Inspiration, Lifestyle

We’ve decided to grow our already big family, even bigger!

January 7, 2018

I cannot remember ever being this excited about entering a new year as I am about 2018. Allot has happened leading up to the new year. We’ve moved house (I’ll tell you all about that in another post) and we’ve also decided it’s time to open our hearts a little wider and make the family a little bigger! I know right now you’re thinking I’m crazy since we already have three kids, but I can assure you my mental status is just fine. In fact, it’s a fabmom proven fact that the bigger the family grows, the bigger one’s heart becomes and the more love there is to share.

But, you can relax, because the new family member that will be occupying our hearts and home, while she is indeed my baby, is a fur baby.

You may be sighing with relief, but, Paris, our miniature schnauzer will in many ways be my fourth child. And I’m okay with that. We’ve prepared for her arrival for a long time. We’ve discussed and debated – between myself and Lesley, between us and the kids – and the right time has finally arrived. Jada cannot wait to have another girl in the house, and the boys I’m sure is just happy to have another partner in ‘crime.’

It’s also a very exciting time for Lesley and I. We’re becoming parents again! We’re fully aware of the amount of attention our ‘new baby’ will require, and also the chaos that is sure to follow, but more importantly, we’re excited about all the extra love and laughter that will fill our home. Even though we’ve been discussing getting a dog ever since Jada was born almost 8 years ago, we were just never ready – and it’s very important that you make a big decision like this only once you’re 100% certain you’re ready to make your pet as much a part of your family as your very own children.

Here’s how our family prepared for Paris’ arrival (who is only allowed to come home with us within another 3 weeks from now as she’s still drinking on her mama.)

1.  I’m very mildly OCD when it comes to a clean house, so I naturally wanted a dog that sheds very little hair. This is what made the miniature schnauzer so appealing to us at first.

2. We’ve always included the kids in our conversations about what dogs will be a good fit for our family. We would Google images of the dogs, read about their temperament and habits and make sure the kids understood and were happy with the kind of dog we’re getting.

3. The reason we decided to wait until the kids were bigger is exactly for this reason – to involve them in everything from the decision-making to caring for the dog.

4. Our family is big on giving back and our first thought was to adopt, but the Animal Anti-Cruelty League, unfortunately, at the time of inquiry, did not have any puppies of the particular dog we were looking for, and we really wanted the dog to grow up along with our kids. I would, however, recommend adoption as a first option if you are ever ready to grow your hearts and home.

5. We realised that getting a dog is probably the best way to keep fit as they require lots of exercise. Even this fits right in with our goal to stay healthy and active together as a family.

6. We would stop people walking their schnauzers on the beach to talk about their experiences. This has been very helpful to us in making our final decision.

7. Once our minds were made up and we’ve met with the breeder, it was all downhill from there. Although our pup cannot yet join us at home, we’ve already grown to love her immensely, the kids have already agreed on a name and although we haven’t quite pup proofed our home or ran out to the pet store for food and supplies, we cannot wait for her arrival and look forward making beautiful memories as a complete family.

Say hello to Paris our fur baby 🙂

And her gorgeous mum & dad

 

Love,

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Lush – Scrubee body butter – Review

December 19, 2017

I’m not a very good gift buyer. At all. In fact, unless you tell me exactly what you want, chances are I will get you a bar of soap for Christmas, your birthday, your graduation, wedding, and even for the birth of your dog’s puppies if that’s a thing.

How amazing then when I stumbled upon a little gem, hidden deep in the trenches of the Canal Walk shopping Centre, selling exactly that – soap!

(Also, I need to put it out there that I’m not fond of big malls like Canal Walk. They are ALWAYS bustling, I end up bumping into everyone, falling over kids or losing mine, and there’s just way too many things I simply cannot afford I wanna scream!)

So while lost in the bustle looking for gifts, I found Lush,  and I could not be more thrilled with my discovery. These little honeys are no ordinary soap; the store is filled to the brim with fresh, handmade, natural products and so many gorgeous pre-wrapped gifts on offer too. However, it’s likely the smell that draws you in at first.

