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Why moms are just so freaking fabulous

May 24, 2018

I always say it – moms are freaking fabulous! But why do I feel so strongly about this?

If you know a mom or are one yourself,  you know exactly what I mean. Just like anyone else, many of us moms have full time jobs we do not necessarily love, but we stick it out, not only for ourselves, but our families.

Besides our “role” as governess, we have hobbies, dreams, desires that we often sacrifice, not because we lack the ability, but in pursuit of spending more time with our family. We would love to go to the gym every day so we too can look like those perfectly-figured moms we ogle during drop-off at school, but Saturday mornings are just so much better staying in bed with a cup of coffee (and that’s okay!), especially when the kids have been fighting for our attention since 5am. So instead, we give our best attempt at working out at least every other week or so.

Life is BUSY. It’s INSANE! And being a mother is a mammoth task. What really puts moms above the rest, though, and the reason I believe moms are so fabulous, is our innate and superhuman ability to just get shit done! Life throws many things at us, sometimes all at once, and random people constantly ask us how we do it – our answers may vary from vague to in-depth, from surety to uncertainty. The truth is really way beyond our comprehension and the answer is WE JUST DO!

Whoever told you being a mom is easy was lying and needs a good smack, but one thing’s for sure, if ever they should do a test on the ultimate depth of human endurance, motherhood will be the benchmark.

 I often suck at being a mom. Every day I learn something new about myself and it’s not always pretty, but then I remind myself that I am my own person with my own set of attitudes and my actions are not determined by my past or the mistakes of my parents. Think of how the caterpillar one day transforms into the most beautiful butterfly – this is what happens when you become a mom. A brand new you, for a brand new journey ahead. 

So, there are plenty of reasons why I believe moms are fabulous – one is how selfish we sometimes are. We know when to take time out and take care of ourselves, because if we don’t take care of ourselves, how are we going to take care of our children? We often have thriving careers, are students, and are completely aware that our kids are watching our every move so we try really hard to be half-decent humans.

Follow your dreams, mom!

Go on that anticipated holiday…without the kids!

  Go to the gym!

And go have that coffee with the friends you always disappoint with a “next time”!

Keep the spark alive in the bedroom and keep loving hard!

We are fabulous and fearless women. It’s what makes us moms so fabulous. It’s in our DNA. 

Till next time,

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!

Health, Health/Fitness, Slider

Why O On Kloof Is The Perfect Choice For Your Next Spa Treatment

February 12, 2018

This past weekend was probably the most relaxed and carefree I’ve felt since, well, you know.

following my recent post on The Best, Most Beautiful, And Affordable Health And Beauty Spa’s Around Cape Town, I decided to pay the lovely O on Kloof in Bantry bay a visit. Not only did the 5-star reviews attract me, but I was also really curious to meet Patrycja who seemed to charm all her guests, and of course I wanted to take you along on the journey with me.

When Patrycja invited hubby and me to come over and try out their signature 60-minute couple spa treatment, we were thrilled. It’s been a rough few weeks since school started so this was exactly what we both needed – in fact, a little time away from daily chores, work stress and homework is any parent’s dream!

On arrival, I could see why guests from all over the world love it here and keep coming back. Instead of being received in a hotel foyer, we were greeted with a glass of bubbly and told to make ourselves comfortable in the sunlit lounge with its plush couches and ocean views. It’s literally a home away from home. We learned that Patrycja was the house manager and has been part of the family-owned business for many years. She had no problem taking the time to personally show us around their gorgeous boutique hotel and even though the current drought sadly meant the jacuzzis on the bedroom balconies had to be switched off for now, the Spa and indoor pool are still fully functional and you can be sure to get your money’s worth.

At O on Kloof, one is spoilt for choice. There is nowhere around the hotel you will not find a place to unwind, whether you prefer tanning on the sundeck, working those muscles in the gym at the pool, having a drink at the bar, or my favourite place, the library with its decent selection of books. There’s something for everyone.  If, like us, you’re just breaking away for a quick spa treatment, then I advise you to also book your table for a bite to eat at the in-house restaurant with its floor to ceiling windows, once again treating you to the gorgeous view and delectable food and drinks after what I promise will be the best massage you’ll ever have.

Is it your Birthday Month? Enjoy 60min Massage for only R350 including Glass of Champagne. T&C Apply.

Vouchers are on SALE – Email ospa@oonkloof.co.za or call +27 (0)21 434 0650 to find out more.

Follow OSpa on Facebook: O SPA or on Twitter @oonkloofhotel

Enjoy the Pics!

 

 

 

Happy Valentines Day!

Love,

 

Health, Health/Fitness, Slider

New Year Recharge: The Best, Most Beautiful, and Affordable Health and Beauty Spa’s around Cape Town

January 26, 2018

After the hustle and bustle of preparing the kids for the new school year, getting back into the swing of things at work and not to mention the hordes and hordes of homework your children’s been bringing home since; it’s safe to say it has been a pretty crazy January. Sure, we’re all extremely happy this month is almost over, but what difference does that fact really make to our overall mental and physical exhaustion? It simply means we’re heading into a brand new month with the same old baggage ( not to mention, another month closer to day zero!). We have a lot on our plates, us parents, and we absolutely deserve some time away, even if it’s just for few hours, to recharge. In fact, Lesley and I have just decided a couple days ago that we’re doing just that, and when my best friend called me up yesterday and demanded it’s high time the two of us plan a spa day together again, I felt inspired to do this post, and found the best, most beautiful and affordable health and beauty spa’s Cape Town has to offer.

