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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,

 

Fashion, Inspiration

Weekend Crush – The Knit Dress

March 18, 2017

When Jennifer Lopez recently stepped out on a date night with bae, wearing nothing but a teeny tiny knit dress, the internet once again went crazy. I can only assume the uproar had less to do with the dress and more with her confidence showing off her beautifully toned legs and how youthful she remains even for her age at only 47 years young.

Fabmom believes that we are all merely as old as we feel and this is most likely one of the reasons I have always loved Jenny from the block. She has style, is fearless and unashamed and she pours her heart into everything she does, including being a mom to her twins.

You would agree with me that being a mom requires us to be able to handle the type of emotional demand that money and fame cannot buy. So for a moment appreciate all fabulous moms and draw inspiration from that there really is nothing stopping you living your ideal life and being your ideal self, when you are bold enough to step out of your own way.

Of cause this would not be a complete Fabmom post, without a dash of fabspiration helping you along the way.

So be fearless and rock the timeless knit dress this autumn.

 

It’s comfy and you can easily wear it with sneakers

 

With thigh high boots

 

Ankle Boots

 

 

A hat adds the extra appeal to the knitted look

 

And nude heels are always show stoppers

 

 

Get the look at:

H&M ZA

Woolies Online

 

 

Health, Health/Fitness, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Slider

Let’s talk about Mental Health, Moms

March 6, 2017

Moms are superheroes, no doubt. We are the masters in homemaking, we have thriving careers and work long hours, while also making time for our families and friends. Although sadly the latter are more often neglected than not. It is true we can do just about anything we set our minds to; however, we cannot do it alone, because I have learned that it takes a village.

The most bad-ass superheroes have sidekicks and not all wear capes, just so do all moms need a strong support team of family and friends to step in when we not only need to see to our physical health but our mental health too. I always say, a fabulous mom knows when to ask for help.

Whenever our kids fall ill, who do they seek out first for comfort? MOM. When they’re feeling hurt, whose reassurance do they depend on? MOM. And when they’re uncertain, at least they can be sure of mom’s unfailing love and care for them. But how are you going to do all that when you’re battling depression or alcoholism. I believe it is in these tender moments when our kids are leaning on us for support and guidance,  that the foundation of their mentality towards the world is laid.

A healthy outlook on life starts at home and often with us. Therefore, if for none other than the well-being of our children, we need to unite in the battle against mental illness attacking our women and in so doing raise a healthier generation.

The more we speak about mental illness in our society, the more we will learn about its symptoms and treatments. Only then can we start to heal and remove its ugly stigma.

Only after my mother had a stroke while alone at home one night, tragically resulting in the loss of too much oxygen to the brain, causing severe brain damage and her ultimate passing, did I realise she’d been suffering from a mental illness for possibly my whole life. Mom was an alcoholic. 

Did you know alcoholism is a mental illness? Well, it is, and it is curable. For mom it was too late, but it doesn’t have to be too late for anyone else. Which is why this post means so much to me. Many of the most common mental illnesses are curable if treated correctly.

Gita Harie, executive director of the Durban and Coastal Mental Health Association, said: “Mental health is the nation’s wealth. We take it for granted and we forget that there is an interrelationship between our physical and mental well-being.

If you know someone with a mental illness or someone you think may possibly be suffering from a mental disorder, remember to be understanding, compassionate and supportive.

Sources: Women’s Mental Health In South Africa by Alison Moultrie research psychologist & Dr. Sharon Kleinjes Senior lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town; South African Depression and Anxiety Group Sadag;  Health Systems Trust

Love,

Entertainment, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Slider

Fun things to do with your partner during the month of Love…and every other month for that matter

February 8, 2017

Here at Fabmom, we believe that although Valentine’s day is a cute idea thought up by ‘someone‘ to show our love for one another, we should make our love visible every day. This might sound cliche, but in the end, it’s the little things that make for the most wonderful of relationships. From sharing in your partner’s favourite things like watching a football game together or simply hanging out playing PlayStation with hubby and the kids, to getting out of your comfort zone and going skydiving.