Now, I don’t know if the Lush staff goes to special Customer Service bootcamp, but I’ve been in there a few times and each time I’ve been attentively helped, each product explained in detail and it’s while my arms were being washed (yes, in the shop!) that I fell in love with Scrubee. I mean, there’s plenty of gorgeous products I’m sure you will no doubt get addicted to, like their amaaaaaaazing edible lip scrub, but Scrubby is the reason I keep going back. It is a total body exfoliating and moisturizing bumblebee-shaped soap bar leaving your skin feeling soft and smelling good the entire day.

Scrubee is the perfect gift to anyone for any occasion, and they’ll thank you every time they jump into a shower or someone compliments them for always smelling so good.

You can read more about its ingredients and the amazing reviews here.

 

 

Located: Shop 263 LL, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century Blvd, Century City, Cape Town, 7441, South Africa
Website: https://za.lush.com/
Phone: 021 555 3634

 

Happy Shopping!

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Keeping The Family Safe During Summer

December 11, 2017

WATER

According to 2016 stats from the NSRI, 600 children drown every year in South Africa. That’s 10 busses full of children! That’s shocking! What is even more shocking is that I haven’t taken the time to check out the National Sea Rescue Institute’s website before doing my research on this post today.

 Drowning is the leading cause of death among children

Let that sink in for a just a moment. With Summer in full swing, and still a long way to go, this should be alarming for us moms. Although we are always on high alert to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our kids, Summer is definitely a time of year when the alert shifts way up into turbo gear. Even more so when we remember Jane Fraser’s story that shook us all last Summer and the thousands upon thousands stories likes this. It’s always important to continue talking to our children about the dangers of going near the pool unsupervised, or if possible, send them for swimming lessons during the year where they will no doubt also be taught these valuable lessons.

We personally couldn’t be happier with the Arena AWT Soft Armbands we got for the kids last Summer from Sportsman’s Warehouse. It’s possibly the best decision we made to give our then 3 year old, 4 year old and 6 year old more confidence in the pool. A year on and it still provides the little ones with the same comfort and security, whereas the older one now swims on her own.

However, it is always important to be extra careful, especially with smaller kids. Here’s a good place to start:

Make sure the pool is enclosed with a fence
Put your mind at ease by getting your kids a pkaboo Extra Wristband Pool safety Angel
Be prepared, and book a SafeKids first aid training class for you and others responsible for the safety of your children.

 

HEAT

 Hot vehicles are the primary non-crash, vehicle-related killer of children in the US. 

And every Summer it happens in South Africa too, certainly more frequent than it ever should. A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s. Opening a Window and parking in the shade while you ‘quickly’ run into the shop is not sufficient safegaurds. Car windows act like a greenhouse: they let in sunlight and heat, trapping it inside the vehicle. It doesn’t take long for a child to suffer from a heat stroke. At a body temperature of 41.7°C, cell damage occurs in a child and internal organs shut down.

Here are a few other important things to be mindful of during the harsh South African Summer:

Always lock your car and if a child is missing, check the swimming-pool first, then the car, including the boot.
Make sure all kids have plenty of water even before they leave the house .
Lather kids in Sunscreen as often as possible during the day while out.
Dress them in lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

Look out for these danger signs: 

Dehydration: 

Thirst, dry lips and tongue, lack of energy, and feeling overheated.

Heat cramps: 

Painful cramps of the abdominal muscles, arms, or legs.

Heat exhaustion: 

Dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, weakness, muscle pain and sometimes unconsciousness.

Heat stroke: 

A temperature of 40 degrees Celsius or higher and severe symptoms, including nausea and vomiting, seizures, disorientation or delirium, lack of sweating shortness of breath, unconsciousness, and coma.

 

LARGE CROWDS

Cape Town is ALWAYS chock a block with people from all walks of life when the holidays swing around, making it a scary time to be out and about with the kids. Kids will be kids and the likelihood of them running off for whatever reason is great.

