Thursday, 16 August 2018

Marie Stopes New Healthcare Centre in Springs

Marie Stopes SA poster
Marie Stopes South Africa

Marie Stopes South Africa Enhancing Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for women in the community.
It's Women's month in August. We have just celebrated Women's Day last week in South Africa. Miss Fine just asked me last week if Women's Day and Mother's Day are the same. Women's Day in South Africa are celebrated because strong women stood up and marched against injustices. We honour them and we want to be like them. We have come a long way, but there's still so many injustices that needs to be addressed. One of them is giving women equality, dignity and freedom of choice. That's why I love what Marie Stopes South Africa is doing.

Marie Stopes Poster I am Free
Marie Stopes SA
On Wednesday 22 August, Marie Stopes will be opening a brand new centre in Springs, in the Springs Mall. Marie Stopes have centres across South Africa to provide quality, affordable and comprehensive services. They do not judge, but help with safe and reliable services.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Top 10 Midlife Parenting blogs in 2018

Badge "Awarded Top 10 Midlife Parenting Blog"
Awarded Top 10 Midlife Parenting Blog
MomAgain@40 has been named as one of the Top 10 Midlife Parenting Blogs by Feedspot. That is such a honour. Thanks you so much!

What makes it more special is that the ranking is based on search and social metrics:

Blogs that are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information.

These blogs are ranked based on following criteria

    Google reputation and Google search ranking
    Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
    Quality and consistency of posts.
    Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

Is Midlife Parenting still a thing? You tend to forget when you are in the midst of parenting. Because parenting at any age is still parenting. But yes, some of our peers are in different life stages than we are, and some are even taking the plunge as we are making ready for a next life phase. Midlife parenting comes with it's own set of challenges.

Here we have just had the wedding of our eldest daughter, and this afternoon I have to run around for the youngest. The school choir have to be at a different school at 15:45. Don't the teachers think of the working parents? Rant over. It was a choice to be a midlife parent. So here we go... We are doing this! :-)

Check out all the cool Midlife Parenting blogs, such as:
- Motherhood Later / Midlife Parenting
- Over 40 and Mum to One
- MidlifeMamma

Thanks so much for the award. 

Monday, 13 August 2018

The Wedding was the best party ever!

Wedding Couple walking through flower petals after the wedding ceremony
#HnK #JacobsTroue - Patrick Pretorius Photography
Our Wedding of the Year was finally on Wednesday last week. We could not have picked a better day. It was summer in Brits. The Eldest got married to her soul buddy, the same guy she got engaged to a year ago. She still likes him a year later. ;-) They worked hard to accomplish this wedding, but it was all worth it!

Wedded couple close-up shot
Wedded couple - Patrick Pretorius Photography
As mother of the bride I enjoyed the whole day. There were a few tears, but not much. It was just one big happy party! I shared a few photos on Instagram about the wedding: #JacobsTroue. We were so grateful for everybody who took the time off to celebrate the day with us. I think it was the best wedding ever! Of course! ;-)

Flower-girl at wedding
Miss Fine the Flower-girl - Patrick Pretorius Photography

All the hard work of making the wedding decorations paid off. The rustic wedding theme looked amazing. I will be sharing some more in later posts.

I am so happy that my daughter is happy! She is having the time of her life!

The wedding couple also entertained us immensely on their wedding day. They danced and danced.
This is from a screenshot from one of their dance creations. That was so clever and entertaining, you two! We are impressed and think you just lifted the bar for upcoming weddings.
#JacobsTroue #HnK
All our blessings are with you!
May you have wedded bliss always!

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Matsimela Baobab Seed Sugar Scrub sorts Eczema

Matsimela Boabab Seed Scrub and Body Butter
Matsimela Baobab Seed Range
We made a great discovery during the winter. Miss Fine struggles with eczema on her toes. It's always dry, scratchy and breaks open in sores underneath when walking barefoot. Which she loves to do, and mostly can't. The winter is better, because she is wearing shoes, but summer is around the corner again... Miss Fine used my Matsimela Baobab Seed Kalahari Sugar Scrub a while ago, and we haven't looked back!

