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Family Fun at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

July 21, 2017

If ever you needed convincing that Cape Town is the most beautiful city on this planet, then all you need to do is take a walk through Kirstenbosch botanical gardens.

That’s what we decided to do with the kids this week as we near the end of the long Winter school holidays.

Of cause, our family’s been here many times before, mostly for concerts and picnics on the lush lawns, but I cannot believe it took us this long to actually take the time to explore this little piece of heaven – 528 hectares to be exact.  I swear us Cape Towwnians are taking so much for granted.

The five of us started the afternoon at Moyo where the kids enjoyed the Winter Wonders Holiday Program with drumming lessons, a puppet show, and many other fun kiddies activities. I also enjoyed the best pepper soup of my entire life!

After all the indoor fun and with our tummies full, we decided to take full advantage of our gorgeous surrounds. Kirstenbosch has a variety of walking trails and the most breathtaking views. With your usual hiking trails around town not coming without their own safety concerns, the botanical gardens is definitely a winning option when out with the kids.

 Addicts of Jurassic Park, my seven, five and three-year-old explorers could not contain their excitement when we also spotted a few dinosaurs along the way and had a blast running wild trying to spot the many different bird species. There’s SO many!! This activity alone could keep us busy the entire day, but we decided to save some of the adventures for when we visit again.

But enough of my yapping. If the proof of just how incredible this place is, is in the pudding, then these images are the best lemon meringue pie in town 🙂

 

Photo Credit: Lesley Marks from Photofuzion Photography 

 

 

 

 

 

On your visit, please remember to NOT:

Walk in the flower beds

Trample, break or remove any plants, flowers or seeds

Disturb, harm, feed, touch, catch or remove any wildlife

Bring dogs or pets

Bring garden furniture

Play ball games or fly kites

Ride a bicycle, skateboard or roller skate

Play a radio or musical instrument or make noise

Swim

Climb the trees

Climb the sculptures

Litter

Light fires or braais

Drop cigarettes

Let off fireworks

 

Most important, remember to have fun and make memories 🙂

Entertainment, Slider

WHO’S YOUR DADDY? Stand up comedy with Chris Forrest

July 4, 2017
A clueless dad’s journey to fatherhood

Calling all parents, all parents-to-be, all people who know parents, all people who want to be parents or just fans of comedy!  Chris Forrest brings his side-splitting one-man show, Who’s Your Daddy, to Cape Town for the first time from the 25th July to 6th August 2017 at the Kalk Bay Theatre.

He may be one of South Africa’s most sought-after comedians but Chris Forrest’s greatest achievements are his family and his journey to fatherhood is brought to life in this hilariously honest show.

Chris sheds some light on his experiences of becoming a father. His number one golden rule is “Don’t argue with a pregnant woman!” – and that’s coming from experience! From pregnancy to birth, sleepless nights, dirty diapers and everything in between, Chris shares valuable tips about what really happens and how to deal with it.

Written by Chris Forrest and directed by Bevan Cullinan, this laugh-a-minute show is a must see!  Chris’ unique dry sense of humour, his quick wit, and intelligent comedy has made him one of the country’s most popular comedians. Having started out in the 90’s, Chris has performed on every worthwhile comedy club, showcase, and festival – locally and abroad.

Proudly brought to you by Huggies in association with Comedy Central.

Tickets cost R150 per person (Tuesday show special: Buy 1 Get 1 Free) and are available online at www.kalkbaytheatre.co.za.  For more booking information, contact the theatre at 021 788 7257 or email kalkbaytheatre@gmail.com.

The Kalk Bay Theatre is located at 52 Main Road, Kalk Bay.

Social Media Links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChrisForrestStandUp

Twitter: @ChrisForrestSA

 

“An enlightening and highly entertaining show…” – Peter Feldman, Next 48 Hours
“What I loved about the show is that Chris was completely honest” – El Broide
“There are plenty of slap-your-knee funny moments in this show” – Helen Herimbi, The Star Tonight
“Witty, funny, masterpiece” – Cue Magazine
“60 hilarious minutes” – Artsmart

 

See you there for a good laugh, fabmoms and dads 🙂

Entertainment

Planning a disco party for a 7 year old

July 2, 2017

It’s mesmerizing to watch our children grow up. Beautiful and mind boggling at the same time. Like a time lapse video flashing before our eyes.

Birthdays, in particular, remind us of this. The first few years your ears are ringing with Barney’s “I love you”, and planning birthday parties consist mainly of you running around looking for princesses and car-themed decorations. Which all seem very stressful and maybe even a little unnecessary at the time, but if I could give new moms any advice, I’d tell you to enjoy every second of it because all that innocence only lasts for a horrifyingly short number of years.

And before you know it, princesses and frilly dresses are no longer the order of the day.

I remember asking Jada at the start of the year what theme she had in mind for her 7th birthday party. Usually, by this time each year, I have a pretty good idea towards which princess her interests are leaning. I was sure it’s Moana as I remembered my baby girl walking out of the cinema, not that long before, crying because she wanted to go to an island just like Moana’s. So you can imagine my confusion when she announced she wanted a disco party!

