Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Miss Fine 2019 mid-year update

Miss Fine SnapChat filter
Miss Fine faces

The updates and shares are getting less. Miss Fine is coming into her own. She is a very opinionated tween who thinks she knows better already. It's really fine! We are expecting it, and welcoming it!

Friday, 5 July 2019

KidsCon 2019 - mark your diaries for September

Kids dressed in superhero costumes at Comic Con 2018


For the first time in Africa there will be the most exciting family-friendly, kids-oriented convention! KidsCon promises ‘fun and games’ by empowering kids to be expressive and embrace their individuality.
KidsCon logo

KidsCon will be at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand between the 21st and 24th of September 2019.

The importance of playtime

C/u of hand with token on Monopoly board game

"Save time for playtime."

This video from Hasbro made me shed a few tears. Play time is extremely important for children. We are so busy in our daily lives that we do not have time for the most important thing: Playing. We also forget that we should make time to play with our children as well. They crave the attention of their parents in fun interactive playing.

We CAN make some time each day to engage more meaningful with our kids.

Thanks for the reminder, Hasbro! This weekend we will take out the Monopoly again. (I had to scroll back quite a few months to find the photo shared above. That's scary!)

Visit Hasbro Gaming @MonopolySouthAfrica on Facebook for more information.

Disclaimer: We are not paid to post this, but we got a Hasbro Monopoly as gift a while ago, and we have not played in quite a while.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

All life is precious, even those of critters

Lost Kitties and Mice Mania figurines with stickers and accessories
#LostKitties #MiceMania
                  * In loving memory of Bubbles, the hamster*

A very important part of parenting is learning kids about the preciousness of life. That all life is sacred, and that every living being is needed and worthy. Even critters have a place and are needed in the eco-system of life. The older I get, the more I think we have to place even more emphasis on preserving and cultivating a mindset of value placed on every living breathing being.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Disrupt Yourself, Or Be Disrupted - Nickey Verd - review

Two books on top of each other: Disrupt Yourself, Or Be Disrupted
Disrupt Yourself, Or Be Disrupted
Escape Conformity, Reinvent Your Thinking and Thrive
in an Era of Emerging Technologies and Economic Anxiety
Nickey Verd, the author of Disrupt Yourself, Or Be Disrupted, has sent me a digital copy of her book for an honest review.

I am so excited about the book. It should be in the hands of everybody. We are living in fast changing times where technological and digital disruption have changed the way we live and make our living. It's imperative that we understand that we can't be complacent about the way we work, and the way we earn our salaries. I am probably of the last who will be in my job for nearly 30 years.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Disney Toy Story 4 is a fun adventure - Giveaway

Girl in front of Toy Story 4 poster at Ster Kinekor Sandton City
At the movies - Disney Toy Story 4 
“Every ending is a new beginning.”
~Josh Cooley, Director, Toy Story 4

Is it possible to have a whole new adventure, and another Toy Story? Yes, Disney Toy Story 4 delivers yet again. I can't believe we saw the first Toy Story in 1995. My eldest was two at the time.

All the well-known characters, Woody, Buzz and the gang, are back, with some new additions that bring a delightful twist to the story-line. Forky is already a firm favourite, and we are sure he is here to stay. Miss Fine and I saw the preview last Thursday, and we loved it!

Monday, 24 June 2019

Put the Instax Mini LiPlay on your wish list

Stone White Instax Mini LiPlay
Instax Mini LiPlay (photo supplied by Fujifilm)

We had the pleasure of attending the launch of the Instax Mini LiPlay at the FUJIFILM Printlife Exhibition, at Sandton City Centre Court, last week. The instant gratification of an instant photo is a real buzz. We love it, and ever since we got the Instax Mini 9 at the Instax SQ6 Square launch last year, we have been absolutely in love with making extra memories and the fun that it brings.

 The Blush Gold and Elegant Gold Instax Mini LiPlays
The Blush Gold and Elegant Gold Instax Mini LiPlays

The Instax Mini LiPlay adds an extra notch, and it should definitely be on your wish list for birthdays, celebrations and any festivities.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Oh So Heavenly Pillow Mist and Body Spritzer - WIN

Oh So Heavenly Pillow Mist and Body Spritzer with dream tag
Oh So Heavenly fragrances to win on blog

I really love the Oh So Heavenly products. Two of them are part of the MomAgain40 Shweshwe goody bag give-away. They are affordable, great scented products which also carries the bunny logo. A few years back I got a goody package at a blogger meetup, and they have been on my monthly Clicks list for years now. They are definitely holiday survival products, but also as general go-to products every month. I also love to add them as extra birthday presents.