I am using my Matsimela products very sparingly. It is such a treat that I want to savour it for as long as possible. I only allowed her a little bit of the scrub to use when she asked me one night. We immediately saw the difference. The scrub leaves a lovely oily layer on the skin. The dryness and flakiness are gone on the spot. You don't even need a body cream after that. The fact that the products are natural and  free from harsh chemicals and preservatives, makes it a wonderful product to use for eczema. The baobab seed also has wonderful healing properties, and I think that adds to the wonderful results we got.

We have found the solution to her eczema! Now the Matsimela Baobab Seed Sugar Scrub will be on our monthly list. It's R85.50 in the online shop. That's a score!

Check out Matsimela's Women's Month contribution: By purchasing any Baobab Seed product, R2 will be donated to Miss Earth SA.

 Try this, and let me know if you have the same results?

Disclaimer: This is not sponsored. I got the Matsimela Baobab Seed Scrub in a blogger meetup, but bought the Matsimela Baobab Body Butter myself.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

One week to go - The Wedding

Family photo of MomAgain@40 family
MomAgain@40 clan
We have one week left, before our Eldest move out of the house. The Wedding is near. I am going to be M.O.B. The excitement levels are exponentially increasing. There is nothing like a wedding. We can't wait!

I am so glad everything worked out in the end. We did not know how we could afford a wedding, but somehow it all came together. This has been a very tough year. With lots of luck, blessings from friends and crafts all is ready to go. The Eldest is counting down each day. My sister and her husband is already here from London to celebrate their big day.

I feel a bit sad that the Eldest is moving out of the house. Permanently. This is the last week she is going to be around. The last week that we are going to ask, Are you eating here tonight? It is going to be strange to not have her around. I am sad. She is such a lovely person to have around. We will definitely miss her, and Miss Fine especially. She loved to have her around in the evenings. Even the dog stands in front of her door and cry in the evenings when she is not at home.

We are going to miss you! But we are so glad you found your special partner to share your life with! That is the best any parent could wish for their children. I know we will always be your parents, and we will always be involved with your life. You will happily drive off in the sunset, but life will unfold to the next chapter.

We will be here!

Monday, 23 July 2018

How to get rid of the winter blues - Nestle scalloped potatoes

Nestlé Winter Warming package
The winter has us slumped and hibernating. I definitely suffer from the winter blues. I know there's things I should be doing better. But all I can do is sit under a blanket or hide under my covers. I am in awe of people continuing with their exercise programs and eating salad. Who are you? How do you do it?

Nestlé sent us the Winter Warming package, with tips on how to shake the winter blues. All the things that helps cope with the cold of the winter. Thanks, Nestlé! From now on I will make sure to have the Nestlé Evaporated Milk on my monthly shopping list. It gives so much flavour to a dish.

Nestlé's 7 point plan to shake off the winter blues

Naazneen Sali-Ameen, Nutrition, Health and Wellness Manager at Nestlé South Africa, has drawn up the following great solutions to help keep you on track when it comes to winter eating and exercise habits. (By now we know these things. Or we should.) But it helps to hear it again.

1.    Create simple ‘one pot’ meals. 

Remember that for each main meal you should aim to have ½ plate veg, ¼ plate protein and ¼ plate starch/grains.

A recipe for Indian Butter Chicken, using the Nestlé Ideal Evaporated Milk, was included. As I am vegetarian, and it is Meatless Monday, I searched for a vegetarian meal. I used our Nestlé Evaporated Milk with a Scalloped Potato Dish. Great for winter warmth. See recipe below.

2.    Don’t overindulge. 

The cold weather often brings out the craving for comforting, starchy foods. You can still enjoy these nutritious dishes by being mindful of your eating habits and appropriate serving sizes. Eat slowly and make mealtimes an occasion, eating in front of a TV or while sitting in front of your computer can easily distract you and cause you to overeat.

3.    Create alternatives to your favourite take-outs. 

The budget also does not allow take-outs, so we dĂł make our own. Vegetarian hamburgers with mushrooms, and home-made burger patties from mince is much more tasty in any case. Pizza making at home is also a great idea.

4.    Keep hydrated. 

We just had an issue with Miss Fine who does not drink enough fluids in winter. We were at the doctor on Friday with severe stomach ache which turned out to be constipation. Now we have to remind her to keep up the fluids. Herbal teas, Milo or Hot Chocolate and fresh juices helps. A lot!

