**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.

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The new layout of the menu also puts less emphasis on desserts; so getting children to focus on choosing their meals first is less of a challenge for parents! The bright and colourful design makes choosing the right meal for you, fun.

So – who wants to take their kids to try out the new menu? I’m giving 1 lucky reader the chance to get the hands on a R400 Spur Voucher to try out the new menu! All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below: 

Reviving Our Herb Garden

IMG_2704This past weekend we decided to revive our once thriving herb garden. Yay!

Days prior to having real kids, our dogs and little garden were our babies. Not that they don’t get any attention now, it’s just they have taken a back step while we found our feet with the human kids.

As the human kids are getting older, they are the one’s now enjoying playing with the dogs and tending to the garden – and I must say its fun, despite the cooler weather.

On Saturday past, we visited the nursery and grabbed seedlings of all our favourite herbs. Alyssa made sure we got tomatoes! When I told her we had grown hundreds of tomatoes in our garden before she was born, she probably thought she has to see it happen with her own eyes. Continue reading

Am I The Only One Spending A Fortune On Groceries Every Month?

9720776256_bea4cf4f25_oThis post has been in draft for a while, but after yet another month of enormous shopping bills – I thought I would share my frustration.

Here is some context: Kurt and I moved in together in 2006 and we were on a very tight budget, having just started out and bought our first home. I clearly remember budgeting about R500 a month for groceries and toiletries – and believe it or not, it was enough.

Well, fast forward 10 years and we are now spending more than 10 times that amount! Continue reading

How Does Kim Kardashian Do It?

Image credit: SplashNews

Image credit: SplashNews

Just months after giving birth to her second child, Kim Kardashian is on the beach flaunting her flawless body and curves! How does she do it?

Well… she has personal trainers, dietitians and a personal chef at her disposal 24/7 – so how hard could it really be?

If you choose to look at it that way, you may be right. I however beg to differ, and if you’ve ever started any form of diet or healthy eating & fitness plan, you may just agree with me.

Hear me out: Regardless of having access to all of this help, Kim also has access to the best of foods and luxuries in life and it takes some serious willpower to stay away from these things. The Kardashian West clan travel the world and of course they are tempted to try out the best cuisine and party the night away! It takes discipline to say NO to these luxuries and if you do not have that will power, you are destined to fail in your attempt to lose those kg’s.

If your mind is not in it- you won’t succeed!

If your mind is not 100% in it – then there is no use of even starting a diet. That is what I have come to realize.

Being in the public eye all of the time probably also serves as a motivator for her. She, like any other woman would, would like to look and feel her best most of the time!

Kim gained quite a bit of weight during both her pregnancies, so she had a lot of kg’s to shed. That takes hard work!

My goal this year was to focus on healthy living and step up my fitness regime, which is going well however – I need to step up my game!

I’ve signed up for a 10km marathon next month…. Eek! So I have been pushing myself to gain strength and run the distance. I recently done my first 5km Parkrun which was the best ever. However, since then I find it so boring to just run on the treadmill and I struggle to do 5km’s without stopping to walk in between.

Well, I guess I will have to step it up and push through if I want to walk around like Kim K with my kids on the beach this Summer 🙂

Wish me luck for making it through the 10km run – I will let you know how it goes.

Thanks for the motivation Kim K!

 

Celebrating Baby’s First Year – Seth

This series has been rather quiet on the blog lately, but I really love doing these features – especially when the subject is someone who is dear to me.

Meet Seth – He’s just turned 1 and he is just the cutest little pudding pie!

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I met his Mom Sandra over 3 years ago – just a few weeks before I gave birth to Alyssa. Sandra works at a leading beauty salon and at the time, I was looking to have a treatment done. Never in my whole entire life, have I felt so comfortable and at ease!

Over the years we have gotten to know each other well and Sandra really is just one in a million! I can tell you – there are not many people out there like her. She is so sincere and thoughtful. Seth is absolutely blessed to have a Mom like her. Continue reading

Book Club – The Last Juror By John Grisham

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I’m not going to lie, but when I received last month’s book in our Book club , I was definitely not as excited as I was when I received the previous month’s book – Bloom.

For some reason, I thought that I’d seen “the movie” and based on the inscription left inside by the previous reader – it seemed like an “average” or “ok” read.

Well, I didn’t see the movie – in fact, I’m not even sure if there was a movie made! Continue reading

Cabin Fever Is Getting To Us

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Winter used to be my favourite season, but since becoming a Mom, my opinion has been swayed somewhat. Winter no longer just means sipping on a glass of red and chilling by the fire place – in fact, theres not even many opportunities for that anymore. Nowadays, Winter means snotty noses, depleted medical aid savings and cabin fever!

Last week alone, we had 3 trips to the paedetrician! The wave of germs started last weekend already and Alyssa was so dissapointed that she had to miss a friends birthday party. Continue reading

Educational Apps Alyssa Is Loving Right Now

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I’m always conscious about the warnings about too much screen time for little eyes, but I’ve come to the conclusion that like everything else in life, there needs to be a balance.

As long as my kids get lots of unstructured play and outdoor time each day, a little bit of screen time won’t hurt – especially if they are learning from it. Alyssa loves watching play dough and craft DIY’s on YouTube which are simple to find, but until recently I was struggling to find really good educational apps.

I was so happy when a few local App providers contacted me to give Alyssa the opportunity to try out some great educational Apps which are suitable for growing minds. She is loving them at them at the moment! Here’s a list of her favourite’s: Continue reading

Kissing Your Kids On The Lips -Yet Another Parenting Debate

Happy Birthday baby girl 🙏🏻💕 We all love you so much 💜💜💜 X @davidbeckham @brooklynbeckham kisses from mummy X

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When Victoria Beckham posted this birthday message to her daughter on her Instagram account, it started yet another controversial parenting debate.

I was quite shocked by it…. what is so wrong about kissing your own child on the lips?

Some comments on the post said the kiss looked very “sexual”. The way Victoria’s head is tilted. One comment even said “Why tilt your head like that. Why expose yourself to the critics when you know this picture might just cause problems,”

Really now? Continue reading

Paarl – The Perfect Kids Playground

Last week, Kurt and I were lucky enough to take the kids on a day tour through the beautiful town of Paarl, less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town. We got to visit 4 different kid-friendly places in the heart of the Cape Winelands!

It was a real treat for the kids and besides the midday tantrum which Alyssa decided to throw, it was a fun-filled day for the whole family. It was so funny because on the day, she was wearing a t-shirt  which says #nofilter – and that day there really was no filter 🙂

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I think she was just hungry, because as soon as she finished her lovely lunch at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, she was back to her normal self but instead of just saying “Mom, I’m hungry”, the entire lunch sitting had to hear her moans and cries for no particular reason. Continue reading