Books/Movies, Entertainment

20 Scary movies appropriate for kids of all ages

October 22, 2017

I’m sure by now you have read and heard all about the upcoming Halloween happenings in Cape Town especially. It’s quite…scary…how much the holiday has grown amongst the South African crowd in recent years. Every year the celebrations just get bigger and better and scarier – from horror fests to mystery murder dinners, ghost bus tours to Halloween-themed parties, and zombie walks to twilight runs. This all seems like a cauldron-full of fun unless you have kids and a late-night-weekend might not be your ideal way of spending this Halloween.

Here’s a fab idea – Invite some of your kids’ friends over, scatter the pillows and blankets all over the lounge floor, pop some corn, turn out the lights and you have yourself a PG scare fest I guarantee they’ll enjoy. What the heck! Unlike in the US, it’s actually Summer over here, so if you really want to impress the little ones, take the bean bags out onto the lawn, set up a projector screen, and you have instantly and effortlessly created your own open-air Halloween screening!

But, finding the right movies for our kids is always such a mission! We all know how completely inappropriate some kids scary movies can be, so, to the best of my researching skills ( and I have killer skills), I have put together quite a collection for you to choose from. Most are PG rated and nothing over 13 years, but they are all guaranteed to entertain the entire family and you won’t have to wait until the kids go to bed.

Proceed with caution:

As with everything we do that involves our kids, your choice of movies, too, requires your judgment call. Sometimes that means previewing a movie and making a decision based on their age and mental constitution.

For the under 13 crowd it may be best that you watch the movie with them as discussion can provide an outlet for some of the disturbing issues found in even the least scary movies. If possible, after you’ve watched the movie, also watch the special on how they made the monsters. That might be comforting for the more sensitive child, to know that none of it is real.

Above all, Have a happy Halloween and Enjoy movie night – Here are 20 of my fave kiddie scares!

 

Boxtrolls (PG RATED)

Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), an orphan, lives with the Boxtrolls — a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who inhabit a cavern beneath the city of Cheesebridge. When villainous Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) hatches a plan to get rid of the pretty harmless beings, Eggs decides to go above ground, where he meets and befriends feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, Eggs and Winnifred devise a daring plan to save the Boxtrolls from extermination.

 

Coraline (PG RATED)

While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and the rest of her parallel family try to keep her there forever. Coraline must use all her resources and bravery to make it back to her own family and life.

 

Hotel Transylvania (PG RATED)

When monsters want to get away from it all, they go to Count Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) Hotel Transylvania, a lavish resort where they can be themselves without humans around to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula invites creatures like the Invisible Man, the Mummy and others to celebrate the 118th birthday of his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez). However, an unforeseen complication unfolds when an ordinary human unwittingly crashes the party and falls in love with Mavis.

 

Casper (PG RATED)

Casper (voiced by Malachi Pearson) is a kind young ghost who peacefully haunts a mansion in Maine. When specialist James Harvey (Bill Pullman) arrives to communicate with Casper and his fellow spirits, he brings along his teenage daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci). Casper quickly falls in love with Kat, but their budding relationship is complicated not only by his transparent state but also by his troublemaking apparition uncles.

 

Mickey’s House of Villains (TV G RATED)

The villains from the popular animated Disney films are gathered at the House of Mouse with plans to take over. Soon, the villains take over the house and kick out Mickey, Donald and Goofy. It’s all up to Mickey and his friends to overthrow evil and return the House of Mouse to normal–or as close to normal as it get’s.

 

Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween (G RATED)

Your favorite friends from The Hundred Acre Wood are back in the all-new original feature, POOH’S HEFFALUMP HALLOWEEN MOVIE. It’s a hilariously haunted Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood, and Roo’s best new pal, Lumpy, is excited to trick-or-treat for the first time. That is, until Tigger warns them about the dreaded Gobloon who’ll turn you into a jaggedy lantern if he catches you. But if they catch the Gobloon before it catches them, they get to make a wish. When Pooh eats all the Halloween candy, Lumpy and Roo decide to be “brave together, brave forever and catch the Gobloon. Celebrate the bumpity and spookable Halloween season with Pooh and his pals in their first Halloween-themed film in eight years. 

