Stuff We’re Loving Right Now

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I love trying out new things for my family and always find myself shopping around for products which are healthier, make life easier and sometimes just for the sake of trying new things. Change is as good as holiday – or so they say!

As a blogger, I also often get to try out new things for myself and my family and I love sharing my experiences and take on certain products.

I thought I’d start a new little series and share my views on our favorite stuff. Some sponsored, some not!

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I Ran My First 10km Race

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At the beginning of the year, I set a resolution to keep healthy and although I haven’t become an Olympian just yet, I have been keeping active and I do feel a lot fitter than last year this time!

So on Sunday, I ran my first 10 km race ever and it feels so amazing! I am literally still buzzing… The Cape Town 10km Peace Run was really awesome. I’m glad I did it and I really enjoyed it.

I run here and there but no serious runner at all, so in preparation of the big 10km, I started doing ParkRun‘s for the last 4 weeks or so. The parkruns are only 5km but it was my way of getting some sort of experience on the road, instead of just running on the treadmill. Since running the parkrun’s I literally can’t do the treadmill anymore. It’s too boring and I get tired quicker for some reason. With each parkrun, my time improves and it’s a really awesome feeling beating that previous personal best. Continue reading

**WIN** 2 Domestly Cleaning Vouchers Up For Grabs – Competition Closed

When I received the press release about Domestly, South Africa’s first on-demand cleaning app, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Our Domestic Worker was about to take a week’s leave and we were on our own, cleaning wise!

Domestly gave me a voucher to use on their app, whereby I could quickly browse profiles of available professional cleaners in my area and then immediately book and pay for their service.

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Book Club – A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini

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This book has really left it’s mark on me. Never in my whole life could I have imagined such pain, fear and brutality as described in this tale.

I’ve heard many people say how this book changed them, including a few peeps who commented on my instagram post recently. I feel the same way.

Earlier this year I read another book by Hosseini, called The Kite Runner, and I was equally moved. This man really paints a vivid picture of life in Afghanistan – the suffering and brutality of it all. Continue reading

Celebrating Baby’s First Year – Bailey

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When Alyssa and Aidan received an invitation to Bailey’s First Birthday party, I was in total shock that a year had already gone by since this little man was born!

Bailey is the first born child of Kelly and Jakim. Jakim and Kurt have been good friends for over a decade, he was Kurt’s Bestman at our wedding & Kurt at his!

Both Kurt and I will never forget the day Jakim told us he had met his future wife, Kelly. Continue reading

Motherhood Update – Life Right Now

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So it’s been a while since I’ve posted an update on the Motherhood front but needless to say, the Malan household has been busy. We have our hands full with two kids who are VERY busy, yet entertaining – fighting a lot, yet loving each other a lot too and they are literally running and dancing all day long!

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Managing Your Baby’s Fever With The NUK 2-in-1 Thermometer

6009703962893-1-zoomWhen your baby feels warm or seems a bit under the weather, taking his or her temperature is a quick way of finding out whether something is really wrong. Babies and toddlers can put up a big fight if they have to lie still for their temperature to be taken, so in my opinion the digital forehead or ear thermometers are probably the better options, as opposed to the rectal, mouth or armpit thermometers.

A normal body temperature for a healthy child is between 36-37.5 degrees Celsius. Anything higher than this is deemed a fever. If your child has a fever of 39.4 degrees Celcius or higher, along with other symptoms such as vomiting, coughing, loss of appetite, diarrhea or unusual lethargy  it’s definitely time to call the doctor! Continue reading

Online Shopping – Yay or Nay?


So the other day my Boss comes up to me and asks whether I’ve ever bought clothing or shoes from an Online store before. I of course replied saying yes and he was like “How can you buy something without being able to see it or try it on?”

It’s something I’ve become quite accustomed to of late and I don’t really see it as a deterrent. Maybe at first I did. Like what do you do if it doesn’t fit? Or if it breaks? Well, it’s pretty much the same as if you’d buy in store. In fact it’s easier, because someone will collect the item from you!

I also kind of enjoy the wait, the build up and excitement of having the items delivered. How will it look? How will it feel? Will it fit? Continue reading

Having Fun With The H&M Studio Collection

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Happy Monday Happy People!

I’m not sure if there is anyone else as happy as I am that H&M is in South Africa? Not only have they given fashion fans a wonderful variety of clothing but they have literally changed the landscape of shopping for kids and baby clothing in this country!

I was super excited to hear that their AW16 Studio Collection will be launching on the 8th of September and I was even more stoked that the team over at H&M gave Alyssa and I the chance to play around with some of the magnificent pieces which the collection has to offer. Yes – you’ve read correctly between the lines – H&M have launched the the first ever H&M Studio kids collection! Continue reading

**WIN** Spur Launches New Kiddies Menu And You Could Win A R400 Spur Voucher – Competition Closed

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Last year, I was one of the lucky people who got to collaborate with Spur and give some input into their proposed new Kids menu. After careful consideration, Spur has now launched the new Kids menu which has been revamped to offer kids an exciting new range of Better-for-you options to complement their old favourites. Yay!

I am so glad to hear that several of our group’s suggestions have been included, giving kids wholesome menu choices. As well as the fall-back burger and chips, kids can now also choose from the ‘Better for you’ page: grilled chicken, sweet potato fries, mielies, and mash for example. Continue reading