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Best Places To Lunch With Mom this Mothers’ Day

April 22, 2018

It’s that time of year again when we pull out all the stops to show the women who raised us, just how incredibly special they are to us. Yes, just in case it slipped your minds, on 13 May we celebrate Mothers’ day, and if you’re not sure where to take mom for some spoils, then don’t worry, because I’ve taken care of that for you.

Our mamas absolutely love quality time with their children, so it will no doubt blow her away when surprised to a lovely afternoon tea or lunch at her favourite restaurant with the most beautiful views. Whether your mom loves to just relax with her tea while she takes in her surrounds or whether she prefers long walks after, one thing we know for sure is that when it comes to mother’s day celebrations, we never compromise.

 

Tea by the sea at The 12 Apostles

Leopard Bar & Conservatory

Victoria Road, Camps Bay
Reserve:  021 437 9000

 

Shimmy Beach Club

12 S Arm Rd, V & A Waterfront

Reserve:  021 200 7778 / info@shimmybeachclub.co.za

 

Vineyard Hotel

Colinton Rd, Newlands

Reserve: 021 657 4500

 

Grand Africa Beach Cafe

Haul Rd, V & A Waterfront

Reserve: 021 431 5888

 

Vista Bar & Lounge at The One & Only

Dock Road, V & A Waterfront

Reserve:  021 431 4511 or 021 431 5888 or email: restaurant.reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com

 

Signal Restuarant at the Cape Grace 

W Quay Rd, V & A Waterfront

Reserve: 021 410 7080

 

High Tea at the Mount Nelson

76 Orange St, Cape Gardens

Reserve: 021 483 1000

 

High Tea or Gourmet Picnic at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Gate 2 Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive Newlands

Reserve: 021 797 4883

 

Long Sunday Lunch at Boschendal 

R310 Pniel Road Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek

Reserve: 021 870 4200

 

Full Day and Half Day Spa Treatments at Bakwena Spa

Zevenwacht Wine Estate, Langverwacht Road, Kuils River

Reserve: 0861 222 928

 

Whatever you do, have a Happy Mothers’ Day!

Love,

 

Entertainment, Lifestyle

Easter Holiday Hacks to keep the kids busy

March 28, 2018

The Easter Holidays have arrived and children across the country are celebrating, no more school for two whole weeks! Meanwhile, moms across the country are waking up in a cold sweat. No more school for two whole weeks!

 If you’re a mom, unless you plan ahead, the common childhood complaint of boredom will haunt you these holidays.

Blue Horizon Licensing, exclusive representatives of Mattel Consumer Products in South Africa, was kind enough to share with us their five easy and totally fun Easter holiday hacks to help keep the kids busy.

1)     Host a Barbie picnic 

Summer is drawing to a close, so take full advantage of a sunny day by hosting a Barbie-themed Easter picnic. Let your little girls invite a couple of friends over, tell them to dress in Barbie pink, and bring their favourite Barbie dolls to join in the fun. Spread a blanket on the lawn, bring out the Barbie tea set, and roll in the Barbie Food Truck. Complete the picture with a couple of jugs of water (or pink milk, if you’re feeling brave!) and a selection of real biscuits.

This picnic combines imaginative play, allowing the kids to order their ‘food’ from the truck – select from hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza slices and a variety of ice creams – with water play, as they pour and drink their ‘tea’. Water play is especially good for toddlers, helping to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination. It is also regarded as one of the best starting blocks for building Maths and Science skills, introducing them to concepts such as empty, full, half full, and – most likely – spillage (As a bonus, give them some cloths, maybe they will learn to clean up after themselves too!)

When the picnic draws to a close, surprise them with an impromtu Easter Egg hunt in the garden. You’ll be the most popular mom on the block!

2)     Build a Hot Wheels rally track

Nothing entertains children quite like toy cars, so why not host an outdoor Hot Wheels rally championship? This season’s hottest Hot Wheels includes a selection of bikes, monster trucks, drift cars and mini quads – perfect for outdoor terrain.

Build a traditional track using the Hot Wheels track builder, but encourage the kids to expand their play into the garden, using sand and mud to create their own rally courses. Up the ante by introducing Hot Wheels Light and Sound Master Blaster or Hyper Racer, or blast into turbo speed with the remote control Nitro Charger.