 

The Halloween Tree (G RATED)

Four children learn the origins of Halloween customs while trying to save the life of their friend.

 

Frankenweenie (PG RATED)

When a boy’s beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.

 

ET (PG RATED)

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

 

The Little Vampire (PG RATED)

After he moves to Scotland with his parents, only child Tony (Jonathan Lipnicki) struggles to make friends at his new school. But he is bullied and picked on by the other boys, and has little hope of overcoming his miserable new life. Then he meets Rudolph (Rollo Weeks), a kid vampire with whom Tony becomes very close. But, when Rudolph’s life and the future of the vampire race are threatened by a ruthless vampire hunter, Tony must find the courage to save his best friend.

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG RATED)

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.

 

Monster House (PG RATED)

Three teens discover that their neighbor’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

 

Scared Shrekless (TV PG)

Shrek gets in the Halloween spirit by challenging his fairytale friends to come up with scary stories for a contest. But the gang learn that they’ll have to spend the night in Lord Farquaad’s haunted castle before the winner is named.

 

Gremlins (I’d recommend PG 10)

A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the “mogwai” but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.

 

The Never-Ending Story (PG RATED)

One of the best kids fantasy films of the 80’s. This is a great films about troubled young boy Bastien who escapes some pursuing bullies in an old bookshop finding a story.

As he reads this story alone, in hiding, he becomes enraptured in it and soon begins to feel more than a reader but involved in the story and is sucked into the world of Fantasia.

 

Return to Oz (PG RATED)

Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.

 

Monsters Inc. (G RATED)

Monsters Incorporated is the largest scare factory in the monster world, and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) is one of its top scarers. Sullivan is a huge, intimidating monster with blue fur, large purple spots and horns. His scare assistant, best friend and roommate is Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), a green, opinionated, feisty little one-eyed monster. Visiting from the human world is Boo (Mary Gibbs), a tiny girl who goes where no human has ever gone before.

 

The Spiderwick Chronicles (PG RATED)

Of the three Grace children, Jared (Freddie Highmore) has always been thought of as the troublemaker. So when strange things happen after his family’s move to a relative’s dilapidated estate, sister Mallory (Sarah Bolger), twin brother Simon and their mother assume that Jared is behind it all. However, magical creatures roam the grounds, and they all want a special book that Jared has found: a field guide to fantastic creatures, penned by Arthur Spiderwick.

ParaNorman (PG RATED)

Young Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has the ability to speak with the dead — and he often prefers their company to that of the living. Norman receives word from his strange Uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman) that a centuries-old witch’s curse on their town is real and about to come true — and that only Norman can stop it. When zombies rise from their graves, Norman must summon all his courage and compassion and push his paranormal abilities to the limit to save his fellow townspeople.

 

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (PG RATED)

The film consists of two segments – the first is based on the 1908 children’s novel The Wind in the Willows by Scottish author Kenneth Grahame, and the second is based on the 1820 short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” called Ichabod Crane 

 

Disclaimer: cover image was taken from www.ddlgforum.com

 

Ghostly Greetings,

 

 

Fashion, Inspiration

Weekend Style Crush – The Classic Slip Dress and Birkenstock

October 5, 2017

Who doesn’t love a good fashion throwback? And bonus points if said throwback is also the current hot trend…again!

This week I’m crushing on the controversial underwear-as-outerwear slip dress and the uber comfy Birkenstock (remind me again why these ever went out of style in the first place?).

Let’s have a closer look at two of the most sought-after fashion staples of the 90’s.

Wiki reminds us that of the designers most notably associated with the slip dress include John Galliano, whose debut design for Dior was a lace-trimmed slip dress worn by Diana in 1996, which is likely around the time the spaghetti strapped satin wonder became all the rage and was seen at pretty much every dressy event. Who didn’t want to be Princess Diana in the early 1990’s!

