• Roast Chicken and Veg

    Week Four Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    This challenge has really opened my eyes to how much of food we both eat, and spend on. It felt restrictive to me to shop with a R1,000 budget even though I managed to still cook balanced and healthy meals and we were short of nothing. That being said, there are 14 million people going hungry every day in South Africa. I can’t even comprehend such a staggering number of people going to bed hungry and thinking of the number of kids that make up the 14 million just makes me want to cry. Food Lovers Market has been running a World Hunger Month campaign concurrently with the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge. They…

  • 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,…

  • Loaded Mac and Cheese

    Week Three Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    I can (almost) confidently say that meal planning is now a habit for me. I love having a list of what to cook instead of standing in front of the fridge and tying to come up with a balanced meal every day. Besides saving money, this whole process is really saving me time. If you ignore the time it takes to take pics and upload it all to social media that is, haha! Here’s a recap of the weeks meals: Day 15 – Monday – Lentil & Mushroom Quesadillas This was the first time I have ever cooked with lentils and I really don’t know why! The Quesadillas were delicious.…

  • Fit like Mummy

    Natasha (Also known as Fit like Mummy on Instagram) is one of those mums who seem to live 30 hour days. She works full time in the aviation industry, runs at least one 5km race a week, plans interesting family excursions (regularly!), motivates her kids to excel at their talents and does some crazy Pinterest mum stuff. I thought she was pretty amazing before she started her fitness journey but now she’s my inspiration to a healthier lifestyle. This is her story: “From a fat child to a fat adult, being overweight had become my everyday normal.  Fortunately for me I was blessed with confidence and a personality that was larger than…

  • Under construction

    Not too long ago I wrote a post about how desperately I needed a physical makeover. I may be a Stay At Home Mum but I am really tired of looking like the clichè. If you know me personally you know that I like to be organised and have a plan of attack. Since time is no longer on my side I have settled for a To Do List: 1. Book a gel pedicure and eyebrow wax every six weeks  Pretty toes make me happy. I can be in my pajamas all day but as soon as I look down and see neat and colourful nails it lightens my whole mood.…

  • Does anyone have a time machine I could borrow?

    I have had the shittiest five days. Actually, make that ten days. Let me explain.  Our ‘family-time week’ was taken over by grocery shopping, blog interviews, school drop offs and pick ups, hellish traffic in Fourways (wtf!!a 10 min drive took an hour!!) and car shopping every damn day. Poor J went from dealership to dealership trying to find a car that fitted our budget (R100k-R120k), with a decent mileage (<60,000) and that wasn’t the size of a sardine can. Turns out our requirements are unreasonable (say what??) because we still dont have a second car. This may seem like a small hiccup but it means  A can’t go to…

  • The unnecessary shame of bedwetting

    Is your child a bedwetter? Were you? Do you feel embarassed to answer these questions? Embarassed to even be asked? I would have…before I attended the Drynites event. I went expecting a pleasant morning out and a distraction from my usual day to day but I actually left with a change in mindset. I don’t know a single parent who looks forward to changing sheets and pjs in the middle of the night. It’s annoying and it is frustrating. Especially when your child is fully potty trained during the day and has been for a while. Here’s the thing: bedwetting is caused by the uncontrolled release of urine during sleep. The key…

  • What I eat now?

    Omg. I hear this from my toddler every half an hour. This is not an exaggeration. She will eat a banana for breakfast and as soon as she chews the last bite I hear “what I eat now?” Or ten minutes after we eat lunch. Or two minutes after I give her a snack! What the hell man! Then she tries to con me by saying “not a nummy snack, a healthy snack” 😂 The worst is when I go through the list of potential snacks and get “no no, not that” for each one. Agh! So now I stuff her up nicely for her main meals and make sure…

  • The mirror never lies…

    …but it also doesn’t tell the full story. I was getting ready to have a shower earlier today and I looked in the mirror just before getting in. I still get a shock to see my gigantic tummy that looks like its been stuck onto me. Then I took a moment to really look.  I have a lot more stretchmarks this time around. I am terrible at moisturing or doing anything ‘chronic’. (I still have two and a half months supply of preggie vitamins when I bought the exact amount and I’m due in a week 😐.) It’s at the bottom of my tummy, a few next to my belly…