• One Grand Family Challenge

    It’s a wrap!

    The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge is over! The month really flew by and I can’t believe I’m typing up the final post. What an eye opening experience this has been. Before I get into it though, here’s a quick summary and the previous posts in case you missed it. The Challenge was to spend a maximum of R1,000 a week on ALL groceries (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, school lunchboxes) while still creating interesting and healthy meals for a family of 4. Spoiler Alert – I nailed it! Which goes to show that a little bit of planning and time can make a world of difference to your budget. The low-down on the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge…

  • The beginning of the end

    I reached a turning point today. It happened while I was at gym because what else is there to do while on a treadmill but re-evaluate your life am I right?? There I was, suffering but enjoying the workout and wondering why I wait so long between gym visits (I didn’t even make my 36 swipes last year. Bye bye 75% discount!) Lately I’v been feeling as if I am spreading myself too thin. By trying to do too much, I have been putting a half assed effort into everything. And that’s not me. I love my life. I have a husband who adores me, two kids who fill my…

  • Week Four – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    This budgeting business is definitely getting easier. It also helps to shop at the same store because I know more or less the cost of groceries at Food Lovers Market now so when I plan the meals I can balance out the cost of ingredients through the week. Here is my Meal Plan for Week 4 I spent a total of R991,10 on groceries today and this is what it looked like You really can get a TON of fresh produce and ingredients for R1,000. All it takes is about half an hour of planning a week. Here’s is a list of what I bought: In case you missed it,…

  • Chicken Schnitzel

    Week Two Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    We’re almost half way there! I am into the second week of the challenge and things are getting easier. Long term ingredients are being rolled over which is giving me more options to work with. I had fun with the cooking as usual but my favorite meal this week was definitely the Peanut Beef Stirfry on Saturday. It was such a cold day and this meal was just pure comfort food. If you missed it, here’s a recap of the weeks meals: Day 8 – Monday – Falafel and Wasabi Wraps I know this sounds like a weird combination but IT WORKS! I had to use half a tube of…

  • My first experience with a Cyber Bully

    I had my very first negative social media experience on Friday. It happened out of the blue and caught me quite unawares. Even though it hasn’t upset me (that much), it has made me think a bit on how easy it is to bully somebody on social media. First some background I have been working on the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge since the beginning of May. Every week I meal plan and budget for all my families food needs (meals/lunchboxes/snacks/treats) and then each night I post of pic of what I made for dinner. This is done on Instagram and Facebook with an ingredient picture followed by the completed meal pic. There is…

  • An open letter to my mum in anticipation of Mother’s Day

    I am not an emotionally demonstrative person. For me personally, it is much easier to show someone how I feel through my actions as opposed to my words. However, if anyone deserves a public display of affection, it’s my mum. So I will attempt to put into words what I know I could never articulate in person. Mum, this is for you… I see you You have always been Mum. With the blindness and self centeredness of a child, I wasn’t truly able to see you as more than my parent until I myself became a mother. Now I see you; as a woman with a husband that you love…

  • Nacho Soup

    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.…

  • 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…