5.    Enjoy the outdoors. 

The days are very mild here in winter. We should be out more to enjoy the sunshine, get more Vitamin D, and be more active.

6.    Move more to keep warm. 

Move what makes you happy! Miss Fine loves to play with a ball. We also love walking the dog. (We should just do it more often!)

Recipe to follow:

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Oscar Gutierrez - ICONIC #MandelaDay

Upstairs @ Bamboo exterior
Upstairs @ Bamboo - ICONIC exhibition
Oscar Gutierrez, a southern African photographer, hold his ICONIC exhibition recently. It was supposed to run until today to coincide with the birthday month of Nelson Mandela. (Not sure if it did?) Gutierrez, who has captured the history and the moments of this region, has delved into his extensive archives. I am definitely not qualified to share photos of photos, but for an archivist like me, it is solid gold to see the legacy of history and icons captured here.

It's Nelson Mandela Day today. We are all trying to live his legacy by donating 67 minutes of our time to a good deed. The 67 minutes is the 67 years Nelson Mandela spent for the greater good. 27 of those years were spent in jail.

George Bizos was the keynote speaker at the opening reception of ICONIC. 5% of the proceeds are donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Oscar Gutierrez and George Bizos, with nelson Mandela portrait in back
Oscar Gutierrez on the left with George Bizos in the middle 

The following is the Artist Statement: Oscar Gutierrez:

As a photographer, I live the tension of capturing movement and depth with an image, while working with the limitations of the situation I reflect. For example, flash was not possible when photographic Mandela. I do appreciate portraits, but I generally want to bring in context. I want to give viewers a glimpse into a time and place; show them the moment, but also the pasts and futures of my subjects. Capturing these iconic moments was a way of keeping alive the memories of those leaders who are no longer with us. Madiba's centenary month seemed to be the right time to recollect those moments. 

Photographs of Mandela - ICONIC exhibit at Upstairs @ Bamboo
ICONIC exhibit at Upstairs @ Bamboo

Oscar Gutierrez photograph of Nelson Mandela with reflections of people
A true ICON - Nelson Mandela

George Bizos at ICONIC exhibition
Bridget van Oerle walking with George Bizos at ICONIC
 Mokgadi Molebatsi curated the ICONIC exhibition.
George Bizos with Mokgadi Molebatsi
George Bizos with Mokgadi Molebatsi at ICONIC (sorry, bad light)
It was truly an experience to see this photographic exhibition. Upstairs @ Bamboo is a great space to give a magical reflection to the Icon. I understand that some of these photos will be used in a book being written by George Bizos.

Disclaimer: I was invited to the opening, but not asked/paid to write this.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Kitchen Tea at Urban Angel Café

Kitchen Tea celebrations at Urban Angel Café
Kitchen Tea - Urban Angel Café
The Eldest who is getting married in less than a month, had her Kitchen Tea this past weekend. She was able to guess that her Kitchen Tea would be on the same day her soon-to-be-husband had his bachelors'. It wasn't a surprise, but it also was. She had great bridesmaids who sorted everything, and made the day very special to her. The future mother-in-law also had a hand. She is very lucky to have these people in her life. She enjoyed it so much, and she got everything she wants for her future home. A Mr Price gift registry worked it's charm.

Urban Angel Café is a firm favourite with their quality food, good vibes and great service. That was a great choice for the venue. Their cake was divine! See below! Everybody also ordered their own food, from breakfasts to sandwiches to nachos. We all loved it!

Here's some random photos from the day.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Our Top 3 Toys Now - Prima Top Toys Season 2018 range

Prima Top Toys poster
We have rounded the corner of 2018, and the Festive Season is upon us! Yes, really! (It's exciting) Prima Toys had their best toys reveal last week already. It's great to know what's happening in 2018, and what toys are going to be hits this year. It's not only nostalgia toys for everybody, but also collectibles that are super cute. The toys that incorporate robotics and technology are also big hits, and we are sure it is only going to increase in popularity.

The theme for 2018 is Let them explore. Children should be encouraged to enjoy and explore their world through play. To let them discover new things, new play patterns, new technology and a new ways of looking at life through play. Play has become a super important buzz word in parenting and education. Children should get MORE of it!
The three Prima Top Toys that immediately caught our attention this year...