The two products included in the goody bag are the Oh So Heavenly Soothing Pillow Mist and the Bye-Bye Stress Body Spritzer.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

A unicorn cable cover from Typo - because you need it!

Package with Typo Cable Cover
Typo Novelty Cable Cover

You cannot go into Typo and walk out without buying something something. I had to replace a cable for my previous phone. It was extremely expensive, and my phone was at the end of it's life already. This time I am making sure I don't have to! With a Typo cable cover that's super cool as well!

Monday, 10 June 2019

Hot Chocolate to die for! - Proudly SA

Craft Coffee Hot Chocolate bag in front of Takealot box
Hot Chocolate Craft Coffee from Takealot
It's really cold here. I know, I know! It's not as cold as anywhere else, but here on the south point of Africa we really struggle during the 3 months of winter. That's all we talk about! Our houses are not equipped for the chilly evenings, and we are COLD! That's why the simple things such as a hot chocolate drinks are real lifesavers. There's nothing NOTHING as soothing as a cup of hot chocolate just before bed, or in the mornings before school drop-off.

I was scrolling through Takealot searching for a Father Day's idea, when I saw this special deal. The Craft Coffee Hot Chocolate is still 45 ZAR (usually 59 ZAR), and I have included it in my MomAgain@40 Shweshwe goody bag give-away.

Friday, 7 June 2019

We love collecting Transformers BotBots - up for grabs

We are busy with the MomAgain@40 Shweshwe goody bag give-away. There are two Transformers BotBots up for grabs. It's a great gift and stocking filler for any "child" from 5 to 100. My hoarding nature just love this collectable craze! The Transformers BotBots Challenge is great fun!

I saw them on Takealot, and could not resist. Takealot can now be collected at a number of collection points for only R25. It was available for collection in two days.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

MomAgain40 Shweshwe goody bag give-away

Shweshwe goody bag with goodies
Shweshwe spoil hamper

MomAgain@40 blog is nearing the 10-year mark! It feels like celebrating. I have been wonderfully blessed through the years by new skills, new experiences and wonderful IRL-friends. It has been my outlet, and a journal of 10 years of parenting. We love going back and reading about all the milestones, mishaps and celebrations through the years.

I have put together a goody bag of things I love at the moment. This is not sponsored at all! The give-away will run for a month, and one lucky South African reader will get the goodies featured on top.

Each day there will be a post about one of the goodies in the bag and why I love it so much!

Monday, 3 June 2019

Vampirina Party recipe - Chef Remy's bread bones and Pea dip

Vampirina figurines as part of table decorations
Vampirina Party
We got a Disney Vampirina party bag as a reminder of the new episodes of Vampirina on Disney Junior. Have you seen them yet? It's all about friendship, respect, tolerance and finding your place in the world.

The Vampirina Party bag came with a few party suggestions, and we decided to make Chef Remy's Bread Bones and Pea Dip as a party snack for guests on Saturday. It was also a great way to take a breather from the mid-year exams.

It's an easy recipe, and the kids will love helping make the bread bones. We did our own take on it, but we are posting the original recipe at the bottom.

Saturday, 1 June 2019

BLOG JUNE - Here we go

Transformer BotBot Cocoa Crazy on table with girl in background
Blogging in June - Cocoa Crazy perfect for winter
Blog June started on Saturday this year. I am not very good at getting blog posts out over a weekend. But here goes. I can schedule backwards...

A little introduction is a good way to start:

Thursday, 30 May 2019

L.O.L. Surprise Under Wraps - MORE FUN

Girl with unopened L.O.L. Surprise Under Wraps container
L.O.L. Surprise Under Wraps


The second wave of  Prima Toys L.O.L Surprise Eye Spy Series Under Wraps are on shelf. We have been having so much fun unwrapping the L.O.L. Surprises. See Miss Fine unwrapping some new  L.O.L. Surprise Lil Sisters, L.O.L. Surprise Fashion Crush and the L.O.L. Surprise Bling Series.

