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My Christmas 2017 Gift Guide For The Whole Family

November 22, 2017

We’ve decided to bring the office tradition home this year and we’ll now also be doing secret Santa at home with the family because let’s face it, buying Christmas gifts for the whole family is just not possible…or sane. At least this way we don’t have to empty our pockets and we know exactly who we are buying for and what they like (which could be the trickiest part of Christmas shopping!).

Obviously, I wanted to make things easier on my fellow fabmoms too, so I’ve put together a handy list of my favourite gifts this year – all for under R500 !!!

 

Sorbet Feeling Playful Hand & Nail Cream Trio/Bubbly Bath Bombs/She is gorgeous nail set

The great thing about the Clicks Sorbet range is that they are already affordable,  3 for 2,  and almost all contain a R50 gift card to use towards your next Sorbet salon treatment. This is my favourite 3 for 2 combo. Find your Sorbet combo here and your Body Shop combo here and spoil someone you love

 

Amarula Fruit and Cream Dark Chocolates

Who does not love chocolates! You will make anyone’s day with a box of good quality dark chocolate, that’s a guarantee!

 

Smartlife Water Infuser

 

Water may be scarce at the moment, but that’s all the more reason for you to create your own flavoured water using fresh, natural ingredients. Made from quality, BPA-free plastic for healthy hydration.

 

Romoss Polymos 5 Power Bank 5000MAH

These days, everyone could do with a phone battery charger on the move. The Romoss power bank is safe and durable and inexpensive.

 

Polaroid Snap Instant Camera

Savour the nostalgia of the classic Polaroid film cameras. The Snap Instant Digital Camera offers the convenience of digital capture with the thrills of being able to instantly produce a physical print thanks to the implementation of ZINK Zero Ink Technology.

 

Grand Theft Auto V (PS3)

I remember how much hubby use to love this game. Maybe you know someone who’d enjoy the thrill of chasing money in fast cars.

 

Gamer Looks T-Shirt

What is a pro-gamer without a t-shirt to complete the image?

 

Lee Cooper Flag Backpack

The perfect all-purpose backpack.

 

Logo Door Mats

Looking for a unique gift? All homes need a doormat that speaks of its residents’ personalities.

 

Universal Smartphone Fish Eye Lens Clip

A fisheye lens is an ultra wide-angle lens to enhance your images taken on your smartphone.

 

Typo Pen Holder

To inject some fun into your office space!

 

Typo Shower friend

For those who love to sing in the shower (which is everyone!).

 

Typo Luxe Earphones 

A gorgeous pair of earphones is an absolute must! Even better if you have a pair for every mood!

 

Typo Shake It Phone Case Universal

Sparkles!!! Need I say more? Even your phone needs a new outfit this Christmas.

 

Typo Carried Away Mug

 

Because a real coffee ‘addict’ will agree that coffee should always be served in a gold-plated mug!

 

Typo Varsity Laptop Case 

Just a little something pretty to keep all your tech toys together in one place.

 

Polaroid Kids GPS Tracker Watch

Make sure you know where your kids are, at all time. Now available at a Musica near you!

 

Disney Blootooth Dancing Water Speakers

If it’s Disney and it sparkles, then it’s a win for any child!

 

Bubblegum MP4 8GB Player

I also happen to know that if you purchase of these, valued at R449.95, at any Musica store before 18 Dec’ 2017 and swipe your Clicks card, you stand a chance to win the awesome Bubblegum Generation 4 kids tablet combo worth 1 699.95, including headphones, stand, car charger, and cables. A steal if you ask me, so HURRY!!

More information here.

 

Shield Ultimate Wash & Shine Kit 6 Piece

 

Well, mom, I hope this makes shopping this holiday allot more bearable.

Happy Festive and Merry Christmas!