Friday, 13 July 2018

Plans for the weekend in a cold Jozi

Coffee with a view
This is a short update post. Life is changing so fast, and I want to come back here to see how it was ... The Eldest is busy starting to move her things. She is still most of the times at home. The wedding is less than a month away. We are excited!

Last night we were following her on our phones via Live location while she came back from the airport at 11 pm. With an Uber, and we had the Uber guy's name stored as well. That's cool, but also seriously testing our nerves. If the Uber stands still for too long, or the signal picks her up in a random suburb next to the highway.... We begin to worry!!! (I'm sure we will never stop worrying.) Technology makes it easy, but also makes us worry about every little detail. Because, if there really happens something to her, how will we find her when we have to start driving? Screen print the last place on the map? Race to there? Just some of the thoughts that goes through my head at 11 to 11:30pm at night. Luckily she was safe, and her Uber driver delivered her safe and on time.

There's a Kitchen Tea and a Bachelorette's Party coming up this weekend. The Eldest knows about it, but no details. She's got great bridesmaids that sorted everything. Will be reporting back about the Kitchen Tea. We are looking forward to it. I am sure after this the wedding vibes will kick in seriously.

Miss Fine has been on holiday forever. She has been at work with me for three days, and then at Vacation School for two days this week. It has been challenging, but better than when she was younger. I love the fact that she can keep herself busy for longer. She used up my data in record time at the office, but she was reading as well, and enjoyed going to the library here at work. She exchanged a book that she was not feeling for another book the next day. She also helped me with my work, writing on DVD's and pulling up a roster of my daily work which I now have on my door. That was so sweet of her. (No sarcasm here.) Thanks, Miss Fine. I enjoyed our conversations while you kept me company. We don't always get so much time together.

Tonight we will be "chilling" (it's cold here in Johannesburg) at home, and hopefully the weekend will not go by in a blink.

What's your plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

READ Word Warrior Competition - Keep them busy

Word Warrior Competition 2018 logo
Word Warrior Competition logo
The school holidays are long, especially if it's only the kids who are on holiday. The working mom guilt is more pronounced during this time. What do we do with her, and how do we keep her busy? Miss Fine has been in my office at work for threeeeeee days now. That's why I get excited when I get an email in my inbox about READ Educational Trust's Word Warrior Competition. Something to do that's creative, but also has a prize to aspire to. Miss Fine loves writing, and she loves winning something.

READ Educational Trust logo
READ Education Trust
The READ Educational Trust is a platform used to promote literacy, reading and the art of creative writing among young South Africans.

How does the competition work?

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

School holiday coding camps - Think Ahead

FutureSpace tech camp participants
Successful FutureSpace participants #SwiftWeek
A great way to keep the children busy during the holidays. Take them to coding camps at  iStore at 1 Sandton Drive. Miss Fine went on her first #GirlCodeFriday coding camp on Friday. She enjoyed it so much, and wants to go to all the days of tech camps.

Swift is Apple's coding language, which is used in over 250 000 apps on the App store. There are FutureSpace experiences for Grade 1-3, Grade 4-7 and Grade 8-10. The coding workshops are from 9:00-13:00 each day. We have a distance and working parents issue, or else we would have been there every day. Next holiday I will definitely make better plans to get her there.

The #GirlCodeFriday course that Miss attended and the next dates it is going to be available:
#GirlCodeFriday:   13 July | 17 August  |  31 August

Beginner - Learn to code your own game
Discover what coding is and how you can bring your ideas to life with simple coding apps and robotic toys.  Code your own game in Hopscotch and explore how code can control robots.
This workshop repeats Cost: R350

Children with painted hands
Sphero painted hands (Nick's photo)

Girl showing painted Spheros
The Spheros that was used at GirlCodeFriday

Children at FutureSpace Coding class, with Nick (facilitator)  in background

Girls in workshop

Girl with certificate #GirlCodeFriday
Miss Fine with her certificate of #GirlCodeFriday
More information here about upcoming FutureSpace Workshops:

Think Ahead Events

Disclaimer: Miss Fine got a complimentary ticket to attend #GirlCodeFriday

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Hasbro introduces My Little Pony Equestria Dolls

We got a Sunset Shimmer, a My Little Pony Equestria Girls. She is sooo gourgeous! The MLP Sunset Shimmer is one of the transformations to teenage humans, walking the halls of Canterlot High. It is worth following the adventures of friends and seeing what the power of friendship does. 