The L.O.L.Surprise Under Wraps takes the "eye spy" to a whole new level, with clues after each unwrapping. The packaging is a darker pink, with new dolls with new funkier hairstyles and outfits! Each doll is dressed in a mystery disguise so kids get to unbox each layer to discover who’s inside. The disguise can be used as a fashion accessory and outfits can be mixed and matched for lots of new looks.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Mid-year exams - a balancing act

Girl walking on rope
Rope walking

We are in the thick of Grade 5 exams. Miss Fine tells me each day that she did not prepare enough, and that she does not feel good about the upcoming papers. We try to help her as much as possible, but ultimately she is the one who needs to get the material into her head...

We are still trying to find the best way to learn, and help her learn. To find that perfect balance of help, but also letting her take over her studies independently. The underlying anxiety also doesn't help, but the best we can do for it is to prepare enough. (Although, there is never an enough for the highly strung...)

Friday, 24 May 2019

New L.O.L. Surprise Bling Series - Unwrapping review

LOL Surprise Bling Series ball in girl's hands
L.O.L. Surprise Bling Series ball


The excitement of unwrapping Prima Toys L.O.L. Surprise balls exponentially increases with each L.O.L. Surprise and with each layer. There are new ranges in store, and we can safely say that they are a sure bet for upcoming birthday presents or going into the festive season!

The L.O.L. Surprise Bling series which features some of the favourite series 2 dolls dressed with tinsel glitter finishes from head to toe. The L.O.L. Surprise Bling series takes the collectible element up a notch because not only does the ball contain the surprise inside, it can be hung up as an ornament. String the balls up in your bedroom for bling decoration or keep them for the Christmas tree, but whatever you do enjoy the surprise and the goodies inside! 

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Don't wake up an insightful look at the dynamics in a relationship

Kindle being read in queue - Don't wake up, Shauna Kelley
Don't wake up, by Shauna Kelley - on Kindle

Booktasters does not disappoint. You get the choose from quality books, get a free copy, in exchange for honest review on Amazon.

The final pages of Don't wake up, by Shauna Kelley, had me shaken. It took me a few days to process. Because I have experience of domestic violence and emotional abuse (in a previous life), this book touched so many nerves. My soap box tirades are evidence. The really smarts of this book is the exploration into a relationship, and how much is truth, and how much is perception. Who is the victim, and who is the abuser/manipulator. It is not as clear cut. Perception trumps the truth in the end? Go read this book. I truly recommend it!

Friday, 17 May 2019

L.O.L. Surprise Fashion Crush - unwrapping fashion fun

Girl with an unopened L.O.L. Surprise Fashion Crush
LOL Surprise Fashion Crush unwrapping from Prima Toys

Unwrapping is part of the allure of the new L.O.L. Surprise series. How exciting to open up a toy that you have no idea what it wil be? The unboxing craze is not subsiding, and unwrapping a toy in different layers with surprises in each increases the excitement exponentially. The new ranges of L.O.L. Surprise have even more fun and more fashion.

Miss Fine could not wait to open the new L.O.L. Surprise ranges that are now available. See her unwrapping the L.O.L. Surprise Lil Sisters and the L.O.L. Surprise Bling Series balls as well.

The L.O.L. Surprise Fashion Crush features 3 layers of surprises for you and 3 surprises for your L.O.L. doll! To add to the fun, the surprises are in jelly that needs to be crushed. Now fans can update their L.O.L Surprise doll’s wardrobe with numerous outfit choices.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

L.O.L. Surprise Lil Sisters - new unwrapping fun

Girl with LOL Surprise Lil Sisters ball
L.O.L. Surprise Lil Sisters

Unwrapping and surprises! This is what makes the L.O.L. Surprise range such a huge favourite with girls. The L.O.L. dolls are super cute and collectable. They are great for birthday presents, festive gifts and winter fun right now. We are sure it is going to be one of the top toys for 2019 again!

Chiquita Patrizi, spokesperson for Prima Toys is pleased to be bringing a series of new ranges to South African toy shelves. “We are very excited to be bringing new and exciting L.O.L. dolls and accessories to fans. The new ranges are packed with unwrapping fun and fashion appeal! We know that fans, both old and new, are going to enjoy them,” she says. 

