Monday, January 13, 2020

Duron and I used to leisurely shop for our groceries on a Sunday. We’d wander along the aisles, carefree, and then saunter over to the Woolworths cafe for a late breakfast.

Fast forward to today. Reality check.

I tried to escape the house without Nunu noticing, but he came bolting out of the kitchen door as soon as he heard the car start up and I was reversing out the drive way. He insisted that he come with to Pick n Pay (we’ve downgraded from Woolworths, kids are expensive). After asking (begging) him to stay with his father, he had a full meltdown and my heart softened knowing I was back at work the next day.
So off I headed to Pick n Pay and thought Nunu would...

Saturday, December 28, 2019

2010 to 2020. A decade.

It began as a wife, hopeful and excited for the future with my husband. Shortly after we were married, he was heavily misdiagnosed and passed away from a brain tumour just two weeks after being admitted to hospital. I was broken, I thought I would never survive and that my life was over. 

I picked up the pieces slowly. I did many GriefShare courses. I went to counseling. I learnt how amazing my friends and family are. I had great support.

After finding myself single again after being in a relationship for 8 years, I struggled to find myself. I battled with being alone. 

I decided to travel. It was then that I learnt my own strength and indep...

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Dolls aren’t just for girls and my little guy was ecstatic when he received his Baby Born So Soft Touch yesterday.

Playing with dolls is important for all kids, no matter their gender. Playing with dolls is a great tool to encourage creative play and to create a safe space to express their emotions. It also promotes an understanding of compassion and kindness. I’ve never understood why ‘boy parents’ might be hesitant about their sons playing with dolls.

Nunu just loves playing with dolls and this one is really the top of the line. Baby Born is incredibly life-like and is able to eat, cry and destroy nappies just like a real baby too.

Baby Born arrives in the cutest...

Monday, December 2, 2019

The pockets are empty, the purses have butterflies and the expenses are growing. You’re on leave in December with the kids and there aren’t any funds in the piggy bank to go on a holiday. No problem! Lucky for you, you’re living in a city that has placed 5th on Global travel site Big 7 Travel ' 50 Sexiest Cities in the World'.

Here are the Top 50 things to do with your kids in Cape Town for UNDER R100. Yes. You heard me. Cash is tight, so it only made the list if it was kind to the budget. 

1) Kirstenbosch Gardens 

Visit the beautiful gardens and have a picnic under the trees.


2) St James Beach 

Visit ea...

Monday, November 18, 2019

We were fortunate to be invited to the Flatrock Festival held over this past weekend at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate in Paarl. I hadn't ever been before and didn't really know what to expect, but it didn't disappoint and we would love to return to the estate, even if it isn't during the festival.

This beautiful wine farm has gone out of its way to be kid-friendly. From the shady picnic spots to imaginative play equipment, Nunu was in his element. Because it was the weekend of the festival, there were also pony rides, quad bikes trails and horse carriage rides, as well as a jumping castle, giant trampoline, soft play equipment and a waterslide. 

The views are incredibl...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

So we've done something really stupid. We have agreed to go camping with friends in December. We have never been camping together. No, I don't mean with Nunu. I mean even just the two of us - Duron and Nicole. In our 6 years of being together, I have avoided this subject entirely because I don't care for blow up mattresses, sandy sheets and hot-boxing myself in a tiny dome-shaped canvas.

Problem 1: We don't have a tent. As we don't see this camping trip going terribly well, we don't want to invest in an expensive tent that will end up collecting dust in the darkest corner of our garage. My friend has kindly lent us his. It apparently has a tear in it, but he assu...

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Let me be clear, presents at the end of the year are GREAT. At the school I teach at, teachers are traditionally given presents on the second last day of the year when we have our class parties. But it isn't about the gift. For us, it is so much more. It is knowing that you acknowledge the role we have played in your child's life throughout the year. Even a note thanking the teacher for their guidance throughout the year would be greatly appreciated and goes a far way.

We look after your children for 7 hours a day or more, we love them like they're our own. We often spend more time with your children than we do our own. I feel sad to see them go at the end of the...

Friday, November 1, 2019

It is not often that I find a product that I absolutely LOVE but here it is! Magic in a little capsule. Ellips sent me some hair capsules to review and I have been loving them! My hair is very dry, due to blow drying it every day for work and because I do blonde highlights quite often.

The capsule promises to repair and nourish damaged hair, and it didn't disappoint! Wow! Amazing results.

I am not a big fan of products that require a lot of work behind the scenes. For example, sitting with a hair mask in for twenty minutes with wet shampooed hair and then having to wash it out again does not work with a busy schedule. These capsules are so so easy! 

My routine with...

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Lately, bloggers have received a lot of backlash for having their children's parties hosted or sponsored by companies. The general feel is that this creates unrealistic expectations on mamas and puts pressure on us to throw extravagant parties that cost a fortune.

I am here to tell you that I am a self-confessed over-eager mom. I am a teacher, so I think its in my blood to laminate, print and type name labels LOL. But I also understand the average mom on the street (i.e. ME! Two teachers in one household means we aren't going to be blowing cash freely) can't afford most of the luxuries that influencers portray on their social media feeds these days.

I am...

Friday, October 25, 2019

I am currently teaching my Grade Sevens about the gender roles that society places upon us. From the moment we know that we are expecting a baby, we are pushed into a societal box that expects our girls to be in pink and our boys to be in blue.

My son loves Frozen. He sings Let it Go and he has an Elsa and an Anna doll. He wanted a Frozen party. How hypocritical of me if I didn't throw him a Frozen bash based purely on the fact that he’s a boy, when I’m busy preaching to the Grade Sevens about breaking the stereotypes based on gender roles.

The eyebrows may be raised, the lips might be pursed, but seriously! We are living in the 21st century and there is no room f...

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