Sand and mud play is widely recognised as one of the joys of childhood, not only because the kids are actually encouraged to get dirty, but also for its open-endedness – there really is no limit to what kids can build, no right and wrong, and no end to the entertainment. While some kids simply enjoy the sensation of playing with mud, others will relish the opportunity to build intricate tracks, with obstacles constructed of sticks, leaves and stones. Just remember to dress the kids in old clothing – this game is bound to get dirty!

3)     Throw a Slumber party

Chickens aren’t the only animals that lay eggs this Easter – Dinosaurs do too! So why not throw a Barney-themed slumber party? If the kids are too young to sleep over, suggest a ‘sleep under’ – where they come for early evening dinner and fun, but go home to sleep in their own beds. Tell the kids to bring their own Barney, you supply some Barney coloring books and colouring crayons, plus a couple of Barney floor puzzles that they can all do together. End the evening with a selection of Barney DVDs, filled with music and fun that kids simply can’t resist. Love him or hate him, Barney holds a special place in the hearts of all children, teaching them kindness, manners and the value of good old fashioned fun.

4)     Ten Pin Bowling: Barbie vs Barney

Ten pin bowling is all the rage these holidays, perfect for either indoor or outdoor play. And with the Barney Bowling set and Barbie’s Pinktastic Bowling set, you’re all set for a nail-biting Ten Pin tournament. Purple vs Pink. Barney vs Barbie.

Ball skills are another vital building block in childhood development, teaching hand eye co-ordination, motor skills and timing. Hosting a friendly tournament is also a great way to introduce young children to competitive play, teaching them the joy of winning, but also the inevitability of losing, and the importance of being a good sport, win or lose.

5)     Take the kids shopping

Shopping with toddlers always sounds like a bad idea, but this Easter Toy Kingdom South Africa is hosting a series of Easter Egg hunts. Kicking off on March 31, stores at the East Rand Mall, Gateway, Sandton, Menlyn, V&A Waterfront and Canal Walk, will host a series of eggciting Easter Egg hunts, allowing kids the freedom to run through their favourite Toy Kingdom stores and join in the search for hundreds of chocolate eggs, plus the chance to find one of 2 golden eggs per store – and win an eggstra eggciting prize! The hunt promises to keep kids busy for at least 30 minutes, just enough time for mom to grab a cup of coffee, which is sometimes all you need to restore your sanity.

 

About Blue Horizon Licensing

Blue Horizon Licensing (Pty) Ltd. is a global leader in brand licensing and has represented Mattel Consumer Products exclusively in South Africa for over 15 years, working with brands including Barbie, Hot Wheels™, Barney & Friends, Thomas & Friends, Fisher-Price® and Scrabble

In 2017, the creative team approved over 820 different product styles for Barbie alone, and sold over 10 million units, making South Africa one of the leading regions for consumer product sales of the Barbie brand. Visit www.blueh.co.za for more information.

 

From your friends at Mattel and Fabmon,

Have a very happy Easter holiday!

Entertainment, Fashion, Inspiration, Slider

Happy March 2018! #YouCanBeAnything

March 1, 2018

 

Besides this being both my and my son’s birthday month, I am also extremely excited for and proud of  Mattel’s continued efforts to help our children recognize a broader view of beauty with their Barbie Fashionista range which incorporates the diversity that surrounds us all the time.

So many times we look back and reminisce the old days when life was ‘easier’ and ‘kids were kids’. So many ugly and negative things today we wish our kids were never exposed to. Perhaps the old days were good days, but that certainly does not mean they were any better than they are today. Among many others, the “Me Too” movement has proven how far we’ve actually come and how much we, as a human race, have matured. If you really think about it, we have more power today to make things so much better than what they were yesterday.

My sweet daughter is turning 8 this year and even though I have been buying her Barbie dolls for a long time, Barbie only really started to appeal to her very recently. A tender time in a young girl’s life – she’s just come from toddler-hood and nearing adolescence. It’s important that our young girls are exposed to positivity about their bodies, their skin colour, their hair types and even their sense of style.

It is perhaps no coincidence that the Barbie brand celebrates its 59th anniversary the day after International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018, celebrating women from all walks of life, all shapes, all sizes, all colours, and all creeds.