Miss Fine has been unwrapping four of the new ranges that are available. She did it blindly (not knowing what to expect), and the surprises really added to the charm of opening them.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Transformers BotBots - The challenge is on!

Front page of Transformers BotBots customised comic book
Customised Transformers BotBots comic #TransformersBotBots

Energon, Transformers' energy, has hit more objects, coming alive as Transformer Robots, called BotBots. It's not as easy to spot these tiny robots, as they are disguised as everyday items. They can be anything, from shoes, cupcakes and baseball bats. They come in Tribes, called the Sugar Shocks, the Jock Squad and the Toilet Troop, to name 3 of them. There are 8 tribes of 190 BotBots to collect in 2019.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Kings of Mulberry Street movie - Going places

Kings of Mulberry Street: Aaqil Hoosen (12) as Ticky Chetty, and Shaan Nathoo (9) as Baboo Harold Singh in the lead roles
Aaqil Hoosen as Ticky Chetty, and Shaan Nathoo as Baboo Harold Singh in the lead roles
Kings of Mulberry Street is a local South African produced movie situated in the imaginary Sugarhill District in Kwazulu-Natal in the 1980s. It's the story of two young Indian boys who have to find a way to overcome their differences and unite. They are up against the bullying and corrupt Raja, who is threatening their families, and their community.

I have been walking around with the characters and the plot since I saw the preview last week. I can't wait to take the family at the end of June, and to go and pen down all the great quotes that are not available yet!

The official trailer is here: Kings of Mulberry Street

"When you want to be a hero, you must act like a hero!"

"Why do you need me? Every hero has a partner."

"Lesson 1: Don't think, just jump!" 

Monday, 6 May 2019

Things I know for sure being an older mom

Prisma filter of Mom and daughter selfie
School drop-off selfie

Mother's Day is coming up, and we are again reminded of the great mothers in our lives. There is no one that can replace your own mother and the sacrifices she has made for you. The beliefs she has for you, and that she is always there to have your back. Even when you are over 50 years yourself... (Yes, even more!) Thanks, Mom!

Celebrating the Older Mom - Karen from MomAgain@40 blog post
Celebrating the older Mom series at FunMammaSA

Judy at Fun Mamma (who is a mother of 7, and also had a little one when she was over 40) is doing a great series in celebrating the older mom. We also had to answer a series of questions: Celebrating the older mom Karen from MomAgain@40

This made me think about the things that I know for sure about being an older mom...

Friday, 3 May 2019

Winning at life by being a good professional - Great guide

Cover page of The Good Professional by Don Turner
Print screen of The Good Professional by Don Turner
I am so impressed with The Good Professional. I cannot recommend it enough! This is a great gift for any age, from high school and up. It is a gift you can give to yourself, and you will be coming back to this.

I got this book through Booktasters. I get a free copy of the book for an honest review on Goodreads and Amazon. I have read the most interesting books because of Booktasters. Check them out!

I love my work and when I reflect on it, I always feel so grateful that I enjoy the work that I do. But sometimes we need a bit of challenge to keep going, and searching for meaning in the mundane daily grind. This has given me oomph to carry on again.

This is my review on Goodreads:

Thursday, 2 May 2019

15 years anniversary - Can you believe it?

Anniversary selfie at Chicago's Piano Bar
Date night at Chicago's Piano Bar

We both can't believe it's been 15 years. It was just the other day we got married and started with our adventure together. We have been looking through our photos, and reliving all the good times. There's been more good times than the bad one's. We can definitely say we can weather the storms by now. 

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

AgeWell review - I am aging better than before!

AgeWell skin care range in box
AgeWell skincare range from Nimue

For the past two months I have been using AgeWell exclusively, and I am so happy with the results. The before and after picture is below, and there is a big difference.

AgeWell is the retail arm of Nimue Skin Technology which launched in Foschini stores last year. This skincare range does not target skin type, but rather the specific life stage you are in. Each range being specific to you in your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. AgeWell not only offers rejuvenation (treating existing and visible problems) but prejuvenation (using products before signs of ageing appear). 
AgeWell is a global first-to-market concept, and the products contain industry-leading ingredients that are free from SLES, parabens, alcohol and silicones. 