My Little Pony Sunset Shimmer doll
Work buddy - MLP Sunset Shimmer
The My Little Pony Equestria Girls each have their own stylish look, colourful hair and sculpted outfits. They are fashionistas par excellence! Your daughters would love to follow their MLP fashion trends on Youtube.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls dolls
Equestria Girls

Friendship Day is coming up on 30 July. To celebrate Hasbro and Toys R Us are offering Johannesburg based pony fans an awesome opportunity to take your bestie on a magical day out for High Tea with the Equestria Girls Dolls.  If you buy any two My Little Pony Equestria Girls Dolls, until 23 July, from any Toys R Us South Africa in JHB, you and your bestie could experience a day out you’ll never forget. Hurry though, because invites are limited to 150 tickets.

Exclusive to JHB only – T&Cs apply. The ticket is for admission of 2 children who will need to be accompanied by one adult.

Follow @MyLittlePonySouthAfrica on Facebook for more details.

Disclaimer: We Miss Fine Mom got a MLP Sunset Shimmer.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Sprout Café gets a shout-out for health and great taste - Review

Exterior Sprout Café and Salad Bar
Sprout Café and Salad Bar
Sprout Café re-launched this past weekend. When I hear healthy and vegan, I usually don't need an extra prompt to get me there. It is very difficult to find restaurants that cater for vegetarians, and I love to try out interesting food. The whole family enjoyed our outing to Sprout in the Stoneridge Centre in Edenvale on Saturday. I grew up in the East Rand, and love seeing how my previous Valley is expanding. (How beautiful is Stoneridge Centre? You have to go!)

As I usually do a Wordless Wednesday, this is a perfect opportunity to share some of my photos of Saturday's outing.
Sprout Café customers seated outside under sun and ample shade
Sprout Café customers all soaked up the sun on Saturday
Sprout Café entrance at Stoneridge Centre
Sprout Café entrance with herbs

Monday, 2 July 2018

Products that deserve a mention for winter

 Revlon Colorstay Foundation, TheraNaka Eye Gel, Optiphi Facial Cleanser, Avon Nail Enamel Majestic Mauve and Matsimela Home Spa Baobab Seed Kalahari Sugar Scrub
Products that's great for winter
The products that I am loving right now that's great for Winter: Revlon Colorstay Foundation, TheraNaka Eye Gel, Optiphi Facial Cleanser, Avon Nail Enamel Majestic Mauve and Matsimela Home Spa Baobab Seed Kalahari Sugar Scrub.

As much as I hate winter, and the dryness that comes with it, I am enjoying the following five products at the moment. There is something about a good product which makes you feel extra special for the day. This is my favourites at the moment.

Five Products for Winter

1. Revlon Colorstay Foundation 24hrs

I bought this foundation a month ago, when my trusted brand was finished. I used a gift voucher from a friend, and it is just over 300 ZAR at Edgars. I must say that I am seriously considering staying with this one. It is exactly the colour and the finishing I need right now. It also covers the winter red (broken blood vessels, and winter flashes) on the cheeks. Loving this so much! (It hides many sins!)

2. TheraNaka Protective Eye Gel

This South African brand eye gel has been part of my skin routine since I got it in November last year. Sometimes I forget the eye gel, but I really can't anymore. This is such a soothing gel. Apparently it helps to prevent wrinkles whilst moisturizing the eye area with an advanced molecular film. I have been using it around my lip area as well.  It believe it helps with the lines. This 20 ml has been lasting forever, and I am using it royally.

3. Optiphi Facial Cleaner

I got this at a brand meet about three weeks back. This is a wonderful cleanser, make-up remover, pH balanced toner and mild exfoliator. It changed my beauty routine somewhat, as I only use this, leave it one for a few minutes while a brush my teeth, and wash it off again. It is soft and nourishing, while taking care of dead skin cells. I can also skip the toner part.  WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN. It is 4 products in one. 