 

Love,

 

 

 

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Sunglass Hutt Launch V&A Waterfront And why you deserve good sunnies

November 17, 2017

Good, durable, and absolutely beautiful sunglasses are a necessity. As parents, we tend to, consciously or unconsciously, shy away from beautiful things. It’s either too valuable to have around kids, or it’s too expensive considering what it cost to keep a child alive these days, or we are simply too forgetful and don’t trust ourselves around beautiful things. I agree these are all valid points, I fall into all three categories, but what if these beautiful things are not simply luxury, but essential? Good sunglasses with UV and polaroid protection is indeed essential, and it doesn’t hurt if they’re gorgeous too. Come rain or shine, when you’re a busy parent, a decent pair of sunnies should be a part of your everyday survival kit.

On Wednesday, 15 November 2017, Sunglass Hutt V&A Waterfront opened their doors to the growing number of style-seekers in Cape Town, and the stunning sunglasses I got to try on, made me see exactly what I have been missing. Sure, it’s tempting to get a pair of inexpensive sunglasses from smaller stores or from the many lovely markets we are host to, but there’s something about holding a Mui Jim, Michael Kors, Prada, Versace or even a Ray ban up to your face and seeing yourself in the mirror. With the right pair of sunnies you can literally take on the world, and if you are going to spoil yourself, you might as well do it with the friendly people over at Sunglass Hutt.

These investment pieces are a must, especially when wearing contacts, as I do – it helps with light-sensitivity, removes that annoying glare and even protects your eyes against sunburn and the risk skin cancer. Your health and that of your eyes are important too.

Find them: Shop 7206, Upper Level, Victoria Wharf, Phone: 021 4188534, Email: sgh2665@sunglasshut.co.za, Website: http://www.sunglasshut.com

After Canapés and drinks, we were treated to an evening of song and dance with the likes of Vicky Sampson, Alt Ego, Craig Lucas, Jimmy Nevis and so much more great, acclaimed South African artists. I managed to capture a glimpse of the fun on my Samsung  S8 🙂 

Enjoy and remember to rock your hot new sunnies this season!

 

Vicky Sampson

 

Love,

 

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Flying high for mental health

November 14, 2017

This year was our family’s first time at the Cape Town International kite festival and it didn’t disappoint one bit. What first attracted me to the event is the great platform it creates to spread the message of mental health. Also, what kid does not love kites? Whether they are flying it or standing-by admiring its beauty up high,  kids are completely captivated by this windswept wonder.

It is so important that we know looking after our mental health is no less important than looking after our physical health. This is the very reason I decided to fly my kite high in support of this initiative, and I encourage everyone to get involved. One just needs to switch on the tv or read the news to see how mental illness is running rampant destroying lives. Cape Mental health brings awareness to this and provides basic care to children and adults suffering from its onslaught.

We arrived at the 23rd kite festival on a true-to-the-Cape windy afternoon in October, which of cause was perfect for the kiters. The kids LOVED all the fun rides and were in awe of the enormous, towering and colourful character kites made by experienced kiters from all over the world.  I cannot even begin to imagine how long it took them to create these beauties. Unfortunately, we just missed the free kite-making sessions earlier in the day and instead headed off to the section especially cordoned-off for the kids to fly their kites that we bought at the festival.

We also enjoyed the live performances by local artists and which added to the already amazing vibe. There was no shortage of food and drinks with plenty of food trucks and we ended up staying so much longer than we planned. We will FOR SURE be back next year.

But of cause, a picture speaks louder than words, so see for yourself!

 

 

 

Keep the conversation going:

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CTKiteFest

Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2wTJSFp

Twitter: @CTKiteFest

Instagram: @CTKiteFest

Hashtags: #RightToFly #CTKiteFest

Web: www.capementalhealth.co.za

 

Love,

 

 

Books/Movies, Entertainment

20 Scary movies appropriate for kids of all ages

October 22, 2017

I’m sure by now you have read and heard all about the upcoming Halloween happenings in Cape Town especially. It’s quite…scary…how much the holiday has grown amongst the South African crowd in recent years. Every year the celebrations just get bigger and better and scarier – from horror fests to mystery murder dinners, ghost bus tours to Halloween-themed parties, and zombie walks to twilight runs. This all seems like a cauldron-full of fun unless you have kids and a late-night-weekend might not be your ideal way of spending this Halloween.