And just like that, frilly dresses turned into sequined tops and boots exactly like the ones the character Félicie wears in the movie Ballerina. (Obviously, duh!)

Looking for a DJ is really not as easy as you may think when you’re looking for one especially good entertaining the small crowd. I was lucky to find DJ Stevie D from Party Pro who thankfully provided everything I needed and more, and at the right price! Events coordinator, Fareed, kept in touch with me and my husband throughout the month prior to the party, which showed true professionalism and gave me peace of mind. There was always a new song I had to have added to the list (on Jada’s insistence) and he took the constant badgering like a pro.

With the DJ sorted, we were three-quarters of the way there.

I found almost all the party decorations and props for our upcoming disco party at China town in Canal walk – from the sparkly backdrop that gave us that true disco feel and that you’ll see in the pictures below – to the glow sticks, party glasses, glow paint, table covers, and balloons. It truly is a one-stop shop for cheap stuff (in value and in many instances quality), but a trip that most certainly saved me allot of time and money.

The party turned out to be a huge success and everyone, young and old, had the best time dancing to the cha cha slide and La Macarena and singing karaoke to Justin Bieber. The DJ arrived more than an hour early and did an excellent job keeping the kids entertained.

besides the wonderful memories, we also have many pictures of an unforgettable evening.

Found this very cool “concert ticket” invite on theruntime.com
The cake fit for a disco queen was made by the capable Nanoeschka of unique cakes. Email: cakes_u@yahoo.co.za
Themed tables, chairs and party boxes from 4 kidz party hire in Brackenfell.

Here’s how it all came together…

Rock on, Fabmom!

Fashion, Inspiration

Weekend Style Crush – The Satin Slip Dress

June 12, 2017

I used to think satin dresses were only meant for the bedroom and ball gowns way back in the 90’s, but just like many other styles, this one has made a pretty big comeback in recent years and, I must admit, is starting to grow on me. Here at fabmom we love looking and feeling good and are always on the lookout for fresh ideas on how to spice up our wardrobe… and date nights.

Sometimes less is more, and wearing the satin slip dress is definitely one of those times. You want the focus to be on this attractive number when stepping into a cocktail bar or glamorous restaurant with your man. If this is your intention (which it should) then I suggest you opt for minimal jewelry and makeup and that you keep your colours neutral and pure.

Below is my wishlist from the Rosegal store, in time for your next date night. Beware the danger of leaving bae feeling hot and bothered and possibly dragging you home before the night is over.

Satin Wrap Dress

 

Draped Belted Duster Coat – Pink

 

Trendy Strappy Sandal in Apricot
Embroidered Lip Chains Handbag – Gold

 

Gold Plated Leaf Necklace

 

Metal Leaf Pearl Drop Earrings – Gold

 

We also recommend you check out the Sapphire blue dress and the long sleeve floor length dress collection from the Rosegal store.

 

Enjoy your night out ladies 😉

 

 

 

 

Entertainment, Health, News

Fidget spinners safety tips

May 29, 2017

As a mom (or a human), you may have already heard about the latest craze amongst our kids – Fidget spinners.

Which started out as a stress-relieving toy for people who have trouble with focusing or fidgeting, has quickly spiraled into the new must-have among peers worldwide. The spinning toy has become popular so fast, parents have not yet had the chance to wrap their heads around or make sense of it and safety precautions have barely been communicated about the use of the fidget spinner as a regular toy.

Unfortunately, in its short life, there’s already been reports of kids choking and other injuries caused by the spinners. Although it’s not a cause for panic and I wouldn’t go as far as to demand kids dispose of their fidget spinners just yet, it never hurts to be safe. Kids really are just kids and they love to explore.

Which is exactly why the over-protective mom in me, who have already promised her kids a fidget if they behave (Guilty!), wanted to find out how to keep my kids safe around these seemingly harmless gadgets.

Here are the four guidelines the Toy Association says parents should keep in mind when it comes to fidget spinner safety:

Follow Age Labels

Make sure fidget spinners are age-appropriate. Always follow age labeling, and if the spinner does not have age guidance on its packaging, don’t buy it. Never give children under three years of age (or those who still put toys in their mouths) any items, such as fidget spinners, that have small parts. Children who are old enough to play with fidget spinners should be taught how to play with them correctly—and instructed never to put them in their mouths.

Shop at Reputable Retailers

Shop at a reputable retailer that you know and trust. Those retailers will be selling products that have been tested and comply with strict U.S. safety standards. When a craze like the fidget spinners hits, you may be tempted to buy one for your child wherever you can find one (like at a pop-up vendor on the street or from an unknown online seller), but the safety of products sold outside a reputable retailer cannot be guaranteed.

Tips for Light-Up Spinners

Small batteries are required to be secured so that a tool or coin is needed to access the battery compartment. Fidget spinners with a light-up feature might utilize small batteries that can be harmful if accidentally ingested. Avoid giving a child a light-up spinner if it does not also have a locking mechanism on the battery compartment.

Check for Broken Parts

Check fidget spinners periodically for damage. Broken items should be discarded and not left in a child’s environment.

Keep Spinning!