Wednesday, 30 January 2019

When life loses it's meaning

Shweshwe heart and pen
A friend of mine had to try and save her daughter this week who only wants to die. Suicide, again, seemed like the best option. They have been struggling for over two years with depression, but we finally thought she had the Beast under control...

It rocked the mom! And her family! And her friends! We can't understand that a girl so beautiful and smart and who supposedly have "everything", don't seem to want to live. Life is so precious!

Depression is a big, ugly DISEASE!

Friday, 25 January 2019

Miss Fine's Grade 5 Year

Mom and daughter selfie in car
School drop-off selfie: Miss Fine
This year has started much more relaxed with regards Miss Fine and being in Grade 5 this year. Last year we were anxious about Grade 4, which was a culture shock, but she aced it by doing very well in her first exams. So much so that she is getting an academic achievement award next week. We are so proud.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The ABBA Show is in town and it's ABBAsolutely fABBAulous

The ABBA Show banner
The ABBA Show - CC Emperor's

Relive the ABBA Concert experience

That's exactly what we did! The ABBA Show is a real treat. It's on at Emperor's Palace until 10 February.  Who does not know the music of ABBA? We all grew up with it. Even Gen Xrs know their music. Hubby and I had a great date night on Friday. I made sure I had all the ABBA on our sound systems before we did the drive to the South, and it was more than worth it.

Monday, 21 January 2019

JIMF 2019 kicked off with a Viennese New Year Concert

Programme of JIMF 2019 with Linder Auditorium in background
Johannesburg International Mozart Festival 2019 programme
The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival kicked off this past weekend with Viennese New Year at the Linder Auditorium. The programme runs until 3 February, and seeing the booked-out shows already, it is better to book earlier this year. 

The Viennese New Year Concert has become a fixture on the Joburg Cultural Calendar in recent years. It is a feel-good programme celebrating the arrival of the New Year, and setting us up for a season of brilliant concerts.

In keeping with the theme of Ein Musikalischer Spass, this programme covers all manner of Jo(c)key subject matter, and explores what happens when composers have Fun(iculi) with their music.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Cheertone Mini Arcade Games Review - CT-882X

Cheertone Mini Arcade Games CT-882X Console
CT-882 - CC Cheertone 
We love playing with the Cheertone Mini Arcade Games Console. For older kids adults the retro Arcade Games brings back many happy memories. Kids still love playing the games. The games require skills and mastering levels. The Mini Aracade CT-882X is a great gift idea. We were sent the Cheertone Kids Camera Smart Watch CT-W8A and a Mini Arcade Game from Cheertone to review.

The features that we love about the Cheertone Mini Arcade Games CT-882X.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Cheertone Kids Smart Camera Watch Review - CT-W8A

Cheertone Kids Smart Watch CT-W8A - a pink and blue watch
CT-W8A - CC Cheertone
We are pleasantly surprised with the Cheertone Kids Smart Camera Watch. It's got so many features. Considering the price of  USD15 it is a super awesome watch for kids! It is a great gift idea. We were sent the watch and a Mini Arcade Game from Cheertone to review. The package arrived here safely and on time from China. It was no issue putting in the order on the website as well.

Cheertone Kids Smart Camera Watch with box and manual

The features that we love about the CT-W8A.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Jasmine party for a 10-year old

Group photo of girls at Jasmine party
Aladdin party for girls
Miss Fine turned ten at the end of last year. She had a good year. She plans her own party for a whole year long. Every year. It's very elaborate, and we don't have the funds for it. Especially this year... Luckily she suggested to have her party at home because she did not want to invite too many friends. Usually all her friends are also on holiday, but this year we were lucky. Three friends were just the right number. The Jasmine party was a hit with the girls!

Monday, 7 January 2019

BEE MORE - Inspirational Bumblebee

Bumblebee - CC Transformers South Africa
Bumblebee, the movie: It's 1987, 20 years before the events of the first Transformer movie. Charlie, an 18-year old not so ordinary girl, discovers a yellow beetle in the local junkyard of a small California beach town. Her dad, who has taught her how to work on cars, has died, and together with a scared and broken Bumblebee they are able to help each other. The antagonists are Sector 9 (a government Agency led by Agent Burns) as well as the Decepticons from Cybertron. See the Trailer

Bumblebee - CC Transformers South Africa
Bumblebee released here on 21 December, and it's still on the circuit. The whole family loved this movie. Most kids can identify with Charlie. She is a worthy female role model for our girls. We, Hubby and I,  also downloaded the Bumblebee soundtrack and has been listening to all the eighties music. We love the eighties time period of the movie.

The movie has been graded for fans from 10 years and older. They are very strict now with the age restrictions. Luckily Miss Fine just made the mark. 

The character of Bumblebee inspires fans to be more when they need motivation and courage. Educational Psychologist, Melanie Hartgill, has put together a list for parents, teachers and caregivers on how to help kids embrace kindness, fearlessness and confidence. To be the BEST they can BE!

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Where will our Bubblegummers take us? - Review and WIN

Pair of pink girl Bubblegummers shoes on red box
Bubblegummers shoes

2019 starts off with a Bang! With shoes! What better way than with brand new shoes that's awesome to look at, but that's also super comfortable? Miss Fine had the absolute pleasure to unbox Bubblegummers shoes, and she has been wearing them non-stop. Check out her unboxing video below. There is also one pair of Bubblegummers shoes to win for one lucky reader...

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Resilience - perfect word for 2019

Word for 2019 Resilience
Word of the Year

I love to have a word for a year. It helps to focus and energise. I need a strong word for this year, because 2018 in review left us a bit despondent. But check us this year!

I have the perfect word for this year: RESILIENCE

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