Here’s a fab idea – Invite some of your kids’ friends over, scatter the pillows and blankets all over the lounge floor, pop some corn, turn out the lights and you have yourself a PG scare fest I guarantee they’ll enjoy. What the heck! Unlike in the US, it’s actually Summer over here, so if you really want to impress the little ones, take the bean bags out onto the lawn, set up a projector screen, and you have instantly and effortlessly created your own open-air Halloween screening!

But, finding the right movies for our kids is always such a mission! We all know how completely inappropriate some kids scary movies can be, so, to the best of my researching skills ( and I have killer skills), I have put together quite a collection for you to choose from. Most are PG rated and nothing over 13 years, but they are all guaranteed to entertain the entire family and you won’t have to wait until the kids go to bed.

Proceed with caution:

As with everything we do that involves our kids, your choice of movies, too, requires your judgment call. Sometimes that means previewing a movie and making a decision based on their age and mental constitution.

For the under 13 crowd it may be best that you watch the movie with them as discussion can provide an outlet for some of the disturbing issues found in even the least scary movies. If possible, after you’ve watched the movie, also watch the special on how they made the monsters. That might be comforting for the more sensitive child, to know that none of it is real.

Above all, Have a happy Halloween and Enjoy movie night – Here are 20 of my fave kiddie scares!

 

Boxtrolls (PG RATED)

Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), an orphan, lives with the Boxtrolls — a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who inhabit a cavern beneath the city of Cheesebridge. When villainous Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) hatches a plan to get rid of the pretty harmless beings, Eggs decides to go above ground, where he meets and befriends feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, Eggs and Winnifred devise a daring plan to save the Boxtrolls from extermination.

 

Coraline (PG RATED)

While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and the rest of her parallel family try to keep her there forever. Coraline must use all her resources and bravery to make it back to her own family and life.

 

Hotel Transylvania (PG RATED)

When monsters want to get away from it all, they go to Count Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) Hotel Transylvania, a lavish resort where they can be themselves without humans around to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula invites creatures like the Invisible Man, the Mummy and others to celebrate the 118th birthday of his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez). However, an unforeseen complication unfolds when an ordinary human unwittingly crashes the party and falls in love with Mavis.

 

Casper (PG RATED)

Casper (voiced by Malachi Pearson) is a kind young ghost who peacefully haunts a mansion in Maine. When specialist James Harvey (Bill Pullman) arrives to communicate with Casper and his fellow spirits, he brings along his teenage daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci). Casper quickly falls in love with Kat, but their budding relationship is complicated not only by his transparent state but also by his troublemaking apparition uncles.

 

Mickey’s House of Villains (TV G RATED)

The villains from the popular animated Disney films are gathered at the House of Mouse with plans to take over. Soon, the villains take over the house and kick out Mickey, Donald and Goofy. It’s all up to Mickey and his friends to overthrow evil and return the House of Mouse to normal–or as close to normal as it get’s.

 

Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween (G RATED)

Your favorite friends from The Hundred Acre Wood are back in the all-new original feature, POOH’S HEFFALUMP HALLOWEEN MOVIE. It’s a hilariously haunted Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood, and Roo’s best new pal, Lumpy, is excited to trick-or-treat for the first time. That is, until Tigger warns them about the dreaded Gobloon who’ll turn you into a jaggedy lantern if he catches you. But if they catch the Gobloon before it catches them, they get to make a wish. When Pooh eats all the Halloween candy, Lumpy and Roo decide to be “brave together, brave forever and catch the Gobloon. Celebrate the bumpity and spookable Halloween season with Pooh and his pals in their first Halloween-themed film in eight years. 

 

The Halloween Tree (G RATED)

Four children learn the origins of Halloween customs while trying to save the life of their friend.

 

Frankenweenie (PG RATED)

When a boy’s beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.

 

ET (PG RATED)

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

 

The Little Vampire (PG RATED)

After he moves to Scotland with his parents, only child Tony (Jonathan Lipnicki) struggles to make friends at his new school. But he is bullied and picked on by the other boys, and has little hope of overcoming his miserable new life. Then he meets Rudolph (Rollo Weeks), a kid vampire with whom Tony becomes very close. But, when Rudolph’s life and the future of the vampire race are threatened by a ruthless vampire hunter, Tony must find the courage to save his best friend.

