• Barbie Giveaway

    Now you know, I can’t have a month (and a half) of Giveaways without giving away a Barbie hamper! Barbie and I are not only birthday besties but she is also a firm favourite at home. The girls have a big box full of Barbie dolls with blond hair, brown hair, straight hair, curly hair, slim as a whip and with curves for days. The range of dolls inspire story lines and intricate relationship dynamics that is fascinating to see. I scream, you scream, we all scream for Barbie icecream! Have you seen the new range of Barbie icecream in stores? (Affectionately known as the Ola Barbie Dream Boxes, I’ll…

  • Barney Giveaway

    I love you, you love me… I know that I’m really showing my age here, but I remember when Barney first came out. My sister was still really little and she was obsessed with the show. OBSESSED! That was over 25 years ago and the Barney fandom has only grown since then. Now I have the chance for you to win your kids (or yourself, I won’t judge!) some pretty cool Barney merchandise valued at over R1,000. Up for grabs is: A Barney plush that is roughly the size of a 3 year old. It’s HUGE! (R650) A puzzle in a tin/lunchbox (R140) 6 Board books (R350) Here’s some Barney…

  • Ok I’ll say it, I don’t enjoy playing with my kids.

    Please don’t misinterpret that as me saying I don’t enjoy spending time with my kids because nothing could be further from the truth. They are my everything. I just don’t enjoy playing the games that they like at age 2 and 5. I will look for every excuse under the sun to avoid playing with them because their games make me want to pull my hair out in frustration and boredom. An average day in the Gabriel household Have you ever played with a little kid? Their imaginations are out of this world and will leave you astounded but they keep changing the rules and the games often spiral out…

  • 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…

  • 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?

  • The Insurance Cover you don’t think about, but need the most

    We are almost all held hostage by Insurance companies in one way or another. They charge us exorbitant fees in the hope that nothing happens to us and we pay those fees because we live in fear that something bad WILL happen. It’s a strange gamble where you only win if you lose, but if something holds value to you then you don’t mind paying to have it protected. However, there is one form of insurance that is too often overlooked and it’s meant to cover the most valuable possessions you will ever own.   But first…let’s look at the most common forms of insurance Medical Insurance (aka Medical Aid)…

  • A public letter of apology to Peppa Pig

    Dear Peppa, I owe you an apology. I know this probably comes as a surprise since we became besties over the last few weeks but the truth is, I didn’t always like you. In fact, I have said some rather…unpleasant things about you and it’s been eating at me. Now I need to get this off my chest so that we can carry on with a clean and pure friendship. Apologies This isn’t easy and I think it’s best that we get the worst out of the way first. It is possible that I may have, on occasion… compared your face to a deformed penis. There, I said it. I’m…

  • It’s been a year, and what a year it’s been!

    I know I come across all professional and knowledgeable (haha! wishful thinking!) but I have only been on the South African blogging scene for about a year now. I wrote my very first post in January 2016 without ever thinking that anyone would read what I wrote. This site was my anonymous, online journal, my space to work out the feelings that I could not, or would not, verbally express. Since then it has evolved into so much more. My husband, sister and best friend were my test subjects and their positive feedback gave me the last push I needed to eventually take the leap in September last year. I…