I think it’s important for us as parents and childminders to make a conscious decision when taking our kids into large crowds such as amusement parks, malls, concerts, and beaches, to put away our cell phones and to never, for a second take our eyes off our little treasures (the kids, not the phones).

Either that or leave them home. However, parents get distracted and we don’t always have someone to watch our kids, so if you ever find yourself in a situation where you absolutely have to take your kids into large crowds, then here are a few ideas to keep those wandering ruckers as safe as we possibly can:

write your name and number on the inside of your child’s wrist or on their belly with a permanent marker, or use school clothing labels on the inside of their clothes. This way, should they get lost, the authorities or a good Samaritan will be able to call you immediately.
An alternative, or addition to this, would be to tuck a business card of the Hotel where you’re staying in your kids’ pockets.
Take a family pic before leaving the house or hotel room. This should be easy in the digital obsessed world we live in. Should it be necessary, you will have updated pictures of your kids.
Find ‘safe strangers’ by pointing out park officials, security, or even moms and dads with kids of their own as you make your way through the crowd with your kids. It will be useful and life-saving should you get separated from your child.

 

INSECT BITES

I didn’t think the wasp invasion of Cape Town a couple years back was a big deal until a screaming Jada limped into the house. She was stung by a wasp on her foot. Poor baby. Fortunately, the pain didn’t last too long and she wasn’t allergic or anything, but things could have turned out so much different had she been. However, many are, and some insects (flying and crawling) are poisonous, so how do we protect our inquisitive kids from getting into trouble while playing around the house or out walking in foresty areas?

Teach kids to always steer clear of beehives and other potentially dangerous insect’s territory or call pest control for removal
Wear light coloured clothes as bugs are attracted to darker colours
Opt for insect repellant or unscented products rather than perfumes or scented lotions.
Like sweet smells, insects also love sweet drinks, so look before you drink!

Although most stings and bites are harmless, if allergic or poisonous can be fatal if untreated. When in doubt call 0861 555 777

 

Sources: safekids.co.za / health24.com / health.usnews.com / www.healthline.com / allaboutfencing

 

Stay safe this Summer.

Love,

 

 

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Dino’s Alive Augmented Reality

December 6, 2017

The Dinos are back and this time they want to play!

Our family had the wonderful privilege to play with these historic giants last night at the launch of the Dinos Alive in Augmented Reality and were pleasantly surprised by the cutting-edge technology with educational elements to deliver a truly immersive dinosaur experience.

Improving from last year’s expo, this December Capegate Shopping Centre hosts the first ever dinosaur augmented reality exhibition in South Africa – DinosAlive Augmented Reality.

“The extremely successful Dinos Alive expo hosted at Capegate last year has been completely revamped into a super exciting range of augmented and virtual reality experiences”, says Capegate Marketing Manager, Amanda McCarthy.

I agree it’s gotten with the times. Children LOVE their phones and tablets, so it’s wonderful that they will now be able to put them to “educational” use at the Dinos Alive Expo and learn about the world’s most beloved and mysterious creatures. My five-year-old son was beside himself. I had to drag them away from every activity!

What you can expect

Children and adults will have the opportunity to learn about the T-Rex, Velociraptor, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and the Parasaurolophus by interacting with these creatures on a big screen and their phone or tablet and by gathering information from computer-generated Dinos.

 

Dino’s Alive Augmented Reality opens at Capegate Shopping Centre in Brackenfell on the 6th of December and will offer 5 interactive AR and VR (Virtual Reality) experiences including a giant interactive dino screen, virtual TRex Experience, VR Dino tour and dino edu-table.

 

Online Dino games, colouring-in, a dino ride, Dino selfie opportunities and a range of other fun physical activities for young and old will also be on offer.

 

Here’s a few pics from our time at the launch. Wonderful People and Lovely Experience!