4. Matsimela Home Spa Baobab Seed Kalahari Sugar Scrub

I haven't found a Matsimela product that I don't like. This natural oily sugar scrub is divine for winter skin. I was skeptical about using a scrub on my skin as it is so dry. But this a moisture bomb for the skin. I got it at a Matsimela Blogger Meet last week. I use it at night with my bath, and my body is wonderfully hydrated, even the next day. The smell is of course divine. This is such a pamper in winter. Now I also know that it is not only the smells that are divine, but that each product has unique actives that targets specific issues. Guess what is everybody getting for presents this winter? Because it is also very budget-friendly.

5. Avon True Colour Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel

As upcoming M.O.B. (mother of the bride) I am busy searching for the perfect nail enamel for the wedding. The Majestic Mauve colour of the Avon True Colour range seems to be THE one. I also love that I only had to put on one layer to have the desired effect. It's a stunning colour for winter, and makes my hands look BOSS. I buy monthly from an Avon representative, and there is always a special that's worth the while. (Check my Insta for a close-up of my nails.

What are the winter products that you love? Please share?

Disclaimer: I got the TheraNaka, Optiphi and Matsimela as blogging gifts. I am so glad I did, as I would not have known about it. I was not paid to write this.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

World's Smallest Toys that actually works #PrimagamesFest

Girl with World's Smallest Magic 8 Ball in her hand
The World's Smallest Magic 8 Ball works
Prima Toys has some of the coolest, retro collectibles for anyone aged four years and over, whether child or adult. The World’s Smallest is a selection of toys that are miniature replicas of some of the world’s biggest and most classic toys.  Prima Toys has made available three of these to win on the blog.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Disney on Ice - Dream Big this year

Disney princesses and princes in final scene of Disney on Ice Dream Big
Disney on Ice at Ticketpro Dome
We were at the opening night of Disney on Ice at the Ticketpro Dome on Friday night. It was a great way to start the holidays. Families, young and old, big and small. All were there, and all had a great time.

The show is getting better and better each year. We are looking at highlights of Disney one after the other. All the Disney princesses and princes from the great stories are included, and although we thought we could not handle another Frozen, the whole Dome was singing with gusto "Let it Go" together on Friday night. Your kids will totally thank you for taking them.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Dog breaths in the house

Dogs with dentastix in mouth
Time for "tooth-brushing" with Dentastix
The dog dynamics in the family has changed considerably this past year. Some of us still miss our Benji Yorkie very much. But our Pavement Special takes it in her stride. She is very much spoilt, and has earned a spot next to our beds in the evening. She only jumps up early mornings when the alarm goes off, and we are trying to get in an extra 10 minutes.

The Eldest has gotten two dogs this year. They are both Pekingese breeds, and both come from situations that were not as favourable. My daughter is very much involved with Peke Rescue SA, and has helped them with their social media, as well as get some of the dogs a home. She has done her bit as well with adopting one. Sometimes they stay with us, and sometimes they are at my daughter's fiance's house. They were so much spoilt, because she took them everywhere, even to work, but now she has taken up a new job. Luckily the two keeps each other company during the day. Our Pavement Special are not as impressed with them, but she tolerates them when they visit.

We did not know much of the the Pekingese breed before this, but they are lovely and very intelligent dogs. They are also great with children, and as companions. They are very cute!

Dogs with Dentastix
Pavement Special and Peki's with Dentastix - check the eyes

We got the Pedigree Dentastix as a blog drop a while ago. The dogs sees it as a treat, but it helps with dental care. Apparently we should be brushing our dogs teeth also every day. (Cue "guilt") We are not doing it, but feeding them the Dentastix helped me feel a bit better. Their breaths are more palatable after chewing on it. Because smelly breaths give an indication of teeth health. (Cue "guilt" again)

Box with Pedigree Dentastix and wording "You brush, they chew"
You brush, they chomp (Pedigree Dentastix)

Do you brush your dog's teeth?

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Children separated from their parents - Surely this can't be?

Canva poster "Children need to be with their parents, with family walking into sunrise
Children need to be with their parents
Time for the soap box! A news story that is so terrible. Surely in this time and age we can't be doing this to people? While the outrage grows, the White House is defending the immigration policy. Taking children away from their families.

