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,

 

Entertainment, Inspiration, Slider

Fairies Are Real

April 25, 2017

 

…or so we were assured by the wonderful folk of Sulina.

Hidden not-too-deep in the valley of Swellendam, is the continent of Sulina, or Faerie Sanctuary as it’s lovingly known, founded by Ian and Minky Sulin more than 25 years ago.

When I first heard of this magical place I just knew I had to take the kids there. More accurately, I knew Jada would be blown away and I’ll once again be mom of the year!

So we took to the road one Sunday morning early after breakfast and began our almost three-hour journey from Kraaifontein. Luckily we packed snacks and made sure the USB was loaded with all our favourite jams which kept the kids, Lesley and me, happily entertained all the way there. The breathtaking views as we passed one wine farm after another also contributed largely in making the drive so much more enjoyable.

I made a mental note to pack a picnic basket the next time we decide to visit and stop at one of the many dams along the way.

 We arrived just after 11 am to find a beautiful, sunshiny and serene Swellendam, with a car full of excited kids and adults. Although the sanctuary, where the faerie folk lives, is well hidden, there are signs all along the road directing you there, almost from the moment you arrive in the ‘dorpie.’

When we finally reach our destination, we are surprised to find so much than what we hoped for. Except for Jada, who was expecting to be greeted by tiny flying, sparkly winged beings, but was soon filled with all kinds of excitement as we made our way through the enchanted garden with gnomes, angels, unicorns, sleeping dragons and of cause, faeries nestled behind, on top and in-between flowers and plants and red polka dot mushrooms. She was even more thrilled when the hosts showed us an image of a picture taken right there in the garden, of a real-life fairy. The image was even blown up double its size to prove to every hopeful 6-year-old  and skeptical adult, that faeries may very well exist. And if indeed they do, then I bet The continent of Sulina is where they all hangout.

The boys were just happy to have found the charming play area which neither wanted to leave without being dragged out. One could literally spend hours between the faerie folk and still not have had enough time. But we were hungry and needed to eat and decided we’ll be back again very soon.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesdays to Saturdays 9am – 4:30pm
Sundays from 10am to 4pm
Every Schoolholidays from 9am to 4:30pm
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Also closed during the month of June for resting and restoration and Christmas and New Years Day.
Children under 13 yrs old….R10.00
Adults….R20.00

All fees are shared with local charities

Email: iansulin@gmail.com
faerienuffolk@gmail.com

Love and Light,

 

Health, Health/Fitness

I Tried Fitchef For a Month

April 24, 2017
No Preservatives / Additives
No added sugar
Low GI

 

 

When I learned about the Fitchef concept a few months back, I didn’t think their meals would be any good. Honestly, the thought of frozen foods being both healthy, nutritious AND tasty, sounded crazy.

A mother of three and ever curious, I decided to see for myself what all the hoo-hah was about.  Anything promising more time to myself and my family and less time in the kitchen was worth at least a try.

IT WAS AMAZING!

For an entire month, I lived on nothing other than fitchef meals and drinks, then found myself wondering how I will ever go back to my ‘normal’ way of life again.

After only 2 weeks my tummy was visibly flatter

Here are just a few other things I observed during my month with Fitchef:

The chef must be some undercover world-class cook. The food was surprisingly tasty.

I have never tasted better smoothies or knew they COULD possibly taste so good. I just thought health smoothies were SUPPOSED to taste bad.

I finally get it. Healthy doesn’t always mean tasteless

The effects are almost instant. I immediately felt better about myself after starting my fitchef meal plan.

I didn’t weigh or measure myself at any time during the month, but I definitely lost a few kilos as I felt absolutely wonderful in my clothes.

It’s a way of life. You can never go back to ‘normal’ once you’ve started a fitchef mealplan. It’s THAT good.

No bloating or indigestion.

Even with  (wholewheat) rice and pasta, I got a flatter tummy! Score!

Did I mention the smoothies and juices are AMAZING!? Well, then you have to try the power shots.

One Elements meal package is unfortunately not enough to feed my family of five.

However, it was enough for me, for a month,  and saved me heaps of time and worry about what healthy meal to prepare for myself next.

It’s okay to spoil yourself, mom.

It is not cheap but definitely is worth it. Besides the food, you’re getting quality of life, more time with your family; and a smaller waist line.

FitChef is no longer certified Halaal. They do suggest their vegetarian meal option or a 21 Day or 1 Month Vegetarian Challenge and then adding your own Halaal meats.

The shot box was my ultimate favourite and made me feel instantly awake

Before

5 minutes later

Before

5 minutes later

Before

5 minutes later

Watch my ‘slightly embarrassing’ video below on how to prepare a fitchef frozen meal 🙂

 

 

To a happier, healthier you!

Love,

 

Health, Health/Fitness, Lifestyle

Drink Away Inflammation (Guest Post)

April 18, 2017

You don’t have to be old to start experiencing inflammation problems.

There are a plenty reasons for experiencing inflammation and often it has something to do with the kind of food you eat. This is why you need to change your eating habits before it is too late.

Start by removing unhealthy drinks from your diet. Soda and alcohol are a big NO. They contain a lot of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients that may worsen inflammation. Choose healthier drinks instead.

Try a Leafy Greens Smoothie

It is made from blended green vegetables. You may choose 2 different green leafy vegetables and toss them in the blender. Once properly blended, add mango, pineapple, and banana for better taste. Blend the ingredients again until everything is smooth.

The benefit of this drink is that it’s totally organic. You may have to adjust to the taste at first, but you will learn to like it after a few tries.

