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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!

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!

 

 

 

Entertainment, Lifestyle

Old Mill Guest House and Restaurant Swellendam

April 26, 2017

After having driven 2.5 hours to see the faeries at the Faerie continent of Sulina, we were famished and having never been to Swellendam, we decided to give the Old Mill a try. It was just before 2 pm on a Sunday afternoon and it was very quiet. More peaceful than quiet rather and it seemed we have just missed the Sunday lunch rush. We took our seats on the lower deck and welcomed the peace and quiet of the Overberg.

By this time the kids were also pretty worn out from the long drive and all the excitement of the morning that for once they didn’t mind the quiet at all. They devoured their tasty burgers from the kiddies menu while chatting away about all that’s happened and as soon as the food had pumped life back into them, were off running around the restaurant’s large decks to see how many of the acorns laying around, they could find. Lesley and I finished our delicious chicken breast with mushroom sauce, rice, and veggies which reminded us of a home cooked meal. It felt like Sunday’s at grandmas house. It and the hospitality were that amazing. This is definitely a place we will return to whenever we’re in town.

Needless to say, the kids were out like lights on our way back to the Cape. We woke them just before we drove through the Huguenot tunnel as they would never have forgiven us for letting them miss it.

It was a day well spent and one we would like to recreate soon!

You can check out www.oldmill.co.za for better pictures and more information 🙂

 

 

 

 

Love,

 

Entertainment, Inspiration, Slider

Family Road Trip to Fairy Sanctuary Swellendam

April 25, 2017

Hidden not-too-deep in the valley of Swellendam, is the continent of Sulina, or Faerie Sanctuary as it’s lovingly known, founded by Ian and Minky Sulin more than 25 years ago.

When I first heard of this magical place I just knew I had to take the kids there. More accurately, I knew Jada would be blown away and I’ll once again be mom of the year!

So we took to the road one Sunday morning early after breakfast and began our almost three-hour journey from Kraaifontein. Luckily we packed snacks and made sure the USB was loaded with our favourite jams which kept us all happily entertained all the way there. The breathtaking views as we passed one wine farm after another also contributed largely in making the drive so much more enjoyable.

I made a mental note to pack a picnic basket the next time we decide to visit and stop at one of the many dams along the way.

 We arrived just after 11am to find a beautiful, sunshiny and serene Swellendam, and a car full of excited kids. Although the sanctuary where the fairy folk live is well hidden, there are signs all along the road directing you there, almost from the moment you arrive in Swellendam.

When we finally reach our destination, we are surprised to find so much more than what we hoped for, except for Jada who was expecting to be greeted by tiny flying, sparkly winged beings. Alas she was soon filled with all kinds of excitement as we made our way through the enchanted garden with its gnomes, angels, unicorns, sleeping dragons and of cause, fairies nestled behind, on top and in-between flowers and plants and red polka dot mushrooms. She was even more thrilled when the hosts showed us an image of a picture taken right there in the garden, of a real-life fairy. The image was even blown up double its size to prove to every hopeful 6-year-old  and skeptical adult, that fairies may very well exist. And if indeed they do, then I bet The continent of Sulina is where they all hangout.

The boys were just happy to have found the charming play area which neither wanted to leave.

One could literally spend hours between the fairy folk and still not have had enough time. But, we were hungry and needed to eat and decided we’ll be back again very soon.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesdays to Saturdays 9am – 4:30pm
Sundays from 10am to 4pm
Every Schoolholidays from 9am to 4:30pm
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Also closed during the month of June for resting and restoration and Christmas and New Years Day.
Children under 13 yrs old….R10.00
Adults….R20.00

All fees are shared with local charities

Email: iansulin@gmail.com
faerienuffolk@gmail.com

Love and Light,