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ENTER THE REAL KIDS SHADES GIVEAWAY

In March I attended a fantastic blogging event organised by SA Mom Blogs. Tanya and Zule from O-V Optics presented a dynamic talk on protecting our children’s eyes. They spoke with passion which comes from a source of deep conviction. You may have read the article which I posted at the time. My son Fjord aged 8 has a pair ... Read More »

Quick Halloween craft, bat candle jars

On Saturday we had a play date.  I don’t have a lot of outdoor activites to entertain the children and decided to get them to do a craft activity.  Halloween is this week and seemed a good theme idea.  These painted candle jars decorated with bats worked very well. WHAT YOU NEED 1 glass jar 1 tea light candle (or ... Read More »

My daughter’s wedding, healing and new beginnings

Ingredients for a happy wedding include, love, family, fun, joy, celebration, decoration, dress, weather, etc.  At my daughter Dominique’s wedding to Duncan, an unexpected ingredient elevated the day to perfection.  That element was healing.  Healing built bridges over family rifts.  Without grand gestures, in spontaneous smiles, in genuine joy to rediscover, the voluntary will to rise above petty pasts was effortless ... Read More »

Disney on Ice at The Dome – The worst seats are still worth it

Now and then children should experience the wonder and joy of live theatre.  Previous Disney on Ice productions have passed us by but this time we were part of the magic. Booking our tickets for Thursday’s matinée on Computicket I chose the cheap (R100) seats.  At R400 prime seats are way out of my financial league, yikes that would be ... Read More »

BIC Kids Super Soft pencils, the best for colouring in

Scattered around our house there are umpteen broken wax crayons and unused pencil crayons.  My children love colouring in but until now lacked the ideal tools to do so.  Until this weekend I discovered BIC kids Super Soft Crayons, they were R24.99 at our local Checkers Hyper. Normal thin wax crayons break when children look at them, the jumbo ones ... Read More »

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 »