Turmeric Latte

You normally use turmeric in making curry powder. This drink doesn’t taste like curry, but it has a strong taste. The good thing is that it also contains a lot of antioxidants that are good for your health.

To make one:

Gently warm the almonds in a saucepan.

Add coconut milk, but do not bring to a boil.

Add turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger.

The last ingredient is coconut oil. Wait until all the ingredients were melted before removing them from the saucepan.

Kombucha

This is becoming a more popular energy drink. The taste seems a bit weird, but once you think of all the health benefits, you can say that it is worth the taste.

-Dissolve sugar in hot water.

-Stir until sugar is dissolved before adding Kombucha tea.

-Remove the bag after a few minutes.

-Add a starter tea or distilled white vinegar.

-Then, add an active Kombucha Scoby.

Cover the mixture with a towel or coffee filter and let it sit there for several days.

If you let it sit longer, the less sweet and sour it becomes. You may add flavours in your drink so it won’t be as sour as it originally is. Just make sure you don’t add too much sugar or else it forfeits the purpose of being a healthy drink.

It might be a bit of a challenge if you shift to these healthier beverages, but in no time, you’ll learn to love the taste of these drinks, and even forget about soda or alcohol altogether.

For a more healthy drink options, check out the infographic below. Find one that matches your taste and stick with it. You may also try all of them and find out which one is perfect for you.

7 Easy Everyday Drinks That Fight Inflammation

Guest post was written by Sarah Smith from HowToStartaBlogOnline.net

To a healthier, happier you!

Love,

Entertainment, Lifestyle

Family Safaris: How To Plan a Trip of a Lifetime (Guest Post)

April 5, 2017

Africa, without a doubt, is host to some of the most amazing destinations for family vacations. In the great wilderness, children can get up close and personal with the animals they’ve only before seen on their favorite cartoons, be in touch with nature and have fun learning about a new culture.

If you’re thinking of planning a safari for your next family adventure, the team at BookAllSafaris.com is sharing some useful things to consider, to help you have an amazing experience in Africa. As a bonus, we’ve handpicked and included three options that we think you and your children would both enjoy.

 

Choosing a destination

 

Having a great experience during a safari for families can depend a lot on choosing the appropriate destination. When making a decision, be sure to take your children’s age into account. For example, South Africa is an excellent choice for children under eight.

Have children that are slightly older (8 to 12)?  Consider a family safari which includes guided walks. At this age, children can learn basic tracking skills and exploring nature by foot is a great experience for them.

If you have teens (13-18), you need to consider safaris with a lot of activities included, such as guided game drives, walking, horseback riding, boating or cycling.

 

 

Choosing the best time to go

 

In most of southern Africa, the peak safari travel period is during the dry season (May to November). This is when you can spot the wildlife as it comes to water and the vegetation would less likely be. Plus, this season coincides wit the western hemisphere’s school children’s summer vacation!

If you’re planning to head to countries with excellent infrastructure, such as South Africa and Namibia, you can go year round as there’s always something in season. East Africa is another place where you can go anytime of the year.

Peak season for Tanzania and Kenya is during the Christmas vacation. But if you want to see the wildebeest migration, it’s best to plan your trip between June and September.

If you decide to go during the rainy season, you are likely to spot more baby animals, which children usually enjoy observing. This makes the Easter break a good option for a family safari, too.

 

 

Choosing activities

 

Research on activities which allow your children to really get up close and personal with nature. Watching a lion sleep in the sun is not as exciting as being able to lure an ant-lion from its pit with a blade of grass.

Safaris, in general, are quite passive. And children can become bored a lot easier than adults. Make sure there are some activities available to “burn off” all that energy. A swimming pool at the lodge is a great idea. Even putting up a tent or a campfire can keep them busy and engaged.

 

Consider self-driving

 

Self-drive safaris offer the ultimate freedom when it comes to the family needs. Surely, it can only be done in places where the infrastructure – and the parks’ rules – allow for it. If this is something that you’re interested in doing with your family, South Africa and Namibia are excellent choices.

 

Consider exclusivity

 

In the countries where self-driving isn’t an option – such as Zambia, Tanzania or Botswana, private safaris are the best way to ensure freedom.  The itinerary is shaped around your needs, tastes, and preferences. You will have an experienced guide and you are free to explore the nature at your own pace. If these choices are too pricey for your budget, you can “team up” with another family and split the cost.

 

Learning during a safari

 

Many lodges offer Junior Ranger programs in which children take guided walks and learn how to track animals. This allows children to get a better understanding of the wildlife and its environment, as well as the importance of preserving it.

Other lodges offer programs centered on the local culture, where children play traditional games, for example. And they can even learn astronomy by pick up constellations in the unpolluted sky.

 

Staying Healthy & Safe

 

The major concern when it comes to visiting Africa is malaria. It is important to remember to use insect repellent and treat your clothes with bug spray. Also, remember to take your malaria pills before and after the trip. It is, however, recommended for families with children under the age of 8 to avoid countries which still have a risk of malaria.

Another health or safety concern to look out for is the water. Unfortunately, Africa doesn’t have the best drinking water and diseases can easily be transmitted through it. But this shouldn’t be a huge issue as your safari tour operators would usually have bottled and filtered water available.

Last but not least, to prevent from getting ill during the trip, make sure that you and your children have all the necessary vaccinations done well in advance.

 

Cris Puscas is a contributing writer at BookAllSafaris.com. An avid hiker and passionate landscape photographer, she believes that all animals should be protected and loved.

 

 

Happy Traveling!

Love,