Thursday, 18 April 2019

It's a Friday

Karen Bitmoji: Is it Friday yet?
On a Thursday
It's basically Friday today. Although on the calendar it says Thursday. It's Easter weekend and we are looking forward to it. Even Miss Fine said she couldn't wait. She has been picked up at school early by her dad.

I am out of the office in a few hours, and the weekend is here.

Of course we would have loved to go away. Travel anywhere would have been nice.

In the meantime we will be living our best lives at home, chilling and coach-surfing. My to-do list is as short as possible, but here goes:

Plans for an Easter Weekend at home 

- Chill with the family.

- Do an Easter egg hunt. (Although Miss Fine is 10, she still hinted that she would love to do one. We bought some provisions at CNA last week)

- Braai with the family.

- Watch some series, and some movies lined up. We are into If I hadn't met you and Russian Doll at the moment.

- Attend Paasfest tomorrow.

- Fix Miss Fine's blazer for school. She has Choir lined up for next week.

- Read The Good Professional by Don Turner, before BookTasters fire me for taking so long to read the books. I have a really good feeling about this one.

- Help Miss Fine with preparations for a speech.

- Make some Easter craft with Miss Fine. She has a How To project for school and decided on an Easter thingy to make. I wish the second season of The Derry Girls would become available soon.

- I have to do two reviews on the blog. I am really impressed with the AgeWell skincare range. After a month I can see a remarkable difference. The Baby Born Soft Touch also needs a write-up. She is super cute and cuddly! (They are both #gifts)

- Do absolutely nothing!

What are your plans for the long weekend?

What are you watching?

Monday, 15 April 2019

New Fortnite Battle Royale figurines - Prima Toys

Fortnite Battle Royale figurines on table
Prima Toys has launched the first wave of 16 figurines to collect from Fortnite Battle Royale in South Africa. Fortnite is a world-wide game phenomenon with 200 million players. Even this mom has the latest version of Battle Royale on my phone, and has been spawned many many times. As long as it means I am leveling up, I am happy. We can see the attraction, because there is always another way to survive, find the loot and build the fortifications. And of course the fighting. That's epic! Many gamers have been catapulted to celebrity-status fame. Fortnite has firmly entered the realm of pop culture to become a household name.
Fortnite Battle Royale figurine called Raven
Raven - Fortnite

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Unlocking potential for Millennials - there's a financial app for that

Panel discussion at Randlords
#UnlockedMe #Nedbank
The Eldest is part of the Millennial generation. The generation that demands things to be uncomplicated and at their fingertips. The generation who expects more, and gets more! The Nedbank Unlocked.Me offering promises to help them in this quest. Unlocked.Me is is the result of an intensive process of consultation with young people across the country.

I wish we had this offering when she was a student. We discovered to our horror that she was paying more for her banking services than I was paying at that time. She had a student account, and you would have thought that she would pay less for transactions, but NOT. It was much much more! We were also caught in the catch-22 of getting a student loan: We had to get money to register, but they only made the money available after we supplied them with the registration papers.

Friday, 5 April 2019

Lazy evening dinner with Big Korn Bites

Big Korn Bites with plates and cheese
Big Korn Bites bags - recipe
Last night was one of those nights. The week is far too long, the energy is low, and the inspiration even less. Luckily we remembered about Miss Fine's camping trip where they had an easy dinner with packets of chips and chicken nuggets. She was in charge of the instructions last night.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Creative inspiration from Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Front cover of Big Magic in hand, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Big Magic - Book review
It's serendipity when you find a book that inspires you to the core. The writer of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, takes us on her own journey of creativity. She argues that the creative process should not be a slave driver, but a passionate pursuit to create something more. It's not about the end product, but the process and internal gain itself!

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Take a Walk in the Park Day - Dog Parks in Johannesburg

Girl walking with dog at dog park
Walk the dog on Take a Walk in the Park Day
Every day should be a Take a Walk in the Park Day, but this specific day is coming up on 30 March. I am not sure that this a thing in South Africa, but the global village makes it possible for us to celebrate as well. Especially if for a good cause.

