• 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, just a helicopter mum. 

    I am a helicopter mum.  For those of you who havnt heard the term before it refers to a parent who ‘hovers’ (get it?? Coz a helicopter hovers? Hysterical) over their kid.  I’m not ashamed of the title. I accept that I am overprotective which may or may not hamper my girls development in some arb way in the long run. It may also help their early development knowing that there is always someone close by to help them. Who the hell knows. All I know is that I’m there when they fall and need a hug. I’m there to stop my little one from eating a cigarette butt at…

  • 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…

  • Taking a step back to move forward 

          A had been looking forward to her second swimming lesson the whole week, blowing bubbles in the bath and kicking her legs to the song ‘long legs and splashy feet…’.  I was hoping and praying that we wouldn’t have a tantrum before class like last week. After her playgroup she had a little wobble when she didn’t want to leave the outside toys. A promise of ice cream later and she was in the car. Then we get home and she doesn’t want to get out of the car seat. Out comes the ice cream promise again and like magic she’s walking in the front door. I don’t like to…

  • When bad days turn great

       If you read my previous blog post you know that yesterday was a bit of a crash and burn type of day. Started great with a fun time at playgroup then Tantrum 101 when I opened her packet of chips wrong (yes, that’s possible).  What I don’t think I mentioned is that A had her first swimming lesson yesterday afternoon. After her lunchtime behavior I was fully prepared to get there and just have her watch the class for this lesson if not get there and leave immediately. Well we got there, and she just blew me away.  My shy toddler turned into a tiny version of the little girl…