 

For more information, please visit www.capegatecentre.co.za  or https://www.facebook.com/DinosAlive/

 

Event details:

Cape Gate Shopping Centre 

Venue: Centre court (opposite House & Home on the lower level)

06 December to 14 January

10:00 to 19:00

R 65 per person

Tickets: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1475620392

(tickets will also be available at the door)

 

(Disclaimer: feature image was taken from Cape Town Tourism)

 

Roar!

 

 

 

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My Christmas 2017 Gift Guide For The Whole Family

November 22, 2017

We’ve decided to bring the office tradition home this year and we’ll now also be doing secret Santa at home with the family because let’s face it, buying Christmas gifts for the whole family is just not possible…or sane. At least this way we don’t have to empty our pockets and we know exactly who we are buying for and what they like (which could be the trickiest part of Christmas shopping!).

Obviously, I wanted to make things easier on my fellow fabmoms too, so I’ve put together a handy list of my favourite gifts this year – all for under R500 !!!

 

Sorbet Feeling Playful Hand & Nail Cream Trio/Bubbly Bath Bombs/She is gorgeous nail set

The great thing about the Clicks Sorbet range is that they are already affordable,  3 for 2,  and almost all contain a R50 gift card to use towards your next Sorbet salon treatment. This is my favourite 3 for 2 combo. Find your Sorbet combo here and your Body Shop combo here and spoil someone you love

 

Amarula Fruit and Cream Dark Chocolates

Who does not love chocolates! You will make anyone’s day with a box of good quality dark chocolate, that’s a guarantee!

 

Smartlife Water Infuser

 

Water may be scarce at the moment, but that’s all the more reason for you to create your own flavoured water using fresh, natural ingredients. Made from quality, BPA-free plastic for healthy hydration.

 

Romoss Polymos 5 Power Bank 5000MAH

These days, everyone could do with a phone battery charger on the move. The Romoss power bank is safe and durable and inexpensive.

 

Polaroid Snap Instant Camera

Savour the nostalgia of the classic Polaroid film cameras. The Snap Instant Digital Camera offers the convenience of digital capture with the thrills of being able to instantly produce a physical print thanks to the implementation of ZINK Zero Ink Technology.

 

Grand Theft Auto V (PS3)

I remember how much hubby use to love this game. Maybe you know someone who’d enjoy the thrill of chasing money in fast cars.

 

Gamer Looks T-Shirt

What is a pro-gamer without a t-shirt to complete the image?

 

Lee Cooper Flag Backpack

The perfect all-purpose backpack.

 

Logo Door Mats

Looking for a unique gift? All homes need a doormat that speaks of its residents’ personalities.

 

Universal Smartphone Fish Eye Lens Clip

A fisheye lens is an ultra wide-angle lens to enhance your images taken on your smartphone.

 

Typo Pen Holder

To inject some fun into your office space!

 

Typo Shower friend

For those who love to sing in the shower (which is everyone!).

 

Typo Luxe Earphones 

A gorgeous pair of earphones is an absolute must! Even better if you have a pair for every mood!

 

Typo Shake It Phone Case Universal

Sparkles!!! Need I say more? Even your phone needs a new outfit this Christmas.

 

Typo Carried Away Mug

 

Because a real coffee ‘addict’ will agree that coffee should always be served in a gold-plated mug!

 

Typo Varsity Laptop Case 

Just a little something pretty to keep all your tech toys together in one place.

 

Polaroid Kids GPS Tracker Watch

Make sure you know where your kids are, at all time. Now available at a Musica near you!

 

Disney Blootooth Dancing Water Speakers

If it’s Disney and it sparkles, then it’s a win for any child!

 

Bubblegum MP4 8GB Player

I also happen to know that if you purchase of these, valued at R449.95, at any Musica store before 18 Dec’ 2017 and swipe your Clicks card, you stand a chance to win the awesome Bubblegum Generation 4 kids tablet combo worth 1 699.95, including headphones, stand, car charger, and cables. A steal if you ask me, so HURRY!!

More information here.

 

Shield Ultimate Wash & Shine Kit 6 Piece

 

Well, mom, I hope this makes shopping this holiday allot more bearable.

Happy Festive and Merry Christmas!

 

Love,