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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,

 

 

Health, Health/Fitness

Porridge Brain Is Real

September 25, 2017

I just remembered how forgetful I always am, so let me jot this down real quick before I forget again.

Do you ever feel like you have to write everything down to remember it later? If you even remember to read what you’ve written in order to know what it is you have to remember.

Confusing, right? Well, that’s exactly what my brain looks like after having three kids! Yet it’s been an age-old debate whether porridge brain is actually “a thing” and if it is, whether it’s a biological or social phenomenon. It’s probably one of the conditions that baffle medics and scientists the most – mainly because we don’t go to the doctor for medication every time we forget something important, it’s not exactly life-threatening (but can be), and it’s not constant like amnesia.

But it’s real. Like the other day when I was driving my kids home from after-care, on a route I follow almost every single day, and for a second or two I completely spaced out and forgot where I was going. Although I’ve been suffering from bouts of forgetfulness since my first pregnancy with Jada 7 years ago,  this particular occurrence scared me the most. Like many other people (even those without kids) I’ve driven in the wrong direction before, like when we moved house and I’d drive to the old house for a good few days thereafter before my brain finally caught on that that’s no longer where we lived. That’s pretty normal and can happen to anyone.

But you know something’s not quite right up there when you leave the keys in the door and go out for a whole afternoon, or you leave the stove on throughout the night – not just once or twice.

After 7 years of being a mom, and going through these and many other mishappenings, I’m convinced that with the birth of each of my three children, I’ve lost a little more function in my brain. Or have I just become busier and therefore more distracted?

Biological or social?

While some moms may have it worse than others, and while porridge brains have not yet been added to the medical journals, it most certainly is there. Often it helps to speak directly to the source if you need more convincing. Bring up the conversation with the mommies at school, or in the doctor’s waiting room, or while enjoying a braai. You’ll soon discover you are not going nuts, you are perfectly imperfect, and that we’re all in this mess together.

So what is causing this strange pregnancy phenomenon?

Medical tests from various doctors around the world have come up with the following explanations:

Biological reasons include the production of more progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy which are hormones that affect all kinds of neurons in the brain; huge surges of oxytocin during birth, which is necessary for the uterus to contract and the body to produce milk, and also affects the brain circuits; and deficiency of iron in the body during pregnancy which, if too low, can cause forgetfulness.

Social reasons include not getting enough sleep and multitasking, in which state nobody’s memory is good, and your priorities change.

Until more research is done on the subject of porridge brains and while we all continue our journey in blissful forgetfulness, “remember” to write things down, get more sleep, and try not to be so stressed and anxious all the time.

Love,

 

 

Image credit: thementalwizzard, 

Sources: WebMD, LivingandLoving

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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!

 

 

Entertainment, Lifestyle

5 Child-Friendly Spring Festivals Happening in Cape Town

September 13, 2017

Festivals are wonderful for a few reasons – they signal the arrival of Summer, they are ALWAYS fun, and more often than not they are in aid of a good cause. If ever you wanted to but didn’t quite know how, festivals, are a great way to give back.

This year’s Cape Town festivals are no different. We have just about settled into Spring and already we do not know where to turn our heads with all the festivities popping up everywhere.

I have summarized the most kid-friendly festivals in Cape Town during September and October below. If you have a major fear of missing out, you might want to get a pen and paper and write down these dates immediately (or your phone, if like me, you diarise everything into google calendar).

 

PENGUIN FESTIVAL 

 

 

Did you know, according to National Geographic, the African Penguin was declared endangered in 2010. Come and support South Africa’s penguin protection at the Simon’s Town 2017 Penguin festival.

WHAT CHILD DO NOT LIKE PENGUINS!

Entrance is FREE & R 50 Kids zone fee.

Bring the whole family for live music, activities just for the kids, an edutainment marquee, marine conservation exhibitions, environmental talks, a variety of food trucks and of course beer and wine tasting.

 

KITE FESTIVAL

 

 

Embrace your right to fly and have fun at the 23rd Cape Town International Kite Festival in Muizenberg on 28 & 29 October 2017. It’s Africa’s biggest kite festival and kiters from around the world will be showing off their incredible creations. With food trucks, live entertainment and free kite-making workshops it’s a fabulous family day out in support of a very good cause, Cape Mental Health. Entry is just R40 per person (R15 for children 12 years and younger).

 

WHALE FESTIVAL

 

 

Come and witness the annual migration of these southern right giants (and other marine wildlife) in what’s considered to be the whale-watching capital of the world. There’ll also be live music performances, vintage car shows, a street parade, great food, and quality crafts on offer in the charming coastal town of Hermanus. The festival stretches over three days from 29 September to 1 October.

Free Entry.

The full program can be viewed here 

 

HERMANUS FLOWER FESTIVAL

 

 

Come along to celebrate the Overberg’s floral majesty, with environmental exhibits in a marquee, goodies for purchase, and fun activities for the kids. The Festival will be celebrating 60 years since the establishment of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

You don’t want to miss snake demo by Francois from Slithering Fynbos.

 The full program can be viewed here

 

THE ZOMBIE FEST

 

 

Okay, so this one may be a liiiiiiiitle PG rated, depending on your child’s level of gore-endurance 🙂

The Cape Town Zombie Fest is an all ages event for the entire family and your dog (literally) and helps raise funds for local charities such as the Lucky Lucy Foundation for abused and neglected animals.

Where: Walk starts at 1 Thiabult Square, Long St, Cape Town | Afterparty at Madison Avenue, 11 Mechau St, CBD, Cape Town

When: 28 October at 6pm to 4am (time includes after party)

Cost: Walk is free | Afterparty R60 – R250

Get your early bird tickets here for only R60.

The walk is followed by an after party at Madison Avenue Club  

 

See you there with your families, Fabmoms!