On Sunday the Muddy Puppy Dog Walk will be at The Wedge Outdoor Park. We have been invited to bring our pavement special dog for the event. Muddy Puppy is partnering with Pedigree Dentastix and Rodeo treats. 

Monday, 25 March 2019

New Rage of Mattel's Polly Pocket

The 90's phenomenon Polly Pocket is making a big comeback with Mattel’s Fashion Polly Pocket which is now available in South Africa. The BFF's - Polly Pocket, Lila and Shani - are even cuter than we remember. The eldest has a whole collection of Polly Pockets that she still keeps and cherishes until today. The Polly Pocket line of dolls and accessories was named "Pocket" because of the fact that many of the original Polly Pocket dolls came in pocket-size cases. Mattel has also brought out a Big Polly range, with the same characters and adventure sets in bigger sizes.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

A donation to help young burn victims - perfect for Human Rights Day

Dr Ronelle Parkhurst, Dr Chris Westgarth-Taylor, Ms Elsa Taylor – CFO, Dr Solly Motuba – Head of Business Development and Mrs Ansie Welthagen
Metropolitan Health donation to help reduce burn-related mortality amongst children

Happy Human Rights Day! South Africa has a Bill of Rights that we can be proud off. The implementation of those rights are not what we have hoped for, but it makes me so happy when I hear about initiatives which took care of the rights of our children. Giving them the best medical care there is. The Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (CHBAH) Paediatric Burns Unit looks after young burn victims. Metropolitan Health has donated a cheque of R400 000 this week to help with sepsis related mortality, made possible by Surgeons for Little Lives.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

McDonald's Happy Meal Readers makes us HAPPY!

Happy Meal Reader book by Cressida Cowell with box

McDonald's commitment to families and reading, one book at a time!

McD's and us. We have a long history with McD's. It's always been a go-to spot when the energy is low, and we wanted something quick. It's also easy on the budget. The Happy Meal toys have been a big draw-card, for the children and for the mom. That's why we are so excited about the newest launch: There is now a choice between a Happy Meal Toy OR a BOOK! How awesome is that?

Thursday, 14 March 2019

The Darkest side of Saturn - Tony Taylor - a review

I love reading science fiction. The more we read and dream of plausible futures, the more we are prepared for it! Or maybe not? That's debatable. :-)

I got a free copy from Tony Taylor through BookTasters, the author The Darkest Side of Saturn: Odyssey of a Reluctant Prophet of Doom. Booktasters is really a great way to read good books. I have to post reviews afterwards, but it's part of the allure of reading good literature. I try to be positive, but I give my honest opinions about a book. As you will see below...

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Counting my blessings on my birthday

Flatlay of Journal with Instax selfie photos
Journal with Instax memories

It's my birthday. I still do not feel comfortable with the over 50's, but I think, like most people, that we can't believe that we are the age we are. Most probably I will be kicking and screaming that I am not ready yet to go into the fire pit. (With my cremation. Relax, it's not going to be soon!)

"I still have much more living to do!" 

I think I know a bit more about life and living, but I have so much more to learn. The more I know, the more I know how much I do not know. There's 50 years left, at least, to learn and experience more!

Friday, 8 March 2019

Time for a fringe, again

Miss Fringe
The end of the first semester is in sight! It's been a roller-coaster year of activities. Grade 5 is not a pushover, but Miss Fine has a handle on it all! She is anxious and worries about her projects and tests, but she mostly gets good marks.

I love how we can discuss anything with Miss Fine. I love her insights. This year has been great with regards the carversations. Miss Fine and I have to get to school earlier because of road closures and traffic, but it is richly rewarding with regards questions about life, relationships and growing up.

Friday, 1 March 2019

We miss Alexa the most

Glass of wine and slice of pizza at Piza e Vino

This is the only photo I have this week of power surges and outages. We lost some stuff, but it was not the worst we expected.

We woke up Tuesday night at 2 am with bangs and cracks in the roof. Hubby and I were running in circles, before we realised the power was surging. My first thoughts were that we were being attacked, and that's why my pepper spray was the first thing I fished out of my bag. By that time we were in the dark, and every time the power came back on, it popped some more gadgets and lights. Our complex was getting too much juice from Johannesburg City Power.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Valentine's at Hard Rock Café at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre

Hard Rock Café Pretoria entrance
Entrance to Hard Rock Café at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre
February is the month of love. This sucker loves all the schmaltzy Valentine's hype. Menlyn Park Shopping Centre went all out with an unforgettable Valentine's Day experience for 100 lucky couples, with dinner and The Muses entertaining at Hard Rock Café on February 14th.

