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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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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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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,

 

 

 

Entertainment, Lifestyle

5 Child-Friendly Spring Festivals Happening in Cape Town

September 13, 2017

Festivals are wonderful for a few reasons – they signal the arrival of Summer, they are ALWAYS fun, and more often than not they are in aid of a good cause. If ever you wanted to but didn’t quite know how, festivals, are a great way to give back.

This year’s Cape Town festivals are no different. We have just about settled into Spring and already we do not know where to turn our heads with all the festivities popping up everywhere.

I have summarized the most kid-friendly festivals in Cape Town during September and October below. If you have a major fear of missing out, you might want to get a pen and paper and write down these dates immediately (or your phone, if like me, you diarise everything into google calendar).

 

PENGUIN FESTIVAL 

 

 

Did you know, according to National Geographic, the African Penguin was declared endangered in 2010. Come and support South Africa’s penguin protection at the Simon’s Town 2017 Penguin festival.

WHAT CHILD DO NOT LIKE PENGUINS!

Entrance is FREE & R 50 Kids zone fee.

Bring the whole family for live music, activities just for the kids, an edutainment marquee, marine conservation exhibitions, environmental talks, a variety of food trucks and of course beer and wine tasting.

 

KITE FESTIVAL

 

 

Embrace your right to fly and have fun at the 23rd Cape Town International Kite Festival in Muizenberg on 28 & 29 October 2017. It’s Africa’s biggest kite festival and kiters from around the world will be showing off their incredible creations. With food trucks, live entertainment and free kite-making workshops it’s a fabulous family day out in support of a very good cause, Cape Mental Health. Entry is just R40 per person (R15 for children 12 years and younger).

 

WHALE FESTIVAL

 

 

Come and witness the annual migration of these southern right giants (and other marine wildlife) in what’s considered to be the whale-watching capital of the world. There’ll also be live music performances, vintage car shows, a street parade, great food, and quality crafts on offer in the charming coastal town of Hermanus. The festival stretches over three days from 29 September to 1 October.

Free Entry.

The full program can be viewed here 

 

HERMANUS FLOWER FESTIVAL

 

 

Come along to celebrate the Overberg’s floral majesty, with environmental exhibits in a marquee, goodies for purchase, and fun activities for the kids. The Festival will be celebrating 60 years since the establishment of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

You don’t want to miss snake demo by Francois from Slithering Fynbos.

 The full program can be viewed here

 

THE ZOMBIE FEST

 

 

Okay, so this one may be a liiiiiiiitle PG rated, depending on your child’s level of gore-endurance 🙂

The Cape Town Zombie Fest is an all ages event for the entire family and your dog (literally) and helps raise funds for local charities such as the Lucky Lucy Foundation for abused and neglected animals.

Where: Walk starts at 1 Thiabult Square, Long St, Cape Town | Afterparty at Madison Avenue, 11 Mechau St, CBD, Cape Town

When: 28 October at 6pm to 4am (time includes after party)

Cost: Walk is free | Afterparty R60 – R250

Get your early bird tickets here for only R60.

The walk is followed by an after party at Madison Avenue Club  

 

See you there with your families, Fabmoms!

 

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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!