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Fjord’s 7th birthday cake a stapeliad flower.

I totally love baking but I do not enjoy decorating (primarily because I suck at it).  For Fjord’s 7th birthday he didn’t want a car, or superhero cake, he wanted a stapeliad flower.  Through Cliff he has learned a love of plants and gardening.  His favourite flowers are such boy flowers, they are stinky.  Stapeliads (or carrion plants) have the ... Read More »

Fabric Painted T shirts, kids craft for Acacia’s birthday party

I’m not mad about party packs for children to take home after a party and like to try to think of alternatives.  Since we always have the children’s birthday parties at home it is good to have something for the children to do other than run around and play on the trampoline.  Having a craft activity at the party provides ... Read More »

PnP Kids Foam Blast

Sometimes I really like to share when I find a great new product.  PnP Foam Blast is my kids product of the month.  A while ago my Mum told me that my nieces in Durban love the PnP Foam Blast.  I had not noticed it in the Pick n Pay stores but found it at my local store an a ... Read More »

Hand painted recreation of the famous butterfly dress

Leonard Cohen had his famous blue raincoat, Acacia had her famous purple butterfly dress which was also torn at the shoulder and generally tatty after being worn day in and day out for over a year.  She even slept with it next to her like some kids have a favourite soft toy.  Unlike the tale of angst of the famous ... Read More »

A very happy unFather’s day to Cliff

Typical in a mad hatters home, we got father’s day wrong.  During the week I asked Cliff when Fathers Day is and he informed me that it was this Sunday 8th June.  Like a good Mummy of his children I set the father’s day wheels in motion.  Prezzies were bought and wrapped.  When I was pregnant with Fjord I started ... Read More »

Painting candy coated Easter eggs, a fun kids activity.

Last year the children painted Easter eggs with food colouring using a paintbrush, it was fun but made the candy coating very sticky and wet.  Today we did the project again, this time the children drew patterns on the eggs with toothpicks which was much neater and less messy.  I then made a tiny mix of water icing using 2 ... Read More »

Ashleigh gives her 6th birthday party money to SPCA

On Saturday we went to Ashleigh’s 6th birthday party.  Before her party my friend Evelyn asked Ashleigh what gifts she would like for her birthday, Ashleigh replied that she has enough toys and would like to give her gifts to poor children.  Evelyn explained to her that some people may be offended if she gave their gifts to her away.  ... Read More »

On being the Anti-Mom

This picture is a notice which my 6-year-old son Fjord created and hung on his door before closing himself off from me.  What did I do to provoke his ire and rejection?  Well I stopped him from spending his own money, accumulated monetary gifts and pocket-money, kept in the safe.  You may think I’m mean too. He had a dream ... Read More »

No Halloween is not the Devils birthday

Here in South Africa Halloween is not a big deal and I have never given it much thought other than it being my childhood friend’s birthday and her always having a fancy dress party to celebrate.  Last year Cliff decided that it would be fun for the children if we bought a pumpkin to carve and have a bit of ... Read More »