you just can’t understand the almost paralysing fear when they have a reaction to an allergen.  Fjord is allergic to eggs, some antibiotics, bees, pollens, dogs, yeast, peanuts and more but worst of all and most dangerous is his tree nut allergy, and the worst reaction he ever had was to hazelnuts.  ... Read More »

How to free a drone from the high branches of a tree

If you are reading this after doing a search along the lines of “drone stuck in tree”  “how to get a drone down from a tree”  this is what worked for us.  I felt just a teeny bit smug, because when my engineer husband was stumped to find a solution I solved the problem. Last week was Fjord’s 10th birthday ... Read More »