• Week Two – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    Week Two has rolled around and I’m feeling more confident in terms of meal planning as well as grocery shopping. I did the shop this morning and came back with a few treats over and above the groceries. I planned on doing some baking this week because we pretty much just snacked on Marie Biscuits last week (they were lovely but still). The Bakery section beckoned and it worked out WAY cheaper to buy a few baked goods as opposed to making them. I came home with 5 croissants, 3 doughnuts and a Malva pudding all for the grand total of R60! Score!! It’s actually a test of my willpower…

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    Week One Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    I can’t believe we are already at the end of Week 1 of this challenge. I thought I would have grumpy kids and an empty fridge by now but we are going strong without any complaints. In fact, I still have a few ingredients left over that I will be rolling into next week so yay! In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the dinners from this week: Day 1 – Monday – Vegetable curries and rice. I made potato curry, cauliflower and peas as well as pumpkin curry. Curries are a really easy way to cook bulk meals on the cheap and will give you plenty of…

  • Week One – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    I know I said that I would have this out on Sunday but since I havn’t gone to bed yet (01:52), I’m going to say I met my deadline! Here is the Week One – Meal Plan As I mentioned in my previous post , there are no recipes, because the Meal Plan is supposed to serve as cooking inspiration more than a hard and fast menu. There is a very good chance that I will chop and change a few meals within the constraints of my ingredients during the week. Every evening I will post pics of our dinner on Instagram and Facebook together with my recipe for the meal.…

  • The lowdown on the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    How much do you spend on food a week? This is a question I asked my friends as well as my followers on Instagram. The reason I asked is because we, as a family of 4, spend R1,500 – R2,500 a week on food (groceries, snacks, eating out and takeaway) which I think is absolutely ridiculous!!! It’s way too much to be spending and I’m not proud to say this but I am the culprit. I don’t meal plan but I do occasionally come up with a grocery list that I take with me to the shops. The problem is that I don’t stick to the list. ‘2 tubs of…

  • When Mother-Daughter Date Day gets Disneyfied!

    I don’t get to spend as much one on one time with my eldest as I used to. This is the trade off for having more than one child and I wouldn’t change that for the world, but I do miss our time together so when I was invited to the mini #GirlMomsMeetUp (for mums with daughters aged 5-10) I immediately said yes! Though for the sake of full disclosure I should also mention that the meetup has been created by my blogging buddies Charlene (High Heels and Fairy Tales), Chanene (the award winning Tonic and Tiaras) and Carly (Mom of Two Little Girls) so I would have said yes…

  • How much is too little?

    One of our good friends came over to stay for a week recently. She has stayed with us before but I never really paid that much attention to how long she took to get ready each day. By ‘get ready’ I mean from the moment she walks into the bathroom in the morning until she comes out of her room ready for the day. This time I did notice though and it became a running joke that she would need at least 3 hours notice before she had to go anywhere. Then one of the mornings I actually asked her to break it down step by step and let me…

  • Nirvana Slimming and Aesthetic Studio – Giveaway!!!

    About two months ago, I saw an ad on one of my Facebook groups from the owner of a slimming clinic who was looking for models. The offer was for three sessions of a treatment of my choice (body contouring, ultrasonic cellulite treatment, ultrasonic liposuction or ultrasonic stretch mark therapy). I confess I didn’t read any further, I just popped Bonita (the owner) a message saying I would be keen, because who doesn’t want to get rid of cellulite or stretch marks???? FOR FREE!! My stretch marks don’t bother me but my mummytummypouch (I know that isn’t an actually word but it should be) does. I was quite skeptical of…

  • A Day in the Life of a Mentally Ill Mum

    I know that there will be some who will take offense to the title of this post. Before you do, you need to know that the title was decided on by the very brave woman who shared her day with us. If she is happy with it (and believe me, she put a lot of thought into this feature) then please do not get upset on her behalf. I met Laetitia (Tish) through a blogging group and I was SO intimidated by her because she runs Poppet Patch which has about a gazillion followers and she is taken very seriously by parents, brands and the blogging community in general. What…

  • Running on fumes

    It’s Easter Sunday. Instead of hiding and finding Easter eggs with our girls, I’m sitting in the car in the gym parking lot and hiding from the world. I need a timeout. I don’t have anything left to give. I’m tapped out. I need to be alone. This happens to me sometimes. I am an introvert. Socialising or spending any lengthy amount of time with people (even my own kids) without getting time by myself exhausts me. It physically, mentally and emotionally drains me to the point where I just break. Something gives way without warning and I find myself standing at the kitchen sink, that never seems to stay…

  • My evolving relationship with a girl named Barbie

    Every family has stories that snowball into epic proportions as the years go by. Those tales from childhood that get dusted off and brought out at birthdays, weddings and other major life events to remind kids that they are lucky to have such forgiving and patient parents. I have three such stories from my childhood, each involving tantrums to varying degrees of ‘what the hell?!’ For the sake of this blog post I will share one with you. Luckily, its the least dramatic one. The year was 1986. I was out shopping with my mum, aunt and uncle when I spotted this… Those colours, sequins and general shininess would be…