Why is this allowed to happen, and why is nobody doing anything? We are living in times of knowledge and insight, but we are so barbaric?

How can anybody sleep at night when knowing that children are forcefully removed from their parents? Surely their parents are looking for a better life for their children? That's why they are applying for asylum?

What am I missing? What am I not seeing? I don't understand it.

It feels as if my joy has been stolen by hearing of such atrocities. It is a human right violation of the highest malice. We know NOW we will come back to this and say that it is wrong. Why do it in the first place?

Some of the stories popping up on my timelines:
- Melania took a diplomatic stand against it: Melania Trump takes a brave stand against her husband's policies
- A Quora question: Did the Obama administration separate families at the border...
- Twitter threads of sounds of children being separated from their parents. (I can't and won't listen to it. I am bawling my eyes out already.)

I hope the lawmakers change the policies and very soon.

What can we do to help? I feel so powerless...

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Grade 4 exams done and dusted

Choir photo
Miss Fine in choir
The holidays can not come soon enough. The first exams are done and dusted. The schools are closing for three weeks in winter this coming Friday. The children are extremely tired after a very busy semester and exams.

I am so proud of Miss Fine. She handled this semester with far less anxiety than I did. My own advice - to myself ;-) - on how to survive exams for moms helped me in stepping back. I am reminded again that it is better parenting when you are there to help, but not to do everything for them.

Miss Fine devised her own study method of compiling her work in very small booklets. It was in conjunction with art work, but it worked for her. She said the teacher also did not complain when she saw her making the booklets. She understood it was for study purposes. :-)

The exam papers have been coming back for signatures, and it all looks good. I am so proud of you, Miss Fine. Not only did she do netball this semester, but she also took part in a choir musical which culminated in the final show this past weekend (see photo by Deb above). They have worked so hard for the show, and they enjoyed it so much!

Unfortunately we are still working, but we are looking forward to the upcoming wedding. Miss Fine is going to be the flower girl and I am going to be MOB - Mother of the Bride. We can't wait!

What are your plans for the school holidays?

Friday, 15 June 2018

M.O.B. - Mother Of the Bride

Purple and black Truworths dress hanging on wall
Wedding - MOB Dress-ready
The excitement is gaining momentum in the family. In less than two months we are going to have a WEDDING. I am going to be "Mother of the Bride". I am going to be MOB (He-He saw this on t-shirts, and quite like it). It is not a scary or a sad concept. I love it! I have a daughter, the Eldest,  who has found her Love, and she is happy. What more can I ask for? Nothing.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

J's Revive Spa - a Sanctuary in the City

We need a place to relax and rejuvenate. J's Revive Wellness Spa do just that!  I was fortunate enough to use my afternoon off last week to get a total spoil, with a facial, mani and pedi.

Pedicured feet with J's Revive Spa in background
J's Revive Spa - pedicure station
Spoiler alert! I had such a good experience and can only swoon about the luxury pamper I had. I was given the treatment in exchange for the review, but it was SOOOO good. I am already planning how I can fit it into my monthly schedule and budget. It's all about priorities, you all. ;-)

Monday, 11 June 2018

Upbeat Annie JR at Peoples Theatre - WIN family tickets

Red theatre curtain with Annie - Peoples Theatre
Annie Jr - Peoples Theatre
Annie JR opened last week at Peoples Theatre in Braamfontein. We are Peoples Theatre groupies by now. The Show always ticks all the boxes. Great entertainment. Great cast. Great script. Great fun. Great for the whole family, from ages 2 to 100. Annie JR did not disappoint. The ever-fresh 1924 comic character story of an optimistic upbeat Annie JR has been done so many times, but the story never disappoints. Annie is such a breath of fresh air in her circumstances; so much so that you the children are cheering her from the sidelines all the way. Singing "Tomorrow" with gusto at the end of the musical.
MomAgain40 family selfie at the theatre
At the Peoples Theatre on a Friday night - Perfect!!

Theatre veteran Jill Gerard says Annie is a firm favourite. "Annie stands for innate decency, courage and optimism in the face of hard times, pessimism and despair. Shje is an inspiration all of us."

Peoples Theatre has made available two family tickets (4 each) to be won here.
Annie JR poster with girl peering through Annie's face
Annie JR photo op