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Family Road Trip: Grabouw to Franschhoek

September 3, 2017

On Saturday we again seized the opportunity to go on another one of our family adventures. We road trip as often as possible and love to show the kids what a beautiful city we live in. So by 10 am, we had ourselves and the kids ready (not as easy as it sounds), had a basket packed, and had agreed that a picnic in the Franschhoek Wine Valley will be ideal for the lovely Spring day.

To make the most of our experience we took the detour over Sir Lowry’s Pass and through Grabouw.

As with most kids, ours do not like to be confined for too long and so we stopped off at the first farm stall we saw as we entered Grabouw. We were just going to stop long enough to enjoy a coffee and hot chocolate for the kids, and to use the rest rooms, but ended up staying for much longer.

The Orchard farm stall had a most amazing atmosphere to it. Even with the traditional dancers singing and dancing their blessed hearts out and entertaining everyone, especially the little crowd, and despite it being right up against the N2 highway, it still had a certain relaxed vibe to it.

One also simply cannot resist the impressive selection of patisserie on offer. The Orchard’s bakery is fantastic with a variety of farm breads, croissants, pies, scones, muffins, apple tart and their famous chocolate mousse & baked lemon cheese cakes. There’s something for everyone!

With tractor rides for the kids, a jumping castle, a park and lots of room to run around and kick some ball, we had to just about drag them out of there before taking on the second part of our journey.

 

 

Between Grabouw and Villiersdorp lies the Theewaterskloof Dam with horrifyingly low water levels. This doesn’t make the landscape any less breathtaking and we took full advantage of the white dune backdrop.

 

 

Almost in Franschhoek, and our final destination, we took time to take it all in from above and stopped for a few more family snaps. You can never have too many of those!

 

Photos by Photofuzion Photography

 

Because life is a great adventure together!

Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle

Cape Town International Kite Festival

August 16, 2017

South Africa’s biggest mental health awareness event – and a  project I was very happy to recently get involved in.

Not only is it the most spectacular family festival of the year, but 100% of profits go to Cape Mental Health to help provide vital mental health services to children and adults in Cape Town and beyond. “We all have the basic right to fly – to explore our abilities, develop our skills and soar freely at home, work, school and in our community,” said Ingrid Daniels, Director of Cape Mental Health. “Children and adults with mental health needs have the same human rights as everyone else and at our 23rd Cape Town International Kite Festival, we will be celebrating everyone’s ‘Right to Fly’, to be accepted, respected and included.”

Cape Mental Health provides innovative and effective mental health services to people in poorly resourced communities in the Western Cape. This non-profit organisation has been active for 104 years and continues to work towards a society where people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities are included in community life and have access to education, training, work and social opportunities.

The Delai Lama said: “It is our prime purpose in life to help others.” It is up to us to decide how we want to go about helping – with our time, our money, or dirtying our hands raising awareness of a pandemic, such as mental illness, which has been swept under the rug for too long.

So come, bring the family, and have fun at the 23rd Cape Town International Kite Festival on 28 and 29 October in Muizenberg, Cape Town in support of Cape Mental Health.

Kiters from China, England, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa and the USA will be there to show that almost anything can fly, with fish, dragons and even a little pig adorning the sky. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

There will be free kite-making workshops for children and adults as well as live entertainment, rides, a children’s play area and food market. Visitors are welcome to bring along a picnic.

WHERE

The Cape Town International Kite Festival happens on (and above) Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg (corner Axminster and The Row). Open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily, the event offers lots of parking and easy access by train (False Bay or Muizenberg stations).

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CAPE MENTAL HEALTH 

Entry is R40 (R15 for children 12 years and under). Tickets will be available online and at the gate.

 For more information call 021 447 9040, email info@cmh.org.za, visit www.capementalhealth.co.za or follow them on Facebook @CapeMentalHealth or Twitter @CMH_NGO.

 

 

Take good care of your mental health.

Love,

 

 

 

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THE MUNCHING MONGOOSE: Fresh Organic Produce Delivered

May 29, 2017
Most companies are different, but we are different from most, we are a small team with big objectives!

Our mission is to help to introduce people to healthier and more interesting options for their pantry while at the same time still giving them the authentic “market” experience which everyone loves so much, but seldom has the time to enjoy.

As the winners of the 2016 702 and Sage One Small Business Awards, we have an extreme focus, even obsession, on offering a very personalised experience for our customers, presented in a fun and quirky, but always very professional manner with consistent communication. Our aim is to offer an experience with a difference – one that becomes part of a family’s weekly routine.