“This month is a very special time for Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, and we are thrilled to have offered such an amazing experience to our loyal customers. We always encourage families to spend time together and as part of this we wanted to be a special moment in celebrating their love for each other,” said. Olive Ndebele, General Manager at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre

Monday, 18 February 2019

Joburg has now The Kids Gym at Cedar Square

Girl sitting on kid's rowing machine at The Kids Gym with words on wal: The Kids Gym is my happy place
The Kids Gym
Who thought of a concept like this? The Kids Gym is now in Johannesburg as well, at Cedar Square in Fourways. It's a gym just for kids! My first reaction was to ask but why? Why would kids need their own gym? You have to go and see for yourself. The gym is fitted out with the latest high tech state-of-the art equipment for the young ones, while making sure that adult supervision is a constant while they are having fun. Miss Fine was immensely impressed, and I had to promise PROMISE to bring her again. The fee structure is very adaptable, and we can go for a once-off, or pay monthly and seasonal fees.

Inside the Kids Gym - on the treadmills
View from the parent's seating: The Kids Gym - on the treadmills

The Kids Gym is the answer for parents wanting to take their children to a non-competitive space that nurtures a love for physical activity, regardless of their ability. Replicating the model of a typical adults-only gym, The Kids Gym provides children from 18 months to 15 years with the opportunity to exercise and develop skills when it suits them in a fun, activity-oriented venue. The second branch (after Cape Town) of South Africa’s first dedicated children’s gym, seeks to encourage every child, no matter their physical or sporting ability, to be active and embrace exercise and fitness as a lifestyle option. Unlike the adult offering, The Kids Gym does not make use of weight training, instead focuses on the children learning to best utilize and control their own body weight through fun-filled, life-enhancing physical activities, all in a completely non-judgmental environment.
Girl doimg hand stands while trainer is looking on
On-hand trainers at The Kids Gym

“Exercise and physical activity has the power to transform lives. As a national gymnastics coach and father of a daughter with a physical disability, I‘ve seen the transformation both emotionally and physically for children that exercise regularly,” says Glenn Joselowitz, co-owner of The Kids Gym and father to eight-year-old Emily, who serves as inspiration behind the idea.
There are different areas for different age groups, and Miss Fine had to test out the smaller kids area as well. 
Girl in round container at The Kids Gym
The Kids Gym - cedar Square

Next time you will find me at The Ninja Bean Café which focuses on health-orientated drinks and organic and low-gi snacks. I can see many a weekend breakfast while Miss Fine gets rid of all her pent-up energies. Best of all, they are open 7 days a week.

Check out The Kids Gym for different classes as well as pricing options. Also, check out the party options!
Tel: 0106016444 email

The Kids Gym  poster
The Kids Gym - "Where Kids unmask their inner awesome"

Disclaimer: We were invited to the opening of The Kids Gym at Cedar Square last Tuesday. Thanks so much! 

Friday, 15 February 2019

We had the most epic date night, but now we have #parentguilt

We had an epic date night last night. We were invited to Menlyn to Hard Rock Café for a show featuring The Muses. Who can say no to that? It's Hard Rock Café, which we love, and it's THÉ Muses. It was perfect for Valentine's Day.

Instagram photos @karentoittoit at Menlyn SA Valentines Day
Last night: Instagram @karentoittoit - #MenlynSA #ValentinesDay (print screen)
We don't get to do date nights that much. It's the budget, and it's Miss Fine... Surely we should grab the opportunity when it presents itself?

Friday, 8 February 2019

Parenting before work - I high-fived myself

Mom and daughter selfie
School drop-off selfie
Yesterday. It was one of those mornings. So many things had to happen, and it had to happen before 6:30 am. We had to be in the car by 6:05 am. Traffic is hectic again! It's February. Hubby did his share and made sure breakfast was ready at 5:55. He even ran after the car with my morning coffee. We were out of the gate at 6:07. Not bad! Thank you so much, Hubby! You are a star!