In fact, psychologists research have shown for a long time experiences bring people more happiness than do possessions.

We live in such a beautiful City! There really is no reason for anyone not to be romantic. If you cannot think of a single romantic thing to do with your love, then you’re just lazy. There, I said it.

Now, I never get tired of a fancy dinner at a nice restaurant, but if you are, then here are a few ideas I thought you might like, to show your love and affection in a small, unique and perhaps more adventurous way:

1. Go bike riding together. On the promenade with Upcycles or around the coast with the amazing e-bikes from Venture South 
2. Plan a romantic picnic. You can either pack your own picnic basket or you can dial a picnic and choose from a selection of romantic locations around South Africa
3. Go for a long drive and watch the sunset together. Daddy’s Deals are currently offering a 2hour Harley drive around the coast for 449 only! Hurry before this amazing offer ends.
4. Watch the sunrise together. Book a hotel room for a night
5. After a nice dinner, go out dancing at one of the many lovely dance clubs around Cape Town.
6. Give each other massages with sensual oils from the beautiful and risque Bedroom adult boutique in Buitengraght
7. Take a train ride through the Winelands with the Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on-hop-off train 
8. Have a candlelight bubble bath together with champers. Now here’s a treat we often take for granted. Especially us moms. I get that there’s hardly ever any time to run a bath for yourself, much less lie in it…with hubby. Do yourself and your relationship a favour and make some time. If you need help with creating the perfect mood, I even went and found you a lovely little guide.
9. Instead of him sending you flowers, send flowers to your man…while he’s at work. You will find the best service delivery from Bunches For Africa and Net Florist.
10. Take a cooking class with the lovely lady from The Little Pink Chef in Durbanville
11. Have a sexy photo shoot done (together!) by a professional photographer
12. Do an extreme sport together. Go abseiling down table mountain, tandem skydive 9000 feet above sea level, shark cage diving with the great whites or simply go to a theme park and go on ALL the rides together. Even the ones that scare you to death. The Italian philosopher Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli said that nothing great was ever achieved without danger. Maybe that’s true for love too!
13. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride with The Cape Town Carriage Company while sipping on bubbly with the love of your life.
14. Go Stargazing at any one of  these SA’s top spots

 

from your Valentine.

Love,

Founding Moms, Inspiration, Interior design, News

Studio Collection Launch in Cape Town

February 5, 2017

In between family time in New York and running their law practice back home in Mozambique, mompreneur Lei and her husband decided to take up another exciting challenge and open their very own Studio Collection franchise; right here in Cape Town.

It was such an absolute pleasure meeting and sharing many laughs with Lei (pronounced Lee) and her family at the bespoke baby boutique’s launch party last night. The store located on the upper floor of Cavendish Place is a piece of baby heaven. It’s comfortable and pretty and smells so gooood. Lei’s passion for her newest venture is clear when she gushes that it was her two-year-old daughter who was her biggest inspiration. The store with its carefully handcrafted baby linen, furniture and decor and the team that makes it all possible lies very close to her heart. The fabrics are 100% cotton and soft to the touch, all made in South Africa, by the hands of which mostly belong to other moms just like you and me.

Studio Collection is opening its doors to the Cape Town mom tomorrow, Monday, February 6. As the ‘mother’ city, I’m sure we can all agree that it was just a matter of time.

A mom herself, Lei gets how important the best quality fabrics are for our precious kids. She understands that each mom and child is unique and invites you to come pop in by her store and chat to her and the team of experts about your unique preferences; Or if you just happen to be in the area, come stop by for some mommy talk over a hot cuppa coffee from their espresso machine due to arrive this week!

The family is new in town so let’s make them feel welcome 🙂

When this fab mom is not off handling some legal business all the way in Mozambique, you will find lei hanging around her boutique in Cavendish Square.

Studio Collection stores also currently open in Centurion, Rustenburg, Umhlanga and, of cause, Cavendish Square.

This team of textile magicians literally turns your baby’s nursery into anything you can dream of. Check them out for yourself here

(Images are taken from the Studio Collection website.)

Love,