The Munching Mongoose is passionate about changing the lives of others through amazing experiences, super produce and good will. On a weekly basis, we collate a box of fresh, seasonal, locally and organically grown produce as well as artisan and gourmet products.

We source our produce from several small-scale farmers and gastronomic artisans around South Africa. Our aim is to partner with like-minded people who are producing their goods following ethical, sustainable and organic based principals, and conveniently deliver the selection of healthy and tasty goods right to our customer’s homes – obviously only after adding our own personal and quirky touch to ensure that every week our Mongaggle members (mongoose families) look forward to the arrival of The Munching Mongoose delivery.

The contents of the boxes are different each week set according to the season and availability and we offer the same produce, but in differing volumes to our customers depending on family size.

We have a mini bag for singles or couple

A midi box for small families and a maxi box for larger families

Low carb box

A bag without any fruits or vegetables for those customers who perhaps have their own vegetable gardens, but would still love fresh creamy milk, fresh farm eggs, as well as an amazing assortment of cheeses and artisan breads

A selection of other add on products such as meat and dairy packs

As well as weekly specials and pre-packed kids school “Munch Packs

Our online system allows customers control and flexibility over their orders, accounts, online payments and to manage their own deliveries without any contract. Click here to get started.

Clients can stop or hold their delivery at any time.

The system also gives them flexibility to swop certain products or order additional specials. We aim never to lose the personal touch and our blogs and Facebook page offer recipes and useful information on the products of the season.

For our social responsibility commitment, we apportion some of our income, and with the support of some of our suppliers and customers, are able to make regular donations of the same food to Abraham Kriel – a school for abused and abandoned children where the staff works tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of the children.

 

 

Organically yours,

Lifestyle

The Investment App. for Busy Moms

May 17, 2017

To address the poor savings culture in South Africa, long-term insurer, Liberty unveils its unique solution to remove the complexity and fear associated with investing. Stash.

So, what is Stash?

It’s an App you can easily download on your phone.

Downloading Stash is quick, convenient and simple. The average user takes 49 seconds to set up their Stash – from start to finish. When you download Stash from your Play Store, you get R50 up front just for signing up and to kick start your investment journey. Every time you refer a friend, you are rewarded with R10 added to your Stash account.

It eliminates the need to see a financial adviser. 

 This investment app was designed to break through all the complicated investment jargon, processes, tedious forms, cashing out difficulties and reduces the amount of time it takes to meet with a financial adviser.

It’s investment made as easy as tweeting. 

Juan Labuschagne, head of development at Stash says, “When it comes to investing, getting started is the hardest part. I can remember the homework I had to do to make sense of where I was putting my money. It seemed like too much work and I kept putting it off. Investing should be as easy as tweeting – that’s the goal of Stash.”

You decide how much you want to Stash.

Users decide how much they want to stash. The app rounds up the amount of every transaction. If a user decides that their Stash limit per transaction is R10 and they make a transaction for R45, this would be rounded up to R50. The R5 in change is stashed.

 The team explains…

“All this spare change accumulates without interfering with your day-to-day life. Stash checks your daily bank balance and never transfers more than you can afford, so you don’t have to worry about going into overdraft. Before you know it you’ll have a significant Stash balance. Your Stash grows as fast as South Africa’s biggest companies do because your spare change is invested in South Africa’s top 100 listed companies.” Labuschagne explains,

 Did someone say Tax-free?

An additional benefit of Stash is that you don’t pay any tax on the cash that is stashed. You can invest up to R33,000 a year, up to R500,000 over your lifetime, into your tax-free investment. These limits go across ALL your tax-free savings accounts you may have. You are not taxed on the growth of your money, not penalised when you cash out and can put in or withdraw money whenever you like.

 Great news for Android users.

Stash is currently available for Android-powered mobile phones. “In South Africa, 9 out of 10 smartphones are Android devices. Our goal is to get Stash in the hands of as many people as possible, so focusing on 90% of the market was ideal,” concludes Labuschagne.

 Easy access to the stock market.

Stash is an investment first, truly created for the ordinary man in the street, taking less than a minute to set up. It is the first app in South Africa that gives novice investors access to the power of the stock market with zero fees.

Plus, investors can access their money whenever they need it.

Stash has very good viewer ratings and reviews and can be downloaded to your phone directly from the Android App Store here

Happy Saving!

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,