• R500 dinners

    5 Dinners for R500? Piece of cake!

    I love my Monday mornings. I bet you don’t hear that very often! It’s true though. My Monday mornings are for making To-Do lists for my week ahead as well as for meal planning the weeks dinners quietly while drinking a latte and nibbling on an almond square. It is a little oasis of peace amidst the organized chaos of normal momlife and besides enjoying the down time, it also ends up saving us money. How does having a coffee and a square of buttery goodness save me money? I’m glad you asked! Meal planning Taking the time to work on a meal plan is what ends up saving us…

  • Life lessons Family

    35 Life Lessons on my 35th Birthday (Part1/3)

    I turn 35 this weekend. That’s quite a milestone birthday I think. The ‘find yourself’ twenties are a thing of the past and the ‘reinvent yourself‘ forties are around the corner. Since I am of a ripe old age, I thought now would be as good a time as any to impart some knowledge on the younguns (basically anyone younger than 35). Here is Part 1 of my Life Lessons: Life Lessons as a Daughter Before I was anyones sister, girlfriend, wife or mother, I was a daughter. This is something that I will always be regardless of what age I am. I am so grateful to have the parents…

  • Let’s talk Baby Weaning with Chicco

    Is there anything more exciting than weaning your child onto solid food?? Ok, there’s loads more exciting stuff but it’s still high on the list of parenting milestones in my opinion. When your child starts feeding themselves, what you’re really witnessing is their very first step away from needing you as much. I actually feel a bit sad now that I type this because it’s so true. Their foray into the land of independence begins with that first handful or spoonful of food that successfully goes from plate to mouth. Baby steps Weaning isn’t easy. Watching food fall left, right and centre with possibly one fistful of carrots actually making…

  • baked Meatballs

    Recipe – Quick and Tasty Baked Meatballs

    I asked my kids what they wanted for Valentine’s Day supper…Guess who was making 1kg of meatballs on Valentine’s morning 🙋🏽‍♀️ They came out really great though so here’s my recipe for you to try. You can halve the ingredients for a single meal. Ingredients ▫️ 1kg of beef mince ▫️ 1 small onion ▫️ 5 medium garlic cloves ▫️ A handful of coriander ▫️ 1 egg ▫️ 2 carrots ▫️ Robertson’s Rustic garlic and herb spice Method ▪️ peel the onion and garlic and chuck it into a food processor with the coriander. Stop when the onion is chopped up into tiny bits. Don’t let it turn into a…

  • Dating my husband

    Jarrod and I have been dating since 2003, which is a whole fifteen years of hanging out together. As Valentine's Day rolls by, it's got me thinking about how our dates have evolved over the years.

  • The Favourite Child

    Do you have a favourite child? There must be one from the brood that warms your heart a little more than the others. Come on, I won't tell...

  • Guest Post : Four Ways to Stop Back Pain from Giving you Sleepless Nights

    Back pain can ruin any number of things, but it especially makes getting a good night of sleep impossible. We all know how important it is, especially good, restful sleep. When we don’t sleep, we don’t feel good. This is a vicious cycle, but, thankfully, there are ways to challenge it.   Eat to Heal Joint Pain   A balanced diet is important to us all, but there are foods we can add to reduce joint pain and help us sleep better at night. Moreover, there are things we can cut out to reduce inflammation and ease the pain we experience. Red meat, shellfish, oils high in omega-6 like safflower, and sugar can increase…

  • The mixed message of ‘Stranger Danger’

    Have you ever told your child not to talk to Strangers? I would be surprised if you had not. Strangers are an unknown element in our lives and in the twisted world we live in today, you never know who could be a threat to your child. But here's a question, have you ever told your child to... - greet a cashier? - a shop assistant who said they were cute? - a friendly car guard? - a friend of yours from high school that you bumped into at the mall? Of course you have. But isn't that a Stranger?

  • BOOK REVIEW – BECOMING by MICHELLE OBAMA

    📚Genre Autobiography 📚First Impressions Everyone knows who Michelle Obama is and I assumed that this book would be an endless stream of achievements that led to the White House. I was right, and I was wrong. 📚Review This is one beautifully written love story. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a romance, but instead a tribute to Michelle’s parents, her mentors, her husband and her kids. The book is broken down into 3 sections: BECOMING ME: this gives you an insiders view to life in the South Side of Chicago. You will see what life was like for a young black child living in a neighborhood that was slowly deteriorating…

  • BOOK REVIEW: CITY OF LIES by SAM HAWKE

    Genre – Fantasy First Impressions – When I read the synopsis, I thought this would be a book of fantasy and magic. I was wrong but I wasn’t disappointed. Summary – The story revolves around three characters who have been friends since childhood. It is an interesting layering of relationships throughout the book with characters evolving and dynamics changing as the situation in the city deteriorates. Tain has been thrust into the role of Chancellor when he thought that he would have many more years of carefree living before he would need to bear that hefty title. This story is very much his trial by fire/rite of passage into adulthood.…