Hint: My list does not include the 12 Apostles, One & Only, or the Taj. 

These were selected based on reasonable affordability and locations that guarantee the best views of the Cape.

 

Heavenly Spa at The Westin

WHERE: Convention Square, Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8000Cape Town CALL: +27214128200 EMAIL: 

 

Camelot Spa at LeFranchhoek 

WHERE: Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa, Minor Road 16, Franschhoek  CALL: +2721876-2735  EMAIL: lefranschhoek@camelotspa.co.za

 

Librisa Spa at the Belmond Mount Nelson

WHERE: 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town  CALL: +27 21 483 1000  EMAIL: reservations.mnh@belmond.com

 

Medi Spa ‘Medical Spa’ (next door to the Mount Nelson)

WHERE:  99 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town  CALL: +214225140

 

Mint Wellness Spa at Camps Bay Retreat

WHERE: 7 Chilworth Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town  CALL: +27214378300  EMAIL: book@campsbayretreat.com

 

Amani Spa Radisson Blue

WHERE: Beach Road, Granger Bay Cape Town  CALL: +27214113332/3  EMAIL: capetown@amanispas.co.za

 

Angsana Spa Vineyard Hotel

WHERE: Vineyard Hotel, Colinton Rd, Newlands  CALL: +216745005

 

Life Day Spa Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers

WHERE: Corner of Century Boulevard and Rialto Road, Century City, Cape Town CALL: +27215253888

 

O on Kloof

WHERE:  92 Kloof Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town  CALL:  +27214392081  EMAIL: 

 

Suntra Spa at African Pride 15 on Orange 

WHERE: 7th Floor, 15 on Orange Hotel, Corner Grey’s Pass & Orange Streets, Cape Town  CALL: +27214698062  EMAIL: relax@suntraspa.com

 

How will your Spa experience be affected by the current water crisis?

Not much, if at all. I have personally called many of these Spa’s on the list and most of them are using natural spring water. However, this is subject to change and it is, therefore, best to inquire about this again upon your booking. 

 

Love,

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Slider

How Are We Preparing Our Kids for Careers of the Future

January 22, 2018

It is either very scary or very exciting to know that in another 10 years from now, our children will find themselves either in, or working towards, a career that does not even exist today. How that makes you feel depends on how prepared you are. According to the World Economic Forum, approximately 65 percent of the children entering primary school now will fall into this category. So, how are we preparing our kids for something that doesn’t exist yet?

Of cause sending them to the best schools, able to meet and exceed their specific needs, is a wonderful opportunity and one many of us are aspiring to. Sadly the reality is not everyone can afford to; and even though a good education is without a doubt necessary, I believe the true leaders of tomorrow, the ones who will be more resilient, innovative, tenacious, passionate, and even just likable, are not only made in the classroom but also at home.

I had an interesting conversation with my GP the other day. After confirming my ear infection we got to chatting and both discovered the other’s love for books. She confessed her obsession was to the point where she no longer had any available space for the books she keeps bringing home, but was caught by surprise when one afternoon she found her almost two-year-old daughter, on her own, completely drawn-in by one of her many story books. Right there she vowed to never give up on her love for reading, no matter how insane her obsession was. It was clearly developing her daughter into a great leader.

It’s okay to expect the school we pay hefty school fees to, to ensure our kids get the best education to prepare them for the brightest future, but in order to survive in an ever-evolving society we have to understand it is simply not enough for kids to learn – they need to LOVE to learn. By teaching our kids the value of sharing with others, we’re creating team players, by teaching them to respect others’ differences we’re creating compassionate leaders. Vocational learning and STEM education are, therefore, most effective when balanced with a healthy dose of emotional intelligence which is sure to be among the top 10 job skills by 2020.

We do not have control over the future, or what it has in store for the next generation, but we do have influence over our kids – at breakfast, the dinner table, while driving or walking them to school or putting them to bed at night. Every opportunity we are given to interact with our kids is an opportunity to shape them, nourish their passions and encourage their dreams. 

 

The future is now! Here are 10 careers that are here to stay; and the soft skills required to not only excel at them but also be happy in them:

 

Healthcare

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Love people, empathy, coping skills, prioritizing, teamwork, communication, love to learn
Information Technology

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Communication, ability to listen, teamwork, mentor, creative, managing conflict, leadership
Sustainable energy technology

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Passionate about the earth’s future, curiosity, communication, love for knowledge, integrity
Content Creation

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Good communication and writing skills, highly creative, original, self-motivated and self-disciplined
Digital Marketing

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Creativity, excellent communication, enthusiastic, positive, adaptable, dependable, diplomatic, patient
Finance

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Exemplary people skills, leadership, adaptability, the ability to handle stress, humble confidence, love to learn
 Space

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Adaptability, physical fitness, mental endurance, Love to learn
Web & App Developing

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Reinventing yourself, vigilance, integrity, communication, punctuality
Robotics Engineers & Drone controllers

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Excellent communication, excellent reading comprehension, active learner, disciplined and good decision maker, persistence
Gamers

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Capacity to listen, write and speak, social Intelligence, enthusiasm, likeability, integrity

It is never too late or too early to start saving for this future by choosing an investment plan to suit your budget and take care of your child’s education, while you take care of the important stuff.  

Love,

 

Sources:

University of Kent

Fast Company

Salary.com

World Economic Forum