Although this novelty soon wore off, it has made a major comeback in recent years. Only now it’s not only something to wear to a fancy dress or matric ball. You can now wear your slip dress with just about anything, to anywhere.

Who knows how long the slip dress is going to stick around this time, so why not make the most of it by styling yours with a few casual items from your wardrobe, whether you’re on your way to work, a meetup with the girls or date night.

 

Black long slip with Birkenstock. Image by repeatoffender.co.au

 

Slip dress with Black blazer. Image by lovika

 

Pink slip dress with white lace long sleeve. Image by so sage blog

 

Black slip and plain White t-shirt. Image from Pinterest

 

Printed t-shirt with suede slip dress. Image by christies closet

 

Floral slip dress with striped long sleeve by Rachelle Yadegar

 

Pink slip dress over short sleeve knit and jeans. Image by mermaidwaves blog

 

Why not pair your slip dress with another 90’s favourite, the Birkenstock.

 

 

Now, if you’re over thirty or in your late twenties, I know you owned a pair of these babies in some form, size and colour back in the lovely 90s, but the Birkenstock actually has a pretty amazing birth story.

The sandal was founded in Germany and after World War II (1939-1945) was popular among returning soldiers because of its orthopedic support.

American, Margot Fraser “discovered” Birkenstock sandals while visiting a spa in Germany. She gained relief from a foot condition and founded a trading company called Birkenstock Footprint Sandals, Inc., in Novato, California, based on her enthusiasm for the sandals.

The rest, as you know, is history and in the early 1990’s “Birks” enjoyed a surge of popularity.

Both slip dress and Birkenstock is locally Available at Spree and Superbalist 

 

Let’s all rock the 90’s this Summer!

Love,

 

Fashion, Inspiration

Why sneakers are this Summer’s staple Items

September 28, 2017

If you know me, and you follow (and have lived through) my occasional fashion outbursts, you’ll know that I am totally a sneaker gal.  I could wear them with absolutely anything I can find in my wardrobe. What can I say, I’m a mom, so I like the convenience and comfort sneakers offer. And they’re cute! As I wrote in another post, these babies are perfect all year round – also in Summer.

Since the trend’s growing popularity and women, in particular, moving away from simply pairing their gorgeous sneaks with just track pants and jeans, there is such a large variety available to choose from.

 

Where are the best sneakers available? 

Since falling in love with Superbalist, I feel it’s my duty to share them with the rest of you.

 

First-off they have the largest collection of sneakers in the Country! From Nike Sneakers to Adidas Originals and everything in-between.
Superbalist delivers for free anywhere in SA, and to make the experience even more effortless they accept payment by SnapScan , Discovery miles, and ebucks too!
But wait…there’s more! If you’re a newcomer to the Superbalist site, then you get an R250 off your first purchase.
For fast and convenient shopping, moms, you can download the Superbalist App directly to your Android or iOS mobile device.

 

The team has asked me to share my favourite sneakers from their catalog, so here are my top 5 favourite Spring / Summer Picks

 


Superstar Foundation

 

Create the perfect Summer look with this Adidas-inspired and super comfortable  Tennis Skirt 

 

 

Classic Wedge

 

 

Pair your platforms with another classic Summer favourite,  the Honesty Maxi Dress 

 

 

Converse 

 

 

You do not need a reason to own a pair of plain white sneakers. You just do. And the Converse has absolutely been the most sought-after in recent years. Be the coolest kid on the block (or mom at school pick-up) with the hottest trouser this  – SummerCulottes

 

 

Nike Air Force 1 Ultraforce

 

 

Pair this classic shoe with anything and you are sure to make a statement. Try it with this longline knit top and comfortable jeans

 

 

New Balance 

 

 

The perfect shoe to dress down my favourite, the  tulle midi skirt 

 

 

“Kickoff” your Summer the right way 😉

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

Entertainment, Lifestyle, Slider

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!