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Inspiration and spoiling at the Kids Emporium bloggers breakfast

  The bloggers breakfast at Emoyeni Estate, hosted by Kids Emporium was a lovely extension of my birthday the day before.  The thoughtful, meticulous attention to every detail by Lauren and her team reflected an organization based on the right foundation. The 3 speakers inspired respect and admiration.  Lauren spoke of her vision and fulfilment in founding and leading Kids Emporium.  ... Read More »

AeroPress – my favourite way to make coffee

It’s funny, my 2 favourite coffee making tools begin with ‘Aero’, my AeroPress Coffee Maker and Aerolatte milk frother.  We all own something which we feel rather guilty about buying.  I’m the type of person who will look at a few pieces of plastic and say, “That would cost about R20 to be manufactured,” and weigh it against the cost.  ... Read More »

Some fun and a little life lesson from Snowflake and Barbie

I don’t do instant!  Instant coffee blasphemes the bean.  Instant meals and cakes are unconscionable.  My grandfather and great grandfather were master bakers and owned Pockets Tea Room (Bakery) in Salisbury (now Harare).  Baking is a tactile passion for me.  I shudder at the thought of instant cake mix. At the SA Mom Blogs #JoziMeetUp my exciting goodie bag contained ... Read More »

Secret centre Cranberry Cupcakes, delicious and healthy

** LUCKY DUNCAN WON THE OCEAN SPRAY CRANBERRY HAMPER** Cranberries are jewel pretty and packed with goodness.  These super fruits contain vitamin C and powerful antioxidants.  I always knew that they are excellent in dealing with UTI’s (I’ve tried and tested this successfully) but research is now showing that they can also play a role in cardiovascular health.  When Ocean ... Read More »

Oh So Charming, Oh so Unique, Oh so Talented

When every shopping mall offers the same shops, selling the same products, there is a hunger to find something different and special.  Discovering the South African online store ‘Oh So Charming’ has opened up the greatest avenue for shopping, and you escape entering Groundhog malls which pulverize the soul. I met Tracey from Oh So Charming at a SA Mom Bloggers event ... Read More »

Kitchen Inspire Measuring Jug – a jug by any other name

Recently I needed a measuring jug, I wanted to bake a special Lynn Bedford Hall recipe and couldn’t find my Tupperware quickshake with the accurate ml markings on it.  The recipe calls for 100 ml liquid (this is a very specific requirement or 125ml, ½ cup would have been called for instead), and 200 ml brown sugar. In most cases ... Read More »

Solar Water Heating

Solar water heating is a relatively simple concept – the heat of the sun is captured using a collector panel and stored in a water tank.  There are of course many different systems configurations that one can choose, which complicates the issue somewhat, but as long as you understand the basics operation, advantages and disadvantages of each type of system, ... 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 »

Tangled Tree Chocolate Cabernet Under Tangled trees

Poetry is life, and life is poetry.  At Blyde River Cabin we drank Tangled Tree Chocolate Cabernet, surrounded by a tangle of trees. Blyde River Cabin, is the only place where we’ve stayed with a recycling bin, and the plastic Tangled Tree bottle is designed for recycling.  There is poetry in life, and life is poetry. 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 »