The Barbie Fashionista range has its roots in 2015, which saw the launch of a brand new Barbie crew featuring 23 dolls with a range of skin tones, facial structures, and hair colours. The popularity of the new line saw the official launch of the Fashionista label in 2016, with the introduction of three new body types – tall, curvy and petite – seven skin tones, 14 facial structures, 22 eye colours and 24 hairstyles. Plus, of course, countless new on-trend fashions and accessories to suit each individual doll, from casually cool and boho bold, to elegant evening wear and pretty much everything in between!

In 2017, this remarkable range won the coveted Toy of the Year award, in the Doll category, for its bold introduction of diversity, literally changing the face of the stereotypical Barbie brand by introducing new dolls with new body shapes, new face shapes, new skin tones, and new hairstyles.

The importance of exposing our children to diversity and providing them with imaginative toys that allow them to see themselves in their imaginary play cannot be overstated. Today, the Fashionista range features over 100 dolls of diverse appearance, and it continues to grow.

The 2018 range will bring with it even more variety, introducing another four body types, nine skin tones, 13 face-sculpts, nine eye colours, 11 hair colours and 13 hairstyles.

“Barbie has always given girls choices – from her 180 careers, to inspirational roles, to her countless fashions and accessories,” says Andrea Ziella, Head of Marketing and Trade Marketing, Mattel SA. “These new dolls represent a line that is more reflective of the world girls see around them – the variety in body type, skin tones and style allows girls to find a doll that speaks to them.”

Barbie fans can now choose their Barbie to look just like them or create a group of friends to mimic their own friendship circles.

By allowing our children to choose a Barbie in their own image, or in the image of their best friend, or favourite actress, singer, movie star, or sporting hero, we are encouraging them to see the beauty that not only lies in their own shape, colour, and style but also in the various shapes, colours and styles that surround them.

We live in an increasingly diverse world, it is not only natural but crucial, that our children’s imaginary worlds represent this diversity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images are taken from https://barbie.mattel.com/en-us/about/role-models.html

Happy International Women’s Month, and remember, you can be anything.

Love,

 

Books/Movies, Entertainment

New Movie Review – I, Tonya

January 30, 2018

Two triple axels, various ice skating records and all the technique in the world, means absolutely nothing when overshadowed by one of the most sensational scandals of all time.

I, TONYA is a comedic drama that tells the tale of a talented sports star whose success is destroyed by her troubled childhood, her mother’s abuse and her stormy relationships.  Although it initially seems like the movie is actually a comedic spoof of the heartlessness of a tabloid-driven nation, you soon realise that it is about more than meets the eye.

Ambitious and goal-driven from an early age, former figure skating champion, Tonya Harding (Robbie) was well on her way to becoming one of the world’s biggest ice skating legends.

Her first big breakthrough came in 1991 when she won (with her first triple axel) the U.S. Championships and was awarded the event’s first 6.0 ever given to a single female skater for technical merit. At the 1991 World Championships, she again completed the triple axel (becoming the first American woman to perform it at an international event) but finished second to Kristi Yamaguchi. Unfortunately, that is not what she is remembered for. Her dreams and career were shattered by her alleged association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly-executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor, Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver), by her ex-husband (Sebastian Stan) and bodyguard (Paul Walter Hauser).

This award-winning film is based on the true events behind this spectacle and will keep you glued to your seat until the very end.

The film also boasts an excellent cast and has already received a lot of praise for outstanding performances by the lead characters. Margot Robbie is commended for her soulful portrayal of Tonya Harding in this fascinating story, while Sebastian Stan can be seen in the role of her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly. This handsome actor, from New York, previously featured in several television shows, such as Law and Order and Gossip Girl, and also starred in the Captain America Franchise, Riki and the Flash, The Martian and many more.

I, TONYA promises to captivate audiences, not only because of outstanding acting and direction but also because it proves the innocence of a woman who was judged by the world and abused by those who were supposed to love her most.

With 24 awards and 77 nominations under its belt, I, Tonya will hit the South African cinema circuit on 16 February 2018.

