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Pick and Paint, painting ceramics in Boksburg

Recently my friend Abbey arranged a fun Mum’s and kids workshop at Pick & Paint Ceramics in Parkrand, Boksburg.  Before going we selected items to paint from the catalog.  Acacia chose an elephant and Fjord a frog.  I didn’t join in as pottery is my passion and I love decorating my ceramics with glazes. Pick & Paint have a wonderful ... 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 »

Four Awesome South African finds, land of milk, honey and olives

Good value, good service and quality products give me the warm fuzzies.  I’ll share my 4 favourite businesses dealt with this week. On our return from Durban we always have to stop at the Wine Cellar just outside Rosetta in the Midlands, oddly enough not always for wine but always for flavoured coffee beans (they grind them if you wish) ... Read More »

Pampering and trendy kids hair at Maddy Magoo in Bedford Square

Leaving Maddy Magoos kids hair salon in Bedford Square, Acacia (6) exclaimed “This is the BEST DAY EVER!!”, it may have slipped her mind that 5 days prior she was at Disney on Ice.  Or maybe not.  Swishing her straightened hair she walked tall with a spring in her step. We were welcomed to Maddy Magoo by Pamela with a ... Read More »

I made a mistake supporting Gudwulfs ROC / Projects / Pit Bull Rescue

We all make mistakes, but there are mistakes and there are monumental blunders.  In the instance of supporting, endorsing and promoting Dani Cappri (real name Daniel Boylan) of Gudwulfs ROC I took folly to previously unexplored depths.  Recently seeing the disturbing pictures of conditions where his ‘rescued’ canines were kept turned my stomach as did allegations of a dog’s throat ... 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 »

My daughter’s wedding at Providence in the Natal Midlands

My daughter Domi and her now husband Duncan married at Providence in the Natal Midlands at the end of September.  While memories of the ‘big day’ have drifted to ground like confetti, a mental collage remains.  Images of precious moments which will endure . Many of the most special memories were formed in the preparation for the wedding at Providence.  Mum ... 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 »