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Excellent Easy Play dough

The last time we had a good play dough recipe I managed to lose it.  This one I’m putting here for safe keeping.  This recipe came from Fjord’s school last year.  It is very quick and easy and makes a great play dough. INGREDIENTS 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 1 cup water 1 TBS cooking oil 2 tsp cream ... Read More »

The Olive Branch Cooking School

Involving my fussy children with cooking, has been the best way to get them eating.  It also helps if the food looks fun and appealing.  At home the children started with making their own pizzas, a great success.  It also helps when they see exactly what is going into their meals, children get suspicious when you sneak certain ingredients in.  ... Read More »

Brilliant upcycled seedling watering can

If you’re planting Pansies in Jo’burg this is pretty much the last week to do it without them developing too late.  Ideally seeds should have been planted in the last week of Feb.  The children love being involved with gardening activities.  Once the seeds  are planted they need daily watering.   Perfect timing, this week when looking at another craft idea ... Read More »

My Son Heath, travelling light to a new destination

    Right now my 24 year old son Heath is on a plane, as he moves from Jo’burg to Cape Town.  His worldly possessions fit in a backpack, he’s travelling light toward new horizons.  Change needs a catalyst.  The chemistry to create something new, is not found in the ingredients of a comfort zone.  Change happens when we step off ... Read More »

Make your own kids or adults elastic headband

This is one of those craft projects which is almost too easy. I don’t like horseshoe-shaped Alice bands, they always seem to pinch the sides of the head. An elastic headband is so much more comfortable to wear. I resent paying more than R30, which most cost in the shops. These work out a fraction of the price and can ... Read More »

Real Kids Sunglasses from OV Optics – Not too cool for school

I’ll be honest, I have never given much thought to protecting my children’s eyes from UV light.  We have bought sunglasses for them, because glare can be a bit uncomfortable on the beach or hiking, and they look cute.  Last Saturday at the SA Mom Blogs meet-up, a highlight was the presentation by Tanya (an optometrist) and Zule (a photographer) ... Read More »

MEETING MUM BLOGGERS, LIVING AND LEARNING

Saturday was a special day. It was my first meet-up with other South African Mom Blogs members. Initially I felt some apprehension. I wanted to attend because it is vital to be open to new people and experiences. A comfort zone is a small cramped space. However I worried if this would be a kind of pissing contest. Would I ... Read More »

Tswaing meteorite crater, a national gem, a stone’s throw from home

The ±10 km meteorite which smashed into earth at Vredefort about 2.023 billion years ago, may have been very impressive but subsequent erosion means that images of what it looked like back then rely completely on imagination.  Tswaing crater (40 km north of Pretoria) has visual impact.  When a ±50 m meteorite fell at Tswaing ±220 000 years ago , it ... Read More »

Shopping for Children’s Clothing online

My post-licence driving euphoria did not endure far beyond my teens. These days shopping trips are approached with the same level of enthusiasm as tidying out the plastics cupboard. It’s all about time and its scarcity. Driving in heavy traffic is not the only deterrent as umpteen trips to the mall prove to be fruitless. Shopping for children’s clothing is ... Read More »