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG RATED)

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.

 

Monster House (PG RATED)

Three teens discover that their neighbor’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

 

Scared Shrekless (TV PG)

Shrek gets in the Halloween spirit by challenging his fairytale friends to come up with scary stories for a contest. But the gang learn that they’ll have to spend the night in Lord Farquaad’s haunted castle before the winner is named.

 

Gremlins (I’d recommend PG 10)

A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the “mogwai” but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.

 

The Never-Ending Story (PG RATED)

One of the best kids fantasy films of the 80’s. This is a great films about troubled young boy Bastien who escapes some pursuing bullies in an old bookshop finding a story.

As he reads this story alone, in hiding, he becomes enraptured in it and soon begins to feel more than a reader but involved in the story and is sucked into the world of Fantasia.

 

Return to Oz (PG RATED)

Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.

 

Monsters Inc. (G RATED)

Monsters Incorporated is the largest scare factory in the monster world, and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) is one of its top scarers. Sullivan is a huge, intimidating monster with blue fur, large purple spots and horns. His scare assistant, best friend and roommate is Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), a green, opinionated, feisty little one-eyed monster. Visiting from the human world is Boo (Mary Gibbs), a tiny girl who goes where no human has ever gone before.

 

The Spiderwick Chronicles (PG RATED)

Of the three Grace children, Jared (Freddie Highmore) has always been thought of as the troublemaker. So when strange things happen after his family’s move to a relative’s dilapidated estate, sister Mallory (Sarah Bolger), twin brother Simon and their mother assume that Jared is behind it all. However, magical creatures roam the grounds, and they all want a special book that Jared has found: a field guide to fantastic creatures, penned by Arthur Spiderwick.

ParaNorman (PG RATED)

Young Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has the ability to speak with the dead — and he often prefers their company to that of the living. Norman receives word from his strange Uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman) that a centuries-old witch’s curse on their town is real and about to come true — and that only Norman can stop it. When zombies rise from their graves, Norman must summon all his courage and compassion and push his paranormal abilities to the limit to save his fellow townspeople.

 

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (PG RATED)

The film consists of two segments – the first is based on the 1908 children’s novel The Wind in the Willows by Scottish author Kenneth Grahame, and the second is based on the 1820 short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” called Ichabod Crane 

 

Disclaimer: cover image was taken from www.ddlgforum.com

 

Ghostly Greetings,

 

 

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10 Best Family-Friendly Markets In and Around Cape Town

September 18, 2017

I say in and AROUND Cape Town, because there may be one or two options on here that will require you to drive a little further. Don’t be alarmed! Because I promise it will be well worth the journey. Most of the child-friendly farmers’ markets on this list, however, are fortunately just a stone throw away if you live in our beautiful city.

There are so many reasons why we should be supporting our local farmers’ markets. Markets are no doubt hard work, and lots of time and effort go into the prep. to bring us all enjoyment.  The farmers, chefs, and other creatives work tirelessly to bring the community only the best organic produce, carefully handcrafted goodies, and the most delicious foods and bakes you will not find anywhere else. It guarantees to cater to almost all your needs and provides a diverse variety of culinary preferences. It is also of the few places you may get your hands on pure honey!

A visit to your local farmers’ market also eliminates the usual mundane mall shopping and saves us as parents and our kids a lot of frustration and tears. Now the kids can play while you shop and bite on a falafel. Score! So, to show your appreciation for their incredible efforts, go out and support your local and very talented artisans.

Here I have selected the 10 most kid-friendly Farmers’ markets 🙂

 

BLAAUKLIPPEN FAMILY MARKET

 

The Blaauwklippen Family Market is child and pet-friendly. The market caters for children of all ages, with various rides and activities and offer a safe environment well away from roads or water.

Every 3rd Sunday dog lovers can enjoy the Vineyard Doggy Walk with all proceeds going towards the Helderberg Animal Welfare Society.