Cape Town

Tygervalley Ster Kinekor

Somerset Mall Ster Kinekor

V&A Waterfront Nu Metro

V&A Cinema Nouveau

Canal Walk Nu Metro

Labia Orange St

Durban

Gateway Ster Kinekor

Water Crest Ster Kinekor

Pavilion Nu Metro

Pretoria

Brooklyn Cinema Nouveau

Parkview Nu Metro

Jo’burg

Cedar Square Ster Kinekor

Rosebank Mall Ster Kinekor

Sandton City Ster Kinekor

Cresta Ster Kinekor

Greenstone Ster Kinekor

Bedford Square Ster Kinekor

Bedford Centre Nu Metro

Movies@Monte

Hyde Park Nu Metro

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ITonyaMovie/

Twitter: @ItonyaMovie

Instagram: @itonyamovie

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQpBf04inPQ

 

 

 

 

Books/Movies, Entertainment

New Movie Review: Breathe

January 18, 2018

Coming to life on the big screen: an inspiring love story of hope and determination

What would you do if your husband’s life suddenly changed irrevocably and he is about to give up hope?

Breathe, a heart-warming and highly emotional celebration of bravery and human possibility comes to life on the big screen around the country on 19 January 2018.  Based on real-life events, this inspiring film featuring Claire Foy (Season of the Witch, Going Postal) and Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, The Amazing Spiderman, Silence, Never Let Me Go), is a love story about living every breath as though it’s your last.

This motion picture is actor, Andy Serkis’s (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Rise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) directorial debut and he worked very closely with scriptwriter, William Nicholson (Gladiator, Les Misérables, First Knight) to tell the story of his best friend and producer, Jonathan Cavendish’s (Bridget Jones’ Diary, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) parents with the sensitivity and empathy that it deserved.

Adventurous and charismatic, Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) has his whole life ahead of him when he is paralysed by polio whilst in Africa at the age of twenty-eight. Against all advice, Robin’s wife Diana brings him home from hospital where her devotion and witty determination transcends his disability. Together they refuse to be imprisoned by his suffering; dazzling others with their humour, courage, and lust for life.

They also use their own story to inspire other people who are going through similar circumstances. Clever technology makes it possible for Robin to ‘get out of bed’ and experience new adventures and enables him to become an advocate for disabled people across the world.

The movie, which is set in the 1950’s, not only boasts a beautiful set and costume design, but also a star-studded cast.

“The most important thing to get was their love for each other. I didn’t want to over-sentimentalise her; and she definitely doesn’t want to be seen as a saint, or an angel, or incredible sort of nurse. It was actually just true love,” says Foy about getting into character for this part.  Foy has been praised for her accurate portrayal of Diana Cavendish.

Hugh Bonneville, who has already been nominated for BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his role in Downtown Abbey, and Tom Hollander (Mission Impossible, About Time, Pirates of the Caribbean) can also be seen in the movie.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and was also screened at the Opening Night Gala at the BFI London Film Festival. It has already been nominated for an Archie Award for Best First Feature at the Philadelphia Film Festival and Best Makeup and Hair Design and Sound at the Independent British Film Awards. During the Heartland Film Festival, it won the Truly Moving Picture Award.

It will appeal to audiences of all ages, but especially if you enjoyed The Theory of Everything, Lion, The Imitation Game and Brooklyn.

This inspirational movie is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment and will be at the following cinemas from 19 January:

 

Cape Town

Tyger Valley Ster-Kinekor

Cavendish Square Ster-Kinekor

Somerset Mall Ster-Kinekor

V&A Waterfront Cinema Nouveau

V&A Waterfront Nu Metro

Labia Orange Street

Garden Route

Garden Route Mall Ster-Kinekor

Port Elizabeth

Walmer Park Shopping Centre Nu Metro

Windhoek

The Grove Windhoek Ster-Kinekor

Durban

Gateway Mall Ster-Kinekor

Water Crest Mall Ster-Kinekor

Jo’Burg

Cedar Square Ster-Kinekor

Movies@Monte

Rosebank Mall Ster-Kinekor

Sandton City Ster-Kinekor

Hyde Park Corner Nu Metro

Cresta Shopping Centre Ster-Kinekor

Greenstone Mall Ster-Kinekor

Mpumulanga

i’langa Mall Ster-Kinekor

Pretoria

Brooklyn Mall Cinema Nouveau

Kolonnade Centre Ster-Kinekor

Irene Village Mall Ster-Kinekor

Woodlands Nu Metro


SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Twitter: @BreatheMov

Instagram: @breathemov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BreatheFilmUK/

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_YnYrLfjxA

 

From your Amateur Cineaste 🙂