Every Sunday/ Blaauwklippen Vineyards/+27 (0)21 880 0133

 

BAY HARBOUR MARKET

 

 

This vibey market has recently also introduced their Young Saturdays kids program with face painting, a clown, the making of balloon animals, story-telling, magicians and many more creative activities designed to keep the young ones happy and entertained while you shop and dine.

Friday: 5pm to 9pm/ Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am to 4pm/ 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay/ +27 (0)82 570 5997

 

LOURENSFORD 

 

 

Here, the little ones are sure to be entertained by various activities, and at the Friday night twilight market, you can take a stroll down the dreamy Fairy Light Lane – either with the little ones or just a romantic get-away from the hustle and bustle.

Every Friday from 17h00 – 21h00 and every Sunday from 10h00 – 15h00 / Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Rd, Somerset West/ +27 (0)72 284 1654

 

ROOT 44

 

 

This Market is a family favourite no matter the weather. It is housed in sturdy marquees and offers live and non-stop entertainment for all ages.

Every Saturday & Sunday 10 to 16:00/ Audacia Wines, Corner of R44 & Annandale Road, Stellenbosch/ +27 (0)21 881 3052

 

THE VINEYARD OVAL NIGHT MARKET

 

 

 

Family-friendly and pet-friendly. Kids can play for free at the demarcated kiddies play area and is invited to bring along their ball sports such as cricket, football

Selected Wednesday evenings 4 PM – 9 PM/ Kenilworth Racecourse, Wetton Rd/ +27(0) 62 084 1152

 

THE DEER LITTLE MARKET

 

 

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day in the park. With a designated entertainment area for the kids, great coffee, delicious food stalls, arts & crafts, gifts, raffles, and pre-loved goodies.

1 October, 5 November, 3 December/ Rocklands Road Park, Location: Deerpark Dr Vredehoek/ +27 (0)82 408 5000

 

WILD OATS MARKET SEDGEFIELD

Now, this Market is about 4 hours drive outside Cape Town, along the Garden route, but definitely on our road-trip list. It’s multiple award-winning,   internationally famous, and continues to attract locals and travelers returning for more of its festive fare.

The Wild Oats vision is firmly focused on increasing responsible environmental awareness through educating customers how they can minimise their carbon-footprints… beginning by simply choosing to buy local (Garden Route Local, that is!)

Every Saturday Morning 7:30 – 12 noon/ Corner N2 & Jan Van Riebeeck Street, Sedgefield, Western Cape/ +27 (0)82 376 5020

 

LILLIPUT MARKET

 

A beautifully crafted market showcasing the best for your baby, kids & family. Enjoy Wine & great Food while shopping the best there is to buy for your little one and for mom!

There is an entrance fee of R30 (R5 of each ticket sold will be donated to a local charity that supports local children).

The market starts at 9 am and please take cash as there are no ATMS or card facilities.

6-7 October 9am/ Bellevue Wine Estate, Bottelary Rd/ +27 (0)21 865 2055

 

SLOW MARKET

 

 

Products have been grown, raised, harvested, caught, preserved or transformed by the producers themselves.

There are also jungle gyms to keep the kids busy while you relax and take in all the sights and aromas.

Open every Saturdays 09h00 – 14h00/ 39 Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley/ +27 (0)21 914 7218

 

PURE PAARL FARMERS MARKET

 

 

 

There is something to do for the whole family, and your pets are welcome!

Children are well catered for, with a supervised jumping castle and giant roly-poly ball on the lower lawn adjacent to the tasting room, and an extensive wooden jungle gym.

Every Saturday from 09h00 to 14h00/ Zandrift Vineyards, Paarl (opposite Boschenmeer Golf Estate)/ +27(0) 071 131 1380

 

BIG BAY MARKET

 

 

As with all the above markets, the Big Bay Market is aimed at families. Come hungry, come expecting an amazing vibe and don’t forget the picnic blankets!

Last Wednesday of the month 4pm-9pm/ Big Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, Otto Du Plessis Drive, Blouberg/ +27 (0)81 797 2825

 

Happy Spring!